Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Syble (Hunt) Yates
Sep 12, 1926 - Dec 19, 20178
Syble Hunt Yates, age 91, of Midlothian, passed away on December 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by family. She was born September 12, 1926 in Blooming Grove to W. O. "Jake" and Corinne (Sisson) Hunt. Syble was born in Blooming Grove and raised in Frost. She married Duane Yates on November 26, 1947 and at the time of his death they had been married for 39 years. She worked for stockbrokers in Dallas and Fort Worth until she was 60 years old. She loved to travel and visited all 50 states. Syble attended Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth for many years and then in 2009 she moved her membership to First Baptist Church in Waxahachie.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Pamela Stone of Midlothian; two grandsons, Jeremy Stone and wife Jennifer and Justin Stone and wife Gretchen; 7 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson; three sisters, Pat Hunt Bradley and husband Joe, Peggy Hunt and Sandy Hunt Buckley and husband Paul; one sister-in-law, Jerolyn Yates and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jake and Corinne Hunt; her husband Duane Yates and brother, Travis Hunt.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 11AM to 12PM with a service directly following with Pastor Ronnie Dabney and Dr. Jerry Lemon officiating. Interment will follow at the Frost Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas
Died in Milothian, Ellis County, Texas

Gene Shipman
Feb 15, 1938 - Jun 26, 2018

Obituary for Gene Shipman
Carroll Gene Shipman, 80, of Corsicana, Texas passed away on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at Trisun Care Center. He was born February 15, 1938 in Bloomfield, MO to Helen and Curtis Shipman.

Gene was in the USAF and assigned to the Civil Engineering Squadron in Plattsburgh, NY in support of Strategic Air Command (SAC) - where he met the love of his life, Sandy.

After serving his country, he made a career as a Heavy Equipment Operator who operated large earth moving equipment, primarily specializing in operating large/heavy truck, crawler and tall tower cranes across Florida and Texas.  He has helped construct many of the high rises and buildings you may see in Miami, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton, Florida and even some that make up the Dallas and Ft. Worth sky lines. He was a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Plantation, Florida and was also a Tank Crew Member in the US Army Reserve.
Gene and his wife Sandy worked maintenance and upkeep over the course of several years for the Navarro County Youth Expo Facility. He retired from the City of Corsicana Public Works as a Crew Supervisor, as well as from the NCSO where he worked as a facility and vehicle maintenance man.

His handy man and carpentry skills were hard to top and hobbies included beautiful leather work such as Bible covers, belts and knife holsters, beautiful jewelry made from scrap stainless steel pipe with intricate designs and woodworking was a calling and passion for years.
If you could show a picture of what you desired or could describe it in just a few words, plans were drawn and the item came to be. He has made many bookshelves, desks, drawing tables, cabinets, stools, tables and more.

Nothing was ever more important than providing for, being there for, loving and setting a wonderful example for his family. He never hesitated to make time for anyone who needed a helping hand . He was known for his joking, ribbing and his infectious, bright smile and you were a better person for having known him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother and wife Sandy.

He is survived by his two children, Curt Shipman and wife D�Lee, daughter Mandy Tanner and Husband Elmer, grandchildren J.C. Shipman, Bobby Shipman, Wyatt Shipman, Allison Tanner and Dustin Tanner and special angel and friend, Kelly Bell. All of whom loved him dearly and will miss him daily.

Instead of flowers and plants, the family asks that you bloom where you are planted. Be the change you wish to see in this world. Be kind, compassionate and give to others. Donate or give to a reputable charity that you know would have been near and dear to his heart or give something near and dear to your own. There are many in need so if you choose, give in his memory and make a positive difference in something or for someone.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, July 6, 2018 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

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Bill Franklin Goodrich
July 7, 1961 - May 29, 2018

Obituary for Bill Franklin Goodrich
Bill Franklin Goodrich, resident of Corsicana, formerly of Portland, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Chatfield, Texas at the age of 56 years.
Bill was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland. He was a well-known skilled collision technician in Corsicana for more than 20 years.
A former All State football player in Portland, his passion for all sports continued throughout his life. This included competitive activities such as men's softball, darts and racquetball. However, his greatest joy was coaching his kids, instilling the values he learned continuously throughout life.
Bill was an incredible father and will be sadly missed by his children, Lacy, Ben and Maya. The countless hours spent loving, teaching and coaching his children will never be forgotten.
Bill is survived by children, Lacy Goodrich of Corsicana, Ben Goodrich of Austin, Maya and Casey Garrett of Waco. Two grandsons Abel and Asher Garrett. Parents, Bill and Sandra Goodrich of Sun River, Oregon; brother, Brian Goodrich of Canby Oregon. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by mother Roselyn Ann Taylor Goodrich.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. Luke's Methodist Church with Robert Barnett officiating.

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Marsha Lynn (Gonzales) McClellan
Jun 12, 1947  - Aug 27, 2018

Marsha Lynn McClellan age 71 of Clifton, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 at a Clifton care facility.

Memorial services will be Noon, Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Riverside Baptist Church. Family members will conduct the service.

Marsha Lynn Gonzales was born on June 12, 1947 in Corsicana, Texas to Pete and Dorothy Melton Gonzales. She was a homemaker most of her life.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Stayce Hightower and husband, Jeff, of Meridian, Billy McClellan of Corsicana, Jodie Swanson of Corsicana; other relatives and many friends.

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Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.


Timothy Wayne Owen
Oct 22, 1968 - Jun 9, 2018

Timothy Wayne Owen
OCTOBER 22, 1968 - JUNE 9, 2018 (AGE 49)

Timothy Wayne Owen (49) of Temple, TX passed away on June 9, 2018. He was born on October 22, 1968 in Corsicana, Texas to Henry and Reba Owen.

Tim, as everyone knew him, graduated from Corsicana High School in 1987. Tim was awarded a baseball scholarship but he joined the United States Army instead after graduating school, his roll in the military was as an infantry man. His most proud moment in life was the day that he welcomed his son Jacob into the world. Tim really enjoyed baseball, driving his car and let�s be honest, intellectual sparing. He truly cherished the time that he spent with family and friends.

Tim is survived by his father and his wife, Henry Owen and Charlene, Son Jacob Owen and Jacobs mother Amy Owen. Brothers Ron Owen and his wife Joyelle, Tommy Owen and his wife Tracy. Sisters Lorina Cole and her husband Raymond, Becky Anderson and her husband Terry. He also has many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. Tim will be missed by all who knew him.

Tim is preceded in death by his loving Mother, Reba.

Brother Joe Tucker with Gateway Assembly of God Church in Trinidad, Texas will be officiating for the Owen family.


Mattie Lue (Bonner) Merida
Jul 27, 1935 - Sep 28, 2018

Mattie Merida, 83, passed away on Sept. 28, 2018. Viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eternal Rest of Corsicana, 701 W. 7th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110. Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at 2nd Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. 5th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.



Mattie Merida, 83, passed away Sept. 28, 2018.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Corsicana, 701 W. Seventh Ave.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at Second Mission Baptist Church located at 909 S. Fifth St. in Corsicana.

Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana.


Wesley Stephen Davis
May 14, 1947 -- Apr 3, 2018

Wesley Stephen Davis, age 70, of Dawson, formerly of Monahans and Lufkin, passed away Tuesday, April 3rd at Waco Baylor Hillcrest. Graveside services with military honors will be 1 P.M. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Prairie View Cemetery near Turnersville, Texas, under the direction of Foss Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Memorials may be sent to Prairie View Cemetery Association, PO Box 85, Dawson, Texas 76639.

Wes was born in Corsicana and raised in Monahans and Dawson. He was a 1964 graduate of Dawson High School. He attended Navarro Junior College and Angelina College where he graduated with a technology degree. Wes worked at Lufkin Industries for 30 years retiring in 2006. Wes married Frances Ann Hollingsworth of Dawson in April 1970 and they were married for almost 48 years. Two daughters, Lisa and LaShelle were born to this union. Wes served his country in the United States Air Force from 1966- 1970. He was honorably discharged at the rank of SSG. He served one tour of duty in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Preceded in death by his parents Harold and Mona Davis and a brother Jacky Davis.

Wes is survived by his wife, Ann of Dawson, daughters, Lisa Ford and children Kristen and Casey, and LaShelle Davis and children Madison and Samuel. He is also survived by his brother, Mike Davis and sister-in-law Rhonda, aunt Roma Taylor, numerous cousins including Pat Coker and Baize Taylor, brothers-in-law Clarence Hollingsworth and Burt Hollingsworth, and sister-in-law Emma Childress.


Margaret Elizabeth (Betsy) Keller
Oct 17, 1932 - Apr 9, 2018

Life Legacy

Margaret Elizabeth (Betsy) Keller, 85, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at her residence in Fairfield.

Mrs. Keller was born October 17, 1932 in Corsicana to parents Ernest A. and Margaret Stubbs Strange. She lived in Wortham and attended Wortham Schools. She graduated from TCU in 1953 with a degree in Education. She was an avid Wortham Bulldog and TCU Horned Frog fan. She taught second grade at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Corsicana. She married John H. Keller, M.D. on July 16, 1955. Mrs. Keller was a lifetime Methodist and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairfield where she was once active in many groups and sang in the choir for a number of years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband on August 24, 2012 and a brother, E.A. (Mack) Strange, Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Susan Myers and husband Charles; Carolyn Newberry and husband Scott. Three grandsons, Jordan Keller Myers and wife Kimberly; James Scott Newberry, III and wife Grace; James Andrew Myers, and wife Natalie and their son Jaxon; a granddaughter, Audra Myers Knowles; niece Mary Ann Strange and nephew, James Mack Strange. Special family and caregivers, Jonny Renee Childs, Alicia Thurman and Leslie Brackens.


William (Bill) Joseph Naugle
Oct 14, 1985 - Feb 10, 2018

William (Bill) Joseph Naugle, 32, of Denton, TX. passed away suddenly on Saturday February 10, 2018. Bill was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 14, 1985 to parents Robert and Kay Naugle.
Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps. his junior year of high school. Upon graduation from high school in 2004 he served 4 years of active duty and was stationed in North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan.
He also deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. During his last year of active duty, Bill was blessed to become a father to Domanic, born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 2007.
After his honorable discharge, Bill followed dear friend and fellow Marine, Grant Paschali for employment in Texas with Shermco based in Irving, Texas. He then continued schooling by attending and graduating from Fire Academy and acquiring a position as a fireman with the Corsicana, Texas Fire Department. He discovered a passion for the medical field while firefighting and continued his education in that direction. Upon graduating nursing school he obtained a position at the Lewisville Medical City as R.N. with the night shift crew in the E.R.
Bill grew up in Michigan which fostered a love for the outdoors. You could often find him in the gym lifting weights and improving his well toned body and biceps! One of Bill�s special characteristics was his good looks and charm. Many a person, man or woman were known to stare uncontrollably at him. When asked why he would reply �Oh, I get that all the time!� probably answering while showing a flexed bicep. Bill could be described as sweet, loving, kind, a faithful friend and companion, and devoted father. His humerous personality would appear when making his son smile or laugh.
Bill is preceded in death by his grandparents: William and Joanne Langford and Paul Naugle Sr.
Bill is survived by his beloved partner, Chelsey Richards; sons: Domanic Naugle, Tristen and Braeden Richards; parents: Robert and Kay Naugle of Kaufman, Texas.; brother, Robert Jr. (R.J.) and wife Anne; nephew, Josh Bradley; niece, Sammi Bradley all of Lakewood, Washington; and extended family members: Alisha Bland, Caleb Hunt and wife Brooke, Carson and Haidyn Blake Hunt, Caitlin Hunt; grandmother, Shirley Naugle of Michigan and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and friendship given to Bill. He will be sadly missed by those who have known him.
A Memorial Service will be held for Bill on Saturday February 17, 2018 at 10:00AM at New Hope Funeral Home in Sunnyvale, Texas.
A reception will follow service at Community Life Church 610 US Hwy 80 Sunnyvale, Texas 75182.


Conelia "Connie" Rodgers
Sep 26, 1940 - Aug 27, 2018

Connie (Conelia) Aston Rodgers, age 77, of Plano, Texas passed away peacefully, August 27, 2018, after a short illness. She was born in Corsicana, Texas, September 26, 1940 and lived her adult life in the Dallas area.

Always the life of the party, Connie was a fun-loving, witty and intelligent lady who loved people, tennis and gardening and was a long-time member of Christ United Methodist Church, WINS Investment Club, Northwood Women�s Group and Bent Tree Country Club.

Connie is survived by her son Tim R Rodgers and his wife Michelle Davila Rodgers; Tom R Rodgers, former husband, close friend and Tim�s father; her sister Mollie Aston Henderson; nieces Marissa Jarratt and her husband Jon and Michelle Chesney; nephew Zachary Aston and grand nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano Texas 75075, with a reception to follow.


Emily Ruth (Cook) Harvey
Mar 26, 1930 - Mar 27, 2018

Mrs. Emily Ruth Cook Harvey was born in Powell, TX to Mamie (Stovall) and George Cook, Sr. Emily was raised in Corsicana, Texas by Mamie and Leonard Johnson, Sr., along with seven brothers and sisters. She was a graduate of G.W. Jackson High, went on to obtain her license in cosmetology and was owner/operator of Smart Ladies Salon for over 40 years. Emily and Charles B. Harvey, Jr. married in 1959 and celebrated 51 years together. She loved to laugh and found joy in being surrounded by her many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her sisters, Pearline Johnson of Corsicana, TX and Bennie Marie Bradley of San Antonio, TX and her stepdaughter Charlesella Harvey Johnson of California. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings: Henry Cook, Eula Bea Cook Barton, Preston Cook, George Cook, Jr. and Leonard Johnson, Jr.
A wake will be held at 5:00 PM at MeadowLawn Funeral Home, 5611 E. Houston on Thursday 4/5/18. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, 4/6/18 at Second Baptist Church, 3310 East Commerce at 11:00 AM.


Jackie N. Dickerson
Sep 21, 1951 - Aug 31, 2018

Life Legacy

Jackie N. Dickerson, age 66, of Midlothian, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born on September 21, 1951 to Thomas Wayne and Catherine (Thompson) Dickerson in Corsicana, Texas.

Left to cherish his memory is his son, Brian Dickerson and wife Michelle of Midlothian; step daughters, Stephanie Ford and husband Blair of Maypearl and Laurie Berryhill and husband Jimmy of Venus; grandchildren, Clayton Neil Dickerson, Maygan Dickerson, Tyler Berryhill, Alec Wright, Eden Wright and Michael Wright; great grandson, Brantley Kyle Dickerson; brothers, Billy Dickerson and wife Frances, Jim Dickerson and wife Blanch and Archie Dickerson; sisters, Tommie Cunningham, Bonnie Owen, Linda Estes, Rita Garrettson and husband Jim and a host of family and friends.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 6 to 8PM at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Waxahachie.

There will be a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel with Pastor James Coffman officiating. Interment will follow at the Waxahachie City Cemetery.


Ashley (Cockerham) Sanders
Jun 21, 1985 - Feb 5, 2018

Ashley Sanders, age 32, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on June 21, 1985 in Corsicana, Texas to Tony and Julie (Wiles) Cockerham.

Left to cherish her memories is her husband of 13 years, Kenneth �Kenny� Sanders; four daughters, Haley, Novalee, Kalynn and Jessica Sanders; parents, Julie Glenn and Toni Cockerham; sister, Paige Ferguson and husband Robert; mother and father n-law, Ken and Doris Sanders.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel with a funeral service following at 1PM with Rev. Molly Hayes officiating. Burial is schedule for 9:15 AM on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery.


Louis Charles Marquart
Nov 24, 1929 - Sep 13, 2018

Louis Charles Marquart, age 88, of San Angelo passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, at The Springs Assisted Living in San Angelo. Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Richland Cemetery in Mertens with Rev. Darren Heil officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Mertens.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Louis was born on November 24, 1929, in Corsicana to Robert N. and Donnie Mae (Horton) Marquart. He attended school in Brownwood and graduated from Mertens High School before graduating from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M) in Kingsville. He was employed as a registered engineer in the oil and natural gas industry and loved the 40 years he spent in that career.

In March of 1998, Louis and Joan Simmons were united in marriage. From 1948-1952, he proudly served his country in the United States Marines. In his spare time, he enjoyed RVing, hunting and fishing. He was of the Baptist faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents, Charles and Altha Horton. Survivors include his wife, Joan Simmons Marquart; daughters, Traci Renfrow and husband, Buster, Doni Marquart and Valeri Marquart; son, Charles Marquart; and grandchildren, Ty and Rand Renfrow.


Kevin Dale Riggs
Oct 2, 1963 - Aug 13, 2017

Obituary for Kevin Dale Riggs
Services for Kevin Dale Riggs, 53, of Flint will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Flint Baptist Church with Pastor Sam DeVille officiating.
A graveside service will follow on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Riggs passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Flint.
He was born October 2, 1963 in Corsicana to Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Riggs.
Kevin was a member of Flint Baptist Church. He graduated from Corsicana High School. Mr. Riggs held the position of maintenance technician with Brookshire Grocery Company.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and great-grandparents.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Vicki; mother and stepfather, Dale and David Frederick; father and stepmother, Hollis and Debbie Riggs; sister, Cindy McCarter; half-sister, Melissa Riggs; stepbrother, Adam Hill; stepsister, Alyssa Hill; son, Bryce; daughter, Erica; stepdaughter, Jessica Shepherd; grandsons, Koehler, Christopher, Easton; and niece, Caitlin McCarter.
Pallbearers will be Steve McCall, Jimmy Eppler, Kenny Kennemore, Michael McCarter, Kyle Hand, and Joel Tyner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Watson, Alton McClintock, Jackie Melton, Billy Shuttlesworth, Dee Merritt, TJ Fowler and Paul Krugler.
Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to Flint Baptist Church Building Fund at or 11131 FM 2868, Flint, TX 75762.


Arlis Bryan Moon, Sr.
Feb 7, 1937 - May 5, 2018

Obituary for Arlis Bryan Moon, Sr.
Arlis Bryan Moon, Sr., 81, Corsicana, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Freedom Church with Arlis B. Moon, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Hess Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Arlis was born on February 7, 1937 in Three Rivers, Texas to James M. and Geneva G. (Armstrong) Moon, Sr. He graduated from Harlandale High School and attended San Antonio College. Arlis was credentialed as an Assembly of God pastor in 1957. He pastored in Lighthouse, Pearsall and Stamford Assemblies of God in Texas and started the Southside Assembly of God in San Antonio. Arlis also pastored the Yale, Oklahoma Assembly of God and the First Pentecostal Holiness in Cushing, Oklahoma. He pastored and preached for over 40 years and never stopped ministering. Arlis married Eulonda Faye (Beavers) Stufflebeam on August 11, 1984 in Cushing, Oklahoma. He attended Freedom Church and was a singer, philosopher and "generous to a fault." He was a rancher at heart and loved his Old West lifestyle home. He was a master craftsman and millright and loved raising his horses, goats and Red Angus bulls and longhorns. Arlis was also a patriot, even though he never served, he loved his country very much. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

His parents, a daughter, Lorrie Moon, and five siblings, Jesse, Bobby, Virgil and Eula Moon, and Janelle Hargrave, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Eulonda Faye Moon, of the home; five children, Cheryl V. Swafford and husband, Steve, Karen Moon Starr and husband, Glen, Arlis B. Moon, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, Michael K. Moon and wife, Alice, and Susan E. Weicht and husband, William; a stepson, Leslie Stufflebeam and wife, June; the mother of his children, Irene E. Long; 19 grandchildren, Austin, Amaris, Chelsea, Holly, Jennifer, Arlis, III, Matlock, Lacy, Nicole, James, JohnMarc, Jesse, Joanna, Leticia, Kevin, Kim, Susanna, Gretchen and Grace; 24 great grandchildren with one on the way; three brothers, James Moon, Jr., Jerry Moon and Doy Wayne Moon; a sister, Kathy Vidales; and many other family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Jackie (Armstrong) Thomas
Oct 4, 1934 - Aug 5, 2017

Obituary for Jackie Thomas
Jackie Armstrong Thomas, of Terrell, passed away into the presence of her Savior on the morning of August 5, 2017 with her family at her side. Jackie was born October 4, 1934 in Corsicana, Texas to Charlie Joe and Jackie (Jennings) Armstrong, both of whom preceded her in death.
Jackie grew up in an era that emphasized family devotion, hard work ethic, respect for others and these characteristics shaped her personality to be a perfect Proverbs 31 woman. She was kind, selfless and loving to everyone that she met. Growing up on her family�s farm, Armstrong Dairy Farm, enabled her to develop into a young lady that honored commitments and valued traditions. Jackie graduated from Emhouse High School in 1953 having been voted by the student body as Senior Favorite and Good Citizen. On June 23, 1953, she married the love of her life, Bobby Thomas, and were blessed with two sons, Darrell and Danny. She loved doing for others and Jackie could be counted on to help with baby and wedding showers, birthday celebrations and any get together. She arrived not only with food but with a servant�s heart to help everyone have a great time and her very social personality made an instant friend for life to all who met her. She was a longtime and active member of College Mound UMC and friendships made there were some of her most treasured. She and Bobby enjoyed traveling to many family reunions where Jackie could �catch up� with extended family and share memories that had been made. Always one to enjoy a good visit, she would often be found at all church activities, helping and laughing, as well as going out to eat with Bobby so she could see all her other friends here in Terrell. As devoted as she was to Bobby and her sons, Jackie found a deeper love that is known only to grandmothers and when her grandchildren and then great grandchildren came along, they had her wrapped around their fingers. She supported and encouraged them in all their endeavors so that they would always have a firm foundation of knowing they were cherished by Jackie. She had a way of making everyone she met feel the true joy that she always felt and Jackie will be missed greatly.
She leaves to continue her legacy of unconditional love her husband of 64 years, Bobby Thomas of Terrell; sons: Darrell Thomas and wife, Sherry, of Royse City, Danny Thomas and wife, Karien, of McKinney; four grandchildren: Dusty Wayne Thomas, Joni Rae Duvall, Jana Lee Thomas and Taylor Dan Thomas; four great grandchildren: Chasity, Conner, Devin, Kaleb Thomas; brother, W.J. �Sonny� Armstrong; sister, Katherine Cameron as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family, church family and a host of other friends.
Funeral service will be at 11:00am, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Max Slayton Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at College Mound Cemetery. Jackie's family will receive friends 6-8pm, Monday, August 7, 2017 at Max Slayton Funerals and Cremations.
For those wishing and to honor Jackie's service to others, memorials may be made to College Mound United Methodist Church, PO Box 793, Terrell, Texas, 75160.


Robert H. Dawson
Jan 1, 1937 - Aug 24, 2018

Robert H. Dawson
January 1, 1937 - August 24, 2018
Robert Holton Dawson, 81, of Midland passed away on August 24, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 North Garfield Street, Midland, Texas 79705.

Bob was born on January 1, 1937 in Corsicana, Texas, to Athol A. and Bonnie Dawson. He married the love of his life, Fran, on June 1, 1957 in Canton, Texas. In 1962, the couple moved to Midland. Bob and Fran had one son, Bob Dawson, Jr., and two grandchildren, Geoffrey Dawson and Ellie Dawson.

Bob served the community, both as a shareholder at Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson, P.C., and through his work for many organizations he cared about.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; his son, Bob; his grandchildren, Geoffrey and Ellie; and his sister-in-law, Jewel Murphrey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Oma M. Dawson; his brother and sister-in-law, Athol A. and Joan Dawson; and his brother-in-law, James Murphrey.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Robert A. Vogel, M.D., Michael J. Dragun, M.D., David Watkins, M.D., and the nurses, PCAs, and other employees of Midland Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Midland who cared for Bob in his last illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Midland, Gifts of Hope, Inc., or Grace Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at


Stewart Deen Dickson, Sr.
Sep 15, 1941 - Jan 30, 2018

Obituary for Stewart Deen Dickson, Sr.
Stewart (Puddin) Dickson 76, passed away to be with our heavenly father on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Stewart was born in Corsicana, Texas on September 15, 1941 to Selma Q. and Jimmie Lou Dickson. Stewart was the only child and was raised on the farm until the family decided to come to West Texas and farm in Rotan. Because of the drought, the family sold the farm and moved to Colorado City, Texas. Stewart was a graduate of Colorado City High School. He then met the love of his life Faye Ellen (Conaway) and they married on May 18, 1963. They spent 54 years of a wonderful journey in life. They had two children Deen and Sarah which he loved dearly.
Stewart started his career as a dispatcher with the City of Colorado City Police Department. He then was hired on with the Big Spring Police Department as a traffic officer. There he was recognized for numerous awards and the one he was most proud of was being chosen as Officer of the Year for initiating the child safety program for the Big Spring ISD. In 1970, the family moved to Abilene where he went to work for the Taylor County Sheriffs Office and went to school at Hardin Simmons where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While at Taylor County, he was appointed Chief Jailer followed by the appointment of Chief Deputy by then Sheriff, Jack Landrum. Stewart was then approached to become a law enforcement instructor for Texas A&M University. He began teaching to thousands of law enforcement students throughout the state. In 1978, he accepted a position as Concho Valley Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Coordinator and the family moved to
San Angelo, Texas. Stewart loved being able to teach students and he loved being a part of the San Angelo Police Department and Tom Green County Sheriffs Office. After following his retirement with the Concho Valley Council of Governments in October 1996, he went to work with the Tom Green County Sheriffs Office as Chief Deputy to Sheriff Dan Gray. He was then appointed as Lieutenant/Public Information Officer under Sheriff Joe Hunt until Stewart retired in March 2006.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, Genealogy, rebuilding and collecting old tractors, reading, and most dearly being with his family.
Stewart leaves his wife of 54 years, Faye (Conaway) Dickson, one son, Stewart Deen Dickson, Jr. and wife Denice of San Angelo, Texas, one daughter, Sarah Louise Drennan and husband Billy Royce (Shorty) Drennan of Sudan, Texas six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, February 2, 2018, at Lawnhaven Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Russ Frasier officiating. Visitation will be at Harper Funeral Home on Thursday, February 1, 2108 from 6:00- 8:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Ashley Dickson, Chris Dickson, Jacob Drennan, Kendon Drennan, Michael Drennan (all grandchildren), J. P. McGuire, Mike Magee, and Craig Hopper.
The family would like to thank the San Angelo Fire Department, the nursing staff at Angelo Community Hospital, and the hospital staff as St. Luke's Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Wall Volunteer Fire Department.


George Thomas Jones
Oct 28, 1949 - Jan 21, 2018

Obituary for Tom Jones
Funeral services for Tom Jones, 68, of Bastrop, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

George Thomas �Tom� Jones Jr. was born on October 28, 1949 in Dallas, Texas, the son of George Thomas Jones Sr. and Betty (Henson) Jones. He was baptized into the Christian faith on July 15, 1960 and confirmed into the Lutheran Church in 2004 at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Bastrop. Tom graduated from high school in Corsicana, Texas. He joined the United States Air Force and had served 20 years when he retired in 1990 having obtained the rank of Master Sergeant. He was united in marriage to Connie Bundick Looney on September 27, 1980 in Austin, Texas. Tom owned and operated TLC Carwash and Detailing in Bastrop for seven years. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Bastrop where he had served as an elder, cleaned the church and helped barbeque for fundraisers. In 2008, he and Connie became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings where they had served as greeters. Tom was also a member of the American Legion Post 533 in Bastrop. He had volunteered as a baseball coach when his son was younger and always took an active role in his son�s activities. Tom was a perfectionist in every sense of the word and kept everything clean, neat and in its place.

Tom passed away the afternoon of Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at St. David�s Medical Center in Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Jones Sr. and Betty Jones Armstrong and a brother, Jimmy Jones.

Tom is survived by his wife, Connie Jones of Bastrop; his son, Doyle Looney & his wife, Dana of San Tan Valley, Arizona; three grandchildren, Doyle Thomas Looney of California, Dallas Looney of California and Bailey Looney of Arizona; three step-grandchildren, Taylor Nolan of North Carolina, Ashley Ehli of Arizona and Jordan Mitchell of Arizona; two great grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Quarles & her husband, Bill of Amarillo; two nieces, one nephew and several cousins and many friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Derek Quarles, Angelo Shena, Mike Foster, Pat Foster, Ken Keil and Bill Talley.

Memorials may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 50008, Studio City, California 91614-5001, the Immanuel Lutheran Church Stained Glass Fund, 300 North Grimes Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one�s choice.


Joe Lynn Slone
Sep 9, 1942 - Oct 8, 2018

Joe Slone, 76, of Denton went to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his family on October 8th 2018 in Denton, Texas. Joe was born on September 9, 1942 in Corsicana, Texas to Joseph and Tranny Mae (Russell) Slone.

He married Barbara Twomey on August 24, 1963 in Abilene, Texas. Joe will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Joe never met a stranger, always willing to lend a hand and put others first. He was a distinguished cowboy, hardworking business owner, a founder of North Texas BBQ Association, exalted ruler of the Elks lodge (2002-2003), proud patriot and U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Slone of Denton, daughter, Shanna Housden of Aubrey, son, Shane Slone of Denton, brother Thom Slone of West He Columbia, Texas, grandchildren, Brittney Fichera, Bethany Crume, Melanie Whitehead, Brooklin Housden and Panna Slone and six great-grandchildren, Landon, Lane, Lexi, Cash, Hunter, and Rycker.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, infant son, Steven Slone and brother Jay Slone.

A memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton, Texas on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM.


W. H. Blair, Sr
Feb 13, 1945 - Jun 11, 2018

Mr. W. H. Blair, Sr., age 73, of Dallas, Texas passed away on Monday June 11, 2018 at VA Medical Center of North Texas. W. H. was born February 13, 1945 in Corsicana, Texas to the parentage of D.J. Blair, Sr. and Dossie Mae (Fegans) Blair. W.H. received his formal education from the Corsicana Public School System. Later he enlisted in the United States Army and served 2 years in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge.

W.H. has worked in many professions throughout his life, his last job before his retirement was a security officer for a security firm. W.H. enjoyed fishing and farming in his spare time and especially enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends.

W.H. is preceded in death by both parents D.J. Blair, Sr. and Dossie Mae Blair and other relatives. W.H. leaves to cherish his memories and legacy: a devoted wife, Ima Blair; three daughters, Terry Kennard, Sandra Pitts, and Sharon Blair; two sons, Duke Blair and W.H. Blair, Jr.; one sister, Gladys Blair; two brothers, D.J. Blair, Jr. and Morgan Blair; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and cousins and other relatives and friends.

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Mark Kelsey Hodges
Sep 16, 1957 - Apr 10, 2018

Obituary for Mark Kelsey Hodges
Mark K. Hodges, aged 60, a longtime area resident, loving father and community volunteer died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Dewey.

Mark was born the son of Wilfred Leon and Jill Ann (Winters) Hodges on September 16, 1957 in Corsicana, TX. At the age of 10, Mark and his family moved to Caney, KS. After graduating from Caney Valley High School in 1976, Mark furthered his education at Coffeyville Junior College before transferring to Kansas State in Manhattan, KS, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree.

Mark was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart Jane Dyer on January 3, 1981 and they later divorced. They made their home in Caney before moving to Dewey in 1996. Mark was deeply committed to the community, serving on the Caney Volunteer Fire Department from the late 70s to the mid 90s, including serving many years as Fire Chief. Mark also served on the Dewey School Board. He worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for about 20 years in the Corporate Communications group, producing multimedia products for company use. Later he owned and operated Hodges Fence and Deck from 2005 to 2008.

Mark was a loving father who coached his boys� ball teams. When he wasn't coaching, he was their biggest fan, faithfully attending all of the activities they participated in. He loved the Lord and was an active member of the Dewey United Methodist Church, participating in volunteer mission trips and community outreach.

Mark loved to be active and was handy, both on and off the job. He was very creative and always found a solution for the problems he encountered. Weekends at Grand Lake were a highlight for the boys during their younger years.

Mark is survived by his three boys, Clint Hodges and Ashley of Yukon, Michael Hodges and Amy of Cypress, TX, Jackson Hodges and Sally of Manhattan, KS; brother Mike Hodges and Cindy of Lafayette, CA; three sisters Jackie Gilmore of Kansas City, MO, Kyle Burch and Roger of Caney, KS, and Laurie Hodges of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren Wyatt, Bennett and Kellan Hodges; and numerous other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Journey Home, 900 NE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006.

Services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Davis Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplin Jsue Wagner officiating. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with Mark�s family at

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Billie Anne (Cheney) Root-Coburn
Jan 7, 1929 - Jan 20, 2018

Billie Root Coburn
January 7, 1929 - January 20, 2018
Billie Anne Cheney Root Coburn, 89, a long-time resident of Irving, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 8:40 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Baylor, Scott and White Medical Center in Irving. Born January 7, 1929 in Corsicana, Texas to Robert Hood Cheney, Sr. and Williamine Stephens Cheney, she graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945 at the age of 16. She studied for a year at Texas State College for Women in Denton before going to the University of Texas at Austin 1946-1949 graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Therapy. She married Trent Collins Root, Jr. in September 1950 and had three children, Trent Collins Root, III, Susan Gail Root Merritt, and James David Root. She was preceded in death by both of her sons. She married James (Bo) Coburn December 19, 1980, whom she dated during the University years. She was a very successful life insurance agent with Southwestern Life before building her home business with Shaklee Food Supplements and Cleaning Products. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Irving and the Irving Sunrise Rotary Club.
In addition to her two sons, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Francis Marion (Frank) Cheney and Robert Hood Cheney, Jr. She is survived by her husband James (Bo) Coburn; daughter, Susan Root Merritt and her husband Ralph Steven Merritt; grandchildren, Aimee Merritt Hutchings and husband Jacob Thomas Hutchings, Amber Merritt Terrell and husband Rusty Joe Terrell, Emily Merritt Morgenstern and husband Joseph Charles Morgenstern, Taylor Steven Merritt and wife Lindsey Driver Merritt, Conner James Root, and Isabella Simone Root: Stepchildren, Jeff Coburn and wife Clare G. Coburn and Jina Coburn Goodwin and husband Mark Goodwin; step grandchildren, Ryan Goodwin, Cory Goodwin, Kenneth Goodwin, Walker Coburn and wife Amy Jones Coburn, Leigh Coburn Flood and husband Kevin Flood, Mary Coburn Pettiette and husband Pete Pettiette; nine great-grandchildren; and five step great grandchildren.

A visitation is planned from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church, 403 South Main Street in Irving. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday there. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas 75211. Those wishing to attend the committal service may gather in Lane 1 at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be, Jacob Hutchings, Rusty Terrell, Joseph Morgenstern, Richard Gamble, Walker Coburn, Kevin Flood, and Zane Terrell.


Freddie Lee Toliver
Nov 25, 1937 - Sep 2, 2016

Obituary for Freddie Lee Toliver
Freddie Lee Toliver was born November 25, 1937 in Corsicana, Texas to Goree Toliver Sr. and Lee Ella Jones Toliver. Following his high school education he enlisted in the US Airforce. Fred stay with the Airforce culminated with retirement as an Airman after twenty years of honorable service.
Following his military career Fred decided to use his mechanical skills and worked as a mechanic for many years at numerous employers.
Fred married Iva Toliver in 1972 and one son was born to this union, however once married to Iva, Fred immediately inherited Lester, Lapree, Lyle and Larvin. Shortly after marriage Fred united with the Sweet Home Baptist Church and continued his membership until his departure from life.
Fred was an avid fisherman and loved playing the game of Dominoes.
Fred leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Iva Toliver; sons: Lester (Marie), Lapree, Lyle, Larin Sr. (Sharon) and Freddie, fifteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; brother: Curtis Toliver and wife Willie Toliver; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Joshua Levi Patterson
Sep 2, 1984 ~ Sep 26, 2018

Joshua Levi Patterson, 34 of Farmington, NM., passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018. He was born September 2, 1984 in Corsicana, Texas to Robert and Jeannie Patterson. Services are pending at this time. Joshua's care has been entrusted to Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St. Farmington, NM. For those who wish to express their condolences can do so at


Cecil Andrew Singleton
Jun 29, 1908 - Feb 12, 1988

C. Singleton, retiried teacher and principal
By Jack Tinsley

Cecil A. Singleton, longtime educator and retired principal of several Fort Worth elementary schools, died yesterday at a Fort Worth hospital. He was 79.
Funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Fellowship Hall in University United Methodist church. Burial will be in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Mr. Singleton retired in 1973 after a 37-year career in Fort Worth public schools.  He was a teacher and an administrator during that time in addition to being principal at South Fort Worth, George C. Clarke, B.H. Carroll, Arlington Heights, Westcliff and Bluebonnet elementary schools
"He was a marvelous educator... so war," said Dr. N.H. Kupferle, senior vice president of Harris Methodist Hospital Systems. "He made teachers feel like school was a family. He did a super job as a principal."
Mr. Singleton was born in Eureka in Navarro County and lived in Fort Worth for more than 50 years. He began his career as an educator at Dresden in Navarro County after getting an undergraduate degree from North Texas State University and a master's degree at the University ot Texas.
After four years at Dresden, he taught at Ennis for three years, at Borger for a year and at Whittenburg in the Panhandle for a year before joining the Fort Worth system in 1936.
Mr. Singleton married Eva Patsy Wall in 1941 while both were elementary school principals here. Mrs. Singleton later joined Texas Christian University and taught for 27 years in elementary education before retiring as an associate professor.
Mr. Singleton served with the Coast Guard during World War II and was in combat for 18 months in the South Pacific. He was a pharmacist's mate and served as acting chaplain on the alanding ship tank.
He was on the summer faculty for several sessions at TCU and at the University of Colorado. He was contributing author of a book, Teaching Elementary School Subjects.
Mr. Singleton was a member and a former steward of University United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for several years.
Survivors: Wife, Eva Patsy Singleton of Fort Worth; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Smith of Eureka, several nieces and nephews.


Mabel C. Brooks
Jul 27, 1895 - Sep 17, 1982

Miss Mabel C. Brooks, formerly of 1623 College Avenue, on Friday September 17. Retired secretary to the treasurer of the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad Company, retiring in 1960 after 42 years service. Member First Presbyterian Chruch. Preceded in death by her brother, Hugh C. Brooks. Survivors; Sister Miss Myrtle D. Brooks; sister-inlaw, Mrs. Hugh C. Brooks; niece, Mrs Wanda Howard; cousin, Miss Majorie Taylor, all of Fort Worth. Friends may call at Harveson and Cole Funeral Home, 702 Eighth Avenue, where services will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday. Rev. Dan Goldsmith officiating. Interment Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas. Arrangements Harveson & Cole  336-0345


Artena Dunn
Jul 19, 1912 - Feb 27, 1990

DUNN: Artena Dunn, a retired butcher and former Fort Worth resident, died Tuesday near Grandbury from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 77.  Mr. Dunn was born in Dresden, Navarro County, and he lived in San Angelo for 28 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Area survivors include a son, Arvis Smith of Fort Worth. Funeral: 2 p.m. today at Pinkston's Mortuary in Fort Worth. Burial Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.


Mary Bell (Bradley) White
May 1, 1910 - Aug 18, 1988

Mary Bell White
White: Mary Bell White of Hubbard died Thursday at her home. She was 78. Survivors include a son, Hubert White of Grand Prairie; and two daughters, Marie Williams and Pat Jones Boiles of Fort Worth. Funeral: 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial: Dresden Cemetery


  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram, Aug 20, 1988
  • w/o Clarence L. White

Jerome Douglas Johnson
May 21, 1898 - Dec 1, 1990

Jerome Douglas Johnson was born May 21, 1898 on the Johnson farm near Dresden in Navarro County, Texas to William Marion Johnson, a native of Cleo, Tennessee and Catherine LuElla Willson Johnson, a native of Dalton, Georgia. He died December 1, 1990. He and Ruby Grace Dickson were married Nov 11, 1926 by Dr. George W. Truett in Dallas, Texas. Before moving to Dallas, he had owned a grocery store in Blooming Grove (Navarro County), Texas where his family lived.  As a manager of the Cedar Springs Clarence Saunders' grocery store, he became an employee of Earle Wyatt when Wyatt bought the Dallas Saunders chain of 24 grocery stores i9n 1931. Johnson stayed with the firm when Wyatt sold the grocery side of the grocery and cafeteria chain in 1955 to Kroger's Inc.  After a stroke in 1955, Johnson took early retirement from Kroger's in 1962. He worked part time as a sales representative for a gourmet line of condiments for 18 years as an employee of Cockrell, Miller, Simpson, Brown and Jantz Inc. He retired in 1979. Since 1979 he has lived in nursing homes in Dallas (Meadow Green and Central Park Manor) and in Fort Worth (Arli9ngton Heights Nursing Center). Family members include his wife, Ruby Grace Dickson Johnson, also a resident of Fort Worth's Arlington Heights Nursing Home; Douglas Ann Johnson Newsom of Ft. Worth; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as eight nephews (five nephews- Johnson, Three-Dickson and two nieces (Johnson). Funeral services, 2:30 pm. Monday, Sparkman Hillcrest Northwest Hwy Chapel. Interment, Hillcrest Memorial Park. Arrangements Sparkman/Hillcrest, 7405 W. NW Hwy. Dallas (214-363-5401)


Donie Louis Kight, Sr
Nov 21, 1945 - Sep 8, 1988

Donie Louis Kight Sr - an Arlington postal employee, died of cancer Thursday at a Fort Worth hospital. He was 42.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant view Baptist church in Arlington, where he was a member. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery, near Corsicana. Greenwood Funeral Home in fort Worth is in charge of arrangements. Mr.. Kight was born in Corsicana. He had lived in Fort Worth for most of his life.
Mr. Kight was in the Marne Corps during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 569 and Ironworks Union Local No. 263.
Survivors: One son, Donnie L. Kight, Jr. of Joshua; one daughter, Naomi Rena Kight of Joshua; mother Letha Kight of Fort Worth; one brother, Douglas Kight of Fort Worth; and one sister, Betty Russell of Bedford.


Thomas Freeman Haralson
Nov 7, 1919 - May 3, 1975

FREEMAN HARALSON, 936 Barbara Ann Street, Hurst. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Nora Ruth Haraison; son, Donald R. Haralson, Corydon, Kentucky; daughter, Mrs. Nellie ruth Kuether, Euless; fathr, FR. A. Berry Sr., Waco; brother, Finis Berry Jr., Waco; sisters, Mrs. Olive Armstrong, Emhouse, Mrs. Eleanor Bentley, California, Mrs. Maxie Lou McNalley, Karnes City, Mrs. Emily Sue Diamond, Waco; eight grandchildren, Services 11 a.m. Tuesday Shannon's North Chapel. Rev. Robert H. Harvey officiating with Rev. Don Pike assisting. Interment
Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers: David Berry, Wayne Reaves, Bobby Armstrong, Kent LaFrientz, Tommy Jordan, Doug Jordon.  Arrangemtns Shannon's North. 624-2191



Ex-service station owner, Freeman Haralson, dies

HURST - Freeman Haralson, 55, of 936 Barbara Ann St., died Saturday in a Dallas hospital.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shannon's North Chapel with burial in
Dresden Cemetery.
Born in Teague Haralson was a service station owner in Forth Worth for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Ruth; father, F. A. Berry Sr. of Waco; a son, Donald R. Haralson of Corydon, Ky.; a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Ruth Kuether of Euless; a brother Finis Berry Jr. of Waco; four sisters, Mrs. Olive Armstrong of Emhouse, Mrs. Eleanor Bentley of California, Mrs. Maxie Lou McNalley of Karnes City and Mrs. Emily Sue Diamond of Waco; and eight grandchildren.



Lawrence Martin O'Dell
Dec 31, 1908 - Oct 21, 1975

L. M. O'Dell
Funeral for L. M. O'Dell, who died Tuesday in a Hurst hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Shannon's North Funeral chapel with graveside services at 2 p.m.  Thursday in
Dresden Cemetery at Dresden.
O'Dell of 1321 Harrison Lane in Hurst, had lived in the Fort Worth area 34 years. He was a self-employed car salesman for 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; five sons, J. Don Wright, of Baytown, Dan J. Wright of Hurst, John Outenreath and Jimmy Outenreath, both of Garland, and Rick Outenreath of Lawton, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Reaves of Irving and Mrs. Margie Umiker of Orangevale, Calif.; a brother, Lonnie O'Dell of Austin


Casey Lee Underwood
Mar 12, 1988 - Mar 12, 1988

Casey Lee Underwood - Infant
HUBBARD - Casey Lee Underwood of Fort Worth was stillborn Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Dresden Cemetery near Blooming Grove, under direction of Wade FuneralHome of Hubbard.
Survivors: Parents, Dannie and Denise Underwood of Fort Worth, maternal grandfather, Charles Farmer of Fort Worth.


William Robert "Bill" Ashford
Oct 13, 1922 - Jun 16, 1987

W. R. Ashford
CLEBURNE - W. R. "Bill" Ashford of Rio Vista died Tuesday at Lake Whitney. He was 64.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Crosier-Pearson Chapel in Cleburne. Burial will be at
Dresden Cemetery in Navarro County.
Mr. Ashford was a retired Mechanic. He was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ashford of Rio Vista; five daughters, Sally Dart of Bedford, Martha Roye of Cleburne, Dorothy Jean Tune of Neward, Mary Spencer of Rio Vista and Cyndy Crowson of Virginia; a son, Mark Ashford of Sherman; two brothers, Earl Ashford of Blum and Jimmy Ashford of Houston; five sisters, Maudie Getts of Joshua, Lavarne Wilson of New Caney, Betty Joyce Wilson of Amarillo, Geraldine Evans of San Diego, Calif., and Mollie Jo Meyers of mabank; 15 grandchildren; and a great grandchild.


Brownie (Ragsdale) Bingham
Feb 23, 1884 - May 13, 1980

BROWNIE BINGHAM, 96, 814 Weller, on Tuesday. Survivors; Daughters, Mrs. Louise Pulliam, Fort Worth, Mrs. Bea Tanner, Fort Worth, Mrs. Margaret Barker, Fort Worth, Mrs. Nell Boyd, Fort Worth, Mrs. Eunice Deason-Boerne, Mrs. Ruth Gordon, Arlington; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services 10 a.m. Thursday Poly Methodist Church Chapel. Rev. Arthur Buhl officiating. Interment 2:30 p.m. Thursday
Dresden Cemetery, Blooming Grove. Family will receive friends at 2804 Halbert. Arrangements Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania at N.E. 28th St. 831-0511


Thomas Madison Key
May 26, 1875 - Jun 28, 1955

DAWSON, June 30 (Spl).- T. M. Key, 80, retiried farmer and stockman, who died Tuesday, was buried in the
Dresden cemetery after funeral services Wednesday afternoon in the First Methodist Church of Dawson.
Key is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Kessinger of Brownfield; two grand daughters, and a borther, T. A. Key of Beaumond.


Eldridge Bell Gill
Sep 7, 1896 - Aug 16, 1975

ELDRIDGE B. GILL, 79, passed away Saturday in Cleburne. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. Nancy Lowe, Mrs. Katherine Slaer, Mrs. Jeanine Thomas, Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Louise Rennie, Houston. Funeral services: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Crosier-Pearson Chapel. Interment
Dresden Cemetery. Member of Masonic Lodge, Wichita Falls; 32nd degree Mason and Shriner


Andy Gist
Jun 27, 1887 - Jan 28, 1979

ANDY GIST, 91, 225 Chruch Street, Azle, passed away Sunday, Former Everman resident. Survivors: Sons Earl W. Gist, Azle, Lester J. Gist, Egan; daugher, Mrs. Helen Webb, Everma; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren. Services 10 a.m. Monday. Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Burleson. Rev. Joel Wood officiating. Graveside services 1 p.m. Monday, Dresden Cemetery, near Blooming Grove. Arrangements Jones Funeral Home, Burleson. 295-5211


Lena (Marsh) Sweeney
Aug 14, 1871 - Jun 15, 1955

HILLSBORO, June 16 (Spl) - Mrs. Lena Sweeney, 83, longtime resident of Hillsboro, died at her home here Wednesday afternoon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday in Marshall & Marshall Chapel with burial in Ridge Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Sweeney was born at Dresden and moved to Hillsboro as a girl. She was a member of the Presbyterian Chruch.
Survivors include two sons, G. W. and Jesse Sweeney of Hillsboro, and a sister, Mrs. Nannie Camphiere of Abilene.


Elma A. "Tex" Moore
Jun 6, 1908 - Oct 5, 1975

E. A. (Tex) MOORE, 513 W. Gambrell, Sunday, October 5th.  Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Connie Moore, Fort Worth; sons, Carley Moore, Arlington, Bruce Moore, Graham; daughter, Mrs. Nadine Hardee, Kennedale; step-daugher, Mrs. Patsy Whitehead, Athens, 11 grandchildren. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday Gause-Ware Memorial Chapel. M. L. Sexton, minister officiating. Graveside services 2 p.m. Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas. Arrangemetns Gause-Ware, 1251 Pennsylvania  332-3232


Aubrey Lee Melton, Sr.
Jul 1, 1926 - Aug 29, 1980

AUBREY LEE MELTON SR. .... deacon at Baptist church
Funeral for Aubrey Lee Melton, Sr., 54, of 1921 Belzise Terrace will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fellowship Baptist Church with burial at Cedar Hill.
Melton died Froday in a hospital after a brief illness.
He had worked as a truck driver for Marsuco-Van Horn for 12 years. Melson, a native of Dresden, moved to Fort Worth in 1951.
He was vice-chairman of the board of deacons at Fellowship Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Pearlie M. Melton; three sons, Aubrey Jr., Kenneth Wayne and Michael; and three daughters, Jimmie Lou Farris, Dorothy Martin and Stephanie Melton, all of Fort Worth; two sisters, Winnie Montgomery of Morrisville, Pa., and Bennie Davis of Fort Worth; three brothers, Lonnie Melton of Houston, John Ellis of Corsicana and William Melton of Fort Worth; and nine grandchildren.


Elijah Franklin "Frank" Beasley
Jun 20, 1881 - Jun 21, 1951

CORSICANA, June 23 (Spl) - E. F. Beasley, 70 , longtime resident of Corsicana, who died in a Cleburne hospital Thursday, was buried in Kerens Cemetery after funeral services here Friday. He was a retired grocer here and at Kerens.
Surviving are five daughters, Miss Thelma Beasley and Mmes. Lorah Montfort, Ray Martin and Marvin Herod of Corsicana and Mrs. Ona Faye Brown of Cleburne; a son, E. D. Beasley of Kerens, three brothers, a sister, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Jun 24, 1951

Lucy Dale (Lindsey) Boyd
Dec 9, 1897 - Mar 8, 1974

MRS. E. M. (CURLY) BOYD, Route 1, Box 252, Athens, on Friday, March 8. Survivors; Daughters, Mrs. B. G. Elliott, Athens, Mrs. John Thomas, Dallas, Mrs. J. O. Young, Fort Worth, Mrs. Marvin Harvel, Bay City; sons Lindsey D. Boyd, Panama City, Florida, Bill R. Boyd, Lathrop, California; sisters, Mrs. Mary Ballew, Fort WOrth, Mrs. Joanna Burns, San Antonio, Mrs. J. A. Rains, Montalba, Mrs. C. W. Fowler, Dallas, Mrs. Ruby Sewell, Mexia, Mrs. Charles Thompson, Dallas; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Services 2 p.m. Saturday Willow Springs Baptist, Church, Malakoff. Interment
Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements Harveson & Cole.


William Watson
Nov 25, 1909 - May 26, 1987

William Watson
BLOOMING GROVE - Willaim Watson of Blooming Grove, a former Fort Worth resident, died Tuesday at home. He was 78.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Morris-Bates Mortuary in Fort Worth. Burial will be in Skyvue Memorial Park.
Mr. Watson, who was born in New Orleans, lived in Fort Worth more than 30 years before moving to Blooming Grove in Navarro County in 1984. He was a porter at Tarrant Bank for six years until his retirement. He was a member of the Church of the Living God.
Survivors included his wife, Margaret Watson of Blooming Grove and a son, Sid Watson.


Opal Brown
Aug 23, 1916 - Jun 2, 1990

HURST - Opal Brown, owner and operator of a service station, died yesterday at a Bedford hospital. She was 74.
Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial will be in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
Mrs. Brown was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, and moved to Fort WOrth in 1960.
She was a member of Harwood Terrace Baptist Church in Bedford.
Survivors: Son, Ronald Brown of Hurst; two brothers, Carl McClintock of Sweetwater and Derwood McClintock of Morton; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Myrtle Evelyn (Tipping) Loden
Feb 14, 1902 - Apr 24, 1987

HICO - Myrtle Evelyn Tipping Loden of Hico died Friday at a Waco hospital. She was 85.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Hico, where she was a member. Burial will be in Hico Cemetery.
Rutledge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Loden was born in Blooming Grove in Navarro County and had lived in Hico since 1928. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Evelyn Beard and Rachel Harcrow, both of Waco, and Rene Sander of Hico; one sister, Faye Reams of Magnolia, Montgomery County; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


Beulah Lee (Spence) Parham
Aug 30, 1910 - Sep 5, 1989

STEPHENVILLE - Beulah Lee Parham of Stephenville died yesterday at a Stephenville hospital. She was 79.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Stephenville Funeral Home. Burial will be in Nancy Smith Cemetery, near Glen Rose in Somervell County.
Mrs. Parham was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, and had lived in Erath County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Plainview Baptist Church in Chalk Mountain, Erath County. Mrs. Parham was a member of the Stephenville Home Extension Club.
Survivors: One son, Bill Parham of Stephenville; one daughter, Beth Robinson of Stephenville; two sisters, Cindy Robinson of Abilene and Mary Treadway of Sweetwater, one brother, R.Q. Spence of Blackwell; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren


Donald Edgar Morrison
Nov 3, 1922 - Jun 26, 1990

FORT WORTH - Donald Edgar Morrison, a retired truck driver, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital. He was 67.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at Emmett Baptist Church in Emmett, Navarro County. Burial will be in Emmett Cemetery. Lucas Funeral Home on Sylvania is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Morrison was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, and was a longtime Fort Worth resident.
Survivors: Two daughters, Donna Derrick and Linda Brooks, both of Fort Worth; three brothers, Kyle E. Morrison of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Roy D. Morrison of Corsicana and Billy J. Morrison of Fort Worth; two sisters, Marion Perkins and Bobbie List, both of Fort Worth; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson


Hazel North Wilson
d. 1987

Hazel North Wilson died Sunday at her Wenatchee, Wash., home. She had a heart attack while working in her flower patch. She was 64.
Funeral will be at 4 p.m. today at the Chapel of the Valley in Wenatchee. Burial will be in Relford Memorial Park, also in Wenatchee.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Blooming Grove near Corsicana and moved to Wenatchee in the 1960s. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include four sons, Donnie Wilson of Wenatchee, Udell Wilson and Kim Wilson, both of Midland, and Orvel Lee Wilson of Las Crueces, N.M.; one daughter, Brenda Wilson of Wenatchee; one sister, Geneva Fleming of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


Roy Herrin
Feb 27, 1922 - Dec 12, 1988

Navarro County Native
Roy Herrin, a retired employee of Harbison-Fischer Manufacturing Co., died Monday in Sunset. He was 66.
Graveside service will be at noon today at Shannon's Rose Hill Memorial Park. Brown Gause-Ware Owens & Brumley Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Herrin was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro county. He had lived in Fort Worth about 40 years.
He was in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Herrin worked for the company for 36 years and retiried in 1984.
Survivors: Wife, Loree Herrin of Fort Worth; one son, John Roy Herrin of Fort Worth; three daughters, Janice Gorman, Jerry Hammack and Jeanne Helton, all of Fort Worth; four brothers, D.I. Herrin of Dallas, Harvey Herrin of Huntsville and Calvin Herrin and Jessie Herrin, both of Corsicana; three sisters, Minnie Lee Wallace and Alice Ray, both of Houston, and Maudie Fay Edmonds of Shepherdsville, Ky.


  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Dec 14, 1988
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

Ittie Elizabeth (Adkins) Morrison
Jan 12, 1901 - Jan 23, 1977

ITTIE ELIZABETH MORRISON, 75, 3401 Hartline <?> Road. Survivors; Sons, Donald E. Morrison, Fort Worth, Kyle E. Morrison, Fort Worth, Roy D. Morrison, Corsicana, Billy J. Morrison, Fort Worth, daughters, Mrs. Bobbie List, Mrs. Mary Marion Perkins, both Fort Worth; brothers, Rudolph Adkins, San Angelo, Jack Adkins, Dawson; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, Services 1 pm Tuesday Prairie Grove Baptist Church of Emmett, Texas. Interment Emmett Cemetery. Arrangements Owens-Brunley, 425 S. Henderson.


Fred Emmett Ellington
Sep 11, 1888 - Jan 11, 1975

FRED EMMITT ELLINGTON, 86, 3201 Meadowbrook Dr., passed away Saturday. Native of Arkansas and resident of Fort Worth for 52 years. Retired employee of General Dynamics Corp. and Honorary Col. of the State of Tennessee, member of Handley Baptist Church. Survivors: Wife, Frances Ellington, fort Worth; son, Allen F. Ellington, Dallas; daughters, Mrs. Jack Watkins, Weatherford, Mrs. W. R. Dudley Jr., Gainesville, Florida; sister, Mrs. Enos Giddens, Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Moore Fort Worth Chapel. Rev. Wynn Johnson and Rev. Stanley Brown officiating. Graveside services 2 a.m. Tuesday, Emmett Cemetery. Arrangements Hugh M. Moore & Sons, 4912 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth


James Clyde Dyer, Sr.
Aug 13, 1924 - Nov 9, 1989

J. C. Dyer Sr.
Retail salesman

FORT WORTH - J. C. Dyer Sr., an independent retail salesman, died Thursday at an Arlington Hospital. He was 65.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Fair Park Baptist Church.  Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. in Frost Cemetery in Frost, Navarro County. Emerald Hills Funeral Home in Kennedale is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dyer was born in Frost and had been a farmer there until moving to Fort Worth 23 years ago. He was a member of Fair Park Baptist church.
Survivors: Wife, Marie Dyer of Fort Worth; three sons, J.C. Dyer Jr. and Buddy Dyer, both of Fort Worth, and Billy Dyer of Midlothian; one daughter, Joy Graves of Midlothian; two brothers, R. C. Dyer of Fairfield and Wendell Dyer of Rockwall; one sister, Dorothy Wilbanks of Wills Point; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Eunice (Brackeen) Hightower
Nov 28, 1900 - Aug 11, 1989

Eunice Hightower
MANSFIELD - Eunice Hightower of Mineola, formerly of Mansfield, died Friday in Mineola. She was 88.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Blessing Funeral Chapel in Mansfield. Burial will be in Frost Cemetery in Frost.
Mrs. Hightower was born in Frost, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a longtime resident of Mansfield before moving to Mineola about a year ago.
Survivors: One son, Wayne Hightower of Fort Worth; four daughters, Dorothy Harris of Duncan, Okla., Laverne Roberts of Mineola, Norma Lee of Coward, S.C. and Delores Ray of Conway, Ark.; one brother Dewey Brackeen of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Lillie Williams and Vera Baker of Carrollton and Jessie Gunter of Joshua; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.


Duane Artis Yates
Jul 17, 1922 - Feb 21, 1987

Duane A. Yates of Fort Worth died Saturday in a Fort Worth hospital. He was 64.
Funeral will be Monday at noon at Laurel Land of Fort Worth. Burial will be in
Frost Cemetery in Navarro County.
Mr. Yates was born in Jester. He served in the armed forces during World War II. He came to Fort Worth in 1961. He was a member of Travis Avenue Baptist Church and was a retired maintenance engineer for Sears Roebuck and Co.
Survivors include his wife, Syble H. Yates of Fort Worth; a daughter, Pamela Stone of Arlington; his mother, Gladys Yates of Frost; a brother, Namon Yates of Frost; and two grandsons.


Kenneth Darrell "Red" Smitherman
Jun 9, 1930 - Jun 20, 1990

KENNETH DARRELL (RED) SMITHERMAN, Fort Worth, on Wednesday, June 20. Native of Navarro county. Retired from Vandervoot's and Foremost Dairies. Survivors: Daughter, Deborah Hudnall, Brock; sons, Darrell, James and Larry Smitherman, Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; two great grand-children; sisters, Barbara Green, Rendon, Nell Hatfield, Fort Worth; brothers, Gary Smitherman, Morgan, Bud Smitherman, McKinney; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Robertson Mueller Harper-Eighth Avenue where services will be held in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23 Services at the graveside at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Frost Cemetery, Frost.  Arrangements.  ROBERTSON MUELLER HARPER, CHERRY LANE, 1207 South Cherry Lane 246-4988


Byron Anderson Fears
Nov 8, 1907 - Nov 30, 1989

Byron Anderson Fears
Truck Driver

WHITE SETTLEMENT - Byron Anderson Fears, a retired truck driver, died Thursday at a White Settlement nursing home. He was 81.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Robertson Mueller Harper-Cherry Lane. Burial will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Frost Cemetery in Frost.
Mr. Fears was born in Overton and had lived in White Settlement since 1988. He was a longtime Fort Worth resident.
Survivors: Son, Wayne Fears of Tyler, three stepdaughters, Dorothy Grimes of Weatherford and Joyce Landreth and Cathy Force, both of Benbrook; five stepsons, Cecil McFatridge and Billy McFatridge, both of Whitney, Norman McFatridge of Fort Worth, Joy Dean McFatridge of Dallas and Vernon McFatridge of Oklahoma; 35 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.


Lucy Eula (Andrews) Robinson
Oct 23, 1891 - Dec 13, 1962

ROBINSON, MRS. A. J., 71, died Thursday at her home in Corsicana. Services held Saturday in Eureka. Presbyterian Church. Burial Eureka Cemetery. Survivors: Husband; three sons and five daughters, including Mrs. R. E. Johnson of Fort Worth



Mrs. Robinson Dies Thursday

Mrs. A. J. Robinson, 71, died at the family residence, 1907 West Thirteenth avenue Thursday night.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Eureka Presbyterian church, of which she was a member with burial in the Eureka cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burl Johnson and Rev. Clinton Bates.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Andrew and Junior Robinson, both of Corsicana, and Ivy Robinson, Abilene; five daughters, Mrs. J. A. Renfro, Eureka; Mrs. J. O. Chance, Teague; Mrs. R. E. Johnson, Fort Worth; Mrs. W. E. Jock and Mrs. R. L. Jenkins, both of Dallas; 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four brothers, Will Andrews, Malakoff; Albin and Marvin Andrews, both of Trinidad and Clifton Andrews, Temple; two sisters, Mrs. George Kiles, Malakoff, and Mrs. Nettie Carroll Carraway, Ark., and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bill Renfro, James Griffis, Lawrence DeMoss, Clifford Johnson, Durwood Gill, Robert Kendall Richard Perry and James Renfro.

Griffin will direct.


Billy James Hood
Jan 19, 1928 - Jun 20, 1986

Billy Hood, 58, of Euless, died Friday in a Dallas nursing home.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will be at
Eureka Cemetery in Eureka.
Hood had lived in Euless for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Hood of Euless; three daughters, Sherry Miles of Bay City, Mary Hall of Abilene and Eva Phillips of Lake Charles, La.; two sons, Michael Hood of Arlington and Riley Huepers of Manvel; and nine grandchildren.


R. L. "Lon/Lonnie/Alonzo" Myers
Nov 30, 1886 - Mar 5, 1959

R. L. Myers
CORSICANA, March 7 (Spl).- R. L. Myers, 72, who died Thursday night at his home in the Eureka community, was buried in
Eureka Cemetery Saturday. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs Billie Ruth York of Dallas, Mrs. Joe Monroe of Ashdown, Ark., and Mrs. J. S. Cronk of Denver, and two sons, Joe Myers of Big Spring and Norman Myers of La Ward.



Lon Myers Dies Thursday Night

R. L. (Lon) Myers, 72, native of Eureka, former Corsicana resident, died Thursday night.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Eureka Cemetery.

The Odd Fellows will have charge of the gravesite rites.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillie Myers, Dallas; five children, Joe Myers, Big Spring; Norman Myers, LaWard, Texas; Mrs. Joe Monroe, Ashdown, Ark.; Mrs. J. S. Cronk, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Billie Ruth York, Dallas; a brother Frank Myers, Paducah; a sister, Mrs. C. D. Hill, Grandview; two half-sisters, Mrs. Opal Turnbow, Lamesa, and Mrs. Mae Spruce, Gainesville; a half-brother, Jess Smith, Grandview; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.



Services Held For Lon Myers

Funeral rites for R. L. (Lon) Myers, 72, who died Thursday night, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Eureka cemetery. The Odd Fellows had charge of graveside rites.

A native of Eureka, Myers resided in Corsicana for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillie Myers, Dallas; five children, Joe Myers, Big Spring; Norman Myers, LaWard, Texas; Mrs. Joe Monroe, Ashdown, Ark.; Mrs. J. S. Cronk, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Billie Ruth York, Dallas; a brother Frank Myers, Paducah; a sister, Mrs. C. D. Hill, Grandview; two half-sisters, Mrs. Opal Turnbow, Lamesa, and Mrs. Mae Spruce, Gainesville; a half-brother, Jess Smith, Grandview; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.



Harry Pickarts Gardner
Nov 20, 1917 - May 1, 1989

Gardner: Harry P. Gardner, a retired rural letter carrier, died Monday at an Arlington hospital. He was 72. Memorial service: yesterday at Arlington Funeral Home. Burial: Eureka Cemetery, in Navarro County.


Lillie May (Taylor) Chandler
Feb 5, 1877 � Jul. 31, 1954

CORSICANA, Aug 1 (Spl).- Funeral services for Mrs. W. J. Chandler, 77, who died at her home Saturday, were conducted Sunday afternoon in Eureka Mehtodist Church, with burial in
Eureka Cemetery.
Mrs. Chandler had lived at Eureka, near Corsicana, for many years.
Survivors are three sons, Don, Paul and Curtis Chandler of Eureka; a daughter, Mrs. Olan Castles of Eureka; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Crayton and Mrs. Tom Eugbanks of Houston, Mrs. L. B. Tekell of Wichita Falls and Mrs. J. F. Layton of Ennis, and two grandchildren.



Lillie May (Taylor) Chandler

Mrs. Chandler Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. W. J. Chandler, 77, who died suddenly Saturday morning at her home in Eureka, were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Eureka Methodist church. Burial was in the Eureka Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church; Rev. Joe Taylor, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church, and Rev. Henry Bailey, pastor of the Patterson Memorial Presbyterian church at Eureka.

Mrs. Chandler was a long-time resident of Eureka and an active member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are three sons, Don, Paul and Curtis Chandler, and a daughter, Mrs. Olan Castles, all of Eureka; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Crayton and Mrs. Tom Eubanks, both of Houston; Mrs. L. B. Tekell, Wichita Falls; Mrs. W. N. Roberson, Amarillo, and Mrs. J. F. Layton, Ennis; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Allen Greenup, John Grantham, Buck Montgomery, Buck Frames, Buck Hodge and Ernest Fullwood.

McCammon directed.


Robert Haywood Howard
Feb 3, 1892 - Feb 3, 1960

CORSICANA, Feb. 3. 3 (Spl). - Funeral services for Robert Haywood Howard, 68, of the Navarro community will be held Thursday in the Griffin Chapel with burial in Eureka Cemetery. He died Tuesday in a Corsicana hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Velma Bostwick of Fort Bragg, N.C. and four sons, J. C. Howard of Navarro, Sid Howard of Corsicana and Haywood E. and Ralph Howard of Mineral Wells.


Trixsy (Mahoney) Stroder
Jun 14, 1884 - Feb 20, 1983

...longtime Fort Worth resident

Funeral for Trixsy Stroder, 99, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harveson and Cole Funeral Home in Fort Worth with burial at Eureka Cemetery in Navarro County.
Mrs. Stroder died Sunday morning at a Fort Worth hospital.
She lived in Fort Worth for more than 75 years and was a member of the College Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, B. F. Stroder Jr of Fort Worth and nieces and nephews


James Hamilton Pritchett
Mar 6, 1911 -  Jan 28, 1984

James Hamilton Pritchett, 72. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Baker Fort Worth, Mrs. Merle Misklewicz, Fort Worth, Mrs. Peggy Stewart, Fort Worth, Mrs. Deloris Gilbert, Newark, Texas, Mrs. Evelyn Hale, Boyd; brothers, Buster Pritchett, Kennard Pritchett, Corsicana; 18 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Services 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Shannon's North Chapel, Mr. Kenneth Pittman officiating. Graveside services 3 p.m. Eureka Cemetery, Corsicana. Arrangements SHANNON's NORTH 624-2191


Julie Nichole Pritchett
Sep 5, 1975 - May 10, 2018

Julie Nicole Pritchett

Julie Nicole Pritchett went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 10, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 42 years old. Julie brought great joy to her family and many friends through her friendly and happy disposition.

Julie was born to Wayne and Kathy Pritchett on September 5, 1975, in Corsicana, Texas. She graduated from Whitehouse High School in 1997, and subsequently moved with her family to Belton. Julie loved all people and brought joy to everyone who knew her. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews. She loved all children and truly enjoyed when she had opportunities to babysit her nieces, nephews, and close friends along with her mother. Julie was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Belton, Texas, where she was shown love and kindness.

Julie was blessed with a loving and large family. She is survived by her parents, Wayne and Kathy Pritchett, of Belton; her sister Hollie Sammons and husband Chris of Waco; her sister Lorie Malone and husband Jonathan of Belton; nephews Seth Sammons and Justin Sammons of Waco and Ryan Malone of Belton; nieces Kate Malone and Abby Malone of Belton; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Julie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, J.D and Hazel Graves and paternal grandparents, I.V.M (Buster) and Mildred Pritchett.

Visitation will be at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, May 11, 2018. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Lakeview Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Sammons, Mark Wilhoite and Rev. Bob Crowder officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka, Texas, at 3:30 PM. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 7717 State Hwy 317, Belton, Texas.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care.

Rosemary (Middleton) Jock-Franks-Schafer
Jan 7, 1949 - Oct 12, 2018

Rosemary Middleton Schafer, 69, left this world for her heavenly home on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Rosemary was born Jan. 7, 1949 to Robert Max and Betty Jo Middleton in Corsicana.

Rosemary spent her life helping others and would give to anyone in need, even if it meant she didn't have it for herself. Rosemary was a friend to all and made many lifelong friends from her time working at Haggar Slacks, Kmart Warehouse and Russell Stovers Candies. Rosemary reflected her love of the Lord in all her kindness and generosity shown to others. Rosemary lived life to the fullest and enjoyed going on trips with her sons, playing bingo, cooking, reading and bargain shopping. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who always put the needs of her family first and was the matriarch to the extended family.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Ted A. Schafer, her parents, Max and Betty Jo Middleton, her sister Rhonda Jo Staab and infant twin brothers.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robbie and Amber Jock, Paul and Brena Jock, Joey and Leah Jock; brothers Mike Middleton and Charles Walpole. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Jonathan Jock, Colby Jock Myers, Presley Jock, Cassidy Jock, Dalton Jock, Ethan Jock, Levi Jock, Landon Jock, Jada Richardson and Drake Richardson; three great grandchildren, Harper Jock, Avery Myers and Parker Myers as well as her adopted grandchildren, her great niece Bayliegh Boenisch and great nephew Riley Boenisch as well as a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

A celebration of her life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment to follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Kirk, Will Kirk, Olin Williams, Terry Gorden, Bob Pritchett and Shane Scruggs.

Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army Angel Tree or Toys for Tots which Rosemary always supported.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct. 15, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o William Junior Jock & Ted A. Schafer; d/o Robert Max Middleton & Betty Jo (Easterling) Middleton

Ralph John Iverson
July 24, 1931 - Oct 14, 2018

Ralph J. Iverson, 87, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.

Ralph was born and raised in Glendive, Montana where he developed his love of the outdoors. He retired to the shore of Richland Chambers Reservoir with his wife of 56 years, Betty (Ham) Iverson, where he enjoyed what he loved to do most, fishing.

Ralph was a proud veteran of the USAF and enjoyed spending time with friends and other veterans at his local VFW hall in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tollef and Asborg Iverson, and by his brother Iver.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Betty; twin sisters, Alice and Arlene; sons, John and Bob; grandson, Ryan, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

In accordance with his wishes, Ralph will be cremated and his ashes will be returned to Glendive Montana.


James Edgar Hodge
Apr 29, 1929 - Oct 16, 2018

James Edgar Hodge of Corsicana passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, 2018 at the age of 89. He was born April 19, 1929 in Navarro County to Richard M. Hodge and Beaulah Blanch Sikes Hodge. James was a graduate of the University of North Texas and also the University of Georgia where he received his PHD. He served in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He later taught at North Texas and Angelo State from 1970 to 1994 before retiring to Corsicana. He was a faithful servant of God. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Morris Hodge of Corsicana; two children, Patti Cook and husband Mark and Gina Harrell and husband Craig; grandchildren, Cara Miller, Ryan Cook, James Harrell, Wade Harrell and C.J. Harrell; two great grandchildren, Kole Cilione and Ellen Harrell; one brother, Richard M. Hodge and numerous extended family members and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.


Riyanna Latrice Henry
Sep 17, 2010 - Oct 14, 2018

Riyanna Latrice Henry of Corsicana received her wings Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Riyanna was born to the parentage of Karley L. Roch and Ryan L. Henry on the 17th day of September in 2010. Riyanna attended Kerens Independent School District.

Our Angel loved horses, reading and drawing. Her favorite color was sky blue. Our little princess had a smile that would brighten the room and a sweet voice that melted your heart. She loved school and all her friends and family, she would help anyone with anything.

Riyanna is preceded in death by her big brother, Rodney Brown Jr.; grandfather, Bryant Henry and great grandfather, Larry Minor.

Riyanna leaves to cherish her memories her siblings; three brothers, Tre Brown, Kayleb Henry and Rylan Henry; three sisters, Karrissa Brown, Jennie Bunch and Kaydence Greer; grandparents, Melinda Bunch (Gerald), Kenneth Roch (Kimberly) and Pamela Minor; great-grandparents, Gloria Lancaster, Marvin Combs, Christie Jones, Pearlie and David Henry; aunts Shaneria Beans, Mendee Holt (Jesse), Meigan Bunch and Sumar Warren; uncles, Michael Minor (Amme), Desmond Elliott, Kenneth Roch, Keeton Roch (Emily) Gary Bunch and Michelle Bunch, as well as a host of aunts, cousins, family and friends.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at the Kerens First Baptist Church, with Bro Gary Combs officiating the funeral service at 1 p.m. Private burial service to follow in Samaria Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.


Willie Carolyn (Crocker) Chapman
Dec 31, 1955 - Oct 16, 2018

Carolyn Chapman, 62, of Richland passed away Oct. 16.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Corley Funeral.

Interment pending due to inclement weather.



Carolyn Chapman, 62, of Richland, TX, fought her cancer long and hard until her passing on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 31, 1955 in Navarro County to Clifton and Bessie (Franklin) Crocker.
Carolyn was a devoted and loyal wife to her husband, Bobby Joe Chapman. She was a strong woman who not only poured her heart into raising her own children, but to all of her �bonus kids� as well. She loved to go deer hunting, and even had the opportunity to take part in her last hunt just a few weeks before her passing. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.
Carolyn is survived by her mother, Bessie (Franklin) Johnston; husband, Bobby Joe Chapman; children: Tiffany Moore and husband Kenneth, Justin Tucker and fianc� Sadia, Clay Chapman and fianc� Veronica, John Tucker and wife Christie, and Diane Huston and husband Samuel; brother, Jimmy Crocker and wife Mickey; brother, Wayman Crocker and wife Desiree; sister, Martha Hatchel and husband Jimmy; 15 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Crocker, and brother, Johnny Crocker.
Carolyn�s family will receive friends and loved ones during a visitation at Corley Funeral Home on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6 PM until 8 PM. Funeral services will be held the following day, October 20, at 2 PM at Corley Funeral Home. The final burial will be postponed due to inclement weather.


Alma Jean (Tramel) Duvall-Howard
July 29, 1929 - Oct 4, 2018

Alma Jean Tramel Duvall Howard was granted her angel wings Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Her final days were spent surrounded by family. She is now with her beloved daughter Joan. Her sisters, June and Jessie and her parents, Prosper and Zelda will be with her as well.

Jean, as she preferred to be called, was born July 29, 1929 in Kerens.

She felt most at home in the kitchen where she could whip up a batch of biscuits or cornbread in no time flat. She taught many to do the same. Jean made sure you knew how to take care of an iron skillet also.

Jean is survived by her son Michael Duvall; grandchildren Brenda Ford, Michelle Walsh, Travis Musgrove, Michael Duvall Jr., Jason Duvall, Adela Musgrove, Kiesha Duvall and Ray Colvin whom she loved as a grandson. As well as 21 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; sisters Mary and Wanda and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens with Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment to follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.


Judy Elaine (Pillans) Hagler
May 18, 1950 - Jun 29, 2018

Judy Elaine Pillans Hagler, 68 of Winkler passed away June 29, 2018 in Florida. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home




Judy Elaine (Pillans) Hagler
May 18, 1950 - Jun 29, 2018
Judy Elaine Hagler, 68 of Winkler passed away June 29, 2018 in Florida. She was born May 18, 1950 in Corsicana, Texas to Wayne Allen Pillans and Joyce Johnson Pillans. She was a lifetime member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was loved by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Joyce Pillans and her brother Roger Pillans. She is survived by her husband, John Clayton "Corky" Hagler of St. Elmo; daughter, Lanna McCabe and husband Ryan; son, Clay Hagler and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Kayla and Kirby McCabe and Andrew and Madison Hagler; aunt Barbara Loftis; uncle Johnny Mack Johnson and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be Friday, July 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Service will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 7th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana. Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Gary Pillans, Gary Merle Pillans, Phil Pillans, Jerrod Pillans, Benny Pillans, Elbert Manor, Dale Hagler and Glen Clark.


  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o John Clayton �Corky� Hagler; d/o Wayne Allan Pillans & Joyce (Johnson) Pillans


Judy Elaine Pillans Hagler, 68 of Winkler passed away June 29, 2018 in Florida. She was born May 18, 1950 in Corsicana, Texas to Wayne Allen Pillans and Joyce Johnson Pillans. She was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church where she loved to sing. Judy was in Education 29 1/2 years and also Real Estate and Broker for many years. She was an "experienced" United State traveler, she loved to go and always had her next trip planned before she left for a trip. She was a lifelong 4H/FFA show mom and grandmother. She enjoyed going to stock shows when are {sic} children were young and continued going with her grandchildren. Judy was very active with her grandchildren, if they had an activity of any kind she was always ready to go to watch and cheer them on. Christmas was her favorite holiday. She always made stops at Christmas stores while they were traveling to purchase ornaments to hang on her tree. Above all else she dearly loved her family. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Joyce Pillans and her brother Roger Pillans. She is survived by her husband, John Clayton "Corky" Hagler Jr. of St. Elmo; daughter, Lanna McCabe and husband Ryan of Ennis; son, Clay Hagler and wife Jennifer of St. Elmo; grandchildren, Kayla and Kirby McCabe, Andrew and Madison Hagler; aunt Barbara Loftis; uncle Johnny Mack Johnson; brothers in law, Tommy Hagler, Gene Hagler and families; sister in law, Diane Cotton and family; niece Dana Pillans; nephew, Jerrod Pillans and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, July 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Service will be 10:00 am Saturday, July 7th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana. Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Gary Pillans, Gary Merle Pillans, Phil Pillans, Jerrod Pillans, Benny Pillans, Elbert Manor, Dale Hagler and Glen Clark.


Terry Lynn (Price) Blakeslee-Alvarado
Oct 25, 1955 - June 23, 2018

Terry Lynn entered the Gates of Heaven Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Terry was born Oct. 25, 1955 at Fort Bragg Army Hospital, to Clifford and Hattie Marie (Mahoney) Price.
She attended school at Hope Mill Junior High in Hope Mills, North Carolina. Terry graduated from Southview High School in Massey Hill, North Carolina in 1974. In 1978 she entered into the United States Army in Fayetteville, North Carolina and went on to San Antonio where she received her Medical Nursing Degree and Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces. She began her nursing career in Fayetteville, North Carolina and soon moved to Dallas where she spent the majority of her career. She retired from nursing in 2012.
Terry was a compassionate and caring person which showed in her own life. She was a daughter, wife, mother, aunt, friend and cousin to many. Terry's ex-husband, Ignacio Alvarado of Irving was there to care for her in her short battle with Cancer.
She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph (Joey) William Price, husband Glen Blakeslee, brother, Timothy Joe Price, niece, Heather Ann Schumacher and her Parents Clifford and Marie Price.
Terry is survived by her son, Jeff Blakeslee of Carrolton; brother, Daniel Price; sister-in-law Ann Price of Purdon; sister, Donna Schumacher and brother-in-law James Schumacher of Seattle, Washington; niece Valorie Steele and husband Eric Steele of Eureka; great niece, Taylor Steele of Eureka; niece Shannon Foster; great niece Ashleigh Foster; great nephew Logan Foster of Reno, Nevada; nephew Jason Grahmann; great nieces Leanna and Grace and great nephew Wyatt Grahmann of Dayton, Nevada.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. July 11, 2018 at the Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery - 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas where internment to follow with her husband Glen Blakeslee.
Arrangements made by Luz Eterna Funeral Home of Corsicana.


Gladys Frances "Lolly" (Ippolito) Sparks
Dec 20, 1934 - July 6, 2018

Gladys "Lolly" Frances Sparks of Corsicana passed away peacefully in Arlington Friday, July 6, 2018 at the age of 83. She was born Dec. 20, 1934 to Michael Joseph Ippolito, Gladys Watts and raised by Agnes Ippolito in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.

Lolly had many interests and inexhaustible energy. Her career included volunteer work at family services providing support for United States military families, a secretary at Atlas Moving and Storage and an administrative position at a local hotel.

Lolly was a devoted wife and traveled around the world living at different military bases. After raising her children Lolly started three successful small businesses which included Lolly's Ceramics and Afghans, Video Personalities, and Lolly's Embroidery. Lolly was also very active at her church, Immaculate Conception, and was pleased to craft many items for the parishioners and vestments for the Clergy.
Lolly was deeply committed to her family and will be missed by her family and many friends. They will always cherish the memory of her. She was a businesswoman, a seamstress, a fascinating story teller, a shopaholic and a cook who wasn't afraid to experiment. She had wit, grace, charm and boundless optimism and energy.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 and a half years to Neal Francis Sparks (Msgt. USAF Retired) of Corsicana.

Lolly is survived by their five children, Michael and BachCuc Sparks of Houston, Denise and Fred Reed of Killeen, Wayne and Janet Sparks of Arlington, Kevin and Jeanette Sparks of Corsicana and Kenneth and Julie Sparks of Missouri City, Texas. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren Benjamin and wife Alison, Samuel and wife Adriane, Matthew and wife Christie, Steven, Patrick, Harrison and Alexis Satterwhite, Rebecca, Lolly, Zachary and Katie, Holly Sparks and Samuel Chiaramonte; her 14 great grandchildren, Ashley, Isabella, Aiden, Ethan, Noah, Nadia, Malachi, Naomi, Elena, Isaac, Lucas, Harrison Jr., Ty and Logan.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

Interment to follow at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Forth Worth National Cemetery. Pallbearers are Benjamin, Samuel, Matthew, Harrison, Aiden, and Ethan Sparks.


Ophelia Jackson
abt 1933 - Jun 28, 2018

Ophelia Jackson passed away June 28, 2018 at the age of 85 at her home.
Ophelia served as Mission President of District 10 at Temple 330. She was also a Sunday school teacher and active in the choir. She loved to fish and cook.
There will be a viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Eternal Rest Funeral Home in Ennis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Alvin Smith officiating. Apostle Derrick Barton of Holiness Tabernacle will give the eulogy. The church is located at 400 S. 15th St., in Corsicana.
Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.


Martha "Jayne" (Sykes) Leath
Sep 15, 1935 - Jul 5, 2018

Martha "Jayne" Sykes Leath passed on to her home in Heaven Thursday, July 5, 2018 at McKinney Medical Center in McKinney, with her husband Jimmy, nephew and his wife, Kenny and Trudy Melton by her side.
She was born Sept. 15, 1935 in Corsicana to the late Floyd and Genila Sykes and proudly lived in Texas her entire life. She worked for Continental Trailways and Swest Industries in Dallas for many years.
Her family was the love of her life and she was a very loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She loved to bowl with her husband and listen to music. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. Christmas was her favorite holiday as she loved to cook, decorate and give.
Martha Jayne is celebrating in heaven with her beloved parents, Floyd and Genila Sykes and sister, Mary Frances Melton among other family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Leath of Mckinney; daughter, Debra Giroux and husband Rick of Cornelius, North Carolina; son, Steve Frost of Vernon; step-daughter, Vickie Stokes and husband David of Mesquite; step-daughter, Brenda Lacaze of Waxahachie; step-son, Kenneth Leath; granddaughters, Misty Vergakis and husband Brent, Amanda Leath and Robyn Lacaze; grandsons, Chris Stokes, Brandon Stokes and Randy Lacaze; 11 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews to include Melanie Reed and husband Rick, Kenny Melton and wife Trudy, Larry Melton and wife Christy and Elijah Melton and wife Margaret. To also acknowledge brother-in-law Robert Leath and wife Nadine of California; sister Glynda Kittrell of Houston and dear friend Jan Willhoite of Carrollton.
A time of visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 with the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Reed officiation. Interment to follow at Pattison Cemetery.
She will be available for viewing Monday, July 9, 2018.


Bill Glenn Pinkerton
Apr 30, 1949 - Jul 6, 2018

Bill Pinkerton, 69, of Eureka passed away July 6, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. He was son of the late A.J. Pinkerton and Lillie Wright and was born on April 30, 1949 in Riverside, California. The Air Force family later moved to Plattsburgh, New York with step-father Dale Mahan and then Burns Flat, Oklahoma before settling in Fort Worth. Bill graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High School in Fort Worth and then received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.  While at UTA, he met and married his wife Virginia Gail Rawlings and then had three children. Together, they moved to Kennedale where they made a home for almost 30 years. He had a fulfilling 40 year career as a Materials Engineer for Vought Aircraft where he worked on numerous projects ranging from the Space Shuttle to the B2 Stealth Bomber before retiring in 2012.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Jay Surratt and then Virginia after 42 wonderful years of marriage.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved running, cycling, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking in addition to fast cars, baseball, travel, technology and photography. He spent many years as a volunteer with the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America, working with various groups including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers and Wood Badge adult leader training.

In 2013, God's abounding grace led Bill to meet Marilyn Mitchell of Eureka. They started a new life together where he found great happiness and fulfilling friendships. At their Overlook Ranch, he tried his hand as a small-time cattle rancher and thoroughly enjoyed being grandpa to two sets of grandchildren while serving the community as a member of Mildred Baptist Church.

Above all, Bill dearly loved his family, his friends and his community. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marilyn Pinkerton of Eureka and his three children, Shari Stephens of Durant, Oklahoma, Michael Pinkerton and wife Beverly of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Karen Ryan and husband Michael of Benbrook; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; step-father, Dale Mahan of Aurora, Colorado; sister, Patricia Gotori of Aurora, Colorado; brother, K. David Pinkerton of Gunnison, Colorado; three step-children and their spouses; 11 step-grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren, who lovingly welcomed him into their lives.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating.

Those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America at P.O. Box 54190, Hurst, Texas 76050-4190 or at


Jehu Wesley "Jake" Allen
Jun 15, 1926 - Jul 3, 2018

Jehu Wesley "Jake" Allen was born in Richland Friday, June 15, 1926 to Sue Belle and E. S. Allen. God welcomed one of His most gentle and kind servants to his heavenly home Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
He graduated from Richland High School and earned his Bachelors and Master's Degrees from North Texas University. After graduation he entered a lifetime of public education, beginning at the small struggling school in Barry. He influenced countless numbers of young people during his career.
He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church for 50 years where he lead the singing in his Sunday School class.

He served in the United States Navy during the last years of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Jake is survived by his wife of 69 years, Neoma; one brother, Thomas R. Allen and several devoted nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Steven Bell officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.

Those wishing to remember Jake with a memorial may do so by contributing to First United Methodist Church or Navarro County Humane Society.


James Burnett Porter
abt 1919 - Jun 30, 2018

James Burnett Porter, 99, of Pelham passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his residence.
Viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Pelham with Rev. Johnny Kirven officiating.

Arrangements made by Scott Funeral Home.


Lera Faye (Jones) Hand
Jun 14, 1930 - Jul 7, 2018

Lera Faye Hand, 88, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at a hospita; in Lufkin. She was born June 14, 1930 to the parents of Robert and Lera Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hand, daughter, Barbara Bates and a sister Ruth Harrison.
She is survived by four children: Brenda Barth and husband Kevin of Allen; Brian Hand and wife LaDonna of Corsicana; Robert Hand of Ovilla; Janet white and husband Paul of Lufkin and her sister, Mary Clark of Sulphur springs. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Griffin- Roughton Funeral Home with Steve Handley officiating. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Funeral services to follow at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that charitable donations be made to either the American Diabetes Association, Medina Children's Home, Cherokee Children's Home, or any other charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.


Stanley Mac Gorman
Feb 3, 1939 - Jul 4, 2018

Stanley Mac Gorman, 79, of Lampasas passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Lampasas. He was born Feb. 3, 1939.

A hard working man and fatherly foundation to a large and loving family to the very end, Stanley was known by many names to many people. Mac to his friends, Stanley to his peers, Uncle Macaroni to imaginative nephews, dad to his children, and Pop-Pop or Papa Mac to his grandchildren. He was a born leader in all aspects of life, as executive with Southwestern Bell and AT&T, a business owner, and a spiritual guide for so many. He taught us all the value of perseverance through hardship and adversity, no matter how difficult or heartbreaking your trials may be.

While he is now with God, his legacy lives on through his family reminding us every day the love and hard work it takes to be a true servant of God. Every July 4th, the celebration of Independence will take a new meaning for us, not just a celebration of American Independence, but one true American's freedom from a struggling body, free to finally join his Father in heaven.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Nell Sloan Gorman and his parents, Stanley and Marguerite Gorman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gay Gorman; children, Jan and husband BB of San Angelo, Stan Gorman and wife Linda of Waller and Brett Gorman and wife Breck of Shallowater; grandchildren, Clifton and Summer Williams, four great grandchildren of Victor,Montana; Kevin Williams, three great grandchildren of Mountain Home; Kyle Williams of Clearwater, Florida; Heidi and Slate Williams; three great grandchildren of Ozona; Marissa Gorman and fianc� Justin Brinkman of Caldwell; Brady Gorman of Shallowater; Brodey and Makala Gorman; one great grandson of Shallowater; sisters, Margie and Ted Taylor of Corsicana, Debra Gorman of Corsicana and Melissa Woehleke of Marlin and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment to follow at
Oakwood Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the office of Dr. Mark Lane and to the nursing staff of Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas for their excellent care.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jul 6, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Janeta Nell (Sloan) Gorman & Gay Gorman; s/o Stanley (Fletcher) Gorman & Marguerite (McMullan) Gorman

Ann Gertrude "Annie" (Sloan) Andrews
Jun 27, 1919 - Jul 2, 2018

After a joyous celebration of her 99th birthday with her earthly family, Annie Gertrude Sloan Andrews was welcomed to her eternal Home Monday, July 2, 2018 and is now celebrating her final homecoming with her Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born June 27, 1919 and was the oldest of seven children born to Harvey and Peggy Sloan in Martins Mill. She was a survivor and came close to death several times in her early years. As a teenager, she contracted typhoid fever. This was quite a scare for her family since not many folks survived this disease at the time. She also got a snake bite that was pretty serious as a youth. We know now that God was preserving her for her legacy.

Ann stayed busy as a young adult helping her beloved mother raise her siblings. She met the love of her life, Grover Haze Andrews (better known as "Jinks",) and they were married Dec. 23, 1939. After marrying, they moved to Houston where they started their family and Nicky, Sandra and Janie were born. They later moved to Corsicana where Cathy was born and they began to farm and ranch and raise their family. They were married for 72 years and created a legacy of life, love and perseverance through hardship while teaching us all the importance of family. They balanced each other perfectly and gave their family a perfect example of unconditional love.

Ann was a great at doing anything that needed to be done. Her talents were many. She was a great ranch hand and a carpenter's helper for Papa, all while maintaining her role as a devoted wife and mother. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. Her whole wheat pancakes were a favorite for all her kids and grandkids for four generations. She loved to sew and made quilts for all her grandkids. Annie was also a great bridge player and shared her love for bridge with family and friends. She loved to read and continued to read all the classics well into her 90's. Her favorite book was the Bible and she used her iPad to read it in large print as she aged. Her favorite verse was Phillipians 4:11-14, a verse about being content...and that is the way she lived her life - full of contentment, trust in God, and prayer for those she loved. Her faith was a testament to those she loved and she wrote in her journal that she was leaving her four children to fill the gap.

The house on the hill in the creek bottom was a safe haven for all her grands. A place where they could go to be cherished, loved, fed and potty trained. She was a great babysitter and always had open doors and open arms. As her family outgrew her home, she would host a larger venue for 70 plus loved ones to celebrate Christmas for an entire weekend. Her love for the Lord grew over time and her prayers over our family transcended her living room and impacted our family for decades. Her greatest gift to those she left behind are not material but are the blessings by association due to her diligence in the word and her love for God.

Ann is celebrating in heaven with her beloved husband "Jinx," parents Harvey and Peggy Sloan, siblings Lynn Sloan and Betty Sloan Pizzo, son-in-laws Ronnie Ogburn and Claude Lane and many other family members.

Waiting to reunite with her are her siblings, all of whom are also in their 90s, James Willie Sloan, Harvey (Skeeze) Sloan, Chester Pike (Buck) Sloan and Peggy Reeves; her children, Nathan Andrews and wife Carolyn, Sandra Marr and husband Herman, Janie Lane, and Cathy Ogburn; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Robin Marr, Cheri Lane, Julie and John Teel, Claude (Bubba) and Regina Lane, Lance and Stephanie Andrews, Rhonda and Terry Wilson, Christie Noonkester, Chris and Heather Lane, Rachel and Darrell Tidwell, Ronnie Dale and Kim Ogburn and Russell and Lacey Ogburn; 26 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren. Also waiting to see her again are may family and friends too numerous to list.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. A memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. with Nicky Andrews, John Teel, and Russell Reed officiating. Pallbearers will be Claude Lane, Lance Andrews, Chris Lane, Ronnie Dale Ogburn and Russell Ogburn. Honorary pallbearers are Andy Wilson, Parker Teel, Jake Lane, Cameron Lane, Colton Ogburn, Dakota Lane and Haze Andrews.

The Andrews family would like to express their gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement and support.

Memorials can be made to Roane Baptist Church where she was a member for many years and taught Sunday school and vacation bible school.


W. G. Banks
abt 1924 - Sept 20, 2018

W G Banks 94, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 20,2018 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at Freedom Fellowship Church located at 323 N. Commerce.
Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Willie Faye (Smith) Davis
Jun 28, 1961 - Sep 15, 2018

Willie Faye Davis, 57 passed away Sept. 15,2018 at the Iraan General Hospital in Iraan, Texas. She was born June 28, 1961 in Round Prairie to the parentage of Claude E. Smith and Fannie M. Smith. She received her formal education in the Kerens and Corsicana school districts.

Faye was a very lovable and happy woman who was loved by many. She worked at V's Cafe and Roy's Cafe' both of Corsicana, McDonald's in Monahans, TYC in Sheffield, Allsup and Lowe's in Iraan. At the time of her passing she did small jobs helping friends and neighbors.

Faye was preceded in death by her father, Claude Smith, mother, Fannie Smith and other siblings.

The loved ones she cherished and leaves behind are her husband, Mickey R. Davis; brothers, William Smith of Monahans, Johnny Smith (Vivian) of Mineral Wells, Roger Brown (Sheila) of Fort. Worth, Archie Deveraux (Brenda) of Richland, Luther Smith, Jimmy Deveraux, James Smith and Robert Deveraux all of Corsicana and Willie D. Smith (Erma Jean) of Dallas sisters; Pleecy Raindle, Rosie Williams, Shirley Bryant, and Birtha Murphy all of Corsicana, along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastors Oliver Evans and Earnest Betts, Jr., Officiating.

Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


James Allen "Bull" Campbell
Aug 15, 1958 - Sep 28, 2018

James 'Bull' Allen Campbell, 60, of Navarro County passed away Sept. 28, 2018 in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 15, 1958 in Navarro County.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 13th Avenue Church, 817 E. 17th Ave. with Pastor Clyde Chamber officiating and Minister Allen Campbell.

Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park.


Carrie Luzelle (Bryan) Beene
Mar 19, 1922 - Aug 7, 2018

Carrie Luzelle Beene, 96, of Kingwood, formerly of Frost, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Luzelle was born in Elk City, Oklahoma, on March 19, 1922, to Daniel and Jinnie Bryan. She started school in Vici, Oklahoma, at the age of five and graduated from Littlefield High School in 1938. She completed her bachelor's degree in 1941 from West Texas State Teachers College in Canyon. She later received a master's degree from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.
Luzelle taught school in Wheeler, Floydada, Groom, Amarillo, Claude, Canadian, Stamford, and Hillsboro. She also served as a special education diagnostician in Stamford, Gorman, and Nixon.
Luzelle married Woodie Eugene Beene of Vaughan June 1, 1954. Woodie was also an educator and together they shared a love of learning and teaching for many years in Texas schools.
Another passion of Luzelle's was church work. She was active in Sunday school and missions. Other interests included quilting, cooking, antiquing and genealogy.
"Beene-Beene" will be remembered by family and friends as hardworking, caring, and loving and always thinking of others before herself. She was especially fond of spending time with her great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and brother, Joe Dan Bryan of Spearman.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Lockett and husband, Gordon of Frost; son, Richard Beene and wife, Mercedes of Sun City; granddaughter, Jaryn San Miguel and husband, Dusty of Kingwood; grandson, Joshua Lockett and wife, Autumn of Norman, Oklahoma; great grandchildren Ava, Levin, Ardyn, Hugo and Ingrid.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock with son-in-law, Gordon Lockett of Frost officiating. Music will be provided by her grandchildren and their spouses.
Visit, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for Luzelle's family
In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Luzelle's memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 403 North Texas Avenue, Nixon, Texas 78140.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Southwestern Care Assisted Living of Kingwood for their loving care.


Lilburne Joe Brewer
Aug 27, 1948 - Aug 10, 2018

Lilburne Joe Brewer, 69, of Dawson passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. He was born in Coy, Arkansas to Lillian Brewer and Edith McKenzie on Aug.
27, 1948. In Joe's younger years he farmed in various parts of Arkansas until he moved to Texas, where he worked in the production industry. Joe was known for his love of fishing, poker playing, and bowling. He also enjoyed coaching his daughters and all of his grandchildren throughout their youth.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lillian Brewer and Edith McKenzie, as well as nine brothers and sisters.

Joe is survived by brothers and sisters; Bud Brewer and wife Judy, Sis Swanson and husband Fred, Lily Sanders and husband Ted, Ricky Brewer, and Betty Lou May; and daughters Deanna Francek and husband John, Linda Hullett, and unofficial adopted son Marvin McGahan. He is also survived by grandchildren Stephanie Benoit and husband AJ, Mitchell Williams and wife Alexandra, Michelle Williams, Michael Williams, Joseph Strother, Sabra Sims, and Jake Strother, as well as great grandchildren JoLee Benoit, Alaina Williams, Beau Strother, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at Paschal Funeral Home.


Fred Michael Grimes, Capt.
Dec 9, 1927 - Nov 21, 2016
USNR Retired

Fred Michael Grimes, Captain, USNR-Retired, PhD, Engineering, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born in Dallas Dec. 9, 1927 and resided for over 30 years in Corsicana, but he made the entire United States his home.

Fred's legacy includes accomplishments in education, business, military and civil services. His proudest legacy is his family. A devoted husband for 64 years, Fred is survived by his wife, Lillian Patricia (nee Duggan), five children, Fred Michael Grimes, Jr., Barbara Collins, Cynthia Ramm, Janet Grimes and Richard Grimes; nine grandchildren, Christopher Collins, Virginia Franco, Robert Grimes, David Ramm, Caroline Sturm, Sarah Demattia, Mitchell Grimes, Katherine Collins and Alison Ramm and five great-grandchildren, Gavin Franco, Bradley Collins, Penelope Sturm, Madison Collins and Theodore Sturm.

His granddaughter Melissa Collins predeceased Fred.

Fred's life was one of accomplishment and service. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952, he earned a Master's degree in Science from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, and a PhD from Lamar University.

His active and reserve service in the U.S. Navy culminated with his promotion to the rank of Captain. He also had a wide and varied business career, working in the oil industry, shipbuilding, real estate and teaching at Navarro College.

Fred also served at Ft. Hood as a civil servant until retiring in 2000. Fred and Pat also enjoyed traveling and golf. They visited Mexico, Europe, Australia and Japan in addition to almost all of the United States.

During his military service and business career, the family lived in at least eight states. In every location, Fred supported the local Episcopal Church and his children's participation in youth organizations especially Boy and Girl Scouts. He also always planted trees wherever he lived, knowing that others would benefit after we moved on.

After his children started their own careers, the family would gather in Corsicana every Thanksgiving. Fred also took great pleasure in hosting annual family get-togethers around Texas, which are fondly remembered by his grand children. He will be greatly missed.

A private burial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 N 14th St., in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.


Mildred Evelyn (Slay) Howell
Oct 5, 1921 - Nov 8, 2016

Mildred Howell, 95, of Kerens passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Malakoff. She was born on Oct. 5, 1921 to Ben Stay [sic] and Susie Simmons of Kerens.
Mildred was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kerens and worked as a secretary at Howell Motion Co.
She is survived by four sons, Ben Howell from Kerens, Chris Howell and wife Lisa from Kerens, Doug Howell and wife Celeste from Conroe; Elman Howell, Jr., and wife Betty from Rockwell; sister, Willie Bell McCord from Nacogdoches; eight grandchildren , Joshua Howell from Daytona Beach, Florida, Amy Epley and husband Darin from Wilson, Christie Howell from Salisaw, Oklahoma, Hannah Dokter and husband Garrett from Waco, Eric Howell and wife Jan from Conroe, Rachel Howell from Austin, Kim Todaro and husband John from Marshall, Paul Howell and wife Amy Head from New Glarus, Wisconsin; 10 great-grandchildren, Rayna and Gentry and Emory Dokter, Zack and Ben Odell, Brannon Howell, and Jud Carter.


  • w/o Elmin Kimball Howell, Sr. - d/o William Benjamin Slay and Susie Belle (Simmons) Slay
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bryan Jenkins
July 8, 1977 - Nov 16, 2015

Bryan Jenkins, 38, of Waco passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at his residence. He was born July 8, 1977 in Corsicana to Bruce and Pam Jenkins. Bryan attended the Upper Room Fellowship Church of Waco where he was also a member of the building committee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and carpentry. He would also purchase animals for people such as cattle and sheep.. He is preceded in death by his father, Bruce Jenkins; grandparents, Doris and Keith Farmer and J.W. and Francis Jenkins.. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Jenkins of Waco; mother, Pam Avent Tanner and husband Louis of Dawson; children, Braden Lloyd Jenkins and Kierra Rose Smith; siblings, Beth Williams and husband John, John Avent and wife Melanie, Jason Avent, Debbie Avent and Tina Avent. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.. Service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Cody Leger and Danny Leger officiating.. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Upper Room Fellowship Church 7766 Hwy 84 E. Waco, Texas 76705 or a church of your choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Johnnie Maxine (Braxmier) Easley
Feb 6, 1933 - Oct 20, 2018

Johnnie Maxine Braxmier Easley, 85, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1933 to Johnny and Myrtle Braxmier in Corsicana. She married the love of her life , Lester Lee Easley June 3, 1951 at Missionary Baptist Church. They lived and raised their family in Corsicana. She was a homemaker and involved in her children's schools and activities.

She and Lester went on to start their business Lester's Quick Stop where she was a loved and well-known figure. Their customers often became more like family and friends. She and Lester were loyal Corsicana Tiger football fans, often traveling to away games. She was a mentor, friend and a good listener. She was kind and compassionate and never forgot anyone's birthdays sending cards or taking something to them. Her smile could light up room.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lester Lee and her mother and father and her youngest brother Bill Braxmier and his wife Joyce.

She is survived by her daughter, Lind Napps and husband Kenneth of Mabank; sons, Rick Easley and his wife Sherry of Kyle, Johnny Easley and his wife Nell of Corsicana; Michael Easley and wife Sheri of Waxahachie and son Tim Easley and wife Michele of Corsicana. She is survived by 14 grand children and 17 great grandchildren; Brother Walter "Bubba" Braxmier and wife Clara of Waxahachie. She is also survived by many family members including nieces, nephews, cousins as well as many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Tim Easley officiating.

Pallbearers will be Seth Easley, Sage Easley, Chase Carver, Marshall Easley, Jason Napps, Bobby Easley and Johnny Lynn Easley. Interment to follow at Campbell - Elrod Cemetery.


Linda Nell (Cherry) Selph
Oct 26, 1939 - Oct 20, 2018

Linda Nell Selph, 78, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Linda was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Kerens to Ben Russell and Mary Nell Cherry.

Linda was the roots of her family and many had the privilege of calling her "Nanny."

She leaves behind seven grandchildren; Tara Anne Brazziel, Lee Statham and wife Jennifer, Ryan Statham, Lynn Statham and wife Misti, Alli Bullard and husband Brian, Ashlyn Statham and Brayden Statham along with eight great grandchildren and many step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sons Steve and Scott Statham.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Selph; son Cliff (Bubba) Statham and wife Christie of Kerens and brother Benny Cherry and wife Sherri of Waco.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

A celebration of her life and birthday will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at Kerens Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Chuck Biscoe officiating.


James Kenneth Park
Jan 22, 1924 - Nov 23, 1944



Bridgeport ~ Sgt. James Kenneth Park, would have been 94 today, he was 20 when he went to be with our Lord during World War II in 1944.
Funeral is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2018, at First Baptist Church Bridgeport with burial in Dresden Cemetery near Corsicana. Family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Dr. Craig Erb and Rev. John Redfern will officiate. Pallbearers include members of the United States Army.
Sgt. Park was born on January 22, 1924 to James Walter and Eller (Threet) Park in Blooming Groves, Texas. He was united in marriage to Betty Lou Whitaker in October 1942.
Sgt. Park was serving in Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division for the United States Army during World War II. He was one of thousands who gave their life in the battle. Sgt. James Kenneth Park, 20, a sole surviving son and father of an 18-month old baby girl, had his life cut short on November 23, 1944, from shrapnel from enemy fire, in the vicinity of J�ngersdorf, northern edge of the H�rtgen Forest, Germany. After 74 years, Sgt. Park has been reunited with his family and will be laid to rest in the Park family plot in the Dresden Cemetery in Dresden.
He was preceded in death by his baby brother, Johnny Park; his baby sister, Evelyn Park.
In 1944 he was survived by his parents; his wife, Betty Lou Park, whom has since passed away.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his daughter, Kay Park Crawford of Bridgeport; his grandchildren, Regina Knutson and husband Brent, John Crawford Jr. and wife Kodeann and Jamie Paradise, and husband Jason; his great-grandchildren, Steven Laughlin, T.J. Phipps, Cameron Crawford, and Colton Paradise; his great great-grandchild, Andrew Phipps; numerous extended family, and a host of friends.



Fallen WWII hero returns home; Remains of soldier positively ID�ed in Germany
By Austin Jackson | Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018

REUNITED � Kay Crawford looks over the informational packet that helped identify her father, James Park�s remains at the Wise County Veterans Museum Monday in Bridgeport. Park died in World War II in 1944 and will be returned home soon to be laid to rest in Dresden. Messenger photo by Joe Duty
In war-torn Germany, months before the Battle of the Bulge, United States armed forces began a clash with Nazi forces at Hurtgen Forest in September 1944.
It was the beginning of the longest and one of the most pivotal battles in World War II. Sergeant James Kenneth Park, 20, a sole surviving son and father of an 18-month old baby girl, serving in the 26th infantry regiment, 1st infantry division, was one of thousands who gave their life in the battle.
After months of fighting, shrapnel from enemy fire cut his life short at just 20 years old on Nov. 23, 1944.
The U.S. Army eventually broke through the German-held strongholds at Hurtgen Forest in February 1945, but for Bridgeport resident Kay Crawford, the only child of a fallen war hero, the battle for closure would take much longer.
Crawford was raised by memories and photos of her father, who heroically served and eventually fell in action during World War II. Despite being declared missing in action in 1945, Park said her grandparents didn�t want to let their only son go.
They held onto hope that one day, he�d return to receive the medals that had been sent home to Texas.
�My grandparents had always thought he had amnesia and that he would return to them some day,� Crawford said. �They just knew that one day he was going to find his way home.�


A LONG ROAD � Kay Crawford hears about the process to identify and recover her father�s remains from Jeannette Gray of Army Casualty Services at the Wise County Veterans Museum, Monday. Gray used DNA testing to help identify James Park and return his remains to the Crawford family. Messenger photo by Joe Duty
After 74 years, thanks to extensive DNA testing and being put through various states of exhumation and burial, Park�s remains will return home to Texas where they will be laid to rest at Crawford�s family plot in Dresden.
The process for identifying Park began in 1946, when a German villager buried the remains in a cemetery near the battle site.
For years, the body went unidentified due to Park�s helmet having the wrong name inside. It was a common occurrence, but one that effectively sent the identification process into a tailspin.
Park was deemed indiscoverable in 1946, and the family went on hoping that that their long lost father had found peace, alive or dead.
In 2016, Crawford received a call from the Veterans Administration. The DNA test had been conclusive. They had a match.
�He asked me �Ma�am are you sitting down?'� Crawford said. �I was brought to tears. It had been 72 years, but they found him. He was coming home.�

REDISCOVERING FAMILY � Kay Crawford and three generations of her family learned about James Park�s military service on Monday. Park died in the battle of Hurtgen Forest in November of 1944. After 74 years, he will be reunited with his family. Messenger photo by Joe Duty
Crawford said her grandparents were reluctant to put up a tombstone for their son. They didn�t want him to come home and think they had given up hope. Now, the grandparents have since passed, but Crawford said she was given peace knowing that they would soon be reunited with their long lost son.
�I think it will give them peace,� Crawford said. �They will finally have their son back � their baby boy.�
On Monday at the Wise County Veterans Museum, Jeannette Gray, mortuary affairs officer and nine-year Army veteran, gave Crawford a picture of her father she�d never seen before.
�It made him real to me,� Crawford said, with emotion straining her voice. �He was always like a stranger, but now he�s a person. A real person.�
Gray explained the tenuous process of identification. It took years of searching dental records, military notes and countless samples to other missing soldiers in the area. The Crawford family submitted their DNA, joining the database of other families searching for their loved ones.
At the end of the process, she said, �We can say without a doubt that these are your father�s remains.�
Sgt. First Class Philip Oliver will assist in returning the remains to Crawford and the family in the coming months. He said he would make sure that Park is given a full burial, deserving of a war hero.
Crawford said she hopes to reunite her father with his parents, returning him to the plot where his tombstone and plot has lied vacant for so long. Oliver said the process could be worked out in around three weeks.
Crawford plans on having a funeral for her father in Bridgeport in October before he�s laid to rest.
�It�s been a whirlwind,� Crawford said. �But I have closure. I�m glad he�s coming home.�


Remains of Beaumont soldier from WWII to be returned to family

Kay Crawford, who was 18 months old when Park was killed in Germany's H�rtgen Forest, finally has answers to a lifelong question. "His parents, my grandparents went to the grave believing he was alive in Europe with amnesia. I just thought I'd never know for sure."
Park was with Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in June. Park was believed wounded by shrapnel and, due to continuous enemy fire, his fellow soldiers were unable to search for him, according to the accounting agency.

He was reported missing in action in November 1944, then declared deceased a year later.
Park's remains were found by a civilian August 1946 and buried in a local cemetery. In December, his still-unidentified remains were taken from the civilian cemetery near the forest and reburied in Neuville American Cemetery in Belgium, according to DPAA
It was not until June 2017 that historians concluded the unidentified remains might be Park. They disinterred him for DNA testing and positively identified him the following June.
Crawford said DPAA required three separate maternal genetic matches to be certain of the identity.

Through the process, Crawford also discovered that her 101-year-old aunt is still alive. She met a cousin she never knew who lived nearby, and the two are now friends.
"When the agency called me the man asked if I was sitting down. When he told me they'd identified my father, well, I was floored � I would have hit the floor if I hadn't been sitting down," Crawford said.
"I never thought those emotions were there, since I didn't know him personally, but I knew him through aunts and uncles. They made sure I knew what a wonderful man he was," she said. "My mother kept me in contact with his family so I'd know him."
Park is one of 203 service members identified by DPAA in the 2018 fiscal year.
Director of public affairs Chuck Prichard said the agency aims to provide families with an account of what happened to their family members not recovered or identified in wars dating back to WWII, which for the U.S. began in 1941 and ended in 1945.

"We aim to provide families with the fullest possible account of what happened to their loved ones," Prichard said. "That's why we do it � for the families waiting decades to find out what happened to their loved ones," adding that there are more than 72,000 service members still unaccounted for.
Crawford fought back tears discussing her dad: "I didn't think it would mean as much to me, since I never knew him personally." Speaking by telephone from her home in Bridgeport, northwest of Fort Worth, she encouraged families of missing service members to contact the DPAA.
"You hear about these bodies they're bringing back from Korea, and people are saying they'll never be identified," Crawford said. "I'm the perfect example of why that's not true. My dad died in the '40s which is much earlier, and I just got him back."
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Remains of Texas Soldier from WWII to be returned to family

BEAUMONT, Texas � The remains of a 20-year-old Southeast Texas soldier who went missing in action in 1944 during World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Tuesday announced the remains of Army Sgt. James K. Park of Beaumont will be buried Saturday in Barry, Texas.
Park was with Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in Germany when the soldiers were in a battle in the H�rtgen Forest.
Park was believed wounded. He was reported missing in action in November 1944, then declared deceased a year later. In 1946, unidentified remains from a civilian cemetery near the forest were recovered, then reburied in Belgium.
The remains were disinterred in 2017 for DNA testing and identified in June as Park.



Attention Blooming Grove area citizens!!!
The Department of Defense announced that the funeral procession for a World War II veteran buried in a Military Cemetery in France as an unknown will be as follows. Sergeant James Park was killed in action in November 1944. Sgt. PARK was buried as an unknown soldier. His remains were recently identified through DNA analysis. Sergeant Park's funeral procession, escorted by Fort Worth Police Department motorcycles, Patriot Guard motorcycles (60) plus family will pass through Blooming Grove traveling FM 55 (Fordyce) to Dresden Cemetery. The possession is expected to be in Blooming Grove approximately 1Pm to 1;30 Pm on Saturday, October 27th. [2018]

Sergeant Park will be buried with full military honors. The Fort Worth Police Department Drum and Fjfe Corps with Bagpipes will pay homage to this hero.

Please if possible, let's show thus fallen hero a token of devotion as his remains travel through our community.

From Blooming Grove Mayor Gary Patterson




WASHINGTON � October 23, 2018

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Sgt. James K. Park, 20, of Beaumont, Texas, accounted for on June 20, will be buried October 27 in Barry, Texas.

In November 1944, Park was a member of Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, engaged in fierce fighting within the H�rtgen Forest in Germany. Park was reported missing in action on Nov. 23, 1944, when he was believed to have been wounded by shrapnel. Due to continuous enemy fire, Soldiers from Park�s company were prevented from searching for him. Additionally, no graves registration teams reported finding his remains. Due to no information regarding his whereabouts, his status was amended to deceased as of Nov. 24, 1945.

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) collected thousands of unknown sets of remains from battlefields in Germany, and labeled each set with an X-number. None of the remains that were found could be associated with Park by AGRC technicians, and his remains were declared non-recoverable.

In December 1946, AGRC personnel recovered an unidentified set of remains from a civilian cemetery at Langerwehe, Germany, on the northern edge of the H�rtgen Forest. German locals said the remains were originally found by a local resident on Aug. 1, 1946 near the estate of J�ngersdorf in the forest. Following the recovery, the remains were processed at the Central Identification Point at Neuville, Belgium, and buried as an unknown, labeled X-4731 Neuville.

Following thorough research and analysis of American Soldiers missing from ground combat within Germany�s H�rtgen Forest, a DPAA historian concluded that there was a possible association between X-4731 and Park. The remains were disinterred on June 28, 2017 and the remains were sent to the DPAA for analysis.

To identify Park�s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, as well as dental and anthropological analysis.

DPAA is grateful to American Battle Monuments Commission for their partnership with this mission.

Inez Cleo (Bledsoe) Poole-Poe
Dec 15, 1899 - Nov 1, 1963

Mrs. Oscar Poe Rites Monday

Mrs. Oscar Poe, 63, Route 1, Kerens, died Friday.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:40 p.m. from the First Assembly of God church in Kerens with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Fore.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens; two sons, Homer Ray Poole, Cleburne, and Billy C. Poole, Salina, Kan.; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Lindsey, Dallas; Mrs. Evelyn Ferguson, Terrell, and Mrs. Margaret Kelley, Lubbock; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a brother, Arthur Bledsoe, San Angelo, and other relatives.

Corley directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Nov. 4, 1963
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Homer Ray Poole 2nd husband Robert Oscar Poe; d/o Bob B. Bledsoe and Callie Donia (MyNatt) Fleeman-Bledsoe

Clide Lancaster
Aug 31, 1892 - Jan 16, 1977

Clide Lancaster

KERENS -- Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens for Clide Lancaster, 84, resident of Conway, Ark. and former resident of Kerens, who died Sunday evening.

The Rev. Bob Gaines will officiate, with burial following at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette. He was a veteran of World War I.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Survivors include two sons, the Rev. E. B. Lancaster of Conway, Ark. and James Lancaster of Orange; two brothers, Guy Lancaster of Kerens and Ben Lancaster of Corsicana; and a sister, Saddie Holleman of Kerens.

Pallbearers will be nephews.


Billye/Willie Ann Payne
Jul 3, 1904 - Sep 14, 1937

Miss Billye Ann Payne passed on from this life, September 14, 1937, at the age of 32 years. She was the daughter of W. B. Payne of Pursley community, and leaves her father, step-mother, two sisters, Mrs. Horace Hellum of Pursley, and Mrs. Roy Dalton of Hillsboro; a number of other relatives and a host of friends who mourn her going.

Billye Ann was widely known in Navarro county and other parts of the state and numbered her friends by her acquaintances. I feel, with a host of other friends to have known her was a privileged joy. Our joys were her joys, our sorrows touched her just as deeply as though they were her own. She was vivacious, energetic, and loved every moment of living, yet no pleasure was too great to forego when she felt the call of duty, and her duty and loyalty extended far beyond the claims of family to any friend who might have need of her services. Those of us who have been loved by her and have been privileged to be blessed with her unselfish generosity thin of her as yet performing her duty tirelessly, faithfully and loyally in the realm of the sweet beyond.

We are thinking of Billye Ann as yet displaying the same sweet noble character which reflected so vividly the careful and thoughtful training she received from her dear father, who has been called on to take the place of both father and mother to his children. How well he has performed this brave task is avowed by the love and devotion these children have always shown to their �Daddy.� And with this dear bereaved family, we, her friends, blend our tears, yet with the same brave steadfastness our Billye helped us shoulder so many of our own sorrows, we carry on. To them we leave this thought: God must have had need of a lovely girl to serve Him as a welcoming hostess; one who was beautiful, young, joyous and good; and whom could such a one be, save our Billye?

And so�
We, your sorrowing friends lift up our eyes
And smile through our falling tears,
We know she is waiting to welcome us there
At the end of a few lonely years.

God took her ahead to show us the way,
We were weak, she so brave and strong.
He knew we would love her welcome so gay
In the little while when we follow along.

Though it seems dreary, the way we now tread
And our footsteps grow weary and slow,
We follow her path, it will lead us to God,
There to hear again her joyous �Hello!�





Miss Billie Payne, aged 32 years daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Payne of the Pursley community, died in Dallas Tuesday night at 8:50 o'clock after a four weeks� illness. The funeral service will be held from the Pursley church of Christ Thursday afternoon at 8 o'clock with burial in the Pursley cemetery. The rites will be conducted by J. L. Hines, Church of Christ minister of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, assisted by Leslie G. Thomas of the local Church of Christ.

Surviving are her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Roy Dalton, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Beulah Hellums, Pursley, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Sep 15, 1937
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (her obit and death certificate both say she is buried in Pursley but she is in Oakwood Cemetery)
  • Single d/o William Baldwin Payne and Jewell (Foreman) Payne

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