Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Nancy Jane (Heard) Sanders
July 1, 1856 - Oct 30, 1930


Mrs. Mary [sic] Jane Sanders, age 74, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Morris, here at an early hour Thursday morning, October 30th.

The remains were carried back to her former home, Ben Wheeler in Van Zandt county where burial was held in Prairie Spring cemetery Friday, Oct. 31.

The deceased is survived by one son and one daughter.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 7, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Note: Her death certificate has her name as Nancy Jane and her headstone is marked N. J.

Gladys Marie Grounds
Apr 26, 1923 - Sep 29, 1930

Little Girl Passed Away

Little Gladys Marie Grounds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Grounds, age 7, passed away early Monday morning after a short illness with membraneous croup. Burial was in Mertens cemetery with Rev. E. L. Jones conducting the services. The McCormick funeral home was in charge.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 3, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Note: She is not listed in the survey of the Richland Cemetery in Mertens. d/o Roy Dale Grounds, Sr. and Lola Lucille (Davidson) Grounds

Luther Henderson Hodges
Jan 11, 1848 - Mar 22, 1932

L. H. Hodges Died at Plainview Home

L. H. Hodges, 83, years old, passed away at his home in Plainview Tuesday afternoon.

The deceased was a native of Tennessee, coming to Texas in his early childhood. He lived many years in Blooming Grove and community and had many friends here. He moved to west Texas in 1900. He was a successful farmer and stock man.

Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters at Plainview and two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Hattie Gann, Waxahachie; Mrs. Huldah Robinson, Blooming Grove; Ben Hodges, Dallas; Hartzell Hodges, Athens.

The deceased was a member of the Baptist church and the Masonic order.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, March 25, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary E. (Armstrong) Hodges; s/o William T. Hodges & Harriett (Shackleford) Hodges

James A. Wallace
Nov 27, 1862 - Oct 5, 1935

Like a blighted frost on a star-lit autumn night came the sad intelligence of the death of James A. Wallace, which occurred in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 5.

While he and his family had been living in Dallas for some years yet Blooming Grove was never willing to acknowledge he was one of us no longer. As far back as 1892 when the writer came here J. A. Wallace was here. Never shall we forget his cordial greetings, and, too, vividly do we recall his rare poise as a member of the city council, and his wise activities on the school board. He was for some years actively associated in business here, being a member of the firm of Allen & Wallace. Mr. Wallace was turned toward machinery as a business choice more than toward any other line; and he owned and operated a cotton gin here for a long time. He was instrumental in establishing an oil mill for Blooming Grove. Those were in the far back days of the town when Jim and Joe Jones, Kirk McCormick, Frank Wolfenden, John Watson and Steve Roberts were in the zenith of life. Yes, these were the halcyon days of Mat Young, Will High, Tadlock, Frank Cole, Sam Grimes and others, and Jim Wallace, ripe in experience and brimfull of ambition, was a moving factor along with them. Later on, 1907, J. A. Wallace gathered about his business desk a group of business men. They saw the wisdom of his thinking, and a company was formed for water and lights. These business men saw in this a rare opportunity to capitalize on the ability and experience of Jim Wallace- they put him under the load and in the course of a few months his labor were rewarded by water being piped to every man's door and electric lights radiating throughout our little city.

In the going of J. A. Wallace the writer feels the loss of a personal friend, and in the passing of this citizen, this husband, this father the general public loses a friend. In this connection we may remark that to give up a friend it always catches one at a time when he is prepared to say goodby.

"To have a friend you must be a friend."
I believe it was Dorothea Hemans who so fittingly said:
"Leaves have their time to fall,
And Flowers wither at the north wind's breath,
And stars to set-but all,
Thou has all seasons for thine own, O death."

R. W. George, Blooming Grove Texas


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 18, 1935
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Laurel Land, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas - s/o James A. Wallace and Sarah (Scoggins) Wallace

Allen Boyles
abt 1888 - Aug 18, 1932



Allen Boyles, former resident of the Roane community, and brother-in-law of W. E. Medaris, Roane Rt. No. 1, died Thursday, Aug. 18, in Jackson, Miss.

The following concerning the death of Mr. Boyles appeared in a recent issue of a Jackson, Miss., paper:

Allen Boyles, 44, efficient member of the Jackson police department, died last night at 6 o'clock after an illness of three months. He passed away at the family residence, 952 Central street.

Policeman Boyles was known as one of the most conscientious and fearless officers of the local police department, and though most diligent in the performance of his duty as he saw it, had scores of civilian friends who admired him for his many sterling virtues.

Mr. Boyles had been a member of the police department for about three years, being connected with a lumber company here prior to that time.

Though his last days were spent in most excruciating pain owing to the nature of the malady from which he suffered, he was cheerful until the end, and like the brave officer that he was, bore the suffering uncomplainingly though he had realized for some time that there was little or no hope for recovery.

Mr. Boyles was a member of the Pearl Lodge, F. and A. M., and the Calvary Baptist church. He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. C. W. Boyles, and one daughter, Helen Bell Boyles; five sisters, Mrs. R. P. Hegwood, of Forest; Mrs. J. W. Russum, of Lorena; Mrs. D. A. Hunt of Forest; Mrs. R. B. Husband, of Lorena; and Miss Beulah Boyles, and two brothers, R. A. Boyles and R. C. Boyles, both of Jackson.

Funeral services will be held from the Calvary Baptist church at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon with Dr. H. M. King in charge, Masonic honors will be accorded at the graveside.

Master Masons of the Pearl Lodge, F. and A. M., have been requested to meet at the Masonic hall at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon to attend the services in a body.

Active pallbearers will be: Captain C. A. Horton, C. T. Fullbright, W. W. McGee, W. A. Hitch, D. D. Fenn, Captain W. A. Ricketts, while the honorary escort will be composed of Mayor Walter A. Scott, Commissioners Hawkins and Taylor and members of the police department.


Lemuel Moses McCord
Feb 3, 1876 - Mar 10, 1940


ENNIS, March 12. - Funeral services for L. M. McCord, 73, who died Sunday afternoon with a heart attack, were held here Monday afternoon.

He was born at Frost, Feb. 3, 1876, but had resided here for 40 years.

Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Fearis Reeves, Ennis, and Mrs. Walton Pittman, Waco; a son, Willie McCord, New York City; a granddaughter, Miss Virginia Reeves, Ennis; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Crabtree, Italy; Mrs. Sam English, Albany, and Mrs. Rufe Bruner, Hillsboro; and four brothers, Henry McCord, Port Arthur; Walter McCord, Frost; L. A. McCord, Richland, and Knox McCord, Dallas.


Georgia Mae Williams
abt 1933 - May 14, 1992

Georgia Mae Williams, 59, of Corsicana, died May 14, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas, with the Rev. K. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Searcy Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Deffie Williams of corsicana; two grandchildren, Jacquelyn Williams and Scotty Bryant Jr.; five brothers, Jerry Brown and Judge Brown, both of Mount Pleasant, Jimmy Brown of Dallas, Larry James Brown of Austin and Warren Brown Jr., of Richmond, Calif.; four sisters, Martha Brown and Erma Hill, both of Mount Pleasant, Patricia Harper of Syracuse, N. Y., Mildred Godbolt of Los Angeles.

Pallbearers will be Elvirn Fuller Sr., Weldon Wilkerson, John L. Johnson, Skeet Jeffrey, D. C. Lewis and James Byrd.


Margaret Erskine
Oct 22, 1899 - Aug 21, 1942


Miss Margaret Erskine, resident of Corsicana for 22 years, died at the Navarro Clinic Friday following a long illness. A brief funeral service will be held at the Sutherland-McCammon chapel Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock and the body will then be taken overland to Howe, Grayson county, where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock with burial in the Howe Cemetery. Rev. Gordon A. Mac Innes, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church will be the officiating minister.

Miss Erskine, a graduate nurse served 18 months as a nurse in World War No. 1 and for a number of years practiced her profession here. She was active in church and civic affairs.

Surviving are her father, James J. Erskine, Howe; four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Bearden, Howe; Mrs. Charles E. Wheat, Howe; Mrs. Mattie Erskine Casey, Howe; Mrs. T. H. Bosford, Amarillo; a brother, J. C. Erskine, Howe, and other relatives.


Willie Ann (Adams) Pyburn
June 11, 1887 - May 21, 1979

Services for Mrs. Morris Andrew Pyburn, 91, of Raleigh, North Carolina and a former Corsicana resident, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Methodist Church in Coolidge. The Rev. James N. Johnson will officiate, and burial will be in Armour Cemetery.

Mrs. Pyburn died Monday afer a long illness.

Born June 11, 1887, in Coolidge, she married Morris Pyburn. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Methodist Church. She had lived most of her life in the Coolidge area.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Jackie) Jolly Sr. of Raleigh, N. C.; one grandson, Frank Jolly Jr. of Raleigh; one great-granddaughter, Jeannie LaRogue Jolly of Raleigh.

Pallbearers are M. D. Harrison, Otto Johanson, Lon Jones, James Rose, Doyle Spruiell, and Troy Trotter. McElroy Funeral Home in Coolidge is in charge of arrangements.


William Eugene Bingham, Jr.
Dec 22, 1880 - Jul 31, 1939

Funeral services for William Eugene Bingham, age 58, who died at 11 o'clock Monday night, was held Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Barry, with interment in the Dresden Cemetery. Rev. J. A. Weathers, Pastor of the Church, conducted the services. He is survived by his wife, and six daughters, Misses Ellie Mae and Ruth Bingham of Dallas, Louise, Beatrice and Maragret of Barry, Mrs. Thurman Deason of Denton, five grandchildren, and his stepmother, Mrs. Addie Bingham of Murchison. The pallbearers were, Henry Allison, Oscar Woodruff, Sam Young, Jack Books, John Braly, and Buford Moore. He was a native Texan, and a long-time resident of Barry, and a prominent farmer of that community.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 4, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Aug 22, 1939 - Aug 23, 1939

Raleigh Community News Notes

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Thompson died Wednesday. Interment was made in the Dresden Cemetery Thursday. The family has the deepest sympathy of their many friends in this community.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 1, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Roger Thompson & Margie (Northcutt) Thompson

Lee W. Ramsey
Feb 12, 1857 - Sept 2, 1939

Funeral Services For L. W. Ramsey

Funeral services for L. W. Ramsey, aged 82, who died in a hospital in Corsicana Saturday were held Sunday afternoon in Corsicana, with interment in the Dresden Cemetery

He is survived by two sons Kirk, of Corsicana, and Bruce, of Blooming Grove, and one daughter, Mrs. Stella Sheppard, of Frost, and several brothers and grandchildren.

Mr. Ramsey was an old settler of Blooming Grove and was well known throughout the county. He lived in the part of town known as Old Town more than 50 years.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 8, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • These dates are from his death certificate, since he doesn't seem to have a stone. He is not in the book. His parents show to be C. Ramsey and Laura (MacCleod) Ramsey

Cora "Billie" (Thomas) Poole
Nov 27, 1886 - Oct 3, 1939

Dresden And Vicinity Items

Mrs. Cora (Billie) Poole was buried in Dresden Cemetery last Wednesday. She had been in ill health several months. She was, before her marriage, Miss Cora Thomas. She was better known as Billie to her friends, and lived in this community on the Johnson farm for several years when a girl.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 13, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Mrs. Cora B. Poole, aged 52, years died at the family residence, 1032 West Twelfth and One-Half Avenue, Tuesday night at 10 o’clock after an illness of more than a year.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home. The rites were conducted by Rev. B. B. Byus, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. Interment was made in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Ed Poole, Corsicana; two sons, Howard Poole, Franklin, La.; and Ralph Poole, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Berryhill and Miss Wilma Joe Poole, both of Corsicana; two brothers, Homer J. Thomas and John H. Thomas both of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Cheek and Mrs. Jack Russell, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ray Ponder, Dawson, and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. C. Cheek, Claude Poole, Jack Russell, Guy Green, Arthur Adams and H. D. Beauchamp.


James Lewis "Jim" Renfrow
Mar 16, 1861 - Jul 17, 1939

James L. Renfrow Passes Away

James Lewis Renfrow, aged 78, a resident of Corsicana for the past 15 years, died at 9 o'clock Monday morning at the family residence in Corsicana

Mr. Renfro [sic] moved to Texas from Mississippi and settled in this community in 1893.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Eleventh Ave. Methodist church and interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Surviving are his widow; five sons, L. M., E. R., R. E. and D. F. Renfrow, all of Corsicana, and A. O. Renfrow, of Waco; two daughters, Mrs. C. L. Gillen, Blooming Grove, and Miss Laura Rknfrow [sic], Corsicana; one brother Charles Renfrow, New Albany, Miss.; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our friends for the many kind words and deeds which were extended during our recent bereavement and also for the flowers. May God bless each of you.

Mrs. J. L. Renfrow and Children


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 21, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Walter Reagan Reed
Apr 15, 1887 - Aug 29, 1939

Funeral Services For Regan Reed

Funeral services for W. Regan Reed, age 57, who died Tuesday night, was held at the Lone Oak Church Wednesday, at 3 p.m. Rev. Nations of Corsicana conducted the rites. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Robinson and Misses May and Maude; three brothers, Ed and Roy of Blooming Grove, and Jim of south Texas. The Pall Bearers were, Earl Brown, Drew Gillen, J. D. George, E. A. Jordan, Jim Glenn and Jim Carroll. Interment was made at the Lone Oak Cemetery [see notes], with the McCormick Funeral service in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 1, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His obit states that he is in Lone Oak but he is in Rose Hill in Blooming Grove, TX

Charles T. Smith
Aug 5, 1874 - Sep 4, 1939

Funeral Service For Chas. T. Smith

Chas. T. Smith, age 65, prominent Mason and retired farmer of this community, died Sept. 4th at 9:45 p.m. and was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, following funeral services at 3 p.m. at [sic] Tuesday. The Masons had charge at the cemetery, and the ritual was performed in a most beautiful and impressive manner.

He was a member of the Central Baptist Church here, and the Masonic Lodge, the Royal Arch Chapter, and the Council. He served for a longer time as school trustee at Blooming Grove than any other man in the school history. He served for many years on the local committed for cotton acreage adjustment and for the past several years had been identified with the management of the Revolving Rib Gin Co. here.

Chas. T. Smith was a useful, sincere and dependable man. He loved his Church, his family and his friends, no unfair and unjust word was ever spoken by him concerning his fellow man. His friends were numbered only by the number of his acquaintances and he had a kind and encouraging word for everybody. He lived a quiet, unassuming life from choice, and was considered by everybody as a just and up-right man.

His home life was particularly happy and beautiful. He was unusually devoted to his family and his home, and his kindly and fatherly relationship to the various members of his family was often remarked upon as being worthy of emulation. His cheerfulness was remarkable. Having spent 63 years of his life in Blooming Grove, his absence will be sorely felt by the entire citizenship; his activity in all the forward moving enterprises of our community will be difficult to replace.

Banked with beautiful flowers he was laid to rest and his lile [sic] goes on record as being the most worthy type of all-round good citizenship.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Smith, two sons, Rex and Lawrence, a granddaughter, Miss Myrtle Fay Foster, who has lived in the home her entire life, and Loyd Foster and little Barbara Jean Smith, grandchildren; Mrs. Dixie Martin, a sister of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Ralston of Corsicana, a sister, Bill Smith of Denton, a brother, and a sister who iives [sic] in Oklahoma, nnd [sic]a host of other relatives and friends. Truly a good man gone to his reward.

Card of Thanks

We want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kind words, their heartfelt sympathy and beautiful floral offering shown us in the recent illness and death of our beloved husband and father. We especially thank Dr. Kelsey, Drew Gillen and Brother Williams for their untiring effort to help. May the Lord bless each of you is our prayer.

Mrs. C. T. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smith
Miss Myrtle Fay Foster


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 8, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bettie Tom (Leverette) Nicholson
May 26, 1865 - June 1, 1935


Mrs. Betty Tom Nicholson, aged 70 years, passed away Saturday, June 1st after a three week's illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Farrish, in Blooming Grove.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon with Rev. P. W. Utley officiating. Interment was in the Cryer Creek cemetery with the McCormick's Funeral Service in charge.

Mrs. Nicholson was born in Meridian, Mississippi, May 26, 1865. She had lived her alloted time of three score and ten, when God called her home. At the age of 19 she married to John Burros Nicholson of Center Hill, Texas. She was a faithful wife and mother, and had been a devoted member of the Methodist church since early childhood. Patience borne during her illness bear testament of her true christian character. Mrs. Nicholson was well known in this community where she made a host of friends. To meet her was to admire her, to know her was to love her. It can be truly said that she was a friend of man. The beautiful floral offering was a token of the love and esteem by which she was held.

She is survived by seven children: Mrs. Joe Jordan and John Nicholson of Corsicana; Mrs. Roy Farrish, Mrs. Pruitt Armstrong and Henry Nicholson of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Sidney DuBose of Aspermont and Mrs. Myrtle Stewart of Shamrock besides a host of other relatives.

Card of Thanks

Not being able to see each of you personally, we take this method of thanking our many friends and Dr. Kelsey, who were so good and kind to us during the illness and death of our dear mother, Mrs. Bettie Nicholson.

We shall always remember your great kindness.

Her Children


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 7, 1935
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John S. Callicutt
Nov 24, 1820 - Oct 15, 1890

Once more it becomes our sad duty to record the death of one of our worthy and dearly beloved friends; Mr. John Collicutt. He died at his residence 1 mile west of Barry Wednesday Oct. 15th of Brights disease after suffering 4 years.

Decreased was born in North Carolina in 1820; came to Texas in an early day where he married Miss Sarah Spencer in Guadalupe county. Four children blessed this union, three of whom are still living - 2 in Navarro and 1 in Clay county. He was a farmer all his life and greatly enjoyed his occupation.

He was buried at Cryer Creek Thursday at 11 a.m. A large concourse of friends attended the rites. In this death Navarro loses one of her best citizens and Nature loses a true nobleman. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved children here in their irreparable loss.


Mary Louise (Tieman) Holifield
Jan 24, 1950 - Aug 26, 2012

Mary Louise Tieman Holifield, 62 of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

She was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Corsicana, to Charlie G. and Billie King Tieman.

She was a member of many organizations, United States Achievment Academy Scholastic All American, Phi Theta Kappa, AAPC, was a lifetime member of PSI BETA the National Honor Society in Phychology. She worked at Medical Arts Clinic for 27 years. She worked as a Administive Assistant at Navarro College Health Professions for eight years and an instructor for Medical Coding at Navarro College. She was also at member of the Corsicana Lions Club.

She is preceded by her parents; and sister, Debra Lynn Tieman.

Survivors include her husband, John Holifield of Corsicana; children, Erin Leigh Armendariz and husband Anthony of Corsicana, and Robert Paul Holifield and wife Kerry of Ennis; four grandchildren; brother, Charlie Dale Tieman and wife Billie of Teague; and several extended family members.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Lane Teel officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the local Humane Society of Navarro County, PO Box 1734 Corsicana, Texas 75151.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Robert Ralph George
May 3, 1921 - June 22, 2012

Texas, USADeath: Jun. 22, 2012
Visitation Sunday, June 24, 2012, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home.
Graveside Service, 10:00 am Monday, June 25, 2012 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Highway #22, Blooming Grove, Texas 76626.
Sometimes strong convictions can be old fashioned, unbending, even rigid. And sometimes they get you 91 years, 62 years with the same wife, 3 happily married successful children, 10 high functioning grandchildren, 6 dearly loved grandchildren inlaws, and 1 very special first great grandson, a 40 year career with the same company, 54 years at the same church –a happy, healthy joy filled life. Papa GOT IT!!

Robert "Ralph" George was born to John and Mattie Ruth George of Blooming Grove, TX, the youngest of 5 children. After leaving Blooming Grove he received his teaching degree from North Texas Teacher College, where immediately upon graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served 4 years in the Pacific as a weatherman. Once back home he went to work for Oilwell Supply Company, a division of US Steel. He worked there under many different job descriptions for the next 40 years. He met and married his sister's friend, Mary Gay Wheeler, of Flatonia, TX. Within a month of marriage, they were making plans to move to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they thrived, enjoying the great wonderful outdoors. Two of their 3 children were born there.

Back in Texas, they settled for the next 54 years in the same house in Lake Highlands. There Ralph became an active member of Lake Highland United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities. He and Mary Gay square danced, served Meals on Wheels,and he even drove the Neighborhood Patrol with a neighbor. He was very involved in Boy Scout Troop 890 due to his love of the outdoors. He passed that love on to his kids and grandkids through camping, hiking, fishing, boating, water skiing, gardening, making ice cream and cooking out with them.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, John David George and Mattie Ruth Dorsey George, his sisters Cora Lee George, Leila Ruth Johnson, Viola Sample, and his brother, John Dorsey George. Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary Gay, his 3 children, Bob George (Linda), Betty Taylor (JL), Katie Smith (Greg), and by his 10 grandchildren Jonathan George(Emily), Michael George, Amy Smith Carpenter (Ryan), Ashley Trout Modisette (Rhett), Blake Smith (Kristine), Mitchell George (Caitlin), Stephen Smith (Katy), Allen Trout, Chris George, MaryBeth Smith, and great grandson Jake George along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In a word, Ralph was a faithful man to his Lord, his church, his wife, his children, and grandchildren and his job. The last two and a half months, Papa wanted nothing more than to "go home". Early Friday morning June 22, 2012 he made it! He's Home.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to Lake Highlands Boy Scout Troop 890 or your favorite charity.


  • The Dallas Morning News - June 24, 2012
  • Submitted by Pete Rost

Mell Harmon Wright
Aug 2, 1877 - May 14, 1955

Mell H. Wright Dies Saturday

Mell H. Wright, 77, long-time butcher, died in Memorial hospital Saturday night. He was a native of Crockett and had resided at Frost and Blooming Grove the past 30 years.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p. m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, of the church, and Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor of the First Methodist church, Frost.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Curtis, Taft, and Mrs. Ruby Malone, Frost; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Carrie Josephine “Josie” (Haynes) Hill
Feb 6, 1879 - Aug 4, 1955

Mrs. Josie Hill Dies At Frost

Mrs. Josie Hill, 78, life-long Frost resident, died at her home Thursday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, and Rev. Obie Nelson, Mt. Calm Baptist minister.

Mrs. Hill formerly was a music teacher.

Surviving are a son, Otis Hill, and a daughter, Mrs. Nayonn Smithey, both of Frost; six grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers Were League Woolley, Bud Fields, Will Hollingsworth Pete Sharp, Guy Tullos and Walter Honea.

Corley directed.


Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Mitchell) Holcomb
Mar 13, 1872 - Jun 8, 1955

Pioneer Resident Of Frost Expires
Mrs. Lizzie Holcomb, 83, lifelong resident of Frost, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Hayes, 518 West Second avenue, Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Friday at 3 p. m., of which she was a charter member. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church, and Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church here.

Mrs. Holcomb recently fell at her home in Frost, fracturing a hip. She had been at the home of her daughter since being dismissed from the hospital.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hayes, Corsicana, and Mrs. Rena Ramsey, Mart; a son, Raymond Holcomb, Munday; two sisters, Miss Katherine Mitchell, Frost, Mrs. W. J. Mitchell, Oklahoma City; a brother , J. L. Mitchell; Frost; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

McCormick's Funeral Service will direct.



CORSICANA, June 10 (Spl) - Funeral services were held in Frost Friday afternoon for Mrs. Lizzie Holcomb, 83, lifelong resident of Frost, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Hayes in Corsicana Wednesday night.
The services were conducted in the Frost Baptist Church with burial in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are another daughter, Mrs. Rena Ramsey of Mart; a son, Raymond Holcomb of Munday; two sisters, Miss Katherine Mitchell of Frost and Mrs. W. J. Mitchell of Oklahoma City; a brother, J. L. Mitchell of Frost; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


John D. Hughes
Oct 1, 1894 - Mar 29, 1958

Magnolia Driller Rites At Frost
FROST, March 29—(Spl.)—John W. Hughes, 63, native of Frost, Magnolia Petroleum Company driller for 33 years, died at his home in Odessa Thursday night.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dale Leggett, Waxahachie, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor.

Surviving are his wife of Odessa; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hughes, Sadler; a. stepson, Odessa; four sisters, Mrs. A. B. Short, Italy; Mrs. Willie Calhoun, Longview; Mrs. Carrie Anderson, Tupelo, Miss., and Mrs. Cloree Eldridge, Sadler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Henry Ponder, Freeman Ponder, Grady Ponder, Coleman Ponder, Knox Ponder and Dave Ponder, cousins.

McCormick Funeral Service conducted.


John Franklin McMinn
Mar 10, 1893 - Jan 24, 1955

John F. McMinn Expires Monday
FROST, Jan. 25—(Spl.)—John F. McMinn, 61, died at his home here Monday night of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The hour of the service has not been determined pending word from Tennessee relatives. Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, will conduct the rites.

A native of Milam, Tenn., he had resided in this area since two years of age.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; a son, Norwood McMinn, Frost; a daughter, Mrs. Winona Sybert, Rockwall; three grandchildren; four brothers, Bud, Sam and Dave McMinn, all of Milam. Tenn., and Charlie McMinn. Cleburne: two sisters, Mrs. Cleo Fuqua, Penwell, Texas, and Mrs. Lillie Frizzell, Jackson, Tenn., and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Billy Bundy Wilbanks
Oct 5, 1940 - Aug 25, 1954

Youth Is Burned To Death Under Tractor Saturday
FROST, Aug. 31 (Spl.)—Billy Bundy Wilbanks, 14, was burned to death on the family farm several miles northwest of town about 6 p.m. Saturday when a tractor overturned and caught fire. Relatives, seeing smoke from the field the youth had driven to a short time before, discovered the flaming tractor with the youth under it.

Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bundy B. Wilbanks, three brothers, Wallace, Thomas and Donald, and three sisters, Lena, LaVenda and Mary Louise Wilbanks, all of Frost; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Wilbanks, Lubbock, and P. M. Tisdale, Frost.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Maude Lillian (Goodman) Moore
May 23, 1884 - Dec 20, 1954

Mrs. Ed Moore Services Tuesday
FROST. Dec. 20 (Spl.)—Mrs.—Maude Lillian Moore, 70, wife of Ed Moore, life-long resident of this community, died at the family home Monday morning following a several months illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Methodist church Tuesday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by
Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor.

Surviving are her husband of Frost; two sons. M. E. (Buster) Moore. Eunice, N.M., and Seth Moore, Amarillo; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Crowley, Arlington, and Mrs. Mary Rea, Kerens; a brother Doc Goodman. Lubbock; 8 grand-children and other relatives.

McCormick will direct.


George Henry Price
Jun 18, 1883 - May 28, 1958

G. R. Price Rites Held At Frost
G. R. Price, 74. retired Frost farmer, died at Irving Wednesday.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Olin W. Wilson, Missionary Baptist minister of Irving.

A native of Leon county, Price had resided in Frost five years and in Navarro county for more than 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ila Price, Frost: three sons, Homer Price, Irving; Leon and Gilbert Price, both of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. T. M. Morgan, Frost, and Mrs. Edith Clifton, Dallas; five brothers, Tom Price, Ennis; Kirvin and Joe Price, both of Marshall, Okla.; Luther and Lynn
Price, both of California; two sisters, Mrs. Neila Davis, Enid, Okla., and Mrs. Minnie Gray, Los Angeles, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Parum, Norwood McMinn, Merle Smithey, Don Smithey, Lonnie Price and Curtis Price.

Corley directed.


Lucius Victor Omberg
Apr 21, 1893 - Apr 8, 1958

Lucius Omberg Rites Thursday
FROST, April 10 — (Spl.)— Graveside services for Lucius V. Omberg, 64, a native of the Emmet community who died Wednesday at Sealy, where he had resided for 17 years, will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the Frost Cemetery. Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of Frost Baptist church will officiate.

Omberg was an employe of Magnolia Petroleum Co. and had been with that organization for about 20 years, it was reported.

Survivors include the widow, Sealy; two brothers—E. E. Omberg of Frost and Archie Omberg of Mertens; four sisters—Mrs. Mattie Dunagan and Mrs. Ruby Honea, both of Frost, and Mrs. Tess Williams and Mrs. Lena Moore, whose addresses were not available. Other relatives including nieces and nephews also survive, it was reported.

McCormick Funeral Service will be in charge.


James Mark Dyer
Apr 23, 1960 - Apr 23, 1960

Dyer Infant Rites Sunday
FROST, April 24 (Spl.)—Graveside rites for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dyer of Frost, who died in the Waxahachie Sanitarium Saturday night, were held at the Frost Cemetery Sunday at 4 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Dyer, Frost, and Luther Shaw, Italy.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Malcolm Caldwell "Mack" Stevenson
Mar 22, 1908 - Apr 25, 1954

M. C. Stevenson Dies Following Heart Attack
Malcomb C. (Mack) Stevenson, 46, service station operator at Frost, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday at 8:30 p. m., following a heart attack suffered at his home about 7 p. m. Sunday while mowing his lawn.

Funeral services are planned from the Frost Methodist church Tuesday at 2 p. m. with burial in the Frost Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Fannie Lee Pullin Stevenson; two daughters, Carolyn Ann and Barbara June Stevenson; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stevenson, all of Frost; four brothers. Brown Lea Stevenson, Electra: Thomas Stevenson, Great Bend. Kan.; Roswell Stevenson, Beaumont: W. E.
Stevenson, Frost; two sisters. Mrs. Mary Stevenson Warren Frost, and Mrs. Louise Stevenson Bain, Mexia. and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


Charles O. Searcy
Jul 6, 1861 - Jul 21, 1941

FROST, July 21.—(Spl.)—Charlie Searcy, aged 80 years, resident of this community for 54 years, died late Sunday night following a lingering

Funeral services will be held here Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Frost Methodist church. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Wm. V. Bane, pastor of the church, and Rev. D. P. Cagle, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

He was a native of Bosque county.

Surviving are his wife of Frost, two sons, Roy Searcy, Frost, and James Searcy, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Iva Grimes and Mrs. J. P. Scott, both of Frost; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be R. C. Blake, Alf Chamberlain, Dock Jones, Jess Sharp, Josh Bason and Graham Buie.

McCormick Funeral Service will be in charge.


Leonard Rufus Trull
June 11, 1885 - Mar 5, 1941

Frost Man Died In P&S Hospital Will Be Buried Friday

Funeral services for L. R. Trull, aged 55 years, of' Frost who died Wednesday night at the P. and S. Hospital, will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Frost Baptist church.

Interment will be in the Frost Cemetery. Rev. D. P. Cagle will conduct the rites.

Surviving are his widow of Frost, five children, Mrs. Jack Fletcher, Richard Trull, Marjorie Trull. Sammie Trull and Joe Ann Trull, all of Frost; one brother, W. B. Trull, Chicago; and five Corley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Mary Lulu (Craig) Ross
Aug 21, 1871 - Mar 28, 1941

FROST, March 31.—(Spl.)— Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lula Ross, 69, pioneer resident of this community, who died at her home here Friday, were held Sunday afternoon from the family home with burial in the Frost Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Willard Morrow, Church of Christ minister of Fort Worth. She was the widow of the late H. P. Ross.

Mrs. Ross had resided in this community for more than 40 years and was well-known.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. O. H. Mitchell and Mrs. L. E. Harrington, both of Frost; Mrs. Glen Butler, Dallas, and Miss Norene Ross, Lake Charles, La.;
two sons, W. A. and Harvey C. Ross, both of Frost, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Gwen Haley, Ernest Hooser, Henry Wilson, Frances Henderson, Doyle Mitchell and Joe N. George.

McCormick Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.


Fannie (Thomas) Suggs-Woodward
May 9, 1862 - Feb 1, 1941

FROST, Feb. 6.—(Special)
Mrs. Crawford Woodard died at her home in Waco Saturday and was buried in the Frost Cemetery Monday afternoon. She was a citizen of Frost years before moving to Waco.


James Rastus Reynolds
Mar 1, 1912 - Jun 9, 1941


Rastus Reynolds, aged 29 years, died at the Bird Hotel here Monday
morning at an early hour.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Corley chapel. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Clyde Griffin, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Reynolds, Frost: grandmother, Mrs. M. E. Reynolds, Waxahachie, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Harvey Ross, Bill Ross, Dock Jones. Farris Sheppard, Lee Sheppard and Josh Bason.


John Luther Mitchell
Jul 6, 1870 - Nov 15, 1955

Retired Ginner Dies At Frost
FROST, Nov. 15—(Spl.)—J. Luther Mitchell, 85. life-long resident of this community, land-owner and retired ginner, died at his home here early Tuesday morning following an extended illness.

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

Surviving are four sons, Earl Mitchell, Corsicana; Floyd Mitchell, Dallas; Doyle and Ordway Mitchell, both of Frost; three daughters, Miss Bertha Mitchell and Mrs. Mary Omberg, both of Frost, and Mrs. Lucy V. Scott, Denison; two sisters, Miss Katherine Mitchell, Frost, and Mrs. W. J. Mitchell,
Oklahoma City, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


Robert Marion Sisson
Jun 14, 1869 - Jan 26, 1955

Thursday Rites For R. M. Sisson
Robert Marion Sisson, 85, retired farmer, died at his home near Frost Wednesday. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p. m. from the Fairview Baptist church at Raleigh. The rites were conducted by Rev. Van George, pastor. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Native of Mississippi, he had resided in West Navarro county most of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; two sons. Foy Sisson. Port Arthur, and Eugene Sisson, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Corine Hunt. Frost; a brother, Frank Sisson. Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Ashford and Mrs. Frederick, both of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Crouch, Dallas; Mrs. Gordon, Levelland, and Mrs. Davis, Harlingen; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.


Thomas H. Williams
Oct 17, 1870 - Oct 4, 1916


Man Hurt By Railroad At Frost Passed Away Last Night.

Tom Williams, the man who was so badly mangled by the Hillsboro local at Frost yesterday near noon, died in a Waco hospital at 9 o’clock last night, and the remains were interred in Frost today at 3 p.m. The deceased was forty-five years old and is survived by a widow and five children.

Immediately after the accident yesterday Conductor Wilkes of the local had his train sidetracked and the engine attached to the baggage coach and the wounded man was placed aboard and hurried to Waco, the trip being forty minutes. At Waco he was transferred to an interurban car and taken to the Waco hospital where death came as a relief at the hour named last night.


Laura L. Cleveland
abt. 1907 - Jan 20, 1916

Death at Frost.
Lois Cleveland, the nine-year-old daughter of J. T. Cleveland, died at Frost Thursday, after a long illness of typhoid fever, and the body was interred there yesterday afternoon.


John Douglas Hensley
Jun 25, 1861 - Jan 20, 1916

Death at Frost.

J. Douglas Hensley, a well-known carpenter at Frost, aged 56 years, died there Thursday and the remains were interred there yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and seven children.


Nathan Hollingsworth
May 8, 1840 - May 21, 1927

Special to the Sun.
Frost, Texas. May 26.
The remains of Nathan Hollingsworth, who died at the old soldier's home in Austin, were shipped here Monday for burial and funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church.


Frederick “Fred” Hyer
Oct 1, 1853 - May 20, 1931


FROST, May 21.—(Spl.)—Fred Hyer, aged 77 years, died Wednesday night at 11:30 at his country home three miles south of here. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Methodist church and were conducted by Rev. W. W. Richeson, pastor.

Mr. Hyer was a successful farmer and had lived in this section of the county many years.

Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter and a step-daughter, also one brother.


John Thomas Roberson
May 10, 1871 - Feb 21, 1941

J. T. Roberson, aged 69 years, died at his residence, 702 West Thirteenth avenue, Friday night. Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church at Frost Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. V. Bane, pastor of the church, and Rev. D. P. Cagle, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

He had resided in Corsicana for the past three years and prior to that time had resided in the Barry community.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, five sons, Dudley Roberson, Frost: Wiley Roberson, Corsicana; Porter Roberson, Dawson; Thomas Roberson, Milford and Hub Roberson, San Antonio; a brother, Boss Roberson; a sister, Mrs. Charles Bruce, Sweetwater; 20 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bailey Averitt, Gene Anderson, J. C. Wilson, Lee Ballew, George Butler and Floyd Butler.

Corley Funeral Home will be in charge.


Mary Elizabeth (Lathem) Robinson
Apr 28, 1854 - May 29, 1941

Funeral services for Mrs. D. K. Robinson, who died at the home in Frost Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at 4:30 from the Frost Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. W. V. Bane, pastor. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Robinson was a native of Georgia, but had been a resident of Frost practically all her life. She was a charter member of the Methodist church there.

Surviving are a son, John Robinson, Frost; a daughter, Mrs. A. F. Mitchell, Frost; several grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service had charge of the arrangements.


John David Fields
Nov 6, 1915 - Sep 15, 1943

Cpl. John Fields

Cpl. John Fields Killed in Action N. African Area
Corporal John Fields, aged 27 years U. S. Army, was "killed in action in North African area," Sept. 15, 1943, according to a telegram received at Blooming Grove Tuesday night by C. L. Garvin, father-in-law of the soldier. The message was addressed to Mm. Faye Garvin Fields, wife of Corporal Fields, who is now in California.
The message was forwarded to the wife Wednesday, it was stated.
Corporal Fields was a member of a Navarro county unit of the Texas National Guard, mobilized and federalized in November, 1940.
Surviving are his wife and a little son, California; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Fields, Frost; two brothers and four sisters.


James Edwin Moore
1917 - 1944

Lt. James Moore

Memorial Services For Lt. Jas. Moore
Memorial services for the late Lt. James Moore, U. S. Army Air Forces, were held at the Frost Baptist church Sunday. Rev. D. P. Cagle, Huntsville, former pastor of the church, was the principal speaker. Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, and Rev. D. D. Geddie, Corsicana, associational missionary, participated in the program. Pulpit furniture presented by the wife of the deceased was dedicated. The Frost Methodist church dismissed its regular services Sunday to join in the memorial exercises.
Lt. Moore, aged 26 years, a bomber co-pilot, was lost over Germany, May 8, 1945. He was the husband of Dean Newell Moore of Milford and the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Moore of Frost.



LT. James Moore Officially Listed as Killed in Action

Wiley Whitt Short
Jan 15, 1895 - Sep 9, 1961

Wiley W. Short Burial Sunday
FROST, Sept. 11 (Spl.) — Funeral rites were held at the Frost cemetery chapel Sunday at 2:30 p.m. for Wiley W. Short, 66, who died Saturday morning in the Veteran's Hospital at McKinney.

Short, a retired heavy construction worker, was a veteran of both the Army and the Navy. He served on the Mexican border with the Army in the chase of Pancho Villa, and he later served in the Navy. A native of Montgomery county, Short came to Frost in 1906 and lived there until a few years ago when he moved to Idabel, Okla.

Rev. Frank R. Williams, pastor of the Frost Methodist church, conducted the services. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife; four sons, Lee Short, Houston; Pat Short, Frost; Jake Short, Irving; and David Short, Illinois; three daughters, Mrs. Miriam Buntello, Houston; Mrs. Dorothy Slater, Irving; Mrs. Sally Genell, Dallas; two brothers, L. W. Short, Italy; 13 grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Charles Porter "Uncle Charlie" Spencer
Apr 9, 1879 - Oct 14, 1961

C. P. Spencer Rites Monday
C. P. (Uncle Charlie) Spencer, 82, retired farmer, of Frost died in Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Frost Methodist church with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, assisted by Rev. Glen Meloy, pastor of the First Christian Church at Italy.

A native of Files Valley, Ellis county, he had resided most of his life in the Frost and Slay communities.

Surviving are a son, Lynn Spencer, Corsicana; several nieces and nephews including Mr. and Mrs. Jim Puttman, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Snell, Willis Griggs and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Griggs.

Pallbearers were Tom Hooser, Jimmy Hooser, Joe Brown, Bryan Denn, Jimmy Hart and Gus Conner.

McCormick Funeral service directed.


Andrew Tildon Brown
Oct 10, 1876 - Mar 22, 1961

Andrew Brown Dies Wednesday
BLOOMING GROVE, March 23—(Spl.)—Andrew T. Brown, 84, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday night

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. from the Central Baptist church here with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Milton Rhodes, pastor of the church.

A native of Tennessee, he came to Frost when 18 years of age and formerly worked for the City of Dallas. He had made his home here for the past 12 years.

Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Maudine Casebier, Dallas; Mrs. Holly Crawford Lewisville, and Mrs. Ruth Eiland, Grand Saline; three brothers, A. D. Brown, Frost; H. S. Brown, Compton, Calif.; and T. E. Brown, Yonkers, N. Y.; two half-brothers, A. R. Brown Marshall, Okla., and Charlie Brown, Pottsville, Ark.; a sister, Mrs. Lona Dixson, Jacksboro; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Members of his Sunday School class of the Central Baptist church will he pallbearers. Masons will have charge of graveside rites. He was a member of the Tanehill Masonic Lodge in Dallas.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


David Knox Mimms
Dec 3, 1905 - Nov 12, 1961

Knox Mimms Rites Monday
FROST. Nov. 13 (Spl.)—Knox Mimms, 55, native of Frost and longtime resident of Kountze died unexpectedly early Sunday at his home. He had resided in Kountze about 10 years and operated a foundation drilling contracting business in Beaumont.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3:30 p.m. from the Frost Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. Frank Williams and the Kountze Methodist minister officiating. Burial was to be in Frost Cemetery with McCormick Funeral Service conducting.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Thompson Mimms of Kountze; one sister, Mrs. J. M. Beene of Las Cruces, N.M.; four nephews, Max Beene, Las Cruces; Jack Mimms, Kountze; Bobby F. Mimms, U.S. Air Force, Greenland, and Darrell Smith, address unavailable; and one niece. Mrs. Russell Burns. Las Cruces.

Pallbearers were Fletcher Bonnett, Rex Patterson, Guy Tullos, J. B. Summerford, Curtis David and Charles Daniels.


Thomas Leroy Holloway
Jan 15, 1901 - Feb 18, 1961

T. L. Holloway Found Dead In Home At Frost
Funeral services for Thomas L. Holloway, 60, will be held at the First Methodist church in Frost Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Noah McCain, pastor, officiating and burial in the Frost Cemetery.

Holloway. who was born in 1901 and who was an Air Force veteran of World War II, was found dead at his home in Frost early Thursday afternoon by a nephew, Colman Ponder, Jr., and a neighbor. He lived alone.

His body was found sitting in a chair near a bed and since it was dressed in pajamas, it was believed that he died sometime early Wednesday night. He reportedly had a heart condition.
Justice J. J. Sheppard, Frost held an inquest and ruled death by natural causes.

Survivors other than the nephew are two sisters, Mrs. Coleman Ponder, Frost, and Ruth Holloway, Fort Worth.

McCormick is directing.


Juanita June (Davidson) Schleichardt-Blain
May 01, 1932 - Jul 01, 2010

Juanita June Blain, 78 of Bonham, passed away July 1, 2010. She was born May 1, 1932 in Arkansas to George and Viola Davidson.

She is survived by children Jimmy Schleichard, Terry Poe, Debbie Wallin, Kitty Moonahan, Wenda Helton; 18 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by son Rodney Schleichard.

Services will be 11am Monday July 5, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.


Myra Lee (Moore) McMinn
Feb 3, 1918 - Aug 24, 2012

Myra Lee McMinn, 94 went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2012, at Townhall Estates in Hillsboro.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1918, in Irene, to Elbert Lee and Myra (Melton) Moore.

Myra Lee lived in the Frost area most of her life. On Oct. 6, 1936, she married John N. McMinn. John preceded her in death on July 2, 1983. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Melton Moore; and a sister, Elberta Winn Nichols.

Myra Lee was a member of First Baptist Church in Frost. She is survived and loved by two children, Mike McMinn and wife Barbara of Waxahachie, and Marilyn Garrison and husband Jim of Waco; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

There are no services scheduled. The family will have a celebration of Myra's life and love at a later date.


Dr. John H. Keller, Jr.
June 18, 1927 - Aug 24, 2012

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 26 in Fairfield for long-time Fairfield physician Dr. John H. Keller Jr., 85, who passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at the hospital in Fairfield.

Dr. Keller was born June 18, 1927, in Centerville, the only child of John Henry Keller Sr. and Lola Floyd Keller. He attended school in Centerville, graduating as salutatorian in 1944. He attended Sam Houston State Teachers College for a year, then joined the U.S. Army in April of 1946. He served in the Adjutant General Corps and was stationed at Camp Lee, Va.; Fort Oglethorp, Ga.; and Fort Schafter, Hawaii.

After he was discharged in May of 1947, he returned to Sam Houston and graduated in August of 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. In September 1949, he entered Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He graduated in June of 1953 and interned at Jeff Davis and Veterans Administration hospitals in Houston.

Dr. Keller joined a private practice in Corsicana for a brief time before being invited to take over the Fairfield practice of Dr. John Innis in June of 1955. His office was located on the southwest corner of the courthouse square.

In January of 1958, he formed a partnership with medical school classmate Dr. Joe D. Crossno. The association was named Fairfield Clinic, and was officially housed first in a new clinic built on the east side of the square in 1965.

A second, larger clinic was built in 1982 and was located on West Commerce. Dr. Keller continued to practice with Dr. Crossno until Crossno's death in 2000. The West Commerce clinic building was still in use as a medical facility until the day of Dr. Keller's death, when the current physician group moved into a new building a few hundred yards east.

Over the years, Dr. Keller had served as chief of staff at the Fairfield hospital several times and had served on the American Board of Family Physicians. In addition, he was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Freestone County Medical Association.

He was an elected board member of the Fairfield Hospital District, and was instrumental in establishing a hospital taxing district in Freestone County. He fought to prevent the closing of Fairfield Memorial Hospital in the 1990s, and later served on the East Texas Medical Center - Fairfield board of directors.

A lifelong Methodist, he was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, where he was sound technician during worship services for many years. He also served on the building committee and in many other capacities.

His volunteer efforts extended internationally as well. He assisted in the establishment of a clinic in Haiti in conjunction with FUMC Fairfield.

He was especially proud and supportive of Sam Houston State University, recommending to numerous area students that they consider attending SHSU, and initiating and contributing to several alumni and university special projects. He received the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.

On three occasions, he served as Physician of the Day for the Texas Legislature.

In 2009, after practicing medicine in Fairfield for more than 50 years, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. He had also previously been named Citizen of the Year by the organization.

In 2011, he received the Rural Health Trail Blazer Award, presented by the Texas Rural Health Forum, which honored him for giving lifelong professional and personal attention to improving the lives of rural citizens.

Most recently, he was awarded the Grand Lodge of Texas Community Builder Award, which recognizes outstanding non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through service to their community, church and to humanity.
The award is presented to an individual who has never been initiated into Masonry, but has followed the same precepts, ideals and standards established for Masonic behavior.

Services were conducted at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
Officating were Dr. Keller's nephew, the Rev. James Mack Strange, pastor of Trinity Church, a campus of Brentwood United Methodist Church in Spring Hill, Tenn.; and Fairfield FUMC pastor the Rev. Paul Kethley.
Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were O.B. Utley III, Don Awalt, Jeff Hale, Dr. Brent Moore, Sam Bill Bournias, Robert McAdams, Steve James and Gary Toothman.

Honorary pallbearers were O.B. Utley, Jr., Dr. Harold Moore, and Harry Gresham.

Special music was provided by soloist Jamie Filis, who sang “In the Garden”, and the congregation sang “Victory in Jesus.”

Dr. Keller is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Elizabeth
(Betsy) Strange Keller; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Keller Myers and husband Charles, and Carolyn Keller Newberry and husband Scott; grandsons, Jordan Keller Myers, James Scott (J) Newberry III and James Andrew Myers, all of Fairfield; and granddaughter, Audra Myers Knowles of Waco.

The family also gives special recognition to Miss Pat Robertson, the Fairfield Hospital District Board, the Fairfield EMS Board and Staff, Dr. David Latham, and Dr. J. Michael Orms.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.


Cynda (Cason) Grover
June 7, 1942 - Aug 23, 2012

Cynda Cason Grover, 70, of Tulsa, Okla. passed on Thursday, Aug. 23,
2012 at Hillcrest Hospital.

Cynda was born on June 7, 1942 in Corsicana, to Robert and Bea Cason.
She attended Southern Methodist University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. After graduating from SMU with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, she taught in Dallas. Cynda married Gary Grover, of Bartlesville, Okla. on Aug. 21, 1965. The couple moved to Bartlesville, where Mrs. Grover continued teaching for two years, until they had their first son, Michael, in 1968. They moved to Tulsa in 1970 and had their second son, Cason, in 1973. Cynda raised their two sons full-time and was their Den Mother in Cub Scouts. Cynda was active in Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church, working in the office for several years, and stayed active in Pi Beta Phi, serving as President of the local Alumni Chapter. She also participated in Junior Philharmonic, Forest Creek Women's Club and, more recently, PEO, as well as the Key tutoring program. Cynda fought a long battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was an inspiration to all around her, as she never gave up walking on her own and maintained a personality that brightened the days of everyone around her.

Cynda is survived by her husband, Gary; her sister, Susanna; her two sons, Michael and Cason; and her nieces, Becky and Michelle; as well as their children and grandchildren.

Services and interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church on East 71st Street in Tulsa.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Saint Dunstan's Memorial Fund.


Deborah Lynn "Deb" Gowan
Feb 3, 1954 - Aug 22, 2012

Deborah L. “Debbie” Gowan, age 58, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 in Corsicana. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home at this time.



Deborah Lynn “Deb” Gowan

Deborah Lynn “Deb” Gowan was born in Rome, Ga. on Feb. 3, 1954 and Corsicana became her home in 1962. She attended Bowie Elementary and Collins Junior High and excelled academically throughout her years at Corsicana High School. She was a member of the Tiger Marching Band and the CHS National Honor Society. She was employed at the old Taco Bell on West Seventh Avenue all through her high school years.

Deb graduated from Corsicana High School in 1972 and was the recipient of a James L. Collins Scholarship. She then attended Navarro Junior College prior to transferring to North Texas State University in Denton where she received a degree in Commerial Art in 1976. Following her college years, she obtained a responsible position with Mobil Oil Company and lived at various times in Purcell, Okla., and Monahans, Texas before coming back to live in Dallas. She was held in high esteem at Mobil Oil Company and her future with them offered great promise.
Then in 1984, when she was 30 years old, Deb was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In the early stages of the disease her vision was affected to a degree that required her to retire due to the disability and she returned to Corsicana to live the rest of her life.

Despite the difficulties presented by the symptoms of MS, Deb's positive spirit and outlook on life did not prevent her from traveling and enjoying life. In the 1980's she drove from Texas to Alaska and made many other trips, showing a keen interest in the cities and towns she visited and the people she met. She also was a member and attended First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

As MS continued to take its toll on her, Deb became more of a homebody but attended water therapy classes at the YMCA and enjoyed working in her yard and was always thrilled to see friends at her door. In 1997 she met Mark Yearsley who became her devoted partner for the last 15 years of her life. Because of Mark's devotion, Deb was able to remain at home until her life ended.

On Aug. 22, 2012, Deb lost her 28-year battle with MS at the age of 58.
The disease had taken much from her but it could never destroy her indomitable spirit and her wonderful sense of humor.

Deb was predeceased by her parents, Raymond Lee and Dorothy M. (Curtis) Gowan.

She is survived by her partner, Mark J. Yearsley, of Corsicana; two half-sisters, Jill Brown and husband Chris and Paula Ellis of Calhoun, Ga.; and cousins Peggy Graves of Waxahachie, Loyd Gowan of Blooming Grove, Jerry Gowan of Duncan, Okla.; Brenda Smithen of Corsicana, Phillip Gowan of Nashville and other extended family members.

She was cremated and Deb's ashes will be interred in the family plot in the New Chatfield Cemetery. No formal services are planned.


Willie Roberts, Jr.
abt 1925 - Aug 21, 2012

Willie Roberts Jr., 87, of Corsicana, father of Du’Ane Yancy of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21,2012 at Heritage Oaks West.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Bethel AME Church with Pastor Willile Green officiating. Interment will be 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27,2012 at the Dallas/Ft.Worth National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Ruth Jodean (Hudgens) Brown
July 12, 1928 - Aug 22, 2012

Ruth Jodean Hudgens Brown, age 84, of Frost passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at Twilight Home in Corsicana. She was born July 12, 1928 in Thalia, Texas to William Robert and Myrtice Viola Hudgens.

She lived the early part of her life mainly in the west Texas area doing a variety of jobs, then after moving to the Dallas area, she spent 20-plus years hanging wallpaper in new homes before retiring. She spent her life providing for, caring for, and sacrificing for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and two sisters.

She is survived by her sons, Creath Arbuckle of Grand Prairie, and Murray Arbuckle and wife Carol of Frisco; daughters, Deana Paskow and husband Roger of Allen, Shelley Watts and husband Charlie of Frost, and Stacey Brown of Plano; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren; sisters, Eloise McCoy and husband Roy of Abilene, Alma Hembree of Rockwall, and Louise Meeks of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at the Hubbard Cowboy Church with Bro. Butch Boatright officiating. Interment will follow in the Dresden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hubbard Cowboy Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 278, Hubbard, Texas 76648.

The family sends their appreciation to the Twilight Home and Hand-in-Hand Hospice for providing such great care and comfort to her in her final year.


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