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James Albert Brown
abt 1881 - Sep 22, 1954

James A. Brown Rites Thursday

James. Albert Brown, 73, retired printer, member of the Corsicana Typographical Union, died in the Henderson county Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted to Rev. Ray L. Starnes, associate pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Harry Sedgley, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Edgar Metcalf, Carl Mirus, George Campbell, Walter Hayes, L. M. Morton, H. T. Jackson and W. P. McCammon.

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Thomas Perry McGee
Mar 3, 1910 - Dec 4, 1954

Rev. Perry McGee Fatally Injured; Rites Held Here

Funeral services for Rev. T. Perry McGee, 44, Pleasant Grove, Texas, were held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist church.

McGee, native of Corsicana worked as a carpenter and preached during his spare time. He was dead on arrival in an ambulance at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas Saturday when a freight train on the T. and N. O. Railway Company (Southern Pacific Lines) struck a pick-up truck at the Alexander road crossing near the Rylie school. The truck was driven by Ards W. Doak, 27, McGee’s employer, Doak was critically injured, but was improved Sunday. He suffered compound fractures of the legs, head and other injuries. a heavy fog was blamed for the mishap.

Trainmen said they saw the truck approaching and applied the brakes but could not bring the train to a stop in time to avoid the accident.

Reports from Dallas stated the impact hurled the pickup about 60 feet and McGee was thrown clear of the truck.

Surviving McGee are his wife of Pleasant Grove; a daughter, Mrs. Robert L. Radcliff, Dallas; two grandchildren, and a brother, R. C. (Mickey) McGee, Cleveland, Ohio.

McGee conducted a revival meeting here several months ago.

He is the son of the late Maud McGee of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were W. W. Green, Ford Terry, Jesse Clubb, John Warner, F. T. Allen, Ed Wilson, Junior Warren and A. Z. Warner.

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Lillian Mae (Warner) McGee
Feb 8, 1912 - May 5, 1956

Mrs. Perry McGee Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Perry McGee, 44, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana died in Dallas Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist church, and Rev. H. R. Lewis.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Robert Ratliff, Dallas; father, Albert Warner, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Clubb, Dickinson; Mrs. W. G. Swain, Dallas, and Mrs. F. T. Allen, Jr., Crandall; five brothers, John H. Warner, Houston; M-Sgt. Joe B. Warner, Valley Forge, Pa.; G. R. Warner, Corsicana; A. L. Warner, Dallas, and Albert Warner, Jr., Hearne; and three grandchildren.

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Buford Collins Stockard, Rev.
Dec 14, 1919 - Jan 16, 2018
 
Buford Collins Stockard was born in December, 1919 in Frost, Texas and died January 16, 2018 in Corsicana, Texas. His parents were William Newton Stockard and Mary Collins Stockard. He and Catherine Ponder Stockard celebrated 67 years of marriage before she passed away.

He was a World War II Army veteran of the Pacific Theater. Rev Stockard pastored a church in Burnet and the Morningside Baptist Church in Graham, Texas for 31 years.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Sharon and Jerry Cearley, Nan Stockard, David and Linda Stockard, Jon and Gerlinde Stockard; a sister, Joann Chilton; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A brother Bert Stockard and sister Lorena Winton predeceased him.

Services are in Corsicana, Texas Saturday, January 20 at 11am in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David W. Stockard officiating; a time of visitation will be at 10am. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

If you desire, in lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made to the Morningside Baptist Church mission outreach or the First Baptist Church, Corsicana Monday lunch outreach.
 

Notes:

  • Corley Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US Army WWII
  • h/o Mary Catherine (Ponder) Stockard; s/o William Newton Stockard & Mary (Collins) Stockard

John H. Stockard
Aug 9, 1896 - Oct 11, 1965

John Stockard Dies Saturday, Rites Monday

John Stockard, 69, 4-B Northwest Apartments, retired textile worker, formerly employed at the Corsicana Cotton Mills, a World War I veteran, died in Memorial hospital Saturday night.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by G. R. Holton, minister of the church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Oma Stockard, Corsicana; two step-daughters, Mrs. Margie Hoops, Battle Monument, Nev., and Mrs. Frances Bradley, Hale Center, Texas; a brother, Skill Stockard, Dawson; two sisters, Mrs. Maudie Taylor, Corsicana, and Mrs. Rena Hale, Gatesville, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. B. French, C. E. Wright, Hugh Fullerton, Jr.; O. F. Blackmon, Ed Blackburn and Aubrey Smith.

Griffin directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct 11, 1965
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • WWI Veteran
  • 1st wife Grace (Miller) Stockard 2nd wife Oma (unk) Stockard; s/o Silas Perry Stockard & Carrie Jane (McGaw) Stockard buried Dawson cemetery, Dawson, Tx.

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Dawson

DAWSON (Spl)—Among those who attended the funeral services of John Stockard in Corsicana on Monday were: Mrs. Wesley Hale, Mrs. Edward Hale, Mrs. Jack Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Gable, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nesmith, Mrs. Almer Renfro.

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Sallie P. (Higgins) Cromwell
Jul 23, 1851 - Apr 8, 1946

FUNERAL TO BE HELD TUESDAY FOR MRS. SALLIE P. CROMWELL

Mrs. Sallie P. Cromwell, aged 94 years, died Monday morning at the home of Mrs. W. B. Hillard, 308 West Seventh avenue.

Funeral services will be held from Corley Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

There are no close survivors. She was the widow of the late A. W. Cromwell of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Eliot Johnston, L. N. Johnston, L. I. Estes, J. M. Pugh, H. Borg and Carl Mull.

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Victor Davis
Dec 26, 1910 - Sep 27, 1973

Victor Davis

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Victor Davis, 62, of Corsicana, who died Thursday in Brownfield. Rev. B. W. Johnson and Rev. Charles Pringle will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery. He was a native of Eddy, Tex. and had lived in Corsicana most of his life. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Navy.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; three sons, Tommy Doyle Davis, Sr. of Pharr, Bob Davis of Hillsboro, and Gene Collins of Fort Worth; three sisters, Virgie Farmer of Odessa, Mrs. Ruby Atkinson of Stephenville, and Mrs. Vay Stone of Halletville, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Odell Templin, Warren Davis, Travis Arnett, Johnnie Arnett, Will Miller and Roscoe Holbrook.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Sep 28, 1973
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Willie Mae (Arnett) Davis buried Cryer Creek Cemetery 2nd wife Virgie “Jackie” (White) Davis; s/o Horace Hall Davis & Ester (Chism) Davis

Pearl Emmaline (Baldauf) Pryor-Ware
Oct 7, 1886 - Jul 10, 1971

Ware

Mrs. Pearl Ware, 86, of Route 3 Corsicana, died early Saturday in the Wortham Hospital. A native of Corsicana, she was a member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church and a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Corsicana.

Services are scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at the Griffin Chapel with B. J. Grimes officiating. Interment will be in
Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Lowell Bonner of Waco; three grandchildren, Mrs. W. B. Gallagher of Angus, Mrs. Michael S. Gilgan of Boise, Idaho, and W. R. Pryor of Gulfport, Miss.; one great-granddaughter, Dona Reline Gallagher of Angus; and one sister, Mrs. Annie Elliott of Ft. Worth.

Pallbearers will be H. N. Donaho, Fred Ware, Francis Baldauf, Walter McDaniel, Burt Jones, Harvey Robertson and Robert Hedick.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Jul. 11, 1971

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • 1st husband William Richard Pryor 2nd husband John Thomas Ware; d/o Charles Augustus Baldauf, Sr. & Emmaline Wilson (McGage) Baldauf


Bennie (Jordan) Ware
Aug 31, 1912 - Sep 11, 1977

Mrs. Ware

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Frank (Bennie) Ware, 65, resident of Oklahoma City, Okla., and a native of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Burial will be at
Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Lansford officiating.

Survivors include her husband of Oklahoma City, a daughter, Mrs. Jack Taylor of Lexington, Okla., a son, Jimmy Frank Ware of Fort Worth, a grandson, three granddaughters, her father, Ben Jordan of Corsicana, and two sisters, Mrs. C. L. Norris and Mrs. Lewin N. Johnston.

She was a life member of the National Parent-Teacher Association and life member of the Texas Parent-Teacher Association.

Pallbearers are Bob Gladney, Roark Montgomery, Ted Norris, Sam Pugh, Wesley Ray Keathley and Jack Burnett.

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Rose Mary (Dewell) Ware
Oct 26, 1927 - Jun 16, 2019

Obituary for Rose Mary Ware

Rose Mary Ware, 91 of Corsicana passed away in Waco, Texas on Sunday, June 16, 2019. She was born October 26, 1927 in Herrin, Illinois. Rose attended St. Luke's Methodist Church. She loved animals, especially horses, and she also sewed at a professional level.

She is survived by her daughter, Terry Jones and husband Travis; grandson, Jeremy Herron and wife Peggy; great grandchild, Tyler Herron; great great grandchild, Jace Herron; sister, Betty Smith and nieces and nephews, Mile McClure, Melody McClure, Lisa McClure and Vincent Smith.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 - 12:00 noon at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be held at 1:00pm at
Oakwood Cemetery.

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  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o Ira Calvin Ware; d/o Charles Bryson Dewell & Josephine (DesRocher) Dewell


Robert Erskine Ware
Aug 1, 1884 - Mar 15, 1970

Erskine Ware Dies Sunday

Erskine Ware, 85, native of Nash, Texas, and lifelong resident of Corsicana, Rt. 5, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He was the retired farm manager of the Wheelock farms and a member of the Roane Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Franklin Biles officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert Segrest. Burial will be in
Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, W. Bealon Ware, Corsicana and Delma W. Ware, Portland, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Bobby Lee Frazier, Houston; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Claud Ware, Corsicana, two sisters, Mrs. Nora Lonon, Powell and Mrs. Cora Thomas, Eureka; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be George Lonon, Aubrey Seale, Robert Curtis, Glendon Thomas, Wendell Ware, Leroy Bonner, Claud Alsup and George Busby.

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Ware Funeral

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel for Erskine Ware, 85, longtime Corsicana resident who died Sunday. The Rev. Franklin Biles and the Rev. Robert Segrest officiated. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren a brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

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Chester Cleveland Baldauf
Jun 23, 1891 - Mar 28, 1960

C. C. Baldauf Expires Monday

Chester C. Baldauf, 68, of Angus, World War I Veteran, died Monday night in the VA Hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas.

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

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. John Ware, Corsicana, and Mrs. E. E. Elliott, Fort Worth, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

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Derwood Morris Murphy
Aug 3, 1917 - Jan 2, 1971

Murphey Rites Set Monday

Funeral services will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel for Derwood M. Murphy, 53, who died Saturday in Galveston. He was a member of the Baptist Church. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt will officiate, and burial will be in
Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Morelock of LaMarque; two brothers, Curtis F. Murphy of Houston and Eldon S. Murphy of Galveston; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Thomas N. Adgate, Jim Morelock, Jim Deming, Les Grayson, Buck Murphy and Carl Jones.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jan. 4, 1971

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • h/o Ethel Mae (Caro) Murphy-Dickard; s/o Franklin Rutherford “Frank” Murphy & Nora Bell (Jones) Murphy (Obit says Murphey but is Murphy)


Halbert Dewitt "Hal" Murphy
Sep 9, 1907 - Mar 8, 1955

Monday Services For Hal D. Murphy

Hal D. Murphy, 47, accountant for the K. Wolens Department Stores died at the family home, 830 West Seventh avenue, Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held from the Griffin Funeral Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Hal Gene, Bobby and Perry Murphy, all of Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. Joe M. Tyson, Waco, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Edward Straton, E. J. Jackson, Lonnie Watson, Jack Humphries, Joe York, Paul Robinson, and Jim Roxburgh.

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John Wesley Elliott, Sr.
Oct 21, 1884 - Dec 15, 1954

Thursday Rites For J. W. Elliott

Funeral services for J. W. Elliott, Sr., 70, who died at the family residence Wednesday morning, were held from the Bethel Missionary Baptist church Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor, and Rev. E. J. Speegle, Baptist minister of Boulder, Colo. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Rev. John W. Elliott, assistant pastor, First Baptist church, Jacksonville; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Pollock and Miss Jo Ann Elliott, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Clyde Speed, Fairfield, and three grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ira Brazzell, Lloyd Owens, A. L. Waller, Hollie Simmons, Calvin Jones and Alvin Miller.

Griffin directed.

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Ada M. (Bell) Rogers
Dec 28, 1876 - May 16, 1954

Mrs. C. I. Rogers Services Monday

Mrs. C. I. Rogers, 77, long-time Corsicana resident, died at her home 1417 West Tenth Avenue, Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Dr. W. A. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J. H. Robinson, Corsicana; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Rogers was a member of the First Baptist church, Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128, and Woodman Circle.

Pallbearers were Frank Carter, Loyce Davis, Jim Woodard, Billy Jack Paschal, Fred DuBose and Arthur Lynd.

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Mable C. (Williams) Hewitt
Sep. 16, 1885 - May 9, 1954

Mrs. T. E. Hewitt Expires Sunday; Services Tuesday

Mrs. Thomas E. Hewitt, former resident of Blooming Grove and Corsicana, died Sunday at home of her daughter, Mrs. Johnny Underwood, at Littlefield, Texas.

funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Burial will be in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mrs. Hewitt resided in Corsicana for many years and was active in the First Methodist church and civic circles.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Underwood, Littlefield; two sons, Thomas Hewitt, Littlefield, and Bryant Hewitt, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., May 10, 1954

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o Thomas Erastus Hewitt, Sr. married Jul. 5, 1902; d/o James Harvey Williams & Amanda Eudora (Dorsey) Williams


James Bryant Hewitt
Aug 5, 1908 - Sep 3, 1959

Bryant Hewitt Dies Friday, Services Here

J. Bryant Hewitt, 51, native of Navarro county, died in Snyder Friday morning.

Funeral services are planned Friday at 4 p.m. from the Bolger Funeral Home at Snyder. The body will be brought to Corsicana Friday night and will lie in state at the McCammon Chapel Saturday.

Graveside rites will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at
Oakwood cemetery, conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Hewitt formerly resided in Corsicana and was an oil operator and a former partner in the B. and H. oil well service company in Snyder. He was in the automobile business in Port Arthur after leaving Corsicana in 1942 and had resided in Snyder for the past nine years. He was a veteran of World War II.

He was a director of the Key Western Life Insurance Company at Snyder and was member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise Hewitt, Snyder; a siter, Mrs. John H. Underwood, Lubbock; two nieces, Mrs. George P. Theodore, Snyder, and Miss Debbie Hewitt, Lubbock; a nephew, Tom Hewitt, Lubbock, and other relatives.

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Thomas Erastus Hewitt, Jr.
Oct 16, 1919 - Aug 17, 1955

Thomas Hewitt Services Friday

Funeral services for Thomas Hewitt, 35, of Galveston, native of Navarro county, who died in a Corpus Christi hospital early Wednesday of a heart attack, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial will be in
Oakwood.

He was a Mason and Shriner.

Surviving are two children, Thomas Hewitt, Jr. and Deborah Ann Hewitt; a sister, Mrs. Johnny Underwood, Littlefield; a brother, Bryant Hewitt, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, W. P. Murchison, Robert Cason, Burleigh L. Butler and Ernest Brewer.

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Hewitt Services Are Held Friday

Funeral services for Thomas Hewitt, 35, Galveston, were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Navarro county, Hewitt died in a Corpus Christi hospital of a heart attack Wednesday. He was a Mason and Shriner.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are two children, Thomas Hewitt, Jr. and Deborah Ann Hewitt; a sister, Mrs. Johnny Underwood, Littlefield; a brother, Bryant Hewitt, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, W. P. Murchison, Robert Cason, Burleigh L. Butler and Ernest Brewer.

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Curtis Franklin Murphy
Feb 27, 1909 - Sep 19, 1974

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Curtis F. Murphy, 65, resident of Houston, who died Thursday in Houston. Burial will be at
Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a former resident of Corsicana.

Survivors include his widow of Houston; a brother, Eldon Murphy of Galveston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Fausto Gonzalez
Sep 20, 1960 - Jun 11, 2020

Mr. Fausto Gonzalez, 59, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his residence. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Marco Rangel officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Social distancing will be observed.

 

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Fausto Gonzalez Cervantes was born on September 20, 1960 in Guanajuato, Mexico to Maria Gertrudis Cervantes and Espedito Gonzalez. Fausto, beloved husband and father passed on to a better life on June 11, 2020 at the age of 59 in his home. Fausto immigrated to the US in the early 1980s and later immigrated his wife and 5 children in 1995. Fausto always did his best to provide for his family and always achieved this.

Fausto’s wife and children remember him as the most strong, humble, hardworking, forgiving, and honorable person they knew.

Fausto is preceded in death by his father, Espedito Gonzalez.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Irene Gonzalez; mother, Maria Gertrudis Cervantes; 7 children, Blanca, Lorena, Amalia, Fausto, Alma, Gloria and Guadalupe Gonzalez, and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be on Monday, June 15, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 PM and Rosary from 7:00-8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. The Mass will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 3000 E State Hwy 22, Corsicana, Texas with Father Marco Rangel officiating. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Fausto Gonzalez Jr, Guadalupe Gonzalez, David Bailon, Jose Lopez, Juan Ramon Rodriguez, Omar Eduardo Rodriguez and Saul Rodriguez.

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Florencia DeLaCruz
Aug 16, 1955 - Oct 2, 1955

Monday Rites For Cruz Infant

Florencia DeLa Cruz, two-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floencia DeLa Cruz, route 2 Corsicana, died Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Paul Higginbotham of the local parish.

Surviving are the parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Corley directs.

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John Brown
Nov 7, 1915 - Mar 5, 1955

J. Brown, Negro, Fatally Stabbed

John Brown, negro, was fatally stabbed Saturday night during an altercation with another negro near the underpass on Highway 75.

Police Chief Pete McCain said Edward Brown, 30, was arrested at the scene after admitting the stabbing. The accused claimed he acted in self defense.

The two negros aren’t related.

John Brown died in Memorial Hospital at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. An attending physician first expressed that the knife wound should not have been fatal, according to County Attorney Jimmy Morris. An autopsy was ordered, however, and County Health Officer Will Miller said death was due to the wound which caused internal bleeding. Morris reported.

Brown was stabbed in the abdomen.

An aggravated assault charge was filed prior to the autopsy against the accused negro, who posted $1,000 bond after waiving examining trial before Justice of the Peace Pat Geraughty.

Morris said no new charges would be filed pending a grand jury investigation.

The deceased’s body is at Ross Funeral Home.

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Charlie Lee Ellis
Jan 26, 1955 - Feb 4, 1955

Hold Rites For Charley L. Ellis

Funeral rites were held Saturday at 11 a.m. for Charley Lee Ellis, 13-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Ellis of Purdon, who died at the Navarro Clinic Friday morning.

Rites were held from graveside at the Younger cemetery. Rev. O. H. Dockray, Purdon Baptist Church pastor, conducted.

Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Otis Jr. and Cecil Ray Ellis; a sister Charlotte Marie Ellis, and grandmothers, Mrs. Minnie Ellis, all of Purdon and Mrs. Ruby Gurley, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Elmer Wilburn Hagler
Dec 15, 1902 - Aug 26, 1939

ELMER HAGLER WAS FOUND DEAD NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS

Funeral services for Elmer (Skinny) Hagler, aged 36 years, life-long resident of Navarro County, who was found dead in East Corsicana Saturday night, were held from the Winkler church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Interment was made in the St. Elmo cemetery.

A native of Eureka Hagler had resided in Corsicana for a number of years.

The body was discovered about 7 o’clock Saturday night alongside the Burlington and Rock Island Lines tracks near East Second avenue. Judge A. E. Foster conducted an inquest and returned a coroner’s verdict of “death by poison, self-administered.” A bottle allegedly containing poison was found nearby. A negress said she had seen Hagler sitting on the railroad tracks a short time before his body was discovered. City police answered the call.

Surviving are four brothers, Will Hagler, Eureka; John Hagler, Kaufman; Jack and Sim Hagler, both of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Barker, Eureka.

Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

The rites were conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, of Pursley.

Pallbearers were J. R. Hagler, Reuben Hagler, J. B. Hagler, V. L. Hagler, A. W. Hagler and Jake Barker, nephews and cousins.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Single; s/o Thomas William Hagler & Ida Gertrud (Lyons) Hagler

Patsy Ann (Threet) Thomas-Knott
Dec 24, 1935 - Aug 12, 2020

Patsy Ann Knott, 84, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Epic Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born on December 24, 1935 in Purdon, Texas to Walker and Agnes (Rodgers) Threet.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Charlie; sons Ronnie, Billy "BT" and Robert; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Those left to remember Patsy are her children Cindy (Woody) Haywood and Charles (Jaye) Knott; grandchildren Brad, Tracy, Rachael, Casey, Brittaney, Cory, Lauren and Cody; great-grandchildren Brayden, Lexii, Lizii, and Briar; sisters Marquita Minick, Nancy Northern, and Sue Heaton.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2020 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Floyd Peterson officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Brad Nelms, Cody Thomas, James Shackleford, Randy Richards, Miles Price and Ellis Young.

Because of COVID-19, masks are required for those attending the visitation, funeral or interment. All facilities will be at fifty percent capacity because of the required social distancing.

For those who cannot attend because of the pandemic, live video webcasting will begin at 9:55 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020 where you may view the Patsy Ann Knott service live by clicking on the webcasting link.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Aug. 14, 2020

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • w/o Daniel Paul Thomas & Charles Newton "Charlie" Knott; d/o Walker Houston Threet & Agnes Leora "Peggy" (Rodgers) Threet


Dolores Rae (Wylie) Mitchell
Feb 4, 1930 - Aug 11, 2020

Mrs. Dolores Wylie Mitchell, 90, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at her daughter's residence in Hurst. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August, 14, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services will be at 10:00am on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Masks are required for those attending the viewing and social distancing guidelines will be observed.

 

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Dolores Rae Wylie Mitchell, age 90, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at her daughter’s residence. She was born on February 4, 1930 in Ingelside, Texas to Raymond and Nora Wylie.

Dolores graduated Corsicana High School in 1948. She married Gene Mitchell on July 5, 1949. She was a long-time faithful member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. She was a homemaker and a faithful Christian wife and mother. She taught Bible studies for fifty-four years to all ages.

She was “Granny” to many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter Deborah.

She is survived by her children; Larry Mitchell and wife Pat and Janet Saunders and husband Phil; her sister Betty Wilson of Corsicana and brother Charles Wylie of Grapevine; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, All of whom can’t wait to see her again in Heaven.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 6:00PM to 8:PM at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Wearing of masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Corley Funeral Home


Nathan Don Gettel
Jul 21, 1979 - Jul 25, 2020

Nathan Don Gettel, age 41, passed away on July 25, 2020 from complications of diabetes and other health issues. Nathan was born July 21, 1979 in Huntsville Texas. He lived there with his family until he was 7 years old and they moved to Groesbeck, Texas. First Baptist Church of Groesbeck is where Nathan accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized on September 20, 1987. In 1988 the family moved to Corsicana, Texas and Faith Lutheran became his church home. He was confirmed into the Christian faith in 1994 with Psalms 50:15 as his confirmation verse. Nathan attended Corsicana high school and graduated in 1998. He attended Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas and Concordia Lutheran University in Austin, Texas. Nathan loved Austin and lived there for several years with his little dog, Radar. Nathan loved camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, anything to do with outdoors.

Surviving are his parents Brinda and Kevin Gettel, brother Tommy, (Stephanie) nieces and nephews Janna, Jonathan, Jordan, and Peyton Gettel of Corsicana Texas. Brother Bradley, (Amie) nephew and nieces Jaxson, Taylor, and Ryleigh Gettel of Ogden, Utah. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, his girlfriend Dawn N Morris of Corsicana Texas and other friends.

Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 14, at Paschal Funeral Chapel in Kerens, Texas.

Memorial service for Nathan will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Church in Corsicana Texas with Rev. Joe Mashburn officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Lopez, Brandon Cullen, Michael Altman, Daniel Herrera, Rusty Grace, and Shane Tolleson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org or to Rett Syndrome Research Trust at www.reverserett.org

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James Owen Bronstad
Mar. 20, 1925 - July 28, 2020

James Owen Bronstad, 95, long time resident of Corsicana, recently residing in Granbury, Texas, passed from this world on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in the Glen Rose Medical Center-Hospital.

James was born in Clifton, Texas on March 20, 1925 to Alma and O.M. Bronstad, the youngest of seven children where he attended public school graduating from Clifton High School. He attended Clifton Junior College until World War II interrupted. James served his country in the US Navy for three years on the USS Porterfield in the Pacific. Upon returning from his service in the Navy, James went to North Texas State University to earn his bachelors and masters degrees.

Whenever anyone asks James what he did for a living before he retired, he always said he was a teacher. He taught many students at Emhouse High School and still remembered those students with lots of fun experiences up to his death. Following Emhouse he went to work at the Corsicana State Home serving as the director of education where he impacted many more children. He recalled field trips, camps, coaching Gra-Y football, and lots of rewarding experiences during that time. He always felt like God had led him and placed him where he could carry out His will providing a positive impact on children's lives. James was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana for 70 years.

James provided a home for Eddie Donahue and later Chris Perales offering much guidance as a father would. He is Big Pop to Jed Donahue, Jed's daughter Avery Donahue, Tyler Donahue, Allyssa Perales Castillo, her husband Eddie Castillo, their sons Lennox Castillo and Hendrix Castillo, and to Katelyn Perales. Actually, he is Big Pop to many people he meets-his barber, kids in his neighborhood, the nurses and caregivers during the last month of his life in and out of the hospital and rehab.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and O.M. Bronstad, and siblings Adline Vicory, Oliver Bronstad, Justin Bronstad, Hugh Bronstad, Arthur Bronstad, and Dorothy Dammegard. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held in Corsicana, Texas at the First Baptist Church Chapel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Leland "LV" Vernon
Sep 13, 1943 - Jul 17, 2020

James Leland Vernon, affectionately known by many as LV, was called home July 17, 2020 at the age of 76. Leland was born September 13, 1943 to Madeline (Tarkington) and Stephen A. Vernon in Navarro County, TX. He was known as a devoted son, a loyal brother, an entertaining uncle and a generous friend.

Leland is survived by three brothers and five sisters including Ivan Vernon and wife Jocelyn of Medina, OH; Melba Grogan and husband Donald of Olive Branch, MS; Byron Vernon and wife Frances of Kerens, TX; Rebecca Knaack and husband William of Poteet, TX; Karen Bruns of Kerens; Betty Vernon and husband Peter Miller of Hunt, TX; Stephanie Welch and husband Timothy of San Antonio, TX; and Karl Vernon and wife Deborah of Flemington, NJ. He is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews, 27 great nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

Leland grew up on the family farm near Kerens and graduated from Kerens High School in 1962. He was a 1966 graduate of Texas A&M University, earning a BS in animal husbandry. He served four years in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman (HM), including a tour of duty attached to a Marine unit in Vietnam Nam. Returning stateside, Leland began what would be a 35-year career in the US Department of Agriculture cotton division. He lived in Abilene, TX and Rayville, LA, working as a cotton grader and field supervisor. Frequent travel adventures between regional cotton producing areas kept the work interesting for him.

Leland never married and spent much of his free time on the farm after his parents moved back to Kerens in 1981. He eventually bought most of the farm properties. LV made his home there after retiring in 2004 and was a companion and eventual caretaker for his widowed mother. They were a formidable team at the domino game 42. At his retirement celebration his co-workers described him as a good hearted and a unique character who always had an interesting yarn and was always ready to help anyone in need. For LV, retirement was working on the farm all day and every day but Sunday, when he usually went to church and watched the Cowboys play football. He raised cattle, improved the farm, collected John Deere tractors and continued the family tradition of huge, productive vegetable gardens.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Kerens, the same church he grew up in during the 1940s and 1950s, he was devoted to God, country and family throughout his life. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21st at Pascal Funeral Home in Kerens and a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at the Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, TX.

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Wanda Jean (Miller) McBride
Aug 16, 1950 - Aug 19, 2020

Wanda Jean McBride, 70, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at her residence in Kerens.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry McBride; parents, Zack Dewitt Miller and John & Marie Bass; brother, Caroll Miller; sister, Joyce Nelson; grandson, Roderick Dale McBride.

Wanda is survived by her sons, Jerry McBride of Kerens and Chris McBride and wife Sabrina of Kerens; grandchildren, Tyson Garrison, Haley McBride and Chesney McBride; brothers, Thurman Miller & wife Glenda of Kemp, Roger Miller & wife Debra of Krum; brothers-in-law, Phillip McBride & wife Susan of Terrell, Jeffrey Jetton & wife Sandy of Houston and Terry Jetton & wife Nancy of Frisco; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, August 21, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home. Social distancing and wearing masks will be observed.

Funeral service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with Bro. Bob Carroll officiating and the same Covid-19 rules will be observed. Burial will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Tyson Garrison, Billy Farrel, Steve Johnson,Dustin McBride, Josh Armstrong and Lynn McDougald. Honorary pallbearers are, Brian McBride, Phillip McBride, Terry Jetton, Jeffrey Jetton, Rusty Nelson and Colin McBride.

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Walter Gardner Johnston
Mar 15, 1904 - Oct 23, 1965

W. G. Johnston Dies Saturday

Walter G. Johnston, 61, postal clerk here for more than 20 years, 102 North Thirty-First street, died about noon in Baylor hospital in Dallas.

Arrangements were incomplete at Corley Funeral Home early Saturday afternoon.

Johnston was a member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jewell Johnston, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Curington, Corsicana, and Mrs. Dorothy Williamson, LaMarque; a son, John Allen Johnston, Kerrville; five grandsons, two brothers, Roger M. Johnston, Corsicana, and Tom Hayes Johnston, Houston; a sister, Miss Eloise Johnston, Eureka, and other relatives.

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W. G. Johnston Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Walter G. Johnston, 61, postal clerk, 102 North Thirty-First street, who died Saturday noon in Baylor hospital, Dallas, were held Sunday at 4 p. m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which he was a member. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jewell Johnston, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Curington, Corsicana, and Mrs. Dorothy Williamson, LaMarque; a son, John Allen Johnston, Kerrville; five grandsons, two brothers, Roger M. Johnston, Corsicana, and Tom Hayes Johnston, Houston; a sister, Miss Eloise Johnston, Eureka, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Lorimer, Jimmy Andrews, Robert Bower, Ben Blackmon, John Sullivan, Wayne Norris, Eugene Stewart and Silas G. Fry.

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William Thomas Holley
Aug 3, 1871 - Nov 21, 1954

W. T. Holley Dies Sunday Evening

W. T. Holley, 83, long-time Roane resident, retired farmer, died at his home Sunday night following an extended illness.

A native of Pulaski, Tenn., Holley had resided at Roane since March 25, 1907.

Surviving are four sons, U. R. Holley, Dallas; M. G. Holley, Roane; R. R. Holley and R. E. Holley, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Thera Barnes and Mrs. O. J. Springfield of Dallas; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Post Oak cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon. Nov 22, 1954

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • h/o Mattie Erma (Dyer) Holley Married Jul. 30, 1891; s/o W. G. Holley & UNKNOWN (Gilbert) Holley per death certificate


Raymond Richard Holley
Apr 23, 1900 - Apr 11, 1976

R. R. Holley

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Raymond R. Holley, 76, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. James Eddins and the Rev. G. R. Vaughn will officiate, with burial following at Post Oak Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ellen Holley of Corsicana; two sons, Everett L. Holley of Corsicana and Alvin Holley of Livingston, former Daily Sun advertising manager; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas M. Farmer of Malakoff, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, Roy Holley of Corsicana, two sisters, Mrs. Theta Barnes of Malakoff and Mrs. O. J. Springfield of Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include R. C. Farmer, J. E. Farmer, W. E. Percival, H. I. Roberts, George Chapel and Wilson Griffin.

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Lula Clyde (McCoy) McCann
Jan 12, 1881 - Nov 21, 1954

Mrs. Lula McCann Expires Sunday

Mrs. Lula McCann, 73, of Streetman, died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Midway church. Burial was in the Midway cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert Keefer, pastor of the First Baptist church at Streetman, and Rev. Ryhand, Baptist minister of Kirvin.

Surviving are her husband, A. M. McCann, Streetman; two sons, Elton McCann, Corsicana, and Morris McCann, Dallas; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a brother, Jesse McCoy, Waco, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

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Maudie Mae (Monroe) Steele-McCary
Feb 13, 1883 - Sep 21, 1954

Mrs. E. J. McCary Dies At Houston

Mrs. E. J. McCary, 72, former Corsicana resident, died in Houston Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held form the Midway church Wednesday 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Midway cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. G. Starkey, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, Houston; three sons, R. O. Steele, Big Lake; Byron McCary, Houston, and Lynn McCary, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. George Wilson, Corsicana; Mrs. Steve Womack, Houston; Mrs. Elsie Hunter, San Antonio, and Mrs. Jack King, Houston; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Edgar Jean McCary
Oct 13, 1878 - Jan 14, 1961

Sunday Rites For E. J. McCary

Final rites for E. J. McCary, 88, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Midway Baptist church with Rev. Herbert McKissack and Rev. R. L. Ryburn officiating. Interment was in Midway cemetery.

McCary, a former resident of Corsicana, died early Saturday at Houston. He was born Oct. 13, 1872, at Cotton Gin.

Survivors include three sons, R. O. Steele and Lynn McCary, both of Corsicana, and Bryan McCary, Houston; four daughters, Mrs. George Wilson, Corsicana; Mrs. Jean Womack and Mrs. Rosemond King, both of Houston, and Mrs. L. C. Hunter, San Antonio; 25 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Mitchell, Houston, and Mrs. Nora McElvaney, Fort Worth; one brother, Jim McCary, Winkler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Otis Dunagan, Marshel McCaslin, Robert Pillans, Curtis Hagler, Clyde Walker, M. D. Anderson and Bradley Knowles.

Corley directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jan. 16, 1961
    Submitted by Diane Richards

  • 1st wife Sallie Minerva (Steele) McCary 2nd wife Maudie Mae (Monroe) Steele-McCary; s/o Archibald Byron McCary & Annie Dora (Rosemond) McCary


Baby Gordon
B&D Jul 29, 1954

Gordon Infant Dies Thursday

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gordon, 1718 West Eleventh avenue, died at the family home Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held at Oakwood cemetery Friday at 11 a.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Morgan Garrett, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Surviving are the parents, twin brothers, David and Martin; a sister, Silvia; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Gordon, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Edna Cunningham, Kerens.

Corley directs.

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Alberta (Kilborn) Bowers
abt 1884 - Jul 7, 1954

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Bowers

Funeral rites for Mrs. Robert R. Bowers, 70, who died at her home in Trinidad Wednesday, will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 10 a.m.

The services are to be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church and Rev. E. J. Davis, Methodist minister of Trinidad.

Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Trinidad; a son, Dr. W. K. Bowers, Plattsburg, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Johnston, Corsicana; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Williams, Baldwin City, Kan., and Mrs. Harry Newcomb, Fort Scott, Kan.

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Jack Elgin Freeman, Jr.
Jan 25, 1954 - Feb 8, 1954

Freeman Infant Services Tuesday

Funeral services for Jackie E. Freeman, Jr., two-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Freeman, 411 South Thirteenth, were held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The child died Monday morning at the family residence.

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

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Freeman, Enid, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Story, Corsicana.

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Benjamin Franklin Clampitt, III
Aug 9, 1909 - May 27, 1954

Saturday Rites For B. F. Clampitt

Funeral services for Benjamin F. Clampitt, 44, oil field worker, who died in a Dallas hospital Thursday, were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. G. L. Johnson and Rev. James Bowman.

Surviving are his wife, and mother, Mrs. B. F. Clampitt, both of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. C. W. Cox and Miss Annie Clampitt, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. R. F. O’Brien, Dallas; two brothers, Albert Clampitt, Freeport, and F. G. Clampitt, Corsicana; a nephew, Eduane Oaks, Houston and several nieces.

Pallbearers were M. C. Fuller, C. V. Fuller, J. W. Scott, Obie Mims, Haze Cox and Fred Nutt.

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Annie Ruth Clampitt
Sep 10, 1901 - Apr 12, 1965

Miss Clampitt Services Held

Funeral services for Miss Annie Clampitt, 63, who died of a heart attack at 1580 West Fourth avenue Monday afternoon, will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. F. Donald, pastor of the First Assembly of God church, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. Bracy Greer, Dallas, a former pastor of the local church.

Surviving are a brother, Frank Clampitt, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. R. F. O’Brien, Dallas, and Mrs. C. W. Cox, Corsicana; three nieces, two nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Otis Capehart, W. S. Schomerus, N. W. Levin, Jimmy Rogers, J. B. Tompkins, Buddy Grimes.

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Betty Lee (McCoy) Clampitt
Dec 8, 1882 - Jun 7, 1962

Hold Services Mrs. Clampitt

Final rites for Mrs. Betty Lee Clampitt, 79, were held in the McCammon Chapel Friday (today) at 4 p.m. with the Rev. T. F. Donald, First Assembly of God Church, and the Rev. B. I. Greer, Evangelist Temple Assembly of God Church, Dallas, officiating, formerly of Corsicana. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Clampitt, of 501 South Thirteenth street, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday. she was a native of Corpus Christi and moved to Corsicana in 1921.

Surviving are a son, Frank Clampitt, Dallas; three daughters, Miss Annie Clampitt and Mrs. C. W. Cox, Both of Corsicana; and Mrs. R. F. O’Brien, Dallas; eight, grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Haze Cox, Albert Cox, J. Basham, Louis Durr, Clyde Fields and Roland Carr.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jun. 8, 1962

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o Benjamin Franklin Clampitt, III married Sep 19, 1901; d/o M. C. McCoy & Lula (Avelas) McCoy per death certificate


Albert C. Clampitt
Jul 6, 1911 - Sep 28, 1960

Hold Services A. C. Clampitt

Final rites for Albert C. Clampitt, 49, were scheduled Friday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Rev. Harold Spurgeon, pastor of the Assembly of God church, officiating. Interment was to be in Oakwood.

Clampitt was formerly of Corsicana. He died Wednesday in Houston.

Survivors include his widow of Houston; a son, Albert H. Clampitt, Houston; mother, Mrs. Betty Clampitt, Corsicana; one brother, Frank G. Clampitt, Dallas; three sisters, Miss Annie Clampitt, Corsicana; Mrs. R. F. O’Brien, Dallas, and Mrs. C. W. Cox, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were to be J. E. Green, Montin Brazzeall, Gilbert Caton, B. B. Rash, Buel Caton and Hayes Cox.

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Curtis Smith
Aug 23, 1914 - Dec 19, 1954

Tuesday Services For Curtis Smith

Funeral services for Curtis Smith, 40, native of Navarro county, who died in a Houston hospital Sunday, were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the First Methodist church at Richland.

The rites were conducted by Rev. William Langham, Jr., pastor of the church. Burial was in the Richland cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Smith, Houston; six brothers, J. W., Raymond, Gerald, Clifford, and Billy Joe Smith, all of Houston, and Durwood Smith, Sherman; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Clark, Houston, and Mrs. Edna Franks, Vernon, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Mattie Gay (Jackson) Smith
Dec 26, 1891 - May 20, 1965

Rites For Mrs. Smith

Funeral services for Mrs. W. W. Smith, 73, Richland resident before moving to Houston 14 years ago, will be held from the First Methodist church at Richland Saturday at 11 a.m. Mrs. Smith died in Houston Thursday morning.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Johnny Johnson, Methodist minister. Burial will be in the Richland cemetery.

Surviving are her husband of Houston, six sons, M. R., J. W., Raymond, Durward and Billy J. Smith, all of Houston, and Clifford Smith, Beaumont; two daughters, Mrs. R. E. Clark, Houston, and Mrs. Ernest Frank, Vernon; two sisters, Maud Jackson, Mexia, and Anna Mae Decher, Vernon; 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Robertson County.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home of Mexia directs.

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Marion David “Dave” Borden, Sr.
Nov 12, 1900 - Nov 11, 1974

Dave Borden

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday for Dave Borden, 73, of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Services will be held at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Bob Cheek and David Hale officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a retired plumber. A native of Corsican, he was a member of the Baptist church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Roma Elece Borden of Corsicana; one son, W. F. Borden of Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. Jean Inez Grace, Mrs. Roma Plant, and Miss Blanche Marie Borden, all of Corsicana , Mrs. Martha Holder of Houston, Mrs. Velma Ruth Jones of Carrollton, and Mrs. Evelyn Birkhead of Garland; two brothers, Newt Borden of Benton, La. and Ben F. Borden of Corsican; three sisters, Mrs. Alva Poe and Mrs. Minnie Headspeth, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ona Ferguson of Dallas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Nov. 11, 1974

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • h/o Roma Elece/Elise (Overby) Borden married Nov 30, 1922; s/o William Melvin Borden & Martha Jane (Martin) Borden

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Dave Borden

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Dave Borden, 73, retired plumber who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Bob Cheek and Rev. David Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Roberts, Julius Jacobs, W. P. Murchison, W. G. Morris, Joseph Sabo and Hugh Fullerton.

Surviving are his widow, one son, six daughters, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.

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William Melvin Borden
Jul 16, 1870 - Oct 28, 1956

Retired Farmer Expires Sunday

W. M. Borden, 86, retired farmer, 1110 Elmwood, died at his home Sunday after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the Northside Baptist church and E. M. (Bud) Borden, Jr., a grandson, Church of Christ minister of Wheeler.

A native of Hill county, Borden had resided in Corsicana 56 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, Robert L., Dave and Ben Borden all of Corsicana; New Borden, Schouler, La., and M. S. (Dock) Borden, Plainview; three daughters, Mrs. Ona Ferguson, Dallas; Mrs. L. E. Poe and Mrs. J. A. Headspeth, both of Fort Worth; and a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be C. O. (Cap) Curington, Rufus Pevehouse, Curtis Wright, R. C. Moore, Malcolm Smith, E. L. Brown, A. G. Miley and Henry Slate.

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Joseph Lee “Jodie” McCrery
Jan 6, 1871 - Jul 3, 1954

Miss J. McCrery Dies Saturday, Services Monday

Miss Jodie McCrery, long-time Corsicana resident, 1306 West Fourth Avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday afternoon.

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

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

A native of Steward’s Mill, Freestone county, Miss McCrery had resided in Corsicana most of her life.

Surviving are four sisters, Misses Sue B. and Irene McCrery, both of Corsicana; Mrs. J. N. Mickie, Lubbock, and Mrs. E. R. Brown, Dallas; a nephew, four grand-nieces and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Albert Galloway, John Callicutt, L. A. Johnson, Jr.; W. E. Pressley, George Kirvin, Perry McCammon, John Sullivan, Henry Walker, N. Suttle Roberts, F. C. Paul, A. H. Auld and F. B. McKie, all of Corsicana; Jack B. Henderson, Neil Johnson and Ernest Johnson, all of Dallas.

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Sallie Irene McCrery
Jun 15, 1879 - Apr 24, 1966

Miss McCrery Services Held

Funeral services for Miss Irene McCrery, 86, retired teacher, 1306 West Fourth avenue, who died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday, were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which she was a member. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Native of Steward’s Mill, Freestone county, Miss McCrery resided here for many years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Jonnie McCrery Mickie, Dallas; a nephew, Murphy M. Williams, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were T. R. Red, L. A. Johnson, Jr.; R. T. Gowan, Glen Owens, Cloyd Young, Don R. Gladney, George T. Lee, Jr.; and J. W. McCammon.

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Sue Bonner McCrery
Mar 8, 1876 - Jan 20, 1956

Saturday Rites For Miss McCrery

Funeral services for Miss Sue McCrery, retired teacher, who died at her home, 1306 West Fourth avenue early Friday, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Freestone County, Miss McCrery spent most of her life in Corsicana, and taught in the Corsicana school system for 35 years prior to her retirement a number of years ago. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and the DAR.

Surviving are two sisters, Miss Irene McCrery, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. N. Mickie, Dallas ; a nephew, Murphy Williams, Jr., Dallas; four great nieces and four great great nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Earl Presley, Harry Auld, John Sullivan, Luther A. Johnson, Jr.; John Callicutt, William Clarkson, III; John W. Carpenter and Charles Rider.

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Abbie Gillie (Maguire) Perry
Apr 12, 1890 - Mar 5, 1963

Mrs. Perry Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, March 6—(Spl)—Funeral services for Mrs. Gillie Perry, 72, widow of the late Jack Perry, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel here. Burial was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Vernon Sydow, pastor of the Powell Baptist church, of which she was a member, and Rev. J. W. Fore, pastor of the Assembly of God church.

Mrs. Perry died Tuesday afternoon in the Navarro Clinic following an extended illness.

Native of Henderson county, Mrs. Perry resided in the Powell community for many years before moving to Kerens.

Surviving are a son, Jude Perry, Powell; two daughters, Mrs. Denver Lancaster and Mrs. Clyde Goodwin, both of Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Carl Hightower, Frost; a brother, J. C. McGuire, Cleburne; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ralph Sawyer, Emmett McCaslin, W. D. Ainsworth, Morgan Lowe, O. A. Rutherford and Jodie Ward.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 6, 1963

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o Andrew Jackson “Jack” Perry married Jul. 7, 1918; d/o George Washington Maguire & Martha Renda (Brewer) Maguire
     


Lydia Frances (Hart) Hagan-Szenasy
Mar 31, 1883 - Aug 2, 1957

Sunday Services For Mrs. Szenasy

Mrs. John Szenasy, aged 74 years, died at the family home, East Second avenue, Saturday afternoon.

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

The rites were conducted by Rev. Ray, Fundamentalist Baptist minister, and Rev. Cecil Thompson, pastor of the First Baptist church in Streetman.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a son, Orville Hagan, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Juanita Just, Mrs. Fern Gordon and Mrs. Ruth Stewart, all of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. B. Martin, Vernon Tackett, J. T. Davis, Otis Dunagan, G. W. Pritchett and Reuben Koehler.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Aug. 5, 1957

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • 1st husband Emmett G. Hagan married Aug 15, 1903 2nd husband John Szenasy; d/o Fred Hart per death certificate


Floyd Herman Burns
Mar 23, 1912 - Aug 6, 1957

Rites Wednesday For Floyd Burns

Rites for Floyd H. Burns, who died in Dallas Tuesday were held Wednesday with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery at 4 p.m.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eloise Burns; two sons Walter and Gary, and four daughters, Linda, Dianne, Gwendolyn and Jackie Burns, all of Dallas; a brother, David Crockett Burns, Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Louise Fuller, Odessa.

McCammon directed local arrangements.

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Alex Lee
Aug 4, 1895 - Sep 21, 1957

Negro Drowned In Chatfield Tank

Alex Lee, 65, negro World War I disabled veteran, 206 North Bunert street, was drowned in a tank on the Coy farm in the Chatfield community Saturday afternoon. He had been fishing with Frank Person and Virgil Phillips, both of Corsicana, and stepped into a deep hole, officers related following an investigation.

Deputy Sheriff Dick Salter and Justice of the Peace Joe Allen conducted an investigation and Judge Allen returned a coroner’s verdict of accidental drowning.

Ed Ellington an Jim Little, Jr., both of Chatfield, recovered the body a short time later, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Curry and Miss Kaye Frances Lee, teacher, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Odessa Rhoads, Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Calhoun Funeral Home.

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Mable (Minor) Brown
Jan 22, 1912 - Apr 23, 1957

MABLE BROWN DIES

Mable Brown, 45, negress, wife of Walter Brown, who has been a ranch employe on the McKinney and McKinney Ranch for the past 18 years, died Tuesday night of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist church here with Rev. R. L. Jones, pastor, officiating, and burial in Woodlawn cemetery. She is survived by her husband; three sons, J. B., Johnny and Walter, Jr.; three grandsons and other relatives.

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INFANT DAUGHTER Bass
B&D Feb 1, 1957

Rites For Infant Friday Afternoon

Funeral services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bass, 2911 West Collin, who died early Friday morning shortly after birth at Memorial Hospital, were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Cade cemetery in Streetman.

Besides the parents, the infant is survived by a sister, Michelle; a brother, Paul; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ferguson of Streetman and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bass of Corsicana.

The Rev. Cecil Thompson of the Streetman Baptist church and the Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the North Corsicana Baptist church, were to officiate. Griffin was to direct.

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Streetman

STREETMAN, Feb. 5—(Spl.)—The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bass of Corsicana was buried at Cade Friday afternoon. Mrs. Bass is the former Peggy Ferguson.

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Hiram Cornelious “Neal” Bell
Dec 30, 1879 - May 19, 1957

H. C. Bell Dies Early Sunday

H. C. Bell, 77, of Wortham, died in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday of a heart attack while visiting relatives.

Funeral services were held at the Union High Baptist church Monday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Board Tree cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. P. Coe, pastor of the First Baptist church in Wortham.

Bell had resided in Navarro county 61 years prior to moving to Wortham five years ago.

Surviving are three sons, Otis Bell, Wortham; Doyle Bell, Baton Rouge, La., and Paul Bell, Midland; two daughters, Mrs. D. D. Stephens, Carizzo Springs, and Mrs. R. E. Byers, Dallas; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Corley directed.

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Louisa Augusta (Pace) King
Jan 16, 1881 - Nov 24, 1957

Tuesday Services Conducted For Mrs. Louise King

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Pace King, 76, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday after an extended illness, will be held form St. John’s Episcopal church Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, rector of the church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, Mrs. King graduated from Corsicana High School and the former Kidd-Key College in Sherman and later studied voice in New York.

The daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. S. A. Pace, Corsicana pioneers, Mrs. King was one of the organizers and early president of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, served as president of the Corsicana Nevin Club and five occasions and was active in many musical and cultural accomplishments in this community.

She was a member of the public library board for years and is credited the bringing the Minneapolis Symphony in Corsicana in 1923 for the 25th anniversary of the Corsicana Nevin club. She was one of the organizers of the local United Charities.

Mrs. King was vice president of the Tex-Jersey Oil Corporation of Tyler.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard Hughes, Oxford, Miss, and Mrs. George Swan, Saginaw, Mich.; four grandchildren, Nancy, Patricia, Susan and George Swan, Jr., Saginaw, Mich.; and the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Bourke Cartwright, Terrell; Judge A. P. Mays, Corsicana; Mrs. Brice Frey, Tuxedo Park, N. Y.; Homer Pace, Jr., Midland; Jack Womack, Los Angeles and Gene Womack, Mexia, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Jack Womack, Gene Womack, Steve Womack, A. P. Mays, George Swan, Richard Hughes, Bourke Cartwright and Dudley George.

Corley will direct.

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Mrs. Louise King Dies Sunday; Rites Slated Tuesday

Mrs. Louise Pace King, 76, native Corsicanan, music, civic and business leader here, died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the St. John’s Episcopal church with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of the church.

Civic, Cultural Leader
Mrs. King, the daughter of the late Capt. and Mrs. S. A. Pace, pioneer Corsicana residents, was one of the organizers of the United Charities organization here and was secretary of the public library board for years.

As chairman of the music department of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1912, Mrs. King saw the need of a federation of music clubs and in 1914, representatives of 24 music clubs met in Brownwood under her leadership and organized the Texas Federation of Music Clubs and the first convention was held in Waco in 1915. She was president in 1917 and was honorary president at the time of her death.

Graduate of CHS
She was a life-long member and past president of the Nevin club and in 1923 brought the nationally-known Minneapolis Symphony to Corsicana for the 25th anniversary of the Nevin club here.

Mrs. King graduated from Corsicana High School and the former Kidd-Key College of Sherman and studied voice in New York City.

She was prominent in business circles and was vice president of Tex-Jersey Oil Corporation of Tyler.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard Hughes, Oxford, Miss., and Mrs. George Swan, Saginaw, Mich.; four grandchildren, Nancy, Patricia, Susan and George Swan, Jr., all of Saginaw, Mich., and the following nieces and nephews; Mrs. Bourke Cartwright, Terrell; Judge A. P. Mays, Corsicana; Mrs. Brice Frey, Tuxedo Park, N. Y.; Homer Pace, Jr., Midland; Jack Womack, Corpus Christi; Steve Womack, Los Angeles, and Gene Womack, Mexia, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Jack Womack, Gene Womack, Steve Womack, A. P. Mays, George Swan, Richard Hughes, Bourke Cartwright and Dudley George.

Corley will direct.

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A TRIBUTE TO MISS LOUISE
--BY—
MRS. LYNNE A. WORTHAM

“There will never be another Miss Louise” was heard on every hand Sunday morning when the word went forth that Mrs. Louise Pace King had passed away. Miss Louise, as she was affectionately known to her friends, was truly Corsicana’s ambassador of music—in fact, she was more than that—she was Texas’ ambassador of music.

Through all the years of her life—she was heart and soul for the progress of music. Many musical accomplishments in Corsicana and Texas can be attributed to her leadership.

In her home town, she was active in the Nevin Club and served s its president on five different occasions. For many years, her home at 1003 West Third Avenue, was the home of the Nevin Club.

She delighted in bringing concert artists and organizations to Corsicana and helped to make the Nevin Club the Civic Music Association of early days. She was responsible for bringing the Minneapolis Symphony, with Henri Verbrugghen as conductor, to Corsicana in 1923 in observance of the twenty-fifth birthday of the Niven Club.

Miss Louise was always interested in the musical progress of the youth of the community, and it was during her administration as president of the Nevin Club in 1919 that the Junior Nevin Club was organized. She was the donor of many scholarships to musical youth through the colleges of the state.

Miss Louise was never selfish with her music—she wanted her state to have the best that music could offer, and while serving as chairman of the Music Department of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1912, she conceived the idea of a Texas Federation of Music Clubs and immediately went forth to make her dream a reality.

She took her message of music to clubs all over the state and in 1914 thirty-four clubs, including the Nevin Club, were represented in the organizational meeting at Brownwood. In 1915 the first regular meeting of the new Music Federation was held in Waco. Miss Louise was chosen as its first president, but felt physically unable to serve after traveling over the state in organizational activities for three years. She recommended Mrs. John F. Lyons of Fort Worth to assume the leadership, and Mrs. Lyons accepted. In 1916, Miss Louise was again chosen as president of the Federation and served two years. She was later made Honorary President of the organization.

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs has been a leader in the National Federation of Music Clubs and upon many occasions Miss Louise has been proud of her accomplishments as organizer of the Texas Federation.

Miss Louise and her musical influence and benefactions will be missed, and we can truly say “There will never be another Miss Louise in Corsicana.”

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Joseph W. “Joe” Wilson
Jul 1, 1885 - Feb 28, 1957

Joe W. Wilson Services Friday

Joe W. Wilson, 71, native of Navarro county, died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Thursday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Friday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Wilson operated a drug store here for many years and was connected with the ration board here during World War II.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Joe Wilson, Jr., Victoria; a granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. L. M. Hall, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Lang, Dr. Robert Lang, Allen Molloy, Milton Molloy and L. M. Hall, Jr., all nephews; H. D. Redden, Julian Redden and J. T. Cavender.

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Hezrakiah “Hezra” Hawkins
Oct 16, 1895 - Sep 16, 1960

H. K. Hawkins Dies Friday

KERENS, Sept. 17—(Spl)—Hezra K. Hawkins, 64, retired farmer and World War I veteran, died at his home in the Bazette community Friday after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Kerens Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Dan Gibson, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Bazette; mother, Mrs. L. E. Hawkins, Kerens; three brothers, Bill Hawkins, Stephens, Ark.; Pete and J. B. Hawkins, both of Kerens; five sisters, Mrs. Myrtie Sharrer and Mrs. Annie Jones, both of Kerens; Mrs. Daisey Paschal and Mrs. Jessie Penney, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lillie Mankin, Houston, and a number of other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Inmon will direct.

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William Henry “Bill” Hawkins
Oct 3, 1902 - Feb 18, 1973

W. H. Hawkins

KERENS—Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for W. H. (Bill) Hawkins, 70, resident of Shreveport, La., who died Sunday at Shreveport.

Rev. Olen Boles, First Baptist Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Prairie Point cemetery.

He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include three sons, Lowell Hawkins of Shreveport; Lindell Hawkins of Hawkins, and Ray Hawkins of Longview; a brother, J. B. Hawkins of Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Ralph Sharrer of Kerens, Mrs. Jack Jones of Kerens, Mrs. T. P. Penney of Corsicana, and Mrs. Dave Mankin of Houston; and eight grandchildren.

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W. H. Hawkins

KERENS—Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for W. H. (Bill) Hawkins, 70, resident of Shreveport, La., who died Sunday at Shreveport, Rev. Olen Boles, First Baptist Church pastor, was to officiate with burial to follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, a brother, four sisters, and eight grandchildren.

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Alva Sterling Castles
Sep 6, 1877 - Apr 3, 1956

Alva S. Castles Expires Tuesday

Alva S. Castles, 78, native of Arkansas, died at the Twilight Home Tuesday morning. He had resided here for the past two years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Nellie Tucker, Altus, Okla., several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at the Corley Funeral Home early Tuesday afternoon.

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Alva S. Castles Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Alva S. Castles, 78, who died at Twilight Home Tuesday morning were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Modrell cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.

A native of Arkansas, Castles had resided here the past two years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Nellie Tucker, Altus, Okla., several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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INFANT SON Rogers
Died Sep 15, 1956

Rogers Infant Dies Saturday

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Rogers, Route 1, Purdon, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Modrell cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, a brother and a sister.

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Exie Marie (Stokes) Carmichael
May 31, 1927 - Oct 30, 2020

Exie Marie Carmichael passed away with her family by her side on Friday, October 30, 2020. She was born in Blooming Grove, TX to Mr. & Mrs. George Stokes on May 31, 1927. Exie married Robert Byron Carmichael, whom she met in Austin, Texas on September 15, 1951 and was a loving mother to her three children: Charles, Carol, and David Carmichael.

She graduated with a BA in Speech and Sociology from Texas Women’s College and moved to Austin working as a Social Worker at the Austin State Hospital where she met her husband, Robert, while he was attending the University of Texas at Austin. While married to Robert during his 20-year military career as an Army officer, Exie continued her work as social worker as she counseled military wives that lost their husbands during in the Vietnam War.

Exie’s gift of counseling others was a constant theme throughout her life to of which many became life-long dear friends. Her smile was known to all those that she knew her as she always wanted to make those around her feel comfortable and welcome. “Come and sit a spell and talk” was a way of life for her. In many ways, it was the essence of who she was.

Exie’s pride and joy were her grandchildren which she played a significant role in raising and mentoring into the people they are today.

Over the many years, Exie developed many deep life-long friendships that meant the world to her and for those of you that may read this, you know who you are.

She was a very special and kind soul that will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you leave a kind word or memory here.

Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 (512) 259-1610.

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Lelia Beth Wilkinson
Aug 29, 1926 - Dec 7, 2020

On Monday, December 7, 2020, Lelia Beth Wilkinson passed away at the age of 94. Beth was born on August 29, 1926, to Dr. James A. Wilkinson and wife, Mabel, in Blooming Grove, TX.

She received her degree in chemistry from the University of Texas. Her career as a chemist led her to become one of the first women in that field. She was a member of the American Chemical Society for fifty years.

Beth was preceded in death by her brother, Jim who was a chemical engineer at Dow Chemical. After her first job in west Texas with Mobil Oil, she accepted a position with Dow and joined Jim and her mother in Freeport, TX.

There she became an active member in the First United Methodist Church. Beth was an avid sports fan who followed the Texas Longhorns and Texas with enthusiasm. Masters Bridge and travel were an integral part of her life.

She was a remarkable woman who leaves behind a legacy of generosity as well as memories of her quick wit and great intellect.

Survivors are Elmin Howell and Pamela Douglas, cousins.

Funeral services for Lelia Beth Wilkinson will be held at 2pm on Thursday, January 7, 2020 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana, TX, with Andy Dill officiating.
 

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Mae Leader (Williams) Price-Jackson
Jan 31, 1935 - Jun 9, 2020

MAE'S OBITUARY
Mrs. Mae Leader Price-Jackson was born to her parents, Mr. Frank Lee Williams, Sr., and Mrs. Nora Katy Cook-Williams on January 31, 1935 in Blooming Grove, Texas. Mae was the only daughter of her parents.

Mae accepted The Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and maintained her Christian belief and faith; she was a member of “The Potter’s House Church” of Dallas, with her Pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sr., and his wife, Elder Serita Jakes. Mae became a member of “The Potter’s House Church” in June 1998 where she served faithfully for 22 years until her death on June 9, 2020. Mae was very honored to graduate and become a part of an esteemed organization in 2007 known as “God’s Leading Ladies.” Mae was considered an Alumni of this organization which was very fulfilling, full of life enrichment and qualities that helped to position, promote, and enhance her discipline, character, strength and endurance for divine Christian living.

Mae attended an elementary school in Blooming Grove, Texas; and graduated from High School in Italy, Texas in 1952. During her tenure in High School, she was on the varsity basketball team, and was very good in this sport. Mae was affectionately called “Doll Baby” by her family and friends; she was known to have a very sweet, kind and humble spirit and, everyone that knew Mae would always have the same thoughts about her gentle, lovable and kind character. Mae continued her education at Mountainview Junior College where she earned her Associates Degree for general studies.

Mae worked and retired from Otis Engineering Company, as a Senior Technical Data Systems Engineer. In this position, she coordinated, structured in a timely and accurately manner structing drawings for products and equipment; including the implementation of the product design for changes into new equipment. After retirement, Mae opened a Beauty Supply Company called “Classic Beauty,” that thrived for over 10 years, after which time she retired from the business and began to enjoy her life.

Mae fell into a peaceful slumber and transitioned into Heaven in the loving Arms of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Mae was also preceded in death by her former husband Mr. Robert Lee Price, her father, Mr. Frank Williams Sr., her mother, Mrs. Nora Katy Cook-Williams, her brother, Mr. Frank Lee Williams Jr; and her brother, Mr. Roger Lee Guinyard.

Mae leaves to cherish her memories: Three -(3) devoted and loving daughters, Elder, Lady Wanda Jewel Price, Dallas, Texas, Evangelist, Sonja Lotrice Jones-West, (Edward), Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Barbara Diane Price-Toliver, (Reverend Terrence), Waco, Texas; one brother, Dr. RC Williams, Ft. Worth, Texas; Six-(6) Grandchildren, Quoqueze R. Price, Quolanda S. Burleson, Krystle J. Jones-Lacy; Macy D. Jones-Smith; Ricky M. Jones; and Amari J. Price-Toliver; Nine Great-Grandchildren, Taiyoun D. Nichols, Aubrey J. Lacy, Marcus D. Shaw, Jr, (MJ), Adrian I. Lacy, Kennedy M. Lacy, Mariah L. Smith, Madison L. Smith, Quortney S. Shaw, Marco D. Shaw; and one Great-Great Grandchild, Caleb A. Price. A host of many loved and cherished nieces and nephews. Mae also leaves to cherish her best friends, Mrs. Velma Jo Coleman, Dallas, Texas and Mrs. Vernice Brown, Dallas, Texas.

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Lawana Ruth (Fredrick) Haddock
Jul 29, 1931 ~ Mar 12, 2019

Lawana Ruth Haddock went to be with the Lord March 12, 2019. She was born Jul 29, 1931 in Blooming Grove, Texas. She was married to John Haddock Sr for 53 years. He preceded her in death 2001.

Lawana is survived by her three daughters and two sons: Linda Richmond of Bedford Texas, Kathi Sturgeon of Colleyville Texas, John Haddock Jr. of Watauga Texas, Susan Haddock of Watauga Texas and Gary Haddock of Mansfield Texas.

She was a grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 15, and great, great grandmother to 2.

Mom was loving mother and grandmother that was the glue that held our family together and her presence will be missed greatly. We will always love you Mom.

SERVICES

VISITATION Thursday March 14, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Emerald Hills Funeral Home 500 Kennedale Sublett Road Kennedale, TX 76060

GRAVESIDE SERVICE Friday March 15, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Emerald Hills Memorial Park 500 Kennedale Sublett Rd Kennedale, TX 76060

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Edith Hazel "Nannie" (Staggs) Fuller
Feb 16, 1921 - Jun 3, 2004

FULLER, EDITH H. "NANNIE" Funeral services for Edith H. "Nannie" , 83, of Riverside, Texas, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004. at Byrum Funeral Home, 425 North Dallas Ave. in Lancaster, Texas with Bro. Reagan Cooksey Officiating. Honorary pallbearer will be Paul Travis Fuller. Pallbearers will be David Harris, Scott Harris, Gregg Hardin, Ryan Stringer. Josh Fallen, Jerrod Fallen, Jeff Diggs and Jason Diggs Anglin. "Nannie" was born in Blooming Grove, Texas and resided in Riverside, Texas for more than 20 years. She passed away at Conroe Memorial Hospital on June 3, 2004. She had been a member of Northside Baptist Church in Riverside, Texas for 18 years. "Nannie" was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 64 years, William T. "Pap" Fuller in 2002. She was the proud mother of six children: daughter, Carolyn Parish and husband, Joy of Red Oak, Texas; daughter, Mildred Anglin and husband, Jerry of Huntsville, Texas; son, Bud Fuller and wife, Darene of Waxahachie, Texas; daughter, Sue Hardin and husband, Don of DeSoto, Texas, son, William T. Fuller, Jr. of Seagoville, Texas, and son, Gene Fuller and wife, Paula of Lancaster, Texas. She is also survived by three brothers and two sisters. She was blessed and honored to be called "Nannie" by 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was "Mama" to her six children and "Nannie" to all her grandchildren and to her many close friends. She was blessed with the gift of serving others, always putting others needs before her own. Her greatest joy was spending time in her beautiful yard, taking care of her flowers and garden. She was often seen mowing her yard and using her magic weedeater. Thanks for all the times you made special for all of us. You have left us with memories too precious to ever forget. We will miss you and love you forever. See you at the "Big House." Byrum Funeral Home 425 North Dallas Avenue Lancaster (972) 227-2121

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  • Published in Dallas Morning News on Jun. 5, 2004

  • Edgewood Cemetery, Lancaster, Dallas Co., TX

  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


Gregory Scott Robinson
Jan 26, 1978 - Aug 26, 2020

Gregory Scott Robinson, of Blooming Grove, passed away on August 26, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waco at the age of 42. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Providence Cemetery in Mildred, with Jared Rogers officiating. Family visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Robinson was born on January 26, 1978 in Corsicana, Texas to Jim Robinson & Donna Farmer McPherson. He had been in the community since the early 1990’s and was employed in direct support staff with Centex ARC & Mexia State School for 30 years. He married Debbie Buckowski on July 7, 2007 in Mexia.

Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Farmer McPherson; grandparents, Abb & Ila Farmer and aunts & uncles, Gerry & Dell Baker, Opal Beard, Truman Young & Kat Macanagey. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Robinson of Blooming Grove; brother & sister-in-law, Jonathan & Lyndie McPherson of Groesbeck; Nephew, Nehemiah McPherson of Groesbeck; father, Jim Robinson of Blooming Grove; step-father, Jeff McPherson of Mexia; mother-in-law & father-in-law, Irma & Robert Buckowski of Paxinos, Pennsylvania; step-mother, Tammie Robinson of Blooming Grove; brother-in-law, Michael Buckowski of Paxinos, Pennsylvania; step-siblings, Braydon & Payge Huffman of Blooming Grove; and Becky & Emily Batchler of Frankston, Texas; cousins, Rich & Robin Baker Huebner of Oklahoma, Richard & Leslie Campodonica of Oklahoma, Mike & Shannon Hunnicutt of Oklahoma; Justin & Cheyenne Russell of Blooming Grove, Jordan Earl & Carter Russell of Blooming Grove; godson, Alex Abundis, as well a many more cousins in Texas & Oklahoma.

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David Fred Barton
Nov 21, 1921 - Sep 22, 2015

THE VILLAGE David Fred Barton was born November 21, 1921 in Blooming Grove, Texas to Milton Robert and J.D. (Thompson) Barton. He passed away September 22, 2015 in Katy, Texas with his loving family by his side. David moved to Oklahoma as a child and graduated from Seminole High School in 1940. He also attended Seminole Junior College. David entered the Army Air Corps and served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 as a Pilot of B-26 bombers. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in 1944 while serving in Germany. After returning home from the service, he married Betty Lou Anderson in September, 1945 and together they had two daughters. After Betty's passing in May, 1962 he married Billye Sue Holcomb in December, 1964 and they were blessed with one daughter. He served for twenty-five years on The Village City Council, with five terms as Mayor. David was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Betty, daughter Carolyn Fite and his sister Billie Ruth McWilliams. He is survived by wife of 50 years, Billye; brother Bob Barton (Velma); daughters Linda Bowman and Susan Taylor (Anthony); granddaughters Kristie Sralla (Bryan), Stacy Smith (Scott), Bonnie Lyn Paige (Jacen); grandsons Christopher Cook and Blake Taylor, great-grandsons Easton Smith, Jonathan Sralla and Thomas Sralla; along with many nieces and nephews. Viewing will be at Demuth Funeral Home, 1145 W. Britton Rd., Friday, September 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. till noon. Funeral service will follow at Village Baptist Church, 10600 N. May Avenue at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015, with burial immediately after the service at Memorial Park Cemetery, OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vantage Hospice in Katy, TX.

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John T Garvin
May 25, 1918 - May 14, 2009

John T. Garvin, age 90, of Mena, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009 in Hot Springs.

He was born May 25, 1918 in Blooming Grove, Texas to the late Charles Lesley Garvin and the late Nora Pearl Frederick Garvin. He was united in marriage to Sara Jo Johnson. Mr. Garvin was an auto worker for Ford and also served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church and was a deacon of the Baptist Church for 54 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by:

Wife: Jo Garvin of the home

Son: Michael Garvin and wife Elaine of Ft. Worth, Texas

Daughter: Kaye Heath and husband Sam of Mena, Arkansas

Brother: Earl Garvin of Lancaster, Texas

Sister: Billie Jean Christie of Kerens, Texas

7 grandchildren
9 great-grandchildren

A host of nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.L. and Pearl Garvin, a brother, Ray Garvin, and five sisters, Mildred North, Lucille Greene, Faye Ingram, Merle Southard,and Sue Brumbelow.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Donnie Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held for family and friends on Sunday afternoon, May 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Martha Jewell (Parker) Smyth
July 25, 1928 ~ March 1, 2019 (age 90)

Shushan-Martha Jewell Smyth, 90, of Shushan, passed away peacefully Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls. Born July 25, 1928 in Blooming Grove, TX, she was the daughter of the late Tobe James and Margaret (Gantt) Parker.

Martha graduated from Blooming Grove High School. She eventually relocated to New York where she worked at IBM in Yorktown Heights, NY as a Lab Technician for 25 years retiring in 1991.

Martha enjoyed knitting and making her own clothing. She also had a passion for upholstering furniture, wallpapering, gardening and cooking.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband, James Urban Caldwell; a son, Stephan Caldwell; siblings, James and Edith.

Martha is survived by her children, James A. (Janene) Caldwell of Clarksville, VA, Robert D. (Lily) Caldwell of Hudson, NY, Victor Keith (Mary) Caldwell of Albany and Linda Jewell (Mark) Manley of Shushan.

She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Seth A. Caldwell, Corrine Lewis, Trevor Caldwell, Chloe Caldwell, Craig Connors, Heather Nash, Elaina Manley and Gabriel Manley and 8 great grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 1-3 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. A service will begin at 3:00 pm with Pastor Carol Finke officiating.

Services

VISITATION Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home 73 West Main Street Cambridge, NY 12816
FUNERAL SERVICE Sunday March 24, 2019 3:00 PM Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home 73 West Main Street Cambridge, NY 12816

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R. L. "Pete" Branam
Feb 11, 1926 - Oct 30, 2020


U.S. Veteran

R. L. “Pete” Branam, 94, passed away in Grandview, TX on Oct 30, 2020. Pete was born on Feb 11, 1926 to Fred B and Leona (Hobbs) Branam. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines and then in Japan.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, TX. His lifelong pleasures were his family, fishing, gardening and mowing. He is survived by Daughters Karen Smith and husband Joe, Becky Hatchel and husband John, Kathy Deaver, stepdaughter Vicky Pierce, 8 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter: Leona Ann York, five sisters and three brothers.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm at the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. A Celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2pm in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Darren Heil officiating. Pallbearers will be Cole Howell, Taylor Bilby, Brian Marshall, Jeff Marshall, Alvin Bilby and John Walser. Honorary pallbearers are Lance Miller, Casey York, Pete York, Joshua Tate, Joe Smith, Jr., Tristan York, Skylar York and Brady Miller

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Barbara Jo (Hustead) Cowell
Aug 26, 1945 - Sep 8, 2020

Barbara Jo Hustead Cowell, 75, of Lufkin died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in a local hospital. A service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home.

Ms. Cowell was born August 26, 1945 in Blooming Grove, Texas to Mabel Ruth (Hollingsworth) and Willie “Jack” Hustead.

Ms. Cowell resided in the Lufkin and Nacogdoches area most of her life. She was a secretary for Morgan Oil Company in Nacogdoches for 35 years. She loved her grandchildren more than anything. She was an artist, a walking dictionary who enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune. With all her knowledge, she was a gifted debater.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Kyle Monson of Lufkin, Carrie and Adrian Windham of Zavalla; grandsons, Jordan D. Ray and Sabrina Mayorga of Zavalla, Jared D. Ray of Lufkin, Tyler and Heather Windham of Zavalla; granddaughters, Meghan Monson of Boston Massachusetts, Kaylin and Ross Humphrey of Abilene, Lauren Windham of Zavalla; great-grandson, Kamden Ray; great-granddaughters, Sloane Windham and Priscilla Ray; sister-in-law, Pat Hustead of Crossroads; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Jack Hustead; sister, Jackie Hustead Omberg; and brother, Donnie Hustead.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or The ALS Association, Texas Chapter, P.O. Box 271561, Houston, Texas 77277.

Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com.

Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

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Sam Bailey, Jr.
Feb 11, 1950 - Jun 7, 2020

Sam Bailey, Jr. entered into the world weighing in at 12 lbs on Saturday, February 11, 1950 in Barry, Texas to the loving parents of the late Sam Bailey, Sr and Earlean Daniels-Bailey. He attended the Blooming Grove ISD, where he was a very talented football player and was awarded All-District several years in a row. He graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1969. After receiving a football scholarship, he then went on further his education at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

In the winter of 1976 on December 18, he was wed in Holy Matrimony to Mattie G. Washington in Fort Worth, Texas at the Lake Como Church of Christ in Ft. Worth, Texas. To this union, 4 beautiful souls were born; Misti, Samuel, Shannon and Melodi.

Sam and Mattie were avid supporters of Christian education and both received the Southwestern Christian College Trailblazers of Valor award, for achieving greatness in the Home, Community, Public Service, and Education and were titled Honorary Alumni.

Sam had strong work ethics. He worked for Chattanooga Glass for 14 years and went on to become a truck driver for Consolidated FreightWays for 16 years, receiving consecutive safety awards. While continuing to drive trucks, he began his own business buying/selling wooden pallets. After retiring from truck driving, Sam began working in the Corsicana ISD transportation department as a bus driver until his health began to decline. He retired in 2017.

He was baptized into Christ at the early age of approximately 10 years old at the Eastside Church of Christ in Corsicana, Texas. He and his family later attended the Eastside congregation in Ennis, Texas, where he remained a faithful leader until his passing.

Sam was proceeded in death by his parents, and 1 brother-in-law, Irvin Smith.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Mattie, 2 daughters; Misti Houston (Justin), Melodi, 2 sons; Sam (Lori), Shannon (Brandi), 5 grandchildren; Madison, Reagan, London, Jackson, and Dakota, 4 siblings: Dorothy Edmerson (Charles), Hellen Mullins (Frank), Thelma Smith, Joe (Jean), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family across the brotherhood and dear friends.

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Melvin Levi Rush
Nov 24, 1924 - Oct 29, 2019

Melvin Levi Rush

Dad was a very proud WWII Veteran and longtime resident of St. Paul, MN. He passed away October 29, 2019, surrounded by his four daughters and their husbands by his side.

Dad was born in Frost, TX to James Levi Rush and Verlina Lunsford Rush.

In April, 1947 he married Mavis Joan Tucker. They met at a barn dance and it was love at first sight! After he retired from Viking Chevrolet in 1982, the two of them enjoyed travelling the USA and meeting new friends during a variety of bus trips. Together they shared 51 happy years of marriage until her death in 1998.

In 1943 in the middle of World War II, dad joined the US Navy. He was assigned to the USS John Penn, an attack transport ship sailing to the Fiji Islands. In August of that same year, the Japanese torpedoed the ship and as the ship sank the entire crew abandoned ship to escape the “ring of fire”. In 1944 he was assigned to the USS Belle Isle, an electronics repair ship which sailed to Okinawa where his ship struggled through and barely survived a typhoon of historical proportions. Dad was extremely proud of his military service and to be present during the signing of the Peace Treaty with General MacArthur in Japan in 1945. More recently in May of 2015 he was able to share his war experiences with other WWII Vets from Minnesota during his May 2015 Honor’s Flight to our nation’s capital where they toured the recently constructed WWII Memorial.

Dad had a great love for singing. He sang in his church choir and loved to entertain with his favorite tunes at a local piano bar whenever he got the chance. He was always recognized and welcomed when he showed up at Nye’s Polynesian Room in downtown Minneapolis.

In 2018 dad was awarded the title of Honorary Vulcan from the St. Paul Winter Carnival Association. Thanks to Jackie from The Wellington, the ceremony took place at the Wellington Assisted Living facility in St. Paul Minnesota where dad has lived for the last three years.

Dad is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mavis; brothers Onis, William, James and Cecil Rush; sisters Annie Bell Shepherd, Ethel Mowery; half-brothers Jonathan, George, Nathan; half-sister Alice. He is survived by daughters Victoria (Wayne) Elling, Debra (Tom) Rohr, Melanie (Dennis) Schilling, Susan (Alan) Howie; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Julie Rush of Stockton, CA.

The family wishes to thank Interim Hospice; especially Brenda, Julia and Sharon. With their professional and compassionate care and support, our dad was very well cared for and his four daughters were comforted throughout the last few months of his life.

A private internment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life gathering is being planned for the summer of 2020.

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Lovie Marie (Cockerham) Pruitt
Mar 24, 1930 - May 22, 2020

1 THESSALONIANS 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Lovie Marie Cockerham Pruitt, of Frost TX passed away peacefully in her home, at the age of 90, on Friday May 22, 2020. Lovie was born in Frost Texas on March 24, 1930 to Sill G. & Olive May Cockerham (Holloway). She grew up in the surrounding areas having to move from place to place, sharecropping with her family picking cotton. At the age of 17 she applied for and was accepted into a special Nursing program that had just started at the Hospital in Waxahachie, where she eventually became the Head Surgical Nurse. Although she later left nursing to raise a family she eventually returned to that which she loved and continued Nursing until she retired at the age of 75.

Lovie Marie’s life cannot be summed up by words, or a few paragraphs written upon paper, because she was so much more. The intricate details of her Love, & giving to others is written upon the Hearts of those who remain, where Love gives Life to her memory, in a place where she will always live.

Lovie is survived by her sons, Lonnie & Dwayne Pruitt; daughter in-law, Cynthia Pruitt, 9 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, and 6 Great Great Grandchildren, as well as through the memories that are carried by other family members and friends that are left behind.

She is preceded in Death by her parents, Sill and Olive May; her sisters, Lelta, Juanita, Bernice, Virginia, Estelle; her brothers, John D., James, Wallace, James Calvin, John Edgar; her husband of 52 years LaVon; son, Danny; 2 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Boze Mitchel McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday May 30th in the chapel @ 10:30 AM followed by graveside at Bethel.

In lieu of Flowers, the Family asks that you take a moment and express your Love to those who are still with you.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your self confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber, so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, you are young.

When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the sorrows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism then and only then are you grown old.

Lovie Marie Pruitt

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James Clyde Dyer Jr.
Jul 29, 1942 – May 23, 2017

Obituary of James Clyde Dyer Jr. PLAY TRIBUTE MOVIE
James Clyde Dyer Jr went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2017. James was born in Frost, TX to James Clyde Dyer Sr. and Francis Marie Dyer on July 29, 1942. James was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather who cherished spending time with family. James graduated from Frost High School in 1960. He was a self-employed business owner for most of his adult life and has been retired for several years. James was preceded in death by his sister Mary Ann Dyer, parents James Clyde Dyer Sr. and Francis Marie Dyer, brother Billy Gene Dyer, sons James Mark Dyer and Terry Brent Dyer, and grandchildren, Fallon Marie Dyer and Cory Brent Dyer. James is survived by Daughters and sons in law, Penny and Shawn Campbell, Mary Ann and Steve Solis, Linda Lee Smith and Steve Crenshaw. Sons James Clyde Dyer III and Jacob Wayne Dyer, and sister and brother in law Joy and Hulen Graves and brother Buddy C. Dyer. He has 19 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

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Clara Jane DuMontier
Jan. 16, 1925 -- Aug. 28, 2014

CLARA JANE DUMONTIER passed away from life on this earth, leaving an enormous void in many people's lives. She was loved by many. She was born in Frost, Texas, one of 13 children, all preceding her in death. She lived in Texas and worked for the rationing board when she met and married Jack, an Air Force pilot, on Feb. 22, 1946, in Victoria. She then began to travel the world beyond the borders of Texas with her husband, who had been born in Hawaii and already seen a bit of the world, watching the bombing of Pearl Harbor from his rooftop, and immediately joining the Army Air Corps on Dec.7, 1941.

Her home was a refuge for many children who were always welcome. This wasn't because her children, Mike and Terry, were so cool; it was because Jane was so cool and such a good mother to all. Some of the children were not as fortunate as her own, but she was always there to help and comfort them. When her children grew up and got married, they would all converge again at Mom and Dad's place at Holiday Island, bringing with them their old high school and college friends from all over the country (along with multiple pets) to once again be together, and they all were welcomed with open arms.

As grandparents, they would take David, Julie and Lisa to Springfield to the circus. They had a zip line and slip-n-slide in their backyard for the kids to play on. The grandchildren's friends were welcome for sleepovers as well. JaJa, which they all called her, would make pancakes that looked like teddy bears. She was the best hostess to anyone she encountered. She made everything special, even if it was a simple cup of hot chocolate.

She was a consummate entertainer and cook for the adults as well. Every dinner was the most fabulous cuisine from any cultural background from Chinese, to Mexican, to Indian. While she didn't like fish, she would gladly prepare it for you. When her own son was suffering from cancer, she would have a tremendous, healthy, home-cooked dinner every Sunday for the whole family to be together in communion. Jane also loved golf, gardening, and playing cards with friends and family. She was always a genuine, proud, independent and gracious lady. We love her and will miss talking to her. We never hesitated to ask her advice, and are grateful for her wisdom and answers to many questions.

She was preceded in death, and now will be with her husband Jack and son Mike. Surviving family members are daughter Terry DuMontier and daughter-in-law Laura DuMontier, grandchildren David DuMontier, Julie Efurd and Lisa Haller and great-grandchildren Logan and Colton Haller, and Jackson, Aspen, Berkeley, and Bentley Efurd.

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Sue (Hauk) Chapman
Mar 9, 1933 - Jul 18, 2015

Sue Hauk Chapman went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 18, 2015. She spent her last weeks in her own home surrounded by family and friends who love her so. She was born in Frost, Texas on March 9, 1933 to her mother and father, Gladys Carrell Hauk and Willis Carlisle Hauk. She was the second of their seven children. The family moved to Bullard, Texas and Sue graduated from Bullard High School where she was a cheerleader and basketball player. She was one of a dozen or so who graduated in her class and has remained close to her former classmates. God gave her a tremendous amount of musical talent and she excelled as a pianist. She attended the St. Louis Institute of Music in St. Louis, Missouri. She also attended Tyler Junior College and was an Apache Belle traveling with them to several places around the country. After marriage, she lived in Dallas; Wichita, Kansas; Fort Worth; and Tyler.
Sue worked very hard over the years to raise her five children whom she has showered with love and attention. She has unconditionally loved her children, their spouses and her precious grandchildren all these years and is adored by all of them. Her passing from this life to the next will not stop her love for them nor theirs for her -- for love is eternal.
Sue has been a faithful Christian and an active member of Green Acres Baptist Church where she attended services and Sunday school classes. Her faith and daily reading of her Bible and devotionals has been an inspiration to all who know her.
Sue loved playing the piano and over the years, she played at many weddings, church functions, and private events. She may be best known for playing the piano several times a week for over 20 years at the Hollytree Country Club. In addition to playing the piano, until just a few months ago, she worked for her dear friend, Betty Whitten, at Daisy’s. For close to twenty years, she worked full-time at ETMC’s business office where she made many close friends.
Sue is preceded in death by her first child, Kelly Carlisle Chapman; her father, Willis Carlisle Hauk; her mother, Gladys Carrell Hauk; her older sister, Mary Dell Hauk Gallop; her brother-in-law, Roy Gallop; and her nephew, Jay Miller. She is survived by her children, Stacey Chapman Harrison and her husband, Frank Harrison; Mark Chapman and his wife, Lori Wakefield Chapman; Leslie Chapman Pierce and her husband, Rodney Pierce, Peyton Chapman Pollacia and her husband, Tony Pollacia; Page Chapman and his wife, Bridget Maloney Chapman; her grandchildren: Susannah and Tori Harrison, Spencer Chapman, Sarah Beth Pierce, Wilson, Cooper, and Tucker Pollacia, and John Angus “Jack” Chapman; her brothers and sisters: Charles Hauk and wife, Lina; Buddy Hauk and wife, Marina; John Paul Hauk and wife, Ann; Brenda Hauk Miller; and Becky Hauk Brownell and husband, Ralph; many cherished nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Visitation will be at Stewart’s Family Funeral Home on Monday evening, July 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral service for Sue will be held in the chapel at Green Acres Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 21st at 10 a.m., followed by a short graveside service at Bullard Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Before her passing, Sue requested that everyone wear bright clothing to the services and that the services be a celebration of her life and the life to come. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler 75701 or The Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Ste. 200, Landover, MD 20785.

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Wanda Ruth (Miller) Glenn
Jan 18, 1923 – Dec 6, 2020

Obituary of Wanda Ruth Glenn
Wanda Ruth Glenn of Crowley passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020. Visitation: Wednesday, December 9th, 6-8 PM at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N Davis Dr, Arlington, TX 76012. Graveside Service: Thursday, December 10th at 1 PM. Wanda will be laid to rest in Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro next to her husband and parents. Wanda was married to her loving husband, Durwood, for 67 years and the two genuinely enjoyed their time together; they loved life. She was the proud mother of Tony Glenn and Tina Pace, both of Crowley. Wanda was born in Frost, TX on January 18, 1923 and married Durwood in 1946 at the age of 23 when he returned from serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, the two settled in Hillsboro, where they owned a furniture store, later moving to Fort Worth, Arlington and Mansfield, where they owned many small businesses over the years. Wanda made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ on August 13, 1954 and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Wanda & Durwood attended several churches during their 67-year marriage, but truly cherished their time at Crestmont Baptist Church in Burleson from 2006 until his death in 2014. Wanda served in various community organizations over the years when she lived in Arlington & Mansfield, Den Mother for Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts, and member of the Mansfield Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a Woman’s International Organization. She loved playing bridge at the Walnut Creek Country Club, where she & Durwood were Charter Members. She enjoyed hosting Party Bridge Games at close personal friend’s homes up until she was 85. She and Durwood were also proud foster parents for over 30 years for the Tarrant County Child Protective Services. They helped countless children who were in need and they loved & cherished every minute of it. When they moved to Crowley in 2006, Wanda found great joy working with children at the Crowley Public Library for weekly story time and summer reading programs. Wanda was predeceased by her parents, Clinton and Lillian Miller and husband, Aaron Durwood Glenn. Survivors: son, Tony Aaron Glenn and wife, Teresa; daughter, Tina Glenn Pace and husband, Jerry; grandchildren, Bailey Aaron Glenn, Kaitlyn Morgan Glenn and Brandon Grissom and wife, Tasha; and great-grandchildren, Lacie Renee Bogart, Kade Gunner Grissom, and Sawyer Aaron Slowiak.

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James Louis Bell, Jr.
Jun 18, 1923 - Sep 15, 2014

Obituary for James Louis Bell, Jr
James Louis Bell, Jr., 91, proud World War II Marine Veteran passed peacefully September 15, 2014, at the Trinity Mission Nursing home in Italy, TX. Junior was born in Frost, TX on June 18, 1923, to the late James Louis Bell and Martha Ester Glenn Bell where he was the 5th of 7 children. As a young boy his family moved from Navarro County, TX to the Rio Grande Valley, where his father started farming. While growing up, Junior worked on the farm with his dad and brothers. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1941.
After graduation, he continued to farm on a larger scale before enlisting in the Marines where he served with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines, Fifth Division, in WWII at Iwo Jima. Of the 38 men in his platoon, Junior was 1 out of 4 who survived. He witnessed the infamous hoist of the American flag on the peak at Iwo Jima and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.
Upon his return from war, he met and married Betty Flo Jean Landers in 1948. Junior continued farming and then moved his family to Missouri to pursue ranching; however, he ultimately returned to the Valley to farm once again. He retired in the early 1990's where he lived in San Antonio working in the cattle business with his son, Jimmie, and later returned to the Valley to work for the Bell Bros. in the water well drilling business. He was a Charter Member of Weslaco Elks Lodge No. 2057 for 58 years and Life Member of VFW Post 837 in San Antonio.
J.L. Bell, Jr. is survived by his son, Jimmie Bell of Happy, TX; daughter, Vicki Sheridan of Italy, TX and husband Gary; grandson Jay Bell and wife Sam of Happy, TX; granddaughter Kelle Bell; granddaughter Hilary Silvers and husband Tommy of Midlothian, TX ; grandson Cody Sheridan of Italy, TX; granddaughter Courtney Kalinoski and husband Jeff; grandson Jason Vacek and wife Sheila both of San Antonio, TX; and his 7 great grandchildren: Rankin, Krissy, LynDe, Lane, Colton, Sheridan, and Gavin.
Junior will be remembered as a great American hero, who loved his Country, but most importantly, he will be remembered as a loving and devoted father and Poppy.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 26th from 10am to 11am at Mission Park Chapels South located at 1700 SE Military Dr; San Antonio, TX 78214. Following the visitation, at 1:45pm, a graveside service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road; San Antonio, TX 78209.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 and/or to the Heroes Project, 4287 Belt Line Rd #268, Addison, TX 75001.

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George Dawson Lawrence
May 14, 1893 - Mar 7, 1956

World War I Vet Dies Wednesday

DAWSON, March 8.—(Spl.)—George D. Lawrence, 62, World War I veteran, life-long Dawson resident, died in the Veterans Administration hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas, late Wednesday following an 18 months illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Cumberland Presbyterian church here Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Britt Dawson family cemetery east of town. The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. A. Renfer of Dallas, pastor of the church here.

Surviving are four brothers, Joe B., Victor, Roger and Clint Lawrence, and two sisters, Mrs. Walter Baker and Mrs. Audie Graves, all of Dawson, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be A. B. Graham, Odis Cannon, Neil Clark, Hugh Clemons, Edward Hale and Younger Cannon.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.

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Sallie (Wilson) Terry
Aug 28, 1872 - Jan 10, 1956

Mrs. Sallie Terry Dies Of Burns

KERENS, Jan. 11,--(Spl.)—Mrs. Sallie Terry, 84, native of Kerens, resident of Anadarko, Okla., died Tuesday in an Oklahoma City hospital of burns suffered while burning leaves at her residence several days ago. She was the widow of the late Will Terry and resided here until about 25 years ago.

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

Surviving are a son, Ves Terry, Sudan; a daughter, Mrs. Dess Smith, Chickasha, Okla.; two nieces, Mrs. Jim Stephenson and Mrs. Will Gowan of Powell; a nephew, Alex McKinney, Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bill Gowan, Jim Stevenson, Alex McKinney, Joe Edwin Wilson, R. P. Walker and George Erwin.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Jan 11, 1956

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o William Walton “Will” Terry married Oct. 17, 1889 buried Mission Burial Park, San Antonio, Tx; d/o William Doctor Johnson Wilson & Mary Ellenor (Walker) Wilson buried in Prairie Point Cemetery


Henry David Johnston
Oct 7, 1959 - Oct 9, 2020

Henry David Johnston, age 61, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, October 9. 2020 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born on October 7, 1959 in Corsicana to Henry Wesley Johnston and Rita Faye Kent Johnston.
David enjoyed spending time with his family. He also loved baseball, hunting and working on his VW. If there were kids and a ball together, David would always start a game. He coached softball and baseball when his children were playing on the teams.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents; Jack and Lila Kent and his sister, Beverly Johnston Gullatt.
David is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kim; his children: Danielle, and Tony and his wife, Lizzie. He is also survived by his brothers; Jack Johnston of Alma and Bobby and wife Patti of Mildred, his brother-in-law Carl Stough and wife Cathy of Corsicana, plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home with Dylan Hernandez officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

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David Arthur Allen
Jul 1, 1916 - Dec 30, 1956

Tuesday Services For David Allen

Funeral services for David A. Allen, 40, of Bloomington, Texas, native of Emhouse, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Pattison cemetery at Emhouse.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. O. Ramsey, pastor of the Emhouse Methodist church and Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.

Allen, an employe of the Brown and Root Construction Company, died of a heart attack Sunday at Bayside, Texas.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Brenda Michelle Allen, and a son, David Randle Allen, all of Bloomington; two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Deavers and Mrs. O. M. Hickson, both of Dallas; three brothers, W. M. and R. A. Allen, both of Dallas and James F. Allen, Boyce, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. L. Blair, W. F. Melaun, Lonnie Childress, R. A. Ellis, Jerry Hickson, and Eugene Cunningham.

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Minnie Lee (Logan) Bennett
Feb 15, 1874 - Jan 20, 1957

Tuesday Services for Mrs. Bennett

Mrs. Minnie Bennett, 82, long-time Mertens resident, died in Galveston Sunday night. A native of Alabama, she had resided at Mertens since 12 years of age.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Tabernacle at the Richland cemetery near Mertens. Interment will be in the Richland cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Bennett, Mertens, and C. G. Bennett, Houston; three daughters, Mrs. J. A. Merrell, Frost; Mrs. E. A. McSpadden, Galveston and Mrs. W. R. Stephenson, Casper, Wyo.; six grandchildren, eight great- w/o William Josiah Bennett married Dec. 22, 1892 d/o Leander Logan and Jaretta (Glover) Logan

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Mrs. Minnie Bennett, 82, long-time Mertens resident, died in Galveston Sunday night. A native of Alabama, she had resided at Mertens since 12 years grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Edward Wayne "Eddie" Black
Nov 4, 1972 - Sep 3, 2020

Edward “Eddie” Wayne Black, 68, of Emhouse, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 in a Corsicana hospital. Memorial graveside services will be at 6:00 p.m. ("It's about my bedtime") Saturday, September 12 at Younger Cemetery in Navarro County.

Eddie was born June 15, 1952 in Tulia, Texas to Lawrence “Buddy” Edward Black, Jr. and Maye (Kirby) Black, the oldest of five children. He attended school in Tulia, where he graduated, and just a year later joined the Army. Eddie served three years in the military with his last assignment being a personal driver for a Colonel at Fort Hood.

Eddie married Anita Kay Brown on November 4, 1972 in Corpus Christi while still in the service, and they began their legacy of love. After being released from active duty, the couple began a 30-year career as owner/operators in the trucking business that would take them to various locales around the country including Hereford, Texas, Garden City, Kansas and Waco, Texas, where they spent 12 years with RTI. After moving to Navarro County, Eddie went to work for Jack Herod Trucking in Barry where he was the operations manager for 20 years before retiring last year. Years of driving and working on trucks allowed Eddie to become a wizard in troubleshooting truck problems. He could hear an engine drive by and tell you what was wrong! He was a master storyteller, and his family thought they knew most of his stories, but now and then he would surprise them with a new one. They’d still happily sit down to hear them all again. It was a great day when something happened that he could turn into a new tale...only minor stretching of the truth was evident!

He loved motorcycles, attending cycle rallies over the years as well as Veterans Affairs motorcycle events and he participated in numerous Toy Runs during the Holiday seasons. Eddie loved to go plinking with his grandsons where he’d show off his marksmanship and he even attempted to learn to fly RC airplanes until he decided he couldn’t afford the crashes anymore! But most of all, Eddie loved his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored. He also often stated that he and his wife, Anita were joined at the hip and were truly the “Love of Each Other’s Lives”.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Larry Dean Black.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Anita Black of Emhouse; daughter, Lisa Lamb and husband, Jason of Purdon; son, Casey Black and wife, Chelesy of North Zulch; three siblings, Dale Black of Corsicana, Kathy Porter and husband, Randy of Corsicana and Kristi Guerra and husband, Danny of Purdon; grandchildren, Edward Lane Rash and wife, Taylor of Clyde, Nate Rash and wife, Taylor of Corsicana, Case Horton of Corsicana, Mason Black of Huntsville, Cash and Cole Lamb of Purdon, Anna Lisa Black, Karlee Williams, and Lena Starr of North Zulch; great-grandson, Stetson Rash of Corsicana; in-laws, Dale and Katie Brown of Hubbard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sandy German of Hubbard, Jim and Debra Brown of Houston and Jerry Brown of Hubbard; best friend, Tom Kunkel of Red Oak and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members and countless friends.

He was truly loved and is greatly missed.

Alyne (Vyers) Harris
Nov 5, 1924 - Sep 26, 2020
 
Alyne Vyers Harris, 95, of Emhouse went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 26, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born November 5, 1924 in Emhouse to George T. Vyers and Monila Susan Elliott Vyers.

She loved taking care of her flowers, feeding and watching the birds, especially the humming birds. She always made sure to leave plenty of seed on the ground for the small ground doves and rabbits that seemed to eagerly await her visit to the yard. She was a wonderful cook, and we will miss her banana pudding, cobblers, chicken and dumplings and Thanksgiving dinners. She made the very best dressing at Thanksgiving.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove for many years. She loved her church family and cherished the times she had been able to spend with the ladies in her Sunday school class. She was a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that loved her family. Whatever life brought to her family, we knew all would be well because she would always intercede on our behalf.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 74 years, Roy W. Harris, Sr.; son, Roy W. Harris, Jr.; granddaughter, Dorinda L. Harris; grandson, Jeffrey D. Malone; brothers, Willie Vyers, Tommy "Buddy" Vyers and Glynn Vyers.

She is survived by her children, Rheba Malone and husband Charles of Rowlett, James Harris and wife Betty of Blue Ridge, John Harris and wife Joanne of Dawson and Cindy Good of Emhouse; daughter-in-law, Jane Harris of Emhouse; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 7 great great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Pattison Cemetery with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pattison Cemetery Association, c/o Jane Harris 8265 NW CR 1250 Corsicana, Texas 75110.


James Earl "Rooster" Gilcrease
Nov 13, 1925 - May 4, 2019
 
James Earl "Rooster" Gilcrease, age 93 passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. James was born on November 13, 1925 in Emhouse, Texas to Ora Malcolm Gilcrease and Selena Agnes Chambless Gilcrease.

In September 1946, James enlisted in the U.S. Army and did his boot camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Following boot camp, he was among the first troops deployed to Korea for two years. He was honorably discharged in February 1948.

James Earl went to work for Raytheon and retired after 35 years. He was also an active member of Mayfield Road Baptist Church.

Rooster enjoyed anything to do with cars and racing and he loved to watch Nascar. He was a loyal fan of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. But most of all, James enjoyed his family. He loved family reunions, traveling with his siblings and their wives, and celebrating the holidays with his family was top on the list. He enjoyed all that good food that it took to take the wrinkle out of his belly. He especially enjoyed quiet time sitting on his porch watching it rain.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Emma Louse Gilcrease and his wife of 23 years, Wilma Gilcrease; his parents; his brothers, Clarence, Melvin, Norman and Carl; and his sisters, Jewel Varner, Cleone Pate and Alice Halbert.

James Earl is survived by his sons, Randy and his wife, Becky Gilcrease of Arlington and Eddie and his wife, Roxanne Gilcrease of Arlington; 4 grandsons,4greatgranddaughters, 10 great grandsons, 3 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends, all who will miss him deeply. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am with a Funeral Service to begin at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Moore Memorial Gardens, 1219 N. Davis, Arlington, TX 76012.

PALLBEARERS
Josh Gilcrease
Jeremy Gilcrease
Shane Gilcrease
Noah Gilcrease
Tommy Halbert
Brian Hitchcock


Jerry McClellan Baker
Apr 8, 1925 - Nov 26, 2014
 
Jerry McClellan Baker, 89, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Irving, Texas. He was born April 8, 1925 in Emhouse, Texas to John and Ella Hopkins. He is survived by his sons Dennis Wilson Baker and Jerry Ricky Baker, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Margie. Jerry’s proudest accomplishments were serving in World War II with the United States Navy and his 40 years as a lineman for the Texas power and Light Utility Company. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will be at Pattison Cemetery in Navarro County near Emhouse on Monday December 1, 2014 at 1:00 P.M.


Evelyn Fay (Sanford) Bufford
Apr 10, 1930 - Jul 27, 2017
 
EVELYN'S OBITUARY
Evelyn Fay Sanford was born April 10, 1930 in Emhouse, Texas to the parents of Robert L. and Ola Mae Sanford. In May of 1948 Evelyn graduated from Jackson High School in Corsicana, Texas and married Donel E. Bufford. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior early in life. After marrying Donel, they moved to Dallas where five children were born to this union.

Evelyn served the Lord with commitment and a heart to serve. She always put the Lord Jesus Christ first with dedication and devotion. A true prayer warrior for Christ and a witness of His grace and mercy.

Evelyn spent her work career in service to others as a nurse’s aide and as a patient health care provider until retirement.

Evelyn was preceded in death by: Donel Bufford (husband), Robert and Ola Mae Sanford (parents), Amelia Warren (sister), Rita Bufford Watkins (daughter), Donald Bufford Sr. (son) and Anita Kay Rylander (granddaughter).

Evelyn leaves to cherish her memories her children Linda Bufford Harris (Bennie), Kenneth Bufford and Sonia Bufford. Grandchildren: Stacie Rylander King (Will), Lisa Rylander Page (Kevin), Ronald Bufford (Kim), Donald Bufford (Cristita), Lamont Bufford, Daron Bufford, Kenneth Bufford II, Kevin Willis Sr., 11 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.

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George Wayne O'Neal
Jun 13, 1932 - Sep 2, 2014

George Wayne O'Neal, went home with God on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at OU Medical Trauma Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. George's Celebration of his life and a Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at Lakewood Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 6509 Bosque Blvd., Waco, Texas.

George and his wife "Genie" O'Neal are former residents of Waco, Texas but currently reside in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. George was born in Emhouse, Texas June 13, 1932 to George Roy and Ora Gracy O'Neal . George spent his early years attending schools in Emhouse and Corsicana, Texas, later moving to Ft. Stockton, Texas. After serving the United States Army he attended Sul Ross University. He was proud to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War as a member of the Corp of Engineers. The tales he told of his experiences were typical George and he was in contact with his army buddies throughout his life.

He was a man of many talents having owned a service station at Lake Whitney, Texas for over 20 years, was a foreman during the building of Comanche Peak Nuclear Facility, and finally retiring from Chemical Lime, Clifton, Texas.

George was Mason for 46 years, his goal was to achieve 50 years. He was a member of John Armstrong #291, Valley Mills, Texas and Apache #223 in Apache, Oklahoma. He served as Past Master many times. He became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Waco Texas. In 1988, George became a Shriner and supported them and their hospitals. He was Recorder for Karem Shriners from 2003 to 2005. He belonged to the Karem Tumbleweeds, Texas T's, but his favorite was serving as Sultan of the Karem Oriental Band.

George is survived by his beloved wife "Genie" O'Neal, of Medicine Park, Oklahoma; his son, Ross O'Neal and partner, Tonya Wagoner, and their three wonderful daughters of Stanton, Texas; sister, Peggy Farmer of Dallas, Texas; Jack and Leah Stanley of Terell, Texas; Jane and Tom Thompson of Lawton, Oklahoma; Judi and Johnny Spillman of Waco, Texas and John and Claire Stanley of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; his 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; neice, Susan Kheshtinejad of Duncanville, Texas, great-neice, Gracy; nephew Garrett; brother-in-law, David and Lori Moore, of Longivew, Washington; and his large extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Houston Shriners Hospital.

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Mary Jo (Anderson) Willis
Jun 27, 1946 - 2009

Mary Jo Anderson Willis went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sept. 4, 2009, at the age of 63. Mary was born June 27, 1946, in Pickett, Texas, to Keely and Lois Anderson of Emhouse. She grew up in Emhouse, but lived in Midlothian, where she raised her family for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Keely and Lois Anderson.

Mary leaves behind a husband, Donnie Willis; three sons, Bobby Nix Jr., Alyn Nix and Johnny Nix and wife, Cari; daughter, Tonya Mears; two stepsons, Terry Willis and wife, Tammy, and Bryan Willis and wife, Nicole; stepdaughter, Kim Willis; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; seven stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; brother, Martin DeRusha; sisters, Chris Holcomb and husband, Roy Don, and Ann Baggett; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who will all miss her dearly.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Midlothian Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Midlothian Funeral Home with graveside immediately following at Midlothian Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E, Midlothian, Texas, 972-723-9884

Notes:

  • d/o Keely S. Anderson & Anne Lois (Easterling) Anderson [burieda t Pattison Cemetery,Emhouse, TX]

Dorothy Dera (Richards) Fuller
Mar 27, 1922 - Jan 8, 2017
 
Obituary for Dorothy Dera Fuller
Dorothy Dera Fuller was born on March 27, 1922 in Emhouse, Texas and passed away January 8, 2017 in Rockwall, Texas. Preceded in death by her parents Frank and Minnie Richards, all seven of her brothers and sisters, and her husband, Newmon Fuller. They were married on May 31, 1941 in Corsicana, Texas and shared 64 years together. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Pennie Beare. Dorothy is survived by her son, Larry Fuller (Sherri); daughter, Pattie Beare (Pat); God-daughter, Robin Heisig (Randy); grandchildren, Suzy McMaster (Jim), Tom Fuller, Peter Beare (Jessica), Patrick Beare (Alexis); great-grandchildren, Heather Slaton (Brandon), Brandon McMaster, Allison McMaster, Ethan, Alex, Matthew and Abbie Beare, Dillon and Savannah Edwards, Clayton, Maecie, Lucie and Andie Beare, Sara Stewart (Rustin), Abby Doerre (Ryan); great great-grandchildren, McKinley and Hagen Slaton and many nieces and nephews. The service for Dorothy will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 12, 2017 in The Wildwood Chapel at Restland Funeral Home with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, at Restland Road, Dallas, TX 75243.
 


Onita (Wooten) Carroll
Apr 29, 1916 - 2003
 
Obituary for Onita Carroll
Onita Carroll, 87, of Longview, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at a local nursing facility. She was born April 29, 1916 in Emhouse, Texas to Abraham and Katherine Wooten. Mrs. Carroll was a homemaker, retired hairdresser and had been a Longview resident since 1958.

At the time of her death she was a resident of Buckner Westminister Place where she served as an ambassador with her many cherished and loving friends.

Mrs. Carroll was an active member of Mobberly Baptist Church for 45 years where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and worked with the Mobberly Church Child Development Center. She was also a previous member of the Good Shepherd Ladies Auxiliary.

Onita was preceded in death by her husband, William; son, Wayne Carroll; daughter, Peggy Todd, granddaughter, Patricia Todd; brothers, Henry Wooten, William Wooten; sisters, Aline Roach and Winnie Burke.
She is survived by her children, Bettye Dow of Lake Cherokee, Shirlee McDade of Shreveport, LA and Linda Leader of Longview; also surviving are sisters, Mildred Barton of Groveton, TX, 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to either, Greater Hospice of Texas, Inc., Mobberly Baptist Church, or Buckner Baptist Benevolences.

Family visitation will be Friday, December 12, 2003 from 6-8 PM.

Services will be Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Rd., with Reverend Scott Schulik officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Louise (Robinson) Johnston
May 13, 1913 - April 17, 2011

Louise Robinson Johnston 97, of Midland passed away Sunday April 17, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Louise was born May 13, 1913 in Emhouse, Texas to Maddie Patterson Lathan and John Bankhead Robinson. She grew up n Corsicana. At age eleven she became a member of First Methodist Church in Corsicana. In 1931 she graduated from Corsicana High School. In 1940 she married Jack H. Johnston, Sr. and they made their home in Tyler. Jack and Louise had one son Byron. Jack passed from earthly life, to life eternal October 31, 1961. After sixteen and one half years, Louise retired from East Texas Savings and Loan in Tyler in January of 1980. March 1988 she moved to Midland to be near Byron and his family. She attended First Baptist Church in Midland and was a member of the Rebecca Sunday School Class and DMA's. She was a member of Community Bible Study. She played bridge with Monday and Wednesday groups at the Senior Citizen Center.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, four brothers and son, Byron.She is survived by daughter-in-law, Jan Johnston of Midland; two grandsons, Clay Johnston of Dallas and Blake and wife Brooke Johnston of Midland; step son, Jack Johnston Jr. of Tyler; great-grandchildren Cooper and Laney Kate Johnston of Midland.Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3001 N Big Spring ST, STE 104, Midland, TX 79705 or Hospice Midland, PO Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702.Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.old.npwelch.com

Neoma "Suggie" (Derrough) Touchet
Jun 5, 1920 - Oct 27, 2016
 

Neoma "Suggie" Touchet, 96, of Cypress, TX, formerly Baytown, was born June 5, 1920, in Emhouse, TX and passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016.

She was a founding member of the Lakewood Church of Christ in Baytown and retired from Harris County Savings and Loan. She was a great cook and loved family gatherings and preparing meals for them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Sallie Derrough; husband of 71 years, Emery "Lefty" or "Tootie" Touchet; and sister, Maxine Riley.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Beth Touchet of Cypress; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Jim Bell of Bryan; brother and sister-in-law, J. D. and Gloria Derrough of Bayside; grandchildren, Joel Touchet, Kevin Touchet, Jamie Touchet Culpepper, and Mica McCallum Ham; and great grandchildren, Reagan Touchet, Emma Touchet, Katelyn Culpepper, Austin Ham, and Ella Ham.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Bayside, TX with Dr. Foy Campbell officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Joel Touchet, Kevin Touchet, Jon Culpepper, Michael Ham, Jim Bell, David Hamilton, and Austin Ham.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, www.alz.org

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.

Notes:

  • w/o Emery "Lefty" Touchet; d/o Joseph Glenn Derrough & Sallie Bell (Allen) Derrough
  • Saint Mary's Cemetery, Bayside, Refugio Co., TX

Eva Viola (Allen) Ellis
Mar 03, 1924 - Jun 10, 2013

Eva Viola Ellis (Allen), 89, of Caddo Mills passed away on June 10, 2013 in Dallas. She was born on March 3, 1924 in Emhouse, TX. Services will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 10:30 a.m. at LYNCH Chapel Caddo Mills. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12, 2013 between 6-8 p.m. at Lynch Funeral Home. Interment will be at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, TX. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Amazing Grace Fellowship Baptist Church Food Bank in Wylie, TX.

Jane "Lyndal" (Manning) Cardinal
Dec 23, 1930 - Dec 9, 2015

Jane “Lyndal” Cardinal, age 84, of Allen, Texas, passed away on December 9, 2015. She was born December 23, 1930, in Emhouse, Texas, to John Milburn and Lilly Kathryn (Young) Manning. Lyndal grew up in San Angelo, Texas, where she graduated from San Angelo High School in 1948; she attended San Angelo College. On July 30, 1951, Lyndal married Marvin Vincent in San Angelo, Texas and later married Robert Cardinal in Dallas, Texas. She worked for Gibson’s as a bookkeeper for 10 years, and then Centex Homes as an account manager from 1975 until her retirement in 1995. Lyndal enjoyed bowling and was an avid walker, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy Sargent and husband Johnny of Mesquite, Texas, Jinger Bibbee and husband Wade of Allen, Texas and their father, Marvin Vincent of Denison, Texas; children, Robert Cardinal, Jr. and wife Beverly, Nona DePaul of The Colony, Texas, Tim Cardinal and his fiancée Debbie Shindler of Whitesboro, Texas; grandchildren, Katie Guidry and husband Jordan, Cole Bibbee, Barry Sargent and wife Jessica, Luke Sargent and wife Lynsey, Lisa Ford and husband Jason and 10 other grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a host of other loving family and friends.

Lyndal is preceded in death by her parents John and Lilly Manning; husband, Robert Cardinal; son, John Cardinal; brothers, Kendall Manning and Harold Manning.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 14, 2015 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday afternoon at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Sunday evening, December 13, 2015 at the funeral home.

Forrest Green, Jr.
Dec 11, 1921 - Jan 8, 2011

Forrest Green left on January 8, 2011, to give an accounting to the Lord for his 89 years on earth. Born in Freestone County, reared in Arlington, Texas, he had resided in Navarro County since 1964, on his ranch west of Emhouse, Texas.

A lifelong bachelor, he will be buried next to his mother, Pauline Green Brandt in the family plot in Arlington. He is survived by his sister, Paula Green Moore, and a nephew, Hugh M. Moore, both of Arlington.

WWII ended his higher education after two years of college studying Aero Engineering which fit well in his duties as a fighter pilot. He became a decorated officer serving a tour of duty in China under Gen. Chenault’s “Flying Tigers”. He rose to the rank of Major in the Air Force. Forrest was fond of saying that if a man can love inanimate objects, he loved the P-38 Lightning and the Model A Ford.

He started work after the war for the US Post Office for more than a decade, with the last 5 years as a Postal inspector. Next, he worked briefly for Bell Helicopter before moving his Tree Brand Ranch from Arlington to Navarro County, where he variously Chaired the County Beef Committee, the Federal Land Bank, and the Navarro Historical Commission.

In response to political scandals in the Texas Legislature, he ran for said body and was elected 4 times as the Representative for Ellis & Navarro County from 1973-1980. He was appointed Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee for the 66th Session, thereafter he chose to retire, refusing to become a career politician.

He enjoyed his service with the Navarro College Foundation Board making numerous gifts to the College, and local museums on campus. A published autobiography of his life is on file in the genealogy section of the Corsicana Public Library and at the Fielder Museum in Arlington.

Services will be at Corley Funeral Home this Thursday at 11:00AM, with Rev. Otis Conner and Rev. Gary Johnson officiating, with a brief graveside service at 3:00PM at Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington. Pallbearers are Oliver Albritton, Bobby Armstrong, Mike Gage, Jim Howard, Oran Howell, Robert Keathley, Kelly Matthews, and Wayne Nelson. Honorary Pallbearers are Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Navarro College Foundation Board, Dr. C. David Campbell, Dr. J. D. Carroll, and Dr. Ray D. Carrol.

Carmelita "Carmen" Johnson
Feb 18, 1936 - Jul 19, 2019

Carmelita “Carmen” Johnson, 83, of Boerne, Texas, died on July 19, 2019 in Houston. She fought cancer for more than four years, but died suddenly of an aortic dissection.

She was born in Emhouse, Texas to Ora Mae Fetty and Clifton “Red” Johnson on Feb.18, 1936. She graduated from Aldine High School and Sam Houston University with post-graduate work at both UT Permian Basin and Texas Tech. Except for a few years teaching in Big Spring, most of her professional career was spent in corporate records management for Exxon in Houston and in Midland, where she retired in 1986. She moved from Garden City to Boerne in 2017.

Carmen was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sharon Johnson Longworth.

She is survived by partner Joe Melanie Calverley of Boerne, brother Carey Johnson of Conroe, brother-in-law Dennis Longworth of Houston, nieces Kay (Stephen) Gilstrap of Wylie, and Tammy Joe (Butch) Halfmann of Garden City. She is also survived by great nieces and nephews Suzanne (Sammy) McGlothlin, Jason (Ciana) Smith, Marianne Halfmann, Alex (Megan) Halfmann, Dustin (Julie) Smith, and eight great, great nieces and nephews.

Special friends include Patricia Higgins, JoBeth Griffin, Catherine Dale, Barbara Gray, Jan Dupree, Kathy Openshaw, Dixie Martin, Patty Wampler, Denice Hoggat, Jo Nitsch, Jeanette Weber and a host of others.

Sincere thanks to Charles Lu MD, Sandra Villalobos PA, Mercy Ray RN, Cipriano Gonzales PA and the other medical staff at M.D. Anderson.

Memorials may be made to an animal rescue organization or a favorite charity.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Jo Ann (Marriott)Strickland
Dec. 6, 1941 - Mar 28, 2016

Jo Ann Strickland, 74, passed away March 28, 2016 in Kingwood, Texas. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Rosewood Funeral Home in Porter, Texas.

Jo Ann was born December 6, 1941 in Emhouse, Texas, to Curtis Ophelia "Ma" and J.D. Marriott, who both preceded her in death.

She is also preceded in death by the greatest grandson, Robert Ryan Strickland; brothers, Norman Marriott, Robert Marriott, and Jerry Marriott; and sister-in-law, Connie Marriott.

Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 54 years, Marlin Strickland; three sons, Robert Strickland, Lester Strickland and wife Missy, and M. Shane Strickland; brother, Weldon Marriott and wife Wilma; granddaughters, most precious and most beautiful Leann, Kaylan and Macy Strickland; mother-in-law, Billie Strickland; sisters-in-law, Jo McCurdy and Elaine Marriott, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Elmer Harrison Miller Jr.
Jan 25, 1926 - Oct 28, 2020
 
Elmer H. Miller Jr., 94, passed away October 28th, 2020 in Columbia, S.C.

He was born January 25th, 1926 in Paris, IL to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer H. and Ruth (Burkhalter) Miller. Elmer graduated from Emhouse High School in 1942 in Emhouse, T.X. where he was a faithful attendee of the school’s reunions. He married his high school sweetheart, Violet Davis, in 1945 in Dallas, TX. Elmer served in the European Theater of WWII in the 27th Tank Company C. In addition to serving his country, Elmer proudly served his Lord as both a Sunday School teacher and Deacon of the Baptist Church. He was a lifelong Texan who loved nothing more than weekend drives on the Bluebonnet Trail followed by Blue Bell ice cream. Elmer was often described by his family and friends as strong, energetic, and a kind soul. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynne (Miller) Wheeler of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Dora Jean Day; grandson, Kenneth Wheeler, and his wife, Emily; and one great-granddaughter, Charley Ann Wheeler.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Violet; brother, Scott F. Miller; and son-in-law, Larry K. Wheeler.

The family would like to thank The Harmony Collection at Columbia and Lighthouse Hospice Group for the comfort and care provided to Elmer during his final moments.

Elmer’s body will be received at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery where he will be interred beside his wife.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Wade Family Funeral Home


Jeanette (Parrish) Sessom
Jun 13, 1940 ~ Aug 19, 2020 (age 80)
 
Jeanette Sessom

Jeanette Sessom passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2020, at her Bixby residence in the presence of loved ones. Memorial service arrangements are pending with Bixby Funeral Service.

Born June 13, 1940, in Emhouse, Texas, Jeanette was the youngest of Hugh and Ollie Parrish’s nine children. She would spend her early years on the family farm, and at the age of 8, they moved to Corsicana, Texas. Jeanette graduated from Corsicana High School in 1958 and began working in the engineering department of Southwestern Bell.

Following high school, Jeanette worked at a local insurance agency, in addition to a couple of other clerical jobs. It was during this time that her brother Benny introduced her to Charlie Sessom, a football player at Navarro Junior College. Jeanette and Charlie were married in 1959 and moved to Winnsboro, Texas, where Charlie was a coach and history teacher. They were married for 59 years.

In Winnsboro, Jeanette worked for Craddock & Co. Insurance Agency. Jeanette & Charlie moved to Sulphur Springs, Texas, where Charlie was a coach and teacher. Jeanette worked for Avenger Insurance Agency. In January of 1970, Jeanette and Charlie’s son Wade was born. In the summer of 1970, Jeanette, Charlie, and Wade moved to Whitewright, Texas, where Charlie became head football coach and athletic director. They joined the First United Methodist Church in Whitewright. Through the years, Jeanette and Charlie were involved in all aspects of the church. Jeanette taught classes and served on every board.

As the wife of a football and track coach, Jeanette supported Charles in every capacity. She washed uniforms and organized track meets, always putting the needs of others above her own. Jeanette eventually earned her college degree in Elementary Education from East Texas State University. She taught Fourth Grade and Kindergarten collectively for over thirty years.

Jeanette and Charles moved to Tulsa in 1997 to be nearer their son and grandchildren. They became actively involved with the Mariner’s Sunday School Class at the Asbury United Methodist Church.

Jeanette was put on this earth to be a grandmother! She adored her twin grandchildren, Avery and Karsten, from the day they were born. Jeanette loved to play golf, go camping and fishing, and travel to outdoor destinations such as Branson, Broken Bow, and Beaver’s Bend. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Jeanette’s memory will be eternal in the hearts of many friends and family who cherished her.

Survivors include her son, Wade Sessom of Bixby; her twin grandchildren, Karsten and Avery Sessom, both of Stillwater; her brother, Benny Parrish, and wife, Sylvia and her sister, JoAnn Dotter and husband, Bud. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and six other siblings.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Jeanette’s caregivers, Megan Myers and DeAnn Rohr, for their service and devotion for the past two years.


Ruth (Sharpley) Prichard
Jan 20, 1925 - Sep 4, 2010

Services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 8 at the First Baptist Church with Gene Jones, officiating. Interment will be at Dreamland Cemetery. Ruth Prichard was born January 20, 1925 in Emhouse, Texas to Joseph and Susan O'Neal Sharpley. She graduated from Corsicana High School at the age of 16. After high school she traveled to Washington D.C. to work at The Pentagon. She returned to Texas after a few years at The Pentagon and attended Wayland Baptist University where she received her bachelor's degree. Ruth married Harold Prichard in 1952 at Canyon. She worked at the Canyon BSU for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004; two sisters, Willie Sue Poarch and Era Chloe Thompson; and two brothers, Lloyd Sharpley and Rev. Dan Sharpley. Survivors include four sons, Larry Prichard and wife, Lynn, of Boys Ranch, Ben Prichard and wife, Gina, of Alvin, Frank Prichard, of Canyon, Ted Prichard, of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Samantha James and husband, Casey, Jordan Skains; two great grandchildren; sister, Betty Knighton and husband, Bill, of Lindale; two brothers, Bill Sharpley, of Tyler, Ben Sharpley and wife, Sue, of Corsicana. The family suggests memorials to Palo Duro Retirement Village Activity Fund, 9 Hospital Drive, Canyon, TX 79015.

Donald Ray McCrory
Jul 14, 1940 - Sep 27, 2016

Obituary for Donald Ray McCrory
FORT WORTH -- Donald Ray McCrory, 76, of Fort Worth passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Fort Worth Harris Methodist Hospital.
He was born on July 14, 1940, in Emhouse, Texas, to the late William McCrory and Clara Heath-Blake. He attended Corsicana High School and was later drafted into the US Army. After an honorable discharge from the US Army he started his own swimming pool cleaning business. After a few years of being self-employed he went to work for the US Postal Service as a mail carrier, where he served dutifully for 37 years before retiring.
Don enjoyed life's simple pleasures; chatting with family and friends, going out to eat, watching football, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors: Sister, Katy Sue Anderson; two sons, Tim McCrory and Rodney McCrory; one daughter, Tobey McCrory; along with six grandchildren.
Donald will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, grandfather, neighbor and caring friend.

Oscar Lee Elkins Jr
Sep 2, 1922 - Mar 27, 2015

WATERTOWN -O.L. Elkins Jr., 92, of Jason Avenue, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Apple Rehab. He was the husband of Annette (Daddona) Elkins. Mr. Elkins was born in Emhouse, Texas, September 2, 1922, son of the late Oscar and Nellie Mae (Owen) Elkins. After 22 years of service, he retired from the Air Force in 1962. He was a Watertown resident for over 50 years, and was employed by the Watertown Board of Education as a custodian at the high school for many years before retiring from that position. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Waxahachie Masonic Lodge #90 in Texas. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Norman Elkins of Watertown; a daughter, Susan Clements of San Antonio, Tx.; six grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Pauline Raye; his daughter, Margaret Gray; and his daughter-in-law, Kathy Elkins. Friends may call at the Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Monday 4 - 7 p.m. Military honors will take place at 7 p.m.

Charles Rackley
May 22, 1936 - Jul 12, 2020

Charles Rackley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday July 12, 2020. He was a Christian and was baptized at young age and knew the Lord throughout his life. He was a proud member of The Pilgrim’s of Faith Sunday school class at Trinity Baptist, Kerrville, Texas.

He was born to Martha and Louis Rackley at Emhouse, Texas after two sisters on May 22, 1936. His sisters Patsy and Shirley, complained that they had to chop cotton while he only drove the tractor. He thought he would follow in his Dad’s footsteps and be a farmer until his Ag teacher insisted he go to college for at least one year. He was the Salutorian of his class at Plainview High School and graduated with honors from Texas Tech with a Masters in Accounting and became a CPA. He was an officer in the Air Force for four years serving at Lincoln, Nebraska. Upon leaving the military he moved to Dallas and became an accountant for a major accounting firm until he was hired by one of his Savings and Loan clients. He continued to advance after a move to San Antonio where he became Executive Vice President of Alamo Savings. He was very involved in his field, serving as President of the Central Texas Financial Managers and was a founding member and President of the Airport Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Charlie loved to hunt and was a member of the American Sportsman Hunting Club and every year he would pack up his family in his Jeep and his pop up trailer and head out to various ranches to hunt. He loved the outdoors and it was his dream to live in the country. He found 20 acres surrounded by ranches in the Upper Turtle Creek area, designed and built a home among his neighbors, and enjoyed many happy times with his Los Encinos family.

He was always a sports fan who never gave up on the Cowboys. He loved supporting his Spurs and never missed watching a game.

He loved to travel and went on many trips and cruises. He and his wife, Jane traveled to many foreign countries and states. They have a special group of former Avon Managers that would take a cruise with them each year.

He was a property manager in his later years and loved joining the family with his stories.

Charles is survived by his wife Jane, whom he married on April 15th 1989 (always remembered their anniversary) and his two sons and wives, Randy and Penny, Mark and Kim Rackley and two “bonus sons” and wives, Patrick and Lorie and Paul and Joan Hohman. These four sons have made him a grandfather 12 times through births, marriage and adoptions. He was not a gregarious man, but he loved his family and was very proud of them. He was an accountant and he even had the income tax mailed the day before he went to heaven.

Graveside services will be held privately. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Trinity Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Blessed to Blessed Fund or Church Unlimited, 7451 Bay Area Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78415.

C. A. Currington
Feb 26, 1931 - Dec 1, 2019
 

C.A. Currington, 88, of Lubbock passed from this life on December 1, 2019. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at West Texas Church at the Barn in Lubbock.

He was born February 26, 1931 in Purdon, Texas to parents, Clarence Thomas and Izyal Noma (Back) Currington. He married Johnnie Lee Huddleston on January 9, 1949 in Emhouse, Texas. They made their home in Levelland where he was a Lease Operator for Amoco.

C.A. was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; and brother, Coy Dean Currington.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his children; Ronnie Currington and wife, JoAnn, Ted Currington and wife, Jan, Pam Bryant and husband, Ricky, Mark Currington and wife Amy, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Donnie Currington and Kenny Currington; sister, Burdene Tidwell; several nephews, nieces and a host of friends.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. (806) 897-1111

Notes:

  • Levelland Municipal Cemetery, Levelland, Hockley Co., TX

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