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Fairbanks Cook

Mr. Fairbanks Cook, was born to the late parentage of Jesse and Dora Cook in Frost, Texas. He attended public schools in Frost, Texas. He accepted Christ at an early age. Later, moved to Dallas, Texas and established his membership with Kirkwood C.M.E. Church under the pastorage of Rev. Thompson. Before departing this life on January 16, 1990, he served under the leadership of Rev. Daryll H. Coleman.
He worked as a Landscaper through the media and community for more than 30 years.
He leaves to cherish he precious memory: A beloved, devoted and faithful friend, Mrs. Ardelle Lee, Daughter, Mrs. Evelyn E. Lemons; son, Napoleon Lee Jr., stepson, Duran Johns all of Dallas; three sisters, Nora Williams, Lucy Prescott, of Blooming Grove, Texas, Ivry Clay Hobbs, New Mexico; one sister-in-law, Cremeal Cook, Dallas, Texas; eleven nephews, ten nieces, 41 grand nieces and nephews, 26 great nephews and nieces; a host of other relatives and friends.
 

 

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Noe Barcenas
Apr 5, 1970 - July 20, 2009

Noe Barcenas, 39, of Kerens passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at his home. He was born April 5, 1970 in Acambaro Guanajato, Mexico. Noe graduated from Kerens High School in 1988. He attended Navarro College focusing on Art which he loved so much. He was a long time resident of Kerens and worked at Food Rite for 21-plus years. We are all saddened by his departure, but we are very thankful for the time he shared with each and everyone of us. He was the oldest of six children and an uncle to three nephews. God Bless you. Visitation will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Father Danilo Ramos and Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will be at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Boris Ponder, Leslie Duncan, Eddie Barcenas, Rene Barcenas, Juan Barcenas Jr. and Mikey Vasquez. Survivors include his parents, Juan and Ava Barcenas of Kerens; brothers, Eddie Barcenas, Rene Barcenas and Juan Barcenas Jr., all of Kerens; sisters, Maribel Hoffma and Belen Barcenas, both of Kerens; and three nephews. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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James Jaspter "Sonny" Inmon
Nov 27, 1929 - July 20, 2009

J. J. "Sonny" Inmon
J. J. "Sonny" Inmon, 79, of Bullard, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. He was born Nov. 27, 1929 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Long Prairie Cemetery. Survivors include a loving family and many friends. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Thelma Maxine (Price) Richards
Feb 24, 1936 - July 20, 2009

Thelma Maxine Richards
Thelma Maxine Richards, 73 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009. She was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Alba, Ala. to Henry and Eva Price. She worked at CISD for the past seven years as a bus aide for the disabled children whom she loved. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Charlotte Armstrong; parents; four brothers, and four sisters. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Richards of Corsicana; daughter, Denise Blase and husband Gary of Houston; son, David Richards and wife Donna of Blooming Grove; son, Randy Richards and wife Kim of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Misti Gonzales; Dale Mize; Brooke, Jordan and Meredith Richards; and Shane and Hayden Richards; Jason Richards; Phillip Armstrong; great grandchildren, Tristen and Braden Richards, Peyton Armstrong, Kameron Mize and Aiden; sisters, Lois Gilchrist of Columbus, Ga.; Mildred Singleton of Texarkana; and Jo Ann Smith of Columbus, Ga. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Dresden Cemetery with Brian Connally officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Cook, Shane Richards, Dale Mize, Phillip Armstrong, Jordan Richards, and Jason Richards. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Corsicana ISD Transportation Department. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Billy Ray Cobb Sr.
May 13, 1940 - July 20, 2009

Billy Ray Cobb Sr., 69, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 20, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was born May 13, 1940 in Van Zandt County. In early years he worked in air conditioning out in west Texas and New Mexico. He owned and operated Corsicana A/C and Sheet Metal Company for 40 years. He believed in being fair and honest with his customers; all his great employees helped to contribute to his success .He lived and loved life to the fullest. Never met a stranger, he always had a smile and loved to tell funny stories. He was an active supporter of the Youth Expo auctions. He was a rancher and his hobby was checking on his girls (cows) and knew each one — where he purchased them or when they where born. Most of all he loved all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Everett Cobb and Merle Groom Cobb; and brother, Horace Daniel Cobb. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jeanette Cobb; son, Ray Cobb and wife Lisa; daughter, Mary Jock; stepdaughter, Marsha Qualls and husband Jimmy; stepson, David Richter and wife Terri; sister-in-law, Carolyn Cobb; grandsons, Jimmy Richter, Jeremey Cobb and wife Candace, David Sparkman, Tyler Richter, and Logan Jock; granddaughters, Jancye Cobb Lee and husband Jesse, Miranda Wallen, Erika Richter, and Brooke Richter; great grandchildren, Mack Richter, Hagen Richter, Taylynn Richter, Mariah Sparkman, Zayde Ruth Cobb, Raelyn K. Cobb, and Mallary Wallen; brothers-in-law, Jimmie Vickery and wife Thalia, and Stanley Vickery and wife Crystal; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pastor Harry Hollingsworth officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Randy Jock, Rodney Jock, Joe Atkeison, Lionel Price, Ronnie McKnight and Ryan Jock. Honorary pallbearers are Robert List, Thong Vo, Chuck Rash, Bobby Bruce, Dennis Melton, Marcus Melton and Dwayne Marlar. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Nalda (Williams) Davis
Jan. 15, 1930 - July 24, 2009

Services for Nalda Davis are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2009, at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van with Sam Sidders officiating. Interment will be in Tyler Memorial Park. Nalda Ann Williams Davis passed away at the age of 79 on July 21, 2009, at her sister's home in Burleson. She was born Jan. 15, 1930, in Corsicana to the late James Loftin and Suella Reppond Williams. She was a full-time housewife and a loving mother. Nalda was a long-time member of The Church of Christ and a long-time resident of Van, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse C. Davis; daughter, Susan Lorraine Hunter; sister, Pauline McMaster; and parents, James and Suella Williams. Survivors include her granddaughter, Jessica Moore and husband William; and two great-grandchildren, Jaysyn Danforth and Chas Whitehead; sister, Maeowen Slate; brother, Desmond Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2009, immediately before the service. Arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.

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Patricia Dell (Jackson) Doss
Jan 3, 1947 - July 21, 2009

Patricia Dell Doss went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 21, 2009, at the age of 62. She was born in Stanford, Texas on Jan. 3, 1947 to Jessie Jackson and Oma Mae Qualls. She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Majors and husband Chuck of Navarro Mills, Traci Harrison and husband Gene of Corsicana, and Rikki Doss of Corsicana; son, Jeremy Doss of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, Eric Majors, Tori Majors, Cecille Harrison, Kelsie Harrison, Jacob Harrison, Jade Doss, Payton Doss, and Caleb Doss; step father, Otis Dunagan; sister, Debra Hardin of Conroe; brothers, Kenneth Dunagan and wife Sandy of Corsicana, and Paul Dunagan and wife Gina of Dallas; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by husband, Rickey Doss; parents, Mae Dunagan and Jessie Jackson; granddaughters, Cierra Yarbrough; sister, Betty Brunton; grandmother, Nora Qualls; and brother, Billy Earl Jackson. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Rufus Nutt officiating. Interment will be at Kemp Cemetery in Kemp. Pallbearers are Kenny Dunagan, Callie Dunagan, Daniel Dunagan, Jason Brunton, Jimmy Qualls and Eric Steele. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kelly Kyle King
Dec 14, 1969 - July 19, 2009

Kelly King
Kelly King, 39 of La Porte, passed away July 19, 2009, in Houston. He was born December 14, 1969 in Andrews, Texas to Kenneth and Nancy Hatley King. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a Dallas Cowboy fan. He was preceded in death by his father, Kent King. Survivors include his wife, Melissa King of La Porte; children, Kyle and Kameron King; mother, Nancy Hatley King of Blooming Grove; grandmother, Frances Hatley of Blooming Grove; sister, Renee King of Fort Worth; seven nieces; one nephew; one great niece; one great nephew; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 23, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday July 24, 2009, at Rose Hill Cemetery with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ava Nell (Cole) Stewart
July 12, 1914 - July 23, 2009

Ava Nell Stewart
Ava Nell Stewart, 95, longtime resident of Navarro County, civic leader and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, died at her home early Thursday, July 23, 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian Urban Cole and Ethel Keith Cole, and her brother Dill Cole, as well as her husband of 67 years, Ferma C. Stewart. Ava Nell was born in West, Texas on July 12, 1914. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School, 1932, and the University of Texas, 1937. She taught at the College of Marshall (now East Texas Baptist University), then returned to Corsicana to marry Corsicana native Ferma C. Stewart. A member of First United Methodist Church from 1927 and a charter member of Corsicana's Thursday Bridge Club, which began meeting in 1937, the new bride was already immersed in Corsicana life. With her gregarious personality and love for people, she quickly became a leader in the city's civic and social groups. Ava Nell was a member of the Circle IV group of the United Methodist Women at FUMC of Corsicana. An executive director of the Camp Fire Girls of Corsicana, Ava Nell served as director for Camp Wanica in 1944. She was involved with the Campfire Boys and Girls of America for more than fifty years. Ava Nell was an active member of the Navarro County Historical Society, the Thomas Meredith Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century, and a regent of the James Blair chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a charter member and past president of the Texas District 10 Better Gardens Club of Corsicana, Ava Nell earned the distinction of Emeritus Life Judge of the National Accredited Flower Show Judges, Founders Group in Dallas. Over the years, Ava Nell was a strong supporter of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer and First Aid Instructor with the American Red Cross. She was president of the Navarro Regional Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Kinsloe House, and the PTA. In 1992 she was a recipient of the Texas Department on Aging Older Texan of the Year Award for Navarro County. Ava Nell Stewart and her husband are the founders of the F.C. Stewart Motor company of Corsicana. Her church, family, friends and bridge partners were the joys of Ava Nell's life. We will all miss her.She is survived by her children, Sharon Stewart of Southlake; Sally Van Gee and husband Stephen, Mary Jane Randolph and husband Dennis, all of Austin; and Jim Stewart of Corsicana; grandchildren, Emily Bell of Boston; Kyle Hayden (Meredith), Elizabeth Randolph Ramberg (Kevin), Whitney Randolph Hill (Kyle), and Susan Randolph of Austin; Joshua Bell (Andrea) of Aubrey, Ken Hayden (Jennifer) and Cole Hayden of Philadelphia; Keith Hayden (Cara) of Kansas City; Jennifer Stewart of Corsicana; and Lauren Stewart of Flower Mound; seven great-grandchildren; nephew Nicholas Cole of Fayetteville, Arkansas and niece Marge Cole Carlson (Kem) of Dallas; brother-in-law, Maco Stewart and sister-in-law Winona Stewart of Corsicana; cousin, Frances Olson of Waco; and the Keith Mulkey family of Ennis. Her family wishes to thank her many devoted caregivers: Ella Humphrey, Bertha Woodard, Pearline Jones, Sheila Smith Carroll, Shamika Harris, Crystal Joles, Juda Polk, Regina Brookins, Mary Guerra; and Hand in Hand Hospice, especially Michelle, Judith, Leah and Summer. Pallbearers will be her eleven grandchildren and honorary pallbearers will be her Thursday bridge club.A memorial fund has been established in her name at the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department for the planting of trees and beautification of parks. Donations may be sent to: Corsicana Parks and Recreation, Attn: Ava Nell Stewart Memorial Fund, 200 N. 12th Street, Corsicana TX 75110. Donations may also be made in her name to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Sanctuary Fund, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana TX 75110 or the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs in Birmingham, AL. (Information: thebellcenter.org). Bell center donations are accepted online or at The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, 1700 29th Court South, Birmingham, AL 35209. ATTN: Betty BellA memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Stewart, Ava Nell 95, Corsicana TX. University of Texas 1937. Civic leader, National Garden Club judge; DAR, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; active bridge player and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, died Thursday, July 23, 2009 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferma C. Stewart . Ava Nell Stewart, 95, Corsicana TX. Longhorn from the class of 1937. Civic leader, National Garden Club judge; DAR, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; active bridge player and lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, died Thursday, July 23, 2009 at her home. Preceded in death by her husband, Ferma C. Stewart . She is survived by her children, Sharon Stewart of Southlake; Sally Van Gee and husband Stephen, Mary Jane Randolph and husband Dennis, of Austin; Jim Stewart of Corsicana; grandchildren Emily Bell of Boston; Kyle Hayden (Meredith), Elizabeth Randolph Ramberg (Kevin), Whitney Randolph Hill (Kyle), and Susan Randolph of Austin; Joshua Bell (Andrea) of Aubrey; Ken Hayden (Jennifer) and Cole Hayden of Philadelphia; Keith Hayden (Cara) of Kansas City; Jennifer Stewart of Corsicana; Lauren Stewart of Flower Mound; seven great-grandchildren; nephew Nicholas Cole of Fayetteville, and niece Marge Cole Carlson (Kem) of Dallas; brother-in-law Maco Stewart and sister-in-law Winona Stewart of Corsicana; and cousins Frances Olson of Waco and the Keith Mulkey family of Ennis.Visitation will be Saturday, July 25 from 4-6 pm at Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Sunday, July 26, 2pm, at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana. Donations may be made in her name to: Corsicana Parks and Recreation, Attn: Ava Nell Stewart Memorial Fund, 200 N. 12th Street, Corsicana TX 75110; First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Sanctuary Fund, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana TX 75110; or the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs in Birmingham, AL. Bell center donations are accepted online (thebellcenter.org) or at The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, ATTN: Betty Bell, 1700 29th Court South, Birmingham, AL 35209. Visitation will be Saturday, July 25 from 4-6 pm at Corley Funeral Home. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Sunday, July 26, 2pm, at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana. Donations may be made in her name to: Corsicana Parks and Recreation, Attn: Ava Nell Stewart Memorial Fund, 200 N. 12th Street, Corsicana TX 75110; First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Sanctuary Fund, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana TX 75110; or the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs in Birmingham, AL. Bell center donations are accepted online (thebellcenter.org) or at The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, ATTN: Betty Bell, 1700 29th Court South, Birmingham, AL 35209.

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  • Dallas Morning News - July 25, 2009

Jerry Long
Sep 29, 1946 - July 2009

Jerry Long went to rest in peace with the Lord, July 24, at his home. He was born September 29, 1946. He served his country in the Army and was in Vietnam. He loved his fishing and hunting; was a jolly man and never met a stranger. He had a smile on his face and always carried on conversations with anyone. He was the best husband, dad and pop-paw we could have. He always wanted his hugs and kisses everyday. He was preceded in death by his daddy Elvin Long and brother Carlton Long. He is survived by his wife Mary, of 36 good, happy years; a son Scott Long and wife Nova; a daughter Chasity Long; two wonderful grandchildren Mylea Long and Ruger Long; his Mother Eva Long; a twin sister Martha Talley; two brothers Chester Long and Carson Long and sister Betty McCrory and many other family members and friends. Visitation will be held Sunday, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral service will be Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Long, Donnie Trull, Michael Talley, Timothy Nelson, John Durr and Daniel Gilmore. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jean-Claude Eugene Michel
d. July 19, 2009

Artist, Master Chef, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather. On Sunday, July 19, 2009, at 10:15 p.m., Jean-Claude, surrounded by his loving family and friends surrendered peacefully to the Lord, Jesus Christ.Jean-Claude moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1991 with his wife, Linda. He baked, created, and taught apprentice bakers at Collin Street Bakery the art of fine European Pastries, cakes, croissants, Artisan Breads and the art of making chocolate. He was a member of the Corsicana Art League, entered paintings in the Annual Regional Art Show and exhibited his paintings at the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce and other National Juried Exhibitions. He also served as Judge in the Malakoff Art Society annual Winter Art Show on several occasions. He represented Collin Street Bakery in the Family Food Festival in 1993. He loved Corsicana, his work, his family and friends. His greatest desire was to share and impart to others his knowledge, talent, and experience to anyone who would desire to learn. He was a kind, gentle man, and a gentleman. He was uniquely sincere and his desire to please was truly genuine. He had pride in his performance and believed that loyalty to God, family, friends and employers was important. His actions and deeds reflected his true love and belief in Jesus Christ. He was eternally funny, had a unique sense of humor and could turn any unpleasant situation into a joke. When asked if he was Christian, Jean-Claude answered: "Yes, we are Christians, but my wife and I have decided to expand the Christian term further, a sub-category if you like… we call ourselves 'Jesusonians,' like, Houstonians, Americans, etc. Jesusonian," he would explain, "means that we are of Jesus, owned by Jesus, and our responsibility to represent his name is greater. After all, he was Jesus before he became the Christ. "He is survived by a sister, Michellene; his wife, Linda; a daughter, Maria Teresa; son-in-law, Damon Knopps; two grandsons, Shane-Seth and John-Michael; and three great-grandchildren, Analysia Alexis, Seth-Michael Alexander, and Alyssa Jada Knopps. "We will miss you, Jean-Claude" n lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or donor's favorite charity. A memorial service will be held at Corley Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 28th at 11 a.m.

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Corsicana Charity Motorcycle Ride Takes Tragic Turn
Three people were killed and three were injured when a pickup truck hit motorcycle riders head-on during a charity ride in Corsicana Saturday.

The ride was held on a rural highway outside Corsicana, which is 65 miles south of Dallas. Apparently the driver of the pickup truck swerved into the oncoming lane of parading cyclists, striking two motorcycles before it flipped and hit two more.

Among those who died were 34-year-old Leslie McCluney, a teacher at Corsicana High School who was riding on the back of a motorcycle with her father, 61-year-old Terry Nelson, who was also killed. David Coley, 54, was the third motorcyclist who died at the scene. The three were among the first two motorcycles hit by the truck and all were residents of Corsicana.

Two other drivers were taken to Dallas hospitals and were last known to be in fair condition. The driver of the pickup who caused the crash was William Lindsey Jr, 54, who was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

The cause of the motorcycle accident is unkown at this time as an investigation is being conducted.

The ride was a charity event to benefit the Corsicana High School's drill team.

Information provided by Dallas Fort Worth Accident Attorney Mark A. Anderson 817-294-1900
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3 killed during motorcycle rally in Corsicana

11:04 PM CDT on Saturday, July 11, 2009

By MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA-TV


In a town of just 24,000, it's a loss felt by all.

The charity bike ride left from the high school.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. on FM 709, near Corbet Road.

Witnesses tell the Corsicana Daily Sun that several motorcyclists were struck by a pickup truck that had lost control and rolled into a group of riders.

About 30 riders were participating in the event.

Two people were injured, while three died on scene. The three who died were real estate agent David E. Coley, 54; Corsicana High School science teacher, Leslie McCluney; and her father, Terry Nelson of Huffman Communications.

"Leslie had an innate ability to raise expectation of students to get them thinking on a larger scale," said Rob Ludwig from Corsicana ISD.

So loved and respected that this year, the school district gave her the Golden Apple Award, for best secondary teacher in the district.

"It showed in their daily work, their scores, and their expectations for the future and college," said Ludwig.


"Motorcycles were always something interesting to him. It was a benefit and so it was someone to ride for, somebody to help out," said Coley's friend, Kim Wyatt, who knew him for 30 years.

Robert Gonzales and Leslie Casey, who were injured in the accident, are at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. They were listed in fair condition Saturday night.

A community is now in mourning after losing three of its own - a loss that will touch thousands.

"We are going to see the loss over the course of time and it's not something our community is going to get over anytime soon," said Wyatt.

The driver of the pickup truck, William Lindsey, was treated in Parkland Hospital and released.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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POLICE NEWS: Services set for 3 Corsicana motorcyclists killed in accident
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Services have been set for three motorcyclists who died Saturday on a fundraising drive in Corsicana, while two motorcyclists injured in the wreck are recuperating in Dallas hospitals.

David Coley’s visitation will be today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Visitation for both Terry Nelson and Leslie McCluney is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Their services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Waco resident Robert Gonzales, 54, is in good condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

A call to Baylor University Medical Center to check on the condition of Waco resident Leslie Casey, 54, wasn’t returned.

Corsicana resident William Lindsey Jr., who was driving the truck that stuck the motorcyclists, was treated and released from Parkland Hospital on Saturday.

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Pickup kills 3 at Corsicana High School motorcycle fundraiser

08:58 AM CDT on Sunday, July 12, 2009
By BRANDON FORMBY / The Dallas Morning News

A Corsicana High School teacher and her father were among three people killed in Navarro County on Saturday morning after a pickup swerved head-on into a group of motorcyclists on a ride benefiting the school's dance team. Three others were injured.

Teacher Leslie Tahamia McCluney, 34, her father, Terry Paul Nelson, 61, and real estate agent David Edmond Coley, 54, all of Corsicana, died at the scene.

"Leslie was a very good science teacher," Corsicana schools Superintendent Don Denbow said in Saturday's online edition of the Corsicana Daily Sun. "She was one of those special people who could connect with her students and get the most out of them."

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said 54-year-old William Jack Lindsey Jr. was driving a 1993 Ford pickup east on FM709 outside Corsicana when he entered the westbound lanes and collided head-on with the Harley-Davidson motorcycles driven by Coley and Nelson. McCluney was a passenger on Nelson's motorcycle. It was unclear what caused Lindsey to swerve into the motorcyclists.

Lindsey's truck overturned after the initial collisions, authorities said. Motorcyclist Robert Gonzales, 54, of Waco swerved and avoided a collision with the truck. Leslie Casey, 54, of Waco also swerved but struck the overturned pickup.

Lindsey was treated and released from Parkland Memorial Hospital on Saturday. Authorities said Saturday that Gonzales was listed in fair condition at Parkland and Casey was listed in fair condition at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

The DPS spokesman said that more than 30 motorcycles were making a 90-mile charity run when the accident occurred about 9:25 a.m.

Former Corsicana Police Chief G.M. Cox was among the riders in Saturday's event. He said he was about "a minute or so" behind the group of cyclists who were struck.

"I don't think there was anything they could have done to avoid the collision," Cox said. "There are some situations that you cannot drive defensively for."

State troopers are investigating the accident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Drugs Found in Truck After Three Killed in Crash

Investigators say they've found prescription painkillers in the pickup truck that plowed through a formation of motorcycles, killing three riders.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports a search of the truck after the Saturday crash also turned up a leafy substance. A search warrant affidavit reviewed by the Corsicana Daily Sun shows DPS Trooper Chris Williamson detected "a strong odor of marijuana" in the truck cab.

Corsicana High School teacher Leslie McCluney, her father Terry Nelson and David Coley were killed when they were hit while on a charity ride. All three were from Corsicana.

The driver of the pickup truck, William J. Lindsey of Corsicana, was treated for minor injuries.

A message left Monday at a telephone listed with Lindsey hasn't been returned, but he hasn't been charged with any crime. The DPS is still investigating.


Terry Paul Nelson
July 14, 1947 – July 11, 2009

Terry Paul Nelson beloved father, husband, and “Grumps” as the name given to him by his grandson Dalton, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the age of 61. He was born in Fort Worth on July 14, 1947, to Buster Ray Nelson and Vivian Ives Nelson. Terry was a partner with Huffman Communications in Corsicana following a career as a salesman with Motorola. He enjoyed working with local volunteer fire departments helping them with whatever they needed. Terry was a very intelligent man able to remember vast amounts if information. Every weekend you could find him polishing his motorcycle giving the “peace sign” as people went by. He also collected Harley Davidson items and was an avid music collector with an interest in blues music. Terry was a very cautious driver and understood necessity of being careful on a bike.

Terry loved his daughter Leslie; she was the light of his life.

He was preceded in death by father, Buster R. Nelson.

He is survived by wife, Pat Nelson; son, Aaron Nelson; son-in-law, Mike McCluney; grandson, Dalton McCluney, all of Corsicana; mother, Vivian Nelson of Fort Worth; sister, Kathy Stafford of Burleson; brother, Larry Nelson of Frederickburg; aunt, Mary Ann Griffin of Fort Worth; brother-in-law, Jerry and Carolyn Moss of Tyler; sister-in-law, Peggy Moss of Bedford; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and loved friends, Allan and Rosemary Hester.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Elkins and the Rev. LeAnn Griffin officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Van Adolphus Ratliff
Abt 1930 - 2009

VAN RATLIFF
Van Adolphus Ratliff, 79, of Lumberton, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 31 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following in Antioch Cemetery in Buna.

A native of Corsicana and a longtime resident of Lumberton, he was a self-employed steel fabricator.

Survivors include sons, Van Ratliff and wife Judy of Buna and Michael Ratliff and wife Donna of Lumberton; daughter, Angela Kastl and husband Steven of Abilene; sister, Betty Tyner of Corsicana; and 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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  • The Silsbe Bee - Feb 5, 2009

Jimmie Lou (Meador) Dickson
Jun 26, 1918 - Dec 3, 2008

SAN ANGELO - Jimmie Lou Dickson, 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Colorado City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home.

Survivors include her son, Stewart Dickson of San Angelo; and sister Fay Watts of Frost, Texas.

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Jimmie Lou Meador Dickson

Jimmie Lou Dickson 1918-2008

SAN ANGELO -- Jimmie Lou Dickson, 90, passed from this life on December 3, 2008. Jimmie was born June 26, 1918 in Navarro Co. Texas to Clarence N and Estalle Meador. She married Selma Q. Dickson on August 28, 1937. He preceded her in death on October 28,1976. In 1948 they moved to Colorado City, Texas where she lived until she moved to San Angelo in 1989. She lived in San Angelo until her death. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother John L. Meador and sister-in-law Retha Lee, a niece Bernita Meador Sage, a brother-in-law J.L. Watts and nephew Mike Watts.
She is survived by a son Stewart D. Dickson Sr. and wife Faye (Conaway) of San Angelo, a grandson Deen and wife Denise and great-grandchildren Ashley and Chris of San Angelo, and a granddaughter Sarah Drennan and husband Shorty and three great-grandsons, Jacob, Kendon and Michael of Bula, Texas.
She is also survived by one sister Faye Watts of Frost, Texas and four nieces, Retha Lyman and husband Bob, Allie Dowdle and husband Bryan all of Frost, Sandra Orr of Aubrey, Texas and Marla Niles and husband Tim of Corsicana, Texas and several great nephews and nieces.
Graveside services were Dec. 6, 2008 at 200 p.m. in Colorado City, Texas Cemetery under the direction of Johnsons Funeral Home in San Angelo, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren


Nannie Elizabeth "Beth" (Griffin) Okun
1914 - Feb 2009

Beth Okun
Beth Griffin Okun died Sunday after a long, full and feisty life. Born in 1914 and raised in the small town of Blooming Grove, Texas, Beth graduated from North Texas State Teachers College and received a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburg. She met her husband, Dan, in New Orleans where she was working for the USO and he was in the Army. They moved to Chapel Hill in 1952, where they were active members of the community for over 55 years.

Beth taught special education at the Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in Chapel Hill; she was the first white teacher in a black elementary school in the then-segregated school system. She helped found, with friends Charlotte Adams and Tan Schwab, the Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County. She was a talented dancer, dance teacher and caller, and an accomplished pianist, accordion-player, cook and seamstress. She particularly loved, among other things, the mountains and people of Madison County, fine food, Italian art, Roy Campenella, Sam Perkins, her friends and family, and especially her two grandsons.

Beth is survived by her children, Mike and Tema, and her grandchildren Will and Joedan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Carol Woods Employee Appreciation Fund in honor of the considerate and thoughtful care that Beth received for many years from the Health Center staff - 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The family will receive friends at the home of Mike Okun in Carrboro on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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  • The Chapel Hill News, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas

Judy Ann (Slay) DeWeese
Aug 27, 1917 - Jun 7, 2009

DeWeese, Judy Ann Slay Born 8/27/1917 in Frost, TX . Passed away 6/7/2009. A 20 year LVN, and lifetime member of Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by husband of 61 yrs Joe Edd, granddaughter Teresa Tipper, daughter-in-law Claudia DeWeese. Survived by 3 children; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and many friends. Visitation at Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church Thurs., noon - 2:00, services following. Internment at Restland Cemetery.

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  • The Dallas Morning News - Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vernon Jospehine "Vickie" (Price) McCulloch
Oct 26, 1922 - Nov 1, 1940

McCulloch, Vernon Jospehine (Vickie) Born 10/26/1922 near Frost, TX to William Newton & Jospehine (Toten) Price and passed away on April 24, 2009. She was married to Claudie McCulloch on 11/1/1940. They were blessed with two daughters, Claudine & Beweeda . Employee of Reserve Life Insurance before retiring in 1985. She was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lancaster. She loved her Lord & Savior first, then her family and others. After she retired, she volunteered at the Lancaster Medical Center and delivered meals on wheels. Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother Harvey N. Price; husband Claudie; granddaughter-in-law, Kelly Youngblood. She is survived by daughter Claudine Youngblood & husband Ken, Beweeda "Bo" Warnick & husband Phil; grandchildren Ron (Donna) Youngblood, Jon Youngblood, Ryan (Jessica) Warnick, Amy Warnick, Ashley Warnick; great grandchildren Ronald Jr., JoAnna, Madison, Cash, Ryder, Taylor & Tim; sisters Norma McKelvy, Joyce (Leon) Bettis, Bettye (David) Baumgardner; sister-in-law June Price; several nieces & nephews. Visitation Saturday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home. Services 2 PM Sunday in Byrum Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Baptist Church of Lancaster.

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  • The Dallas Morning News - Saturday, April 25, 2009
     

Mamie Ruth (Cook) Rivers
Feb 13, 1920 - Feb 1, 2009

Mamie Ruth Rivers Passed into Jesus' loving arms Tuesday morning, Feb. 10. Born Feb 13, 1920 in Frost, TX to William & Belle Cook. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Jessie, Mary, Matie, Bessie, Lessie, Willie, and Doris, her husband Jake, and son John. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Corky, grandchildren Sandee, Jonathan, Barby, and great-grandchildren Erik, Jacob, Hannah, and Ian. Ruth believed that family and friends are the most important things in life. She was the strong link in her family's lives and her lessons will never be forgotten. Ruth began her working career as a beautician and later became a Real Estate Agent for Ebby Halliday. She was one of Ebby's 1st Million Dollar Sales Club achievers. Ruth and Jake retired to Cedar Creek where she learned to paint and play golf. A memorial will be held for Ruth at White Rock Court, 9215 White Rock Trail, 75238, at 4:30 pm Sunday Feb. 15.

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  • The Dallas Morning News - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

Mildred Aline (Young) Watts
May 19, 1928 - Mar 24, 2007

WATTS, MILDRED ALINE, Born May 19, 1928 in Monroe, LA and passed away March 24, 2007 in Frost, TX . She is survived by her husband, Curtis Watts; son, Charles Watts and wife, Shelley; 2 step-daughters, Dianne Ferguson and Carolyn Rawlinson; 3 brothers, Bill Young, Henry Young and Pat Young; 2 grandchildren, Charles (Kit) Watts and wife, Angela and Kenny Watts; 3 great grandchildren. Services will be 10:00AM, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Family will receive friends from 6-8:00PM, Monday, March 26, 2007 at Restland Funeral Home. Restland 972-238-7111

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  • The Dallas Morning News - Sunday, March 25, 2007

Darlene (Unick) Anderson
Aug 30, 1948 - July 25, 2009

Darlene Anderson, 60, of Rice, departed from this existence Saturday evening, July 25, 2009, at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born Aug. 30, 1948, to Walter William Unick and Achsah New Unick in Bellingham, Wash. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Achsah; and brother, William "Bill" Unick. She is survived by husband of 36 years, Jerry R. Anderson of Rice; daughters, Abigail Paige Lavene and husband Joshua of Rice and Jessica Elizabeth Anderson of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Ande Burrow of Irving; nephew, Dustin E. Burrow of Irving; brother-in-law, Frank Burrow of Murchison; nephew, Chad Unick of Bellingham, Wash.; sister, Pat Blondin of Omak, Wash.; and a cousin, Maxine Kammerzell of Bellingham, Wash. Darlene was a 1967 graduate of Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash. She served in the United States Air Force as a medical service specialist from 1967 to 1971 at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls. She graduated from East Texas State University in 1977 earning her bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduation, Darlene moved to Corsicana with her husband and began working at Navarro College as a dorm parent. In 1979, Darlene and her husband moved to Rice. Later Darlene worked for the Jack and Mina Williams at Douglas Trucking Company in Corsicana. She also worked for G and F in Ennis, Maywood Manor in Kerens, and Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. Darlene was a very generous and loving person, oftentimes giving people whatever she had. She touched many lives with her generosity. Her greatest gifts to the world are her two precious daughters, whom she loved very deeply. Her memory lives on in them, and the rest of her family. Her family gratefully thanks all of her friends for their condolences and kindness through this difficult time. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at her daughter's home in Rice for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to honor her memory be made to the Texas A and M University-Commerce Alumni Association, Commerce, Texas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Carol Jane Hippard
Aug 9, 1950 - July 28, 2009

Carol Jane Hippard, 58, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009. She was born Aug. 9, 1950, in East St. Louis, Ill. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Allison Humann officiating. She is survived by mother, Frankie Hippard of Corsicana; and brothers and spouses, Mike and Betty Hippard of Midland and Gilbert and Lori Hippard of Corsicana. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by father, Mark John Hippard; and brother, Scott Hippard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to charity of choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Pattie (Little) Loftis
Mar 21, 1931 - July 28, 2009

Pattie Loftis, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born on March 21, 1931, to Ruben and Elizabeth Little. She was a librarian. Mrs. Loftis is survived by a daughter, Pattie Lea Danielson of Corsicana; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry "Bo" and Cecilia Loftis of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Casey Loftis, Krista Loftis, and Caleb Loftis; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Martha Little; and an extended family. Mrs. Loftis was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Loftis. They were married for 35 1/2 years. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with her son, the Rev. Bo Loftis, officiating with interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Casey Loftis, Caleb Loftis, Gideon Little, Jim Little, Keith Burrough and Kurt Lupo. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edith F. (Steele) Coleman
Jan 26, 1922 - July 30, 2009

Edith F. Coleman
Edith F. Coleman, 87, of Plano passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Plano. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Cade Cemetery in Streetman with the Rev. David Cross, nephew of the deceased, officiating. A memorial service will be held in Pasadena, Texas, at a date to be determined. Edith was born in Winkler to Effie and David E. Steele on Jan. 26, 1922. She married Frank S. Coleman of Streetman on May 30, 1942, in Freestone County. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her oldest son, James. Edith is survived by her son, Gary Coleman and his wife Barbie of Plano; daughter-in-law, Sheila Coleman-Fenley of League City; grandchildren, Courtney Henry and husband Scott of McKinney, Chris Coleman of Lubbock, Morgan Davis and husband Eric of London, England, and Barrett Coleman of Dallas; and great-grandchildren, Brannen Henry and Griffin Henry of McKinney. Edith is also survived by a sister, Eunice of Pasadena; and many loving nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Robert "Rob" Graham
Sep 28, 1945 - July 27, 2009

Robert "Rob" Graham was born on Sept. 28, 1945, to Edward Graham and Cynthia Taylor Graham in Corsicana. He passed away on Monday, July 27, 2009, in Dallas after a courageous battle with cancer. His sweet, loving and humorous spirit sustained him and others during his ordeal. Rob was a soul of many talents. He played football with the Corsicana High School Tigers who won the state championship of 1963. Rob was named All State Tackle that year. He wrote and recorded songs with his band, The Penthouse 5, during the late 1960s and had a number one hit in Dallas. During his last years, he worked on a novel which he completed two days prior to his leaving us. He made friends easily and was loved by many. He was met in what he referred to as the "Elysian Fields" by many family members and loved ones: Mamie Blackmon, Mollie Blackmon, Robert Taylor, John Taylor, Edward Graham, Frank and Vivian Carter, Darelle Green, Joe Smith, Bill Hay, Stanley Richards, and his dog, Shasta. He will be remembered and missed by his children, John Graham Sparks and wife Paula, Erika Graham Mann, and Joe Graham Garlington; his mother, Cynthia T. O'Connell; his sisters, Rebecca G. Lawless and her husband Hal, and Elizabeth G. Chatterjee and her husband Kallol; and his brothers, George F. Graham and David M. Graham. Other loved ones are: Becky Boyd, Lacy Patterson Smyth, Chris Graham Landrum, Vivian and Darwin Green, Joyce Graham, Margie Lou and Bill Hill, Don Carter, Frankie Bressie, and many special lifelong friends. Robert is providing tissue samples to cancer research and as soon as this final contribution is completed, his memorial service is anticipated to take place in three to four weeks and will be announced. His family wishes to give special thanks to many people for the compassion and love they gave Rob, helping to fill the "pot holes" on the road of his final life journey: his Corsicana High School friends and teammates, Coach Raymond Anderson and his wife Mary, the caregivers at The Meadows Nursing facility and especially his nurses Flo and Nikki, The Visiting Nurse Hospice, and his medical team at Baylor Medical Center — Dr. Jason Potter, Dr. Lance Oxford, Dr. Claude Denham, and Dr. Brennen Cheek.

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Hester Mae (Hambrick) Seale
Sep 19, 1929 - July 30, 2009

Hester Mae Seale, 79, of Kerens passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at South Place Nursing Home in Athens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Kerens Cemetery Pavilion with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating with interment at Kerens Cemetery. Mrs. Seale was born Sept. 19, 1929, in the Emmett community in Navarro County. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Seale. Survivors include her sons, David Seale of Kerens and Cody Seale of Chandler; four grandchildren, John David Seale, Whitney Seale, Joshua Seale and Caleb Seale; and brothers, Lester Hambrick and Joe Hambrick, both of Corsicana. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Brenda (Moser) Wilfong
abt 1940 - July 28, 2009

Brenda Moser Wilfong, 69, of New Bern, N.C., died July 28, 2009, at home. She is survived by her husband, Albert C. Wilfong Jr.; two sons, Kyle B. Wilfong of Del Rio, and Chris Wilfong and wife Jennifer of Prairieville, La; one daughter, Leigh Wilfong Chessler and husband Chris of Eden, Utah; two brothers, Kermit Moser of Pinehurst, N.C., and Bill Moser of Lake Norman, N.C.; one sister, Deanna Bolick of York, S.C.; five grandchildren, Cody Wilfong and wife Kelie, Graham Wilfong, Evan Wilfong, Brenna Joy Wilfong, and Lily Mae Chessler; and one great-granddaughter, Emery Rae Wilfong. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Pate Greenwood officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Lung Association 3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190, Raleigh, NC 27607; or to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1319 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28562. Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory, New Bern, N.C.

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Charles K. Baker
Dec 10, 1920 - July 14, 2009

 

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Ella Mae (Walker) Jennings
July 31, 1874 - Mar 31, 1959

Ella Jennings Rites Are Held

KERENS, April 1, (Spl) Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Mae Jennings, 94, native of Mississippi, but a Bazette resident for 70 years, will be held from the Bazette Baptist church Wednesday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Bazette Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee pastor of the First Baptist church here.
Mrs. Jennings died Tuesday morning at her home.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Reagan; a son, W. B. Jennings; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Walker; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Scarborough and Mrs. G. Kirk, all of Kerens, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Inmon will direct.

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Ron Crews Stovall
Mar 9, 1863 - Feb 7, 1939

LONG-TIME EAST NAVARRO RESIDENT BURIED WEDNESDAY

KERENS, Feb. 9 - (Spl) - Funeral services were held from the home of Newt Stovall, at 2 p.m. Wednesday for his father, Ron Crews Stovall, aged 76, who died at the family residence Tuesday night after a protracted illness.
Mr. Stovall was born at Wellington, Mo. on March 9, 1863. He was married to Miss Mary Alice Man on April 20, 1892. To this union were born  five children, two of whom are living; Newt and Audrain Stovall, both of Kerens. Other survivors are his wife, and three grandchildren.
The last forty-six years of the deceased's life had been spent in and around Kerens; first settling at Trinidad, then living 16 years at Round Prairie, and finally moving into Kerens 26 years ago.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. M. Cheek, pastor of the First Baptist church of which Mr. Stovall was a member. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery under the direction of the P. NH. Stockton funeral home.
Active pallbearers were: Howell Brister, Jere Daniel, Rhule Carroll, Bob Ford, Jack Anderson and Grover Crawford. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mann OF Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Copeland, Pursley, Jr. and Mrs. Willie Owen of Mildred, were among the lare crowd of out-of-town attendants at the services.

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Traci I. Smith
b. abt 1891 - Mar 1968

Wednesday Rites for Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Traci I. Smith, 77, a resident of Corsicana for 60 years, died Monday in the Evergreen Nursing Home here.
Wednesday funeral rites are planned at 10:30 a.m. in the Corley Chapel. The Rev. Eugene Wood will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Tracy E. Smith, Tulsa; a grandson, Stanley S. Smith, Tulsa; a grand daughter, Nancy R. SMith, Tulsa; three sisters, Mrs. Trupy Elskes, Hillsboro. Mrs. Myrtle Ogle, Waco, Mrs. Helen Roberts, Houston, a brother, Hurston Fletcher, Whitney.

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Henry V. Esner
Dec 24, 1929 - Aug 1, 2009

Henry V. Esner, 79, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Dec. 24, 1929, in Dallas. He served as a Marine in World War II. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Survivors include his wife, Jerry Esner of Kerens; daughter, Carolyn Jean Clifton of Wolf City; two grandchildren, Joe and John Clifton, both of Wolf City; step-children, Debra Roberts of Telephone, Texas; and Cinda Young of Daytona, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Harold Riggs of Rowlett, step-grandchildren, Christina Beddingfield of Florida, and Colton Roberts of Telephone, Texas. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Brenda Gail Pullin
Sep 17, 1953 - July 31, 2009

Brenda Gail Pullin, 55, of Blooming Grove, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2009 in Ennis. She was born in Dallas on Sept. 17, 1953 to Gerald Boyd Pullin and Billie Jean Cumpston Pullin. Brenda graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1971 and after graduation helped take care of children. Brenda is survived by her parents, Gerald Pullin and Billie Jean Pullin of Blooming Grove; one brother, Mike Pullin and his wife Monica of Ennis; nephew, Jeremy Pullin of Ennis; niece, Amanda Pullin of Ennis; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be 10 am to noon Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Pullin, Jeremy Pullin, Sonny Boyd, Chris Tipping, Billy Hargrove and Charlie Gynes. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Boyd, Wesley Duke and Don Jones. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Annette (Miller) Fisher-Smirl
Aug 27, 1958 - Aug 1, 2009

Annette Smirl
Mrs. Annette Smirl, 50, of Richland passed away on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 in Richland. She was born on Aug. 27, 1958 in Blaine, Ark. She was an honored member of the Heavenly Days Country Holiness Church of Richland, and was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She was preceded in death by her twin daughters, Anna Marie and Anna Lucille Fisher; parents, Harvey and Myrtle Miller; and a sister, Tillie Whitaker. Survivors include her husband, Alfred E. Smirl of Richland; eight children; 19 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Maggie Miller of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday Aug. 3, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Ramey, Eddie Edwards, Marlin Fisher, Greg Mostko, Phillip Ramey and James Lankford. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joe David Baumgartner
June 14, 1926 - Aug 3, 2009

Joe David Baumgartner went quietly into the arms of the Lord on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, after a long, hard battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born to Walter and Jessie Baumgartner on June 14, 1926, in Corsicana. Joe was a veteran of World War II. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company after 31 years. During that time he was often the first person new people met when they moved to Corsicana. As he installed their phones, he would tell them everything they needed to know and more about Corsicana. When he opened Joe Baumgartner Insurance, he continued serving the people. He was lovingly given the name "Mayor of South Beaton" by friends and co-workers. He had pride in Corsicana and was active in the city and schools. He was a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served faithfully. His services included being a song leader, usher and door greeter where he greeted everyone with a smile, where he was also given honorary deaconship. He loved his Lord and shared that love telling stories and was always quick to pull a prank when you least expected it. Joe's eyes would sparkle and he would swell with pride when he talked about his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jessie Baumgartner; two brothers, Lester Baumgartner, and Charlie Baumgartner; sisters-in-law, Delores Baumgartner and Mildred Shook; brother-in-law, David Crockett; and parents-in-law, Milford and Ida Shook. He is survived by the love of his life for 57 years, Peggy Baumgartner; daughters, Anele and husband Mike Richardson and Denise and husband Jerry Brown; his pride and joy — three grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Kevin Collier, Hayden and wife Tiffany Richardson, and Dillon Brown and girlfriend Allison Moore; great-grandchildren, Corbin, Jace, Gavin and Kalib; sister, Frances Crockett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Judy Baumgartner, Tommy and Judy Baumgartner and J.B. Shook; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be special friends, the deacons of Emmanuel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2217 W. Seventh Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joe Dean Carter
June 7, 1943 - July 31, 2009

Joe Dean Carter, 66, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, July 31, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake service will be at 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary with the Rev. James T. Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Mr. Carter was born June 7, 1943 in Corsicana to the late Willie "Bub" Carter and Jessie Mae Carter. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jeraldine Hughes. He is survived by the love of his life, Beatrice Leis of Corsicana; son, Darrell Wayne Renfro of Corsicana; four brothers, Harold Carter of Plano; Eugene Carter of Pleasantville, MD.; Clarence Carter of Dallas; and Michael Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Cynthia Thomas of Sacremento, Calif., and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Roger Mason Johnston
Oct 23, 1913 - Aug 2, 2009

Roger Mason Johnston was born Oct. 23, 1913, in Corsicana, the son of the late Jack Hayes and Cora Gardner Johnston. He passed away Aug. 2, 2009, in Corsicana. Mr. Johnston was a retired route salesman in the bakery business. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He married Lillie Marie Beauchamp March 23, 1937. They have been married for 72 years. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger and the Rev. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Allen, Chuck Burns Jr., David Garcia, Mark Burns, Justin Garcia, Steve Cunningham and Matthew Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin Knauth, Bill Roberts, W.M. Montgomery, Bill Chandler, Buck Hodge and Bunk Bottoms. Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Marie Johnston of Corsicana; daughters, Peggy Johnson and husband Gene of Ardmore, Okla., and Pam Burns and husband Chuck of Corsicana; grandchildren, Chuck Burns Jr. and wife Lisa, Brian Johnson, Kim Allen and husband Paul, Sherri Weaks and husband Tom, Kristi Garcia and husband David, and Paulette Cunningham and husband Steve; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Mr. Johnston is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter Johnston and Tom Hayes Johnston; and by his sister, Eloise Johnston. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Aline (Poteet) Watkins
Dec 18, 1921 - Aug 3, 2009

Mary Aline Poteet Watkins, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born on Dec. 18, 1921, in Wortham to Roy Buff and Hannah Belle (Murphy) Poteet. Mrs. Watkins married Earl Irvin Watkins. She was a seamstress with Miller Brothers Hat Factory. Mrs. Watkins is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Gilbert Frillou; granddaughter and husband, Jenniffer and Chris Harper; grandson, Bobby Frillou; and a great-grandson, Hunter Harper. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Lorene Watkins; sister, Fay Watkins; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl Watkins; son, Kenneth Earl Watkins; brothers, Leroy Poteet, Wilmer Charles Poteet, and Elmer Ray Poteet; and sister, Kathryn Virginia Morehead. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lina Rose (Carson) Love Dowling
Aug 1, 1912 Corsicana, Navarro Co TX - Sep 25, 1960 Dallas, Dallas Co TX

 

Mrs. Dowling Died In Dallas Rites Monday

   Mrs. Lina Rose Dowling, 48, native of Corsicana, wife of E. J. Dowling, Center Point, near Kerrville, died in Baylor hospital in Dallas, Sunday. She was the former Miss Lina Rose Carson.

   Funeral service will be held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. With burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church.

   Surviving are her husband, a son, Alan Love, student at Texas A and M College; mother, Mrs. J. E. Pickering, Corsicana; a brother, George Carson, Corpus Christi, and other relatives.

   Pallbearers were Paul Mitchell, Walter Earl Parker, Nelson Ross, David Magarity, James McCammon, Gerald McClung, Eliot Johnston and Clifton Pickering.

 

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  • Daughter of John Royal and Etta Lois (Fowler) Carson, wife of 1) Alan Cavitt Love and 2) Edward J Dowling, mother of Alan Carson Love

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs


 

Gertrude (Carson) Johnson

Feb 20, 1903 in Corsicana, Navarro Co TX - Mar 23, 1957 in Santa Clara Co CA
 
March 26, 1957-Former Resident Expires Friday
   Mrs. H. W. Johnson, the former Miss Gertrude Carson of Corsicana, died in Sunnyvale, Calif. Friday night, according to information received by relatives here.
   Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Saturday afternoon but the services will be held here, probably sometime Tuesday.
   Surviving are her mother, Mrs. J E. Pickering, Corsicana; a brother, George Carson, Midland, a sister, Mrs. Eddie Dowling, Centerpoint, Texas, and other relatives.
 
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March 28, 1957-Mrs. Johnson Rites Friday
   Funeral services for Mrs. Gertrude Carson Johnson, 53, who died in Sunnyvale, Calif. Friday night, will be held form the McCammon Funeral Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in
Oakwood Cemetery.
   The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church.
   Surviving are her husband, H. W. Johnson, Sunnyvale, Calif.; mother, Mrs. J E. Pickering, Corsicana; a brother, George Carson, Midland, a sister, Mrs. Eddie Dowling, Centerpoint, Texas, and other relatives.
   Pallbearers will be W. V. Mowlam, Allyn Lang, Ralph Stell, Paul Mitchell, Walter Earl Parker, Newton Carson and George Kirven. 
 
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  • Daughter of John Royal and Etta Lois (Fowler) Carson, wife of H W Johnson
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

John Royal Carson
Nov 8, 1879 Texas - May 30, 1947 Navarro Co TX
 
John R. Carson Died In Local Hospital; Services Saturday
   John R. Carson, aged 67 years, 926 West Thirteenth avenue, native of Corsicana, died at the P and S Hospital early Friday morning. He had been in ill health for some time.
   Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.
   Carson formerly was a well known building contractor.
   Surviving are his wife, Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. Carter Kirvan, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lina Rose Love, Donna; a son, George Carson, Delhi, LA.; four grandchildren, four brothers; Horace and Claud Carson both of Corsicana; Clarence Carson, Dallas, and Grover Carson, Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. E. T. Williams, Corsicana; Mrs. Earl McCoy, Dallas, and Mrs. A. W. Clem and Mrs. Vivian VanSleenwyk, both of Carrollton and other relatives.
   Carson was the contractor for the city hall, David Crockett and Stephen F. Austin school buildings and an addition to the Wm B. Travis school in addition to numerous business and residential structures.
 
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Rites Saturday For John R Carson with Burial in Oakwood
   Funeral rites for John R. Carson, 67, native Corsicana and prominent contractor, who died early Friday morning, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.
   Carson had been in ill health for several years. He built the city hall, David Crockett, Stephen F. Austin and one section of the Wm B. Travis ward schools in addition to numerous business and residential structures.
   Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. Carter Kirvan, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lina Rose Love, Donna; a son, George Carson, Delhi, LA.; four grandchildren, four brothers; Horace and Claud Carson both of Corsicana; Clarence Carson, Dallas, and Grover Carson, Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. E. T. Williams, Corsicana; Mrs. Earl McCoy, Dallas, and Mrs. A. W. Clem and Mrs. Vivian VanSleenwyk, both of Carrollton and other relatives.
   Pallbearers were Chas. Hagins, Harry Blanding, William Hutchinton, Dr. R. N. Holloway, L. A. Beal and W. Y. Bankhead.
 
Note: Son of Christopher C “Kit” and Julia Ann (Cossett) Carson; husband of Etta Lois (Fowler) Carson; father of Gertrude (Carson) Johnson, George Fowler Carson and Lina Rose (Carson) Love Dowling
 
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Jonathan Fowler
13 Jun 1837 in Illinois - 03 Nov 1917 in Corsicana, Navarro Co TX

Mr. Jonathan Fowler Dead
The many friends of the family will be sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Jonathan Fowler on old resident of the city who died at his home, 922 W. Thirteenth Avenue today at 2:30 o'clock. The deceased leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. John Carson, son-in-law, Mr. Bob Daniels, and several grandchildren, they being Miss Louise Daniel who is now attending St. Mary’s College at Dallas and who will come down for the funeral, and Misses Gertrude and Lina Rose Carson and George Carson. The funeral will take place from the home of the deceased at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The deceased had been sick for some time before his death.
He was a man of many good traits and a faithful husband and father to his death, and leaves many relatives and close friends to mourn his departure from this world to a better one.

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Emma (Parker) Fowler
June 26, 1844 - ??

Aged Resident of Corsicana Passed Away Early Today

Mrs. Emma Parker Fowler passed away at 6:35 this morning at the family home, 922 W. Thirteenth avenue after a long illness. The deceased was born in Biloxi, Miss. June 26, 1844 and came to Texas as a child. She is a pioneer resident of this city, having lived here for over 50 years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Carson, a son-in-law Mr. Rh. H. Daniels and four grandchildren. Mrs. Carter Kirven, Mr. George and Lina Carson and Louise Daniels.
The funeral will be from the home of the deceased Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
The following will be the pallbearers:
Active: John Hughes, R. L. Dickson, Chas. Lewis, Sam Inman, Hawk Decherd, W. Y. Bankhead, Allen Edwns and Sam Spikes.
Honorary: A. W. Leverman, S. H. King, Tom Duren, Slim Hamilton, Jack Ricker, Wilmot Curtis, F. A. Weidmer, J. T. Mann, D. Daniels, Dr. Hathorn, Dr. Hubart Miller, Dr. E. A. Johnson.

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  • Daughter of John D and Elizabeth (Pittman) Parker
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Dora Almeda (Upchurch) Jones
May 25, 1884 - Mar 1, 1958

Mrs. J. R. Jones Services Monday
Mrs J. R. Jones, 71 native of Arkansas, 817 South Ninth Street died in Memorial Hospital Saturday night. She had resided in Corsicana 27 years.

Funeral Services were held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. D. Ballard, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a son James R. Jones, Jr., Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs Josie Moore, Shreveport; Mrs Etta McDowell, Amarillo, and Mrs. Lucy Martin, Temple; a brother, Potter Upchurch, Paris, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Loyd Grimes, E. E. Breedlove, Bud Banks, Lonnie LaLone, Thurman Johnson and N. L. Vickery.

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James Raphael Jones, Sr.
April 2, 1879 - Oct 14, 1958
Services Held for J.R. Jones
J.R. Jones, retired railroad employee native of Buffalo, died at the Twilight Home Tuesday night. He had resided in Corsicana 25 years.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L.D. Ballard, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a son, James R. Jones, Jr. Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ivy Stephens Corsicana; and Mrs. M.E. Bellar, Houston; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Wood and Mrs. Callie Springfield both of Hubbard and Mrs. Lula Jones, Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bud Banks, Ed Wilson, E.E. Breedlove, Lonnie LaLone, Thurman Johnson, and Loyd Grimes.

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Mariella “Baby” Stroud, 93, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Mariella “Baby” Stroud obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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