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Samuel Verse French 
Nov 26, 1895 - Jan 1971

French Rites
Funeral services were held today at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Italy for S. V. French who was killed late Tuesday afternoon in an automobile accident. The Rev. William R. Chase will officiate and interment will be in Frost Tex.
A retired farmer, he was born in Navarro Mills Nov 26, 1895 and had lived in Italy since 1932. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Italy.
Survivors include three sons, Darwood of Bryan, James Lee of Tyler and Darrell of Duncanville; six daughters, Mrs. P. J. Siler of Long Beach Calif., Mrs. B. M. White of Dallas, Mrs. Malcolm Hart of Waco, Mrs. Ben Killebrew of Grand Prairie, Mrs. Jack Winningham of Waxahachie and Mrs. H. L. Southard of Avalon; three brothers, Redney of Navarro Mills and Rankin and Cecil French of Corsicana; three sisters, Miss Florence French of Corsicana, Mrs. George Putnam of Navarro Mills and Mrs. Leo Hubbard of Dawson.

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Katherine (Jenkins) Brown
Nov 18, 1904 - Dec 5, 2002

Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown, 98, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert Young officiating. Internment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 18, 1904 in Corsicana and lived most of her life in Kilgore where she worked as a secretary to Jenkins and Ligett. she was an active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, an accomplished pianist and past president of the Womens Literary Club. After moving back to Corsicana, she became a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Brown was preceded in death by sister Eloise Barton and mother Clara Jenkins.

Survivors include two brothers Mr. Carbel Neal Jenkins of Lucas and James C. Jenkins of Pasadena and three nieces Mary Katherine Stroube of Houston, Carla Miller of Lucas and Jean Risigner of Pasadena.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frankie Jean (Clampitt) Abney
Oct 21, 1937 - Dec 4, 2002

Frankie Jean Abney

Frankie Jean Abney, 65, of Midland passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Bob Porterfield officiating.

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

She was born Oct. 21, 1937 in Corsicana to Frank and Anna Bell Clampitt. After graduation she attended Baylor University. She married Charles Abney May 3, 1993 in Farmington, N.M.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Abney of Midland; daughters, Debbie Welke and husband Mike of Hyde Park, N.Y., Cynthia Shryock and husband Mike of Aztec, N.M., Lisa Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif. and Carolyn Guiterrez and husband Al of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, David Powers, Sean, Jennifer, Ryan, Rayannon, Amanda, Kenyon and Karla; four great-grandchildren; brother, Gary Clampitt; and sister, Betty Anderson.

Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home of Midland and local arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Launa (Murphy) Wilson
Feb 16, 1904 - Dec 4, 2002

Launa Murphy Wilson, 98, a former resident of Hubbard and Munger, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in Dallas after a brief illness.

Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Jerry Irvin officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday before the funeral services.

Mrs. Wilson was born Feb. 16, 1904, near Dawson. As a young child she played the piano and organ for church services at Liberty Hill. Because of her continued interest in music, she served as organist and pianist for the First United Methodist Church of Hubbard for many years where she was a member of the WSCS and Berean Sunday School Class. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed participating in the Quilters for Christ group that made beautiful quilts for the annual Lord's Acre held at the Methodist church.

She attended North Texas State Teachers College in Denton and East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. She then taught elementary school in the Dawson-Hubbard-Munger area. Her last and most favorite teaching assignment was in Santa Anna. She married Joe Wilson of the Munger community in 1929.

Mrs. Wilson was the last surviving member of the William Carson and Lily Terry Murphy family and was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, six sisters and by her husband of 53 years, Joe Walker Wilson in 1983.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Joe Starnes of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Terry and Dorothy Wilson of De Soto; son, Frank Wilson of Houston; grandchildren, Kevin and Margaret Starnes of Plano, Cheryl and Ed Pearce of Dallas, Debbie Wilson of De Soto and Linda Wilson of Dallas; five great-grandchildren, Jeff and Stephanie Starnes of Plano and Lauren, Allison and Kaitlyn Pearce of Dallas; sister-in-law Ruth Wilson of Dallas and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hubbard or the Lord's Acre Fund of the church.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

*** Funeral Memento

In Memory of
Mrs. Launa Murphy Wilson
Widow of Joe Wilson
February 16, 1904- December 4, 2002
Dawson, Texas Dallas, Texas

Funeral services
11:00 AM Saturday
December 7, 2002
Wade Funeral Chapel
Hubbard, Texas

Officiating
Rev. Jerry Irvin

Interment
Fairview Cemetery

Survivors

Daughter: Beth & Joe Starnes fo Dallas

Sons: Joe Terry & Dorothy Wilson of DeSoto, Frank Wilson of Houston

Grandchildren:

Kevin & Margaret Starnes of Plano,  Cheryl & Ed Pearce of Dallas, Debbie Wilson of DeSoto, Linda Wilson of Dallas

Great-Grandchildren:

Jeff & Stephanie Starnes of Plano, Lauren, Allison & Kaitlyn Pearce of Dallas

Pallbearers

Joe Starnes, Kevin Starnes, Jeffrey Starnes, Ed Pearce, Lawrence Jones, Wyn Norris, Neely Wolfforth

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun; Thurs, Dec 6, 1971 also printed in Hubbard City News, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002
  • Launa was the daughter of William Carson Murphy (b. 1873 Maury Co TN) and grandaughter of John Calvin Murphy, Civil War veteran, who came to Liberty Hill, TX from Maury Co. in 1875.
  • [Memoriam of Launa Murphy Wilson, 1904-2002] [provided by Danny Murphy, 19 Dec 2002] Hubbard City News, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002


Julian H. McKinney
Apr 25, 1908 - Dec 3, 2002

Julian H. McKinney, 94, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2002 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Internment will follow at at Woodland Cemetery.

Mr. McKinney was born on April 25, 1908, in Corsicana and was an active church member. He attended G.W. Jackson High School and Prairie View A&M University and was a carpenter for many years in Navarro County.

He is survived by one sister, Alyce Bell Jones of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Elbert E. Richards
Feb. 9, 1913 - Feb 2000

Services for Elbert E. Richards, 87, of Palestine, will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Rev. Carl Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Mr. Richards died Saturday morning at Palestine Health Care Center.

He was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Corsicana to Robert Lee Richards and Hattie Alva Coker Richards.

Mr. Richards was a Methodist. He was retired from the oil field as a switcher. He was owner-operator of a service station and auto air conditioner repair shop for many years after his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Perlia Pauline Richards.

Mr. Richards is survived by daughter Carolyn Greenwood of Del Valle; sons Bud Richards and Jerry Richards, both of Palestine, and Larry Richards of Elkhart; sisters Alva Baker and Vi Bruce, both of Mabank; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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  • Palestine Herald Press - Feb 27, 2000
     

Ruby A. (Missildine) Vaughn
May 23, 1914 - Feb 28, 2000

Ruby A. Vaughn

Services for Ruby A. Vaughn, 85, of Corsicana, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mrs. Vaughn died Monday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born May 23, 1914, in Tennessee Colony.

Mrs. Vaughn was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Johnnie W. Vaughn of Corsicana; sons, Johnnie L. Vaughn, Don Vaughn and Jack Vaughn, all of Corsicana and David Vaughn of Fairfield; daughter, Paula Marrs of Corsicana; brother, Ed Missildine of Palestine; sister, Willie Mae Humphrey of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Yates Manahan

Services for Yates Manahan, 17, of Fairfield, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield with the Revs. Bill Shaw, John Saculla and Bill Webb officiating. Burial will follow at Manahan’s Family Cemetery in Freestone County under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.

Mr. Manahan died Sunday in an auto accident in Huntsville.

He was born Dec. 17, 1982, in Corsicana, to Cam and Deb Manahan of Fairfield.
He was a junior at Fairfield High School. He was a Methodist.

Mr. Manahan qualified in state bull riding two years in the Texas High School Rodeo Association, qualified in doggin one year in the Texas High School Rodeo Association, qualified for the national finals in 1999 in bull riding, and was champion district poll vault in 1999.

He is survived by his parents; brothers, Justin Manahan and Garrett Manahan of Fairfield; grandparents, Dolly Manahan of Fairfield and Oliver and Shirley Swinburn of Teague; and great-grandmother, Lois Lancaster of Dew.

Pallbearers will be Michael Wren, Dan Brown, Richard Callendar, Clark Fryer, Derek Mitchell, Chance Armstrong, Clay Emmons and Cody Mizell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Davis, Will Barnes, Lynn Bottoms, Bob Champion, Ray Lancaster and Rusty Davis.
Memorials may be made to Christian Cowboys Who Care, P.O. Box 99, Douglas, Texas.


Avis Ann (Eisen) Armstrong
Nov 19, 1965 - Mar 2000

Services for Avis Ann Eisen-Armstrong, 34, of Fairfield were at 3 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield. Burial followed at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

Ms. Armstrong died Saturday at a Corsicana hospital.

She was born Nov. 19, 1965, in Tomball. She was a homemaker.

Ms. Armstrong is survived by life mate, Charles Armstrong and his daughter, Donna Zwierzchowski, of Fairfield; mother, Avis Eisen of Fairfield; and sisters, Paula Snider and Cindy Eisen, both of Fairfield, and Laura Eisen of Kansas City, Mo.

Pallbearers were Amile Snider, Lindale Grandbury, Ricky Grandbury, James Armstrong, Delbert Armstrong and Leonard Zwierzchowski.

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  • Palestine Herald Press - 21 March, 2000

Bual Woodard 

Serviced for Buel "Woody" WOODARD, 82, of Palestine will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Baily & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Robley Soileau officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Park.

Mr. Woodard died Tuesday at Memorial Mother Frances Hospital in Palestine.
He was born July 8, 1917, in Corsicana, to Arthur and Nora Wilson Woodward.
Mr. Woodard was self-employed for Shamrock and was retired from Homer White's Gulf Station . He also worked as a forman for the Strouby Horse Ranch in Corsicana and was a member of Memorial Christian Church.
He is preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Mr. Woodard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Willie Mae Woodard of Palestine: Daughters, Peggy Rhone of Overton and Norene Watson of Palestine; Son, James L. Collins of San Antonio; Sister, Evelyn Sasser of Forth Worth; Five grandchildren; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-great-children......

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  • Palestine Herald Press
  • (Died 24 Aug 1999)

Bobby Gene Coker
Jul 3, 1934 - Dec 5, 2002

Bobby Gene Coker, 68, of Houston began his journey with his Lord Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Long Prairie Cemetery near Kerens.

Pallbearers will be David Coker, Jeff Coker, Jim Coker, Gary Paul, Adron Paul and Marvin Paul.

Mr. Coker was born July 3, 1934 in Eureka. In 1953 he moved to Houston and began his 44 years of employment with Cameron Iron Works, retiring in 1996. He was a devoted and generous family man that will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Annie Coker; brothers, Winston Coker and O. E. Coker; and sister-in-law, Patsy Coker.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ethelene (Paul) Coker; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby D. "Donny" and Amy and Larry Gene and Teri, all of Houston, Roger Dale and Jan of Granbury; sisters, Lois McCary of Houston, Betty Sanches and Genevie Paul, both of Corsicana, and Lillie Laney of Athens; brothers, Floyd Coker of Houston, Clinton "Jelly" Coker of Richland and Jimmy D. Coker of Navarro; grandchildren, Kevin, Katherine, Steven, Austin, Carling, Amber, Brooke and Courtney; former daughter-in-law, Liz; and numerous other family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Health Care, 2638 South Loop West, Suite No. 210, Houston, Texas.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe D. York
Dec 17, 1928 - Dec 6, 2002

Joe D. York, 73, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Mr. York was born Dec. 17, 1928 in Wellington to R. E. and Agnes Summy York. The family moved to Corsicana from Waco when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945.

He attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a B.B.A. degree. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and attended officer candidate school at Lackland Air Force Base, graduating as a second lieutenant in December 1949. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Air Force both on active duty and as a reserve officer. He logged over 9,000 flying hours and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. York returned to Corsicana in 1960 where he followed his father into the family business, Joe York Furniture Company. He owned and operated the store until 1991 when he retired and closed the store.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Alan York in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Lewis York; son, Stephen Lewis York; granddaughter, Hilary York; grandson, Cameron York; brother and sister-in-law, Gerry and Polly York; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Earlene (Price) Body
Dec 12, 1936 - Dec 4, 2002

Earlene Price Body, 65, of Corsicana passed away Wedensday, Dec. 4, 2002 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Tommy G. Bowens as eulogist. Interment will be at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Hall, Eugene McBride, Don Jones, James Bruton, Vernon Vanibuls and Michael Rush.

Mrs. Body was born Dec. 12, 1936 in Milford. She was a member of Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ and a graduate of G. W. Jackson High School.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Price; father, Issue Price; mother, Willie Mae Price; and brother, Ervin Price.

Mrs. Body is survived by her husband, David Body of Corsicana; sons, Calvin Price and wife Laressa, Derwin Price and wife Debra, Lajuan and Robbie Nell, all of Corsicana; daughter, Veronica Jones and husband Freddie of Corsicana; brother, Bryon Price of Dallas; sister, Evelyn Garrett and husband James of Dallas; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Gladys Mildred Harrison

Gladys Mildred Harrison, 97, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2002.

There was a private family service. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana and other services will be held at a later date.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas P. Harrison.

Mrs. Harrison is survived by granddaughters, Carol Harrison Raths and husband Dean and Pamela Gail Harrison Lane and husband Robert; daughter-in-law, Ina Boyd Shireman and husband Ray; and great-grandchildren, Justin Raths, Nathan Lane, Katherine Raths, Rachel Lane and Sara Lane.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Leonard David Giesler
Nov 13, 1918 - Dec 9, 2002

Leonard D. Giesler, 84, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple. A memorial gathering will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wicklow Inn, 220 N. 14th St., Corsicana

Mr. Giesler was born Nov. 13, 1918 in Temple to Grace and Garnet Giesler. He served as a U.S. Air Force pilot in WWII, stationed in the U.S., India and China. After the war he served a number of years with Ford Motor company in the Houston and southwestern area of Texas. He may be remembered for his humor and cunning wit and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include wife Mary E. Patrick Giesler, formerly of Brownsville; sister Lina G. Leonard of Santa Barbara, Calif.; attentive special niece Grace White DeLew of Long Beach, Calif. and her brothers Arthur, James and Douglas White; nephews Louis, William and Davis Buck; nieces Marilyn Buck, Lisa Rubin, Beth Wagland and Jenna Rubin of California and Australia; and many other relatives.

Local arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Letha (Fulton) Danford-Minatra
Feb 27, 1914 - Dec 8, 2002

Letha Danford Minatra

Letha Danford Minatra, 88, of Georgetown and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002 in Georgetown.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Phillip Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Stuckly, Joel Danford, Chet Danford, Eugene Fulton, Livy Mills and Carl Hassell.

Mrs. Minatra was born Feb. 27, 1914 in Blooming Grove to Christian and Laura Green Fulton. She worked for Hagger Slacks as a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Raymond W. Danford; husband of 17 years, Robert H. Minatra; granddaughters, Debra Kay Stuckly and Tamberly Renee Johns; and great-grandson, Mitchell John Stuckly.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Raymond and Pansy Danford of Waxahachie; daughter and son-in-law, Anertha Kay and Preston Stuckly of Georgetown; grandchildren, Kevin and Jeanne Stuckly of Georgetown, Joel Danford of Dallas and Chet Danford of Waxahachie; great-grandchildren, Darian Stuckly, Emily Stuckly and Cameron Johns; and sister, Adelia Elder of Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Ernest "Pop" Edward Paul
Feb 1, 1934 - Dec 8, 2002

Ernest "Pop" Edward Paul, 68, of Wortham, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

Visitation will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at New Hope Cemetery with Reverend James Dorman officiating.

Mr. Paul was born on Feb. 1, 1934 in Rural Shade.

Survivors include wife Oma Lee (Chappell) Paul; daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Larry Shelby; son and daughter-in-law Charles and Lisa Paul; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters Frances Massey, Mary Sutterfield, Ethelene Coker, Virgie Giles, and husband Duatene, Josephine Cox and husband James; brothers Arlin Paul and wife Irma, Raymond Paul, Harold Paul and wife Donna, Marvin Paul and Adron Paul; many nephews and nieces and many great friends.

Arrangements by Porter Chapel in Wortham.

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Caleb Ryan Ivie
Nov 14, 1994 - Dec 10, 2002

Caleb Ryan Ivie, 8, of Denton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 passed away in Ponder.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bob Reid officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Caleb Ryan Ivie was born Nov. 14, 1994 in Ennis.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Anita Marie Garner and Brian Garner of Denton; father and stepmother, Caleb Wade Ivie and Brandy Michelle Ivie of Corsicana; sisters, Holli Deanne Love and Haylee Danielle Love, both of Corsicana; grandmothers, Brenda Sue Andrews and Martha Davis, both of Corsicana, and Brenda Love of Italy; grandfathers, Sammie Ivie of Waco and Homer Stallings of Corsicana; great-grandmother, Margie Spicer of Corsicana; great-grandfather, Vernon Spicer of Corsicana; uncles, Brad Tarkington and wife Sherry, Brian Tarkington and Johnny Schultz, all of Corsicana, and Gerald Schultz and wife Barbara of Kerens; and aunts, Anita Jordan, Glenda Brown, and Paulette Hobbs and husband Billy, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jacob Reid Ivie
Feb 8, 1996 - Dec 10, 2002

Jacob Reid Ivie, 6, of Denton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 at Cook's Children Hospital in Fort Worth.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bob Reid officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Jacob Reid Ivie was born Feb. 8, 1996 in Ennis.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Anita Marie Garner and Brian Garner of Denton; father and stepmother, Caleb Wade Ivie and Brandy Michelle Ivie of Corsicana; sisters, Holli Deanne Love and Haylee Danielle Love, both of Corsicana; grandmothers, Brenda Sue Andrews and Martha Davis, both of Corsicana, and Brenda Love of Italy; grandfathers, Sammie Ivie of Waco and Homer Stallings of Corsicana; great-grandmother, Margie Spicer of Corsicana; great-grandfather, Vernon Spicer of Corsicana; uncles, Brad Tarkington and wife Sherry, Brian Tarkington and Johnny Schultz, all of Corsicana, and Gerald Schultz and wife Barbara of Kerens; and aunts, Anita Jordan, Glenda Brown, and Paulette Hobbs and husband Billy, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Tennie Alberta (Criddle) Chimney
Dec 4, 1931 - Dec 7, 2002

Tennie Criddle Chimney, 71, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Quiet hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church with Pastor M.C. Cooper officiating and the Rev. Billy C. Freeman as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harvey Criddle, Lee Criddle Jr., Byron Criddle, Tolbert Thomas, Timothy Criddle and Jitu Criddle. Honorary pallbearers will be Elias O'Neal, Bobby Sparks, Kenneth Martin, Charles Colbert, Curtis Sparks Jr., Thomas Bartee and Bennie Thomas.

Mrs. Chimney was born Dec. 4, 1931 in Corsicana. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, where she served as pastoral steward/stewardess. She was a past officer of the Jackson Ex-Students Association. A 1949 graduate of G.W. Jackson High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1953 from Jarvis College and master's degree from both the University of North Texas and Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Lufkin and Corsicana and as a principal in the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District. She retired from teaching in May 1997. She returned to teaching in 2001 at the Lifeline Academy Charter School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Rubie Nell Criddle; sister, Janice Frances; and brother, Willie Criddle Jr.

Survivors include her sons, Obidike Kamau (Lacy Jr.) and wife Ngozi, Eric Chimney and wife ReneŽ, and Adisa Kamau (Meredith) and wife Sherrill, all of Houston; grandchildren, Kishmi Davis and husband Monty of Dallas, Thema Kamau, Omorose Hart, Jabari Whitmore, Allison West, Akono Kamau, Jabari Kamau and Jordan Chimney, all of Houston; brothers, Lee Wilbur Criddle of Corsicana and Tyrone Criddle of Dallas; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Hawkins) Smith
Oct 23, 1922 - Dec 11, 2002

Mary Elizabeth Smith, 80, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Roane Baptist Church with Elder Harold Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be James Earl Hawkins, Leonard Hawkins, Gary Hall, O.B. Hawkins, Charles Hall and Kenneth Hall.

Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 23, 1922 in Bullard. She was a faithful member of the Roane Chapel Baptist Church and also served as Church Mother. She was retired from Navarro Regional Hospital, the Environmental Services Department.

She was preceded in death by husband Lewis Smith and son, Lewis Smith Jr.

Survivors include daughter Daisy Pace and husband Albert of Corsicana; sons James Lloyd Smith and wife Lula of Powell, David Lewis Smith and wife Phyllis and Billy Ray Thomas and wife Chandra, all of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; sisters Lessie Thomas, Clara Thomas and Ruby Lee Hawkins, all of Corsicana; brothers L.C. Hawkins of Rice, Sonny Hawkins of Kerens and Charles Hawkins of Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rev. Luther Crawford
Dec 20, 1929 - Dec 13, 2002

Rev. Luther Crawford, 72, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. today at Marxhall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Pastor Ralph Lee of Hubbard Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Lonnie Johnson of Fairhaven Baptist Church in Mesquite and Pastor Jim Anderson of Second Ave. Baptist Church in Corsicana will officiate. Internment will follow at Hillcrest Garden of Memory in Hillsboro.

Rev. Crawford was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Paducah to Winfield Scott and Lena Augusta (Hansard) Crawford. He grew up in Estelline and graduated in 1947. He married Wanda Reed on Sept. 15, 1948 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1951. It was during his time with the Navy when he delivered his first public sermon. After teh service, he went to school at the Texas Baptist Institute where he received his Doctorate degree. He began pastoring at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church in Laneville and was the first preacher of the Eastside Baptist Church in Gary. He then went to Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lamesa and was at Wallnut Street Baptist Church in Hillsboro for 10 years. He then went to the Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana for two years and the Carthage Missionary Baptist Church for three yeears. In 1977, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of Missions for the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas and served in this position until his death. He was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church of Corsicana.

After the death of his wife, Wanda, on Sept. 28, 1982, Rev. Crawford wed Theda Ruggles, July 14, 1983. Luther said, "the Lord gave me two great help mates."

He was preceded in death by wife Wanda, two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include wife Theda Crawford of Corsicana; two sons Mike Crawford and wife Virginia of Walnut Springs and Philip Crawford and wife Terri of Hillsboro; one brother Ernest Moss Crawford of Olney; four sisters Ruth Lancaster of Lubbock, Ruby Hartman of Lockney, Rosa Lee Porter of California and Rachel Hunt of Henderson; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to be made to Texas Missions.

Arrangements by Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro

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Nelson Nichols Ross 
Aug 27, 1911 - Dec 13, 2002

Nelson N. Ross

Nelson N. Ross, 91, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Tommy Ross, Paul Ross, Jimmy McGhee, Patrick Smith, Scott Ramsey and Jerry Davis. Honorary pallbearers are J.D. Sheppard, Phil Smith, Ferma C. Stewart, Louis Hashop, Will Haschop and Maco Stewart.

Mr. Ross was born Aug. 27, 1911 in Stephenville to John H. and Sarah Ross. He attended school in Corsicana and graduated from Abilene Christian University. He received a master's degree from East Texas State University. He taught school and coached in Graham and Corsicana High School, teaching biology, history and coaching during the 1950s. He continued teaching distributive education at Corsicana High School and mid-management at Navarro College. He was co-owner of Ross Brothers Honey Co. He was a lifetime member of Westhill Church of Christ and was a member of the Rotary Club and Navarro County Historical Society. He also served in the U.S. Navy as lieutenant junior grade during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rose Hashop Ross in 1996; parents, John H. and Sara Carmack Ross; brother, R. E. Ross, Ernest Ross, John Ross and Clyde Ross; and sisters, Era Short and Marie Grubbs.

Survivors include his son, Bobby Ross of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Dr. Reese Brown of Liberty; granddaughters, Caren Brown Smith of Richland, Kristen Brown Roedner of Boston, Mass., and Rebecca Ross Ramsey of Austin; grandson, Kevin Brown of Houston; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Jewell McGhee of Belton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nelson N. Ross Endowment Scholarship Fund at Abilene Christian University.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Loreta Gaillard
Sept. 11, 1904 - Dec 13, 2002

Loreta Gaillard, 98, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Robert Young officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 11, 1904 in Navarro. She worked at Navarro County Health Department for many years and was a nurse for Dr. Kelton. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Arnold Lewis
Nov. 28, 1924 - Dec 12, 2002

Arnold Lewis, 78, of Streetman passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at his residence.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

Graveside services with masonic rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Mr. Lewis was born Nov. 28, 1924 in Winkler. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1968 after serving during World War II in France and Germany and in Korea during the Korean War. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 826 in Winkler. He attended Navarro Junior College and received a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Laura Knowles Lewis; sisters, Evelyn Lewis and Geraldine Metcalf; brother, Gordon Lewis; and niece, Joyce Metcalf.

Survivors include his sister, Mozelle Carmichael and husband Johnny of Seagraves; brothers, Donald Lewis and wife June of Corsicana, Mack Lewis and wife Alberta of Montgomery, Ala., and Bobby Lewis and wife Joan of Houston; sister-in-law, Oma Lewis of Corsicana; nieces, Suzanne Ortiz, Rhonda Russell and Denice Lewis; and nephews, Jimmy Metcalf, Bobby Metcalf, Johnny Carmichael Jr., Tim Carmichael, Kenneth Lewis, Ronny Lewis, Jeff Lewis and Scotty Lewis.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel

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Paul Wayne Bell
Dec 5, 1959 - Dec 12, 2002

Paul Wayne Bell, 43, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Almon, Dow Turner, Daniel Johnson, Jimmy Parsons, Steve Byrd, Donald Northern and Rudy DeLaGarza.

Mr. Bell was born Dec. 5, 1959 in Corsicana. He was a former employee of the Skatarama in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Curtis Bell Jr.; and brother, Charles Ray Wheat.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Ann Bell of Corsicana; brothers, Jimmy Dale Bell of Corsicana and Bobby Bell and wife Beverly of Kerens; sisters, Georgia Wing and husband Roger of Kerens, Carolyn Shaw and husband Ron, and Joyce Elliot, all of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Avelina Wheat of Purdon; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Martha Lou Jones
Oct. 25, 1927 - Dec 12, 2002

Martha Lou Jones, 75, of Duncanville passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 in Duncanville.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Walker, Jimmy Walker Jr., Joe Howell, Alicia Howell, Michael Milton and Kelly Sherrard.

Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 25, 1927 in Dawson. She was a 30-year employee of J.C. Penney Co.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Joe Howell of Duncanville; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Leon and Helen Walker of Dallas; granddaughters, Alicia Howell of Arlington and Kelly Sherrard of Ferris; grandson, Jimmy Walker Jr. of Dallas; great-grandson Ryan Sherrard or Ferris and sister, Lois Ester Starks of Everman.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bessie Lorena (Evans) Burke
Oct 9, 1878 - Jan 4, 1974

Mrs. Burke

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home for Mrs. Bessie Burke, 95, of Corsicana, who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, J. Harry Burke and J. Afton Burke, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. C. V. Carney of Corsicana and Mrs. J. G. Rogers of Fort Worth; and several grandchildren.

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Jettie Mae (Howell) Goodman
Dec 2, 1902 - Jan 3, 1974

Mrs. Goodman

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Jettie Mae Goodman, 71, of Corsicana, who died Thursday. 

Rev. Joe Evans will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery.

She was a native of Jacksonville and had lived in Corsicana 70 years.  She was a retired telephone operator.

Survivors include a brother and four sisters.

Pallbearers include Earl McGraw, Jack Kent, T. G. Gaynes, Dutch Crumbley, George Chappell, and O. F. Prater.

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INFANT of Randall Broussard

Infant Broussard

Graveside services were to be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Prairie Point Cemetery for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Broussard.  The son died Wednesday in Garland.  The Rev. A. J. Merkel will officiate.  Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include the parents of Garland; a sister, Melissa Broussard of Garland; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mitchell of Corsicana, Elton Broussard and Mrs. Donald Fast, both of Sulphur, La.

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Etta Wallace (Owens) Campbell
Feb 22, 1895 - Jan 3, 1974

Mrs. Campbell

BLOOMING GROVE - Funeral services are set for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Baptist Church for Mrs. Etta Campbell, 78, who died Thursday night at Evergreen Nursing Home.  The Rev. Ken James pastor, will officiate and burial will be at Rose Hill Cemtery.  Services will be under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Campbell was a resident of Blooming Grove and a member of Central Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Thomas Campbell of Blooming Grove, John Hightower of Houston and Dr. James Campbell of Longview; three daughters, Mrs. Zolita Perkins of Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Martha Russell of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Bettye White of Fort Worth; two brothers John Owens of Tulia and Reagan Owens of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Shelton of Dallas and Mrs. Laura Cherry of Dallas, 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be men of Central Baptist Church.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun Jan 4, 1974
  • TXDI: Etta O. Campbell; Jan 3, 1974; Navarro Co., TX; Female
  • SSDI: Etta Campbell; 22 Feb 1894; Jan 1974; 76626 Blooming Grove, TX; 459-17-2323

Mary Doris Morin
Dec 5, 1929 - Dec 13, 1993

Doris Morin

Miss Doris Morin, 64, of Corsicana, died Dec 13, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church with Father George Monaghan officiating.  A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in Calvery Cemetery.

She was born Dec 5,1929 in San Antonio.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.

She is survived by four brothers, Elias "Ollie" Rojas of Gun Barrell City, Rudy Morin of Madera, Calif., Henry Rogers of Fresno Calif., and Phillip Gonzales of San Pedro, Calif.

Pallbearers will be Richard Rojas, David Rojas, Jerry Rojas, Johnny Santos, Sipiano Gonzales and Marion Guillen.  Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Rogers, Vincent Rojas and John P. Gonzales.

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Sharon Ann (Chapman) Threet
June 10, 1943 - Dec 14, 1993

Sharon Threet

Sharon Ann (Chapman) Threet, 50, of Corsicana, died Dec 14, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel.  The Rev. Kenneth Bass and the Rev. Bill Reed will officiate.  Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born June 10, 1943 in Corsicana.  She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary Post No 3326.  She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and was employed at Wal Mart.

Survivors include four daughters, Denese Rains, Anitria Snowden, Paige Threet and Rene Threet, all of Corsicana; three brothers and sisters-in-law, A.E. and Jean Chapman and Robert and Maria Chapman, all of Corsicana, and the Rev. Howard and Dorcas Chapman of Wichita Falls; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Inez and Orel Smith and Helen Ruth and Herbert Wilcox, all of Corsicana; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Wilcox, Dennis Chapman, Keith Chapman, Bobby Chapman, Mike Chapman and Ben Chapman.

Honorary Pallbearers will be John Chapman, Earl Chapman, Tim Coker and Mike Alanzo.

Memorials may be made to Cistic Fibrosis, c/o American Cancer Society, Navarro Unit, P.O. Box 1236 Corsicana, Texas, 75151 or the Hospice of Mercy, 500 W. Third Suite No. 2, Corsicana, Texas  75110.

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Roy Whisenhunt Sr.
July 31, 1950 - Oct 5, 2002

Roy H. Whisenhunt Sr., who had lived in Hoquiam for 33 years, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at his home. He was 52.

Mr. Whisenhunt was born July 31, 1950, in Aberdeen, to Claude and Rose Marie (McKinney) Whisenhunt. He was raised Corsicana, Texas.

He worked as a drywall installer and painter. Mr. Whisenhunt enjoyed restoring cars, especially mechanically.

He is survived by his mother, Rose Widman of Hoquiam; two sons, Roy Jr. of Montesano and Robert of Raymond; two daughters, Kathy Spoon of Aberdeen and Beth Ann of Montesano; four brothers, Ronald of Detroit, Mich., Raymond of Springfield, Mo., Ralph of Hoquiam and Richard of Tacoma, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Harbor Assembly of God in Hoquiam. Arrangements are by the Fern Hill Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Donations in Mr. Whisenhunt's memory are suggested to Alcoholics Anonymous, 318 N Street, Hoquiam, 98550.


Carl Edwin Perkins
Jan. 14, 1921 - Dec 15, 2002

Carl Edwin Perkins, 81, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lee Dearen, John Dearen, Johnny Boldin, Johnny Horvath, Rob Arden and John Aulds.

Mr. Perkins was born on Jan. 14, 1921, in Navarro County to James L. and Sadie Gray Perkins.

Survivors include wife Mary J. Perkins of Corsicana; daughters Sally Jo Skinner and Pat Arden, both of Houston; son Michael R. Perkins of Nacodoches; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, three step-sons; one step-daughter; brother Joe Perkins of Corsicana; sister Jimmie Stienman of Quilan and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Willie Ray Barree
Oct. 1, 1941 - Dec 15, 2002

Willie Ray Barree, 61, of Richland passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Hill Baptist Church in Richland with the Rev. Charles Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Richland.

Pallbearers will be Earnest Walker IV, Marcus McQueen, Leland Adams, DeWayne Wadley, Ervin Kelly and Mack Gamble Jr.

Mr. Barree was born Oct. 1, 1941 in Richland. He retired from Krohler Upholstery Furniture Store.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Barree, Detra Carroll of Dallas; six grandchildren; mother, Odessa Barree of Richland; sisters, Willie Mae Johnson, Arlene Barree, Fannie McQueen, Jane Barree, Gail Wadley, Linda Kay Barree, and Brenda Barree, all of Dallas; Judy Kelly and Irene Mullins, both of Richland; brothers, Lonnie Barree, Charles Barree, William Barree, McKinley Jackson, all of Dallas, and Paul Clay of Richland; aunts, Jimmie Smith of Dallas and Emma Gray of Corsicana; nieces and nephews including Earnest Walker IV; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Valerie Koepke
Jan. 23, 1906 - Dec 15, 2002

Valerie Koepke, 96, of Hillsboro and formerly of Frost, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at Town Hall Nursing Home in Hillsboro.

Services are pending.

She was born Jan. 23, 1906 in Vienna, Austria. She had been a resident of Frost for 13 years and was a member of Frost Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Richard Koepke of Frost.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Caleb and Jacob Ivie Fund at Corsicana National Bank.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Opal Joyce (Gilliam) Peveto
Oct. 11, 1931 - May 20, 1987

OGLESBY - Mrs. Opal Joyce Gilliam Peveto, 55, of Oglesby died Wednesday at her residence.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Oglesby, the Rev. Danny Crosby officiating. Burial will be at Post Oak Cemetery in Oglesby.

Mrs. Peveto was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Purdon, daughter of Clyde and Willie Gilliam. She was reared and attended schools in Oglesby having moved there at 11.  She was married to T. J. (Bud) Peveto Oct. 28, 1950, in McGregor. They were longtime Oglesby residents. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Oglesby. She was also an avid fisherman.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. James (Pat) Sexton and Mrs. Steven (Carla) Bartels, both of Valley Mills; two sons, Craig Peveto and Stanley Peveto, both of Gatesville; four sisters, Inez Melton and Louise Roedler, both of Oglesby, Dorothy Barker of Gatesville and Carrie Key of Waco; a brother, Lynn Gilliam of Cut and Shoot; and 10 grandchildren.

Scott's Funeral Home in Gatesville is in charge of arrangements.

Notes:

  • TXDI: Peveto, Opal Joyce, 05-20-1987, Coryell Co. TX, Female

Inez Compton
July 25, 1912 - Dec 18, 2002

Inez Compton, 90, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born July 25, 1912 in Purdon.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Inez Compton,

Inez Compton, 90, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobbie Compton, Donald Compton, William Compton, Cecil Petty, James Spivey and Nolan Whitfield.

She was born July 25, 1912 in Purdon. She was a beautician in the Corsicana area for 41 years. She was a past noble grand of Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128 and held numerous other offices in the lodge. On Nov. 25, she became a 50-year member. She was also a 50-year member of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 118 and was a charter member of the PALS Club of Navarro College. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Jess Compton; mother, Mary Ann Wheat Compton; and brothers, Franklin Compton and Thomas Allen Compton Sr.

Survivors include her sisters, Monie R. Mims and husband Johnny of North Carolina and Laura "Polly" Middleswart of California; nephews, Bobby Compton and wife Dianne of Corsicana, Kelton Compton and wife Sandy and Frank Compton; nieces, Glynda Parrish and husband Neely and Linda Gayle Riley; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews; special friend, Ernie Fincher; and numerous other friends.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Roy Finis Dawson
Nov 4, 1915 - Dec 18, 2002

Roy Finis Dawson, 87, of Dew passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 in Fairfield.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Dew United Methodist Church with Brother Bo Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Dew Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Nance, Dickey Ferguson, Jason Cooley, Tracy Rowell, Randy Dawson, Bob Nolan, Gordon Stephenson, Robert Bragg, Leslie Whiteside, Keith Hardwick, Skipper Allen and Tony Ferguson.

Mr. Dawson was born Nov. 4, 1915 in Freestone County. He had been a dry wall finisher and a member of Lanely United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Dawson; and parents, Isaac Newton and Winiferd Dawson.

Survivors include his son, Billy Roy Dawson and wife Alice of Dew; daughters, Charlene Little and husband Jody of Dew, Dorothy Nance and husband David of Waxahachie and Imogene Ferguson of Lanely; 13 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield

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Margaret Ann (Roxburgh) Gordon
July 25, 1914 - Dec 2002

Margaret Ann Gordon, 88, of Tahoka went to be with her Lord Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Ellis Funeral Home in Midland.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church Chapel of Midland with the Rev. Lane Boyd officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

She was born July 25, 1914 in Denton to James A. and Hettie M. Roxburgh. She moved to Corsicana with her family and attended the public schools, graduating in the spring of 1932. She married Hue L. Gordon Nov. 11, 1936. She graduated from Draughon's Practical Business College in 1946. She lived in Lubbock, San Marcos, Dallas and Midland. A gifted musician, she played the piano for several churches of which she was a member including Dayspring Church and Christian Life Center. She volunteered her musical services for nine years at the Rockwood Manor Nursing Home, and for several additional years with the Boone Bible Class of First United Methodist Church in Midland. Because of failing health, she moved this past July to the Lynnwood Assisted Care Facility in Tahoka to be near her immediate family.

Survivors include her son, James L. of Lubbock; sisters, Dura Clarke and Marie Coleman, both of Midland, and Jimmie Katherine Bledsoe of Dallas; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church "Stephen Ministry" or the ministry of one's choice.

Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home of Midland.

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Herschel Fred French Sr.

Herschel Fred French Sr., 88, of Grand Prairie passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 in a Dallas hospital.

Graveside services were held Friday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Mr. French was born Dec. 8, 1914 in Frost and grew up in Corsicana, where he attended school. He entered the U.S. Army and served until 1942, after which he went to work for Southwestern Bell in Dallas. In 1946 he began working for Temco, which later became Ling Temco Vaught, as a quality control inspector and retired in 1980 after 36 years. He was a member of the Grand Prairie American Legion Post No. 184 and the Thomas B. Hunter Masonic Lodge No. 1356 in Grand Prairie. He was also a Scottish Rite and a York Rite Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Monnie of Grand Prairie; sons, John W. French and wife Juanita of Austin and Herschel Fred French Jr. and wife Anna of Grand Prairie; brother, Edwin W. French and wife Alyne of Fort Worth; sister, Margie French Flynn and husband Charlie L. of Corsicana; and grandchildren Rhonda Rosco, Tamatha Hamblin, Herschel French III and Glenda French.

Memorials may be made to the Texas National Cemetery Foundation, 952 North Highway 67, Suite 203, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104.

Arrangements by Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie

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Lydia Claire Willard
Jul 6, 1946 - Dec 17, 2002

Lydia Claire Willard, 56, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 in Garland.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Abundant Life Church in Garland. Interment is pending at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Claire was born July 6, 1946 to Gordon Willard Jr. and Eloina Martinez Willard.

She was preceded in death by her father, brother Jay Willard and paternal grandparents, J.G. and Clara Willard.

Survivors include son Marvin Rice of Nevada, Texas; daughter Renee Carpenter and granddaughter Miranda Carpenter, both of Shawnee, Okla.; mother Eloina Rogers of Nevada, Texas; brother Joe Willard of Garland; sister-in-law Suzanne Willard of Austin; uncles Gradon Willard and wife Ellen of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Nevin Willard of Dallas; aunts Margaret Hensley of Dallas and Ellen Jeanne Adair of Corsicana; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Abundant Life Church, 1717 Castle Drive, Garland, Texas, 75040.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home in Wylie.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 21, 2002
  • d/o John Gordon Willard, Jr. and Eloina (Martinez) Willard-Rogers

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Lydia Claire Willard

Lydia Claire Willard, 56, of Garland passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 in Garland.

Interment of cremains will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating.

She was born July 6, 1946 in Austin to Gordon Willard Jr. and Eloina Martinez Willard.

She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Jay Willard; and paternal grandparents, J. G. and Clara Willard.

Survivors include son, Marvin Rice of Nevada, Texas; daughter Renee Carpenter and granddaughter Miranda Carpenter, both of Shawnee, Okla.; mother Eloina Rogers of Nevada, Texas; brother Joe Willard of Garland; sister-in-law Suzanne Willard of Austin; uncles Gradon Willard and wife Ellen of Pittsburgh, Penn. and Nevin Willard of Dallas; aunts Margaret Hensley of Dallas and Ellen Jeanne Adair of Corsicana; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Abundant Life Church, 1717 Castle Drive, Garland, TX 75040.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home in Wylie and local arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lauretta (Pillow) Murphy

Lauretta Pillow Murphy, 69, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Revs. Don Sawyer and Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Murphy was born June 26, 1933 in Corsicana. She was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Church in Retreat and the Kinsloe House. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by parents Wilmer and Jewel Pillow.

Survivors include husband Lee R. Murphy, son Mike Murphy and wife Jill and Mark David Murphy and wife Jamie, and daughter Patty Sue Farrell and husband Gary, all of Corsicana; brother Neil Pillow and wife Dale of Pearland; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice & Palliative Care, 301 S. Rogers, Waxahachie, Texas 75165.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Canary Hood

Canary Hood, 72, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at St. John Baptist Church in Avalon. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Lee Ingram Jr.

Jimmy Lee Ingram Jr., 43, of Blooming Grove passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 at his residence.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals Chapel. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery east of Kerens.

Pallbearers will be Sammey Honey, Isaac Faulk, Vernell Faulk, Latrell Sampson, Princeley Jackai and Bobby Ingram.

Mr. Ingram was born Nov. 25, 1959 in Corsicana. He united with the Church of Living God P.G.T. at an early age. He attended Blooming Grove public schools before entering the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ollie Ingram.

Mr. Ingram is survived by daughters, Monique, Selena and Jimmeshia Ingram, all of Long Beach, Calif.; father and stepmother, Jimmy Ingram Sr. and Anna of Corsicana; grandmother, Maggie Ingram of Blooming Grove; sisters, Jimmie Guinyard of Blooming Grove, Cathy Honey of Garland and Linda Majors of Colorado Springs, Col.; brothers, Vernell and Isaac Faulk of Emhouse, James Ingram of Huntsville and Bobby Ingram of Corsicana; and a host of other friends and relatives.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Mabel Doris Henley

Mabel Doris Henley, 77, of Tupelo passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002 at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at her residence, 4413 County Road NE0220 in Rice with the Rev. Dave Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at the new Chatfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Henley is survived by three daughters, Sandra Winkles of Tupleo, and Barbara Jean Henley and Debra Poe, both of Pratville, Ala.; two brothers, James Harrison of Lakeland, Fla. and Troy Pipkin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson, 88, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002 at Health Care and Rehab Center of Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodland Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was a retired car lot attendant.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Fannie Johnson of Corsicana; eight children including, Beverly Sims of Corsicana; three step-children, Diana Coleman and Rene Richard, both of Corsicana, and Robie Poarch of Houston; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Eva Mae (Vaughn) Blackman
May 15, 1913 - Dec 22, 2004

Eva Mae Blackman, 91, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Mrs. Blackman was born May 15, 1913, in Milam County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Blackman; sister, Clyda Alexander; mother, Susie Bell Vaughan Watkins; and father, James Vaughan. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Trema Blackman of Corsicana; grandson, Bradley W. Blackman of Corsicana; granddaughter, Lisa Harrell and husband Billy of Corsicana; great-grandson, Christopher Harrell of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Leia Harrell of Corsicana; sister, Alline Adams of Kilgore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Eva Mae Blackman

Eva Mae Blackman, 91, longtime resident of Corsicana passed away in her sleep Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital after having a severe stroke at her home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Smith, Kenneth Adams, Ernest Walker, Jerry Blackmon, Joe Bob Alexander, Billy Harrell and W. C. Adams.

Mrs. Blackman was born May 15, 1913, in Milam County to the late James Clyde Vaughan and Susie Belle Gullett. She grew up in the small community of Cedar Springs with her two sisters, Clyda and Allene Vaughan. She attended high school in Travis and graduated from Rosebud High School. She attended Baylor University.

Mae married Hoyt Troy Blackman in 1933. After living in the Shady Grove community, they moved to Corsicana where they owned and operated Blackman's Grocery for 36 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Blackman; her parents; her sister, Clyda Alexander; stepfather, Thomas Jefferson Watkins; stepbrothers, Blanch and Reed Watkins; and stepsister, Gladys (Watkins) Chatham.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Trema Blackman of Corsicana; two grandchildren, Bradley Wayne Blackman and Lisa Lanette Blackman Harrell and husband Billy, all of Corsicana; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Lee Harrell and Leia Michelle Harrell, both of Corsicana; sister, Allene Adams of Kilgore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

An online guest book is available by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Eva Mae Blackman obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Agnes Goodman
Aug 24, 1908 - Dec 22, 2004

Mrs. Mary Agnes Goodman died Wednesday December 22, 2004. Her Funeral Service will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Teri Hildebrand ad Dr. David Hale officiating and interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.


Lois (McGary) Freeman
Oct 26, 1928 - Dec 19, 2004

Lois McGary Freeman, 76, of Pasadena, Texas passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004 at Pasadena Care Center in Pasadena after having a long struggle from a severe stroke in November of 2003. Graveside services will be 2 p.m Wednesday a Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. She was born Oct. 26, 1928 in Corsicana to her parents: Ranklin McGary and Louella Dycus. She was an accomplished accountant, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Lois was active at Northside Baptist Church while in Corsicana. Her survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Patricia A. Freeman of Porter; twin granddaughters and their families, Cindy Bledsoe and husband John David and their children Bradley, Tony and Tiffany of Livingston and Sandy Eiland and husband Tim and their children Cody and Ashley of Winona, Miss. Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John Welsey Freeman in August 1996; and mother, Louella Dycus Patterson in June 2004. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Tatum of Lindale and Janie Wilson and husband Lonnie of Dallas; brother-in-law, Monte Ray Freeman of Coppell; and cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.


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