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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home, Corsicana.
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
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.
Three people were killed and three were injured when a pickup truck
hit motorcycle riders head-on during a charity ride in Corsicana
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
Information provided by Dallas Fort Worth Accident Attorney Mark A.
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
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
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
The driver of the pickup truck, William Lindsey, was treated in
Parkland Hospital and released.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Terry loved his daughter Leslie; she was the light of his
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
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
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Dallas Morning News - Saturday,
April 25, 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Cemetery with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Arrangements by Corley
Feb 20, 1903 in Corsicana, Navarro Co TX - Mar 23, 1957 in Santa Clara
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.
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 OakwoodCemetery. 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.
Daughter of John Royal and Etta Lois (Fowler) Carson, wife
of H W Johnson
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
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
OakwoodCemetery. 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Pallbearers were Bud Banks, Ed Wilson, E.E. Breedlove, Lonnie LaLone,
Thurman Johnson, and Loyd Grimes.
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.