Obituaries from
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Kenneth James Mathers
Feb 17, 1929 - Dec 14, 1989

Kenneth Mathers

Kenneth Mathers, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 14, 1989.

Services are pending.

He was born Feb. 17, 1929. He resided in Italy. He was a retired Fort Worth police officer.

Wife, Clovis Mathers of Blooming Grove, two sons, Charles Thomas and Kenneth Eugene; daughter Valli Woods; sister Brenda Wainscott of Italy; J. C. Mathers of Blooming Grove, five grandchildren; one daughter-in-law.



Mathers: Kenneth J. "Red" Mathers, a retired officer with the Fort Worth Police Department, died Thursday in Corsicana. He was 60. He most recently lived in Blooming Grove. He worked for the Fort Worth Police Department for 26 years until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the police association and the National Rifle Association. Area survivors include two sons, Charles Mathers of Lake Worth and Kenneth E. Mathers of Fort Worth, and a daughter, Valli Wood of Watauga. Grave side service: Yesterday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Greenwood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Carlos Lee McPherson
Jan 8, 1921 - Jul 10, 1985

Carlos McPherson

Carlos McPherson, 64, of Corsicana, died Wednesday at the Veterans Administration hospital in Temple.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Robert Mikulastik officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Ella McPherson, a daughter, Carlice Prater of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Jeffery Dean McPherson of Corsicana, Tonja Prater of Houston and Ricky Prater and Teresa Prater, both of Corsicana; seven brothers and five sisters.

Pallbearers will be James Thompson, Odell Hammock, Walter Newson, Joseph Sabo, Award Dunbar and Kenneth Bruner.

Pallbearers are disabled American veterans.


Mary Ann (Woodward) McSpadden
Aug 14, 1911 - Mar 14, 1988

Mary Ann McSpadden

Mary Ann McSpadden, 76, of Blooming Grove, died March 14, 1988, in Northside Nursing Home.

Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Blooming Grove Methodist Church, with Rev. Don Elroy officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a retired Blooming Grove Independent School District math teacher.

Survivors include her husband, Justin Oliver McSpadden, Sr. of Blooming Grove; two sons and daughters-in-law, Justin and Martha McSpadden of Corsicana and James and Jackie McSpadden of Houston; two daughters and son-in-law, Shirley and Joe Frederick of Garland and Carol McSpadden of Houston; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers are James O. McSpadden, James D. McSpadden, William D. McSpadden, William Glen Frederick, Jeffrey K. Dees, D. Y. Woodard, Gerald McSpadden and Ralph McSpadden.


Austin Tyler "Target" Murray
Apr 28, 1994 - May 9, 1994

Austin Tyler Murray

Austin Tyler Murray, 11 days, died May 9, 1994, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Billy and Amy Murray of Corsicana; grandparents, Lynn Murray of Blooming Grove and Bill and Debbie Bray of Corsicana; and great-grandparents, Bill and Patsy Smith of Navarro Mills and Lizza Smith of Blooming Grove.

David Bowling and John Matous will serve as pallbearers.


Minnie Belle (Stanley) Meeker
Aug 1, 1920 - May 25, 2011

Minnie B Meeker, 90
Died: May 25, 2011, in Athens, Texas
Services for Minnie Bell Meeker, 90, Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P M Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with Elder C. C. Morris officiating.
Burial will follow in Campbell-Elrod Cemetery in Navarro County.
She was born August 1 1920 in Hill County to the late Carl and Gertie Walls Stanley. Minnie married Herbert F. Meeker, Sr. January, 1942. They lived in Dallas for 49 years before moving to Athens in 1991. She was a member of Primitive Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert F. Meeker, Sr. July 26, 1993 and son Herbert F. Meeker, Jr. November 9, 2000.
Survivors include granddaughter Kimberly Ann LaFontain, Casper, Wyoming; great grandchildren Shanelle Kaylee Anderson and Adain LaFontain both of Casper, Wyoming; sisters Mary Capps and Evelyn Coker, both of Richland; brother Ed Stanley, Sallisaw, Oklahoma and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Barfield, Ron Spradlin, Russell Laird, Jerry Lindamood, Billy Dyess, A. G. Row, Ricky Day, Harlan Womack, Terry Day, Rustin Laird.

Jettie B. Ellison
abt 1931 - Feb 24, 2013

Jettie B. Ellison, 82, Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation is noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Graveside Rites are 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Woodland Memorial Park with Scott Miller officiating.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Marco Fabian Herrera
Feb 24, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013

Infant Marco Fabian Herrera, was born and died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Calvary Cemetery with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Tennessee (Clement) Gillean
Nov 3, 1860 - Aug 16, 1917

Prominent Navarro County Woman Passes Away.

Mrs. Gillean, wife of County Commissioner, W. P. Gillean, died in a Dallas sanitarium this morning where she had been taken last Tuesday for treatment, and the remains passed through her this afternoon en route to Frost where interment will take place tomorrow. The deceased is survived by her husband and two children, Bruce Gillean, bookkeeper at the State Orphan Home, and Mrs. Tom Slay of Frost.


Ida S. (Roberts) McCurdy
May 24, 1858 - Apr 21, 1918



(From the Herald)
Mrs. Ida S. McCurdy, the late widow of Dr. R. C. McCurdy of Dresden, died on the morning of the 2nd of this month, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. T. Howard, in San Antonio. Her body was brought to Dawson Wednesday morning and taken to the residence of J. E. Cathey, where it remained until afternoon when burial took place in Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. McCurdy was 59 years old and died of Pneumonia. She is survived by five children—J. L. McCurdy, of Washington, D. C., Mrs. M. T. Howard of San Antonio, R. H. McCurdy of Hugo, Okla., R. R. McCurdy of Dawson and Mrs. Earl Justiss of Mt. Pleasant. J. E. Cathey of this city, is a nephew of the late Dr. and Mrs. McCurdy.

When Dr. McCurdy first came to Texas from Tennessee in 1895, he located at Spring Hill. After having lived there for several years moved to Dresden, at which place he died 6 years ago.


Ann (Heren) McGovern
1832 - May 25, 1918


Remains Interred At Dresden This Afternoon

Mrs. M. E McGovern, the venerable mother of James McGovern, of the Drane community died in Brown County, Saturday and the remains arrived here at 12:30 today and were taken at once to Dresden, where interment took place this afternoon.


Martha Jane (Crossland) Claiborne-Campbell
1850 - Apr 13, 1918


Highly Esteemed Lady Is Buried at Dresden.

Mrs. Campbell, wife of J. M. Campbell, of Dresden, aged 68 years, and for nearly sixty years a resident of this county, died at the family home Monday and the remains were interred at Dresden yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, the funeral being largely attended. The deceased lady was a native of Texas, having been born near Nacogdoches, but had lived in this county since childhood. She is survived by her husband and four children, J. W. Campbell of Ralls, Texas, Mrs. Ida Richardson of Duke, Okla., Mrs. Lillie McCracken, Olusta, Okla., and Mrs. Lula Richardson of Dresden.


James Henry Derryberry
Jun 23, 1848 - Jun 3, 1916

Died Near Barry.

J. H. Derryberry, aged 70 years and for many years a resident of the Barry community, died at his home yesterday morning at 11 o’clock, and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. The deceased, who was a good citizen, is survived by a widow and five grown children. The funeral was largely attended.


Nannie (Henderson) Derden
Jan 31, 1907 - Oct 31, 1987

Nannie Derden
Nannie “Little Mama” Derden, 80, of Athens died Saturday.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Les Hine and Sister Bernice Adams will officiate. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.
Mrs. Derden was a native of McKinney and had lived in Athens for 22 years. She was a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church of Palestine.
Her husband, P. E. Derden, preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1984.
Survivors include two sons, James Derden and Tommy Derden both of Athens; two daughters, Margie Derden of Athens, Betty Sue Miller of Palestine; one brother Jim Henderson of Salina; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jerry Gentry, Wayne Belle, Randy Smith, Ricky Don Sykes, Doyle Derden and Ricky Rutledge.


Winnie Mae (Ragan) Odom
July 11, 1902 - Mar 9, 1988

Mrs. Winnie Odom
Mrs. Winnie Odom, 85, of Corsicana, died March 9, 1988, at Corsicana Nursing Home.
Service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Dirk officiating. Burial will be the Dresden cemetery.
She was born in Barry and was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Helen Atkinson of Richardson; a grandson, Cody Atkinson of Richardson; a sister, Mable Slaughter of DeSoto; three brothers, Jimmy Ragan of Greenville, Lige Ragan of Houston and Reo Ragan of Midland; and nieces and nephews.


Marie Adeline (Pinkousky) Henk
Jan 17, 1916 - Jun 29, 1991

Marie Adeline Henk
Marie Adeline Henk, 75, of Navarro Mills, died June 29, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at Dresden cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Chicago, and had lived in Navarro Mills for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include one son, Len Henke of Navarro Mills; and one grandson, Charles Henke of Navarro Mills.


Everett E. Lassiter
Sep 27, 1903 - Jan 17, 1919

Died Last Night at Retreat

Everett, the 15-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lasiter, of Retreat, died last night of influenza and pneumonia, and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 5 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. Lasiter have many friends in Corsicana as well as in their own community who will sympathize with them in their great bereavement.


James Thomas Clines
Sep 17, 1866 - Feb 7, 1920

Died Near Purdon.

James Clines, aged 50 years, died at his home near Purdon Saturday and the remains were interred at Dresden yesterday. His wife and two children survive.


Nancy Ann (Coe) Cheek
Jan 2, 1858 - Jun 19, 1922

Died Here Last Night

Mrs. Nancy Cheek, wife of J. M. Cheek, died last night at the family home on North Tenth street, and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. Surviving the deceased is her husband and six grown children, James, William, Herbert, and Grafton Cheek of Corsicana, Douglas Cheek and Mrs. Bessie Chapman of New Mexico.


Oleta Brown
Jun 16, 1921 - Apr 12, 1923

Lost Their Last Twin

Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Brown of Powell, near two years ago had pretty twin daughters born to them. A year ago one of the little fellows passed away and was buried on the family lot at Dresden, and last night, Oleta, the last of the little ones passed away at the home near Powell after an illness of two weeks and this morning the sorrowing parents took the little body to Dresden and laid it to rest by the side of its twin sister. They were beautiful and bright children, and the double sorrow has come as a great blow to their bereaved parents, and they have the sympathy of all in their sore bereavement.



Little Aleta Brown.

Little Aleta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Brown, was born June16, 1921, and died April 12, 1923. Little Aleta was a great sufferer for one so young, through many days she felt the pains of her afflictions. Her place, in the affections of her father, mother and sister was exceedingly precious and her early departure from their embrace has left an aching void that only God can heal but his precious little one has passed out of this suffering world to Him who said suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven will be more precious now because this dear child has gone to be with Jesus, who gathers the lambs to His bosom and leads his sheep to the fold of eternal blessedness. Her little body was laid in the Dresden cemetery; her soul has gone to mingle with the saints and angels beyond the stars.

The funeral was conducted by their pastor Rev. E. L. Hill.



Clifford Boswell
abt 1914 - Jan. 6, 1919

Died Near Barry

Clifford Boswell, the 5-year-old son of T. C. Boswell, died at the family home near Barry Monday afternoon and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery yesterday.


Chester David "Dave" Williams
Aug 22, 1877 - Jan 10, 1922

Died at Hospital.
C. D. Williams, aged 44 years, of Barry, died at the Physicians and Surgeons hospital here this morning and the funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Dresden cemetery.
He is survived by a widow and six children.


Richard David Waters
Sep 8, 1872 - Sep 18, 1926


R. B. Waters of the Eureka community died Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Kerens cemetery Sunday afternoon.


Reuben Berry Deal
Sep. 15, 1914 - Oct. 27, 1924

Kerens Boy Dies As Result Recent Burns

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Oct. 27.—Reuben Deal, age 12 years, died this morning from burns received when the Deal home was destroyed by fire several days ago. Funeral services were held this afternoon with interment in the Kerens cemetery.


Marvin Gano Lewis
Dec 22, 1931 - Apr 17, 1954

Kerens Soldier Dies In Japan

KERENS, April 23—(Spl)—Mrs. and Mrs. Clyde Smith were advised this week by the War Department of the death of their son, Pfc. Marvin Lewis, in Japan.

Details of the soldier's death are lacking. The body will be returned her for burial.

Pfc. Lewis attended Kerens schools and entered the army, December 8, 1952. He was married April 16, 1953, to the former Barbara Gunnels of Trinidad, and was sent overseas a few days later.

Surviving are his wife, parents, sister, Carolyn, and two brothers, Kenneth and Lonnie Earl; two grandmothers, Mrs. Lorie Lewis, Kerens, and Mrs. C. F. Penney, Corsicana.



Marvin Lewis Services Sunday

Funeral services for Pvt. Marvin Lewis, 22, U. S. Army, killed in a military vehicle mishap in Japan, April 18 will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Cato A. Sheerer and Lavelle Layfield, Church of Christ ministers.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Gunnells Lewis, Trinidad; mother, Mrs. Clyde Smith, Kerens; two brothers, Lonnie Earl Lewis, Kingsville, and Kenneth Lewis, Kerens; a sister, Carolyn Lewis, Kerens; grandmothers, Mrs. Lorie Lewis, Kerens, and Mrs. C. F. Penney, Corsicana; five uncles, Curtis, Thurman and Johnny Penney, all of Corsicana; Rufus Penney, Kerens, and Floyd Penney, Houston; two aunts, Mrs. Mary Lee Colburn, Monahans, and Mrs. Ed Reed, Kingsville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be N. S. White, J. B. Beggs, Melvin O. Penney, Thomas Earl Layfield, Robert Baxter and Nelson Shelton.


R. M. Jordan
Jan 13, 1875 - Feb 24, 1926


R. M. Jordan, aged 51 years, died Wednesday afternoon at 4:10 o’clock at 315 East Fifteenth avenue and the remains were interred Thursday afternoon in the Kerens cemetery at 4 o’clock. The deceased had been ill for about three weeks.

Mr. Jordan worked at the Berry restaurant. He had no immediate family.


Edna A. (Langston) Peters
abt 1901 - May 15, 1926


The body of Mrs. Edna Peters, aged 35 years, who died in St. John's Hospital, San Angelo, Texas, was shipped to Corsicana Monday morning and was taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. U. Langston, Powell.

The funeral will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Langston Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Peters is survived by her husband, Ed Peters, her parents and other relatives.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. E. Carraway, Methodist minister.

Five sisters, Mrs. H. F. Brooks, Mildred; Mrs. S. F. Wright, Elk City, Okla.; Mrs. N. S. Anderson, Trinidad; Misses Frances and Lillie Langston, Powell; three brothers, William, Eddie and Doyle Langston, all of Powell, also survive.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 17, 1926
  • death certificate says she was 25 years old w/o Ed Peters d/o David Uriah Langston, Jr. and Mattie Sonora (Langston) Langston
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mattie Sonora (Langston) Langston
Aug. 16, 1869 - Apr. 30, 1946


Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Langston, aged 77 years, who died at the family residence here Tuesday morning, were held from the Missionary Baptist church Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband, D. U. Langston, Corsicana; five daughters, Mrs. Ethel Rooks, Overton, Mrs. Rosie Wright, Corsicana; Mrs. N. S. Anderson, Gooding Idaho; Mrs. Gordon Crawford, Corsicana, and Mrs. H. F. Stoffregen, Waco; three sons, Eddie Langston, Edmond, Okla.; Doyle Langston, Oakland, Calif., and William Langston, Kerens; two sisters, Sallie Barham, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Lola Pillow, Corsicana; a brother, W. E. Langston, Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Wright, Floyd Wright, Graham Gray, W. D. Gray, E. D. Peters, W. B. Mayo, Lee Brashear and Nelson Phipps.

Corley Funeral Home directed.


Pum Roy Hemphill
abt 1884 - Jun 5, 1927


Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, June 9—Funeral services were held here Thursday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hemphill for P. R. Hemphill, who passed away at his home in Blott, Kansas Sunday at six o’clock. Rev. Joe N. Everheart, pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city, conducted the services. Burial followed in the Kerens cemetery.

The deceased had suffered from stomach trouble about four or five years but was apparently in good health up until a few days prior to his death. The message received by relatives here was a complete shock to them as well as friends of the family. The body arrived in Kerens Thursday morning over the Union Pacific Railway Lines from Blott, Kan. to Texarkana and from there over the Cotton Belt Lines.

P. R. Hemphill was born in Georgia and came to Texas with the family in 1892, settling in Panola county. Years later he accepted a position with a telephone company and worked with them in Waco. His work carried him to different parts of Texas, later returning him to Waco as District Manager of their concern. From there the deceased went to Abilene, Kansas and thence to Belott where he had resided about five years. He was 43 years of age at the time of his death.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two young daughters, Helen and Alma Lee of Blott, Kansas; his mother, Mrs. Fannie Hemphill, Kerens; four brothers, Wiley, George, Blant, of Kerens; L. S. Hemphill, Frederick, Okla., and a sister, Mrs. W. S. Price, Kerens.


INFANT Goswick
Aug 24, 1926 - Aug 24, 1926



Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, Aug. 26.—The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. U. Grosswick was buried at Dresden Wednesday, August 25. Funeral services were conducted in the home at ten o’clock by Rev. Covington of M. E. Church. The mother is doing reasonably well at this writing.


Carro Allan (Melton) McMillan
Jul 31, 1876 - Nov 8, 1927


Blooming Grove, Texas, Nov. 12, --Mrs. Carl McMillan, aged 50 years; died at her home in the Raleigh community Tuesday evening following a lingering illness and the remains were interred in the Dresden Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are here husband, three sons and one daughter.



In Memory of Mrs. L. McMillan

On November 8, 1927, the death angel came silently into the home of L. McMillan and took from them their dear wife and mother.

It just seemed like it was more than we could bear, but God's will must be done. She was sick a long while and it was so hard to see her suffering and could not do anything to relieve her. She was so good and kind and how we miss her, but she was prepared to go. She professed at the age of 16 and had been a member of the Methodist church. She loved her family and they were very devoted to her. The large number of relatives and friends who so sorrowfully wept on looking at her the last time shows just how tenderly she loved and was loved by them.

Weary with years and worn with pain,
Farewell till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face.

Their happy home is broken,
It does not seem like home,
But an angel came down for her
And removed her from that home.

Weep not her tolls are over,
We know her race is run.
God grant they may rest as calmly,
When our work like his is done.

One precious to our heart is gone,
The voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.



Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Rea
Jun 22, 1858 - Sep 30, 1927



Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson Rea, aged 69 years, who died at his home in the northwestern portion of the city Friday night at 11:20 o’clock following an illness of several days, were held at Dresden Sunday afternoon with interment there. The services were conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister. The scheduled holding of the funeral at the Drane Baptist church was changed and the services were held at the tabernacle at Dresden. A large crowd were present for the services.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Jane Rea, three daughters, Mrs. C. B. Jordan, Mrs. L. W. Keathley and Mrs. G. C. Kent; three sons, T. S. Rea, A. M. Rea and Jack Rea, all of the Corsicana community.

The pallbearers were the three sons-in-laws, G. C. Kent, C. B. Jordan and L. W. Keathley, all of Corsicana, and three brothers-in-law, Wilmer DeWitt, Fort Worth; and Ernest and Frank DeWitt both of Dallas.





Thomas Jefferson Rea, aged 69 years, resident of Navarro county for 35 years, died at his home in the northwestern portion of the city Friday night at 11:20 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Drane Baptist church at 2:30 o’clock and the remains will be interred in the Dresden cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister of Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife , Mrs. Alice Jane Rea; three daughters, Mrs. C. B. Jordan, Mrs. L. W. Keathley and Mrs. G. C. Kent; three sons, T. S. Rea, A. M. Rea, and Jack Rea, all of whom reside in the Corsicana community.


Albert McGee Varnell
Nov 5, 1871 - Oct 28, 1918


Was Native of Navarro and One of Her Best Citizens.

Albert M. (Ab) Varnell, aged forty-six years, died at his home near Barry at 10 o’clock last night after several days illness with pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The deceased was born and reared near where he died and he was recognized by all as one of the County's best men and most substantial citizens, and his death is regarded as a public calamity, for he was foremost in all that was undertaken for the benefit of his community, his county and State and for the nation. In the recent Liberty Loan drive he was among the most active and zealous workers. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church, the Masons Knights Templar, and Shriners.

The funeral took place from the family home near Barry at 2 o’clock this afternoon with interment in the Dresden Cemetery. The services at the home were conducted by Rev. Mr. Aldridge of Barry, after which the Barry Masonic Lodge took charge and concluded the services at the grave. The Knights Templar lodge of Corsicana furnished an escort and an immense procession followed the remains to the grave.

The deceased lost his wife eleven years ago and had never re-married. He is survived by five children, the youngest being twelve years of age. Besides these he has four brothers, R. W., H. A., L. W., and J. W. Varnell and numerous other relatives.

His death is surely regretted by all who knew him and while he will be missed from the walks of men, his work will live long after him.


James Earl Goff
Jun 6, 1921 - Jul 13, 2000

James Earl Goff

James Earl Goff, 79, of Frost passed away Thursday, July 13, 2000 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 9 a.m. today at Dresden Cemetery with Brother Bob Reed officiating.

Mr. Goff was born June 16, 1921 in Paris, Texas to James Alvin and Pearl Goff, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Goff is survived by his wife, Irene Goff of Mineola; son, James M. Goff of Frost; daughter, Janet Erwin of Dawson; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Claudine Pitman of Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 15, 2000
  • 1st wife Joy Lovell (Shawhart) Goff 2n wife Irene (unk) Goff s/o James Alvin Goff and Pearl (Harris) Goff buried in Parkdale Cemetery, Arlington, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ina Rebecca Mae (Griffin) Tatum
Jul 20, 1910 - July 16, 2000

Ina Mae Tatum

Ina Mae Tatum, 89, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, July 16, 2000 at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Blooming Grove Church of Christ with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Tatum was born July 20, 1910 in Raleigh to Oscar and Rhoda Griffin. She was a home-maker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Tatum; and her parents.

Mrs. Tatum is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and Earl Brown of Brownsburg, Ind.; grandchildren, Jill Hall of Fort Collins, Colo. and Larry Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Samantha Hall and Matthew Hall, both of Fort Collins, Colo. and Collin Brown and Grant Brown, both of Indianapolis, Ind.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.


Billy Harold Thomas
Jan 11, 1931 - Jul 17, 2000

Billy Harold Thomas

Billy Harold Thomas, 69, of Corsicana died Monday, July 17, 2000 at his residence.

Services were 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating. Interment followed at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, Kipp Thomas, Lee Thomas, Ricky Thomas, and Herman Tipton. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Boyd, Kirby Dears, Dan Griffin, Hulen Hulsey, Harold Nash, and Johnny Rhodes.

Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Purdon. He retired after 38 years with Southwestern Bell as a repairman. He was a veteran and a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bytha Thomas; Grandson, Will Carroll; and sister, Lura Mae Wilson.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Genetha Thomas of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Jim Carroll of Corsicana; son, Freddy Thomas of Dallas; brothers, C. E. Thomas and Jackie Thomas of Silver City and Ronnie Thomas of Hurst; and grandchildren Clay Carroll and Cullen Carroll of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110; or American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13rh St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Jul 19, 2000
  • Veteran h/o Genetha Ann (Grinstead) Thomas; s/o Clarence Elbert Thomas & Bytha (Tipton) Thomas buried in Younger Cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Dorthy Fay (Anderson) Daniel
Dec 5, 1912 - Mar 22, 1996

Dorothy (Anderson) Daniel

Dorothy (Anderson) Daniel, 83, of Dallas, died Friday, March 22 at her residence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Clark, Chris Bacic, Richard Heeth, Danny Heeth, Ronnie Wylie. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Heeth, A. J. Widener, Howard Wilson, Sidney Moore, Ordway Ferrell, Jimmy Price, Steve Halsey and Rovane Bruce.

Mrs. Daniel was born Dec. 5, 1912 in Bonanza, Texas. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Blooming Grove. She served as Sunday School teacher and mentor for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Daniel; and infant son; a brother, Buford Anderson of Houston and her grandson, Lance Sublett of Garland.

She is survived by; her daughters and sons-in-law, Reba & Tillman Ferrell of Houston, Belva & Jack Clark of Mesquite and Johnnie Daniel of Dallas; grandchildren, Chris & Lisa Ferrell Bacic of Houston, Steve and Sheryl Clark Halsey of Rowlett and John & Kim Clark of Spring.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


James H. Lassiter
Mar 28, 1866 - Jul 13, 1922


Had Been Resident of This County Fifty Years.

J. H. Lassiter, aged 56 years, a most excellent and highly esteemed citizen, and a resident of Navarro county for forty years died at his home in Pickett community late yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

The deceased came to Texas in 1882 with his parents from Mississippi. His wife, who was formerly Miss Mary Walker, and eight children survive. The children are Mrs. Rennie Garrett, Blooming Grove, Willie Lassiter, Corsicana, Mrs. Mabel Pickett, Oldham, Texas, Walker, Hopson, Roy and Herbert, and Miss Leoine Lassiter all of whom are still under the parental roof. A sister, Mrs. Della Burnham lives at Purdon, another sister, Mrs. Sallie Griffin, lives in Ranger, and two brothers, G. G. and R. R. Lassiter are residents of Fort Worth.


Henry Jack Powell
May 17, 1849 - Oct 27, 1925

Uncle Jack Powell of Corsicana, brother of W. D. Powell of this place, and former resident of this community, was buried at Dresden Tuesday evening. Several from here attended the funeral.




H. J. Powell, aged 76 years, died at his residence, 813 North Thirteenth street, Monday night at 7 o’clock and the remains were interred this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the Dresden cemetery. The funeral procession left Corsicana at 1 o’clock this afternoon and the services were held at the Dresden church.

The deceased is survived by seven children, four sons, John Powell, Drane; Pat Powell, Corsicana, Pomp Powell, Drane, Jack Powell, Corsicana; three daughters.


George Franklin Potter
Sep 26, 1912 - Mar 13, 1988

George F. Potter

Mr. George F. Potter, 75, of Arlington, died March 12, 1988 in an Arlington hospital after a lengthy illness.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday in the Dresden Cemetery, with the Rev. Bruce Cotton officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a bricklayer and had lived in Arlington since 1955. He was a army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. George F. Potter of Arlington; one son, Charles F. Potter of Burleson; one daughter, Mrs. Bobby G. Thomas of Frost; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis L. Ross of San Diego, Ca.; and one sister, Mrs. Leo Pridgeon of Marshalltown, Iowa.


Charles Haden Hooser
Sep 19, 1928 - Sep 17, 1993

Charles Haden Hooser, 64, of Corsicana, died Sept. 17, 1993 in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1928 in Frost. He graduated from Frost High School, Baylor University and the Southern Methodist University School of Banking. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1953. He was a longtime banker in Waco, Snyder, Mart, Italy, Athens and Corsicana. Although retiring from States National Bank, he remained associated with the First State Bank of Athens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Martha Hooser of Frost and an infant son, Dane Charles Hooser.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nedra Moore Hooser of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Dee Hooser of Tyler; one daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Pat Hall of Springer, N.M.; and one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas S. and Joyce Hooser Jr. of Palestine, five grandchildren, Charles, Ashley, Nathan, Brent Jr. and Meagan; and many cousins and friends.


Clarice (Proctor) Williams
May 11, 1935 - Nov 27, 2012

Mrs. Clarice Proctor Williams, 77, of Frost, passed away Nov. 27, 2012 in Corsicana.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Coming of Christ Full Gospel Church, 2437 Derrs Chapel Rd. in Italy, Texas with Pastor Joe Jackson and Rev. October Thomas, Eulogist. She will be buried in Frost Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Callie Florence (Bryan) Roughton
Oct. 16, 1874 - Jan. 19, 1966

Mrs. Roughton Services Held

Final rites for Mrs. M. M. Roughton, 91, life-long resident of Navarro county, who died in Memorial hospital Wednesday night, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Campbell cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist church. She was a Methodist.

Mrs. Roughton was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Bryan, pioneer residents of the Bryan community and had resided on Farm Road 744, Route 1, Corsicana, west of the city limits for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Curtis C. Roughton, Houston, and Nelson Roughton, Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. Shelby Hicks, Corsicana, and Miss Gussie Roughton, Marshall teacher; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Horton and Mrs. T. P. Jordan both of Route 1, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, Jack Megarity, Harold Borg, Hoyt Moore, Claude Denbow, Bruce Denbow, J. C. Johnson, Jr. and Leo Price.


McAlister Mervin Roughton
Apr 9, 1869 - Apr 2, 1944


M. M. Roughton, 74, prominent farmer of the Drane community, died at his home early Sunday morning following a brief illness. Funeral services were held from the Drane Methodist church Monay afternoon at 3 o’clock with Rev. Vernon White, pastor, conducting the rites. Burial was in Campbell cemetery.

A resident of the Drane community for many years he was prominently connected with church, school and other affairs of the community. He had served as superintendent of the Sunday school of the Methodist church there 25 years.

He was a native of Tyrrell county, N. C., and came to Navarro county over 50 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Curtis Roughton, Houston; Nelson Roughton, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Shelby Hicks, Corsicana; Miss Gussie Roughton, Marshall; a brother, A. E. Roughton, Norfolk, Va.; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. H. McDonald, T. A. Reed, J. H. Sutton, Jim Taylor, Guy Love, and D. P. Smith.

Sutherland-McCammon directed arrangements.


Social Revue

Out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral of the late M. M. Roughton of Drane on Monday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Roughton and family of Houston, Miss Gussie Roughton of Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Horton of Wichita Falls, Mrs. Earl Griffin of Crockett, Mrs. Mavis Carson and Mrs. Dudley Gray of Dallas.


Thomas Paul Jordan
Oct 28, 1877 - Apr 25, 1948


T. P. Jordan, 70, life-long resident of the Drane community, died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday morning at 7 o’clock following a several weeks’ illness. He was a prominent farmer and land-owner.

Funeral services were held from the Drane Methodist church Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Vernon White, Methodist minister of Coleman. Jordan was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Blanche Jordan, Route 1, Corsicana; a brother, Sam Jordan, Texas City; a half-brother, C. B. Jordan, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Harris, Corsicana, and Mrs. Etta Hopkins, Cayuga; four half-sisters, Mrs. Virgil Williamson, Corsicana; Mrs. Gordon Sutton, McKinney; Mrs. Allie Werner, Roswell, N. M.; and Mrs. Zella Hanson, San Antonio, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. M. Elrod, Wayne Elrod, M. A. Tekell, Shelby Hicks, Nelson Roughton, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr.; W. W. Harris and P. A. Reed.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.


Opal Lou Scott
Dec 3, 1908 - Dec 13, 1989

Opal Scott

Opal Scott, 81, of Dallas, died Dec. 13, 1989.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lamar & Smith Chapel in Dallas with the Rev. David Kuykendall officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Campbell-Elrod cemetery in Corsicana.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Marie Scott; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Noah Jefferson "Jeff" Reeves
Mar 18, 1853 - July 11, 1928


BLOOMING GROVE, July 13.—Noah Jefferson Reeves, aged 75 years, died at his home in the Raleigh community Wednesday evening at 6:30 o’clock after an illness of several weeks, and the funeral services were held at the Dresden cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, where interment was made.

Mr. Reeves had resided in the Raleigh community practically all of his life.

Surviving are his wife and 11 children.


John James Varnell
Apr 18, 1852 - Apr 26, 1928


BARRY. April 26—(Spl.)—John Varnell age 76 years, died at his home one and one half miles east of here at 8 o’clock Thursday morning and funeral services will be held at the home Friday morning at 9 o’clock and will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather, pastor of the Baptist church here. Burial will be in Dresden cemetery.

“Uncle John” as he was familiarly known, was one of the pioneer settlers in this community, having resided at his present home for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, six daughters, Mrs. Ralph Christie, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Pearl Ferguson, Denton; Mrs. James Garrett, Waco: Mrs. Claud Williams, Trumbull; Mrs. John Walton, Barry; Mrs. May Walton, California; three sons, Ed Varnell, Avalon; Fred Varnell, Seattle, Washington; and Eugene Varnell, Detroit, Michigan.

All of the children except Mrs. May Walton, Fred and Eugene were with him when he died.

Mr. Varnell was a member of the Baptist church and was one of the leaders in community life in this section of the county.


Florence Izetta (Hughes) McDaniel-Vinson
Jul 29, 1880 - Jun 20, 1959

Mrs. S. R. Vinson Rites Monday

Mrs. S. R. Vinson of Dallas, aged 78 years, former resident of Corsicana, died at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, Johnny B. Vinson, Waco, and A. J. Vinson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. E. L. Mathis, Ennis; 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were G. B. Freeman, George McCombs, Rev. Pritchard, Wesley E. Vaughn, Joe Burleson and Rufus Trussell.


Samuel Ross “Sam” Vinson, Jr.
Apr 04, 1876 - Oct 19, 1956

Sam Ross Vinson Services Sunday

Funeral services for Sam Ross Vinson, 80, retired farmer, who died in Dallas Friday afternoon were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Florence Vinson, Dallas; two sons, Johnny B. Vinson, Moody, and Auborn J. Vinson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Della Mathis, Corsicana; two brothers, G. H. Vinson, Howley, and Albert Vinson, Plainview; a sister, Mrs. Eadie Weatherly, Frisco; 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wesley E. Vaughan, W. W. Vaughan, Jr.; Buddie Ray, Doodle Boyd, Dwain Garrison and Luther Trussell.


 James Carroll Gilliam
Jan 15, 1936 - Mar 8, 2013

Mr. James C. Gilliam, 77, of Arlington passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Arlington.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1936 in Eureka, to parents Connie D and Jessie Laverne Gilliam.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gilliam; daughters, Nickie Haynes and husband Larry of Ennis and Stacey Hoots and husband Michael of Arlington; son, Jeffrey L. Gilliam and wife Susan of Roanoke; grandson, Joshua Stout of Beaumont; granddaughters, Sydney Stout of Beaumont, Tiffany Calder, and Amilyn Martin of Lewisville, sisters, Aleene Pollock of Corsicana, Verna McDonald of McKinney, Audra Ground and husband Randall of Paris, and Margie Riley and husband Al of Mesquite, an aunt, Imogene Moore of Corsicana, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Mark officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


James Timothy "Tim" Chapman, Sr.
Nov 21, 1965 - Mar 8, 2013

Mr. Tim Chapman, 47, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013 , in Corsicana.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1965, in Ennis, to parents Alvin Earl and Lillie Jean Chapman Sr.

He was an avid fisherman, and had a great love for his family and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Earl Chapman Sr.; brothers, Alvin Earl Chapman Jr. and Michael Wayne Chapman.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Chapman of Kilgore; daughter, Samantha Chapman of Kilgore; son, James T. Chapman Jr. of Ellis County; mother, Lille Jean Chapman of Corsicana; brother, Bobby Chapman of Waxahachie; sisters, Delores Martin of Corsicana and Diane Rosa of Malakoff; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Freeman Pierce officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Brown, Chris Chapman, John Paul Chapman, Cory Rosa, David Martin, and Mike Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


June Ann Steptoe
abt 1953 - Feb 28, 2013

June Ann Steptoe, 59, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at the Twilight Home. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery. Arragements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Roy Pascal Dacus
Jun 6, 1894 - Jan 7, 1975


Graveside rites were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood cemetery for Roy Dacus, 80, retired Corsicana cotton mill employee, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Charles Pringle officiated. Services were conducted by Corley Funeral Home.

A native of Arkansas, he had resided here for 50 years. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Baptist church.

He is survived by one brother, C. A. Dacus of Hermleigh, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.


Phillip Harvey Archer
Aug 6, 1866 - May 14, 1941

P. H. Archer Buried At White Church Cemetery

Funeral service were held last Thursday morning at 10 o'clock for P. H. Archer, aged 74 yers, a pioneer resident of the Barry community. The services were held from the home with Rev. W. B. Morton, pastor of the Barry Methodist church, conducting the rites. Burial was in the White Church cemetery.

Mr. Archer died Wednesday afternoon following a long illness following his wife who died a few weeks ago from burns she received when she got up during night to administer to him.

He had been a resident of that community for about 50 years. He is survived by several brothers and sisters.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, May 23, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Patricia Anne "Pat" (Poe) Coker
Mar 29, 1946 - Mar 4, 2013

Patricia Anne “Pat” Coker, of Brazoria, was born March 29, 1946 in Corsicana to Wanda (Miller) and Marvin L. Poe and died Monday, March 4,
2013 in Clute at the age of 66.

She married the love of her life, Jeff Coker and he passed away in 2002.
They were a wonderful Mimi and Pop. The grandchildren will have a heritage of being loved and wonderful memories. She loved her family, loved the Lord and enjoyed playing the piano and singing and was part of the “Heavenly Harmonizers” after the passing of her dearly beloved husband

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jeff Coker and brother, Bobby Poe.

She is survived by her son, Chris Coker of Lake Jackson, Texas; daughter, Angela Coker of St. Louis, Mo., Chyna Fogle of Brazoria; brother, Gary Poe of Corsicana; sister, Pam Ferguson of Corsicana; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Friends were cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5 to
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 in the Restwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Hester officiating. Burial followed in the Restwood Memorial Park.

Services in Clute are with Restwood Funeral Home && Memorial Park, (979) 297-2121.


Erie Agnes (Smith) Grant
May 8, 1924 - Mar 7, 2013

Graveside services for Erie Agnes Smith Grant, 88, of Corsicana will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at Parker Cemetery, with Rev. Gene Gipson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Erie Agnes Smith Grant was born May 8, 1924 in Grapeland to Clem and Pearl Masters Smith. She went to be with her Lord and her beloved husband on Thursday, March 7, 2013. She married Willie Earl Grant in 1940, and was married almost 72 years before his passing last June. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was a homemaker and loved to sew, quilt, garden and grow flowers. She even went hunting with her husband and family.

Mrs. Grant was a member of Barry Baptist Church where she served with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Horald Smith, sisters Lee Different, Maurine Riddle, Sybil Moran, and Ruth Stepherson; a daughter, Lynda Jo Grant; and a granddaughter, Amanda Jo Grant.

Mrs. Grant is survived by sons Bobby and wife Ronda Grant of Chatfield, Tommy and wife Martha Grant of Barry, and Jimmy Grant of Tennessee; grandchildren, Jason and wife April Grant, Chad and wife Heather Grant of Chatfield, Kim and husband James Ippolito of McKinney, Charles Grant of Barry and Sam Grant. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, along with several nieces and nephews and their families.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, great-grandsons and grandson-in-law.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Heritage Oaks West and Lighthouse Hospice.

Condolence calls will be received from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at Bailey & Foster Chapel Grapeland.


William M. Plies
Oct 8, 1950 - May 17, 1993

William Michael Plies, 42, of Corsicana, died May 17, 1993, in Dallas.

Memorial services were held at his residence at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Delton Weiser officiated. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Geneva, Ohio. He was a truck driver for Acme Truck Co. and a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Frederick Plies.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Plies of Corsicana; two sons, Michael Jarrett Plies and Jesse Walker Plies, both of Corsicana; one daughter, Megan Maurine McElroy of Corsicana; his mother, Kathryn Keekley of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Barbara Anderson of Fort Worth, and Sally Syverson of Stafford, Va.; and two brothers, William John Plies of Kingwood, Texas, and Tom Keekley of Nimmeapolis, Minn.

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, c/o Kay Andrews, 1817 Sycamore, Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Jo Ann Dailey
Apr 10, 1924 - June 17, 1993

Jo Ann Dailey, of Grapeland, died June 17, 1993 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Grapeland.

She had lived in Grapeland after her retirement from teaching in Corsicana. Her body was willed to science.

She was survived by a sister Gene Schoultz.


David Lee Pierce
May 26, 1941 - Aug 19, 1993

David Lee Pierce, 52, of Dallas, died August 19, 1993 in Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at Corley Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Leonard Conner officiating.

He was born May 26, 1941 in Corsicana. He was a veteran and a member of the Baptist church. He was a former resident of Corsicana and a truck driver for Hanie Trucking Company of Lufkin.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Pierce of Dallas; one son, David Pierce Jr. of Orange; one daughter, Dana Lynn Pierce of Houston; his father, Ruben Pierce of Houston; step-father, Don Allen of Dallas; three step-sons, Dale Grubbs of Kerens, Ken Proffer and Leland Melrose, both of Dallas; one step-daughter, Naomi Melrose of Dallas; nine grandchildren; one brother, Gary Pierce of Corsicana; one half-brother, Charles Johnson of Mesquite; one sister, Joan Hayes of League City; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Lewis Donald Richardson Sr.
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 29, 2012

Lewis Donald Richardson Sr., resident of Dawson, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Aiken, S.C. on Nov. 22, 1955 to Howard Paul Richardson and Sara Ann Cate Richardson.

Lewis was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his two sons Lewis Donald Richardson Jr. of Conroe and Timothy Grant Richardson of Navarro Mills; the mother of his children and friend Violet Gayle Richardson of Navarro Mills; and his brothers Ronald Richardson and Paul Richardson of Fort Worth. He is also survived by his companion "Romo" who was always by his side.

No public services are planned at this time.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana.


Hubert Frazier
abt 1926 - Oct 13, 1993

Hubert Frazier, 67, of Frost, died Oct. 13, 1993, at his residence.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.


William Milton Shaw
June 20, 1903 - Oct 18, 1993

William Milton (Bill) Shaw, 90, of Corsicana, died Oct. 18, 1993 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Don Pike will officiate.

He was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ.

Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Morris Pike of Corsicana; one nephew and wife, Don and Joyce Pike of Corsicana; two great-nephews, John Pike and Keith Pike; one great-niece, Brenda Stephens; and one great-great-nephew, Benjamin Pike Stephens.


Robert L. Wheelock Jr.
June 23, 1917 - Oct 17, 1993

Robert L. Wheelock, Jr., 76, of Corsicana, died Oct. 21, 1993 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church. The family will receive guests following the service at the parrish parlor next to the church.

He was born June 23, 1917 in Corsicana. He was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana and served in the U. S. Navy Seabees stationed at Barrow, Alaska during World War II. He was an active member of the Independent Petroleum Producers Association and the American Petroleum Institute. He served as a member of the Board of Directors to the former First National Bank of Corsicana. He also was the past president and long time member of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. He was a board member and supporter of the Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America. He served nine terms on the Corsicana Independent School district Board of Trustees. He also was a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church for a number of years and was a senior warden of the vestry.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Clara Sansom Wheelock, a native of Fort Worth; two sons, Robert L. Wheelock III of Dallas and Frank S.
Wheelock of Corsicana; one daughter, Diana Wheelock of Corsicana; five grandchildren, Clint Wheelock, Frank S. Wheelock Jr. Michael Wheelock, Sean Dodson and Hope Dodson; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and the Rev. Robert Kennaugh and Susie Wheelock and Frank Dunn, all of Corsicana.

The family requests memorials be made to St. John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana or to the charity of choice.


Betty Lou (Spires) Holmes
May 29, 1922  -  Mar. 9, 2013

Betty Lou Holmes, 90, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at James River Care Center in Springfield. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Betty was born May 29, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado to Jesse and Leila (George) Spires. Betty was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield.
Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Texas


Miles McMillen
Oct 23, 1863 - Apr 22, 1925

Emhouse Resident Died Last Night

Miles McMillen, aged 61 years, died Wednesday night at 10:45 o’clock at his home in the Emhouse community and the remains were interred this afternoon in the Patterson cemetery at 3:30 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by his wife and six sons, Everett Miles, Venturn, Calif., and Leroy, Miles, Paul, George and Jerry McMillen. A brother, Selby McMillen of Hartley county, Texas, and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Monin of Kentucky, also survives.

The deceased was born in Kentucky and came to Texas in 1882.


Mary Catherine (Smith) Williams
Apr 10, 1844 - Jan 14, 1926

Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas. Jan. 21.
Funeral services were held here last Friday at noon for Mrs. Buck Williams, known to her many friends as “Grandma” Williams. She died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will Davis at Fort Worth. She is survived by four sons and two daughters, C. O. Williams and W. H. Williams of this community, R. F. Williams of Amarillo, and Theodore Williams of Oklahoma, Mrs. Will Davis of Fort Worth and Mrs. John Allen of this city. Funeral services were followed with burial in the Patterson cemetery.


Harriet Rebecca Hopkins
Oct 6, 1857 - Jun 21, 1926

Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas –Jun. 24.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the M. P. Church for Miss Harriet Hopkins, aged 72 years, who died Sunday afternoon at 6 o’clock. She was the sister of Uncle Sam Hopkins, who has lived here for a number of years, and was making her home with her brother at the time of her death. Burial took place in the Patterson cemetery.


Nellie Mae (Knight) Pattison
May 11, 1877 - May 1, 1927


Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas, May 6.
Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock for Mrs. Jim Pattison, who died Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Jenkins, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Morrison and Rev. Milburn. She is survived by her husband, one son and one daughter and several brothers and sisters. Burial took place in the Patterson cemetery.



In Memory

On May 1st, 1927, God sent His snow white angels down to earth and claimed dear Nell, wife of J. W. Patterson.

All was done that loving hands could do. And her soul went ot Jesus to live forever more. I would day unto her heart broken husband and children, weep not as those who have no hope, for you know Nellie is an angel in the arms of Jesus.

She leaves to mourn her a husband, one son and one daughter, seven brothers and four sisters and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Jenkins. The remains were laid to rest in the Pattison cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends.

Nellie has gone to rest,
To reign with God forever blest,
Her tongue will always praise,
A savior love, redeeming grace.

Far from a world of sin and strife,
It now enjoys a heavenly life,
And joins to praise, and shout, and sing,
And makes the heavenly arches ring.

If we could only hear her tongue
So sweetly sing the heavenly song
Could we but see her smiling face
Delighted with the happy place.

We could not wish her back again
But say, dear Nell with God remain
We’ll try again that peaceful shore
Where those who meet shall part no more.

Now let us strive the prize to gain,
Let's come to Christ with him remain.
Then we shall share in Jesus’ love
And meet dear Nell above.

Written by a friend who loved her.



Beulah (Smith) Mabry
Oct 2, 1868 - Aug 20, 1925

Remains Interred Yesterday

The remains of Mrs. Beulah Mabry, wife of R. A. Mabry of Kerens, who died in a Dallas Sanitarium Wednesday were interred in Kerens yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. The deceased is survived by her husband and three children. Foyd and Dare Mabry and Miss Mabel Mabry.

George and Henry Mabry of Blooming Grove, brothers-in-law of the deceased were here yesterday afternoon en route to Kerens to attend the funeral.


Russell Albert Mabry
Sep 21, 1867 - Mar 1937


KERENS, March 16.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for R. A. Mabry, aged 70 years, who died Sunday morning in Corsicana at the Navarro Clinic, were held Monday afternoon at the home of his son, R. D. Mabry, at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. Joe Everheart, assisted by Rev. C. E. Wilkins, conducting the services. Interment was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Mr. Mabry was born in Blooming Grove, Texas, Sept. 21, 1867, was married to Miss Beula Smith in 1890 and moved to Kerens in 1910, where he was engaged in the cotton business until his death.

Surviving are two sons, L. C. Mabry of Shreveport, La., and R. D. Mabry of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Freeman of Waco, and three grandchildren.

Out of town friends who attended the funeral were: W. D. Sheppard, O. C. Gueydon, Mrs. D. Simms, Mrs. Charlie Clark and Charles Clark, Jr., of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. King, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gillean of Waco; Mrs. A. H. Thornton, Terrell; Mrs. Jim Richards and Mr. Meadowbrook, Richland; Mr. and Mrs. C. Coker, Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Poston, Trinidad; Mr. and Mrs. Kestler Bradley, Rice; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Shepp, R. P. Mayfield, Cullen Dunn, D. Poindexter, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Porter and J. E. Carson, Mrs. Joe Noble and Mrs. George Baum, Corsicana.


Willie Pass Rhynes
abt 1950 - Feb 26, 2013

Willie Pass Rhynes, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26,
2013 in DeSoto.

He served in the United States Army, and later Willie began work at the Corsicana Daily Sun and furthered his career wroking 37 years for the Dallas Morning News. Willie leaves behind his loving family and friends.

The wake will be 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Golden Gate Funeral Home, 4155 S.R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas Texas 75224.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at Golden Gate Funeral Home. Promptly after that at 1:15 p.m. there will be a Military Honorary burial at the DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie.

Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home.


Barbara Effie (Philbrick) Mertz
Feb 20, 1920 - Mar 4, 2013

Barbara Mertz, age 93, died at Santa Fe Memory Care in Cleburne on Monday, March 4, 2013. She went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ. She was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Augusta, Maine, to Clarence L. Philbrick and Effie Mackinnon Philbrick. After attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine, she moved to Denver, Colo., to work as a medical laboratory technician. While there she met Robert David Mertz. They were married in Trinidad, Colorado, on Sept. 14, 1947. In 1952 she and her late husband, Dr. Robert Mertz, moved to Corsicana, where she resided for 60 years.

Barbara made a decision to accept Jesus Christ into her life in Dallas, during Explo 1972. She was a woman of strong faith who gave her whole life to the enrichment of others, her family, and her community in Corsicana. As an active, longstanding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she served in many capacities: Sunday school teacher, caregiver, and Elder. In 1981, the Church sponsored a Vietnamese family's relocation into Corsicana. Barbara was one of several people who gave daily assistance and support to The and Le Dinh and their four children for years following their arrival. The Dinhs became part of her heart and family. At one time she organized and led her own Bible study with a women's group in her home. She also served in countless community volunteer capacities over the course of 50 plus years: The March of Dimes, Kinsloe House, Food for Fitness, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Women's Medical Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, to name a few. She was a friend and confidante of the elderly, making tireless visits to nursing homes and caring for “the least of these.” She was active in several book clubs, Ladies Golf Association, and Community Bible study.

Though her community service was outstanding, even more remarkable was her devotion to her family: her husband of 59 years, Robert Mertz; and her three very grateful and devoted children, Carolyn, John, and Bruce.
Her children remember her as an avid letter writer whenever they were away from home; and a tireless supporter/cheerleader, always putting their needs first. She was a superb mentor and role model of a loving parent. As an avid homemade bread maker, Barbara gave away thousands of loaves to friends, family, and community members over the course of her life in Corsicana. These gifts were just a sampling of all the love and kindness shown to family and friends. Barbara demonstrated friendship to all, regardless of their race, religion, or beliefs.

She is survived by her brother, Leighton Philbrick and his wife, Barbara, from Portland, Maine; David Flood, her brother-in-law, of Friendship, Maine; and one sister, Jayne Davis of Massachusetts; a daughter, Carolyn Perna and husband, John, from Denver, Colo.; a son, Dr. John Mertz and wife, Andrea, from Rogers, Ark.; a son, Dr. Bruce Mertz and wife, Mary, from Cleburne; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by The and Le Dinh, their four children and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana, at 2 p.m. on April 6, 2013. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made out to either Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, 117 Mall Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110; or to Denton Bible Church, 2300 E. University Dr., Denton, TX 76209 (with a note for Account No. 9774-01, Gaynelle Newport, who serves through Denton Bible mentoring African women in French speaking Africa).


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