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Buford Doyle Harrison
Feb 7, 1918 - Aug 5, 2000

Buford Doyle Harrison
Buford Doyle Harrison, 82, of Houston passed away in LaMarque, Texas on August 5, 2000.
Visitation is set for Monday, August 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home chapel in Blooming Grove with Pastor Grady Cashion officiating.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Robbie Lee Harrison.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jeannie and Tommy Rigsby of Sante Fe, Texas; brother and sisters-in-law, Dee and Oreta Harrison of Midway and J.E. and Ruth Harrison of Madisonville; sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Bob Pharis of Houston; grandchildren Neice Shotwell of Houston and Shelley Frieze and husband Don and great grandchild, Amber Don Frieze of Sante Fe.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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Alice Pearl (Henderson) Prince-Rossen
Oct 29, 1910 - Jan 11, 2000

Pearl Rosson
Pearl Rosson, 89, of Whitehouse and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Oakbrook Health Care Center in Whitehouse.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.
Services will be 2 p.m., Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove, with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Baker, John Baker, William Graves, Gary Lenox, Randy Richards and Daryl O'Sullivan.
Mrs. Rosson was born Oct. 29, 1910 in Zwolle, La. She was a member of Second Avenue Baptist Church in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John D. Prince; and second husband, B.C.Rosson.
Mrs. Rosson is survived by her sons, Doyle Prince of Hempstead, Jimmy Prince of Corsicana, Charles Prince of Fairfield and Mel Prince of Ovilla; daughters, Allyne Baker of Whitehouse and Jewell Snodgrass of Hubbard; sisters, Lillian Rhodes of Blooming Grove and Mable Sicking of Myra; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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Pearl Rosson

Pearl Rosson, 89, of Whitehouse and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Oakbrook Health Care Center in Whitehouse.

Services will be4 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove, with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Baker, John Baker, William Graves, Gary Lenox, Randy Richards and Daryl O’Sullivan.

Mrs. Rosson was born Oct. 29, 1910 in Zwolle, La. She was a member of Second Avenue Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John D. Prince; and second husband, B. C. Rosson.

Mrs. Rosson is survived by her sons, Doyle Prince, of Hempstead, Jimmy Prince of Corsicana, Charles Prince of Fairfield and Mel Prince of Ovilla; daughters, Allyne Baker of Whitehouse and Jewell Snodgrass of Hubbard; sisters, Lillian Rhodes of Blooming Grove and Mable Sicking of Myra; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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Krista Elaine Armstrong
Sep 18, 1983 - May 29, 2000

Krista Elaine Armstrong
Krista Elaine Armstrong, 16, of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, May 29, 2000 in Blooming Grove.
Visitation will be 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Ellis, David Brewer, Stan Dugan, Harry Dotson, John Southard, Keith Tunnell, Jim Owens and Geral Clore. The Blooming Gove softball team will serve as honorary pallbearers.
She was born Sept. 18, 1983 in Corsicana.
Survivors include her parents Mark and Debra Armstrong of Blooming Grove; sister Karah Armstrong of Blooming Grove; grandparents James and Brenda Jones, Bill and Lillian Thomas and Maxine Armstrong all of Blooming Grove, and Jack Armstrong of Athens; great-grandparents, Azelene and Nick Cardenas of Austin; aunts and uncles, Donna and Gary Byerley, Gary and Leasa Armstrong and Scott Armstrong all of Blooming Grove, and Jack and Angelena Armstrong of Corsicana; cousins Annah and Shelby Byerley and Kaley Armstrong, all of Blooming Grove, April Taylor, Aubrey Taylor and Caleb Taylor, all of Houston, Chris and Travis Armstrong, both of Killeen, and Kyle Armstrong of Corsicana; and numerous amount of Friends.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blooming Grove High School Softball Association, in care of Jim Owens, Blooming Grove High School, P.O. Box 258, Blooming Grove, Texas 76626.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.
 
Corsicana Daily Sun

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A Lion to Remember
 
Tragedy claims Armstrong's life, but her memory will live
by Raymond Linex 11

I made it a point to ask about the catcher.
Blooming Grove had just won its regional quarterfinal softball game and did so for a number of reasons. But what stood out in my mind was the three pop outs catcher Krista Armstrong caught.
Though not as coveted as the no-hitter or hitting for the cycle, the pop-up to the catcher happens rarely it seems, maybe once every two or three games, twice at the most. Armstrong got to two she probably shouldn't have that night, chasing them down with the reckless abandon that she will forever be remembered for.
I pen remembered because the community of Blooming Grove got robbed of the best catcher I watched all season.
Armstrong, 16, and highly respected BGISD employee and Blooming Grove graduate Bobby Betts, 31, lost their lives Monday in a tragic automobile accident. Tragic because it's one of those things you don't expect, nor could you prepare for if you knew it was coming. Tragic because two good people lost their lives, cut so terribly short.
Armstrong was just a baby, fresh off an incredible sophomore year. She had the smile of an angel and the fight of a lion, true to her school's mascot.
Tuesday Krista Armstrong was remembered for a lot of characteristics, none the least of which was her passion for athletics.
"She enjoyed getting dirty," Lions softball coach Jim Owens said. "She didn't mind giving up some skin. She did whatever she had to for the team."
Like moving to catcher. What I saw was the result of a metamorphosis, a natural-born middle infielder turned catcher simply because the Lions needed one this year.
The change on the field coincided with a change in priorities, Owens said. The fiercely competitive Armstrong had begun to truly grasp the team concept.
"A lot of kids when they are young it's, "Me, me, me," Owens said, "but she had grown up and starting thinking about others.
Armstrong was part of a unique team cohesion, one Owens said is only comparable to the '96 state championship team. The team pulled together, in one direction, and was sincere about it, he said.
Again, advancing Blooming Grove athletics was all Armstrong knew to do. She donned the uniform in volleyball and basketball as well, and all she knew how to do was win. If not, Armstrong was going down fighting.
"The thing that sticks out in my mind more than anything else was the effort she put into everything she did," Blooming Grove volleyball coach Marsha Rogers said. "You couldn't ask for more. Sometimes her skills weren't the best, but her effort was so far above everybody else's."
That effort apparently masked any flaws Armstrong had skill-wise. In volleyball she was good enough to be a first-team All-Golden Circle pick. In basketball she was no Michael Jordan, but she was second on the team in steals and scoring and, if needed, she didn't mind loading the team on her back.
Without question or debate Armstrong earned her place on the All-Golden Circle softball team set to be released June 11. She was a no-brainer, and still is after stealing a team-record 30 bases and playing lights out defense.
"Her overall competitiveness, her strive to be the best is what I will remember," Blooming Grove High School Principal Hugh Ellis said. "She was one of those that wanted to be better. And she had a smile on her face most of the time."
She definitely had one the night I quizzed Owens about her. But she also had that fire, that zeal that made her different. While just a sophomore, Armstrong had already assumed a leadership role.
That's what I'll always remember about her. The willingness to accept any challenge. The guts to dive for a loose ball or take an extra base. The attack mode that left team-mates in awe and opponents on notice that she meant business.
May her zeal for sports, and life, be an example to those who knew her and those who will follow her.
"You hear 100 percent, 110 percent, there are different trains of thought," Owens said, "....but she just gave you everything she had.:
And that was more than percentages could measure.
You can build champions with a team full of Krista Armstrongs. They just won't settle for anything less.
And they make it a point to be noticed. And revered.

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Edna Ruth (Ellis) Gainer
Nov 20, 1922 - Feb 1, 2000

Ruth Ellis Gainer
Ruth Ellis Gainer, 77 of Hubbard, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at her residence.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Mrs. Gainer was born Nov. 20, 1922 in Silver City. She lived in Hubbard the past nine years. She formerly lived in Grantsville, W.V. where she had served as justice of peace and magistrate for Calhoun County. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Gerald Gainer, in April 1991; and parents, William Burleson Ellis and Mahalie Jo (Williams) Ellis.
Mrs. Gainer is survived by her sons, Willis L. "Monty" Gainer of Alburquerque, N.M., Randolph B. Gainer of Salt Lake City, Utah and Daniel N. Gainer of Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers James Ellis, Bob Ellis and Ray Ellis, all of Arlington, Joe Ellis of Austin and William Ellis of Panama City, Fla.; sisters Lorene Holliefield, Louise Hatley and Pauline Sirjord, all of Hubbard, Bertha Carroll of Palestine and Elizabeth Kitchens of Arlington; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Irma Louise (Carnell) Armstrong
Mar 12, 1931 - Jun 26, 1998

Irma Louise Armstrong

Irma Louise Armstrong, 67, of Angus, passed away Friday, June 26, 1998 in Angus.
Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at
Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Dave Alexander officiating.
She was born March 12, 1931 in Corsicana.
Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. "Clifton" "Dobber" Armstrong, father Fred Carnell, and mother Theries Rogers Carnell; and a sister, Marquita Lawless.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Kenneth Dunagan of Corsicana, Martha and Bob Lapiska of Arlington, and Debbi and Phil Clark of Corsicana; five grandsons, Chris Hargrove, Shane Spicer and Kenny Dunagan, all of Corsicana, and Brian Lapiska and Jason Lapiska both of Arlington; a granddaughter Kendra Dunagan of Corsicana; a sister, Ida Blue of Corsicana; two sister-in-law, Mary Armstrong of Blooming Grove and Elizabeth Armstrong of Corsicana; a host of nieces and nephews; and a host of loyal friends.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John Watts "Dub" Frederick, Jr.
Jul 2, 1924 - Jan 12, 2000

John W. "Dub" Frederick, Jr.
John W. "Dub" Frederick, Jr., 75, of Arlington passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, in Arlington.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Arlington Funeral Home, 1221 E. Division St., Arlington.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Parkview Baptist Church in Arlington. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Mr. Frederick was born July 2, 1924 in Hoggeye. He was a resident of the Metroplex for 53 years, he was a World War II veteran and served with the U.S. Navy Sea Bees in the Pacific. He also enjoyed square dancing for many years. He was a loving husband , dedicated father and proud grandfather. He will be remembered and loved by all from this day on.
Mr. Frederick is survived by his wife, Liz Frederick of Arlington; son, Gordon Frederick and wife Kathy of Cedar Hill; stepson, Johnie Cook and wife Christy of Lindale; daughter; Sherry Livingston and husband Len of Arlington; sister, Amy Lou Adcock of Barry; and many grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Parkview Baptist Church and American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home.

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Myra Jane (Gorman) Childress
Jul 25, 1915 - Oct 26, 2000

Myra Jane Childress

Myra Jane Childress, 85, of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Randy Melton, Erin McGraw, Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, Lee Armstrong, Ace Armstrong, and Brandon Armstrong.
Mrs. Childress was born July 25, 1915 in Rankin to Aldon Rufus and Effie Gorman. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde C. Childress in 1987; daughter Clyda Jo Armstrong in 1992 ; and granddaughter, Tina.
Mrs. Childress is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Doug Melton of Blooming Grove and Marsha and Carl McGraw of Lenexa, Kan.; sister Billie Jo Dean of Houston; grandchildren, Randy, M'Lis, Erin, Pan, Clyde, Becky, Lee, Ace and Brandon; and a number of great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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George William "Pat" Patterson
Apr 18, 1918 - Apr 26, 2003

G. W. "Pat" Patterson
G.W. "Pat" Patterson, 85, of Blooming Grove, passed away April 26, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Memorial Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Rev. Bill Oliver officiating.
Mr. Patterson was the owner of Patterson Grocery & Market for many years. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department and a deacon at Central Baptist Church. He loved baseball and helped start a Little League baseball in Blooming Grove. Mr. Patterson was also a member of Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge and was a veteran of World War 11.
Survivors include wife Earldene of Blooming Grove; sons and daughters-in-law Dan and Jeanne Patterson of Blooming Grove, Don and Lisa Patterson of Blooming Grove and Gary Patterson of Waco; daughter and son-in-law Janet and Marvin Henderson of Kosse; grandchildren, John Paul Gillen of Wortham, Brian Heath Gillen of Blooming Grove, Christi Patterson of Corinth, Kasey and Jay Lanoir of Midlothian, Kylee Patterson of Connecticut, Kori Patterson of Texas A&M University and Brooke Patterson of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove.

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Frances Elvis "Bater" Pullin
Jan 18, 1916 - Jun 9, 1996

Frances Elvis Pullin
Francis Elvis Pullin, 80, of Grandbury, died June 9, 1996, at his residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Greg DesCamps officiating. Burial is at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Pullin was born Jan. 18, 1916 in Blooming Grove.
He is survived by one daughter, two sisters, two brothers, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

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Myrtle Faye (Foster) Kirk
Mar 19, 1921 - Dec 12, 1995

Myrtle Kirk
Myrtle Kirk, 74, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 12, 1995 at her residence.
Services were held today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Grady Cashion and Charles Smith officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Elmer Ledbetter, Skeeter Reed, Andy Eckeburger, Tim Mitchell, Matt Morgan, Dusty Ledbetter and Tim Coward.
Mrs. Kirk is survived by her husband, Richard A. Kirk of Blooming Grove.

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Billy Doyle Armstrong
Jun 5, 1928 - Jun 22, 1995

Billy D. Armstrong
Billy D. Armstrong, 67, of Palacios, died June 22, 1995, at Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palacios First Baptist Church, with Rev. Hollas Hoffman officiating. Pallbearers will be Charles Harvey, Chester Wallace, Dick Kubecka, Bill Scurlock, Fred Huitt and Leonard.
Additional services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. A.T. Ilseng officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Tim Christian, Baryll Bernsen, Todd Farmer, Bob Lapiska, Kenneth Dunagan, Kevin Thedford, Shannon Kuykendall and Matthew Farr.
Mr. Armstrong was born June 5, 1928, in Blooming Grove to George Pruitt and Ola Ruth Nicholson Armstrong. He was a member of the Palacios First Baptist Church, a former long-time member of the Palacios Lions Club and a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the United States Army. He was a resident of Palacios since 1964 and taught school for 13 years with the PISD, until his retirement in 1976. He then became a dispatcher for the Palacios Police Department for 11 years.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Farmer Armstrong of Palacios; three daughters, Judy Laughlin and Gail Schunka, both of Victoria, and Laura Ruth Douglass of Katy; five grandchildren, Leslie, Kyle, Shelby, Jace and Logan; and two great-grandchildren, Kegan and Chloe.

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Barbara Jeanne (Smith) Ledbetter
May 17, 1934 - Jun 3, 1995

Barbara J. Ledbetter
Barbara Jeanne Ledbetter, 61, of Blooming Grove, died June 3, 1995, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Barry Fikes and Tommy Hood officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers will be Rory Evans, Larry Hugh Gillen, Ron Hollingsworth, D.W. Springer, Alan Macik and Ricky Crenshaw.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Tidwell, Lee Ledbetter, Matt Morgan, Tim Mitchell, Glynn Saunders, Rick Saunders and the Blooming Grove Lions Club.
Mrs. Ledbetter was born May 17, 1934, in Blooming Grove.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Ledbetter of Blooming Grove; her mother Lela Smith of Blooming Grove; her son, Dusty Ledbetter of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Wendy Mitchell of Blooming Grove, Sherry Joyner of Blooming Grove, Kathy Rash of Blooming Grove and a step-daughter Bobbie Lee Burcham of California; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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James Oscar "Jim" Wilson
Oct 25, 1922 - Jun 26, 1995

James Wilson
James Wilson, 72, of Blooming Grove, died June 26, 1995, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Grady Cashion and Barry Fikes officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Hershel Boyd, Buford Farish, Buddy Pullin, Pete Peters, Mack McGraw and Larry Hugh Gillen.
Mr. Wilson was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Blooming Grove.
He is survived by his wife Clara Jane Wilson of Blooming Grove; his daughter Pamala Phillips of Corsicana; three sons, Chris Wilson of Blooming Grove, Michael Wilson of San Diego and Jim Wilson of Chatfield; his sister Patty Sandlin of Waco; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy.

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Raymond McGraw
Jan 2, 1918 - May 14, 1995

Raymond McGraw, 77, of Blooming Grove, died May 14, 1995, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Dr. Tommy Hood officiating. Mr. McGraw donated his body to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the Blooming Grove School Library or the Corsicana Public Library.
Mr. McGraw was born Jan. 2, 1918, in Blooming Grove. He attended Hog Eye School and served in the U.S. Army for four and-a-half years during World War II. He was a sergeant with the Seventh Infantry in Attu, New Guinea, Okinawa, and Leyte and received five combat stars and tht Good Conduct Medal.
He married Winona Morris in 1947 and resided in Blooming Grove from 1948 until his death. He was a bulldozer contractor for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Winona McGraw; his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and David Monroe; and his granddaughter, Tosha, all of Blooming Grove.
Mr. McGraw was preceded in death by two sons, Patrick Morris McGraw in 1951 and Gary Raymond McGraw in 1990.

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Joe Reagan Grounds
Aug 22, 1916 - Jun 20, 1995

Reagan Grounds
Reagan Grounds, 78, of Corsicana, died June 20, 1995, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Ken Bass and David Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tillman Ferrell, Dwight Duncan, Kenneth Brooks, Billy Joe McCulloch, Bobby Bell and Percy Morton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ordway Ferrell, Elwood Ferrell, Dr. Kyle Hamilton, Clovis Haden, Buster Haden, C.E. Thomas, Joe Biggar, Norvell Flatt, Don Howze and Gerald McSpadden.
Mr. Grounds was born Aug. 22, 1916.
He is survived by his wife, Oleta Grounds of Corsicana; his daughter and son-in-law, Dwayne and Georgene Grounds of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Kim and Larkin Coston 11 of Corsicana, Cindy and Will Kirk of Corsicana, Cheryl and Kevin Roberts of Gun Barrel City; three step-grandchildren, L.G., Chris and Mylea Coston; his brother Ralph Grounds of Hillsboro; and two sisters, Wilma Flovin of Corsican and Pinkie Lee Bell of Fort Worth.
Mr. Grounds was preceded in death bv his daughter, Robbie Biggar; his great-grandson, Kasey Roberts; and his granddaughter Tammy K. Grounds.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Corsicana Daily Sun
  • TXDI: Grounds Joe Reagan 06-20-1995 NAVARRO Male
  • SSDI: REAGAN GROUNDS 22 Aug 1916 20 Jun 1995 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 463-30-5473 Texas

Arthur Dee Garrison
Mar 10, 1903 - May 10, 1995

Arthur Garrison
Arthur Garrison, 92, of Corsicana, died May 10, 1995, at Twilight Nursing Home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with Marvin Moore and David Riggle officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Brownlow, Ray Garrison, Jerry Wayne Garrison, Ricky Jennings, Alan Brewer, Jimmy Guy Garrison, John Dee Garrison, Jeff Garrison, David Riggle and Bobby Carpenter.
Mr. Garrison was born March 10, 1903, in Valley View, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Garrison of Corsicana; three sons, Dwayne Garrison of Corsicana, Jerry Garrison of Kerens and Jimmy Garrison of Waco; his daughter Jane Amberg of Chicago; his brother Earnest Garrison of Hearne; two sisters, Allie Gantt of Blooming Grove and Nora Garrison of Dallas; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his son, Eddie Garrison.

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Lydia Lucendia (Barton) Trussell
Jul 27, 1904 - Feb 12, 1995

Lydia Lucinda Trussell
Lydia Lucinda Trussell, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 1995 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Tommy Hood will officiate. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.
Mrs. Trussell was born July 27, 1904 in Brownsboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Luther Trussell and daughter Curtis Charlene Trussell.
She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws, Jean and Earl Rowe of Oklahoma City, Tommie and E.L. Gilliam of Corsicana, Virginia and Bud Armstrong of Blooming Grove and Glenda and Kenneth Southard of Blooming Grove; one brother, Clark Barton of Corsicana; one sister, Viola Ward of Ennis and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Dan Ford, Steve McGraw, Trae Southard, Clint Southard, Jon Southard and Anthony Sanner.

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Tina Jo (Armstrong) Roush
Oct 14, 1955 - Nov 19, 1994

Tina Armstrong
Tina Jo Roush Armstrong, 39 of Dresden, died Nov. 19, 1994, in Mertens, Texas.
Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Larry H. Gillen, Shawn Holloway, Bud Hollingsworth, Tim Cavender, James Bason and Phil Golden.
She was born Oct. 14, 1955, and was employed by Blooming Grove ISD.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Dan Holloway of Dresden; her father, Jimmy Armstrong of Blooming Grove; three sons, Brandon Armstrong of Camp Pennington, Calif., Jeffrey Roush of Kerens and Cory Roush of Dresden; three brothers Jimmy Clyde, Lee and Ace Armstrong, all of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Becky Loosier of Angus and Pama Conly of Dallas; and her grandmother, Jane Childress of Blooming Grove.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Clyda Jo Armstrong.

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Charlie Ross Rhodes Jr. 
Jan 4, 1903 - Nov 1, 1993

Charlie R. Rhodes Jr.
Charlie Ross Rhodes Jr., 90, of Barry, died Nov. 1, 1993, at his residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jan De Rusha and the Rev. Harold Burns officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming grove.
He was born Jan. 4, 1903 in Cryer Creek.  He was a former member of the Cryer Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mahone Rhodes, and two daughters, Dorothy Nell Rhodes and Dora Lee Strough.
Survivors include his wife Trudy Rhodes; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie and Maurine Rhodes Jr. of Dallas, Truman Lois and Martha Rhodes of Midland and Johnny Wayne and JoAnn Rhodes of Corsicana; one daughter and son-in-law, Edith Earline and Weldon Reed of Lubbock; a son-in-law, Charles Strough of Midland; step-son and wife Jon Charlie and Carolyn DeRusha of Japan; step-daughter LaVonne DeRusha and Royce Giles of Kaufman; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; seven step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Carma Lois Rhodes of Barry; two sisters, Lillian McGraw of Barry and LaVerle Boyd of Blooming Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Garry Rhodes, Tim Rhodes, Todd Rhodes, Kyle Ward, Timmy DeRusha, Shane Bowers and Ross Rhodes.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Honor Program of the American Cancer Society, Navarro Unit, P.O. Box 1236, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Carroll Lee Saunders
Dec 11, 1917 - Aug 9, 1992

Carroll Lee Saunders
Carroll Lee Saunders, 74, of Blooming Grove, died Aug. 10, 1992, at his residence.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was a retired grocer and farmer, and he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove.
He was preceded in death by an infant son and his parents Albert and Jewel Saunders.
Survivors include his wife, Fayene Saunders of Blooming Grove; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Pallbearers are Richard Saunders, John McGraw, Joe McGraw, Gerald MSpadden, Ricki Crenshaw, Roland Southard, Calvin Fields and Eldon Hiler.

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Kenneth Karroll "Kent" King
Aug 8, 1940 - Jul 28, 1996

Kenneth King, 55, of Blooming Grove, died July 28, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Services will be under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mr. King was born Aug. 8, 1940.
He is survived by his wife Nancy King of Blooming Grove; a son Kelly King of Houston; daughter, Renee Fargason of Friendswood; sister, Georgia Shipley of Dallas; and three granddaughters, Brooke, Morgan, and Tyler.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Martha (Orme) McClure
Aug 29, 1935 - Jul 27, 1992

Martha McClure
Martha McClure, 56, of Wichita Falls, died July 27, 1992, at Wichita General Hospital.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Survivors include three sons, Douglas Keith McClure, Phillip Andrew McClure of Jacksonville, Fla. and Jerry Wayne McClure of Dallas; one daughter, Paula Diane MCClure of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Artalissa Orme Kile of Garland, Marjorie Ann Orme of Corsicana; and two grandchildren.

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Willie Inez (Hiler) King-Hemmingway
Dec 27, 1918 - Jul 9, 1996

Inez Hemingway
Inez Hemingway, 77, of Blooming Grove, died July 9, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hemingway was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Blooming Grove.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth K. King of Blooming Grove; daughter, Georgia K. Shipley of Dallas; three brothers, Hubert Hiler of Grandbury, Doug Hiler of Blooming Grove, and Ronnie Hiler of Frost; six sisters, Fern Woodland of Blooming Grove, Sadie Hill of Blooming Grove, Macel Nicholson of Barry, Maxine Armstrong of Blooming Grove, Dot Russell of Blooming Grove, Barbara Garrison of Kerens; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

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Everett Wallace Brockway, Jr.
Jul 1, 1923 - Sep 13, 1991

Everett Brockway, Blooming Grove, died Sept. 13, 1991 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove and a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Brockway; two sons, Richard Brockway of Terrell and Gary Bowchillon of Cedar Hill; two daughters, Sheryl Kirpatrick of Waxahachie and Gina Thurman of Lewisville; four grandchildren; four brothers, Earl Thomas Brockway and Neil Don Brockway both of Terrell, Roy Brockway of Kaufman and Billy Brockway of Los Angeles; and two sisters, Clara Dodd of Kaufman and Mildred Graham of Dallas.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Fields, Sonny Fields, Robert Fields, Lee Graham, Ed Dodd, J.C. Mathers and Don Von Hoffman.

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Lela Ann (Gillen) Jordan
Sep 4, 1895 - Sep 3, 1997

Lela Jordan
Lela Ann Jordan, 101, of Corsicana, died Sept.3, 1997 , at Heritage Oaks Nursing Home.
Visitation is 4-8 pm. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, with Connally Dugger and Cynthia Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Charlie Boyd, Elmer Boyd, Gordon Griffin, Y.M. Putman, Marshall Massengale and Rick Saunders.
Mrs. Jordan was born Sept. 4, 1895 in Myrtle, Miss.
Mrs. Jordan is survived by sons, James Lee Jordan of Everman and Thomas E. Jordan and wife Faye of Huntsville; daughters, Gelene Curry of Corsicana, Joan Paschal and husband Bug of Mexia; daughter-in-law, Lena Jordan of Nacogdoches; sisters Ellie Bee Hammonds of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren and two great great great grandchildren.
Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Abb Jordan; sons Buster Jordan and Jackie Dale Jordan; grandchildren, Deane Jordan, Randy and Anne Jordan, Joan Curry Roby and great-grandchild, Matthew Roby.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Walter Lee Minefee
Dec 11, 1952 - Jun 9, 1998

Walter Lee Minefee
Walter Lee Minefee, 45, of Austin and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 1998. He drowned while on vacation in Albuquerque, N.M.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with B.F. Risinger and Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Minefee was born in Houston on Dec. 11, 1952.
Mr. Minefee is survived by his fiancée, Susan Snow of Hanover, Pa.; parents Clinton and Geraldine Minefee of Corsicana; brothers, Melvin Minefee of Houston and Kenneth Minefee of Corsicana; sisters Carolyn McCann of Spring, Jane Longley of Humble, Kathy Garrett of Houston, Sheron Potzer of Littleton, Colo., Lisa Johnson of Vidor, Joyce Underwood of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Tillie (Renfro) Gorden-Ward
Nov 8, 1902 - Jun 2, 1998

Tillie Gorden Ward
Tillie Gorden Ward, 96, of Corsicana and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Corsicana Nursing Home.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jerry Scruggs, Bill Gorden, Jr., Bobby Rich, David Gorden, Ricky Richardson and Dean Gorden. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Gorden, Rodney Gorden and Donny Gorden.
Mrs. Ward is survived by her sons, Raymond Gorden of Barry, Dewey Gorden of Dresden, Ray Gorden of Navarro Mills, Bill Gorden of Corsicana; daughters, Daisy Scruggs and Maxine Gorden, both of Corsicana; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Blooming Grove.

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Megan Lynn Gillen
Oct 1, 1976 - Oct 18, 1997

Megan Gillen
Miss Megan Gillen, 21, of Blooming Grove, died Oct. 18, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are today at 3 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove, with Bryan Connally officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Heaton, Brian Butler, Scott Northern, Derek Northern, Heath Gillen and Scott Robinson.
Miss Gillen was born Oct. 1, 1976 in Corsicana.
Miss Gillen is survived by her grandmother, Hazel Gillen of Blooming Grove; mother Kathy Harrison of Blooming Grove; stepfather, Tom Harrison of Blooming Grove; brothers, Donnie Gillen of Corsicana, Johnny Gillen of Waxahachie, Mike Gillen of Paris and Larry Gillen of Blooming Grove; sisters, Leslie Maddox of Frost, Betty Campbell of Bynum, Lelia Brown of Mesquite and Pam Giese of La Grange.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Megan Gillen
Oct, 1, 1976 (Corsicana, TX) - Oct. 18, 1997 (Corsicana, TX)

The city of Blooming Grove was deeply saddened when Megan Gillen met an untimely death on October 18, 1997. The popular and attractive young lady was killed in a one car crash between Barry and Blooming Grove on Hwy. 22.

Townspeople spoke highly of Megan and are still shaking their heads in disbelief. Overflowing with standing room only, the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove was filled with relatives and friends paying last respects to a young, sweet life of 21 years, as Bro. Grady Cashion conducted last rites. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

The Blooming Grove, along with the rest of the community, extends heartfelt sympathy to the family.

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  • The Blooming Grove - Oct. 28, 1997

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Maicel Alline (Robinson) Boyd
Jan 23, 1913 - Nov 10, 1992

Maicel Boyd
Preceded in death by husband, Victor Boyd; son, Victor Ray Boyd; grandsons, Brett Bowman & Blake Bowman. Survived by son & daughter-in-law, Robert D. & Diane Boyd of DeSoto; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce & Jerry Bowman of Farmers Brance, Loyce & John Beaty of DeSoto, Jane & Jay Webb of DeSoto; grandchildren, Dave Bowman, Kim Brooks, Christi Broach, Lane Boyd Scott Boyd, Brian Beaty, Tina Boyd, Jennifer Lidwig & Jason Webb; sister, Lou Springer; brother D. C. Robinson; many nieces & nephews and a host of friends. Services 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 12, 1992 at Cockrell Hill Baptist Church, 1128 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Dr. Joel Odom officiating, assisted by Dr. Steve Leatherwood. Graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Tx.

Laurel Land
S. Thornton at Laurel Land Rd.
371-1336

Notes:

  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • The Dallas Morning News - Thursday, November 12, 1992
  • SSDI: Maicel Boyd; Jan 23, 1913; Nov 10, 1992; 461-56-1990;;75211, issue TX
  • TXDI: Boyd Maicel Alline 11-10-1992 DALLAS F

Viola (Mauldin) Saunders
May 9, 1909 - Mar 30, 1993

Viola Saunders
Viola (Mrs. Sammie) Saunders, 83, of Corsicana, died March 30, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove. Marvin Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judy Saunders of Blooming Grove; one sister, Mary Williams of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Laurie and Dusty Ledbetter, Glynn Saunders and Lynn Mayo; and one great-grandchild, Lee Ledbetter.
Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers will be Bob Schwandt, Bobby Warren, Roy Southard, Kenneth Southard, Aubrey Berry, Calvin Fields, Gordon Griffin and Bill Woodland.

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Oliver Bruce Dozier
Dec 31, 1898 - Oct 5, 1990

Bruce Dozier

Bruce Dozier, 91, of Blooming Grove, died Oct. 5, 1990 at a local nursing home.
Services are 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Dale Dozier of Blooming Grove; one daughter, Natalie Davis of Dallas; one sister, Edwyna Hinkle of Blooming Grove; three brothers, Rubert Dozier, Ivan Dozier and Harold Dozier, all of Blooming Grove; two grandchildren.

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Ethel (Gordon) Saunders
Nov 21, 1908 - Mar 11, 1994

Ethel Saunders
Ethel Saunders, 85, of Blooming Grove, died March 11, 1994, at a Hubbard Nursing Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. James McKee officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include four brothers, Billy D. Gordon of Corsicana, Dewey Elton Gordon of Lancaster, Ray Dean Gordon of Navarro Mills, and Raymond Doyle Gordon of Barry; and four sisters, Beatrice Mae Taylor of San Diego, Calif., Maxine Gordon and Daisy Scruggs, both of Corsicana and Lizzie Dawson of Matagorda, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Richard Saunders, Ray Yates, Wayne Yates, Eddie Yates, Jerry Don Scruggs and Billy Gordon.

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Corinne (McCall) Whorton
Jan 26, 1906 - Mar 13, 1994

Corinne Whorton
Corinne Whorton, 88, of Blooming Grove, died March 13, 1994 at Corsicana Nursing Home.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, H.S. (Sonny) and Lou Whorton of Frost; four nieces and one nephew.

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Macie Lee (Perry) Sykes
Jul 25, 1921 - Dec 2, 1992

Macie Lee Sykes
Macie Lee Sykes, 71, of Kemp, died Dec. 2, 1992, at her residence.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Sykes of Dallas and Ron Sykes of Plano; one daughter Geraldine Sykes Perry of Dallas; four brothers, Otho R. Perry and Earl Perry both of Dallas; J. W. Perry of Temple, and Charles R. Perry of Irving; and four grand-children.
Pallbearers Ron York, Erik Tenzer, Landon Sykes, Darrell Baty, Bill Collier and Andy Griffin.

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Rubert D. Dozier
Oct 25, 1905 - Mar 6, 1992

Rubert D. Dozier
Rubert D. Dozier, 86, of Blooming Grove, died March 6, 1992, in a Corsicana Nursing Home.
Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove, with Barry Fikes officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Dozier of Corsicana; son, Ralph Dozier of Blooming Grove; one brother, Harold Dozier of Blooming Grove; one sister, Mrs. Edwyna Hinkle of Blooming Grove; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Darwood Gantt, Carl Smith, Larry Farish, Duane Hinkle, Jimmy Garrison and Clyde Lusk.

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Jerald Hugh "Dick" Gillen, Sr.
May 19, 1913 - Jul 8, 1991

J.H. (Dick) Gillen
J.H. (Dick) Gillen, 78, of Blooming Grove, died July 8, 1991, at his residence.
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Barry Fikes officiating. Burial was Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Gillen, in 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Gillen of Blooming Grove; four sons, Donnie Gillen of Corsicana, Johnny Gillen of DeSoto, Mike Gillen of Enlow and Larry Gillen of Blooming Grove; five daughters, Betty Gillen of Bynum, Lelia Brown of Mesquite, Pam Geise of LaGrange, Kathy Henderson and Megan Gillen both of Blooming Grove; one brother Jay Gillen of Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charlie Boyd, Stinky Biggar, Jimmy Thomas, Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, Lee Armstrong and Buddy McGraw.
Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Ragan, Don Taylor, Jake Melton, Les Kitchens, Red Henderson, Wendell Warren, Claude Story and Sonny Boyd.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Corsicana Daily Sun
  • TXDI: Gillen Jerald Hugh 07-08-1991 NAVARRO Male
  • SSDI: JERALD H GILLEN 19 May 1913 Jul 1991 (not specified) (none specified) 452-20-6949 Texas

Virginia Marie (Ward) McGraw
Jan 28, 1941 - Aug 22, 1996

Virginia McGraw
Virginia McGraw, 55, of Blooming Grove, died Aug. 22, 1996, at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with Bro. Grady Cashion and Bro. Terry Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers are Doug Melton, Jake Melton, Peb Richards, Ronald Lynch, Ricki Crenshaw and Don Donaho.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 289, Blooming Grove, Tx. 76626.
Mrs. McGraw was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Wichita Falls, Tx. She was a active member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove in which she was dearly loved by her church family. She was employed with the Art Style Beauty Shop in Corsicana for the past 17 years.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Don McGraw of Blooming Grove; daughters, Debbie McGraw and Donna and son-in-law Ed Bator of Owattona, Minn.; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Diane McGraw of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Margie Anderson of Bedford, Geneva Arnold and Nadine Ferguson of Kemp; brother, Jimmy Ward of Balch Springs; foster mother Frankie Cole; mother-in-law, LouEster Mace of Blooming Grove; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda and Bob Bray of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jamison and Stephanie of Owatonna, Minn., Danny, Andrew and Landon McGraw of Blooming Grove; a host of nieces and nephews; and a very dear and close friend Nancy Melton of Blooming among many other friends.
Mrs. McGraw was preceded in death by her parents, Macey and Ama Ray Ward of Ft. Worth.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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Edith Leona (Posey) Morgan
Nov 4, 1922 - Sep 10, 1991

Edith L. Morgan
Edith L. Morgan, 68, of Dallas and formerly of Blooming Grove, died Sept. 10, 1991, at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
The body will be at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana until Thursday night, and will lie in state at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove Thursday night.
She is survived by two sons, Gene Morgan and Billy Morgan both of Dallas; four daughters Shirley Hale of Corsicana, Mary Rea of Dallas, Linda Martinez of Denver, Colorado., and Edith Louise Williams of Hinesville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; one brother, James Posey of Blooming Grove; and one sister, Martha Jewell Smythe of New York.

Pallbearers will be Louis Hash, John Rea, David Williams, Steve Wright, Mark Green and Dr. Charles Wilson.

 

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Charles Edward Hill
May 7, 1920 - Aug 20, 1996

Charles E. Hill
Charles E. Hill, 76, of Blooming Grove, died Aug. 20, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Blooming Grove Chapel, with Cynthia Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Hill was born May 7, 1920. He entered military service in 1939 and retired in 1962 after 22 years of service.
He is survived by his wife Sadie Hill of Blooming Grove; son, Edd Hill of Blooming Grove; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Gale Hill of Blooming Grove; brother, Clyde Hill of Brady; grandchildren, David, Dustin, Monty and Scott Tucker and Stephanie Wiggington; and great-grandchild, Forest Wiggington.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton of Blooming Grove.

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Allie Bell (Garrison) Gantt
July 3, 1905 - May 15, 2003

Allie B. Gantt
Allie B. Gantt, 97, of Corsicana, formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2003 in Corsicana.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove with Br. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Gantt was born July 3, 1905, in Rankin to Walter and Lela Rushing Garrison. She was a seamstress for the Hat Factory for many years. She was a member of Eastern Star.
Survivors include sons Darwood Gantt of Blooming Grove and Raymond Gantt of Idaho Falls, Idaho; six grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and brother Bud Garrison of San Antonio.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Olen Marvin "Buddy" Fuller, Jr.
Dec 30, 1927 - Apr 1, 1999

Olen "Buddy" Fuller Jr.
Olen "Buddy" Fuller Jr., 71, of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, April, 1999, at VA Hospital in Dallas.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with Bryan Connally officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Fuller was born Dec. 30, 1927.
Mr. Fuller is survived by his wife, Wanda Fuller of Blooming Grove; sons, Michael Fuller of Fort Worth and Gwynn Fuller of Irving; stepson, Bob Robinson of Midlothian; daughter, Diane Bigbee of Arlington; stepdaughter, Robbie Robinson of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister Louise Smith of Arlington; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

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Robert Bill Smith
Feb 26, 1917 - Oct 5, 1990

Robert Smith
Robert (Bill) Smith, 73, of Blooming Grove, died Oct. 5, 1990 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Barry Fikes officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Odessa Smith of Blooming Grove; one daughter, Jo McKee of DeSoto; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters Bonnie Hollingsworth of Lancaster and Loreda Balentine of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Doug Magee, Stokes Armstrong, W.M. Putman, Jas. Sewell, Buddy Fuller and Charles Moore.

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Billy Wayne Braxmier
Oct 4, 1935 - Sep 27, 2007

Billy Wayne Braxmier
Billy Wayne Braxmier, 71, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, in Corsicana. He was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Corsicana to Johnnie and Myrtle Braxmier. Services will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ben Reed, Joe Reed, Tim Easley, Johnny Easley, Herbert Wilcox and Bo Wilcox. Honorary pallbearers will be Leslie Cotten, Jessie Bibb, Dr. Grady Shaw and Dr. Kent Rogers. Mr. Braxmier was preceded in death by parents, Johnnie and Myrtle Braxmier. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Braxmier of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Toby and Ethal Reed of Tyler and Robert and Melanie Reed of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Gayla Reed of Cedar Hill, Susan and Earnest Flores of Forney and Ginger and Mark Edwards of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Clara Braxmier of Waxahachie; sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Lester Easley of Corsicana; grandchildren, Ben Reed, Stephen Reed, Sara Mohammad, Cameron Afshin, Megan Hudson, Myles McKinney, Danielle Morelan, Joe Reed and Michael Reed; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, Linda Napp and Ronda Burch; and nephews Rick Easley, Johnny Easley, Michael Easley, Tim Easley and Perry Braxmier. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Reba (Warren) McCaig
Jun 12, 1918 - Sep 26, 2007

Reba McCaig
Reba McCaig, 89, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born June 12, 1918, in Amarillo, the daughter of George and Nannie Warren. Early in her life she and her family moved to Waco, where her father sold farm equipment and real estate. She graduated from high school and attended Baylor University. On Aug. 12, 1939, she married J.W. McCaig of Ellis County. On Aug. 13, 1945, James Larry was born. Reba remained in Waco with her parents while J.W. served in the U.S. Army in Japan. Upon J.W.’s discharge, they moved to Ennis where she was employed as a secretary at Ennis Business Forms. In 1951 the family moved to Dallas where Reba was employed with International Harvester Company. In 1958 the family returned to the Ennis area settling in the Oak Grove community. Reba continued to work in Dallas for a number of years and returned to Ennis Business Forms as executive secretary to the president in the mid-1960s. She retired in 1983 and she and J.W. purchased an RV and traveled throughout the United States. They enjoyed the summer climate in Colorado and returned each year during the hot Texas summer months. Reba was a faithful and devoted Christian and member of Baylor Baptist Church. Reba very much enjoyed her number one hobby of oil painting. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Nannie Warren; and a brother, Charlie Warren. Reba is survived by her husband of 68 years, J.W. McCaig of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Margie McCaig of Navarro County; three grandchildren, Elizabeth McCaig of San Antonio, Mary Katherine Lamb of Garland and Jody Munn of Ellis County; three great-granddaughters; sister-in-law, Lena McCaig of Garland; three nieces in the Ennis area, Royanne Farmer, Jane Green and Peggy Erisman; and by many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Keever Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Mansell officiating. Interment will be at Myrtle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baylor Baptist Church of Ennis or Meals on Wheels. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Ethel (Grace) Parker
Aug 14, 1917 - Sep 26, 2007

Ethel Parker, 90, of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Christian Care Center Nursing Home in Mesquite. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. today at Kerens Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Mrs. Parker was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Parker; parents, Roger and Maude Grace; and sisters, Maudine Montgomery and Louise Melton. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Jairl Radney of Rowlett and June and Marvin Bumgardner of Arlington; grandsons and wives, Stephen and Martha Radney of Rockwall, Barry and Shona Bumgardner of Leander and Brent and Stephanie Bumgardner of Dallas; six grandchildren, Sarah Radney, Rebekah Radney, Emma Bumgardner, Max Bumgardner, Evan June Bumgardner and Sam Bumgardner; niece, Brenda Ray of Corsicana; and nephews, Fred Melton of Corsicana and Larry Melton. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Edward L. Rummel
Dec 23, 1932 - Sep 26, 2007

Edward L. Rummel of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, in Corsicana. He was born Dec. 23, 1932.

Survivors include his wife, Joann; sons, Robert, Billy, Eddie, Larry and Gary Rummel; daughters, Patricia Eicker and Pam Edwards; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at Byrum Funeral Chapel, 425 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Long Prairie Cemetery near Kerens. Arrangements Byrum Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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Edward L. Rummel
Dec 23, 1932 - Sept 26, 2007

Edward L. Rummel of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, in Corsicana. He was born Dec 23, 1932.

Survivors include his wife, Joann; sons, Robert, Billy, Eddie, Larry and Gary Rummel; daughters, Patricia Eicker and Pam Edwards; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Byrum Funeral Home, 425 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Byrum Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Long Prairie Cemetery near Kerens.

Arrangements Byrum Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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Ronald Douglas Warren
Feb 19, 1944 - Sep 27, 2007

Ronald Douglas Warren

Ronald Douglas Warren, 63, of Frost, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at his residence. He was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Waxahachie to Charlie and Helen Warren. He was a member of Frost Baptist Church, master mason in Masonic Lodge No. 196 and Karem Shrine Noble. He loved to do carpentry work, working on houses. He took pride in any work he did, especially his work with dirt. He was a very modest and humble person. He worked for Warren Brothers and retired from Gregory and Cooke. Services will by 11 a.m. today at Frost Baptist Church with Brother Chris Shirley officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Mertens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Hooser, Kenneth Logan, Buddy Ross, Chuck Dortch, Ronald Martin and Ronald Elmore. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Warren; and brother, Charles Warren. He is survived by his wife, Vera Warren of Frost; mother, Helen Warren of Frost; daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Steve Garland of Metarie, La., and Susanne and lan Vanderschee of Lewisville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nita and Gerald Doherty of Ennis, Karen and Jimmy Hudson of Linden; sister-in-law Nell Warrend of Frost; and grandchildren, Jessica Lee McCarty, Kyler Vanderschee and Samantha Sue Garland. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun on 9/29/2007
  • TXBI: WARREN RONALD DOUGLASS 02-19-1944 m ELLIS CLARA HELEN CRUMPTON CHARLIE JAMES WARREN

Brown Foster
?-27 May 1920

Killed by Lighting
Just before going to press we learned that Brown Forster of the Liberty Hill community was struck my lighting and killed, during the rain and lighting storm noon Thursday. We understand Mr. Foster was standing in his back door when the sad occurrence happened. We failed to learn whether or not any of the other members of the family were injured.

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Joe Hodge
? - May 1920

Uncle Joe Hodge Dead
Quite a number of members of the Dawson Masonic Lodge went to Dresden Wednesday afternoon to bury Uncle Joe Hodge, who died at his home near Purdon Tuesday afternoon. Uncle Joe was a highly esteemed member of the Dawson lodge.

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Moses Wesley French
Dec 26, 1846 - Aug 10, 1920
WROTE A COLUMN, OBITUARIES ECT FOR CORSICANA NEWSPAPER UNDER THE NAME UNCLE JOHN
 

Wesley French Dead
Wesley French, an old and highly esteemed resident of Emmett, died at his home Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, after an illness of only ten days. The funeral service was held at Emmett cemetery [notes] Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. T. McKeown, of this city. The number of friends in attendance at the funeral was estimated at near 1,000 which is evidence of the high esteem in which this good man was held.
Mr. French was born in Blunt county, Ala., Dec. 26, 1846. He was first married to Miss Sallie Carter, and to this union were born seven children. In 1884 he was married to Miss Fannie Burress, this union being blessed with twelve children. He is survived by his wife, 14 children, 37 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mr. French was a member of the Methodist church, he having been converted at the age of 26 years, and had remained a member of that church till his death, a period of 43 years. At the age of 16, he volunteered his service to his Southland and made a brave and true soldier during the civil war.
Probably no man in this vicinity had a wider acquaintance than died Mr. French. He was a typical Southerner, and his hospitable manner and big heartedness won for him the friendship of all with whom he came in contact. He was firm in his convictions, and always did what he thought was right almost all matters. In his passing away his community loses a valuable citizen and his wife and children a kind and indulgent husband and father.

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PRESIDENT OF SUN-LIGHT CHATS BURIED YESTERDAY

WESLEY FRENCH.

AT REST

Remains of Wesley French (Uncle John) Buried at Brushy Prairie

The body of Wesley French “Uncle John” was buried yesterday at Brushy Prairie in the presence of a large gathering of friends and fellow-citizens. Men who have lived in that community for many years declare that it was the largest attendance on a funeral in that community within their knowledge. Not only his neighbors were present, but numbers came from other counties to pay their respects and mingle their tears with those of the bereaved family.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. McKeown who for a long number of years had been a close personal friend of the deceased. The minister spoke of his departed friend only in words of tenderness. He spoke of his connection with the Methodist church when he was in his young manhood and for forty eight years, he said, he had been a faithful member who was active in church work and was foremost in furthering its enterprises. He left a heritage, said the minister, to his family for he was a faithful servant of the Lord. With his fellow man he was honest, and he was devoted to his family.

He was born in Blount County, Alabama, December 26, 1846, and at the age of fifteen enlisted as a volunteer in the confederate army and for four years followed the daring Gen. Bedford Forrest. On the battle field he was brave and his comrades cheerfully speak of him as a true Southern soldier, both under fire and around the camp fire. He came to Texas in 1866 and was twice married. His first wife was Miss Sallie Carter and in that union seven children were born. After her death in 1882 he was married to Miss Fannie Barnes who survives him. To them twelve children were born and of the two marriages fourteen children are living, as follows: Carl, of Talibina, Okla., Sam, of Brushy Prairie; Mrs. Ella Mitchell of Navarro Mills; Mrs. Lula Douglas of Chickasha, Okla; George and Jimmy Mack of Brushy Prairie; Fred of Irene; Mrs. Eunce Haynes of Malakoff; Mrs. Bertie Bradford of Fort Worth, Onie of Wild Cat Ferry, and Ollie, Ruth and Troy. He also has thirty-seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Numerous floral offerings spoke silently and eloquently of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

Mr. French was known to old and young as “Uncle John.” It was over that name that he contributed to various newspapers. For many years was a constant and valued correspondent in the Daily Sun and Semi-Weekly Light, both of which are published by the Sun Light Publishing Company. Each year for a number of years the correspondents have met for a day of pleasure. Seventeen years ago the correspondents gathered at Fish Tank #2 (now the Country Club) as guest of Gov. and Mrs. Geo. T. Jester. It was then that the correspondents organized under the name of Sun-Light Chats, Uncle John was chosen President and with each following year he has been re-elected. He always said he appreciated the honor and was a favorite expression with him to refer to the correspondents as Chats or as his nieces and nephews, all of whom he declared he loved, and the Chats all loved him. So deep was this bond of affection that its wave of sorrow,” as one of the correspondents said “has swept over all Chatdom.” Uncle John possessed a natural wit and a style of expression that was really captivating. Therefore his contributions were read and enjoyed in all circles. Hon. E. O. Call referred to him as “Bill Arp of Texas” and another equally prominent lawyer remarked that if a person began reading one of Uncle John’s articles he would not stop until the last word had been read.

His family will mourn his loss. He was a devoted husband and gentle father. His neighbors will miss him. He was honest and neighborly at all times and stood always ready to bestow a favor or aid when aid was needed. The Chats will miss him, for he was their friend and counselor, and nothing so much delighted them as to meet Uncle John at the yearly picnic. At the Chat’s picnic held at the waterworks July 30th this year, Uncle John was present as usual and was as gentel as ever and seemed to be in perfect health. Therefore the announcement of his illness which was followed by his death came as a severe shock and from over the county many messages of regret have come to this office.

The pallbearers were John Peters, Bob Thompson, G. M. Price, Charley Price, Herman Vest and Rea Slater.

The ceremony was solemn and impressive throughout and when the last prayer was said every one in the great audience stood with bowed head and aching heart for a neighbor and friend and a man with a heart of sympathy had been called from the walks of man.

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WESLEY FRENCH PASSES AWAY

Well Known Navarro County Resident Died This Morning

Wesley French, president of the Sun-Light Chat writers and who wrote under the pen name of “Uncle John” died at the family home in the Emmett community this morning at 9 o’clock after a short illness. He was seventy-four years old and has been a resident of Navarro county for many years, having been a resident of the west end of the county since coming from Alabama, his native State, shortly after the close of the Civil War, in which he fought with distinction during the several years of its duration, being a member of General Bedford Forrest’s noted cavalry command. He is survived by his widow and fourteen children and many grandchildren, besides other relatives. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 11 o’clock, with interment in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The death of Wesley French will be deeply mourned by the entire community. His friends were many, there probably being no man, woman or child in Navarro county who did not know “Uncle John” personally or by his writings. He was an ex-Confederate soldier, as above stated, and took part in many of the battles which are now history in that hard-fought struggle between the States. He still clung to the old Southern ideas of chivalry and honesty and treated his fellow-man fairly and expected to be so treated in return. He was strong in his convictions and fearless in the following of those convictions. He was a consistent Christian, having been a member of the Methodist church for many years.

In the death of Wesley French a place has been left vacant which will indeed be hard to fill. He is called to his reward and has taken the long journey. His loss will be keenly felt and his sorrowing family has the sympathy of the entire community.

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A Tribute.
(Written by Topsy in memory of our departed president, Uncle John)

By request this tribute is written, for it is our duty we owe to Uncle John Wesley French, who for so long was the faithful and proud president of our Chat page.

Oh, wasn’t it hard to think we had to give him up? But God needed one more angel amidst his shining band. And so he bent with loving smiles and clasped Uncle John’s hand.

A great sorrow has fallen upon the Sunlight Chats: It’s honored president, Uncle John, has passed away.

The death of Mr. Wesley French, (Uncle John), will be deeply mourned by the entire community. There is not a man, nor woman nor child in Navarro county who did not know Uncle John by his letters, if they didn’t know him personally. I knew him for 40 years; he was loved by all who knew him and so many of his friends will be sorry to learn of his passing away so unexpectedly. He will be greatly missed around Brushy Prairie and Emmett.

Oh, how the Chats will miss him and his good letters he would write every week to the Sunlight page.

May the God of all grace comfort and bless his wife and children and the loved ones he left on earth to mourn his death.

May the Lord comfort the bereaved hearts that they may say, “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away,” is my prayer in their sad hours; his entire family have my sympathy. How we all will miss him! Words can’t tell how he will be missed all over this land and country.

Little did we all think the 30th of July that he would be an angel today. But God had a place in heaven that he wanted to complete, so he took our Uncle John to fill the vacant seat.

I have just been looking over some of Uncle John’s letters—I have so many of his letters filed away. When I cut out the last letter he wrote, I didn’t think that was the last one. I see how I miss his letters he wrote. Just as long as he was able to go his place was never vacant in his church nor his Sunday School; he was always ready to help his church and his neighbors. His wife and fatherless children will miss him most. To them I can only say; Look up higher for him; he is not in the new made grave; his pain-racked body is there but his spirit is with the Lord in the eternal glory. He has come to his journey’s end; all his troubles and heart aches are over on this earth. No good-byes will be there. We’ll never know a sorrow when we reach that shining shore; we shall be with our loved ones and oh, how happy we will be.

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Alva French
Sep 23, 1909 - Apr 19, 1919

Little Boy Killed
Alva French, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. French and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley French met with a horrible accident yesterday that resulted in death this morning at 5 o'clock.
Yesterday afternoon while the boy was driving a cotton planter on his grandfather’s place, accompanied by his father, the horses drawing the planter took fright and ran away. The boy fell from the seat and was caught in the wheel of the machine. He was whipped around several times while his father made repeated desperate efforts to reach and rescue him. When the boy was released it was found that one leg was broken in two places, the other in one place, besides his body and head were bruised and cut in many places. The little fellow was brought to the P. and S. hospital in Corsicana, reaching here at 5 p.m. yesterday, two hours after the accident, and he died this morning at 5 o'clock. The body was taken to Brushie  Prairie Cemetery where it was buried this afternoon (Saturday).

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  • Dawson Herald, April 25, 1919
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

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A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT

Little Boy Falls From Cotton Planter And is Killed

Alva French, nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. French and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley French met with a horrible accident yesterday that resulted in death this morning at 5 o’clock.

Yesterday afternoon while the boy was driving a cotton planter on his grandfather’s place, accompanied by his father, the horses drawing the planter took fright and ran away. The boy fell from the seat and was caught in the wheel of the machine. He was whipped around several times while his father made repeated desperate efforts to reach and rescue him. When the boy was released it was found that one leg was broken in two places, the other in one place, besides his body and head were bruised and cut in many places. The little fellow was brought to the P. and S. hospital in Corsicana reaching here at 5 p.m. yesterday, two hours after the accident, and he died this morning at 5 o’clock. The body was taken to Brushy Prairie cemetery where it was buried this afternoon.

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Resolutions of Respect.

Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father to take from our midst little Alva French, aged nine years.

He was of a lovable disposition. His innocence, purity and brightness dispelled many a cloud of gloom and loneliness in the home. Therefore be it,

Resolved by the Brushy Prairie Sunday School, that in the death of our member our loss is Heaven’s gain. Our Sunday School has lost a dear friend and member, his parents a precious son; brothers and sisters, a loving brother.

Resolved, second, that the death of our member should remind us of the truth of the Bible, that in the midst of life we are in death, was never truer than in this case. at noon Friday, April 18, 1919, well, healthy, happy, helping his father work; when in turning his team became frightened and ran away, and when his little body was rescued it was almost mangled. And just at 5 o’clock a.m. on Saturday, April 19th, the angels bore his little spirit to God who gave it.

Resolved, third, that we extend our greatest sympathy and prayers to the bereaved parents in the loss of their dear child, and some sweet day may they be an unbroken family in the home of the redeemed.

Resolved, fourth, that a copy of these resolutions be placed upon the minutes of our Sunday School, a copy be given to the family, a copy be sent for publication.

MRS. HOOD FRENCH,
MRS. GERTRUDE FRENCH,
MRS. LEONA SMITH,
Committee.

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Walter Lavosier Pevehouse - Sheriff
May 3, 1865 - Mar 8, 1945

Walter L. Pevehouse
Funeral Services Walter L. Pevehouse At Blooming Grove Walter L. Pevehouse, 79, died at this home at Blooming Grove, Wednesday night following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Methodist church at Blooming Grove, with Rev. S. T. Brockette, pastor, conducting the rites. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
A native of Navarro County he was a member of a pioneer family. He was the son of the late David and Lucindy Pierce Pevehouse. He was active in affairs of the community and served several years as a peace officer. He was constable of the Blooming Grove precinct and was sheriff of Navarro County from 1912 to 1916.
Surviving are his wife, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. W. C.
Absher, Corsicana; Mrs. Ruth Morgan, Los Angeles, Calif.; Three sons, Rufus Pevehouse, deputy U. S. marshal, Dallas; Clarence Pevehouse, city attorney, Corsicana; one brothers Will Pevehouse, Blooming Grove; six grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Fred Prince, Walter Hayes, John George, H. S. Whorton, R. S. High and D. E. Magee.
McCormick Funeral Services directed the arrangements.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun, March 8, 1945
  • Dates from his monument.
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

May Irene French
Jul 8, 1906 - Jun 14, 1919

Jun 1919
Miss Irene French of several miles north of town, died in a Waco sanitarium Saturday night, and was brought to Purdon on Sunday morning’s train, the burial taking place at Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Miss French was taken from here Friday to Waco for an appendicitis operation, and we understand underwent the operation. She was in a very critical condition before going.

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  • Dawson Herald, June 20, 1919
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Daughter of Lewis Reece French & Lucy (Cagle) French
     

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West End News.

L. R. French and family near Drane have our heartfelt sympathy. On Sunday morning the remains of their baby daughter, 13 or 14 years of age, were brought in from the hospital at Waco where she died after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. This makes two out of three that has been brought in a corpse from the same place in the past few years and this last one was laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock beside her brother that passed away in the hospital in Corsicana some few years ago. May the God of Heaven help the grief-stricken ones and help them in this sad hour of sorrow.

UNCLE JOHN

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Frederick Basel McGraw
Jul 20, 1909 - Feb 24, 1991

Fred McGraw
Fred McGraw, 81, of Blooming Grove, died Feb. 24, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating.. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vernice (Nanny) McGraw, 1977, and one son, Lacy McGraw, 1990.
He is survived by four sons, Don McGraw and T. E. McGraw both of Blooming Grove, Alton McGraw of Dallas and Bobby McGraw of Irving; one daughter, Jane Ryan of California; three brothers, Earl McGraw and Erwin McGraw, both of Corsicana and Joe McGraw of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Maria Littlejohn of Milford and Eula Dale Phillips of Corsicana; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Jeff McGraw, David McGraw, Jim McGraw, Bobby McGraw, Willie McGraw, Joe McGraw, Steve McGraw, and Robert Earl Pryor. Honorary pallbearers are Lt. Freddie McGraw, Jim Johnson, Kevin McKnight, Larry Ware, Randy Melton, Van Turman, Greg Castator and Bobby Earl McGraw.

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Eleanor Theresa (Berger) Barton
Mar 4, 1924 - Sep 30, 2007

Eleanor Theresa Berger Barton
Eleanor Theresa Berger Barton went to Our Lord on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. She was born on March 4, 1924. She was, for 65 years, the cherished wife of Charles A. Barton, who survives her in Corsicana. She is adored by three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Wayne and Becky, Stanley and Linda, and Robbie and Sonya Barton; and two loving daughters and sons-in-law, Dorinda Eubanks and Sam Perez, and Teri and Rick Looney; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Otillie Milliken; and her brother, Robert Berger. She was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Corsicana. She was an avid gardener and talented quilter and seamstress. Her garden was tended with the same kind of care and love that she generously shared with those in her life. She will be forever be honored by her family and remembered by those who knew her. She was born in Tours, Texas to Frank and Rosa Berger, the sixth of 10 children, and married in Elk, Texas. She lived most of her life in Dallas and later years in Corsicana. She will finally rest in the St. Martins Cemetery in Tours today, after a Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Corsicana. Close friends and family will participate as pallbearers. Donations may be made in her honor to the American Kidney Foundation.

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Bobbie Jean (Varnell) Beam
Jul 22, 1929 - Sep 30, 2007

Bobbie Jean Beam
Bobbie Jean Beam, 78, of Barry passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born July 22, 1929 in Barry to J.O. Varnell and Myrtle Hodkins Varnell. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Marvin Moore and the Rev. Jonathan Speegle officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kelly Page, David Page, Craig Page, Kenny Varnell, Tracy Varnell and Tom Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be J. W. Perry and Don Jackson. Mrs. Beam was preceded in death by daughter Shirley Moreau and sister Virginia Page.She is survived by husband, Isaac Beam of Barry; son, Otis Beam and wife Deni of Barry; brother, Quilla Van Varnell of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Danielle Moreau, Rachel Seaton and husband Jimmy, Robert Bradley Beam, Matthew Beam and Chris Taliaferro; and great-grandchildren, Emily Moreau and Michael, and Daisy, Seth and Jaci Seaton. .Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • Wife of Isaac Alec "Ike" Beam
  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 10/2/2007 - 10/3/2007.

Claudette Lorene (Redden) Hackbarth
Apr 30, 1920 - Sep 28, 2007

Claudette Lorene Redden Hackbarth passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. Claudette was born April 30, 1920, to Dennis and Nora Redden of Corsicana. She was a faithful and devoted wife to her husband Harland, who died in 1988. They were lifelong residents of Fort Worth and members of Trinity Episcopal Church. Claudette worked her way up from the typing pool to executive secretary to the president of Lone Star Gas Company and retired in 1985 after 34 years. She was the dutiful daughter, a loving sister and a treasured aunt. She was gracious and kind to everyone she met. She loved to entertain everyone with funny jokes and stories. Her hobbies included playing cards and dominoes, gardening, reading, and traveling. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harland; and her five siblings, J.B., Dean, Glen, Jane and Joan. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. All those she leaves behind will miss Claudy’s spirit of kindness, beautiful character, gracious presence and abundant warmth. We thank God for the blessing of Claudette’s life and the influence she had on all of us. She was the essence of a true lady. Arrangements by Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, Fort Worth.

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William George Sharp
Feb 8, 1913 - Sep 30, 2007

William George Sharp of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007 in Navarro Regional Hospital. Mr. Sharp was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Wolfe City, Texas to Quincey and Harriett Elizabeth Runnion Sharp.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Sharp; and his sister, Mamie Rae Sharp. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of 64 years, Katherine Beaton Sharp; their son, Richard Beaton Sharp; two grandchildren, Christopher Scott Sharp and Katherine Rae Sharp; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Roberta Beaton Eyberg and Quentin C. Eyberg.

Mr. Sharp worked for Lyon Gray Lumber Company in Sherman, Texas and was transferred in 1938 to Corsicana where he met his future wife. He rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He always felt it was a privilege to have served. After the war, he worked for the Continental-Emsco Company in Louisiana, Venezuela, New York City and Houston. He retired as the international vice president, a position that required much overseas travel. While in New York, he attended the Harvard University’s Advanced Management School. He was a member of the Methodist Church for many years.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander and Steve Moss assisting, followed by burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tom McClendon, Claude Philo, Bill Roberts, George Robinson, Maco Stewart and Jimmy Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Collins, Fred Dawson, Leonard Fuller, Jack McFerran, H.D. Redden, R.C. Reider, and W.D. Wyatt. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Marilyn Dean (Wasson) Stubbs
Sep 19, 1934 - Sep 30, 2007

Marilyn Dean Stubbs of Missouri City, Texas passed away Sept. 30, 2007. She was born in Corsicana, Texas on Sept. 19, 1934, to Homer Harold and Alta B Wasson. Marilyn was employed by Fort Bend Independent School District and retired in 1996 after 21 years of service. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her. Marilyn had a love for life, a great sense of humor and above all was a devoted wife and wonderful mother. Marilyn loved to cook for her family, loved her grandkids, loved a good game of dominoes and she made the holidays, especially Christmas, extra special. She also cherished all of the weekend trips she made with her friends. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Clayton Stubbs; sons, Jimmie Stubbs and wife, Lorie Stubbs, Alan Stubbs and wife, Cathy Stubbs, and Terry Stubbs and wife, Shelly Stubbs; beloved grandchildren, Kenna Stubbs, Kaila Stubbs, Austin Stubbs, Emilie Stubbs, Kylie Stubbs and Carter Stubbs; brothers, Homer Gene and wife, Jann Wasson and Jerry and wife, Donna Wasson; other relatives and a host of friends. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. today at The Settegast-Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek. The funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. with the Rev. Barbara Robberson officiating. Interment to follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church of Missouri City or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, Texas 77030-4123. Arrangements by The Settegast-Kopf Co. Funeral Directors at Sugar Creek, Sugar Land.

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Rodessa G. Barree
Aug 27, 1923 - Sept 22, 2007

Rodessa G. Barree, 84, of Richland passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. Wake service will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Rockhill Baptist Church in Richland with Minister Gerald “Jerry” Gray officiating. Interment will follow at Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Richland. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Herbert Bertran Brown
Jul. 5, 1912 - Feb 27, 1972

H.B. Brown
KERENS-Funeral services for H.B. Brown, 59, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bazette Baptist Church. The Rev. Mr. Boyd, pastor, officiated. Burial was at the Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Pashal Funeral Home.
A lifelong resident of the Kerens area and native of Bazette, Brown was maintenance supervisor for the Dallas Zoo. He died Sunday in Memorial Hospital.
Surviving are his widow, Opal Lee Brown; a son, Billy Ray Brown; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Sue Jones, Excelsior Springs. Mo., and Mrs. Linda R. Good, Crandall; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Foy Brown, Bazette; a half-brother Avin Brown, Grand Prairie; and two sisters, Mrs. Ala Mae Goodwin and Mrs. Juanita Bailey both of Dallas.

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  • Submitted by Jennifer Stinson, Billy Ray Brown's granddaughter by his first son Brad
  • Obituary for Herbert Bertran Brown (my paternal great-grandfather)
  • View Obituary Clipping

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H. B. Brown

KERENS—H. B. Brown, 59, native of Bazette and lifelong resident of Kerens, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He was maintenance supervisor for the Dallas Zoo and a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bazette Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Boyd, officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of the Paschal Funeral Home.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Opal Lee Brown, Kerens; a son, Billy Ray Brown, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Ruth Good of Crandall and Mrs. Barbara Sue Young of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Foy Brown of Bazette; and two sisters, Mrs. Juanita Baily and Mrs. Ala Mae Goodwin, both of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be G. Holleman, Calvin Franklin, Bill Fletcher, R. H. Hilliard, Wayne Poe and Weston Wallace.

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