May 2, 1934 - Oct 17, 2022
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Kirby Raymond "Red"
Nov 14, 1905 - Sep 27, 1971
K. R. (Red) Cummings, 65, died Monday in a Dallas
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
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
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
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
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rusty Putman, Jay
Russell, Joseph Shofner, Jonathon Shofner, Tyler
McManus, Brindon Dechaume, Jordan Dechaume and Jason
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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,
- Submitted by
Edward Lynn Williams
- Richland Cemetery,
Mertens, Hill Co., TX
- w/o Billy Elmore; d/o
Willie Ray Stringer & Susie Mae (Hart) Stringer
Clifford Evans Hughes
Nov 16, 1931 - Sep 5, 2022
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
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
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
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
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.\
Dec 12, 1940 - Oct 9, 2022
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.
Jul 4, 1959 - Sep 24, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Frederick Artie "Fred"
Jan 7, 1940 - Sep 4, 2022
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
Memorial Park located at 501 North Bunert Road,
Oscar Lynn McCrory
Aug 1, 1937 - Aug 16, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
H. Jenkins passed away August 17, 2022, at the age
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
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.
Nov 9, 1947 - Aug 19, 2022
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 parkinson.org
May 27, 1934 - Aug. 11, 2022
(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
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
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
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)
Aug 8, 1976 - Aug 13, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Peggy Lou (Ferguson)
Dec 5, 1933 - Aug 6, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Apr 26, 1934 - Aug 2, 2022
Jean Cummins passed away August 2, 2022, at the age
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
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
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.
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
"Toot" Rhodes Jr.
May 10, 1962 - Aug 5, 2022
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
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
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.
Sep 27, 1946 - Aug 3, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 2, 1965 - Jul 31, 2022
Lanora DeChaume Teer, 56, of Corsicana passed from
this life on Sunday July 31, 2022. She was born
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
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"
Dec 11, 1951 - Jul 29, 2022
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
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
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
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
Pallbearers will be Darrell Sanders, Ron Sanders,
Shaun Sanders, Casey Steele, Matt Menefee and Audrey
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
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
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
in Corsicana, 10:00 a.m. Monday May 2, 2022.
- Corley Funeral Home
- w/o James Robert "Bob" Joyner, Jr.
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
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
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
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
Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11:00am August 3, 2022,
at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
- s/o John Dozier & Maud Marie (Davis) Dozier
- Submitted by
Sep 26, 1945 - Jun 13, 2022
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Patrick Dosser of Corsicana, TX passed away Thursday
June 23, 2022, at the age of 69 with family at his
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
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
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 griffin-roughton.com.
Ruth Elizabeth (Budai)
Dec 10, 1926 - Jun 4, 2022
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"
May 1, 1937 - May 30, 2022
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
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
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
Lawrence Duncan McMillan
Mar 25, 1933 - Jun 8, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
Lynda June (Jordan) Tribble
May 26, 1940 - Nov 7, 2022
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
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
Allen Richards was born on May 4, 1987 in Corsicana
Texas. He went to be with the Lord on August 9,
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
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
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
- Submitted by
- h/o Holly Richards; s/o
James Cecil Richards & Evenia Gail (Reamy) Richards
Wylna Louise (Calame)
Jun 21, 1926 - Nov 13, 2022
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
Left to honor Wylna and remember her love is her
daughter, Charlotte (Alan) Larson, her two
grandsons', Steve Thacker (Maurie) and Jim Thacker
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Wayne Givens passed away May 3, 2022, at the age of
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
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
Apr 15, 1925 - Mar 23, 1976
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
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
- (obituary says Woodland
and death certificate says Providence)
- Never married; s/o David
Jackson & Zella (Jamison) Jackson
Mar 10, 1902 - Oct 26, 1975
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,
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.
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
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,
Oct 11, 1881 - Aug 28, 1975
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
She was a native of Emmett, Tex. and lived in Corsicana
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.
Pallbearers include grandson, Royce Parrish, Harvey Lee
Parrish, Donald Parrish, R. L. Gann, Ray Mize and Kenneth
Aug 24, 1908 - Jan 27, 1975
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
She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in
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
Funeral for Lynn Price, an Irving resident, will be
at 4 p.m. Monday at Griffin Funeral Chapel. Burial
will follow in
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
Betty Jo Hughes
Sep 13, 1954 - Jun 8, 1975
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
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
Pallbearers include Larry Watson, Bobby Hughes,
Prince Henderson, Arthur Boleware, Ernest
Campbell and Homer Gates, Jr.
Dec 25, 1885 - Jul 17, 1975
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the
First Baptist Church in Dawson for Buck
Pate, 89, resident of Dawson, who died
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
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
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
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
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.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jan. 17, 1975
- Submitted by
1st husband Robert James Walker 2nd husband Arthur
Chestnutt married Dec. 18, 1940; d/o Alfred Hawkins & Roxie
Apr 14, 1882 - Jul 25, 1975
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
Jun. 22, 1884 - Aug. 5, 1975
ELM FLAT�Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Elm Flat for Albert Dunn, who
Burial will be at
Cemetery. Arrangements are with Scott Funeral Home
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
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Ellen (Bonner) Gray
Mar 2, 1910 - Dec 11, 1975
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
Survivors are her husband, Elvin Gray, one sister,
Mrs. Mattie Bell of Trinidad, and other relatives.
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);
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
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
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
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.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Oct. 14, 1975
- Submitted by
- 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)
Nov 27, 1910 - Jul 10, 1975
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
Rev. C. B. Layne will officiate and burial will be at
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
James Henry Hood
Jul 31, 1899 - Apr 1, 1975
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
Survivors include his widow of Navarro, a son, Billy
James Hood of Euless, and other relatives.
Mar 27, 1898 - May 3, 1975
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
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Elvin Jackson,
Willie Jo Jones, Washington Jones, George
Jackson, Will Black and Greek Walter.
Mar 5, 1901 - Nov 18, 1975
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 6, 1909 - Nov 19, 1975
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
Services will be at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday at the Ross and Johnson
The Rev. James Chaney, Sixth
Avenue Baptist Church pastor,
will officiate, and burial will
be at the
Friendship Cemetery in
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
Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Nov 21, 1975
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
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
Graveside services will be
at 1:30 p.m. at the
Friendship Cemetery in
Arrangements are with the
Ross and Johnson Mortuary in
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
Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Sep. 17, 1975
s/o Solomon Crowder,
Sr. buried in Princeton
County, Tex. & Katie
(death certificate for
Katie just says Eureka
Could be Friendship, not
sure where Princeton is