Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



John Herbert Frey, Dr.
Oct 14, 1867 - Mar 6, 1916


Corsicana Sustains Irreparable Loss in Death of Dr. Frey.

Corsicana is again called upon to mourn the death of one of her most eminent and useful citizens in the person of Dr. John Herbert Frey, death coming at 6 o’clock this morning at the family home on West Third avenue, after several weeks’ of ill health.

The deceased would have been fifty years old on the 14th of October next, and had been engaged in the practice of his profession here for twenty-four years. To say that he was a good physician does not half tell the truth, for he was a man eminent in his profession, and that eminence was more among the men of his own profession than among the laity. The laity loved him for his unassuming manner and kindness of heart and had faith in his skill; but his professional brethren esteemed him for his profound learning and great skill in his profession. Dr. Frey did not follow beaten tracks. He read the books of his profession and profited by such reading; but his great analytical mind took him much farther than the teachings of others. He was a thinker and hence his own researches and own experiments proved many of his own theories as true, as profound, and as great as those of the books. The people will miss him and his professional brethren are already asking themselves whom will his mantle fall—who is he and where is he who will be so useful to his professional brethren when they are in need of wise counsel. Dr. Frey was not only a hard worker, but he was a masterly student, and his office was not a place of elegance and ease, but a study of research and indefatigable labor, where profound and useful thoughts were worked out to a practical conclusion and useful end.

Surviving the deceased is his venerable mother, now nearly ninety years old, who made her home with him, his wife and two daughters, Misses Berta and Marie, the former still under the parental roof, and the later a teacher in public schools of Dallas. For these the sympathy of the community is deep and profound, for the great man was child like in his home. His devotion to his venerable mother was that of a dutiful and loving son to the end; his devotion to his wife simplicity and purity itself, and his daughters were his idols. Those who were near to him know of his devotion to his loved ones, and they better than the general public can understand just how son, husband and father will be missed in that home. Funeral arrangements have not yet been definitely made, but it is possible that interment may not be made before Wednesday or Thursday, awaiting the arrival of Mrs. Frey’s brother, Mr. John Treadwell, from New York City.



A motion was made and carried that the president appoint a committee to draw up suitable resolutions of respect in honor of the society’s most faithful and honored member, Dr. J. H. Frey. Drs. Shell, Kelton, and T. A. Miller were appointed.

Dr. Jester said that he was sure that Dr. Frey was most beloved by his fellow doctors and that a suitable floral offering should be selected and that the doctors place their services at the disposal of the beloved family and show them every courtesy possible as a mark of appreciation of his useful and helpful life.

Drs. Jester, B. F. Houston and Newton were appointed a committee to select a floral offering.




Last Sad Rites Will Be At First Presbyterian Church.

The funeral services for the remains of the late Dr. John Herbert Frey will be held in the First Presbyterian church tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. Charles Oberschmidt will officiate. The pall-bearers will be; Active—Drs. T. A. Miller, J. F. Daniel, H. E. Newton, J. E. McClung, E. E. Sanner and Vernon V. McKinney. Honorary—Drs. Dubart Miller, W. D. Fountain, T. B. Sadler, S. H. Burnett, I. N. Suttle, H. B. Jester, E. B. Lowry, J. M. V. Wills, W. D. Cross, T. V. Fryer, L. E. Kelton, W. T. Shell, B. F. Houston, Trim Houston, L. C. Polk, R. N. Holloway, O. L. Smith, F. R. Lindley, J. T. Hunt, Harry Ezell, J. A. Jones, W. J. W. Kerr, W. J. Green, and Dr. Slater of Navarro.

The pall-bearers are requested to meet at the Business League room at 2:30 and march in a body to the residence on West Third Avenue.

Superintendent Barnett and the board of directors of the State Orphan Home of which deceased was physician, will meet at the residence and go in a body to the home.




Remains of Dr. J. H. Frey Laid to Rest This Afternoon.

The last sad rites over the remains of the late Dr. John Herbert Frey were said at the First Presbyterian church this afternoon at 3 o’clock in the presence of a large audience. The chancel was a veritable bower of beautiful evergreens, pot plants and cut flowers. The choir, assisted by Mrs. Harry Williams and Messrs. C. L. Knox and Edgar Metcalf, sand “Lead Kindly Light,” after which Dr. Oberschmidt read appropriate scripture and preached an appropriate sermon. Dr. T. A. Miller, who came to Corsicana some time before the deceased did, and who had been associated with him professionally all of these years, delivered a short address in which he paid a high tribute to the deceased as a physician and gentleman. The services at the grave were concluded with that impressive song, “Some Day We’ll Understand.”

The procession that followed the remains to their last resting place was several blocks in length, many friends of the deceased, in whose homes he had been in hours of sorrow were there to pay their last token of esteem and love.

A brilliant intellect has gone from among us, and a self-sacrificing heart has been forever stilled; but the impress of his genius and the noble deeds of his kindly heart will live among those who knew, esteemed and loved him in life.


Lovely Elizabeth (Tidball) Frey
Jun. 12, 1827 - Jan. 14, 1920


Mrs. A. B. Frey Will Be Buried Tomorrow Afternoon.

The funeral of Mrs. A. B. Frey will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of her son, the late Dr. J. H. Frey, 623 West Third Avenue.

The pallbearers are as follows: J. M. Blanding, J. G. Comfort, J. M. Dyer, G. E. Mitchell, Walter Burgess, W. G. Baker, E. L. Bell, C. G. Davidson.




Remains Will Be Brought Here For Interment.

Mrs. Love E. Frey, widow of the late Ambrose Frey, and mother of the late Dr. J. H. Frey, died yesterday at the home of a nephew in Washington, Kansas, and the remains will be brought here for interment. The hour of the funeral cannot now be given.

The deceased lived here for many years and though death came at a ripe old age, the event will bring sadness to many who knew and loved her in life.




She Had Reached the Ripe Old Age of Ninety-three.

The remains of the late Mrs. A. B. Frey were laid to rest in Oakwood yesterday afternoon at 3”3l after funeral services at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. H. Frey. The services were conducted by Rev. Charles Oberschmidt and many friends were there to pay their respects to the memory of one who had lived here for many years and was loved by all who knew her. There were many beautiful floral offerings and Judge J. M. Blanding, J. C. Comfort, J. M. Dyer, G. E. Mitchell, Walter Burgess, W. G. Baker, E. L. Bell and C. G. Davidson acted as pall bearers.

The deceased was a native of Virginia and was born ninety three years ago. A sister of the deceased, Miss Nannie
Tidball, died here a few years ago at the same ripe old age.


Berta Louise Frey
Nov 8, 1893 - Feb 3, 1972

Miss Frey

Memorial services for Miss Berta Frey, a native of Corsicana who died Feb. 3 in New York State, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana.

Miss Frey was a noted writer, lecturer and teacher in the field of weaving who gave to Westminster Presbyterian church in Corsicana several of her works of art, including the tapestry, “The Wise and Foolish Virgins”, which hangs in the church parlor.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. John H. and Flora Treadwell Frey and had resided in Bearsville, N. Y. for the past 20 years. She had established studios in Washington D. C. and New York City, specializing in fabrics and wearing apparel, and had received numerous awards and recognition for her work in national and regional competitions. Her works are represented in permanent collections of several museums, and she was the author of several books.

Miss Frey had lectured in 40 of the 50 states and was an organizer and first president of New York Guild for Handweavers. She was also past president of the New York Craftsmen and was a member and teacher at the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen. After moving to Bearsville, she maintained a private studio in her home, where she taught weaving.

A sister, Miss Marie Frey of Bearsville, died in 1968.


Flora (Treadwell) Frey
Nov 2, 1873 - Oct 16, 1953

Mrs. J. H. Frey Expires Friday

Mrs. J. H. Frey, widow of a well-known former Corsicana physician, died Friday at her summer home at Woodstock, N. Y., according to information received by friends here. The funeral will be at Woodstock.

Surviving are two daughters, Misses Berta and Marie Frey, both of New York City and Woodstock.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian church while residing in Corsicana.

The family left Corsicana about 25 years ago.


Ada Lalla (Ives) Minor
Aug 8, 1855 - Feb 21, 1916


Simple Funeral Services At Residence This Afternoon.

Mrs. Ada Lalla Minor died last night at the home of her son, John R. Minor, Jr., on Fairmount and Mahon streets. Though she had not been well, the end was sudden and not expected. The son and his wife were with her and life ebbed out peacefully.

Mrs. Minor was born at Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 5, 1855, the daughter of Capt. Tom and Caroline Kingsbery Ives. Most of her life was spent in Texas. She lived at Calvert when that was the terminus of the Houston & Texas Central Railway. Later Dallas was her home. It was in this city that she was married Nov. 26, 1879, at the Episcopal Cathedral on Commerce street, to John R. Minor.

Their home for some years was in Corsicana, where a daughter was born and passed away. The only son was born and reared there. The family came to Dallas in 1896 and this has been the home since then, except for about four years that she spent in Corpus Christi for her health. She is survived by the husband and the son and by one brother, Jack Ives.

Mrs. Minor was a member of the Episcopal Church, attending the Church of the Incarnation. A simple service will be said at the home at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. Chas. Clingman, rector of the church officiating. Tomorrow afternoon there will be burial service at Corsicana where the rites of the Order of the Eastern Star will be used. Mrs. Minor was a member of Dallas Chapter No. 1 Order of the Eastern Star. In the service at the home this afternoon Earle D. Behrends and a quartet will sing some of the hymns she loved. Pallbearers will be W. C. Esry, Emil Fretz, W. Osbin Rawlins, Leven T. Deputy, Adams Colhoun and John R. Minor, Jr.—Dallas News.

AS stated in the above article Mr. and Mrs. John R. Minor made Corsicana their home many years ago and Mr. Minor was a prominent architect and builder here in those days. The family was popular and had many friends here among the older citizenship of the town all of whom will regret very much to learn of Mrs. Minor’s death and who will extend sympathy to the husband and son who survive her.

The remains will reach Corsicana at 12:05 tomorrow and will be taken to the Episcopal church and buried from there in Oakwood Cemetery .

Notice to Eastern Star.

The Order of the Eastern Star is called to meet at the St. John’s Episcopal church tomorrow at noon to attend the funeral of Mrs. Minor, who died in Dallas and who will be buried under the auspices of the Eastern Star in Oakwood.


Marion Laverne “Billy” Draper
Jul 16, 1919 - Mar 10, 1973

M. L. Draper

Marion L. (Billy) Draper, 53, of Garland, died Saturday afternoon near Dallas at Lake Ray Hubbard while attempting to save the lives of some children in a boat that was sinking. He got the children to safety but was unable to get back to shore himself, according to a spokesman for Griffin Funeral Home.

Draper, a longtime resident of Corsicana, worked for the Corsicana Fire Department several years and was also employed with Griffin Funeral Home. He was a veteran of World War 11.

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow, Wanda Draper of Garland; two daughters, Andrea Fitzgerald of Corsicana and Barbara Cole of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; one step-son, Sam Woods of Arlington, one brother Jack Draper of California; and three sisters, Jenelle Hydrochuck of Orange, Delores Wilson of Dallas and Ruth Wilson of California.



M. L. Draper

Funeral services are set for 11 a. m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Marion L. (Billy) Draper, 53, of Garland, and formerly of Corsicana, who died Saturday afternoon near Dallas at Lake Ray Hubbard while attempting to save the lives of some children in a boat that was sinking. He saved the children but was unable to make it back to shore. Rev. A. W. Robinson will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, two daughters; eight grandchildren; one step-son; a brother; three sisters, Jenelle Hydrochuck of Orange, Delores Singleton of Dallas and Ruth Wilson of Corsicana; and his step father, Phillip E. Wilson of Dallas.

Pallbearers include L. M. Lynch, B. G. Clay, R. A. Owens, W. B. Hanna, B. R. Richardson, C. G. Tieman, and honorary pallbearers include members of the I.O.O.F. who will hold special graveside services.



M. L. Draper

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Marion L. (Billy) Draper, 53, of Garland and formerly of Corsicana, who drowned Saturday afternoon in Dallas while trying to save the lives of some children in a sinking boat. Rev. A. W. Robinson officiated, and burial was at Oakwood Cemetery .

Survivors include his widow, two daughters, eight grandchildren, a step-son, a brother, three sisters, and his step-father.



Billy Draper Never Turned His Back on Anyone in Need

City Editor

Billy Draper was a man whose family and friends here remember as one who couldn’t stand to see others in trouble without trying to help effect a rescue, and in the end it cost him his own life.

A veteran of some 20 years in the Corsicana Fire Department, Draper was buried here Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, carried to his final resting place by Fire Chief Charley Tieman and firemen officers of the department with whom he had worked so many years. They were his pallbearers.

“That was the hardest part of the funeral,” recalled his two daughters, who live here still, Mrs. Bobby (Barbara) Cole, 610 Oxford, and Mrs. A. L. Fitzgerald, Jr., 2608 Navarro Dr., “seeing the firemen pallbearers in their uniforms and white hats.”

Draper was drowned last Saturday on Lake Ray Hubbard when his wife of five months, Mrs. Wanda Draper, of Garland, were on a fishing outing, and the former Corsicanan jumped in the lake to rescue a family of five whose boat had capsized. He helped get them to a boat, but got into trouble himself and went under before another boatman passed, throwing him a life jacket he couldn’t reach. Everyone else made it back to safety.

The Corsicana daughters noted that there are many living here who knew their father well, but perhaps didn’t realize from reading the obituary in the press that the “Marion L. Draper” was the Billy Draper he always was known by here.

Mrs. Fitzgerald’s husband is a Corsicana fireman known to friends and fellow smoke-eaters as “Bubba” while Mrs. Cole’s husband is a machine operator at Chattanooga Glass.

As little girls growing up in Corsicana they recall that every time they heard a fire alarm, they knew their father would be right in the middle of whatever the fire emergency was. Many a time when he plunged into a burning house, or into murky waters in search of drowning victims his daughters feared he would “never make it out,” but somehow, he always managed.

“He never stayed out of anything because it was dangerous,” Barbara Cole, the older daughter said, recalling in addition to the escapes Draper made so many times from raging burning buildings, how he once had dived into a lake and carried out a carload of people whose car had plunged off a bridge.

“I’ve seen him drag for people who had drowned up to 24 hours without a break to eat or rest,” she remembered sadly and with pride.

When Draper wasn’t working in the Corsicana Fire Department, he was an ambulance driver, and even worked on his off-days in that capacity. He always, the daughters recalled, was among the first to volunteer his services when there was a bad accident, a plane crash or boating mishap.

His family here has many memories to cherish, many enfolded in a scrapbook given to Mrs. Cole on her birthday when she was a second grader, and when commendations Draper received while in the Navy in World War 11 for pulling to safety fellow seaman on two different ships hit by enemy gunfire on which he served.

Draper had given the older daughter the scrapbook he had started containing clippings of news stories about fires and accidents which involved the fire department, and as they grew up, she and Andrea and their mother maintained it as a loving tribute to him and fellow firemen.

“With the shock and all, we haven’t had time to get it out, but we very definitely will now.” Mrs. Cole said as it is all the more meaningful to the family.

They, and those who knew Draper, realize full well that even had he known the outcome of his own fate when he plunged into Lake Ray Hubbard Saturday, he would have done it just the same.


Margaret Rebecca Goodwin
Jun 5, 1898 - Mar 30, 1916

Remains Interred Today.

The remains of Miss Margaret Goodwin, who died yesterday afternoon, were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 2 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the family home, 1515 W. Seventh avenue, Rev. E. B. Kimbrow of Chatfield officiated and a large number of friends were in attendance.


Sallie R. (unk) Storey
Mar 23, 1869 - May 24, 1916


Lady Who Met Accidental Death Buried in Oakwood.

The remains of the late Mrs. R. M. Story, of Wortham, who met a sudden and tragic death in a runaway accident here yesterday morning, were interred in Oakwood this morning at 10 o’clock on the lot of her late son-in-law, Tom Cawthon, who died here two or three years ago. The funeral services took place at the Sutherland undertaking parlors, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Isbell, pastor of the Methodist church at Wortham, of which deceased was a member. There was a good attendance, among them a number of friends who came from Wortham this morning. There were numerous floral offerings, and the friends and neighbors of the departed, who spoke in the highest terms of her, were deeply grieved at her sudden and tragic death.


Frau Auguste (Uckermann) Mirus
Jul 30, 1830 - Feb 12, 1916

Died in Dallas Saturday.

The Remains of Mrs. Augusta Mirus, who died in Dallas Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christian Bhony, were interred here this afternoon at 3:30, the funeral taking place from the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Julia C. Mirus, 308 South Fourteenth street. The services were conducted by Rev. Charles Oberschmidt and Rev. Chas F. Scofield.

The pallbearers were:

Honorary—J. M. Blanding, E. H. Church, L. A. Pinkston, W. M. Clarkson, J. F. Stout and C. G. Davidson.

Active—B. Zadek, P. Mayer, W. A. Mowlam, T. M. Lovett, N. F. Payne, and E. T. Hines.

A large procession followed the remains to Oakwood and there were many beautiful flowers.


Augusta Alvina (Mirus) Green
Jun 23, 1895 - Dec 16, 1953

Services Friday For Mrs. Green

Mrs. Augusta A. Green, 59, formerly of Corsicana, died at her home, 412 Center, Dallas, Wednesday at noon.

Funeral services will be held from the Lamar and Smith Chapel in Dallas Friday at 2 p.m. with a graveside service at Oakwood cemetery here. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bertram I. Smith, Christ Episcopal Church, Dallas, and Rev. James joseph, St. John’s Episcopal church here.

Surviving are her husband, Harry B. Green, Dallas; two daughers, Mrs. C. J. Luten, New York, and Mrs. C. R. Bell, Longview; brother, Carl F. Mirus, Corsicana.


Mary Emily (Marshall) Jackson
May 4, 1855 - Oct 2, 1916

Remains Interred This Afternoon.

The remains of the late Mrs. Mary Emily Jackson, wife of J. T. Jackson, were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 3 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the home of J. W. Duren on West Third avenue at 3 o’clock. Dr. T. A. Miller conducted the services and Jas. Morgan, F. J. Lindsey, Dr. Dubart Miller, Dr. Trim Houston, A. Harrison and J. A. Sowell acted as pall-bearers. There were many pretty flowers and a large number of friends attended the last sad rites.


Johnnie (Duren) Jackson
Jul 3, 1879 - Oct 9, 1971

Mrs. Jackson

Mrs. H. T. (Johnnie) Jackson died Saturday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Born July 3, 1879, Mrs. Jackson was a resident of Corsicana and had lived the last few years with her daughter in Dallas.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Clowe of Dallas and Mrs. D. S. Burks of Houston and five grandchildren.



Mrs. Jackson

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday for Mrs. H. T. (Johnnie) Jackson, who died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The Rev. Eugene Wood was to officiate, and burial was to be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Clowe of Dallas and Mrs. D. S. Burks of Houston; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were to be pallbearers.


Harford Taylor Jackson
Mar. 4, 1878 - Sep. 13, 1962

H. T. Jackson, 84, Dies Thursday, Rites Friday

Harford T. Jackson, 84, native of Corsicana, retired superintendent of the Magnolia Pipe Line Company Machine shop here, 317 West Third avenue, died in Memorial Hospital early Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. R. R. Clowe, Dallas and Mrs. D. S. Burks, Houston; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother, George F. Jackson, Jacksonville; a sister, Mrs. Emma Redmond, Irving, and other relatives.


Doris Mae Miller
Jan 12, 1934 - Aug 15, 2015

A beautiful soul and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Doris Mae Miller (Granny), 81, was wrapped in the arms of God and transitioned to her heavenly home on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.
Granny was born in Blue Springs, Missouri, on Jan. 12, 1934. She spent her childhood in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Denver’s South High School in 1952.
After high school, she met the love of her life, Dalton (Sonny) Miller, at the local roller-skating rink. She offered to help him skate, and from there it was history. They married in 1952. During their 63 years of marriage, they created countless cherished memories with their daughters Denice, Deana and Darcel.
Granny supported her husband while he served in the Air Force, moving from Colorado to Florida, then Mississippi and Texas. The family settled in Texas in the early ‘60s, and spent most of the remainder of Granny’s life raising their children and grandchildren in Haslet, Texas. Granny was a nurse for 27 years at various hospitals in Fort Worth. She enjoyed her time off traveling with family.
Granny could do it all. She was a master gardener, an artist, a seamstress, a beekeeper, a runner, an ice cream connoisseur, and our sunshine on a cloudy day. Above all, she was the best example of unconditional love.
Granny taught her family that it is OK to eat dessert for breakfast, play in the mud and make mistakes.
Granny and Dalton lived the last 10 years of her life at Richland Chambers Lake in Kerens, Texas. They loved gardening together and continued to sow the seeds of their love.
Granny passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family and reunited in heaven with her parents, John and Edith Edwards; father, Everett Stevens; brother, John Edwards, Jr.; grandson, Thomas Hanrahan III; and granddaughter, April Nicole Shelman.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dalton E. Miller; daughters, Denice (David) Webb from Haslet, Texas, Deana (Richard) Trawick from Hillsboro, Texas, and Darcel (Thomas) Shelman from Kerens, Texas; nine grandchildren and their spouses; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at Chapel Cemetery in Haslet, Texas at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Michael J. Fox Foundation.


Laverne Smith (Vineyard) Knox-Simmons
May 30, 1921 - Aug 11, 2015

Mrs. Laverne S. Simmons, 94, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born May 30, 1921 in Celina, Texas to Willie and Orvin Vineyard.

She graduated from high school in Howe, Texas. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, and the senior adult 4 Sunday School class. She especially enjoyed working for the elections over the years. She married Arlon G. Simmons on July 7, 1945 in Temple, Texas after he returned from serving in World War II. They lived many years in Kerens before moving to Corsicana. Arlon served as County Commissioner from 1959-1975 for Navarro County.

Mrs. Simmons is preceded in death by her husband, Arlon G. Simmons; sisters, Lynn Thornton and Alma Farrington.

She is survived by daughter, Donna Kay Simmons of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Arlie and Johnnie Vineyard of Howe, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers, Ollie Chandler, Nakia Chandler, and Myra Glover for their tender loving care over the past few years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.
Interment will follow in Kerens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Simmons, Warren Simmons, Don Simmons, James Vineyard, Stephen Blackard, and Dr. Scott Middleton.


Gary Larremore
Dec 5, 1954 - Aug 8, 2015

Gary Larremore, 60, of Blooming Grove, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 in Dallas. He was born Dec. 5, 1954 in Pecos, Texas, and served in the United States Air Force from Nov. 13, 1973 to July 11, 1976.

He is survived by Elzie, Pat, Joyce (Bobby) RogerLee, all of Dallas; Toni and David of Blooming Grove; Debbie of Abilene; Carolyn of Seattle, Washington; Jeffery of South Carolina; and Bobby (Corinne) of California). Also survived by special friend Vanessa Roberts of Blooming Grove, several nieces and nephews, four aunts, Mamie Johnson, Pinkie Johnson, Juanita Carter and Ruby Washington, all of Dallas, and one uncle, David Anderson, also of Dallas.

Visitation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., Corsicana with Rev. L. Polk, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Glen Larremore, Jeffery Larremore, Wayne Simpson, Roger Larremore, Bobby Larremore, and Eric Simpson. Honorary pallbearers are Braden, Jason, D. Allen, Desmond and Mike Fletcher.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Lillian Pearl (Douglas) Seago
June 14, 1911 - Mar 23, 1991

Pearl Seago, 79, of Corsicana, died March 23, 1991, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Seago and the Rev. Howard Seago officiating. Burial will be in Grange Hall.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Seago Jr.

She is survived by three daughters, Edith Dockery of Waco, Ann McClure of Mesquite, and Shirley Pinson of Grand Prairie; three sons, Walter Seago of Dawson, Howard Seago of Houston, and Robert Seago of Elkhart;
16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, March 24, 1991 Submitted by Karen Rost From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society


Jon Anthony Cochran
Oct 9, 1994 - Aug 8, 2015

Jon Anthony Cochran, 20, of Blooming Grove, passed away Saturday, Aug.
8, 2015 in Dallas. Jon was a beloved son, proud father, and an inspirational brother.

Jon was born Oct. 9, 1994 in Corsicana to Jon and Anna Cochran. He attended Blooming Grove High School and graduated in 2013 where he played as a nose guard for the Blooming Grove Lions 2nd team All-District football team. Jon was also a member of the 1000 lbs. Club for lifting, ran track, shot put and discus. After high school Jon studied to become a plumber through Job Corp. and graduated in 2015. Jon was also an active member with Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

Jon is survived by his parents Jon Douglas and Ana Laura Cochran. He is also survived by maternal grandparents Ernesto Fuentes Sr. and Elena Trujillo; paternal grandmother Jan Smith; daughter Emily Wetzel; sisters Angela Ana Cochran, Valeria D. Cochran, Krista Roberts; brothers Taylor Jordan Cochran, David Otis Cochran, Jason Ray Cochran, Michael Cochran, Shawn Cochran and Josue Caserez.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with burial to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jon Cochran Memorial Fun established with Prosperity Bank.


Mattie C. (Steele) Hodge
abt 1923 - Aug 14, 2015

Mattie Hodge, passed away Aug. 14, 2015, in Cypress at the age of 92.
Our Mom entered Heavens Gates on Aug. 14, 2015. She was surrounded by many loved ones. She is survived by her children, Sandra Hodge Garrett and Donald Charles Hodge, and their spouses Howard Garrett and Karen Hodge. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 68 years, Charles Hodge.
Mom was a devoted mom, wife, homemaker, cook and seamstress. She was well known for her cakes and pies. A meal at mom's was a treat. She was a very accomplished seamstress following in the footsteps of her mom. She made and designed her daughter’s wedding dress sewing on 500 individual pearls. She was a talent ahead of her time.
She is also survived by three grandchildren that she adored, Jeffrey Noel Garrett, Jeremy Charles Garrett and Cameron Charles Hodge. They put a smile on her face and joy in her heart.
Mom will be buried in Birdston Cemetery outside of Streetman, Texas, in her family plot next to her late husband, Charles, and two sisters, Frances and Mozelle and their spouses.
Mom was the youngest of five siblings all preceding others in death. Many memories were made at the Steele home with everyone gathering often for holidays and summer visits. There was always lots of laughing and lots of delicious food. The Steele Family was blessed with love for one another. Family was everything!
We would like to thank all the nurses and staff at North Cypress Hospital for the care they gave mom in ICU. We would also like to thank Virgina’s Hospice caregivers and Elmcroft caregivers for all they did for mom. Words are inadequate for all that was done. God Bless all of you who so lovingly carried [sic] for “Miss Mattie”
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Birdston Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • w/o Charles Poke Hodge; d/o Hugh J. Steele & Gertrude Ellen (White) Steele
  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dorthy Ann Kirk
Aug 14, 1953 - Aug 10, 2015

Dorthy Ann Kirk was born on Aug. 14, 1953 in Odessa, Texas to parents Grover and Julia Kirk. She unexpectedly passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.
Dorthy retired from Southwestern Bell Co after 30 years of service. She was a devoted and loving sister and aunt. Some of the many characteristics she had were an outgoing personality, never met a stranger, wonderful sense of humor, a care giver to many. Dorthy enjoyed volunteering, fishing and doing yard work. She loved Little League baseball and looked forward to the Little League World Series each year. She also was a big Texas Rangers fan. Dorthy cherished her Colorado trips with her only nephew Donald. She provided love and care for many dogs through the years and was most passionate about her “Sweetie.”
Dorthy conquered many illnesses with never a complaint. She was a ten year breast cancer survivor.
Dorthy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Betty McCulloch and Don of Odessa, sister Bertha Brady of Plano and loving nephew Donald of Gardendale; special friend Donna Bright of Frisco and many other loving friends.
She was preceded in death by her daddy Grover Kirk, mother Julia Anglin, Uncle Mink, Aunt Mary and her beloved “Sweetie.”
Dorthy will be loved and missed by all who knew her. Dorthy’s family are honoring her wishes to be cremated and of not having a service. They invite you to celebrate and remember her in your own loving way. If desired, contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research at P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265 or by calling 1-877-GO KOMEN.


Billy Hamilton
May 20, 1927 - Aug 7, 2015

Billy Hamilton, 88, of La Marque, passed away Aug. 7, 2015, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, with a visitation at 1:30 p.m. at the College View Baptist Church, 8622 Monticello, in Texas City. Casual dress is requested by family.
Born May 20, 1927, in the community of Eureka, Navarro County, Texas, delivered by his grandfather, a country doctor. He always said that the fact that Charles Lindburgh landed in Paris that day was the reason his birth was not announced on the front page of the Corsicana newspaper.
His parents were James Lloyd and Blanche Greer Hamilton. He is preceded in death by both parents, a sister, Lois Gaines, and parents-in-law Herbert and Thelma Woodhouse.
He grew up in Eureka, graduated from Mildred Consolidated High School. He attended North Texas Agricultural College now Arlington University, A & M. While there he was drafted during WW II and while in basic training, the war was over, so he spent the rest of his tour in Korea with the Army of Occupation. After his discharge, he attended Navarro Junior College and Sam Houston State Teachers College receiving a degree in Chemistry in December 1951.
There he met his future wife, Dorothy Woodhouse., They married July 5, 1952, in Texas City with two new college degrees, two new jobs and a car that ran when it wanted to.
He spent his entire working career in Texas City working for Pan American, American Oil, and Amoco Refining Company, where he retired in 1984, at the age of 57.
He was a very talented man, willing to try anything at least once whether he succeed or not, and he usually did.
Active in many things, he was an avid tournament archer and bow hunter for over 20 years. He also spent many years as a rockhound, working in stained glass, and building many custom dollhouses. He was a miniaturist until the time of his death. The first dollhouse he built was for the Sweeny-Royston house in Galveston and its picture was the first colored print ever put into the Galveston Daily News. He and his wife also did stained glass work, and built two large stained glass baptistery windows for Highlands Baptist Church of La Marque and Mildred Baptist Church in Mildred, Texas.
When he discovered they could travel without driving, they made many trips with Galveston Baptist Assoc., took miniature and other cruises and went from Mexico through Canada.
His survivors are wife, Dorothy Woodhouse Hamilton; sisters, Jo Curry of Sulfur Springs, Texas, and Lou Vannice of Normal, Illinois, and seven nieces.
He was a shy, retiring man for many years until he accepted Christ as his Savior in 1992. He immediately became a very compassionate, outgoing person, served in church, and became a church builder at Highlands Baptist Church of La Marque, Shiprock Baptist Church in Shiprock, Texas, New Mexico and Pioneer Baptist Church in Texas City. He was a member of the College View Baptist Church at his death.
Children played a very important role in their lives. They had none of their own but were instrumental in the lives of many area children, giving them love, advice, guidance and attention. They celebrated 63 years of marriage.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to A-Med Community Hospice, 8901 Emmett F Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX 77591.
“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” – Joanne Woodward
Arrangements by Emken-Linton Funeral Home, Texas City.


Ruth (Edmundson) Ramsey
Sept 29, 1905 - Dec 22, 1990

Ruth Edmundson Ramsey, 85, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 22, 1990 at a local nursing home.

Services are Friday, Dec. 28 at noon at the Blooming Grove First United Methodist Church with the Rev. French officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a school teacher with the BGISD from 1927 until her retirement in 1970. She received her bachelor's degree from SMU and furthered her studies at Baylor University She was raised and received her education in Waxahachie.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters-in-law, Mrs. Jim R. (Margaret) Ramsey of Oklahoma, Mrs. George Eldon (Jewell) Ramsey Jr., of Waxahachie and Mrs. Walter H. (Louise) Ramsey of fort Worth; four grandchildren, George Eldon Ramsey III, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ramsey and Judy Marsh; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Reba Collins of Round Rock, Evelyn Smith of Vidalia, La., and Eloise Bean of Tapanqu, Calif.

Memorials may be made to the Blooming Grove Methodist Church or the Ruth Ramsey Resource Center at the Blooming Grove School Library.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, December 23, 1990
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o George Eldon Ramsey, Sr; d/o John David Edmundson & Olie Belle
    (Newton) Edmundson
  • Waxahachie City Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., TX
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society

Dwayne Farmer
Sep 20, 1949 - Feb 4, 2005

Services for Dwayne Farmer, 55, Flint, are scheduled for 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Stewart Family Funeral Chapel, 7525 Old
Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, with the Rev. Jerry Carroll officiating.

Burial will be in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of
Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Farmer died Friday Feb. 4, 2005, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Mr. Farmer lived in the Tyler area for the last eight years coming from
Jacksonville. He enjoyed his work as a route salesman with Mrs. Baird's
as well as watching sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Frances Buck; and
brother, Tom Farmer.

Survivors include wife, Peggy Farmer, of Flint; son, Todd Farmer and
wife, Scarlet, of Flint; brothers, Jesse Farmer of Indianapolis, Ind.,
and Edward Farmer of Gillette, Wyo.; sisters, Elizabeth Armstrong of
Blooming Grove, Rita Bernsen of Corsicana, Emma Meador of Navarro Mills,
Sandra Youngblood of Malakoff, Barbara Blum of Vancouver, Wash., and
Lita Farr of Baytown; numerous nieces and nephews

Pallbearers will be Homer Reeves, Chuck Lawrence, Tim Lawrence, Tommy
Christian, Tim Christian, and Wayne Bernsen.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stewart Family
funeral Home, South Tyler.

Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry of Green Acres Baptist
Church, 1607 Troup Highway, Tyler, TX 75701.

Arrangements by Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 8, 2005
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Patricia Lynn (Harper) Farmer
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society

Mary Helen Stuart
abt 1936 - Mar 7, 1996

Mary Helen Stuart, 60, of Corsicana died March 7, 1996, in Texarkana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen
Baptist Church in Nash, Texas with Elder John Baker officiating.

Burial will follow in the Nash Cemetery in Texarkana.

Pallbearers will be nephews and other relatives.

Honorary pallbearers will be her relatives.

Mrs. Stuart was born Sept 2, 1935, in Texarkana, Texas. She was a
member of the Eastern Star Lodge, the City Women Comvention, and a
faithful member of the Harmony Baptist Church where she served as a

Survivors include: her husband, Johnnie Stuart of Corsicana; her
daughter Debra Brown; one granddaughter, Laquesa Waters of Corsicana;
other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stinson.

Arrangements by Haynes Mortuary, Inc. of Texarkana.


Fred Miller Allison, Jr.
June 4, 1919 - Oct 6, 2001

Fred Allison, 82, of Midland, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001 in
Santa Monica, Calif.

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev. Dr. Tommy Potter of the First Christian Church officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Henderson, Gordon Knox, Bill Probrandt,
Joe Leyva, Robert Whitt and Eric Tabb.

Mr. Allison was born June 4, 1919 in Corsicana to Fred and Dolly
Allison. He attended Teas A&M University where he studied animal
husbandry. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in India,
China and Burma (where he helped in building the Burma Road). Mr.
Allison came to West Texas several years after the war to drill for oil
while still operating the Allison Ranch in Corsicana. He owned and
operated Estoril Producing Corporation as well as several other oil and
gas entities, retiring in 1989.

His love for travel carried him around the world many times and often to
his beloved Hawaii. He enjoyed California and spent most of his later
years in Santa Monica.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Freddy Allison of Midland and
Bill Allison of Shawnee, Okla.; step-sons, Chris Juaz and Shawn Juaz;
grandchildren, Karey Hopkins and Phillip Allison and one great
granddaughter Allison Hopkins.

Memorials may be made to the Midland SPCA, P.O. Box 4371, Midland, Texas

Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home in Midland.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - No date
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA; Crypt 16024
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Los Angeles Co., California
  • Men and Women in WWII

Claudia Estelle (Goff) Mays
Apr 26, 1940 - Oct 6, 2001

Claudia Estelle Goff Mays (Gladys Faye Mays), 61, of Dallas passed away
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001.

Wake services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Washington
Memorial funeral Home, 1950 Canada Drive, Dallas.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Burning Bush Baptist Church,
4943 Bonnie View, Dallas, with the Rev. Johnny Brown officiating.
Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park in Dallas.

Mrs. Mays was born April 26, 1940 in Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Goff and Lillian M.
Hurd; sisters, Louise and Jessie; husband, Alton Mays Jr.; son, Myron E.

Mrs. Mays is survived by her uncle, James Hurd; brothers, Alton Goff,
Afton Goff and Ray A. Goff; sister-in-law, Lois Goff; niece, Joyce
Chandler; nephew, David Crittendon; sons, Akeem A. Jami and Dwight G.
Mays and wife Vicki R. Mays; daughters, Pamela K. Hill, Gloria B. Cook,
Ceylon R. Mays and Connie F. Mays; special family and friends, Dovie M.
Davis, Eugene McMullen, Levesta Starks, Debra Ladd, Connie Y. Hartfield,
Willi D. Smith; 12 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Washington Memorial Funeral Home of Dallas.


CPO Burton R. "Doc" Oglesby, Ret.
June 18, 1940 - July 28, 2015

Burton R. Oglesby “Doc,” Retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born in Walsh, Colorado he lived in Springfield, Colorado until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957. He served a distinguished career worldwide as a hospital corpsman, aviation physiology instructor, search and rescue missions member, and finally as the materials manager for the U.S. medical research facility in Cairo, Egypt before he retired in 1985. “Doc” enjoyed his retirement in Corsicana, Texas with his family, friends, and beloved books.

His passing was preceded by his wife Sonja in 1993.

He is survived by his daughters Leslie and Suzan; son-in-law Lenny; grandsons Kevin and Gregg; siblings Roberta and husband Mike, Dottie and husband Walt, Jerry and wife Lena; numerous nieces and nephews; and partner Mary. He will be deeply missed by all.

Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday, Aug. 14,
2015 at 11:30 a.m. at DFW National Cemetery.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.


Leonard Francis "Dugan" Williamson
Jan 22, 1937 - Aug 5, 2015

Leonard (Dugan) Francis Williamson, 78 of Navarro Mills, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 at his home. Dugan was born Jan. 22, 1937 on Mississippi Hill in Houston County to Odell Williamson and Ida Mae Williamson-Atkinson. He grew up in Midway, Texas. He married Beverly Griffith-Williamson on Sept. 13, 1958 in Wilmer. Dugan retired from Tyler Refrigeration in 1989. After his long career at Tyler he stayed active by piddling on lawn mowers and other small engines from home, and visiting with family and friends. He was known by everyone to be a kind hearted, loving man with a great sense of humor.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, CPL William D.
O’Brien; infant sister, Betty Jan; brother, Buck Willis and sister in law, Joyce Williamson.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Griffith-Williamson of 57 years; sons, Perry and wife Dawn Williamson of Rice and Terry Williamson of Ft.
Worth; daughter, Belinda and husband Danny Ferrer of Rice. He is also survived by five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles E. Williamson of Milam, Kenneth and Linda Williamson of Ore City, Howard and Noreen Atkinson of Bryan, Will and Mary Sharp of Navarro Mills, Benny and Barbara Willis of Lancaster; sisters, Bobbie Ann Urich of Bryan, Sandra Ann Hill of Houston, Florence Lee Sanders of Bryan, Doris and Robert Willis of Bryan, Sally Bridges of Dallas, Thelma Shields of Dallas, Rita and Jerry Fowler of Palmer, Lillian Lowery of Bryan, Ernestine Stoddard, Lilamae Kato and numerous nieces and nephews.
Also survived by his close friends, Read Holland and Carl Edwards and his beloved companion Bodie (Lucas).

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 at Dawson Cemetery with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Pallbearers will be Williamson nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


W. Borxton/Berxton Lamb
Jul 16, 1905 - Jan 13, 1919

Deaths at Eureka.

The fourteen year old son of James Estes and the fourteen year old son of Robert Lamb, both died in the Eureka community yesterday afternoon of pneumonia, and both funerals took place there today.


William Benjamin Worth Watkins, Dr.
Feb 4, 1851 - Aug 14, 1915


Passed Away After Several Years of Ill Health.

Dr. W. B. W. Watkins, aged 63 years, and for many years a resident of the Eureka community, died there this morning at 3 o’clock, after being in bad health for several months.

The deceased is survived by his widow and six children. Interment took place in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon at 6 o’clock and was largely attended.

Dr. Watkins was a man of fine character, both as a physician and citizen, and will be missed from the community in which he had lived for so many years.


Esther Jane (Carmichael) Castles
Jan 28, 1849 - Jun 12, 1916

Eureka News.

Mrs. Esther Castles, who was for several years a resident of this neighborhood, but who has for several years past resided near Kerens, died Monday morning and was buried yesterday at the Presbyterian cemetery near Eureka. The funeral was largely attended, services being conducted by Rev. W. L. Patterson, assisted by Rev. B. E. Dobbins. There were quite a nice lot of beautiful flowers put on the grave after it had been filled. Mrs. Castles had many friends here as well as at other places where she had lived. Besides her husband, S. T. Castles, she leaves five sons, Walter, Willie, Watt, Emmett and Blain, and two daughters. Mrs. Minnie Tipton of Corsicana and Miss Eula Castles, the only one of the children that is at home, all of whom have the sympathy of the many friends. Mrs. Castles was 67 years old.



Buried at Eureka Today.

Mrs. S. T. Castles, who died at 8:25 o’clock yesterday morning at her home in Kerens, was laid to rest in the Eureka cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock. There was a large attendance upon the funeral with many beautiful floral offerings. The deceased left several children to mourn her death, among them being Mr. W. H. Castles of this city. Mr. Castles has many friends in the city who sympathize with him in the loss of his mother.


Samuel Thomas Castles
Apr 25, 1854 - Jun 23, 1918

S. A. Castles, who had lived in this county for many years, died at the home of his son in Purdon Saturday after a long illness, and the remains were interred at Eureka yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters, Will Castles of Purdon, Walter Castles of Corsicana, and Miss Eula Castles and Mrs. Kin Tipton of Purdon.


Ben Stephen “Bennie” Russell
Feb 24, 1915 - Mar 3, 1916


Bennie, the one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Russell, 1443 West Sixth avenue, died yesterday morning at 6:30 o’clock and was buried in the afternoon at 4 o’clock in Hamilton cemetery.


Druzilla Adaline (Young) Harrison
Nov 23, 1851 - Mar 20, 1916

Venerable Lady dead.

Mrs. Addie Harrison Will Be Buried Tomorrow Afternoon.

Mrs. Addie Harrison, wife of the late T. Harrison, died at Mineral Wells at 1 o’clock March 20th. The remains will arrive in Corsicana tonight at 10:40 and interment will take place from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Rawson on West Thirteenth avenue at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Interment at Hamilton cemetery at 3 p.m. The deceased leaves six children, Clint Orlena, Marvin, Ed and Triona Harrison, and Mrs. Maggie Rawson; and three brothers and sisters as follows: Tarrent Young of Baird; J. B. Young, of Corsicana; D. A. Young of Spurr, and Mrs. Bettie Barnaby of Corsicana, all of whom have the sympathy of many friends in Corsicana and Navarro county in their hour of sorrow.



Remains Interred This Afternoon.

The remains of the late Mrs. Theodore Harrison reached here from Mineral Wells last night and were taken to the home of S. D. Ramsey, and the funeral took place from there at 2 p.m. today, with interment at the Hamilton cemetery. Rev. Franklin Moore of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church officiated, and a number of old friends of the deceased followed the remains to their final resting place.

The following were pall-bearers; R.B. Grissett, E. J. Jeffers, J. L. Lonsford, A. H. Willie, R. P. McEntire and J. H. Forren.


Theodorus “T” Harrison
Dec 18, 1847 - Oct 11, 1915

Died Here This Morning.

T. Harrison, aged 68 years, and a resident here and of Navarro county for many years, died at his home 615 South Twentieth street, at 8 o’clock this morning after a long illness, and the remains will be interred at the Hamilton cemetery tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. l. G. White officiating.

Surviving the deceased are his widow and these children; A. C. Harrison, Ed Harrison, and Miss Olivia Harrison, of Mineral Wells, and Melvin Harrison, Mrs. Burk Rawson and Miss Friona Harrison of Corsicana.

The deceased was a good citizen and had many friends who regret his death.

The funeral hour has been changed to 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and the services will be in the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church at that hour.


John Britton
1851 - Feb 3, 1916


Had Been a Little Indisposed but Not Seriously Ill.

John Britton, aged 66 years, a resident of the Angus community, died alone in his home yesterday afternoon, Mr. Britton, who is survived by three children, all grown, lived with a single daughter, the other two children being married and living to themselves. Mr. Britton ate his dinner daughter went to visit a neighbor. About 4 o’clock a neighbor went to where a renter on Mr. Britton’s farm was plowing and asked where he was, and was informed that he was probably at home. The neighbor went to the house and receiving no response to a knock on the door, went in, and found the deceased in bed with his head and body covered the body and saw that Mr. Britton was dead, and a physician who was summoned said he had been dead two or three hours. Interment took place in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon.


George W. Mann
May 8, 1855 - Apr 16, 1916

Died After Long Illness.

Geo. Mann, aged 60 years, a native of Illinois, but a resident of Texas for many years, died last night at his home on South Fifteenth street after a long illness with Brights disease. The deceased is survived by his widow, four grandsons and a daughter. Interment will take place at the Hamilton cemetery tomorrow.


Ralph Miller
Mar 12, 1916 - Mar 21, 1916

Death of Infant.

The two-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Miller, living in the Thorp addition, died at two o’clock this morning and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at two o’clock.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 21, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Emmett B. Miller & Mary Ida (Williams) Miller (death certificate and obit say died May 21 -- monument says May 29)

Dewey Wade Phillips
Nov 27, 1876 - Jul 14, 1917


Ed Knott and Dewey Phillips Victims of the Grade Crossing

A very sad tragedy happened today about 12:30 o’clock when the southbound Hustler due here at 12:35, struck a Chevrolet car bound for Dallas, killing both occupants of the car.

About 12:15 Ed Knott, driving a Chevrolet, accompanied by Dewey Phillips started to Dallas in Mr. Knott’s new car and as they were crossing the H. & T. C. tracks about three miles north of this city at Exall Heights, their car was struck square in the center by the southbound Hustler. The car was completely demolished. Mr. Phillips was killed immediately, but Mr. Knott lived a short while, expiring before reaching here. The Hustler was stopped and the two men placed on cots, the train arriving in Corsicana about thirty minutes late as a result of the accident. The conductor of the Hustler reported the accident by wire to the superintendent at Ennis and after all had been done that could by the train crew, the Hustler preceded on its journey south.

Ed Knott was a substantial farmer living on the Powell road about six miles east of town. He was the father of six children, the youngest being one year old. His wife died about one year ago and he lived on the E. T. Gillean farm. He was about forty years old and bore a good reputation. Dewey Phillips was 18 years old and lived near Mr. Knott with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Phillips. Both of the deceased lived in the Phillips Chapel community.

Shortly after the bodies were brought here the family and friends of the two unfortunate men were notified and the bodies were removed to Sutherland’s undertaking parlor in the ambulance where they were prepared for burial. Both men evidently died from wounds received in the head as neither one was mangled, but both were badly bruised.

Immediately after the Hustler arrived news spread of the accident and quite a crowd gathered at the depot before the bodies were removed. One of the particularly sad features connected with the tragedy was the fact that the grandmother of young Phillips was on the train that killed her grandson.

Today’s accident was one of the worst accidents to happen in this county and brings the death list up to four killed from this county by automobile accidents in the past ten days.

No one was able to give a reason for the accident, but parties who were on the train say that the car was hit square in the center as it was crossing the track and that the automobile was literally torn to pieces.

Parties here who went to the scene of the tragedy this afternoon say that a peculiar feature of the wreck is that the car, a Chevrolet, was torn literally to pieces, but that the windshield nor the lamps were broken, and although the spokes were broken out of every wheel, that not a tire was punctured.




Mr. Knott Was Buried in Oakwood, Young Phillips at Bazette.

The funerals of the two unfortunate men who met their sudden deaths in the automobile and train accident on Saturday just north of Corsicana, were held yesterday, with a large attendance at both funerals.

Mr. Ed Knott was laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery by the side of his wife, who died about a year ago, on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. H.
B. Shrader conducting the last sad rites, while Mr. Dewey Phillips was buried at the Bazette cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock where a big attendance of relatives and friends attended the funeral.

Both parties were well known in their respective communities, as well as over a large part of the county and their untimely death shocked the entire county.

There were many beautiful floral offerings which were sent as tokens of love and esteem in which the deceased were held by those who knew them best.


Jefferson D. Reese, Jr.
Dec 26, 1907 - Jan 4, 1916

Remains Interred Yesterday.

The remains of Jefferson D. Reece, 8-year-old son of Prof. J. D. Reece who died at 404 South Second street Tuesday night of membranous croupe, were interred at Bazette yesterday. The family have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.


Andrew Jackson Phillips, Sr.
Nov 27, 1876 - Jul 4, 1948


Andrew Jackson Phillips, aged 69 years, died suddenly about 3:30 o’clock Sunday morning at his residence 506 South Thirtieth street.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. B. Ousley, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery.

Phillips was a retired merchant.

Judge A. E. Foster returned a verdict of “death by poison, self-administered,” following an investigation.

Surviving are six sons, R. M. and W. C. Phillips, both of Corsicana; W. A. Phillips, Dallas; A. C. Phillips, Calute; A. J. Phillips, Abilene, and B. F. Phillips, U. S. Army; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Cates and Mrs. O. S. Burns, both of Corsicana, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Erwin Phillips, Wayne Phillips, Robert Phillips, T. A. Phillips, Alex E. Hair and Rufus Adams.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 5, 1948
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Josephine “Josie” (Meeks) Phillips married Feb. 2, 1896 s/o N. B. Phillips and Adeline (Harrison) Phillips

Josephine “Josie” (Meeks) Phillips
Oct 13, 1875 - Dec 17, 1945


Mrs. Josephine Phillips, aged 70 years, 2027 West Fifteenth avenue, died at the Navarro Clinic Monday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted by James A. Johnston, minister of the West Side Church of Christ and W. L. Murdaugh, Memorial Baptist Church pastor.

Surviving are her husband, A. J. Phillips and W. A. Phillips, both of Odessa; W. C. Phillips and D. F. Phillips, both of Corsicana; A. J. Phillips, Jr., Abilene, and A. C. Phillips, Chandler; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Cates and Mrs. O. S. Burns, both of Corsicana; a brother Mack Meeks, Waco; a sister, Mrs. Annie Arbucle, Forney; 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 18, 1945
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Andrew Jackson Phillips, Sr. married Feb. 2, 1896; d/o Vincent Robert “Vince” Meeks & Rachel (Parker) Meeks

Rachel (Parker) Meeks
Dec 13, 1843 - Sep 17, 1930


Mrs. Rachel Meeks, aged 85 years, long-time resident of Navarro county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Phillips in the Roane community, and the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Phillips’ residence, with burial in the Bazette cemetery. Mrs. Meeks made her home in Rice and was on a visit when she was stricken ill Tuesday morning.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Phillips, Roane, and Mrs. W. A. Arbuckle, Rice; two sons, M. D. Meeks, Terrell and A. A. Meeks, Corbet, and a number of grandchildren.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, September 17, 1930 - Submitted by Diane Richards


Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Meeks, aged 85, pioneer resident of Navarro county, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Phillips in the Roane community Wednesday morning at 6:30 after an illness of only a few hours, were held Thursday afternoon at one o’clock from the Phillips’ residence with burial in the Bazette cemetery. Mrs. Meeks made her home in Rice and was visiting her daughter at Roane when she was stricken.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Phillips, Roane; Mrs. W. A. Arbuckle, Rice; two sons, M. D. Meeks, Terrell and A. D. Meeks, Corbet; and a number of grandchildren.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.


Henrietta Frances (Northcutt) Manning
Dec 23, 1845 - Nov 8, 1915


Mrs. Manning, aged 71 years, wife of J. J. Manning, died this morning on the Tom Worthington farm, about three and one-half miles north of the city. She leaves a husband and seven children, besides other relatives and many friends to mourn her death. Her children are: W. W. Manning, Mrs. B. M. Williams, Mrs. J. A. Gossett, of Corsicana; Mrs. M. J. Leopard of Shreveport, La.; Mrs. F. H. McKinney of Guffy, Texas; Mrs. L. J. Beare of Beaumont, Texas, and J. H. Manning of Jacksonville.

The funeral will be held tomorrow evening with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, November 8, 1915 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Died At. Zion’s Rest.

Mrs. John Manning, aged 70 years, died in the Zion’s Rest Community this morning, and interment will take place in the neighborhood cemetery tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.


Elizabeth Ann (Barton) Deen
Dec 4, 1845 - Dec 6, 1916


Remains Interred at Zion’s Rest This Afternoon.

Mrs. Elizabeth Deen, aged 71 years died at her home in Joshua, Johnson, yesterday, and the remains were brought here today and the funeral took place at 2 o’clock this evening from Sutherland’s undertaking parlor, with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery, beside those of her husband, who died here a number of years ago.

The deceased was well known and highly esteemed here by many of our older citizens, and the funeral was well attended.

Rev. Chas. F. Metcalfe of Joshua officiated. The deceased is survived by six grown children, as follows: Mrs. W. P. Rice, Joshua; Mrs. Mattie Thompson, Carlton; W. O. Deen, Corsicana; A. J. Deen, Geary, Okla.; J. R. Deen, Blankett, and T. R. Deen of by Byrum.


William Quinn Deen, Jr.
Jan 19, 1864 - July 10, 1917

Well Known Farmer Dead.

William Q. Deen, a farmer who was well known here, died at his home four miles north of town last night at 11 o’clock, and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest community this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. E. E. Shoulders officiating. The deceased, who was fifty-two years of age, is survived by his widow and one son, and by three brothers. The deceased was a good citizen and a neighbors tenderly cared for him during a long illness, and the funeral today was largely attended.


Isaac M. Farmer
May 15, 1853 - Sep 28, 1916


Old Citizen of Navarro County Passes Away at St. Paul’s Sanitarium.

Isaac M. Farmer, aged 63 years, and for many years a well known and highly esteemed citizen of this county, making his home seven miles north of Corsicana, died in St. Paul’s Sanitarium in Dallas this morning at 6 o’clock after about ten days’ illness. The remains were brought here at noon today and the funeral took place from the Southerland Undertaking Parlors at 4:30 this afternoon, with interment at Zion’s Rest cemetery conducted by Rev. J. T. Moore of the Methodist Protestant church and the Corsicana Woodman lodge, and was largely attended.

Surviving the deceased is the widow and five grown children, Burdine Farmer, Eddie Farmer, Roger Farmer and Mrs. L. H. Wilson, all of the Farmer community, and Mrs. J. A. Jordan of Nolen county.

The deceased was a good citizen, always taking a deep interest in public affairs. He was a man very pronounced for what he believed to be right and never hesitated to let his views be known. He was a good husband, father and neighbor and will be missed in his community.


Nora Howard
Jun 26, 1897 - Jan 2, 1916


Four Other Members of the Family Sick With Same Disease.

Miss Nora Howard, aged 18 years, daughter of Mrs. Wallace Howard, living on North Tenth street, east of the interurban sub-station, died at the family home Saturday afternoon of pneumonia and the remains were interred at Zion’s Rest yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

A distressing feature of this death is the fact that the mother of the deceased and three of her brothers, aged 16, 14 and 11 years, all are sick with pneumonia in the home where the young lady passed away. The mother is reported some better today, but all four patients are quite sick.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 3, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o John Booth “Jack” Howard and Wallace (Bunch) Howard-Donaho (Wallace is buried in Hamilton-Beeman cemetery)


In Memoriam.

Miss Nora Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Howard, was born June 26th 1897, and died January 2, 1916. Nora, or Trixie as she was better known by her associates, was a splendid young woman. Just last year at the special services at the Farmer church, she made a very bright profession of religion. We who were witnesses shall not soon forget her zealous work for her newly found Lord. She won many to Jesus Christ by her personal efforts. Nor did her zeal give way when the revival closed, but she was in her place in Sunday school and church services until she removed from the community. During the last days of December she was stricken with a very typical case of pneumonia which caused her great suffering until the Lord took her to Himself. While her suffering was great she never complained. She spoke often about dying, and said she was ready to go. There was one thing that gave her great concern, and that was she had three brothers unprepared to die. She grieved for them. Around the family altar in her home she had often prayed for them. On January 2nd the death angel came and as far as earthly cares were concerned, Trixie was no more; but her spirit was living in a realm where there is no suffering, no farewells, no tears, but where all is joy, peace and Eternal happiness. She was laid to rest in Zion’s Rest cemetery, where a large crowd gathered to mourn her untimely departure. It does seem a calamity for an aged person to die, but for one so young and useful to be called away it seems that life is being robbed. May the Heavenly Father abundantly bless her loved ones, and save those brothers for whom she prayed so often, is the prayer of her pastor.



Tillie Blackwell
Jun 20, 1856 - Nov 26, 1916


Remains Brought Here Yesterday and Interred in Hamilton Cemetery.

Miss Tillie Blackwell, aged 60 years, and a former resident here died in Dallas Saturday night and the remains were brought here yesterday and interment took place in the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Estes officiating.

Miss Julia Blackwell, a sister of the deceased, still lives in Dallas.


Callie (Day) Blackwell
Feb 24, 1882 - Aug 1, 1942


Funeral services for Mrs. J. M. Blackwell, who died at her home in Fort Worth Saturday afternoon, were held Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock at Hamilton cemetery where interment was made. Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church, conducted the rites.

Mrs. Blackwell was a former resident of Corsicana having moved to Fort Worth about seven years ago.

Surviving are two sons, J. M. Blackwell, Fort Worth, Aubrey Blackwell, Corpus Christi; a daughter, Mrs. Roy Medaris, Dallas; two brothers, J. H. Day, Kirven; Harvey Day, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.


Julia Blackwell
Jan 8, 1868 - Feb 11, 1933


Miss Julia Blackwell of Dallas, former resident of Corsicana, died in Baylor Hospital at Dallas early Saturday morning. The body will be brought overland to Corsicana and burial will be made in Hamilton cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock where a brief service will be held.

Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church here, will conduct the services.

Miss Blackwell was active in the affairs of the First Baptist Church while a resident of Corsicana.

A niece, Mrs. Ernest Williams of Corsicana, survives.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.




Funeral services for Miss Julia Blackwell of Dallas, former resident of Corsicana, who died in a Dallas hospital early Saturday morning were held at Hamilton cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Miss Blackwell was prominent in the affairs of the First Baptist church here while a resident of Corsicana.

A niece, Mrs. Ernest Williams survives.

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


Wallace (Bunch) Howard-Donaho
Dec 26, 1875 - Sep 10, 1961

Mrs. Donaho Dies Sunday

Mrs. Wallace Donaho, 85, native of Kentucky, died at the Twilight Home Sunday morning.

Surviving are two sons, C. H. Howard, Corsicana, and J. O. Howard, Angus; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Villarreal, Texas City; 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 11, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband John Booth “Jack” Howard married Feb. 25, 1892 2nd husband William Lee Donaho married Sep. 3, 1917 d/o Elisha Smith Bunch and Martha Ann (Mathieus) Bunch (daughter Nora Howard buried in Zion’s Rest cemetery)


Hold Services Mrs. Donaho

Funeral services for Mrs. Wallace Donaho, 85, who died at the Twilight Home Sunday morning, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor of the Northside Baptist church, conducted the rites. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, C. H. Howard, Corsicana, and J. O. Howard, Angus; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Villarreal, Texas City; 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.


Pat Thomas Wilkinson
Nov 26, 1952 - Jun 28, 2015

Pat Thomas Wilkinson, 62, of Fairfield passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Tyler. He was born Nov. 26, 1952 in San Antonio to Marion Wilkinson and Katherine Borlace Wilkinson. He attended the Pentecostal Church. He was a wonderful brother. He loved to dance and listen to country music and old rock music. He enjoyed going fishing, hunting and working on old cars.
He is preceded in death by his parents Marion and Kathrine Borlace Wilkinson; and brother, David Wilkinson.
He is survived by his daughter, Wendy Lynn Wilkinson of Bastrop, Louisiana; one sister, Donna Divin of Kerens; one brother, Virgil Wilkinson of Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Teodocio Correa
abt 1979 - Jun 28, 2015

Teodocio Correa, 36, of Richland passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015. Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Martha (Carlisle) Petty
Aug 7, 1943 - Jul 8, 2015

Martha Petty passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler at the age of 71. She was born Aug. 7, 1943 in Athens to Horace Grealy Carlisle and Ida Mae Howley Carlisle. She married Billy E. Petty June 28, 1958. She was a member of Faith Bible Church in Mabank.

She is preceded in death by her husband Billy E. Petty, parents Horace Grealy Carlisle and Ida Mae Carlisle, grandson Don Petty Jr., brother J.L. Carlisle, sister, Ellan Lorene.

She is survived by three children, Billy Petty and wife Monnette of Mabank, Debra Modlin and Ramon Diaz of DeSoto, Mack Petty and wife Kathy of Mabank; sister, Ruby Elizabeth Gore of Fairfield, brother, Thomas Carlisle of Carlsbad, New Mexico. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eugene Davison officiating. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mack Petty Jr., Joey Smith, Bradley Smith, David Benton, Roger Benton, and Steve Smith.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Trina Jean (Kelley) Allred
Apr 22, 1968 - Jul 9, 2015

Mrs. Trina Jean Kelley Allred, 47, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Medical Center of Arlington. She was born April 22, 1968 in Dallas, Texas to Curtis Lowayne and Sharon Ann Kelley.
This world lost the most self-less person in existence. Trina cared about everyone she met. She befriended strangers. She took in everyone as her own. Her children and grandbabies were her reason for breathing. She loved them deeply and completely. She took care of everyone before herself, and always put herself last. She is irreplaceable. There will always be an emptiness in this world without her. Our Foo. Our Mama. Our Mimi. Our Trina. Our Seester. Heaven gained a one-of-a-kind angel.
She was preceded in death by her nephew, Justin Kelley.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Scott Allred of Corsicana; daughters, Amanda Pool and Fiancé Ralph of Corsicana and Jessica Renee Simpson and husband Alan of Corsicana; son, Joshua Waynne Pool and wife Kathy of Sumter, South Carolina; grandchildren, Jordan, Charlotte, Joseph, Russell, Jazzmyn, Emma, Lily, Ella and Conner; parents, Curtis and Sharon Kelley of Corsicana; sisters, Keri Clark and husband Pat of Melissa and Shannon Cowan and husband Terry of Ovilla; brother, Curtis Lowayne Kelley, Jr. and fiancé Sarah Johnson of Corsicana; nephews, Sean and Reid Clark of Melissa, Nathan and Nicholas McRay of Ovilla and Tanner Johnson of Corsicana; nieces, Riley Cowan of Ovilla and Skylar Johnson of Corsicana; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Stone officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later time.


Royce Alvin Owen
Jul 30, 1931 - Jul 9, 2015

Mr. Royce Owen, 83, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his residence in Corsicana, Texas. He was born on July 30, 1931 in Barry, Texas to William Bartlett and Lillie Mae Owen.

He attended school in Barry. He married the love of his life, Willie Mae Wright, on April 1, 1957 and together they celebrated 58 years of marriage. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed with Corsicana Fire Department as Captain and retired after 31 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jimmy Owen, Everett Owen, Marvin Owen, and Bill Owen; half-brothers, Chester Norwood and Mutt Norwood; sisters, Minnie Mae Mitchell, Emily Phillips, Bertha Touchstone, Lois Mason, and Eula Mae Evans.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Willie Mae Owen and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Vic Howell, Jay Payne, Bobby Griggs and Ron Standard. Honorary Pallbearers are present and retired employees of Corsicana Fire Department.


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