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Nellie Mae (Lattimore) Fullwood
Nov 18, 1904 - Jun 18, 1949

Mrs. Fullwood Dies In Dallas; Funeral Monday

Mrs. Nellie Fullwood, aged 44 years, died in Dallas Saturday night.

Graveside rites were held here Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at Oakwood cemetery. Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the services.

Surviving are a daughter, Billie Nell Fullwood, Dallas; five brothers, D. B. Lattimore, Grapevine; J. R. Lattimore, Sherman; Earl Lattimore, Dallas; L. R. Lattimore, Bridgeport, and John E. Lattimore, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Floyd Galavin, Kilgore, and a number of other relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

Pallbearers were Charles E. Lattimore, John B. Lattimore, Bill Burns, Floyd Wagstaff, Leon Norman and Cecil Talbert.

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Minnie Lee (Fullwood) Boyd
Jan 31, 1876 - Mar 4, 1963

Mrs. V. A. Boyd Expires Monday

Mrs. V. A. Boyd, 87, native of Eureka, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday night following a several months illness after breaking a hip in a fall.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she was a long-time member.

Mrs. Boyd was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fullwood, pioneer residents of Eureka. She was born January 31, 1876, and had resided in Corsicana 55 years.

Surviving are two sons, Earl and Fullwood Boyd, and a daughter, Mrs. R. A. Purifoy, all of Corsicana; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Etta Johnson, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Ellett, Jamie Elliett, Bill Boyd, Bill Skelton, Charlie Skelton and Rusty Skelton.

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Services Held For Mrs. Boyd

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Corley Chapel for Mrs. V. A. Boyd, 87, who died in the Navarro Clinic Monday night following a several months’ illness after breaking a hip in a fall.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she had been a long-time member. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Native of Eureka, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fullwood, pioneer residents, Mrs. Boyd had resided in Corsicana for 55 years.

Surviving are two sons, Earl and Fullwood Boyd, and a daughter, Mrs. R. A. Purifoy, all of Corsicana; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Etta Johnson, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sonny Ellett, Jamie Elliett, Bill Boyd, Bill Skelton, Charlie Skelton and Rusty Skelton.

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Anna Swain, Miss
Aug 13, 1882 - Jun 18, 1949

Miss Anna Swain Funeral Rites Planned Monday

Miss Anna A. Swain, 67, died at a local clinic and hospital at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Funeral services under supervision of Corley Funeral Home will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Corley Chapel. The Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church, will officiate.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Ford of Smackover, Ark., and Mrs. B. B. Fitzsimmons of Fort Worth.

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Miss Anna Swain Funeral Rites Held On Monday

Miss Annie A. Swain, aged 66 years, 910 South Eighteenth street, died at the Navarro Clinic Saturday morning at 11:35 o’clock.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Ford, Smackover, Ark., and Mrs. B. B. Fitzsimmons, Walnut Hill, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

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David Edward Flanagan
Jan 30, 1890 - Dec 18, 1949

D. E. Flanagan Dies On Sunday; Funeral Tuesday

David Edward Flanagan, aged 59 years, farmer, died at his home Sunday.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Vernon and E. C. Flanagan both of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Willie Crawford, Corsicana; Mrs. Jesse Robinson, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Byron Randall, Elk City, Okla.; several grandchildren, a brother, E. C. Flanagan, Corsicana; and two sisters, Mrs. O. D. Simmons, Shawnee, Okla., and Mrs. Mattie Gibson, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be J. P. Robinson, Sam Szenasy, Jinx Smith, Merle Hodge, Gene Harris and Will Pierce.

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D. E. Flanagan Funeral Rites Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for David Edward Flanagan, aged 59 years, farmer, who died at his home Sunday, were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Vernon and E. C. Flanagan both of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Willie Crawford, Corsicana; Mrs. Jesse Robinson, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Byron Randall, Elk City, Okla.; several grandchildren, a brother, E. C. Flanagan, Corsicana; and two sisters, Mrs. O. D. Simmons, Shawnee, Okla., and Mrs. Mattie Gibson, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were J. P. Robinson, Sam Szenasy, Jinx Smith, Merle Hodge, Gene Harris and Will Pierce.

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Margaret Louise (Holloway) Flanagan
May 13, 1921 - Jun 12, 1961

Mrs. Flanagan Dies Monday

Mrs. Vernon Flanagan, 40, life-long Corsicana resident, 104 Thompson Avenue, died at Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, and Reginald Beaver, North Beaton Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Jerry and Joe Flanagan; a daughter, Nancy Flanagan, mother, Mrs. Mittie Holloway, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Reeves, San Marcos, and Mrs. Gloria Jones, Amarillo; three brothers, Jack, Paul and Richard Holloway, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be T. L. Carlisle, Jack Pillans, C. K. Peters, Bill Blackwell, Lester Humbert, S. H. Allen, Joe Walden and J. T. Magness.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Jun 13, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Vernon Virgil Flanagan married Jul. 30, 1938; d/o William Richard Holloway & Mittie Marthalane (Petty) Holloway buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery

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Hold Services Mrs. Flanagan

Funeral services for Mrs. Vernon Flanagan, 40, of 104 Thompson avenue, who died in Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, and Reginald Beaver, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Flanagan was a life-long resident of Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Jerry and Joe Flanagan; a daughter, Nancy Flanagan, mother, Mrs. Mittie Holloway, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Reeves, San Marcos, and Mrs. Gloria Jones, Amarillo; three brothers, Jack, Paul and Richard Holloway, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were T. L. Carlisle, Jack Pillans, C. K. Peters, Bill Blackwell, Lester Humbert, S. H. Allen, Joe Walden and J. T. Magness.

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William Davis Flanagan
Jan 21, 1888 - Feb 22, 1973

W. D. Flanagan

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for William D. Flanagan, 85, of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at Dallas Methodist Hospital. Burial will be at
Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Annie Mae Jolly of Dallas, Mrs. Mona Cook of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lottie Willmer of Abilene; a son, Sankie Flanagan of Abilene; seven granddaughters; four grandsons; 22 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Anderson of Corsicana, a sister of Waco and a sister of Houston.

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Connie (Warren) McCleary
Apr 18, 1879 - Jun 3, 1960

Mrs. McCleary Expires Friday

Mrs. J. L. McCleary, long-time resident of Corsicana, died early Friday morning at the Twilight Home. She was 84 years old.

Funeral services are pending at Corley’s Funeral Home awaiting the arrival of a son who lives in California. Interment will be in
Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. McCleary was a member of the First Baptist church. She had lived here for 65 years.

Survivors, other than her husband, are two sons, Alvin Lee McCleary, San Diego, Calif., and Cecil B. McCleary, Bay Pines, Fla., and several grandchildren.

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Hold Services Mrs. McCleary

Funeral services for Mrs. J. L. McCleary were conducted Saturday at 3 p.m. from Corley Chapel with Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church conducting . interment was in
Oakwood cemetery.

A resident of Corsicana for 65 years, Mrs. McCleary died early Friday at the Twilight Home. She was 84 , Mrs. McCleary was a member of the First Baptist church.

Survivors, other than her husband, are two sons, Alvin Lee McCleary, San Diego, Calif., and Cecil B. McCleary, Bay Pines, Fla., and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Hubert Braselton, Robert M. Cooksey, Albert Ashmore, Guy Bunch, S. N. Georgas, Morris A. Bodily, Charlie Croft and C. O. Curington, Sr.

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Michael Thomas Keating
Feb 4, 1949 - Feb 6, 1949

Keating Infant Funeral Sunday

Funeral services for Michael Thomas Keating, two-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Keating, Corsicana, who died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nutt, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Keating, Jr., Norwalk, Conn.; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Nutt, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Crouch, Grand Prairie, and other relatives.

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Rufus Newton Wilson
Nov 24, 1921 - Feb 17, 1945

Reburial Rites For Rufus Wilson Conducted Sunday

Funeral services for 1st Lt. Rufus N. Wilson, 23, who died in Germany three days after his B-26 bomber was seen losing altitude over a German target, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the First Baptist Church. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the church.

A native of Corsicana High School Lt. Wilson entered the army in 1941 and went overseas in 1944. He was on his twenty-seventh mission when he was forced down. He held the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, four Oak Leaf clusters and Purple Heart decorations.

S-Sgt. Charles A. Walters, Knoxville, Iowa, tail-gunner on the bomber piloted by Lt. Wilson, attended the funeral rites.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George C. Wilson; a brother, Kenneth Wilson, all of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. T. A. Champion, Tyler; Mrs. James L. Blackman and Miss Verna Wilson and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McCary, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Johnny Nutt, Rufus Nutt, Will Roy Thompson, Billy Pope, Fred Kessinger, Jr., and James Ellett.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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Arthur Dennis McCleary
Feb 22, 1888 - Jun 27, 1949

Arthur McCleary Dies On Monday; Funeral Tuesday

Arthur B. McCleary, aged 61 years, died at his home, 703 West First Avenue Monday morning at 2 o’clock with a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held from the Calvary Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. T. Poe, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. R. J. Paschal, Corsicana; Mrs. C. C. Johnson, Houston, and Mrs. Margaret Wolverton, Mexia; a brother, Jack McCleary, Dallas; and an uncle, Jim McCleary, Corsicana.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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Arthur McCleary Funeral Services Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for Arthur D. McCleary, aged 61 years, who died at his home, 703 West First Avenue, Monday with a heart attack were held from Calvary Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. T. Poe, pastor. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. R. J. Paschal, Corsicana; Mrs. C. C. Johnson, Houston, and Mrs. Margaret Wolverton, Mexia; a brother, Jack McCleary, Dallas; and an uncle, Jim McCleary, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were F. B. Colson, Coy Clay, Brown Spurlock, O. E. Williams, Preston Allred and Floyd Yarbrough.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Oscar Emmarlyne Stone
Aug 19, 1882 - Dec 23, 1949

Oscar E. Stone Dies On Friday; Rites Saturday

Oscar E. Stone, aged 67 years, died at his residence, 312 North Twelfth street, Friday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a long-time member. The Masonic Lodge had charge of graveside rites and provided pallbearers.

A native of Alabama, Stone came to Montfort 50 years ago and had resided in Corsicana about 30 years. He was a will-known life insurance man.

Surviving are his wife. Of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. R. Potts, Waco; a granddaughter, Jodonna Potts, Waco; two sisters, Mrs. B. G. Mayo, Montfort, and Mrs. Callie Tindall, Los Angeles; a brother, E. C. Stone, Dallas, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Dec 24, 1949
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (One source says Emma Rhyne draft registration says Emmarlyne) h/o Corandia “Cora” (Bryant) Stone married Jun. 9, 1907 s/o James Henry Levi Stone and Mary Jane (Hussey) Stone

James Walter Beeman
Nov 27, 1877 - Oct 24, 1949

J. Walter Beeman Dies On Monday

James Walter Beeman, aged 71 years, life-long resident of this area, died at his home west of Corsicana Monday morning at 3:30 o’clock following a short illness. He was born on the farm on which he resided. He was a well-known farmer and pioneer.

Funeral service will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Allmon, Baptist minister of Hubbard and Rev. H. N. Bell, Baptist pastor at Corbet.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie Stroder Beeman; four sons, Albert, Earl, Owen and Harvey Beeman, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Miss Martha Beeman, Mill Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, two brothers, Paul B. Walker, Corsicana, and Fred Walker, Clyde; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Haglar, Corsicana, and Mrs. Alma Breedlove, Kansas City, Mo., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be M. Owen, Jr.; Marvin M. White, Jr., Jim Taylor, Sam Tucker, J. C. Johnson, Walter Hamilton, Roy Love and Johnnie Sloan.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct 24, 1949
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Virginia Viola “Jennie” (Stroder) Beeman; s/o James Albert Beeman buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery & Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” (Stokes) Beeman-Walker buried in Oakwood cemetery

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J. Walter Beeman Funeral Services Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for James Walter Beeman, 71, who died at his home west of Corsicana Monday morning following a short illness were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Funeral chapel. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. T. Allmon, Baptist minister of Hubbard and Rev. R. N. Bell, pastor of the Corbet Baptist church.

Beeman died on the farm where he was born and resided all of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie Stroder Beeman; four sons, Albert, Earl, Owen and Harvey Beeman, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Miss Martha Beeman, Mill Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, two brothers, Paul B. Walker, Corsicana, and Fred Walker, Clyde; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Haglar, Corsicana, and Mrs. Alma Breedlove, Kansas City, Mo.

Pallbearers were M. Owen, Jr.; Marvin M. White, Jr., Jim Taylor, Sam Tucker, J. C. Johnson, Walter Hamilton, Roy Love and Johnnie Sloan.

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W. C. McKee
abt 1879 - Oct 24, 1949

W. C. McKee Dies Monday Morning; Rites Incomplete

W. C. McKee, aged 71 years, died at his residence, 804 South Thirty-Fourth street, about midnight Monday morning.

McKee had resided in Corsicana for a number of years. He formerly painted automobile tops here.

Surviving are two brothers, J. McKee, Rusk, and J. C. McKee, Cedarvale, N. M.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending advices from relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

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W. C. McKee Rites Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for W. C. McKee, aged 71 years, who died at his residence, 804 South Thirty-Fourth St., earl Monday, were held at the McCammon Funeral Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Obie Barton, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church.

McKee was a retired automobile painter.

Surviving are two brothers, J. R. McKee, Rusk, and J. C. McKee, Cedarvale, N.M.

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Josie Ann (Chapman) Foster
Aug 24, 1862 - Dec 17, 1950

Mrs. Foster Is Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. R. H. Foster, 89. Who died Sunday at her home in Hubbard, were held Tuesday at the Wolfe Funeral Chapel at Hubbard, with burial in the Liberty Hill cemetery northwest of Dawson.

Surviving re the three sons, Malcolm and Ed Foster, both of Hubbard and Herman Foster, Dawson; two daughters, Miss Maud Foster, Hubbard, and Mrs. Tom McMillian, Dawson; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

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Clara Maud Foster
Sep 5, 1887 - Apr 25, 1963

Miss Foster Of Hubbard Dies

Miss Maud Foster, 75, of Hubbard, passed away Thursday at her home in Hubbard.

Miss Foster had lived in the Dawson-Hubbard area for 55 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Ed Foster and Malon Foster, both of Hubbard.

The rites were held in the Eubanks Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday in Hubbard.

Burial was at Liberty Hill near Dawson.

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Clara Bell (Kelley) Cobb-Hudson
Jun 1, 1885 - Nov 23, 1950

Mrs. Hudson Is Buried Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Hudson, 65, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Thursday noon were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Petty’s Chapel cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. E. C. Beck, Seventh Day Adventist pastor.

Mrs. Hudson had resided here for about 25 years.

Surviving re two sons, L. C. Cobb, Huntsville, and Lafell Cobb, Rice; a brother, J. P. Kelly, Corsicana, policeman, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Kelly, Jr., Arlie Pillars, Walter Seago, Houston Griffin, Lawrence Douglas and Doss Ray.

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Norma Charlene Floyd
Jun 2, 1929 - Jun 26, 1949

Corsicana Girl Killed When Bus Has Wreck Near Garland

Funeral services for Miss Norma Charlene Floyd, 20, of Corsicana was fatally injured in a bus accident Sunday near Garland, will be held from the Frist Methodist church here Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Floyd and Billy Mack Ham, aged 12 years, of Cooper, Texas, were instantly killed about 8 p.m. Sunday when a Continental Southern Trailways bus raked the side of a 109-foot creek bridge near Garland. Four other were seriously hurt and all other of the 27 passengers were bruised and shaken.

Hit Concrete Pillars.
Concrete pillars of the bridge ripped great holes in the steel side of the bus. The boy was cut in half in the middle and the girl’s feet were severed, according to An Associated Press report.

The bus was en route for Hot Springs, Ark., via Greenville and Texarkana. It left Dallas at 2:45 p.m., and the accident happened three miles northeast of Garland.

The woman’s body was found two hours after the accident after the waters of Rowlett creek had been ordered dragged by Bill Docker, Dallas County sheriff.

Boy Was Asleep.
The boy was asleep, a comic book on his lap, when the crash came. He was traveling with his mother, Mrs. Russell Ham.

Wayne Dawson, driver of the bus, told officers the right wheels of the vehicle struck soft gravel off the paved highway. He said he lost control of the bus about 100 feet from the bridgehead.

The bus struck the right side of the bridge and smashed along the side of the four-foot concrete railing. It finally stopped 12 feet on the other side, after skidding the length of the bridge railing. It did not overturn.

Surviving Miss Floyd are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Floyd, 1312 West Seventh avenue, and a sister, Mrs. Albert James, all of Corsicana.

The funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the church, assisted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. J. B. Sharp, associate pastor of the First Methodist church.

Pallbearers will be R. L. Copley, D. M. Wyatt, Ed Mueller, Joe York, Cato Sherrer and Lee Heifner.

McCammon Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

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Bus Victim Rites Conducted Here Tuesday Morning

Funeral services for Miss Norma Charlene Floyd, 20, fatally injured in a bus crash near Garland Sunday, were held Tuesday morning from the First Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the church assisted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. J. B. Sharp, associate pastor of the First Methodist church.

Miss Floyd, a junior majoring in sociology in East Texas State Teachers college, Commerce, was en route back to classes from her home here at the time of the crash of the bus into a bridge railing that killed two persons instantly and hurt scores of others. Her feet were severed and her body hurled into Rowlett creek by the impact. It was two hours before the body was recovered from the creek.

Survivors are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Floyd, and a sister, Mrs. Albert James, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were R. L. Copley, D. M. Wyatt, Ed Miller, Joe York, Cate Sherrer and Lee Heifner.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Charles Osborn Floyd
Sep 22, 1902 - Nov 27, 1977

C. O. Floyd

Funeral services were to be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for C. O. Floyd, 75, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Peyton Goodman and Rev. Harold Lansford were to officiate with burial to be at Oakwood cemetery.

He was a native of Mount Pleasant and had lived in Corsicana for 55 years. Floyd was a retired employee of the Cotton Belt Railroad, where he had worked for 48 years. He was a Mason, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a Shriner and a member of the Corsicana Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Floyd of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Albert James of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Mrs. David Roby of Austin; and one grandson, Lynn James of Houston.

Pallbearers were Harold Boyd, A. B. Dickey, Byford Cook, John Bewley, H. O. Olsen, S. J. Beebe, W. H. Ford, Bruce Roby, Alvin Winkler, and Jack Flynn.

Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Corsicana Lions Club.

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Jessie (Mason) Spencer
May 27, 1881 - Nov 26, 1949

Mrs. Spencer Dies Friday; Services Planned Sunday

Mrs. Herbert Spencer, aged 68 years died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Poe, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church and Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

The family resided in Greenville prior to moving to Corsicana seven years ago.

Surviving are her Husband of Corsicana; a son, Herbert Spencer, Jr., Greenville; five daughters, Misses Ruth and Lottie Spencer, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. E. Hollaway, Baytown; Mrs. Albert Russell, Greenville, and Mrs. Homer Herring, Rockwall; two brothers, George Mason, Dallas, and Bertram Mason, Greenville, and eight grandchildren.

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Services Held Here On Sunday For Mrs. Spencer

Mrs. Herbert Spencer, Sr., aged 68 years, died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday night.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe Poe, pastor of Calvary Baptist church, and Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Prior to moving to Corsicana seven years ago, the family resided at Greenville.

Surviving are her Husband of Corsicana; a son, Herbert Spencer, Jr., Greenville; five daughters, Misses Ruth and Lottie Spencer, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. E. Hollaway, Baytown; Mrs. Albert Russell, Greenville, and Mrs. Homer Herring, Rockwall; two brothers, George Mason, Dallas, and Bertram Mason, Greenville, and eight grandchildren.

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Herbert Spencer, Sr.
Sep 21, 1871 - Jan 25, 1951

Herbert Spencer Dies Thursday

Herbert Spencer, 79, retired mail carrier, died in the Navarro Clinic Thursday morning.

Funeral services are to be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Poe, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church.

Spencer retired as a mail carried in 1936 at Greenville after 45 years service. He had resided in Corsicana eight years.

Surviving are five daughters, Misses Ruth and Lottie Spencer, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. O. Holloway, Liberty; Mrs. Albert Russell, Greenville, and Mrs. Homer Herring, Rockwall; a son; Herbert Spencer, Greenville; nine grandchildren, a brother, Carl Spencer, Greenville, and a sister, Miss Jessie Spencer, Dallas and other relatives.

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Herbert Spencer Rites On Friday

Funeral services for Herbert Spencer, 79, retired rural mail carrier who died at the Navarro Clinic Thursday, are to be held at 4 p.m. Friday from the Corley Chapel.

Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Poe, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church.

Spencer retired as a rural route mail carrier out of the Greenville post office in 1936 following 45 years service. He had resided in Corsicana the past eight years.

Surviving are five daughters, Misses Ruth and Lottie Spencer, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. O. Holloway, Liberty; Mrs. Albert Russell, Greenville, and Mrs. Homer Herring, Rockwall; a son; Herbert Spencer, Greenville; nine grandchildren, a brother, Carl Spencer, Greenville, and a sister, Miss Jessie Spencer, Dallas and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Preston Allred, Brown Spurlock, Floyd Yarbrough, Coy Clay, Jesse Bradford and Ben Heathcote.

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Former Mail Carrier At Greenville Succumbs
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 26.
Funeral was held here Friday for Herbert Spencer, 79, retired rural mail carrier who died Thursday.
SPencer was a rural mail carrier for the Greenville post office for forty-five years prior to his retirement in 1936. He had lived here eight years.
Surviving are five daughters, Misses Ruth and Lottie Spencer, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. O. Holloway, Liberty; Mrs. Albert Russell, Greenville, and Mrs. Homer Herring, Rockwall; a son, Herbert Spencer, Greenville; nine grandchildren, a brother, Carl Spencer, Greenville, and a sister, Miss Jessie Spencr, Dallas.

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John William Travis, Sr.
Aug 8, 1863 - Feb 26, 1950

John W. Travis Funeral Rites Held On Monday

John W. Travis, aged 86 years, life-long resident of Navarro county died at the home of his only son, John W. Travis, Jr., 1436 West Sixth avenue, Sunday night.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery in Northeast Navarro county. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge of Waco, formerly pastor of the First Baptist Church here, of which Travis was a long-time member.

Born near Blooming Grove in August, 1863, he resided in the Kerens community for a number of years before moving to Corsicana. He was connected with the circulation department of this newspapter for a number of years before his retirement.

Surviving are his son, three grandsons, Elvie Travis, Palestine; Elsie B. and Wm. D. Travis, both of Corsicana; three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. D. Travis, E. B. Travis, E. L. Travis, D. E. Denbow, Claude Denbow and Bruce Denbow.

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Cleatus Wayne “Cleat” Gan
Feb 23, 1931 - Oct 28, 2019

Mr. Cleat Gan, 88, of Lewisville, passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 in Plano.

Cleatus Wayne Gan, 88, of Lewisville, passed away Monday, October 28, 2019 in a Plano hospital. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 1 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with interment to follow at the Gan family plot in Dawson Cemetery. Visitation will be 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Friday before the services at the funeral home.

Cleatus Wayne Gan was born February 23, 1931 to Nellie E. Bills Gan and George W. Gan, Sr. near Purdon Texas. Cleat was raised near Hubbard and Mt. Calm with his siblings, Marcelle, George Jr., Curtis and Alice.

Cleat was truly “the most interesting man in the world” at least to his circle of friends, family and most certainly to anyone who was fortunate enough to meet him. He was a brilliant man with a genius level IQ and lived an almost “Forrest Gump” life working with many dignitaries and iconic people. Cleat would say he was “luck” to be present and contribute to pivotal times in American history. In addition to his many incredible accomplishments he will be remembered for his kind soul and hearty laugh.

Cleat joined the US Army after graduating from Mt. Calm High School in 1957. The Army selected and trained him in a new revolutionary technology – hardware, logic and data management – attending “IBM School” or officially the Army AGC Tabulating Machine School. Cleat served as Systems Analyst until 1950 in the 25th MRU (Machines Record Unit) being the only active MOBILE IBM group in the Army providing the fires real time tabulated operations data to military units.

Leaving the military as one of the original IBM programmers, he developed software and hardware during the dawn of computer technology for the US Government and civilian companies such as the Rand Corporation, IBM, Lear Aircraft, Hughes Aircraft, Rocketdyne and North American Aviation. He was involved in early guided missile technology and the production of the Saturn rocket, used by NASA in the 1960s. Cleat also worked for MGM studios and later developed original software that made high-speed printing possible-another first. Cleat was the content expert on many of the early IBM machines through the development of the personal computer. He created transactional data processing for over twenty companies and municipalities. His innovative data processing allowed companies to manage data from military uses in asset management and trajectory calculations, to supplies & materials, to payroll, to library data, to mail order catalogs. Many of which were first time use of electronic data processing to solve complex mathematical equations.

Cleat was also a successful drag racer from the very early days of the sport in the 1950s until the mid-1970s. he won drag races at Lions Raceway and Pomona plus many other notable raceways around the country. He literally won hundreds of drag races including several national drag racing championships such as the 1966 American Hot Rod Association Nation Championship. He was instrumental in development of Kendig carburetor which later became the Predator carburetor adopted by many race car and boat teams of the era. He was friends with and competed against all of the most famous names in racing such as Mickey Thompson, Bill Buchanan, Jerry Jardine, Les Ritchey, Ron Root, Bill Jenkins, Ed Iskenderian, Don Garlits and even had a company with famed racer “Dyno Dan” Nicholson.

Cleat never retired and was still writing extremely complex computer code up until the day he was admitted to the hospital earlier this month. In addition to his many incredible accomplishments he will be remembered for his kind soul and hearty laugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Julia Moake, less than a year ago on Nov. 28, 2018; two brothers, George Washington Gan, Jr. and Curt Gan and two sisters, Georgia Gan Berry and Marcelle Gan Plemons.

Survivors include four sons, Darrell Gan and wife, Sierra and their children, Megan and Macey of San Antonio, Wayne Gan and his daughter, Shelby and her children, Ellie and Abby of Houston, Dana Gan and wife, Ginger and their children, Kenny, Eric, Anthony, Tiffany, Megan and Wesley of San Antonio and Eric Gan and wife, Sue Younglove of San Antonio; a step son, Brian Moake and wife, Kathleen and their children, Jacqueline and Logan of Flower Mound; dear friend and long-time business partner, Robert Fang of Plano and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members and many other long-time friends.

Pallbearers will be Eric Gan, Brian Moake, Logan Moake, Alan Pound, Robert Fang, Ronnie McEnturff, Willis Hassell and Jim Foust.

Notes:

  • Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (marriage records – Lanoma J. (McKown) married Dec. 27, 1992 - Ruth D. (Ransford) married Nov. 6, 1961) obit says h/o Julia Moake s/o George Washington Gan, Sr. & Nellie Eunice (Bills) Gan

Bliss Sylvia (Means) Fisher
Oct 11, 1907 - Feb 6, 1952

Mrs. W. S. Fisher Funeral Friday

WAXAHACHIE. Feb. 7.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. W. S. Fisher, wife of a Waxahachie Methodist minister, who died at her home here Wednesday night, will be held from the Ferris Heights Methodist church here at 2 p.m. Friday. Her husband is pastor of the church.

The family formerly resided in Corsicana and Navarro county.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. L. Stanley Williams, superintendent of the Waxahachie Methodist church, Fort Worth, former pastor of First Methodist church in Corsicana.

Mrs. Fisher had been ill several weeks.

She was Ellis county rural school supervisor and president of the Ellis county chapter of the American Association for Childhood Education.

The couple was married in Carrollton in 1933.

Mrs. Fisher was the former Miss Bliss Means and graduated from Brackenridge high school in San Antonio, Westmoreland College of San Antonio and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She took graduate work in SMU and North Texas State College, Denton, and taught in Bexar, Brown, Dallas, Navarro and Ellis counties, as well as at Westminister Junior College at Tehuacana.

She was a member of the Wortham Eastern Star chapter.

The body will lie in state at the Saxon-Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home here until the funeral hour.

Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Miss Bliss Fisher, and a son, Stanley Fisher, all of Waxahachie; mother, Mrs. C. W. Means, San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. R. W. Adams, Houston, and Mrs. Ernest Barberio, San Antonio; four brothers, L. G. Means and O. G. Means, both of San Antonio; Rev. Elliott Means, London, Ky., and Scott Means, Albuquerque, N. M., and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Feb. 7, 1952
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Bliss is buried Hillcrest Burial Park, Waxahachie, Texas --w/o Rev. William Solomon Fisher died 1990 buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth with his parents William Edgar Fisher and Annie Mae (Johnson) Fisher --d/o Cherry Walter Means and Sarah Ethel (Jackson) Means buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, San Antonio, Tx. – (son Alan Francis Fisher is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas—Rev. Fisher was the minister at Methodist Church in Blooming Grove at the time of Alan’s death)

Patsy Elizabeth "Pat" (Cummings) Wheat
Aug 28, 1929 - Apr 3, 2020

Patsy Elizabeth Cummings Wheat, age 90 of Corsicana, went home to be with her Lord on the morning of April 3, 2020 surrounded by her family. Private graveside service will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Memorial service will be planned at a later date. Patsy was born August 28, 1929 in Gatesville to Ernest Lee and Mattie Lee Manning Cummings. She grew up and attended school in Gatesville. She attended Abilene Christian University, graduating with at teaching degree in 1949. While teaching in Coahoma, Texas she met the love of her life, G.R. Wheat. They were married in 1950 and began their family in Gatesville. Raising four children, they made Gatesville their home for 28 years. During that time Patsy taught at the State School for boys and later at Gatesville Junior High. In 1978, she and G.R. moved to Corsicana where Patsy taught at several schools in the area. Retiring after teaching for 28 years, she had many former students that have shared funny and fond memories. A few instances are: her class would adopt a child in an underprivileged country; she always had a cup of hot Dr. Pepper; and she would describe a man (her husband) who could guess the weight of a cow/bull at a distance. Some students may have bragged that they had gotten a few licks with Mrs. Wheat's paddle. Patsy enjoyed spending time with her family, especially playing board games with her grandkids and great grandkids. Her favorite game was called aggravation and she showed no mercy. Patsy loved the Lord. She taught Sunday school for many years. She was involved in evangelistic work over the years, traveling to New York and Scotland. She was also involved in bible correspondence courses with individuals in Africa; prison ministry in Gatesville and Corsicana; as well as bible studies with friends and family. She is preceded in death by her husband , G.R. Wheat; parents Ernest Lee Cummings and Mattie Lee Manning Cummings; brothers Raby Lee Cummings and Bobby Louis Cummings. Patsy is survived by her daughters, Paula Gillen and husband Paul, Nancy Wright and husband Doyce, LaClaire Diamond and husband Steve and son Gary Wheat and wife Teresa. Grandchildren, Shelby Briggs and husband Chad, Stacy Cook and husband Marvin, Steely Bray and husband Robert, Brien Wright and wife Tina, Brent Wright and wife Sophia, Garrett Wright and wife Julie, Collin Wright and wife Shannon, Micah King and husband Whit, Marley Dempsey, Chris Diamond, Dillon Diamond and wife Melissa, Brittan Diamond and wife Autumn, J.P. Gillen and wife Angela, Heath Gillen and wife Tiffany, Clay Gillen. Great grandchildren, Tatum Briggs, Reese Briggs, Gentry Briggs, Olin Wright, Tallulah Wright, Lukas Wright, Hannah Wright, Caleb Wright, Ellis Wright, baby girl Wright, Jackson king, Layne king, Ryatt Diamond, Coleson Diamond, baby Diamond, Bryson Fisher, Tyler Gillen, Jadyn Gillen, Hannah Putman, Gunner Gillen, Owen Gillen and Phoenix Gillen, Morgan Martin and family, Miller Cook and Judson Cook, Belton Armstrong and Barron Armstrong, Elli Bray, Brint Bray, Corbin Bray and Devan Bray. Sister in law Joy (Mrs. Bob) Cummings; nephews Lindsey Cummings and Eric Cummings; niece Meredith Cummings and their families; beloved family friend Sammy Mosley and family. Heartfelt thank you to Dan Gibson, Judy Smith, Willie Mae Green, Judy Angel and Dottie Martin for their loving care. Family ask that memorials be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Westhill Church of Christ Missions Fund.

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Jesse Ray "J. Ray" Bonner
Oct 29, 1964 - Apr 4, 2020

Jesse Ray Bonner, age 55 passed away April 4, 2020 at his home in Winkler. He was born October 29, 1964 to Preston and Verna Ann Bonner.

He is survived by wife Lisa Bonner of Coppell, father Preston Bonner and wife Sue of Corsicana, brothers Wayne Bonner and wife Mackie of Lorena, Pressly Bonner and wife Jasmine of Kaufman. He is survived by children Justin Bonner and wife Jami of Ennis, Lela Erwin and husband John Michael of Teague, Bradley Bonner and wife Adalelia of Fairfield, Jesse Reed and Rylie Ann Bonner of Coppell. He is also survived by grandchildren Skylar, Ryleigh, Ashlyn, Parker and Townes.

Jesse is preceded in death by mother, Verna Bonner, grandparents Jesse and Opal Bonner, Vernon Spurgeon and Ann Lohden.

Jesse graduated from Fairfield High School in 1983 and was active in the band and on the football team. In school he was also known as J. Ray. He was always a hard-worker even in his earlier years. Growing up on the farm he helped his Dad and Granddad with the cattle operation. From an early age he loved the family property at Winkler and continued to enjoy working and hunting there. At 12 years old he and his brother maintained the cemetery at St. Elmo. While still in high school he worked for Sears in Fairfield in sales and appliance repair. After graduation he worked for Nucor Steel in Jewett until 1992. In 1992 he purchased the gun shop in Corsicana and it was renamed Jesse's Gun Shop and has and continues to serve the community. He was especially helpful to many law enforcement officials both here and in surrounding jurisdictions. He was very generous with donations to many fund raisers including those for veterans.

J. Ray became a Christian and was baptized at an early age. Along with his family he faithfully attended New Hope Baptist, St. Elmo. Later in life he became a member of First Baptist Church, Richland. On occasion he sang specials and played the guitar at church services.

Visitation with the family will be come and go on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a private graveside following at St. Elmo Cemetery at 3 p.m. with David Franklin and Chris Marsh officiating. Jesse's family will serve as pallbearers and the first responders of Navarro County will be honorary pallbearers. There will be a Celebration of Jesse's life at a later date and the information will become available on the Corley Funeral Home website as soon as the schedule is set.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Elmo Cemetery Assoc. P.O. Box 125, Streetman, TX 75859, charity or church of your choice.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr. 6, 2020
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Tonya Lynn (Anderson) Bonner & Lisa Bonner; s/o Preston Wayne Bonner & Verna Ann (Spurgeon) Bonner

Harvey Melton Elmore
May 18, 1940 - Apr 7, 2020

Harvey M. Elmore, age 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was born on May 18, 1940. He married Marylin Baldwin. He served in the Army National Guard. Harvey loved the farm life and simple pleasure's. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his parents and several siblings. He is survived by his four daughters; Laura Wheeler, Paula Owens and husband Chad, Jessie Wilcoxson and Kellye Elmore. Ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters. He was an amazing brother, husband and father. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic a viewing will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Social distancing and a limit of 10 persons in the funeral home will be enforced. A graveside service for family members will be Monday, April 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery where members are to practice social distancing.

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Robert Earl "Robbie" Tate III
Apr 24, 1953 - Apr 4, 2020
 

Robert Earl "Robbie" Tate III passed away peacefully at his home with his closest friends by his side on April 4, 2020 after a long courageous battle with cancer. Robert was born on April 24, 1953 in Grand Prairie, TX to Genelle Hopwood and Robert Tate. He spent most of his life as a mechanic and the last 15 years as a cabinet maker. Robbie's loyalty to anyone he truly loved was unwavering. Robbie never met a stranger, just ask anyone who ever has a conversation with the man. He could often be found with a diet Dr. Pepper in one hand and a blunt in the other. Robbie told many stories from working on ZZ Tops Eliminator car to being a roadie with the Von Erich's in the 80's and many more in between have been heard by many. Robbie lived his life on his own terms, generally with one arm on the wheel. Robbie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Allen Tate. He is survived by his sister Jan and her husband Mark of Weatherford, sister Pam and her husband Jerry of Houston, sister Cathy and her husband Loyd of Corsicana, nephew Bryan Selman of Corsicana. Life long friends Wade Smith of Fort Worth and Ron Akridge of Whitney. Friends till the end Chip, YuVon and Zie'Yu Goodman of Retreat and his best pal Marmaduke! Special thanks to Baylor Sammons Cancer Center of Dallas, including Dr. Merrick Reese, Dr. Scruggs and Dr. Doughty. Special thanks to Hometown Pharmacy of Corsicana. The most thanks to Hand In Hand Hospice including, Brittany Whitehead, Kara McCain, Amy Jo Virgil, Amy Overbey, and Michelle Taylor. Thank you all for your compassion and kindness towards Robbie during his final days. No services are pending at this time per Robbie's request as he has given the greatest gift by donating his body to UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, so that others may learn. A celebration of life will be held at his home at a later date. "LAY NOT UP FOR YOURSELF TREASURES UPON EARTH WHERE MOTH AND RUST DOTH CORRUPT AND WHERE THIEVES BREAK THROUGH AND STEAL BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELF TREASURES IN HEAVEN WHERE NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST CORRUPT AND WHERE THIEVES DO NOT BREAK THROUGH AND STEAL FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE WILL YOUR HEART BEAT ALSO"
Matthew 6:19-21

GRUNT... GRUNT!
 

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Dianne Elaine (Johnson) Keahbone
Apr 18, 1952 - Apr 5, 2020

Dianne Elaine (Johnson) Keahbone passed away on April 5, 2020, after a short illness. Dianne was born in Champagne, Illinois on April 18, 1952 to Lawrence and Mary Johnson. She grew up in Dallas, Texas with her beloved brother Leslie "Les" Johnson until her senior year of High School, when she moved to Dayton, Ohio to live with her uncle Allen Johnson. Dianne eventually moved to Corsicana, Texas and graduated from Navarro College with a Registered Nursing degree. In 1994, while working at Navarro Regional Hospital, she met Cameron Keahbone and the two have been lovingly married ever since. Dianne was an avid reader and a curious, intelligent woman who loved a good conversation. She picked up carpentry on a whim and it became a long-time hobby. Dianne always claimed she was a weird person, but said it proudly, and if she accused you of being weird, it was the highest compliment she could give. She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Johnson and her brother Leslie Jay Johnson. She is survived by her husband Cameron Keahbone and her son David McDill. She will always be remembered. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Please reach out to the family if you would like to attend.

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Edith Catherine (Talbot) Tayman-Holland
Nov 22, 1929 - Mar 31, 2020
 

Edith Catherine Talbot Holland was born on November 22, 1929 and died March 31 2020. She was preceded in death by both her husbands, Wilson Tayman and Walter Holland, three sons: Robert, William and John, one granddaughter Catherine Jones, one grandson Robert Montgomery, son-in-law Jose Villatoro, parents George Talbot and Pearl Minder, five brothers: Augustine, Fred, Charles, Edward and James, three sisters: Annie, Elsie, and Daisy.
She is survived by two sisters: Virginia Phillips and Rose Minter, four daughters: Cathy Branam and husband Charles, Mary Myers and husband Matt, Donie Villatoro, Ruth Hazuka and husband Cory, one son Michael Holland and wife Mindy, daughters by marriage: Dee Ann Williams, Nadine Ritchie and husband Larry, sons by marriage: Walter Lee and James Dale Holland, nine grandsons: Wilson, Eddie, Bill, Walter, Mike, Michael, Dre, Matthew and Caleb, two granddaughters Sofia and Averie.
Edith was known for her gracious and warm personality, generous spirit and for being a diligent, dependable worker who was not afraid of getting dirty in whatever she did. Her first 18 years she spent on the family farm helping in the fields. After her graduation from Upper Marlboro High School in 1947, she married Wilson Taymon who had caught her eye when he worked for her father. They were married 16 years before he passed away in 1963. For the next five years, she was a single mother who worked as a waitress to provide for her four oldest children. In 1968 while waiting tables, a handsome client wrote on a napkin asking her for a date. Three months later, that same client, Walter Holland, wrote on another napkin asking her to marry him. They were married April 1, 1969, and were together 38 years until his death in 2005. They also had four more children, which together with Walter's seven children from previous relationships, made a very large combined family of 15. Edith and Walter embarked on a study of the bible in 1971, learning of the hope that the bible provides when there will be "no more tears, pain, sickness or death" here on earth and that our loved ones that die are waiting to be resurrected to life. That hope motivated both to be baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses in 1972 and they remained devoted and faithful until their death. Although the years were passing by, Edith did not see herself as old. She continued working secularly until she was 75, then said she was "forced" to retire to care for Walter. Even so, she found ways to help others, often doing errands or driving for one of her many friends. Her grandchildren were one of her greatest joys. Although distance separated some of them, she always thought of them and kept pictures by her bedside.
No physical memorial or graveside service is planned at this time due to the present necessary restrictions in place for the pandemic.

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Curtis Leon "Curt" Gan
Nov 22, 1932 - Jun 21, 2016
 

Curtis "Curt" Leon Gan, 83, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in an Odessa Texas, hospital. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. before the services at 11 a.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Mr. Kelly Roberson, Mr. Jim Pitts, and Mr. J.W. Krueger officiating, and Mr. James Lyles providing special music. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery.

Curt was born near Purdon, Texas, to the late George Washington Gan Sr. and Nellie Eunice (Bills) Gan. He was raised in the Dawson and Hubbard area before his family moved to Eddy where he graduated from Bruceville-Eddy High School. Curt was a graduate of Baylor University and was a computer software engineer in the field of data processing and owned and operated several software companies during his career. He was an U.S. Army veteran having proudly served his country from 1953 to 1955.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Candyce Gan; brother, George Washington Gan Jr.; and sisters, Georgia Gan Berry and Marcelle Gan Plemons.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Polly (Pitts) Gan, of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Cleat Gan and wife, Julia, of Grapevine; daughters: Cindy Hunter and husband, David, of Mineola, Debbie Friend and husband, Don, Casey Gan, Janet Perry and husband, Jeff, of Divide, Colorado, Julie Gaulden and husband, Mike, of Magnolia, and Lori Raymond, of Haltom City; son, Kelly Roberson and wife, Katie, of Euless; grandchildren: Stephanie Youngers and husband, Nick, Zachary Hunter and wife, Cindy, Brandon Parker, Michelle Sargent and husband, Mathew, Michael Friend, Justin Perry, Mikayla Raymond, Andrew Napier, Jordan Perry, Elaine Roberson, Shelbey Napier, Travis Roberson, Corbin Napier, Eve Stewart and Jacob Stewart; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and other extended family members and friends.

Notes:

  • US Army
  • h/o Polly (Pitts) Gan s/o George Washington Gan, Sr. & Nellie Eunice (Bills) Gan

William Wait Hoyt
Nov 12, 1865 - Nov 13, 1949

William M. Hoyt Dies On Monday; Funeral Tuesday

William M. Hoyt, aged 84 years, died at his home, 304 Allen Avenue, Monday afternoon at 5:45 o’clock.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Born, Nov. 12, 1865 in Mississippi, Hoyt resided at Jewett, Leon county, for a number of years before moving to Navarro county in 1900. He was a retired farmer and dairy owner. Hoyt had been a member of the Methodist church practically all of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Slate, Corsicana; and Mrs. H. T. Bray, Fort Worth; a brother, Sam Hoyt, and a sister, Mrs. Margie Griffin, both of Jewett; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Brown, Kenny Wyatt, Edgar Young, Charlie Wilson, Wilbur Terry and Robert Joyner.

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Nellie Virginia (Hoyt) Slate
Jan 16, 1903 - Apr 21, 1977

Mrs. Slate

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Henry Slate, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Leroy Reeves and the Rev. Peyton Goodman will officiate, with burial following at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Corsicana an a lifelong member of Wesley Methodist church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Franklin Slate, and a daughter, Mrs. Fay Graves.

Survivors include her husband of Corsicana; a son, John Slate of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. C. O. Neese of Ennis, Mrs. Bob Joyner of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lawrence McMillan of Malakoff; 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Eddie Bray of Fort Worth.

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Dan Franklin Slate
Jun 18, 1923 - Oct 12, 1964

Franklin Slate Expires Monday, Rites Tuesday

Franklin Slate, 41, World War II veteran, died in the VA Hospital at Lisbon (Dallas) Monday morning following an illness of 17 years.

Native of McKinney, he was reared in Corsicana, graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Navarro Junior College. He was a well-known amateur golfer before becoming ill and lettered at CHS and NJC.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Winnie Slate; a daughter, Mrs. Freddie Wade; a son, Dan Slate, a granddaughter, Wimberly Ann; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slate, a brother, John Slate, all of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. C. I. Neese, San Antonio; Mrs. Bob Joyner, Corsicana; Mrs. Joe Graves, Kerens, and Mrs. Lawrence McMillan, Tyler, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gaither L. Day of Everman, Methodist pastor, formerly of Corsicana, assisted by Rev. Delbert Taylor, pastor of the Wesley Methodist church.

Pallbearers were Horace Newsome, Stan Summerall, James C. Love, Jack Conger, W. A. Morris and A. B. Hardin.

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Hold Services Franklin Slate

Funeral services for Franklin Slate, 41, who died in the Lisbon (Dallas) VA hospital Monday morning following an extended illness, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Delbert Taylor, pastor of the Wesley Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Native of McKinney, Slate was reared in Corsicana, graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Navarro Junior College. He was a well-known amateur golfer and lettered at both CHS and NJC. He was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Winnie Slate; a daughter, Mrs. Freddie Wade; a son, Dan Slate, a granddaughter, Wimberly Ann; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slate, a brother, John Slate, all of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. C. I. Neese, San Antonio; Mrs. Bob Joyner, Corsicana; Mrs. Joe Graves, Kerens, and Mrs. Lawrence McMillan, Tyler, and other relatives.

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Michael James Slate
Mar 8, 1947 - Sep 21, 1957

Funeral Rites Here Monday For Gunshot Victim

Michael James Slate, age 11 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Slate of Texas City, was accidentally killed Saturday five miles north of Edom, Van Zandt County, when his rifle accidentally discharged, striking him in the chest, when he stumbled while on a hunting trip. The youth was with his father and Charlie Davis of Tyler. The youth and his parents were visiting the Davis family in Tyler.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. David Currie, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Texas City.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Anthony Lynn Slate, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Michelane, all of Texas City; grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. B. C. Slate, Garrison, and Mrs. J. L. Williamson, Odessa, and other relatives.

The mother is the former Mae Owen Williams of Corsicana and Desmond Williams of Odessa, a former employe of the Corsicana Daily Sun, is an uncle of the victim.

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Culbertson Hudson Spencer, Jr.
Feb 7, 1932 - Apr 22, 1961

Ex-Residents Among Dallas Traffic Victims

Four persons are dead and two others are in serious and critical conditions as a result of a head-on collision at the Old Seagoville Road and Belt Line in South Dallas County Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Killed in the crash were Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, about 50, Mesquite; her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer, 27, formerly employed at J. M. Dyer Company office for years; and Sharon Kate Spencer, 4, daughter of Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer and Culbertson Hudson Spencer, all of Mesquite, Mrs. Spencer died in Baylor hospital, Dallas, Saturday at noon from pelvis, arm and internal injuries. the Spencers moved to Dallas last October from Corsicana.

Spokesmen at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite Saturday afternoon said the body of Mrs. Parker will be sent to Athens to the Hassell-Foster Funeral Home and rites will be held Monday morning.

McCammon Funeral Home went for the Spencer bodies Saturday afternoon and funeral rites will probably be held here Monday afternoon.

Two youths traveling in a Pontiac auto were identified by Dallas officers as John D. Meler, 17, Mesquite, and Donald Raymond Spaugh, 18, of McKinney. Meler’s condition is reported as critical with chest and head injuries while Spaugh is in serious condition in Baylor Hospital with facial and internal injuries.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were traveling in a Chevrolet auto traveling south, en route to Corsicana to visit relatives.

Dallas Detective David C. Lehman was quoted as saying that the Chevrolet was struck broadside, knocked 54 feet by the impact and overturned 1 ½ times. The Pontiac skidded sideways, bounded over a culvert and stopped against a utility pole 51 feet from the point of impact.

Detective Lehman said a stop sign faced traffic on the Seagoville road and speed limits of 45 miles per hour are set on both roads. Spencer was on the Belt Line Road.

Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse was called by Sheriff Bill Decker of Dallas shortly after the tragedy.

Mrs. Parker is survived by three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen H. Parker, USAF.

Spencer is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue, and three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrooks and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, all of Corsicana. The elder Mr. Spencer is employed by the Southland Cotton Oil Company.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Apr 22, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Kate (Parker) Spencer; s/o Culbertson Hudson Spencer, Sr. & Velma Cecil (Murphy) Spencer (monument says Mar 21, 1961 in error)

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Monday Rites Held For Four Wreck Victims

Funeral services for four persons killed in an automobile accident in South Dallas Friday were held Monday while arrangements for a fifth victim were pending. The sixth person involved in the crash remains in serious condition in Baylor Medical Center.

Final rites for Culbertson Hudson Spencer, 28; his wife, Mary Kate Parker Spencer, 27, and his daughter, Sharon, 4, were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church auditorium here with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor. Spencer was a member of this church.

A fourth victim, Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, 61, formerly of Trinidad, was buried in Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler following rites Monday at 9 a.m. from the Athens Catholic church, Hassell-Foster of Athens directed this service.

The three Spencers and Mrs. Parker, mother of Mrs. Spencer, were in a Chevrolet automobile traveling south on Belt Line road, near Kleberg, Dallas county, when a Pontiac, traveling on the old Seagoville road, is reported to have struck the Chevrolet broadside, killing Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Spencer and Sharon instantly. Spencer died in Baylor shortly after noon Saturday.

John D. Meler, 18, reported driver of the Pontiac, died in Baylor Sunday from injuries. Ronald R. Spaugh, 18, also of Mesquite, the only survivor, is in serious condition.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were en route to Corsicana to spend the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue.

Meler and Spaugh, basketball players at Mesquite were en route to Temple where Meler was to receive a tryout for a scholarship at Temple Junior College, it was reports.

Both cars were demolished.

Officers reported that a stop sign was on the Seagoville road intersection with Belt Line road.

Spencer, an outdoor enthusiast, was a supervisor at the Continental Electronics Manufacturing Company in Garland.

Mrs. Spencer was employed in the J. M. Dyer Company office, here for a number of years before the family moved to Mesquite last October.

Surviving Mrs. Parker are three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen F. Parker, USAF, and other relatives.

Surviving Spencer are his parents of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrook, Dallas, and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Spencer is survived by three brothers.

Pallbearers were E. C. McKenzie, Guy Middlebrook, Mike Murphy, Charles Cofer, George O’Neal, Bob Neely and Benton Crawford.

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Mary Kate (Parker) Spencer
Oct 2, 1933 - Apr 22, 1961

Ex-Residents Among Dallas Traffic Victims

Four persons are dead and two others are in serious and critical conditions as a result of a head-on collision at the Old Seagoville Road and Belt Line in South Dallas County Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Killed in the crash were Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, about 50, Mesquite; her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer, 27, formerly employed at J. M. Dyer Company office for years; and Sharon Kate Spencer, 4, daughter of Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer and Culbertson Hudson Spencer, all of Mesquite, Mrs. Spencer died in Baylor hospital, Dallas, Saturday at noon from pelvis, arm and internal injuries. the Spencers moved to Dallas last October from Corsicana.

Spokesmen at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite Saturday afternoon said the body of Mrs. Parker will be sent to Athens to the Hassell-Foster Funeral Home and rites will be held Monday morning.

McCammon Funeral Home went for the Spencer bodies Saturday afternoon and funeral rites will probably be held here Monday afternoon.

Two youths traveling in a Pontiac auto were identified by Dallas officers as John D. Meler, 17, Mesquite, and Donald Raymond Spaugh, 18, of McKinney. Meler’s condition is reported as critical with chest and head injuries while Spaugh is in serious condition in Baylor Hospital with facial and internal injuries.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were traveling in a Chevrolet auto traveling south, en route to Corsicana to visit relatives.

Dallas Detective David C. Lehman was quoted as saying that the Chevrolet was struck broadside, knocked 54 feet by the impact and overturned 1 ½ times. The Pontiac skidded sideways, bounded over a culvert and stopped against a utility pole 51 feet from the point of impact.

Detective Lehman said a stop sign faced traffic on the Seagoville road and speed limits of 45 miles per hour are set on both roads. Spencer was on the Belt Line Road.

Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse was called by Sheriff Bill Decker of Dallas shortly after the tragedy.

Mrs. Parker is survived by three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen H. Parker, USAF.

Spencer is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue, and three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrooks and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, all of Corsicana. The elder Mr. Spencer is employed by the Southland Cotton Oil Company.

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Monday Rites Held For Four Wreck Victims

Funeral services for four persons killed in an automobile accident in South Dallas Friday were held Monday while arrangements for a fifth victim were pending. The sixth person involved in the crash remains in serious condition in Baylor Medical Center.

Final rites for Culbertson Hudson Spencer, 28; his wife, Mary Kate Parker Spencer, 27, and his daughter, Sharon, 4, were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church auditorium here with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor. Spencer was a member of this church.

A fourth victim, Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, 61, formerly of Trinidad, was buried in Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler following rites Monday at 9 a.m. from the Athens Catholic church, Hassell-Foster of Athens directed this service.

The three Spencers and Mrs. Parker, mother of Mrs. Spencer, were in a Chevrolet automobile traveling south on Belt Line road, near Kleberg, Dallas county, when a Pontiac, traveling on the old Seagoville road, is reported to have struck the Chevrolet broadside, killing Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Spencer and Sharon instantly. Spencer died in Baylor shortly after noon Saturday.

John D. Meler, 18, reported driver of the Pontiac, died in Baylor Sunday from injuries. Ronald R. Spaugh, 18, also of Mesquite, the only survivor, is in serious condition.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were en route to Corsicana to spend the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue.

Meler and Spaugh, basketball players at Mesquite were en route to Temple where Meler was to receive a tryout for a scholarship at Temple Junior College, it was reports.

Both cars were demolished.

Officers reported that a stop sign was on the Seagoville road intersection with Belt Line road.

Spencer, an outdoor enthusiast, was a supervisor at the Continental Electronics Manufacturing Company in Garland.

Mrs. Spencer was employed in the J. M. Dyer Company office, here for a number of years before the family moved to Mesquite last October.

Surviving Mrs. Parker are three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen F. Parker, USAF, and other relatives.

Surviving Spencer are his parents of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrook, Dallas, and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Spencer is survived by three brothers.

Pallbearers were E. C. McKenzie, Guy Middlebrook, Mike Murphy, Charles Cofer, George O’Neal, Bob Neely and Benton Crawford.

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Sharon Kate Spencer
Oct 24, 1956 - Apr 22, 1961

Ex-Residents Among Dallas Traffic Victims

Four persons are dead and two others are in serious and critical conditions as a result of a head-on collision at the Old Seagoville Road and Belt Line in South Dallas County Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Killed in the crash were Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, about 50, Mesquite; her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer, 27, formerly employed at J. M. Dyer Company office for years; and Sharon Kate Spencer, 4, daughter of Mrs. Mary Kate Spencer and Culbertson Hudson Spencer, all of Mesquite, Mrs. Spencer died in Baylor hospital, Dallas, Saturday at noon from pelvis, arm and internal injuries. the Spencers moved to Dallas last October from Corsicana.

Spokesmen at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite Saturday afternoon said the body of Mrs. Parker will be sent to Athens to the Hassell-Foster Funeral Home and rites will be held Monday morning.

McCammon Funeral Home went for the Spencer bodies Saturday afternoon and funeral rites will probably be held here Monday afternoon.

Two youths traveling in a Pontiac auto were identified by Dallas officers as John D. Meler, 17, Mesquite, and Donald Raymond Spaugh, 18, of McKinney. Meler’s condition is reported as critical with chest and head injuries while Spaugh is in serious condition in Baylor Hospital with facial and internal injuries.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were traveling in a Chevrolet auto traveling south, en route to Corsicana to visit relatives.

Dallas Detective David C. Lehman was quoted as saying that the Chevrolet was struck broadside, knocked 54 feet by the impact and overturned 1 ½ times. The Pontiac skidded sideways, bounded over a culvert and stopped against a utility pole 51 feet from the point of impact.

Detective Lehman said a stop sign faced traffic on the Seagoville road and speed limits of 45 miles per hour are set on both roads. Spencer was on the Belt Line Road.

Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse was called by Sheriff Bill Decker of Dallas shortly after the tragedy.

Mrs. Parker is survived by three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen H. Parker, USAF.

Spencer is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue, and three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrooks and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, all of Corsicana. The elder Mr. Spencer is employed by the Southland Cotton Oil Company.

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Monday Rites Held For Four Wreck Victims

Funeral services for four persons killed in an automobile accident in South Dallas Friday were held Monday while arrangements for a fifth victim were pending. The sixth person involved in the crash remains in serious condition in Baylor Medical Center.

Final rites for Culbertson Hudson Spencer, 28; his wife, Mary Kate Parker Spencer, 27, and his daughter, Sharon, 4, were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church auditorium here with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor. Spencer was a member of this church.

A fourth victim, Mrs. Cecilia A. Parker, 61, formerly of Trinidad, was buried in Rose Hill cemetery in Tyler following rites Monday at 9 a.m. from the Athens Catholic church, Hassell-Foster of Athens directed this service.

The three Spencers and Mrs. Parker, mother of Mrs. Spencer, were in a Chevrolet automobile traveling south on Belt Line road, near Kleberg, Dallas county, when a Pontiac, traveling on the old Seagoville road, is reported to have struck the Chevrolet broadside, killing Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Spencer and Sharon instantly. Spencer died in Baylor shortly after noon Saturday.

John D. Meler, 18, reported driver of the Pontiac, died in Baylor Sunday from injuries. Ronald R. Spaugh, 18, also of Mesquite, the only survivor, is in serious condition.

The Spencers and Mrs. Parker were en route to Corsicana to spend the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Spencer, 2212 West Sixth avenue.

Meler and Spaugh, basketball players at Mesquite were en route to Temple where Meler was to receive a tryout for a scholarship at Temple Junior College, it was reports.

Both cars were demolished.

Officers reported that a stop sign was on the Seagoville road intersection with Belt Line road.

Spencer, an outdoor enthusiast, was a supervisor at the Continental Electronics Manufacturing Company in Garland.

Mrs. Spencer was employed in the J. M. Dyer Company office, here for a number of years before the family moved to Mesquite last October.

Surviving Mrs. Parker are three sons, George Parker, Freeport; Fred Parker, Odessa, and Stephen F. Parker, USAF, and other relatives.

Surviving Spencer are his parents of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrook, Dallas, and Misses Susan and Joan Spencer, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Spencer is survived by three brothers.

Pallbearers were E. C. McKenzie, Guy Middlebrook, Mike Murphy, Charles Cofer, George O’Neal, Bob Neely and Benton Crawford.

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George Lisle Spencer, Sr.
Oct 24, 1892 - Nov 19, 1974

George L. Spencer, Sr.

Graveside services and burial were to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery for George L. Spencer, Sr., 82, Teague, who died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

The Rev. Charles Danhelm, pastor of Teague’s First United Methodist Church, was to officiate. Local arrangements were with Griffin Funeral Home.

Funeral rites were to be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Lawrence Funeral Home Chapel in Teague.

He was a veteran of World War I and was the veterans’ service officer for Freestone County for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Teague.

Surviving are two sons, George L. Spencer, Jr. of Arlington and John S. Spencer of Mansfield; one daughter, Mildred Ann Spencer of Austin; four sisters, Mrs. Dink Mitchell and Mrs. Grady Hobbs, both of Frost, Mrs. Stacy Harwell of Burleson, and Mrs. Van Mills of Little Rock, Ark.; and a brother, Roy Spencer of Blooming Grove.

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Culbertson Hudson Spencer, Sr.
Aug 4, 1907 - Jul 2, 1974

C. H. Spencer

Funeral services are pending at Griffin Funeral Home for C. H. Spencer, 66, 2212 West Sixth Ave., who died early Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Cecil Spencer; three daughters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrooks, Dallas; Mrs. Joan Baker, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Susan Blackman, Houston; his mother, Mrs. Stewart Spencer, Paris; and three grandchildren.

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C. H. Spencer

Funeral services were scheduled scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for C. H. Spencer, 66, 2212 West Sixth Avenue, who died early Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Elvis Egge officiated with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Cecil Spencer; three daughters, Mrs. Gloria Middlebrooks, Dallas; Mrs. Joan Baker, Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Susan Blackman, Houston; his mother, Mrs. Stewart Spencer, Paris; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Charles Chapman, Fred Bone, Mike Murphy, Lee Welsh, and Pete Hamilton.

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William Mynatt Peck, Jr.
Jul 5, 1902 - Oct 14, 1949

Funeral Services For W. M. Peck, Jr. Scheduled Today

W. M. Peck, Jr., aged 47 years, life-long Corsicana resident died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Friday night at 8:30 o’clock following an extended illness.

Funeral services are planned Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the family home, 1912 West Fourth avenue. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, pastor of the First Christian church, and Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Peck was engaged in the insurance and real estate business here since early manhood. He was a sportsman and was recognized as an expert on guns, both new and late models. During World War II, Peck purchased shotguns and other firearms for the government from civilians.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Ann, and mother, Mrs. W. M. Peck, Sr., all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Eliot Johnston, Lowell Estes, Roy Love, Earl Presley, Byford Cook, Truman Bragg, John R. Corley, George Weinschel and Dr. W. K. Logsdon.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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Saturday Rites For W. M. Peck, Jr.

Funeral services for W. M. Peck, Jr., 47 years, life-long resident of Corsicana, who died Friday night at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic after an extended illness, were held from the family home, 1912 West Fourth avenue Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church, and Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Peck, a gun expert, had been in the insurance and real estate business here for many years.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Ann Peck, and mother, Mrs. W. M. Peck, Sr.

Pallbearers were Eliot Johnston, Lowell Estes, Roy Love, Earl Presley, Byford Cook, Truman Bragg, John R. Corley, George Weinschel and Dr. W. K. Logsdon.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Una (Davis) Peck
Aug 16, 1878 - Aug 28, 1955

Mrs. Peck Dies Of Long Illness, Services Monday

Mrs. Una Davis Peck, 77, long-time Corsicana resident and prominent in insurance and real estate circles for years, died in Richardson Sunday morning. She had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Ambrose Edens, TCU, Fort Worth. She was a member of the First Christian church.

Born in Sedalia, Mo., Mrs. Peck, the daughter of a Christian Minister, was reared in Dallas, and was married to the late W. M. Peck in Dallas in 1899.

Mrs. Peck was associated with her late husband in the insurance and real estate business and also with her son, the late W. M. Peck, Jr.

She requested no flowers.

Mrs. Peck’s only survivor is a granddaughter, Ann Davis Peck, of Amarillo.

Pallbearers will be Lowell Estes, Eliot Johnston, Lewin Johnston, A. G. Elliott, Dr. W. K. Logsdon, Dr. E. H. Newton, Dr. Wm. Shell, Truman Bragg and Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield.

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Monday Services For Mrs. Peck

Funeral services for Mrs. Una Davis Peck, 77, who died at Richardson Sunday after several years’ illness, were held Monday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Ambrose Edens of TCU, Fort Worth.

A native of Sedalia, Mo., Mrs. Peck the daughter of a Christian minister, was reared in Dallas. She was married to the late W. M. Peck in 1899 and made her home in Corsicana for more than a half century.

Mrs. Peck was in the insurance and real estate business with her late husband and also with her late son, W. M. Peck, Jr.

Surviving is one granddaughter, Ann Davis Peck, of Amarillo.

Pallbearers were Lowell Estes, Eliot Johnston, Lewin Johnston, A. G. Elliott, Dr. W. K. Logsdon, Dr. E. H. Newton, Dr. Wm. Shell, Truman Bragg and Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield.

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Julius Sanders Roth
Feb 26, 1882 - Apr 12, 1949

J. S. Roth Dies Tuesday Evening; Rites Thursday

J. S. Roth, aged 67 years, 1423 West Collin street, died Tuesday afternoon. He had been in ill health for several months.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church, of which Roth was a member.

A native of Arkansas, Roth had resided here 40 years and was connected with the Corsicana Light and Power Company, Texas Power and Light Company and Arcady Farms.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. N. Royall, Houston, and Mrs. Howard Naylor, Carthage; three grandchildren, mother, Mrs. W. M. Roth, Terrell, and two sisters, Miss Faye Roth, Terrell, and Mrs. Huff, Hot Springs, Ark., and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Charles W. Lunn, E. C. Mann, Thomas McClure, J. R. Howell, Frank Parker and Luther Larrison.

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J. S. Roth Rites Held Thursday; Oakwood Burial

Funeral services for J. S. Roth, aged 67 years, 1423 West Collin street, who died Tuesday afternoon following a several months illness, were held Thursday afternoon from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church, of which Roth was a long-time member.

A native of Arkansas, Roth had resided in Corsicana 40 years and was connected with the Corsicana Light and Power Company, Texas Power and Light Company and Arcady Farms for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. N. Royall, Houston, and Mrs. Howard Naylor, Carthage; three grandchildren, mother, Mrs. W. M. Roth, Terrell, and two sisters, Miss Faye Roth, Terrell, and Mrs. Huff, Hot Springs, Ark.

Pallbearers were Charles W. Lunn, E. C. Mann, Thomas McClure, J. R. Howell, Frank Parker and Luther Larrison.

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Florence Evaline Thompson
Aug 22, 1872 - Jul 9, 1950

Miss Thompson Is Buried Monday

Miss Florence Thompson, 76, former resident of Eureka, died at Devine, Texas, early Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Providence cemetery where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor of the Mildred Baptist church.

Surviving are three brothers, Charles, Gene and W. M. Thompson, and a sister, Miss Docie Thompson, and a number of nieces and nephews.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jul 10, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o William Oliver Thompson & Mary Ann Belinda (Mullen) Thompson

Dosia Minnie Thompson
Apr 6, 1881 - Nov 27, 1964

Miss Thompson Rites Sunday

Graveside services for Miss Minnie Dosia Thompson, 83, of Devine, formerly of Navarro County, who died at Lytle, Texas, Friday, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Providence cemetery between Mildred and Eureka. Rev. Worth Thompson will conduct the rites.

Surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

McCammon directs local arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Nov 28, 1964
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o William Oliver Thompson & Mary Ann Belinda (Mullen) Thompson

William Ealon McKissack, Sr.
Sep 21, 1883 - Apr 8, 1950

W. E. McKissack Funeral Rites Held On Sunday

Funeral services for W. E. McKissack, Sr., 66, formerly of Streetman, who died in a Dallas hospital Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist church in Streetman. Burial was in the Birdston Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. McCauley and Rev. M. O. Southerland, Baptist minister of Powell, formerly pastor of Streetman church.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; two sons, W. E. McKissack, Jr., and James P. McKissack, both of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. L. J. Dunigan, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. L. S. Clark, Dallas; Mrs. Roy DuBose, Wortham, and Mrs. Essie Clark, Streetman; two brothers, Ned McKissack, Streetman, and Rev. H. L. McKissack, Teague; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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Leta Polly Josephine (McKissack) Clark
Mar 16, 1886 - Nov 29, 1969

Service Today For Mrs. Clark

Funeral services will be held today at the First Baptist Church in Streetman at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Lynn (Polly) Clark, 83, who died Saturday in Dallas.

She was a former resident of Streetman.

Officiating will be Dr. Robert L. Herring and the Rev. Leonard Malone. Interment will be in Birdston cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Gordon and Garner Clark of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Ben Atwell III of Hutchins and Mrs. Leon Fletcher of Houston; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Roy DuBose of Wortham; two brothers, the Rev. Hubert L. McKissack of Teague and Ned Mickissack of Streetman.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Tessie Eula (Hodges) Carter
Jan 12, 1907 - Aug 17, 1972

Mrs. Carter

Mrs. Tessie Carter, 65, died Thursday at her home in Corsicana. She had lived in Corsicana for the past 25 years.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marie McKee of Corsicana and Mrs. Betty Stretcher of Dallas; a grandson, Marcus McKee of Corsicana; a granddaughter, Sandra McKee of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Carter of Mexia; two brothers, Jim Hodges of Coolidge and Troy Hodges of Waco; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Mrs. Carter

Services were at 4 p.m. Saturday for Mrs. Tessie Carter, 65, who died Thursday at her home. The Rev. T. F. Donald and the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, a sister, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were W. C. Bates, E. V. Brook, W. O. Capehart, Jimmier Rogers, Wilson Scott and E. A. Ivie.

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Alice (Carter) Groves-Wilms
Aug 13, 1871 - Feb 11, 1952

Mrs. Wilms Rites Are Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Groves Wilms, former Corsicana resident, who died in Dallas Monday, were held Tuesday with burial in Oakwood cemetery here.

A service was held in Dallas at 11 a.m. Tuesday and a graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery here where interment was made. Rev. Ray Johnson conducted the Dallas rites and Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church here, conducted the graveside services.

Surviving are her husband J. J. Wilms, Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. Ruth Kennedy, Mrs. John R. Bailey, Miss Ella Groves and Mrs. J. P. Davis, all of Dallas and Mrs. S. G. Fry, Tyler; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were grandsons; Neal Kennedy, Robert W. Kennedy, Segle Fry, Jr.; Robert A. Fry, Victor E. Fry, J. P. Davie, Jr.

McCammon directed local arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Feb 12, 1952
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Thomas Andrew “Tom” Groves 2nd husband Joseph John Wilms; d/o Malinda Minnie (Pickett) Carter

Georgia Clora (Green) Bowen
Apr 20, 1907 - Feb 4, 1949

Mrs. E. C. Bowen Funeral Services Saturday, 10 A. M.

Mrs. E. C. Bowen, aged 41 years, 120 North Thirty-First street, died in the Navarro Clinic Friday morning at 5 o’clock following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church Saturday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Bowen was a long-time member of the choir of the First Baptist church and was active in other departments of church work.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Gerald Bowen, student in Texas A. and M. College; parents, N. D. and Mrs. Ludie Green, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. H. R. Lowry, Wichita Falls; Mrs. J. C. Paul, Dallas, and Mrs. W. R. Metzke, Beaumont; two brothers, T. E. Green, Beaumont and W. W. Green, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be R. A. Purifoy, C. A. Middleton, Bob Irvine, Paul Moore, Boyd Payne and N. Suttle Roberts.

Friends of the family will be honorary pallbearers.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Feb 4, 1949
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Escar Carl Bowen d/o Nicholas Daniel “Nick” Green (his monument in Hamilton Beeman says Green) and Ludie Mae (Carson) Greene (her monument in Oakwood says Greene)

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SATURDAY RITES FOR MRS. BOWEN AT FIRST BAPTIST

Funeral services for Mrs. E. C. Bowen, 41, prominent in church circles, who died at the Navarro Clinic Friday morning following an extended illness, were held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the First Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Bowen had been a member of the church choir for a number of years and was active in various departments of the First Baptist church. She was a life-long resident of Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Gerald Bowen, student in Texas A. and M. College; parents, N. D. and Mrs. Ludie Green, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. H. R. Lowry, Wichita Falls; Mrs. J. C. Paul, Dallas, and Mrs. W. R. Metzke, Beaumont; two brothers, T. E. Green, Beaumont and W. W. Green, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were R. A. Purifoy, C. A. Middleton, Bob Irvine, Paul Moore, Boyd Payne and N. Suttle Roberts.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Escar Carl Bowen
May 5, 1891 - Nov 28, 1954

E. C. Bowen, 65, Expires Sunday, Funeral Monday

E. C. Bowen, 63, of Arlington, formerly of Corsicana, died in the Veterans Hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas, Sunday afternoon following a several months’ illness.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church.

A native of Mississippi, Bowen served in World War I. he was a barber and one of the owners of the Navarro Barber Shop for many years. He had been at Arlington for the past three years.

Surviving are a son, Gerald Bowen, U. S. Naval Air Station, Dallas; mother, Mrs. Mary Bowen, Fulton, Miss.; five brothers, Dr. Cliff Bowen, Waco; B. E. and Odis Bowen, both of Durant, Okla., Cordis and Erie Bowen, both of Fulton, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Rene Clayton and Miss Pansy Bowen, both of Fulton, Miss., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be T. L. Carlisle, L. A. Wortham, Paul Moore, Robert Irvine, N. S. Roberts, Byram Humphries and J. W. McCammon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Nov 29, 1954
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Georgia Clora (Green) Bowen; s/o Henderson Roberts Bowen & Mary Susan (Fikes) Bowen buried in New Home Baptist Church cemetery, Fulton, Mississippi

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Monday Services For E. C. Bowen

Funeral services for E. C. Bowen, 63, of Arlington, formerly of Corsicana, were held Monday at 4 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor, and Lamoin Champ, educational director, First Baptist church.

Bowen died in the Veterans Administration hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas, Sunday following a several months’ illness.

Prior to going to Arlington three years ago, Bowen was the owner and operator of the Navarro Barber Shop here for many years.

A native of Mississippi, he was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are a son, Gerald Bowen, U. S. Naval Air Station, Dallas; mother, Mrs. Mary Bowen, Fulton, Miss.; five brothers, Dr. Cliff Bowen, Waco; B. E. and Odis Bowen, both of Durant, Okla., Cordis and Erie Bowen, both of Fulton, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Rene Clayton and Miss Pansy Bowen, both of Fulton, Miss.

Pallbearers were T. L. Carlisle, L. A. Wortham, Paul Moore, Robert Irvine, N. S. Roberts, Byram Humphries and J. W. McCammon.

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Henry Thomas Johnson
May 28, 1883 - Dec 31, 1948

HENRY JOHNSON DIES UN HOUSTON FRIDAY EVENING

Henry Johnson, former Corsicana resident, died in Houston Friday night.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, will conduct the rites.

Johnson made his home in Corsicana for a number of years, and is a brother-in-law of John C. Hughes.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Annie Hughes Johnson, Houston; a son, Sidney Curtis, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Edythe Hunt, Syracuse, N. Y.; mother Mrs. Stewart, Pennsylvania, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be N. C. Goodman, Dock Redden, Boyd McMullan, Marvin Wallace, Roy Thompson and Thomas Curtis.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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HENRY JOHNSON DIES ON FRIDAY; FUNERAL SUNDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR Henry Johnson, former Corsicana resident, who died in Houston Friday, were held Sunday from the McCammon Funeral Chapel at 3:30 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Johnson was a brother-in-law of John C. Hughes.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Annie Hughes Johnson, Houston; a son, Sidney Curtis, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Edythe Hunt, Syracuse, N. Y.; mother Mrs. Stewart, Pennsylvania, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were N. C. Goodman, Dock Redden, Boyd McMullan, Marvin Wallace, Roy Thompson and Thomas Curtis.

Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

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Anna C. (Hughes) Curtis-Johnson
Sep 10, 1882 - Oct 5, 1969

Mrs. Johnson Rites Wednesday

Funeral services were to be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Houston for Mrs. Anna Johnson who died there Sunday.

Graveside rites and burial will follow here Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Wood officiating.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. I. E. Hunt, Syracuse, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. Don Welch, Longview; and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Oct 7, 1969
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Sidney James Curtis married Oct. 9, 1900 2nd husband Henry Thomas Johnson d/o Roland England Hughes and Edith Shields (Edens) Hughes

Patricia Gayle (Neeley) Crawford
Oct 19, 1934 - Jul 30, 2011

Gayle Neeley Crawford passed away peacefully at home on July 30, 2011 in Corsicana Texas. Gayle was the first born to Patsy and Al Neeley on Oct. 19, 1934 in El Paso, Texas. The family later moved to Dallas University Park, where they remained. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son Russell Crawford; mother Patsy Evans Neeley; father Alfred Dill Neeley; and stepmother Lois Layne Neeley.

At the age of 15, Gayle lost her mother and stepped in to help raise her younger sister, Kay. Years later, her father married Lois Layne and added step-brother Len to the family.

Gayle was a gifted pianist, talented athlete and outstanding student. She was a singer in the Highland Park High School Lads and Lassies choir, named the 1950 ROTC Company Queen and served as captain of the 1952 all-star tenniquoit team her senior year. She was a member of the HPHS student council, National Honor Society, a four-year Linz Pin honoree and two-year Hi-Lites vice president. In the high school gym, she met the handsome SMU football star, John Crawford, who would become the love of her life. They were married for a fun 57 years.

Gayle attended SMU on an academic scholarship and pledged the Delta Delta Delta sorority. At the close of her sophomore year, she left school to marry John in the SMU Chapel on June 5, 1954. The young couple moved to Corsicana where she became a Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and involved in the First Methodist Church as a choir soloist and member emeritus of the Quintillion book club. Her poise, beauty and endless energy led to a successful modeling career at the Dallas Fashion Mart, Neiman Marcus, and Dyer’s in Corsicana, and more than 20 years as a travel agent at First Travel Agency. She was the first female board member of the Corsicana Country Club. Many friends remember her as a gourmet cook whose pizzas were legendary.
Intelligent, beautiful and strong, she lives on in the hearts of many.

Gayle leaves behind her loving husband John Crawford; son Hayden Crawford and his wife Jolene of Corsicana; grandsons Hunter and Hill Crawford of Austin; daughter Amy Crawford; granddaughter Julie Gayle Joss of Corsicana; grandson U.S. Army Corporal John W. Joss III and his wife, Carina, and great-granddaughter Aurelia, of Ft. Mitchell, Alabama; and daughter Eve White and her husband Chip, and grandson Crawford White of Charlotte, NC. Gayle also leaves her sister Kay Polk and step-brother Len Layne and his wife Dorothy, and their children, Adrienne Polk Colwill, husband David and children Grace and Adam; John Polk and wife, Emily and children Hadley and Emma; Eric Layne, and wife Laurie and children Patrick and Katharine; and Michael Layne.

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 2 at 2 p.m. arranged by Corley Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or charity of choice.

Notes:

  • Corley Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • w/o John Robert Crawford; d/o Alfred Dill Neeley & Margaret Patricia (Evans) Neeley

Bryant Arthur Marsh
Sep 9, 1872 - Jun 12, 1950

Bryan A. Marsh Funeral Rites Held At Navarro

Funeral services for Bryan A. Marsh, 77, retired farmer of Navarro, who died at his home Monday night, were held Wednesday afternoon from the Navarro Baptist church. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. R. T. Perritt of Sherman.

Born at Tyler, he had resided at Navarro since two years of age.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sam Stroder, Snyder; a grandson Charlie Stroder, Snyder; three sisters, Miss Leona Marsh, Navarro; Mrs. Stella Burleson, Dallas, and Mrs. E. S. Crews, Freer; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were R. M. Smith, G. C. Goodin, Clint Fouty, Pat Horn, W. B. Middlebrooks, Phil Greenup, Charles McCarter, and Melvin Hagler.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Jun 14, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Lena Jane (Harvard) Marsh married Nov. 20, 1902; s/o Peter Marsh & Addie Louisa (McClure) Marsh (marriage record says Lena Howard)

Ethel (Marsh) Stroder
Jun 9, 1904 - Nov 5, 1962

Mrs. Stroder Dies At Crane

Funeral services for Mrs. Sam Stroder, 58, native of Navarro, who died in a Crane Hospital Monday, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Crane.

The body will arrive at Corley Funeral Chapel Wednesday night and graveside rites will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Hopewell cemetery. Rev. Bill Perdue, formerly of Corsicana, will conduct the services.

Mrs. Stroder is the former Miss Ethel Marsh.

The family moved from Navarro to Wink 25 years ago and five years ago moved to Mississippi, going to Crane last December when Mr. Stroder retired.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Charles, three grandchildren, Susan, Nancy and Sam, Jr., all of Crane, and other relatives, including an aunt, Miss Leona Marsh, Navarro, who reared her.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Bottoms, Clint Fouty, Jack Bressie, Allan Middlebrooks, Pete Goodin and H. B. Fouty.

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Hold Services For Mrs. Stroder

Funeral services for Mrs. Sam Stroder, 58, native of Navarro, who died in a Crane hospital Monday, were held at Hopewell Cemetery Thursday at 3 p.m. A previous service was held at Crane Wednesday. the rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, Baptist minister.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Charles, three grandchildren, Susan, Nancy and Sam, Jr., all of Crane, and other relatives, including an aunt, Miss Leona Marsh, Navarro, who reared her.

Pallbearers were Vincent Bottoms, Clint Fouty, Jack Bressie, Allan Middlebrooks, Pete Goodin and H. B. Fouty.

Corley directed arrangements here.

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Kenneth Sherman Harrison
Jul 11, 1911 - Jun 30, 1950

Navarro Man Is Fatally Shot At Home Of Parents

A 38-year-old Navarro man shot himself to death with a .22 calibre automatic rifle in his home about 10 a.m. Friday as his mother and sister-in-law looked on, Sheriff David Castles reported.

The man was Kenneth S. Harrison, an unmarried veteran who lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Harrison of Navarro.

Justice of the Peace J. W. Sheppard returned a verdict of suicide after an investigation with Castle and Deputy R. E. Jones. The bullet entered the man’s mouth. His body was taken to Corley Funeral Home.

The mother, and sister-in-law, Mrs. J. T. Harrison of Pasadena, Texas, told officers they witnessed the shooting.

Other survivors include two brothers, J. T. of Pasadena, and James Howard Harrison of Navarro; and a sister, Mrs. Alvin McCarter of Marlin.

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K. S. Harrison Funeral Rites Held Saturday

Funeral services for Kenneth Sherman Harrison, 39, unmarried veteran, who died Friday morning at the family home in Navarro, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Navarro. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist church, and Rev. Clifford Thomason of Navarro.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harrison, Navarro; two brothers, Howard Harrison, Navarro, and J. T. Harrison, Pasadena; two sisters, Mrs. Alvin McCarter, Navarro, and Mrs. Tennie Statler, Ada, Okla.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. A. Breithaupt, Bob Goodin, Arvie Capehart, Hugh B. Fouty, Malcolm Smith and John W. McCanna.

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Martha Elizabeth (Gunn) Smith
Aug 31, 1883 - Apr 22, 1950

Mrs. George Smith Services Are Held Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Smith, former Navarro county school teacher for many years, who died in a Graham hospital early Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at Oakwood cemetery where interment was made. Services were held Sunday morning at Graham. The rites were conducted by Dr. Roy Langston, formerly of Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. George Smith, pastor of the Eliasville, Young county, Methodist church; two step-sons, George Smith, Jr., Gilmer, and J. Marvin Smith, Dallas; a step-daughter, Mrs. Edna Helen Gallup, Denton; four sisters, Mrs. Edna A. Pope, Corsicana; Mrs. Thelisa Urban, Los Angeles; Mrs. Dianne Piike, Teague, and Miss Mary Gunn, Eureka; a brother, Davis Gunn, Los Angeles, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe York, J. S. Hicks, P. H. Franklin, O. W. Bailey, R. G. Thompson, Brice Bonner and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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George Gober Smith, Rev.
Aug 15, 1880 - Sep 30, 1951

Rev. G. G. Smith Services Monday

Rev. George G. Smith, 71, retired Methodist minister who preached in the Central Texas Conference for 40 years, died in a Dallas hospital Sunday.

Funeral services were held in Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana at 4 p.m. Monday with Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church of Corsicana; and Dr. Roy Langston, superintendent of the Weatherford district, conducting.

Rev. Mr. Smith is survived by a daughter of Dallas; and two sons, George Smith, Jr., of Gilmer and James Smith, Dallas.

Burleson Funeral Home of Wortham, directed.

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Annis Richardson
Aug 9, 1886 - Jul 27, 1950

Annis Richardson Rites Are Held

Funeral rites were held from the McCammon Chapel Friday afternoon for Annis Richardson, retired Southern Pacific railroad man who died at his home, 915 West 11th Ave., here Thursday morning.

Dr. Chet Henson, pastor of the First Methodist Church here, conducted the rites. Interment was in the Oakwood cemetery.

Richardson is survived by his widow, Leila; six brothers, H. E. of Tyler; J. R. Longview; Guy and Frank, both of Ft. Worth; Paul, San Angelo; and Oness, South America; and one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Farmer of California.

Pallbearers were Charles O. Floyd, William Green, C. J. Green, Kenneth May, David W. Wilson and Eddie Aston.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jul 28, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o L. J. Richardson and Alice (Palmer) Richardson (1930 census says wife is Lena May 1940 census says Lela 1920 says Ola)

Mary Elizabeth (Harrison) Campbell
Dec 20, 1876 - Jul 14, 1965

Mrs. Campbell Dies Wednesday, Rites Thursday

Mrs. R. L. Campbell, 88, long-time Powell resident, died in Twilight Home Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are three sons, Guy Campbell, Richland; Robert Campbell, Kerens, and C. M. Campbell, Albany; two daughters, Miss Katherine Campbell, Austin, and Mrs. Evelyn Mayo, Colorado City; five grandchildren and other relatives.

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William Robert Hodge
Oct 8, 1916 - Sep 12, 1950

Former Resident Dies Tuesday In Los Angeles, Calif.

William Hodge, former resident of Corsicana and son of the late Guy Hodge, died Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Lola Hodge of Los Angeles; mother, Mrs. Guy Hodge of Mission, Texas, and sister, Mrs. Mildred Ettright of Houston.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

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Saturday Rites For Wm. Hodge

Funeral rites are scheduled here Saturday morning for William Hodge, former Corsicanan, and son of the late Guy Hodge, who died in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. in the McCammon Funeral Home chapel, with the Very Rev. Msge. V. Graffeo conducting. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lola Hodge of Los Angeles; mother, Mrs. Guy Hodge, Mission, Texas, and sisters, Mrs. Mildred Ettright of Houston.

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William Hodge Rites Saturday

Final rites were held Saturday morning from the McCammon Funeral Home chapel for William Hodge, former Corsicanan, who died Tuesday in Los Angeles, Cal.

The Very Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo conducted the rites. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Hodge was the son of the late Guy Hodge of Corsicana.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Lola Hodge of Los Angeles; mother, Mrs. Guy Hodge of Mission, Texas, and a sister, Mrs. Mildred Ettright of Houston.

Pallbearers were Parke Lanpert, Fred Blucher, James Fields, Leslie Brian, Walter Beaton and Earl D. Fortson.

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Robert Jamison “Dick” Jackson, Sr.
Jul 5, 1878 - Jun 17, 1950

Funeral Services For R. J. Jackson Are Monday at 5

Funeral services for Robert Jamison (Dick) Jackson, long-time civic and church leader in Texas, who died in Houston Saturday afternoon, were held from the First Methodist church in Houston Monday at 10 a.m. the rites were conducted by Dr. Kenneth Pope, pastor of the church.

Graveside services will be held at Oakwood cemetery here Monday at 5 p.m. where interment will be made.

Jackson was president of Jackson Motors of Houston and other South Texas cities and formerly was a Corsicana resident. He was the oldest Dodge auto dealer in Texas, starting an agency for that car in 1914.

Native of Texas
Born in Tennessee Colony, Anderson county, Jackson was employed as a traveling salesman for the Remington Arms company for years, later entering the hardware business in Mexia in 1908 and becoming an automobile dealer in 1914. He moved to Corsicana in 1916, remaining here until he moved to Houston in 1934.

A crack shot with firearms, he also was an ardent golfer and sportsman, and invented and patented the Jackson Arthritis Special Buggy, a motorized conveyance to carry golfers about a course.

Jackson served as chairman of the board of stewards of the First Methodist church here, was a past president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, Rotarians and a member of the Corsicana Country Club. He was a member of the Houston Country Club, Houston Club and the First Methodist church in Houston.

Corsicana His Home
Always terming Corsicana home, however, Jackson returned frequently to play golf with old friends and cronies and to visit here. He participated in the annual invitation tournament here until his health forced him to miss the event.

The late Governor Beauford H. Jester, in a tribute to Jackson at a Rotary luncheon here several years ago quoted Jackson as saying when he started to Heaven he wanted to start from Corsicana, or at least go through Corsicana on his way.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Garrett Jackson, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. D. M. Hodge and Mrs. H. S. Davenport, both of Palestine; three brothers, S. J. Jackson, Orange; Ben D. and Mims J. Jackson, both of Beaumont, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers here will be W. A. Lang, C. S. Stroud, Lewis David, A. G. Elliott, G. C. Hudson, E. Y. Cunningham, H. R. Stroube, Lowry Martin.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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Audrey Mae Rone, Miss
Apr 14, 1895 - Jan 16, 1950

Miss May Rone Funeral Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Miss May Rone, aged 54 years, who died with a heart attack in Houston Tuesday while visiting relatives, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock form the Corley Funeral Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Morgantown, Ky., Miss Rone had made her home in Corsicana for a number of years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Jewel Spornitz, Corsicana , and four nieces.

Pallbearers were J. E. Davant, Robert Cason, Paget Marr, J. T. Smith, S. N. Georges and Jack V. McDaniel.

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Carl Julius Spornitz
Aug 19, 1885 - Sep 19, 1975

Carl Spornitz

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Carl J. Spornitz, 80, resident of Denver, Colo., who died Friday in Denver. Rev. Lynn Tusha will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery here.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Walls, of Cairo, Egypt; Mrs. Nancy Davis and Mrs. Peggy Usery both of Denver, and Mrs. Martha Hammack of Houston; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. George Butterbauegh of Gothenburg, Neb.

Pallbearers include Bud Casey, Gene Hall, Johnny Hall, Michael Usery, Byron Small, Carl Small, Bill Small, and Bill Usery.

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Anna Louise Mathila (Fischer) Spornitz
1865 - Feb 6, 1954

Mrs. Spornitz Dies Saturday

Mrs. Anna Spornitz, 89, was found dead Saturday morning at the residence, 606 North Beaton street. Death was from natural causes, it was stated.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Saturday afternoon.

Survivors are a son, Carl J. Spornitz, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Cliff Scott, Hollywood, Calif.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Corley will direct.

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Services Tuesday For Mrs. Spornitz

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Spornitz, 89, who died Saturday, were held Tuesday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Andrew A. Szegedin, pastor of Faith Lutheran church.

Surviving are a son, Carl J. Spornitz, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Cliff Scott, Hollywood, Calif.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Vick Howell, Jack Conger, Ray E. Hall, Bill Small, Joe T. Smith and Jimmy Gordon.

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Samuel Jamison Jackson
Jul 13, 1867 - Oct 23, 1950

Sam J. Jackson Dies In Houston; Funeral Tuesday

Sam J. Jackson, 81, former Corsicana resident, died in Houston early Monday morning.

Funeral services are planned from the First Methodist Church here Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Chet C. Hanson, pastor of the church. Jackson was a long-time member of this church.

A native of Tennessee Colony, Anderson county, Jackson was a partner and one of the founders of Jackson Brothers Motor Company, one of the first Dodge automobile dealers in Texas. He resided in Mexia for a number of years before moving to Corsicana and later moved to Orange. Jackson Brothers owned the Dodge auto dealer franchise at Orange, Beaumont and Houston.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Blake S. Forrest, Mexia; Jackson W. Jackson, Houston; Mrs. J. N. Casparis, Austin, and Robert B. Jackson, Orange; two sisters, Mrs. B. M. Hodges and Mrs. Henry Davenport, both of Palestine; two brothers, Ben B. and Mims J. Jackson, both of Beaumont; several grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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Sam J. Jackson Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Sam J. Jackson, 81, former auto dealer here, who died in Houston early Monday, were held from the First Methodist church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the church. Jackson was a long-time member of the Methodist church.

Born in Tennessee, Colony, Anderson county, Jackson resided in Mexia, Corsicana and Orange before moving to Houston.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Blake S. Forrest, Mexia; Jackson W. Jackson, Houston; Mrs. J. N. Casparis, Austin, and Robert B. Jackson, Orange; two sisters, Mrs. B. M. Hodges and Mrs. Henry Davenport, both of Palestine; two brothers, Ben B. and Mims J. Jackson, both of Beaumont; several grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. E. Babers, W. E. Slaughter, J. S. Murchison, L. J. Herod, C. E. Keathley, E. E. Burkhart and J. S. Tekell.

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Claude Arnold Crosser
Dec 29, 1879 - Apr 1, 1950

Claude Crosser Dies Saturday; Funeral Monday

Claude L. Crosser, 72, formerly of Corsicana, Cayuga resident, died at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 4 P.M. from the Corley Funeral Home with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Kate Jones, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Mary A. Blessing, Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Joe Upton Fields
Apr 4, 1873 - Jan 25, 1950

Joe Fields Dies Thursday In Waco Funeral Friday

Joe Fields, former Corsicana resident, died in Waco Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held at Mt. Calm Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eula Fields; a son Gordon Fields; a brother, Dick Fields, all of Waco, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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Joe Fields Rites Held On Friday

Funeral services for Joe Fields, former Corsicana resident, who died at his Waco home Thursday morning were held at Mt. Calm Friday afternoon with burial in Oakwood cemetery here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Fields; a son, Gordon Fields; a brother, Dick Fields, all of Waco, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements here.

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Jewell (White) McClung
Jan 8, 1878 - Sep 18, 1950

Mrs. J. E. McClung Expires Monday

Mrs. J. E. McClung, life-long Corsicana resident died at the family home, 2015 West Fourth avenue at an early hour Monday morning. She had been ill for several months.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Funeral chapel in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. McClung was the daughter of the late T. C. White, the first white child born in Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. J. E. McClung, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Henry L. Beckham, Waco; two sons, Gerald McClung, Tulsa, Okla., and John Edmond McClung, Corsicana; three grandchildren; a sister, Miss Idyl White, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Dr. E. H. Newton, Edward Harris, Jr., Leldon Harris, Dr. Dan B. Hamill, Dr. S. H. Burnett, C. S. Stroud, N. C. Goodman and Claiborn Simpson.

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Mrs. J. E. McClung Funeral Rites Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. McClung, life-long Corsicana resident, who died early Monday, were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Mrs. McClung was the daughter of the late T. C. White, the first white child born in Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. J. E. McClung, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Henry L. Beckham, Waco; two sons, Gerald McClung, Tulsa, Okla., and John Edmond McClung, Corsicana; three grandchildren; a sister, Miss Idyl White, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. E. H. Newton, Edward Harris, Jr., Leldon Harris, Dr. Dan B. Hamill, Dr. S. H. Burnett, C. S. Stroud, N. C. Goodman and Claiborn Simpson.

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John Edmond McClung, Sr., Dr.
Mar 5, 1875 - Nov 4, 1953

Dr. J. E. McClung Dies Wednesday, Funeral Thursday

Dr. J. E. McClung, 72, retired eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, died at the home of a son, Gerald McClung, South Highway 75, Wednesday morning. He had been ill several weeks.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. James Joseph, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

A native of Winona, Texas, Dr. McClung graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School with an M. D. degree. He was on the house staff of the Eye, Ear and Nose Post-Graduate Hospital in New York City, after attending the post-graduate Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital.

Dr. McClung practiced at Winona several years before moving to Corsicana in 1900. He occupied a suite of offices on the eighth floor of the State National Bank from January 1926 when the bank building was opened until he retired Oct. 1, 1952, to look after his properties.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald McClung, Corsicana, and James Edmond McClung, Brooklyn; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Beckham, Waco; four grandchildren; two brothers, Frank and Till McClung, both of Winona; a sister, Mrs. Bess Edwards, Tyler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be C. S. Stroud, Claiborne Simpson, W. P. McCammon, Edgar Eliot, Robert Lavender, C. W. Taylor, N. Suttle Roberts, Herb Jacobs, Will Thompson and Corsicana Physicians.

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Rites Thursday For Dr. McClung

Funeral services for Dr. J. E. McClung, 78, retired who died Wednesday morning following an extended illness, were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. James Joseph, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Dr. McClung, an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist here since 1900, retired October 1, 1952. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical School, and attended the Post-Graduate Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital School. He was on the house staff of the Eye, Ear, and Nose Post-Graduate Hospital in New York City. He practices at his native Winona, Texas, a few years before opening his office in Corsicana.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald McClung, Corsicana, and James Edmond McClung, Brooklyn; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Beckham, Waco; four grandchildren; two brothers, Frank and Till McClung, both of Winona; a sister, Mrs. Bess Edwards, Tyler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. S. Stroud, Claiborne Simpson, W. P. McCammon, Edgar Eliot, Robert Lavender, C. W. Taylor, N. Suttle Roberts, Herb Jacobs, Will Thompson and Corsicana Physicians.

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Webster Earl ”Webb” Lee
Feb 5, 1884 - May 2, 1950

Thursday Rites Set For Victim Of Hunting Trip

The body of Webb E. Lee, 66, formerly of Winkler, was found Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. in the Chambers creek bottoms near the Roane-Chatfield road.

Missing since early in the morning following a fox hunting trip with his son, Gordon Lee of Dallas, Lee’s body was discovered from the air by Glenn Cumbie, manager of the Corsicana air field, and Bill Dodge, Navarro Junior college student, observer.

Death was from natural causes according to a coroner’s verdict returned by Judge W. H. Johnson, justice of the peace, following an investigation and also a medical examination by Dr. Will Miller. Death apparently was from a heart ailment, the physician said.

Lee had suffered from heart trouble, relatives reported.

The son sounded the alarm, officers said, after his father failed to return to their parked automobile, and enlisted the aid of searchers at noon.

Deputy Sheriff Dick Salter joined in the search that included a number of National Guardsmen—Headquarters Battery, 133rd Field Artillery—Sgt. Curtis Hollifield; Pvts. John W. Batchelor, George W. Lee, Donna R. Poss, Lonnie R. Wilwell, Company D. 143rd Infantry—Sgt. Donald C. Moore, Pfc, Morris M. Jones, Pfc. John B. Fannin, Pfc. Nockolas N. Roses; Pvt. Lavell M. Isbell, Pfc. Bobby T. Egglestonn, Pfc. Herbert O. Wilcox, Pvt. Everett E. Holley, Ret. Gilbert W. Sullivan, M. Sgt. Thomas M. Farmer.

Funeral services are planned Thursday at 2 p.m. from the St. Elmo church with burial in the Winkler cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna Lee, 305 West Seventh avenue, Corsicana; three sons, Gordon Lee, Dallas; Richard Lee, Corsicana, and Alton Lee, Albuquerque, N. M.; four daughters, Mrs. A. N. Neal, Winkler; Mrs. S. D. Standard, Corsicana; Mrs. H. C. Goldsmith, Dallas, and Mrs. R. J. Andrews, Corsicana; six grandchildren, two brothers, W. L. Lee, Borger, and S. H. Lee, Streetman; two sisters, Mrs. N. S. Boston, Arlington, and Mrs. Lilla Gildon, California, and a number of other relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

Pallbearers will be Paul Mitchell, Leroy McAfee, Alva Cook, Red Paschal, Albert Bell, Ossie Burleson, Lucian Lockhart, and H. R. Boaz.

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Berta Lee (Robinson) Compton
Mar 4, 1886 - Sep 10, 1950

Streetman Rites For Mrs. Compton

FAIRFIELD, Sept. 18.—(Spl)—Funeral services were held last week from the First Baptist church in Streetman for Mrs. Berta Lee Compton, 64, of Streetman, who died in the Fairfield hospital after having suffered a heart ailment for 3 weeks. Rev. Steele, pastor, officiated, interment was in the
St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Aubrey Tisdale, Loyd Johnson, Melvin Henderson, J. S. Compton, James Edward Compton and Mac J. Baker.

Mrs. Compton was born in Freestone county, March 4 1886, the daughter of the late John L. and Mac Robinson. She was married to James Ferdinand Compton in 1904, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include: four sons, Irby Lee and Marion Earl, of Streetman; Charles F. of Chicago, Ill.; Dick of Galveston; two daughters, Mrs. L. B. Baker, El Paso, and Mrs. M. S. Reese, Dallas, a sister, Mrs. Ralph Sims of Streetman, and a brother, J. P Robinson of Streetman. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Burleson Funeral Home.

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Grover Cleveland Vinson
Dec 8, 1884 - Mar 19, 1950

Fairfield Rites For G. C. Venson

Funeral services for Grover C. Venson, 65, who died here Sunday were held Monday afternoon from the Burleson Funeral Home at Fairfield with burial in
St. Elmo Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and four sisters.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar 20, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Sophia Arillie (Hemingway) Vinson married Jul. 17, 1906; s/o Pinkney Hubbard Vinson & Susan Elizabeth (Ferguson) Vinson

Ernest Emory Summerlin
May 12, 1903 - Jan 20, 1950

E. E. Summerlin Dies On Friday; Funeral Monday

E. E. Summerlin, former Rural Shade and Corsicana resident, died in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday morning following an extended illness.

Summerlin was reared at Rural Shade and resided in Corsicana for many years. He was a barber and owned a shop on Main street for several years.

Surviving are his wife, Phoenix; mother, Mrs. Lillie Washburn, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, two sisters and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Jan 21, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Avice Mae (Barnes) Summerlin married Jun 29, 1929; s/o Emory Cyrenes Summerlin & Lillian Alice “Lillie” (McElvany) Summerlin-Washburn buried in Long Prairie cemetery

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E. E. Summerlin Funeral Services Are Held Monday

Funeral services for E. E. Summerlin, 46, formerly of Corsicana and Rural Shade, who died in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday were held Monday afternoon 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.

Summerlin operated a barber shop on Main street for several years prior to moving to Arizona. He had been ill for several months.

Surviving are his wife of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother, Mrs. Lillie Washburn, Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Edgar Summerlin, Jacksonville, and George Summerlin, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Audie Morgan, San Antonio, and Mrs. Lillian Flanders, Tulsa; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Paul Moore, Fred DuBose, Elmo Hollingsworth, Archie Marshall, D. M. Wyatt and A. A. Copeland.

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John Turner Garner
Jan 2, 1865 - Feb 28, 1950

Funeral Rites Wednesday For John T. Garner

Funeral services for John T. Garner, 85, retired oil well driller and farmer, who died at his home, 809 West Seventh avenue early Tuesday, were held Wednesday morning from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. L. Craig, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Garner was born in the Oak Valley community and had resided in and near Corsicana all of his life.

Surviving are two sons, Frank Garner, Corsicana, and Edwin R. Garner, Fort Sill, Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John J. Garner, Preston Garner; Joe Key Garner, Percy McKinney, C. H. Haley and L. P. Forsythe.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 1, 1950
    Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Susie Chyna (King) Garner married May 24, 1896 s/o Joel Pinson Garner and Adaline Tennessee (Cranford) Garner buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery

Barbara Ann (Browning) Garner
Oct 15, 1937 - Nov 24, 2013

Barbara Garner, resident of Corsicana, passed away at her home on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the age of 76. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o John Joel Garner, Jr. married Jun. 2, 1956; d/o Robert Eugene Browning & Evelyn Truett (McGaugh) Garner

Evalyn (Yancey) Freeman
Jul 18, 1866 - Oct 6, 1951

Sunday Services For Mrs. Freeman

Mrs. Evelyn Freeman, 85, died at the family residence, 213 North Twelfth street, Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday with burial in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church, and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of Central Methodist church.

Surviving are a son, J. C. Freeman, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. E. B. Gentsch, Corsicana, and Mrs. Walter Ward, Fort Worth; nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe M. Brown, W. S. Herod, Jeff Harville, John Wesley Freeman, Carl Self and Joe Loden.

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Dolores White
Feb 4, 1931 - Dec 31, 1950

Dolores White, 19, was killed in an automobile accident near Waxahachie Sunday.

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. P. Prince, Baptist minister.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. R. B. Ferguson, Dallas; three brothers, Lowell Raymond White, Abilene; Rufus White, Kaufman and T. G. White, Jr., two sisters, Mrs. Winnie Taylor, Kaufman, and Wanda June White, Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Borden, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be H. N. Borden, R. L. Borden, M. D. Borden, M. S. Borden, Ben F. Borden, W. F. Borden and L. E. Poe.

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Auto Accident Victim’s Rites Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for Dolores White, 19, killed in an automobile accident near Waxahachie Sunday, were held from the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. F. Prince, Baptist minister.

David L. Headspeth of Corsicana is in a Fort Worth hospital in a critical condition with a skull fracture and a broken back, J. A. Headspeth escaped with slight injuries. The trio were hurt when the car in which they were riding struck a soft shoulder on the highway, it was reported here.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. R. B. Ferguson, Dallas; six brothers, Lowell Raymond White, Abilene; Rufus White, Kaufman, and T. G. White, Jr., Corsicana; Millard Eugene White, Bobby John Ferguson and Joe Glenn Ferguson, all of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Winnie Taylor, Kaufman, and Wanda June White, Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Borden, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were H. N. Borden, R. L. Borden, M. D. Borden, M. S. Borden, Ben F. Borden and L. E. Poe.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Jan 2, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Ted White buried in Zions Rest cemetery & Willie Ona Irene (Borden) White-Ferguson buried in Oakwood cemetery

Charles Wesley Paul
Jan 24, 1957 - Apr 16, 2020

Charles Wesley Paul, 63 of Kerens passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Medical City Hospital in Dallas.

Charles was born January 24, 1957 to Anderson Mallard Paul and Mary Lou Wilson Paul of Rural Shade.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Justin Michael Paul.

Charles was a Deputy Officer with the Navarro County Sheriff's office.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Sanders Paul; son, Buster Paul; sisters, Stella Sanders and Mini Lou Combs; number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A come and go visitation will be Saturday and Sunday, April 18th & 19th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home. A family only graveside will be 2 PM Monday, April 20, 2020 at Long Prairie Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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NAVARRO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY REMEMBERED FOR SERVICE

Deputy Charles Paul, a man who risked his life to protect others, was laid to rest Monday following a family-only graveside service.

Paul, 63 of Kerens passed away Thursday, April 16, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.

He had over 21 years of dedicated service in the Navarro County Sheriff's Office and was a recent Pct. 2 Constable elect.

“Today we laid to rest a husband, father, friend, colleague and a servant to our community,” Sheriff Elmer Tanner said.

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Bettie Beatrice (Sherrard) Williams-Miller
Aug. 23, 1933 - Apr. 10, 2020

Bettie Beatrice Sherrard was born in Corsicana, TX, on August 23, 1933. She was the last of seven children of Everett Bates and Bettie Matilda Sherrard (Russell). She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on the morning of Good Friday, April 10, 2020, in Roswell, GA following a long illness.

Bettie attended North Dallas High School in Dallas, TX and Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA. She married Lattie Oliver Williams, Jr. in June of 1953. She lived in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for many years before moving back to Dallas in 1969. Bettie married Richard M. Miller in 1970, who preceded her in death in 1998. Dick and Bettie lived in Chula Vista, CA after they were married and in 1977 moved to Conyers, GA. Bettie retired from the Environmental Protection Agency in 1998 as a Code of Federal Regulations Specialist on Hazardous Waste Regulations. She recently moved to Roswell to be closer to family.

Bettie loved painting, gardening, and playing cards with her bridge group. She was known as a graceful, elegant, independent person who loved her family immensely. She will be missed by the many friends she made over the years.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Oliver Williams and wife Barbara of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Catherine Leigh Matsumoto and husband Dennis of Roswell, GA; and two grandchildren, Renee Nicole Robinson of Atlanta, GA, and Mattie Williams of Denton, TX. She is also survived by her four stepchildren, Richard R. Miller, James M. Miller, Janet Burkhalter and Joyce Ackerlund.

In 1998, Bettie became a member of the Covington First Presbyterian Church. A memorial and celebration of her life is to be held at a later date. Her remains will be buried in Rosewood Park Cemetery, Longview, TX.

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Jeffrey L. Hallam
Nov 28, 1959 - Apr 14, 2020

Jeffrey L. Hallam, age 60, of Athens, Texas passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at UT Health Center in Athens. He was born on November 28, 1959 in Peoria, Illinois to Robert Eugene Hallam and Delores Middleton Hallam.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Jeff is survived by his mother, Delores Koziol of Star Harbor, Texas; his brother, Kevin Hallam of Athens, Texas; his sister, Tammy Hallam Walker and husband Steve of Frisco, Texas; their children, Kena Rife and John Rife; and three great-nephews and one great-niece all of Frisco, Texas. All of Jeff's remaining relatives reside in Peoria, Illinois.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home with memorial services to be scheduled at a later date.
 

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Manuel Augustus Crabtree
Mar 11, 1894 - Oct 8, 1953

Manuel Crabtree Dies Thursday
Manuel A. Crabtree, 59, farmer, Route 1 Malakoff, died in the Navarro Clinic early Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist chruch in Malakoff Friday at 2:30 p.m.  Burial will be in the Malakoff cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, George, Earl Henry and Claude Wilburn Crabtree, all of Andrews, and Manuel Larkin Crabtree, U.S. Air Force Colo.; two grandchildren, a brother, C. W. Crabtree, Malakoff; two sisters Mrs. Jennie Collier and Mrs. Emma Hiller, both of Blooming Grove and other relatives.
Crabtree was a native of Blooming Grove.
Corley will Direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 8, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Buried Malakoff cemetery, Malakoff, Tx. h/o Velma Alice (Fort) Orrell-Crabtree (Divorced) Buried Andrews County Cemetery, Andrews, Tx. s/o George Liburn Crabtree and Ann S. (Gantt) Crabtree buried in Lone Oak Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.

Willie Mae (Whitehurst) Broun
Aug 9, 1883 - Oct 10, 1959

Mrs. D. B. Broun Rites Tuesday

Mrs. D. B. Broun, 78, of Winkler, died at Brownfield Friday night. She was a native of Rosebud but resided at Winkler most of her life.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. a. C. Corley, Baptist minister.

Surviving are three sons, Ross D. Broun, Ventura, Calif.; William Broun, Winkler and Joe Broun, Brownfield; three daughters, Mrs. Annie Lee Dumas, Brownfield; Mrs. Lurine Omer, Capa, Calif., and Mrs. Ethel Fannin, Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, three -great-great- grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Cross, Montalba and Mrs. Betty Cox, Hillsboro; a brother, John C. Whithurst, Whitney, and other relatives.

Capps Funeral Home directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct 12, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Braxton Blair Broun; d/o Samuel Richard “Sam” Whitehurst & Sarah Ellen “Sallie” (Stewart) Whitehurst

Albert B. Dawson
Sep 25, 1888 - Nov 12, 1974

Bert Dawson

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Bert Dawson, 86, of Kleburg, who died Tuesday in the Dallas VA Hospital. The Rev. Frank Sizemore, Dallas, officiated. Burial was in St. Elmo Cemetery at Winkler.

Pallbearers were Tom McLaughlin, Tony Parmentier, Michael Truskoski, Tommy McLaughlin, Odell Rogers and Paul Roberts.

The retired ranchand and World War I veteran is survived by one brother, John Dawson of Corsicana, and several nieces and nephews.

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George Culberson Fitch
May 16, 1893 - Jun 7, 1965

World War Vet Dies Monday In Fairfield

Culberson Fitch, 72, Winkler, rancher – cattleman, native of Troup, died in Freestone Memorial hospital in Fairfield Monday night.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the New Hope Baptist church with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Herbert McKissack, Baptist minister of Teague, and Rev. Lee Brown, Palestine Baptist minister.

He had resided in the Winkler community 41 years.

Fitch was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge No. 826. Masons will have charge of graveside rites and will provide pallbearers.

Surviving are his wife of Winkler; seven sisters, Mrs. Ruth McKennon, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Sally Walding, Mrs. Hazel Browning, Miss Dottie Fitch and Mrs. Jimmie Reeves, all of Troup; Mrs. Catherine White and Mrs. Margaret Tolliver, both of Wright City, and other relatives.

Corley directs.

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Ollie Pink (Beene) Hagler
Nov 23, 1867 - Jul 1, 1959

Mrs. J. H. Hagler Rites Thursday

Mrs. J. H. Hagler, 91, of Winkler, died Wednesday afternoon at Twilight Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the St. Elmo Baptist church with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery.

The rites were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the St. Elmo Baptist church with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. L. McKissack, Baptist minister from Teague.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Hagler was born, Nov. 23, 1867, and resided in the Winkler area most of her life.

Surviving are five sons, Melvin Hagler, Corsicana; Curtis Hagler, Winkler; Dick Hagler, Dallas; Otis Hagler, Waxahachie; and Lynn Hagler, Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Fitch, Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, A. M. Been, Streetman, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clyde Walker, Jake Barker, H. D. Beauchamp, J. B. Neal, Don Chandler, and M. D. Anderson.

McCammon directed.

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