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Francis Welch

Sacred to the memory of our Brother Frances Welch who departed this life February 4th 1891, Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last days life be as his.

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Joseph Ervin Ballew 
Nov 19, 1907 - Feb 7, 1982

Joseph Ervin Ballew, 74, of Fort Worth, died Sunday in Fort Worth.

Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Prairie Point Baptist Church in Emmett [should be Prairie Grove Baptist Church] Griffin Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Ballew, of Fort Worth; one daughter, Dorothy Elmore, of Fort Worth; one step-son, Rhea Russell, of Fort Worth; three step-daughters, Patricia Richesion, Priscilla Collins and Karen Brackney, all of fort Worth; four brothers, Cecil Ballew, of Hurst, H. A. Ballew and W. W. Ballew both of Mertens, and L. O. Ballew, of Waxahachie; four sisters, Eula Scott of Winnie, Ina Lois Rubenkoenig, of Fort Worth, Ivaleta Lege, of Port Arthur and Wilma Johnson, of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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Adie McCoar

Sacred to the memory of Sister Adie McCoar who departed this life on December 8th 1890. Let me die the death of the righteous and let my loast days be as his.

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  • Prairie Grove Baptist Church Records

Alice Vestal (Thompson) Kelley 
Nov 14, 1918 - Jan 25, 2004

Vestal Thompson Kelley

Vestal Thompson Kelley, 85, a resident of Italy, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004. Vestal was born Nov. 14, 1918 in Brushy Prairie to Robert and Carrie Thompson. She married W. Odell Kelley on Oct. 1, 1938 in Emmit. [Emmett] She belonged to the Eastern Star in Bardwell and was a former member of the Rebekka Lodge in Waxahachie. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Italy where, along with her husband, were the oldest members of the church.

Vestal is survived by her husband of 65 years, W. Odell Kelley; sons, James A. Kelley and his wife Patsy of Kerens and Garlan G. Kelley of Italy; daughter, Sheron K. Ward and her husband, Jerry D. of Waxahachie; brother, Aubrey Thompson and his wife Betty of Italy; grandchildren, Scott Kelley and his wife Dana of The Woodlands, Jana Thompson and her husband Jeff of Dallas, Randy Ward and his wife Kristen of Midlothian and Gena Spurlock of Spring; great-grandchildren, Ryan Kelley, Catherine Kelley, Tyler Spurlock, Jake Ward, Kylie Spurlock and Jetta Thompson. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law.

The family will receive friends at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy with Mr. Walter Buchanan and Dr. G. W. French officiating. Interment will follow in the Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott Kelley, Randy Ward, Leon Crawford, Erselle Crawford, Sam Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Mike Thompson and Eddie Thompson.

To view an online obituary or to leave the family a person tribute, please visit www.bozemitchellmckibbin.com. [link is wrong in original obituary]

Arrangements under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

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Wilson R. 'Chuck' Burns
Nov 4, 1918 - Jan 26, 2004

Wilson R. "Chuck" Burns, Chief Master Sergeant USAF Retired, age 85, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at his residence.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 today at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Military graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas.

He was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Mansfield. He was the oldest son of Charlie W. and Ena B. Burns of Grand Prairie. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army, the Army Air Corps, and the U.S. Air Force from March 2, 1940, until retirement on May 31, 1962, with 22 years military service. He was employed by the Austin State Hospital, Travis State School, and the Texas Rehabilitation Commission as personnel management specialist from June 15, 1962, until retirement on Dec. 31, 1978, with 16 years state service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by parents, Charlie W. and Ena B. Burns; and brothers, Charles W. Burns Jr. and James T. Burns.

He is survived by his wife, Doris I. Burns of Corsicana; son and wife, Chuck and Pam Burns of Corsicana; son and wife, Jack and Phyliss Burns of Bastrop; grandchildren, Chuck and Lisa Burns of Corsicana, David and Kristi Garcia of Corsicana, Paul and Kim Allen of Conroe, Jack and Carol Burns of Austin, Tommy and Sylvia Burns of Austin and Tim and Amy Burns of Cypress; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Bible of Grand Prairie; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Steene (Lewis) Parrish 
Apr 19, 1917 - Jan 26, 2004

Steene Parrish

Mrs. Steene (Lewis) Parrish, 86, of Dawson passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Reid officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren James Roland Lewis, Jason Kelsey, Jackie Kelsey, Darrell Blissett, Gerald Blissett, Johnny Campbell, James John Lewis and J.R. Lewis.

Mrs. Parrish was born April 19, 1917, in Navarro County to Frank and Margaret Reeves Lewis. She had been a lifelong resident of Navarro County and attended school at Alliance Hall. She married Nealy James Parrish on Feb. 2, 1934. Mrs. Parrish worked at Texas Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana as a seamstress and later helped her husband operate a bait house near Navarro Mills Lake. She liked sewing and was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Mrs. Parrish was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992.

Survivors include a son, Nealy Glen Parrish of Dawson; three daughters, Sammie Lewis of Dawson, Mickie Kelsey of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Brenda Blissett of Malone; a sister-in-law, Emily Odom of Dawson; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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STEENE PARRISH

Mrs. Steene Lewis Parrish, 86, of Dawson died Monday, January 26, 2004, at a Corsicana hospital. She was born April 19, 1917, in Navarro County, daughter of Frank and Margaret Reeves Lewis. She had been a lifelong resident of Navarro County and attended school at Alliance Hall. She worked at Texas Miller Hat Factory of Corsicana as a seamstress and later operated a bait house near Navarro Mills Lake with her husband. She was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. She married Nealy James Parrish February 2, 1934, and he preceded her in death in 1992. Survivors include: one son, Nealy Glen Parrish of Dawson; three daughters, Sammie Lewis of Dawson, Mickie Kelsey of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Brenda Blissett of Malone; one sister-in-law; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2004, at Dawson Cemetery with Rev. Bob Reed officiating.
 


Nannie Mae (Bates) Coker
abt 1909 - Jan 28, 2004

Nannie Mae Coker, 95, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Twilight Nursing Home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Edward Jessie

Charles Edward Jessie, 67, of Lancaster and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Medical Center in Lancaster. Wake services will be 7 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Elder Vernon Jessie officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Erdine (Morton) Biltz
Aug 20, 1906 - Jan 27, 2004

Erdine Biltz was born Aug. 20, 1906, in Hamilton, Ohio, and passed Jan. 27, 2004, at Twilight Home in Corsicana, Texas. The daughter of Carl and Anna Morton, she was educated in the Hamilton Public Schools and was a graduate of the Cincinnati General Hospital School of Nursing. She married Dr. Stuart Biltz and raised her family in Fort Thomas, Ky., where she lived until she moved to Corsicana in 1973.

Erdine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stuart; a stepdaughter, Nancy Keyler; and a brother, Dr. James Morton.

She is survived by a son, Bob and wife Sue of Madison, Conn.; son Jim and wife Phyllis of Plano, Texas; and son, Charles and wife Jane of Corsicana, Texas.

She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, all of whom were blessed by her presence in their lives. She is survived as well by 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Erdine was active in the life of her church and loved to travel and play bridge where she met many of her dear friends in Corsicana.

A memorial service for her life well lived will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at St. John Episcopal Church. In one last loving gesture, her body has been willed to science. Memorials may be made to the YMCA, Friend of Youth fund, or the mission and outreach programs of St. John Episcopal Church.

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Iris (Waller) Bond
Jun 12, 1935 - Jan 8, 2004

Iris Waller Bond died at her home Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, after a brief cancer illness.

She was born in Marlin, Texas, June 12, 1935, to Mable and Ray L. Waller and spent her early childhood in Rice and Dawson, Texas, where her father was superintendent of schools. She moved to Corsicana in 1946 when her father was chosen as Navarro College's first president. She graduated from Corsicana High School, Navarro College and SMU, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, serving as pledge class president and pledge trainer. After marrying Walter Bond Jr. of Corsicana and Dallas in 1957 they spent three years in the Army, living in San Marcos, Texas, Enterprise, Ala., and Brady, Texas, finally settling in Dallas in 1960. During 15 years in Dallas and 22 years in Duncanville, Texas, Iris loved working with young people. She was a Camp Fire leader, 4-H Club leader, Dallas County 4-H Horse Show secretary, National Youth Horse Congress Horse Show secretary, a Special Education Resource Aide at Duncanville High School and the co-founder of the Southwest Dallas County Panhellenic Association. Her greatest joy during the last six years was following her granddaughter's sports activities in volleyball and track in Weatherford, Texas.

Iris was preceded in death by parents, Ray L. Waller and Mable Waller Gilbert; and stepfather, Seth P. Gilbert, all of Corsicana.

She is survived by her husband, Walter B. Bond Jr.; daughter, Laurie Bond of Weatherford; son, Greg Bond and wife, Holly, of Dallas; granddaughter, Sara Haynie of Weatherford; brother, Charles R. Waller and wife, Irene, of Lebanon, Mo.; niece, Shannan Elley of Kansas City, Mo.; nephew, Casey Waller of Lebanon, Mo.; and aunt and uncle, Buven and Evelyn Tucker, of Tyler, Texas.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Iris Waller Bond Scholarship Fund at the Corsicana National Bank & Trust, 321 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home
P.O. Box 2187,
Corsicana, TX 75151
(903) 874-4774


Mildred Tucker
Apr 15, 1927 – Dec 23, 2003

SEVEN POINTS – Graveside services for Mildred A. Tucker 76 of Seven Points were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at King Cemetery near Seven Points with Bro. Bobby Adams officiating.
Born April 15, 1927 in Corsicana the daughter of Robert and Neil Pohl, she passed away Dec. 26, 2003 in Athens.
Preceded in death by her husband Carlton Tucker, she is survived by sons Roger Tucker and Terry Tucker both of Seven Points, Richard Tucker and wife Kathy of Ferris, daughter Carleen Sharp of Ferris, brother Robert Pohl of Belton, sisters Martha Pohl of Caldwell and Alma Yphn of Marshall.


Imogene McEachern
Mar 25, 1934 - Jan 5, 2004

Graveside services for Imogene McEachern, 69, of Point, formerly of Marshall, were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Jan. 8, at Union Grove Cemetery with Gordon Grammer and Kelly Spencer officiating.

Mrs. McEachern died Monday, Jan. 5, in Greenville.

She was born March 25, 1934, in Corsicana. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her sons, Robert McEachern of Sanger and John Scott McEachern of Point; a daughter, Mildred Ann Johnson of Marshall; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Mark White of Marshall; a sister, Lillian Aldredge of Union Grove; and several nieces and nephews.


Elma Loretta (Harrison) Doyle

Funeral services for Elma Loretta Doyle, 77, of Good Springs, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Crawford-Crim-Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dean Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Crawford-Crim-Bryan Funeral Home in Henderson.
Mrs. Doyle died Jan. 5,
2004, in Tyler. She was born March 28, 1926, in Dawson, Texas. She was a retired seamstress, a member of the Eastern Star, a Methodist and a loving grandmother.
Family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7,
2004, at thefuneral home.
She was preceded in death by parents, Luther & Bernice Harrison; husband, Joseph A. Doyle; brother, Luther L. Harrison and sister, Floretta Harrison.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Beth Duncan & Joe Gail of Good Springs, Mary Gaddy & Curtis L. of Longview and Francis A. Dalton & Daniel A. of White Oak; one brother, Bobby Wayne Harrison of Tow,
Texas; grandchildren, Eric Jennings, Elisha Cartee, Letti Vick, Joe Kirk Duncan, Chris Gaddy, Dee Ann Huddleston, Sunny Dalton, Amy Dalton and Amanda Dalton; great-grandchildren, Hailey Jennings, Hannah Jennings, Cameron Jennings, Meghan and Morgan Jennings, Cora Humes, Nathan Sherven, Austin Duncan and Savannah Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Steve Davis, Donald Whitehead, Raymond Howard, Randy Weatherford, Duane Weatherford and Joe Jones.


Ronnie Trammell
Sep 13, 1959 - Jan 28, 2004

Ronnie Trammell, 44, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating.

Mr. Trammell was born Sept. 13, 1959, in Dumas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Patsy Trammell.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Trammell of Corsicana; sons, Eric Trammell of Corsicana and Mark Allen Trammell of California; daughter, Christina Trammell of Corsicana; brothers, Donnel Trammell of Corsicana and James Trammell of Wichita Falls; sisters, Debbie Hogue of Abilene and Wanda Taylor of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Kenneth Farmer
Aug 1, 1934 - Dec 10, 2003

CHARLES FARMER
Burleson--Charles Farmer, 69, a retired driver for Tom's Peanut Co., died Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at a local hospital.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 12 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel in Burleson. Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery in Joshua.
Mr. Farmer was born August 1, 1934 in Navarro County to Asberry and Cora Green Farmer. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burleson. Charles was the "baby brother", a happy wonderful person, and everyone loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Farmer of Burleson; sons, Danny Farmer and wife, Tina, of Burleson, Mark Farmer of Everman; daughter, Denise Underwood of Mansfield; brother, Jackie Farmer and wife, JoAnn, of Corsicana; sisters, Daphene Thompson of Fort Worth, Dorothy Pierce of Burleson, Patsy Smith of Purdon, Darlene Pruitt of Colleyville, Sue Reeves and husband, Homer, of Gainsville, Peggy Farmer and husband, Dwayne, of Flint; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson handled the arrangements.


Era Fay (Meadows) Bell
Sep 2, 1922 - Feb 7, 1982

Era Fay Bell

Era Fay Bell, 59, of Frost, died Sunday in Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Service is 2 p.m. Monday in the Frost Baptist Church, the Rev Jim Baggett pastor.  Burial in Frost Cemetery.  Frost Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Herman Bell, of Frost; one son, Billy Joe Bell, of Frost; six daughters, Nelda Wallace, of Frost, Ruby Williams, of Axtell, Betty Ethel Sobota and Jimmie Csikos, both of Waco, Linda Drews, of Hewitt, and Mary Howard of Waco; two brothers, Harvey McAdams and Horace McAdams, both of Corsicana; four sisters, Beatrice Long and Vera Dixon, both of Corsicana, Burl Harris, of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Edward Abel, of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers are Clifford Williams, Jimmy Hooser, Leon Crawford, R. R. Tarrant, Kenneth Logan and Larry Vandiver.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Feb 8, 1982
  • Daughters birth record shows mother maiden names as Meadows.  Not sure exactly how McAdams is brother.  ...elw
  • SSDI: ERA BELL 26 Sep 1922 Feb 1982 (not specified) 76641 (Frost, Navarro, TX) 467-68-6434 Texas
  • TXDI: Bell Era Fay 02-07-1982 DALLAS F

Samuel McHenry

Samuel McHenry, 54, of Corsicana, died in his home Saturday afternoon.

Service is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Burial in Woodland.  Ross and Johnson Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

He was a carpenter.

He is survived by his mother, Alberta Kelley, of Corsicana; one sister, Gwendolyn Dorris, of Los Angeles; four brothers, Emmett McHenry, and Waymjond McHenry, both of Corsicana, Raymond McHenry, of Dallas, and James McHenry, of San Francisco; four aunts; two uncles; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Douglas, Hubert Dunbar, Sam Butcher, Adolphus Nolen, Robert Earl Reynolds, Dan Carter and James Hines Jr.

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Mary Morris (Bailey) Price
Apr 11, 1884 - Mar 21, 1972

Mrs. Price
Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. Price, 84, Kerens, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Hale officiating.  Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery.  A Corsicana resident most of her life, she died Tuesday in Kerens.  Grandsons were pallbearers.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens; three sons, Wayne H. Price, Corsicana; E. C. Price, Athens and Kenneth A. Price, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Willie Dean West, Kerens; Mrs. Joe Gunn, Abilene, and Mrs. Laura Ware, Houston; 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Miss Della Bailey and Mrs. Mittie Littlejohn, Houston.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Mar 22, 1972
  • TXDI: Price Mary M 03-21-1972 NAVARRO F
  • Wife of Joseph C. Price (1882 - 1976)
  • Sister, Mittie (Bailey) Littlejohn is bur at Salem Cemetery in Hill Co. TX

 
Mrs. Price
Mrs. J. C. Price, 84, died today in Kerens Funeral services will
be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Emmett Cemetery.

Born April 11, 1884 in Mississippi, Mrs. Price lived
most of her life in Corsicana. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Kerens.

She is survived by her husband; three sons, E. C. Price of Athens, Wayne H. Price of Corsicana, and Kenneth A. Price
of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Larua Ware of Houston, Mrs.
Willie Dean West of Kerens, and Mrs. Joe Gunn of Abilene; two sisters, Miss Delia Bailey of Hubbard and Mrs. Mittie Littlejohn of Houston; 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

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Bobby Lynn Northern 
Nov 24, 1944 - Jul 11, 1985

Bobby L. Northern

Bobby Lynn Northern, 40, of Corsicana, died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home with the Revs. B. F. Risinger Jr. and David Hale officiating.  Burial will be in Emmett.

A native and lifelong resident of Corsicana, Northern was a Baptist.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. D. H. (Clara) Northern of Corsicana; two brothers, Billy Lee Northern and Donald ray Northern, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Bray and Mrs. Jo Burkholder, both of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Nephews - David and Danny Bray, T. J. and Jerry Burkholder, and Donny and Aaron Northern will be pallbearers.

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Olga (Mayfield) Burnett 
May 26, 1896 - Jul 11, 1985

Mrs. S. H. Burnett

Mrs. S. H. Burnett, 89, of Corsicana, died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Marlow Cemetery in Cameron, with the Rev. James A. Beverly officiating.  Burial is under direction of Corley Funeral Home.

A native of Itasca, Mrs. Burnett had lived most of her life in Corsicana.  She married Dr. S. H. Burnett on Oct 12, 1920; he died Sept. 27, 1974.

Survivors include a grandson, Allen Burnett of Palestine; a granddaughter, Allison Burnett of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Mrs. Clara Mayfield of Corsicana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Mayfield of Grand Prairie; and a niece, Mrs. Mary Ann Youngblood of Dallas.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 12, 1985
  • SSDI: OLGA BURNETT 26 May 1896 Jul 1985 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 464-88-2655 Texas
  • TXDI: Burnett Olga Mayfield 07-11-1985 NAVARRO F
  • Wife of Dr. Samuel Hampton Burnett, Sr.

Mary (Blackshear) Garrett
Mar 19, 1916 - Jan 31, 2004

Mary Blackshear Garrett was born to Carolyn Carroll "Carrie" Blackshear and Robert King Blackshear in Corsicana March 19, 1916, and died peacefully at home in Danbury, Texas surrounded by her family on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004.

A beautiful, gentle lady who loved her husband and children almost as much as she loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, Mary, was a real child of God, in heart, spirit and through her life's work. She shared the true meaning of "unconditional love" with all of her friends and acquaintances as well as her family. She walked through her 87 years quietly and with such grace, sharing her gifts by giving of her time, resources and listening ear, with love and acts of kindness.

She will be remembered most for her gentle spirit, warm heart and inner beauty that radiated with her every smile and kind word. Mary shared that love with everyone with whom she came in contact. Her passion in life was to help anyone in need and to make a difference.

Mary worked for years as a tireless volunteer helping to build the Republican Party in Texas. She played an active role in the presidential campaigns of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and George H. W. Bush. She also worked in the Jack Cox, Jim Granberry, and Bill Clements races for governor, and the John Tower, George Bush, Rob Mosbacher, and Phil Gram campaigns for the Senate. She served as a Precinct Chairman, delegate to the County Convention, alternate to the National Convention, and member of the State Republican Executive Committee, and as an officer in the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Her caring spirit motivated Mary to start a Clothing Center for the Needy in the old Brazoria County Courthouse in 1958. She also served as a Charter member, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Brazoria County Child Welfare Unit, and as Vice-Chairman and Advisory Board member of Family Service Center. Other Board jobs included the Brazoria County Welfare Planning Council, the Brazoria County Chapter of the American Red Cross where she also served as Chairman and Vice-chairman of Volunteers. She was a member of the Brazoria County Historical Museum and enjoyed being a volunteer for the Angleton -- Danbury General Hospital. Mary also was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and served as a member of the Parish and Deanery Councils.

The family extends a very special thanks to Elzina Jackson for her loving care this past year, and to the many doctors and nurses who provided their wonderful help and support, especially Dr. Charles Neblett and the nurses of the Brazoria County Hospice.

Mary Garrett was preceded in death by her parents as well as her first husband Jefferson Davis Farish, Brother, Robert K. Blackshear, Sister Liza Blackshear Rogers and Grandchildren Anthony and Jack Lollar and Graeme Baker.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, John T. "Jack" Garrett, Sister, Elizabeth Blackshear Mantor, Children: Susan and Jim Baker, Klinka and John Lollar, Jacko and Nancy Garrett and Bob Garrett. Grandchildren: Elizabeth Winston and Sam Jones, Bo and Stacey Winston, Will and Suzanne Winston, Mary Bonner Baker; James A. Baker, IV, Stuart and Genevieve Baker, John and Tegan Baker, Doug and Marilyn Baker, Carolyn Lollar and Teodoro Alban, Kristen Lollar and Matt McClain, Sydney Lynn and Matthew Richeda; Traci Garrett and Tommy Harvey, Mary Christine Garrett; Deanne Garrett and Scott Armstrong, Will and Jennifer Garrett. She is also survived by 22 great grandchildren. Her pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Danbury from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2004; Rosary at 6 p.m. with a reception following in the Parish Hall.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held in St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004. Burial services will be private. Donations may be made to the Brazoria County Hospice Care Team, Inc., 107 West Way, Suite 29, Lake Jackson, TX 77566, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, P. O. Box 299, Danbury, TX 77534, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton.

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Gertrude Medley Osborn

Gertrude Medley Osborn, 88, of Fort Worth passed away Sunday, May 4, 2003 in a Fort Worth hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Clarine Moore "Granny" Jones
Nov 2, 1934 - Jan 31, 2004

Clarine Moore (Granny) Jones, 69, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at her residence.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Chris Moore officiating.

Pallbearers will be Billy Richards, Billy Richards Jr., Preston Robinson, Kevin Moss, Yale St. Clair, Stephen Morrison, Randell Stacks and James Jones II.

Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 2, 1934 in Italy, Texas. She met and married James Jones, a career Air Force man and raised four children. They met and made many friends as they were stationed at various parts of the world. After James passed away in 1995, Granny came to live with her daughter and son-in-law George and Deloras St. Clair. Granny loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She was also loved by all her many friends. She loved listening to CMT and especially going out to eat at Old Mexican Inn.

Survivors include sons Ricky Jones of Ennis and James Jones II of Corsicana; daughters Patricia Purcell and Deloras St. Clair, both of Corsicana; grandchildren Natalie Jones, Amanda Jones and Michael Jones, all of Ennis, Billy Richards Jr., Trestin Minefee and Trey Minefee, all of Corsicana, and Christy Jean of Hillsboro; brothers Ron Moore and Paul Moore, both of Frankston; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marvin S. Herod

Marvin S. Herod, 89, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at Heritage Oaks West.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Mildred Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Howard, Leslie Herod, Russ Herod, Mark Herod, Fred Jernigan and Bill Sikes.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Richards, Doug Lewis and Dale Lake.

Mr. Herod was born May 4, 1914 in Pursley. He was a member of Mildred Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Herod, and parents E.C. and Mae Herod.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law David and Lil Herod of Buckhannon, W.Va. and Wayne and Linda Herod of Pond Creek, Okla.; daughter Wynona Howard of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, Elaine and Fred Jernigan, Ken and Vonda Howard, Peggy and Rodney Robinson, Chris and Robin Herod, Sherri and Bill Longnecker, Shawn Herod, Russ and Audett Herod, Leslie and Woody Herod, Tressa and Wayne Dupay, Rynea Herod, Greg Schmitz, Deborah Schmitz, 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Martha Herod of Navasota; sister and brother-in-law Havnera and Johnny Coleman of Victoria; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Linda Gale (Langford) Hill
abt 1953 - Feb 1, 2004

Linda Hill of Frost passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 at her residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Notes: Corsicana Daily Sun - Feb 2, 2004

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Linda Gale Hill

Linda Gale Hill, 51, of Frost passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana with Brother Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wes Wiscarson, Eric Hoggard, Larry Langford, Brian Thomasson, Richard Leggitt and Dean Harrington.

Mrs. Hill was born March 27, 1952, in Fort Worth to Leonard G. and Pauline Hicks Langford. She was an accountant for Grand Prairie Ford before having an automobile accident on her way to work one morning which left her a quadriplegic. She was a member of Frost Baptist Church.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 12 years, Mark A. Hill of Frost; children, Joseph M. Clark Jr. of Hubbard, Tracy L. King and husband Don of Waco, Jennifer M. Clark and Brett Hale of Frost, and Makayla A. Hill of Frost; grandchildren, Zackery Clark, Harley Clark, Breanna King, Brett Hale Jr. and Randall Hale; mother, Pauline Langford of Duncanville; sisters, Fran Crusan of Euless, Pat Thompson of Fort Worth and Vicki Richardson of DeSoto; brother, Len Langford of Cedar Hill; and special friends, Eddie and Linda Troppler of Frost.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Herman Pete Sharp
Jul 10, 1908 - Feb 1, 2004

Pete Sharp

Pete Sharp of Frost passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 at Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Frost with Rev. Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Notes: Corsicana Daily Sun - Feb 2, 2004

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Herman Pete Sharp

Herman Pete Sharp, 95, of Frost passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Frost Baptist Church with Brother Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Curl, Charlie Curtis, Leon Crawford, Jimmy Hooser, Jason Smithey and Ryan Wood.

Mr. Sharp was born July 10, 1908, in Frost. He was a farmer in Ellis and Navarro counties for 70 years during which time he acquired many good friends who will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Corinne Marie Sharp; son, Bobby Sharp; and sister, Maudine Sharp.

Survivors include his stepson, Stephen E. Wood and wife Martha; grandson, S. Ryan Wood and wife Jennifer; and great-granddaughters, Julianne and Alissa.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Ruby (Stringer) Abbe
Nov 2, 1913 - Feb 1, 2004

Ruby Stringer Abbe, 90, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Odie Stewart, Tim Gorden, David Wilson, Paul Wilson, Alan Wilson and Kevin Taylor.

Mrs. Abbe was born Nov. 2, 1913, in Bazette. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Abbe; parents, Tommy and Ethel (Tramel) Stringer; and brother, Barkley Stringer.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Ethelene and Odie Stewart of Corsicana and Billie and Alton Taylor of Cedar Mountain, N.C.; grandsons, Tim Gorden of Carrollton, Kevin Taylor of Greenville, S.C., and James Taylor of Cedar Mountain, N.C.; granddaughters, Randy Wilson of Corsicana, Teresa King of Austin, and Susan Rahn of Greenville, S.C.; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jack Abbe of Corsicana; and special friend, Lolette Reed of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joy Viola (Brewer) Patterson
Sep 29, 1936 - Feb 2, 2004

Joy Viola Patterson

Joy Viola Patterson, 67, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Olin Raney and the Rev. Timothy Schane officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dave Garrett, Danny Dennis, Norville Coker, James Sykes, Terry McKay and Timmy Keele. Honorary pallbearers will be Clinton Coker, David Lewis and Kevin Spencer.

Mrs. Patterson was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Pickings, Okla. She was a member of House of Praise Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Brewer; sister, Minnie Ruth Brewer; brother, Garvin Brewer; and son, Alfred Ray Cantrell.

Survivors include her husband, Lorn D. Patterson of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Dave Garrett of Purdon and Carolyn and Danny Dennis of Corsicana of Corsicana; daughter, Joy Bottoms of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Carol Cantrell of Chandler, Elton and Linda Raney of Corsicana, Steven and Ginger Raney of Mart and Robert and Jackie Raney of Cross Roads; sisters, Pat Holt of Springtown and Lucille Telafuse of Rosebud; brother and sister-in-law, Winson and Dorothy Brewer of Teague; grandchildren, Jada and Joey Rose, Christi and Ron Stewart, Craig Cantrell, Crystal Brewer, Tiffany Raney, Aaron Raney, Staci and Ty Jay, Emily Bottoms, Nicholas Bottoms, Joshua Raney, Haley Raney, Chris Hagood, Amber Hagood, Matthew York, Christopher York, and Ashley and Britney Spencer; and great-grandchildren, Mason and Seth Rose, Dalton Stewart, Cameron Brewer, Colin York, and T.J. and Tori Jay.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Embry Scott Ferguson
Jul 7, 1914 - Feb 2, 2004

Embry Scott Ferguson, 89, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in Corsicana.

Visitation with rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Ferguson was born July 7, 1914, in Magnolia, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Hickey Ferguson; brother, Jack Ferguson; and sister, Mary Catherine Ferguson.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ferguson and Joe Canterbury of Dallas, Trudy Ferguson and Frank Coan of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Scott Ferguson and Phillip Moses of Dallas, and Mary Catherine Ferguson and Greg Caton of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Corsicana Public Library.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lillie Mae (Dewberry) McDonald

Lillie Mae Dewberry McDonald, 75, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., with Elder Harold Evans of Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Lucion Jessie III, Raychuan Ballard, Willie Gary Ballard, Ronnie Jessie, Torin Jessie and Ben Jessie. Honorary pallbearers will be Lucion Jessie Jr., Henry Hillery, Larry Joe Ballard, Cedric Jessie and Willie Jones Jr.

Mrs. McDonald was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Chandler. She was a member of Freedom Fellowship Church in Corsicana.

Survivors included her husband, Preston McDonald of Corsicana; son, the Rev. Jessie R. Williams and wife Claude of Lancaster; daughter, Bessie J. Brandon and husband James of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby Joe Dewberry, H.B. Dewberry and Vernon Dewberry, all of Dallas; sisters, Gussie Lee Jessie and husband Lucion of Corsicana, Johnnie Ballard of Corsicana, Frank Mae Johnson and Annie Mae Dewberry, both of Dallas, and Floria D. Hughes of Corsicana; stepson, Lee McDonald of New York, N.Y.; stepdaughters, Kimberly Hardeman of Dallas and Beatrice Aston of New York, N.Y.; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Mary Joyce Lusk-Orina

Mary Joyce Lusk-Orina, 42, of Dallas and formerly of Dawson, passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Wake services will be 6 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 208 N. Main St., Dawson, with Pastor Joseph Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Minnie Outlaw
abt 1919 - Jan 31, 2004

Minnie Outlaw, 85, of Cross Roads passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Brentwood Place One Nursing Center in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at New Hope Corinth CME Church, 1110 W. Royal Blvd., Malakoff. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Corinth CME Church with the Rev. Michael Green officiating. Interment will follow at Cross Roads Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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 John T. Hall

J. T. Hall

Ennis-Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bunch Funeral Home Chapel in Ennis for John Thomas Hall, 98, resident of Rt. 1 Ferris, who died early Thursday in the W. C. Tinnery Hospital in Waxahachie. Burial will be at Bristol Cemetery in Bristol.

Nov. 22, 1898 he married Miss Mary Alice McKay of Bristol.

He lived near the Bristol and India. Communities. She preceded him in death Jan. 6, 1971.

He was a retired farmer and member of the Ferris United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Travis Hall of Mesquite: five daughters, Mrs. E.E. Ray and Mrs. Willie Witherspoon both of Bristol, Mrs. Johnnie Wright of Ferris. Mrs. Harvey Singleton of Rt. 1 Ferris, and Mrs. Grady Allen of Dallas; 20 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 12 great- great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Mrs. Odis Witherspoon Preceded him in death April 20, 1964.
 

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 3, 1976
  • TXDI: Hall John T 06-03-1976 ELLIS M
  • SSDI: JOHN HALL 27 Nov 1877 Jun 1976 75125 (Ferris, Ellis, TX) 54-60-5172 Texas

Lillian I. Howell

Mrs., Howell

Services will be at 2 p.m.

Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Lillian Howell, 80, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Houston. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Howell of Fort Worth, Vernon Howell of Corsicana, And Rupert Howell of Imperial Beach, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Mervil Hughes of Houston, Mrs. Geraldine Slaughter of Buffalo, and Mrs. Dorothy Cravey of Ingleside, Texas.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 3, 1976
  • TXDI: Howell Lillian I 06-02-1976 HARRIS F
  • SSDI: LILLIAN HOWELL 29 Dec 1895 Jun 1976 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 466-86-5549 Texas

Marvin C. Crowe
Jan 16, 1894 - June 2, 1976

M. Crowe

Services will be at 10 a.m Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Marvin

Crowe, 81, resident of Corsicana, Who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Larry Rolinson will officiate, with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a native of Alabama, living in Corsicana 65 years, was a retired farmer, member of the Baptist Church, and a veteran of World War l.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Dollie S. Crowe of Corsicana; three sons, Marvin Crowe Jr. of Mesquite, Alvin Ray Crowe of Corsicana, and James Clayton Crowe of Gresham Ore.; nine Grandchildren, three great-grandchildren three sisters Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Gertrude Campbell both of Corsicana and Mrs. Frank Romaine of Hobbs, N.M.

Pallbearers will be James Owens, Elton Skinner, Troy Vest, George West, David Crowe, and J. C. Tucker.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday June 3, 1976
  • Submitted by Marvin L. Crowe - Feb 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: MARVIN CROWE 16 Jan 1894 Jun 1976 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)
     

Vera Lee (Chapman) Duncan

Vera Lee Chapman Duncan, 97, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her residence.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Duncan was born Oct. 30, 1906, in Brownsboro, Henderson County. She later moved with her father Marion Lewis Chapman and brothers Dan, Joe and Oscar to Blooming Grove, where she met her future husband Tom R. Duncan. They married Sept. 9, 1925, at Cryer Creek.

Mrs. Duncan was a longtime member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Corsicana, dating back to when it was Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church. In those early years, she and her husband were members of the Sunshine Adult Sunday School Class and she was a member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service, now called United Methodist Women. She was a PTA room mother at William B. Travis Elementary School. One of her special efforts on behalf of young people was the year she helped chaperon the Spanish Club at Corsicana High School in 1953 on their trip to Mexico with sponsor Mrs. Gertrude Russell.

Mrs. Duncan loved to sew, piece quilts, raise a garden and preserve fruits and vegetables. Although she worked briefly at the Corsicana Cotton Mill and Corsicana Laundry, she was mostly a homemaker and often cared for neighborhood children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom R. Duncan; and son, Jimmy H. Duncan. She was the last of her generation in the Chapman family being preceded in death by her sisters, Myrtle Wyatt and Lillie Ingram; and brothers, Kirby Chapman, Dan Chapman, Joe Chapman and Oscar Chapman.

Survivors include her daughters, Gelene D. Simpson of Dawson and Geneva Davis and husband Bill of Roane; son, Tommie Lloyd Duncan of Corsicana; grandson, Randy Simpson of Iowa City, Iowa, and Tommie Joe Duncan of Bangkok, Thailand; granddaughters, Sarita Simpson of Three Rivers, Donna Couch and husband Dick of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Lisa Overstreet and husband Travis of Kansas City, Kan.; great-granddaughters, Amanda Couch, Ashley Couch and Abigail Couch, all of Pine Bluff, Ark.; great-grandsons, Austin Overstreet and Ian Overstreet, both of Kansas City, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tom and Vera Duncan Health Care Scholarship Fund, in care of Navarro College, 3200 W. Seventh Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Virginia (Braziel) Asby
Jan 7, 1925 - Feb 7, 2004

Mary Virginia Asby

Mary Virginia Asby, 79, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at Heritage Oaks West.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Connolly and the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cameron Asby, Marcus Asby, Jeffrey Asby, Jason McClure, Cole Armstrong, Rusty Blue, Sandy McClellan and Shae Smith.

Mrs. Asby was born Jan. 7, 1925 in Itasca.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey H. Asby; and grandson, Eric Brown Asby.

Mrs. Asby is survived by sons, Mike Asby and wife Ann of Centerville and Paul Asby and wife Cindy of Corsicana; daughters, Sheila Thomas and husband Roy of Corsicana and Sharon Hamrick and husband Ed of Bardwell; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, William Braziel of Longview.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Eddie Waller Garrison

Eddie Garrison died Saturday at his home in Kemp. He was a former resident of Blooming Grove.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana with C. B. Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery under direction of Anderson Clayton Funeral Home of Kemp and Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Wynelle of Kemp; a son, Jeff of Kaufman; two daughters, Robbie Jennings of Corsicana and Susan Brewer of Henderson; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Auther Garrison of Blooming Grove; three brothers, Dewayne of Ft. Worth, Jerry of Kerens and Jim of Blooming Grove; a sister, Jane Prince of Dallas and four grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Anne Wilson - Feb 8, 2004
  • Eddie Waller Garrison died February 22, 1986
  • TXDI: Garrison Eddie Waller 02-22-1986 KAUFMAN M
  • SSDI: EDDIE GARRISON 03 Nov 1929 Feb 1986 (not specified) 75143 (Kemp, Henderson, TX) 463-40-5249 Texas

Judge Carroll Swink Weaver 

Humble, Texas- Judge Carroll Swink Weaver, 59, of Humble died at his home Monday after a long illness.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brookside Funeral Home in Houston. Judge Charles Hearn will officiate. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery.

Judge Weaver was born in Purdon in 1926. He graduated from Barry High School and the South Texas College of Law in Houston. He attended Texas A&M University, Navarro College and Baylor University. He was a veteran of WW II. He practiced law in Houston for 30 years before being elected State District Court Judge of the 184th Criminal District Court in Harris County in 1983.

His wife, Wanda Pair Weaver, died in 1981. Survivors include a son, Michael David Weaver of Galveston; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Weaver of Humble; a brother, George T. Weaver of Hurst; three sisters, Lewellyn Watson of Blooming Grove, Jackie Boswell of Barry and Mary Margaret Measles of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Judge Bill Ragan, Judge Doug Shaver, Jacob Baker, Joe Meschwitz, "Cootz" Matthews and Walter Spears.

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Deenie (Blackwell) Carver

A woman who earned respect and inspired all that came in contact with her. An angel was known for her love, affection for others, her teaching abilities and her kindness she gave as well as received. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Loved by all and admired by many.

Deenie Blackwell Carver passed away Feb. 9, 2004, in Quitman.

She was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Eustace to the late J. E. and Bertha Blackwell. She lived in Corsicana for 42 years was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and taught Sunday school. She moved to Mineola in 1998 and was a member of Harvest Acres Baptist Church. She was head charge nurse at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana for 17 years. She also co-authored the "Mrs. Blackwell's Heart of Texas Cookbook" published in 1980.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Wm. Franklin Carver; two sisters, Inez Fletcher and Norma Talley; and two brothers, J. E. and Bill Blackwell.

She is survived by her daughter, Jerelyn Flynt and husband Earl of Quitman; son, Franklin Don Carver and wife Scharla of Alto; daughter, Dianne Gerron and husband Wm. J. "Bill" of Granbury; son, James Newton Carver and wife Dianne of Hertford, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lena Mae McCown of Dallas, Louise Armistead of Tucson, Mildred Merrill and husband Gilbert of Waco, and Jennie Conner and husband Calvert "Buddy" of Mesquite; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vera Elizabeth (Lawler) Ehlers-Means

Vera Elizabeth Ehlers Means, 98, passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Central United Methodist Church in Brownwood with Dr. Gary Torian officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Brownwood.

Mrs. Means was born Sept. 19, 1905, in Lebo, Kan. She graduated from Lebo High School in 1924 and attended College of Emporia and Kansas State Teachers College, now known as Emporia State University, where she earned teaching credentials. She taught in rural Kansas schools for several years before she married W.W. Ehlers Nov. 17, 1930, in Emporia, Kan. Mr. Ehlers preceded her in death on June 3, 1982. She married Orman Means in Brownwood Nov. 8, 1986, and he preceded her in death July 12, 1994.

Mrs. Means had resided at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for the past two years and she attended First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

Mrs. Means was a member of the Brownwood Garden Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and she was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Brownwood 57 years.

She is survived by her sister, Catherine Hagemann of Emporia, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Phillip Turner of Corsicana; grandchildren, Larry and Donna Turner of Corsicana and Linda and Chris Pullig of Waco; great-grandchildren, Will Turner of Lubbock, Greg Turner of College Station, Phillip Pullig of Waco and Catherine Elizabeth Pullig of Waco; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, Jeffrey and Minnie Lawler; and her sister, Marguerite Diebolt.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Brownwood.

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Leonard N. 'Kelly' Ward 

Leonard N. "Kelly" Ward, 91, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Henthorne, Dicki Phillips, Jody Ward, Gene Alan McLain, Everett Holley, Cubie Ward, Kevin Ward and Kris Matthews.

Mr. Ward was born Aug. 15, 1913 in Purdon. He was a World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Elsie Ward.

Mr. Ward is survived by a son, Sammy Ward and wife Diane of Corsicana; sister, Lillie Pearl Ivie of Tyler; two grandchildren, Kami Matthews and husband Kris of Purdon and Kevin Ward of Corsicana; and two great-grandchildren, Stormi and Aspen.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Wilda E. (Darden) Morriss

Wilda E. Morriss

Wilda E. Morriss, 81, of Waco, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at a local nursing home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Waco Memorial-North in the Mausoleum Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Peters, Steven Peters, Billy Haferkamp, Matthew Lechler, Johnny Lake, and David Dunn.

Wilda was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Corsicana to Louis Earl and Gladyes Darden. After graduation from Purdon High School the family moved to Waco. She worked at Hawk and Buck where she met Gale H. Morriss of Tyler. They were married Jan. 23, 1943. Wilda continued to work until Gale returned from the war. Gale was employed at General Tire over 30 years.

Wilda was a seamstress and made many of the University High School Highlighter uniforms in 1965 and 1966. She was the manager of a local theatre for many years. Wilda was employed at Baylor University in the Moody Library for 19 years. She enjoyed crafts and participated in the Apple Tree Bazaar and other craft shows.

She was a Methodist. Her pride and joy was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gale Morriss in 1990, and beloved son Randy E. Morriss in 1994.

Survivors include her daughters, Judy Peters and husband Stan and Terry Lechler and husband Doyle, all of Waco; daughter-in-law, Nancy Morriss of Stockbridge, Ga.; sister, Bobbie Lake of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Bishop Morriss and wife Margaret of Lake Palestine; grandchildren, Aaron Peters and wife Stephanie, Kathryn Haferkamp and husband Billy, Steven Peters and wife Amanda, Matthew Lechler, Nancy Lancaster and husband Chris of Bonaire, Ga.; and great-granddaughters, Blaine Peters and Kelly Lancaster.

Many thanks to Quality Care and their staff for the support and care for our mom.

Memorials may be designated to a senior citizen ministry or your favorite charity.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our memorial guest book at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com.

Arrangements by Wilkirson Hatch Bailey, Waco.

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2/11/2004 Roommates, friends reflect on the loss two special human beings
 

By CHRIS SMITH/Daily Sun Staff

Jason Trier and Pa Sarr were much, much more than just Navarro College basketball players.

Just ask Trier's suitemates Alvin Hendricks and Tremaine Jordan. Or Sarr's friend Cisco Sissoko or Sarr's Calculus I and II professor Rita O'Brien.

Always smiling. Extremely focused. Great students. Devoted friends. Those were just a few words used to describe the two young men who died Monday night when a Navarro College van carrying seven players and two coaches was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer rig while returning from a game at Paris Junior College

Trier, a Giddings native, was 18 years old. Sarr, 21, was from The Gambia, Africa. Both were freshman walk-ons.

"God has a plan," said Hendricks, a sophomore from Dallas. "I can see (Jason's) big smile (in heaven). No books, no loans. ... He is happy up there."

Sissoko, a sophomore, remembers Sarr as being extremely focused with a positive attitude.
"Pa is a great guy," Sissoko said. "He was my friend... a great guy full of laughter. He was just friendly. ... He was focused on what he wanted to do."

Sarr, a 6-8 center/forward, joined the basketball team in January, Sissoko said.

"He really did not want to join the basketball team," Sissoko said, "but a lot of people asked him to join the team because he was good."

A memory of Sarr brought a smile to Sissoko's face.

"One of the memories I have is of Pa helping me reduce my stomach," Sissoko said while patting his stomach.

O'Brien recalls Sarr as a quiet young man, one who was very curious and very interested in calculus and learning.

"He was very focused on the basketball court and in the classroom," O'Brien said. "He was a real quiet, serious student. ... I did not have him in Calculus III. It was difficult having class (Tuesday). (The students) know what happened.

"You see in the news other schools' pain (after tragedies). You do not realize the devastation until it hits your school. We are a family here. Everyone is supporting each other. There will not be much sleeping until we make sure everyone is OK."

Hendricks and Jordan, a sophomore from Kerens, remembers Trier's big smile -- that huge smile -- and the wonderful attitude that came along with it.

"He was a good guy," Hendricks said. "You have to know him to know who he was. Anything he could do, he'd do it. He was a loving, giving person. He was someone who would do anything for anybody if he could. He was respectable. ... Even If he was tired (from practice) he would do anything for you... loan you money, use his last gas to take you to the store no matter what time of the night it was. Everything else was just secondary."

Jordan remembers a particular incident.

"I was sick with a 103 temperature, and I asked him to take me to the doctor," said Jordan, who met Trier when they stayed in the same dorm. "He went out of his way to take me to the hospital. He was such a great person. ... His smile. He always had that smile. He had so many goals of being successful and trying to make it in life. That starts in college with the books."

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Chris Smith may be contacted via e-mail at csmith@corsicanadailysun.com

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Eva Louise (Adams) Mosley

Eva Mosley

Eva Louise Mosley, 88, of Waco died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at a local nursing home.  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at oakwood Cemetery [Waco] with Chaplain Curtis Holland officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey, 6101 Bosque Blvd.

Louise was born May 6, 1915, at Emhouse, Texas, to George and Carrie Howell Adams.  She graduated from Corsicana High School in  1933 where she was class salutatorian and a cheerleader.  She married W. J. "Jimmy" Mosley Jr. on Sept. 6, 1936 in Waco.

Louise lived in Bellmead for many years where she was active in civic affairs.  She was president of Bellmead Garden Club and served terms as president of LaVega High School PTA.

She was employed at Green's Drug Store in Bellmead and later at Williams Drugs in Waco.  She was a longtime employee at Cox's Department Store in Waco as buyer for the cosmetics department.  After retiring in 1981 from Cox's, she continued to work until 1991 as cashier at Leslie's Chicken Shack where her husband was manager.  She was a member of ABWA.  Louise was an active church member at Bellmead First Baptist and later when they moved to Waco at Western Heights.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996; and her sister Edna Fay in 1927.

Survivors include son, Jim Mosley and wife, Pat of Hewitt; granddaughters, Lisa Dillard and husband, Robert of Corinth, Texas, and Lori Mosley of West Covina, Calif.; great-grand-daughter, Megan Dillard; and aunt Tessie Haynes of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to Western Heights Baptist Church, 6301 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX 76710.

The family invites you leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com.

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Opal Charlene (Henthorn) Bratcher
Jan 21, 1918 - Jan 13, 2004

Opal Bratcher
Hillsboro - Opal Bratcher, 85, of Mertens died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Hillsboro.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. friday, Jan. 16 at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Elder Daryl Inman and Elder Paul McClain officiating.  Burial will be at Brushie Prairie Cemetery in Navarro County.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at funeral home.

Opal Bratcher was born Jan. 21, 1918, in Dawson, Texas, to George Cleveland and Dora Lee (Horn) Henthorn and lived in the Irene and Mertens areas most of her life.  She married Jim Bratcher on July 25, 1936, in Dawson; he preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1983.  Opal was a seamstress for Kreditor Manufactur for 20 years before retiring in 1985.  She was a member of Hubbard Primitive Baptist Church.

Opal also was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Bratcher and wife, Dovie, of Frost, and Glenn Bratcher and wife, Connie, of Malone four grandchildren, Dianna Robinson, of Corsicana, Kimberly Buth and husband, Brian, of McGregor, Brady Bratcher, of Malone and J. J. Bratcher, of Frost; great-granddaughter, Kassidy Buth, of McGregor; brother Elder James Henthorn and wife, Evelyn, of Itasca; two sisters, Ruby Robertson, of Houston and Margie Nixon, of Lafayette, La.; and several nieces and nephews.
Marshall & Marshall, Hillsboro.

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OPAL BRATCHER

Opal Bratcher, 85, of Mertens died Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at a local hospital. She was born January 21, 1918 in Dawson, daughter of the late George Cleveland and Dora Lee Horn Henthorn, and had lived in the Irene and Mertens areas most of her life. She was a seamstress for Kreditor Manufacturer for 20 years, retiring in 1985, and a member of Primitive Baptist Church of Hubbard. She married Jim Bratcher July 25, 1936 in Dawson, and he preceded her in death December 20, 1983. Survivors include: two sons, Jim Bratcher and wife, Dovie, of Frost and Glenn Bratcher and wife, Connie, of Malone; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Elder James Henthorn of Itasca; two sisters, Ruby Robertson of Houston and Margie Nixon of LaFayette, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 16, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Elder Daryl Inman and Elder Paul McClain officiating. Burial was at Brushy Prairie Cemetery in Navarro County.

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Willard David Mayo

Willard David Mayo, 63, passed away Monday evening Feb. 9, 2004, at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born Aug. 4, 1940, in Corsicana to Willard Brink and Billie Doris (Langston) Mayo. He graduated from Corsicana High School in1958, then attended Navarro Junior College and transferred to East Texas State, Commerce. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1962, serving in Germany and Vietnam in DaNang during Tiet offensive, receiving his honorable discharge in 1970. He and Mary Wilson were married Aug. 8, 1970, in Clifton. He was employed as salesman/merchandise manager of Dorsey Company McKesson Office Supply for 16 years. He enjoyed traveling and RV camping. Mr. Mayo was a longtime member of Park Meadows Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Mayo of Waxahachie; sister, Sue Harris of Seattle, Wash.; brother-in-law, Charles Wilson and wife Elsie of Aledo; sisters-in-law, Gene and Carrol Hogue of Mesquite, Linda and Roy Griffin of Longview and Fanette and Jimmy Lindsey of Marietta. Also surviving are close special friends, Larry and Glynda Felty, Jim and Annette Cooper and Bob and Casey Schoolfield. Mr. Mayo was preceded in death by his parents.

The celebration of life will be 1 p.m. today graveside services at the DFW National Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Langley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4425 W. Airport Frwy., Suite 130, Irving, TX 75062.

Arrangements by Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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Mildred Kay (Burney) Tanner

Funeral services for Mildred Kay Burney Tanner, 89, of Van and formerly of Dawson, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at First Methodist Church of Dawson with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Darden, Harold Joseph Fontenot, Bryan Preston, Jerry Preston, Butch Prickett and Kenny Prickett.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.

Mildred died Feb. 10, 2004, in Country Inn Healthcare Center, Van. Mrs. Tanner was born Nov. 12, 1914, on a farm near Coolidge, Limestone Co., Texas, to L.A. and Maude Estelle Henson Burney. She attended schools in Tehuacana, received an associate's degree from Westminster College in Tehuacana, earned her B.S. degree in education from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth. She completed additional academic work at North Texas State Teachers College, now the University of North Texas. On May 27, 1943, in Blooming Grove, Texas, she married Leonard J. Tanner, who died March 4, 1988. She was an elementary schoolteacher in North Central Texas towns and rural communities, including Purdon, the Corsicana State Orphans Home, Union High, Tehuacana, Mount Calm and Dawson for more than 30 years. She also served for a brief period as a principal in the Dawson Elementary School system during desegregation of public schools in Texas. She was much beloved as a first and second grade teacher and widely known in Central Texas to several generations of students. She was also active in First Methodist Church of Dawson.

Mrs. Tanner was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Joseph W. Burney and sister, Ruth Burney Darden.

Survivors include, two sons, Dr. James T.F. Tanner and wife Jane of Denton, Harold J. Tanner and wife Mady of Van; grandson, Harold J. Fontenot, Van; granddaughter, Brigitte Preston and husband Jerry, Van; great-grandson, Bryan Preston, Van; great-granddaughters, Brionna and Natasha Preston, Van; nephews, Charles Darden and wife, Diana, Fort Worth, Bob Burney and wife Nancy, Ventura, Calif.; niece Brenda Prickett and husband Butch of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Billie Burney, Arlington; and various cousins and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church, P.O. Box 415, Dawson, TX 76639.

Arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.

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Kathryn Denise (Holt) Powell

Kathryn Denise 'Dee Dee' Holt Powell

Kathryn Denise "Dee Dee" Holt Powell, 47, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Feb. 7, 2004, at Carraway Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 105 N. Fourth St., Corsicana, with the Rev. Michael Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be George Marshall II, Robert Edwards, Michael Donaldson Jr. and Billy Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Elmore, Robert Campbell, James Hines Jr. and Wardell Black.

She was born Sept. 25, 1956, in Saginaw, Mich. She was a 1975 graduate of Corsicana High School.

Survivors include her daughter, Dekishma Ballard of Corsicana; sons, Damian and Terrance Ballard of Alabama; grandchildren, Myeshia and Ernisha Ballard of Corsicana; mother, Carrie Hines of Corsicana; father, Samuel Holt of Houston; brother, SFC Wilford Holt (Shanna) of Barstow, Calif.; sisters, Cheryl, Rena, Gena and Toyna, all of Houston, and Sharon of Dallas; maternal grandmother Katherine Watts and paternal grandmother Mary Ingram, both of Corsicana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Roland Howard Tapley
Jan 9, 1938 - Feb 11, 2004

R. Howard Tapley

R. Howard Tapley, 66, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Houston.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Derwood Duboise officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Malakoff.

Survivors include his son, Blaine Tapley of Newton; sisters, Barbara Jenkins of Lubbock, Dorothy Duboise of Duncanville and Carolyn Tapley of Kaufman; granddaughters, Brooke Williford and Nikki Tapley, both of Center; grandson, Michael Tapley of Center; and great-grandson, Jaden Tapley of Center; and his companion of 14 years, Joan Hilley of Jasper.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Amma Dee Garrett

Amma Dee Garrett, 89, of Brownsville passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004 in Olmito. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with Mike Meirhoffer officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Amma Dee 'Mam-ma' Garrett

Amma Dee "Mam-ma" Garrett of Brownsville passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at Sunshine Haven in Olmito.

She was known as "DeeDee" by all who knew and loved her. DeeDee was born Dec. 16, 1914, in Bazette. She lived in Corsicana for many years before moving to Dallas. In 1974, she came to live in Brownsville and made it her home.

DeeDee was preceded in death by G.B, her husband of 68 years; two brothers, three sisters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Marcy Garrett Reed of Brownsville and Dianne Garrett Isbell (Charles) of Rancho Viejo; one sister, June Humphries of North Richland Hills; five grandchildren, Kevin Isbell (Sandra), Lisa Isbell Nunez (Carlos), Brenda Isbell Alvarez (Artemio), Dee Ann Reed Manautou (Alec), and Andrew Reed, all of Brownsville; eight great-grandchildren, Dustin and Kris Isbell, Hannah and Noah Nunez, Samantha Alvarez, and Alexandra, Nicholas and Julian Manautou.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Mike Meirhoffer officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Sunshine Haven, P.O. Box 4478, Brownsville, TX 78523.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Doshie Mae Wade

Doshie Mae Wade, 96, of Dawson passed away Feb. 4, 2004, at her residence. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Monroe L. Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lester S. Walker

Lester S. Walker, 88, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at Kerens Care Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Bazette Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Bond, Jackie Walker, Shannon Walker, B.H. Upchurch, Roy Gerald Tramel and Norton Conner. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Paschal, C.E. Blissett, Bill Hyder and Rick Mangus.

Mr. Walker was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Bazette. He was a veteran of the Army having served in World War II. He worked 22 years for the Texas Highway Department. He was county commissioner of Precinct 2 for eight years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Walker in January 2004.

Survivors include his brothers, H. C. Walker of Cross Roads and Denver Walker of Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Luis Rafael Mercado

Luis Rafael Mercado, 18, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 in Dallas.

Visitation will be 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Geraldo Echeverria, Joshu Vazquez, Juan Garcia, Ernesto Hernandez, Hugo Ramirez and Victor Ramos.

Mr. Mercado is survived by his parents, Rafael and Gudelia Mercado of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilu and Jesus Delgado, Carla and Lauro Camacho, and Leticia and Pete Garcia, all of Corsicana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jessie Mercado, Tino and Anna Ponce, and Hugo and Josie Ponce, all of Corsicana; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a big host of friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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William Marvin Gartman

William Marvin Gartman, 79, of Frost passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at Frost Baptist Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. at Frost Baptist Church with Brother Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Gartman was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Blum.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Scott Gartman of Frost; sons, Gary Gartman of Richardson and James Gartman of Burlington, N.C.; three grandchildren; and sister, Doris Bock of Houston.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John Spurlock

John Spurlock, 92, of Bellmead passed away Feb. 12, 2004, at a nursing center.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Bellmead First Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Austin officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of the church. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons.

Mr. Spurlock was born April 30, 1911, in Waco to John and Alice Spurlock. He married Alsie Starnes Feb. 20, 1937, in Bellmead. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, chairman of the ushers for 40 years, and worked at the cotton mill in Corsicana for 30 years. He also worked for General Tire and retired in 1974 after 20 years of service, and the Civilian Conservation Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice Spurlock; seven brothers and sister.

He is survived by his wife, Alsie of Bellmead; daughters, Emily Johnson and husband Laney of Longview and Martha Detterman and husband Joe of McKinney; son, John W. Spurlock of Austin; sister-in-law, Lenora Jones of The Woodlands; brother-in-law, Willie Starnes of Waco; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Bellmead Funeral Home. Local arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John Spurlock
Longview News Journal 19 Feb 2004

John Spurlock, 92, of Bellmead passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at a nursing center. Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Bellmead First Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Austin officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Visitation with family and friends was 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Bellmead Funeral Home.
Mr. Spurlock was born April 30, 1911, in Waco to John and Alice Spurlock. He married Alsie Starnes Feb. 20, 1937, in Corsicana. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church, serving as chairman of the ushers for 40 years. He worked at the cotton mill in Corsicana for 30 years, and he worked 20 years for General Tire before retiring in 1974. He also had worked at the Civilian Conservation Group.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice Spurlock, and seven brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Alsie of Bellmead; his daughters, Emily Johnson and her husband, Laney, of Longview and Martha Detterman and her husband, Joe, of McKinney; a son, John W. Spurlock of Austin; a sister-in-law, Lenora Jones of The Woodlands; a brother-in-law, Willie Starnes of Waco; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were the deacons of Bellmead First Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons.


Nora Lee (McClendon) Bethany 

Funeral services for Mrs. V. A. Bethany (Nora Lee McClendon Bethany b. July 8, 1881  d. February 5, 1959), 77, Ropesville, Texas,  who died in a Big Lake Hospital Thursday afternoon, will be at 2:00 p.m., Ropesville Methodist Church.

Burial will be in Ropesville Cemetery under the direction of Rix Funeral home.

Mrs. Bethany was a member of the Methodist Church.  She had been a resident of Ropesville since 1924.

Survivors in include two daughters, Mrs. J.V. Keesee (Lela Mae Bethany Keesee b. May 26, 1916 d. April 21, 1996), Kermit, Texas, Mrs. A. W. Williford (Ruby Bethany Williford Sturdivant b. June 16, 1910 d. November 21, 1976), Big Lake, Texas; four sons, Ray Bethany(Wilmer Ray Bethany b. September 14, 1918 d. June 19, 1981), Brownfield, Texas, W. B. Bethany (William Jennings Bryan Bethany b. May 4, 1904 d. December 17, 1969), Dallas, Texas, V.A. Bethany, Jr (Victor Allison Bethany, Jr. b. February 4, 1913 d. January 6, 1975), California and Roy C. Bethany (b. October 1, 1901 d. October 2, 1970), 1511 40th Street, Lubbock, Texas; and four brothers and two sisters, Lonnie McClendon (Alonzo Hopkins "Lonnie" McClendon b. October 31, 1891 d. March 4, 1964), Lamesa, Texas, Johnny McClendon (John Blair "Johnnie" McClendon b. October 31, 1891 d. ?), Corsicana, Texas, Bill McClendon (William Johnson "Bille" McClendon b.August 21, 1889 d. March 8, 1974), Mexia, Texas, George McClendon (George Thomas McClendon b. January 5, 1885 d. June 20, 1967), Richland, Texas, Mrs. H.B. Smith (Lela Frances McClendon Smith b. September 11, 1883 d. July 31, 1972), Childress, Texas, and Mrs. Floyd Allred, Corsicana, Texas.

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  • My grandmother lived with her daughter in Mertzon, Texas at the time of her death.  The newspaper said Mrs. A. W. (Ruby) Williford lived in Big Lake which isn't correct.  My grandmother did died of cancer at the Big Lake Hospital, Reagan County, Texas.  She had lived with her daughter a couple of years because of her health.  Before that, she lived in Ropesville, Texas.  She married Victor Allison Bethany on January 2, 1898 in Navarro County, Texas
  • Lubbock Avalanche Journal: (Have original clipping-Bethany Book)
  • Submitted by Carolyn Bethany Sosebee

Thelma Kate (Davidson) Pryor
Dec 31, 1915 - Feb 14, 2004

Thelma Pryor

Thelma Pryor, 88, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tim Conger, Marvin Ivie, Ron Butler, Chad Windham and Ted Harsett.

Mrs. Pryor was a member of the Rebeccas, member of First Baptist Church, graduate of East Texas State and Baylor University with a master's degree in social work. She was employed as child welfare supervisor with the Texas Department of Human Resources. She operated the district office for State Rep. Tom Waldrop. She worked for the Corsicana/Navarro County Health Department as a social worker. Mrs. Pryor was a loving, caring person always concerned for those less fortunate. She was loved by many, many people from all walks of life. She will be missed by many. Even after she retired, she continued to look out for others. She was caretaker for her beloved sister until the end. She was a loving Mother and Grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman E. Pryor.

Mrs. Pryor is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Eddie Sue Pryor of Navarro Mills; sister, Roberta K. Sheets of Corsicana; grandson, Steve Pryor of Austin; and granddaughters, Angela Pryor of Austin and Carla Pryor of Houston.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Albert Milton Emmert Jr.
Oct 23, 1915 - Feb 15, 2004

Albert Milton Emmert Jr., 88, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Mr. Emmert was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He loved his family very much. His wife "Aunt Bill" of 51 years and son Charles both preceded him, and were waiting for his arrival. His daughter Emmie was his heart. He worked for Leggett & Platt before retiring to watch his cows and garden. He served in World War II receiving many medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, American Defense Ribbon, E.T.O. Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, and Good Conduct Medal. He will be missed by the many people he blessed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years "Aunt Bill" Emmert and son Charles Milton Emmert.

Mr. Emmert is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Emmie Jean and Bert Wardell of Dawson and Sandra and Ernest Sikes of Retreat; granddaughter Gina Jock and husband David of Corsicana; great-grandsons, J. D. Jock and Jason Jock, both of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Jennifer Jock of Corsicana; sisters, Elize Shuman and Irene Witherspoon, both of Bristol, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and a big host of friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Eunice Doris (Teague) Churchwell

Eunice Doris Churchwell

Eunice Doris Churchwell, 85, of Corsicana died Feb. 14, 2004. Eunice was born on March 30, 1918 in Woodbine, Texas.

Eunice lived her early life in Gainesville, Texas and was the daughter of Edd and Birtie Emily Teague. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Sue Miller of Dewey, Arizona and Shirley Jean Sebastin of San Angelo, Texas. Also surviving are a granddaughter, Stacy Fornara and two great-grandchildren, Kristin Fornara and Jamie Fornara, all of Paradise Valley, Arizona and two grandsons, Gary Cummins of Dewey, Arizona and Glenn Cummins of Junction, Texas.

Eunice was also blessed with a large family of siblings. She is survived by her sisters, Goldie Beatrice Aaron and Odessa Wood of Happy, Texas, Ruby Agnes Scoggins of Odessa Texas, Pauline Tiny Motl of San Angelo, Texas, and Zada Bell Smith of Amarillo, Texas and a brother, Obie Lee Teague of Thackerville, Oklahoma.

In her later years, Eunice moved to Corsicana, Texas to be close to her now deceased sister, Claudie Wilson. Eunice was a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ and was a Christian believer from her youth.

Services will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Monday with burial following at theOakwood Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff, nurses and hospice workers at the Heritage Oaks West for their care of Eunice during her long time of illness.

Eunice will be missed by her family and friends, but the family rejoices that they will all be reunited in heaven because of their Lord Jesus Christ.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Marie Fletcher Kemp

Marie Fletcher Kemp

Marie Fletcher Kemp, 91, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Kemp was born Sept. 13, 1912, in Margaret to Robert and Leta Fletcher. She was a nurse and had served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant.

She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away 21 years ago, J.C. Kemp; son, Jimmy Kemp; and brothers and sisters, Gene Fletcher, Pearl Larsen, Joseph Fletcher, Dora White, Texas Hall, John McGuffin, Lon McGuffin and Betty Nichols.

Survivors include her stepson, Herb Kemp and wife Penny of Kingwood; brother, Luther McGuffin and wife Lois of Garland; sister, Leta Mitchell and husband Robert of Houston; nieces and nephews, Joseph A. Fletcher and Pam Kay of Plano, Carl Fletcher of Fort Worth, Bobby Larsen of Temple, Carol Hughes and husband Eric of Friendswood; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Kenneth R. Stone
Sep 1, 1935 - Feb 15, 2004

Kenneth Ralph Stone, 68, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Austin, Texas. He was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Elgin, Texas.

A requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Edward R. Monk officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Episcopal Church columbarium at a later time.

Mr. Stone served for six years in the United States Army Reserve, with a six-month period of active duty.

He served as a member of the Corsicana City Council, the Appraisal Review Board, the Zoning Board, and the Planning and Zoning Board of Richland-Chambers Reservoir.

Mr. Stone was a builder, worked in retail sales, and also was the proprietor of a small manufacturing plant.

Very active in civic affairs, Mr. Stone served as chairman of American Cancer Society Charity Golf Tournament for three years. He was also active in YMCA athletics serving as a coach for many football, basketball and baseball teams.

Mr. Stone was involved in the life of many high school students as a DECA program employer, working with the theatre department on sets and other activities, and helping out with many other programs and functions. In 1977, the Student Council recognized him with the Outstanding Citizen Award for service to Corsicana High School students.

A member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Mr. Stone was on the vestry as junior warden of the parish, acolyte warden for both youth and adult acolytes, the Peno Graham Commission, and the property committee.

Mr. Stone is survived by his wife, Dolores; his mother, Dora Stone; and one sister, Glenda Johnson. He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth K. and Patti Stone; and daughter and son-in-law, Elise and Steven Johnson. Mr. Stone's grandchildren are Kathryn Johnson, Steven Johnson, Kenneth B. Stone and Elizabeth Stone, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Capital Improvement Fund.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Don Burns

Don Burns, 68, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at his DeCordova residence.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Acton Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Acton Cemetery.

Mr. Burns was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Pursley to Clyde and Mary Thrailkill Burns. He married Dixie Lee Kimmel July 13, 1957, in Snyder. Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Warren Petroleum for 41 1/2 years before retiring to DeCordova Bend Estates 6 1/2 years ago. He belonged to the Southwestern Football Officials Association and the Southwestern Basketball Officials Association and officiated high school, junior college and college sports for 29 years. He was a member of Acton Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Burns of DeCordova; daughters, Cindy Burns of Dallas and Becky Diaz and husband Ricky Jr. of Cypress; son, Ron Burns of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Miles and Mason Diaz; sisters, Jera O'Neal of Corsicana and Lynell Pollard of Snyder; and numerous nieces, nephews and additional family members.

Arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury.

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Don Burns

1935-2004

GRANBURY -- Don Burns, a former resident of Snyder, died Sunday, Feb. 15, at his DeCordova home.

Funeral service for Mr. Burns, 68, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Acton Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Acton Cemetery under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.

Born Oct. 13, 1935 in Pursley to Clyde and Mary Thrailkill Burns, he married Dixie Lee Kimmel on July 13, 1957 in Snyder.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Burns worked for Warren Petroleum for 41½ years before retiring to DeCordova Bend Estates 6½ years ago.

Mr. Burns, a member of the Acton Baptist Church, belonged to the Southwestern Football Officials Association and the Southwestern Basketball Officials Association where he officiated high school and college sports for 29 years.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Burns of DeCordova; two daughters, Cindy Burns of Dallas and Becky Diaz and husband Ricky of Cypress; a son, Ron Burns of Albuquerque; two sisters, Jera O’Neal of Corsicana and Lynell Pollard of Snyder; and two grandchildren, Miles and Mason Diaz.

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  • Snyder Daily News - Feb 17, 2004
     

Bennie Jean (McDaniel) Dick

Bennie Jean McDaniel Dick, 73, of Dexter, Cooke County, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Gainesville Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville with Dr. Bill LaBarr, pastor of Lake Cities United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.

She was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Richland to Walter and Pauline Morrison McDaniel. She married Hal Dick in 1951 in Richland with Jean's grandfather, the Rev. Van P. Morrison, officiating the wedding.

Jean graduated from Richland High School and Navarro County Junior College in Corsicana. She attended North Texas State College, graduating with high honors with a bachelor of business administration degree and master's degree in education. She taught public school and universities of Texas for 35 years, beginning in Era in 1951. After retiring from the public schools, she earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas Woman's University. She spent the past decade teaching part time in the paralegal department of North Central Texas College.

She was a longtime active member of Callisburg United Methodist Church.

Her thoughtfulness and generosity helped her to lead an effective life of service to others.

Survivors include her husband, Hal Dick of Dexter; son, Wes Dick of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Angela Dick of Dexter; four grandchildren; brother, William McDaniel of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home, Gainesville.

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Lola Burton
Nov 4, 1902 - Feb 17, 2004

Lola Burton, 101, of Emhouse passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Teri Hildebrand officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Mrs. Burton was born Nov. 4, 1902, in Emhouse. She was a lifelong resident of Emhouse and was a charter member of Emhouse Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Billy" Burton.

Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Roney of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Nelda Ruth and Harvey Lee Parrish of Pursley; grandsons and their wives, Michael and Beth Roney of Wimberley, Charles Lee and Brenda Parrish and Terry Lynn and Donna Parrish, all of Pursley; granddaughter and her husband, Linda Kay and Evan Arredondo of Austin; great-grandson, Kyley Parrish and Christopher Parrish, both of Pursley, and Nick Roney of Dallas; and great-granddaughters, Jennifer Parrish and Crystal Parrish, both of Pursley, and Adrienne Arredondo of Austin.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Betty June (Kahler) Berry

Betty June Kahler Berry, 67, of Round Rock passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at her residence. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Wallace officiating. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Eliazar Gomez

Eliazar Gomez, 10 months, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services were 10 a.m. today at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Ethel Lou (Singleton) Kies
Nov 26, 1904 - Feb 18, 2004

Ethel Lou Singleton Kies, 99, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Altera Sterling House in Corsicana with the Rev. Jim Anderson and the Rev. Randall Evett officiating.

Services will be Feb. 27 at Kaster, Maxton and Futrell Funeral Home in El Paso. Interment will be held at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Mrs. Kies was born Nov. 26, 1904, in Navarro County. She was a very vibrant lady of 99 years. She took care of herself, loved to play bingo, and was a volunteer at Navarro Regional Hospital. When Mrs. Kies met a young person she would encourage them to get a good education and to have a good work ethic.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kies; parents, John and Ella Singleton; daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Jim Mask; sister, Lessie Burgess; and brothers, Ernest Singleton and Archie Singleton.

Survivors include her grandsons, Craig Mask and wife Mary of Riverside, Calif., and Rick Mask and wife Julie of Columbus, Ohio; granddaughters, Linda Wilson and husband Ron of Dallas, Sandy Hagen of Dallas, and Mindy Leach and husband Ron of Claremore, Okla.; 11 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and a number of devoted nieces and nephews.

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L. J. Swanson

L. J. "Ponie" Swanson

L.J. "Ponie" Swanson, 93, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. L. L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro.

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Truly Etheredge 
Oct 5, 1907 - Feb 20, 2004

Truly Etheredge, 96, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, in Monroe, La.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with his grandson, Pastor Dale Walker, officiating.

Mr. Etheredge was born Oct. 5, 1907, in Oak Grove. He worked at the Corsicana Daily Sun for 45 years, and after he retired he worked on his farm in his beloved Texas where he lived until the last four months of his life. He worked outside on his farm and in his garden. He loved spending time with his family and his neighbors. Gran was fun to be with and his wonderful sense of humor was one of the things that made him so memorable. His generosity and love will be missed by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Bessie Webb Etheredge; grandson, Frank Meredith Walker Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Nina Elise Walker.

Survivors include his daughter, Billie June Walker and husband Frank Walker Sr. of Monroe, La.; grandchildren, Becky and Keith Ford, Dale and Lydia Walker, Melanie and Randy Turner, Lisa and John Herrock, Carrie Walker and Suzie Sharpe; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Austin, Carlie and Maggie Turner, Jared, Whitney and Mollie Walker, Caitlin, Emma, Olivia and Owen Herrock, Liz and Andrew Ford, Slade, Carmen and Brooke Walker and Meredith Price.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Grove Church, 4300 Loop Road, Monroe, LA 71201.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Truly Etheredge

Truly Etheredge, 96, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 in Monroe, La. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Chandler) McCann
Oct 4, 1917 - Feb 19, 2004

Mary Elizabeth Chandler McCann passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2004, in Germantown, Tenn., Born in Midway, Texas, Oct. 4, 1917, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, A. Morris MCann; brother, Tom S. Chandler; and parents, Henry Grady and Ethel Elizabeth Steele Chandler. She grew up in Navarro County and was a member of Streetman Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. She retired from A&P Tea Company after 27 years.

She was loved by her family and is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Ann Phillips, Marcelyn Guinn and Shirley Gee. Also survived by son-in-law, Jerry Gee; and grandchildren, Cheryl Ann Jimeson and husband Bo Jimeson, Mark Phillips, Shelley Guinn, Kevin Gee, Justin Gee and Rick Guinn. Great-grandchildren are Bailee Elizabeth Jimeson and Annalee Jordan Jimeson.

Other survivors are sister-in-law, Sarah Chandler; nephews, Ronnie Chandler, Lyle Chandler, Esco McCann, Ray McCann, Jack McCann, Paul McCann, Gene McCann; and nieces, Linda Harrison and Betty Goodin.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Grayson Glass presiding. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Phillips, Kevin Gee, Justin Gee, Lyle Chandler, Bo Jimeson and Ray McCann. Honorary pallbearers will be Esco McCann, Buddy Rash, Rick Guinn, Jack McCann, Paul McCann, Gene McCann, Ronnie Chandler, Harry Steele, Joel Steele, Storey Steele, Richard Steele, Kenneth Steele and Roger Steele.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edna Lurene (McAfee) Varnell
Jul 29, 1911 - Jan 23, 2000

Lurene Varnell

ODESSA- Memorial services for Lurene Varnell, 88, of Odessa will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Heggemeier officiating.

Mrs. Varnell died Sunday, January 23, 2000, at Medical Center Hospital.
She was born July 29, 1911, in Joshua.

Mrs. Varnell was a teacher for the Ector County Independent School District for many years. She received her B. S. in Education from North Texas State University. She was a member of the Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Wesley Sunday School class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. "Tracey" Varnell in 1994.


She is survived by her sister, Breen Ringland of Houston.

Services are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

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Adela (Rodriquez) Armenta
Aug 21, 1907 - Feb 22, 2004

Adela Armenta

Adela Armenta, 96, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1907, in Beaumont, the daughter of Felix and Romana Herrera Rodriquez. She was reared in Rice. On Jan. 10, 1934, she was married to Julio Armenta of Palmer. In 1943, they moved to Ensign. She was in the cafeteria at St. John School and loved to work the St. John Bazaar. Mr. Armenta preceded her in death on April 2, 1982. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the Guadalupe Anna and the Cursitas.

She is survived by four sons, Augustine and his wife Martha Iglesias of Carrollton, Jessie and his wife Pauline Armenta of Houston, Marshall Armenta of Houston, Alvin and his wife Delia Armenta of Ennis; three daughters, Linda and her husband Frank Alonzo of Corsicana, Sandra Valdez of Ennis and Minnie Martinez of Dallas; a sister, San Juana Gonzales of Levelland; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Keever Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic church with the Rev. Fred Caldwell as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Josephs Cemetery.

Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Lola Beth (Farmer) Bower 
July 23, 1933 - Feb 23, 2004

Lola Beth Farmer Bower, 70, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at her residence.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Bower was born July 23, 1933, in Purdon to Roy Monroe Farmer and Vada Grace Tanner Farmer. She worked at Haggar Slacks as a bookkeeper for 30 years.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Bower of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Janice Bower of Corsicana and Larry and Nancy Bower of Gilbert, Ariz.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Brown of Magnolia, Aaron Bower of Tyler and Dee Ann Hurst of Sachse; great-grandchildren, Justin Brown, Ashley Brown, Shawn Hurst and Sierria Hurst; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Rosemary Farmer of Andrews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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