Dec 18, 1965 - Nov 7, 2014
Middleton, 48, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor Medical
Center in Dallas on Friday, November 7, 2014.
Gary Charles Middleton was born on December 18, 1965 in
Corsicana, to Jay Hugh Middleton and Oleta (Buckner)
Middleton. Gary grew up in the area and attended school in
Corsicana. He received a four-year Collins Scholarship to
attend Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie,
where he obtained his Associate’s Degree and Bachelor of
Arts Degree. Gary served as youth director at Lighthouse of
Praise Pentecostal Church and loved serving in the church.
Over the years he served any way he could, including
teaching Sunday School, leading the singing in services, and
as a Minister. Gary was the type of person who anyone could
talk to about anything. He was a great listener and gave
great advice. He would even give you a ‘good preaching to’
if he thought you needed it. Gary was extremely intelligent
and interested in all types of history. He enjoyed watching
movies and playing video games, and he always had his laptop
with him. He loved to cook and made the best banana pudding,
turkey, and giblet gravy, among other favorites.
Gary was a good person, a great brother, and an amazing
uncle. Gary will be greatly missed by his family and
Gary is survived by his mother, Oleta Middleton; his sister,
Melissa Hunt; his brother, Don Paul Middleton, all of
Corsicana; his sister, Ellen Martin and her husband, Tom, of
Waco; his brother, Billy Middleton and his wife, Francis, of
Retreat; his sister, Judy Middleton, of Corsicana; his
sister, Louise Barbauch and her husband, Tony, of Rockwall;
and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Jay Hugh
Middleton, and two nieces.
Pallbearers will be Vernon Wilton, Jesse Hunt, Don
Middleton, Sammuel Patrick, Zachary Mann, and Mike Reeves.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Woody, Robin Mann, Tom
Martin, and Jonathan Love.
Gary Middleton, 48, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor
Medical Center in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Visitation will be
6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service
will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Day Cemetery in
Fairfield with Rev. James Morris officiating. Arrangements by Corley
Luther "Bug" Bennett Sutton, Jr.
Feb 23, 1935 - Oct 27, 2014
Luther “Bug” Bennett Sutton, Jr., 79, of Fairfield, California,
passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. He was born Feb. 23, 1935 to L. B.
Sutton and R.L. Sutton (Evans) in Angus, Texas.
Luther was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was a light heavy-weight
on the United States Air Force Boxing Team with a record of 103-3.
After 26 years of service, on May 31, 1980 he retired a Master
Sergeant of the
1901 Comm Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. After he retired from
the Air Force, he also retired from the Mare Island Naval Base and
the Oakland Army Base as an Electronics Technician.
Luther was preceded in death by his father, L.B. Sutton; mother, R. L.
Sutton; wife, Dorothy Jean Sutton; and by his grandson, Victor T.
He is survived by his brothers, John Earl Sutton, Wayne Sutton and
Jessie Sutton; son, Victor T. Sutton, Sr. (Roberta); grandchildren,
Manni A. Sutton, Caprice A. Sutton, and A1C Joshua A. Sutton; and by
his great-grandchild, Nathanial R. Sutton.
Celebration of his life will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22,
2014 at the Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Fairfield, California 94533.
Mar 10, 1934 - Nov 13, 2014
Services for Chester Stutts, 80 of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel in Athens with
Thomas Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in Stutts Family Cemetery.
Mr. Stutts passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Athens surrounded
by his family.
He was born March 10, 1934 in Rural Shade to Thomas and Nettie Autry
Stutts. Mr. Stutts was a resident of Athens. He had been manager for
Cabells Milk Company in Corsicana seven years. He then was owner of
a Bordens distributorship in Palestine eight years prior to
retiring. He was a family man and loved hunting, fishing, telling
stories and gardening.
Mr. Stutts is preceded in death by his brothers Thomas, Manin,
Clarence and Wesley and grandson Kevin Edgar.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Carrie Stutts of Athens; son
Larry Stutts and wife Donna of Athens; daughters Debra Rowan and
husband Claude, Duncanville, Sonya Hammans and husband Dale of
Corsicana, Cathy Stutts, Corsicana; grandsons Kyle Stutts and wife
Maricar of Corsicana, Trae Adams, Kooper Hammans, both of Fairfield,
Justin Stutts of Corsicana, Trey Hammans and wife Alisha of
Palestine; granddaughters Randi Joiner and husband Woody, NewYork,
Aimee Stone and husband Jay, Nacogdoches, Daisy Reynolds and husband
Nicky of New York; sisters Melba Loving and husband George, Lindale,
Ann Gilbert and husband Cecil of Canton, Judy Hughes and husband
Howard, Doris Johnston, Malakoff; brothers Delbert Stutts and wife
Mary, Athens, Travis Stutts and wife Joann, Corsicana.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Stutts, Trae Adams, Kade Stutts, Korabyn
Stone, Kooper Hammans, Justin Stutts, Trey Hammans, Brady Edgar,
Dakota Edgar, Wayne Bonner, Joe Harrell.
Visitation for family and friends will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday,
16, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
"Alibeth" (Whitten) Hodge
Dec 16, 1925 - Nov 5, 2014
services for Mrs. Alice Elizabeth ‘Alibeth’ Hodge, 88, of
Nacogdoches will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the
Mildred Baptist Church in Mildred, Texas. Rev. Tony Neal and
Bro. Terry Hodge will officiate.
Visitation is from 2 to 3 p.m. just prior to the service.
Mrs. Hodge passed away in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, Nov. 5,
Alice Elizabeth was born on Dec. 16, 1925 to John Elver and
Willie McGehee Whitten in the southwest end of the Powell
Oil Field where her father worked. Named “Alice Elizabeth”
by her parents, to her friends and family she was known as
Alibeth. She grew up and lived almost her entire life in the
community of Mildred. The only time she lived outside of
Mildred was while she was in college and the last few years
of her life when she and Willie, her husband of 62 years
moved to Nacogdoches to be close to their son. She graduated
from Mildred High School in 1943, from Texas State College
for Women (later became Texas Women’s University) in Denton
in 1947 with a degree in education. She returned to Mildred
to teach Home Economics. She and Willie were married on her
lunch hour on Dec. 22, 1948 at the Mildred Baptist Church.
Her home economics class stood at the fence of the school to
cheer for them when they emerged from the church as husband
She was a life-long educator teaching Home Economics in
Mildred, First Grade teacher in Rice, Texas, and for the
last 30 years of her career she taught First Grade in
Mildred. Later in life she returned to school and received a
Masters Degree in Education from Baylor University in 1975.
Her family meant everything to her and she loved nothing
more than being with her family especially around the
holidays. She loved to decorate her home, to cook for and to
entertain friends and family in her home.
After she retired she and Willie traveled to almost all 50
states sometimes with Erma Frances and Floyd Ward, sometimes
with Joe Lynn and Evonne Blackmon, sometimes with Joe and
Mary Williams and sometimes with the Bus Bunch from their
church. Alibeth was a member of First Christian Church of
Survivors include her son Rev. Terry Hodge and his wife Pat
of Nacogdoches; her brother John and his wife Pat Whitten of
Desoto; Granddaughter Amy Bowman of Bedford; Granddaughter
Alyson Scott and her husband Adam of Bullard and two
great-grandchildren, Luke Harrison Scott and Charli Belle
Scott of Bullard.
She is preceded in death by her parents, J.E. and Willie
Whitten, her husband, Willie Harrison Hodge; her son, Dr.
Harry Hodge and her grandson Adam Bowman.
Memorials may be made to Mildred Baptist Church or the
Building Fund of First Christian of Nacogdoches.
Apr 2, 1923 - Oct 30, 2014
Poovey, 91 of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
in Corsicana. She was born April 2, 1923 in Oklahoma to
Ephram and Elizabeth Frederick Allen. Vera liked to cook and
sew. In her younger years she enjoyed making clothes for her
family. She also served in Womens Air Corp during
World War II at
Connally Field in Waco, Texas.
She is preceded in death by grandson, Gary Smith.
She is survived by her children, James Robinson and wife
Kaylynn and Johnny Robinson and wife Cindy; grandsons, Jody
Robinson, John Robinson, Justin Robinson and Bryan Veatch;
granddaughters, Cheri Wilson, Chris Stephens, Charla
Alldredge and Brandi Lewis; great-grandsons, Kevin, Jacob,
Jordan, Andy, Clay, Nick, Richard, Wyatt, Skyler, Cody,
Luke, Mitchel, Michael, Joseph and Johnny;
great-granddaughters, Cory, Gracie, Abigal and Kayla;
great-great-grandson Camdon and a great-great-granddaugter,
Visitation will be come and go from noon to 8 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 31, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at
St. Elmo Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Elmo
Jan 9, 1943 - Nov 2, 2014
Sawyer, 71 of Arp, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 in
She was born Jan. 9, 1943 in Corsicana to Edith Jacqueline
Thompson. She worked as a cashier for the City of Corsicana.
She is preceded in death by her step-father David
She is survived by her husband Rev. Donald Sawyer of Arp;
mother Edith Rutherford of Corsicana; sons and
daughter-in-law, James Nutt of Dallas and Jeffery Don Sawyer
and wife Cristi of Corsicana; daughter Brandy Michelle Nutt
of Dallas; two grandchildren Mattie and Branna Sawyer of
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at
First Baptist Church Arp. Services in Corsicana will be 10
a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Mike Rice officiating.
Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers
in Arp will be Pat Bell, Joel King. Robin Stafford, Danny
Thomas, Bill Kitchings, Jimmy Martin. Pallbearers in
Corsicana will be Jack Fowler, Stephen Howell, Wayne Bonner,
Adam Bonner, Don Butcher, Terry Howell, Nelson Galaway.
Robert Leslie Mann
May 18, 1944 - Nov 6, 2014
Robert Leslie Mann, 70, of Purdon passed away Thursday, Nov. 6,
2014. He was born May 18, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to James C. Mann and
Vera Cooper Mann. He married Gail Van Meter on July 9, 1965. He
attended North Beaton Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by his son, Clint Mann.
He is survived by his wife Gail Mann of Pursley; mother, Vera Mann
of LaPorte; children, William Mann of Pursley and Jennifer Draper
and husband Michael of Sherman; sister, Jill Dunagan of Willis;
grandchildren, Aley Cobb, Chelsea Mann, Samantha Williamson, Henry
Abbott and Austin Draper.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Andra and Shandra
of Cedar Lake Hospice; Corsicana Welding & Company workers; Les and
Virginia Dupuy and Carey and Carr Dupuy.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Burial will be
at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marshall Purifoy,
Rodney Lacy, Tim Christian, John Mendez, Jason Ward and Alex Cobb.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Fay (Howeth) Remonte
Jul 16, 1931 - Nov 3, 2014
Betty Fay Remonte, 83, of Corsicana, passed
away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Corsicana at
Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.
She was born July 16, 1931 in Corsicana to
Albert Lee and Lena Mae Howeth.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Remonte is survived by her sons, Joe
Remonte of Austin, John Remonte Jr. and
daughter-in-law Kim of Corsicana, and Jack
Remonte of Corsicana. She is also survived
by her brother, Ron Howeth and sister-in-law
Mary of Murrieta, California. She also
leaves behind a dear friend, Sonia Gonzales
of Irving and beloved dog, Sassy.
A special thank you for the wonderful care
she received at Heritage Oaks West and from
the staff at Hand in Hand Hospice.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 6, 2014 at
Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Otis Conner
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Joy (Horn) Nelson
Feb 7, 1920 - Nov 5, 2014
Joy Horn Nelson, 94, of Corsicana went home to be with the
Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at TriSun Care Center. She
was born Feb. 7, 1920 in Kerens, Texas to John Archie Horn
and Mattie Dee Smith Horn.
Joy spent her life caring for others; her parents, her
children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other
children in Corsicana. She cared for children in her own
home for over 25 years.
“Mama Nelson” was proclaimed Corsicana’s Mother of the Year
in the late 1960’s. Joy was the glue that kept her family
together and was responsible for keeping her children close.
It has been said that she used her cooking skills to bring
the family together on every occasion.
She loved growing African violets and at any time they were
too numerous to count in her home. Joy and her sisters
performed on KAND Radio singing Gospel favorites for many
years. She was a talented seamstress and Billy, Wayne and
John remember the “flour sack” shirts she made for them as
young boys. Joy loved her Lord and was a strong Christian
woman in every aspect of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John
Nelson, her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Eddie
Hambrick, her grandson Michael Nelson and her siblings;
Theron Horn, Doris Horn and Sammie Burns.
Joy is survived by three sons; Wayne Nelson and wife, Judy,
Billy Nelson and wife, Pat, John Nelson and wife, Rosemary
and three daughters; Lynette Bailey and husband, Gary,
Patresa Bolton and Vicki Farmer; 12 grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren,
sisters; Billie Horn Jordan and Raquel Congleton, numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 7p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 8, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8,
2014 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb and Bro.
Grady Cashion officiating. Pallbearers are Gary Nelson, Jeff
Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Nelson, Brett Bailey and Michael
Hambrick. Burial will follow at
Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N.
Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Peggy Ann (Pressly) Reynolds
Sep 6, 1938 - Nov 1, 2014
Ann Pressly was born Sept. 6, 1938 to Virtelle and Fred
Pressly in Corsicana. She was an only child. Except for time
away during World War II, she spent her growing up years in
Corsicana. She graduated from Corsicana High School, where
she was a cheerleader in
1956. That same year Peggy was married to Bill Reynolds.
They spent their early marriage in Germany due to his time
in the army and were able to travel to other countries.
Peggy had three sons, Doug, Dan and Scott. She spent much of
her time making a home for them, cooking and attending their
activities. Scott preceded her in death in June of 2006.
Peggy's work history includes K Wolens and Sears as a teen
and young adult. Later, in Fort Worth, she worked in the
Sporting Goods store they owned, in copier sales with Hutco,
and in her own copier business, The Copy Solution. Along the
way, she delved into antiques and collectibles, having a
space in Canton for a number of years and booths in antique
malls. In later years, she even sold Mindy Lu's fried pies
out of the back of her vehicle.
Along with her parents and grandparents before her, Peggy
was a lifelong Presbyterian. She made her profession of
faith at a young age and was a member of Westminster
Peggy Reynolds died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 after several
years of serious health struggles which she fought
She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Scott.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and
Diane, Dan and Deborah, grandchildren Josh and Alyssa,
great-grand-daughter Hadlee Marie, extended family members
and many friends.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Westminster
Presbyterian Church. There will be a private burial after
Feb 27, 1938 - Oct 28, 2014
Castleman Smith, 76, of Corsicana passed away peacefully in
ICU at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
after a tragic fall.
She will be remembered with a memorial service at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101
N. 14th St., Corsicana.
Pauline was born Feb. 27, 1938 in Munday, Texas. She was in
the Class of 1956 at C.F. Brewer High School in White
Settlement. She went to nursing school at All Saints
Hospital in Fort Worth in the 1960’s. She was a nurse for
nearly 50 years, and worked at several area nursing homes in
Corsicana for many years.
She enjoyed 25-plus years of marriage to William L. “Bill”
Smith, who preceded her in death in 2012.
Pauline was passionate about helping others, and was truly
devoted to her patients and their care. She had recently
retired from nursing in January 2014. Even in her final act
of compassion, she exhibited her concern for others by
donating her body to the Willed Body Program at UT
Southwestern Medical Center.
All who knew her described her as a “character,” zany with
never a dull moment. She was unique.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Aslee
Castleman, and a son, Kerry Wayne Lawson.
She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Johnson and
husband Jim, granddaughters Aubre’ Biby and husband Nathan,
and Lydia Lawson of Cleburne, as well as one great
grandchild, Neo Biby. She is also survived by her brother
Earl Castleman of Dallas, sister Jo Ann Blackmon and husband
Ron of Colleyville, Texas, and numerous cousins, nieces,
nephews and friends.
Van Taylor King
Apr 19, 1983 - Nov 4, 2014
Taylor King, 31, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
in Dawson, Texas. He was born April 19, 1983 in Corsicana,
Texas to Curtis Michael and Susan Elaine King.
He was an electrician, avid Nascar fan, and “awsomust” uncle
that enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. He
was a great gourmet cook and could roast the best pork butt
in all of Navarro County. He got the best Father’s Day gift
this year that he could have asked for, finding out in June
that he had a daughter. Lexis became his greatest pride and
joy; she was the love of his life.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Van and Maudie
King and W.W. and Mary Jo Seago.
He is survived by his daughter, Lexis Michelle Salvato of
Gatesville; mother, Susan E. King of Dawson; father, Mike
King and wife Maxcine of Corsicana; sisters, Christina
Wilkerson and husband Christian of Corona, California and
Hollie Seago of Allen; nephews, Lucas Wilkerson of Corona,
California and Robert Mouton of Allen; nieces, Sarah
Wilkerson of Corona, and Olivia Mouton of Allen; uncles,
Brian Seago and wife Leslie of Anna and Van King and wife
Janie of Greenville; aunt, Dolores Stone of Corsicana;
numerous cousins and a big host of friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Upchurch
and Mr. Alan Hernandez officiating. Cremation will follow
Mattie C. Brown
abt 1931 - Oct 23, 2014
Mattie C. Brown, 83, of Corsicana passed
away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Twilight
Nursing Home. Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m.
Friday at Scott Funeral Chapel. Service will
be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 13th
Avenue Christian Church with Rev. Clyde
Chambers and Rev. Duane M. Lawrence
officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
Aubrey G. "Sonny" Woods
abt 1937 - Oct 31, 2014
G. ‘Sonny’ Woods, 77, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Oct.
31, 2014 at the Country Meadows Nursing Home. Funeral
services are 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the
Eastside Church of Christ located at 906 East 13th Avenue
with Bro. Alton Albert Officiating. Interment will follow at
Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Eula Mae Wilson
abt 1920 - Nov 4, 2014
Mae Wilson, 94, of Corsicana was called home to forever be
with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at Navarro Regional
Hospital. Visitation is 12 noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14,
2014 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Wake service is 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at the
Calvary Tabernacle Of Praise, 308 East 11th Avenue,
Corsicana. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15,
2014 at the Second Mission Baptist Church located at 909
South Fifth Street with Elder Michael Williams and Pastor
David E. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at
Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
James Adolphus "Dolphus" Ratliff
Apr 1, 1905 - Mar 19, 1970
Funeral services were held Friday at 2 P.M. at the Corley Funeral
Chapel for J. A. (Dolphus) Ratliff, 64, retired welder who died
Thursday at his home. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of Missionary
Baptist Church of which he was a member, officiated. Burial was in
Surviving are four sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, 2
great-grandchildren and two sisters.
Sharon Deloris (Williams) Coleman
Mar 9, 1960 - Nov 23, 2014
Sharon Williams Coleman was born March 9, 1960 to the parents of the
late Frank Williams, Jr. and Maelissa Lusk.
Sharon Married her husband, Larry Coleman, Sr. on February 11, 1981.
Together they had 6 children.
She leaves to cherish her memories; Husband, Larry Coleman, Sr.;
Four Daughters, Erica, Victoria (Michael), Amanda and Lenora; Two
sons, Larry Jr. (Asia) and Joseph (D’Lancye); Seven Grandchildren,
Jalen, Tyriauna, Stephen, Mollie, Malaya, Myia and Allye; Seven
Sisters, Sherry, Doris, Linda, Connie, Louise, Vollie and Diane;
Four brothers, Fredrick, Terry, Frank 111 and Anthony; Aunt, Mae
Jackson; Uncle, Rufus Williams; Three cousins, Lady Price, Sonja and
Barbara; A host of Special Sister-In-Laws and Brother-In-Laws; Host
of nephews and nieces; Special Friends, Diane Richards, Mandy
Grounds, Tammie Jackson and Dorothy Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Williams, Jr. and
Nov 30, 1898 - Jun 30, 1976
Fred (Firpo) Marberry of 600 East Gopkins died at 5 p.m. Wednesday
in Mexia Memorial Hospital at age 77. Funeral Services will be held
at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Ed Spivey,
pastor, will officiate.
Mr. Marberry, a retired American League baseball pitcher for the
Washington Senators, lived in Mexia for the past 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fred (Mattie) Marberry of Mexia; a
daughter, Mrs. Peggy Irby of Dallas; a son, Fred (Buddy) Marberry
Jr., of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, John Marberry of Fairfield; a
sister, Mrs. Rosa Robinson of Kirven; and seven grandchildren.
Burial will be in Birdston
Cemetery near Streetman. Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home is in charge
Mr. Marberry, who once struck our the Yankees' legendary Babe Ruth,
also pitched for the Detroit Tigers. He was a friend to the late,
great Bucky Harris, manager of the Senators.
Until his death, Marberry, was known as perhaps the greatest relief
pitcher ever to come to the majors. He was still receiving fan mail
from throughout the United States, particularly on the famed "bubble
gum" cards, on which his photos appeared. Many youngsters, as well
as adults, sought his autographs.
Fred, a native of the Streetman area, saw his major league career
cut short by an auto accident, in which he lost his arm.
- The Mexia Daily News - July 2, 1976
- Submitted by
Fred Marberry famous left handed relief pitcher with the
Washington Senators who raised in Kirven-Streetman area laid to rest
after fatal stroke, a real gentlemen and friend.
Professional Baseball Player. Considered one of the great relief
pitchers in baseball history. The right-hander pitched 14 years in
the major leagues, compiling a 147-89 record, 3.63 earned run
average and 101 saves. With Washington from 1923-32, he led the
American League six times in appearances and five times in saves. He
was 19-12 in 1929, 15-5 in 1930 and 16-4 in 1931. In the 1924 World
Series he started Game 3 against the New York Giants and was the
losing pitcher as he yielded five hits and three runs in three
innings in a 6-4 loss. He saved both Games 2 and 4. He also pitched
three shutout innings in Game 7 as the Senators won 4-3 in 12
innings. The following year he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings
against Pittsburgh, but the Pirates won the title in seven games. He
was traded on Dec. 14, 1932 along with Carl Fischer to Detroit for
pitcher Earl Whitehill. He was 16-11 in 1934 and 15-5 in 1935. He
struggled in the 1935 World Series, but the Tigers beat the Chicago
Cubs in six games. He finished his career with the New York Giants
and Senators in 1936. (bio by:
Ron Coons) [View
Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, August 8, 1976
Note: Although the article states that he is buried in Mexia, he is
buried in Birdston Cemetery, Streetman, Navarro Co. TX
Betty Ann (O'Neal) Hodge
Dec 31, 1929 - May 26, 1989
Betty Ann Hodge, 59, of Arlington, died May 26, 1989 at Arlington
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with
Horace Crowder officiating. Interment will follow in
She was originally from Streetman and a member of the Hillcrest
Baptist Church in Arlington.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe Hodge of Arlington; her
father, Coy R. O'Neal of Streetman; three sons, Joe Kenneth Hodge,
of Arlington, Roger Neal Hodge of Midlothian and Richard L. Hodge of
Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Madelyn Hodge of Eureka; two grandchildren;
a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be W.M. Montgomery, Robert Boyd, Coy Hodge, Kevin
Hinshaw, Bill Chandler and Joe Bumbartner.
David Leslie Patterson
Nov 28, 1879 - May 19, 1953
Dave Patterson Rites Thursday
Funeral services for Dave Leslie Patterson,
78, of 1321 West Tenth Avenue, were to be
held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Thursday
at 4 p.m. with burial in
The rites are to be conducted by Rev. H. G.
Starkey, pastor of Memorial Baptist church,
assisted by Rev. Janice Joseph rector of St.
John’s Episcopal church.
Patterson, retired railroad man and farmer,
was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon when
his automobile figured in a collision
involving a truck on High 6 immediately
north of the Hearne city limits. Relatives
said that investigations revealed that
Patterson may have suffered a stroke
immediately before the collision.
Mrs. Patterson, the only other occupant of
the car, was injured and was transferred to
Memorial Hospital here Wednesday afternoon
from a Hearne hospital.
Robert Harwell, Mesquite, driver of the
truck involved, escaped injury. The truck
was only slightly damaged.
Patterson a native of Richland and resided
in California for a number of years. He
farmed several years before his retirement.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four
sons, Johnny Patterson, Corsicana; Ferman
Patterson, Freer; Frank Patterson, Waco, and
James Patterson, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs.
Bill Meissner, Longview, and Mrs. Howard
Weaver, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; two
nephews, J. N. Garitty, Corsicana and Ben J.
Garitty, Dallas; two nieces, Miss Marguerite
Garitty, Houston and Mrs. Agnes Looney,
Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers are Clyde Andrews, Theo L.
Meissner, Leon Stough, Leslie A. Patterson,
Howard W. Weaver, Larry Patterson and Marvin
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Thursday, May 21, 1953
1st wife Mazie Lee
Patterson; s/o Thomas “Tom” Patterson and Ellen Priscilla (McCullock)
Jan 19, 1930 - Apr 15, 2011
Myrl Smithey, born January 19, 1930 in Frost, TX. He passed
away April 15, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 47 years,
Dorothy (Susie) Smithey, his sons Arthur Smithey, Leslie
Smithey and wife Pam. Myrl is also survived by his sister
Nancy Gorden and husband Elton, his brother Ferrell and wife
Brenda and a sister-in-law, Caroline Smithey. He was
preceded in death by his parents William Arthur and Nayonn
Smithey, sister Lynette Choate, brothers Darrell (Zeke)
Smithey, Hessell Smithey and Don Smithey. Myrl served in the
U.S. Air Force and was employed by the City of Dallas for 28
years. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Smith
& Sons Funeral Home, McKinney, TX. Funeral Service will be
11:00 a.m. Monday, April 18 at Frost Baptist Church, Frost,
Nancy Inez (Garrison) Howell
Apr 25, 1932 - Nov 26, 2014
Inez Howell, 82, of Ft. Worth went to be with her Lord on
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born
April 25, 1932 in Blooming Grove, Texas to Homer Clyde
Garrison and Nancy Ellen Gantt Garrison.
Mrs. Howell was very active until very recently when she
suffered a severe stroke. She loved working in her garden
growing both flowers and vegetables. She was said to have
made the “Best Mexican Cornbread north of the border.” She
spent most of her life working as a teacher’s aide in the
Fort Worth Independent School District.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers,
Larry Garrison and Calvin Garrison, and a daughter Nancy
Katherine “Kathy” Madey.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Donald Howell; daughter,
Dani Howell; son-in-law, Andy Madey; grandchildren, Johnna
Davis and Nancy Rachelle Bircher, and six
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
29, 2014 at Rose
Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas with Mr. Donnie
Madeline (Tarkington) Vernon
June 18, 1919 - Nov 14, 2014
Tarkington Vernon, 95, passed away peacefully at home near
Kerens, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. She was born June
18, 1919, in Bazette, Texas, to Andrew Benton Tarkington and
Elva Elizabeth Camp Tarkington. Madeline married Stephen
Alexander Vernon in 1939 in Kerens. They were married for 52
years until his death in 1991.
In the early 1980s, Madeline and Steve returned from Texas
City, Texas to their farm east of Kerens, after he retired
from his long-time position as sports editor of the Texas
City Daily Sun. Madeline loved being outdoors. She was an
avid gardener, an accomplished quilter and artisan, a
formidable 42 opponent, and a devoted mother of their nine
Madeline was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kerens,
and a committed believer whose quiet faith was an integral
part of her life. Visitors to her farm home east of Kerens
were likely to find her resting in a shady area of her back
yard with Bible in hand. She spent many years working with
young children in the nursery departments of her church in
Madeline was preceded in death by her husband as well as
brother Ivan “Tad” Tarkington, sister Beulah Crutchfield,
sister Hazel Tarkington, brother Earl Tarkington, sister
Pauline Ferguson Forbis, sister Lorene Hopkins, brother
Booth Tarkington, and son-in-law Bradley D. Bruns.
She is survived by her brother Thomas Tarkington of North
Richland Hills; son Ivan R. Vernon and his wife Jocelyn of
Medina, Ohio; daughter Melba J. Grogan and husband Donald of
Farmington, Missouri; sons James Leland Vernon and Byron O.
Vernon and wife Frances of Kerens; daughters Alice Rebecca
Knaack and husband William of Poteet, Texas; Karen G. Bruns
and husband Cary Crum of Corsicana; Betty J. Vernon and
husband Peter Miller of Hunt, Texas; Stephanie A. Welch and
husband Timothy of Austin; son Karl A. Vernon and wife
Deborah of Flemington, New Jersey; 18 grandchildren; 18
great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter as
well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at
Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18,
2014 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wes Johnson and
Rev. Frank Upchurch will officiate with interment to follow
at the Prairie
Pallbearers for Mrs. Vernon will be George Edwards, Norton
Connor, Butch McMillan, R.D. Lewis, Keith Fields and Don
Memorial donations for Madeline may be made to the
Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17,
Chicago, IL 60601 or alz.org. A special thank you is given
to those who made it possible for Madeline to spend her last
days in her beloved home including Kyle Montgomery, Carol
Littleton, Shawnda Witherspoon, Sandy Cruz and nurses from
Cedar Creek Home Health and Hospice Agency.
- w/o Stephen Alexander Vernon; d/o Andrew Benton
Tarkington and Elva Elizabeth (Camp) Tarkington
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Billie Mae (Johnson) Lambert
Oct 20, 1937 - Nov 23, 2014
Lambert of Corsicana passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 23,
2014 with her family at her side at the age of 77. She was
born Oct. 20, 1937 in Pursley to Willard K. and Willie Mae
Her favorite hobby was fishing. She also enjoyed reading and
spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard K. Johnson
and Willie Mae Johnson; and sister Imogene Kendall.
She leaves behind her children, Ricky W. French and wife
Paula, Jerry W.
Lambert Jr ., Kimberly A. Pair and husband Hiram, and
Lambert; brother Charles L. Johnson; grandchildren Ricky W.
and wife Marybeth, Chris Bland, Cody W. Lambert and wife
Christa, Ty Lambert, Austin Pair and wife Emily, Colby Pair,
Broden Lambert, Jailynn Pair, and Kinley Lambert. She is
also survived by great-grandchildren Addison French, Ryder
Lambert, Easton French, and soon-to-be Harper Pair.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with James and Judy
Williams officiating. Burial will follow at
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ricky W. French
Jr., Chris L. Bland, Cody W. Lambert, Ty Lambert, Austin
Pair, Colby Pair, and Broden Lambert.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
- w/o Roy Thomas French and Jerry Wayne Lambert Sr; d/o
Willard Karry Johnson & Willie Mae (Brown) Johnson
The Corsicana Daily Sunn - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
- Submitted byKaren Rost
May 4, 1928 - Nov 16, 2014
Margaret Huggins, 86, of Corsicana and
formerly of Kerens, passed away in Corsicana
at Tri-Sun Care Center on Sunday, Nov. 16,
2014. Visitation with her family will be 5
to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Griffin
- Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Graveside funeral service will be held at 3
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at
Kerens City Cemetery at the pavilion
area. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Margaret Huggins, resident of Corsicana and formerly of Kerens,
passed away in Corsicana at Tri-Sun Care Center on Sunday,
November 16, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born in Hill County
on May 4, 1928 to Alex Walden and Callie Poor Walden who farmed
in the area. Margaret married Autrey Huggins on November 10,
1945 in Corsicana and they made there home in Kerens. She was a
member of the First Baptist Church in Kerens and had been a
resident of Kerens for 69 years until moving to Corsicana this
year. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing and
Margaret was preceded n death by her husband of almost 58 years
Autrey Huggins on October 13, 2003 and her parents Alex and
Callie Walden. She is survived by her son; William (Bill)
Huggins and wife Pat of Kerens.
Grandson; Monte Huggins and wife Kandyof Tomball, TX. Great
grandchildren; Hunter, Heaton and Hannah.
Visitation with her family will be Tuesday evening 5 - 7pm at
Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside funeral
service will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3pm at
Kerens City Cemetery
at the pavilion area. A eulogy will be given by a friend of hers
- w/o Autrey Huggins m. Nov 10, 1945; d/o Alex Walden &
Callie (Poor) Walden
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Blonnie Merle (Sanders) Turner
Nov 7, 1916 - Nov 19, 2014
Merle Sanders Turner, 98, of Corsicana, passed away
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Graveside services will be held at
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at
Frost Cemetery in
Frost, Texas. Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.
Blonnie Merle Sanders Turner was born on November 7, 1916, to
John and Lena Sanders. She was raised in Frost, Texas and lived her
98 years in Navarro and Hill counties. She married Ray Olen (Buster)
Turner on October 28, 1934, and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage
until his death in 1995. She was a member of Westhill Church of
She is reunited in Heaven with her Lord, her parents, John
and Lena, sister, Clemmie Strickland, and brother John (Pete)
Sanders. She is also reunited with her beloved Buster whom she
She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her brother Daryl
Sanders, her daughter Belvia and son-in-law Mike Barham,
granddaughters Terra and Laura, and their husbands Brad Timmerman
and Brian Gibson, and great grand children Will Timmerman, and Reid,
Lane, and Morgan Gibson.
Blonnie loved to cook, crochet, and quilt. She was very
proud of her family and loved to tell stories of her childhood and
genealogy. She was most proud of her great-grandchildren and loved
to show them off. Her kind and loving legacy will endure beyond her
The family would like to extend sincere thanks for the care
and love that she received at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.
Open visitation and registry book are available at Corley
Funeral Home all day Friday, November 21. A graveside service will
be held in Frost Cemetery
at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, 2014 with Mr. Dan Gibson
- w/o Ray Olen "Buster" Turner - d/o John Sanders
and Lena Sanders
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Oleta Emmaline (Sheffield) Grounds
Sept 7, 1922 - Dec 1, 2014
Emmaline Grounds, 92, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec.
1, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4,
2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 10
a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Chapel with Bro. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will
follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Oleta Emmaline Grounds, resident of Corsicana, passed away
on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Heritage Oaks West Retirement
at the age of 92. She was born September 7, 1922 in Cleburne
to Jake and Polly Sheffield.
She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother,
grandmother,great grandmother, sister and friend. She worked
at Haggar Slack Factory, Adams Hat Factory and Wal-Mart
where she retired in 2003. She gave her life to the Lord at
an early age and remained faithful until her death. It was
very important to her that her children were in church. She
was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She loved to work
in her yard and keep the house.
She is preceded in death by husband Reagan Grounds, June 20,
1995; daughter, Robbie Biggar; granddaughter Tammy Kaye
Grounds; great grandson, Kasey Wyatt Roberts; brothers,
Walter, Rich, Sam, Melvin, J.W. Sheffield. Sisters, Mae
McGee, Fannie Hill, Minnie Goodman, Katherine Bell, Step
sister Iva Mae Young.
She is survived by her children, Polly Knott and husband
Kenneth of Corsicana, Dwayne Grounds of Corsicana;
granddaughters, Kim Coston and husband Larkin of Corsicana,
Cindy Kirk of Corsicana, Cheryl Roberts and husband Kevin of
Gun Barrel, Janet Grounds of Corsicana; great
granddaughters, Autumn Grounds, Briana Roberts, Cailin
Thomas, Caslin Thomas, Jordan Kirk all of Corsicana; great
grandsons, Korey Roberts, Kobey Roberts both of Gun Barrel;
great great granddaughter, Emmaline Rae Menard of Corsicana;
step grandchildren, Bro. Steve Knott and wife Sheila, Ron
Knott and wife Sharon, Tammy Zhanel and husband Gene, L.J
Coston II of Corsicana, Chris Coston and wife Lisa of
Corsicana, Mylea Lovell and husband David of Lubbock; step
great grandchildren, Stacy Hodges and husband Blake, Dan
Knott and wife Ashley, Brad Zhanel and wife Christine,
Brittani Lucas and husband Andy, Stephanie Knott, Tiffany
Knott, Michael, Shawn, Jillian, Jacey and Regan; step great
great grandchildren, Daylee, Landon, Cameron Hodges, Baylor
Knott, Blane and Carter Zhanel, Harper Painter; sister in
law, Pinkie Bell of Fort Worth. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 am
Friday, December 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Chapel with Bro. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will
follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Coston, Ernest Sikes, Donnie Grounds, Terry Grounds, Dickie
Russell, LaSodd Thomas.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Tina
Smith for taking care of their mother and grandmother during
her stay at Heritage Oaks West. Thank you, also, to Alice
and Patricia, Coretta and the rest of the nursing staff at
Heritage Oaks West and to Family First Hospice and Dr.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association
Dallas office - 4100 Alpha Rd. Suite 100 Dallas, Texas 75244
Cleveland Yeldell, Jr.
1960 - Nov 26, 2014
Yeldell, Jr., 54, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, Nov.
26, 2014 at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Center of Dallas.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the
New Hope Baptist Church located at 401 Fourth Street, Kerens
with Pastor Samuel Washington officiating. Interment will
follow at the
Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson
Billy Otha "Bill" Benton,
Sept 11, 1927 - Dec 4, 2014
O. Benton, resident of the Brushie Prairie community, passed
away at home on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the age of 87.
He was born on September 11, 1927 in the Union High
community of Navarro County to Otha Wayne and Ola Cox
Benton. Billy served his country during
World War II in
the United States Army Air Corp in the Pacific. He worked in
the oil fields in Hobbs, New Mexico and in the Houston area
and later was a contractor owning and operating Benton and
Son's Roofing. Billy enjoyed wood working crafts, reading
western novels and tinkering around the house. He was a
member of Community Chapel in Corsicana.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents Otha Wayne Benton
and Ola Cox Benton Tanner; bothers, Rex Benton and J. W.
Benton; sister, Miriam Prater; daughter-n-law Cindy Benton;
son, Bo Benton who passed away in September of 2012; and
wife Vivian Benton who passed away in July of 2013. He is
survived by his children Damon Benton of Brushie Prairie and
Norma Porter and husband Benny of Alvin. Daughter-in-law Joy
Benton of Buffalo. Nine grandchildren, seven great
grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He is also
survived by his sisters, Faylene Dick of Wortham, Reba
Gullet of Brownsboro and Lois Lane of Pursley; brother Lewis
Tanner of Union High.
Visitation with the Benton Family will be from 3 to 5 p.m.
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday afteroon. Funeral
service will be on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11am in the
Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie
Keele officiating. Burial will follow at
with Darian Cundiff, Devon Porter, Trace Turpin, Kurtis
Turpin, Kristopher Turpin and Nolan Porter serving as
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton
Neta Jean "Bunny"
Apr 21, 1946 - Oct 30, 2014
Neta Jean ‘Bunny’ Cole Arnold, 68, of Streetman passed away
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at home with her husband of 15
years, Jerry Hodges and her loving dog, Bear by her side.
Bunny was well-known for her 15 years of employment at
Walmart Corsicana in the Garden Center. She had many friends
who checked out in the Garden Center just to see Bunny and
say hello and for recognizing them.
Bunny was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Cole and
Juanita Wolfe Cole, and grandparents G. C. Cole and Maggie
Ann Young Cole.
She is survived by her son, William “Billy” Campbell, her
aunts Doris Bellah and Janice Cole, and cousins Larry and
Charley James Doss
Oct 28, 1932 - Dec 4, 2014
Charley J. Doss, 82, of Kerens passed away peacefully at
Cedar Lake Nursing Home on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral
Home in Corsicana. A private family memorial is planned
for a later date.
Jason Lee Martin
Nov 16, 1981 - Dec 4, 2014
gained a wonderful man on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 3 a.m.
when Jason Lee Martin, age 33, was called home. Jason Martin
was born on Nov.
16, 1981 to Sandy Stauty (Martin) in Germany.
Jason died in his home due to congestive heart failure,
kidney failure, and liver disease.
He was preceded in death by his Grandma, Carol Martin;
Brother-in-law, William “Billy” Leroy Hawkins III; and his
best friend, Josh Widener.
He was blessed with lots of people who loved him dearly and
will live on with his memory: his mother, Sandy Stauty; the
love of his life, his honee, Ana Costello; his sisters,
Angela Hawkins and Makayla Pavuk. He also had three
wonderful step-sisters: Rachel Cox, Angela Breckenridge, and
Erica Wong. He also was a very blessed uncle and his nephews
and nieces loved him so much: Noah Collins, Clayton Hawkins,
Bobby-Joe Boucher, Jordan Cox, Kaden and Hailey
Breckenridge, and Asher Wong will forever remember their
uncle. Grandparents include Don Martin, and Barbara and
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Grace Community Church in
Corsicana, with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Cremation
arrangements are under the care and direction of Corley
Jun 18, 1947 - Nov 13, 2014
Kay McCann Howard was born on June 18, 1947 and passed away
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. As a
lifelong resident of Navarro County, Sharon McCann Howard
centered her life around her two children, Joanna and
Justin. She wore many hats as a mother and a business
partner with her husband, Jim. Sharon enjoyed attending
soccer, football, baseball games and teaching her son how to
cook. She loved horses and spent a great deal of her life on
the road to American Quarter Horse shows or at the barn with
her daughter. Sharon assisted her husband with life on their
ranch where they raised cows and kept Cokie, the family
horse. When she became a grandmother in 1998, her new role
as “Mimi” consisted of helping her daughter with the early
days of motherhood, through illnesses, sewing baby blankets,
babysitting, and giving valuable advice. Mimi taught her
granddaughters, Alex and Riley, how to make the best Lemon
Cream Cheese pie in Texas. Sharon’s family was her life.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents from Streetman,
Texas; Margaret and Dick Walker and grandparents from
Pursley, Texas; Elton and Bennie McCann, father Billy Joe
McCann and mother Mary Ann McCann.
She is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Joanna, son
Justin, granddaughters; Alexandria and Riley Ellis, and her
son-in-law Stephen Ellis.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Christ’s Haven
for Children at www.christshaven.org or 4200 Keller Haslet
Road in Keller, Texas 76244.
A memorial service for Sharon will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 30, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N 13th St,
Corsicana, TX 75110. The service will be officiated by
Westhill Church of Christ Minister, Sam Dilbeck.
abt 1927 - Nov 18, 2014
Lawrence Bunton, 87, of
Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Twilight Nursing
Home. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at
Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Willie L. Greene officiating.
Scott Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Joshua Tyrell Walker
abt 1985 - Nov 24, 2014
Joshua Tyrell Walker, 29,
of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. A
memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation
arrangements are under the care and direction of Corley
Fred Clarence Crabtree
Mar 19, 1959 - Nov 24, 2014
Clarence Crabtree, 55, of Corsicana, passed away Monday,
Nov. 24, 2014. He passed away at his home in Corsicana after
a brief illness.
A Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at
Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco, with
Bro. Ron Renfro officiating. The family will receive
visitors from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at the
Fred was born on March 19, 1959, in Fort Worth and he
attended school in Waco.
Fred was preceded in death by his father, RC Crabtree and
sister, Sherry Ann Crabtree.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Fred Clarence
Crabtree, Jr. and JaeAyne Crabtree of Forney; daughter and
son-in-law, Allison and Humberto Moreno of Moody; son, Ryan
Crabtree of Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter, Jesyka
Crabtree of East Ridge, Tennessee; mother, Billie Johnson of
Waco; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Robert Valadez of
Eddy; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Richard Burns of
Waco; and granddaughters Chelsea, Zoi, Alyson, and Skylar
Moreno of Moody, and Clare and LeAyne Crabtree of Forney, as
well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Parr, Robert Lamb, James
“Jim” Harllee, Ryan Crabtree, Kevin Smith, and Robert
The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to
James Manufacturing, Inc. of Corsicana, for its assistance
with Fred's health care needs and in the memorial service,
as well as for being a life-long extended family member to
Jul 6, 1951 - Nov 30, 2014
Jean Clifford, 63, of Kerens, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30,
2014 at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Alabama. She
was born July 6, 1951 in Portland, Oregon.
Gloria was retired from the state of Texas Child Protective
Services in the Athens office. She was a member of Landmark
Baptist Church. She was very passionate about her dogs,
Pixie and the late Lexi. Gloria enjoyed watching movies and
listening to music.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hazel
Daniel, and grandson, Dillon Montgomery.
She is survived by her children, Kyle Montgomery, Sandra
Montgomery, James Donald Montgomery, and Toni Jones and
husband Casey Jones; Anthony Montgomery, Marisa Montgomery,
Sydney Williams, Autumn Montgomery, Madison Montgomery,
Wyatt Montgomery, and great-grandchild Kaydin Arellano.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4,
2014 at Landmark Baptist Church, Corsicana with the Rev. Don
William A. Thomas
Dec 25, 1932 - Nov 16, 2014
A. Thomas passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Corsicana. He
was born Dec. 25, 1932 in San Pedro, California to Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Thomas.
In 1950, Mr. Thomas began his military career in the United
States Navy and was honorably discharged to move on to the
U.S. Air Force where he began his aviation career until
1958. He moved his family to the Dallas area where he
continued his aviation mechanic career at Dallas Love Field
for several years. In 1971, William moved his family to
Corsicana after leaving his career in aviation and became
the manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken for several years and
then went on to obtain his CDL in
1992 where he was an over the road truck driver until he
William went on to obtain a Certified Nurse's Aide
Certification in 2009 as he wanted to help those who could
no longer help themselves. He also worked at Wal-Mart from
2010-2012 where he enjoyed helping people and making new
William was an artist who loved to paint beautiful
landscapes and portraits of animals and also enjoyed
woodworking of all types and brought new life to old pieces
of furniture. He enjoyed sitting out on the patio with his
two companions, Fluffy and Mitzi, and his wife Gloria in the
evening time. He will be missed by many.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years and mother
of his children, Charlotte Thomas, adopted son, Randall
Wallace, and brother; Ronald Thomas of Missouri, his sister,
Dolores Thomas and his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Thomas of Corsicana,
daughters; Vanessa R. Thomas and Valarie McGee and husband,
Darryl McGee, and brother, Roger Thomas and wife, Carol of
Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. A
private burial was held at DFW National Cemetery. A memorial
service will be scheduled at a later date.
May 6, 1921 - Nov 30, 2014
Elaine Jenkins, 93, of Plano passed away Sunday, Nov. 30,
She was born May 6, 1921 and raised in Corsicana, Texas. She
was a licensed cosmetologist and trained in lab, X-ray and
nursing. She worked as a surgical nurse, but retired from
AT&T as an industrial nurse.
Donna was involved with the American Association of Medical
Assistants, and was an avid Red Hatter. She was a painter,
passionate about journalism, played accordion, and was
active in Church of Christ and Plano Senior Center. She was
runner up for Ms. Senior Plano in 2009. She won first place
national award for “The Texas Beam,” the Texas paper done
for Texas AAMA.
She is survived by her daughter, Carla Miller and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at
Restland Funeral Home.
Services at Wildwood Chapel, Restland Dallas at 12:30 p.m.
5, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donate to charity of your
May 7, 1953 - Nov 24, 2014
Gamez, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in
Dallas on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, with her family at her side
at the age of 61.
She was born on May 7, 1953 in Pharr, Texas, to Servando
Garcia and Manuela Pruenda Garcia. She married Mike Gamez on
Sept. 13, 1975 in Pharr, Texas and the two renewed their
vows this past Friday at Baylor Medical Center. Family was
important to Yoli. She loved her family and made sure to
spoil them at any opportunity, especially her children and
grandchildren. After moving to Corsicana she worked as an
administrative assistant with Parks and Recreation with the
City of Corsicana from 1996 - 2001. For the past fourteen
years she has been a customer service representative with
the Navarro County Electric CO-OP. She was a member of the
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana.
She is preceded in death by her father, Servando Garcia;
brother, Raymond Garcia; mother-in-law, Bebe Cantu; and
father-in-law, Pres Cantu.
Yoli is survived by her husband of 39 years, Mike Gamez of
Corsicana; sons, Eli Gamez of Corsicana, and Jason Gamez and
his wife Bridget of Corsicana; grandchildren, Grant and
Molly Gamez; mother, Manuela Garcia; sister, Dalia Orozco;
and brother, Oscar Garcia, all of San Juan, Texas. She is
also survived by her sisters-in-law, Diane Ball and her
husband Bryan of Corsicana, Terri Puente and husband David
of McAllen, and Sheila Almanza and her
husband Hector of McAllen; brother-in-law, Manuel Cantu of
McAllen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her and Mike's residence at
2820 Hillcrest in Corsicana.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
Nov. 28, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with
Father Jason Cargo officiating. A private interment will
follow at a later date at
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rash, Charlotte Weaver,
Maria Hernandez, Laura Dunlap, Dee Hughes, Hope Edwards and
employees of Navarro County Electric Cooperative, as well
as, Ned Balcom, Steve Adair, Brett Douglas, Mark Powell,
Ricky Holloway, Bobby Davis, Doug Hageman, Robert Gray, Ed
Oldham, Matt Stach and the rest of the Corsicana Area Exxon
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to
The Hope Center at 1115 West Second Avenue, Corsicana, Texas
Hilda Bess (Wilson) Reed
Oct 4, 1916 - Nov 15, 2014
Hilda Bess Reed, 98, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in
a nursing home in Stephenville. She was a lifelong resident
of the Corsicana area until moving to Stephenville six years
ago to be near her daughter. She was born Oct. 4, 1916 in
Angus, Texas to William and Bessie Wilson.
She married Roy L. Reed in 1938 and spent 46 years as his
wife until he passed away in 1984. Hilda was devoted to the
Lord, her church and her family. One of her joys in life was
singing in the choir at church and she had a beautiful
soprano voice. She was actively involved with her church
family at Westside Baptist Church where she was a charter
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her
brother, Preston Wilson and sisters; Myra Malkowski and
Mattie Sue Stewart, and son-in-law, Ken Jones.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her son, Larry Reed and wife, Jan
of Tunnel Hill, Georgia along with her daughter, Patsy Jones
of Stephenville, Texas. She is also survived by
grandchildren; Dayna and James Logan, Debra and Glenn Watts,
Brian and Kim Reed of Rocky Face, Georgia and Jill and Gary
Reed of Abilene, Texas; plus, great-grandchildren; Mezmeriah
Logan, Casey Broome, Ashley Watts, Danielle Watts, Skylar
Reed, Fletcher Reed, Billy Robertson, Elle Robertson all of
Rocky Face, Georgia and Landry Reed of Abilene, Texas. She
is survived by her brother, William Wilson of Euless, Texas
along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert
officiating. Pallbearers will be Tommie Oliphant, Coleman
Chew, Steve Robinson and Jerry Robinson. Serving as honorary
pallbearers are Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. C. David Campbell, Dr.
James Price, Herbert Hoffman and Billy Bob Collier. A
private burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church at 1522 N.
24th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Ann (Wheat) Bell
July 5, 1932 - Nov 19, 2014
Martha Ann Wheat Bell was born July 5, 1932 in Teague to
Lawrence B. and Johnnie Mae (Carroll) Wheat. She woke up in Heaven
Wednesday morning Nov. 19, 2014 at the age of 82. She was greeted by
sons, Charles Ray Wheat (September 2002), Paul Wayne Bell (December
2002), Jimmy Dale Bell (February 2003); son-in-law, Ronald Lee Shaw
(May 2014) and great-grandson Jacob Ross Montgomery (September
2009). Also greeting her were brothers, L.B. Wheat, Virgil Wheat,
Glen Wheat; sisters, Mae Evelyn Bland, Vera Woodard and her parents.
She is survived by her daughters,
Georgia Wing and husband Roger of Kerens, Carolyn Shaw of Corsicana,
Joyce Elliott of Waxahachie and Avelina Wheat Garcia of Wortham;
son, Bobby Bell and wife Beverly of Trinidad; her 12 grandchildren
that God granted her, Renee' Greene and husband Kenneth of Kerens,
Bobby Greene and wife Leeanne of Kerens, Laura Smith and husband
Casey of Robinson, Heather Shaw of Corsicana, Jearld Montgomery and
wife Devon of Rice, Jason Montgomery and wife Jerika of Corsicana,
Sam Ward and wife YuVon of Purdon, Shelley McDaniel and husband Mike
of Pursley, Hollie Kananda and husband Francis of Wortham, Sabrina
Johnson of Bailey, Brittany Melton and husband Stephen of Emhouse
and Alicia Bell of Trinidad. She was such a wonderful Granny, Nanny
or Grandmother as she was called that God granted her 18
great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Austin Greene, Leah-Anne, Briar
and Brayden Greene, Madison Smith, Sarah, Jerry and Kelly
Montgomery, Larrissa Morgan and Xia Ward, Paden and Lucas McDaniel,
Adriana Kananda, Billy, Mason and Derick Johnson and Kameron Bell.
She is also survived by brothers, Marvin Wheat of Waco and Walter
Wheat and wife Doris of Abilene; sisters, Geneva Almon, Hazel Jayroe
of Garland and too many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 22, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 23, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will
follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Sam Ward, Bobby Greene, Casey
Smith, Kenneth Tucker, Jerald Montgomery, Jason Montgomery, Mike
McDaniel, Stephen Melton, and Francis Kananda.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Franklin Everett "Buddy" Withrow III
Jan 15, 1930 - Nov 14, 2014
“Buddy” Withrow, 84, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov.
14, 2014 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral
service will follow at 3 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church
with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at
in Retreat. Arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
F.E. (Buddy) Withrow III resident of Corsicana went to be
with the Lord on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the age of 84.
He was born January 15, 1930 in Teague, Texas to F.E.
Withrow Jr. and Faye Carpenter Withrow. He grew up in
Richland, Texas and graduated from Richland High School, he
later attended and graduated from the University of Baylor
with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in
1952. In 1954 he opened Withrow Furniture Co., later moving
into the old Sears building where it remains today. On April
6, 1956 he married Mary Helen Caton. They have remained
married for 58 years.
Buddy loved all sports, he was an avid fan of the Baylor
Bears, Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and the Yankees. He loved
to fly, he had a pilot license and loved to take friends and
family up for a ride that they probably wouldn't forget.
Buddy also achieved a 5th degree black belt in karate under
the instruction of Keneth Powers. He was also a member of
the YMCA for some 60 years. He loved playing volleyball with
the "old gang". Buddy most of all loved God, his family,
friends and his Sunday school class. He was a member of
Northside Baptist Church and was in the choir for many
years. He loved fellowship with family, friends and with
someone he may have just met for the first time. He enjoyed
getting to know people and helping others. He was a very
caring and giving man.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by
his wife of 58 years, Mary Withrow; brother, Joel Withrow;
sons, Mike Withrow and wife Sandra, Mark Withrow and wife
Suzie; grandchildren, Michael Withrow and wife Sara,
Courtney Aguado and husband Josh, Bradley Withrow and Morgan
Baggett, Ashley Douglas and husband Daniel and Toni James;
great grandchildren, Owen, Riggen, Eli, Josie and Alena all
Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon November 18, 2014 from
1 - 3 pm at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral services will
follow at 3:00 pm at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick
Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at
in Retreat. Pallbearers will be Jim McNeal, Gary Ferguson,
Don Harvey, Bud Osborne, Jim Hodge and Marc Maxwell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Buddy Caton, Jerry Caton,
Herman Mills and Linzy Hazelwood.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northside
- s/o Franklin Everett Withrow Jr. & Faye (Carpenter)
- Submitted by
Sylvia Danielle (Hayes) Hayes
Aug 6, 1939 - Nov 27, 2014
Sylvia Danielle Hayes, resident of
Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, Nov.
27, 2014 at the age of 75. She was born
in Corsicana on Aug. 6, 1939 to Eldridge
and Lola Hayes. Visitation will be
Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral
service will be Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at
10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Burial will be at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Funeral
arrangements are under the direction of
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, November
Submitted by Karen Rost
Sylvia Danielle Hayes joined the angels
on November 27, 2014. She was a fighter
until the end and showed more strength
and courage than could be imagined.
Sylvia was born on August 6, 1939 in
Corsicana, Texas to Eldridge and Lola
Hayes. She was raised in Abbott, Texas
as a child. Sylvia married her lifelong
sweetheart James "Buster" Hayes on June
2, 1956. The two of them shared 58
wonderful years together.
Sylvia was a strong Christian women and
led everyday by example. She was a
member of the Westhill Church of Christ
in Corsicana. She was a nursing home
administrator for many, many years and
always enjoyed working with the elderly.
She was a strong believer in education
and had over 19 degrees and
certifications to her credit. She would
always encourage a strong education and
work ethic in all who came into contact
She is preceded in death by her parents,
Eldridge and Lola Hayes; her sister,
Shirley Jean Hayes; her brother, Kenneth
Burleson. Sylvia is survived and will be
greatly missed by her husband, James
"Buster" Hayes of Corsicana; three
loving daughters, Charlotte and James
Biddy of Kerens, Teresa Young of Purdon
and her fiancé Jim McDowell of Blooming
Grove and Libby Layfield and her husband
Kyle of Kerens. Sylvia's four
grandchildren held a special place in
her heart and will miss her
tremendously; Kristen Biddy of Kerens,
Kaylon Williams of Corsicana, Alexander
Layfield of Kerens and Lauren Layfield
of Kerens. She is also survived by her
brothers Thomas Burleson of Amarillo and
Roy Hayes of Corsicana; and a sister,
Karen Hayes of Corsicana.
Visitation with Sylvia's family will be
Sunday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm at
Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held on Monday,
December 1, 2014 at 10am in the Chapel
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with
Jimmy Glenn from the Kerens Church of
Christ officiating. Burial will follow
at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery in
Retreat. Serving as pallbearers will be
Kyle Layfield, Alex Layfield, Jim
McDowell, Gerry Harris, Eddie Jones.
The family ask that memorials be made to
the American Cancer Society - Navarro
County Unit at 200 North 13Th Street
Suite 102 Corsicana, Texas 75110
- w/o James "Buster" Hayes m. June 2, 1956; d/o Eldridge Hayes
& Lola Mae
- Submitted by
Robert Ferrell Bower Sr.
Mar 3, 1927 - Nov 28, 2014
Bower, resident of Corsicana, passed away at Ennis Regional
Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at the age of 87. He
was born on March 3, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to Rex Bower
Sr. and Luticia Coker Bower.
Robert served his country in the United States Navy during
World War II and was called back to service during the
Korean War. He retired from the United States Post Office in
1984 as mail superintendent. He was a member of First
Baptist Church in Corsicana where he served as a Deacon.
Robert had a servant’s heart, always wanting to help others
in need. He enjoyed volunteering his time with the local
“Meals on Wheels” and serving meals at First Baptist Church.
He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building homes for
those in need to the community and going on mission trips to
build or repair church buildings. Robert was also a charter
member of the Navarro County Credit Union that started in
the courthouse basement.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Lola Beth Bower
who passed away in 2004 after 54 years of marriage. He is
also preceded in death by his parents Rex and Luticia Bower,
brothers Earl Bower, Vernon Bower, Rex Bower Jr. and Eddie
Bower; sisters, Alice Bower, Helen (Sookie) Bennett and
Jerry Nell Jordan.
In 2004 he married Rosa Wear Cummins on Dec. 31. He is
survived by Rosa of Corsicana; sons, Bobby Bower and wife
Janice of Corsicana and Larry Bower and wife Nancy of
Gilbert, Arizona; grandchildren Aaron Bower of Tyler and
Elizabeth Wilson and husband Dayne of Friendswood;
great-grandchildren Justin and Ashlee. He is also survived
by brothers Melba Bower and wife Eleanor or Corsicana, Wayne
(Mickey) Bower and wife Betty of Hillsboro, Miller Bower and
wife Pat of Corsicana and a nephew who they all considered a
brother, Mike Bower and wife Maxine. Robert is also survived
by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December
4, 2014 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home
with Dr. Danny Reeves and B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.
Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with
Military Honors by the United States Navy.
Patricia Ann (Wright) Farmer-Posey
Aug 23, 1939 - Nov 25, 2014
Ann Wright Posey, 75, of Hillsboro passed away Tuesday, Nov.
25, 2014 at Wesley Woods Nursing Home in Waco.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28,
2014 at Oakwood
Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Amy Anderson
Born Aug. 23, 1939 in Paris, Texas, she was the daughter of
Jacob Cody and Synthann Maurine (Osborn) Wright. She
graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Trinity
University. In the mid 1990’s, Patty retired from Hillsboro
Independent School District as a school secretary. An active
member of First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, she
was also a member of Hill County Republican Women and
volunteered for many organizations including Meals on
Wheels. Patty enjoyed playing Bunco, traveling, going out to
eat with friends, dancing, gardening, and tending to
Preceding her in death were her parents and a son, Jeffrey
Allen Farmer on June 23, 2000.
Survivors include her son, Joe H. Farmer III and wife,
Cheryl of Hillsboro; as well as many grandchildren and
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association, 6605 Sanger Ave., Suite 1, Waco Texas 76710.
- w/o Joe Holloway Farmer Jr. & Unknown Posey; d/o Jacob
Cody Wright & Synthann Maurine (Osborn) Wright
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Saturday, Nov 29, 2014
- Submitted by
Faime (Cook) Wylie
May 7, 1927 - Nov 28, 2014
Patsy Cook Wylie, 87, of Corsicana died peacefully with her
devoted husband of 71 years by her side on Friday, Nov. 28,
2014 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born May 7,
1927 in Corsicana, Texas to O.B. and Florence Mayes Cook.
She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother,
great grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She was a
faithful member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. She
was always dressed to kill, each hair in place and ready to
take on whatever came her way. She was a fine business lady,
getting her college degree as an adult and owning her own
business with her sister Barbara, “Pat & Babs” clothing
store in Corsicana for many years. She was a Godly woman and
the best mother and grandmother you could ask for; she was
fun-loving, easy-going and game for anything. She always had
a big smile and was always happy and full of life. Her happy
disposition was envied by many, and Aimee Ingham Kasprzyk
said it perfectly, “She was the lady we all strive to be ...
AMAZING inside and out!” She found good in just about
anything, and didn’t have the easiest childhood but you
never heard her complain. It made her a strong woman and
only motivated her to be different. She and her husband
married when she was 15 and he was 17, a love some people
never know. They were honest, pure, had true love for just
each other all of their lives. How amazing to spend 71 years
with the same person and share such a beautiful life
together. They would have celebrated 72 years of marriage
She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Ray Wylie;
granddaughter Ronda Carter; parents, O.B. and Florence Mayes
Cook; and a sister, Barbara Gilliam.
She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Kenneth
M. Wylie; son, Ronny Wylie and wife Candyce;
daughter-in-law, Diann Wylie; granddaughters, Colleen
Carter, Holly Wylie, Doree Gorden, and Lezley Carter;
grandsons, Lance Thomason and Craig Thomason;
great-grandchildren, Tanner Wylie Davis, Makayla Gorden,
Laynie Gorden, and Camilla Carter; and numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends.
Visitation with the family was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 30, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves
officiating. Interment will follow in
Pallbearers will be Chris Gorden, Terry Gorden, Tanner Wylie
Davis, Gary Schutte, Don Harvey, and Jimmy Brown. Honorary
Pallbearers are Ron Whitley, Terry Paul, Brent Ross, Randy
Brown and Lonnie Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Family First Hospice,
102 SW Main Street, Ennis, Texas 75119.
Pearlie Mae (Layton) Berry
Jul 12, 1928 - Dec 6, 2014
Pearlie Mae Berry, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday,
Dec. 6, 2014 at her residence.
She was born on July 12, 1928 in Donnie, Texas to Alva C.
Layton and Mary Jane Smith Layton.
Mrs. Berry moved to Corsicana in 1978 and spent most of her
adult life working at The Old Mexican Inn here. She was a
loving and caring mother to her four children. Her
grandchildren were always welcome in her home and memories
made there will be cherished by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and
Survivors include her four children, Philip Berry, Larry
Berry, Deborah Lucas and husband Joe, and Wanda Berry. She
is also survived by grandchildren, Eric Berry, Tim Lucas,
Chris Lucas, Melanie Dinwiddie and Shawn Hall; nine
great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; as
well as her sister, Joyce Birdwell and brother, Leroy
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at
Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Craig Castleberry
Pallbearers will be Tim Lucas, Chris Lucas, Shawn Hall,
Walter “Bubba” Dinwiddie, Eric Berry and Trae Dinwiddie.
Burial will follow at
Pearlie Mae Berry, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday,
December 6, 2014, at her residence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8
p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the funeral
home. Burial will be in
Pearlie was born in Donie, Texas, to the late Alva C. Layton and
Mary Jane Smith Layton. She moved to Corsicana in 1978 and spent
most of her adult life working at The Old Mexican Inn here. She was
a loving and caring mother to her four children. Her grandchildren
were always welcome in her home and memories made there will be
cherished by all.
She was preceded in death by four brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include her sons, Philip Berry and Larry Berry; daughters,
Deborah Lucas and husband, Joe, and Wanda Berry; grandchildren; Eric
Berry, Tim Lucas, Chris Lucas, Melanie Dinwiddle and Shawn Hall;
nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister,
Joyce Birdwell; brother, Leroy Layton; many other relatives and
Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec. 8, 2014
by Diane Richards
w/o Clyde Thomas Berry buried Bethel Cemetery, Maypearl, Tx; d/o
Alva Cephus Layton & Mary Jane “Maime”(Smith) Layton-Jackson
John Lorenzie Harper, Jr. Dr.
Aug 8, 1923 - Dec 10, 2014
John L. Harper, 91, passed away peacefully, surrounded by
his loved ones, on December 10, 2014. He was born in Ft.
Worth, Texas, on August 8, 1923 to Lorenze and Pauline
Harper. John grew up on the family farm in Kennedale where
he learned to love and care for animals.
John was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Nolte Harper
and his wife, Jeanne Cox Harper. He is survived by his
children, Fredericka (Ricki) Driffill and her husband, Jim
of Helotes, Texas and his son, John L. Harper III and his
wife Denise of Corsicana. He is also survived by his four
grandchildren and their spouses, Sarah & Luke Mackay,
Matthew & Lisa Driffill, Caroline & Fred Knapp and Walt &
Hillary Harper. He had six great grandchildren that he
John went to Ft. Worth's Polytechnic High School where he
met his future wife, Jeanne. After graduating from high
school in 1941, he went on to North Texas Agricultural
College in Arlington, pursuing studies in Aeronautical
Engineering, then becoming a flight engineer for American
World War II, John's fleet was drafted to fly for the
United States Army Air Transport Command based out of La
Guardia field, taking him all over the world.
He married the love of his life, Jeanne, on June 18, 1945,
and they were devoted to each other 'for the next 66 years.
Together, they built a home, a family and a legacy of love
that will be passed down for generations. After the war, the
couple moved back to Texas to resume John's education. They
moved to College Station, where he graduated in 1950 from
Texas A&M with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He was accepted
into A&M’s Veterinary School and graduated as a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine in May of 1952. The couple and their 3-
month-old daughter, Ricki, moved to Corsicana that June,
where he began practicing veterinary medicine. Several years
later, John and J.D. Carroll opened Carroll & Harper Animal
Hospital on West 2nd Avenue, soon becoming the social hub of
the local agriculture community. Dr. Harper primarily
practiced small animal veterinary medicine, where he loyally
served the community until he retired in 1999. He followed
his calling & passion tor education, serving on the
Corsicana ISD School Board for nine years and giving his
time to the youth of Navarro County and the Youth Expo for
Dr. Harper was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church
for 62 years. He loved spending time at the family farm in
Corbet, where he proudly passed down his passion for farming
and ranching to his children and grandchildren. Among his
other many interests were collecting arrowheads and
historical artifacts, traveling, reading, and watching
sports. After retiring from Carroll and Harper Animal
Hospital, he devoted his time to faithfully caring for his
son, Tommy, and wife, Jeanne, in the final years of their
life, in addition to volunteering at the Corsicana Animal
Shelter. Dr. Harper inspired many young people in the areas
of agriculture and medicine, always stressing the value of
education. He was a true philanthropist- a lover of people;
most especially those that others discounted as unimportant.
He was a treasured friend and mentor to so many, and he will
be greatly missed.
Graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Saturday,
December 13, 2014 at
Dresden Cemetery with The Reverend John Conley
officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. Ricky Rogers, Dr. Mack
Boyd, Dr. James Price, Ronnie Wylie and Clayton Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ray Carroll, Rudy Carroll,
Bill Bradford, Bill Meacham, Matt Dawson and Campbell
Gillespie. The Celebration of Life service for Dr. Harper
will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at
Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The family requests memorials be made to Westminster
Presbyterian Child & Family at 312 N. 13th St. Corsicana, TX
75110 or The Navarro Country Youth Expo at 4021 W. Hwy 22,
Corsicana, Texas 75110.