Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


Ethel (Blum) Fields-Bowlus
Feb 12, 1884 - May 13, 1956

Mrs. Ethel Bowlus Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Ethel Blum Bowlus, daughter of the late Louis Blum, long-time Corsicana resident, died in Dallas Sunday.

Funeral rites were held in Dallas Monday at 1 p.m.

Graveside rites were held at Oakwood cemetery here Monday at 3 p.m. Rev. John Wesley Ford pastor of the First Methodist church conducted the services here.

McCammon directed local arrangements.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun- Mon., May 14, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband J. C. Fields married Jan. 22, 1906 2nd Charles Franklin Bowlus married 1918; d/o Louis Blum and Jane (Ott) Blum

Clarence Marvin Dyess
Aug 10, 1950 - Jan 26, 1956

Rites For Dyess Child Thursday

Funeral services for Clarence Marvin Dyess, aged five year who died at the family residence, 816 West Collin street Tuesday afternoon, were held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist Church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Dyess and a brother, Richard Alan Dyess, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Poston, Palestine, and Mrs. Shirley Edgens, Atlanta, Ga.

Pallbearers were Charles Poston, William Jones, H. C. Poston and Barney Meador.


Kate Burns (Taylor) Shell
Sep 22, 1878 - Jan 24, 1956

Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Shell

Funeral services for Mrs. Wm. T. Shell, SR., 77, civic and school leader here for many years, who died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from St. John�s Episcopal Church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of the church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Woodlawn, Texas, Mrs. Shell was married to the late Dr. W. T. Shell in Texarkana, September 20, 1900, and resided at 756 West Third avenue during the remainder of her life.

Mrs. Shell was active in the Nineteenth Century Club and other organizations in addition to life-long membership in the Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Corsicana Board of Education for 10 years, from 1929 to 1939, and served as a member of the Corsicana Public Library board for 36 years�1915 to 1951.

The Corsicana Public Library was closed during the funeral hour.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Wm. T. Shell, Jr. and Rufus Shell, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Ben Ellett, Dallas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Carrie T. Zadek; a niece, Mrs. Bertha Ellis, both of Corsicana, and a number of other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. N. Edens, Sr., J. N. Eden, Jr.; Ed Rittersbacher, R. D. Fleming, J. D. Poindexter, Fred M. Allison, SR.; Judge A. P. Mays, A. W. Wareing and Eliot Johnston.

Griffin directed.


Ella (Bain) McAlester
Jun 28, 1885 - Jan 1, 1956

Mrs. McAlester Expires Sunday

Mrs. Ella McAlester, 70, life-long resident of Navarro county, was found dead at her home, 1516 West Fifth avenue Monday morning. An attending physician said death apparently came from a heart attack sometime Sunday afternoon. Mrs. McAlester was reported sitting in a chair when found.

A native of Bazette, Mrs. McAlester had resided in Corsicana for a number of years. She was a Baptist.

Funeral services are planned Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. L. Davenport, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, W. B. McAlester, Corsicana, and Aubrey McAlester, San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Maud Stovall, Fort Worth, and Mrs. W. L. Bain, Sr., Kerens; a brother, Ernest Bain, Rockport, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be H. R. Langridge, B. D. Watson, E. D. Fortson, B. Mixon, R. L. Bivens and B. V. Hatley.


John Anthony Presley
Jul 27, 1885 - Nov 25, 1956

John A. Presley Services Tuesday

Funeral services for John A. Presley, drilling contractor, who died in the Wichita Falls General Hospital Sunday night, were held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the Central Methodist church. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Presley, pioneer residents, Presley had been a drilling contractor for many years and had resided in Wichita Falls the past 30 years.

Surviving are his wife of Wichita Falls; two brothers, W. Earl Presley, Corsicana, and J. O. Presley, Wichita Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Jess Lincoln and Mrs. Martin M. Walton, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Roy Haigood, James Watson, Charles Barney, Garthia Wright, J. H. O�Neal, Ben Blackmon, S. L. Dublin and Ed Phinney.


Beulah Victoria (Whelchel) Presley
Jan 16, 1888 - Apr 10, 1970

Presley Rites

Graveside rites and burial were held at Oakwood Cemetery Saturday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. J. A. Presley, 82, former Corsicana resident who died Friday in Wichita Falls. Mr. Leathel Roberts, Church of Christ minister, officiated.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Her only survivors are two brother-in-laws, Earl Presley of Corsicana and J. O. Presley of Wichita Falls; and a niece, Mrs. James H. O�Neal of Wichita Falls.


Daniel Mills �Danny� Presley
Jan 30, 1960 - Aug 20, 2012
PRESLEY, Daniel Mills of Quinlan, brn January 30, 1960, passed away August 20, 2012. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife: Edwina Presley; Son: T. J. Pirtle; Brothers: Skip Presley; Sandy Presley; Lonnie Presley; Cody Presley; Patrick Presley; Sisters: Susie Cooper , Barbara Nafus. Service will be 11:00AM Saturday August 25, 2012 at New Hope Funeral Home, 500 E. Hwy. 80, Sunnyvale, TX. 75182. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6:00PM - 8:00PM.


  • New Hope Funeral Home , Sunnyvale, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Oakwood cemetery
  • h/o Edwina Kay (Pirtle) Presley married Feb 23, 2008; s/o Robert Donald Presley & Lucinne Frances (Egeer) Presley

James Oliver Presley
Feb 14, 1883 - Jul 22, 1971


Services for J. O. Presley, 88, were Saturday at 2 p.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Roy Ward officiating. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Presley died Thursday in Wichita Falls. He was a native of Corsicana and a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. J. O. Presley of Wichita Falls; a brother, Earl Presley of Corsicana; a niece, Mrs. J. G. Hill, Jr. of Corsicana; and a nephew, J. I. Walton of Djakarta, Indonesia.

Pallbearers were Joe Hashop, S. S. Dublin, Charlie Bee, Tommie McClure, Leslie White and Bob Peacock.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Jul 25, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Dottie (Riddle) Garrison-Presley married May 16, 1924; s/o Anthony Starling Presley & Mary Catherine �Kate� (Young) Presley

Robert Donald Presley
Oct 23, 1903 - Mar 19, 1972

R. D. Presley

Robert Donald Presley, 68, a native of Corsicana, died Sunday in Dallas where he had made his home since 1915.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Weiland-Merritt Funeral Home Chapel in Dallas with the Rev. T. V. Ferris officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. in the Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow of the home; seven sons, four daughters, three brothers and a sister.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar 20, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Dorthea (Rampenthal) Presley married Jul. 16, 1920 2nd wife Monty June (Montgomery) Presley married 1945 3rd wife Edna (Salmon) Presley married May 19, 1949 4th wife Lucinne Frances (Egeer) Presley s/o Labazan Z. Presley and Jennie Marie (Mills) Presley

William Earl �Will� Presley
Nov 11, 1891 - Mar 30, 1975

W. E. Presley

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for W. Earl Presley, 83, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. Rev. Eugene E. Wood will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a native of Corsicana, manager of Drane and McKee Garage, partner in Presley and McClure Automotive, 50 year member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge, Karem Shrine of Waco, past Worshipful Master of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge, a past Deputy of the Grand Lodge of Texas, member of the Knight�s Templar Shrine, and member of Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Katherine Presley of Corsicana; a niece, Mrs. James G. Hill Jr. of Corsicana, a nephew, J. Ivan Walton of Corsicana; and four great-nieces.

Pallbearers include S. L. Dublin, Charlie Bee, Dr. Hugh Drane, Joe Hashop, Dave Kelton, George McClure, Tom Spikes and Jim Stephenson.


William Franklin Compton
Dec 21, 1914 - Jan 23, 1959

Monday Rites Donie Resident

Funeral services for Franklin Compton, 44, Donie pipeline maintenance man, who died Friday in Providence hospital, Waco, were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist church in Purdon, and Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist Church here.

Compton was critically injured Thursday afternoon about five miles from Fairfield when his his automobile went out of control on a farm-market-road. He was taken to the Waco hospital for treatment. Compton was traveling alone.

Compton was a native of Purdon.

Surviving are his wife of Donie; two sons, F. L. Compton, Cross Point, Ind., and Kelton Compton, McKinney; three daughters, Mrs. Linda Gail Ward, Freeport; Virginia Ann and Pennita Lynn Compton, both of Donie; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Compton, Corsicana; a brother, Buster Compton, Purdon; three sisters, Mrs. Polly Middleswart, Roseville, Calif.; Mrs. Monte Ruth Mims, Coffeyville, Kan.; and Miss Inez Compton, Corsicana; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Thomas Johnson, Elton Skinner, Howe French, John Montgomery, Clarence Hall and Doc Boldin.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jan 26, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mary Aline (Mitcham) Compton 2nd wife Adrianne Lavenia (Ealeywine) Compton; s/o William Jessie Compton & Mary Ann (Wheat) Compton

Mary Ann (Wheat) Compton
Nov 11, 1885 - Oct 17, 1964

Mrs. Compton Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary (W.J.) Compton, 78, of 1444 West Fifth avenue, who died Saturday morning in Memorial hospital, will be held from the Corley chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The Compton family resided at Purdon for a number of years before moving to Corsicana.

Surviving are three daughters, Miss Inez Compton, Corsicana; Mrs. Gene Middlewart, Roseville, Calif., and Mrs. John Mims, San Jose, Calif.; a son, T. A. Compton, Sr., Purdon; 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Owens, Tyler and Mrs. Bessie Boyett, Purdon and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.


William Jessie Compton
Sep 21, 1885 - Aug 02, 1962

Sunday Rites W. J. Compton

Final rites for W. J. (Jess) Compton, 76, retired farmer, who died at Twilight Home Thursday night, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m.

Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a member, conducted the services. The Order of Eastern Star conducted services and Masons were pallbearers.

A native of Henderson, Texas, Compton resided in the Purdon and Corsicana communities most of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Buster Compton, Purdon; three daughters, Miss Inez Compton, Corsicana; Mrs. Gene Middleswart, Roseville, Calif., and Mrs. John Mims, Santa Clara, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a sister, Miss Monie Compton, San Antonio; an uncle, George Compton, Henderson, and other relatives.


Emma (McEntire) McDowell
Oct 11, 1875 - Feb 22, 1956

Mrs. McDowell Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. R. B. McDowell, 79, native Texan, who died at the Twilight Home Wednesday were held from the Missionary Baptist Church Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Buell McDowell, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. R. H. Morris, Fort Worth; two grandchildren; a brother, T. T. McEntire, Olney; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Gorman and Mrs. Myrtle Freeman, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. L. N. Crawford, Cort Sumner, N.M., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe T. Smith, Claude Moore, Jim S. Sutton, Emmett Dosser, Wayne Elrod and Otis Atkeisson.

Corley directed.


Rufus Bratton McDowell
Oct 24, 1872 - Apr 1956

R. B. McDowell Services Friday

Funeral services for R. B. McDowell, 83, retired farmer, 306 South Fortieth street, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday morning, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Missionary Baptist Church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

A native of South Carolina, he had resided in Texas since 1890 and made his home in the Drane community for many years before moving to Corsicana in 1950.

His wife died a few months ago.

Surviving are Rufus Buell McDowell, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Alyne Morris, Fort Worth; two grandchildren; two brothers, E. B. McDowell, Meridian, and G. D. McDowell, Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Shifflett, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Jennie Griggs, Lawton, Okla.; and Mrs. Mattie Eady, Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John B. Redden, L. C. Clark, T. P. Penney, Frank L. Leathers, W. E. Langston and Virgil L. Griffin.

Corley directed.


John B. �Jack� Griffin
Jul 6, 1869 - Apr 25, 1956

John B. Griffin Services Friday

Funeral services for John B. Griffin, 86, retired farmer, former Corsicana resident, who died in Dallas early Thursday, were held in Dallas Friday at 10 a.m. and a graveside services at Oakwood cemetery here at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. L. C. Craig, Baptist minister of Dallas, conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Griffin, Dallas; four sons, Clive and J. D. Griffin, both of San Diego, Calif.; H. C. and Ray Griffin, both of Odessa; four daughters, Mrs. J. C. Hunter, Midland; Mrs. W. E. Newman, Waxahachie; Mrs. H. D. Atherton and Miss Faye Griffin, both of Dallas; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, C. V. Griffin, Weslaco, and other relatives.

Members of the WOW lodge were pallbearers,

Corley directed.


Mary E. �Mollie� (Norwood) Griffin
Feb 20, 1875 - Feb 20, 1962

Mrs. Griffin Services Held

Graveside rites for Mrs. Mary E. Griffin were to be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Oakwood cemetery. Earlier services were conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Camp Funeral Home in Dallas.

A former Corsicana resident, Mrs. Griffin 87, died at her home in Dallas Tuesday following an extended illness.

She was a native of Alabama and had resided in Texas about 50 years. Mrs. Griffin had made her home in Dallas the past 15 years.

Survivors include four sons, Clive G. Griffin and J. D. Griffin, both of National City, Calif.; H. C. Griffin, Odessa, and Ray L. Griffin, Tripoli, Libya; four daughters, Mrs. J. C. Hunter, Midland; Mrs. H. D. Atherton, and Miss Faye Griffin, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Ernest Newman, Waxahachie; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, O. J. Norwood, Sundown, and R. E. Norwood, Wichita Falls, and other relatives.

Corley directed local arrangements.


Ethel Maud (Stuard) Wylie
Nov 22, 1886 - Dec 8, 1956

Mrs. E. V. Wylie Dies Saturday

Mrs. E. V. Wylie, 70, 811 North Thirteenth street, long-time resident of Navarro county, died at the family home Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Roane Baptist church. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery,

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Aubrey Wylie and Raymond Wylie, Irving; three daughters, Mrs. Lola Smith and Mrs. Neoma Mackey, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Alean Thompson, Odessa; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Preston Steward, San Antonio; Wyatt Steward, Troup, and Ernest Steward, Sacramento, Calif., and other relatives.

Corley directed.


Ernest Valdora Wylie, Sr
Aug 20, 1881 - Aug 21, 1964

Hold Services For E. V. Wylie

Final rites for E. V. Wylie, 83, of Roane were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. Bill Campbell of Roane officiated.

Wylie was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Friday morning after becoming ill at his home.

He was born August 20, 1881 at Hermitage, Ark., and observed his 83rd birthday Thursday. He had lived in the Roane area for 65 years.

Surviving are three sons, Aubrey Wylie, Roane; Raymond Wylie, Corsicana, and Virgil Wylie, Irving; three daughters, Mrs. Lola Smith and Mrs. Neoma Granger, Corsicana; and Mrs. Ailean Thompson, Odessa; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Leon Jordan, Melvin Jordan, Charles Wylie, Delbert White, G. S. Granger and Gene Mitchell.


Mona Martha Allen
Jul 9, 1954 - Mar 26, 1956

Rites Wednesday For Allen Child

Funeral services for Mona Martha Allen, 20-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Allen, 2037 Bowie Drive, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

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

The child died in Memorial Hospital Monday following a brief illness.

Surviving are the parents of Corsicana; grandfather, E. E. Hall, Atlanta, Texas, and grandmother, Mrs. J. C. Allen, Atlanta, Ga.

Pallbearers were Floyd Foster, Tommy Mitcham, Aaron Buie and Jack Youngblood.


Dorothy Lucille Calhoun
Dec 20, 1919 - Nov 10, 1960

Miss Calhoun Services Held

Graveside services for Miss Dorothy Lucille Calhoun, 40, were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakwood cemetery. Rev. Sam Hulsey, rector, St. John�s Episcopal church officiated.

Miss Calhoun died late Thursday in a Mexia hospital.

A sister, Mrs. William H. Edwards, Bellaire, survives.

Griffin directed.


William Aron Mason
Jan 30, 1887 - May 5, 1956

William A. Mason Services Sunday

Funeral services for William A. Mason, 69, Silver City, who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning, were held from the Griffin Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Purdon.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Mason, Silver City; two sons, Jimmy Mason, Corsicana, and Alvin Mason, Silver City; a daughter, Mrs. B. B. Bennett, Kerens; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. C. Peden, Marshall Farmer, Hoyt Priddy, Orval Buck, Irvin Buck and George Buck.


Emma (Buck) Mason
Jul 25, 1897 - Nov 13, 1975

Mrs. Mason

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Emma Mason, 78, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church and a resident of Corsicana 25 years.

Survivors include two sons, L. A. Mason of Corsicana and James Mason of Irving, a daughter, Mrs. B. B. Bennett of Kerens; two brothers, Lester Buck and James Buck both of California; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Black of Oklahoma, Mrs. Adell McCullouch of Oklahoma, and Lorena all of Oklahoma; two grandsons, two grand-daughters, and a great-great-granddaughter.


Brenda Joyce Massey
Apr 14, 1955 - Jul 18, 1956

Massey Infant Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Brenda Massey, 15-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Massey, 927 South Twenty-Eighth street, who died at the family home Wednesday morning, will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. E. M. Northcutt, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, four brothers, Leroy Massey, Powell; Obid, John and Aubrey Joe Massey, and three sisters, Joyce, Florence and Gladys Massey all of Corsicana, and a grandfather, Ernest Baker, Marshall.


Nellie Pearl (Allbritton) Heifner-Cunningham
Oct 19, 1932 - Jul 17, 1956

Mrs. Cunningham Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Douglas Cunningham, 23, of Kerens, who died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night, were held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the West Side Church of Christ with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Cato Sheerer, Cameron, and Earl L. Craig, minister of the church.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens; two sons, Dave Allyn Heifner and Timothy Wayne Heifner; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Albritton; a brother, Barney E. Albritton and two sisters, Mrs. Stan Summerall, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Homer Gene Wassom, Woodrow Dosser, James Nelson, Joe Garner, Alvie O� Neal and Allen Paul.

Corley directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Jul 19, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Clyde Allen Heifner 2nd husband Douglas Cunningham; d/o Barney Randolph Allbritton & Minnie Ruth (Grayson) Allbritton

Jimmy Wade Thomas
Jul 8, 1936 - Jan 12, 2021
Funeral services for Jimmy Wade Thomas, 84, of Mexia, Tx, will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2021 at McWhorter Funeral Home with Bro. Dicky Mauk officiating. Private interment, Hopewell Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 pm prior to the service.

Jimmy was born July 8, 1936, in Alliance Hall, Texas to Milton Oliver �Bill� and Carl Lee Waits Thomas and passed from this life January 12, 2021 in Groesbeck, Texas. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Frost, Hillsboro, Linden and Gilmer and retired after 28 years. Jimmy was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Groesbeck.

Those left to cherish his memory are his, daughter, Deb Howell and husband Philip of Gilmer; son, Brad Thomas of Longview; stepdaughter, Dawn Higgins of Groesbeck; sister, Glynda Underwood and husband Jim of Austin; grandchildren, Misty Sprouse and husband Dennis of Gilmer, Meridith Jones and husband Ryan of Farmers Branch, Wyatt Turk of Round Rock, Claire Higgins of Denton, and Clayton Turk of Robinson; great grandchildren, Keegan and MaKenna Sprouse of Gilmer, and Cooper and Bennett Jones of Farmers Branch.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Bill and Carl Lee Thomas; his first wife, Bettye Thomas Parish; his second wife, Jane Hancock Thomas; his wife, Noma Nell Thomas; his sister; JoAnne Reeves Thomas; and by his stepson, Scott Higgins.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Putman, Henry Wilson, Dwight Brannon, Keegan Sprouse, Jeff McFatridge and Tim McFatridge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marty McCurry, Danny Beene, Donnie Gillen, Jake Melton and Ray Nugent.

Memorial donations may be made to Safe Haven Equine Rescue, 4994 FM 2088, Gilmer, Texas 75644, Providence Hospice 107 E. Commerce St., Mexia, Tx 76667 or First United Methodist Church, 203 W. State St., Groesbeck, Tx 76642.


  • McWhorter Funeral Home � Groesbeck, Tx
  • Submitted by Diane Richards &
  • BGHS grad. 1954
  • Hopewell Cemetery, Gilmer, Upshur Co., TX
  • 1st wife Bettye (Minze) Thomas-Parish 2nd wife Jane (Hancock) Thomas 3rd wife Noma Nell (Minze) Higgins-Thomas married Jul 21, 1987; s/o Milton Oliver �Bill� Thomas & Carl Lee (Waites) Thomas buried Younger cemetery

Doris Faye (Younger) Hall
Aug 20, 1940 - Sep 22, 2009

Doris F. Hall, 69, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Mount B. Zion Baptist Church in Kerens. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Alice Mae Edwards
abt 1927 - Mar 9, 2009

Alce Mae Edwards, 82, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, at Crestview Court Nursing Center in Decar Hill. Funeral service will be
11 a.m. Satuday at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St., with Bishop N.L. Hinton officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery in Kerens. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Lola Diane "Christine" Roberts
abt 1965 - May 10, 2009

"Christine" Lola Diane Roberts, 44, of Kerens passed away Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral service is at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with the Pastor Ernest Betts officiating. Burial will be in Samaria Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Ulyesses Carroll Sneed
abt 1946 - Dec. 9, 2009

Ulyesses Carroll Sneed, 63, of Milford passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, in Alabama. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Milford. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Alfonsa Scott officiating.

Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery in Dawson.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Franklin Newton Boyte
Apr 6, 1933 - Jan 25, 2021

Franklin Newton Boyte, 87 of Eureka, TX was born April 6th, 1933 to Isaac Newton Boyte and Ginny (Mae) Mosley Boyte in Corsicana, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lawrence Henry Boyte, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jessie and Doyle Andrews, and Lillian and Jack Coker. He is also preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Ruby Lucille (Bitty) Robinson Boyte, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Margaret and Robert Lamb, Dorothy and B.J (Junior) Perry, Mildred and O.C. Young, and Clyde Jock. He is also preceded by a son Sam Gordon of Eureka, TX
Franklin is survived by his wife of 33 years Betty Jenkins Boyte of Eureka, a daughter Debra Lynn Williams and husband, Mitch of Konawa, OK, sons Bradley Dean Boyte of Mildred, TX, Douglas Wade Boyte and wife, Rachel of Mildred, TX, Danny Gordon of Blossom TX, Jim Gordon and wife Brenda of Canton, OK, Joe Gordon and wife Pat of Portalas, NM, Zane Gordon McCarter and husband Robert of Blossom, TX, Jennifer Gordon Hill and husband Ricky of Bagwell, TX. He is also survived by sister-in-law Christine Jock of Corsicana, TX, Harvey Robinson and wife Peggy of Eureka, TX, Martin and Marsylene Jenkins of Mildred, TX, Henry Jenkins, Patsy Griggs, BJ & Rita Jenkins, all of the Corsicana area. He is further survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.
Franklin Boyte served the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed two years in Anchorage, Alaska, and six more years stateside in the Army Reserve. He was a dump truck driver for his dad, Isaac Boyte, worked at Whiteselle�s Brick & Lumber, Adams Hat Factory, U.S. Gypsum (Rock Wool), Navarro Mills Reservoir, and Corsicana Grader. He finished his career with 33 years in the pattern shop at The Oil City Iron Works.
Franklin was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church in Mildred, TX. He lived a remarkably clean life, free of alcohol, tobacco, or any use of profanity. He was a great role model for all who knew and looked up to him.
He never had a car payment, choosing to �save up� and trade. He was widely known to keep his vehicles immaculately clean, inside, outside, and under the hood. His most famous advice to everyone who showed him their car or truck was, �Keep that thing clean, keep the oil changed, and drive it right, and it�ll last you a long time.�
There will be a Graveside service officiated by Brother Randal Evett, Monday 2/1/21 at The Eureka Cemetery at 1:00 PM. Masks will be required, and social distancing rules will be observed.
Corley Funeral Home

h/o Ruby Lucille (Robinson) Boyte and Betty Jenkins Boyte - s/o Isaac Newton Boyte and Ginny Mae (Mosley) Boyte

Franklin Newton Boyte, 87, of Eureka passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at Twilight Nursing and Rehabilitation. Graveside services will be held Monday, February 1, 2021 at Eureka Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Bro. Randal Evett officiating. Masks will be required, and social distancing rules will be observed. Arrangements especially for the Boyte family by Corley Funeral Home.


Cecil Gaither Miller
Dec 4, 1931 - Feb 26, 2021

Cecil Gaither Miller, 89, passed on to meet his Lord and Savior on February 26, 2021 in Corsicana, Texas. He was born on December 4, 1931 in Corsicana, Texas to Gay and Nina Miller.
Cecil was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and was a faithful member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana for over 60 years where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. He was Plant Coordinator at Chattanooga Glass in Corsicana for 24 years until his retirement. Cecil focused on many ventures after his retirement, from raising cattle to managing his oil wells to sitting atop his tractor, he loved to stay busy. Cecil loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren who referred to him as Pop.
Cecil is preceded in death by his loving wife, Christine Miller to whom he was married to for 67 wonderful years.
Cecil is survived by his sons, Gary Miller and wife Ginger, Kim Miller; his grandchildren, Christopher Miller, Brandy Harrison, Timothy Miller, Tracy Petty, Allison Gillentine and Cole Miller; and twelve great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Joyce Rash and cousin Betty Barnes.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Northside Baptist Church with graveside service following at Providence Cemetery. Pastor Rick Lamb will be officiating the service. Pallbearers will be Christopher Miller, Timothy Miller, Cole Miller, Bill Harrison, Grant Harrison, Kevin Petty, Zane Petty, Mark Rash and Rick Rash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence Cemetery at 2000 FM 637, Corsicana, Texas 75109.
Corley Funeral Home.


  • h/o Maude Christine (Rash) Miller; s/o Gaither "Gay" Miller & Nina (Cardwell) Miller


Cecil Miller, 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery.


Emmett Cleveland Stone
Feb 19, 1886 - Jul 5, 1959

Tuesday Burial For E. C. Stone

Funeral services for Emmett C. Stone, 73, who died in Dallas Sunday night, were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in the Providence cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church.

A native of Mississippi, Stone resided in Texas for many years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Callie Tindal, Los Angeles, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. R. Black, Maurice Pollock, W. B. Mayo, Beuford Herring, Loyd Land and A. L. Huffman.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Jul 7, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Bessie (Land) Stone; s/o James Henry Stone & Mary Jane (Hussey) Stone buried Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.

Isabel Margaret (Barraud) Fortner
Aug 16, 1922 - Feb 7, 2015

Isabel Margaret (Barraud) Fortner passed away February 7, 2015. Isabel graduated Middlesex General Hospital nurses program in 1943 becoming a Registered Nurse. She proudly carried on the practice of nursing throughout her life. She was the East Brunswick Township Public Health Nurse from 1955 to 1982 where she served the community tirelessly. In her work she helped new mothers with their baby's first days at home and eased the last days of those who were terminally ill. She made herself available to everyone in East Brunswick who needed the warm support of a nurse, tending to the ill and the needy. Isabel also served as the school nurse at St. Bartholomew's School and as the nurse for the Daisy recreational program as part of her work for the township. She continued to work with Daisy Recreation for many years after retiring (1988-2001) and she dearly loved the families and the participants in the program. She delivered hugs with medicine and smiles with treatments. Isabel was a member of the Milltown Methodist Church and the Milltown Seniors. She was also an original and lifelong participant in the Harvard Nurses Survey. Isabel was an avid reader and enjoyed weekly trips to the North Brunswick Library until her last days.

Isabel was predeceased by her beloved husband William Thomas as well as her parents Marie and Ulysses Barraud and her sisters Florence Crowell, Grace Barraud and Claire Barraud. She is survived by her daughter Kathleen Rotter, of Hillsborough, and her husband Jack and her grandchildren, Heather Gogola and Jeremy Rotter. Known as "Gram Apples" in her family, she is also survived by her much adored great grandchildren Dalton and Grace Gogola and Karina and Joshua Rotter.

The family will receive friends at the Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home of Milltown, NJ, Tuesday evening 6pm-8pm. Funeral service, Wednesday 10am at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Prairie Point Cemetery in Kerens, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Daisy Association, c/o East Brunswick Recreation, 334 Dunhams Cr Rd., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. The Daisy Association is a non-profit organization that funds special needs recreation programs for all ages and abilities.


  • Legacy
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Thomas Fortner; d/o Ulysses Barraud & G. Maril (unk) Barraud buried in Van Liew Cemetery, New Brunswick, New Jersey

William J. Griffin
Sep 3, 1871 - Oct 17, 1959

Wm. J. Griffin Dies Saturday

Wm. J. Griffin, 88, retired machinist, former Corsicana resident, died in a Palestine rest home Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Modrell cemetery. The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews, including H. E. Kilgore, Rush; Henry Kilgore, Diboo, and Mrs. Seburn Greer, Nacogdoches.

Griffin resided at the Twilight Home here for several years.


Thomas Wyatt Lake
May 14, 1886 - Jul 7, 1959

Tom W. Lake Funeral Held

Funeral services for Tom W. Lake, 73, retired farmer and life-long Corbet resident, will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 4 p.m. He died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday morning.

Rev. Dwight Grantham and Rev. Jack Bell will conduct the rites. Burial will be in the Marshall cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corbet; four sons, Wyatt Lake of Corsicana, Grant and Rudolph Lake of Corbet and James Lake of Kilgore; a daughter, Mrs. Edith Thompson, Corsicana; a brother, Hub Lake, Dallas; nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be H. E. Roman, W. C. Nokes, Donnie Anderson, DeWitt Wallace, M. Owens, Roy Ivie, J. N. Slone and W. N. Slone.


Frances Ann �Fannie� (Putman) Shaw
Aug 19, 1882 - May 3, 1959

Mrs. Shaw Dies Sunday Night

DAWSON, May 4�(Spl.)�Mrs. Frances Ann (Fannie) Shaw, 76, died at her home here at 9:20 p.m. Sunday. She was a native of Navarro county.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Methodist church in Dawson, and will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Milner, pastor of the church. Burial will be in Liberty Hill cemetery.

Survivors are two sons, Fran, and Hughie Shaw both of Dawson; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Wilson of Dawson and Mrs. Birdie Mae Sykes of Hillsboro; two brothers, George and U. E. Putman both of Dawson; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Nesmith of Dawson, Mrs. Tiny Sykes and Mrs. Genila Sykes both of Dallas and Mrs. Pearlie Phillips of Mexia. Also 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.


Robert Ronnie LaRue
Aug 27, 1938 - Aug 29, 2021

Robert Ronnie LaRue, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday August 29, 2021 at Epic Nursing Home surrounded by his wife and his family.

Robert was born August 27, 1938 to Woodrow �Woody� LaRue and Maxine LaRue. He and his wife Nancy were able to be together at Epic Nursing Home. Robert and Nancy were married for 65 years. Over the years they had 4 children Rhonda Steele, Ronnie �Bubba� LaRue, Donnie LaRue and Peggy Price.

Robert was a hardworking man, and a loving husband to his wife Nancy. He worked for Gorman Co and Blooming Grove ISD until he retired. He loved God with all his heart, often leading the church singing. He was a deacon at Brushy Prairie Baptist and Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist. He loved to hunt and fish and especially loved to train his beagles to chase rabbits, he never shot just loved being in the woods.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary LaRue and his grandson James Steel.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, children Rhonda Steel, Ronnie �Bubba� LaRue and wife Tammy, Donnie LaRue and wife Tammie, Peggy and Don Price, 14 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great grandchild. As well as numerous cousins and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 2 pm at Dresden Cemetery.

The family would love to give thanks to New Century Hospice and Epic Nursing Home for the care that was given.


Karen Ann (Johnson) Burleson-Gilcrease-Hodges
Mar 29, 1953 � Aug 17, 2021

A memorial service for Karen Ann Hodges, 68, of Lufkin, will be held at a later date.

Karen was born March 29, 1953 in Corsicana, Texas, the daughter of the late Juanita (Boone) and Walter Johnson. She passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in a local hospital.

Karen was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She enjoyed watching movies and feeding the animals. Karen was a long-time resident of Wichita Falls.

Survivors include her sons, Scott Gilcrease and wife Shanda of Lufkin, Clay Gilcrease of Austin, and Wesley Gilcrease of Lufkin; daughter, Adrienne Gilcrease of Lufkin; brothers, Randy and Allen; sisters, Linda, Scottie and Darlene; grandchildren, Johnathon, Joseph, Dakota, Chasity, Kimberly, Shelby, Devin, Sierra, Victoria, Makenzie, Kaytlin, Colton, Carson and Madelyn; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Coe Hodges; her parents; and her stepfather, Fred Barham.

Cremation arrangements have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.


  • Gipson Funeral Home - Lufkin, Texas
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Nickey Dwight Burleson married Nov 26, 1969 2nd husband Ronny Dale Gilcrease married Apr 11, 1972 3rd Chester Coe Hodges, Jr. married Jan 12, 1987; d/o Walter Orr Johnson & Juanita Joyce (Boone) Berryhill-Morgan-Johnson-Barham (step-father Fred Clay Barham)

Oran Sylvester Burleson
Dec 22, 1894 - Apr 6, 1956

Oran S. Burleson Services Sunday

Funeral services for Oran S. Burleson, 61, disabled World War I veteran, who died Friday in a government hospital in North Little Rock, Ark., were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Tabernacle with burial in Birdston cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Leonard Lee and Rev. Earl Burk, Baptist ministers of Streetman.

Burleson had been a patient in the hospital for 30 years. He was a native of the Birdston community.

Surviving are his father, Thomas J. Burleson, Wortham; four brothers, Otis Burleson, Union Springs, Ala.; Thomas Burleson, Wortham; Joe E. Burleson, Blooming Grove, and Russell R. Burleson, Austin; three sisters, Mrs. A. A. Moore, Dawson; Mrs. L. L. Goodman, Lubbock, and Mrs. Margret Orchid, Dallas, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dexter Beauchamp, Kirby Keel, Elmer Keel, Rex Folmer, Everett Gregory and Cecil Tisdale.

Burleson Funeral Service directed.


Homer Lee Gilbert
Sep 9, 1887 - Feb 25, 1958

H. L. Gilbert Of Streetman Dies, Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Homer Lee Gilbert, 70, farmer-rancher of Streetman, were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Streetman. The rites were conducted by Rev. Cecil Thompson, pastor. Burial was in the Birdston cemetery.

Gilbert was found dead in bed at his home Tuesday morning. A heart attack was ascribed as the cause of death.

Gilbert was born at Cade, near Streetman, and was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth Gilbert, Dallas; two brothers, C. D. Gilbert, Streetman, and E. J. Gilbert, Fairfield; a sister, Mrs. Carl Frazier, Streetman, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tracy Gilbert, H. D. Carroll, R. M. Henderson, J. E. Sims, A. J. McGilvary and Bud Berry.

Capps Funeral Home of Fairfield directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Feb 27, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US Army WWI
  • h/o Julia Verna (Womack) Gilbert married Apr 24, 1922; s/o Charnic Tharp Gilbert & Louisiana Antoinette �Nettie� (Dean) Gilbert

Jacob Franklin Ballew
Oct 1885 - May 7, 1962

Frank Ballew Expires Monday

J. F. (Frank) Ballew, 77, former resident, died at his home in Fort Worth Monday of a heart attack while awaiting a bus to go to town.

Funeral services will be held in Fort Worth at 1 p.m. Wednesday with burial in the Emmett cemetery Wednesday afternoon. He was a long-time member of the Baptist church. He had resided at Fort Worth for the past 15 years.

Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Beulah Stevens and Mrs. Agnes Gill, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Lillian Horn, Frost; a son, Alvis Ballew, Fort Worth; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, John Ballew, Olney, and other relatives.



Funeral services for Mr. Frank Ballew, 76, of Fort Worth were held in that city Wednesday at 1 p.m. from Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. BUrial was in the cemetery at Emmett, Texas. Mr. Ballew died Monday.
Survivors are one brother, J. P. Ballew of Olney and a number of nieces and nephews.
Attending the funeral from Graham were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Guinn and Mrs. Elbert Ballew and Mrs. Leroy Hambritk [Hambrick] of Olney.


Thomas Burl Davis
Apr 4, 1895 - Jun 20, 1956

Malakoff Rites For Tom D. Davis

Funeral rites for Tom D. Davis, 61, native of Kerens, who died at his home in Malakoff Wednesday, were held from the First Baptist church in Malakoff Friday afternoon with burial in the
Birdston cemetery near Streetman. He had resided in Henderson county 35 years.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Tom Billy Davis; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Smith and Miss Sara Jane Davis; two brothers, J. S. and Neal Davis, all of Malakoff; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Grayson, Dallas, and Miss Pearl Davis, Malakoff and six grandchildren.


Carrie L. (Welborn) Davis
Jan 21, 1903 - May 11, 1933

Malakoff Woman Buried Streetman

MALAKOFF, May 15.�(Spl.)�Mrs. Tom B. Davis, aged about 30 who died at her home here Thursday following a long illness, was buried in the Streetman cemetery Friday afternoon.

Besides the husband and three children here, Mrs. Davis is survived by a brother, Bowen Welborn here, and three sisters, Mrs. W. L. Faulk of Malakoff, Mrs. Bob Faulk of Tyler and a sister living in South Texas.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun- Mon., May 15, 1933
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Thomas Burl Davis married Sep 28, 1921; d/o Charles Kay �Charley� Welborn & Carrie Deupree (Matthews) Welborn

James Sidney "Jim" Davis
Nov 2, 1873 - Oct 17, 1962

Jim Davis Of Malakoff Dies

Final rites for Jim Davis, 88, retired farmer and stockman, who died Wednesday after a long illness, were held Friday at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Malakoff. Burial was in the
Birdston cemetery near Streetman.

A native of San Augustine county, he had made his home in the Malakoff area since 1918.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Calloway, Hutchins; a sister, Mrs. Alice Grayson, Dallas; one grandchild, one great-grandchild, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Griffin directed local arrangements.


Oliver Neal Davis
Apr 2, 1879 - Jan 23, 1962

Hold Services For Neal Davis

Neal Davis, 82, of Malakoff, retired stockman, was found dead in his bed Tuesday morning by his brother, Jim Davis, with whom he resided. He had been a heart patient for some time.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Athens with burial in the
Birdston cemetery near Streetman.

Surviving are his brother of Malakoff; a sister, Mrs. Alice Grayson, Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Davis had resided in Malakoff since 1918.

Griffin Funeral Home directed local arrangements.


Sarah Frances �Fannie� (Cooper) Emmert
Oct 6, 1882 - Aug 20, 1959


RICE, Sept. 3�(Spl)�Burial services was in the Rice cemetery for Mrs. Everett Emmertt of Corpus Christi Monday afternoon. Mrs. Emmert was a former resident here.


Billy Wayne �Hillbilly� Whitehill
Feb 26, 1961 - Jan 17, 2018

Billy was born on February 26, 1961 and passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Billy was a resident of Frost, Texas at the time of passing.


Kim Alan Yates
Apr 23, 1957 - Jul 4, 2011

Alan Yates, 54, passed away at his home on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Arlington. Services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, July 10 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 4216 S. Bowen Rd., Arlington, Texas. Alan was born on April 23, 1957 and was raised in Frost, Texas. Alan moved to Arlington to finish college at UTA and upon graduation, he then went on to become a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. Survivors: wife, Gretchen Yates of Arlington; parents, Namon and Jerolyn Yates of Frost; sister, Beverly Vest of Waco; and niece, Lee Ann Vest of Waco.



  • h/o Gretchen J. (Bradshaw) Yates, married Nov 20, 1982; s/o Namon Earl Yates & Jerolyn Lee (Way) Yates
  • Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

Sallie L. (Cogdell) Haynie
Dec 18, 1867 - Jul 12, 1959

Streetman Rites Set Tuesday For Mrs. Haynie, 92

Mrs. Charles Haynie, 92, Streetman business woman died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church of Streetman with burial in the Birdston cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. James A. Brunner, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Haynie had resided in the Streetman community practically all her life and had operated the Cozy Caf� and Courts in Streetman since Highway 75 was constructed through that city.

The body was returned to the family home Monday afternoon where it will lie in state until funeral hour.

Surviving are several nieces, nephews, and other relatives including nephew, Sgt. L. H. Cogdell, U. S. Army, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Corley will direct.


Layla Grace Willis
B&D Aug 23, 2021

Layla Grace Willis was born sleeping on August 23, 2021 to Derrick and Ashley Willis. Layla spent only a moment in our arms, but will live forever in our hearts. Our sweet baby girl resides in Heaven's glory awaiting the day when we will be reunited.

She is survived by both parents, Derrick and Ashley (Gantt) Willis, big brothers, Myles and Levi Willis, paternal grandparents, Howard and Young Willis, maternal grandparents, Bobby and Debbie Gantt, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery for family and close friends only on August 28th with Brother Darren Heil officiating.


  • d/o Derrick Michael Willis & Julia Ashley Kayleen (Gantt) Willis

Dollie Mae Turner
Aug 7, 1939 - Aug 20, 2007

Dollie Mae Turner, 68, of Corsicana passed awy Monday, Aug 20, 2007, at her residence. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, with Bishop K.D. Davis officiating and internment to follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Arrangements by Scott Funer Home.


George Edwin Perry
Jun 13, 1932 - Sep 10, 2007

George Edwin Perry, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at his residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S. 15th St, with Pastor Alvin E. Smith officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joel Leach, Cody Kitchen, Jimmy Perry, Bobby Perry, Don Butcher and Claude Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church. Brothers Willie Lusk, Paul West, Sanford Daniels, Andrew Propes and Colquitt Yancy.

Mr. Perry was born June 13, 1932, in Ennis. He retired from Miles Furniture after 36 years and was employed at CVS Pharmacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jannie Mae Perry of Corsicana; one daughter, Joyce Ann Watts of Corsicana; three sons, James Curtis, Billy Martin and George Edwin and daughter-in-law, Frances Kitchen, all of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four brothers-in-law, six sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Hattie (Wright) Green
Jun 16, 1923 - Jan 13, 2008

Hallie (Wright) Green, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Services will be 11 am. today at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hawkins, Gregory Collins, Cortland Collins, Vernell Jackson, Lonnie Strickland, Danzell Lee, Claude Roberts, Darrell
Curry, Willie Reed and Chris Rooks.

Mrs. Green was born June 16, 1923, in Chatfield In 1943, she married Howard Green who preceded her in death in 1996. She was a housewife, but did a little work outside of the home. She belonged and brought up her children in the Second Mission Baptist church.

Survivors include her son, Joe Green of Corsicana; three daughters, Ruby Curry (Jessie) Of DeSoto, Nellie Ruth Collins (Arthur) of Corsicana, and Stormy (Edward) Lewis of Dallas; one stepdaughter, Jimmie Ruth Bellamy of Bronz, N.Y.; one brother-in-law, William Charles "Ted" Green of Corsicana; two sisters-in-law, Lorene Page of San Diego, Calif., and Ruth Werth of Los Angeles, Calif; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, one nephew, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


E. B. Thomas
Abt 1955 - Jan 5, 2008

E.B. Thomas, 53, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan., 5, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Minister Larry Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Larry Laroy Jackson, Sr.
Sep 7, 1938 - Mar 15, 2021

Larry Laroy Jackson Sr., 82 of Dallas, Tx passed away on March 15, 2021 in Dallas.
Larry was born on September 7, 1938 in Corsicana, Tx to William R. Jackson and Mary Ellen Sessums.
Larry was always full of life; very charismatic, personable, and always loved to talk and laugh. A lover of all forms of music, especially the blues, BB King and Ray Charles were some of his favorite artists. Larry was very much a man's man, and lived life on his own terms, rather right or wrong.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, children Shane Jackson, Larry L. Jackson Jr. and Billy Clayton Morgan.
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Jackson, children Larry Kevin Jackson, Athena Seefurth and Nadine (Cindy) Anderson. Brother Danny Sessums and sister Dianna Sessums.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Tx.


  • Corley Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Iona Ann (Anderson), Dorothy Louise (Moore) Jackson and Wanda Jackson; s/o William R. Jackson & Mary Ellen (Wheelock) Sessums-Jackson

Larry Kent Riemenschneider
Aug 16, 1956 - Feb 27, 2021

Larry Kent Riemenschneider, 64, of Dawson, passed away on February 27, 2021 in Temple. Tx.

Visitation will be 6pm-8pm Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Floyd Petersen, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Larry was born in Marshalltown, Iowa to Ken and Loretta Riemenschneider on August 16, 1956. He went to school at Clarke High School. He married Kim Waller on September 27, 2008 in Corsicana, Tx. He was a veteran and served in the Army and was discharged as an E4.

Larry is preceded in death by both parents, and 1 son; Phillip Riemenschneider.

Larry is survived by his wife; Kim, children; Jason (Cassie), Jacob, Kim, Jeff, Michael (Tami), Amy (Jerry), and Tiffanie. And a host of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews

Pallbearers will be Ricky Gilliam, Charles Lucas, Chris Govan, Jerry Glidewell, Michael Randel, Jason Riemenschneider, and Cody Nehsmith.


  • Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Kim Waller Riemenschneider; s/o Ken Riemenschneider & Loretta Riemenschneider

Richard Lawrence Way
Jan 11, 1934 - Apr 17, 2020

Richard Lawrence Way (January 11, 1934 - April 17, 2020)

Richard proudly served in the United States Army, and parlayed those life skills into a successful business career in the private sector.
After being honorably discharged in 1963, Richard held executive positions at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell International, and Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical. In 1976, Richard earned a partnership position with a law firm in Detroit, Michigan, but ultimately, he fulfilled his dream of branching out and founding his own private law practice.

Richard was born on January 11, 1934, to Katherine and George Way in Greenfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Greenfield High School in 1951, he moved on to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Commerce and Finance. After graduating from, what is now known as, the Wharton School of Business in 1956, and proudly serving his country, he received an MBA from Georgia State University in 1964, followed by graduating from Emory University in 1969 with his Doctorate of Law.
Richard and Wilma had a passion for travel and set out to see the world. He would love to sit and share the details of a few of his favorite trips: a cruise around South America, a fun-filled wildlife safari in Africa, or the tour of India, Nepal and the Himalayas.

Richard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wilma Way of Corsicana; his children, Kevin Way of Pickerington, OH and Deborah Bonner and husband Aric of Corsicana, TX.; his grandchildren, Jessica Way of Waxahachie, TX, Austin Way of Madison, WI, Alexis Way, of Indianapolis, IN, and Gabriela Bonner of Corsicana, TX; and one Great-granddaughter Addilyn Bonner.

Due to the Covid Pandemic there will be a family graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 1:00pm with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Navarro County Humane Society.


  • Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Wilma Carol (Landers) Way; s/o George Howard Way Katherine Elizabeth (Byrnes) Way

Ryan Gregory Cook
Feb 5, 1987 - Apr 5, 2020

Ryan Gregory Cook, 33, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on April 5, 2020. Ryan was a precious soul with a kind heart and we believe he is now at peace in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ryan was born February 5, 1987 in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Temple Christian School in Fort Worth in 2005 and received a Bachelor�s Degree in Biology from the University of North Texas in 2009. Ryan then completed the Medical Laboratory Technology program through Tarleton State University in Fort Worth and went on to work for many years at Carter Blood Care. Ryan worked in the Stem Cell Laboratory division at Carter and was in the business of saving lives through his work in stem cell transplant programs. He had an incredible understanding of the human body and could speak of the complexities of human cells with amazing clarity. His knowledge will be missed.

Ryan was an avid rock climber and snowboarder, as well as a talented musician. He worked at the UNT Rec Center climbing wall while in college and enjoyed snowboarding in New Mexico.

Ryan was preceded in death by grandparents Lonnie and Mary Lou Cook, of Graham, Texas, and grandfather James Hodge of Corsicana, Texas.

SURVIVORS: Parents, Mark and Patti Cook of Mansfield; grandmother Dorothy Hodge of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law Cara and Jarad Miller of Ennis; nephew Kole Cilione and nieces Abigail and Kimberly Miller of Ennis; girlfriend Kathryn Wilde of Frisco; and a host of extended family members and friends.


  • Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Mark Gregory Cook & Patti Ann (Hodge) Cook
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

Carole Ann (Thomas) Jenkins
Apr 8, 1941 - Feb 6, 2021

Carole Ann Jenkins departed this life on February 6, 2021, surrounded by loving family at the home of her grandson Lucas White in Kernersville, North Carolina. She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, David L. Jenkins. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 8, 1941, Carole, the sister of Terry Thomas, Bonnie Thomas Ricchio, and Diane Thomas, became the mother of Stacie M. Jenkins, Jonell L. White, and Carrie G. Todd and grandmother of Jacob and Lucas White and Shane and Tara Todd. Although born and raised in the Midwest, Carole and Dave spent most of their married lives in the actual West in Corsicana, Texas. As a registered labor and delivery nurse and certified nurse-midwife, if she did not deliver the entire current population of Corsicana and Ennis, Texas, it was not from lack of effort. Late in the game, she and Dave, sharing a love of old-time music, realized a long-held dream and purchased a second home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Galax, Virginia, overlooking the site of the country's oldest annual Fiddlers Convention. Naturally, Carole took up the fiddle, and each year she and Dave hosted throngs of musicians of varying stripe, including the rich and famous, who needed a place to rest, to enjoy a fix of some fine home cooking or just to sit around and play music on a comfortable porch out of the spotlight. Carole was a perpetual fountain of goodness and poured out love, kindness, and comfort on everyone who came into her orbit, and those who were fortunate enough to know her are sustained by that memory. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of love and concern for our family and friends, a memorial service will not be held. The family requests, in lieu of flowers or other memorials, friends make a donation to Catholic Charities USA ( or to a local charity of their own choosing, which provides shelter, prenatal and birthing care to the indigent.


Joseph William "Jack" Michalak
Mar 4, 1934 - Mar 6, 2021

  J.W. (Jack) Michalak left this earth on March 6, 2021 at 87 years (and two days) of age. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 4 of his 5 children, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, three sisters.

He is preceded in death by his son, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

He served in the US Navy in the Korean War and retired from Michelin Tire company before moving to the lake for retirement.

Jack was an avid fisherman and loved to take his kids fishing on the Richland-Chambers Reservoir. He and Barbara loved to travel and go camping. Jack's brisket and ribs
were famous among his group of family and friends.


Garry Wayne Rhodes
Dec 14, 1953 - Mar 6, 2021

Garry Wayne Rhodes, 67, went home to his Lord and Savior on March 6, 2021. Garry was born on December 14th, 1953 to his loving parents and longtime Corsicana residents, Johnny and Jo Ann Rhodes.
Garry was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Rhodes.
Garry worked alongside his father in Rhodes Construction from his teenage years through most of his adult life. Garry was a heavy equipment operator as well as a licensed realtor. In addition, Mr.
Rhodes owned and operated Rhodes Insurance. He later worked for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children until his retirement in December 2019.
Garry loved the Lord and answered His calling to be a deacon in the Baptist Church. When there was a need, Garry was quick to lend a hand. Whether it was a construction need or even someone's personal situation, Garry was the first to offer help. It seems that he was always willing to fill the need. Garry helped everyone he could and was everyone's "go to guy." While working in Dallas, Garry made every effort to find out which patients were from Corsicana so that he could check on them, pray with them, and let them know he was there.
Garry had a deep love for his family. Pam was the love of his life and partner in their 43-year marriage. There is no doubt that his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law were treasures to him. There will soon be an addition to the favorite list, a grandson.
Garry is survived by wife Pam Hand Rhodes, mother Jo Ann Rhodes, daughter Johanna Tanner, son-in-law Whit Tanner, granddaughter JoleighAnn Tanner, sister Leesa Ward, brother-in-law Kyle Ward, nephew Taylor Ward, niece Annalee Ward, and nephew Luke Ward.
Friends and family are encouraged to gather for a time of visitation on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 6 to 8 in the evening at Corley Funeral Home. Services celebrating Garry's life will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 10:30 in the morning at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana, with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.


Thelma Anna Mae (Stokes) Thompson
Feb 11, 1927 - Feb 16, 2021

Thelma Anna Mae Thompson passed away surrounded by family on February 16, 2021 in Leander, Texas. She was born on February 11, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to William Thomas Stokes and Thelma Ethel Ficklin.

Thelma's family owned Stokes Printing Company in downtown Corsicana, and she grew up watching her father hand lay typeset and manually ink the printing presses. Her mother was a master seamstress and took pride in making beautiful dresses for Thelma. A bit of a tomboy, Thelma adored her older brother, Bill, and tried to follow in his footsteps whenever she could, which made keeping those beautiful dresses a bit difficult.

She attended Corsicana High School, where she met her husband, Wilbur Thompson, Jr. When Wilbur was called to war, Wilbur and Thelma secretly eloped in October 1943. During this time, a married woman could not attend a public school, so she and Wilbur kept their marriage a secret until she graduated in 1944. It is a story that they enjoyed telling for the rest of their lives.

With the war still in full swing, Thelma attended Texas Woman's University, but she missed her family and her hometown. She returned to Corsicana to assist her father at his print shop as she awaited Wilbur's homecoming. After Wilbur's discharge from the service (Army Air Corps), they moved to Norman, Oklahoma as Wilbur pursued his degree in geology at the University of Oklahoma on the GI Bill. Their first daughter, Patricia Ann, was born just before they moved and was then followed by son, William Scott. The family returned to Corsicana in 1950 and built their first home on a lot that had once been part of Thelma's grandfather Ficklin's dairy farm. Their second daughter, Deborah Jill, completed the family.

Thelma had a deep love for her family, and she gave everything she had to love them each in her quiet, steadfast way. Thelma and Wilbur were married for 69 years, and it came with some unexpected entertainment. As a petroleum geologist, Wilbur often worked on well-sites in the field where he encountered injured or orphaned animals he would bring home to rehabilitate. Thelma came home one day to find that Wilbur had rescued a baby skunk and that he wanted her approval to make it a house pet. A conversation followed, and the Thompson skunk was granted a lovely new home in the backyard. Additionally, Thelma and Wilbur enjoyed the beauty of nature and had an incredible backyard oasis full of flowers and animals. As they opened their home to family and friends, many a peaceful afternoon was spent together looking out the picture windows as the birds, squirrels, and bunnies enjoyed their secret garden. As long as she was able, Thelma took great care in selecting the perfect card for each family birthday and surprising grandchildren with a beautifully drawn sketch of the family pet or beautiful bird on the feeder outside. Her family can also point to precious blessings that were answers to her continued and specific prayers for them.

Thelma also treasured her community in Corsicana. Thelma was born at her parents home, and she often commented that she lived her life in just one neighborhood. Her children were blessed by being in short walking distance of both sets of grandparents and a favorite aunt. She loved her neighbors and had a tradition of meeting almost daily for coffee and fellowship. Thelma enjoyed her luncheon club, birthday club, and the Kinslow House, but closest to her heart was her weekly Bible study group. The women in these groups were her dearest friends.

After Wilbur died in 2012, she moved to Cedar Park to live with her daughter, Jill. Jill and her husband, Larry, lovingly cared for Thelma in their home until her passing. Thelma was predeceased by her parents, her husband of almost 70 years Wilbur Lionell Thompson, Jr.; her brother, William Thomas "Bill" Stokes, granddaughter Natalie Bredthauer, her sister-in-law, Mary Johnson, and her brother-in-law, W. Robert Thompson.

She is survived by her three children: Patricia Ann "Tricia" Matthews (Bill) of Kerrville; William Scott Thompson (Candance) of Houston; Deborah Jill Bredthauer (Dr. Larry) of Leander; grandchildren: Christian Matthews (Dr. Linda), Daniel Matthews, Traci White (Caperton), Scott Thompson, Lauren Appenbrink (Read) and Hope Bredthauer; great grandchildren: Madeleine and Elian Matthews, Peyton and Lillian White, and Will and Anna Grace Appenbrink. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Fiona Stokes and Carole Ann Wilson; her brother's sons: Bill Stokes and Brad Stokes (Melissa) and many other well loved nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Thelma will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.


Diane Gertrude (Willoughby) Cooksey
Feb 15, 1944 - Mar 4, 2021

Diane G. Cooksey, 77, of Corsicana, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Medical City Ft. Worth. She was born February 15, 1944 in Harlan, Iowa to Homer D. and Alice M. Willoughby Jr. (Graves).
She met Robert Monaghan Cooksey Jr. at First Methodist Church Dallas, Texas, and they were married July 1970 at First Baptist Church Dallas, Texas. Her children are Robert Monaghan Cooksey III, James William Cooksey, and Susan Marie Cooksey. She was devoted to her family and they to her. Her father was a missionary but, like her mother before her, Diane went into teaching. Her passions in life were faith and trust in Christ and family.

She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Cooksey, Jr.; children, Robert Monaghan Cooksey III, James William Cooksey and Susan Marie Cooksey; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Eliza and Diane Cooksey; siblings, Homer Willoughby III, Anna Bokmeyer (Willoughby), Phillip Willoughby, Samuel Willoughby and James Willoughby.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Faith Ellen Willoughby.

Visitation with the family was held Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.


Joyce Laverne (Keele) Middleton-Lauhoff-Bullock
Nov 29, 1940 - Mar 8, 2021

Joyce Keele Bullock passed away March 8, 2021, at the age of 80.

Joyce was born in Corsicana on November 29, 1940 to Robert Lee and Frances Irene Keele. Her parents both worked in the cotton mill. Her father also worked for the highway department, while her mother worked at Collin Street Bakery. Growing up in Corsicana with her siblings Charles Leslie, Robert Fredrick, and Brenda Irene, Joyce lived on what was called the Cotton Mill Block. Although she was raised with minimal worldly possessions, she had very loving parents. Because her mother was working, Joyce took over the duties of cooking for her brothers and father at a very young age. A favorite memory was when a traveling photographer came through Corsicana with his horse. The kids were all cleaned up and sat on the horse to have their picture taken. Because she treasured and loved her brothers, that picture has hung on her wall to this day.

Joyce had a lot of friends from her school days. Growing up, she was especially close to Pauline Williams, Delores Hedrick, and Shirley Wiggley. Even as an adult, when she would return to Corsicana, those friendships remained. She would see the old friends from school and they would greet each other with a fond hug. As a teen, Joyce enjoyed walking downtown to the laundermat to visit with Grandma Brent who folded clothes there and would hang in the window and chat with her. Joyce loved to go to Hashops here in Corsicana. Joyce attended Travis Elementary, Drane Junior High, and Corsicana High School.

It was when Joyce was a senior in high school that she met her first love Earl Middleton. They married in May and their marriage took them to Long Beach, California, where she had her first child. The future brought a change to her life. She met Charles Lauhoff and had her second child. Years later God brought Roy Bullock into her life. Joyce claimed Roy as her soul mate in life, and she loved him deeply. Her daughters Teresa and Rachel were her world. She spent many hours on her knees praying the blood of Jesus over her girls as they were growing up. She was devoted to them.

Joyce was not a stranger to hard work. In her teenage years, she worked at Mr. Pryor's news stand at the post office and then at Chuckwagon. She worked at the telephone company as Ma Bell for most of her life. She was a telephone operator before 911 became known. She took many emergency phone calls and stayed on the line with the distressed callers, praying with them until help arrived.

This desire to pray for others and to serve the Lord was important throughout Joyce's life. In her early adult life, she was chosen to teach a women's ministry group. She had a message laid on her heart and felt it was so important to share. However, she did not have winter shoes. She only owned a pair of strappy sandals, but she wore them anyway, standing week after week in the winter, teaching the ladies God's word. Her friend Jonell shared how deeply this touched her life and heart, and deepened her walk with Christ. Later in life, Joyce and her husband Roy held a single's ministry and Elderfire ministry (which was created by Joyce and Jonelle Buckles and was named by Jerry Lynn Tillman). Her faith was so important to her, and she spent a lot of time in intercessory prayer and reading the Bible.

Outside of the Lord, Joyce's life revolved around her family. She enjoyed many "Brent Family" Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings at Grandma Brent's house in Corsicana. Trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with her husband Roy were very special to her. She enjoyed her trips to California and Lake Tahoe to visit Rachel and her husband John with her grandchildren. She had many trips to Virginia and to Burlington, Vermont to visit her grandson David at Norwich University. All her vacations revolved around her family. In her free time, Joyce enjoyed bird watching and collected Boyd's Bears. She would shop till she dropped and then return again the next day. She loved going to Canton for first Monday and to Winnie Trade Days. She had a sweet tooth. When she would see a handcrafted, delicately prepared buttermilk or pecan pie, she would say, "I'm just gonna have a pinch of this." Then she would cut a slice and slowly enjoy each bite. She also enjoyed a hot fried thick cut bologna and cheese sandwich with a tomato slice and ice cream.

Joyce leaves behind her husband Roy Bullock; her daughter Teri Phillips (and her husband Dennis); her daughter Rachel Donegan (and her husband John); her stepdaughter Tami Smith (and her husband Stephen); her stepson Allen Bullock (and his wife Amy); her grandchildren Hunter Fiarris, Joshua Phillips, David Dreyer, Megan Donegan, John Patrick Donegan, Michael Donegan, Chase Walker, Logan Smith, and Chanse Bullock; great-grandchildren Savanna Dreyer, Maximus Dreyer, Bryce Bullock and Natalie Bullock; her brother Robert (Red) Keele; and her sister Brenda Keele Morris.

To honor her life, Joyce's family had a visitation on Thursday, March 11 at Corley Funeral Home. Her funeral service was held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home in the Magnolia Chapel, followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 17, 2021
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Earl Middleton, Charles Francis Lauhoff & Roy Bullock & d/o Robert Lee Keele & Frances Irene (Brent) Keele

William Douglas "Dump" Vaughan
Jun 24, 1934 - Apr 5, 2020

�Dump� Douglas Vaughan was born June 24th 1934 and passed away April 5, 2020. He is preceded in death by parents Wylie and Salina Vaughan, his wife Beverly Vaughan, brother Wylie Vaughan Jr, sister Lorene Gaston, sons Doug Vaughan and Rick Vaughan, daughter Deborah Baird, granddaughter Bari Baird. He is survived by sisters Mary Vinson, 98, Irene Brown, 96, and Margie Brown, 95, brother Wesley Vaughan, 94.
Daughters Cindy Norakas and husband Mark, Alisha Vaughan and husband Bryan Roach, son Jim Vaughan, wife Shande. He had 21 grand children 34 great grand children and 9 great great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Peggy Shewbert for her love and care.
Bristol hospices, Stormi Upton, home health aide and Cristi Reneau, RN.
Thank you for the amazing care, compassion and support.


  • Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Beverly Vaughan; s/o Wiley Wesley Vaughan & Salina Lorene (Crawford) Vaughan buried in Hamilton-Beeman Cem.

Tommy Joe Thompson
Nov 22, 1954 - Apr 21, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Tommy Joe Thompson; age 65, who was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21st'! He passed away due to ongoing complications with cancer for the past four and one-half years. He died suddenly at home, with his beloved brother by his side.

He is predeceased by Lemuel Lee Thompson, father - Virginia Ford Thompson, mother, - Jeanine Gannon, wife - and Donn Lee Thompson, brother.

Tommy grew up in Dallas, Texas, and at the age of 12 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He loved the Lord, people and music.

He is survived by his brother, Leonard Lee Thompson and wife Carol of Farmers Branch, Texas; sisters, Linda Thompson Bardin of Nevada, Texas and Brenda Sue Thompson of Ennis, Texas, Terry Thompson sister-in-law of Wichita, Texas. His step-son - Philip Gannon of Dallas, Texas and step-grandson Cameron Gannon of Balch Springs, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Tommy will be cremated in Corsicana, Texas on Saturday April 25th! There will be no services.


  • Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Jeanine (Gannon) Thompson; s/o Lemuel Lee Thompson & Virginia  (Ford) Thompson

Jan (Mulkey) Magee
Dec 13, 1935 - Jan 23, 2021

Jan Mulkey Magee, 85, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Ennis, Texas.
Jan was born December 13, 1935 in Ennis, Texas to Keith and Tina Beth (Wheeler) Mulkey. Jan grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1954. On April 9, 1966 she married the love of her life Charles H. Magee, Jr. they originally made their home in Corsicana from 1966 to 1990 when they returned to Ennis.
Jan worked for Gibraltar Life Insurance Company, the Corsicana Livestock Auction and retired from Bank of America. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ennis where she sang in the choir and the American Business Women's Association. Jan enjoyed cooking and spending time with family.
Jan is survived by a son, Ret. Col. Robert Keith Magee and wife, Debbie; daughter, Janet K. Magee; four grandchildren; brother, Ret. Col. David K. Mulkey; two sisters: Judy Gray and husband, Jerry and Jo Beth Ellis and husband, Hugh along with a host of extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rev. Craig Krueger officiating. Interment will follow in Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.


Bobby Dean Wade
Jun 6, 1941 - Feb 16, 2021

Services for Bobby Dean Wade, 79, will be held Sunday, February 21, 2021, at Central Baptist Church (221 S. Fordyce Street Blooming Grove, TX 76626) with visitation from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and funeral service at 3 p.m., with Rev. Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2 p.m.

Bobby was born in Cameron, Texas on June 6, 1941 to Dan and Ethel (Quillen) Wade. He married Mary Ann Wilson on April 15, 1989, in Kermit, Texas.

Bobby retired from Helena Chemical Company in 2007. He served as a song leader and a deacon at Navarro Mills Baptist Church. He was a current member of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas. He loved God and his family. He was a good husband, Dad, Granddaddy, and friend.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann (Wilson) Wade; children, Vance and Amy Wade of Stephenville, Texas, LaVonda and Shane Vickrey of McKinney, Texas, Shawn and Glenn Allen-Wade of Allen, Texas; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother, Paul and Sarah Wade of Emory, Texas; 2 sisters-in-law, Pat Wade, and Wanda Wade; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Ethel Wade; brothers, Clifton Wade, Autis Lee Wade, Charles Wade, and sister-in-law, Edrie Wade.


Vivian (Graham) Green
Jul 7, 1926 - Feb 6, 2021

Vivian Graham Green passed away February 6, 2021. She was born July 7, 1926 to George E. Graham and Vivian Wigley in Corsicana, Texas. She married W. Darwin Green on December 25, 1946 at 11th Avenue Methodist Church, which is now St. Luke United Methodist Church. Vivian has been a lifelong member of that church where she served on many committees, sang in the church choir and at the Twilight Nursing Home.
Vivian was employed in the business office of the Navarro County Hospital for 25 years. After retiring in 1978, she became a member of the hospital auxiliary and served two terms as president. She also served on boards of the Rainbow Room and Kinsloe House. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of nearly 74 years Darwin Green, step-father Frank Carter, brother Edward E. Graham, brother Don Carter and daughter Darelle Green Sheets.
Vivian is survived by her daughter Jamie Green Adams, grandson Michael Sheets and wife Hillary and great granddaughter Ruby Nelle Sheets. Son-in-law Jerry Sheets, granddaughter Alexandra Teas Adams and husband Scott, grandson Nicholas Adams, granddaughter Katy Adams all of Salt Lake City, Utah. Granddaughter Michelle Sheets Mizerak and husband A.J. and three great grandsons Zachary, Tryston and Kirkland all of Garland, Texas. Sisters Frankie Bressie of Lady Lake, Florida and Margie Hill of Le Grange, Texas and several nieces and nephews.
Due to concerns with the Covid Virus there will be a viewing from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home for friends to come pay their respects without the family present. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church for her family only on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. Vivian will be laid to rest next to Darwin at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Darla Sue (Jordan) Capehart
Jul 6, 1955 - Feb 6, 2021

Darla Sue Capehart, 65, of Corsicana passed away February 6, 2021, with her loving family at her side. She was a Nurse, Wife, Mom, and Granny to many. Loved by all her family, friends, and patients.

Born July 6, 1955, to Clitis "Jiggs" and Dorothy Jordan of Corsicana Tx.

She served her loving community for 35 years as a Nurse and was loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. She was an active member of Mildred Baptist Church. Married the love of her life, Darrell Capehart, September 2000, and spent the remainder of her life on their farm in Navarro Tx.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clitis and Dorothy Jordan, brother Billy Jordan, and sister Brenda Null. She is survived by her loving husband Darrell Capehart, brother Clitis Jordan and wife Greta, sister Kathy Sherrard and husband Bill, children Jason Womack, John Womack and wife Lei, Blake Capehart and wife Alex, Koty Wilson and wife Shantel, grandchildren Max, Joseph, Cheyene, Nolan, Brinley, Maci, Kolbi, and Gage. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

"There's only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved"

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Bradley Lynn "Brad" Arnett
Dec 17, 1964 - Feb 12, 2021

Bradley (Brad) Lynn Arnett went home to be with the Lord Friday, February 12, 2021, after a long, tough fight against kidney failure. Brad was born on December 17, 1964 to Robert and Barbara Arnett in Corsicana, Texas.
He graduated from Mildred High School in 1983 and was a member of Mildred Baptist Church. He worked with his family at their construction business until 1993. When he went to work with his brother at Hunter Excavation in Ennis, Texas, where he worked until his death. Brad battled kidney issues from age 6. He had multiple surgeries and received the precious gift of kidney transplants in 1995 and 2019. Brad and his family will forever be grateful to the families who lost a loved one but were willing to share the gift of life with him. Brad loved the outdoors; he loved to fish, hunt and go frog gigging. He also loved watching his nieces and nephews participate in their sporting activities. Brad loved his family, and raised his niece and nephew, as if they were his own. Brad was preceded in death by his father, Robert Arnett, grandparents, Mable Eaton, Johnie Arnett, Jessie Arnett, and Beth Arnett. He is survived by his wife Leecia, mother Barbara Arnett, special niece and nephew, Jordan Fountain and Josh Fountain, brother Randall Arnett and wife Vicki, sister Rhonda Day and husband Bill, brother in laws Jim Bell and wife Tracie and Stephen Bell and sister in law Tina Rogers. He is also survived by nieces Amanda Scott and husband Clyde, Morgan Limmer and husband Judson, Jessica Carpenter and husband Kyle, NicoleBell, nephew Casey Carter and fianc� Lindsay Dornak, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by is special fur baby Fran and special friends from Mildred High School, Class of 1983. Leecia and family thank everyone for the numerous calls, texts, and prayers over the past few months. Per Brad's wishes a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an account established at Community National Bank and Trust, in memory of Brad Arnett or The National Kidney Foundation, online at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


George Leslie Green
Feb 18, 1948 - Feb 11, 2021

George Leslie Green passed away February 11, 2021 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana with his loving wife and daughters by his side. George was born February 18, 1948 in Corsicana, Texas to Odell and Joy Green. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1966 then enlisted in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force for four years. After returning he attended The University of North Texas where he graduated with a degree in Banking and Finance. George wore many hats during his working days, the last hat he wore was at Oil City Iron Works, where he retired in 2015. George met the love of his life in 1988 in Corsicana through mutual friends. They were married in 1990 and from there became a family of four. George loved his wife and two girls unconditionally. George's passions other than his family, were his dogs and his goats. He loved the simple life. George is proceeded in death by his father, Odell Green. He is survived by his wife, Donna Green; his daughters Erika Stearman (Justin), and April Loewe (Chris Neiman); mother Joy Green; sister Sheila Herod (Robert); grandchildren Madison, Rylan and Mason Franklin, Brantley and Bailor Loewe and Cooper Neiman; Nephews Jason Herod (Nana) and Matt Herod (Kerri) and families; along with numerous family and friends. A visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 1pm-3pm.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Larry Earl McCarver
Oct 23, 1944 - Feb 6, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend Larry McCarver on February 6th, 2021 at his home in Newport, Rhode Island. He left this life surrounded by his wife Anne, children Marianne, Lara, and Clint and beloved dog KoPei.

Larry was born on October 23, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas to Pauline Phinney McCarver and Edward Farley McCarver. He was preceded in death by his mother, his father, his sister Rosemary and his brother William. He is survived by his wife Anne McCarver of Newport, daughters Marianne Parker (Scott) of Parker, Colorado, Lara Frankovitch (Joe) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and son Clint McCarver of Parker, Colorado. Also surviving Larry are six grandchildren: Ryan Parker, Erin Parker, Trey Frankovitch, Jonah Frankovitch, Eli Frankovitch and Keaton McCarver. Many cousins, nieces and nephews survive him as well.

Larry grew up in Corsicana, Texas, where he was proud to have never missed a day of school. At Corsicana High School he served on the Student Council, was active in the Science and Mathematics clubs, and played on the tennis, football, and basketball teams. He was also a member of the National Forensics League, and in his senior year won a medal for Persuasive Speaking in the Texas Interscholastic League competition. His high school classmates were a large part of his life, and joined all their get-togethers around the country.

In 1967 Larry graduated with a BA in History from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Texas Spurs and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Larry went on to earn a JD in Law from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970, and continued his education with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. In the mid-1970s Larry worked in Perry, Oklahoma at Ditch Witch International, where he was the company's Area Representative for Europe, the Mideast and Africa. As chairman of the administrative board at the First United Methodist Church in Perry, he led the campaign to erect a new church building.

Larry and Anne married in Oklahoma City in 1996. In 1999 they moved to Newport, where Larry joined TACO Comfort Solutions as Director of International Sales. During his 45-year career in international sales, he passionately explored five continents and positively affected the lives of his colleagues along the way. Larry loved to discover interesting locales and meet new people, and in the process touched the lives of many colleagues across the globe. The outpouring of support his family has received is evidence of the esteem in which he was held. Larry also loved to entertain international visitors in Newport, and his engaging travel stories were the main attraction. Whether in Rhode Island or abroad, Larry's colleagues sing his praises, remarking on his generosity, kindness, and grace under pressure.

In Newport, Larry was a member of Lodge 104 of the Elk's Club, the Newport Yacht Club, the Top of the Hill neighborhood association and St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He was also a guest speaker for Bryant University's World Trade Day. During his last year at TACO, Larry was instrumental in the company being given a US Department of Commerce E Award, honoring organizations that contribute significantly to the effort to increase U.S. exports.

If one word could describe Larry and Anne's 25 years of marriage, it was togetherness. They loved nothing more than each other's company, whether watching television at home, entertaining Newporters and out-of-towners, expanding their horizons in Romania, Sweden and other countries, or traveling on one of Larry's business trips to the Middle East or China. At home in Newport, Larry spent many mornings having breakfast with some of his many friends at Gary's Handy Lunch; afternoons enjoying the backyard garden with his dog KoPei, and evenings at the Newport Yacht Club with a glass of fine wine.

A private family burial will take place in Gladewater, Texas. And once everyone is thankfully inoculated against Covid, Celebration of Life events will be held in Newport, Oklahoma City, and Corsicana, Texas.

The family asks you to celebrate Larry's life by loving your family with all your heart; enjoying breakfast at your local diner; rooting for Bucknell University wrestlers; sipping a glass of wine as you tell stories with friends in the backyard; listening to Celtic women's Irish music; traveling and meeting new people around the world; making friends and family laugh; sneaking treats to your dog; and being patient, kind, and loving.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church at 12 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840 If sending a check, please specify the Larry McCarver Memorial Fund in the memo line.


Jeffrey Glen Scarborough
Feb 2, 1968 - Feb 13, 2021

Jeffrey Glen Scarborough of Kerens and formerly of Corsicana passed from this life on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Corsicana. He was born in Dallas, Texas to John Phillip Scarborough and Mary Griffith Scarborough.
Jeffrey attended Corsicana High School and joined the United States Navy where he served for ten years.
He is preceded in death by his parents John Scarborough and Mary Griffith. Jeffrey is survived by his brother, Wesley Scarborough, half sisters Cindy Lundberg and Debbie Sanderson. Nieces Brandi Mueller and Cristal Bishop and several great nieces and nephews. Aunts Linda Mixon and Betty Rogers and a number of cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10 - 11 a.m. prior to the funeral service in the chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home starting at 11 a.m. Military Honors will be held at the funeral home and burial will take place at New Chatfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Margarita Hoover
Apr 17, 1940 - Apr 6, 2021

Margarita Hoover, 80, of Corsicana, Tx., entered into eternal rest on April 6, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Born April 17, 1940 in Asherton, Tx to Basilio Miranda and Julia Sifquentes.
She married Ralph Hoover and together had 5 children; Jeffery, Jody, Jay, Hope and Stephen.
Margarita was a long-time resident of Mildred, Tx. She spent her life serving God, had a love for her family and the Pentecostal Church, where she was a spiritual leader. She enjoyed being a homemaker, catering, gardening, sewing, embroidery, football, shopping, playing the piano and painting. A doting Grandma and Great Grandma, she loved her family most of all.
Margarita was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her parents Basilio and Julia Miranda, and brothers Richard and Dio Miranda.
She is survived by her children Jeffery Hoover, Jody Hoover, Jay Hoover, Hope Burns and Stephen Hoover, Grandchildren Amberlie, John and Dillon Burns, Caden, Josuha, Cole, Ethan and Taylor Hoover, Alyssa McCann and Ariana Washington, great grandchildren Nolan, Ashton and Robbie Burns and Channing Brashear. Her sisters Janie Pollard, Sylvia Gonzales, Susie Robbins and Gloria Medina. Brothers Robert and Angle Miranda as well as a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.
Visitation with the family was held Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Faith Tabernacle UPC in Corsicana with Rev. Bobby E. McCollum officiating.
Interment followed at Eureka Cemetery.


Jo Frances (Hamilton) Curry
Apr 7, 1926 - Apr 3, 2021

Jo Frances (Hamilton) Curry went home to be with Jesus on April 3, 2021 at the age of 94.
Jo Frances was born to Lloyd and Blanche Hamilton on April 7, 1926 in Eureka, Texas.
As a child, she graduated from Eureka Schools. She attended Navarro Junior College in about 1946-1947, and was a proud member of the Barracks Bunch.
Jo Frances met her husband Pete Curry on a blind date. They were married March 1, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas. They had 2 children Carolyn Ann and Linda Joyce. She was an Air Force wife and their family moved about every two years. They lived in California, Kansas, Texas and abroad in England.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Jo Frances loved gardening and people. She was a member of the Abilene Garden Club and the Corsicana Garden Club for over twenty years.
She enjoyed making her home and yard beautiful in every place the Air Force sent them. She transformed home after home with some fresh paint, homemade curtains and a few plants. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those around her.
Jo Frances joins her parents James Lloyd and Blanche Marie Hamilton, her sisters Lois and Mary Lou and brother Bill and her husband Pete in Heaven.
She is survived by daughters Carolyn Ann Lazarin of San Antonio and Linda Joyce Allison and her husband Wayne of Sulphur Springs, cousin Peggy Herod. Grandchildren Julia, Joseph, Andrew, Nathan, Kelly, Kari, Justin and Marron.
The family invites you to attend her funeral service at 2 p.m., April 10, 2021 in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. She will be buried at Eureka Cemetery following the service.


Kenneth Wayne "Tex" Ackley
Jul 26, 1959 - Sep 14, 2021

Kenneth �Tex� Ackley, age 62 of Navarro Mills, Texas passed into glory Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Kenneth was a man who truly loved the outdoors. He could fish when the fish weren�t biting and hunt when the deer were nowhere in sight. If he wasn�t hunting or fishing he was mowing or working on his property. He was a man of many talents, but he will mostly be remembered for his big heart. His big heart we all knew today was a result of overcoming hardship in his life. Kenneth was one of eight siblings. His education was cut short to help provide financially for his family. More hardship would follow as his family would lose the father of their household, Charles Wayne Ackley. A few years later he traveled across the country to California and met the love of his life, embraced her son as his own, and adopted the nickname that traveled back to Texas with him, Tex. Tex planted his family in Navarro Mills, Texas where he took on many different roles within the community. Some knew him as Dad even though they weren�t his biological children. Some knew him as "coach" from the many sports he was involved in. Some knew him as an umpire or referee, but most knew him as a good friend. Each season of his life contributed to him becoming the God-fearing family man that we all know today. He showed God�s love over the years by taking people into his home who were in need. He would show that love by dropping his own plans to tend to the needs of others. He invested his time and effort into his local church. He would have given the shirt right off his back to a total stranger. That�s how God designed him and that�s how God used him. Once his heart was moved to help there was no stopping him. He truly fulfilled the words of Christ in Matthew 22 when asked what the greatest commandment was. He loved God and loved others as himself. Tex is preceded in death by his father, Charles Wayne Ackley, his mother Marcella Ernestine Ackley and two of his sisters Connie Coburn and Diane Cantu. He is survived by his wife Debra Ackley, kids Earl and Crystal Ackley, Kenneth and Tamerra Ackley, Janelle Ackley, and Scott and Laura Ackley. He is also survived by siblings: sisters Linda Kelly, Susan Mitchell, and Elizabeth Morton and brothers David Ackley and Charles Ackley. Finally, he is survived by eleven grandchildren and many cousins and countless friends.

Visitation will be 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, September 18, 2021 at First Baptist church in Blooming Grove. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.


  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • w/o Debra Ackley; s/o Charles Wayne Ackley & Marcella Ernestine (Gann) Ackley [buried at Creek Cemetery, Austonio, Houston Co., TX

Walter Hawthorne Davis, Dr.
May 21, 1894 - Apr 14, 1955

Dr. W. H. Davis Services Monday

Dr. W. H. Davis, long-time physician, died at his home, 1017 East Sixth avenue, Thursday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Bethel AME church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. W. Prince, and Rev. S. A. White, Masonic services were also given.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. M. J. Davis, Corsicana; four brothers and a sister.

Ross Funeral Home directed.


John Sanford
Mar 17, 1898 - Dec 20, 1955

Negro Fatally Injured Monday Plant Accident

John Sanford, 60, negro, Bethlehem Supply Company employe, died in Memorial Hospital about midnight Monday of injuries suffered about 8:30 p.m. Monday while at work in the plant.

It was stated that Sanford, who had been with Bethlehem since May, 1944 was crushed against a beam by a wheel truck on a crane, suffering right arm, head and chest injuries.

Surviving are his wife of 1618 East Collin street and several brothers, sisters and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Calhoun Funeral Home pending the arrival of relatives from California.


William Munsford �Will� Sanford
Oct 3, 1875 - Dec 9, 1955

Emhouse Negro Dies In Hospital

William Sanford, 83, well-known negro resident of Emhouse died in Memorial Hospital Friday. He is survived by 134 living relatives.

A native of Alabama, he came to Richland in 1889 and has resided at Emhouse since 1900.

Surviving are his wife, 11 children, 31 grandchildren, 87 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters and other relatives.


Henry Edwin Zube
Oct 5, 1913 - Nov 13, 1955

Henry E. Zube Services Monday

Henry E. Zube, 42, former resident of Corsicana, died in Jasper, Texas, Sunday of burns.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel here Monday at 2 p.m., with interment in the Hamilton cemetery. Rev. Riley E. Dale conducted.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Zube, Corsicana; a daughter, Peggy Jean Zube, Orange; three brothers, John and Robert of Jasper, Texas, and Charles Zube of Jacksonville, Texas; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Whitfield, Corsicana; Mrs. Ruth Norwood, Corsicana; Mrs. Dora Lee Gullatt, Corsicana and Mrs. Anna Mae Shelton, Dallas.

Pallbearers were J. W. Shaw, Herman Turner, Don Horton, H. E. Crumbley and Ed Whitfield.


Edward Albert Zube
Nov 1, 1868 - Apr 9, 1958

Retired Farmer Rites Thursday

Funeral rites for E. A. Zube, 89, retired farmer, who died at his home 1401 West Twelfth avenue Wednesday, were held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Paul Pounds, pastor of the Landmark Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, John and Robert Zube, both of Jasper, and Charlie Zube, Shreveport; four daughters, Mrs. G. S. Whitfield, Mrs. Preston Norwood and Mrs. Dora Lee Gullatt, deputy district clerk, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Edward Shelton, Dallas; 18 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. T. W. Griswold, Cypress, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. E. Norwood, Clayton Norwood, Nolan Whitfield, H. E. Crumbley, Otis Atkeisson and Noel Norwood.


Alvin Anderson Howard
Dec 5, 1904 - Sep 16, 1955

Painter Services Are Held Sunday

Funeral services for A. A. Howard, 54, Corsicana painter, who died of a heart attack Friday afternoon while on a fishing trip, were held from the North Side Baptist church, Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor.

Howard was fishing on Trinity river in Freestone county when stricken.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Elmer E. and Ronald Howard, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Loyd Coker, Las Vegas, Nev.; mother, Mrs. Wallace Donoho, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Jack Yancey, Texas City, and Mrs. Nellie Anderson, Dorchester; three brothers, C. H. Howard, Corsicana; J. O. Howard, Angus and E. E. Howard, Newton and other relatives.

Pallbearers were B. H. Howard, D. C. Howard, B. R. Howard, J. W. Anderson, Marshall E. Anderson and Vernon Lee Anderson, all nephews.

Corley directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Sep 19, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Ann (Netherland) Howard-Parker buried in Fairview cemetery, Midland, TX (she is on a double monument in Hamilton Beeman with Alvin) s/o John Booth �Jack� Howard & Wallace (Bunch) Howard-Donaho

Abram Joseph Howard
Nov 23, 1875 - Jun 8, 1970

A. J. Howard Dies Monday

Abron J. Howard, 94, died Monday in the Twilight Home. The Tennessee native was a retired employee of the Texas Company and member of the Memorial Baptist Church.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Corley Chapel with the Rev. Roland Spears officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Jeter, Lester Adkins, A. B. Hutson, Floyd Thompson, T. P. Penney and J. T. Glasgow.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Brewster of Houston and Mrs. Edna Belle Sharpley of Corsicana, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


John Ottis �Bill� Howard
Mar 30, 1899 - May 18, 1970

J. O. Howard Dies Monday

J. O. (Bill) Howard, 71, 720 W. 18th Ave., died Monday afternoon in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. J. Grimes officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Cleo; three sons, Billy D. and James O. Howard, both of Corsicana and Dewitt C. Howard of Houston; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Carroll, Douglas Farmer, David Herod, Jerry Dunaho, James Owens, Terry Paul and Coy Murphy.


Willie Brown Batton
Sep 15, 1880 - Jun 16, 1955

Veteran Irene Groceryman Dies

W. Brown Batton, 72, veteran Irene groceryman, died in a Hillsboro hospital early Thursday.

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Methodist Church of Irene, with Rev. D. R. McCauley officiating. Burial was in the Salem cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Leon Batton, Hubbard, and Eaton Batton, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Alva Merrell, Austin; seven grandchildren; two brothers, J. Walter and Henry Batton, both of Irene; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie York and Mrs. Helen Shipp, both of Irene, and Miss Maude Batton, Gunter; and a number of nieces and nephews.


James Hayes �Jimmie/Hase� Womack
Feb 6, 1903 - Jul 10, 1955

Corsicanan Is Fatally Injured

Hayes Womack 52, employe of a Corsicana poultry concern, died in an Amarillo hospital Sunday night as the result of head injuries suffered in an auto accident in New Mexico last week.

Womack was returning home from a trip to Oregon, in company with a nephew, when they ran into a rainstorm near Clovis, N. M. The car overturned. He was first taken to the hospital in Clovis, then transferred to Amarillo, according to relatives here.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements, which are not yet complete.

Womack was brother to Mrs. Frank Rogers, and Mrs. Rosie Swearengen, both of Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jul 11, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Velma Gladys �Totsy� (McGaughey) Womack-Whitlock 2nd wife Alma May (Ewing) McMillan-Womack; s/o John George Womack & Frances Elizabeth �Fannie� (Bobbitt) Womack-Swearingen (FAG has him listed in Hamilton Beeman but the obit says Weches cemetery, death certificate says shipped to Corsicana)


Wednesday Rites For Hase Womack

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Weches Houston county, for Hase Womack, 52, employe of a Corsicana poultry firm who died on an Amarillo hospital Sunday of injuries suffered in an auto accident in New Mexico last week.

Services were held from the Weches Pentecostal Church. Burial was in the Weches cemetery. Rev. Joe Gay and Rev. Woodrow Cooksey officiated.

Womack was a native of Houston county. He had resided in Corsican for 40 years.

Surviving are a son Gene Allen Womack, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Allen J. Lamberth, Houston; three grandchildren; two brothers, W. H. Womack, and J. R. Womack, both of Weches; four sisters, Mrs. Ivy Cooksey, Elkhart; Mrs. Frank Rodgers, Mrs. Rosie Swearington, and Mrs. Dolly Ewing, all of Corsicana several nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Corley handled local arrangements.


Linda Gail Rogers
Jan 20, 1955 - Jan 20, 1955

Funeral Services For Rogers Child

Funeral services for Linda Gail, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Rogers, route 3, Corsicana, who died at Memorial Hospital Thursday night, were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Hamilton Beeman where interment was made.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Michael Evans Rogers; two sisters, Brenda Kay and Vicky Lynn Rogers, Route 3 Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ellis, Rice, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rogers, Athens.

Corley directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jan 21, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Joel Evans �Jody� Rogers buried Hamilton Beeman & Laqueta Joyce (Ellis) Rogers buried at Resthaven Memorial Park, Corsicana, Tx.

Theodosia Candis (Norris) Scott
Aug 30, 1873 - Aug 22, 1960

Mrs. G. B. Scott Services Held

Services for Mrs. G. B. Scott, Sr., 87, who died at her home, 1500 North Beaton street Monday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Gaither L. Day, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church, and Rev. Billy Burke, pastor of the Westside Baptist church. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Mrs. Scott was a native of Grayson county but had resided in Corsicana 30 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. D. C. Baker, Lubbock and Mrs. Frances Magnuson, French Gulch, Calif.; three sons, Norris and Wesley Scott, both of Houston, and G. B. Scott, Jr., Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.


Roy Ewing Shults
Nov 16, 1911 - Jun 25, 1955

Traffic Victim Services Sunday

Funeral services for Roy Shults, 43, of Richland, the eighth traffic fatality in Navarro county this year, were held from the First Baptist church in Richland Sunday at 2 p.m. He was fatally injured Friday afternoon northeast of Corsicana.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Marion Ford, pastor. Burial was in the Richland cemetery.

Graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion and Texas National Guard with the Legion providing the pallbearers. He was a disabled veteran of World War II.

Troy Holt, 30, the owner of the 1941 convertible Chevrolet, in which Shults was riding on the Corsicana-Hogan Bridge road near Petty�s Chapel when the accident occurred, underwent surgery in Memorial Hospital during the weekend. His condition was fair Monday.

Alvin Crawford, 15-year-old Petty�s Chapel boy, riding a horse near the scene of the accident, suffered a broken left ankle and other injuries when his hors slipped, falling to the concrete pavement as he ran to telephone an ambulance.

Highway Patrolman, deputy sheriffs and Crawford reported that the car in which Holt and Shults were riding went out of control as it passed another vehicle about a half mile west of down in the small stream and deep ditch along the road. Two wreckers were required to bring the demolished automobile from the ditch.

Surviving Shults are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shults, Richland; two brothers, Jack Shults, Houston, and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Murrell, Richland.

Corley directed.


Birdie (Henderson) Shults
Nov. 22, 1889 - Jun 6, 1963

Hold Services For Mrs. Shults

Funeral services for Mrs. Birdie Shults, 73, who died at her home in Richland Thursday morning following an extended illness, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Richland, of which she was an active member. Burial was in the Richland cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. T. Isling, Dallas, former pastor, and Rev. James Crowley, pastor of the church.

Native of Arkansas, Mrs. Shults had resided at Richland practically all her life.

Surviving are two sons, Johnie Shults, Kema, and Jack Shults, Richland; a daughter, Mrs. Nelson Murray, Richland; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ben Floyd, B. K. Abbe, James McNeel, Starlie Chism, Bill Armstrong and W. T. Brown, Jr.

Corley directed.


Charlie Franklin �Frank� Shults
Nov 22, 1879 - Nov 24, 1961

C. F. Shults Of Richland Dies

C. F. Shults, long-time resident of Richland but native of Arkansas, died Friday evening at his residence in Richland. He was 82.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Richland, with Rev. A. T. Ilsing, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Richland cemetery.

The body has been taken to Richland where it will lie in state at the home until service time Sunday.

Surviving other than his widow of Richland, are two sons, Johnny Shults, Keman, and Jack Shults, Richland; one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Murray, Richland; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Buel Abbe, Willard Chumley, Bill Armstrong, Guy Lansford, Ben Floyd and Guy Campbell.

Corley directs.


Glenda Lee (Carr) Shults
Jan 19, 1933 - Oct 31, 1976

Mrs. Shults

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Sunset Methodist Church in Pasadena for Mrs. Glenda Lee Shults, 42, resident of Pasadena and former resident of Navarro county, who died Sunday at Pasadena.

The Rev. Bob Joiner will officiate, with graveside services following at 4 p.m. at Richland cemetery in Richland. Local arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home here.

Survivors include her husband Jerry G. Shults of Pasadena; a daughter, Mrs. Debra Lynn White of Austin; two sons, Jerry G. Shults Jr. and Tom Glen Shults of Pasadena; and her mother Mrs. Joe C. Tyson of Pasadena.


Leslie Eugene Boyd
Sep 13, 1900 - Sep 7, 1955

Richland Rites For Leslie Boyd

Funeral services for Leslie E. Boyd, 55, pipeliner, who died of a heart attack Wednesday morning near Angus, were held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Richland cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marion Ford, pastor.

Boyd, a native Texan, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial hospital.

Surviving are his wife and a daughter, Eugenia (Sue), Boyd both of Richland; a son C. W. McClendon, Powell; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Tieman, Richland; Mrs. J. O. Evans, Burbank, Calif.; Mrs. Mattie Fulton, Big Spring and Mrs. Odie Byers, Houston; two brothers, Melton Boyd, Houston, and Randolph Boyd, Corpus Christi, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ben Floyd, Louis White, Walter Hendon, R. R. Fleming, Truman Brooks, Jack Glass, Tom Orand, Jess Burton.

Corley directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Sep 8, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Julia Mae (Pringle) Boyd 2nd wife Nola Ethel (Washer) McClendon-Boyd; s/o Cicero Calvin Boyd & Lounetta Louise �Nettie� (Webb) Boyd

David Lipscomb Houston, Sr.
Oct. 18, 1889 - May 18, 1955

David L. Houston Dies Wednesday

David L. Houston, 65, native of Corsicana, died in Wichita Falls Wednesday night.

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

The rites will be conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ. Masonic services will be held at the grave.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Kitty Blackburn Houston, Wichita Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Ed Kocks, Dell Plains, Kan.; a son, David Houston, Jr., Austin; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Fountain, Corsicana; Mrs. Joy Micheaux, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Ruby Weiler, Austin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be John Weiler, Henry David Redden, Bill McLaughlin, Ed Blackburn, Jr., Lynn Adams, Jim Adams and Carlton Hammer.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., May 19, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Katherine �Kitty� (Blackburn) Houston s/o Benjamin Franklin Houston, Sr., Dr. and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Elliott) Houston

Cleta Jo Jean "Jo" (McElroy) Schellinger
Jun 22, 1928 - Dec 11, 2016
Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Cleta �Jo� Jean McElroy Schellinger, 88, of Jefferson, Texas 2:00 P.M. Thursday December 15, 2016 in the Capt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Prospect Cemetery under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. Schellinger was born June 22, 1928 in Angus, Navarro County, TX., the only child of William Clarence McElroy and Jewel Della Louise McGaugh, and passed away December 11, 2016 in Jefferson, Marion County, Texas.

Upon graduating from Mildred High School in 1946, Jo was employed by Western Union and had been assigned to the office in Jefferson, TX. Jo married Edmond Ray Schellinger on December 23, 1948. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson; Pink Ladies of Marion County Hospital System; bookkeeper for Jimmy Moore at City Drug Pharmacy; and past Matron of Jefferson Chapter 627 OES.

Mrs. Schellinger is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ray Schellinger, children: William Thomas Schellinger and wife Maurine and James Alan Schellinger and wife Janice., grandchildren: Michael Alan Schellinger; James Alan Schellinger, Jr. (Jase) and wife Kayci, Stephen Thomas Schellinger and wife Kari; Patrick Brian Schellinger and wife Emily; Jeffrey Noel Schellinger; Staci Nicole Schellinger; great grandchildren: Christopher Brian Schellinger; Kyle Scott Schellinger; Beau Landry Schellinger; Rece McCoy Schellinger; Liam Alexander Schellinger; Connor Ray Schellinger; Levi Thomas Schellinger.

The family of Jo Schellinger wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Magnolia Place Senior Living.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 523 N. Polk St. Jefferson, TX. 75657 or to the charity of choice.


  • w/o Edmond Ray Schellinger; d/o William Clarence McElroy & Jewell Della Louise (McGaugh) McElroy

Alice Jean (Howard) Perry
May 10, 1947 - Sep 21, 2021

Alice Perry of Mabank, Texas

Alice Jean Perry, 74, a resident of Mabank since 2007, a former long-time resident of Irving, died suddenly Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at UT Health East Texas Cedar Creek Lake Medical Center. Born May 10, 1947 in Waco, she was the daughter of the late Jack Forrest Howard and Winnie Maude Dawson Howard. She married Bobby Dean Perry August 3, 1975 in Durant, Oklahoma. She was a retired legal secretary for the Teamster Union and member of Local 745. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Preceded in death by her parents and a brother Jack F. Howard, Jr., she is survived by her husband Bobby of Mabank; son, Kevin Emmons and wife Terri of Honey Grove; a brother Phil Howard; two grandchildren, Kalyn Caffee and husband Ben of Petty and Casey Emmons of Honey Grove; three great grandchildren, Addison Caffee, Dawson Caffee, and Hudson Caffee.

The family will receive friends 6:00 � 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Colonial Funeral Home, 606 West Airport Freeway in Irving. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Dresden Cemetery 13672 FM 744 Barry, Texas 75102


Donna Kaye (Warren) Boyd-Krnavek
Apr 15, 1948 - Aug 21, 2021


Donna Kaye Warren, age 73, slipped away peacefully at her home on August 21, 2021 surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Donna was born April 15, 1948 in Corsicana Texas to Wendell and Helen Warren. She lived in Barry, Texas with her husband Issy Krnavek. Donna had been bedridden for the past 12+ years. She did not let that get her down. She always had a smile on her face and loved and wanted to help everyone in any way she could. Her door was truly open to all and countless people are better for having known and loved her.

Donna was a loving Wife, Mom, Mimi, and friend. She loved her church family at Barry Baptist Church. Bro. Eric and the church members made Donna and Issy feel so loved and welcomed. The church was just across the street from Donna and Issy but since Donna couldn�t go, they would get her on the phone to include her in Sunday school and sermons.

Donna was proceeded in death by her parents, Wendell and Helen Warren, and numerous other family members and friends of whom we all know rejoiced to see her make her entrance when she gained her wings. Heaven has definitely gained a very special angel.

Survivors include her husband Isidore Krnavek; Sister, Susan Risinger or Paris TX; Daughter, Dawn Watson and husband Bryan Watson; Son, Darren Boyd and wife Jennifer Boyd; Daughter, Diana McCollum. Grandchildren- Brittany Hudspeth and husband Jim Hudspeth, Aaron Boyd, Alan Boyd, Ashlyn McCollum, Cambryn McCollum. Great Grandchildren-Weston Hudspeth and Jaxon Hudspeth. Stepchildren; Michael Krnavek & Cari Grounds, Shelby Craig and husband Kevin Craig, Shay Krnavek and wife Jennifer Krnavek. Step-grandchildren; Caitlin and Garrett Smallwood, Hannah Rawlins, Colt Krnavek, Kassiti and George Potchkhova, Ethan Craig, Kevin Craig, Tarah Manning, Jacob Manning, Penny Krnavek, Marissa Krnavek, Thomas Brady, Jaquay Brown and numerous Step-great grandchildren.

There will be a Memorial for Donna on September 12, 2021, at 2pm at Dresden Texas Cemetery where her wishes will be carried out to have her ashes spread on her loving parents and grandparents� graves. All who loved Donna are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude�s Children�s Hospital. Donna donated monthly to this organization as it was dear to her heart.


  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • BGHS grad. 1966
  • 1st husband Donald Loyd Boyd married Feb. 5, 1966 2nd husband Isidore Anthony �Issy� Krnavek married Jul. 1, 2000; d/o Wendell Fred Warren & Helen Elizabeth (Yates) Warren

George Benjamin Ford
Sep 15, 1889 - Jan 31, 1956

Thursday Rites For G. B. Ford

Funeral services for George B. Ford, 65, retired contractor, who died in Terrell Wednesday were conducted Thursday morning at Terrell and another service was held from Corley Chapel here Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Smith and Rev. D. R. Pully, both of Terrell.

Ford resided at Stephenville and Purdon before moving to Terrell.

Surviving are his wife of Terrell, a son, B. E. Ford, U. S. A. F.; two brothers, J. H. and C. A. Ford, both of Purdon, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. L. McCarter, Lafayette Atkins, David Kennemore, L. Alex McKinney, Homer Merrell and Howe French.


John Hiram Ford
Feb 2, 1877 - Jul 23, 1964

J. H. Ford, 87, Dies Thursday

J. H. (Jack) Ford, 87, of Dawson, died in Twilight Home late Thursday.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Dawson Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. O. Estes, Dawson Baptist minister; Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor, and Rev. Joe Worley, Methodist pastor.

Ford was a Presbyterian and a Woodman of the World.

Surviving are his wife, a son, James Stanley Ford, San Lorenzo, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Faye N. Snider, Dawson; two grandchildren, a brother, Carey Ford, Purdon, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. O. McCarter, V. D. Brownfield, W. H. Tipton, W. M. Crawford, W. B. Slater and Clark Putman.

Griffin directs.


Martel Ford
Sep 22, 1898 - Oct 5, 1975

Martel Ford

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood cemetery for Martel Ford, 77, resident of Beaumont who died Sunday in Houston.

Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Kelley-Hixson Funeral Chapel in Beaumont.

He was a native of Calvert, a retired building contractor, member of the Methodist Church, and a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Alice Mae Ford of Beaumont; a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Winn of Lake Charles, La.; a son, Marion Ford of Prospect, Ky.; four grandchildren, a brother, Raymond Ford of Fort Worth, and four sisters, Mrs. Mildred Smith of Pasadena, Mrs. Ella Pickett of Malakoff, Mrs. Lessie Nolen of Jewett, and Mrs. Jimmie Griffin of Waco.

Local arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.


Robert Jot �Bob Jot� Derden, Sr.
Jul 22, 1884 - Feb 1, 1956

B. J. (Jot) Derden Rites Thursday

Funeral services for B. J. (Jot) Derden, native Texan, retired rancher, who died at his home, 500 South Fourteenth street, Wednesday morning, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Anderson county Derden had resided in Corsicana about 50 years.

Surviving are a brother, M. J. Derden, Palestine; four sisters, Mrs. J. R. Mays, Miss Queen Derden and Mrs. Jennie Coates, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. G. O. Wofford, Austin, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were R. W. Wiggins, W. D. Robinson, Jr.; H. T. Sparks, Joel Trimble, Derden Wofford and Tom Lynch.


Willie Thomas "Buck" Derden
Sep 22, 1895 - Dec 4, 1975

W. T. Durden

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery for Willie Thomas (Buck) Durden, 80, resident of Dallas, who died Wednesday in Dallas. The Rev. Bob Wallace will officiate.

He was a resident of Dallas 20-years and former resident of Corsicana.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ethel Durden of Dallas; two sons, Thomas Durden of Lancaster and Johnny Derden of Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. Willie Mae Rogers of Dallas, Mrs. Helen Ingram of Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Mary Ruff of Garland, Mrs. Fannie Vest of Dallas, and Mrs. Norma Jean Green Desoto; four brothers, Jimmie Durden of Blooming Grove, Jessie Durden of Montana, Homer Durden of Dallas, and Earl Durden of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Inez Goode of Irving, and Mrs. Ruth Witsett of Houston; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Griffin Funeral Home.


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