Aletha Ellen Hightower
Nov 12, 1852 - Feb 13, 1929
FROST, Feb. 21.—(Spl.)--The remains of Miss Ellen Hightower of San
Antonio arrived here Friday morning and the funeral services were
held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fred Grimes, Sr., conducted by
Rev. Conaway of Corsicana. Interment was in the
Frost cemetery. Miss
Hightower is survived by a number of relatives.
Hettie Annie Elizabeth (Howell) Rampy
Aug 28, 1882 - Mar 20, 1929
Kerens Woman Died In Local Hospital
KERENS, Nov. 22.—Funeral services were held here Thursday afternoon
for Mrs. Annie Rampey, who died at the Navarro Clinic, Corsicana,
Wednesday afternoon after a short illness. The Rev. J. U. McAfee,
pastor of the Methodist church, officiated, and interment was made
in the Kerens cemetery.
The deceased is survived by her husband, one son, one daughter, and
numerous other relatives.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Friday, Nov 22, 1929
- w/o Lonnie Albert Rampy married Dec. 23, 1903 d/o Christopher
Columbus Howell and Louisa Isabelle “Belle” (Burkhalter) Howell
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Jan 18, 1976 - Apr 17, 2013
Wayne Calvin, age 37, of Frost, passed away Wednesday,
April 17, 2013, while providing the ultimate sacrifice
to the Community of West.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May
2, 2013 at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro, with
Steve Burleson officiating.
Burial will follow at
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of
the Assumption in West. Perry will lie in state
beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Aderhold
Perry was born Jan. 18, 1976 in Dallas, the son of Phil
and Cindy Calvin. He graduated from Frost High School.
Perry was currently attending the Fire Academy and
Emergency Medical Technician at Hill College. On Oct.
19, 2002, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Ann
Griffis in Frost. He was a self-employed farmer and
loved the outdoors.
He enjoyed horseback riding, rodeos, fishing and
especially spending time with his family. Perry was a
member of the Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department
and Mertens Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 10 years, Rebecca
Ann Calvin of Frost; two sons, Paul Wyatt Calvin and
Preston Calvin, both of Frost; his father, Phil Calvin
and his wife Cindy; a brother, Wes Calvin and wife Emily
of Frost; two sisters, Penny Sprouse of Bryan-College
Station and Page Calvin who is currently serving in the
Air Force; his grandmother, Edna Calvin of Hutchins; and
several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are J. R. Surovik, Chad Degner, Travis
Thurston, Terry Rasco, Chase Blume, and Eric McGill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Navarro
Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Mertens Volunteer
You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of
Perry in our memorial guest book found at
Aderhold Funeral Home in West is in charge of
Firefighter laid to rest in Frost
From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — At 9 a.m. Thursday, police and
fire scanner radios in Navarro County heard a series of tones
Then, a final “page out” for firefighter Perry Calvin, the Frost man
who lost his life April 17 in the explosion at the West Fertilizer.
It’s a tradition among the brotherhood of firefighters — the final
salute to a fallen hero. A similar observance was held at the
memorial service in Waco last week.
After the tones sounded, John Gant of the RC/287 Volunteer Fire
Department shared a prayer for Calvin via the radio broadcast as one
Firefighters from throughout Navarro County, and the state, attended
Calvin’s funeral service held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hillsboro. A
caravan then drove to the Frost cemetery,
Calvin’s final resting place.
He was attending an EMT class in West on April 17 when he joined
other firefighters in the call to a fire at the plant. A total of 14
first responders lost their lives in the horrific explosion.
Calvin leaves behind a wife, two young children, and a third on the
A benefit fundraising event for the Calvin family is scheduled to
begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Corsicana on Third Avenue
between Main and Beaton, and south on Beaton Street to Fourth
Avenue. All proceeds raised from various activities slated for the
evening will go to benefit the Calvin family.
Calvin, 37, a married father of two with a third on the way,
was one of the missing volunteer firefighters. He had been
attending an emergency medical technician class in West on
Wednesday evening when a firefighter in the class got a page
about the fire at the fertilizer company, said his father,
Perry Calvin and another man drove to the scene together and
got there before the explosion. The other man was found dead
“It doesn’t look good, but we don’t have anything confirmed
yet,” Phil Calvin, the fire chief in the town of Navarro
Mills, said Thursday afternoon. About an hour after he spoke
those words, he got the news, sitting by the phone at his
home in nearby Frost: his son was indeed among the dead.
Perry Calvin was not even a firefighter with the West
department. He volunteered with another department in a
nearby town, but had rushed to the scene to help, because he
happened to be close. He is the kind of person who would be
right at the head of the line, his father said. “He would do
what he could to put the fire out or help find people.”
This gets to me more than I can say, probably because my dad
was the first fire chief of the Starhill VFD, and my brother
in law Mike discovered his vocation as a firefighter by
signing on with the Starhill volunteers when he was only 18,
a story I tell in The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming. A few
months ago, when I was out in Starhill visiting my folks,
two kids accidentally started a grass fire on a windy day.
It was impossible to get the trucks back into the field, so
the volunteers had to scoop buckets of water out of a pond
and speed them to the fire on the backs of their
four-wheelers in order to put the thing out. These are guys
who don’t get paid to fight fire. They do it because they
love their community, and feel a responsibility for it.
I wrote about men like Perry Calvin and West’s Marty Marak,
and Starhill’s Mike Leming, and the communities that produce
them, in USA Today‘s Friday edition. Excerpt:
In the light of Ruthie’s death, I saw my small town with
fresh eyes. I saw the deep goodness of small-town people,
who weren’t anonymous to each other and who felt a duty of
love to each other. I wanted to be part of that. I needed to
be part of that.
I moved my family back home. Now, when I hear the people of
West on TV talking about how they’re going to carry each
other through this catastrophe, I know exactly what they
mean. The people of West will not only endure; they will
triumph. There is nothing small about the lives of small
WEST, TEXAS — WEST — A Navarro County firefighter is among
the missing at the scene of a fertilizer plant explosion in
West, according to emergency responders.
Perry Calvin, 37, who has served on the Navarro Mills
Volunteer Fire Department since 1996 and has been on the
Mertens Volunteer Fire Department since 2012, was reported
missing Thursday morning. His pickup was found at the scene.
His partner in the EMT class — another firefighter not from
Navarro County — also responded with Calvin and was killed.
The West Fertilizer Company caught fire Wednesday evening
and an explosion shook the city just before 8 p.m., leveling
the plant. As many as 160 people are injured, and 15 are
either dead or missing, including Calvin.
The rancher was in training to become an emergency medical
technician, which is why he was training with the West
Ambulance service, and which is why he was called upon when
the fire began.
“He was at EMT class at West last night,” explained Perry’s
father, Phil Calvin. “He and another boy responded to the
fire alarm for West Fire Department and they got at the fire
scene before the explosion. They were both right there at
the explosion site.”
Phil Calvin is the fire chief in Navarro Mills.
The body of the other firefighter was found early Thursday.
His identity has not been released by authorities. Perry
Calvin is still missing. Family and friends have rallied
around the family, with other firefighters searching
hospitals and going to the scene. Perry’s sister, who is in
the Air Force stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, drove in
early Thursday morning to help with the search. She is also
a member of the Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department.
The family is continuing to hold out hope, Phil Calvin said.
“Of course, he’s one of those that just thought he could do
anything,” Phil said. “When we found out he was over there
we figured he’d want to be right up front in the middle of
“We’re hoping he got sent to a hospital,” he said.
Calvin is a resident of Emmett, and is married to Becky
Calvin. They have two children and another on the way. Perry
Calvin is a
1994 graduate of Frost High School.
abt 1925 - Apr 22, 2013
Billie George Currey, 88, of Lafayette, La. passed away Monday,
April 22, 2013. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2,
2013 at Dawson Cemetery
with Rev. Sandralyn Pierce officiating. The family will receive
friends before the services from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013
at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Arrangements under the direction of
Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Nov 20, 1928 - Apr 27, 2013
Dorothy Taylor, 84 of Kerens, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013
in Kerens. No public services are planned at this time. Funeral
arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana.
Dec 24, 1923 - Apr 26, 2013
Gaile Shaw, 89, of Corsicana passed from this life and
went home to be with God. She passed away Friday, April
26, 2013, at her home in Corsicana, TX.
Mrs. Shaw was born December 24, 1923, in Wynnewood,
Okla., to Elbert Gaile and Bertha Ensey Gaile. She grew
up in a one room home where she and her brothers and
sister all helped her parents farm on their small land.
She was Valedictorian in her High School. Her husband,
Robert Shaw, was both an ordained Methodist and Baptist
minister; she married him in 1946. She moved with her
husband and two children, Ronald and Delora, to
Corsicana in 1967. She earned a Masters degree and
teaching certificate, and taught 8th grade English at
Collins Middle School for
27 years until her retirement. She spent the rest of her
life homeschooling her granddaughter until her passing.
She always had a very strong belief in God and helped
many children turn their lives around.
She was loved and respected by many. She will be missed,
but she is free of suffering and in Heaven singing with
Jesus and the angels.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the
Rev. Robert Shaw; and brothers, Olier Gaile and Jack
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Delora
and Rick Harding; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Lee
and Carolyn Shaw; grandchildren, Richard Harding and
Heather Shaw; sister, Geneva Parker and husband Glen;
and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday,
May 3 at Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church
with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating. Interment will follow
Valara Gaile Shaw, 89, of Corsicana, passed away at her
residence Friday, April 26, 2013. Services are pending at Corley
May 25, 1937 - Apr 30, 2013
Jerry June Saxon, 75, of Richmond passed away Tuesday, April 30,
2013 at Oak Bend Regional Medical Center in Richmond. Graveside
services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at
Cemetery with Chaplain David Hobbs officiating.
Miss Jerry June Saxon, 75, of Richmond passed away on Tuesday, April
30, 2013 at Oak Bend Regional Medical Center in Richmond. She was
born on May 25, 1937 in Houston, Texas to parents, Fred and Mae Ola
She had been a longtime resident of the Mexia State School, and had
many friends there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Robert
She is survived by her sisters, Anna Shamburger and husband Carl of
Waco, and Betty Hobbs and husband David of Magnolia, and a host of
friends that loved her.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4,
2013 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Chaplain David Hobbs
May 19, 1950 - May 1, 2013
Miss Cathy Anne Thomas, 52, of Plano passed away Wednesday, May 1,
2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was born May 19, 1960
in Dallas to parents, Gerald and Sue Thomas.
She worked as an executive assistant with the American Heart
She is survived by her sister, Susan Neff of Plano; brother, Jerry
Thomas of Charlottesville, Va.; nieces, Lesa Neff and Rebekah
Thomas; nephews, Shean Neff, Erik Neff, and Jerry Thomas, Jr.;
uncles, Jimmy, Gene, and Glendon Thomas, and a host of other loving
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at
abt 1962 - Apr 18, 2013
Patricia Hillery, 51, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 18,
2013 at the Brentwood Place II Nursing Home in Dallas. Funeral
services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Greater Love
Outreach Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Oct 21, 1932 - Apr 24, 2013
“B.J.” Brockman, age 80, of Frost, passed away
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Waco. He was born Oct, 21,
1932 in Wills Point to Clifford Cornelius and Dovie Etta
(Almond) Brockman. Benny loved spending time with his
family, especially his nieces, nephews, great nieces and
great nephews and his sweet devoted dog, Annie.
B. J. was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford
Cornelius and Dovie Etta Brockman; five brothers, Sonny,
Garland, Gene, Jerry and Johnny Brockman; sisters, Madia
Scott and Doris Miller and his wife, Leslie Volkmann
Survivors include three brothers, Bill Brockman and wife
Trudy of Brady, Robert Brockman and wife Maria and Don
Brockman all of Abilene; two sisters, Connie Shifflett
of Hillsboro and Kathryn Belcher and husband, Chuck of
Abilene; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces,
great-nephews and a host of extended family.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27,
2013 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy with
Eric Enriquez officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the
scholarship fund at the Frost ISD or the George C. Scott
Scholarship Fund at Italy ISD.
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
Herbert Spencer Madison
Nov 15, 1932 - Apr 25, 2013
Spencer Madison, 80, of Dawson passed away Thursday,
April 25, 2013.
Mr. Madison, also known as the “Snowcone Man,” or the
“Waterman,” was born Nov. 15, 1932, in Oklahoma City,
Okla. He had lived in Dawson for the past 27 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Ann
Madison; five sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharoll Richardson and
husband, Roger, of Dawson; sister, Francis Brumley of
Conroe; grandsons, Spencer Richardson and wife, Amber,
R.D. Richardson and wife, Alysha; great-granddaughter,
Jada Richardson; great-grandson, Drake Richardson; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4 to 6
p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Wade Funeral Home,
Hubbard. Arrangements under the direction of Wade
Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 at the
First Baptist Church of Dawson, with Rev. Les Mantonya
officiating. Interment will follow in
Hill Cemetery near Dawson.
Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home,
Margie Louise (O'Neal) Rogers
Nov 30, 1923 - Apr 25, 2013
Louise Rogers, 89, passed away in Ennis on Thursday,
April 25, 2013.
Margie was born Nov. 30, 1923 to George W. and Ruby
O’Neal. On Dec. 19, 1960 she married Harry L. Rogers and
they made their home originally in Corsicana then to
Munich, Germany while Harry served in the United States
Army, and then returned to Corsicana in 1962.
She worked for Roy’s Café for over 25 years as a
waitress. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary
in Corsicana and a member of the Methodist Church. She
enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading. She was a
master Peanut Brittle maker and she enjoyed sports,
especially the Cowboys and Rangers. She also enjoyed
going to her coffee group at the Ennis Truck Stop.
She is preceded in death by her parents, 12 siblings,
and her husband, Harry L. Rogers.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Honza of
Ennis; two grandsons and their families, Lance and his
wife Melissa and their daughter Kathryn of Ennis, and
Michael and his wife Lauren and their children Ryan and
Georgia Kate of Austin; one brother, Alvie O’Neal and
his wife Jerra of Corsicana; two sisters, Tiny Lou
Wilson of Groesbeck and Nelda May Oliver and her husband
Douglas of Houston, along with numerous nieces and
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013 in
the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday,
April 29, 2013 at
Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of J.E.
Keever Mortuary, Inc. www.jekeevermortuary.com.
Jun 20, 1927 - Apr 23, 2013
Black passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Ennis. He
was born to George and Inez (Monk) Anderson Black on
June 20, 1927 in Round Prairie Community in Kerens.
Mr. Black is one of the founders of Calvary Baptist
Church, serving in many postions. He served as Finance
Chairman, a Trustee, Deacon, male chorus and lawn
maintenance for the church. He worked for Wolf Brand
Chili for 32 years, and Cresline Plastic Pipes for 15
years and retired in February 2001. He served in the
Korean Conflict and
was honorably discharged in 1952. He was a foster parent
for 14 children and later adopted one, a son.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers,
J.D., Theophilus, Vernell, Clifton, William and James
Curtis Black; two sisters, Georgia L. Black Jones and
Hazel Faye Black Robinson.
He is survived by a devoted and loving wife of 61 years,
Jean Polk Black of Corsicana; son Will (Donnetta)
Wilborn Sr; adopted son Joshua Patrick Bell Black Sr.;
four grandsons Will Wilborn Jr., Nicklas Wilborn of
Corsicana, Oshjuar'e Patrick Black of Keller, Joshua
Patrick Dell Black, Jr. of Lancaster; two
granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter; special
God-daughters Darlean Brewer of Arlington, and Rhea
Sheree Portis of Dallas; devoted daughter-in-law Loyce
Wilborn of Corsicana; sisters Betty Jean Black (Thomas)
Walter of Fort Worth; aunt Willie Mae Black Bradley of
San Angelo; special nieces Renee Black of Montclair,
Calif. and Sherrie Black of Ennis; nephews Keith Black
and La Prince Black of Ennis, and many other nephews;
sisters-in-law Katherine Watts, Bertha Ford, Velma (Rev.
Thomas)Walter and Vinie Elias and many other relatives
Visitation will be from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Monday, April
29, 2013 at M.R Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Leon Tates and Bishop
William Lewis officiating.
Pallbearers will be Bro. Lance Shaw, Bro. Stanley
Jennings, Lynn Walter, Ken Walter, Keith Black, Everett
Polk and other nephews.
Interment will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at
Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.
Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Robert Gene "Bobby" Fluker
May 1, 1937 - Apr 25, 2013
Gene (“Bobby”) Fluker, 75, of Corsicana died early
Thursday morning, April 25, 2013 at Medical City
Hospital in Dallas, after a long illness.
He was born May 1, 1937 in Corsicana to Leland Clay and
Josie Mae Fluker, and to older brothers Clay Jr. and
He married Lorna Territo in 1961 and had three
daughters: Myrla, Suzanne, and Gena. After Lorna passed
away, Bobby married Billie Giles of Corsicana in 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Clay
Fluker and Josie Mae Bowden Fluker; brothers Clay Fluker,
Jr. and Alton Bowden Fluker, and wife Lorna Fluker.
Bobby is leaving behind his wife, Billie, of Corsicana;
children Myrla and Eddie Pate of Barstow, Calif.;
Suzanne Fluker of Tyler; and Gena and Brett Caluya of
West Sacramento, Calif.; grandchildren: Eddie and Keri
Pate of San Diego, Calif.; Benjamin and Diana Pate of
Tucson, Ariz.; Samuel and Holly Pate of Monterey,
Calif.; Jon Pate of Barstow; Brandon Williams, Justin
Williams, and Lindsey and Gabriel Hall, all of
Sacramento; and three great-grandchildren ranging from
18 months to 12 days old: Addison Jordan Pate of San
Diego; D’Angelo Raymond Hall of Sacramento; and
Annabelle Deborah Pate of Tucson.
Bobby was a man of many interests, and his contributions
to our community are many and varied. He was responsible
for establishing the “Peace Officer’s Museum” in
he founded the Lefty Frizzell Museum in Jester Park; and
he rallied to have an oil derrick erected as a monument
over the site of the first oil well in Navarro County.
He has been active throughout the years with the
Historical Society, serving two different terms as
president. In 2009, he was inducted into the Pioneer
Village Hall of Fame. For three years he co-hosted a
special radio program (“Country Classics”) on
focused on the music of those country music artists who
had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He founded the “Corsicana Fast Draw Club,” and for 45
years performed in the annual Christmas parade.
He became heavily involved in emcee-ing and performing,
and played with different bands at different venues,
such as the Corsicana Opry Band, Big “C” Jamboree, the
Freestone Jamboree, and the Senior band which performs
at the Senior Activity Center. In May 2010 he was
honored with a plaque from the Big C Jamboree for
dedicating over 40 years of his life to country music
and its history. He would put on special programs at
places such as the Kinsloe House, schools, and different
churches in the area, as well as his own church,
Northside Baptist, where he and Billie were active
He was a great man in the community, but was especially
beloved by his family and friends. He was a loving
husband, both to Lorna who he took care of extensively
during the years before her death; and to Billie. Both
Billie and Bobby felt that God brought them together
after each of them had lost long-time spouses. They made
the most of every day and enjoyed traveling together,
both locally, as well as across many states.
He was a great father and grandfather. His grandchildren
have fond memories of visiting “PaPa:” getting to drink
“coffee” with him and his buddies in the morning;
learning how to handle guns and going shooting; and the
musical “jam sessions” they would have together –
whether they were picking guitars along with him or
singing as he played.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April
27, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.
The funeral service will follow the next day at 3 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2013, also at Corley Funeral
Home. Dr. Rick Lamb, pastor of Northside Baptist Church
will be officiating, assisted by Dr. Eddie Pate,
son-in-law of Mr. Fluker. Music will be provided by
Jimmie Young. The burial will take place at
Pallbearers will be Franklin Neal, Les Cotton, Preston
Bonner, Bob Cooksey, Eddie W. Pate, and Jonathan Pate.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Jody Thomas, Fred Hayes,
Beauford Dunlap, Robert Keathley, and David Frizzell.
Fluker will be missed as an entertainer, musician and
historian. But for those who knew him best, it will be
his kindness, his loyalty and integrity, his contagious
hearty laugh, and giving spirit that will be missed the
Aug 31, 1949 - Apr 24, 2013
Earl Ogburn, 63, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 surrounded by
his loved ones. Ronnie was a lifelong resident of
Navarro County and was born Aug. 31, 1949 to Earl and
Gladys Ogburn in Corsicana. He was happily married to
the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Cathy
Jean Ogburn for almost 43 years. He attended Roane
School and Corsicana High School, graduating in
1968. He was a member of Roane Baptist Church.
Ronnie attended Navarro College and was a paratrooper in
the National Guard from 1971 to 1978.
He recently retired after 32 years of working as a heavy
equipment operator at Big Brown Mine.
He loved people, but especially children of all ages. He
was a wonderful father and encouraged his children to
cherish one another and hold each other dear since he
had lost his only brother Gary at a young age. He was a
very special Papa to his grandchildren and enjoyed
spending time with them on a daily basis, riding horses,
checking cows or just riding them around on the
“scooter.” He was the best uncle ever to his nieces and
nephews, always lifting them up and making them feel
special and playfully teasing them whenever he could.
Whether he was taking them to the lake, teaching them to
ski, playing pool, or just hanging out, he enriched all
of their lives. Due to his love for children, the family
requests donations be made to James L. Collins Catholic
School where his granddaughters attend or to St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital.
Ronnie had the spiritual gift of ‘helps’ and would
always lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He
enjoyed working on the ranch with Ronnie Dale and
Russell. Ronnie was everyone's dance partner and enjoyed
listening to music, especially the live music of family.
He loved family gatherings and hanging out with his
friends. He had a knack for giving friends and family
nicknames that stuck. He never met a stranger and had a
way of making all who knew him feel 10 feet tall.
He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling with
Cathy, family, and friends. He loved the outdoors and
was especially fond of camping, boating, skiing, tubing
the river, riding his Harley, hunting, trapping hogs,
roping, horseback riding, and going to the horse races.
He had an infectious bright energy that he spread to
others and a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed
by all who knew him. “Creek People Unite!”
Ronnie is celebrating in heaven with his beloved mother,
Gladys Coffey Ogburn, and his younger brother, Gary
Waiting to reunite with him are his wife Cathy; father
Earl; children, Ronnie Dale, Kim, Russell, and Lacey;
grandchildren, Colton, Alexys, Lucille (Goose), and
Lillian (Bean). Also waiting to see him again are many
family and friends too numerous to list.
John Teel and Russell Reed officiated the memorial
service at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday,
April 28, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to services.
Honorary Pallbearers were Colton Ogburn, Randy Jenkins,
Edwin Scruggs, Wayne McClure, Ricky Lancaster, Paul
Baggett, Wayne Tlustos, and William Mulkey.
The Ogburn family would like to express their gratitude
for all the prayers, words of encouragement, and
Memorials can be made to James L. Collins Catholic
School (3000 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana, TX 75110) or to the
Ronnie Ogburn Tribute Account #33450519 at St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital. (Tribute Program, St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142,
Memphis, TN 38148-0142. 1-800-822-6344. www.stjude.org/tributes.)
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
July 6, 1925 - Apr 26, 2013
S. Featherston, 87, of Corsicana, passed away Friday,
2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services
are scheduled for
10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Garden of Memorials
Cemetery in Baton Rouge, La.
Billie Gwendolyn Stiles Featherston, a long-time resident of Baton
Rouge, died on April 28, 2013 in Corsicana, Texas. She was born July
6, 1925, in Pursley, Texas, a community of farming, ranching, and
oil and gas production, near Corsicana. She was a child of the Great
Since her family farmed, there was always food on the table, even if
their clothes were old and worn. Billie had vivid memories of
picking cotton on her parents’ farm and riding a horse to school.
Billie graduated from Pursley high school in 1942. She then attended
Draughon’s business school in Dallas and subsequently began her
secretarial career at a downtown Dallas hardware store. She held a
number of secretarial jobs in Texas and Mississippi banks, at
Louisiana State University, and at the Catholic Diocese of Baton
Rouge. She retired in the 1990s to care for her husband, Jimmy.
After his death in 2000, she returned to Corsicana.
Billie was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, journalist
James S. Featherston; her parents, William and Hallie Stiles of
Corsicana, Texas; her brother, Ferrell Stiles of Fairbanks, Alaska;
sister Nelda Corley of Corsicana; and niece, Sandra Corley, of
Corsicana. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and
Dan Worrell of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandson Casey Worrell of Los
Angeles, California; nephew Mike Corley of Sanger, Texas and his
children Adrianna and Daniel; and nephew Jay Corley of Lewisville,
Texas, and his wife Sundee and children Kristofer and Shianne.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:30
a.m. at the Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 11817 Jefferson
Highway in Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be made to the Special Collections department, University
of Arkansas Libraries, 365 N. McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, AR.
Steven "Ethi" Dwayne Felder
abt 1968 - Apr 28, 2013
‘Ethi’ Dwayne Felder, 45, of Corsicana passed away
Sunday, April 28, 2013. Visitation is 12 to 8 p.m.
Friday, May 3, 2013 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral Service is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2217 W. Seventh Ave. with Rev.
Harold Evans Sr. and Rev. Cory Crawford officiating.
Burial will follow at
Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana. M.R. Smith
Parlor for Funerals in charge of arrangements.
June 12, 1958 - Apr 28, 2013
Neal Bates, born June 12, 1958 in Arlington, passed away
peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home in Dawson
surrounded by his loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his father, James T. Bates.
Brad is survived by his wife, JoLenn Bates; daughters,
Britney Bates and Taylor Bates; and grandchildren,
Darrion Chapman, Briana Chapman, Gabriel Townsend,
Elizabeth Townsend and Permi Townsend. He is also
survived by his mother, Marie Bates, brother Ricky Bates
and wife, Susan and sister, Patricia Eddings.
Brad graduated from Corsicana High School and attended
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of
Texas at Arlington.
He was an avid outdoors’ man; he loved to hunt, fish,
and campout and country western dance. He was a hard
worker and enjoyed bull riding, raising horses and
cattle; he earned his Black Belt in Karate. Most of his
life was spent in insurance sales.
Brad was a devout Catholic and member of the Immaculate
He was a God-send to his family, especially his adopted
daughter, Britney. He loved his family with all his
heart and enjoyed playing pranks and joking around with
them. “Bops,” as he was called by his grandchildren,
always had time for his family and spent many long hours
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home. A Rosary
Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday led by Deacon Lewis
Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 3,
2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
Corsicana with Father Jason Cargo officiating.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Dobbs, Dakota Hancock,
Jonathan Cunningham, Whit Tanner, Scott Russell, Jrake
Russell, Travis Faucett, and Rodney Faucett. Burial will
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.
Florene (Purdue) Armstrong
Apr 1, 1926 - Apr 30, 2013
Florene Purdue Armstrong, age 87, of Corsicana passed
away at Country Meadows Nursing Home Tuesday, April 30,
2013. She was born April 1, 1926 in Lubbock to John and
Florene was a loving mother, grandmother, great
grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was married
to her husband, Homer Lee Armstrong for 42 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband,
one grandson, one great-grandson, and five brothers and
She is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann Ginn of
Corsicana, Lois Marie DeRusha and Lexia May Armstrong of
Rice, and son, Jackson Lee Armstrong of Corsicana. Mrs.
Armstrong is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 28
great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, 11
brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
One grandson, Michael Reznicek is on a mission in Brazil
for the U. S. Air Force and will be unable to attend his
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home in
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 3,
2013 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev.
Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Shumate, Sammy Shumate, Sr.,
Sammy Shumate, Jr., Jacob Jones, Charles Wampler, and
Joshua Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody
Christopher and Michael Reznicek.
Ruth Mae (Wallace-Warren)
May 18, 1949 - Apr 27, 2013
Ruth Mae Wallace Warren Sneed, 63, of Corsicana received her call
from the Lord to board the heavenly train Saturday, April 27, 2013
peacefully at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Corsicana. Ruth was
born May 18, 1949 to the parentage of Ed Wallace, Mack Warren and
Pearl Hamilton Wallace Warren in Tyler. She graduated from Jackson
High School/Chapel Hill High School in May 1968 and attended Tyler
Ruth professed a faith in Christ early in life with Triumph the
Church in Kingdom of God in Christ, Tyler and later after moving to
Corsicana, she united with Second Mission Baptist Church under
pastoral of the late Rev. Paul Curry and now under the pastoral of
Rev. Larry L. Polk, Sr., until she couldn't usher in the saints into
God's house and her health failed. Ruth loved Second Mission Baptist
Church where she served as an usher, deaconess, and secretary of the
Ruth Mae met and married the love of her life, the late Robert Lee
Sneed, Sr. To this union three children were born, and Robert also
helped to raise her eldest son, Willis Kennedy Warren.
Ruth worked at the Holiday Inn for 10 years in Laundry and later
worked for Tom's LTD and Lance as a packer where she retired after
31 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ed and Alberta
Overton, and Elias Warren and Sally Gates; parents; husband, Robert
Sneed, Sr.; son, Adam Sneed; sister, Katherine Wallace-Skief; and
aunt, Myrtle Milton.
Ruth Mae Sneed leaves to cherish her long lasting memories:
Children, Willis Kennedy Warren of Tyler, Theresa Williams and
husband Jesse, and Robert Sneed, Jr. and wife Sarah, all of
Corsicana; nine grandchildren; Lavern Kennedy, Janay Williams,
Ashley Williams, Jesse Williams, Carlos Evans, Raymon Sneed, Iesha
Sneed, Brandon Chilton and Kenetra Chilton; 13 great-grandchildren;
Jamal Williams, Makayla Evans, Maliah Evans, Fennix Roberts, Jamar
Roberts, Jr., Conner Roberts, Candice Sneed, Aniya Stevenson,
Brontray Chilton, Braden Chilton, Azariyah Andrews, Kevin Wynn Jr.,
and Maria Wynn; one brother, Albert Wallace of Arlington; loving
niece, Lela Harold (Robert), Waco; nephews, Bobby Wallace (Kendra),
Corsicana, Albert Johnston, Arlington, great nephews and nieces; and
great-great niece, cousins, other relatives and the Second Mission
Wake services are 7 to 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Second Mission
Baptist Church, 909 South 5th Street with Minister Catherine Manning
officiating, and Pastor Larry L. Polk, Sr. as Eulogist. Interment
will follow at Woodland
Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Jun 29, 1892 - Oct 5, 1929
CORBET FARMER IS BURIED IN CAMPBELL CEMETERY SUNDAY
Bert Rhea, 37, Corbet farmer died Saturday night at 10 o’clock and
the funeral was held Sunday afternoon with interment in the
He was a native of Alabama.
Surviving are his wife, father, W. H. Rhea, Corbet; two brothers, J.
H. Rhea, Corbet, and Charles Rhea, Burkburnett; two sisters, Mrs.
Nettie Stephens and Mrs. Janie Bell Benefield, both of Corbet.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.
Jan 12, 1855 - Mar 17, 1929
PIONEER RESIDENT DIES SUDDENLY ON VISIT TO HOSPITAL
WILLIAM B. CHRISTIE IN APPARENT GOOD HEALTH WHEN DEATH COMES
William B. Christie, 74, native Texan and pioneer resident of
Navarro county, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock at
the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic and the funeral services were held
from the family residence, 214 East Third avenue, Monday afternoon
at 2:30 o’clock with burial in the
The services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Conway, pastor of the Hope
Baptist church here.
Mr. Christie was in his usual good health and was visiting his
son-in-law, Dr. M. L. Hanks of Corbet, who has been in the hospital
several days with a broken arm. He was sitting in a chair and fell
to the floor, dying almost instantly.
Prior to moving to Corsicana about a year ago, Mr. Christie had
resided in the Corbet community for many years.
Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. M. L. Hanks, Corbet,
twelve grandchildren, one brother, W. G. Christie, Coolidge; one
sister, Mrs. L. F. Farquhar, San Angelo, and other relatives.
The funeral was under the direction of the Corley-McMahon Funeral
Feb 25, 1930 - Dec 9, 1930
Little Child Buried Campbell Cemetery
Funeral services for Bobbie Marie, 10-months-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Berryhill of the Purdon community, who died at the family
home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, were held Wednesday afternoon at
2 o’clock at Campbell
cemetery, where interment was made.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.
Jul 18, 1930 - Jul 19, 1930
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Radford Ivie was buried Saturday
afternoon with the interment in the
Remains of Infant Buried Saturday
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Ivey of the Jester
community died at 1 o’clock Saturday morning, a few hours after its
birth, and the remains were interred in the
Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral.
May 28, 1856 - Oct 19, 1925
PIONEER RESIDENT OF BARRY EXPIRED SUDDENLY TODAY
Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, Oct. 19, J. A. Jones, age 69 years, died suddenly here
8:15 Monday morning from an attack of acute indigestion. He had just
gone to work at the high school building where he was yard man and
also in charge of the building. One of the school children saw Mr.
Jones when he fell and immediately called for help but he had
expired before aid could be given.
The deceased is survived by two daughters, Miss Pearl Jones,
Corsicana; Mrs. L. B. Watson, Emhouse; a brother, Alf Jones, Dallas;
two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Black and Mrs. C. E. Black, both of
Mr. Jones came to Texas from Mississippi 39 years ago and settled
near Barry and had lived in this community continuously until his
death. During the past 30 years he had lived in the town of Barry
and was well known. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the
I.O.O.F and the W.O.W.
Funeral services will be held sometime Tuesday with interment in the
White Church cemetery
at Blooming Grove. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. B.
Prather pastor of the Baptist church here.
Dec 4, 1848 - Dec 30, 1927
FORMER RESIDENT KERENS COMMUNITY BURIED SATURDAY
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Dec. 31.—Funeral services were held for A. W. Sears, aged 79
years, who died at his home in Waco Friday morning at 4:30 o’clock.
Rev. I. Windsor, Baptist pastor of Waco, conducted the services.
The body arrived in Kerens at 11:31 Saturday morning over the Cotton
Belt lines from Waco, and the cortege immediately went to the
Kerens cemetery, where
funeral services and interment took place.
The deceased was at one time reputed to be a wealthy land owner in
the Kerens community. He removed from this place to Waco about ten
years ago. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs.
Messereau of Waco.
Nov 28, 1908 - Aug 5, 1928
KERENS GIRL VICTIM AUTOMOBILE CRASH CURVE ON HIGHWAY
MISS ESTELLE SHAW KILLED AND JESSE SPAIN CRITICALLY INJURED
KERENS, Aug. 6.—(AP)—Funeral services for Miss Estelle Shaw, 19,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Shaw, who was instantly killed Sunday
afternoon at 5:30 o’clock in an automobile accident, were held
Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the First Baptist church with
burial in the Kerens cemetery.
The services were conducted by the Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the
Jesse Spain, aged 25 years of Jacksonville, Texas, driver of the car
in which Miss Shaw was riding, is in the Navarro Clinic in Corsicana
in a critical condition suffering from a fractured skill and other
injuries. Little hope is held for his recovery.
The accident occurred on the Kerens-Athens road one mile north of
Kerens on a blind curve when another car driven by Coy Alexander and
the car driven by Spain collided, head-on. Both cars were
demolished. Others in the car with Spain were Louise Childers, Lora
Bill Shaw, sister of the dead girl and Ernest Irving. The girls were
all residents of Kerens and both boys were from Jacksonville. Miss
Childers suffered minor cuts and bruises while Irving and Lora Shaw
With Alexander in his car were his two children all of whom are
reported to have escaped injury.
The dead girl was riding on the back seat and was thrown clear of
the car and was picked up from the ground. Her throat was cut and
numerous other injuries about the head and body.
She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and
sisters; Lynne Shaw, Austin; Loleta Shaw, Houston; Mrs. Ernest Gray,
Lora Bell Shaw, Gidney Shaw, Ella Shaw, Eula Shaw, B. Shaw, Jr., and
Karen Shaw, all of Kerens.
The family has been residents of Kerens for the past fifteen years
and Mr. Shaw is the manager of the B. W. Ray estate gin at ----ny,
Estelle Shaw was very popular with the younger social set of this
community and her sudden death has cast a pall of sorrow over the
JACKSONVILLE MAN SUCCUMBED MONDAY NIGHT TO INJURIES
SECOND VICTIM AUTO CRASH NEAR KERENS BURIED AT JACKSONVILLE TUESDAY
Jesse L. Spain, aged 25 years, brakeman of the T. &. N. O. railroad,
Jacksonville, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday night shortly after
7 o’clock from injuries received Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock in
an automobile accident on the Kerens-Athens road in a head-on
collision on a blind curve between two automobiles, one driven by
Spain and the other by Coy Alexander. He was rushed to the local
hospital suffering from a fractured skull and other injuries. The
body was forwarded to Jacksonville Tuesday morning on the early
Southern Pacific train via Dallas. Interment will be made late
Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Spain, Jacksonville,
and other relatives.
Miss Estelle Shaw, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Shaw of
Kerens, was instantly killed in the accident and the funeral
services for her were held at Kerens Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock
with interment in the Kerens cemetery. The funeral services were
conducted at the First Baptist church of Kerens by Rev. W. A.
Corkern, pastor of the church.
The accident occurred one mile north of Kerens. Both cars were
demolished. Those in the car driven by Spain were Miss Shaw, Louise
Childers, Lora Bill Shaw, sister of the dead girl and Ernest Irving.
The girls were all residents of Kerens. Both boys were residents of
The Alexander car was occupied by Mr. Alexander and his two small
Miss Shaw is survived by her parents and the following brothers and
sisters; Lynne Shaw, Austin; Loleta Shaw, Houston; Mrs. Ernest Gray,
Lora Bell Shaw, Eula Shaw, Gidney Shaw, Ella Shaw, B. Shaw, Jr., and
Karen Shaw, all of Kerens.
Oct 26, 1902 - Jun 19, 1971
KERENS—Alton E. Earley, 69, of Kerens died Saturday in Memorial
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church of
Kerens, with the Rev. Ralph Stovall officiating. Burial will follow
in Kerens City Cemetery
under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.
A native of Kerens, Earley had been a carpenter.
Survivors include his widow, Helen; a daughter, Mrs. Billie Jane
Leatherwood of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Marlin Eugene Earley of
Waco; three brothers, W. A. Earley of Corsicana, and L. V. Earley
and Perry Earley of Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Bell of Kemper,
Tex., and Mrs. Velma Tipton of Longview; and five grandchildren.
Willis Benjamin “Bud” Carroll
Jun 9, 1871 - Oct 10, 1927
BUD CARROLL DIES AS RESULT INJURIES RECEIVED SATURDAY
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WITH BURIAL IN DRESDEN CEMETERY TUES. P.M.
W. B. (Bud) Carroll, aged 55 years, native of Navarro county, died
in the Navarro County Hospital Monday evening at 7:40 o’clock as a
result of wounds on the head alleged to have been received in an
altercation at the house of Sutherland in Northeast Corsicana
Saturday night about 10 o’clock and the remains were interred in the
Dresden cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were
conducted at the Dresden tabernacle Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
The funeral cortege left Corsicana at noon Tuesday.
Ed Sutherland is in the Navarro county jail formally charged with
murder in connection with the death of Carroll. He was arrested
Sunday morning and lodged in jail on a complaint of assault with
intent to murder and bond set at $2,000 which was not made. The
complaint was filed in Judge Sam B. Jordan’s court and Tuesday
morning the complaint for murder was filed. It was alleged that
several window panes in the Sutherland house were broken.
Surviving Carroll are his wife, five sons, B. F. Carroll, Leon
Carroll, Tom Carroll, all of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel
Griffin, Miss Clara Bell Carroll, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Cardelle
Freeman, Fort Worth, ten grandchildren; three brothers, Bob Carroll,
Corsicana; A. B. Carroll and R. C. Carroll, both of Blooming Grove;
four sisters, Mrs. Joe M. Brown, Corsicana; Mrs. Dillard Crouch,
Corsicana community; Mrs. W. D. Allen, Barkburnett; Miss Annie
Carroll, Blooming Grove.
Mr. Carroll was born near Blooming Grove.
GRAND JURY FAILS INDICT SUTHERLAND DEATH OF CARROLL
Ed Sutherland, white man, charged by complaint with murder in
connection with the death of W. B. (Bud) Carroll, white man, 56
years, who died Monday from effects of a wound on the head alleged
to have been received in an altercation at the residence of
Sutherland in the northeastern portion of the city, was “no-billed”
by the Navarro county grand jury, it was learned Friday.
Carroll was struck on the head with a stick of wood Saturday night
about 10 o’clock and died in the Navarro County Hospital without
“Fannie” (Powell) Taylor
Nov 23, 1895 - Jul 27, 1927
FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR MRS. TAYLOR
Mrs. Fannie Powell Taylor, aged 31 years, died at 811 North
Thirteenth street Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock and the funeral
services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock and the funeral
services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock with interment
in the Dresden cemetery.
She was born in Louisiana but resided near Barry during the majority
of her life. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J.
Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Surviving are one son, four brothers, A. E. Powell, P. H. Powell, J.
H. Powell and H. J. Powell, all of Corsicana.
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR CORSICANA WOMAN
Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Powell Taylor, aged 31 years, who
died at 811 North Thirteenth street Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock.
The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of
the First Baptist church.
The remains were taken to
Dresden for interment.
Survivors are one son, four brothers, A. E. Powell, P. H. Powell, J.
H. Powell and H. J. Powell, all of Corsicana.
Oct 16, 1875 - April 23, 1927
DRESDEN RESIDENT DIED IN HOSPITAL HERE LATE SATURDAY
William T. Reagan, aged 53 years, resident of the Dresden community,
died at the Navarro County Hospital Saturday afternoon and the
remains were interred in the
Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Surviving are his wife and the following children:
Otis Reagan, San Angelo; Barney Reagan, Dresden; Braxton Reagan, San
Angelo; Troy, Jim, Elijah and Leo Reagan, all of Dresden; Mrs.
Winnie Odom, Corsicana and Miss Mabel Reagan, Dresden.
Following were the pallbearers:
D. S. Cobb, W. M. Minifee, J. R. Rogers, L. J. Curry, S. S. Badgitt,
W. H. Cunningham.
Mr. Ragan was born in 1875 and died April 23, 1927. When the sad
news reached all parts of the community that he had passed away,
wherever the news was received. It left a feeling of profound
sadness. He was a man who possessed the friendship of all who knew
Mr. Ragan is survived by his wife and nine children, two daughters,
and seven sons, as follows: Mrs. Ninnie Odom and Mabel Ragan, Odis,
Bonnie, Braxton, Troy, Jimmie, Elizah and Roo Ragan; one brother,
John Ragan, and two sisters, Mrs. Addie Powell and Della Shaw, and a
host of friends to mourn his departure.
It is difficult to commend words to pay a tribute to such a good man
as he was. Oh, how we miss him. His friendly greetings and his
He was a kind husband and father, a friend and true brother, his
heart was wrapped in his home and there in companionship with his
wife and children he found his highest joy. Oh, how we shall miss
him but sweet memories of his dear affectionate life will shine on
Hide not thy face, oh, Lord of grace; thou who has tasted woe, lend
us thy light to guide us on the way that we should go.
Dear one, how we loved you no one can tell but the gentle Shepherd
called you and we must bid you farewell.
Dear Lord, lend a helping hand and may we all be united in that
great family in heaven which will never be broken, where there will
be no tears and no good-byes.
--One Who Loved Him.
"Bettie" (Moren) Ragan
Jul 21, 1881 - Jul 6, 1935
Mrs. Ragan was buried in
Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral was largely
Sep 7, 1903 - Apr 3, 1931
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR CLARENCE FREEMAN
Funeral services for Clarence Freeman, 27, farmer of several miles
southeast of Corsicana, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Friday
noon after a short illness, were held Saturday afternoon at 2
o’clock at Campbell
cemetery, near Drane where interment was made. The services were
conducted by Rev. J. W. Stitt, Presbyterian minister of Blooming
Surviving are his wife, one son, two half-brothers, Aubrey and
Hervey Ashcraft; and three half-sisters, Misses Sybil Mae Freeman,
Vesta Mate Freeman and Pauline Ashcraft, all of the Corsicana
The Corley-McMahon Funeral home had charge of the funeral
FARMER DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL AT NOON FRIDAY
Clarence Freeman, farmer, aged 27 years, who resided sough of
Corsicana, died in the P. and S. hospital about noon Friday after a
short illness. The funeral will be held sometime Saturday
afternoon but at press hour Friday afternoon definite arrangement
had to been perfected.
Surviving are his wife, one son, Clarence lee Freeman, parents, two
half-brothers, Aubrey and Harvey Ashcraft; and three half sisters,
Misses Sybil Mae Freeman, Vesta Mae Freeman and Pauline Ashcraft,
all of the Corsicana community.
The Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will direct the funeral
Lela Cameron (Poole)
Jul. 22, 1888/Mar. 1, 1887 - Feb. 15, 1927
Funeral Services Mrs. Lela Freeman
Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Freeman, aged 39 years, who died at
her home in the Drane Community Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, were
held Wednesday afternoon with interment in the
She is survived by her husband, one brother, Ed Poole at Corsicana
and other relatives.
Oct 6, 1877 - Jun 9, 1944
FUNERAL SERVICES BE HELD SATURDAY FOR J. M. MILLER
Funeral services for James M. Miller, age 57 years, who died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Stockard, 712 South
Fourteenth street early Thursday morning after a short illness, will
be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Pursley Baptist
church. Burial will be in the
Rev T. R. Vaughn will conduct the rites.
He lived in the Purdon community of Navarro county most of his life.
Surviving are his wife, Purdon; five sons, Pvt. Jesse Miller, fort
Sill, Okla; Ben Miller, Dawson, Claude Miller, Waco;
Corsicana; J. E. Miller, Purdon; three daughters, Mrs. John
Stockard, Corsicana; Mrs. A. Hickson, Corsicana; Miss Gussie Mae
Miller, Purdon; five sisters, Mrs. L. Bamberg, Corsicna, and Mrs. L.
R. Williams, Milford; Mrs. R. L. McCulloch, Ga???; Mrs. L. D.
Bentley, Broken Arrow, Okla; Mrs. Maggie West, Abeline; a brother
Charlie Miller, Stockten, Calif.; nine grandchildren, and other
Pallbearers will be Arlie Tan??, Frank Johnson, Pierce Smith, Roy
Loag?; J. O. Crider, Will ???;
Corley Funeral Homes will direct the arrangements
JAMES M. MILLER PURDON
COMMUNITY BE BURIED SATURDAY
James M. Miller, age 56
years, died early Thursday
morning. Funeral services
will be held Saturday
afternoon at 3 o’clock from
the Pursley Baptist church
with interment in the
He was a resident of the
Surviving are his wife,
Purdon; five sons, Pvt.
Jesse Miller, Fort Sill,
Okla.; Ben Miller, Dawson;
Claud Miller, Waco;
Corsicana; J. E. Miller,
Purdon; three daughters,
Mrs. John Stockard,
Corsicana; Mrs. A. Hickson,
Corsicana; Miss Gussie Mae
Miller, Purdon; five
sisters, Mrs. L. Amberg,
Corsicana; Mrs. L. R.
Williams, Milford; Mrs. R.
L. McCulloch, Gal, N. M.;
Mrs. L. D. Bentley, Broken
Arrow, Okla.; Mrs. Maggie
West, Abilene; a brother,
Charlie Miller, Stockton,
Calif.; nine grandchildren
and other relatives.
Corley’s Funeral Home will
direct the arrangements.
Maria Remedios (Guerrero) Martinez
Dec 15, 1957 - Apr 16, 2013
Remedios Martinez was born December 15, 1957 in Mexico
to J. Ascencion Guerrero and Amelia Hernandez Guerrero.
She passed away at her residence on April 16, 2013 in
Maria was a loving wife, mother, and aunt to all. She is
preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Salvador Martinez of
Frost and children; Eric Martinez of Frost, Marco
Martinez of Hillsboro, Hermilo Martinez of Corsicana,
Roberto Martinez of Frost, Juan Martinez of Frost,
Salvador Martinez, Jr. of Frost and Lucio Martinez of
Frost. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren;
Mackenzie, Mayela, David, Carolina, Marissa, Mariah,
Gabriel, Angel, Eduardo, Emily, Jasmine, Salvador, III
and Fabian. Maria’s survivors include her brother, Pablo
Guerrero of Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 -8:00 PM on
Friday, April 19, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home with the
Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held
at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with Father
Jose’ Luis officiating. Burial will follow at the
Pallbearers will be Eric Martinez, Marco Martinez,
Hermilo Martinez, Juan Martinez and Roberto Martinez.
Octa Omega (Cottingame) Kyle
Aug 24, 1917 - Jan 7, 2012
Octa Cottingame Kyle, 94, a long-time resident of Itasca, Texas,
died peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2012. She was born to the
late William Carl Cottingame and Pearl Deatherage Cottingame on
August 24, 1917, near Frost, Texas, in Ellis County. She and her
family moved to Itasca while she was a young girl, and she graduated
from Itasca High School in 1934. She married Hoyt David Kyle on
September 27, 1937, and they remained married until his death in
1985. She was preceded in death by her brother, W.C. Cottingame, of
Grandview, Texas; and by her beloved children, Carolyn Frances Goez
of Forth Worth, Texas, and Robert Carl Kyle of Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Kyle was a life-long member of the Itasca Church of Christ. In
1971, she and her husband purchased the Itasca Floral and Gift Shop,
which they operated for 11 years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting
and sewing throughout her life. She also loved to travel and to
spend time with family and friends.
She leaves behind her daughter, Marjorie Kyle Bessire of Carrollton,
Texas; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Catherine Kyle, Lisa
Kyle, Rebecca Kyle Joseph, Rachael Kyle Salinas, Meg Kyle Tyler,
Robert Kyle, Jr., Meredith Goez Flores, and Heath Bessire; and nine
great-grandchildren, who brought her much joy.
Visitation: Sunday, January 8th from 6-8pm at the funeral home.
Service: Monday, January 9th at 2PM at the funeral home chapel with
burial following at the Itasca cemetery.
A. (Snow) Herring
May 24, 1953 - March 10, 2013
Becky A. Herring, age 59, of Grady, died Sunday March
10, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock. She was born May 24,
1953, in Frost, Texas, the daughter of the late Oliver
W. Snow and Dorothy Parum Snow. She was a beautician and
a member of the Church of Nazerene in McGehee.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Herring of Grady; a
daughter, Nikki Myers and husband, Bryan of Star City; 3
brothers, David, Rodney, and Steve Snow all of McGehee;
4 sisters, Melba Burch of Warren, Patty Curtis, Norma
King both of Selma, and Janice Ferguson of Collins; 3
grandchildren, Bryleigh, Katelynn, and Tanner. She was
also preceded in death by a brother Michael Snow.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Tuesday, March 12,
2013, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 13,
2013, at Bishop Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Village with
Bro. Jake Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in
McArthur Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral
Home of Lake Village.
Betty Lee (Senkel) Zander
Aug 6, 1928 - Jan 4, 2013
Betty Lee Zander passed away on January 4, 2013. She was
born in Burlington, Texas on August 6, 1928 to Will and
Lydia Senkel. After marrying, she relocated to the
Dallas, Texas area, and then moved to Frost, Texas where
she lived for many years. Her surviving family members
include her long-time companion and husband, Mr. Gilbert
L. Zander; son, Mark E. Zander; grandchildren, Christie
Zander-Stampley and Jason Zander; great grandchildren,
Dylan and Colton Zander; sister, Lucille Meuck; and
brother, Bill Senkel.
Betty graduated from Rosebud High School in Rosebud,
Texas, and later worked in a doctor's office for many
years in Dallas. She was a warm and loving person, and
she was truly exceptional in that she would always put
others before herself. She will be greatly missed by her
family and friends.
James Henry Derden
May 24, 1920 - Jan 1, 2009
DERDEN, JAMES H. - age 88, of Sevierville, born May 24, 1920
in Emhouse, Texas, died peacefully January 1, 2009 at Ft. Sanders
Sevier Nursing Home. Jim, otherwise known as Henry, was known for
his generosity and sense of humor. He was a longtime member of
Sevier Heights Baptist Church, and was a
World War II veteran,
32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, and Eastern Star. Jim is preceded in
death by his parents, Archibald and Gertrude Derden; brother,
Charlie Derden; sister, Irma Smith. He is survived by his wife of 64
years, Doris Derden; daughter and son-in-law, Jama and Carl
Reischling; granddaughters, Tonya Greene and Stephanie Clevenger;
brother-in-law, Dan Smith, and sister-in-law, Pauline Dunlap; 6
great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends,
Nadien Brown and Wilma Rolen. Special thanks to the caring staff of
Ft. Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. The family will receive friends
Saturday from 6 to 8 pm at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy.
Graveside service will be 3:00 pm Sunday at Woodlawn Cemetery with
Dr. Glen Patterson officiating. Honorary pallbearers, Carl
Reischling, Eric Brown, Ed Griffin, Richard Gillespie, John Chesney,
M.L. Ooten. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the
Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY
Guy Elwyn Ballew
Mar 2, 1937 - Apr 30, 2012
Guy Ballew, 75, of Levelland, Texas passed away on April
30, 2012 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Funeral Services are under the direction of George Price
Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas and will be held at
2:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at First Baptist Church
in Levelland, Texas with Archie Echols officiating.
Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery
in Levelland, Texas. There will be a Family Visitation
on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at
George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas.
Guy was born on March 2, 1937 in Emhouse, Texas, the son
of Guy Earl and Frances (Marriott) Ballew. He was a
member of the United States Army Reserves and served
during the Berlin Crises. Guy enjoyed a good round of
golf, a few hands of Gin Rummy, and Casting a line to
see what was biting, and starting his day with coffee
and friends at the Levelland Country Club. Guy was an
Original Member of the group, The Sparkles, from 1958
to1959. But his all-time favorite thing to do was to be
with his loving family.
He is survived by; his wife, Genie of the home, one
daughter; Vicki Winegeart and her husband, John of
Lubbock, Texas, one son; Jesse Ballew of Lubbock, Texas,
one granddaughter; Jamie Leigh Winegeart of Lubbock,
Texas. two sisters; Brenda Ballew and Sue Hagle, both of
Grand Prairie, Texas, one brother; Roger Ballew of Grand
Prairie, Texas, two sisters-in-law; Mary Hodges and Sue
Wade, both of Levelland, Texas, and a host of nieces and
nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Guy was
preceded in death by his parents, Guy Earl and Frances
Ballew, and one brother; Jesse Ballew.
To join the family in celebrating Guy's life, please go
Bertha Sue (Morrison) Chapman
Sep 13, 1905 - Jun 23, 1979
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the
for Mrs. Bertha Chapman, 73, who died Saturday at a Big Spring
She was a former Dawson resident.
She is survived by her husband, W. B. (Pete) Chapman of Big Spring;
five sons, Don Chapman and Clydel Chapman, both of Odessa; Jan L.
Chapman of Lubbock; Tommy Chapman of Sweetwater; Kenneth Ray Chapman
of Alvin; one daughter, Mrs. C. E. Ditto of Kermit; 16
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, J. P. Morrison,
Jr., of Arlington; two sisters, Miss Blanche Morrison of Dallas and
Mrs. Faye Christian of Longview.
Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lula Belle (Reeves) Miller-Dillehay
Feb 11, 1879 - Apr 29, 1968
DAWSON—(Spl.)—Funeral services will be held in the Dawson Methodist
church Wednesday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Lula Belle Dillehay, 80, who
died Monday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.
The Rev. Stephen Love, pastor, will conduct, assisted by the Rev.
Roy Davis of Corsicana. Burial will be in the
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Renfro, Dawson; Mrs. Gurvis
Bellew, Tehuacana; son, W. E. Miller, Big Spring; five
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, T. Y. Reeves,
Hubbard; and other relatives.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 30, 1968
- 1st husband William Henry Miller 2nd husband William
Fletcher Dillehay d/o Burgess R. Reeves and Ellenore H. (Ward)
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May 23, 1881 - Mar 18, 1952
W. F. Dillehay Dies At Dawson
DAWSON, March 18—(Sp.)—W. F. Dillehay, 70, died at his home here
Tuesday morning following a several years illness.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church at 3
p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the
The rites will be conducted by Rev. F. O. Garner, pastor; Rev. Roy
H. Davis, Methodist minister of Wortham, and Rev. W. O. Estes,
pastor of the Dawson Baptist church.
Dillehay formerly resided in Tennessee where he was a mail carrier.
Surviving are his wife of Dawson; a step-son, Hack Miller, West
Texas; and two step-daughters, Mrs. Dewey Renfro, Dawson, and Mrs.
E. B. Ballew, Tehuacana.
Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 18, 1952
- Assumed 1st wife Juanne
Thompson “Annie” (Craig) Dillehay married May 25, 1902 in Maury
co, Tennessee 2nd wife Lula Belle (Reeves) Miller-Dillehay s/o
William Rufus Dillehay and Ella (Cruse) Dillehay
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Sept 23, 1955 - May 13, 2013
Allen DeMoss, 57, of Corsicana passed away Monday, May
He was born to Lawrence and Doris DeMoss on Sept. 23,
1955 in Corsicana.
Stan graduated from Corsicana High School in
1973. He married Vickie DeMoss on March 6, 2004.
Stan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved music. He
developed enjoyment in playing the harmonica. Stan was a
wonderful friend to all who knew him. He had a way with
people that could bring a smile to one's face. Stan's
greatest joy was family. He loved spending time with his
two children and grandchildren; cooking out and
appreciating life with them.
Stan is survived by his wife, Vickie DeMoss; two
children, Eric DeMoss and wife Dena and Devin DeMoss;
his parents Lawrence and Doris DeMoss; brothers, Phil
DeMoss and wife Linda and Steve DeMoss and wife Cayla;
grandchildren, Matthew and Kyle and his aunt Vicki
Thomas. He had many relatives including cousins, nieces,
great nieces, nephews and great nephews who will miss
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6 to 8
p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Bobby
Bruce, Rick Jamison, Greg Sullivan, Ronnie Bosher,
Richard Cagle and Dewayne Pritchett. Burial will follow
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Alice Bernice (Douglas)
July 7, 1927 - May 8, 2013
Bernice Venters was an avid learner, stern teacher,
devoted mother and grandmother, and loving friend.
The angel of silence answered the call of Alice Bernice
Venters on May 8, 2013, and united her with her Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. Ending her life here on earth and
giving her a new beginning of a life everlasting with
her Father in heaven. She was born in Corsicana on July
7, 1927, to Frank Douglas Sr. and Louise Hill Douglas,
who both preceded her in death. She wed in holy
matrimony to Rufus Venters in the latter part of the
1940s. Through their short union two children were born,
Rufus Carlton and Myrtle Inez.
Alice received her formal education in the Corsicana
School District, graduating from G.W. Jackson High
School in the early 1940s. [Class
of 1944] She went off to college after high
school to Huston-Tillotson of Austin. She furthered her
studies at Prairie View A&M University were she received
a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
After being hired by the Corsicana Independent School
District she advanced her education at Prairie View
receiving a Master of Education degree.
She was a dedicated and devoted educator, spending
countless hours preparing engaging lessons for her
students. She was a member of several city, state and
national teacher organizations. Alice’s teaching career
spanned over 37 years retiring in 1992. During her years
of service she gained the respect of educators across
the district. She was a source of guidance and
inspiration to many. To her students she was ever
remembered for her affectionate but stern nature.
Alice came to know the Lord at a young age at the First
Independent Baptist Church where she learned many skills
receiving training through the Galilee Griggs Memorial
District Association and guidance from dedicated members
of her church. She was a faithful servant in the church.
She and sisters Esther Price and Irene Gardner were
sponsors of the youth department in the early 1960s.
Later in life she was appointed Zone 3 Chairlady of the
Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association.
She diligently served as church treasurer for many years
and also in her retirement was a participant in the
community bible study offered at the Northside Baptist
Alice served the community in many ways including
serving for many years as secretary of the Texas Retired
Alice was called Home at age 85.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers,
Frank Douglas Jr. and George Douglas; and sister,
Charlotte Marie Lemmons.
Survivors include a son, Rufus Venters (Nancy), Kailua,
Hawaii; daughter, Myrtle Fleming, Corsicana; former
daughter-in-law, Dyan Venters Schmidt (Richard),
Fullerton, Calif.; former son-in-laws, Dr.
Terrance Johnson (Gayle), Nashville, Tenn., and C.E.
Fleming (Nancy) Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Efrem
Venters, San Diego, Calif. ,Erik Venters, Laguna,
Calif., Erin Powell (George), San Marcos, and Elena
Baucom (Micah), Grand Prairie; great-grandchildren,
Jordan Venters, Kelton and Kaitlin Powell, Brynnan and
Benjamin Venters, Makela and Makyla Harvey, Micah Jr.
and Mason Baucom; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,
church family and friends.
Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13,
2013, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at
the First Independent Baptist Church, 701 G. W. Jackson
Avenue. Interment will follow at
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.
Mar 26, 1942 - May 8, 2013
Lee Wright, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, May 8,
She was born March 26, 1942, in Corsicana to parents Lee Charles and Geneva Mae (Gurley) Madden. She was a
crossing guard in Irving for 13 years. She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Irving. Hazel enjoyed
sewing, gardening, and traveling and was an avid photographer.
She was a loving wife, and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Roland Wright of Irving;
daughters, Janet Sue Wright Munguia and husband Ernest
of Irving, and Tina Lynn Wright Webb and husband Ed of
Irving; grandchildren, Dana Riedle Alexander and husband
Pete, Francesca Riedle and Kent Sylvester, Jordan
Hutchings, and Tristin Hutchings; and great grandson,
Damien “Spiderman” Alexander.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013,
at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13,
2013, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving
with Pastor Kevin Weathers officiating. Interment will
follow at 3 p.m. at
Point Cemetery in Bazette.
Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving
"Fannie" (Andrew) Bell
Aug 20, 1868 - Jan 8, 1931
The entire community was saddened by the sudden death of Mrs. Will Bell Thursday afternoon. She is survived by her husband, Will Bell,
two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Watson of Barry, Mrs. Margaret Thomas of Los Angeles, Cal.; three sons, G. E. Bell of Barry and Clyde and
Elma Bell of California; mother, Mrs. Irene Andrews, and three sisters and one brother. Those attending the funeral from out of
town were: Mrs. O. N. Wiggins and Mrs. Irene Andrews of Port Arthur; Oscar Andrews and son-in-law, Larron Gymerine of Orth; Mr. and Mrs.
John Malone of Troup; Miss Mary Bell and Mrs. Mitchell and daughter of Corsicana; Clyde Bell of Los Angeles, Cal., and Lawrence Watson
of Corsicana. We wish to extend to them our sympathy in their bereavement. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walter
Griffith. Interment was in
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 16, 1931
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