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Willie Lee (Brewer) Coker
July 28, 1916 - June 26, 2009
 
Willie Lee Coker
Willie Lee Coker passed away on Friday, June 26, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born Willie Lee Brewer on July 28, 1916, to James Malford and Mattie Elizabeth Brewer in Hamilton County and was the eldest of 11 children. At age 19, she married Olen C. Coker in October 1935 and he preceded her in death on March 25, 1985, just seven months before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Willie Lee and Olen made their home in Corsicana and raised four children. She was employed at Corsicana Cotton Mill and Haggar Slack Factory and received much enjoyment after retiring from Haggar Slack operating a children's day care in her home. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church for many years having taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and sang in the choir and serving God and her church was her greatest joy. Her life was a testament to her love of God and her family. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would seldom miss an activity they were involved in or a family gathering. Willie Lee's family includes son James Coker and daughter-in-law Anita of Carrollton; daughter Elizabeth Bryant and son-in-law James of Waco; son B. J. Coker and daughter-in-law Ann of Corsicana; son Jim and daughter-in-law Camille of College Station; 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Geneva and Bradley Speed of Corsicana and Angie Torrance of Arlington; brothers J. M. and Juanita Brewer of Corsicana, Jerral and Nancy Brewer of Quinlan, S.M. and Elsie Brewer of Arlington; and sister-in-law Edith Brewer of Corsicana. She will be missed by special friend Sue Shipley and her Trinity Baptist Church family. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Floyd Petersen officiating, special music by granddaughter Tammy Johnston, and eulogy by Marvin Reader, grandson-in-law. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law Larry Acock, Jeff Coker, Kyle Coker, Chris Grey, Blair Halliwell, Jeff Kelly, Kenny Kolkhorst and Randy Schweyher. The family wishes to thank the employees of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Dr. Kyle Hamilton for the excellent care given their mother. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or to her favorite charity: Presbyterian Children's Home and Services Child and Family Program at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 312 N. 13th St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Jane (Davis) Williams
March 10, 1940 - June 26, 2009

Mrs. Carolyn Jane Williams
Mrs. Carolyn Jane Williams, 69, of Corsicana passed away on June 26, 2009 in Corsicana. She was born on March 10, 1940 in Purdon to Andrew and Letha (Farmer) Davis. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Kuykendall of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Vernell Farmer of Corsicana, and Jeff and Marfa Farmer of Rice. She is also survived by grandchildren Jason Kuykendall and Justin Kuykendall, both of Locena, and Lucas Farmer of Rice; brother, Jacky Davis of Houston; special friend, Cid Garcia; three great granddaughters, one great grandson, and several nieces, nephews, and many friends. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Howell officiating. Interment to follow in Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Kuykendall, Justin Kuykendall, Danny Townley, Donald Davis, David Sinclair and Scott Fletcher. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Don Dotson
Mar 13, 1937 - June 27, 2009

Don Dotson
Don Dotson, 72, of Frost, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009, at his home in Frost. Don was born March 13, 1937, in Cooper, the son of the late Sam Posey and Fay Taylor Dotson. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He had been in the auto body repair business most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Jenny Dotson of Frost; a son, Don Dotson and wife Tammy of Waxahachie; daughters, Norma Welborn and husband Roy of Frost, Nina Dotson of Dallas, Sandra Wickware and husband Jay of Frost, Mary Lee Kennemore and husband Joe of Corsicana, Barbara Kelley and husband Kevin of Welling, Okla., and Donna Mitchell and husband Greg of Arlington; brother, Duane Dotson of Ohio; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at First Baptist Church of Frost with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will be at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers are Roy Welborn, Joe Kennemore, Greg Mitchell, Kevin Kelley, Sherman Crayton, Michael Welborn, Eric Dowdle and Jeremy Dowdle. Honorary pallbearers include Adam Dowdle, Jeffrey Wickware, Ron Bissonnette and Mike Clayton. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Brian David Drain
Sep 8, 1966 - June 26, 2009

Brian David Drain
Brian David Drain, 42, of Chatfield passed away on Friday, June 26, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Sept. 8, 1966, in Corsicana. He was a veteran having served his country two years in the U.S. Air Force at various bases overseas. Mr. Drain was preceded in death by his father, Robert Drain; grandparents, R.M. and Margie Drain and Wayne and Bobbie Burkhalter. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Drain of Chatfield; daughters, Halee McCoy and Mackenzie Drain of Chatfield; mother, Peggy Drain of Chatfield; brothers, Eric Drain and wife Tonya of Chatfield and Jason Drain and wife Misty of Walnut Springs; niece, Brittnie Heard of Montgomery; nephews, Roclan Drain of Chatfield and Collin, Taylor and Tanner Drain of Walnut Springs; great-nephew, Jaxson Heard of Montgomery; and uncle, Mike Drain of Corsicana. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Chatfield United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Cashion and Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Calvin Ciscero Rich
July 9, 1925 - June 27, 2009

Calvin C. Rich
Calvin C. Rich, 83, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009, in Dallas, after a two-month illness and surgery. His brothers and sisters knew him as "Feller." He was born July 9, 1925, in Black Hills, a community northwest of Corsicana in Navarro County. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mattie L. Hutchins Rich; brother, Alvin and Gale Rich of Dallas; children, Mike Eugene Rich, Vickie Marie and Joe Hudson Looney, Marvin Dale and Sandy Borne Rich, James Calvin and Sheryl Hendricks Rich; grandchildren, Mike Eugene Rich Jr., Misty Marie Hudson, Mary Michelle Lilly, Marc Edward Looney, John David Rich, Zachary Dale Rich, David James Rich and Andrew Kyle Rich; and great-grandchildren, Aaron, Emari, Maryan, Eli, Avery Bay and Jack. Calvin began his career in the oil fields of West Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi before beginning work at Dallas Power and Light (DP and L) in 1947. He retired in 1978 as a supervisor in the Underground Distribution Division with 34 years of service. He then worked for Westinghouse Electric for two and one-half years before returning home to work with the Baptist Men's Group in Navarro County, donating time and money to help those in need. He also served neighbors by building and repairing their homes or doing whatever was necessary. In the past few years he again retired to his farm, sold the cows and baled hay for neighbors. He was an active member and teacher at Oak Grove Baptist, Dallas; Pleasant Grove First Baptist for 16 years, Dallas; and in Corsicana at Northside Baptist for 27 years and Cornerstone Baptist. Calvin was ordained a deacon on Oct. 4, 1970, and mentored men, both young and old, throughout his lifetime. He was a godly man with strong convictions about his responsibilities and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, O.S. Rich and Lena Ray Rich; his brother, Melvin; and sisters, Lucille, Louise, Lena Ruth and Lavern. He served as a leader in the Black Hills Cemetery Association for most of his life. Any contribution to BHCA in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Please send to: Black Hills Cemetery Association, in care of Janice Watkins King, 2033 Glenwood Circle, Corsicana, TX 75110; jking2002@sbcglobal.net. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with grandson Andy Rich and the Rev. Brian Robertson officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Helen Elizabeth (Upshaw) Baker-Donnell
Mar 13, 1935 - June 30, 2009

Helen Elizabeth Baker Donnell
Services for Helen Elizabeth Baker Donnell, 74, of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, at First Baptist Church in Athens with Pastor Roger Johnson and the Rev. Bennie W. Baker officiating. Mrs. Donnell died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, in Athens surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 13, 1935 in Rogers, to the late Eddie and Annie Mae Upshaw. She worked as a caregiver for Homecare Image and served as a church musician for various churches for over 40 years.She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. She is survived by her children whom she loved very much, Jason (Doris) Baker, Ronny Baker, Ricky Baker, Durenda G. McGee, Janice Baker, Sharon (Damon) Wilson, Brenda (Jarvas) Causey, Bennie (Janet) Baker, Curby Blaylock, Chris Baker, and Louise Criner; sisters, Margree Tyler, Bertha (Chester) Nealy, and Eunice (Don) Hawkins; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jamie Baker, Jason Baker Jr., Ronny Baker Jr., Donald Blaylock, Tart Everage, Jarvas Causey and Charles Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernon Taylor, Frank Session, Randy Session, James Robinson, Lester Brown and Don Everage. Arrangements by John R. Harmon Undertaking Company, Tyler.

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Louise (Dunbar) Stansell
Oct 22, 1924 - June 27, 2009

Louise Dunbar Stansell
Louise Dunbar Stansell, 84, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009, at her residence. Funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Pelham with the Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Jesse Crawford, Herbert Anderson and Alassane Diatta. Mrs. Stansell was born Oct. 22, 1924, in Teague. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Teague. She was awarded her bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of Arizona. She also earned a master's degree in education. She was preceded in death by Jimmie Victor Stansell in 1972. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara G. Martin (James) of Chicago, Ill.; three granddaughters, Dr. Nicole Martin, Leslie Michelle Martin and Ayesha Louise Diatta; and a second daughter, Patricia Diatta resides with her husband Alassane in New York. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Willie Beatrice  "Teance" (Scott) Richards
Jan 13, 1922 - July 2, 2009

Beatrice Scott "Teance" Richards
Beatrice Scott Richards went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Originally a resident of Corsicana, she came to live with her daughter in Angleton in May 2006. Beatrice was born in Corsicana on Jan. 13, 1922, to Wilson and Dell Scott. She married Less Richards in 1937. They were married for 66 years until his death in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, an infant daughter Paula, her brother Carl Scott, and son-in-law Dick Orand. She is survived by her daughter, Reba Orand; son and daughter-in-law, James and Tina Richards; and seven grandchildren, Kelly Kohutek and husband Billy, Becky McGlaun and husband Jeff, David Richards, Karen Underwood, Michael Richards and wife Ann, Jason and Amy Bendy. Beatrice also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Kaysie Oden and her husband Dustin, Stacey Kohutek, Tyler McGlaun, Joseph and James Richards; and two great-great-grandchildren, Reese and Jake Oden. Beatrice received the Lord as her Savior when she was 11 years old at First Assembly of God Church. In March 2000, she became a member of Calvary Worship Center where Dr. Gary Johnson was her pastor until her move to Angleton in 2006. She became a member of and enjoyed fellowship with First Assembly of God Church in Angleton, with Mike Hammond as her pastor. She worked at Adams Hat Factory, then at Corsicana State Home where she was a house parent supervisor, but her lifetime purpose was to serve her Lord and others. Beatrice was an excellent cook and used this gift to benefit her family and church by providing food for various church functions and ministries. Beatrice's family will truly miss her wisdom and sweet and gentle spirit. One of her greatest gifts to us all was the legacy she left of being a selfless, servant of God who was committed to intercessory prayer for her family and friends. We are so grateful for the years that God allowed us to have her here with us.Beatrice's family will welcome visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 6, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff McGlaun, Tyler McGlaun, Billy Kohutek, Dustin Oden and David Richards. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 7/3/2009 - 7/5/2009
  • d/o James Wilson Scott (1903-1975) and Ada U. Dell (Tomerlin) Clark - (1904-1986)

Irma Deene (Davidson) "Amy" Goldsmith
Nov 2, 1918 - July 4, 2009

Irma Deene Davidson "Amy" Goldsmith
Mrs. Irma "Amy" Deene Davidson Goldsmith passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Country Meadows Health and Rehab Center of Corsicana, at the age of 90. She was born on Nov. 2, 1918, and was raised in West, Texas. Mrs. Goldsmith's greatest joys were her husband and life-long love, Charles A. Goldsmith, and her family. Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith were married for 71 years and sweethearts even longer. She was a homemaker at heart, making every living space a home, no matter how humble. She loved to cook and made many memorable meals, especially with vegetables from her own garden. Her surviving family still misses her cooking even though she has been unable to use that gift for several years. She loved flowers and music, which was fortunate, for her other family members were always making music of some kind or in the process of learning a piece of music. In her early years, she would often sing along and sometimes created her own songs.For about 28 years, Mrs. Goldsmith worked alongside her husband in textile mills in Texas, including West, Itasca, Mexia, Corsicana, Bonham and Hillsboro. She took pride in her work as a battery filler, in the manufacturing of cotton cloth. Mrs. Goldsmith was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Goldsmith; a son, Larry Charles Goldsmith; her parents, Lora Ellen and Cam Singleton Davidson Sr.; a sister, Katherine Vrana; and a brother, Cam Singleton Davidson Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Jo Patterson and husband Leslie of Corsicana;, six grandchildren and their spouses, Phyllis and Wes Cope, Peri Patterson, David and Judy Patterson, Kimberly Scholl, Debbie and Frank Holloway, and Terri McClusky; eleven great grandchildren; and three sisters, Nellie Bine, Vivian McGinnis, and Laura Grace and husband Judd. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2009, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2009, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff White and Bro. Jerry Turner officiating. Interment will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in the Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dustin Aaron Hoover, U.S. Army; Brain Patterson, USMC; Toby Scholl, Seth Cope, James Cope, Jacob Norwood, Christian Norwood and Ryan Liebe.The family wishes to acknowledge with deep gratitude the dedicated care-givers of Country Meadows, Dr. Charles I. Biltz and his nurse Jennifer Seaton, and Family First Hospice of Ennis. May God bless all of you. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Patricia Ann (Franklin) Williams
Aug 27, 1949 - July 3, 2009

Patricia Ann Williams
Patricia Ann Williams, 59, of Malakoff passed away Friday, July 3, 2009, at her residence. She was born Aug. 27, 1949 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home with Bro. Phil Mangum officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stevie Ray Williams. Survivors include her son, James Bruner of Oklahoma; brothers, Leslie Franklin of Midland, Robert Franklin of Denison and Billy Franklin of Kerens; sisters, Bessie Johnston of Trinidad and Sandra Monroe of Malakoff; two grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, 433 N. Gun Barrel Lane, Gun Barrel, TX 75156; or, Mankin Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 322, Trinidad, TX 75163.Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Nannie Emma (Stogner) Drake
Sept 1, 1915 - March 18, 2009

Nannie Emma Stogner Drake
Nannie Emma Stogner Drake, born Sept. 1, 1915, in Navarro County near Frost, Texas, died peacefully in her sleep March 18, 2009, in Athens. After her marriage to Marless Leo Drake on Nov. 24, 1935, she briefly lived in Palestine before settling down in Malakoff. She and Marless reared their three children, Barbara Ann, Donna and Chris in the same house on Highway 31 East while building a wholesale fuel distribution business. She also earned a reputation for church and civic activism. Following her husband's death in 1978, she served terms on Malakoff's City Council, was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as 1980's "Citizen of the Year," and continued working enthusiastically at First Baptist Church as well as with the Friends of the Red Waller Municipal Library. Following a brief retirement sojourn in Houston, she returned to the Henderson County area to be nearer her daughter and extended East Texas family.
Predeceased by her loving parents, A.J. and Minnie Ann Jackson Stogner, her older daughter, Barbara Ann, her much-loved six siblings, her husband, and her grandson, Brady Dale Brownlow, she is survived by daughter, Donna Drake Farmer and husband, Bob, of Athens; son, Chris Drake and wife Sylvia of Houston; grandchildren, Kelley and Casey Brownlow of Tyler, Laura and Monty Main of Malakoff, Tammy and Benjamin Brownlow of Hallsville, Aimee and Blaine Drake, Alexandra Drake, and Wade Andrew Drake of Houston. With two step-grandchildren, Deb and Bob Washmon of Tyler and Kim and Wade Farmer of Kyle, she also leaves great-grandsons Landon, Noah, George and Harris and one great-granddaughter, Rebecca, as well as numerous step-grand, great-grand, great-great-grandchildren, and four nieces spread throughout Texas.
Family visitation was held Friday, March 20, 2009, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Malakoff's First Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Orand, former FBC pastor in the 1960s, officiating and under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.
Pallbearers are Casey Brownlow, Benjamin Brownlow, Blaine Drake, Wade Drake, Monty Main, Wade Farmer, and Fred Carter.
Granddaughters Laura Brownlow Main and Alexandra Drake are honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Malakoff Friends of the Library or the Brady Dale Brownlow Agricultural Scholarship Fund at Trinity Valley Community College, Athens, Texas.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at South Place Nursing Home and Genesis Hospice caregivers for their tender mercies.

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  • The Malakoff News

William Elgie McDonald
McDONALD, WILLIAM ELGIE, born Feb. 22, 1925 in Pinkston, TX to Mamie Lou Clark and Willie Leroy McDonald passed away March 12, 2003 in Lewisville, TX. He graduated from high school in Barry, TX and attended Navarro Junior College in Corsicana. William worked all over the US on a pipeline before working as a quality control inspector at Otis Engineering for 26 years of service before retiring. A great teacher, who taught by example, an accomplished woodworker, and an honorable man who never shirked responsibility. A lover of fishing and boating, an accomplished water skier and certified scuba diver. He enjoyed traveling, but liked being at home best. William loved his dog Molly with all his heart....they were constant companions. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Verna A. McDonald, three children; Phil McDonald, Connie Baker, and Brenda Godwin, two step-children; Debra Litt and Robert McDonald, along with seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Dalton & Son Funeral home Chapel on Friday, March 14, 2003 at 1:30pm, entombment will follow at Hilltop Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ASPCA or the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice. Dalton & Son Funeral Home 1550 N. Stemmons Frwy. Lewisville 972-436-6511

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  • Hilltop Cemetery is n Carrollton, Dallas Co., TX
  • The Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - Friday, March 14, 2003
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

Frances Faye Allen-Bates
Feb 16, 1918 - Jul 5, 2009

Frances Faye Bates, 91, of Corsicana passed away July 5, 2009. She was born February 16, 1918, in Emhouse. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Bates; daughter, Beverly Dockery; son, Bobby Allen; siblings and parents. Survivors include her daughter in-law, Pam Allen of Corsicana; son in-law and daughter in-law, Thomas and Tricia Dockery of Corsicana; grandsons, Danny Ward and wife Marsha of Corsicana, and Michael Dockery and wife Megan of Corsicana; grand daughters, Ashley Palmeri of Corsicana, and Alissa Palmeri of Frisco; great grandchildren, Jason Ward, Kyle Ward, Makinna Dockery, all of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday July 8, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.Pallbearers are Jason Ward, Kyle Ward, Michael Dockery, Danny Ward, Thomas Dockery and Gary Earley. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jane (Royall) Potts
April 27, 1910 - July 6, 2009

Mrs. Paul (Jane Royall) Potts, 99, of Cedar Park and formerly of Dawson, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at First United Methodist Church of Dawson with the Rev. Michael Redmond and the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow on the family plot in Dawson Cemetery. Mrs. Potts was born on April 27, 1910, in Athens to Andy and Sue (Davis) Royall.  She was an accountant at the Corsicana State Home for 28 years before retiring in 1975. Mrs. Potts was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Dawson, holding various offices since 1935. She taught adult Sunday school classes for many years, the latest one being the "Pairs and Spares" class since 1974. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, joining that group in 1937 when it was called the Woman's Missionary Society. Mrs. Potts held membership in the James Blair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Thomas Meredith Chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century, Kinsloe House (Navarro County Woman's Club House), and the Woman's Study Club of Dawson until it disbanded in 1996.She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Potts in 1958; her daughter, Sue Potts Bumpers; and son-in-law, James W. Bumpers. Survivors include two grandchildren, Nancy Bumpers Juvrud of El Paso and Jim Bumpers Jr. of McGregor; three great-grandchildren, Heather Lane Smith of Leander, Tommye Lane Juvrud of Austin and Jodie Bumpers of Nacogdoches; four great-great-grandchildren, Kristopher and Marc Dubielak and Sydney and Taryn Smith; nephew, John Tom Potts of Temple; cousins, Bud and Rosemary Garner of Austin, and a number of other beloved cousins. Arrangements by Wade Funeral

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Wanza Gail (Henderson) Thomason
Aug 4, 1940 - July 10, 2009

Wanza Gail Thomason, 68, of Kerens passed away Friday, July 10, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at First United Methodist Church of Kerens with the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the family. Mrs. Thomason was born Aug. 4, 1940, in Corsicana. Survivors include her husband, Beauford Thomason of Kerens; daughters, DeAnna Edmister of Midlothian and Julie Ann McCord of Quitman; son, Leslie Ray Thomason of Wills Point; six grandchildren, Jacob McCord of Garland, Lauren McCord of Dallas, Sara Edmister and Jenna Edmister, both of Midlothian, and Allison Thomason and Emily Thomason, both of Wills Point; and sister, Katha Perry of Corsicana. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Charles Edwin Bancroft, MD
Sep 8, 1922 - June 19, 2009

Charles Edwin Bancroft, the "doctor of gentle, loving care" to his patients, reached the welcoming hands of our gracious Lord and Savior, on June 19, 2009. He passed away at his home in Eureka with his loving wife of 28 years, Carolyn, by his side. Ed was born Sept. 8, 1922, in Quitman, Miss., and grew up and graduated from Powell High, received a football scholarship and his bachelor's degree from Southwestern University/Georgetown. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine followed by an internship at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., and residencies as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps (Korean War) at bases in North Carolina and California. In the 1950s, he opened his practice in Houston at St. Luke's, St. Joseph, and Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest. For over 40 years, Dr. "Ed" Bancroft, practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Memorial (Hermann) Hospital Southwest. He served as chief of staff, president of The Doctors Club, the Harris County Medical and Houston Ob-Gyn Societies. Thousands of Houston babies were delivered by Dr. Ed over many years. On outings, both here and abroad, he and Carolyn were often approached by a proud parent saying, "You delivered my children." Always a gentleman, his friends and patients give strong testimony to the warmth and graciousness of his skilled and loving care. The Bancrofts retired to the family home in Corsicana, where Ed enjoyed his love of ranching, fishing, hunting, and golf. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Allen and Pearl Pauline Bancroft, and stepmother, Hazel "Mimi" Bancroft; brother, Thomas Eugene; daughter, Brenda Louise; stepbrother, Jack Corbin; stepson, Sean Smyrni; and faithful canine hunting companion, Guy. Ed is survived by his loving wife and longtime caregiver, Carolyn Collier Bancroft; son and wife, Jason and Massie Smyrni; Ed's daughters, Milanne Bancroft (daughter, Rebecca), Kay Harris (husband, Dale, and son, Adam); son, Russell Bancroft; grandson, Matthew Johnson, and his son, Charles Tiernan Johnson; and Ed's beloved canine, Lulu. Special thanks to Dr. Dale Campbell, Hand-in-Hand Hospice, Angels at Home, Lanettia and Regina. Ed's final, loving gift for future physicians was donating his body to U.T. Southwestern Medical School. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. July 19 at First Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana. Memorials in Ed's name may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society. Expressions for Carolyn may be sent to P.O. 2038, Corsicana TX 75151.For my love of a lifetime, my husband, my everything Love, Carolyn "When he shall pass, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night." Shakespeare/"Romeo and Juliet"

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Dallas Harris Rowe
Nov 11, 1861 - Jan 18, 1928

ROWE, - Corsicana, Texas. Jan. 19. - Dallas Rowe, 66, was found dead in his bed at the I.O.O.F. Old Folks' Home Wednesday. Heart failure caused his death. He was a ward of Melissa lodge. Surviving is a nephew, Richard Rowe, Beeville. Word from his nephew or from his lodge is being awaited before funeral arrangements are made.

Jan 20, 1928

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Ruth Luvenia (Yates) Futch-Finley-Reynolds-Graves
Oct 14, 1879 - Jan 10, 1956

Mrs. Ruth Graves

CORSICANA, Texas. - Rites for Mrs. Ruth Levena Graves, 77, former Blooming Grove and Frost resident who died in Dallas were held from the Primitive Baptist Church here Thursday.

Jan 13, 1956

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Former Resident Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Ruth Lavena. Graves, aged 77 years, former Blooming Grove and Corsicana resident, died at the home of a son, Barney Futch, in Dallas, Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Primitive Baptist Church in Corsicana, South Sixteenth street, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove.

The rites will he conducted by Rev. Moseley of Waxahachie and Rev. Morris L. Roberts, pastor of the Sunny Vale Baptist Church in Dallas.

Surviving are two sons, Barney Futch, Dallas, and Fred Futch, Waxahachie; three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Harrison, Houston; Mrs. L. G. Bonner and Mrs. J. E. Whitley, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Josie Sanders, Wichita Falls; three brothers, L. C. Yates, Silverton; Frank and Joel Yates, both of Stanley, N. M.; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Mina Mozelle Wood
Jan 1, 1907 - Apr 7, 1997

Mina Mozelle Wood, 90, of Corsicana died April 7 in Corsicana.

Services will be at Corley Funeral Chapel on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Mr. Randy Daugherty officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Lindsay King, Kyle Ward, Johnny Rhodes, William Hanks, Bud Jolly, Stephen Warren.

Mina Wood was born on January 1, 1907 in Mann, Texas.

Mina Wood is surived by her sons: Charles Wood of Dallas, Doyle Wood of Columbia, Alabama, Billy Wood of Corsicana, Jimmy Wood of Corsicana; daughters, Martha Warren and Virginia Jolly of Garland; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Emma Hazel (Adams) Owens
Nov 2, 1932 - Sept 10, 1997

Emma Hazel Owens, 64, died Sept. 10 at Groesbeck Rehab Center.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church with Horace Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Owens was born Nov. 2, 1932 in Colorado City.

Mrs. Owens is survived by sons, Bill Owens, Sr. of Eureka, and Charles W. Owens of Bryant, Arkansas; daughters, Sis Ferrill of Marlin, and Faye Stubblefield of Groesbeck; sisters, Nadine Bell of El Dorado, Elizabeth Hardt of Odessa, Charlene Durham of Midland, Nona Cullifer of Rice, Dorothy Sawls of San Angelo, Thelma Seaton of Kingsland; 5 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her brother, Theron Adams.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charles Townley
Jan 15, 1937 - Sept 12, 1997

Charles Townley, 60, of Corsicana, died Friday, Sept. 12, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton chapel with Curtis Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Townley was born Jan. 15, 1937, at Kerens. He was a retiree from Safeway grocery store.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Michael Bailey of Corsicana; brothers, Warren Townley of Corsicana and John Townley of Porter; sisters, Mary Stutts of Athens, Aline Brim of Sweetwater, Hazel Caswell of Huffman and Linda Elder of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Julie, John, Douglas, Jeremy, Jody, Bradley and Tiffany Bailey.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Roberta Garner
July 7, 1911 - Sept 28, 1997

Roberta Garner, 86, of Corsicana died Sept. 28 at her residence.

Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel.

Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Garner was born July 7, 1911 in Navarro Mills.

Mrs. Garner is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, J.O. and Carolyn Garner, and brother, Bill "Russell" Thorne.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Marvin M. Sanders
May 19, 1914 - Nov 19, 1997

Marvin M. Sanders, 83, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, in Corsicana.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Honorary pallbearers are F.C. Stewart, Bill Patrick, Gene Womack, Will Hashop, Fred Rasmussen, Walter Earl Parker and Otto Smith.

Mr. Sanders was born in Elmo on May 19, 1914. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a postal carrier, and retired after 17 years of service.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Helen Sanders; son, Gary D. and Kathy Sanders; grandsons, Scott and Jody Sanders and Steven Sanders; great grandchildren, Morgan Sanders and Madison Sanders, all of Corsicana; sister, Louise Mason of Calif.; sister-in-laws, Cidney Mae Sanders of Ennis and Lois Herreth of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Normaree Robinson
Apr 6, 1909 - Sept 28, 1997

Normaree Robinson, 88, of Corsicana died Sept. 28.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating

Mrs. Robinson was born April 6, 1909 in Navarro County. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Robinson is survived by a brother, LeRoy Barlow of Corsicana, a sister, Kate Pate of Lubbock, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Lottie Opal (Watson) Drew
Apr 30, 1905 - Nov 19, 1997

Lottie Opal Drew, 92, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, in Corsicana.

Services were 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerry Roberts, John Slate, Orville Locklar, Ed Zabcik, Brantley Humbert, and Danny Jones.

Mrs. Drew was born in Rusk County on April 30, 1905. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Corsicana.

Mrs. Drew is survived by her sons, Fred Drew of Katy and Ken Drew of Apopka, Fla; half sisters, Jean Ingham of Corsicana and Stella Mae Schmidt of Houston.

Mrs. Drew was preceded in death by her husband, James Evan Drew, Sr.; and her son, James Evan Drew, Jr.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Maybelle "Pat" Barnes
Nov 4, 1913 - Aug 17, 1997

Maybelle Barnes, 83, of Corsicana died August 17 in Corsicana.

Graveside services were Sunday at the Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Bill Thompson of Trinity Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Barnes was born Noverber 4, 1913 in Savanah, Ga. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

Mrs. Barnes was survived by her niece, Betty and Bill Barnes of Corsicana; niece, Linda and David Brown of Corsicana; great nephew, Mark Barnes of Corsicana; great niece, Amy Bruce of Corsicana; niece, Pat Sheffield of Tyler; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Nelson of Longview.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Pauline M. "Polly" Galloway
Sept 29, 1913 - Aug 17, 1997

Nannie Pauline Galloway, 83, of Corsicana died August 17 in Corsicana.

Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Mr. Dick James officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Tom Knox, Paul Slaughter, Ben Acock, Dick Aldama, Bert Coleman, and Bob Tountas.

Mrs. Galloway was born September 29, 1913 in Corsicana. She was past president of the hospital auxiliary. She was a member of Kinsloe House and Lioness club.

Mrs. Galloway is survived by daughter, Linda Coleman of Denison; daughter, Janie and Bob Tountas of College Station; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Moffitt of Corpus Christi; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Galloway of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Jimmy Galloway of Marshall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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David Coley
July 16, 1955 - July 11, 2009

David Coley, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed into the Lord's arms on Saturday, July 11, 2009, due to injuries in a motorcycle accident. David was born on July 16, 1955, and lived most of his life in Corsicana. As the owner of David E. Coley Company, he was a Broker/Realtor, as well as certified appraiser. David loved Corsicana and was active in many community organizations and activities. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, where he worked on the audio/visual team. He was past president of Corsicana Optimist Club, active in the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, past president of the 100 Club, as well as an active member of the Navarro County Appraisal Board. David was active in Navarro Bikers Club, where he participated in Toys for Tots, Motorcycle Santa, and many fund-raising/community service activities. David was a staunch supporter of children and youth programs, serving as president of the PTO at Fannin Elementary during the time his children attended, as well as an active supporter of Corsicana athletics and Navarro County Youth Expo. David also served as the campaign treasurer for State Rep. Byron Cook.David leaves behind many loving family members: his wife Dawn, daughter Sadie, and son Jonah; parents, Joyce and Howard Coley of Corsicana; sister, brother-in-law and nephew of College Station, Luann, Ray and Adam Argersinger; mother-in-law, Dolores Knutson of Wisconsin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Darlene and Gary Otterson of Missouri, Diane and Pat Mulroy of Wisconsin, and Debbie and Rollie Johnson of Wisconsin; nieces, Meegan Otterson of Missouri, Meredith Otterson of Virginia and Melanie O'Keefe of Wisconsin; and nephews Andy Mulroy of Ohio, Kelly Mulroy of Florida, Jacob Johnson of Arizona, and Rob and Jordan Johnson of Wisconsin. In addition, David leaves behind many lifelong friends who will remember his smiling face and generous spirit in helping others in time of need.David was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Howard; grandparents, Truman and Jo Coley and the Rev. J.E. and Myrtle Deming; and niece, Amy Argersinger. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 13, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dan Williams, Steve Andrus, Mike Dowd, Randy Cummins, Chuck McClanahan, Kim Wyatt, Brad Haynie, Mike Gage, Ted Southard and Scott Powers.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in David's name be made to the First Baptist Church of Corsicana Building Fund or the Corsicana Optimist Club. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Leola Fay McKnight
June 27, 1927 - July 12, 2009

Funeral services for Fay McKnight, 82, of Corsicana, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Huffstetler officiating with interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Mrs. McKnight passed away Sunday, July 12, 2009, in Corsicana. Mrs. McKnight was born June 27, 1927, in Haywood, Okla., the daughter of the late Jess and Grace Hunter Henson. She moved to Corsicana in 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of Daniel McMahon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended Westside Baptist Church.Mrs. McKnight is survived by two sons, Jesse Medlock of Red Oak and Ronald Earl McKnight and wife Linda of Corsicana; daughters, Donna Paul and husband Terry of Corsicana, Janet Cook and husband Joe of Malakoff, Nancy Praytor and husband Jessie of Corsicana and Gracie Trent and husband Jerry of Corsicana; sister, Olene Kelley of McAlester, Okla.; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Terry Paul Jr., Chris Cook, Jesse Medlock II, Justin McKnight, Eddie Praytor and Joseph Praytor. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Leola Fay McKnight

Leola Fay McKnight, 82, of Corsicana, Texas, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, in Corsicana.

Funeral services were held July 14 at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Huffstetler officiating. Burial was at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana, Texas.

Born June 27, 1927, in Haywood, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Grace Hunter Henson. She moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of Daniel McMahon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended Westside Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Jesse Medlock, Red Oak, Texas, and Ronald McKnight, Corsicana, Texas; daughters, Donna Medlock Paul and husband, Terry, Corsicana, Texas, Janet Medlock Cook and husband, Joe, Malakoff, Texas, Nancy McKnight Praytor and husband, Jessie, Corsicana, Texas, and Gracie McKnight Trent and husband, Jerry, Corsicana, Texas; sister, Olene Henson Kelley, of McAlester; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Terry Paul Jr., Chris Cook, Nathan Paul, Justin McKnight, Eddie Praytor and Joseph Praytor.

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Aleen (Hayes) Wright
Oct 6, 1922 - July 14, 2009

Aleen Hayes Wright
Aleen Hayes Wright died on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Aleen was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Elven Wright; and is survived by her son, Weldon Wright, and daughter-in-law, Julie Wright; her brother, Raymond Hayes; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Aleen was born in Navarro County on Oct. 6, 1922. She was a graduate of Richland High School where she was a good student and basketball player. She married Elven Wright and traveled with him to Illinois, Wisconsin and California during World War II. Aleen and Elven returned to Richland after the war and after short stays in Dallas and Tyler, settled permanently in Corsicana to raise their family. She was the owner of The Smart Shop in Corsicana and The Wright Shop in Ennis and was a member of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. She always drew her strength from her Christian faith and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 8 a.m. Friday, July 17, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Russell Bankes officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Pedro "Pete" Ferrer
APr 26, 1925 - July 14, 2009

Pedro Ferrer
Pedro Ferrer went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Pedro was preceded in death by his father, Pascual L. Ferrer; mother, Eloclaudia Ferrer; and brothers, Eduardo and Fidel Ferrer. He is survived by son, David Ferrer; two daughters, Vickie Aves and Michelle Rodriguez; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Estefana Ferrer and Maricela and Victor Rojas; four brothers, Baldomaro Ferrer, Ricardo and Aurora Ferrer, Henry and Betty Ferrer, Ricardo Merzedez and Rhondal Ferrer; and numerous nieces and nephews.Pedro was born in Navarro County on April 26, 1925. He served loyally on behalf of the U.S. Army in the Korean War. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews, Danny Ferrer, Ernie Ferrer, Luis Ferrer, Ricardo M. Ferrer Jr., Ryan M. Ferrer and Juventino Sanchez II. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vernon Crook
Apr 5, 1929 - July 16, 2009

Vernon Crook, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born April 5, 1929, in Lorena to Lee and Clara "Bess" Crook. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, member of Masonic Lodge No. 174 for over 50 years. He received awards, commendations and recognitions for DPS Region Commanders Award for Outstanding Performance, Distinguished Service Award, and Optimist Club Law Enforcement Award. He is survived by wife, Verna Belle Francis Crook; daughter, Brenda Crook Aycock; granddaughter, Lauren Aycock; great-grandson, Payton Aycock; sister, Helen Stem and husband Alva; brothers, Billy Crook and wife Pat, Rob Crook and wife Beverly, and Aubrey Crook; sister-in-law, Margaret McLennan; brother-in-law, Carroll Francis and wife Fran; and numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by brothers, Coke Crook, Emery Lee Crook, and Edward Crook.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 20, at First United Methodist Church with Mike Alexander and Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Baird, Albert Fisher, Bob Parrish, Glenn Stewart, Ronnie Stewart, Clayton Smith, and David Hawk. Honorary pallbearers will be David Huffman, Elbert Prince, Sid Schutte, Steve Blackwell, Rex Carpenter, Dr. R.L. Campbell, Dr. David Campbell, Dr. Dale Campbell, Thomas Dockery, and law enforcement officers. All memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Child Advocacy Center, or charity of choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vernon Larremore
August 16, 1916 - March 23, 1991

 

 

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OBITUARY

Mr. Vernon Larremore, the son of the late Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Emma Ellison Larremore, was born August 16, 1916 in Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas.
He met and married Miss Rosetta Anderson and they were blessed with a beautiful family of lovely daughters and caring sons. Mr. Vernon sered his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1944.
He now has fulfilled his purpose and his many friends and family members, though they may weep awhile, will miss him.
Mr. Larremore's sudden death came Saturday, March 23, 1991 in Corsicana, Texas.
Those remaining to cherish his memories are: his wife, Mrs. Rosetta Larremore of Blooming Grove, Texas; fgive daughters,  Ms. Carolyn Larremore of Seattle, Washington, Ms. Pat Larremore, Mrs. Joyce Simpson, Ms. Debbie Larremore and Ms. Toni Larremore all of Dallas, Texas; seven sons, Vernon Larremore, Jr., David Larremore and Jeffery Larremore all of Seattle, Washington, Bobby Larremore of Riverside, California, Glen Larremore and Roger Larremore both of Dallas, Texas and Gary Larremore of Blooming Grove, Texas; son-in-law Bobby W. Simpson of Dallas, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a cousin, several self-adopted sons and daughters and a host of special friends.


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Pearlie Mae (Park) Bartee
Nov 14, 1906 - Oct 30, 1991

Mrs. Pearlie Mae Park Bartee was born November 14, 1906 in Barry, Texas to the parentage of Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Mary Park. She received her formal education in the Corsicana School District. She professed a faith in Christ and united with the Olive Grove Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, Texas.
She met and married Mr. Norman Bartee on August 11, 1930 and to this union eight children were born. Mr. Bartee and a daughter preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bartee was a diligent worker in the church serving in many areas and as a choir member. She also was a member of Progressive Order of Pilgrims, Blooming Grove, Texas.
Life's departure came on October 30, 1991.
Survivors include three daughters; Dorothy Jean Jones of Dallas, Lena F. Freeman of Amarillo and Ruth Bartee of Missouri City, Tx.; four sons; Billy Bartee of Tyler, Richard W. Bartee and Thomas G. Bartee, both of Corsicana and Robert E. Bartee of Dallas; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Daisy Hawkins of Blooming Grove; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

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Lillie Mae (Park) Mills-Blanford 
July 28, 1901 - June 24, 1987 

 

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Doris Helen Melton
April 03, 1932 - Aug 12, 1969

 

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Lucy (Cook) Prescott
Aug 14, 1902 - May 22, 1993

OBITUARY
Mrs. Lucy Cook Prescott was born August 14, 1902, the daughter of the late Mr. Jess Cook and Mrs. Dora Jennings Cook in Brushie Prairie, Texas.
She was an active member of the Olive Grove Baptist Church for many years where she served faithfully on the Usher Board.
She was married to Mr. Courtney Prescott who preceded her in death in 1977. "Aunt Lucy" as she was affectionately called by her relativ3s and friends, will be missed in her community. She was called from labor to reward on Saturday May 22, 1993.
Those remaining to cherish her memories are: two devoted sisters, Mrs. Nora Williams, Blooming Grove and Mrs. Ivey Lee Clay of Hobbs, New Mexico; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Verna D. Nelson, Blooming Grove, a host of nieces, nephews, the community citizens, other relatives and many dear friends.

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Lucy (Cook) Prescott

Mrs. Lucy Cook Prescott, 90, of Blooming Grove, died May 22, 1993, in Blooming Grove.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Olive Grove Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Aubrey Hart officiating. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church, where she worked as an usher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Courtney Prescott, in 1977.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Nora Williams of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Ivey Lee Clay of Hobbs, N.M.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Verna Dean Nelson of Blooming Grove; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

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James Lewis Melton
Feb 5, 1962 - March 9, 1997

OBITUARY

Mr. James Lewis "Bubba" Melton was born February 5, 1962 in Blooming Grove, Texas to the parentage of the late Doris Melton and father, John Larremore.
He attended Electuary School in Dallas, Texas and he completed his education at Blooming Grove High School
He professed Christ at an early age. Later he moved to Seattle, Washington where he met and married Andrea M. Foley, and to this union three children were born.
"Bubba" departed this life Sunday, March 9, 1997 in Seattle, Washington leaving to mourn: his wife, Andrea Melton, children, James Darin, Tabitha and Sazette Melton all of Seattle, Wash.; 10 sisters, Priscilla Jones, Corsicana, Rose Hooks, Virginia Williams, Marilyn Hood all of Blooming Grove, Tammy Peters, Dallas, Carolyn Larremore, Seattle, Wash., Pat Larremore, Joyce Simpson both of Dallas, Debbie Larremore, Corsicana and Toni Larremore; 7 brothers, Vernon Larremore, Seattle, Wash., Elzie Larremore, Roger L. Larremore, Dallas, Bobby Larremore, Riverside, Calif., Gary Larremore, David Larremore, Jeff Larremore, Blooming Grove; mother, Mrs. Rosetta Larremore, Blooming Grove; grandmother, Nora Williams, Blooming Grove; Brothers-in-law, Charles Jones, Corsicana, Johnny Hoods, Italy and John Hood, Dallas; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews other relatives and family.

 

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Hollie (Gee) Harvey
May 28, 1912 - Oct 1983

OBITUARY
Mrs. Hollie Gee Harvey was born in Rice, Texas to the parentage of Mr. William Gee and Mrs. Curlie Gee. She received her formal education in the Blooming Grove School District. She prfessed a faith in Christ in her early life and united with the Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in Blooming Grove. While living in California, she was a faithful member of Mr. Zion Baptist Church. She met and married MR. Ernest Harvey who preceded her in death.
The Angel of Silence entered into her life on October 11, 1983.
Survivors: two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Jones of Corsicana and Mrs. Bessie Hoskins of San Diego, Calif.; one brother, Gussie Gee of Corsicana; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Robbie Gee of Corsicana, Mrs. Lousie Gee of Dallas and Mrs. Clara Gee of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother-in-law, Morgan Hoskins of San Diego, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

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Gussie Curlie Gee Sr.
Aug 12, 1918 - Feb 06, 1990

OBITUARY

Mr. Gussie Gee was born August 12, 1918 the son of the late Mr. William & Mrs. Curley Younger Gee in White Rock, Texas.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. After moving to Navarro County, he united with the Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church, Blooming Grove, Texas. There he served faithfully as Senior Steward for many years.
He met and married Miss Robbie Blanford and to this union two sons were born; he was a veteran of World War II and former employee of Navarro College.
The angel of silence closed his eyes in death on Tuesday, February 6, 1990 at the V. A. Hospital, Temple, Texas.
One of the many reasons Mr. Gee, "a proud man", will be so sorely missed, is his power to encourage others in the work of the Lord.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Mrs. Robbie Gee of Corsicana; two faithful sons, Mr. Buford Gee and MR. Gussie Curlie Gee both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Jones of Corsicana and Mrs. Bessie Hoskins of San Diego, California; three devoted granddaughters; numerous adopted children; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gloria Jean Gee; five sisters-in-law, Mrs. Louise Gee, Mrs. Jessie Ross both of Dallas, Mrs. Norine Sanford of Fort Worth, Mrs. Hattie E. Blanford of Richmond, California and Mrs. Clara Gee of Kansas City, Kansas; one brother-in-law and his wife, Mr. Henry and Mrs. Rogers Blanford of Corsicana, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 

 

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Tee (Blanford) Jackson
June 22, 1901 - Dec 1986

OBITUARY
Mrs. Tee Blanford Jackson was born ot the parentage of the late John Henry Blanford and Mrs. Janie Younger Blanford on June 22, 1901 in Waxahachie, Texas.
She received her education from the Public School in Blooming Grove, Texas.
She professed a faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age. She united with the Olive Grove Baptist Church where she worked faithfully until her health failed. She also served as recording secretary of the Progressive Order of Pilgrims.
She is loved and remembered by her children: Mr. Harold B. Jackson of Corsicana, Tx., Ms. Velma J. Coleman, Mr. James H. Jackson, Sr. and Mr. Wilbert Leo Jackson all fo Dallas, Tx.; two grandsons; four granddaughters; one great granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and a loving devoted daughter-in-law, Darlene Jackson.

 

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Henry C. Blanford
June 20, 1909 - June 14, 1993

OBITUARY
Brother Henry C. Blanford was born June 20, 1909 in Blooming Grove, Texas, to the parentage of Mr. Lonnie Blanford and Mrs. Fleta Hardee Blanford. He received his formal education in Blooming Grove School District.
He was a World War II Veteran having served in the United States Army.
Brother Blanford accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He was an active and faithful member of First Independent Baptist Church serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board and in the choir.
He met and married Miss Rogers Merdia
Brother Blanford worked for many years for Mr. Red Smith at his service station. He was a lover of humanity and was always helping others. This love caused him to be involved in funeral service working for Calhoun Funeral Home and later for Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Life departure came on June 14, 1993.
Survivors: wife, Rogers Blanford of Corsicana; one daughter, Rosetta Moore of Corsicana; two sons, Henry C. Blanford, Jr. of Dallas and James Merdia of Corsicana; three sisters, Bernice Gee and Jessie Ross both of Corsicana and Cleopatra Sanford of Ft. Worth; 12 grandchildren; Victor Morrison, Hazel Moore, Charles Moore, Lavonia Moore, Mark Moore, James Merdia, Jr., Johnny Merida, David Merida, George Merida, Ray Merdia, Jimmy Merdia and Mattie Von; 12 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Gussie Gee of DeSoto and Buford Gee of Corsicana; other relatives and friends.

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Henry C. Blanford, 83, of Corsicana, died June 14, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Independent Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

He served as a deacon at the First Independent Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from Mr. Red Smith, and was a funeral attendant at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include his wife, Rogers L. Blanford of Corsicana; one daughter, Rosetta Moore of Corsicana; two sons, Henry C. Blanford Jr. of Dallas and James Merdia of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, Victor Morrison, Hazel Moore, Charles Moore, Lavonia Moore, Mark Moore, James Merdia Jr., Johnny Merdia, David Merdia, George Merdia, Ray Merdia, Jimmy Merdia and Mattie Von; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bernice Gee and Jessie Ross, both of Corsicana, and Cleopatra Sanford of Fort Worth; and two nephews, Gussie Gee of DeSoto and Buford Gee of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Victor Morrison, Charles Moore, Buford Gee, David Merdia, James Merdia Jr., and Gussie Gee. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Jackson, Dell Black, Everett Liggins and Gary Chandler.

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Frank Lee "Titter" Williams, Sr.
Dec 2, 1909 - July 2, 1989

OBITUARY
Mr. Frank Williams Sr. Was born December 2, 1909, the son of the late Mr. Charlie Williams and Mrs. Mahalia Williams in Ennis, Texas.
He united with the Tyree A.M.E. Church and remained a member until death. Some fifty-eight years ago, he met and married Miss Nora Cook. To this union was born one daughter and three sons.
Mr. Williams was very athletically inclined. He played baseball with the "Dallas Black Cats", rode in rodeos throughout the Central Texas area and was an amateur boxer.
"Daddy Titter" as he was affectionately called by all the young people in the neighborhood was a very strong man, a devoted husband, a loving father and one who always helped troubled youngsters.
He closed his eyes in his last sleep on the second day of July, 199 in Ennis Texas.
He leaves to cherish his memory; a devoted wife, Mrs. Nora Williams of Blooming Grove; one daughter, Mrs. Mae L. Jackson of Dallas; three sons, Rev. Rufus C. Williams of Fort Worth; Mr. Frank Williams, Jr. and MR. Roger Lee Williams both of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Addie Mae Smith of Los Angeles, California; two brothers, Bishop C. D. Williams of Anchorage, Alaska and Mr. Joe Williams of Dallas; one aunt, Mrs. Ella Mae Lockett of Houston, 23 grand children, 33 great grand children, 1 great great grand child; an adopted family, the Armstrongs, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

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Frank Williams Sr.
Dec 2, 1909 - July 2, 1989

Frank Williams Sr., 79, of Blooming Grove, died July 2, 1989, at Ennis Care Center in Ennis.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Olive Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Rosenborough officiating. Burial will be in Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a member of the Tyree A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Williams of Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mae L. Jackson of Dallas; three sons, the Rev. Rufus C. Williams of Fort Worth, Frank Williams Jr., and Roger Lee Williams, both of Dallas; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Addie Mae Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; and two brothers, Bishop C.D. Williams of Anchorage, Alaska, and Joe Williams of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Rufus C. Williams Jr., Shelvin Williams, Keith Tyrone Hood and Cedric Lee Hood.

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