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Patsy Ann Duncan
Jan 19, 1939 - Sep 22, 2009

Patsy Ann Duncan was born Jan. 19, 1939, in Blooming Grove to Joe Thurman and Mavis Maudine Crocker Duncan. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 at her residence. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School, Navarro College, and Baylor University with a B.A. degree and earned a Master of Education degree from East Texas State University in Commerce. She taught for 49 years, starting in 1960 in Belton. Other public schools she taught in were Corsicana, Rice, and Dawson public schools, where she taught for the past 39 years. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clyde and Eva Crocker; and her parents, Joe Duncan and Mavis Maudine Crocker Duncan. Patsy is survived by her brother, Joe Clyde Duncan and wife Phyllis; niece, Kristine Anne Buettner and husband Brett of Austin; nephew, Joe Phillip Duncan and wife Charlotte of Garland; great-niece Nixie Buettner; great-nephews, Mason Buettner and Holden Buettner of Austin, Joe C. Duncan II and Sean Duncan of Dawson; great-nieces Rayanne Thompson and Kamren Thompson; and great-nephew Dylan Thompson of Garland.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Dawson High School Gymnasium with Elder Ernie Lee Sample Sr. and Elder Tetanner Sample officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Greg Murray, Isac Shaw, Justin Woodall, Cash Preston, Steven Nesmith and Abron Campbell. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. .Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Stella Clyde (Hubbard) French
July 16, 1918 - Sep 21, 2009

Stella Clyde French, 91, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born July 16, 1918, in Purdon to Erly and Sula Christian Hubbard. She is survived by her son, Bobby French of Corsicana; and nieces, Angela Jones of Chandler and Joyce Melton of Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Troy French in 2002; and her brother, Lawrence Hubbard. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Myrtle Elizabeth (Jergins) Jacobs
Jan 11, 1912 - Sep 21, 2009

Loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, Myrtle Elizabeth (Jergins) Jacobs passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in Corsicana. She was 97. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, with the Rev. Buddy Moore and Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons Mark Chapman, Terry Dan Greer, Aaron Jacobs, Randall Jacobs, Reagan Jacobs, Michael Jacobs, Lance Hughes and Wesley Jacobs. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Young, Wade Jacobs and Kenny Jacobs. Born Jan. 11, 1912, to Lee and Alice (Persons) Jergins in Roane, Myrtle married her blue-eyed suitor, Arvel Jacobs, on Dec. 1, 1929. They were married 53 years until his death in 1983.Together, they raised cotton and reared children in a number of communities and oil fields in North and Central Texas. They lived in Luling, Rice, Dawson and finally settling on the outskirts of Corsicana, where she lived until her death. She created a home full of love and laughter for generations of family and friends, and will be greatly missed.She is survived by nine children: Jessie Fred Jacobs and wife Helen of Mesquite, Bobby Lee Jacobs and wife Pat of Coolidge, Eleanor Irene Greer and husband Frank of Corsicana, Jerry Wayne Jacobs and wife Dixie of Melrose, N.M., Hershell Ray Jacobs and wife Bobbie of Corsicana, Melba Ruth and husband John Helms of Dawson, A.L. "Jake" Jacobs of Corsicana, David Allen Jacobs and wife Michelle of Lampasas, and Sandra Kay Hughes and husband Johnny of Corsicana; 32 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, daughter Gussie Marie Chapman, brother Marshall Lee Jergins, and sisters Daisy Dot Belcher, Gracie Lee Jergins, Minnie Boone, Eunice Gordon, Carrie Gordon, Jay Scott and Lois Fuller. In addition to creating a loving home, she was also a gifted seamstress and worked for many years at the Adams Hat Factory. Following her retirement, she hand-stitched quilts for her family and friends. She was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, P.O. Box 606, Corsicana, TX 75151, or the Pleasant Grove UMC Building Fund.. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Patricia (Moody) Byrd
Feb 18, 1933 - Sep 21, 2009
 

On Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, Patricia Moody Byrd, our mother, grandmother, and friend has departed this earthly life. She was born in Emhouse on Feb. 18, 1933, to Frank and Hattie Moody. Pat graduated from North Texas State University and began her teaching career at Terrell High School, where she was the drill team sponsor and P.E. teacher. She also taught in the same capacity at Cary Junior High School, and then transferred to Bryan Adams High School where she taught health and coached the girls' soccer team. The team won district every year, as well as the city championship. Pat initiated the Green Paws Club at Bryan Adams, which won state recognition for its landscaping projects. Pat retired in 1985 after 30 years of teaching. She loved her students and enjoyed seeing them succeed. After Pat retired, she traveled far and wide. When her travels ended, she turned to another love in her life, which was gardening. Pat loved and appreciated beautiful things, especially her Irises. She loved all things in nature, and her pets were one of the loves of her life. Pat cared for anything in the wild with a beating heart, and nurtured many strays during her lifetime. She is survived by her daughter, Robyn Eller and husband Tom of Rockwall; and granddaughters Kelley and Jamie Eller, both graduates of Baylor University. Pat also leaves her many friends to celebrate the joy of her life; and she leaves one special friend and companion, A.H. Sharaway, who carries with him the memories he shared with Pat throughout their many years together. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Charlene Moody. She wishes to thank "Home is Best" for making her golden years more golden. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel, 2500 State Highway 66 East, with Dr. Aubrey Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Dallas, 2719 Manor Way Drive, Dallas, TX 75238 (214) 350-7387; or the SPCA of Dallas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212 (214) 742-7722.Arrangements by Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 9/23/2009 - 9/25/2009
  • The Terrell Tribune - Sept 24, 2009

Kathryn L. (Fowler) Cooper
Apr 13, 1919 - Sep 20, 2009

Kathryn Luella Cooper, age 90, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. She was born April 13, 1919, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to John Clarke and Marie W. (Thaete) Fowler. Survivors include one daughter, Judi Randall and husband Kent of Corsicana; son, Bill Cooper of Savannah, Ga.; grandchildren, Donald Bishop, John Bishop and wife Debbie and Rusty Randall and wife Brandi; nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; three nieces, Mary Kay, Sandra and Carolyn; special friends, Mary Biggers, Virginia Bush and Bob and Lynda Redding. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Cooper Sr.; and sister, Dorothy Caplener. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at Believers Bible Church in Corsicana. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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John Allen "Johnny" Johnston
Mar 31, 1931 - Sep 19, 2009

John A. "Johnny" Johnston
John A. "Johnny" Johnston, 78, of Center Point passed from this life at his home on Saturday evening, Sept. 19, 2009. He had lived in the Center Point and Kerrville area most of his life. Born in Corsicana on March 31, 1931, Johnny was the son of Walter and Jewell (Hamilton) Johnston. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1948. He was a member of the "Barracks Bunch," the initial class of Navarro College, which met at the Army Air Corps field prior to completion of the construction of Navarro College. Mr. Johnston served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged and attended Lamar University, where he graduated with a degree in geology. Mr. Johnston married Michael Hopping of Kerrville and together they ventured into the business world. As a young man, he would take children to the YO Ranch on hunting trips through the Game Wardens' Association. He owned various businesses in Kerrville, and at one point, he and his father-in-law owned Hopping Oil in Kerrville and later became the Fina distributor. In his later years, he was an active real estate agent, working for various real estate offices in the Hill Country, most recently, Kerrville Realty. He was a life member of the Elks, a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Mr. Johnston was preceded in death by his wife, Michael Hopping Johnston in 1993; his parents, and a sister, Dorothy Williamson. Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his daughter, Jeffri Johnston of Center Point; his sister, Helen Curington of Corsicana; nephews, Chip Curington and David Curington, both of Corsicana; nephews, Bobby Williamson, Randy Williamson and Ricky Williamson, all of the Houston area; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.There is no visitation. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Kerrville Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Ligon officiating. Arrangements by Kerrville Funeral Home, Kerrville.

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Damion Turner Reese
Jan 19, 1981 - Sep 17, 2009

Damion Turner Reese, 28, of Savannah, Ga., passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in Savannah, Ga.Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S. 15th St., with Pastor Alvin E. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Deodrick Sanders, Kenya Mathis, Courtney Watts, Curtis Burks, Demel Adams and Frederick Sauls. Honorary pallbearers will be Monte Smith, Jerry Smith, Jose Williams, Ozell Williams, Reese Hicks and Duane Hicks Damion was born Jan. 19, 1981, in Corsicana. He was a 1999 graduate of Corsicana High School, a graduate of Navarro College and attended University of Texas at Arlington. He also was employed at the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington. He joined the United States Army in 2007, and was stationed in Savannah, Ga. He loved sports including basketball and football and church affiliation was Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother, Machelle Turner of Corsicana; father, James Turner of Corsicana; maternal grandmother, Alma J. Reese of Corsicana; paternal grandmother, Maxine Kelly of Corsicana; paternal grandfather, Charles Turner Sr.; sisters, Kecie Turner and Tinisha Blair; brother, Reggie Turner; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Louise (Richards) McCrory
June 23, 1912 - Sep 24, 2009

Mrs. Louise "Sis" Richards McCrory, 97, passed away on Sept. 24, 2009 at the Heritage Oaks West Nursing Facility in Corsicana. She was born June 23, 1912 to A.C. and Kate Richards in Emhouse. She was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church, a homemaker and a caregiver to many. Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Edgar McCrory; her mother and father, Kate and Albert Richards; grandson, Michael Carney; great-granddaughter, Jessica Carney; great-great grandson, Cameron Mendez; sisters, Laura Richards and Nannie (Shug) Knott; brothers, George, A.C. Jr., and Fred Richards; sisters-in-law, Cora Richards and Johnnie Richards; brothers-in-law, Harry Richards and Charlie Knott. She is survived by her daughter, Katie Schroeder and husband Jim; son, Charles McCrory and wife Jan; grandsons, Marc Carney, Tim Carney and wife Karen, Rusty Potter, Chuck McCrory, Randy McCrory and Scott McCrory; 9 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; brother, Ralph Richards; sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth Richards and Marjorie Richards; numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Roger Marsh and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse. Pallbearers will be Marc Carney, Tim Carney, Rusty Potter, Randy McCrory, Scott McCrory and Fred Richards, Jr. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


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Bruce Worsham Roby
Jan 29, 1923 - Sep 25, 2009

Bruce Worsham Roby, 86, went quietly into the arms of the Lord on Sept. 25, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born Jan. 29, 1923 in Athens. Bruce was a veteran of WW II seeing action in North Africa, Germany and Italy. He retired from Continental Trailways in 1985 after 38 years. Her received a two million mile award without an accident before retiring. Bruce was a member of the local Corsicana Masonic Lodge. He was a caring, generous and humorous man who hardly met anyone that he didn't share a joke or story. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Vinn Roby; and three brothers, Nelson, Travis and James Roby. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jo Roby; sister, Alvis Roden of Burleson; two sons, David and Sandy, and Jimmy and wife Janet, all of Corsicana; granddaughters, Amy Roby Smith, Morgan Roby, and Addie Craig, all of Corsicana; grandson, D. J. Pena and wife Jill of Corsicana; great granddaughter, Kaitlin Gordon; and great grandsons, Korbin Roby Smith, Seth Hill and Rylie Roby, all of Corsicana; and by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 28, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander and Steve Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ross, Danny Sparks, Garry Ferguson, D.J. Pena, Dan Smith, Steve Mitchell, and Johnny Sparks. Honorary pallbearers Dr. Dale Campbell, Dr. Lowell Campbell, Dr. Dave Campbell and Bill Lewis. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ellen Eugene (Thornton) Tanner
July 29, 1918 - Sep 22, 2009

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, our dear mother, our angel, Ellen Eugene Thornton Tanner, went to be with the Lord. She was born July 29, 1918, to John Daris and Lottie Viva Thornton. She is survived by one son, Don Tanner and wife Anna of Ennis; two daughters, Rexann Crofut of Kerens and Lori Emerson and husband John of Kerens; one sister, Anna Jo Reagan of Dallas; six grandchildren, Steve Baxter Jr. and wife Princess, Beverly McQuary and husband Craig, Jordan Emerson and wife Alicia, and Aaron Emerson, all of Kerens, Maegan Tanner and Kris Garrett of Ennis; great-grandchildren, Nodia Washington, Damarva Baxter, Danielle Steptoe, Javlen Emerson, Anthony and Avery McQuary, all of Kerens, Jayveon Williams of Powell, and Kobe Garrett of Ennis; nieces, Cindy Thornton of Palestine, Carla Sumner of Corsicana, Neva Jean Henderson of Streetman, and Sheila Cornwell of Maypearl; nephews, Chris Reagan of Dallas, Mark Thornton and wife Anna of Gary, and Darrell Sumner of Amarillo; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vastine Rex Tanner; parents, John Daris and Lottie Viva Thornton; aunt and uncle, Opal and Clifton Curington; aunt, Ruby Thornton; brother, Luke Thornton and wife Pricilla; nephew, Ronald Reagan; and brother-in-law, Phillip Reagan. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with John Kenner and Jimmy Glenn of Kerens Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Crawford, Steve Baxter Sr., Don Green, Bill Stovall, David Conklin and Keith Fields. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Claudie Marie (Grissom) Fortenberry-Ishmael
Feb 28, 1952 - Sep 24, 2009

Claudie Marie Ishmael, 57 of Frost, passed away September 24, in Plano. She was born February 28, 1952 in Mesquite to Ernest and Mildred Grissom. Mrs. Ishmeal was a collector of M and M's and had a passion of taking pictures and videos of her family. She loved to cook and owned and operated "Claudie's Place" cafe in Frost. She loved and cherished her children and grandchildren dearly. She was a person who would "Do unto others as you would have do unto you", she was a kind and loving person who had a big heart.She is survived by husband David Ishmael of Frost; children Doug Fortenberry of Bentonville, Arkansas; Beverly Desautel of Arlington, Washington; Jenny Fortenberry of Corsicana; sister George Young; brother Gene Grissom; grandchildren Kyle Fortenberry, Casie and Kellie Desautel, Chase Fortenberry; host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, step family and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by first husband Arthur Fortenberry, parents Ernest and Mildred Grissom, brother Wayne Grissom, granny Claudie Goines. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday September 27,at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 1pm Monday at Frost Methodist Church with Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory officiating. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

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Donald Wayne Barnett
Aug 16, 1935 - Sep 2009

Donald Wayne Barnett was born near Rural Shade on Aug. 16, 1935. He graduated Kerens High School before attending Arlington Junior College (now UT-Arlington) and earning B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Don and his wife, the former Patricia Anderson, marked their 52nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 15 of the year. Pat and Don lived in Nacogdoches for five decades. He managed cafeterias at SFA until retiring in 1997. He kept busy in retirement driving for Enterprise, Foretravel, Motor Homes of Texas, individuals and others. Don died in an accident on Sept. 24, 2009. His family and friends will miss him. We already miss him terribly. Don's wife Pat survives him, as do sons Blake of Houston and Barry of Dallas; daughter Melanie of Nacogdoches; grandchildren Caroline Barnett of New Haven, Conn., Chase Barnett of Houston and James Barnett of Dallas; and a great many nephews, nieces, cousins and many others, who loved him, too.A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 903 North Street, Nacogdoches. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Oak Grove Cemetery near Kerens. Arrangements by Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

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Scotty Van Mundie
Feb 8, 1961 - Sep 27, 2009

Sheila Gay (Horton) Mundie
Nov. 17, 1962 - Sep 27, 2009

Scotty Van and Sheila Gay Maudie
Scotty Van Mundie, 48, and Shelia Gay Mundie, 46, of Frost passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Scotty was born Feb. 8, 1961, in Terrell to Sterling Mundie and Doris Shehee. Shelia was born Nov. 17, 1962, in Dallas to Morris Donelson and Bonnie Horton. They are survived by their children, Nicole and James Mundie of Kemp and Brandon and Nikkie Mundie of Frost; and one grandchild, Alyssa Mundie.She is also survived by sister, Tracy and Donald Donelson of Winnsboro; and brothers, Freddy and Faye Michel of North Dakota and Ricky Donelson of Winnsboro. He is also survived by parents, Sterling and Sally Mundie of Purdon and Doris and Art of Scurry; brothers, Bart and Vickie Mundie of Scurry, Brian and Lindsay of Alma, Jason Cryer of Scurry, and Jonathan Leyva and Amanda of Scurry. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Esterlee Aileen Colvin-Roberson
July 28, 1922 - Sep 28, 2009

Esterlee Aileen Roberson, 87, of Kerens passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 in Corsicana. She was born July 28, 1922 in Bazette. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers will be Johnny Hobbs, Loyd Cook, Tim Gorden, Dennis Wood, Sam Hobbs and Brian Goss. Mrs. Roberson was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel Loyd Colvin; second husband; James Roberson; three children, Sammye Cook, Roy Loyd Colvin and Richard "Dickie" Roberson; siblings, Denver Lancaster, Geraldine McGlaun, and Fay Abbie. She is survived by son Keith Colvin and wife Teresa of Kerens; daughter Tricia DeMoss and husband James of Kerens; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Joanie Lanell (Page) Hicks
May 3, 1961 - Sep 2009

Memorial services for Joanie Lanell Page Hicks, 48, of Big Sandy will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden with Pastor Steve Dunn officiating. Born on May 3, 1961, in Palestine, she entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Hicks of Big Sandy; father, Shelton Page of Tyler; two sons, Jason Page of South Carolina and Clay Hicks of Georgia; daughter, Canessa Wells of Big Sandy; seven grandchildren; and three brothers, Danny Page of Tyler, Ron Page of Kansas and George Page of Blooming Grove. Arrangements by Croley Funeral Home, Gladewater.

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Virgle E. Widener
Aug 28, 1922 - Sep 28, 2009

Virgle E. Widener, 87, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Corsicana.He was born Aug. 28, 1922, to John R. and Eliot Edell Sadler Widener in Dawson. He was a resident of Corsicana where he was a manager for a local auto tire business for many years. Virgle was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Eliot Widener. He is survived by his sons, James E. Widener and wife Rita and Johnny W. Widener and wife Debbie; daughter, Bonnie Stover and Greg Linnell; grandchildren, James M. Widener, Nicole Widener, Kristian Widener, Kim Cobb and husband Dan, Shane J. Widener, Joshua Widener and wife Sierra, and Missy Drees and husband Jeff; great-grandchildren, Cali Widener, Leiana Widener, Myliee Widener, Jacob Widener, and Brittany Widener; great-great-grandchild, Kristy Cobb; and his brother, Johnny D. Widener and wife Thelma. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bruce Nozick, Dan Brown, Tex Terry, David Robinson, Harry Ivie, James Michael Widener. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Cottongame, Kenneth Cottongame, Shane Widener, Joshua Widener and Kristian Widener. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frankie Charlene (Hammitt) Anderson
Sep 21, 1930 - Sep 29, 2009

Frankie Charlene Anderson
Frankie Charlene Anderson, 79, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 21, 1930, to Harvey Eaton and Allie Hammitt in Newlton, La. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Charles Anderson and Russell Kirkland; son, Jesse Clay Anderson; and siblings, Anita Eaton Davis, Dorothy Eaton Wright and Harvie Eaton Jr.She is survived by her daughter, Jennie Baird and husband James of Corsicana; stepchildren, Ruth Gully of Onalaska, Wis., and Andy and Lila Kohls of Harlan, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Jodi Green of Waskom; grandchildren, Dr. Jim and Dr. Maryam Baird of Houston, Josh and Becky Anderson of Waskom, Major Jennifer and Major Erik Fiederer of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jessica and Shane Ford of Marshall, and Mishelle Gulley of Onalaska, Wis.; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was active in the Waskom Study Club. She was also active in The Christians Ministry at First Baptist Church of Waskom for 50 years as a Sunday school teacher and WMU. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Colonial Gardens Cemetery in Marshall. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. ∞

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Vernon Garner (McKinney) Cavender
Mar 19, 1932 - Sep 27, 2009

Garner M. Cavender, born March 19, 1932, joined the heavenly host on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. She died peacefully at home in Encore/Sunshine RV Park in Harlingen, while holding hands with her husband, Jim, and son, Daniel. Garner came into this world with God holding her hand and neither ever let go. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Garner McKinney; her father, Percy P. McKinney; her brother, John Preston McKinney; and her sister, Mary McKinney Harris. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jim; three sons, James L. (Betty) Cavender of Colorado Springs, Colo., John J. Cavender of Kalispell, Mont., and Daniel P. Cavender of Guerneville, Calif.; a sister, Louise McKinney Stough of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, and a host of friends. Garner had many highlights in her life: After being a stay-at-home mom and raising her family, she completed her education and was awarded a degree from the University of Wyoming. She was a member of the staff of Advocate Safe House in Laramie, Wyo., in its inception and when she found there was a dearth of material available, she wrote a book outlining philosophy, methods, and resources. The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Conference had it printed and distributed to every United minister and church in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. It served as the major — often only — resource for years. She and Jim served joyfully and thankfully as clergy couple on United Methodist Marriage Encounter weekends for 20 years. Garner especially enjoyed being a part of the Wednesday Wanders hiking club in Glenwood Springs, Colo. She loved to travel and she and Jim were full-time RV'ers for 11 years. Garner was a wonderful wife, a devoted mother, and a compassionate and supportive friend. This world is a better place as a result of her sojourn here and heaven is a happier place since her arrival.A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. In gratitude for outstanding care given Garner, the family invites those who wish to make a contribution to CIMA Hospice, 5003 N. McColl, McAllen, TX 78504. Arrangements by Heavenly Grace Funeral Home, La Feria.

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Tommy Lee Rubell Jr.
Jan 12, 1977 - Sep 22, 2009

Tommy Lee Rubell Jr., 32, of Aransas Pass passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Port Aransas. Wake service will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Harmony Baptist Church, 400 E. 12th Ave., with Bishop John Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Carlos Trevino, Detrick Jordan, Curtis Cumby, Jesse Willianis, and Edrick Hervey. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Blair, Quinton Jernigan, Michael Jernigan, Marcus Lewis and Derrall Mosley. Mr. Rubell was born Jan. 12, 1977, in Dallas. He was employed by Adecco Office and Industrial as a traffic control technician. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Jean Rubell. Survivors include his wife, Carla Rubell of Aransas Pass; children, Devin Nathaniel Loredo and Tatyana Aliyah Rubell, both of Corsicana; father, Tommy Rubell Sr. of Kerens; sister, Kawanna Williams of Dallas; three brothers, Jeffery Lynn McJunkins of Dallas, Rickey Lynn Rubell of Waco and Van Lynn Rubell of Corsicana; half-brother, Christopher Dominique Hervey of Corsicana; stepbrother and sister, Edrick Hervey and Tekella Jene Hervey, both of Corsicana; mother-in-law, Mary Trevino; four nieces and seven nephews, all of Corsicana; four uncles, Carnia Rubell and Robert Perry Hill, both of Corsicana, James H. McJunkins Jr. of Dallas and Darryl Wayne Bolton (Rebecca) of Waco; two aunts, Freddie Mae Rubell and Vertis TyRondoous Jordan (Detrick), all of Corsicana; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Jeraldine Sanders
Sept. 10, 1943 - Sep 22, 2009

Jeraldine Sanders, 66, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital.Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with the Rev. William H. Kurney officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Darion Sims, Tristian Sims, Alvin Thomas, Kamar Chambers, Raymond Sneed, Kenneth Ray Raindle and Myron Overton. Honorary pallbearers will be sons and grandsons. Mrs. Sanders was born Sept. 10, 1943, in Lindale. She attended schools in Smith County and later continued her education at G.W. Jackson High School, where she was a member of the Jackson High Pepper Steppers. Her past employment included V's Cafe, the old Brown Boarding House and Park Row Nursing Home, cook at Corsicana State Home, and Traveler's Inn Restaurant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Acy and Sallie Brown; husband, Three C. Sanders; granddaughter, Marquita Sanders; grandson, Cory Sanders; three sisters, Virginia Ruth, Vergie Lee and Ida Simmons; and three brothers, Tommy Lee, Howard and Lorenzo Acy.Survivors include her children, James Acy, Pamela Acy, Gloria Sanders, Gilbert Sanders (Michelle), Gwendolyn Sanders, Sara Sanders (Willie B.), Kenneth Sanders, Austin Sanders, Brenda Sanders and Kendra Sims (Darion), all of Corsicana; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Roosevelt, Willie Herman, Thelmon and Lemmon Acy; two sisters, Gloria Porter and Shirley Cooper, both of Lindale; nieces and nephews she helped rear, Patty Ann, Mary, Doyle Lee and Robert Earl Acy, and Barbara Miller; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins including Eleanor Evans Washington and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Amy Ruth (Tolbert) Wheat
Sep 18, 1922 - Sept. 21, 2009

Amy Ruth Tolbert Wheat, 87, passed away on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, three days following her 87th birthday, after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Henry and Ruby Adrian Tolbert of Trinidad and Tyler, and sister, Joyce Anderson of Lamesa. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Thomas Edwin Wheat of Purdon and Hoover, Ala.; daughter Sharon Carey and grandson Michael Carey of Meadows Place; son Bruce (Glauce) Wheat of Hoover, Ala.; and son Brian (Johanna) Wheat of Tucker, Ga. Amy is also survived by her sister Jean Hanna of Tyler. Mrs. Wheat was born in Denison in 1922 and attended Texas State College for Women. She met Tom while teaching third and fourth grade in his home town of Purdon. They married in 1943 while Tom was on leave from the Army Air Corps during World War II. While an Air Force family for 20 years, Amy and Tom lived in Miami Beach, Fla., Atlantic City, N.J., Louisville, Ky., Fort Worth, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico and Waco. Air Force retirement brought the family from Waco to Birmingham in 1964. Mrs. Wheat was known to all as the consummate giver. She was involved in all her children's activities from Little League Baseball to Scouts to PTA. In Waco they were members of Lake Shore Baptist Church. In Birmingham/Hoover, the Wheats were members of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church where Amy ran the library and volunteered with the Golden Mountaineers seniors group, taught GA's and supported the missions of the WMU. For over 30 years she was a regular "pink lady'' volunteer with Baptist Medical Center Princeton and member of the Samford University Auxiliary. Amy was an active member of the Star Lake Garden Club in Hoover, life member of the Garden Club of Alabama and a member of Aldridge Botanical Gardens. Amy will be extraordinarily missed by her friends and family.Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery in Silver City. The family wants to express their gratitude to the caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care (Verda, Jille and Renee) and to New Beacon Hospice (Cheryl, Jeannie and Pearlie) for their tireless help and comfort over the past nine months. We love you all very much. Memorials may be given to the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Amy Wheat's name. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Robert Alton Newsom
April 15, 1931 - Oct 1, 2009

Robert Alton Newsom, 78, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. He was born April 15, 1931, in Marquez to Elmer Newsom and Irene Grubbs Newsom. He is survived by his children, Jerry Newsom and wife Kim of Corsicana, Julie Hosick and husband Steve of Morgan, Utah, and Libby Morgan and husband Reese of Riverton, Utah; sister, Mildred Nabors of Dallas; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with David South officiating. A Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bessie B. (Avery) Tisdale
March 17, 1917 - Oct 2, 2009

Bessie B. Tisdale, 90, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. She was born March 17, 1917, in Bremond to Will and Katherine Avery. She was a member at Streetman Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Margie Estes and husband Wayne of Rice and Bobby Gunn and wife Louise of Whitney; 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Neal Tisdale; and daughter, Ester Burnice Strickland. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Birdston Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joe Anthony Roman
Oct 6, 1986 - Oct 1, 2009

Joe Anthony Roman
Joe Anthony Roman passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in Dallas at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center at the age of 22. Joe was born in Corsicana on Oct. 6, 1986, to Reynaldo Roman and Alice Ayala Roman. Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jay Ayala, Fabian Ayala, Jose Vea, Rudy Vega, Reynaldo Roman Fabian Ayala Jr., and Fabian C. Ayala. Honorary pallbearer will be Pete Armando Ayala.Joe is survived by his mother, Alice Esquivel and Javier; father, Reynaldo Roman and Juana; aunts, Valerie Ayala, Sylvia Reyes, Mary Estrada, Bertha Acuna, and Celina Ortiz; uncles, Pete Ayala Jr. and Maria, Fabian Ayala and Gloria, Manuel Roman and Aurora, and Fortino Roman and Mone; brothers, Reynaldo Roman Jr., Fabian C. Ayala, and Pete A. Ayala; cousins, Jessica, Nilah, Veronica, Allison, Emme, Amy, Ashley, Miranda, and Brittney Ayala; grandparents, Pete and Alice Ayala; and dozens of Aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ross H. Maxfield
Sep 19, 1918 - Oct 4, 2009

Ross H. Maxfield
Ross H. Maxfield, 91, passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Born Sept. 19, 1918, to Henry and Belva Parker Maxfield in Chandler, Ross lived a life of service in many areas. He proudly served his country in the Pacific theatre of operations during World War II with the Army Air Corps. He served his community with the House of Refuge, Red Cross Blood drive and the Navarro County Jail ministry. He served his church, First Baptist, Corsicana, as Sunday school teacher, pulpit committee chairman, prayer breakfast cook, Solid Rocker member, board of deacons chairman and church trustee. With his wife, LaVerne, Ross sang at revivals and funerals and was a music director for over 40 years. Ross served the business community with the company he founded and ran for 20 years, Corsicana Auto Parts. He served the world with charisma, a clean joke, a killer golf game and a smile. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters. Ross is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, LaVerne; daughter, Sandra and husband Lloyd; son, Ken and wife Brenda; son, Ron and wife Carole; grandchildren, Julie and husband Shane, Quentin, Houston, David, Steven and wife Wendy, Chris and wife Lana, Tim, and Tracy and husband Kevin; and great-grandchildren, Sydney, Jackson, Morgan, Maddie, Sophie, Zane and Tatum. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. and Dr. David Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Huffman, Steven Huffman, Chris Miller, Kevin Petty, Quentin Maxfield, Houston Maxfield, Gary Pillans and Gaylon Blackman. Memorials may be made to the House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Barry Eddens Blanton
Oct 6, 1940 - Oct 3, 2009

Barry Eddens Blanton
Barry Eddens Blanton was born in Dallas on Oct. 6, 1940, to Ouida Crabtree Blanton and O. Eddie Blanton. Barry passed away suddenly on Oct. 3, 2009, near Norwood, Colo. Barry grew up in the Park Cities, attended Bradfield Elementary, and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1958. Barry was a member of the Highland Park golf team. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated from Southern Methodist University. Barry was a member of the SMU Collegiate Golf Team and the ATO fraternity. Barry was in the title business working primarily for Dallas Title also participating in real estate development projects in the DFW area. Barry loved football, fishing, golf and the outdoors and upon retirement moved to the shores of Lake Fork, Texas. Barry's fondest childhood memories were summers spent horseback riding at Ute Trail Camp in the Uncompahgre National Forest of Colorado. He returned annually to visit the area so dear to his heart. Whether he was alone, with his sons or with friends, he enjoyed riding motorcycles over the jeep trails in the high country as well as the winding roads throughout Southwestern Colorado. Barry was devoted to his AA group in Dallas as well as the "New Life" group in Sulphur Springs serving as a mentor level volunteer. He was preceded in death by his parents, and the mother of his sons, Dian Booth Blanton Sanders. Barry is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Darren and Julie Blanton of Dallas and Brett and Cheryl Blanton of Corsicana. Barry was extremely proud of his six grandchildren, Eva, Luke, Mia, Jack, Claire and Samantha. He is also survived by first cousin, Catherine Prichard Kaplan of Fort Worth. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church with a reception following in Cox Parlor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children or the SPCA of Texas. Arrangements by Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors, Montrose, Colo.

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Vina Kleinman
Jan 5, 1922 - Sep 28, 2009

Vina Kleinman, born Jan. 5, 1922, in Corsicana, passed away peacefully Sept. 28, 2009. She follows her husband, A.J. "Pat" Kleinman; parents, James and Mary Johnapelus, also of Corsicana; sisters Angelina J. Dorsey of Austin, Stella Johnapelus of Dallas; and brother, Tom Johnapelus of Houston.She is survived by her sister, Tula Johnapelus of Dallas; sister-in-law, Doris Johnapelus of Houston; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Patty Willett officiating. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Hospice Plus nurses Denise Dyer, Sharon Pifer, Linda Stubberfield and Barbara Dobbs for the loving and comforting care they bestowed upon Vina during her final days. Arrangements by Neptune Society, Fort Worth.

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John Paul Beacom
d. Oct 6, 2009

John Paul Beacom passed from this earth peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. He was a man with a huge presence and touched the hearts of everyone who met him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene; and daughters, Cari and Shelli. He is survived by his son, Jack Beacom; daughters, Kelli Maiers and Teresa Hajek; sons-in-law, Curtis Hajek and David Maiers; eight grandchildren, John, Jessi, Dustin, Cody, Cord, Cole, Casie and Luke; and great-granddaughter, Chloe Charlene. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Corley Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

 

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Earline (Evans) Mason
Aug 16, 1921 - Oct 4, 2009

Earline Mason
Earline Mason, 88, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at Twilight Home. She was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Navarro County to the parentage of Frank Evans and Emma Crawford Evans. She received her formal education in Smith Chapel and accepted Jesus Christ into her life at an early age and united with Smith Chapel Church of the Living God. She moved to Houston where she became a member of Deliverance Temple Church of the Living God where she served as an usher and served faithfully in many ministries of the church under the leadership of the late Pastor W. T. Matthews. She returned to Corsicana and united with Harmony Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Clem Jones and remained a faithful member until her health failed. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Mason; eight sisters and brothers; and grandson, Gary Mason. She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Florine Hubbard (Joe Sr.) of Corsicana and Lavern Mason of Fontana, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, Harold Mason, Joe D. Hubbard Jr. (Joyce), Larry Hubbard, Sharron D. Wilson (David E.), Debra Shockley (David B.), Billy Hubbard (Sheree), Steven Mason (Rita), Jimmy Grayson (Angela), Lillie Grayson, Debra Mason, Chuckey Mason, Tramel Mason, Anthony Mason and Damon Mason; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha McCoy (Lincoln) of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including the wonderful people at Twilight Home. Wake service will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. The homegoing service will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 10, at Harmony Baptist Church with Bishop John Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro. The family requests that all women wear white in honor and tribute to Mrs. Mason's homegoing service. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Clarence Dell "Dale" Boliver
July 20, 1944 - Aug 28, 2009

Clarence Dell "Dale" Boliver
Clarence Dell "Dale" Boliver, 65, of Corsicana, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 in Shreveport, La. He was born July 20, 1944 in Elida, N.M. to Robert and Clara Waldine Miller Boliver. He was married to Ruth Ann Wood. He was a self-employed truck driver.

A memorial service was held Sept. 2 in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with Rev. Buddy Owens officiating.

He is survived by wife, Ruth Ann Boliver of Corsicana; a daughter, Tammy JoAnn Sansom and husband Roy of Denton; a son, Glenn Dale Boliver of Seagoville; sisters, Clara McNeil of Lake Dallas, Terry Bartel of Lake Dallas and Mary Porter of Rincon, Ga.; brothers, Jimmy Boliver of Bastrop, Robert Dean Boliver of Krum and Danny Charles Boliver of Clovis, N.M.; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Guy Ronald Martin
Apr 23, 1946 - Oct 9, 2009

Guy Ronald Martin, 63, passed away Friday, October 9th, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born in Lubbock, on April 23, 1946 to Charles Martin and Dorothy McCarter Martin. He was reared in Frost and was a 1964 graduate of Frost high School and a 1968 graduate of Texas A and M Commerce. On December 4, 1970 he married Theresa Green of Frost. After their marriage they lived in Ennis where he taught school for twelve years before moving back to Frost to pursue his love of farming. He was a member of the Frost United Methodist Church. He also served as a director of Williams Gin and Grain and served on the Frost School Board for fifteen years. One of his favorite pasttimes was spending time with his sons and friends deer hunting. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Martin. He is survived by his mother Dorothy Martin of Corsicana and his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Kathleen Martin of Edna. Other survivors include his wife, Theresa Martin of Frost; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremy Caleb and Amanda Martin of Frost and Joshua Irvin and Bethany Martin of Frost; and grandchildren Courtney, Camden and Brady all of Frost. Visitation will be Sunday, October 11 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral service will be Monday, October 12 at the Frost United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m., with Rev Leah Hidde-Gregory officiating with burial to follow in the Frost Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry English, Jimmy Mitchell, Harry Rejcek, Clif Williams, Roy Downey and Larry Kern. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Reed, Doyle Staggs, Jimmy Bratcher and Clifford Williams.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lynn Ray Cooper
Oct 3, 1943 - Oct 11, 2009

Lynn Ray Cooper passed away on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in Austin, shortly after attending a University of Texas football game. He was born on Oct. 3, 1943, in Dallas to Raymond and Countis Cooper and moved to Corsicana in 1951 and attended Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Lynn graduated from Corsicana High School in 1962 and attended Navarro College for one year, where he served as freshman class president. He graduated from The University of Texas in 1966, receiving a degree in government and history. Lynn and his wife, Andrea Cooper, met at The University of Texas and married on June 25, 1966. They made their home in Corsicana in 1973. Lynn served in a Naval Air Reserve Intelligence Unit from 1967 through 1972. He began his career in insurance in 1967 in Houston. He moved to Alice, to manage his first agency before returning to Corsicana. Lynn served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Agent of Texas in 1983.Lynn had a passion for the City of Corsicana and dedicated his life to serving his community. He was a current member of the Navarro Community Foundation. He was a lifelong member and former president of the Corsicana Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris fellow. He is the past president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, where he also served for many years as chairman of the Industrial Team. He took great pleasure in his opportunities with the Industrial Team to bring new business to his beloved hometown. In 1983, he was the recipient of the K. Wolens Distinguished Service Award for his community service. He served two terms on the Navarro College Board of Trustees. He was board chairman of Navarro Regional Hospital. He served on the board of deacons of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He served on The Salvation Army and Warehouse Living Arts Center boards and a host of specialized committees. He was also past president of the YMCA, which he continued to support and serve throughout his life.Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Countis Cooper; brother, Dean Cooper; and niece, Deanna Coyle. His family includes wife, Andrea Cooper; sister, Dorothy Malcolm Jones; son, Kelly Cooper, and daughter-in-law, Catherine Lougheed; daughter, Erin Burgy, and son-in-law, Christopher Burgy; and granddaughters, Livia Claire Burgy and Cooper Elizabeth Burgy. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating and the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. assisting. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be David Ralston, Ken Tomlinson, Ken French, Oliver Albritton, Frank Dunn, Terry Seth, Bill Maupin and C. L. Brown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Corsicana YMCA, 400 Oaklawn Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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David Edwards
Dec 15, 1957 - Oct 9, 2009

David Edwards
The greatest joy in life comes in serving others. On Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, Dr. David Edwards went to be with the Lord and hear His words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." David poured himself into the lives of thousands around the world; his greatest desire was to reach out to the lost with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. His legacy will live on through the people whose lives have been transformed because of the outpouring of Christ through David. Born in Clovis, N.M., on Dec. 15, 1957, to Glenn and Joan Edwards, David became a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ at age 17 at Glorieta, N.M. David graduated from Clovis High School in 1976, and then attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Lyndy Dawson, daughter of Dr. George and Dorothy Dawson. Lyndy and David married on Sept. 6, 1980. Lyndy was David's greatest treasure and supporter. In 1980, he took on his first ministry position at First Baptist Church in Lyndon, Kan. During this time, David earned his Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His father-in-law then encouraged him to pursue his Ph.D. degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. During this time, David and Lyndy ministered at First Baptist Church in Hennipen, Okla. They were blessed to give birth to two daughters while in seminary: Kathryn Elisabeth was born in 1985, followed by Emily Grace in 1987.While writing his dissertation, David ministered at a little neighborhood church, Stadium Drive Baptist, which provided a place of service and growth for many seminary students. Dr. David Edwards accepted the call to Main Street Baptist Church in Georgetown after receiving the highest degree in ministry, a Ph.D. degree in theology, in 1992. They moved to Georgetown in January 1994, and their son, Evan James Dawson, was born the following month. David's greatest joy in life was his family. He baptized each of his children into the family of God, and they look forward to all being reunited one day in God's kingdom. He desired to give his children the gift of missions and a heart for ministry, so the Edwards family did mission work in Uganda and Brazil. David also did mission work in Madagascar, Nigeria and Ethiopia. In 2004, the family went to a conference at Focus on the Family. There, they signed a family "Be There" covenant, in which they all promised to meet each other at the Eastern Gate of Heaven. This document is framed and displayed in the family's living room as a constant reminder to this promise. After 12 years of dedicated service, David, Lyndy and Evan moved to Corsicana where David accepted the position of senior pastor at First Baptist Church. David was a brilliant writer and scholar, his works are published in the Biblical Illustrator, newspapers, and online. David valued education highly, and was proud to become an honorary Baylor University alumni, and delighted that both of his daughters received degrees from Baylor. He sought to teach the word of God in a manner that would challenge and prepare the people of God and particularly those preparing for a life in ministry. David Edwards lives on in the lives of his family: wife of 29 years, Lyndy, and son, Evan Edwards, of Corsicana; daughter, Emily Edwards of Pennsylvania; daughter, Kathryn Mullaney and her husband, Brian, of Georgetown; and Molly and Mason in Taiwan. Preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Glenn Edwards, David is also survived by his mother, Joan Edwards of Clovis, N.M., and brothers, Jim and Taylor Edwards. He spoke fondly of his brothers and sisters in Christ, all over the world, who are imprinted by his legacy. We will all remember that his life is not defined by death, but by his favorite verse:"In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Milton Cunningham and Dr. Logan Cummings officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown. A second memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Main Street Baptist Church in Georgetown with Pastor Ernest Jones and Dr. Clint Anderson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. Memorials may be made to either the building fund or the missions fund at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Monroe Alexander "Monkey" Reeder
Nov 15, 1923 - Oct 10, 2009

Monroe Alexander "Monkey" Reeder, 85, of Levelland passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Levelland. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at First Assembly of God Church in Levelland with Minister Robert Burns officiating with interment at City of Levelland Cemetery. Pallbearers are James Asborne, Jack Van Ness, Ira Jephcott, Jim Montgomery, Junior Vineyard, and Heavy Slaughter. Monroe was born Nov. 15, 1923, in the Jester community in Navarro County to Evan Azer Reeder and Eunice Woodard Reeder. He graduated in 1936 from Bryan High School in the Drane community of Navarro County. He served in the United States Army during World War II as an infantry machine gunner from 1944 to 1946. Monroe moved from Corsicana to Levelland in 1946. He met and married Wanda Faye Allen on July 31, 1948, in Lubbock. There he worked for Western Premium Oil Corporation for 40 years as a truck driver. He was a Christian and a longtime member of the Assembly of God Church of Levelland. Monroe will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda Faye Reeder, in 2007; one grandson, Kevin Dale Van Hoose; and two sisters and one brother. Survivors include his sons, Kenneth (Eva) Reeder of Temple and Michael Allen (Felica) Reeder of Lubbock; daughters, LaQuita Gail Reeder (Dale) Van Hoose of Fort Worth and Glenda Faye (Terry) Butler of Dallas; brothers, Jerry (Jean) Reeder of Corsicana, T. C. (Kay) Reeder of Temple, and Ronny Jerome (Gaylyn) Reeder of Burleson; sisters, Letha Ellen Kight of Corsicana and Verrena Luce of Arlington; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Head Duarte Funeral Home, Levelland.

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Monroe Alexander "Monkey" Reeder, 85, of Levelland passed away Oct. 10, 2009 in Levelland.

Viewing will be held 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 at Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.

Family will receive friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland.

Funeral Service will be held on 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the First Assembly God Church in Levelland, Minister Robert Burns, officiating.

Monroe was born to Evan Azer and Eunice Reeder on November 15, 1923 in Joster. He graduated from Brian High School in 1936. He served in the United States Army for two years during WWII as an Infantry Machine Gunner from 1944 until 1946. Monroe moved from Corsicana to Levelland in 1946. He met and married Wanda Faye Allen on July 31, 1948 in Lubbock. There he worked for Western Premium Oil Corp. for 40 years as a Truck Driver. He was a Christian and a long time member of the Assembly of God Church of Levelland. Monroe, will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his sons, Kenneth (Eva) Reeder of Temple, and Michael Allen (Felica) Reeder of Lubbock; daughters, La Quita Gail Reeder (Dale) Van Hoose of Ft. Worth and Glenda Faye (Terry) Butler of Dallas; brothers, Jerry (Jean) Reeder of Corsicana, T.C. (Kay) Reeder of Temple, and Ronny Jerome (Gaylyn) Reeder of Burleson; sisters, Letha Ellen Kight of Corsicana, Verrena Luce of Mansville; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda Faye Reeder in 2007; one grandson, Kevin Dale Van Hoose; and two sisters and one brother

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Van Hoose, Khristopher Reeder, Korey Reeder, Christian Reeder, Ben Hardy, and C.W. Van Hoose. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Asborne, Jack Van Ness, Ira Jephcott, Jim Montgomery, Jr. Vineyard, and Heavy Slaughter.

Interment will be at City of Levelland Cemetery.

Under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.


Wanda Faye (Allen) Reeder 
May 24, 1930  - Mar 13, 2007

Mrs. Wanda Reeder, 76, of Levelland died Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Church in Levelland, with Pastor Robert Burns officiating. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today and 9 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive visitors from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Head Duarte Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Wanda Allen Reeder was born May 24, 1930, to Willis and Mattie Lena Allen, in Pettit. She married Monroe A. Reeder on July 31, 1948, in Lubbock. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Levelland for 35 years as a contract rural route carrier. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church of Levelland.

She is survived by her husband, Monroe A. Reeder of Levelland; sons, Kenneth (Eva) Reeder of Temple and Michael Reeder of Lubbock; daughters, La Quita (Dale) Van Hoose of Fort Worth and Glenda (Terry) Butler of Sachase; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Viola Simpson of Plainview and Sharon Withrow of Levelland. She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one grandson, Kevin Van Hoose.

Pallbearers will be: Jeremy Van Hoose, Kristopher Reeder, Korey Reeder, Van Jones, C.W. Van Hoose, Terry Young, and Ronnie Young. Honorary pallbearers will be: Floyd Ward, JackVan Ness, and James Osbourn.

Interment will be at the City of Levelland Cemetery under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland.

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Gerald Boyd Pullin
Apr 2, 1928 - Oct 14, 2009

Gerald Boyd Pullin, 81, of Blooming Grove passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. He was born April 2, 1928, in Blooming Grove to John T. Pullin and Lela Boyd Pullin. He is survived by wife, Billie Jean Pullin of Blooming Grove; son, Gerald Michael Pullin of Ennis; sister, Fannie Dugan of Frost; brother, Johnny Darwood Pullin of Fairfield, Calif.; and grandchildren, Jeremy Michael Pullin and Amanda Michelle Pullin. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Landralyn Pierce officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Pullin, Jeremy Pullin, Sonny Boyd, Charlie Guynes, Billy Hargrove and Donnie Gillen. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Boyd and Lester Hambrick. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John Franklin Williams
Apr 19, 1944 - Oct 14, 2009

John Franklin Williams, 65, of Ennis passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. He was born April 19, 1944, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Franklin and Ophelia Williams. Mr. Williams loved to travel and cook. He also owned and operated Gedney Corporation in Dallas. He is survived by wife, Carolyn Williams of Ennis; son, Clifton Williams and wife Anne of San Diego; grandchildren, Baxter and Mason Williams of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin Pitt Williams and Ophelia Florence Williams. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Earl Leon Woods
Oct 18, 1930 - Oct 13, 2009

Earl Leon Woods, 78, of Purdon passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Caledonia, Miss., to Erbie and Trudy Woods. Mr. Woods enjoyed traveling, working around the house and antiques. He and his wife owned Mary Antiques and Collectibles, where he enjoyed sitting out front on the bench. He is survived by wife of 54 years, Mary Woods; daughter, Rhonda Young and husband Mark of Red Oak, and Cheryl Renteria and husband Daniel of Wylie; brother, Charles Wood and wife Janette of Topsy; grandsons, Brian Young of Highland Village, Michael Lougheed of Balch Springs; granddaughters, Libby Wolverton of Lewisville and Anna Leigh Hammons of Plano. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Troy Sykes officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Young, Travis Wolverton, Justin Woods, Charles Wood, Frankie Woods and Randy Woods. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Haynes) Crumbley
Mar 15, 1914 - Oct 14, 2009

Mary Elizabeth (Haynes) Crumbley, 95, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating and assisted by the Rev. Mike Alexander. Interment will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Park on West State Highway 31.Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews: Gene Smith, Don Gibson, Phillip Howard, Grant Gibson, Paul Robie and Tommy Haynes. Mary was born March 15, 1914, in Corsicana. She was the sixth daughter of David Lee and Mary Catherine Haynes in a family of 10 children. She was raised in Corsicana and married to R. G. Crumbley for 46 years. She worked at Dyer's department store, Miller Hat Factory and Tex-Sun Glove Factory. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church for many years attending regularly until her later years. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, R. G. Crumbley; parents, David and Mary Haynes; sisters, Mattie Elmore, Maudie Russell, Minnie Robertson, Nancy Jones, Carrie Harris, and Agnes Benson; brother, T.G. Haynes; and an infant brother. Surviving her is one sister, Ruth Gibson of Ennis, as well as many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Kathy (Lewellen) Roberts
May 10, 1970 - Oct 14, 2009

Kathy Roberts, 39, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on May 10, 1970, in Dallas. She was a veteran having served during Desert Storm. She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Shaw and husband Robert of Corsicana; grandson, Tanner Shaw of Corsicana; mother, Sharon Barrington and husband Jim of Corsicana; father, Jerry Lewellen and wife Linda of Plano; sister, Tracy Reamy of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Ewton officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gloria (Obrecht) Smith
Oct 26, 1954 - Oct 16, 2009

Gloria Smith, 54, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born in Denison, Iowa on Oct. 26, 1954, to Bud Obrecht and LaJune Weidmann Obrecht. Gloria was employed as a supervisor with Russell Stover for 11 years and devoted her time from work with her family and friends. Survivors include her loving companion, Jack Wayland "T-Bone" McClellan Jr. of Corsicana; daughters, Tasha Smith of Ennis, and Dani Boulware and husband Shade of Corsicana; and a granddaughter, Harper Boulware; father, Bud Obrecht of Schleswig, Iowa; sisters, Linda Hennington of Denison, Iowa; Brenda Ernst of Sioux City, Iowa; and Marla Teut of Schleswig, Iowa; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, LaJune Obrecht; and a brother, Keith Obrecht. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services and burial will be held in Schleswig, Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, under the direction of Walter A. Huebner and Family Funeral Home. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Maria Aldama
Nov 7, 1937 - Oct 19, 2009

Maria Aldama, 71, of Rogers, Ark., formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. She was born in Purdon on Nov. 7, 1937. She is survived by husband of 54 years, Ben Aldama of Rogers, Ark.; sons, Ben Aldama Jr. and wife Paula of Rogers, Ark., and Steve Aldama and wife Leigh Anne of Rogers, Ark.; grandchildren, Erika Aldama, Jake Aldama, Elena Aldama, Braden Aldama and Jack Aldama; and great-grandson, Silas Aldama. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bob Aldama, David Aldama, Chris Aldama, Greg Barlow and Ernest Fletes. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Norma Jean (Wyatt) Buie
Oct 7, 1930 - Oct 17, 2009

Norma Jean Buie, 79, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at her home in Mexia. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia. Jean Buie was born on Oct. 7, 1930, in Natchez, Miss., where she was married 20 years later to her husband of 59 years, Brother W. C. "Sonny" Buie. Jean worked for 20 years as a registered nurse while raising a family of five children. Jean spent most of her life serving the church as a pastor's wife and served as a missionary to the Navajo community in New Mexico. Jean was a member of Petty's Chapel Baptist Church in Corsicana, where Brother Buie serves as pastor. Jean was preceded in death by her mother and father, Boyd and Ruby Wyatt; her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Bill Zerbe; and her granddaughter, Bonnie Marcum. She is survived by her husband, William "Sonny" Buie; her three daughters, Debbie Ferguson, Billie Marcum and Mandy McCain; and her son, William C. Buie III. Jean also had 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Serving as pallbearers were John Ferguson II, Rich Myers, Kirby Culp, JoShua Zerbe, James Frazier and Matt Marcum. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Vick and Dwain Wilson. Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.

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Charles Cameron Clemens
July 26, 1992 - Oct 18, 2009

Charles Cameron Clemens, 17, of Barry passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. He was born July 26, 1992, in Corsicana to Harald Clemens and Judy Brown. He is survived by parents, Judy Clemens of Barry and Harald Clemens of Emhouse; brothers, Caleb and Chris Clemens of Barry; grandparents, Charles and Janet Brown of Melvern, Kan., and Claire Clemens of California; and aunts, Linda, Holly and Jolene, all of Melvern, Kan. Services will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Mike Howell and Dan Layne officiating. Memorials may be made to Citizens National Bank, in care of Judy Clemens, 400 W. Collin St. or 3590 W. Seventh Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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October 19, 2009

Blooming Grove teen killed in crash
By Bob Belcher and Deanna Brown

Students at Blooming Grove High School gathered Monday for a time of prayer and tears, mourning the loss of a classmate in a weekend car crash.

Charles Cameron Clemens, 17, was killed when his 2000 Ford Focus struck a fence and tree at 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The report said Clemens was driving east on FM 744 at a high rate of speed, when his car left the roadway onto the south shoulder, over corrected to the left and then back to the right. The car then went into a side skid into the south median, striking a fence and tree with the driver’s side of the vehicle. Clemens was wearing a seat belt, the report said.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Chris Williamson, assisted by DPS Sgt. Kenneth Authier, the Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department and the Navarro County Sheriff’s office.

In preparation for students returning to school Monday following the accident, Kari Ivey, counselor at Blooming Grove High School, contacted area church staff members. Danny “Quim” Miles of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove was one of the youth ministers contacted.

“We had an assembly at 8 a.m. Monday in the auditorium, and the principal told the kids that teachers and staff members from churches were available if they wanted to talk,”

Miles said. “He gave them the information about Cameron’s death, then left it open. It was complete silence for about 15 minutes. We prayed with two or three kids, then he dismissed them to go to their classes.” Miles said the accident took place Saturday night, and most people in the town of Blooming Grove knew about it on Sunday. He said it was discussed in his youth group during Sunday School that morning, and he suspected the same happened at other churches with youth.

 “I spoke to Cameron’s elder brother, Caleb,” Miles said. “He said several churches were helping the family. I didn’t know Cameron very well, but he had been to the Lion’s Den for Fifth Quarter several times ...

“The kids handled it well this morning. There were tears. It is a tragic thing.”

Funeral arrangements for Clemens were finalized Monday.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Joe Blanton Fogg
Oct 21, 1919 - Oct 18, 2009

Joe B. Fogg
Joe B. Fogg, World War II combat veteran, retired U.S. Postal Service employee, and former businessman here, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Twilight Home surrounded by family members. Born in Navarro County Oct. 21, 1919, he was within three days of reaching his 90th birthday. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Steve Moss, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, and Chaplain Bill Honea of Corsicana will be officiating. Masons will conduct the burial services at Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Fogg, a 1937 graduate of Corsicana High School, served his country in the European theater during World War II where he earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star along with other awards and citations. He was a member of the 94th Infantry Division and was a member of the Army as it stormed Normandy in August 1944. He advanced across the Normandy Beach three days following the invasion of Europe. He was mobilized with the Texas National Guard in 1941 and was later reassigned to the 94th Infantry Division. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army, he joined the 36th (Texas) Infantry Division, a major component of the Texas Army National Guard. He later would earn a commission as a second lieutenant. He retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel holding several command and staff positions. Following World War II, he joined the U.S. Postal Service in Corsicana and delivered mail as a city route man. He served more than three decades with the postal service, retiring as superintendent of mails. Following that, he served as an appraiser for the City Tax Office. Later he was affiliated with a local real estate office.He and his late wife, the former Miss Louise Howell of 63 years, were entrepreneurs, owning and operating the Black Swan Antique Shop in Corsicana many years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a 40-year member of Scurry Lodge, as well as a member of the Eastern Star. He was an active member of the former Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church, which is now St. Luke United Methodist Church. He served First United Methodist Church in leadership roles throughout the past four decades. While his children were students in the Corsicana ISD, he was active in the band and teacher associations. Born in Corsicana, he was the son of the late Bertha and Joseph Fogg, former residents of Navarro and Kaufman counties. His parents and brother, Ernest, are buried at Scurry. A sister, Mrs. Johnny Fogg Smith, rests in Richland Cemetery. A widower, he married the former Miss Louise Howell, who died in 2004 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Included among his survivors are one daughter, Evelyn M. Grimmett and husband Richard of Corsicana; two sons, Douglas A. Fogg and wife Maryanne of Corsicana, and David Fogg and wife Kathy of Durant, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Fogg and wife Frances of Garland; and a number of nieces and nephews. Members of the Masonic Lodge will be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joe was born on October 21, 1919 and passed away in November 2009.

Joe was last known to be living in Corsicana, Texas.

Mr Fogg, a 1937 graduate of Corsicana High School.

He was a World War II combat veteran. He served his country in the European theater during World War II where he earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star along with other awards and citations. He was a member of the 94th Infantry Division and was a member of the Army as it stormed Normandy in August, 1944. He advanced across the Normandy beach three days following the invasion of Europe.
He was mobilized with the Texas National Guard in 1941 and was later reassigned to the 94th Infantry Division. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army, he joined the 36th (Texas) Infantry Division a major component of the Texas Army National Guard. he later would earn a commission as a second lieutenant. He retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel holding several command and staff positions.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise.

Funeral services are Thursday at 3:30pm at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Rev. Mike Alexander, senior pastor of FIrst United Methodist Church, Rev. Steve Moss, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church and Chaplain Bill Honea of Corsicana will be officiating. Masons will conduct the burial services in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

No funeral service information has been provided by the family or the funeral home.


Cindy "Lulu" (Nichols) Benton
Apr 5, 1960 - Oct 18, 2009

Cindy "Lulu" Nichols, 49, of Frost passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born April 5, 1960, in Greenwood, Miss., to Loyd and Sarah Wiggins Nichols. She is survived by her husband, Damon Benton of Frost; mother and stepfather, Fran and Billy Holliman of Lancaster; brother, Ronnie Holliman of Forney; sister, Jackie Moore of Fort Worth; brother, Tim Nichols of China Spring; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of Community Chapel church. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will be at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Donald Allen Wilkerson
Apr 27, 1985 - Oct 17, 2009

Spc. Donald Allen Wilkerson, 24, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on April 27, 1985, to Betty and Dorrence Wilkerson in Dumas. He is survived by his parents, Betty and Don Wilkerson of Corsicana; sisters, Misty Beddick of Fort Hood and Cpl. Amy Wilkerson of Corsicana; nephews, Christopher Wilkerson of Corsicana and James Beddick of Fort Hood; nieces, Isabel Beddick of Fort Hood and Jaymee Lea Wilkerson of Corsicana; grandmothers, Juanita Sargent of Corsicana and Margaret Alice Cain of Pratt, Kan.; uncle and aunt, Ken and Linda Williams of Corsicana; and uncle, Lee Williams of Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Phyllis Green of Longmont, Colo. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Maj. Terry Cara, chaplain for the 7th Psychological Operations Group, officiating. Funeral honors will be presented by soldiers from the 17th Psychological Operations Battalion, Lt. Col. Michael G. Barger, battalion commander. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rex Spurgeon Sr.
Feb 21, 1927 - Oct 20, 2009

Rex Spurgeon Sr. passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the I.O.O.F. Nursing Home in Ennis after a long illness. He was born on Feb. 21, 1927, in Valley Farm to James "Rob" and Myrtle Spurgeon. He was reared in and around Ellis and Navarro counties. He attended school in the Hopewell community. In 1948, he enlisted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge, he married Kitty Ruth Threet on June 27, 1951. He was employed by Leggett and Platt Inc., from where he retired after 48 years as a materials foreman. As an avid fisherman and hunter, his love of the outdoors was second only to his family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchild. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kitty Spurgeon; along with their children, Rex Jr. and his wife Donna, Larry and his wife Peggy, Toni and her husband Jerry Butler, and Steve Spurgeon, all of Ennis. He is also survived by his adored grandchildren, Todd Butler, Jeremy Butler, Nicholas Spurgeon, who is currently deployed overseas, Tyler Spurgeon, Robyn Spurgeon and Paxton Spurgeon, all of Ennis; one great-grandchild, Addison Butler, also of Ennis; a sister, Hope St. Mars and her husband Verne of Rice; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rob and Myrtle Spurgeon; a brother, James R. Spurgeon; and sisters, Catherine Mundie, Virginia Hobbs, Larue Simmons, Lucille Franks, and Billie Ann Spurgeon. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel in Ennis. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Chapel in Ennis. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Todd Butler, Jeremy Butler, Tyler Spurgeon, Corey Bruton, Weldon Caldwell Jr., and Nathan Franks. Honorary pallbearers will be Nicholas Spurgeon, Lloyd "Bubba" Medlin, James Franks, William Cherry, James Cherry and Rex Reid. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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James Tolbert Thomas
Sep 24, 1927 - Oct 15, 2009

James Tolbert Thomas, 82, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. R. C. Emanuel and the Rev. L. L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Pallbearers will be Elmer Thomas Jr., Marcus Harper, Earl Redrick, Traevoyie Tolbert Oliphant, Henry Nobles Jr. and Fred Russell Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Thomas, Ralph Williams, Fred Mitchell, Kennard Nichols, Jim Sharpless, Richard Gillespie, Billie Gray, Elbert Gillespie, Steven Baynes and James Harper. Mr. Thomas was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Powell. He was an active member of Bethel AME Church. He was a retired assembler for General Motors in Pontiac, Mich., after 20 years of service. He was a veteran that served his country in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester E. Thomas and Emmaline Swift Thomas; and brother, Chester Bernard Thomas. Survivors include his four loving children, Virginia Thomas Mays, Elmer E. Thomas (Nora), Earlene Gillespie (Richard), and Bernadine Bryant (Keith); two sisters, Armelia Thomas Williams and Esther Thomas Yelder; one aunt, Clemmie C. Thomas; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and dear friends. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Luna Dee (Chewning) Callaway
July 10, 1908 - Oct 21, 2009

Luna D. Callaway
Luna D. Callaway passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the age of 101. She had been living with her daughter, Joyce Puckett, in Weleetka, Okla., for the past nine years, where she received wonderful care. She was born July 10, 1908, to Mary B. and William Henry Chewning in Navarro County. Luna married George A. Callaway in Waxahachie on Dec. 23, 1926. They had three daughters, Joyce Puckett, Doris Mesker and Judy Jones. She worked at Collin Street Bakery during fruitcake seasons for a number of years. She also worked at Navarro Regional Hospital in the snack bar. Luna was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Callaway; her parents, Mary B. and William Henry Chewning; sister, Clara Basham; and grandson, George Alan Lance. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving daughters, Joyce Puckett of Weleetka, Okla., Doris Mesker of Clute, and Judy Jones of Arlington; nine grandchildren, Mike Lance of Boynton, Okla., Cathy Thomas and husband Jerry of Boynton, Okla., Steve Mesker and wife Tricia of Brazoria, Susan Bornsheuer of Spring, Mark Mesker and wife Claire of Cypress, David Mesker of Vidor, Joshua Jones and wife Sarah of Arlington, Amy Pierce and husband Loyd of Arlington, and Julie Hueber and husband Tim of Corsicana; and numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mike Lance, Steve Mesker, Mark Mesker, David Mesker, Joshua Jones and Jerry Thomas. The family extends a special thanks to Betty Hill for her loving care and assistance; her nurse, Emma Crockett, who lovingly cared and gave guidance to the family; and all the nurses and staff of Angelic Hospice. Donations may be made to the Church of Christ of Weleetka, Okla., or the Angelic Hospice of Oklahoma. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lester Ray Hambrick
Sep 19, 1929 - Oct 21, 2009

Lester Ray Hambrick, 80, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. He was born on Sept. 19, 1929, to Decaleb Lipscomb and Margaret Lillie (Honea) Hambrick in Emmett. A Korean War veteran, Lester retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after serving over 25 years first as a mechanic and later as the service manager. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Wanda (Barham) Hambrick; son, Gary Wayne Hambrick; his parents "Dee" and Lillie Hambrick; sister, Marie Hambrick; and twin sister, Hester Seale; brothers, Cabe and Lee Roy Hambrick; and special friend, Gerald "Buddy" Pullin. He is survived by his son, Mark Hambrick and wife Karen of Barry; son, Michael Hambrick and wife Anna of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Hambrick of Ennis; brother, Joe Dee Hambrick of Corsicana; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces, and many dear friends. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Bill Graves, Billy Hobbs, Adam McLean, David Seale, Cody Seale, and Kevin Hambrick and honorary pallbearer will be Wesley Laza. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John Albert Richards
Feb 8, 1954 - Oct 24, 2009

John A. Richards
Services for John A. Richards, 55, of Corsicana, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. "Big John," as most knew him, was a 1972 graduate of Corsicana High and a lifelong resident of the city. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Big John was a man whose name fit his stature. His large personality and robust love for life was exceeded only by his love of family and friends. Big John was a business owner for many years and was also involved in his community. He was a coach in the Corsicana Teen-Age Baseball Association for many years at all levels. In 1994 he was a coach for the state champion senior league Corsicana White Sox and a past board member of the local league. John was a devoted family man. He loved family gatherings, loved to laugh and joke — his booming voice and infectious laugh filling a room. He was born Feb. 8, 1954, to Fred Richards Sr. and Marjorie Bennett Richards in Corsicana. He passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at his home. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Richards; his wife of 24 years, Jackie Richards; one son, Clayton Richards of Corsicana; four daughters, Malissa Bullard and Jennifer Ragland of Corsicana, Julie Waller (Darrell) of Mildred and Kristen Michaud (Mitch) of Teague; four grandsons, Keith Bullard, Clay Waller, Bryce Richards and Jacob Castillo; two granddaughters, Callie Waller and Haley Waller; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred Richards Jr. (Rosellen) Richards of Navarro; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tommy and Jill Davis of Malakoff; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chip and Kim Souza of Bella Vista, Ark.; nephews, Gary Richards of Virginia, Brian Richards of Navarro, Jared Souza, Jake Souza and Josh Souza of Arkansas, Tommy Davis of Forney and Lesley Davis of Garland; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and a niece, Kristi Davis Hanisch. Pallbearers will be Lynn Shelton, Scott McCreary, Brian Richards, Ray Jacobs, Russell Ybarra, Monty Casbeer, Cody Callahan, Randy Dill, Keith Bullard and Clay Waller. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Waller, Troy Bullard, Vernon Sonnier, Russell Ralston, Troy Allison, Bryan Latham and Bobby Shults. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dorthy (Britton) Gilmore
Apr 16, 1937 - Oct 23, 2009

Death came to Dorthy Britton Gilmore Friday, October 23, after a battle with lung cancer. The daughter of Burnice Britton and Marie Motley Britton Stringer, Dorthy was born April 16, 1937 in Dawson, and lived most of her life in Corsicana. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God and was a long-time cosmetologist and for many years owned and ran LaDot's Beauty Shop. She was an avid gardener and crafter. She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother Andy Britton, Atlanta, GA; sister Bobbie Chipman, Portland, OR; brother Bo Britton, Forney; sister Cynthia Speed, Corsicana; and brother Kenneth Britton, Petersburg, IN. She is also survived by her son Don Teer and his wife Sanna of Ben Wheeler; son David Teer and his wife Connie of Brownsboro; and son Kevin Gilmore and his wife Debbie of Temple, as well as by twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her grandsons Ross Teer, David Teer, Dietrich Teer, Chris Teer and Cameron Gilmore and grand-nephew Ethan Stringer. Services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, October 28, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roghton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., October 27, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dee Cleo "Tom" Robinson
Apr 5, 1922 - Oct 22, 2009

Dee "Tom" Robinson, 87, of Hillsboro died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, near Corsicana, with the Rev. Paul Clark officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro. Dee was born April 5, 1922, in the Cryer Creek community in Navarro County, the son of Vance and Mattie (Reed) Robinson. He grew up in Blooming Grove. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army. On Dec. 31, 1946, he married Kathleen Roman. He farmed for a while in Dawson. Then in 1956 they moved to Hillsboro, where he worked for a propane gas company and then went on to own and operate an insulation business until 1981 when he started his career as a Realtor, retiring in 2007. He was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Preceding him in death were his parents; grandson, John Christopher Webster; four sisters; and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Robinson of Hillsboro; children, Kitty Webster Burkman and husband Winston of Fort Worth and Johnny Robinson and wife Becki of Waxahachie; three grandchildren, David Webster, Chad Robinson and DeDe Hulett; six great-grandchildren, Kristen Webster, Zachary Webster, Audrey Robinson, Emily Robinson, Haden Robinson and Pierson Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.

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Bennie D. Vaught
Feb 21, 1945 - Oct 23, 2009

Bennie D. Vaught of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Mount Vernon at the age of 64. He was born on Feb. 21, 1945, in Corsicana to Cecil Whorton Vaught and Evelyn Sue Hollifield Vaught. Mr. Vaught was a veteran and had worked in the trucking industry. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wayne Vaught. Survivors include his sisters, Sue Wright Pugh of Winnsboro, Esta Howard of Kaufman and Wanda Knox of Logavista. Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

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Ivan Earl Bramall
Oct 23, 1905 - March 30, 1986

FUNERAL PROGRAM

IN MEMORY OF IVAN EARL BRAMALL
DATE OF BIRTH: OCT. 23, 1905
DATE OF DEATH: MARCH 30, 1986

SERVICES: GRIFFIN-ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME
TUESDAY APRIL 1, 1986 10:00am

OFFICIATING: DR. DAVID HALE

PALLBEARERS: N. S. STRAWN, BUSTER HADEN, REGAN GROUNDS, BILLY BRAMALL, ELVIS MINCHEW, DARWIN OUDERKIAK

INTERMENT: DRESDEN CEMETERY

ARRANGEMENTS: GRIFFIN-ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME

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Eric, Jason and Brent Boulware
June 12, 1991 - June 12, 1991

Eric, Jason and Brent Boulware of Purdon, died June 12, 1991, at Baylor Medical Center.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Dresden Cemetery, with the4 Rev. Doyle Purifoy officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Survivors include their Parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Boulware, of Purdon, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hopson of Amarillo, and Mr. and Mrs. Leland Haren of Mount Pleasant; and two great-grandmothers, Jewel Turner of Purdon and Opal Hopson of Odessa.
Family will receive visitors from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Irene Rebecca (Hustead) Bramall
Jan 25, 1909 - Oct 13, 1971

FUNERAL FOR MRS BRAMALL LAST FRIDAY

Mrs Irene Rebecca Bramall died Wednesday of last week at her home in the Dresden community.
Funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana where she was a member. Pastor Mickey Loftis was the minister. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.
Casket Bearers were J. D. Melton, Harold Dunagan, Edwin Bramall, Billy Bramall, Elvis Minslow and Clifton Miller.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Mrs. Bramall was the former Irene Rebecca Hustead. She was born n the Blg Grove community January 25, 1909, and had lived in the Dresden home for the past eight years.
She is survived by her husband Ivan E. Bramall of Dresden; one son, Buster Bramall of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Polly Hopson of Dresden, Mrs. Betty Merritt and Mrs. Carol Colston, both of Dallas; three grandchildren; three brothers, Jack Hustead, Tom Hustead and Buster Hustead, all of Malakoff.

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Mrs. Bramall

BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.) - Mrs. Irene Rebecca Bramall, 62, a life long resident of Navarro County died at 8 a.m. Wednesday at her home in Dresden after a long illness.
Born in 1909 in Blooming Grove, she had made her home in the Dresden community for the past several years. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church of Corsicana.
She is survived by her husband, Ivan Bramall of Dresden; one son, Buster Bramall of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Merritt of Dallas, Mrs. Polly Hopson of Dresden, and Mrs. Carol Colston of Dallas; three brothers, Buster Hustead, Tom Hustead and Jack Hustead, all of Malakoff; and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending at McCormick Funeral Service in Blooming Grove.

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W. F. Cottongame
May 18, 1885 - June 14, 1945

W. F. COTTONGAME FUNERAL SERVICES HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for W. F. (Buddy) Cottongame, aged 60, years formerly of Hubbard, who died at his home near Frost Tuesday night were held Thursday afternoon with interment in the Dawson cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, seven children, Mrs. May Hoffman, Fort Worth; Mrs. J. D. Poulter, Brownwood; Mrs. Charles Hyles, Frost; Miss Ethel Cottongame, Frost; James L. Cottongame, U.S. Army in Germany; Robert Cottongame, Frost; Annie Marie Cottongame, Frost; five sisters, four brothers, mother, and three grandchildren.

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Mary J. Byrd
d. Jan 1924

Mrs. Mary J. Byrd Died Sunday Afternoon
Mrs. Mary J. Byrd, wife of Chas. Byrd, aged 74 years, died at the family, home, 1001 Summit avenue, at 5:30 yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in Oakwood at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband and six children, Dee Byrd, Charley Byrd, Jr., Walter Byrd, Mrs. P. E. Walker and Misses Lizzie and Minnie Byrd.
The deceased has been a resident here for more than forty years, and was loved by a large circle of friends. She had been a consecrated member of the Methodist Protestant church for many years. The funeral was largely attended and there was a profusion of pretty floral offerings.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Sanders of Cooper and Rev. W. A. Sanders of Corsicana and the following were pallbearers. Bryant Simpson, M. T. Jackson, T. J. ???. C C. Hughes, H. T. Rowe, F. T. Whitehill, Roy Canady and J. C. Morgan.

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Fannie Mae (Thomas) Vernon
Sep 20, 1920 - Oct 26, 2009
 

Fannie Mae Vernon, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend was called to be with our Lord on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in Corsicana. Fannie Mae was born on Sept. 20, 1920, in Merit to Walter Judd Thomas and Fannie Collins Thomas. She attended schools in Merit and went on to college in Denton where she graduated with degrees in home economics and science from Texas Woman's University. While in Denton, Fannie Mae met Lewis C. Vernon. The couple married in 1942 after graduation. They returned to Kerens to live on the Vernon family farm. They had two children, Walter Lewis Vernon and Theresa "Terri" Ann Vernon. Fannie Mae lived a blessed life of 89 years. She touched the lives of many and was a great friend to all. She never hesitated to volunteer her time to help others in need. Fannie Mae was the consummate giver and had an active and busy lifetime devoting herself to family and to others. Her many accolades only represent a small part of her giving spirit. For over 50 years, she volunteered her time to the Navarro County Youth Exposition. In 1976, Fannie Mae was awarded the coveted K. Wolens Award by the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. As a tribute to her love for the youth of the community and the NCYE, the Fannie Mae Vernon building was named in her honor. She was a member and director of the Kerens Chamber of Commerce and was awarded its Goodwill Ambassador Award in 1982, which was renamed the Fannie Mae Vernon Award to be awarded annually at the Chamber of Commerce banquet. Fannie Mae helped organize the Magnet Program, served on the Master Action Plan for Navarro College, worked as dietary consultant with Community Services from 1975 to 2002, and dietician for Kerens Nursing Home for 21 years. She was a member of Kerens Library Board of Directors, Kerens Garden Club, Kerens Kiwanis Club, Friends of Youth secretary/treasurer, and many other groups and organizations. She worked for Texas Power and Light Company for 37 years. Fannie Mae's most recent love was the Navarro Regional Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies). She joined in 1989 and enjoyed every one of the over 20,000 volunteer hours and 20 years of work. She touched the lives of patients, patrons, and employees of the hospital. Fannie Mae served as president, coordinated events, decked the halls, and worked in the gift shop all to her enjoyment. She was the 1994 Volunteer of the Year chosen by the hospital administration and she continued to volunteer until her health forced her to move to the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Retirement only meant that there were not enough hours for her to accomplish all that she wanted to for the people in her life. She was truly a unique and remarkable woman. Fannie Mae was a member of First Baptist Church of Kerens where she served as the hostess for many years. She served in many other capacities during her 60 years of membership and was active in every way possible at FBC. She willingly gave of her love and time. Fannie Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Vernon in 1980; and by her son, Walter Vernon in 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Orn and husband James Orn of Corsicana; sister, Ottlean Battle, and brother-in-law, Judie Battle, of Greenville; grandchildren, Lesle Alli and husband Paul Alli of Spring, Ylonda Brock of Olathe, Kan., Walter Vernon Jr. of California, Michael Vernon and his wife Jennifer; and great-grandchildren, Lanay, Kenadi, Michael, Kayla, Mikenzie, and Kortnie. Fannie Mae is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and an abundance of very special friends. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel and conducted by the Rev. Wes Johnson and the Rev. Mike Alexander with interment to follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Paschal, Don Paschal, A.L. "Buster" Atkeisson, David Foreman, Leland Vernon, and Stan Speed. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of First Baptist Church. Our grateful appreciation and love go to Dr. John Updegrove for his dedication and his fondness for Fannie Mae. Memorials may be made to the Kerens Library and First Baptist Church of Kerens Building Fund. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Earl Loyd Watkins
June 13, 1927 - Oct 27, 2009

Earl Loyd Watkins, 82, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, in Corsicana. Mr. Watkins was born on June 13, 1927, in Corsicana to George Washington and Otie Clay (Howell) Watkins. Mr. Watkins was an owner/operator of an appliance and furniture store. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ben Bernal, Bill Stoner, Carl White, George Green, Larry Morrison, and Randy Dill. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Marett and Howard Coley. Mr. Watkins is survived by his children, Cynthia Watkins of Corsicana, Kip Watkins and wife Christine of Houston, and Susan Watkins of Austin. Mr. Watkins was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one brother. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Curtis Barlow
Oct 4, 1941 - Oct 29, 2009

Curtis Barlow, 68, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. He was born Oct. 4, 1941, in Corsicana to the late Milton and Bessie Barlow. Curtis married Ruby Louise on Dec. 20, 1984, in Lubbock. He was a farm loan manager for USDA, Farm Service Agency in Brownfield and Tahoka for more the 37 years. Curtis was Farm Loan Manager of the Year in Texas in 1998 and 2006. He had been a longtime member of Southcrest Baptist Church. Curtis is survived by his wife, Ruby; sons, Wesley Barlow of Mexia and Jason Barlow of Richland; stepson, Cloyd Brandon of Lubbock; stepdaughters, Cassie Henry of Lubbock and Kim Hambleton of Guymon, Okla.; brothers, B.C. Barlow of Corsicana and Fred Barlow of Chatfield; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Barney, Lester, and Cortis Barlow; and a sister, Mary Sawyer. Services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at Southcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at City of Lubbock Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Sanders Funeral Home, 1420 Main St., Lubbock. Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society or Southcrest Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by Sanders Funeral Home, Lubbock.

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Bobby Gene Clay
Sep 20, 1929 - Nov 1, 2009

Bobby Gene Clay was taken into the heaven by the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. He was a devoted husband, daddy and Pawpaw to many grandkids and great-grandkids. Bobby was born on Sept. 20, 1929, to the late William S. Clay and the late Ruby Harris. He served his country in the United States Army. He served as a Corsicana firefighter for 32 years and served Navarro County as deputy for 10 years. He was a proud Christian and served as a ordained deacon. He was preceded in death by his father, William S. Clay; mother, Ruby Harris; father in-law, Seldon Smeltzer; and son in-law, Dean Cates. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Clay; son, David Clay and wife Darlene of Arlington; daughter, Pam Cates of Corsicana; son, Randy Clay and wife Lisa of Corsicana; grandchildren, Lori, Cheyne, Dustin, Alison, Amber, Kyle, Jason, Paula, Michael, Thresa, Brody, Meagan and J. T.; great-grandchildren, Chase, Kenneth, Nathan, Hayden, Carter, Paige, Laney and Kouper; mother-in-law, Geraldine Smeltzer; and brothers, Willie S. Clay and Richard Neal. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ricki Crenshaw, Ron Franks, Dusty Ledbetter, Kevin Farmer, Darrell Stevenson, Gerald Whitehead, Doug Fogg, Ken Parker, Dickie Mullenix, Randy Blue and L. H. Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are the Navarro County Sheriff's Department. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Fisher Johnson, Jr.
Sep 8, 1938 - Oct 28, 2009

Fisher Johnson Jr., 71, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.Wake service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with Pastor Billy Joe Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Fisher was born Sept. 8, 1938, in Corsicana. He attended Jackson High School and soon became a hard-working young man at an early age. His profession of faith was with the Church of God in Christ in which he grew up. Until his recent illness, he attended Johnson Memorial COGIC. His previous employment included McKee Lumber Company, CISD, and spent a great number of years working until retirement age at the Big Brown Power Plant (TXU) in Fairfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fisher and Juanita Johnson; brother, Johnny Johnson Sr.; and sisters, Margie Cummings and Jacqueline Johnson. Survivors include his children, Larry Kirven (Myeshia) of Long Beach, Calif., Quinton Johnson (Michelle) of Dallas, Gary Johnson (Debra) of Grand Prairie, Juanita James (Oliver) of Fort Worth, Fisher Johnson III of Atlanta, Ga., Ernest Walker (Erica) of Glenn Heights, and Tremaine Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; goddaughter, Tonya Renee Cole of Arlington; brothers, Jim Johnson and Joseph Johnson Sr. (Charlene), all of Corsicana, and Curtis Johnson Sr. (Mary) of DeSoto; sisters, Mamie Brown of Los Angeles, Calif., and Katie Wilson of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives; companion, Barbara Lambert; and special friend and mentor, Vernia Cotton. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Dorothy (Loop) Bartlett
Oct 7, 1911 - Nov 1, 2009

Dorothy Loop Bartlett, 98, of Rice, died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born in Rice on Oct. 7, 1911, to David Marion Loop and Fannie Charity Walker Loop. She graduated from Rice High School in 1929 and attended Baylor College for Women for one year. She married Roger F. "Tad" Bartlett Jr., Rice native and her high-school classmate, in Dallas on Nov. 30, 1940. After living at a succession of Army bases during Tad's World War II service, they resided in Dallas from 1946 to 1968 and in Houston from 1968 until 1972, when they returned to Rice after Tad's retirement from Cooper-Bessemer Corporation. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her three sisters, Kellie Loop, Fay Heather, and Hazel Gallemore. In her immediate family she is survived by a son, Roger of Austin and his wife Susannah Mills; by a son, Jack of DeSoto and his wife Barbara Bartlett; and by two grandchildren, Chris Bartlett of DeSoto and Catherine Bartlett of Arlington.At the time of her death she was a member of First Baptist Church of Rice. The family acknowledges with gratitude the love and care she received from church members and other friends and from her dedicated caregivers, Diane Stevens, Sheryl Rich, Eva Arender, and Angie Spann, who consistently went above and beyond normal duties to enrich and enhance her quality of life. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at noon Thursday, Nov. 5, at Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Guthrie officiating, and will be followed by a reception at First Baptist Church, 201 S. Dallas St., Rice. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to First Baptist Church of Rice, P.O. Box 188, Rice, TX 75155; Rice Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 117, Rice, TX 75155; or Rice Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 27, Rice, TX 75155. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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B. Carolyn (Ferguson) Chastain
Feb. 17, 1933 - Nov 1, 2009

B. Carolyn Chastain, 76, of Longview, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. She was born Feb. 17, 1933, in Corsicana to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ferguson. She was married July 10, 1953, to Dr. O. Jack Chastain Jr. After two years at Mary Hardin-Baylor, she transferred to North Texas State and finished her degree in education majoring in English/literature and history/government at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. She had a teaching career that spanned 22 years at Edinburgh High School; Mary Carroll High School, Corpus Christi; and Angleton High School. She committed her life to ministry and service as the wife of a minister at churches in Louisiana and Texas. She served as a Sunday school teacher, department superintendent, VBS director, WMU director, and was a volunteer with Angleton/Danbury Hospital Volunteer's Association, Retired Teacher's Association and she assisted at Noah's Ark at First Baptist Church, Angleton. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Oscar Jack Chastain Jr.; son, Dr. O. Jack "Jay" Chastain III and wife Paige of Longview; daughter, Katherine "Kay" Louise Thiele and husband Roger of Nashville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Ashlyn Paige Chastain; four grandsons, Bryan Jared Chastain and his wife Lisa, Evan Heath Chastain, Jonathan Stuart Thiele, and James David Thiele; one brother, William "Bill" H. Ferguson and wife Susan of Clifton; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe (Louise) Bledsoe of Silsbee; and numerous other dear relatives and friends. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at First Baptist Church, 209 E. South St., Longview, with Dr. Tim Watson, Dr. Kenneth Hall and Dr. John Hatch officiating. Interment will be at Rosewood Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at First Baptist Church, 237 E. Locust St., Angleton, with Dr. Rodney Bowman and the Rev. Gary Thornton officiating. Memorials may be made to the Chastain Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, Endowment Office, One Bear Place, Waco, TX 76798; or any other memorial of your choice. Carolyn demonstrated an unselfish servant's heart with a gentle and sweet spirit. Yet, she loved to play games, and some of her practical jokes are the basis of favorite family memories. Arrangements by Welch Funeral Home, Longview.

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Jerry Vinson Reeder
June 14, 1931 - Oct 31, 2009

On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, the angels came to deliver Jerry Vinson "Papaw" Reeder to his Heavenly Father. He passed away in Tyler after a courageous battle and complications from kidney disease. He was born June 14, 1931, in McKinney. He was one of nine children born to Even A. and Eunice Woodard Reeder. He served his country in Korea in 1952-1954, and continued to serve his fellow veterans and families as commander of VFW Post 3366. He was a mechanic and farmer in Corsicana for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Even A. and Eunice Reeder; brothers, Monroe Reeder and Buddy Reeder; sisters, Wanda Spurier and Gledus Wellborn; and granddaughters, Angela Horton and Sunday Ann Miller. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jean Reeder of Corsicana; daughters, Ruth Ann Horton of Corsicana, Rita Jo Sowell and husband Mike of Thornton, Donna Kay Evertt and husband Robert of Jefferson, Ga.; sons, Jerry Michael Reeder of Purdon and Jimmy Daryl Reeder and companion Frances Ramos of Corsicana; first wife and mother of his children, Ima Deen Reeder of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; step-children, Denis Edward Gee and wife Susan of Dallas, Stanley Wayne Gee of Plano, Jenean Howarth of New Braunfels, Patti Smith and husband Richard of Corpus Christi; 10 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Letha Kite of Corsicana and Verrena Luce of Arlington; and brothers, T.C. Reeder and wife Kay of Temple and Ronnie Reeder and wife Gail of Burleson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jerry Michael Reeder Jr., Bubba Wren, Justin Gordon, John Cotton, Bill Richards, Jackie Farmer, John Ivy, and Stanley Gee. Honorary Pallbears will be Gene Spicer, Johnny Meyers, and C.B. Sims. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dorothy (McClintock) Tally
Jan 4, 1926 - Nov 3, 2009

Dorothy M. Tally
Graveside service for Dorothy M. Tally of Tyler will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Richard Luna officiating. Mrs. Tally passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in Tyler. She was born on Jan. 4, 1926, in Roane to the late W. Roy and Opal McClintock. She married Glenn W. Tally on April 14, 1950, and they had been married for 59 years. She had lived in Tyler since 1972 and was a member of Pollard United Methodist Church. She retired from the United States Government after 30 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her paternal grandparents who raised her from an infant. She is survived by a loving husband, Glenn W. Tally of Tyler; sister, Sue Collie of Dallas; brother, Charles R. McClintock of Garland; special aunt, Muriel Brewster of Arlington; special uncle, J. W. McClintock of Oklahoma City; and several nieces and nephews. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 Copeland Road, Tyler, TX 75701 Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.

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Waddell Mosley
Mar 3, 1942 - Oct 31, 2009

Waddell Mosley, 67, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. Wake service will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Dairy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Pierce Hayes, James Wynn, Curtis Allen and Paul Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. Mr. Mosley was born March 3, 1942, in Grapeland. He was self-employed. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers. Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Anderson of Corsicana and Alice Anderson of McKinney; four grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Smith (Paul) of Memphis, Tenn., and Ida Mosley of Corsicana; one brother, Elton Mosley of Dallas; one aunt, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Leland P. Cook Jr.
Dec. 19, 1933 - Nov 6, 2009

Business and civic leader Leland P. Cook Jr. passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness at the age of 75. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, to Leland Preston Cook Sr. and Maudine Cook in Abilene. He was the only son of four children. Leland married his junior high sweetheart and love of his life, Sue Burton of Abilene. He attended Texas A and M on a football scholarship and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture economics. He was also a Golden Glove Heavy Weight boxing champion at Abilene High School, where he graduated in 1952. After graduation from college, he worked in banking, as well as the grocery and newspaper business in the Abilene area. In 1967, Leland moved his family, Sue and four boys, Byron, Rob, Ken and Lance, to Corsicana, to begin a career at the Corsicana Daily Sun as circulation manager. His youngest son Brad was born in Corsicana in 1970.In 1972, Leland began to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities with the purchase of Cabell's, a small convenience store in downtown Corsicana. In 1975, Cook purchased Cranford Vending Company, now known as Master Vend; which is presently owned and operated by his son, Lance. In 1985, Leland and his oldest son Byron started TRADEWEST, which initially licensed and marketed coin-operated video games, including the top selling game in 1986, Ikari Warrior. The Japanese developer of Ikari Warrior was so enamored with Leland's unique personality that he was included as a character in the final game seen at the end, Colonel Cook. In 1987, TRADEWEST became a pioneering company in the new home entertainment video game industry. As one of the early licensees of Nintendo, TRADEWEST produced such classic hits as Double Dragon, Super Off Road, and Battletoads. In the late 1980s, Leland and Sue fulfilled a lifelong dream of ranching by purchasing property now known as Richland Ranch. In the early 1990s, Leland turned his attention to the horse-racing industry. His first stakes winning horse was Senior Foxfire. In 1993, his racehorse Dixieland Heat won the Louisiana Derby, qualifying him for the Kentucky Derby. Also, their horse, Gold Nugget earned Horse of the Year through the Texas Thoroughbred Association. Leland was a prominent owner and horse breeder in Texas and received many awards and accolades from the industry. Leland had been a director of Community National Bank and Trust since 1980. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the board of Community National Bank of Texas Holding Company.Among the many other activities Leland was involved in, one of his greatest passions was coaching the American Reds little league team for 18 years. He loved and remembered every one of his players. They became part of his life as he continued to follow and encourage many of his former players into adulthood. In addition to coaching little league, he also coached Gra-Y football and soccer. He was a second generation Rotarian, former president of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. Leland was a member of the Navarro College Foundation Board. He was one of the early supporters and major benefactors of the Warehouse Living Arts Center. He also performed in the stage production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," playing the role of Big Daddy. He received the Chamber of Commerce Arthur J. Kenney Award. He was a major benefactor of the Navarro County Youth Expo. He was instrumental in the building of The Cook Center at Navarro College as a major benefactor. He loved Corsicana, which was demonstrated by his involvement and investment of his time and resources in the community. During the last year, Leland had an opportunity to share that Jesus Christ was the most important person in his life. He came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12. He felt it was important for his boys to be in church each Sunday. He and Sue are members of Northside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Preston Cook Sr. and Maudine Francis Cook; and a sister, Lora Lee Brooks.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue Cook; sons, Byron Cook and wife Kay, Rob Cook and wife Margo, Ken Cook and wife Paula, Lance Cook and wife Karen, and Brad Cook; grandchildren, Ginne and Katie Cook, Andrew Cook, Audrey Cook Reed and husband Russell, Kyle Cook and wife Kari, Carlos Cook, Leland Cook, Devin and Jack Summitt, Landon, Logan and Lawton Cook, and Hayden Cook; great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Lillie Reed, Kaeleigh and Kenlee Cook. He is also survived by his sisters and their spouses, Carole Cook and Tom Troupe, Regina and Bonnie Cocanougher, and Brian Brooks; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Building Fund or to the charity of choice. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Pallbearers will be Byron Cook, Rob Cook, Ken Cook, Lance Cook and Brad Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Zane Stites, Brian Brooks, Chuck Rash, Bill Ratliff, Dr. Kent Rogers, Gerald Romero and Jerry Stroud. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Leland Cook passes away at 75
Businessman remembered for desire to help others
By Bob Belcher

Daily Sun



Longtime Corsicana businessman Leland Cook passed away Friday at the age of 75.

Cook was a banker, rancher, race horse owner, and founder of Master Vend in Corsicana, as well as the video game company Tradewest, whose beginnings in Corsicana launched several world-famous video game titles. He also worked for many years at the Corsicana Daily Sun, serving as the paper’s circulation manager.

Cook and his family — wife Sue, and four sons, Byron, Ken, Lance and Rob — moved to Corsicana in 1967 when Cook joined the Daily Sun. A fifth son, Brad, was born in 1970.

In 1972, Cook purchased Cabell’s Grocery Store, and in 1975 purchased what was then Cranford Vending Company and renamed the company Master Vend. Cook’s son Lance now operates that business. Tradewest was created along with son Byron in 1985, and the company gained international success with its video game products.

Cook then pursued a lifelong ambition in the late 1980s with the purchase of what is now Richland Ranch, and turned his attention to the horse racing industry. He became a prominent owner and horse breeder in Texas, and received many awards and accolades from the industry.

Cook’s contributions to the community were many, and his impact on the lives of thousands throughout Navarro County will live long in the memories of those he touched. It was with the help of the Cook family that Navarro College was able to complete the Cook Education Center, a facility that now houses not only a planetarium, but is home to one of the nation’s foremost collections of Civil War artifacts and Western Art in the Pearce Museums.

“Mr. Cook was an integral part of the Navarro College Foundation,” said Lloyd Huffman, a college trustee and also a foundation member. “We really benefited from Mr. Cook’s wisdom ... we always looked forward to him being at our meetings because he had wonderful ideas and great viewpoints on things.

“He loved the college ... he was a great contributor, and really will be missed.”

His love of the youth in the county was exemplified by his participation in many youth-oriented activities throughout his years, including years spent coaching Little League Baseball — the American Reds — and as an active participant in the Navarro County Youth Exposition’s annual premium sale.

“Back in the early 70’s, Leland had a Little League baseball team,” recalled Zane Stites of Community National Bank and Trust of Texas, where Cook was a board member. “He asked me to help him, and for the next 15 years we had baseball teams. And we had great fun with it.

“He was good for those kids,” Stites said. “He never got tired of it ... looking back on it, it was something pretty special.”

Stites characterized Cook as “a good man,” one who loved his family.

“Anything he did, he did well. He thought a lot of his family.”

One of those youngsters who played for Cook’s teams over the years was James Lagomarsino, now 13th District Court judge in Navarro County. Lagomarsino played for Cook in the early 1980s, and recalled the time fondly.

“I probably looked forward to all the things that were irrelevant at the time,” Lagomarsino said with a laugh. “He had a Winnebago, and that’s how we would go to different baseball tournaments ... after the game we’d have Pepsi and vending machine sandwiches. We always thought we were very important for that.”

Lagomarsino said Cook had nicknamed him “Iceman” for his pitching for the team, a name appropriate because “I pitched so slow that by the time the ball got to the plate, they had already swung at it.

“It was certainly enjoyable being with him,” he added. “I’ll certainly miss him.”

Cook served as Lagomarsino’s campaign treasurer during his 2008 run for the bench.

Jim Acker, another part of Cook’s Little League baseball and youth football coaching crew, recalled a lifetime association with Cook, and his love of helping children.

“We went to high school together, we played football together,” said Acker. The two eventually went in different directions from their high school homes in Abilene, only to find themselves both living in Corsicana many years later through a chance meeting.

“We were at a Bowie Fun Night,” Acker recalled, “and he walked by. That was the first time we even knew we were in the same town.”

Acker said Cook was a great influence on the kids that he coached.

“Those kids really had a lot of respect for him ... every one of those kids got to play, whether they were good, bad, or indifferent. He made sure that happened,” Acker recalled.

Some of those players on Cook’s baseball and football teams also found themselves as newspaper carriers for the Daily Sun, Acker said.

“I was down there when they were all back there rolling the papers and putting those plastic bags on them. He was right in the middle of them having a good time,” Acker said.

K.C. Wyatt of Community National Bank and Trust recalled his high school years spent playing basketball with Cook’s son, Byron — now the State Representative for the area — and his relationship with Leland Cook through the years.

Wyatt said that Cook, a member of the bank’s board of directors, was always interested in helping people.

“That’s what I remember him most for. He was always willing to try to give an individual an opportunity to improve themselves,” Wyatt said. “He was a very dedicated member of the board, and proud to be a member of the Community National Bank and Trust operation.

“He has always been a gentleman, and a gentle man,” Wyatt said. “We’ll certainly miss him.”

Cook’s contributions to the Navarro County Youth Exposition helped set the stage for the success the annual event’s premium sale now enjoys, said Glenn Smith, a longtime Expo chairman and volunteer.

“He was one of the first ones to really step up and make the Youth Expo what it is now,” Smith said. “He was an icon of what Corsicana was, and is now.”

Smith said Cook and his wife Sue were always willing to help out in the community, no matter what the cause.

“They understood their roots,” Smith said. “They were willing to give back to Corsicana ... they are an exceptional family that Corsicana can be extremely proud of.”

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at the Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Lamb officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

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Ralph B. Dickson
Apr 12, 1920 - Nov 6, 2009

Ralph B. Dickson, 89, of Waco passed away at a local hospital Nov. 6, 2009. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday Nov. 9, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. A celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Woodway with the Rev. Kenny Dickson and the Rev. Dorothy Dickson-Rishel. Ralph was born April 12, 1920, in Corsicana. He graduated from North Texas State University. He married Harriett Thames in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned from WWII and was employed by the Texas Veterans Affairs Commission where he served veterans for 35 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Helen. Survivors include his three daughters, Diane Shelton and her husband David, Pat Ridlehuberand, and Peggy Pierce and husband Bill; brother, Kenneth Dickson and wife Mary Jane; niece, Dorothy Dickson Rishel; nephew; Kenny Dickson; five grandchildren, Stacey Grider, Julie Ridlehuber, Mike Shelton, Jennifer Pierce and Leslie Whitehead; three great grandchildren, Cason, William and Alaina. Honorary pallbearers will be David Shelton, Bill Pierce, Mike Shelton, Gil Grider and Clay Whitehead. The family would like to thank Dr. John Kosarek, the staff and caregivers at Regent Care Center for their kindness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Grace Gardens Funeral Home, Waco.

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Orville Locklar
Jan 4, 1914 - Nov 6, 2009

Orville Locklar, 94, of Corsicana passed away at his residence on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. He was born in Kerens to A.D. Locklar and Sally Peters Locklar on Jan. 4, 1914. Orville married Vivian Huff on May 15, 1938, and was a consignee for Texaco for 20 years. He and his wife have been members of First Baptist Church in Corsicana for 41 plus years.He was preceded in death by his parents, A.D. and Sally Locklar; brother, Bobby Locklar; sister, Agnes Boyd; and a granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Wylie. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Vivian Locklar of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Jim Kirgan Sr. of Kirvin, and Mary Jane and Ronnie Wylie of Corsicana; adopted son, Herb Adcock and wife Lu Jean of Iowa Park; grandchildren, Jim Kirgan Jr. and wife Cindy of Teague, Kim Kirgan of Mexia, Donna Patterson of Mexia, Meagan Langley and husband Darren of Kirvin, Christopher Wylie and wife Julie of Victoria, and Alison Williams and husband Andy of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Kayse, Kyle, and Kourtnee Kirgan, and Grady Langley. He is also survived by his "god child," Nancy Shusler. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Jim Kirgan Sr., Ronnie Wylie, Jim Kirgan Jr., Christopher Wylie, Darren Langley, and Andy Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be his great-grandson, Kyle Kirgan. The family asks that memorials be made to the Solid Rockers Choir at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lenna Dell "Link" (Reed) Massengale
Feb 12, 1919 - Nov 6, 2009

Lenna Dell "Link" Massengale of Barry passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Barry to Lilburn and Bood Robison Reed. She married Marshall Massengale on July 4, 1947, and was married 52 years. She enjoyed helping in her church, Barry Baptist, and she enjoyed helping in her community. She was employed in the Navarro County School Superintendent's office for 32 years.She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Massengale; parents, Lilburn and Bood Reed; brothers, Elvin "Chick" Reed, Lowell Reed and his wife Edna, and Leone Reed and his wife Wilma. Survivors include nieces and nephews: Jerry Reed, Joe Reed and wife Pat, Russell Reed and wife Audrey, Scott Reed, Jacob Reed, Frank Supercinski and wife Becky and family, Dr. Larry Hancock and wife Sandra and family, David Johnston and wife Jaynie, Sue Drane, and Herman Gillen and wife Reta; sister-in-law, Bunnie Reed; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She loved them all. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Gipson officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be J.D. Johnston, Larry Boswell, Danny Gillen, John W. Braly, B.C. Putman and Clayton VanLoocke. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Barry Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Barry Baptist Church, Barry United Methodist Church or your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Albert Miller
Nov 23, 1922 - Nov 5, 2009

Charles A. Miller, 86, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Paschal Funeral Home.Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Burnaman and Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his son, Charles Wayne Miller; and one brother, William B. Miller.Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Racine Miller of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and John Gallaher of Kerens; daughter-in-law, Janice Miller of Wilmer; grandsons, Steven Miller of Palmer, Mike Gallaher of Jacksonville, Fla., John Gallaher of Fort Worth, and Matthew Gallaher of Killeen; great-grandchildren, Jordon Gallaher, Katie Gallaher and Conner Gallaher, all of Florida, Aiden Gallaher of Fort Worth, and Timothy and Kaylee Miller, both of Palmer; and sister, Laura J. Miller of Corsicana. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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