Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


Robert Lee "Bob" Neal
May 2, 1934 - Oct 17, 2022
Robert Lee "Bob" Neal died RELUCTANTLY at his home in Burlington, CT on October 17, 2022. Formerly of West Hartford, CT, Bob was born in Blooming Grove, Texas to Tommie Lee Neal (a farmer) and Anne Eliza Carroll (a school teacher, artist and music teacher). Bob graduated from Blooming Grove High School, Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, TX and East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX.

Bob started a 45-year YMCA career in Longview, TX. From there he moved to the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, then to the YMCA of Metropolitan San Diego before coming to Hartford, CT where he finished his career as President and CEO of The Greater Hartford YMCA.

While in Dallas He started a small "run for life" program that grew into The Dallas YMCA "Turkey Trot" in 1968, which now has thousands of runners annually. Bob went down to Dallas in 2018 to serve as honorary starter for the 50th running of The Turkey Trot.

He retired from The Greater Hartford YMCA in 2000 after seeing revenue growth from $4 Million to $ 15 Million and the Endowment Fund growing from $6 Million to $60 Million. Neal was also instrumental in starting YMCA's in Russia and partnered with the YMCA in Novosibirsk, Russia (in Siberia). Neal received numerous awards and recognition throughout his long YMCA career and as all who knew him will remember he was an avid golfer and UCONN Huskies basketball fan.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Anne Leary of Burlington, CT, daughter Holly LeeAnne Neal Hawkins and her husband Philip Hawkins of Brooklyn, NY, as well as four step-children, 6 step-grandchildren, and a nephew, Steven Schwartz of Corsicana, TX. Bob is predeceased by his former wife Jo Anne Neal, Holly's Mother.

In keeping with Bob's wishes the family will hold a private service. He says a "HEARTFELT GOODBYE" to his family, friends, neighbors and many acquaintances.

In keeping with his forty-year love affair with UCONN Athletics, particularly men's & women's basketball, donations may be made to the UCONN Athletic fund at the UCONN Foundation at 2390 Alumni Drive, Storrs, CT 06269-3260.


Verne Fredrick St. Mars
Jul 16, 1930 - Apr 23, 2022

Verne Fredrick St. Mars passed away on April 23rd at the Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Waxahachie, Texas, following an illness over the past 2 years. In his near 92 years this was the first time he was ill in his entire life.

Verne was born in Marshall, Minnesota, on July 16th, 1930, to his parents Verne A. St. Mars and Harriet St. Mars. He attended the schools in the local school system and graduated in 1948 with high honors from Bethlehem Academy High School. Verne being a tall 6'4" enjoyed playing basketball and lettering in each year he played. He also enjoyed playing handball.

From 1948 to 1951, Verne attended St. Thomas College, MN, where he joined the ROTC.

He joined the Air Force in 1952 attaining the rank Major and leaving the service in 1963 to join the Department of State.

He lived in Lubbock, Texas from 1953 to 1956 and then shipped to South Korea. While living in Lubbock he met the love of his life, Hope Marie Spurgeon, who was in the area living with her sister, Lucy. His pet name for her being "Hokey". After their marriage they moved to Ft. Worth while he was stationed at Carlswell Air Force Base. After two years there they moved back to Lubbock. In 1959 knowing they were going to be sent to Greece, they moved to Presidio of Monterey, California, to go to a Language School to learn Greek.

They lived in Greece from 1959 to 1963. From that point, they did not go back to Stateside until 1968 when he was sent to the State Department in D.C. They lived in Nairobi, Kenya for two years until 1965, spent another two years in Santo Domingo and a year in Vienna, Austria.

Hope moved back to Lubbock to live with another sister, Billie Ann, as Verne was sent to Vietnam like many of the young men at that time. He spent two years in country and then he and Hope both moved to Washington, D.C. living there for 10 years from 1970 to 1980.

1980 found them moving to Hope's hometown of Rice, TX. They purchased the family's homestead which included an old plantation home. They were unable to restore the home to its original glory and ended up building their own home on that same property.

For the next 42 years Verne enjoyed hunting and fishing with the family members. He purchased property off I-45 and built The Sportsman, one of the first liquor stores in Rice. He also worked for Century 21 selling homes and farmland.

Retirement found him enjoying the life in Texas, and they made the annual trips back to Faribault, MN, where Verne grew up. They seldom, if any, traveled more than that trip. Going on any more airplane rides or touring the USA was not on their bucket list as they felt that had their share of airtime when he worked for the State Department.

Not having children of their own, their time was shared with many nieces and nephews. grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Verne had put in a large swimming pool in their backyard that was a hit in the family. Many summers of swimming and BBQ dinners were a staple of the St. Mars'
family. The years began to slow them down and they would have celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary in October. They had both enjoyed many years of travel and living in foreign countries.

Verne is proceeded in death by his parents, Verne and Harriet, a sister, Dolores and her husband, Ted Reichert, and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.

He is survived by his lovely wife, Hope, his nephew Jim Reichert and Jim's siblings and their families. He and the Reichert family enjoyed the many members of the family living in Texas as well.

Pallbearers are as follows: Todd Butler, Jeremy Butler, Nathan Franks, Pearson Franks, Zach Richardson, Mike Grimes and Weldon Caldwell.

Honorary Pallbearers: Willie Cherry, Sonny Cherry, James Franks, Bubba Medlin, Jim Reichert, Billy Don Bowles, Dave Schmitz, John Truman and Fred Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. St. Mars has suggested donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can go to the Wounded Warrior Project online and click donate.


Kirby Raymond "Red" Cummings
Nov 14, 1905 - Sep 27, 1971

K. R. Cummings
K. R. (Red) Cummings, 65, died Monday in a Dallas hospital.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.C. Coffey and the Rev. Jack Goff officating.  Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Cummings had lived in Corsicana since 1930, working for many years as a butcher for Hawkins and Allen, then with Neil Harris Grocery.
Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; a son, Ray Cummings of Lansing, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Payne of San Antonio; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. George W. Adams of Bishop.
Pallbearers will be James L. Scoggins, Billy Coker, Neil Harris, Fred Sapp, Martin Brazell, Harland Ballard, Roy Landers and Frank Ware.


Peggy Ann (Brister) Russell
Nov 5, 1934 - Jan 9, 2023

Obituary for Peggy Brister Russell
Peggy Brister Russell went to her heavenly home on January 9, 2023. She was born November 5, 1934, to Norman and Lucy Brister. She graduated from Blooming Grove High School where she met and fell in love with her husband of 49 years, Jimmy (Slick) Russell. Peggy had a long career working for Navarro College when she retired in 2001. Peggy was a big supporter and longtime fan of the Navarro Bulldogs.
Jimmy and Peggy had 3 wonderful children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren whom they loved and adored. Peggy loved spending time with her family. She loved going to their activities whenever she could, and she also enjoyed reading and quilting.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jimmy Russell, son Kelly Russell and sister Faye Brister Leach. She is survived by her daughters Jamye Putman and husband Jimmy, Janith McManus and husband Dale and daughter-in-love Teresa Russell. Grandchildren Amye Dechaume and husband Hubert, Rusty Putman, Katie Russell, Jay Russell, Joseph Shofner, Jonathon Shofner, Taylor and Tyler McManus; great grandchildren, Brindon and Jordan Dechaume, Jason Parsons, Makenzie Shofner, Jordan Shofner, and Hannah Shofner; one sister Jean Brister Whitten along with numerous nieces, nephews and special friends, and Maggie.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home and also on Saturday, January 14th from 10am - 11am at Blooming Grove Methodist with service starting at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rusty Putman, Jay Russell, Joseph Shofner, Jonathon Shofner, Tyler McManus, Brindon Dechaume, Jordan Dechaume and Jason Parsons.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Dresden Cemetery or Blooming Grove Methodist Church.


Bobby Don Brown
Oct 23, 1939 - Apr 24, 2022

Bobby Don Brown, age 82, passed away on April 24, 2022, in Fairfield, Texas. Bobby was born on October 23, 1939, to parents Fate and Minnie Cleo Brown in Emhouse, Texas.
He worked at Chatanooga Glass and Anchor Glass for 20 plus years.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Fate and Minnie Brown and his brothers George and Jim Roy Brown. He is survived by his wife Mary Sue Brown; daughter, Amy Bingham and husband Chad; brothers, Terry Brown and wife Linda, and Danny Brown; granddaughters, Lyndsey Bingham and Callie Bingham and a number of extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside Service will be held at Eureka Cemetery at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022, with Bro. Randall Evett officiating.
Pallbearers will be Alan Brown, Gary Brown, Jason Graham, Tracy Jock, Mark Lee, and Bryan Nutt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Jenkins, Rocky Shepherd, and Tracy Donoho.


Sandra Beth (Inmon) Lewis
Dec 13, 1938 - Sep 2022

Sandra Beth Inmon Lewis was born on December 13th, 1938, in Kerens, Texas to Bert and Mag Inmon. Sandra graduated from Kerens High School in 1956 where she made lifelong friends and loved being a majorette. Sandra continued her passion for twirling and was a majorette at Navarro College for two years. She graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She married Kenneth Lewis in 1963 and built a home for their family. Sandra had the opportunity to be a homemaker and raise her three daughters. She was very involved in her daughters' lives, taking them to piano lessons, dance recitals, the skating rink, movie theaters, stock shows, and many school activities.
Sandra's favorite time of the year was Christmas. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family on Christmas Eve, and she loved having all her family visit on Christmas morning. She would shop for months, hiding gifts, and finding them months after Christmas was over.
As her daughters became more independent, she decided to go back to college and earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After receiving her degree, Sandra was hired as the school nurse for Kerens ISD. She later became a 2nd Grade Teacher and touched many lives during her years at Kerens Elementary. In 2011, she retired to spend time enjoying her grand-babies and great-grand babies. Her favorite thing in the world was spending time with her grandchildren. She was loved and cherished by her family and all who knew her. Sandra was a beautiful person, inside and out.
Sandra is survived by her daughters, Donna Darby and husband Joe, Leslie D'Agostino and husband Dusty and Rockie Glicksman and husband Kyle; grandchildren, KJ Darby and wife Kristen, Danika Griggs, Brooke Darby, Dusty Norris and wife Brittney, Dakota Norris, Sloan Glicksman and Coco Glicksman; great grandchildren, Liv Darby, Kennie Darby, Andi Griggs, Darby Griggs, Grady Griggs, Smith Norris, Evelyn Norris.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022 in the Kerens Cemetery with Steve Hayes officiating. Pallbearers are Joe Darby, Dusty D'Agostino, Kyle Glicksman, KJ Darby, Dusty Norris,Dakota Norris and Sloan Glicksman.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.


  • Published on Sep 28, 2022
  • Kerens High School 1956
  • w/o Kenneth Corbin Lewis; d/o Bertram Howard "Bert" Inmon & Maggie Lois "Mag" (Arnett) Inmon Sandra Beth (Inmon) Lewis

Dicky (Hyer) Soutter
Mar 31, 1925 - Feb 11, 2017

Dicky Soutter passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11 surrounded by family. She was born in Frost, Texas on March 31, 1925. Dicky was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed tennis, golf, and travel. She volunteered extensively through her church and at the CCSC Sunshine Resale store. Dicky is survived by her husband of 64 years, George Soutter; daughters Susan Kunz (Jeff), Sally Soutter (Joni), and Sara Shirey (Les); four grandchildren, one great grandchild, one nephew, and three nieces.. She was preceded in death by her parents Sydney and Emma Hyer; sisters Josephine Usry and Betsy Womack; and great nephew Christopher Cousins.
A private family memorial will be held in April. If you wish to make a donation in her memory please consider First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman Street, Houston, Texas 77004 or at


Betty Sue (Stringer) Elmore
Dec 10, 1937 - Jan 11, 2022

Betty Elmore of Mertens, Texas passed away January 11, 2022 in Hillsboro, Texas. She was born December 10, 1937 in Ellis County, Texas to Willie Ray and Susie May (Hart) Stringer.

She graduated from Frost High School in 1956. Betty worked most of her life as a seamstress, making cheerleading outfits, wedding gowns and brides maid dresses. A faithful Christian, she was very active in the First Baptist Church in Mertens until her health failed. Her hobbies included crocheting, traveling with Senior Circle and volunteering with Senior Circle. She loved animals, especially cats and collected thimbles.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Ballew.

Funeral services will be held January 14, 2022 in Mertens, Texas.


  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • Richland Cemetery, Mertens, Hill Co., TX
  • w/o Billy Elmore; d/o Willie Ray Stringer & Susie Mae (Hart) Stringer


Betty Sue Elmore of Mertens, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Hillsboro, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 14, 2022, at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Mertens, Texas. Visitation will take place 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro, Texas.

Betty was born on December 10, 1937, in Ellis County, to Willie Ray and Susie May (Hart) Stringer. She graduated from Frost High School in 1956. Betty worked most of her life as a seamstress, making cheerleading outfits, wedding gowns and brides maid dresses. A faithful Christian, she was very active in the First Baptist Church in Mertens until her health failed. Her hobbies included crocheting, traveling with Senior Circle, and volunteering with Senior Circle. She loved animals, especially cats and collected thimbles.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Ballew. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Debora Elmore; her son, Wayne Elmore and his wife, Jolyn; her son in law, Don Ballew; her sister, Dorothy Smithey; her grandchildren, Cody Ballew and his wife, Marcy, Caleb Ballew and his wife Sarah; her great-grandchildren, Emory Ballew, Grace Ballew, Owen Ballew, and Ava Ballew; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 158, Mertens, Texas 76666.


Clifford Evans Hughes
Nov 16, 1931 - Sep 5, 2022

Clifford Evans Hughes, born Nov. 16, 1931 in Rural Shade, Texas to Charles Edward & Johnnie Onita Hughes, passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2022 in Dallas, TX. Cliff moved to Dallas in 1952 and became an electrician soon after. He started his career with Dallas Power & Light, but it wasn't long before he opened his first electric company, Cliff Hughes Electric. He later went on to own 4 more electrical contracting companies and had jobs in numerous states. In addition to running his companies,
Cliff was involved in a number of charities. He was a member and president of Oak Cliff Optimist Club and Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce for ten years. Cliff served on the Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission from 1965-1969 and was Chairman of the Commission. Cliff was one of the founding members of the IEC, served as President two terms in the 60's and was a member of the Dallas chapter for over 50 years.
He embraced involvement by serving on the boards of South Oak Cliff Bank and Wynnewood State Bank. While on the board at Wynnewood State Bank, he
helped raise money towards the land upon which Dallas Baptist University sits. Cliff 's hometown Kerens, Texas held a special place in his heart. He supported Keren's school district in helping build a stadium, girl's softball field, tennis courts, KESA Community Center, and youth baseball field.
Mr. Hughes served as a Master Sargent in the 49th Division of the Texas National Guard, was a 50+ year member of Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge, Dallas Scottish Rite, and Hella Shriners. Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Billie Ruth Luna. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Juanita, his children, Roxanne (Mike) Spradlin of Midland, TX, Lynnette (Rick) Wilkinson of Arlington, TX, Chris (Michelle) Hughes of St. Petersburg, FL, Frank (Melanie) Treigle of Dallas TX, niece, JoNita (Danny) Jones of Mesquite, TX, as well as 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to a special friend/physician, Dr. Steven Leach at UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas for excellent care provided to Cliff for the past 25 years and to his dear friends in Dallas and Kerens, Texas. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to Long Prairie Cemetery Assoc., P.O. Box 155, Powell, Texas 75153, Clifford Evans Hughes


Leila M. Rasmussen
Sep 13, 1934 - Sep 13, 2022

Leila Marie Rasmussen passed away September 15, 2022, at the age of 88.

Leila was born September 13, 1934 in Corsicana to Velma Marie Walker and Johnny B. Towns. A graduate of Corsicana High School, Leila accepted Jesus as her Savior and remained faithful to Him until her death.

Leila married the love of her life, Fred Rasmussen, in Torrance, California after a long-distance relationship and only a few dates. They were blessed with over 70 years of marriage. Leila remained devoted to him until his death four months ago. She was a proud mother to her daughters Amy Carr, Rose Rash, Risa Marx, and Patti Woodall, and made nearly all their clothes for many years. She even made their prom dresses and wedding dresses. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and told them often of her love.

Until the day she died, she was declaring her love for her family.

Leila was a kind, caring, and generous woman who always put God and her family first. She attended Baptist churches throughout her life, and taught Sunday school and played piano for years. She was well-known for her delicious contributions to church dinners and her willingness to help others through prayer, food, or visiting. Most of all, Leila's positive outlook on life reflected her love for the Lord. She was an amazing prayer warrior who shared God's love with others. One of her happiest times was working with Fred to conduct a weekly bible study at Heritage Oaks. After the studies, she enjoyed visiting the residents and handing out prayer cards.
Although Leila spent most of her married life as a homemaker, she also worked part-time as a bookkeeper. Leila loved her role as homemaker, cooking and baking delicious creations for her family and friends. In her free time, she and Fred loved to travel. They traveled all over the United States, but their favorite trip was to Denmark to meet relatives and tour the country of Fred's family's heritage. She had a bit of a sweet tooth, and especially enjoyed chocolate cake.

Leila leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law Amy and Ken Carr; her grandchildren Hillary, Tim and Nicholas Sullivan and Cameron and Katherine York; her great granddaughter Elizabeth York; her daughter and son-in-law Rose and Rick Rash; her grandchildren John and Trina Rash; her great grandchildren Noah and Eli Rash; her grandchildren Jacob and Emily Sikes and Joe Rash and Jessica Brown and great grandchildren Jackson Rash, Stone Richter, and Wrenly Rash; her daughter and son-in-law Risa and Frank Marx; her grandchildren Hudson and Elizabeth Marx and great grandchild Abigail Marx; her grandchildren Caleb and Audrey Marx and great grandchildren Brady and Charleigh Marx; her daughter and son-in-law Patti and Russell Woodall; her grandchildren Nate and Rita Woodall and her great-grandchildren Thomas, Lorena, and Isabel Woodall; her granddaughter Betsy Woodall. The family would like to sincerely thank the Twilight Nursing Home staff and Mercy Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Leila.

To honor Leila's life, family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5-6:30 PM at Corley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leila's honor to Hope Center in Corsicana.



Leila M. Rasmussen, 88, of Corsicana passed away September 15, 2022 at Twilight Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. Friends and family are encouraged to gather for a time of visitation on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5 to 6:30 in the evening at Corley Funeral Home.\


Donna Atkeisson (Jergins) Reynolds
Dec 12, 1940 - Oct 9, 2022

Donna Atkeisson Reynolds, 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 9, 2022, at her home. Donna was born on Dec 12, 1940, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Donna is preceded in death by her late husband Gerald Atkeisson, father Truman Jergins, Mother Mary Jergins Womack and son Mike Atkeisson. The precious memories of Donna will continue to be cherished by her husband Charles Reynolds, her children Karl (Louann) Humphries, Lori (Gilbert) Hippard, and Michael Humphries. Grandchildren, Brandy (Mike) Hurford, Joshua (Lindsay) Brown, Jessica (Joe) Richter, Alexandria (Shane) Howard, John Grady (Mikayla) Hippard, Chris (Sydnee) Humphries, Aaron (Vicky) Humphries. Great Grandchildren, Macon, Kegan, Rhys, Cameron, Lucas, Oliver, Benjamin, Jude, Stone, Wrenley, Jackson, Lenny, and Jac. Charles Children Lori Hickey, Kristy Smallwood, and Scott Reynolds. Siblings, Nancy Sherrard, William Womack, and numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends
Donna was loved by everyone she knew and loved them in return. One of her greatest joys was cheering on her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren at sporting events and attending their birthday celebrations. Donna was the best grandma in the world. Her grandchildren's special memory was to try and convince her that they were her favorite.
Donna and Gerald spent 43 years crafting and gardening together, they loved their years of traveling and raising their children.
Donna looked forward to any shopping trip or going out to eat. The last four years on Friday nights was such a joy for her to spend the evening with her husband Charlie and friends were the laughter always flowed. Donna also loved her home and was an amazing homemaker and cook. She enjoyed all of her neighbors and especially the council meetings. Donna spent many hours working in her yard growing beautiful flowers. Donna's beautiful smile and kindness will be deeply missed.
The visitation will be Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 6-8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday October 13, 2022, at 11 am at Northside Baptist Church.


Ernest Ward Jr.
Mar 24, 1933 - Sep 23, 2022

On September 23, 2022, Ernest Ward Jr, of Corsicana, Texas embarked on his final journey from this earthly life to the angels waiting at Heaven's Gate.
A Celebration of His Life will be held at Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana on Wednesday, October 5th at 2 p.m.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staffs of Twilight Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Bristol Hospice for the loving care provided to Ernest and his family.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Glenda Darlene (Reynolds) King
Jul 4, 1959 - Sep 24, 2022

Glenda Darlene King, age 63, of Frost, Texas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Frost Baptist Church, with Pastor Ronnie Dabney officiating. Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro, Texas. Burial will be at Frost Cemetery.
Glenda was born July 4, 1959, to Leslie and Katherine Reynolds in Dallas, Texas. She was the eighth of eleven children. She was the wife of Jackie King, and they shared thirty-five years of marriage together.
She was a wife, sister, daughter, aunt and a friend to many but the two titles she wore best were mom and grandma. Her kids and grandkids were her world, and she did not mind telling anyone that. Glenda was always their number one cheerleader in everything they did.
In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoyed cooking, working in her yard and house, reading, camping and going to all her grandkids' sporting events. She was always cheering the loudest in the stands. Not only was Glenda a great mom and grandma to her own kids, but she was also a mother figure to many others and loved them like her own. She was the type of person who would do anything for anyone.
Glenda is preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Katherine; her sisters, Jennie, Rita, and Caroline; and her brother, WT. She is survived by her husband, Jackie; her two daughters, Hollie Scott and husband, Kevin of Frost, and Jolynn Easton and husband Chris of Lovelady; her grandkids, Karlie and Keri Scott, of Frost, Ace, Colt, Casen, and Cody Easton of Lovelady; her sisters, Kathy, Frankie, Terry, and Theda; her brothers, Butch and Rocky; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.


Elaine (Kirby) Scott
Mar 8, 944 - Sep 24, 2022

Elaine Kirby Scott passed away Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the age of 78 in Waco, Texas.
Elaine was the youngest child born to Hugh Morris and Floy Fowler Kirby on March 8, 1944. She grew up in the Chatfield community where her dad was a farmer and her mother was a housewife. Her mom later became the postmaster at the Chatfield Post Office. After graduating from Ennis High School in 1962, Elaine moved to Dallas, Texas where she worked for Crum and Forester Insurance Company for over 20 years.
Elaine married Royce Scott on September 4, 1983 in Fairbanks, Alaska. They moved to Yuma, Arizona where Royce worked construction and they traveled extensively throughout Arizona, California and Alaska with his work. Royce and Elaine loved to ride sand rails in the dunes of California. Elaine moved to Waco, Texas after her husband's death to be near her son, grandchildren, and family. She was a member of the Robinson First United Methodist Church.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Royce, her brother Morris Dwain Kirby, and her sister Laura Standifer.
Elaine is survived by her son, Erick Kirby Coker and his wife Tammi of Robinson, Texas, grandson Kirby Reed Coker and his wife Kaylie of Tulsa, Oklahoma, grandson Nathaniel Neumann of Bastrop, Texas, granddaughter, Lindsey Smith and her husband Corey of Denver, Colorado, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family was held on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at 11 a.m. at New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elaine's name to the Chatfield Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 45, Chatfield, Texas 75105.


Frank Anthony Westbrook
Oct 20, 1929 - Sep 18, 2022

Frank Anthony Westbrook, whose integrity, support, and service inspired and strengthened family, friends, and generations, went to be with the Lord on September 18, at the age of 92, after passing away peacefully at his home. He was born October 20, 1929, to Clyde Frank and the former Janie Mae Webb in Kerens, TX, the youngest of four children. After Frank graduated from Kerens High School in 1946, where he played on the football team while also working on the family farm, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served honorably in the Korean War. He served aboard the lead ship of the convoy transporting U.S. Marines and Republic of Korea troops from Japan to Korea for the Inchon Beach landing, as well as aboard a destroyer escort in Pearl Harbor, and kept in touch with Navy buddies throughout his life.
Completing his enlistment, he returned to Texas and took advantage of the G.I. education bill for veterans, graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor's degree. In 1953, he married his beloved wife of 69 years, the former Hazel Christine Weathers from Kerens. After living and working in Ft. Worth at a steel company and then a new electronics firm, he began a 30-year career with Texas Instruments in Dallas, choosing to commute so he and Chris could raise their young family in Ennis. As a Vice President at TI, he hired the personnel to open TI's semi-conductor plants in Sao Paulo and Singapore and managed personnel at the corporate office through 1989. After leaving TI, he enjoyed working alongside his late son, Walt, who owned and operated a small real estate business purchasing and refurbishing homes in Navarro County.
In 2000, Frank was instrumental in establishing the Kerens Ex-Students Association, Inc. (KESA) to provide college scholarships to Kerens High School graduates. He and Walt led the construction of the Ex-Students Alumni Center in downtown Kerens for community events, and Frank oversaw KESA's financial records as treasurer. He created the Life Membership Endowment fund as he was passionate about giving more children an opportunity for success.
With his interest in genealogy, he discovered an extensive Westbrook family tree, and found researching and visiting distant relatives across the U.S. a very rewarding experience. He was a voracious reader of every genre and enjoyed watching any and every football game, trading stories, and helping others. Above all else, his faith and dedication to always treat others as one would like to be treated and his generosity, love, and sacrifice enriched many lives. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, a devoted husband, father and friend who will be dearly missed. He walks again with his son Walt, his parents Clyde and Janie, his brother Glade Westbrook and sisters Gwendolyn Westbrook Walker and Beth Westbrook White, and nephews Ronnie Westbrook and Bud White, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Chris Westbrook of Ennis, daughter Gay Anne Westbrook of Dallas and numerous nephews and nieces and their children and grandchildren. Graveside service celebrating Frank and a life well lived will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at Prairie Point Cemetery in Kerens. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to KESA, P.O. Box 5, Kerens, TX 75144.


Jera (Burns) O'Neal
Dec 18, 1927 - Aug 24, 2022

Jera O'Neal passed away on August 24, 2022, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was the last surviving child of the Clyde and Mary Ed Burns family of eight children. She was born in Snyder, Texas on December 18, 1927. The family moved back to Pursley, Texas from Snyder in 1941, and Jera spent the majority of her life in Navarro County, which she dearly loved. She loved her Lord, her family and friends and was fiercely loyal to them. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Jera graduated from Dawson High School in 1944 during the ending of World War II Many of her classmates had gone to the war, including her brother F.C. Burns. She left home after high school and lived with an aunt in Corsicana where she began a long career working at various clerical/bookkeeping positions. She began at K. Woolens warehouse, then Dr. Pepper, and later worked at Bethlehem Steel. She married Roy (Buck) Johnston in 1946. They had one daughter, Sharon, in 1947. After that marriage failed, she married Mike Fraser. When Bethlehem Steel closed, they relocated to Hillsboro for three years. They all three loved living there, but they moved to Arlington. Then, in 1964, they came back to Corsicana where Mike opened Vertex Machine shop and Jera went to work at the First National Bank.

Mike died from lung cancer in 1981. She then was introduced by one of her dearest friends, to a charming widower from Waco, James Linton, and they were married for about 4 years before he died of cancer. A few years later, Alvie O'Neal entered her life and they were married for almost 25 years when he died of cancer also. They both attended church at Westhill Church of Christ and strengthened their faith and their marriage.

Jera was a long time member of The American Business Women's Association and was Woman of the Year twice. She was also a long time supporter of the Kinsloe House and served on the board of directors for many years.  She loved going there to the programs and luncheons and working for the various fundraisers. Although she was not able to attend the Kinsloe House functions any more, she was able to attend church until about a month ago. There were several wonderful members of her church that helped her be comfortable and get her earphones. A big thank you to Clay Jackson, Shirley Bowen, and Joe and Barbara Glass for bringing her to Sharon and Philip's house after church each Sunday. Joe and Barbara were friends with Jera's mother both in Snyder and when Mrs. Burns moved to Corsicana for Jera and F.C. to help take care of her. Thank you also to mom's caretakers for the past several months.

She was preceded in death by all of her husbands, all of her brothers and sisters, and nephew Roy Burns. Jera is survived by daughter Sharon Crowell, her husband Philip and Philip's son Clay and his wife Kathy, sister-in-law Dixie Burns, nieces, Jera Cheney and husband Mickey, Cindy Burns, Becky Diaz, and Roy's wife Becky Burns; nephews, Mark Berry and wife Cheryl, Gene Pollard, Jay Burns, and Ron Burns and wife Cora; great nephews Rick Burns, Miles Diaz, and Mason Diaz; great nieces Elizabeth Burns and Birch Burns.

The family will honor Jera's life with a visitation Sunday, August 28,
2022 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 o'clock in the Magnolia Chapel. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


Frederick Artie "Fred" Riles
Jan 7, 1940 - Sep 4, 2022

Celebration of Life Service for Frederick Artie Riles 82, is 11 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Wadell's Riverside Funeral Home located at 6938 Westover Street Houston, Texas.
There will be viewing only 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2022, at Ross & Johnson Mortuary located 1100 G. W. Jackson Avenue Corsicana, Texas 75110. Graveside rites and interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Woodland Memorial Park located at 501 North Bunert Road, Corsicana, Texas.


Oscar Lynn McCrory
Aug 1, 1937 - Aug 16, 2022
Rooted in Irish culture, the name Oscar evokes the spirit of the mightiest warriors to ever come from Irish legend. Oscar is a "champion warrior" and to the ones who loved him most, that is exactly the life he lived.
Oscar Lynn McCrory was born on August 1, 1937 in Emhouse, Texas to parents Johnie Otha McCrory and Elzie Vera Hill. He spent his early years as most children did at that time, working the farm to help his family prosper and walking to school uphill both ways. He graduated high school as valedictorian, though he would always tell that fact with an asterisk as there were only five other kids in his class.
In 1956, Oscar married the love of his life, Elizabeth Farmer, and they thrived in this life together for 53 beautiful, loving years. Oscar and Elizabeth had two sons, Michael Lynn and David Kevin, and if you ask anyone who knows them well, they'll tell you that McCrory blood runs thick and the personality traits even thicker.
Oscar spent his professional years traveling as an installer for Western Electric. He was retired longer than he worked though, and in retirement he found his passion - ranching.
Oscar and his son, Kevin, worked side by side on the family farm for decades and for the past ten years, he did the same with his oldest, Michael. It was in this time that both of his sons found in their Daddy a best friend. And as the Irish quote goes, "best friends are like a four leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have."
It was on the farm, too, that Oscar taught some of his greatest lessons, both in life and in ranching, first to his children, then his grandchildren, and most recently to his great-grandchildren. Never one to sit still long, Oscar was always buzzing about, tagging cattle, fixing tractors, baling hay or simply searching for that long lost item whose location he just remembered.
Though ranching was his passion, Oscar's true calling in life was to be a warrior for his family and a true champion for his Lord. For many Sundays, his family joined him in song at First Baptist Church of Purdon where he led worship while Elizabeth played piano. Taking the title of "Poppy" seriously, he rarely missed his grandchildren's athletic or school events, and he and "Grandmama," as Elizabeth was called, spent many an afternoon helping with homework and teaching lessons that could never be written in a book.
Oscar returned to his heavenly home on August 16, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnie and Elzie; siblings: John Jr., Doris Ann, and Nancy Armstrong; his wife, Elizabeth; and his son, Kevin.
Those left to cherish Oscar's memory are his son, Michael and Emily McCrory; grandchildren: Jason and Beth McCrory, Brett and Jessica McCrory, Morgan McCrory, and Alan and Amanda Cross; five great-grandchildren; two special people in his life: Pamela Wolbeck and Gala Huckaby; special aunt, Gladys McCrory; two brother-in-law's: Les Farmer and Strain Armstrong; four men who meant more to him than they will ever know: John Ivie, Dickie Phillips, Randy Fleeman, and Mike Reeder; and numerous other friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Oscar "Poppy" McCrory was kind, generous, and knowing. He was one of the finest, kindest, smartest men a person could ever have the pleasure of loving. He was, and always will be, a protector and a champion warrior to his family.
Visitation will be Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Funeral services will follow at 2 o'clock with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will be at Younger Cemetery.


Cecil Lloyd Williamson
Sep 15, 1924 - Aug 10, 2022

Cecil Lloyd Williamson passed away August 10, 2022, at the age of 97.
To honor Cecil, visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.


Cecil Lloyd Williamson passed away August 10, 2022, at the age of 97.
Cecil was born September 15, 1924 in Corsicana to Ed and Mayme Williamson. His father worked in the oil fields while his mother took care of the home. Growing up with his brother Ed Jr., Cecil loved baseball. He began playing in school, where he picked up the nickname "Hoss" for his ability to hit homeruns. As a competitive young man, he enjoyed playing all sports in high school, but baseball remained his favorite.
After graduating from Corsicana High School, Cecil enlisted in the US Army to fight in World War II. He was assigned to the Company A 66th training battalion at Camp Fannin in June 1943, where he trained as an automatic rifleman. He fought in battles in northern France, in Ardennes, Normandy, and Rhineland, and received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four combat stars, a Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Bronze Star. In his "heroic achievement against the enemy," Cecil wiped out a Nazi-German machine gun nest that had held up progress for his company. His injuries of a scalp wound, shell fragments in both legs, and frostbitten feet caused him some difficulties for the rest of his life.
Cecil married the love of his life, Inez, on May 30, 1946 in Athens, Texas at the Old Fiddlers Reunion. They lost their first child, a daughter Jo Ann in 1951 and then were blessed with their son Ed Wayne Williamson in 1954. An excellent provider for his family, Cecil worked as a pipeline man in multiple states from New York to Wyoming, wherever his company would send him. He enjoyed the work, but did not like being away from his family. His wife Inez worked 40 years at the Miller Hat Factory and as a beautician. A strong-willed man, Cecil's outlook was to always do what was right. He was a hard worker and was always there to help others. He was proud to pass these values on to his son Ed Wayne.
Cecil was a devoted family man, putting his wife Inez, the care of his mother Mayme, and his son Ed Wayne first. He enjoyed going on vacations to Colorado with his family, where they would hike and stay in campgrounds to enjoy the beauty of the scenery. In his younger years he was active in community baseball teams. With his love of the game, he enjoyed going to the Astros games in Houston with his son Ed Wayne and his Uncle Earl Jones. As he aged, he loved to play dominos at the hall downtown and was known for his ability to win. He also enjoyed raising cattle at his home in Retreat and farm in Emhouse. Ed Wayne showed calves at the major livestock shows in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio with Cecil cheering him on. Cecil was so proud to see his son graduate from high school and Navarro College, and even more proud to become a grandfather to his grandbabies Toby and Betsy.
Cecil is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ed Wayne and Sherry Williamson; his granddaughter Betsy Williamson; his grandson Toby and his wife Holly Williamson; sons Trip, Taren, Tuff, and Trapper; and his great grandson Cal Williamson.
To honor Cecil, visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 6-8pm. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022 in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.



Henry Harrell Jenkins
Nov 5, 1943 - Aug 17, 2022
Henry H. Jenkins passed away August 17, 2022, at the age of 77.
Henry was born November 5, 1943 in Kerens, Texas to Minnie Lee Wheeler and Percy Lee Jenkins. One of ten kids, Henry grew up with his siblings Alice, Polly, Nelda, Betty, Shirley, Patsy, Herman, J.B., and Martin. He enjoyed playing sports, and graduated from high school in Clovis, New Mexico.
Henry was married to Nellie Jean Jenkins. He met her at church, where Nellie's father pastored. He lived in Colorado at the time and the two wrote letters back and forth. He proposed through a letter, and the two were married in her father's church in Corsicana on March 16, 1973. They were blessed with children Stephen H. Jenkins and Danielle R. Richards. He loved his children dearly, and would brag on them any chance he got. A wonderful example of a true Christian father, he loved his family and did whatever was needed to provide for them.
Henry was a hard worker. For many years he worked at Chattanooga Anchor Glass in Corsicana, where he was known as "Hootus" until the factory shut down. He then went on to work for K-Mart distribution and Kohls distribution before he retired. In his free time, he loved his vacations to New Mexico and Tennessee. A big Houston Astros, Denver Broncos, and Texas Longhorns fan, he loved sports - both coaching and watching. He enjoyed watching when his son Steve and his grandsons played, as well as watching on TV.
Henry had the biggest heart. He was very involved in church, and was also a board member. His faith walk was important to him, and he lived out his faith in how he treated others. He loved his family and friends with everything he had, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Outspoken, Henry was a talker and never met a stranger. He was a big teddy bear.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife Nellie Jenkins; his parents Percy and Minnie Jenkins; his brother Herman Jenkins; his sisters Alice Lumpkin, Polly Smith, Nelda Miller, Shirley Wilson, and Betty Boyte; as well as his father-in-law Reverend David Williams.
He is survived by his son Stephen H. Jenkins (and Devan); his daughter Danielle Richards (and Brian); his granddaughters Haley Jenkins-Lewis (and Ernest) and Kinzie Jenkins; his grandsons Clint Richards, Braxton Jenkins, and Gus Richards; his great-granddaughter Everleigh Jenkins-Lewis; his mother-in-law Mary Williams; his brothers Martin Jenkins (and Marcylene) and J.B. Jenkins; his sister Patsy Griggs; his sisters-in-law Shirley Pritchett (and Dwayne) and Sandy Sykes (and Keith); his brothers-in-law James Williams (and Judy) and David Williams (and Louella); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Henry's visitation will be Sunday, August 21, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, August 22, 2022 at Trinity Assembly of God in Corsicana at 11 o'clock in the morning, followed by interment in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.


Henry Allen Freeman
Nov 9, 1947 - Aug 19, 2022
Henry Allen Freeman was born November 9, 1947, in Eastland, Texas. His family moved to Corsicana when he was 2 years old. He currently resigned in Ennis, Texas. After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1967, Henry entered the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his military service, he worked at several different grocery stores including, Safeway and Brookshire's. He began working for the Texas Highway Department Maintenance Division in 1972. He also continued his education by earning his Associates Degree from Navarro College. After 32 years with the state of Texas, he retired. Henry was an avid hunter, fisherman and he enjoyed working in his shop. He also loved watching his children and later grandchildren in all their sports activities.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Henry J and Doris Freeman, brother-in-law's, Ed Cunningham and Alton Gene Holt. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Linda Freeman. Daughter Stacy Orta and son Brent Freeman and wife Beth. Sisters Doris Ann Holt, Mary Ruth Cunningham, Glenda Stubbs and husband Billy Gene and Jackie Gunn and husband Buddy. Grandchildren Larissa Orta, Keaton Orta and Kate Freeman and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 27th from 9-11 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. Following at 11:30 a.m., a graveside service will be held at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation at


James Alfred "Jim" Acker
May 27, 1934 - Aug. 11, 2022

James (Jim) Alfred Acker, 88, of Corsicana, TX died at his home on August 11, 2022.
Jim was born on May 27, 1934, in Longview, TX and raised by his parents, Alfred Mae and James N. Acker. He met his wife, Elizabeth, when they were children in Kilgore, TX and they married in 1953. In the spirit of adventure, Jim accepted a job in the oil business working in Wyoming and the young couple took off for the Rocky Mountains. Jim eventually bought the mud logging company, Rocky Mountain Division of Hycalog, and enjoyed a successful career in the oil business. In 1964, Jim's father asked him to come help with Corsicana Laundry and Dry Cleaning. He decided it was time to sell Hycalog and move his family to Corsicana to help his father while raising his family in the Lone Star State. Corsicana Cleaners is now owned by Jim's son, Mark Acker.
Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth, three children, Kimberlee Acker, PhD, of Colorado Springs, CO, Baron Acker (wife Juli) of Athens, TX, Mark Acker (wife Mary) of Corsicana, 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandkids.
All who knew Jim will recognize in the story below his exceptional business acumen, his delight in family, joy in hunting and fishing, and above all his jokester sense of humor. One of his grandsons, Clayton Acker, described him best when he wrote the remembrance below the night of his grandfather's passing.
To describe my granddad in a page would be an insult to the person he was. I would need a library of books to explore and describe the memories and lessons he has taught me.
He was by far the hardest working man I've known. He once told me just a few years ago that if he couldn't be productive then he didn't want to be here (on Earth). This may sound selfish but the truth is he meant "productive" from the standpoint of taking care of his family. His family is big. The Acker clan isn't very large, but I assure you my granddad's 'family' extended beyond the Ackers.
Everywhere I've ever been with him there was someone excited to greet "Mr. Acker" when he walked in. This alone was a lesson to be learned. It didn't matter if it was a maintenance man or the CEO of wherever we were. He was known by everyone, it seemed. It was also obvious that he knew and cared about each of them too, equally. He would tell me stories about these people's families as we would walk halls of various businesses in search of whatever goal he was after that day.
My granddad taught me about hard work. His stories of sleeping under oil drilling rigs in the Rocky Mountains, then eventually buying the mud logging company he worked for, are stories you only read in fiction novels. He learned to fly a plane in those mountains so he could travel faster and get more done. He was the epitome of work ethic.
Don't let it go without saying that, none of this was possible without his amazing bride, my grandmother. She was obviously an awesome support system to help him achieve all he did. There is clearly an undying love in the true meaning of marriage with these two.
Aside from work and family, one of my fondest memories growing up was turkey hunting. I don't know how many times we actually went. Maybe it was just 1 or 2, but those were such amazing moments that they feel like it happened every year of my childhood. I remember him waking us at 4:30 a.m. and my brother and I whining about how early it was. When we asked if we would be able to find the turkeys in the dark, he told us we were the only turkeys up that early. I don't recall if we ever shot a turkey, but I do remember him teaching us how to use the calls and what the calls meant to the turkeys. I eventually used those skills as a hunting guide to harvest many turkeys. To this day I've only personally shot two turkeys, but because of him, it is one of my favorite hunting activities and I will always have those skills thanks to him.
He loved life. He loved working to provide for others, especially his family. And he loved everyone. He was a great one that will be remembered by me and others forever!
Mr. Acker donated his body to Southwestern Medical Center and requested there be no funeral. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the home of Jim and Elizabeth Acker. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Jim Acker to the City of Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department, 200 North 12th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110. Mr. Acker made annual donations to the Parks Department. He started a Coat Drive and a Hanger Return Program supporting the children's playground areas because he always wanted to ensure that the children of the community had a fun, safe place to play.


Genny Renee (Ramsey) Busbice
Aug 8, 1976 - Aug 13, 2022

With great sadness we share the passing of Genny Ramsey Busbice. She passed away in the comfort of her own home on Saturday August 13, 2022 at 46 years in Port Orange, FL. Genny was born on February 8, 1976 in Dallas, Tx. Her family remained in Dallas, Tx until the second grade when they moved to Rice, Tx. She attended Rice ISD through the 8th grade and went on to attend high school at Blooming Grove. She graduated from Blooming Grove in the Class of '96. She met some of her closest friends in school that she has cherished for many years. We would love to welcome her friends and family to a celebration of her life on August 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. in Alba Tx. The celebration will be held at First Baptist Church of Alba. The address is 219 Holley St., Alba, Tx.


Wilma Kathryn Henderson
Aug 18, 1943 - Aug 25, 2022

Wilma Kathryn Henderson was healed and went to her Heavenly home on August 25, 2022. She was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma on August 18, 1943 to Bill and Myrtle Wolfenberger. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-laws Jody Cantrell and Byron McDonald.
Survived by her husband of 61 years Floyd Henderson, daughters Cindy Bailey and husband Hank, Tina Holden and husband Ron. Sisters Carolyn Cantrell, Sandy McDonald, and Linda VanRyn and husband Hank. Grandchildren Cori Holden Williams and partner Brittney, Kelsey Narramore and husband Sean, Holly Richardson and husband Matt, Russell Holden and wife Tabitha. Great grandchildren Jorge Rodriguez, Emma and Brylee Narramore, and Myla Holden. A host of other family and friends.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kerens, Texas. She retired from Mildred ISD where she worked for 25 years. She loved her family, church, and community.
Visitation will be Sunday August 28th from 5-7 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.


Richard Joe Rash
Oct 5, 1936 - Jul 25, 2020

After a very brief illness Richard Rash was called to his Heavenly home on Monday, July 25, 2020, in Tyler, Texas. Richard was born on October 5, 1936, in Eureka, TX to Emmett and Georgia Rash. He attended Mildred Schools. Richard married his soul mate, Joyce Walker at midnight on January 1, 1956. Richard work at Chattanooga Glass and owned and operated Richard Rash Sand and Gravel for many years.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of over 66 years, Joyce; his son Rick Rash (Rose) and son Mark Rash (Homer); his grandsons Jon (Trina), Jake (Emily), and Joe (Jessica). His great-grandchildren Hudson, Jackson, Stone, Noah, Eli, and Wrenley. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and many special family friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 30th from 6:00-8:00 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
The Going Home celebration will be Sunday, July 31st at 2:00 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the following:
Eureka Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund
The A.H. Asby Scholarship Fund
The First Baptist Kerens bus fund

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home



A dear and faithful servant has been called home.

Richard Joe Rash was called to his Heavenly Home, after a very brief illness, at the age of 86, on Monday, July 25, 2022, in Tyler, Texas. He was born on October 5, 1936, in Eureka, Texas, to Emmett E. Rash and Georgia Belle Land Rash. Richard was one of eight siblings raised on the family farm in Eureka. He attended Mildred schools. Richard grew up in and accepted the Lord as his Savior at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Mildred. In 1952 Richard met his soul mate Joyce Walker in Corsicana. After his father's passing in 1953, Richard, his mom, younger brother, and grandmother moved from the farm into Corsicana. At midnight on January 1, 1956, Richard and Joyce were married by Bro. Bob Cheek in the parsonage of Northside Baptist Church, with friends Bill and Peggy Chandler in attendance. This past January they celebrated 66 years of marriage. During their marriage they have never had a fight or disagreement. They have let the Lord lead their life together. Richard and Joyce were Blessed with 2 sons, Ricky Dan and Mark Alan.

Richard was raised with a strong work ethic. Growing up he worked on the family farm, picking cotton, tending to livestock, gardening, or working in the fields. After his father's passing Richard went to work at General Motors in Arlington and then Adams Hats to help support the family. During this time Richard and Joyce were living in Wilmer, Texas. After learning that Joyce was expecting their first child they moved back to Corsicana. After Rick was born, Richard, with the help of Joyce's grandfather, Ed Swink and father-in-law, Russell Walker, built their first home in Corsicana. Shortly after Chattanooga Glass opened in Corsicana Richard went to work there. He worked at Chattanooga for many years. During that time, he served in several positions in the Union to help make the Glass Plant a great place to work. In 1971, Richard built a new home for his family in Mildred. Richard retired form Chattanooga Glass in 1979 and started Richard Rash Sand and Gravel. He and Joyce owned and operated the business until 2002 when he retired for the second time, for about 3 months. While Richard owned the gravel business, he was instrumental in the foundation work for many homes, driveways, schools, athletic fields, and Churches throughout Navarro County and the surrounding counties. He continually took interest and pride to see how the fields and other places that he had worked on were holding up. After moving to Mildred, Richard, Joyce, and the boys moved their Church membership to Mildred Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon and continued to serve until after COVID hit in 2020. After selling the business in 2002, Richard started doing contracting for the construction of homes for people. He helped do this for many families in Navarro County. During this time, he built another home for him and Joyce, overlooking the pond he had built on his land. In 2018, he built his grandson, Jon and his family a home on the place and then in 2019 he built his son Rick and daughter-in-law Rose their home on the land. He was getting ready to build Mark and Homer a home when COVID hit. For most of his life Richard worked the family farm and then his own land raising cattle, crops, and bountiful gardens. Richard was always sharing the produce from his gardens with friends and family. Mom said she thought he raised the garden just so he could give things to others. For most of the last 15 years the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd. grade students from Mildred Elem. would come to the farm in the Spring and Dad would show them all the garden and tell them how to plant the seeds or plants. He would pull one of the potato plants and show them how and where the potatoes grew. Then he would show them his fish and let them see the fish come get the food. He was always trying to teach the younger ones. Education and life skills were very important to Richard. For many years Richard has supported the students and athletes of Mildred ISD.

In the fall of 2020 Richard and Joyce began attending First Baptist Church Kerens. Here too, Richard served as he could.
Throughout his life, his friendships were very important to Richard. He and Joyce have a had a great many fun adventures with friends. For years there was a group of them that went to calf roping events and rodeos. Another group made trips to New Braunfels where Richard loved to float the river. Then later, there was a special group that became the "Bus Gang." This group of friends became family and consisted of Cliff and Leona Tew, Buddy and Kay Smith, Jerry and Kristi Nelson, and Willie and Alibeth Hodge. This group took many trips together and would gather in one another's homes every weekend to eat, play games, and share good times. Even though they were unable to meet as much after COVID hit, they have remained very close.

Richard was a very special man. He served the Lord his entire life. He graciously gave to others. Many people have enjoyed his hospitality in their home or at their place. For more than 40 years Richard and Joyce have been hosted fish fries, Sunrise breakfasts, ice cream suppers, and other events for Church groups, family gatherings and friends. Richard was a mentor to many young men.

Richard was a Master Mason and over a 55-year member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge where he held many offices. He followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather, grandfather, and father. His grandsons are now serving in the Masons.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Georgia. His in-laws, Russell and Lorene Walker, his step mother-in-law Charlotte Walker, His brothers; B.B. (Buddy) Rash and wife Marybelle, C.G. (Charlie) Rash, and Curtis Rash. His brother-in-law Gene Walker and wife Joy, his brother-in-law Eddie Walker, and step brother-in-law Wimp Childress. His sisters, Vermell, Marie Daniels and husband Dwayne, Christine Miller and husband Cecil, Volu Slate and husband Charles.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Joyce, his son Rick and wife Rose, His son Mark and partner Homer. His grandsons Jon Rash (Trina), Jacob Rash (Emily) and Joe Rash (Jessica). His great-grandsons Jackson, Stone, Noah, Hudson Williams, and Eli. His great-granddaughter Wrenley. Richard is also survived by his special granddaughter Roseanna Williams. Richard is survived by many nieces and nephews and very special friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 30th in the evening from 6:00-8:00 PM at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
A going home celebration will be held Sunday, July 31st at 2:00 PM at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Biddy, Rev. Tony Neal, and Rev. Danny Sanderford. Burial will be at Hamilton Beamon Cemetery in Retreat.

Pallbearers are Kim Miller, Gary Miller, Jimmy Rash, Billy Neal Rash, Scott Walker, Keith Walker, Greg Fisher, Cody Williams, and Gene Rash.

Honorary Pallbearers: Van Bottoms, Jarod Bottoms, Jason Bottoms, Mack Hill, Donald Montgomery, Gary Roper, Rafford Stewart, Randal Arnett, Buddy Smith, Cliff Tew, and Jerry Nelson.

Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Peggy Lou (Ferguson) Bass-Blancet
Dec 5, 1933 - Aug 6, 2022

Peggy Lou Blancet a lifelong resident of Corsicana passed away on August 6, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy was born on December 5th, 1933 in Streetman to Wayne and Agnes Ferguson. Peggy graduated from Wortham High School in 1952.
After a brief stint in Dallas, Peggy moved to Corsicana in 1953. She was a mother to Michelle, Debra Rose, and Michael Wayne. Peggy held various secretarial roles while raising her young children. In 1968 she married the love of her life Clarence Blancet and gained two bonus daughters. Peggy worked administration at TXU which was then TPNL and retired after 25 years. She relished in the role of taking care of all the boys at the light company. Peggy was always the life of the party wherever she went and knew no stranger. Peggy enjoyed dancing, shopping, being with friends and family, traveling, going to casinos and working at the Collin Street Bakery. Her greatest joys were spending summers with her grandchildren at their lake house on Cedar Creek Lake. Her one goal in life was to live long enough for a five-generation picture. Her dreams came true in June 2020 when Audrey Rose was born and named after Peggy's Daughter, Debra Rose who died at birth. Peggy told everyone she was so proud of her 5 generations of women.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband Clarence L. Blancet, daughter Debra Rose, parents Wayne and Agnes Ferguson, siblings Garland Ferguson, Billie Ray Ferguson, Ruth McClennan, Harry and Larry Ferguson.
Peggy is survived by: Daughter, Michelle (Harvey) Smith of Waxahachie, Son Mike Bass of Irving, Daughters Vickie Butler of Tyler, Sherry (Rick) Richardson of Mildred.
Grandchildren: Angie (Brian) Payne of Ovilla, Melissa (Will) Stallings of Clyde, Julie (Kelly) Wredling of Arlington, DeAnn (Troy) Kropik of Rowlett, Toby (Crocia) Richardson of Mildred, and Gary (Crystal) Richardson of Corsicana
14 great grandchildren 3 great- great grandchildren with one on the way.


Seley (Johnson) Fuller
Dec 8, 1932 - Jul 24, 2022
Seley Johnson Fuller passed away during evening of July 24, 2022, at the age of 89, after spending a peaceful Sunday afternoon with family and friends.
Seley was born December 8, 1932, in Waco, the oldest daughter of Louise "Lou" Seley Johnson of Waco and Luther Alexander "Sonny" Johnson Jr. of Corsicana. Her grandparents were Lyle Hickman Seley and Ira W. Seley of Waco, and Turner Read Johnson and Luther Alexander Johnson of Corsicana. Her grandfather, Luther Alexander Johnson represented the 6th Congressional District, including Corsicana, from 1923-1946, and served on the United States Tax Court in Washington D.C. from 1946-1947.
Prior to the war, her father owned a service station in Corpus Christi before taking a job with Brown & Root in Houston and McAlester, Oklahoma. During the war, he served in the US Merchant Marines. After the war, he managed KAND radio station in Corsicana, but primarily was a Navarro County farmer and rancher. Her mother was a homemaker.
Seley and her younger sister Linda Johnson Hulsey, who was born in 1937, grew up during the pre-war years, from 1932-1941, in Corpus Christi, Houston, Waco, and McAlester, Oklahoma. She and her immediate family spent the war years from 1942-1945 in Waco with her Seley grandparents. She attended Sanger Heights Elementary, where she made many lifelong friends. During this time, she and her sister persuaded their mother to adopt a family dog, named "Big Boy." Apparently, "Big Boy" and Lou had their differences because "Big Boy" soon exited the family history.
The family moved to Corsicana in 1946, and Seley attended Corsicana High School from 1947-1950. Again, she made many lifelong friends, most of whom attended the 50th Reunion in 2000. After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1950, Seley attended Monticello in Godfrey, Illinois from 1950-1952, where she received her Associate of Arts degree. She graduated from Baylor in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and later obtained her teaching certificate.
While attending Corsicana High School, Seley met and began dating her future husband, Leonard Hayes Fuller, Jr. whose family had moved to Corsicana when his father, Col. Leonard Fuller, was assigned to command the local National Guard prior to the Korean War. They continued dating during college and married upon her graduation from Baylor and his graduation from West Point. On June 22, 1954, they were married in a formal military wedding ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana.
Between 1954 and her husband's retirement in 1975, Seley and Leonard were stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Little Rock, Arkansas, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Frankfurt, West Germany. While it was difficult to be essentially a single mother to their son Leonard Hayes Fuller, III for three years during her husband's hardship deployments to Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam in the 1960's, Seley's strong, independent spirit sustained her. She especially enjoyed the four years they spent in Europe.
After retirement, she and Leonard attended many West Point reunions and traveled extensively keeping up with family and friends. They also took several trips to Europe and were particularly fond of London.
Seley and Leonard were married for over 61 years.
Seley was an exemplary Army wife and homemaker. From 1966-1967, she also taught 6th Grade at Sam Houston Elementary School in Corsicana, and after Leonard's retirement, was a substitute teacher with the Corsicana Independent School District for many years, primarily at Corsicana High School.
Believing very strongly that much is expected from those to whom much had been given, Seley also stayed busy in the many organizations she was involved in. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana. She was a lifetime member of the Baylor Alumni Association. She was a Lifetime Member and Master Judge Emeritus of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and a past President (1988-1990) of the Corsicana Better Gardens Club. She was a member and Past President (2009-2010) of Thalian Club. She was a member and officer of The Nineteenth Century Club. She was Secretary/Treasurer of the Ladies Cemetery Association Board of Directors. She was a longtime member of Kinsloe House, serving on the House, Policy and Telephone committees at the time of her death. She also served many years as a Navarro County Elections Judge.
In her free time, Seley was a master gardener and bridge player and an avid collector of Beatrice Potter figurines. With their love of Christmas, the season at 1416 W. 4th Avenue was always a special occasion, as she and Leonard went over the top in creating a Christmas wonderland of trees, lights, decorations and nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes for all to enjoy. Seley rarely missed a Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, or Baylor Bear television broadcast, and loved attending the many football, soccer, baseball and basketball games in which the members of her immediate and extended family participated. She always enjoyed a cold Dr Pepper.
Seley was honest and direct, but both sympathetic and empathetic in her relationships with others, and she always endeavored to model the seven ideals of Monticello College: Democracy, Dignity, Loyalty, Beauty, Friendship, Service and Wisdom. Seley was very much a stoic in her outlook on life, but never lost her sense of humor or her hope for a better tomorrow. She knew no strangers, and was fiercely devoted to her friends, church, and community. Most of all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed visiting and keeping up with her many family members and friends, both near and far, and loved the family pets, Cocky, Samantha, Tiger, Quack, Hungry, Folly and Evie.
Seley leaves behind her son, Leonard Hayes Fuller, III, and wife, Rosanne Fadal Fuller of Waco; her grandson, Eric Alexander Fuller of The Woodlands; her granddaughter, Lillian Ann Kicia, and husband, Michael Cornell Kicia of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; her great-granddaughters Alexandria Cates Fuller of The Woodlands and Blake Rose Kicia of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; her great-grandson Graham Cornel Kicia of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; her niece, Ashley Hulsey of Philadelphia; her nephews, Byron Hulsey of Woodberry Forrest, Virginia, and David Fuller Holt of Oklahoma City; her great-nephews, Ben Hulsey of Woodberry Forrest, Virginia, and George Holt of Oklahoma City; her great-nieces, Claire Hulsey of Woodberry Forrest, Virginia, and Margaret "Maggie" Holt of Oklahoma City; and many, many cousins. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, parents, sister, and brother-in-law, Sam.
To honor Seley's life, her family has planned a visitation at Corley Funeral Home on Monday, August 8, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Graveside Services will start in Oakwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. with funeral services following at St. John's Episcopal Church Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 11 o'clock in the morning. A reception for family and friends will follow at St. John's Episcopal Church at 11:45 a.m. Memorials can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or the charity of one's choice.


Norma Jean (Gries) Cummins
Apr 26, 1934 - Aug 2, 2022
Norma Jean Cummins passed away August 2, 2022, at the age of 88.
Norma was born April 26, 1934 in Corsicana to Viola and Nicholas O. Gries. Growing up with her siblings Florene McGinnes, Edwin Gries, and Tommy Gries, Norma attended Corsicana schools. Upon graduating from Corsicana High School, she attended North Texas State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in education. She taught in Corsicana and Hubbard public schools for 39 years before she retired.
A kind and caring person who was always doing for others, Norma was married to James Cummins for several years. She never had children of her own, but enjoyed being step-mother to James' children Cheryl, Randy, and Roddy. Although James and Norma divorced after several years, they always remained friends.
Norma was a very conscientious and organized woman. She enjoyed taking small trips with a group of close friends she called her ya-ya sisters. She was a lifelong member of St. Luke's Methodist Church, a founding member of the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kapa, a teacher's sorority, and was a member of the Texas Retired Teacher's Association.
Norma is survived by her niece Barbara Jo von Rosenberg Cook and her family of Waco, her cousin Diane Barbee and family of Corsicana, and many, many loving friends. The family would like to thank the Village of Heritage Oaks and their caring workers, who helped take care of Norma, and also Brandy Harrison and Sherry Parhm, who had special duties helping Norma.
In order to honor Norma's life, a visitation will be Monday, August 15, 2022 from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the Magnolia Chapel. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, friends and family may send donations to St. Luke United Methodist Church in Corsicana, or to the charity of your choice to honor the life of Ms. Cummins.



Norma Jean Cummins, 88, of Corsicana passed away August 2, 2022 at The Village at Heritage Oaks. Visitation will be Monday, August 15, 2022 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the Magnolia Chapel with Pastor Robert Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


Elwyn Windell "Toot" Rhodes Jr.
May 10, 1962 - Aug 5, 2022
Elwyn Windell Rhodes, Jr. (Toot), age 60 of Purdon, Tx., passed away at his home August 5, 2022. He was born in Waco, Texas on May 10, 1962.
Elwyn is survived by his parents Elwyn Sr. and Brenda Rhodes of Purdon; his sisters, Kimberly White and husband Bill, Karla Vaughan and husband Andy; his daughters, Jennifer Peters and husband Bob, Ashley Dodd and husband Kenny; two grandchildren, nephew, four nieces and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
Elwyn was an active member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a 1980 graduate of Dawson High School.
Elwyn was a hard worker and loved the outdoors. Many benefited from his willingness to always help where needed. Kids loved him because he was such a "Big Kid" at heart. Elwyn had an artistic talent; he could sketch the neatest pictures and had beautiful handwriting. He had one of those personalities that when you met him, you liked him. And, he loved the Dallas Cowboys. His presence will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be August 9 at 2 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton in Corsicana. Memorial service to follow in the chapel at 3 p.m. with pastor Brian Upchurch officiating.


Robert B. Owen II
Jul 3, 1939 - Aug 1, 2022

We, the family of Robert B. Owen II, are sad to announce that on Monday, August 1, 2022. He succumbed to complications of pneumonia, at Village at Heritage Oaks, where he had been residing for the past several month's. He was a hard working man, who took great pride in the work he did. He was an awesome house painter, which brought him a lot of happiness. He had a God given talent drawing most anything with colored charcoal. He was a train aficionado, enjoyed watching the old westerns, and a NASCAR fan until the end. He is preceeded in death by wife Phyllis Owen and daughters Jennifer Borsellino and Darla Owen. Both parents as well as many other family members. He is survived by three children, Bobby, Mandie and Phillip Owen. Grandchildren, Shyla, Bryan, Sara and Shana Owen. Aiden, Taylor and Ethan McKamie. Drew, Dylan and Dusty Borsellino. Great Grandchildren, Kahlan, and Saydie Owen. Dakoda, Braylon and Cameron McKamie. Chelsea and Lilly Borsellino. We surely miss you Dad, PawPaw, Grandpa.


Jimmy Clifford Hudson
Sep 27, 1946 - Aug 3, 2022

Jimmy Clifford Hudson, 75, of Frost passed away at his home on August 3, 2022.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Karen Warren Hudson, stepson Todd Henkel and wife Shannon of Frost, stepdaughter, Brandi Henkel Buchart of Waco. Five grandsons Nick Henkel of Waco, Jake Everle of Waco, Jonathan Henkel and wife Rosalinda of Frost, Bryan Henkel and Tyler Henkel of Frost and one great grandson. He is also survived by his sister Pam Hudson Kullard of Athens, 2 nieces, Precia Graham of Gun Barrel, Nicki Keating and husband John of Athens, one great niece Cassidy King and husband Dakota of Athens, and two great great nieces.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Darlene Hudson of Athens.
A memorial service will be held at Frost Baptist Church on Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Lowell T. Clute
Mar 2, 2942 - Jul 30, 2022

Lowell T. Clute, 80, of Palestine passed away July 30, 2022 at Longview Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 1pm-2pm Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2pm in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will be in Dawson Cemetery.



Lowell Thomas Clute passed away July 30, 2022, at the age of 80.
Lowell was born March 2, 1942 in Jewett, Texas to Millard George "M.G." and Lou Ila (Neyland) Clute. His father worked as a school teacher and minister, while his mother took care of the home. His grandparents were Fred and Roxie Clute and Leonard and Minnie Neyland. Growing up in a rural community with his siblings Millard George Clute Jr., Minnie Lou (Clute) Lummus, and Beverly Jean (Clute) Freeman, Lowell was friends with Joe Watson and Jimmy Lee McCune. As a student at Jewett High School, he enjoyed sports and girls, and was proud to score a touchdown at the last game his sophomore year.
Lowell met his wife Karen Ann (Plemons) Clute in 1963. They met through friends Polly and Charlene Young in Mexia, and were married on June 13, 1964. Their two sons Ronnie Lowell and Andrew Thomas were his pride and joy, and he was dedicated to them for over 40 years. He had wonderful memories of the trip the family made to Florida in 1988, visiting Disney World, Sea World, and Daytona Beach.
Lowell served our country as a naval radio airman on naval ships "Mauna Loa and Allagash." He talked often of his time in the Azores. After leaving the Navy, he worked as a US Postal carrier until his retirement. He enjoyed the work, the routine of it, and the time he had to himself to think. He made lifelong friends who still keep up with him. They gave him a personal sendoff when he retired. After his retirement, he would still get excited at the sight of a mail delivery vehicle. In his free time, Lowell enjoyed gardening, tending to livestock, tinkering in the workshop, watching the evening news, walking his dog Stella, and being outdoors. He also loved his 1955 Chevrolet. His unique sayings, such as "don't worry about the mule; just load the wagon," "it's kinda caddywhompass," "money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure helps," and "I swear Charlene" are all going to be missed.
A practical and analytical man, Lowell could always be depended on. He had a deep sense of honesty and kept his word. He was focused, organized, and thoughtful, anticipating any issues that might arise. Combined with his unshakable faith, this made him an excellent Sunday school superintendent. He was also a Bible quiz coach, royal Rangers troop leader, and on a softball league.
Lowell leaves behind his wife Karen Ann Clute and his sons Ronnie Lowell Clute and Andrew Thomas Clute. To honor his life, his family has planned a visitation on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home from 1-2pm. Funeral services will follow at 2pm in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will be in Dawson Cemetery.


Wanda Lee (Holmes) Jordan
Sep 18, 1943 - Jul 23, 2022
Wanda Lee Holmes Jordan was born in Dallas, Tx on September 18, 1943, and passed away on July 23, 2022. Wanda was 78 years young.

Wanda was a longtime resident of Corsicana and Dawson Tx. She was a member of the Harmony Christian Ministries.

She was a member of the Corsicana American Legion Post 22. For 22 years she was a bartender and for 20 years she was the president of the post's Ladies Auxiliary. Wanda loved being a member of the American Legion Post 22 family. She will be remembered for her endless hours of volunteer work she put in supporting the Legion's many charitable events.

Wanda will be cremated at Capps Funeral Home of Fairfield, Tx. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday August 6, 2022, at 3 PM at the American Legion Post 22 located at 632 N. Beaton St, Corsicana, Texas. She will then be laid to rest next to her late husband, Bryan Jordan III.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Michele Craig, former son-in-law Curtis McIntire, and grandson Jordan McIntire of Riesel, Tx; stepdaughters Carrie Stroud and her husband, Ricky and grandchildren Isadora and Nate of Texas; Candace Jordan and her husband, Michael Luther of Arizona; brother-in-law, Chris Jordan of Mineral Wells, Tx.

Wanda was loved by her many friends and will be missed by all!

Flowers can be sent to the American Legion Post 22 the week of August 6, 2022. Please note that delivery must be after 2 PM.


Carolyn Elizabeth (Herrin) Carpenter
Jun 1, 1944 -- Aug 3, 2022

Carolyn Elizabeth Carpenter, 78 of Corsicana, passed away August 3, 2022 in Corsicana. She was born in Walters, Oklahoma to Coy and Lucy Herrin. Carolyn was a member of First United Methodist Church for 40+ years. She was always busy, never sat idle. She helped make care packages, pillows and had pin pals for the military. She loved to sew and cook and spending time with her grandchildren, Rafe and Teagan. She was a wonderful wife and mother taking care of her family and was always willing to help anyone who she saw needed her. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters. She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Dale Carpenter Jr, her son Stoney Carpenter, grandchildren Rafe and Teagan, sister Mary Drake and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Cathy Lanora DeChaume Teer
Aug 2, 1965 - Jul 31, 2022
Cathy Lanora DeChaume Teer, 56, of Corsicana passed from this life on Sunday July 31, 2022. She was born August 2,1965.
Visitation will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with a Celebration of her Life to follow in the chapel with Pastor Tony Stephens officiating at 2 p.m. Honorary Pallbearers are Jackie Grace, Donny Grace, Kenny Grace, Gene Grace, Danny Rounsavall, Richard Kelly, Michael McCaleb, Vernon Henderson, and Chad Ivie.
She leaves behind her husband of 18 years, Lawrence (Larry) Teer of Corsicana, son Eric Hancock and wife Gavra of Corsicana, son Danny Rounsavall and wife Holli of LaRue, and son Christopher Teer of Corsicana, 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth Hiller and Hunter Harris of Blooming Grove, Logan Hancock and Tayler Hancock of Corsicana, and Brody Rounsavall of LaRue, and shall not forget her 2 dogs Missy and Princess, her 2 sisters Vicki Henderson and husband Vernon of Corsicana, Shelly McCaleb and husband Michael of Corsicana. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Billy Ray and Carolyn DeChaume and sister Betty Dechaume. Her favorite names were Mom and Nanny!
The family ask for you to join them at Eric and Gavra's House after the service.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


John David "JD" Horvath
Dec 11, 1951 - Jul 29, 2022

John David "JD" Horvath, 70, of Corsicana passed away July 29, 2022 at Kindred Hospital Dallas Central. A visitation will be held for close friends and family at 9am at Corley Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 11am. A celebration of "JD's" life will be held at the Calvary Worship Center Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 2pm with Rev. Gary W. Johnson officiating.



John David Horvath moved on from this life on July 29, 2022 after a lengthy illness.
J.D. was born and raised in Corsicana and made his home in Navarro County. A 1970 graduate of Corsicana High School, he then attended Sam Houston State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Physics.
Always having a sense of community service he joined the Dallas Park Police in 1977, as well as serving as a Volunteer Firefighter in Cedar Hill, Texas where he made his home for five years. After several years of service with the Dallas Park Police he joined the DeSoto Police Department in 1983.
It was in this city he chose to spend the remainder of his law enforcement career; serving as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective, Captain and Chief of Police. During this time he also earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Sam Houston State University. The highlights of his career was obtaining Accreditation for the Police Department and helping mentor officers in DeSoto.
Under this mentorship five Officers became Chief's of Police across DFW and the State of Texas.
Upon retirement from the City of Desoto, he continued his community service serving on the faculty of Hill College teaching Criminal Justice and Political Science at the Cleburne and Hillsboro campuses.
J.D. was most proud of his family, Robbi born in 1979 followed by Franklin in 1984. He was very active with his children serving as a Little Dribblers coach for both kids. Basketball was a love of his that he passed down to his daughter. He organized a traveling team with young ladies from Navarro County for several summers. The outdoors and animals were also important to him, he always made time to fish and tend the livestock on the family farm in Cryer Creek. He was sure to foster this love to his children who participated in 4H and FFA. J.D. was always ready to arm wrestle his brother, Robert Horvath, winning all matches (Robert will say he beat "David" with the left arm�and probably did!). He would always share recipes and stories about his mother Robbie Jo (Bitsy) Horvath who passed away in 1979. After his children reached adulthood his pride of his
grandchildren was always on display. "Papa" loved Ayla and Ellie and showed it through way too much candy, mud pies, slime, hugs and head kisses. J.D. was always ready for a road trip, be it with his uncle Earnest Horvath or son. He spent many hours traveling the open roads to National Parks, Ski Area or New Orleans where Franklin was living (He may have been dropped off three days in a row at his son's apartment by NOPD after a day of sightseeing in New Orleans� He got a little lost� or tired.). J.D. gave the kids on Emhouse Road a safe place to play and hangout after school and during summers. He nurtured those kids as if they were his own! He would host water balloon fights, football and baseball games, and lawnmower races for the "Grunyons" as he called them.
He is survived by his father John Horvath of Corsicana, brother Robert Horvath of Corsicana, daughter Robbi Horvath of Austin, son Franklin Horvath of Corsicana, son-in-law Arash Mosharraf of Austin, granddaughter Ayla Mosharraf of Austin, granddaughter Eleanor "Ellie" Mosharraf of Austin, numerous cousins and those he touched throughout his life.
A visitation will be held for close friends and family at 9am at Corley's Funeral Home followed by a graveside service held at Pattison Cemetery on August 3, 2022 at 11am. A celebration of life will be held at Calvary Worship Center August 13, 2022 at 2pm.


Cecil Wayne Sanders
Feb 27, 1936 - Jan 4, 2022
Cecil Wayne Sanders, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 7 at First Baptist Church in Dawson with Rev. Wilson Marsh officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 6 at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.
Cecil was born February 27, 1936 in Jewett to Cecil Oscar and Ruby Ida (Hall) Sanders. He was raised in the Jewett area and graduated from Jewett High School in 1954 before attending Draughns Business College in Dallas and going to work for International Harvester. Cecil met Billie Matthews at East Dallas Baptist Church in Dallas and they were married July 14, 1956 at Billie's home church, First Baptist Church of Dawson. He retired from International Harvester (after 37 years) in 1991 after living in Dallas, Mesquite, Dallas, Chicago and DeSoto. They returned to Billie's home in 1991 to live in Spring Hill on a part of the original George Washington Hill grant which had remained in her family since the early 1840's.
Cecil remained involved in the First Baptist Church of Dawson, going to Dawson ISD athletic events and the Dawson Lions Club. He served as treasurer for both the Dawson Ex-Students Association and the Spring Hill Cemetery Association and wrote the Dawson News for the Hubbard City News from 2004 until it ceased publication.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Brenda Sharp Sanders.
Survivors include his wife of over 65 years, Billie Matthews Sanders of Dawson; two sons, Darrell Sanders and wife, Linda of Arlington and Ron Sanders and wife, Patti of Dawson; four grandchildren, Audrey Steele and husband, Casey of Waxahachie, Shaun Sanders and wife, Megan of Rocket, Kate Sanders of Dallas and Sarah-Jane Menefee and husband, Matt of Waco; six great-grandchildren, Evelyn Marie Menefee (Evie), Norah Menefee, Maggie Menefee, Rhett Sanders, Patrick Steele and Katie Steele; brother, Ken Sanders of North Carolina; sister, Etta Smith and husband, Don of Denton and several nieces and nephews and other extended family members
Pallbearers will be Darrell Sanders, Ron Sanders, Shaun Sanders, Casey Steele, Matt Menefee and Audrey Steele.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Spring Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 94, Dawson, Texas 76639 or the Dawson Ex-Students Association, P.O. Box 35, Dawson, Texas 76639.


Ruby Frances (Slate) Joyner
May 13, 1929 - Apr 22, 2022

Ruby Frances Slate Joyner, 92, left this worldly world to rejoice in the arms of those that predeceased her on April 22, 2022 in Corsicana, Texas surrounded by loved ones.
Born Ruby Frances Slate on May 13, 1929, the fourth of six children, to Henry and Nellie Slate in Corsicana, Texas. She married the love of her life, James Robert (Bob) Joyner, Jr. on February 14, 1947. They enjoyed 67 loving years together before his passing in 2014. Together they raised and cherished three sons, Phil, Mark, and John; and two daughters, Bobbi and Juli.
Family was everything to Frances. She cherished every minute she was able to share with them through many family gatherings. Best known for her amazing gingerbread and "special" sauce, that only she could make, and of course, her homemade chocolate and pecan pies. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be sorely missed.
Predeceased by her parents, husband, son, John Joyner, son-in-law Scott Reeves, grandson, Mark Joyner, Jr., and great-great-grandson Kase Etheridge. Brothers, John Slate and Franklin Slate, and sisters, Margie Slate Neese and Faye Slate Graves.
Survived by sons, Phil Joyner and wife, Janis, Mark Joyner and wife, Marjorie, daughters Bobbi Nesmith, and Juli Reeves, daughter-in-law, Carolyn Joyner, and forever son-in-law, Dan Nesmith. Ten Grandchildren, Mandi Jones, Byron Joyner, Scott Joyner, Jeffrey Joyner, Courtney Charanza, Jason Joyner, Candi Joyner, Danielle Orr, Dylan Nesmith, Trey McDonald, Tommy Cawthorn, and 21 great-grandchildren. One sister, Doris McMillan and husband Lawrence, and numerous nieces, nephews and family friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation, National MS Society, American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice, in memory of Ruby Frances Joyner.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the caring staff at The Village of Corsicana and New Century Hospice. We could not have made this journey without your loving support and guidance.
Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, 10:00 a.m. Monday May 2, 2022.


  • Corley Funeral Home
  • w/o James Robert "Bob" Joyner, Jr.


Ruby Frances Joyner, 92, of Corsicana passed away April 22, 2022 at The Village at Heritage Oaks in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana at 10 a.m. on Monday May 2, 2022.


Willard Thomas St. Ama
Mar 19, 1933 - Jun 13, 2022

Willard Thomas St. Ama, 89, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Arlington. Funeral service was held at Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington. Graveside Service was held at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana. Memorials: Donations may be made to Fielder Church, Arlington, TX or Mission Arlington. Willard was born on March 19, 1933 in Kerens, Texas to Rowlan St. Ama and Mary Pauline Collins "Mott" St. Ama. He became a Christian at the age of 12 in 1942. Willard married the love of his life, Joyce Loree Rose on November 2, 1951. He was ordained a Deacon in 1967 at First Baptist Church in Trinidad, Texas. Willard became a member of Fielder Church in 1971 when he moved to Arlington, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a registered professional mechanical engineer and worked for TP & L and Texas Utilities where he worked for 39 plus years. Willard had a love for art and music. He was an artist who enjoyed oil painting. He loved to play the guitar and sing. He enjoyed country and gospel music. Willard was an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing 42 and dominoes with family and friends. He loved to travel the world and enjoyed learning about different cultures. Willard loved to play baseball and enjoyed watching his great grandson play the game. He dearly loved his family and will be missed by all those who knew him. Survivors: Wife, Joyce St. Ama; daughter, Judy Loree Baker and husband, Tom; brothers, Kenneth Dale St. Ama and wife, Pam, and Hoyt Wayne St. Ama and wife, Teddy; granddaughter, Stacy Loree Dissinger and husband, Mark; great-grandson, Clayton Landry Dissinger; and numerous nieces and nephews.


John Othman Dozier
Aug 7, 1936 - Jul 20, 2022

John Othman Dozier, 85 of Corsicana passed away July 20, 2022. He was born August 7, 1936, in Humble, Texas to John Dozier & Maud Marie Davis Dozier.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11:00am August 3, 2022, at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home



John Othman Dozier, 85 of Corsicana passed away July 20, 2022. He was born August 7, 1936, in Humble, Texas to John Dozier & Maud Marie Davis Dozier. He enjoyed spending time outdoors either hunting, fishing, boating or playing golf. He worked in sales, selling sporting goods and boats. He also worked drilling oil wells.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Maud Dozier, brothers Gene Dozier, James Dozier and George Dozier. He is survived by his children, Kevin Dozier and wife Toni, Kelly Dozier and Shelley Jewel; grandchildren Bryce Dozier, Melanie Dozier, Hunter Dozier, Devin Dozier and Kenzie Wheeler; great grandchildren Bodhi Dozier, Blake Dozier, Ella Dozier, Hudson Dozier and Brooks Dozier along with numerous extended family members.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11:00am August 3, 2022, at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.
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  • s/o John Dozier & Maud Marie (Davis) Dozier
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mickey Butler
Sep 26, 1945 - Jun 13, 2022

Mickey Butler passed away June 13th 2022. Mickey was born September 26th 1945 to Doris and Joseph Butler. He was of the Methodist faith. He was raised in Corsicana and later graduated from Texas A&M. He built custom homes in Corsicana in the 70s. He spent most of his career in the insurance business. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris Monsell, his stepfather Nolen Dockery and his father Joseph Butler.
He is survived by his 2 daughters Stacey Butler, Lori Free and husband Bobby. He had 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Beverley Paschal and husband Mike. Brother Ronald Butler and longtime friend Dori Waters. He had numerous nieces and nephews.


Carol Sue (Jacobs) Pipkin
Feb. 25, 1932 - June 10, 2022

Carol Sue Pipkin passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022 in Corsicana, Texas at the age of 90. She was born February 25, 1932 to Mabel and Tom Jacobs in Allen, Oklahoma. She was the older of two daughters. Her father was a rough neck and ran a camp for Sun Ray DX Oil Company. Her mother was a stay at home housewife.
Sue attended school in Allen and graduated from Allen High School in 1950. She loved sports and was a star basketball player. She also became an accomplished bowler and golfer.
Sue married Jim Pipkin in 1952 and they had one son. The family spent their early years in Oklahoma. They moved to Corsicana, Texas from Tulsa in 1967. Sue was a stay at home mom and housewife until she went to work at Medical Arts Clinic in 1972. She spent 30 years there, first in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department and then in Convenient Care. She retired in 2002. She loved her time at Medical Arts.
Sue loved watching sports. Her favorite teams were the Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Corsicana Tigers. She had season tickets to the Tiger games for many years. She also loved playing cards, especially bridge. It was a real treat for her to spend her Saturday afternoons playing bridge at the country club with her special friends.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents Mabel and Tom Jacobs and her beloved younger sister, Mary Ann Jones. She is survived by her son, Steve Pipkin and wife Blanche; grandsons, Chad Wilson and wife Carrie, Dylan Wilson and wife Damarys; great grandchildren, Cooper Wilson, Camilla Wilson, Rafael Colon, Alex Colon and wife Cristal and great-greatgrandson, Rafael Colon.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all of the doctors that took such great care of Sue over the years and to Jordan Golden and his staff at Twilight Home for everything they did for Sue. They were wonderful! Also, Thanks to Mercy Hospice for their care of her the last few months.
A memorial service will be held for Sue on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 11 o'clock in the morning at St. John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sue's name may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church.


Billy Patrick Dosser
Mar 5, 1953 - Jun 23, 2022

Billy Patrick Dosser of Corsicana, TX passed away Thursday June 23, 2022, at the age of 69 with family at his side.
Bill was born on March 5, 1953, to parents Ann and Woodrow Dosser in Corsicana, Texas.
He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1971 and Navarro College in 1973. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 2003 after 30 years of service.
Bill had many hobbies and spent much of his free time volunteering for several organizations such as the Palace Theatre and the Corsicana Weather Radar. He was also a member of the Corsicana Police Department Reserves for several years. He made numerous friends from around the world through his interest in electronics and as a HAM Radio Operator. Bill was a frequent contributor to the Navarro County History group online, often helping the community to remember forgotten stories of the past.
Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Ann Tilton Dosser (2000) and father, Woodrow Wilson Dosser (2014).
Bill is survived by sister Debra Jones (Stacy) of Huntsville, AL; brother Ronald Dosser (Karmen) of Woodville, TX; children Patrick Dosser (Gina) of San Antonio, TX, John Dosser (Elizabeth) of Dallas, TX, Megan Dunagan (Kenny) of Corsicana, TX and Will Dosser of Waxahachie, TX; grandchildren Aiden, Blake, Matias, Camila, and Cecilia.

Arrangements will be handled by Griffin-Roughton with services to be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Navarro County Historical Society located at 912 W Park Ave in Corsicana.


Myra Sue Duncan
Jan 14, 1947 - Jun 12, 2022

Myra Sue Duncan passed from this life on June 12, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 14, 1947, to Jesse Cecil and Grace Mae (Clauch) Duncan in Dallas, Texas.
Myra earned her master's degree in Education from North Texas State University and was a Physical Education teacher for both public and private schools and was very involved in fundraisers. Being an avid sports fan her whole life, after retirement she worked for the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks in the suites and chummed around with Nolan Ryan.
She loved going to Bossier City, Louisiana to play slots, had a love for animals, was a Dallas Cowboys fan, was an avid collector of sports memorabilia, and enjoyed cross stitching winning several awards at the Texas State Fair.
She was a great friend and a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews, taking them on fun trips and spending summers eating snow cones and watermelon.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. in the Laurel Land Chapel.


Patricia Ann (Bonner) Reed
Apr 6, 1952 - Jul 8, 2022

Patricia Ann Bonner Reed was a wife, sister, mother, friend, and most importantly, a Christian. In the words of Kim Perkins, "Pat cheated God out of some time and didn't let any grass grow under her feet." Pat was born April 6, 1952. She married the love her life, Joe Reed, November 11, 1972. Over the course of the next 49 plus years, they enjoyed their life together. They were blessed with three sons, Scott, Russell, and Jacob and by three grandchildren, Jaxson, Lillie, and Libby. Pat graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Sam Houston State University. She was proud to be the first female member of Corsicana FFA. She worked for the USDA Farm Agency working as a program technician helping many farmers and ranchers. It was Pat's volunteer work that really shined through. She was involved in the Navarro County Go Texan and the Navarro County Youth Expo for many years. She served on the Blooming Grove School Board as well as the the Navarro County Credit Union. There are many people that recieved some constructive criticism- a "chewing out"- from Pat. Through her work with 4-H and FFA, she gained many bonus kids. Pat was a member of the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. If her boys had freinds over on a Saturday night in their younger years, they all got up and went to church with Pat. Pat knew the importance of having God in your life and wanted others to know as well. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Valda Bonner, and her younger sister, Ledeana Bonner. She is survived by her husband, Joe, her brother, Wayne Bonner and wife Amy, and her kids Scott, Russel and wife Audrey, and Jacob Reed as well as three grandkids, Jaxson, Lillie, and Libby Reed as well as numerous extended family members and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Kent, Larry Gillin, J D Johnston, Clayton VanLoocke, Cody Mulder, Josh Tackett, Troy Lane, Harry Dotson, Noah Grounds, and Scott Spenser. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8pm in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ruth Ramsey Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 54, Blooming Grove, TX 76626. Please denote Pat's name on the donation. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. An online guestbook can be found at


Ruth Elizabeth (Budai) Boone
Dec 10, 1926 - Jun 4, 2022

Ruth Elizabeth Boone, 95, passed away June 4, 2022 at Deer Creek of Wimberley Senior Care in Wimberley, TX. To honor Ruth's life, the family has planned a visitation and remembrance Friday, June 10, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Graveside services will follow at 12:45 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Pastor Tony Stephens and son-in-law Bill Witten officiating.


Elizabeth Ann "Ann" (Hawks) Jamison
May 1, 1937 - May 30, 2022

Elizabeth Ann Jamison passed away on May 30th, in College Station, Texas at the age of 85.
She was born May 1, 1937, in Madisonville, Texas to Asa and Vera Hawks. Ann grew up in Bryan, TX and graduated from Bryan High School in 1955 where she also played volleyball.
She moved to Corsicana, TX in 1967 and worked in the education field for many years while raising her four children. In 1971, her family moved to the Oaks Golf Course where Ann would help operate the course for the next 25 years. She made numerous friends while running the golf course; especially those who played golf on a regular basis. Ann's incredible work ethic allowed her to be able to run the golf course seven days a week while working other jobs, being involved in her children's lives and her church, and always taking the time to have home-cooked meals for her family.
She was a member of Central Church of Christ in Bryan, TX.
Ann enjoyed working at after school programs in Corsicana for many years helping school children with homework, spending quality time with them, and making them feel cared about and loved. She had a deep love for anyone in need and consistently cheered on those who had to work harder than others due to difficulties they had to endure. After moving to Bryan, Texas in 1999, she enjoyed being a substitute teacher in the special education departments. She also enjoyed living closer to her two loving sisters, Evelyn Greer and Peggy Kindt. The three of them made the most of their time together; laughing, going on beach trips and planning family gatherings.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Asa and Vera Hawks, sister Peggy Kindt, son-in-law Larry Houston and brother-in-law Skeetz Greer.
Survivors include her four children, Rick Jamison of Bryan, Joni Hollingsworth and husband Dean of Corsicana, Janet Houston of Corsicana, Jeri Watkins and husband Scott of Corsicana; her sister Evelyn Greer of Bryan; grandchildren Jordan Philbeck of Tulsa, OK, Tara Smith of Norman, OK, Ashley Burns of Corsicana, Kristan Humber of Tyler, Meagan Durden of College Station, Tifani Torres of Maypearl, McKenna Erwin of Houston, Caleb Watkins of Ft Worth, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be in Bryan on Friday, June 3rd at 1:30 P.M. at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 2nd, 7:00-9:00 P.M. also at Hillier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the YMCA of Corsicana, and designated to the after-school program.


Lawrence Duncan McMillan
Mar 25, 1933 - Jun 8, 2022

Lawrence Duncan McMillan passed away on June 8, 2022, at the age of 89.
Born on March 25, 1933, and a native of Corsicana, Texas. Lawrence worked for 17 years at Chattanooga Glass then went on to GE Railcar until retirement. He couldn't stand sitting around and you would typically find him picking up coins around Navarro College on his daily walks and the cross walk at Bowie Elementary every morning and afternoon. Seeing "his friends" each day gave him life.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Diane Gilbreath, his grandson, Gregory Wynne McElroy and great granddaughter, Carlie Michelle Nugent. Also preceded in
death by his parents Oscar "Lonnie" McMillan and Ora Lee Presley McMillan, brothers Douglas L. McMillan and Marion McMillan, sisters Bonnie "Polly" Howell, Helen Meador and Barbara Tapley.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 72 years, Doris Slate McMillan of Corsicana, Texas. His Son, Lynn McMillan and wife Kay McMillan of Tyler, Texas and daughter, JoAnn Wren of Corsicana, Texas. Eight grand-children, Melissa Wells of Springtown, Texas, Christina and husband Scott Janecka of Corsicana, Texas, Stephanie and husband Chris Nugent of Charlotte, NC, Steven McMillan of Tyler, Texas, Coleen McMillan Compton and husband Mark Compton of Brownsboro, Texas, Daniel Wren and Alisha Wren of Corsicana, Texas, twelve great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Butch
McMillan and wife Clara Jo McMillan of Kerens, Texas; Sister Margie Donaho of Corsicana, Texas and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial will be held to honor his life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur, Texas. His great-grandson, Cole Wells is the Pastor of this church. Donations can be mailed to 2950 US380 W, Decatur, Texas 76234.


Janie Lee (Owens) Martin
Feb 1, 1957 - Jun 6, 2022

Janie L. Martin (Owens), 65, of Kerens passed away June 6, 2022 at her residence. In order to honor Janie's life, the family has planned a visitation Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Corley Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, June 13, 2022 at Bazette Baptist Church in Kerens at 10:30 a.m. with Frank Upchurch officiating. Burial will follow in Bazette Cemetery.



Janie Lee Martin passed away June 6, 2022, at the age of 65.
Janie was born February 1, 1957 in Corsicana to Vencie Roberson (Upchurch) and Glen Owens. The oldest of five children, she was very protective of her siblings Ricky, Donnie, Teena, Sandy, and Amber. When her sister Teena got banned from a school trip, Janie took her anyway. She always helped her mother make dinner for the kids. Nicknamed "Happy" due to her constant smile, but she was best known to her family as Jannie Bug or The Bug. She was very active in high school, playing trumpet in the band, editing the school newspaper, and performing in school plays, in addition to working her first job at Ochoas. Janie graduated from Trinidad High School in 1975.
Janie and her husband Doug Martin met through a friend. They walked around Bachman Lake in Dallas for their first date, and later Doug would hitchhike from Dallas to Athens to see Janie. They married in 1981 in Dallas. Being blessed with their children Cortney Martin and William Martin, they meant the world to her and she loved them beyond measure. She did the very best she could with what she had and made sure they never wanted for anything. A close family, they enjoyed many fun vacations together every summer in Port Aransas, where her brother Don would take them all over the place. She loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Janie was a seamstress most of her life. She used to brag about making dresses for Nieman's. She also worked at HEB, and made her best friends Gabby and Sandra there before she retired. In her free time, she loved to garden, do puzzles, cook, and bake. She watched cooking shows all the time and also loved watching Yellowstone. Her favorite snack was chewing on ice.
Janie was a sweet, humble woman with a big heart. She was a lifelong member and secretary of Bazette Baptist Church, which has been the family's church for generations. Putting God and family first in her life, she always told her family, "you can always count on God!" With her heart of gold and smile that could light up the room, oh, could she make you laugh.
Janie leaves behind her children William and Kristel Martin and Cortney Martin;, her mother Vencie Roberson; her siblings Donnie and Dee Ann Owens, Teena Owens and J. Frank, Sandy Manning, and Dale and Amber Roberson; her grandchildren Caleb De Moss, and Ethan and Kerriann, Lynna and Cole Martin; and her great grandchild Sire William De Moss. She is reunited with her husband Doug Martin, her father Glen Owens, and her brother Ricky Owens.
In order to honor Janie's life, her family has planned a visitation from 6-8 PM on Sunday, June 12 at Corley Funeral Home. In order to honor Janie's life, her family has planned a visitation from 6-8 PM on Sunday, June 12 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, June 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM at Bazette Baptist Church in Kerens, with Frank Upchurch officiating. Burial will follow in Bazette Cemetery.


Lynda June (Jordan) Tribble
May 26, 1940 - Nov 7, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lynda June Jordan Tribble who went to be with the Lord Monday morning, November 7, 2022, at her home in Navarro Mills at the age of 82.

Lynda was born in Frost, Texas to Margaret Barham Jordan and Buster Jordan on Saturday, May 26, 1940. She is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Nile Eugene Tribble, brother Charles Ronald Jordan and sister-in-law Wanda Lynn Jordan. Lynda is survived by her two children Tanya Merlyn Tribble Pegues and Nicky Eugene Tribble. Five grandchildren: Crystale Watson, Misty Pegues, Nickey Coker, Megan Coker Daniel and Nathan Pegues. Thirteen great grandchildren. Brother Jerry Milton Jordan. Brother - in - law and sisters - in - law; Katie Jordan, Ricky and Lisa Tribble, Doris Downs and Tina Tribble. Five nieces and five nephews and many friends.

Lynda loved to paint, she also loved to sew. She sewed many clothes and quilts for her children and grandchildren. But most of all Lynda loved run all over the countryside with her friends and wear tacky red hats. Lynda was a Christian and attended New Beginnings Church in Blooming Grove when she could. She had a long life and had lots of people who loved her around her until the end. May she rest in peace beside her husband as we lay her to rest.

"This was no ordinary life, this life was well lived and well loved. A life that will be deeply missed."

Visitation with the family will be held Friday evening from 6-8pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Saturday morning, November 12, 2022, at 10:00am at Dresden Cemetery with Bro, Brian Connolly. Pallbearers will be Perry Hill, Nickey Coker, Josh Daniel, Zachary Watson, Dale Jordan and Ricky Tribble.


Cody Allen Richards
May 4, 1987 - Aug 9, 2022

Cody Allen Richards was born on May 4, 1987 in Corsicana Texas. He went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2022.

Cody was a devoted father and husband. He loved spending time with his children, family, and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors and going camping at the lake, looking for arrowheads, and was known for his immense love of fishing.

Cody was a hard worker his whole life starting as a plumber at a young age until he moved on to pipeline construction as a line locator. In 2021 he joined Potter Construction.

Cody is survived by his wife Holly Richards of Blooming Grove and his children Clinton, Lily, and Hannah Richards, Lakely and Oakley Richards all of Blooming Grove. His father James Richards of Dresden. His mother Evenia Richards and Joel Price of Navarro Mills. His brothers Brandon and Shane Richards.

Pallbearers are Brandon Richards, Shane Richards, Marc Reamy, Nick Reamy, Clint Watson and Chase Bryant. Honorary pallbearer Stacy Reamy.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 - 8pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 10:00am in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.


  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • h/o Holly Richards; s/o James Cecil Richards & Evenia Gail (Reamy) Richards

Wylna Louise (Calame) Putman
Jun 21, 1926 - Nov 13, 2022

Wylna Louise Calame Putman, age 96, found her wings on November 13, 2022, in Prosper, Texas.
She was born on a farm on June 21, 1926, in Tehuacana, Texas (Limestone County) to Robert Beniamin Calame and Pearl Louise (Campbell) Calame and was the 8th of 10 children. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1943 and attended Westminster College in Tehuacana, Texas. After graduation from college, she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse at Fort Parker, Texas for a year then moved to Blooming Grove, Texas in 1945 to teach the fourth grade in BG ISD. She met Y. M. Putman in 1946 on a blind date arranged by their friends Billy and Wanda Gillen. They married on June 1, 1947, at her parent's home in Tehuacana, Texas. They moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1948 where Y.M. worked at Shell Refinery in Deer Park, Texas. Together they had one daughter, Charlotte, in 1949.
Wylna worked at Champion Paper Mill for a year after moving to Pasadena. She was a home maker, a caregiver and a substitute teacher for Pasadena ISD.
Y.M. retired from Shell Refinery in May of 1981 after 30 years and they moved back home to Navarro Mills, Texas. They made this their home from 1981until his death in 2003. They were active members Blooming Grove United Methodist in Blooming Grove. After Y.M.'s death and she moved to Celina, Texas to be with her daughter. She nourished her family and people around her with her faith and enduring love.
Left to honor Wylna and remember her love is her daughter, Charlotte (Alan) Larson, her two grandsons', Steve Thacker (Maurie) and Jim Thacker (Becky).
Four great grandchildren, Sydney Thacker, Jacob Thacker, Baily Thacker and Ben Thacker, two sisters, LaRee Coker of Athens, TX and Freddie Gibson of Edmond, OK and many nieces and nephews. Wylna was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Y. M. Putman, her parents, Ben & Pearl Calame, sisters, Chloe Welch, Laura Palmer, Nadine Mezirka, Mildred Hughes, brothers, Cleo Calame, James (Buddy) Calame and Harold Calame.

Graveside services will be held for the immediate family on Wednesday, November 16, at 12:00 PM at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Matt Bailey, Pastor of BG Methodist Church will be assisting former Pastor of BG Methodist, Kaitlynn Shannon, with the services of Wylna Putman.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, 300 S. Kerr Street, Blooming Grove, TX 76626.


Judith "Judi" (McFerran) Robertson
1947 - Apr. 7, 2022

A wonderful lady passed the morning of April 7, 2022. Judith McFerran Robertson was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas in 1947. Judi was the daughter of Jack and Mary Sue McFerran and the sister of Steve McFerran and was raised in Texas, primarily in Corsicana. She then graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education.
While in school at Austin, Judi met Ron Robertson and they were married in 1970. Ron worked for an oil company and they began a life of travel that lasted 51+ years in which they lived in 14 homes. Judi taught school in their first two stops, Houma, LA and Lagos, Nigeria. Their daughter Beth was born in Corsicana while they were in Lagos the first time. They were there 2 more times for a total of 10 years, then in London and several U.S. stops.
In each location, Judi was very active in the community and in the church they attended. A significant example of that was the years they lived in Algiers Point, New Orleans. When Ron and Judi left there, Judi received from the New Orleans City Council a Proclamation at the Algiers Courthouse that read: Be it proclaimed by the City of New Orleans that this council recognizes Judi Robertson, Active in community efforts to benefit Algiers Point Historic District Landmark Commission, Founder of the Algiers Historical Society and Friends of the Algiers Courthouse, Active in Christmas in October, Algiers Point Association, and the United Methodist Church, in the name of and by the authority vested in the Council of the City of New Orleans, August 25, 2002.
This was our Judi. In addition to the above, she was a creative person and an extremely talented quilter.
A memorial service for Judi will be held at Algiers United Methodist Church at a later date.
Arrangements in the care of Shuler Funeral Home, Hendersonville.


Catherine (Bell) Wright
Feb 11, 1934 - Apr 1, 2022

Catherine Bell Wright was born on Feb. 11, 1934 to Callie Bell and Charlie Williams in Corsicana, Texas. She received her early education in the Goodnight School system and furthered her education at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. Catherine later returned to Corsicana and met and married the love of her life, T.C. Wright. Catherine and T.C. raised three daughters, Alfreda, Saundra, and Serena.
Catherine confessed her belief in Christ at an early age and united with the People Baptist Church in Samaria, Texas. She later united with Second Mission Baptist Church where she served as Superintendent of Vacation Bible School, President of the B.T.U., Adult teacher of the B.T.U., assistant teacher to the Youth Sunday School Class, served on the Women's Mission, President of Abyssian Auxiliary, and a Trustee of the Church.
Catherine was blessed to have worked at Corsicana State Home (Case Worker), Texas Youth Council (Youth Activity Supervisor), Navarro College (Office Occupation Instructor), and Day Break (Care Giver).
Catherine was very active in the Corsicana Independent School District and served as Homeroom Mother, the first Black PTA President in an integrated school, Corsicana High School Police Advisory member, and East Side Chairman of the United Way, Boys & Girls Club Board Member, Family Services Board Member, Navarro County Dream Center Board Member, and Chairman of the Head Start Program.
Throughout her life, Catherine received many awards and recognitions, such as Texas Youth Commission - 20 years, Second Mission Baptist Church Mother of the Year 1982, Texas Agriculture Extension Services Outstanding Older Texan Award 2000, Outstanding Service in Abyssian Auxiliary, State of Texas House of Representatives Outstanding Older Texan Award 2002.
Catherine was a devoted wife, a loving and caring mother, a grandmother, a wonderful daughter, a kind sister, a good aunt, a joyous cousin, and a friend to all who knew her. She had many names, such as Sister, Mom, Mother, Cathy, Dear, Ma-dear, Big Mama, Ms. Cathy, Mrs. Wright, Mama Wright, and Cat.
Catherine was preceded in death by her husband T.C. Wright, parents, brothers Alonzo Bell, Floyd Bell, and Florenzo Ferguson, sister Fannie Mae Sanders, son-in-law Ira L. Bostic, Jr., and her grand dogs Pebbles, Charlotte, Oreo, Snuggles, and Max Bostic.
She leaves behind her daughters Alfreda A. Wright, Oakland, CA, Saundra Jones, Corsicana, and Dr. Serena Wright-Bostic, Houston. Her granddaughter Raeven T'Irra Bostic, Houston, as well as her special nieces, Geannie Moss, Kerens, Jayn Bell Higgins, Ft. Worth, Stephanie Bell, Glen Heights, Martha Bryant, Marianna, AR, her loving cousin Pam Colbert, Charles, Corsicana, her sister-in-law Dr. Betty Burris Wright, Richmond, CA, adopted daughters Penny Liggins, Corsicana, EuRhonda Morgan, Houston, Andrea Davis, Sugar Land, Pam Howard, Houston, Mellie Brandon, Corsicana. Goddaughters Dr. Shelly Robinson and Shavonda Washington, adopted Godsons Adrian Washington and Gary Floyd, her great grand dogs Diva and Canello Bostic, as well as a host of other loving family members and friends.


Rex Wayne Givens
Mar 22, 1958 - May 3, 2022

Rex Wayne Givens passed away May 3, 2022, at the age of 64.
Rex was born to Harold Wayne Givens and Carolyn Jo Burke in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1958. Soon after birth, he moved to Jackson, Tennessee. He attended first grade there and then moved to Covington, Tennessee, where he started second grade. During Rex's elementary years, he was active in Boy Scouts, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. At the age of 12, he moved back to Illinois and attended seventh and eighth grades at Kennedy Junior High in Burbank. At age 14 in his freshman year of high school, he acquired a taste for the arts and enrolled in choir and drama classes and had many leading roles throughout high school. He was also enrolled in ROTC. After graduating from Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois, Rex went on to attend some college for his investigator's license.
Rex served his community as a Corsicana police officer for 33 years and then as an investigator for the Navarro County District Attorney's Office for the past six years. With his strong passion for motorcycles, he was assigned to the CPD motorcycle unit for several years. He was also a member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club and enjoyed the long journeys that he took with fellow officers. He was a Police Pursuit Driving Instructor, a Field Training Officer Program Coordinator, and held a Master Peace Officer certification. He loved his work and the people he worked with.
Rex met his wife Paula at his dad's house - they were friends. They were married by a minister in a small town on January 18, 1985 and were blessed with thirty-seven years together. Rex's boys Jamie Seltzer and David Givens meant everything to him, and he was especially proud when his three grandsons were born. Over the years, he enjoyed many memorable trips with his family, like the trips to his brother David's in Lake Jackson every summer. He also had a little place in Buffalo, Texas that he loved. They enjoyed a little vacation in Vegas when his niece Samantha got married. He always talked about taking a cruise to travel and see the Grand Canyon when he retired.
A patient and understanding man, Rex was easygoing and did not have a temper. As he said, "I was alright. I got over it." He never judged anyone and never put himself above anyone or anything. He never met a stranger and was always polite and courteous to everyone he met. A loyal and trustworthy friend, he was there day or night if he was needed. He and his wife Paula attended church services for ten years or so.
Rex loved motorcycles and enjoyed taking his grandkids on motorcycle rides. He also liked watching NASCAR races, and went to several races with Bob Blake. He loved to play drums. His family will fondly remember him saying, "Ain't nothin but a thang." He enjoyed a good home cooked meal with cookies or banana pudding for a sweet treat.
Rex leaves behind his wife Paula; his sons Jamie and David; his daughter-in-law Sherry; his grandchildren Chris, Matt, and Nick Givens; his dad Wayne Givens; his siblings David Alan Givens, Barry Dolan, Ruthie Yarbrough, Dean Givens, Donna Ludes, Mary Givens, and Gerald Givens.
In order to honor Rex's life, his family has planned a visitation on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. A Celebration of his Life will be Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2 p.m. in the Magnolia Chapel.


Dock Jackson
Apr 15, 1925 - Mar 23, 1976

Dock Jackson

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Scott Funeral Home Chapel here for Dock Jackson, 50, resident of 8707 Bexar, Dallas, who died Tuesday.

The Rev. Paul Curry will officiate and burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Zella Jackson of Corsicana; a brother, Lawrence Jackson of Dallas; two uncles, Henry Jimerson and Hubbard Jimerson both of Corsicana; and an aunt Mrs. Ora Dee Johnson of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be members of Magnolia Lodge No. 42.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Mar. 26, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (obituary says Woodland and death certificate says Providence)
  • Never married; s/o David Jackson & Zella (Jamison) Jackson

Lula Vissie (Jacobs) Dudley-Braun
Mar 10, 1902 - Oct 26, 1975

Mrs. Braun

Wake services will be held tonight at 7:30 in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel for Mrs. Lula Braun of 802 E. Park Avenue, who died Sunday.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Renfro Chapel Church of God in Christ with the Rev. T. D. Daniels, officiating. Burial will be in the Silent Grove Cemetery, Cheneyboro.

Survivors include two sons, Homer Dudley of Bynum and Wallace Dudley of Corsicana, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Kissam of Houston, Mrs. Adell Moore of Corsicana, Mrs. Maydell Lee of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Hazel Scott of Casa Grande, Ariz.; twenty-six grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Rhoades of Fort Worth and Mrs. Corine Jacobs of Dallas; two brothers, Dan Jacobs of Corsicana and Minius Jacobs of Chandler, Ariz., a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Freddie Lee Sauls, Larry Kissam, Wallace Wigfall, Carl Nixon, David Wigfall and Billie Dudley.


Robert Coffee Huckaby, Sr.
Jan 20, 1896 - Feb 6, 1975

R. C. Huckaby

DAWSON�Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. James AME Church here for longtime resident Robert C. Huckaby, 79, who died Thursday in the Temple VA hospital. The pastor, the Rev. Charles Richardson, will officiate. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery with Calhoun Funeral Home Conducting.

He was a steward of St. James AME Church and had served as church secretary and Sunday School superintendent. He was a member of Corner Stone Masonic Lodge No. 739 in Dawson and had served as worshipful master. He was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors are five sons, Freddy Lawrence, Benjamin and Lee Edward Huckaby, all of Odessa; Robert Huckaby, Jr. and Thomas H. Huckaby, both of Waco; one daughter, Mrs. Clara Sample of Fort Worth; 26 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Huckaby of Teague; and a sister, Mrs. Sally Thomas of Oakland, Calif.


Surlinda Pearl (Slater) Parrish
Oct 11, 1881 - Aug 28, 1975

Mrs. Parrish

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Pearl Parrish, 93, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday at her residence in Corsicana. Rev. Charles Pringle and Rev. Jim Caraway will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.

She was a native of Emmett, Tex. and lived in Corsicana three years.

She was also a member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Ottie Parrish of Corsicana, Harvey Parrish of Pursley, Alvin Parrish of Dawson, and Houston Parrish of Waco; two daughters, Mrs. A. M. Cates and Mrs. Fred Bone both of Corsicana; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and two sisters both of Dawson, Mrs. Lela Whitner and Mrs. Hallie Harris.

Pallbearers include grandson, Royce Parrish, Harvey Lee Parrish, Donald Parrish, R. L. Gann, Ray Mize and Kenneth Johnston.


Beatrice (Thornton) Porch
Aug 24, 1908 - Jan 27, 1975

Mrs. Porch

DAWSON�Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson for Mrs. Beatrice Porch, 73, former resident of Dawson, who died Monday at her home in Dallas.

Rev. C. T. Curry of Midland will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Midland.

Survivors include two sons, Lawrence Parker and Vester Parker of Oakland, Calif., three sisters, Mrs. Lela Buchanan of Midland, Mrs. Ollie Mae Chriesman and Mrs. Mildred Conner both of Dallas, and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be nephews and include Wayne Gerald, Mickey Gerald, William H. Stewart, Gregory Chriesman, Larry Chriesman, and Lloyd Matthews.


Arice Lynn Price
Feb 7, 1940 - Aug 23, 1975

Lynn Price

Funeral for Lynn Price, an Irving resident, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Griffin Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Dawson Cemetery.

Price, 35, died Saturday in a Dallas Hospital. He was a mechanic for an Irving automotive firm.

Price is survived by his wife, Jackie; two sons, Michael and Randy Price, both of Irving; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Price of Corsicana; three brothers, Richard Price, Eugene Price and Danny Price, all of Corsicana. The Rev. Maurice McElroy will officiate.

Pallbearers will be David Smith, H. D. Barfield, Harold Smith, Benny Boysen, Ray Currin and Arlie Nichols.


Betty Jo Hughes
Sep 13, 1954 - Jun 8, 1975

Miss Hughes

DAWSON�Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of God in Christ in Dawson for Miss Betty Jo Hughes, 20, native of Dawson and resident of Dallas who died June 8 after a brief illness at Parkland Hospital.

Rev. Fay A. Spencer of Dallas will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

She attended Dawson public schools, was a member of the Revival Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Dallas, and an employe of the Morton Laundry of Dallas.

She was born Sep. 13, 1954. Her father Ernest Hughes preceded her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Bettie Jean Campbell of Dallas; a step-father, Ernest Campbell of Dallas; a sister, Mary Ann of Dallas; four brothers, Charles, Bobby, David and Ricky all of Dallas; grandparents, Ben Hughes of Dallas, Mrs. Lula Hughes of Clovis, N.M. and other relatives.

Pallbearers include Larry Watson, Bobby Hughes, Prince Henderson, Arthur Boleware, Ernest Campbell and Homer Gates, Jr.


William P. �Buck� Pate
Dec 25, 1885 - Jul 17, 1975

Buck Pate

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Dawson for Buck Pate, 89, resident of Dawson, who died Thursday.

Rev. Richard Erwin will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery. He was a life-time resident of Dawson and a retired farmer.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include his widow of Dawson, a son, Noel Pate of Garland; a daughter, Mrs. Faye Jaline Fulkner of Santa Paula, Calif., four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Aldon NeSmith, Donnie NeSmith, Dan Griffin, Charles Higbee, Edwin Deania, and Dwane Spruill.


Thelma (Hawkins) Walker-Chestnutt
Jan. 15, 1908 - Jan. 15, 1975

Mrs. Chestnutt

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Thelma Chestnutt, 69, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Terrell.

Rev. Larry Polk, First Independent Baptist Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Chestnutt of Corsicana; three sons, Carl Walker and Carroll Walker both of Houston, Robert Walker of Huntsville, Ala., 10 grandchildren, a great-grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Hawkins of Chicago, Ill.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jan. 17, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Robert James Walker 2nd husband Arthur Chestnutt married Dec. 18, 1940; d/o Alfred Hawkins & Roxie (Kennebrew) Hawkins

Jim Martin
Apr 14, 1882 - Jul 25, 1975

Jim Martin

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Monday, for Mr. Jim Martin, native of the Elm Flat Community, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Rev. Mason Spriggs will officiate with burial in the Elm Flat Community Cemetery.

Scott Funeral Home will direct.

Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Martin, Mrs. Lillian Stewart, and Mrs. Bessie Mae Bryant, a son, Mr. T. V. Martin, 33 grandchildren, and a host of great-great-grandchildren.


Albert Dunn
Jun. 22, 1884 - Aug. 5, 1975

Albert Dunn

ELM FLAT�Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Elm Flat for Albert Dunn, who died Tuesday.

Burial will be at Elm Flat Cemetery. Arrangements are with Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include a son, Percy Dunn of Powell; a daughter, Mrs. Ollie Porter of Phoenix, Ariz.; a step-son, Ira Sutton of Dallas, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Ellen (Bonner) Gray
Mar 2, 1910 - Dec 11, 1975

Mrs. Gray

Wake services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel for Mrs. Ellen B. Gray, Rt. 1 Powell who died Thursday.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Powell. Rev. Mason Springs will officiate and burial will be in the Elm Flat Cemetery.

Survivors are her husband, Elvin Gray, one sister, Mrs. Mattie Bell of Trinidad, and other relatives.


James William "Bill" Marcom
Apr 4, 1924 - Feb 4, 2023

James William (Bill) Marcom was born on April 4, 1924 in Farmers Branch, Texas. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1941.
He attended the University of North Texas for several months, but decided to join the Navy in December 1941, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Due to several physical and administrative issues, he was not called to active duty until September 1943. During this interval, Bill continued his education at North Texas. Once he reported to active duty, Bill was sent to numerous military schools to learn about aviation and electronics. Eventually, his talents were recognized and he was offered the opportunity to attend the midshipman school to become an officer. After his commission as an Ensign in the US Navy, he was sent to more schools to continue learning aviation and electronics. After this training, he was given several assignments dealing with military aircraft. During this time, he contacted his girlfriend, Marie Weaver, and they were married near Atlantic City, NJ on July 25, 1952. Soon thereafter, Bill was sent to attend the Officer Electronics School in Memphis. His duty stations during his navy career included stops in New Jersey, New York, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, Japan, and the Mediterranean Sea.
In 1958, the Navy decided to reduce its officer ranks and Bill was given the opportunity to "transfer his service" and become a captain in the US Army. During his army time, Bill held various staff and command assignments in Arizona, Germany, and New Mexico. He decided to retire from the army in December 1967.
After separating from the military after 26 years of service, Bill returned to Farmers Branch, Texas and took a job at General Dynamics in Fort Worth. After 5 years, Bill retired and started a mowing business with his sons. Eventually the business was turned over to his sons and Bill decided to stop working and enjoy life.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Amanda Marie Marcom; his mother, Rebecca Tims; his father, Balam Marcom; his sons, Marc and Perry Marcom; and, his brothers, Jess, Bud, BC, Roy Lee, and Jay Frank.
Bill is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane Schob (Tom) and Margie Hughes (Wallace); daughter-in-law, Andrea Marcom; grand-children, Amanda Hughes and William Hughes; grand-children (by marriage), Laura Spradley (Daniel), Erin Schob, Bradley Schob (Courtney), and Steven Schob (Katie); great-grand-children (by
marriage), Hannah Schob, Claire Spradley, Corinne Schob, Oliver Schob, Andrew Spradley, Joanna Spradley, Jack Escobar, Penny Schob, and Luke Schob.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 12, at 2-4:00pm at the North Dallas Funeral Home and a funeral service will be on Monday, February 13, at 11:00am at the same location.


Eric Lynn Vick
May 23, 1975 - Jul 23, 1975

Eric Vick

Services are set for 3 p.m. Friday at the First Pentecostal Church of God for Eric Lynn Vick, two months, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate, and burial will be in Eureka Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Vick of Navarro; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Vick Sr. of Ennis and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Howard of Navarro. Corley Funeral Home will direct.


Cervera Schley Watkins
Jun 8, 1898 - Oct 13, 1975

C. S. Watkins

Graveside services were to have been this afternoon at four o'clock at the Eureka Cemetery for C. S. (Spain) Watkins, 77, of Rt. 6 Corsicana.

He was found dead at his home Tuesday night, and was estimated to have died Wednesday or Thursday of last week.

The Rev. Dan Layne was to officiate at the services.

Watkins was a member of the Providence Baptist Church.

Survivors include one brother, B. A. Watkins of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be W. M. Montgomery, Lloyd Land, Oliver Stewart, David Lipscomb, Robert Walker and Paul Chandler.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Oct. 14, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Eureka Cemetery
  • 1st wife Christine (Russell) Watkins married Jul. 16, 1926 2nd wife Bernice Louise (Moore) Watkins married Dec. 27, 1932; s/o Dr. William Benjamin Worth Watkins & Nancy Eleanor (Taylor) Watkins

Bernice Louise (Moore) Watkins
Nov 27, 1910 - Jul 10, 1975

Mrs. Watkins

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Bernice Watkins, 64, resident of Eureka, who died Thursday night at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. C. B. Layne will officiate and burial will be at Eureka Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, C. S. Watkins of Eureka; her mother, Mrs. Sarah Moore of Eureka; two sisters, Miss Lorene Moore of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. F. C. Waterman of Lake Whitney; and a brother, George B. Moore of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers include Don Chandler, Max Ganze, Floyd Hamilton, W. M. Montgomery, David Lipscomb, and Robert Walker.


James Henry Hood
Jul 31, 1899 - Apr 1, 1975

James Hood

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James Hood, resident of Navarro, who died Tuesday in Bay City. Burial will be in Eureka.

Survivors include his widow of Navarro, a son, Billy James Hood of Euless, and other relatives.


George Black
Mar 27, 1898 - May 3, 1975

George Black

Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethlehem Baptist Church for George Black. Burial will be in the Round Prairie Cemetery at Kerens. The Rev. R. L. Jones will officiate and Scott Funeral Home will be in charge of the service.

He is survived by three daughters, Mmes. Georgia Jones, Hazel Robinson and Betty Walter, five sons, J. D. Black, Wardell Black, Thespus Black, Clifton Black and Vernell Black; one sister, Mrs. Willie Mae Bradley; 35 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Elvin Jackson, Willie Jo Jones, Washington Jones, George Jackson, Will Black and Greek Walter.


Shellie Younger
Mar 5, 1901 - Nov 18, 1975

Shellie Younger

Wake services will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel for Shellie Younger, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at Leisure Lodge Convalescent Home.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Corsicana.

The Rev. W. M. Vaughn Sr., pastor, will officiate and burial will be at Round Prairie Cemetery near Kerens.

Survivors include two sisters, Miss Myrtle Younger of Corsicana, and Mrs. Torrie Kilgore of Dallas; two brothers, Birt N. Younger and Ben Younger, both of Dallas; a number of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.


Willie J. Frater
Apr 15, 1926 - Jan 4, 1975

W. J. Frater

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Antioch Baptist Church in LaRue for Willie J. Frater, 49, resident of LaRue who died Saturday at the Veteran Hospital in Dallas.

Rev. Harlee Wallace will officiate, and burial will be at Friendship Cemetery. Arrangements are with Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include six children, 14 grandchildren, three brothers, his mother, Mrs. Ardecie Frater of LaRue; four sisters, and other relatives.


Grace (Lewis) Hawthorne
Dec 24, 1925 - Jun 24, 1975

Mrs. Hawthorne

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rising Star Baptist Church in Fort Worth for Mrs. Grace (Lewis) Hawthorne who died in a Fort Worth hospital.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Eureka Cemetery in Eureka. Arrangements are with the Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

She was a native of Navarro County and resident of Fort Worth.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Marilyn Hawthorne and Miss Patti Hawthorne of Fort Worth; a son, John Hawthorne of Fort Worth; her father, Opal Hawthorne of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Randall of Dallas, Mrs. Mary Campbell of Corsicana; Mrs. Doris Calhoun of Ennis; five brothers, Wilburn Lewis, William Lewis, Roger Lewis, and Monroe Lewis all of Corsicana and Perry of Dallas and other relatives.


Travis Crowder
Jan 6, 1909 - Nov 19, 1975

Travis Crowder

Wake services will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel for Travis Crowder, 65, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

The Rev. James Chaney, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at the Friendship Cemetery in Eureka.

Survivors include four sons, Booker T. Crowder of Cason, Calif., Napoleon Crowder of Fort Worth, Travis L. Crowder Jr. of Fort Worth, and Chester Crowder of U. S. Air Force, Norway; a brother, Vivian Crowder of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Mandy Andrews and Mrs. Saline Davis both of Dallas; 13 grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Nov 21, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • WWII Veteran
  • h/o Pearlie Bee (Kilgore) Crowder; s/o Solomon Crowder, Sr. buried in Princeton Cemetery, Navarro County, Tx. & Katie (Davidson) Crowder (Katie's death certificate just say buried in Eureka, could be Friendship not sure where Princeton is located)

Solomon Crowder, Jr.
May 10, 1904 - Sep 13, 1975

Solomon Crowder

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Dallas for Solomon Crowder, resident of Dallas for 31 years and native of Eureka and Navarro County, who died Saturday in Dallas.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Friendship Cemetery in Eureka.

Arrangements are with the Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

Survivors include two sons, John Crowder and Melvin Crowder both of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Willie Luster and Mrs. Ardie Humphrey both of Dallas and Mrs. Kay Lou Lee of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mandy Andrews and Mr. Seline Davis both of Dallas; two brothers, Vivian Crowder of Dallas and Travis Crowder of Corsicana, a number of nieces and nephews, his former wife, Mrs. Willie Mae Coleman of Corsicana and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Sep. 17, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Solomon Crowder, Sr. buried in Princeton Cemetery, Navarro County, Tex. & Katie (Davidson) Crowder (death certificate for Katie just says Eureka Could be Friendship, not sure where Princeton is located)

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