Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Donald Luther Richardson
Dec 30, 1928 - May 2, 2016

Donald L. Richardson, age 87, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.



Donald L. Richardson, age 87, passed away May 2, 2016. He was born in Hope, Arkansas to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richardson on December 30, 1928.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Major. At one time, during the Korean War, he was spending eight hours a day aboard a bomber commissioned to drop a nuclear bomb on Beijing if it became necessary.

He fathered four children: Linda Darlene Richardson Morgan, Brad Alan Richardson, David Bryan Richardson and Susan Lacey Richardson Kahlden, who predeceased him. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, high school sweetheart Barbara Richardson, who died in 1990 and wife Edna Richardson of Corsicana, who died in August of 2015. Others he leaves behind are grandchildren Laura Clare Manganiello, Ryan Richardson, Misty Richardson and Dr. Chris Kahlden and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

He will be missed by his bridge-playing buddies in Corsicana, Ennis and Athens, as well as his Sunday School classmates from First Baptist of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Juanita (Ferrer) Cano
Mar 8, 1955 - May 6, 2016
Juanita Ferrer Cano, age 61, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 in San Antonio. She was born in Corsicana on March 8, 1955.

Juanita graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1973 and then graduated from Navarro College with an Associate's Degree.

Her residence was in Killeen for 15 years.

uanita was active in keeping her community safe by participating in Crime Stoppers in the city of Killeen. She also participated in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and was a member of LULAC Council 4535. She worked at Gentle Touch Dentistry for over ten years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Olivia Sendejo Ferrer and brother, Baldomaro Ferrer, Jr. Juanita is survived by her father Baldomaro Ferrer Sr. of Blooming Grove; two sons, Andres Ferrer Cano and wife Esmeralda of San Antonio and Jason Ferrer Cano and wife Dina of Tampa Bay, Florida; daughter, Ashley Ferrer Cano of Round Rock; father of her children, Amador Lopez Cano, Jr. of Canyon Lake; four grandchildren, Ryan Cano, Madilynn Cano, Annalise Cano and Alejandro Cano; siblings Lucy Meneimneh of Arlington; Daniel Ferrer of Rice; Delia DelaRosa of Corsicana; Ernesto Ferrer of Purdon and Amanda De La Cruz of San Antonio.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Porter Loring Mortuary North. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel. Interment services were held at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abode Home,
8619 Post Oak Lane, San Antonio, TX 78217 or

Arrangements made by Porter Loring Mortuary North.


Sandra Sue (Carrithers) Massengale
Sept 16, 1949 - Apr 15, 2016

Sandra Sue Massengale, 66, of Corsicana wife of Phillip Massengale, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, in her home.

She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on Sept. 16, 1949, daughter of Pearl and Vernon Carrithers.

Sandra was a loyal and dedicated nurse at Navarro Regional Hospital for
11 years.

She enjoyed painting, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family. Her friendliness and kindness to all people, and her devotion and love for people is a tribute to the beauty of her heart and soul.

Her inspiring presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known her.

She is survived by, Husband Phillip Massengale, Daughter Cindy Armstrong, and Grandchildren Mathew Massengale, Adam Fowler, and Brianna Fowler.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Corsicana.
Any flower donations can be sent to First Baptist Church: 510 W Collin St, Corsicana, TX 75110.


Willie Marie (Woods) Davis
June 26, 1935 - Apr 25, 2016

Willie Marie Woods Davis, 80, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

She was born on June 26, 1935 to the parentage of late Willie and Odessa Thomas Woods in Samaria.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age.

She united with the Silent Grove Baptist Church in Cheneyboro, and later united with the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Richland, being a faithful member, secretary and church clerk until her health failed.

Marie received her formal education from Cheneyboro and Campbell Grove High School in Richland. After the completion of high school she united in Holy Matrimony to William Roosevelt Davis and to this union three children were born.

Marie was a homemaker for 21 years before she worked at her very first job at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. During her tenure at Mel-Haven she attended Texas State Technical Institute in Waco where she received a certification in Dietary Education. Later she was employed by Corsicana Independent School District where she worked until her health declined.

Marie was a member and secretary of the Heroines of Jericho Lodge and Campbell Grove Alumni Association.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Odessa Woods; two brothers, Edwin Charles Woods and Aubrey Gene Woods.

Marie is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Roosevelt Davis; two daughters, Ava Jackson, Patrice Manning (Tinnis Jr;) one son Alex Davis (Diane) all of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, Kishmi Davis of Waxahachie, Adrain Jackson (Tara) of Dallas, Kellie Davis- Lewis (Tarance), Alexandra Davis-Sargent and Tyjuan Manning all of Arlington; Wylum Bivins of Corsicana and Tristen Manning of Dallas; 11 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law Ruthie Woods and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and all who adopted her as "Mama or Granny."

A special thanks to Brittany Ayala, Twilight Home, Navarro Regional staff, Hand-In-Hand Hospice, Second Mission Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Rock Hill Baptist Church and Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral Services are Noon Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Pastor Charles Kelly, Eulogist.

Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Mildred Frances (Curry) Thomas
Sept 23, 1930 - Apr 12, 2016

Mildred Frances Thomas, 85 of Purdon passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at her residence.

She was born Sept. 23, 1930 to Delmer Curry and Ethel Abernathy Curry.

Mildred attended church at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband C.E. Thomas on April 10, 2003.

She is survived by her two sons, Ricky Thomas and Kipp Thomas; grandchildren, Zackery Thomas, Crystal Thomas, Zeb Thomas and Zane Thomas; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jackie and Laureen Thomas, Genetha Thomas and Ronnie and Garleen Thomas.

She is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Cowboy Church of Corsicana with Bro Derek Rogers, Bro Darren Heil and Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.

Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Freddie Thomas, Lee Thomas, Kenneth Brooks, Dickie Phillips, Wayne Brooks, Gary (Vig) Patterson, Sherman Putman and Weldon (Bubba) Cottongame.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Silver City Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


--. A. Files
abt 1847 - Jul 29, 1915

__. A. Files, a carpenter, aged 68 years, and for many years a resident of Kerens, died there yesterday. Deceased had been in ill health for many months. Interment took place there this morning.


James Francis �Bud� Horn
Jun 1, 1886 - Oct 21, 1918

Bud Horn, a well known blacksmith of Kerens, died of pneumonia this morning. The deceased was thirty-five years old and is survived by his widow and several small children.


Nancy Elisabeth (Bounds) Simmons
Nov 1, 1857 - Dec 21, 1919


(The Kerens Tribune.)

Death of Old Citizen.

Death came and took from our midst one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens on Sunday, December 21, Mrs. G. B. Simmons, who lived three miles north of Kerens.

Mrs. Simmons had been a long and patient sufferer from cancer. But she never murmured or complained, but was ready to answer the Master�s call.

She leaves a husband and three children to mourn her demise.

Her remains were tenderly laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery. Rev. B. F. Ellis performing the last sad rites.

The Tribune extends sincerest condolence to the bereaved ones.


Henry H. Brooks
abt 1844 - Dec 11, 1920


Contents of Shotgun Took Effect in Face and Head

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, Dec. 11.�H. Brooks, aged 78 years, was found in his store in the Oak Grove community, near Kerens, this afternoon with his head practically blown off from the discharge of a shotgun.

When parties broke open the door which he had locked, they found the shotgun in his left hand and a string attached to the trigger in his right hand. The gun was held in position with the mouth of the barrel against the neck just under the chin. Death was instant.

Brooks is said to have been in bad health for a number of years and had just recently been in the hospital in Corsicana. He had lived in the Kerens community for a number of years and lately had been conducting a small store at Oak Grove.

The funeral will take place tomorrow with burial in Oak Grove cemetery.

According to a statement made by the deceased recently his mother and a brother are still living, they have recently moved from Richmond, Va. To Canada. He said all his people lived to be a great age.

The deceased was a bachelor.


Fletcher Moore
Nov 13, 1846 - Nov 13, 1919

Died at Corbet.

Fletcher Moore, aged 73, years, died at Corbet at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Dawson today. The deceased had no family.


May 1, 1920 - Jun 16, 1920

Baby Dies.

The month old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Merrel Bankston, at just south of town, died Wednesday of last week at 10 o'clock p.m. of congestion, and was buried Thursday in the Dawson cemetery. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the family in the loss of the little one.


Peter L. Adams, Dr.
May 11, 1842 � Feb. 9, 1920


(The Dawson Herald.)

Dr. P. L. Adams Dead.

Dr. P. L. Adams, one of Dawson�s highly esteemed citizens, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. W. D. Hill, Monday, February 0th, after a short illness. The funeral service was held at the Baptist church, Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Kane, after which interment was made in the Dawson cemetery by the masonic lodge of which he was a faithful member.


Mary Elizabeth Tune
Feb 4, 1909 - Nov 11, 1920

Mary Tune.

On the morning of Nov. 11, 1920, the angel of death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Tune and claimed for its victim the baby girl. Mary Elizabeth was born February 4, 1909, died Nov. 11, 1920, age 11 years, 9 months and 1 day. During the nine weeks of her illness her suffering was intense. All was done for her that a skilled physician, a trained nurse and loving parents and friends could do, but to no avail. She was loved by all who knew her. To those who mourn her loss I would say, �Weep not as those who have no hope, but prepare to meet her in heaven.�

The funeral services were held at the Christian church Friday afternoon, after which interment was made in the Dawson cemetery.


Onie Johnson
Died Sep 9, 1920

(The Dawson Herald.)

Just before going to press we learn of the death of Onie Johnson, which occurred this (Thursday) morning at 4 o'clock in a Sherman sanitarium, to which he had been taken some ten days ago for an operation on his ear and head. The body will reach Dawson tonight or Friday morning, and interment will take place in the Dawson cemetery some time Friday.


Harriet Ann (Anderson) Beasley
Oct 2, 1831 � Dec 17, 1917

The remains of the late Mrs. Anne Beasley, who died at Roane yesterday were interred in the community cemetery this afternoon. The funeral was largely attended.



Sister Annie Beasley, wife of Dr. Wiley Beasley, deceased, was born on October 2, 1833, and died at her home near Roane, Dec. 17, 1917 of paralysis, having lived more than three score and ten years. She was 84 years, two months and fifteen days old and was the mother of ten children; six sons and four daughters, five of whom survive her.

Sister Beasley, like many wives and mothers of her age, suffered her trials and privations that the future generations might enjoy religious and political freedom for which we should be thankful .

Of all Sister Beasley�s virtues we desire to say that she was a true Christian mother, always ready to sacrifice for her children, having spent her last days at her home near Roane keeping house for two of her sons. She was a member of the Post Oak Missionary Baptist church for years. She was laid to rest in Connor cemetery, services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. D. W. Langston.

We realize that her home has lost its dearest gem, the church a true and faithful member. We extend our tenderest sympathies to her children and other relatives. In your grief remember that your loss is her gain.

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

Sister though was mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of the evening,
As it floats among the trees.

Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Though no more will join our numbers
Though no more our songs will know.



Mary E. /Minnie Denney
Oct 12, 1905 - Sep 15, 1917

Died At. Roane.

Minnie Denney, the 12 year old daughter of F. N. Denney and wife of Roane, died Saturday afternoon at 7:30 of organic heart trouble, and the remains were interred in the Conner Cemetery near Roane yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 17, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Frank Denney (I think he is Francis Marion Denney but not sure) and Rosa A. (Beasley) Pope-Denney (Rosa is buried in Oakwood cemetery)

Sarah Allie (Dillard) Conner
Nov 8, 1865 - Jul 23, 1918

Died at Roane Yesterday.

Mrs. Allie Conner, widow of the late Tom Conner, died at the family home near Roane yesterday afternoon at 6 o'clock and the remains were interred in the Conner Cemetery in that community this afternoon at 4 o'clock. The deceased was fifty years old and is survived by eight children, six of them grown and two still living at the family home.



In Memory of Mrs. T. E. Conner

On Tuesday, July 23, 1918, Sister Allie Conner, one of the charter members of the Post Oak church fell asleep in Jesus at her home 9 miles north east of Corsicana.

Sister Conner was past 52 years of age at the time of her death. She was born in Arkansas, December 8, 1866 and moved to Texas at the age of 7 years. She was converted at the age of 15 years and joined the Post Oak church and she has been a consistent disciple of her Lord until her death. Sister Conner was known among her acquaintances as a devoted Christian and faithful member of the church. She was loved by everyone from tiny children to grandparents and her going leaves a loss that only the Lord can fill. She was married to T. E. Conner in the year of 1884. To this union were born ten children, nine of them still living. Mr. Conner passed away August 29, 1913. He was a devoted husband and father and was loved by all who knew him.

Weep not, dear children, for our loss is heaven�s gain. Mother leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death, yet we realize it is God�s call and we must be submissive to him. Weep not as those who have no hope for we feel sure that she has gone to that sweet rest that God has reserved for them.

She has passed into the presence of Jesus to dwell forever more. It was sad to all to realize that she must go. She will be missed at home, at church and by all who knew her.

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

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

She was laid to rest in the Conner cemetery the following day to await the resurrection. Brother D. Y. Langston, her pastor and Bro. Reaves conducted her funeral.

Written by a committee,


J. B. Beasley
Jan 20, 1918 - Jan 29, 1919

Lost Infant Son.

J. B. Beasley, aged one year and ten days, son of Mr., and Mrs. Mat Beasley at Roane, died last night and the remains were interred in the Conner Cemetery in that community today.


Mamie Elizabeth (Holloway) Conner
Jan 27, 1884 - Dec 20, 1920


Mrs. Conner, age 31, wife of Nat Conner, died in Dallas, Monday night, where her husband is engaged in the carpenter business. Mrs. Conner was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Holloway, who reside at Roane. She leaves her husband and two children, both boys, one of whom is three years old and the other an infant of about four weeks.

The body was buried this afternoon at Roane in the Conner cemetery. Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, conducted the funeral services.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Dec 22, 1920
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Nathaniel Parkinson �Nat� Conner; d/o Joseph Arthur Holloway & Ellen Manassas (Barnes) Holloway buried in Oakwood cemetery

Jessie Leagle Morris, Jr.
Nov 1, 1929 - Nov 14, 2015

Jessie Leagle Morris, JR, 86, passed away on Nov. 14 2015, in San Marcos, Tx.

He was born on Nov. 1, 1929 in Frost, and later moved to Corsicana, and joined the Air Force at the age of 20 and served for six years.

He then worked for the Department of the Defense as a fireman, at Bolling AFB in Washington DC and Lackland AFB, he went on to retire as Chief of the Fire Department.

After retirement he moved back to his hometown for many years and then after a [sic] moved to Cedar Creek in Tool.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016, at at the American Legion in Jarrell.
Interment will be held Monday, June 13, 2016 at Frost Cemetery.


Doris Sue "Suzy" (Thedford) Lewis
Feb 20, 1926 - May 25, 2016
Mrs. Doris Sue (Thedford) Lewis, 90, formerly of Groesbeck passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1926 in Waxahachie and later moved to Corsicana with her family. She was the daughter of Wilburn and Aunette (Hayes) Thedford.

Doris worked several years at Hashops Drug Store, then took a position with Gulf Mills Department Store when they opened in Corsicana. She managed several McCrory-McLellan-Green Stores and Winns Stores, before retiring in 1991 from Winns in Groesbeck.

Doris, known as Suzy by most of her family and friends was devoted to her family, loving her nieces and nephews as her own children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Eldredge A.
(Bill) Patterson in 1974 and Curtis Lewis in 2005, also her brothers Dalton Thedford and Dean Thedford.

Doris is survived by nephews Malcom Rogers of Corpus Christi, David Rogers of Arlington, Ricky Thedford and wife Bebe of Coolidge, Georgia, Alan Thedford and wife Shelby of Blooming Grove, Kevin Thedford and wife Alisa of Chatfield, Jerry Scarbrough of Glen Rose, William Roy Babb of New York City; sister-in-law Joyce Thedford of Corsicana; nieces Sheryl Ballard and husband Mike of College Station, Nancy Vessels and husband Bill of Aledo, Kay Frances DeLaSantos of San Antonio and numerous great nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by three step daughters, Connie Estes, Karen Raley and Gale Miller.

A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the Corley Funeral Home.

Interment services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Bazette Cemetery in Kerens under the direction of Corley Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Ballard officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Thedford, Alan Thedford, Kevin Thedford, Sloan Thedford, Hunter Thedford and Keith Ballard.


  • w/o (1) Eldredge A. "Bill" Patterson and (2) Curtis Lewis; d/o Wilburn Thedford & Aunette (Hayes) Thedford
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 28, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James William "Bill" Terry
abt 1928 - May 30, 2016

James William Bill Terry, 87, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016 in Fort Worth.

Bill married June on Christmas Day, 1950 and moved from Corsicana to Fort Worth. For 65 years, they shared a life filled with love of family and friends.

He had a strong faith in the Lord and served his church in many ways. He was a "piddler"and a "tinkerer" who loved mowing the lawn for his neighbors and working in his shop in the backyard.

"Papaw" was the center of our family and we will miss him forever.

He is survived by his wife, June Terry; sons, Bill Terry and wife Cheri; Don Terry; daughter Kristi Holt and husband Jay; brother Marvin Terry; sisters, Betty Callaway, Sue Steele; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and one spoiled cat, Tammie Lee.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Clear Fork Baptist Church, 100 Ragle Rd., in Weatherford. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

Interment will begin at 3 p.m. at Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro.


Herbert Lee Silverberg
Sept 13, 1928 - May 30, 2016
Herbert Lee Silverberg was born on Sept. 13, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Daisy and Jay Silverberg.
The family moved to Corsicana in 1932, where Herb lived until 1999.
Herb graduated from Kemper Military Academy in 1945. He went on to The University of Texas where he graduated with a Business Degree in 1950.
Herb married Elaine Goldstucker in 1959 in Tyler. They lived in Corsicana where he worked in the family business at K. Wolens Department Stores.
Their oldest son, Kal, was also born on Sept. 13, 1960 giving Herb the best birthday present ever. Their other son David, was born on Oct. 15, 1962.
After leaving K. Wolens, Herb bought X-Mark Advertising where he designed and posted billboards for his clients throughout the area. He retired from X-Mark in 1999 after more than 30 years in business.
Herb was active in many civic organizations including the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, were he served as president, the Lions Club, where he served as president and District Governor and the Warehouse Living Arts Center, where he played the piano for many shows.
As a member of the United States Air force, Herb rose to the rank of Major by the time he retired from the Reserve in 1971. He was on active duty during the Korean War and was stationed in San Antonio.
Outside of his family, Herb's greatest love was music. He began playing the piano at age 3 and played for the rest of his life.
His band at Kemper Military Academy won a regional competition which sent them to compete nationally at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. Their band came in third. Later on, he helped create The Lower Beaton Street Jazz Band and played at many venues in and around Corsicana.
Herb and Elaine were members of Congregation Agudas Achim in Corsicana, Temple Rodef Shalom in Waco, and Temple Beth el and Ahavath Sholom in Ft. Worth. He served as president for the Waco congregation.
Herb is survived by his wife Elaine; son Kal and his wife Karen of Ft. Worth; David and his wife Felice of Grand Prairie; four grandchildren, Steven and Sarah of Ft. Worth and Ryan and Jessica of Grand Prairie.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Warehouse Living Arts Center in Corsicana, the Alzheimer's Association, or the charity of your choice. "Take it easy on the highway."

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana


Victor Clements Heeke
Sep 15, 1946 - May 30, 2016

Victor C. Heeke, 69, of Corsicana, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born on Sept. 15, 1946 to Ann and Leonard Heeke in Dodge City, Kansas, and was the oldest of seven children.

He graduated from Kapaun Memorial Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas in 1965.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sembach Air Base, Germany.
In 1969 he met and married his love for the next 47 years, Linda. After Germany, Victor was assigned to Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB where their two daughters, Renata and Cecilia were born.

After Victor's military duty he and Linda settled in Houston where Victor was a Plant Supervisor for a steel fabrication company for 30 years.

While living in Houston, Victor enjoyed playing golf, wood working, and traveling with Linda. Victor loved hosting his extended family for backyard barbecues and swim parties.

Victor and Linda moved to Corsicana in 2002 to be near his grandchildren, and went on to retire in 2010. Victor's favorite spot was his bar stool in his garage where many friends would honk and stop by to visit. He was an avid poker player, enjoyed weekly dominoes, and looked forward to eating lunch with Linda every day on her lunch break.

He was a devoted parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

Victor's Catholic faith sustained him as he continued to be challenged with physical disability. He overcame pain to learn to walk, drive, and maintain his independence until his passing.

He never met a stranger, enjoyed good conversation, and was the life of the party.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Leonard Heeke, and brothers Dennis and Leonard Jr.

He is survived by wife Linda Heeke of Corsicana; daughter Renata Saucedo and her husband Dr. Joe Saucedo of Corsicana; daughter Cecilia Wagnon and her husband Vincent Wagnon of Midlothian; grandchildren Anthony and Gabriella Saucedo of Corsicana, step-grandchildren Madison (Wagnon) Hernandez, Zachary Wagnon and Tyler Wagnon of Midlothian; Brothers Lester Heeke and his wife Christine of Cocoa, Florida; Timothy Heeke and his wife Brenda of Cocoa, Florida; sisters Cheryl Kight and her husband Don of Titusville, Florida; Carla Dean and her husband Joe of Titusville, Florida; beloved LaFuente in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, followed by Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana, with Father Jason Cargo and Father Marco Rangel concelebrating. Interment services to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana.

The family extends sincere gratitude to the nurses and doctors of Navarro Regional Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center Neuro ICU Unit for their compassionate and exemplary care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to James L. Collins Catholic School, Corsicana, TX.


Cleo O. Ingram
Dec 1, 1940 - Nov 21, 2015

Cleo O. Ingram, 74, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 at Eureka First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Faulkner officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Corley Funeral Home.



Mr. Cleo Odell Ingram, 74, of Corsicana passed away on November 21, 2015. He was born on December 1, 1940 in Los Angeles, California to Mr.
Cleveland and Martha Ellen Drake Ingram.

He grew up in Berryville, Arkansas where he graduated from the Berryville High School. He also attended and graduated from the Tarrant County Junior College. He entered the United States Air Force in July of
1961 and was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. He made numerous trips over-seas as well as Temporary Duty in Greenland. He was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force in July of 1965.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce (Sartain) Ingram; children, James Ingram and wife Tina of Saginaw, TX, Lance Ingram and wife Carla of Waxahachie, TX, Corby Ingram and wife Ana of New Jersey, Kyle Ingram and wife Stephanie of Gunter, TX; daughter, Cassandra
(Sandy) Pemberton and husband Steve of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Eureka United Methodist Church. Burial will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:00am at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Officiating the service will be Rev. Rodney Wallace of the Eureka First Methodist Church and Rev. Gary Faulkner of the Living Water Baptist Church of Huntsville, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be James Ingram, Lance Ingram, Corby Ingram, Kyle Ingram, Ernest Pemberton IV and Keegan Rusher.

Jimmy Drew Bostick
Sep 12, 1939 - Nov 24, 2015

Jimmy Drew Bostick, 76 of Barry, passed away Nov. 24, 2015, in Dallas.
He was born Sept. 12, 1939 in Athens. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Trinidad Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana



Jimmy Drew Bostick, 76 of Barry, passed away November 24, 2015 in Dallas. He was born September 12, 1939 in Athens. Jimmy loved spending time outside taking care of his land, tinkering in the shop and always looking for his next project. He had a love for cattle, gardening and his dog Daisy. He was employed in Law Enforcement for 25+ years with his first job being with Athens Police Department and then continuing his law enforcement career in Navarro and Ellis Counties. His last law enforcement duty was as Director of Security with Charlton Methodist serving 10 years with them.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Patsy Bostick.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Alice Bostick; daughter, Kathy Bostick; step sons, Joe Harrison and Gary Harrison; step daughter, Donna Harrison; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; brother and sister in law, Roy and Helen Bostick; nephew, Randy Bostick; two nieces, Renea Malone and Rhonda English.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Friday, November 27, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 10 am Saturday, November 28,
2015 at Trinidad Cemetery.


Beverly Kay (Johns) Garner-Robinson
Feb 9, 1941 - Nov 25, 2015

Mrs. Beverly Kay Robinson, 74, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1941, in Dallas, to Mr. Cecil Douglas and Bernice Lee Johns.

Kay cherished and loved her family. She was a wonderful mother and loving grandmother who always showed her love to her family and friends.
She loved to shop and visit with her friends. She was a member of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Her sense of humor will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Cecil Garner.

She is survived by her daughter, Tambra Wright and husband Mike; granddaughter, Ashleigh Whitt; great-grandchildren Macy, Colby, and Breanna Whitt; sisters, Gail Kannenberg and husband Hugh, Norma Hesdorffer and husband Gordon, Patti Lauterbach and husband Mike, and Holly Norrel and husband Larry. She is also survived by her brother, David Johns; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Little Bethel Memorial Park in Duncanville. Officiating the service will be Bro. Billy Sparks.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Owen Crocker
May 9, 1932 - Dec 5, 2015

Owen Crocker, 83, of Caddo Mills, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

He was born May 9, 1932 to Benjamin and Lelia Crocker in Kerens. Owen enjoyed camping with Good Sams RV Club of Kaufman and playing �42� and Joker. He retired from Texas Instruments and Honeywell.

Owen is survived by; his wife, Elma Lea Crocker of 60 years; daughters, Deanna Stinebaugh and husband James, Denise McBride and husband Mike; grandchildren, Tanner McBride, Stone, Lexie, and Stockton Stinebaugh; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, one sister, and step-granddaughter, Ashlie Stinebaugh.

There will be a visitation Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lynch Funeral Service.

Funeral Service will be held at Vansickle Baptist Church in Greenville on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Memoryland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vansickle Baptist Church.


Bobbie Jean (Anderson) Johnson
Jan 4, 1931 - Nov 20, 2015

Bobbie Jean Anderson Johnson, 84, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. She was born on Jan. 4, 1931, in Refugio, Texas, to Ray and Clara Jane Anderson. She married William Gunn �Bill� Johnson on Dec. 18, 1953, and together they raised a family of three children, two grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Bobbie graduated from Dayton High School, attended Sam Houston State University, and graduated from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce with her Bachelor�s degree. Later, she obtained her Master�s degree from Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University. She began her career as an Assistant Home Extension Agent in Tyler, Texas, then transferred to Wharton, Texas, to be closer to Bill Johnson, who was an assistant Agricultural Extension Agent in Victoria, Texas. They married on Dec. 18, 1953.

After her marriage to Bill, the couple resided in Victoria until 1955 at which time Bill was transferred to La Grange. Bobbie began her teaching career in La Grange teaching English. In 1958, Bill and Bobbie moved to Gonzales, Texas, so he could come back to help on the family ranch during the drought. Along with raising their three children, Jean, Lea Ann, and Tom, Bobbie taught English at Gonzales High School and then reading at Gonzales Junior High School. She went on to become Assistant and then Principal at Gonzales Junior High School, the first female principal in GISD.

In the mid �80s, Bill and Bobbie sold Johnson�s True Value Hardware in Gonzales and moved to Corsicana, Texas, to open a family-owned Exxon fuel business. In Corsicana, Bobbie taught homemaking until her retirement. Over the years, they welcomed their two grandchildren, Lana and Greyson, and their three great-grandsons, Will, Jack, and Cole.

Bobbie was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Gonzales and then FUMC in Corsicana. She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women having recently retired as secretary. She was a long-time member of the Gonzales Spade and Trowel Garden Club. Bobbie was an active member of the Newcomer�s Club in Corsicana for many years.
She loved to play bridge with her friends everywhere she lived. Bobbie will always be remembered for her wonderful sewing and cooking talents.
Although her family asked her to write a cookbook, she never found the time.

Bobbie is survived by her loving husband of almost 62 years , William Gunn (Bill) Johnson of Corsicana, daughter and son-in law, Jean and Norman Burns, of New Braunfels and Gonzales, daughter, Lea Ann Johnson of Austin, and son and daughter-in-law, Thomas William (Tom) and Sissy Johnson; grandson, Greyson Peterek, and granddaughter, Lana Peterek DuBose, and her husband, Sean; great-grandsons, Will, Jack, and Cole; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Springs and husband, Albert, and Ruby Lindeman.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, Ray and Clara Jane Anderson, her sister, Jacqueline Payne and husband, Barney; brothers-in-law, Fletcher Johnson, and wife, Jane, and Buddy Lindeman.

A visitation was held Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with services held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov.
24, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, Texas with Pastor Andy Smith and Warren Hornung presiding. Interment followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bob Springs, Mike Springs, David Lindeman, Gary Payne, Brent Christian and Tres Peterson. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gonzales or the charity of one�s choice.
Services were under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.


Kelly Dan "DHo" Donaho
Feb 9, 1970 - Nov 18, 2015

Kelly Dan �DHo� Donaho was born on Feb. 9, 1970, and passed from this earthly life into heaven on Nov. 18, 2015. He was born to proud parents, the late Mr. Jerry Lynn Donaho, and mother, Marjorie Nell McMillan Donaho, and kept them on their toes throughout his childhood. Kelly enjoyed the fresh country air of his grandparents� property near Powell, and roaming the Allison Ranch acreage looking for wildlife. He once collected 11 garden and rat snakes in a washtub, and created many critter habitats in which to frighten his mom and sister. He loved playing baseball, Gray-Y football, and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his Dad, and numerous friends. Kelly pushed the envelope in life, and did his best to teach his students not to do as he did. One of his greatest regrets in life was the loss of his Collins Scholarship; he repeatedly encouraged students to be serious about their studies so they would not miss out on like opportunities. He reminded us all that when we put our minds to something, anything can be accomplished. He was honest about his bachelor�s degree taking a few more than four years. After attending Texas Tech, he began working for EZ Pawn, and rapidly moved up the ladder to management. Not satisfied, he returned to college to pursue his teaching degree. He earned his Bachelors in Education, and graduated summa cum laude. Kelly went on to become an award-winning secondary history teacher. He was selected as Corsicana Education Foundation award recipient three times, and most recently asked to give the commencement speech at Early High School. His message was honest, and he purposefully shared some of his own struggles to show students how to overcome. Very few left without a deeply felt impact. He continues to touch the future through the lives of his sons and students.
In 1997, Kelly married Claudia Beatriz Hernandez, and later became the proud father of Jack Thomas Donaho, and Will Ethan Donaho. They were the light of his life. Each inherited his love for animals, great comedy, reading and helping others. Jack and Will have also collected many �Dhoisms� to carry them through the tough times with humor, and humility. Kelly often quoted lines from Lonesome Dove, much like his dad before him. As he helped to scatter his own father�s ashes, he quoted the character, Augustus �Gus� McRae: �The best thing to do about death is ride off from it.� This is how Kelly would want us to move forward � with love for others and the underdog � humility � honesty � and humor. And just a little bit of Augustus McRae swagger.
Kelly was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Oscar �Lonnie� and wife, Ora Lee Presley McMillan, paternal grandparents, Eddie Donaho and Gladys Lefevre Donaho, and his dad, Jerry Lynn Donaho.
Kelly leaves to grieve his passing, his wife of 18 years, Claudia Beatriz Hernandez Donaho, sons Jack Thomas Donaho and Will Ethan Donaho; his mother, Marjorie �Margie� Nell McMillan Donaho, sister and husband, Lisa Donaho West and Joe M. West Jr., nephew, Joe Connor West, and brothers-in-law, Juan Ramon and Ignacio Rene Hernandez. He leaves behind much beloved aunts and uncles: Bonnie and husband Gurley Howell, Leslie �Butch� and Clara Jo McMillan, Lawrence and Doris McMillan and many beloved cousins.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.
Kelly was so excited about the letters his boys were receiving from colleges, and would be honored to have memorials made in his name to the Community National Bank in Corsicana. This fund will be utilized solely for college expenses for his sons. Other memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana � Youth Group, or the charity of your choice.
�For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper and not to harm, plans for hope and a future.� Jeremiah 29:11


Cindy (Hair) Massey
Apr 28, 1951 - Nov 24, 2015

Cindy Massey, 64, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. She was born April 28, 1951 in Corsicana to Mr. Lonnie and Dorothy Hair.
Ms. Massey is remembered as a kind soul. She loved and cherished her family. Her love for her Texas Rangers and NASCAR will always be remembered.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Dorothy Hair; and Mr. Roy Miller.
She is survived by her sons, David Miller and Doug Miller and wife Kristie; grandchildren, Taylor Miller, Mattie Miller, Lee Miller and Addison Miller; as well as her brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Hair and Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Hair.
As per her wishes, no services will be held. Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Johnny Mac Smith
Mar 21, 1937 - Nov 23, 2015

Johnny Mac Smith passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at 5:58 p.m. at the age of 78 in his home that he loved and cherished so much surrounded by his family after a very short-lived battle with stomach cancer. He was born March 21, 1937 in Dallas County to Stewart Smith and Clovis Eva Horton Smith. Johnny spent most of his childhood in Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School in 1955 and attending Navarro College for two years. He married Beverly Ann Rockett Smith June 27, 1959 in Red Oak.
Johnny worked for and retired after 35 years from the Dallas Morning News. His favorite accounts being Sidney and Louie Segal of Segals Liquor. Sidney would always refer to Johnny as �my little ad man.� Another favorite account was Lois Glasser Wholesale. Johnny personally worked with Frank Tolbert. He also knew Jim Maroony and Joe Dealy, who thanked him personally for working in the press room during the �Dallas Morning News Strike.�
Johnny was very active in the church while attending Sanor Avenue Church of Christ. He not only served as a church deacon but served for years as a Sunday School teacher. His students would often break into tears when he would tell stories from the Bible such as Lazarus resurrection from the dead.
Not only was Johnny passionate about religion, he was a student of the Bible and an expert on Isreali history. He passions also extended to history, archeology, movies and music.
Family, friends and co-workers will remember Johnny for his humorous stories. He always kept everyone laughing with his dry wit and bigger than life personality and sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by parents, two brothers Charlie Smith and Ben Smith.
Johnny is survived by his wife Beverly Ann Smith, children Kimberly Ann Smith of Irving, Matthew Scott Smith of Corsicana; sister Sue Steely York of Corsicana; step mother Margaret Smith.
No services are scheduled at this time.


Richard Dennis �Den� Richardson
Jul. 31, 1836 - Jan. 5, 1929
 buried in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas

Joshua Richardson

Lamander (Richardson) DeJarnett is buried in Kerens cemetery, Kerens, Texas

Cemetery not named for but it was in 1846 � may not have been a cemetery..

Joshua Richardson, Sr. 1776 Montgomery county, Virginia - 1846 Corsicana, Texas

Was on Texas Ranger Force

Under the head of �Pioneers and Veterans,� the following concerning Dan Richardson, ex-Texas Ranger, of Egan, Johnson county, Texas appeared in a recent in a recent issue of the Semi-Weekly Farm News, published by A. H. Beto and Company, at Dallas. The article is of especial interest to Corsicana and Navarro county citizens, as the family mentioned originally settled near here.

Richardson also has a great-great-grandaughter residing near Corsicana at present. She is Mrs. Lamanda DeJarnett, wife of E. B. DeJarnett. Mr. and Mrs. DeJarnett now reside at Eureka, R. F. D. No. 1.

Following is the article:

Being an ex-Texas Ranger, now 85 years old and a resident of this State since 1845, as well as a reader of the News for over forty years, I think I can give some experiences of pioneer life that will be of interest to the readers, both old and young.

My grandfather, Joshua Richardson, my father and five uncles moved from Northern Arkansas to Texas in 1845, settling near the site of the present city of Corsicana. That portion of Texas was then a wilderness, infested with wild Indians, wild horses and great herds of buffalo. I have seen Indians kill buffalo with bows and arrows upon the ground where Corsicana now stands. My grandfather was the first white man to buried there in 1846�before there was any town even thought of.

As there were no stores anywhere in this region then, we had to haul such things as we absolutely needed from Shreveport, La., some 200 miles to the east. We used small, hand power steel mills for grinding our corn for bread. We kept in good health and enjoyed life on the rough fare of those early days. By 1847 immigrants had arrived in sufficient numbers to begin to organize counties and establish small towns along the border settlements. In 1850 my father and all of our �bunch� moved to Anderson County, living there until 1856, when we moved to Jack County. By this time we had accumulated quite a good lot of cattle and were in prosperous condition. The range was new and fine and our herds increased rapidly.

About 1855 the Government put a number of small tribes of friendly Indians upon reservations where Young and Shackelford Counties are now located. Fort Belknap and Griffin were established as Unite States military posts to protect these friendly Indians, as well as white settlers from the fierce Comanches, Apaches and other wild tribes of what were then called �prairie Indians.� It transpired that the wild tribes managed to involve the hitherto friendly tribes into a general peace treaty, and by their united efforts many depredations were committed upon the white settlers.

In 1858 they killed several men, women and children. The settlers along the border suffered great losses of cattle and horses, in addition to the lives of many of their members, until the final extermination of the herd of buffalo on the Western plains. When the great meat supply of these savages was wiped out, �poor Lo ?� was put out of business in Texas and Uncle Sam put those of his survivors upon reservations in Oklahoma. Here they were fed and clothed for years by the United States Government until Oklahoma became a State.


Albert Ashcroft Wortham
Apr 10, 1861 - Sep 5, 1924



Albert A. Wortham, editor of the Daily Sun, passed away at his home, 502 North Eleventh Street at 10:30 o'clock last Friday evening, after an illness lasting over a period of several months, which had defied the best medical skill and most tender and careful nursing the nation provides, and the remains were laid at rest Saturday afternoon in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Wortham was stricken with a throat affliction more than two years ago and after local medical skill had been exhausted he was advised to consult a Dallas specialist and did so. The Dallas physician sent him to a New Orleans surgeon, who operated and advised that he would be free from his trouble thereafter. This proved not to be the case, however and last October, accompanied by his devoted wife, he went to Mayo Bros. at Rochester, Minn. Again an operation was undergone. He returned home on Christmas Eve of last year, and hopes were expressed that a speedy recovery would follow. Again were hopes not realized and again in May of the present year Mr. Wortham returned to Mayos. accompanied by son, Lynne, Mrs. Wortham joining them a few days later. Another operation was submitted to after which he returned home, and gradually succumbed to the malady that had fastened itself upon him. He was given the most tender nursing and attention by his devoted wife and son and daughter-in-law, as well as a corps of trained nurses, but to no avail, and on Friday evening just as the clock on the court house tower was tolling the hour of half past ten he closed his eyes and peacefully entered into the sleep that knows no awakening on this earth. Through all this trying time he was a most patient sufferer, his local physician stating that he was the most patient and appreciative patient it had been his privilege to attend during a long medical career.

Mr. Wortham is survived by his widow and one son, Lynne A. Wortham; three brothers, Hon. Wm. B. Wortham of Austin, Hon. Louis J. Wortham, of Fort Worth, and Dennis Wortham of Reno, Nev. And numerous other relatives, among them Mrs. S. M. Woodard of Blooming Grove, a cousin, who has been a constant attendant at his bedside for the past two weeks, and has been a source of great help and comfort to the devoted wife and son.

The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock from the late home and was attended by a great throng of those who had known and loved this man during his long years of service among them. The entire force of the Sun-Light Company were named as active pallbearers, there being no honorary list. The Rev. J. W. Fort, a former pastor of First Church here, but now of Greenville, and a warm personal friend of the deceased, conducted the funeral services and made a most beautiful and helpful talk on the life and character of the man whom he had known and loved for many years. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mesdames Flemming and Montgomery and Messrs. Waddell and McKeown, they singing a number of old-time favorite hymns of Mr. Wortham. A great number of beautiful and magnificent floral offerings were sent by friends and the various organizations of the city, the flowers and designs completely covering the mound an almost biding it from view were great wreaths and designs, these flowers speaking in a slight manner of their love for this good man and the appreciation of his untiring efforts while in the bloom of health to build up and make better the city and the people he loved. Every civic and commercial organizations sent floral tributes, besides the great number of individual offerings.

Numerous telegrams were received from over the State by the bereaved widow and son, from prominent men in all the walks of life who were pained and sorrowing at the loss of their friend and who expressed tender sympathy for the loved ones left behind.

A feature of the funeral was the presence of a guard of honor from the military organization of the State Orphans Home, the deceased having always been an enthusiastic supporter of this great institution, and his illustrious father having been superintendent of the home in its infancy and responsible in marked degree for its development into the magnificent institution which it now is known to be.

Among those from out of town who were here to attend the last sad rites were Messrs. W. B. Wortham of Austin and Louis J. Wortham of Fort Worth, brothers of the deceased: Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Woodard, Mrs. P. A. Woodard, Mrs. W. A. High and Mrs. Jack Frank, all of Blooming Grove; Mr. John D. Williams, a life-long friend and boyhood playmate of the deceased, of Sulphur Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stilly of Dallas.

A touching feature of the last illness and death of Mr. Wortham was the return from Europe on Wednesday of his business associate and close personal friend, Lowry Martin. Mr. Martin was a delegate to the convention of the Advertising Clubs of the World held in London. Mr. Martin did not want to go away and leave his friend ill, but Mr. Wortham insisted that he should go and told him he would still be here when he returned. The sick man counted the days and often spoke of wanting to �live until Lowry came home.� Mr. Martin landed in New York late Sunday and early Monday started for home. He arrived about 3 o'clock on Wednesday and went immediately to the sick room. Mr. Wortham had been practically unconscious for several days, but all during Wednesday it seemed as if Providence intervened for on that day he was conscious and recognized all around him, and when his beloved friend and co-worker entered he at once recognized him and grasped his hand and held it with all his remaining strength and a glad light came into his eyes as he looked upon his loved ones and the dear friend who had raced home to be with him. It was a touching scene�one of those scenes that makes mankind better and brings a realization that this is a good world and one filled with tenderness and love and friendship.

As a special mark of respect for the first time in its long history of the Daily Sun did not issue a paper on a business day and the office remained closed all day Saturday, the entire force, who mourned their chief sincerely, taking turns during the day in watching over the last mortal remains of the man who had cheered them through many dark hours and over many rough places in life�s pathway, and whom they not only honored but truly loved as a man and a brother.

Albert Ashcroft Wortham was born, April 10, 1861, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, being the third son of two Texas pioneers, Col. And Mrs. William A. Wortham, both of whom have long since passed to their reward. Mr. Wortham learned the printer�s trade in the office of the old Sulphur Springs Gazette, which was owned at that time by his father. He was afterward half owner with his father of the Gazette. He afterward moved to Gainesville, Texas and was editor of the Gainesville Register for a number of years. He came to Corsicana from Gainesville in 1902 and was reporter and then editor of the Daily Sun, at that time published by the Sun-Light Publishing Company, a stock corporation. In a short time with Lowry Martin, who was also connected with the Sun�s business department, they purchased the Sun-Light Publishing Company, the firm being Wortham & Martin, as equal owners of the Sun-Light Publishing Company, Mr. Martin being the business manager and Mr. Wortham the editor and in charge of the news department.

Under this combination the Daily Sun and Semi-Weekly Light grew in circulation and prestige as well as in prosperity, and in 1917 Messrs. Wortham and Martin erected their own building and installed therein a newspaper plant second to none in a city in the class of Corsicana.

Mr. Wortham, like his brothers and his father before him, has always taken a great interest in politics, and while never a candidate for any office, was assistant secretary of the Texas Senate under Gov. James S. Hogg�s first administration. While this was the extent of his public office-holding, he has ever been supporter of the higher ideals of government and maintained that every one should take sufficient interest in his government, from municipal to national, to inform himself both as to men and measures and exercise their right of franchise in all elections.

He was intensely patriotic and no man loved his native land and his flag more. He always believed that nations should settle their differences without a resort to war, which took the lives of so many brave and stalwart men, yet when his government once entered the war his every effort and every thought was toward aiding in bringing the issue to a successful close for his homeland. He loved the boys who went marching away and while there was sadness in his heart he never faltered and was ever ready to take a lead if necessary in all movements �to back up our boys.�

Since coming to Corsicana Mr. Wortham, not only through the columns of his papers, but personally, has been in the thick of the fight in every forward movement for Corsicana and Navarro county. If a movement was good and of benefit to his home town and county and his people, A. A. Wortham was counted on without question to do all in his power to advance that movement.

During the World War, Mr. Wortham was most active in every move that tended to �keep the home fires burning� and aid in the prosecution of the war and the support of the boys who were doing the fighting and the government authorities who were in charge of the affairs of the nation. He was secretary of the Council of Defense, president of the War Gardens Association and took an active part in other war work, including the several drives. He not only bought and gave of his money and time, but the columns of the publications over which he presided were ever ready to push any work for the boys at the front and for the cause of America and the Allies.

Mr. Wortham has always taken an active interest in the upbuilding of his home town. He was at one time president of the Corsicana Business League, predecessor of the present Chamber of Commerce and has ever been active in the work of the commercial organization of the city. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, a Mason, Knights Templar, Shriner, an Odd Fellow, Knight of Pythias, Elk and Woodman. He was a member of the Y. M. C. A., Corsicana Country Club and of the Retail Merchants Association. Being an Optimist and ever seeing the good and forgetting the bad, he was a favorite with all with whom he came in contact and made friends quickly and held them steadfastly.




Albert A. Wortham.

Albert A. Wortham, for more than 22 years editor of the Daily Sun, is dead.

These words carried with them a great sense of sorrow and loss to many in Corsicana when they were passed from lip to lip early Saturday. And while the city as a whole and the entire citizenship will miss him and mourn his passing, the places where he will be missed with a keener sense of loss and with a greater knowledge of his real worth and splendid Character will be in his home and in the Sun office, where he has labored and spread sunshine for so many years.

Albert Wortham was a real man�a man in all that the word implies�a gentleman�for what better definition can there be of a gentleman than two words�gentle man. No man possessed a nobler or more gentle nature.

He was honest, conscientious and square in all his dealing with his fellow man. He gave much and was satisfied with little in return. He was a kind and sunny disposition, and though he might be troubled in his mind at the time the friend whom he met would never know other than that life was one sweet song, for he was ever an optimist. No man appreciated more a kind word or a thoughtful deed. His heart was big�so big that it embraced all mankind in its great love of humanity. There was no room for other than love. Hatred could never abide there. In all the perplexities of life and the vexations that come to a newspaper editor, probably more than to the average man, he maintained the same sunny view of life and of his fellow man. Even in the days of his last illness when mayhap his body was racked with pain, his co-workers were each day greeted with the same happy smile, the same appreciative pat on the back as if he were in perfect health.

One outstanding trait of his character was his generosity. No man ever came to him in need that he was not succored. In fact he was generous to a fault and would help those whom others refused, believing that there was good in everyone and that perhaps his assistance might be the one thing necessary to bring relief and put the applicant on the road to health and happiness.

In his home no wife ever knew a more loving, devoted husband and no son a more kind, considerate and helpful father.

Albert Wortham is gone from the walks of man, but his worth will live. If ever the expression was true of a man it was true of this man: the world is better for his having lived therein.



The Corsicana Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

At the conclusion the chapter paid tribute to the late Mr. A. A. Wortham whose loss is greatly felt. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his bereft wife and son. The following resolutions of respect were drawn up:

Resolutions of Respect.

At a recent meeting of Navarro Chapter, U. D. C., the following resolutions were adopted and a memorial paper read on A. A. Wortham, late Editor of the Daily Sun.

Whereas, Albert A. Wortham, Editor of the Daily Sun, has passed from our midst, the Untied Daughters of the Confederacy thus losing a true friend, and�

Whereas, being a true son of the South faithful to its high ideals and a member of the local Sons of the Confederate Veterans and

Whereas, he took an active interest in the U. D. C., always attending their public meetings and giving space to all publicity matters for them�

Be it resolved, Navarro Chapter 108 mourns his loss and extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and the Daily Sun in their irreparable loss.

By Memorial Committee,


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Sep 12, 1924
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Etta (Ferguson) Wortham; s/o Col. William Amos Wortham & Adeline Elizabeth (Ashcroft) Wortham buried in Oakwood cemetery, Austin, Texas

Mary Anna (Brent) Gibson
Apr. 3, 1839 - Jan. 12, 1924


Funeral services for Mrs. John S. Gibson, 85, who died at her home, 403 West Fourth avenue, late Saturday, were held with impressive ceremonies at the residence at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. R. Girard Lowe, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducted the services. The Third Avenue Presbyterian quartet composed of Mrs. Agnes Lee Champion, Miss Dorothy Drane, Robert Layton and Roy Leeds, assisted by Mrs. Porey Townsend, rendered the funeral music.

Active pallbearers were L. A. Pinkston, Wm. Clarkson, J. N. Edens, W. H. Warren, T. W. Lovett, W. P. McCammon, W. C. Proctor and R. L. Hamilton.

Honorary pallbearers were Captain James Garitty, W. M. Tatum, J. D. Cunningham, M. C. Caston, H. B. Bomar, W. C. Hilliard, H. E. Wassell, Aaron Ferguson, Reuben Neece, Jarvis Whiteselle, Frank P. Wood, H. S. Melear, W. W. Gage, J. M. Dyer, L. E. Kelton, W. H. Dunn, John H. Curington, C. P. Stephens; E. A.Johnson, Robert Watt, W. H. Warren, D. N. Rice, W. M. Peck, J. L. Halbert, P. D. Williams, Joe B. Fortson, John T. Fortson, Rufus Hardy, Porey Townsend, Wiley Robinson, Walter Hayes, Will S. Knight, Hawkins Scarborough, and all members of the Corsicana Bar Association; J. C. Keith, John C. Beck of Frost, F. D. Wright, Wortham; Walter Montgomery, Eureka; Robert Daniels and J. S. Daniels, Kerens; Carl Calloway and E. R. Brown, Dallas.

A large crowd assembled at the Gibson home to attend the last sad rites of the deceased. Many were the floral tributes. Cars parked along the block and in about the vicinity of the home, friends and neighbors having known Mrs. Gibson for a long span of years were there. The big hall within presented the funeral scene with flowers arranged and almost literally piled about the bier. From without glorious sunbeams cast their glow through the westerly casements and radiated throughout the recesses of the room.

The quartet sang with feeling �Nearer My God to Thee,� at conclusion of which Rev. Jones offered a fervent prayer and opening the Holy Bible read a passage of scripture.

The minister spoke in part as follows:

�My friends, this is no ordinary event in which we are participating. We are here to mark the passing of one of this country�s earliest settlers�a pioneer. We of the new generation have come upon the scene with the settings all arranged as a child enters a furnished home. Far too often we give but slight thought of those early settlers who firs braved the harsh, rough elements of nature, softened and subdued them, and on virgin soil builded for their posterity. Mrs. Gibson as a young bride wanted to leave her old home, her established community, to go to a new country and become a builder. Her�s was the spirit of the true pioneer whose desire was not to inherit from others but to hand down to others. As one by one those heroic men and women pass from our earthly sight we should not fail to render thanks for their hardihood and the spirit with which they builded for our blessing. * * * * *

�I fear, we may be doing homage to her type of womanhood which is rapidly vanishing. She believed in and rejoiced in the freedom of womanhood. She never failed to exercise her right as a citizen of this demoracy to cast her ballot at the polls. She took part in the civic enterprises and community betterment. But she believed what a woman�s throne is her home. And her noblest work, her highest ambition was to radiate from her bearthside those motherly virtures, which woman alone can radiate and which are the nearest thing to Divinity this side of the Christ of Galilee. I refer not merely to the manner in which she mothered her own children, but to the manner in which she opened wide her home to many others and through them impressed upon the world the power and the wonder of a mother�s love. And I also refer to the constant influence which she set in motion as she touched with her quiet, calm, joyful, unselfish and motherly spirit that stream of people who flowed through the length of her days. In paying homage to her memory today, let us pay homage to her as a type of womanhood which is the hope of humanity, and pray that her type shall not vanish until the world is redeemed by their love.

But there is something of far greater importance still which makes this an extraordinary occasion�her very death itself. We rejoice when children are born into this world and weave around the mother and her new born babe the laughter and the song in joyful hearts. But we clothe death in the dark garments of mourning and bathe it with our tears. But shy should it be so? One of the young soldiers who fell in France wrote to his mother in America just before he fell. �Death is the greatest event in life. What a privilege, then, to be able to meet it in a manner worthy of its greatness!� Why cannot we so adjust ourselves to the wonder and the mystery of life that we can understand that the hour when our bodies die is the greatest hour in our earthly existence? And is it not so? Do we believe in the religion we profess? Do we believe the gospel we preach? If so there is an eternal life which abides in every soul that has yielded itself to the gracious influence and power of the Spirit of Christ� The body houses an immortal spirit and the house in which it lives after a while becomes unfit for habitation, something which cramps and trammels the soul and prevents its progress and growth. When at last that body dies, there bursts forth from the old huskings there bursts forth from the dying shell of a seed, the life that shall endless be, the very flowering of the spirit within.
�There is one passage of scripture which has rung in my heart ever since I heard of Mrs. Gibson�s death---Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. She has been faithful over the few things which God commits to human kind. She has lived well, loved much, faithfully followed her Master. Now she shall be made a ruler and to her it is an eternal joy. Could she but speak, then, she would say what the famous Moody said at his death. �This is my coronation day.�

I do not bid you not mourn, but with Paul, I would bid you not to mourn as those who have no hope. I do not ask you not to be sorrowful but to let God turn for you your sorrow into joy, that joy unspeakable and full of glory, which she now enjoys. And I bid you strive to live so close to Christ that when you come to make the passage over the little strip of sea, which divides that land from ours, you shall be able to do so with the same composure, the same assurance, and the same joy that was hers. There is no sting to death to those who have Christ; there is no death to those whose spirits have entered into His eternal life.�

When Rev. Jones concluded his remarks and offered his closing appeal to the God of the Eternal, the quartet sang �Abide With Me.�

The casket with its profusion of wreaths bespeaking the loving remembrance of scores of friends to the deceased and the bereaved family, was tenderly carried to the waiting hearse and the cortege proceeded to the grave, where the last prayer was offered and the last song, �Softly Now the Light of Day.� Was sung. The casket was lowered and the last tribute was paid to the mortal remains of Mrs. Gibson whose life had been inseparably linked in that of the community.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her daughters, Miss Mollie A. Gibson, Corsicana; and Mrs. LeGrande J. Woods, Sherman; and her son. El J. Gibson, Corsicana. She is also survived by her grandson, L. J. Woods, Corsicana; and Miss Mary Ann Gibson, daughter of El J. Gibson; and Mrs. Brent Woods Pace, Sherman; and two great grandchildren, LeGrande Woods, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Woods, and Clayton Woods Pace, daughter of Mrs. Brent Woods Pace.

Mrs. Gibson was born April 3, 1839, at Madison, Rockingham county, North Carolina. Her parents were Thomas Caldwell Brent of North Carolina, and Sarah Watkins Brent of Georgia. She was married to John S. Gibson, of Fayetteville, Lincoln county, Tennessee, at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Watkins, in LaGrange, Ga., September 25, 1860. John S. Gibson came to Texas from Tennessee in 1854 and took up residence at Chatfield, and returned six years later to Georgia, and soon after marrying Mrs. Gibson returned to Navarro county and took up residence on Rush creek near Powell, where with his wife lived the rugged life of the pioneer as one of the earliest of Navarro county settlers. The family moved to Corsicana in 1875, and for a number of years occupied the old Gibson home in East Corsicana. Mr. Gibson died in 1911, and Mrs. Gibson continued a resident here till the time of her death.

Mrs. Gibson was the mother of eight children, John S. Gibson, Jr., who died February 16, 1899, was the only child except the three now surviving who lived to maturity.

The Gibson home was one of the early centers of social activity in Corsicana where genuine Southern hospitality reigned. Many of the earlier settlers of Navarro county from the old states found it the center of attraction as one of the outstanding abodes remembered by the old timers as being noted for its outside latchstring.

El. J. Gibson, only surviving son of deceased, is a well-known local attorney. He served four years as city attorney, four years as county attorney, and was for a time connected with the district attorney�s office in Dallas. He is the senior member of the law firm of Gibson & Lovett here.


Here for Funeral.

The following were among the out of town people here today to attend the funeral of Mrs. John S. Gibson: Mrs. A. B. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Myers, W. V. Crockett, and Mrs. W. C. Proctor of Dallas; Mrs. Mary B. Wilson and Mrs. R. A. Keenan of Waxahachie; John Tullock of Sherman and C. B. Calloway of Dallas.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 14, 1924 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Mrs. Gibson Laid to Rest

Amid a profusion of the most beautiful floral offerings ever seen, and surrounded by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and loved ones, Mrs. John S. Gibson was laid to rest, Monday, January fourteenth, nineteen hundred twenty-four.

Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. R. Girard Lowe, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducted the funeral services. He paid a most glowing tribute of praise to the life of this noble woman, who has passed on to brighter realms unknown, where her life, only begun on earth, will be completely rounded out and become more beautiful and more precious than before.

�Let us not think of our departed dead,
As caught and cumbered in these graves of earth;
But think of death as of another birth,
As a new freedom for the wings out-spread
A new adventure waiting on ahead,
As a new joy of more eternal mirth,
As a new world with friends of nobler worth,
Where all may taste a more immortal bread.�


In the passing of Mrs. Gibson, not only her loved ones, but all who have been so fortunate as to know her�in fact Corsicana�have suffered an irrepairable loss, for just knowing her and coming into contact with her beautiful life made one better. Mrs. Gibson is not dead. The influence of her Christian character will live on from generation to generation.

�There is no death; what seems so is transition;
This life of moral breath
Is but a suburb of the life Elysian
Whose portals we call Death.�

The deepest sympathy of all Corsicana is extended the members of the family.


Ada (Gilbert) McConnell
Nov 16, 1867 - Oct 25, 1946

IN MEMORY. Of Mrs. Ada McConnell, long-time resident of Navarro county, who died in Rideout Memorial Hospital in Rideout Memorial Hospital in Maripville, Calif., Friday, Oct. 25 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

After a brief funeral service at the Block Funeral Home in Gridley, Calif., the body was brought to Streetman, Texas, for burial in the Cade cemetery near her childhood home.

Mrs. McConnell was born Nov. 16, 1867, at Union Parish, La. She was the daughter of Louisa and D. J. Gilbert, long-time rancher and stockman of Navarro county.

She joined her life to W. G. McConnell in holy wedlock April 25, 1889. To this union the following children were born: Van, Terrell, and Jay McConnell, and a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Patton.

Surviving are her eldest son, Van McConnell of Gridley, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. R. L. Reed, Dallas; Mrs. W. T. Grogan, Coolidge; Mrs. W. R. O�Neal, Streetman; Mrs. W. D. Easterling, Streetman, and Mrs. Eula Gregory, Streetman.

Mrs. Ada McConnell was a member of the Baptist church, a devout Christian and a very devoted mother.

She was modest and retiring in her manner. She was a true Southern woman of the old school.

Funeral services were held in Streetman Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Baptist church. Services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Southerland. Interment was made in Cade cemetery by the side of her late husband.

Pallbearers were Paul Milner, J. D. Miller, Coy O�Neal, J. B. O�Neal, B. C. Easterling, S. A. Coleman, Gilbert Milner and B. C. Gilbert.

We have never seen more lovely floral offerings than those which covered her casket and adorned her grave. We speak of �the language of flowers.� When lovingly and beautifully than when they bespeak the esteem of the wounded spirit, the devotion of the broken heart?

May this family so sadly broken on earth, by God�s abounding grace be a united family around His throne in heaven.

Beyond the sunset�s radiant glow, we hope to meet her, where farewell words are never spoken, and sunset hours can never come.

Austin, Texas, Nov. 3, 1946.




Mrs. Ada McConnell, long-time resident of Corsicana, died in Gridley, Calif., Saturday.

Funeral services will be held here Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel with burial in the
Cade cemetery near Streetman. The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Southerland, pastor of the First Baptist church at Streetman.

Surviving are a son, Dan McConnell, Gridley, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Euna Gregory, Mrs. Annie O�Neal and Mrs. Daisey Easterling, all of Streetman; Mrs. W. T. Grogan, Coolidge, and Mrs. R. L. Reed, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be S. L. Coleman, J. A. Coleman, J. D. Miller, B. C. Easterling, J. B. O�Neal and Coy O�Neal.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.


Loyd Newton Bratcher
July 16, 1951 - Nov 28, 2015
Loyd Newton Bratcher of Dawson, Texas passed away Saturday morning Nov.
28, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital at the age of 64. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas to Athal Newton Bratcher and Betty Grimes Bratcher on July 16, 1951. From the age of 2 until he was 18 years old he was raised by Stella and Alvin Dechert who he called �mom and uncle.� Loyd retired from Ash Grove Cement in Midlothian after 30 plus years where he worked in product shipment and receiving. He married Kim Batchelor on Nov. 25,
1974 in Fort Worth and they lived in Mansfield until moving to Dawson in November 1991 on Thanksgiving Day. Loyd loved being outside hunting coyotes and wild hogs, dove hunting and the evening rides he and Kim would make on their Polaris Ranger on the back roads. Loyd volunteered for 15 years with the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Janna Royal and grandchild Daryan Bowling.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Kim Bratcher; children Shanna Leake and husband Wes and Carrie Rampy; grandchildren, Brooke Bowling and Josh Amison, Nathan Bowling Jr., Brayden Bratcher, Wyatt Rampy, Hailey Rampy, Brian Royal and Caleb Royal; great-grandchild Aryan Amison; father and mother -in-law George and Barbara Batchelor. Brother and sister-in-law Ken and Ellen Batchelor. Loyd is also survived by his best friend and hunting buddy Darryl Rogers, numerous family, friends and fellow firefighters.

Following Loyd's request, after cremation a memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Dawson at a later date.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Anthony Sultana
Mar 29, 1927 - Dec 2, 2015
Anthony Sultana, 88, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. He was better known as Tony. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 29, 1927 to the late Joseph and Mary Sultana. He married Virginia Hall on Nov. 14, 1948 in Mars Hill, N.C.

He served in the Army in World War II in Europe. He worked for the USDA Department of Agriculture for 32 years as a draftsman, photographer, and cartographer. He coached boys and girls in basketball and baseball for
20 years. He also worked with the handicapped. In scouting he belonged to the Order of the Arrow. He and his wife did volunteer work at the Food Pantry in Corsicana and Dawson. He also served on the board of directors of the House of Refuge in Corsicana. He was a member of the United Methodist men of St. Luke�s.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Charles Sultana.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Sultana; children, Sandra Stephens of Corsicana, Rosanne Barnes and husband Tom of York, Nebraska, Charlie Sultana of Mt. Calm, Paul Sultana and wife Evie of Corsicana, Christopher Sultana and wife Maria of Le Mesa, California; 10 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Sultana of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Victor Sultana of Warren, Michigan, Manuel Sultana of New Mexico, Joseph Sultana and wife Linda of Farmers Branch; sisters, Teresa Howard of Detroit, Michigan and Marion Williams of Washington, Utah; and a sister-in-law, Josephine Sultana of Hudson, Florida.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4,
2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating.
Military Honors will follow the service and also cremation at his wish.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Luke�s United Methodist Church or the Food Pantry.


Curdus Cunnell (Hawkins) Cook
abt 1972 - Nov 24, 2015
Curdus Cunnell Hawkins Cook, 43, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Nov.
24, 2015 in Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church, 100 S. Parham St., Corsicana, Texas, with Pastor Harold Evans officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


James Denim Sinclair
Aug 5, 1996 - Nov 9, 2015

James Denim Sinclair joined his mother in the arms of the Lord on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at the age of 19. He was born Aug. 5, 1996 in Texas City, Texas to James Sinclair and the late Lori Sinclair. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 2014 where he excelled in academics and athletics. He was class president all four years and a member of the student council. He was employed at Carl White's Autoplex.

His favorite hobby was making people laugh. He had an infectious smile that brightened everyone's day. He was a magnet of positive energy and people were naturally drawn to him. He never met a stranger. He was a natural leader who enriched lives with his kind friendship. He will be forever in the memories of all who knew and loved him. Those closest to him called him Den Den and Pookie.

He is survived by his parents, James and Rhonda Sinclair; brothers and sisters, Jimmie Brown, Stephanie Richards, Justin Richards and Taylor Richards; girlfriend, Mikayla Jones; aunts and uncles, Dana Shaffer Hughes, Kara and Dayrl Wilson, Thomas and Keli Sinclair, David Sinclair, Peter Sinclair, Kim Prince, Melissa and Darrell O'sullivan and Jamie and Scott Fowler; grandparents, Johnny and Shirley Shaffer of Santa Fe, Texas, Jenny and Emil Raal of Port Edward, South Africa, Tommy Sinclair of Wortham, Jimmy and Barbara Prince of Corsicana and Anna �Oumie�
Sinclair of Witbank, S. Africa; and great-grandmother Joyce Amato. He is also survived by his cousins, Jeremy and Alyssa Hughes, Kane Kershaw, Dawson Sinclair, Amanda and Devin O'sullivan, Lexi White, Lane Fowler, Keith Odell and Sidney and Shelby Sinclair; family, Julie Griffith, Mickey Griffith, Steve and Lelanie Petty and numerous extended family in South Africa.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A memorial service, in celebration of Denim's life, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana under the direction of Stephen Jones. Immediately following will be a graveside service at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be David Sinclair, Peter Sinclair, Travis Brown, Justin Richards, Kane Kershaw, Jeremy Hughes, Darrell O'sullivan, Devin O'sullivan, Scott Fowler and Zach Gilchrist.

Denim will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin or friend.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Yar Appat
abt 1981 - Nov 7, 2015

Yar Appat, 34, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 in Corsicana. Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


James Delino Hullett
July 3, 1944 - Nov 29, 2015

James D. Hullett, 71, of Dawson entered into the gates of Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 at the Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas. He was born on July 3, 1944 in Trumbull, Texas to parents, Ruby Ruth Harwell and David Troy Hullett.

He was a very loving and devoted husband, dad, papa, brother, and friend. He was a veteran that had proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother, David Hullett.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Shirley of Dawson; daughters, Karen Asbill and spouse Chris of Purdon, Sharon Conanan and spouse Adam of Waxahachie, and Erin Hullett of Corsicana; grandchildren, Chelsea Ybarra and spouse Alex of Corsicana, Miranda French and spouse J.J. of Purdon, Caden Hullett of Dawson, Austin Conanan of Waxahachie, Branden Hullett of Corsicana, Kayla Hullett of Corsicana and Autumn Conanan of Waxahachie; great-grandchildren, Zane Savoy of Purdon, Kaytelynn French of Purdon, and Carter Ybarra of Corsicana; sister, Patsy Graham of Garland; brothers, Kenneth Hullett of Kemp, Steve Hullett and wife Patricia of Gun Barrel City, and William Hullett and wife Janice of Rice; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
3, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Bancroft and Mr. James Hesson officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association, V.V.A. Chapter 1009, P.O. Box 1086, Corsicana, Texas 75151.


Annie Mae (Beene) Richards
Jun 3, 1920 - Dec 1, 2015

Mrs. Annie Mae Richards, 95, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. She was born June 3, 1920 in Teague to Charlie Matthew and Nora Barge Beene.

She was a long-time member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, grand-children and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; as well as her husband, Jesse Monroe Richards.

She is survived by her son, Ervin Richards and wife Gail; sister, Edna Lambert Brice; grandchildren, Randy Richards and Jackie Evett, Angela Richards Fine and Michael McCarter, Dennis Ervin Richards and wife Laura, Terry Manuel Richards and wife Emily; great-grandchildren, Amanda Richards, Stephanie Richards, Justin Richards, Jordan Richards, Taylor Richards, Isabella Richards, Brynlee Richards, Madison Evett, McKenzie Evett, Makenna Evett and Chandler Ware, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family would also like to extend a thank you to the Twilight Nursing Home and Staff as well as numerous special friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Officiating the service will be Rev. Ken Goode and pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Randy Richards, Dennis Richards and Terry Richards, Justin Richards, Jordan Richards and Michael McCarter.

�May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, until we meet again, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hands.�


Margie Lou (Cosper) Jackson
Sep 23, 1936 - Dec 4, 2015

Ms. Margie Lou Jackson, 79, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.



Margie Lou (Cosper) Jackson

Margie Lou Jackson, 79, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, December 4, 2015. She was born in the Cooper-Paris, Texas area to Mr. Millard and Rosa Mae Cosper.

She was a loving person and always willing to give and help those in need. She loved to shop and was always known to enjoy reading a good book as well as making quilts. Her persistence and good humor will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; as well as her younger brother, Charlie Cosper.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Franklin Jackson and her children, Brenda Lambert and husband Benny, Pam Tackett and husband Randy, Mike Jackson and wife Debbie, and Terry Jackson and wife Barbara; her brothers, Tooter and Hazel Cosper, Cecil and Rose Cosper, J.L. And Tawanna Cosper, and Eddie and Kay Cosper. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 9 great great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2:00pm at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Mr. Corey Tackett.

Pallbearers will be Brent Morelock, Lance Henderson, Cody Tackett, Stacey Henderson, Joshua Tackett, and Brandon Tackett.


  • Corley Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Franklin Blair �Punk� Jackson; d/o Howard Millard �Baldie� Cosper & Rosa Mae (Burkett) Cosper

Jean (Crawford) Tatum
Feb 21, 1924 - Nov 14, 2015

Mrs. Jean Crawford Tatum, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Nov.
14, 2015.

She was born on Feb. 21, 1924 in Blooming Grove, to William Alexander Crawford and Thelma McClendon Crawford.

Mrs. Tatum was a graduate from the Blooming Grove High School. She attended Tarleton in Stephenville, Wesleyen University and the North Texas State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Education and a certification in Business and English in 1944. She later received an M.A. in Education from Sam Houston State University. She taught for 34 years total at the Blooming Grove High School, Corsicana State Home and Corsicana I.S.D. where she retired in 1983.She married Mr. Ralph Tatum, Jr. on July 7, 1962 with whom she had one son, Ralph Crawford Tatum. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and in her retirement years, she was a volunteer for the Navarro College and Food for Fitness.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Tatum, Jr.; two younger brothers, Jim Crawford and Mack Crawford; as well as her parents.

Mrs. Tatum is survived by her son, Ralph Crawford Tatum; niece, Sharon Mahoney and husband David; great-niece, Kammi Ellis and husband Nathan including children, Casey, Tatum, and Listan; great-nephew, Justin Mahoney and children, Acie and Jaxsen; nephew, Neal Crawford; great-niece, Amber Crawford; and great-niece, Rikki Crawford and children Kaylee, Presley and Waylon.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Officiating the service will be Dr.
Steven Bell of the First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Chester L. Kirk
Dec 25, 1917 - Dec 5, 2015

Chester L. Kirk, 97 passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Chester was born in Pursley and longtime resident of Cayuga.

He is preceded in death by his wife Helen Davis Kirk, parents Osceola Biggars and Ella Belle Moore Kirk, son Elbert Lee Kirk and brothers Roger and Alley Kirk.

He is survived by his son James L. and Deborah Kirk of Mobile, Alabama, daughter-in-law Linda Kirk of Athens, six grandchildren; James M. Kirk and Jamie L. Robinson of Mobile, Alabama, Tommy and Michelle Kirk of Athens, Kristy Taylor and Ginger Slaughter of Winnsboro; 10 great-grandchildren. He was loved by all.

Chester retired after 40 years with Texaco Oil Co. and served in the United States Air Force in Germany during World War II.

He loved the outdoors; catfishing and hunting along the Trinity River near Cayuga. He also enjoyed working on engines from small lawnmowers to large 1000 horse power gas compressors for the oil company.

The family would like to thank Ms. Carol, Sheryl, Ms. Barbara, Ms. Opal and David Kelley for all their care and assistance helping Chester many years prior to his passing � God bless.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Cotton officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Davis, Wesley Davis, David Kelley, Michael Taylor, Dennis Brown, Bobby Compton.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Sarrah Suedell (Freeman) Kerley
Oct 1, 1932 - Dec 1, 2015

On December 1st, with confidence and faith, Sue Kerley bravely entered the presence of her loved Savior. She was born Oct. 1, 1932 to Elmer and Minnie Freeman and was raised in Valley Mills, Texas with her sisters Anna and Dixie. At 16, Sue left the farm to enter Providence School of Nursing in Waco where she met and married the great love of her life, Jim Kerley. Together they raised three children, Neilla, Bob, and Beth.

Sue was blessed with the gift of service. In every role, as a compassionate nurse, loving mom and Granny Sue, devoted church member, and faithful friend, she energetically served. She loved her church, First Baptist Corsicana and gave her time there on many committees, Vacation Bible Schools, and most recently preparing meals for the Good News Cafe. She also loved sports and avidly followed the Rangers and Mavericks. She was a very good bridge player and looked forward to weekly games with her bridge buddies. A quick wit and love of life made her the center of any gathering.

Above all, Sue loved her Savior. Her last words were �I�m ready to see Jesus� face.� Her family will miss her, but know she is exactly where she had always planned and looked forward to being.

Sue is survived by her children and their spouses, Greg and Neilla Longino, Bob and Lynda Kerley, Doug and Beth Chaney, her grandchildren Noah Longino, Katie Hicks, Luke Longino, Paul Chaney, and Matthew Chaney, and her great-grandchildren, Cooper Longino, Drew Longino, and Ali Hicks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Kerley, her sisters, and her granddaughter, Sarah Chaney.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 in Corsicana at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A celebration service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Memorials to First Baptist Church Corsicana to benefit the Good News Caf� will be gratefully accepted.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Barbara Ann (Fortenberry) Richardson
Jul 15, 1941 - Dec 2, 2015

Mrs. Barbara Ann Fortenberry Richardson, 74, of Richland passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at her home in Richland. She was born July 15, 1941, in Osyka, Mississippi to Emmitt Fortenberry and mother Mabel Lewis Fortenberry.

She was a Christian and she is now safely home in heaven. She received her nursing license in 1976. She worked as a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes. She loved taking care of others. She spent her life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and nurse. She loved God and her family with all her heart. Her favorite bible verse was John 3:16. She liked to read, cook, draw, and spend time with her loved ones. She had a great sense of humor and some called her Red.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Harold Fortenberry, Sr. and Arthur Foretenbery; sister, Helen Coutarde.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Richardson; daughters, Paula Ann Thomas and Linda Rose Demoss; grandchildren, Carroll Ann Grimes, Jackie Lane Thomas, Dione Bridger, and many other great-grandchildren; sisters, Sarah Borel and Marie Browning; brother, Emmett Fortenberry and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7,
2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Richardson, Ricky Richardson, Jackie Thomas, Sr., Toby Richardson, Gary Richardson, Jackie Thomas, Jr., and Phill Demoss.

The family wishes to extend their �Thank you� to the Richland Fire department, the Hospice staff, Dr. John Updegrove and staff and all doctors and nurses taking care of our dear loved one.


Georgie Lee (Moody) Shields
abt 1931 - Dec 5, 2015

Mrs. Georgie Lee Moody Shields, 84, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the South Austin Medical Center in Austin. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.



Mrs. Georgie Lee Moody Shields, 84, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the South Austin Medical Center in Austin.
She was born on October 27, 1931 in Dallas, Texas to William Victor and Eva Mae Moody.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a member of Community Chapel Church and was a very God fearing women. Several of her family members would call her when they were in need of prayer at any given moment. She was a very hardworking lady helping out while living on a farm, she also loved to sew, quilt, aggravate and be aggravated. She loved Walmart & Big Lots, and was always ready to go whenever someone said �let�s go� plus enjoyed window shopping and eating out. She had a great love for her family, which she was known for as the whopping Mema by her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Shields; parents, Victor and Eva Moody, and 8 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Smith and husband Steve of Trenton and Carolyn Loosier and husband Alton of Corsicana; sons, Freddie Shields and wife Glenda of Bastrop and Kenneth Shields and wife Lois of Corsicana; twelve grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren; brothers, John Moody, Sr. and wife Ruby of Brownswood, William Moody of Seagoville, Arry Moody of Denton; sisters, Ruby Mann of Terrell and Jimmie Salter of Longview; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas by going to [email protected]


  • w/o Freddie Anderson Shields; d/o William Victor Moody & Eva Mae
    (Henager) Moody
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dave "Tooter" Burnett
Sep 18, 1923 - May 7, 1998

Dave "Tooter" Burnett, 74, of Corsicana, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas after a short illness.

He was born in Covington on Sept 18, 1923, the son of William David Burnett, Sr. and Mildred King Burnett. He grew up in the Mildred-Tucker Town area where he attended school at Mildred and later went to Navarro College on the G.I. Bill.

A veteran of World War II, he returned to the Mildred area and worked for the Olsen Bros. Oil Company. In 1970 he went to work for Cardox at Trinidad and later transferred to Borger as plant manager for the Cardox Corp., now Liquid Air. He retired in 1983 and started his own delivery business; delivering for Woolworth, Otasco, Sears and Bill's Maytag.

He worked part-time for Navarro College and was a permanent fixture as clock keeper for all home games of the Navarro Colege basketball each winter during Christmas break He was a member Southwest Football Officials Association for 20 years.

Mr. Burnett is survived by his wife of 19 years. Alice Hayes Burnett of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Rhonda Burnett of Mildred, Jerry and Margaret Davis of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Mike Koteras of Austin, Becky and Larry Myers of Waxahachie, Donna and Mike McQuiddy of Dripping Springs, Sherrie and Mike McQuiddy of Dripping Springs, Sherrie and Mike Wendt, Terri and John Bailes, all of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jean Burnett of Corsicana; sisters, Dorothy Hardgrave and Madell Rich, both of Corsicana; 18 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many dear friends and loved ones including nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burnett was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ida Mae Chaney and Martha Jane Braley; and brothers, James Daniel Burnett and William "Fred" burnett.

Services are 4 p.m. today at Emmanual Baptist church, with the pastor Marvin Jones officiating and Rev. Harold Scott assisting.

Pallbearers are Don Walker, Kenny Hargis, Louis Orr, Chris McDaniel, Shawn McDaniel, J.d. Myers and Stan Coker. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy D. Coker, Tom Gould, Chilton Berry, Wallace Tomlin, Donald Banner, Grady Hendrix, Bill Gafford, James Shelton and David Owen.

Donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

His children loved him dearly and said he always had room in his heart for his family and friends. There will not be a day that passes that he will not be missed. They loved him and will never forget him.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Emaline "Ma" (Smith) Buchanan
Aug 10, 1931 - Mar 13, 1996

Emaline "Ma" Buchanan, 64, of Rice died March 13, 1996, in Dallas.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, 1996, in the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. dennis Wolver officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

Pallbearers will be Larry Blighton, Jim Vandolah, Calvin Bland, Jimmy Vaclavik, Tim Welch and Michael Dillon.

Mrs. Buchanan was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her son, Edwin Wayne Buchanan; her brother, Drew R. Smith; and her brother, Edwin Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil Wayne Buchanan; her daughters, Carolyn Jones of Angus, Kim Welch of Rice and Dana Vaclavik of Rice; her sisters, Edna Lee Arnett of Corsicana, Aline Bamburg of Angus and Imogene Jones of Dallas; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Mary Ann Williams
May 19, 1922 - Nov 22, 2015

To all my friends and family, our beautiful Aunt Mary Ann got up yesterday morning and made a decision. On this Sunday morning Nov. 22, 2015, she decided not to go to church and listen to the Pastor preach about God. She decided to go hear it in person straight from him. She left this world at 7 a.m. She was 93 1/2 years old. Still sharp as a tack in the mind but her body was failing her! She had arthritis in her hands and knees very bad, her hearing was bad, the loss she felt the most was her eye sight, not being able to read her bible. She was the last one of her immediate family to leave! What a wonderful family reunion that had to be.

Her viewing will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 and her Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, 1530 N. 45th St. Services by Pastor Gary Johnson of Calvary Worship Center.

Aunt Mary had no natural children of her own, however she was a Mother to many. She is survived by nieces and nephews; Robbie and Ronnie Lee of Corsicana, Annie and Carl Atchley of Corsicana, Robert and Sue Wiggins of Mildred, Mary (Wiggins) Lewis of Corsicana, Katherine and Michael Young of Red Oak, Linda Webb of Grand Prairie, David and Tamela Stanley of Mabank, James Stanley of Corsicana, Polly (Stanley) and family of Corsicana, Joyce and Ron Kaminsky of Oakwood, Minnie (Stanley) of Oakwood, Molly (Stanley) and family of Palestine. She is also survived by 40 great nieces and nephews, 28 great-great-nieces and nephews, 38 great-great-great-nieces and nephews, five great-great-great-great-nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Michael Young, Allen Ford, David Stanley, Jimmy Boyd, Michael Washburn, and James Thomas.

I had a long conversation with Aunt Mary, Saturday. She had been taken to the hospital twice in the past two 1/2 weeks. She said �I am so tired and can hardly wait to go home to be with my Lord. Yet I want to stay with all of y�all for as long as I can. I don't want anyone to forget me.� I gave a slight chuckle and responded, �Aunt Mary, anyone who has ever met you will never forget you. The reason is because you are one of those rare people who are unforgettable! We all love you so much, when you leave you do so knowing that we are happy you are restored and out of pain and we will one day have a reunion of our own.�

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Leandra Nicole Spence
Apr 24, 1995 - Nov 20, 2015

Leandra Nicole Spence, 20 of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. She was born April 24, 1995 in Corsicana to Christopher Garcia Sr. and Latosha Spence.

Leandra graduated from Corsicana High School in 2011 and attended nursing school at Navarro College. She was full of life, hopes and dreams. She was a wonderful mother of her three beautiful children, whom she loved with all her heart. Leandra could brighten up a room with just her beautiful smile. She will be missed by so many friends and family.
Her personality was one of a kind.

She is survived by her first love Sylas Lindgren; parents, David and Latosha McKellip, Chris and Maria Garcia; children, Sylas (SJ) Lindgren, Isabella Lindgren and Mila Lindgren; brothers and sisters, Ashley Claxton, Pamela Claxton, Cecilia Garcia, Christopher Garcia Jr., Samuel Garcia, Madeleine Garcia, Lauren Garcia, Taylor McKellip, Brandon McKellip, Autumn McKellip and Alicia Alonzo. Leandra is also survived by her grandmother Vicky Garcia, great-grandmother Deloris Wheeler, and grandparents Kathy and David Williams, as well as uncles and aunts, Dusty Spence, Emerald Lyle, Michael Garcia, Annett Garcia, Sean Hughes, Steven Hughes, Melissa Tallas, Derrick Williams, Heather Williams, NaNa Deloris Joles. She leaves behind numerous great uncles and great aunts and lots of cousins.

She is preceded in death by grandmother, Nancy Spence, grandfather Robert Spence Jr., grandfather Leonardo Garcia, cousin Natasha Guevara, cousin Ronnie Garcia, great grandmother Kittie Miller and great grandmother Paula Howard.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Holifield, Christopher Garcia Jr, Rodney Jimerson, Jay Hughes, Ruby Cura, Matt Garcia.

The family would like to give a special thanks to everyone that has reached out to us in this very difficult time. Fly high sweetheart because you are truly an Angel.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Dollie (Taylor) Taylor
Mar 11, 1917 - Aug 8, 1996

Dollie Taylor, 79, of Corsicana, died Aug. 8, 1996, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Taylor was born March 11, 1917, in Drain.

She is survived by her son, Jackie Taylor of Corsicana; two grandsons, Bryon Taylor and Ben Taylor, both of Corsicana; grand-daughter, Casie Taylor of Corsicana; three brothers, Bob Taylor of Corsicana, Bill Taylor of Corsicana, and Johnny Taylor of Texarkana; and sister Mattie Godley of Abilene.


John Pueblo "Jack" Baggett
Mar 26, 1901 - Mar 18, 1980

Jack Baggett, 78, resident of Corsicana, died Tuesday at his residence.

Services are Wednesday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr., officiating.

Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born March 26, 1901, in Hubbard.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Baggett. He was a retired barber and member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Geneva Baggett, of Corsicana; a son, the Rev. Jim Baggett and his wife, Rose, of Corsicana; two grandsons, John E. Baggett, of Alexanderia, La., and Mark Baggett, of Corsicana; three brothers, Pete Baggett and T.C. Baggett, both of Corsicana, and Shep Baggett, of Silver City; and sisters, Mrs. W.W. Wiswell, of Corsicana, and Mrs. May Pearl Bankston, of Cleveland; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews are pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.


  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Geneva (Crofton) Baggett; s/o William Alec Baggett & Otto Pennell (Henson) Baggett [bur at New Pursley Cemetery]

Lorena (Smith) Balentine
May 08, 1911 - Apr 13, 1999

Lorena Balentine, 87, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 13, 1999, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Dr. Jimmy Finlay and the Rev. Frank Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Don Jones, Jeff Jones, Chuck McCrory, Randy McCrory, Scott McCrory, John Zipko and Bill Horton.

Mrs. Balentine is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Verlene Balentine of Dallas; daughters, Joann McCrory and Ina Jones, both of Corsicana; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Odessa Smith of Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 14, 1999
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • w/o Ralph Miles Balentine; d/o Wiley W. Smith & Jodie (Battles) Smith [buried at Dresden Cemetery]

Wayne James Christie
Dec 7, 1926 - Dec 22, 1990

Wayne J. Christie, 64, of Corsicana, died Dec. 22, 1990 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace Crowder and the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Dec. 7, 1926 in Navarro County. He was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He was a truck driver and a member of Emanuel Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Christie of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Kristen Christie of Richardson; one granddaughter, Kathryn Christie of Richardson; one brother, Laymon Christie of Clarksville; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Hopper, Alvin Hurt, Daniel Jackson, David Jackson, W.R. Jackson, and Allan Kistler.


Erma Louise "Madea" (Brown) Gray
May 14, 1929 - Nov 23, 2015

Erma Louise Gray, 86, affectionately known to all as �Madea� was called home to Glory on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. She was born May 14, 1929 in Marshall, Texas to the parentage of John Brown and Christine Houston Brown. She met and married Lee Edward Gray, Sr. on Feb. 17,1946. For 55 years they were together until he preceded her in death August 2001. To this union 13 children were born; five boys and eight girls.

Erma received her formal education in Marshall Texas High School District. She professed a faith in Christ in her early life and united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Corsicana and later united with the Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and remained there for many years until her homegoing. She served as Church Mother, Sunday School Teacher and served on the Usher Ministry until her illness took its toll. Erma loved her Pastor, and she loved her church family She was a true believer in Christ, and her deepest desire was that one day all of her children be united together in Christ. She was employed at Mel-Haven Nursing Home for 22 years as a dietary supervisor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sons, two daughters; three granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Erma is survived by two sons and a half son; Lee Edward Gray Jr. of Diboll, Texas, Ronald Gray (Yolanda) of Richmond, Virginia, and Loren McBride; six daughters, Kaye Bluitt, Elsie �Cookie� Body (Henderson); Carolyn Gray (Walter) and Pamela Gray all of Corsicana; Janice Whatley
(Otha) of Waco and Daphaine Chavez (Leco) of Russellville, Arkansas; 40 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren; 71 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild; The Love Chapel Church Family; a host of other relatives and many friends including special friends, Mary Alice Jones and Janie Kitchen.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at the Second Mission Baptist Church with Pastor David E. Wilson officiating.

Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Annie Bell Jones
abt 1914 - Nov 26, 2015

Annie Bell Jones, 101, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Eastside Church Of Christ. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Lee Chester Strain
abt 1952 - Nov 23, 2015

Lee Chester Strain, 63, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Dec. 5, 2015 at Greater Wilgo Baptist Church with Minister Cory Crawford officiating.  Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.


Lorena Nelson
abt 1954 - Nov 26, 2015

Lorena Nelson, 61, of Lawton, Oklahoma, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Stacy Adren Crawford
Mar 13, 1968 - Dec 19, 2015

Stacy Adren Crawford, 47 of Kerens, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015.
He is preceded in death by his parents Adren McClung �Lip� Crawford and Willie Lee Paul Crawford.
Stacy is survived by his wife, Darla Pate Crawford of Kerens; sons, Cody Crawford, Tyler Green and Lane Green all of Kerens; daughter, Paige Crawford of San Antonio; step children, Chance Massey of Jacksonville, Florida; Matt Massey of Kerens; Kristle Massey of Kerens; Taylor Massey of Kerens; brother, Bruce Franklin of Kerens; sisters, Cathy Auerbach of Kerens and Lee Ann Bain of Austin, Texas; and a number of nieces nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. officiated by Bob Carroll. Pallbearers will be local Kerens and Powell Firemen.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Submitted by Karen Rost
Powell Fireman Dies During Training
From Staff Reports
A Powell volunteer firefighter died Saturday in the line of duty. Stacy Crawford, 47, was participating in a training exercise when he collapsed. Corsicana Fire Rescue crews unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Crawford.
His body was given a Department of Public Safety escort from the medical examiner�s office in Mesquite to Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
Crawford was a member of various fire departments for over 20 years.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help his wife and son with funeral expenses.



Community Shows Support For Fallen Firefighter
By Michael Kormos
Volunteer firefighter Stacy Crawford passed away in the line of duty Saturday after he collapsed during a training exercise.
Tony Kuta, chief of the Navarro County Emergency #1 in Powell, was standing next to Crawford when he fell. Kuta never imagined he would have to witness the death of one of his men, or the extraordinary reaction it would bring.
�The response has been completely overwhelming from both the community and the firefighter brotherhood,� Kuta said. �He will be truly honored when we have his funeral.�
Crawford�s body was given a Department of Public Safety escort Monday from the medical examiner�s office in Mesquite to Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Other agencies involved in the escort included the Navarro County Sheriff's Office, Mustang VFD, NCSD #1, Retreat VFD, Rice VFD, 287RC VFD, Navarro County Constable Pct. 2 David Foreman and American Red Cross.
As the family liaison, Kuta started a GoFundMe account late Sunday night and by Tuesday around noon 125 different donors had Crawford�s funeral expenses covered. Kuta said there are still medical bills and an ambulance fee to be covered and a special account has been set up at Powell State Bank for anyone who wants to help.
�His funeral will be at 3 p.m. this Saturday at First Baptist Church in Kerens,� Kuta said. �We are expecting anywhere from 700 to 1,000 firefighters from all over the United States.�
Michael Kormos is a Daily Sun staff writer. He may be reached by email at [email protected]
Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, December 24, 2015

Firefighters Lay Fallen Brother To Rest
From Staff Reports
Honor guards provided for the movement of firefighter Stacy Crawford's remains Saturday from Paschal Funeral Home to First Baptist Church in Kerens. Firefighters from all over the area joined friends and family to honor the memory of Crawford who died in the line of duty last Saturday during a training exercise in Powell.


Katherine Camilla (Ganze) Mahoney
Apr 17, 1920 - Dec 12, 2015

Katherine Ganze Mahoney was called to her home in Paradise on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
She was the ninth of 13 children born to Emil Max and Eliza Jane Ganze. Born in Poynor, Texas on April 17, 1920. Her family moved to Pursley, Texas in 1925 where she grew up and found the love of her life, J.C. Mahoney also from Pursley. She and J.C. were blessed with three children, Marshall R. Mahoney, Rita Mahoney Dominy and David L. Mahoney.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents E.M and Eliza Ganze, husband, J.C. Mahoney, son Marshall R. and her six brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Rita and husband Dan Dominy and son, David and wife Sharon Mahoney all of Corsicana. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Paige and husband, Richard Downs of Arlington, Dana and husband Michael Wetzel of Doniphan, Missouri, Wes and wife Lea Dominy of Corsicana, Kammi and husband Nathan Ellis of Waxahachie and Justin Mahoney of Corsicana. She also leaves nine great grandchildren: Madison Downs, Colin and Lily Dominy, Logan Wetzel, Acie and Jaxsen Mahoney, and Casey, Tatum and Listan Ellis.
She is also survived by a number of dear nieces and nephews.
Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday evening, Dec. 14, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 2015 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons, Wes and Colin Dominy, Richard Downs, Nathan and Casey Ellis, Justin Mahoney and Michael and Logan Wetzel.
Katherine spent most of her life as a homemaker where she found her greatest joy and fulfillment in giving her family the best of her time and talents. While always making her home her primary career, she also spent time visiting, cooking and preparing food and delicacies for neighbors, friends and others in need.
After the death of her husband she enjoyed serving as a hostess and demo lady at Brookshires Food Store at the Navarro Mall. As cooking was her cherished talent, she loved preparing the products to demo and interacting with all the patrons at the store.
As the initial stages of dementia began to approach she was forced to cease caring for her oldest son who was struggling with Parkinson and cancer. She became a resident at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in 2012 where she shared joy and cheer with her familiar smile.
She was a faithful member of the Westhill Church of Christ. Throughout her life she loved to teach children's Bible classes and relished caring for the toddlers in the congregation's Cradle Roll Class.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation to the administration, nurses, staff and every care-giver of the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. You made her struggles more bearable and less troublesome with your daily care and attentiveness to her needs during these past three years. We also want to thank Dr. Bill McHenry and Dr. Kent Rogers and their staff for their professional services through the years.
Special thanks to all the friends and loved ones who offered prayers and encouragement. We will always treasure the memory of her Westhill brothers and sisters who sent cards and dropped by to check on her.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Harold Scott
May 7, 1939 - Dec 12, 2015

Harold Scott of Corsicana passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at the age of 76. Harold was born in Palestine, Texas on May 7, 1939 to Olen Melvin Scott and Mamie Jolley Scott. He married Norma McNeill on July 1, 1960 in Corsicana at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Harold was known for his great love for everyone and sharing Christ�s love. He served faithfully since he was a young boy. When attending a small country church he would walk to the church and light the fire to be sure it would be warm for others. He has served very faithfully all of his life. His favorite subject was love; he was compassionate and had a very contagious smile. He loved the Lord first, family, church and everyone he met.
When he felt the call to God�s ministry he was so excited and could not wait to be called to a church. He served at Bazette Baptist Church for 4 1/2 years, Roane Baptist Church for 15 1/2 years and loved it more each day he served. When he told his boys he was going to start preaching one replied �great Dad, but you have been preaching all my life.� He loved his family dearly but he would say God first, family second and church and others third.
His secular work through his life was service station attendance, which he loved because he could meet and talk to people, rod wrencher in oil field then kept books for oil companies.
Harold would tell you all Love God and don't weep for him, �I'm with God now and walking streets of gold, love you and hope to see you soon.�
Harold is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Orlen Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma Scott of Corsicana; sons, William (Bill) Scott of Carrollton and Harold Alan Scott and wife Loree of Ennis; grandchildren, Robert Scott and wife Sarah of Silver Springs, Maryland, Ricky Scott and wife Morgan of Bryan, Texas, and Katelyn Scott of San Marcos, Texas; and great-granddaughter Emily Scott of Bryan, Texas. He is also survived by brother Gordon Scott of Blackwell, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Tuesday evening following the visitation in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home at 7 p.m. with Rev. Floyd Petersen and Rev. Todd Nivens officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana or Gideon's International.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Barbara (Davis) DeMoss
Mar 6, 1942 - Dec 18, 2015

Barbara DeMoss, 73 of Ennis, Texas passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. She was born March 6, 1942 in Ennis to Warren and Myrtle Whitley Davis.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Loy K. �Buck� DeMoss, sister, Delores Thompson, grandparents Esra and Esther Whitley.
She is survived by her children, Jimmy Lynn Greer of Marshall, Virginia, David Alen Greer of Ennis; sister, Dale Fredrick of Tyler; six grandchildren, Deanna Greer, Nichole Braddock, Jordan Greer, Casey Greer, Mallory Riddle, Dustin Greer; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Casey Greer, John Forbes, Joel Braddock, Dustin Greer, Todd Forbes and Caden Braddock.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Gary Wayne Kuykendall
Sep 9, 1961 - Dec 21, 2015

Gary Wayne Kuykendall, 54 of Dallas passed away Monday Dec. 21, 2015 at Baylor Hospital with his family by his side. Gary was born Sept. 9, 1961 to Joann and William Simon Kuykendall. Gary was born with serve asthma and was allergic to everything known to man. He struggled his entire life to be a part of everyday living as doctors predicted he would not live past his 10th birthday. Gary proved them all wrong by living a full and productive life and bringing joy to us all. Gary�s greatest gift was his warm personality. Gary never met a stranger and was friendly to all and a wonderful conversationalist.
Gary�s first job was selling Corsicana Daily Sun newspapers downtown when he was only 8 years old. You might remember Little Gary on the corner next to Bernie�s every Saturday morning for many years. He later delivered the newspaper daily to downtown merchants. He helped his father in the used car business throughout his teenage years until he was able to open his own car lot named Gary�s Auto Sales. Surely Gary�s personality is what made him successful. Defying the odds he maintained a family and sought to ensure that his young children focused on their education. Gary and the kids were a regular fixture at the local public library where they checked out books to read and videos to watch. Gary took great pride in their success and was very involved in their schooling. Family was always Gary�s first priority.
Gary is preceded in death by his father William Simon Kuykendall as well as a sister Debra Diane Kuykendall.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Karen of 17 years, brothers; William Earl Kuykendall & wife Samantha of Denton, Timothy Kuykendall & wife Felica of Blooming Grove, Christopher Scott Kuykendall & wife Karrie of Waco, James Michael Kuykendall of Athens and Walter Andy Kuykendall of Mildred, sister Lisa Kuykendall White & husband Scott of Corsicana. Daughters; Lisa Jo Milz of Houston, Sheli Marie Evans & husband Ross of Houston, Brittany Nicole Kuykendall, Amber Marie Kuykendall, Kimberely Ann Kuykendall of Dallas, Samantha McIntosh of Dallas; son Samuel McIntosh of Dallas. Two grandsons Jordan Evan Milz & Don Leeman Evans of Houston. One granddaughter Allison Marie Evans of Houston and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana with Dr. Steven Bell officiating. A private family burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


Harry Joseph Palos
Sep 30, 1934 - Dec 27, 2015

Harry Joseph Palos died at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness of Leukemia. He was born in Rice on Sept. 30, 1934 and grew up on the farms of Chatfield, Emhouse and Richland. He grew with the inspiration of his grandparents and parents to work hard, respect everyone, do your best and appreciate the simple things in life. He used this example to raise his family. He graduated from Emhouse High School and attended Navarro College. He worked as a book keeper, maintenance worker and retired from K Mart Distribution Center. He developed a most unique decorative welding skill and began his own welding construction company after his retirement. His works of decorative gates and fencing are evident all over Navarro County. Growing up he joined the Texas National Guard and served his commitment receiving Honorable Discharge. He was a person who was always willing to help those less fortunate, and was a big brother and father figure to many young men, coaching them in basketball and baseball.

Later he became very involved with the Boy Scout program in Corsicana and helped to positively encourage young children and youths. He never looked for recognition in his Christian influences, he merely did what was right. He was very dedicated to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the James L. Collins Catholic School and the early priest who influenced his character and values. Harry was very dedicated to his wife, Barbara and family.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents John Palos Sr. and Juanita Mora Palos and brother Luther Palos. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 54 years, son James and wife Delinda Palos, grandchildren, Brandy and Stan Jones of Waxahachie, Jacob and Taitum Palos serving now in the military, Joey Palos also serving now in the military and six great grandchildren, Addison, Brooke and Harrison Jones, Maddox, Leilah and Lexie Palos. Sister Isabelle Guillen of Temple; brothers Joe and Lorena Palos of Corsicana, John Palos Jr. of Dallas, Lewis Palos of Corsicana; sister in law Carol Palos of Corsicana. Harry was a good friend to many and will be missed for all of his positive endeavors he completed in his life. Visitation will take place Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. His cremains will be buried at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2,
2016 privately for the family with Priest from Benedictine Monastery of Thien Tam at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank everyone for the many condolences we have received from the community and Dr. Updegrove and his staff at Navarro Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Monastery of Thien Tam, 13055 SE CR 4271 Kerens. God Bless you all and love your family while they are still with you.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


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