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Lois Laverne (Frost) Henry
Sep 9, 1935 - Jan 9, 2003

Lois Laverne Henry, 67, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Joles, Charles Joles, Leroy McMullin, Jimmy Raines, Cliff Tew and Bobby Barlow.

Mrs. Henry was born was born Sept. 9, 1935 to Ben and Clellie Frost. She was a devout Christian who loved and served the Lord all of her days. She was an inspiration to her family and friends. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Her family has the assurance that she has gone to a better place, where pain and sorrow are no more because she is with her Savior, resting in His love.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Dennis Raines of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and J. T. Magness of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, B. J. and Bonnie Frost of Navarro Mills; sister-in-law, Mable Adams; grandchildren, Daniel Joles of Dilley, and Jeremy Joles and Amanda Coffey of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Damon and Jaren Joles of Augusta, Kan.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Dennis Ray Singleton III
Nov 24, 2002 - Jan 6, 2003

Dennis Ray Singleton III, 5 weeks, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

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

Singleton was born Nov. 24, 2002 in Dallas.

Survivors include mother Barbara Ramirez; father Dennis Ray Singleton II; brothers Demarr Henry and Qua'yanto Ramirez; sister Damara Henry; grandmothers Tina White and Rosalind Singleton; grandfathers Linnis White, Berry Ray Jennings and Dennis Ray Singleton I; great-grandmothers Martha Thomas and Mattie Bell Jennings; great-grandfathers Daniel Jennings and Amon Singleton; aunts Andrea Singleton, Lisa Lawlor, Anita Fuller, Kristie Pitman, Glennis Hughes and Nekeitha White; uncle Derek Singleton; cousins Christian Cole, Dreylens Smith, Kelly Smith and James Smith; great-aunt Jamie Ramirez; great-uncle James Smith Sr.; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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John Shaw Finch, Jr.
Nov 6, 1908 - Jan 12, 2003

John Shaw Finch

John Shaw Finch, 94, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Chatfield Cemetery with Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Mr. Finch was born Nov. 6, 1908 in Chatfield to Lillie Wasson and John Finch Sr. He attended school in Chatfield and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1927. He attended North Texas Agriculture College at Arlington. He married Sarah Stroud in 1937 in Jonesboro, Ark.. He owned and operated Finch Dairy from 1935 to 1945. Later, he began ranching, raising and showing polled Hereford cattle. In 1974 he showed the National Grand Champion heifer. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Polled Hereford Association and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by parents John and Lillie Finch, daughter Harriett Ann Curington, sister Mary Elizabeth Sands and brothers Matt Finch and William R. Finch.

Survivors include wife Sarah S. Finch of Corsicana; son-in-law Paul W. Curington of Corsicana; brother-in-law H. A. Stroud and wife Lucile of Jonesboro, Ark.; sisters-in-law Elsie Braumlig of Houston and Alma Stroud of Jonesboro, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cumia Mitchell McGee
Apr 6, 1972 - Jan 10, 2003

Cumia Mitchell McGee, 30, of Dallas passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ, 720 E. Park Ave., Corsicana, with Pastor Ricky Walter officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Robert White, Robert Smith, James Miller, David Sillemon, Milton Miller Jr. and H.T. Miller Jr.

She was born April 6, 1972 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gertie Mitchell, H.T. Miller and Lela Miller; and aunts, Alice Miller and Ammie Lusk.

Survivors include her husband, Naraja McGee of Dallas; daughters, Shamia Mitchell and ByRinesha Nathan; mother, Frances Davis of Corsicana; father and stepmother, Milton and Lorane Miller of Plano; sisters, Detra Mitchell of Corsicana and Virginia Stephens and Julia Mitchell, both of Dallas; brothers, Milton Miller Jr. of Dallas, and James Miller, Gregory Miller and David Sillemon, all of Plano; aunts, Erma Mitchell of Corsicana, Cora White of Dallas, Lena Bonner of Dawson and Doris Lusk of Lancaster; and uncles, Joe Mitchell, Willie Mitchell and H.T. Miller, all of Corsicana, Leroy Mitchell and Robert Mitchell, both of Dallas, and Richard Miller and Victor Miller, both of Dawson.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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1/14/2003 Former Corsicana woman found slain in S. Dallas home

From Staff Reports

A former Corsicana woman was murdered in at her South Dallas home Friday, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

Police charged an east Oak Cliff man in the shooting death early Friday of the 30-year-old woman, authorities said. Michael Duane Hill, 23, was arrested Friday in connection with the slaying of Cumia Mitchell McGee, police said.

According to a police report, Mr. Hill shot Mrs. McGee once in the head about 1 a.m. during an argument in the 3700 block of Dunbar Street. She was pronounced dead about 3:15 a.m. at Baylor University Medical Center.

Officers arrested and charged Mr. Hill with murder. He was being held Friday at Lew Sterrett Justice Center in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Mrs. McGee was born April 6, 1972 in Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ on East Park Avenue with Pastor Ricky Walter officiating.

She is survived by her husband, Naraja McGee of Dallas; two daughters, Shamia Mitchell and ByRinesha Nathan; and her mother, Frances Davis of Corsicana, among other relatives.

Ross and Johnson Mortuary is handling the arrangements

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Jewel Della Louise (McGaugh) McElroy
Aug 16, 1906 - Jan 13, 2003

Jewel Della Louise McElroy

Jewel Della Louise McElroy, 96, of Jefferson passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 in Jefferson.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Haggard-Heaster Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. McElroy was born Aug. 16, 1906 in Richland to Della Henderson McGaugh and Luther G. McGaugh. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William McElroy; and brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Ray Schellinger of Jefferson; two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Haggard-Heaster Funeral Home of Jefferson

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Pauline B. Warreing
Sep 24, 1907 - Jan 13, 2003

Pauline B. Warreing, 95, of Fort Worth and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 at Trinity Terrace Retirement Center.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Rebecca Emery officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Warreing was born Sept. 24, 1907 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie K. Warreing.

Survivors include her daughter, Leslie LeNoir Warreing of Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ernestine (Watson) Quarles
Dec 8, 1928 - Jan 9, 2003

Ernestine Quarles, 74, of Dallas passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003 at Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Greater Memorial Baptist Church, 2022 Hudspeth, Dallas, with Pastor Kelly W. Austin officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Mark Quarles, Roderick Quarles, Ricky Quarles, Donald Quarles, Auther Quarles and Darryl Quarles.

Mrs. Quarles was born Dec. 8, 1928 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Lorenzo "Bubba" Jr., and sister, Sadie "Red" Watson.

Survivors include her sisters, Bobbie Thomas and Jearline Quarles, both of Dallas, and Doris Young of Irving; aunt, Pearline Fountain of Fort Worth; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lena Mae (Howard) Bowling
Dec 27, 1924 - Jan 14, 2003

Lena Mae Bowling, 78, of Powell passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 at her residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dave Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bowling was born Dec. 27, 1924 in Dallas. She spoke in Washington, D.C., before the House and Senate on Medicare issues. She also worked on Sen. Oscar Mauzy's political campaign for state senator.

She was preceded in death by her son, Johnie Udell Harris; parents, Alvin and Lena Howard; three sisters, one brother and one niece.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmie B. Bowling of Powell; daughters, Jimmy Lynn Bowling of Powell and Jeanette Anderson and husband Ralph of Garland; son, Jimmie B. Bowling Jr. and wife Shannon of Terrell; granddaughters, Christy Anderson of Garland, Robyn Bowling of Terrell and Augusta Bowling of Powell; grandsons, Alan Anderson of Garland, Jimmie Ben Bowling and wife Tarina of Alaska and Justin Bowling of Terrell; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Georgia and Aurianna; niece, Edna Beaudion and husband Bill of Wills Point; and family friend, Sam Zamora.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cora Desma (McQuary) Layfield 
Nov 16, 1911 - Jan 14, 2003

Desma Layfield

Desma Layfield, 91, of Powell passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 in Kerens.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Hollingsworth, Gerry Hollingsworth, Ricky Layfield, James Ledbetter, Donnie Kindrick and Matt Dixon.

Mrs. Layfield was born Nov. 16, 1911 in Jackson, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Earl Layfield.

Survivors include her daughter, Billie Wiles of Powell; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Ray and Cherie Dean Layfield of Kerens; grandsons, Glenn Hollingsworth and Ricky Layfield, both of Powell, and Thomas Layfield of Dallas; granddaughters, Linda Layfield of Eureka, Vickie Layfield of Corsicana, and Mary Ann Ledbetter and Shawna Kendrick, both of Waxahachie; brothers, Herman McQuary of Kerens and Grady McQuary of Trinidad; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Herman 'Big Un' Chandler Jr.
Nov 1, 1940 - Jan 13, 2003

Herman "Big Un" Chandler Jr., 62, of Dallas passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Minister David E. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Willie Thomas, Rece Hunt Jr. and Thomas DeJu‡n Ray.

Mr. Chandler was born Nov. 1, 1940 in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Chandler Sr. and Luebelle Johnson Chandler; son, Victor Chandler; brother, James Earl Chandler; and sister, Rosie Bell Cook.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Chandler of Dallas; son, Antonio; daughter, Rochelle; granddaughter, Tiara Chandler; mother-in-law, Velma Cook of Corsicana; sister, Ollie Robinson and husband Bill of Corsicana; brothers, Sydney Chandler and wife Joyce of Corsicana and Vernon "Little Un" Chandler of Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Timp Adams Sr.
Dec 5, 1910 - Jan 12, 2003

Timp Adams Sr., 92, of Frost passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 at Baylor Medical Center in Irving.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost with the Rev. October Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be M. C. Williams, Timothy Adams, Frank Walker, Jonathan McNeal, Howard Sandifer and Fred Randle.

Mr. Adams was born Dec. 5, 1910 in Freestone County.

He was preceded in death by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Survivors include his sons, Timp Adams Jr. of Frost, Dores Lee Adams of Fort Worth, George Pete Adams of Borger and Mon Jay Adams of Irving; daughters, Audrey Walker of Borger and Judy Sandifer of Irving; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Clyde Kelvin Lytle
Mar 25, 1934 - Jan 14, 2003

Clyde Kelvin Lytle, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.

Mr. Lytle was born March 25, 1934 in Harlingen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Annie Lytle; and brothers, Edward Lytle and Winston Lytle.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Latayne and Dana Williams of Corsicana; sons, Kyle Lytle and George Lytle, both of Grapevine, and Kevin Lytle of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Kylie Williams and Tori Williams, both of Corsicana, and Cassidy Lytle of Brownsville; grandson, Corey Williams of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Virgie and Lee Williams of Port Lavaca; brother and sister-in-law, Horace and Agnes Lytle of Corpus Christi; and sister-in-law, Beverly Lytle of Dallas.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Alvin Gaylord Butler
Mar 29, 1947 - Jan 16, 2003

Alvin Gaylord Butler, 55, of Eureka passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 in a Tyler hospital.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 7395 County Road SE3060, Corsicana, with Brother Randall Evett officiating. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Antioc East Cemetery in Magnolia, Ark.

Mr. Butler was born March 29, 1947 in Magnolia, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anderson and Jewel Butler; and seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Vonda Butler of Eureka; brother, Wayne Butler of Magnolia, Ark.; sister, Shirley Bailey of Bossier City, La. and Ora Burdine of Denton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home of Van.

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Esther Lee (Jones) Floyd
Feb 11, 1916 - Dec 21, 2002

Esther Lee Jones Floyd, 86, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Family Faith Church, 2407 Sam Houston Ave., Huntsville with Pastor Jeff Hackelman officiating.

Mrs. Floyd was born Feb. 11, 1916 in Navarro County to Burnice O. and Eula Neil Jones. She married John T. Floyd March 5, 1934. In 1955, the family moved to Huntsville and managed the Missouri Pacific Bus Station and later the Continental Restaurant. Mrs. Floyd was a homemaker who loved cooking, sewing, gardening and horseback riding. Her life revolved around her family. She loved her grandchildren and was thrilled with each one's accomplishments. She enjoyed most having her family together especially for the holidays. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, B. O. and Neil Jones; sister, Willie Marie Jones; brother, Richard Garlon Jones; her loving daughter-in-law, Sarah Floyd; and grandson, Archie D. Wooderson.

Survivors include her husband, John T. Floyd; her loving children, John Burnett Floyd, La Juana Floyd Wooderson and husband Glynn and William Morris "Bill" Floyd and wife Debbie; her beloved grandchildren, Bobby Glynn Wooderson, Tommy D. Wooderson, Glyna R. Wooderson Stevenson and husband Kurt, Ricky G. Floyd and wife Laura, John B. "Bubba" Floyd Jr. and wife Gina, Shari Floyd Schultz and husband William and Susan Floyd Price, all of Huntsville, Trica Lloyd Fox and Joey of North Richland Hills, William T. "Bill" Floyd and Shera of Oklahoma, Kevin Floyd and Kisha of Zavalla, Shawnay Floyd Tidball and Heath of Arkansas and Clint Thresher of Huntsville; 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and other family members.

Arrangements by Huntsville Funeral Home.

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Sedalia Wynn
Nov 17, 1903 - Jan 15, 2003

Sedalia Wynn, 99, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor K. D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be deacons of First Independent Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wynn was born Nov. 17, 1903 in Wortham. She was a devoted member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where she served in several departments. She was a homemaker and a cosmetologist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Foley Wynn; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her devoted son, Steve A. Wynn and wife Shirley; grandson, Adan Wynn; granddaughters, Tinisha L. Agramonte, La Lonni Leffall, Candace Fortson and Darnell Parr; sister, Beulah Dawson; devoted friends, Warner Redus and Marilyn "Tammy" Brown; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Deacon Lucious Brooks
Apr 3, 1909 - Jan 14, 2003

Deacon Lucious Brooks, 93, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Polk, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lil' Leslie Lusk, Omar Lusk, Brian Lusk, Lil' Chris Lusk, Reggie Polk, Charles Turner III and Stacy Polk. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Lusk, Chris Lusk, Sydney Polk, Berwin Lusk and Mike Calhoun.

Mr. Brooks was born April 3, 1909 in Teague.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, two sons, grandson Danny Lusk and great-grandson Lil' Danny Lusk.

Survivors include his devoted daughter, Dorothy Woodard and husband Junius; grandchildren and spouses, Annie and Sydney Polk, Olin and Nora Lusk, Larry and Versie Lusk, Virginia Bradley, Patsy and Minister Charles Turner, Timothy Lusk, Lesley Lusk, Rose and Mike Calhoun, Chris and Sherry Lusk, and Berwin and Mimi Lusk; and a host of great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Michael Ray Perry
Nov 18, 1956 - Jan 15, 2003

Michael Ray Perry, 46, of Rye passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 at his residence.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Eureka Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Michael Ray Perry

Michael Ray Perry, 46, of Rye passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 at his residence after a long battle with cancer.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Edward Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Stevens, Steven Clendening, Glen Leake, Carey Copely, Kevin Kirby and Donnie Banks.

Mr. Perry was born Nov. 18, 1956 in Corsicana to Billy Ray Perry and Mary Frances Perry.

He was a construction foreman in Houston for 25 years. He married Sheryl Ann Atkins Sept. 12, 1988 in Houston. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a devoted husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Lee Perry of Waco; and sister, Venita Kay Perry of Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Perry of Rye; son, Michael Ray Perry Jr. of Rye; stepson, Carey Copely of Rye; daughters, Christina "Sissy" Perry of Rye and Mandy Woods of Tucson, Ariz.; parents, Billy Ray Perry and Mary Frances Perry of Waco; sister, Brenda Pena of Waco; brother, Billy Perry of Waco; brother-in-law, Alfred Pena of Waco; sister-in-law, Danie Perry of Waco; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends.

The family expresses special thanks to family, friends and cousins, Beverly Land of Louisiana and Jerry Lambert of La Porte, and their churches for their support and prayers.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Billy Jack Paschal
Nov 28, 1916 - Jan 15, 2003

Billy Jack Paschal, 86, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. R. Wade Paschal Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Paschal was born Nov. 28, 1916 in Kerens. He worked in an oilfield and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by wife Mildred Paschal and sister Dorothy Jackson.

Survivors include son Michael L. Paschal and wife Beverly of Frisco; daughter Karla Hanson of San Antonio; brother Robert W. Paschal and wife Polly of Houston; granddaughters Michelle Garrett and husband Todd of Prescott, Ark., Marci Grady and husband Chris of McKinney, Amie Thompson of Carrollton and Kristin Hanson of San Antonio; great-grandchildren Tyler Garrett, Emily Garrett and Katie Garrett, all of Prescott, Ark., Carlee Thompson of Carrollton and Makenzie Grady of McKinney; and brother-in-law George Gant and wife Connie of San Diego.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ernest Woodrow Mitchell Sr.
Sep 23, 1914 - Jan 18, 2003

Ernest Woodrow Mitchell Sr., 88, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2003 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 the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at New Pursley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Freeman, Drew Freeman, Corey Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Brent Mitchell and Dace Ashcraft.

Mr. Mitchell was born Sept. 23, 1914 in Irene.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Audra L. Mitchell.

Survivors include his sons, Ernest W. Mitchell Jr. and wife Mae of Balch Springs, Arthur J. Mitchell and wife Reva of Purdon and David N. Mitchell and wife Laura of Heath; daughter, Sandra E. Freeman and husband David of Purdon; sisters, Dorothy Bell of Dallas and Ina Faye Hemmings of San Antonio; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie C. Phelps
Apr 6, 1881 - Aug 22, 1944

J. C. Phelps died Thursday morning; Rites on Saturday

J. C. Phelps, age 62 years, died at his home 724 South Fifteenth street Thursday morning.  Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. J. E. Inlow conducting the rites.  Burial will be in Cryer Creek cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son V. L. Phelps, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Buford Harris, Kilgore; Mrs. Vernon Farish, Corsicana; Mrs. H. L. Lumpkin, Dallas; Miss Vera Phelps, Corsicana; two brothers, G. P. Phelps, Corsicana, J. W. Phelps, Barry; 14 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be G. T. DeChaume, C. E. Barnes, J. D. Jones, J. W. Allen, E. S. McDowell and W. K. Johnson.

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Corsicana Merchant To Be Buried Today

CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 25. - J.C. Phelps, 62, local merchant, died Thursday. Funeral services will be from the Corley Chapel Saturday afternoon, with burial in Cryer Creek cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, V. L. Phelps, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Buford Harris, Kilgore; Mrs. Vernon Farish, Corsicana; Mrs. H. L. Lumpkin, Dallas, and Miss Vera Phelps, Corsicana; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and two brothers, G.T. Phelps, Corsicana, and J. W. Phelps, Barry.

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Funeral Services Friday Afternoon For J. C. Phelps
Funeral rites for J. C. Phelps, age 62 years, who died at his home here Thursday morning were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Chapel. Rev. J. E. Inlow conducted the services and interment was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, four daughters, two brothers, 14 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and other relatives.

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Mrs. G. A. Heaton

DIES AT AGE 101 - Mrs. G. A. (Grandma) Heaton, 101, died at her home at Edna, Texas, Thursday morning.  Widow of the late L. L. Heaton, Mrs. Heaton was born in Alabama, Dec. 28, 1848.  She resided in the Barry community for may years.  She had been a member of the Baptist community for many years.  She had been a member of the Baptist church since the age of 14 years.  five sons preceded her in death.  Surviving are 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren.  The photo was taken as she was observing her 100th birthday. View Clipping

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Mary Louise (Jones) Frost

Mary Louise Frost, 69, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 in Corsicana.

Vistation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Fred Rasmussen, Jack Robinson, Earl Alexander, Clayton Norwood, Edwin Phinney and Ed Formby. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Hambrick.

Mrs. Frost was born Jan. 13, 1934 in Navarro. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Frost; and parents, Reece and Josie Jones.

Mrs. Frost is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Steve Sunderhuse of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Dianna Frost of Corsicana; granddaughters, Michelle Messick and husband Edward of Castle Rock, Col. and Jennifer Frost of Kempton, Penn.; grandson, Joe York Jr. of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Kate Messick of Castle Rock, Col.; great-grandson, Ethan Ziegler of Kemptan, Penn.; sisters, Bety Lang of Seal Beach, Calif. and Ann Dice of Lakewood, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Reece Daniel and JoAnn Jones of Talkeetna, Ark.; uncle, James R. Jones of Corsicana; aunt, Arline McLester of Longview; and sisters-in-law, Juanita Trull of Elkhart and Marie Garcia of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charley Ray Green 
Sep 23, 1917 - Jan 17, 2003

Charlie R. Green

Charlie R. Green, 85, of Frost passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at Medical Center Lancaster.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Frank Williams officiating. Interment will be at Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Green was born Sept. 23, 1917 in Emmett. He was a member of Frost Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Willie B. Green.

Mr. Green is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Patricia Green of Red Oak; grandchildren, Mathew Green of Ferris, Candice Gonzales of Mesquite and Brandon Green of Red Oak; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Rachel, Gabriel and Juan; and brother, Marion Green of Frost.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove

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Terri Gable (Gibbs) McElhaney
Sep 10, 1946 - Jan 17, 2003

Terri Gable McElhaney

Terri Gable McElhaney, 56, of Palestine passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. today at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, 207 S. Magnolia, Palestine.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Rev. Larry Tilmon officiating. Interment will follow at Palestine Middle City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Jenkins, Bart Gable, J. P. McElhaney, Mark McElhaney, Wendell Whitaker and Craig Goff.

Mrs. McElhaney was born Sept. 10, 1946 in Corsicana to Jack Gibbs and Verginia Sherrard Gibbs. She was a member of the Westside Assembly of God Church. Mrs. McElhaney was a Registered Nurse and was Director of Nurses in Mexia and Corsicana for 27 years. She worked at Dogwood Trails Advanced Healthcare.

She was preced in death by her parents.

Mrs. McElhaney is survived by her husband, Paul E. McElhaney of Palestine; son, Bart Gabble of Everett, Wash.; sisters, Jackie Knighten of Nacogdoches and Pennie Jenkins of Dallas; brother, Jimmie Goff of Ennis; and one grandchild.

Arrangements by Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

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Jeffery Dave Walker
Mar 21, 1948 - Jan 18, 2003

Jeffery Dave Walker, 54, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 at Baylor Specialty Hospital in Dallas after an extended illness.

A memorial mass will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard in Terrell. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow.

Mr. Walker was born March 21, 1948 in Corsicana to the late Marie Shepherd and Jefferson Davis Walker. He was a jeweler for more than 30 years, but mostly was acclaimed an international master hand engraver. He performed work for multiple individual customers and such companies as Neiman Marcus, Lady Primrose's, Tiffany's, Bachendorf's, and Zales among others. He also created works of art for leaders in the United Nations, President Bush, Henry Kissinger, the Royal Family members of England, the King of Spain and for national sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Stars and Mavericks.

Mr. Walker received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas in Tyler. His return to the art world perfectedhis hand-engraving fortˇ at Jeffrey Walker Engravers studio in Dallas. He was a long-term member of the Episcopal Church. His civic interests included being past president of the American Cancer Society, Carnegie Library, as well as Director of Rotary Club International, United Way, and the Chamber of Commerce in Palestine. He also served on various national bank boards and private boards.

Mr. Walker worked as an engraver and jeweler at the oldest store in Texas (and the oldest jewelry store west of the Mississippi) in Palestine. He built up the store, putting in multiple overtime hours and received the National Salesman of the Year award from Gordon Jewelers Corporation. His commensurate love for hand engraving continued and the bond between "metal and the man" evolved. He completed his "Red Violin" during the fall of 2002 at his Dallas studio whil struglling to work three to four hours per day during the latter part of his illness. He was adamant about being a productive society member and even on an average day he was preserving the noblest of the lost arts.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Walker of Terrell; son, Jeffrey Kolstad Walker and wife Heather of Chesapeake, Virginia; stepdaughters, Tina and Summer Chartier of Austin; stepson, Joshua Chartier of College Station; stepgrandson, Damien Chartier; and several cousins and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, 5103 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75235.

Arrangements by Anderson Clayton Funeral Home, Terrell

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Margaret Faye (McIver) Hightower
Apr 14, 1912 - Jan 18, 2003

Margaret Faye McIver Hightower, 90, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 at Heritage Oaks West.

Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at New Cornerstone Baptist Church. The body will be cremated.

Mrs. Hightower was born April 14, 1912 in Arkansas. She was a member of New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, president of the Deacons Board and mother of the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Victoria McIver; brothers Clarence, William and Leon; and sisters Mary Wilson and Betty Bush.

Survivors include son Trevon X. Hightower of Corsicana; nephew John Wilson of Seattle, Wash.; special cousin Lawrence Richardson of Kansas; brother-in-law Lee Hightower of California; sister-in-law Dorothy Bradford and husband Percy and Jerline McDonald, all of Corsicana; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Beulah Mae (Bobbitt) Mahaley
Oct 23, 1919 - Jan 23, 2003

Beulah Mae Mahaley

Beulah Mae Mahaley, 83, of Rice passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 in at Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chad Mahaley, Rustin Page, Robert Mahaley, Tom Johnson, Mike Pitz and Joe Atkeisson.

Mrs. Mahaley was born Oct. 23, 1919 in Grapeland to Robert and Alma Bobbitt. She was raised in Grapeland where she attended school. On Aug. 11, 1939 she married Dow Mahaley. After their marriage, they lived in Rice. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rice.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dow Mahaley on Nov. 30, 1977.

Survivors include her sons, Ronnie Mahaley and wife Pat of Hereford and Dan Mahaley of Ennis; daughters, Linda Warren and husband Charles, Janice Page and husband Bill and Joyce Bigger and husband Walter, all of Blooming Grove; brother, Merle Bobbitt and wife Hesta of Crockett; sister, Teresa Steed and husband Lacy of Montgomery; grandsons, Chad Mahaley of Hereford, Jeffery Kent of Amarillo, Robert Mahaley of Ennis and Rustin Page of Blooming Grove; granddaughters, Michelle Johnson and husband Tom of Corsicana, Jessica Bennett and Danita Mahaley, both of Ennis, Wendy Page, Stephanie Pitz and husband Mike and Amanda Atkeisson and husband Joe, all of Blooming Grove; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Johnston
Jun 2, 1960 - Jan 16, 2003

Charles Johnston, 42, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Harmony Baptist Church, 411 E. 12th Ave., with Bishop John Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Mr. Johnston was born June 2, 1960 in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his mother, Jessie Hill of Corsicana; sisters, Valeria Clay of Corsicana and Sandra Means of Huntsville; brothers, Kevin Johnston and wife Amy of Austin; Isaac Johnston and wife Vanessa of Kansas and Kenneth Johnston of Corsicana; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnston Mortuary.

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Betty Ann Speed
Aug 18, 1957 - Jan 19, 2003

Betty Ann Speed, 45, of Abilene passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Fairfield with the pastor, Brother Mack Roller, officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery near Fairfield.

Pallbearers will be nephews Randy Stark, Robert Glen Speed II, Michael Speed, Matthew Stark, William Stark and Anthony Stark.

She was born Aug. 18, 1957 in Fairfield to William Robert and Bessie Speed. While in Abilene, she lived with and grew to love her foster mom, Beverly Westbrook, and foster sisters, Linda Johnson and Tina Benefield. All who knew and loved her will greatly miss her sweet spirit.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Robert Speed; and brother, Bobby Speed.

Survivors include her mother, Bessie Speed; sisters, Jeanette Stark and husband Wayne, Patsy Stark, Dixie Watson and husband Bill, Donna Kay Bishop and husband J.B., Carolyn Stark and husband Glenn, and Mary Stark and husband Kenneth; brothers, Robert Glen Speed and wife Cynthia, Jerry Speed and Johnny Speed; sister-in-law, Marsha Speed, all of Fairfield; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield

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Myrtle Carmenetta (Lankford) Slater
Sep 22, 1914 - Jan 21, 2003

Carmenetta Lankford Slater

Carmenetta Lankford Slater, 88, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003 in Hubbard.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Wallace officiating.

Mrs. Slater was born Sept. 22, 1914 in Corpus Christi. She was raised in Corpus Christi and moved to Delia after her marriage. She and her husband farmed and raised their family near Delia, and later Dawson. She was a longtime resident of Dawson and loved gardening and homemaking. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Slater in 1984; an infant son in 1938; and son, Charles Wayne Slater in 1999.

Survivors include her sons, James C. Slater of Dawson and John E. Slater of Holderville, Okla.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Myrtle "Carmenetta" Lankford Slater was born September 22, 1914 in Placious, Tx to Franklin Cleveland Lankford and Willie Florence Britton.

She married Johnnie H. Slater on January 24, 1931 in Tehucana, Tx.  To this union 3 sons were born: James Cleveland, Johnny Earl, and Charles Wayne Slater.  One daughter, W.J. Slater died in infancy.

Those left behind to mourn her are her sons, James Cleveland Slater of Dawson, Tx. and Johnny and Sue Slater of Holdenville, Ok.  One sister-in-law, Roberta Lankford.

Grandchildren:  James Alton Slater, Karmen Beth Slater and husband Stephen Earnheart, Don Lee Slater and wife Vicky, Shelley Sue Slater and husband Michael Wimberly, John Cody Slater and wife Fohnta, and Stacey L. Slater and husband William Moore all of Blanchard, Tulsa or Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Great-grandchildren:  Stefanie L. Slater, Stephen Tyler and Erich Ethan Earnheart, Shannon, Justin, Hannah, Johnny Wimberly, Bonnie and Kristen Moore.  Plus one Slater baby due in June 2003.

Also, several nieces and nephews and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Hubbard Nursing Home and Hospice for such good care of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend while she was in your care.

May she rest in peace in Heaven.

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  • I would like to submit this to the obituary for Navarro County.  I am her granddaughter and have more info than what was in the paper. Thank you, Karmen Slater Earnheart
     

Lorena (Vaughan) Dawson 
Jun 25, 1920 - Jan 20, 2003

Lorena Vaughan Dawson, 82, of Navarro Mills passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Dresden Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Moody officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Dawson was born June 25, 1920 in Winnsboro to James R. and Clara Mantooth Vaughan. She had been a resident of Navarro Mills for 31 years.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence R. Dawson of Navarro Mills; sons, Robert L. Dawson of Frost, Clarence B. Dawson and wife Ann of Brenham, and David R. Dawson Sr. and wife Diane of Mesquite; daughters, Christine Page and husband Shelton of Navarro Mills and Brenda Reed and husband Audie of Mineola; brother, James Vaughan of Paris; sister, Iva Guthrie of Rice; 16 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wallace Stewart Harlee
May 23, 1922 - Jan 22, 2003

Wallace Stewart Harlee, 81, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Harlee was born May 23, 1922 in Coleman to Wallace W. Harlee and Jewel Johnson Harlee. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Coleman. He was an accountant for Mobil Oil.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Mae Harlee of Corsicana; sons, Michael Stewart Harlee and wife Debbie Marlene of Dallas and James Edward Harlee of Corsicana; daughters, Lynn S. Thompson and husband Terry of Denton and Kathy Ann Harlee of Dallas; and grandchildren, Bonnie, Sara, Katie, David, Deborah, William, Andrew and Stacie.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Reba Nell Owen
Aug 8, 1942 - Jan 19, 2003

Reba Nell Owen, 60, of Mexia passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Porter Chapel in Mexia with the Rev. Clifford Smalley and the Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Owen was born Aug. 8, 1942 in Searcy, Ark. She had been a tax consultant.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Lee Owen of Mexia; daughters, Lorina Cole and husband Raymond of Trinidad and Becky Alanis and husband Victor of San Antonio; sons, Ron Owen and Tim Owen and wife Amy, all of Arlington, and Tom Owen and wife Tracy of Richardson; mother, Reba Waite of Phoenix, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters.

Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home of Mexia.

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James Gordon Page 
Jun 24, 1918 - Jan 21, 2003

James G. Page, 84, of Blooming Grove passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Bill Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don McGraw, Ronald Lynch, Ricki Crenshaw, Roger Alderman, Kenneth Southard and Hugh Nicholson.

Mr. Page was born June 24, 1918 in Silver City to Gordon W. and Eula Alderman Page.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Cendi Page and Kelly and Marsha Page, all of Blooming Grove, and Craig and Debbie Page of Teague; daughter, Jennifer Jones of Blooming Grove; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Melba Winfield of Georgetown and Elsie Bell of McAllen.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel of Blooming Grove.

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Stella Johnapelus
May 6, 1925 - Jan 20, 2003

Stella Johnapelus, 77, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2003 in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Dean E. Wolfe officiating.

She was born May 6, 1925 in Corsicana.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Doris Johnapelus of Houston; sisters, Tula Johnapelus and Vina Kleinman, both of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas, Dallas, TX 75225; or VNA Hospice, 1440 Mockingbird, Dallas, TX 75247.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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