R. “Frank” Norton
Jun 27, 1900 - Oct 2, 1924
CORSICANA MAN IS KILLED NEAR CORBET
FRANK NORTON DEAD AS RESULT GUNSHOT WOUND LAST NIGHT
TRAGEDY OCCURRED IN PUBLIC ROAD; E. W. GATHRIGHT HELD
Frank Norton is dead as a result of a gunshot wound in the neck and
E. W. Gathright, 29, Corbet farmer is held by officers in connection
with the fatal shooting. A shotgun is said to have been used.
The tragedy in which Norton lost his life was enacted, according to
officers, near Corbet about 9 o’clock Thursday night. The body of
the dead man was brought to Sutherland’s undertaking parlors some
time after the tragedy. Gathright was brought to the county jail by
Deputy Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse about midnight and locked up. At the
jail today he declined to make a statement with reference to the
killing. His family, a wife and two children, live with him at
Norton in company with a young woman and another man, according to
information went to Corbet early last evening in a roadster. At
Corbet another woman, sister of Gathright is said to have joined the
trio for an automobile ride.
Gathright, it is said, objected to his sister’s going and followed
the car along the road north of Corbet.
The pursued car is said to have stopped and Norton’s male companion
alighted and came back in the direction of town. The car turned and
near the Albritton place Norton and the two women encountered
Gathright and the trouble ensued.
The girls went immediately to a nearby farm house for aid. The
affair was reported to officers.
All the parties and witnesses to the tragedy were before the county
attorney during the morning for questioning.
The cause that led to the killing has not been made known.
Funeral services for Norton will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday
morning at the residence of J. T. Newsom, 1544 West Fifth Avenue
with Rev. I. T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian
church, officiating. Active pallbearers will be J. T. Newsom, Roy
Albritton, Alva Taylor, Lawrence Huggins, Couley Stovall and W. L.
Stovall. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery with the Knights of
Pythias in charge of the ceremonies at the grave.
Norton was 25 years old last June. He is survived by his sister,
Mrs. L. K. Chambless, grandfather, W. F. Norton and two aunts, Mrs.
J. McPherson and Mrs. Julia Conner, all of Corsicana. He was the son
of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Norton, both deceased.
Norton had been connected with the Wood Battery Company for some
years as an electrician.
GATHRIGHT MAKES BOND IN SUM $4,000 IN NORTON KILLING
VICTIM OF CORBET TRAGEDY BURIED IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY THIS MORNING
E. W. Gathright, held in connection with the fatal shooting of
Frank Norton Thursday night, made bond in the sum of $4,000 late
Friday and was released from jail.
Signers on the bond are G. R. Brown, T. H. Echols, Dr. M. L.
Hanks, M. O. Bayless, Lee Gathright, W. D. Waters, Wm. Gathright,
J. B. Bryant, Mrs. J. B. Bryant, J. M. Galloway and A. Holland.
Gathright’s counsel waived preliminary hearing and the bond was
agreed upon with the county attorney’s office.
The case will probably receive the early attention of the grand
jury which convenes Monday.
Funeral services for Norton were held from the residence of J.
T. Newsom at 10 o’clock this morning. Burial was in Oakwood
cemetery Rev. I. T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue
Presbyterian church, conducted the services at the home, and the
Knights of Pythias had charge of the services at the grave in
Honorary Pallbearers For Norton Funeral
The following list of honorary pallbearers named to
officiate at the funeral of the late Frank Norton last
Saturday morning were inadvertently omitted in Saturday’s
mention of the funeral: G. W. Summitt, Jack Summitt, Jim
Woodward, Hubert Redden, Mr. Parchment, Elmer Keith, Homer
Grant, B. W. Mathes, L. J. Sheppard, Sam Batson, August
Wendorf, Robt. L. Carson, J. C. Bristow, A. S. Vann, Cal E.
Kerr, W. W. Walton, W. L. Allen, Joe Henderson, Charlie
Prince, Claud Allen, S. W. Burdine, C. R. Steeley, E. D.
McCarver, Farley McCarver, C. B. Haley, C. E. McWilliams, E.
P. Zincke, Eugene Denovan, S. F. Bondurant, W. A. Hambleton,
Frank G. Curry, D. C. Houston, Jack Berry, Robert Layton and
C. G. Davidson.
START SELECTION OF JURY IN CASE TEXAS VS. GATHRIGHT
PROSPECTIVE JURORS BEING QUESTIONED CONCERNING KLAN
At press hour this afternoon, only one juror had been
selected in the trial of Eddie Gathright on a charge of
murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Frank
Norton of Corsicana near Corbet during October 1924,
which went on trial in the district court this
District Judge Hawkins Scarborough warned the
prospective jurors to refrain from reading newspapers as
there might be cause for complaint in the event that
they read newspaper accounts of the trial.
The state’s attorneys are questioning the prospective
jurors concerning whether they are members of the Ku
Klux Klan or whether they have ever been members of that
The prospective jurors are also being questioned
concerning their stand concerning the suspended sentence
law. They are being interrogated concerning whether they
believe a man has a right to defend their female
relatives under certain conditions.
The lone juror selected at press time is J. W. Cartlidge
This morning the docket was called and the State of
Texas announced ready for trial in the case styled the
State of Texas vs. Eddie Gathright and A. A. Hollan on a
charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting
of Frank Norton of Corsicana near Corbet several months
ago. The fefense filed motion for a severance of the
trial of the two men. District Judge Hawkins Scarborough
granted motion. The defense announced ready for trial of
Hollan. The state attorneys announces after Hollan would
be dismissed and announced ready for trial in the
Gathright case. The special venire and petit jurors for
the week were excused until 2 o’clock, while attorneys,
both state and defense consulted witnesses.
The courtroom was practically filled with spectators and
jury men. Scores were in each of the balconies.
Several jurors who failed to answer in their names
called were fined $50 cash by District Judge
The state is being represented by County Attorney
Ballard W. George. Assistant County Attorney W. M.
Taylor and w. A. Tarver.
The defense is represented by the law firms of Callicutt,
Upchurch & Howell and also by Richard and A. P. Mays.
ELEVEN JURORS IN GATHRIGHT TRIAL SECURED PRESS HOUR
MUCH INTEREST IN CASE BEING TAKEN AND LARGE CROWD
At press time this afternoon, the selection of the
jury in the trial of Eddie Gathright in connection
with the fatal shooting of Frank Norton of Corsicana
near Corbet on the night of October 2, 1924, was
still in progress. Eleven jurors had been selected.
W. M. Long of Emmett was the eleventh juror selected
and the only juror selected this afternoon. The jury
for the week and the special venire summoned for
this case was exhausted and the summoning of special
tallsmen was ordered by District Judge Hawkins
The special venire and jurymen for the week
consisting of approximately fifty men.
This afternoon, the courtroom was filled, many were
standing and scores were in the balconies.
It is expected that the twelfth member of the jury
will be selected late this afternoon.
The selection of the jury in the case continued this
morning and seven jurors were selected, making the
total at noon, today ten. Forty prospective jurors
have been examined.
Prospective jurors were questioned by the state
regarding their affiliations with the Ku Klux Klan
and the defense questioned the prospective jurors
concerning whether they were opposed to the law
which under certain conditions, gave a man the right
to protect their female relatives. The court
examined the prospective jurors as to their opinions
on the capital punishment under certain conditions
and also whether they were opposed to the suspended
sentence law under certain conditions.
The following jurors had been selected at noon
today: J. A. Cartlidge, Kerens: J. N. Maddox, Brushy
Prairie; Wayne Elrod, Drane; Ollie Campbell,
Blooming Grove; Sam Marsh, Navarro; L. R. Burger,
Rural Shade; J. E. Tyner, Bazette; C. J. Marlowe,
Emhouse; W. D. Arnett, Kerens; Eddie Smith, Kerens.
TAKING TESTIMONY BEGINS IN GATHRIGHT TRIAL THIS
SEVERAL WITNESSES ON STAND AND GOOD PROGRESS
BEING MADE IN CASE
Taking of testimony in the Gathright murder case
started in district court at 9 o’clock Wednesday
morning before a courtroom crowded with
The defendant was arraigned by Ballard W.
George, county attorney, by the reading of the
indictment, to which he entered a plea of not
Gathright is on trial on a grand jury indictment
charging him with murder in connection with the
fatal shooting of Frank Norton, Corsicana
State attorneys started their case by
introducing S. G. Ivey as the first witness. His
testimony was followed by that of his son,
Calvin Ivey, Opal Lewis, Miss Tennie Garner
testified and when court took noon day
adjournment Jas. A. McMahon, undertaker, was on
When court adjourned till 2 o’clock announcement
was made that McMahon would again take the
stand. At this time the prosecution stated the
clothes that Norton wore at the time of his
death would be offered in evidence.
McMahon testified going to Corbet on the night
of the killing and bringing the body of Norton
to the Sutherland Undertaking establishment. He
described the wounds in Norton’s body and the
condition of his clothing. It was then that
attorneys for the state announced they would
offer the clothing in evidence. The noon hour
had arrived and adjournment was taken.
S. G. Ivey, farmer, first witness to take the
stand, testified concerning his knowledge of the
killing. With members of his family, he
testified he drove from Corsicana the night of
October 2, and his car reached the junction of
the Corbet pike and the Cowhead road in time to
notice the roadster in which Norton was riding
turn south. He saw a five passenger car stopped
in the road a distance towards Corbet and a man
who he recognized as Hollan, Gathright’s
brother-in-law, waving in an effort to stop it.
As the roadster passed the standing car, he said
he heard a gunshot, but did not know who fired
He said he saw a shotgun standing on the ground
leaning against the car, as his car drove past
and he looked back. The roadster, according in
his statement, sped on ahead of his car and he
passed it and drove on to Dr. Hanks. He said he
saw one man and two girls in the roadster but
knew none of them. The witness said he knew it
was Hollan trying to wave the car down, and that
he, a little later, had a conversation with
Hollan. Calvin Ivey was driving the car and his
father was in the rear seat.
When asked to relate the conversation with
Hollan, defense attorneys objected, and the
objection was sustained.
Calvin Ivey went over practically the same
grounds covered by his father, who preceded him
on the stand.
Calvin testified seeing the roadster turn south
on the Corbet pike off the Cowhead road, with
one man and two girls in it. He testified that
the five passenger car was stopped about 200
yards south of the road junction, and by it
stood Hollan waving at the car as if to stop it,
and that it passed by him, and the witness
declared Gathright, the defendant, stepped from
behind the car and fired on the roadster. Calvin
from his position at the steering wheel with the
car lights flashing ahead of him, declared he
was able to recognize Hollan and Gathright. He
testified passing the five passenger car
following on behind the roadster and finally
passing it when he got an opportunity. He
testified hearing the conversation between his
father and Hollan, but was not permitted to
relate the purpose of it.
Following a short recess at 10:30 Opal Lewis was
put on the stand and he testified driving home
from Corsicana that night. With him were Jim and
Luther Ward and his sister Miss Mabel Lewis.
Lewis lived in the Jester neighborhood. He said
as his car approached the five passenger car
standing on the side of the road, he saw three
people standing on the right side of the car,
apparently scuffling or fighting, and the next
he heard was the report of a gun shot and women
screaming. The witness testified futher that his
car, with Jim Ward at the steering wheel, drove
150 yards past the standing car, stopped and
went back. There he found Gathright, Mr.
Spurlock, who lives nearby, two girls and “the
“The girls were screaming to get him in the car
and take him to the doctor and Gathright and I
took hold of the dead boy and tried to put him
in the car.” Said Lewis.
Further questioning brought out they were unable
to get Norton’s body into the car, and in a
minute or two more, he and his party, the Ward
boys, went on, got back in their car and
Lewis was questioned at some length concerning
what was said, and he declared that Gathright
there told him that the shooting was accidental.
After the Killing of Norton, Gathright and
Hollan went to the Garner house, three hundred
yards from the scene of the tragedy, according
to developments in the testimony, and were there
when Gathright left for Corsicana in custody of
Miss Tennie Garner testified the family had
retired when Gathright and Hollan came to their
house and they got up. Gathright went in the
house and into the kitchen and got a drink of
water, and they all went onto the front porch,
and Gathright told them of the killing.
“Gathright said ‘there would have been nothing
of it, if the girls had stopped.’ “the witness
qoted Gathright as saying.
On being questioned further Miss Garner declared
Gathright expressed sorrow over the occurrence,
and remarked that “of course it was too late
The witness continued by saying Gathright stated
the girls knew who he was and ought to have
stopped, and she quoted him as saying “I guess I
acted just a littley hasty.” The gun in question
according to Miss Garner’s testimony, Gathright
stated belonged to his father-in-law.
W. A. Tarver, special prosecutor, very promptly
closed his direct examination of the witness,
and she was cross-examined by J. S. Callicutt
for the defense.
On re-direct examination, the witness said she
went to the scene of the killing about 7 o’clock
next morning, and testified to there seeing a
large pool of blood, a shotgun cartridge shell,
the Ford roadster. The roadster, she said had a
hole in the radiator which apparently had been
put there by a shotgun.
In the early part of the ambulance driver’s
testimony he told of going to the scene of the
killing, and finding Norton’s body lying on a
wagon sheet on the ground about four or five
feet west of the car; he said Norton’s face was
covered with blood, his collar and tie torn and
broken, his coat collar torn or ripped, his hair
and back of the head scared and a large ragged
wound in the neck just back of the right ear.
Testimony brought out by the witness gave the
range of the wound as entering just back of
Norton’s right ear, and ranging downward through
the neck and into the heart. He told of
preparing the body for burial, and found in the
wound wads from what he accepted as shotgun
shell wads. He said also there were bruises on
the front of Norton’s neck, his shin bones were
skinned up, and there were found a few minor
scratches on the hands.
Undertaker McMahon at Wednesday afternoon
session identified the clothing of Norton.
Defense lawyers objected to exhibiting the
blood-stained garments in the presence of the
court and jury.
The objection was overruled and exceptions were
Showing of the crumpled garments brought the
first tense moment so far developed. The many
spectators sat and stood motionless as the
prosecutor and witness unfolded and made graphic
display of them while Norton’s sister wept.
The witness reiterated there were several
bruises and scratches on the front of the
Defendant sat by his wife and winced
considerable interest in the testimony of
various witnesses. At times he lounged rather
carelessly in his chair. Gathright’s two small
children were with their parents at the counsel
table during the forenoon session.
Over defense objection, McMahon was asked by the
prosecution if any one made a statement when he
arrived at the place of the killing. He was
permitted to answer and he said Hollan made a
statement. This statement was not divulged, and
the witness was excused, subject to being
Z. T. Garner testified he lives one mile north
of Corbet on the west side of the road. About 11
o’clock on the night of October 2, Mrs. Ward
came to his house and awoke them. He went on to
tell in answer to questions Hollan came to the
house and he learned of the trouble and went to
where Norton’s body lay in the road. He said a
car was there, headed south and the head of
Norton was south and his feet pointed North.
Garner said he saw a pool of blood and where
water had been poured and a shotgun shell near
the body. He testified that his neighbor, Mr.
Spurlock, arrived on the scene a minute after,
and Eddie Gathright soon appeared.
On further examination, the witness said
Gathright had taken the gun home and when he
told him the gun should have been left on the
scene and that Gathright offered to go baqck and
get it, and Hollan told him not to do so.
Garner related the conversation that he said
took place between Hollan, Gathright and himself
Over defense objections the witness was
permitted to proceed.
The witness said Hollan told him Gathright sat
the gun down against the car fender and walked
around to the other side at the car door and put
his hands on the young man and the first thing
he knew the gun fired and it was accidental.
Garner testified to seeing a hole in the car
front and there was battered leaden bullets
evidently fired from a twelve gauge shotgun.
The witness was on the stand at press hour.
After examining a total of 53 talesmen the jury
in the case of the State vs. Eddie Gathright was
completed at 5:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.
Lester E. Harrell was the twelfth man chosen. At
the completion of the jury who will hear and
determine the case 14 men had been challenged
for cause, thirteen challenges had been
exercised by the prosecution and fourteen
challenges had been exercised by the defense.
Each side had fifteen challenges, and these were
practically exhausted when the twelfth man was
accepted. Court adjourned till 9 o’clock
The jury was placed under the rule and the court
instructed they be no allowed to read the local
newspaper during the progress of the trial, and
to be kept together under guard of the sheriff.
The following men compose the jury: J. A.
Cartlidge, Kerens; J. N. Haddox, Brushy Prairie;
Wayne Elrod, Drane; Ollie Campbell, Blooming
Grove; Sam March, Navarro; L. B. Burger, Rural
Shade; J. E. Tyner, Bazette; C. J. Meadows,
Emhouse; W. D. Arnett, Kerens; Eddie Smith,
Kerens; M. W. Long, Emmett, and Lester E.
Harrell, Corsicana. They are all farmers except
one, and each is married and has children,
except Wayne Elrod, who is single.
State attorneys inducted the Ku Klux Klan into
the case by asking each prospective juror
concerning affiliation with that organization.
Harrell is a former klansman, he said, while the
others stated they had never been klansmen and
are not now members.
A long list of witnesses will be used by both
sides. The prosecution will ask for the extreme
penalty while the defense will endeavor to show
justification on the part of the defendant in
slaying Frank Norton by application of the
unwritten law, giving a man the right to protect
his female relatives.
The court room is crowded almost to capacity by
spectators. The homicide occurred on the night
of October 2 on the Corbet and Corsicana road.
EXPECT THE TAKING OF TESTIMONY TO CLOSE IN
GATHRIGHT CASE TODAY
MOTHER OF DEFENDANT IS AMONG WITNESS ON
Taking of testimony in the case of Eddie
Gathright, charged by indictment with the
fatal shooting of Frank Norton, will likely
be completed Thursday. He was indicted at
noon when court recessed till 2 o’clock.
The defendant will take the stand in his own
behalf, it was announced by defense lawyers
at the forenoon session, when a number of
character witnesses testified as to the
general reputation of Gathright for truth
and his being a peaceable and law-abiding
The prosecution rested its case late
Wednesday. However, they used one more
witness as court opened Thursday. Walter
Hayes, sheriff at the time of the killing,
identified the pistol which he found in the
roadster car. The pistol was a 23-calibre
blue steel automatic and Hayes said it was
found in the foot of the car and was loaded
with six shells in the magazine and one in
the barrel. He testified that the roadster
car was delivered by him to Bob Cassoway the
next morning, when he came to his office
about 7 o’clock, Gassoway, he said was
waiting for him and took the car as his.
The shots found in the car and the one taken
from Norton’s breast by the undertaker were
introduced in evidence by the defense.
County Attorney Ballard W. George took the
stand and exhibited the shot, which he kept
in his possession since the day of the
killing. George described them as either No.
4 or No. 6 shot. These and the pistol
identified by Hayes were shown the jury.
Mrs. Sarah Gathright, mother of the
defendant, was the chief witness to testify
at the morning session. Following questions
propounded by defense lawyers, Mrs.
Gathright said her daughter, Mrs. Elsie
Waters, came from Corsicana about noon of
October 2 to visit her sick father for a few
days. At about 8 o’clock that evening Mrs.
Gathright’s niece, Miss Carmon Thorpe, came
in from a car that pulled up and stopped at
the front, and that Elsie had gone to bed.
She said that Carmon asked her to get up and
go driving, that they would go to Corbet and
get cold drinks, and that though she
suggested that her daughter not get up, she
arose and dressed.
Mrs. Gathright detailed the conversation at
her house at that time in which Elsie, she
said, asked Carmon who was with her, and
Carmon replied “Bob” Hollan was present, she
said, and in about an hour Eddie came in and
she told him about his sister’s going, and
that she had watched the car and instead of
its going towards Corbet, turned on the
Corsicana Pike, Mrs. Gathright declared she
watched the car drive off from her window,
and as it turned off on the Corsicana road,
it stopped and another person got in, the
door she could hear slam, and the car went
Why did you tell Eddie, and what did he do?”
the witness was asked and she replied that
she told Eddie she did not think well of
Elsie going and for him to go find her, that
she thought “the white slavers” had the
girls, since the car did not go towards
“Eddie said he would go and find Elsie,”
Mrs. Gathright said, and he left the house
and later Eddie returned with both the
Other witnesses included J. L. Raley and
Lawrence Huggins, members of the Corsicana
fire department; R. B. O’Banion, J. B.
Spurlock, Alvah Taylor, and several
character witnesses. The character witnesses
were T. J. Rea, J. W. Nokes, L. W. Crowley,
J. M. Elrod, J. P. Phillips, R. T. Reid,
Arthur Weeks, J. N. Bryant, and A. J.
The two firemen were questioned concerning
Norton’s ownership of a pistol. The pistol
identified by Ex-Sheriff Hayes was shown
Raley and Huggins and they both testified
that Norton owned a pistol very much like
it. Norton slept with Huggins in the
firemen’s dormitory and served on the nigh
fireman’s force. Alvah Taylor, proprietor of
the Wood Battery Company, where Norton
worked, testified that Norton owned two
pistols, one he described as a small
automatic, and the other a larger pistol,
probably a .45 calbre, he said. Taylor, in
his testimony said he sold the Wood Battery
Company to Norton and in September bought it
back. The large pistol, Taylor said was kept
at the battery station, and he thought it
was a pistol Norton’s father had owned.
Raley and Huggins said Norton had possession
of a pistol very much like the one offered
in evidence and they believed it was the
same one. They were each asked concerning
scuffling with Norton in the firemen’s
dormitory, and they told of wrestling and
scuffling with him, and that a morning or so
before the killing Huggins in pulling Norton
out of the bed it some way had left a slight
wound on his forehead.
Mrs. Gathright was asked further into the
physical condition of Elsie’s father, who
was then in his last illness. Testimony of
Wednesday showed that the older Gathright
was suffering with paralysis and died in
December. She said he cried when his
daughter left and cried again when she told
Eddie to go find her. The testimony brought
out that Elsie is the youngest of a family
of six children and the only girl, and the
defense endeavored to show by the witness
the extreme devotion Eddie has for his only
sister. Elsie was married to Brooke Waters
in June 1922 Mrs. Gathright said and is
seventeen years old.
Ernest Meador, of the Glenn Rubber Company,
testified he was acquainted with Bob
Gossaway, that he was connected with the
Tidal Oil Company, and that Gassaway had
been to the Glenn Rubber Company for
automobile supplies and on two occasions
brought his wife and child with him, and
that the Tidal Oil Company took his purchase
tickets. The last time he had seen Gassaway
was some time this past month.
Brooks Waters testified his wife (Elsie)
went to her father’s on the day of October
2nd, that he and Norton were working
together at the Wood Battery Station. He
stated that his wife’s father was sick at
his home at Corbet, and his wife had gone
there to visit her parents a few days. He
said Norton was going with Cameron Thorpe.
Mrs. Elsie Waters, wife of Brooke Waters,
and sister of defendant Gathright, was the
next witness. She testified she had known
Bob Gassaway about a year prior to the
tragedy of October 2nd. She told of going to
her father’s home on the day of the killing
The witness went over the circumstances
testified to by her mother’s relative to
Carmon Thorpe coming to the house and she
got up and went to the car and started away.
She said Bob Gassaway was driving the car
and near a little bridge Frank Norton got
into the car.
No objection of the prosecutor the witness
was not permitted to relate the conversation
taking place in the car between the
On further questioning the witness said the
car proceeded north and turned west on the
Cowhead road and then turned north toward
Crowley’s house, for a short distance and
then returned to the Cowhead road and
Mrs. Waters had not completed her testimony
at press time.
The state rested in the trial of the
Gathright murder case at 5:30 o’clock
Wednesday afternoon, when court took
adjournment till 9 o’clock Thursday morning.
Judge Scarborough announced that he would
likely hold a night session Thursday night
if the taking of testimony was not
completed. It is hoped to dispose of the
case this week.
Finishing with the testimony of Z. T.
Garner, the prosecution used five other
witnesses. They were Miss Mabel Lewis,
sister of Opal Lewis who testified earlier
in the trial: Albert Beall, Sam Tucker, Dr.
M. I. Banks, and J. T. Newsom.
Garner testified that he saw a pistol in the
roadster car seat when it was called to his
attention by Hollan and Gathright, while he
was at the scene of the tragedy, having
accompanied Hollan there from his house, who
had informed him of the trouble. A .32
calibre blue steel automatic pistol was
shown the witness for identification, and he
said it looked a great deal like the one he
saw that night. Hollan went to the Garner
house soon after the killing and got some
matches. Garner got out of bed, dressed and
gave him the matches and accompanied him to
the spot where Norton’s body lay. During
this time the testimony showed, Gathright
got in his own car and took the gun to his
father-in-law’s house and returned . it was
then the conversation took place between
Hollan, Gathright and Garner, and the pistol
was called to his attention.
Miss Mabel Lewis, who was riding in the car
with her brother, Opal, Mrs. Ward, Jim and
Luther Ward, corroborated the testimony of
Opal concerning the shot being fired from
behind the car in the road and the roadster
as it passed. She got out of the car a piece
down the road in front of the Garner house
and she and Mrs. Ward stepped on the porch
while the Ward boys and Opal went back to
the scene of the shooting.
Albert Beall, farmer, on his way to the gin
with a bale of cotton, when his wagon broke
down about 400 yards east of the Cowhead and
Corbet pike junction, testified that
Gathright came along in a car and inquired
if he had seen a roadster pass in the past
twenty or thirty minutes and he told him he
had not seen such a car.
Sam Tucker who lives on that road, was on
the stand and he said Gathright and Hollan
came to his house in a car and inquired if
he had seen a roadster pass, and he had not
Tucker said they drove west from his house
when he had informed them that no car had
The roadster in question, it was brought out
in the trial, left the house of Gathright’s
father with two girls and Norton in it,
drove northward and then west on the Cowhead
road at the junction. Gathright and Hollan
appeared to have followed the car, but in
their search turned east in the direction of
Corsicana, and after making inquiry about
such a car turned back west.
Dr. Hanks testified that he was awakened at
his home that night by Hollan and went with
him to render aid to Norton. Upon examining
the body he pronounced him dead and stated
he could do him no good, and that the
undertaker was needed. He went back home, he
said, with Gathright driving the car, and in
the back seat rode Miss Carmon Thorpe and
Mrs. Elsie Waters, who were there when he
arrived on the scene. Mrs. Waters is a
sister of Gathright, Dr. Hanks did not see
Gathright and the girls further. After he
was let out of the car at his home, they
drove on, he said.
Dr. Hanks examined the body at the
undertaking parlors next day and his
description of the wounds found tallied with
that given by the undertaker.
It was brought out that Gathright’s father
was ill with paralysis at the time the
trouble happened, and that his death
occurred in December.
J. T. Newsom testified that he had known
Norton for six and a half years. He stated
he was notified of Norton’s death by the
undertaker about 4 o’clock in the morning,
and he and his wife went to the parlors and
looked at the body and observed the wounds.
He spoke of the gunshot wound in deceased
neck, and described the marks on the front
of the neck as looked “like choke marks.”
One objection of the defense the witness
description in the front neck marks was
stricken from the record.
Newsome was asked if he had a conversation
with Jesse Boskey, adopted brother of Miss
Carmon Thorpe, next day, and he said he did
have a conversation with him.
Defendant’s lawyers objected to the
introduction of the conversation and the
objection was sustained.
On cross-examination Newsom said he was not
related to deceased, that he had taken
considerable interest in the case, and had
contributed in the hiring of a special
Newsom, in speaking of the wounds found on
Norton’s body, related the finding of a
bullet in his breast. He was questioned at
length concerning the size of the bullet,
who extracted it from the body and who took
possession of it. So far the bullet has not
been offered in evidence.
GATHRIGHT WAS ON STAND TODAY IN OWN
DETAILED KILLING OF NORTON FOR WHICH HE
IS BEING TRIED
“I struck Norton with the gun to knock
him down as he was coming out of the
car, and had no intention of killing
him, when the gun fired. I do not know
how,” explained Eddie Gathright,
defendant in testifying in his own
behalf Friday morning, wherein he is
charged with murder in connection with
the fatal shooting of Frank Norton.
Gathright was on the stand most of the
morning session, and was questioned in
detail about the matter concerning the
tragedy of the night of October 2. He
corroborated Hollan, who testified
Thursday and Thursday night with
reference to all details. It was 12:15
o’clock when court recessed till 2
o’clock for lunch. Gathright took the
stand at 9:40, and subject to fifteen
minutes recess, he answered carefully
all questions put to him by his own
lawyers, and patiently answered the
long, tedious cross-examination which
was conducted by W. A. Tarver, special
Gathright was caused to detail the
circumstances immediately surrounding
the actual killing. He told of the two
trips made in search of the roadster
car, and of his coming down the road,
and how Hollan tried to wave it down,
and that instead of stopping it speeded
by and Hollan had to step aside to keep
from being run over. Gathright said he
jumped from the front seat of his car
and picked up the shotgun from front
seat of his car and picked up the
shotgun from the back as he got out and
ran and tried to get on the running
board. Failing in this, he said, he
tried to get the occupant of the car to
see the gun, believing this would stop
them , and as the car went on he raised
and fired in the front.
The chase then started, according to the
testimony. The roadster sped down the
road with another car just behind it,
and as Gathright and Hollan turned
around the other car was between them
and the roadster and all going south.
This appears to have been the car of S.
G. Ivey, who testified early in the
trial. Gathright declared that the Ivey
car passed the roadster, and it did so
as the roadster swerved to the right. At
this point, he declared he saw a man
jump from the car and disappear in the
high weeds in the ravine that led from
When he and Hollan overtook the roadster
and it stopped, they got out and the
argument ensued concerning the other
Gathright said Hollan had hold of Frank
Norton’s arm, and while the argument was
in progress Norton and the two girls
said there was no other boy, and he
quoted Norton as saying, “I God, I guess
you all are looking for trouble.” At
this point, the witness declared Norton
came from the steering wheel and slid
across the cushion and made a move with
his right hand which he thought was
reaching for a weapon. At this juncture,
he said, he stepped up near Hollan and
struck Norton on the head with the gun
barrels, intending to knock him down,
and the gun discharged, how, he said he
was never able to tell. He declared he
did not cock the gun and did not intend
J. E. Bosque, adopted brother of Carmon
Thorpe, who worked at the Wood Battery
Company with Norton, testified
concerning pistols Norton had in his
possession. He said Frank Norton had
told him he always carried the little
automatic pistol with him at night.
Early in Bosque’s testimony Judge
Scarborough assessed a $20. Fine against
W. A. Tarver, following remarks and
gestures he directed at Richard Mays,
“Was Mrs. Waters in the battery station
the day she went to her father’s that
day?” Mr. Tarver asked.
The witness said he did not know.
MR. Tarver: “Didn’t you have a
conversation with J. T. Newsom next
morning after the killing and tell him
that your sister, Carmon said Hollan was
holding Frank and Gathright shot him?”
Before the witness answered Richard Mays
made spirited objection, saying that Mr.
Tarver was endeavoring to get answers
before the jury illegally and
At this Mr. Tarver sprang to his feet in
resentment. The two passed spirited
remarks over the testimony, whereupon
the court intervened, and the court
intimated he would fine Mr. Mays.
This stopped the rift and the trial
F. H. Mansie testified as a character
Mrs. Elsie Waters, recalled by the
defense was questioned with reference to
conversation that took place in the car
after leaving the Gathright house.
This testimony was excluded as improper
After defendant testified, the excluded
testimony was held to be admissible.
Gathright testified seeing the car in
the cotton field some distance west,
while he and Hollan sat waiting on the
Corbet pike. He declared no one could be
parked in the cotton field at night for
“any good purpose.”
The prosecution entered objection to the
testimony on the ground that defendant
could not have known anything about what
took place or what was said in the car
or on the trip and could not have
influenced his mind.
The court held that since Gathright had
seen the car lights in the field, the
testimony was admissible, as it had a
bearing on the truth or falsity of the
The defense rested its case with the
completion of Mrs. Waters’ testimony.
The state announced it would use two or
three witnesses in rebuttal.
A recess was taken at 3 o’clock.
Judge Scarborough began preparing his
charge to be presented to the jury late
Thursday Afternoon Session.
The testimony of A. A. Hollan,
defendant’s brother-in-law, who was
indicted with Gathright in connection
with the killing, the case later being
dismissed, consumed the greater part of
Thursday afternoon. At 5:30 the defense
completed its examination of this
witness and court adjourned till 8
o’clock in the evening. The night
session was held, the Judge announced in
the hope of completing the testimony,
and winding up the case this week.
Mrs. Waters, in her testimony, went on
to detail Carmon Thorpe’s coming to her
father’s house that night and getting
her to go with her. She testified that
Bob Gassoway was driving the car as they
left the house, and a little way down
the road Frank Norton got in with them.
She then described the route of the car
and said they stopped a little way north
of Corbet and Norton took the steering
wheel, and later when they returned from
towards the west, and turned back into
the Corbet road a car coming from the
direction of Corsicana pulled in just
behind them. She told of seeing
Gathright and Hollan’s car standing
about 300 yards down the road facing
north, with the lights extinguished, and
of Hollan stepping out and waving at
them to stop. The witness said she,
Carmon, Norton and Gassoway were all in
the car as it passed the standing car,
and as they passed she heard a gunshot
report. On further questioning she said
they kept going and a little farther
down the road it was insisted by
herself, Carmon and Norton that Gassoway
get out, and he did, while the car was
running, and disappeared in the high
weeds. The witness declared she saw
Gassoway no more till next morning at
the court house. It appeared that Hollan
and Gathright turned their car and came
on to pursuit of the roadster and it
stopped as they overtook it.
It was then the tragedy occurred. The
testimony showed that Hollan and
Gathright alighted from their car,
Hollan going on the opposite side,
calling at the girls to get out and get
in the other car, and laying his hand
hold of Norton’s right arm and shoulder.
The next thing that Mrs. Waters knew,
she said a gun fired and Norton fell to
the ground on the west side of the car
Both Mrs. Waters’ and Hollan’s testimony
showed that an argument ensued when the
cars stopped, concerning the other boy
in the car, and the girls and Norton all
contended there was no other boy, and
Hollan declared he knew there was
another boy, for the man at that time in
the car was not the man that came to the
Gathright house and left with the girls.
Gathright appears to have taken hold of
the dying man and laid him out on the
ground, asked for some one to get water,
and the doctor. Then, it was said, the
girls ran to Spurlock’s house nearby and
got water, and Hollan drove to Dr.
Later Dr. Hanks, the girls and Gathright
left in the car together, Hollan and
others who had appeared on the scene
waited till the undertaker came for the
body. Gathright appears to have gone
from Dr. Hanks’ house to his own home
and got his wife in the car and they all
went to the elder Gathright’s home. It
was there Mrs. Waters said, she first
heard Eddie tell his mother the killing
R. B. O’Banion, who lives north of the
Cowhead pike west of the Corbet
junction, was put back on the stand by
the defense and asked concerning the
finding by him early next morning
automobile tracks in his field, which
the defense sought to show was a part of
the trip the car made. On
cross-examination he stated he had no
knowledge what car made the tracks he
A. A. Hollan on the witness stand told
of being at the Gathright house when the
girls left. He stated that while Elsie
was getting ready to go with Carmon he
went out and talked with the man in the
car, and he said the man told him he
worked as an electrician in the oil
fields for the Tidal Oil Company, that
he saw the other man get in the car.
The witness further related of going to
Eddie Gathright and telling him of it,
and they went in search of the car, and
north of Corbet drove on an easterly
road to Sam Tucker’s house and inquired
if he had seen such a car, turned back,
and went to the Cook school house,
searched about the school house
premises, turned east on another road
and met with Mr. Beall, and made
inquiry. Finding no trace of the car
they returned home, and went to the
elder Gathright’s house and made the
second trip. He said it was on the
second trip that they parked on the hill
about 300 yards south of the road
junction. According to his testimony it
was waiting there for about 30 minutes
they saw lights of a car coming along
the Brier Creek bottoms to the west in
the vicinity of the O’Banion field, and
waited till the car pulled into the
junction and turned south facing them.
Hollan went over how he called to the
car to stop, and that it sped by him,
and he said he heard a gun fire. Under
questioning the witness declared that
Eddie remarked that they must stop them
“that it wouldn’t do for them to get
home for Burkey might kill somebody.”
At the night session Hollan was
cross-examined for an hour by Ballard W.
George. On cross-examination the witness
stated that Gathright said he saw the
man get in the car and that he would go
and get Elsie “and give her what she
needs, and if the men say anything to me
I will give them a whipping,” and that
he told him, “Boy, you don’t want to
“Did you talk to George Nokes that night
and tell him that Eddie killed the wrong
man?” asked Mr. George.
“I did not.” The witness replied.
Tom Brown was put on the stand as a
character witness and testified to the
general reputation of Gathright as a
truthful and a law-abiding man.
At 9 o’clock, Judge Scarborough
announced adjournment till 8 o’clock
The courtroom remains crowded, with
hundreds of eager spectators, every
available seat was taken up at both the
day and evening sessions. People stood
in the aisle-ways and crowded about the
doors. The balconies were crowded to
TESTIMONY ENDS GATHRIGHT CASE;
CHARGE TO JURY DELIVERED BY JUDGE
Arguments in the case of Eddie
Gathright who is being tried for
murder in connection with the fatal
shooting of Frank Norton, consumed
the greater part of today and will
probably be completed tonight. The
case will go to the jury immediately
following the argument.
The testimony was completed Saturday
morning with Dr. Hanks being
recalled by the state in rebuttal.
The prosecution used several
rebuttal witnesses late Friday and
court adjourned till 10 o’clock
Judge Scarborough prepared the
charge and it was delivered to the
jury shortly before noon. Ballard W.
George opened the case for the
state, and at the end of his
argument, noonday recess was taken
till 2 o’clock.
The court limited the arguments to
three hours and a half to the side
and announced that the case would be
completed tonight. This will require
a night session.
John S. Callicutt, Richard Mays,
Fred Upchurch and Wayne Howell are
presenting the defense arguments. W.
A. Tarver is special prosecutor and
will close for the state.
The courtroom was exceedingly
crowded during the entire day.
Judge Scarborough’s general charge
covered all grades of homicide, from
murder and self-defense. The penalty
for murder is confinement in the
penitentiary from five years to
life, or the penalty is death.
Manslaughter is punishable by
confinement in the penitentiary from
two to five years. Self-defense or
accidental shooting in the taking of
life was defined as justifiable, and
in such findings the jury is
instructed to acquit. It was charged
that if the jury believes from the
evidence defendant is guilty of some
culpable homicides not having the
distinguishing elements in the
definition of murder, manslaughter
is the highest degree that can be
In addition to the general charges
there were two special charges
delivered, one for the state and the
other for the defense.
GATHRIGHT FOUND NOT GUILTY IN
CASE CHARGING MURDER
WAS TRIED IN CONNECTION WITH
DEATH FRANK NORTON NEAR CORBET
Following deliberations of 45
hours the jury returned a
verdict of not guilty in the
case of State of Texas vs. Eddie
Gathright, who has been on trial
for the past week.
The case went to the jury at
10:45 Saturday night with W. A.
Tarver, special prosecutor,
making the closing argument.
The court room was packed with
spectators during the all day
session of Saturday and Saturday
night to hear the arguments of
The verdict was read in court at
2:30 Sunday afternoon. The jury
was immediately discharged by
Gathright was tried for murder
in connection with the fatal
shooting of Frank Norton on the
night of October 2. Norton was a
Corsicana electrician. Gathright
was a farmer living in the
A. A. Hollan, brother-in-law of
Gathright, who was jointly
indicted with him, was released
at the beginning of the case by
the indictment being dismissed
by the county attorney’s office.
Mary Hannah (Byrne) Harris
Mar 17, 1862 - Jun 10, 1924
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. J.
C. HARRIS TUESDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Mrs. J.
C. Harris, aged 62 years, of
Hamilton, Texas, who died at
the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Grady Bowden in Dallas,
at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday
afternoon, will be held in
Corsicana Thursday morning
from the Sutherland
Undertaking Parlors at 11
o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The
Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr.,
pastor of the First
Methodist church will
conduct the services.
The deceased is survived by
her husband of Hamilton, and
the following children: J.
C. Harris, Frank Harris and
C. P. Harris, all of
Hamilton; A. J. Harris,
Crandall, Texas; E. B.
Harris, Corsicana; John
Harris of Cament, Okla.;
Mrs. Grady Bowden, Dallas.
The sons of the deceased and
Grady Bowden and Bob
Carlisle will be active
Mrs. Harris is well known in
Corsicana and Navarro
county, she with her husband
having moved to this county
from Kentucky in 1881. The
resided in this community
until 1912 when they moved
to Hamilton. She has many
warm personal friends here
who are genuinely grieved to
learn of her death and who
will join in extending
sincere sympathy to the
Mar 9, 1843 - May 24,
Funeral Services For
Mrs. Eliza McKenzie
Funeral services for
Mrs. Eliza McKenzie, 81
years old, who died at
the Odd Fellows Home
early Saturday morning
were held at the
company parlors at 4:30
o’clock this afternoon.
Burial was in
Aug 31, 1883 - May
Funeral Services to
Be Held Sunday 2
Funeral services for
Perkins, who died in
Fort Worth Saturday
morning, will be
held at the
Company’s Parlors at
2 o’clock Sunday
afternoon. Rev. R.
Girard Lowe, pastor
of the First
Burial will be in
Active pall bearers
will be Harris
Ransom, S. M. Kerr,
Clyde Stroud, Ab.
Douglas, Al Sowell
and J. S. Simpkins.
The body will arrive
in Corsicana on the
William F. Mays
1895 - May 18,
MAN IS KILLED IN
OIL FIELD GUN
WILLIAM F. MAYS
IS DEAD AND WIFE
IS IN CRITICAL
IS HELD IN
William F. Mays,
dead with two
bullets in his
head and body,
his wife, June
Mays is in the
in a critical
condition from a
bullet lodged in
the right lung,
and J. D.
store keeper, is
in the county
Whitten about 8
night. Mays has
a pistol bullet
wound just above
the right eye
and a similar
wound in the
The lower bullet
made exit at the
back. The other
bullet lodged in
Mrs. Mays has a
bullet hole in
breast, the ball
lodged in the
lung. She is
said to have
made a statement
the shooting to
Disereus at the
that he shot
pistol in a
menacing air. He
said he had just
barred his front
door and was
building at the
rear, closing up
for the night.
According to his
version of the
broke down the
front door and
in hand. Then it
was, he claims,
he fired from
the rear of the
store. He said
he did not see
Mrs. Mays until
theory of the
shooting of the
woman was that
she was struck
by the bullet
the man’s body
as she entered
the store behind
The case will
of the grand
jury which is
now in session.
live at Wortham.
Both men have
been in business
at Whitten for
for Mays will be
held here at 2
His father W. E.
Mays, was here
afternoon in the
sum of $3,000
and was released
F. Mays Held
who was shot
in the right
lung at the
and be a
Mrs. Wootton Rites Sunday
Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Wootton, long-time Corsicana resident and saleswoman for local department stores were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Wootton died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, 111, pastor of the First Christian church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
Mrs. Wootton was connected with the Jarrell-Elliot Company and later with the J. M. Dyer Co. prior to her retirement several years ago.
Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Mary L. Davis, Houston, and two cousins.
Pallbearers were Albert Fullerton, Harry Montgomery, Hylan Davis, Wesley Edens, Jr.; C. M. Gillespie, King Elliott and C. L. Brown.
Willie Bradley McCrery
Sep 14, 1861 - Jun 13, 1918
FUNERAL LARGELY ATTENDED
Highly Esteemed Lady Laid To Rest In Presence of Many Friends
The remains of the late Miss Willie McCreary, who died in El Paso Thursday morning, reached Corsicana last night and were taken to the family home on West Fourth Avenue, and the funeral took place from there this afternoon at 5:30 o’clock. The last sad rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Ranson of India, who was a former pastor of the United Presbyterian church here, assisted by Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt of the First Presbyterian church. The pall bearers were W. C. Proctor, W. E. Elliott, Luther A. Johnson, W. P. McCammon, J. P. Stephenson and Lowry Martin. A large procession of sorrowing friends accompanied the remains of this splendid young woman to their last resting place, and there was a profusion of beautiful floral offerings.
A. J. Sikes
abt 1829 - Aug 11, 1918
Venerable man Laid To Rest
The remains of the late A. J. Sikes who died in Dallas Sunday night reached here at 11 o’clock today and the funeral followed immediately from the First Baptist Church, with interment in Oakwood. Rev. B. W. Vining conducted the services and many old friends paid their last tribute of respect to the deceased who was just 89 years and 6 months old on the day of his death. He had resided in Navarro county for many years and will long be remembered as a good citizen and an upright man.
Hugh Lacy Stone, Judge
Jan 20, 1854 - Feb 18, 1926
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JUDGE STONE AT 3:30 SATURDAY
Of Judge Stone’s close friends, including the entire membership of the Navarro County Bar Association would act in that capacity.
Judge Stone was born in Rusk county, Texas and had been a resident of Corsicana for the past forty years. He is survived by one son, Hugh L. Stone, Jr., and one grandchild, two brothers, J. D. Stone of Henderson; John S. Stone of Paris, and six sisters, Mrs. Williford, of Dallas; Mrs. McAnulty, Houston; Mrs. McCelman, and Mrs. Benedict, Austin; Mrs. Greer and Mrs. Berry of Los Angeles.
His son, H. L. Stone, Jr., was in Old Mexico on business for his company when notified several weeks ago of his father’s serious illness. He came to Corsicana at once and remained until it was believed Judge Stone was improving. He was then forced to go to Pittsburgh on urgent business, but his wife and Judge Stone’s sister, Mrs. Willeford of Dallas, were at his bed side when the end came somewhat suddenly Thursday afternoon.
Judge Stone married Miss Fannie Kelly at Henderson where he practiced law several years, moving to Corsicana where he continued in the practice of his profession. His wife died about twenty years ago here. She was a cultured Christian woman and was greatly beloved by many.
Hugh L. Stone, Jr. is expected to arrive here Saturday morning. He left Pittsburgh, Pa., Thursday, where he maintains headquarters as general counsel for the Gulf Refining Company.
Judge Stone up until the past few years when failing health forced him to almost retire from active practice took a great deal of interest and was prominent in public and political affairs, and was one of the strongest lawyers at the local bar and in the whole State of Texas.
Hon. Rufus Hardy had the following to say Friday in regard to Judge Stone, he having known the deceased for many years and is qualified to speak:
“Hugh Stone, as his friends called him—Judge Stone, as he was generally known, had many of the finest qualities of the old style lawyer and gentleman. He was sociable and genial by nature, but he was always the soul of honor. His word was his bond, and no one who knew him ever doubted his integrity. He practiced law more than forty years. He never stooped to any unworthy practice or failed to respect the ethics of his high profession. He was not a great lawyer, but he had a clear, keen intellect, and a strong virile nature. He hated sham, and no man ever held his friendship who was not himself a true gentleman. He was a devoted father, and he loved and cherished his son with the pride and solicitude of a mother.
“When young Hugh began to be successful as a young lawyer the pride of the father in the son’s success was beautiful to see.
“All though life he was a brave man; I do not think he feared the last great foe.
“In death I trust he sleeps to wake again. with those he loved while here on earth.”
VETERAN ATTORNEY LAID REST OAKWOOD SAT. AFTERNOON
SON ARRIVED IN CORSICANA SATURDAY MORNING FROM PITTSBURG
Funeral services for Judge H. L. Stone, who died at the County Hospital Thursday, were held at 3:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the residence of Bush Wofford, 1919 West Third avenue, with Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Active pallbearers were Wm. Clarkson, Jr., Bush Wofford, Lowry Martin, N. C. Goodman, R. P. Blanding, Joseph Goodman, Max Almond, and F. B. McKie. All members of the Navarro County Bar Association and personal friends of the deceased were named honorary pallbearers.
Hugh L. Stone, Jr., son of deceased, arrived in Corsicana Saturday morning from Pittsburgh, Pa., to be present at the funeral.
There were numerous floral offerings that hid the grave from view and a large concourse of friends of this pioneer citizen and lawyer gathered at the Wofford home for the funeral services and followed the remains to their last resting place in Oakwood. Judge Stone was a courteous, friendly man and made friends easily and held them throughout the years by his courtly manner and kindly bearing.
MEMORIAL SERVICE BAR ASSOCIATION DECEASED MEMBERS
MEMORY JUDGE H. L. STONE AND JUDGE W. W. BALLEW HONORED SUNDAY
Honoring the memory of Judge Hugh L. Stone and W. W. Ballew, members of the Navarro County Bar Association, who died within the past few months, resolutions were adopted by that body in memorial services held in the district courtroom of the county court house at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
Judge J. M. Blanding, president, presided. Prayers were offered by Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.
Miss Adele Sutton, violinist, rendered, “Rock of Ages: in a solo at the opening of the services and closed the services with another sacred selection.
Rufus Hardy offered the resolutions in behalf of Judge Stone and spoke concerning his acquaintance with the deceased attorney. John S. Callicutt presented the resolutions in behalf of Judge Ballew, and reviewed his life-long acquaintance and association with him. Both deceased attorneys died within a few weeks of each other and both strong lawyers at the Navarro county bar during the last forty years.
Other speakers were W. A. Tarver and W. M. Taylor. Mr. Tarver offered the written message of J. H. Woods, who was out of the city and could not be present.
Judge C. L. Jester, W. A. Tarver and Joe Simkins was the arrangements committee.
Relatives of Judge Ballew were present, as well as a number of friends of both Judge Ballew and Judge Stone.
Mr. Tarver read Mr. Woods’ message as follows:
Hon. James M. Blanding, President Navarro County Bar Association.
My Dear Sir:--Being unable to attend the Memorial Services to be held in honor of our deceased brother lawyers, Judge H. L. Stone and W. W. Ballew, Esq., I beg leave to submit a brief tribute to their memory, which may be read at the services.
Judge Stone lived amongst us for a long term of years and we all knew him for his genial and kindly disposition, his courteous and friendly intercourse with the members of the bar, young and old, and with his fellow men. He was a man of strong mind, of sound and substantial attainments in the knowledge and practice of his profession and of sound judgment. For the last several years, because of his health, he did not take a very active part in the practice, living unostentatiously, devoted to his talented son, H. L. Stone, Jr., of Pittsburg, Pa., and devoted to the memory of his wife who preceded him by several years.
W. W. Ballew was known to all of us, as a man of strong and versatile mind, a thoughtful and studious lawyer, deeply concerned about the fundamental principles of law and of government, well versed in the reasons and history of the law and the constitutions of the state and the United States, profoundly interested in and devoting much of his time to those ever present and difficult problems that concern the nature, life and destiny of man.
We shall remember both of them as fellow lawyers and sojourners here who have passed on before us and whose virtues we cherish.
Very respectfully submitted,
J. H. WOODS.
Judge Hardy read the following resolution in behalf of Judge Stone and moved its adoption.
To Hon. Jas. M. Blanding, President of Navarro County Bar Association.
Your committee, appointed to present resolutions in memory of our deceased brother and friend, Hugh Lacy Stone, beg leave to report:
Mr. Stone was born in Rusk County, Texas, in 1854. He was liscensed to practice law by Judge A. J. Booty, of the Second Judicial District of Texas August 9th, 1876. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas by certificate of enrollment issued at Tyler, Texas, on October 18th 1878. On the 19th day of January, 1881, he was enrolled as an attorney and admitted to practice in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Texas at Tyler, Texas, and he was admitted to practice before the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, on the 28th day of June, 1906, by certificate issued at New Orleans, Louisiana, by the Clerk of said Court. He practiced law, first in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas, and from there he moved to Corsicana, Texas, in 1888 and thereafter practiced law continuously, and resided at Corsicana.
From the date of his removal to Corsicana, we have known and associated with him. He was possessed of a strong, clear intellect; a strong sense of right and justice, and a chivalric regard for everything that was honorable, in his relations to his fellow man. No man ever questioned his integrity. He was frank and sincere in his presentation of legal questions to the Courts. He was unswerving in what he deemed to be the rights of his clients, but would not have stooped to take an unfair advantage of opposing counsel, or of the poorest litigant. He hated sham and pretense, he never sailed under false colors, and always took his stand in politics and among his acquaintances for what he believed to be right.
Perhaps his outstanding characteristic was his unbending advocacy of what he conceived to be right, in the face, if need be, of popular clamor. He was too unbending and unyielding and aggressive, perhaps to have ever made a popular politician, but in our opinion, it was no small tribute to any brother member of the bar or acquaintance of Hugh Stone, if he was numbered among his friends. Like all mankind, he had his faults, but those of us who knew him best, held him in highest esteem.
We loved him for his many manly qualities. We cherish his memory, and deplore the loss to the Bar of Texas of an able and distinguished member.
He is survived by an only son, Hugh Lamar Stone, now residing in the City of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. This son, by his native genius and studious industry has risen to the highest rank as an attorney. There existed between father and son the tenderest ties of affection.
We offer the following resolution:
Be it resolved that the Honorable District Judge of Navarro, County, Texas, be requested to enter an order directing that this report be spread upon the Civil Minutes of the District Court of Navarro County, Texas, upon a page set aside as sacred to the memory of our deceased brother, Hugh Lacy Stone.
R. B. MOLLOY
J. S. CALLICUTT.
Mr. Callicutt offered the following resolution in behalf of Judge Ballew and moved its adoption:
To Hon. James M. Blanding, President of the Navarro County Bar Association:
Your committee, appointed to present resolutions expressive of the sentiments of this association upon the death of our fellow member, William Wallace Ballew, submit the following:
Mr. Ballew was born in Navarro County, Texas, on the 29th day of July, 1863. Both his father and mother were people of distinguished ancestry, being derived from a sturdy line whose patriotism and worth made its impress upon the formation and development of this Nation from its earliest times. Mr. Ballew’s father was himself a profound scholar, and was connected with some of the most important educational institutions in the early history of Texas. In this capacity he contributed to the training and education of many youths, who afterwards attained stations of high rank in the State. His mother was a lady of culture and refinement, being an accomplished musician and linguist.
Mr. Ballew’s early education was obtained in the rural schools of the county, and an intensive home study. He entered the law department of the State University in 1886, and while there he completed this course, and also the course of study in political economy and in oratory. He began the practice of law in Corsicana, Texas, in 1887. And continued to reside and practice here to the time of his death. He was a great searcher after truth, and a deep student of the law, as well as a wide range of literature bearing upon economics, science and religion. Mr. Ballew also had considerable poetic gifts, as is evidenced by his contributions to the press and various journals of the country. He had a varied and extensive practice in all the courts of the State, as well as the Federal courts, and the Courts of other states. He displayed marked ability in the preparation and presentation of causes in the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the State. He was determined, aggressive loyal and conscientious in his advocacy of a client’s cause, but courteous and fair in his bearing toward opposing counsel and the Courts. He had very positive views on all public questions, and was earnest in his efforts in behalf of what he deemed to be right and for the best public good.
Perhaps, our brother would have liked best to be remembered by the estimate of himself as portrayed in the following lines, which he composed.
Mr. Ballew has delved deep into the ancient cults of men.
And all of men’s vain philosophies explored,
Religions, myths, and historic traditions of ancient ken
And reveled far more in poetic diction poured
From out the golden streams of “Classic Times,”
Since Homer roared, and Sappho sung in burning rhyme.
And from all his studies long and deep and vain
One truth he found, “Do thy duty,”
Tho with pain,
Think not of self, but others help in grief and woe,
Holding out the helping hand to those who totter slow.
Along the road of life’s unknown highway,
And seek not power or place or wealth, Nay, Nay.”
We offer the following resolution:
Be it resolved that the Honorable District Judge of Navarro County, Texas, be requested to enter an order directing that this report be spread upon the Civil Minutes of the District Court of Navarro County, Texas, upon a page to be set aside as sacred to the memory of our deceased brother, William Wallace Ballew.
R. B. MOLLOY
J. S. CALLICUTT
The resolutions and remarks of the speakers were duly adopted and will be spread on the minutes of the district court proceedings. The passing of resolutions in memory of deceased members of the Bar Association is custom with this bar more than fifty years old.
John William Shelton
Jan 20, 1876 - Nov 2, 1933
JOHN W. SHELTON FUNERAL RITES HELD FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for John W. Shelton, aged 57 years who died Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock after and illness of several months were held from the family home, 1116 West Summitt avenue Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by J. Hines, minister of the Church of Christ. He had resided in Corsicana for a number of years.
Surviving are his wife, three sons, J. T. Linville, Waxahachie; Ernest Linville and Clyde Linville, both of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Lovis Black, Dallas; and two brothers, Ed Shelton, Corsicana, and G. W. Shelton, Maria ?, Texas.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Nov 3, 1933
- Submitted by
- h/o Mary Alabama “Bama” (Cornelius) Linville-Shelton married Feb. 17, 1914 buried in Auburn cemetery, Ellis county, Texas; s/o George Washington Shelton, Sr. & Sara Elizabeth (Johnson) Shelton
Mary E. (Guest) Richardson
Oct 24, 1847 - Jan 14, 1933
AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY
Mrs. M. E. Richardson, aged 85 years, died at her home 514 West Tenth avenue Saturday afternoon at 12:30 and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the residence. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church.
Mrs. Richardson had resided in Corsicana about 30 years, having moved here from Tehuacana.
Surviving are the following children; Mrs. A. J. Hancock, Coolidge; Mrs. E. T. Williams, Coolidge; Miss Mary Richardson, Corsicana; Miss Myrtle Richardson, Corsicana; Joe Richardson, Fort Worth and R. C. Richardson, Corsicana.
The funeral will be directed by Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.
FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR AGED RESIDENT
Funeral services for Mrs. M. E. Richardson, aged 85 years, who died at her home, 514 West Tenth avenue, early Saturday afternoon, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
Prior to moving to Corsicana 30 years ago, Mrs. Richardson resided at Tehuacana.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. A. J. Hancock, Coolidge; Mrs. E. T. Williams, Coolidge; Misses Mary and Myrtle Richardson, both of Corsicana; two sons, Joe Richardson, Fort Worth, and R. C. Richardson, Corsicana.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.
Mary Gertrude (Latimer) Grant
Dec 5, 1844 - Dec 29, 1933
NATIVE TEXAN IS DEAD HERE AT AGE EIGHTY-NINE YEARS
MRS. MARY GRANT BORN IN LAMAR COUNTY DURING DAYS TEXAS REPUBLIC
Mrs. Mary Gertrude Grant, aged 89 years, native and life-long resident of Texas, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Ballew, 918 West Fifth Avenue, Friday morning at 11:15 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the Ballew home Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
Mrs. Grant was born in Lamar county during the days of the Texas republic. She had made her home with her daughter here for many years.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Ballew; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, W. P. Latimer, Clarksville; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Darnell, Texarkana; Mrs. R. N. Johnson, Clarksville; and Mrs. Henry Jackson, Los Angeles, Calif., and a number of other relatives.
Mrs. Grant was the eldest of thirteen children.
The funeral arrangements are being directed by the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PIONEER TEXAN SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Gertrude Grant, aged 89 years, native Texas, who died Friday morning at 11:15 o’clock, were held from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Ballew, 918 West Fifth avenue, Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Grant was born in Lamar county during the days of the Texas republic and had resided in Texas all of her life. She had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ballew, here for many years.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Ballew, Corsicana; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, W. P. Latimer, Clarksville, and three sisters, Mrs. Joe Danell, Texarkana, Mrs. R. N. Johnson, Clarksville, and Mrs. Henry Jackson, Los Angeles, Cal.
Pallbearers were W. W. Harris, Johnnie Noble, Herman Roberts, Ted B. Ferguson, C. L. Terry and James Roxburgh.
Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.
Charlotte (McDaniel) Wilson
Oct. 30, 1856 - Jan. 30, 1931
“Mother” Wilson Died in Dawson
Mrs. W, W, Wilson, who was well known here as “Mother Wilson” aged about 80 years, died at the home of one of her sons, in Dawson last week and was buried in the Hamilton cemetery.
Mrs. Wilson resided in Corsicana about 40 years prior to her death, and has a host of friends here.
May 11, 1895 - Feb 25, 1931
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CORBET WOMAN WERE HELD HERE
Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie B. Bell, aged 35 years, wife of
Ralph Bell, who resides in the Corbet community, were held from the
chapel of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 3
o’clock with burial in the
Mrs. Bell had been in ill health for five years, and died in Odessa
Wednesday morning. The body arrived in Corsicana Saturday morning.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams,
pastor of the First Baptist church.
Surviving are her husband, one son, Ewing Bell, Corbet; parents, Mr.
and Mrs. R. N. Rogers, Corbet; six brothers, Archie and Roy Rogers
both of Odessa; Irvin Rogers, Henderson; Robert Rogers and Melvin
Rogers, both of Corbet; and Harvey Rogers, Corsicana; and one
sister, Mrs. Brady Robbins, Wichita Falls.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Feb 28, 1931
- 1st husband William Oliver
“Billy” Patrick married Oct. 17, 1909 2nd husband Ralph Bell
married Apr. 18, 1925; d/o Robert Newton Rogers & Laura Chestens
Dec 19, 1929 - Jul 6, 1931
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Pyle of
Longview, Texas, and took from them their baby boy, Bobby. He was
born December 19, 1929, died July 6, 1931.
Oh it was so hard to give him up, but God’s will be not our’s. To
know Bobby was to love him. All was done loving hands could do but
God said you suffered long enough Bobby and took him home. Oh, it is
sweet to know he is where there is no more pain and suffering. We
miss him here but some sweet day we will meet him up yonder, where
there will be no more parting. He leaves a father, mother, and two
brothers, Ray and Arnold, a host of other relatives and friends.
Our darling baby boy is gone—a voice we loved is still—a place is
vacant in our home that never can be filled.
--Written by one who loved Bobby—Opal Green, Corbet, Texas.
Edna Irene (Bolen) Flynn
Aug 5, 1913 - Mar 16, 1989
Former Corsicana resident Edna Bolen Flynn, 75, of Harker Heights,
Texas, died Thursday, March 16, 1989, in Killeen.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Ken Andress will officiate. Burial will be in
She was born Aug. 5, 1913, in Corbet. She was a retired food
supplier for the Corsicana State Home and was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Killeen.
She is survived by two sons, Donald N. Bolen of Killeen, Larry Flynn
of Baytown, a daughter Donna Kay Yburra, of Waco; 10 grandchildren,
12 great-grandchidlren, two brothers William Bolen of Corsicana, and
Bob Bolen of Texas City; three sisters, Lessie Ganze, of Powell,
Alyene Murray of Rockdale and Barbara Bruner of Fort Worth and a
number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hambrick, E.D. Daniel, Hugh Brewer, Fred
Rasmussen, Marvin White and Wayne Alred.
Viva Allene (Carrington) Cooper
Apr 13, 1893 - Mar 22, 1989
Mrs. Viva Cooper, 95, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died March 22, 1989 in
Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at
Oakwood Cemetery. Corley
Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
She was born April 13, 1893 in Corsicana.
Survivors include one daughter, Maxine Hughes of Hilo, Hawaii; and a
number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ethridge Elem Payne
Aug 15, 1893 - Jan 8, 1971
Ethridge E. Payne, 77, Rt. 5, Corsicana, retired farmer-rancher,
died Friday at Memorial Hospital. He was a emmber of the Petty's
Chapel Baptist Church, IOOF and WOW.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral
Chapel with three officiating ministers; the Revs. Harold Burns, S.
E. Hopkins and Glen Vyers. Burial will be in
He is survived by one son, Jimmie A. Payne, Corsicana; two
daughters, Mrs. Marie Robinson, Rice, and Mrs. Ruby Glee Nichols,
Amarillo; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Mrs. Clara Griffith and Mrs. Ila Hamilton, both of Houston;
and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joe B. Robinson, Reubin Tucker, Marvin Wallace,
David W. Wilson, Connie Gilliam and Tom B. Wheeler.
Alvin Ray Crowe
Jan 29, 1927 - Mar 25, 1989
Ray Crowe, 62, of Corsicana died March 25, 1989 at the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Temple.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at
Oakwood Cemetery with
Dr. Ronald Merrill officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton
Survivors include his wife, Clifford Crowe of Corsicana; one son,
Jimmy Fields of Lorena; one daughter, Dorothy Fields of Mexia; a
brother, James C. Crowe of Oregon; a daughter-in-law, Arvela Fields
of Dallas; and four grandchildren.
Rissie "Ollie" (Page) Ratliff
Oct 14, 1904 - Apr 2, 1989
Mrs. Rissie (Ollie) Ratliff, 84, died Sunday, April 2, 1989, in
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday in the
Oakwood cemetery with
Dr. David Hale officiating.
She was born Oct. 14, 1904 in Glen Rose, Texas. She had been a
resident of Corsicana since 1920. She was a housewife and a member
of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Bessie Herrin, Margaret Allen,
Tonnie Allen all of Corsicana; 10 grandchidlren, 23
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandhcildren; one
brother, Samuel Page of California and a number of nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Ratliff on Oct. 28,
Benjamin Franklin McLain
abt. 1843 - Apr. 20, 1919
Died in Oklahoma.
B. F. McLain, aged 76 years, and who was at one time a resident of
Navarro county, died in Oklahoma Sunday and the remains reached here
today and were taken to Pursley this afternoon for interment. Rev.
W. H. Bounds of Wortham officiated at the funeral and there was a
large attendance. The deceased was the father of J. F. McLain of
Corsicana and Mrs. A. L. Swink of Purdon.
Oct 15, 1911 - Jun 20, 1923
Death of Little Girl.
Arretta Kelley, 11 years old, daughter of T. N. Kelley and wife of
Pursley, who was brought to the P. and S. hospital early last night
after having been ill at home for some days, died there at 3 o’clock
this morning. The remains will be interred in the
Thomas Jefferson Banks
Feb 14, 1846 - Sep 8, 1924
Died Sunday Night.
T. J. Hanks, aged 79 years, died Sunday night at his home on East
Fifth avenue, and the remains were interred in the
this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Several grown children survive.
Apr 1, 1847 - Jul 12, 1917
Remains of Mrs. Mattie Smith who died at the P. and S. hospital
yesterday, were interred in the Pursley community this afternoon.
May 20, 1907 - Sep 9, 1917
Died at Hospital.
Leonard Coursly, 10-year-old son of W. M. Coursly of Pursley, died at the P. & S. Hospital yesterday following an operation of some days ago, and the remains were taken to Pursley yesterday for interment.
Richard Morgan Sanders, Dr.
May 27, 1930 - July 2, 2017
Dr. Richard Morgan Sanders, Sr.,
died at his home in Kaufman, TX, on July 2, 2017 at the age of 87.
He was born in Kerens, TX, May 27, 1930 to Gurley H. Sanders and
Bessie Coates Sanders. He graduated from
Kerens High School in 1947, attended the University of North
Texas, and graduated from Baylor Dental School. On June 13, 1953, he
married Wanda Ann Westbrook in Blooming Grove, TX.
After graduating from dental school, he served two years in the Army
Dental Corps. In 1957 he moved to Kaufman where he practiced
dentistry for the next 38 years until his retirement in 1995. For
several years during this period, he was Kaufman's only dentist.
Sanders was a loyal member of the First United Methodist Church of
Kaufman for 60 years. He served in many areas of the church. He was
particularly active in Methodist Men and especially loved singing in
the choir. Richard and Wanda were among the founding members of the
Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class that they attended.
He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother Ivan Terry
Sanders, and by his grandson Travis Morgan Sanders. He is survived
by Wanda, his wife of 64 years, three children: daughter and
son-in-law Kimberly Ann and Donny Scott of Blooming Grove, TX, sons
and daughters-in-law Richard Morgan Jr and Regina Sanders of
Lawrence, KS and Justin Marshall and Deirdre Sanders of Mobile, AL;
one granddaughter Rebecca Allison Carnagie (Brent); and three
greatgrandchildren, Houstyn Monroe Carnagie, Myric Levi Carnagie,
and Lane Morgan Carnagie all of Eudora, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United
Methodist Church of Kaufman.
Born: May 27, 1930
Place of Birth: Kerens, TX
Death: July 2, 2017
Place of Death: Kaufman, TX 75142
Organizations: First United Methodist Church of Kaufman
Thursday July 6, 2017 , 10:00 AM at First United Methodist Church of
Wednesday July 5, 2017 , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Parker-Ashworth
Thursday July 6, 2017 , 2:00 PM at
Kerens City Cemetery
Carolyn (Hulan) Weed
Feb 14, 1926 - 2015
Carolyn Hulan Weed was born in Kerens, Texas, to Myrtle and
Fred Hulan. She was Valedictorian of Kerens High School,
graduated Baylor University Magna Cum Laude, and moved to
Harlingen in 1945 to teach.
There she met Richard Weed who had returned home from
serving in World War II. They married in Kerens on June 22,
1946, and established their home in Harlingen where they
raised three children. Mrs. Weed taught Spanish in Harlingen
for twenty years, was a member of The First Methodist
Church, and supported many community activities. She and
Richard enjoyed traveling throughout the United States,
Mexico, Canada, and Europe, but family always played the
most important role in her life.
Carolyn was preceded in death by Richard, her husband of 68
She is survived by three children and their spouses: Carol
Jean Whatley and husband Pat, Rick Weed and wife Paulette,
Barbara Lee Muggley and husband Buster; six grandchildren:
Holly and husband James Lee, Steven and wife Ashley Whatley,
Beth and husband Chad Blacklock, Genni and husband Jimmy
Shafer, Trey Muggley, Alisha and husband Chris Gummer;
fourteen great-grandchildren: Daniel and J.D. Lee; Taylor
and Catherine Whatley; Finley and Cole Blacklock; Kilee,
Sullivan, Mackynzi and Rori Shafer; Madisen, Abbigail,
Sonoma and Lexington Gummer; brother Henry Hulan and wife
Margaret; sister Joyce Lockhart and husband Obie.
She is remembered by special friends Lura Brown and Teresa
A graveside Celebration of Life will be held near Kerens at
Point Cemetery, Bazette, Texas, on Saturday, April 11 at
1:00. A reception will follow at the family lake house, 113
Hulan Drive, Kerens.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may send donations to the
Prairie Point Cemetery Association care of B. H. Upchurch,
3015 FM 636, Kerens, TX, 75144.
Feb 3, 1933 - Jun 29, 2014
Rev. Charles A. Reese, 81, of Kerens, formerly of Waco,
passed away Sunday, June 29th at a Waco hospital.
Funeral services: 10AM Thursday, July 3rd at Lake Shore
Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial: China Spring Cemetery.
Visitation: will be 6 to 8PM Wednesday, July 2nd at Lake
Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.
On June 29, 2014 this world lost Charles Anderson Reese, a
beloved husband, father, pastor, counselor and friend.
Chuck, or “Dink”, as his family and close friends called
him, was a complex man with many talents. He loved a fine
scotch and a powered-sugar donut, not necessarily together
or in that order. He could preach a moving lesson of ”love
one another” from the pulpit in the morning and cheer for
the Cowboys to “kill” their opponents on Sunday afternoon.
Chuck was born February 3, 1933 in Kerens, Texas to Anna
Lucille Anderson and Charles Erin Reese. He graduated from
Kerens High School. He attended Baylor University his
freshman year. He completed his undergraduate degree at
Trinity University in San Antonio (where he also pitched for
the Trinity Tigers) and later earned a Masters of Social
Work (MSW) from the University of Texas.
Called to the ministry, Chuck attended the seminary at
Princeton University and earned a Masters of Divinity. He
spent much of his career as Assistant Chief Probation
Officer at McLennan County Juvenile Probation in Waco. He
finished his social services career in San Antonio, Texas.
While in San Antonio, Chuck sang with the San Antonio Barber
Shop Chorus and in a close- knit barber shop quartet with
whom he created perfect harmony, and cultivated lasting
friendships. San Antonio also brought Chuck together with
the woman who would became his wife, his closest companion
and love of his life until his death — Hope Dominguez-Reese.
Chuck is also survived by his three children — Charles M.
Reese; John Reese and partner Yvonne Harder; and Jim Reese
and wife Julie. Chuck loved spending time with his sons, who
have grown into the same kind of caring men as their father.
Each had their own unique bonds and common interests with
their dad and his pride in each of them was clear to anyone
who spent much time with Chuck. Chuck is also survived by
numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and
great-great-nieces and nephews too numerous to name, but all
of whom were precious to him.
Returning home to Kerens to care for his mother upon his
retiremet, Chuck served as associate Pastor of his boyhood
church — Kerens Presbyterian. As a man of God, Reverend
Reese’s ability to inspire and comfort through a quickly
crafted prayer was legend. Chuck prayed as if he had a
direct connection to the Lord and his prayers always made
you feel he could directly connect you too. Chuck aspired to
be a fisher of men. He always had his net cast wide, but
never pushed or judged.
Although he was recently required to be a hospital patient,
Chuck was far more comfortable as a visitor in hospitals,
providing pastoral and hospice care to parishioners and
family alike. Whether visiting a church member with his
wife, Hope, cheering for the Rangers with his mother-in-law
in her final days, or just helping his sister-in-law with
those last two clues of every daily crossword, he always
made a boring hospital stay more — well, hospitable. When
the end came for those he loved he was always there to offer
comfort and prayer; we know by his example, that it would
honor him for us to offer the same kind of prayers for him
and comfort to those he loved at this difficult time. The
irreplacable Mr. Reese will be sorely missed by all who
loved him, but we know he is with his Lord and all those he
so lovingly ministered in their final days.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Higgins, Erv Donajkowski, Campbell
Donajkowski, Clyff Curry, Charles Curry, Reagan Ratcliff,
Joe Dominguez, Don Helms, and Nicholas Green.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kerens
Presbyterian Church, 301 SE 3rd St., Kerens, TX 75144.
Pearlie B. (Polk) Gillespie
Dec 30, 1936 - Aug 03, 2014
B. Gillespie of Abilene, TX entered into the Lord’s presence
on August 3, 2014 at Abilene Regional Medical Center. A
service of praise and celebration will be held at King
Solomon Baptist Church 1050 Minda Street in Abilene, TX on
Friday August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am, The visitation will also
be held at King Solomon Baptist Church on Thursday August 7,
2014 between 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Friend, Pearlie
Gillespie was born December 30, 1936 in Kerens TX, to the
union of Leroy and Etta Polk. Pearlie attended elementary
and high school in Kerens, TX. Soon after completing high
school, Pearlie went to Cosmetology School in Fort Worth,
TX. In 1957, she met and married the love of her life Alvas
Gillespie in San Diego, CA. In 1960, the family relocated to
Oxnard, CA. and to this union came 6 children. As a devoted
woman of God, Pearlie continued her faithful service at
Saint Paul Baptist Church. In 1985, Pearlie and her family
moved to Abilene, TX and became faithful members of King
Solomon Baptist church. Her spiritual work continued by
participating in the church choir and church activities.
Pearlie B. Gillespie of Abilene, TX entered into the Lord’s
presence on August 3, 2014 at Abilene Regional Medical
Center . Pearlie was preceded in death by both parents, Two
daughters: Angelene Bradley & Deborah Webster. Three
brothers: James Leroy Polk, William Polk, & Raymond Polk.
One sister: Rosetta Polk.
Pearlie leaves beloved memories to her husband of 57 years
Alvas Gillespie (Abilene, TX) Two sons: Ottis (Kristine)
Gillespie of Oxnard Ca & Edward (Jackie) Gillespie of
Sacramento CA, Two daughters: Paula(Freddie) Taylor of
Oxnard CA, & Brenda Gillespie of Abilene, TX. Two
son-in-laws: Luman Bradley of Abilene, TX & Roy Webster of
Fresno CA. Four sisters: Irma Brown of San Diego CA, Ozella
(Crosby) Lindsey of Kerens TX, Ruth Polk of Baltimore, MD. &
Irene Coe of Plano, TX. 15 Grandchildren, 8
Great-Grandchildren, & a host of nephews, nieces, cousins,
and friends. Online condolences may be made at
www.dovefuneralhome.net. Services entrusted to Dove Funeral
Ruthie Mae Weaver
Mar 19, 1946 - Jul 9, 2012
March 19, 1946 - July 9, 2012
Ruthie Mae Williams was born March 19, 1946 in Kerens, Texas
to the parentage of Frank and Annie B. Weaver. She was a
member of Sunset Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, Texas for
over 20 years under the leadership of Reverend Matthew C.
McGruder. She later joined New Life Full Gospel Community
Church where she served faithfully until her health failed
She leaves to cherish her memories: 2 sons, James Wright
(Norma) and Billy B. Weaver of Dallas, TX: 7 grandchildren,
Temerilla Mills & Billy B. Mills of Grand Prairie, TX, Jade
Wright, Jazimin Wright, Kecia Wright, Kentrell Wright of
Dallas, TX and Olivia Rodgers of Houston, TX; 8 great
grandchildren sisters, Margaret Pipkins (Leroy) of Dallas,
TX, Marie Spann (James) of Garland, TX, Estella Weaver
(Norwood) of Dallas, TX Lillie Douglas (Charles) of Kerens,
TX, Willie Weaver of Dallas, TX, Barbara Shorten (Anthony)
Corsicana, TX, Gale Davis (Wayne) of Kerens, TX and Wendy
Maurice Weaver (Deceased), John Weaver (Roslyn) of Kaufman,
TX, Robert Weaver (Mattie), James Weaver (Nakia), Raymond
Weaver, Billy Weaver (Maryland), Travon Taulton, Christopher
Weaver of Grand Prairie, TX; god daughter, Brit-
tany Weaver; stepsisters; Yvonne Massie, Secelia Campbell,
Renee Cooper, Debra Campbell, all of Grand Prairie, TX,
special friend, Elize Williams and a host of nieces,
nephews, other friends and relatives.
Norma Nell (Morgan) Thornton
Dec 10, 1925 - Jan 8, 2012
NORMA NELL MORGAN beloved mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, aunt and friend , died January 8, 2012 at
the age of 87. Norma was born in Kerens, Texas on December
10, 1925, the youngest of four sisters. She grew up in East
Texas during the Great Depression. After graduating from
Kerens High School in 1942, Norma went to Southwestern
Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas. After World
War II, she met Wilbur "TD" Thornton who she married on
December 7, 1946. Norma and TD would have celebrated 66
years of marriage this past month but TD died on October 16,
2012. Norma assisted her husband in his painting contracting
business and also pursued a career of her own as an
Executive Assistant and Assistant Corporate Secretary of
Riviana Foods in Houston where she worked for 30 years until
her retirement in 1992. Norma and TD were the proud
proprietors of Green Hill Farm in Brenham since 1969 where
they enjoyed their family outings and family reunions.
Formerly a member of the Park Place Assembly of God where
she taught Sunday School, she was a member of the Christian
Temple Assembly of God at the time of her death. Norma was
preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur "TD", her mother,
Edna Mae "Tincie" Morgan and her father, Lewis McMinn
Morgan. Norma is survived by her son, David Thornton and
daughter-in-law, Sherrie Thornton; daughter, Linda Bloomer
and son-in-law, Myron Bloomer; daughter, Cathy Foley and
son-in-law, Al Foley; grandchildren, Jenny, Samantha,
Rebecca, Steven and Kacey; great-grandson, Jackson;
sister-in-law, Connie Reece, numerous nieces and nephews and
a multitude of lifelong friends. Visitation with friends and
family is Friday, January 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Funeral services will be held at South Park Funeral
Home, 1310 North Main St., Pearland, Texas on Saturday,
January 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
October 02, 1917 - December 23, 2010
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Bruce Columbus Coates, 93, of Denton, died Thursday December
23, 2010 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton.
Mr. Coates was born on October 2, 1917 in Kerens, TX to
Anderson Bruce and Maggie Bell (Howell) Coates. He was
married to Clara Almeda McSween on October 31, 1942 in
Burburnett, TX. They had been happily married for 65 years
when Clara passed away on October 15, 2008. He was a member
of the First Christian Church of Denton for 60 years. He
served the church in various duties, and was made Elder
Emeritus in October 2002. He was a member of the Denton
Lions Club for 60 years and served as president in 1955. He
served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War
II. He worked many years in the automotive field at various
dealerships including Leon McNatt in Denton, and Moritz/Don
Davis in Arlington.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday
December 27, 2010 at the funeral home. A funeral service
will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday December 28, 2010 in the
chapel of Mulkey Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home,
705 N. Locust, Denton, TX. Rev. John Burton and Rev.
Charlotte Nabors will officiate the service. Interment will
follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will
be members of the Denton Lions Clubs.
He is survived by his son, Robert Bruce Coates and his wife
Debbie of Denton; sister, Theora Baker of Arlington; a
grandson, Bruce Kyle Coates and his wife Tami of Hickory
Creek, TX; and four great grandchildren, Destiney Stone,
Noah Stone, Claire Coates and Cole Coates; nieces and
nephew, Sharon Kinsey, Selah Hicks, Tim Baker, Chris and
Brenda McSween, Roger and Liz McSween, Terry and Cami
McSween, Larry and Wendy McSween, Susie Creason, Cindy
Walters, and other extended family members.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1203 N.
Fulton, Denton, TX 76201; or to the Texas Lions Camp, P.O.
Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029-0247.
Charles Earnest Whiteman
Mar 10, 1928 - Apr 12, 2018
Born March 10, 1928 in Kerens, TX and passed away peacefully
April 12, 2018 in Sandy OR, he was 90. Charlie lived in Moss
Landing and the Aromas area for 87 years. He is survived by
his wife of 67 years, Pauline Whiteman.
They were married in Carson City, Nevada on Feb. 4, 1951.
They have two sons, Ray Whiteman and daughter-in-law Bonnie
Whiteman of Sandy, OR; and Bruce Whiteman of Sonora, CA.
Charlie spent many years with his sons hunting and fishing.
He has six granddaughters and 7 great-grandchildren.
Charlie was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in
1950 and returned home 1952. He began his career upon
returning from the military as a Teamster and belonged to
local 890. He retired from System 99 in 1985. Charlie spent
time on road trips in his motor home for years. At home he
gardened and had flocks of birds in his yard he fed
regularly. Even some wild turkeys dropped by for a visit.
Charlie was active in his church, Harbor Chapel, for more
than 45 years and was an usher for 30 of those years. You
could always depend on seeing him at the church door every
Sunday, greeting everyone and helping anyone who needed it.
He never knew a stranger and always engaged in conversation
wherever he went. He had a love for good food and Lemon
Meringue Pie was his favorite dessert.
Charlie touched the heart of so many people with his prayers
and good humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and
Private family graveside services will be held Friday, May 4
in Moss Landing. All friends are welcome to attend Charlie’s
memorial Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at Harbor Chapel, 620
Dolan Rd., Moss Landing. In lieu of flowers please donate to
your favorite charity or to Harbor Chapel in Charlie’s name.
Special thanks to Jim York at Harbor Chapel for leading us
through Charlie’s memorial, and his church family for all
the support at this difficult time.
Kathryn Lucille (Darby)
Oct 18, 1914 - Jul 6, 2012
service will be held Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM at th
Donna Cemetery in Donna, Texas, services are under the
direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Kathryn was born Sunday, October 18, 1914 in Kerens, Texas.
She was the daughter of the late Thomas Darby and the late
Quenna Bess Scates Darby. She married Wallace Patterson in
Kerens, TX., he preceded her in death November of 1987.
She has a lifetime resident of Donna, TX., she came to the
lower Rio Grande Valley in 1920 moving to Vernon in 2003.
She had lived at Merrill Gardens for several years, she
loved to play games as well as dominos. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by
Betty Marshall of College Station, TX.
Pat Graf & Husband Charles of Vernon, TX.
Sandy Jackson & Husband Gary of Alamo, TX.
Debbie Meredith of San Antonio, TX.
Bobbie Darby of Kerens, TX.
Nineteen Great Grandchildren
Three Great-Great Grandchildren
Preceded in death by a sister Quenna Darby Allen.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Pete Marshall, Mike Marshall,
Kristy Marshall, Kyle Meredith, Rickie Meredith ,Wayne
Schmoker, Kari Ehringer, Charlotte Stachour, Cheryl Scoggins
and Kindra Whiteker.
Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church or
Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Services: Graveside: Monday, July 16, 2012 10:00 - AM
Sammy L. Edwards
May 2, 1946 - November 1, 2017
L. Edwards was born in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas to the
parentage of the late Willie Edwards and Berthina Monroe
Sammy graduated from Park High School in Kerens, Texas.
Early on Sammy united with New Hope Baptist Church where he
accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
Sammy moved to Dallas, Texas and later united with Eastgate
Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late
Pastor H.D. Reagan. Sammy served diligently as an usher,
enjoyed singing in the mass choir and praising God through
the Male Chorus until his health declined.
Sammy worked as a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed
life, listening to music and was passionate about helping
On November 1, 2017, Sammy L. Edwards departed this walk of
life and transitioned from earth to glory. Sammy was
preceded in death by: his parents, Willie and Berthina
Edwards; three brothers, Willie Edwards, Jr., J.C. Edwards
and Robert Edwards; sisters, Francis Watson, Maurine Castle,
Shirley Toliver and Berdie Wilson.
Sammy leaves to lament and his passing and celebrate his
homegoing: his loving and devoted wife of 24 years, Lena
Edwards; siblings, Percy Edwards (Jean), Margaret Banks and
Doris Edwards; sister-in-law, Nina Clay and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Mary Jane (Paul) Honea
Apr 6, 1924 - Apr 5, 2016
Dateline Jasper, Indiana
Mary Jane Honea, age 91, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at
8:07 p.m. on Tuesday (April 5, 2016) at Northwood Retirement
Community in Jasper.
Mary Jane was born in Kerens, Texas, on April 6, 1924 to
Westley and Addie (Anderson) Paul. She married Ollie Honea
on September 14, 1945. He preceded her in death on December
Mary Jane was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting, at which she
was very talented.
Kenneth Honea, and his wife Cindy, Hopkinsville, KY
Randy Honea, Nashville, TN
Christy Faivre-Malloy and Melissa Honea
One great - grandson,
Preceding her in death besides her husband are two sisters
and four brothers.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
James Porter "J.P." Fortner
Sep 25, 1858 - Jun 18, 1924
Well Known Farmer Dead.
J. P. Fortner, aged sixty-five years, a good and well known citizen
of the Tupelo community, died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon at the
home of his son in the Jester community, and the remains were
interred in the
Prairie Point cemetery near Bazette, this afternoon. The
deceased had lived in the county many years, and was esteemed as a
good citizen by all who knew him. The wife of the deceased passed
away some years ago, but he is survived by seven grown children, one
daughter and six sons.
The funeral this afternoon was largely attended.
Sarah Elizabeth (Parker)
Nov 20, 1855 - Feb 18, 1942
MRS. SARAH FINDLEY DIED WEDNESDAY IN PURSLEY COMMUNITY
Mrs. Sarah E. Findley, aged 86 years, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. J. C. Carver in the Pursley community Wednesday
Funeral services are slated Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the
church at Prairie Point with burial in the
Prairie Point cemetery.
A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Findley had resided in Navarro county
since two months of age. She resided in the Bazette community until
a few weeks ago when she went to Pursley.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Carver, Pursley; Mrs. Fred
Mitchell, West Columbia, and Mrs. Mary Stewart, Jacksonville; a son,
Barney Findley, Orth, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Belle Watt, and a
brother, I. L. Parker, both of Bazette; twenty-two grandchildren and
Corley Funeral Home is in charge.
FUNERAL SERVICES HELD THURSDAY FOR MRS. SARAH FINDLEY
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah E. Findley, aged 86 years, who died
at Pursley Wednesday morning, were held Thursday afternoon at 3
o’clock from the
Prairie Point cemetery. Burial was in the Prairie Point
A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Findley had resided in Navarro county
since two months of age and prior to moving to Pursley a few weeks
ago, had lived in the Bazette area for many years.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J. C. Carver, Pursley; Mrs. Fred
Mitchell, West Columbia, and Mrs. Mary Stewart, Jacksonville; a son,
Barney Findley, Orth, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Belle Watt, and a
brother, I. L. Parker, both of Bazette; 22 grandchildren and 28
Corley Funeral Home is in charge.
Ira Lee Taylor
Jan 29, 1891 - Nov 1, 1936
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR IRA LEE TAYLOR TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Ira Lee Taylor, aged 45 years, who died at his
home in Louise, Texas, Sunday, were held Tuesday afternoon at 1
o’clock from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Stubbs at Zion’s
Rest with interment in the
Prairie Point cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Burnett Jones of Corsicana, Full
Mr. Taylor was a native of Corsicana, and resided here until about
two years ago when he moved to Louise where he was employed by an
Surviving are his wife, four sons, Edgar, Freddie, Dubart and Homer
Taylor; a daughter, Ava Taylor; a step-daughter, Rosa Nell Beatty,
all of Louise; a sister, Mrs. C. H. Brent, Corsicana, and a brother,
Wills Taylor, Bazette.
Pallbearers were Gene Stubbs, Gilbert Stubbs, Leroy Stubbs, Clyde
Stubbs, Richard Stubbs, and John Stubbs.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
The body arrived in Corsicana Tuesday morning at 4:45 o’clock.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, November 3, 1936
- Submitted by
- 1st wife Sallie (Herrin)
Taylor married Oct. 12, 1913 2nd wife Frances Luvenie (Stubbs)
Beatty-Taylor-Rice; s/o David B. Taylor & Melvina Frances (Hendrixson)
Jimmye Earlene (Nelson)
Feb 28, 1925 - Jul 15, 2008
Jimmy Sharrer, 83, of Malakoff passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008,
at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the
Rev. Atwell Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at
Prairie Point cemetery
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Submitted by
- w/o Clifton McKinley “Pat”
McKinley married Jan. 5, 1942; d/o James Hogg "Jim" Nelson &
Florence Jewel (Colvin) Nelson
Lula Gladys Mayo
Jan 11, 1908 - Jan 5, 1922
(The Kerens Tribune)
Daughter of Sid Mayo Dies.
Just as we were going to press word was received here that a
daughter of Mr. Sid Mayo, residing north of Kerens, died of
pneumonia. We did not learn the time of her death, nor has funeral
arrangements been made public.
Emma (Tomerlin) Marshall
Jul 12, 1902 - Sep 23, 1920
In Memory of Mrs. Emma Marshall, who departed this life on September
Darling Emma only bloomed for 18 years, she being married to Mr. Sam
Marshall on December 8, 1919. She was the daughter of the Rev. Mr.
Tomlin of the Buffalo community. All was done that loving hands
could do, but God had a vacant place he wanted to be filled so he
called our darling Emma. It was hard to give her up; but weep not,
dear loved ones, for Emma is at rest where there will be no more
sorrow for her to know. Let us walk the straight and narrow way that
when we leave this sinful world we may meet darling Emma up there.
She was laid in rest in
Prairie Point cemetery
Friday, Sept. 24. She leaves a father, mother, five sisters and
three brothers and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her
death. But one sweet thought our soul is given is that we will meet
our darling Emma in a better world above.
A loving friend,
Powell, Texas, Route 1.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Thursday, Oct 14, 1920
- Submitted by
- w/o Richard Samuel “Sam”
Marshall married Dec. 10, 1919 buried in Rice Cemetery, Rice, Tx;
d/o Rev. Nobel Nathaniel Tomerlin & Mae Hoyte (Holland)
Glenn Lanier Sybert
February 22, 1918 - November 2, 2009
Sybert, Born 2-22-1918 in Emory, TX and passed away
11-2-2009 in Corsicana, TX. He was a WWII Veteran, a member
of the Masonic Lodge /Scottish Rite for 63 years and a
Charter Member of Buckner Terrace Baptist Church. Glenn was
employed by the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Preceded in
death by his parents, sister, and his precious wife. Glenn
is survived by his daughter, Glynda Southard and husband,
Fred of Blooming Grove, TX; grandchildren, Glenn and
Gretchen Southard of the Woodlands, TX, Jarrett and Melanie
Southard of Avalon, TX, Ronda and David Peterson of Blooming
Grove, TX; great-grandchildren, Travis, Kyle, Abby Southard
of the Woodlands, TX, Caide Southard, Parker and Tyler Ellis
of Avalon, TX, Logan and Madison Peterson of Blooming Grove,
TX. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, 11-3-2009 at the
funeral home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday,
11-4-2009 in the Grove Hill Chapel. Entombment to follow at
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Michael Dean White
Sep 24, 1957 - Aug 30, 20178
for Michael Dean White
Michael was born in McAllen TX to Dean and Jane White. He
attended Texas Tech University where he completed his
Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education with a Major in
History. In 1979 he married the love of his life, Donna. His
career in Education began in 1982 and spanned 35 years.
Michael's love and passion for teaching and coaching
impacted students and staff from Irving Nimitz, Maypearl,
and Blooming Grove ISD. The Lord called him home on
Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
Michael is preceded in death by his son Eric Michael White,
his father and hero Donald Dean White, his Sister in law
Karen Felker Gaston, Paternal Grandparents Lester and Ercil
White, and Maternal Grandparents Jean and Louise Jipp.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, daughters and
son in laws Stacey and Jason Wallen and Megan and Matt
Horne. Grandchildren Keely and Payton Wallen, Colbie and
Mason Tigue, and Baby Horne. Mother Jane Jipp White, Mother
in Law Bonnie Mundell, Sister and Sister in law Christa and
Renita White, Brother in law Ronnie Gaston, Brother in law
and Sister in law Brian and Madelyne Mundell, many nieces
and nephews, numerous Aunts and Uncles, and other extended
Donations may be made to Michael D. White Scholarship Fund
at the Cowboy Bank of Texas 100 South Main Street, Maypearl,
TX. 76064 or at Blooming Grove ISD 212 West Grady Street
Blooming Grove, TX. 76626.
Gilbert "Hile" Padilla
Dec 19, 1929 - Nov 25, 2009
Gilbert "Hile" Padilla was born on December 19, 1929 in Purdon,
Texas and passed away on November 25, 2009 at his home in San
Antonio, Texas. He joined the US Army in 1951 where he proudly
served his country and held the rank of Corporal. He was Preceded in
death by his wife of 48 Years Maria L. Padilla. He leaves behind his
daughters Teresa P. Torres, Beatrice P. Cruz, Sylvia Padilla, son
Gilbert Padilla Jr., son in law Reuben Cruz Sr., nine grandchildren
and 11 great grandchildren. We would like to thank Mary Reyes, his
provider and friend for all her help and kindness in the years of
his life. Grandpa was a wise, humorous and loving person and will be
dearly missed. Love you Grandpa. Visitations will begin 11:00 am
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at Trevino Funeral Home, 2525 Palo Alto
Rd. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm that same evening at the
funeral home. A Procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 am
for a 10:00 am mass at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church. Interment
to follow in Fort Sam National Cemetery
Ursline (Woodard) Lewis
Jul 25, 1915 - Jul 8, 2007
Ursline Lewis of Harlingen passed away at Retama Nursing Center,
Sunday, July 8, 2007, at the age of 91. Ursline was born in Purdon,
Texas, and has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for the last 73 years.
She was the daughter of James M. Woodard and Ruby E. Warden Woodard.
Her husband, Marvin Haven Lewis, and brother, Stanley W. Woodard of
Tyler, preceded her in death in 1999.
Survivors include Marvin G. Lewis, stepson of Montgomery Village,
MD; and Sandra S. Hein, stepdaughter, of Laguna Niguel, CA.
Usline's profession was as a bookkeeper and auditor. Among the more
notable Valley firms she worked with were Sears, Ring & Brown
Distributors, and Davis Brokerage from which she retired. She was a
music aficionado and played classical and pop selections on the
piano. She found much pleasure in bowling. She was a member of the
First Christian Church in Harlingen.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2007, 1 p.m.,
at Buena Vista Memorial Park in Brownsville with Rev. Mark Coppins
May Pearl (Kinson)
May 1, 1934 - Dec 28, 2017
May Pearl Crapanzano
May 1, 1934 - December 28, 2017
May Crapanzano was born on May 1, 1934 in Purdon, Texas to
parents Don Kinson and Opal (Pearson) Kinson and entered
into eternal rest on December 28, 2017 at the age of 83. May
married the love of her life, Samuel Anthony Crapanzano, on
December 10, 1949. She was a loving wife and mother. Family
was her main priority. She always made sure there was a roof
over their heads, and they had plenty of food, clothes and
love. May felt that an education also very important for her
children. She was strong willed and determined to do things
right. May was a hard worker and was employed with Tom thumb
for 15 years. She was very kind, caring and loved everyone.
May was Pentecostal by faith and helped paint and set up one
of the churches she had joined. May was an extraordinary
lady who was loved by many and will be missed by all.
May was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Rosa
Masson, 9 sisters and 3 brothers.
She was survived by her daughter Beverly Martin of Norman,
OK, son Tony Crapanzano of Amarillo, daughter Donna Homire
and husband Rod of Mesquite, daughter Cindy Hicks of
Grapevine, son Mark Crapanzano of Kemp, 13 grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren, sister Joyce C. Lewis and husband Bobby
of Payne Springs, other loving family members and many more
Agnes Lou (Smith) Gray
1920 - May 1, 2010
Gray, Agnes Lou Smith Agnes Lou
Smith Gray passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the age of 89.
Agnes was born in Rice, Texas to Robert O Smith and Bertie Orange
Smith. After graduating from the University of North Texas she met
Don Gray. They were married in August, 1945 in Denton, Texas. After
moving to Dallas from Detroit, Michigan in 1948 she and Don joined
City Temple Presbyterian Church - now known as NorthPark
Presbyterian Church. An active member of the church for over 50
years, she served on a variety of boards and committees at the
church. An avid seamstress all her life she became an even more avid
quilter in the 1990's. She was preceded in death by her husband
Donald R Gray and her parents Robert O Smith and Bertie O Smith. She
is survived by her daughter Sandra Griffith and her husband Brooks;
her son Paul Gray and his wife Beth DeTine and their daughter Sarah
Gray. Special thanks to Ruby Thomas for being such a wonderful
caregiver. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be
made to NorthPark Presbyterian Church - Youth Mission Trips or to
the American Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held on
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM at NorthPark Presbyterian Church,
9555 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75230.
Josephine Burnette (Pace)
Nov 12, 1916 - Dec 21, 2005
, JOSEPHINE BRUNETTE Was born in Rice, Texas on November 12,
1916 and went home to be with her Lord and Savior December
21, 2005. Josephine was a very loving mother and grandmother
and lived a life of servitude. She leaves behind to cherish
her memory, her son, Jerry Holley, grandchildren Tommy
Huntington, Cindy Hill, Mary Losack, Tom Stuart, Lesa
Holley, and Lesley Holley, 7 great-grandchildren, 2
great-great grandchildren, 4 brothers, 1 sister, and
numerous other family members and friends. She was preceded
in death by Benjamin Franklin Pace, Sr., Anna Steward Pace,
Mary Stuart and Martha Huntington. Services celebrating
Josephine's life will be held Saturday, December 24 2005,
10:00 A.M. at Anderson-Clayton Memorial Chapel in Mesquite
with interment to follow at Grove Hill Memorial Park in
Dallas. The family will receive friends Friday evening from
6-8. Anderson Clayton 972-285-5489 Mesquite
Melton Lee Barnes
Feb 12, 1926 - Dec 23, 2017
Melton Lee Barnes
February 12, 1926 - December 23, 2017
Melton Lee Barnes passed away Saturday, December 23rd at the
age of 91. He was born in Rice, Texas on February 12, 1926
to Ora Modelle Womack and Loyce P. Barnes. After graduating
from Forest Avenue High School in May 1944, he joined the
U.S. Army in July 1944. In February 1945, he was deployed as
a proud member of the 10th Calvary attached to the 10th
Mountain Division in Europe. Upon the completion of the war
he returned to Dallas Texas where he married Cora Wretha
Gallatin in January 1952. He retired from Riverside Press
after 40 years as a master printer, where he was responsible
for the printing of such items as the Neiman Marcus catalog
as well as many of the Hallmark greeting cards. He was an
avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and outdoorsman. He is
survived by his wife of 65 years, Cora Wretha Barnes,
daughters Tina Barnes of Greenville, Texas and Lisa Barnes
of Richardson, Texas and his son, Eugene Barnes, his wife
Rhonda and their children Madison and Trent of Dallas Texas.
In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Laurel Land Funeral Home located
at 6000 South R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX Thursday,
December 28, 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at
Laurel Land Funeral Home, Friday December 29 at 2 p.m. In
lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation of time
or money to The VA North Texas Fisher House at
Burmah Lee (Riggins) Kyser
January 12, 1936 - October 25, 2017
Kyser, 81, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Wednesday, October
Burmah was born in Rice, Texas, the daughter of Edgar and
She is a member of Anthony Drive Baptist Church. She worked
for Donavon Galvani Sewing Factory. On November 18, 1955 she
married David Kyser.
Burmah’s love of her life was her husband and their
She is survived by her sons: Clarence and wife, Linda Kyser,
Brian and wife, Terri Kyser; daughters: Judy Kyser and Janet
Kyser; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and
with a large extended family that called her “Granny”.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Kyser,
her parents and brother, Wayne Riggins
A Celebration of her life will take place on Saturday,
October 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Baylor Baptist Church located
at 210 N. Preston Street, Ennis with Rev. Chet Hensley
Let the Peace of Christ rule in your Hearts.
Barbara Ann (Braddock) Crowe
Feb 14, 1937 - Dec 25, 2015
Barbara Ann Crowe
February 14, 1937 - December 25, 2015
Barbara Ann Braddock Crowe, our loving Mama and Nanny,
passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on December 25,
2015, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was
born in Rice, Texas, on Feb. 14, 1937, to Tiny and Clyde
Braddock. She is preceded in death by her parents and
siblings Bill Braddock and Betty Dowdy. Barbara is survived
by her sister Peggy Gill of Irving and her twin brother
Bobby Braddock of Mesquite.
After several moves around Texas, Barbara and her husband
Marvin, who died in 1977, settled in Mesquite, Texas.
Barbara is survived by their four children: Terry
Phillips and her husband Eddie Phillips of Terrell, David
Crowe and his wife Joan Crowe of Rowlett, Liz Qualls and her
husband Andy Qualls of Heath, and Marvin Crowe and his wife
Cheryl Crowe of Mesquite. She was blessed with nine
grandchildren: Jason Phillips, Neil
Phillips, Bonnie Phillips Wester and her husband Chaz, Kevin
Crowe, Lindsey Qualls James and her husband Justin, Katie
Qualls Sauce and her husband
Aaron, Travis Qualls, Chelsea Crowe and Cody Crowe, along
with eight beautiful great grandchildren and many nieces and
nephews. Barbara loved others and made everyone feel
extremely important and special. We will miss our
compassionate, generous Mama, Nanny, sister and friend who
taught us to treat others with love and respect. She always
said she did not have anything to give to others, but she
did: her last dollar in her wallet, her sweet smile of
encouragement, her words of praise, and her undeniable love
Be comforted, for you are not alone.
Private burial to follow at Restland.
Ronald Thomas McFadden
Sep 5, 1933 - Feb 27, 2011
for Ronald Thomas McFadden
McFadden: Ronald Thomas age 77 of Dresden passed away Sunday
at Chatham Kent Health Alliance Public General Campus. Born
in Dresden son of the late Thomas & Enis (Patterson)
McFadden. Ron worked at Meritor for 32 years and he owned
and operated McFadden Lawn Services and Snow removal for
over 35 years. Predeceased by his first wife Merilyn
(Martin) McFadden (2003) Surviving are his wife Jane (Gonyou)
McFadden, daughter Trudy (Rick) Green of Chatham, sons: Tom
(Karen) McFadden of Chatham, Greg (Norine) McFadden of
Dresden, P. Jay McFadden of Chatham, Russell (Connie)
McFadden of Wallaceburg and Tony (Shanon) McFadden of
Dresden, fourteen grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren,
stepdaughters: Danielle (Jaime) Morales of Kitchener and
Nicole (John) Reid of Texas and four step-grandchildren, one
sister Janet (Ed) Murray of Embro. Visitors will be received
at the Thomas L. DeBurger Funeral Home 620 Cross St. Dresden
Tuesday 7-9 p.m., Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral
service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral
home Thursday March 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Terry
Clyne officiating. Cremation with interment in Dresden
Cemetery. Donations if desired to the Ontario Heart and
Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be
appreciated by the family.
Doris Jean (Finch) Legge
Sep 30, 1927 - Mar 9, 2014
Doris Finch Legge, 86, passed away
on March 9, 2014. She was born in Chatfield, Texas, on September 30,
1927 to William and Beulah Jeffers Finch. Her father, a cotton
farmer, became a widower when Doris was 4. Her sister Estelle,
helped to raise Doris. Her other siblings included Frances, James,
Katherine, and Boyd. She attended school in Rice, Texas.
Her first job was part-time at J.M. Dyer, where she earned $1 per
day, then moved on to a bank, where she earned a bit more. She later
landed a job as a secretary at Texas Power and Light in Corsicana.
In Corsicana, she met a WWII Navy veteran, M.C. Legge. They met on a
double blind date, each was paired with another person. M.C. and
Doris hit it off so well that they switched dates. They married on
October 16, 1948. Doris later recalled that instead of a wedding
reception, they went to New Orleans, LA, where M.C. stopped at a gas
station and bought two packages of Fig Newtons and two Dr. Peppers
to celebrate the union.
In 1960, M.C. accepted a job at National Supply in Gainesville,
Texas. Doris and M.C. became very close to Maureen and Richard Pyle.
Friends continued to play a key role in their lives. Doris was known
as an exceptional cook and for her manner of making everyone feel
welcome. She had an easy laugh, and loved playing practical jokes.
She possessed a love of life. Even when she had to move from her
home into a nursing facility, she enjoyed everything from visits
from friends and family to watching a roadrunner out the window and
cheering for the Texas Rangers. Doris was an active member of First
Baptist Church since moving to Gainesville in 1960.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, M.C. Legge,
sisters Frances, Katherine, and Estelle, brothers Boyd and James,
and nieces Ethel Swanner and Susan Mears, and nephew James Finch.
She is survived by nieces Pam Durio, Ann Burns, and Mary Loofbourrow,
nephews Boyd Brown, John Anderson and his wife Debby, John Finch and
Joe Loofbourrow. The family wishes to thank her close friends Anna
Jo and Doug Selby, Mary Tibbets, and Mary Holland, along with a host
of others for their loving care and companionship to Doris. The
family also expresses gratitude for the years of care provided by
Trice Henry and the staff of Renaissance Care Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 13, 2014
at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hubert
Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.
Helena Delois (Hobbs)
Jan 25, 1927 - Mar 5, 2015
Helena Delois Townsend a resident of Mansfield, Texas formerly of
Durant, Oklahoma passed away in Mansfield, Texas on Thursday, March
5, 2015 at the age of 88. She was born in Chatfield, Texas on
January 25, 1927 to Tommy and Lena (Roark) Hobbs.
Helena Delois was a member of the First Baptist Church in Durant,
Mrs. Townsend is survived by her sisters, Sue Hurst of Cedar Hill,
Texas and Deyne Tannehill of McAlester, Oklahoma; nieces and
nephews, Glenda Poteet of Mansfield, Texas, Larry Burdette of
Hermiston, Oregon, Debbie Hurst of Grand Prairie, Texas, Randy Hurst
of San Francisco, California, Jeff Hurst and wife Cathy of San
Diego, California and Mike Tannehill of Ft. Worth, Texas; and
numerous great nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her daughter, Vicki Townsend
Stinson; parents, Tommy Hobbs and Lena Spradlin; sister, Dorothy
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 10, 2015
at the Highland Cemetery Chapel in Durant, Oklahoma with Rev. James
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral
Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
James Roy Reed
Mar 8, 1925 - Sep 18, 2016
James Roy Reed
March 8, 1925 - September 18, 2016
James was born March 8, 1925 in Killeen, TX to parents
George Lewis and Mary Francis (Wilson) Reed and entered into
eternal rest on September 18, 2016 at the age of 91. James
grew up in the former State Orphan’s Home in Corsicana, at
the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Army and asked to be
in the Calvary so he could ride the horses. They accepted
him in the Army but he got to drive a tank instead of riding
a horse. He served in the United States Army during WWII
under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge and helped
to liberate several concentration camps during his service.
He married Jewel Virginia Lee Lawson in February of 1950.
That began the love story that lasted unseperated and never
ending for over 66 years. James enjoyed fishing, hunting and
raising cattle. He loved his family very much and wrote
songs and poems to them all through the years. James was the
minister at Trinity Full Gospel Church in Seven Points since
1995 where he touched many people’s lives with his preaching
and knowledge of The Word. He was a loving, caring man who
will be tremendously missed by all who knew him.
James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers;
George, Albert, Kelton and a set of twin boys, sisters;
Blanche, Dovie, Lorene, Jewel and Louise, grandsons; Robert
Glen Turner, Jason Leon Reed and Mark Anthony Deramee and
great-grandson Maddox Alexander Nagnwai.
He is survived by his loving wife Jewel Reed of Chatfield,
sons; Roland Reed of Mabank and James Reed Jr. and Huyen
“Wee” of Kemp, a nephew that was like a son “Petalo” Price
of Mexia, daughters; Debra Turner and Harold of Kemp, Brenda
Deramee and Don of Garland, Donna Renfro and Jim of Irving,
Bonnie Anita Jones and Larry of Gun Barrel City, Carolyn
Reed of Gun Barrel City, an acquired child Robbin Drake of
Tool, adopted sister-in-law Shirley Wood of Seagoville, 21
grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great
grandchild and 1 on the way, numerous other nephews, nieces,
relatives and many friends.
Betty Ray (Allen) O'Bryant
Aug 12, 1943 - Apr 23, 2016
Ray O'Bryant was born on August 12, 1943 in Stephenville,
Texas. She grew up in The Corsicana State Orphans Home in
Corsicana, Texas. Upon graduation from high school she moved
to Ft. Worth to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Bee
and Marlin Downey. There she met Jim and spent the next
thirty years moving from place to place with a military
She was an ovarian cancer survivor for three and one half
years. Throughout the last four years of pain and suffering
from surgery, chemo therapy, heart and lung problems she
never lost her faith in God, Never complained and never once
said "Why me". Her strong faith is the glue that held us all
together. She was a "Giver" in every sense of the word,
never expecting anything in return. Her smile brightened
every room she entered.
She is preceded in death by her son Jimmy Ray, Her parents
Jack and Aline Allen and sister Jackie. She is survived by
her husband Jim, daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Randy,
the shining light of her life, her grandkids, McKenzie and
Connor, her sister and brother-in-law Bee and Marlin Downey,
and lots of nieces and nephews.
Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons, Sachse, TX
Cleophus "Tex" Downey
Apr 18, 1932 - Oct 14, 2010
'TEX' DOWNEY1932-2010GARDINER, MAINE-Cleophus Downey 78, of
Gardiner, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 14, 2010
at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. He was born on
April 18, 1932, in Irene Texas, son of Jewel and Duward
Downey. Cleophus attended the State Orphans Home in
Corsicana, Texas from 1939 to 1949, where he graduated high
school as class president, and starred as fullback on the
1949 State Home Champion football team. He joined the Air
Force in June 1949 with basic training at Lackland Air Force
Base in San Antonio, Texas. He attended aircraft engine
school in Wichita Falls, Shepard AFB until May 1950, after
which he served tours of duty in Japan and Korea. In March
1953, 'Tex', as he was known by all, was stationed at Dow
AFB, in Bangor, Maine until his discharge in June 1955.
During his service time in Bangor, he met and fell in love
with Carolyn Arlene Peters, of Gardiner, Maine. They were
married October 2, 1954 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In
June 1957, the couple moved to Manchester, Connecticut for
employment at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford,
CT where Tex worked for 34 years as a quality review
inspector, while raising his family with Arlene in
Manchester.He retired in March 1991, and moved to the
Peters' family home in Gardiner. Tex loved the state of
Maine, and sharing time with his family there. He was a
voracious reader and loved a good debate. He was a naturally
talented artist and a self taught wood carver and handyman.
He nourished his carving talents during his retirement years
and delighted his family and friends with gifts of his truly
life like bird and wildlife carvings. He enjoyed gardening
and tending to his beautiful surroundings and landscapes,
and loved his companion 'shop cat' of 15 years, named
Skeeter. Tex created a warm and happy home with his artwork,
and loved to entertain his children and grandchildren with
projects in his workshop, affectionately named: 'Downey Duck
Works, etc'. He will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful
husband and father, and a humble man, always.He was
predeceased by three sisters, Eva Leta Parker, Jetta Grey,
and Billie Rawls, all from Texas. He is survived by his wife
of 56 years, Arlene, and his son Bradford Downey of Vernon,
CT and his wife Meredith. Also his daughters, Lou Ann Downey
of Manchester, CT, and her husband Frank Philopena, Gail
Downey-Bannon of Manchester, CT, and her husband
Christopher, his grandchildren Caroline and Meghan Philopena
and James and Cary Bannon. He is also survived by his
brother Marlin Downey of Sachse, Texas and his wife Bee, as
well as many nieces and nephews.The family would like to
thank the doctors and staff of the Togus VA hospital, the
Augusta Rehabilitation Center and Maine General Medical
Center for their kind care and assistance the past few
months. Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral
Service, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, ME. There will be no
visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tex's name
can be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet
Haven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330-6119. Condolences to the
family can be sent via the funeral home website:
Peggy June (Stroud) Morris
June 22, 1933February 1, 2017
Peggy June Stroud Morris, 83, of
Bluff Dale, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at her residence.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Bluff Dale Baptist
Church in Bluff Dale. Burial followed at Glenn Cemetery in Hood
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Stephenville Funeral
Peggy was born June 22, 1933, in Blum to the late Alvin Harry and
Winnie Myrle Briscoe Stroud. She attended grade school in Hillsboro.
Because of her parent’s divorce and her mother being unable to care
for her, she and her two siblings, Joann and Wayne, were placed in
the Texas State Orphans Home in Corsicana.
She left the home in 1948, met and married the love of her life,
Farris Ray Morris, on June 10, 1950, in Hood County and together
they raised three daughters. He preceded her in death Feb. 8, 2008.
She was a member of the Bluff Dale Baptist Church.
Survivors include her three daughters, Diane Morris, Kristina
Morris, and Connie Davis and husband, Dwayne; brother, Wayne Stroud;
sister, Joann Stroud; eight grandchildren and 26
great-grandchildren; as well as extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Farris Ray Morris; infant
son, Farris Ray Morris Jr.; parents, Alvin Harry Stroud and Winnie
Myrle Briscoe; infant brother, Dwayne Stroud; and great-grandson,
Aug 26, 1934 - Oct 15, 2016
Memorial Service for Floyd Cheatham, 82, of Brownsboro will be held
on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in
Athens, Texas with Pastor Dewayne Tedfordofficiating. Mr. Cheatham
passed away on Saturday Oct. 15, in Athens. Floyd Newton Cheatham,
son of Archie Newton and Minnie Leona Wells Cheatham was born on
August 26, 1934 in Lindale, TX. He was the seventh of eight
children. He lived with his family until his mother’s death four
years later in 1938. At which time he was turned over to the
Corsicana State Orphans Home. Floyd was very active in sports, FFA
and Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston area fat stockshows. After graduating
from Corsicana State Home High School he worked various jobs that
led himto Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He worked for the Idaho State
Highway department until enlisting in the United States Marine Corp
in October 1955. He received an honorable discharge as a Corporal.
In 1958, he returned to Bonners Ferry and took work with the U.S.
Forest Service in the engineering department. In the spring 1964, he
met the love of his life, Jeannette Cenfield; they were married six
months later on Oct. 29, 1964, and together they had four children.
Floyd worked for Louisiana Pacific lumber company in Moyie Springs,
Idaho for 32 years, retiring in 2000. Over the years, Floyd and
Jeannette took in extra children and animals. Their doors were
always open and meal times were often the best times of day with
laughter and good food. Floyd worked very hard around the farm
raising cattle, hogs, chickens, sheep, horses and his children, who
were his pride and joy. Floyd loved to travel and to go camping
where he took his family on many extended vacations. He was an
outdoorsman who loved hunting, wood working, horseback riding and
collecting rocks. His main joy in life was spending time with his
family, especially being involved in his grandchildren’s activities.
Floyd was a member of the Damascus Baptist Church, of Lindale, TX.
Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Minnie
Cheatham, sister, Emma Hancock, brothers Ray Cheatham, Lloyd
Cheatham, Andy Cheatham. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette
Cheatham; four children, Wendy Jean Cheatham of Brownsboro,TX,
Stephen Wesley Cheathan and wife Laura of Hayden, Idaho. Deborah
Lynn Higgins and husband Joseph of Naples, Idaho, Phillip Jason
Cheatham and Michele Thiem of Athens, TX. Two sisters, Marietta
McElroy of San Diego, CA and Noma Jean Manning of Birmingham, Al,
One brother Wayne “TEX” Cheatham of Post Falls, Idaho. Eleven
grandchildren; Jessica Lynn Cheatham, Michael Lee WesleyMurphy,
Christopher Matthew Cheatham, Stephanie Nichole Vogel, Jacob Vogel,
Kevin DonaldCheatham, Cooper Glen Joseph Higgins, Kelsey Jo
McKnight, Samantha Leona Cheatham, Haley TaylorCheatham; six great
grandchildren, Jada, Jazi, Landon, Wesley, Nolan, and Wyatt and
numerousnieces, nephews and cousins.Visitation will be held from 3
p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in
Athens. Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral
Home Family. You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to
the family at
Huey Lee Rush, Jr.
Oct 25,f 1932 - June 12 2006
Lee Rush, Jr., 73, of Whitney passed away on June 12, 2006
in Waco. He was the son of Huey and Alma Anna Huff Rush. He
grew up in the Corsicana State Orphans Home beginning at age
13 He attended school and graduated from Corsicana State
Orphans Home; played football and ran track at Navarro Jr.
College and North Texas. He received his Bachelors and
Master degree from North Texas. He was a teacher and coach
for 15 years and had his own construction company. During
the Panama conflict he served in the U. S. Army from 1956 -
1959 and in the reserves until 1962. Huey loved to play 42
and work with wood, adored his grandchildren and was a good
family man. He was a member of Fort Graham Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Rush of Whitney;
children, Sharon Graves and husband, Gary of Duncanville,
Becky McClain and husband, Doug of Granbury; brother,
Raymond Rush and wife, YoKo of Lake Charles, LA; sister,
Margie Powell and husband, Carl of Lake Charles, LA; 14
grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Interment of the
cremains will follow later at the Dallas-Fort Worth National
Cemetery. Memorials: Fort Graham Baptist Church, 137 FM
2604, Whitney, TX 76692
Nolan J. Clemens
abt 1924 - Feb 21, 2008
CLEMENS, NOLAN J. SR., (TOM), A
good man, faithful husband and proud father; Nolan Clemens, Sr.
passed away on Thursday February 21, 2008. He was 84. He was called
Tom by family and friends. He was preceded in death by parents,
sister Jean Holcomb and daughter Sharon K. Clemens. He is survived
by his wife of 66 years, Iola Mae Clemens. He is also survived by
three children, Nolan (and Lynette) Clemens Jr., Beverly Carter and
Kathy (and Gordon) Evans. Other survivors include 8 grandchildren
and 11 great-grandchildren. Born in Kingsville, Texas, Tom and his
sister Jean grew up at the Corsicana Orphans home. He met Iola in
Arkansas and they lived in California before moving to Dallas in
1945. He held a number of sales positions in Dallas including
Bordens Dairies and Ben E. Keith. He retired in 1987. He was an
active member of Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge. He and Iola have lived in
the Casa View area where they have been longtime members of Shiloh
Terrace Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 6PM Sunday
February 24, 2008. Services will be at 10AM Monday February 25, 2008
at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Memorials may be made to Shiloh Terrace
Baptist Church Mission East Dallas Program, 9810 La Prada - Dallas
TX 75228. Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com
Aug 13, 1920 - Nov 6, 2011
AUGUST 13, 1920 – NOVEMBER 6, 2011
Obituary of Leonard Arnold
ARLINGTON -- Leonard Arnold, 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6,
2011. Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at New York Avenue Church of
Christ. Interment: Mansfield Cemetery Visitation: 6 to 8
p.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home. Leonard Arnold was
born Aug. 13, 1920, in Fort Worth. Leonard spent the bulk of
his childhood years in the Odd Fellows Widows and Orphans
Home in Corsicana, where he went with his mother and
siblings after the untimely death of his father. He was a
fixture at the annual events held by the IOOF Ex-Students
Association. Leonard proudly served his country during World
War II in the Navy with the Pacific Fleet, is registered on
the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and
spent many happy times in recent years with his compatriots
of the LST. Leonard graduated from Abilene Christian
College, spent some time as a teacher, pastored several
small rural churches, and retired from Vaught Industries at
the age of 70. Leonard was a loyal member of the Church of
Christ and never missed a Sunday service in his adult life
unless he was in the military or in the hospital. Thanks to
loving friends from New York Avenue Church of Christ he was
able to remain an active member there for many years.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Ethel
Arnold; brothers, J.A. Arnold, Alton Arnold, Seth Arnold Jr.
and Billy M. Arnold. Survivors: His sister, Bobbie McNally;
sister-in-law, Jessie Arnold; many nieces and nephews; and
"the kids" from the home who will miss him greatly.
Jesse O. Baker
Dec 8, 1927 - Mar 28, 2005
Jesse O. Baker, 77, of Bay City, passed away Monday, March 28, 2005
at his residence.
He was born December 8, 1927, in Malakoff, Texas, to the late Willie
J. and Lillie Giles Baker.
He attended school in Malakoff and, at the age of 12 after the death
of his father, he attended Corsicana State Orphan's Home in
He graduated in 1946 and entered Southwest Texas State Teacher's
College for the next two years.
In 1948, he attended Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches,
Texas, from which he received his master's degree in 1950. That same
year he began his teaching career in Arp, Texas.
Along with his teaching duties, he also was a coach for both boys'
and girls' sports and served as principal of Arp High School.
In 1964, he moved his family to El Maton, Texas, where he began
teaching and coaching in the Tidehaven I.S.D. He also served as
principal at Tidehaven High School for many years, until his
retirement in 1986.
Upon retiring, he and his wife moved to Bay City. Although he
enjoyed playing golf and bowling on a league, his favorite pastime
was attending any sports event in which Tidehaven or Bay City
He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by: his loving wife of over 57 years, Doris Baker;
daughters, Carolyn Baker of Bay City, and Marilyn Savage of Markham;
sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Linda Baker of Bay City, and
Larry Baker of Coldspring, Texas.
He also is survived by: grandchildren, Andrea Savage and Nathan
Savage of Markham, Kristen and Oscar Lara of Blessing, Bryan and
Crystal Baker of Austin, Jeff and Wendy Baker of LaPorte, Chris and
Scott Baker of Bay City, Haley Turner of Philadelphia, Penn., Alecia
Baker of Conroe, Stephanie Baker of Huntsville, and Joshua Baker of
Dallas; great-grandchildren, Vincent, Karissa and Marcus Lara, Ryan
and Drew Savage, and Tyler Baker; sister and brother-in-law, Frances
and Darvin Wilcox; brother and sister-in-law, Andrew "Slim" and
LaVone Baker and foster brother and sister Harold and Barbara
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31,
2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at the
First Baptist Church of Bay City, with the Reverends Chester Sassman
and Michael Zimmerman officiating.
Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Bryan, Jeff, Chris, Scott and
Joshua Baker, and Nathan Savage.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Bateman, Doc Frankson, Clark
Bergstrom and Richard Campbell.
The family requests donations be sent to the Delvin L. Taska
Scholarship Fund at Tidehaven High School, P.O. Box 129, El Maton,
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Bay City, Texas
Gussie W. Wheeless
Dec 1921 - Oct 4, 2012
Gussie W. Wheeless, 90, of Santa Fe, finished his battle
with cancer and stepped out of time into eternal glory on
Thursday, October 4, 2012. He died peacefully and was
surrounded by all of his children and a large number of his
Gussie was born December 1921 in Cleburne Texas to John and
Leona Wheeless. After his fathers passing when Gussie was 3
he spent his upbringing with the many loving Kids in the Odd
Fellows home for Orphans and Widows in Corsicana, TX.
Gussie served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Bombardier
and Ordinance Man on a PB2Y seaplane during WWII. He married
the love of his life, Evelyn (Burt) Wheeless in 1947. Evelyn
and Gussie are now reunited for eternity. He was employed
for many years in Los Alamos and retired from the Zia
Gussie was a wonderful father and lived for his family. He
was a man who enjoyed life and lived to the fullest. He was
a man of enormous life experience and shared a wealth of
wisdom about life and love with everyone fortunate enough to
cross his path.
Gussie is survived by his son John Wheeless and wife Celia,
their children John and Jeniffer; his daughter Mary Wiedner
and husband Roy, their daughters Dawn and Nicole; his son
Jim Wheeless and wife Maxine and their children Angela,
Corrie Sue, Adam, and Natalie; his youngest daughter Kelly
Martinez, her husband Louis and their children Joe, Adrian
and Alyssa; his 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister Jeanine (Dunson) Schmitt.
A rosary was recited on October 15, 2012. Mass of Christian
burial was celebrated on October 16, 2012. Both services
were held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Santa
Fe. Interment followed at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Gussie's family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to
the wonderful people of Meals on Wheels who more than meals
provided loving visits that meant so much. Also we wish to
thank the nurses of Home Health Care and Hospice for their
compassionate care of our dear sweet Gussie.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
Pallbearers: Joe Martinez, Adrian Martinez, Adam Wheeless,
Roy Weidner, Vincent Lopez and John Michael Lopez.
Honorary Pallbearers: John Wheeless Jr., Mike McKinney Brock
McKinney and Bob Lopez.
Marvin Edwin "Buzz" Rawls
May 4, 1929 - Oct 5, 2007
MARVIN EDWIN "BUZZ" RAWLS
Mr. Marvin Edwin "Buzz" Rawls, of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away
October 5, 2007 in Winter Haven after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Mr. Rawls was born May 4, 1929 in Crockett, Texas. Mr. Rawls
attended school at the Texas State Orphanage in Corsicana, Southern
Methodist University, and UCLA. Mr. Rawls loved to fly, and served
as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for many years as a
mechanical engineer before settling in Florida, where he became a
well-known local entrepreneur.
Mr. Rawls was passionate about preserving the memory of the Texas
State Orphans Home, and was integral in establishing its Memorial
Fund. Mr. Rawls worked tirelessly in helping to preserve the SOH’s
heritage, knowing that the continued support and association of
former students has served as the sole long-term familial
relationship for so many of them.
Mr. Rawls’ family and friends will remember Buzz for his humor,
heart, and generosity. Mr. Rawls loved people and animals of all
kinds, and demonstrated this consistently. Although he lived in
Florida for much of his life, Buzz’s heart remained in Texas.
Survivors include his daughter Jeannie Taylor and husband Stephen;
three grandchildren Zachary, Joshua, and Mary, all of Mesquite, TX;
brother and sister-in-law Claude Dillard Rawls and Billie Downey
Rawls, of Crockett; sister and brother-in-law Mozelle Rawls Weeks
and Bob Weeks, of Arlington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews;
many, many friends, and his two cats, Kiki and J.J.
Funeral Services for Mr. Marvin Edwin (“Buzz”) Rawls were held
Friday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial
Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in
the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the State Orphans Home
Scholarship Fund, c/o Mozelle Weeks, 2106 Twin Elms, Arlington, TX
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
Grace (Garrett) Parker
Oct 8, 1918 - Aug 27, 2013
LOVING MEMORY OF
Mrs. Grace Garrett Parker
Birth Date: Oct 8th, 1918Death Date: Aug 27th, 2013
Mrs. Grace Garrett Parker,
94, of Tomball, Texas, passed away August 27, 2013, in a
Tomball assisted living center. She was born October 8,
1918, in Houston, Texas, to Roland Garrett and Josie Arnold.
She was raised in IOOF and Rebekah's Home for Widows and
Orphans in Corsicana, Texas, from December 8, 1932. Mrs.
Parker graduated from the orphanage in 1937, and continued
to be close to and remembered those who still lived there.
She rarely missed the opportunity to attend homecoming to
visit her brothers and sisters at this self-contained
"Beautiful Home." After Mrs. Parker graduated, she lived
with a foster father, Porter B. Rawson, until her marriage
to Mose Parker in 1941. Later, she and her husband took care
of Mr. Rawson in their home until his death.
She owned a beauty shop and enjoyed serving her customers as
a beautician. Mrs. Parker also enjoyed sewing and knitting
and made countless Afghans for others. She was always ready
to knit. Mrs. Parker was a member of Wooster Baptist Church
and First Baptist Church in Livingston, Texas. She lived in
Indian Springs, outside of Livingston, from 1967 to 2010.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mose Parker;
stepson, Richard Parker; brothers, Henry and Hank Garrett;
sisters, Lorene Garrett Tilley and Louella Garrett Hagel;
and daughter-in-law, Jean Parker; Mrs. Parker is survived by
her son, Kenneth Parker and wife, Mikie, of Metaire,
Louisiana; grandchildren, Rick Parker, Traci Dubuisson,
Nancy Patterson, David Gregory Parker and Shelley Parker;
and great grandchild, Ema Dubuisson.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 30, 2013,
from 10 â€" 11 a.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. A
service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Crespo &
Jirrels. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be
made to the IOOF Bell Tower Memorial, c/o Jessie Arnold,
IOOF Field Crest St., Arlington, Texas 76012.
Sep 22, 1922 - Dec 24, 2017
September 22, 1922 - December 24, 2017
Age 95, went home to our Lord, December 24, 2017. Born
September 22, 1922 in Corsicana, TX. She is preceded in
death by both her parents, 3 siblings, her eldest son
(Michael G Brian) and grandson (Brandon Herndon). She last
resided in Lewisville, TX with her husband of 79 years,
Steven Brian. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great
grandmother and great-great grandmother, she is survived by
her husband, 5 children - Richard Brian (Marcia), Roy Brian
(Anita), Gloria Herndon (Tom), Ron Brian (Helen) and Tammy
Stillwell (Dave); 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren
and 10 great-great grandchildren. The family will receive
friends from 6-9 PM, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Rhoton
Funeral Home for a celebration of life service. A private
family graveside service will be held Sunday, December 31,
2017 at 10:30 AM.
Pearle Ramona (Hampton)
July 1, 1923 - Nov 13, 2017
Pearle passed away on Monday,
November 13, 2017.
Pearle was a resident of Escanaba, Michigan at the time of passing.
She was raised in the Corsicana State Home orphanage in Texas until
she graduated from high school at age 16.
- Buried at the Allouez
Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co., Wisconsin
- wife of Frederick John
- Submitted by
Edward Lynn Williams
Mar 20, 1911 - Mar 26, 1972
Services for Mrs. Claris Stephens Crist were held at the Emmett
She was educated at the University of Texas and was a free lance
writer. While living in Graham, Texas, she worked for KSWA radio
and The Graham News. Later, she was employed by the Dallas
Morning News. Mrs. Crist was a member of the Methodist Church.
In 1964, Mrs. Claris Stephens married D.L. Crist in Burnet. They
made their home at Buchanan Dam, Texas.
Survived by her husband; one daughter - Mrs. Suzanne Jones; one
sister - Mrs. James Nevins; two step-sons.
Jan 12, 1941 - Nov 4, 2017
January 12, 1941 - November 4, 2017
Mike Abbey, age 76, of Streetman, Texas passed away on
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital in
Mike was born on January 12, 1941 in Denver, Colorado to
Ronald Elmer and Elizabeth (Caskey) Abbey. From a young age,
Mike enjoyed sports and went on to play baseball at Sam
Houston State University. He graduated from the University
of Houston in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Science in
Education degree and had a successful career of 33 years
teaching and coaching high school students, a job that he
loved. Mike enjoyed reading and spending time outdoors.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Karen Abbey;
daughters, Kim Parks & husband Joe, Michelle Stewart &
husband Duncan, and Allison Cravens & husband Marc;
stepchildren, Robert MacNabb & wife Teri, and Heather Isaacs
& husband Jason; grandchildren, Caroline, Abbey, Thomas,
Cullen, Andrew, Chloe, and Charlie; step grandchildren,
Faith, and Nevaeh.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant
The Abbey family would like to express our thanks to the
nursing staff for the kind and considerate care he received
during his time at the hospital.
If you feel inclined, please make any charity contributions
to Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, in memory of Mike
Bowers Funeral Home of Teague, Texas is handling the
cremation services. There will be no public memorial
Mike will be remembered as a kind, generous, and thoughtful
person. He will be missed greatly. “For we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will
bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” – 1
Jan 2, 1852 - Feb 16, 1931
Ashland, Oregon, Daily Tidings,
Tuesday, February 17, 1931, page 3.
"WELL KNOWN WOMAN DIES
Funeral Services for Mrs. J. W. Mills Sr., To Be Held Wednesday
Mrs. J. W. Mills Sr., well-known and well-beloved local woman died
suddenly Monday evening, February 16, 1931 at her home at 315 Almond
street. She had been in ill health for several weeks, but her
condition was not considered serious and her passing came as a shock
to her many friends here.
Mrs. Talitha Anderson Mills was born in Navarro county, Texas,
January 2, 1852 and came to Oregon in 1858, being one of the
earliest settlers in this district. In 1867 she was united in
Marriage to J. W. Mills.
For the last 20 years she had been a resident of this city, and
during that time was an active worker in the M. E. church and the W.
Seven children, Mrs. J. A. Frizelle, Snoqualmie Falls, Washington;
F. T. Mills, Beiber, California; W. M. Mills, Williams Oregon; J. W.
Mills Jr., Ashland; Mrs. J. W. Mathes, Ashland; Mrs. G. L. Carry,
Ashland; and Jessie Mills, Ashland: eight grandchildren and two
great grandchildren survive besides one brother, R. F. Anderson of
Funeral rites are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from
the Methodist church with Rev. S. W. Hall officiating, interment is
to be made at Phoenix."
Myron "Venoy" Michael
Nov 16, 1937 - Apr 16, 2017
for Myron "Venoy" Michael
Myron Venoy Michael of Waxahachie returned home to be with
his heavenly Father in the early morning hours of April 16,
2017. Venoy was born in Navarro County November 16, 1937 to
Orval and Louise Michael.
He attended High School in Wortham, Texas. After completing
High School, Venoy moved to Dallas where he went to work for
First National Bank in Dallas, later to become Bank of
America, where he was employed for 42 years. He retired in
Venoy married Harlene Byers on May 25, 1957. They would have
been married 60 years in May of this year.
Venoy is survived by his wife Harlene, two children, Terri
Griffith and Jon Michael, both of Waxahachie; sister, Linda
Fredrick and husband Raymond of Waco; seven grandchildren
and seven great grandchildren.
Venoy loved his family, his grandchildren, sports and Elvis
Visitation will be at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie
Tuesday, April 18 beginning from 6 to 8 pm. Graveside
services will be held Wednesday, April 19, in Wortham Texas
at Wortham Cemetery at 2:00 PM.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral
Ester Faye (Ferris) Hale
Nov 18, 1916 - Oct 20, 2016
Ester Faye Hale
November 18, 1916 - October 20, 2016
Ester Faye Hale, 99, of Duncanville, Texas passed away
October 20, 2016. She was born in Navarro County, Texas on
November 18, 1916 to Frank and Annie Ferris.
Ester was a loving woman who worked all her life. She
enjoyed traveling and had the chance to see visit Graceland.
She loved the stars of the T.V. show Dallas and getting her
make up and nails done everyday at her nursing home. Ester
walked everyday and this lead to a long fulfilling life. She
joined the Red Hat Club while she was at Laurenwood Nursing
Home in Duncanville. Above all she loved her children and
Ester is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Annie
Ferris; son, Jack Hale; sisters: Georgia Austin, Minnie
Crawford, Opal Chaney and Virgie Lee Korn.
She is survived by her sons Harold Hale and his wife, Ira
Faye, James Hale and his wife, Janet; daughter-in-law
Marcelle Hale, 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
May 7, 1915 – Oct 8, 2010
MAY 7, 1915 – OCTOBER 8, 2010
Obituary of Preston Vest
Services for Preston Vest, 95 of Smyer, will be held at 10
a.m. on Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010, at Smyer’s First Baptist
Church, with Brother E.G. Lambright officiating. Burial will
be in Resthaven
Memorial Park. Mr. Vest passed away on Friday, Oct 8th.
He was born in Navarro County and lived in Irene in Hill
County for 20 years before moving to Midland in 1933. He
married Dorothy Brunson in 1937 and moved to Smyer in 1955.
He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Smyer’s First
Baptist Church for 55 years, where he served as a deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years; three sons, Robert
Byron of Midland, Donald Preston of Smyer, and Gilbert Duane
of Robstown; one sister, Wanda Marrow of Brownwood, 8
grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a host of
Rosie Nell (Portis)
Aug 9, 1931 - Sep 26, 2012
born in Navarro County on Auguust 9, 1931 to the parentage
of George and Rosie Mae (Mason) Portis, Sr. She was raised
and educated in the City of Dallas, Texas and graduated from
Booker T. Washington High School. She also attended Bishop
College and The American Institute of Practical Nursing. She
accepted Christ at an early age as her personal Savior at
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. She served faithfully as a
member and later joined the Junior Choir, Sunday School, BTU
and Sr. Chair when she became of age. Sister Cunningham
worked for the late Dr. W. K. Flowers, Jr. and was also a
computer instructor for Maynard H. Jackson Elementary
School. She met her husband Attorney E. Brice Cunningham and
they joined in holy matrimony on March 6, 1964. This union
was blessed with three wonderful children: Ledner Vernard
Cunningham, Michele Denise Cunningham(Gilbert) and Elana
Brice Cunningham(Murphy). She was preceded in death by her
parents. She leaves to cherish her memories, her children:
Ledner Vernard Cunningham(Chicago, Il.), Michele Denise
Gilbert(Houston, Tx.) and Elana Brice Cunningham
Murphy(Dallas, Tx). Grandchildren: Cory Cunningham, Ieshia
Gilbert, Le Ron Gilbert, Ian Cunningham, Malia Cunningham,
one sister: Acquilla Graves(Ann) Cedar Hill, Tx and a host
of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.