Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Isaac Frank M. Stockton
May 1, 1864 - Dec 20, 1915

Died In Waco.
The following from the Waco Morning News of this morning will be of interest here, where the deceased is well known” “F. M. Stockton of Kerens, aged 54, whose death occurred in a local sanitarium yesterday at noon, was a prominent farmer of that place. His remains were prepared for shipment by the L. C. Puckett undertaking company and sent to Kerens over the Cotton Belt at 8 o’clock last night for interment today.”


Herman Edwin Jones
Nov 28, 1945 - Jul 5, 1984

Herman E. Jones

DEQUEENS, Ark.—Herman E. Jones, 38, an Arkansas policeman, resident of DeQueens, Ark., was killed in a wreck with three other policemen Thursday in Arkansas.

Jones was a native and former Corsicana Police officer.

Service is 4 p.m. Sunday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with Henry Edgington, Church of Christ minister, officiating.

Burial will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray A. Jones Sr. in 1971 and a brother, Robert Jones in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Terrie Jones of DeQueens, Ark.; three sons, Eddie of Houston, Trey of Fort Stockton and Blake of DeQueens, Ark.; three daughters, Angela and Vickie, both of Angus and Yolanda of DeQueens, Ark.; and a grandson, Adam of Houston; mother, Mrs. Lena Polly of Kerens; four brothers, Carl Jones Sr. of Poteau, Okla., Ray Joes of Malvern, Ark., Paul Jones of Kerens and Red Jones of Weatherford; two sisters, Mrs. Ozell Schmidt and Mrs. Linda Roughton, both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Neal Baggett and members of the Corsicana Police Department.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, July 6, 1984
  • h/o Ginger Gale (Hayes) Jones & Terrie (unk) Jones; s/o Ray Adlee Jones Sr. & Lena Belle“Polly” (Hickey) Jones
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Julia (Kimes) Chitwood
Jul 5, 1849 - Mar 13, 1932

Corsicanans Attend Funeral of Relative In Kerens Sunday

Mrs. Della Albritton has been in Kerens the past week at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Chitwood, a pioneer resident of Navarro county, who has been ill and who passed away Sunday morning at 10 o’clock. Misses Mabel and Jewell Albritton and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Moore, grandchildren of the deceased, went over Sunday and remained for the funeral services, which were held today.

The many friends of Mrs. Albritton and her daughters, sympathize deeply with them at this time of their sorrow.




KERENS, March 15. - (Spl.) - Mrs. Julia Chitwood, age 82 years, died at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Barnett, Sunday. Mrs. Chitwood was a pioneer resident of this part of the county having lived here practically all her life.

She leaves one son and three daughters, W. K. Chitwood, Mrs. Claud Sherrill and Mrs. Henry Barnett of Kerens and Mrs. Della Allbritton of Corsicana.

Interment was at Prairie Point cemetery Monday. Rev. W. A. Corkern conducted the services.


James Leonard (Dugan) Dozier
Apr 18, 1906 - Jan 8, 1997

James (Dugan) Dozier
James (Dugan) Dozier, 90, died Jan. 8, 1997, at More House General Hospital in Bastrop, La.

Visitation will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday till service time. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Prairie Point Cemetery.

Mr. Dozier was born April 18, 1906.

Mr. Dozier is survived by his sons, Gene Dozier of Angleton and Donny Ray Dozier of Bastrop, La,; daughters, Ellen Dozier and Brenda Hutchinson both of Bastrop, La. and Tammy Hutchinson of Corsicana; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.


Susan Ann (Pipes) Wheeler-Defur-Ray
abt 1856 - Aug 1916

Died Near Petty Chapel.
Mrs. L. L. Ray, aged 60 years, died at the family home near Petty Chapel Sunday night and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery Monday afternoon. The husband and several grown children survive.


Lura Lucille “Lucy” (Harrison) Morris
Aug 11, 1911 - Feb 19, 1988

Mrs. Lura Morris

Mrs. Lura Lucille “Lucy” Harrison Morris, 76, of Corsicana, died Feb. 19, 1988 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, w2ith Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a registered nurse and worked at the Navarro Clinic and P. and S. Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Pat Pope of Beaumont; a son, M. R. Morris Jr. of Waxahachie; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Willie Pearl Cook of Ennis.

Pallbearers are Sam W. Polk, Gary Morris, Bret Morris, Rusty Blue, Buddy Bruce and Bobby Bruce.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Feb 21, 1988
  • w/o Mervin Randolph Morris Sr; d/o Seth Plum Harrison buried Rice cemetery, Rice, Tx. & Ina Angeline (Reed) Harrison-Lusk buried Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Callie Thomas Harris
Apr 17, 1894 - May 8, 1992

Callie Harris

Callie Harris, 98, of Corsicana, died May 8, 1992 in Dallas.

Services will be at 2 p.m. May 10 at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Revs. B. F. Risinger, Marion Harris and J. T. Ayers officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Josephine Harris of Corsicana; four nephews, Wesley Harris of Dallas, Murray L. Harris of Tyler, the Rev. Marion Harris of Jefferson, Texas and Robert B. Harris of Kaufman and six nieces, Elizabeth Ayers, JoAnn Means and Frances Mahoney, all of Corsicana, LaVerne Myatt of Kaufman, Undine Dennis of Jennings, La. and Kathryn W. Allen of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Majors Harris, Allyn Harris, Terry Means, Brent Harris, Tom Harris, Tim Harris and David Gibson.


Florence Holman
Dec 28, 1896 - Mar 18, 1992

Florence Holman

Florence Holman, 95, of Corsicana, died March 18, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Connally Dugger and the Rev. Sally Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a lifelong resident of Corsicana.

Survivors include one sister, Sarah Holman of Corsicana.


Martha Marie (Poe) Cates
Sep 24, 1938 - Dec 5, 1992

Martha M. Cates

Martha M. Cates, 54, of Corsicana died Dec. 5, 1992 in Corsicana.

Services will be at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Loyal Edwin Poe, Sr.; her mother, Alva Borden and one sister, Lana Poe Nelson.

Survivors include her husband, Delmer A. Cates of Corsicana; two daughters, Lois Douglas and Mona Grace, both of Corsicana; two brothers, Loyal E. Poe, Jr. of San Marcos and James Poe of Kaufman; one sister, Edwina Poe of Corsicana; three grandsons, Ronny Folmar, Michael Rogers and James Cates, all of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Monica Grace of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Ernest Rylie, Don Shirley, Charles Cates, James Rogers, Jackie Grace and Ronny Rogers.


Robert Langston Gresham, Sr.
Aug 23, 1905 - Dec 6, 1992

Robert L. Gresham

Robert Langston Gresham, 87, of Jewett, died Dec. 6, 1992 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ricks Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Bratz. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Gresham of Jewett; one daughter, Beatrice Britton of Houston; one sister, Bessie Sweeny of Luling; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Allie (Etter) Slater
Nov 2, 1870 - Mar 27, 1953

Mrs. Allie Slater Riles Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Allie Slater, 82, who died Friday afternoon at the Twilight Home, were held Saturday at 2:30 p. m. from the Church of Christ in Dawson.
The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ here. Burial was in the Navarro Mills cemetery.
Surviving arc six grandchildren, E. A. Ivie, Corsicana; W. D. Ivie, Purdon; R. A. Ivie, Purdon; Mrs. Jack Campbell, Houston; Brady Slater, Jr., Houston, and Mrs. R. A. Junghans, Tulsa, Okla. Pallbearers were J. A. Sewell. J. E. Thompson, Houston Kent. O. C. Mangold, L. L. Johnson and B. C. NeSmith.


Minnie Lee (Fields) French
Nov 23, 1878 - Apr 11, 1946

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Lee French, long-time Navarro Mills resident, who died in the Navarro clinic Thursday, were held Saturday afternoon at Navarro Mills. The rites were conducted by Rev. Tom Madden, pastor of the Navarro Mills Baptist church, assisted by Rev. W. T. Allmon, Hubbard Baptist minister.
Mrs. French had resided in the Navarro Mills community 48 years.
Surviving are her husband, W. W. French, Navarro Mills; a son, Rex French, Navarro Mills; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Crecelius, Navarro Mills, and Mrs. Vestal Evans, Houston; nine grandchildren, Neilan, Charles and Carolyn French; Donnie and Aldon Crecelius, all of Navarro Mills; Naomi Crecelius, Fort Worth; Guanadine, Yvonne and Lynn Evans, Houston; mother, Mrs. M. A. Fields, Houston, and four sisters, Mrs. Ada
Merrell and Mrs. Alma Hollingsworth, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Max Hubbard, Houston, and Mrs. Mayetta Davis, Waxahachie.
Pallbearers were W. A. Hargis, J. R. Oden. J. E. Downing, Delma Curry, J. D. Toten and Roy Ponder.
Wolfe Funeral Home directed.


Ida Eunice (Honea) Williams
Dec 30, 1896 - Dec 8, 1931


Funeral services for Mrs. Eunice Williams, 35, wife of Robert Williams, 916 South Fifteenth street, who died Tuesday morning at 11:30 o’clock were held from the Pentacostal church on South Sixteenth street Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with interment in the Modrell Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Mrs. Smith, pastor.

Surviving are her husband, a son, two daughters, father, J. H. Honea, Longview and Clyde Honea, Corsicana; and three sisters, Mrs. Ella Williams, Athens; Mrs. Fannie Griffin, Kerens, and Mrs. Mary Blackburn, Corsicana.

The funeral was directed by Corley Funeral Home.



Corsicana Woman Died On Tuesday; Burial Wednesday

Mrs. Eunice Williams, aged 35 years, wife of Robert Williams, died at 916 South Fifteenth street, Tuesday morning at 11:30 o’clock and the funeral services will be held from the Pentecostal church on South Sixteenth street Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with interment in the Modrall cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Mrs. Smith.

Surviving are her husband, one son and two daughters.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Isom Riley Cagle
Nov 7, 1890 - Dec 13, 1939


Funeral services were held at Frost Thursday afternoon for Isaac Cagle, aged 49 years, farmer, who died in the Navarro clinic Wednesday afternoon from burns received Tuesday night.
It was reported that Cagle was procuring gasoline from a barrel in his garage, using a lantern for illumination when the explosion occurred. He was rushed to the local clinic shortly after the accident, Surviving are his wife and several children.
McCormick Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.


B. J. Inmon
abt. 1885 - Oct 24, 1936

B. J. Inmon Buried

KERENS, Oct. 26.—(Spl)—Funeral services for B. J. Inmon, aged 54, who died Saturday in a Corsicana hospital, were held at the Stockton Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 1:30, with Rev. C. E. Wilkins, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Interment was at the Long Prairie cemetery. Mr. Inmon is survived by two brothers, B. A. Inmon and J. J. Inmon of Rural Shade, and Mrs. Lucy Phillips of. Dallas.


Florence Idella (Bogan) Trull
Nov 7, 1888 - Nov 30, 1918


Apparently In Perfect Health When Death Came.

Mrs. L. R. Trull of Frost arrived in Corsicana this morning at 9:15 en route to Malakoff on a visit to her sister living there. When Mrs. Trull left Frost an hour before reaching here she left her father, John Bogen, in apparently perfect health, and when she alighted from the train here she was met by a telegram announcing the death of her father. Instead of going on to Malakoff Mrs. Trull returned to Frost at once.
John Bogen, the deceased, was 64 years of age and had been a resident of Frost for a number of years. He is survived by his widow and several grown children.


Katie Mae (Bolton) Dickson
Aug 1, 1926 - Jun 15, 1994

Katie Mae Dickson

Katie Mae Dickson, 67, of Corsicana, died June 15, 1994, at St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens, with the Rev. L. L. Conner officiating. Burial will be in Lone Prairie Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, John Edward Dickson of Kerens and Charles Allen Dickson of Corsicana; two sisters, Florene Harrison of West Memphis Ark., and Daphene McFall of Gilmore, Ark.; and five grandchildren.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.


Hugh Dean Bills
May 11, 1929 - Apr 30, 1997

Hugh Dean Bills

Hugh Dean Bills, 67, of Waco died April 30 at the V. A. Hospital in Temple.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Wade Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Curtis Holland officiating. Burial will follow at the Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hawkins, John Michael Moore, Larry Brown, Greg Brown, Vince Brown, Russell Brown.

Mr. Bills was born May 11, 1929 in Hubbard. He was reared in Hubbard where he attended Hubbard schools. He lived in Waco for most of his life. He retired from T. S. T. C. in Waco in 1991 after having worked for 25 years in Waste Water management. He served in the U. S. Army as a Staff Sgt. from 1947-1956. He was an active member of the V. F. W. and American Legion. He was a former commander and a lifetime member of AMVETS Post 19 in Waco.

Mr. Bills is survived by his special friend, Edna Bea Green of Waco; son, Randy Dean Bills of Waco; three daughters, Sherry D. Baker of Waco, Vicki D. Bills and Diana Moore both of Denton; two step-daughters, Karen R. Franklin of Temple and Evelyn Lawrence of Austin; step-son, Tommy E. Green of Belton; sister, Carolyn Bills Brown of Waco; six grandchildren; several step grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Alfred Dysart Bills and Mae Lee Master Bills.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.


Norman Richard Goldberg
Jun 5, 1931 - Jan 16, 1997

Norman Richard Goldberg

Norman Richard Goldberg, 65, of Encino, Calif., died Jan. 16, 1997, in Reseda, Calif.

Graveside services are today at 2 p.m. in the Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana, with Rabbi Ernest Joseph of Agudas Achim Synagogue.

Mr. Goldberg was born June 5, 1931, in Corsicana.

He is survived by his sister Marilyn Alter of Northridge Calif.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Leonie “Nonnie” (Raphael) Levine
Feb 14, 1869 - Nov 19, 1947


Funeral services for Mrs. Abe Levine, 78, pioneer Corsicana resident, who died Wednesday night in the Navarro Clinic, will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Hebrew Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Theodore Weiner of Temple Beth-El.

Survivors include three sons, Bryan, Aaron and Raphael Levine, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be J. Silverberg, Louis Goldberg, Alvin Shwarts, Ivan Rosenberg, James Cerf, W. B. Levy, Sydney Marks, all of Corsicana, and Joe Jolesch and Ernest Raphael, both of Ennis


Elliott P. “Chuck” Cohen
Oct 15, 1917 - Nov 2, 1999

Elliott Chuck Cohen
Elliott Chuck Cohen, 82, of Phoenix, Ariz. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, in Phoenix.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Frank Joseph officiating.

Mr. Cohen was born Oct. 15, 1917 in Buffalo, N.Y. He moved to Arizona 38 years ago from Buffalo. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Cohen is survived by his daughter, Blanche F. Cohen of Aurora, Colo.; and sister, Janet Shapiro of Buffalo, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 2929 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, Ariz. 85016 or American Diabetes Association, 9034 N. 23rd Ave., No. 8, Phoenix, Ariz. 85021.

Arrangements by Corley ‘Funeral Home.


Eleanor (Grossman) Winter
Oct 22, 1891 Nov 13, 1955

Mrs. Joe Winter Services Sunday Mrs. Eleanor Winter, 84, wife of Joe Winter, 816 North Ninth St, died In Memorial Hospital early Sunday following several months illness.
Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 3 p. m. Burial was in the Hebrew Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro Congregation Agudas Achim.
A native of Hungary, Mrs. Winter operated a cafe on North Commerce street for a number of years.
Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; two sons, Capt. Leonard M Winter, U. S. Army, Korea, who arrived home Sunday morning, and Louis Winter, Austin; four grand children; a brother, John Grossman, Miami, Fla., and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Raymond Gold man, Louis Wolens, Eli Grossman Dean Mllkes, Melville Samuels and Max Rosenboom.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, November 14, 1955
  • w/o Joseph “Joe” Winter (Joseph & Eleanor both born in Hungary) d/o Simon Grossman and Nettie (unk) Grossman
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Fannie Frances (Coley) Bolen
Feb 10, 1894 - Sep 13, 1975

Mrs. Bolen

Services were 4 p.m. Sunday for Mrs. W. A. (Fannie) Bolen, 81, of Corsicana who died Saturday at the Twilight Home.

Rev. David Hale officiated and burial followed at the Old Pursley Cemetery.

She was a Navarro County native who had lived in Corsicana most of her life, where she was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, George Bolen and W. M. Bolen both of Corsicana and Bob Bolen of Texas City; four daughters, Mrs. Edna Flynn of Corsicana, Mrs. Alyne Murray of Rockdale, Mrs. Lessie Ganze of Powell and Mrs. Barbara Anderson of Fort Worth; one foster-son, Tubby Henson of Corsicana, 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Jenkins, Joe Hambrick, Marvin White, J. T. Magness, Ed Formby, and Thomas Ivey.


William Andy Bolen
Jan 26, 1894 - Oct 7, 1953

Friday Services For Andy Bolen
Funeral Services for W. A. (Uncle Andy) Bolen, 59, Powell merchant, who died Wednesday afternoon in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Pursley Baptist church. Burial was in the Old Pursley Cemetery.

Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Elkhart Baptist minister, conducted the rites.

A native of Pursley, he had resided at Powell the past five years.

Surviving are his wife of Powell; three sons, G. W., W. M. and B. M. Bolen, all of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Wm. R. Flynn, Alma; Mrs. W. A. Murray, Rockdale; Mrs. H. J. Ganze, Pursley, and Mrs. D. L. Nowell, Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. M. E. Bolen, Powell; three sisters, Mrs. D. T. Ray, Corsicana; Mrs. J. W. York, Pursley, and Mrs. Bert Henson, Pea Ridge, Ark.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Pete Day, Glenn Henson, Coy McClindon, Cecil Henson, Glenn Bolen and Larkin York.

Corley Directed


Martha Jane “Mattie” (Pierce) Wallace
Dec 28, 1861 - Mar31, 1955

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Wallace
Mrs. Mary Jane Wallace, 93, long-time Navarro county resident, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Foy Johnson, 1326 West Thirteenth avenue Thursday night following a four months' illness. She is survived by 123 living descendants. Funeral services will be held from the Emmanuel Baptist church at 2:30 p. m. Saturday with burial in the Pursley cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bracey A. Bledsoe, pastor of the church. Mrs. Wallace was born in Freestone county, but had resided in Navarro County 52 years. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Surviving are five sons, Paul Wallace, Mexia; Jesse Wallace. Bakersfleld, Calif.; R. F. Wallace, Hallville, Calif.; DeWitt Wallace, Corsicana, and Virgil Wallace, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Winnie Ware, Lubbock; Mrs. Tommy Anderson, Anahuac, and Mrs. Johnson, Corsicana; 42 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Burleson Funeral Home of Wortham will direct.


Grady M. McCall
May 27, 1909 - Oct 25, 1958

Grady McCall Funeral Held Pursley Church
Funeral services for Grady McCall, 49 -year -old Pursley farmer, who died at Mexia Saturday night, were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Pursley Church of Christ. Burial was the New Pursley cemetery. Henry E. Redden, Church of Christ minister, conducted the rites.

McCall was stricken with a heart attack while in Mexia, accompanied by Mrs. McCall, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Christopher-Edgar hospital in Mexia in a Corley Mexia ambulance at 10:30 p.m.

McCall was a native of Corinth, Texas, but had resided at Pursley 19 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Faye McCall, Pursley; two sons, Sgt. Grady L. McCall, U.S. Army, and Albert L. McCall, Pursley; four daughters, Mrs. Ella Mae Loper, Emhouse; Mrs. Wanda Sue Cash, San Jose, Calif.; Donna Faye and Louise McCall, both of Pursley; a sister, Mrs. R. C. Neely, San Angelo; two brothers, J. L. and L. C. McCall, both of Buck Eye, Ariz.; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Curtis Clemons, Olen Clemons, M. E. Murray, Charles Copeland, Allen Paschal and Charles Brown.

Corley directed.


Florence Elizabeth (Arnold) Tidwell
Nov 23, 1872 - Apr 24, 1961

Mrs. Tidwell Dies Monday

Mrs. Florence Tidwell, 88, native of Navarro county, died Monday morning at Route 1, Richland (Pursley).

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Pursley cemetery but arrangements were incomplete at press hour Monday afternoon.

Born, November 23, 1872, Mrs. Tidwell, a member of the Pursley Church of Christ, had resided in that community for the past 55 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. G. K. Allison, New Mexico; Mrs. W. W. Pryor, Route 1, Richland, and Mrs. J. B. Cobb, Corsicana; two sons, L. R. Tidwell, Purdon, and P. L. Tidwell, Richland; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - April, 25, 1961
  • New Pursley
  • w/o Noah Thomas Tidwell d/o Joseph Arnold and Elizabeth (unk) Arnold
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lora (Crawford) Copeland
Nov 20, 1890 - May 30, 1969

Copeland Rites

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Fred M. (Lora) Copeland, 78, who died Friday. Officiating ministers were L. W. Mayo and Leathel Roberts, Church of Christ pastors. Burial was in the New Pursley Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, six brothers, two sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Jun 6, 1969
  • w/o Fred M. Copeland; d/o Nathaniel Samuel Crawford & Caldonia Elizabeth “Callie” (Harley) Crawford
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Fred M. Copeland
Jan 16, 1888 - May 27, 1953

Fred M. Copeland, County Official, Dies Wednesday
Fred M. Copeland, 65, farmer and well-known county official, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Miller Norwood, 2107 West Second avenue, Wednesday at 12:30 p. m.

He was stricken with a heart attack 10 days ago and was moved to his daughter's home from the Navarro clinic Tuesday.

Copeland was serving his eleventh year as commissioner of Precinct 3 and was the dean of the court in point of continuous service. He had been a prominent farmer and owned extensive properties in the Pursley area.

He had been an official and leader in civic, financial, community and sports circles and was long prominent in the fox and wolf hunters associations.

Surviving are his wife, of Pursley; a son, Charles Copeland, Pursley; two daughters, Mrs. Norwood, Corsicana, and Miss Martha Jane Copeland, Pursley; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a. m. at the Pursley Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Pursley cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Luther G. Roberts, minister of the West Side Church of Christ.

McCammon will direct.



Chas. Copeland Succeeds Father As Commissioner
Charles Copeland, farmer and community leader at Pursley, has been appointed to succeed his father, the late Fred M. Copeland, as county commissioner in Precinct 3.

County Judge James C. Sewell announced the appointment Saturday. "I have entire confidence in his ability to carry out the duties of this office in such a manner as to maintain the high standards of honest and efficiency set by his
father," Judge Sewell stated.

The elder Copeland, who succumbed to a heart attack Wednesday, was serving his sixth elected term. His son's appointment to serve out the unexpired term becomes effective Monday Judge Sewell announced.

Copeland is expected to qualify for the office and take the oath at a scheduled meeting of the commissioners' court Monday morning.

Judge Sewell commented that Navarro county lost one of its best citizens in the passing of Commissioner Copeland.

The new commissioner-to-be has been active as an agricultural worker and a leader in community affairs at Pursley. A veteran, he is a graduate of the Veterans Vocational (agriculture) School and has been successfully farming for several years.



Young Copeland Takes Over Post Of Late Father
Charles Copeland took over his late father's post on the Navarro County Commissioners' Court Monday, upon appointment to the office by Judge James C. Sewell.

Oath of office was administered by County Clerk Harry Chestnut, and bond was approved by the court.

Copeland's father, the late Fred M, Copeland, died Wednesday while serving his sixth elected term as precinct 3 commissioner. The new commissioner, a farmer and community leader at Pursley, also took the oath as a board of equalization

Makes Appointment
The following was placed in the court minutes:
"Whereas Fred M. Copeland was elected commissioner of Precinct No. 3. Navarro County, Texas, on November 4, 1952, and qualified for said office on January 1, 1953. and whereas, the said Fred M. Copeland passed away on May 27, 1953; "Now, therefore, I, James C. Sewell, county judge of Navarro county do name and appoint Charles Copeland Commissioner for Precinct No. 3, Navarro County, Texas, to serve the unexpired term vacated as stated above.”


Jessie James. Patrick
Nov 23, 1885 - May 26, 1941

Purdon Man Killed In Car Crash

J. J. Patrick, aged 54 years, a Purdon farmer, was fatally injured about 9 o' clock Sunday night when the wagon in which he and his wife were riding was struck by an automobile.

It was reported that the car figuring in the accident was driven by Willie Bates of Purdon, who took the injured man to a nearby home and summoned a physician. The injured man was later taken to a Corsicana hospital where he died at 7:15 o'clock Monday morning.

Patrick's death brought the 1941 automobile fatalities for Navarro county up to nine, one above the 1940 toll.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, May 30, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Funeral services for J. J. Patrick, 54, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday morning from auto injuriees, were held from the family home hear Purdon Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Younger cemetery.

Patrick's death was the ninth auto fatality in Navarro county in 1941. A wagon in which he was riding Sunday night was struck by an automobile driven by Willie
Bates, also of Purdon, according to a statement by Chas. T. Banister, criminal district attorney.

Several hours after the accident, Patrick's condition became worse and he was rushed to the hospital. Banister said no charges would be filed in the case.

Surviving are his wife, Purdon; three sons, Jesse Patrick, Purdon; George Patrick, Lavasco, and Albert Patrick, Mammouth, N. J; three daughters, Mrs. Tavy Burton, Lavasco; Mrs. Mary Brackets, Vandalia, Ill., and Mrs. Susan Vassar, Houston; three step-children, Dora Ellis, Rufus Ellis and Buddy Ellis, all of Purdon.; three brothers, Green Patrick, Purdon; Walter Patrick, Kenard, and Woody Patrick, Rascoe, and other relatives

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.


James Monroe Williams
Jul 13, 1861 - Dec 3, 1938


Funeral services for James Monroe Williams, aged 77 years were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the graveside in Younger cemetery where interment was made.

Mr. Williams had lived in Navarro county for 67 years and in the Purdon community the past 26 years.

Surviving are his wife, five sons, C. W. Williams, Mexia; W. G. Williams, Seminole, Okla.; J. M. Williams, Bryson; Pat Williams, Corsicana, and Frank Williams, Purdon; three daughters, Mrs. W. B. Ellis, Blooming Grove; Mrs. G. W. Ivie, Purdon, and Mrs Mamie Campbell, Kerens.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 9, 1938
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Leslie Lafayette Farmer
Nov 14, 1882 - May 31, 1963

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. for L. L. Farmer, 80, Purdon farmer, from the First Baptist church of Purdon. Burial was in the Younger cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. O. Estes, Baptist minister of Dawson, and Rev. Clifton Nauert, pastor of the church, of which Farmer was a deacon.

Farmer died in Fort Worth Friday.

Surviving are his wife of Purdon; three sons, Guy Farmer, Purdon; Roy Farmer, Huntington Park, Calif., and Ray Farmer, Tyler, a stepson, Almon Ellis Garland; two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Horn, Everman, and Mrs. M. E. Burks, Fort Worth; three brothers, Arthur Farmer, Angus; Johnny Farmer, Fort Worth, and Tommy Farmer, Purdon; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Wood, Angus; and Mrs. Bertha Dempsey, Waco; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. L. Owens, Hollis McCrory, L. A. Phillips, Brady Turner, Hoyt Priddy and Preston Peden.

Griffin directed.


Mary Eugene (Davis) Tickle
Sept 27, 1897 - May 12, 1958

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Tickle

Funeral services for Mr. [sic] Mary Tickle, 63, of Purdon, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Younger cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist church at Purdon.

A native of Georgia, Mrs. Tickle had resided at Purdon for 40 years.

Surviving are a son, Jimmy Rogers, Chattanooga, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. Dixie Thornton, Killeen; two brothers, Lee Davis, Dodge City, Kan., and Morgan Davis, Purdon; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Howard, Corsicana, and Mrs. Anna Smith, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Howe French, Elton Skinner, Dock Boldin, A. E. Bittner, Albert Moseley and Elmo Hardin.


Alice Jane (Williams) Tune
Nov 22, 1869 - Jan 20, 1953

Mrs. Alice Tune Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Alice Tune, 84, died Tuesday morning at the home of her only living child, Mrs. W. W. Minefee, Route 1, Purdon.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Raleigh Baptist Church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. O. L. McCollum, pastor of the church.

A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Tune had spent most of her life in Texas.

Several children preceded her in death.

Surviving are the daughter, 17 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Bobbie Nell (Marlow) Brooks
Nov 11, 1937 - Mar 23, 2011

Mrs. Bobbie Nell Brooks, 73, of Arlington, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Medical Center of Arlington. She was born November 11, 1937 in Silver City, Texas to Dixie and Theo Marlow.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Brooks of Arlington; sons, James Brooks and Ronny Brooks; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Services were held at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bobby Bridges officiating. Burial followed at Dresden cemetery.


  • The Navarro County Times - Thursday, March 31, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mary Abrigail (Farmer) Fagala
Dec 6, 1857 - Mar 19, 1941

Mrs. Mary Fagala Buried At Dresden Friday

Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, for Mrs. Mary A. Fagala, aged 83, at the Dresden Methodist church, with Rev. Gus Farmer, a nephew of Dawson and Emhouse, conducting the rites.

Mrs. Fagala, who died at her home at Palestine, was for many years a resident of Blooming Grove and had many friends and relatives in this community.

She is survived by a son, Wilkes Fagala of Palestine; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Matthews and Mrs. Lollie Smith, Blooming Grove, and two other sisters, address unknown, Mrs. Ella Estelle and Mrs. Kate Waller, a daughter, Mrs. Dee Badgett, Elko, S. C.

Among the out-of-town folks present were Mr. and Mrs. Dee Badgett and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Badgett of South Caroline; Mrs. Warren Hancock, Grand Prairie and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reece of Corsicana.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.


Obediah Hardwick "Obie" Vest
Oct 3, 1878 - Dec 4, 1951

O. H. Vest Rites Held Wednesday

O. H. Vest, 73, farmer, Route 1, Barry, died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday night.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Dresden church with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Frank, Fort Worth, and Rev. O. L. McCollum, pastor of the Fairview Baptist church at Raleigh.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, E. H. Vest, Emhouse, and Maxie Vest, Lancaster; three daughters, Mrs. A. J. Watts and Mrs. Ada Mitchell, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Emmett Selby, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Jim Rains, Stamford; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were A. B. Watts, Gwindell Watts, Sketter Garland, Waltr [sic] Rains, Otis Rains and Grady Locklin.


Eddie Stokes
d. June 1941

Ed Stokes, colored, a World War veteran, who has made his home on the E. R. Johnson farm for the past three years, died in the P&S hospital at Corsicana Friday night and was buried at Dresden Monday.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 27, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hattie Belle (Roberts) Edwards-Sitton
Jan 15, 1876 - Dec 4, 1941

Mrs. C. J. Sitton Passes Away

Mrs. C. J. Sitton passed away at the family home at 9:00 o'clock Thursday morning. The funeral service will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock with Rev. Maggart B. Howell conducting the rites. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

Surviving are: her husband, C. J. Sitton, two sisters Mrs. E. V. Spikes Blooming Grove, Mrs. W. T. Hallaman San Juan New Mexico; one brother John A. Roberts, Corpus Christi.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 5, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Funeral Services For Mrs. C. J. Sitton

The funeral services for Mrs. C. J. Sitton, aged 65 years, were held at the family home Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. Maggart B. Howell, Methodist pastor, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Robert Williams, Central Baptist pastor.

Surviving are her husband, C. J. Sitton; two sisters, Mrs. E. V. Spikes, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. W. T. Hollman, San Juan, New Mexico; one brother, John A. Roberts, Corpus Christi, and a number of nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Mrs. Sitton was born and reared in this community and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Roberts, pioneer settlers of this section.

Pallbearers were L. L. Powell, R. S. High, J. W. Harris, G. D. Gillen, H. E. Simpson and Miller Reid.

Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery with the McCormick Funeral service in charge.

Out of town relatives and friends to attend the funeral were Mmes. G. P. Utley, Jewell Utley, Alice Blackman and Elizabeth Howell; Clifton Blackman and Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Berry McGee, Mrs. Zack Corbin, Miss Willie Cole and Mrs. Mollie Freeman, of Waxahachie; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sitton, Mr. and Mrs. Church, Mr. and Mrs. Warfield, Mrs. Barbara Jeffers, Mrs. Ed Truelove and Mrs. J. L. Darwood, Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Martin, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Darwood, Goose Creek; Mrs. Bill Jones, Huntsville; Mr. and Mrs. John Roberts and children, Corpus Christi; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ross and children, Frost.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, December 12, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Frances Louise Minefee
Jul 5, 1933 - Jul 6, 1941

Frances Louise Minafee Buried Monday

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock fro Frances Louise Minafee, age 8 years, who died Sunday night at 9 o'clock. Services were held from the Fairview Baptist church at Raleigh, with Rev. Vaughn conducting the rites.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Minafee, one brother, two sisters and other relatives. Pall bearers were uncles of the deceased.

Interment was in the Dresden cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 11, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Aljarean "Rena" (Dyer) Shipley
marker has MOTHER Shipley
d. Dec 1, 1941


The Burial service of Mrs. J. S. Shipley, age, 92 years was held at the Dresden cemetery Monday afternoon. The Shipley's formerly resided in the Dresden community before moving to Oklahoma about thirty years ago.

Surviving are three sons; Tom, Mel and Oscar Shipley, all of Oklahoma.


Lou Lee
Mar 7, 1854 - July 7, 1941

Aged Colored Woman Buried Wednesday

Probably the oldest resident of this part of the county, Aunt Lou Lee, aged near 100 years, passed away about noon Monday at her home in colored town.

Aunt Lou was a grown woman when emancipated at the end of the Civil War, and has been a resident of this community for many years.

Funeral services were held from the colored Methodist church of Blooming Grove with Rev. Alex Armstrong, pastor, conducting the rites. Burial was at Dresden, with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 11, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Dresden African American Section

Henrietta Alexander
d. Oct 28, 1941

Colored Resident Dies Suddenly

Henrietta Alexander, member of a respected colored family and wife of George Alexander, died suddenly at her home Tuesday while at her household duties, presumably of a heart attack.

Her age was 49 years. George who has made white friends as a reliable restaurant cook, has their sympathy.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, October 31, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Her age on her death certificate was 33 years, 10 months, 14 days
  • Dresden African American Section

Richard French
abt 1833 - Mar 2, 1917

Old Citizen Dead.

Richard French, aged 84 years, died at this home in the Brushy Prairie community near Frost Friday night, and the remains were interred in the neighboring cemetery Saturday. the deceased had long been a good citizen of the county and leaves a number of relatives and hosts of friends.


McGee, S. M. Mrs.
? - 1916

Died at Emhouse.
Mrs. S. M. McGee, aged 70 years, died at Emhouse today after a week's illness and the remains will he interred in the neighborhood cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'-clock.
The deceased is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Joe Parrish of Emhouse, Mrs. D. P. Prince of Corsicana and Mrs. Glass of Oklahoma.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 2, 1916
  • Cemetery Unknown
  • Daughter is Sarah “Sallie” (McGee) Parrish whose husband is Joseph M. Parrish buried at Oakwood. Their son Hugh Monroe Parrish is buried at Pattison. Sallie was born 1874 in Tenn. Don’t know where she is buried.
  • The other daughter is Josephine (McGee) Prince whose husband D.P. Prince is buried at Oakwood also. His dates are 6-17-1852 - 12-6-1925 Their son is Dexter P. Prince. His dates are 5-24-1914 - died 1990. Josephine was born 1867 in Tenn. Don’t know where she is buried.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Harriett Luella (Allen) Barton
Apr 17, 1849 - Jun 12, 1909

Mrs. Luella Barton died suddenly, Saturday morning at her residence, corner of West 7th avenue and 20th street this city. Mrs. Barton was 59 years of age and leaves a large number of relatives and friends who deeply sympathize with them in the hour of their grief for this noble good woman.


  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - June 17, 1909
  • Cemetery Unknown
  • Born in Grundy, Missouri d/o Isaac B. Allen & Margaret E. (Thurmond) Allen
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mazie Estes (Barton) Hull-Davis
Mar 3, 1909 - May 9, 1986

Mrs. Mazy Davis
SAN ANTONIO—Mrs. Mazy Davis, 77, of Corsicana, died this morning at Village Oak Hospital in San Antonio.

Service is pending at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A list of survivors was unavailable at presstime.



Mrs. Mazy Davis

Mrs. Mazy Davis, 77, of Corsicana, died Friday at Village Oak Hospital in San Antonio.

The body will be on view at Griffin-Roughton until 6 p.m. Saturday and at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in blooming Grove until services at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. B. F. Risinger and Dr. Robert McGinnis will officiate. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Davis of Houston and Durwood Davis of DeSoto; two brothers, Clark Barton of Corsicasna and Wade Barton of Dallas; four sisters, Lydie Trussell and Viola Ward of Blooming Grove, Nelia Boles of Corsicana, and Bonnie Barnett of Rockwall; and three grandchildren.


Donna Rhudenia Black
Jan 23, 1932 - Aug 22, 2012

Born: January 23, 1932 in Corsicana, TX
Departed: August 22, 2012
Residence: Kerrville, TX
Service Date: August 25, 2012 at 11 AM
Service Location: Grimes Funeral Chapels

Donna Rhudenia Black of Kerrville, Texas passed away on August 22, 2012 in Bandera, Texas at Bandera Rehab and Health Center. She was born in Corsicana, Texas on January 23, 1932 to William R. & Valentine Middleton. She married Jack Black in July of 1953 in Kerrville then moved to California in 1954 where she gave birth to Larry Wayne Black in 1956 and LaDonna Ann Black in 1959 then returned to her hometown in Texas in 1971.

Her husband Jack Black, her two brothers and a sister, Hubert Sonny Middleton, William R. Middleton Jr. and Francis Veannie Middleton Brown, precede her in death. She is survived by her children, Larry Wayne Black and LaDonna Ann Black Greeson; Grandchildren, Bryan Sheriff, Shaylene Klein, Jennifer Greeson and Austen Crenshaw Black; Great Grandchildren, Kiana Woodard, Jason Woodard, Deja Johnson, Zane Sheriff, Zoe Sheriff and Noah Sheriff; and Step-Great Grandchildren, Macy & Mia Mckinnon.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Grimes Funeral Chapels, 728 Jefferson Kerrville, Texas. Burial will follow at Nichols Cemetery. There will be no graveside service.


John Etheridge King Jr.
Apr 12, 1930 - Aug 31, 2012

John E. King Jr.
Published: Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
John E. King Jr., age 82, of McKinney, Texas passed away August 31.

He was born in Corsicana, Texas on April 12, 1930 to J. Etheridge and Melissa (Daviss) King, attended Navarro Jr. College, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1953.

After Navy Flight Training he married Mich. State coed Mary Lonn Trapp of Beulah, Michigan in 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He retired from the Navy in 1976 after tours of duty at bases around the world from Japan to Iceland and Alaska, settling in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He re-entered civilian life working as an auto claims adjuster for State Farm, retiring in 1988.

He was active in Parkway Presbyterian Church, a longtime SPEBSQSA'er, a supporter of the symphony, a community volunteer, and avidly pursued his great talent for fine woodworking and restoration of anything old, including classic cars.

Moving to McKinney, Texas in 1995 he was very active in Trinity Presbyterian Church and enjoyed spending summers on Crystal Lake in Michigan, as well as tours to Europe, Scotland, Italy, and Australia.

He is survived by his wife Lonnie, son John E. King III (Susan), grandson John E. King IV (known as Jack) of Houston, daughter Lissa K. Magel (Greg) of Dallas, and brother Hugh D. King (Gail) of Dallas, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney on Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.

Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois, 60601-7633 (


Melba R. (Herrin) Strength
April 10, 1933 - Aug 23, 2006

Melba Strength, age 73; April 10, 1933 August 23, 2006

Mrs. Strength passed away Wednesday afternoon at Baylor Medical Center, Waxahachie. She was born in Frost, Texas to Ernest William and Jewel (Brewer) Herrin. She graduated from Forreston High School where she was on the basketball team, and married Billy Beauford Strength on December 17, 1954 in Italy, Texas. She worked for Southwestern Bell, Owens Corning, and retired from Tyler Refrigeration in 1998 after 20 years of Service. She was a member of Farley Street Baptist Church since 1965 where she worked in the nursery and was a member of the Loyal Workers Sunday School Class. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by two sons: Billy Scott Strength and his wife Sheila, and Brent Dwaine Strength and his wife Michele, all of Waxahachie; brother Harold Herrin of Waxahachie; sister Marie Cohagen of Italy; and four grandchildren: Mallory, Courtlyn, Ashlyn, and Hannah.

She is preceded in death by her husband Billy B. Strength, parents Ernest and Jewel Herrin, and her brother Paul Herrin.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home. The Celebration of her Life will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2006 at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel, with interment following at the Frost Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

Visitation: Date/Time August 25, 2006/6:00 PM; Location 1826 W. Hwy. 287 Business, Waxahachie, TX 75165
Service: Date/Time August 26, 2006/10:00 AM: Location 1826 W. Hwy. 287 Business, Waxahachie, TX 75165


Beulah Elanora (Reed) Pevehouse
Sep 24, 1899 - Dec 28, 1997

Beulah Pevehouse

Services for Beulah E. Pevehouse, 98, of Lubbock will be at 4 p.m. today in Sanders Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chris Sutton, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Dresden Cemetery under direction of Sanders Funeral Home.

She died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in Lubbock Health Care Center.

She was born Sept. 24, 1899, in Navarro County. She married Sam Pevehouse in Navarro County. He died May 2, 1964. She moved to Lubbock from Frost in 1949. She was a Methodist.

She was a homemaker. A son, H.D., died in 1982.

Survivors include three daughters, Cathy Brown of Lubbock, Jo Royston of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Lucille Williams of Colorado City; three sons, Bud of Waxahachie, and Bill and Charles, both of Lubbock; a sister, Luberta McNabb of Cleburne; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels.


Mollie Elizabeth (Robinson) McColpin
Sep 29, 1925 - Mar 30, 2012

Mollie Elizabeth McColpin, 86 years old, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012. She was a long time resident of Austin. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty three years, John McColpin, her son Mike McColpin and his wife Jeannie of Arab, Alabama, her daughter Becky Rabel of Austin, Texas, her son Pat and his wife Sherry of Lake Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren Laura Ashburn, Chris McColpin, Kim McSwain, Jimmy McColpin, Brian Rabel and Michele Rabel; her great grandchildren Nolan and Hayden Ashburn, Roan and Leighton McColpin, Brooklyn, Luke and Leighton McSwain, and Byron Rabel.

Mollie was born in Frost, Texas on September 29, 1925 to John and Ethel Robinson and had six brothers and one sister.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78705. Internment will follow at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78731.


LaFrey (Keathley) Wooldridge
Dec 8, 1923 - Jul 15, 2012

LaFrey K. Wooldridge, 88, of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. Donna Ware officiating. Her remains will be inurned at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.

LaFrey was born in Frost, Texas, the first child of the late Louella and Henter Keathley. She grew up in Troup, Texas, and moved with her family to Dallas where she attended North Dallas High School. She was the new kid in the neighborhood, a beauty, and Ralph Wooldridge was determined to be the first to meet her. He succeeded in winning her heart and they married in February, 1942. Their first child, LaDena Rhea was born in 1943. Richard Keathley followed in 1948, and Teresa Anne in 1950. LaFrey was a loving and dedicated mother whose life revolved around her family. As a life long Methodist, she found many places to act on her faith. U.M.W., church socials and bible studies benefitted from her participation and leadership. She was a charming hostess with the natural ability to put everyone at ease. Her elegant grace was perfectly suited for the life of a corporate wife. LaFrey and Ralph enjoyed belonging to the Denton Ski Club. She also loved to travel and dance with her husband, Bob Ralph. In 1975, Bob and LaFrey bought their first Airstream and quickly became enthusiastic caravaners. For 30 years, they explored North America, enjoying the wonders and making lasting friends along the way. They attended many rallies and did volunteer work at several state parks.

Preceding her in death was a daughter, Teresa Wooldridge Rogers; and sisters, Billie Joyce Johnson and Mauricia Lou Fugitt.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Bob Ralph Wooldridge; daughter, LaDena Humphries; son, Keath Wooldridge; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Darrell Hunter Keathley and wife, Beverly; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.


Bula M. (Long) Varner
May 29, 1913 - Apr 3, 2004

Mrs. Bula Varner, age 90, passed away early Saturday morning at the Altera Sterling House in Waxahachie. She was born in Frost, Texas to William David Long and Elizabeth Swann Long. Mrs. Varner was a member of Ferris Heights Methodist Church for 60 years. She was a buyer for Cheeves Dept. store for many years and also worked at Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inlook-Outlet Factory Store and Gilliam Upshaw Pharmacy.

She is survived by one son, Doyle W Varner and wife Mary of Waxahachie, Texas; one daughter, Barbara Smith of Ennis, Texas; one brother in law, Henry Varner and wife Mary of Lewisville, Texas; one sister in law, Norma Weir of Waxahachie, Texas; a special niece, Oleta Hayden of Mertens, Texas and several other nieces and nephews.
Also surviving is one grandson, Donald Smith of Ennis Texas; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Cooper of Waxahachie, Texas; Suzanne Nester of Garland, Texas and four Great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Lochlin Varner on October 11, 1974 and also by four brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Henry Varner, Leonard Limmer, Donald McDonald, Kenneth McDonald, Robert L. West and D.J. DeJong.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6 to 8 pm Sunday, April 4th at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home. The celebration of Life will be at 2 pm Monday, April 5th in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel with Reverend John Shipman officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.


Jimmie Charles Weisinger
Nov 15, 1939 - Jul 1, 2012

Jimmie Charles Weisinger
Born in Frost, Texas on Nov. 15, 1939
Departed on Jul. 1, 2012 and resided in Longview, TX.
Visitation: Thursday, Jul. 5, 2012
Service: Friday, Jul. 6, 2012
Cemetery: Lakeview Memorial Gardens

Jimmie Charles Weisinger, 72, of Longview, lost his battle with cancer on July 1, 2012.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday, July 6, 2012, at Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jimmy Cantey and Reverend Jesudoss Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Rader Funeral Home, Longview, The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM.

Jimmie was born November 15, 1939 in Frost, Texas and graduated from Talco High School in 1957. One of his proudest accomplishments was his graduation from "Comanche County Cannon Cocker's College" in Lawton, Oklahoma as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was a shift foreman at Eastman Kodak and retired in 1993 after 28 years.

Jimmie was a member of Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and had served as an Elder. He was also a member of the Spring Hill Lions Club. He loved to cook, hunt and fish and was known for his beautiful garden. He loved his family and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. Jimmie didn't travel much but he was determined to see his grandson, Devan, graduate from high school. He made that trip to Bridgeport, TX in May 2011 which was his last trip.

Jimmie met the love of his life in 1956 and they were married in 1964. His only regret was that his wasn't able to give his wife 50 years of marriage.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda, children: Jimmie Lynn and Ronda Weisinger of Longview, Lisa and Logan Lobue of Edmond, Oklahoma, John Weisinger of Longview and Leslie and Darrell Paull of Longview, grandchildren: Cary Lynn Weisinger, Josh Weisinger, Devan Lobue Brady Lobue, Shelly Yoder, Toni Childress, John Michael Weisinger, Brandt Weisinger, Krista Roberts, Darrell Paull, Jr. and Elizabeth Janee Paull, great grandchildren: Jacey Yoder and Zoey D'Ann Yoder, Brother: Royce and Carolyn Weisinger of Bedford, sister in law: Rita Reindl of Longview, brother in law: Richard and Judy Shaw of Aurora, Colorado and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Cary, Josh, Devan, Brady and John Michael Weisinger and D. J. Paull. Honorary pallbears will be Bruce Scoggins, Gene King, Jody Modisette, Larry Currington, Bill Bolt, Allan Cameron and Ray Paull.


Genell (Burdine) Cawthon
May 22, 1916 - May 12, 2011

Genell Cawthon was born in Frost, Texas on May 22, 1916 to Elmer and Geneva Keathley Burdine. Genell passed away in a Kaufman, Texas hospital on May 12, 2011. Genell lived in Scurry, Texas for twenty-five years before moving to Kaufman, Texas in 2000. Genell attended the First Baptist Church of Kaufman. She married A. J. "Boots" Cawthon in 1936 and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2002. Genell is survived by her son: David Cawthon and his wife Paula of Kaufman, daughters: Janis Mitchell of Jacksonville and Linda Ragsdale and her husband Lanny of Kaufman, grandchildren: Vicki Roberts, Roy Mitchell, Kelly Lee, Kathy Lee, Mike Ragsdale, Shannon Howle, Amy Cawthon and Emily Wilken, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.


  • Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Seagoville, Dallas Co., TX
  • w/o A. J. “Boots” Cawthon, married 1936; d/o Elmer Burdine & Geneva (Keathley) Burdine
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

Willie (Burnham) House
Aug 21, 1922 - Jan 26, 1996

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie B. House of Springhill, were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, 1996, at Pleasant View Baptist Church. The Revs. Raymond Smith, and Kenneth Baggs officiated.  Burial was in Prewitt's Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home.

Mrs. House was born in Frost, Texas, on Aug. 21, 1922, to William Augusta Burnham, and Bertha Ebella Key Burnham. She died at Springhill Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas M. House of Springhill; one son, Harvey Leon Burns of Jonesville; one daughter, Jackie Faye McPhail of Springhill; three sisters, Lilli Mae Lucas of New Waverly, Texas, Hannah Louise Jackson of Clyde, Texas, and Effie Marie Smith of Stamford, Texas; one brother, Thomas Elmo Burnham of Plainview, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Walley Holmsly, Ken Stevens, Mack Langston, Kent Charrier, Wayne Niver, and Robert McPhail. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Arendall, Doug Koonsman, and Artellis Charrier Jr. Sabine Index, Many, La., Jan 31, 1996 Willie B. House, Sabine, Vernon Parish


Reva Joan (Dortch) Hobson
Aug 15, 1937 - Apr 16, 2012

Reva Joan Dortch Hobson was born in Frost, Texas on Aug. 15, 1937, to Luther and Martha Dortch and passed away at home on April 16, 2012. She was valedictorian of the Frost High School class of 1955. On Sept. 16, 1955, she married Tommy Hobson after dating only three months. Tommy and Reva were married 46 years. Our sweet precious Nannie was the most amazing woman we have ever had the blessing of loving and being loved by. She was a shining example of living her Christian faith with dignity and grace. Nannie's house was everyone's safe haven where you were never judged and always forgiven.

She is survived by her children: Lynn Hobson and wife, Cindy, Felicia Hancock and husband, J.D., Melanie Wharton and husband, Jimmy, and Dion Wright and husband, Cary; grandchildren: Amanda Mitchell and husband, Walter, Chad Hobson and wife, Leah, Brad Hobson, Amber Black and husband, Brandon, Justin Hancock and wife, DeAndra, Jordan Hancock, Jaclyn Wells and fiancé, Matt Dash, Tyler Wells, Kyle, Blake and Shelby Wright; great-grandchildren: Brynlee and Brooklyn Mitchell, Thomas and Luke Hobson, Blaine and Adalyn Black and Payton Wells; brothers: Chuck Dortch and wife, Betty, and Jack Dortch and wife, Carolyn.

Although we are rejoicing today in knowing without a doubt that she is celebrating in her eternal home in Heaven, she will be greatly missed and has taken a little piece of our hearts with her.

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Midlothian Funeral Home and services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Midlothian Bible Church.


Winna (Weeks) Jones
Sept 15, 1925 - Sept 13, 2012

Winna Weeks Jones, 86, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Oak Hollow Memory Care Unit in Bedford.

She was born Sept. 15, 1925 in Huntington, Texas and was raised in Kilgore. Mrs. Jones was valedictorian of her Kilgore High Class and held degrees from Kilgore College, Baylor University and a Masters in Library Science from Vanderbilt/Peabody in Nashville, Tenn.

She moved to Corsicana in 1956 when her husband, Dr. Ben W. Jones, was chosen president of Navarro College. Mrs. Jones was active in civic affairs and served as president of Bowie P.T.O., Thalian Literary Club, the Navarro Regional Auxiliary, and on the board of Kinsloe House.

She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught in the nursery for 28 years, served on various committees and sang in the choir for almost 50 years.

She was employed as a librarian at University of Texas and Baylor University. She became librarian at Corsicana High School in 1967 until her retirement 1994. After retirement, she worked as a volunteer with the Navarro Regional Hospital Auxiliary and the Pearce Museum at Navarro College, and served on the board of Corsicana Public Library.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ben Jones; and parents, Dimp and D.W. Weeks.

Survivors include her sons, Chris Jones and wife Gail of Bedford, and Kevin Jones of Carrollton; granddaughter, Rayden; grandson, Caleb of San Angelo; and great-granddaughter, Alyvia Grace Weeks Diaz of San Angelo.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. and Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.
Interment will be in Kilgore City Cemetery at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David Hampton officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Librado “Lee” Lozano Sr.
Dec 19, 1949 - Sept 14, 2012

Born December 19, 1949 in Donna, Texas and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 14, 2012 in Mesquite, Texas surrounded by his loving family. Preceded in death by son Jesse Lee Lozano. Survived by loving wife of 45 years Molly, 5 children son Librado Lozano Jr. and wife Katherine, son Luis Lozano and wife Courtney, daughter Lori Herrera, daughter Liza Miller and husband David, daughter Leslie Whitmore and husband Sterling, 7 grandchildren Librado Lozano III, Mya Lozano, Augustine Herrera, Amber Herrera, Lee Douglas Miller, Addison Miller and Matilda Whitmore, 5 brothers Erasmo Lozano, Lupe Lozano, John Lozano, Alfred Lozano and Paul Lozano, 2 sisters Minnie Moreno and Mary Lozano and numerous other family members and friends including Lupe Lozano, Juanita Lozano, Ruben Lozano and Maria Louisa Lozano. Lee was an excellent mechanic and loved the Beatles and Bob Dylan. He also built a work shop for all his friends and family to use and hang out together. Lee also worked for James MFG. in Corsicana, Texas for over 27 years. Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Saturday September 15, 2012 at Roselawn Funeral Home in Seagoville, Texas. Funeral Services will be Sunday September 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Roselawn Memorial Chapel. 972-287-2121


Martha Jean (Dixon) Riddle
Jan 7, 1952 - Sep 16, 2012

Martha Jean Riddle, 60, of Arlington, a loving wife and mother, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

She was born Jan. 7, 1952, in Corsicana to Thelbert Dixon and Majorie L. Parker Dixon.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Riddle of Arlington; children, James Botkin of Arlington and Jeff and Laura Botkin of Corsicana; brothers, James Duvall and wife Linda, and Mark Dixon and wife Debbie of Burleson; sister, Mary Gibson of Garland; three grandchildren, Colby, Courtney and Jason and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff White officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Hugh Monroe Parrish, Jr.
June 17, 1920 - Sept 16, 2012

Mr. Hugh M. Parrish Jr., 92, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Twilight Nursing Home.

He was born June 17, 1920 in Emhouse to Olive and Hugh M. Parrish Sr.

He was a 1938 graduate of Emhouse High School and married his high school sweetheart, Bea Farmer, on New Year's Eve, 1941. He was employed at Safeway Grocery prior to joining the Army in 1942. He attained the rank of T. Sgt in Intelligence, and was trained in observing enemy movements and personnel strength, safeguarding classified documents, and interrogation of prisoners of war.

He was a faithful member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, American Legion, and served on the Board of Directors of Food Pantry of Navarro County. He enjoyed playing the guitar and frequently sat in on the weekly “jam” sessions at the Senior Activity Center.

Mr. Parrish was preceded in death by his wife, Bea; parents, Hugh and Olive Parrish; a son, James Parrish; sister, Elizabeth Parrish; and brother, Bill Parrish.

Survivors include his sisters, Frances Cowart of Dallas, Joann Dotter of North Richland Hills, and Jeanette Sessom of Bixby, Okla.; brothers, Roy Parrish of Flower Mound, and Benny Parrish of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are James Olsen, Darrell Olsen, Charles Cowart, Steve Andrus, Stewart Andrus and Tim Parrish.

Memorials may be made to the Food Pantry of Navarro County at 122 W. 1st Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Hubbard "Hub" Ganze
Dec 20, 1915 - Sep 12, 2012

Hubbard “Hub” Ganze, 96, of Powell went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Mr. Ganze was born in Hubbard on Dec. 20, 1915. At the age of 6 days, his parents moved to Porner, Texas (Henderson County) where they lived until early l925. They then moved to Pursley Community in Navarro County where he grew up. In August of 1937, he married Bonnie Lessie Bolen of Pursley. The couple had four children born in Pursley and in late fall of 1955 they moved to Powell where he remained for the rest of his life. At the time of his death, he was in the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

He farmed in Pursley before moving to Powell. In the early 1950's he began working for a Navarro County Oil Drilling Company and by the mid-1950's he and Lessie decided to give up the farming and work full time in the oil field business. In the mid-1970s he retired from the oil field. After retirement he worked long hard hours in the garden sharing the produce with many.

Mr. Ganze is preceded in death by Lessie Bolen Ganze, his wife for 71 years; his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bancroft; his parents, Emil Max and Eliza Jane Daniels Ganze; five brothers (August, Max, Herman, Calvin or Cab, and J. D.); six sisters (Emily Gross, Veda Hardin, Mary Tidwell, Cecil Murray, Nelle McDonald and Helen Woodall Meadows); and one grand-daughter, Angela Ganze Jones.

He is survived by his three sons, George Lynn and wife Darline of Rosebud, Charles Ganze and wife Ruth of Granbury and Eddie Ganze and wife Jane of Crockett; and his son-in-law Arthur “Sonny” Bancroft of Powell. He is further survived by four grandsons, three granddaughters, 14 great- grandchildren, two great-great granddaughters, a sister, Katherine Camilla Ganze Mahoney of Corsicana and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ganze was a member of the Powell Baptist Church where he was an ordained deacon. He served as church treasurer and Sunday School Director for many years.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Morris Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Mr. Ganze's grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Powell Baptist Church Building Fund at P.O.
Box 188, Powell, TX 75153.

The family wishes to thank all those at Heritage Oaks for their care. A special thank you goes to Mavis Bradford, Casandra Williams, Frank Brown, Jennifer Brooks and Janet Colernan.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Deacon Joe L. Sample
Dec 5, 1912 - Sept 11, 2012

Deacon Joe L. Sample, 99, of Dawson passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11,
2012 in Garland.

He was born Dec. 5, 1912 in Emmit to the parentage of Elbert and Florscilla Sample. He attended school in the community of Pelham.

On Sept. 10, 1933 he was united in marriage to Sarah Smith. Later, they became the oldest married couple in Navarro County. To this union 12 children were born.

Deacon Sample was the head deacon of the House of Refuge Church of God in Christ under the spiritual covering of Elder Paul Puckett. He was a humble man and every chance he got, he would always tell anyone about the goodness of God. He lived a saved and holy life, and encouraged others to do the same. In his leisure time, you would find him fishing.
The angel of silence entered into his life on Sept. 11, 2012 and he will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Smith Sample, seven of their children, three sisters and one brother.

Deacon Sample leaves to cherish his memories his children, Elvertis and Archie Cole of Dallas; Tommy Sample of Dawson; James E. and Betty Sample of Earlsboro, Okla.; Glendell and Linda Sample of Garland; and Linda Young of Dawson; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Visitation is 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at the House of Refuge Church of God in Christ, Dawson, with the Pastor Paul E. Puckett officiating. Burial will follow in Farmerville Cemetery, Dawson.

Pallbearers are Michael Smith, Kenneth Powell, Vernon Kirby, Cecil Pittman, Tyrone Basens, Kirby Sample, Johnny Shaw, and Lawrence Moore.


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