Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Jim Bressie
Died Oct 1934

October 26, 1934
BRESSIE - Corsicana, Texas. Oct 26. - Funeral services for Jim Bressie, 50, were held Thursday. Surviving is one brother, John Bressie of Corsicana.


Tom Bourke
Died Feb 1913

February 8, 1913
Bourke - Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 8. - Tom Bourke, aged 45 years, and who has lived here from boyhood, died and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery. He leaves a widow and two children.


Cora E. (Lowremore) Boldin
Mar 16, 1881 - Jun 1, 1953

Jun 2, 1953
Boldin Services
CORSICANA, Texas, June 2. - Mrs. Cora E. Boldin, 74, died Monday at the home of a son here. Services were held Tuesday at the First Methodist Church of Dawson, with burial in the Dawson Cemetery. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Farmer, Gladewater; four sons, Clyde Boldin, Purdon, Arthur Boldin and Haddix Boldin, Corsicana, and Charles Boldin, Dallas; a brother, Charles Lowrimore, Dawson.


Lulu (Cox) Bonner
Aug 18, 1883 - Jan 14, 1940

January 16, 1940
BONNER - Corsicana, Texas, Jan 15. - Mrs. C. C. Bonner, 82, pioneer resident of the Angus community, died Sunday and the funeral services were held Monday with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. L. T. Trull, Refugio, and a son, Chester Bonner.


George H. Bohannan
Died May 1903

May 12, 1903
BOHANAN - Corsicana, Tex., May 12 - George H. Bohannan died at 3:30 this morning at the residence of his father-in-law, P. H. Blake.


Esther Molka (Freedman) Blumrosen
Apr 1860 - Mar 4, 1940

March 5, 1940
Mrs. Esther Blumrosen, Dallasite's Mother, Dies

Mrs. Esther Blumrosen, 80, mother of Mrs. Will Garonzik of Dallas and member of a prominent Navarro County family, died Monday in a Corsicana hospital. She was buried Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Blumrosen, sister of Rube Freedman whose statue stands in the courthouse square at Corsicana, and of Col. F. S. Freedman, an officer on Gov. James Stephen Hogg's staff, had lived with her daughter at 2501 South Boulevard for thirty years.
Before his death forty-sevens years ago, her husband, J. Blumrosen, was a merchant at Corsicana.
Survivors also include a son, Mose Blumrosen of Corsicana, and six grandchildren. Rabbi Harry Shapiro conducted the funeral service.




Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Blumrosen, aged 80 years, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Monday morning, were held Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the Sutherland-McCammon chapel. Interment was in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Harry Shapiro.

Surviving are a son, Mose Blumrosen, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Will Garonzik, Dallas, and six grandchildren, and other relatives.


D. W. Blue
Died Nov 1946

November 13, 1946
D. W. Blue Succumbs After Long Illness
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 13. - D. W. Blue, 52, superintendent of maintenance at the Bethlehem Supply Company, died at his home here Wednesday following an extended illness.
He had been employed at the local plant thirty-six years.
Surviving are his wife; a son, D. W. Blue Jr., Danville, Ohio, and a daughter, Mrs. James Randolph, Houston.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of his son.


Mary Frances (Cheek) Bonner
Died Jul 1946

July 21, 1946
Mrs. H. H. Bonner Dies
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, July 21. - Services were held here Sunday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery for Mrs. H. H. Bonner, 86, who died at her home. A native of Georgia, she came to Cryer Creek, Navarro County, in 1869, and a few years later moved to Corsicana. Surviving are three daughters, a grandson and three great-grandsons.


W. R. Bonner
Died Dec 1930

December 23, 1930
W. R. Bonner, 95, Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 23. - W. R. Bonner, 95, resident of the Phillips Chapel community for many years, and native of Tennessee, died Monday night and the funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. Several children survive.


Minnie (Coffee) Ellison
Mar 25, 1895 - Sep 5, 1929

September 6, 1929
Woman Dies at Corsicana.
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 6. - Mrs. J. E. Ellison, 34, died at the home of her father, Ben Howard, Thursday and the funeral was held Friday, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, two sons, one daughter and her father.




Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Ellison, 34, wife of J. E. Ellison, who died Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock following a lingering illness, were held from the residence of her adopted father, Ben Howard, 904 North Beaton street, Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Mrs. Ellison had been in ill health for some time and returned to Corsicana last week from El Paso.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, one daughter and foster father.

Active pallbearers were Lanty Miller, W. A. Brown, Elbert Williams, Robert B. Cooksey, H. E. Redden and Jack Powell.

Honorary pallbearers were A. J. Mason, John R. Curington, A. Q. Thornton, J. D. Carroll and Ervie Sparkman.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, September 7, 1929
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o J. C. Ellison married Aug. 29, 1915 d/o Zeke Coffee and Ida (Clark) Coffee (foster/adopted parents are Ben Albert Howard and Laura (Green) Howard

W. D. Elliott
Died Sep. 1943

September 26, 1943
W. D. Elliott Buried
Funeral services were held Sunday for W. E. Elliott, 62, who died at his home here. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, two sons, W. Ralph Elliott, West; Wiley Elliott, Freeport; a daughter, Mrs. G. H. Howard, Corsicana; seven brothers, B. H. Elliott, Corsicana; S. L. Elliott, Sherman; Robert Elliott, Houston; Carl Elliott, Houston; J. Elliott, Arkansas; George Elliott, San Diego, Calif.; Ed Elliott, Wichita Falls, and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Parsons, Sherman; Mrs. Sophie Walls, Dallas.


Frances "Frankie" (Keener) Elliott
Mar 27, 1875 - Sep 27, 1953

September 28, 1953
Mrs. W. M. Elliott Dies at Corsicana
Mrs. W. M. Elliott, 78, died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday afternoon.
A lifelong resident of Corsicana, Mrs. Elliott was a Presbyterian and a charter member and past regent of the Corsicana DAR.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Guy Tate of Dallas and Mrs. C. F. Norton of Denton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Elliott was the widow of the late W. M. Elliott, long-time Navarro County surveyor.



Final Rites Held For Mrs. Elliott
Sep 30, 1953
Final Rites for Mrs. W. M. Elliott, 78, lifelong Corsicana resident who died at a local hospital, were held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Guy Tate of Dallas and Mrs. C. F.
Norton of Denton; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.



Tuesday Services For Mrs. Elliott
Funeral rites for Mrs. W. M. Elliott, 78, life-long Corsicana resident, who died Sunday in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic, were held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The services were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Elliott was a charter member and past regent of the James Blair Chapter DAR and was active in the Third Avenue Presbyterian church for many years, serving as president of the Women’s Council of the local church and president of the Presbyterial of the Waco Presbytery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Guy Tate, Dallas, and Mrs. C. F. Norton, Dallas; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Elliott was the widow of the late W. M. Elliott, long-time Navarro county surveyor.

Pallbearers were Judge A. P. Mays, Rufus Shell, Ralph Stell, Dean Allen, Cullen Dunn, Jr.; Robert Cason, Pay Loggins, Henry Walker, Hugh Drane and A. G. Elliott.


Mary P. Elliott
Died Mar 1897

Miss Elliott's Funeral
Corsicana, Tex., March 5. - A large concourse of sorrowing friends and acquaintances saw the remains of Miss Mary P. Elliott consigned to the tomb this afternoon.

The funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church, of which the deceased was a member, by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss, pastor of the First Methodist church, in the absence of the pastor, Rev. J. T. Walne. A musical programme was rendered by the choir, in which the deceased sung during her lifetime, led by Miss Annie Halbert. There were many wet cheeks and few dry eyes in the congregation.

The friends of the popular young lady paid their last respects to her by sending flowers, which almost covered the casket.

It develops to-day that the young lady had made frequent visits of late to the Doolin tank, where she drowned herself. Parties who reside near the pool of water had seen her go to and from the place, but took no particular notice of her coming and going, thinking that she had picked this sheet of water as a suitable one to spend some time each day fishing and in recreation. The opinion of the mother and father now is that she had contemplated suicide at each one of these visits, but reconsidered and did not decide on the awful course taken until yesterday. It is also thought now that the young lady when she entered the Beaton street drug store on yesterday went there to secure poison instead of prepared chalk, but decided after reaching the store that she could brave the depression and finally recover from her despondency. When found by Messrs. Lum Benton and Ed White the body, as stated in to-day's News, was attired in the same clothes she had left home with.
The overshoes her mother had requested her to put on when she left home still covered her slippers.


Mrs. Joe Edmondson
Died Dec 1914

December 18, 1914
Edmondson - Corsicana Texas.  Dec. <?> - Mrs. Joe Edmondson, aged 41, died at the family home in Tupelo community, this morning at 1 o'clock, as a result of burns received several days ago. The remains were laid to rest at Rice this morning.


Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt
Died Jun 1952

June 24, 1952
Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt's Rites Held at Corsicana
CORSICANA, Texas, June 24. - Funeral services for Mrs. J. A. Breithaupt, 54, who died in a Dallas clinic, were held here Tuesday, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Leonard, Corsicana, and Mrs. B. M. Bowden, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Victor H. Pyeatt, O'Donnell, and three grandchildren.


B. Breithaupt
Died Dec 1925

December 26, 1925
Oil Field Man Dies of Hurts.
Special to The News.
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 26. - B. Breithaupt, 30 years old, who was injured in an oil field accident a few days ago, died at the County Hospital late Thursday and the body was forwarded to Kaufman early Saturday morning for burial.


S. F. Bradley
Died Apr 1954

April 4, 1954
S. F. Bradley Dies In Corsicana Home
Staff Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. - Stephen F. Bradley, 74, died at his home in Corsicana Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. L. W. Shivers officiating.

The Mabank Masonic Lodge will be in charge of graveside services at Mabank Cemetery after services at Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Surviving are two sons, Grady F. Bradley of Dallas and Gilbert F. Bradley of Austin; four daughters, Mrs. Robert Yarrington of Waco, Mrs. H. P. Phillips of Corsicana, Mrs. E. Hastings Ackley and Mrs. J. W. Roper, both of Dallas; a brother, Sherman Bradley of Milwaukee, Wis.; three sisters, Mrs. Marvin Lindsey of Dallas, Mrs. John Beard of Terrell and Mrs. O. L. Stegall of Corsicana.


John Moore Bradley
Dec 10, 1872 - Jan 18, 1939

Jan 19, 1939
BRADLEY - Corsicana, Texas, Jan. 19. - John M. Bradley, 66, resident of Rice for forty-six years and well known throughout Navarro County, died at a local clinic on Wednesday. Funeral services were held at the Haynie Memorial Methodist Church in Rice Thursday at 2 p.m., with burial in the Rice Cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Rev. R. E. Briggs, pastor of the church. Mr. Bradley was a native of Mississippi. Surviving are his wife, two sons, J. K. Bradley and Alton B. Bradley, all of Rice; two brothers, Joe B. Bradley, Rice, and W. W. Bradley, Gladewater; two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Perryman, Dallas, and Mrs. E. L. Bryan, Oklahoma City, and other relatives.

January 20, 1939, Longview, Texas
BRADLEY - Longview, Texas, Jan. 20. - Funeral rites were held at the Methodist Church at Rice for John M. Bradley, 66, Rice, brother of W. W. Bradley, Gladewater, director of the Rembert National Bank, Longview, who died at Corsicana. He is survived by his wife, two son, Alton and Kestler Bradley; another brother, J. B. Bradley, Rice, and two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Perryman, Dallas, and Mrs. Bryan, Oklahoma City.




Funeral services for John M. Bradley, aged 66 years, prominent resident of Rice for many years, who died in the Navarro Clinic here early Wednesday morning, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites were held at the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice with interment in the Rice cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R. E. Briggs, pastor of the church.

Mr. Bradley was a native of Mississippi, but had resided in the Rice community for the past 46 years, and was well-known throughout Navarro County.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, J. K. Bradley and Alton B. Bradley, all of Rice; two brothers, Joe B. Bradley, Rice, and W. W. Bradley, Gladewater; two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Perryman, Dallas and Mrs. E. L. Bryan, Oklahoma City, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Mr. Fitzgerald, Ben Bartlett, Rod Bartlett, J. C. Park, R. A. Eden and Clarence Mahaley.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George Wesley Boyd
Apr 18, 1880 - Apr 12, 1952

April 15, 1952
George W. Boyd's funeral Services Held at Corsicana
Special to The News|
CORSICANA, Texas, April 15. - Funeral services for George W. Boyd, 71, long-time civic, political and financial leader here, were held at the First Methodist Church here Monday, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Boyd was a steward of the Methodist Church.
Boyd, an extensive landowner, had served as city assessor and collector of taxes, Navarro County tax collector, Navarro County commissioner and election judge.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Mitchell Boyd of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Roberts of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. T. M. Fouty and Mrs. Wade Harvard, both of Navarro.


Mrs. Henry L. Boyd
Died Aug 1929

August 30, 1929
Mrs. Henry L. Boyd Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Aug. 30. - The body of Mrs. Henry L. Boyd, 68, who died Friday in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, was brought to Corsicana in the afternoon and was taken to her home in the White's Chapel community.
Mrs. Boyd came to Texas from Kentucky in 1881 and lived in Dallas one year before moving to Navarro County, where she has resided since.  Surviving are her husband and one daughter, Miss Gladys Flowers.


O. C. Bowmer
Died Sep 29, 1953

September 29, 1953
Dr. O. C. Bowmer Funeral Planned
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. - Dr. O. C. Bowmer, 79, officer in the medical corps of the United States Army in the Spanish-American War and World War I, died at his home here Monday morning.
Funeral rites will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Otho A. Bowmer, and a daughter, Mary Louise Bowmer, all of Corsicana, and three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Young of Wichita Falls, Mrs. Bess Nash of Tyler and Mrs. Della Currie of Fort Worth.


Redrick A. Bowden
Oct 21, 1852 - Sep 10, 1913

September 11, 1913
Bowden - Corsicana, Tex., Sept. 11. - R. A. Bowden, 62 years of age, died in the Tupelo community and was buried at Rice. He had been a resident of this county for thirty-five years.


Robert Alexander Boothe
Aug 8, 1854 - Dec 21, 1937

December 22, 1937, Dallas, TX
Engineer 45 Years
R. A. Boothe, 83, father of Clyde Boothe of 3542 Rosedale, a subscriber to the news for fifty-two years, of forty-five years an engineer on the Southern Pacific and for forty years a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist church, died at his home in Ennis early Wednesday.
Born in Selma, Ala., in 1854, he came to Texas with his mother at the close of the Civil War, settling at Houston. Later he lived at Corsicana, Denison, finally removing to Ennis. While an engineer he contributed many articles and news items to the news.
He was a member of the Brother-hood of Locomotive Engineers, Odd Fellows and Masonic organizations.
He is survived by four sons, Clyde Boothe of Dallas, R. E. Boothe of Longview, J. A. Boothe and T. E. Boothe of Ennis, and two daughters, Mrs. Earle Rumbo of Harlingen and Mrs. W. A. Kirkpatrick of West Monroe, La. Funeral services will be conducted at Corsicana Thursday afternoon.




Funeral services for Robert Alexander Boothe, age 84 years, retired Southern Pacific Lines engineer of Ennis, who died Tuesday night at midnight, were held Thursday morning from the First Methodist church in Ennis with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana.

Mr. Boothe was a native of Alabama, but came to Texas immediately after the close of the Civil War. He resided at Richmond, later moving to Corsicana where he resided until the Southern Pacific Lines round-house and headquarters were moved to Ennis. Mr. Boothe united with the Methodist church in Corsicana in 1874 and had been a member of the Ennis Methodist church since 1891.

Mr. Boothe served with the railroad company for 43 years prior to his retirement in 1919. He entered the service of the old H. and T. C. R. R. Company at Corsicana as a mechanical helper in February, 1876, and became an engineer, October 10, 1885. He became a passenger engineer in 1891. He was a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist church for many years and was a Mason and Odd Fellow in addition to holding memberships in railroad organizations.

Surviving are his wife, Ennis; four sons, Tom Boothe and Jim Boothe, both of Ennis; C. A. Boothe, Dallas, and R. E. Boothe, Longview; two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Kirkpatrick, Monroe La., and Mrs. Earl Rumbo, Harlingen; eight grandchildren, and half brother; Gus Hammack, California.

Masons had charge of the rites at the grave.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, December 23, 1937
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Emma Jane (Hewitt) Boothe married Oct. 10, 1876 2nd wife Allie (Riddle) Boothe married Apr. 1, 1885; s/o Robert Boothe & Elizabeth (unk) Hammack- Boothe

John Christian Breithaupt
Oct 28, 1857 - Aug 16, 1929

August 17, 1929
J. C. Breithaupt Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Aug. 17. - Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for J. C. Breithaupt, 71, pioneer farmer of the Pickett community, near Corsicana, with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. He was found dead near the barn of his home Friday night, presumably as a result of a heart attack. Surviving are his wife and three sons, B. R. Breithaupt, Fort Worth, and C. E. and L. E. Breithaupt, Corsicana.


Bazil Odell Brent
Aug 25, 1911 - June 3, 1935

June 3, 1935
BRENT - Corsicana, Texas. June 3. - Funeral services for B. O. Brent, 24, who died in Kilgore Monday from injuries received in an oil field accident Sunday will be held here Tuesday morning. Brent was struck by a falling elevator while working on a rig. Surviving are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Brent of Corsicana, three brothers and three sisters.




Funeral rites for B. O. Brent, aged 24, who died early Monday in Kilgore from injuries sustained late Sunday night when he was struck by a falling elevator, while working on an oil rig, were held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from 916 West Fifteenth avenue, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Grant, full Gospel minister.

Surviving are his wife of Kilgore, parents; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Brent, Corsicana, and the following brothers and sisters; Alger, Paul, Charles Ray, Irene, Jimmie and Imagean Brent.

Rites were conducted by Calvin Cook.

Pallbearers were W. J. Johnson, H. Cherry, W. L. Cherry, Harry Neal, Sidney Hayes and C.C. Booth. Honorary pall bearers were friends of the family and fellow workers in East Texas.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Armond Isaac Brannon
Died Sep 1932

September 4, 1932
Man Dies as Result Of Accident in Mine
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 4. - Armond Isaac Brannon, 30, died in a local hospital Saturday night from injuries received a week ago in an accident at Malakoff mine.
The body was forwarded to Malakoff Sunday afternoon for burial.
Surviving are his parents, three brothers and two sisters.


James Autry Boyd
Dec 17, 1882 - Jul 4, 1939

July 5, 1939
Jim Boyd, agent of the Burlington Railroad at Bardwell, near Corsicana, was killed when the Burlington's streamlined zephyr struck his car at a crossing. He had been with the road since 1907.

Train Victim Buried.
Special to The News
CORSICANA. Texas. July 5. -
Funeral services were held Wednesday, with burial in the Catholic Cemetery, for a J. A. Boyd, 56, killed when a train struck his car on a crossing at Bardwell. Surviving are his wife, a son, Lawrence Boyd, Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Annie Rose Huff, Louisiana; a brother, George Boyd, Corsicana, and two sisters, Mrs. T. M. Fouty, Navarro, and Mrs. N. H. Harvard, Navarro.


Bell Brewer
Died Dec 1929

December 7, 1929
Mrs. Bell Brewer Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. Dec. 7. - Mrs. Bell Brewer, 82, native of Georgia but resident of Texas since a small child, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. R. Johnston, Friday and the body will be shipped to Caldwell, where the funeral services will be held some time Sunday, Mrs. Brewer had resided in Corsicana for four years. Surviving are four daughter, Mrs. Johnston, Corsicana; Mrs. W. S. Blackshire, Brownsville; Mrs. G. C. Jones, Post and Mrs. Callie Doak, Houston; two sons, Guy Brewer, Oklahoma, and T. H. Brewer, Caldwell, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.


A. Q. Boyd
Died Nov 1921

November 29, 1921
LOYD - Corsicana, Texas. Nov. 29. - A. Q. Boyd, 73 years old, for many years a resident of the Eureka community, this county, died at his home there at 6 o'clock yesterday morning after an illness of two weeks. The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Eureka community. The Rev. W.
L. Patterson and the Rev. J. M. White conducted the service. He is survived by the following grown children: Mrs. J. B. Grantham, Mrs. F.
V. Fullwood, Misses Nannie and Ruth Boyd, Mack Boyd and John Boyd of Eureka, Moffett Boyd of Dallas, Andrew Boyd of Duncan, Ok., and Mrs.
Zimry Tekell of Rushing.


J. A. Bonner
Jan 7, 1866 - Nov 1947

November 5, 1947
J. A. Bonner, 81, Eureka Pioneer, Dies
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 5. - J. A. Bonner, 81, died at his home at Eureka late Wednesday. Funeral will be held a Eureka Friday afternoon. Born at Fairfield, Jan. 7, 1866, he had resided at Eureka for sixty years. He was prominent in Masonic and political circles. Surviving are six sons, four daughters, twenty-two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Sons will be pallbearers.


Dorothy Mae (Pritchett) Baker 
1932 - Mar 10, 2005 

Dorothy Mae Baker, 72, a retired registrar/secretary for Tarrant County College, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at a local hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dennis Hudson of Saginaw Park Baptist Church officiating. Burial: 2 p.m. Saturday in Eureka Cemetery, Eureka. Visitation: She will lie in state Friday at the funeral home, where her family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m.

A native and lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Dorothy Mae Pritchett was born May 24 1932, the daughter of James Hamilton and Irene Kingston Pritchett. She was married to Robert E. Baker Sr., who died in 2002.

Survivors: Son, Robert E. Baker Jr. and his wife, Kathryn; daughter, Rebecca Baker Gaskin and her husband, Jim; grandchildren, Dayna Altom and her husband, Ryan, Allison Baker, Clayton Stevenson and his wife, Melissa, and Dustin Stevenson and his wife, Kristina; great-grandchildren, Chase Altom and Tyler Stevenson; sisters, Peggy Stewart, Delores Gilbert and Evelyn Boyd; and several nieces and nephews


John Loviga Bruner
Nov 25, 1874 - Dec 15, 1947

December 16, 1947
John Bruner Dies
Special to The News
FROST, Texas, Dec. 16. - John Bruner, 73, of Frost died at Keller Monday while on a visit.
Funeral services were held at the Frost Baptist Church Tuesday, with interment in the Frost Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, four sons, Ernest Bruner, Pasadena; Earl Bruner, Corsicana; Eldrid Bruner, Keller, and Eugene Bruner, Fort Worth; nine grandchildren and two brothers, Joe Bruner, Frost, and Clyde Bruner, Kerens.



John Bruner, aged 73 years, retired drayman at Frost, died at Keller, Texas, Monday morning at 2:30 o'clock. He had been at Keller three weeks.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with interment in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church.

Native of Alabama, he had resided at Frost most of his life. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Frost; four sons, Ernest Bruner, Pasadena, Texas; Earl Bruner, Corsicana; Eldred Bruner, Keller, and Eugene Bruner, Fort Worth; nine grandchildren, two brothers, Joe Bruner, Frost, and Clyde Bruner, Kerens, and other relatives.

McCormick’s funeral Service will direct.



Mrs. N. B. Bruner
Died Jan 11, 1919

January 12, 1919
Bruner - Corsicana, Texas. Jan. 12. - Mrs. N. B. Bruner, for many years a resident of Corsicana, died last night from a stroke of paralysis. She retired at her usual bedtime, apparently in accustomed health. Three daughters survive her. They are Mrs. Minnie Sutton and Mrs. Scott Bagby of Corsicana and Mrs. Nolen of Taylor. Mrs. Bruner was a sister of General W. H. King, deceased, who was prominent in Texas politics and was Adjutant General under Governor O. M. Roberts' administration. He also represented Hopkins County in the Legislature.


Virgil Wesley Brown
Jan 19,1884 - Oct 26, 1940

October 28, 1940
BROWN - Corsicana, Texas, Oct. 28. - Virgil Brown, 56, resident of Dawson, died in a local hospital Saturday night. Funeral was held Sunday with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.  Surviving are his wife; two sons, Leldon Brown, Eldorado, and Charles Brown, Mount Vernon; a daughter Mrs. Alene, Dawson, and a brother, Charles M. Brown, Pursley.



VIRGIL BROWN DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL, BURIED AT DRESDEN Virgil Brown, aged 56 years, of Shiloh, near Dawson, died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday afternoon. Funeral rites were held from Shiloh church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Leldon Brown, El Dorado, and Charles Brown, Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Alene Hale, near Dawson; a brother, Chas. M. Brown, Pursley, and other relatives. Wolf & Dobbs of Dawson directed the funeral arrangements.



William Edgar Etheredge
May 1, 1889 - Mar 24, 1930

Mar 25, 1930
W. E. Etheredge Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. March 25. - Funeral services for W. E. (Edgar) Etheredge, 45, who died at his home in the Oak Grove community five miles north of Kerens Monday night, were conducted at the Oak Grove Baptist Church at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. Jack Welch, Baptist minister of Jacksonville. Surviving are his wife; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Etheredge; two sons, Truly Etheredge, Corsicana; Rayward Etheredge, Oak Grove, and a daughter, Miss Jewell Etheredge, Oak Grove; two brothers, Deedie Etheredge, Kerens; Dick Etheredge, Corsicana, and one sister, Mrs. J. A. Travis, Corsicana, and one grandchild.





Funeral services for W. E. (Edgar) Etheredge, aged 45, who died at his home in the Oak Grove community five miles north of Kerens at 8:30 o’clock Monday night, were held at the Oak Grove Baptist church at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Jack Welch, Baptist minister of Jacksonville. Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery.

Pallabearers were Deedie Etheredge, Dick Etheredge, Elvie Travis, Elsie B. Travis, Emmett Monroe, and J. A. Travis.

Mr. Etheredge was born and reared in the Oak Grove community and was known, not only in that community but throughout the eastern part of the county. He had been in ill health sometime.

Surviving are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Etheredge, two sons, Truly Etheredge, Corsicana; Rayward Etheredge, Oak Grove, and a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Etheredge, Oak Grove; two brothers, Deedie Etheredge, Kerens; Dick Etheredge, Corsicana and one sister, Mrs. J. A. Travis, Corsicana and numerous other relatives including one grandchild.

Mr. Etheredge was also well known in Corsicana where he frequently visited his sister, Mrs. Travis, his brother, Dick Etheredge, and his son, Truly Etheredge, who is a member of the pressroom force of the Sun-Light Publishing Company, and has been for several years.


In Memory.
Edgar Etheredge was born and reared near Kerens, Texas and married at the age of 18. He lived near Kerens all his life. His health began to fail about five years ago, and God has called him home to live with his darling baby, Johnny Fay, on March 24, 1930, his spirit quietly passed away ridding him of his suffering. He was so patient and never complaining. He was ready to go, but regretted leaving his family. He had been a member of the Baptist church at Oak Grove since he was 17 years of age. He loved his church, was a devoted husband and father, and a loving son. He was always ready to make some one happy by some kind deed or word. He leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Etheredge, Kerens; one sister, Mrs. J. A. Travis, Corsicana; two brothers, Deedie Etheredge, Kerens, and Dick Etheredge Corsicana; a loving wife and three children, Truly Etheredge, Corsicana and Miss Jewell and and Rayward Etheredge, Kerens, and one granddaughter, little Billie June Etheredge, Corsicana.

He was put away at 3 p.m. March 25, 1930, in Oak Grove cemetery by loving friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jack Welch, pastor of his church. On his grave were placed many beautiful flowers in esteem of love.

A voice from above whispered, “I gave also I took away.” It was our Father’s voice of love, our consolation, hope, and stay.

We miss you Edgar from thy place. The shadow of your life is gone. We miss that smile that always cheered us.

Farwell, till in some happy place we will meet again to part no more. Thy tender memories and care will always be with us. “Tis hard to break the tender cord when love has bound the heart; “Tis so hard to speak the words, we must part, but thy memory will be cherished till we see thy heavenly face.

--Written by his sister, Mrs. J. A. Travis


Myrtle Leona (Monroe) Etheredge
Jan 24, 1887 - Oct 28, 1953

October 31, 1953
Mrs. Myrtle Etheredge
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. - Mrs. Myrtle Etheredge, 66, long-time Kerens resident, died in a local hospital. Funeral services were held from the Oak Grove Baptist Church Friday, with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Truly Etheredge, Corsicana, and Ray Ward Etheredge, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. C. C. Horn, Corpus Christi; a sister, Mrs. Louis Etheredge, Dallas; two brothers, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Etheredge Services Friday

Mrs. Myrtle Etheredge, 66, long-time Kerens resident, died in Memorial Hospital late Wednesday night following a several days illness.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Baptist church in north east Navarro county with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by the Rev. M. O. Davis, Kerens Baptist minister.

Surviving are two sons, Truly Etheredge, Corsicana, and Rayward Etheredge, Houston, a daughter, Mrs. C.C. Horn, Corpus Christi; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Louis Etheredge, Dallas; two brothers, G. W. Monroe and M. L. Miller, both of Lancaster, Calif., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Griffin Funeral Home directs.


William R. Erskine
Died Feb 1935

February 27, 1935
ERSKINE - Corsicana, Texas.  Feb. 27. - Funeral rites for William R. Erskine, 78, who died in Wichita Falls Tuesday, will be held from the First Methodist Church at Richland Thursday afternoon with burial in the Richland Cemetery, the Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here, officiating.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Markham, Kosse, and Mrs. W. H. Wood, Oklahoma, and a brother, N. C. Erskine, Temple.


John Robert Erskine
Died Oct 1907

October 12, 1907
Juror Dies of Sudden Illness.
Special To The News.
Corsicana, Tex., Oct. 12. - J. R. Erskine, who was taken suddenly sick last Tuesday while serving on a jury in the County Court, died last night.


Jay H. Elkins
Oct 30, 1885 - Oct 8, 1954

Aug 11, 1954
J. H. Elkins
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. - Services for J. H. Elkins, 68, of Route 2, Gladewater, were held at the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery. A native of the Cade community, he formerly resided in the Richland area.
Surviving are his wife of Gladewater; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Catherine DeHees of Garland and Mrs. Nothera Batts of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. Ila White of Richland and Mrs. Dona Garland of Mineola; two brothers, Gordon Elkins and V. J. Elkins, both of Corsicana, and three grandchildren.


Mary Edith (Livingston) Carroll
Jan 11, 1917 - Jul 29, 2005

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt went to be with her Lord on Friday, July 29, 2005 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

Services will be on Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fairfield. Burial will follow at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

Edith was born Jan. 11, 1917 in Eureka to Mary Ella McNair and Homer Melvin Livingston. She grew up in the Cade community and attended Cade school. She graduated from Streetman High School in 1933. In 1935 she married Gordon Alexander Carroll. Edith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Streetman where she was a Sunday school teacher and was one of two women made elders in the church in 1976.
She is survived by three children: daughter Deanne Vandiver and husband Don of Ennis, son Donald Carroll and wife Linda and daughter Sherrie Minze and husband Glenn, all of Streetman. Grandchildren: Kerry Vandiver and wife Karen; Steve Vandiver and wife Teresa; Jeff Minze and wife Tammy; Bret Carroll and wife Stephanie; Jody Minze and wife Teresa; Amy Farrar and husband Chad; Gene Minze and wife Kelli. Great-grandchildren: Christi Oakes and husband Tommy; Courtney, Chase and Chelsea Vandiver; Cooper Vandiver; Cullen, Colby, Morgan, Mason and Aaron Minze; Jake, Jordan and Josh Farrar and Cade Carroll. Sister: Nell Milner and husband Harris Wilson of Streetman; and brothers-in-law Bill Emerson of Streetman and Richard Steele of Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, siblings: Durward Schley, Frances, Vee, Florene, Johnnie and Kenneth.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Doyle McKanna
Feb 13, 1927 - Jul 29, 2005

Doyle McKanna, 78, of Navarro passed away Friday, July 29, 2005 at his residence.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Grape Creek.
Mr. McKanna was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Emhouse.
He is survived by his wife, Sue McKanna of Navarro; two sons, Floyd McKanna and John McKanna of Mesquite; daughter, Susie Rollins and husband Steve of Garland; granddaughter, Crystal Rollins of Plano; great-grandson, Steven Rollins of Garland; and sister, Anna Capehart, Winnsboro.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Leonard Jay Brown

Leonard Jay Brown, 56, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at Greater Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ, 724 E. Park Ave., with Elder Charles Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


A. W. Straub
Jan 30, 1932 - Jul 28, 2005

A. W. (Dub) Straub

A.W. (Dub) Straub, 73, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 28, 2005 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Methodist Church with Gene Cravens and Bruce Carpender officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Alex Flores, Dave Wilkerson, Dutch Wilkerson, Jimmy Boyd, Randy Boyd and Leroy Johnson.

Mr. Straub was born Jan. 30, 1932 in Houston. Dub was best known for being a man of unconditional love to his family, devoted husband and servant of the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Sadie Straub and his first wife, Jane Straub.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann of Corsicana; brothers Herbert Straub of Houston and Bryant Lang of Houston; sister Anna Belle Schlisher of Louisiana; daughter Teri Armfield of Kansas; sons Phillip Straub of Waco and Bruce Straub of Goliad; and nine grandchildren Eric Armfield, Austin Armfield, Garrett Straub, Brittney Straub, Avery Wyatt Straub, Derek Boyd, Kayla Boyd, Kevin Boyd and Kristen Boyd.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Bobby L. Barlow
Dec 31, 1980 - Jul 29, 2005

Bobby L. Barlow, 24, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, July 29, 2005 in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Chad Owens officiating.

Pallbearers will be Tony Ragan, Austin Ellitt, Levi Ellitt, John Mitchell, Lafelt Cobb, Chris Barber, Matt Ray, Garrett Bayer, Jeremy Martin and Jeremy Joles.

Mr. Barlow was born Dec. 31, 1980 in Corsicana. He was a truck driver in the oil industry.

Survivors include wife Tonya Barlow, daughter Skyler Alexus Barlow and son T.J. Trent, all of Navarro; father Ricky Barlow and wife Mary Ellen of Chilton; mother Beverly Blue of Corsicana; brother Leslie Wayne Barlow of Corsicana; sisters Shenna Estatit of Grandbury, Ally Dickson, and Sophie Lee Barlow and Emily Jean Barlow, both of Chilton; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


 Ralph Worth Hawkins, Jr.

Ralph Worth Hawkins, Jr., 63, of Beaumont, died Monday, July 18, 2005 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. Ralph was born on February 24, 1942 in Corsicana, Texas to Ralph and Augusta Hawkins. Raised in Beaumont, he graduated from South Park High School in 1960. A true Aggie throughout his life, Ralph was a proud member of Battlin' B-1 and 1964 graduate of Texas A&M College, College Station, Texas. He retired in 2004 following a thirty-eight year career as senior claims specialist with Farmers Insurance. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Marsha; parents; and brother, Tommy Hawkins all of Beaumont. He is survived by two sons, Kyle Hawkins and his wife Darcy and Ryan Hawkins all of Austin; sister, Janis Womack of Gruene; and two precious grandchildren, Daylen and Dara Hawkins also of Austin. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2005 at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, July 21, 2005 at the mortuary. Following the funeral service, everyone is invited to join the family in celebrating Ralph's life at The Pine Tree Lodge in LaBelle. Memorial contributions may be made to Lance Armstrong Foundation, P. O. Box 130819, Houston, Texas 77219-0819.

Sherman Lee ‘Newt’ Newton
May 31, 1925 - Jul 13, 2005

Odessa - Sherman Lee “Newt” Newton, 80, longtime resident of Odessa, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Medical Center Hospital.
He was born May 31, 1925, in Mirando City. He was raised in Corsicana. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1951, he married Nancy Williamson in Odessa. He worked in the maintenance department for Odessa College for seven years, and worked as a sawman for O.I.M.E. for several years. Since 1992, he owned a yard service co. He is a member of the Eisenhower Church of Christ. He enjoyed reading, watching TV and he loved to tell jokes. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Lee and Maude Newton; and brother, Phillip Newton.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Newton of Odessa; son, Kevin Lee Newton and finance, Rhonda Perry, of Groesbeck; daughters, Wendy Hamblin and husband, Mike, of San Antonio, and Laura Newton Sawyers of Odessa; brother, Arthur E. Newton of Florida; sister, Zelma Wucher of Austin; and three grandchildren, William Hernandez and Terra and Cody Perry.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Eisenhower Church of Christ with Jeff Sweeten officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Odessa Christian School.
Services are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

Granvil "Ferrell" Stiles
Jul 4, 1931 - Jul 11, 2005

Ferrell Stiles, 74

Granvil "Ferrell" Stiles, 74, died July 11, 2005, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage after a lengthy illness.

A service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Witzleben Family Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St. The Rev. Samuel Dennis will officiate.

Mr. Stiles was born July 4, 1931, in Corsicana, Texas, to Hallie (Lasley) and William Stiles.

After graduating from Dawson High School in Dawson, Texas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his tour of duty, he returned to the oil fields to continue his career. For 40 years, he extensively traveled the world, running pipe for oil field service companies as a caser. He arrived in Alaska during the mid- '60s to work on the North Slope.

"In true Ferrell fashion, he said when he got to the Slope it was 40 below and the wind was a-howling," his family wrote. "He enjoyed casing and had no desire to ever work in any other industry. In his later years, he worked for The Salvation Army's Older Alaskan Program delivering meals. He enjoyed helping those less fortunate.

"When his daughter was born he beamed for days. He was a loving, devoted, father who thought his daughter 'hung the moon.' He loved doing fun athletic activities like bike rides and long walks. He and Ferretta regularly visited amusement parks, carnivals and county fairs, and he was known to ride any ride she'd ride. No ride gave him fear.

"He loved playing card games of chance, sharing oil field tales, and riding trains."

Mr. Stiles was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, James Featherston.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 22 years, Johnetta Scott Stiles; daughter, Ferretta Stiles, and her fiance, Lamar Facine, of Anchorage; son, Benjamin Stiles; sisters, Billie Featherston and Nelda Corley; and brother in-law, Donald Corley of Corsicana; niece, Diane Worrell of Carbondale, Ill.; and nephews, Michael Corley of Sanger, Texas, and Jay Corley of Dallas, and six stepchildren.

Flowers are welcome at the service or memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Johnetta Scott Stiles, P.O. Box 201676, Anchorage 99520.

Arrangements are with Witz-leben Family Funeral Home.

Robert D. Page
Aug 19, 1923 - Jul 1, 2005

A graveside service was held July 6 at Lakewood Memorial Park for Robert Daniel Page, 81, of Ceres. He died Friday, July 1, 2005 at his home.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Born Aug. 19, 1923, Mr. Page was a native of Corsicana, Texas, and lived in Ceres for 68 years. He was a self-employed masonry contractor for 40 years. Mr. Page was a member of the Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed horses.

He leaves behind his caregiver, Janet Page of Ceres; his son, Daniel Page of Ceres; two brothers, Gilbert Page of Ceres and Melvin Page of Modesto; six sisters, Marilyn Choate, Shirley Peace and Hattie Marx, all of Ceres, Darlene Blair and Juanita Williams, both of Modesto, and Frances Carter of Denver; and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma J. Page; children Fred E. Page and Carolyn Belcher; grandchildren Jason Page and Garrett Page; and one brother and two sisters.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA

Robbie Lee Urquhart Jr.

Robbie Lee Urquhart Jr., 62, of Wylie, died June 10, 2005 in Rowlett.
He was born Oct. 10, 1942 in Corsicana to Robbie Lee Urquhart Sr. and Janell (Griffin) Urquhart. He married JoAnn Lumpkin on Jan. 7, 1961 in San Antonio. He served during the Vietnam War and retired from the U.S. Army in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Urquhart of Wylie; sons, Karl John Urquhart of New Hope and Robbie Glenn Urquhart of Wylie; daughter, Karen Grooms of West Union, Ohio; eight grandchildren; brother, Carl Grady Arnold of Navarro; and sister, Rhonda Gal Albritton of Corsicana.

Funeral services for Park Burton Fielder, 84, of San Angelo, were held June 9, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in San Angelo. Graveside services were held June 11 at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Farmersville.

Laura Belle (Tipping) James
 Nov 7, 1899 - Jul 30, 2005

Laura Belle James, 105, of Lampasas, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Petty’s Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Josh Wallace, Jordan Wallace, Aaron Barton, Turner Barton, John Smith and Shawn Bender.

Mrs. James was born Nov. 7, 1899 in Chatfield. She lived in Blooming Grove when she met J. E. James. She met him the first time when she was 16 years old (1915). Her cousin brought him to their house to pick cotton. He lived in Kerens and when he would come to see her he would ride his bicycle. She got married when she was 21 and he was 22. He was ordained in 1932 and started preaching. Edith was born that year. A baby boy Alton Edith who died at the age of 21 months old of pneumonia was born in 1922. Louise (Lucy) was born in 1924 and another daughter Mary Lois was born in 1928. She passed away in 1962 from a brain tumor. J. E. pastored a lot of different churches until he passed away in 1967 with leukemia. He was a pastor at Petty’s Chapel, a church in Corsicana. That’s where J.E. was buried.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. J. E. James, son Alton James and daughters Mary Lois Hoggatt and Floy Edith Black.

Survivors include daughter Lucy Wallace of Lampasas; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother Emory Tipping of Dallas; and sisters Bethel Lewis and Vera Hester of Corsicana.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.


James Katherine (Jimmie Kate) Roxburgh Bledsoe

James Katherine (Jimmie Kate) Roxburgh Bledsoe died Saturday, July 30, 2005 at the age of 86 at North Pointe Nursing Home, Watauga. She was born to the union of James Armour Roxburgh and Hettie Marlow Roxburgh on Aug. 10, 1918 in Denton County. They named her James Katherine. She was often known as Jimmie or Kimmie Kate. To family she was Boe.

Her parents moved back to their hometown, Corsicana, where Jimmie attended kindergarten through high school. She graduated high school in May 1936. In 1939 she attended Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn. On July 29, 1940 she married Marvin Cockrell Bledsoe. They continued their college education at Westminster College in Tehuacana and at Southwestern University in Georgetown. Her son, Marvin Michael was born on April 29, 1952 in Corsicana.

Jimmie began teaching in public school when they lived in Jarrell. She continued teaching in Rice and Corsicana. She served as a pastor’s wife for 46 years, a role she took very seriously, in the Methodist churches her husband was assigned to. She taught Sunday School for 50 years, having begun with a 10-year-old girls class when she was 17.

She shared her poems and songs through the years and played the piano for a lifetime.

Jimmie was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Cockrell Bledsoe; sisters Dura R. Clarke and Margaret Gordon, both of Midland; brother John Roxburgh of New Orleans; and nephew Edward Lionel Clark of Austin.

Jimmie is survived by son Marvin Michael Bledsoe and God-given son Gary Michael Shephard of Haslet; grandson Benjamin Michael Bledsoe of Dallas; God-given daughters Sarah Ting of Richardson and Lumia Heyno of Toronto, Canada; sister Marie R. Coleman of Midland; cousin Tommy Roxburgh of Dallas; nephew James L. Gordon of Lubbock; nieces Judith Clarke of Midland, Jerry Lynn Roxburgh Gadberry of Hope, Ark. and Dr. Rebecca R. Butler of Saint Edwards Island, Ga.; nephew John Roxburgh Jr. of Louisiana; and many nephews and nieces in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Virgle Charlie Warner
Dec 7, 1931 - July 30, 2005

Mr. Virgle Charlie Warner, 73 of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at his residence. He was born on December 7, 1931 in Eureka, Texas to John Calhoun & Ethel Elizabeth Warner. He was retired from the U.S. Marine Corp. after 20 years of service to his country. He later worked as a truck driver for propane gas delivery. Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. He was preceded in death by his Wife Bea Warner, his Parents John Calhoun & Ethel Elizabeth Warner, Four Brothers, and One Sister. He is survived by his Sister Elsie Brewer of Arlington, Texas, one Step-Son Mike Warner of Reddings, California, 3 Step-Grandchildren, and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Elizabeth (Ratliff) Harris

Elizabeth Harris

Services for Elizabeth Harris, 89, of Corsicana, are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. She passed away Sunday, July 31, 2005.



Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris, 89, of Corsicana, passed away July 31, 2005 at Heritage Oaks West.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Chet Brake officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steven Green Jr., Dennis Hawk, Jeff Smith, Chilton Berry, Randy Houston and Kevin Kuhn.
Mrs. Harris was born May 2, 1916 in Macon, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis B. Harris and daughter Peggy Ivie.

Survivors include son Louis Edward Harris of Upland, Calif.; daughters Dorothy Ivie of Corsicana, Betty Rupe of El Cajon, Calif. and Linda King of Waurika, Okla.; brothers Earnest Ratliff of Dallas, Bobby Ratliff of Seven Points and Gene Ratliff of Seven Points; sisters Eula Honea of Mesquite and Willie Murphy of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Jack Legrand English, Sr.

Jack L. English Sr.

Jack L. English Sr. died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Graham Oaks Care Center after a brief illness. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25.
Mr. English was born July 21, 1926, in Frost where he attended primary and secondary school. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II in the siege of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan after the war. He later enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an instructor at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls. He was a graduate of East Texas State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in vocational agriculture and an master of arts degree in elementary education. He taught at Holliday High School, Richardson Junior High and at Lee High School in Midland before moving to Graham in 1983 as the ICT coordinator at Graham High School. After he retired from teaching, he worked for Davidson Motors. He helped establish the literacy program for Young County inmates and probationers sponsored by Texas State Teachers Association and the Young County Sheriffs Department. He worked for eight years as an adult probation officer for the 90th Judicial District until 1999. He served two terms on the Graham School Board from 1988 until 1994. He was a member of the Lion’s Club and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars 8567. He was also a member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sally English of Graham; a brother, Roscoe English of Seymour; a sister, Mary Morton of Denton; two sons, Jack L. English Jr. of Garland and Mark W. Jungman of Sugar Land; two daughters, Cathy Prior of Garland and Bee English of Austin; six grandchildren, Amanda English of Garland, Aaron English of Flower Mound, Allison Watson of Lubbock, Matt English of Corinth, Tylor and Tita Jungman of Sugar Land; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Riley English of Corinth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Holy Spirit Episcopal Church or to the scholarship to be established in his name at Graham High School.


Martha Ione (Black) Wilkerson

Mrs. Jack (Martha Ione) Wilkerson
Born in Dawson, TX on Dec. 24, 1929
Departed on Jul. 11, 2005 and resided in Valdosta, GA.
Visitation:Thursday Jul. 14, 2005
Service:Friday Jul. 15, 2005
Cemetery:Cat Creek Cemetery

VALDOSTA — Mrs. Jack Wilkerson, 75, of Valdosta, died on Monday, July 11, 2005, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born on Dec. 24, 1929, in Dawson, Texas, she was the daughter of the late L. E. Sr. and Nettie Jane Blakley Black. Mrs. Wilkerson was a housewife and a member of Lakeland Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jack Wilkerson of Valdosta; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Jeannine Wilkerson, Rick and Joy Wilkerson, all of Valdosta; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Phillip Beach of Arab, Ala., Kathi and John Williams of Valdosta; sister, Martha Eberhard of Austin, Texas; sister-in-law, Florence Black of Waco, Texas; brothers-in-law, Frank Wilkerson and his wife Maydell of Callahan, Fla., Ferrell Herring of Ray City; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, John David Williams Jr.; brother, L.E. Black Jr.; sisters, Letha Faye Jackson, Francis White; brothers-in-law, David Eberhard, Henry Wilkerson; sister-in-law, Myrtle Herring; father-in-law, W.W. Wilkerson; and mother-in-law, Mary Alvera Wilkerson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilkerson will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2005, in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Mardy Gardner and the Rev. Jim Schappaugh will officiate. Burial will follow in Cat Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be conveyed on the Obituary page at — Carson McLane Funeral Home .

Merle (Smith) Taylor
May 15, 1940 — Jul 12, 2005

ENNIS — Services for Merle Taylor, 65, of Ennis were 2 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2005 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis with Brother W.W. Bryant and Brother Robert Jensen officiating.
Born May 15, 1940 in Clarksville to Clarence Dewayne Eastman and Mavel Orene Smith, she died Tuesday July 12, 2005 in Dallas.
She attended Central High School and married Thomas Lee Taylor Dec. 21, 1955.
She was a member of Hopewell Assembly of God Church.
Her hobbies were sewing, gardening and yard work.
Preceded in death by her parents; children, Denise Erlean Taylor and Thomas Earl Taylor; son-in-law, Terry Sheer; brothers, Clarence D. Eastman, Calvin Gerald Eastman and Randy Lee Eastman; and great grandson, Alexander Taylor; she is survived by her husband of 49 years; children, Tim Taylor of Ennis, Rhonda Sheer of Garland, Laurie Hart and her husband Kenneth of Ennis, and Loretta Lippold abd her husband Tony of Hungary; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; five sisters, Donna Stephens of German, Texas, Evelyn Lambert of Roane, Jean Majkazak of Wortham, Jan Rhodes of Wortham and Patsy Tucker of Rice; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield.
Arrangements were under the direction of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis.

Mary Kate Holmes

Mary Kate Holmes, 96, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Friday, July 29, 2005 at William Village Nursing Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Eastside Church of Christ with Brother W.W. Wilmore officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Ralph Eli Jordan Sr.

Graveside inurnment services for longtime Cortez resident Ralph Eli Jordan Sr., will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 25 at the Cahone Cemetery. Shelby Smith will officiate.

Visitation has been set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

Ralph was born Oct. 1, 1913, in Corsicana, Texas, the son of Walter and Ollie (French) Jordan. He died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 91.

Surviving Ralph are his children, Ralph E. Jordan Jr. and wife, Virginia, of Beaumont, Texas, and Patricia J. English of Austin, Texas. He leaves six grandchildren, John Christopher Jordan of Houston, Texas, Jason Scott Jordan of Beaumont, Texas, Carey Christine Jordan of Houston, Sarah Bruce, Katherine English both of Austin, Texas, and Elliot English of Missoula, Mont.; a great-grandson, Blake Hartley Hetherington of Houston; and a brother, Willard Jordan and wife, Dodie, of Carlsbad, N.M. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Ruby Helena (Cruzan) Jordan.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.


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Frances Laverne (Cook) Edwards
Jul 15, 1924 - Sep 4, 2005

Frances Laverne Edwards

MISSION - Frances Laverne Edwards, 81, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2005 in McAllen, Texas. Mrs. Edwards was born on July 15, 1924 to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe K. Cook in Frost, Texas.

Mrs. Edwards is survived by five children, three sons, Kenneth (Judy Faye) Edwards of Bayou Vista, Texas, Rickey (Maureen) Edwards of Alice, Texas, and Donald Eugene Edwards of Florence, Texas; two daughters, Martha Sharon (David) Raleigh of McAllen, Texas, and Judith Ann (Michael) Pullen of McAllen, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Mrs. Edwards will be form 2 to 9 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. today, September 5, 2005 at Virgil Wilson Mortuary in Mission, Texas. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission, Texas.

Virgil Wilson Mortuary of Mission is in charge of the arrangements.


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