Virginia Ann (Ray)
Nov 24, 1940 - May 17, 2018
Ann Ray Terry went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 17,
2018 at her home in Corsicana, Texas. She was born Nov. 24,
1940 in Corsicana in the old P & S Hospital to James Alison
Ray, Sr. and Imogene Terry Ray.
She graduated from Wortham High School in 1958 and moved to
Dallas shortly after she married the love of her life,
Charles Edward Terry of Paris, Texas. They lived there until
he retired and moved to Corsicana to be near her parents and
Virginia worked at Baylor Hospital in Medical Records when
she first arrived in Dallas. After several years she became
a cosmetologist and graduated at the head of her class in
coloring. She was the owner and operator of the "Southwest
Beauty Shop." She loved playing music, teaching others how
to play, having "jam sessions" at home with fellow musicians
and playing in the band at the Senior Citizen Center on
Mondays. She could play just about any stringed instrument
there was and any song that you could make any tune of.
Camping with family and friends, attending Bluegrass
Festivals, spending time with her family and sharing her
Lord with others were the things she enjoyed most.
After the passing of Charles, she married Cary Andrew Farmer
and they loved to travel but Parkinson's disease cut their
time together short. In April of 2009, she married Ray
Corner of Michigan and was divorced in 2017.
Virginia was preceded in death by husbands, Charles Terry
and Andy Farmer; and her parents; her brothers: James Ray,
Jr. and Paul Gene Ray; her sisters; Linda Rouse;
step-daughter, Patsy Terry Jordan Milligan, step-son Ron
Terry, and step-granddaughter Tammy Jordan Grimes.
She is survived by her; daughter, Alison Terry Humann and
husband, Brian, brother; Bob Ray and wife, Sherry, aunt;
Betty Calloway and uncle; Gunter Terry and wife, Sue,
step-daughter: Glorianna Jonas Terry, grandsons: Terry
Jordan and wife, Jeanie, Aaron Humann and wife, Karen,
granddaughter, Jamie Humann, three great grandchildren and
three great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and
Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
funeral service following at 3:30 p.m. in the Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Serving as
pallbearers will be Colton Demonney, David Demonney, Tony
Demonney, Bob Ray, Jake Jordan, Shannon Rouse, Murray White
and Dustin Wright. Burial will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation
to the New Century Hospice team for all their love and
excellent care they provided.
Memorials may be made to the Rose Hill Cemetery Association
at P.O. Box 413, Blooming Grove, TX 76626 or to the Cowboy
Church of Corsicana Youth, P.O. Box 2068, Corsicana, TX
Howard Joe Freeman, Sr.
Mar 5, 1932 - May 13, 2018
J. Freeman passed away on May 13, 2018 after a long battle
with Alzheimer's. He was born on March 5, 1932 to Tom and
Bertha Freeman of Barry ,Texas. He was one of five
brothers and three half brothers. He meet and married the
love of his life Beatrice Bell Boulware on October 14, 1950.
They had three children Valorie Ann, Howard Joe Jr and Betty
Lynn. Howard was a member and deacon of the Powell Baptist
Church. He loved teaching Sunday school. His main happiness
in life was first his Lord, his wife, his children and did
he ever love those grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His grandchildren are Carol Ann, Jerome Howard, James
Andrew, Jonathan Layne; great grandchildren are Ronnie Alan,
Ginger Elizabeth, Dale Hunter, Tiffany LeAnn.
Betty and I want to Thank the Kerens Care Center For the
care and love they gave our dad, he wasn't called Mr.
Freeman he was known by all as Pawpaw.
Visitation will be Friday evening at Griffin - Roughton
Funeral Home from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am in the Chapel at Griffin -
Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at
in Emhouse, Texas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Alzheimer's
Association 688 Alliance Pkwy Hewitt, Texas 76643
- h/o Beatrice Bell (Boulware)
Freeman; s/o Tom Freeman & Bertha Lee (Rhoads) Freeman
- Submitted by
Howard J. Freeman, 86 of Powell
passed away May 13, 2018 in Kerens. Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the chapel
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Reuben Edward "Bill" Richards
Jan 31, 1931 - May 19, 2018
Reuben Richards, 87, of Athens went to be with his Lord and
Savior Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Athens. He was born Jan.
31, 1931 in Emhouse, the son of Reuben Dave Richards and Ada
Mae Carroll Richards. He was a
Veteran of the United States
Army and later worked for the United States Treasury
Department in both Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, where he
retired in 1995.
He married the love of his life Virginia Ann Biggers June 6,
1958, he loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of the
Lake Athens Baptist Church. Reuben was an avid sportsman who
truly enjoyed taking his boat out on several lakes to fish
and was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He had a
passion for listening to gospel, bluegrass and country music
and also sitting in his chair watching the many kinds of
birds that he fed in his back yard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David
Richards, sister Barbara Mitchell and two children, Eddie
Richards and Donna Hause.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Virginia
Richards of Athens; son Frederick Richards and wife Deenie
of Round Rock; son-in-law Shawn Hause of Pflugerville;
grandson Michael Ornelas of Pflugerville; two great
grandsons, Michael Rory Ornelas and Justin Ornelas both of
Pflugerville; one brother Don Richards and wife Beverly;
four sisters, Bettie Fulton, Sue Suehlak and husband
Kenneth, Sandra Wiley, Carol Ann Bryant and husband Larry
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25,
2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26,
2018 at Patterson [sic] Cemetery near Corsicana with Bro.
Mike Curry officiating.
Services are under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral
Home of Athens.
Graveside services for Reuben
Richards, 87, of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26,
near Corsicana, Texas with Bro. Mike Curry officiating. Services are
under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Mr. Richards went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May
19, 2018 in Athens.
Reuben Edward Richards was born January 31, 1931 in Emhouse, Texas
the son of Reuben Dave Richards and Ada Mae Carroll Richards. He was
a Veteran of the United States Army and later worked for the United
States Treasury Department in both Kansas City, Kansas and Austin,
Texas where he retired in 1995. He married the love of his life
Virginia Ann Biggers on June 6, 1958, he loved the Lord and was a
dedicated member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Reuben was an
avid sportsman who truly enjoyed taking his boat out on several
lakes to fish and was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He
had a passion for listening to gospel, bluegrass and country music
and also sitting in his chair watching the many kinds of birds that
he fed in his backyard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David Richards,
sister Barbara Mitchell and two children, Eddie Richards and Donna
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Virginia Richards of
Athens; son Frederick Richards and wife Deenie of Round Rock;
son-in-law Shawn Hause of Pflugerville; grandson Michael Ornelas of
Pflugerville; two great-grandsons, Michael Rory Ornelas and Justin
Ornelas both of Pflugerville; one brother Don Richards and wife
Beverly; four sisters, Bettie Fulton, Sue Suehlak and husband
Kenneth , Sandra Wiley, Carol Ann Bryant and husband Larry and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 form 6-8: p.m. at the
Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Laura Emma (Farmer) Christian
Apr 4, 1942 - May 14, 2018
Emma Christian passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Baylor
Medical Center in Dallas. She was born April 4, 1942 in
Mildred. She enjoyed gardening, reading books, family
"grandkids," recipe books and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Trace
Christian, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her children, Tim Christian and wife
Jodie, Lisa Thedford and husband Kevin; grandchildren,
Heather Flores and husband Matt, Hillary Caudillo and
husband Alex, Haley Hejny and husband Adam, Hunter Thedford
and wife Hannah, Cain Brown and wife Dixie, Lindsay Young
and husband Michael, Scott Tucker, Gavin Tucker, Kian Long,
Finley Tucker and Ramzey Tucker; great grandchildren, Kenna
Flores, Gage Flores, Noah Caudillo, Abel Caudillo, Cole
Hejny, McKeltie Brown, Dallas Brown, Laykin Young, Kaylin
Young and Rylie Brown. She is also survived by siblings,
Jessie Farmer, Rita Bernsen and husband Wayne, Sandra
Youngblood, Barbara Blum, Lita Farr and husband Clayton and
numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17,
2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18,
2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Mike Ballard
Interment to follow at
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Christian, Kevin
Thedford, Hunter Thedford, Austin Anderson, Matthew Flores,
Alex Caudillo, Adam Hejny and Daryl Bernsen. Honorary
pallbearers will be Ricky Sliger, Steve Haynie, Scott Tucker
and Todd Farmer.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
- Submitted by
- w/o Thomas Allen Christian;
d/o Talmadge Dewitt Farmer & Lavera May (Patrick) Farmer
(buried t Dresden Cemetery)
Lorraine Kelly Moss
abt 1928 - May 14, 2018
Lorraine Kelly Moss, 89 of Corsicana, passed away May 14,
2018 at the Twilight Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19,
2018 at the Kelly's Temple Church Of God In Christ located
at 501 N. Third St.
Interment will follow at the Chatfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Carlton Lee Grant
May 20, 1950 - May 16, 2018
Lee Grant,67, passed May 16, 2018. Visitation is 1 to 7 p.m.
May 22 at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Services are 11 a.m. May
23, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Streetman, followed by
burial at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Joe Escobedo Lopez, Jr.
Jul 21, 1974 - May 18, 2018
Escobedo Lopez, Jr., age 43, of Princeton, Texas, passed
away Friday. May 18, 2018. Joe was born July 21, 1974, in
Dallas to Joe Escobedo, Sr. and Judy (Ramirez) Lopez.
Joe graduated from
Corsicana High School - in
received his associate degree from Navarro Community College
Joe was employed with East Texas Medical and later with
Central Ambulance. He was a flight medic for Care Flight.
Joe was most recently with American Medical Response for the
last 12 years and then with MedCor for the last five years.
He married Yesenia Salinas on July 4, 2009, in Rockwall. His
family remembers him as an amazing husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Yesenia Lopez of Princeton,
Texas; children, Ethan Lopez, Leo DeLeon, Genesis DeLeon,
and JoAnna DeLeon, all of Princeton; father, Joe Lopez and
wife, Ruth of Corsicana; mother, Judy Colgrove and husband,
David of San Antonio; sister, Lily Werner and husband, Jeff
of Katy; nieces and nephews, Jon Taylor Cortinas of Katy,
Dakota Lopez, also of Katy, Makayla Puente of Sanger, Jenna
Werner and Jacksyn Werner, both of Katy; grandmother,
Rebecca Lopez of Flower Mound and grandfather, Jimmy M.
Ramirez of Dallas along with numerous uncles, aunts, and
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mike G. Lopez,
grandmother, Petra Servin, uncle, Rito Gallegos and aunt,
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 24,
2018, at Iglesia Bethel Church in Princeton, Texas. The
family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 to 7
p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2018 evening at
Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen.
William Richard (Dickey)
Jan 22, 1950 - May 17, 2018
Richard Miller, 68, better known as Dickey, went to be with
the Lord Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Country Meadows Nursing
and Rehab Center. He lost his seven-year-battle with the
effects of Alzheimer's Disease.
Dickey was born Jan. 22, 1950 to William B. (of Kerens) and
Helen Butler Miller (of Corsicana). He was a lifetime
resident of Corsicana. He is preceded in death by his
parents, grandparents, Currie and Dessie Butler, Ben and
Edna (Berry) of Kerens, father-in-law, Tom Burleson of
Amarillo, and mother-in-law Jean Lane of Shady Grove.
Dickey attended school in the Corsicana ISD, Navarro
College, and his junior year at Texas A&M. He was active in
band throughout his years in Corsicana as well as the jazz
band at Navarro. On April 20, 1965 he received his Eagle
Scout award with Troop 240 of Westminster Presbyterian
Church, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle
He married Cathy Burleson-Lane on June 2, 1972. The couple
had one son. They would have celebrated their 46th
anniversary this year.
Dickey worked at Whiteselle's for many years and was
eventually a part owner. After the sale of Whiteselle's he
opened a computer store named PC etc. His last job was a
salesman in the Pro Desk of Home Depot of Waxahachie.
Dickey is survived by his wife Cathy, son Richard and his
wife Christina, grandsons Elijah and Ethan Miller, brother
Terry (Linda) Miller, sister Dianne (Bob) Walker,
Sisters-in-law Kay (Randy) Arp, Brenda (Charles) Lowe, Sheri
(Jerry) Collier, Autumn (Andy) Cox, Nannette (Dave) Evans,
and Cheree Burleson. He is survived by brother-in-law Trey
(Julie) Burleson and father-in-law, Dale Lane. He leaves
behind many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews,
friends, and church family to carry on his memory.
Services will be 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton
and the family will be present 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20
for visitation. Bro. Larry Talbert will perform Dickey's
last services. Pallbearers are Eric Arp, Mike Reeder, Steven
Collier, Adam McLean, Jason Cox, and Bond Lohden. Honorary
pallbearers are the deacons of Westside Baptist Church where
Dickey also served as deacon.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimers'
Association or Westside Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jon Anthony "Tony" McClain
Jan 22, 1961 - May 8, 2018
Anthony "Tony" McClain, 57, of Corsicana passed away in
peace May 8, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
He was born Jan. 22, 1961 to JR and Lorena McClain. Tony
worked as a carpenter, painter and truck driver. Tony served
in the United States Army.
He was a friendly man and easy to get along with. Always
willing to help others.
He was preceded in death by his father JR McClain, mother
Lorena Tate and Brothers Jacky Ray McClain and Richard Allen
Tony is survived by his wife Roberta McClain of Corsicana;
daughters, McKenzie and Kay Lein McClain of Minesota;
brother James Robert 'Bobby' McClain of Corsicana and
step-parents Mahlon "Shorty" and Betty Tate of Powell.
Tony will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May
20, 2018 at Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton St. in
Corsicana with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating.
Arrangements made by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Don T. Tanner
May 16, 1950 - May 18, 2018
T. Tanner, 68, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 in Ennis. He
was born May 16, 1950 in Corsicana to Vestine Rex and Ellen
(Thornton) Tanner. He grew up in Lancaster and graduated
from Lancaster High School in 1968.
On May 16, 1986 he married Anna Garrett and they made their
home in Ennis. He worked as a truck driver and leadman for
ADS, CTR and True Value Hardware.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Tanner; daughters,
Christina Garrett and Maegan Tanner and partner Ryan
Jackson; grandchild, Kobe Hoggatt; sisters, Rexann Tanner
and Lori Tanner Richardson and husband, Tom; father-in-law
Floyd Garrett and sister-in-law, Liz Woodard along with
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Ellen
Tanner, mother-in-law, Josephine Garrett, sister-in-law,
Dodie Meyer and brother-in-law, Allen Garrett.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23,
2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
May 24, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
Sylvia Dianne (Jordan) Evans
Sept 19, 1959 - May 11, 2018
Evans, 58, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away Friday, May 11,
2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was born Sept. 19, 1959 in
She was preceded in death by Nora Lee Jordan Coy and Charles
She is survived by her husband, Ricky Wayne Evans, Sr.
Marsha Houston, Marjorie Thomas-Dobbs, Nora Miles, Joseph
Miles, LaTonya Miles and Ricky Wayne Evans, Jr.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18,
2018 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Bus. 45.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May
19, 2018 at
Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Wayne Simpson Rose
July 8, 1927 - May 14, 2018
Simpson Rose of Roane passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at
Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie at the age of 90. He was
born in Fort Towson, Oklahoma on July 8, 1927 to John
William Rose and Effie Nettie Christian. He served his
country in the United States Army during
World War II. He
married Flora Nell Knotts on April 30, 1946 in Corsicana.
Wayne retired from Mrs. Bairds Bread as a sales manager in
1990 after 37 years. He served as a Deacon first at Roane
Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church in Corsicana.
He would give advice whether it was wanted or not and loved
to visit with people. He enjoyed playing domino's 42 and 84.
Wayne was a man who believed in second chances and helping
those who wanted to help themselves by working with him. He
was proud of his family, his daughters and grandchildren.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Clyde
A. Rose, Roy Lynn Rose, John William Rose Jr., and Gloise
Rose; daughter Cynthia Anne Ogden and grandson Damon
He is survived by his wife of 72 years Flora Nell Rose;
daughter Linda Rose Harrelson; sisters Joyce St. Ama and
Shirley Ray; grandchildren Corey Harrelson, David Harrelson,
Chris Harrelson and Brett Ogden and great grandchildren
Makayla Harrelson, Cayten Harrelson, Corey Harrelson Jr. and
Visitation with his family was held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana
with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.
Interment to follow at
Cemetery with pallbearers being Corey Harrelson, Chris
Harrelson, David Harrelson, C.J. Harrelson, Tommy Baker, Rex
Peddy, Tony Ogden and Brett Ogden. Honorary Pallbearers will
be Uyless Ray, Willard St. Ama and Jon Ed Ingham.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building
Fund 510 West Collin Corsicana, Texas 75110, Corsicana
Senior Citizens Center 919 West Park Avenue Corsicana, Texas
75110 or American Cancer Society - Navarro County Unit 100
West 2ND Avenue Corsicana Texas 75110.
Louise (McKinney) Stough
Mar 10, 1918 - May 18, 2018
McKinney Stough passed away at her home in Tupelo, Friday,
May 18, 2018. She was 100. Louise was born to Percy Preston
McKinney and Mary Ruth Garner McKinney in Corsicana on March
She graduated from Corsicana High School and attended TSCW
not (TWU) in Denton. She worked for the city of Brownwood,
the U.S. Navy in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Army in
Fort Monroe, Virginia where she and her husband retired in
1972 and moved to Tupelo. She served as President of the
Kinsloe House and Vice-Regent of the Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR.) She was a lifelong member of the
First United Methodist Church where she served in numerous
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,
John Rutherford Stough, her brother Lt. John Preston
McKinney, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Leldon Harris
and sister Garner McKinney Cavender.
She is survived by her son John Rutherford Stough, Jr. and
wife Mary of Glenoma, Washington, son William Preston Stough
and Martiza Stough of Tupelo; brother-in-law Dr. James
(Jubilee) Cavender of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; seven
grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and numerous cousins,
nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in
Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at
Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Zach Stiefel
officiating. Interment will follow at the cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Heritage Oaks Retirement Village
and Mercy Hospice for the love and support that was given to
Louise and her family.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church
at 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.
William Wallace Ballew
Jul 29, 1863 - Feb 5, 1926
W. W. BALLEW DIED HERE FRIDAY NIGHT FUNERAL SUNDAY 3
PROMINENT ATTORNEY PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS SEVERAL DAYS
Funeral services for W. W. Ballew, 63 years old, who died at his
home, 928 West Fifth Avenue, at 10:30 o’clock Friday night,
following an extended illness, will be held from the residence at 3
o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third
Avenue Presbyterian church, will conduct the services. Burial will
be in Oakwood cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be LeGrande Woods, C. L. Jester, W. A.
Tarver, W. W. Harris, Joe S. Simkins and R. M. Tilley. The following
honorary pallbearers have been named: Aaron Ferguson, N. L. Benson,
Wes Redden, Ed McIver, Sam Blair, J. H. Woods, Bert Devency, Jim
Nick Garitty, J. M. Blanding, W. J. McKie, H. S. McLear, Meyer
Cohen, Dr. W. D. Cross, El J. Gibson, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Mike Howard,
R. J. Banks, Fred Upchurch, Claude Upchurch, Norris Lovett, Tom
Lovett, Ed M. Polk, Wayne R. Howell, Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. I. N.
Suttle, J. M. Hornbeck, A. G. Elliott, John R. Curington, John W.
Stewart, Dr. B. F. Houston, George Roxburgh, Hawkins Scarborough,
Warren Hicks, Morris Fox, Will Goldman, Sam Goldman, H. F. Marr, S.
W. Burdine, J. S. Callicutt, B. L. Finch, L. C. Fluker, L. A.
Pinkston, J. H. Galbreath, Richard Mays, A. P. Mays, Charlie Love,
Will Love, H. C. Nash, Judge J. L. Stout, Wilbur Wright and Dr. J.
S. Daniels, of Corsicana; and M. G. Hardy, J. C. Nagle and John
Carpenter of Dallas; and all members of the Navarro County Bar
Association and all members of the Woodmen of the World local lodge.
Born in Navarro county, July 29, 1863, Mr. Ballew had lived his
entire life here. He had practiced law since 1887, when he was
admitted to the practice following graduation from the State
University Law Department. He was well known throughout Texas, and
was a strong member of the legal fraternity of the state.
Mr. Ballew is survived by his wife, three children, Mrs. Houston
Gunlock, Ms. Gertrude Pittman and William Fletcher Ballew, all of
Corsicana; one brother, H. C. Ballew, Corsicana; and two sisters,
Misses Maude and Belle Ballew of Dallas.
Mr. Ballew was the son of John Ballew, a native of North Carolina,
who came to Texas in 1844, taking up residence at Clarksville, Red
River county, John Ballew taught school at Chatfield in 1853 and
1854 and married in 1857, Miss Gertrude Parsons.
Mr. Ballew was born 17 miles west of Corsicana and attended country
schools during a part of his early boyhood. In 1886 he entered the
law school of the State University and entered legal practice in
Corsicana in September 1887. April 17, 1895, he married Miss Lutie
Grant of Clarksville.
Mr. Ballew has always been a deep student of law and few men in
Texas have devoted as much time in hard study. His success as a
lawyer is evidenced by the court reports since the Seventy-fifty
Texas and his reputation as a high court practitioner is well-known.
He had been a frequent contributor to the press upon political
subjects and likewise many poems.
Mr. Ballew’s outstanding characteristics were unconquerable courage,
moral, mental and physical, and his wonderful memory and accuracy of
statement and reward for honesty and devotion to duty, contempt for
hypocrisy in politics and religion. He was outspoken upon all
subjects that he investigated, and could always cite the highest
authority upon many subjects he discussed, always going to the
source of any question and investigating every question from a
Judge J. M. Blanding today issued a request for all members of the
bar association to attend the funeral.
Mr. Ballew Passed Away.
Mr. W. W. Ballew passed quietly away last night at his home, 918
West Fifth avenue at 10:20 o’clock, after an illness of many weeks.
For several days the end has been expected and he has been
surrounded by his loved ones who awaited the last summons. Mr. H. C.
Ballew, of this city, a brother, Misses Maude and Belle Ballew of
Dallas, his sisters, and three nieces of Richland were with him
besides the members of his immediate family.
The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. W. BALLEW AT FAMILY HOME SUNDAY
WELL KNOWN ATTORNEY AND NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY LAID AT REST
Funeral services for W. W. Ballew were held at the family home, 918
West Fifth avenue, at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. Ilion T.
Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, officiating.
Burial was in Oakwood
cemetery. Active pallbearers were W. W. Harris, LeGrande Woods,
R. M. Tilley, C. L. Jester, w. A. Tarver and Joe Simkins. Honorary
pallbearers were members of the Navarro County Bar Association and
members of the local camp of the Woodmen of the World.
A large crowd gathered at the Ballew home to attend the last sad
rites, and there were many beautiful floral offerings. Many attended
the last rites performed at the grave.
Mr. Ballew was a native of Navarro county and had lived here all his
life. He was well known and had a large number of friends.
CORSICANA ATTORNEY IS EULOGIZED BY FRIEND WHO SAW HIS INNERMOST SOUL
The soul of man is immortal—it does not die; it cannot die, because
it is a part of the breath of God; it came down from the Father of
Light and to Him it returns. The return of the body to the earth
from whence it came, and which we discern with the physical eye but
typifies the going back of the soul to Him who gave it being, and
which we vision by spiritual sight. Some day the human race is
coming to know that spiritual vision is the real vision—the one on
which we can unerringly rely, through the ages some have known this,
and more are realizing it today.
There is no death—that which to dim, flesh-clouded mortal vision
seems so is but change, metamorphosis, transition. “There is no
death—the stars go down to rise upon some other shore, and bright in
heaven’s jeweled crown they shine forever more,” exclaimed the poet
as a loved one was silently slipping away from him. And while this
is only relatively so, for the stars do fade it partially
illustrates a great soul fact.
There is in man a fearless, deathless spirit. Unseen ? Yes; for it
is the unseen which is eternal; it is the unseen which is the real.
The unseen is the same yesterday, today and forever. In all the
realm of nature this is true.
And all things are ranged by mortal ken but verify this. Love,
gravitation, principles of truth—they are, they were, they always
will be; they are the real, the changeless, the deathless. What the
Spirit-illumed mind of the Apostle Paul more fully grasped nineteen
centuries ago the scientist of today is faintly comprehending. For
we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which
are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal.”
So when a late winter’s afternoon, in the warmth and golden glow of
a near-setting sun, bereaved loved ones and a host of sad-hearted
friends gave back to Mother Earth in the silence of
Oakwood cemetery the
mortal, changing part of what we but yesterday knew as William
Wallace Ballew, we no more buried the real man, whom so many of us
honored, admired, loved and delighted to call friend, than Ceasar’s
soldiers, at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin, locked forever the
Truth of God in Joseph’s rock ribbed tomb. When the cold and
pulseless clay lying yonder in the tongueless silence of the grave
has been dissolved into elemental dust and that same bright orbed
February sun has become star mist blown hither and yon by the winds
of eternity, the God-given spirit of your friend, my friend—our
friend—Brother Bill Ballew—for he was and is our brother—will be as
young and as eager for the truth and right –as he saw the right—as
it was in the heyday of his vigorous and intellectual manhood when
he feared not the steel of any foeman, nor blanched at the fiercest
fray; when like the proud plumed Henry of Navarre he was ever where
the battle raged the hottest, or like Ingersoll’s plumed knight,
ever ready to cast the shining spear of a well trained intellect at
the burnished armor of any foe.
Standing one day amid a scene like that which saddened our hearts,
but cheered our souls, Sunday afternoon, America’s most gifted and
eloquent agnostic, whose silver tongue and jeweled sentences oft
woed great audiences, temporarily at least to his way of thinking,
said; “In the night of death hope sees a shining star and listening
love hears the rustle of an angel’s wing.” Which was but a
confession of the “hope which springs eternal in the human breast,”
of the divinity which stirs within us.” For it spite of our doubts
and fears, our blasted hopes and bitter tears, there is in man an
undying longing, an undeniable urge to become one with the infinite
and the eternal. And gradually, but surely and certainly, we are
coming to see and know that all man’s hopes, desires, longings,
aspirations, can be and are to be granted—fulfilled. Here again and
in this very realm science is proving the truth of God. When I see
what the Spirit-led intellect of man is doing I sometimes even dare
to assert that the mind of man cannot conceive of the impossible.
Socrates, the great Greek philosopher and mystic, on the eve he
drank the fatal hemlock cup, said; “No evil thing can happen to any
good man in life or death.: and David’s wise son, with God-given
wisdom, clothed the same truth in different language; “The upright
of heart shall feel no evil thing.” And I tell you William Wallace
Ballew was a good and upright man. For near a quarter of a century I
knew him as it is given to few men to know another. To me he often
unbarred the secrets of his soul, and I was thus given to see the
innermost recesses of his nature, to know the deeps of his mind, and
to realize the longings of his big heart. I have known few men who
desired so earnestly to know the truth. His fidelity to his
convictions was deathless. Had he been a Christian believer of the
centuries past he would have joined Peter the Hermit in inciting the
populace to the crusades, fearlessly followed Richard Couer De Lion
in his attempt to wrest Palestine from the Saracen, and gladly gone
to the martyr’s stake. I have seen him under the most trying and
testing circumstances, and I never saw his courage fail.
Contrary to the opinion of some W. W. Ballew’s was a forgiving
nature. I’ve known him to forgive and love and help those who did
him great wrong. While in belief we might not call him fully
Christian, yet I tell you that in heart and practice he manifested
the spirit of Christ more than many who call themselves Christian. I
never knew him to refuse help and aid where it was possible to grant
it. And if all to whom he ever did a kindness or spoke a word of
encouragement, should drop a single tear on his flowered grave it
would be as wet as meadow grass on a dewy morning. And remember, “we
live in deeds, not words,” and that it’s by our deeds and not by our
professed beliefs and protestations of faith that we are to be
reckoned with at the Great Assizes.
Billie Ballew had his faults, his foibles, his idiosyncrasies, and
short-comings; but his faults were neither as numerous nor as great
as were those of some of his erst-while critics. And who has not
faults ? The biggest and the best of men, save one, have had and
have them. Some one of great soul has said, “I love men because of
their faults, for by their faults I know they are my brothers.” And
so I doubt not that when the frail like barque of Will Ballew found
harbor safe and secure on the farther shore of life’s sea, “his
eternal lot was cast with those who know no sorrow and can fell no
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.” Yes, I’m fully aware of
the generally accepted import of the preceding verse, the great 3:16
of John: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life.” But neither am I mindful of His statement in the
Ninth of John when He told the questioning, critical, criticizing
Pharisees that where there was no sight there was no sin. And I know
that each one of us is blind in some one or more things. And I know
that “the Father hath committed all judgment unto the Son;” that “He
will judge all men by Jesus Christ;” that that is why He entered the
womb of a virgin, was born in a stable, cradled in a manger, tempted
of the devil—triumphing where Eve and Adam failed—walked, and
worked, and hungered and thirsted with men, agonizing in Gethsemane,
faced Pilate’s court and the Sanhedrin’s frown, suffered Calvary,
stepped through the chambers of death into the coldness of the tomb
and defying the powers of hell came forth more than conqueror over
all three. He became one of us—“like unto His brethren””—was tempted
like us, suffered with us, in order that He might be a merciful
judge on the “day appointed.”
And so I feel that when in the starlit silence of last Friday night
the big soul of kind-hearted Bill Ballew slipped quietly from a
pain-wracked, wasted and wasting body, and watching friends and
weeping loved ones, and chastened by suffering, stepped meekly but
unafraid onto “eternity’s golden strand,” that the Savior of the
world, the Redeemer of Adam’s sons and daughters, with out-stretched
hands and benignant smile welcomed a prodigal home. And that when He
showed him the prints of the nails in His hands and feet, the thorn
marks on His brow and the spear thrust in His side, and gently said,
Brother Bill, I receive these because I loved you;” that honest Bill
Ballew, with poor doubting Thomas, then gladly confessed: “My Lord,
and my Redeemer.”
I am led to make these observations because of the numerous long and
earnest conversations I have had with Bro. Bill on these matters in
the last two years, because I know his life, his heart and the
hunger of his soul; and further because I have in these latter years
come to know somewhat of the love a Heavenly Father has for his
wayward, wandering children—which love He manifested in Christ
Jesus—and to comprehend a little of the Divine Plan of the Ages as
revealed in the much neglected, much abused, and much misunderstood
and misinterpreted library of books called the Bible. And still
further because more and more I am coming to see that the real
enemies—the real mischief-workers to the cause of Christ and His
Kingdom—are not the honest doubters, the so-called infidels and
agnostics, but those of us of “large professions and little deeds,”
those of us who claim to believe much but do little, those of us who
lay claims to casting out devils in His name but have not His spirit
in dealing with our fellows. Yes, belief is important—much depends
on a man’s belief; but mere mental absent—mind confession-is not
Christian belief; it is not the belief Abraham had when “he believed
God and it was accounted unto for righteousness;” it is not the
belief Paul had when the scales fell from his eyes in that room in a
Damascus home, and that drove him to become the mightiest evangel
the race has ever known; it is not the belief that has made men and
women live the life of Christ down through nineteen long, weary
Under a mound of roses and other flowers, woven by the art of the
florist into emblems of love and remembrance, with tender hands and
saddened hearts we have consigned to Mother Earth—which he once
thought might be all the universe had for mortal man—her part of
her’s and God’s noble son—William Wallace Ballew. There also let us
entomb the faults we knew or thought he had, and remembering and
emulating his virtues, which were many, let us, his friends, and
townsmen, and loved ones, meet life’s duties and problems with the
fortitude and Christian love he came to know they should be met. In
home, in school, in church, in state, in business, in financial,
industrial and social relations let us measure our every act and
word by the Christ set standard; “All things whatsoever ye would
that men should do unto you do ye even so unto them likewise.” It is
the greatest challenge that ever came to the sons and daughters of
men, and some day a lot of big men and women—men and women to whom
Christ has given “the power to become the sons and daughters of
God”—are going to enter upon that high emprise, and that day “heaven
is going to come down, and kiss the earth.” And why not we that have
in these recent years said so many last earthly good-byes to friends
and loved be of that number, and that today, for—
We’re going down the Valley,
Going down the Valley
One by one;
Going down the Valley
Toward the setting of the sun.”
H. F. MARR.
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
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
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
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
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 licensed
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
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
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
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
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
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.
W. W. Ballew, Lawyer, Dies
Corsicana Attorney Succumbs After Lingering Illness
William Wallace Ballew, native of Navarro County, whose practice as a
high court lawyer was extensive in Texas and other States, died at the
family home in Corsicana at 10:30 o'clock Friday night following a long
illness. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Mr. Ballew was born seventeen miles west of Corsicana on July 29, 1853.
He had been an attorney from early manhood and was a close student of the
law. His success had been evident, his friends say, from court reports since
the Seventy-Fifth Texas. He was a frequent contributor to the press and was
the author of numerous poems.
He was married on April 17, 1895, to Miss Lutie Grant of Clarksville.
She, with three children, Mrs. Houston Gunlock, Mrs. Gertrude Pittman and
William F. Ballew, all of Corsicana, survive him.
Anna Ruth "Pat" (Patterson)
Feb 10, 1916 - Nov 17, 2005
WOOD, ANNA RUTH "PAT" Born February 10, 1916 in Eureka, Texas to the
late Robert Lester and Anna Ruth Patterson, Pat passed away on
November 17, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. Pat received her B.A. from North
Texas State Teachers College and her M.A. in Special Education from
S.M.U. She taught high school English and theatre and later on began
teaching mentally challenged and handicapped children; she found
this to be her true calling. She was also the Director of Children
Inc. , a school dedicated to teaching "Miss Pat's special kids". Pat
was a very active Board Member of the Mental Health/Mental
Retardation Association and was the President of the Association for
Retarded Citizens (ARC). Throughout her career, she was recognized
and received many awards for her dedicated work in the special
education community. Pat was a much loved member of Northridge
Presbyterian Church since 1959 where she served on the Session and
every church committee at various times. She was preceded in death
by her husband, J. Lee Wood and her sons, James P. Wood and Lester
L. Wood. Pat is survived by her son, Paul E. Wood and his wife
Sallie of Dallas; her grandchildren: Lori Wood Dohanich, Allan Wood,
Margaret Edwards, Rebecca Wood, Heather Wood, and Courtenay Wood;
her great granchildren: Chas, Alec, and Anna Dohanich; and her
sister, Eleanor Dorsett who now lives in San Angelo. Family will
receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2005
at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial Service: 2:00 PM Wednesday,
November 23, 2005 at Northridge Presbyterian Church, 6920 Bob-O-Link
Drive, Dallas, TX 75214. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
memorials to be sent to Northridge Presbyterian Church. , Restland
Emma Laura "CheeChee"
Oct 2, 1925 - Feb 25, 2018
– A Celebration of Life Service for Emma Laura “CheeChee’
Tallant Cole, 92, will be at 11a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 at
Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley, LA.
Rev. David Free and Rev. Norman Ellis will officiate. Burial
will be in Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Hixson
Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation will be from 5pm –
9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Magnolia Baptist Church and again
from 9 a.m. until time of the service.
Emma Laura, “Chee Chee”, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25 at
home surrounded by her family. She was born in Emhouse,
Texas to Eula and James Frank Tallant on Oct. 2, 1925. She
had lived in Ragley for 60 years. She was a member of
Magnolia Baptist Church and had been the church secretary
for over 20 years. She was also a member of Magnolia Chapter
#232 Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was a supporter of
South Beauregard Athletics and could always be found at the
basketball and softball games.She and Outher enjoyed many
years of traveling around the country going to Bluegrass
festivals. She was a domestic engineer before there was ever
such a term. She was the silent strong force in our family
and had a big heart in a small body. If you knew “Che Chee”,
then you witnessed the love of God.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Earl Cole (Shirley) of
Amarillo, TX, David Lee Cole (Ann) of Belle Chasse, LA,
Michael Ray Cole (Ellen) of Ragley, LA and one daughter,
Casandra Cole Girola (Dino) of Ragley, LA. She had 11
Grandchildren, Thom Frazier-Cole (Joseph), Laurie Cole
Holcombe (Coy), Beki Cole Denison, Michael J. Cole (Amanda),
Melissa Cole Priest (Alex), Denise Cole Rehm (Gannon),
Cherie Cole Naquin (Jeremy), Malia Rae Cole, Lee Thomas
Cole, David Girola (Becky), and Eric Girola (Lacy) and 16
Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother,
Thomas Tallant of Benbrook, TX and a sister, Nancy Warren of
Palestine, TX as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and
other family members. She is also survived by the long time
family friend and her sidekick, Julius Miller.
She was preceeded in death by her husband of 53 years Outher
W. Cole, an infant son James Allen Cole, 3 great
grandchildren Marcy Priest, Emily Naquin, and Brooks Girola,
a daughter in-law Sharon Collins Cole and two brothers,
James Ray Tallant and Billy Tallant.
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the charity of
your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family
Robert F. Ray
Aug 1, 1937 - Jun 30, 2017
Robert F. "Bucky" Passed away on June 30, 2017. He was a
native Texan, born of sixth generation Texans in Brown
County on August 1, 1937. He was preceded in death by his
daughter Julie Lynne Ray Edwards and grandson, Michael
Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son, Jeffrey
Robert Ray, daughter, Jennifer Ann Butler and son in law,
Billy Butler. He is also survived by 8 Grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. Bucky generously donated his body to UT
Southwestern Medical Center's Willed Body Program. Upon
completion of their studies, his ashes will be returned and
will then be interred at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse,
Texas. A memorial mass will be celebrated in his honor on
his 80th birthday, August 1, 2017, at 1:00 PM, at Our Lady
of Angels Catholic Church, 1914 Ridgeview Drive, Allen,
Joe Dee Hambrick
Sep 22, 1923 - Mar 13, 2018
Dee Hambrick, 94, passed away at TriSun Care Center in
Corsicana on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He was born on
September 22, 1923 in Frost, Texas to Dee Lipscomb Hambrick
and Margaret Lillie Honea Hambrick.
Joe served as a combat infantryman with the U.S. Army and
received a Purple Heart while fighting in France in 1944. He
also received a European African Middle Eastern Service
Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Joe married Faynell
Morris on June 17, 1944, and they completed their family
with their daughter, Jonell.
Joe worked for the United States Post Service as a letter
carrier for over 27 years before retiring. He and Faynell
joined Northside Baptist Church in 1954 where he served as a
Deacon and assisted on many committees during his membership
there. He was a member of the National Association of Letter
Carriers, AARP, and the Disabled American Veterans. Joe
entertained family and friends by telling of his life
experiences and playing his harmonica. He loved playing 42
and spending idle time working crossword puzzles. At age 92,
Joe was fortunate enough to have traveled with Honor Flight
to Washington DC to visit the war memorials and Arlington
National Cemetery with other war veterans. He wrote a book
called “As I Remember It”, containing many of the stories of
his lifetime, a treasure for those he leaves behind.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers
Cabe, LeRoy, and Lester Hambrick and sisters Mattie Marie
Hambrick and Hester Hambrick Seale.
He is survived by his daughter; Jonell Kirk and husband,
Chuck; his grandson, (his pride and joy) Cameron Ralston and
his girlfriend, Candice Ensign; “bonus” granddaughters
Kristen Pollei, Gina Hahn and their families as well his
many nieces, nephews and their families and his “best
buddy”, his dog, Inee.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday,
March 17, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are
scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Corley
Funeral Home with Rev. David Carroll officiating. Burial
will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Kathy Robinson,
Joe’s caregiver and “special angel” for over two years. A
faithful friend to Joe, Kathy went over and above her
duties, for which we will never be able to repay.
Mary Nell (Simpson) Van Dyke
Nov 21, 1924 - Mar 1, 2018
Nell Simpson Van Dyke, age 93, passed away peacefully on
March 1, 2018 at Heritage Oaks West. She was born on
November 21, 1924 in Streetman, Texas, the daughter of Elma
and Pinkey Simpson. Mary Nell spent most of her life in
She married the love of her life, Paul L. Van Dyke. While
living in Dallas, they were blessed with two children, Karen
and Brad. Through her lifetime more blessings came, her
son-in-law, Mark, her grandchildren; Chris, Jason, Bradley
and one great-grandson Luke. She loved her family and
friends with all her heart!
Mary Nell was preceded in death by; her husband, her
parents, her brothers, Marion Simpson and Max Simpson; and,
her son-in-law Mark Ferguson.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Van Dyke Ferguson and
son, Brad Van Dyke. Mary Nell is also survived by “the
lights of her eyes”; grandchildren, Chris Ferguson and wife,
Melanie, Bradley Van Dyke, Jason Van Dyke, and her great
grandson, Luke Ferguson.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana,
TX. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Monday,
March 5, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Elton
McCann officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be James
Simpson, David Simpson, Scott Simpson, Jerry Knight, Benny
Pillans and Jeff Grace. Burial will follow at
St. Elmo Cemetery
in Winkler, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Association at 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD
20871 or the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to give “special “thanks to the staff at
Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.
Hazel Marie (Smotherman) Fregia
Aug 22, 1927 - Mar 12, 2010
Marie Fregia was born August 22, 1927 in Emhouse. Texas and
passed away March 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. She is survived
by her husband of over fifty years, L.E Fregia; a son Larry
Fregia and his wife Beth; grandchildren Cory, Lauren and
Jody Fregia; and sisters Helen Dean Rivers and Betty Ruth
Harry. She is preceded in death by her parents, Porter and
Effie Smotherman and a brother James Smotherman.
Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Roselawn
Chapel and interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial
Garden. The family will receive friends at Roselawn Funeral
Home from 6 to 8 Monday evening.
Foy W. "Slim" Goodman
Apr 17, 1926 - Dec 10, 1993
Foy Wayne Goodman, 67, former resident of Salt Lake and
Texas, died Friday, December 10, 1993 at Logan, Utah.
He was born April 17, 1926 at Emhouse, Texas, the son of
Jesse Ray and Ruby Freeman Goodman. He married Catherine
Layson in 1951 in Oasis, Kansas; they were later divorced.
He married Marilyn Henderson December 3, 1984 in St. George,
Utah. They have lived in Preston the past nine years.He
enjoyed gardening, camping and the outdoors. He worked for
Wasatch Electric as an electrical lineman in construction
He is survived by his wife of Preston, Idaho; daughter and
two sons, Cynthia Ann Childress, Austin, Texas; Robert Wayne
Goodman, Sandy, Utah; Michael Duane Goodman, West Jordan,
Utah; daughter-in-law, Jolene Goodman, Riverton, Utah;
stepchildren, Karen Murray, Richmond, Utah; Sue Bodily,
Preston; Pam Stevenson, South Jordan; Julie Flint, Morrison,
Colo.; and Jo Yeanopols, Littleton, Colo.; six
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; 11 step
grandchildren, one step great-grandchild; brothers and
sisters, Jesse Ray Goodman, Jr., Dallas, Texas; Peggy Louise
Edwards, Sidney, Texas; Bobbie Moselle Howard, Ennis, Texas;
and Joann Gray, Bluffton, Texas.
Preceded in death by a son, Steven Bruch Goodman; one
brother, Joseph Goodman.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 14, 1993, 1 p.m.
at Webb Funeral Home, 109 East Oneida, Preston, Idaho, under
the direction of Keith Justice, Minister of the Church of
Christ. Friends may call Tuesday, December 14, 11 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Burial will be in the Whitney Cemetery.
Jerry Wayne Mitchell
Mar 7, 1924 - Feb 26, 2013
Of Dallas Texas, passed away on February 26, 2013 at the age
of 88. Jerry was born to Austin and Lorena Mitchell in
Emhouse, Texas on March 7,1924. He was the oldest of two
boys and six girls. The family moved to Oak Cliff, Texas
where Jerry graduated from Forest Ave, High School.
Following graduation, he entered the US Army and spent World
War II in Southern England where he met and married Margaret
Florence Crabb. Jerry and Margaret were married on October
13, 1945 in Donhead St. Mary, England. Following the war
they returned to Jerry's home in Oak Cliff where they
resided and raised a family for 67 years. They had four
children, 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Jerry, of the Methodist faith, enjoyed wood working,
reading, walking, music, card games and mostly being with
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Margaret
and his son Anthony; He is survived by two sons, Robert of
Grand Prairie; David and his wife Shirley of Southlake;
daughter Tamsyne Mitchell and her partner John Boyd of Royce
City; daughter Angela Murphy and her husband George of
Jerry will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and
friends. A celebration of his life will take place starting
with a visitation at Laurel Land Funeral Home on Sunday
March 3 from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at
noon on Monday March 4 at Laurel Land followed by interment
at DFW Veterans Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. March 4.
Johnny' and 'Parg' together again forever.
Tiffany Ann Drain
Apr 20, 1977 - March 27, 2018
ANN DRAIN OBITUARY
Tiffany Drain went to be with the Lord and Savior on March
27, 2018. Tiffany was born to Danny and Elizabeth Drain of
Emhouse on April 20, 1977. We are saddened to say that our
beloved daughter was in a tragic car accident and she will
Survivors include her longtime companion, Diana Livingston
from Tyler; her sister, Rachel Drain of Corsicana; and
brother, Jason Drain of Plano.
We will celebrate her life at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30,
2018, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. with a
visitation immediately following.
Madie (Maggard) Huhn
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:47 pm
KERRVILLE — Madie Maggard Huhn, 92, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away
on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Kerrville. She was born in Emhouse,
Texas, to John and Sammie Maggard on June 20, 1920. She married
Richard D. Huhn on November 24, 1972, in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
Madie graduated from North Texas State University and received her
masters degree in social work from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Carl Raymond Gilcrease
Dec 14, 1927 - Dec 10, 2012
Raymond Gilcrease, 84, of Hillsboro, beloved Husband,
Father, and Grandfather, passed away Monday, December 10,
2012. He was born December 14, 1927 in Emhouse, Texas to Ora
and Selina Chambless Gilcrease. He grew up in and around the
Hillsboro area. Carl joined the Merchant Marines/Coast Guard
in 1943 and on April 20, 1946 married Janet Burt in
Hillsboro. He worked for Flowers Construction for many years
and then started his own business contracting for Texas
Power and Light and AT&T for many years. Carl enjoyed
working, deep sea fishing and working with wood. His hobby
was collecting metal cars. He really enjoyed cooking and
spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by
his parents, wife of 66 years, Janet Gilcrease, two
brothers, Clarence and Melvin Gilcrease, and two sisters,
Cleon Pate and Jewel Varner.
Survivors include: two sons, Steve Gilcrease and wife, Gayle
and Larry Gilcrease and wife, Cathy; one daughter, Janice
Helms; seven grandchildren, Ricky Gilcrease, Jerret
Gilcrease, Tonya Cavazos, Gary Gilcrease, Misty Applegate,
Michael Applegate and Monica Helms; nineteen great
grandchildren, Payton, Garron, Lauren, Alison, Cody,
Presley, Lindsey, Bryce, Tanner, Jaryn, Morgan, Jacob,
Trenton, Teel, Alexandria, Colton, Donovan, Dalton, and
Lacy; one great grandchild, Caden; two brothers, Norman and
James Earl Gilcrease; one sister, Alice (Doll) Halbert and
many nieces and nephews.
Essie Lee (Miller) Sutton
Sep 7, 1927 - Nov 30, 2017
Essie Lee Miller Sutton, 90, of Amarillo, Texas passed away
on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
She was born in Emhouse, Texas on September 7, 1927, to the
late Joe and Mattie Hughes Miller.
Home Going Celebration Services are scheduled for Saturday,
December 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Pentecostal Temple Church
of God in Christ, 323 Oak Drive, Amarillo, Texas, Elder
Roger Weeks, Officiant and Pastor William Fifer, Eulogist.
The Wake is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017, at Holy
Trinity Church of God in Christ, 1201 N. McMasters Street,
Amarillo, Texas, Pastor William Fifer, Officiant from 6:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Llano Cemetery,
Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Warford-Walker
Mortuary, 509 N. Hughes Street, Amarillo, Texas.
Mrs. Miller married Mr. Willie Sutton, Sr. in 1945. In 1960,
they moved to Amarillo, Texas. Six children were born to
this union. She was employed by the late Mayor L. Ray and
Helen Mack Vahue for more than 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her
step-father, Reverend C. L. Barnes, a son-in-law, Jimmy
Stover, Sr. and a grandson, Willie Sutton, III.
Mrs. Sutton leaves to cherish her memories, children, Annie
(Bobby) Baldwin, Billy Sutton, Willie (Sandra) Sutton, Jr.,
Faye (Joe) Holmes, Patricia (Donnell) Asberry and Vickey
(Robert) Sutton, 28 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren
and seven great-great-grandchildren, a step-sister, Lillie (Rollie)
Barnes Settles, an uncle, James Hughes and a host of other
relatives and friends.
May 21, 1927 - Nov 30, 2016
was born in Emhouse, Texas. She lived most of her adult life
in Lubbock. She worked as a certified nurse’s aide, and also
as a cook. She has lived in Amarillo for the past 13 years.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr.
Khaznadar and BSA Hospice of the Southwest.
Survivors include one son, Freddie Earl Hayes of Lubbock;
seven daughters, Beatrice Hayes of Lubbock, Virse Hayes and
Louise Releford both of Duncanville, Catharine Loache and
husband Mark of Mississippi, Vinna Brown of Cedar Hills,
Peggy Brown of Commerce, and Margaret Brown and husband
Johnnie Joe of Amarillo; her god-children, Joyce Frost, Mary
Welch, Mary Gathier, Edna Neal, and Roosevelt Jackson, all
of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ulyseuss Hayes,
and Curly Titues; one granddaughter; and companion, Edward
The family requests memorials be made to St. John Baptist
Church, 2301 NW 14th St, Amarillo, TX 79107.
Margaret Faye (Harrell)
Mar 8, 1925 - Jun 10, 2015
Margaret Faye Applewhite, 90, went to Heaven to sing in
God's Choir on June 10, 2015 at Permian Residential Care
Center of Andrews. Margaret was born March 8, 1925 to W. C.
and Mary Harrell in Emhouse, Texas. Margaret was a
She loved her Lord and her Family. She was a Baptist and
enjoyed singing in the church choir. Margaret was well known
for her soprano voice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Ray Bass
and Dever Applewhite, five brothers, Kermit Brown, Joe
Harrell, Tommy Harrell, Travis Harrell, and Morris Harrell,
one sister, Pauline Brown Jordan.
She is survived by two sons, Paul Bass and wife Ruby of
Seminole, Dever Lee Applewhite Jr. of Marshall, five
grandchildren, Sandy Williams and Butch, Dustin Bass, Dina
Riley and Jerry, Chuck Applewhite and Amber, and D. J.
Applewhite, eight great-grandchildren, Steven Williams and
Tina, Joden Williams, Chason Williams, Dylan Bass, Jaden
Riley, Sierra Applewhite, Damon Applewhite, and Almeda
Velazo as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6-7pm Friday, June 12,
2015 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Graveside service will be 2pm Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the
Gaines County South Cemetery in Seminole.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
- Published in Odessa American
on June 12, 2015
- Submitted by
Edward Lynn Williams
- 1st husband Charlie Ray Bass
married May 5, 1942 buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery
Corsicana, Tx. 2nd husband Dever Lee Applewhite, Sr. d/o William
Clay Harrell and Mary Katherine (Elliott) Harrell buried in
Pattison cemetery, Navarro county, Tx.
Marvin R. Hanks, Sr.,
Feb 3, 1928 - Nov 7, 2015
Marvin R. Hanks, Sr., 87, left
his earthly home in Ennis, Texas, on Saturday, November 7, 2015, for
his new home in Heaven with his Savior Jesus Christ.
Marvin was born in Corbet, Texas, on February 3, 1928, to Mandred L.
and Ethel (Christie) Hanks. He grew up in Corbet and attended school
at Corsicana High School. On June 25, 1949, he married Geneva “Flo”
Wetzel and they made their home in Corsicana, Texas; later to
Washington state, Moses Lake Air Force Base and then Wilmer, Texas,
for thirty-four years. They moved from Wilmer to Ennis in 1991.
Marvin served his country proudly in the United States Navy during
WWII. After his service in the Navy he then served in the Texas
National Guard and the United States Air Force during the
He was the owner of Hanks Barber Shop in Wilmer, Texas, for sixteen
years and then worked for the Texas Highway Department for thirteen
years as an Inspector. He served as a Baptist Music Director for
many years. He and Flo were members of the Anthony Drive Baptist
Church of Ennis, the I.O.O.F. and the VFW. He enjoyed golfing,
fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed watching horse racing, playing
croquet and nickels, dimes and quarters. The grandchildren will
always remember him playing CLR with them.
He will be remembered as a husband, father, friend, and most of all,
as a Christian man. He will be missed greatly by all those fortunate
enough to know him and his memory will be cherished most by his
family including his wife of over sixty-six years, Flo Hanks; son,
Marvin R. Hanks, Jr. and wife, Sherry; daughters: Deborah Bowen and
husband, Johnny and Kim Edleston and husband, Earl; grandchildren:
Jeff Edleston and wife, Melanie, Marianne Bowen, Melody Ann Hanks,
Tommy L. Silvers and wife, Hilary, Louis Flory, III, Marvin R.
“Hank” Hanks. III and wife, Brittany, Kristina Kempton and husband,
Paul, Brandi Bowen, Susan Stevens and husband, Shannon, Stephanie
McQueeney and husband, Peter, Joseph F. Hetmer and wife, Krystal;
fifteen great-grandchildren along with a host of other family and
He is preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, three
sisters, and one granddaughter, Jennifer Hetmer.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, from 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, November 12,
2015, at 10 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Rev.
Jerry Fulton officiating. The grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Interment will follow in the Patterson Cemetery of Emhouse, Texas
under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation the family requests
that you consider the Wounded Warrior Project
Mary Louise (Wetzel) LeFan
Sep 30, 1930 - Dec 23, 2015
LOVING MEMORY OF
Mary Louise Wetzel LeFan
Birth Date: Sep 30th, 1930
Death Date: Dec 23rd, 2015
Mary Louise Wetzel LeFan,
85, passed away on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 in
Burleson. Graveside services will be held on Monday,
December 28th, 2015 at
in Emhouse, Texas at 1:00 PM.
Mary was born on September 30th, 1930 in Palmer, Texas to
Otto Fredrick and Mary Epsy Wetzel. She enjoyed reading,
being outside in the sunshine and watching "Wheel of
Fortune". She loved her grandchildren and great
grandchildren very much and took much pleasure in attending
their various sporting events. She will be deeply missed by
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden K. LeFan;
and daughter, Pam Hurd.
Mary is survived by her children, Cherri Bentley and
husband, Dixion, and Rusty LeFan and wife, Lenise;
grandchildren, Kristi Charron and husband, Mike, Brandi
Martin, and Bret Bentley and wife, Sara; great
grandchildren, Savannah Ludwig and husband, Brant, Kyndal
Martin, Josie Martin, Lexi Bentley, Ty Bailey, and Bryson
Bentley; sister, Flo Hanks; and numerous nieces, nephews,
family members and friends.
Denise A. (Lattes) Brown
Feb 25, 1925 - Apr 4, 2011
Denise A. Brown
February 25, 1925 - April 4, 2011
Dallas has lost Denise Brown, a fixture of the dance scene
for over 60 years. She died April 4th, at the age of 86,
surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle
with Parkinson's disease.
Denise was one of the founders of Dallas Civic Ballet in
1957, serving as company manager. She had her choreography
performed in the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival and the
Dallas Dance Council awarded Denise the Mary Award for her
contributions to dance in North Texas.
As a child, Denise's parents enrolled her in ballet at the
suggestion of her physician to build up weak leg muscles.
She fell in love with ballet and continued studying and
performed with the junior company of the world famous Ballet
Russe. Then, World War II forced her in a different
direction. When Denise was seventeen, her father was
arrested by the Nazis for his work with the French
Resistance and sent on the first deportation from Paris to
Auschwitz; Denise took up the cause and joined the
Resistance as well. She proudly displayed the Croix de
Lorraine medal she was awarded in 1945 by the Chief of the
French Resistance for her efforts.
Denise worked as a translator for James Eugene Brown
("Gene", now deceased) a GI during the American occupation
of Paris. They married in January of 1946 and, soon after,
James brought his war bride home to Emhouse, Texas. Within a
year, they moved to Dallas, where James, a graduate of SMU,
was the Finance Director for University Park.
Denise began to teach ballet to the neighborhood children in
their home in University Park. In 1950 she rented space on
Lovers Lane and started the Denise Brown School of Ballet.
Denise brought her love of ballet to thousands of students
throughout her sixty years of teaching. Early students
brought their children and then grandchildren to learn from
the teacher who was demanding, but encouraging.
Denise's life story was chronicled in the book "They Also
Served" written by Jeanie Sutton Lambright.
In 2007, Denise revealed a secret she had kept since coming
to America. At the Bat Mitzvah ceremony of her
granddaughter, Denise presented her with the Tallit, or
prayer shawl, that had belonged to her father and revealed
her Jewish heritage to the congregation of Temple Emanuel.
In 2010, Denise was a featured story on Channel 11 News.
Karen Borta conducted the interview in which Denise told of
revealing her Jewish heritage.
For her ballet school's 60th anniversary in 2010, Denise was
honored with a documentary of her life. In it, Denise said
that for her, "Dancing was like touching heaven," and that
is how she lived her life. Today, she is free to dance
Denise was born in Paris, France February 25, 1925. She was
the daughter of Sadi and Renee Levy Lattes, and the sister
of Robert Levy Lattes (d). She is survived by daughters
Janine Lichstein (Santa Monica, CA), Anette Brown, Evelyn
Johnson and son Michael Brown (Kingwood, Tx.),
daughter-in-law Therese Brown, sons-in-law Henry Lichstein
and John Johnson, grandchildren: Daniel Lichstein (d),
Zander Lichstein (Morina), Sarah Brown Chatfield (David),
Emily Brown Schrader (Adam), Jordon Brown, Madison Johnson,
and Mackenzie Johnson, and two great grandsons: Oliver
Lichstein and Jack Chatfield.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Legacy at
Preston Hollow and the nurses of Vitas Hospice Care for the
compassionate care they provided Denise and the family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April
7th at Temple Emanuel, 8500 Hillcrest Dallas, TX. Rabbi
David Stern will officiate. Burial will follow at Sparkman
Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX. 75225.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Didi
Hirsch Mental Health Services 4760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230, or Anchor Center for Blind Children
2550 Roslyn Street Denver, CO. 80238.
Faye (Elliott) Cadenhead
Mar 23, 1931 – Oct 29, 2015
Faye Elliott Cadenhead, 84 March 23, 1931 – October 29, 2015
Ruby Faye Elliott Cadenhead, 84, of Quinlan went to be with
her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Wills
Point. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on
Monday, November 2, 2015 at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas
with Ronnie Nalls officiating. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00
P.M. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Ingram Funeral Home in
Ruby was born on March 23, 1931 in Emhouse, Texas. She is
the daughter of the late Habe Elliott and Nettie Mae Andrews
Elliott. She was spent her early years in Emhouse and then
moved to Dallas. Ruby was married to James Cadenhead for 45
years. They lived in the Dallas Metroplex before moving to
Quinlan in 1988. She was also preceded in death by her son
Ray Eugene Bowden in 2007; seven brothers and one sister.
She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed having her
family around her. Ruby always had a smile on her face.
She is loved and will be missed by her husband James
Cadenhead of Quinlan; son William Keith Bowden of Oklahoma;
daughters Gena Bowden Cardenas of Irving, Glenda Faye Read
of Ohio, Teressa Wenner of Alvarado; five grandchildren and
Pauline (Brown) Jordan
Jan 10, 1917 - May 25, 2010
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Pauline Jordan age 93 of Livingston passed away Tuesday May 25,
2010. Funeral services will be Saturday May 29, 2010 at 10:00AM in
the Beech Creek Assembly Of God Church with Rev. Don Goodwin
officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday May 28, 2010 in the Cochran Funeral Home
from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
Pauline was born January 10, 1917 in Emhouse, Texas to parents Roy
and Mary Katherine Elliot Brown. She is preceded in death by her
parents, husband Charlie ""Coker"" Jordan and 3 brothers and 2
She is survived by her sons Donald Daniels of Lake Worth,Monty Wayne
Elliott of Mesquite, Thomas Jordan and wife Sue of Woodville, and
daughter Ann Dawson of Clarence of Livingston, brothers Travis
Harrell and Tommy Harrell of Corsica, and sister Margaret Applewhite
of Jefferson. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 30 great
grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Rusty Dawson, Chuck Dawson, Chad
Dawson, Tommy Jordan, Dallas Jordan, Joe Barham, Eric White,
Helen Christen (Burns)
Jan 4, 1928 - May 12, 2017
~ Helen Christen Derting, 89, a homemaker, went to be with
our Lord Friday, May 12, 2017 in Fort Worth.
Funeral is 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 at Aurora Baptist
Church with burial at Crawford Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Crawford, Texas. Family will
receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday at
Rev. Jimmy Withers will officiate.
Helen was born on January 4, 1928 to Calvin and Novie
(Ellis) Burns in Emhouse, Texas. She married Beverly Gene
Derting on July 4, 1946 in Streetman, Texas. Helen was a
member of Aurora Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene
Derting; her brother, Ray Burns; and her sister, Hazel
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons; Steve
Derting and wife Janet of Aurora, Brian Derting of Aurora,
Curtis Derting of Aurora, and Kevin Derting and wife Melissa
of Leander; her grandchildren; Stephen Derting and wife
Jennifer of Azle, Josh Derting and wife Rachel of Azle,
Beverly Derting of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Amy Christman
and husband Troy of Kirksville, Missouri, Elizabeth Luscomb
and husband Winfred of Concord, North Carolina, Jennifer
Derting of Grand Prairie, Erica Jensen and husband Cory of
Leander, and Lauren Derting of Kansas City, Missouri, Brent
Carter and wife Lori of Aurora and Brad Carter and wife
Deneen of Bedford; numerous great grandchildren; one
great-great grandchild; and other relatives and a host of
Hawkins Funeral Home, Boyd, Texas 940-433-5310
Frances Louise (Parrish)
Dec 26, 1924 - Jan 19, 2013
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cowart_-_january_dmn_1358710695Frances Louise Parrish Cowart
passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at age 88. Frances
was born in Emhouse, Texas, December 26, 1924, to Mr. and
Mrs. Hugh Parrish, Sr.
She graduated from
Emhouse High School in 1942 and then moved to Dallas to
work for the Veterans Administration. In 1978 Frances went
to work at Hockaday School. She retired after 22 years of
service. Frances and her husband Bart enjoyed 65 years of
She is survived by her husband, Bartley Cowart; son, Charles
H. Cowart; daughter, Anita D’onofrio and husband, Ronnie;
son, Benny Cowart and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Aaron
Decker, Zach Decker, Kelly Trojan, Kristie Long, and Matt
Sikes; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Decker, Alexis Trojan,
and Ian Trojan; brothers, Roy Parrish of Flower Mound and
Benny Parrish of University Park; sisters, Joann Dotter of
North Richland Hills and Jeanette Sessom of Bixby, Oklahoma;
several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
jaynesFuneral services are 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 24,
2013, at First United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main in
Duncanville, Texas, with Dr. Jim Bowden and Rev. Marie
Burial at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will follow on
Monday, January 28, 2013.
Visitation with the family is 7-9 pm, Wednesday, at Jaynes.
William Jewell Henderson
Oct 20, 1937 - Feb 18, 2016
Jewel Henderson of Hankamer, Texas peacefully passed away at
his home surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday,
February 18, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He
was 78 years old.
William (Bill) was born on October 20, 1937 in Emhouse,
Texas and grew up in the Highlands/Lynchburg area. He
attended Deer Park schools and graduated in 1957 from Deer
Park High School. He entered the Houston Fire Department in
1961 and retired as Junior Captain in 1977. He then went on
to have a successful business in commercial and industrial
construction and retired in 2000 to his ranch in Hankamer.
He was a Master Mason in good standing of Walter M. Pierson
Lodge no. 1339 and a member of the Houston Scottish Rite.
Bill's passions in life were his wife, family, church and
friends. He was an active member of the Community Christian
Fellowship in Oak Island. He also had a great passion for
hunting, fishing and cooking.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Clinton and
Susie Faye Henderson, his brother John Henderson and his
sons Travis Henderson and Ron Daniels. He is survived by his
wife, Linda Leigh Henderson, his children William P.
Henderson, Terri J. Finley, Donald L. Daniels, John M.
Henderson, J. Keith Sutton and Michael C. Sutton, his
grandchildren Samantha Fentress, Schlawyn Stockwell,
Christopher Walmsley, Chance Walmsley, Chad Daniels, Matthew
Daniels, Bradley Daniels, Shane Moman, William John
Henderson, Reanna Carson, Jaci Henderson, Jessi Sutton, Kaci
Sutton, Blake Sutton, Sara Graves, Kayle Graves and David
Sutton, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great
grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters and their
spouses and numerous nieces and nephews and his canine best
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 5 pm
to 8 pm at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home in Baytown. Funeral
services will be at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home on
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10 am with Pastor Mark
Pagels officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens
Serving as pallbearers will be Chad Daniels, Matthew
Daniels, Brad Daniels, Christopher Walmsley, Kelton Graham,
Chance Walmsley and honorary pallbearer Avery Henderson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Earthman Baytown
Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281)
Marlin Ray Downey
Aug 25, 1936 - May 17, 2016
loving, Christian, “old school” father, “Da”, “Honey” and “Unc”,
Marlin Ray Downey lived his humble life building a family
legacy that will last a lifetime for generations to come.
Marlin touched many lives with his quiet, witty and
unassuming nature, all the while courageously battling a
weakened heart. His heart may have been weak physically, yet
ironically, it was the strength of his spiritual “heart”
that made him the man his family respected most.
Marlin was born in Irene, TX on August 25, 1936 and went
home to Jesus on May 17, 2016 at home surrounded by his
Marlin Downey was a respected engineer for T.I./Raytheon for
40 years. He served his country as a member of the United
States Air Force. Marlin loved woodworking, reading and
singing Christian music in his church choir.
Marlin is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Bee
Downey; his daughter, Tammy and husband, Ben Hogan; son,
Mark Allen Downey and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren, Maci
and husband, Cody Drown and Derian Downey;
great-grandchildren, Dixon and Dane Drown; brother-in-law,
Jim O’Bryant; sister, Sandra Mims; many cherished nieces and
nephews; and many “brothers and sisters” from the Corsicana
State Orphan’s Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Duward and Jewel
Downey; siblings, Jetta Gray, EvaLetta Parker, Claude “Dew”
Guidry, Billie Rawls, Cleophus “Tex” Downey; sister-in-law,
Betty O’Bryant; nephews, Donnie Gray, Dean Gray and Jimmy
O’Bryant; nieces, Sandra Phillips; many “sisters and
brothers” from the State Orphan’s Home.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.,
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday,
May 20, 2016 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Chapel in Sachse
with Rev. Jim Everidge officiating. Interment will follow at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Marlin
Downey, Class of 1955, to: State Orphan’s Home Alumni
Association Cemetery Project, c/o Lyn Emery Taylor, 1818
Maplewood, Corsicana, TX 75110.
Buddy Viers Sr.
Jun 14, 1926 - Jul 27, 2014
- Buddy Viers Sr. was born on Monday, June 14, 1926 in
Whitesboro, Texas to Charlie and Roxie Vier and passed from
this life on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Sherman, Texas at the
age of 88.
Buddy's early education began at the Corsicana State Orphans
Home from the age of 4 until 10 years old when his mother
Roxie married Jim Garren who brought the children home to
the Texoma area and raised them as his own. He then attended
schools in Sherman, Bells, and Southmayd.
Buddy enlisted in the U. S. Navy in June of 1943 and his
service spanned a career of thirty years, both active and
inactive service, retiring in November of 1972. Buddy served
at various places around world including Kwajalein Atoll,
Hawaii, Pensacola, Florida and California to name a few. He
also served aboard the USS Hornet and the USS Hancock. He
was an Aviation Ordanceman and his rank upon retirement was
Chief Petty Officer. He was awarded many medals including
the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Campaign, WWII
Victory and Good Conduct Medal Bronze.
After his retirement from active duty, he worked at the
Perrin AFB commissary as a civilian for two years. He was
employed at Pinkerton Inc., American National Ins. Co., and
worked as a security guard at Texas Instruments for many
years before retiring from civilian work.
Buddy married the love of his life, Nell Ruth Dixon, on
December 17, 1949 in Sherman, Texas. She preceded him in
death on March 24, 2014. Buddy was also preceded in death by
his parents, and two brothers, Douglas and Floyd Viers.
He is survived by his son, Buddy Viers Jr. and his wife,
Illa of Sherman, Texas, two daughters, Susan Bench and her
husband, Larry of Denison, Texas, and Donna Niemann of
Sherman; sister, Juanita Hardy of Colorado; sister-in-law,
Laverne Viers of Sherman; grandchildren, Paul Viers, Jordan
Hogue and her husband Chad, Austin Bench, Trever Bench, Cody
Niemann, and Conner Niemann; great granddaughter, Lillyan
Anell Viers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate Buddy's life will be held at 11 a.m.
on Thursday, July 31, at Waldo Funeral Home chapel with Rev.
David Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Akers
Cemetery with Austin Bench, Trever Bench, Paul Viers, Conner
Niemann, Cody Niemann and Larry Bench serving as
pallbearers. Military honors will be conducted at the
The family will receive friends from 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday
at Waldo Funeral Home.
James Monroe Gann
Aug 4, 1925 - Jun 15, 2016
James M. Gann
August 4, 1925 - June 15, 2016
James Monroe Gann, 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior
on June 15, 2016. He was born on August 4, 1925 to Ben
Carlton Gann and Carrine Rochell Gann in Thornton, Texas.
James was raised at the Corsicana State Home. After
graduating, he joined the Navy during WWII. Returning home
he worked for Grand Prize till they closed then took a job
at Ms. Bairds Bakery where he retired. During his retired
years he also worked at Cargill and Coastal Grain
Inspection. He was President for Humble AARP twice, took
part in the senior activity center and enjoyed Bingo at the
Catholic Church, eating at the Old Geezers Lunch, playing
dominos with all his friends and spending time with family.
This last December, he was presented with a plaque at the
Nimitz Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg for his service
in the Navy during WWII. There is a memorial set up in his
honor at the State Orphans Home Association in Corsicana.
James is preceded in death by his wife, Modene Sibley Gann;
brothers, John Earl Gann and Ben Carlton Gann Jr.; and
sister, Lucille. He is survived by his only daughter,
Melodye Westmoreland and husband Benny; grandchildren, Darin
Westmoreland and wife Amber and Dammon Layne Westmoreland
and wife Presley; nephew, John Gann and wife Susan; and
nieces, Melodye Brooks and Carrine Bernshausen and special
friend, Sandra Milum.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from
5pm to 8pm at Brookside Funeral Home. Funeral services will
be held on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 1pm in the Grand Chapel
of Brookside Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Brookside
Memorial Park Cemetery. In honor of Monroe Gann, donations
can be made to the State Orphans Home Association. Att: Lynn
Taylor 1818 Maplewood Ave. Corsicana, TX 75110.
Wanda Sue (Minchew) Arriaga
Dec. 16, 1946 - April 15, 2018
Sue Minchew Arriaga, 71, of Waco, went to be with the Lord
on April 15, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m.,
Friday, April 20, 2018, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124
Robinson Drive, Waco, with Pastor David Cozart officiating.
Burial will follow Rosemound Cemetery. The family will
receive visitors 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, with
Rosary at 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Wanda was born in Corsicana, TX, on December 16, 1946, to
Elbert and Beulah Mae Minchew. She moved to Waco with her
parents and sister, Willie Antham and brother, Billy, when
she was 10 years old. Wanda worked at Piccadilly Cafeteria
for 16 years and retired in 2001. Wanda enjoyed car rides
while listening to music, watching several favorite TV
shows, and most of all, spending time with family,
especially her grandchildren. Wanda had the strongest faith
in God and lived to be obedient to the Lord. Over the years,
Wanda faced many medical obstacles, but through her faith in
God and the strength he gave her, Wanda tackled each
situation like a true soldier of God. Every day she
continued to smile and still only worry about others; just
awaiting her blessing of coming face to face with Jesus.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and
Beulah Mae Minchew; son, Freddy Perez; brother, Billy
Minchew; and niece Sherry.
Wanda is survived by her sister, Willie Antham, and
brother-in-law, Lawrence Monteilh. Life sisters, Joyce Perez
and Yvonne Collins; sons, Victor and Frank Perez; daughter,
Sophia Garcia; son, Ernest Chavez and wife, Regina;
daughter, Christina Lopez and husband, Daniel; son, David
Chavez; step-daughter, Mekamie Olivarez; life son, Andre
Perez; daughter, Marie Rodriquez and husband, Sol; and
youngest baby girl, Dolores Lopez and husband, Oscar.
Grandchildren, Dina, Jessica, Melissa, Rita, Martha, Robert,
Jerry, Nicholas, Joseph, Adam, Anthony, Matthew, Sidney,
Gabriel, Makala, Isac, Rudy Rey, Justin, Veronica, Brook,
Josh, Marisa, Miranda, Luis, Ariana, Christian, Abigail;
along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephew.
Special thanks to four very special Baylor Scott & White
nurses, Christina, Kelly, Vicky and Soccora; and to the rest
of the doctors and staff who went above and beyond for us
Veta (Markle) Smith
Jun 30, 1929 - Jan 13, 2015
Veta Veta Smith, 85, entered into eternal peace on Tuesday,
January 13, 2015. Veta was born in LaQuilla, Texas on June
30, 1929, to James Elmer and Eleanor Edella Markle. Known
for her strength of character, her grace, and fierce love
and loyalty to her family and friends, her influence will be
felt far beyond the three generations she leaves behind.
After graduating from Corsicana High School, Veta married
Walter Allan Smith in 1946. They met at the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows Home for Widows and Orphans in
Corsicana, Texas, in 1941. She loved and cherished her
husband every day of their 63 years together.
Professionally, Veta retired from Republic National Bank of
Dallas in 1986 after a 37 year career and was one of the
first women to be named Vice President of Banking during the
1970s. Known fondly as "Nana" to all who loved her she
remained keenly interested in the lives of her friends and
family until the day she passed away. Veta was an
intelligent, strong, forward thinking, compassionate and
loving woman who we were all very privileged to have in our
lives. Veta leaves to treasure her memory a daughter, Donna
Chereck and her husband Bob; three grandchildren, Amanda
Campbell and her husband Greg; Andrew Chereck and his wife,
Meghan; Adam Chereck and his wife, Emily; four great
grandsons, Bennett Gregory, Lucas Walter and Miller Robert
Campbell; Rylan Adam Chereck; and one long awaited great
granddaughter, Emma Katherine Chereck; numerous nieces and
nephews and many precious loving friends. She is preceded in
death by her husband, her parents, three brothers and one
sister.The family is grateful for the professional, loving
and tender care that Veta received from the physicians,
nurses and staff at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Funeral
services will be at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 17 in the
Abbey Chapel of Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13005
Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Interment will follow the
service. The family will welcome family and friends at the
home of Donna and Bob Chereck. In lieu of flowers, donations
in Veta's memory may be made to the Rocky Mountain Multiple
Sclerosis Center 8845 Wagner Street, Westminster, CO, 80031
or: The Genesis Women's Shelter, 4411 Lemmon Avenue #201,
Dallas, TX 75219.
Addie Ruth Holleman
Feb 22, 1935 - Feb 12, 2017
Addie Ruth Holleman
February 22, 1935 - February 12, 2017
A memorial service for Ruth Holleman is scheduled for
10:00am, Saturday, March 11 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial
Chapel in Mabank, Texas with Dennis Kent officiating. Ruth
was known for her heart, she was always there when somebody
needed her. Ruth attended high school at the Corsicana
Orphan’s Home and always enjoyed going back to the reunions.
She worked for a photo lab and retired after many years of
service. Ruth loved dirt track racing, watching episodes of
” Blue Bloods” and “Law and Order” on TV and most of all
spending time with her family. She was a loving, caring lady
who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ruth was preceded in death by her mother Annie Carpenter,
best friend, Geneva McManus, sisters; Margaret, Mary Allene,
Coralee and Betty, brothers; Morris and Reagan.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Gale Holleman of
Stephensville, her faithful doggie Reanna, other family
members and many friends.
Cecil Ellalene (Maxwell) Cunningham
Dec 1, 1921 - May 7, 2016
Cecil E. Cunningham
December 1, 1921 - May 7, 2016
Cecil Ellalene Cunningham, 94, of Arlington, Texas, passed
away on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Services will be at 10:00 am
on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel with
burial following in Moore Memorial Gardens. The family will
receive friends for visitation and refreshments at Moore
Funeral Home on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Cecil was born in Mena, Arkansas on December 1, 1921 to
George Allen Maxwell and Sophie Idalee Taylor Maxwell. Her
parents died when she was a small child, so she was raised
in the Corsicana State Home for Orphans. Cecil graduated
from Texas State Home High School. She married Ben Howard
Cunningham on December 21, 1942 in Denton, Texas. They made
their first home in Denton and settled in the Arlington area
in 1965. Cecil was employed with Gerald Savley Cleaners
during the last ten years of her career. Her passions were
God, family and country music.
Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her husband, Ben
Cunningham in 1994 and by her son, Jimmie Cunningham in
Survivors include her two daughters, CeCe Phillips and Susan
Landers and husband Rick, one son, Larry Cunningham and his
wife Anne, daughter-in-law, Pauline Cunningham,
grandchildren: Shellie Stewart, Michelle Cunningham, Melanie
Williams, Shawna Sullivan, Sean Cunningham, Scarlett Shockey,
Marty Shockey, Robert Phillips, Hank Phillips, Michael
Phillips, Heather Cunningham, Krystal Cunningham, Aimee
Steele, Blake Wisdom and Haley Julin, 23 great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
abt 1956 - Apr 27, 2018
Ross, 62, of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, April 27,
2018 at his residence in Blooming Grove.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Artelia (Johnson) Douglas
Apr 23, 1925 - May 11, 2018
Douglas was born April 23, 1925 in Calvert to Mary Johnson.
She departed this life Friday, May 11, 2018. She was 93
Artelia grew up during the Great Depression and it was an
ongoing struggle to attend public school. She was home
schooled for many years, but during her teenage years, she
was fortunate enough to attend George Washington Jackson
High School in Corsicana.
Artelia loved to read chapter books, magazines, the
newspaper and all genres of reading material. If the paper
boy neglected to bring her the newspaper on any given day,
she would quickly call the "Corsicana Daily Sun" Customer
Service Department to inquire. She was known to say that the
newspaper was her company. It kept her abreast of what was
going on around her. She also rejoiced in her relationship
with the Lord. Although she did not sing in public, she
enjoyed singing hymns such as "Jesus, keep me near the
cross," in the privacy of her living room.
Artelia married James Richard Douglas in December of 1942.
Before his death they were contented to be married for over
40 years. Artelia was the mother to two daughters, Barbara
Ann and Carol Ann. She showed love in her own way, caring
about the well-being of others, but very serious and strong
willed. She was a woman who was not afraid to speak her mind
and stand up for what she believed was right.
Visitation for the public will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2018 at Eternal Rest Funeral Home in Ennis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19,
2018 at River of Life Church in DeSoto where Bishop Robert
L. Nichols, Jr. serves as pastor.
Interment to follow at
- The Ennis obituary states
that she is buried in Woodland Cem. in Corsicana.
The Corsicana Daily Sun- Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Submitted by
- w/o James Richard Douglas;
d/o Mary Johnson
Johnny Ray Pattison
May 20, 1944 - Mar 2, 2018
Pattison, 73, of Emhouse passed away on Friday, March 2,
2018 at his residence.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday, March 5,
2018 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
services will immediately follow the visitation at 2 p.m. in
the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Johnny Ray Pattison, age 73, of
Emhouse passed away at his residence on Friday, March 02, 2018 with
his family by his side. He was born on May 20, 1944 in Corsicana,
He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the
Vietnam War. He was a real
man’s man. He could operate any type of machinery, from a backhoe,
to a bulldozer and operating any type of equipment. He could
fabricate anything. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and
friends. Johnny worked for over 20 years for Texas Industries and
after that he worked for Navarro County in the maintenance
department. He could fix anything.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Kattie, his children
and his grandchildren and his special four legged family member,
Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5,
2018 at Corley Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00
with Rev. Randal Whitt officiating.
Interment will follow in the
Pattison Cemetery in
Emhouse, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be Cecil Ellis, Jackie
Don McDaniels, Mac McGraw, Dean Harrington, Tommy Montgomery and Joe
Oct 10, 1923 - Mar 20, 2018
P. Stough, 94, a long time hairdresser of Corsicana passed
away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Trisun Care Center.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March
21, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home with a funeral service to be
held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Corley Funeral home.
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Mrs. Louise P. Stough, age 94, of Corsicana, TX. passed away on
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at TriSun Care Center. She was born
October 10, 1923 in Navarro County to Johnny L. Patterson and
Eva Lindsey Patterson.
Louise graduated high school, got her cosmetology license and
married Leon Stough in the early 1940’s. She and Leon owned and
operated Stough Beauty Salon in Corsicana for almost 40 years.
Louise loved to sew and crochet for her family. She loved
working in the garden, and sharing the produce with family and
friends. She loved fishing and enjoyed camping with her family,
especially on the coast.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
She is survived by her children; Carl Stough and wife, Cathy of
Corsicana and Kim Johnston and husband, David also of Corsicana.
She is also survived by her grandchildren; Michelle Davis, Chad
Davis and wife, Rachel, Dani Johnston and Tony Johnston and
seven great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral
service will be on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Edward Monk officiating.
Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
- w/o Leon Manley Stough;
d/o Johnny L. Patterson & Eva (Lindsey) Patterson
Wanda (Gunn) Brown
Nov 25, 1922 - Feb 17, 2018
Gunn Brown on Feb. 17, 2018 our precious mother Wanda Gunn
Brown, age 95 was rewarded her Heavenly Wings. Born on
November 25, 1922 in Kosse, Texas to O. B. and Mayme Faust
Gunn she was the sister to Billie Kirk, Edrie Anderson,
Doris Comer, Louise Wireback , Nadine Gunn, Gaynell Elliott
and her brothers C.B. Gunn and Rex Gunn. Mother married at
age 17 to Eural S. Brown and they were married 55 years
until his death in 1993. Our Mother lived in the Pursley
community for many years. She worked on the farm alongside
our Daddy helping anyway that she could. She hoed many a
cotton row. She always said "The weeds grew faster than the
cotton and the rows were so long". Mother was a tough woman
that endured and persevered. After being out of school for
27 years she was determined to go LVN Nursing school where
she graduated at the top of her class and was so proud. She
worked at Navarro Memorial Hospital on the 11 to 7 shift as
floor charge nurse on the surgical floor. She was an
excellent caring nurse who loved her job. On Sunday mornings
she always went to church regardless of how tired. Mothers
favorite hobbies were antiquing, talking politics, watching
her stock market and tending to her flower garden. Mother
loved cooking for her family and church. Mother never had a
credit card and said "If you can't afford to buy something
then work until you can". She never had a cell phone and the
first time she cooked with a Microwave she was scared of the
thing. Mother was mad because she had to pay for cable to
watch her own TV. Mother always said "You kids were raised a
simple country life" Well those were the best years of our
life! We never had to lock our screen doors, we slept with
the windows open and mother was never worried about putting
us on a school bus. She knew we would be safe and good at
school. She never witnessed groups of protesters and never
worried about shootings at school. We had guns in our home
and they were used for recreational shooting and for
hunting. Mother took us fishing and took us to the beach. We
were taught discipline, respect and love for one another and
our neighbors by our mother. Our mother was a devout
Christian who loved her Westhill Church of Christ and loved
to talk to people about the Bible. She was a loving Wife,
Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and sister. She had
so much fun with her dear sweet friends that she saw
throughout her lifetime. Her surviving children are David
and Linda Brown, Dianne and Bobby Compton, Donna and Terry
Lough and Jerry Dennis Brown all from Corsicana. Her
Grandchildren are Jason and Angie Lough of Midland, Rachel
and Dean Wilson of Stephenville, TX., Joe Bob and Stephanie
Compton of Dawson, John David Compton of Corsicana and Jerod
Allen Compton of Corsicana. Amy and Brent Sharpley of
Corsicana, Beth Hartman of Chesapeake, VA, and Josh and
Laura Brown of Houston. Great grandchildren are Brittany and
Josh Putman and their daughter Karter of Blooming Grove,
TX., Dylan Bruce of Plano, TX., Jourdan Bruce of Edmond,
OK., Jacob and Drea Hartman and their children Aden and Zion
of Abilene, TX., Lacey and Tyler Crites of Virginia Beach,
VA. and Jesse Hartman of Chesapeake, VA., Adam Compton of
Corsicana, Aaron Compton of Corsicana, Alston Compton and
wife Jessica and daughters Leah and Adalyn of Ft. Worth,
Dawson Lough and Cooper Lough of Midland. Nephew-Charles Ray
and Margo Alford of Pursley and Niece- Carole and Joe
Waddill of Denton. The family would like to extend our
appreciation and love to Brenda Barron for setting with
Mother at the hospital. Mother always Loved You. Special
thanks to Dr. Mudhee Mudduluru and the nursing staff at
Navarro Regional Hospital and to Dr. Kent Rogers and Family
First Hospice. Our gratitude goes to Heritage Oaks and their
employees who took care of mother the past 3 years. Thank
You! Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon at Griffin -
Roughton Funeral Home from 1:30pm - 2:00pm. Funeral services
will follow at 2pm in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton
Funeral Home. Burial will be held at
Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Compton, Jon
Compton, Jerod Compton, Jason Lough, Adam Compton and Josh
Brown. In lieu of flowers our mother would appreciate
memorials be made to the Westhill Church of Christ, 3400 W.
Hwy 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Feb 8, 1964 - Feb 19, 2018
Beth Canales, 54 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Feb. 19,
2018 in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 8, 1964 in Ennis to
Charles Edward and Carolyn Sue Wafer Claxton. Sarah was a
nurses aid at Park Row (Country Meadows,) Twilight, Heritage
Oak West and Ennis Care Center. She enjoyed fishing anywhere
she could. She also loved to tamales and cooking.
She was preceded in death by mother, Carolyn Sue Claxton and
brother Charles Claxton Jr. She is survived by her husband
Tommy Canales; children, Lisa O'pry husband Burnis, Crissy
Marquez, Angela Thomas and husband Roy, son Nick Slovak; 10
grandchildren; father, Charles Claxton; sister Darla Louise
Claxton and husband Reginald Glover.
Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday, Feb.
24, 2018 and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26,
2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony
Stephens. Interment to follow at
Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richard Canales,
Daniel Canales, Roy Thomas, Burnis O'pry, Reginald Glover,
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Dec 12, 1944 - Jan 16, 2018
Shirley Ann Hurley, 73, of Corsicana passed away
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at Trisun Care Center.
Shirley was born Dec. 12, 1944 in Vancouver,
Washington to Theodore R. and Evelyn (Bibb) Schafer.
She was a member of a Baptist Church and was a
seamstress for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin
Hurley, her parents, a son Steven Gomez and a
brother Ted A. Schafer.
She is survived by her brother, Roger Schafer of
Corsicana; nephews, Jason Schafer of Frisco, Jeff
Schafer of College Station, Carl Schafer of
Corsicana; a niece, Becky Chrene and three great
nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 20, 2018 at
Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Floyd
Aug 29, 1960 - Apr 11, 2018
Lynn Wood, 57, of Corsicana and a former longtime resident
of Dawson, went to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital in
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14
at Trinity Assembly of God Church located on West Highway 31
and Corbet Road in Corsicana with Rev. James Williams, Rev.
Wayne Hargraves and Rev. Ken Berry officiating.
Graveside services to follow at 4 p.m. at the
Cemetery in Corsicana. The family will receive friends from
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13 at Trinity Assembly of God
Johnny was born Aug. 29, 1960 in Dallas to Joe and Eva Sue
(Jones) Wood but moved to Dawson when he was nine years old.
He was a graduate of Dawson High School and was an avid
Dawson Bulldogs sports fan. Johnny also was a member of the
Dawson Volunteer Fire Department and worked in maintenance
at several businesses around Dawson and Corsicana including
the Tiger Tote, the Dawson Laundromat, Bealls, J.C. Penny's
and the Cen-Tex Work Center. Johnny was a member of the
Trinity Assembly of God in Corsicana and also attended the
First Assembly of God Church in Dawson. He loved God, his
church, Christian music, and his family and friends. Johnny
never met a stranger and he would give you the shirt off of
his back but not his red suspenders.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patsy
Wood and his special Mom, Clara Lee (Clara-Clara) Williams.
Survivors include a brother, Joe Wood of Kerens; aunt, Eva
Roland and two cousins, Michael and Buddy. He also had his
very special family, Wayne and Jackie Hargraves, Randy,
Kathy and Cory Porter, Matt, Ashley, Sadie and Maddison
Porter, Joan, Ashtyn and Dakota Delagarza and Rudy
Delagarza; special friends, Carolyn Richard, Lisa Miller,
Margaret Crabtree, Karen Hulsey, Tanya Lunsford and Martha
Fay. He is also survived by his church family and many other
Pallbearers will be James Stringer, Rudy Delagarza, Cory
Porter, Matt Porter, Dewey Hargraves Jr., Wayne Brown, John
Langford and Tommy Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the
The family would like to extend special thanks to Carolyn
Richard at Outreach Health Services and Ryne Watson at
Guardian Home Health Care.
Faye (Brazzel) Pope
abt 1932 - Feb 16, 2018
Bobbie Faye Pope age 85, of Weatherford
passed away Feb. 16, 2018. She was born in
Corsicana to Ira Artie Brazzel and Minnie
Lee Shivers Brazzel. She retired at the age
of 45 as a savings and loan manager. After
retirement, Bobbie and James moved to New
Mexico where she found great reward singing
in the choir at The First Baptist Church of
West Albuquerque. Bobbie and her beloved
husband of 67 years enjoyed spending time
with their children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren after moving back to
Weatherford to be closer with them.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her father
Ira Artie Brazell; mother Minnie Lee Shivers
Brazzel; son Randy Howard Pope and sister
Bobbie is survived by her husband and
retired minister James Howard Pope; son
Michael Lynn Pope and wife Jettie;
daughter-in-in-law Barbara Pope;
grandchildren Stacy, Chris, Jason, Justin
and Jeff; great grandchildren Austin,
Carter, Avery, Will, Sam, Charlie, Jordynn,
Hunter, Koen, Gideon, Naomi, Xander, Evalynn,
Titus and Henry.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Galbreaith Pickard
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Galbreaith
Pickard Funeral Chapel. Graveside services
to follow at 2:30 p.m. at
in Corsicana. Gary Pope will officiate.
Mae (Griffin) Crawford-Hull
Mar 12, 1928 - Jan 19, 2018
Crawford Hull, 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 19,
2018 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born March
12, 1928 in Purdon to Houston Dewitt Griffin and Nora Mae
She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great
grandmother, sister and friend. She spent her early years of
life in Galveston. She returned to Corsicana in 1958 where
she then joined Westminster Presbyterian Church. She had
joyful heart for working and being with people, she owned
Sew-N-Fabric store for many years and then later worked for
Collin Street Bakery, Hand's Furniture, Cason's Flowers and
sold real estate. She married Robert Thomas Hull on May 10,
2011 and together enjoyed six years of marriage along with
traveling. She was a member of the Kinsloe House.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Worsham Crawford;
her parents and five siblings.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Hull of Corsicana;
daughter, Linda Denbow and husband Donnie of Corsicana; son,
Bill Crawford and wife Pam of Corsicana; granddaughter,
Laurie Watson and husband Mark of Corsicana; grandsons, Don
A. Denbow of Corsicana and Corey L. Crawford and wife Amanda
of Van Alstyne; great grandchildren, Hunter Denbow and
friend Jenna Thomas of Corsicana, William S. McCoy of
College Station, Trevor Denbow of Corsicana, Cathryn McCoy
of Austin, Andrew Denbow of Corsicana, Mathew Crawford and
Emma Crawford of Van Alstyne and numerous nieces, nephews
Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Funeral service to follow at 3 p.m.
at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Blewitt and
Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow in
Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the
Presbyterian Children's Home & Services or to the United
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Friday, Jan 19, 2018
w/o Worsham Crawford & Robert
Thomas Hull; d/o Houston Dewitt
Griffin & Nora Mae (Williams)
Jerry Allen Beasley, Jr.
Jul 7, 1964 - Jan 19, 2018
Allen Beasley of Corsicana went to be in the loving arms of
Jesus on Friday evening, Jan. 19, 2018. He was born July 7,
1964 in Corsicana to Jerry Allen Beasley Sr. and Jane Conner
He was preceded in death by his grandparents J.T. and Clara
May Beasley and Mae Lea Conner and uncles Carlton Beasley
and Buddy Beasley.
Jerry is survived by his parents Jane Conner Beasley and
Jerry Allen Beasley, Sr.; aunts and uncles Linda and Marcus
Menton, Barbara Beasley of Cleburne, Andie Beasley of
Corsicana, Drucy Boatman of Vernon, Betty and Bobby Whitley
of Palestine, Otis and Billie Conner of Corsicana and Ruth
and Roland Laudan of Corsicana. Jerry lived with his parents
all his life and was a blessing to all who knew him.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Monday, January 22,
2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23,
2018 at Oakwood
Cemetery with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.
The family is asking that memorial be made to First Baptist
Church 510 West Collin Corsicana, Texas 75110, Texas Baptist
Men 5351 Catron Drive Dallas, Texas 75227 or Samaritan's
Purse at samaritanspurse.org.
Mar 12, 1945 - Nov 27, 2015
Lee Gould, 70, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov. 27,
2015. He was born May 12, 1945 in Wichita Falls. He married
Marian Mishler Aug. 14, 1998 in Center City, Minnesota.. Roy
had a degree from Biblical School of Theology. He was a
brick mason and also served as a pastor for many years.. He
is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and
sister.. Roy is survived by his wife Marian Mishler;
children, David Ogletree and wife Terrie, Jon Ogletree,
Tracy McElmurry, Michael Mishler, Debra Rush, Bradley
Mishler and wife Debbie, Sue Smith and husband John, Julie
Norris and husband Charlie; sister Elizabeth Davidson and
husband Buddy. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 40
great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild..
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.. Funeral service will be 2
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home Chapel with Bro. Barry Whitehead officiating. Burial
will be at Cryer
Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carl Mishler, Jaron
Wright, Michael Coe, John Ogletree, Lane Brady, Jaden
Brady.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Missionary Baptist Church Music Department, 405 S. 15th St.,
Corsicana, Texas 75110.Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Patricia Ann (Barham) McGraw
Mar 6, 1943 - Mar 12, 2018
Ann McGraw, 75 of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, March
12, 2018. She was born March 6, 1943 in Blooming Grove to
E.O. and Margie Barham. She and her husband, Billy Wayne
McGraw, made their home in Blooming Grove where they worked
side by side for 25 years operating the Family Superette.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents E.O. and Margie
Barham. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Billy
Wayne McGraw; her children Gina Calhoun and husband Kyle,
Todd McGraw and wife Liz, and Kasey McGraw and wife Wendy
all of Blooming Grove and brother Bobby Barham and wife
Carol of Corsicana.
Pat was affectionately known as "Nene" to her grandchildren,
Andy Calhoun and wife Laura, Anna Hand and husband Kyle,
Katie and Lainie McGraw, and Seth, Brooke, and Janey McGraw.
She was also blessed with three great grandchildren, Gage,
Grady and Evi Calhoun.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15,
2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service
will be 10am Friday, March 16, 2018 at
Rose Hill Cemetery
with Roy Hignight officiating. Pallbearers will be Andy
Calhoun, Kyle Hand, Seth McGraw, Danny Wiggins, Josh Martin
and Caleb Martin.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Melba Eline (Hanna) Keele
Sep 13, 1940 - Oct 16, 2017
Melba Keele, 77 of Kerens, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 16,
2017 at her residence. She served many years as manager of the
Kerens Shell Jr. Mart in Kerens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Keele in 2008.
Melba is survived by her daughters, Marsha Deagen of Ennis and
Beverly Jennings of Kerens; son, Jimmy Keele and wife Traci of
Kerens; sisters, Doris Alsup and Delores Cheatwood and husband
Gary of Cuthand, Patricia Richter and husband Dale of Calhoun,
Louisiana; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a
number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18,
2017 at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
at Paschal Funeral Home with Rev. David LaFlore officiating.
Interment to follow in the
Prairie Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers are: Terry Kelm, Bobby Bain, Larry Glasgow, Jason
Engle, Billy McManus and Mike Thompson.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.
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- Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
Jimmy Arvel Keele; d/o Hughie Larkin Hanna & Ludie Mae (Allsup)
Hanna buried in Cuthand Cemetery, Cuthand, Red River Co., TX
Wanza Ruth (Smith) Jones
Apr 13, 1936 - Apr 1, 2016
Wanza Ruth Jones, 79 of Corsicana, passed away Friday. April 1,
2016 at the Ennis Regional Medical Center in Ennis. Mrs.
Jones is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank Jones of
Corsicana; son, Joe Jones of McQueeny; daughters, Charlotte
Rhodus of Richmond, Missouri and Teresa Smirl of Richland;
brothers, Clyde Smith of Corsicana and Quincy Smith of Quinlan;
seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and a number of
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at the
Kerens First Baptist Church. Funeral service to follow at
3 p.m., at the Kerens First Baptist Church and the Burial
service will follow in the
Pallbearers will be members of the family.
Thomas Leslie McMillan
Jan 24, 1984 - Dec 8, 2017
McMillan, 33 of Kerens, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11,2017 at the
Kerens First Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow
at 2 p.m. Bro. David LeFlore will officiate and burial will
follow in the
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
He is survived by his parents, Butch and Clara Jo McMillan
of Kerens; brothers, Tony McMillan and wife Ruthie of Kerens
and Lance McMillan of Kerens; grandmother, Mary York of
Corsicana; nephews, Robert Lee McMillan and wife Twynett of
Ft. Hood and Scott McMillan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.
Newt Lynn "Mooney"
May 24, 1929 - Mar 11, 2018
Lynn "Mooney" Holloway, 88 of Kerens, passed away Sunday,
March 11, 2018 at his residence.
Mooney was born May 24, 1929 in Kerens to Newt Holloway and
Maida Barnes Holloway. He was a city mail carrier for 32
years in Kerens and was owner of the Hubbard Livestock Barn
for 24 years.
Preceded in death by daughter, Maida Holloway Bryson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018
at the Kerens First Baptist Church with funeral service to
begin at 2 p.m. Rev. Kathy Collier and Bro David LeFlore to
officiate and burial to follow in the
Pallbearers will be Billy Tramel, Brent Holloway, Bruce
Franklin, Bradley Mathis, Terry Tolveer, and Sonny Warren;
Honorary Pallbearers are, Dale Crawford, Sandy Kirby, Russ
Crawford, Tommy Darby, Joe Baxter, Roy Kamp, Homer Gene
Wasson and Gooley Orr.
He is survived by his wife, Sug Holloway; sons, Rickie
Holloway of Trinidad and Paul Holloway of Kerens; brother,
Glenn Holloway of Youngsville, Louisiana; sister, Audrey
Timpa of Garland; 10 grandchildren, Brent Holloway, Melissa
Eakin, Nicole Holloway, Shannon Holloway, Billy Tramel,
Heather Knotts, Tez Warren, Sonny Warren, Bobbie Bryson and
Rene Madden along with 10 great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home
Bonnie Lee (May)
June 19, 1935 - Apr 8, 2016
Bonnie Ingram, 80, of Kerens, passed away on Friday,
April 8, 2016 at the Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.
Mrs. Ingram was a member of Kerens First Baptist Church.
She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed both tole
and oil painting.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ingram of
Kerens; son; Kenneth Wayne Ingram of Carrollton;
daughters, Karon Purcell of Fairview and Karla Watson of
Crandall; nine grandchildren and a host of friends.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April
11, 2016 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with funeral
services to follow at 2 p.m. With Bro. David
LeFlore.Pallbearers will be grandsons.
William Harold "Bill" Mims,
May 27, 1949 - May 24, 2018
H. "Bill" Mims, Jr., 68, of Corsicana passed away Thursday,
May 24, 2018 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30,
2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Allen
Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in
Mr. William H. “Bill” Mims, Jr.,
68, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Heritage
Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born on May 27, 1949 in
Corsicana to William Harold Mims, Sr. and Vivian Marie Gray Mims.
He was a truck driver for many years, and had a love for being
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Stephen
He is survived by his wife, Vernia E. Mims of Richland; step-son,
Clyde Edwards and wife Carol of Corsicana; step-daughter, Amanda
Edwards of Dallas; Step-granddaughter, Aundria Edwards of Dallas;
step-great granddaughter, Cassidy Edwards of Dallas; sisters, Bobbie
Gonzales, Bessie Brooks, Kim Duckworth.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30,
2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Allen Edwards
officiating. Interment will follow in
- s/o William Harold Mims, Sr.
& Vivian Marie (Gray) Mims
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Edward Eugene Cooper
Apr 10, 1930 - May 17, 2018
Edward Eugene Cooper, 88, of
Corsicana passed away May 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He
was born April 10, 1930 in Italy, Texas to Eugene and Marie Vaughn
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018
with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m. in the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating.
Interment to follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Derden Cemetery in
Edward Eugene Cooper, age 88, of Corsicana passed away on
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born
on April 10, 1930 in Italy, Texas to Eugene Allexander Cooper
and Marie Louise Vaughn Cooper.
Mr. Cooper spent most of his life as a carpenter and a horse
trader. Best known as the “watermelon man”, he spent many years
selling watermelons out of the bed of truck in Corsicana. He was
still selling watermelons when he was 88 years old. He loved to
fish and hunt. Mr. Cooper served in the U S Army and loved his
Lord and his country. His service in the military was cut short
when he came home to help his mother in taking care of his
father who was seriously ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sons; Gary Wayne Cooper and wife Patsy,
Ricky Eugene Cooper and Bobby Joe Cooper. His is also survived
by his grandchildren, Gary Wayne Cooper, Jr. and Meagan Iroms,
Kevin Cooper and wife Lindsey, Kristopher James Cooper and
Glenda Darlene Kelly, Johnny Eugene Cooper, Mathew Casselberry
and several great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, May 26, 2018
from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services
will follow at 11:00 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr.
Gary W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be held on Saturday,
May 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM in Derden Cemetery in Covington, Texas.
James Earl "Jim" Minick
Oct 16, 1930 - Nov 3, 2017
Earl Minick, 87, of Corsicana was called home Friday, Nov.
3, 2017 to sing the praises he loved to sing before the
throne of heaven.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7,
2017 at Westside Baptist Church.
One of God's saints,
James Earl Minick, age 87 of Corsicana TX, was called home
to sing the praises he loved to sing so much here on Earth
and sing them directly before the throne of heaven on
November 3rd, 2017 just after 7:00 pm. He was ready and
joyfully waiting to return to his heavenly Father that he
loved so much. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 22
years and 2 of his many biological and acquired children at
the time of his departure from this earth.
Jim was born in Burkburnett, TX to George Ulrick and Ala
Belle Minick on October 16th,1930. He attended high school
and joined the US Navy
in Wichita Falls and served as an Airman in a very rough
tour in Hawaii from 1951 to 1955.
He was dearly loved by most and tolerated by few! He had a
quirky sense of humor which consisted of a tad bit of
sarcasm and a just bit of bluntness. He had an infectious
laugh and a voice that sounded like an angel. Jim loved the
Lord with all his heart and the light that shone on him was
a lighthouse to many!
Jim was preceded in death by his sister, mother and father
and one of his sons; Danny Newlan of Corsicana
Jim is survived by 9 children and their spouses. David
Minick of Tumwater, WA., Lynne Minick of Salem, OR., Richard
Minick of Little Elm, TX., Linda Robb and husband, Kerry of
Warren, OR., James (Ed) Minick and wife Sheila, of San
Diego, CA., and Joann Bridger and husband, Bill, Connie
Schwartzlander and husband, Marty, and Tammy Meehan, all of
Corsicana, TX, along with a great number of grand and great
Visitation with the family will be held at Corley Funeral
Home from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017. Funeral
services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th at
Westside Baptist Church, 1522 North 24th Street, Corsicana,
TX. With Pastor Larry Talbert officiating. Jim will be laid
to rest at Younger
Cemetery immediately following the service.
Dad, we are all looking forward to seein' ya later!
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church at 1522 N.
24th Street, Corsicana, TX. 75110.
Martha Nell (Fultz)
Dec 7, 1928 - Mar 15, 2018
Martha Nell McDonald, formerly of Richland, TX, went to be
with her Lord and Savior March 15, 2018 at 89 years of age.
She was born December 7, 1928 in Richland, TX to Sammie
Ellis Fultz and Ethel Irene Fultz.
Martha married the love of her life, James McDonald,
September 5, 1946 and they made their home in Richland, TX
for more than 64 years. Martha’s love for her family was a
priority in her life. She enjoyed cooking, quilting,
gardening, and spending time with her family. Martha spent
her career with the US Postal Service retiring as Post
Master in Richland. She was a woman full of strength, beauty
and steadfast love. She had the most stunning blue eyes,
laughed easy, and loved well.
She was preceded in death by her husband James, father
Sammie Ellis Fultz, mother Ethel Taylor and sister Jessie
She is survived by daughters Barbara (Joe) Nelson of
McGregor, TX, Brenda Combs of Corsicana. Grandsons; J. Todd
(Susan) Nelson of Lexington, KY, Mark (Calli) Nelson of
Weatherford, TX, Chad Combs of Long Island City, NY, Josh
(Wendy) Combs of Portland, OR. Seven great-grandchildren;
Madelyn Nelson of Annapolis, MD, Marshall and Melisa Nelson
of Lexington, KY, Bud, Brady and Katelyn Nelson of
Weatherford, TX, and Lennon Nicole Combs of Portland, OR.
Sisters, Evelyn Adams of Orange, TX, Billie McNeel of
Corsicana, Wanda Neeley of Rockwall, TX, Earlene (Don)
Slaughter of Corsicana as well as numerous nieces and
Visitation will be Sunday, March 18th at Corley Funeral Home
from 4:00-6:00p.m. Service will be Monday, March 19th at the
Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00a.m. with Grandsons Rev.
J. Todd Nelson & Rev. Mark Nelson officiating. Burial will
follow at Richland
Cemetery. Pallbearers; Mike McNeel, Chad Combs, Josh
Combs, Bud Nelson, Marshall Nelson and Brady Nelson.
The family was blessed to have loving caregivers. Lisa
Bradley who called Martha “Nell” as well as the Staff at
Heritage Oaks West and Family First Hospice. A special
thanks is extended to Dr. Kent Rogers.
Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Care
Mar 13, 2018
Annie Mae Harris, 89, of Kerens passed away March 13,
2018 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at
1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Mt. B. Zion
Interment will follow at the
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Demone Maurice Brown
Sep 4, 1981 - Mar 6, 2018
Demone Maurice Brown, 36, of Kerens passed away
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in McKinney. He was born
September 4, 1981.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday,
March 16, 2018 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
March 17, 2018 at New Bethel Baptist Church with
Min. Tessie Johnson and Rev. Earnest Betts
Interment to follow at
Linda Lou (Jarrett) White
Mar 13, 1936 - June 22, 2017
L. White, 81, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 22,
2017 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie.
She was born March 13, 1936 in Cisco to John Weldon and Emy
She was a retired educator with Corsicana Independent School
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bell White, III
and her parents.
She is survived by her son, John Cullen White and wife Amy;
grandsons, John Jarrett and Jacob Michael White all of
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26,
2017 at Oakwood
Cemetery with Mr. Buddy Markham officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
the Leukemia Foundation in her memory.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Dec 22, 1937 - June 1, 2016
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Blissette, 78, of Corsicana passed away on
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1937 in Ferris to Willie Frank and Minnie
She was an active member of Second Avenue Baptist Church.
Mary greatly loved her Lord, Jesus Christ, her husband Billy, all
her family and church family. She loved to laugh and joke; was fun
spirited, and it was always a joy to be in her presence.
She loved to spend time with her grand and great-grand kids and
always longed for their visits. She also enjoyed spending time in
her flower garden and cruising around in fast cars.
Her Christian character was well known to all whom had the privilege
to be in her presence. She really enjoyed spending time with her
church family, singing, learning God's Word, and fellowshipping
together. Christ was a huge part of her life and this fact was
evident in her character and actions.
She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who look
forward to seeing her again in Heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ,
along with all who would trust in Him alone for their Salvation.
She was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Eugene Long; a great
granddaughter, Diana Kay Weeks; parents, Frank and Minnie Thornton;
brothers, Billy and Gene Thornton; and a sister, Lillian Offield.
She is survived by her husband, William B. Blissette; daughter,
Diane Brown of West Tawakoni; sons, Gary Long of Corsicana and
George Long of Combine; grandsons, Joshua Long of Corsicana and
Brian Long of Van; granddaughters, Stephanie Showalter and husband
Johnny of Paris and Kimberly Blissette of West Tawakoni; great
granddaughters, Alexis Weeks and Kaydance Hardee of Paris; great
grandsons, Alton, Randy, Darry Eastep and Fisher Spann of West
Tawakoni and Aron Childress of Paris; brother, Johnny Thornton and
wife Carol of Montgomery; sisters, Joyce Cunningham of Burleson and
Becky Paramore of Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a
big host of friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. On Monday,
June 6, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at
the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Dawson
Interment will follow in
Nora Jeanette (Purifoy)
Aug 9, 1923 - June 29, 2016
Jeanette (Purifoy) Skelton, 92, of Hillsboro passed away
peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, after a
Jeanette was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Corsicana to Russell
Albritton Purifoy and Nora Etta (Billie) Boyd Purifoy.
She studied library science at Texas Women's University.
On Sept. 17, 1944, Jeanette married former schoolmate
Charles William Skelton, who was on leave while serving in
the Pacific Theater as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.
After the war, Jeanette and Charlie lived in College
Station, where he attended Texas A&M.
After Charlie's graduation with a degree in Electrical
Engineering, the couple moved to the Dallas suburb of Irving
to raise their family. She was employed by Texas Utilities,
first in their Irving office and later in their training
center near Athens.
Later they lived many years in the East Texas community of
Calendar Lake, where Jeanette organized and established the
community library now named in her honor.
Jeanette, Grandma or Granny as she was known to her family,
was cheerful, industrious, generous and practical. She was
never still and cultivated numerous skills and hobbies that
she used to enrich the lives of those around her.
She loved being outside working in her yard, hand-quilting
intricate quilts for family members, painting ceramics, and
"putting up" jelly to give to friends and neighbors.
Making another gift of her time and energy, Jeanette delved
into genealogy on both sides of the family. She spent hours
researching, walking old cemeteries, and writing letters to
document her findings.
After moving to Hillsboro in 2008, she became an active
member of the First Presbyterian Church. She especially
enjoyed monthly meetings of the Bible Study Circle.
Jeanette Skelton was preceded in death by her husband of 57
years and one son, Russell Fairfax (Rusty) Skelton.
She is survived by sons, Charles W. Skelton, Jr. and wife,
Maria, of Kauai and David Boyd Skelton MD, and wife,
Roberta, of Hillsboro; Daphne Skelton, widow of Rusty; 10
grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Her family will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
July 5, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro with
Pastor Jo Ramsey officiating.
Her ashes will be scattered at the Purifoy family plot at
The family wishes to publicly thank Divine Living and
especially caregivers Ella Abston and Victoria Southern for
their kind, faithful and dedicated service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First
Presbyterian Church, 301 Old Brandon Road, Hillsboro, TX
76645 or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements made by Marshall and Marshall Funeral
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- w/o Charles William Skelton;
d/o Russell Albritton Purifoy & Nora Etta "Billie" (Boyd)
Apr 26, 1923 - Jul 2, 2016
Janice Lenore Tate Bailey, 93, passed away on July 2, 2016
She was born on April 26, 1923 in Winnsboro to James Robert
and Etoile (Whittington) Culberson.
Mrs. Bailey was a faithful member of the First Baptist
Church of Corsicana. She served her community through her
positions held on the Red Cross Board and the NCADC in which
she was a founding member.
She loved her family, friends, and her church.
Among her many accomplishments she wrote a newspaper column
for the lovelorn in the 1960's under the pseudonym Jan
Webster. She wrote religious songs and was one of the first
contact lens spokespersons for Texas State Optical wearing
some of the first contact lenses in the state.
She was preceded in death by Ollie Knox Tate, their son
Terry Knox Tate, their daughter Mary Lee Sanders, and Cecil
She is survived by her son, James Glenn Tate and wife Kayann;
grand-daughters, Caron Burris and husband Keith, Kim
Benifield; grandson, Jim Cosco and his wife Linda; nine
great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren;
cousins Marquis Whittington and his wife Mary Ellen, Judith
Johnson, David Rhodes, Charlene Lee, and Carolyn Kay.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July
5, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at
Officiating the service will be Rev. Cory Brand of First
Baptist Church of Corsicana.
Barbara Sue (Hable) Percifield
Dec 6, 1937 - Jun 30, 2016
Barbara Sue Percifield, 78, passed away at Life Care Hospital in
Plano on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Barbara was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Corsicana to Bob and Sue Hable.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, David and Bobby
She is survived by her husband, Paul Percifield of Plano;
grandchildren, Robin and Paul Percifield of Flower Mound and
numerous other relatives.
Barbara fought a long hard fight against diabetes.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016
Oakwood Cemetery, 700 N. 15th St. Corsicana, with Father David
Mary Franchel (Thompson) Johnson
Apr 2, 1930 - Oct 23, 2017
Franchel Thompson Johnson passed away peacefully at her home
in Corsicana on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. She was born in
Corsicana on April 2, 1930 to Wilbur L. and Opal Meagher
Thompson. She was the third of the four Thompson children.
Corsicana public schools and graduated from CHS
Mary attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee
and transferred to SMU in 1949 where she graduated in 1951.
At Ward Belmont, she was the student body president, going
by the nickname of "Duck" because of the mallard tail
feathers she wore in her fedora. At SMU, she was a member of
the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
While at SMU, Mary met Walter Johnson during a blind date
organized by mutual friends. During their courtship, Walter
would sell a pint of blood to have money to take her to
dinner, and they liked to go to Love Field in the evenings
to watch the planes land. The couple was married on Oct. 17,
1951 at the Thompson home in Corsicana.
While Walter was serving his country in Korea, Mary began
her career as an educator in Corsicana in 1955. She taught
at Lee and Bowie Elementary, and was an active member of
Alpha Delta Kappa Educators Sorority.
Mary took a break from her career to concentrate on rearing
her family in the mid-60's. She welcomed sons Cal and then
Dan, and spent her days caring for and teaching her two
In 1975, she began teaching again at James L Collins
Catholic School as a fifth grade and elementary/middle
school history teacher. Her passion for Texas history was
obvious and her excitement for the topic inspired her
students. More even than her topics, she wanted to instill
in her students the importance of treating each other with
respect, kindness, and compassion. Mary touched many young
peoples' lives and it has been common to hear former
students claim that Mary Johnson was their favorite teacher.
She retired for good in 1995.
Mary loved activities with her family and they almost all
involved the outdoors. She was an avid bird-watcher but
didn't maintain a list. She loved hunting and fishing,
and had the confidence and patience to usually "out-do" the
men. She loved to travel and see different sights and
country whenever she could. Her excitement for these things
was contagious, and she passed these passions along to those
she knew and loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur L. Sr. and
Opal Thompson; her husband of 57 years, Walter C. Johnson;
Brothers Wilbur L. Thompson Jr., and W.R. "Bob" Thompson.
She is survived by her sons, Walter Calvin "Cal" Johnson,
Jr. of Colombia, Missouri; Daniel Johnson and Robin Baity of
Garland; Sister Carole Ann Wilson and husband Bill of
Hideaway, Texas; Sisters-in-laws Thelma Thompson of
Georgetown, Estelle Summers of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Idalee
Lyons of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carolyn Heffington
of Willis, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the team of caregivers who
took such diligent care of Mary for the last several years
which allowed her to be at the home she loved and where she
felt most comfortable. Thanks to Ella Humphrey, Jaqueline
Struggs, Francis Crittendon, Shamika Reynolds and Sholondria
Bryant. Additional thanks to Janice Johnson and Miriam
f you wish, please honor Mary Johnson by making a memorial
donation in her honor to the charity of your choice.
Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at
Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Burial