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Olan Lavern Hawk
Dec 5, 1895 - May 12, 1966

Army Officer Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Capt. Olan L. Hawk, retired U. S. Army officer, who died in Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Oakwood cemetery here.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Steve Massey, minister of the First Christian church.

Surviving are a son, Dave Hawk, Will's Point and another son in California, and other relatives.

Corley is directing.


Tillie (Fiebar)White-Gardner
Apr 29, 1887 - Jan 30, 1966

Tuesday Rites Mrs. Gardner

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Gardner, 78, of 1523 West Third avenue, who died in Memorial hospital Sunday, were held Tuesday at 10:30 a. m. from the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Native of Oslo, Norway, she came to the United States at the age of 14 years and to Corsicana from Chicago in 1950.

Mrs. Gardner was a member of the First Baptist church and various social organizations.

Surviving are her husband and a son, Bob White, both of Corsicana; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters, Mrs. George North, Lake Forest, Ill.; Mrs. Clarence Wilson, Maywood, Ill., and Mrs. Ann Thorbjorsen, Oslo; a brother, Oscar Fuber, Bonilla, South Dakota; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Guthrie, Scott Lowry, Henry Graves, Hubert Braselton, W. W. McLauchin and W. B. Robinson.


Frank Gardner
Aug 3, 1876 - Jun 5, 1970

Frank Gardner Dies Friday

Frank Gardner, native of Chicago and Corsicana resident since 1950, died Friday morning in the Evergreen Nursing Home. He was a retired businessman.

He is survived by a son, Bob White of Corsicana, a grandson, Bob White, Jr. of Grand Prairie, a granddaughter, Mrs. Hal Spradling of Dallas, and two great-grandchildren.

Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.



Gardner Rites

Graveside services for Frank Gardner of Corsicana were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Robert J. Potts officiating.

Mr. Gardner died Friday in the Evergreen Nursing Home.

Survivors include a son, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under direction of Corley Funeral Home.


Arthur Robert "Bob" White
Jul 11, 1904 - Jul 22, 1975

A. R. White

DALLAS - Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West N. w. Hwy., for A. Robert (Bob) White, 71, resident of Dallas and former resident of Corsicana, who died yesterday.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

He was a resident of Corsicana 24 years, 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

He was the son of the late Henry White and the late Mrs. Frank Gardner. Before retirement, he was district manager for Cowles Communications.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Alice Graves White of Dallas; a son, Robert H. White, of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Linda White Spradling of Dallas; and three grandchildren.


Bettie Leila (Harris) Walker
Dec 31, 1891 - Feb 16, 1966

Mrs. Walker Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie Walker, 74, who died in Memorial hospital Wednesday, were held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. George Heath, pastor of Northside Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of Westminister Presbyterian church, and Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, George B. Walker, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Towns and Mrs. J. W. McCammon, both of Corsicana; a son, George B. Walker, Jr., Portland, Ore.; a granddaughter, Mrs. Fred Rasmussen, Corsicana; a grandson, George B. Walker, III, Portland, Ore.; four great-granddaughters, Amy, Rose, Risa and Patti Rasmussen, all of Corsicana; six sisters, Mrs. A. L. Norton and Mrs. W. L. Ickles, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Exie Brannon, Alice; Mrs. Mary Hargrave and Mrs. Myrtle Black, both of Fort Worth; and Mrs. Marshal Taylor, Dallas; two brothers, Claude Harris, Natchez, Miss., and John Harris, Denver City, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Fred Rasmussen, Harold Coffey, Marshal Taylor, Whelyn Robinson, J. S. Dill, W. H. Wooley, J. B. Towns and Donald Wyatt.


George Beverly Walker III
Nov 26, 1935 - Nov 4, 2015

George Beverley Walker, II passed away November 4, 2015 while resting peacefully at home. He was born December 26, 1935 in Corsicana, Texas. After graduating from Corsicana High School he enlisted in the Coast Guard. His four years of service included search and rescue duty out of Groton, CT most notably the SS Andrea Doria Ocean liner sinking off the coast of Nantucket in 1956. Other assignments included patrolling the coast of Greenland in winter, Sonar school in Key West, recruiting in the suburbs of New York City, Shore Patrol in Cuba and pitching for the Coast Guard in the armed services Canadian Atlantic league his favorite assignment.

After service he returned to Texas enrolling in the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas in Austin where he studied law. His studies served him well in his chosen career in the insurance field. He began as a claim investigator and he was transferred from Texas to Oregon and California before returning to Dallas when JC Penney bought Beneficial Standard. They hired him to open the insurance and claim business for them in Dallas. He loved to work and enjoyed the challenge of improving business operations and mentoring those who reported to him.

When George returned to Dallas he decided to settle in Corsicana and commute bank and forth. He soon decided to get into the cattle business as well. One of Georges best friends, Vic Howell, took him under his wing and helped him get started. Eventually he had leases in every corner of Navarro County. He also started a hay hauling business. Many people in Corsicana knew him as a cattle man, but didn't realize he also was an insurance executive till he appeared on 60 Minutes with Morley Shafer in 1987.

He met his wife Janet at the International Claim Association (ICA) meeting in Boston, when she took over his Meeting Activities Committee for the following years convention. George rose quickly through the ICA ranks. In 1994 he became the President of this industry leadership and education association.

Retiring in 1997 from JC Penney, George continued to work for several years as a consultant and was designated as an expert witness for the 6th District Court in reviewing and giving his opinion on wrongful death claims.

Both while working and in retirement, George and Janet made it a priority to travel across America and in Europe and in the last decade often summered in Maine where Janet grew up.
George had a fabulous sense of humor and a quick wit. He enjoyed the friendship and fellowship with Navarro County ranchers, the weekend dances at the VFW, dove and deer hunting, and his graduating class reunions. In short he loved life.

The Walker Family wants to express its deep appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, the support and loving care provided by Hand in Hand Hospice, especially Lisa Nelson, RN and Miranda Phillips, RN and to his caregivers while at home - Shamika Harris, Toshiba McDonald, Nicole Nelson, Eddie Wilson, Yolanda Tarbutton and Meshaella Strain.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Janet, his brother-in-law Kenneth Patchen and wife Betty Ann Ralston; his niece Loral Patchen and husband Cesar, and his great niece Solana; and his niece Lela Rasmussen and husband, Fred.

Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Vic Howell, John Wade Braley, C.L. Brown, III., Jimmy Nutt and Dr. Scott Middleton. Pallbearers will be Wade Braley, Jay Payne, Jason Payne, Ryan Payne, Ron Lynch and Chuck McClanahan.


Christopher Green
1966 - Apr 27, 1966

Green Infant Services Held

Graveside rites were held Thursday at 10:30 a. m. at Oakwood cemetery for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Green, 2423 Towerwood, Carrolton, who died early in the Irving Community hospital. The mother is the former Cora Sue Stephenson.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Stephenson and Mrs. W. A. Green, all of Corsicana.

Corley directed.


Irene "Renie" (Hurtt) Whitlock
May 7, 1898 - Sep 27, 1966

Mrs. Whitlock Services Held

Funeral services for Mrs. C. A. Whitlock, 68, who died in an Austin hospital Tuesday were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

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

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a son, Harold Whitlock, Austin; three daughters, Mrs. H. E. Miller, Grand Prairie; Mrs. L. G. Morehead, Hurst, and Mrs. James O. King, Corsicana; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; a brother, William Hurt, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Roy Dycus, Sam Anderson, Floyd Thompson, A. B. Hutson, O. D. Bailey and Charlie Tieman.


Anna Pauline (Garrett) Hanks
May 17, 1910 - Apr 3, 1966

Hold Services For Mrs. Hanks

Mrs. Anna Pauline Hanks, 66, Hobbs, N. M. died in Hobbs Wednesday.

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Steve Massie, minister of the First Christian church, of which she was a member.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Allen J. Scott, Hobbs, N. M.; two grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were George Ferguson, Emmett Thomason, Alton Justiss, Dock Allen, M. O. Reitch and J. C. Stover.


Joe Bailey Wood
Aug 1, 1903 - May 3, 1966

J. B. Wood Dies Heart Attack

J. B. Wood, 61, painter, died of a heart attack at his home Monday night. He was a native of Roane but had spent most of his life in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by J. R. Holton, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four sons, Charles Wood, Dallas; Doyle Wood, Birmingham, Ala.; Billy and Jimmy Wood, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Warren and Miss Virginia Ann Wood, both of Dallas; five grandchildren, three brothers, Hugh and Goodwin Wood, both of Houston, and Elmer Wood, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Everett Kellum, Longview; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be A. W. Upton, Evan Stewart, Bob Warrington, S. B. Taylor, Odis Dunagan and Buford Barnes.


Bess Uala (Montgomery) Robinson
Apr 4, 1899 - Jun 10, 1966

Mrs. Robinson Services Here

Final rites for Mrs. Jim B. Robinson, 67, who died in Waco Friday morning were held from the Wilkirson-Hatch chapel Saturday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery here at 3 p.m. Saturday. The services will be conducted by Rev. Jack Flanders.

The family formerly resided in Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband of Waco; a son, Taylor Robinson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Ridgeway, San Antonio; two brothers, E. F. Montgomery, Dallas and O. D. Montgomery, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. I. A. Stell, Houston, and Mrs. L. P. Nicholson, San Benito, and other relatives.

Corley directed local arrangements.


Bess (Mitchell) Studer
Jul 18, 1890 - Jun 7, 1966

Mrs. Studer Of Tyler Dies; services Here

Mrs. Bess L. Studer former Corsicana and Waco resident died in Tyler, Tuesday morning following a six months illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Lloyd James Funeral Chapel with services at Oakwood cemetery here at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Loyal S. Northcott, pastor of the First Christian church in Tyler, of which Mrs. Studer was a member.

Surviving are two brothers, Ben F. Mitchell, Waco, and Jack R. Mitchell, Richardson; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Colton, Tyler, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A native of Quanah, Texas, Mrs. Studer retired five years ago as cashier of the Tyler City Tax office after 30 years service.


Willie M. Henderson
Jun 10 22, 1902 - May 22, 1966

W. M. Henderson Rites Monday

Willie M. Henderson, 64, formerly of Corsicana, died in Dallas Sunday.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Cass French, pastor of the Second Avenue Baptist church.

Surviving are a number of cousins including Mr. and Mrs. Dennison Harshbargar, Louis Moffitt, Shirley Ann Patterson, Carolyn Henderson and Harold E. Henderson, Jr., all of Dallas, and other relatives.


Alma (Radinsky) Pickett
Dec 18, 1876 - Aug 4, 1966

Mrs. Pickett Dies Thursday, Rites Saturday

Mrs. J. R. Pickett, 89, of 1410 Princeton, native of Oak Park, Ill., died in Memorial Hospital Thursday night.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of Westminister Presbyterian church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herbert H. Johnson; a grandson, James W. Johnson, both of Corsicana; a granddaughter, Mrs. William T. Hill, Dallas; a great-granddaughter, a brothers, R. S. Radinsky, Dunstable, Mass.; two sisters, Mrs. R. J. Mayer, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Frank Thomas, St. Louis, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Dr. E. W. Willis, Robert Hamilton, George Weinschel, W. A. Lang, Thomas Spikes and Halsey Settle.


Christine (Behrens) Andres
Mar 17, 1885 - Jan 25, 1966

Rites Thursday For Mrs. Andres

Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Andres, 80, of 3204 Lafayette drive, who died in Memorial hospital Tuesday, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Faith Lutheran Church with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Alvin Walten, Malone, acting pastor of the church.

Native of Williamson county, Mrs. Andres came to Corsicana from Hamilton about 20 years ago.

Surviving are a son Norbert Andres, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Trainham, Honey Grove; Mrs. Frances Divine, Athens, and Miss Ruby Andres, Corsicana; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, five brothers, Charles Behrens, Granger; Louis, Arthur, Andrew and Thomas Behrens, all of San Saba; seven sisters, Mrs. Minnie Rydstrant, Walburg; Mrs. Toni Maldenhans and Mrs. Bertha Maldenhans, both of Los Angeles; Mrs. Laura Wilkerson, Mrs. Leonda Anderson and Mrs. Lucille Wright, all of Pecos and Mrs. Cora Cronk, Seattle, Wash., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Otha Bowmer, Prestice Andres, Harlan Tonn, William Mulsow, Jerry Blackmon, Gerald Trainham, Ben Dreager and Charles Tonn.

Griffin will direct.


John Lee Hilliard
Feb 4, 1886 - Feb 12, 1966

J. L. Hilliard Services Held

John Lee Hilliard, 80, retired native of Corsicana, died in St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Worth Saturday night. He was a retired employe of the General American Steel Corporation.

Funeral services were held from the Griffin Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Northwest Apartments, Corsicana; a son, Orbie Lee (Buster) Hilliard, Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Beverly Ruth Hilliard, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Lois Burton, Emhouse; a brother, Ollie Hilliard, Dallas; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Billy Burton, A. J. Whistler, Henry Slate, Jim Ellett, Maurice Thomas, Fred Presley, Loyd Metcalf, George Baker and Steve Hopper.


Donald Pierson Simpson
Mar 27, 1919 - Feb 11, 1966

Col. Simpson Services Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Col. Donald P. Simpson, formerly of Corsicana, who died in Scott AFB, St. Louis, Saturday, were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Chaplain Carl Reiter conducted the rites. A full military service was held at the grave.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Shirley Simpson, St. Louis; a son, Gary Simpson, two daughters, Donna and Nickki Simpson; parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Simpson, Christoval; a brother, Robert Simpson; a sister, Mrs. Nancy Lauman, and other relatives.


Rosa Olga (UNKNOWN) Marschall
Aug 29, 1882 - Aug 26, 1966

Sunday Rites Mrs. Marschall

Funeral rites for Mrs. Rosa Olga Marschall, 84, who died Friday in Twilight Home, were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she was a member.

A native of Chicago, Mrs. Marschall had resided in Corsicana 12 years.

Surviving re a foster brother, Louis E. Braden, Houston and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Harvey B. Martin, Clayton Freeman, James P. Davis, Hugh Foster, Virgil Lamb and Chleo Ford.


Zacarias Herrera
Nov 5, 1894 - Apr 18, 1966

Z. Herrera Dies Of Traffic Mishap Injuries

Zacarias Herrera, 71, retired farmer, Corsicana, died in the Navarro clinic Monday afternoon of injuries suffered Friday in a truck collision on Highway 31, 3.9 miles west of Corsicana.

This is the sixth traffic fatality in Navarro county for 1966.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. E. M. Pimental, pastor of the Bethel Presbyterian church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Alfredo Pena, Corsicana; six grandchildren and other relatives.

Herrera's pick-up truck was involved in a collision with a 1961 International semi-truck loaded with steel. It was driven by Herbert Glen McAdams of McGregor who was not injured. The steel truck overturned and damage was estimated at $8,000. The Dodge pick-up was demolished.


Ernest Frank Moore
May 29, 1905 - Apr 29, 1966

Hold Services Ernest F. Moore

Funeral services for Ernest
Frank Moore, 60, auto salesman, who died in the VA Hospital at Lisbon Friday afternoon following an extended illness, were held from the First Methodist church, of which he was a member, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Dickson of the Highland Park Methodist, assisted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Moore served in the 363rd Special Engineers in Iraan in World War II. He was a Mason, Knights Templar and Shriner. He was a counselor of the Senior Young People of the First Methodist church for years, was a past president of the Business Men's Sunday School class and a member of the official board. He was connected with the Stewart Motor Company for years.

He was reared in Waco and was married to Sara Kathleen Feazel in Kilgore, June 5, 1935.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, W. P. Feazel, two grandchildren, Martin and Danny Feazel, all of Longview; mother, Mrs. Mattie E. Moore, Kilgore; two brothers, Bert Moore, Longview, and Ralph Moore, Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Oma McKinney and Mrs. Faye Collins, both of Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Doyle Collins, F. C. Stewart, Will Hashop, R. B. Jones, W. E. Parker, F. B. Davis, Johnny Sirman and Duren Norris. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Business Men's Sunday School class and employes of the Stewart Motor Company.

Corley directed.


Jack Womack Jackson
Mar 1, 1898 - May 11, 1966

Jack Jackson Rites Friday

Jack Jackson, 68, salesman, formerly of Corsicana, died in Houston Wednesday.

Graveside services were held at Oakwood cemetery here Friday at 3 p.m.

Jackson was a veteran of World Wars I and II, serving as a lieutenant-colonel in the U. S. Air Force in World War II.

Surviving are a son, Sam Jackson, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Tom Warren, Ware; a brother, Robert Jackson, Orange; two sisters, Mrs. N. B. Forrest, Mexia, and Mrs. Jim Casparis, Austin, and other relatives.

Riddle Funeral Home of Mexia directed.


Eva Marbie (Medaris) Boyles
Sep 1, 1898 - Jul 24, 1966

Mrs. Eva Boyles Services Held Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Boyles, 67, of Wichita Falls, who died Sunday morning in Memorial hospital, were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. David Hale, pastor of the Roane Baptist church.

Mrs. Boyles became ill while visiting a sister, Mrs. Dave Wylie, at Roane.

She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. George C. Baker, Wichita Falls; a granddaughter, Carolyn Ann Baker, Wichita Falls, two sisters, Mrs. Wylie, Roane, and Mrs. R. J. Graves, Dallas; three nieces, two nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were David N. Wylie, Glen Redden, Fred Presley, C. E. Graves, Perry Bass and Jake Lawhon.


Harold Hardgrave
Apr 7, 1911 - May 23, 1972

H. Hardgrave

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Harold Hardgrave, 61, of 1415 W. Park Ave. who died Tuesday nigh at Memorial Hospital. Interment will be at Oakwood cemetery.

He was born in Navarro County and was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. L. F. Hardgrave of Corsicana; three brothers, N. H. Hardgrave of Corsicana; H. L. Hardgrave of Corsicana; Fred Hardgrave of Houston; five sisters, Mrs. David Harval of Dallas; Mrs. C. F. Droughton of Pensacola, Fla.; Mrs. John Gipson of Whitesboro; Mrs. W. R. Bonner of Athens; Mrs. John Mayfield of Austin and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be W. D. Bennett, Wilson Warner, Merle Sheppard, James J. Teague, R. E. Jones and Jack Goff.


William Leonard McCorkle
May 10, 1894 - Feb 15, 1966

W. L. McCorkle Dies Tuesday, Rites Thursday

W. L. McCorkle, 71, retired auto mechanic, 709 West Fourth avenue, died Thursday in the Lisbon VA hospital at Dallas.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Steve Massie, pastor of the First Christian church, of which he was a member, and Rev. Donald Ralford, Dallas.

McCorkle was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a brother, Alton McCorkle, Groves; two sisters, Mrs. Odie Warren, Groves, and Mrs. Allie Dunn, Port Neches; an aunt, Mrs. J. D. Caldwell, Hases, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Phillips, Basil Coe, C. O. Currington, Hugh Cummins, T. S. Fulton, Albert Fullerton, and Johnny Noble.


Margaret Mahala "Maggie" Dacus, Miss
Aug 25, 1882 - Feb 23, 1966

Miss Dacus Dies On Wednesday

Miss Maggie Dacus, 73, native of Harrison, Ark., died Wednesday night at the Hilliard-Bryan Home, 308 West Seventh Avenue.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Nichols Baptist minister.

Surviving are five brothers, R. H. Dacus, Snyder; A. L. Dacus, Cleburne; A. C. Dacus, White Deer, C. A. Dacus, Hermleigh, and P. R. Dacus, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be C. A. Dacus, Lawton Dacus, Kenneth Dacus, Eugene Dacus and Gene Plumly.


Mary Agnes (Bressie) Highnote
Feb 4, 1892 - Mar 11, 1966

Sunday Rites Mrs. Highnote

Funeral services for Mrs. Agness Highnote, native of Corsicana, who died in Houston Friday afternoon, will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Pearce, Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Harwell and Mrs. Willie Allen, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Etheline Roxburgh, Houston, and Mrs. Olivia Allen, Big Spring; two brothers, Jack Bressie, Navarro and Wesley Bressie, Corsicana; two grandchildren, Ben Thomas and Mary Jean Waldron, both of Houston, and other relatives.

The family arrived in Corsicana Saturday and the body will lie in state at the Corley Chapel Saturday night.

Pallbearers will be nephews.


Ida Augusta "Gussie" (McGlohen) Williams
May. 19, 1898 - Mar. 7, 1966

Williams Rites Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Williams, a former teacher in this area, who died in Midland Sunday, were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Ellis Funeral Chapel in Midland.

Graveside rites will be held at Oakwood cemetery here Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the rites conducted by L. W. Mayo, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are a son, James M. Williams, Midland; three sisters, Mrs. C. J. Collins, San Antonio; Mrs. N. O. Scott, Houston, and Mrs. A. M. Kelly, Corpus Christi, and other relatives.

Corley directs local arrangements.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Mar 8, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o James Monroe "Monk" Williams married Oct 15, 1921; d/o Jessie Marion McGlohen & Elizabeth Elvira (Hargrove) McGlohen

Alice Effie (Reid) Way-Goolsbee
May 26, 1886 - Mar 7, 1966

Mrs. Goolsbee Expires Monday

Mrs. Effie Goolsbee, 78, native of Navarro County, 1204 North Beaton street, died Monday afternoon in Memorial hospital.

Funeral services will be held from the Northside Baptist church Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be will be conducted by Rev. George Heath, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband, A. N. Goolsbee, Corsicana; a son, V. B. Ray, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. H. M. Glass, Midland; Mrs. Mildred Robertson, Corsicana, and Mrs. Vera Brooks, Orange; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three brothers, A. C. Reid and R. S. Reid, both of Corsicana, and T. T. Reid, Smithfield; two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Holland, Whitesboro, and Mrs. Wallace Brown, Emhouse, and a number of other relatives.

Anyone wishing to give a memorial in memory of Mrs. A. N. Goolsbee may do so by giveing to the Mission Offering of the Northside Baptist church.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Mar. 8, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Edgar Magee Way buried in Pattison cemetery 2nd husband Aaron Newton Goolsbee; d/o Thomas Thornton Reid and Clementine T. (Cox) Reid buried in Zions Rest cemetery

Clemuel Eugene Tanner 
Oct 22, 1874 - May 31, 1966

C. E. Tanner, 91, Dies Tuesday, Rites Thursday

DAWSON (Spl) - C. E. Tanner, 91, native of Mississippi, retired farmer, died in Memorial hospital in Corsicana Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church, of which he was a member, with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Mohundro, pastor, assisted by Rev. Roy Davis, Methodist minister.

Surviving are two sons, O. R. Tanner, Waco, and Leonard J. Tanner, Dawson; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Eubanks will direct.


Stella Berry, Miss
Sep 2, 1883 - May 14, 1966

Monday Rites For Miss Berry, Former Teacher

Miss Stella Berry, 82, retired teacher, native of Navarro county, died in the Flow Memorial Hospital in Denton Saturday night.

Funeral services were held Monday at 20 a.m. from the First Methodist church in Denton with burial in the Dawson cemetery beside her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Berry, affectionately known as "Uncle Mose and Aunt Maud." She was a descendant of the late James G. Berry who came to Navarro Mills in 1861 from Alabama.

Miss Berry was a graduate of the second class of Dawson High School and a graduate of San Marcos State Teachers College, now Southwest Texas State Teachers. She received a degree in science from Oklahoma University at Norman, Okla., and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She taught for 40 years in Oklahoma and Texas schools before retiring 12 years ago. She called Dawson home until 20 years ago when she moved to Denton following the death of her parents.

She had been a member of the Methodist church since childhood.

Surviving are a brother, Winfred Berry, Austin; five sisters, Mrs. T. B. McCarter, Canyon; Mrs. J. M. Acord, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Miss Maurice Berry, Manitou, Colo.; Mrs. Balfour H. Clark, Corsicana, and Mrs. E. C. Brodie, Denton, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., May 16, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • She was a graduate of the second class to graduate in Dawson.
  • d/o Moses Lafford Berry & Maude Margaret Jane (Houston) Berry

Mattie Blanch (Carmack) Bills
Aug 15, 1888 - Apr 26, 1966

Mrs. Bills Of Dawson Dies

DAWSON (Spl) - Mrs. Mattie Carmack Bills, 77, native of Navarro County, died Sunday in the Cleburne Memorial hospital. She was the widow of the late J. A. (Pete) Bills, long time Spring Hill blacksmith. Mrs. Bills had resided here for many years.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Dawson Methodist church with burial in the Dawson cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Sam Mohundro, pastor.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Inmon Slater, Dawson, Mrs. J. R. Womack, Andrews, and Mrs. Jimmy Floyd, Grandview; two sons, James Hulen Bills, Shreveport, La., and Ralph Carmack Bills, Wichita, Kan.; seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Radney French, Navarro Mills, and Mrs. Susie Prater, Kilgore, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Tekell, Cleon Whitener, Edgar Davis, Elvin Slater, Herman Matthews and Alton Toten.

Eubanks directed.


Lillian (Cottrell) Warren-Brown
Abt 1899 - Jul 7, 1966

Mrs. Brown, 67, Dies Thursday

Mrs. Lillian Brown, 67, native of Navarro county died in her home at Dawson Thursday.

Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the Church of God in Christ at Dawson, of which she was a member, with Elder W. N. Taylor, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in the Dawson cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, H. J. Brown, Dawson, and James Brown, Midland; a daughter, Mrs. La Ruth Turner, San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, Robert Cottrell, Sr., Dawson; two sisters, Mrs. Earlie Mae Walton, Rockdale, and Mrs. Willie Duckins, Los Angeles, Calif.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Cottrell, Freddie Charles Cole, Freddie Kimbrough, Olin John Williams, Larry Shaw and Roy Lee Hall.

Calhoun directs.


Ida Kate (Lawler) Baker
May 15, 1901 - Jun 21, 1966

Mrs. Dan Baker Dies Tuesday

DAWSON (Spl) - Mrs. Ida Kate Baker, 62, died Tuesday in a Waco hospital.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church here with interment in the Dawson cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Worley and Rev. Stephen L. Love, pastor.

Surviving are her husband, Dan Baker, Dawson; four daughters, Mrs. Lena Graham, Dallas; Mrs. Marylu Baker, Lewisville; Mrs. Ruby Clark, Irving, and Mrs. Shelby Crabb, Dawson; two sons, Bill Baker, Carthage, and Dan Allen Baker, Rangely, Colo.; one child is deceased; nine grandchildren, a brother, Tommy Lawler, Corsicana, and other relatives.


Alice (Perkins) Baker
Aug 15, 1937 - Aug 22, 2021

Alice (Perkins) Baker, 84, of Ferris, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021 in a Dallas hospital. Private graveside services will be Wednesday, August 25 at Dawson Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her mother, Minnie (Mayo) Perkins.

Alice was born August 15, 1937 in Dawson to J.B. and Minnie (Mayo) Perkins. She was raised in Dawson and was a graduate of Dawson High School. Alice lived most of her life in the Metroplex including Dallas, Hutchins and Ferris. She had worked for an insurance company in downtown Dallas before working for the Wilmer-Hutchins ISD for over 20 years before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Baker of Ferris; two sons, Jeff Baker and wife, Donley of Ennis and Darrell Baker and wife, Lacey of Dallas; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several siblings and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members.


Alice Perkins - 1958 Dawson Bulldog

Olieff Burger Harlan
Feb 23, 1891 - Jul 30, 1966

O. B. Harlan Rites Sunday

Funeral services for O. B. (Rip) Harlan, 75, retired well pumper, who was found dead in bed at Ann�s Rooming House, 305 West Seventh avenue Saturday morning, were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. T. Davis, Baptist minister, and Rev. B. W. Johnson, Pentecostal Church of God pastor. Burial was in the Eureka cemetery.

Harlan was a native of Navarro county and a World War I veteran.

Howe French, justice of the peace, conducted an investigation with City Police Officer Ted Warren, and returned a coroner's verdict of "death from natural causes."

Surviving are three brothers, Sam and John Harlan, both of Corsicana, and W. F. Harlan, San Angelo; a sister, Mrs. Callie Byrd, Electra, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were John Palos, Nickey Long, R. O. Hammock, Richard Green, Clyde Anglin and R. O. Huggins.


Gayle Stanley Albritton
Dec 15, 1918 - Jan 16, 2011

Gayle Stanley Albritton passed away on January 16, 2011, at the age of 92 in Katy, Texas.Gayle was born at Kerens, Texas on December 15, 1918, to Minor Reed Albritton and Beatrice Eurena Westbrook.

He had four brothers (William, Kelly, Reed and Posey) who all preceded him in death.

Gayle Albritton proudly served as a sergeant with the 36th "Texas" Division in the US Army during WWII, earning a bronze star for valor. He loved to tell old war stories about walking across North Africa and Europe. He was also called to serve in Korea at the mature age of 35.

Upon his return from Europe, he married Lucille Walker in 1945 and had three sons: Keith, Paul (d. 1993) and David.

After living in Minden, LA, the Albrittons moved to Waxahachie then to Lewisville, TX in 1956. Lucille passed away in 1966 after 21 years of marriage.

Gayle then married Estelle Bacon in 1967, adding her three sons to the family: Jack, Jeff and Jerry Suggs. Estelle passed away in 2005 after 38 years of marriage.

He owned and operated the Western Auto store located on Main Street in downtown Lewisville, TX from 1956 to 1977.

After retiring, he relocated to Highland Village, Granite Shoals, Waco, Sanger and Katy, all in Texas. His favorite pastime in retirement was traveling in his Winnebago around the Southwest, eating at Cracker Barrel and visiting friends and family.

Survivors include two sons, 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. on January 29, 2011, at Old Hall Cemetery in Flower Mound, Texas.


Garland Reed Albritton
Oct 15, 1925 - Dec 22, 2008

Garland Reed Albritton died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in Graham at the age of 83. A celebration of Reeds life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at First United Methodist Church in Graham with the Rev. Dave Treat, chaplain of Graham Regional Hospice, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Reed was born in Powell on Oct. 15, 1925, to Minor Reed Albritton and Beatrice Westbrook Albritton and was raised in Kerens.

Reed was proud and honored to have served his country as a U.S. Marine and was assigned to the 6th Division, 15th Battalion during the entire attack on Okinawa. Following the war, Reed married Rosanne Foster on July 25, 1947, in Bryan. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1951 with a degree in petroleum engineering. Reed began his engineering career in Midland, where he formed partnerships with Hugh Meyer and Bob Dean, later becoming Remuda Oil and Gas. He lived in Midland for 27 years, Sonora for 17 years and then retired to Sunrise Beach in 1988. Reed and Rosanne moved to Graham in 2006 to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Reed was totally devoted to his family and friends. He adored his granddaughters. They were the light of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minor and Beatrice Albritton; and three brothers, William, Kelly and Posey Albritton.

He leaves many friends and family to carry on his memory including his wife of 62 years, Rosanne; one daughter, Dana Albritton; one son, Brint Albritton and wife Julie, all of Graham; his twin granddaughters, Kelley Albritton of Fort Worth, and Shannon Albritton of Austin; one brother, Gayle Albritton of Waco; several nieces and nephews; and his granddog, Gus.

For those who wish to honor Reed with a memorial, please consider the Graham Regional Home Health or the Graham Regional Hospice, 523 Elm Street, Graham, Texas 76450 or the charity of ones choice.


Dora (Triplett) Allen
1859 - Sep 14, 1892

Mrs. Dora Triplett Allen, wife of Mr. Joseph C. Allen, died at Corsicana on the fourteenth of last month. Mrs. Allen lived in this city a few years ago and had many friends here.


  • Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Travis Co., TX

Heloise (Smith) Williams
Jul 1, 1931 - Jun 8, 1966

Mrs. Williams Rites Sunday

Mrs. Heloise Williams, 35, of 2614 Northwest Thirtieth street, Fort Worth, was pronounced dead on arrival at John Peter Smith Hospital in that city recently.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from Petersburg Baptist church at Kerens. Rev. L. J. Johnson, pastor of Morning Star Baptist church of Corsicana, will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Round Prairie cemetery.

She is survived by one son, J. T. Williams, Jr., Corsicana; three daughters, Marie Williams, Barbara Ann Chambers and Marilyon R. Chambers, all of Fort Worth; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thelma Smith, Corsicana; grandparents, Raymond Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ingram, all of Corsicana; six sisters, five brothers, and other relatives.

Calhoun directs.


Eli Grant
Apr 2, 1897 - Jan 15, 1966

Tuesday Rites For Eli Grant

Eli Grant, 76, native of Rural Shade, died Saturday at Memorial hospital.

Services will be held Tuesday from the Petersburg Baptist church, Kerens at 2 p.m. with Rev. Edward Haynie of Corsicana officiating.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Essie Grant, Corsicana; a son and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be selected from the Bethsadia Masonic Lodge NO. 168 of Kerens.

Calhoun will direct.


Jimmy E. Padgett, Sr.
Aug 20, 1896 - May 19, 1966

Jimmy Padgett Rites Sunday

Jimmy E. Padgett, 69, native of Round Prairie, died Thursday in Memorial hospital. He was a farmer and landowner.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. from Petersburg Baptist church, Kerens, with Elder J. D. Rossum, pastor of the Church of the Living God, conducting the rites. Interment will be in the Round Prairie cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jannie Padgett, Kerens; six daughters, four sons, 4 brothers, a sister, 19 grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. T. Edmond, Elbert Johnson, B. S. Sneed, Eugene Bradford, Vernett Hicks and J. B. Ward.

Calhoun directs.


Jannie Helen (Bell) Padgett
Jun 6, 1900 - Jan 10, 1975

Mrs. Jannie Padgitt

Services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Petersburg Baptist Church in the Round Prairie community for Mrs. Jannie H. Padgitt, 74, who died Friday at the Medical Arts Hospital in Big Spring. Calhoun Funeral Home is in charge of service arrangements. Rev. James Harding of Houston will officiate, with burial in Round Prairie Cemetery.

She was formerly a resident of Round Prairie. Her husband Jimmie E. Padgitt, Sr., preceded her in death.

Survivors include four sons, Jimmie E. Padgitt, Jr. of Houston; Enillor Padgitt of Houston, George Padgitt of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lloyd Padgitt of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; six daughters, Mrs. Ruby Padgitt Johnson of Houston, Mrs. Melba Manning of Houston, Mrs. Ardis Taylor of Midland, Mrs. Ila Warren of Big Spring, Mrs. Peggy Kelly of L. A., Calif., and Mrs. Erma Metcalf of Greenville, S. C.: 21 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Roberta (Davis) Bryant
Aug 14, 1907 - Jul 6, 1966

Mrs. Bryant Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Roberta Bryant, 58, Round Prairie community, who died at her home Wednesday, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Petersburg Baptist church at Round Prairie. Elder J. D. Rossum, Tyler, will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Round Prairie Cemetery.

Mrs. Bryant was a long-time resident of Round Prairie and assisted her husband in operating a grocery store.

Surviving are her husband, George Bryant; a son, William Howard Bryant, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Tucker, Los Angeles; four brothers, four sisters, a granddaughter and other relatives.

Calhoun directs.


Ruby Fay (Bryant) Morton
abt 1917 - Apr 2, 1966

Sunday Rites For Mrs. Morton

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Fay Bryant Morton, 49, who died Saturday, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Hall Baptist church at Winkler. Rev. Henry Blair, Jr., of Corsicana conducted the rites. Burial was in the Pleasant Hall cemetery at Winkler.

Surviving are two daughters, a sister, five brothers and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Euen Bluitt, Richard Bluitt, Poesy Anderson, J. H. Green, J. P. Packer and Felton Washington.

Calhoun directed.


Morris Henry Bryant
Mar 31, 1930 - Apr 25, 1976

Morris Bryant

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Hall Baptist Church in Winkler for Morris Henry Bryant, 53, who died Monday in Lubbock.

Bryant was born in Freestone County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Bryant and joined the Center Grove Baptist Church at Winkler at an early age.

The Rev. L. L. Sheffield will officiate with burial following at the Pleasant Hall Cemetery. Calhoun Funeral Home will direct the services.

Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Bryant of Clinton, Okla., Caroline Ann Bryant and Ada Bryant both of Rusk; four brothers, Columbus Bryant of Shamrock, Willie Bryant of Wichita Falls and Oather Bryant and Alvin Bryant, both of Wortham; one sister, Mrs. Katy Lee Betts of Wortham, five grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives.


Anna Celesta (Butler) Nokes
Sep 4, 1918 - Mar 3, 1966

Monday Rites For Mrs. Nokes

Funeral services for Mrs. James C. Nokes, 47, killed in a train-auto collision at Corbet Thursday morning will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Mrs. Nikes was the first highway traffic fatality in 1966 in Navarro County. Her car figured in a collision with a Cotton Belt System freight train.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bobby Crow, pastor of the community Baptist church with burial in Resthaven Memorial park.

Surviving are her husband, Corbet; three sons, James N. Nokes, Formosa; Richard Lee Nokes, Mineral Wells, and Phillip A. Nokes, Corbet; three grandchildren, mother, Mrs. W. C. Butler, Corsicana; three brothers, Edward Butler, Corsicana; Thomas W. and Weldon C. Butler, both of Fort Worth; five sisters, Mrs. Hazel Dawson, San Antonio; Mrs. Sudie Benfield, Lufkin; Mrs. Willie Lee Raley, Smithfield; Mrs. Bessie Pittman Corsicana, and Miss Martha Lou Butler, France.


John B. "Johnny" Butler
Oct. 9, 1900 - Apr. 6, 1966

Hold Services John B. Butler

Funeral services were held Friday at 10:30 a. m. at the Corley Chapel for John B. Butler, 65, Drane farmer, who was found dead near his tractor Wednesday night from an apparent heart attack.

Burial was in Resthaven Memorial park, Rev. Robert Potts, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducted the services.

Surviving are his wife of Drane, a son, Donald Butler, Barry; a granddaughter, Donna Lasslier Butler, Drane, a brother, E. C. Butler, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Serving as pallbearers were Claude Crowley, Elmo Freeman, George Nokes, Wayne Elrod, Rufus Nutt and Jake Cook.


Homer Preston Price
Jan 16, 1916 - May 11, 1976

Homer Price

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Homer P. Price, 60, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at his residence.

The Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate, and burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Navarro County and member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. H. P. Price of Corsicana; two sons, Alvin Wayne Price of Haviland, Kans. And Jimmy Ray Price of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Erlene DeChaume of Corsicana, seven grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Nellie Bray of Irving; six brothers, Ernest Price of Whitney, Jake Price of Cleburne, Elvin Price of Ontario, Calif., Marlin Price of Mexico, Garvin Price of Weatherford and D. N. Price of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Billy DeChaume, Bill Reynolds, Johnny Follis, Otis Bridges, Victor Hickey and Price Pate.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., May 12, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Ida Lou (Bridges) Price; s/o Marvin Newton Price and Mamie Ella (Hearte) Price (death certificate says Marvin Newton Price-Find a grave says Melford Newton Price)

Lila (Rhynes) Glenn
Nov 10, 1909 - Oct 3, 1971

Mrs. Glenn

Services for Mrs. Lila Glenn are set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Silent Grove Baptist Church in Cheneyboro.

Rev. J. J. Johnson of the Roane Chapel Baptist Church in Corsicana is to officiate.

A native of Navarro County, Mrs. Glenn died Oct. 3 in Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho.

Survivors include her husband, Allie Glenn, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Moore of Dallas and Mrs. Ollie Miles of Calvert; and many nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.


Linnie Ella (Parker) Hardin-Garner
Jan 12, 1907 - Mar 30, 1971

Garner Rites Set Friday

Mrs. Linnie Ella Garner, 64, 1104 W. 7th Ave., died unexpectedly Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital. She had moved here from Houston about a year ago.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Mildred Eastman, Church of God minister, will officiate. Nephews will be pallbearers.

She is survived by her husband, Hubert W. Garner, Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Crowder, Corsicana; three sons, James and Jeff D. Hardin, both of Corsicana, and Howard Hardin, Leavenworth, Kan.; three brothers, Jeff and Aubrey Parker, both of Houston and Willie H. Parker, Jacinto City; three sisters, Mrs. Jackie Edge, Pasadena, Texas, and Mrs. Mrs. Lois Hensley and Mrs. Clois Love, both of Houston; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.


John Martinez
Sep 14, 1886 - Oct 17, 1971

John Martinez

Graveside services for John Martinez, who died Sunday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital, were held Monday morning at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, with the Rev. August J. Merkel, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, officiating and Griffin Funeral Service directing.

Born Sept. 14, 1886 in San Antonio, Martinez had lived in the Corsicana area for approximately 30 years. No survivors are listed.


Hallie (Stewart) Bradford
May 31,1900 - Jan 16, 1966

Mrs. Bradford Dies Sunday

Mrs. Hallie Bradford, 68, native of Kerens, died in Memorial hospital Sunday.

Services will be held Wednesday from the Samaria Baptist church at Kerens with interment in the Samaria cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Lester Bradford, Kerens; five sons, Percy Bradford, Corsicana; Bruce Bradford, Ft. Worth; Lester Eugene Bradford and Floyd Bradford, both of Dallas, and Andrew Bradford, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Royce Bradford, Kerens; four brothers, 11 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Joe King, George Herring, Richard Perkins, Delma Colbert, George Younger and Roy Glenn.

Calhoun will direct.


Loren Enoch Albritton
Apr 11, 1901 - May 6, 1966

L. E. Albritton Rites Sunday

KERENS (Spl) - L. E. (Lobe) Albritton, 65, native of Bazette, died of a heart attack at his home in Bazette Friday afternoon. He was a farmer, rancher and construction worker.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Bazette Baptist church of which he was a member. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Cireill, pastor. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Bazette; a son, Dwain Albritton, Athens; three daughters, Miss Lydia Sue Albritton, Bazette; Mrs. Betty Munn, Tyler, and Mrs. Lola Holleman, Grand Isle, La.; nine grandchildren, five sisters, Mrs. Rob Tramel, Kerens; Mrs. Kate Stewart, Midland; Mrs. Anne Kirk, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Ama McCurrin, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Ethel Albritton, San Benito, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Paschal directs.


Marion Roy Albritton
Jul 25, 1900 - Feb 20, 1966

Hold Services Roy Albritton

Funeral services for Roy Albritton, 65, native of Navarro county, 514 West avenue, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving is a nephew, Robert Horn, of Kerens.

Pallbearers were Willie Ficklin, Bill Andrews, Lloyd Kirk, Bud Jones, Paul B. Walker and Frank Erwin.


Clara Ellen (Price) Stringer-Maguire
Jun. 1, 1889 - Sep. 22, 1966

Mrs. Maguire Dies Thursday, Rites Saturday

KERENS (Spl) - Mrs. Clara E. Maguire, 77, former Bazette resident, 1213 Fairmont, Corsicana, died in Corsicana Memorial hospital Thursday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Bazette Baptist church with burial in Prairie Point cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Charles Pringle, pastor of the First Baptist church here.

Mrs. Maguire spent most of her life in Bazette, moving to Corsicana four years ago.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. H. W. Crook, Kerens; Mrs. E. C. Glasgow, Bazette, and Mrs. H. C. Smithen, Jr., Corsicana; a brother, two sisters, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Paschal directs.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Sep 23, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Elbert David Stringer, Sr. married May 12, 1907 2nd unknown Maguire; d/o John Tillery Price & Elizabeth Frances (McWilliams) Price

Ed Welch
Jan 18, 1896 - May 09, 1966

Welch Services Set Wednesday

Ed Welch, 204 North Hall street, died Monday at the Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. He was a native of the Babylon community near Dawson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Bethlehem Baptist church with the pastor, Rev. R. L. Jones, officiating. Burial will be in Younger cemetery with Masonic rites at the graveside.

He is survived by nephews and nieces, including Mr. and Mrs. Louis D. Cunningham, Corsicana; Miss Mary Younger and Willie Clark, Ennis; and Monree Younger of Oklahoma.

Calhoun will direct.


Paul Rhoe
Aug 26, 1879 - Dec 7, 1969

Funeral services for Paul Rhoe will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Silent Grove Baptist Church in Cheneyboro.

The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Henry Blair Jr. with interment in Silent Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mollie Rhoe; one son, John D. Rhoe; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ira Bredford, T. C. Moore, Edward Rhoe, James Hughes, Booker T. Rhoe, Jr. and Wesley Blair.


Alton Wayne Burns
Dec 12, 1936 - Sep 11, 1966

Rites Tuesday For A. L. Burns

Funeral services for Alton Wayne Burns, 29, who died in Mexia Sunday were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Richland cemetery. The rites were conducted by Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Burns, Corsicana; a brother, Ernest Eugene Burns, Dallas; sister, Miss Joyce Burns, Denton, and other relatives.


Hubert Crutchfield
Jan 31, 1913 - Jul 17, 1966

H. Crutchfield Dies Sunday, Rites Tuesday

Hubert Crutchfield, 53, operator of a Precinct 3 Navarro county road maintainer, of Richland, was found dead on arrival at the Wortham hospital Sunday afternoon following a heart attack at his home.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the First Methodist church in Richland with burial in the Richland cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Mohundro, pastor of the church, and Rev. Johnie Johnson, Saginaw, former pastor of the Richland church.

He was a native of Macon Ga., but had spent most of his life in Richland.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; a son, James R. Crutchfield, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Slovacek, Dallas, and Mrs. Jerry Tapp, Waxahachie; five grandchildren, three brothers, J. R. and E. L. Crutchfield, both of Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Roy Brown, Mrs. Pauline Livingston and Mrs. J. O. Libhart, all of Wortham; Mrs. James Rickard, Mexia, and Mrs. Gene Moffett, Grand Prairie, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.


George Walter Brown
Nov 15, 1944 - Apr 9, 1966

Train Victim's Services Held

Funeral services were held at the Corley Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m. for George Walter Brown, 21, of Richland who was killed Saturday morning in a train-pick-up collision at a street crossing in Richland.

Conducting services were Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the First Pentecostal Church of Corsicana and Rev. Keith Barry, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Frost. Burial was in the Richland cemetery.

Brown is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brown of Richland; four brothers, Richard Brown of Corsicana, Billy F. Brown of Dallas and James D. and David Brown, both of Richland.

Brown's death was the fourth traffic fatality in Navarro county for 1966.

Mrs. E. S. Allen, justice of the peace at Richland returned a coroner's verdict of accidental death following an investigation. A Southern Pacific Lines freight train was involved in the mishap.

Bill Bradley, state highway patrolman, and Lloyd Chambliss, Deputy sheriff, conducted the investigation.


Kenneth Ray White
Feb 9, 1946 - Dec 20, 1969

Rites Monday For K. R. White

Kenneth Ray White, 23, native Corsicanan, died Saturday in Dallas where he had lived the past four years.

Funeral services were held Monday (today) at 1:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery.

He was a member of the Northwood Baptist Church in Dallas, and saw Army service in Korea in 1963-64.

He is survived by his father, Minton Holloway, Jr., Dallas; his mother, Mrs. Louise Hoffmann, Campbellsport, Wis.; a son, Lester White, Dallas; his grandparents, Minton Holloway, Sr. of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Virgie Widener, James Widener, Johnny Widener, E. L. Reaves, Billy Dan Reaves and Earl Chapin.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun -Mon., Dec 22, 1969
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Minton William Holloway, Jr. buried in Richland cemetery, Richland, Tx. & Bertha Louise (Chaney) Holloway-Hoffman
  • (his birth record says Kenneth Ray Holloway s/o Minton W. Holloway and Bertha Louise (Chaney) Holloway-Hoffmann - I don�t know where the White came in )

Samuel Allen "Casey/Sam" Anderson
Feb 17, 1906 - Nov 2, 1969

Corbet Native Dies Sunday

Sam (Casey) Anderson, 63, died Sunday in a Galveston hospital. He was an oil field worker and had lived in Sweeney since 1942. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carroll Lewallen officiating. Burial will be in the Marshall cemetery at Corbet with nephews as pallbearers.

He is surved by his wife of Sweeney; one son, Wesley Anderson, Sweeney; three grandchildren; two brothers, J. O. Anderson, Pursley, and L. B. Anderson, Kilgore; four sisters, Mrs. Max Ganze. PUrsley; Mrs. J. O. Brannon and Mrs. G. C. Deavers, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Evelyn Thomas, Gladewater; and several nieces and nephews.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun., Nov. 2, 1969
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Ethel (Henson) Anderson married Feb. 9, 1937; s/o Alexander Wood Anderson & Harriet Elender "Ella" (Weeks) Anderson


Anderson Rites

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel for Sam (Casey Anderson, 63, former resident who died Sunday in Galveston. The Rev. Carroll Lewallen officiated. Burial was in the Marshall cemetery at Corbet where he was born.

A resident of Sweeney for the past 27 years, he is survived by his wife, one son, three grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters, and several nieces and nephews.


William O'Brien "Bill" McAfee
Jul 23, 1928 - Jul 14, 2023

Bill passed away in College Station, Texas, on July 14, 2023, nine days before his 95th birthday. He was born in Corsicana, Texas, to Ruby Jewell Alexander and Gerald L. McAfee on July 23, 1928, at the beginning of the "Great Depression". In his 10th year of high school, he dropped out to help support his mother and siblings. (He obtained his GED later in life.)
Around 1949, while doing work at the Waco Boys Club, Mr. Ross Sams, Sr., recognizing Bill's eye for design and detail, offered him a job at L. L. Sams & Sons Church Furniture Company as a junior draftsman. He advanced to be the head of the drafting and design department. After twenty-five years of designing church interiors, he transferred to the sales department, soon becoming the assistant sales manager. He retired in 1994 from the company, after forty-six years. This experience enabled him to draw up house and remodeling plans for his own homes, as well as for others.
Bill proudly announced the "luckiest day" of his life was December 23, 1961, when he met "the love of my life" - Barbara Parsons of Marlin, Texas, at the Westview Bowling Lanes. They were married on September 18, 1965, in the First Methodist Church of Dickinson, Texas.
After several business ventures in Waco, the couple made their home living in either Waco or Bryan, finally settling in Bryan until his passing.
He was a member of Waco No. 92 Masonic Lodge, 32 Degree Scottish Rite Masons and a Shriner.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara, family, sweet Bea Bea, and many friends.
Special thanks is given to Mz Faye and her "angels" who cared for Bill during his final days and supported Barbara during this time.
Interment will be in the Aggie Field of Honor, College Station, Texas, at a later date.

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Curtis Don Jones
Oct 13, 1949 - Aug 27, 2023

Curtis Don Jones, 73, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Baylor Scott and White Hospital - Waxahachie. Don was born on October 13, 1949, to Curtis and Ina Jones in Corsicana, Texas.
Don met the love of his life, Lucy Bundy, while in college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Don and Lucy were married for 46 years and raised two sons, Curt and Stan. Don graduated with his B.S. in Biology from Trinity University in 1973. He worked as a pharmaceutical salesman for over 20 years.
Don was very outgoing and never met a stranger. In his free time, he loved to read, watch sports, chase his grandkids around, cookout, and be with family/friends. Some of his greatest memories included his childhood in Corsicana, playing college football, marrying the love of his life and raising his children and grandchildren.
Don loved his family most of all. He was proud to be a Jones and very seldom was a story told without Don mentioning his parents, Curtis or Ina. Some of his greatest times were holidays and birthdays spent with his family. The many family traditions were something he always took pride in.
Don enjoyed golfing and attending almost any sporting event; especially those his sons or grandchildren were participating in. Don was an athlete and he enjoyed sharing this passion with his family. There wasn't a chance he wouldn't take to go outside and throw the ball around. He was competitive and loved to play games with his loved ones.
Don was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend. His wit and humor will be missed by all. Don loved to laugh and make those around him do the same. He was a confidant to many and wouldn't hesitate to sit down and talk to you about life.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Ina, brother-in-law, Steve Erwin, sister-in-law, Margaret Dempsey, brother-in-law, Stan Bundy.
Don is survived by his wife, Lucy, son Curt, son Stan (Brandy), sister Cindi Horton (Bill), brother Jeff Jones (Mandi), brother-in-law Dicky Bundy (Merri), grandchildren Addie, Brooke and Harrison Jones, along with numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Baylor Scott and White - Waxahachie and the many family and friends for all the support and prayers.
Celebration of Life for Don Jones will be Friday, September 1 at 1:30pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with cousin, Cody Jenkins, officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Badie Stewart, Sonny Yates, Jerry Libal, Dick Henson, Steve York and Mark Pratt. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck McCrory, Randy McCrory, Scott McCrory, John Zipko, and Jeff Jenkins. Memorials or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Barbara Ann (Maupin) Williams
Nov 4, 1938 - Aug 19, 1923

Barbara Ann Williams passed away from this life on Saturday August 19, 2023, at Legacy West Nursing Home in Corsicana, Texas. She can be described as nothing short of a loving soul, and was very loved by family and friends. Barbara was born on November 4, 1938, in Gorman Texas to Harry and Nioma Maupin. Barbara married the love of her life, James Neal Williams on July 20, 1956, in Midland Texas. They were married sixty-three years and had three children. Michael, Renee, and Tony Williams. Along with raising her granddaughter, Amanda Williams-Jackson. Barbara worked at the Maywood Manor Kerens Nursing Home and the Powell State Bank. Barbara was also a loving mother and housewife. The grandkids all grew up calling her "Grandmother" and "Grand" and she was adored by all her family and friends. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Kerens Texas for fifty-five years.
Barbara Williams is survived by eldest son, James Michael Williams and wife Aina, daughter Renee Hair & husband Tracy, youngest son Tony Williams & wife Sylvia, granddaughter Amanda Jackson & her husband Andrew, Timothy and Jerret Hair, Jason, Michael, Lyndsey Williams, and Sara Williams, great grandchildren: Lane and Baylee Luker; Emery Miller, Autum and Henrik. Preceded in death by parents Harry and Nioma Maupin and brother Harry LaDoyt Maupin. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great great-grandmother. She will be missed dearly by all her loved ones.


Jesse Lee Graham
d. Aug 19, 2023

Jesse Lee Graham, age 77, Corsicana, Texas went to be with the Lord on August, 29, 2023.
Jesse grew up in Houston, Texas, where he attended Smiley Highschool. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Becky Elaine Sanders on June 18, 1965, to whom he remained devoted to for more than 58 years.
In the mid-1980s, Jesse was relocated by his employer, Hughes Tools, to Corsicana where he built a life alongside Becky. In their younger years, Jesse and Becky enjoyed collecting muscle cars and motorcycles, road trips, and visits back home to see family in Houston where he attended the annual classic car show. In his later years, he was a committed member of Church in the Park where he served as a member of the Missions Committee.
While Jesse struggled with health issues from a young age, he celebrated many good years. When he was able, he loved taking his dog Tweety for walks, riding his motorcycle, and meeting his friends for regular breakfast dates. He also thoroughly enjoyed venturing out with his pilot cousin, Charlie. They often took flight to neighboring towns for meals and long conversations.
Jesse is survived by his loving wife Becky, his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Belinda Davis, cousins Donna Faye, Jeffrey, Charlie, and many nieces and nephews, and life long friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leora Cole and Marvin Cole, and his brother, James David.
Our family is grateful to know that Jesse is finally at peace and reunited with those who went home before him. There will be a visitation held at Griffin-Roughton on September 4th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, all are welcome.


Linda Marie Gray
Jan 26, 1947 - Aug 14, 2023

Linda Marie Gray, 76, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023 in Corsicana, Texas. Linda was born on January 26, 1947 to J.D. and Sarah Ione (Keener) Gray in Ennis, Texas. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1965. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Woman's University.

A talented artist, quilter, and crafter, Linda owned and operated the Needle Art Shop until 1987. Linda then spent many years as a social worker in retirement homes and eventually got into the field of nursing home administration. Linda's heart was always with the people in the nursing home and came back to social work as the Volunteer Coordinator for New Century Hospice in Corsicana. Linda knew just how to make the residents and volunteers feel special and poured her love into personal handmade items for them. She enjoyed quilting, needlework, and keeping up with her many family members.

She is survived by two brothers: Jerry E. Gray and wife Judy of College Station, TX and Samuel R. Gray and wife Helen of Abiquiu, NM, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and one sister: Wesley J. Gray, William C. Gray, Charles T. Gray, Robert L. Gray, Jefferson D. Gray, Jr., and Sallie N. Hutton.


Billy Reed Shelton
Apr 14, 1925 - Aug 30, 2023

Billy Reed Shelton passed away peacefully on August 30, 2023, having been surrounded by family. He was born April 14, 1925 in Kerens, Texas. He was the younger of two sons born to Henry Lester Shelton and Lizzie May Reed Shelton. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1942 and served in Italy with the US Army in WWII. Upon his return to Texas, he enrolled in the first class at Navarro Junior College, where he was a member of the Barracks Bunch, helped select the school colors and mascot, and joined several of his high school classmates on the first Navarro Bulldog football team. He married Estelle Lee from Streetman and Corsicana on July 8, 1950 in Powell. They were married for 66 years at the time of her death in 2017. Bill and Estelle made their home and raised their family in Kerens. He was a flight instructor, rancher, postal carrier and Kerens Postmaster over the years. He worked hard and joyfully for his family and community.
He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Shelton Sargent and Mike Land; his son, Lee Alan Shelton; two grandsons, Trey Sargent and his wife, Couri, and Hunter Reed Sargent and his fianc�e Emma Huff; one granddaughter, Sarah Griesemer and her husband, Chris; and six great-grandchildren, Avery Rene' and Owen Reed Griesemer, Addie Mae and Amelia Rose Sargent, and Dorwin IV and Ellie Reed Sargent. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his brother, Jimmie Lester Shelton, Sr.
Pallbearers are Trey Sargent, Hunter Sargent, Chris Griesemer, Jimmie Shelton, Jr., David Wilson, Jr., Carl Lee, Jr., Benny Cherry, and Ron Wilson.

"And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things shall pass away." Revelations 21:4
Visitation will be 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, September 1, 2023 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Celebration of life will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Jane Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Trey Sargent, Hunter Sargent, Chris Griesmer, Jimmie Shelton Jr., David Wilson Jr., Carl Lee Jr., Benny Cherry. Honorary pallbearer will be Ron Wilson.


Katherine Ann (Jordan) Sherrard
Mar 18, 1944 - Jan 5, 2024

Katherine Ann Sherrard , 79, passed away peacefully to Heaven on the morning of January 5, 2024 after a brief illness.

Kathey was born in Corsicana, Texas on March 18, 1944 to C.V. "Jiggs" and Dorothy (Windham) Jordan. She grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School.

On November 12, 1963 she married Bill Sherrard and they were blessed to have recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

She last worked for Liberty Mutual for several years, then she worked along with her husband as they drove for various local dealerships for several years.

She was a Christian all her life, and has been a member of Northside Baptist Church, where she was involved in many various church activities over the years. In her 30 years of teaching in the children�s department she touched many lives.

She and her husband were blessed with two children and provided them a loving Christian home. She was a dedicated mother and has also enjoyed so much being an active grandmother and great grandmother. She treasured the time with them always.

She loved children of all ages and even as an aunt would bring her nieces and nephews into her home for visits and fun weekends which always included a trip to Woolworths for a new toy.

Her hobbies over the years included camping, shopping, reading but most of all she treasured and enjoyed family reunions, holiday gatherings and just being surrounded by all of her family.

Her caring and thoughtful heart was felt by so many and you could always count on her for anything. She was the one who came to every happy occasion in your life and the one you cried with for those times you needed a shoulder.

She was the hostess of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings and the one who always knew your birthday and anniversary. She was the family planner and made sure everyone stayed connected. Her sweet and thoughtful character will be dearly missed, as well as her unique and happy laugh. Kathey leaves a legacy of kindness and honesty that will be felt for generations to come.

She is survived by her loving husband Bill Sherrard, daughter Wendy Farmer and husband Terry of Kerens, and son Jerry Sherrard and Erin of Portland OR.

Grandchildren Jordan Richards and fianc� Sarah of Frost: Kaylee Rose and Jarrett Brown of Corsicana.

Great Granddaughters Alivia and Emry Brown of Corsicana.

Brother Clitis Jordan Jr and his wife Greta of Corsicana, Brother in law Darrell Capehart of Corsicana.

Treasuring her memory are many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews from Corsicana, Ennis, Waxahachie, Grapevine, Magnolia, Montgomery, China Springs, and Killeen.

She was preceded in death by, and now enjoying a glorious reunion with her parents C.V. �Jiggs� and Dorothy Jordan, one brother Billy Jordan and two sisters Brenda Patak Null, and Darla Capehart.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregiver Cara for her loving care to Kathey in her last weeks.

Visitation will be held at Northside Baptist Church on Friday, January 12, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11 :00 AM; Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM with Rev. Daniel Harper officiating. Private interment will be at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana.

Memorials made to any children's charity of your choice, she would be pleased.

Submitted by family.



We are sad to announce that on January 5, 2024, at the age of 79, Katherine Ann Sherrard (Corsicana, Texas) passed away. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

She was predeceased by : her parents, C. V. "Jiggs" Jordan and Dorothy Jordan (Windham); and her siblings, Billy Jordan, Brenda Patak Null and Darla Capehart.

She is survived by : her husband Bill Sherrard; and her children, Wendy Farmer (Terry) of Kerens and Jerry Sherrard (Erin).

Memorials made to any children's charity of your choice, she would be pleased.


Katherine Ann Sherrard, 79, was born on March 18, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas and passed away on January 5, 2024. She attended Corsicana High School. Katherine worked for Liberty Mutual. In order to honor her memory, donations can be made to any children's charity of your choice.

Joseph David Darby
Aug 11, 1956 - Sep 24, 2023

Joseph David Darby, 67, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023 at home with his loved ones by his side. Joe was born on August 11, 1956 to Angelene and the late Tom Darby in Corsicana, Tx. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1974 and then enlisted in the US Army in 1975. Joe served a total of 6 years with 3 of those years being active duty. He completed his service as an E-4 Specialist. In 1979, Joe was employed by Mobil Oil which later became Exxon-Mobil in 1999. He retired in 2018 after 39 years. Joe married his wife, Donna, on April 26, 1980. They had three children: KJ, Danika & Brooke. Joe and Donna have been married for 43 years. Joe wore many titles: husband, dad, grandaddy, brother, son, friend, health food specialist, and his most well-known title with his son, coach. He loved coaching KJ when he was younger, and his favorite sport was baseball. When he wasn't working, he loved to play golf and fish. Joe worked hard for his family to provide every opportunity he could. He lived a life dedicated to making sure his children and grandchildren were always taken care of. They were the light of his life, and his legacy will be deeply felt for many years to come.
Joe is preceded in death by his father, Tom Darby, his nephew Jacob Darby, his mother-in-law Sandra Lewis, and father-in-law Kenneth Lewis. He is survived by his wife Donna Darby, son KJ and wife Kristen Darby, Danika Griggs and fianc� David Daniels, and Brooke Darby. His six grandchildren; Liv Darby, Kennie Darby, Andi Griggs, Darby Griggs, Grady Griggs, and Austin Green. Joe also absolutely adored his two-dachshund weenie dogs; Henry and Izzy. Siblings; Sister, Janene Mueller, and brothers Tommy and Andy Darby.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 10:00am at the Kerens Cemetery in Kerens, Tx to honor our dad's incredible life.



Billie Joanne (Bassham) Formby
Sep 18, 1937 - Sep 9, 2023

Joanne Formby, 85, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2023.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Corley Funeral Home in The Magnolia Chapel Graveside services will be Thursday, 11:00 am in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.
Joanne was born on September 18, 1937, in Corsicana, Texas to Holton and Iva Bassham. She met and married her late husband, Edward Formby, at Northside Baptist church on September 22, 1955. She was very active in the church, serving on several committees.
After her children were out of elementary school, Joanne decided to go back to school herself and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in accounting to become a Certified Public Accountant. She owned and operated her own business, Joanne Formby, CPA, for several years. She also taught accounting at Navarro College.
Joanne enjoyed spending her time on the farm serving as Edward's Ranch hand for thirty years, reading and playing "42".
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Kevin Andrew Formby; brother; David Bassham and sisters, Betty Holloway and Janelle Glass.
Joanne is survived by her daughter, Donna Good and husband, Mark of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sons, Jim Formby and wife, Carol of Hurst, Texas and Tim Formby and wife, Kim of London, England; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


Marsha Ann (Weems) Grippe
Jan 28, 1940 - Sep 28, 2023

Marsha Ann (Weems) Grippe, 83, went home to be with the Lord on September 28, 2023, after a long battle with cancer and arthritis. She was born on January 28, 1940, to Marshall and Anita Weems in Corsicana, Texas.
After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1958 she married Jerry Cox and had four children in Dallas.
In 1991, she married Jim Grippe. During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling and lived in various states until his death in 2005, after which she moved back to Texas, settling in Waxahachie to be close to her family.
She was a member of Farley Street/Pathway Baptist Church and enjoyed various activities with the Seniors and reconnecting with her precious childhood friend, Betty Weatherford.
Her survivors include her son, Randy Cox; son Andy Cox and wife Autumn; daughter Debbie Southard and husband Gil; brother and sister-in-law Chuck and Patsy Weems; and also, by her grandchildren, Brittany and Bond Lohden, Dana and Ross Reamy, Jason Cox and Caleb Cox; two great grandsons, Jameson and Bodhi Lohden, along with nieces and nephews.
Marsha is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her oldest son Bobby Cox; parents Marshall and Anita Weems; sisters Nancy Weems and Janis Posey.
Visitation will be 12:00 pm -1:00 pm Friday, October 6, 2023, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Friday, October 6, 2023, at Grifin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Richard Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Cox, Caleb Cox, Bond Lohden, Ross Reamy, Roger DeMoss, Cody Molock. Honorary pallbearers will be Brittany Lohden and Dana Reamy.


Ricky Lynn Thomas
Sep 13, 1951 - Sep 9, 2023

Ricky Lynn Thomas passed from this life on Saturday, September 9, 2023, four days prior to his 72nd birthday. He was born on September 13, 1951, in Corsicana to C.E. and Mildred Curry Thomas. He graduated in 1970 from Dawson High School and worked in Agriculture all his life. Ricky owned and operated Ricky Thomas Custom Farming serving people in Navarro and surrounding counties doing what he loved. He was an avid card player enjoying time with friends telling stories.
He is preceded in death by his parents C.E. and Mildred Thomas. Ricky is survived by his daughter Crystal who was the light of his life and meant the world to her. Brother Kipp Thomas and his wife Robbie. Nephews Zack Thomas, Zeb Thomas and Zane Thomas. A number of extended family members and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Wednesday morning, September 13, 2023, at 10:00am with Butch Boatwright officiating. Pallbearers will be Wade Braly, Kenneth Brooks, Sherman Putman, Scott Jennings, Lee Thomas, Johnny Crawford, AL Vitters, Freddy Thomas and Dickie Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Zack Thomas, Zeb Thomas and Zane Thomas.
Memorials can be made to the Younger Cemetery Association at C/O Nancy Phillips PO Box 330 Purdon, Texas 76679.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Billy Blake Sykes
Feb 26, 1966 - Sep 3, 2023

Billy Blake Sykes was born in Dallas, TX on February 26, 1966, and passed away in Chatfield, TX on September 3, 2023. Growing up in Dallas, Billy cultivated his love for playing soccer, German Shepherds, and dirt track racing. He also enjoyed weekends in the country in Chatfield, where his grandparents lived. He and his parents moved to Chatfield in 1980 and he attended Blooming Grove High School where he was active in football, basketball, tennis, and FFA. After high school, he attended Navarro College and the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, he began a career with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Corsicana. During this time, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Mathison Sykes. In 1993, he took a promotion and they moved to Gainesville, Georgia where they spent almost 15 years. While there, they made great friends, enjoyed water skiing, and hung out with neighbors on the lake each weekend. During this time, his dad passed away and his mom moved out to be with them. Billy and Nancy welcomed their son, Blake while there and they enjoyed spending their Saturdays at the soccer field. In 2007, his department closed, and they decided to move back home to Chatfield, Texas. He began following Navarro College sports again, thanks to his dear friend, Kevin Stephens, and was at most football, basketball, and soccer games. He became a band parent after his son learned to play the trumpet. He was very proud of him and was at most every game and concert performed by him. Billy could always be found outside fishing, hunting, or mowing. He began mowing yards for people in the community and almost everyone in Chatfield knew and loved him. They recognized his blue truck with his German Shepherd in the back and his John Deere lawn mower that he rode around the community. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Ballard and Martha Ruth Sands Sykes; brother, Randy Sykes; his Aunt Fabris "Punkin" Bryant, Uncle Kenneth "Kenny" Bryant, Cousin Jeff Bryant, and his German Shepherds, Charlie, KJ, Duke, Bennett and Zena. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Mathison Sykes, son Blake Brandon Sykes, German Shepherd Bovy, Grand dog Ruger, Sister Becky Lynn Sykes, Cousin Kenneth & Jacqueline Sands and Sandi, Cousin Debbie & Steve Foster and kids, McDowell Family cousins, Sister and Brother-in-laws Sharon & Gary Watkins, Debra & Paul Goyne, Tim & Tiffany Mathison, and countless more family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 6th from 6-8 PM and services will be on Thursday, September 7th at 10 AM. Both held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. A graveside service will follow at the New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield, TX. Pallbearers will be Phillip "PJ" Foster, Scott McDowell, David Harwell, Paul Bailey, Danny Pike Brandon Loper.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Valarie (Romer) Anderson
Apr 4, 1959 - Sep 21, 2023

We are sad to announce the passing of Valarie (Romer) Anderson of Kerens, Texas. She left us on September 21, 2023 at the age of 64.
She is preceded in death by her parents Carl Romer and Shirley Romer Bertram, stepfather George Bertram and grandson Braylon Anderson Carter.
She is survived by her children Staci (Chance) Massey, Shirley (Adrian Carter) Anderson and Jake (Jareka) Anderson. Grandchildren Ava and Easton Massey; Isaiah, Kace and Heisman Carter; Audrey Anderson and Harlyn Faulk. Sisters Deborah Kunder and Patricia Stepek of Pennsylvania.
Valarie was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Always there and willing to help others in any way she was able. She had many accomplishments throughout her life, including graduating 7th in her class at Monaca High School (Monaca, PA) which resulted in being a member of the National Honor Society. Later in life she decided to continue her education in the nursing field by obtaining her LVN degree from Navarro College while raising a family and working for her community at Kerens ISD. She was very passionate with her nursing abilities as she brought much love and comfort to all of the residents under her care at Heritage Oaks (Corsicana, TX). She loved her children and grandchildren and lived for them. An amazing woman that will be dearly missed by anyone fortunate enough to know her.
To honor Valarie's memory, we are holding a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at the Kerens Church of Christ with Mr. Jimmy Glenn officiating. We invite anyone who knew and loved her to attend and remember her wonderful life.


Dorothy Fay (Morris) Hodge
Aug 15, 1929 - Sep 28, 2023

Dorothy Fay Morris Hodge, loving wife, mother and devoted child of God, went to be with her Lord on September 28, 2023, at the age of 94. She and her husband James Edgar Hodge were residents of Corsicana, Texas. She was born Dorothy Fay Morris to Albert Christopher Morris and Flossie Anton Purcell Morris on August 15, 1929, in Dallas, Texas
Dorothy graduated from Midlothian High School as valedictorian of her class. After high school she attended North Texas State College where she met James. They were married in Midlothian, Texas on June 17, 1948. In 1960 they moved with their daughters to Athens, Georgia where James completed his education. She and James returned to Texas and settled in Denton for a short time, finally settling the family in San Angelo where they raised their daughters and remained until retirement. During this time, she worked as a school secretary.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Hodge, sisters Ruth Darr and Marie Sledge and grandson Ryan Cook. She is survived by her daughters Patti Cook (Mark) and Gina Harrell (Craig), granddaughter Cara Miller (Jarad), grandsons James Harrell (Sarah), Wade Harrell (Jade), Craig Harrell Jr., as well as brother Albert C. Morris Jr. (Billie) and sister Joyce Bills. Dorothy has six great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
Dorothy loved and nurtured her family and took great interest in each person. She loved God and faithfully taught the Bible to her Sunday School Classes over the years. She shared her love for music by singing in the church choir, most recently at First Baptist Church in Corsicana where she and James attended. She loved beauty and flowers and served as president of the Better Gardens Club in Corsicana from 2000-2002. She was also a member of the Kinsloe House.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be a celebration of her life 10:00am Thursday, October 5th at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.


Gene Alan Tyner
Sep 13, 1938 - Sep 2, 2023

M/Sgt Gene A. Tyner, of Corsicana, passed away September 2, 2023, just shy of his 85 birthday. He was born on September 13, 1938 to S. Gene and Edith Chaney Tyner in Corsicana. He graduated from Mildred High School in 1956 and married his high school sweetheart, Bettie Ratliff on July 20th that same year. During his high school years he joined the Texas National Guard with many of his buddies. In June 1957, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Command Air Traffic Controller his entire military career.
After 24 years, M/Sgt Tyner retired on January 1, 1978, and returned to Oklahoma to complete his degree program in business at Western Oklahoma State University.
Gene and Bettie celebrated their proudest moments on the birth of three boys. Gary Alan made his appearance at Roswell AFB, New Mexico in 1958, in 1961 joining his big brother at the AFB in Altus Oklahoma was Randy David, and missing his baby born in Corsicana (1964) while in Carswell AFB, was Jeffrey Wayne.
Gene was later employed at VF for seventeen years. Serving in many capacities.
He loved volunteering at the Corsicana Food Pantry and visiting with the many friends he gained during the many years he spent his Thursdays there.
Gene is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bettie Tyner. Sons Gary (Maki), Randy (Robin), and Jeffrey (Susan) Tyner. Grandchildren Brandi (Bobby) Lynn, Ryan (Haley) Tyner, Shea (Dennis) Woods, Amy (James) Bah, and Megan Leath. His great grandchildren were the light and spirit of his life. Lane, Laytyn, and Kannon Tyner, Cassidy, Cadance, and Cayden Lynn, Mason Woods, Bennett and Sofia Bah, and Cameron and Caiden Leath. Numerous nieces and nephews all so very loved.
In his later years in life he was unable to attend his beloved church. He was a member of Grace Community Church and his heart was always filled with the love of Pastor Steve, Pastor Jess, and his church family that he held so dearly.
Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Spending time with his family was his greatest blessing.
There will be a Celebration of his life on Saturday, October 7,2023 at Grace Community Church on Beaton St. in Corsicana, Tx beginning at 11am.


Elizabeth Mae (Higgs) Smith
Oct 15, 1960 - Oct 10, 2023

Elizabeth Mae Smith, 62 of Corsicana passed away on October 10, 2023. She was born October 15, 1960, in Nashville, TN to Ira Lee Higgs and Alla Farmer Higgs. She loved to garden, paint, country music and cats and other animals.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Shelia Smith, Arlene Higgs and Pam Higgs; brothers, Larry Higgs, Jackie Higgs, Marvin Higgs and Donnie Higgs. She is survived by daughter, Misty Adair; grandchildren, Shallaw Nelson and Cody Nelson; great grandchildren, Brantley Smith, Willow Beamon, Neaveh Nelson, Dakota Nelson and Houston Ray Nelson; siblings, Dwight Higgs and Danny Higgs along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 7pm Friday, October 20th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Kenneth John "Buddy" Pritchett
Dec 13, 1933 - Sep 6, 2023

Kenneth John "Buddy" Pritchett, a cherished husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born on December 13, 1933, in Navarro County, Texas to Kennard Pritchett and Viola Goodin Pritchett. Buddy lived a full and meaningful life, and his legacy will continue to inspire those who knew and loved him.
Buddy served his country with honor and bravery in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was assigned to the 6th Army, 2nd division, 71st division, and 4th division, and spent 6 years in the reserves. His dedication to his country was a reflection of his strong character and resilience. After his military service, he embarked on a long and successful career in the oilfield-gas production, from which he retired after many years. His work ethic and determination were an inspiration to his friends and family alike.
In his free time, Buddy found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He loved working on his land and caring for his beloved cows. A skilled outdoorsman, Buddy enjoyed fishing and hunting, providing food for his family with his own hands. He was a simple man, whose greatest happiness was found in the love and companionship of his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kennard and Viola Pritchett, his sister Janet Parker, an infant brother, and brother Harold Pritchett.
Buddy was a loving family man. His devotion to his wife of 70 years, Myrtle Watson Pritchett, was a testament to his unwavering love and commitment. His children, Jetonne Douglas and husband Jeff, John Pritchett and wife Rita, and Jere Pritchett and special friend Patty Starr, nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. His sisters, Rosa Lee Coley, Joann Warren, and Nancy Berry, along with his sister-in-law, Patricia Pritchett, held a special place in his heart. He was a beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, and his extended family members will remember him fondly.
A graveside service to honor the life of Buddy Pritchett is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning, on Friday, the 8th day of September 2023 at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka, Texas. Pastor Bill Manney will be officiating the service.
Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from nine o'clock until ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 8th day of September 2023 at Rhone Funeral Home in the Parlor.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Tony Villalobos, Brad Dennis, Jeff Douglas, Kyle Pritchett, Kenny Berry, Wayne Willingham, and Tim Gilbert.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials in memory of Buddy Pritchett can be directed towards The Lord's Acre Eureka Methodist Church, c/o Susan Wisdom, Treasurer, 1305 FM 2859, Corsicana, Texas 75109.
Funeral services for Kenneth John Pritchett are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas. Please visit his online memorial tribute at, where fond memories and words of comfort and condolence may be shared electronically with his family.


Matthew Leonard Jenkins
Jan 26, 1973 - Oct 3, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, Matthew Leonard Jenkins, who left us on October 3rd, 2023. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and an exceptional member of the Mildred community.
Matthew was born on January 26th, 1973, in Corsicana, Texas, Matthew was the 2nd child of Martin and Marsylene Jenkins. He graduated from Mildred High School in 1991 and went on to pursue his passion in multiskilled maintenance and welding fabrication. He spent 30 years working with his hands and was respected for his hard work, dedication, and expertise. Matt made many friends in his work of metal fabrication and repair.
Matthew met and married the love of his life, Jeanna Jenkins. Matthew was dedicated to his family and cherished every moment spent with his loved ones.
Matthew had a love for the outdoors, hunting, and working a small herd of cattle. Matthew was known for his sarcastic humor, his kind heart, and his willingness to help others. You never got away from Matt without a hug.
He is survived by his wife Jeanna Jenkins, his children, Justin Jenkins and Mason Thompson and his parents, Martin and Maryslene Jenkins. He was preceded in death by his brother Marty Jenkins.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, at 10:00 am at Griffin- Roughton in Corsicana TX. Matthew will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, my love, your battle is over.


Clyde Earl Smith
Feb 17, 1934 - Oct 23, 2023

Clyde Earl Smith, lifetime resident of Corsicana, Texas, and well-known air conditioning/heating service man for 60 years in the community, went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born on February 17, 1934, in Corsicana to Carl and Bessie Smith. He attended schools in Corsicana, Rice and Corbet. He met a cute carhop named Helen Andrews at a local drive-in. Let's just say that he ate a lot of hamburgers during that time. They married on December 29, 1954, and celebrated 56 years together. Clyde accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church. In later years, he was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.
Clyde was a hard-working man, who provided well for his family. He fondly loved talking about the many jobs that he had such as working on the farm picking cotton, pumping gas, filling ice cream containers at the local creamery, operating a forklift at the brick yard, delivering wholesale groceries in surrounding towns and delivering Sunbeam bread. He will probably best be remembered as "the heating and air conditioner man." He worked at several air conditioning businesses before starting his own business. He was always busy and especially enjoyed helping widowed ladies at a discounted price.
Clyde is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen; sisters Maggie (Curtis) Gilmore , Judy (DL) Pierce, Wanza (Frank) Jones; brother LC (Dorothy); parents -in-law Ernest & Martha Ella Andrews; brothers-in-law Charles & Gerald Andrews, dear friend Barbara Johnson. He is survived by sons Rick (Bonnie) and Ron (Melinda); brother Quincy; grandchildren Nicole, Preston, Lauren (Greg), Kyle (Katy) and Jay (Bailey); great grandchildren Kooper, Isabelle, Lily and soon to be born Norah Grace; sister-in-law Ozell (Bobby) Freeman. He is also survived by numerous close nieces and nephews in Texas, Ohio & Missouri.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 11:00am Monday, October 30th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Pallbearers are grandsons Preston, Kyle, Jay and Greg.
The family would like to thank Epic Nursing and Rehab and Hand in Hand Hospice for their compassionate care.


Nancy Gail (Howell) Holland
Sep 20, 1949 - Oct 4, 2023

On October 4, 2023, Nancy Gail Howell Holland ascended into Heaven where she will reunite with her mother, Faye, her father, L.B., and other family members. After years of battling a form of dementia, Nancy is now in the loving hands of God. She leaves behind her son, Brad, his wife, Tracy and their daughters, Amanda and Lizzy. She also leaves behind her brother, Gary, his wife Ann, and niece Melissa, who have helped care for her the past 7 years.
Nancy was a beautiful, cultivated, creative, sweet, and kind Christian lady. She was born on September 20, 1949. She, Larry, and Gary spent their early years on a farm in the Rural Shade community of Navarro County. Later, the family moved to Kerens where she finished high school. She attended UT Arlington and ultimately received her BBA from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey.
There are many stories related to dementia, but Nancy's story must rank as one of the most extreme. She lived in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Tom's River, New Jersey, Valencia, California and Southlake, Texas. Nancy designed and built an incredible home in Southlake but, after moving there, the effects of dementia began to take its toll. Ultimately, Nancy moved back to where she felt safe--Kerens. At that time, it became clear she needed help. So began the long journey of this terrible disease that robs its victims of all the creativity and beauty they once knew. Even with dementia, Nancy still had a sense of humor. As she became more challenged, she was asked where she wanted to be laid to rest. Without missing a beat, she emphatically stated, "Prairie Point cemetery-even if you have to dig somebody up!". That is where she will be laid to rest�alongside her mother, father, brother, niece, and nephew.
So many have helped us through these difficult years. Special thanks to the staff at Oak Hills Terrace. We will be eternally grateful to Stella for the wonderful care she showed Nancy---so uplifting and considerate. We are forever indebted to Kim and Jackie, with Solaris Hospice. They have been so encouraging and thoughtful during this long journey.
There will be visitation on Saturday October 7 from 1-2 PM followed by a short service at Pascal Funeral Home in Kerens. A graveside service at Prairie Point Cemetery will follow.
We will meet again sweet sister
In a brighter clime than this
Where the anguish of this world
Is lost in heavenly bliss.


John Robert Smith
Nov 16, 1941 - Sep 14, 2023

John Robert Smith, 81, passed away on September 14, 2023, at his home in Lampasas, Texas. He was born on November 16, 1941, in Corsicana, Texas to William Hamon Smith and Margaret Alice (Edwards) Smith.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Lampasas on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11:00 AM. A private burial was held at Pattison Cemetery, Emhouse, Texas.
John grew up in Corsicana, Texas as one of seven children. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1960. After high school he attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1964 (Whoop!). Following graduation, John began work for General Dynamics through 1966. In 1966, he went to work for NASA for 33 years and retired in 1999. During his time at NASA, John completed U.S. Naval SCUBA Diving School in order to train astronauts to be sent into space. He managed the building that housed the Space Shuttle & Space Station Training Facilities and Water Immersion Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He also designed the Rocket-Cleaning Room for NASA at White Sands, New Mexico. During his time at NASA, he met several dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip while they were on a state visit.
John married his high school sweetheart Judy O'Neal in 1963 in their hometown of Corsicana, Texas. They just celebrated 60 years of marriage this past August 18, 2023. Upon retirement from NASA in 1999, John and Judy left the Gulf Coast and hurricanes for the drier climes of Lampasas, Texas. They have been active members at First Baptist Church Lampasas and School Creek Baptist Church. John was a member of Texas A&M Alumni Association, the USGA and the Singing Men of Texas - North Central Chapter. He loved singing praise to His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and served as interim Music Minister at various churches in Texas and New Mexico. John served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and on various building and personnel committees at several Baptist churches. John thoroughly enjoyed playing golf, dominoes and traveling to research his family roots. An avid reader, he was fascinated with history of the Old West and was a member of the National Outlaw & Lawman Association and the Wild West History Association.
Whether it was employment, service or recreation, John considered everything the Lord entrusted him to do or people to meet as a gift and privilege in this earthly life.
John was preceded in death by both parents, Bill and Margaret Smith, brothers, Charles Arthur, William Frederick and Joseph Ewing and sister, Louise Smith Bunch.
John is survived by his spouse Judy of Lampasas, Texas; his son, Christopher John (Margaret) Smith of Forest, Virginia; his daughter, Molly O'Neal (John) Johnson of Copperas Cove, Texas; his sisters, Margaret (Bill) Robinson of Sunrise Beach, Texas, and Jane (John) Dale of Brenham, Texas, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Texas Baptist Men, Inc., 5351 Catron Dr., Dallas, TX, 75227-9806 or The Singing Men of Texas - North Central Chapter at


Johnny Clifford Morris
Nov 24, 1909 - Feb 1, 1966

J. C. Morris Services Held

Funeral services for J. C. Morris, 56, welder, who died of a heart attack Tuesday in Orange, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by L. W. Mayo, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, C. R., B. E. and Rex Morris, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Clayton Meador, Tyler; a brother, C. J. Morris, Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. Lela Morris, Corsicana; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Adams, Rex Williams, A. E. Adams, Doug Adams, L. B. Adams and Paul Rash.


Clifford Odell "Buddy" Farish
Feb 22, 1911 - May 4, 1966

Buddy Farish Rites Friday

Funeral services for C. O. (Buddy) Farish, 55, of 3503 Maryland, Dallas, who died in Parkland hospital Thursday were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites were conducted by L. W. Mayo, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; a son, Gary Don Farish, U. S. Army, Fort Polk, La.; two daughters, Mrs. David Farrell, Dallas, and Mrs. Jean Jolley, Houston; seven grandchildren, mother, Mrs. G. T. Phelps, Corsicana; a brother, James Phelps, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Imogene Curry and Mrs. Mary York, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Roy Grimmett, Barry; Mrs. Emma Lee Womack, Clovis, N. M., and Mrs. Maudine Shelton, Farmers Branch, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., May 6, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Sue Odessa (Gillen) Farish-Campbell married Dec. 20, 1930 2nd wife Robbie Nell (Adams) Farish married Jan. 2, 1937; s/o Hazelwood Buckner "Wood" Farish buried in Cryer Creek cemetery and Lura Mae (Brownlee) Farish-Phelps

Gerome Kirby Mayfield
Feb 28, 1896 - Jun 25, 1966

G. K. Mayfield

G. K. Mayfield, 70, North Forty-Second street, retired used car salesman, died Friday night. He was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, John H. Mayfield, Austin, and Bill F. Mayfield, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Featherston, Ennis; seven grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. W. F. Burns, Enid, Okla.; a brother, W. M. Mayfield, Murchison, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. S. Nunn, Ennis Baptist minister.


Carolyn Ann "Carol" (Bison) Sharples-Murray
Aug 13, 1948 - Aug 10, 2019

Carol Murray, age 70, of Palestine, passed away peacefully on Saturday, the 10th day of August, 2019, at her home. She was born on the 13th day of August, 1948, in Corsicana, Texas, to Carriel Bison and Cloverta Templeton Bison.

Mrs. Murray was a very generous person that would help anyone in need. Her life revolved around her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed taking trips to the beach and when it came to gardening, she definitely had a green thumb.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Jeremy Sharples and sister, Ruby Brock.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her husband of 39 years, John Murray; daughter, Tracy Calhoun of Palestine; sons, Tom Sharples and wife Susan, and Michael Sharples, all of Palestine; sister, Ruth Baker of Corsicana; grandchildren, Langford Sharples, Jack Sharples, Lily Calhoun and Serenity Sky Murray. She is also survived by three nieces and their families.

A private celebration of Mrs. Murray's life will be held in the Rhone Memorial Chapel, with Ben Rhone officiating.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Mrs. Murray's honor can be directed towards Hope Station, 919 Magnolia Street, Palestine, Texas 75801.

Funeral and cremation services for Carol Murray are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas.


  • Rhone Funeral Home, Palestine, TX
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Navarro Co., TX
  • 1st husband Thomas William Sharples, Sr. 2nd John Murray; d/o Carriel Bison and Cloverta "Nancy" (Templeton-Price-Bison-Whatley

Helen Hauty Bell (Lane) Wallace-Beger
Aug 30, 1900 - Sep 16, 1974

Mrs. Berger

Funeral services are pending at Griffin Funeral Home for Mrs. Hauty H. Berger, 77, of 73 B. Northwest Apts., who died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Burial will be at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Roma Lee Murray of Dawson; four sons, Harvey Wallace of West Memphis, Ark., Dorman Wallace of Bryan, Exel Wallace and Dwaylon Wallace, both of Irving; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Eda Dunn of Wortham, Hettie Tanner of Corsicana, Johnnie McLamore of Abilene, and Alma Compton of Purdon; and a brother, Jessie Lane of Gulf Port, Miss.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Sep 16, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Rufus Jefferson Wallace 2nd husband Arthur Beger; d/o John Franklin Lane & Manda Alice (Burleson) Lane


Mrs. Hauty H. Beger

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Hauty H. Beger, 74, resident of 73 B. Northwest Apts., who died early Monday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. B. W. Johnson and Rev. David Williams will officiate, with burial to be at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was a native of Navarro County.

Survivers include a daughter, four sons, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four sisters, and a brother.

Pallbearers include Dean Anderson, Frank Dunn, Bobby Compton, Dubb Tanner, Elmer Tanner, Jr., Bobby Lane, J. C. Dunn, and Ray Tanner.


Roy Walter Williams
Dec 16, 1924 - Mar 13, 1966

Hold Services for Roy Williams, 41, of 1216 Summitt, who died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday, were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Pentecostal Church of God, 817 South Fifteenth street, with burial in the
Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor, assisted by Mrs. Ray Cornellius of Waxahachie.

A native of Kerens, Williams was a slasher at the Corsicana Cotton Mills.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Christine and Jenine Williams, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Williams, four brothers, Johnnie, David, Bobby and Richard Williams, two sisters, Mrs. Martha Patterson and Mrs. Margaret Sikes, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bueford Ragan, Charles Shoemaker, Curtis Henthorn, Rev. H. L. Hanna, O. O. Miles and Horace Collins.

Corley directed.


Roger Q. Mills McCaslin
Apr 14, 1894 - Jan 15, 1966

Kerens Farmer Rites Monday

Mills McCaslin, 71, retired Kerens farmer, native of Cryer Creek, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the
Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Fore, Baptist minister, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church of Kerens.

He was a member of the Powell Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Emmett McCaslin, Kerens; three grandchildren; a brother, Pat McCaslin, Tyler; four sisters, Mrs. Kate Dillard, Plainview; Mrs. Willie Eckleman, Mrs. Vrina Owens and Mrs. Levies Petty, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jude Perry, Ralph Sawyer, Onis Cook, Marshall McCaslin, Artie McCaslin, Freddie Rash, Virgil Wheat and Charles Watkins.


Monnie Belle (Christian) Austin
Nov 9, 1889 - Feb 26, 1966

Monday Rites For Mrs. Austin

Mrs. Monnie Belle Austin, 76, native of Tennessee, Retreat, died in Memorial hospital Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the
Hamilton Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. William Hitt, Daingerfield, and Rev. Bill Nichols, Baptist minister.

Mrs. Austin was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, B. B. Austin, Retreat; a son, V. L. Austin, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Nichols, Retreat; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Stella Green, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Hubbard, Calvin Hubbard, Collin Green, Corbin Green, Bill Christian and Rufus Christian.


Bate Bond Austin
Mar 14, 1889 - Jan 2, 1971

Austin Rites

Funeral services for B. B. Austin, 81, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital, were to be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel, with Dr. W. H. Hitt and the Rev. Gary Howeth officiating. Burial was to be in
Hamilton Cemetery.

A retired employe of the Texas Highway Department, he had resided in Corsicana since 1945.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. B. B. Austin of Corsicana; two sons, V. L. Austin and Loyd Averitt of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Harold Nichols of Mount Pleasant and Mrs. Elaine Libal and Mrs. J. B. Redden of Corsicana; two granddaughters, Mrs. Delores Hurley and Miss Joyce Nichols of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Littie Daniels of Fairfield and Mrs. Roxie Bills of San Antonio; and three brothers, Lake and Jesse Austin of Waco and Cecil Austin of Beaumont.

Nephews were pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Jan. 4, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Monnie Belle (Christian) Austin 2nd wife Mary Cordelia (Adamson) Averitt-Austin; s/o Andrew Jackson Austin & Mollie (Erwin) Austin

Bill Watson Long, Sr.
Sep 7, 1903 - Mar 6, 1966

B. W. Long, Sr. Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Bill Watson Long, Sr., 62, oil field worker, who died Sunday in Memorial, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the
Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church, and Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Hollis Levine, Andrews; two sons, Bill W. Long, Jr., El Paso, and T-Sgt Charley Ray Long, Novato, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Odell Hammock, H. N. Donaho, Jessie Praytor, Walter Stephenson, Victor Freeze, Bobby Clay, Dill Richardson, James Long.


Edwin Jackson "Ed" Holsomback
Aug 27, 1906 - Feb 25, 1966

Ed Holsomback Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Ed Holsomback, 52, co-owner of the Navarro Barber Shop, of Retreat, will be held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the
Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, of which he was a member.

He was a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A.F. and A.M.

Holsomback died in the Navarro Clinic Friday shortly before noon. He was a native of Athens but has resided here for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Retreat; two daughters, Mrs. Rayborn Matthews and Miss Judy Holsomback, and two grandchildren, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Felton Denman; a half-brother, Lee Holsomback; two half-sisters, Mrs. Effie Acres and Mrs. Ella Mae Deis, all of Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Hugh Parrish, Horace Riggs, Tommy J. Burkholder, Lee Craig, Curry Butler, O. S. Bryson, Wallace Pryor, Alex Lockhart, Dr. Charles Brown. Members of Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A.F. and A.M. will be honorary pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Feb 25, 1966
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Velma Pearl (Denbow) Holsomback married Oct 11, 1930; s/o Benjamin Franklin Holsomback & Clarkie Lee (Gassaway) Holsomback

Marion Elexander "Ned" Murray
Apr 9, 1907 - Apr 12, 1966

M. E. Murray Services Are Held Thursday

Funeral services for M. E. (Ned) Murray, 59, Zimoco Oil Company employe, of Pursley, were held Thursday at 2 p.m from the Pursley Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the
Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. O. Rhyne, pastor, and Rev. Winford Robinson.

Murray was fatally injured Tuesday night when his Chevrolet pick-up truck collided with a RC Cola truck operated by Morris Riggins, Route 1, Ennis, slightly hurt in the mishap. The accident occurred at the intersection of FM709 and FM 642 in the Pursley community.

Murray�s death was the fifth traffic fatality in Navarro county in 1966.

Bob Parrish, state highway patrolman, investigated. Murray died soon after arriving at Memorial hospital.

Surviving are his wife of Pursley; two sons, Dean Murray, Arlington, and Larry Murray, Kerens; a daughter, Carolyn Murray, Pursley; a sister, Mrs. Cora Brown, Montalba; five brothers, A. J., J. N. and M. A. Murray, all of Pursley; W. A. Murray, Rockdale, and Archie Murray, Palestine, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Charles Wayne Brown, Curtis Clemons, Cecil Humbert, Bill Steele, George Webb, G. C. Blackburn, Roger Kirk and T. G. Haynes.

Corley directed.


Larry Copeland Norwood
Nov 30, 1940 - Oct 6, 2023

Larry Norwood (82) died on Oct. 6, 2023 after a short illness brought him to St. David's Medical Center, where in his final hours he was surrounded by family.

Remembered as a loving husband, a gentle father, and a beloved grandfather, countless others have remarked on his absolute kindness and how he was "a friend to everyone."

Larry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Nov. 30, 1940. He delighted in showing friends his birth certificate's "Father's Profession" box: "roughneck." His family settled in Corsicana where he graduated from high school, after which he received B.A. from Baylor University and M.A. from Tulane University. During the Vietnam War he served in the U.S. Navy on two Gulf of Tonkin cruises as a journalist and photographer.

His love of the outdoors drew others to join his adventures. In the 1970s he co-founded a regional bicycling club in Louisiana and rode in a number of century rides where he made lifelong friends, and among his fondest memories were those of the seven whitewater rafting expeditions he and close friends made through the Grand Canyon.

For nearly 30 years he handled media and corporate relations, philanthropy, and advertising for AT&T in a career that spanned New Orleans, Birmingham, Dallas, and Austin. Larry was an avid reader and lover of books, and his personal interests and profession came together perfectly when he collaborated with First Lady of Texas Laura Bush to secure AT&T as the corporate sponsor for the inaugural Texas Book Festival, which continues as a premier national literary event.

In retirement he invested his time with organizations working for the public good: his love of cycling led to his becoming a member of the Friends of LBJ National Historical Park; he chaired the board of the nonprofit Center for Occupational Research & Development (CORD) helping educators prepare students for college and careers; and he served on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas working for transparency in government. In 2010 he was thrilled to return to his academic roots as the Radford Visiting Professor of Journalism and Media Arts at Baylor University.


  • Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Navarro Co., TX
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Linda (Stewart) Norwood and Jane (Spivey) Norwood; s/o Miller Jeff Norwood & step-father John Charles "Jay" Payne & Colena (Copeland) Norwood-Payne

Bobbie (Stone) Allen
Feb 27, 1922 - Oct 23, 2023

Bobbie Stone Allen, 101, passed from this life on Monday, October 23, 2023.
Bobbie was born "officially" on February 27, 1922 at her family home in Viola, Tennessee to Robert and Beulah Beachboard Stone. Her birth actually occurred at her family home on February 26, but the visiting doctor had it recorded as of the next day, resulting in some confusion with government forms later in life. She graduated from McMinnville Central High School in 1940.
She met her future husband, Joseph Tilmon (J T) Allen, while working as a civilian employee at the US Army Air Corps base in Smyrna, TN. and he was stationed there temporarily as an airman during WWII. After the war ended, they were married at her family home in Viola on April 22, 1946. They lived all of their married lives in the Rice, Texas area.
Bobbie worked as a secretary for several businesses in Corsicana until returning to school at Navarro College and earning her A.A. degree in 1968. She then began a career as a social worker with Texas Health and Human Services and retired from there in 1985, becoming a care giver for her two grandsons.
She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ, and its predecessor locations, since arriving in Texas in1946. She was very active on committees and as an officer at the Kinsloe House in Corsicana and enjoyed the roles she played there tremendously. Bobbie was a long-time officer in the Rice Cemetery Association, as was her husband. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as she was a direct descendant of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, husband - J T Allen, sisters - Josephine Walker and Mary Gaffin, and brother - Mack Stone.

She is survived by son - Jimmy Allen of Rice, grandsons - Jordan Allen (Katie) of Keller, TX and Jansen Allen (Paige) of Waxahachie, TX, great-granddaughter River Allen, great-grandson Jace Allen, nephew - Bob Gaffin, and nieces - Mary Gonder, Carolyn Garretson and Becky Russell.

A graveside service will be held at Rice Cemetery on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Rice Cemetery Association - PO Box 117 - Rice, TX 75155.

Thanks to the staff at The Village at Heritage Oaks and New Century Hospice. Special thanks to New Century's Krystal Chance and Brenda Laznovsky, whose care, along with Debra Schneider, allowed Bobbie to remain in her home until these last few months.


Rinert Schultz
May 21, 1934 - Oct 4, 2023

Rinert Schultz, age 89, of Corsicana passed away on October 4,2023 in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be held at Hamilton Beamon Cemetery on Saturday October 7, 2023, at 1:00 PM with Brother Shane officiating.
Arrangements are made through Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.
Rinert Schultz was born in Caldwell, Texas to Rudolph and Ida Schultz on May 21st, 1934.
He worked as an apprentice in Houston and before retirement he worked at the Phillip66 Station on 7th Avenue making many friends.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War, in which he proudly wore his cap.
When he retired, he was very active bowling and playing golf.
He was recognized for achieving 5 holes in ones in the Sr Scramble.
Rinert loved sports, if there was a game on, he was watching it. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch and watching the birds. He always had a cup of coffee in his hand no matter the time of day. He never met a stranger and was always quick whittled and was sharp with his sport stats.
Rinert is preceded in death by his Mother Ida and Dad Rudolph Schultz, Son Mark Schultz. Cat -Gracie Bell. Sister, Elsie, Brother Walter Grandson Samuel Garvin.
Rinert is survived by his Wife of 63 years Kathryn Schultz of Corsicana. Son Michael Sanders and Wife Brenda Sanders, Daughter Margaret Garvin, Daughter Marilyn Barclay and Husband Dean Barclay
Grandchildren- Suzanne Douglas, Kyle, Meghan Garvin, Trey, Tiffany, Trevor, Dustin Schultz, Josh, Caleb, Michelle, Patrick Sanders.
Numerous Great Grandchildren, Ellis and Leland loved spending time with their PaPa

Thank you to his Nurse Robin Fowler Perry and Heather and to Waco VA Dr Bandella and Nurse Gale for taking such great care of Dad.
He loved you all.

Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 1pm, October 7th at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Euneva (Herod) Burleson Taylor
Jul 5, 1926 - Oct 25, 2023

Euneva Herod Burleson Taylor passed from this earthly life to be with her Lord and Savior on October 25, 2023, at the age of 97 with family at her side. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 29th from 2:00 - 3:00pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 3:00pm in the Chapel with Bro Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will be at Richland Cemetery, Richland, Texas.
Euneva was born July 5, 1926, in Richland, Texas. Her parents Silvanus F. and Zora Compton Herod preceded her in death as did her brother, S. F. and his wife, Gloria Faye Magness Herod, and husbands Morris K. Burleson and O. D. Taylor. Euneva is survived by her niece and family Holly, Steve, and Cooper Clay of Plano; her foster niece Donna and Dale Story of Huntsville, Texas; sister-in-law Doretta Taylor; niece Jan Taylor; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, distant cousins, and friends.
Euneva graduated from Richland High School in 1943 and Navarro College. She worked in several offices at the Navarro County Courthouse prior to spending 33 years at Navarro College. While there she handled veteran affairs and foreign student affairs in the registrar's office plus many other duties during that time. Post retirement in January of 1980, she continued to enjoy ranching, church, and being involved in numerous organizations with her husband, O. D., and friends in and near Longview, Texas.
Euneva was a member of the Richland Methodist Church for 88 years. She was a 79-year member of Order of the Eastern Star. In 2017, she moved from Longview to Highland Springs Retirement Community in North Dallas where she attended the Interfaith Chapel and several more groups. She also attended Plano's Christ United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Perpetual Care Fund Richland Cemetery P. O. Box 64 Richland, Texas 76681, or a charity of your choice. Her legacy of love, faith, and dedication to her community will be cherished and remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.


David Michael "Mike" Little
Feb 14, 1951 - Oct 10, 2023

David Michael "Mike" Little, age 72 of Bryan, TX, passed peacefully into heaven in his home on October 10, 2023.

Mike was born on February 14, 1951 in Corsicana, TX to Jimmie & Wanda Little of Chatfield, TX. He attended Ennis High School where he played football, was the class president and a member of the national honor society and graduated in 1969. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of business administration in marketing as a proud member of the fightin' Texas Aggie class of 1973. One of Mike's greatest joys was being an Aggie. He loved the traditions, the camaraderie of the 12th man and any opportunity to spend time with family & friends at Kyle Field.

After college, Mike lived in Phoenix, Louisville, Chattanooga and Nashville while working for Shell Oil. After moving around for 5+ years, Mike was ready to return to his Texas roots and be closer to his family. His move back to Texas landed him in Houston where he had a long career in the industrial chemicals field specializing in dry ice. After 20+ years in a big city, Mike was ready for a slower pace. He found his way back to Aggieland where he worked at Ace Fence BCS. In 2012 he partnered with and owned Ace Fence BCS with his son-in-law Jason. Mike retired in 2021.

Mike loved his family and friends deeply, especially his two children Kristen & Grant. He spent time with them any opportunity he had. He wanted them to have a strong connection with their family and did all he could to instill that in them. He loved spending time with them outdoors fishing & hunting, in the kitchen or by the grill, spending time at the beach or river or just sitting on the back porch talking. In addition to his deep love for his family, he adored his friends. Mike & Kay loved entertaining and cooking for them and had an open-door policy, anyone was always welcome! They loved spending time together, with their Aggie group, traveling with friends, cooking together and hosting family and friends. Their most cherished times were when all of their family could be together under one roof. Life at Poppy & Sito's (as their grandkids call them) was always a fun place to be!

Mike's final months were spent with lots of meaningful conversations and time with his loving wife, dear friends and family. Old stories were told, laughs and tears were shared, and time together was precious. Ultimately, Mike was ready to meet his maker and be renewed. There is hope and peace knowing he is with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven!

Mike is preceded in death by his parents Jimmie and Wanda Little of Chatfield, and his brother Larry Little of Richardson. He is survived by his wife Kay Bayouth Little, daughter Kristen DeVore and husband Jason of College Station, son Grant Little and wife Lauren of Spring, his 7 grandchildren Greyson, Davis, and Landyn DeVore and Shae, Cole, Brooke and Luke Little. He will be deeply missed by his sisters-in-law Peggy Little and Lindsey Rhein, nephew Austin Little and wife Meredith, niece Julianne Little and Jamie Zollars and husband John.

The family wishes to thank all of their friends and family for their prayers and encouragement during Mike's final days as well as Traditions Hospice and the incredible caregivers who provided compassionate and thoughtful care.

A celebration of Mike's life will be held on Tuesday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Bible Church: Southwood campus, 1901 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S, College Station, TX


Leda Hilzer
Jun 7, 1953 - Oct 22, 2023

Leda passed late in the evening on October 22, 2023, at the age of 70 due to medical complications at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born in Kimball, Nebraska on June 7, 1953, to Arthur and Donna Hilzer. She attended grade school in Grover, Colorado and graduated from Imperial High School in Nebraska, and also attended nursing school in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Shortly after nursing school she met William Wixom and they married. She had two children, daughter, Brandy and son, Michael. She then moved with her family to California where she pursued her medical career as a licensed Surgical Tech and then a licensed Psych Tech. After a while she found her calling as a certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor. She retired to Corsicana to be closer to her children and her grandchild. She enjoyed spending time with her dog Midget and pursuing her passion of gardening and helping the Drug & Alcohol Recovery Community.

Leda is survived by her daughter, Brandy, son Michael and granddaughter Madison.

The family chose to honor her wishes and have her cremated and will honor her with a Celebration of Life at a late date.

In lieu of flowers & gifts, please make a donation to your local Animal Shelter in her name.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home



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