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Johnny William Wigley
Sep 25, 1931 - Nov 24, 2019
 

Johnny W. Wigley, age 88 of Tyler, Texas passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born on September 25, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to John Harmon “Blackie” Wigley and Ida Mae Baldwin Wigley

He spent his early childhood and began school at Harlandale in San Antonio. His family moved to Richland, Texas at start of WW II, where he graduated from high school. In 1949 Johnny attended Navarro College and then joined US Air Force in 1950. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he began his teaching career in 1951 at Purdon, Texas, while attending college in the summer. He earned his Master's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1973.

Johnny was a teacher, coach, and administrator through the years he spent in education. Johnny worked in Purdon, Emhouse, Mildred Palmer, Blooming Grove, Venus, Cotton Center, Stinnett, and Brewster, Kansas. He retired from his career in education after 45 years of service to many communities.

He enjoyed reading, carpentry, wine making, fishing, collecting things, and going to garage sales (he could spot those signs a mile away). Johnny loved kar-e-okee (“Pistol Packing Mama” was his go to song), spending time with the family and friends. He was a father figure to many, beloved Dad, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend. He had a funny sense of humor and a dry wit, that he used as a teaching tool in school and in teaching life lessons.

He was a good man and a great dad. He also coached youth football, basketball and baseball and was a founding father of the Mildred Little League and served as the president the first few years. He also brought the Mildred Yearbook to life and served as the sponsor (72 – 74). His son, Ronny said that he grew taller than Johnny, but his dad’s life cast a far greater and longer shadow. Johnny was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Barry, Texas.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters; Allie Mae Davis and Georgia Ann Allen.

He is survived by his children; Ronny Wigley, Johnny Wigley and wife Cindy, Zoeanne Barlett, Kelly Wigley, Tyger Dunaway and husband, John Michael, and Casey Khoury and husband, Mansour; his grandchildren; Jarrett Wigley, Levi Wigley, Hallie and Chester Humbert, Wyatt and Blayne Crum, Harrison Crum, Stormy Crum, Rylan Dunaway, Jackson Dunaway, Mila, Owen and Laia Khoury. He is also survived by his brother Buddy Harmon Wigley and wife Mary; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, November, 30, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home with the funeral service following immediately at 1:00 PM with Mr. Elvin Richards officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery with Levi Wigley, Wyatt Crum, Harrison Crum, Edward Davis, Blake Wigley, Steven Hand, Rhett Lisman and Shane Collins serving at pallbearers.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Helen Laverne (Neeley) Wigley 2nd Anita Fay (Minatra) Wigley 3rd Linda Gail (Milum) Wigley; s/o John Harmon “Blackie” Wigley & Ida Mae (Baldwin) Wigley

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Johnny W. Wigley, 88, of Tyler passed away Sunday, Nov. 24,2019 at his residence. Visitation with the family will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home with Funeral services immediately following at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery.

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Johnny W. Wigley, age 88 of Tyler, Texas passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born on September 25, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to John Harmon “Blackie” Wigley and Ida Mae Baldwin Wigley

He spent his early childhood and began school at Harlandale in San Antonio. His family moved to Richland, Texas at start of WW II, where he graduated from high school in 1949 Johnny attended Navarro College and then joined US Air Force in 1950. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he began his teaching career in 1951 at Purdon, Texas while attending college in the summer. He earned his Master's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1973. Johnny was a teacher, coach, and administrator through the years he spent in education. Johnny worked in Purdon, Emhouse, Mildred Palmer, Blooming Grove, Venus, Cotton Center, Stinnett, and Brewster, Kansas. He retired from his career in education after 45 years of service to many communities.

He enjoyed reading, carpentry, wine making, fishing, collecting things, and going to garage sales (he could spot those signs a mile away). Johnny loved kar-e-okee (“Pistol Packing Mama” was his go to song), spending time with the family and friends. He was a father figure to many, beloved Dad, brother, uncle, teacher, coach and friend. He had a funny sense of humor and a dry wit, that he used as a teaching tool in school and in teaching life lessons.

He was a good man and a great dad. He also coached youth football, basketball and baseball and was a founding father of the Mildred Little League and served as the president the first few years. He also brought Mildred Yearbook to life and served as the sponsor (72 – 74). His son, Ronny said that he grew taller than Johnny, but his dad’s life cast a far greater and longer shadow. Johnny was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Barry, Texas.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters; Allie Mae Davis and Georgia Ann Allen.

He is survived by his children; Ronny Wigley, Johnny Wigley and wife Cindy, Zoeanne Barlett, Kelly Wigley, Tyger Dunaway and husband, John Michael, and Casey Khoury and husband, Mansour; his grandchildren; Jarrett Wigley, Levi Wigley, Hallie and Chester Humbert, Wyatt and Blayne Crum, Harrison Crum, Stormy Crum, Rylan Dunaway, Jackson Dunaway, Mila, Owen and Laia Khoury. He is also survived by his brother Buddy Harmon Wigley and wife Mary; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, November, 30, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home with the funeral service following immediately at 1:00 PM with Mr. Elvin Richards officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery with Levi Wigley, Wyatt Crum, Harrison Crum, Edward Davis, Blake Wigley, Steven Hand, Rhett Lisman and Shane Collins serving at pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in care of Ronny Wigley at 12190 County Road 1206, Tyler, Texas 75703.

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Brenda (Childers) Barron
Jun 14, 1952 - Nov 20, 2019

Brenda Childers Barron, 67 of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Corsicana. She was born June 14, 1952 in Corsicana to Jesse and Lera Miller Childers.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. Brenda was a Corsicana High School graduate of 1970. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. She worked as a case worker for Texas Attorney General. She also worked in the family business, Childers Electric for many years. She loved to garden, grow flowers and plants in pots, antiques and go to estate sales.

She is survived by her son, Chad Lano Barron; grandson, Liam Ryan Barron; sister Gilda Joyner; niece Mandi and husband Jeff Jones; nephew Byron and wife Cynthia Joyner; great niece and nephew, Summer Jones and Hunter Jones; great niece Kate Joyner. Numerous extended family members.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Family graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at
Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Loraine Louise (Waters) Tucker
Aug 20, 1924 - Nov 28, 2019

 
Loraine L. Tucker of Corsicana, Texas passed from this life Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at Navarro Regional Hospital at the age of 95. She was born in Walnut Springs, Texas on Aug. 20, 1924 to Bennie Waters and Emily Nutt Waters. Loraine married Jewell C. Tucker on March 6, 1944 in Navarro County. For a number of years she worked for Dr. John Baker as an insurance clerk with his practice. She had a love for antiques, especially antique glass, and her and Jewell would buy and sell them. She was a former member of Sunny Glen Baptist Church in Dallas that became East Ridge Baptist Church, and later became a member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her parents Bennie and Emily Waters, sister Dorothy Jones, brother Eldon Waters and her husband Jewell C. Tucker in 1997. Loraine is survived by daughters; Pam Crawford and husband Bill of Corsicana and Phyliss Man of Cedar Hill. Grandchildren; Corey Crawford and wife Amanda of Van Alstyne, TX, Amber Mann of Houston and Cameron Mann of Arcadia, LA. Great grandchildren; Mathew and Emma Crawford and Clementine and Zinnia Nubin of Houston. She is also survived by a sister0in-law Karinelle Tucker of Waco and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday evening at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin -Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Floyd Petersen officiating. Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park with Corey Crawford, Mathew Crawford, Cameron Mann, Randall Freeman, Bobby Willingham and Bill Hyder serving as pallbearers.

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Diann Lyn (Adamson) Norris
Jan 5, 1950 - Jul 11, 2017
 
Obituary for Diann Norris
Diann Norris of Frost, Texas passed away early Tuesday morning at her daughters home in Teague, Texas at the age of 67. She was born in Minden, Nebraska on January 5, 1950 to Harold Adamson and Myra Trueblood Adamson and a short time later they moved to Grand Prairie, Texas. She married Roy D. Norris on July 30, 1965 and had been married 51 years when he passed away in 2016. Diann was a dietician at Hill Regional Hospital for a number of years and was also a homemaker taking care of her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren were the light of her life. Family was important to her and where her family was she was there as well. Racing cars and fixing meals (fried bread) are a few of memories they will have. She also had a warm heart for animals of all kinds and would take them in and tend to them, giving them a home.

Diann is preceded in death by her husband Roy Norris; children, Theresa May, Lisa Fay Norris and Matthew Norris; grandson, Matthew Norris Jr.; her parents Harold and Myra Adamson and her siblings Bob Adamson, Carol Martin, Dennis Adamson and Harold Lee Adamson. She is survived by her children; Charlie Norris and wife Julie of Hillsboro, Tx. and Julie Coker and her husband Mike of Teague, Tx. Six grandchildren; Megan, Heath, Alicia, Amanda, Brandy and Lisa and seven great grandchildren; Kathryn, Halyn, Kimber, Jackson, Colton, Grant and Charlie.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2pm in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

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Lorraine Dolores (Van Houten) Iervolino
Jan 19, 1952 - Nov 25, 2019

Lorraine Dolores Van Houten Iervolino of Corsicana passed away peacefully in her home in Corsicana, Texas on November 25, 2019, at the age of 67. She was born on January 19, 1952 to Edward Clay Van Houten and Joan Ryan of Brooklyn, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years to Joseph Fred Iervolino in Corsicana. Lorraine is survived by her two loving sisters, Carol and Jeanette Van Houten (Thelma and Louis) of Bay Shore, New York, and her children, Jeanette (and Kevin) Sparks of Corsicana, Texas, James Clay Marcellus Lawler (Moms' Besty) of Spring, Texas, and by her step-daughter Kimberly Elicia Hendrickson (and Arthur) of Grafton, Wisconsin She is also survived by her grandchildren, Patrick Sparks, Harrison "Bud" (and Alexis) Sparks, and Olivia Hendrickson. She is also survived by her great-grandchild, Harrison Neal Satterwhite, as well as many nieces, nephews, and caring ex-sisters and brother in laws.

It is terrible what a sickness and illness will do to a person but, in her better years, everyone who knew her knew how much she loved Jehovah and her love for teaching about Him and Jesus. She had this bountiful book knowledge about Him and about the wonderful creatures He and his Son created. Her love of animals and everything else were extensive.

Her sisters have fond memories of joining her for tea and for Entenmann's cakes, and looking to her for answers regarding everything, including their heritage, for she was an avid lover of learning about their family's lineage.

Over the years she was an owner of a successful business, named "Top Knots and Tails". She had many types of pets including birds, cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, rabbits, and even squirrels (Sammy). Her husband called himself, "Jungle Joe" due to the different animals she appreciated. Mom was a naturalist and fancied herself as a botanist and a photographer. Lorraine was recognized as a nation-wide famous breeder of Yorkies and everyone sought to purchase the lineage of her beautiful breed.
Her other hobbies included writing for the local newspaper in which she gave advice on how to help your pets. She was a great friend throughout the community, was a member of the New-Comer's club, and was a kind and easygoing person.

The family of Mrs. Iervolino, aka "Lorraine" (because no one could say her last name) wishes to express their deep gratitude to the hospice personnel of Hand-in-Hand, all of the team of the Dallas Methodist Radiology department, all the caregivers at Epic Nursing Home, and especially the staff of Navarro Regional Hospital. The people who took care of Mom over the past ten years at all of these places were incredible and were genuinely caring. There are too many persons to mention but the family would like to give special mention to Dr. David Kellenberger, Dr. Ronald Rodriguez, and Dr. Sayeed of the Corsicana Area.

The family would like to make a special mention to Tracey Lewellen who took great care of Mom these past two years. What started as an employer-employee relationship turned into a bible study, and then a sweet, caring and loving friendship. With that said, tell all of your family members and good friends that you "love" them each and every time you have a chance.

Lorraine was deeply committed to Jehovah and Jesus. She will be missed by her family, her brothers and sisters, her friends, and all of her caregivers. We will all cherish the memory of her.

A memorial luncheon will be served at her family's house at 1513 Bowie Circle in Corsicana, Texas, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (catered by the Mexicana Grill). In lieu of flowers, please make donations at your local pet shelter.

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Michael Ted Denbow
Jan 18, 1943 - Dec 5, 2019

Ted Denbow, 76, of Corsicana, Texas died December 5, 2019. Ted was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Connie Denbow of 44 years, and was a loving and ever-present father to his two sons, Bryan and Kyle Denbow. He also delighted in spending time with his two grandchildren, Juliet and Davis Denbow.

Ted was born on January 18, 1943 in Corsicana, Texas to Bruce Denbow and Favis Denbow. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1961 where he was voted homecoming king and most outstanding boy in class while lettering in baseball and football. He later graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 and served in the naval reserves before moving to Dallas where he met his wife Connie. They were married on March 15, 1975. He worked as a salesman for US Gypsum Company for 33 years. Ted was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love for these activities with his son, Bryan. He coached Kyle and Bryan in baseball, and enjoyed sharing his love of all sports with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Connie Denbow, and two sons, Bryan Denbow and Kyle Denbow of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Juliet Denbow and Davis Denbow and by his two daughters-in-law, Carrie Denbow and Amy Denbow.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.

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Billy Don DeMoss
Jul 7, 1940 - Nov 8, 2019

Billy Don DeMoss went home to Heaven, Thursday, Nov.28, 2019 at his residence in Corsicana at the age of 79. Billy Don was born July 7th, 1940 in Corsicana, to Joe DeMoss and Hazel Louise Porch DeMoss.

Billy Don meet Martha Ann Brenton at a dance in Chatfield in 1958, and they were married in 1959 in Corsicana. Billy Don worked for the City of Corsicana for 13 years as a meter reader and eventually retired from the County as motor grater operator but, he was best known for what he loved welding. He ran a shop next to his and Martha's home in Roane and everyone near and far knew if there was something you needed welded, fabricated or built out of metal he was the man to see.

Billy Don was baptized at Roane Baptist Church in 1954 and he and Martha are life-long members of the Roane Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe DeMoss and Hazel and James Phelps, brothers Larry DeMoss and Grady DeMoss and his wife Zoe. Also, his father and mother-in-law, Aubrey and Evelyn Brenton and brothers-in-law, Joe and Delma Brenton.

Billy Don is survived by his wife; Martha DeMoss of Corsicana; sisters-in-laws; Betty Goodwin of Whitney and Donna Brenton of Houston; daughter, Cathy and husband Phillip Hammonds of Dawson; son, David DeMoss and wife Sandra of Anderson South Carolina; grandchildren, Billy DeMoss and wife Crystal of Dawson; Joshua DeMoss of Nashsville, Tennessee, Lyndsi Skiles and husband Scott of Carollton, Quintin York and wife Jennifer of Corsicana and Chasity Lambert and husband Dustin of Terrell; great-grandchildren, Raylea, Stoney and Brady DeMoss of Dawson, Bree, Harper, and Ezra Skiles of Carrollton, Preston and Jensen DeMoss of Tennessee, Eli York of Corsicana and Crew Lambert of Terrell. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

A Memorial service for Billy Don will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8, 2019 at the Roane Baptist Church, there will be a potluck after Sunday services followed by the Memorial Service officiated by Russell Reed. www.jekeevermortuary.com

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Billy Hugh Horton, Sr.
Jan 8, 1938 - Dec 3, 2019
 
Billy Hugh Horton, Sr., 81, of Oak Valley passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at Twilight Nursing Center in Corsicana. He was born on Jan. 8, 1938 in Kaufman County, Texas to Bryon Hugh and Oma Wright (Chambers) Horton.

Billy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. An avid woodworker, he loved working with his hands and selling his creations at Canton Trade Days. He also loved fishing, being outdoors, and sitting on the porch with family. Billy served his community as a past mayor of Oak Valley and past president of the Corsicana Bass Club. He was a member of the Ennis Lodge of Odd Fellows #227 for over 50 years. He was always ready to help out a neighbor, preach life lessons to anyone who would listen, or dig into a gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. He will be remembered by his family as a hardworking man who loved deeply and laughed often.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn Taylor and Margie Parsons; brother, Calton Horton and his son, Stan Horton.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gayle Horton, along with his sister Lottie Klutts; brother, Phillip Horton (Kaye); son, Billy Hugh Horton, Jr. (Lynette); grandsons, Justin Horton (Kristin), Brandon Horton (Dana), and Gregory Luke; granddaughters, Brooke Pittman (Tony), Emily Myanna (Tegra), Kara Welch (Landin), and Taylor Luke. He is also survived by his seven great-grandchildren, lifelong friends who are like family Jean, Anita and Doug Whitten, extra special great-niece Tiffany Gillen along with numerous extended family and friends,. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Twilight Nursing Home for the support and care they provided during this time.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 at the Cowboy Church of Ennis with Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Justin Horton, Brandon Horton, Gregory Luke, Chad Hunnicutt, Jimmy Taylor and Jessie Graham serving as pallbearers.

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Martha Gayle (Gray) Horton
Feb 22, 1939 - Dec 15, 2019
 
Martha Gayle Horton (Gray), 80, of Oak Valley passed away on Sunday Dec. 15, 2019 at Twilight Nursing Center in Corsicana. She was born on Feb. 22, 1939 in Corsicana to A.C. and Jean Gray.

Gayle was raised in Emhouse and attended Emhouse High School. She worked at Medical Arts Clinic and Navarro College. She was everybody's Memaw. She loved telling stories, sitting on the porch with friends, and selling her handmade crafts. She was always ready to put on a show. She will be remembered as a fun-loving, passionate woman who made life for everyone around her more exciting and full of laughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years and love of her life, Billy Hugh Horton, Sr.; sisters, Billie Ann Owen and Betty Lou Eastland, and son, Stan Horton.

She is survived by her sisters, Peggy Moore and Patsy Melton; son, Billy Hugh Horton, Jr. (Lynette); grandsons, Justin Horton (Kristin), Brandon Horton (Dana), and Gregory Luke; granddaughters, Brooke Pittman (Tony), Emily Myanna (Tegra), Kara Welch (Landin), and Taylor Luke. She is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren, bonus sister Jean Whitten, a large extended family, and a wide circle of adopted grandchildren who loved their Memaw and Pepaw.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Twilight Nursing Center for the support and care they provided during this time.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home with Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Justin Horton, Brandon Horton, Gregory Luke, Chad Hunnicutt, John Arnold, and Doug Whitten serving as pallbearers.

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Jann Elizabeth (Dowd) Gatlin-Shirley-Dowd
Jun 13, 1942 - May 24, 2019
 
Jann Elizabeth Dowd, born June 13, 1942 entered Heaven’s Gates on May 24, 2019. She was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, nana and friend.!
She was revered and treasured by all who knew her. Her kind spirit and her giving nature had no boundaries.

She is survived by her sister, Doris Priddy of Powell, TX, her brothers; James and Wayne Dowd and their families of Kerens, TX. Jann is also survived by her daughters; Janet Bruso and husband, David of Blooming Grove, TX and Kelly Hammond and her husband Lee of Rockwall, TX. She was Nana to her grandchildren; Josh, Parker, Hudson, Ava, Finley and Zander and one great-grandchild Elaina.

Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from
6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Grace Community Church in Corsicana with Pastor Ed Gatlin officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerrell Dowd, Gary Dowd, Josh Bruso, David Bruso and Lee Hammond. Burial will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

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  • w/o Travis Lee Gatlin and Clifford Barnett Shirley; d/o Roy Marvin Dowd & Janie Louise (Lasley) Dowd
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Imagene (Harlan) Cates
May 26, 1937 - Dec. 18, 2019

Imagene Harlan Cates, 82, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 18, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Grifin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Funeral Service will begin at
11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at Eureka Cemetery with Darren Heil officiating. Burial at Eureka Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Imagene Harlan Cates, 82 went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 18, 2019. She was born in Corbet, Texas to Sam A. and Minnie Lee Harlan on May 26, 1937.

She met and married Jerald D. Cates, Sr. She worked as a seamstress at Hagar Slacks. She loved the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. She was very involved in Little League Baseball as her sons played ball. She was active in her Baptist Church as secretary, and writing cards of encouragement, birthdays and condolences. Everything she did was for the glory for God she was not ashamed to tell you about her Jesus.

To greet her at the Pearly Gates are her husband, JD Cates Sr.; son, Dean Cates, Jr., her parents and sister Lee Cliver; grandson-in-law Jose Alejandre. She is survived by one daughter, Linda Stepp; two sons, Joe Cates and wife JoAnne and Roy Cates and wife Brenda; daughter-in-law, Pam Cates; eight grandchildren, Shelley Alejandre, Paula Kirtley and husband Billy, Chris Cates and wife Kylie, Stephanie Cates and boyfriend Daniel Dunahoo, Jason Cates and wife Paula, Robin Barber and husband Keith, Pattie Vick, Mike Cates and wife Thresa; five great grandchildren, Daniel, Ella, Chloe, Laney and Paige along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers make a donation to American Heart Association.

Special Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott & White Vascular, VNA of Dallas Co. hospice and doctors here in Corsicana.

John 3:16

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James Lee Shannon
Oct. 11, 1961 - Mar. 30, 2020
 
James Lee Shannon, 58, unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Webster, Texas. He was born to Jerry Lee and Elizabeth Louise Shannon on October 11, 1961 in Norman, Oklahoma and grew-up on dairy farms. James was the husband of Darlene Helms Shannon and father to their son John Lee Shannon of Bacliff, Texas.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Cherry Companies in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing dominoes, dancing and visiting with family and friends. He was a hard-working, loving and giving man who was very proud of his family. James loved spending time with his son drinking coffee, cooking and watching NASCAR races. He had memorized and liked watching "classic" western movies with John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Clint Eastwood. He will be greatly missed here on earth, but remembered by all who knew and loved him in a much greater way as he will always be in our hearts.

James was preceded in death by his parents Jerry Lee and Elizabeth Louise Shannon and his parent in-laws John Thomas and Melba Ruth Helms.

He is survived by his loving wife and son, his siblings Beverly and Jose Alejandro of Brandon, Texas, Sharon Davis of Gainesville, Texas, Sandra Kay Shannon of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charles Shannon and Brenda of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. And his sister in-laws Denise and Ronnie Green of Garland, Texas and Donna and Terry Moran of Caddo Mills, Texas. He is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews and 24 great nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Unfortunately, during this very difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic we have to do what is best for the health and safety of everyone. Small groups may visit at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N. 13th Street, in Corsicana, Texas on Monday, April 6th, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7th in the morning after 9 a.m. There will be a service for 10 immediate family members on Tuesday, April 7th, at 1 p.m. officiated by Chaplain C.J. Waller, Jr. at the Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, FM Road 2555, Retreat, Texas. Darlene and John Lee Shannon are requesting that family and friends gather after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, hopefully this summer, for a graveside service where John Lee would like to speak followed with a time of fellowship.

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Iva Dale Turner
Jun 24, 1957 - Mar 28, 2020
 
Iva Dale Turner of Corsicana, Texas passed from this life at the Twilight Home early Saturday morning March 28, 2020 at the age of 62. Iva was born in Bell County, Texas on June 24, 1957 to Joe Boyd Turner and Iva Maie Cook Turner.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Turner and Iva Dycus and a brother James Turner and sister Marie Claxton and both sets of grandparents. Iva is survived by her siblings; Laura King of Corsicana, Patricia Songer of Corsicana, Mary Richardson of Arkansas, Marilyn Smith of Corsicana, Linda Pittman of Corsicana and John Turner of Corsicana. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces, nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

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Robert Francis "Bob" McStay
Jun 4, 1942 - Mar 26, 2020
 
Robert (Bob) Francis McStay passed away in his home in Corsicana Texas on March 26, 2020 at the age of 77. Bob is survived by his wife Linda, son Rob McStay and his wife Rosie of Houston, daughter Kate Daggett and her husband Jim of Double Oak, grandchildren Jackson, Dylan, Cole and Joshua, and sister Nancy Gorczyca of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. He is preceded in death by his parents Francis and Gertrude, and his siblings Francis, James, Jack, and Mary Ann.

Bob was born on June 4, 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He graduated from Cranford High School in 1960 and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bob and Linda, high school sweethearts, were married for 53 years. Bob and Linda lived in New Jersey until 1981, before moving to Texas, and then to Indiana in 1989. They returned to Texas to Richland Chambers Lake in 2005 to spend time with their grandchildren. Bob was truly one of a kind. He was beloved for his wit, compassion and the ability to make everyone around him smile. He was a lifelong optimist, who overcame every hardship with inspiration and resolve. Bob's greatest joy was his family, and he was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. Bob was also a hard worker, and a man of true integrity. He spent his entire career in sales with Acme Metals, retiring as a vice-president. His most enduring gift was his ability to make everyone around him happy to be alive. He no doubt entered Heaven wearing rose-colored glasses. Bob will be missed by many, he was not only a beloved husband, father and grandfather but also an amazing brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle and friend. A memorial service will be held at a later date, as the result of restrictions arising at this difficult time in our nation.

In Bob's own words, he desired to "go through life with a smile on my face, a twinkle in my eye and to keep howling at the moon."

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Hazel Ruth (Monroe) Russell-Holloway
Sep 19, 1926 - Mar 29, 2020
 
On March 29, 2020, Hazel Ruth Holloway passed from this life. She was lovingly attended by nurses and aids from New Century Hospice and nurses and staff of Legacy West in Corsicana.

Ninety-three years ago on September 19, 1926, a daughter was born Ira Alva and Willie Elizabeth Monroe, a poor sharecropper family in Corbet, Texas. The baby girl was named Hazel Ruth, the youngest of seven sisters.

Hazel grew up knowing the hardships of the Great Depression and WWII and became one of America's "Greatest Generation." At the age of nineteen Hazel, who had never left the county wherein she was born, traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve in the Pentagon as a clerk to do her part in the war effort for America.

After the war's end, Hazel returned to Navarro County Texas, where she became a telephone operator in Corsicana, the county seat. There she met a young U.S. Navy war veteran named John William Russell, the son of a farmer and landowner in the same county. The young couple soon married and by 1951 had two sons, Johnny Monroe and eldest and Wesley Glen his younger brother.
Later in life Hazel and John divorced. Hazel then married Richard Talmage Holloway, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force in WWII. Hazel and Richard "Bubba" Holloway had a son and named him Richard Talmage after his father.

From Hazel were born three sons and four grandchildren: Leigh Ann Russell Lewis, Dustin Martin Russell, Hagen Thomas "Lewt" Holloway, and Trey Richard Holloway. Hazel was also blessed with five great-grandchildren; Quenton Seth Lewis, Linzie Nicole Lewis, Lex Kade Lewis, Addison Nova Holloway, and Waylon Tripp Holloway. Hazel, the matriarch of our family, was blessed with two loving daughters-in-law: Carolyn Ann Coker Russell, wife of Johnny, and Daisy Sylvia Carson Russell, wife of Wesley.

We, the sons of Hazel, are the product of a little girl born into poverty, raised during the darkest of days of the twentieth century, who rose above all challenges to rear three boys to become -- each in his own way -- responsible, respectable, and patriotic Christian men. For your lifetime of love and labor, we are forever in your debt.

We, the fortunate sons and our families, all love you so.

By Johnny the eldest of Hazel's three sons.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Private Family Interment will be at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Bro Gary Johnson officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar. 30, 2020
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o (1) John William Russell & (2) Richard Talmage Holloway; d/o Ira Alva Monroe & Willie Elizabeth (Dunn) Monroe

Dothal Geline (Conner) Benfield
Sept. 6, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2020
 
Geline Conner Benfield, 92, of Pecan Gap, Texas passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at her residence.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.

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Geline Conner Benfield was born September 6, 1927 to Curtis Melvin Conner and Zella Marcie Conner in Corsicana. She was the oldest of 7 children. Two of her sisters died soon after their births. Buddy, Leslie, Johnny and Sue followed. Sue was killed in an airplane accident when she was 6.

Geline grew up with an aunt who was only one year older. Betty and Geline were inseparable throughout their childhood, teenage and young adult years. After World War II, they married brothers. Geline married Nathan Ray Benfield on June 1, 1946. They were marred for 72 years until Nathan passed away August 16, 2017. They shared a deep love for each other.

Nathan and Geline had two children, Pamela Jo and Garry Lynn. Geline was a homemaker for much of her life, though she did work as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone and on the production line for Haggard Slacks. She was active in the lives of her children by serving as an officer in the PTA, teaching Sunday School, girl scouts, boy scouts, Acteens, watching Pam tear up the water on skis and rooting loudly as Garry competed on horses. She made thousands of pimento cheese and chicken salad sandwiches.x

After her children were raised, Nathan and Geline enjoyed camping in their RV, square dancing, and traveling the country building churches with the Volunteer Christian Builders. For the last 5 years she has enjoyed living with her daughter, Pam, doing crossword puzzles, playing games on her phone, reading her Bible, and watching documentaries and reality shows on television. She has watched every Bachelor and Bachelorette.

Geline was preceded in death by her two infant sisters, her father Curtis, her young sister Sue, her mother Zella, brothers Buddy, Leslie and Johnny, her son-in-law Sonny and her loving husband Nathan Ray. She is survived by her daughter Pam, son Garry (Suzanne), grandchildren Mitzi (Dwayne), Sandi, Nathan Andrew (Malarie), and Hannah. She has 6 great-grandchildren-Taylor, Hayden. Emily, Kennedy, Addie, Cooper and 3 great-great-grandchildren- Kinsley, Briggs, and Harper.

Geline was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandparent. She will be greatly missed.

A graveside service for Geline will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery at 11:00AM with Dr. Danny Reeves and Garry Benfield officiating.

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Katie Louise (Marr) Ford
Mar 8, 1929 - Jan 22, 2020

Louise Ford, 90, of Barry, Texas passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery.

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Mrs. Louise Ford, age 90, of Silver City passed away peacefully on January 22, 2020 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born on March 8, 1929 in Corsicana to James G. Marr and Lecie Smith Marr.

Mrs. Ford was an active lady up until just a few months before her death. She was married to Billy G. Ford for over 66 years. She loved to travel with him and every year they would get a group of friends together and travel to see Ray Price perform. She was part of the Joyful Singers and enjoyed signing with the group and even made a few records. Her favorite thing was to be a stay at home mom to her son Billy, and then to becoming an awesome grandmother and great grandmother in the years that followed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her son James W. (Billy) Ford and wife Linda of Silver City and grandchildren; Bradley Ford and wife Stephanie and Brandon Ford and wife Jennifer. Louise is also survived by three great grandchildren; Sadie, Emma and Aiden.

Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 6:00 -7:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Ty Crum, Buddy Dyer, Jackie Thomas, Marcus Melton, Dennis Melton, and Joe Sawyer. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery in Silver City, Texas.

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Joy Renee Praytor-Mason
Jun 12, 1978 - Jan 20, 2020
 
Joy Renee Praytor-Mason, 41, of Terrell, Texas passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at her residence.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Neal and Pastor Jonathan Cobb officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Joy Renee Praytor-Mason, age 41, of Terrell, Texas went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 20, 2020 at her home. She was born June 12, 1978 to Cloyce Praytor and Carol Crumpton Praytor (Givens).

Joy graduated from Mildred High School and Navarro College with an Associate’s degree in Childcare. Joy enjoyed being with her family, relaxing in the water and having her nails done. She loved walking and was always first in the fit bit challenges with all of her team. She beat her dad every week in the challenges and helped him push himself after knee surgery and rehab.

She was loved by everyone and she loved everyone. She loved her Cali Cat. As many people know she was an overcomer, she didn’t let her vision problems hold her back from anything. She knew her Lord as her Savior and He was always by her side wherever she went, so there was nothing to fear. Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid, or discouraged, for the Lord is with you wherever you go”. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Two of her favorite Bible verses)

Joy is survived by her long-time companion, Marvin Mason; her father, Cloyce Praytor; her mother Carol Crumpton Givens and husband, Mike; her sister, Joyce Callahan and husband Cody; her nephew, Dakota Callahan and Shelby Gist, and her niece Anna Callahan. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Bro. Tony Neal and Bro. Jonathan Cobb officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

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Mary Evelyn (Beckham) Pugh
Sep 8, 1961 - Jan 23, 2020
 
Mary Evelyn Pugh, 58, of Milford passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Richland Cemetery near Mertens with Rev. Steve Gilley officiating.

Mary was born Sept. 8, 1961, in Dallas to Gladys Evelyn (Fulton) and Melvin Clarence Beckham, Jr. She grew up in Corsicana and attended school there.

For many years, she worked as a CNA at Huntingdon Health and Rehabilitation in Huntingdon, TN. She was an avid animal lover who especially loved butterflies and horses. In her spare time, Mary loved gardening, tending to her flowers, and traveling. She was of the Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Curtis Melvin Pugh, Jr., on Jan. 13, 2016; two brothers, Keith Fulton and Melvin Ray Beckham; and a nephew, Chris Beckham.

Survivors include her children, Jamie Barker and friend, Brian Garriott, and Amanda Prather and husband, Brian, all of McKenzie, TN; two brothers, Robert Beckham and wife, Janell, of Milford and Bruce Beckham and wife, Annette, of Corsicana; grandchildren, Matthew Garriott, Breana Garriott, and Katelyn Prather and nephews and nieces, Bryan Fulton, Kevin Fulton, Marc Beckham, Kelly Hamn, and Paige Beckham.

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Sonja Jo (Holleman) Follis
Feb. 6, 1948 - Jan. 24, 2020
 
Sonja Jo Follis, 71, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Twilight Nursing Home. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Bro. Larry Talbert officiating.

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Sonja Jo Follis, age 71, of Corsicana went to her heavenly home Friday, January 24, 2020 at Twilight Nursing Home. She was born February 6, 1948 to Jack R. Holleman and Jo Ellen Holleman (Beamon) in Corsicana, Texas.

She married Johnny L. Follis on May 24, 1974, two daughters followed and brought her great joy. Her family, both close and extended were very dear to her. She was a loving mother, good cook and homemaker. As a born-again Christian, her church work was important to her. She enjoyed teaching in Children’s Church, was president of the WMU and did homebound visits. She was a witty lady, whose jokes and funny remarks would have folks rolling in the floor.

Sonja was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her daughters; Tonya Crum and husband Brad and Rebecca Follis of Corsicana; her step-son Lindsey Follis of Houston; and her grandson Justin Crum of Corsicana. Sonja is also survived by her sisters; Sue Hill and husband Mark of Blooming Grove and Kathy Price of Corsicana. She leaves behind to cherish her memory five step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Bro. Larry Talbert officiating.

Her family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Twilight Home and New Century Hospice for the care given to Sonja.

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Whit "Sonny" King, Jr.
May 3, 1925 - Jan 9, 2020
 
Whit "Sonny" King, Jr. age 94, passed away peacefully Thursday morning Jan. 9, 2020 at Twilight Nursing Home.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at New Pursley Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pursley Missionary Baptist Church Youth fund
8120 FM 642 Purdon, Texas 76779.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Whit King Jr. (Sonny) age 94, passed away peacefully Thursday morning January 9, 2020 at Twilight Nursing Home. He was born May 3, 1925 to his parents Whit and Erma King.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Ann King; parents Whit and Erma King; three sisters, Erma Lee Jones, Louise Hunter and Aline King.
He is survived by sister, Sarah Harmon; daughter, Joann Broughton; son, James (Bunkey) Hill and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Mr. King was a plumber by trade and worked for Kenneth Wylie.

He served in WWII as a combat infantryman. His decorations and citations, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, EAME Campaign Ribbon, Service Bar Army Occupation with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct, Victory Ribbon, one over seas service in Germany and he was also a Rifleman.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at New Pursley Cemetery on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3pm.

Memorials may be made to Pursley Missionary Baptist Church Youth Fund
8120 FM 642 Purdon, Texas 76679

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Richard M. Dodson
Oct 16, 1947 - Dec 19, 2019
 
Richard M. Dodson, 72, of Bartonville, Texas, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2019 in Dallas.

He was born on Oct. 16, 1947 in Galveston, Texas to Hazel Farmer Dodson and Richard (Dick) Dodson Sr. He was a proud graduate of the Corsicana High School Class of 1966. On June 30, 1984 he and the love of his life, Nona, were married aboard their sailboat on Cedar Creek Lake.

Rick was a talented artist, businessman, sailor, hot rodder and lover of bad jokes and the Texas Longhorns. In his final days, he was so happy to visit with so many long-time friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved aunt, Bertha Farmer King, and his cousin Robert (Bobby) King.
He is survived by his wife, Nona; his children, Sean Dodson, and Hope Dodson DeChaume (Justin Bell); and four grandchildren, Colton Dodson, Jordan Dodson, Avery DeChaume and Preston DeChaume.

Many years ago, Rick made the decision to donate his body to science for medical education and research. He requested that the celebration of his life be a joyous occasion, so family and friends are invited to attend a come and go reception in the home of his daughter, Hope, from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4, 2020. 508 Lakewood Avenue, Corsicana TX 75110

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Bobbie Jean (Martin) Lockhart
Jan 19, 1933 - Dec 22, 2019
 
Bobbie Jean Martin Lockhart died peacefully at home Sunday morning Dec. 22, 2019. She was born Jan. 19, 1933 in Norman, Oklahoma to Jewel D. and Peter M. Martin.

She grew up in Wichita Falls, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Barton Lockhart, on Jan. 30, 1953. Together they had four children, Debbie, Cindy, Bart and Chris. While living in Ardmore, Oklahoma, she and Barton started a family business, Chem Clean, which manufactured car wash products.

After moving to Corsicana, Bobbie owned Toyland Hobby and Craft. She enjoyed helping customers with their crafts, gift selections, and picture framing. After selling the business, she and Barton started another car wash products company, Blendco, where she was an integral part of management.

Bobbie loved designing magnificent flower beds, buying and selling antiques, walking for her health, and spending time at Cedar Creek Lake with her family. She spent many hours in her greenhouse caring for the beautiful orchids she so loved.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; Jewel D. Martin and Peter Mason Martin, and her sisters; JoAnn Lewis, and Mary Lou Lees.

She is survived by her husband, Barton, and her children; Debbie Kelley (Leslie) of Trinidad, Cindy Jorgenson, Bart Lockhart, and Chris Lockhart all of Corsicana. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Eric Klein (Heidi) of Atlanta, Georgia, Monica Klein of Denver, Colorado, Josh Craig of Rockwall, Chelsea Nunn (Ryan) of Corsicana, Buddy Lockhart (Heather) of Frost, Brittney Daggs (Justin) of Corsicana, Jessica
Lockhart of Southlake, and Melissa Lockhart of North Richland Hills, and 14 great grandchildren, and special pets Molly and Dinky.

The family would like to thank Hand-in-Hand Hospice, Cara Woodin and Christa Cobb, and weekend caregiver Leda Hilzer for all their love, care and dedication.

A private family memorial will be held at a later time.

Memorials may be made to The American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

Corley Funeral Home

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Josephine (Watkins) Howard-Brager
May 29, 1920 - Jan 2, 2020
 
Josephine W. Brager, 99, of Barry passed away Monday, January 6, 2020 at Garrison Nursing Home in Garrison, TX. A private family Graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 with Mr. Dan Patterson officiating.

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Mrs. Josephine Watkins Brager, age 99, of Barry passed away peacefully at Garrison Nursing Home on Monday, January 6, 2020. She was born on May 29, 1920 in Corsicana to Mack and Ada Watkins of Barry, Texas.

She was a standout for Barry High School. She made the County All-Star Team and won All-State Honors. She loved playing basketball and was chosen the Best Forward in Navarro County for two years. She was also a member of the Southern AAU First Team.

In 1937-1938 Josephine joined the All-American Redheads professional basketball team in Cassville, Missouri and made one season tour with the team. She was a standout with the Dallas Hornets women’s basketball team, Coca-Cola YMCA league in Dallas, Texas from 1939 to 1941.

She was nominated to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for induction in the Veteran category. To say that she was an outstanding athlete would be a grave understatement.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Tom Howard and Norman Allen Brager.

Josephine is survived by her children; Jo Carolyn and husband Raymond Lee Worsham of Nacogdoches, Texas and Jeanne Patterson and husband Dan of Waco, Texas. She leaves behind to cherish her memory ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

A private family burial is scheduled for 11:00 AM at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

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David Dwane "Punchy" Dycus
Dec 16, 1940 - Jan 5, 2020
 
David Dwane (Punchy) Dycus was born December 16, 1940 in Corsicana, Texas, and got called up to be with his beloved Linda on the morning of January 5, 2020. David was proud that he lived most of his life in the town that he loved, Corsicana. You could always find him at Tiger Stadium on Friday nights. Many might know him from when he coached t-ball and midget league baseball. In fact, an entire generation of kids probably learned their first curse words from him. He loved coaching and mentoring children. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and in his younger days, raised and hunted with bird dogs. Others probably know him from the social club that he ran on 13th, that also doubled as a barber shop. There was always fresh coffee at 6:30 in the morning for any and all that wanted to sit and shoot the bull. When he wasn’t at the barber shop, he could usually be found at the “office” which was basically any abandoned building where he and his friends could play dominoes. He had many passions, from his beloved Longhorns to just sitting out in front of the house and watching hummingbirds. Punchy was a man of few words, but those words mattered. He lived his life on his own terms, and to him, a handshake meant it was a deal. He was always willing to help others, especially those in recovery. Punchy had many friends, because he was a good friend.

David was preceded in death by his mother and father, Leroy and Eva Dycus his brother Robert Earl Dycus, and the love of his life, Linda Beth Dycus. He is survived by his sister Sue Garen, his three children, Kelli, Matthew, and Jennifer, and his four grandchildren, Chelsea Kuykendall, Caitlyn Kuykendall and fiancé Bryan Goforth, and Will and Rian Stubbs, and his partner Charlotte Calloway. He is also survived by his grand daughters children and God children Katlyon, Serenity, Emy Rae, and Layne.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:00, followed immediately by the service at the Griffin Roughton Funeral Home with Brian Hopkins and Lewis Palos officiating, so please come out and help us celebrate the life of this great man. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerod Welch, Blake Meredith, Bryan Goforth, Donnie Dean, Cody York and Will Stubbs.

Interment will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

We would like to thank the entire staff at Twilight Nursing Home for taking such good care of him.

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Ray Deen "Deen" Brown, Jr.
Jul 3, 1963 - Jan 12, 2020

Ray Deen Brown, Jr was born July 3, 1963 and passed away Jan. 12, 2020. Ray was known as Deen by friends and family.
He spent his career life working in water treatment plants, gaining a vast amount of knowledge of chemicals to make safe, clean drinking water. He was awarded Outstanding Professional Award for his contributions to the industry, the environment and public health in 2012.
Deen lived by the biblical scripture "work as though you are working for the Lord" and had an extraordinary work ethic. He lived his life the same way outside of the workplace, always considering if The Lord would be pleased with him in his behavior toward others.
Deen loved to fish and his favorite place in the entire world was the beach, where he could sense the power of God. He lived his life to make a difference, always thinking of others, especially his family and those who were in need. He was devoted to his wife, mother, daughter and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. If a man's heart is measured not by how much he loves, but how much he is loved by others, Deen's heart was gigantic!
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Brown, his mother Doris May, his daughter Amanda Runyon, son-in-law Joey Runyon, three grandchildren Alexis Runyon, Brynlee Runyon and Bryant Runyon, his brother Gene Brown, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceeded in death by his father, Ray Deen Brown, Sr.

Graveside Services will be 11:00am Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Dan Gleason officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Amazing Facts (amazingfacts.org) or mail donation to Amazing Facts 6615 Sierra College Blvd Granite Bay, CA 95746

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  • h/o Rhonda Brown; s/o Ray Deen Brown, Sr. & Doris Marie (Jones) Brown-May

Kenneth Ardway Dunagan
Nov 21, 1955 - Jan 10, 2020
 

Kenneth Ardway Dunagan left his worldly home on January 10th, 2020 at the age of 64. Kenneth was born to Otis and Oma Mae Dunagan on November 21st, 1955. Kenneth graduated from Corsicana High School in 1974 and went on to attend Navarro College and University of North Texas. Kenneth was a skilled artist and woodworker. He worked for East Texas Medical Center and later for Corsicana Fire and Rescue where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and retired at over eighteen years of service.

Kenneth was a member of various organizations and fraternities including the Jaycees and Masonic Lodge and is a Past Master of Winkler Lodge #826. Kenneth was a husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend to many.

He is preceded in death by his parents- Otis and Oma Mae Dunagan, sisters- Patricia Doss and Betty Brunton, brother- Billy Earl Jackson and nephew Eric Majors.

He is survived by his wife- Sandra Dunagan, daughter- Kendra Chapman and husband Eric, son- Kenneth Anthony Dunagan and wife Megan, brother- Paul Dunagan and wife Gina, sister- Debra Hardin, grandson- Kolten Chapman, life long best friend- Terry Johnson and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1pm with visitation Monday evening from 6pm-8pm. He will be interned at St. Elmo cemetery in Winkler, TX. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Winkler Masonic Lodge.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Chlodine (Hulsey) Bittner
Sep 12, 1924 - Jan 11, 2020

Chlodine Hulsey Bittner passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. She was 95 years old and a resident of The Village at Heritage Oaks in Corsicana.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with services to follow. Interment will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangemehts by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Chlodine Hulsey Bittner passed away peacefully on Saturday January 11, 2020. She was 95 years old and a resident of The Village at Heritage Oaks in Corsicana, Texas. Born in Murchison, Texas in 1924, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Ethel Hulsey. After graduating Purdon High School, she attended Business College in San Antonio, Texas and subsequently worked at Randolph Field Air Force Base during WWII. She worked as a telegraph operator for Cotton Belt Railroad before marrying Robert Earl Bittner in 1946. Together, they raised their children and operated the Corbet Grocery Store in Corbet, Texas. Her bookkeeping skills lead to working in the Navarro County Schools Superintendent’s Office, the Corsicana ISD, and the Rice ISD from where she retired. Chlodine was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Corsicana, and a fifty year member of the Eastern Star. She was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend and she is home now with her heavenly Father and many loved ones who have gone before her.

Chlodine is predeceased by her parents, her husband, twin brothers Hulen and Dulen Hulsey, sister-in-law Ruth Elaine Bittner, and many friends. Survivors include: three children- Terry Weller (Jack, deceased), Dan Bittner, Carol Rodgers (John); seven grandchildren- Jackson Weller (Sara), Amanda Weller (Jon Reyes), Corbet Weller, Elizabeth Bittner, Rachel Atkins (TJ), Susan Rodgers (Mark Doyle), David Rodgers (Becky); eleven great-grandchildren- Maggie, Drake, and Liam Weller; Isabel Reyes; Ogden Weller; Celia, Clara, Abby, and Conan Doyle; Luke and Kate Rodgers; one brother-in-law- Charles Bittner; and two sisters-in-law- Dorothy Hulsey, Eloise Hulsey. She was blessed with a large family and with many days of caring for and loving them. Chlodine will be dearly missed by all those who love her.

Family members are grateful for the compassionate care she has received from Heritage Oaks and Bristol Hospice. The nurses and staff describe her as a “sweet lady” whose favorite color was purple. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to First Baptist Church Corsicana, Texas would please her and the family.

Services are at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas on Saturday January 18, 2020 with burial following at Resthaven Memorial Park The family will receive friends from 9:30am-10:30am and services will follow.

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Floyd "Jack" Griggs
Jun 17, 1932 - Dec 28, 2019
 
Floyd "Jack" Griggs, 87 of Kerens, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at his residence in Kerens.

Jack was born Friday, June 17, 1932 in Kerens to Joseph Elkings Griggs and Myrtle Josephine Wright Griggs. He worked many years for the City of Kerens and several years for Acme Brick Co. in Malakoff, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, twin brother Lloyd "Bill" Griggs, Georgia Maglene Ross, Robert Lee Griggs, Mattie Jewell Anderson, Henry Clay Griggs, Ector Lee Griggs, Clifton Griggs, Nora Lee May, Mary Sue Phillips, and Ruby Doris Chrisman.

Jack is survived by niece, Clara Jo McMillan and husband Butch of Kerens and numerous other nieces, nephews and close friend, Amp Copeland.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Paschal Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 in the Kerens Cemetery with Rev. Ernest Betts officiating. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Hand and Hand Hospice for their help and loving care they extended to Jack.

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Rodrigo Martinez
abt 1950 - Jan 3, 2020

Rodrigo Martinez, Sr., 69 of Kerens, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at his residence.

He worked many years for Texas Materials and was a devout Catholic.

Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Paschal Funeral Home with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at paschal Funeral Home with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating and burial to follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Juana Martinez of Kerens, sons, Rodrigo Martinez, Jr. of The Colony and Emilio Martinez of Pampa and daughter, Marilu Fleming of Little Elm.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Jackie Charlene (Shults) Williams-Conger- Wigley-Rogers
Jan 15, 1943 - Jan 14, 2020
 
Jackie Charlene Shults was born on January 15, 1943 to Andrew Jackson “Jack” Shults and Joy Louise Holt. After a battle with Alzheimer’s she left her earthly home on January 14, 2020. Her pain and suffering has subsided, but her incredible spirit, drive, and love of life lives on in our hearts and minds.

A native of Navarro County, she attended Richland High School and graduated as class Valedictorian in 1961.

She never let grass grow under her feet and immediately went to work at the Navarro County Clerk’s office. After a short stint with Dr. James Price and Nipak, she then worked for Lone Star gas, Texas Utilities and finally Oncor. She retired from Oncor after 28 years of dedicated service and an incredible work ethic. And while the name of the company changed over the years, her numerous awards and recognitions did not.

She was President of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in 2003-2004 and also named ABWA Woman of the Year during her term as President. The award was a complete surprise and a proud moment in her tenured career.

Her connection to Richland High School was never lost as she tackled the task of planning her High School reunion for many years. We all yearn for those special moments of our youth, and Jackie took great pride in re-connecting with her classmates from days gone by.

In 2011-2012 she was named Deaconess of Calvary Worship Center. This was the first time in the history of Calvary that they had the position of Deaconess. As a devoted Christian, this was an incredible honor and blessing.

Jackie had a real love and talent for cooking. And cooking for others was her specialty. It was not uncommon for her to show up at your doorstep with homemade bread, banana pudding, pound cake, chicken spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, or chocolate pie, just to name a few. She especially enjoyed making chocolate pies for her youngest granddaughters Avery and Finley.

And one of the most special moments at the family table is breakfast. Nannie was the master of the BIG breakfast and everyone had their “order” specially made with love and affection. She was always the last to eat, making sure everyone had what they needed before she took a bite.

The greatest joy of a parent is to become a grandparent. Initially she wanted to be called Gammy. But grandkids ultimately decide on the name, and when Dustin decided to call her Nannie, that suited Jackie just fine.

Jackie is survived by her husband of 20 years, Dan Rogers, Children, Cheryl and Lance Lively, Chuck and Gayle Williams, Jennifer and Mark Osburn, Jeff and Joann Rogers, and Julie and Tony Montez. Grandchildren Dustin and Stephanie Jourdan, Gabe Lively, Avery, Finley and Drew Williams, Savannah and Sydney Osburn, Tayler and Lindsey Rogers, and Ethan Montez. Sister Janis and Jim Ware, Nephews Mitchell and Andy Sanches.

Services will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2pm at Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To make a donation please follow this link:
http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?fr_id=39300&px=6461721&pg=personal

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Daniel Lynn Dennie
abt 2003 - Dec 2, 2019
 
Daniel Lynn Dennie, 16 of Kerens, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at Paschal Funeral Home with Rev. Byron Ayers officiating. Burial will follow in the Long Prairie Cemetery.

Daniel is survived by his parents, Sheryl and Danny Dennie, Jr.; brothers, Trey, Austin and Nathan Dennie; sister, Abigail Dennie; grandparents, Kolinda and Don Combs, Ruth and Danny Dennie, Sr.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, David and Linda Ochs.

Daniel was an 11th grade student at Blooming Grove High School. He completed his earlier years at Mildred ISD.

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James Leroy Bonner
Jun 21, 1930 - Nov 3, 2019

James Leroy Bonner, age 89, passed away on Sunday, Nov, 3, 2019 at the Twilight Nursing Home. He was born to Lee and Alice McDonald Bonner on June 21, 1930 in Ozona, Texas.

Leroy was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge for 60 years during that time he served as Worshipful Master. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Leroy was employed by the Navarro County Coop for 28 years and drove a truck for McClatchy Brothers until he retired at age 73. He also served as a 4H leader for many years.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Valda Bonner; a daughter, Ledeana Kay Bonner; a grandson, Adam Wayne Bonner; a great granddaughter May Clara Bonner; and his brothers, Donald and Earl Bonner.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia "Pat" Reed and husband Joe of Barry; his son Wayne Bonner and wife Amy of Corsicana; his grandchildren, Scott Reed, Russel Reed and wife Audrey, Jacob Reed, Andrew Bonner and wife Casey, and Allison Bonner. He is also survived by his great grandchildren; Jaxson Reed, Lillie Reed, Libby Reed, Will Rogers and Maggie Bonner and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. A Masonic graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Lodge Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 54, Corsicana, TX 75151-0054. This scholarship benefits the Mildred ISD students.

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Jerry Dean Ware
Aug 10, 1956 - Nov 9, 2019

Jerry Dean Ware, age 63, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, November 9, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born on August 10, 1956 in Corsicana, to Delma Ware and Bobbie Nell Voss Ware. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1974. He worked in the manufactured home business as a contractor for over thirty years, and retired after working for Clayton Homes. When he wasn’t working at the job, he would be at home working on some kind of project. Jerry was a loving husband, father, son and brother.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Ware Bonner, and his brother, Jimmy Ware.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Tracie; his sons, Jerry Don Ware and wife Jennifer of Mildred, Jeremy Ware of Seguin and Jamison Ware of Ft. Worth; his step-children, Brandon Brock and wife Bridget and Megan Griffin and husband Robert all of Tulsa Oklahoma; his father, Delma Ware and wife, Jan of Marble Falls; his sister Judy Brown and husband, Jamie of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren and 4 nieces.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Wendt officiating.

David Abbe, Jody Batey, Charles Beasley, Lonnie Greene, Robert Horvath and Eddie Perry will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Jobe and Chuck Sanches.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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  • Obituary published online 11 Nov 2019 by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas.

Royce Eugene Brown, Jr.
Oct 12, 1941 - Jan 14, 2020
 

Royce E. Brown, Jr., 78, of Rice passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at DFW National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Corley Funeral Home.

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Gertrud Margaret (Nuss) Lakin
Jan 25, 1917 - Dec 22, 2019

Gertrud Margaret Lakin was born Jan. 25, 1917 to Gustov Nuss and Maggie Schwartz on a farm in Sutton, Nebraska. She passed away Dec. 22, 2019 at the age of 102.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and in 1940 married a budding young newspaper man, Laverne Lakin, and moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming, where in 1941 their son Bob was born.

Looking for greener pastures, they moved to Pennsylvania and then to Galveston, Texas. In 1948 their son Jan was born. In 1950 the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas and after the boys moved on, they moved to Crowley, Texas.

In 2008, at the age of 91, she moved to Corsicana to a retirement home and had an independent living apartment until she was 102, when she fell and broke her hip in October, 2019.
Gertrud was a very interesting person. She played the organ and loved to sing. She loved animals and in her later years took care of eight cats. She loved ice cream and said God made ice cream just for her. Her favorite saying was "tomorrow will be better." She dearly loved the Texas Rangers baseball team and eating a good hamburger along with a Dr. Pepper. She was witty, funny, optimistic with some German stubbornness added to the mix.

She is survived by her son, Bob Lakin and a large extended family in Sutton, Nebraska.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 27 at Laurel Land in Fort Worth.

In lieu of flowers, please send donation in Gertrud's name to the Humane Society of Fort Worth 1840 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas 76103.

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Charles Edward "Chuck" Bridges
Nov. 21, 1931 - Dec. 31, 2019
 
Charles Edward (Chuck) Bridges, 88 passed away Dec. 31,2019 at his home in Rogers, Arkansas.

A native of Corsicana, he was born Nov. 21, 1931, the son of the late Samuel and Mary Bridges.

He is survived by his wife of the home, Jean, a daughter Laura; two sons, Donald, wife Vicky and, Steven, wife Kathy; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A Veteran of the Korean war, Charles was a loving husband, father and hard-working entrepreneur.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. at the Salvation Army Chapel in Corsicana.

Memorials can be made to the Corsicana, TX Salvation Army or St. Jude's Research Hospital.

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John Robert "JC" Crawford
Sep 13, 1932 - Jan 12, 2020
 
John Robert Crawford, known to many as "JC" (or "Uncle Wonderful",) was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Teague, Texas. He was the only child of parents Vera Coburn Crawford and Leonard Hayden Crawford. He died peacefully, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at the age of 87 surrounded by family in his home in Corsicana, Texas.

John moved to Corsicana while in junior high and spent his childhood summers playing with his Coburn cousins at his grandparent's home in Donie, Texas. He was a Troop 243 Eagle Scout at the early age of 15, the youngest ever in Navarro County at the time.

Johnny was one of the most prominent students at Corsicana High School, a leader in sports, academics and clubs, a member of the Corsican yearbook staff, President of both Hi-Y Club and Tiger Club, a member of National Honor Society, and in his senior year elected King of the High School and Best All-Round Boy. Johnny was a star athlete, respected by coaches and teammates, noted for his ability, speed, and spirit, the only 3-year letterman in football, also lettering in basketball, and track, and considered one of the Tiger teams' greatest assets. He served as captain of both the varsity football and track teams.

He accepted a four-year scholarship to play football at SMU and proudly wore No.18, quickly gaining recognition as a promising back for the Ponies. Friend and CHS teammate Duane Nutt joined him on the team a year later. He made many lifelong friends on the SMU squad including his legendary teammates dubbed "The Magnificent Seven:" Don "Wimpy" Cole, Jack "Gunny" Gunlock, Bubba Kelly, Darrell "Mix" Lafitte, Lou "Babe" Miller, Dale "Frog" Moore, and Ron Case. He was a member of the ROTC, honored with the distinguished AFROTC student award.

In his freshman year, he met Gayle Neeley, a tall, athletic beauty attending Highland Park High School, who later joined him at SMU and became the love of his life. Within several days of graduating from SMU with a BBA, John married Gayle in 1954. He joined the USAF and moved onto Perrin Air Force Base where their first born, Hayden, was delivered during a tornado, saddling him with the nickname "Stormy" for years. Their second son, Russell, was born on base a year later.

John returned to Corsicana after his USAF service and began work as a salesman for William "Bill" Robinson & Company, Investment Planning and Associates. Both daughters, Amy and Eve were born during that time. Tragically, their 6-year-old son Russell lost his battle with Leukemia shortly thereafter.

John is well known for his 57 years at the famous Collin Street Bakery, where he worked alongside friend, business partner, and bakery president LW "Bill" McNutt, and later with Bill's son, Robert "Bob" Pritchett McNutt, who succeeded him. He enjoyed good times together with the bakery team of Bob Rutherford, Buddy Shaw, J. Dave Walker, Maurice Pollock, Tom Curtis and Jerry Grimmett, shipping millions of cakes to all 50 states and 196 countries around the world. And, his "famous" cookie coupons, handed out freely to children and adults alike, were always delivered with a smile.
Outside of work, he was an avid sportsman playing tennis, racket ball, handball, and golf. He was an excellent golfer, winning the Corsicana Country Club's Tiger Tale Tournament in the 1970s with his good friend, and fellow SMU graduate, Al Kilgore. A notable event, after making a hole-in-one on the ninth Hole, he called it a day, and hung up his clubs for good. During those years, he played weekly tennis matches with close friends Gary Summerall, David Brown, Kevin Keeney, Ronny Willis, Norman Buddy Shaw, Ned Polk, Tommy Herrington and others. Often the wives, Judy, Marty, Carolyn, Gloria, Josephine, Kay, and more, would join them on the courts or at poolside gatherings to celebrate wins and losses and sometimes just sunsets.

John and Gayle enjoyed annual trips to the Caribbean islands, weeks in California, and frequent visits to the Fort Lauderdale home of Josephine and Bill McNutt. They spent many a Friday night having dinner in their back bedroom with friends, Marty and Gary Summerall, pulling up a chair and TV tray. Their days were filled with friends, laughter, fine wine and good food.

John was larger than life, known for his sartorial style with Hawaiian shirts, brightly colored "fancy" pants and crazy socks. A man of unbounded generosity, always smiling and positive, he was a good, solid friend who rarely uttered a bad word about anyone, often slipping away if the conversation turned to gossip. His watchword was, "If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything at all."

He was a stickler for grammar and his children often received returned notes or newspaper clippings edited with his ubiquitous red felt pen. Yet, his words of wisdom were remembered by many: "Above all, domestic tranquility;" "NTW - Not to worry"; "LIA - Leave it alone," 'Expect nothing and you'll never be disappointed'; 'Supine by nine'; 'If you get your first serve in, you'll never double fault'; 'Silence can never be misquoted," and "Crabgrass in the lawn of life."

He was a family man, a committed husband of 57 years, a loving dad to his children, and a generous "Pop"to his beloved grandchildren. Quoting from the 1954 Corsican annual staff: "It's hard to find words to describe some people, but to remember Johnny Crawford will always be a joy to his hundreds of friends."

John Crawford was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gayle and their son, Russell Evans Crawford, and his parents, Vera and Leonard Hayden Crawford.

He leaves behind his son, Hayden Crawford and wife, Jolene, of Corsicana; grandsons Hunter Crawford of Austin and Hill Crawford of Dallas; daughter Amy Crawford Joss and fiance' Bill Gale of Corsicana; and daughter Eve White and husband Chip, and grandson Crawford White of Charlotte, North Carolina; granddaughter Julie Gayle Joss of Corsicana; grandson U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John W. Joss III and wife, Carina, and great-granddaughters Aurelia and Helena, of Colorado Springs, as well as his niece Adrienne Polk Colwill, and nephews, John Polk, Eric Layne and Mike Layne.

John left this handwritten note in his own unique, block lettering on Collin Street Bakery stationery: "In lieu of a service, I request of those interested, to smile and raise a glass or two, in memory of good times had. - JC"

Per his express wishes, there will be no formal service, however a celebration will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made directly to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, or First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

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Mary John (Fields) Kirk
Apr. 10, 1931 - Jan 17, 2020

Mary John Kirk, 88, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Corsicana.

Mary was born in Corsicana on April 10, 1931 to Roy and Beatrice (O'Pry) Fields. She grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1949.

On June 18, 1950 she married Floyd Kirk, Sr. and they made their home in Corsicana.

Mary cared for her family and was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Floyd Kirk, Jr. and wife, Julie; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy Fields and wife, Reba along with a host of extended family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and daughter, Elva Kirk Chapman.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Charles Kraig Hawkins
Jun 9, 1969 - Jan 5, 2020
 
Charles Kraig Hawkins, age 50, found peace on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Kraig was born on June 9, 1969 to Charles and Patsy Hawkins.

Kraig grew up in Kerens, playing Little League baseball and Little Dribblers, going to Gibson's with his daddy on Saturdays and playing with his tractors on the shag carpet.

Kraig graduated from Kerens High School in 1987. He was in the graduating Class of 1994 Navarro College Police Academy. He also graduated from Navarro College with an Associates degree in 1995.

Kraig enjoyed hunting and fishing but his favorite was boogie boarding in Galveston.

Kraig married Lea on September 26, 1993. They had three children, Hunter, Cole and Haleigh. He liked to take them to the woods or fishing, to Dee's Place or to the store (where he always spent too much!)

Kraig worked at K-Mart Super Center, quickly moving up to Loss Control Manager. In 2001, Kraig went to work for Navarro College Police Department, again quickly moving up through the ranks to Police Chief. He was an exceptional leader. He set goals and always followed through effortlessly, efficiently and immediately. He always wanted his officers to have the best because they were the best.
Kraig had a wonderful gift of gab. He could tell you anything you wanted to know (or didn't want to know) on whatever subject he had an interest in. Kraig had so many admirable qualities and such a charismatic personality. He was quite charming.

Kraig was preceded in death by the three men he admired most, his daddy, Charles Hawkins, his son, Cole Hawkins and his grandfather, Bunk Goines.

Kraig is survived by his wife, Lea; son, Hunter; daughter, Haleigh; granddaughter, Ivana; mother, Patsy; parents-in-law, Les and Cleta Cotten; brother-in-law, Leslie Cotten (Lori); sister-in-law, Lori Hargrove (Kalen); special nephew, Heath Cotten; nephews, Kaden Hargrove and Andersen Bybee; niece, Ashtyn Bybee; He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and family.
A memorial service for Kraig is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with Mr. Jimmy Glenn and Bro. Danny Sandifer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or The Brent Thompson Fallen Officer Memorial Fund, 2115 W. fourth Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home

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Wesley Tavis McDaniel
Aug 2, 1972 - Jan 3, 2020
 
Wesley T. McDaniel, age 47, of Gilmer passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan, 10, 2020 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Easley officiating. Cremation under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
 

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Mr. Wesley T. McDaniel, age 47, of Gilmer passed away with his loved ones by his side on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Christus Health Center in Tyler, Texas. He was born on August 2, 1972 in Sedalia, Missouri to David L. McDaniel and Eleatha May McDaniel (Grubbs).

Wes graduated from Greenville High and worked in construction before he found his career as Finance Manager in the automotive industry at various dealerships. He loved life and he enjoyed fishing every chance he got.

He is survived by his wife of less than two months, Michelle Cooper McDaniel; his children, Tavis McDaniel, Taylor McDaniel, Samantha Jordan and Morgan Woodward and his grandchildren; Waylon McDaniel, Austin Jordan, Albert Jordan and new baby boy McDaniel Cooper. Wes is also survived by his siblings; Cindee Acker and husband Johnny of Douglas, Wyoming, David M. McDaniel and wife Amy of Quinlin, Texas and Brett McDaniel and wife Carla of Greenville, Texas. Many nieces, nephews and cousins are also left to cherish their memories of Wes.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00PM at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Easley officiating.

Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Susan Kathleen "Susie" (Hutson) Bell
Sep 30, 1956 - Dec 10, 2019
 
Susan "Susie" Kathleen Bell of Allen, Texas passed away on Dec. 10, 2019 at the age of 63. She was the youngest of four children born to Enos Hutson and Opal (Cagle) Hutson on Sept. 30, 1956 in Corsicana.

Susie attended Mildred ISD from first through 12th grade, graduating in 1975. She was a member of the Young Homemakers Assoc., played basketball, ran track, performed in the pep squad, and the drill team at football games. Susie then attended Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, joining Phi Theta Kappa and receiving her Associate's Degree, then earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in 1979. She married John Allen Bell on Aug. 1, 1981 at Mildred Baptist Church in Mildred. Susie worked in the insurance industry for 30 years at Aetna and Travelers as an administrative secretary. She was admired and loved by all of her co-workers. Susie had a strong work ethic and consistently provided for her family during hard times. She was an avid reader who loved reading book series from her favorite authors; taught her family arts and crafts, baking, and sewing; and enjoyed attending football games to support the Allen Eagles and Mildred Eagles. Susie was of the Christian faith, Baptist denomination, and lived that faith every day. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and friend.

Susie is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years, John Allen Bell; sons, Timothy William and Nathan Allen and his husband, Philip Snelson; daughter, Rachel Elizabeth and fiance, Steven Andersen; granddaughter, Isabelle Charm; brothers, David Hutson and wife, Virginia and Earle Hutson and wife, Amy; brother-in-law, Dale Meredith; and many other loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enos and Opal Hutson and sister, Linda Jean Meredith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at the funeral home.

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Edith Jacqueline (Thompson) Rutherford
Nov 2, 1923 - Ja. 20, 2020
 
Edith Jacqueline Rutherford (Thompson), 96, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at The Village at Heritage Oaks, in Corsicana. She was born Nov. 2, 1923 to Mary Fannie and Thomas Jefferson Thompson of Corsicana. In addition to her poetry, Mrs. Rutherford was known for her kindness and living her life as an example of Christ's love and teachings.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, David Rutherford; daughter, Carolyn Sawyer; her parents; sisters, Gladys Opal Dorton and Lola Mae "Pat" Allen, and brother Claude Thomas Thompson.

She is survived by her children, David Rutherford, Jr. and wife Penny of Diville, La., Jeff Rutherford and wife Lisa of Lewisville and Jessie Rutherford and wife Jennifer of Frankston and grandchildren, James and Edward Leveille-Bonner of Dallas, Brandy Nutt of Dallas, Andrew and Jeffery Rutherford and Penny Kaufman of Lewisville, Jon Wilson Jr. LeaAnn Baker, Brandy Coody, Lacy Wiley, Tina Cebrynski, and Jessi Rutherford of Diville, La.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Corley's Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana, officiated by Brother Larry Talbert.

The family of Mrs. Rutherford would like to thank the staff of The Village at Heritage Oaks for the kind and loving care they provided over the past several years.

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Roy Sanders, Jr.
abt 1946 - Jan 18, 2020
 
Deacon Roy Sanders, Jr., 73, of Corsicana passed Jan. 18, 2020 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Love Chapel Missionary Baptist Church located at 400 N. Benton St. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Second Mission Baptist Church located at 909 S. Fifth St. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Final arrangements entrusted to Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


 

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Frankie Nell (Shaw) Berry
Dec 18, 1931 - Dec 15, 2019

Frankie Shaw Berry, 87, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in Dallas.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at Dawson Cemetery, in Dawson. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Frankie was born on Dec. 18, 1931 in Dawson, Texas to Frank Shaw and Grace Smith Shaw. A resident of Alvarado for the past 37 years, she was a member of the Church of Christ. Frankie retired as a stenographer from Bell Helicopter.

She loved music and singing and sang with her twin sister on many occasions over the years.

Frankie was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert James Berry in 2015; sister, Raye Jean Hale; and grandson, Jared Berry.

Survivors include, son, Tim Berry and wife, Sandy; daughter, Jennifer Pemberton and husband, Bill; brother, John Shaw and wife, Robin; twin sister, Virginia Hale; six grandchildren, Mark Pemberton, Ashley Ranson, T.J. Berry, Luke Berry, Nick Berry and Emily Berry; and four great-grandchildren.

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Helen Ruth (McCulloch) Widener
Apr 7, 1922 - Dec 20, 2019

Helen R. Widener, 97, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Epic Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Corsicana.

Visitation with the family was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery.
 

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Mrs. Helen Ruth Widener, age 97, passed away December 20, 2019 at Epic Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Corsicana. She was born in Purdon, Texas on April 7, 1922 to William Shirley McCulloch and Sarah Emma Almon McCulloch.

Helen grew up in Alliance Hall with four brothers. She had to be tough and fast to keep pace with them. She was raised by her father and two old maid sisters on a farm. She grew up picking cotton and doing farm chores. After completing eleven years of school in Alliance she graduated from Blooming Grove High School.

She never went anywhere that she didn’t stop and visit with another shopper. She had more energy than the “Ever Ready Bunny”. She loved to laugh and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Helen worked in the assembly line at Rockwell International for many years and spent time working at the Hat Factory after the family moved to Corsicana.

Helen was a wonderful cook and her fried chicken was a big hit with her family. They tried never to miss a day when Helen was frying up a batch of chicken. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 74 years, A. J. Widener; her granddaughter, Dara Crum and grandson, Chris Widener. Helen is survived by her children; Mickie L Crum and husband Ty of Barry and Jim Widener of Cisco, her grandchildren; Dana L. Howard of Pearl River, Louisiana, Jimmy Widener of Frisco, and Felisha Crum of Tyler. She leaves behind to cherish her memories nine great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

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Eula Mae (Tarkington) Silva-Crooke
Aug 25, 1932 - Dec 14, 2019
 
Eula Mae Crooke, 87, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at Navarro Regional Hospital. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Dec 16, 2019
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • I see on her listing in Prairie Point as Eula Mae (Tarkington) Prewitt-Silva. I couldn't find the Silva marriage in Family Search but found one that could have been her married to a Willingham.  ... Karen Rost

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In Kaufman County, on August 25, 1932, Eula Mae Tarkington became the first-born child of Lester Earl and Eula Blanche Tarkington. Five siblings were born over a period of about 18 years. Eula Mae grew up in Navarro and Henderson counties, graduating as Valedictorian from Malakoff High School and being offered a scholarship to college. She then moved to Dallas, TX and worked for Gulf-Atlantic/West Coast Insurance Companies, from which she retired in 1997. Eula Mae's boss once wrote that she was quiet, especially accurate, thorough, cooperative and she always went the extra mile.

Eula Mae married Ernie Silva and moved first to Korea, then Germany, where they had many interesting experiences. Upon returning to Texas they purchased acreage in Detroit, TX where she enjoyed designing a house which they built, and where she was active in helping raise cattle, peacocks, a few goats and all the stray dogs and cats that found their way to their ranch. She laughed about helping with the birthing of the calves.

After her daughter died in 2006 and husband, Ernie, died in 2007, Eula Mae sold the ranch and single-handedly moved to Corsicana to be near family. In Corsicana she volunteered at Navarro Regional Hospital, accruing many hours in the few years she was able to volunteer. At the United Methodist Church and at the hospital she became a friend with Allen Frederick Crooke. After a short courtship, they married in 2014. They held hands at her last breath.

Eula Mae worked extremely hard most of her life and survived a number of hardships and disappointments showing much courage and determination in the face of adversity. She loved family gatherings, enjoyed volunteering, her cat Lucky and her flower gardens. Sunday drives with her husband, Fred, were a delight, as was working alongside him on projects she thought of. Holding hands pleased her too. Eula Mae was an avid reader and owner of thousands of books and a large collection of jigsaw puzzles and puzzles of all descriptions. She delighted in the little red wagon her sister, Linda, gave her to help sort and place all of the books and puzzles. Eula Mae was loved and will be genuinely missed.

Family that preceded Eula Mae (Tarkington) Crooke in death: parents, Earl and Eula Blanche Tarkington; husband, Ernie Silva; daughter, Margaret Ann laukea; brothers, Lester Earl Tarkington, Jr, Stephen Tarkington and Kenneth Allen Tarkington; sister, Mary Beth Autry Gerard; nephew, Larry Edwards; nieces, Sandra Edwards and Karen Renee Ramos.

Eula Mae is survived by: husband, Allen Frederick Crooke of Corsicana; stepsons, Joseph Silva of Houston, TX and Bryan F. Crooke and wife Joyce of McAllen, TX; grandson, Robert laukea of Hawaii; granddaughters, Dawn Carrera and husband Pedro and Summer laukea, all of Vancouver, WA., and Deanna Tate of Hawaii; step grandchildren, Jacen Crooke, Abbigale Crooke and Tristan Wallis all of McAllen, TX. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Fricker and husband Ken of Corsicana; sister-in-laws, Jane C. Booher and husband James and Louise Tarkington; special cousin, Bobby Gragg and wife Mary , as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, 320 North 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Visitation with the family will be held in the Parlor after the Service.

Special thanks to the staff at Navarro Regional Hospital and the staff at Twilight Home for their kind care. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Ernie Silva & Allen Frederick Crooke

John Woinder Kenner
Apr 12, 1927 - Dec 3, 2019
 
John Woinder Kenner was born April 12, 1927 to Fitz and Lorena Christian Kenner in their Christian home in Powell. He died on Dec. 3, 2019 at the age of 92 at the Kenner "home place" in Powell.

John graduated from Powell High School in 1945. While in high school, John played basketball and baseball and enjoyed many successes and titles. After graduating high school, he was drafted into the Army, and at the conclusion of WWII, served in occupied Berlin, Germany. Upon discharge from the Army, John returned to Powell and the old family home place where he subsequently worked in the oil field with childhood friends and teammates Oscar Chrisman, Kenneth Ray, and Homer Wasson. He and his brother, Gerry Kenner helped his father Fitz run the Powell cotton gin.

Like many veterans in the Navarro County area, John enrolled in the newly established Navarro Junior College. At the time, the college was located in the old air field barracks where he met Mudge and became part of the infamous "Barracks Bunch" of NJC. After a respectable courtship, John and Mudge were married on March 17, 1950 in Winnfield, Louisiana.

While at Navarro, John played on the NJC basketball team and was recognized as the most valuable player in 1948 and 1949. After attending NJC, John was offered basketball scholarships to Baylor University, Texas A&M University and East Texas State University. John chose to continue his basketball career and education at ETSU, and he and Mudge moved to Commerce where he played on the basketball team and earned his Bachelor's degree in 1951.

During John's 35 year professional career, he taught and coached at schools that included West Delta, Sonora, Pecos, both University and Midway High Schools in Waco, and finally at Kerens ISD. During his coaching tenure, he led teams to many titles-- including a State basketball championship in 1956!

John was a Christian, an athlete, coach, teacher, hunter, volunteer, and lifelong learner. He was obsessive about his health and conditioning, still working out at Lott's Fitness Center five days a week even after his diagnosis with cancer. John exercised his soul as well as his body. He was a devoted Elder at the South Waco Church of Christ in Waco and served as Elder at the Kerens Church of Christ in Kerens for over 40 years. As a leader in the church, he taught many Bible classes, led singing, and preached. As a lifelong learner, John was an ardent student of the Bible, a dedicated reader of many subjects including bird dog training, history, politics, religious commentaries, and histories of old gospel hymns.

After returning to Navarro County in 1974, and enjoying semi-retirement, John became a Track Official for many track meets held across the state. Eventually, he became a State Track Official for the State meets in Austin, ultimately receiving an award for 25 years of continued service.

Never one to be idle, John volunteered in the community and served on numerous boards after retirement. Helping to establish the Board of the Chatfield Water Supply Company, he sat for many years to lead and maintain its service to much of eastern Navarro County. Upon retiring from public education and teaching, John started guide hunting at Upland Bird Company in Eureka. He and his boyhood friend, Oscar Chrisman, trained bird dogs as a "side" to their guide hunting. John trained dogs up until 2018 when he and his daughter, Pat, completed a course and became certified Therapy Dog Handlers. John enjoyed taking the therapy dog, "Cayd," with him on his many visits to shut-ins at the nursing homes around the area.

John was known across the state, in his community, and church for his honesty, character, integrity, sportsmanship, and his generous Christ-like spirit. He will be sorely missed by his family, players, students, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fitz and Lorena, aunts, Thyra Emerson, and Katherine Kenner, and one brother, Gerry Kenner of Palestine. John's mother, Lorena Christian Kenner, was killed in a train accident when John was five years old. He and his brother Gerry were raised on the family Home Place in Powell by their father, Fitz and two of Fitz's sisters, Aunt Thyra and Aunt Katherine.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen "Mudge" Matthews Kenner, of Shreveport Louisiana; two daughters, Lorena "Reney" Christian and her husband Mike of Huntsville and Pat Harper and her husband Robert of Corsicana. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Paula Belcher of Milton, Florida, Toni Pierce of Boswell, Oklahoma, Matthew Christian of Chesapeake, Virginia, Shelley Riddler of Huntsville, Texas, Trey Harper of Everett, Washington, Lea Ellen Harper of Houston, Texas and Audra Tekell of Niceville, Florida; he also had numerous great grandchildren. John loved his nieces and nephews, Candis Wells and Chris Kenner, both of Palestine, and Kathy Jo Commiato of Kerens. John had six first cousins, two of whom survive him; Paul Kenner of Powell, and Tommy Kenner of Tyler.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jimmy Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be John V. Kenner, Andrew Kenner, Chris Kenner, Robert Harper, Major John Paul Tekell, John Jackson, Matthew Christian, and Cayd. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Kenner, Tommy Kenner, Norman Smith, Jerrell Schultz, Floyd Young, and James Williams. Memorial pallbearers are Gerry Kenner, Hugh Allen Kenner, Homer Wasson, Kenneth Ray, Oscar Chrisman, and Howard Jackson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kerens Church of Christ at 105 SW 3rd. Street, Kerens, Texas 75144.

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Vickie Lynn (Cardwell) Garcia
Oct 21, 1956 - Dec 16, 2019
 
Vickie Lynn Garcia, 63 of Corsicana passed away Dec. 16, 2019. She was born Oct. 21, 1956 in Long Beach, California to Aurbun Cardwell Jr. and Betty Jane Rudd Cardwell.

Vickie was a member of the Church of Christ. She volunteered with American Cancer Society, and enjoyed gardening and sewing and spending time with her family and spoiling her dogs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonardo Garcia; parents, Aurbun Cardwell Jr. and Betty Rudd Cardwell; brother, Sidney Cardwell; granddaughter, Leandra Spence Garcia. She is survived by her children, Steve Granlund and wife Lisa and Sean Hughes and wife Krystal; grandchildren, Johnathan Hughes, Miranda Hughes and spouse Nathan, Randell Harvell and wife Brittany, Zane Ellington, Reece Ellington, Rafe Granlund, Nick Sloan and wife Bekah; great grandchildren, Blake Dollgener, Reimi Sloan, Vincent Sloan, Mckinnley Spindle, Harlee Harvell and Emersynn Harvell and two siblings, Doreen Bradley and James Doherty. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Koala and Gizmo.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev Joe Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christopher Gafford, Nick Sloan, Johnathan Hughes, Randell Harvell, Zane Ellington, Reece Ellington and Jason Freeman. Honorary Pallbearer will be Rafe Granlund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Janice Elder
Mar 15, 1923 - Dec 21, 2019
 
On March 15, 1923 twin babies were born in the Edna Gladney home in Fort Worth, Texas. A little girl, given the name of Alice Ferguson and a little boy.

Alice was adopted by Hubert and Nettie Elder and was renamed Janice Elder. The little boy was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Kilgore. The parents did not help keep in touch over the years so brother and sister never knew each other.

Janice attended schools in Navarro County and continued her education at Abilene Christian College. She held many positions of employment in Dallas but found her niche selling real estate for Century 21, after moving back home to Corsicana which allowed her to meet people, make friends and participate and volunteer with several organizations, Kinsloe House, Humane Society and Westhill Church of Christ.

Janice was a beautiful lady. Always immaculately dressed and well presented. She will be long remembered for her direct, sincerer and friendly spirit. Janice Elder left this earthly life on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 while a resident of Twilight Home.

A number of friends, neighbors and church family will feel the loss and hold close memories they shared with Janice. A most special friend of many years, Jeanette Sain, is left with many memories of their companionship, trips, housemate, and described Janice as her sister. Special Thanks to longtime friends, Jan Libal and Helen Griffith, Christine Villa home aid from Home Helpers, Jordan Golden at Twilight and Dr. Kent Rogers.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 from 9am - 1pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside to follow at 3 p.m. on Friday beside her parents at Oakwood Cemetery with Anthony Warnes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Corsicana Animal Shelter or Humane Society. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • Born as Alice Ferguson at the Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Dec 24, 2019
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Hubert Elder & Nettie Elder

Alison Keith "Keith" Berry
Jan 12, 1944 - Dec 21, 2019
 
Keith Berry, 75, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at his residence.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jarrett Daugherty and Pastor Mike Howell officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Alison Keith Berry went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, December 21, 2019 after a brief illness. He was born January 12, 1944 in Cordell, OK to George Dillon Berry and Leota Marie (Etris) Berry.

After graduating from Cordell High School in 1961, he and his high school sweetheart, Edna Fay Kious, came to Waxahachie, TX to go to Southwestern Bible College (now Southwestern Assemblies of God University). In between semesters, they were married in Cordell on January 27, 1962. They returned to live in Waxahachie where, in August 1963, they became parents to Sandra Fay. Keith received his ministerial license so he could fill the need for a little church in Frost, TX when the congregation voted for him to become their pastor. He would later be fully ordained on June 8, 1967. While there, he and Edna met Jimmy and Florence Rogers from Corsicana, TX, who would become their “adopted parents”. In January 1966, David Keith was born into the family and in August of that year, God set things in motion for them to move to Corsicana, finding a house only three houses down from the Rogers, where Keith peacefully passed 53 years later.

Keith was a hard worker all of his life, working at Adams Hat Factory and as a route salesman for Pepsi Cola and Rainbo Bread. He also managed Sirloin Stockade before opening Berry’s Burger Inn. After getting out of the food business, he worked at K-Mart Distribution Center for 16 years before finally deciding that he could push a pencil a lot easier than he could move around entertainment centers, so he turned his side business of doing income taxes into his full time job. His business, through reputation and word of mouth, grew and overwhelmed his small home office, which allowed him to move Keith Berry Income Tax and Bookkeeping to its current location in downtown Corsicana over a decade ago, where his dream will continue.

Throughout his life, Keith was a willing servant as God utilized his unwavering faith and humility to minister wherever he was needed; in whatever capacity was required. He influenced many lives of the youth in Corsicana through coaching little league sports for a number of years. In November, as he realized what was believed to be minor health issues might be more, he decided to accelerate his retirement from years of pastoring First Assembly of God in Dawson, TX. Keith lived his life as a reflection of God’s love; whether behind a pulpit, a desk, on a field or in a hospital bed. Knowing his life was always his greatest testimony, he strived to deal with people and problems with the love and mercy with which he had been blessed.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Edna Fay Berry of Corsicana; sister Phyllis Spoor and husband Jerry of Austin, TX; daughter Sandra Berry Green of Garland, TX, son David Keith Berry and wife Sherry of Corsicana; grandchildren David Michael Ray of Corsicana, Dillon Keith Berry of College Station, TX, Billy Trey Mize of Fort Worth, TX, and Breanna Mize of Corsicana. He is also survived by his brother-in-law James Kious and wife Mary of Moore, OK; sisters-in-law Arlena Hubbard of Port Huron, MI, Katheryn Rutherford of Sulphur Springs, TX, Virginia James and husband Weldon of Broken Bow, OK, and Linda Bennett of Moore, OK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at Corley Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM with the Revs. Jarrett Daugherty and Mike Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Bennett, Bryan Bennett, Dwayne Robinson, Eduardo Diego, David Southwell and Randy Boaz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to an organization near to Keith’s heart – Pleasant Hills Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1177, Fairfield, TX 75840, www.pleasanthillschildrenshome.org.

 


Edward Ray Lusk
Mar 24, 1934 – Oct 1, 2017
 
Edward Ray Lusk, 83, of Blooming Grove passed away October 1, 2017 in Corsicana. He was born March 24, 1934 in Frost, Texas.

He is survived by his children, Rodney and Sheryl of Arlington, Wayne and Sheri of Euless, Linda and Matt of Crowley, Nancy and Steve of Kansas City and Sherri and Bill of Blooming Grove; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10:00 am Thursday, October 5th at Central Baptist Church with service following at 11:00 am with Darren Heil officiating. Burial will be at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jordan Lusk, Sean Hicks, Travis Lusk and Brian Lusk.

Notes:

  • Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US ARMY - News Article
  • h/o Emma Jo (Wise) Lusk; s/o Joseph Lawrence Lusk and Cornelia Lee "Katie" (Prater) Lusk

Weldon Vader Price
Dec 13, 1915 - Jun 29, 1952

Weldon V. Price Services Tuesday

Funeral rites for Weldon V. (Curley) Price, 36, who was fatally injured Sunday night near Chatfield in a car accident, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Price was pronounced dead on arrival at the P. and S. Hospital after his car went out of control on a curve on the Timothy road one mile northeast of Chatfield, and overturned.

H. E. Tucker, highway patrol, investigated the mishap.

Judge J. W. Sheppard, justice of the peace, conducted a coroner’s investigation and said death was accidental. The automobile was demolished. Price was alone.

Price’s death is the eighth traffic fatality on highways within Navarro county in 1952.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, four brothers, Ed and Floyd Price, both of Dallas, and Odell and Charles Price, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were O. E. Mesker, Lawrence Townley, Jeff Townley, Paul Schultz, Billy Joe Mathis and Ernest Andrews,

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Jesse Lee Johnson
Mar 27, 1892 - Jul 1, 1952

Jesse L. Johnson Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Jesse L. Johnson, 60, World War I veteran, who died in the Veterans Hospital, Marlin, Tuesday, were held from the Corley Chapel at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The rites were conducted by Rev. G. L. Johnson, pastor of the Assembly of God church. Burial was in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are two brothers, J. D. Johnson, Houston, and W. R. Sherrod, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Gibson and Mrs. Ida Whorton, both of Corsicana and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. W. Green, Home Jones, Dan King and Ted Shaddox.

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John E. Brown
abt 1934 - 1952

Soldier’s Body Being Returned Here For Burial

The body of Private First Class John E. Brown, 18, son of Katherine McDonald, Corsicana, is one of 267 Americans who lost their lived in the fighting in Korea, being returned to the United States aboard the Oberlin Victory, according to an announcement of the Department of Defense.

The ship was scheduled to arrive at the San Francisco Port of Embarkation Thursday.

The body will be returned here with an escort.

The soldier attended high school at Powell and also Jackson High in Corsicana.

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James Dell Brazier
Aug 24, 1955 - Dec 21, 2019

James Brazier Obituary

We are sad to announce that on December 21, 2019, at the age of 64, James Brazier (Corsicana, Texas), born in Waco, Texas passed away. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of James Brazier to pay them a last tribute.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Dewey Brasier and Nolia Caddell Brasier; and his siblings, Helen Park, Mildred West and Charlie Curry. He is survived by : his wife Marlene Brasier; his children, Regina Coker (Morris), Joseph Brasier (Ashley), Michael Brasier and Christopher Brasier; his grandchildren, Jason Coker, Wesley Coker, Aaron Coker, Ashlynn Brasier and Peyton Brasier; and his siblings, Glenda West, Linda Park, Aline Morris, Mary Falteisek and Robert Park. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins friends.

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  • Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Marlene Rose (Lyons) Brazier married Apr 3, 1977; s/o Dewey Columbus Brazier & Nolia Viola (Caddell) Curry-Brazier-Sharp

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James Dell Brasier of Corsicana passed from this life on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco at the age of 64. Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2019 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home from 9am - 2pm with the family present from 12noon - 2pm. A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev, Glenn Blackman officiating of Wesley Methodist Church.

James was born in Waco, Texas on August 24, 1955 to Dewey Brasier and Nolia Caddell Brasier. He was a member of Wesley Methodist Church. He worked for Tom's Food for 35 plus years and volunteered for the Special Olympics for several years. He was employed at HEB in the fuel center for the past several years. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings Helen Park, Mildred West and Charlie Curry.
James is survived by his wife Marlene Brasier. children; Regina Coker and husband Morris, Joseph Brasier and wife Ashley, Michael Brasier and Christopher Brasier. Grandchildren; Jason Coker, Wesley Coker, Aaron Coker, Ashlynn Brasier and Peyton Brasier. Siblings; Glenda West, Linda Park, Aline Morris, Mary Falteisek, Robert Park. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins friends and family.
 


James Thomas Peden
Sep 14, 1872 - Dec 24, 1952

J. T. Peden Rites Friday Afternoon

J. T. Peden, 80, died at his home, Route 1, Barry, Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Purdon Baptist church. Burial was in the Curry cemetery at Purdon.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. A. Anderson, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Hubbard.

Surviving are a son, George S. Peden, Route 1, Barry; five daughters, Misses Inez and Lorena Peden, both of Route 1, Barry; Mrs. Derucia Mason, Purdon; Mrs. Emma Branham, Dawson; and Mrs. Ruth Linehan, Newcastle; five grandchildren, four brothers, Archie Peden, Corsicana; John Peden, Anson; Marion Peden, Wichita Falls and Preston Peden, Purdon; a sister, Mrs. Dora Mahoney, Route 1, Purdon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were A. E. Bittner, Arthur Boldin, Ed Slaughter, Homer McNabb, R. T. Alderman and Warren Whitten.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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Winnie Lee White
Jun 26, 1950 - Mar 19, 1952

Mother, Helpless, Watches As Baby Burns To Death

KERENS, March 20.—(Spl.)—A 21-months old negro baby burned to death in the Elm Flat community near Kerens Wednesday morning while the mother helplessly watched her home go down in flames.

The baby was Winnie Lee White, daughter of Willie Lee and Mary Lee White, who live on the Tekell farm north of Powell.

Justice of the Peace, Melvin Penney, who investigated, said the mother had gone to a well 200 yards away for water, leaving the baby and its three-year old brother in the house. As she was about to return, she saw the house in flames.

She hurried inside the burning structure and rescued the little boy, Judge Penney said, but she failed to find the baby girl before smoke and flames drove her from the house.

The tot was buried Wednesday afternoon in the Goodloe Park cemetery south of Kerens.

Judge Penney said the fire apparently started from an oil stove, and he ruled that the child’s death was accidental.

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Thomas Wiley Tisdale
Aug 11, 1875 - Aug 15, 1950

Heart Attack Is Fatal Saturday To T. W. Tisdale

Thomas W. Tisdale, 74, long-time Birdston and Streetman resident, died Saturday with a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist church in Streetman. Burial was in the Birdston cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. L. McKissack, Baptist minister of Teague, and Rev. Frank Steele, Mexia. The Streetman Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services.

Surviving are his wife of Streetman; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Folmar, Corbet; a son, Tommy Tisdale, Houston and another son who resides in South Texas.

Burleson Funeral Home directed.

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Rebecca Sue “Becky” Gregory
Jun. 1, 1946 - Feb. 16, 1950

Child Rites Held Friday Afternoon

Funeral services for Rebecca Sue Gregory, 3 1-2, who died in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Thursday, were held from the First Methodist church in Streetman Friday afternoon with burial in the Birdston cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. A. R. Corn of Tehuacana, Rev. H. M. Bailey of Eureka and Rev. M. O. Southerland of Powell.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Gregory, and a sister, Patricia Ann, all of Dallas; and grandparents, Mrs. P. W. Gregory, Streetman, and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. DuBose of Dallas.

Pallbearers were J. A. Young, Ralph Howell, Roy Miller and W. D. Pillans.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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Cynthia Ann (Jones) Carson
Dec 23, 1913 - Dec 2, 1950

Mrs. E. C. Carson Rites On Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Cynthia Ann Carson, who died at the family home , 5803 Martel, Dallas, Saturday, were held Monday at 11 a.m. from the George A. Brewer Funeral Chapel.

Burial was in the Birdston cemetery near Streetman Monday at 3 p.m. Graveside rites were conducted by Rev. Bracey I. Greer, pastor of the Assembly of God church in Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, Edward Carlton Carson, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Kate Williams, Mrs. Lucille Pelham, and Mrs. Mattie Belle Romain, all of Corsicana; two brothers, R. A. Jones, Jr., and William Floyd Jones, both of Dallas; a nephew, Glen Ray Emdy, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Griffin Funeral Home directed local arrangements.

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John Lester Spencer
Jul 6, 1949 - May 30, 1974

J. L. Spencer

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for John Lester Spencer, 24, Houston machinist who died Thursday in Houston. The Rev. Ross Hargrove of Houston will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

He was a native of Houston.

Spencer was found dead of a gunshot wound from a .22 pistol in his home Thursday. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office returned an inquest verdict of death by self-inflicted gunshot, Detective Eli Uresti, Homicide Division, Houston Police Department, advised the Daily Sun today.

Surviving are one daughter, Cheryl Spencer, Houston; his father, C. L. Spencer of Corsicana; his mother, Mrs. Virginia Spencer of Austin; two brothers, Deputy Sheriff Jim Spencer of Kerens and Benny F. Spencer of Birmingham, Ala.; and one sister, Mrs. Jeanne Adams of Dallas.

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Mary Lula (Hart) Watts
Dec 20, 1877 - Mar 15, 1949

Mrs. Mary L. Watts Dies On Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Mary L. Watts, 71, died at the family home on West Fourth avenue extended, Route 4, at an early hour Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Jared L. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, J. E. Watts, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Frances Hart, Corsicana; a son, Robert Grant, Corsicana; and four daughters, Mrs. S. P. Barnard, Beaumont; Mrs. O. G. Tippen, Dallas; Mrs. J. W. Sheffield and Mrs. Mary Weisbrod, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Mrs. Mary L. Hart Funeral Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary L. Watts, 71, who died at the family Home, Route 4 Corsicana, early Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, J. E. Watts, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Frances Hart, Corsicana; a son, Robert Grant, Corsicana; and four daughters, Mrs. S. P. Barnard, Beaumont; Mrs. O. G. Tippen, Dallas; Mrs. J. W. Sheffield and Mrs. Mary Weisbrod, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were O. S. Bryson, Clyde Watson, M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, Dick Pickens and Leighton B. Dawson.

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Finnis D. Murphy
Mar 10, 1921 - Oct 25, 1944

Sgt. F. D. Murphy Rites Are Held Here Saturday

Reburial rites for Sgt. Finis D. Murphy, aged 23, killed in action on Leyte Island, October 15, 1944, were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

A native of Wortham, Sgt. Murphy was reared in Corsicana. He enlisted in the Army in 1938 and went overseas in 1943.

Surviving are four brothers, Curtis Murphy, Tyler; Troy Murphy, Corsicana, and Eldon and Derwood Murphy, both of Galveston, and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Adgate, Galveston.

Pallbearers were J. R. English, G. W. O’Neal, Travis Murphy, Pat Wise, Max Deming and C. P. Floyd.

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Mable Laddel (Seagraves) Morgan-Bravo
Aug 7, 1892 - Nov 2, 1949

Former Resident Funeral Rites Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel Brabo, aged 57 years, former Corsicana resident, who died in West Hollywood, Calif., were held at Oakwood cemetery Saturday at noon.

Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church, conducted the rites.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Laura Seagraves, and a brother, Col. O. H. Seagraves, both of Dallas.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Della Ann (Ford) Dennis
Apr 24, 1884 - Jun 8, 1949

Mrs. Ely Dennis Dies Wednesday At Local Clinic

Mrs. Ely Dennis aged 65 years, 211 West Twelfth avenue, died at the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning following and extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

A native of Rusk county, Mrs. Dennis had been a resident of Navarro county for 28 years. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Prairie Point.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana, four sons, Homer Dennis, Brownsboro; James and L. C. Dennis, both of Corsicana, and Fred Martin, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Opal Beamon, Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters, Mrs. J. B. Johnson and Mrs. Lura Lynch, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lela Jordan, Henderson; a brother, Lee Ford, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Mrs. Ely Dennis Funeral Is Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ely Dennis, aged 65 years, who died at the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning after an extended illness, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Native of Rusk county, Mrs. Dennis had resided in Navarro county for 28 years.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana, four sons, Homer Dennis, Brownsboro; James and L. C. Dennis, both of Corsicana, and Fred Martin, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Opal Beamon, Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters, Mrs. J. B. Johnson and Mrs. Lura Lynch, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lela Jordan, Henderson; a brother, Lee Ford, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Monty Louise Davidson
May 24, 1947 - Jan 1, 1949

Monty Louise Davidson Rites Held On Sunday

Monty Louise Davidson, aged 18 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Davidson, died in a Dallas hospital Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4:20 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Surviving are the parents, two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt, Jr., and Miss Lillian Davidson, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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William Montgomery Davidson
Sep 30, 1897 - Apr 18, 1951

Injuries Fatal To W. M. Davidson, 52; Rites Set Friday

W. M. Davidson, 52, farmer-stockman, retired banker, died in the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday at 11:35 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Westminister Presbyterian church. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Former Banker.
A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Davidson, he was connected with the State National Bank here for 28 years as an employe, officer and director. Davidson was cashier for 20 years.

A life-long member of the U. S. Presbyterian church, Davidson was a Mason and a Rotarian. He was treasurer of the local American Red Cross chapter.

Hurt Near Overton.
His death was due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Overton, April 7. He was brought to the hospital here Saturday.

Davidson, was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Cheney Davidson, Feb. 3, last year, and a daughter, Monty Louise, Jan. 1, 1949.

Surviving are two daughters, Lillian Cheney Davidson, teacher in the Tyler schools, and Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt, Jr., Corsicana; a granddaughter, Claudia Breithaupt, Corsicana; two brothers, Robert Davidson, Corsicana, and Harold M. Davidson, New Iberia, La., a sister, Mrs. Louis J. Blaize, Dallas; two nieces, one nephew and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Noble, E. W. O’Daniel, A. F. Montgomery, J. A. Breithaupt, John C. Calhoun, Robert Cocke, III and Silas Fry.

McCammon Funeral directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Apr 19, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Louise (Cheney) Davidson; s/o John Lafayette Davidson & Naomi Darden (Montgomery) Davidson buried in Eureka cemetery, Eureka, Tx.

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W. M. Davidson Services Friday

Funeral services for W. M. Davidson, 52, who died Wednesday night at the P. and S. Hospital, were to be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Westminister Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were to be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the church.

A native of Eureka, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Davidson, he had resided in Corsicana most of his life. A farmer-stockman, Davidson was connected with the State National Bank for a number of years before his retirement after serving as cashier for 20 years.

A life-long member of the U. S. Presbyterian church, he also was a Mason and Rotarian and was treasurer for the Navarro County American Red Cross chapter.

Davidson was critically injured in an automobile accident near Overton, April 7, and was transferred from an Overton hospital to the Corsicana institution Saturday night.

Surviving are two daughters, Lillian Cheney Davidson, teacher in the Tyler schools, and Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt, Jr., Corsicana; a granddaughter, Claudia Breithaupt, Corsicana; two brothers, Robert Davidson, Corsicana, and Harold M. Davidson, New Iberia, La., a sister, Mrs. Louis J. Blaize, Dallas; two nieces, one nephew and other relatives.

Pallbearers were to be Johnny Noble, E. W. O’Daniel, A. F. Montgomery, J. A. Breithaupt, John C. Calhoun, Robert Cocke, III and Silas Fry.

McCammon directs.

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Dana Katherine (Bounds) Love-Robbins
Feb 14, 1899 - Jan 7, 1960

Mrs. Robbins Dies In Athens, Interment Here

Mrs. F. L. Robbins, 60, of Athens, formerly of Corsicana, died in an Athens hospital Thursday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the First Presbyterian church in Athens with burial due in Oakwood cemetery here late Friday afternoon.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Harvey Parker of the Athens church and Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian church in Corsicana.

A native of Wortham, Mrs. Robbins resided with her family for a short time in Waxahachie and later moved to Corsicana. She was a graduate of Trinity University.

Mrs. Robbins was married to F. L. Robbins, November, 29, 1952. Her first husband, the late Dr. Hubert B. Love of Corsicana died in November 1949.

Surviving are her husband of Athens; mother, Mrs. T. W. Bounds, Corsicana; two sons, Robert B. Love, Fort Worth and John E. Love, Corsicana; two brothers, Harry P. Bounds, Wortham, and Rex T. Bounds, Corsicana, and five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were R. A. Purifoy, Robert Cason, Wilbur Thompson, R. L. Nix, all of Corsican; George Collins, Willard Moore, Bill Beaird and N. K. Miller, Sr., all of Athens.

Carrol-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens directed with Griffin Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jan 8, 1960
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Hubert Bruce Love, Dr. married Jun 30, 1920 2nd husband F. L. Robbins married Nov. 29, 1952; d/o Theophilus Walton Bounds & Janie Washie (Steward) Bounds buried in Wortham cemetery, Wortham, Tx.

Pearl (Spencer) Bostick
Mar 17, 1903 - Sep 5, 1975

Services are pending at Griffin Funeral Home for Mrs. Pearl Spencer Bostick, 72, of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at her residence. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a member of the Webb Chapel Methodist Church in Farmers Branch.

Survivors include a son, T. W. Bostick of Richardson; a grandson, Steven Spencer Bostick of Lubbock; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Bradford of Corsicana and Mrs. Mabel Law of Fort Worth; two brothers, John Spencer and C. L. Spencer, both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Mrs. Bostick

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Pearl Spencer Bostick, 72, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at her residence.

Rev. Leroy Reaves and Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate, with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, a grandson, two sisters, two brothers, and a number nieces and nephews.

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Theodore Roosevelt Bostick
Aug 7, 1901 - Feb 20, 1970

Bostick Funeral Services Today

Funeral services are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. today in Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for T. R. Bostick, 68, who died in Memorial Hospital Friday night.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.

Officiating will be Revs. Loftis and James Dammon. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Thomas W. Bostick of Dallas; one grandson, two sisters, Miss Bess Bostick of Arlington and Mrs. Katie Burger of Cuero.

Pallbearers will be Johnny D. Spencer, Richard L. Wynn, David Smith, Wallace C. Spencer, John L. Spencer, B. L. Bradford, Jimmy D. Spencer, and O. D. Bass.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Feb. 22, 1970
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Pearl (Spencer) Bostick s/o Tavener Wells Bostwick and Kate Nixon (Crawford) Smith-Bostwick (parents spell name Bostwick and are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dallas, Tx.

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Bostick Rites

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for T. R. Bostick, who died Friday night in Memorial Hospital. The Revs. Mickey Loftis and James Dammon officiated at the rites. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, one son, one grandson, two sisters and other relatives.

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Clarice Elenor (Pitts) Bumpers
Oct 14, 1878 - May 15, 1963

Mrs. Bumpers Of Dawson Expires

DAWSON, May 16—(Spl.)—Mrs. D. J. Bumpers, 84, long-time Dawson resident, died Wednesday at the Hill haven Convalescent Home in Waco.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4:30 p.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. B. McCown, Waco Methodist minister, and Rev. W. O. Estes, Dawson Baptist minister.

Surviving are three sons, J. O. and W. D. Bumpers, both of Dawson and J. C. Bumpers, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. M. F. Nehring and Mrs. Arthur Leggott, both of Waco; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Clint and W. H. Pitts, both of Dawson, and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Eubanks Funeral Home directed.

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Perry Oliver Hawkins
Nov 11, 1844 - Jun 22, 1910

Hawkins, P. O. Brother P. O. Hawkins was born on November 11, 1844, and died on June 22, 1910. He was born and reared in Bedford County, Tenn., and moved to Texas nine years ago last September, and then moved from Texas to Arkansas two years ago, in which State he died. He was married to Miss A. B. Keller on December 24, 1865, who died thirteen years ago last August; and to this union were born twelve children, all of whom are living. He was married again to Miss A. R. Parker on February 7, 1897, to which union were born four children, all of whom are living. He went into the Confederate Army in the early part of the Civil War, and served under General Forrest till the close of that war. About thirty-five years ago, under the preaching of the gospel by Dr. Smith Bolden, he entered the army of the Lord, and he began preaching the old Jerusalem gospel about twenty-five years ago. Brother Hawkins had been in very poor health for a good while before he died, being confined to his bed for some time before his death. His remains were shipped from Arkansas to Dawson, Texas, where we laid them quietly to rest in the Dawson Cemetery. Brother Hawkins lived a consistent Christian life all the way through. Indeed, his life was one of devotion and sacrifice for the Lord. He farmed for his livelihood and went into the byways and hedges and preached the gospel to the people where they would assemble to hear him. The last active service he ever did was to hold a meeting in a destitute field, during which he broke down, had to give up, came home, and from which he never rallied any more for active duty. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them.” Geore W. Farmer. - Gospel Advocate, August 25, 1910, page 978.
 


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