Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


Elenor Bernice (Smith) Jamison
Mar 9, 1912 - Jul 17, 1971


Services for Elenor Bernice Jameson, 59, who died Saturday in Houston, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Northside Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery. Services will also be held in Golden Acres near Pasadena Monday at 10 a.m.

Mrs. Jameson was a member of the Baptist Church in Golden Acres, a member of the Pasadena Navy Mothers Club and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, J. P. Jameson of Pasadena; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Francis Harper, Pasadena; a son, Jerry B. Jameson, Pasadena; a son-in-law, Johnny O. Harper, Pasadena; a daughter-in-law, Judy A. Jameson, Pasadena; two granddaughters, Mary Margaret Jameson, and Melissa Anne Jameson, both of Pasadena; and a brother, Richard L. Smith, Corsicana.


Gladys Bell (Donaho) Brown
Sep 19, 1900 - Dec 15, 1971

Mrs. Brown

Funeral arrangements are pending at Griffin Funeral Home for Mrs. Gladys Bell Brown, 71, who died Tuesday night in Fort Worth where she had lived the past 30 years.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Whitely of California; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and five sisters, Mrs. Mary Sprinkle, Mrs. B. W. Long and Mrs. Flora Harrison, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Haskell Bennett of Arlington, and Mrs. Frank Brannon of Tatum, N.M.



Mrs. Brown

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for a former Corsicana resident, Mrs. Oscar (Gladys) Brown, 71, longtime Fort Worth resident who died there Tuesday. The Rev. B. J. Grimes will officiate. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Baptist Church. She had resided in Fort Worth about 30 years.

Pallbearers will be Chester Sprinkle, Neal Donaho, Dean Murray, Junious Carroll, Haskell Bennett and Billy Brown.

She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Whitely of California; four grandchildren, Jimmy Brown, Steve Whitely, Roxanne Whitely, and Sharon Friend; one great-grandchild, Celeste Friend; five sisters, Mrs. B. W. Long, Mrs. Flora Harrison and Mrs. Mary Sprinkle, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Frank Brannon of Tatum, N. M., and Mrs. Haskell Bennett of Arlington; and several nieces and nephews.


William Harris Boyd
Mar 7, 1902 - Mar 25, 1971

Boyd Rites Set Saturday

Funeral services for W. H. Boyd, 69, of Retreat will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Corley's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Bill Grimes will officiate with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Boyd died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

A native of Lovelady, he was a retired railroad clerk and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. W. H. Boyd of Retreat; three sons, Jack Butler of Rolla, Mo., John Davis of St. Louis, Mo., and Marvin Davis of Springfield, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Mildred Wynn of Mesquite; three sisters, Mrs. Essie Bernard of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Minnie Allbright of St. James, Mo. and Mrs. Nellie Jacobs of Baltimore, Md., and 16 grandchildren.



Boyd Rites

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel for W. H. Boyd, 69, Retreat, who died Thursday. The Rev. Bill Grimes officiated. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, three sons, a daughter, three sisters and 16 grandchildren.


Grover Cleveland Brown
Jan 2, 1887 - Oct 9, 1971

G. C. Brown

Funeral services were to be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday from the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Grover C. Brown, 84, who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital, with the Rev. B. W. Johnson and the Rev. David Williams officiating, and burial in Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, of Corsicana; two sons, L. A. Brown of Houston and E. R. Brown of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Anna Mae Roloff of Belton; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Rodrick Striplin, James Ainsworth, Tommy Boyte, Michael Boyte, Charles Young and William Young.

Honorary pallbearers are J. W. Kirby, Isaac Pennington, Bill Hampton, Dee Hughes and Earle Campbell.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Oct. 11, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Elizabeth Pauline (Robinson) Brown; assumed s/o Robert Boland Brown & Sarah Paralee (Robertson) Brown per Family search

Elizabeth Pauline (Robinson) Brown
Oct 7, 1887 - Sep 5, 1973

Mrs. Brown

Funeral services are set for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, 85, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Evergreen Nursing Home. Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery.

She was a native of Leon County, Tex., and had lived in Corsicana for 50 years.

Surviving are two sons, E. H. Brown of Corsicana and I. A. Brown of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Ann Roloff of Killeen; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Jake Robinson and Willie Robinson, both of Centerville and O. M. Robinson of Buffalo.

Pallbearers include James Ainsworth, Rodric Striplin, Marvin Young, O. C. Young, J. D. Young and William Young.

Honorary pallbearers include E. V. May, David Boyte and Michael Boyte.


Katie Bell (Long) Crawford
Oct 17, 1910 - Dec 4, 1971

Mrs. Crawford

Services for Mrs. Katie B. Crawford are set for 3:30 p.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel today with the Rev. Robert Potts and Rev. James McKee officiating.

Burial is to be in
Hamilton Cemetery.

Mrs. Crawford, 61, was born Oct. 17, 1910 in Navarro County. She died Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Homer Crawford, of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Goode of Corsicana and Mrs. Gene Sullivan of Hobbs, N.M.; one brother, Roy Long of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Earl Griggs of Frost, Mrs. Lorene Callahan of Tyler, and Mrs. Peggy Langridge of Dallas; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Addie Lou (McDonald) Prince-Buller
Oct 6, 1901 - Jun 17, 1971


Funeral services for Mrs. Addie Prince Buller, 69, of Corsicana will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Corley Funeral Chapel. Rev. V. G. Andrews will officiate with burial in the
Hamilton Cemetery.

Mrs. Buller died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

A native of Navarro County, she was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include five sons, Jester Prince of Okla. City, Okla., Newton Prince of New Orleans, La., Dubart Prince of Orange, Ernest Prince of Wichita Falls and Robert Prince of Galveston; one daughter, Mrs. Virgil Anderson of Corsicana; fifteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four sisters.



Funeral services were at Corley Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday for Mrs. Addie Prince Buller, 69. Rev. V. G. Andrews, pastor, officiated. Burial was in
Hamilton Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Surviving are five sons, a daughter, fifteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four sisters.

Pallbearers were Jim Highnote, J. V. Ingham, A. L. Jacobs, Don Holloway, Homer Whitehead and R. W. George.


John William Herbert Varley
Oct 9, 1899 - Jan 21, 1971

Varley Rites Set Saturday

John William Herbert Varley, age 72, died Thursday evening at Memorial Hospitl following an extended illness. The manager of the Duke and Ayres Store of Corsicana for 38 years, he was born at Blossom Prairie, Red River County, the son of Edward Varley of York, England and Cora Moorman of Water Valley, Miss.

He was a member and deacon of the First Christian Church for many years.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Wood and the Rev. Kenneth Haley officiating. Interment will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Van Bruton Varley; a son, John E. Varley of Nederland; a daughter, Mrs. B. L. Bradford of Corsicana; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. G. T. Starch of Dallas, Mrs. Nell Troughton of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Wade Harris of LaJolla, Calif.; three brothers, George Varley of Houston, Bernard Varley of Clarksville and Howard Varley of Kensit, Ark., and a number of nieces and nephews.


William Richard Whitefield
Sep 28, 1925 - Mar 19, 1971

Whitefield Rites Set Monday

DALLAS - Funeral services for William R. Whitefield, 45, of Dallas will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Sparkman Hillcrest Garland Funeral Chapel in Dallas. Rev. Adair P. Chapman of the Garland Road Church of Christ will officiate with burial at 2:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Cemetery. Griffin Funeral Home of Corsicana will direct local arrangements.

Whitefield died early Friday in Dallas.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. June Whitefield of Dallas; one son, Joseph Patrick Whitefield of Austin; two daughters, Mrs. Greg Abbott and Miss Elizabeth Whitefield, both of Dallas; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Whitefield of Tyler; his grandmother, Mrs. R. O. Roach of Ennis; one brother, T. F. Whitefield, Jr., of Tyler and one sister, Mrs. R. G. Hoffman of Aurora, Col.


Roy Edward Peebles
Aug 23, 1896 - Jul 3, 1971

Mr. Roy E. Peebles, 74, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.

Peebles was a native of Arkansas and had resided in Corsicana for 35 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had served in the infantry in World War I.

Services will be today at 2 p.m. in Corley's Chapel with burial in Hamilton Cemetery, Rev. J. L. glaze will officiate.

Survivors include his widow; one son, Jerry Peebles of Arlington; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Addie Smith of Springfield, Ore., Mrs. John Martin of Austin, and Mrs. Bertha Dwyer of Little Rock, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Fred Saxon, John Montfort, Elma Freeman, Roland Bee, Jimmy Lormier, Jr., W. E. Boyd, Roy Earle Dwyer and Pete McKinney.


Pallie Margaret (Walters) Jergins
Jul 27, 1898 - Dec 5, 1971

Mrs. Jergins

Funeral services for Mrs. Pollie Jergins, 73, who died in Grand Prairie, were to be Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Burns officiating and burial to Hamilton Cemetery.

A native of Canton, Texas, Mrs. Jergins had lived at Route 1 Ennis, for the past 29 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ennis.

She is survived by her husband, E. J. (Buddie) Jergins of Ennis; three daughters, Mrs. Warren Smith of Texas City, Mrs. Morris Forgy of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Barbara Murray of Corsicana; nine children; 12 great-grandchildren; 12, great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Grady Phillips of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were to be Harold Wilholte, Ernest Fisher, Sam Gordon, George Novac Sr., Richard Neal Brainerd and Morris Forgy.


Edward J. "Buddy" Jergins
Jul 14, 1893 - Jan 5, 1974

E. J. Jergins

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for E. J. (Buddy) Jergins, 80, of Grand Prairie, who died Saturday in Grand Prairie.

Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery.

He was a retired farmer, a native of Bazette, and had lived in Grand Prairie for three years.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Edith Faye Forgy of Grand Prairie; Mrs. Barbara Murray of Corsicana, and Mrs. Audielene Smith of Texas City; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Sadie Smith of Fort Worth, Mrs. Emma Bennett of Groesbeck, Mrs. Mary Foster of Louisiana; and a brother, Wetzel Jergins of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers include Roy McCollum, Harold Wilholte, George Novak, Loyde Bone, Lonnie Crowley, and Sam Gordon.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Jan 7, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Pallie Margaret (Walters) Jergins married Aug 2, 1917; s/o David Lee Jergins & Elizabeth (Ferguson) Jergins

Tammy Kay Grounds
Apr 28, 1966 - Sep 5, 1971


Services were held Monday for Tammy Kay Grounds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Grounds of Corsicana.

Services were in Corley Funeral Chapel and burial was in Hamilton Cemetery. Rev. Alvin Steen officiated.

The girl, 5, died in Lubbock Sunday.

Survivors include her parents, one sister, Cindy Grounds, Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Reagan Grounds of Blooming Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Luther Herrington, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Dicky Russell, Lonnie Crowley, Mike Bailey and O. C. Buck.


Dexter Owen Tanner
Feb 20, 1919 - Oct 30, 1991

Mary Juanita "Nita" Conn, 91, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016. She fought a good fight against numerous health battles and is now freed from the struggles and pains of this Life. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016, at Oakwood Cemetery.

Nita was born in Port Arthur, Texas, to the late Clarence Lafayete Miley and Mary Clemie Miley. She grew up in rural Emhouse, Texas. A child of the Great Depression, she always told people, "We didn't know they were poor because Momma and Daddy shared so much love and provided so well the basics of life." In 1942, she married John W. "J.W." Conn and they moved to Corsicana.

In her twenties, and before raising two children, Juanita worked for the Singer Sewing Company where she taught many women older than herself, to sew. When J.W. died in 1968, she worked for American National Insurance Co., retiring from there after 20 years.

Surviving all their husbands, the sisters, Juanita, Dorothy, and Bobbie lived together in Corsicana for over 20 years. Known about town as "The Golden Girls," they made beautiful Christmas stockings together and took food to countless families when their loved ones were sick.

She was preceded in death by her her husband, J.W. Conn; and sisters: Kathryn Conn, Dorothy Russell, Hilda Hardin, and Bobbie Greer.

Survivors include her children, Pam and Billy Conn; god-daughter, JoLynn Mixon Fisher; grandchildren: Alisha Massey, Andrew, and Katelyn Conn; great-grandson, Gavin Fox Massey; daughters-in-law, Carolyn Conn and Patty Lane; her brother, Charles Miley; her best friend of 60+ years, Billie Jean Mixon; other relatives and numerous nieces and nephews.


Frank Edward Merritt
Dec 4, 1942 - Apr 17, 2024

Frank Edward Merritt, beloved husband, father, and friend passed away on April 17, 2024 at the age of 81. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Born in Eagle Pass, Texas on December 4, 1942. Frank was the son of the late Clarence Hermon Merritt and Beatrice Grace (Carroll) Merritt. Frank passed away early Wednesday morning April 17, 2024 at the age of 81.

Preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Bramall Merritt; and son, Bryan Edward Merritt. His father, Clarence Hermon Merritt, mother, Beatrice Grace (Carroll) Merritt, sister, Evelyna Merritt, brother, Freddy Joe Merritt, brother, Carol "Cack" William Merritt, sister, Helen Moffett, brother, Herman Merritt

Frank grew up in Quemado, Texas then Brownfield, Texas. He moved to Dallas in 6th grade and graduated Sunset high school in 1961. He became the first member of his family to graduate college (University of Texas in Arlington 1967.) He married Betty Jean Bramall January 30, 1965, married for 38 years and had 3 boys. He married his 2nd wife Peggy Sue Clayton on August 12, 2006.

Frank's professional career was marked with dedication and excellence as a Civil Engineer. He was a founding member of Tenneck, Merritt, Barnett, and Pitt (TMBP). He was an active member of the Cowboy Church of Ellis County. He was also very involved in "Active in Crisis Response Ministry of Ellis County (CRM)." He was respected by his colleagues for his integrity, work ethic, and leadership qualities.

Upon his retirement in 2012, Frank enjoyed spending time with his loved ones, whether it was taking trips, playing golf, or being active with the 3 C's a weekly meeting at the Cowboy Church. His kindness, sense of humor, and unwavering support brought joy to those closest to him.

Frank leaves behind his wife, Peggy Sue Clayton Merritt "Sue", his children, Robert Earl Merritt, daughter-in-law, Rhonda Jolly Merritt, Gregory Wayne Merritt, daughter-in-law, Laurel Santangelo Merritt and his grandchildren, Amanda Merritt Svaleson, Chelsea Merritt York, Meghan Steele Lampier, Ryder Merritt, Nicholas Merritt, Christian Merritt and great grandchildren, Shawn Ivey, Emery Ivey, and Andria Svaleson. Survived by brother, George Merritt, sister, Yvonne Merritt Long, and brother, Dwayne Merritt. Additionally, he is survived by his step-son, Jason Evans, Adrian Evans, and grandchildren, Sevannah Evans and Saylor Evans.

There will be a viewing held at Jaynes Memorial Chapel on Monday April 22, 2024 from 5pm -7pm and a Celebration of Frank&'s life on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at 11am at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Waxahachie, TX.


John Frederick Taylor
Jun 20, 1926 - Oct 1, 2006

Mr. John F. Taylor, born June 20, 1926 in Corsicana, died October 1, 2006 at Baylor Medical Center after a short illness.
He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1943. After serving in the Army during WW II he returned to Texas A&M and received his Civil Engineering degree in 1950.
Returning to Corsicana he worked at Bethlehem Steel. Later he worked for Coffield & Guthrie in the oil business. Following that he ran the Community Water Co. with Campbell Gillespie. After his retirement he has continued his work for his church, worked with the Food for Fitness program and was currently serving on the board of the Family Service. He was a member and elder of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in
Death by his first wife Margaret Jane Jackson Taylor. He is survived by his wife Jane G. Taylor and his two children Amie Edling of The Woodlands, TX and John F. Taylor, Jr. and his wife Belinda of Corsicana, TX. Four Grandchildren, Margaret Jane Edling, John Edling and Andrew Edling of The Woodlands, TX and Jackson Taylor of Corsicana, TX and his Sister Cynthia O'Connell of Corsicana, TX, He was also loved by his two step-sons, Robert C.
& Frank Dunn, their wives, the six grandchildren and the seven great grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Funeral service will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 4, 2006, Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.
Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.
In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Family Service Association, 409 North Beaton St. Corsicana, TX 75110 or the charity of your choice.


Chanda Elayne (Acock) Kellam
Jun 23, 1925 - May 21, 2023

Chanda Elayne Acock Kellam, 97, died peacefully at home in Kerrville, Texas on May 21, 2023, surrounded by children and grandchildren. Chanda was born in Corsicana, Texas on June 23, 1925, to Ben Joe Acock and Alice Elsie Brown Acock. She is survived by her four children: Chanda Kay Kellam Dennison (Leroy), Cherise Louise Kellam Bartley (Rogers), Claire Ann Kellam Butts (Leon), and John Ray Kellam (Carolyn) her brother, Ben Earl Acock (Glendene), six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her husband, her sister, Elizabeth Acock Skinner, and her eldest grandchild.
After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1943, Chanda met her future husband at church. Guy Converse Kellam of Worthington, Minnesota, was a cadet at Corsicana Air Field. When Guy was commissioned and sent to Europe for missions in WWII, the two postponed plans for marriage until after his return.
With so many men gone to war, Chanda, a petite 5'2", did her part for the war effort by driving a bus. By now a concert pianist, Chanda performed to successful acclaim throughout a tri-state area. She attended Hill College, where she graduated in 1945.
Guy returned from the war a highly decorated pilot and they were married by Leroy Brownlow in Corsicana in 1945. After assignments stateside, Guy's military assignments took the couple to Germany, Greece, and Japan.
In Munich, despite, or perhaps because of the devastation of the area after the war, music was very important to the healing of the people. Chanda was in demand as a concert pianist. Securing a German piano teacher to advance her talent, she practiced up to six hours daily. Guy bought Chanda a grand piano built in 1904, which remains in her living room to this day.
The young Christian couple opened their own home and pantry for church services. Not only Americans attended, but also hungry German soldiers, who were fed both physically and spiritually.
Their first daughter, Kay, was born in Munich in 1947. While living in Athens, Greece and expecting a second child, Chanda flew to San Antonio to give birth to a native Texan, Cherise in 1950. In 1951, Claire was born in Michigan, followed by (finally!) a son, John, in 1953.
While Guy flew missions in the Korean conflict, Chanda and the children lived in Corsicana. On his safe return, the family moved to Tachikawa, Japan. Chanda immersed herself and the family in the local culture, learning the arts of flower arranging, lettering, language, tea ceremony, and music. She worked diligently there both with the Church of Christ and with the Officers Wives on community projects.
Guy retired from the Air Force in Delaware as a Colonel in 1965. Chanda, aged 46, returned to college and was awarded her bachelor's degree with Cum Laude honors at Delaware State University. Chanda's academic achievements, community involvement, and work ethic launched her into a position as the only female with Delaware's State Department of Education.
Guy and Chanda moved to Nashville in 1974, where Guy died in 1975. Chanda returned once again to Corsicana, caring for her mother, Alice Acock, for over twenty years. Utilizing her arranging skills, Chanda provided flowers for College Hill Church and later Westhill Church of Christ and for church members she visited weekly. She volunteered at Navarro Hospital for over 25 years. An avid bridge player, Chanda was a member at Kinslow house, where she donated the Hammond organ Guy bought her in Delaware. Always active in serving others, Chanda hosted innumerable showers and other events in her home. And she traveled!  Chanda took her mother abroad as well as throughout the states, visiting as many relatives as possible. Family was greatly significant to her.
In 2005 Chanda moved to Weslaco, Texas, where she played bridge, visited nursing homes, hosted gatherings and traveled. Chanda moved to Kerrville in 2018 with declining health. Still finding ways to serve others, Chanda began putting together small gifts to deliver to church members and to neighbors. Chanda never ceased to pray for others, especially for her family. She took pleasure in cooking with the assistance of her grandchildren. She enjoyed her nightly dances with Leon. She always welcomed and delighted in visits from family and friends. Chanda loved her family and her church. And she loved to travel!

Visitation will be held from 1:00pm - 2:00pm on Saturday, May 27, 2023, with Memorial Service following at 2:00pm in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. A reception will follow at West Hill Church of Christ at 3400 W State Hwy 22 Corsicana, Tx 75110.


Julie Elizabeth Budai
Mar 27, 1925 - Apr 9, 2022

Sister Julie (formerly, M. Valeria) Budai CDP, entered eternal life on April 9, 2022 at the age of 97. She was born on March 27, 1925 in Angus, Texas. All nine children were raised in their parents, Ellis and Velma (Nagy) Budai's, Hungarian customs and traditions. Julia Elizabeth was inspired at an early age to dedicate her life to God. She professed first vows as a Sister of Divine Providence on June 22, 1946. Sister Julie was an elementary, middle and high school teacher in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma for a total of 38 years. She served dually as a principal for four years at St. Joseph School in Yoakum, Texas. She taught Home Economics at Providence High School in San Antonio, Texas from 1971-198


Danny Sims Foster
Jun 2, 1964 - Jun 20, 1971


Funeral services for Danny Sims Foster, seven -year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gene Foster of Navarro, have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Charles Pringle will officiate, and burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Danny drowned Sunday while swimming in a stock tank near his family home in Navarro.

Other survivors include three brothers, Michael, Rickey and Scottie; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie McCarter of Navarro, and Mr. and Mrs. Berry Foster of Caldwell.


Willie Neal (Bressie) Allen
Dec 6, 1889 - Dec 25, 1971

Mrs. Allen

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin Funeral Home for Mrs. J. C. Allen, 82, who died early Saturday in a local nursing home. The Rev. Gary Loudermilk officiated. Burial was in the Hopewell Cemetery at Navarro.

Surviving are two sons, Bill Joe Allen, Corsicana and John C. Allen, Houston; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Jack Bressie, Navarro; two sisters, Mrs. Etheline Roxburgh, Corsicana and Mrs. Pat Allen, Big Spring; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Barbara Jane (Mullenix) Hargrove
Apr 6, 1938 - Aug 2, 1971


Graveside rites and burial will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hopewell Cemetery at Navarro for Mrs. Ronnie Hargroves, about 34, and her four-month-old son, Tony Bill. They were double victims of a drowning tragedy near their home in Sweeney last Monday night. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today in Sweeney from the First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hargroves is the former Barbara Mullenix of Navarro.

Her survivors include her husband; a daughter, Tammie; a son, "Chuckie", her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Mullenix, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Newt Horn, all of Sweeney; grandfather, Fred Mullenix, Corsicana; one sister, Miss Cindy Mullenix, Houston; and other relatives.


Craig Russell Hargrove
Mar 23, 1971 - Aug 2, 1971


Graveside rites and burial will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hopewell Cemetery at Navarro for Mrs. Ronnie Hargroves, about 34, and her four-month-old son, Tony Bill. They were double victims of a drowning tragedy near their home in Sweeney last Monday night. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today in Sweeney from the First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hargroves is the former Barbara Mullenix of Navarro.

Her survivors include her husband; a daughter, Tammie; a son, "Chuckie", her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Mullenix, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Newt Horn, all of Sweeney; grandfather, Fred Mullenix, Corsicana; one sister, Miss Cindy Mullenix, Houston; and other relatives.


Estella Mae Walker
abt 1903 - Apr 11, 1971

Walker Rites

Funeral services for Mrs. Estella Mae Walker, 68, Streetman, who died Apr. 11 will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church. The pastor, the Rev. L. L. Sheffield, will officiate. Burial will be in the Birdston Valley Cemetery near Streetman. Calhoun Funeral Home will direct.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Marie Cleveland; a son-in-law, Howard Cleveland, five granddaughters and three grandsons, all of Streetman, and other relatives.


Steve Allen James
Jun 28, 1955 - Dec 25, 1971

Steve James

Funeral services for Steve Allen James, 16, of Streetman who was killed Dec. 28 in an automobile accident on Highway 75 at Fairfield, will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Good Will Baptist Church in the Birdston Valley community. The Rev. P. L. Lewis, pastor of the church, will officiate, and burial will be in the Birdston Valley Cemetery under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Born in 1955 in Freestone County, he was the son of J. D. and Ira Jean James of Streetman. He had attended Fairfield High School.

Surviving are his parents; three brothers, Roy Lee Anderson of Fort Lee, Va., Lafayette Boldon of Corsicana and Maurice Boldon of Streetman; three sisters, Miss Gloria Jean James of Fort Lee, Va., and Misses Mary Ann and Jacqueline James of Streetman; grandmother, Mrs. Izora Boldon of Streetman; and grandfather, Willis James of Denton.

Pallbearers will be Loe Louis Spence, Robert Earl Spence, Bennie Ry Robinson, Emory Bennett, Jr., George Ry Anderson and Wayne Ward.


Daniel Doyle Burleson
Sep 3, 1888 - May 30, 1971


Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Streetman at the Baptist Church for Doyle Burleson, 82, Streetman, who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital here. Officiating ministers will be the Revs. Bob Gaines, Hoyt Hefner and J. E. Deming. Nephews will be pallbearers with burial in the Cade Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Burleson of Streetman; a daughter, Mrs. Willie Awalt of Mexia; four grandsons, Jay Awalt, Streetman; Ray Awalt, Corsicana; Billy Awalt, Plainview, and Ocie Awalt, Irving; 18 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Winnie Boyd, Teague; and three brothers, Grady Burleson, Corsicana; Dale Burleson, Corpus Christi, and Otis Burleson, Buffalo.


Martha Lucinda (McGuire) Burleson
Mar 31, 1893 - Nov 27, 1977

Mrs. Burleson

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Doyle Burleson, 84, resident of Streetman, who died Sunday in Grand Prairie.

The Rev. Bob Gaines and the Rev. H. H. McCollum will officiate, with burial following at Cade Cemetery.

She was a native of Selna, lived in in Streetman 70 years, and in Grand Prairie two years.

Survivors include four grandsons, Ocie Doyle Awalt of Houston, Ray Awalt of Corsicana, Billy Dean Awalt of Mexia, and Jay Awalt of Dallas, 14 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Burt McGuire of Dallas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Nuel Burleson, Hop Burleson, Lester McCurrin, J. D. Burleson, Ennis Boyett and Josh Burleson.


Roy Burleson
Mar 24, 1894 - Feb 19, 1971

Burleson Rites

FAIRFIELD (Spl.) - Funeral services were held at Capps Chapel Feb. 20 for Roy Burleson, 77, a native of Freestone County. The Rev. Jack Smith officiated and burial was at Cade Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Fairfield; a daughter, Mrs. Richard Hill of Fairfield; a sister, Mrs. Fannie Lou Rudasill of Fairfield; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mon., Mar 1, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Irma Lenoir (Best) Burleson 2nd Mamie (unk) Burleson; s/o George Washington Burleson & Elizabeth Frances "Bettie" (Hood) Burleson

Joseph Cleveland Thornburg
May 29, 1919 - Jan 9, 1971

Thornburg Rites

KERENS (Sp) - Joseph C. Thornburg, a native of Mississippi and former Bazette resident, died Sunday in a VA hospital in Dallas where he had resided the past few years. He was 51 years old.

Funeral services were to be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Kelly officiating and interment in Bazette Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, J. C. Thornburg of Louisiana; a daughter, Mrs. Brenda Robertson of Louisiana and a brother, Daniel Thornburg of Mesquite.


Mona Ann (Bills) Lonon
Feb 13, 1899 - Jul 27, 1971


Mrs. John W. Lonon, 72, died Tuesday in Fort Worth where she had lived for 22 years. She was a native of Mena, Ark. and a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Mel Worters, pastor of Roane Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Bazette Cemetery.

Mrs. Lonon is survived by her husband of Fort Worth; one son, John W. Lonon, Jr, of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Nell Hickson and Mrs. R. E. Foster of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, L. P. Bills of Waco and Cleve Bills of Fresno, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. Loda Anderson of San Antonio. Pallbearers include Bealon Ware, Chestine Frazier, Tom Moore and Vernon Frazier.




Funeral services for Mrs. John W. Lonon, 72, who died Tuesday in Fort Worth, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel, with the Rev. Mel Worters officiating. Burial was in the Bazette Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of Fort Worth, one son, two daughters, two grandchildren, two brothers, and one sister.


John Wesley Lonon, Sr.
May 22, 1895 - Oct 28, 1973

J. W. Lonon

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for John W. Lonon, 78, of Fort Worth, who died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Rev. Randall McCollum will officiate, and burial will be at Bazette Cemetery.

He was a native of Corsicana and had lived in Fort Worth 20 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include a son, John W. Lonon, Jr., of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Nell Hickson and Mrs. R. F. Foster, both of Fort Worth; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include T. C. Jones, M. C. Mitcham, James Edison, Bealon Ware and Tom Moore.


Uzell Collins, Sr.
Sep 1, 1908 - Nov 22, 1971

Uzell Collins

Services for Uzell Collins, 63, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday in the Church of God in Christ at Dawson, with Elder L. C. Coleman, pastor officiating.

A native of Navarro County and resident of the Antiock Community, he died Nov. 22.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Lee Collins; six sons, Kenneth, Hugh, Floyd, and Robert, all of Fort Worth; and Johnny and Uzell, Jr., both of Hubbard; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Woodson, of Houston and Mrs. Ivy Cottrell of Irving and Katherine Collins of Hubbard; one brother, Hugh Collins of Milwaukee, Wisc.; one sister, Mrs. Leona Sessions of Childress and eight grandchildren.

Burial is to be in the Antiock Cemetery under direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Nov 26, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Annie Lee (Sample) Collins-Cottrell married Aug. 18, 1935; s/o Hugh Collins & Ellen (Walker/Hardeman) Collins

Levon Metcalf
Aug 15, 1955 - Apr 26, 1971


Funeral services for Levon Metcalf, 15, of Dallas will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of God and Christ in Dawson. Rev. M. C. Graves of Dallas will officiate with burial in the Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.

Metcalf died Monday of injuries received in an accident at Fair Park in Dallas on Saturday.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Booker J. Metcalf, he was born August 14, 1955 in Dawson. He was a sophomore at Pearl C. Anderson High School in Dallas.

Survivors include his parents, five brothers, Wilbur, Raymond, James, Joel and Rodney, all of Dallas; one sister, Debra; his grandfather, Rayfield Metcalf and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be James Lee Wesley, Jerry Smith, Rodney Hudgen, Willie Ford, Matthew Ford, Donald Ray Taylor, Lester Lacy, Chester Lacy, James Taylor and Lieutant Smith.


Emma Mary (Whalen) Minix
Apr 30, 1883 - May 19, 1971


Mrs. Emma Minix, 88, retired Corsicana State Home employe, died Wednesday in Paulyne's Convalescent Home. A native of Hill county, she had made her home since retiring in 1918 with a niece, Mrs. Homer McNabb.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with Mr. Weldon Wells, Waco Church of Christ minister, officiating. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including Mrs. McNabb of Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., May 20, 1971
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William P. Minix; d/o Martin Whalen & Nancy Caroline (Holbrook) Whalen buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Aquilla, TX

Ragnar Alexander Jonsson
Oct 5, 1889 - Sep 10, 1971


Services for Ragnar A. Jonsson, 82, were to be at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Eubank Funeral chapel in Dawson. Burial was to be in Dawson Cemetery. Rev. Bernard Stein was to officiate.

Jonsson died Friday in a Corsicana Nursing Home.

A native of Sweden, he was a retired longshoreman and lived in Dawson in recent years.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Jonsson, Dawson; one sister, Mrs. Marta Rainsalo, Carry, Pa., and two other sisters in Finland.


Henrietta (Jackson) Henry
Mar 10, 1885 - Apr 14, 1971

Henry Rites

Mrs. Henrietta Henry, 86, native Navarro Countian, died Wednesday at her home in Dawson.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Church of God in Christ at Dawson. Elder Edgar Barron will officiate. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery. Calhoun Funeral Home will conduct.

She is survived by one son, James Luther Henry, Mexia; a grandson, Cornelius Cooper, Mexia; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Cates and Mrs. Beulah Dixon, both of Mexia; and Mrs. Donnie Crowder, Hollis, Okla.; two brothers, Jack Jackson, Hubbard, and Briscoe Jackson, Oakwood, Texas.


Annie Lee (Scott) Chapman
Sep 22, 1891 - Jul 1, 1971


Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Chapman, 79, were Saturday at 10 a.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiating. Burial was in
Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Chapman died Thursday at the Twilight Home in Corsicana.

She is survived by four step-sons, Otto Chapman and Frank Chapman, both of Corsicana; Ocie Chapman of Fort Worth and W. B. Chapman of Big Spring; and two step-daughters, Mrs. Frank Dawson of Corsicana and Mrs. Fred Horn of Waco.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Dawson, Jimmie Dawson, Floyd Horn, Boyd Horn, Hubert Wilcox and Kyle Wilcox.


Mary Beatrice (Sowell) Harrison
Oct 31, 1891 - Sep 29, 1971

Mrs. Harrison

DAWSON (Spl.) - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Harrison, 79, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Dawson.

The Rev. Sam Mohundro and the Rev. Bernard Stein will officiate, and burial will be in
Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Harrison is survived by her husband, J. O. Harrison of Dawson; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Davis of Waco and Mrs. Jerry Shaw of Italy.

Pallbearers include Carl Sullins, Cloyce Floyd, Edwin Davis, Neil Clark, Norman Summers and Don Mitcham.



Mrs. Harrison

DAWSON - (Spl) - Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Harrison, 79. The Rev. Bernard Stein and the Rev. Sam Mohundro officiated. Burial was in the
Dawson Cemetery. She died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are her husband and two sisters.


John Oliver Harrison
Oct 25, 1892 - Jun 7, 1972

J. O. Harrison

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dawson for J. Oliver Harrison who died Wednesday at his home.

The Rev. Sam Mohundro and Rev. Bernard Stein will officiate and interment will be in the
Dawson Cemetery. Eubanks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sisters and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Carl Sullins, Cloyce Floyd, Edwin Davis, Norman Summers, Don Mitcham and Wilburn Garner.


Ernest Loval "Buddy" Chambers
Oct 15, 1909 - Nov 3, 1971

E. L. Chambers

DAWSON (Spl.) - Ernest Loval Chambers, 62, died Wednesday in Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Bill Klinglesmith and the Rev. R. J. Miller officiating. Burial will be in
Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Charles A. Chambers of Dallas and Loval Chambers of Duncanville; two daughters, Mrs. Billy Tickle of Killeen and Mrs. Dan I. Adams of Duncanville; one sister, Mrs. W. W. Wright of Washington state; two brothers, Aubrey Chambers of Italy and Cecil Chambers of Lampasas; and six grandchildren. He has been a resident of Dawson community for 35 years.

Pallbearers include S. T. Prater, Paul Evans, Dan Griffin, Dwain Spruill, Don Mitcham and Norman Summers.


James Ray Adams
Oct 20, 1946 - Apr 20, 2017

James Adams, 70, of Gordon, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his residence.
James was born on October 20, 1946 in Corsicana to the late Melvin Ray Adams, and Wanda Beasley Beene, and his step-father R. B. Beene.
James took pride in being the best big brother to his little sisters. He enlisted in the Navy on March 8th, 1968 and served in Vietnam for 2 years.
He married Bonnie Sue Bleeker on September 8, 1974 in Corsicana. They were married for 42 years.
He raised Mary Jo and not long after he raised Forrest. He took much pride in being the best grandpa and great-grandpa that anyone could ever ask or hope for. From a young man, James was a heavy equipment operator up until 15 years ago. He then became a truck driver. His passions consisted of fishing, hunting, and taking care of the animals on the farm. James was a very loving, and giving man, who will not be forgotten, but only cherished.
James is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Mary Jo Kelly; grandson, Forrest and wife Danielle Kelly; great -grandchildren, Zachary, Autumn, and Silas; sisters, Sharon Bland, Garla Reed, Linda Spicer, and Susanne Huffman. James is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

CN US Navy


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Ila Deen (Spivey) Land
May 25, 1898 - Oct 2, 1972

KERENS - Mrs. Ila Land, 74, a native and resident of Kerens died Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Kerens Baptist Church, of which she was a member.

The Revs. Olan Bowles and Glenn Jones will officiate, and burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Brack Land of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Reba Parker of San Antonio; two sons, Elmer and Billy Land of Texas City; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Dovie Black of Kerens, Mrs. Laurie Saulters of Fort Worth and Mrs. Emma Bell of Eustace; and two brothers, Fred Spivey of Houston and Ray Spivey of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Land, Saulter Land, Onis Cook, Billy Shelton, W. P. Ingram and Allen Paul.



Mrs. Land

KERENS - Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kerens Baptist Church for Mrs. Ila Land, 74, a native and resident of Kerens who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

The Revs. Olan Bowles and Glenn Jones officiated, and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers.


Danny Lynn Hall
Apr 22, 1952 - Apr 22, 2024

Danny Lynn Hall, 72, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away on April 22, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on April 22, 1952, to the loving embrace of Clarence Clifford Hall and Myrtle Fay Dotson in Corsicana, Texas.

Danny was a man of many talents and trades, known for his dedication and skill as a pipeline worker, mechanic, and welder. His craftsmanship and hard work left a lasting mark on those who had the privilege to work alongside him.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Danny was a devoted caretaker for his beloved wife, Sharon. His unwavering love and support were a testament to the depth of his character and the strength of his commitment to family.

Outside of work, Danny found solace and joy in the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, finding peace in the quiet moments spent in nature's embrace. With a quick wit and a mischievous smile, Danny was also known as a jokester, bringing laughter and light to those around him.

Danny was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sharon Hall, and his parents, Clarence and Myrtle Hall. He is survived by his stepchildren, Troy Johnson (Kristie) and Randy Johnson (Suzanne), and his brother, Larry Hall. Danny's memory will forever be cherished by all who knew him, as his spirit lives on in the hearts of those he touched.

The graveside service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Dresden Cemetery at 10:00 am.

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Dorothy (Hawthorn) Clark
Feb 23, 1921 - Nov 15, 1977

Mrs. Clark

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Clark, 56, resident of Bryan and formerly of Streetman, who died yesterday in Bryan.

The Rev. O. E. Perminter will officiate with burial following at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Clark of Bryan; and two sons, Robert Clark, Jr. and John Clark both of Bryan.


Gula Armenia (Wallace) Hunter-Tanner
Dec 1, 1894 - May 24, 1977

Mrs. Tanner

STREETMAN - Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Methodist Church in Streetman for Mrs. Gula A. Tanner, 81, resident of Streetman, who died last night at a Fairfield hospital.

The Rev. Don Spinks will officiate, with burial following at Birdston Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Griffin Funeral Home. She was a member of the First Methodist church and active in the Streetman Home Demonstration Club.

Survivors include two sons, James Walter Tanner of Austin and Eudis Edwin Tanner of Fayetteville, N.C.; three daughters, Mrs. Dathene Hodges of Dallas, Mrs. Wandalene Schreider of Abilene, and Mrs. Carmene Compton of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Homer Wallace of Austin and a sister, Mrs. Singie Chapman of Austin.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., May 25, 1977
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Claud Prelo Hunter married Dec. 15, 1909 buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Tx. 2nd husband James Walter Tanner buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Tx; d/o George William Wallace & Iva Armenia (Geyer) Wallace buried in Masonic Cemetery, Austin, TX

Pokie Mae (Johnson) Hale
Dec 22, 1893 - Jan 11, 1977

Mrs. Hale

DAWSON - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dawson Baptist Church for Mrs. Pokie Mae Hale, 83, of Lancaster, formerly of Dawson, who died Tuesday in Chester Hospital in Dallas. The Rev. John Jackson and Rev. Joe Brumbelow will officiate. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Eubanks Funeral Home of Dawson.

She was a retired practical nurse and had made her home in Lancaster the past 18 years with a daughter.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Lambert of Lancaster; two sons, David Hale of Tucson, Ariz., and Ellis Hale of Bledsoe, Texas; and eight grandchildren.


Betty Jane (Ham) Iverson
May 4, 1934 - Dec 6, 2023

Betty J. Iverson, 89, passed away on Wednesday December 6, 2023, at Medical City Arlington in Arlington Texas in the company of her two sons. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Roscoe and Sadie Ham, by her husband of 56 years Ralph, and by her sisters Maureen and Mabel.
Betty was born and raised in Ashe County, North Carolina. After graduating high school, Betty worked for the telephone company as an operator in Kernersville NC.
Betty and Ralph met in North Carolina and wed on August 24th, 1962. After marriage, Betty became a devoted homemaker for her husband and their two sons. Betty, Ralph, and their boys lived all over the country until the family moved to Texas in 1976 and never left, but a piece of Betty's heart always remained in North Carolina. When Ralph retired in the early nineties the couple moved to a beautiful house on the shores of Richland Chambers Reservoir outside Corsicana. Betty and Ralph enjoyed hosting friends and family at the lake house; their children loved to visit with their families. Every summer Betty looked forward to the hummingbirds returning to the numerous feeders waiting for them on the lake house patio.
Betty developed a strong network of friendships in Corsicana, she enjoyed playing Bingo with friends in her later years. Betty was a passionate crocheter, she made and gave away many afghans, potholders and other homemade craft items over the years. Betty was an animal lover; she cared for and loved many family dogs, cats, birds and other creatures over the years.
Betty dearly loved her parents, her siblings, her two children, her three grandchildren, her many nieces and nephews, and her extended family. Betty was kind and friendly to everyone and loved to talk about family and listen to others share their stories.
Betty is survived by her two sons John and Bob, grandchildren Ryan, Evan and Hannah, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Betty will be buried in Kernersville, North Carolina and will rest next to her mom and sisters whom she loved with all her heart.


Clara Maxine (Yarbrough) Wilson
Apr 6, 1925 - Dec 7, 2023

Clara Maxine Yarbrough Wilson was born in Paris, Texas, on April 6, 1925, to Preston and Mittie Yarbrough. She passed from this life to a better home on December 7, 2023.

Clara lived most of her adult life in Corpus Christi, Texas. She worked for many years for CCISD as a computer operator. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed needlework. Later in life, she began doing stained glass and worked for a local shop. She traveled widely in the United States and visited Mediterranean countries several times. In her later years, she moved to Corsicana, Texas.

Clara is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Perry; and two siblings. She leaves behind two sons, James (Peggy) of Wichita, Kansas, and Charles (Zay) of Corsicana, Texas; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Entombment will take place at 3 PM on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, Memory Gardens Cemetery, 8200 Old Brownsville Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78415. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the Kerens Church of Christ in Kerens, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Cherokee Home for Children, P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832.


Phillip Earl Patterson
Mar 12, 1937 - Dec 13, 2023

Phillip Earl Patterson, age 86, passed away on December 13, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on March 12, 1937, in Corsicana, Texas to parents Frank and Pearl Patterson.
Phillip joined the United States Air Force in January 1954 and served 26 1/2 years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. While in the Air Force, Phillip was stationed in Scotland where he met and married his wife, Moira. He was stationed in Texas several times, Libya, Greece, Germany, England, Turkey, and Korea. He was also sent on multiple temporary duty stations in the United States and Europe and served in the Vietnam War. While serving in the military, Phillip successfully completed the NCO and Senior NCO Academies and obtained a Bachelor of Science majoring in Education through Southwest Texas State University. As recognition for his illustrious military career, Phillip earned many awards and medals. Phillip went on to work a second career in the United States Post Office after retiring from the Air Force in 1981.
Phillip was preceded in death by his father Frank Hayden Patterson, his mother Pearl Calloway Ward and her husband Roy, and his brother Leslie Allen Patterson. Phillip is survived by his loving wife Moira; daughters Linda Yvonne Patterson and Kim Patterson; son Michael Ray Patterson; brother John Calvin Patterson and wife Amy Leigh; niece Tayler (Aaron); nephews Joshua, Jordan, and Jonathan (Jamye); sister-in-law Amy Jo Patterson; nieces Phyllis Cope (Wes) and Peri Patterson; nephew David Patterson; brother-in-law Richard Milton and wife Katherine; nephews Richard Milton and Steven Milton; grandchildren Matthew Gonzales (wife Kasey and children Kaine, Anaya, and Manny), Megan Gonzales (husband Gabrael and children Junior and Charlie), and Mitchell Gonzales.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday December 28, 2023, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Texas Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Carol Annette (Johnston) Dugan
Mar 21, 1940 - Nov 21, 2023

Longtime Texas resident Carol Annette Johnston Dugan (83) was born on March 21, 1940 to Eva Dee and Roy Vernon Johnston in Powell, Texas. She lost her battle with Lewy body dementia on November 21, 2023. Annette resided in Dallas/Ft Worth, Corsicana and San Antonio for most of her life, and spent her final five years with her daughter in Carson City, NV.

A kind and loving sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, Carol was preceded in death by 12 of her 13 siblings. She is survived by her sister Charlotte Finch of Austin, TX; children James Michael Dugan and wife Carmen of Fort Worth, TX, Judy Dugan Roberts of Carson City, NV; grand children Stacy Roberts, Mindy Roberts, Cara DiCicco, Payton Roberts, Nicholas Dugan, and Jessica Dugan-Phan; and great grandchildren Makayla, Amelia, Celena, Dominic, Gianna, and Micah.

With a smile that lit up the room, Carol had a heart of gold and gave selflessly throughout her life. She will be greatly missed on Earth, but rejoices with those who left before her in heaven.

A virtual memorial service will be on December 14th, and her ashes will be scattered on her mother's grave in San Antonio.


Barbara Jean (Townley) Crawford
Dec 3, 1941 - Nov 28, 2023

Barbara Jean Crawford, 81 of Corsicana, passed away November 28, 2023. She was born December 3, 1941, in Corsicana to Lawrence Townley and Lois Lynch Townley. She married A.C. Crawford on November 28, 1959, in Corsicana.
Barabara was a member of Lone Star Cowboy Church Navarro County. She loved to ride her horse. She also loved all animals, especially her German Sheppard "Shiner". Barabara loved her family and liked to love on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always put others ahead of herself. She is preceded in death by her parents.
She leaves behind the cherish the memories, husband of 64 years, A.C. Crawford; children, Dwayne Crawford and wife Sharon, Melissa Conklin and husband Bobby. Grandchildren, Jeremy Crawford and wife Ruthie, Cody Trojacek and wife Erica, Amanda Dodds and husband Akram. Six great grandchildren and one on the way. Numerous extended family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on December 16th at 3:00pm at Lone Star Cowboy Church of Corsicana


Nancy Lea (Luhring) Blankenship
Dec 1, 1943 - Dec 19, 2023

Nancy left us on a beautiful sunny day surrounded by her family.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Anna Luhring and her sister Bo Daly. She leaves behind her loving husband of 61 years, Dale Blankenship; children Debbie (Martin) Reilly, Diane (T.C.) Henderson. Grandchildren Greg (Beth) Still, Stevey (Dustin) Greenhalgh, Terry Henderson and Kristi Henderson. Stepdaughter Christina (Robert) Walsh. Six great Grandchildren. Also best friend and sister Sandra Luhring and brother Richard (Julie) Luhring II. And numerous extended family and friends.


Billy Lynn "Buck" Truelove
Nov 7, 1952 - Dec 6, 2023

Billy Lynn "Buck" Truelove passed from this life in the early morning hours of December 6, 2023. Buck was born November 7, 1952, to Tommy W. Truelove and Libby Slater Truelove.
Buck was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Dianna Truelove. He is survived by his son Thomas-Blayne Truelove, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
Buck attended Navarro College, Howard Payne University, and Sam Houston State University. He worked on the Alaskan pipeline and had many stories about his time there. He spent most of his working life as a traffic safety supervisor, working on many major projects in Texas and Louisiana.
Buck never met a stranger, and always had a story to tell. He loved to play his guitar and sing. He cherished memories with friends in the Fort Worth Stockyards, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and on ski trips.
A celebration of life will be held at the Cook Education Center on the Navarro College campus on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2:00. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Cook Education Center


Sharon Elaine (Warren) York
May 27, 1949 - Dec 24, 2023

Sharon Elaine York, 74, of Corsicana passed away peacefully on December 24, 2023. Sharon was born on May 27, 1949, in Hillsboro, Texas to Robert Lee Warren and Bertha Lee Goodwin. She was a member of the Community Chapel Church in which she sang in the church choir. Sharon worked at Chatanooga Glass until they had closed. She was also a truck driver for a number of years. She received her Certified Nurse's Assistant Certificate and worked at Twilight Home and Heritage Oaks. Sharon enjoyed caring for others and loved to play bingo. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Bertha Warren and her son James "Bubba" York. Sharon is survived by her husband James York, children Cynthia Gurley York and husband Terry York, Karen York Esner and husband Robert, daughter-in- law Amy Ainsworth York, grandchildren Tiffany Sheehan, Ricky Allen, Travis Allen, Aaron Herod, Lance Herod and Cody Herod, great-grandchildren Garren, Aiden, Alyssa, Skylar, Lexi, Kami, Davion, Bradley, Aaron and Noah. She is also survived by her siblings Cindy Stepp and husband Joe, Alice Dill and husband Bill, Theda Battrell, Robert Eugene Warren and wife Patty, Russell Allen Warren and wife Diane. The family would also like to give a special thanks to Hand In Hand Hospice, Nurse Don Jones as well as her CNA Patricia.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.


Robert Vernon Boyd
Oct 10, 1930 - Dec 27, 2023

Robert Vernon Boyd, a remarkable brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at the age of 93.
He was born on October 10, 1930, in Cornerville, Arkansas to Jack and Clara Boyd. Vernon moved to Mildred, Texas at the age of three with his family. He attended Little Mildred and graduated from Mildred High School in 1948. Vernon served his country proudly by serving in the Air Force from March 1949 until he was honorably discharged in March 1954.
Vernon worked most of his life in the oil fields in and around Navarro County, especially in the Mildred area. He was a hardworking man and he set an unprecedented work ethic for and in his children. He was a 67-year member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge and was a Master Mason.
He found the love of his life, Dorothy Grantham, just down the road (they lived just a few miles apart on the same road) and they attended elementary school together. They would marry on June 5, 1953, and would go on to celebrate 66 years of marriage before her passing in 2019. They welcomed three children together and over the many years would attend rodeos, horse shows and trail rides. Vernon loved ALL animals and had a soft spot for animals he would while working in the oil field. He rescued many and brought them home. Many dogs and cats and even a ferret made a home on the farm! He loved tending to his prized pets�his cows! He even named most of them! The neighbors knew his feeding time was set in stone each day and could set their watch by it!
Vernon loved his family very much and often told us how blessed he truly felt! He said he had a good life filled with quality and quantity! He attended Eureka UMC and served on the Board for many years.
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents, Jack and Clara Boyd; sisters, Alpha Johnson and Louise Coil; brothers, Hershel Boyd and Curtis Boyd; and his lifelong friend of 80 plus years, J.D. "Cowboy" Wright.
He is survived by his daughters, Becky Burns of Corsicana, Texas, Sandy Weiers and husband, Jerry of Glendale, Arizona, and son, John Boyd and wife, Cindy of Corsicana, Texas. He was blessed with many grandchildren; Garrett Minter and wife, Mary Beth, Chrissy Hawn and husband, Brandon, Heather Wasinger and husband, Jacob, Hayden Boyd, Heath Boyd, and Kayla Howard and Rick Burns and wife, Ashley. His great-grandchildren lovingly called him Pappa, and they are Conner and Clayton Hawn, Vivien and Priscilla Wasinger, Hand Boyd, and Natalie and Abby Burns. His only surviving sister, Annie Mae Baker of Biardstown, Texas.
Twilight Nursing Facility was a blessing as well. He received great care and made a friendship with MD, one of his caretakers that he talked about until his last day. The family wishes to thank Bristol Hospice Care for taking such amazing care of our dad. Nurse Julie, Nurse Kara and Nurse Ashley along with Chaplain Dave were so very kind and helpful. Vernon looked forward to their visits. Their words of encouragement and tenderness helped him so much.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2024, at Corley Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 10:00 am with the Service following at 11:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask you to make memorials to Eureka Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 34 Corsicana, Texas 75151 or to the Eureka Masonic Lodge #1060 P.O.Box 54 Corsicana, Texas 75151.
Arrangements under the direction of Corley Funeral Home 418 N 13th Street Corsicana, Texas. 903-874-3755.


Doris Nell (Anderson) Ivie
Feb 3, 1933 - Dec 19, 2023

Doris Nell Ivie, 90 of Dawson, passed away December 19, 2023, at her home. She was born February 3, 1933, in Silver City to James Charles Anderson and Ilo Garrison Anderson.
Graduated from Dawson High School and was so proud that her children also graduated from Dawson High School.
Doris was a meticulous homemaker who was always prim and proper and marveled and doted on her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. When visiting her during her ranch-land days she always assisted in rescuing baby bunnies, collecting eggs and always had the neatest handmade toy box that she hand-painted full of vintage barbies and all of her grands enjoyed playing out of that same toy box. She showed us so much love and warmth, took care of us when we were sick, and gave the best hugs and always told us she loved us. She made the best slam sandwiches (mayo & bread). She enjoyed watching Lifetime and Hallmark movies, but her stories (soap operas) The Young and the Restless always came first. She loved spending time with her friends and family most of all.
Preceded in death - Her parents James Charles Anderson and Ilo Garrison Broughton, two sons James Randall Ivie (Jivie) and Jeffery Lynn Ivie, granddaughter Jennie Dodson, great grandson Justin Hernandez, and brother Velton Anderson.
Survivors - daughter Evonne Ivie Blackwell Lane and husband Bobby of Dawson, daughter-in-law Terri Ivie of San Antonio, grandchildren Nicole Ivie Trevino & husband Art of Lubbock, Casey Ivie Ballard and husband Denny of Muskogee, OK, Richelle Blackwell Perry and husband Kacy of Eureka, Ivy Blackwell & Bacilio of Ennis, Andrew Blackwell and wife Jordan of Medford, OR, Aaron Ivie and wife Lyndsie of Mckinney, Brendan Ivie and wife Ashley of San Antonio, Geoffrey Michael Ivie of San Antonio, and Natalie Ivie of San Antonio, step grandchildren Angel & Brianna Andrade of Ennis, brothers Gary Broughton and wife Joann of Pursley, and Neal Broughton of Corsicana, Great grandchildren Pryce Gibson & Sydney Hernandez both of Lubbock, Ava & Gabriel Martin & Brooklyn Steehler all of Muskogee, OK, Kolton & Kason Perry of Eureka, Winnie Blackwell of Medford, OR, Evie Andrade of Ennis, and Emilia Lynn Ivie of San Antonio. One great -great- granddaughter Simone Hernandez of Lubbock. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside funeral service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at New Pursley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrew Blackwell, Kacy Perry, Kolton Perry, Aaron Ivie, Brendan Ivie, Geoffrey Michael Ivie. Honorary Pallbearers will be Neal Broughton, Gary Broughton, Jonathan Broughton.


Jerry David Clemons
Sep 13, 1959 - Dec 9, 2023

Jerry Clemons, 64, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 9, 2023, in Waxahachie,  Texas. Jerry David Clemons was born on September 13, 1959, in Corsicana. He was the third son of parents, Wendell and Myrtle (Leyendecker) Clemons. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 am in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Sage Pruett officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm, Friday, December 15, at the funeral home.
Jerry grew up in the Pursley area. He attended Dawson schools, graduating in 1978. He attended Navarro Junior College and graduated from Tarleton State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Employment after graduation included Ag. teacher, water inspector with City of Corsicana, convenience store
supervisor for Jiffy Mart, salesman for AAA Coffee and Frito Lay, from which he retired. After retirement he was employed at Dart Manufacturing until his passing.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Larry Clemons.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Lori Clemons, cherished son, Jerry David Clemons Jr. (Dave), brother Wayne Clemons and wife, Sara, father and mother-in-law Frank and Patricia Phillips, brother-in-law Lane Phillips and wife, Audra. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, a host of friends, and the family pet, Diesel - a Great Dane.
Jerry was raised by Christian parents who taught him to love Jesus. He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age, He attended Believers Bible Church in Corsicana. Besides his roles as loving husband and father, Jerry had several interesting hobbies which included metal detecting, archeological finds, coin collecting, studying history and was always a football fan after playing in high school.
During Dave's school years, Jerry was actively involved with Dave in raising and showing rabbits, goats, pigs, and steers. Jerry was also active with Dave in 4-H and Boy Scouts during Dave's school years, Dave was the center of Jerry's attention. If desired, donations may be made to Believers Bible Church, 2400 Bowie Drive, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or the charity of your choice.


Donald Earl "Don" Mershawn
Dec 31, 1948 - Nov 3, 2023

Donald (Don) E. Mershawn was born in Corsicana on December 31, 1948, to Debs D & Orene Cook Mershawn. He passed from this life at his residence on November 3rd at the age of 74 after a brief illness.
Don graduated from Corsicana High School & attended Navarro College and East Texas State (now A&M Commerce) where he obtained degrees in Psychology and Computer Science. Don was also awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam prior to obtaining his higher education. Don used to education to become an instructor in Computer Science at Navarro College for 35 years. Don loved teaching, building military models and playing his guitar.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Debs D Mershawn , Orene Cook Mershawn. Survivors that mourn his passing include son, Jon S. Mershawn and daughter, Sara Mershawn; grandchildren, Caleb, Ryan and David; brothers, William Ray Mershawn & wife Ann of Whitney, Roy L. Mershawn and wife Sue of Blooming Grove and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will have a Memorial Service at a later date.


Mary Louise "Mary Lou" (Arnold) Wardell
May 4, 1940 - Oct 27, 2023

Mary Louise Wardell, known to her family and friends as Mary Lou, passed away on October 27, 2023 in Waxahachie, Texas at the age of 83. She was born on May 4, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Roy and Louise Arnold. Mary Lou will be remembered by her loved ones as a devoted wife, a caring mother and a true friend who was strong in her faith.

On December 28, 1961, she married Tommy E. Wardell in Houston, a truly loving and inspiring partnership that lasted just shy of 57 years. They raised three children, Tom, Tim and Tammy, who were lucky to have parents that were not just teachers as a profession, but teachers of life. Each summer was full of family road trip adventures, stopping at every historical marker until there was a revolt from the kids in the back seat to get to their final destination. Mary Lou created learning moments on family camping trips by taking her kids to the Public Library prior to hitting the road, letting them pick out three books to take on the trip. After lunch, thirty minutes of reading time were required before being allowed to hit the lake or the beach. No one drowned and her kids became avid readers (we all knew she did not believe that myth).

Mary Lou dedicated much of her life to education, working in various capacities in her almost 37 year career as a teacher and summer school principal for the Corsicana ISD and later as an adjunct faculty member for Texas A&M University System. It was a joy for her to hear, "Mrs. Wardell!" shouted out by students past and present when she was out and about town running errands, getting hugs in the process.

In her free time, Mary Lou was a passionate gardener, having an affinity for growing roses, African violets, azaleas, and daffodils. She inherited a talent for sewing from her mother's side of the family, creating sundresses that her young tomboy daughter refused to wear, imaginative and memorable costumes for her children's Halloween, school, and church plays, and sequin appliqu� for hand-stitched Christmas ornaments. Later in life, she took up felt and needlework, crafting beautifully intricate Christmas stockings that are treasured family keepsakes. She was a life-long animal lover, letting her children experience every creature within reason and either adopting or finding a home for every animal dumped on the road that ran along their property in Palestine. Tommy tirelessly kept them stocked in pet food and filled the bird feeders for Mary Lou to watch through the sun room windows.

Her kind, selfless and nurturing spirit was a blessing to all who knew her. While she is missed terribly, her family is grateful that her battle with Dementia is over and she is again with her beloved Tommy.

Mary Lou Wardell is survived by her children, Tom Wardell and wife Toni, Tim Wardell and wife Kayla, and Tammy Wardell, sister-in-law Charlotte Jensen and husband Gary, and daughter-in-law Melissa Wardell. She also leaves behind grandchildren Tara Carroll and husband Eric, Tyler Wardell and wife Angela, Tori Wardell, Trevor Wardell, Katherine Wardell, eight great-grandchildren, several dear friends and her bossy cat Sally who provided unconditional love and companionship after the passing of her husband. She was preceded in death by her parents and her little sister, Martha Anne for whom she wrote a memoir, tenderly recounting her sister's short but beautiful life.

The family is filled with gratitude for the love and support of Clare Bridge memory care staff at Brookdale Waxahachie and the attentive and compassionate team from Bristol Hospice that tirelessly cared for Mary Lou, making her smile and filling her final weeks with music, comforting words and a peaceful presence.

Please join us in celebrating Mary Lou's life on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine, Texas. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the memorial service beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel.

While flowers are welcome, the family also asks that contributions be made in Mary Lou Wardell's memory to the Alzheimer'Association or by supporting your local animal shelter through volunteering, fostering, or donations.


Zelia Jo (Ford) Dill
Aug 11, 1942 - Nov 1, 2023

Zelia Jo Dill, passed away November 1, 2023. Born August 11, 1942, to Zelia and W.H. (Bruce) Ford, Jo graduated from Corsicana High in 1960. Preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Jeff Ford, Jo is survived by her husband of 62 years, David, her children Donna (Brian Frazier), Michael (Stacy), Matthew (Jennifer), brother Bill Ford (Dianne), niece Rebecca Bush (Kyle), nephew Cliff Ford and sister-in-law, Virginia Dill Haren, niece Mary Anne Gallagher (Tim) and grandchildren Jacob Dill, Clayton Dill, Lauren Fox (Gage), and Jamie Dill.


Hilary (York) Sullivan
Jan 11, 1980 - Oct 28, 2023

A celebration of the life of Hilary York Sullivan, 43, will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas.
Hilary went to be with her Lord on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas with her family by her side.
She was born in Corsicana, Texas on January 11, 1980 to Ronnie York and Amy York Carr. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1998 and Texas A&M University with a degree in English in 2002. Several years later, she received both a bachelor and masters degrees in nursing.
After graduating from Texas A&M, Hilary moved to Austin where she worked for Progressive Insurance. After several years, she decided that nursing was her calling in life. She began her nursing career at Breckinridge Hospital in Austin and later worked for Austin Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where she was a floor nurse, charge nurse, and finally as the Nursing Clinical Manager for ED OBS/EBHU. She loved being a nurse and found fulfillment and joy in helping others. She told a "few" crazy stories along the way. In the fall, her Saturdays were earmarked for college football and especially for watching her much loved Aggies. She enjoyed traveling and decorating her home for each season. She always said she was expecting Southern Living to show up at any minute.
Hilary is survived by her husband, Tim Sullivan, of Round Rock, Texas, her mother and stepfather, Amy and Ken Carr, her brother and sister-in-law, Cameron and Katherine York, and beloved nieces, Elizabeth and Caroline York. She also is survived by stepsister and husband, Ashley and Heath Coker, niece, Kensley Coker, and nephew, Bryson Coker, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Hilary is preceded in death by her father, Ronnie York, grandparents, Leila and Fred Rasmussen, and Sue and Joe York.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the administrators, doctors, and nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center and Austin Dell Seton for their excellent care and dedication to Hilary. They went above and beyond to see that Hilary got everything she needed to get the very best care possible. We will never forget everything you did to try to help Hilary survive. We also want to the her bunco friends and nursing/hospital friends for their love and support during this time. We will never forget your devotion and love for Hilary and your support of us. Thank you all.


Margie Indiana Derden
Oct 28, 1930 - Dec 18, 2023

Margie I. Derden, 93, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Visitation: Thursday, 1:00 pm in The Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral Service:

Thursday, 2:00 pm in The Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Interment following service at Dresden Cemetery.

Margie was born on October 28, 1930, to Perry E. and Nannie M. Derden in Navarro County, Texas. Margie graduated from Powell High School in 1948. Throughout her life, Margie was the family caretaker. She was always there to lend a hand to those in need and would be the one the family looked to when they needed help.

Margie never married and her nieces and nephews were the apple of her eye. She liked to spoil them rotten. She enjoyed spending time with her sister and brothers. She and her sister enjoyed going to thrift stores, Goodwill and garage sales. She liked to spend time out in the garden planting and tending to the flowers. She loved a clean home and was known to be a little bossy, but she was loved by all who knew her.

Margie was raised in the Pentecostal faith but in her later years became a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Clinton and Lee Newton Derden; sister, Betty Sue Miller; and nephew, Kenneth Ray Wright.

Margie is survived by her brother, Tommy Glen Derden; nieces, Diane Johnson and husband, Randy, Janise Rutledge, and Donna Beecraft; and nephews, Stephen Derden, James Wright, and William Miller and wife, Patricia.

Billie Verlyn (Blailock) Robinson
May 10, 1931 - Aug. 3, 2023

Billie Verlyn Blailock Robinson was born on May 10, 1931, in Thomastown, Mississippi. Billie lived a full and very active life for 92 years. Billie married the love of her life, Jack Robinson, and they enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Billie moved to California during the Korean war to remain by Jack's side as a military wife while he served in the Army. She worked with military personnel with the Civil Service. After the war, they settled in Houston and raised their three sons, Jay, Barry, and Rodney. Billie faithfully and actively served in the church teaching, singing, and assisting her husband with their music ministry at different churches. In 1978, they moved to Corsicana. Billie was preceded in death by her son Jay in 2004 and her husband Jack in 2021. She is survived by her two sons, Barry and wife Sharon, and Rodney and wife Brenda. She is also survived by three grandsons, three great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.
She had a favorite verse in the Bible that meant a lot to her:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Visitation will be Monday, August 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


Don Ross Slaughter
Jul 4, 1936 - Jul 25, 2023

Don Ross Slaughter went to be with our Heavenly Father on July 25, 2023, in Corsicana, Texas. Don was born July 4, 1936, in Purdon, Texas to Gerald Autry Slaughter and Moreta Thomas Slaughter. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1953 [Sr in 1954]. Don married his wife of 68 years, Earlene Slaughter in 1955. He worked construction his entire life, traveling many different places with his family. Don was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather and will be missed immensely. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Moreta and son-in-law, George Green. He is survived by his wife, Earlene Slaughter; his children, Donna Green, Teresa McClelland (Anthony), and Bruce Slaughter; Grandchildren Erika Stearman (Justin), April Loewe (Jeff), Taylor Hargrave(Amanda), Colby Hargrave (Kelli), Hannah Freyaldenhoven (Nick) and children, Ross Slaughter, McKenna Burson(Andy); great-grandchildren, Madison Jackson (Denver), Rylan Franklin, Mason Franklin, Brantley Loewe, Bailor Loewe, Leighton Slaughter, Grayson Slaughter, great-great grandchildren, Isaiah Ruiz, Denver Jackson Jr., Tate Jackson, Waylon Burson, Lane Hargrave, Luke Hargrave, John David Hargrave along with numerous family and friends. Honorary Pallbearers: Ross Slaughter, Rylan Franklin, Mason Franklin, Denver Jackson, Seth Easley, and Sage Easley. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on July 29, 2023, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, 1530 N. 45th St Corsicana, Tx 75110. Brother Tim Easley from Missionary Baptist Church will be officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Bobby Lynn Bottoms
Jan. 10, 1949 - July 17, 2023

Bobby Lynn Bottoms, known as Lynn, Daddy or Pawpaw, too many. Lynn was born January 10, 1949, to Vincent Bottoms and Jennie (White) Bottoms in Navarro, Texas. He was called home to be with his Savior and family and friends in heaven on July 17, 2023, at home surrounded by his loved ones. Lynn married his high school sweetheart Karen Dubose on July 26th, 1969. They were one week shy of celebrating 54 years of marriage. Lynn graduated Mildred High School in 1967 where he excelled in sports playing quarterback and middle linebacker. He also won district in pole vault as he liked to tell. After high school, he attended Navarro College and later Texas A&M University, but due to his dad falling ill, he came home to work and help take care of his dad. He started a partnership with Jodie Farmer that began when he was still a senior in high school. B & F cattle is still operating until his death, that unique partnership of 56 years led to a prosperous cattle operation, owning of 2 livestock auction barns (Navarro County Livestock and Palestine Livestock) and Hat Brand Rodeo Company. Hat Brand Rodeo Company produced a winter series in Corsicana that spanned for over 30 years. Before his rodeo production years, he picked up rodeos for about 20 years. He was blessed to work along with Nolan Henderson at many finals as well as Glen Smith before that. His rodeo life made many lifelong friends all over the United States. In his later years nothing made him happier than seeing friends and family fellowshipping and eating his food. If you never ate a fried rib, porkchop, steak, fish, or calf fries cooked by Pawpaw, you don't know what you missed.
Lynn is preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Jennie, sister Annie Joyce (Dot) Hodge, brother-in-law Jay Hodge.
He is survived by his wife Karen, son Jason and wife Darla, daughter Amy Hill and significant other Mark Scott. Grandchildren Brendan Hopkins, Raeleigh Lang (David), Conner Hill (Lauren), Andrew Hill (Madison) and Kolt Bottoms. Great Grandchildren Brynlee Hill, Blakelynn Hopkins, Bradi Hill and DJ Lang. Mother-in-law Hazel Colleen Dubose, brother Mr. "Bunk" Bottoms (Jo Ann), sister-in-law Kathy Peek and husband Blane. Nephews Van Bottoms, Jarod Bottoms, Jim Hodge, Gary Hodge, Ken Hodge. Nieces Mindy Woolridge, Tresa Llamo-Cohen, Chesley Belk and Kelli Athas and his partner on the ranch Yoyo!
Pallbearers will be Jodie Famer, Mark Scott, Nolan Henderson, Tommy Rodell, Sonny Yates, Glen Smith, Wayne Pritchett, Dwayne Pritchett, and Brent Duren. Honorary Pallbearers are Blane Peek, Sammy Andrews, Stace Smith, Danny Gillen, Mike Jennings, Terry Knight, Jarod Bottoms, Shannon Wiggins, Shane Farmer, Ron Capehart, Cody Davis, Mike Spain, Jeff Yates, Shawn Calhoun, Joey Hill, Kirby Hill, Elmer Tanner, Jimmy Mills, and Josh Wordsworth.
Visitation will be Wednesday July 19th from 6:00-8:00 Pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be Thursday at 2:00 PM at Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County or Lynn Bottoms Scholarship Fund for Mildred Students.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Bristol Hospice for their great care and the special bond Daddy created with Ashley Campbell and Dr. Zachary Drain.


Bobbie Nell (Dunham) DeMoss-Wallis
Dec. 22, 1940 - July 27, 2023

Bobbie Nell Dunham Wallis 82, of Corsicana peacefully went to be with her precious Lord and Savior on July 27th, 2023, with her son by her side.
Bobbie is survived by her son Joel DeMoss of Corsicana, stepson Stevey and wife Lori of Frost, stepdaughter Sharon Mathews and husband Kevin of Dawson, stepdaughter Cindy Herod and husband Mark of Mobeetie. 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. A niece Laurie Morgan and husband Wade of Conroe, cousin Bonnie Arnold of Frisco and dearest friend Theresa Martin.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her much-loved husband RB Wallis, her son Steven DeMoss, her first husband Larry DeMoss, her parents Robert Chatham Dunham and Maude Frame Dunham. Her sisters and brothers in laws Elizabeth and Jack Owens, Jean and Bobby Kent and great nephew Jace Morgan.
Bobbie worked several places but found her dream job at Williams Feed. She spent many happy years there.
Bobbie never wavered in her faith. She experienced heartache in her life, but she kept her faith strong as God carried her through these times. She was a faithful member of The Cowboy Church.
She loved her family deeply just as they loved her. Her love was shown in how she cared for so many of her family members in their time of need. Bobbie was selfless and kind. A more loving lady never known.
A visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton funeral home in Corsicana, Sunday, July 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Monday July 31st at 11:00 am with graveside to follow at The Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chat DeMoss, Tim Nelson, Cody Boyd, Steven Wallis, J R Snowden and Wade Morgan.
The family would like to thank The Legacy Home and Hand in Hand Hospice for their loving care.


Billy Jack Glass
Dec 16, 1937 - May 29, 2023

Billy Jack Glass, 85 of Corsicana passed away on May 29, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on December 16, 1937, in Corsicana, Texas to Jack and Minnie Lee Glass. Larger than life, Billy Jack had a love for cars, boats, and motorcycles. He loved life and had a story for every occasion. Many of them were about his adventures on the road with his brother Mickey. Always on the go, he was inseparable from his daughter Stacy and grandchildren Brandon and Baileigh. As a veteran of the United States Army, Billy Jack was proud of his service to his country. He worked in Dallas for several years before returning to Corsicana in 1970. During this time, he worked for the City of Corsicana. He also owned several small businesses which were centered on his passions. This included being an independent housing contractor and owner of Brown's Radiator Service. Billy Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Jenell Glass and his parents, Jack and Minnie Lee Glass of Corsicana, Texas. He is survived by his daughter Stacy Glass Johnson and husband Robert of Corsicana. His brother Mickey Glass and wife Cathy of Dallas. Grandchildren Brandon Johnson, Baileigh Johnson Hargrave and husband Isaac. Nephews Jeffrey Glass and wife Misty, Jeremy Glass and wife Melody and numerous cousins and extended family members. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Village at Heritage Oaks, and the nurses with Hand in Hand Hospice. And most recently, his caregiver Blanca Watkins for her excellent care and compassion. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 12 to 1 pm. A private, family graveside service will follow at Richland Cemetery at 2 pm.


Gary Lynn Hayden
Aug. 13, 1947 - July 13, 2023

Gary Lynn Hayden, businessman, proud LSU alumni and loyal fan, was born Aug 13th, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama. He passed away on July 13th, 2023 due to complications from a stroke.
Gary's faith was always a central part of his life. He attended church regularly. Anyone who knew him well knew of his deep and abiding faith in his Lord and Savior.
The oldest of two children to Denver and Hazel Hayden, Gary grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in a loving and faith-based home, where he learned the importance of family, hard work, and giving back to others.
He graduated from Broadmoor High School in 1965. Throughout his childhood and high school years, Gary loved playing baseball. His passion for the game started a lifelong love of sports.
Gary went on to attend Louisiana State University earning a B.S. degree in History in 1969. In early August of 1969, Gary joined the U.S. Army Reserves (Airborne). After basic training, he was assigned to the Reserve Unit in Kerens, Texas where Gary made lasting friendships throughout his six years in the Army Reserves.
After college, Gary intended to become a teacher and a coach. However, as life would have it, his direction changed to business, specifically businesses where he could assist people in decision-making and always with what was best for them, not for his bottom line. Throughout his professional career of over 50 years, Gary was focused, hard-working, and detail-oriented. When Gary became a life insurance agent with New York Life in 1988, his father asked him if he liked his work. Gary's reply was "Yes, Dad, I really do. I like to help people and I can help them every day in this career". Throughout the years, Gary was a reliable and knowledgeable insurance professional and investment advisor, to countless individuals, businesses, and municipalities.
Through the years, Gary served on many civic organizations including the Corsicana Kiwanis Club, Corsicana YMCA, Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, Ennis Noon Lions Club, Ennis Chamber of Commerce, and The Navarro College Foundation.
It was his love of sports that led Gary to be a Texas High School Football official for 38 years. His crew was a brotherhood, they had each other's back. Not even an irate, passionate mom could rattle them when together.
He was incredibly honored to serve on the board of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, right up to his passing. He took his position very seriously.
Gary was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He and Cynthia enjoyed traveling and entertaining with friends, going on road trips across the country, attending music festivals, eating good food, sharing a love of animals, and laughing because it's good for you. Affectionately known as Pops to his grandchildren. He loved and adored listening to their stories, watching them play sports and passing on his life lessons better known as "Pops-isms".
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Denver D. Hayden and Hazel M. Hayden; beloved sister, Gloria Jean Scarborough.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Hayden of Georgetown, TX; children Kyle Hayden and wife Meredith of Dripping Springs, TX; Kenneth Hayden and wife Jennifer of Abington, PA; Keith Hayden and wife Cara of Coppell, TX; Cole Hayden and wife Beth of Collegeville, PA; and step-son Tommy Eskind and wife Connie of Dallas, TX. He is survived by 8 grandchildren, Addison, Pierce, Henry, Jackson, Milo, Ricci, Heather and Chip; 3 great-grandchildren Antonio, Josie and Ridley. Gary is survived by two loving nieces, Angelle McDonald and Kimberly Villanova, and brother-in-law, Mike Shroeder and numerous beloved cousins, dear friends, and his College World Series Omaha group.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame or your local SPCA chapter.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 12th at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas from 3:00-5:00 PM.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hayden family.
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Raymond Thomas
Feb 27, 1937 - Jul 31, 2023

Raymond Thomas passed away July 31, 2023, at the age of 86.
Raymond was born February 7, 1937 to Hyram and Willie Vandergriff Thomas in Corsicana. Growing up with his siblings Roberta Miles and Billy Dean Thomas, Raymond attended Corsicana High School.
A pragmatic and straight-forward man, after high school Raymond was recruited from Corsicana by the Navy, where he spent the next twenty years. Serving in both Korea and Vietnam, he was an electrician in the Navy. Post military service, he attended Navarro College and received his degree in education from East Texas State University. He worked for a while as a security guard, and then as an occupational therapist for children with disabilities for the state of Texas.
Raymond met his wife Saundra on a blind date in southern California in 1958. They were married in 1959 in Corsicana, and were blessed with four children. With his deep love of family, he was proud to become a father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. Although his realistic nature could cause him to be hard-headed at times, Raymond was also very kind.
In his free time, Raymond was an avid gun collector. He enjoyed football, boxing, horse racing, and fishing. He enjoyed traveling to visit friends in Arizona, along with touring Big Bend National Park. He also loved his day trips to Louisiana Downs for the races. He liked doing crosswords and loved his coffee.
Raymond leaves behind his wife, Saundra Maxine Thomas; his son and daughter-in-law Michael and Ezam Thomas and their children Sara and Ryan Thomas; his son Patrick Thomas and his children Emerson Ray and Drake Vallon Thomas; his son Bill Thomas and his wife Donna Thomas; and his daughter and son-in-law Teka and Sean Byrnes and their children Isabel and Raymond Byrnes.
In order to honor Raymond's life, a memorial service will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon in the Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home, with Pastor Daniel Harper officiating.


Sara Frances (Partin) Warren
Jan 17, 1972 - Aug 2, 2023

Sara Frances Warren, 51 of Dawson, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2023. She was born January 17, 1972, in Somerset, Kentucky to Dale Harvey and Jerry Lynn Partin.
Sara was a member of Westhill Church of Christ. She served in the United Stated Army 1990-1998. After serving in the Army, she began her career with the Department of Public Safety as a Trooper, working in Navarro and Freestone Counties.
Sara loved horseback riding. She was an avid reader and enjoyed volunteering her time as a swim coach at the YMCA. She also enjoyed gardening. Sara loved animals and especially her cats and dogs.
She is survived by father, Dale Partin; mother, Fiona Kirkpatrick; her children, daughter Jesse Vander-Kooi, son Toby Devries, step - daughter Amanda Warren.
Visitation with the family will be 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial service will begin at 2:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research or Texas Department of Public Safety.


Tennyson Lucious "Tenny" Whorton, Jr.
Dec 29, 1932 - Jul 21, 2023

Tennyson Lucious Whorton, Jr., age 90, passed away peacefully at Twilight Home in Corsicana, Texas on Friday, July 21, 2023. Known as Tenny or Ty, he was born in Kerens, Texas on December 29, 1932 to mother Frances Etta Leverett Whorton and father Tennyson Lucious Whorton.
He leaves two daughters, Vicki Jeanne Whorton Miller of Kailua, Hawaii and Katherine Hall Marsh-Smith of Houston; two grandchildren, David and Katie Marsh of Houston; two sons-in-law, Mark Miller and Kenneth Smith, and Jenny Lee Adams of Dallas (like a daughter). He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hall in 1999.
The Memorial Service for Tenny will be held at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens, Texas on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 11:00 am. Please come visit with the family starting at 10:15 am.
Tenny grew up in Kerens where his mother, father and paternal grandparents farmed and ranched. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1950 and then attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After that he attended Duke Divinity School where he received a master's degree. It was there that he met the love of his life, Shirley Hall of Roanoke, Virginia. They were married in 1958 in Roanoke and lived in Boston, Massachusetts where Shirley taught school and he attended Boston University graduate school.
After one year they moved back to Texas and happily raised a family. Tenny worked for various companies in Texas and Kansas City, (Overland Park), Kansas. He loved the traveling his job required. In 1974 they moved from Overland Park to Dallas and lived there until retirement. Vicki graduated from Texas A&M University and Katherine graduated from The University of North Texas.
During his working years, Tenny was active in retail management and advertising with Tandy Corporation of Fort Worth, Avon in Kansas City, Morgan Buildings and Spas, and Leather Center in Dallas. In his early years he was a minister in Evant, Texas and then went on to become a reporter for five years with the Houston Post. He enjoyed reporting and met some notables over the years including Lyndon B. Johnson. He was thrilled when he landed a one-on-one interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his wife, Coretta.
After retirement Tenny and Shirley enjoyed living at their lake house on Cedar Creek Lake. After Shirley's passing, Tenny moved back to Kerens and wrote often for his hometown paper, The Kerens Tribune. He also enjoyed traveling and visited Hawaii many times (his first trip being in 1951 with his father) since his daughters lived there. He would say he had to go over just to make sure they were OK! He also enjoyed visiting family in Houston and Galveston.
Tenny loved playing tennis. He was the doubles and singles champ at Nall Hills Country Club in Overland Park. He then took up flying, buying a Cessna 140, a Cessna 170 (which he landed in the cow field on the Whorton farm, jumping barbed wire fences to do it), then an aerobatic Starduster and lastly a Pitts aerobatic airplane. He also owned a sailboat for a short time that his buddies aptly named the "TyPanic."
Tenny loved his family, loved Kerens and loved the land. He and his buddies were some of the best storytellers around. His family is thankful to God for giving them "Pa." He was generous, kind, caring and loving, and his passing leaves a huge puka (hole) in our hearts. We are thankful he loved Jesus and is in Heaven right now with our mom and the many dear ones who have gone before him. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all of those who loved him and called him family and friend. God bless each one of you.


Charl Ann "Charlye" (Sommer) Worley
Dec 18, 1941 - Aug 4, 2023

Charl Ann "Charlye" Worley, 81, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023.
Visitation: Thursday, August 17, 2023, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm in The Magnolia Chapel at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral Service: Friday, August 18, 2023, 10:00 am First Methodist Church Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
in memory of Charlye.
Charl Ann was born on December 18, 1941, in South Gate, California to Charles F. and Ada (Morley) Sommer. Charl Ann grew up in Hallettsville, Texas. and graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1960. Her senior year in high school she dated B.J. Thomas, who would become a well-known singer. She was involved in the band and served as the majorette and drum major. She was voted Band Vice President and Sweetheart. Additionally, she served as the Class Secretary and Sergeant at Arms. She was voted Most Talented and Biggest Flirt.
After graduating from high school, Charlye, as she was known by everyone outside of Hallettsville, moved to Houston to begin her life. She enrolled in the University of Houston in 1962 and studied Elementary Education. Shortly thereafter she met her husband to be, Max Jerry Worley, at the University of Houston, where he was attending Optometry School. They were married on June 5, 1965.
After Max graduated from Optometry school, he and Charl Ann moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1966 on a two-year tour of duty as Max was an optometrist for the Military. At the end of their two-year commitment, they moved to Rawlins, Wyoming, where Max would start his optometry practice.
While living in Rawlins, Charl Ann gave birth to their two sons, Jason Sommer Worley and Jarred Duff Worley. Two of the best gifts that could have come from her time in Rawlins, Wyoming. She also completed her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 1984.
February 7, 1985, was another special day in Charl Ann's life. It was the day that she was going to be saying goodbye to Rawlins, Wyoming and hello to her beloved Texas once more. She was a Texas girl through and through and was so happy to be back home. The family would be moving to Corsicana where Max would become partners with George T. Denson, O.D.. while buying the practice. Charl Ann would help Max in his optometry practice from 1985 until 1990. She then was offered a teaching position with Corsicana Independent School District teaching Kindergarten. She would teach kindergarten for two years but then was promoted to 4th grade and would remain there for 20 years, retiring in 2012.
Having two sons in their late teens, there were many gatherings with high school friends at their home. Charl Ann always made sure that things did not get out of hand but also developed close relationships with her son's friends. She even opened her home to one of their friends who was having difficulties in his own home. She treated him like one of her own. Everyone loved her fun personality and her mothering ways. She was like a mother goose, and everyone knew her as "Goose."
She was one of the most positive people you could ever meet. She was always looking at the bright side of life and didn't let negative things affect her or bring her down. She loved people and was always working to help and provide for others. She was a dedicated teacher and would spend countless hours outside the regular school day preparing to make sure she did the best job she could for her students.
Charl Ann enjoyed traveling with her friends and family, reading, listening to books on tape while in the car, going to the movies and popcorn was a must along with Skittles. She was a good friend and would form friendships fast be they found at work or socially. Those friendships would last lifetimes.
Charl Ann's words to live by were, "Outside of God, your family is always the most important thing." and "If you don't have your faith, what else do you have?"
Charl Ann was a member of the American Business Womens Association, Kinsloe House, First Methodist Church Choir, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Book Club.
Charl Ann was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Karen Worley.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Max Jerry Worley; sons, Jason Worley and wife, Mary Ann and Jarred Worley and wife, Heather Hahn; grandchildren, Brennen, Kellen, Dillion, Max, Logan and Quinn; brothers, Morley Sommer, Palmer Sommer, Ross Sommer, and Darren Sommer; sister-in-laws, Jeanie Sommer, Linda Sommer, Keeve Sommer, and Cheryl Sommer; nephews, Chris Sommer, Steven Sommer, Zachary Sommer, Zane Sommer, Zeb Sommer, and Zeke Sommer; nieces, Samantha Worley and Megan Sommer and brother-in-law, Duane Worley.


Larry McLain
Sep 3, 1939 - Aug 8, 2023

Larry McLain went on to be with the Lord and family on the morning of August 8, 2023. His health had been slowly declining for several years and a recent surgical procedure ended up being very taxing on him. Rather than fighting to get to the other side of this procedure, Larry decided he would rather to peacefully stop this fight and go on to be with his wife, Nan, and other family and friends that had gone on before him.
Larry was a family man and involved in church and community. Larry, along with Nan, had two children, Sarah and Mark, and four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Larry loved to travel, and he and Nan had traveled to such places as England, France, Greece, Italy and China together. When Nan passed away in 2015 the wind for life and adventure went with her.
Larry was born on September 23, 1939, in Carmel, Indiana to Roy and Thelma McLain. He met Nan when they both attended Carmel High School and married on November 18, 1959. There he started his construction career and his family. Larry had worked as a contractor, products manufacturer and finally a manufacturer's sales representative. He started Designed Performance Associates in 1982 and was heavily involved in a large amount of major construction projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Larry was a strong believer in the grace of Christ and had been active in his faith communities wherever he lived. Recently he had become a member of First Methodist Church of Corsicana, Texas.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Sarah McLain, his son, Mark McLain, Mark's wife Dale, their children, Jacob, Jacob's wife Shawn and their children Sadie James and Savannah Francis; Katherine Richey, Katherine's husband Sean and their daughter Abigale Jane; Ian, Ian's wife Grace and their son Joseph Thomas; William McLain.
Memorial service will be held August 26, 2023 at 1:00pm
First Methodist Church
320 N 15th St
Corsicana, TX 75110


Donald Edward Taylor
Apr 10, 1933 - Mar 27, 2023

On Monday, March 27, 2023, Donald Edward Taylor went to be with his Lord and Savior four days after his beloved wife Betty.
He was born on April 10, 1933, to Francis Marion (Jake) and Clemmie Odell Peay Taylor. He passed away at the age of 89. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and friend.
He met Betty while he was roping at Erwin Phillips place. It was right next to her father�s place. The two were married on December 25, 1954.
Don worked for Contel telephone which has changed names many times and is now Verizon. He retired after 40 years in 1989. He also, took over JF Taylor and Co after his father�s death. Don was 4th generation owner/operator of the saddle shop. He has made many a trailer top and worked on many a saddle in his day. He loved his Lord, family, horses, and rodeos. He has rodeoed all over Texas. He roped every week at the house with friends and family.
He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School to various ages, but spent 25 years of service teaching 3 and 4 year olds with his wife Betty. HE loved to serve the Lord, but also, his children. The family rodeoed all over. He team roped with his son David.
And when his children and grandchildren had school activities, he was right there supporting them.
He is survived by daughter and son-in love LaDona and Dale Jordan of Barry, son and daughter in -love David and Debbie Taylor of Lipan, grandchildren Justin Jordan and Crystal Devillier of Teague, Jayson and Sebrina Jordan of Mildred, Natalie Patenaude of Corsicana, Victoria Taylor of Mildred, Sarita Petersen and Taylor Doherty of Laramie Wyoming, Latigo and Madalynn Petersen of Weatherford Tx. Great grandchildren Taylor and Zanna Jordan, Maddox and Madilyn Pryor, Jaxon, Melanie and Easton Patenaude and an expected grandson in August. Special friends of the family, Reta Gillen, Donnie and Peggy Gillen, Vicki and Randall Arnett. Many Cousins, Joe Don Brooks and family (Paducah), Bill Swink and family (Dallas), Sharon Swink and family (Conroe), Trisha Taylor Kennedy and family (missionaries) and Lisa Taylor (Ft Worth), Rick Rash and family (Mildred), Mark Rash and family (Mildred), Joyce Rash (Mildred), Debbie Dillingham and family (Corsicana), Phil Golden and family (Blooming Grove) The family would like to thank all of the wonderful nurses, aides and doctors who went above and beyond to take care of Mr. Taylor at Twilight, Navarro Regional, and Hand in Hand Hospice. And for visits family and friends from First Baptist Church Corsicana and Pastor Charky Marquez.
He was preceded in death by, his daughter Laurie Denise Taylor, mother Clemmie Odell Peay Taylor, father Frances Marion (Jake) Taylor, uncles, WM Taylor, Robert Taylor, Sonny Taylor, JB Swink, and aunt Jewel Hodges.
Pallbearers Justin Jordan, Jayson Jordan, Latigo Petersen, Chris McSpadden, Jason Bottoms. Honorary Pallbearers Donnie Gillen, Mickey Don McCain, John Horton, Bobby Reagan, Gilbert Hippard.


Betty Jean (Bennett) Taylor
Oct 8, 1936 - Mar 23, 2023

On Thursday, March 23, 2023 Betty Jean Bennett Taylor went to be with her Lord and Savior.
She was born on October 8, 1936, to Jessie Tom Adams Bennett and Jay Gould, JG, Bennett. She passed away at the age of 86. First and foremost, she was a Christian who loved the Lord with all her might. She was a beloved Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Betty was raised in Navarro County on her family farm. She graduated from high school in 1954. She met Don, they met and fell in love and were married on December 25, 1954. Betty went to business college in Dallas. They began their married life in Ferris Tx and eventually moved to Emhouse in 1956 where they lived the rest of their married life. In Betty�s professional career, she worked in many offices over the years:
Insurance, orthodontist, YMCA, Jetco, Proctor and Gamble and Texas State Home where she retired. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School to various ages but spent 25 years of service teaching 3- and 4-year-olds with her husband Don. Betty loved to serve the Lord, but also, her children and family. And when her children and grandchildren had school activities, she was right there supporting them.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Donald Taylor, daughter and son-in love LaDona and Dale Jordan of Barry, son and daughter in -love David and Debbie Taylor of Lipan, grandchildren Justin Jordan and Crystal Devillier of Teague, Jayson and Sebrina Jordan of Mildred, Natalie Patenaude of Corsicana, Victoria Taylor of Mildred, Sarita Petersen and Taylor Doherty of Laramie, Wyoming, Latigo and Madalynn Petersen of Weatherford Tx. Great grandchildren Taylor and Zanna Jordan, Maddox and Madilyn Pryor, Jaxon, Melanie and Easton Patenaude and an expected grandson in August. Special friends of the family, Reta Gillen, Donnie and Peggy Gillen, Vicki and Randall Arnett. Numerous cousins and church family.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses, aides and doctors who went above and beyond to take care of Mrs. Taylor at Twilight, Navarro Regional and Hand in Hand Hospice. And for visits family and friends from First Baptist Church Corsicana, Pastor Danny Reeves and Pastor Charky Marquez.

She was preceded in death by, her daughter Laurie Denise Taylor, mother Jessie Tom Adams Bennett, father Jay Gould (JG) Bennett, brothers Tillman Rodgers, Joe Bennett, Francis (Mutt) Bennett.

Pallbearers Justin Jordan, Jayson Jordan, Latigo Petersen, Chris McSpadden, Jason Bottoms.
Honorary Pallbearers Donnie Gillen, Mickey Don McCain, John Horton, Bobby Reagan, Gilbert Hippard


Harold Wayne Lilly
Nov. 14, 1929 - May 23, 2023

Harold Wayne Lilly, age 93 of Corsicana, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
He was born on November 14, 1929 in Omaha, Texas to Bill and Mamie Lilly.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mamie Lilly, his wife of 62 years, Virginia Ruth Lilly, twin sisters: Maydeene Davlin and Aline Nash.
Harold is survived by his only child, Kay Cook and her husband The Honorable Byron Cook; granddaughters Ginne Davis and husband Josh, Katie Melton, and husband Hunter. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Lee Davis, Lilly Davis, Laynie Davis, Hayes Melton and Karter Melton, niece Jackie Martin and nephews, Bud Davlin and Nathan Nash. His grandchildren and great grandchildren all affectionately called him Grandaddy.
Harold and Virginia lived in Mt. Pleasant, Texas for most of their lives. He worked at The Presley Wholesale Grocery Company for 33 years where he became Vice President and General Manager. He then went to work for TU Electric Company in 1980 and worked there for 15 years until he retired. After his retirement, Harold and Virginia moved to Corsicana, Texas to be with their daughter and son-in-law and their two granddaughters which they enjoyed very much. Harold was a devoted member of Northside Baptist Church where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 69.
In 1945 at 16 years old Harold became the first Eagle Scout between Dallas and Texarkana. Harold always believed being an Eagle Scout was one of the best things he ever did. He said "It showed me how to take care of myself and others as well." Harold was a true East Texas outdoorsman. Quail hunting and catfishing were his absolute favorites. Of course, he threw in deer hunting, squirrel hunting, dove and duck hunting for good measure. In addition to his sportsman activities, he was an outstanding cook. His great grandchildren loved his strawberry jelly and pickled okra. Every Christmas he made his famous chocolate pecan turtles, which were prized by all who were fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of this treasured candy. Harold also loved to plant a really big garden every year and he would share the vegetables with friends.
Harold was blessed with three very special caregivers, Jackie Haggerty, Juanita Harris, and LaTonya Hawkins.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 2:00pm at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb and Dr. Daniel Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Byron Cook, Josh Davis, Bud Davlin, Kenny French, Dr. Bob Griggs, Hunter Melton, Wayne Nelson, and Jerry Stroud. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dale Campbell, Ken Cook, Chance Davlin, Loyd Davlin, Jim Henry, Nathan Nash, and Jeff Nelson.
Memorial contributions can be made to Northside Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thurs., May 25, 2023
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Virginia Ruth (Franklin) Lilly; s/o William "Bill" Lilly & Mamie Lilly

Hayleigh Nellie Ann DeLaCorte
Feb 18, 2008 - May 17, 2023

Hayleigh Nellie Ann DeLaCorte, aged 15, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. She was born February 18, 2008, to Paul DeLaCorte and Grace Smith.

Hayleigh attended Corsicana High School. Hayleigh was her own person, very outspoken, loving, artistic, crazy and funny. She had a real love for food. She loved to try all types of different cuisines and then to try to recreate them herself. Her favorites were sushi & ramen. She was also a true artist. As she developed as a person her art developed with her. She started out with extra girlie unicorns and horses as a little girl. She also had a painting phase where she painted sunsets, galaxies, waves, and the moon. She was good at everything she tried, sculpting, painting, drawing. Her art was a window into her. Sometimes it was glittery, sometimes it was random and weird, and sometimes it was dark. Most people thought Hayleigh's favorite color was black due to her tough exterior and her solid black wardrobe. But secretly, her favorite color was pink, which sheds light on who she was on the inside - soft and caring with a sweet soul. She loved to help others and befriended those who struggled like her. Hayleigh saw the natural inner beauty of every person regardless of their gender, race, or religion.

She is survived by mother Grace Smith and father Paul DeLaCorte, her Nana and Popo, Laura and Rafa Renteria, her grandparents, Dr John and Maggie Parker, and her Gpa and GiGi Jim and Lisa Nies; brother, Kyler Hubik, sisters, Jazmine Medina and Izzy Delacorte; bonus mom since 2012, Kelli Atchison; Her aunts Ashley Parker, Bailey (Matt) Betts, Madelyn Parker and Abigail Parker and Uncle Jack Parker; Cousins, Jayden Naemi, Milo Matthew, Lola Matthew, Zoe Matthew, Logan Betts, Brennan Betts; Tias and Tios, Desiree DeLaCorte (Leo Miller), Gabriel DeLaCorte (Sarah Spicer), Miguel (Norma) Ruiz, and Will (Sina) Ruiz; Cousins, Dameion Ruiz, Tristan (Jasmine) Saunders, Abriana Ruiz (Mariano Garcia), Lj Decherong, Daryn Ruiz, Daniel Saunders, Storm DeLaCorte, Cruz Garcia, and Salem Grey; cat, Levi; and plants, Larry and Hector.

Preceded by great grandparents, Mike and Nellie Ruiz, Nannie Lisa Smith and great grandfather Jerry Smith.

Visitation for Hayleigh will be held on Sunday, May 28th from 6 - 8 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, May 29th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home starting at 11 am. A graveside service will immediately follow at Oakwood Cemetery

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Glenda Sue (Henry) Fourd
Feb. 18, 1946 - Jan. 4, 2023

Glenda Sue Henry Fourd passed away January 4, 2023, at the age of 76. Glenda was born February 18, 1946 in Corsicana to Glen Thomas Henry and Janice La Verne Alexander. She grew up in Plainview, Windom, and Iowa Park with her siblings Richard, Debbie, LaNelda, and Cindy. Glenda was raised on a farm by her aunt and uncle, Neva and Jack Hill. Her uncle was a very good farmer, winning a corn growing contest in 1949. Glenda appeared prominently in an issue of Progressive Farmer Magazine highlighting his win. The article proclaimed "My Daddy Grows Real Corn." In her youth, Glenda loved to roller skate, dance, and ride her horse. Glenda lived her life big, bold, and without filter. Although she had other jobs over the years, she was a bartender for most of her life. She was a great seamstress, and she loved her big and bold jewelry and was sure to always be in fashion.
Some special memories include a girl trip cruising to Mexico with her daughter and an impromptu Galveston beach camping trip with her 85 year old Aunt Hazel . Glenda considered her best day to be when she was baptized by her uncle Darrell, who was a local pastor. She loved St. Jude's charity for children and her little dog Chloe. She liked to snack on mayo with crackers and pimento cheese sandwiches, and enjoyed red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
Glenda leaves behind her siblings Richard Henry, Debbie Johnston, LaNelda McMullen, and Cindy Pryor; her daughter Vanessa Walker; her daughter and son-in-law Angela and Richard Arthur; her daughter Regina Jones; her son Chase Todd; her grandchildren Tara Ledbetter, Hannah Short, Hunter Todd, Luke Arthur, Jakob Jones, and Joshua Jones; her great grandchildren Kyla Ledbetter, Sullivan Ledbetter, Elena Short, and Iris Todd; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
In order to honor Glenda's life, friends and family will be received on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 11 AM- 1 PM at Corley Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at 2 PM at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


  • d/o Thomas Henry & Janice LaVerne (Alexander) Henry

Jeffery Lynn "Jeff" Davis
July 3, 1964 - Dec. 31, 2022

Jeffery "Jeff" Lynn Davis, 58, of Eureka, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 6:06 AM after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jeff was born July 3, 1964 in Dallas to Anthony Dubart Davis and Janice Marie Talkington Davis. Growing up in Garland with his sibling Tony, and then moved to Corsicana at a young age. As a child, he enjoyed riding bikes, fishing, and having fun with his family and friends. His love of the outdoors continued as he grew older. As a teen, he loved going to the lake, water skiing, fishing, and duck hunting with his buddies and his cousin Ricky. After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1982, he went on to attend Navarro College.
Jeff met his wife Kathy in 1984 through a mutual friend. They were riding around, or as they called it then, "dragging 7th". He asked for her phone number, and the relationship began. They were married on July 18, 1985 at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Corsicana and were blessed with sons Jacob Lynn Davis and James Edward Davis. He was very proud of his sons and told them so. He taught them a "job ain�t worth doing if it's not done right."

Jeff was a hard worker who always took care of his family. He worked 34 years at Navarro County Electric Coop. During that time, he was a meter reader, lineman, crew foreman, and before retiring was the Power Quality and DG Coordinator doing energy audits. He loved all duties of his job, but especially enjoyed energy audits because they allowed him to meet new people and explain to them the usage of their electricity. He enjoyed the comradery he had with the guys out back at work and in the field. He was also a master plumber with his own business, Davis Plumbing. In his free time, Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He loved listening to nature, especially in the deer woods. He participated in many archery tournaments, where he always said "aim for the little spot." He also liked tinkering outside and working on "Blackie" when needed. His greatest joy was his family and friends, with whom he enjoyed many unforgettable holidays and vacations. On his most recent Florida vacation, Jeff went deep sea fishing with his boys. He caught an 8 foot lemon shark, and fought so hard he lost his voice for two weeks. Gatherings were always fun because he was with those he loved, making memories. He was known to say "10-4" and to quote Lonesome Dove. He enjoyed a good meal of fried pork chops and fried taters, apricot pie, Snickers, and Swiss rolls, also known as "do-do" rolls in their family, along with an ice cold Miller Lite.
A man strong in his faith, Jeff was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and encouraged others to turn to Him in their need. Whenever he had a challenge or something that weighed heavy on his heart, he would say, "just look up," give it to the Lord and he will help you through. Jeff never met a stranger and always had an encouraging word. Not only was he there to help his family, but others in need as well. The life of the party, he was a cut up with a cheerful attitude. If you could not find Jeff, you could always listen for a whistle or his loud voice in any crowd. A caring man, he gave the very best hugs, and his smile will be greatly missed.

Jeff leaves behind his loving wife of 37 years, Kathy Davis; his sons Jacob Davis (and wife Sammantha) and James Davis; his grandchildren Mattilynn and Bodee Davis; his brothers Tony Davis (and wife Karen), Scott Davis (and wife Stephanie), and brother-in-law Warren Lewis (and wife Julie); his father and mother-in-law Truett and Joanna Lewis; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins; and a host of friends including best friends David and Karen Puente, "Duker" and "Girlfriend". Jeff was preceded in death by his mother Janice Davis Raney, father Anthony Davis, step-father Lee Sellers, sister Cynthia Mendoza, grandmothers Frances Nelson and Maedean Davis, and grandfathers Bill Talkington, Robert Nelson, and Warren Davis.
The family would like to thank Bristol Hospice for their excellent care of Jeff and the support of the family. Kristi, Pam, and Chaplain Bible, you were such a blessing. Along with all of the food, text, calls, prayers and support from so many family members, co-workers, neighbors and friends.
To honor Jeff's life, a visitation will be held Wednesday, January 4th from 5-7:00 pm at Corley Funeral Home and services will be Thursday, January 5 at 10 o'clock in the morning at Northside Baptist Church, 2800 North Beaton, Corsicana with Pastor Daniel Harper officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be David Puente, David Jones, Adam Scott, Joel Seaton, Chris Jones, Tommy Cantrell and Patrick Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be the men and coworkers of Navarro County Electric Cooperative. Graveside service will be held at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.
Corley Funeral Home


  • h/o Kathy Davis; s/o Anthony Dubart Davis & Janice Marie (Talkington) Davis
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Geral Nichols
Jun 19, 1935 - Sep 20, 2022

Geral Nichols, 87 went to be with the Lord on September 20, 2022. He was born on June 19, 1935 in Navarro, Texas. Geral was a lifelong resident of Corsicana, Texas. He was married to his devoted and loving wife Bobbie for 67 years and together they were blessed with three children Tommy, Marsha, & Tim.
He was a building contractor for over 40 years before retiring. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.
He served in the Texas National Guard for 24 years, received training at Ft. Hood, Texas, Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, and Ft. Benning, Georgia Air Borne School. He attended several military schools and seminars and retired from military service on September 16, 1976.
He served as a City Commissioner of Corsicana, TX 1972-1974, served as chairman of building, plumbing and mechanical board with the City of Corsicana. Attended and received certificates from Central Texas Council of Government, Arlington, Texas. He served as a Board Member of Community Services in 1973. He was Past President and life member of Corsicana Optimist Club, Past President Corsicana Noon Lions Club. He was selected as Lion of the Year by the Noon Lions Club in 1988. Life member of the Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children, 32nd Mason, Past Master of Masonic Lodge 174, Corsicana, Member Scottish Rite, Waco, Texas., York Rite Member, Corsicana, Texas. He was member of the board of Directors at Twilight Nursing Home. He Served as President of Navarro Co Builders Association 1977-1978 and 1984. He was honored for outstanding service in 1973 by the board of Directors of the Corsicana YMCA for service of the youth. He also was on the advisory committee of the Kinsloe House.
He is preceded in death by his parents, TW and Lena Nichols; son, Tim Nichols; sister, Madgeline Gibson and brothers, Billy & Bobby Nichols.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bobbie; son, Tommy Nichols, Sr.; daughter, Marsha Stearman and husband Mike; brothers, Paskell Nichols and wife Betty, and Terry Nichols all of Corsicana; grandchildren; Stacy Nichols, Tommy "TJ" Nichols, Jr. and wife Hillary, Brandi Stearman, and Justin Stearman and wife Erika; great grandchildren, Kaleigh Coats, Alania Nichols, Jaxon Potter, Addison Stearman, Zane Stearman, Jaxon Stearman, Quinn Nichols and Noah Nichols; great great-grandchildren, Brody & Cody Coats; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or The Masonic Temple (Masonic Lodge 174) 201 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
In order to honor Geral's life, the family will have a visitation at Corley Funeral Home on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 5-7pm. Graveside services will be Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11am at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Pastor Jake Wade officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy "TJ" Nichols, Jr., Mike Stearman, Zane Stearman, Nick Nichols, Johnny Lake and Eddie Perry.


Mary (Ingram?) Clay
abt 1889 - Aug 17, 1970

Funeral Set For Mrs. Clay

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens for Mrs. Mary Clay, 81, native of Navarro county who died Monday in Dallas. The Rev. L. A. Crawford of Dallas will officiate. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Minervia Ingram of Dallas; four nieces, Mrs. L. M. Baxter, Mrs. Dovie Sadler and Mrs. Wilma Knighten, all of Dallas, and Mrs. Rabelia Brown of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one nephew of Denison.

Calhoun Funeral Home will conduct.



Clay Funeral

Funeral services were held Thursday at 11 a.m. for Mrs. Mary Clay, 81, at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens. The Rev. L. A. Crawford officiated. Burial was in the Princeton Cemetery. Calhoun Funeral Home conducted.

Surviving are a sister, four nieces and one nephew.






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