Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Charles Harold "Chuck" Trowbridge
Jun 11, 1939 - Apr 1, 2013

Charles Harold Trowbridge was born on June 11, 1939, in Brownwood, Texas, to Albert Kiethly Trowbridge and Mable Aileen Moore Trowbridge. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a longtime resident of Houston before moving to Katy 30 years ago. Charles was a foster care parent for many years, having cared for over 80 foster children.

Charles passed away in a Houston hospital on Monday, April 1, 2013, at the age of 73 years.

He is survived by his children, Tommy Wayne Davis and his wife Jaclella of Mount Pleasant, Texas, Donna June Zambiasi and her husband Doug of Gunter, Texas, Kent Gene Davis and his wife Barbara of Waxahachie, Texas, Jennifer Lee Shephard and her husband Tom of Katy, Texas, William Brian Trowbridge of Little Heaven, Delaware, and Misty Leigh Trowbridge of Katy, Texas; Texas; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild; brother, Dalton Trowbridge of Balmorhea, and sisters, Amalee Lawrence of Princeton, Texas, and Betty Louise Smith of Ft. Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Trowbridge in July of 2006; his parents, Albert and Mable Trowbridge; and siblings, Hubert, Aileen, and J.D.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, where funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, with Rev. Tom Bolin officiating. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Oakwood Cemetery, in Corsicana, Texas, with Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Evan Gupta Center, 22823 Leedstown Lane, Katy, Texas 77449.


Ronald Sheets Tucker
Jul 2, 1928 - Sep 28, 2015

Ronald Sheets Tucker, 87, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at Temple V.A. with his family by his side.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Blaine Tucker officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Birth records show father as Alvis Dewey Tucker
  • h/o Betty Claire (Dejarnett) Tucker; s/o Dan Tucker & Estelle (Sheets) Tucker


Ronald Sheets Tucker, 87 of Corsicana, passed away September 28, 2015 in Temple. He was born July 2, 1928 to Dan and Estelle Tucker. He was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Alvis Tucker.
He is survived by his wife Betty Tucker of Corsicana, two sons. Ron and Carrolyn of Bismack Arkansas, Randy of Beverly, West Virginia; daughter Ronda and Curtis Walling of Corsicana. Six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Sister Barbara Tally of Corsicana; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6:00 pm - 8;00 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 10:30 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Blaine Tucker officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Grandsons.


Adolph Zadek
Jun 14, 1832 - Dec 5, 1895

Corsicana, Tex., Dec. 6. �
Col. Adolph Zadek died suddenly of heart failure at his home in this city last night at 10 o'clock.
The deceased was 63 years of age, one of the leading republicans of the state and postmaster of this city during Harrison's administration.


Johnnie Nell (Harrison) McAfee-Reandeau
Mar 6, 1931 - Mar 11, 2014

Johnnie Nell Reandeau, 82 of Angleton passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

She was born on May 6, 1931 in Blooming Grove, Texas to Robert & Myrtle Harrison.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Myron �Rocky� Reandeau; and son Bob McAfee Jr..

She is survived by her sons, Dennis A. McAfee, Sr., Hal McAfee and Danny McAfee; grandchildren, Dennis A. McAfee, Jr., Jonathan McAfee, Bobby McAfee III, Julian McAfee, Christopher McAfee, Brandon McAfee, Shaun McAfee, James McAfee, Elizabeth Smith, Cheridan Melvin, Jennifer McAfee and Shannon McAfee; and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for Friday, March 14, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Angleton at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until services begin.

Burial will follow in the Angleton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dennis, Jr, Jonathan, Bobby III, Julian, Christopher, Brandon, Shaun and James McAfee. Honorary Pallbearers are Elizabeth Smith and Cheridan Melvin.

The Family would like to give a special Thanks to Country Village for their love and compassion caring for their mother.


Sybil Lou (Garrett) McAfee-Davis
Jan 13, 1918 - Aug 29, 2010

Sybil Lou Garrett Davis, 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 29, 2010, at Pine Arbor Health Care Center in Silsbee, Texas. She was born January 13, 1918, in Gilmer, Texas; the daughter of the late Roger and Beulah (Roach) Garrett.

Sybil graduated from Gilmer High School in 1935, and then attended East Texas State Teachers College, where she completed her Bachelors degree in 1941. She taught elementary education classes in the Orange, Gladewater, Baytown, Upshur County, and Mesquite Independent School Districts for a total of thirty-eight years. During this time, she also completed a Masters degree in education from East Texas State University and was elected to Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional sorority for educators. Sybil was a dedicated kindergarten and first grade teacher, touching the lives of thousands of students during her teaching career.

She loved to sing in the church choir wherever she lived and was a member of the First Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Mesquite. In retirement, she also sang in a senior choir, the Rainbow Connection. She enjoyed planting and cultivating flowers in her garden, which reflected her strong attachment to the land as a child growing up in rural Soules Chapel. She worked hard all of her life to raise her two sons, sometimes as a single parent, and loved them and their families dearly spending most of her time with them and her husband Harvey in her later years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Margarett McAfee of Parrish, Florida and son and daughter-in law, Tony and Teri Thornton of Kountze, Texas; four grandchildren, Cory McAfee and his wife Yvonne of Garland, T.J. Thornton and his wife Emily of Kountze, Tiffany Williford and her husband Cody of Kountze, and Ryan McAfee and his wife Angie of Sarasota, Florida; four great grandchildren, Addison Grace and Tex Thornton, Avery Williford, and Caitlyn McAfee. She is preceded in death by her husband of forty-two years, James Harvey Davis, and all of her four sisters and three brothers.

A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 3, 2010, at Soules Chapel Cemetery, with a celebration of life reception following at Soules Chapel Methodist Church, 7713 FM 556, Soules Chapel, near Gilmer, Texas under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary in Kountze.


Martha Jane �Mattie� (Ramsey) Middleton-Kent
May 25, 1859 - Apr 13, 1943


Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie J. Kent, age 83 years, who died Tuesday night at the home of her son, C. A. Middleton, were planned Wednesday afternoon from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Rev. J. I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church conducted the rites. Burial was in Hamilton cemetery.

A long-time resident of Corsicana and Navarro county, Mrs. Kent was well known. She took an active interest in civic, social and church affairs for many years.

Surviving are three sons, C. A. Middleton, G. C. Kent, Ira Kent all of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. R. L. Patterson, Mrs. Joe Butler, Mrs. Byron Harwell and Mrs. C.D. Lloyd, all of Corsicana; two brothers, S. D. Ramsey, Corsicana; J. H. Ramsey, Crystal City; a sister, Mrs. J. P. Bryson, California; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were T. B. Kirkham, Guy Love, W. Ray Coffey, Dr. E. F. Waters, E. W. Robinson, John C. Calhoun, F. C. Paul, W. M. Taylor and A. G. Smith.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 14, 1943
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Andrew Clarence Middleton married Nov 22, 1881 2nd husband John Jasper Kent married Jul. 16, 1891 buried in Providence cemetery d/o Seaborn Thomas Ramsey and Frances (Center) Ramsey

"George Wiley Petty"
B&D May 28, 1917

One of Twins Dead.

Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Petty, living east of Corsicana, had twin boys born to them yesterday and one of the babies died last night. The remains were interred at Hamilton cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock.


John Thomas Petty
Jan 5, 1867 - Nov 4, 1956

J. T. Petty, 87, native of Angus a retired carpenter and farmer died Sunday afternoon at his residence, 18-B Northwest Apartments.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, W. R. Petty, Corpus Christi, and Jack Petty, Borger; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maud Pryor and Mrs. Minnie Lackey, both of Dallas, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jimmy Ponder, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, and Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor of the First Assembly God church.



Tuesday Services For J. T. Petty

Funeral services for J. T. Petty, 87, native of Angus, who died at his residence in Northwest Apartments Sunday afternoon, will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jimmy Ponder, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church, and Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor of the First Assembly of God church.

He was a retired carpenter and farmer.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, W. R. Petty, Corpus Christi, and Jack Petty, Borger; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maud Pryor and Mrs. Minnie Lackey, both of Dallas and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Nov 6, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o William Carroll Petty and Susan (DeShazer) Petty (John�s death certificate says DeShazo other sources say DeShazer)

Christine Darrell (Mabry) Weihs
Jan 23, 1929 - Jul 16, 2015

Christine Darrell Mabry Weihs, 86, a retired school teacher, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Fort Worth, surrounded by her family.

She was the widow of William Lee �Bill� Weihs with whom she shared 56 years of marriage together before his passing in 2006.

Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday July 22, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens with the Rev. David Montoya and Bobby Bain officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kyle Montgomery, Jim Montgomery, Russell Weihs, Dare Weihs Jr., Chase Anderson and Bobby Bain.

Memorials may be made to Kerens First United Methodist Church, Browning Heights Presbyterian Church in Ft. Worth, or Kerens Ex-Students Association (KESA).

Darrell was born January 23, 1929 in Kerens. She was a school teacher for 36 years at Ft. Worth ISD and, prior to that, attended North Texas in Denton, where she met her husband Bill Weihs. The two were married on August 19, 1950 at First United Methodist Church in Kerens, the same church her father (deceased) helped build. The couple had two children, William Dare Weihs Sr. of Llano and LeAnn Montgomery, of Grapevine.
Darrell was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. She loved the lord and her family above all else and she instilled those values in her children. Darrell was involved in several organizations, including the Kerens Ex-Students Association, Kappa Kappa Iota, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She is survived by her son, Dare Weihs and wife Lenore; daughter, LeAnn Montgomery and husband Jim; grandchildren, Kyle and Jill Montgomery, Lauren Anderson and husband Chase, Dare Weihs Jr. and wife Anna, and Leslie and Russell Weihs; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Colin Anderson; and brother-in-law, retired Lt. Col. Donald H. Weihs.


Lawrence William "Larry" Wisdom
Oct 7, 1936 - Jul 27, 2015

�Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.� � James 3:13, NLT
Lawrence William Wisdom could never be summed up in just a few paragraphs. His achievements, inventions, and impacts are too numerous to record in detail, but we can easily say this: Mr. Wisdom was a man of understanding. He embodied humility and lived a heroically productive and caring life, impacting all those he encountered with his creativity, intelligence, and generosity. Though he deserved great recognition, he chose to live a quiet life that was characterized by service to others. His life confirmed that dreams can become reality, adventures are not for tomorrow, and that a life lived for Jesus is a life well lived.
Wisdom was welcomed into this world by his parents, Lawrence McGee Wisdom and Ada Boyd Preston, in Temple, Texas, in October 1936. After constructing his first private laboratory at the age of 12 and inventing his way through high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957. During this time, he saw seven months of active duty and earned the rank of Sergeant. Next, he attended college at Southwestern University, where he met and married his beloved wife, Mary Lynn Keepers, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics in 1960. Wisdom went on to obtain a Master of Science from Trinity University in 1961 and later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas in 1981.
Wisdom worked as a food chemist at Frito Lay, Inc.�s Irving, Texas, plant from 1961 to 1991. When he first signed on, the company had only produced the Lays Potato Chip and the Frito, but Wisdom quickly ramped up their productivity. In his 30 years with the company, he exercised significant influence over virtually all Frito Lay chip flavorings that were developed through 1991, including the Nacho Cheese Dorito, Funyuns, Chili-Cheese Fritos, Cheetos, and Sun Chips, and earned 12 patents for various chip-making methods, processes, and apparatuses.
After retirement, Wisdom arguably became more productive. He was named an honorary life member of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society in 1999 following decades of dedicated research and conservation efforts to save the Texas Horned Lizard from extinction. He and Mary were long-time Dallas Symphony Orchestra ticket holders, youth group and Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission leaders, members of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and members of St. Luke�s United Methodist Church in Corsicana, Texas and they made it their mission to take their children and grandchildren on extravagant family vacations every three years.
But the majority of Wisdom�s post-retirement days were spent developing and maintaining his land so that it could be enjoyed by his family and promote nature conservation. Wisdom constructed zip-lines and fireworks-launching apparatuses, fishing piers and tree swings. He created uncommon homemade ice cream and bread recipes, cross jewelry, scientific �molds� of flowers and animals, belt buckles, and sculptures. He built an event facility complete with an �outdoor kitchen,� a fire pit, and a dance floor for family gatherings. He designed and maintained an intricate nature trail network and actively protected and planted native wildflowers and trees throughout his property.
At the time of his death on July 27, 2015, Wisdom, 78, was building a quail house in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife�s Western Navarro Bobwhite Restoration Initiative. He was also developing composite macro photographs of native wildflowers and an aerial map of his land.
Wisdom�s projects and inventions amazed and inspired everyone he met, but it was in quiet conversations about wildflowers, lake levels, and the benefits of using Trex over treated lumber that he earned deep love and respect from those of us who knew him well, for that was when his generosity, integrity, and devotion were most clearly visible. Lawrence Wisdom will be missed, but his legacy will be lived out in our lives and in the lives of all those he touched throughout his time on earth. His was a life well lived.
If you knew Mr. Wisdom, you are invited to a come-and-go memorial reception to be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wisdom Farm / 13220 NW CR 4020 in Blooming Grove. Casual summer clothing is encouraged. Snacks and drinks will be provided, as well as a fireworks show over the lake at 9 p.m. If you cannot attend the reception, but would still like to sow into Mr. Wisdom�s legacy, please consider making a donation in his name to one or more of his favorite organizations:
� Texas Parks and Wildlife � Western Navarro Bobwhite Restoration Initiative (WNBRI)
� The Horned Lizard Conservation Society
� St Luke�s United Methodist Church � Youth Ministry
� The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
� The Botanical Research Institute of Texas
� Southwestern University � Science Department
� Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission (CTCYM)
Cremation under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.


Winnie Essie (Coleman) Easterling
Aug 23, 1922 - Aug 2, 2015

Winnie E. Easterling, resident of Streetman, passed away at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana Sunday morning, Aug. 2, 2015 at the age of 92. She was born in the Cade Community in Freestone County on Aug. 23, 1922 to J. A. �Kizer� Coleman and Ealon Clark Coleman. She attended grade school in Cade and later graduated from high school in Streetman. Winnie worked for First National Bank in Streetman and later in Fairfield as an administrative assistant to the bank president and was known as the �CD Lady� to everyone. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Streetman and was active in the Cade Cemetery Association.

Winnie is preceded in death by her parents J. A. "Kizer" Coleman in 1989 and Ealon Coleman in 1998; brothers, James Coleman in 1944 during World War II in Europe and F. A. �Joe Pete� Coleman in 1997; husband, Billy Coy Easterling in 1981.

She is survived by her nephew, F. A. Coleman and wife Carolyn of Streetman; grandnephew Brad Coleman and wife Rachel; grandniece, Tracy Stephens; great grandnieces and nephew, Macy and Megan Stephens and Abigail and Joshua Coleman. She is also survived by many friends in the Streetman community.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Bro. Clayton Smith officiating and Jimmy Ross Young as soloist. Burial will follow at Cade Cemetery in Streetman. Serving as pallbearers will be J. R. Wagner, Brian Milner, B. J. Coker, Mark Turner, Buddy Robinson and Charles Sikes.

Winnie's family would like to thank the staff at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana for the care and love that they showed Winnie during her time there.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Streetman or Cade Cemetery Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Harold Francis Evans
Jan 30, 1915 - Jul 30, 2015

Harold Francis Evans, 100, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. He was born Jan. 30, 1915 in Dallas, Texas to Carl Brookfield and Hattie Mae Evans.
He was schooled in South Dallas at Silberstein Grammar School and Forest Avenue High School. It was there at Forest where he met the love of his life, Angeline Lankford. They were married four years later in the South Dallas Christian Church. Their marriage has been filled with much love and consideration, and July 8, 2015 marked their 79th wedding anniversary.
After graduating from high school, he started working at the printing trade at Superior Typesetting Company. After working there for nearly two years, he left to go to work at the Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall Company where he joined the union and later became a Linotype operator. He spent nearly 12 years there before leaving in 1948, to go to work at the Dallas Morning News � retiring from the news on Dec. 31, 1976. He joined the International Typographical Union and has been a member ever since. Recently he was honored by receiving a pin from the union denoting his tenure of 70 years as a union craftsman. In 1945 he became a Master Mason and in 1955, he became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. In 1967 he became a Shriner and in 1968 became a Knight Templar. He became the Most Excellent High Priest of the J. Lee Zumwalt Chapter. He also served as the Thrice Illustrious Master of the Dallas Council. For several years he was a Shrine Clown.
After they both retired, they moved to Corsicana on April 1, 1978 where they have lived at 1409 Bowie Circle since then. In 1978 they transferred their membership to the First Christian Church in Corsicana. There he became a deacon and later became an elder. Then, after a few years, he was named Elder for Life.
He became interested in writing poetry back in 2001, when he had a compulsion to write one �Lord Walk With Me� that turned out so sad that in some, it evoked tears, but that was a start. His first book, with 127 pages, became an international seller and has been read on three continents. He finished three more books with a fifth in progress. He won an Editor�s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the International Library of Poetry in 2004. Summing up his life are these lines from his poetry:
Travails he faced on paths he trod
They are no more; he walks with God
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Angeline Lankford Evans; brothers, Maurice Charles Evans, and Carl Lamar Evans and son-in-law Donald Allen Woodcock.
He is survived by son, Daniel Harold Evans and wife, Barbara (Beck) Evans; daughter, Alice Dannell (Evans) Woodcock; six grandchildren, Daniel Harold Evans, Jr., Pamela Boeve, Jennifer (Evans) Wade and husband, Steve, Dwayne Allen Woodcock and wife, Colleen, Angela (Woodcock) Stephens, Wendy (Woodcock) Byrd and husband, James; 14 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; a special niece and nephew, Denise Chaney and Greg Mahon; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 with Dr. Mark Luera officiating.


D. T. Gonzales
Mar 3, 1924 - Sep 14, 2015
D.T. Gonzales, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at his residence. He was born on March 3, 1924 in Richland to Jose and Maria Torres Gonzales. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana. He worked for Adams Hat Factory for 22 years and for CISD at Collins Middle School for 11 years. He was also a master wood worker, building cabinets out of his shop at home.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Aldama Gonzales, in 2008; parents, Jose and Maria Gonzales; son, Eddie Gonzales in 1971; brothers, John Gonzales, Joe Gonzales and Tony Gonzales.

He is survived by a sister, Jessie T. Gonzales of Corsicana; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ruth Fletes of Corsicana; Ben Aldama of Rogers, Arkansas; Eva Barlow of Chatfield; and Richard Aldama of Corsicana. He is also survived by numerous Aldama and Gonzales nieces, nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana with Dr. John Conley officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Emmett "Sonny" Gonzales Jr., Tony Gonzales Jr., Mark Gonzales, Craig Fletes, Chris Aldama and Ben Guerrero.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


James McFadden "Romey" Blanding, Judge
Jan 12, 1851 - Sep 22, 1940

Veteran Jurist Died

Judge J.M. Blanding, 89, above, died, in Italy, Texas, Sunday night and was buried here Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. He was president emeritus of the Navarro County Bar, a former county judge, past president of Austin College Board of trustees, one of the charter members of the First Presbyterian Church, and a charter member of the Texas Bar Association.
James McFadden "Romey" Blanding, Judge
Jan 12, 1851 - Sep 22, 1940

Judge J. M. Blanding, age 89 years pioneer attorney, churchman, official and civic leader of Corsicana, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. K. G. Stroud, at Italy, Sunday night at 8:30 o'clock. Although he had lived in Italy for the past several years, he still regarded Corsicana as home.
Funeral services were held from the First Presbyterian Church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. He was a charter member of that congregation.
The funeral rites were conducted by the Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of which Judge Blanding was long a member and officer.
Active pallbearers were Joe Ferguson, Allen Edens, Will Thompson, A. F. Mitchell, Nathan Crouch, Jim Dyer, Jim Roxburgh, Murphy Williams, Dr. L. C. Polk. Honorary pallbearers were officers of the First Presbyterian church, members of the Corsicana Bar, and friends of the family.
A native of South Carolina, born Jan. 12, 1851, Judge Blanding recalled vividly the hardships and trials of the Civil War while his father was in the Southern army and the reconstruction days.
J. D. Blanding, father of Judge Blanding, was a captain in the renowned Palmetto regiment in the Mexican war, receiving one of the regiment's famous gold medallions, and was colonel of the 22nd South Carolina regiment in the war between the States.
Among other illustrious ancestors of Judge Blanding was Henry Wm. De Saussure, his great-grandfather, appointed director of the United States mint by his friend, George Washington. Later he was Chancellor of South Carolina. The nation�s first gold coins were made at Philadelphia under Mr. DeSaussure's direction.
After attending King's Mountain Military school immediately following the war, Judge Blanding matriculated in Washington College at Lexington, Va., (now Washington and Lee) while General Robert E. Lee was president. He was one of the guard or honor when General Lee died and often was one of the guards at Lee's tomb.

Came to Corsicana.
Leaving college with his bachelor�s degree in 1870, he read law in his father's office at Sumter and was licensed to practice law in 1873, a few months before he came to Corsicana. He was admitted to the local bar and was associated with the late William Croft, Samuel R. Frost and R. S. Neblett.
Judge Blanding served as justice of the peace here in the early 1870s and was county judge of Navarro county, 1908-1912. He served as president of the Navarro County Bar Association from 1908 until his retirement about a decade ago and has been president emeritus since that time. He served as a member of the local school board and as alderman.
Judge Blanding was chairman of the board of trustees of the $100,000 Garritty Charity fund until his resignation in May, 1938, was a high ranking Mason, past eminent commander of the Commandery, and a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
A life-long member of the Southern Presbyterian church, Judge Blanding was an elder and was largely instrumental in the organization of the first Presbyterian church here. He was a member and president of the board of trustees of Austin College at Sherman, the church's Texas college, which in 1936, in recognition of his long service to the school, conferred on him an honorary LLD degree. The citation accompanying the degree, read by T. S. Clyde, president emeritus of the college was:
James McFadden Blanding.
"Sprung from the regime of the South; come to manhood in the trying days of reconstruction; educated under the lofty ideals of Lee; emigrant to the new Southwest, where he made a name and place for himself; capable and honored attorney at the bar; noteworthy public official; staunch friend of Austin College for more than a third of a century; twenty-five years a member of her board of trustees and seven years their president; simple, devout Christian, faithful and noble man."
Judge Blanding was one of the last charter members of the Texas Bar Association, organized August 1, 1882, at Galveston, Beauford H. Jeser, president of the Navarro County Bar Association, states, He had been a practicing attorney 67 years, and was admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, July 17, 1878. He represented Sanger Brothers in this section and was a Cotton Belt Railroad attorney for years, and secured much of the right-of-way for the main line of the railroad from Corsicana west toward Waco.
He was married to Miss Cora Palmer of Montgomery, Texas, in 1880. Mrs. Blanding died in 1926.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. Stroud, Italy, and H. O. Blanding, Corsicana; two grandchildren, H. O. Blanding, Jr., Temple, and Miss Cora Frances Blanding, Corsicana, and three sisters, Mrs. T. L. Haman, Vaiden, Miss.; Mrs. W. E. Dick, Sum Cunter, S. C., and Mrs. R. A. Brand, and one brother, Dr. A. L. Blanding, Fountain Inn, S. C.
Sutherland � McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, September 23, 1940 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Relatives, Friends Attend Last Rites For Judge Blanding
A host of Italy friends, from elsewhere over the state were here Monday afternoon to attend the funeral of the late J. M. Blanding who passed on quite peacefully Sunday evening, September 22, at 7:45 o'clock at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. K. G. Stroud in Italy.
The Italy friends were too numerous to mention but among others to pay their last respects to a beloved man among men, were his grandson, Harry Blanding, Jr., of Temple; Miss Lila Stroud and Mrs. George Kimball, Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hooks, Itasca; Mrs. J. T. Coulson, Mrs. Hugh Johnson, Mrs. Neil Johnson, Mrs. Harry Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Ike McFadden, Miss Gertrude Hammett and Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Lowe, Dallas.


Paul Territo, Jr.
Died August 28, 1909


Well-to-do Italian Farmer Died Suddenly Saturday Night.

Paul Terratti, Jr., a well-to-do Italian farmer, died while in a bath tub at the Two Brothers� barber shop on Saturday evening. Terratti was a single man and has lived on one of Major C. H. Mills� farms for a number of years and was highly respected. He had been in bad health for some time and had recently returned from Dallas where he had been for treatment in a sanitarium. Saturday evening he came to town with his father and finally went to the barber shop where he called for a bath. This was prepared and he entered the room. Finally the boy who looks after the preparation of the baths became crowed with patrons, and remembering that Terratti had been in the bath for an unusual length of time, knocked on the door. Getting no response he stated the case to the proprietor, who, after failing to get a response following repeated knocking on the door, he forced an entrance and found Terratti dead in the bath tub where it is thought he had been about two hours. His relatives were notified and Undertaker Sutherland took charge of the remains. Terratti was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Modern Woodmen in each of which orders he carried $1000 insurance. His body was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock in the Catholic cemetery.


Augustine (Martinez) Martinez
Oct 10, 1900 - Oct 15, 1918

Mexican Woman Dead

Augustine, the 18-year-old wife of Lorenzo Martinez, died on the J. P. Stephens farm near town last night and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery here this afternoon.


Thomas G. Garvin
Sep 8, 1886 - Oct 10, 1916

Died Yesterday Afternoon.

Thos. G. Garvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Garvin, died at the family home near here yesterday afternoon, aged 30 years, one month and two days, and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery here this morning at 10 o'clock. The deceased is survived by his parents and two brothers and sisters. He was an industrious and upright young man, and was greatly esteemed by all who knew him.


Ida Nagy
abt 1909 - Sep 11, 1916

Death of Little Girl.

Ida Nagy, the 7 year-old daughter of Steve Nagy, who lives on the Jester farm, near town, died last night and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock.


Annie (McElgunn) Tilton
Jan 10, 1859 � Mar 23, 1917

Angus News.

We have sad news to report. The death Angel visited the home of Mr. T. Tilton and carried away his dear wife. The remains were laid in the Catholic cemetery. She is survived by a husband and seven children.



In Memory of Mrs. Tilton.

On Friday morning, March 23, the Death Angel visited the family of Mr. T. Tilton and carried away his wife.

Mrs. Tilton was born in Ireland, January 10, 1859, and spent the earlier part of her life in that country. She would often talk of her home life before she came to the United States.

For some years she had been suffering with heart trouble and though not forces to stay not confined to her bed all of the time, still she was troubled with it all along.

The few weeks preceding her death she had been feeling worse than usual and her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Hyndman of Sour Lake, came up to see her and she carried Mrs. Tilton back to Sour Lake hoping that her mother would regain her strength. But she hoped in vain for on Thursday, March 22, she grew worse and at 1:30 Friday morning, March 23, she succumbed to her illness. The remains were brought back to Angus Saturday morning on the 5:30 train.

She leaves a husband, seven children who are Mrs. S. B. Hyndman of Sour Lake; Mrs. James Boyd, of Navarro; J. J. Tilton, of Angus; L. P. Tilton of Sour Lake; Mrs. S. l. Story, Florence and Helen Tilton of Angus. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. P. Morrison of Houston, and Miss Jane McElgum of Fort Worth, and a brother, Patrick McElgunn of Houston, besides a host of relatives and friends who mourn her loss.

The funeral services were conducted at the Catholic Church in Corsicana, of which she had been a member for many years, and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

The pallbearers were H. M. and O. E. Prichard, J. B. Fesmire, Michael and Joe Hunt and Mr. Ryan.

Weep not, dear friends as those who have no hopes; but think of your mother in perfect rest and contentment.

The following words express sympathy much more than words possibly could.

Somebody�s mother is now with the blessed,
White as a snow-drop and fair to behold;
Soft hands are now being caressed�
In the whitest of robes her form has been dressed,
It is only the mortal lies silent and cold.

It was only the material form contained in the casket the hearse bore away.
The Jewels we prize still live and are near�
Yet I feel for their sorrow, I too, shed a tear,
For the grey hearse stood at my own door one day.

--M. B. F.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Mar 30, 1917
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  • w/o Theodore T. Tilton assumed; d/o John McElgunn & Ellen (Cloney) McElgunn per Margaret (McElgunn) Morrison-sister�s death certificate

Theodore T. Tilton
1848 - Sep 27, 1922


Funeral Took Place This Afternoon From Catholic Church

Theodore Tilton, aged 74 years, died at his home in the Angus community last night after having been in declining health for a long time.

The deceased had been a highly esteemed citizen of this county for many years, and he had a large circle of friends who will be pained to learn of his death. The funeral took place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Catholic Church in this city, the Rev. Father Graffen officiating. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery. The last sad rites were largely attended and there were many pretty floral offerings.

The deceased is survived by the following children; Mrs. Smith Hyndman, Sour Lake; Mrs. James Boyd, Emhouse; Mrs. Seth Story, Misses Helen and Florence Tilton and John and Lawrence Tilton of Angus.


George Washington Owens
Feb 7, 1855 - Feb 19, 1917

Died Last Night.

G. W. Owens died last night at his home near Eureka and will be buried this afternoon from the Presbyterian church of that place. The deceased was 62 years of age and leaves a wife and one son who is now at home, and several married children.




On February 20th the redeemed spirit of my father took its departure to the realms of eternal bliss to live with the redeemed hosts who have gone on before. Oh, how hard it was to give him up.

Indeed, it was realized by all that he was a last free from sorrow and suffering forever for he was ready to go and waiting for the call and when death came he welcomed it as a precious relief. All the time he was sick he talked of God and that happy home above. Yet it could not be forgotten how his sweet presence will be missed on earth. And his heartbroken children and dear companions and vast host of relatives and friends gazed upon his cold form. The only remains of this dear one, they realized how cold and chilly this world would be without him. Yet I feel that our loss is Heaven�s gain.

My dear father was born February 7th, 1855, was a native of Texas, has made his home at Eureka for 21 years. He joined the Methodist church in his boy hood days and has lived a Christian life ever since. He told us all to meet him in Heaven and some told him they would try to meet him and he said, �You must try, a stumbling block is worth nothing.� He leaves our dear mother and six children to mourn his loss besides one sister at Mildred, Texas, and a host of relatives and friends.

He has one dear daughter gone on before. She is waiting on him on the other side.

To know my dear father was to love him and his death to his children is indeed sad but we should all prepare to meet him in glory where praises never end. Weep not dear mother brother and sisters he told us all not to grieve for him. We should not grieve after our dear father remember the battle he fought and the victory he won. We must all run the race he did and meet him at the right hand of God where there will be no more heartaches and sad goodbyes. May God bind up our broken hearts and may we all prepare to meet him on the great judgment morning.

His daughter,


John Thomas Owens
Nov 30, 1886 - Nov 1, 1959

Retired Farmer Burial Monday

J. T. Owens, 72, retired farmer, 412 North Twenty-Fourth street, died in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Eureka cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Mobley, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church, and Rev. G. L. Day, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, George Owens, Roane, and Jack Owens, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Lawton McCain, Mrs. James Doolen, and Mrs. Velma Skeene all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Willie Folmer, Wichita Falls, a grandson, Kenneth Skeene, Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a brother Floyd Owens, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Della Rash, Corsicana, and Mrs. Phil Greenup, Navarro, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Don Chandler, Paul Chandler, R. C. Dunham, Houston Kent, Buck Montgomery and Aaron Montgomery.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 2, 1959
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  • h/o Fannie Ola (Minatrea) Owens; s/o George W. Owens & Eva Catherine (Catie) Owens (Eva is buried in Grange Hall cemetery per death certificate)

Fannie Ola (Minatrea) Owens
Nov 20, 1889 - Mar 14, 1965

w/o John Thomas Owens

Mrs. J. T. Owens Expires Sunday

Mrs. J. T. (Ola) Owens, 76, native of Ennis, 1735 West Sixth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Eureka cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gaither L. Day, Evermann Methodist pastor, and Rev. Bennie McBryde, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church.

Surviving are two sons, George Owens, Roane, and Jack Owens, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Lawton McCain, Mrs. Velma Skeene and Mrs. James Doolen, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. W. Z. Folmar, Wichita Falls; 11 grandchildren, one of whom is Kenneth Skeene of Irving, who formerly resided with his grandmother; 20 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Dock Minitree, Ennis, and Carl Minitree, Conroe and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Mar 15, 1965
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  • w/o John Thomas Owens; d/o Robert Archibal �Bob� Minatrea & Martha Jane (Tinnery) Minatrea buried in Myrtle cemetery, Ennis, Tx.



ROANE, March 18�(Spl)�Among those attending the funeral services for the mother of George Owens in Corsicana Tuesday were Garlan Gran and Lummie Burrow who were pallbearers: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Frazier; Mrs. Glen Curry; L. C. Graves; Mr. and Mrs. Walter McCarter; Mrs. Lee Holsey and others.

Dean Owens, Corsicana, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Owens, was injured Sunday at noon in a motorcycle-car collision three hours before the death of his grandmother. The injury has resulted in knee surgery. George�s brother, Jack Owens of Corsicana, was also hospitalized soon after the death of his mother.


Ida Lee (Mosley) Humphries
Jan 7, 1858 - Mar 19, 1917

Died at Eureka.

Mrs. H. Humphries died at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. W. F. Bell in the Eureka community this morning and the remains will be interred in the Eureka cemetery tomorrow.

The deceased is survived by her husband and several grown children.




Ida Lee Mosely was born in Taylor county, Georgia, January 7, 1859 and died March 19, 1917 at the Age of forty-eight years, two months and twelve days.

She came to Corsicana, Texas, December 24, 1874, and was married to Bascom Humphries, October 17, 1875. To this union there were born eight children. One daughter died in infancy. Three daughters and four sons have reached the age of maturity and are married. These children and husband survive here. They were present at her bedside during her last illness.

In early womanhood, she identified herself with the Missionary Baptist church. She lived a devoted and consistent Christian life. In her sickness she was cheerful, patient and submissive.

A loneliness has come to the hearts of her loved ones but she has departed the bed to be with the Lord which is far better. She has rest from the labors of life.

Her influence shall still live in the lives of her loved ones and friends.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. L. Patterson and J. R. McCoy in United Presbyterian church at Eureka, at ten a. m., March 20, 1917. Interment took place in Eureka Cemetery.


Bascom Humphries
Apr 27, 1854 - Aug 26, 1942


Bascom Humphries, age 85 years, died at his home in Eureka Wednesday and funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the Eureka Methodist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor. Burial was in the Eureka cemetery.

Mr. Humphries was born in Reynolds county, Georgia, and came to Corsicana in 1874. He moved to McGregor in 1882, and later helped organize Lynn county and served as one of its first commissioners. He returned to Eureka in 1910 and has made his home there since that time.

Surviving are four sons, W. F. Humphries, Austin; Tom Humphries, Vernon; Ira Humphries, Gladewater; Emory Humphries, Leesville, La.; two daughters, Mrs. Ola Wells, Waco; Mrs. May Bell, Eureka, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. C. Montgomery, Curtis Chandler, Brice Bonner, B. Frame, Edgar Frame, and B. Perry.

L. B. Bonner & Co., directed the arrangements.


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  • h/o Ida Lee (Mosley) Humphries married Oct. 17, 1875; s/o Thomas Dubose Humphries & Effa Ann �Effie� (Carter) Humphries

Joseph Dixon Pilkington
Jul 9, 1865 - Jan 1, 1916

Died At Navarro.

J. D. Pinkington, a farmer of the Navarro community died at his home there Saturday night of dropsy, after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Grape Creek cemetery yesterday afternoon.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 3, 1910
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  • h/o Alice Leona (Doolen) Pilkington married Oct. 15, 1891; s/o Solomon Kinsey Pilkington & Mary Ann (Crosser) Pilkington

Alice Leona (Doolen) Pilkington
Nov 6, 1875 - Jun 7, 1946


Mrs. Alice Pilkington, aged 70 years, former resident of Navarro county, died in Houston Friday morning at 11:30 o'clock. Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the Grape Creek cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. C. M. Harrell and Miss Reta Pilkington, both of Houston; three sons, W. D. and Roy Pilkington both of Fenton, and Harmon Pilkington, Houston; a number of grandchildren, three brothers, W. A. Doolen, Houston; J. S. and L. W. Doolen, both of Angus, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were M. M. White, Jr., E. D. Smith, M. S. Scruggs, H. B. Fouty, H. M. Pritchard, J. L. Caffy, S. L. Story and Phil Greenup.


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  • w/o Joseph Dixon Pilkington married Oct. 15, 1891; d/o Alfred Harmon Doolen & Melinda Margaret �Linnie� (Young) Doolen

Harl Massie
1923 - Jul 5, 1924

Hal Massie, 14-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Massie, died here last night and the remains were taken to Grape Creek today for interment.


Harris Stewart
Jun 4, 1845 - Aug 11, 1917


On August 11, 1917, at 7:40 p.m. the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Harris Stewart and claimed her beloved husband to come and live in peace with Jesus. He was born Jun. 4, 1845, in Henderson county, Tenn., and was married to Miss Rebecher Odam, Jan. 8, 1872, and in 1884 he moved his family to Navarro county, Texas, where he is known by most everyone. He was always so willing to help any one of his friends when they would come to him for help and he had a host of friends in this community who will join with his wife and six grown children to mourn his loss. The children are John, Milton and Jesse and Minnie Stewart of Angus, Mrs. May Moffitt of Providence and Mrs. Nannie Dillard also of Providence.

He was 72 years, 2 months and 7 days old. He lived a long time on this earth and suffered a lot of pain but he is at rest in Heaven with Jesus where his sufferings are no more. He was only sick one week in bed but he had been in bad health for a long time with an acute stomach trouble and two days before he passed away he took pneumonia and was too weak to stand his misery any longer and so God said come to Me. All was done that could be done for his relief but God relieved him when he took him from this world of pain and sorrow.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. J. Hornbeak. Interment at Grape Creek cemetery in the presence of a big throng of neighbors and his old friends.

Oh, weep not dear wife and children,
He has gone with Jesus to rest;
And we must live so we can meet him,
In Heaven of eternal rest.

Written by one who loved him,

Angus, Texas,
August 17, 1917.




Remains Were Interred at Grape Creek Yesterday.

Harris Stewart, aged 75 years, and for many years a resident of this county, died at his home near Angus Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Grape Creek cemetery yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a big throng of neighbors and old friends. Surviving the deceased is his widow and these children, Jesse, Milton, John, Misses Minnie and Nannie Stewart. The deceased was a highly esteemed citizen and enjoyed the love and respect of his neighbors.


1915 - May 1916

Death of Baby Girl.

The 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Jones, died last night at their home and the remains will be interred at Zion�s Rest tomorrow.


Martha Ann (Yarbrough) Farmer
Sep 22, 1848 - Nov 10, 1916

Died in Farmer Community.

Mrs. John Farmer, aged 68 years died at her home in the Farmer Community this morning and the remains will be interred at the Zion�s Rest cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.



Funeral Was Well Attended.

The remains of the late Mrs. M. A. Farmer, widow of John Farmer, who died a little more than a year ago, were laid to rest in the Zion�s Rest cemetery this afternoon. The funeral was largely attended by those who knew and esteemed the deceased in life. Mrs. Farmer spent last Sturday in Corsicana and was confined to her bed only three or four days with pneumonia.


Vernon Scoggins
1915 - Mar 8, 1916

Infant Son Dead.

Vernon Scoggins, 18-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Scoggins, died at the family home on East Ninth avenue yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred at Zion�s Rest this afternoon.


Robert C. Slate
Jul 27, 1871 - Feb 22, 1917


Remains Interred at Zion�s Rest This Afternoon.

R. C. Slate, a former resident of this county, and who moved to Dallas only a few months ago, died at his home there yesterday afternoon and the remains were brought here today and were buried at Zion�s Rest this afternoon.

The deceased is survived by his widow and three children, two daughters and a son, and by two brothers, A. A. Slate of Pinkston and J. S. Slate of McKinney.

The deceased was a good citizen and had many friends who will sympathize with his family in their bereavement.




R. C. Slate of Dallas passed to his reward Thursday, February 22, 1917, at 8:45 o'clock.

He was born July 27, 1871, and had been for many years a resident of Corsicana, Texas, but for the past year has been residing at McKinney, Collin Co., Texas. He moved to Dallas last December.

Mr. Slate leaves a heart-broken wife, three small children and a sister to morn his loss, besides a host of relatives and friends, whose deepest sympathy goes out to them in this hour of grief.

His father and mother, two sisters and a darling baby had gone before , and were waiting to welcome him home.

Dear Robert was much loved by all who knew him. He was a kind and most affectionate husband and a friend in all, always had a kind word for everyone and was always ready to do anything to help his fellowmen. We are some times want to question God�s way, and wonder why He suffers us to give up such a loved and precious member of our family. Yet we know that God is good, and He does all things well; and His will, not ours be done.

Words cannot express how we shall miss him. But our loss is Heavens gain, and it is a great comfort to our bleeding hearts to know that he is resting from the trials and troubles of this life. He complained but little during his illness, but bore his suffering very bravely.

We know that life now will be so lonely, so void and empty, for his loving wife, but we would ask her to go to God in this hour of grief and pain, for he alone can heal her wound and help her to realize it was all for the best, and that he had a brighter and happier home prepared for him than this world could afford.

There were only seven years, seven months and eighteen days of a happy life together spared them.

Theirs was indeed a happy home where love ruled supreme.

He was laid to rest in Zion�s Rest cemetery in North Corsicana.

Let us all strive to do better and live so that we may some day go to live with him in that home whose Maker and Builder is God, and where sorrows never come, flowers never fade, days never end, but life is eternal.

He is sleeping, sweetly sleeping,
In his new made grave today.
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For the loved one passed away.
Yet, again we hope to meet him
When the Day of Life has fled,
And in Heaven with joy to greet him,
Where no farewell tears are shed.

Written by one who loved him,
Dallas, Texas.


Vaughan Woolwine
abt. 1901 - Jul. 13, 1917


Remains of Vaughan Woolwine Were Interred Here.

Vaughan Woolwine, aged sixteen years, son of V. T. Woolwine, a former resident of Corsicana, but now of Houston, was struck by a freight train on the Houston and Texas Central railroad near Groesbeck, Thursday night and so badly injured that he died at Groesbeck yesterday and the remains were brought here yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock and were interred in the Zion�s Rest cemetery soon after their arrival here.

The man who was in charge of the train says that the boy was seated on the end of a cross tie, apparently asleep, when the train crew discovered him and that the train was too close to him to stop, and that as soon after he was struck as they could the train was stopped, the boy taken into town and a physician summoned.

The unfortunate boy had been here on a visit, and it is said that three Corsicana boys, Cecil Sheehan, Wilmer Harget and Henry Patterson, left here with the dead boy to go to Houston, and they were with him when the accident occurred.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jul 14, 1917
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  • I was unable to find a death certificate and any other info on a Vaughan Woolwine. I am not sure that Vaughan is his name. s/o Vernon Terry Woolwine & Rebecca Louise (Roney) Woolwine ( buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tx. )

Samuel Josiah Jennings
Aug 7, 1866 - May 2, 1916

Remains Interred At Bazette.

The remains of the late Hon. S. J. Jennings were interred in the old family cemetery at Bazette today and the funeral was largely attended. Mrs. P. L. Jennings, Miss Fannie Cheney, and T. G. Brooks attended from Corsicana



Mrs. J. V. Noble went to Kerens on Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. S. J. Jennings, who was for so many years their neighbor and friend at Kerens. Mr. Jennings was a brother-in-law of our late esteemed townsman, Mr. Albritton, and is known all over the State as a legislator and man of affairs.



Rev. J. W. Jennings was here today on his way back to Oklahoma after attending the funeral of his brother at Kerens.


Judge James DeGraffenreid Miles, Sr.
Nov 17, 1834 - Oct 21, 1917

Died at Powell.

Judge J. D. Miles, aged 80 years, and for many years a resident of this and Freestone counties, died at the home of his son, J. D. Miles, Jr., last Monday night and the remains were laid to rest at Bazette Tuesday. The deceased was of a genial disposition and had a large circle of friends in this and Freestone county, all of whom will long cherish his memory.


Mary B. (Allen) Sims
Mar 24, 1834 - Sep 9, 1917

Venerable Woman Dead.

Mrs. Mary Sims, aged 83 years, 6 months and 6 days, died at 739 Park Avenue yesterday, and the remains taken to Kerens today for interment.

The deceased was the mother of 14 children, eight of whom are still living. These are Will and Wes Sims of Corsicana, John, Tom and Cicero Sims of Western Texas, Mrs. F. F. Paschal, Corbet; Mrs. C. N. Hullett of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Josie Graham of Kentucky.


Josephine (Kyser) Crowley
May 25, 1858 - Mar 20, 1917

Bazette News.

Mrs. Joe Crowley, a highly esteemed resident of the Independence community, died at her home Tuesday afternoon at 6:30 o'clock, after a long illness. She was stricken with paralysis about two years ago and had been helpless ever since. She seemed to be getting along very well, until Monday afternoon, when she grew worse and she passed away Tuesday. She was a good woman and was liked by every one that knew her. She will be missed in her home and community. She is survived by an invalid husband, one son, an aged mother, two brothers and a host of relatives. The remains were interred in the Bazette cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. B. F. Ellis conducted the funeral services.


Ray Sherrall Awalt Sr.
Oct 16, 1929 - Oct 11, 2015

Ray S. Awalt Sr. passed away on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. Graveside services will at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Cade Cemetery near Streetman. Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.

Ray was born on Oct. 16, 1929, in Navarro County to Ocie Jay and Willie Virginia Awalt. Some knew him for his music, Ray Awalt and The Bi-Stone Playboys. Some knew him from his many years spent in the Freestone/Limestone County area, some knew him for his business, ABC Sign and Fence of 30-plus years in Corsicana, but we knew him as Daddy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Ruth Awalt; brothers, Jay Awalt, Bill Awalt and Olsie Awalt; and parents.

He is survived by his sons, Lester Paul Awalt and wife Tammy of Ovilla, and Ray Awalt Jr. and wife Sheila of Nashville, Tennessee; daughters, Amy Awalt Jacobs of Corsicana, and Sheryl (Sherry) Awalt Sandlin of Wortham; grandchildren, Brent Awalt, Bailee Awalt, Joshua Awalt and wife Lecia, Matt Awalt and wife Janiesa, Britney Bickley, Lori Leger, Thomas Ray Hardcastle and wife Jessica, Heather Armstrong and husband Brady, A.
J. Sandlin and Dalton Sandlin; great- grandchildren, Jaxon Awalt, Aislin Awalt, Avalyn Awalt, Kace Armstrong, Robby Leger, Sunny Leger, Bobby Hardcastle, Braxton Hardcastle, Bella Hardcastle, Shannon Hardcastle, Hailey Awalt; one great-great granddaughter, Aubrei Leger.

Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.


Larry Don Howell
Mar 26, 1942 - Oct 13, 2015

Larry Don Howell, 73, was born on March 26,1942, to LB and Faye Colvin Howell. He passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.
Larry was born and raised in Kerens. He entered the Navy in 1958, and served four years. While in the Navy, he was an in demand Ping-Pong and volleyball player and enjoyed sports throughout his life. After the Navy he attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he achieved his Masters in Engineering. He spent the majority of his career working with Bell Helicopter and Marathon Power Technologies.
Larry's main priority was his family. Beside him was his beautiful wife of 54 years, Peggy. She was his pride and joy and stood by him through all his travels and time spent away for work. Peggy was next to him, taking care of him until the very end.
Patty, his loving daughter, was his caregiver for the past two years. She was there at the house making sure he had what he needed.
Pete, his son, always made sure that everyone in the family was taken care of. If things needed fixing, between Larry and Pete, they were done right.
Weekends at the lake were one of Larry's favorite things. He spent many hours on the dock with his grandchildren, Sabrina, Evan and Gareth, patiently teaching them about nature but most of all about fishing. Larry loved to fish and he passed that on to his family. The lake house that was built by Larry and Pete stands as a testament to his love of family and everything that went with being together.
Nearer to the end, Heidi Swan came in to help, and the family is very grateful to her for the care given to Larry.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glenda Whitehead officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Evan Pritchard, Gareth Pritchard, Jake Brandon, Daniel Mach, Sam Williamson.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Joe Robert Whorton
Aug 22, 1926 - Oct 5, 2015

Joe Robert Whorton, 89, of Bellville passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at his home.
Joe was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Corsicana, to James Barr and Ida Johnson Whorton. He grew up and attended school in Blooming Grove where he participated in all sports and excelled academically. Upon graduating from Blooming Grove High School in 1944, he received the Distinguished Service Award �Best Athlete.� Joe was a member of the RCA (Rodeo Cowboy Association, later known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association). He was a competitive bull rider, bareback and saddle bronc rider in the 1940s and 1950s.
Joe served in the United States Army from January 1945 to December 1946, with Company B, 31st Infantry Regiment in Korea during World War II. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, where he supervised the training of military personnel in the use of various light weapons and trained personnel in combat tactics. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army of Occupation Ribbon, Japan, the Victory Ribbon, and 2 Overseas Service Bars. When his active service ended in 1946, with an Honorable Discharge, Joe signed up for the Army Reserve. In October 1949, he was Honorably Discharged from the Army for the second time.
Joe married Margie A. Melton on June 26, 1947, in Corsicana. They made their home in Thompsons/Rosenberg where Joe was employed by Humble Oil Company. He attended San Jacinto College for electrical and electronics training. In 1962, Humble Oil/Exxon transferred Joe to Baytown and then, in 1963, to the Raccoon Bend field where they lived in Bellville and raised their family. After 39 years with Exxon, retiring as an Electronics Specialist in 1986, Joe dedicated his time to working on his land, raising cattle, and riding his horses. In addition, he stayed busy helping Margie with her antique business, traveling with Margie, and enjoying his grandchildren.
Joe and Margie were active members of the First Baptist Church of Bellville for many years. He taught Sunday School and served on various church committees. Joe was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather serving as an exceptional role model for all. His family meant everything to him. In the last few years, he had totally committed himself to Margie's care. Joe was a kind, humble, compassionate, and genuine gentleman with the patience of Job, who gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He had a life well-lived and well-loved.
Joe is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margie; his son, Rick Whorton and partner Susan Hallmark of Spring; his daughter, Holly Smith and husband Keith "Butch" of Sugar Land; his grandchildren, Michelle Whorton of Houston, Ashley Whorton Sanders and husband Mark of McKinney, Matthew Smith and Andrew Smith both of Houston; his great-granddaughter, Audrey Sanders; his sister, Jimmie Spain of Richland; his sister-in-law, Nancy Melton of Blooming Grove; his brothers-in-law, Jake Melton and wife Mary Ann of Blooming Grove, Daryl Sanders of Hillsboro, Bill Wilson of Ft. Worth; and numerous nieces; nephews; and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ida Whorton; his sisters: Anne Hyman, Orene Goodwin, Effie Perkins, Ruby Tacker, Georgie Bridges; and his half-brother, E. B. Whorton.
Pallbearers are Bobby Spain, John Spain, Mike Spain, Jack Farish, Mike Sanders, Larry Farish, Benny Melton, Randy Melton, and Brett Melton.
Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hyman, Jake Melton, Daryl Sanders, and Bill Wilson.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville. Service will follow at 5:30 p.m. with Pastor Carl Williamson officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Dresden Cemetery, with Pastor Grady Cashion officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the First Baptist Church, 504 East Strauss Street, Bellville, Texas 77418 or to the charity of their choice.
Arrangements by Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Nick Horton
Apr 9, 1915 - Oct 7, 2015

My father, Nick Horton, was born in Mertens on April 9, 1915. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at the Twilight Nursing Home.
His parents, Charles Horton and Altha Anna Phillips Horton, came to Bell County from Georgia in a covered wagon. They later moved to Mertens where Nick grew to love farming and the land. Nick graduated from Mertens High School, as did his wife of 70 years, Kathern Malone. When Nick entered the Twilight Home two weeks prior to his death, he remarked to the staff that he �had married a great beauty.� He was a farmer, as well as a school bus driver for Frost ISD. He loved and always remembered the students who rode his bus. After retirement, he and Kathern moved to Corsicana.
Nick is survived by one daughter, Nickie Horton Lagomarsino, whom he and Kathern loved dearly. He left Nickie his passion for the land and the importance of being a good steward of the Earth. His love of animals, especially dogs, was also passed to Nickie. In Nick�s final few weeks on Earth, he still spoke of his beloved dogs, especially Ole Shep the Cowdog.
Nick will be remembered by his many friends in Mertens, Corsicana, and Navarro County. His love of people and their admiration for him was evident when he injured his foot in the fall of 1954. When injured, Nick�s cotton crop was still in his fields. When he returned home from the old P & S Hospital, Nick found dozens of friends and relatives harvesting his crop while their crops waited. In April of this year, Nick celebrated his 100th birthday at Nickie�s lake home, Wildcat Crossing, and was surprised by more than 200 guests, who included some of his former school bus students, relatives, and friends. Nick enjoyed many events in his life, but reminisced about his young years �honkey-tonkin� in Dallas and West Station. Nick loved music and loved to dance. Nick would agree with George Washington�s quote at Mt. Vernon, �If I could be remembered for one thing, it was that I was a good farmer.� However, those of us left to remember Nick, will remember him as a loving husband, father, friend, and good Christian man.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Horton and Altha Anna Phillips Horton. Nick was the final sibling in his family to pass. Brothers and sisters preceding his death include, Donnie Marquart, Lucille McLaine, James Horton, Pratt Horton, and Ethel Wheeler Horton.
Survivors include his wife, Kathern Horton; and daughter, Nickie Ann Lagomarsino; Surviving grandchildren include, Anna Volley, James Lagomarsino, Elizabeth Lagomarsino, and Katherine Lagomarsino; great-grandchildren include, Jackson Farr, Fiona Farr, Ren Volley, Aiden Lagomarsino, Olivia Lagomarsino, Reagan Lagomarsino, Preston Lagomarsino, Alexander Davis, Christopher Davis, Julia Peddy and Corinne Peddy; many cousins; nieces; and nephews will also remember Nick.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. John Updegrove and the staff of the Twilight Nursing Home for their care and compassion not only toward Nick, but to the family as well.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Mertens Baptist Church with Mr. Ronald Elmore officiating. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery, Mertens.
Pallbearers will be Van Perry, Buddy Ballew, Dwayne Watson, Ronald Brown, and Jimmy Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Anderson, David Malone, Lonnie Schronk, Bill Malone, and Curtis Malone.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Corsicana Animal Shelter at 617 S. 12th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Martha Nell (McSpadden) Tipping
Sep 24, 1930 - Oct 6, 2015

Martha Nell Tipping, 85, of Abbott passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Arlington. She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Blooming Grove to Clayton E. McSpadden and Reba MaGee McSpadden. She was a member of Blooming Grove Baptist Church. Over the years she also attended Abbott Baptist Church and West Baptist Church. She worked for Collin Street Bakery, Nickerson Farms located between Hillsboro and Abbott and Mellgren Clinic in West. She graduated from Navarro Junior College with a degree in Administrative Assistant. She loved music, gardening and working in her yard. She enjoyed line dancing and square dancing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delma Tipping of 41 years, who passed Nov. 3, 1988; son, in 2000 David Tipping; grandson, in 1999 Jeremy Tipping; brother, C.E. McSpadden; and parents, Clayton and Reba McSpadden.
She is survived by her children, Stephen Tipping and wife Thressa of Rio Vista, and Melanie Lewis and husband Eddie of Plano; grandchildren, Will Tipping and Traci of Salado, Randa and Frank Wooten of Rio Vista, Elizabeth Tipping of Texas City, Rebecca Guthrie and Jon of Indiana, Eric Pustejovsky and Channa of Abbott, Scott Pustejovsky of Washington D.C., and Kyle Pustejovsky and Sayla of Luling; great-grandchildren, Reanna Johnson, Jordan Pustejovsky, Michael Pustejovsky, Katlyn Jones, Kody Kneip, Brayden Pustejovsky, Kadence Pustejovsky, Wyatt Tipping and Grace Tipping. She is also survived by one sister, Merle Baldwin of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces; nephews; and extended family members.
Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Blooming Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Will Tipping, Eric Pustejovsky, Scott Pustejovsky, Kyle Pustejovsky, Wes Ryon and Mike Pilgrim.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made to Pinnacle Bank Jeremy "J.T." Tipping Memorial Scholarship 1403 W. Henderson St. Cleburne, Texas 76033.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Justin Michael "JP" Paul
Feb 27, 1996 - Oct 6, 2015

Justin �JP� Paul, 19, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in an automobile accident in Waxahachie.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1996, to Charles W. and Sherry (Sanders) Paul and brother Charles �Buster� Paul at ETMC in Athens.
He attended Kerens I.S.D. where he played football, baseball, basketball, participated in band and graduated in 2014. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kerens and went on many mission trips where he helped to build/rebuild homes.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Buster and Mary Lou Paul; uncle, Dennis L. Sanders; and cousin, Brandon C. Sanders.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sherry Paul of Kerens; brother, Buster Paul of Corsicana; grandmother, Dee Carter of Kerens; grandparents, Buddy and Charlotte Sanders of Groveton; step-grandfather, David Betz of Kerens.
A Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church of Kerens with Rev. David Montoya officiating.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.



Local man killed in Ellis County crash
By Deanna Kirk and Michael Kormos Corsicana Daily Sun
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 6, Justin Michael Paul of Corsicana was killed in a head-on collision on the east side of Lake Waxahachie on FM 877, known as Howard Road.
Paul, traveling Northwest into Waxahachie, according to Ellis County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr., struck a 2001 International 4700 truck hauling wood to a construction site. Paul was driving a 2002 Nissan Altima.
�The road is two-lane blacktop, a very highly-traveled road,� Miller said.
Paul, 19, was pronounced dead by Judge Miller at 9:09 a.m. and sent to the medical examiner in Dallas for autopsy, standard procedure in Ellis County Precinct 2.
Upon learning of the accident, and that Justin Paul, the son of Navarro County Sheriff�s Deputy Charles Paul and Sherry Paul, was involved, Sheriff Elmer Tanner made this statement Tuesday:
�The son of one of my deputies was lost tragically in a motor vehicle accident ... in Ellis County, Tanner said. �Our thoughts and prayers are going out to them as they deal with this loss.�


Mary Lee (Winston) Gray
abt 1955 - Oct 2, 2015

Mary Lee Winston Gray, 60, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Pastor Dairy Johnson and Minister Cornilus Hawkins officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Anita LaJuan (Hazelwood) Smith
Mar 28, 1930 - Oct 7, 2015

Anita LaJuan Smith, 85, of Trinidad, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Corsicana. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dan Baum officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Catherine D. Thornton
June 3, 1956 - Oct 6, 2015

Catherine D. Thornton, 59, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Douglasville, Georgia. She was born June 3, 1956 in Hamilton, Tennessee.
She was a loving mother, grandmother. She was a homemaker, very loving and good natured. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, friends and her four-legged kids, Blondie, Lovie and Elizabeth.

She is preceded in death by Pauline Bates, Thurman H. Thornton and Tabitha K. Thornton.

She is survived by her children, Thurman H. Thornton and wife Celia, Paul C. Thornton and wife Crystal, Catherine D. Smith and husband James;
mother-in- law DeLois Lane; grandchildren, Vincent Thornton, Judith Thornton, Benjamin Thornton, Johnathan Thornton, Donovan Johnson, Gannon Johnson, Madison Thornton, Sarah Thornton, Patrick Thornton, Angel Thornton, Paul Thornton II, Lilly Rubio-Thornton, Kendrick Brown, Phill Adamson, Jessie N. Smith, Jacob N. Smith, James H. Smith. She is also survived by extended family Carol and James Roager, Joann and Scotty Mayo, Sandy, Greg Adamson, and Ellen Jenkins.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


David Ezequias Pimentel
Dec 13, 1942 - Oct 5, 2015

David Pimentel stepped from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born in San Antonio on Dec. 13, 1942. He was the oldest of seven children born to E.M. and Concepcion Pimentel both preceding him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Becky; sons, Jason (Melissa) and Kevin (Staci); grandsons, Keagan, Greyson, Daniel, Alex and Jonathan; brothers, Bob (Linda), Richard (Kathleen) and Charlie (Linda); and sisters, Ruth Ochoa, Yolanda Pimentel, and Dalia Stanwood; also surviving are sisters, Hope Flores and Sallie Bargo.
David moved from New Braunfels to Corsicana when he was in the third grade. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1961, where he was a member of the student council and president of the band. He received a college scholarship and was a member the band and the Corps at Texas A&M University before transferring to Navarro Junior College and then graduating from Texas Tech University in 1965, with a BA in Business Administration. Following graduation, he worked briefly at the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana where he met a deaf lady and asked her to teach him American Sign Language. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 through 1970, attaining the rank of Captain. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, with his final tour at Osan Airforce Base in South Korea. With his discharge nearing, he began asking God what he should do with the rest of his life. He felt strongly about serving the deaf, and chose to go into the counseling field. He attended the University of Arizona receiving a Masters Degree in Rehab Counseling with the Deaf in 1971. Dave was employed by the Texas Rehabilitation Commission in a number of different capacities retiring in 2003, as the Systems Project Manager for the Disability Determination Services. He then worked two more years for the Internal Revenue Service retiring for good in 2005.
While attending the University of Arizona, he was invited to participate in a Bible study sponsored by Officer�s Christian Fellowship. There he met his wife of 43 years, Becky, a nurse in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. They married in 1972, and at her discharge moved to Baytown and from there to Austin where they have lived for 36 years. Dave was first and foremost a man of God. His goal was to serve others and bring glory to Him. From 2006 through 2013, he lovingly served by Becky�s side as she and her sisters cared for her elderly parents. He was the epitome of a good neighbor. Over the years he served in numerous capacities in the church including T.V. camera operator, trustee, Bible study teacher, Sunday School teacher, and bulletin proofreader. They are currently members of Central Round Rock Church.
Dave was an Amateur Radio operator and recently received his Extra License after scoring a 100 on the exam. He and Becky enjoyed camping, hiking and bird watching. Dave also enjoyed photography. They recently purchased a 17� travel trailer, which they named EggRoll. In the last year, they camped at several different campgrounds in Texas and just recently returned from a two-week trip to Mt. Rushmore camping all along the way. His greatest joy, however, was time spent with family, and in recent years, especially with his five grandsons. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
The family wants to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Texas Oncology for their loving care over the last three years. In addition, our thanks and gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. David�s NAMC hospital who made this difficult time a little easier.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home Chapel. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.
The family asks that any contributions be made to Deaf Missions, Council Bluffs, Iowa or Central Round Rock Church, Round Rock Texas.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, Pflugerville, Texas.


Robert Baker Dunagan
Dec 19, 1932 - Oct 7, 2015

Robert B. Dunagan, 82, of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at the ETMC hospital in Tyler.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Keele Dunagan of Elkhart; sons, Mitcheal of Bolin, Bradley Dunagan of Marshfield, Missouri; daughters, Kathie Dunagan of Alvin, Karen Thompson of Groesbeck; nine grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Paschal Funeral Home. Service will follow at 3 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Dunagan, Kellan White, Jabari Johnson, Wade Jennings, Hagan Keele and Jimmy Keele.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Grover Lynn Jennings
Sep 21, 1957 - Sep 29, 2015

Grover Lynn Jennings, 58, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating.
Interment will follow in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cain Jennings, Jonathan Warren, Steven Warren, Cory Brunson, Robert Jennings, Chris Newingham and Bud Burnett.

Mr. Jennings was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Warren Jennings of Corsicana; sons, Cain Jennings of Dallas, Jonathan Warren of San Antonio, and Steven Warren of Corsicana; daughters, Nicole Betts and Belle Jennings, both of Corsicana; two grandchildren, Cierra Jennings and Kayden Warren; brother, Robert Jennings of Illinois; two sisters, Wanda Burnett and Christi Newingham, both of Illinois; mother, Wanda Jean Weller of Illinois.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Clara Hazel (Fowler) Green-Fletcher-Teer
Mar 10, 1938 - Oct 1, 2015

On Oct. 1, 2015, Clara Hazel (Fowler) Teer went to be with the Lord surrounded by family and friends that will greatly miss her.
She was born on March 10, 1938, in Purdon, to Thomas Aubrey and Coy Geleane Fowler.
Hazel was loved and adored by so many, she could and would talk to anyone and everyone. She didn�t just have sons � she had six of us, and she would pile all of us in the back of the truck (when it was legal) and take us all to Waco or Dallas shopping and to eat, of course. There are so many memories to be shared of her. As we all grew to have kids and Dusty came along he named her Itsy and everyone else did too. She was living in Angus at the time of her death, but spent many years in the Wortham and Mexia area, where she and her husband raised their family. Many years after the passing of her husband she moved to Corsicana where she lived with her mother for many years. Itsy was a natural caregiver, which she did for many years for so many different people. The last two years of her life she spent traveling with her two favorite people, going and doing things that she hadn�t done in years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Don Teer; son, Billy Dwayne Green; and parents, Thomas Aubrey and Coy Geleane Ellis Fowler.
She is survived by her son, Larry Teer and wife Cathy of Corsicana; grandsons, Christopher Aaron Teer, Eric Hancock and wife Gavra, and Danny Rounsavall and wife Holli; sister, Wanda Richards and husband Buddy of Corsicana; nieces, Tammy French, Christa Cobb of Barry, and Jennifer Tatum and husband Justin Sykes of Blooming Grove; nephew, Ronny Bearden and wife Melissa Owen of Angus; great nephew, Dusty Robinson and Joshua Livingston, both of Angus, who were her live-in caregivers and best friends; and numerous other great nieces and nephews that were a huge part of her life.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Benny Horn officiating. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery.
Pallbearers will John Libhart, Ronald Libhart, John Elrod, Rodney Bonner, Cameron Harwell and Richard Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Tacker and Chad Ivie.
The family would like to thank Hand-in-Hand Hospice, Twilight Nursing Home, and the second floor nurses and ICU staff at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Oct 3, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o (1) Sylvester Green; (2) Jack Rufus Fletcher [bur at Frost]; (3) Howard Don Teer; d/o Thomas Aubrey Fowler & Coy Geleane (Ellis) Fowler

Harold Wayne Petty
Aug 27, 1949 - Aug 19, 2015

Harold Wayne Petty of Log Cabin, Texas passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at the age of 65.

Harold was born on Aug. 27, 1949 in Corsicana, Texas to Emmett Earl Petty and Nettie Mosley Petty.

He is survived by his loving wife Cindy Burch, daughters Stephanie Petty and Tonya Adams; son, Kyle Wayne Petty; step-daughter Richille Chiles; sisters, Alpha and husband Ronnie Brewer, Jenny and husband Tom Garrett, Joann and husband Joel Carico and Janiece and husband Claude Stewart; brother, Danny and wife Christie Petty; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Nettie Petty, brother, James Wade Petty, grandson, Cody Reed Johnson.

Graveside Memorial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka, Texas.

Arrangements by Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff, Texas.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Aug 22, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Sandra Kay (Brown) Petty, Pamela Maria (Sanches) Petty & Cindy Burch; s/o Emmitt Earl Petty & Nettie Sue (Mosly) Petty

Harry Blount Lamkin, Jr.
Feb 6, 1919 - Jun 28, 1985

Harry B. Lamkin, 66, of Dawson died Friday, June 28 at Navarro Regional hospital. His death occurred on the day that his last surviving brother, Claude Lamkin, of Roswell, NM was buried.

Lamkin was born at Independence, OK, east of Wellington on February 4, 1919 and lived at Hollis as a young man. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Dawson, an ordained deacon, a member of Dawson Masonic Lodge No. 155 and Scottish Rite of Santa Fe, NM and an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a retired U.S. Department of Labor Employee.

Lamkin was a prisoner of War in German. He was captured by German forces in the Battle of the Bulge and was imprisoned in the infamous Stalag 9-B at Bad Orb, Germany, which was liberated by General George Patton's forces. Lamkin was near starvation at the time. Weighing 170 pounds when he entered the army, he weighed only 86 pounds when he was liberated. The furor that arose over an interview which Lamkin gave a war correspondent immediately after his liberation resulted in the speeding up of release of correspondent dispatches. His wife, who stayed in Wellington with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Lamkin, during this period, had not known if he were still living. She learned of his survival through a newspaper story.

Before his retirement, he served as an area director of the U.S. Department of Labor's vocational training and apprenticeship program.


  • Wellington Leader Jul 4, 1985
  • Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Navarro Co., TX
  • h/o Myrtle Arvella (Long) Lamkin; s/o Harry Blount Lamkin & Mary Elizabeth (White) Lamkin

James Moore
abt 1855 - Mar 2, 1917


REMAINS Will Be Interred Here Tomorrow Afternoon.

James Moore, aged 62 years, a former resident of this county, and engaged in the stock business in the Mildred community, but for the past several years a resident of Bosque county, and living near Clifton, died there last night, and the remains will arrive here tomorrow for interment in Oakwood. The funeral will take place from the home of Mrs. Lizzie Mosley, 403 East Second avenue, at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, with Rev. F. W. Hornbeak officiating.

The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Mosley and a cousin of Dee Molloy.


Marian S. Cooper
Jul 20, 1916 - Feb 6, 1917


Little Girl of Twins Passes Away While Parents Slept.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cooper, who live at 502 South 17 1-2 street, waked up at 3 o'clock this morning to find Marion, their 7-months-0ld baby girl dead. The little one had been ailing, but was not thought to be seriously sick. The little one was one of twins, having a twin brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Cooper have the sympathy of many friends in their sorrow.

Interment will take place in Oakwood tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, the funeral taking place from the home.


Eva (Rice) Allen
Oct 22, 1890 - Mar 12, 1917


Death Came Last Night Following an Operation Several Days Ago.

Mrs. Eva Rice Allen, wife of C. E. Allen, died at the P. and S. Hospital last night following an operation some days ago for cancer and the funeral took place from the family home, 501 Tenth street at 3:30 this afternoon, and was largely attended and there were many beautiful flowers.

Rev. Wallace officiated and J. E. Metcalf, J. A. Highnote, H. J. Leighton, J. C. Mason, W. C. Douglas and R. M. Lockhart acted as pallbearers. The deceased was twenty-seven years of age and is survived by her husband and a little daughter three years old, her father, J. W. Rich and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Moon of Corsicana, and two sisters in Georgia and one in Florida.


James Ola (Curry) Nelson
Aug 24, 1936 - Jul 22, 2015

Mrs. James Ola Nelson, 78, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, July 22,
2015 at her residence. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary with wake service to follow at 7 p.m. at the Garza Avenue Church Of Christ located at 926 Garza Avenue, Dallas.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Garza Avenue Church Of Christ. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Margaret Johnson
abt 1949 - Juls 23, 2015

Margaret Johnson, 66, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Twilight Home. Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1,
2015 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church located at 2105 East Jones Avenue with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Ida Belle (Wilson) Couey
Jan 11, 1873 - Jan 31, 1928

Body Wichita Falls Woman Was Brought Here For Burial

Mrs. Ida Couey, aged 55 years, wife of C. J. Couey, of Junction, Texas died in a Wichita Falls hospital Monday following a lingering illness and the remains reached Corsicana Wednesday morning at 10:50 o'clock. The body was taken to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors and the funeral services were conducted from the Church of Christ Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor.

Mrs. Couey was born in Navarro county and the family moved from Corsicana three years ago.

Surviving are her husband, three sons, Thomas, Rufus and Sessum Couey, all of Junction; one daughter, Miss Lorene Couey, Junction; one brother, B. A. Wilson, Dallas; one sister, Mrs. M. Kent, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were L. T. Kent, R. L. Kent, N. J. Garrett, Rob Smith, Ben Howard and C. C. Burnhart.


John White David, DDS
Mar 2, 1864 - Dec 29, 1917


Dr. John White David Passes Away After Long Illness.

Dr. John White David, aged fifty-three years, died in St. Paul's Sanitarium in Dallas Saturday night after a long illness with diabetis. The deceased was reared near Mexia in Limestone County and practiced dentistry there for a number of years before moving to Corsicana fourteen years ago. He practiced his profession here till ill health caused him to retire. Since that time he has looked after his farming interests north of town about three miles, where he had lived for some years and another farm South of town. In the latter community the deceased built a church that is known as David Chapel. Dr. David was a man of fine intelligence and big and generous heart. While residing in Corsicana he served as a member of the school board for some years, always taking a deep interest in the city�s educational affairs. While serving on the school board here Dr. David bought from the Catholic church their convent property here, consisting of two good school buildings and a beautiful lot. This property was bought by Dr. David as an investment; but later the public schools of Corsicana needed it for school purposes and Dr. David sold it to the city for just what he gave for it. The deceased was prominent as a Mason, Knights of Pythias and a Woodman. He was also a member of the Methodist church and was a Steward of the First Methodist church here.

The body left Dallas on an Interurban today and was taken to the First Methodist church where the funeral took place at 3 o'clock, with interment in Oakwood. The pastor, Rev. C. H. Booth, and Rev. Dr. Horace Bishop of Waxahachie and Rev. C. R. Wright of Cleburne officiated. There was a large attendance and many beautiful floral offerings coming from at home and abroad.

There was a large delegation of friends here from Mexia and other points South, among them being Drs. Sherrod of Houston and Drs. Watson and Smith of Waco.

The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, Dr. Wilson David a student of the Medical Department of the State University, William Lewis David and Miss Katherine David.




National Dental Journal Speaks of Virtues of Popular Citizen

The National Dental Journal pays the following eloquent tribute to Dr. J. W. David, whose death was so deeply deplored in Corsicana, where he was so well known and where he was held in the highest esteem:

Dr. John W. David of Corsicana died at St. Paul�s Sanitarium, Dallas, Texas, December 29, 1917. This announcement will be very sad news to his many, many warm friends in the profession, not only of Texas, but throughout the United States. For nearly four years his health had been more or less impaired as the result, first, of diabetes, and later of nephritis. However death was caused from a very severe attack of bronchitis. He was buried with Masonic honors at Corsicana December 31st.

Dr. David was in his fifty-fourth year. He graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in the spring of 1891, and won the prize for operative dentistry. The same spring he joined the Texas Dental Association at Waco, and it was his pride that he had never missed a meeting, his last one at Houston, April 25-28, making his 26th. At the meeting of 1900 at Dallas he served as president. He also attended many conventions of the National Dental Association, and at the 1910 meeting, held at Denver, was elected vice president from the South, and undoubtedly would have been elected president the next year had he attended.

He was a man of fine sense, of magnetic personality, a man of force and a leader among his fellows: a man of uncompromising honesty, a kindly, jolly, friendly man, who preferred to be on friendly terms with every one. He was too good and useful a man to be called away so early, for the world has too few of such men already, and many a heart that knew and loved him, other than the members of his own family is wrung with sorrow at his death.

�One last long night upon his restless bed,
A weary gasp, and lo, my friend is dead.�

�Ah, where is now the warm clasp of his hand?
And where the luster of his shining eye?
Beside his death-bed I who loved him stand
And blindly wonder what it means to die.�


Laura Elnora Gibbs
Dec 22, 1874 - Nov 27, 1917

Remains Brought Here For Burial.

Miss Laura E. Gibbs, daughter of the late W. J. Gibbs, for many years a member of the Corsicana bar, and who was reared here and was a graduate of the Corsicana High School, died in Waco Saturday night and the remains were brought here for interment. The funeral took place from the family home, 1216 West Fourth Avenue at 11 o'clock this morning, with interment in Oakwood. Rev. B. W. Vining officiated and A. P. Wood, W. J. Cheney, Edgar Metcalf, Joe Simkins, Al Sowell and Arthur Richardson acted as pall bearers. The deceased had not lived here for several years but there are many who remembered her as one of the brightest pupils of our public schools, and who are grieved to learn of her death.


Joseph J. Wilson
Jun 26, 1846 - Sep 9, 1917

Passed Away at 12:16 Today After A Long Illness.

J. J. Wilson, aged 71 years and a resident of Navarro county for forty-seven years, died at the home of his son, Joe W. Wilson, on West Third Avenue, at 12:15 today after a long illness.

The deceased was a native of Cartersville, Ga., and was born there in 1846. In childhood he was a school mate of the late Rev. Sam P. Jones, who was also a native of Cartersville. In 1870 the deceased came to Navarro county and located in the Cryer creek community where he engaged in farming. He was afterwards elected county clerk of this county and served for four years. Since then he has engaged in private pursuits.

The deceased was a quiet and unassuming man, and in all things a good citizen. The deceased is survived by three children, Joe Wilson, of Corsicana, Erie Wilson of Dallas, and Allie Hall of Oklahoma. He is also survived by two brothers, Rev. Sam Wilson and John W. Wilson, both of Oklahoma. The wife of the deceased, who has been dead for several years, was a daughter of Capt. E. E. Dunn.

The funeral services will take place from the house, 625 West Third Avenue, at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, with interment in Oakwood.

The pallbearers will be; Honorary�B.H. Woods, Sr., S. A. Pace, B. F. Hartzell, G. J. Heflin, A. M. Milligan, Jas. Garitty, E. A. Johnson, Judge J. M. Blanding and G. W. Pruitt of Blooming Grove. Active�C. C. Walton, J. D. Cunningham, M. B. Chilcoat, E. H. Church, R. B. Caldwell and C. C. Cunningham.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, September 8, 1917 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Funeral Was Largely Attended,

The funeral of the late J. J. Wilson from the family home on West Third Avenue at 10 o'clock yesterday morning was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings. Rev. B. W. Vining officiated with an impressive service and all present were in deep sympathy with the occasion, knowing that a good and true man had departed from the walks of life.


Joseph T. Madison
Mar 4, 1865 - Apr 8, 1917

Interred In Oakwood.

The remains of J. T. Madison, the federal veteran who died here Sunday night, were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. W. Fort officiating.


Joseph E. "Joe" Willis
Oct 31, 1886 - Apr 8, 1917

Young Man Died This Morning.

Joseph E. Willis, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Willis aged 30 years, died at the family home, 930 West Tenth avenue this morning, after a long illness, and the remains will be interred in Oakwood tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. V. W. Wallace officiating.

The deceased had lived in Corsicana nearly all his life and had many friends among those who knew him. Surviving are his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Claude, Fred, Alvah and Scott Willis; Mrs. J. R. Caskey, Mrs. Lige Martin, Mrs. Buice Guissett and Miss Callie Willis.



Remains Interred This Morning.

The remains of the late Joe E. Wilson were interred in Oakwood this morning at 10 o'clock, with services at the Grove, conducted by Rev. V. W. Wallace.

The pall bearers were: Active�S. E. Bailey, L. C. Molloy, W. E. Bragg, W. M. Henry and A. J. Brown; honorary�J. D. Ambrose, H. Iversen, F. A. Elliott, L. E. McCormick, H. K. Rutherford and P. E. Allen.

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


Thomas Payne Elkins
Jan 20, 1847 - Jan 21, 1917


Remains of Former Citizen of Corsicana Interred Here.

Tom T. Elkins, a former well-known carpenter of Corsicana, but for a number of years past residing in Fort Worth, died in that place yesterday morning, and the remains were brought here at noon today and interred in Oakwood.

The funeral took place from the Southbound Houston & Texas Central train due here at 12:15, with Rev. J. W. Fort officiating.

When Mr. Fort, was asked over the telephone yesterday evening to officiate at the funeral he misunderstood the name and thought the death was that of J. M. Elkins, formerly in the undertaking business here, and so announced from his pulpit last night but the mistake became known early this morning.

The deceased was 70 years of age on the day of his death, and is survived by his wife and one daughter. Two brothers, Lee Elkins of Emhouse and Allen Elkins of Barry are well known citizens of this county. Besides these there are a number of nephews in the county, among them Leonard Elkins of Corsicana and Will P. More of Emmett.


Mary Malinda (Buckner) Elkins
Nov 5, 1852 - Jun 10, 1922

Remains Interred Yesterday

The remains of the late Mrs. Thomas Elkins, a former resident here, who died in Fort Worth Saturday, reached here yesterday near 11 o'clock, and the funeral took place from the train. Burial was in Oakwoodand Rev. Mr. Peoples officiated. A number of old friends were at the last sad rites and there were many floral offerings.


Mary Frances (Copeland) Crider
Feb 22, 1872 - Nov 1, 1909

Died at Purdon.

Mrs. J. O. D. Crider, aged 38 years died at the family home in the Pursley community yesterday after an illness of three months. Deceased is survived by her husband and six children.

The remains were interred in the community cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock.



In Memoriam.

In the afternoon of Nov. 1st our community was shrouded in gloom when the sad, sad news was being sent out that Mrs. Crider was dead. While her death was not unexpected, yet it was a chock to all. We had all hoped (almost against hope) from the beginning of her serious protracted illness that she would recover, but alas, our hopes were vain. She was confined to her bed of suffering for three months before death came to her relief. Her malady was beyond the power of human skill to subdue or the best medical ability to eradicate. She bore her affliction with patience and fortitude. The subject of this sketch was a native of the state of Georgia and came with her husband and family to Pursley, Texas, reaching there on the 1st day of January, 1897, and has lived there continuously to the day of her death. She was laid to rest on the evening of November 2nd in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, friends and neighbors, the services being conducted at the grave by Rev. McCowen of Dawson, pastor of the M. E. church of Pursley. Mr. J. O. D. Crider and family have been with us nearly 13 years. He is a blacksmith and farmer, and by an earnest effort, close attention to business and honest and fair dealing with all and the untiring energy and fragality of his estimable wife has made a success here; besides his nice home here he has a farm near by, all unencumbered. Mrs. Crider is survived by her husband and six children, some of whom are small and will sadly miss a fond mother�s care; also an aged father and mother, several brothers and sisters, all of whom are now heartbroken and bowed in grief over their irreparable loss, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy in this hour of sorrow and distress and can only say to them, take comfort in the promises of our heavenly father and how in humble submission to His will, who doeth all things for the best. Mrs. Crider hardly attained the prime of her usefulness; was only 38 years old. The family had a faithful wife, a devoted mother; the old father and mother a loving daughter, the brothers and sisters a faithful friend, the neighbors a kind, generous and faithful friend, whose loss we deeply deplore. She was devoted to her family, never neglecting the care of them; was ever ready to extend a helping hand to the unfortunate and distressed and took great pleasure in the prosperity and happiness of those around her. All was done for her throughout her sickness that loving hearts and willing hands could do, but the arm of friendship could not dissuade the ruthless hand of death and her mortal remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery at the M. E. church at Pursley, there to await the Resurrection morn.

Nov. 15.


James Orlander David Crider
Apr 13, 1868 - Nov 12, 1944


J. O. D. Crider, aged 78, years, long-time Dawson resident, died at his home near Dawson Sunday. Funeral services were held from the Dawson Methodist church Monday at 2:30 p.m. He was a native of Alabama, but had resided at Dawson 48 years. Crider was a steward in the Methodist church for many years, and was a Mason.

Surviving are his wife, of Dawson; six children, Mrs. Homer Adams, Waco; J. H. Crider, Corsicana; Mrs. Cecil Cook, Mexia; Mrs. Sam Marshall, Amarillo; Mrs. Miles E. Dart, El Paso; R. L. Crider, Roswell, N. M.; six grandchildren, a stepson, and a brother, A. B. Crider, Mexia.

Burial was in the Pursley Cemetery.


William F. Mann
May 8, 1858 - Dec 18, 1916


Remains Were Interred Near Pursley This Afternoon.

W. F. Mann, aged 60 years, and who lived in the Pursley community for a number of years, and I Corsicana for the past few months, died at his home on South Seventh street last night after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery this afternoon.

The deceased is survived by his widow and grown children, Sumpter Mann of Pursley, Mrs. Bob Olson and Miss Willie Mann of Corsicana.


Emily S. (Anderson) Davis
abt 1890 - Feb 10, 1916


Mrs. T. M. Davis of Pursley Died at the P. & S. Hospital

Mrs. T. M. Davis, aged 26 years, and whose home was in the Pursley community, died at the P. and S. Hospital at 2:30 o'clock this morning following an operation, and the remains will be interred in the Pursley community cemetery tomorrow.

The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Anderson of the Pursley community, and her parents and her husband and three little sons and numerous other relatives survive.


Nancy Belle (Campbell) May
Dec 16, 1881 - Feb 4, 1917


Husband and Several Children Survive.

Mrs. Mays, wife of Chas Mays of the Pursley Community, died at the family home last Saturday afternoon after a long illness. The husband and several children survive. The remains were interred in the Methodist cemetery yesterday afternoon, with Rev. W. T. Smith and Rev. J. E. Jenkins officiating.


Sarah Louise (Sims) Chandler
Feb 28, 1928 - Aug 25, 2015

Sarah Chandler passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 in Frisco, Texas at the age of 87. Visitation service will be at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2014 at Cade Cemetery in Streetman, Texas.



Sarah Louise Sims Chandler passed away August 25, 2015 in Frisco, Texas at the age of 87. Sarah attended school in Streetman, Texas and was Valedictorian of the Class of 1944. Growing up Sarah was always her Mother�s sidekick, helping with Gardening, Raising of Turkeys, Quilting, Tatting, Crochet, Knitting, and Cooking. For the last twenty years she was known as the potholder Lady. Her greatest enjoyment was making and giving away Potholders. Her husband Tom Chandler returned from WWII in 1945 and swept her off her feet. They were married in Dallas in 1946, their first son Ronnie arrived in April 1947 in Corsicana, Texas. Their second son Lyle arrived in July 1948 in Waco, Texas. Tom spent four years at Baylor University and graduated in 1951 and they moved to Dallas. Sarah, in 1951 took a temporary job which began her thirty-two years with DECASR. After retirement Sarah joined BPW of OakCliff, Antique Study Group, Literature Luncheon, and OakCliff Rejebian Book Club. Tom and Sarah own a ranch in Wortham, raising cattle and huge gardens, while sharing their bounty with all their neighbors. Sarah is survived by her sons Ronnie Chandler, and Lyle Chandler and Wife Brenda, Grandchildren Jason Chandler, Brian Hall, and Sherrill Deering and Families, Sister Virginia White, Nephew Ted Glazener and Wife Dru, Shirley Gee and Family, and a Host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends. In Lieu of Flowers please send all Donations to POW of America ( 3201 East Pioneer Parkway # 40 Arlington, TX 76010 in Memory of Sarah Chandler.
Visitation 2-4 pm, Sunday 8/30/15 at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Graveside service 3 pm, Monday 8/31/15 at Cade Cemetery, Streetman, Texas.


  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith
  • w/o Tom Steele Chandler; d/o Ralph Sims & Louise (Robinson) Sims

Bobby Jack Williams
Oct 15, 1932 - Aug 29, 2015

Bobby J. Williams, 82, of Monahans, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Midland Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1932 in Athens, Texas to John Robert and Bessie (Renfro) Williams.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He married Betty L. Bason on May 25, 1957 in Corsicana, Texas. They have been married for 58 years.

He was an electric motor repairman. Throughout the years, Bobby was employed by Commercial Electric, Monahans Electric, and he owned and operated Bobby�s Electric Motor Service for 15 years.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and any outdoor activity. He had a laid back, easy-going personality and was a happy person. He was a great father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Betty Williams of Monahans; daughters, Terri Welborn and husband Bobby, and Lisa Short and husband Roger; five grandchildren, Aaron and wife Christine, Brandi, Victoria, Bobby Ray, and Chad; and five great-grandchildren, Colin, Jordyn, Ryan, Addison, and Mikaylah.

Viewing was Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans. The family received friends for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Frost Cemetery in Frost, Texas.

Harkey Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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