Willie Lee (Brewer) Coker
July 28, 1916 - June 26, 2009
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.
Carolyn Jane (Davis) Williams
March 10, 1940 - June 26, 2009
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.
Mar 13, 1937 - June 27, 2009
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.
Brian David Drain
Sep 8, 1966 - June 26, 2009
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.
Calvin Ciscero Rich
July 9, 1925 - June 27, 2009
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;
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
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.
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.
Beatrice "Teance" (Scott) Richards
Jan 13, 1922 - July 2, 2009
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
Pallbearers will be Jeff McGlaun, Tyler McGlaun, Billy Kohutek, Dustin
Oden and David Richards. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
- 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
- Hilltop Cemetery is n Carrollton, Dallas Co., TX
- The Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - Friday, March 14,
- Submitted by
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
cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
April 27, 1910 - July 6, 2009
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
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
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
Charles Edwin Bancroft, MD
Sep 8, 1922 - June 19, 2009
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"
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
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
Resident Dies In Dallas
Lavena. Graves, aged 77 years, former Blooming Grove and
Corsicana resident, died at the home of a son, Barney Futch,
in Dallas, Tuesday night.
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.
will he conducted by Rev. Moseley of Waxahachie and Rev.
Morris L. Roberts, pastor of the Sunny Vale Baptist Church
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
McCormick Funeral Service directs.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Marvin M. Sanders
May 19, 1914 - Nov 19, 1997
Marvin M. Sanders, 83, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997,
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.
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.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Apr 30, 1905 - Nov 19, 1997
Lottie Opal Drew, 92, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997,
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.
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
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Pauline M. "Polly" Galloway
Sept 29, 1913 - Aug 17, 1997
Nannie Pauline Galloway, 83, of Corsicana died August 17 in
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.
July 16, 1955 - July 11, 2009
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.
June 27, 1927 - July 12, 2009
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
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
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
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.
- McAlester News - CmAlester, OK (w/same Photo as in
Oct 6, 1922 - July 14, 2009
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
with Russell Bankes officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
APr 26, 1925 - July 14, 2009
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.
Apr 5, 1929 - July 16, 2009
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.
August 16, 1916 - March 23, 1991
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
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.
Daisy (Gasper) Gafney
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
Lillie Mae (Park) Mills-Blanford
July 28, 1901 - June 24, 1987
Doris Helen Melton
April 03, 1932 - Aug 12, 1969
Aug 14, 1902 - May 22, 1993
Mrs. Lucy Cook Prescott was born August 14, 1902, the daughter of
the late Mr. Jess Cook and Mrs. Dora Jennings Cook in Brushie
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.
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
She was preceded in death by her husband, Courtney Prescott, in
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.
Feb 5, 1962 - March 9, 1997
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.
Hollie (Gee) Harvey
May 28, 1912 - Oct 1983
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.
Gussie Curlie Gee Sr.
Aug 12, 1918 - Feb 06, 1990
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.
June 22, 1901 - Dec 1986
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
She received her education from the Public School in Blooming Grove,
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,
June 20, 1909 - June 14, 1993
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
He was a World War II Veteran having served in the United States
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
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
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.
Henry C. Blanford, 83, of Corsicana, died June 14, 1993, at Navarro
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
"Titter" Williams, Sr.
Dec 2, 1909 - July 2, 1989
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.
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.