Navarro County, Texas
Patsy Ann Duncan
Jan 19, 1939 - Sep 22, 2009
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.
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.
Myrtle Elizabeth (Jergins) Jacobs
Jan 11, 1912 - Sep 21, 2009
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.
Patricia (Moody) Byrd
Feb 18, 1933 - Sep 21, 2009
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.
- 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,
John Allen "Johnny" Johnston
Mar 31, 1931 - Sep 19, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Jan 29, 1923 - Sep 25, 2009
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
July 28, 1922 - Sep 28, 2009
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.
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
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.
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. ∞
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Joe Anthony Roman
Oct 6, 1986 - Oct 1, 2009
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.
Sep 19, 1918 - Oct 4, 2009
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.
Barry Eddens Blanton
Oct 6, 1940 - Oct 3, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Aug 16, 1921 - Oct 4, 2009
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.
July 20, 1944 - Aug 28, 2009
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.
- Lake Cities Sun Sep 10, 2009
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
Lynn Ray Cooper
Oct 3, 1943 - Oct 11, 2009
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.
Dec 15, 1957 - Oct 9, 2009
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.
Alexander "Monkey" Reeder
Nov 15, 1923 - Oct 10, 2009
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
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.
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
Interment will be at City of Levelland Cemetery.
Under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home of Levelland.
May 24, 1930 - Mar 13, 2007
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
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.
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.
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
with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
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.
Elizabeth (Haynes) Crumbley
Mar 15, 1914 - Oct 14, 2009
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.
May 10, 1970 - Oct 14, 2009
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.
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,
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.
Norma Jean (Wyatt)
Oct 7, 1930 - Oct 17, 2009
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.
July 26, 1992 - Oct 18, 2009
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.
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
Funeral arrangements for Clemens were finalized Monday.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Griffin-Roughton
Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
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
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
Joe was born on October 21, 1919 and passed away in
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
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
No funeral service information has been provided by the family or the funeral
Apr 5, 1960 - Oct 18, 2009
"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
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Apr 27, 1985 - Oct 17, 2009
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.
Rex Spurgeon Sr.
Feb 21, 1927 - Oct 20, 2009
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.
James Tolbert Thomas
Sep 24, 1927 - Oct 15, 2009
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.
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.
Lester Ray Hambrick
Sep 19, 1929 - Oct 21, 2009
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.
John Albert Richards
Feb 8, 1954 - Oct 24, 2009
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.
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.
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
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.
Ivan Earl Bramall
Oct 23, 1905 - March 30, 1986
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
and Brent Boulware
June 12, 1991 - June 12, 1991
Eric, Jason and Brent Boulware of Purdon, died June 12, 1991, at Baylor
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
- Corsicana Semi Weekly Light -
June 19, 1945
- View Obituary Clipping
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.
Sep 20, 1920 - Oct 26, 2009
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,
Earl Loyd Watkins
June 13, 1927 - Oct 27, 2009
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
Oct 4, 1941 - Oct 29, 2009
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.
Bobby Gene Clay
Sep 20, 1929 - Nov 1, 2009
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
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.
Fisher Johnson, Jr.
Sep 8, 1938 - Oct 28, 2009
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
Oct 7, 1911 - Nov 1, 2009
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.
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.
Jerry Vinson Reeder
June 14, 1931 - Oct 31, 2009
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.
Jan 4, 1926 - Nov 3, 2009
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,
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
Leland P. Cook Jr.
Dec. 19, 1933 - Nov 6, 2009
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
|Leland Cook passes away at 75
Businessman remembered for desire to help others
By Bob Belcher
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
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
“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
“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
Cook served as Lagomarsino’s campaign treasurer during his 2008 run for
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
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.
Corsicana Daily Sun
Ralph B. Dickson
Apr 12, 1920 - Nov 6, 2009
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
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.
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.
Dell "Link" (Reed) Massengale
Feb 12, 1919 - Nov 6, 2009
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.
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
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