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Jackie Lynn Coker
Jan 17, 1939 - Aug 17, 2015

Obituary for Jackie Coker
MISSION — Jackie Coker, 76, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 in Mission. McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco is in charge of his funeral arrangements.

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Almeda Catherine (Edgar) Stewart
Aug 7, 1874 - Mar 30, 1951

Mrs. L. H. Stewart Dies On Friday

Mrs. L. H. Stewart, 76, life-long resident of the Angus community, died at her home early Friday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are three sons, Walter L. and Ernest Stewart, both of Angus, and Elmer Stewart, Houston; four daughters, Mrs. Clara Northern, Corsicana; Mrs. Sue Allie Turner, Miss Martha Stewart and Mrs. Aline Dockery, all of Angus; nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Mar 30, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Lee Honodos Stewart married Dec 12, 1894; d/o William A. Edgar & Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” (Rawson) Edgar

Martha Dorothy (Hair) Davis-Clark
Feb 20, 1880 - Aug 8, 1951

Mrs. Clark Rites Thursday 4 P. M.

Funeral services for Mrs. O. A. Clark, 72, who died at De Leon Tuesday, will be held from the Corley chapel at 4 p.m. Thursday. She formerly resided in Navarro county.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, H. P. Davis, Longview; five daughters, Mrs. Frank Rutledge, Corsicana; Mrs. D. L. Kirkandall, Mexico, Mo.; Mrs. M. C. Hobbs, Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. Sidney Paulas, Odessa, and Mrs. H. A. Conyers, El Paso; two sisters, Mrs. Alide Roden, Cleburne, and Mrs. Edith Hair, Los Angeles, and other relatives.

Grandsons are to be pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Aug 9, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband William H. Davis 2nd husband O. A. Clark; d/o Columbus Clinton Hair & Sally (Sheffield) Hair per death certificate

Mary Caroline (Sawyer) Loftis
May 16, 1893 - Aug 26, 1951

Mrs. L. L. Loftis Services Monday

Mrs. Luther L. Loftis, 58, of Pursley, died at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday afternoon following an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were held from the Pursley Missionary Baptist church at 4 p.m. Monday. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of North Side Baptist church.

A native of Missouri, Mrs. Loftis came to Union High with her family while an infant and resided in Navarro county the remainder of her life. The family resided in Corsicana for a number of years before moving to Pursley.

Surviving are her husband, Luther L. Loftis, Pursley; five sons, Marcus L. Loftis and Vernon L. Loftis, both of Austin; Pvt. Wayne R. Loftis, Camp Roberts, Calif.; Mickey M. Loftis, Corsicana, and Artie Loftis, Pursley; four daughters, Mrs. C. E. Humbert, Pursley; Mrs. W. L. Humbert, Corsicana; Mrs. C. L. Nichols, Corsicana and Miss Mary Frances Loftis, Pursley; 10 grandchildren, four brothers, C. E. Sawyer, Corsicana; D. W. Sawyer, Itasca; C. W. Sawyer, Athens, and Leonard T. Sawyer, Crande; two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Smith, Fort Worth, and Miss Eva May Sawyer, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bob Clemons, W. A. Murray, Vernon Flanagan, J. W. Cranford, Elbert Cox and E. C. Mann.

Corley directed.

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Wilson Marshall Coker, Sr.
May 20, 1917 - Dec 14, 1951

Wilson M. Coker Expires Friday

Wilson M. Coker, 34, died at his residence, 506 South Fifth street, Friday morning.

The funeral services will be held from the North Side Baptist church at 3 p.m. Saturday with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Wilson Marshall Coker, Jr.; five daughters, Lucille, Betty Jean, Joan, Janice and Linda Ruth Coker, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Della Florence (Hill) Coker
Oct 11, 1894 - Jan 4, 1975

Mrs. Coker

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for a Corsicana native, Mrs. Della Coker, 80, of Clute, who died Saturday in Freeport. The Rev. Bill Grimes will officiate. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beamon cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Louise Conner of Clute; Mrs. Esma Thomas of Angleton, and Mrs. Hazel Campbell of Livingston; three sons, J. D. Coker of Houston; Lonnie Coker of Mississippi; and J. L. Coker of Spokane, Wash.; a number of grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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William Thomas Tucker, Jr.
Dec 19, 1895 - Jul 9, 1951

William T. Tucker Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for William T. Tucker, 55, were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church.

Tucker a gauger for the Coffield & Guthrie Oil Co., was fatally injured Monday afternoon in a truck-auto accident on Highway 287 near Lake Halbert, southeast of Corsicana.

Wayne Hudson, 32, St. Jo, was injured in the same mishap. He was dismissed from the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Tuesday.

Tucker was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana seven daughters, Mrs. Ed Teague, Houston; Mrs. Mitchell Chestustuby, Muskogee, Okla.; Mrs. Russell Nowell and Mrs. Roger Nowell, both of Wichita Falls; Beth Ann, Patsy Ruth and Joyce Hope, Tucker, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Miss Emma Tucker, Caldwell, and Mrs. L. M. Worley, Houston; a brother, Theo Tucker, Greenville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ed Howell, Jake Cook, Travis Knight, Emmett Dosser, Reuben Tucker, Melvin Bowman and Albert Fullerton.

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Emma Ann Tucker
Nov 17, 1889 - Jul 20, 1974

Miss Tucker

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Miss Emma Tucker, 84, resident of Corsicana, who died at Memorial Hospital Saturday.

Pastor Kenneth Scott will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton cemetery.

She was a native of Coryell County, Tex. and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Mamie Worley of Rockdale; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Clara Mae Tucker of Austin and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

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Charles William Crawford
Feb 3, 1873 - Dec 15, 1958

Crawford Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral rites for C. W. Crawford, 85, retired farmer, who died Monday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The services were conducted by Rev. T. J. Parker, pastor of the Petty’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

A native of Arkansas, he had spent most of his life in the Winkler community.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Willie A. Crawford, Route 4, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Lina Vaughn and Mrs. Clara Mae Tucker, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Laura Solomon, Frederick, Okla.; and Mrs. Beulah Moser, Trinidad; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Pearlee Elizabeth (Parker) Crawford
Feb 3, 1878 - May 7, 1972

Mrs. Crawford

Mrs. Parlee Crawford, 94, who had resided in Corsicana most of her life died Sunday in the Evergreen Nursing Home. She was a native of Denton County. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery with grandsons as pallbearers.

She is survived by one son, W. A. Crawford of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. W. W. Vaughan and Mrs. Clara Mae Tucker, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Ernest Solomon of Frederick, Okla., and Mrs. Delbert Moser of Trinidad; 16 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

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Pamela Jeane (Tucker) Nelson
Jul 27, 1944 - Jul 5, 2011

Obituary for Pamela Nelson
Pamela Nelson, 66, of Kirvin passed away July 5, 2011. She was born February 27, 1944 in Topeka, Kansas to Eugene Jefferson Tucker and Dorothy Ruth York Tucker. She was a member of the Fairfield Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband Owen Ernest Nelson Sr.; children, Owen Ernest Nelson Jr., Angela Michelle Nelson and Ann Merleene Nelson; 2 sisters, Janice Prowell and Patricia Latham; 2 grandchildren Megan and Caitlyn and numerous neices and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Dorothy Tucker.

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  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Hamilton Cemetery
  • w/o Owen Ernest Nelson, Sr; d/o Eugene Jefferson Tucker & Dorothy Ruth (York) Tucker

Owen Ernest Nelson, Sr.
Jun 13, 1942 - Jul 19, 2012

Obituary for Owen Nelson
Cremation service was selected by the family with no public services.

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  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Hamilton Cemetery
  • h/o Pamela Jeane (Tucker) Nelson; s/o Ora Ernest Nelson & Retta Beatrice (Hill) Nelson

Thomas Henry Chapman
Dec 5, 1920 - Nov 25, 1951

Thomas Chapman Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Thomas Henry Chapman, 30, were held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Chapman died in the Ennis Municipal Hospital Sunday night from injuries suffered Wednesday night when his automobile overturned on Highway 75 between Rice and Alma, Ellis county after striking a gravel shoulder. His wife is in serious condition in the Ennis hospital with head injured, Ed Graham, the third Corsicanan in the car was slightly hurt.

Surviving are his wife, three children, Linda, Mary Alice and Tommy Chapman, all of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Chapman, Huntington Park, Calif.; a brother, Clayton L. Chapman, Huntington Park, and two sisters, Mrs. E. L. Ketner, Riviera, Calif., and Mrs. J. D. Moffett, South Gate, Calif.

Pallbearers were E. A. Patterson, B. M. Baumgardner, C. L. Self, J. W. Freeman, Clarence Brown, T. M. Vaughn, C. H. Whiteley and E. L. Bridges.

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Verdie F. Pearl (Miles) Bamburg
Jan 14, 1900 - Apr 11, 1951

Mrs. Bamburg Dies Wednesday

Mrs. J. E. Bamburg, 52, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are her husband, three sons, O. D., A. D, and Arnold Ray Bamburg; two daughters, Mrs. Jim Cornell and Mrs. J. A. Adair, all of Corsicana; five grandchildren, three brothers, Lee Miles, Blooming Grove; Henry Miles, Fort Worth, and Charlie Miles, Clute, Texas; a sister, Mrs. B. E. Grice, Kirvin.

Burial will be in Hamilton cemetery.

Funeral services were incomplete Thursday afternoon.

Corley will direct.

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Mrs. Bamburg Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. Bamburg, 52, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Wednesday afternoon, were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jesse Price, Assembly of God church. Burial was in the
Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, three sons, O. D., A. D. and Arnold Ray Bamburg; two daughters, Mrs. Jim Cornell and Mrs. J. A. Adair, all of Corsicana; five grandchildren; three brothers, Lee Miles, Blooming Grove; Henry Miles, Ft. Worth, and Charlie Miles, Clute, Texas; and a sister, Mrs. B. E. Grice, Kirvin.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Alexander Blissette
Dec 23, 1892 - May 7, 1951

Former Resident Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Alexander Blissett, 53, World War I veteran, who died in the Veterans’ Hospital in McKinney Monday evening, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the North Side Baptist church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the church. Burial was in Hamilton cemetery.

Blissett formerly resided in Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas, three brothers, T. J. Blissett, Wichita Falls; Foy Blissett, Texarkana, and Henry Blissett, Roane, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Edward Park, Jack Thomas, Fred Ware, Gilbert Stubbs, O. F. Sikes, and Joe Sims.

The Texas National Guard and American Legion conducted the graveside rites.

Corley directed.

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William Samuel Slate, Sr.
Jul 2, 1891 - Oct 24, 1962

Slate Services Set For Friday

Funeral services for W. S. Slate, 71, of 317 East First Avenue, who died Wednesday of a heart attack, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, William Slate, Irving; a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Davis, Denton; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carol Slate, Corsicana; several grandchildren, two brothers, Henry Slate, Corsicana, and Jesse Slate, McKinney; a sister, Mrs. Eva Bristow, Corsicana and other relatives.

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Friday Rites For W. S. Slate

Funeral services for W. S. Slate, 71, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Slate died of a heart attack Wednesday noon at his home, 317 East First Avenue.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, William Slate, Irving; a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Davis, Denton; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carol Slate, Corsicana; several grandchildren, two brothers, Henry Slate, Corsicana, and Jesse Slate, McKinney; a sister, Mrs. Eva Bristow, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were nephews.

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James Augustus Hodges
May 8, 1928 - Feb 11, 1951

3 Men Killed, Another Hurt On Highway 75

Three men were fatally injured and one is in critical condition at the P. and S. Hospital as a result of a truck-car mishap about six miles north of Corsicana on Highway 75 about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The deaths were the second, third and fourth highway fatalities in Navarro county in 1951.

Dead were James A. Hodges, 22, of Rice; Ernest Eugene Dozier, 25, Corsicana, and J. W. Dozier, 21, also of Corsicana, a brother, who died about 2 p.m.

In critical condition at the local hospital is George Dozier, 16 another brother.

All four were reported by officers to have been traveling in a southerly direction in an old model Ford automobile that figured in the accident involving a truck, driven by Wiley Francis Love, 31, Dallas. The truck driver escaped injury.

Jack Gaines, highway patrol, and county officers investigated the mishap.

Survivors Listed.
Hodges and Dozier were pronounced dead on arrival at the P. and S. Hospital in a Corley ambulance.

Hodges is survived by his wife of Rice; father L. M. Hodges, Roscoe; mother Mrs. Christine Leach, Rice; three brothers, Marion, Roland and Jerry Leach and two sisters, Willie and Zoan Leach, all of Rice.

The Doziers are survived by their father Willie Dozier; two sisters, Mrs. Bill Just and Mrs. E. R. Long.

Funeral services for Hodges were held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the Rice Baptist church, and Rev. C. E. Sooter, pastor of the Rice Methodist church.

Pallbearers were Wayne Leach, Dwain Leach, Milton Emmert, James Marshall, C. B. Green, Jr., and D. Wilcox.

Funeral arrangements for the Doziers were incomplete early Monday afternoon.

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Jessie Agnes (Haynes) Reed
Nov 28, 1889 - Jan 28, 1951

Mrs. E. D. Reed Services Monday

Mrs. E. D. Reed, 61, life-long resident of Angus, died at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday at 4 a.m.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband E. D. Reed, Angus, Route 1; a son, Roy L. Reed, Corsicana; two daughters, Misses Myrtle Reed, Pasadena and Miss Jessie Mae Reed, Corsicana; two grandchildren, a brother, D. L. Haynes, Angus.

Pallbearers were B. G. Jones, W. L. Stewart, T. E. Pritchard, W. H. Thorne, L. P. Tilton and C. L. Lennon.

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William Brady Turns
Apr 18, 1886 - Sep 15, 1951

Brady Turns Dies Of Heart Attack

Brady Turns, 65, Richland grocer, formerly of Corsicana, died with a heart attack at his home in Richland Saturday night.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. from the Fellowship Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; a brother, V. C. Turns, Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Patterson, Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Hosch, Bob Warrington, Jack Mejarity, Louise Durr, Glen Stokes and Joe Beauchamp.

Corley directed.

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Vivian Calvin Turns
Dec 10, 1883 - Apr 17, 1958

Vivian C. Turns Dies Thursday

Vivian C. Turns, 74, retired Corsicana Cotton Mill employe, died early Thursday morning. He was a native of Waxahachie.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Ima Jean Kattner, Little Rock, Ark.; a son, Earl Turns, Fort Worth; three grandsons, Mike and David Kattner, both of Little Rock, and Craig Turner, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Patterson, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

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

Pallbearers will be E. W. Hays, Harvey Smithen, Sr.; Jess Megarity, Mr. Seal, Eural Norwood and W. W. Lord

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Dorinda (Woodard) Coursey
Aug 5, 1944 - May 26, 2020

 
Dorinda Coursey's joy-filled life began in Coleman, TX, where she was born to loving parents Novelle and Wilburn Woodard on August 5,1944. She, her brother Gaylon, and later her cousin Gregory, grew up surrounded by music and family.

She was raised in the First United Methodist Church, and graduated from Coleman High School where she was a cheerleader and friend to many. Her budding romance with Bud Coursey was tested when he went off to the University of Texas and she to McMurry College in Abilene. But the two wrote each other daily for a full year, until Dorinda transferred to UT to be close him. They married in 1966, while still in college.

After Bud graduated, they lived in El Paso and Ballinger. Dorinda said that El Paso was her favorite place to live. In Ballinger, she became a mother, welcoming her son Douglas Jr. into the world. She would turn out to be as devoted a mother as she was a friend and wife. In 1969 they moved to Corsicana so Bud could buy a pharmacy from Henry Bowden, then known as Bowden's Pharmacy. Corsicana would be the place she set her roots, settling into their home on Bryn Mawr and welcoming her second child, Ashley.

With a degree in education, Dorinda often served as a substitute teacher in CISD and at Collins Catholic School. When was wasn't teaching or running the house, she was working at the family business, Beaton Pharmacy, buying for the gift section of the store and bringing a smile and warm word to everyone who entered the store.

Dorinda was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana for 50 years where she enjoyed volunteering on just about every church committee. She worked with youth in MYF, taught Sunday school, served as a counselor at Glen Rose Methodist Church Camp, was UMW president and sang with a smile in the choir for decades.

In 2004, Dorinda took on one of her most beloved roles of all, grandmother, adopting the name "Mimi" given to her by her first grandchild, Vivian. Her other grandchildren, Colin and June, would soon follow, growing to love the unstructured, free-wheeling visits to Mimi and Papa's house, fueled by microwave pancakes, jello on-demand, and red velvet cake for birthdays.

Grandmothering didn't slow Dorinda down in the slightest. She continued her volunteering at the Palace Theater, which she helped rehab into the entertainment venue it is today, which hosts acts from Corsicana's own Terry Fator to Gary Clark, Jr. Dorinda received many accolades for her work there but most enjoyed the bonds formed working with fellow Corsicans. She was co-chair for the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program and drove cancer patients back and forth to Dallas for years when they needed assistance getting treatment. She also served as city-wide Chairman for Food for Fitness.

Ever the social butterfly and faithful friend, Dorinda enjoyed years of membership at the Corsicana Country Club, playing tennis with her buddies and playing bridge. She was a long-time member of Thalian, a formal women's book club. She also had a passion for donating blood to the Red Cross and made the front page of the Corsicana Daily Sun for cumulative donations equaling a gallon - twice!
Dorinda suffered a stroke on May 7th and declined rapidly afterwards, passing away the morning of May 26th. Even in her decline, she set an extraordinary example of grace to her family, remaining cheerful, positive, grateful and smiling right up until the end.

Dorinda is survived by her son, Doug and his fiancé Melissa Housley. Her daughter Ashley and husband Matt, and her grandchildren Vivian, Colin and June. Her cousin Gregory, who was raised as a brother. Her sister-in-laws Donna Morgan and Maureen Woodard and her nieces and nephews, Lisa Woodard Porter, Kevin Morgan, Aaron Powell, and Anne Powell Brinson.

A visitation will be at First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Saturday, May 30th at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 3pm. Social distancing will be observed. A Facebook livestream will be available as well, for those who wish to honor Dorinda from home. To watch on Facebook, go to the homepage for *First United Methodist Church of Corsicana* just prior to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Gifts in her honor may be directed to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Myrtle Georgia (Bryan) Middlebrooks
Aug 25, 1902 - Mar 23, 1991

Myrtle Middlebrooks, 88, of Arlington, died March 23, 1991, at DFW Hospital in Grand Prairie.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Don Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was the owner of Middlebrooks Grocery in Mildred.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Evalena Arnett.

She is survived by two granddaughters and one grandson-in-law, Sandra and Doug Johnson of Arlington, and Linda Pruett of Arlington; three great-granddaughters, Tammi Johnson and deona Lloyd both of Arlington, and Jill Stephens of Grand Prairie; and one great-great-granddaughter, Nikole Stephens of Grand Prairie.

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Zelia Mae (Bodiford) Ford
Feb 7, 1912 - Mar 24, 1991

Zelia Mae (Bodiford) Ford, 79, of Corsicana, died March 24, 1991, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband W.W. (Bruce) Ford of Corsicana; one son, W.H. (Bill) Ford of Arlington; one daughter, Mrs. Jo Ford Dill of Hillsboro; four brothers, Johnson Bodiford of Grandview, Billy Bodiford of Glidden, Clayton Bodiford of Mansfield; four sisters, Mary Fowler of Harlingen, Geneva Miller of Ft. Worth, Nettie Link of Shreveport, La., and Betty Gillingham of Burleson; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Michael Dill, Mathew Dill, Jeffery Ford, Clifton Ford, Kyle Bush and Wayne Arnett.

Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Library at
320 North 15th street Corsicana.

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Burlan Washington Gamble, Jr.
Oct 26, 1922 - Mar 24, 1991

B.W. Gamble Jr., 68, of Emhouse, died March 24, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be Pattison Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 26, 1922, in Trumbull and had lived in Emhouse since 1934. He was a retired supervisor for Chattanooga Glass and a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Gamble of Emhouse; one sister, Mrs. W.R. Williams of Waxahachie; two nephews, Russell Williams of Lubbock and Joe Williams of Terrell; one niece, Neida Sage of Mildred; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

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Jack Rogers Bell
Dec 13, 1935 - Mar 23, 1991

Jack Bell, 55, of Corsicana, died March 23, 1991, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens, with the Rev. Chuck Biscoe officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens is in charge of arrangements.

He lived in Kerens for 20 years and was a teacher and a coach for 23 years in the Kerens Independent School District. He was a graduate of Baylor University. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church and served on the Kerens City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie Bell of Corsicana; two sons, Andy Bell of Joshua, and Larry Bell of Irving; three grandchildren; his fater, J.B. Bell of Tyler; and two brothers, J.B. Bell Jr. of Austin and Tommy Bell of Corpus Christie.

Pallbearers will be Neal Velvin, Joe Dan Kilcrease, Charles Hawkins, Travis Horn, Bobby Bain and Jerry Don Anderson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kerens athletes.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar 25, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • h/o Dixie Jean (Graham) Bell; s/o John B. Bell & Katherine (Hancock) Bell

Daniel Franklin McPherson
Dec 21, 1915 - Mar 17, 1991

Daniel Franklin McPherson, 75, of Dawson, died March 17, 1991, in Waco.
Graveside srvices are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Paul Compton officiating. Wade Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 21, 1915, in Athens. He lived in Dawson for three years, and had lived in Dallas for 30 years, and had lived in Dallas for 30 years prior to that. He was a service station owner and operator until he retired in 1970. He was in the Army during World war II. He was a member of Dawson Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Edith McPherson of Dawson; four sons, Bobby McPherson, Tommy McPherson, Jerry McPherson and Kenneth McPherson, all of Dallas; two sisters, Jessie Paris and Annie Mae Chandler, both of Waco; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Paul Dee Moody Archie
Dec 15, 1904 - Mar 18, 1991

Paul D. Archie, 86, of Corsicana, died March 18, 1991, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.
He was born Dec. 15, 1904, in Limestone County, and had lived in Texas most of his life. He was a retiree of Gulf Oil Co. in Baytown, and also operated his own television repair service. He moved to Corsicana, May 19, 1979, and was a member of Westside Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Marie Archie of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-lw, Paul D. and Julie Archie of Baytown; and one step-son, Milton McCamey of Baytown,

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar 18, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • h/o Eunice (Morris) Archie & Edna Marie (Bulloch) Archie

Erbie Oneita "Nita" Newcomb
Aug 10, 1912 - Mar 19, 1991

Nita Newcomb, 78, of Corsicana, died March 19, 1991, in Bedford.
Graveside services were 4 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park, and the Rev. B.F. Risingser Jr., officiated. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Pryor, Okla., and had lived in Corsicana or 10 years. She was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell and member of First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Novie Meade, in 1986.
Survivors include one brother, J.C. Newcomb of Corona, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews, including Judith Ivie of Corsicana, and Carol Dickson of Euless.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 20, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • d/o William Alexander Newcomb & Daisy Dorathula (Purselley) Newcomb-Casey

Wanda Lavene (Hardcastle) Martin-Williams-Hudson
Oct 24, 1940 - May 21, 2020

Wanda L. Hudson, 79 of Corsicana passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at her home. She was born October 24, 1940 in Houston, Texas to T.C. Hardcastle and Lois Scroggins. She worked in restaurants for a number of years before retiring to be a housewife. She also made hand made dolls.

She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Martin and sisters Brenda Minatra and Glenda Sanders. She is survived by her husband Troy Hudson; children, Keith Martin and wife Teressa of Corsicana, Tammie Martin and husband Kevin of Cedar Creek, Chuck Williams and wife Amanda of Corsicana, Olin Williams and wife Kellie of Corsicana, Scott Williams and wife Karen of Oakwood, Kelly Williams of Corsicana; sister, Debra Holloway and husband Gary of Corsicana and brother Tommy Hardcastle. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, May 29, 2020 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Allen Bryant, Scott Williams, Kelly Williams, Chuck Williams, Tammie Martin and Olin Williams

Notes:

  • w/o Lee Roy Martin, Charles Richard Williams & Troy Hudson; d/o Thomas Clairmo Hardcastle & Lois Inez (Scroggins) Hardcastle
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues, May 26, 2020
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Donald Lynn Brooks
Jan 8, 1954 - May 21, 2020

Donald Lynn Brooks, age 66, passed away May 21, 2020. He was born January 8, 1954, to Willie George Brooks and Ruby Brooks Feller.

Don is survived by his wife Glenda Brooks of Streetman; brother Kenneth Brooks and wife, Jennifer of Silver City. He is survived by children Michael Brooks and wife Melissa of Corsicana; Victoria Brooks and fiancé Timothy Saunders of Powell; Garrett Brooks and girlfriend Abby Proctor of Hobbs, New Mexico and Matthew Brooks and wife Brooke of Streetman. He is also survived by grandchildren Kailey Bonner, Kaden Brooks, Isiah Herrera, Gabriel Herrera, Vivianna Herrera, Elam Brooks, Hughston Brooks, Blayne Brooks and grandbaby number 9 due in November. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie George Brooks, mother Ruby Brooks Feller and brothers Jerry and Michael Brooks.

Don was raised in Silver City and attended school in Blooming Grove. He started working at a very early age. Anyone who knew Don, knew he was always lending a helping hands to this in need and in the community. He started his own successful masonry business and retired after 20 years. Don was also part of New Hope Baptist Church, the Cowboy Church of Corsicana and the Texas Baptist Men's Association helping to build churches. He loved the Lord and always put his family's needs first. Don will be dearly missed by many.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana with Pastor Chris Marsh and Rev. Randall Lucas officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., May 26, 2020
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary Elaine (Baber) Brooks and Glenda Renee (Lucas) Brooks - s/o Willie George Brooks and Ruby Louise (Willhite) Brooks-Feller

James Lemuel “Lem” Batton
May 17, 1877 - Dec 10, 1953

Retired Farmer Rites At Irene

Funeral services for J. L. (Lem) Batton, 75, retired farmer, who died at his home in Hillsboro Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Irene Church of Christ. Burial was in the Salem cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Minister Willard Morrow at Fort Worth.

Native of Tennessee, he resided at Irene for 60 years prior to moving to Hillsboro three years ago.

Surviving are three brothers, Brown, Walter and Henry Batton, all of Irene; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie York and Mrs. Mary Shipp, both of Irene, and Miss Maude Batton, Gunter, and other relatives.

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Mary Sue (Allen) McLaurin
May 9, 1920 - Nov 7, 2016

Mrs. Mary Sue McLaurin, 96, of Corsicana passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on May 9, 1920 in Richland, Texas to Earnest Singleton Allen and Sue Bell Blood Allen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Hill McLaurin, Jr. and her parents and her sister, Joy Suttle of Houston, Texas.

She is survived by her sons, Larry McLaurin of Corsicana and Allen Wayne McLaurin of Tempe, Arizona: brothers; Jehu “Jake” Allen and wife, Naomi of Corsicana, and Thomas Russell Allen of Richland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary worked as a registered nurse at Navarro Regional Hospital for fifty years before she retired. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana for many years.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Richland Cemetery in Richland, Texas with Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Obituary published online 10-11 Nov 2016 by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas.

James Oliver Allen
Sep 27, 1901 - Feb 3, 1991

James Oliver Allen, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 3 at Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler.
Mr. Allen was born Sept. 27, 1901, in Kerens and had lived most of his life in Kilgore. He was a former rig builder and owner of Allen Nursery in Kilgore.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle in July 1988.
Survivors include his son, James E. Allen of Cortez, Colo; two daughters, Mericene Bond of Grapeland and Barbara Stutchman of Herndon, Va.; eight grandchildren, including Gina Foley of Crockett; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mr. Allen were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb 5 at Long Prairie Cemetery in Kerens with the Rev. James T. Davis officiating.

Notes:

  • View Clipping
  • h/o Myrtle B. (Banks) Allen; s/o James Allen buried in Jimmerson cemetery & Mattie belle (Miller) Hughes-Allen-Thompson

John Charles Henderson
May 10, 1946 - Mar 26, 1991

John C. Henderson, 44, of Austin, died March 26, 1991.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday in Frost United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Decker officiating. Burial will be in Frost Cemetery under direction of Weed-Corley Funeral Home in Austin.

He was born in Navarro County and attended school in Frost. He taught school in Elgin for more than 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Franklin and Lois W. "Pat" Henderson.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Marina Henderson, and Tom and Margaret Henderrson, all of Austin; and one nephew, Charles Henderson of Austin.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Middle School Library, P.O. Box 351, Elgin, Texas 78621.

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William Thomas "Bill" Stanley
Sep 6, 1928 - Mar 27, 1991

Bill Stanley,62, of Dawson, died Wednesday, March 27, in a Dallas VA Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. Joe Dennis officiating. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.

Stanley was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Margaret, Texas. He had been a Dawson resident since June of 1985 and had lived in Dallas prior to that. He was an electrician with L.T.V. Aeronautics in Grand Prairie and a Marine veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Blessed Hope Baptist Church of Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jean Stanley of Dawson; two daughters, Betty Jean Valdez of Seagoville and Brenda Kay O'Pry of Dawson; four sons, Thomas Earl Stanley of Seagoville, Billy Joe Stanley of Mesquite, and Rieke A. Stanley and Randy Lyn Stanley, both of Dallas; his mother, Mrs. Mary Stanley of Dawson; three sisters, Juania Wylie of Purdon, Mary Lou Bray of Dallas and Mickey Leis of Kennedale; three brothers, Roy A.
Stanley of Mansfield, Jackey Ray Stanley of duncanville and James P.
Stanley of Arlington; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers include Thomas Stanley, Ricky Stanley, Billy Stanley, Randy Stanley, James O'Pry and Wayne O'Briant.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Mar 29, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • US MARINES WWII
  • h/o Emma Jean (Martin) Stanley; s/o Roy Aldridge Stanley & Mary (Lindsey) Stanley
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Willie Cecil Albert, Sr.
Oct 16, 1927 - Mar 25, 1991

Willie Cecil Albert, Sr., 63, of Corsicana, died March 25, 1991, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater Wilgo Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Kurney officiating. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery under direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

He was employed by U.S. Gypsum.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Jones of Dallas; five sons, Alton Albert, Kenneth Ray Albert, Curtis Lee Albert, Willie C. Albert, Jr., and Dennis Ray Albert, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, w.T. Albert and Adell Albert, both off Dallas, and George Albert of Duncanville; and two sisters, Lizzie Mae Lister of Dallas and Maydell Kelly of Mesquite.

Pallbearers will be Hobart Govan, DeAndra Johnson, Harold Wilson, Emanuel wilson, Joe Bailey and Larry Wilson.

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Mary Melissa Clare Mackel
Sep 9, 1908 - Mar 23, 1991

Mary Melissa Clare Mackel, 82, of Corsicana, died March 23, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were1:30 p.m. Monday in Austin Capitol Memorial Cemetery in Austin. Porter Funeral Home of mexia was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 9, 1908, in Comanche County, and had resided in Corsicana for eight years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin A. Mackel, and by an infant daughter, Catherine Jean Mackel.

Survivors include three sisters, Audrey Griffin, Clo Preston and Ethel Brown, all of Corsicana.

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Freddie Pope Banks
Jun 11, 1909 - Mar 25, 1991

Freddie Banks, 81, of Kerens, died March 25, 1991, at his residence.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens, with the Rev. Bill Sonneman officiating. Masonic graveside services will be in Trinidad City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens is in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 11, 1909, in Kerens and was a lifelong resident of Kerens. He was a retired letter carrier of 36 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist of Kerens and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Blud Lodge No. 236 of Texas and Karem Shrine Temple of Waco.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lena Loretta Banks, in October 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Banks of Kerens; three daughters, Carolyn Burgner, Mary Lois Phillips and Rosalie Keathley, all of Worthan; one stepson, John R. Fellrath of Houston; two stepdaughters, Mary Parker and Linda Stanton, both of Trinidad; one sister, Bama Miller of Wortham; one sister-in-law, Helen French of Trinidad; one brother-in-law, Howard Webb of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Deerhunters will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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James Andrew “Pete” Bills
Jun 1, 1885 - Oct 13, 1951

J. A. (Pete) Bills Services Monday

DAWSON, Oct. 15.—(AP)—Funeral services for James Andrews (Pete) Bills, 66, who died at his home in Spring Hill Saturday, were held from Dawson Methodist church at 3 p.m. Monday. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

He was born in the Brushie Prairie community June 1, 1885, the son of Rhoda Allen French and James Artis Bills, and lived in that area until October, 1909, when he moved to Spring Hill and established a blacksmith and auto repair shop which he operated until his death.

He had been in ill health for some time.

Surviving are his wife, Spring Hill; two sons, James Hulen Bills, Corpus Christi, and Ralph Carmack Bills, Washington, D. C.; three daughters, Mrs. Wilda Ruth Slater, Mrs. Sarah Helen Jordan and Mrs. Lavada Seaton, all of Dawson; three grandchildren, two brothers, Willie and Bruce Bills, and a sister, Mrs. Belle Gan, Hubbard; an aunt, Miss Jimmie French, Hubbard; an uncle, Claib French, Dawson, and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct 15, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mattie Blanch (Carmack) Bills; s/o James Ardis Bills & Rhoda Helen (French) Bills buried in Brushie Prairie cemetery

Willis Herbert Plemons
Jul 9, 1895 - Nov 20, 1965

Rites Pending W. H. Plemons

Willis H. Plemons, Rt. 2, Dawson, died early Saturday in M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He had been transferred there from Memorial Hospital approximately a week ago.

Funeral arrangements were pending Saturday at Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Nov 20, 1965
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Dawson cemetery
  • h/o Quida Elmeda (Wright) Plemons; s/o James Issac Plemons & Zenia Adeline “Louvenia” (Adaire) Plemons

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W. H. Plemons Rites Monday

Funeral services for Willis H. Plemons, 70, Route, Dawson, who died in M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston Saturday, were from the First Methodist church in Dawson Monday at 2 p. m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Samuel E. Mohundro, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of the Dawson Baptist church. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson, two sons, Willis Plemons, Mexia, and Buddy Plemons, Beaumont; 13, grandchildren, a brother, Luther Plemons, Waco; a sister, Mrs. Lena Frazelle, Bryan, other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Artie Sarah (Stone) Chesser
Apr 28, 1895 - Sep 30, 1951

Mrs. A. C. Chesser Rites Wednesday

DAWSON, Oct. 5—Funeral services for Mrs. A. C. Chesser, 66, who died Sunday, were held Wednesday from the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Dawson; three sons, Marion Chesser, Okinawa; Clarence Chesser, Fort Knox, Ky., and Arthur Chesser, Jr., Wichita Falls, all in the Air Force; and a daughter, Miss Mildred Chesser, Dawson. Another son, George Robert Chesser, was killed in Korea Apr. 11 of this year.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Oct 5, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Arthur Chapman Chesser; d/o Robert Stone per death certificate

Mittie "Louise" (Chapman) Haggard
Mar 2, 1924 - May 28, 2020

Mittie 'Louise' Haggard, 96, died peacefully with her daughter, Robbie Derden, by her side at Epic Nursing Facility in Corsicana, Texas on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Louise was born on March 2, 1924 in Silver City, Texas to Leroy Seth and Georgia Katherine (Casey) Chapman. She attended most of her formative school years in Frost,
Texas and finished at the high school in Barry, Texas. She met and married James Hunter Haggard on April 14, 1945. They lived several places before settling in Blooming Grove,
Texas where they were very active in the community. She was a long-standing member Of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas and the Order of the Eastern Star. She spent many mornings having coffee with her sisters, while their husbands did the same at the Blooming Grove Cafe. She raised her three children, Royce, Rex and Robbie here as well. Over the years she was a hairstylist, florist, seamstress and master of the chocolate pie. She continued these crafts long after retirement, passing her skills onto her family. She was affectionately known to most of her family as 'Aunt Pat'
Louise is survived by her sons, Royce Haggard, Rex Haggard, both of Dallas, Texas and her daughter and husband, Robbie and Gary Derden of Blooming Grove, Texas. Six grandchildren and their families, Casey Haggard and wife Holly, Stephanie Haggard Thompson and husband Jake, Kelly Haggard Amerson, Jeremy Shane Derden, Chris Derden and wife Brooke, Cody Derden and fiancé Brandi. Thirteen great-grandchildren and one on the way and one great great-grandson, as well as numerous other relatives and extended family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James Hunter Haggard, mother and father, Leroy and Georgia Chapman, two sisters, Katherine (Aunt Kat) Northern and husband Ersell, Florene (Aunt Flo) Dugan and husband Stanford, three brothers, Carl Chapman, Doug Chapman and his wife Billie and Wes Chapman and wife Mildred.
The visitation will be held Monday, June 1, 2020 at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas from 6-8pm.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Central Baptist Church at 11am with graveside services immediately after at the Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas beside her loving husband, J.H. A family lunch will be held at the Lions Dens, a part of Central Baptist Church, following the graveside services.

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Vesper Lorene (Taylor) Layfield
March 26, 1923 - July 07, 2014

VESPER LORENE LAYFIELD

ATHENS-Graveside services and interment for Vesper Lorene Layfield are scheduled for 10:00 A M Wednesday at Prairie Point Cemetery with Lavelle Layfield officiating.
Vesper passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 in Fort Worth at the age of 91 years young.
She was born March 26, 1923 in Kerens to the late Wilson W. and Thena Mae Tramel Taylor. Vesper grew up in the community of Bazette. As a young girl she loved riding her horses and attending dances in the Wilson Community where she attended school. She later attended Kerens High School where she played girls basketball. She graduated with the class of 1938 at the age of 15. Vesper married Doyle Layfield August 24, 1940 in Corsicana. They lived in Kerens and Topeka, Kansas while Doyle was stationed at Fort Riley during his World War II military service. Upon his discharge from the U S Army in 1946 they moved to Seminole then to Athens in 1947. Vesper was a dedicated homemaker all her life. She meticulously attended to the needs of her family. She loved to cook and sew. Vesper was an excellent seamstress making all the clothes for her two daughters. She enjoyed quilting and made each grandchild a quilt. She was a perfectionist in her housekeeping and tending her yard. In later years she enjoyed working crossword puzzles and watching the Texas Rangers. She liked country music and especially Conway Twitty and Marty Robbins. Vesper was a member of Eastern Hills Church of Christ. She participated in Ladies Bible Class, Meals of Kindness, singing and serving ice cream to the residents of South Place Nursing Center. She regularly visited all the nursing homes in Athens. She busily worked with her hands. She had the heart of a servant.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Doyle Layfield in 1986; brothers Jasper Kimbrough, Clarence Taylor, Gilroy Taylor, sisters Lena Kimbrough Huff and Eunice Taylor Domorad; great granddaughter Ella Stukas.
Survivors include her daughters Tommie Cook and husband Harold of Athens, Helen Grimes and husband Royce of Benbrook; grandchildren Shelley and Rob Stukas of Athens, Angela and Chris Klattenhoff of Dallas, Russell and Brittany Boone of Durango, Colorado and Shawn and Clint Cooper of Calhoun, Louisiana; great grandchildren Jason and Courtney Stukas of Midlothian, Whitney and Pete Vasquez of Athens, Andrew Stukas of Athens, Sara and Sophia Klattenhoff of Dallas and Dorothy Boone of Durango, Colorado; great great grandchildren Brock, Brant, Allie and Lilly Stukas all of Midlothian, Nathaniel Quintero of Athens, Yvette Vasquez of Dallas and Peter Kerbow of Athens.
Vesper’s family would like to extend special thanks to Arden Courts Alzheimers Assisted Living in Arlington where their mother and grandmother “Gigi” had resided the past two years. Your tender and loving care of her is greatly appreciated.

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Richard Lavelle Layfield
Oct 28, 1931 - May 30, 2020

Lavelle Layfield, 88, a longtime resident of Athens, died Saturday evening at his home.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Malakoff Church of Christ, immediately prior to the service at 2 p.m., with John Layfield officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Tillie Layfield of Kerens, and brothers Thomas Earl Layfield of Kerens and Doyle Layfield of Athens.

Lavelle is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary, of Athens; two sons, Paul Layfield of Athens and John Layfield and his wife, Meredith, of Bethesda, Maryland; one daughter, Sylvia Sims of McKinney; three grandchildren, Luke Sims of Midland, Leigh Ann Williams and her husband, Conner, of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Laura Lynn Sims of McKinney; and two great-grandsons, Oliver and Pierce Lavelle Williams of Edmond.

Pallbearers will be Tom Sheram, Mike Collins, Luke Sims, Conner Williams, Bob Spears and Paul Layfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Jenkins, Dick Davis, John Lyons, and the elders of the Malakoff Church of Christ.

Mr. Layfield was born October 28, 1931 at Powell and lived in Kerens until 1955. His mother wanted him to become a preacher and he honored her wishes throughout his life. Lavelle began preaching at Malakoff and Cayuga as a teenager and continued until he left for Abilene Christian College in the fall of 1955. At ACC, he majored in Greek and minored in Bible, planning to be a missionary. He continued to preach, teach, and serve the Lord throughout his life, at whatever location he was in.

Lavelle was a member of the National Guard for several years, then joined the 490th CA Army reserve as a Captain, being called up for active duty during the Berlin crisis. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

He was a lifelong supporter of Abilene Christian University, serving on the Board of Trustees for several years and teaching a finance class there for two semesters in the early 1980's. In 2018, he was honored by the Purple Line.

As a banker, Lavelle worked at First State Bank in Abilene, organizing and developing the trust department. He was vice president in 1974 before moving to Sweetwater to become president of Texas Bank and Trust Company. In Sweetwater, he was named Sweetwater Outstanding Citizen in 1983. He was a member and president of the Sweetwater Rotary Club, leading the singing for the club. In 1985, Lavelle moved to Athens to become the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First National Bank. He was chairman of the Athens Economic Development Corporation (1992), an entity responsible for bringing industry to Athens. He served terms on the Henderson County Appraisal District board and was Chairman of the Board of the Cain Center. He was a member of Athens Rotary Club, serving as president, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, and later was named Athens Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1992.

When he retired from the banking business in 1995, Lavelle returned full-time to his first love, preaching and doing the work of the Lord. He wrote articles for an internet Bible program, taught World Bible School, and taught Bible at the local jail. In 2002, he returned to Malakoff Church of Christ as the pulpit minister and radio sermon minister, retiring in 2017.

Lavelle will be remembered for being a faithful student of the Bible and a leader in the church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. His example was evident to all who met him. We will miss him.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jun 1, 2020
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary Lois (Sheerer) Layfield; s/o Richard Thomas "Tom" Layfield & Matilda Lorina "Tillie" (Doyle) Layfield

Ruby Caroline (Abbe) Crocker
Jan 23, 1894 - Sep 6, 1970

Ruby Crocker Dies Sunday

KERENS (Spl.)—Mrs. Ruby Crocker, 76, Navarro resident the past two years who had resided most of her life in the Kerens area, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charles Pringle officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

She is survived by three sons, Billy Joe of Navarro, Clifton of Kaufman and Alton of Durham, N. C.; one daughter, Mrs. James Melton, Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Lindsay, Quanah, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

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Dorothy Louise (Keele) Hoppe
Oct 18, 1939 - Mar 30, 1991

Dorothy L. Hoppe, 51, of Richland, died March 30, 1991, at her residence.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 18, 1939 , in Kerens. She had been a resident of Richland since 1969 and was a housewife.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Hoppe of Richland; four daughters, Becky Newton of Corsicana, Carla Mink of Richland, Debra Freeman of Corsicana and Donna Argabright of Waco; four sons, Larry Hoppe of Corsicana, Ardie McClaslin of Cisco, and Eddie Hoppe and Walter Hoppe, both of Waco; 17 grandchildren;her father, Marvin Keele of Kerens; her mother and stepfather, Pearl Barber Banks and N.L. Banks of Corsicana; two brothers, Harland Keele of Corsicana and Alva Keele of Ranger; one sister, Ruth Burke of Longview; and two half-sisters and four half-brothers.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Keele, Eddie Fowler, William Fowler, Archie Burke, Joe Winchester, Kenneth Johnson, Jack Farr and Michael Raffelle.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr 1, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Ardie McCaslin, Felix Newell Mitchel & Alvin Edgar Hoppe; d/o Leslie Marvin Keele & Pearlie Eloise (Barber) Keele

Howard Lynn Townsend
Nov 10, 1921 - Mar 28, 1991

Howard Lynn Townsend, 69, of Roane, died March 28, 1991 at Lakeland Medical Center in Athens.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Paschal Funeral Home. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.
He was a butcher, store manager and a member of Styx Church of Christ. He had lived in Roane for about 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Townsend of Roane; one son, Gary Townsend of Roane; three daughters, Linda Glasgow of Wilmer, Donna Terry of Athens, and Cathy Luksa of Ennis; one sister, Odie Burrow of Roane; one brother, Tams Townsend of Roane; and six grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Mar 29, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Dorothy Mae (Wyatt) Townsend; s/o Joe Townsend & Ethel (Osburn) Townsend
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Willie Mae (Yates) Wilson-Jayroe-Laza
Jan 22, 1914 - Mar 31, 1991

Willie Mae Yates Laza, 77, of Corsicana, died March 31, 1991, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev.
Hayes White officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 22, 1914, in Dresden, and had lived most of her life in Corsicana. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Wesley Laza of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Gary Nelson, Sonny Yates, Namon Yates, Danny Skrivanek, Billy Hargrove and Ricky Montgomery.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr 1, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Unknown Wilson, Harvey Elgin Jayroe and Wesley Laza; d/o John Malcolm Yates & Katie Jane (King) Yates

Eva Marie (Bonner) Haller
Jun 3, 1923 - Apr 2, 1991

Eva Marie Haller, 67, of Corsicana, died April 2, 1991, at her residence.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with David Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born June 3, 1923, in Angus, and had lived in Corsicana for 10 years. She was a retired corrections officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. She was an active member of Church of Christ at West Hill. She was a member of the Quiltmakers Guild.

Survivors include one daughter, Valerie Benedict of Vancouver, Wash.; one son, Rob Haller Jr., of Anaheim, Calif.; her mother, Mattie Elmore of Corsicana; one sister, Mary Bickerstaff of Corsicana; one brother, Willis Bonner Jr. of Mesquite; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles H. Harrison, Lester Bickerstaff, Wayne Bickerstaff, Danny Bickerstaff, Tim Cofer and Koy Cofer.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Apr 6, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Rob Haller, Sr; d/o Willis Calvin Bonner, Sr. & Mattie Alice (Haynes) Bonner-Elmore
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Martha Lucille (Wright) Crowley
1924 - Apr 4, 1991

Martha Lucille Crowley, 67, of Corsicana, died April 4, 1991, at her residence.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and also a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Crowley of Corsicana; one son, Elvie Ray Crowley of Fort Worth; one daughter, Rae Cene Barton of Corsicana; her mother, Ada Wright of Corsicana; two brothers, J.D.  Wright of Corsicana and Cecil Lee Wright of Navarro; one sister, Lillian Harrington of Corsicana; three grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Terry Granger, Kevin Crowley, Bill Crowley, Lane Barton, Dwayne Grounds and Lance Cook.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Apr 5, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Lonnie Edwin Crowley; d/o Cortez Wright & Ada Wright

Emma Lee (Farish) Speegle-Womack-Vyers
Nov 9, 1914 - Mar 28, 1991

Emma Lee Womack Vyers, 76, of Corsicana, died March 28, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rick Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 9, 1914, in Cryer Creek, and had lived in Corsicana since 1985. She was a retired secretary and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Willie Vyers of Corsicana; one brother, James Phelps of Corsicana; four sisters, Jewel Grimmett of Barry, Maudine Shelton of Garland, and Imogene Curry and Mary Loy York, both of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Grimmett, Jerry Grimmett, Larry DeMoss, Bill DeMoss, Roy Harris Jr., and Charles Carroll.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Mar 30, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Linnie Woodrow Speegle, Donald R. Womack & Willie D. Vyers;
  • d/o Hazelwood Buckner Farish & Lura Mae (Brownlee) Farish

Harold Morris "Nick" Nichols
Mar 3, 1912 - Mar 30, 1991

Harold (Nick) Nichols, 79, of Corsicana, died March 30, 1991, in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. William Hitt officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born March 3, 1912, in Hopkins county and had been a resident off Corsicana for the past 50 years. He had served as a minister of Corbet Baptist Church, Timpson Baptist Church, Marshall Baptist Church, Irving Baptist Church, Clute Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
He also was a former employee of the Stewart Motor Co. and was a coach and instructor at the Corsicana Air Training School during world War II.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Nichols of Corsicana; one brother, Bill Nichols of Corsicana; two sisters, Bettye Gilcrease and Martha Christian, both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Mar 31, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • h/o Opal Myra Nichols; s/o Joseph Richard Nichols & Maude Elizabeth (Rogers) Nichols

Jack Rudolph "Bud" Holleman
Jun 4, 1907 - Mar 19, 1991

Jack R. "Bud" Holleman, 83, of Corsicana, died March 19, 1991, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
George Merriman officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. He was born June 4, 1907, in Blooming Grove. He was a retired carpenter and brick layer, a member of the Baptist church, and served in the army during World War II.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Ovalle, Mary Sue McAdams and Sonja J. Follis, all of Corsicana, and Kathlene Price of Navarro Mills; one son Robert Lee Holleman of Greenville; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Marnice Croft of Slayton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 20, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Lela Mae (Snowden) Holleman and Jo Ellen (Beamon) Holleman; s/o Stephen Yates Holleman & Mary Alma (Trawick) Holleman
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Herman Worthington Bruce
May 23, 1918 - Mar 26, 1991

Herman Bruce, 72, of Scurry, died March 26, 1991, in Kaufman.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born May 21, 1918, in Emhouse and had lived in Scurry for three years. He was retired from the U.S. Army Air Force and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Hart Bruce of Scurry; one son, Charles Kirk of Scurry; and three sisters, Neva Rogers of Tarrington, Wyo., and Lois Wiley and Mrs. Bern Lewis, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers include Charles Brown, Haschall Dhane, Johnny Chirafis, Rudolph Palmeri, Kenny Rich and Louis Flower.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 27, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Juanita (Hart) Bruce; s/o Thomas Franklin Bruce & Lena Mae (Vinson) Bruce
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Eldridge Hayes
Jan 10, 1910 - Apr 3, 1991

Eldridge Hayes, 80, of Corsicana, died April 3, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 3 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, and Russell Bankes officiated. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Hayes of Corsicana; one son, Roy Hayes of Corsicana; two daughters, Sylvia Hayes of Corsicana and Karen Hayes of Mexia; one stepson, Thomas Burleson of Amarillo; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Apr 4, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • h/o Lola Mae (Henderson) Burleson-Hayes; s/o William T. Hayes & Lola (Harvey) Hayes

J.C. Howell
Sep 9, 1919 - Apr 2, 1991

J.C. Howell, 72, of Corsicana, died April 2, 1991, in Corsicana.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Trinity. He was a retired core maker for Oil City Iron Works, a member of the First Pentecostal Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Wilson of Houston; two grandsons, Tim Cofer and Koy Cofer, both of Emhouse; and four great0grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Frank Murphy, Troy Miles, Tim Miles, Ralph Dudley, Jerry Miles, Lonnie Keele, Tony Shivers and Charlie Williams.

Notes:


Myrtle Melvina McNeil
Feb 23, 1904 - Mar 30, 1991

Mrs. Myrtle McNeil, 85, of Corsicana, died March 30, 1991.

Services were 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. George Merriman officiating. Burial was in the Long Prairie Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 23, 1904, in Kaufman County and had lived in Corsicana for 60 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie McNeil.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Opal and W.D. Hodge of Corsicana, and Jo and Buddy Wilson of Arlington; one grandson, Larry Hodge of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Joetta Myers of Corsicana; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wilbert Baker, Billy Bamburg, Gary Scott, Billy Smith, Lynn McCary and Vivian Bell.

Honorary pallbearers were Clint Bell and Billy Ray Hurley.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon. Apr 1, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Charlie Lorance McNeil
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Edith Maxine (Hitchens) Ritter
Sep 25, 1911 - Mar 28, 1991

Edith Maxine Ritter, 79, of Corsicana, died March 28, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Joe Scro officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Ritter of Corsicana; one son, Gary Ritter of Corsicana; two daughters, Mary Townsend of Arlington and Louann (Ritter) McCaled of Corsicana; one brother James Hitchens of Mesa, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Mar. 30, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Lee Edward Ritter
  • 2nd LT. ARMY AIR CORPS - WWII

Jack Grover Sherman
Oct 20, 1910 - Apr 3, 1991

Jack Sherman, 80, of Corsicana, died April 3, 1991, at his residence.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 20, 1910, in Arkansas City, Kan. After a career in radio broadcasting in California, he worked in the early days of television as a broadcast journalist with WFAA-TV in Dallas. In 1955, he came to Corsicana and operated the Corsicana Grader and Machine Company. He was a member of St. John's Eposcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Sherman of Corsicana; three sons, Phil Kretsinger of Los Angeles, Patrick Sherman of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Bick Sherman of Corsicana; one daughter, Linda Gowan of Duncan, Okla.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bill Kretsinger of Littleton, N.H.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Brown and Nelson Ross.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Apr 5, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Barbara Elizabeth (Byrd) Sherman
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Ethel (Viles) Long
Jul 2, 1905 - Apr 6, 1991

Mrs. E.O. (Ethel) Long, 85, of Corsicana, died April 6, 1991, at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services were 4 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. B.F.
Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born July 2, 1905, in Hardin, and had lived in Corsicana since 1932. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Dr. Ernest Long of Denver; two daughters, Jo Wrenn of Dallas and Marianne Anderson of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother; five sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dr. Ben Jones, Frank Marx Jr., John Parker, Roark Montgomery, Jon Ed Ingham and Bill LePoris.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr 8, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Ernest Oliver Long
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Betty Jo (Thomas) Lambert
Sep 24, 1931 - Apr 8, 1991

Betty Jo Lambert, 59, of Irving. died April 8, 1991, at Irving Community Hospital.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.
Family will receive visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
She was a former resident of navarro County.
She is survived by her husband, John Lambert of Irving; two sons, Mike Staggs of Denton and Jimmy Staggs of Krum; one daughter Pam Staggs of The Colony; one sister, Peggy McCulloch of Silver City; and 10 grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr 8, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o John Lambert; d/o Grady Lee Thomas & Carrie Mae (Farmer) Thomas
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Wilma Jessie (Hilbun) Watkins-Wade
Nov 24, 1903 - Apr 6, 1991

Wilma Wade, 87, of Corsicana; died April 6, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Rick Roberson officiating. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John Edward Watkins of Dallas; one brother, John Hilbun of Waco; one sister, Mrs. Ben Billingslwy of Garland; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were William Lane, Melvin Watkins, George Page, Ron Franks, Kelly Page and Jerry Welch.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr 8, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o John Watkins and Buck Wade; d/o Robert Lafayette Hilbun & Georgia Ann (Neal) Hilbun
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Gary Don Kennemer
Dec 11, 1939 - Apr 5, 1991

Gary Don Kennemer, 51, of Dawson, died april 5, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Klel Quesenberry officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery near dawson.

He was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Burns Flat, Okla., and had been a resident of Dawson since January. Prior to that, he lived in Fort Worth for seven years. He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kennemer of Dawson; two sons, Mark Wayne Kennemer of Elk City, Okla., and Darrin Scott Kennemer of Burns Flat; one daughter, Deanna Michelle Mendez of Clinton, Okla.; one stepson, James Chokas of Fort Worth; one step-daughter, Lisa Strine of Fort Worth; his mother, Crystal (Pete) Kennemer of Fritch; two sisters, Pat Webb of Fritch and Anita Twyman of Elk City; and three grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Apr 7, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary Kennemer; s/o Crystal Kennemer
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Copie Hagen Hamel, Sr.
May 10, 1885 - Dec 14, 1953

Kerens Farmer Expires Monday

C. H. Hamel, 68, farmer, Route 2, Kerens, died in Memorial Hospital here Monday afternoon following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Midway cemetery near Streetman.

Hamel was a native of Winkler and had resided in this section all of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; six sons, J. B. Hamel, Dallas; Luther Hamel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Paul Hamel, Dallas; Ed and David Hamel, both of Kerens, and C. H. Hamel, Jr., Post; five daughters, Mrs. K. O. Hollingsworth, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. A. L. Hodge and Mrs. Cecil Templeton, both of Houston; and Misses Frances and Dora Hamel, both of Kerens, and other relatives.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Dec 15, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Minnie Carrie (Haywood) Hamel 2nd wife Lillie (McGary) Hamel; s/o John Hamel & Julia Ann (Reeves) Hamel

Lucy Oliva (Sinclair) McCulloch
Aug 1, 1880 - Dec 6, 1954

Mrs. McCulloch Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Lucy Olivia McCulloch, 74, resident of the Navarro Mills community most of her life, died in the Twilight Home here Monday night.

Funeral services were held from the Navarro Mills Baptist church Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Navarro Mills cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Billy Baggett, pastor of the First Baptist church, Richland, and Rev. W. T. Allmon, Hubbard, pastor of the Cedar Creek Baptist church at Retreat.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ottie Parrish, Corsican, and Mrs. Ray Goodman, Houston; six sons, Harve and Bennie McCulloch, both of Corsicana; Wilmer and Claudie McCulloch, both of Dallas; Elmer McCulloch, Navarro Mills, and J. T. McCulloch, Alice; a brother, Maxie Sinclair, Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Lush McCulloch, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Will Price, California, and a number of other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

Notes:


Allyne Bell (Coates) Weeks
Nov 28, 1885 - Dec 27, 1953

Services Tuesday For Mrs. Weeks

Funeral services for Mrs. A. L. Weeks, 68, Route 3, Corsicana, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic early Monday morning were held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Tom Allmon, Hubbard, pastor of the Grape Creek Baptist church. Burial was in the Marshall cemetery.

Mrs. Weeks was born at Kerens and had resided in Navarro county all of her life. She had been ill two years.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; a son, Glyn Weeks, New Smyrna, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Merle Williamson, Irving; four grandchildren; a brother, W. B. Coates, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Winnie Smith, Fluvanna, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sam Tucker, A. B. Paschal, M. E. Harper, W. A. Peden, Tim Anderson and B. F. Anderson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Dec 29, 1953
  • submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Arthur Lee Weeks married Oct 4, 1911; d/o William Wayne Coates & Katherine “Kitty” (Lyles) Weeks buried at Long Prairie Cemetery

James Norris Lipscomb
B&D Feb 15, 1953

Rites For Infant Held At Kerens

KERNS, Feb. 16.—(Spl.)—Graveside rites were held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Kerens cemetery for James Norris Lipscomb, Jr. infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Lipscomb, Jr., of Ennis. The infant died at Memorial Hospital, Corsicana, Sunday night.

The services were conducted by the Rev. M. O. Davis.

In addition to the parents survivors include grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Newsom, Kerens; Mr. and Mrs. Norris Lipscomb, Sr. Ennis.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

Notes:


Bluford Elmer Davis
Aug 7, 1887 - Jun 10, 1953

Rites At Kerens For B. E. Davis

B. E. Davis, 65, former resident of the Rural Shade community , died at the Navarro Clinic Wednesday night after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at the Inmon Funeral Home in Kerens at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. W. T. Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Davis had been living in Pasadena for the past several years. He is survived by his wife of Pasadena; two sons, Roy Davis of Pasadena, and Chester Davis of Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Calvin Simmons of Houston and Mrs. R. B. Simmons of Corsicana; four brothers, Noel Davis of Broken Bow, Okla., Oliver and Roy Davis of Fouke, Ark.; and Russell Davis of Texarkana; and six grandchildren.

Nephews will be pallbearers at the funeral rites.

Notes:


Willie “Bonner” (Davidson) Meador
Dec 9, 1864 - Sep 25, 1953

Mrs. B. D. Meador Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bonner Davidson Meador, 89, who died at her home in Wortham Friday afternoon, were held from the Central Presbyterian church in Wortham Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. T. I. Sandlin, pastor, and Rev. Edgar Hubbard. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery near Navarro.

A native of Eureka, Mrs. Meador had resided in Wortham 47 years. She was the widow of the late Thrate Meador. She was a Presbyterian, WBA and Eastern Star member.

Surviving are a son, Henry C. Meador, and a daughter, Mrs. Katie Allen, both of Wortham; a grandson, Henry E. Meador, Dallas; a granddaughter, Mrs. Harold L. Weant, Falfurrias; a great-granddaughter, Mary Ann Weant, Falfurrias; a brother, J. R. Davidson, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Benton, Beaumont, and Mrs. Tuiette Blanchard, Corpus Christi; six nieces and nine nephews.

Pallbearers were J. D. Blankenship, Robert Davidson, Harold Davidson, John Briggs, James Briggs, David Briggs Hooks, Thrate Blanchard, James Benton and Robert Benton.

McCammon directed.

Notes:


George Barnard Lambert, Jr. 
May 5, 1932 - Jun. 6, 2020

George Bernard Lambert, Jr., 88 of Angleton passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020. He was born to George and Aline Lambert in Frost, TX.

A public Visitation will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Danbury Baptist Church from 5:30-6:30pm followed by Funeral Service at 6:30pm. He will be laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, TX at 1pm Saturday, June 13, 2020.

George was a real life cowboy. He loved telling amazing stories about the good ol' days. He was an Iron Worker who worked hard at everything he did. He spent many hours on the dance floor with his beloved wife Pat. He cherished all the time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a life long gardener known for his delicious vegetables. You can always count on seeing a little spotted dog in his lap and by his side every day. He never met a stranger. Everyone was welcome. He would greet you with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. The kind of man who took care of everything and everyone. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob Lambert, and his daughter Janet Morrow.

George is survived by his loving wife Pat, his brother Jerry Lambert, his son Allen Lambert and wife Sharon. Grandchildren Bebo Lambert and wife Misti, Ryan Lambert, Bryan Lambert and Peter Grunden ,Brandy Brown and husband Brandon, Kendra Hernandez and husband Homer, Janna Slaughter and husband Bobby. Great Grandchildren Mackenzie, Mylie, Maren, Chandler, Robert, Bryson, Brynlee, Elaina, Rylie, Mia, and one great great grandchild Cash. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Notes:

  • h/o Patsy Ruth (Caddell) Lambert s/o George Barnard Lambert, Sr. and Aline (Bagley) Lambert

Ford Lockett, Sr.
Dec 22, 1867 - Oct 27, 1953

Ford Lockett Rites Sunday

Ford Lockett, 85, well known negro barber, life-long resident of Navarro county, died Tuesday night following an illness of two months.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. from the First Missionary Baptist church on East Fifth avenue under direction of the Ross Funeral Home. Burial will be here.

Lockett was a barber at the Durham shop on South Beaton street for many years before suffering a stroke of paralysis in July, 1927.

Surviving are his wife, Mittie Lockett, Corsicana, and one grandson, Leonard L. Wallace, Berkley, Calif.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Oct 28, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX
  • 1st wife Lizzie (Jones) Lockett married Jan. 17, 1893 2nd wife Mittie (Todd) Hicks- Lockett married Nov. 8, 1897 s/o Cynthia Hammock per death certificate

Lela Ann Allen
B&D Nov 17, 1951

Infant Dies At P. & S. Hospital

Lela Ann Allen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denton Allen, died at the P. and S. Hospital early Saturday.

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Brinkley, Baptist minister.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, George Henry Blackford, a sister, Peggy Lorina Blackford, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Biddy, Corsicana and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Allen, Moody.

Notes:


James Thomas Allen
May 12, 1886 - Oct 14, 1974

James T. Allen

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James T. Allen, 88, resident of Barry, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Ken Branan will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was a native of Pluto, had lived in Barry 10 years, was a retired farmer, and member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack A. Pugh of San Antonio; two sons, T. B. Allen of Houston, and Oran Allen of Texas City; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Miss Permelia Rebecca Allen of Selma, Calif.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Oct 15, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Belva (Malone) Allen married Sep. 4, 1904; s/o James H. Allen & Elizabeth J. (UNKNOWN) Allen per death certificate

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J. T. Allen

Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James T. Allen, 88, resident of Barry, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Ken Branan was to officiate with burial to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Belva M. Allen of Barry; a daughter, two sons, seven- grandchildren, five great grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Pallbearers include Lee A. Pugh, Wayne Allen, John F. Reed, Marshall Massengale, Lowell Reed and Leon Reed.

Notes:


Belva (Malone) Allen
Oct 14, 1888 - Aug 17, 1977

Mrs. Allen

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. James T. Allen, 88, resident of Barry, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Wess Haefs will officiate, with burial following at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was a native of Red Oak, and a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack A. Pugh of San Antonio; two sons, T. B. Allen of Houston and Oran Allen of Texas City, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Emma Tupin of Oklahoma City.

Notes:


Charles Newton Allen
Feb 20, 1949 - Dec 31, 1952

Services Sunday For Allen Child

Funeral services for Charles Newton Allen, aged four years, who died in Rollo, Mo., Wednesday will be held from the Patterson Memorial Presbyterian church at Eureka Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are the parents, Lieutenant and Mrs. Duel Allen, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; three brothers, David, Harold and Richards Allen, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; grandmother, Mrs. R. R. Renfro, Eureka, and other relatives.

Griffin will direct.

Notes:


Alma Lee (Allen) Poss
Sep 22, 1910 - Mar 2, 1972

Mrs. Poss

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Lee Poss, 61, longtime Barry resident, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home. The Rev. Tom Roebuck will officiate, assisted by Rev. Jim Lofton. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. She died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the Barry Baptist Church

She is survived by her husband, C. D. Poss of Barry; one sister, Mrs. Jewell Pugh of San Antonio; three brothers, Paul W. Allen of San Spring, Okla.; T. B. Allen of Houston, and Oran Allen of Texas City; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Tom Lucas, John F. Reed, Ernest Gilbert, Robert Parrish, Pete Livingstone and Marshall Massingale.

Notes:

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Mrs. Poss

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Lee Poss, 61, Barry, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Tom Robuck and the Rev. Jim Lofton officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery. She died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are her husband, C. D. Poss, Barry; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Allen, Barry; a sister, Mrs. Jewell Pugh, San Antonio; three brothers, Paul W. Allen, Sand Springs, Okla.; T. B. Allen, Houston, and Oran Allen, Texas City; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Billie Irene Doris Marie (Freeland) Oliver-Rogers
Jan 15, 1920 - May 25, 2012

Billie Irene Doris Rogers, 92, of Waco, passed away Friday, May 25, 2012, at Quality Care of Waco. Services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery, between Hubbard and Dawson, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

Billie was born in Hubbard, Texas, to the late Jeff and Oma Freeland. She worked at small dress shops in the downtown Waco area. Billie retired from Sears & Roebuck after 24 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Thomas Rogers; son, Gary Oliver; and grandson, Jeff Oliver.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Nancy Kroll and husband, Mike, Jimmy Oliver and wife, Linda, Gary Thomas Oliver, Danua Harbert; great-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Joey, Allyson, Brandon, Cameron, Emma, Kourtney, Danaile, Frankie; and great-great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jamie; adopted son, Adam Oliver; and long-time family friend, Madelyn Goff.

Notes:

  • Waco Tribune-Herald – May 27, 2012
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Elmer Thomas Rogers; d/o Jefferson Marshall “Jeff” Freeland & Oma Thela (Williams) Freeland

Jefferson Marshall “Jeff” Freeland
Dec 31, 1879 - Mar 3, 1953

Jeff Freeland Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Jeff Freeland, 73, who died in a Waco hospital Tuesday, were held from the Hubbard Cumberland Presbyterian church Wednesday. Burial was in the Liberty Hill cemetery.

Freeland was a life-long resident of the Liberty Hill Cemetery northwest of Dawson in Navarro county.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Billie Rodgers, Waco; a grandson, and two sisters, Mrs. Etta Bills and Mrs. Ella Bowmer, both of Hubbard.

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Virginia Beatrice Howell
Jul 3, 1949 - Oct 30, 1963

Kerens Student Rites Friday

KERENS, Oct. 31 (Spl)—Miss Virginia Beatrice Howell, 14, fifth-grade student in Kerens school, died in Memorial hospital Wednesday afternoon following a short illness. She made her home with grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Fletcher here.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Rural Shade Baptist church with burial in the Long Prairie cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Fore of Kerens and Rev. Grady Cook, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. John Combs, Athens; two brothers, Lewis Howell, Corsicana, and Robert Howell, Athens; two sisters, Bobbie Howell, Athens, and Nancy Howell, Kerens; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher and Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Howell, all of Kerens.

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George Milton Hunt
Aug 6, 1888 - May 12, 1952

G. M. Hunt Dies Lisbon Hospital

George Milton Hunt, 63, native of Kerens, 1522 Sullivan Drive, Dallas, died in the Veterans’ Hospital at Lisbon Monday. He was a veteran of World War I
.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Hunt, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. T. M. Nowlin, Shreveport, La.; two nephews, Byron Nowlin, Longview, and D. A. Nowlin, Houston; and a niece, Mrs. Doris Fanter, Shreveport, and other relatives.

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Sanford Hutcheson "Saint" Brown
Nov 25, 1878 - Feb 27, 1952

Powell Resident Dies Wednesday

KERENS, Feb. 28.—(Spl.)—S. H. Brown, 74, of Powell, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Austin, here Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Powell Methodist church at 2 p.m. Friday with burial in the Bazette cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. J. Fletcher, Corsicana Baptist minister, and Rev. M. O. Southerland, pastor of the Powell Baptist church.

A native of Indiana, Brown had resided in the Powell community most of his life.

Surviving are a son, Roy Brown, Powell; six daughters, Mrs. C. L. Mosher, Waco; Mrs. O. P. Glasgow, Dallas; Mrs. George Austin, Kerens; Mrs. C. O. Lewis, Corsicana; Mrs. W. A. Brown, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Gartietz, Moran; Mrs. A. L. Andrews, and Mrs. Billy Hooker, both of Corsicana; 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Robert Idus Sandlin, Sr.
Oct 15, 1877 - Dec 1, 1952

R. I. Sandlin Dies Monday Morning

R. I. Sandlin, 75, Kerens barber, died in Memorial Hospital early Monday morning following a brief illness. He was a native of Georgia, but had resided in Kerens 42 years.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church at Kerens Tuesday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Bazette cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Davis, pastor; Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. R. C. Linder, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Robert Sandlin, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Walter E. Heath, Houston; a brother, Edgar Walker, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Jones both of Whitehouse, Texas and a grandson, Walter Craig Heath, Waco, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bill Berry, John Seale, Robert Hilliard, Joe Baker, T. E. White, Johnny Mills, Fred Jennings, Whit Scarborough, R. P. Walker and w. G. Johnson.

Inmon will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Dec. 1, 1952
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Rose Lee (Jones) Sandlin buried in Brookside Memorial Park, Houston also his son Robert is buried there s/o Louis Sandlin and Hattie (Bowerick) Sandlin-Walker buried in Whitehouse cemetery, Whitehouse, Tx. also brother Charlie Edgar Walker and sister Suster Alice (Walker) Jones are buried in Whitehouse cemetery

Marilyn Catheen Tapley
B&D Oct 14, 1952

Tapley Infant Expires Tuesday

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Tapley of Tucson, Ariz., died at Memorial Hospital late Tuesday night.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tapley and Mr. And Mrs. Lonnie McMillan, all of Corsicana.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday afternoon.

Corley is in charge.

Notes:

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Tapley Infant Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Marilyn Catheen Tapley, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin C. Tapley, Tucson, Ariz., who died at Memorial Hospital late Tuesday night, will be held from the Corley Chapel at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Southerland, pastor of the First Baptist church of Powell. Burial will be in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Tapley and Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie McMillan, all of Corsicana.

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Willie B. "Rufus" Washburn
Feb 20, 1910 -Apr 10, 1991

Willie B. (Rufus) Washburn, 83, of Samaria Community near Kerens, died April 10, in a Temple hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Samaria Baptist Church, with the Rev. Vernon Busby Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Samaria Community Cemetery. Brown's Mortuary in Malakoff is in charge of arrangements.

He was a member of the Samaria Baptist Church, a world War II veteran, and a retired farmer.

Survivors include one sister, Eula Haynes of Kerens; two nieces, Alma Phillips of Corsicana, and Lillie Carter of Goodlow Park Kerens; and two nephews, Richard Haynes of Kerens, and Charles Haynes of Corsicana

Pallbearers will be Travis Owens, Louis Hall, Joe Hall, Chester Hall, Eddie Hall and Mr. Garland.

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Alva Russell Reid
Oct 24, 1918 - Apr 8, 1991

Alva Russell Reid, 72, of Henderson, died April 8, 1991, in Henderson.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home Chapel in Henderson. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 24, 1918, in Corsicana, and had lived in Henderson since 1975. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and was a veteran of World War II. He was a pilot, who had received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation medal. He was a member of the Baptist Church and several organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ethel Reid.

Survivors include his wife, Sallye Reid of Henderson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Carolyn and John Rielly of Topeka, Kan., and Gail and Fred Eisenbarth of Kansas City, Kan.; one sister, Gloria Drennan of Henderson; five grandchildren; and two nieces.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Charles Breco Vess
Nov 2, 1903 - Apr 6, 1991

Charles B. Vess, 87, of Lilian, Ala., died April 6, 1991.

Services are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 2, 1903, in Canton. He was a retired manager of the Velvet Ice Co. in Corsicana and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one son, Charles G. Vess of Lilian; one grandson, Charles M. Vess of Bedford; and one granddaughter, Angela Porter of Dallas.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Apr. 8, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Marjorie Margaret (Gowan) Vess
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

William Robert Flynn
Jul 13, 1913 - Apr 12, 1991

William R. Flynn, 77, of Corsicana, died April 12, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born July 30, 1913, in Corsicana. He was a retired truck driver and had worked for Gifford Hill Construction. Lee Holsey Construction, and Texas Construction. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Flynn of Corsicana; three sons, Larry Flynn of Corsicana, Don Bolen of Killeen, and William E. Harvell Jr. of Mabank; four daughters, Donny Kay Ybarra of Waco, Linda Holmes of Irving. Shirley Holley of Bowie, and Nancy Mowry of Fort Worth; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby Brown of Corsicana, and Ruth Robinson of Fairfield; one brother, Charlie Flynn of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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J. Olin Lawler
Jan. 31, 1923 - Apr. 9, 1991

The Rev. J. Olin Lawler, 68 of Purdon, died April 9, 1991, at Navaro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Rouhton Funeral Home with Robert Easterling and Fred Heath officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery.

He was a preacher in Jacksboro, Grand Prairie, Orange, Blooming Grove and at Community Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie Lawler of Purdon; one son, Jimmy Lawler of Moore, Okla.; two daughters, Fredna Turner and Joann Pommerening, both of Purdon; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Pommerening, Lann Pommerening, Gerald Lawler, Jeremy Pomerening, Wes Turner, J.T. Lawler, Ben Baker and Robert Crews.

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Preston Smith
Mar 12, 1926 - Apr 5, 1991

Preston Smith, 65, of Corsicana, died April 5, 1991, at mel-Hven Convalescent home.

Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with the Rev. A.E. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery under direction of Scott Funeral Home.

Quiet Hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday,

He was born in Dawson and formerly worked as a compressor. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Smith of Dallas; one son, Preston Smith Jr., of Dallas; his stepfather, Lucious Brooks of Corsicana; one sister, Dorothy Lusk Woodard of Corsicana; one aunt, Lillie Porter of Austin; and two uncles, Floyd Brooks of Teague, and S.L. Chavers of Houston.

Pallbearers will be Larry Lusk, Christopher Thomas Lusk, Michael Calhoun, Sidney Polk, Danny Lusk, Sidney M. Lusk, Hugh Knox and Junius woodard.

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Rufus Belton Ribble
Sep 24, 1898 - Apr 5, 1991

Rufus Ribble, 92, of Rice, died April 5, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Rice with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Rice cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 24, 1898, in Rice. He was a retired grocery merchant and manager of the Rice Water Department.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris Smith of Hillsboro; one grandson, Keith Hewett. of Hillsboro; one granddaughter, Kely Hewitt of Hillsboro; and one step-son, Bill Galloway of Port Neches.

Pallbearers will be James Fortson, Bennie Hoffman, Ernest Reynolds, Sid Schutte, Henry McElroy and Vern St. Mars.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Apr 6, 1991
    Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Delyn (Rogers) Ribble; s/o Jesse Alexander Ribble & Ollie Lea (Sparks) Ribble
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Judy Kay (Rash) McGraw
Mar 31, 1949 - Jun 8, 2020

Judy Kay McGraw, 71, passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2020. She was born on March 31, 1949 in Corsicana, Tx to Roy and Emma Rash. She married "Buddy" McGraw on December 20, 1969 in Oklahoma. They spent the next 50 years building a life in Blooming Grove, Tx making memories with their large family. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved cooking as well as "going to the boats" as she called it. Most of all she loved being "Nanny" to not only her own grandchildren but to all that crossed her path.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Emma Rash; brothers, Billy Roy Rash and Bobby Gene, and sister Brenda Albrilton. She is survived by her husband, Joe "Buddy" McGraw; daughter, Stacy McGraw, and daughter, Kim Brown and husband Jason. Grandchildren; Ashley and Ryan Watson, Chelsie and Jacob Benton, Jordan and Johnathan Shirley, Gage McGraw, Kayleigh Blissett, and Kamryn Brown. Great Grandchildren; Aubree and Landree Watson, Braxton Richards, Bryer Benton, Korbyn and Kolbie Shirley. She is also survived by sister and brother-in-law, Bettie and Doug Jones, Mary Keene and Jackie Mitcham as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside Memorial Service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Lone Oak Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Tx.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Jeffie C. Cyrus, Sr.
Jun 18, 1924 - Apr 12, 1991

Jeffie Cyrus, of Corsicana, died April 13, 1991, in Dallas.

Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greater St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Dallas with the Rev. Clifford Young officiating. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery under direcion of Scott Funeral Home.

Survivors include 12 children, Barbara Curry, Michael Curry, C.J. Curry, Bobby Curry, Jeffrey C. Cyrus Jr., Danny Cyrus, Teresa Cyrus, Ruthie Cyrus, Ruthie Lee and Ricky Curry; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers; six sisters; and a host of other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Apr 17, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Willie Mae (Gross) Cyrus
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • His headstone and death records state that his death was Apr. 12.

Lizzie Washington
abt 1893 - Apr 13, 1991

Lizzie Washington, 98, of Streetman, died April 13, 1991, at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Wortham.

Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hall Baptist Church in Winkler with the Rev. Charles Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hall Cemetery under direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include her husband, Till Washington of Streetman; and five grandsons, Van Johnson, George Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Tommie Johnson and Sedric Johnson, all of Fort Worth.

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Lillian Augusta Cobb
abt 1916 - Apr 15, 1991

Lillian Augusta Cobb, 75, of Keene, died April 15, 1991 in Fort Worth.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Clayton Smith officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Claudette Cobb Lord of Fort Worth; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tom Cannon, Donald Cannon, Max Johnson, Rick Barnett and Mike Psencik.

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Aubrey Thomas "Bud" Berry
Mar 21, 1914 - Apr 13, 1991

A. T. Berry, 77, of Corsicana, died April 13, 1991, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Ficzeri officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born March 21, 1914, in Austin. He was a resident of Corsicana about 20 years. He was a retired granite polisher and the retired owner of the Paragon Motel. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Llano, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Berry of Corsicana; four daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Winston Koerth of Ozona, Texas, Eva and Lawton Yarbough and Etta Bele and Stoney Scaggs, all of cherokee, Texas, and Joan and Henry Lackey of Georgetown; one son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Thomas and Theresa Berry of Dripping Springs; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Billy Berry of Austin and J.e. Berry of Llano; one sister, Thelma Day of Fort Worth; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Apr. 14, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Beatrice Dail "Bea" (Spurlin) Berry
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • He is buried beside his wife Beatrice Berry in Cherokee Cemetery, Cherokee, San Saba County, Texas. May have been moved or a last minute change...Karen

Walter Lou Anders
Dec. 31, 1874 - Jan. 16, 1953

Walter Anders Dies At Houston

Walter L. Anders, 78, died in Houston Friday.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the St. Elmo Baptist church in Winkler with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Leonard Lee.

Surviving are his wife of Houston; four sons, T. P., Talmer and Willie Anders all of Houston, and Birdie Anders, Alto Limo; three daughters, Mrs. B. O. Thomas, Harlingen; Mrs. H. A. Wilson, Houston, and Mrs. Clyde Morgan, Kilgore; 35 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

Notes:


Annie Elinor (Vinson) Anders
Dec. 31, 1876 - Aug. 1, 1971

Mrs. Annie Elnor Anders, 95, of Houston died there Sunday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Elmo cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She is survived by two sons, Talmer Anders, Houston and Birdie Anders, Channelview; three daughters, Mrs. B. O. Thomas and Mrs. H. A. Wilson of Harlingen and Mrs. Ernest Rice of Kilgore; two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Roney, San Benito, and Mrs. John Lewis, Fort Worth; a number of grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

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Larry Joe Allen
Jul 8, 1940 - Apr 26, 2014

Larry Joe Allen, 73, of Streetman, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at his home in the presence of his family. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the funeral home Chapel with Grayson Glass officiating. Burial will follow in St. Elmo Cemetery.

Larry was born in Tyler, Texas, to Harold Grayson Allen and Frankie Geraldine Skaggs Allen. He graduated from Forest Hill High in Jackson, Mississippi in 1957. He attended Mississippi State at the age of 17 and acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Poultry Husbandry. After graduating college, Larry and Patsy Putnam bumped into each other at a cafe in Carthage, Mississippi, after four years of not seeing each other, since high school. They married on May 16, 1962.

Larry went into the U.S. Army in September, 1962, and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, for three years. He spent 11 years in the Army serving in Vietnam for two tours. He was employed by Texas A&M University in May of 1979. He retired through the Army Reserves as Lieutenant Colonel in September of 1989.

He was employed as a county agent in Falls, Hardin, and Jefferson Counties. He retired in 1992 from Jefferson County Extension Service. He and Patsy moved to Streetman in 1998. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Streetman. He enjoyed building small engines, fishing, reading, computers, and building model airplanes. He was a member of East Texas Moderlers (IPMS/USA Chapter 06-50) in Tyler, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dean Allen in 1992; and his father, Harold G. Allen in 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Allen, of Streetman; sons, Joe Allen and wife, DuAnne, of Fairfield, and Dean Allen, of Streetman; daughter, Donna Allen, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Suzanne Osborne, of Fairfield, Josh Allen and wife, Lindsey, of Sherman, Ashley Frank and husband, Greg, of Beaumont, Shaun Allen and Jessica Cheatham, of Fairfield; seven great-grandchildren; mother, Geraldine Skaggs Allen, of Streetman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Notes:

  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US Army Vietnam
  • h/o Patsy (Putnam) Allen married May 16, 1962; s/o Harold Grayson Allen and Frankie Geraldine (Skaggs) Allen

Shirley Irene (Williams) Allen
May 7, 1932 - Sep 4, 2012

Shirley Irene Allen, 80, of Kirvin, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in Fairfield. Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2012, at Capps Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Shirley Irene was born in Everett, Washington, to the late Earl and Effie Sudds Williams. She married Byron G. Allen, a native of Winkler, on May 16, 1951, in Bremerton, Washington, while Byron was serving in the U.S. Navy. Shirley and Byron came to Texas in 1964 from St. Louis, Missouri and then to Freestone County in 1984.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron.

Survivors include her sons, William R. Allen, of St. Peters, Missouri and Milton B. Allen, of Kirvin; daughters, Sharon L. Huss and husband, Joe, of St. Peters, Missouri, and Donna LaBeau, of Warrington, Missouri; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; as well as other relatives and many friends.
 

Notes:

  • Capps Memorial Chapel Fairfield, Tx
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Byron Gordon Allen married May 16, 1951; d/o Earl Williams & Effie (Sudds) Williams

Milton Bruce Allen
Sep 24, 1931 - Mar 8, 1953

Soldier Rites Held Wednesday

FAIRFIELD, March 16—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Sgt. Milton B. Allen, 22 accidentally asphyxiated near Fort Sill, Okla., last Sunday, were held from the First Baptist church in Streetman Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The rites were conducted by Revs. M. O. Southerland, L. G. Lee and O. B. Southerland, L. G. Lee and O. B. Herrington. Interment was in St. Elmo Cemetery.

Sgt. Allen was stationed at Fort Sill where he would have graduated from O. C. S. April 21. He was reported to have gone to sleep in a room, leaving a stove burning.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Allen, Streetman; four brothers, Winston and Sam Allen, both of Streetman; Bryan Allen, U. S. Navy and Frank Allen, Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Max Wood and Elaine Allen, both of Fairfield; Mrs. Jack Hughes and Mrs. Harry Hughes, both of Kirvin and grandmother, Mrs. Josie D. Bennett, Marfa.

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Blanchie Mae (Cannon) Allen
Mar 5, 1927 - Sep 17, 2010

Blanchie Mae Allen, 83, of Fairfield, Texas, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 in Waco, Texas.

Services were held at First Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Pruitt officiating. Interment followed at St. Elmo Cemetery in the St. Elmo/Winkler community.

Mrs. Allen was born March 5, 1927 near Fairfield, Texas, to parents Robert N. and Lillie Mae York Cannon.

She married Thomas C. Allen on November 16, 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2005. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairfield, the Ruth Sunday School Class and the First Baptist Church Keenagers.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tonja Vaughan on May 7, 2010; one brother, Willis Cannon and a sister, Eloise Davis.

Left to cherish her memory is a son, Tony Allen and wife Jan; a son-in-law, David Vaughan; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Thomas Carrol Allen; s/o Robert Nathaniel Cannon & Lillie May (York) Cannon

Janice Sue “Jan” (Cryer) Allen
Jun 3, 1956 - Feb 9, 2020

Janice Sue (Jan) Allen, 63, of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Fairfield. Jan was born June 3, 1956 in Beaumont, Texas at Beaumont Baptist Hospital to parents Plumber Jefferson (P.J.) Cryer and Bessie Marie Cowart Cryer. She was raised in Baytown and at sixteen married her husband Tony. She then joined him in Grafenwoehr, Germany where she would later receive her high school diploma. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Thomas and Blanch Allen; a sister-in-law, Tonja Vaughn and two brothers-in-law, Glenn Hamilton and Robert Sellers.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 48 years, Tony; four children, Greg Allen and wife Shelly of Hillsboro; Bessie Lamb of Fairfield; Quincy Allen and husband Clayton Aldrich; Kalop Allen and wife Crystal Wettermark; grandchildren, Turner, Jackson and Aydon Allen; Brianna and Evan Lamb; Kaylee, Nicole (Nikki) and Michael (Mikey) Pickering; Lily Allen; Shannon Heinen, Lisa Aldrich Guidry and Makenzie Aldrich; a brother, Larry Cryer and wife Deanna; two sisters, Judy Sanders and Joyce Sellers; and of utmost importance, four fur babies, Teddy, Cinch, Tigger and Molly; also a very supporting, appreciated, and loved Calvary Baptist Church body. More friends than we could name and “kids” of every age range that she influenced.

Notes:

  • Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • St. Elmo Cemetery
  • w/o Tony Glenn Allen; d/o Plummer Jefferson Cryer & Bessie Marie (Cowart) Cryer

Julia Darden (Anderson) Whitlock
Sep 9, 1909 - Aug 10, 1972

Mrs. Whitlock

Mrs. Julia Whitlock, 62, died Thursday in Dallas. She was a registered nurse and had made her home in Mesquite. She was the sister of Mrs. Inez Lee of Streetman.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at the St. Elmo Church in St. Elmo, the Rev. Cecil Thompson officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Elmo Cemetery, Corley Funeral Home directing.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Irene Walker of Winkler; a niece, Miss Mary Alice Lee of Mesquite; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Clell Young, Willie D. Pillans, Ershel Evans, Jack Pillans, J. M. Fannin and Wayne Pillans.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Aug 11, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Eugene Daniel “Gene” Whitlock married Jun 26, 1936; d/o George Boon Anderson & Ila Mary (Darden) Anderson

Leonard Gordon Lee
Aug 27, 1909 - May 1, 1975

L. G. Lee

Services will be held at First Baptist Church in Streetman (time to be announced) for Leonard G. Lee, 65, resident of Streetman, who died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Don Treadwell will officiate, and burial will be at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow of Streetman, a daughter, Mrs. Fred Lee of Mesquite; three grandchildren, a brother, Carl Lee of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Mrs. Dave Blanchard of Richardson, Mrs. Floyd Lewis of Robstown, Mrs. Bill Shelton of Kerens, Mrs. David Wilson of Corsicana; his father, Sam Lee of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Leonard G. Lee

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Streetman for Leonard G. Lee, 65, resident of Streetman, who died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Don Treadwell and Rev. Bob Gaines will officiate with burial following at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

Survivors include his widow, a daughter, three grandchildren, a brother, four sisters, his father and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Willie D. Pillons, Clyde Walker, David Lee Blanchard, David Wilson, Jr., Hallie Rash and Nelson Phipps.

Honorary pallbearers include members of the Men’s Bible Class of First Baptist Church and Dr. Robert Bone.

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Addie Belle (Anderson) Robinson
Jan 15, 1888 - Feb 23, 1978

Mrs. Robinson

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Belle Robinson, 90, resident of Streetman, who died Friday in Fairfield.

She was a former resident of Navarro County.

Burial was at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Cad Roberts of Waco, Mrs. Mona Slade of Streetman and nine grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Fred Douglas Ball, Jr.
Nov 28, 1925 - Apr 14, 1991

Fred Douglas Ball, Jr. 65, of Corsicana, died April 14, 1991, at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Center in San Antonio.

Wake service will be 7 to 8 .m. Saturday. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grace Gospel Church of God in Christ, 515 N. Fifth St. in Corsicana, with Elder E.L. Baptist officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

He was a world War II veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Survivors include his cousins, Elder and Mrs. Billy Elias Sr. of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Freda Camille (Berry) Lawrence-York
Jan 27, 1950 - Apr 19, 1991

Camille Berry York, 40, of Corsicana, died Friday at her home.

Funeral services are pending wih Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie York, of Corsicana; one son, Jason York of Corsicana; two daughters, Dixie Lawrence of Denton and Hollie Gaines of Tyler; and one brother, Bill Johnson of Arkansas.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Apr. 20, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library
  • w/o Gary Wayne Lawrence & William Edward York; d/o Loyd Evans Berry & Patti Ruth (Warren) Berry

Odessa (Flanagan) Flanagan-Germany
Nov 17, 1898 - Apr 16, 1991

Odessa Germany, 95, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1991, at the Twilight Nursing Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Solon Bailey oficiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Survivors include one son Dr. Joe Flanagan Jr. of Okeechobee, Fla.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Apr 17, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • She was a Flanagan that married a Flanagan
  • w/o (1) Joe Flanagan and (2) Jewell Rawlston Germany; d/o Edward Wiley Flanagan & Florence E. (Arp) Flanagan-Scoggins
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept. - Corsicana Library

Ulish Floyd Roberts, Jr.
Sep 19, 1920 - Mar 14, 2015

Ulish F. Roberts, Jr.

U. F. Roberts Jr., 94, of Bellmead, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lester Adams and Mr. Robert Hawkins officiating. Burial will be at St. Elmo Cemetery near Winkler, Texas. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 16 at the funeral home.

U. F. was born September 19, 1920 in Streetman, Texas to U. F., Sr. and Mischie Annie (McDaniel) Roberts. He proudly served his country in the Air Force until retiring after over 20 years. He was a member of Bellmead First Baptist Church, the V. F. W. and was a Bellmead City Councilman for the past 5 years. U. F. also served the City of Bellmead as Mayor from 2013-14.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carrie Roberts in 2000; a daughter, Vickie Looney in 1997; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Survivors include his sons, Bill Roberts and wife, Marty of Bellmead and Mike Roberts of New Caney; son-in-law, Larry Looney; a sister, Katherine Treen of Oklahoma; his life partner, Sandy Jordan of Bellmead; grandchildren, Kim, Kelli, Billy Jr., Dawn, Mike, Brett, Jason, Kyle and Carrie; 26 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Bellmead Funeral Home, Bellmead, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US Air Force
  • h/o Carrie Bell (Robinson) Roberts married Mar. 9, 1940; s/o Ulish Floyd Roberts, Sr. & Mishie Ann (McDaniel) Roberts

Geneva Fay (Roberts) Stone
Nov 12, 1939 - Feb 4, 2013

Geneva Roberts Stone, 73, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 8, 2013, at Capps Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, at Capps Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in St. Elmo Cemetery.

Geneva was born in Rotan, Texas, to the late Everett Travis Roberts, Sr. and Willie Allene Carroll Roberts. On October 29, 1950, Geneva married Marvin Reese Stone in Texas City, Texas. They owned and operated M.R.'s Auto Ranch near Richland Chambers Reservoir for a number of years. They had been Freestone County residents since 1994, having moved from Robertson County. They were current members of First Baptist Church of Normangee and former members of New Hope Baptist Church near Streetman. Geneva loved to read books. She and Marvin loved to travel, visit Colorado, and were known for their love of people and their happiness. Geneva was a good caretaker of Marvin.

Geneva was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Roberts.

Survivors include her daughter, Terri Reichert and husband, Richard, of Kirvin; grandchildren, Danny Reichert, of Marlin, James Reichert and wife, Billie, of Bonham, and Ronnie Reichert and wife, Debbi, of Streetman; great-grandchildren, Joseph Reicher, Clayton Reichert, Jodi Reichert, Zach Shrum, Danielle Reichert, Santana Sianez, and Reese Reichert; brothers, Everett Travis Roberts, Jr., of Ennis; Mac Roberts and wife, Lurlene, of Dalla,; Wallace Roberts and wife, Joy, of Ennis, and Donnie Roberts and wife, Glenda, of Dallas; sister-in-law, Becky Roberts, of Ennis.

Notes:

  • Capps Memorial Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Marvin Reese Stone; d/o Everett Travis Roberts & Willie Allene (Carroll) Roberts

Marvin Reese Stone
Jan 1, 1935 - Feb 4, 2013

Marvin Reese Stone, 78, of Kirvin, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 8, 2013, at Capps Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, at Capps Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in St. Elmo Cemetery.

Marvin was born in Kosse, Texas, to the late George Cousins Stone and Mary Elizabeth Davis Stone. On October 29, 1950, Marvin married Geneva Roberts in Texas City, Texas. They owned and operated M.R.'s Auto Ranch near Richland Chambers Reservoir for a number of years. They had been Freestone County residents since 1994, having moved from Robertson County. They were current members of First Baptist Church of Normangee and former members of New Hope Baptist Church near Streetman. Marvin served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. Marvin and Geneva loved to travel, visit Colorado, and were known for their love of people and their happiness.

Marvin was preceded in death by brothers: George, Clyde, and Charles Stone.

Survivors include his daughter, Terri Reichert and husband, Richard, of Kirvin; grandchildren: Danny Reichert, of Marlin, James Reichert and wife, Billie, of Bonham, and Ronnie Reichert and wife, Debbi, of Streetman; great-grandchildren: Joseph Reicher, Clayton Reichert, Jodi Reichert, Zach Shrum, Danielle Reichert, Santana Sianez, and Reese Reichert; sister, Margie Anderson, of Austin; other relatives and many friends.

Notes:

  • Freestone County Times
  • h/o Geneva Fay (Roberts) Stone; s/o George Cousins Stone & Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Stone

Henry Price Barker
Dec 23, 1877 - Jan 16, 1956

Tuesday Services For H. T. Barker

H. T. Barker, 78, retired farmer of Navarro, native of Freestone county, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the New Hope Baptist church at St. Elmo Tuesday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the St. Elmo Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. C. Corley, Baptist minister of Jacksonville.

Surviving are four sons, Jake Barker, Winkler; Sims Barker, Navarro; Ray and Ellis Barker, both of Callas; nine daughters, Mrs. Ruby Coker, Eureka; Mrs. Hazel Knight, Dallas; Mrs. Duard Coker, Navarro; Mrs. Billie Robertson, Streetman; Mrs. L. D. Moody and Mrs. Vernon Spergon, both of Dallas; Miss Syble Barker, Mexia; Mrs. Jimmie Derden, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Buford Hyden, Young, Texas; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ashley Saunders, Chester Lee Carroll, Hallie Rash, Roger Young, Jr.; Haskell Coker and Warren Miller.

Corley directed.

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Frances Virginia “Ginger” (Barker) Hays-Pfieffer
Jul 29, 1935 - Feb 15, 2013

Frances (Ginger) Virginia (Barker) Pfieffer, age 77, of Streetman, passed away on Friday February 15, 2013 at her residence with her family at her bedside. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Winkler. Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 – 8p.m. on Friday at Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Ginger was born on July 20, 1935 in Winkler. She attended Fairfield High School and then she moved to the Dallas area where she worked for the Dallas Times Herald. Ginger then moved to the Waco area where she spent many years in copier sales. In 1986 she started her own business in Waco named Copy World and it was a designated Sharp Dealership. She then retired in 1994 after 42 years of working. She moved back to her hometown in 2010 where she lived until her death. Ginger loved life and lived everyday to the fullest even during her illness with a spirit of determination and grace. Even during her last days she remained faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ. During her lifetime, Ginger helped many family and friends during their times of illness and need. She truly was an angel on earth. She enjoyed cooking, shows, politics, sports, gardening, hunting and fishing. She was an amazing chef. She loved gospel and country music and her favorite flowers were pink roses and pansies, as they reminded her of her mother.

Ginger was preceded in death by Dennis Hays, Rudy Pfieffer, a son Christopher Mack Hays, parents Jake and Pansy Barker, brother Billy Mack Barker, sister Ruth Faye Nettle, and grandson Chad Westover. She is survived by two daughters Terissa Westover and husband George of Streetman, and Kimberly Johnson and her husband Al of Streetman., and a son Kevin Hays and wife Kim of Euless. Twelve grandchildren Christy Crocker and husband Danny, Brian Shelburne and wife Beth, Kelli Minze, David Shelburne and wife Shana, Jennifer Henderson and husband Eric, Amy Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Christopher hays, Chad Hays and wife Heidi, Haley Hays and Hunter Hays. Eleven very special great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Ginger was a loving mother, Nana, aunt and great friend to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by all.

Notes:

  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Ivan Dennis Hays married Dec. 23, 1966 2nd Ervin Rudolph “Rudy” Pfieffer married Jul 3, 1980; d/o Oather Mack “Jake” Barker & Pansy (Brown) Barker-Coates

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