Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Archie Haile Murchison
Sep 24, 1868 - Aug 15, 1916

Died Suddenly in Houston.
Soon after midnight last night Mr. J. S. Murchison received a telegram from Houston saying that his brother, A. H. Murchison, had just died there after a brief illness. The deceased was 49 years old and unmarried. He was a well known traveling shoe salesman and was well known over the entire state. Surviving the deceased is his mother and two sisters of San Antonio and his brother of this city. The brother left at 1:20 o’clock today for Houston where he will be met by his mother and sisters. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but it is probable that interment will take place at Crockett, the former home of the family.

  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Aug 16, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • buried at Glen Wood Cemetery in Crockett, Texas
  • Single s/o John R. Murchison and Josephine Augusta (Haile) Murchison buried at Glen Wood Cemetery, Crockett, Texas brother of John Smith Murchison buried at Oakwood, Corsicana, Texas

Rosa Lee (Downey) Slater
Mar 2, 1895 - Nov 5, 1969

Mrs. Slater Services Held

HUBBARD, (Spl.) –Funeral services were held Friday at 10:30 a. m. from the Eubank Chapel for Mrs. Rosa Lee Slater a native and life-long resident of Hubbard, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. The Rev. Sam Cluck and the Rev. James Waller officiated and burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband R. L. (Bob) Slater to whom she was married Aug. 31, 1916; a daughter, Francis Bailey of Hubbard, a son Downey Slater, also of Hubbard and three grandchildren.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Nov 11, 1969
  • buried at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard, Texas
  • w/o Robert L. “Bob” Slater married Aug 31, 1916; d/o John Terrence Downey & Fannie C. (Pierson) Downey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Raymond Sylvan Steadman
Oct 4, 1894 - Nov 8, 1969

R. S. Steadman Dies Saturday

WORTHAM (Spl.)—Raymond S. Steadman, 75, a former resident of Wortham, died Saturday afternoon in Corpus Christi.

Funeral services were held there at the Cage Mills Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Wortham City Cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge. The Rev. Lloyd Sansom will officiate.

Surviving are two sons, Don of Corpus Christi and Glen of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Altha Murphy of Arlington; and nieces and nephews.

Steadman was a member of Longbotham Masonic Lodge No. 428 in Wortham.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Nov 11, 1969
  • buried in Wortham Cemetery, Wortham, Texas
  • h/o Edna Earl (Foust) Steadman; s/o John Henry Steadman & Irene Isabella (Byers) Steadman buried in Wortham
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Romulus Mitchell Saunders Grady
Aug 26, 1844 - May 9, 1917


Was for Many Years in Business at Blooming Grove
The Dallas News of today contains the following regarding the death of a former citizen of Blooming Grove:

R. M. S. Grady, 73 years old, for many years a resident of Dallas, died yesterday morning at his home, 109 Crawford street, Oak Cliff, after a brief illness.

Mr. Grady was born in Duplin county, North Carolina, Aug. 26, 1844. He was a brother of the late Hon. B. F. Grady, member of Congress from the old Third North Carolina District, and a great grandson of John Grady, the only American soldier killed at the battle of Moore’s Creek in 1776.

Mr. Grady served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg and again in the fighting in the suburbs of Washington, D. C. After the war he came to Texas and engaged in the drug business in Navarro County and afterward in Dallas. Accumulating considerable property, he retired from active business a few years ago.

Surviving Mr. Grady are his wife and the following children: W. R. Grady of Fort Worth, Mrs. C. L. Allen, Lola and Margaret Grady, and Hugh S. Grady of Dallas and a nephew J. R. O’Daniel of Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 10’oclock this morning, the Rev. G. M. Gibson, assisted by the Rev. Patrick Henry of Arlington officiating. The burial was in Oak Cliff cemetery.

The active pallbearers will be L. O. Donald, John Meredith, H. V. E. Platter, W. S. Skiles, Chris Huber and W. D. Buckalew. The honorary pallbearers will be Dr. W. T. Buckalew, Dr. W. M. Lively, J. B. Adoue, Sr., W. M. Crow, Z. J. Anderson, Jim Burgess and L. R. Calloway.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 10, 1917
  • Buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX
  • h/o Jennie Harriet (Taylor) Grady married Sep. 14, 1875 in Blooming Grove; s/o Alexander Outlaw “Alex” Grady & Anne Nancy (Sloan) Grady
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lucile (Vaughan) Rinehart
Nov 19, 1918 - May 16, 1982

Mrs. Lucile Rinehart
Mrs. Lucile Rinehart, 63, of Malakoff, died Sunday at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Wake service is tonight, 7 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Mary Banks of Malakoff.

Service is Wednesday, 11 a. m., Antioch Baptist Church in Malakoff. Burial at Steen cemetery.

Arrangements are with Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include one son, Gene Barron, of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; four brothers, Clarence Vaughan, of San Antonio, Willie Vaughan, of Fort Worth, Homer Vaughan and V. A. Vaughan, both of Brownwood; and three sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Brown and Mrs. Edna Pruitt, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Mary Banks, of Malakoff.


Pearl (McKinzie) Healer
June 23, 1883  -  Oct 31, 1972

Mrs. Healer
Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Pearl Healer, 89, of Corsicana, who died Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Robert Potts will officiate and burial will be in Kirk Cemetery near Grosebeck.

Survivors include three daughters, five sisters, four grandsons, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will be at the Griffin Funeral Home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Frank Felz, Wayne Elrod, Arthur Patrick, A. Neal, J. H. Wigley, D. J. Smelly, D. C. Tidwell and Ruben Griffin.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 2, 1972
  • Kirk Cemetery, Limestone County, Near Grosebeck, TX
  • w/o Charles Healer; d/o J. H. McKinzie & Josephene (Martin) McKinzie
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lizzie Alice (Hester) Prater
Dec 9, 1895 - Sep 22, 1920


Child in Her Arms at Time of Accident Escaped Uninjured

Mrs. John Prater, aged 23 years, was instantly killed by lightning while seated in the doorway of her home on the Graham farm south of Dawson yesterday. She was holding her young babe in her arms at the time and the child was unhurt.

The deceased is survived by her husband and three children. The remains were interred at Dawson this morning.


(The Dawson Herald).

Killed by Lightning.
Mrs. John Q. Prater was killed by lightning on the Graham farm south of town about five o’clock Thursday afternoon of last week. Mrs. Prater was sitting near the middle of a room in their home nursing her baby when the lightning struck her, the bolt entering her face and coming out near the middle of her back. Strange to say, the baby was not injured, nor were other children who were in the house at the time. No sign of lightning was made on the home. Mrs. Prater is survived by her husband and three children, and a large number of friends who sincerely sympathize with the family in their great loss of wife and mother.

The funeral service was held at the Dawson cemetery, Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. T. McKeown.


Infant Thompson
1917 - May 1917

Died Near Powell.
The infant of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Thompson, who live near Powell, died last night and the remains were taken to Blooming Grove today for interment.


Mrs. Lewis Day
d. 1911

Died In Western Texas.
Mrs. Lewis Day died in Western Texas Monday night and the remains were interred at Frost today where the family formerly lived.


Littleberry Newton Campbell
Sep 01, 1869 - Jan 22, 1922


Well Known Navarro County Man Died Sunday Afternoon

The remains of L. N. Campbell, aged 52 years who died at DeSoto, Texas, yesterday arrived in Corsicana this morning and were taken to Blooming Grove where, burial took place at 3 o'clock this afternoon in the Blooming Grove cemetery. The services were conducted from the Baptist church.
The deceased is survived by his widow and five children; as follows: Earl Campbell, Roy Campbell, both of DeSoto; Mrs. W. J. Floyer of Rule, Texas; Louis Campbell, and Jack Campbell. The deceased was also a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. McEntire of Pansy, this county. Mrs. R. B. McDowell of Drane, sister of Mrs. Campbell, was called to DeSoto Thursday.
Deceased was well known in this county, having made his home in Blooming Grove for a number of years. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Blooming Grove and enjoyed a large circle of friends who will be grieved to learn of his death.
R. P. McEntire and wife and little daughter, Evelyn, of Corsicana attended the funeral.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 23, 1922
  • Cemetery not named buried per death certificate & obit in Blooming Grove
  • s/o Littleberry Campbell; h/o Mary Jane (McEntire) Campbell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Orie Pete Jorgenson
Jun 24, 1950 - Aug 4, 2012

Orie Pete Jorgenson, 62 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Dallas due to complications after surgery.

Pete was born in EI Paso to Martin and Francis (Colter) Jorgenson on June 24, 1950.

He worked for several years in the retail business managing Goodyear stores. He took early retirement due to his failing eyesight. Pete became a minister who served hundreds of the youth throughout Texas through his association with several area churches and his Christian Youth Ministry organization. He devoted his life to leading others to search the scriptures for a deeper understanding of who their Lord is and how much they are loved. He was also a master woodworker who took up the craft after losing his eyesight. He served many summers attending Peaceable Kingdom Camp teaching woodworking to blind children. Pete had such an incredible amount of knowledge in so many areas, anyone who needed advice or help knew he was the “go to guy.” He will be missed by so many.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Cindy; daughter, Emmalee Jorgenson of Houston; step-daughter Chelsea Nunn and husband Ryan of Corsicana; step-son, Josh Craig and wife Lindsey of Rockwall. Petepa also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Hunter, Colbie and Bailee Nunn of Corsicana, and Hayden, Bryson and Jaxon Craig of Rockwall. He is also survived by brothers, Rodney Jorgenson and wife Teresa of Colfax, Calif., and Jimmy Jorgenson of Alamagordo, NM; sisters, Dlanie Rowe of Dallas, Ore., and Elena Dominguez and husband Gregory of Jinks, Okla.; parents-in-law, Barton and Bobbie Lockhart of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Debbie Klein and husband Dan of Theinsville, Wis.; brothers-in-law, Chris Lockhart of Tyler and Bart Lockhart of Corsicana. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and his “Youth” kids. “lf God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Gipson officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Evelyn R. (Glenn) McGriff
Sept 2, 1927 - Aug 6, 2012

Mrs. Evelyn R. McGriff, 84, of Chicago, Ill. passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Chicago.

Evelyn was born Sept. 2, 1927 at Cross Roads to Greenwood and Octavia Glenn. She was a 1945 graduate of G.W. Jackson High School, and earned her cosmetology license. She was owner of The Beauty Touch Salon for 27 years, also serving as president of the Chicago chapter of the National Beauty Culture League, and was a member of Maryland Avenue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Evelyn is survived by two children, Glenda McGriff of Hazel Crest, Ill., and Harold McGriff of Spring; one sister, Ruby Mayfield of Tyler; one grandson, Tauron Butler of Dallas; one cousin, Cora Brandon of Corsicana, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Alvin Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park with friends of the family serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Lillie Celesta (Richards) Lawler
Sep 19, 1923 - Aug 8, 2012

Lillie Celesta Richards-Lawler, 88, of Purdon (Navarro Mills) passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.

She was born Sept. 19, 1923 in the town of Murchison, Henderson County to the late James Benjamin (Ben) and Julia Letita Hobbs Richards. On Sept. 19, 1939 she was united in marriage to the late J. Olin Lawler.

Lillie is survived by her sister and husband, Jackie D. and Earl Edwards of Murchison; sister, Edna Richards-Crump of Grand Prairie; brother and wife, James and Marcia Richards of Dallas; daughter and her husband, Joann and Jerry Pommerening of Purdon (Navarro Mills); son and his wife, Jim and B.J. Lawler of Chickasha, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, B.C. and Bill Richards; sister, Mary Lou Richards-Slater; daughter, Fredna Lawler-Turner and husband J. Olin Lawler.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Lillie Celesta Lawler will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, 208 South Kerr Street, Blooming Grove. Pastor Grady Cashion will officiate assisted by Pastor Robert Easterling and Associate Pastor Carson Hastings.

Memorial funds have been established in her name at First Baptist Church, 208 South Kerr St., Blooming Grove. Texas 76626.

“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” (Jeremiah 31:13)

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Jackson Chaney (Douglas Jackson Cocke)
Aug 21, 1955 - Aug 7, 2012

Jackson Chaney, formerly known as Douglas Jackson Cocke, of Southlake, Texas passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at age 56.

He was born in Dallas on Aug. 21, 1955, and lived in Corsicana until the age of nine when he moved to Dallas with his family.

He was a 1973 graduate of Trinity Christian Academy. He received a BBA in Accounting with honors from Texas Tech University in 1977 where he was the president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. He earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980. He began practicing law with Thompson, Coe, Cousins, and Irons of Dallas and later became a partner in that firm. Thereafter, he was a partner in Chaney & Lane and practiced business immigration law.

Jackson was preceded in death by his father, Robert R. Cocke III; and grandparents, Lillian and Robert R. Cocke, Jr. and Brandon and James Truman Bragg.

He is survived by his children, Jarod Kincade Chaney and Whitney Elizabeth Chaney of Southlake; parents, Eleanor and Richard Parker Jr. of Dallas; brother, Dr. Robert R. Cocke IV and wife Mary of Austin; sister, DeMaret Cocke Childress of Fort Worth; identical twin brother, James Truman Chaney of Austin; nephews and niece, Robert Robinson Cocke V of Austin, Kathryn Eleanor Childress and David Robert Childress Jr. of Waco; aunt, Marian Bragg Wheelock of Corsicana; cousins, Tad and Lillian Wheelock of New Braunfels, Ty and Ellen Wheelock Willis of Austin, Susan and Richard Donnelly Jr. of Austin, David Preston Donnelly of Houston, and Miriam and Robert Wilson Waddell Jr. of Houston.

Jack, your family and friends join together to say we miss you, and we love you so much.

A Memorial graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Father Edward Monk officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


L. C. Hawkins
abt 1938 - Aug 4, 2012

L. C. Hawkins, 74, of Rice, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at his residence. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church with Pastor Harold Evans, eulogist.
Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.


Bettie (Beeman) Daniel
Dec 19, 1927 - Aug 10, 2012

Bettie Daniel was born in Corsicana on Dec. 19, 1927 to Vera Mae and Albert Beeman. She resided in Euless from 1958 until her death on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Bettie married Louis B. Daniel in 1950. She and Louis had two children, Carolyn Daniel and Lee Daniel, both of Euless. She is also survived by her sister, Wynell Payne of Waxahachie.

Bettie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Euless. She came to know the Lord when she was 12 years of age through her Sunday school teacher and Mother’s guidance. Her baptism was in a stock tank on a hot Sunday in July. She was salutatorian of her graduating class at Mildred High School in 1945. Following high school, she went to work for Dr. Pepper as a secretary and attended secretarial school at night. After she and Louis were wed, they moved frequently as required by Louis’ job as a lineman with Texas Power and Light. One year they moved 12 times renting apartments from widows. They moved to Irving in 1956 and in 1958 bought their current home in Euless. Bettie was a homemaker during her children’s early years. After her children started school, she went to work for General Electric as an executive secretary. She enjoyed her work and the people she worked with became like family. After retiring from General Electric in 1993, she devoted her time to her family, cooking, and keeping her yard. The most rewarding time of her life was visiting the sick and working in the prayer room of the First Baptist of Euless.

Burial was held Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park, Corsicana.


Mary Olga (Murphy) Loranger
Jan 14, 1931 - Aug 9, 2012

Mary Olga Murphy Loranger of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9,
2012 in Dallas.

She was born in Natalbany, La. on Jan. 14, 1931 to William T. and Emma D. Murphy.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Jan Dene Watts-Klein and grandson Franklin Watts Jr.

She is survived by her soulmate, Cecil Loranger; daughter, Mary Ellen White and husband Doyle; sons, David Watts and wife Roberta, and Alan Watts and wife Diane. She is also survived by five sisters and three brothers, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Tristan David Womack
Aug 10, 2012 - Aug 10, 2012

Tristan David Womack, infant son of Zachary and Susan Womack was born and died on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Tristan is survived by his loving parents, Zachary and Susan Womack; big sister, Skyy Cantrell; paternal grandfather, David Womack and wife Tammy of Jacksonville; paternal grandparents, Brent and Linda Walley of New Summerfield; maternal grandparents, Mark and Linda McGaugh of Corsicana; great paternal grandparents, Marjorie and Jim Brazier of New Summerfield, John Lewis of Jacksonville, Helen Kirkland of Jacksonville, and James Ward of Arizona; aunts and uncles, Brad and Rebecca Davidson of Arkadelphia, Ark., Chris and Karin Hall of Corsicana, James and Necole Hemsworth of Hico, Kelli McGaugh of Corsicana, and John McGaugh of Corsicana; great aunt, Janet McCoy of Jacksonville, and Lisa Cox and husband Gary of Phoenix, Ariz., cousins, Hayden, Kaylee and Devin Davidson of Arkadelphia, Ark., Brandon, Breanna, and Kaylee Hall, and Jacob Wallen all of Corsicana.

A private family graveside service was held at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. John LaNoue officiating.

But Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Billy Weeks Turner
Sep 9, 1920 - Aug 6, 2012

Billy Weeks Turner, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Twilight Home in Corsicana.

He was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Boz, Texas to Nettie Ellis and Roma Olin Turner. He grew up in the Waxahachie area, attended Waxahachie High School, and was an All-Star Quarterback in the late 1930’s. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Wray. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He coached Little League baseball during the 1950’s and 1960’s, and loved playing golf.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Turner; his parents; and brothers, Roma, Elmer and R.J. Turner.

He is survived by daughter, Christy Welch of Corsicana; son, Rusty Turner and wife Gloria of Corsicana; grandsons, Zack Carver and wife Amanda of Blooming Grove, Kalen Welch of Corsicana, and Sam Turner of Corsicana; and great-grandsons, Mikey and Matty Carver of Blooming Grove.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice at 500 W. Third St, Suite 6, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Kent Arrendell officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Jesus Govea
Sept 25, 1959 - July 19, 2012

Jesus Govea, 52, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Brownwood. He was born Sept 25, 1959 in Hacienda PozHondo, Mexico to Manuel and Maria Govea.

He is survived by wife, Irene Govea of Corsicana; children, Eliseo Govea, Crystal Govea, Maricela Govea, Rosie Govea and Oscar Govea all of Corsicana; brothers, Jose Govea and Martin Govea both of Corsicana; sisters, Estella Govea, Balbena Garcia, Isabel Butron all of Corsicana, Luz Govea and Angleca Govea, Sara Cruz, Ana Maria Rodriguez all of Mexico, and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Corsicana.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with father Jason Cargo officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Charles Clark
Aug 16, 1867 - Feb 27, 1930

(paper torn)____________ and Boss Clark, living south of town, received a messge Monday that their brother, Charley Clark, was found dead in bed at his home in Longview. It will be remembered that Charley Clark formerly lived here and married Miss Mamie Smith, daughter of the late Prof. T. M. Smith.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Mar 7, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co. TX; h/o Mamie (Smith) Clark
  • s/o Thomas Gilbert Clark & Frances (Samuels) Clark
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Nell Meador
abt 189? - Died Dec 22, 1926


Miss Nell Meador, of Washington, D. C., sister of Bruce and Lee Meador, died Dec. 22 in a hospital in that city only a few minutes after a car accident in which she was thrown from the car in which she rode, striking her head against the pavement.

Miss Nell was emloyed in the Government Printing and engraving Bureau, which position she held for nine years up to her death. Interment was on December 28th.

Lee Meador arrived home Saturday from Washington where he attended the funeral.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 14, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o William J. Meador & Mattie E. (Grady) Meador

Gilbert Stewart Hailey
abt 1964 - Jun 9, 1981

Gilbert S. Hailey, 17, of Frost, died Tuesday in Corsicana due to injuries received in a fall.

Funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Baptist Church in Centerville, with Rev. H.U.S. Banks officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.
[see notes]

Hailey attended Frost High School and was a member of Taylor Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors are his father, Bob Hailey, and mother, Polly Hailey, both of Frost; three sisters, Mrs. Janie Tace, Corsicana, Mrs. Bessie Scott, Plano, and Mrs. Linda Tace, Blooming Grove; four brothers, Larry Hailey, Houston, and Bobby Hailey, Willie Ray Hailey and Tommy Hailey, all of Corsicana; and other relatives.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Jun 17, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • I believe he is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery in Centerville where the funeral was.  It isn't very specific.  There is a Hopewell Cem in Centerville, Leon Co. TX on Find a Grave and there are some Haileys there.  ...Karen

Liddell Spencer Davis
June 4, 1903 - Apr 7, 1930

News Received Here of Death of Relative

Mrs. J. E. Walker received news Tuesday morning of the tragic death of a nephew, Lidell Davis, aged 26 years, son of Dr. J. Spencer Davis, of Dallas. The sad affair took place at the deceased home in Boston, Mass.
early Monday night, and from information at hand was another of those sad and inexplainable act committed in moments of darkest despondency.
He is survived by his wife and two small children. Burial will be held in Dallas the latter part of the week.

Lidell Davis would have taken his diploma in June in surgery. He had accomplished a great deal. From some surgical discovery he had been placed in charge of the hospital, and seemingly his future was bright.

Lidell was born in Blooming Grove and moved with his parents to Dallas were he lived until he went to school in Boston three years ago. He was well known here.

The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 11, 1930 Submitted by Karen Rost


  • s/o Dr. James Spencer Davis and Gertrude (Greene) Davis -
    Burial: Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co. TX
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Freddie Darwin Eastland
Feb 17, 1935 - Jul 17, 2012

Freddie D. Eastland, 77, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Freddie Darwin Eastland was born on Feb. 17, 1935 in Emhouse, Texas, the son of Lee Mahone and Winnie (Tinkle) Eastland. He had married Sylvia Jean Addison and later divorced. In 1989, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann (Holst) Jones. Freddie worked as a civil engineer for ABB Lums retiring in 1999 after 20 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Wanda Barrett, Jeanine Pope and Nancy Robinson.

Freddie will be deeply missed by his wife, Ruth Ann of Sioux Falls; sons, Doug Eastland of Waco, Texas, Brian (Kori) Eastland of Shreveport, La.; step-sons, Kirk Jones of Wapello and Mark (Monica) Jones of Creede, Colo.; step-daughters, Sheila (Monte) Eversmeyer and Shelly (Darren) Holsteen all of Wapello; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry (Betty) Eastland of Corsicana, and several nieces and nephews.

No visitation or service will be held.
Cremation rites were facilitated by the Family Care Services Life Transition and Cremation Center in Muscatine, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Great River Hospice House in Freddie’s name. The Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.


Maurice Otto Kiefert
May 17, 1916 - July 18, 2012

Maurice Otto Kiefert, 96, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at The Gardens at Chisolm Trail Estates in Keene, Texas. He was born May 17, 1916 in Manistique, Mich. to Otto Kiefert and Delila Marie Burns. He has one brother, Warren Kiefert. All have preceded him in death.

Maurice married Evelyn Blissett on March 24, 1952 in Amarillo in the First Christian Church. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March, 2012.

Maurice was an entrepreneur . He was successful in many businesses. He built buildings, restaurants, motels, and raised quarter horses. He and his wife Evelyn worked side by side in all of these endeavors. Maurice and Evelyn had no children, but many nieces and nephews. He has been residing at The Gardens at Chisolm Trail Estates in Keene since December of 2011.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Brownlow officiating. Burial will be at Cade Cemetery.


Jesus Beraza
abt 1961 - July 19, 2012

Jesus Beraza, 51, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Waxahachie.
Visitation with the family will be 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 20,
2012 at Templo De Avivamiento, 1600 W. 13th St. A graveside service will be held at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in charge of arrangements.


Jessie G. Perry
June 2, 1941 - July 16, 2012

Jessie G Perry, 71, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012. He was born on June 2, 1941. There will be a gathering of family and friends at 12 noon July 28, 2012 at the Powell Fire Dept to celebrate his life. Cremation was handled by Golden Gate Funeral Home.


Detria Mitchell
abt 1970 - July 14, 2012

Detria Mitchell, 42, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Kelly's Temple Church Of God In Christ, with Pastor Billy Joe Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Stevie Earl Baldwin
Jan 11, 1957 - Jul 20, 2012

Stevie Earl Baldwin, 55, passed away on July 20, 2012 in Mexia.

Mr. Baldwin was born on Jan. 11, 1957, in Corsicana to Charles Earl and Bettie Rash Baldwin. He worked many years as a pumper in the oil field industry as well as other positions.

Survivors include his son, Chad Baldwin and wife Lindsay of Hearne; granddaughters, Hannah and Hallie Baldwin of Hearne; father, Charles Baldwin of Hearne; mother, Bettie Jones and husband Doug of Corsicana; sister, Donna Coker of Mexia; brother, Ricky Baldwin of Richland; niece, Amber Ramirez and husband Ray; nephew, David Skinner; and great-nephew, Ray Ramirez; as well as other family members.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012, at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. Dean Daniel officiating.

Serving as pallbearers are Richard Payne, Pete McCulloch, Cody Golden, Ryan Ramirez, David Skinner and Larry Daniel.

Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.


Silvestra (Garza) Sendejo
Feb 17, 1932 - Jul 21, 2012

Silvestra Sendejo, 80 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 17, 1932 in Rio Grande City to Ventura and Francisca Garza.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Beatriz, great granddaughter Caytlyn, brother Margarto Garza, and sister Sara Garza.

She is survived by her seven children, Francisca Ramos of Corsicana, Juan Sendejo Jr. of Alabama, Janie Stephens of Corsicana, Jorge Sendejo of McAllen, Doli Whitehead of Corsicana, Sarith Munoz of Corsicana, and Javier Sendejo of Huntsville. She is also survived by her siblings, Maria Rita Leal of Edinburg, Joelda Garza of Dallas, Isai Garza of Dallas, Olga Garcia of Rio Grande City, Robert Garza of Rio Grande City, and Estevan Garza of Dallas. Silvestra leaves a legacy of 23 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Tony Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jorge Sendejo Jr, Daniel Sendejo, Manuel Ramos III, Adrian Ramos, Johnny Whitehead, and Angel Ferrer. Honorary pallbearer will be Mario Ferrer.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Mary Frances Atkinson
Sept 8, 1920 - July 22, 2012

Mary Frances Atkinson, 91, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Azalea Trail Nursing Home in Grand Saline, Texas. She was born September 8, 1920 to Claude and Lou Atkinson in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Jerry Huddleston.
She is survived by a brother, C.R. Atkinson of Sweeny, Texas; sister, Freda Askins of Grand Saline; nieces, Judy Ray of North Richland Hills and Teena Boyles of Grand Saline; and nephews, Larry Atkinson of Hitchcock and Mark Atkinson of Sweeney.
Graveside services will be held at 9:00 AM Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Lain Teel officiating.


Mary Frances Atkinson, 91, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Azalea Trail Nursing Home in Grand Saline, Texas. She was born Sept. 8, 1920 to Claude and Lou Atkinson in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Lain Teel officiating.


Charles Vernon "Junior" McCarter
Aug 1, 1925 - Jul 23, 2012

Charles Vernon “Junior” McCarter, age 86, passed away Monday, July 23,
2012 due to complications of Alzheimer’s.

Charles was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Corsicana, the youngest son of Charlie Holden McCarter and Leona Vernon Moore McCarter. He grew up in Navarro Community and graduated from the former Navarro High School. He served in the U. S. Army in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart in World War II. He was employed by the former Texas Power and Light for 38 years and retired as a corporate officer.

Though he maintained a residence in Dallas for many years, he was never far away from his home community of Navarro. He was an active member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and was sincerely involved in the Dunn Cemetery and the Hopewell Cemetery Associations. He also established a scholarship fund for recognized good citizenship at the Mildred High School in Mildred.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Garden Terrace and Odyssey Hospice for his excellent care and transition.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles is survived by his brother, William “Archie” McCarter of Fort Worth; nephew, William “Bill” Archie McCarter, Jr. and wife, Paula of Austin; niece, Lilla “Gayle” Lamers and husband, Patrick of Fort Worth; and nephew, Charles “Charlie” Frederick McCarter of Cardiff, Calif.
Junior’s surviving great nieces and nephews are Rebecca McCarter Hunter of Lockhart, Kacie Hunnicutt Russell of Fort Worth, Joshua McCarter of Lemoore, Calif., Rachel McCarter of Austin, and Joseph Hunnicutt of Crowley.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Laurel Land Funeral Home, 7100 Crowley Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76134.

Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Laurel Land Funeral Home, Fort Worth.


Joe Nathan Reese, Sr.
abt 1932 - Jul 20, 2012

Joe Nathan Reese Sr., 80, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, July 20,
2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be Friday, July 27,
2012 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church with Elder William Lewis and Minister Joe N. Reese Jr.


Peggy S. Fluker
Mar 9, 1928 - July 25, 2012

Peggy S. Fluker passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at East Alabama Medical Center. She was born March 9, 1928 in Navarro, Texas.

Mrs. Fluker had been a resident of Auburn for the past 52 years. She was a homemaker and had been employed at the Auburn High School, Dean Road School and the office of the Auburn Superintendent of Education. She had also been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Auburn and the Auburn University New Comers Club. Peggy graduated from Corsicana High School and Navarro College in their first graduating Class.

Survivors include her husband, Billie J. Fluker of Auburn; three daughters, Diane (Steven) Barnard of Auburn; Karen (James) Tate of Melfa, Va., Kathy (Mike) Hamrick of Eufaula; 13 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and sister, Betty (Tracy) McGaha of Corsicana.

Memorial service for Peggy S. Fluker, 84, of Auburn, AL will be held at
3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Reverend Dale Peterson is officiating.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory of Opelika, Alabama is directing.


Daniel Richard Burden-Engle
Apr 6, 1967 - Jul 28, 2012

Daniel Richard Burden-Engle, age 45, of Rice passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at his residence in Rice. He will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.


Dr. Randolph Nelson Foster Jr.
Apr 6, 1921 - Jul 27, 2012

Dr. Randolph Nelson Foster Jr. was born April 6, 1921, in Ennis, Texas, the first child of Katy (Sims) and Randolph Nelson Foster Sr. He passed away at the age of 91 on July 27, 2012 at the Wesleyan at Scenic Nursing Home in Georgetown, Texas.

Randolph graduated from Ennis High School in 1939 and the University of Texas in Austin in 1942 where he later earned his Master’s degree in music. Later in life Randolph went on to achieve his EdD (Doctorate of
Education) at George Peabody State Teachers College in Nashville, Tenn.
He entered the Army on July 23, 1942. While stationed in San Antonio and traveling by bus between San Antonio and Ennis, he met Melba Cowden of Corsicana who was working as a nurse in San Antonio. They were married on Dec. 18, 1943 and shared more than 63 years together. He was also stationed in San Francisco where he was a member of the Army Band.

During his career he first taught at Pharr High School, Pharr, Texas; and later at Tarleton State College, Stephenville; Pittsburg State College in Pittsburg, Kan., Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.; and Vanderbilt Peabody State College, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Foster moved his family to Chadron, Neb. where he taught music, humanities and directed the college band and orchestra at Chadron State Teacher’s College. Dr. Foster’s career took him to Minot, ND as Dean of the College and later to Youngstown, Ohio, as Director of Institutional Research at Youngstown State University; he retired from the university in 1983. Randolph and Melba moved to Georgetown, Texas, to be near family and the area in which they both grew up.

Randolph continued his interests in music, statistics, world history, and sports, especially UT Texas Football. He was a Lifetime Member of the Grand Lodge of Texas, San Gabriel Lodge No. 39. Randolph and his family were long time members in the Methodist Church. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the College Band Directors National Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, and the American Association of University Professors, as well as others.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 63 years, Anna Melba Cowden Foster in 2007; his parents; his sister, Katherine Holt Weiben McDonald, formerly of San Antonio; and his brother Melvin J. Foster formerly of Round Rock.

Dr. Foster leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, R. Nelson Foster, III and wife Jo Ann of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Anna Carol Kennedy and husband Mike of Casper, Wyo.; grandsons, Brandon and wife Stefani, Tyson and wife Jessica; great grandchildren, Adam Laumbach, Isabella Foster, Marisa Foster Courts and Skylar Foster; his sister-in-law, Frances Cowden of Houston; cousin, Bob Goodwin of Georgetown, and several nieces and nephews; along with a host of other loving friends.

Visitation was held on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas.

A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery on FM 2555, just outside of Corsicana, with Rev. John Aleman officiating. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Masonic Lodge #174, AF&AM, and the United States Army Honor Guard will perform military honors.


Rev. Roy Hillman Davis
Sept 2, 1899 - June 13, 1981

The Rev. Roy H. Davis, 81, of Corsicana, died Saturday morning at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service was Sunday, 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.
Dr. Tom Graves and the Rev. Marvin Bledsoe officiated. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

During his ministry of 53 years, Rev. Davis served as pastor of Central Methodist Church and Wesley Methodist Church, both of Corsicana; First Methodist Church of Blooming Grove, First Methodist Church of Dawson, First Methodist Church of Wortham, First Methodist Church in Red Oak, First Methodist Church of Emhouse, and First Methodist Church in Tehuacana. During his 16 years of retirement, Rev. Davis remained active by making numerous hospital and nursing home visits.

Rev. Davis is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie Davis of Corsicana, a daughter, Mrs. Robert W. Gladney of Corsicana; a grandson; a great grand-daughter; a brother, Park Davis of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Mrs. Cleo Boone of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Ella Penn of Dallas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Neal Crawford, Arthur Joe Renfro, Hiram Boyd, Leland Kattner, Buford Armstrong, Joe Fogg, Bob Parrish, Fred Roberts, Jack London and Almer Renfro.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Jun 17, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

George Washington Crumbley
May 12, 1872 - Mar 20, 1926

George Crumbley Killed

George Crumley was shot and killed Friday at Corsicana, and Sheriff Stewart gave himself up and was placed under a $3000 bond.

It is said that the Sheriff came to Crumley's office and fight ensued.
One shot was fired, taking effect in Crumley's abdoman, and the wounded man died next morning.

Mr. Crumbley formerly taught school in this community and was at the time of his death Justice of the Peace of Corsicana.






George W. Crumbley, 53 years old, justice of the peace is dead and John W. Stewart aged about 65, sheriff of Navarro county is suffering from scalp wounds, as a result of an altercation which occurred in the courtroom of the justice about 5 o’clock Friday afternoon.

Formal charges of murder were filed against the sheriff by County Attorney Ballard W. George in Justice of the Peace Sam H. Jordan’s court Saturday morning and his bond was set at $3,000.

Sheriff Stewart will appear in Justice court at 9 o’clock Monday morning for a preliminary hearing. Three witnesses have been summoned to appear in behalf of the defendant.

Crumbley died from the effects of a pistol wound in the abdomen. Stewart has lacerations on his scalp inflicted by a desk notary seat.

Immediately following the shooting the two officers were taken to the County Hospital. Crumbly was operated on early Friday night to remove a portion of his large intestine, from which he failed to rally and lingered till 6:50 o’clock Saturday morning.

Funeral services for Crumbley will be held at the First Batist church at 3:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The local Blue Lodge of Masons will have charge of the services at the grave and the Knights Templar will furnish an escort.

Stewart’s wounds were dressed and he is at his home, 609 South Eighteenth street, in bed today. The grand jury convenes Monday morning. The sheriff was served with a warrant at noon today by John R. Curington, chief deputy.

Crumbley is understood to have made a statement to friends concerning the affray soon after reaching the hospital where he was taken in Sutherland’s ambulance.

Stewart stated to newspaper reporters at his home today that he had bone into Crumbley’s office in the west side of the basement floor of the courthouse when the justice asked him to come in, that he wanted to talk to him about a matter.

The sheriff said that the justice charged him with showing favoritism in the filing of cases in the court of the other justice of the peace, to which he replied he was mistaken.

According to the sheriff’s statement he and Crumbley were seated at the desk talking and Crumbley told him that one of his (Stewart’s) men had told him that they had instructions to file all cases with the other justice. To this the sheriff said, he explained that such was not the case and if he would bring this man before him he would have it further explained.

“As I started to push my chair back and get up to go,: the sheriff said, “he struck me in the back of the head with this seat, knocked me to my knees, and I was blinded by the blow; he struck me the second time, and as I scrambled up he pursued me and struck me the third time, the last lick hit me on top of the head , as I partly knocked it off with my left hand.

“I went for my pistol as I staggered towards the west wall; it seemed like it was hard to get out of the scabbard, and I shot as quick as I could to stop him from beating me to death,” said the sheriff.

Crumbley’s last statement concerning the trouble said to have been made to several men who had called at the hospital shortly after the shooting, is quoted in effect to be that Stewart struck at him with a chair and abused him, whereupon they went into a clinch. During the clinch he struck Stewart and was shot, it is alleged.

At first it was thought the injuries were not dangerous. A blood transfusion was given, but to no avail.

Crumbley is survived by his wife and six small children, of Corsicana; and four brothers, Billy Crumbley, Tennessee; Trey and J. O. Crumbley, Corsicana, and Bob Crumbley of Angus.

Crumbley had been a resident of Navarro county about thirty years and of Corsicana the past fifteen years. He was formerly a school teacher and farmer, and was appointed justice of the peace by the commissioners’ court several months ago to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of H. K. Duncan. He was well known.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 20, 1926 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Thieves Steal Casings and Tools

Two cases and the tools were stolen from the car of George W. Crumbley early Friday night while it was parked near the courthouse it was stated here Saturday.

Crumbley had parked his car in the usual place when he came to the courthouse Friday afternoon, and it was there until about 10 o’clock, when Drane & McKee were instructed to get it.

The car was brought to Drane & McKee’s garage. Accessory thieves had taken the tools out of it and two spare casings. It was said.

Crumbley was taken to the County Hospital about 5 o’clock after he had been shot in the abdomen, and died at 6:50 o’clock Saturday morning.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Mar 20, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Evelyn Virtelle (Moore) Crumbley; s/o Henry Washington Crumbley & Martha (Ayres) Crumbley; s/o Henry Washington Crumbley & Martha (Ayres) Crumbley




Hearing of testimony in the examining trial of Sheriff John W. Stewart was continued till 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, at which time it is thought the defendant will be physically able to appear in court.

The hearing was called for two o’clock Monday afternoon and a total of six witnesses were examined before Justice Sam B. Jordan.

Stewart is held on a formal charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Justice of the Peace George W. Crumbley last Friday. His physician advised against his appearing in court today.

Sam Barton, D. L. Boyd, Blooming Grove farmers; H. L. Hervey Chatfield; Dr. M. L. Hanks, Corbet; G. P Brooks, deputy sheriff, and Dr. I. N. Suttle, Corsicana, gave testimony in the hearing this afternoon. So large was the attendance at court that Judge Jordan held his hearing in the district courtroom, as the justice’s office could not accommodate the spectators.

At the opening of the hearing Stewart, though his attorneys, Gibson & Lovett, produced a signed waiver of appearance on account of not being physically able to leave his home.

The waiver carried with it admission of the death of George W. Crumbley at his hands.

At the conclusion of the evidence of Dr. I. N. Suttle, who attended the sheriff soon after the trouble and who has him under his care, court took a recess on motion of the defense, till Tuesday morning.

Sam Barton, told of his being in the court house basement at the time of the trouble. In his company was D. L. Boyd, and according to his statement they had left Brooks and Hervey near the east end of the courthouse basement and were walking down towards the northwest exit. As they walked along, he said his attention was first attracted when about twenty feet of the door leading into Crumbley’s office by scuffling and heard someone say “you old-------,” and looked up quickly and saw Crumbley strike Stewart with a seat. He said Stewart then went down towards the floor and made a motion like he was trying to get a gun from his left side with his right hand, while his left arm was partly elevated. Barton said he turned quickly and grabbed Boyd and shoved him into the hall way that leads directly north to the toilet. The witness said he heart the shot fire, but heard nothing drop to the floor. He saw Crumbley a little later out on the court house lawn, and saw Stewart later in the Sheriff’s office.

Barton said he was in the room after the fight and saw the notary seal and a chair turned over on the floor between the two desks, and did not see anything in Stewart’s hands.

As the shot fired, Barton said, Brooks and Hervey came running down that way hollering, “don’t shoot” and “halt.” At this juncture the witness said he and Boyd went on out the northwest steps and on into the sheriff’s office. The witness stated that he had been served with summons to appear before the grand jury.

D. L. Boyd took the stand next and under question by E. J. Gibson told practically the same version of the affair as did Barton. He said he heard talking in the room but did not understand what was said, he walked a little behind Barton and was behind him slightly when Barton shoved him into the toilet alley and saw nothing of the fight.

Dr. M. L. Hanks said he saw Crumbley about ten or eleven o’clock Friday morning while standing in the sheriff’s office looking at the new jail across the street. At that time Dr. Hanks declared he asked him if he intended to run for justice of the peace, whereupon Crumbley was quoted as saying he intended to do so.

“ I remarked to him that I hadn’t noticed his announcement in the paper,” Hanks said, and Crumbley, he declared, replied that he was not going to announce through the newspapers, but would have cards out and that his name would appear on the ticket.

According to Dr. Hanks’ further testimony Crumbley quoted as having said “it costs too much to announce through the papers and make make a thorough campaign, and there is nothing in the office, anyway, and these d----d-----in here are the cause of it.”

The witness declared he did not know what was meant and he immediately left and saw Crumbley no more. Dr. Hanks has been summoned for the grand jury, he said.

H. L. Hervey of Chatfield stated he was with C. P. Brooks at the east end of the basement at the time of the trouble. He testified to seeing scuffling in Crumbley’s office, something that sounded like a chair turning over first attracted his attention in that direction. He declared he looked up, saw the scuffle, but saw no licks struck. He declared on being questioned that if Crumbley had a seal in his hand he did not see it, and if Stewart had hold of a chair he did not see that, or know anything about it.

“Brooks and I went into the room and separated Crumbley and Stewart.” Hervey testified.

“Crumbley said, ‘He has killed me, boys,’ and I got hold of Stewart and asked him what was the trouble and he said, “He was trying to kill me with that weight.” Hervey continued.

On cross-examination by the State, Hervey said he and Brooks started for the door, he being a little behind Brooks, and they reached the door and entered the office about the same instant. He said they heart the shot fired when about 10 feet from the door and as they entered, the men were in a clinch in the northwest corner of the room, and that was their position when he and Brooks separated them.

Brooks took the stand and testified practically to the details touched on by Hervey, saying that when they heard a noise in Crumbley’s office they ran in that direction. He said he did not see the pistol shoot, but heard the report a few feet from the door. He said the men were in a clinch right up against each other next to the north wall, and near the northwest corner of the room. He said Crumbley had a seal in his left hand. Brooks took Crumbley out of the room and onto the court house lawn, he said, and Hervey and Rufus Pevehouse took Stewart in charge.

The witness said Crumbley said nothing to him any more than begged him to carry him to the hospital and Stewart said nothing to him.

The notary seal that figured in the tragedy was introduced in evidence at this point and identified.

Dr. I. N. Suttle was the last witness. He described Stewart’s wounds. He attended him at the hospital about 6 or 7 o’clock Friday night. He said Stewart had three wounds in his head. He described one as the main wound, being just above the mastoid bone above the left ear, and about two inches in length, another wound on top of the head and another between the first two described.

The main wound the doctor said, was lacerated to the bone and that an X-ray had been taken of it by Dr. Daniels, who, he said reported to him there is evidence of a fracture to the outer table.

The other two wounds, the doctor declared are of a less serious nature. The injuries he declared were very painful.

It was announced Sunday that the examining trial would not be held until probably late in the week on account of the sheriff’s injuries being too serious to permit him to leave his bed. He rested well Sunday night, and it was found that he might be able to appear this afternoon. His attorneys announced after hearing the doctor’s testimony, that he would in all probability be able to appear Tuesday morning and that the examining trial would be concluded with their client’s testimony.





One of the largest crows attending a funeral in Corsicana for years gathered at the First Baptist church and at Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon to attend the last rites said to George W. Crumbley, who died Saturday morning following injuries received the day before.

Funeral services were conducted at the church by Dr. E. C. Routh, of Dallas, editor of the Baptist Standard and supply preacher for the church. The Knights Templar furnished an official escort and the members of the local Masonic Blue Lodge were pall-bearers and had charge of the service at the grave.

There were more than 1,000 people in the church during the brief services and a larger number drove in automobiles to Oakwood. Cars were parked in every conceivable place in large part of the cemetery and many made their way to the grave on foot.

The funeral music was furnished by the church choir and a male quartet. The minister spoke on the uncertainty of life and the surety of death, and gave comforting words to the bereaved relatives of the deceased.

Many were the floral tributes for about the bier flowers were strewn in profusion, and were left on the grave at the conclusion of the services.

Miss Alice Crumbley collapsed at the bier of her dead brother, and was bodily carried from the church fainting to a car that waited.

Crumbley is survived by his widow, six small children, one sister, Miss Alice Crumbley, aged mother, four brothers, J. O. and Tirey Crumbley all of Corsicana; Bob Crumbley of Angus and Billy Crumbley of Tennessee.





Sheriff John W. Stewart was released on his own recognizance by Justice of the Peace Sam B. Jordan Tuesday morning, after he had testified in the preliminary hearing which was concluded shortly after 10 o’clock.

The sheriff went directly to the grand jury room. The grand jury has the case under investigation and all witnesses, including the six that gave testimony Monday afternoon and the sheriff himself, are in attendance at the granc jury.

The witnesses testifying in the preliminary are Sam Barton, D. L. Boyd, Blooming Grove; H. L. Hervey, Chatfield; C. P. Brooks, deputy sheriff; Dr. M. l. Hanks, Corbet; Dr. I. N. Suttle, Corsicana; and Sheriff John W. Stewart.

The sheriff, in response to questions propounded by attorneys told his version of the killing, and Justice Jordan stated that inasmuch as the grand jury had the matter under investigation and the defendant stated he was going before that body, he would release him.

The sheriff appeared in court with his head in bandages. He will plead self-defense, declaring that he was invited into Crumbley’s office to talk over a matter, and as they were seated the argument came up concerning the filing of cases in the justice court, in which Crumbley is said to have accused him of throwing his court business to the other justice of the peace.

The sheriff related that he told Crumbley he had no preference between the two justices of the peace, whereupon reply was made that one of his (Stewart’s) men had told him instructions were to file the criminal cases in Jordan’s court to his discrimination. The sheriff declared he told Crumbley that to be a mistake and if he ould bring this man in, he would show it to be so.

At this, the sheriff stated, Crumbley declined to bring the man in, and quoted him as saying he believed what the deputy had told him, and that Stewart was responsible for it. Seeing no satisfactory settlement of the matter could be made, said the sheriff, he said he remarked to Crumbley he had might as well go, and that he rather he would not repeat the matter saying he was to blame for filing practically all the cases with the other justice.

The sheriff described the position of the two men at the time of the talk, and stated as he started to get up to leave he was struck with the seal just above the left ear dropped to his right knee in a partly paralyzed condition, and was struck the second time, and the third time, though the third blow did not break the skin. After he parried the third blow with his left hand and pushed Crumbley back, he pulled his pistol and fired to protect his own life.

Sheriff Stewart has lived in Navarro county forty years and has been a peace officer from time to time for twenty-seven years, serving as constable, city marshal, policeman, deputy sheriff and sheriff. He is 58 years old.

Gibson & Lovett are representing Sheriff Stewart, and W. M. Taylor, assistant county attorney, appeared at the hearing in behalf of the state.

The district court room was crowded in almost standing room a capacity during the hearing Tuesday morning as well as Monday afternoon. Quiet and order prevailed. Many were eager to hear the testimony of the witness. The testimony was taken down by Court Reporter Jack Dodson.



Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff John W. Stewart who has been confined at his home with injuries sustained in the altercation at the court house several days ago in which Justice of the Peace George W. Crumbley was fatally wounded, was able to resume his duties at his office Monday for awhile.


Charles Jacob DeLafosse, Jr.
Aug 7, 1916 - Jun 29, 1926

A meeting of women was held at the stadium under the auspices of First Baptist women. Mrs. Delafose of Emhouse was present, and while here received the shocking news that her little boy about ten years old had been drowned while swimming in a tank at Emhouse.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jul 2, 1926
  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • s/o Charles Jacob DeLafosse, Sr. & Corrie Bell (Caldwell) DeLafosse
  • Submitted by Karen Rost




Funeral services for Charlie Delafosse, 9 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Delefosse, of the Emhouse community who met death by drowning Tuesday afternoon were held at the First Baptist church at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the church officiated. Pallbearers were James Patrick, Murphy Holmes, W. J. Garrett, of Emhouse; and H. R. Smalley, G. C. Bowden and Albert Levy of Corsicana. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Deceased is survived by his parents and three little sisters, Martha Howard, Charlotte and Ada Sue Delafosse, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Delafosse, Corsicana, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

The little boy was drowned in a lake near the family home about 3:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon while swimming with his boy companion, Clifton Brown. He appeared to have gotten in deep water and cramped or became strangled and went down. The body was taken to Emhouse. Sutherland’s ambulance was called and a pulmotor was used in a vain effort to resuscitate life. The body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Delafosse late Tuesday.



In Loving Memory of Little Charles DeLafosse

On Tuesday afternoon, June 29, Christ took from Mr. and Ms. C. H. DeLafosse their darling boy, which was drowned in a little tank of water near his home.

Little Charles at the time of his death was about ten and one-half years of age. He was a sweet child and was loved by everybody. His body was laid to rest in the Oakwood cemetery.

After the death of little Charles he leaves to mourn his death a father, mother and three little sisters with a great number of other relatives and friends.

A precious one from us is gone
A voice we love it still
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled,
Thou are gone, our precious Charles,
Never more cans’t thou return
Thou shalt sleep a peaceful slumber,
Till the resurrection morn.
Thou art our precious Charles,
Never more we’ll see his face
Till we meet him over the river,
In that happy dwelling place.
There we’ll meet you, precious Charles.
There we’ll clasp glad hands and ---more.
When we’ve next to part, no never never.
On that happy peaceful shore,
There we’ll spend the countless ages,
Ever by our Savior’s side,
There we’ll meet our precious Charles,
There our tears will all be dried.

Minnie Jewell Ray, Emhouse, Texas.


Mary Ellie (Bunch) Flowers-Boyd
Feb 29, 1864 - Aug 30, 1929

Mrs. Henry L. Boyd Died in Waco Hospital

Mrs. Henry L. Boyd, age 68 years, died Friday, August 30, in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, as the result of a major operation a few days before.
The body was brought to the deceased home in the White Chapel community near Corsicana Saturday for burial.

Mrs. Seth Williams of Blooming Grove was a sister of the deceased, and was at her bedside in Dallas during her last days.

The deceased had lived in Navarro county since 1881.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 6, 1929
  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o John Austin "Jack" Flowers and Henry L. Boyd; d/o Erasmus S. Bunch & Martha Ann (Matthews) Bunch



Mrs. Henry L. Boyd, age 68 years, died Friday morning about 5 o’clock in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, following a major operation several days ago. The body was brought to Corsicana Friday afternoon and was taken to her home in the White’s Chapel community. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial in Oakwood.

Mrs. Boyd came to Texas from Kentucky in 1881 and lived in Dallas one year before moving to Navarro county, where she has resided since. Most of this time has been spent in her present home in White’s Chapel community.

Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Miss Gladys Flowers, White’s Chapel; three brothers, M. D. L. Bunch, Corsicana; J. S. Bunch, Beaumont; James A. Bunch, Los Angeles, Cal.; six sisters, Mrs. John Watson, Corsicana; Mrs. W. A. Welborn, Humble; Mrs. Dave Ridgeway, Trinidad; Mrs. G. G. Owen, Emhouse; Mrs. Seth Williams, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Will Donaho, Corsicana.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.





Funeral services for Mrs. Henry L. Boyd, age 68 years, who died Friday morning in Dallas following a major operation, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Corley-McMahon Funeral home, and were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church at Wortham. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Boyd has been a resident of Texas since 1881 and had lived in Navarro county since 1882. She had lived in the Whites Chapel neighborhood practically all of the time she had been a resident of this county. She came to Texas from Kentucky.

Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Miss Gladys Flowers, White’s Chapel; three brothers, M. D. L. Bunch, Corsicana; J. S. Bunch, Beaumont; James A. Bunch, Los Angeles, Cal.; six sisters, Mrs. John Watson, Corsicana; Mrs. W. A. Welborn, Humble; Mrs. Dave Ridgeway, Trinidad; Mrs. G. G. Owen, Emhouse; Mrs. Seth Williams, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Will Donaho, Corsicana.

The pallbearers were Walter Hamilton, Jack Megarity, Frank McCuiston, Walker Green, Frank Meador, and Earl Nash.


Stella (Raney) Griffith
Jan 28, 1906 - Dec 3, 1958

Mrs. Griffith Dies At Ennis

ENNIS, Dec. 4 (Spl.) - Mrs. Clarence M. Griffith, 52, died in Municipal Hospital Wednesday night following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Bunch Funeral Chapel Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gene Welch, pastor of the Anthony Drive Baptist church here. She was a member of the Central Baptist church of Itasca.

A native of Crandall, Kaufman county, the family had resided in Ennis since 1945.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Joel N. Griffith, both of Ennis; a daughter, Mrs. George O. Reynolds, Jr., Irving; three grandchildren; a brother, Floyd Raney, Red Oak; two sisters, Mrs. Grady B. Morman, Dallas and Mrs. Ernest J. Garner, Ennis, and other relatives.


Alvus Quinton Thornton
Sep 17, 1882 - Mar 9, 1958

Wednesday Rites For War Veteran

Funeral rites for A. Q. Thornton, 75, Spanish-American veteran who died in the Marlin V. A. Hospital Sunday night, were held from the McCammon Chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Ted Spencer, associate pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ada B. Thornton, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Guy Sitton, Corsicana; Mrs. George Peterson and Mrs. Maggie Cannon, both of Lubbock; Mrs. Lula Cave and Mrs. William Thompson, both of Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Hope Powell, Dick Everett, L. E. Riley, Hugh Cummins, A. G. Thornton, Jim Cave and Ralph Tatum, Jr.


James Monty Clark
Jan 17, 1958 - Feb 12, 1958

Clark Infant Dies Wednesday

James Monty Clark, 25-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Clark, 620 South Twentieth street, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Missionary Baptist church Thursday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gene Welch, pastor of the Anthony Drive Baptist Church in Ennis.

Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Kenneth M. and Larry Mack Clark, all of Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Clark, Corsicana, and Mrs. Cecil A. Rivers, Ennis, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.


Luther William Thrash
Jan 24, 1879 - Jun 24, 1944

Funeral Service For L. W. Thrash Held Sunday

Funeral services for L. W. Thrash, age 65, who died in a Corsicana hospital Saturday night, were held Sundat afternoon at 5:30 o'clock with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana.

Mr. Thrash was a resident of Blooming Grove for several hears, having once operated the Thrash Hotel, and was for some time, City Marshall here.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. P. J. Peters, Dallas; Mrs. J. O. Hancock, Junction City, Kansas; Mrs. Ray H. Harris, San Antonio, two sons, Floyd Thrash, Hico; Luther W. Thrash Jr., Wichita Falls, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. I. Saunders, Joe George, Carl Pritchett, Doc Bailey, D. W. Lee and R. D. Flemming.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jun 30, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Funeral services for Luther W. Thrash, 65, who died at Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Saturday night were held Sunday afternoon at 5:30 from the Corley Chapel. Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk and R. W. Nations conducted the rites. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

He had been a resident of Corsicana since 1916.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. P. J. Peters, Dallas; Mrs. J. O. Peacock, Junction City, Kans.; Mrs. Ray H. Harris, San Antonio; two sons, Rev. Floyd W. Thrash, Hico; Luther W. Thrash, Jr., Wichita Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Holloway, Buffalo Gap; Mrs. Virgle Wood, Arlington; Mrs. John Wheat, Fort Worth, seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. I. Saunders, Joe George, Carl Pritchett, Doc Baily, D. W. Lee and R. D. Fleming.


Cecil Merrill Ashworth
Jun 8, 1912 - Dec 7, 1946

Katheryn (Graham) Ashworth
Apr 29, 1907 - Dec 7, 1946


Funeral services for Cecil M. Ashworth, 34, and his wife, Mrs. Katherine Ashworth, 39, were held during the week end following their deaths from gunshot wounds Saturday night at their residence, 722 South Waverly, Oak Cliff, Dallas. Justice of the Peace W. L. (Bill) Richburg gave a verdict of mruder and suicide following an investigation. Ashworth was an auditor and bookkeeper and a former serviceman. Detective T. O. Pope of Dallas was quoted as saying that Ashworth shot his wife throught he head and then himself with a pistol.

Funeral services for Ashworth were held from the Corley Funeral Home here Sunday afternoon with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church. Pallbearers were Dill Cole, Claiborne Simpson, Johnny Mc Kissack, J. A. Breithaupt,, Jr., Will Hashop, Homer Humphries, J. D. Dowd and J. C. Gaston.

Surviving Ashworth are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Ashworth and two brothers, Carl and Vernon R. Ashworth, both of Corsicana.

Surviving Mrs. Ashworth, who was buried in Dallas Monday, are a daughter Mrs. Revenell Collis, Tennessee; and an adopted son, Arthur W. Weiss, Dallas.


Lena R. (Pike) Sikes
Jun 8, 1870 - Sep 4, 1946


Mrs. Lena R. Sikes, aged 77 years, died at the family residence, 620 South Fourteenth street, Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers, Lewisville, Methodist minister, formerly of Corsicana.

Mrs. Sikes was a native of Jefferson, Ga., but was a long-time Corsicana resident.

Surviving are three sons, Wm. J. Sikes, Cordell, Ga.; Frank Sikes, Paris, and Basil Sikes, Greggton; two daughters, Mrs. Dave Mimms, Corsicana, and Mrs. B. A. Griffin, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Neva Lockhart, Corsicana, and Mrs. O. M. Human, Houston; nine grandchildren and nine great-gradchildren [sic].

Pallbearers were John C. Hughes, A. L. Norton, Pete O'Daniel, H. S. Ellis, Billy Patrick, Jester Pittman, F. A. Pierce and Neil Holloway.


Chester Lee Hall
Jul 17, 1890 - Oct 6, 1930

Chester Hall Buried at Dresden Tuesday

Chester Hall, aged 40 years, died at 2:30 Monday afternoon at the County Hospital in Corsicana after an operation a week ago for appendicitis.
Funeral services were held at Dresden Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. T. G. Story conducting.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, Cleo and Lucille, and his mother, Mrs. Nora Hall of Dallas, and two sisters, Mrs. Renfro of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. J. Griffin of 2502 Idaho, Dallas.

Chester Hall spent practically his entire life in Blooming Grove community farming and has a host of friends here. Recently he moved to Corsicana where he was living at the time of his death.

McCormick Funeral Home had charge of the services.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



DRESDEN. Oct. 9.—(Spl.)—Chester Hall died late Monday evening. He leaves a wife and two children, a son and daughter and several other relatives. It will be remembered that Mr. Hall formerly lived at Dresden.


Jefferson Johnson Hollingsworth
Mar 12, 1879 - May 22, 1931

Jeff Hollingsworth passed away Friday at his home near Carroll school house. Mr. Hollingsworth was a well known farmer, a good citizen, a useful man in his community and a man who believed in upholding the law and living a clean life. The burial took place Saturday.


James Heath Blake, Sr.
Dec 14, 1846 - Jan 27, 1932


J. H. Blake, aged 85 years, died at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon at his home near Dresden after having been ill for several months.

Rev. P. L. Shuler, pastor of the Methodist church conducted the funeral service which was held at the Dresden Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

J. H. Blake came to Texas from North Carolina in 1883 and settled in Dresden where he made his home until his death. His wife passed on about a year ago.

Three children survive, they are: R. K. Blake, Dresden; Heath Blake, Black Hills; and Mrs. Hartzell Hodges, Athens.

The McCormick funeral home was in charge.


Wanda Fay Hinkle
May 27, 1933 - Mar 9, 1935

Little Child Buried Saturday Afternoon

Wanda Fay 21 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hinkle, passed away at the home of its parents Saturday morning at 2:30 o'clock.

Rev. P. W. Utley conducted the funeral services at Lone Oak cemetery Saturday afternoon, where interment was.

She is survived by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

The McCormick Funeral service was in charge.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for the help and kindness in the death of our darling baby daughter and sister who was laid to rest in the Lone Oak Cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Oscar and Winnie Hinkle and Children


John Franklin Northcutt
Oct 17, 1871 - Aug 4, 1935


Funeral services for John F. Northcutt, 63, who died suddenly at his home near Italy Sunday morning were held at the Lone Oak cemetery Monday afternoon with Rev. H. D. Parnell officiating. Mr. Northcutt formerly resided in the Blooming Grove community and had many friends who were grieved to learn of his sudden death. He is survived by seven children, Mrs. Harvey Hendricks and Mrs. Clarence Barr of Lone Cedar; Mrs. Tom Martin of Avalon; Mrs. Roger Thompson of Dresden; Jake and Bob Northcutt and Miss Sadie Northdutt of Italy and twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 9, 1935
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Maggie (Ellison) Northcutt; s/o Andrew Woodson Northcutt & Elizabeth Caroline (Florida) Northcutt
  • He and his wife are not listed in the cemetery records book, but their death certificates state that burial is in Lone Oak.
  • Maggie (Ellison) Northcutt - Jan 1, 1871 - May 21, 1935 - No obit

Barbara Jean (Daniels) Bailey
Aug 31, 1954 - Jul 22, 2012

Barbara Jean Bailey, 57 of Kerens, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012 at her residence.

She is survived by her husband, James Bailey, Sr. of Kerens; two sons, James Bailey, Jr. and Stacy Lynn Bailey both of Kerens; daughter, Tina Marie Stokes of Arizona; two sisters, Evelyn Bigham of Red Oak and Jeanette Dollins of Mesquite; two brothers, Randy Daniels of Paris, and Clyde Daniels of East Texas; as well as four grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Kerens Cemetery with Rev. Wes Johnson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Barbara Bailey Memorial Fund, account number 4006526, at any Prosperity Bank location.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


George E. Steward
abt 1936 - Jul 30, 2012

George E. Steward (Uncle George/Moody), 76, passed from this life on Monday, July 30, 2012 in DeRidder, La. George was a native of Corsicana and a lifetime resident of DeRidder, La.

He retired from Boise Cascade after over 30 years of service. He was a member of numerous community and civic organizations, and a member of the Starlight Missionary Baptist Church-Rev. Daniel Stafford pastor.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ann J. Steward, father, George D.
Steward, brother, Willie Howard Steward, and son, Willie George Steward.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Della Steward of Corsicana; daughter, Tempest Acker of Marietta, Ga.: sister, Christine Crawford of Corsicana; grandchildren, Machema McGregor of Dallas, Willie George Steward II of Atlanta, Ga., Tatyana and Taliya Acker of Marietta, Ga.; great grandchildren, and a host of favorite nieces, nephews, family, special friends, in-laws and god children.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 and from 10 a.m. until time of service at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church in DeRidder, La.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Daniel Stafford will officiate. Burial will follow at Starlight Cemetery in DeRidder, La.


Lyda Pearl (Thompson) Heinrichs
Mar 2, 1926 - Jul 31, 2012

“The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation.” - Exodus 15:2

The last scripture lay on Lyda Pearl Thompson Heinrichs' kitchen table on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, the morning she passed from this world to that which she believed in faith was next.

A long-time GTE telephone operator and gifted cook and canner, Lyda began this life in Washburn, Texas and throughout life found community in: Roswell, N.M.; Gilbert, W. Va.; Lubbock; South Williamson, Ky.; Santa Fe, N.M.; San Angelo, and Corsicana. Along the way she gave her time teaching Sunday School, serving as a Cub Scout leader, and participating in the Newcomers Club of San Angelo.

However, to her, family was priority. She was a wife to Walt Heinrichs, who preceded her in death.

She will always be “Mother” to daughter Janice and husband Rodney McLauchlin of Corsicana, son Larry and wife Betsy Musick of Dallas, son Paul and wife Jenifer of Biloxi, Miss. and son Jeff Musick of Frisco.  She is endeared as “Mamaw” to grandchildren Hollie Higgins, Ryan McLauchlin, Jordan Musick, Kacey Musick, Anne Musick, David Musick, Frank Musick, Chandler Musick and Justin Musick. Her legacy continues to a fourth generation with great-granddaughters Campbell and Ellyse Higgins.

A private memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana. Interment was at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.

Memorial donations can be made to the PCHAS Child & Family Program at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Robert E. Franklin
Apr 10, 1939 - July 30, 2012

Vietnam Veteran Retired Captain Robert E. Franklin, 73, of San Angelo, formerly of Dawson, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012, in Temple.

Mr. Franklin was born April 10, 1939, in Dallas to Thomas and Audrey Lee (Atkins) Franklin.

He retired from the United States Air Force after serving more than 20 years including service during Vietnam.

Survivors include a brother, Bill Franklin of Redding, Calif.; a sister, Sue Ward of Temple; and a son, Joel Thomas Franklin of Coppell.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple.

Services with full military honors will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Memorial may be made in his honor to Oak Park United Methodist Church,
5505 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76502.

Arrangements by Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple.


Harry Price
Oct 26, 1938 - Aug 1, 2012

Harry Price, 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at his home in College Station with his family by his side.

Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.

Harry was born Oct. 26, 1938 in Corsicana the son of Will Sidney and Dorothy (Carter) Price. He was raised in Kerens and graduated from Kerens High School. Harry attended and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M ’61, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. He proudly served our country in the U.S.
Air Force. After his service, he began his career as a commercial pilot for American Airlines, and most recently flying as Captain/Check Airman on a Boeing 767. He flew for American Airlines from 1968-98. During his time at home between his flights, he spent time with children, coaching football and little league.

Harry was a member and faithful supporter of the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation and anything to do with the Texas Aggies. He loved to play golf with his friends and was passionate about aggie sports. He was member of the Masonic Lodge in Kerens, Pebble Creek Country Club, Christ United Methodist Church as well as the Sons of the American Revolution.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Sy Price.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeanne Price of College Station; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Jim Griffin of League City; sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Ellen Price of Austin and Kyle and Mary Beth Price of Arlington; brother and sister-in-law, Carter and Luann Price of San Antonio; grandchildren, Alex Hodgson ‘15, Casey Hodgson ‘15, Erin Price, Cory Price, Madison Price and Sydney Price, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Aggie Band Association, 1134 Finfeather, Bryan, Texas 77803, In memory of Harry Price.


Debbie (White) Adamson-Elston
May 2, 1954 - Aug 2, 2012

Debbie White Elston, 58, of Axtell, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012, at a Waco hospital.

Debbie was born May 2, 1954, in Roswell, N.M., one of eight children of Clarence and Mary Belle (Bradley) White. She was raised in Texas and had lived in Grand Prairie, Duncanville and Brushie Prairie in Navarro County before residing in Axtell for the past 23 years. Debbie had worked at Ta-Tex Thermal Graphics in Waco and loved crafting, scrapbooking, making floral arrangements, family history and genealogy.
She was also well known as having a special fondness for rescuing animals and even humans on occasion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sons, Buddy Adamson in 2004, and Donnie Elston in 2005.

Survivors include her husband, James Elston of Axtell; daughter, Melissa Fleming-Wallis and husband Kenneth of Brushie Prairie; son, Scott Elston and wife Ashley of Lorena; two brothers, Clarence White and wife Maxine of Berryville, Ark., and Dwain White and wife Nonie of Weimar; three sisters, Mary Lou James of Fort Worth, Marie Williams of Hubbard and Pat Boiles and husband Mac of Fort Worth; her first husband, Harold Adamson of Frost; seven grandchildren, Jessica Beesley of Axtell, Marybelle Adamson of Waco, Christan Adamson of Waco, Leland Fleming of Waco, Cameron Elston of Lorena, Conner Elston of Lorena, Bailey Adamson and one more on the way; two great-grandchildren, Jordynn Adamson and Justin Adamson, both of Waco, and A’Riyah Beesley, due to arrive in September; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Pastor Mike Green officiating.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Jay Dean (Larimore) Weaver
Mar 31, 1927 - Aug 4, 2012

Jay Dean (Larimore) Weaver, 85, of Hubbard, passed away Saturday, Aug.
4, 2012 in Hubbard.

Jay was born March 31, 1927, in Corsicana to Jay and Bessie (Brown) Larimore. She was raised in Corsicana but had lived in Hubbard for the past 45 years. She was a graduate of Mary Hardin-Baylor University and worked as a manager of several finance companies and for the past many years she managed the Senior Center in Hubbard and the local Meals on Wheels program. Jay was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Donnie Chasteen; grandson, Michael Graham; daughter-in-law, Janie Graham; and husband, Preston Weaver.

Survivors include special friend, Roger Pitts of Hubbard; three children, Larry Graham and wife Maria of Wortham, Linda Chasteen and Kenneth Hawkins of Hubbard, and Lacy Jordan of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Ron Fontenot officiating.
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandson Zachary Richardson, Steve Richardson, Brian Payne, Bryan Bradley, Buck Hill Jr. and Tommy Neal.

The family requests that memorials be made to the local Meals on Wheels.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Margie (French) Flynn
Dec 8, 1922 - Aug 3, 2012

Margie French Flynn, 89, passed from this life to her eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. She was born Dec. 8, 1922 in the Irene Community of Hill County, Texas. She was the daughter of Fred Wesley French and Alice Arlene Selby French. The French family was early settlers in northwestern Navarro County. She spent many of her early years in the Brushie Prairie, Dresden and Spring Hill Communities. Margie chaired the committee responsible for obtaining a Texas State Historical Marker in Commemoration of the First 100 years of the Brushie Prairie United Methodist Church.

On June 21, 1943, Margie married Charlie L. Flynn. After Charlie returned from overseas, they made their home in Corsicana, Texas. On June 21, 2008, they celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. Charlie passed to his rest on Dec. 31, 2008.

After Margie's father died when she was 5 years old, she was reared by a Mother whose formal education was limited, but read all her life and highly valued education. She modeled that love for Margie who was a natural teacher and leader all her life. Mrs. Flynn was always the room mother chair. She was president of every level of Parent Teacher Association, PTA, in Corsicana and Navarro County — including Chairman of the Navarro County Council of PTA.

A natural leader, she never served a community, support or charitable organization for which she was not president or chairman at least once — including the first Corsicana Parks Commission, Drane Junior High Band Parents Association, Corsicana High School Band Parents Association, March of Dimes and American Heart Association.

At First Baptist Church, Corsicana, where she served her Lord through a variety of positions for over 60 years, Mrs. Flynn was director of many different Sunday School and Training Union Departments — the third grade department became her special love. She was the Third Grade Director for over 30 years. Desperate parents of teenagers who had rebelled against attending Sunday School often brought their Kiddos to her and she would put them to work directly with the third graders. Many of her former students, “teachers,” and their children and grandchildren currently hold positions of leadership in FBC, Corsicana. Her own Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Sharon Goodman, was one of her students.

The Great Commission was real to Margie and the Women's Missionary Union was always a special place of service for her. She was repeatedly Chairman or Missions Leader of her Circle and often served as Navarro County Associational WMU Director. She was always involved in Sunbeams, Girl's Auxiliary, Week of Prayer, Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, Mary Hill Davis State Missions, and local community missions-in-action activities.

As co-owner with her husband of Flynn Bookkeeping and Tax Services, she was an accountant for more than 65 years. Margie always enjoyed the people she worked with more than the numbers.

After Charlie’s death in 2008, she found a new calling as a Certified Volunteer Ombudsman for North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.
Through this program, she advocated for Long-Term Care Residents by regularly visiting with Sterling House Residents and administrators.

Margie was always a busy Christian lady who placed others before herself, but antiquing trips with her daughter, Ailsa, brought both of them great fun and fellowship. The hunt for the perfect find was always secondary to the knowledge exchanged and friendships deepened with dealers from all over the country.

Even after she was required to use oxygen, Margie could still be seen actively participating in her assorted interests — often driving Charlie's pickup!

Mrs. Flynn was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Wesley and Alice Arlene Selby French; husband of 65 years, Charlie L. Flynn; brothers, Hershel French and Edwin French; special niece, Meg Flynn; and numerous dear family and friends including Alyne French, Dortha Harden Flynn, Joe Sims, C. G. Rash, and many members of the Roy and Christine Bristow First Baptist Church Couples' Class.

Survivors include her daughter, Ailsa Margette Flynn Anderson and husband, Guy W. Anderson, Jr.; foster son, John Wesley French and wife Juanita of Austin; special nephew, Johnny Carl Flynn and wife Elaine of Tahoka and their daughter Kelly of Fort Worth; niece and nephew, Janis French and Don French; nephew, Herschel Fred French; sister-in-law, Annie Ruth Robison; numerous French and Flynn nieces and nephews; special neighbors, the Daniel Rivas family; dear friends, the Sam Lou family; and dear Christian sisters of the First Baptist Church, Adult 3, Ruth Sunday School Class.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves and Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chuck Burns, Norman Gilcrease, Bill Honea, Tom Lucas, Scott Middleton, Richard Rash, J. Waterman, and K.C. "Kim" Wyatt. Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Benefield, Joe Bob Tekell, Tom Boyd, Jay Justice, J. R.
Murray, and Leo Bradshaw.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Missions Program, 510 West Collin Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Dr. Kalman Jay Shwarts
Jun 15, 1947 - Aug 3, 2012

Dr. Kalman Jay Shwarts, 65, passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born June 15, 1947 to Florian Label and Alvin Shwarts in Corsicana.

Dr. Shwarts, a former emergency room doctor, has been practicing in Corsicana for more than 30 years, and directed the Enviva Health Services Clinic since 1997. He was a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Medical School.

Dr. Shwarts was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Shwarts.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Shwarts; daughter, Anastasia Shwarts Israel of San Diego, Calif.; son, Adam Shwarts of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-son, Aaron Lilly of Brooklyn, N.Y.; mother, Florian Shwarts of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Susan Shwarts of Phoenix; aunt, Thelma Shwarts; and cousin, Steven Shwarts.

Visitation was held at 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Prayer services will follow at 7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at Temple Beth El in Corsicana with Rabbi Frank Joseph officiating. Pallbearers are Bill Clarkson, Bill Middleton, Joe “Buddy” Gelineau, Mark Dawson, Phillip Mitchell, Bill Tinsley, Burton Gilbert and Stan Rosen.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Loraine (Grounds) Bentley
Nov 6, 1910  -  Jul 10, 1932

Infant son Bentley
Infant daughter Bentley
July 10, 1932 - July 10, 1932

BLOOMING GROVE - July 11, (Spl) - Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock for Mrs. A. C. Bentley, age 22 years and her infant twins, a boy and a girl, who died at the P&S Hospital in Corsicana in Corsicana Sunday night. The services were held at the Richland Cemetery at Mertens and were conducted by Mr. Rhodes, Baptist Minister.
Surviving are her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Grounds, six sisters, four brothers and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service had charge of the funeral


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jul 11, 1932
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  • w/o Arthur C. Bentley  buried in Parmer,Texas; d/o Joe Preston Grounds & Geneva Nevada “Effie” (Dale) Grounds buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx. mother of Harry Lee Grounds buried at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas

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