Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


Rudolph John "Rudy" Roloff
Apr 26, 1887 - Dec 31, 1958

R. J. Roloff, 71, Dies Wednesday

R. J. Roloff, 71, Dawson farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning following a several weeks' illness.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson; three sons, Clyde Roloff, Dawson; Vernon and Irvin Roloff, both of Texas City; three daughters, Mrs. Hugh Lynn Hillis, Dawson; Mrs. J. F. McClain, Union High, and Miss Marjorie Roloff, Austin; a sister, Mrs. Allie Walker, Lorraine, Texas; a brother, H. A. Roloff, Dawson; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Funeral service will be held from the First Methodist church Thursday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Milner, pastor.

Pallbearers will be Melvin Jordan, Doyle Bumpers, Wedean Teakell, Paul Evans, Wilmer Hale, Newton Barron, Dewey Renfro and Willard Thompson.

Wolfe Funeral Home directs.


Billy Ervin Roloff
Dec 4, 1929 - Dec 19, 2020

ROLOFF, Bill Billy
Ervin Roloff was born December 4, 1929 in Dawson, Texas. He had been a resident of Mineola for 27 years, formerly living in Mesquite. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and worked for Cabell's Dairy as a supervisor of truck routes for many years. Bill passed away at the age of 91 on December 19, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Garret Roloff; father, Ervin Roloff; mother, Rosie Prater; and sister, Mayfoid Parrish. Survivors include his son, Steven Roloff and wife Tayme; daughter, Sandra Roloff; grandchildren, Brandon Roloff and wife Krystal, Karmin Roloff, and Thressa Stehr and husband Chris; and great-grandchildren, Kendal Roloff, Jackson Roloff, Gage Roloff, Levi Roloff, and Ruby Stehr. A memorial service will be held for Bill Roloff at a later date and time in Mineola.


Lela Catherine (Fread) Rountree-Roloff
Dec 15, 1893 - Sep 25, 1963

Mrs. Roloff Of Dawson Expires

DAWSON, Sep. 26 - (Spl)�Mrs. Lela Roloff, 69, wife of H. A. Roloff, 69, wife of H. A. Roloff, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by a stepson, Rev. Lester Roloff, Baptist minister of Corpus Christi, and Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor.

Mrs. Roloff was a life-long Dawson resident.

Surviving are her husband of Dawson; two daughters, Mrs. A. T. York, Waco, and Mrs. T. L. Kupper, Big Spring; two sons, Tommy Roundtree, Sweetwater and Joe Roundtree, Pasadena, Texas; three brothers, Don Fread, Corpus Christi; Homer Fread, McAllen, and Raileigh Fread, San Angelo, a sister, Mrs. Emma Maddox, Dallas; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Roloff, Hugh Lynn Hillis, Harry Conner, James Mitcham, Roy NeSmith, Wesley Hale.

Eubanks will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Sep 26, 1963
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Charles Timmons Rountree 2nd husband Harry August Roloff; d/o John T. Fread & Amanda Jane (Dawson) Fread

Virginia Marie �Virgie� (Chunn) Putman
Jul 13, 1903 - Jan 30, 1962

Mrs. Putman Of Dawson Expires

Mrs. U. E. Putman, 58, of Dawson, died in Memorial hospital Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Dawson Methodist church with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Lindsey, pastor.

Surviving are her husband of Dawson, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Smithson, Grand Prairie; two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Effie Loveless and Mrs. W. L. Shillings, both of Waco, and Mrs. J. D. Grubbs, Austin; two brothers, Erwin Chunn and Richard Chunn, both of Waco, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Eubanks Funeral Home will direct.


Virginia Juanita (Hollifield) Putman
Sep 22, 1940 - Jul 25, 2013

PLEASANTON -- Virginia Juanita Putman passed from this life home to Jesus on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her daughter's home, near San Antonio.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Arlington Baptist Temple, 3434 S. Collins, Arlington, with Pastor Russell Williams officiating. Interment: 2 p.m. in Dawson Cemetery Navarro County.

Virginia was born on Sept. 22, 1940, in Brushy Prairie. She attended Frost High School in Frost. A longtime resident of Arlington, she was a homemaker and building maintenance tech for Miller Business Systems for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Buel Lee Putman; daughter, Sybil Putman; mother, Virginia Vaughn Hollifield; father, Lloyd Hollifield; brother, Robert Hollifield; brother, Harold Hollifield; sister, Judy Morton.

Survivors: Daughter, Loretta Putman Turner and son-in-law, George Turner; son, Michael Lee Putman; grandchildren, Nanette Irvin, Kathleen Turner, Reuben Turner, Dorothy Turner, Dylan Putman and Ashley Putman.


Sybil Putman
Jul 11, 1958 - Jul 22, 2010

Sybil Putman, 52, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Arlington. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Tuesday in Dawson Cemetery.

Sybil was born on July 11, 1958, in Corsicana. She was raised in Arlington and graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1976.

Survivors: Parents, Buel Lee and Virginia Juanita Putman; sister, Loretta Lynne Turner and husband, George; brother, Michael Lee Putman and wife, Tamara.


  • Published in Star-Telegram on Jul. 25, 2010. -
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Buel Lee Putman & Virginia Juanita (Hollifield) Putman

Ulysses Elija Putman
Jun 9, 1897 - Dec 31, 1973

U. E. Putman

DAWSON - Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dawson Methodist Church for Ulysses E. Putman, 76, retired Dawson farmer, who died early Monday in the Hubbard Hospital.

The Rev. Lawrence Clayton will officiate. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Eubanks Funeral Home of Hubbard. Nephews will be pallbearers.

He was a member of the Dawson Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Charles Smithson of Grand Prairie; one brother, George W. Putman of Dawson; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Nesmith of Dawson, Mrs. Pearlie Phillips of Mexia, and Mrs. Genila Sykes of Winona; and two grandsons.


Mary Ann (Rose) Melton
Mar 21, 1937 - Feb 14, 2022

Obituary for Mary Ann Melton
Mary Ann Rose Melton, 84, of Dresden, TX went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 14, 2022, at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. She was surrounded by family members and friends as she made this sacred transition.
Mary Ann was born to David L. Rose and Lois (Vinson) Rose on March 21, 1937, in Hillsboro, Texas. She was raised in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1955. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Janie Herring and brother- in- law, Richard Herring.
On May 10, 1958, Mary Ann married the love of her life, JK (Jake) Melton. They lived in the Dresden area for most of their married lives. Three children were born of this union, Benny, Penney and Brett. Mary Ann and JK raised their families alongside his beloved brother, Doug Melton, now deceased, and his wife, Nancy. The two families' stories are intertwined due to work and the desire to be close to loved ones. It is with fondness and laughter that tales of those years are often recounted.
Mary Ann worked at various establishments during her lifetime. She worked at the Navarro County Courthouse, Medical Arts Clinic and Navarro College to name a few. She willingly ended working outside the home when she became caregiver for her father-in-law, Mr. Ben B. Melton. Mary Ann filled many roles as she was the wife of a carpenter, caregiver for the elderly as well as the grandchildren at times, and kept a warm and welcoming home. Feeding people was at the top of her list of talents. The family enjoyed many Sunday lunches after church, impeccable meals thrown together at a moment's notice, her infamous fried apricot pies and the ever-famous eggless, milk less cake! Her kitchen was always open to any and everyone.
Mary Ann was a Christian and loved to study the Word of God. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove where she taught Sunday School for over 35 years. She taught all ages at one time or another, including her own children and her grandchildren. When you walked into her living room you would often find an open bible and study devotional next to her chair as she studied scripture faithfully.
Mary Ann loved her family and friends. She also loved to travel with them. She and Jake went on a number of Cruises and in 1985 she enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to the Holy Lands with her church family.
Mary Ann is survived by her husband of 64 years, JK; her two brothers, Johnny and wife Shirley of Malone and David (Bud) Rose and his wife, Elna of Corsicana. She is also survived by her children, Benny and wife Becky of Frost, Penney Weaver and husband Marty and Brett and wife Christine all of Blooming Grove. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brittany Weaver McMath and husband Bankston, Ben Melton, Derek Weaver and wife Holi, Brooke Melton, Ethan Weaver, Bailey Melton and Rylie Melton. She was ever so proud of her great grandchildren which include Jackson, Tucker and Lainey McMath, Weston Kinkade, Tate Norton and Rhett and Stetson Weaver.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Twilight Home Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Bristol Hospice.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 5-7pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am Friday, February 18, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Derek Weaver, Ben Melton, Ethan Weaver, Bankston McMath, Timmy Keith and Jason Farish. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.

Any memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


Mary Ruth (Spears) Sharp
Jan 31, 1938 - Feb 16, 2022

Obituary for Mary Ruth Sharp
Mary Ruth Spears Sharp, 84 of Purdon, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Corsicana. She was born January 31, 1938, in Dallas to Robert Rowland Spears and Doris Crim. She was the second child born. She met the love of her life Will Sharp in 1952 and on November 28, 1952, they were married. She became an Army wife in February 1953 until April 1955. She worked for Texas Instruments of 18 years before she became a stay-at-home mom and wife.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Rowland Spears and Doris Crim, her husband of 68 years Will V. Sharp, her oldest son Will V. Sharp Jr., her daughter Mary Elizabeth Sharp. She is survived by her brothers Walter (Buddy Spears and wife, George Spears and wife; son Robert Clinton
(Clint) Sharp and wife Robertta and Anthony (Tony) Sharp and wife Tonya; daughter in law Carleen Sharp and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 19th from 11:30am - 1:30pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, February 19, 2022, at
Dresden Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Josh Trees, Lance Trees, Chris Sharp, Joey Slade, Billy Slade, June Fira, Jez Cashion, Jabe Cashion.


Peyton Elmer �Pate� Longorio
Apr 17, 1904 - Oct 3, 1959

P. E. Longorio Dies Saturday

Pate E. Longorio, 55, of 1443 West Sixth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Birdston cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

A native of Sandia, Texas, he had resided in Richland for 27 years before moving to Corsicana four years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, John Mack and James Longorio, both of Corsicana; two brothers, Charles Longorio, Karnes City, and Luther Longorio, Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Betty Cox, Sandia, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Wilburn Buchanan, J. R. Buchanan, Donald Rose, Allen Jamison, Edgar Blissett, James Blissett, Jack Russell and Eben E. Stover.


John McArthur �Mack� Robinson
Feb 17, 1893 - Dec 30, 1959

Mack Robinson Rites Thursday

STREETMAN, Dec. 31 (Spl.) - Funeral services for Mack Robinson, farmer, who was reared here, were held from the Presbyterian church Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Cade cemetery
[Birdston Cemetery]. The rites were conducted by Rev. Lyndon L. McCutchen, pastor.

Robinson died int the Freestone County Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning.

Surviving are his wife of Streetman; two sons, Roy Robinson, Alabama, and J. W. Robinson, Streetman; a daughter, Mrs. Inez Harvard, Shreveport, La.; eight grandchildren, two brothers and other relatives.


Eunice (Webb) Robinson
Oct 24, 1892 - Dec 10, 1961

Mrs. Robinson Of Streetman Dies Of Burns

Mrs. Eunice Webb (Mack) Robinson, 69, of Streetman, died in the Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport, La., Sunday morning following an extended stay in hospitals in Fairfield and Shreveport as a result of burns suffered two months ago.

Mrs. Robinson was in the Freestone County hospital until four weeks ago when she was transferred to the Shreveport institution.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Streetman Presbyterian church of which she was an active member. The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. Grady James, pastor. Burial will be in the
Birdston cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Roy Robinson, Gadsden, Ala., and J. W. Robinson, Streetman; a daughter, Mrs. Inez Harvard, Shreveport, La.; 10 grandchildren, six sisters, Mrs. Homer T. Fullerton, Mrs. Bessie Gilbert and Mrs. Vernon Turner, all of Shreveport; Mrs. Roy Jones, Combs; Mrs. Porter Mendenhall, Baytown, and Mrs. Bill Elliott, Hobbs, N. M.; a brother, Everett Webb, Hobbs, N. M., and other relatives.

Capps Funeral Home directs.


Odis Frances Hugghins
Sep 26, 1899 - Feb 7, 1959

O. U. Hugghins Burial Monday

KERENS, Feb. 9 (Spl.) - Odis U. Hugghins, 59, farmer, died at his home in Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon following a long illness.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel with burial in the Chatfield cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Boyd Denmon, Athens, and Archie Waldrun, Palestine, both Church of Christ ministers.

Hugghins was a native of Navarro county.

Surviving are six brothers, Frank Hugghins, Big Spring, Roy and B. B. Hugghins, both of Houston; E. D. Hugghins, Athens; F. D. Hugghins, Oklahoma City; and J. T. Hugghins, Hillsboro; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Lowel, Moscow, Idaho; Mrs. Gertrude Osment, Dallas; and Mrs. Irene Gaddy, Odessa; and a number of other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.


Jimmie (Edwards) Matthews
Aug 12, 1879 - Apr 23, 1959

Mrs. Matthews Dies In Austin

Mrs. J. E. Matthews, 77, native of Chatfield, long-time resident of Austin, died in Austin Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Chatfield Methodist church with burial in the Chatfield cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, G. E. Matthews, Dallas, and Rudgeley Matthews, Belton; two daughters, Miss Evelyn Matthews, Austin, and Mrs. Harris Safley, Belton; a sister, Mrs. F. B. LeSuer, Corsicana; seven grandchildren, and other relatives.

McCammon will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Apr 23, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Jimmie Edwards Matthews is: ( list says born Aug 4, 1881 death certificate says born Aug 12, 1879)
  • w/o Thomas Pace Matthews; d/o James Henry Edwards & Henrietta Elmira (LeSueur) Edwards

Beverly (Bohmfalk) Lang
Jun 18, 1928 - Oct. 20, 2021

Beverly Bohmfalk Lang, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away on October 20, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her children. She was born in Wichita Falls on June 18, 1928 to Dr. Erwin and Grace Bohmfalk.
The family moved to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and El Paso, and at 14, they moved to Corsicana where her father, Dr. Bohmfalk, was the pastor of the First United Methodist Church.
Beverly graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945. She continued her education at SMU, and obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration. At SMU she was very active in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, was queen of SMU, and was active in many organizations on campus.
On September 23, 1949, she married Robert (Bobby) Aldrich Lang at her father's church, the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. They later moved to Dallas where Bobby attended Baylor School of Dentistry obtaining Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, Orthodontic, General Dentistry, and a fellowship in Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. In 1955 Dr. Louis Gibson invited Dr. Lang to join the newly built Medical Arts Clinic, moving them back to Corsicana.
The Lang family was an integral part of Corsicana's history, with his great-grandfather Captain Charles Henry Allyn, a captain in the Union Army during the Civil War, former Corsicana city council member, former Mayor, co-founder of the First National Bank, the cotton mill, and St. John's Episcopal Church, where Dr. Lang and Beverly were very active as fourth generation members, and both sang in the choir (Bobby for 70 years).
Beverly's grandfather, Dr. Jefferson Woolsey, was a family doctor serving the community of Karnes City, with their home being used as his office and the local hospital. Beverly's mother, Grace, would go with her father in his horse and buggy as he visited his patients. Her great-great grandfather, James Rogers Cocke, was a member of the 23rd and 24th Texas Legislature in the early 1890's. His picture hangs in the halls of the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Beverly and Bobby loved touring their favorite lighthouses, and the historic states of the east coast. They once found the site of an old family home in old colonial Virginia built in 1662 (the Cocke family) that was used for Lafayette and his troops to encamp during the Revolution, and was later used as a hospital during the Revolution.
She also loved England and Scotland and the mountains of Estes Park, Colorado, where her parents lived for many years (she passed this love on to her daughter, Susan).
She owned "Beverly's Antiques and Things", as she loved decorating and helping others find unique antiques for their homes and offices.
She was very active in Corsicana as a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), the Quintilian Club, the Corsicana Library, the Kinslow House, the Episcopal Church, and many other community organizations.
She is preceded in death, on June 21st, by her husband of 71 years, Dr. Robert Aldrich Lang, infant son, Robert Bruce Lang (twin brother of David Aldrich Lang), and her parents, Dr. Erwin F. and Grace Bohmfalk. She is survived by a brother, Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, Jr. of Waynesboro Virginia, daughter Susan Grace Lang McClanahan and husband Chuck, sons David Aldrich Lang, and John Frederick Lang and wife Connie, all of Corsicana. Grandchildren include Dr. Leslie McClanahan Pierce and husband Dr. Paul Pierce of Colorado Springs, Christopher McClanahan and wife Melinda of Little Rock, Jonathon Lang, twin grandsons, David Lang and wife, Raeleigh, and Timothy Lang and wife, Kylie, all of Corsicana; Chasidy Ybarra of Tyler, and Chanda Hendricks and husband Lee of Galveston. She has 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 25th, in the Parlor of St. John's Episcopal Church at 9 a.m., with funeral services to follow in the sanctuary at 10 a.m., with Father Ed Monk presiding. Graveside to follow in Oakwood Cemetery with arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Pallbearers to include Christopher McClanahan, Jonathon Lang, David Lang, Timothy Lang, River Watson, Jaxsen Mahoney and John Lang.
The family would like to thank Dr. Dale Campbell, Dr. Jan Merida DNP, and the special, special caregivers that adored her and Dr. Lang, "Amazing Angels", Angela Kearney owner. Both she and Dr. Lang adored Angela, Craig, and the other caregivers, and the family is forever grateful for their care, knowledge, and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, the family request any donations to St. John's Episcopal Church of Corsicana.


William "Harold" Elmore
Feb 17, 1927 - Oct 17, 2021
William "Harold" Elmore of Carrollton, Tx (formerly of Frost, Tx) went home to meet his heavenly father on Sunday, October 17, 2021. He is preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years, Robbie Ponder Elmore. He was born in 1927 to William A. Elmore and Essie Yarbrough Elmore. He is survived by his son, Lloyd Elmore (wife Karen) and daughter, Nancy Van Tiem (husband Dennis); two granddaughters, Tonya Phillips (husband Lance) and Brittany Hutchens (husband Branson); and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6 - 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Frost Baptist Church in Frost, Tx on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at the Richland Cemetery in Mertens.



William "Harold" Elmore went home to see his heavenly father on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at age 94; he resided at Sonoma House Assisted Living in Carrollton, Tx. Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 6 - 8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is Corsicana, Tx; the Celebration of Life service will be Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00am at Frost Baptist Church in Frost, Tx. Internment will follow at Richland Cemetery in Mertens.

Harold was born on February 27, 1927 to William A. Elmore and Essie Yarbrough Elmore. He was the second of 9 children. He is survived by his brother, Kenneth Elmore and is preceded in death by Doris Perry Clanahan, Laverne "Sis" Walles, Francis Bell, Bobby Elmore, Billy Elmore, Betty Cox and LouAnn Kyte. He married his wife, Robbie Ponder Elmore, July 9, 1948; she preceded him in death in 2018 after almost 70 years of marriage. He is survived by two children: Lloyd Elmore (wife Karen) and Nancy Van Tiem (husband Dennis); two granddaughters: Tonya Phillips (husband Lance) and Brittany Hutchens (husband Branson); and five great-grandchildren: Davis Szanto, Landon Hutchens, Mattie Phillips, Hayden Hutchens and Leah Hutchens.

Harold served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 holding the rank of Corporal; he received the Army of Occupation Medal World War II Japan Clasp and was stationed in Korea. When he returned home, he met and married Robbie Ponder and raised 2 children (Lloyd and Nancy). They farmed and ranched in the Mertens area, then purchased a service station/tire business which they operated for several years before returning to farming and ranching. They were active in their church and community. They showered their children, granddaughters and great-grandchildren with love. They moved to Hurst, Tx in June of 2013 to be near their children. Harold moved to Carrollton, Tx in 2018 after Robbie's death; he enjoyed making new friends, the many activities, playing chicken foot dominos, watching sports, a good joke and most of all visits and phone calls from family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Memorials may be made to Frost Baptist Church, 101 W. Stroud Street, Frost, TX 76641.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Dalton Edward Farmer
Feb 24, 1897 - Aug 26, 1966

D. E. Farmer Of Navarro Dies

D. E. Farmer, 70, life-long resident of Navarro, died at his home Friday morning following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral Chapel.

Surviving are his wife of Navarro; four sons, Truman and Keith Farmer, both of Navarro; Morris Farmer, Corsicana, and Vernon farmer, Athens; two daughters, Mrs. Aline Griffith and Mrs. Mark Morgan, both of Corsicana; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Bill Wade Horn; Navarro; Mrs. Buck Griffin, Navarro, and Mrs. Opal Baird, Corsicana; a brother, Alvin Farmer, Corsicana, and other relatives.


Nancy Gertrude "Gertie" (Wright) Brown
Dec 9, 1879 - May 19, 1966

Friday Rites For Mrs. Brown

HUBBARD (Spl) - Funeral services were held here Friday afternoon for Mrs. Gertie Brown, 87, who died Thursday in a Hillsboro hospital. The rites were held from the Eubanks Chapel with burial in the Liberty Hill cemetery.

Native of Hubbard, she was a member of the first Methodist church here.

Surviving are three brothers, Clay and Fate Wright, both of Hubbard, and Virgil Wright, Overton; two sisters, Mrs. G. R. Murphey, Sr., Hubbard, and Mrs. Scott Bills, Waxahachie, and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., May 20, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Newton Lafayette Wright buried in Liberty Hill & Eugenia Capitolia �Cappie� (Cockrill) Wright buried in Dawson cemetery

Helen M. (Brassell) Lyons
Dec 23, 1884 - Dec 21, 1969

Lyons Services Set Wednesday

Mrs. Helen M. Lyons, 84, a native of Navarro county who has lived the past 40 years in Los Angeles, Calif., died there Monday.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hopewell Cemetery with interment there. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of services. The Rev. Eugene E. Wood will officiate.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Burns of Corsicana and Mrs. George Jones of Hubbard; a brother, Bunyard Brassell of Los Angeles.

Pallbearers will be Clint Fouty, H. B. Fouty, Jack Bressie, Jeff Harwell, Charlie Bee and Silas Fry.


Uless S. Nelson
Feb 16, 1909 - Oct 15, 1970

Uless Nelson Rites Pending

Funeral services are pending at Calhoun Funeral Home for Uless Nelson, a native of Blooming Grove, who died Thursday at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.

He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Annie Lois Clay of Fort Worth; a brother, Leroy Russell of Blooming Grove; several nieces, including Mrs. Betty Richie of Fort Worth and other relatives.


William Archie "Bill" or "Papa" McCarter, Jr.
Jul 12, 1953 - Nov 19, 2021
Better known as "Bill" or "Papa", William A. McCarter, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 19, 2021. He was 68 years old.
Bill was born in Dallas on July 12, 1953, to the late William Archie McCarter, Sr. and Jean Erickson McCarter. As a young man he enjoyed many years visiting the family farm in Corsicana and grew up in the Methodist Church. Bill earned his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech and worked in sales for electrical supplies including cable wiring, conductors, and conduit to large electric companies.
He enjoyed his work, but the love of his life was his family, especially his grandchildren. He had no greater joy than to fix toys for his grandchildren and spend time with the family. Family was so important that Bill became the ringleader organizing the McCarter family reunions back in Corsicana.
Bill will be remembered for his respectful conduct and manners.

He is preceded in death by his parents and Uncle Charles Vernon McCarter.
He has left a void in the hearts of many including his wife of 44 years, Paula Thomasson McCarter; his daughters, Rebecca McCarter Hunter and her husband CJ and Rachel McCarter O'Leary and her husband Travis; grandchildren, Jolie Nicole Hunter, Carter Brice O'Leary, and Audrey Lyn O'Leary; sister, Gayle McCarter Lamers and her husband Patrick; brother, Charles Frederick McCarter and his wife Maria Cristina; brothers-in-law, Walter Ward Thomasson and wife Lyn and Randy Kirk Thomasson; niece, Kacie Michelle Russell; nephews, Joshua Charles McCarter, Joseph Weldon Hunnicutt and Derek Ward Thomasson; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Hopewell Cemetery located in Corsicana. Pallbearers are Charles McCarter, CJ Hunter, Travis O'Leary, Josh McCarter, Joe Hunnicutt and Patrick Lamers.


Billy Canady Allred
Mar 18, 1934 - Oct 25, 2021

Billy C. Allred, 87, of Corsicana passed from this life early Monday morning October 25, 2021 at his home. He was born in Mexia, Texas to R.V. and Pauline Canaday Allred on March 18, 1934. He graduated from Ennis High School and Navarro Junior College. He also served in the United States Army. Billy retired from Southern Pacific / Union Pacific Railroad after 45 years as a conductor.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Larry Allred. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Linda Allred. Step-son Daryld Hamilton and wife Vicki. Grandsons Lance Hamilton and wife Jana and Landon Hamilton and wife Katherine. Great grandchildren Rhyder, Reece, Elle and Riley. He is also survived by several extended family members.
Viewing will be on Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Payne Springs Cemetery with Pastor Tim Shane officiating.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana.


Shirley Ann (Shinpaugh) Allred
Aug 1935 - Nov 15, 2021

Shirley Ann Shinpaugh Allred, age 86, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born August 6, 1935 at home on Highland Street in Waxahachie, Texas. Shirley was the seventh of eight children, born to Cecil Sephus Shinpaugh Sr. and Lois Lavara Moffett Shinpaugh.

Shirley grew up in Waxahachie, attending Waxahachie High School where she played basketball for the high school team.

In 1952 she met and married David Lee Allred of Corsicana, Texas. They were happily married for 47 years until David's passing in 1999. Their lives together began in Corsicana but after David Lee joined the military, they moved to Colorado Springs, Tacoma, Germany, and Huntsville before finally returning to Waxahachie in 1966. They were blessed with three sons; David Lynn, Steven Carl, and Scott Alan.
Shirley worked most of her life as a seamstress at Taylor of Texas, Haggar, Stanbury and several other local companies. She will be remembered most for her baked goods and treats she made for family gatherings and holidays. Her favorite pastime was following and supporting her children and grandchildrens' activities.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, mother and father, and her brothers, Cecil Sephus "Son" Shinpaugh Jr., Grady Clifton Shinpaugh, Hugh Charles Shinpaugh, James Carl Shinpaugh, and Leland Gilford Shinpaugh and sister Dorthy Louise Shinpaugh Jacobs.

Shirley is survived by her sister, Linda Beth Shinpaugh Featherston; sons, David Allred and wife Karen, Steve Allred, Scott Allred and wife Lori; granddaughters, Hollie Allred Robinson and husband Joe, Lauren Allred Beale and husband Chris, Katelyn Allred; grandsons Hayden Allred and wife Taylor, Dylan Allred; great granddaughters, Riley Robinson, Rowan Allred, Carsyn Allred, Jamison Olander; great grandson, Jett Robinson; sisters-in-law, Marie Shinpaugh of Ohio and Sharon Shinpaugh of Quinlan; brothers-in-law Wayne Allred, Ray Allred and sister-in-law Betty Jo Carpenter all from Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Waxahachie. A Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bruce Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be held at Sardis Cemetery following the service.

Pallbearers: David Allred, Steve Allred, Scott Allred, Carl Shinpaugh, Bobby Featherston, Todd Jacobs. Honorary Pallbearers: Hayden Allred, Dylan Allred.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas 75165. 972-937-2211.


Jeanette Catherine (Lawler) Sparks
Oct 8, 1971 - Nov 23, 2021

Jeanettte Catherine Sparks, 50, of Corsicana, Tx. passed away on Nov 23, 2021 in San Antonio, Tx.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral H ome. Burial will be Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Jeanette was born October 8, 1971 to Jim Lawler and Lorraine Iervolino on . She went to school at Corsicana High School She married Kevin Sparks on August 24, 1991 in Corscicana, Tx. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a bachelors degree in accounting. She worked as the Grants Accountant for Navarro College 15 years. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her Mother; Lorraine Iervolino.

Jeanette is survived by her husband; Kevin Sparks, Sons; Patrick David Ryan Sparks, Harrison Sparks (Alexis), Father; James Lawler, Brothers; Jimmy Lawler, Josh Lawler, Jacob Lawler, Sister; Jenelle Perino,and Grandchildren; Harrison Sparks, Jr. and Lennon Elon Sparks.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Sparks, Harrison Sparks, Patrick Sparks, Jimmy Lawler, Josh Lawler, and James Lawler.


G. H. Bassham
Nov 3, 1935 - Nov 17, 2021

G H Bassham, 86, of Corsicana passed away November 17, 2021 at UT Health Tyler. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 10 to 11 o'clock in the morning at Westside Baptist Church (1522 N. 24th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.) Funeral services will follow at 11 o'clock with Bro. Larry Talbert officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Scurry, Texas.



GH Bassham, 86, entered into his heavenly home on November 17, 2021. He was born on November 3, 1935, to Roxie and Willburn Bassham. He is survived by his wife Gladys Bell, son Randy and wife Laura of Chandler, Texas, daughters Sandra Barker and Husband Ronnie, Janice Chambers and husband Terry, Kathy Robinson and husband Donny all of Corsicana, Texas; one sister Clovis Mason of Fort Worth, Texas; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two more on the way, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Mark Bassham, his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

GH met the love of his life, Gladys Bell Bassham in Corsicana, Texas. They were married May 5, 1954 and shared a full and happy life for 67 years. He was a Christian and devoted member of Westside Baptist Church.

GH was a truck driver starting at a very young age and throughout his life. He also worked at Corsicana Grader as shop foreman and was a security guard at Kmart Warehouse.

GH was a great mechanic and loved to work on cars and trucks in his spare time. In fact, people from all over would come to him for advice on how to fix their vehicles. One time he completely refurbished a 1947 Ford car from overhauling the motor to upholstering the seats and dashboard, sewing the material himself. He sold the car to his nephew who lived in Midland, Texas at the time. The city of Midland purchased the car from the nephew, and it's driven in their Christmas Parade each year.

GH was a family man. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly. He looked forward to their visits and the holidays when they would all gather together. He was one of a kind and will be extremely missed by his family and friends.

"In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home." ~Author unknown.

To celebrate GH's life, the family has planned a visitation on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, from 10 to 11 in the morning at Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana. A Funeral Service celebrating his life will follow at 11 o'clock with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. GH will be laid to rest at Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry, Texas at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Serving as pallbearers will be Brad Bassham, Ronnie Barker, Taylor Chambers, Terry Chambers, Donny Robinson, Scott Horton, Alvin Mullican and Kyle Long and Honorary Pallbearer Justin Rice.

Corley Funeral Home


Bernell T. Alokoa
Nov 30, 1956 - Oct 25, 2021

Bernell T. Alokoa, 64, of Mildred, TX unexpectedly passed away at his home on October 25, 2021. Bernell was born in the Federated States of Micronesia on the island of Kosrae, and traveled to the states to pursue his college education at Navarro College. While going to school, he met Teresa Barajas and had three of his children and later moved to Mildred, TX where he built the home he is so proud of.
Bernell was a hard worker and spent many of his years at Guardian, Morgan, and Pactiv.
He made many friends through his life and would always be willing to lend a helping hand. Friends would like to call him "chief" and "boss". Many would remember him as a strong, outspoken, but also very kind man.
He loved all of his children and took so much pride in them. And when he would see his grandchildren his face would a light up into a huge grin.
Bernell will always be remembered in our hearts. To keep his legacy going, he is survived by his children Berlyn Alokoa, Roseanna Alokoa Williams, Elizabeth Marie Meza, Bernell Joseph Alokoa, grandchildren Jonessa, Justice, and Joel Faylim, and Jackson Rash, and Hudson Williams, and many other family members.
Visitation will be from 9-8 p.m. Friday, November 5 at Griffin Roughton in Corsicana, and his funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday November 6th. Please direct gifts and flowers to Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.
Fly High Daddy! We love you!
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Vanessa Jenkins
died Oct 30, 2021

Funeral service for Vanessa Jenkins, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2021 in Corsicana. Viewing will be on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral will be held on Saturday, November 6 at Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana at 1 p.m. with a private family burial. Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana will handle funeral arrangements.


Albert Lee Dean
May 15, 1950 - Oct. 26, 2021

Albert Lee Dean was born May 15, 1950, in Celina, Texas, to William and Mary Dean. Albert passed away on October 26, 2021, at age 71 in the Dallas VA Hospice Unit due to exposure to Agent Orange. Albert is now with his Savior.

Growing up on a farm, Albert was a jack-of-all-trades. After graduating from Denton High School, he served in the Army (1970-73) as a helicopter crew chief in Viet Nam 1972-73. Back home, he worked as a printing pressman, auto mechanic, and construction worker. After he moved to Corsicana, TX, he worked for Haney Drilling and then Communication Supplies, Inc. Next, he learned HVAC, opening his own business. He raised a large garden and loved to grill, sharing with friends, family, and neighbors.

Albert is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Dean, his children, Linda Hubbard and Donnie Dean; grandchildren, Cody and Melanie Nevill, Tom and Cole Dean, and two more who called him PapawLamia and Talon Kilger; brothers Mike Dean and wife Rosa, Jerry Dean, William (Jr.) Dean; several nieces and one nephew; as well as other extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Dean, brother Joe Dean, and nephew Robert Montgomery.

Final arrangements by Smart Cremations. Arrangements for Celebration of Life pending.


Frances (Hemphill) Lee
1919 - 2021

Frances Hemphill Lee died peaceably in her sleep, at the age of 102. She was born in Kerens, Texas in 1919, the eldest child of W W and Harlowe Hemphill. She and her 2 sisters worked on the family farm.

On a family trip to California, they were in a head on collision which left Frances with a stunted right leg at the age of 11. Despite this disability she traveled extensively the rest of her life.

Frances attended local schools then earned a B.A. in Nutrition from UT Austin and an M.A. in home economics from Texas Womens University. Frances went to work in Chicago for the federal government as part of the team developing MRE's for the Army. She married Thomas Lee of Chicago and had one child, Judy. The family moved to Boston and Frances joined the NASA team that developed food for space.

Of note, Frances was a 44 year survivor of breast cancer. She retired to Kerens where she established "Miss Lee's Kitchen" that served at-cost dinners 2-3 times a week for local seniors. She was a very active member of the Kerens Presbyterian and a devoted volunteer at the library.

Frances will be remembered for her intellect, humor, public service.


Deborah "Debbie" (Beamon) Rogers
Mar 3, 1959 - Nov 11, 2021

Deborah Beamon Rogers went to be with her Father and Savior on November 11, 2021. She was born on March 3, 1959 to Grover Raymond and Nona Fay Beamon. She is survived by a daughter Amber Anderson Whitacre and husband Adam of Burleson, Texas; a son Cody Anderson from Midland, Texas; sister Cheryl Qualls, brother Kenny Beamon, and sister Karen Hyden all of Corsicana, Texas; and numerous nephews and one niece; two grand nieces plus one on the way, and one grand nephew.

Debbie (as she was known) held several jobs over the years including Roy's Caf�, Master Vend, News Group Magazine and most recently Worthington (Marriott Hotels).

Debbie was an avid animal lover. She could never say no when it came to helping animals in need. She fostered and adopted many animals over the years, especially her beloved Patches and Coco.

Debbie was happy and compassionate. She was loved by many and never met a stranger. She laughed and loved with all her heart. She will be missed dearly

The family will be hosting a memorial service Sunday November 14th at 2pm at Petty's Chapel, located in Corsicana, Tx at 1300 FM 3041. If you wish to send flowers, please send them to 1726 Clearbrook Lane, Corsicana Tx 75110 or they can be delivered to the church. If you wish to honor Debbie in another manner, please make a donation to your local humane society or animal shelter.


Marion Donald "Don" Broxson
Nov 30, 1947 - Oct 22, 2018

Don Broxson, husband, father and role model, peacefully finished his earthly journey Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at his Purdon home with family at his side. Don was born in Pampa, Texas on Nov. 30, 1947, to William Frances and Mary Evelyn Broxson.

From a humble beginning in the oilfields of the Texas Panhandle, Don arrived in Corsicana at 17 years old, where he built a family and business. His integrity and tireless work ethic earned him the respect and trust of all around him. His business, Don's Auto Center, became the go-to shop for automotive expertise, technical training and most importantly, honest service.

Don's enduring passion was classic cars - carefully renovating iconic cars and sharing the experience with family and friends. Among his many achievements, his children were his proudest accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents and beautiful daughter, Lindy Broxson, who shared in his battle with Cancer.

Don is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janet Broxson; his sons Matthew and Donnie from his first wife Evelyn; step-children Gerald, Bobby and Kim; grandchildren Jake, Tatum, Seth, Ava, Ashley, Olivia, Zander, Baylor, Lexi, Mikayla, and Tori and, siblings Bill Broxson and Latrice Richter.

His pallbearers were chosen from the generations of young men he mentored and trained, including his grandson with whom he shared a special connection, Jake Eldridge, his son-in-law Jacob Eldridge and friends Jim Moore, Donny Grace, Paul Joyner and Derek Robinson.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Oct 25, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Evelyn (Lipscomb) Broxson & Janet Broxson; s/o William Frances Broxson & Mary Evelyn (Wilkerson) Broxson

James Melvin Clark
Jul 4, 1906 - Oct 9, 1971

J. M. Clark

James Melvin Clark, 65, died Saturday in a Temple hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Randall McCollum officiating.

Survivors include a cousin, T. D. Clark of Corsicana and an aunt, Mrs. Lilly Murphy of Rice.


Preston Howard Hargraves
May 8, 1873 - May 30, 1958

P. H. Hargraves Rites At Dawson

DAWSON, Tex., May 31, (Spl.) - Funeral services for P. H. Hargraves, 85, retired farmer who died at his residence here about 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, will be held at 4 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Methodist Church.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. L. Milner, Methodist pastor, and Rev. Jim Baggett, Dawson Baptist minister. Burial will be in Dawson cemetery.

Mr. Hargraves was born in Arkansas and came to Texas when 28 years of age. He resided in the Spring Hill community the major portion of his life, having moved to Dawson about three years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Dawson; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Wells and Mrs. Billie Ruth McCulloch, both of Dallas; three grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. B. Hale, Noah Hale, Edward Hale, T. C. Whitener, Almer Renfro, and R. W. Womack.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.


Mattie Lou (Tackett) Hargraves
Feb 19, 1886 - Oct 15, 1962

Mrs. Hargraves Rites Tuesday

DAWSON, Oct. 16 - (Spl.) - Mrs. Mattie Lou Hargraves, 76, long-time resident, died in Memorial Hospital, Corsicana Monday night.

Funeral services were held from the Dawson Church of Christ Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in Dawson cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Jimmy Roden, minister of the Church, and Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. I. D. Wells, Irving, and Mrs. Bennie McCulloch, Dallas; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Gilbert Holt, Dawson; Mrs. Della Stipe, Delia, and Mrs. Lilla Thompson, Kilgore; two brothers, Jim Tackett, Kaufman, and Terry Tackett, Dallas, and other relatives.

Eubanks Funeral Home directed.


Gilbert Arthur Holt
Sep 15, 1890 - Jul 5, 1971

Dawson Man Dies in Fire

One man was burned to death and two people were seriously injured in a house fire late Monday afternoon in Dawson.

Gilbert A. Holt, 80, of Dawson died in the blaze at his home which occurred at 8 p.m. His sister, Lurine Sims, 69, received second degree burns on her face and hands while her son, Glenn E. Sims, 44, had second and third degree burns over his upper body, arms and face.

Deputy Sheriff Harold Pitts who investigated the incident, said the fire apparently started as Sims was lighting a cigarette for Holt. A service station attendant in Dawson said he heard an explosion and saw black smoke coming from the house.

Justice of the Peace W. H. Tipton was called to the scene at 9:05 p.m. to perform an inquest, Judge Tipton said there was �no foul play� involved in the incident but he will not rule on the matter until further investigation is made by the sheriff's department.

Sims was reported in poor condition at Memorial Hospital this morning while Mrs. Sims was listed in fair condition.


William Rufus Griffin
May 3, 1902 - Jan 29, 1958

R. W. Griffin Rites Thursday

Funeral rites for R. W. Griffin, 55, Silver City grocer, who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, were held from the First Baptist church at Purdon, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor; Rev. Lester Roloff, Corpus Christi Baptist minister, and Rev. Jim Baggett, pastor of the First Baptist church at Dawson.

Griffin, a native of Navarro county, was a member of the First Baptist church at Purdon and the Dawson Masonic Lodge No. 155.

Surviving are his wife of Silver City; two sons, W. O. Griffin, Waco, and Dan Griffin, Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. James E. McMillen, Dallas; mother, Mrs. R. W. Griffin, Sr., Silver City; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Kennedy and Mrs. Loraine Peden, both of Silver City; three brothers, A. L. and J. B. Griffin, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and R. L. Griffin, Harlingen.

Pallbearers were Homer McNabb, Ralph Balentine, Clarence Thomas, John Montgomery, Lee Mahoney, Arthur Boldin, Curtis McGehee and Wilburn Ivie.

Corley directed.


Lela (Mahoney) Griffin-McCraw
Jun. 1, 1901 - Nov. 15, 1976

Mrs. McCraw

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Lela Griffin McCraw, 75, of Corsicana who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

The Revs. Elvis Egge and Joe Brumbelow will officiate with burial following in the Dawson cemetery.

She was a native of Pecos and had lived in Corsicana for 18 years.

Survivors include her widower, W. H. McCraw of Corsicana; two sons, W. D. Griffin of Waco and Dan Griffin of Dawson; one daughter, Mrs. James M. McMIllen of Corsicana; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Betty McCardell of Tyler and Mrs. Cathy Brothers of Dallas, and two brothers, Vernon Mahoney and Pete Mahoney of Waco.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Nov 16, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Cemetery monument says "Griffin"
  • 1st husband William Rufus Griffin married Feb 11, 1919 2nd husband William Henry McCraw married Jul 12, 1969; d/o John Thomas Mahoney, Sr. & Lucy A. (Balcom) Mahoney

Nancy Elizabeth Florence Griffin
Jul 14, 1879 - Nov 25, 1963

Hold Services For Miss Griffin

Graveside rites for Miss Florence Griffin, 75, who died in San Antonio Monday, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Dawson cemetery. She was a native of Dawson.

The services were conducted by Rev. N. H. Kupferle, Jr., pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are a brother, L. I. Griffin Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Griffin Jones, San Antonio; three nephews, L. I. Griffin, Jr., New York City; Fred Griffin, Bakersfield, Calif., and Charles H. Griffin, University of Texas professor, Austin; a niece, Mrs. James Wilkerson, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. B. Waddell, W. P. Murchison, J. Floyd Smith, T. L. Carlisle, R. M. Lavender and Richard M. Scott.


Claude Guy Putman
Jul 8, 1897 - Mar 18, 1958

Claude Putman Expires Tuesday

Claude G. Putman, aged 60 years, former boy's dean at the State Home, native of Navarro county, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning following a several weeks' illness.

Putman was dean of boys at the State Home for 13 years and was with the Daniels Furniture store four years before his retirement.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise Womack Putman, Corsicana; six brothers, Lee Putman and Alvis Putman, both of Route 1, Purdon; Artie Putman, Route 4, Corsicana; Rufus Putman, Blooming Grove; Clarence Putman, Purdon, and Cecil Putman, Frost; a sister, Mrs. W. A. Key, Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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

The rites will be conducted by J. P. Johnston, pastor of the North Beaton Church of Christ.

Pallbearers will be George Daniels, Z. B. Moore, Buck Smith, Ray Whitfield, E. E. Isbell, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Paul H. Miller and Derrell Adams.


Buel Lee Putman
Oct 10, 1920 - Dec 22, 2010

Buel Lee Putman, 90, a longtime resident of Arlington, passed away at the home of his daughter, Loretta, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, in Pleasanton.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Arlington Baptist Temple, conducted by Pastor Russell Williams. Arrangements are through Wade Family Funeral Home of Arlington. Interment: 3 p.m. in Dawson cemetery in Dawson.

Buel was born in Purdon on Oct. 10, 1920. In 1957, Buel married Virgina Juanita Hollifield. His initial occupation was farming until he moved to Arlington, where he became employed in building maintenance for the Arlington Independent School District, as well as being self-employed in landscaping. Buel was a member of Arlington Baptist Temple.

Buel was preceded in death by his father, George Washington Putman; mother, Izora French; and daughter, Sybil Putman.

Survivors: His wife of 53 years, Virginia Juanita Putman; daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and George Turner; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tamara Putman; grandchildren, Nanette Irvin, Kathleen Turner, Reuben Turner, Dorothy Turner, Dylan Putman and Ashley Putman; and sisters, Margalene Almond and Roberta Couch.


  • Published in Star-Telegram on Dec 26, 2010
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Virginia Juanita (Hollifield) Putman married Sep 3, 1957; s/o George Washington Putman & Izora (French) Putman

Weldon Monroe Partin
Jul 12, 1913 - Jun 21, 1958

Monroe W. Partin Dies In Odessa

Funeral services for Monroe W. Partin, 44, who was born in Pursley and spent much of his life in that vicinity, were held Monday in Dawson, at the Wolfe Funeral home. Partin died in Odessa June 21 following a heart attack. Rites also were held there Sunday.

Surviving him are his wife, Estelle, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wells, all are of Pursley community. Other survivors include his mother and relatives of west Texas, whose names were not immediately available.

Interment was in Dawson cemetery.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., Jun 26, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • US Army WWII
  • h/o Estelle (Wells) Partin-Sprayberry married Oct 31, 1935; s/o Gordon Pat Partin & Hattie Pearl (Hodge) Partin-Brown

George Washington Wells
Nov 15, 1875 - Aug 7, 1958

George W. Wells Dies At Dawson

DAWSON. Aug. 9 - (Spl.) - George W. Wells, 84, retired farmer, native of Tennessee, died at his home here Thursday afternoon following a several weeks illness. Funeral rites were held from the First Methodist church Saturday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. L. Milner, pastor. Surviving are his wife of Dawson; three daughters. Mrs. Hubert Wiley, Mt. Calm; Mrs. Lawrence Hubbard, Arlington, and Mrs. Estelle Partain, Odessa; three sons, Lonnie and Freeland Wells, both of Dawson, and Barney Wells, Houston; three brothers, Lee and Jonah Wells, both of Houston, and Harvey Wells, [illegible]; a sister, Mrs. J. D Mazey, Houston; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Wolfe Funeral Home directed.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Aug 12, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mollie (Dye) Wells 2nd wife Lula Iola (Long) Carrigan-Wells; s/o William Samuel Wells & Nancy Abagail "Nannie" (Dickson) Wells

James Freeland Wells
Feb 25, 1908 - Aug 5, 1973

F. Wells

DAWSON�Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Eubanks Funeral Chapel for Freeland Wells, 65, who died suddenly in his home Sunday night. The Rev. George Yarborough will officiate, and burial will be at the Dawson Cemetery.

Wells was born in Tennessee and moved to Dawson at an early age. He had lived in Dawson most of his life, and was a rancher and a carpenter.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Wells of Dawson; one daughter, Mrs. G. W. Bratcher of Corsicana; one grandson, Charles Bratcher of Groesbeck; one brother, Lonnie Wells of Dawson; and three sisters, Mrs. Willie Hubbard of Dawson, Mrs. Mary Wiley of Mt. Calm., and Mrs. Estelle Sprayberry of Odessa.


Eddie Ruth (Thompson) Wells
Jul 25, 1904 - Apr 27, 1974

Mrs. Wells

Funeral services were to be at 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist church in Dawson for Mrs. Lonnie (Ruth) Wells, 68, who was killed in a truck accident Saturday.

Rev. W. O. Estes and Rev. Rick Erwin were to officiate with burial to be at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband of Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. Maedell Tanner of Waco; a brother, Ralph Thompson of Houston; a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Bobby Thompson, Clyde Roloff, James Mitcham, Dan Griffin, Alton Nesmith, and Punk Nesmith.


Jo Sharron (Allen) Collier
Feb 17, 1943 - Nov 1, 2021

Jo Sharron Allen Collier, 78, of Corsicana, passed away on November 1, 2021 in Corsicana, TX.
Sharron was born in Corsicana Texas to Billy Joe and Vergie Allen on February 17, 1943. She graduated from Mildred High School and attended Navarro College. She married John Paul Collier on June 26, 1965 in Corsicana, TX. She was a homemaker for most of her life. Her favorite job was taking care of her grandchildren.
Sharron is preceded in death by her parents, brother in law Curtis Boyd, brother in law John Williams, brother in law Ralph Widacki and granddaughter Ashlyn Collier.
Sharron is survived by her husband, John Paul Collier, daughter Kathy Thompson and husband Kelly, son Paul Collier and wife Jenny, twin sister Carolyn Williams, sister Janet Hecker and husband Tom, brother Billy Glenn Allen and husband Shawn Allen-Wade, sister in law Karon Widacki, grandchildren Cory Wilkinson, Tyler Herron, Ella Thompson, Jared Collier, Jadi Collier, Brooke Smith, great grandchildren Jace and Ava Herron and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 5th at Oakwood
Cemetery with Tony Neal officiating. Arrangements are by Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Shannon Wiggins, Frank Yvon, Matt Widacki, Morgan Henderson, Jared Collier, Cory Wilkinson, Tyler Herron, and Kelly Thompson.
Memorials may be given to the Asby scholarship fund. The family of Sharron wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Century Hospice.


Ruth Carolyn (Dublin) Blackburn
Aug 29, 1928 - Dec  23, 2021

Ruth Carolyn Dublin Blackburn of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 23, 2021. She was born on August 29, 1928, to S.L. and Amanda (Dollie) Dublin.

A lifelong resident of Corsicana, Carolyn attended local schools and graduated from Corsicana High School as a member of the class of 1945. She attended Baylor University, majoring in Radio and obtaining a teaching certificate. While at Baylor, she was a member of the Athenean Club (now Kappa Kappa Gamma), serving as president her senior year.

While teaching second grade at Lee Elementary, she married Edgar Wright Blackburn on December 2, 1950. She left her teaching career in 1953 to be a full-time mom but returned to the classroom in 1964 at Drane Middle School where she taught Speech and Language Arts until her retirement in 1989.

She attended First Baptist Church of Corsicana from birth and was active in Sunday School, a member of the Homebound Visitation Team, and a participant in the church's Women's Council. She was a long-time member of the Quintilian Club, served on the Kinsloe House Board, and belonged to the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a professional organization.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Ed, to whom she was married for 55 years. Left to cherish her memory are, daughter Carol Blackburn Smith and husband David of Dallas, son Jim Blackburn and wife Janet of Corsicana. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kyle Gregory Hayes and fianc� Leslie Newman of Richland and Holly Katherine Simmons and husband Trent of Richardson. Great grandchildren include Kenzee Denice Hayes, Jonah Thomas Simmons, Annabelle Ruth Simmons, and Samuel Alexander Simmons. Adopted into the family and surviving her is special caregiver and friend, Lois Ballard.
In addition to Lois, the family is forever grateful to Bobbie Walker, Debra Sims, and Patrece Williams whose loving care enabled her to remain in her home in recent years.

Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church of Corsicana at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021. Visitation will be prior to service starting at 10:00am. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to The Humane Society of Navarro County P.O. Box 1731 Corsicana, Texas 75151 or First Baptist Church 510 W Collin Street Corsicana, Texas 75110

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Don Dunbar, Jr.
Aug. 10, 1928 - Dec 28, 2021

Don Dunbar Jr. was born in San Angelo, Texas on August 10th, 1928 to Don (D.G.) Dunbar and Francis Corley Dunbar. Don was their second of two children and remained a great friend with his big sister Sue Spradlin all her life. The family moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1931 where Don graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945 and enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin.

While at the University, Don played in the Longhorn Band, pledged Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and completed his BS in Geology in 1951.

Don moved to Midland, Texas in 1951 to work as an oil scout for Union Oil Company and was moved to Amarillo where he was the sole employee. Drafted in 1952, Don was stationed at the San Jacinto Ordinance Depot in Channelview, Texas. While defending the Houston Ship Channel, he attended law school in the evenings, and spent weekends in Corsicana running the family oil business. After leaving the service, Don took a job with Lion Oil Company in Abilene, Texas in 1955 before becoming an independent geologist and managing the family oil business in 1957.

In 1957, Don met and married Judy Dipuccio (8/20/1957), his wife of 32 years. Four of their five children were born in Abilene: Don Dunbar III in 1958, Douglas in 1960, David in1962 and Heather in 1964. The family moved to Midland in 1967 where their fifth child, Kathleen was born in1967.

While in Midland, Don was active in the West Texas Geological Society and was instrumental in establishing and serving as the first President of the Permian Basin Graduate Center - which provided continuing education opportunities to the geologists working in the area. He was served as the Committee Chair for Troop 51 and raising 3 Eagle Scouts. He also volunteered for the City of Midland Swim Team where he could be found behind the blocks with a stopwatch.

As their children were moving off to college, Don & Judy moved to Austin in 1980 where they enjoyed living on Lake Austin. They returned to Midland in 1985 and remained there until Judy passed on January 12, 1989.

Don returned to Corsicana in 1992 where he continued to work in the oil business. He also began dating his former high school sweetheart Marian Wheelock. Don remained in Corsicana, enjoying being a Delt Dinosaur, studying Clan Dunbar genealogy, and attending St. John's Episcopal Church. In November 2017, Don moved to Tomball, Texas to be near family. He continued to enjoy advising the family business and watching his children and their children grow.

Don is preceded by his parents, his sister Sue Spradlin, his wife Judy, and nephew Scott Spradlin and wife Paula, and nephew Donald Spradlin

Don is survived by his children and their families: Don and Sandra Dunbar, w granddaughter Emily; Doug and Lynn Dunbar, w granddaughter Duryn; David and Kathy Dunbar w grandsons Robert and Stuart, and granddaughter Mary Kathyrn; Heather Dunbar w granddaughters Judy, Sylvia, and Colleen; daughter Kathleen and David Leff, grandson Cameron (and wife Kelsey) and Barron (and wife Anna) Fuentes, granddaughter Ann Leff, grandson Gavin Leff, and granddaughter Annelle Leff, and by nephew Rick Spradlin and wife Kate.

Beloved Father and Friend.

To celebrate Don's life, the family has planned a service on Monday, January 3, 2022, in The Magnolia Chapel of Corley Funeral Home. A visitation will take place an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Don requested memorial contributions to MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Nerine "Pat" Levins Bressie
Feb 14, 1929 - Apr 22, 2021

Nerine Bressie, 92, of Farmers Branch, Texas passed away April 22, 2021 in Carrollton, Texas. She was born February 14, 1929 to N. W. Levins and Liddon Levins in Corsicana, Texas.

She went to school in Corsicana, Texas. She married Jack Bressie in 1956 in Corsicana, Texas. Pat worked for Airborne in Addison, Texas before retiring in 1996. She loved to find a good deal at the dollar store and McFrugal's when it was around and always said if she won the lottery, she would buy the business. Pats greatest joy was supporting her family in all their hobbies and endeavors and she would talk to anyone that would listen.

Preceded in death by her husband, Jack Bressie, brothers, Bill and Hollis and sisters, Lucille, Betty, Inez and Carolyn. Survived by her sons, Jeff Bressie and Joe Bressie, grand daughter and great grandson.

Funeral services will be held May 1, 2021 at Restland Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Hopewell Cemetery in Corsicana Texas.


J. T. "Pete" Gaulding
Feb 18, 1928 - Nov 10, 2012

J.T. "Pete" Gaulding, 84, of Abilene, Texas, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at a local medical center.

Pete was born on February 18, 1928 in Corsicana, Texas to Ross and Ruth Gaulding. He attended school in both Austin and Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School.

After graduating from high school, he joined the Coast Guard and served until the end of World War II. At that time, he came to Abilene and graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Business degree in 1950. Pete met the love of his life, Wanda Windham, who was a student at McMurry College, and after her graduation they married in 1951. He was a member of University Baptist Church.

Pete worked for the Texas Highway Department (now Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation) for 35 years as an engineering technician. There he met many wonderful people who would become lifelong friends of the family.

Pete was known for his willingness to help others, his contagious laugh, positive outlook on life, and his devotion to his wife of 61 1/2 years, Wanda. When his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participated in sports and other events, he was there cheering for them.

After retiring, Pete worked at farming and ranching at the family's place in Potosi. He felt closest to God when he was there among the mesquite trees with his burros, goats, and ducks. Some of his best times were spent there with his family.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Ruth Gaulding; his sister, Jimmy Henderson; and his brother, Joe Gaulding.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Windham Gaulding of Abilene; his brother, John Gaulding of Austin; daughters, Cindy Fitzhugh of Abilene and Suzi Downey of Coppell; grandson, Travis Burleson and wife Kelly of Summerville, South Carolina; granddaughters, Jamie Bearden and husband Zack of Abilene, Emily Fitzhugh of Abilene, Krista Downey of Anson, and Kaila Alba and husband Nick of Richardson; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Carter Bearden of Abilene and Milo and Chloe Burleson of Summerville, South Carolina. He is also survived by his special dog, Wimberly.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene, with Pastor Kevin Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Potosi Volunteer Fire Department, 1949 FM 1750, Abilene, Texas 79601, or University Baptist Church, 2141 Grape Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, or to the donor's favorite charity.


Kenneth Bruce Bobkoff
Apr 10, 1927 � Feb 3, 2018

Obituary of Kenneth Bruce Bobkoff
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
Kenneth Bruce Bobkoff, age 90, of Dallas, Texas passed away on Saturday February 3, 2018. Kenneth was born April 10, 1927 to Bessie Bobkoff and Morris Bobkoff.
Kenneth is survived by; son Michael G. Bobkoff; and son Alan M. Bobkoff; grandchild Zachery Bobkoff, grandchild Jordan Bobkoff, grandchild Ayden Bobkoff and great grandchild Mateo Bobkoff.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Francine Bobkoff; father Morris Bobkoff and mother Bessie Bobkoff; brother Burney Bobkoff; sister Grace Bobkoff and sister Sylvia Goldman.

A graveside service for Kenneth will be held Monday, February 5, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. Following the graveside service will be a burial at 2:00 PM at Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bobkoff family.


William W. Bonds
Apr 1, 1941 - Nov 17, 1997

HARRISON-- William W. Bonds, 56, of Bergman, (Boone County), died November 17, 1997, at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.

Born April 1, 1941, at Madisonville, Texas, he was a son of Fred Nolan Bonds of Belton, Texas, and Fannie Tullas Bonds Dubose of Corsicana, Texas.

He was a retired diesel technician for J.A. Reeves Tractor Company of Little Rock. He lived in Boone County for one and one half years and was a former
Pine Bluff resident.

He was a member of the Civitan Club and Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in Pine Bluff.

Other survivors include his wife, Sandra Kay Bonds; a son, Darren Bonds of Fort Smith; a stepson, Phil Calvert of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Mary Ann
Buchannan of Corsicana, Texas, and Linda Sue Stracener of Mesquite, Texas; a brother, Burl Dubose of Corsicana; a sister, Micki Bonds of Belton; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home at Corsicana, Texas. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park
Cemetery in Corsicana. Local arrangements are by Coffman Funeral Home of Harrison.

Ruby Vestal (Turner) Boulware
Mar 19, 1927 - May 5, 2022

Ruby Vestal Boulware passed away on May 5, 2022 in Corsicana, Texas. She was born March 19, 1927 in Jester, Texas to Melvin Turner and Jewell Hollifield. She married James Denver Boulware in January of 1943.
Ruby was a seamstress as Hagger Slacks for 40 years. She also worked at the Pecan Factory for 10 years. She was a homemaker and raised two of her grandkids, Jennifer and James.
She is preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Jewel Turner, husband James Denver Boulware, son Kenneth Boulware, and sister Wilma Linder.
Ruby is survived by her son, Ricky Boulware; grandchildren, Kelly Boulware, Tanya and Shawn Mills, Kyle and Venessa Boulware, Jennifer and Jerry Don Boulware, and James and Brittany Boulware; sister, Dorothy and Gary Grice; along with 27 Great-Grandchildren, 17 Great-Great-Grandchildren, and a number of extended family members.
Visitation will be from 6-8pm Monday, May 9, 2022 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Stephens officiating. Burial will be at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers are James Boulware, Shawn Mills, Jerry Don Ware, Robert Reed, Ben Cantu, and Hunter O'Pry.


Wilma (Turner) Linder
October 18, 1929 ~ October 27, 2021 (age 92)

Funeral services for Wilma Linder, 92, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 1:00 pm, on October 30, 2021, at Fairview Cemetery with Bro. Paul Sevar officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on October 30, 2021 at Laird Funeral Home.

Mrs. Linder passed away on October 27, 2021 in Nacogdoches. She was born on October 18, 1929 in Corsicana, Texas.


Jaunques (Hollembeak) Rogers
1924 - Dec 2, 2021

Jaunques Hollembeak Rogers, age 97, passed away peacefully in Corsicana, TX on December 2, 2021. Jaunques grew up in Arkansas City, KS. After marrying Carl Rogers, they moved to Mt. Pleasant, TX where they raised their three children. In 1976 they retired to Tyler, TX.
Jaunques was predeceased by her daughter, Carla; her husband, Carl and her son, Kent. She is survived by her brother, Ted Hollembeak; her son, Phil Rogers; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A graveside burial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Cathedral of the Pines Cemetery in Tyler, under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.


David Dickson Corley
Mar. 12, 1933 - Dec. 6, 2021

David Dickson Corley died December 6, 2021, after a battle with cancer.

David was born in Corsicana on March 12, 1933, to Jeddy Dickson and John Roberts Corley. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Corley of Corsicana.

He excelled in academics and sports in grade school and high school in Corsicana. He went on to attend SMU, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and was captain of the Swim team. He also served in the U.S. Air Force for nine years.

David started the successful design firm Minton-Corley with his college friend, Joseph Minton, in 1969. Their new firm immediately acquired several prestigious projects in Texas, Washington D.C., New York, California, and Colorado. Within three years, their work was published in Architectural Digest and several other publications. In 1990, Minton-Corley was chosen to be in the Original AD 100, "An Exclusive Guide to the Worlds' Finest Interior Designers".

One of his greatest pleasures in life was traveling the world with his wife, Mary, acquiring antiquities for their antique shops in Dallas and Santa Fe. A master of aesthetics, he cultivated an appreciation of beauty and style embodied throughout his life. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Those closest to him knew him as Dad, David, or Grandaby. Family was always important, which was obvious through his commitment and actions. We are left with many wonderful memories and traditions. Being loyal, supportive, and generous were at the center of his life, and he gave selflessly to his family. He had a strong work ethic and lived a life of integrity. His sound advice was always there, but only when needed. He had a quiet strength - a man of few words who conveyed more with his actions and his eyes. Even to the very end, he could communicate his approval, disapproval, or understanding with just a glance and an occasional accompanying smile.

He and Mary, the love of his life, enjoyed 48 years of marriage filled with deep devotion and adventure. He loved spending time with his beloved Whippets, Blush and Ginny. David is survived by his children Ellyn Corley, Charissa Christopher (Mike), David Corley Jr (Dayna),Valerie Petrie (Danny), Beth Gideon (Randy), Bill Runyon (Tanya), and John Runyon (Lisa); his grandchildren, Courtney Lee and Cary Paschall, John Christopher and Anne Vasil, Jeddy Bowen, Madeline Roberts, David III, Daniel, Olivia and Sam Corley, Campbell, Hogan and Corley Petrie, Chelsea Wood and John Randall Gideon, Megan Wilson, William and Weston Runyon, Liam and Ivy Runyon; and his 9 precious great grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth.

Memorials may be made to Tarrant Area Food Bank or Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Thompson's Harveson & Cole


Robert Earles Durr
Aug 21, 1947 - Nov 29, 2021
Robert Earles Durr, 74, of Ozark, MO. passed away on November 29, 2021 after suffering a heart attack at his home. He is preceded in death by his father Louis Durr, Helen Ann Davenport Durr, his brothers Dicky Durr, Arthur Durr, and Louis Benton Durr.
Robert was born on August 21, 1947, to Louis and Helen Durr in Corsicana TX. After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1965, he went on to serve in the US Army 1967-1970 as a SGT/SPC5 ranking and returned to attend Navarro Junior College studying Automotive Technology. After completing his studies, Robert worked at Haggar Clothing Co. in Corsicana where he worked as a sewing machine mechanic for more than 10 years. His career later led him to Lee Jean Co. and Webco Industries. In 1982, Robert met his wife Linda, and they wed in 1983 in Waxahachie TX., going on to raise 4 sons and 8 grandchildren. From Corsicana, Robert went on to relocate in Brownsville, TX., El Paso, TX., Houston MO., and finally settling in Ozark, MO. where he lived his last days.
Anyone who knew Robert knew that he was one that could be counted on to lend a helping hand or offer his experience in any scenario. He was a very talented man and exhibited amazing craftsmanship in everything he did related to woodworking fabricating furniture and cabinetry, welding and as a mechanic. As a husband, Robert loved faithfully and exhibited a smart-witted sense of humor that everyone enjoyed being around. As a dad and grandpa, he was consistent, patient, and full of wisdom. Robert was unendingly proud of his family.
He is survived by his wife Linda Durr of Ozark MO., his sons Blaine Harmon of Clever MO., Cory and Becky Harmon of Ozark MO., Jeff Durr of McDonough GA. and Bobby and Lauren Durr of Bolivar MO. Robert was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Eryn Durr 18, Tyler Harmon 17, Ryan Durr 16, Addyson Durr 14, Jacob Harmon 13, Piper Durr 10, Jaxson Durr 6, and Chloey Durr 5.
There will be a celebration of life held on December 12, 2021 - 3PM - at Countryside Assembly of God located at 2921 S. Morrisville Rd., Bolivar MO. 65613. The service will be officiated by Robert Earles Durr II. The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to this location. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Homes for Our Troops or the Wounded Warrior Project charities to assist our veterans in their return home.


Alvin LeRoy Short, Jr.
Mar 14, 1984 - Dec 2, 2021
Alvin LeRoy Short, 37, of Ennis, Texas entered into eternity on December 2, 2021.

If you ever met Alvin, you immediately knew he had the biggest heart and never met a stranger. One thing we all knew about Alvin is that he loved his family so much. He lived in a way that showed love and compassion for everyone he met and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Alvin was born to Carolyn Brantner and Alvin Short Sr. in Austin, TX on March 14, 1984. Alvin is survived by his two children Callye and Reagen Short; Mother Carolyn and husband Coy Wilhoite; Father Alvin Short Sr.; Sisters: Jennifer and husband Bruce Greer, and Tandra Short Haven; Brothers: Shon and wife Tiffany Sulik, and Jon Short; Grandmother Letha Windstead; Uncles: Edward Alford and Jon and wife Donna Alford; Aunts: Deborah Nelson, Lisa and husband Bryan Ingram and Brenda Pennington; Nephews: Trey Short, Hunter Whitily and Tristian Short; Nieces: Haley Whitehead and Avery Greer. Along with numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Services will be held at Harmony Christian Church, 1816 West 2nd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110 on December 11, 2021 at 5 p.m.

A special Thank You to everyone who has reached out to our family. Please keep us in your prayers.


Gail Stan (Summerall) Richards
May 23, 1951 - Nov 26, 2021
On November 26, 2021, at sunrise, the gates of heaven opened up to accept Gail Summerall Richards as an Angel. We will miss you dearly, but we have peace in knowing that you are not suffering any longer. Your Angel spirit will live on, in the many lives of those you touched through the many different ministries that you were involved in.

Gail Stan Summerall was born on May 23,1951 in Corsicana, TX to Stanford Reese Summerall (Father), and Nell Margene Allbritton Summerall (Mother). Gail went to school in Corsicana, TX. She married Ervin Leslie Richards on October 8,1971. They were married 50 years. She loved him and her family with all her heart.

Gail's children include Dennis Ervin Richards, Terry Manual Richards, and stepchildren: Randel Ervin Richards and Angela Richards McCarter.

Gail's education included an associate degree from Navarro College, and attendance at UTA with a concentration in Microbiology. Gail and Ervin ran Richards Gulf Station for 12 years. She worked at Wolf Brand Chili in the lab. Then she moved to Cryer Creek Kitchens of Collin Street Bakery and retired from Russell Stover Candy Factory. Gail served in many organizations including the Boys Scouts of American and as Worthy Matron of Eastern Star.

In Boys Scouts she was Cub Scout Leader and a Boy Scout Leader. She earned her Wood Badge in 1987 and received the Silver Beaver award from Circle Ten Council in 1998. Gail and Ervin became principal sponsors of a venture crew known as "Crew 1298". This program was successful and very quickly became the premier High Adventure Co-Ed program in Circle Ten Council of the United States because of the many programs that it entailed. "Crew 1298 "was recognized internationally by a visit from the Chief Scout of Ireland. Upon retirement, Gail continued to serve our troops in "Chuckwagons for Christ" and then through "Cowboys for Heroes. Her dedication and service will to remain unmatched.

Gail enjoyed most of all time with her husband, children, family and pets. She was member of First Methodist Church in Corsicana, Northside Baptist Church and 1298 Ministries. Gail is survived by her Husband Ervin Richards, Children: Dennis and Laura Richards, Terry and Emily Richards, Randy Richards and Jackie Evette, Angela and Michael McCarter. Grandchildren includes Jordan Richards, Mandy Richards, Stephanie Richards, Justin Richards, Taylor Richards, Isabella Richards, Brynlee Richards, McKenzie Evette, Chandler Ware, McKenna Evette, Carson Castillo and Mia Castillo. Gail's sisters are Jeanie Ruth Hodge and Patti Lynn Summerall, and her Aunt Bobbie McCreary. Gail has many extended family members and friends that she loved and called family.

Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


June (Trent) Abbie
Jan 24, 1935 - Dec 7, 2021
June Trent Abbie, 86 of Kerens, was called home to be with her Heavenly Father December 7, 2021 at 2:54 AM.

She was born in Rural Shade, Texas on Thursday, January 24, 1935 to Joe and Viola Trent.

She lived all of her life in Kerens, Texas working for Oil City Iron Works and American National Insurance Company as an insurance agent for many many years. She was devoted to raising her 6 kids and teaching them her love for her Lord. She played the piano at the Kerens Missionary Baptist Church that she taught herself to do for most of her life as well as teaching Sunday School for a lot of Kerens middle school and high school age students. She loved praising her Lord and she would tell everyone she saw about his love. She would say always smile and have fun because remember you are making memories.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe & Viola Trent; brothers, Elmer Trent, Clayton Trent, and Joe Trent, Jr.; The love of her life Charles Capehart and daughter Delia Cope.

June is survived by sons Leroy Hobbs, Jr. and wife Tanya, Trent Hobbs, stepson Mike Capehart and wife Laura, and Ronnie Renfro. Daughters Renay Crawford and husband Tim, Carolyn Kilcrease and husband Bert, Glenda Curry and husband Doug, and step daughter Winona Depew; 22 grand kids; 53 great grandkids; 10 great great grandkids. Two brothers, Clarence Trent and wife Nancy, and Douglas Trent and wife Diana and numerous nieces and nephews that she thought a lot of.

Services will be Monday, December 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kerens, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Paschal Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer's Association or Cancer Society.


Mary Katherine (Holliman) Henderson
Jun 30, 1966 - Nov 29, 2021
Mary Katherine Henderson, 55, formerly of Navarro passed from this life on November 29, 2021 in Alexandria, LA. She was born in Corsicana on June 30, 1966 to Troy Holliman and Katrina Humphries Holliman. She was a stay-at-home mom caring for her children.
She is preceded in death by parents, brother Carey Williams and her husband who passed away a few months ago Michael Henderson. Surviving family is her children; Amanda Lansing and husband Bret and Casey Henderson and wife Megan. Grandchildren; Willow Lansing, Alex Lansing, Riley Lansing, Aleeya Lansing, Henry Henderson, Zane Lansing and Hunter Henderson. Brother Eric Holliman and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday morning, December 4, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Grape Creek Cemetery with Bro. Rodney Bancroft officiating. serving as pallbearers will be Casey Henderson, Alex Lansing, Bret Lansing, Eric Holliman, Kain Holliman and Mitchell Williams.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Tisha Renee (Lewis) Cormier
Apr. 5, 1972 - Nov. 6, 2021

Tisha Renee Cormier, the giver of amazing hugs and beautiful smiles, left her deer stand and this earth on November 6, 2021. She was born on April 5, 1972 and packed a life filled with love, joy and positivity into her 49 years.
Tisha loved living at the 55 Ranch in Rural Shade and being a cattlewoman. She was a crack shot with her gun and bow, as well as an avid fisherman (as long as the worm supply was good) Tisha loved all the animals and gave them all names, including "Big Toad" and "Jimmy Crack Corn" the squirrel. Tisha was greeted in heaven by her beloved granny Mickey Jones, her deceased father Tom Lewis and Mimi and Pa Lewis her deceased grandparents.
Those who will miss her until they meet again are her mother Linda Davis, her dad Michael Pardee, her sisters Krystal Smith and Leah Mickie, her niece Amber Smith, her nephews Gauge Smith, Thomas Mickie and Trevor Neely and numerous other great nieces, great nephews and stepchildren.
The Allen family, the Costner family, the Koonce family and the Pardee family where privileged and honored to count Tisha as a family member and are heartbroken to say goodbye. Tisha was loved by many and truly loved all the little children she ever met, giving them her undivided attention and adoration. Her best buddy, Gavin Koonce, also known as "Pea Picker" will miss the sleepovers and train rides with Miss Tisha.
Tisha leaves behind her many families and friends in Virginia, who suffered through all of her stories about Texas while she lived there for 25 years. Tisha loved everyone with all her heart and soul and gave her Lord all the glory. Her angel wings were ready, but we were not.
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9"
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers who will escort her are her hunting buddies Chris Costner, Andrew Allen, David Koonce, and Billy Pardee, her nephew Thomas Mickie and adopted nephew Micah Dodds.
Honorary Pallbearers are Gavin Koonce, aka "Pea-Picker" and Peyton Dodds.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Redrick Marion "Son" Bowden, Jr.
Jan 26, 1930 - Oct 22, 2021

R.M. (Son) Bowden, Jr. was born January 26, 1930, in Tupelo, Texas, to R.M. and Annie (Mitchell) Bowden. He graduated as valedictorian from Rice High School in May 1947. He joined the U.S. Navy in August 1950 and served four years.
He married Betty Lewis on June 19, 1953. He and Betty reared their three children in Corsicana, Texas.
Son served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church for many years.
Son worked with his father building houses until his father's retirement. He then went into business for himself building houses, furniture, and beautiful clocks. He sold his woodworking shop in 1997. At the request of his granddaughter, Andrea, he began designing and building sets for the Warehouse Living Arts Center. He continued this until 2013.
Son is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Bowden; daughters Carolyn Scott of Greenville, TX, and Cindy Williams (Terry) of Corsicana, TX, and son Tom Bowden of Corsicana, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren Andrea Williams Coker (Michael) of Dallas, TX, Jacob Bowden Williams of Houston, TX, and Devon Bowden of Dallas, TX. He is survived by five great grandchildren - Margaret Honey Coker, Odette Coker, George Coker, Layla Robbins, and Justyce Bowden all of Dallas. He is survived by a sister Lois Peebles (Jerry) of Arlington, TX. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is planned for Wednesday evening October 27, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral services will take place at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana on Thursday, October 28 at 10:00am with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Warehouse Living Arts Center.
The family would like to thank the wonderful ladies of Cedar Lake Hospice. Amanda, Sharon, and Sandra have taken wonderful care of our family.


  • Corley Funeral Home
  • h/o Betty (Lewis) Bowden; s/o Redrick Marion Bowden, Sr. & Annie Lois (Mitchell) Bowden

Otis Isaac Beam
Sep 15, 1950 - Nov 13, 2021

Otis Isaac Beam was born on September 15, 1950 in Corsicana, Texas and God called him home on Saturday, November 13, 2021. I would say three words to describe Otis would be that he was honest, humble, and caring. He loved his family with all his heart.

He was very proud of his two sons, Brad and Matthew. Brad followed in his father's footsteps working in the oilfield for many years. He recently started working at Halliburton in Alaska. Otis worked at Halliburton for over 25 years. He was very proud of Matthew because he reminded him so much of his father, Isaac "Ike" Beam. Matt can fix, repair, build, or mend just about anything just like Ike could.

Otis met the love of his life, Deni Beam, in Corsicana, Texas. They were married on November 10, 1984 at the First United Methodist Church. They were happily married for 37 years. They experienced many great adventures together--including working cows.
Otis began working in the oilfield as a rough neck in 1971 and finished his career in May 2021 as a Frac Consultant. He enjoyed traveling the world, experiencing new places, and making money. The stories he shared about his experiences while traveling the world were unforgettable. When he met someone for the first time he would ask "Where are you from?" and honestly chances are he had been there before. As much as he enjoyed the travel, he did wish that he could have spent more time with family.

Another passion of Otis' was working with his cattle and maintaining his land. Otis and his dog, Ginger, would load up in the ranger and check cows daily. Ginger sat right in the middle seat next to him--they were the best of friends. He was thankful for the ability to enjoy his land and Gods grace.
During his childhood years, he transferred schools frequently since his father worked in road construction. One year he transferred to seven different schools within the same year. However, from ninth grade to twelfth grade he was able to stay and graduate from Comeaux High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. During this time, he made lifelong friends--Gerald Landry and Max Longineaux. He was known to all his friends in Louisiana as "Crick." He cherished these friendships throughout the years.

As a teenager, he began working part time to save money to buy the horse he always wanted. Eventually he was able to purchase his very own horse, Jalisco. Jalisco lived to be 19 years old. Otis' oldest son, Brad, was even able to ride him before he passed. During these years, Otis also enjoyed going deer hunting with his father in Mason, Texas.
Otis was one of the kindest and most caring people you would ever meet. He gave the best hugs and made a point to make everyone he encountered feel special. He was the person who would show up when it mattered most. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Deni Beam. His son Brad Beam; son Matthew Beam and wife Lacy; bonus son Chris Taliaferro and wife Cheryl, grandchildren Sam and Madison Taliaferro.

"In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home."

-Author Unknown.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Blooming Grove Methodist Church.
Corley Funeral Home


  • h/o Deni (Irvin) Beam - s/o Isaac Alec Beam and Bobbie Jean (Varnell) Beam


Otis Isaac Beam, 71, of Barry passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his residence. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Blooming Grove Methodist Church.


Gerald Bernard Newbury
abt 1938 - Nov 20, 2021

Gerald Bernard Newbury, 83, formerly of Corsicana passed away November 20, 2021 . A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, December 17, 2021 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Prestonwood Baptist Church located at 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas. To share memories and condolences with the family, please visit


  • Published on Nov 29, 2021
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Wanda Sue (Griffin) Farmer
Apr 12, 1938 - Jul 4, 2021

She was a Christian, wife, and a mother. Sue went to start her new Heavenly life July 4th, 2021. She was buried at a private, family service in Richland, Tx.
Mama was born into a very close and large family. She was born on April 12, 1938 to Lindsay and Annie Griffin. Siblings to meet her at birth were Genelle, Ezra, Louise, Jean, Raymond and Leonard was to follow later.
She had a wonderful marriage to Hubert Farmer for 60 years. She is survived by her children; Bobby and Sherry Henderson and Ronald and Becky Farmer. Her grandchildren, Chris and Angela Henderson, Shawn and Kacie Henderson, and Brian and Tiffany Farmer. Six great grandchildren; Cayden, Jake, Kylie, Bailey, Meagan, and Cody. She is also survived by her unborn great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Farmer, due in November. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mama always put herself last, receiving her GED the same week her youngest child graduated from college. On her 28th birthday she took me to a department store and gave me two dollars to buy her a gift. Before I could close the car door she said it would be okay to spend half the money on myself. These are just a couple of examples of her kindness throughout her life.
Near the end, Mama looked forward to being reunited with her kid brother, Leonard, who drowned at the age of 18.
Our family would like to thank Jesus, Epic Nursing Home, and Dr. Dale Campbell.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jul 23, 2021
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Hubert Clyde Farmer - d/o Lindsay Asberry Griffin and Annie Pearl (Hayes) Griffin (buried in Richland Cem., Richland TX)

Esther Yelder
died Oct. 31, 2021

Esther Yelder passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2021 in Dallas. Viewing will be on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral will be held on Saturday, November 6 at Bethel Ame Church in Corsicana at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Elm Flatt in Powell. Emanuel Funeral Home of Corsicana will handle funeral arrangements.


James Leroy Grantom
Nov 15, 1934 - Mar 20, 2022

James Leroy Grantom
James Leroy Grantom went to be with his Lord on March 20, 2022.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 PM on Saturday March 26, 2022 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Jacob Fields officiating. Following the service there will be visitation with light refreshments. There will be a private family interment at Crestview Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Leroy was born in Frost, Texas on November 15, 1934 to Mary Lauzine Denn and James Theo Grantom. He married Carolyn Harbes September 1957 and was married 64 years. He served in the United States Army and the United States Naval Reserve. He graduated from Midwestern State University in May 1960. He worked at Max Krutz House of Music. Later he started his own insurance business with Farmers Insurance then became a Piano Tuner for over 20 years. Piano Tuning was his true love.
Leroy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He loved his Christian walk and shared it with all who knew him. He served as Choir Director, Sunday school teacher and Youth Director for the church for many years. Leroy was involved in The Walk to Emmaus and in Kairos Prison Ministry for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother R.H. Grantom.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Keith and Jessica Grantom and daughter Lori and Kelly Seemann. He is also survived by his grandchildren Marcella and Amanda Joiner-Deluna, Ariel and Britt Hudnell, Halsey Grantom- Seemann, Faith Grantom-Seemann, Alli Grantom-Seemann, Shawnee Hiebert, Dakota and Taylor Hiebert and Michael Smith. Great-grandchildren are Aybree, Kohen, Koda, Hunter and Vada.
Leroy is also survived by sisters-in-laws Jeannine Oliver, Mary Eda Laing and husband Carroll, Shirley Ruddy, and Kay Grantom.
Special thank you to caregiver Christie Powell, nurse Kaci McGee, physical therapist Jennifer Hill for their years of loving care.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Hospice of Wichita Falls or Trinity United Methodist Church.
Trinity United Methodist Church
5800 Southwest Parkway
Wichita Falls, Texas 76310


Alvin Hines Cansler
Jun 27, 1901 - Jul 10, 1959

A. H. Cansler Funeral Held

Funeral services for Alvin H. Cansler, 58, Corsicana business-man were held at McCammon chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cansler was stricken with a heart attack Thursday. He died early Friday morning in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor of the First Methodist church, conducted, along with Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Robert and Larry Cansler, both of Corsicana; three daughters, Sue Cansler of Corsicana, Mrs. Robert Baker of Kilgore and Mrs. Thomas Grigsby of Tyler; three brothers, Willard, Clarence and William Cansler, all of Tyler; two sisters, Mrs. Ivey Atkins and Mrs. W. O. Pickett, both of Tyler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. H. Brown, Johnny Sirman, Marlin Rutherford, Ernest Moore, Vernon Hicks, E. E. Burkhart, Ted Red, Charlie Hodge, Charlie Beauchamp, Maynard Phillips, Marc Cloud, G. R. Matthews and Claude Hervey.

Cansler, a Corsicana business-man for the past 13 years, had many holdings here, including the recently opened Waffle Shop.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Jul 11, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Catherine (McCoy) Cansler 2nd wife Ila Inez (Mallett) Cansler; s/o Daniel Tucker �Dan� Cansler & Emma (Lancaster) Cansler buried Liberty Hill Cemetery, Smith County, Tx.

Edna LaCoste, Miss
Jul 28, 1889 - Jan 2, 1959

Miss LaCoste Rites Saturday

Private funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday for Miss Edna LaCoste, who died at the Paulyne Convalescent Home early Friday.

Burial was in Oakwood cemetery, Miss LaCoste died following an extended illness.

Services were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of First Baptist church.

Survivors include the mother, Mrs. H. Gordon; two sisters, Mrs. W. E. McKinney and Miss Lillian LaCoste; a nephew, Dr. Jack P. McKinney; two great nieces, Misses Suzette and Diana McKinney, all of Corsicana; and several cousins who live in Galveston.

Pallbearers were Lynn Sanders, Jr., Dr. D. N. Matheson, J. W. McCammon, J. N. Wheelock, Jr., James West and Silas Fry.

Miss LaCoste was a native of Galveston. The family recently moved to Corsicana from Fort Worth.


Aurelie (Cledes) LaCoste-Gordon
Feb 13, 1862 - Oct 8, 1960

Mrs. Gordon, 98, Dies Saturday, Rites Monday

Mrs. Aurelie Gordon, 98, long-time Fort Worth resident, died in Paulyne's Convalescent home Saturday afternoon following a short illness.

A native of Bonne Carre, La., Mrs. Gordon had resided in Fort Worth 40 years at 3017 Tremont.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. E. McKinney, Corsicana, and Miss Lillie LaCoste, Fort Worth; a grandson, Dr. Jack P. McKinney, Corsicana; two great-granddaughters, Miss Suzette McKinney, Odessa, and Miss Diane McKinney, Corsicana; and other relatives.

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

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

Pallbearers were Jack Cunningham, James West, B. Lynn Sanders, Jr.; Ralph Tatum, John Wheelock and Dr. Jack P. McKinney.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct 10, 1960
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband August LaCoste married Jul 9, 1881 2nd husband H. Gordon; d/o E. Cledes & Clara (Rievere) Cledes per death certificate

Maurice Johnson Craig
Jul 4, 1924 - Jan 1, 2007

Maurice Craig
Born in Emmett, Texas on Jul. 4, 1924
Departed on Jan. 1, 2007 and resided in Hillsboro, TX.

Visitation: Tuesday Jan. 2, 2007
Service: Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007
Cemetery: Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX

Maurice Craig, 82, of Hillsboro died Monday, January 1, 2007, at Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro.

Maurice was born July 4, 1924 in Emmett, Texas the son of George and Margaret (Johnson) Craig. He grew up in Irene and attended school there.

On March 10, 1943 he joined the United States Army and served during WWII, serving with the 398th Army Engineers in England, France, and Germany. He was honorably discharged on January 1, 1946.

On June 12, 1948 he married Frances Johnson and they made their home in Hillsboro.

He was employed with Independent Oil Company for many years and was also employed with Hill County Precinct 4, retiring in 1991.

For over fifty years, he was a member of Line Street United Methodist Church in Hillsboro where he served as a past chairman of the Administration Board and the Lords Acre Committee. He was also a member of the Model A Club of Fort Worth and enjoyed driving his car in parades and Model A tours, winning many trophies.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Frances Nixon; and a brother-in-law, Archie Nixon.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Frances Craig of Hillsboro and several cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Line Street United Methodist Church, 304 Line Street, Hillsboro, TX 76645.


Porter Jackson Crow, Dr.
Dec 19, 1922 - May 19, 2007

Family-Placed Funeral Notice

DR. PORTER JACKSON CROW Porter Jackson Crow, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and educator passed away on May 19, 2007. He was born in Emmett, Texas, on December 19, 1922, and raised in Waco, Texas. Upon graduating from Waco High School, he entered Baylor University. His studies were interrupted by World War II, and after serving with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, he returned to complete his Bachelor of Arts. He then earned a Master of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. As a devoted educator who taught for sixty years, Dr. Crow helped establish two institutions of higher learning: University of Dallas and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Over the course of his expansive career, he was on the faculty of Southern Methodist University, Director of the Community Education Program for Texas Christian University, dean of McMurry College, an educational consultant for the United States Chamber of Commerce, and an educational advisor for Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. For the last twenty-eight years of his career, Dr. Crow served as an adjunct professor in the Adult and Continuing Education program at Barry University�a program he was instrumental in developing. Dr. Crow, often referred to as �The Professor,� touched countless lives throughout his career. His positive, encouraging and supportive personality motivated his family, friends and students to become more than they ever thought they could be. His legacy will extend for generations to come. Dr. Crow is survived by his wife, Lynn, of West Palm Beach; his sons, Porter C. Crow and Dr. Burton C. Crow and his wife, Evelyn; stepchildren, Kristina Bradley and her fianc�, Milos Pavlovich, and Thomas Bradley; grandchildren, Christy Crow Gadman and husband, Jason, David Crow and his wife, Irene, John Crow and Stephanie Crow; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Cade Gadman; brothers, William Crow and Dr. Howard Crow. A Memorial Service will be held at Palm Beach Atlantic University's DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VITAS Charitable Fund, 1901 South Congress Avenue, Suite 420, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit


  • Published by The Palm Beach Post on May 26, 2007.

Mollie (Eckleman) Autrey-Nutt
Feb 27, 1880 - Jun 18, 1959

Mrs. Jake Nutt Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Nutt, 79, wife of Jake Nutt, who died Thursday at the family home in the Oak Grove addition in northeast Corsicana, were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Reginald Beaver, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, E. L. and Eugene Nutt, all of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Henderson, Corsicana, and Mrs. Sarah Nell Herod, Temple; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. S. E. Hamilton, and two brothers, Bert and Andrew Eckleman, all of Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Fred Nutt, Rufus Nutt, Bruce Nutt, Jr.; Wilson Nutt, Ed Ellington, J. D. Boyd, and Edward Hamilton, all nephews.


Terri Pearl (Young) Robinson
Oct 27, 1875 - Jul 12, 1959

Mrs. Robinson Rites Monday

Mrs. S. E. Robinson, 83, life-long resident of Navarro county and Corsicana, died in the Navarro Clinic early Sunday morning.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church of which she was a member.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. R. E. Hable, Corsicana, and Mrs. Bill Shiels, Dallas; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Maurice Young, Jack Cunningham, Dan Comfort, Kenneth Renfro, Sam Campbell and H. G. Gribble. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.


Ralph Hayden Richardson, Sr.
Apr 12, 1887 - Oct 21, 1959

R. H. Richardson Dies Wednesday

Ralph H. Richardson, 72, retired farmer, 1606 West Eleventh avenue, died in Memorial hospital Wednesday morning.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Wednesday afternoon.

A native of Seguin, Richardson had resided in Corsicana for the past 33 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Ben Richardson, Seguin; Bill Richardson, Corsicana, and Ralph H. Richardson, Jr., Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. John Ross, Corsicana; Mrs. J. O. Crider, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Earl Wilson and Mrs. Robert Vaughn, both of Dallas, and Miss Betty Richardson, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.



R. H. Richardson Rites Thursday

Funeral services for R. H. Richardson, 72, retired farmer who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

Bert Mercer, pastor of the West Side Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in
Oakwood cemetery

Richardson lived at 1606 West Eleventh avenue.

Surviving are the wife of Corsicana; three sons, Ben Richardson, Seguin; Bill Richardson, Corsicana; and Ralph H. Richardson, Jr., Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. John Ross, Corsicana; Mrs. J. O. Crider, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Earl Wilson and Mrs. Robert Vaughn, both of Dallas; and Miss Betty Richardson, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Ellington, B. Anderson, B. B. Thurston, R. C. Augustson, E. C. Ross and Walter Knight.


Thessa Melissa (Gunn) Urban
May 19, 1890 - Oct 18, 1959

Eureka Native Dies Tuesday In California

Mrs. Thessa Urbon, 65, native of Eureka, Los Angeles, Calif., real estate operator, died in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday.

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

Mrs. Urbon had been a California resident for about 40 years.

Surviving are two sons, Edwin and Dan Urbon, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Carl Pike, Teague; a nephew, D. H. Pope, Tyler; a niece, Edith Porter, Austin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be B. R. Bonner, Otis Capehart, J. F. Hamilton, Don Chandler, Randolph Robinson and Tim Grantham.


Floyd Ratliff Friend
Dec 31, 1876 - Oct 22, 1959

Floyd R. Friend Dies Thursday

Floyd R. Friend, 82, brother-in-law of Mrs. A. S. Beavers, 711, West Third avenue, died in Lubbock Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

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

Surviving are a brother, Herman Friend, Weslaco; nine nieces and nephews and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Oct 23, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Saphronia R. �Phrone� (Richards) Friend married Oct. 17, 1907; s/o George Adolphus Friend & Mary Ann (Birdwell) Friend

Gertrude Maudine �Gertie� (King) Harvin
Apr 27, 1892 - Oct 29, 1974

Mrs. Harvin

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Gertrude Harvin, 82, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at her residence.

Rev. Jack Riley and Rev. Peyton Goodman will officiate, with burial following at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Corsicana and member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two daughters both of Corsicana, Miss Lena Rose Harvin and Mrs. Sam Humphries; a grandson, Sam Humphries, Jr. of Lake Charles La.; a granddaughter, Mrs. Roy D. Louis of Bettendorf, Iowa; and a great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Willard Summerall, Douglas Beauchamp, Hartley Young, Alfred Yates, Jimmy Parks, and J. C. Emery.


Edward Urshel Pike
Dec 3, 1886 - Mar 17, 1959

E. U. Pike Dies At Houston

E. U. Pike died in Houston Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Friday at 2 p.m.

Surviving are his wife, three brothers, Carl Pike, Teague; Edgar and Oscar Pike, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Frances Payne, Teague, and a number of other relatives.


David Edgar Pike
Jan 24, 1876 - Sep 11, 1972

E. Pike

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel for Edgar Pike, 96, Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate; and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a native of Alabama and had lived in Navarro County since 1891. He was a retired carpenter and member of the Missionary Baptist church.

Survivors include a son, C. D. Pike of Abilene; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Pike of Point.

Pallbearers will be Afton, David, James, Larry and Morris Pike, Jimmie Perkins and Gary Stegall.


Ida (McGlathery) Pike
Apr 17, 1877 - Oct 5, 1963

Mrs. D. E. Pike Services Held

Mrs. D. E. Pike, 86, long-time Corsicana resident, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.

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

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

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Curtis Pike, USAF; Earl E. Pike, Las Vegas, Nev., and A. D. Pike, Salem, Ill; a brother, Knox McGlathery, Waxahachie, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Herbert Percival, Jasper Deming, John Haynie, Collin Green, Preston Norwood and D. G. Haynes.


Lillie Hawthorne (Tidd) Pike
Sep 21, 1896 - Nov 17, 1964

Mrs. Pike Dies In Houston

Mrs. Lillie Pike, native of Corsicana, died in Houston Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Donald Pike, a nephew, Methodist minister.

Mrs. Pike was the widow of the late Edward U. Pike and had resided in Houston 34 years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Bennett Lay, Houston, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Nellie Mae (Basham) Pike
Feb 10, 1894 - Apr 2, 1976

Mrs. Pike

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Nellie Pike, 82, who died Friday morning. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery and Rev. Kenneth Haley will officiate.

Mrs. Pike is survived by two sons, Calvin Pike, California, and James Pike of Mesquite; two daughters, Mrs. Willie Mae Parrish and Mrs. Mary Ruth Davis, both of Corsicana; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Trannie Gilmore, of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ruth Gillmore of White Face, Texas.


Oscar Clayburn Pike
Oct 7, 1880 - Dec 25, 1961

Oscar C. Pike Services Held

Funeral services for Oscar C. Pike were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Officiating was Rev. Donald Pike, Fort Worth Methodist minister and a nephew to Mr. Pike.

A retired derrick builder, Pike, 81, died in Memorial hospital Monday. He was a member of the Emhouse Methodist church and a 32nd degree Mason of the Bakersfield, Calif., Masonic lodge.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Frances Payne, Corsicana; two brothers, Edgar Pike, Corsicana, and Carl Pike, Teague, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jack Megarity, M. M. Pike, Clark Simmons, J. C. Johnson, E. C. Sears and Stokes Armstrong.


Dr. James Ted Norris
Sep 27, 1944 - Feb 26, 2021

James Ted Norris, MD passed away in Austin on February 26, 2021. He was born September 27, 1944 to Chester and Iva Jordan Norris in Corpus Christi, and at age 3 moved with his family back to Corsicana, their hometown. In 1963 Ted graduated from Corsicana High School, where his classmates chose him as Most Outstanding Boy. Among other honors, he was a Texas Interscholastic League medalist in Debate and won All District honors as a football player. He then went on to Abilene Christian College on an academic scholarship and was a member of the ACC football team. It was in Abilene that Ted met and married Beverly Harris.
Ted furthered his education by earning PhD and MD degrees from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is survived by daughter Cheryl Lynne Norris of Houston; son James Ted Norris, MD, of Danville, Illinois; grandchildren Rucker, Kathryn, McGrath and Isaac Norris; sister and brother-in-law Jeanie and Paul Slaughter of Corsicana; cousins, nieces and nephews; and many treasured friends from around the country.
No memorial service is planned, but contributions in Ted's memory may be sent to Texas Campaign for the Environment, P.O. Box 42278, Austin TX 78704 (


Lewis Edward "Gypsy" Picone
Sep 29, 1942 - Feb 17, 2021

Lewis Edward "Gypsy" Picone, 78, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, February 17,2021. He was born September 29, 1942, in Bryan, TX.

Gypsy leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Donna, 2 sons: Lewis Picone & wife Cheryl of Bryan, Eddie Picone & wife Mary of North Zulch, 2 daughters: Brandi Picone & boyfriend Joe Dirck of Sedalia, MO, Jaclyn Owen & husband Jason of Purdon, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and unofficial adopted family.

Gypsy was preceded in death by his son, Burt Picone & his parents Thelma & Joseph Picone. He was loved and will be missed by many. A memorial service for Gypsy will be held at the VFW in Corsicana from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The family asks that any donations you wish to make go to his wife, Donna, or the GoFundMe page set up by his children.


Earnestine (Roberts) Miller
Apr 24, 1942 - Jan 28, 2021

Earnestine Roberts Miller was born on April 24, 1942 in Corsicana, Texas to Clyde T. Roberts and Christine King. She was the first of 16 siblings.

Earnestine was raised in Rice, Texas.

Earnestine attended elementary school in a one room school house with her brothers and sisters in Rice, Texas. She attended high school in Ennis, Texas. She would later further her education and become a Certified Food Service Manager where she worked in retail and with several nursing homes. Earnestine retired from Seabreeze Nursing Home in 2010.

Earnestine accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Hester Grove Baptist Church. Upon marriage, she moved her membership to Timothy Baptist Church. She later became a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas where she served faithfully for many years in many different roles, including as a choir member, youth Bible study teacher, and as a youth director.
As an enduring servant in her walk with Christ, Earnestine received baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. She later decided to move her membership to Johnson Memorial Church of God In Christ where she became an ordained minister.

During her time at Johnson Memorial, she was in great demand as a guest speaker at numerous churches throughout the community. In 1992, Earnestine moved to Houston, Texas to be closer to several of her children and grandchildren. There she joined Lakewood Church under paster John Osteen. She continued her service for Christ as leader for the Church information booth. As her health began to fail, Earnestine decided to move back to Corsicana in 2017 and became a member of Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church.

Earnestine volunteered as on of Navarro County's 4-H leaders for many years. She became a staunch advocate for many of the youth in the community, as well as a volunteer working with underprivileged families in the County Extension Agency's Educational Nutrition Program.

In 1958, Earnestine married the late William Howard Taft Miller, Jr. (divorced). Five children were born to this union.

Earnestine left this earth on the wings of angels on January 28, 2021 in Corsicana, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde T. Roberts and Christine King; grandson Howard Sylvester Miller, Jr.; brothers Therliece Roberts and Walter Roberts; and sister Mattie Davis.

Loving survivors: sons Roy Lee Miller (Doaw), Pattaya, Thailand; Howard Sylvester Miller (Nancy), Arlington, Texas; daughters Diane Lawrence-Biggs (Rodney), Kingwood, Texas; Barbara Wallace (Ronald), Missouri City, Texas; Sharon Moore, Plano, Texas; brothers Claude Roberts (Suzette), Corsicana, Texas; David Roberts, Kerens, Texas; Larry Roberts (Tonis), Dallas, Texas; Odie Roberts, Arlington, Texas; Gary Roberts (Katrice), Garland, Texas; Henry Roberts, Dallas, Texas; sisters Lillian France Kitchen (George), Corsicana, Texas; Lula Wilson (Walter), Dallas, Texas; Esther Roberts, spouse of deceased brother, Therliece Roberts, Dallas, Texas; aunt Annie Laura Fortune, Corsicana, Texas; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren.


Joyce "Joy" (Saunders) Caillet
Dec 8, 1953 - Feb 14, 2021

Joyce "Joy" Caillet was born on December 8, 1953 to parents Aubry and Juanelle Saunders. She entered into eternal rest on February 14, 2021. Joy was a sweet soul who was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need, she had a generous heart and lots of love to give. She was a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, sister and friend. Joy's greatest ambition was always to be a mom and her family was the absolute most important thing in this world to her. She enjoyed traveling, sailing and gambling, her best memory was sailing to Bora Bora when she was 5 months pregnant. Joy loved bird watching and growing flowers in her garden but most of all she loved spending time with her beautiful family and making precious memories that they will all cherish forever. She was well loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Joy was preceded in death by her father, Aubry Lee Saunders. She is survived by her beloved husband Dennis Caillet; children, Andrea Goff and husband Geoff, Candace Caillet, Stephen Caillet; grandchildren, Login Goff, Geoffrey Goff and Zoe Goff; mother, Juanelle Saunders of Kerens; twin sister, Jill Davis and husband Elton of Cedar Park; sister, Jenny Allen and husband Greg; brother, Jeffrey Saunders all of Kerens.


Larry Lee Bailey
May 16, 1946 - Feb 18, 2021

Larry Lee Bailey of Rice, Texas, passed away from this life on February 18, 2021 at the age of 74. He was born to Orin Delbert Bailey and Lena Jane Russell. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Larry was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church and later First Baptist Church of Rice where he became Deacon for the church. Larry was Vice President on the school board when the Rice Elementary was built, which is now serving as the City Hall. He helped to get the Mike Dickens Memorial Park in Rice, he brought the Little League baseball to Rice, and he also was the Mayor of Rice for many years. He loved the city of Rice and was involved in politics and was a member of the Republican Party. Larry loved his family and is survived by, wife Barbara Bailey, son Paul and Michelle Covington-Bailey, and of course the twins, Shelly and Steve Tyner, and Kelly Bailey, and brother Russell Bailey. Grandchildren Kasey Erler, Kimberly and Aaron Duran, Dustin and Cynthia Bailey, Nicole and Tommy Horn, Cain Slovak, and Kathy and William Jones. He loved being Paw Paw to his ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and brother in law Jerry and Shirley Morgan and sister in law Wilma Morgan. He is preceded in death by his father Orin Delbert Bailey, mother Lena Jane Bailey, brother Michael Keith Bailey and great granddaughter Madison Hill.

The family will have a celebration of Life and luncheon at the First Baptist Church of Rice gym on February 28th at 11:30 a.m. following regular service starting at 10 a.m.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Edward Lockhart Cook, Sr.
Oct 15, 1934 - Feb 25, 2021

United States National Guard
Edward L. Cook, Sr., 86 of Corsicana passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his residence. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.



Edward L. Cook, Sr. passed away February 25, 2021 at the age of 86.
Edward was born October 15, 1934 in Rice, Texas to Alvah and Lilly Pearl Cook. His father worked as a ranch hand, while his mother worked as a clerk in a book store. The fifth of six children, Edward graduated from Corsicana High School in 1954. He went on to attend Navarro College for two years and served in the National Guard from 1957-1966.
Edward married his wife Eula Bernice Humbert on March 14, 1958 in a small Baptist church in Pickett. They met through her brother JB Humbert. Edward was a loving husband and father to their children Edward Cook, Jr., Donna Renee Cook, and Marvin Cook. A true family man, he enjoyed all family gatherings and reunions.
Edward worked very hard to support his family. He worked at Ennis Business Forms for 26 years, retiring in 1988. He also started working for the Corsicana Daily Sun at the same time, working there for fifteen years. He was self-employed for five years and then worked at Cox's Carpet Warehouse until he retired.
As hard as Edward worked, he enjoyed locksmithing and gardening in his free time. He watched sports, and in his younger years spent time hunting and fishing. He loved fried chicken and had a sweet tooth, enjoying candy and cookies. A very friendly man, he loved talking to people. He was known by all to be honorable and trustworthy.
A deeply religious man, Edward was always involved in church at Northwest Baptist. He sang in the choir and was a deacon for a time. Edward was very generous, and lived out his faith by helping others when they were in need. He believed that God came first, then family, and then everything else would fall into place. He was a Free Mason for 50 years. Even after he got ill, Edward would watch Sunday services on TV; he very rarely missed watching. His favorite scripture was John 3:16.
Edward is survived by his children Edward L. Cook, Jr. and Marvin Cook (with his wife Stacy Cook); his grandchildren Stephanie Bilodeau (and husband Kenneth), James Cook, Arthur Cook, Morgan Martin (and husband Chris II), Miller Cook, and Judson Cook; his great-grandchildren Wesley Bilodeau, Donna Bilodeau, Christopher Martin III, and Samuel Martin; his brother Sidney Cook; his sister Alvah �Cookie� Montgomery; his sister-in-law Jackie Lewis (and her husband Sonny); his brother-in-law JB Humbert (and his wife Wanda); numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Alvah and Pearl Cook, his daughter Donna Renee Cook, and by his brothers Glen, Kelly, and Wendell Cook. His pall bearers will be James Cook, Arthur Cook, Miller Cook, Kenneth Bilodeau, Jason Lewis, and Kevin Lewis.
In order to celebrate Edward's life, his family has planned a visitation from 6 to 8 in the evening on March 4 at Corley Funeral Home. His funeral service will be Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Harper officiating, followed by interment at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Corley Funeral Home.

Doris Marie (Jones) May
Jan 31, 1943 - Feb 21, 2021

Doris Marie May passed away on February 21, 2021 in Russellville, Kentucky. She was born on January 31, 1943 to her parents Evelena and Lee Oak Jones in Corsicana, Texas.
Doris enjoyed her chihuahua and spending time with her granddaughter Amanda. She was a very caring and generous woman and absolutely loved shopping for her family members. She loved her Lord, always making sure her sons were in church come Sunday. She was also the children's Sunday school teacher at Fundamental Baptist Church in Corsicana during the 60s and early 70s.
Doris May is proceeded in death by her parents, Lee Oak and Evelena Jones; brother, Jerry Lee Jones; husband, AV "Sonny" May; and son, Ray Dean Brown Jr. She is survived by her son, Gene Brown; stepchildren, Vernon May, Bubba May, and Sherry May; brother, Clyde Jones and wife Diane; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and cousins. A special thank you to her granddaughter Amanda Runyon for everything she has done.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. A celebration of life will take place Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Ben Butler officiating. Pallbearers for the service: Matthew Brown, Casey Brown, Terry Jones, A.J. Johnson, Aaron Johnson, and Michael Jones. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, TX.


Melanie Claire (Railey) Hyder
Nov 22, 1955 - Feb 20, 2021

Melanie Claire Hyder passed away February 20, 2021 after a lifetime of service to children in Corsicana.

Melanie was born November 22, 1955 in Levelland, Texas to Edmond and Mary Ella Railey. Mary Ella grew up in Corsicana, so the family moved back here shortly after Melanie was born. Her father Edmond worked at the Chattanooga Glass Company in Corsicana for 18 years until his death on January 20, 1970. Her mother Mary Ella was a housewife and worked seasonally at Collin Street Bakery until 1969. She then worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance from 1970 until she retired in 1985. Mary Ella passed away November 18, 2010.

Growing up with her big brother Eddie Frank, Melanie's childhood was filled with lots of love. She had many fond memories of spending time with her Aunt Mamie and of family camping trips, which established her lifelong love of travel. She also spent a lot of time being a typical little sister to Eddie Frank, like in the time she cut his tent down and made him lose his PB&J sandwich, a story she enjoyed telling. An excellent student at Corsicana High School, Melanie earned the Jim Collins Scholarship to Sam Houston State University, where she initially studied business. Melanie quickly discovered that her true passion was criminal justice, and she graduated with that degree in 1978.

Melanie worked for Harris County Juvenile Probation for two and a half years, starting with a six-month internship. It was in this time that she decided to work with troubled youth to prevent them from getting further along in the prison system. She began her work with Navarro County Juvenile Probation on December 1, 1980 and helped young people get on the right path by enforcing rules, setting boundaries, and getting them the services, they needed. Committed far beyond the typical 9-5, she often said, "we are the only advocates some of these kids have; don't give up on any of them." Over the years, some of the kids she helped would come back and tell Melanie that, although they may not have realized it at the time, they appreciated the caring support she provided them when they were struggling youth. Melanie proudly retired on January 15, 2021 after 42 years in public service.

Melanie met her husband Bill in 1981 at a country-western club. After she did a quick background check on Bill, the two were an item. The rest, as they say, is history. They were married on a very hot June 20, 1982 on the family property. Dedicated as she was to guiding youth, Melanie also raised three of her own: her step-daughter Bobbie, her son Blake, and her grandson James. She dedicated her time and energy to instilling values in them that helped them to succeed. Although her job became more demanding as her career blossomed, she always strove to balance work and family. It helped that she approached any obstacle in life with a sense of duty and conviction.

A devout Christian, Melanie gave her time teaching Sunday school and singing in a church trio at Bazette Baptist, where she attended for many years. A tough, no nonsense woman, Melanie's faith was lived out in the loving but firm guidance she provided for so many children and loved ones.

Devoted to spending quality time with family, Melanie cherished family vacations to Branson, Missouri and Ruidoso, New Mexico. She later enjoyed traveling internationally with her husband Bill and their friends Bill and Pam Crawford, where she loved shopping. Melanie had a great eye for clothing and jewelry. She collected cookbooks and enjoyed watching cooking and true crime shows. Melanie also loved her leopard print and Dove chocolates.

Melanie leaves behind her husband Bill Hyder; her son Blake and daughter Megan; her step-daughter Bobbie; her grandsons James and Justin, and James' wife, Spencer; and her great-grandson Vincent. To honor her life, Melanie's family had a visitation on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Her funeral service was held Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home in the Magnolia Chapel, followed by interment at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


Aurelio Saldivar, Jr.
Sep 21, 1959 - Feb 12, 2021

Aurelio Saldivar, Jr., 61, of Corsicana passed away Friday, February 12, 2021 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at House of Praise Church of God (1345 W. 13th Ave. Corsicana 75110) with Pastor Timothy Schane officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at and selecting the Aurelio Saldivar, Jr. obituary.




Aurelio Saldivar, Jr. passed away February 12, 2021, at the age of 61.
Aurelio was born September 21, 1959 in Corsicana to Dolores Gonzales. Growing up with his siblings Jesse Gonzales, Cecil Saldivar, and Delores Fay Francia, Aurelio had a small circle of dear friends and cousins that he kept close to his heart. As a teenager attending school in Corsicana, he became a Corsicana Picker, which is just like the TV series American Pickers.
When Aurelio was a teenager, mutual friends introduced him to his beloved bride-to-be, Jerri. They were married on October 4, 1979 until she passed away on June 10, 2011. After her passing, he continued to raise their 12-year-old daughter and be there for his older daughters and their children as their Pawpaw. Even though it was a struggle, he knew he could not give up. He had to be there for his kids and grandchildren, as they were his world. He taught them to love and to show God's love through their actions in how they treated people. Aurelio was baptized in the Church of God, where he attended with his wife. Not only did he read his Bible daily, but he lived out his life as a testament to his love of God in the way he showed compassion to others
Aurelio supported his family by working as an industrial painter foreman and reselling the things he found picking. As hard as he worked, he enjoyed life just as much. He lived for adventures like deep sea fishing and riding his motorcycle. He loved going on vacations with his family, and once took his wife, children, grandchildren, and mother to Disney World. These adventures helped add to his stories, which got his family laughing and smiling. With his deep love of family, he liked holiday gatherings at his sister Fay's house. Any time with his daughters and his grandbabies or his sister and brothers and their families was good to him. In his free time, Aurelio enjoyed collecting fishing lures and antiques, drawing, and watching movies. With his sweet tooth, he loved cookies.
Aurelio leaves behind his daughter Kimberly Ann Saldivar Mershawn and her children Christian Gage, Emma Katherine, and Ian Phillip Mershawn and their father Aaron P Mershawn, his daughter Tracie Saldivar and Thomas Sauer and their children Norah Lynch, Eleanor Sauer and Tomi Sauer; his daughter Tracie Saldivar and Thomas Sauer and their children Norah Lynch, Eleanor Sauer and Tomi Sauer; his daughter Elizabeth Saldivar and Luke Ybarra; his siblings Jesse Gonzales, Cecil Saldivar, Delores Fay and Lupe Francia; his nephew Joseph Francia, and his nieces Ireland Francia, Pearl Francia, and Jessica Gonzales.
To honor his life, Aurelio's family has planned a visitation on February 23 from noon until 8 PM at Corley Funeral Home. His funeral service will be Wednesday, February 24 at 2 PM at House of Praise with Pastor Timothy Schane officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Corley Funeral Home.

Steven Wayne Ragsdale
Nov 19, 1957 - Feb 16, 2021

Steven Wayne Ragsdale, 63, passed away at his home in Stephenville, Texas on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 due to diabetes and heart issues.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m., February 22, 2021 at Stephenville Funeral home with Pastor Jimmy Holleman of Double N Cowboy Church officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana, TX with Farland Clark officiating.

Steve was born November 19, 1957 in Corsicana, TX to Roy and Benja Ragsdale. He grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1976. He graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. Steve worked for many years in the farming, ranching, and dairy industries around the Stephenville area.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Benja Ragsdale. He is survived by his father Roy Ragsdale of Corsicana, son Justin Baxter and wife Krys of Brownwood, sister Elaine Barnes and husband Alan of Waxahachie, and brother David Ragsdale of Corsicana. He is also survived by his niece Shelby Davis and nephew Andrew Barnes as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his three grandchildren.


Doris Virginia (Kagler) Anderson
Dec 7, 1933 - May 22, 2022

Doris Virginia Anderson, 88, entered eternal rest Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Doris, better known as "Mom-A", was born on December 7, 1933 in Barry Texas. She graduated from Kenedy High School 1952 where she played in the band and was on the girls' basketball team. Doris met the love of her life, Ted, in Kenedy, Texas and were married on August 2, 1952. Together they had two children. They moved their young family to the Rio Grande Valley in 1959 and were residents of McAllen for 40 years. She worked as the secretary for the First Baptist Church of Pharr for over 25 years. Later, because of her excellent accounting skills, she went to work for Security State Bank in Pharr until her retirement. Doris and Ted were active members in their church and were instrumental in the building of the new First Baptist Church of Pharr on Ridge Road.

In 1999, Ted and Doris moved to Carthage, Texas fulfilling their dreams of owning land and gardening. During their years in Carthage, they were very involved in "Mission Carthage" where they helped with numerous food pantries, produce drops and distributions. They lived their later years shelling peas on their back porch overlooking their beautiful east Texas property. They made the best homemade preserves putting their love and blessings into each jar.

Doris was a woman of deep faith and had a servant's heart. She had an infectious laugh and wore her heart on her sleeve. Mom-A was the most giving and generous mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to so many. She never met a stranger and was an incredible baker. She always made everyone she knew a cake for their birthday. Her greatest pride and joy was doting and loving all her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Ted G. Anderson; her parents, Charlie F. Kagler and Mary W. Collier Kagler; and her sister, Sue Kagler Childress.

Doris is survived by her children, Gary (Wendy) Anderson of Kerrville, Texas, and Lyn (Mike) Flanagan of Laguna Vista, Texas; six grandchildren, Travis (Cory) Flanagan of Laguna Vista, Texas, Shannon (Caleb) Smith of Edinburg, Texas, Carson (Julianne) Anderson, Fort Worth; Justus (Caroline) Anderson of Fort Worth, Texas, Landon (Jennifer) Anderson of San Antonio, Texas, and Andrew (Chelsea) Anderson of Boise, Idaho; eleven great-grandchildren, Parker, Mckenzie, Tanner, Charlie, Allie, Reid, Claire, Lilly, Roy, Katherine and Jonah. She is also survived by her youngest sister, Charlene Kagler of Carthage, Texas, as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to express a great deal of love and appreciation to Kindred Hospice and Treasure Hills Residential Nursing Facility in Harlingen for their extra support and dedication to her care.

Mom-A has "fought the good fight" she has "finished the course" she has "kept the faith" she has "received her crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge has awarded to her." (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Doris will be laid to rest next to her husband Ted at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.


Berry Franklin Speed, Sr.
Oct 10, 1902 - Dec 16, 1959

Berry F. Speed Dies Wednesday

Berry F. Speed, 57, long-time employe of the Railway Express company office here, native of East Navarro county was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. following a heart attack at his home in Oak Valley community.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marry A. Speed, Corsicana; a son, Bradley Speed, Corsicana four brothers, Porter Speed, Fort Worth; Fred Speed, Lake Charles, La.; Carter Speed, Sacramento, Calif.; and Kim Speed, Beebe, Ark.; five sisters, Mrs. R. H. Gerry, New York City; Mrs. Gertie Mae Davis and Mrs. Wade Brannon, both of Andrews; Mrs. Paul Burnett, Odessa, and Mrs. Dorothy Hutchinson, Lynnwood, Calif., and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which he was a member.


Ollie Pearl (Simmons) Edelman
Aug 26, 1933 - May 23, 2022
Obituary for Ollie Pearl Simmons
Ms. Ollie Simmons, age 88, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born to Alvin Lee �Buck� Simmons and Mary Jane Red on Saturday, August 26, 1933, in Bazette, Texas. Ollie leaves her loved ones with unforgettable memories and loving stories. She will be sincerely missed by her loving family, devoted friends, and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved her. She leaves behind her son, Wayne Edelman, South Fork, CO; her daughter, Diane Edelman Snyder, San Antonio, TX; and her grandchildren, Paul Edelman, Shannon Snyder, and Emily Rottenberg. She is preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Rottenberg (d. 3/5/11); her parents, Alvin Lee and Mary Red Simmons; her three older brothers, Royce, Bernard and Raymond Simmons; and her older sister, Mary Miller.

Ollie was the youngest of 5 children (3 brothers and 1 sister). Her mom died when Ollie was 3; and her sister took on the mother role.

Her family was sharecroppers, paid to pick cotton in the Powell and Kerens, TX area. School let out early to let the children help.

Ollie attended Powell Elementary and middle schools; and Kerens High School, graduating May 24, 1949 at age 15. Ollie was on her basketball and softball school teams. After graduation, she moved to Dallas where she

sought to transform herself into a polished professional woman, attending secretarial school and also going to training on etiquette, poise, and manners. She was always proud of being fit with a 20-inch waist and perfect posture.

When Ollie arrived in Dallas after HS graduation, she had a room in a boarding house and worked at Oilwell Supply Co. until Wayne was born in 1959.

In 1954, Ollie met Thomas Glen Edelman in Dallas and they were married Feb. 25, 1955. They lived in her apartment until their house on Dunaway was built. Wayne was born in 1956 and Diane in 1958. In 1961, the family moved into a larger house on Shagrock where they lived for over 18 years. When Diane entered Elementary School, Ollie returned to work at a plumbing supply company which she loved.

In the 1980s, Ollie left her job and followed Glen's dream to live in South Fork, CO (where the family had vacationed for many years). They drifted apart and after 3 years separated with Ollie moving back to Dallas area. They later divorced in 1990 and Glen passed in 2001.

Her daughter said she was the happiest she'd seen her in the years that followed moving back to Dallas. Loved her 2-bedroom patio home in Garland and activities with friends. She loved her dog, Sandy and prioritized her charity giving to all things helping animals. During this time, she made it a priority to be actively involved with her grandkids of Paul and Shannon.

In 1991, she married the love of her life � Aaron Rottenberg. He expanded her horizons with travel in US and abroad, ballroom dancing, concerts/shows, and friends. And they both encouraged and gave of their time for the grandkids which now included Emily Rottenberg.

Ollie had a strong independent spirit. When Aaron passed away in 2011, she sold the house to her close friends Tommie and Roy Wright and moved into Highland Springs retirement apartment community with her dog, Becca. She loved all the activities and friends there. A few years after her 80th birthday, she was facing the heartbreaking loss of memory of

Alzheimer's and was moved into memory care � first in Dallas, then moved to San Antonio near her daughter on March 7, 2020 the week before Covid pandemic shut things down.

Children- Wayne J. Edelman, S. Fork, CO and Diane Edelman Snyder, San Antonio, TX. Grandchildren: Paul Edelman (Wayne's son), Shannon Snyder (Diane's daughter), Emily Rottenberg (by marriage)

Accomplishments- loved life. Developing strong, independent, loving children and grandchildren. Favorite saying: Live long, laugh often, love much.

Ollie enjoyed travel, music, photography, bowling, cards, a good joke, puzzles including her daily crossword.

Attributes- refused to use computers instead �Grammy's email� = mailed package of clippings, jokes; likes good jokes, collected and shared.

Mom had a full 88 years of life. Raised picking cotton in poor conditions but at age 15 took initiative to go to secretarial and charm school to transition to a polished, but fun career woman in Dallas and later a wife and working mother setting herself apart from the 1950s housewife norms. Thus, inspiring her children and grandchildren in their later achievements. Her family shared a little about her Alzheimers period of life that over the last 7 years took her �spark� away - her personality and humor, leaving her confused with life. Family and friends will miss her, but we're glad she is now free.


Kenneth Howard Lile
Nov 17, 1930 - Feb 23, 2022
Kenneth Howard Lile passed away February 23, 2022, at the age of 91. Kenneth was born November 17, 1930 in Emhouse, Texas to Elmer Lile and Maggie Estell Hill.

Growing up in Plainview with his siblings: Thomas Lile, Marjorie Harris, Sylvia Lee Kitchens, Charles Lile, Sam Lile, Durwood Lile, Patsy Shuck, and Sally David, Kenneth went to work in the cotton fields after 4th grade.

Kenneth served our country in the military from 1953 until 1960. He served in the Air Force 1953-1955 and then the Army 1955-1960. A hard worker; he worked for General Motors assembly plant in Arlington from June 1955 until October 1997, retiring after 42 years. Even in his free time he enjoyed working on his farm and patenting his own hand crafted tools. He loved to create new farm implements!

Kenneth married Addie Ruth McDonald on June 5, 1971 and became father to Ron McDonald, Vicki McDonald Broussard, and Robert McDonald. Kenneth loved his family and came to cherish his later role as PawPaw, showing his grandchildren and great grandchildren unconditional love and gratitude. He enjoyed loving on them all.

Kenneth was a God loving man who shared the gospel with everyone. A member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, he lived out his faith in service to others, graciously sponsoring the Boy's Ranch. He was quick to remind everyone, �God loves you.� Giving aid when it was needed, he made the world a better place. He was a genuinely kind, patient, and giving man who will be remembered for his love of Jesus Christ.

Kenneth leaves behind his granddaughter Amber Richards and her husband John Richards of McKinney, his granddaughter Carli Blalock and husband Mike Blalock of Quinlan, his grandson Kevin McDonald and wife Candice McDonald of Kaufman, his grandson T-Rex McDonald of Kaufman, his great granddaughter Miranda Phillips and husband Tyler Phillips of Wylie, his great grandson Cooper Smith of Garland, his great grandson Colton Richards of McKinney and his great granddaughter Tatum Todd-M.

To honor Kenneth's life, the family has planned a visitation on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home from 5pm-7pm. Funeral services will be Friday, March 4, 2022 at 11am in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.


  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Addie Ruth (McDonald) Lile; Elmer Lile & Maggie Estell (Hill) Lile

Lynn Lloyd Tomlin
Jul 25, 1929 - Apr 10, 2022

Lynn Lloyd Tomlin
July 25, 1929 - April 10, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Services for Lynn Lloyd Tomlin, 92 years old, will be held, 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 15th, 2022

at First Congregational Methodist Church, 510 N St., Elkhart, Texas 75839, with Rev. David Franklin

officiating along with Joe Paul Fox. Interment will be at the Crawford Cemetery

Lynn passed away on Sunday, April 10th, 2022, in Carrolton, Texas, from complications from Covid. Born July 25th, 1929, in Emhouse, Texas to Aubrey and Bessie Tomlin. Lynn was one of five brothers: Curtis, Wallace, Jerry, and twin brother Glenn, and one sister Betty Ruth Baggett. Lynn served in the United States Army in the Korean War from January 1952 through 1953 as a radio operator. When Lynn enlisted, he told sergeant the navy wouldn't take him because of his bad finger on his left hand and the sergeant said he didn't care about the bad finger because he only needed one good trigger finger.

Lynn married Willa Dene Sloan on October 3rd, 1953, until December 29, 2012 (57 years), when Dene went to be with the Lord. Lynn retired from Otis Engineering after over 30 years of service. Lynn was an avid square dancer and was one of the presidents of their square dance club and loved to go camping in their RV with their many friends.

Lynn is survived by his son Gregory Lynn Tomlin and wife Rhonda, seven grandchildren: Jeffrey and wife Brie Tomlin, Jennifer and Fredrick Franklin, Adam and Amanda Tomlin, Michael and Micayla Tomlin, Rachel and Sammy Lawson, Rebecca and Chris Nance, Chandler, and Kelsea Bass, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Lynn loved all animals; in fact, he saved a turtle from certain death all the while having fallen into the creek just down the road from his home in Elkhart.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.

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