Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



William Boyd "Pat" Savage
abt 1910 - Feb 23, 2013

William Boyd “Pat” Savage, 102, of San Mateo, Calif. and formerly of Hill County, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at his home. Graveside services we held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Lawrence Family Cemetery near Lake Navarro Mills with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Arrangements under the directions of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Sandra Alexis "Sandy" Corley
June 27, 1972 - Oct 10, 1993

Sandy Corley, 21, of Corsicana, died Oct. 10, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with Randy Daugherty will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born June 27, 1972, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her father and mother, Donald W. and Nelda Corley of Corsicana; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Lela Corley of Denton and Jay and Vicki Corley of Coppell; several aunts and uncles, Bob and Ann Corley of Sherman, Juanita and J.C. Hallabough of Waxahachie, Billy and Jimmy Featherston of Baton Rouge, La., and Ferrell Stiles of Anchorage, Alaska; and numerous cousins.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Hallabough, Charlie Sublet, David Barton, Gary Barton, Randy Green and Darrell Waller.


Gwendolyn L. Reeder
May 10, 1912 - Oct 10, 1993

Gwendolyn L. Reeder, 81, of Dallas, died Oct. 10, 1993.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Lamar and Smith Funeral Chapel in Dallas, with the Rev. Paul Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamar and Smith Funeral Home.

She was born May 10, 1912, in Fort Worth. She was raised in Corsicana and had lived in Dallas for many years. She was employed with the Internal Revenue Service until her retirement in 1973. She was a member of the Rosemont Christian Church and was a church deacon and active member until her illness in 1991. She was a member of the Mary-Paul Book Club, a member of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 648 and a member of the Dallas Cliff Chapter of No. 946 of the AARP. She was an active volunteer service tour director for 11 years.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Homer Wood.

Survivors include her sister, Margarette Wood of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosemont Christian Church, 1304 S. Hampton, Dallas, Tesxas, 75224; the Family Hospice, 1140 Empire Central 235, Dallas, Texas, 75247; the American Cancer Association; or charity of choice.


Jessie Dell (Dunlap) Lennon-Shadix
Jan 12, 1905 - Oct 14, 1993

Jessie Dell Shadix, 99, of Corsicana, died Oct. 14, 1993, at Park Row Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Father George Monaghan officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one brother, J.W. Dunlap of Corsicana; one sister, Evelyn Batchler of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Collard, Glenn Dunlap, Mark Robinson, Gary Murphy, Steve Robinson and Brett Dunlap.


Mary Elizabeth (Beasley) Galloway-Chapman
Dec 9, 1911 - Oct 15, 1993

Mary Elizabeth Chapman, 81, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Oct. 15, 1993, in Phoenix.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Darwood K. Galaway officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 9, 1911, in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie J. Chapman.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmie and Sarah Galaway of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins.


Mary E. (Morgan) Blue-Donovan
Oct 2, 1872 - July 12, 1943

Funeral Services Held Wednesday for Mrs. Eugene Donovan

Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Donovan, age 71, who died Monday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon. Rev. A. A. Peacock officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are four daughters, a son, two sisters and other relatives.




Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Donovan, aged 71 years, who died Monday, will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 4:L30 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Donovan had resided in Texas since 1900 and in Corsicana and Navarro county for 37 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. J. W. Lunsford, and Mrs. M. J. Jennings, both of Corsicana; Mrs. E. H. Knight, New Orleans, and Mrs. Vera Richards, West Columbia; a son, D. W. Blue, Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Hardy Lunsford, Winnsboro, and Mrs. Nora Renfrow, Banks, Ala, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be H. E. Redden, A. G. Grill, S. D. Goins, W. L. Ayers, Amos Hart and A. G. Ganze.


Clovis Exa (Horton) Slape
Jan 27, 1908 - Apr 7, 1973

Mrs. Slape

Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oakwood Cemetery for Mrs. Clovis E. Slape, 65, 1415 Arlington Dr., who died Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Rev. James McKee will officiate, and Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Slape of Corsicana; two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and a nephew and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Phillips of Italy.

The family requests that remembrances be sent in the form of contributions made to the Masonic Lodge or Navarro County Cancer Society.


Victoria Flores Leija
July 27, 1918 - Oct 20, 1993

Victoria Flores Leija, 75, of Dallas, died Oct. 20, 1993, in Dallas.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Escamilla officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born July 27, 1918 and was a former resident of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ignacia Flores, one daughter, Virginia Ramirez and her brother, Billy G. Flores.

Survivors include her husband, Pablo Leija of Dallas; one son and daughter-in-law, Luis and Opal Flores of Denton; seven grandchildren Erna, Steven, Dennis, Marshall, Paulette, Michael and Sonya; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Manuel Flores and Joe Flores, both of Corsicana; one sister, Josephine Garcia of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.


Bobby Gene "Scooter" Dunn II
abt 1979 - Mar 3, 2013

Bobby "Scooter" Dunn, 33, of Trinidad passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Corpus Christi. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Kerens First Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Johnston and Rev. Gary Combs officiating. Burial will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Scooter was a thoughtful husband, number one dad and a true friend. He always made sure his wife and kids had what they needed and always put them first. They were his world. His friends were his right arms. He would stop what he was doing to help out in any way he could. His famous saying, that we all called his trademark, was “What's up, bubba?” There were two very special people in his life that not just him but everyone called “Mimi and Pap.” They were his world. He loved his Mimi and Pap and always wanted to make them happy. Scooter worked with his dad doing asphalt work. His dad could always leave a job knowing that when he returned, the job was done perfectly. He was a perfectionist. Scooter will be missed by so many people. He never met a stranger and always had good things to say about everything.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Dunn of Trinidad; son, Bobby "Elli" Dunn, III of Kerens; daughters, Kayenne Dunn and Sage Dunn both of Trinidad; sister, Derinda Scott of Kerens; step-sisters, Cassie Warren of Kerens, Kandice Stamey of Mildred and Lauren Cline of Teague; step-brothers, T.J. Stamey of Athens and Justin Cline of Lampasas; father, Bobby G. Dunn, I of Seagoville; mother, Darla Cline of Kerens; grandparents, Bobby and Yvonne Combs of Kerens.

Paschal Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Harold Clayton Horn
Aug 1, 1929 - Aug 31, 1947

Harold Clayton Horn Rites Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Harold Clayton Horn, 18, ex-service man, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday night following an extended illness, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Corley Funeral chapel. Interment was in Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. W. Walker.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Horn, Navarro; a sister, Mrs. J. B. Harper, Wink and two brothers, Jim Bob and Don Horn, both of Navarro.

Pallbearers were Altus Hart, Scott Willis, James Bradley, Fred Spence, A. A. Horn and J. E. Horn.


Minnie L. (Bressie) Slater
Jan 22, 1883 - Oct 21, 1933


Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie L. Slater, 50, wife of the late Dr. T. S. Slater, woh [sic] died at her home, 406 South Thirty-First street, Saturday morning at 1:30 o'clock after a lingering illness, were held Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from the Navarro Baptist church with burial in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Mrs. Slater was a native of Navarro and resided in that community until the family moved to Corsicana a few years ago.

Surviving are a daughter, Miss Josephine Slater, Corsicana; father, John Bressie, Navarro; eight sisters, Mrs. J. M. Pugh, Corsicana; Mrs. R. C. Harwell, Corsicana; Mrs. J. T. Allen, Hamlin; Mrs. Eugene Highnote, Corsicana; Mrs. Gilbert Roxburgh, Corsicana; Mrs. J. C. Allen, Corsicana; Mrs. Sam Harvard, Navarro; and Mrs. R. C. Cole, Streetman; two brothers, W. A. Bressie, Corsicana, and Jack Bressie, Navarro, and a number of other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Dr. Thomas Smith Slater
Sept 15, 1867 - July 1, 1928



Dr. T. S. Slater, aged sixty years, native of Navarro county, died at his home, 406 South Thirtyfirst street, Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock following an illness of seven months, and the funeral services were conducted at Navarro Monday afternoon at four o'clock with interment in the Hopewell cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. Z. Corbin, Baptist minister of Blooming Grove.

Dr. Slater was born in the Spring Hill community several miles north of Dawson. He was a practicing physician at Navarro for thirty years prior to moving to Corsicana five years ago.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Homer B. Smith, Corsicana; one brother, Alex Slater, Corbet; three half-brothers, Joe Slater, Emmett; Reese Slater, Emmett; Jule Slater, Spring Hill, and other relatives.

Active pallbearers were his brothers-in-law, Jim Pugh, Sam Harvard, Cleve Harwell, Clyde Cole, Joe Allen, Eugene Highnote, Pat Allen, Gilbert Roxborough, Wesley Bressie, Jack Bressie.

Honorary pallbearers - All members of the Navarro County Medical Society, W. P. Brown, Charles Weatherford, J. D. McBee, J. W. McAdams, E. A. Johnson, F. E. McPherson, L. C. Coulson, E. A. Eliot, C. B. Sutherland, H. B. Daviss, J. S. Callicutt, N. J. Middlebrooks, Charles Bee, R. H. Galloway, Fred Woods, Burleigh Butler, Joe Ferguson, Arthur Brewer, G. L. Jester, S. H. Jack, George W. Boyd, J. E. Michael, J. D. Cunningham, Tom Boyd, Howard Marsh, Jim Bush, G. C. Kent, Bob Kent, Robert Davidson, Jim Hill, Gordon Collins, Mack Fouty, J. S. Roderick, all of Corsicana.

Owen Cheney, H. D. Smith, Felix Tatum, Robert Tatum, Bill Hall, Tom Fouty, Wade Harvard, Charley Collins, Bethel Goodin, G. C. Goodin, Will Middlebrooks, R. J. Manning, Malcolm Smith, Bob Thompson, all of Navarro.

John Ballard, Ed Reed, Jack Caffee, Lawrence Tilton, Henry Pritchard, Lee Haines, J. D. Story, all of Angus; J. B. Cole, Streetman; Jim Bonner, W. D. Shields, Walter Montgomery, all of Eureka; Rev. L. A. Herring, Waxahachie.


Hazel Christine Muncy
Jan 17, 1915 - Sep 20, 1916

Died Near Drane.

Hazel Christian, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Munsey of Drane, died at 2 o’clock this morning and the remains were interred at Blooming Grove this afternoon.


Dave Frederick
Oct 29, 1897 - Aug 24, 1917


Items of Interest Culled From The Columns of Exchanges.

Dave Frederick died Friday after a long spell with typhoid fever. Dave was the son of Will Frederick and lived with his parents east of town on the Tom Derden farm. This is a sad death, as the young man was full of promise. The burial took place at White Church Cemetery, Saturday.—Blooming Grove Rustler.


John Quinley
Jun 11, 1882 - Oct 17, 1918

Was Buried by Masons

The remains of the late John Quinley were interred in the White Church cemetery near Barry this afternoon by the Masonic lodge of Barry, and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased was a Knight Templar and a Shriner and the funeral was attended by Messrs. T. W. Watson, B. F. Hartzell, Geo. Crumbley, C. L. Knox, R. B. Molloy, J. H. Rice, E. M. Polk, J. Y. Stewart and H. C. Nash.


Lottie Lee (Stephens) Jones
Sep 06, 1877 - Apr 08, 1944

Rites Held Sunday For Mrs. Lottie L. Jones

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dresden Methodist church, for Mrs. Lottie L. Jones, age 67, who died at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ, Corsicana.

Song service was by a male quartet. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery.

Pall bearers were son-in-laws.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Ruby Walthall, Dallas; Mrs. Pear Johnson, Purdon; Mrs. Jewell George, Donie; Mrs. Minkler, Dallas; Mrs.
Opal Foster, Fort Worth, Mrs. Faith Collins, Palestine and Mrs. Florence Hollifield, Teague, 3 sons, C. A. Jones, Dallas; J. C. Jones, Blooming Grove and Pfc. J. R. Jones, somewhere in England; thirty-eight grand children, fifteen great-grand-children and other relatives.

The McCormick Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Apr 14, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Ardis Owen
Jul 3, 1919 - Jul 31, 1993

James A. Owen, 74, of Waco, died July 31, 1993 in Waco.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday at Dresden cemetery with Leonard Conner officiating.

He was a former resident of Barry.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Carolyn and Raymond Lee Worsham of Nacogdoches and Jeanie Gayle and Danny Patterson of Lewisville; one brother, Glenn Roy Owen of Commerce; and two sisters, Vivian Isaak of Desota and Opal Ragan of Barry; eight grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.


James A. (Busty) Owen, 74, of Waco, died July 31, 1993, in Waco.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, with Leonard Connor officiating. Burial was in Dresden cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He was born July 3, 1914, in Dresden in Navarro County, and grew up in the Corbet and Bryan communities. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, volunteering in 1941. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Carolyn and Raymond L. Worsham of Nacogdoches, and Jeanne and Dan Patterson of Blooming Grove; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Opal Ragan of Barry and Vivian Faask of DeSoto; one brother, Glenroy Owen of Commerce; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Homer Earl Hopkins
1906 - Oct 8, 1993

Homer Hopkins, 87, of Corsicana died Oct. 8, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
George Merriman of Trinity Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Dresden cemetery in Dresden.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hopkins; one step daughter, Jerene McKinney of Dallas; four step sons, James Estes, Wayne Estes and Otis Estes all of Corsicana, and Carlos Estes of Midlothian; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Hopkins nephews.


Eva Lora (Tipton) Ragan
Oct 10, 1900 - Oct 16, 1993

Eva Lora Ragan, 93, of Kaufman, died Oct. 16, 1993, in Kaufman.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Dresden Cemetery.
Patrick Satery will officiate.

She was born Oct., 10, 1900, in Dresden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odis L. Ragan; her father, Wade B. Tipton; and her mother, Martha Alice Griffin.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Alice Ragan of Kaufman; one son, Donald L. Ragan of Dallas; two grandchildren, Danny Ragan of Dallas, and Mrs. Lori Wilson of Bryan; four sisters-in-law, Mabel Slaughter of DeSoto; Opal Ragan of Barry, Ruby Ragan of Houston and Nell Ragan of Kingswood; one brother-in-law, Rio Ragan of Midland; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Bess Frantz
Nov 8, 1903 - Oct 21, 1993

Bess Frantz, 88, of Ennis died Oct. 21, 1993 at Ennis Care Center.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dresden Cemetery with Terry Edwards officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Gerry Smothermon of Navarro Mills and Anita Faircloth of Ft. Worth; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.


Vivian Mae (Bell) Starks
Feb 1892 - Jan 08, 1924

Died Near Corbet.

Mrs. Vivian Starkes, 34, died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Sam Bell, near Corbet last night, as a result of measles and pneumonia, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her mother, an 8-year-old son and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Jan 9, 1924
  • w/o Charles T. Starks married June 25, 1911 divorced at time of death; d/o Samuel Ralph “Sam” Bell mother of Virgil Verel Starks
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Alonzo Liston “Bud” Bryan
May 13, 1878 - Aug 7, 1964

A. L. Bryan Dies Friday

A. L. (Bud) Bryan, 86, retired carpenter, native of Navarro County, died in Twilight Home Friday morning following a several weeks’ illness.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Campbell cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. H. Burton, Mart Methodist minister, assisted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist Church here.

Bryan was a Methodist.

Surviving are his wife, three sisters, Mrs. Emma Horton, Mrs. Florence Roughton and Mrs. Blanche Jordan, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Horton, N. S. Roughton, Wayne Elrod, Curtis Roughton, J. S. Hicks, Jackie Elrod, Charles King and Seth McSpadden.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Aug 7, 1964
  • h/o Fannie Gertrude (McDonald) Bryan married Dec 22, 1901 s/o Dr. George Washington Bryan & Mary Louisa (Stone) Bryan
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Andrew Johnson Horton
May 13, 1864 - Jun 22, 1950

Funeral Rites For A. J. Horton Held Saturday

Funeral services for A. J. Horton, 86, who died at the family home, Route 1, Corsicana, Drane community late Thursday, were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Griffin Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery in the Drane community. The rites were conducted by Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church. Horton was a Methodist.

Born May 13, 1864, in Bradley county, Ga., Horton was married to Mary Emma Bryan of the Drane Community, May 15, 1892, and had resided on their farm 2 ½ miles west of Corsicana for the past 54 years.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, B. E. Horton, national bank examiner, San Angelo; three daughters, Misses Oma and Christine Horton, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Mavis Carson, Dallas; a granddaughter, Madra Gray and a great-granddaughter, Donna Ley Gray, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Jim Taylor, Guy R. Love, Albert Beeman, A. R. Lewis, J. S. Hicks, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr., Wayne Elrod, N. S. Roughton and F. A. Briggs.


Elmo James Warren
Jan 3, 1920 - Oct 11, 1922

Died Near Jester.

Elmo James Warren, two-year-old son of O. A. Warren, died in the Jester community Tuesday night, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery yesterday afternoon.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 12, 1922
  • s/o O. A. Warren and Henrietta Octavia (Roman) Warren grandson of Jacob Harmony Roman and Pauline (Williams) Roman
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Cornelius Howard Thomas
Nov 20, 1865 - May 20, 1922


Was Born In Community Where He Died.

C. H. Thomas, aged 56 years, died at his home at Drane Saturday afternoon at 4:30 after an illness of nine days and the funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 4:30 from the Methodist church with interment by the side of his wife, who died less than three years ago. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood his pastor, and there was a large attendance and many beautiful floral offerings. The deceased is survived by nine children, Mrs. Reuben Harris, Mrs. Robert Harris, Miss Pherba Thomas, Claude Thomas, Wesley Thomas, Lewis Thomas, Howard Thomas, Curtis Thomas, and Jesse Thomas; two sisters, Mrs. Ophelia Godley and Mrs. J. A. Davis, and two brothers, Jack Thomas and Dan Thomas.

Navarro county had no better citizen than C. H. Thomas, and his name, to all who knew him, was the synonym of all that was high-minded and honorable. All who knew him believed in him and trusted him. He was always interested in all that went for the good of his community and his country, hence he was active as a school trustee for years, as a steward in the Methodist church, Sunday School superintendent, Odd Fellow and Woodman, and the people of his community with one accord say “we do not know how we will get along without him.”

The following were pallbearers: Active—M. M. Roughton, J. L. Sutton, P. A. Reed, J. M. Elrod, T. L. Brown, T. S. Dorser, Joe Sands.
Honorary—C. E. Lane, A. J. Horton, Roy Lane, J. M. Dyer, R. B. Munsey, J. L. Marshall, W. W. Harris, M. J. Lindsey, D. S. Taylor, Tom Harris, J. B. Fortson, Roy Thompson, Fine Lindsey, J. R. Pinkston, G. R. Love, J. K. Harris, W. E. Pugh, A. G. Elliott, A. Q. Stephens, F. A. Elliot, J. R. Petty, A. L. Bryan, Dr. G. W. Bryan, W. W. Wallace, Chester Pitman, Rowland Puryear, J. W. Head, E. C. Huckabee, W. A. Tarver, J. R. Collins, M. A. Tekell, J. H. McDonald, R. B. Adams, R. B. McDowell, N. T. Smith, Dr. Dubart Miller, Dr. I. N. Suttle, Dr. E. H. Newton, M. Thornell, C. A. Thornell, A. Q. Thornton, Allen McEntire, W. W. Womack, J. H. Sutton, Walters Harris, O. N. Newburn, O. B. Douglas, H. D. Fillers, J. W. McGill, W. F. Good, J. T. Brown, T. J. Rea, S. B. Jordan, J. S. Hicks, D. P. Garnett, Odie Minatra, T. P. Jordan, W. F. Tolleson, John Maggard, Sr., Dr. Worsham, Jack McGarrity.


Harvey Edward Grantham
May 22, 1922 - Nov 6, 1922

Lost One of Twins.

Hawley Edward, one of the 6-month's-old twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grantham, died at Streetman last night, and the remains were brought here and the funeral took place this afternoon from the home of Harvey Grantham, with Rev. L. C. Howell officiating. Interment was in the Campbell cemetery ten miles west of here.


John Wesley Thomas
Mar 26, 1900 - Dec 27, 1972

J. W. Thomas

FORT WORTH—Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Harveson-Cole Chapel in Fort Worth for John Wesley Thomas, 72, of Fort Worth, who died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Graveside services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday at the Campbell Cemetery in Navarro County with Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana directing.

He was a member of the Methodist church.

Survivors include two sons, Harold W. Thomas of Arlington and Randolph Thomas of Hereford; a daughter, Mrs. R. L. Layman of Hereford; six grandchildren; five brothers, Claude Thomas of Munford, Ala., Howard R. Thomas of Ennis, Lewis C. Thomas of Corsicana, Dr. Curtis Thomas of Fort Worth, and Dr. Jesse Thomas of Greenwich, Conn.; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Harris of Corsicana, Mrs. Pearl Harris of Kaufman, and Mrs. Pherba Walker of Tallahassee, Fla.


Lena May (Ferris) Bunch
Oct 9, 1888 - Jan 8, 1919

Remains Interred at Campbell

The remains of the late Mrs. C. L. Bunch, who died at the family home 723 South Sixteenth Street, yesterday afternoon, were interred in the Campbell cemetery, ten miles west of here this morning.




On the evening of January the 5th at one o’clock the death angel knocked at the door of Mr. Charlie Bunch and took from him his beloved wife. Dear Lena was sick only one week. All was done that loving hands and Doctors could do, but God saw best. But we can’t see why she was taken from us. Oh, how we miss her. But we hope some day to meet her in that beautiful home on high where true loved ones never part. As a wife she was kind and true. As a mother loving kind and tender. She was loved by all who knew her for to know her was to love her. Oh! How we miss that smiling face and loving voice. She always had a kind word for everyone, and would always meet you with a smile. Weep not dear husband and children, for your loss is heaven's gain, and some day you will meet dear Lena in that home up yonder. Dear Lena was a member of the Christian Church and lived a Christian life. She leaves to mourn for her, a husband and four children, father, mother and several brothers and sisters. She was laid to rest in the Campbell cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Pullias of Corsicana:

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in the home,
Which never can be filled.

God in his wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love has given;
And though the body slumbers here,
Her soul is safe in Heaven.



Leon Williams
Jun 3, 1918 - Jan 25, 1919

Died Here Saturday

The 9-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Williams died at their home 822 South Sixteenth street, Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery yesterday afternoon.


abt Oct 1919 - Jan 4, 1919

Died Saturday Night.

The 3-months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Teague died near Corbet Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery yesterday afternoon.


Henry N. Offill
abt Dec 1918 - Feb 25, 1919

Infant Died Last Night

The three-months-old baby boy of C. T. Offill of Corbet, died a the home of W. B. Grantham last night, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon. The mother of the little boy passed away three weeks ago.


Clemmie (Prince) Brown
abt 1897 - Oct 29, 1920

Died at Jester Last Night.

Mrs. Clemmie Brown, wife of Will Brown, died at the family home at Jester last night, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The deceased was 23 years old and is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Prince, of Raleigh and her husband and two children, the youngest a babe three days old.


INFANT Williams
Dec 17, 1916 - Jan 4, 1917

Baby Died Last Night

The two-weeks old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Williams died at the P. and S. Hospital last night where the mother is critically ill with pneumonia.

The remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery, nine miles west of here this afternoon.


William Grady Grantham
Feb 16, 1918 - Jul 22, 1918

Lost Their Infant Son.

William Grady, six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grantham, died at the family home at the corner of South Thirteenth street and West Ninth Avenue at 8 o’clock this morning. The remains will be interred in the Campbell cemetery nine miles west of here tomorrow morning. The funeral party leaving the home here at 9 o’clock. The parents have many friends here who will sympathize with them in the loss of their child.


Remains Interred This Morning.

The remains of William Grady Grantham, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grantham, who died yesterday morning were interred in the Campbell cemetery at 10 o’clock this morning following services held at the family home at 3 o’clock by Rev. C. E. Wilkins, after which a number of friends accompanied the family and relatives to the cemetery and laid the remains to rest by the side of those of its grandmother, who was buried there only a few weeks ago.


Josiah “Joe” Woodard Sr.
Jan 27, 1850 - Jul 26, 1918


Had Been Citizen of Navarro County More Than Sixty Years

Joe Woodard, aged sixty-eight, and nearly all his life a resident of Navarro County, died suddenly eat his home in the Jester Community at 6 o’clock this morning. The deceased was in Corsicana all day yesterday and in apparently his usual good health. He got out of bed this morning apparently well and after going to the yard he returned to his room fell across his bed and was dead in a few minutes.

Surviving the deceased is his wife and six children, Mrs. Preston Brown, Mrs. Dean Banks, Hugh Woodard, Joural Woodard, Bascom Woodard and Babee Woodard, and two brothers, John Woodard of Pansy and Monroe Woodard of Jester. The remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery at 6 o’clock this afternoon and the last sad rites were largely attended. The deceased was born in Houston, Texas in 1850.


Mary (Clark) Williams
Aug 23, 1847 - Oct 17, 1920

Died in the Drane Community.

Mrs. Mary Williams aged 74 years, died in the Drane community yesterday, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon. The deceased was the mother of M. P. Williams of Corsicana and N. R. Williams of Drane.




Mrs. Mary C. Williams of the Drane community died Sunday at the home and was buried Monday afternoon at the Campbell Cemetery. Rev. ---A. Corkern conducted the funeral services.

Mrs. Williams was the last of the ---- members of the Rebobeth -----church. She wsa the daughter of noted Baptist preacher of Mississippi, the Rev. N. L. Clark, who preached 64 years and died at the age of 84.

The deceased leaves three sons, E.—Williams of Mississippi, and M. P. Williams and N. R. Williams of Corsicana.



In Loving Memory of Our Darling Grandma.

Mrs. M. P. Williams quietly passed away at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at her home. While cooking breakfast Monday morning she was taken sick and was confined to her bed.

She was born in Newton county, Mississippi, August 23, 1846, and was married to R. l. Williams. To them were born seven children, two girls and five boys. Messrs. Mack and Nathan Williams of Corsicana, three sisters, many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

All was done that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take our darling away. At an early age she professed a sweet hope in Jesus and always tried to live right. Nothing could afford her more pleasure than to be with God's children or to talk to some one about Jesus. All during her illness it seemed as though she couldn’t live but she bore it all with much patience until the last.

She was laid to rest in the Campbell cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. They said while she was sick she prayed God's blessings on her children. Weep not, dear ones, for mother, because mother is in a better home than this. But let us try to live so as to meet Grandma, so when God shall call us home we may rejoice rather than weep, for better is the day of one's death than the day they were born.

To the many friends who were so faithful in our last sad rites, we would ask God's blessings on you, restore and keep you is our prayer.

Thou art gone, our precious darling,
Gone to live in heaven above.
No more we’ll see her happy face.
No more we’ll see the one we love.

I’d think it was lonesome
To do without a brother;
Home is not what it used to be,
Without our darling mother.

Thou has gone to live with Jesus,
On that happy, peaceful shore;
Gone to meet with all the loved ones,
Meet to part no never more.

When shall we see her loving face?
And say there is no other
Here upon this earth,
And take the place of mother.

All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today;
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.

Written by her Granddaughter.


Osceola “Osie” Sutton
Feb 1892 - Nov 9, 1909

Died at Drane.

Miss Osia Sutton, aged 17, years, daughter of J. L. Sutton of the Drane community, died at the family home last night of consumption, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock.



Death's Shining Mark.

On the 9th of November, 1909, at 3 p.m. Miss Osceola Sutton of Drane, Navarro county, Texas, passed from time to eternity, aged 17 years, eight months and eight days. She leaves a kind father, affectionate brothers and sisters, and a host of friends to mourn her absence. By her womanly qualities and virtues she had endeared herself to all who knew her. About two years ago she professed faith in Christ as her Savior. In all of her affliction she never murmured or complained. It has been said “that death leaves a shining mark,” but we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Our loss is her gain. Her remains were laid to rest on the 10th at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton cemetery, near Drane. The attendance was very large and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Services were conducted at the grave by the writer. The Lord comfort and bless the bereaved.



Franklin Ray Craig
Feb 4, 1915 - Jun 12, 1916

Death of Twin Boy.

Mr. and Mrs. Craig of the Corbet community, had the misfortune to lose their twin boy, aged 14 months, very suddenly yesterday, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this afternoon. The little ill very suddenly and died in a short time. The twin sister, who remains, is in fine health.


Nancy Jane (Dickens) Claibourne
Nov 26, 1845 - Apr 8, 1916

Died In Drane Community.

Mrs. Nancy Jones Claiborne, aged 72 years, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. J. F. Taylor, near Drane, at 1:30 this morning, of pneumonia, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery at four o’clock this afternoon, Rev. J. T. Moore of Emhouse officiating. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. R. B. Adams of Drane.


Johnnie Rea Chambliss
Aug 25, 1910 - Sep 24, 1916


Distressing Accident At Drane Yesterday Afternoon.

One of those heart-rending and unspeakable sad incidents in human existence took place at Drane about 5:30 yesterday afternoon in which Johnnie Rea Chambless, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Chambless of that community was instantly killed, his neck being broken, his skull crushed, his collarbone broken and his little body badly bruised. Harvey Chambless, a grown brother of the little boy, and who lives in Corsicana, had been home to spend Sunday with the family. When he went to start home in his buggy, Johnnie Rea, his little brother, went to his buggy and climbed in the back of the vehicle. Numerous automobiles were passing along the road and the little boy's mother called him from the family home across the road to come home. Just at the time two automobiles were passing, one going west and the other coming east. Little Johnnie Rea jumped out of the buggy and started across the road for home. He dodged one of the automobiles, but evidently did not see the other as he ran directly in front of it, was knocked down and instantly killed as described above.

The car that caused the little fellow's death was driven by Mr. Geo. McFadden of Frost. As soon as the accident occurred, Mr. McFadden stopped his car and remained with the family for some time, doing what he could to relieve the distress the incident had caused.

The remains of the little fellow were interred in the Campbell cemetery near Drane this afternoon and a large crown attended the last sad rites.


Stephen T. “Steve” Brown
Dec 22, 1852 - Feb 4, 1916

Died At Jester Switch.

Steve Brown, aged 68 years, a farmer of the Jester Switch community, died at his home last night after a lingering illness, and the remains were interred at the Campbell cemetery this afternoon. The widow and seven grown children, five sons and two daughters, survive.


B&D May 9, 1917

Infant Buried This Afternoon.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. McEntire was buried in the Campbell cemeteryat Drane this afternoon. The many friends of the parents will sympathize with them in the loss of their baby.


Herman Ollan Cruse
May 19, 1913 - Jul 13, 1922

Death of Little Boy.

Herman Cruse, the 9-year-old son of Jackson Cruse of Cryer Creek, died at the family home at 6:15 this morning after an illness of only a few days. Interment will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Grange Hall cemetery.


David Hooks Williams, II
Feb 1, 1886 - Jan 15, 1916

Died Here Last Night.

Dave Williams, aged 26, years, a barber, who worked at the barber shop of J. J. Mixon, died last night at the home of Mrs. Belle Bryant, corner of North Eleventh street and West Fourth avenue, where he boarded. The deceased was taken with pneumonia a week ago, and grew continually worse until death. He was reared near Blooming Grove, and was the son of S. B. Williams, a well known farmer of that section. Surviving the deceased are his parents and one sister, Mrs. J. D. McClanahan of Snyder, Texas. The remains were interred at Cryer Creek this afternoon.


Curtis McGraw
Feb 12, 1910 - Jun 1, 1918

Died at P. and S. Hospital

Curtis McGraw the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace McGraw of Blooming Grove, who was brought to the P. and S. Hospital this morning died at 3:30 this afternoon. The remains will be taken to Blooming Grove for interment.


Martha Jane (King) Rich
Feb 9, 1864 - Nov 21, 1909

Died at Black Hills.

Mrs. O. D. Rich died at the family home in the Black Hills community Saturday night and the remains were interred yesterday. Deceased was forty years of age and is survived by her husband and six children.


Nancy Jane (Henderson) Henry
Dec 28, 1838 - Dec 19, 1911

Died Last Night.

Mrs. Henry, aged 82 years, died on the C. L. Knox farm near here last night and the remains were interred at Black Hills at 3: 00 Monday.


Ora May Poarch
Jul 31, 1917 - Dec 17, 1917

The 4 months old baby girl of Grady Poarch and wife died at the home of the child's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Cook in the Black Hills community at noon today. The remains will be interred in the neighborhood cemetery tomorrow.


Allene May Deere
Feb 27, 1915 - Oct 20, 1918

Died at Corbet.

Aline Deere, aged four years, daughter of J. C. Deere of Corbet died last night and the remains were buried at Black Hills this afternoon.


Aubrey D. Poarch
Sep 19, 1898 - Oct 18, 1918

Died at Black Hills

Aubrey Poarch, 19-year old son of Lee Poarch and wife of Black Hills, died at 8 o’clock this morning and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.


Butler Hunter
Dec 23, 1883 - Mar 24, 1919

Died Here This Morning

Butler Hunter, aged thirty-five years, whose home was in Pinkston died in the P. and S. hospital here this morning at 5 o’clock as the result of influenza and other complications, and the remains were interred in the Black Hills Cemetery this afternoon at 5 o’clock. The deceased had no family, but is survived by his two brothers, Joe Hunter, of Keene, Johnson County, and Harry Hunter of Pinkston.


Louis Ross Milburn
Nov 7, 1878 - Nov 25, 1919

Remains Interred At Black Hills

The remains of the late Ross Milburn who died here yesterday were interred in the Black Hills cemetery this afternoon, and the funeral was largely attended.


Edgar Flowers
Feb 15, 1918 - Jun 15, 1919

Infant Son Dead

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Flowers died last night. The funeral was from the family home on West Eleventh Avenue in the Kerr Addition at 3 p.m. conducted by Rev. R. Crosby. Interment was at Black Hills cemetery.


Luna Nellie (Starns/Starnes) Foster
Apr 27, 1897 - Nov 4, 1980

Nellie Foster

Mrs. Luna Nellie Foster, 83, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Service is Friday, 10 a.m. Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hale and the Rev. James P. Davis officiating. Burial follows at Black Hills Cemetery.

She was a native of Henderson County and had lived in Corsicana 60 years.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Beige Starnes.

Survivors include four sons, Chester Foster, of Chicago, Welton Foster, of Melvindale, Mich., Melvin Foster, of Eustace, Marvin Foster, of Arlington; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Rhoads, of Corsicana; nine grandchildren, nine, great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Lee West, of Sapula, Okla., and Mrs. Annie Foster, of Tulsa Okla.


Mary (Strain) Stevenson-Thurman
Dec 16, 1906 - Jun 9, 1994

Mary Stevenson Thurman

Mary Stevenson Thurman, 87, of Seymour, died Thursday, June 9, 1994, in Seymour.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, June 13, 1994, at First United Methodist Church in Seymour followed by services at 4:30 p.m., Monday, at the First United Methodist Church in Frost. Dr. David Ray will officiate. Services are under the arrangement of the Seymour Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 16, 1906 in Navarro County. She married Brown Lee Stevenson Sept. 20, 1927. He preceded her in death July 6, 1976. She married E. C. Thurman Dec. 16, 1978. He preceded her in death April 20, 1984.

She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Seymour.

She is survived by one daughter, Nita Hatter, of Seymour, two sisters, Sammie Armstrong of Corsicana and Allie Smith of San Angelo; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas William Stevenson, Jan. 8, 1992.


Ella (McCord) Drain
Dec 16, 1885 - Oct 16, 1918

Died at Emhouse

Mrs. Robert Drain, aged 25 years, died at Emhouse last night and the remains were interred at the Patterson cemetery in that community at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband and four children. She was the daughter of W. L. McCord of Frost, and a sister of L. A. McCord of Richland and L. M. McCord of Ennis; the aunt of Mrs. Fenis Reed and Mrs. Walton Pittman of Corsicana; and a cousin of Misses Lynnie and Thelda Hambrick of Corsicana. The funeral this afternoon was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.


Lillie Beatrice (Stanley) Cawthorn-Easley
Apr 17, 1927 - Jul 18, 2000

Lillie B. Easley

Lillie B. Easley, 73, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Mrs. Easley was a member of Community Chapel.

She is survived by her son, Roy Cawthorn, Jr. and wife, Wanda of Corsicana; grandchildren, Christy Pitts, Roy Cawthorn 111, Ronnie and Penny Shadix, Steve Shadix, Ricky and Gail Shadix; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Ann Shadix, Tommy Cawthorn, Trey McDonald, Heather Carson, Ashley Shadix and Brooke Shadix; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Charlie Williams of Corsicana; sister, Mae Wiggins of Corsicana; 23 nieces and nephews; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews and a special friend of the family Ramon Rodriquez.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral home of Corsicana.


Pansy (Armstrong) Maggard
Aug 23, 1910 - May 15, 1994

Pansy A. Maggard

Pansy Armstrong Maggard, 83, of Teague, died May 15, 1994, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Services were 11 a. m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Teague with the Rev. Darrel Beggs and the Rev. Walter Brown officiating. Burial was in Pattison Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 23, 1910, in Cryer Creek. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Teague. She had been a resident of Teague since 1942.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Maggard, on April 14, 1991.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Maggard and William Maggard of Teague , and Bobby Maggard of Austin; one daughter; Judith Ann Selz of Houston; three brothers; Elzie Armstrong and Alvie Armstrong of Corsicana, and Ocie Armstrong of Mansfield; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Oct 12, 1919 - Jun 20, 1920

Died Near Emhouse.

The 8 months-old son of Mrs. Collins, widow of the late Jesse Collins, died near Emhouse yesterday and the remains were interred in the Patterson cemetery this afternoon.


Obadiah Jeremiah Meador
Jun 26, 1848 - Sep 27, 1921

Died Near Emhouse.

O. J. Meador, aged 73 years, died at his home near Emhouse yesterday after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Patterson cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased was never married, and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Annie Smith, three brothers, Ben and Will Meador of Emhouse, and Dave Meador of Kaufman.


Losa Lee Cannon
abt 1903 - Jun 7, 1918


Hunt County Ward Passes Away After Several Week's Illness

Losa Lee Cannon, aged fifteen years died at the State Orphan home at an early hour this morning after three months illness, and the remains were interred in the Home Cemetery this afternoon at 6:30, Rev. C. H. Booth officiating.

The little girl had been in the home for ten years coming there from Hunt County. She had no brothers or sisters and no near relatives. The orphan child's funeral was attended by all the inmates of the home, and many pretty flowers were placed about her grave by those who were associated with her and who loved her in life and now sorrow that she has been taken from them.


Clifford Griffith
abt 1906 - Apr 5, 1919

Died at the State Home.

Clifford Griffith, aged 13 years, an inmate of the State Orphan Home from Lamar county, died Saturday and the remains were interred in the cemetery at the Home yesterday.


David Sonny Pool
Apr 4, 1898 - May 12, 1922

Died at State Home.

Sonny Pool, aged 24 years, employee of the State Home, died there this morning after an illness of four days. Congestion of the brain was said to have been the cause of his death. Pool has been employed at the Home for some time and was one of the most popular employees of the institution. Arrangements for the funeral services have not been complete but will be held some time Saturday. The burial will be in the State Home cemetery.


J. B. Pryor
abt 1917 - Nov 10, 1923

Died at State Home.

J. B. Pryor, aged six years, died at the State Home this morning at 7 o’clock. The little boy was the son of Mrs. R. L. Pryor of Corsicana, and the remains will be buried in the State Home cemetery tomorrow afternoon.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Nov 10, 1923
  • s/o Samuel W. “Sam” Pryor buried at Hamilton Beeman cemetery & Rosa Lee "Rose" (Smith) Pryor-Grantham buried in Oakwood Cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Muriel Brock
abt 1916 - May 16, 1924

Died at State Home Last Night.

Muriel Brock, aged eight years, died suddenly at the State Home at 8:20 last night of heart disease, and the remains were interred in the State Home cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mrs. May Turpin, mother of the little girl, lives in Fort Worth, and was here to attend the funeral.


Michael “Mike” Daley
abt 1841 – Jul 18, 1926



Mike Daily, aged 85 years, long-time resident of Corsicana died at the Navarro County Hospital at 2:30 o’clock Sunday morning and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the Church of the immaculate Conception and were conducted by Rev. Graffeo.

He was born in Ireland and came to America when a young lad, seeking fortune reported so easily found in this country. He came to Corsicana soon after landing in the United States. His first week was as a railronder having served in several departments of the Southern Pacific railway.

Mike Daly saw Corsicana grow from a small Texas “cowboy” village to its present size. He could recall many stirring incidents of the old days.

For the past twenty years or more Mr. Daly was one of the familiar figures on Corsicana streets where he was engaged in the transfer business.

He is survived by his wife and two children a son and a daughter.


Sydney Marks
Nov 12, 1886 - Jun 14, 1975

Sydney Marks dies

Sydney Marks, one of Corsicana's most loved and respected citizens, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital after a hospital stay of more than a month. He would have been 89 on Nov. 12.

Mr. Marks, a patriarch of his temple as well as his beloved Corsicana, was the last surviving member of the 12 original managing trustees appointed by philanthropist Frank Neal Drane to direct his charitable unincorporated trust of the Navarro Community Foundation. The Foundation, frequently referred to as the “Drane” Foundation, was established in 1938.

A native of Corsicana, he and three brothers bought a dry goods business and first established the store under the name “Marks Bros.” He subsequently established the Marks Outdoor Advertising (Billboards) Co. here which he operated until its sale about seven years ago.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Temple Beth-El with Rabi Ernest Joseph officiating. Burial will be in the Hebrew Cemetery. Pallbearers were unavailable at presstime.

His wife Goldie, preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 1974, and their only son, Alvin Marks of El Paso, died June 29, 1971.

His only surviving family members are his daughter-in-law, Ann (Mrs. Alvin) Marks of El Paso; and two grandchildren, James Alan and Janet Marks, also of El Paso, but his friends are legion.

Marks was a leader in many aspects of Community life, but shunned praise of public accolades that accrued to his fellow Corsicanans.

Due to his ill health, he had requested that he not be reappointed by Mayor Sue Youngblood in May to a new term on the Corsicana Library Board. He first had been appointed in 1957, and served as master of ceremonies when the new structure was formally dedicated. The board had intended to present him with a plaque of appreciation at its May 12 meeting, but he was undergoing tests in the hospital and the presentation had to be postponed.

Marks was a charter member of Corsicana Lions Club, and members honored him recently with presentation of a plaque recognizing his 55th year as Monarch of the club.

He was a longtime member of Corsicana Crippled Children Society, an agency of United Fund, and longtime supporter of the YMCA, still another UF agency serving youth.

He was one of the first to be recognized by the Chamber of Commerce with the “Man of the Year” award, served on numerous occasions as the presenter of the K. Wolens “Outstanding Service Award,” a highlight of the annual Chamber Banquet.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner, and a lifetime member of B ‘nai B’rith, largest international Jewish philantrophic organization, and active in it more than 50 years.

In his business activities, he had served for many years as a member of the Corsicana Cotton Mills board before this industry closed.

The family requests that memorial tributes be made in the form of charities to organizations of the person's choice.



Sydney Marks

Funeral rites were held Monday morning at Temple Beth-El for prominent civic and religious leader Sydney Marks, 88, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital after and extended illness. Rabbi Ernest Joseph officiated. Burial was in Hebrew Cemetery under direction of the Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were James Cerf, Gabe Goldberg, Louis Wolens, Jay Silverberg, Alvin Shwarts, Ed M. Polk, Ralph R. Brown, Morris Evans, Arthur Urbach and Ed Riley.

Among pallbearers, too numerous to list individually, were members of the congregation of Temple Beth-El and Agudas Achiem, the Navarro Community Foundation of which he was the last surviving member of 12 original trustees, and members of the Corsicana Lions Club of which he was a charter member.

A native of Corsicana, Marks was born on Beaton Street near Second Avenue.

His only surviving family members are his daughter-in-law, Ann (Mrs. Alvin) Marks, and two grandchildren, James Alan and Janet Sue Marks, all of El Paso.


Willie Elizabeth (Dunn) Monroe
May 5, 1890 - Jul 20, 1972

Mrs. Monroe

Mrs. Willie Monroe, 82, died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Harris County and had lived in Corsicana 20 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the widow of the late I. A. Monroe.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Corley Chapel. Burial will follow in Hamilton Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Ira A. Monroe Jr. of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Wilma Teague, Mrs. Hazel Holloway, all of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben Brown of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. Susie Sligor of Gravette, Ark.



Mrs. Monroe

Services are scheduled for 3:30 P.M. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Willie Monroe, 82, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. B. W. Johnson and Rev. T. F. Donald will officiate, and burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Ira A. Monroe Jr. of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Wilma Teague, Mrs. Maybell Minatra, Mrs. Thelma Capehart and Mrs. Hazel Holloway, all of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben Brown of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. Susie Sligor of Gravette, Ark.

Pallbearers are to be Larry Demoss, J. W. French, Hubert French, Thurman Penney, Curtis Penney, Martin Harris, Hamilton King and Otis Capehart.



Mrs. Willie Elizabeth Monroe
(The Lord Called Her Home July 20, 1972)

We know we were so fortunate
to keep our precious mother
for 82 years.
But even knowing that,
it doesn’t ease the heartache
or stem the tears.

We all miss most of all
that telephone ringing
and hearing that cheery “hel-lo”
Oh Lord, how we miss hearing
her voice so sweet and low.

Oh many is the time
even when you were still with us,
we knew this day would surely come…
The Lord would want you to abode in your heavenly home…
Daddy had waited for you for thirty-two years,
with your daughters three;

So I’m sure there was much rejoicing
when you joined them up there
on those heavenly shores.

We will try, as you told us,
not to grieve when you were gone,
but Oh Lord, how we need your help
to be strong.

We know you told us not to worry…
your house was in order here and in heaven, too.

We only hope we can live a life
pleasing to the Lord and to you.

One that you can smile upon,
and that our family circle will
be unbroken when we all come home.

By the children:
Ira Monroe
Hazel Holloway
Thelma Capehart
Maebell Minatra
and Wilma Teague



Mrs. Monroe
Services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday here for Mrs. Willie Monroe, 82, who died Thursday. The Rev. B. W. Johnson and Rev. T. F. Donald officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, four daughters, 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister.


  • Corsicana Weekly Light Jul 27, 1972
  • d/o John Wesley Dunn & Elizabeth (Dunman) Dunn
  • Willie is listed in the Navarro County Cemetery Survey in the Hamilton-Beeman cemetery.
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

Clarence Almore Moore, Sr.
Apr 12, 1872 - May 26, 1941


Clarence A. Moore, Sr., 68, prominent resident of the Navarro community, died Monday afternoon at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Navarro Baptist church. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. C. Henry, Baptist minister of Rice.

Mr. Moore had resided in Navarro County for the past 40 years. He had been a member of the Navarro County Democratic Executive committee for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, Navarro; four daughters, Mrs. T. B. Smylie, Blanco; Mrs. Mario Terry, Waco; Mrs. Arthur Britton, Tomball, and Miss Marjorie Moore, Navarro; two sons, Clarence Moore Jr., and Rex Moore, both of New London; a sister, Mrs. Nettie Harper, Wolfe City, and four grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge.


Lois Lillian (Tomlin) Stroder
Aug 1, 1904 - Mar 13, 1993

Lois L. Stroder, 88, of Sweeny, died at the Sweeny Community Hospital March 13, 1993.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny, with the Rev. Jeryl Watkins officiating. Burial will be 4 p.m. Monday in Hopewell cemetery near Corsicana. Taylor brothers Funeral Home in Bay City is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 1, 1904, in Corsicana, to Isom David and Mary Duncan Tomlin. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sweeny and was a resident of Sweeny since 1965.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary J. Worrell of Sweeny; two sons, John A. Stroder of Powderly, Texas, and Gerald D. Stroder of Sweeny; three sisters, Minnie Saunders of McAllen, Texas, and Daisy Horn and Berniece Horn, both of Sweeny; one brother, Hugh Tomlin of Sweeny; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Gary Coker, Mark Drake, Larry Mickey, Charles Crouch, John Rayburn and Kenneth Lott, all of Sweeny.


Reece Durwood Jones
Aug 22, 1909 - Sep 4, 1993

Reece D. Jones, 84, of Navarro, died Sept. 4, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell cemetery in Navarro

He was born Aug. 22, 1909, in Roscoe, Texas. He was a retired iron worker and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Josie L. Jones of Navarro; three daughters, Mary Frost of Corsicana and Betty Lang and Ann Dice, both of Long Beach, Calif.; one son, Danny Jones of Vacaville, Calif.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Arline McLester of Longview; two brothers, James R. Jones of Corsicana and L.H. Jones of Japan; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joe B. Harper, Owen Mullenix, Leroy Poteet, A.H. Asby, Bunk Bottoms and Tommy Allen.

Honorary pallbearer will be Odis Capehart.


Mittie Hill
Apr 11, 1892 - Aug 9, 1927


Miss Mittie Hill, aged 35 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hill, 1105 West Second avenue, died Tuesday evening at 7:20 o'clock following a lingering illness and the remains were interred in the Hopewell cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the residence at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are her parents, three brothers, W.T. Hill, Corsicana; Albert Hill, Fort Worth; C. D. Hill, Roane; one sister, Mrs. Wm. Harwell, Corsicana.


Matilda Angeline "Anna" (Marshall) Weeks
Mar 18, 1852 - May 17, 1926



Mrs. W. J. (Anna) Weeks, aged 74 years, died at the family residence at Corbet at 10:05 Monday night following an illness of several weeks and the remains were interred at the Marshall cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence at 3:30 o'clock.

She was reared in Navarro county.

Surviving are her husband, W. J. Weeks; three daughters, Mrs. Jim DuBose, Corbet; Mrs. Hallie Moore, Silver City; Mrs. Marlon Davis, Corbet; two sons, Fred Weeks, Chicago; Arthur Weeks, Corbet.

One brother, Louis Marshall, Corsicana, and one sister, Mrs. Lou Campbell, Corsicana, also survive


Willie Lee "Bill" Pursley
Jan 30, 1906 - Oct 23, 1993

Willie Lee (Bill) Pursley, 87, of Dallas, died Oct. 23, 1993 at RHD Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Russell Bankes officiating. Burial will be in Old Pursley Cemetery.

He was a former resident of Pursley.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Pursley of Dallas; one son, Bill Pursley of Denville, N.J.; one daughter, Charlotte Ann Dart of Lawrence Kan.; two sisters, Lucy Crider, of Corsicana and Alyne Slater of Dawson; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Laura L. (Brooks) Williams
Sep 26, 1872 - Jun 27, 1928


BLOOMING GROVE, June 20.—Mrs. A. A. Williams died Wednesday morning at her home just west of town, following a lingering illness. Interment was made in the Frost cemetery.


Robert Larry Yielding
Apr 29, 1925 - Mar 7, 2013

Robert L. Yielding, age 87, of Dallas passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas with Interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery.



Robert L Yielding, 87, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Family and friends will gather for visitation at 10:00 and service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Lakeside Baptist Church.

Born April 29, 1925 in Corsicana, to James Grover Yielding and Ara Ester Yielding, After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1942, he joined the Navy training as a Navy pilot. He graduated from SMU, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineer degree in 1949. In 1974 Texas A&M presented the Dewitt C. Greer Award to Bob Yielding. He served as President of the Dallas Branch of ASCE from 1980-81. Working for the Texas Highway Department 1947-1987, he was appointed District Engineer for the seven-county Dallas District in 1980. In 1984 he was awarded ASCE Outstanding Achievement Award in the field of Civil Engineering.

Robert was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church, enjoyed golf and bridge. His great sense of humor gave comfort and joy to many friends and family. He will be missed by all.

Preceded in death by mother, father, & two sisters.

Survivors include wife, Yvonne, his daughter, son-in-law, & granddaughter Karen, Bill & Katherine Livingston, twin sister Ruby & John Thompson, & many loving brother & sister-in-laws, nieces & nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to the Salvation Army or SPCA.


Fred Wakefield
abt 1880 - Aug 8, 1927


Special to the Sun.
Frost, Texas, Aug. 9.—Fred Wakefield, aged 53 years, resident of Frost for 47 years, died here Monday afternoon at 6 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Frost cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. He was a well known druggist here until a few years ago.

Mr. Wakefield was a member of the W.O.W.

Surviving is one sister.


Ugene Chesley “Lou” “Ugy” Way
abt. 1859 - Feb. 11, 1929


FROST, Feb. 12.—(Spl.)—U. C. (Lou) Way, aged 70 years, died at his home here Monday night at 8 o’clock at the Methodist church with Rev. T. G. Story, Methodist minister of Blooming Grove, officiating.

Mr. Way came to Texas 60 years ago settling at what is known as Old Cross Roads. He was well known in this section and was active in community affairs.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Elmer Way, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Tennie Smallwood, Post and Mrs. Strickland of Gainesville.


Alvin Shell McRee
abt 1914 - May 11, 1928

Popular School Boy Drowned in Trinity


Alvin Shell McRee, 14 years of age, who met a tragic death by drowning in the Trinity river at Wild Cat Ferry, Friday morning, May 11, 1928, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McRee of Corsicana. At the time of his death he was attending the Mildred school, and was in the high seventh grade. About fifty students of the school accompanied by two of the men teachers, had gone to the river for a day's outing, when the tragedy occurred. Alvin was an active member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Sunday school of Corsicana, and had the enviable record of not having missed a Sunday. He belonged to the athletic club of the church school, and was also a member of the high school athletic club.

The following letter was received by Mr. and Mrs. McRee from O. N. Newburn and his wife of Barry, Texas, who had suffered an identical loss, and who know how to sympathize with them. Their letter was a great comfort to them, and may be to others who are bereft:

Barry, Tex., May 12, 1928.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie McRee,
Corsicana, Texas

Dear Friends: The sad news of the death of your precious boy has just reached me. We have had a similar experience just eight years ago tomorrow. We were making preparations for the return of our only son who was away in college, and had received a letter that preceding day that he would take his final examination the next day and return home in just a few days and we had waited patiently for the day to come, but on Thursday night about eight o’clock just as we were preparing to go to prayer meeting, our telephone rang and when I answered it, Mr. Mel King of Jacksonville informed me that my son had been drowned.

Oh, what a shock! My God! It was like lightning out of a clear sky for I had no idea that the message was serious, but our precious boy had gone out on a picnic on a lake about four miles from town with a crowd of youngsters and had gone in swimming and one young lady decided to swim across the lake and asked my son to swim with her but he declined and told her not to try it for he had swum across it several times and that it was farther across than she might think and he refused to go with her, but she started across alone and she finally gave out and screamed for help and he swam to her rescue. Just as he got to her she was going down the second time and she grabbed him around his neck and took him to the bottom and when he came to the top, he begged some one to come to his rescue for he could not release her grip, but no one there could swim sufficiently to go and they both went down to rise no more.

They drowned about six p. m. and they did not recover their bodies until about nine that night and you may know our anxiety. Of course, you know, but few can realize unless they have had our experience.

He was to return to us with in a few days, but instead he came in his casket. Oh, how we sympathize with you dear ones for we know just exactly how you feel.

Dear ones, let me beg you to look to God for he alone can help in such a time. He has promised to help you and I know he will for he helped us.

You will miss your precious boy and you will listen for his footsteps and his merry laughter, but the thing that will haunt you worst will be the long silence for you will hear that sweet voice on this earth no more, but thank God you will go some day to be with him and then you will understand it all.

If you were to go out in your yard to gather a bouquet, you would naturally pick for the prettiest flowers and can you blame God for doing the same? God gave him to you about fourteen years ago and he has blessed your home with his presence all those years and God saw fit to call him home and he had a perfect right to take his own child.

I have looked all through the Bible for the word “accident” but failed to find it and I have concluded after my research that there are no accidents with God but he has a purpose in all things.

Dear ones, you will awake many times in the night and sleep will be a stranger to you but remember when these dark clouds overhang and you seem to be losing ground, go to God for help and ask him to make you able to bear your burdens and He will do it.

May God bless you all in this dark hour and may you be able to say as I can now say, Father, let thy will be done and not ours.

Oh dear friends, you have my sympathy in this dark hour and I am praying for you each day until you can see through the dark cloud.

Don’t forget to ask God to help you for he is able and ready to make you bear any burden that He may put on you.

May God bless you in this sad hour and may you remember that heaven is now nearer and dearer to you than ever before for your precious son is now awaiting as your guardian angel and will welcome your coming.

Let me say again that I love you all and sympathize with you as but few can for we have tasted the same cup that you are drinking of.

Yours in sympathy.





Funeral services for Alvin McRee, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McRee of Navarro, who was drowned in the Trinity river, near Wildcat Ferry, Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock, were held from here Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock and the remains were taken to Frost where interment was made.

The youth and several others were in bathing in the river and apparently was seized with an attack of “cramps” and sank before he could call for help. The body was recovered about one hour later and brought to Corsicana to the Sutherland undertaking parlors.

About fifty school pupils of the Navarro school were on a picnic at the time of the tragedy.


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