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Johnnie Monroe Woolley
Mar 13, 1929 - Jul 2, 1977



Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Northside Baptist church for Johnnie Woolley, 48, resident of Corsicana who died at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. David Hale will officiate with burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of the services.

He was employed at Sears for 25 years.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Pat Woolley of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Paula Jordan and Mrs. Laurie Hunter both of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Mrs. Julie Dianne Jordan of Corsicana; one brother, Billy Joe Woolley of Waco and six sisters, Mrs. Helen Gooch of Waco, Mrs. Mertle Asher of Waco, Mrs. Lillian Hutto of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Ann Tye of Eddy, Mrs. Jewel Dean of Temple and Mrs. Francis Compton of Houston.



Johnnie Woolley

Services were to be at 2 p.m. today at the Northside Baptist Church for Johnnie Woolley, 48, resident of Corsicana, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital.

Pallbearers were James Miller, C. W. Johnson, Joe Hambrick, Franklin Carroll, Huey Daigle and Charles Hargrove.


Cynthia Joyce Jock
Oct 21, 1958 - Oct 23, 1958

Jock Infant Dies Thursday

Cynthia Joyce Jock, two-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobbie L. Jock of Dallas, died in Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon.

Graveside rites were conducted at Oakwood cemetery Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. Chester P. Odom, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church, conducted the services.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Whiteside, Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Pollock, Corsicana.

Corley directed.


Mary A. Richardson, Miss
Dec 15, 1875 - Apr 19, 1958

Miss Richardson Dies Saturday

Miss Mary Richardson, 82, long-time Corsicana resident, 514 West Tenth avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic early Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held form the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. Howard Knox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church of which Miss Richardson was a long-time member.

Miss Richardson fell Thursday breaking a hip.

She was in charge of the alteration department of the J. M. Dyer Company many years.

Surviving are three sisters, Miss Myrtle Richardson, Corsicana; Mrs. A. J. Hancock and Mrs. E. T. Williams, both of Coolidge; a brother, Joe Richardson, Fort Worth, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. I. Ellett, L. K. Carraway, Walter Farmer, J. B. Scott, Elwin Garner and Frank Garner.


Myrtle G. Richardson, Miss
Mar 4, 1886 - Aug 6, 1970

Miss Richardson Dies Thursday

Miss Myrtle Richardson, long-time Corsicana resident, died Thursday morning in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Richardson is survived by two nieces, Mrs. L. H. Owen of Fort Worth and Mrs. Homer Bennett of Mexia.


Maudie (Henderson) Barnes
Mar 12, 1901 - Apr 28, 1974

Mrs. Barnes

Funeral services were to be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Clyde Barnes, 73, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday at her residence.

Rev. Luther Crawford was to officiate, with burial to follow at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Corsicana and had lived here all her life. She was also a retired saleslady and a member of Missionary Baptist church.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. T. G. Haynes and Mrs. Annie Flynn both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Billie Morris of Cleburne; and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers include George Chappell, Dutch Crumbley, Collin Green, Homer Harris.


May (Martin) Barnes
Aug 3, 1879 - May 22, 1964

Hold Services For Mrs. Barnes

Funeral services for Mrs. Mae Barnes, 84, of 907 West Eleventh avenue, who died in Memorial hospital, Friday night, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Native of Alabama, Mrs. Barnes had resided in Corsicana many years.

Surviving are two sons, E. M. Barnes, Gladewater, and J. A. Barnes, Longview; three daughters, Mrs. Lena Quinn and Mrs. Lester M. Johnson, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Dorothy Reeves, Longview; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Barnes, Bert Pevey, Grady Brunner, C. B. Coleman, Q. F. Reeves and Frank Ewing.


Willie M. (Johnson) Vann
Oct 9, 1876 - Dec 10, 1958

Friday Burial For Mrs. Vann

Mrs. Willie M. Vann, aged 82 years, died at the family home, 1562 West Fifth avenue, Thursday afternoon of a heart attack.

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

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church of which she had been a member for many years.

Surviving are her husband, A. S. Vann, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Trottman, Dallas; a niece, Mrs. Loraine T. Burleson, Dallas, and other relatives.

Mrs. Vann had made her home in Corsicana for many years. Her husband is a retired agent for the Burlington-Rock Island Lines railroad here.

Pallbearers were L. I. Griffin, Roark Montgomery, T. L. Carlisle, R. L, Nix, Guy Sitton, Lloyd Chambliss, Glen Thompson, Gilbert Grantham, and Robert Davidson. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Dec. 12, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Arnold Seale Vann; d/o Laura Johnson (sister is Minnie (Johnson) Trotman buried Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Tx.)

Arnold Seale Vann
May 27, 1872 - Jan 15, 1963

A. S. Vann, 90, Dies Tuesday, Rites Thursday

A. S. Vann, 80, retired railroad agent, long-time Corsicana resident, 1581 West Fifth avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday afternoon following an extended illness.

Vann was an honorary member of the official board of the First Methodist church and also an honorary member of the Corsicana Lions Club.

Entering the railroad business with the Texas and Pacific in West Texas, he came to Corsicana in 1910 as a telegraph operator with the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad, now the Rock Island Lines. He was with the Fort Worth and Denver railroad in Fort Worth when he came to Corsicana.

After 18 months as a telegraph operator, Vann became agent for the T. and B. V. here and later that road became a part of the Burlington and Rock Island Lines, and retired May 31, 1941, serving as agent for the joint operators of the lines through here—Fort Worth and Denver and Rock Island Lines.

Surviving are a son, Jack Vann, Petersburg, Va.; two brothers, Joe S. Vann, Brenham, and Roby L. Vann, San Francisco, Calif., and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Floyd Boulware, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Pallbearers will be L. I. Griffin, T. L. Carlisle, Guy Sitton, Glen Thompson, Robert Davidson, Roark Montgomery, R. L. Nix, Loyd Chambliss, Gilbert Grantham, John Stover, Sam Werner and Dick Everett.


Mary Cornelia (Jones) Noble
Sep 15, 1871 - Apr 1, 1958

Thursday Rites For Mrs. Noble

Funeral services for Mrs. J. V. Noble, 86, who died at Memorial Hospital Tuesday night, were held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church of which she was a long time active member.

A native of Ellis county, Mrs. Noble spent most of her life in Kerens and Corsicana. She was an art teacher for about 40 years and studied in Chicago and in Laguna Beach, Calif. She was a member of the Reaugh Art Club of Dallas and the Southern States Art League. Mrs. Noble served as art chairman for the Kinsloe House and Corsicana Livestock and Agriculture Show from the time of their organizations.

Mrs. Noble taught Sunday School and Bible classes for more than 60 years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Davis Neece, North Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs. Ben F. Blackmon, Mrs. Randolph Jackson and Miss Olive Noble, all of Corsicana; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. J. P. Simonds, Chicago; and several half-brothers, half-sisters and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Luther Westbrook, Earl Seale, Ren Walker, Conrad Matthews, Jr.; Harry Auld, Johnny Noble, Etheridge King and Clete Owen.


Sherrod Elighue Conner
Sep 3, 1884 - Apr 20, 1958

Monday Services For S. E. Conner

S. E. Conner, 73, retired, died Sunday morning at the family home, 195 Holsey avenue, after an extended illness.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, Otis E. Conner and Eddie E. Conner, both of Midland; James D. Conner, Dallas; Leonard C. Conner, Fort Worth, and Robert Preston Conner, San Antonio; six daughters, Mrs. Sidney Laningham, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Oscar L. Sikes, Mrs. J. W. Dill and Mrs. Earl Cunningham, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Martin Neill, Midland; and Mrs. Leslie Davenport, Houston; four brothers, Dillard Conner, Fort Worth; Matt Conner, Wichita Falls; Ellis and William Conner, both of Midland; three sisters, Mrs. Jim Frazier, Roane; Mrs. Henry Allgood, Dublin, and Mrs. Walter Sutherlin, Fort Worth; 40 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services were held from the Northside Baptist church Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Everett S. Martin, Austin, and Rev. Weldon R. Drake; pastor.

Pallbearers were Joe M. Seale, Lonnie Hosch, A. B. Hutson, Melvin Gorman, Clark Butler, Marshall Weems, Willie Cook and Marvin Tekell.

Griffin directed.


Shade Conner
Nov 29, 1904 - Aug 13, 1980

Shade Conner

Shade Conner, 75, of Corsicana died Thursday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Service was Friday at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. James Sigler officiated. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Corley’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Conner was a retired employe of Conwood Corp. of Memphis, Tenn. Hew was employed at Conwood for 35 years. He was born in Navarro County.

At St. John’s Episcopal Church, he served as junior warden and usher chairman. He also was a member of the Corsicana Lions Club and the Central Texas Quarter Horse Association. He served as treasurer for Conner Cemetery in Oak Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Madge Conner; two daughters, Mary Ben Brubaker, Canota Park, Calif.; and Patricia Gimler, El Paso; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, C. R. Conner, of Mabank.

Members of the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church served as pallbearers. Mr. Conner was completing his eighth year as a member of St. John’s vestry.

The family requests memorial donations be made to St. John’s organ fund.


  • h/o Madge Millie (Kincannon) Conner; s/o Thomas Randolph Conner & Georgia Elizabeth (Warren) Conn
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ida (Lavender) Walton
Dec 28, 1867 - Apr 5, 1958

Mrs. T. J. Walton Services

Funeral services for Mrs. Tom J. Walton, 90, long-time Corsicana resident, who died at the family residence, 2021 West Seventh avenue, Saturday morning, were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church of which she was a member, and Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. E. Beall, Stillwater, Okla.; a son, J. Lanier Walton, Houston; three granddaughters, Mrs. Ben Nash, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. John Horn, Urhana, Ill., and Mrs. Charles Cooper, Kansas City, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jack Kinney, E. C. Barnett, L. E. Riley, J. Floyd Smith, F. H. Washburn and Oscar Burns. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.


Julian Mayes Simmons
Nov 28, 1892 - Oct 2, 1972

J. M. Simmons

Funeral services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hixson Brothers Chapel in Alexandria, La., for Julian M. Simmons, who died Monday in Alexandria, La. Rev. Robert Ratelle will officiate.

Graveside services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Kenneth Haley officiating. Corley Funeral Home will direct the local services.

Simmons was a retired salesman for Church and Dwight Co., a member of the Christian Church, veteran of World War I, a Mason, a Shriner, a Rotarian and an Elk.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Hoover Simmons of Alexandria, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Nita S. Henderson of Monroe, La., and Mrs. Dean Wooten of Little Rock, Ark.; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Hollis Estil Simmons
Apr 20, 1907 - May 13, 1960

H. E. Simmons Services Held

Funeral services for Hollie E. Simmons were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Memorial Baptist church with Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor, and Rev. Obie F. Barton, Carthage Baptist Minister, conducting the final rites. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

A native of Kerens, but resident of Corsicana, Mr. Simmons died Friday afternoon at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 53.

Simmons was a deacon of Memorial Baptist church.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. H. E. Simmons, Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Dewey Clark, Corsicana; two sons, Bobby and Grady Simmons, both of Corsicana; three grandchildren; father, Rufus B. Simmons, Athens; three sisters, Mrs. Jack Hine, Houston, Mrs. Ed Collin, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Norman Allen, Athens; three brothers, R. B. Simmons, Corsicana, Calvin Simmons, Houston and Rufus Simmons, Sweetwater.

Pallbearers were Tommy Glasgow, L. O. Blakney, Floyd Thompson, C. E. Marr, E. H. Richards, Ross Maxfield, D. W. Barnes, A. G. Miller, A. B. Hutson, Roy Dycus and Robert M. Fulton.

Corley Funeral Home directed.


Brenda Fay Lewis
May 20, 1957 - Jan 11, 1958

Sunday Rites For Lewis Child

Funeral rites for Brenda Fay Lewis, seven-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lewis, 822 West Thirteenth avenue, who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the West Side Baptist church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Wm. J. Moore, pastor. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, a brother Ira A. Lewis, all of Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. Adele Allen, Tyler, and other relatives.

Corley directed.


Dagmar (Hennison) Sapp
Feb 14, 1887 - Jan 28, 1958

Thursday Rites For Mrs. Sapp

Funeral services for Mrs. C. C. Sapp, 70, who died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night after an extended illness, were held from the Memorial Baptist church Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor.

Surviving are her husband, a former mayor of Corsicana and retired roundhouse foreman here for the Cotton Belt System; a son, Charles Sapp, attorney at Houston; three grandchildren, John, William and Mary Margaret Sapp, all of Houston, a sister, Mrs. C. B. Garner, Galveston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. B. Hutson, Albert Fullerton, C. O. Floyd, H. O. Olsen, J. R. Culberson, J. T. Glasgow and Rufus Pevehouse.

McCammon directed.


Charles C. Sapp
Nov 17, 1887 - Dec 7, 1963

Funeral services for C. C. Sapp, 76, retired mechanical foreman of the Cotton Belt System yards here, a former Corsicana mayor, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of Memorial Baptist church.

Sapp was found dead in bed at the Navarro Hotel Lodge, North Beaton street, Saturday at midmorning. A heart attack was ascribed as the cause of death by a physician. He had resided at the lodge for several months.

Sapp was mayor of Corsicana 1953-1955. He was active in political, labor and other circles and retired from the railroad in 1957.

A licensed attorney, Sapp went to work for the Cotton Belt at Waco in 1922 and came to Corsicana in 1925. He was a native of Kountze, Texas.

Surviving are a son, Charles M. Sapp, and three grandchildren, John, William and Mary Margaret Sapp, all of Houston.

Pallbearers were C. O. Floyd, O. T. Wood, A. B. Hutson, Albert Fullerton, J. T. Glasgow, J. R. Culberson and Rufus Pevehouse.


Edward “Ed” Park
Jan 15, 1889 - Apr 23, 1958

Cattleman Dies Wednesday Night

Ed Park, 69, well-known cattle dealer, native of Roane, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital late Wednesday night following a heart attack at his home, 220 East Garitty avenue.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church, and Rev. Weldon R. Drake, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.

Park had been a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, for 35 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana ; a son, Milton (Jack) Park, Midland; four daughters, Mrs. Bill Balcom, Jr., Corsicana; Mrs. Richard Patterson, Haverton, Pa.; Mrs. J. W. Bowden, Palestine, and Mrs. Marvin Fannin, Morgan; 15 grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Morris Pickering, Corsicana; Mrs. Oscar Maddox, Mesquite, and Mrs. Lillie White, Dinser, Calif., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be John C. Horn, Willie Gowan, Hubert Joyner, Earl Joyner, Stan Summerall, Bill Balcom, Sr., George Gillespie and John Spencer.


Henry Hopkins Franklin, Jr.
Aug 28, 1884 - Dec 4, 1958

Hold Services H. H. Franklin

Funeral services for H. H. Franklin, 74, retired cement contractor, who died at the family home, 1364 Hackberry, Thursday, were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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

A native of Kansas, Franklin had resided in Dallas many years prior to moving to Corsicana a year ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Ray Franklin, Kansas City, Mo.; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lee Hardin, Jack Hardin, Carl Flynn, A. H. Ganze, Neill Stevens and M. A. Murray.


Nancy Eugenia (Hardin) Franklin
May 23, 1885 - Nov 16, 1975

Mrs. Franklin

Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Nancy E. Franklin, 90, resident of Sherman, who died Monday in Sherman. Burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Pursley and a retired registered nurse.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ella Stevens of Grandview and Mrs. Eva Henson of Rupert, Idaho; a brother, R. L. Hardin of Brownwood and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Nov 17, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Henry Hopkins Franklin, Jr; d/o William Presley Hardin & Sarah Elizabeth (Stewart) Hardin buried Ward cemetery

Mary Elizabeth “Bessie” Lee, Miss
1875 - May 1958

Miss Bessie Lee Rites Wednesday

Memorial services for Miss Elizabeth (Bessie) Lee, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the McCammon Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. L. Sandlin, pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Wortham.

Miss Lee, a former music teacher in Wortham and Corsicana, a sister of the late L. H. Lee, Corsicana pioneer merchant, died in Denver, Colo., several weeks ago and cremation followed.

Survivors include a niece, Mrs. W. B. Weaver of Wortham.


  • The Corsicana Texas, Semi – Weekly Light, Wed., Jun 4, 1958
  • d/o James Peter Lee & Lucretia Emily (Cowdery) Lee
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rickey Earl Honea
Apr 29, 1958 - Nov 27, 1958

Rickey Honea Dies Thursday

Rickey Honea, seven-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ozell Honea, Eloy, Ariz., died Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army Citadel with burial in . The rites will be conducted by Rev. William Thomas of the Salvation Army.

Surviving are the parents, two brothers, a sister, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Lee, Corsicana, and Mrs. Honea.

Corley will direct.


Henry Boyd Walker
Mar 24, 1885 - Oct 3, 1958

H. B. Walker Dies Friday; Rites Sunday

Henry B. Walker, 73, retired, prominent in church, civic and Masonic circles, 808 West Second avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Friday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Westminister Presbyterian church Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. E. E. Wood, pastor.

A native of Columbia, Tennessee, Walker came to Corsicana in 1898 with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. A. B. M. Walker.

He was married to Miss Blanche Vivion at Eagle Pass, Texas, in 1908, and the couple returned to Corsicana to reside, with Mr. Walker joining his father in the firm of A. M. Walker and Son Wholesale Produce. After his father’s death, Walker continued the firm until his retirement in the early 1940s.

He was an active elder in the church, was a Rotarian for many years and was a member of Masonic bodies including the Karem Shrine at Waco. He also was a long-time member of the Corsicana Country Club. He was on the finance committee in the campaign for the new Westminister church plant a few years ago.

Walker established the first frozen locker system in Texas here in 1941 and later sold it to the Keen interests.

After the sale of the locker plant, Walker sold the produce firm that is now the Corsicana Egg and Poultry Company, located at Commerce street and East Fourth avenue.

Walker established the Westminister Presbyterian memorial fund years ago for the benefit of shutins and ill persons and it was suggested that contributions to this or other worthwhile funds be made by friends in lieu of flowers.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Miss Vivion Walker, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. R. S. Galloway, Corsicana; a brother, Jack Walker, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be nephews; William Bank Thomas, Thomas George, Joe Butler and Dr. L. E. Kelton, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be elders, deacons and officers of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Corley will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Oct 4, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Established first frozen food locker system in Texas in 1941)
    h/o Blanche (Vivion) Walker; s/o Andrew Boyd Matthews Walker & Susan “Susie” (Morgan) Walker

Blanche (Vivion) Walker
Jun 24, 1888 - Jul 20, 1966

Mrs. Walker Dies Wednesday, Rites Thursday

Mrs. Henry B. Walker, long-time Corsicana resident, 1417 Arlington, died in Memorial Hospital early Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which she was a member.

Native of Carrizo Springs, Texas, she had resided in Corsicana, 60 years. Her husband, the late Henry B. Walker, was a long-time Corsicana merchant. She was a charter member of Kinsloe House.

Surviving are a daughter, Miss Vivion Walker, Corsicana; two brothers, John Vivion, Freer and Alfred Vivion, California; a sister, Mrs. L. D. Weldy, Del Rio; and a number of nieces including Mrs. Barlow Irvin, Bryan, and Mrs. Ellis Burgess, Seguin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. B. Thomas, T. M. George, Ralph R. Brown, George Weinschel, Jack Cunningham, Ed M. Polk, Dave Kelton, Ralph Stell, Joe E. Putler, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Jr.; Harry Burke, H. R. Stroube, and John R. Corley. Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of Westminister Presbyterian church.


Bernice (Williams) Bunch-Harlow
Sep 21, 1892 - Dec 23, 1972

Mrs. B. Barlow

Funeral services for Mrs. Berniece Harlow, 81, who died early Saturday at Twilight Home, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eugene Wood officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Harlow was the retired owner of the Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg where she had resided for 25 years before moving to Corsicana about two years ago. She was a native of Cleburne and a Baptist.

She is survived by one son, Tom Bunch of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. William Langford, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charles Barnaby, Wayne Oldroyd, Dr. Ben Jones, Victor Cooper, Grady Barnes and Dr. Frank Autry.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Dec 24, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Adolphus Bunch 2nd Walter H. Harlow d/o Benjamin Williams and Virginia (McDaniel) Williams per death certificate ( Bernice is listed as Bernice Lucas in the 1940 census so she must have married a Lucas also- she has a double monument in May Cemetery, May, Brown County, Texas with Walter Harlow)

Elsie Ann (DeRusha) Anderson-DeRusha
Dec 27, 1903 - Mar 20, 1958

Elsie DeRusha Dies Thursday

Miss Elsie DeRusha, 54, died Thursday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Harris, Corsicana; Mrs. E. L. Wetzel, Odessa, and Mrs. L. L. Stokes, Dallas; seven brothers, Roy DeRusha, Hereford; Ed and G. I. DeRusha, both of Plainview; John DeRusha, Brea, Calif.; H. C. Derusha, Blooming Grove; G. W. De Rusha, Odessa, and Charles DeRusha, Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. C. O’Neal, Leroy Barlow, Darrell DeRusha, Bobby DeRusha, Jeff, DeRusha, Alvin Owen, A. C. Richards, Jr., and Jimmy Charles Harris.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Mar 21, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Keely Anderson married Apr 30, 1927 (Divorced and took back maiden name); d/o Charles Lewis DeRusha & Julia Ann (Owen) Welch-DeRusha buried Pattison cemetery

Charles Allen "Charlie" Lippe
Oct 27, 1941 - Apr 4, 2022

Charles “Charlie” Allen Lippe, age 80, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022. He was born on October 27, 1941 in McGregor, Texas to parents Albert and Erna Lippe. Charlie was a very hardworking, and loving Christian man. He loved his family and was willing to do anything for them. He grew up in McGregor, Texas on the family farm. He was a country boy and loved hunting, fishing, gun-collecting, gardening, and all things outdoors. Charlie graduated from McGregor High School and attended Tarleton State University for one year. Charlie grew up in the Lutheran Church but stopped attending regularly several years ago. He had a life-long career as a telephone man, eventually retiring from AT&T.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughter Kim Lippe, Son Bryan Lippe and daughter-in-law Donna Lippe, daughter Jennifer Campa and son-in-law Todd, grandchildren Austin Campa, Amanda Campa, Hannah Rule, and Michael Speedy, sister Glenda Weide, sister Karen Willmann and brother-in-law Milton Willmann, brothers-in-law Eddie Mahone, Danny Mahone, sisters-in-law Sherry Dicks and Lynell Mahone, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Erna Lippe, his wife of 53 years Lynda Lippe, brothers-in-law Marvin Weide, Harvey Dicks, and Tommy Huff, and sisters-in-law Sandy Huff and Patsy Mahone.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 6-8 P.M. at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel in Waxahachie.

A Funeral Service is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10:30 AM. at the Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas

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Anita Jane Adams
Apr 30, 1943 - Mar 3, 2022

Anita Jane Adams, 78, of Corsicana passed away on March 3, 2022, with her family be her side.

Jane was born, April 30, 1943, To Loyce and Edna Adams. She attended school at Richland High School in Richland, Tx where she graduated in 1962. She was also a member of Central Baptist Church for 30+ years, where she was an active and loyal member until her health declined.

Jane is proceeded in death by both of her parents and her sister Linda Williford.
She leaves to cherish her sister, Sharon (Doug) Fraley of Corsicana, and her nephew, Jon (Gina) Fraley.

Visitation for Jane will be Sunday, March 6. 2022 from 5pm-7pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be Monday, March 7, 2022, at 10am at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Harper of Northside Baptist Church, officiating.

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James Doyle Haws
Oct 30, 1953 - Feb 6, 2022

James Doyle Haws, known to everybody as Doyle, passed away on Sunday, February 6th, 2022 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Doyle was born on October 30th, 1953 in Corsicana, Texas to William Pearcy Haws and Gladys Levern Roberson Haws.
Doyle lived in Barry, Texas for a large portion of his life before moving to Corsicana. Doyle attended and graduated from Blooming Grove I.S.D. in 1972. After high school, Doyle attended Navarro College where he took classes in welding.

Becoming a certified welder was Doyle's proudest accomplishment. Doyle worked as a certified professional welder for 43 years before retiring in 2016. He worked many years for Concho Construction. Doyle loved his job, and would tell stories for hours about welding jobs, special skills he had learned, and jobsite "fun". One of his favorite sayings was that a welder could weld anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn!

Doyle was honest, sometimes brutally honest. He was known for being witty and quick with a comeback. Doyle always liked to be prepared.

Doyle is survived by his brother Ken Haws of Frost, nephew Josh Haws and wife Amy of Irene, niece Kendyl Haws Garza and husband Gene of Milford, brother Dale Haws and wife Marti, of Wink and their sons Will and Clay. Doyle also had numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Doyle's life will be celebrated privately.


Elvin Claud Quinn
Nov 13, 1914 - Jun 16, 1966

Rites Saturday For E. C. Quinn

Final rites for E. C. Quinn, 50, painter, who died Thursday in Brazoria county, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Weldon Haynes, Methodist minister.

Quinn was a native of Navarro county.

Surviving are his wife of Brazoria; a son, Gerrell Quinn, Waco; a granddaughter, Dottie Jo Quinn, Waco; mother, Mrs. Louella Quinn, Corsicana; five brothers, M. C. Quinn, Azeusa, Calif.; Harry Quinn, Houston; Willie and M. D. Quinn, both of Corsicana, and Eddie Quinn, Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Ward, Powell, and Mrs. Winnie Floyd, New Bruanfels, and other relatives.


Lizzie (Warrick) Quinn
Feb 2, 1907 - May 15, 1960


Funeral services for Mrs. M. D. Quinn, 53, of 619 South Fourteenth street, who drowned Saturday night in the Trinity River will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Camp county, Texas, Mrs. Quinn is survived by her husband, veteran employe of the Corsicana Cotton Mills; a daughter, Mrs. P. E. Wood, Corsicana; a son, M. D. Quinn, Jr., Merced, Calif.; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Momcue and O. C. Warrick, and a sister, Mrs. A. D. McCurdy, all of Pitsburgh.

Mrs. Quinn, was missed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday at Wright’s fishing camp one-half mile north of the Highway 287 bridge.

An unidentified fisherman who had participated in the search found the body at his fishing camp about four miles downstream from where Mrs. Quinn was believed to have fallen into the water. Mrs. Quinn’s clothing had caught in the fisherman’s throw line, it was reported.
Justice of the Peace, H. W. Chappell of Palestine held an inquest and ruled death by drowning.

Sheriff’s officers from Navarro county, state highway patrolmen, game wardens and citizens from Corsicana, Cayuga and other Navarro, Henderson and Anderson county towns joined in the search which was conducted in boats and by foot in the thickly-wooded river bottom.

Mrs. Quinn was a member of a fishing party that also included her husband, Mrs. C. W. Blackmon, Corsicana, wife of the deputy sheriff; Mike Wood, grandson of the Quinns; Wendell Blackmon, son of the Blackmons; and Herman Smith.

The party arrived at the fishing camp Saturday afternoon, Deputy Blackmon joined the group Saturday night.

According to Blackmon, sometime between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Mrs. Quinn asked one of the youths in the party to accompany her in running one of the fishing lines. The youth indicated that he did not wish to accompany her.

Shortly afterward, Mrs. Quinn was missed by the other members of the fishing party. It had been assumed that she had gone to bed.

The search began later and sheriff’s offices at Corsicana and at Palestine were notified.

It wasn’t until after daybreak Sunday that part of the searching party found a spot on the slippery river banks near Wright’s camp where Mrs. Quinn apparently had lost her footing and fallen into the strong current.

The marks in the river’s bank were near a fishing line. Blackmon reported that it is believed that Mrs. Quinn had investigated the line or was planning to when she slipped and fell into the water.

Searchers carrying lanterns concentrated on the banks far into the night, as Mrs. Quinn was reported to have been subject to heart seizures and it was thought that she might have suffered an attack.

The fishing camp is owned by Constable Ruff Wright of Cayuga and he had invited the party to use it, Blackmon reported.

The body was recovered near the mouth of Richland creek, it was reported.


Robert C. Quinn
Mar 23, 1913 - Nov 18, 1962

Robert Quinn Dies Sunday

Robert C. Quinn, 49, barber, of 8339 Teresa Lane, Dallas, died of a heart attack Sunday in Dallas.

Funeral services are slated Monday at 4 p.m. from the Corley chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. A. M. Stone, Baptist pastor from Waco, formerly pastor of Memorial Baptist church here.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; three sons, Danny and Don Quinn, both of Dallas, and Bobby Quinn, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. J. D. Quinn, Powell; seven brothers, M. D. and Willy Quinn, both of Corsicana; Alton Quinn, West Columbia; Eddie Quinn, Wichita, Kan.; Harry Quinn, Houston; Elven Quinn, Brazoria, and Morris Quinn, Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Winnie Floyd, New Braunfels; Mrs. Marie Haynie and Mrs. Florlene Ward, both of Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers are to be Cloyd Don Tanner, E. W. Wiley, Dorde Nutt, Tew Gowan, George Finley, D. R. Crockett, Curtis Penney and Thurma Penney.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Nov. 19, 1962
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Pauline (Jones) Quinn; s/o Junius David “Dave” Quinn & Lou Ella (Bullard) Quinn buried in Long Prairie Cemetery

Willie Quinn
Oct 19, 1908 - Feb 25, 1972

Willie Quinn

Funeral services were held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Willie Quinn who died Friday at Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Pearl Quinn of Corsicana; four brothers, M. D. Quinn of Corsicana, E. F. Quinn, Wichita, Kan., M. C. Quinn of California, and Harry Quinn of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Harvel Ward of Powell and Mrs. Winnie Floyd of New Braunsfels; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews of the deceased. Rev. Charles E. Mull will officiate.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Feb 27, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Pearl (Hand) Quinn married Mar. 15, 1941; s/o Junius David “Dave” Quinn & Lou Ella (Bullard) Quinn buried in Long Prairie Cemetery

Virginia Claire "Ginger" (Richmond) Crum
Dec 23, 1945 - Oct 10, 2021

Don Crum and sons, Bryon and Brad, wish to invite you to join us in a Celebration of Life event for our beloved wife of 56 years, mother and grandmother, Virginia (aka, Ginger) on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Purdon Community Church, at 200 W 2nd Street, Purdon, Texas. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with funeral service at 11 a.m. A celebration lunch will be shared at the church following the service. There will be NO service at the Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.
Virginia, who suffered many years from diabetes, transferred to her new home in heaven to be with her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on Sunday night, October 10th.
Ginger graduated from Hamilton High School, in Hamilton, TX, and received her RN diploma from Hillcrest Baptist School of Nursing in Waco. She loved nursing, especially here at Navarro Regional Hospital with Mrs. Toland. She also loved working with children in churches by her husband's side whether it was in Texas, NY, Maryland, Oregon, or Indiana, mostly in small churches. This required her to work in local hospitals as a nurse.
She and Pastor Don began their ministry together in Purdon Baptist Church (now Purdon Community Church) in the mid-60's; returned there in 2018, restarted the church and now has ended her ministry there.
In all the churches we served, everybody loved Ginger although she quickly let it be known that she didn't play the piano or sing! She never received world acclaim, but we do love her for being the best wife and mother any family would ever want!! Possessing a subtle sense of humor, she would often sing praise songs around the house, but she would quickly tell you that she will not be teaching the angels in heaven how to sing!! She loved the Gaither music.
We owe a deep gratitude to Autumn, Nina and Erica of Community Healthcare of Texas and caregiver Barbara Henderson.
Left to cherish her memory are: Husband Don, two sons - Bryon and wife Violet and Bradley and wife Tonya; four grandchildren - Tyler Casbeer, Kirsten Seth with husband, Christian, Emaleigh, and Justin; two sisters, Linda Norton, Myra Reinert with husband Roy; brother Ward Richmond with wife Linda; sister-in-law's Virginia Martin and Doris Glasgow with husband Larry; brother-in-law Clyde Crum; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The service will be live on Purdon Community Church Facebook.
"In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Ste 100, Hollywood, FL 33021; Phone: 800-321-3437.


Peggy Darlene (Rich) Myers
Nov. 6, 1935 - Oct 10, 2021

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, Peggy Darlene Rich Myers passed away peacefully, and our heavenly Father gained a beautiful angel. Though very sad for this earthly loss, her family and friends are at peace knowing that she was instantly reunited in heaven with her beloved "Big John." She was known for her overwhelming generosity, kindness, and for making all those around her feel loved. Her favorite people endearingly knew her as "Nanny Ma."
She was preceded in death by her husband John Dempsey Myers who passed away October 14, 2019. They cherished 68 years of unwavering love and companionship. Her middle son Nathan Paul Myers preceded her in death after a long fight with cancer. We know that the three of them are together now which gives their loved ones great peace.
Darlene met Big John in their lifelong hometown of Corsicana in 1950. She loved to tell the romantic story of Big John rescuing her from a torrential downpour of rain and giving her a ride. Instantaneously in love, they married the following year in 1951 and had been married 68 years when John was called up to heaven. The two would go on to have a large family that always remained a close-knit group. She was an excellent "boy mom" and had three sons, seven grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She was known for her passionate and overwhelming love for her family. It was the very foundation of who she was as a person.
Darlene and John were lifelong members of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. As a member for over 50 years, she was known for being an unrivaled example of having a servant's heart. She was extremely involved in the homebound ministry of the church for decades. It would take days to list out the multitude of ministries and services that she was deeply involved in. She loved to sing with John in the choir. She generously gave to others even if it meant sacrificing her own needs. Most of all she loved to share the gospel of her savior Jesus Christ.
She was born in Corsicana, Texas. She was a proud registered licensed vocational nurse. In 1976 she became a registered nurse and cared for thousands of patients in surgery and obstetrics. She loved working with and making ceramics. She found even greater joy in giving them to her friends and family. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association.
Darlene was also preceded in death by her parents Olen D. Rich and Emma Shue. She was also preceded in death by her brother Olen Rich Jr. and her sister Emma-Jean Clary.
She is survived by her son John Dempsey Myers, II and his wife Becky Olsen Myers of Palestine; her daughter-in law Christine Odling Myers; her son Rory Wade Myers and his wife Frances Pinkerton Myers, all of Fairfield. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Beth Myers and Shawn Smith of Tyler, Haley and Justin Weiner of Tyler, Bryan Myers, of Corsicana, Nathan John and Colby Myers of Corsicana, Rory Wade Myers, II of Corsicana, David and Sarah Myers, of Haslett, and Lacy Myers and Taylor Barlow of Corsicana. Darlene is also survived by great-grandchildren, Wesley and Grant Weiner, Bryanna Myers, Avery Layne and Nathan Parker Myers, Alex and Aria Myers, Aiden and Jollen Dempsey Rodrigues and Abigail Barlow. Finally, she is also survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved doting on.
A memorial service honoring Darlene's life has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday October 16, 2021, at Northside Baptist Church (2800 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, TX.) with Daniel Harper officiating. Shawn Smith, Justin Weiner, Bryan Myers, Nathan John Myers, Rory Wade Myers, II, David Rich Myers, and Taylor Barlow will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
Darlene's contagious charisma and joy will live on through anyone that had the good fortune of knowing her. There is no way to overstate how much she will be missed. However, because of her, the world is a more compassionate and happier place.


Melissa Battles
Dec 30, 1975 - Oct 2, 2021

Melissa was our loving daughter, our sister, our aunt, and our friend. She left this world at the age of 45 on Saturday October 2, 2021. She goes to be in the loving arms of her beloved grandmothers Bobby and Mama Keaton. One thing we all know is how much you loved us Melissa because you were never shy to let your feelings be heard.
She was born December 30, 1975 in Rosenberg, Texas and lived in Corsicana, Texas where she graduated Corsicana High School in 1994 and then later graduated Navarro college where she received her LVN license.
She is survived by her father Larry, mother Marie, half-sisters Lori & Latisha and her brother Larry and wife Kristi and their 4 children, Lexis, Mollie, Sam and Katelyn.
Melissa loved fiercely and had a passion for helping people and animals. She touched and healed so many lives not only in her career as a LVN but also as an anchor to her family and many friends. She was a fun-loving soul with a heart full of love and beauty a contagious laugh and smile that would light up a room.
Melissa's love for animals was another story, she would bring all these homeless cats and dogs she finds home and sometimes asked, Daddy can I keep her, NO! Next thing you knew we had another cat... The last video she sent while in the hospital was one to her cats, saying kitty, kitty, kitty, I love you my kitties.
Although not the worst driver, she ranked in the top 10 on accidents, some her fault some not, but she could always count on Gary Chandler and Larry Lewis to go, anytime or anywhere to rescue her and what was left of the vehicles...
We Love you so much and will miss you, Melissa.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 7th from 6:00-8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, October 8th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Woodall officiating. Burial will be at Fairfield Cemetery.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Irene (Kroushinsky) Blackwell
Mar 22, 1936 - Oct. 9, 2021

Irene Kroushinsky Blackwell went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 9, 2021 at the age of 85.

Irene will be honored with a private celebration service held at her daughter's home in Grand Prairie, Texas on Sunday, October 24th for family members. The service will be recorded and available for viewing on Facebook and White's Funeral Home website the following week. Place of internment is Azleland Memorial Park, Reno, Texas.

Irene was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City to Russian immigrant parents, Victor Eugene and Zenta Adalheid (Offenberg) Kroushinsky. She grew up in St. Albans Queens and often spoke fondly of riding subways, walking through Times Square, and strolling through Central Park. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School, she attended Northeastern Bible Institute, in Essex Fells, New Jersey graduating in 1958. One of the most treasured highlights of her life during this time was being a counselor at the Billy Graham Crusade in 1957 at Madison Square Gardens. The crusade continued for an unprecedented 16 weeks. Night after night she prayed with people as they gave their lives to Christ.

Irene married Frank Blackwell on December 26, 1959 and they soon moved to Texas to begin their family. She served faithfully along side her husband while he was Minister of Music in various Baptist Churches, with First Baptist Church Corsicana, Texas being his longest tenure from 1970 to 1984. She worked as a teacher's aide in the public school system and she enjoyed substitute teaching until she was 84. All of her students adored her.

Irene was a loving devoted mother, Mimi, and Gigi. She loved cooking, gardening, oil painting, sewing, and taking care of her family. She loved people and spent hours praying for them. She spoke Russian fluently and enjoyed having conversations with other Russian speaking people. She was a woman of noble character! She was a woman who feared the Lord! She had a quiet strength. She pressed through quietly and prayerfully when times were difficult. Her name means PEACE! She was gentle, beautiful, kind, loving, tender, peaceful, gracious, wise, fun, generous, encouraging, and godly. Our mother was deeply loved! She was beautiful and amazing!

She was preceded in death by her parents: Victor and Zenta Kroushinsky; her husband: Frank Blackwell; and one nephew: Kevin Kroushinsky.

Survivors include two children: John Eric Blackwell and wife Sharron, Lisa Cheatham and husband Paul; five grandchildren: Courtney Wallace and husband Ben, Sara Wende and husband Joseph, Zach Cheatham and wife Amanda, Jessica Jugan and husband Matt, Benjamin Cheatham; four great-grandchildren: Aiden Wallace, Kate Wallace, Ellie Wallace, and Graham Wende; one brother: Alex Kroushinsky and wife Judy; and one nephew: Douglas Kroushinsky.


Sandra "Sandy" Thomas Roldan
Mar 31, 1957 - Oct 8, 2021

Sandra "Sandy" Thomas Roldan was born to Vernon Sammie Thomas and Joy Morin Thomas on March 31, 1957 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The family moved to Dawson, Texas in 1969, where she later graduated from Dawson High School in 1975. She then moved to Corsicana to attend Navarro College.
Sandy worked at Old Mexican Inn for over 25 years. She also worked at Independence Firm for over 10 years. Sandy met Renee in 1994, and loved each other dearly for the past 27 years.
She was a wonderful sister and aunt. She only had one daughter, Joy and she was her world, her life, her everything. Sandra and her daughter were the best of friends and had the most beautiful relationship. Joy's mommy dear. Sandy loved to laugh and smile, and she loved Halloween and traveling with her family.
Sandy is preceded in death by her father, Vernon Thomas; maternal grandparents, Northan and Chloe Morin; paternal grandparents, Elbert and Nethie Thomas. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Elizabeth Roldan of Corsicana; her life partner, Renee Knuerr of Corsicana; her mother, Joy Morin Thomas of Lake Whitney; brother, "Butch" Vernon Sammie Thomas Jr., brother, "Ronnie" Ronald David Thomas and wife Julie Thomas of Garrett; brother, Jeffery Kent Thomas of Hillsboro; brother, John Marcus Thomas and wife Terri Ann Thomas of Garrett. Along with 5 nieces, 6 nephews, 9 great nephews, and 9 great nieces.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 14th from 6-8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 15th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jeffery Kent Thomas II, Dalton Loyd Thomas, Matthew David Thomas, Justin Ryan Thomas, John Marcus Thomas II, and Kyler Tristan Kidwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Phllip Mesker and Trey Northan Thomas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Martha (McCullough) Bain
Jan 5, 1932 - Oct 3, 2021

Martha Bain, 89 of Kerens went to be with the Lord on Oct. 3, 2021. She was born January 5, 1932 to Jack and Catherine McCullough in McKinney, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.A.(Bub) Bain, her parents, Jack and Catherine McCullough and her daughter, Laurie Bain Haynes. She is survived by her sons, Bobby Bain and wife Kay, and Clay Bain and wife Laurie Ann. Other survivors are her grandchildren, Mary Katherine Holt Wilbanks, Terry Haynes, Season Bain Sayles, Shelby Bain Lancaster, Grace Bain and Eli Bain. She is also survived by her sister Kay Hjartberg and husband Pierre from New Orleans, and several nieces and nephews.

Martha was a member of the First Baptist Church Kerens for almost 70 years, serving as a GA sponsor, Training Union teacher, and Sunday School teacher for many years, impacting the lives of many young girls. After raising her children, Martha attended nursing school and became a R.N. at the age of 49. She used her nursing skills for many years as her husband's primary caregiver.

Martha loved her family and friends. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, and shopping. She looked forward to frequent coffee breaks with her friends around her kitchen table, and she made her home warm and inviting for the many friends and visitors she welcomed through its doors. Children and teenagers spent many summers swimming in the backyard pool and enjoyed snacks (favorite: Kraft macaroni and cheese) she graciously prepared for them. Martha was funny, had a great sense of humor and was an excellent storyteller...which made it fun to be in her presence.

She was very active in her community, always delivering food baskets to families new to Kerens. She honored her God given gift of hospitality by thousands of gestures of kindness throughout her life: cards, phone calls, visits, casseroles, and simple words of encouragement. She was an inspiration and a mentor to many by example. Martha made an impact on everyone she met and truly invested herself in the lives of others.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 6th from 5-7 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at First Baptist Church Kerens at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7th with Bro. Danny Sandifer officiating. Pallbearers will be Kip Whorton, Russ Crawford, Buster Atkeisson, Norton Conner, Coy Lancaster and Shelton Sayles. Honorary Pallbearer, Don Paschal. Burial will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FBC Children's Playground Fund, FBC Building Fund, or your favorite charity


Scott David Van Buskirk
Jun 27, 1963 - Sep 30, 2021

Scott David Van Buskirk passed away in Sherman, Texas on September 30, 2021 from complications of diabetes. Scott was born on June 27, 1963, in Wurzburg, Germany to David and Charlotte Van Buskirk.
Scott graduated from Seymour High School in Seymour, Indiana in 1981, where he was a varsity athlete in football, wrestling, and track & field. Scott went on to attend Valparaiso University before transferring to Baylor University, where he graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems. After graduation, Scott went on to work for several consulting firms in the oil & gas industry, advancing to the level of full partner. Due to health reasons, Scott was forced to retire from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2015.
Scott is survived by his son Chris Van Buskirk of Boston, MA, wife Vivianne Van Buskirk of Dallas, TX, and stepchildren Laura Bryn Neuhoff of Washington D.C., Christopher Neuhoff of Dallas, TX, Kathleen Neuhoff of Dallas, TX, and Collin Neuhoff of Austin, TX. He is also survived by his parents David and Charlotte Van Buskirk of Sherman, TX, sister Nancy (Greg) Kirkpatrick of Sherman, TX, nieces Kelly (Matt) Davis of Plano, TX, Lindsay (Greg) Millerick of McKinney, TX, and Emily (Brett) Hensley of Fayetteville, AR, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana, TX on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10 o'clock in the morning. Serving as pallbearers are Gregory Millerick, Matt Davis, Brett Hensley and Jeff Haan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to James L. Collins Catholic School, The American Diabetes Association or an organization of your choosing in Scott's memory.
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Maxine Britt Wheeler
Abt 1925 - Sep 20, 2021

Funeral service for Maxine Britt Wheeler, 96, formerly of Corsicana, passed away on September 20, 2021 in Tyler. Viewing will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at The Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at The Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana. Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana will handle all funeral arrangements.


Lee Toms, Jr.
Aug 15, 1926 - Sep 26, 2021

Lee Toms, Jr.
Also know as Papa Lee, Big Daddy, Chief and Inspector.
Lee, was born on 8/15/1926 and went to be with his lord on 9/26/2021.
Lee, was born in Alma, Texas to Willie and Ola Toms. He had two brothers Eddie and McBurnett Toms.
Lee is proceeded in death by his son Donnie Toms, his daughter Cathy Bickel,
His son in law Robert Weaver, and his granddaughter Meesha Toms.
Lee leaves behind his wife of over 40 years Mary Coley, two daughters Mary Jean Weaver and Darlene Warren and husband John Warren. His grandchildren Chris Warren, Steven Warren, Jodi Dickerson and husband Shane, Tresa Shimonek and her husband Kenny. Jeff Weaver, Amanda Toms, and Don Brashear. He also had 16 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.
Lee was a Seaman in the Navy from 1944-1952. He served on the USS Barton and USS Walke. Once leaving the service he became chief inspector for the pipeline, a job he held for over 50 years. Lee was considered one of the best inspectors in the entire country. Which is a credit to his work ethic because Lee had no education past 8th grade. He left school to work in the fields to help support his family. Then he joined the military. He did however get to graduate Corsicana High School with honors in 2001 when he was 75 years old. That is one of the things he was most proud of. He was also one of Navarro County's oldest WWII veterans. But mostly he was proud of his grandchildren and his great grand children. Lee was a staple at the Mildred baseball fields for 8 straight years. Lee loved to tell a good story, so you can bet if you saw him you were going to get one. Mostly about his grandkids. Although mostly known for stories, the other thing people remember him by was his whistling. He did it everywhere he went. You could hear him coming way before you could see him coming.
Our family would like to give a special thanks to his granddaughter Jodi Dickerson and the nurses and staff at Legends Oak in Waxahachie for taking care of him and loving him like family.
Big Daddy, we love you, we will miss you, thank you for picking us to be your family. We were blessed by you.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 30. Graveside immediately following at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.


Beverly Joe Bruner
Jan 4, 1927 - Sep 24, 2021

Beverly Joe Bruner of Midland went to his heavenly home on September 24, 2021. Joe was a beloved husband, father and grandad. He was born on January 4, 1927 to Patti and W.L. Bruner in Rural Shade, Texas. Joe graduated from Kerens High School in 1945, after high school he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Europe as a Quartermaster during the occupation of Germany.
After the war, he made his way to West Texas to work in the oil and gas industry. He and his wife Shirley settled in Midland where they lived for many years and raised 3 boys. After retiring from Exxon, he spent his time gardening, cattle ranching and enjoying time with his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Joe thrived in the outdoors, enjoyed physical labor, had a soft spot for his cattle and he loved his family.
Joe is survived by his wife Shirley Bruner of Midland; brother and sister-in-law Harold and Lynda Bruner of Lubbock, son Bobby Bruner and his wife Sharon Felts of San Angelo, son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Kim Bruner of Kingsland, Grandchildren: Erica Nickols, Ashley Warren, Jake Bruner, Kellsey Bruner and Austin Bruner and 6 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his oldest son David Bruner, and brothers Sam Bruner and Kenneth Bruner.
A private graveside service will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Joe's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the or a tribute gift to The Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at


James Eugene "Jim" Wood
Aug 2, 1946 - Sep 29, 2021

An incomparable husband, father, and friend, Jim Wood was a man whose character was illustrated through his kindness, work ethic, sense of humor, steady nature, tenacity, endless optimism, and unfailing integrity.
Jim was born to Jane and Eugene Wood on August 2, 1946 in Hillsboro, TX. The family moved to McAllen in the Rio Grande valley in 1951, and then to Corsicana, TX in 1956, when Rev. Wood became the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jim graduated from Corsicana High School in 1964, then went on to play football at Southern Methodist University. He later transferred to Texas A&M, where he earned his Bachelor of Science (1970) and Master of Science (1971) in meteorology. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and rose to the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. Jim had a patriotic spirit and was proud to do his duty for what he always called "the greatest country in the world".
While at SMU, Jim met Amelia Cross on a blind date, and they married in July of 1970. Amelia was the love and light of his life for over 51 years. Their daughter Lora was born in 1972, followed by son Bill in 1975. The family lived in Corsicana, where Jim built a successful business as a State Farm agent, retiring in 2013 after 40 years.
Jim grew up surrounded by an extended family full of readers, writers, preachers, fishermen, hunters, and travelers. His father and paternal grandfather were both fishermen as well as ministers. His grandfather Wood was also an avid hunter. His childhood was full of the outdoors. The family took regular fishing trips to Rockport, TX and also traveled frequently to Ruidoso, NM, where he spent hours playing in the woods and river, learning to appreciate the mountains as much as the coast. He was a lover of travel, wildlife, natural scenery, and outdoor activity. No one could spot a deer faster or farther away. As a dad, he gave his children similar experiences, taking them camping and fishing and snow skiing. He taught an appreciation for the natural world, encouraged adventure, and framed all of life as an endless blessing from the Almighty. He smiled and laughed constantly, and was never afraid to be silly to entertain his children and grandchildren. He loved stories in all forms, whether reading, telling, or listening to them. This also naturally made him a history buff with particular interests in World War II and the history of the American Southwest.
One of the greatest influences on Jim's life and character was his experience as co-captain of the Corsicana High School football team that won the 1963 State Championship. The football years helped shape him into a leader of strength and integrity. He was known by his team for his grit and his determined attitude. He and three other Tigers went on to play for the SMU Mustangs on football scholarships, including his friend, Don Denbow, who also became his college roommate. They jokingly told tales of being the "poor country kids" amongst the more affluent attendees. His favorites included how they gathered their classmates' cast-off coke bottles to turn in for cash, and how they had boxes of dented cans of chili stashed under their beds, given to them by Mr. Herb Johnson who worked at the Wolf Brand chili factory in Corsicana. In 1966, Jim played on the SMU Mustangs SWC Championship team and went on to play Georgia in the Cotton Bowl. Jim could tell football stories for hours; it seemed he could recall the details of any and every play, and his gratitude for being blessed with those experiences was forever evident. He remained close friends with both coaches and teammates throughout his life.
Jim's characteristic fearlessness in taking whatever he determined to be the right course of action was the foundation of his ability as a leader and as a pillar in the community. As a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian, he served in every possible capacity, including deacon, elder, trustee, Sunday school teacher, and committee member. He served several terms on the YMCA Board, including twice as President. He also served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Family Services, and the Humane Society of Navarro County. He supported nearly every local charity, bought from every kid with a school fundraiser, and volunteered for everything from little league baseball coach to shelter dog walker. He was a doer and a problem solver, methodical and persistent, always ready to "take positive action," as he called it, toward whatever goal he deemed worthy. He was not one to sit still for long. Nor was he interested in hearing about what you were against; he would rather hear about what you were for, and then to help you achieve it. Devoted service and productive action were hallmarks of his life.
Jim passed away peacefully at his home in Corsicana on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75 years old.
The family is extremely grateful to Dalia Cleveland and to the staff of New Century Hospice for their excellent care and their tremendous kindness during the final weeks of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Eugene Wood and Jane Wood. He is survived by his wife, Amelia; sisters, Betsy Gordon and Dorothy Rutledge; daughter, Lora Plemons (John Paul) of Blooming Grove; son, Bill Wood (Robin) of Allen; and grandchildren, Claire Plemons, Peyton Duncan, Ashlyn Wood, Alyssa Wood, and Janie Plemons; aunt, Mary Louise Wood; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 5 at 10:30am at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Maupin, Don Denbow, John Harper, B.J. Coker, Marc Maxwell, Mike Miller, Dave Ralston, John Stover, and Terry Seth. Serving as Honorary pallbearers are the members and coaches of the 1963 CHS State Champion football team.
Memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to the YMCA, the Humane Society of Navarro County, The Alzheimer's Association, or Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Wanda Ann "Steven" (Westbrook) Sanders
May 3, 1931 - Sep 24, 2021

Wanda Ann Sanders died at a Waxahachie, TX, nursing home on September 24, 2021 aged 90. She was born in Kerens, TX, May 3, 1931, to Adren and Lula McSpadden Westbrook. She graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1948 and graduated from the University of North Texas in 1952. On June 13, 1953, she married Richard Morgan Sanders, Sr., in Blooming Grove, TX.
In 1957, the couple moved to Kaufman where they raised their family of three children. Wanda began teaching language arts and social studies in Kaufman School District in 1967 and continued until her retirement after 29 years in 1996.
Wanda was a loyal member of the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman for 65 years. She served in many areas of the church. Richard and Wanda were among the founding members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class, and she was a teacher of the class for many years. She sang in the choir and was an active member of the United Methodist Women.
Especially after her retirement, she was active in local organizations often holding offices in them. Among these are Clover Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. She also was active in the Friends of the Kaufman County Library and volunteered at the library delivering books to shut-ins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Richard Morgan Sanders, Jr, grandson Travis Morgan Sanders, and sister Pattye Lou Highley. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Ann and husband Donny Scott of Blooming Grove, TX; son, Justin Marshall and wife Deirdre Sanders of Mobile, AL; daughter-in-law, Regina Sanders of Lawrence, KS; granddaughter, Rebecca Allison and husband Brent Carnagie; and three great grandchildren, Houstyn Monroe Carnagie, Myric Levi Carnagie, and Lane Morgan Carnagie all of Eudora, KS. She is also survived by her sister, Adrelyn "Babe" Crider of Breckinridge, TX, as well as by beloved nieces, nephews, and many Westbrook and McSpadden cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kaufman, Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, or Friends of the Kaufman County Library.
A memorial service is planned for October 9, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman.


Haleigh Frances Heath
Apr 9, 2003 - Sep 5, 2021

Haleigh Frances Heath, age 18, of Chatfield, TX, passed away on September 5, 2021 in Wyoming while attending college.
She was born on April 9, 2003 in Hillsboro, TX to Charles and Krystalyn Faith (Tingle) Heath. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney, Texas with Mr. Billy Tingle officiating. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Marshall and Marshall in Whitney.
Haleigh graduated from Kerens High School where she was involved in the band program and FFA. She was a diesel mechanic student at WyoTech in Wyoming.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Emily Rose Heath; and grandfather, John Preston Heath.
Haleigh is survived by her parents, Charles Preston Heath and wife, Krystalyn Faith Heath; brother, Charlie Heath; grandparents, Connie Heath, Mary Moon and spouse, Rick Tingle and spouse; uncles, John Heath and spouse, Clay Heath, Billy Tingle and spouse; along with many great aunts, great uncles, cousins, family and friends.


Lance Edward Reed
Apr 7, 1962 - Apr 4, 2022

Lance Edward Reed, 59 of Frost, Texas passed away April 4, 2022. He was born April 7, 1962, in Dallas, Texas to Kennith and Joan Reed.

At an early age, Lance moved to Frost where he graduated from Frost High School in 1980, then attended Navarro College. He was employed at Regal International in Corsicana for over 20 years, later becoming partner in Core Rubber and was most recently self-employed. Lance served on the Frost City Council as Alderman and also as Mayor. He was currently serving with the Frost Cemetery Association. Lance's favorite hobby was deer hunting. He always looked forward to the fall and deer season. He also enjoyed watching John Wayne movies.

Lance is preceded in death by his father, Kennith Reed. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Reed; mother, Joan Reed; daughter Jessica Reed and her partner Tim Statum; brother Clay Reed and wife Debbie; brothers-in-law Jerry Drake and John Drake, wife Sara; nieces and nephews Amanda Martin, Zach Reed, Courtney Keith, Camden Martin, Kierra Smith, Jeremy Drake, Jeffrey Drake, Melina Drake, Tristin Drake, and Hagen Drake.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Griffin-Roughton. Burial will be at the Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Ballew, Cody Ballew, David Watson, Zach Reed, Caleb Martin, and Tim Statum.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Frost Community Center Food Pantry 217 N. Garrity Frost, Texas 76641, or Frost Cemetery Association P.O. Box 178 Frost, Texas 76641.



Lance Edward Reed Obituary
We are sad to announce that on April 4, 2022, at the age of 59, Lance Edward Reed of Frost, Texas, born in Dallas, Texas passed away. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Lance Edward Reed to pay them a last tribute.

He was predeceased by : his father Kennith Reed. He is survived by : his mother Joan Reed; his wife Marilyn Reed; his daughter Jessica Reed (Tim Statum); his brother Clay Reed (Debbie); his brothers-in-law, Jerry Drake and John Drake (Sara); and his nieces and nephews, Amanda Martin, Zach Reed, Courtney Keith, Camden Martin, Kierra Smith, Jeremy Drake, Jeffrey Drake, Melina Drake, Tristin Drake and Hagen Drake.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Frost Community Center Food Pantry 217 N. Garrity Frost, Texas 76641, or Frost Cemetery Association P.O. Box 178 Frost, Texas 76641.

Patricia Ann Mullin
Jul 9, 1961 - Sep 13, 2021

Funeral service for Patricia Ann Mullin, passed away September 13, 2021 in Corsicana. Viewing will be held on Friday, September 17 at Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral will be held on Saturday, September 18 at Emanuel Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in Woodland Cemetery. Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana will handle funeral arrangements.


Joe Wesley "JW" Bowden
Sep 7 , 1907 - Aug 31, 1999

Montalba- J. W. Bowden, 91,died in Palestine.
Graveside services: Chapel of the Air in Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine.
J. W. Bowden was born in Tarrant County. He was former owner of J. W. Bowden Concrete Products from 1947 to 1972 and Farmers Tractor Co. from 1953 to 1960.
He was a member of the Palestine Industrial Foundation.
Survivors: wife of 72 years, Clifford A. Bowden; son, Don Bowden of Palestine; brothers, Warren Murphy of Corsicana, Leland Murphy of Athens and Tom Murphy of Conroe; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.


  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1999 pg 5-6)
  • Land of Memory Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX

Theresa Jane (Teinert) Holditch-Allen
Jul 2, 1932 - Mar 28, 2022
Theresa Jane Allen

Theresa Jane Allen of Tyler, TX, passed away March 28, 2022, at the age of 89. She was born in Copperas Cove, TX, on July 2, 1932, the youngest of 10 children, to G. J. and Wanda Teinert, a family descended from the group of German Wends who settled near Serbin, TX in the 1850s, seeking religious and cultural freedom. She graduated from high school in Pearsall, TX, where she excelled as a scholar and athlete.

Theresa attended Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, TX, and after graduation, married Murry Holditch. They had 3 children—Terry, Murry Jr. and Greg. Murry Sr. passed away in 1966. Subsequently, Theresa obtained her master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University after winning 1 of 30 scholarships from a nationwide pool of 4000 applicants. She was a life-long educator—classroom teacher, guidance counselor and education service center consultant.

Theresa married Eldean “Dink” Allen in 1968. He passed away in 1995. Murry Jr. also preceded her in death in 2008.

Theresa enjoyed traveling, reading, sports, classical music and the Hallmark channel. Most of all, she loved her family and friends. She is survived by her brother Willard Teinert and wife Ann, of Bryan, TX; daughter Terry Holditch Witter, son Greg Holditch and wife Karen, all of Tyler, TX; daughter-in-law Dianna Holditch of Nashville, TN; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Andrew, David, Emily, Nick, Trey, Zach, Brey, Ella and Adley; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church chapel, 230 W. Rusk Street, Tyler, TX 75701. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Theresa’s memory to East Texas Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 6323, Tyler, TX 75711; Pets Fur People, 1823 County Road 386, Tyler, TX 75708; or a charity of your choice.


  • 1st husband Murray Wayne Holditch, Sr. 2nd husband Eldean “Dink” Allen d/o Gerhard John Teinert and Theresia Wanda (Schneider) Teinert
  • Boren-Conner Funeral Home
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Albert Jordon Williams
Sep 18, 1884 - May 4, 1958

A. J. Williams Burial Thursday

Funeral services for A. J. Williams, 73 , who died in Dallas Tuesday were held from the Chapel of the First Presbyterian church in Dallas Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

A second service at Oakwood cemetery here Thursday at 2:30 p.m. was conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Williams was a retired Texas Company employe and resided in Corsicana for 30 years prior to moving to Dallas five years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha McDaniel Williams, and a daughter, Mrs. Nettie Pearl Brown, both of Dallas; a brother, Robert B. Williams, Breckenridge, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jesse N. Carson, Kenneth N. Belew, Billy J. Browne, Tommy Floyd, Frank Irwin and Herman Magnenat.

Griffin directed.


John Wiley Freeman
Nov 30, 1886 - Dec 17, 1958

John Freeman Dies Wednesday

John W. Freeman, 72, Route 4, Corsicana, retired farmer died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Florence Freeman; a son, James Henry Freeman, Palmer; two daughters, Mrs. Rachel Virginia Osborne, Kerrville, and Mrs. Laura Juanita Wooten, Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, a brother, J. B. Freeman, Groesbeck; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Palmer, Ft. Worth, and Mrs. Ivie Jones, Houston and other relatives.


Florence Gertrude (Ray) Freeman
Nov 12, 1900 - Mar 9, 1975

Mrs. Freeman

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Florence Freeman, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Paulyne’s Convalescent Home.

Rev. David Williams will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, James H. Freeman of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Rachel V. Osborne of Kirville, and Mrs. Laura Juanita Wooden of Pleasant Grove, 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a brother, John H. Ray of Garland.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Annie O'Neal Kennemore, Miss
Jan 13, 1892 - Feb 26, 1958

Miss Kennemore Services Sunday

Funeral services for Miss Annie Kennemore, 66, long-time Corsicana resident, who died at her home, 1308 Hackberry with a heart attack Wednesday afternoon, will be held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by rev. William J. Moore, pastor of the Westside Baptist church. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Miss Kennemore was reared in Purdon.

Surviving are a brother, Henry Kennemore, Purdon; Jerry Kennemore, Corsicana; Thomas E. Kennemore, Dallas; Mrs. Claudine Farmer, Austin; Mrs. Annie May Merrell, El Paso; and Misses Doris Jean and Pauline Kennemore, both of Corsicana, nieces and nephews whom she reared, and a number of other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Thomas E. Kennemore, Jerry Kennemore, Robert Kennemore, Abb Kennemore, L. H. and N. C. Kennemore, all nephews.


Abner B. “Abb” Kennemore
Nov 3, 1905 - Feb 16, 1970

Abb Kennemore Dies At Conroe

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Corley Funeral Home for Abb Kennemore, 64, who died Monday in Conroe.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Kennemore of Conroe; three brothers, Robert of Fort Worth, Thomas E., of Dallas and Jerry of Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Bertha Pillans of Rusk, Mrs. Claudine Farmer and Miss Pauline Kennemore of Austin, Mrs. Annie May Merrell of Amarillo and Mrs. Doris Gay, all of Corsicana; and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Feb. 16, 1970
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Myrtie Melissa (Tiner) Kennemore married Jul. 26, 1933 s/o David Edward Kennemore and Fannie (McDonald) Kennemore


Kennemore Rites

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Abb Kennemore who die Monday in Conroe. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Mickey Loftis with interment in Resthaven Memorial Park.
[Changed to Oakwood Cemetery]

Survivors include his wife, three brothers, five sisters, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be N. C., Lloyd and David Kennemore, Lewis Owens, Dave Barton and O’Neal Wilcox.



Kennemore Rites

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Abb Kennemore, 64, who died Monday in Conroe. The Rev. Mickey Loftis officiated. Burial was changed to
Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Kennemore of Victoria; five sisters, three brothers and other relatives.


William Quinn
Mar 24, 1879 - Jan 9, 1958

William Quinn Services Friday

Funeral services for William Quinn, 78, retired, who died at his home in Dallas Thursday morning, were held at Oakwood cemetery, here Friday at 10:30 a.m. The rites were conducted by Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

The body laid in state at the McCammon Chapel until the funeral hour.

Quinn was connected with the Nicholson seed company in Dallas for many years, prior to his retirement.

Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Jean Jester Quinn, Dallas, formerly of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Jack Almond, Douglas Almond, Billy Gibson, Frost Justiss, Alton Justiss, Dell Kneale, Samueal Kneale and Dicky Calkins, cousins.


Charlene (Childress) Collier
Feb 18, 1920 - May 7, 2013

Charlene Childress Collier was born in Rankin, Texas February 18, 1920 to Ethel Derden Childress and Charley Clay Childress. She married Tommy Ray Collier on May 24, 1941 in Waxahachie, Texas and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage together.

Soon after her husband left for the war in 1941 she went to work at Consolidated Aircraft in Ft Worth and became a true Rosie the Riveter shooting rivets into the wings of bombers during 1942 and 1943. After the war, Tommie & Charlene moved to Emhouse & raised their three children.

She was always involved in her children's activities at church and at school and later in life remained busy every day doing something for others. She loved being outdoors and tending to her yard & cattle. When she went inside she was busy with her hands. She learned from her grandmother how to work with her hands, sewing, crocheting and quilting.

She was a very talented & creative lady that could see a picture of something & duplicate it. For all the years of her life she made curtains, pillows, party dresses, coats, costumes, bridesmaid & wedding dresses & in later years devoted herself to making quilts. As a hand quilter she has spent long hours & many days at the quilt frame, but piecing quilts gave her great pleasure. She found a peace in the quiet world of silent stitches. She completed quilts for all her children and grandchildren and lots of special friends and relatives. This was her gift of time for times to come. She passed on those simple treasures that cannot be mass produced. May beautiful memories of her will always be quilted together in our hearts.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Watkins & husband Ronny, Charles Collier and wife Bobbie and Debby Bryant and husband Marc; five grandchildren, Brandye West and husband Tom, Kevin Collier and wife Elizabeth, Caryn Collier and husband Les McKay, Becky Sultan and husband Bryan & Matthew Bryant and wife Beth; three great grandchildren, Gavin Collier, Luke Bryant and Grayson McKay.
She was a member of Northside Baptist Church & worked in the Care Center & cooked on Wednesdays for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and four brothers and one sister and many dear family members and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 5:00-7:00pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She will be remembered in a funeral service on 2:00pm Friday, May 10, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Collier, Matthew Bryant, Tom West, Bryan Sultan. Les McKay and Scott Watkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Nelson, John F. Henderson, John Paul Collier and Brett Watkins.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church Care Center or an organization of your choice.


Sarah Bailey ”Sallie” (Pugh) Fendley
Apr 1, 1862 - Jun 4, 1958

Thursday Rites For Mrs. Fendley

Mrs. C. M. Fendley, long-time Corsicana resident, died at her home, 710 West Third avenue, Wednesday night following a brief illness.

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

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church, which she was a long-time member.

Surviving are a daughter, Miss Ethel Fendley, and a son, Harrison Fendley, both of Corsicana, and a grandson, Harry Fendley, Harvard Law School.

Pallbearers were Dr. E. H. Newton, Allyn Gordon, Robert Bowers, Eugene Stewart, H. E. Smalling, T. H. Buschaus, Elmer Pryor, Guy Buck, W. C. Lewis, J. I. Ellett, George Hudson and C. M. Gillespie.


Ethel Fendley
Aug 1887 - Sep 24, 1965

Miss Fendley Services Held

Final rites for Miss Ethel Fendley, retired postal clerk, who died early Friday at her home, 610 West Third avenue, were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The services were conducted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. Leon Baze, assistant pastor.

Miss Fendley was a member of the Corsicana Lodge No. 118, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a longtime active member of the B. P. W. Club here.

Surviving are a brother, Harrison Fendley, Corsicana; a nephew, Harry Fendley, Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Walter Fendley and Mrs. Harrison Fendley, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearer were Eugene Stewart, Elmer Pryor, Claude Pickering, Roland Bee, Alton Justiss, W. C. O’Neal, L. P. Tilton, W. C. Sullivan, Pat Barton and Jerry Roe.


Warren Kerr
Apr 16, 1885 - Mar 11, 1958

Warren Kerr Dies Tuesday Morning

Warren Kerry, 72, former Corsicana resident, hotel clerk, died in Longview early Tuesday morning. He had been in Longview 35 years and was a clerk at the Mobly Hotel where he resided.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church, and Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church, and Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. T. R. McAfee, Corsicana; a nephew, Kenneth McAfee, Austin; an aunt, Mrs. N. F. Garrett, Corsicana, and other relatives.


Maggie Jewell (Lynch) Beene
Aug 31, 1907 - Jun 13, 1958

Services Sunday For Mrs. Beene

Funeral services for Mrs. Jewell Been, 50, of Dallas, who died in the Navarro Clinic Friday morning were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. T. Furr, pastor of the Hillcrest Baptist church in Dallas, assisted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church here. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Beene was a native of Cherokee county and was employed by the United Wholesale Company in Dallas.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Lula Lynch; a brother, Edgar B. Lynch; three sisters, Miss Jessie Lynch; Mrs. Lola Townley and Mrs. Howard Wilson, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were employes of the United Wholesale Company.


Lula Dixie (Ford) Lynch
Feb 01, 1888 - Jun 27, 1973

Mrs. Lynch

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for Mrs. Lula D. Lynch, 85, of Corsicana who died Wednesday morning at her home. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Lynch is survived by one son, Edgar Lynch of Corsicana; two daughters, from Corsicana, Miss Jessie Lynch and Mrs. Townley, and another daughter, Mrs. Howard Wilson, Dresden; and two sisters, Mrs. Lela Jordon of Cedar Creek, and Mrs. Mattie Johnson of Malakoff.


Ralph Alexander Beaton
Feb 13, 1879 - Dec 17, 1958

Ralph Beaton Rites Friday

Funeral services for Ralph A. Beaton, 79, Corsicana native, who died in Baylor hospital Wednesday, were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

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

Beaton moved to Dallas in 1913 and organized the Continental Building and Loan Association. He later was connected with the Texas Railroad commission and had been with this agency 25 years when he retired in 1951.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. E. Y. Chambers, Roswell, N. M.; a brother, Walter Beaton, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. E. H. Kimball, Dallas; Mrs. L. H. Gross, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. A. J. Carpenter, Hot Springs, Ark.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. A. Vaughn, Ed M. Polk, Joe Simkins, A. J. Bell, Glynn Bell, R. H. Cummins, E. H. Kimball and Gus Berry.


Iona (Thornell) Ennes
Nov 12, 1917 - Nov 18, 1958

Mrs. L. D. Ennes Dies In Dallas

Mrs. L. D. Ennes, 41, native Corsicanan, but a resident of Dallas for several years, died unexpectedly early Tuesday at her home in Dallas. She was a daughter of Mrs. Lois Taylor Thornell of Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. from Corley’s chapel with Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of First Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Ennes is survived by her husband of Dallas; her mother, Mrs. Thornell of Corsicana; one brother, Max Thornell, and two nephews, Mike and Tom Thornell of Sweetwater, and other relatives.


James Derwood Lynch
Sep 7, 1916 - Jun 5, 1964

James D. Lynch Dies In Dallas

James D. Lynch, 57, of 4008 Laforge street, Dallas, died in Dallas Friday.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Cave-Smith Chapel in Dallas with graveside services at Oakwood cemetery here Sunday at 4 p.m. with McCammon directing local arrangements.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret E. Florence, Mrs. Charles E. Hudnall and Sheryl Annett Lynch; two sons, D. W. and Roger Keith Lynch, all of Dallas; four grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Elenora Allen, Mexia; three brothers, W. M. Lynch, J. C. Laseter and Marvin Laseter, all of Houston, and other relatives.


Novaline (Molloy) Wilson
Jun 5, 1883 - Jan 10, 1958

Mrs. Joe Wilson Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe W. Wilson, 74, who died at her home, 1394 West Seventh avenue early Friday, were held from the McCammon Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Wilson was a member.

Mrs. Wilson was born near Rice and had resided in Corsicana 50 years.

Surviving are a son, Joe W. Wilson, Victoria; a grand-daughter, Joann Wilson, Victoria; a brother, L. C. Molloy, Austin; a sister, Mrs. Julian (Dude) Ransom, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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


Elizabeth J. “Lizzie” (Curtis) Nichol
Dec 1864 - May 25, 1958

Monday Services For Mrs. Nicol

Funeral services for Mrs. W. H. Nichol, 92, who died in Bastrop Sunday while visiting relatives, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf Jr., rector of St. John’s Episcopal church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, H. C. (Bert) Nichol, Corsicana, and Reggie M. Nicol, Bastrop; three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Gordon and Mrs. Mary Curtis Harris, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ralph C. Tapp, Phoenix, Ariz., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wm. V. Mowlam, Thomas Curtis, Jimmy Gordon, Albert Frey, Carl Mirus, Ed M. Polk and Robert Hamilton.


William Herbert Curtis “Bert” Nichol
Apr 20, 1892 - Dec 9, 1963

Thursday Rites For Bert Nichol

Funeral services for H. C. (Bert) Nichol, 71, of 1242 West Fifth avenue, who died in the Lisbon (Dallas) VA hospital Tuesday morning, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Father Arthur Lockhart, Athens Episcopal minister.

Native of Corsicana, Nicol was a retired welder. He served four years in the U. S. Navy and returned to the Navy for service during World War I.

Surviving are a brother, Reginald Nichol, Jacksonville; and other relatives. His wife the former Miss Annie Beal Clarkson, died several years ago.

Pallbearers will be Albert Frey, Charles Frey, Tom Spikes, Wm. Clarkson, III; Roy Peebles, Charles J. Davis, Hubert Braselton, Fred Bone, Thomas Curtis and W. W. Gage.


Hattie Jane (Curtis) Gordon
Feb 25, 1870 - Mar 14, 1961

Mrs. J. M. Gordon Dies Tuesday, Rites Saturday

Mrs. J. M. Gordon, 91, died at the family home, 614 West Fifth avenue Tuesday afternoon following a heart attack.

Native of Virginia, Mrs. Gordon had resided in Texas most of her life and in Corsicana more than a half century.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hallie Hampton and Mrs. Minnie Lemon, both of Corsicana, and Edwin Gordon, Denver, Colo.; a grandson, Jack Hampton, San Angelo; six grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. from St. John’s Episcopal church with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Hulsey, rector.

Pallbearers will be Bert Nicol, W. V. Mowlam, Carl Mirus, Albert Frey, E. M. Polk, C. A. Gordon and W. A. Lang.

McCammon will direct



Mrs. J. M. Gordon Rites Saturday

Final rites for Mrs. J. M. Gordon, 91, who died of a heart attack at her home, 614 West Fifth avenue, Tuesday, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from St. John’s Episcopal church.

The services were conducted by Rev. Sam Hulsey, rector assisted by Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hallie Hampton and Mrs. Minnie Lemon, both of Corsicana; two sons, Jimmy Gordon, Denver, Colo.; a grandson, Jack Hampton, San Angelo; six great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Harris, Corsicana, and Mrs. Ralph C. Tapp,. Phoenix, Ariz; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bert Nicol, M. V. Mowlam, Carl Mirus, Albert Frey, Ed. M. Polk, C. A. Gordon and W. A. Lang.

McCammon directed.


Louella (Boyd) Frazier
Feb 29, 1872 - Mar 31, 1958

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Frazier

Funeral services for Mrs. J. S. Frazier, 86, native of Navarro, who died at her home in the Roane community Monday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, New London, former pastor of the Roane Baptist church, and Rev. Fred Chapman, pastor of the Roane church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, A. V. and J. C. Frazier, both of Roane; five daughters, Mrs. J. W. Bragg, Roane; Ms. R. A. Jones, Corsicana; Mrs. H. D. Bentley, Plainview; Mrs. W. L. Jones, Luling; Mrs. H. R. Fluker, Roane; three brothers, Amos and Will Boyd, both of Malakoff and Blair Boyd, Frost; a sister, Mrs. George Shelton, Malakoff; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Sons-in-law were pallbearers.


Steven Bryan Frazier
Aug 21, 1964 - Sep 15, 1965

Frazier Child Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Steven Bryan Frazier, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Jr., who died in Hot Springs, Ark., Wednesday afternoon will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents of Hot Springs; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Clark, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Axtell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Earl Milner, Scott Felton, Richard Tazelka and Billy Nichols.



Frazier Child Dies Wednesday

Steven Bryan Frazier, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Jr., died in Hot Springs, Ark. Wednesday afternoon.

Graveside rites will be held at Oakwood cemetery Saturday at 2 p.m.

Surviving are the parents of Hot Springs, Ark. and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Clark, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Axtell, and other relatives.

Corley directs local arrangements.


Minnie (Chappell) Coleman
Mar 14, 1894 - Jan 21, 1972

Mrs. Coleman

STREETMAN—Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Coleman, 77, were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Gaines officiating. Burial was to be in the Cade Cemetery under direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

A native of Streetman, Mrs. Colman died Friday in Austin.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Skibra of Austin and Mrs. Bervis Hodge of Cavina, Calif.; four grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.


Archie Eugene Gaddy, Sr.
Sep. 3, 1906 - May 24, 1972

A. E. Gaddy, Sr.

WAXAHACHIE—Archie Eugene Gaddy, Sr., 65, a resident of Waxahachie for the past year and native of Streetman, died Thursday morning in the hospital here. He was the retired general manager of Bush Supply Co. in McAllen, where he had resided for 20 years before moving to Waxahachie. He was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church here.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church with the Rev. David McCord officiating. Graveside rites and burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cade Cemetery near Streetman under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home of Waxahachie.

He is survived by his widow of Waxahachie; two sons, A. E. and Sam H. Gaddy, both of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. H. L. Gatewood, also of Dallas; and six grandchildren.


Ansel Enoch Gaddy
Dec 30, 1883 - Dec 24, 1959


Thomas David Gaddy
Jun 30, 1962 - Dec 10, 2005

Gaddy, Thomas David, Born June 30, 1962 in Dallas, Tx. and passed away December 10, 2005 in Farmers Branch, Tx. Preceded in death by father Sam H. Gaddy Sr., survived by mother, Arlene F. Gaddy, brother Sam H. Gaddy, Jr., sister-in-law Kyra D. Gaddy, nephew Joseph S. Gaddy and niece Hanna D. Gaddy. Tom never met a stranger, only friends yet to be made.


Billy Winston Elias, Sr.
Dec 24, 1932 - Jan 19, 2021

Billy Winston Elias Sr. of Corsicana, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at a healthy age of 88. Billy was born in Kilgore, TX on December 24, 1932 to the father, William Elias and mother, Madeline Gibson. He received a formal education, graduating from GW Jackson High School in 1953.
He was a man of ministry, who loved his community and shared his gift of singing at a number of occasions annually. He served his community faithfully and was on many local boards throughout the years.
He loved spending time with people and when he had the opportunity shared his wisdom and insight on many matters. He was a man full of joy, compassion and strength. He loved every bit of life here on earth. We are all grateful to have seen him thrive like he did.
Billy is survived by his Elias/Lyles sons, Billy Jr., Michael, Stephen, David, Joseph, Joel, Aaron, and Jonathan. His daughters, Debra, Pattie Jean, Stephanie, Belinda, JacQueline, Rebekah, Keren and a host of grandchildren and friends.
There will be a private memorial service scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2021.


Gary Lynn Tolbert
Jun 7, 1949 - Mar 3, 2021

Surrounded by family, Gary Lynn Tolbert, 71 of Corsicana, Texas went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2021 in Kerrville, Texas due to complications from surgery. He was born in Borger, Texas to Merle and Wanda Tolbert June 7, 1949. He married Sue Tolbert July 3, 1976 in El Campo, Texas. After spending 40 years in Corsicana, they recently relocated to Kerrville to enjoy retirement in the Texas Hill Country.

Gary attended West Texas State University in Canyon on a golf scholarship. He graduated with a B.S. in Social Sciences and started his career as a social worker with the State of Texas. Following that experience he began his career in education and coaching, which he is most known and loved for. He was a teacher and golf coach with Corsicana ISD for 35 years. In 1984, he obtained M.S. in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is well known to many former students as Coach Tolbert. He enjoyed all the days spent golfing at CCC, fishing with friends and travelling with Sue throughout the country, especially to the mountains of New Mexico. He cherished his children and jumped at every opportunity to spend time together.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Wanda Tolbert.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sue Tolbert of Corsicana TX; daughter, Kristen Andreasen and husband Andy, Kerrville TX; son Shane Tolbert and fiancé, Gina Lutz, Santa Fe NM; brother, Terry Tolbert and wife Debbie Tolbert ,Gilmer TX; Nephews, Travis Tolbert and wife Becky ,Hutto TX, Barry Tolbert, Dallas TX ;mother-in-law Mary Heard, Kerrville TX; brothers-in-law Jack and Carol Heard, Conroe TX, Clint and Peggy Heard , Montgomery TX, Allen and Barbara Heard, Metairie LA; nieces Jacklyn and Jeff Smejkal, Woodlands TX, Megan and Tyler Seay Montgomery TX, Taylor Heard, Houston TX; nephews, Scott and Hailey Heard, The Woodlands TX, Michael Heard, Montgomery TX, Jack Heard, Metairie LA, Ben Heard, Metairie LA.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, March 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana TX.

A memorial service celebrating Gary's life will be held March 11 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Corsicana TX with Brother Danny Reeves officiating.

Condolences may be mailed to 374 Live Oak Lane, Kerrville Texas 78028. Donations may be made in honor of Gary to First Baptist Church Corsicana or the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, Texas.


Betty Jane (Nutt) Tomlin
Feb 6, 1931 - Jan 9, 2021

Betty Jane Nutt Tomlin, 89, of Corsicana, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, in Corsicana with her family at her bedside holding her hand. Betty was born on February 6, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH to Elizzie (Rogers) Nutt and Elmer Lee Nutt. They moved to Texas when Betty was very young. Betty graduated from Corsicana High School in 1949. She married the love of her life, Glynn Floyd Tomlin on May 14, 1950 and they raised their family in Corsicana. Betty was a seamstress by trade, and she placed love in every stitch that she made. Her last place of employment was at the High School Cleaners. She had a bond with her customers and took great pride in her work. Betty was gifted with her sewing talents. In later years, she enjoyed her needle work making cross stitch and embroidered pieces. Betty also loved working jig saw puzzles as well.

Betty was a woman of strong character and faith who loved her family deeply and compassionately. She was Mamaw to so many as she offered unconditional love and was a positive role model in so many lives. She was steadfast in loving and protecting her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Glynn, their daughter, Mary Jane and a very special aunt, Mary Henderson. She is survived by her son, Glynn Wayne Tomlin, daughter, Patricia Boyde and son, Steve Tomlin and his wife, Vickie, all of Corsicana. Betty has one sister, Virginia Morris and husband, Jim from Grandbury, TX. She is survived by her grandchildren Chastity Tomlin, Kevin Tomlin, Wendy Vasquez, Staci Ward, Trevor and wife, Meredith Boyde, Amy Raney and husband Steve. She has 11 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren
Visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, in Corsicana, on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 1:00-2:00PM and graveside services following at 3:00 PM at Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Floyd Peterson. Pallbearers will be her great grandsons: Jacob Tomlin, Matthew Thomas, Justin Tomlin, Kade Arismendez, Caleb Vasquez, Joshua Vasquez Brody Boyde and Luke Boyde.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Funeral Service will be 3:00pm Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.


  • CHS grad. 1949
  • w/o Glenn Floyd Tomlin d/o Elmer Lee Nutt buried Hamilton Beeman and Eliza Ester “Elizzie” (Rogers) Nutt buried in Oakwood per death certificate
  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Aubrey Leland Tomlin
Aug 4, 1900 - Dec 30, 1961

A. L. Tomlin Of Emhouse Dies

A. L. Tomlin, Navarro county native, died in Memorial hospital Saturday. He was 61.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Interment will be in Hamilton Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Olen Bonner.

A native of Emhouse, Mr. Tomlin, born Aug. 4, 1900, was employed by the Corsicana Poultry and Egg company. He had resided at Emhouse all of his life.

Surviving are his widow of Emhouse; four sons, Curtis Tomlin, Dallas; Wallace Tomlin, Corsicana; Lynn Tomlin, Garland, and Glynn Tomlin, Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Paul Baggett, Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. D. Tomlin, McAllen; three brothers, Ray Tomlin, McAllen; Hugh Tomlin, Sweeney, and Wade Tomlin, McAllen; four sisters, Mrs. Lois Stroder, Andrews; Mrs. Minnie Saunders, McAllen, and Mrs. Daisy Horn, and Mrs. Bernice Horn, both of Sweeney; 10 grandchildren and other relatives.


Margaret Dianne Holder
Nov 20, 1959 - Nov 20, 1959

Holder Infant Rites Monday

Funeral services for Margaret Diane Holder, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Holder, who died in Houston Friday night, were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted Rev. Bob Cheek, Baytown Baptist pastor, formerly of Corsicana.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, C. H. Holder, Jr., and a sister, Marsha Holder, all of Houston, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Borden and Mr. and Mrs. C. l. Holder, all of Corsicana.


Mattie A. (Tullous) Huskey-Holder
Oct 23, 1900 - Aug 29, 1970

Mrs. Holder Services Set

Mrs. C. L. Holder, 69, died Saturday. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be today at 5 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. J. W. Dammon will officiate.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; two sons, C. H. Holder and H. B. Holder, both of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Verna Ruffenberry of Bakersfield, Calif.

Pallbearers are Dave Bordon, Clinton H. Holder, Jr., Howard Holder, James McNatt, Huntley McNatt and Cecil McNatt.


Willie Mae (Powell) Little
Nov 18, 1894 - Nov 21, 1959

Monday Rites For Mrs. Little

Funeral rites for Mrs. George Little, 65, who died of a heart attack Saturday morning at the family home, 1428 West First avenue, were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The services were conducted by Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband George W. Little, Westfield, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Ann Welch and Mrs. Bessie Hart, both of Duncan, Okla., and Mrs. Martha Tharp, Dallas; 11 grandchildren, a brothers, Dan C. Powell, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, Gladenburg, Md. And other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. R. McKinney, Doyle Maples, A. W. Frey, P. H. Franklin, Hubert Joyner, M. O. Reitch.


William Ludwick Roloff
May 13, 1861 - Feb 27, 1932

Pioneer of Dawson Community Died in Waco

DAWSON, Feb. 27 (Spl) W. L. Roloff aged 71, resident of this community died in a Waco sanitarium and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. Waddill, pastor.

Mr. Roloff was a farmer and had been active in affairs of the community for years.

Surviving are his widow and two sons R. J. Roloff and H. A. Roloff of Dawson and a daughter Mrs. W. S. Walker, Colorado.


Elwanda Jewel (Smith) Pevehouse
Nov 7, 1922 - Jan 18, 2022

Here is Elwanda Jewel Pevehouse’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Elwanda Jewel Pevehouse of Waxahachie, Texas, born in Frost, Texas, who passed away at the age of 99, on January 18, 2022. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Elwanda Jewel Pevehouse or send a beautiful flower arrangement to the funeral service.

She was predeceased by : her parents, William Jewel and Ruth Smith; her significant other S. L. Pevehouse; and her siblings, Juanita Ruth (James Moore) and William Price Smith (Glenna).

She is survived by : her children, William L. Pevehouse (LouAnn), Morris L. Pevehouse (Glenda), Pamela K. Carpenter (Larry) and Rebecca A. Pierce (Jerry); her grandchildren, Cassy, Duane Moore, Jeremy Pevehouse, Amber Pevehouse, Chris, Kim Pevehouse, Mark Brown, Chad, Carol Carpenter, Caitlin Shell, Calli and Elijah Daniel; her great grandchildren, Joshua, Kaitlyn Moore, Caleb, Alexis Moore, Alyssa Pevehouse, Abbie Pevehouse, Bradley Brown, Brody Brown and Christine Lopez; her great great grandchild Jayden Lopez; and her great-nephew Lucan Watkins. She is also survived by other nieces and nephews.


  • w/o Samuel Leonard "Budd" Pevehouse, Jr. d/o William Jewel Smith and Ruth Smith
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

Mary Frances (Hudman) Keller
Sep 8, 1929 - Mar 21, 2022

Austin - Frances Mary keller 92, Mary Frances Hudman Keller died Monday night March 21, 2022, following a stroke. She was born in Frost, Texas, Sept. 8, 1929 to Sarah Adaline and John Thomas Hudman. After her father died when she was 8, her mother remarried and she lived on the ranch owned by her mother and stepfather, John Otis Harris, in Mineral, Texas. her lifelong frugality started as a child when her mother moved Christmas celebrations to later so that she could shop the post-holiday sales. Blessed with high intelligence, she graduated from high school in Pettus, Texas at age 14 and attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos Texas to receive a degree in Biology. She met the love of her life, Thomas (Tom) Walter Keller, during college when she went for a ride in his airplane. When they married in 1947 she was 18 and had almost finished her first Masters degree in biology. She finished that degree later. They lived the majority of their 72 years of marriage on the outskirts of Brownsville, Texas in a rural area close to family. Mary was a true educator and taught students from grade school through college. She spent 4 years teaching college biology and 33 years at Brownsville Independent School District where she completed her career as a counselor at Cummings Junior High School after receiving her second Masters in Counseling from Pan American University. She delighted her students at Cummings by riding her motorcycle to work. Mary and Tom's love of adventure and nature led them to build a cabin at Rancho El Cielo in the eastern folds of the Sierra Madres in Tamaulipas, Mexico. She and Tom introduced college students as well as their two children to the unique beauty of Rancho El Cielo which eventually led to the college developing a biological research station where countless students, scientists, birders and others enjoyed the beauty of the station. In 1985, the United Nations declared El Cielo a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Mary and Tom also introduced busloads of teachers and students to history, culture and ecology in the interior of Mexico as well as many stateside trips. Mary was a woman who lived a life full of faith and love. While in Brownsville, she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Brownsville and later joined the Mineral Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher. She and her husband also helped sponsor daily coffee clubs and monthly free community breakfasts in Mineral and were generous in their time and funds devoted to people in need. Later in life, she was also full of grit and determination to live the second half of her life her way, at her family's heritage ranch in Mineral outside of Beeville. She moved there alone after she retired from the school district two years before her husband could retire and join her in 1990. Together, they worked to put the ranch back in order with new buildings and fences and extensive gardens and orchards. First breeding and selling registered Angus cattle, they switched to raising meat goats and were slowly building up their herd. They were joined in Mineral by daughter Linda and husband Allan at the neighboring ranch, who were her main support in later years. She is survived by daughter Mary Linda Keller (Allan) Cruickshanks, Mineral, son Thomas Walter (Merily) Keller, Jr., Austin, grandchildren Sed (Taya) Keller, Brian (Kate) Cruickshanks, Karen Cruickshanks, and great-grandchildren Emilia and Ashlynn Keller, Caleb, Jacob and Lydia Cruickshanks and triplets Charlie, Lucy and James Fassetta. She remained very close to devoted nephews Jack (Becky) and Frank (Vickie) Benton and niece Janet Benton (Steve) Watkins and their children, who also spent time at the ranch as well as nieces Sue (Alan) King, Elizabeth Hudman, Peggy Sue (Patrick) Carter, and Brenda Hudman. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Thomas Walter Keller in 2020; her grandson Chase Walter Keller in 2000; her brother John Thorman Hudman (J.T.) in 1969; brother Millard Mason Hudman in 2016, and nephew James (Jimmy) Hudman in 1982. A burial service will be held at Mineral Cemetery, Bee County, Reverend Jeff Brewer, Officiant, at 11AM, Friday, March 25, 2022. Please be aware of Covid precautions if attending. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made payable to the Thomas W. Keller Scholarship Fund, Keller Elementary, 2540 W. Alton Gloor, Brownsville, TX 78250, with websites and


James Michael Melton
Oct 4, 1954 - Sep 30, 2021

James Michael Melton of Waco, Texas and formerly of Corsicana passed from this life on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waco. James was born on October 4, 1954 to Cecil and Ruth Melton. He attended Corsicana schools throughout his childhood. In 1971, he joined the Air Force and served his country for 4 years. In 1973, he married Paula Wright, and they had three sons, Michael Todd, Aaron Spencer and Nicholas Kirk. They lived in Corsicana, Desoto, and Dallas.
In 1990, he married Elizabeth Shaw and they had a daughter, Alexandra.
Mike spent his work life in the car business. He sold cars at dealerships in Dallas and New Orleans, eventually becoming an owner at Westside Motors in Hillsboro, TX. Mike remained involved in the wholesale car business until his retirement in 2011.
Mike was a lover of life. His smile, laughter, and joyful personality will be missed by all that knew him.
Mike was the youngest sibling of 5. He is survived by sisters Marilyn Boulter and husband David of Murchison, Clara Machal and husband Bob of Lake Fork, Deborah Knavel of Dallas and brother Brent Melton and wife René of Denton, TX.
There are no public services scheduled at this time.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Susan Diane (Werner) Shoap
Nov 22, 1956 - Oct 6, 2021

Susan Diane Shoap, 64, of Corsicana, Texas passed from this life on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at her residence. She was born in Frostburg, Maryland on November 22, 1956 to Myles Franklin Werner and Elizabeth Iacovone Werner, the youngest of nine children. She married Kenneth Allen Shoap on May 11, 1974. Susan was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. She loved to paint and that included art, furniture, the house and anything else she could. The pride of her life was her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Jimmy Werner. Susan is survived by her husband of 46 years Kenneth Shoap. Children Megan Sozio and husband Christopher and Mandy Shoap. Grandchildren Ayla and Helene Sozio. Siblings; Judy Telligman, Mary Jane Murdoch, Patsy Bodes, Linda Kay Whistner, Jack Werner, Ronnie Werner and Gary Werner. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

At this time there are not any services scheduled.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas


Margaret Katharine H. (Knott) Hicks-Havins, Dr.
Jan 15, 1935 - Oct 7, 2021

Dr. Margaret Katharine Hicks-Havins danced "magnificently into the mystic" October 7, 2021.

Born Margaret Katharine H. Knott in Chicago, Illinois on January 15, 1935, she was fondly known by her Texas State College for Women "Demonstration school" pals as "Peggy." She grew up in Chicago, San Antonio, South Africa; Beirut, Lebanon, and Denton, Texas. Mother: Florence Elizabeth Struan Wallace (Knott-Robertson); and father: John Horatio Earle Knott were world travelers.

She shared her life with husband Ronnie Lane Havins and son Scott Havins and his wife Wendi from 1980-present. Her family with Billie Eldon Hicks from 1955-1980 includes son Charles R. Hicks and wife Trisha; daughter Marjorie E. Joyner and husband Mark; daughter Anna Janine Maples and Steve. Her childhood "Dem School" sisters were Shirley Walker and Justine Ann Frank.

Dr. Margaret K. Hicks-Havins was the Art Director at Navarro College from 1966-1991. She was a life-long member of MENSA, a two-time Fulbright-Hays Scholar from Centro Unificado Professional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Ain Shams University, Cairo Egypt. Her B.S. and M.A Degrees in Art were from Texas Women's University, and her Ph.D. in Studio Art was from University of North Texas, Denton. Art Major, 1951-52, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Dr. Hicks was an activist for freedom of speech and freedom to express art. She marched - picket sign in hand - 4 blocks to the Austin Capital front steps in 2015 at the age of 80 in support of Texas teachers. She stood in silence on stage as a guest speaker with duct tape across her mouth with the bold, black letters "Censored" at one art exhibit in protest. Her art works were accepted and shown in more than 75 juried art exhibitions primarily on the national level.

She traveled extensively creating slide shows for Navarro College students whereby she relayed her adventures to include being a personal guest at the palace of Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, Egypt's 3'rd president. Her college students painted murals on cars; painted community service workers on Corsicana fire hydrants, and created numerous Bulldog floats and gigantic competitive kites! Many students traveled to the "land site" on the west side of Corsicana to create works of art solely from natural materials found in the woods. Music festivals and poetry readings were conducted at "Doc Hicks'" land site.

Dr. M.K. Hicks opened her home to exchange students who couldn't travel home during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks. She paid for art supplies, film reels, and basic needs for starving artists each semester. She opened young minds and re-focused our eyes to see ART everywhere.

Please follow the directions below to her memorial:
Next time you walk along the wooded path, look up into the boughs and whisper, "viridian, burnt sienna, and sage."
When you sit around the fire, point out, "Cadmium red, Ochre red, an Alizarin Crimson."
As you watch God's watercolors swath across the westerly twilight, teach your child or grandchildren, "magenta, rust, salmon, and ocher yellow."
As this autumn's winds breathe movement into the carpet of fallen leaves exulting them back into the upward swirling cyclone of life... as they dance and spin... name the colors, "sepia, russet, amber and Feuille morte" because within these palettes there she smiles back at you.


Rodney Henry Harper
Oct 22, 1947 - Aug 16, 2021

Rodney Henry Harper passed away August 16, 2021, in Kampot, Cambodia. He was born October 22, 1947, in Corsicana, Texas to Joe Bob and Joy Lestine (Horn) Harper. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bob Houston "Rocky" Harper. Rodney is survived by his daughter, Renee Milkie, of Brooklyn, New York; his niece and great nephew, Megan and Bannister Harper, of Houston, Texas; and his nephew Justin Harper and wife Rachel, great niece and nephews, Lane, Jack, and Benjamin Harper, of Crosby, Texas. Additionally, he leaves an untold number of friends from around the world, including those in his adopted home of Cambodia.
A traditional Buddhist cremation service was held in Phnom Penh Cambodia on August 31. His ashes will be flown to Houston for a memorial celebration at the home of his niece on October 23, where they will be shared with family and friends to disperse in his memory during their future travels.
Rodney grew up in Navarro, Texas, graduating from Mildred High School in 1966. He, along with his brother, Rocky, best friend Larry Myers, and cousins Gene Horn and Jodie Farmer were regular fixtures for the Mildred Eagles during the mid-60s, a dominating play for football, basketball, track and baseball. A top tier athlete, Rodney was invited to the New York Mets tryout camp and later accepted a full scholarship to the University of Houston. He played football for the Cougars and earned a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management. He went on to earn a Masters in Criminology from Sam Houston State University. He spent most of his life in the travel and hospitality industries, allowing him to live and work wherever the wind took him. He was a world traveler, gifted writer and orator.
Rodney always made new friends, wherever he went in the world. One of his finest attributes was the goodness in him that took kindly to strangers who were in distress. He never seemed to be the outsider, no matter where he went. So he could make people feel as if they were going to be okay, even if they felt lost, disoriented, or betrayed. He'd buy them a drink or a meal, and cheer them up, calm them down, and give them a quick tutorial on the art of living in this world.
Rodney took in as much as he could with what the wide world had to offer. He was like his hero, Jack London, who chose to live his life like a bright meteor, streaking across the night sky. He was a Great American Novel in the flesh. And everyone who knew him well thought so too.


Diana Katherine (Dickson) Saine
Jun 7, 1945 - Sep 2, 2021

Diana Dickson Saine, 76, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully after battling Lewy Body Dementia with grace and courage. She was born Diana Katherine Dickson in Temple, TX, to Frank and Virginia Dickson. Diana was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. Diana is survived by her husband of 53 years, Steve Saine, her daughter Cynthia Gaines (Kenneth) of Worcester, MA, her daughter Marjorie Saine and granddaughter Addison Marcus of Portland, OR, and nieces and nephews in Colorado, New Mexico and Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother Frank.

Diana grew up in Corsicana, TX, where she attended school through high school graduation. She was an honor roll student and an exceptional athlete, winning the Texas state high school tennis championship her senior year. Diana graduated from Baylor University in 1967 with a BA in English and math. She met Steve at Baylor and they married a year after graduation. In 1974 they settled in Annandale, VA, where they lived for 23 years and raised their daughters. After a brief teaching career, Diana became a devoted mother and homemaker, active in her daughters' schools and coached them in their athletic endeavors. Later she embarked on a 25-year career as a tax preparer and was certified by the IRS as an Enrolled Agent.

As empty nesters, Diana and Steve moved to Blythewood, SC in 1997. There she won dozens of club and state golf championships, ultimately playing in the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship. In 2015 Diana and Steve moved to Vancouver, WA to be close to their daughter Marjorie and granddaughter Addison.

With kindness and good humor Diana made friends with ease and had many lasting friendships, staying in close touch with friends going back to school in Corsicana (especially the Tigerettes), college at Baylor, and everywhere she lived. She was baptized in the Baptist Church and was a member of the United Methodist Church in five cities over 50 years.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Visit for a more extensive obituary and to post memories. Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.


Beatriz Estella Aparicio
Mar 26, 1966 - Sep 9, 2021

Beatriz Estella Aparicio, age 54, of Corsicana, Texas passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021. She was born in Dallas, Texas on March 26, 1966.

Stella graduated from Italy High School and received her Associate's and Paralegal degree from Navarro College. She worked for Corsicana ISD as a Deaf Education Paraprofessional. She loved working with her students and had a special place in her heart for all of them. Stella will be remembered by her family as a devoted Mother who loved to lend a helping hand whenever she could. She had a loud loving personality, was a die hard Dallas Cowboy's fan, and a spiritual woman. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.

Stella is preceded in death by her father, Gorgonio C. Aparicio, and mother, Alicia T. Aparicio. She is survived by her sons, Jared Aparicio and Jacob Aparicio, granddaughter, Melina Star Aparicio, Brothers and sisters, Ricky Aparicio and wife Joann, Luis Aparicio, Anna Navarrette and husband Johnny, Michelle Bravo and husband Richard, and Petra Bruner and husband Todd, and several nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

She was also the best Wela to her great nieces and nephews whom they loved so much.


Annie Lee "Nanny" (Combs) Owens
Aug. 16, 1941 - Sept. 18, 2021

Annie (Nanny) Lee Owens, 80, of Corsicana departed from her earthly home to her Heavenly home on September 19, 2021. Annie was in Cookville, Texas. Annie passed away peacefully while be taken care of by the wonderful at Epic Nursing and Rehabilitation in Corsicana.
Annie is proceeded in death by both parents E.M (Pop) and Katherine Combs, late husband of 45 years Phillip Owens, and daughter Cindy Young. Annie is survived by sons Jimmy Easley and wife Michelle of Corsicana, and Ronald (Ronnie) Easley of Corsicana. Annie is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Stacy Dodson, Billie Sangwin, Matthew Almond, Shane Almond, Crystal Pryor, Misty Mars, and Emily Mendez, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.
For those that knew Annie, they would tell you her favorite thing to do was bargain shop with Phil. It didn't matter how bad she needed something or how much money she had, Annie wasn't going to buy it until it went on sale. She also loved and cherished her 3 dogs like they were her children until they passed.
Visitation will be Friday morning at 10-11 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Hamilton-Beeman cemetery with Eric Larsen officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Freddy Brooks Dixon
Feb 2, 1938 - Aug 31, 2021

Freddy Brooks Dixon, 83, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Legacy West Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Corsicana. Freddy's family welcomed friends to Corley Funeral Home on September 7, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for his visitation. Graveside services were held on September 8, 2021 at Hamilton-Beeman cemetery at 10 a.m. with Chaplain Dave Bibel officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Rob Dixon, Jeff Dixon, Ryan Dixon, Nick Nichols, Todd Nichols and Jeremy Williams.



Freddy Brooks Dixon was born to Thelbert & Oleta Dixon in Emhouse, Texas on February 2, 1938. He departed this world on August 31, 2021 to reunite with the love of his life, Geraldean, after 13 years apart.
His father owned and operated Six Avenue Cleaners, while his artist mother was also an art instructor. Freddy grew up in Emhouse and Corsicana with his siblings Ruel Dixon, Ruth Ann Dixon Johnson, and Mark Dixon, along with his stepsiblings James Duvall, Martha Riddle, and Mary. Although most of his time was spent in the big house, Dixon Castle, he also had many fond memories of his time spent with his cousin Cecil Rhodes. He attended school in Corsicana and Waco.
Freddy met his future wife Geraldean Rae Minatra at an early age. Her friend Bonnie Watson introduced them. They watched Freddy go by and she said Geraldean thought he was cute. The pair were married June 29, 1956, and were blessed with children Renee, Susan, Rob, Karen, and Jeff. They raised their five children on a factory worker’s salary. While they were never rich, they never did without. They got their children cars on their 16th birthdays and always had a big Christmas.
Even after surviving childhood polio, Freddy was a hard worker. He worked for Chattanooga Glass Co. for almost 23 years. He also enjoyed working on air conditioners and was a knowledgeable mechanic, a skill he passed on to his sons. Freddy was smart, quick-witted, and even quicker with a corny joke. He could be feisty and hard at times, but he had a soft side as well. He was outgoing but spent most of his time with his wife. Freddy and Geraldean enjoyed collecting antiques from garage sales, estate sales and flea markets, and collecting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. There were many trips to Canton on First Monday Weekends.
After retiring, Freddy survived a yearlong battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, recovering completely after being paralyzed from the neck down.
Freddy provided a good life for his family. His children all take the life skills and lessons learned from their father, to pass them down to their children and grandchildren for generations to come.
“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it” -William James
A special thanks to Legacy Rehab and healthcare for Dad’s final days. Also praise to Bristol Hospice nurses Jessica and Corey and home health aide Courtney
Freddy was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Geraldean; his parents; step mother Margie; in-laws Robert & Maybell Minatra; daughter in law Cathy Dixon; son in law Tom Horn; grandsons Christopher and Eric Horn; brother in law Robert (Punch) Minatra; sisters in laws Bessie Nichols & Becky Dixon; sister RuthAnn Johnson; and step siblings James and Martha.
Freddy leaves behind his children Renee (Roy), Susan (Donnie), Rob (Donna), Karen (Leslie), and Jeff; his grandchildren Chris Horn, Megan Morales (Michael), Jeremy Williams (Christine), Halie Tackitt, Hollie Tackitt, Ryan Dixon (Emily) and Emily Dixon; his great-grandkids Jensen, Cash, Waylon, Willie ,Hank, Reese and Violet; brothers Ruel Dixon (Betty) and Mark Dixon (Debbie); stepsister Mary; sister in law Elouise Holder (Bill) and many nieces and nephews.
Freddy’s family welcomes friends to Corley Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for his visitation. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Hamilton-Beeman cemetery starting at 10:00 a. with Chaplain Dave Bibel officiating.
Serving as pallbearers will be Rob Dixon, Jeff Dixon, Ryan Dixon, Nick Nichols, Todd Nichols and Jeremy Williams.


Beatrice Olive (Inmon) Lovelace
Oct 13, 1905 - Jun 2, 1964


  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • w/o Charles Carlton Lovelace; d/o Oscar J. Inmon & Sallie Harriet (McKenzie) Inmon (buried at Long Prairie Cemetery, Kerens, TX)


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