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Aubrey A. Pollock
Jan 30, 1901 - Nov 1977

Aubrey A. Pollock, 70, of RL2, San Saba, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Hendrick Medical Center.  Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Born Jan. 30, 1901, in Corsicana, he retired from Mobil Oil Co. in 1980 after 40 years of service.  He married Ercle Brannon in 1920 in Corsicana.  They moved to San Saba in 1960 from Seminole, where they had lived for 11 years.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Aubrey E. of Lovington, N.M.; four brothers, Henry A. of Abilene, Claude and Odie, both of Corsicana, and Bob of Dallas.

The family will be at 3382 Parcrest.

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  • Abilene Reporter News, 16 Nov 1977

  • Submitted by John Barron


Gerald Ray Davis, Sr.
Oct 2, 1935 - Apr 13, 1993

Gerald Davis Sr., 57, of Corsicana died April 13, 1993 at his home.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with J. T. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Lena Davis of Corsicana; one son, Gerald Davis Jr. of Corsicana; three daughters, Sharon Croger of Corsicana and Brenda Kowalski and Sandra Kaiser, both of Broomfield, Colo; three brothers, William Davis of North Little Rock, Ark, and Butch Davis and Talmage Davis, both of Jacksonville, Ark; one sister, Carolyn Kariker of North Little Rock, Ark., and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be And Owens, Rand Owens, Don Watkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Mike Smithey and Wayne Gay.

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Gerald Ray Davis Sr.

Gerald Davis Sr., 57, of Corsicana died April 13, 1993 at his home.

Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with J.T. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Lena Davis of Corsicana; one son, Gerald Davis Jr. of Corsicana; three daughters, Sharon Croger of Corsicana and Brenda Kowalski and Sandra Kaiser, both of Broomfield, Colo.; three brothers William Davis of North Little Rock, Ark. and Butch Davis and Talmage Davis, both of Jacksonville, Ark.; one sister, Carolyn Kariker of North Little Rock, Ark.; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Andy Owens, Randy Owens, Don Watkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Mike Smithey and Wayne Gay.

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James Wilburn Bachman
Feb 26, 1912 - Apr 1993

Wilburn Buchanan
James Wilburn Bachman, 81, of Ennis.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with Dick Moody officiating. Masonic graveside services by the Corsicana Masonic Lodge #174 will take palce in Richland Cemetery.
He was born Feb 26, 1912 in Navarro County and was a retired track supervisor with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge #174.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Buchanan of Ennis; one son and daughter-in-law, J.R. and Barbara Buchanan of Mexia; two grandsons, Robert Buchanan of Tomball and Rickey Buchanan of Tennessee Colony; one great-grandchild, Jesse Buchanan of Tomball, and one sister-in-law, Edna Buchanan of Channel View.
Pallbearers will be J. W. Atchley, Johnny Wickliffe, Le Roy Griffin, Birgil Griffin, Billy Griffin and Walter Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers are Virgil Atchley Reamon Cooley, Dennis Miller, Ott Loper, Ken Woods, Coke Carruthers and Norman O'Rear.
Friends desiring to do so may make contributions to the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.

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James Thomas Parkinson
Aug 31, 1857 - Aug 6, 1932

Former Resident Corsicana Will Be Buried Here Sunday
J. T. Parkinson, formerly a resident of Corsicana, died in Dallas at an early hour Saturday morning, according to information received here Saturday afternoon. The funeral will be held here sometime Sunday, but definite funeral arrangements had not been made at press hour Saturday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements are being handle by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Former Corsicana Resident Is Buried in Oakwood Sunday
Funeral services for John Thomas Parkinson, aged 74, native of Mississippi, formerly resident of Corsicana, she died in Dallas Saturday, were held at Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, where interment was made. He was a member of the Christian church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Parkinson, Dallas; two sons, F. I. Parkinson and M. H. Parkinson, both of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Black, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Jewell Beville and Mrs. Mattie Barnes both of Dallas; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were E. B. Wigley, Jeff Wigley and Rufe Wigley, half-brothers, all of Corsicana; H. J. Parkinson, Jr., grandsons, all of Dallas.
The funeral services here were in charge of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Joshua A. West
Apr 28, 1853 - Aug 4, 1932

Aged Native of Navarro County Buried Friday
Funeral services for J. A. West, aged 79, native of Navarro county who died Thursday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Stokes, of Emhouse were held from the sister's residence Friay afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the West cemetery at Grange Hall. The services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka and Rev. Bruce Cox of Barry.
Six nephews of the deceased acted as pallbearers, including, R. L. and Durwood Stokes of Fort Worth; J. E. Stokes of Corsicana; Earl Stokes of Rankin; Lynn Stokes of Pickett and L. W. Armstrong of Barry.

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NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY, 79, DIED IN EMHOUSE COMMUNITY
J. A. West, aged 79 years, native of Navarro county, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Stokes, where he made his home, in the Emhouse community Thursday morning at 11:15 o'clock and the funeral services will be held from the Stokes home some time Friday with burial in the West cemetery at Grange Hall, it was learned here Thursday afternoon by relatives. Surviving are two brothers, J, J, West, Fort Worth, and A, J. West, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Stokes, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a twin brother of A. J. West of Dallas. Mr. West was an uncle of J. E. Stokes of Corsicana. Bruce McCormick of Blooming Grove has charge of the funeral arrangements.

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John Welch
d. Feb 1919

FOUND DEAD THIS MORNING
Had Ben In Decling Health, But Death Not Expected
From Tuesday's Daily

John Welch, aged seventy-two years and for many years a resident of Corsicana, was found dead in his bed this morning about 7:30 by his wife. The deceased was on his side with an arm partially under his head, and looked as though death had come as he peacefully slept and as if the dreaded messenger had caused neither pain or the slightest struggle. Mrs. Welch first called her husband to breakfast, but she received no response, and concluded to let him rest awhile. About that time a neighbor called to see him on some business and Mrs. Welch went to his bed and shook him, and found him cold in death.
The deceased is survived by his widow and one son, Preston Welch. He had many friends who will be pained to know of his passing away.
The funeral services will take from the home tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, with Rev. B. W. Vining officiating. The I.O.O.F. ill have charge of the services at the grave. The local union of brick masons will attend in a body.

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  • Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Friday, February 21, 1919

Nancy Eleanor "Nannie" Jackson
abt 1860 - 1916

DIED NEAR NAVARRO
Mrs. Nannie Jackson, wife of W.D. Jackson, died near Navarro last night after a lingering illness from cancer of the stomach. The deceased was 56 years of age and is survived by her husband and several children. The remains ere interred at the Grape Creek cemetery this afternoon at 3:00.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 24, 1916
  • w/o Rev. John Newton “Newt” Jackson married Jan. 15, 1869  d/o Stephen Robinson Ferguson and Julia Ann (Culp) Ferguson

Rev. John Newton "Newt" Jackson
Sep 22, 1837 - Aug 4, 1921

CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Was Confederate Veteran and a Methodist.
Rev. J. N. Jackson, who was eighty four years old on the 22nd day of May last, died at his home near Navarro last night after a long illness. The deceased was a native of South Carolina, and had lived in Navarro County for twenty-one years. He was a Confederate veteran and at the battle of Gaines Mills Va., he was shot through both lungs and was left on the battle field three days and nights as dead. For many years the deceased was a local preacher of the Methodist church. The wife of the deceased passed away five years ago, but he has ten living children as follows. Mrs. W. N. Dorsey, Malakoff; Mrs. A. J. Stogner, Frost; Mrs. J. L. Caffy, Angus; W. N. Jackson, Navarro; Mrs. Nick Greis, Wichita Falls; Mrs. B. F. Gullett, Corsicana; Mrs. Arthur Walker, Mildred; J. F. Jackson and Miss Alma Jackson, Burkburnett, and Mrs. G. H. Liggon of Richland, South Carolina. The funeral took place this afternoon with interment n the Grove [Grape] Creek Cemetery and was largely attended.

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Charles Nathaniel "Doc" Powell
Nov 3, 1859 [or 1857] - Jun 20, 1916

DIED AT BLOOMING GROVE
Well Known Citizen Passes Away Very Suddenly
Doc Powell, aged 48, and a well known citizen of Blooming Grove, died there yesterday after only one hour's illness with heart trouble.
The widow and three children survive.
The remains were interred there this afternoon at four o'clock.

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Zetela (Peters) Morris
Jan 19, 1876 - Apr 3, 1943

MRS. ZETELA MORRIS DIED DALLAS SUNDAY BURIAL IN CORSICANA
Funeral services for Mrs. Zetela Morris, who died Sunday in Dallas were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Oakwood Cemetery where interment was made. James Burge officiated.
Surviving are a brother, Robert Johnson; a sister, Mrs. Theresa White; three nephews, a niece and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. E. Erwin, T. H. Sanford, R. P. Dacus and Wayne Plunket.
Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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John Oscar Young
May 28, 1874 - Apr 2, 1943

J. O. Young Rites Held Saturday
Funeral services for J. O. Young age 68 years, who died at 320 West Sixth avenue Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock were held from teh chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in White Church Cemetery.
Surviving are four brothers, Clarence Young, Bremon; Tom Young, Houston; Sam Young, Barry; Frank Young, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. W. D. Gilliam, Fort Worth and other relatives.

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Henry Cato Montgomery
Nov 1, 1867 - Mar 28, 1943

H. C. Montgomery Buried at Dresden
H. C. Montgomery, about 65 years of age, died in the Raleigh community Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Dresden cemetery.
Surviving are his wife and several children.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 6, 1943

Annie (Jackson) Gates
Aug 28, 1905 - June 11, 1971

Gates
DAWSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Gates, 67, of Dawson, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God and Christ in Dawson. Elder L. C. Coleman will officiate with burial in the Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gates died Friday in Memorial Hospital.

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Lula Ann (Shaddox) Chism
Feb 20. 1888 - June 14, 1971
 

Chism
Mrs. Lula A. Chism, 83, of Richland, died Monday morning at Evergreen Nursing Home here.
Funeral is pending with Corley Funeral Home.
Survivors include a son, Starlie Chism of Richland; a grandson, R. J. Chism of Pasadena; two granddaughters; a sister, Mrs Myrtle Stewart of Arkansas; and a brother, Othel Shadix of Shreveport, La. Her husband R. C. Chism, died last May.

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Katie W (Batte) Shields
Feb 14, 1869 - Feb 13, 1919

DIED AT EUREKA LAST NIGHT
Lady Passes Away After Four Months of Severe Illness
Mrs. Katie Shields, wife of W. B. Shields, aged forty-nine years, eleven months and twenty-four days, died at the family home at Eureka at 10:45 last night after an illness of four months and the remains were interred in the Hopewell cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of friends and neighbors. The deceased is survived by her husband and eight children.

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John Emerson Curington
June 10, 1848 - Feb 9, 1919

A GOOD CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Father of Sheriff Curington is Buried At Rural Shade Today
J. E. Curington, aged seventy-one years, died here last night at the home of his son Sheriff J R. Currington, and the remains were taken to from there the funeral party went to Rural Shade where the remains were interred. Rev. B. F. Ellis of Kerens, officiated, and a large crowd attended the funeral.
The deceased came to Navarro county from Alabama in 1882 and had been a citizen of this county for thirty seven years, and during all those years he was in every sense a good citizen and was esteemed as one of our best men by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife and three children, Sherif J. R. Curington, Bud Curington, and Mrs. J. A. Berger. The deceased had been in declining health for many months and was here on a visit to his son when the final summons came.

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Doris Cantrell Fulfer
Jan 21, 1944 - Nov 22, 2009

Doris Cantrell Fulfer, 65, of Corsicana, united with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was born Jan. 21, 1944, to Roy Vincent and Ruth Ewing Cantrell in Corsicana. Doris served her community diligently for approximately 35 years as a certified nurse aid and caregiver. She loved working with the elderly and terminally ill and was admired and loved by each patient she cared for. She earned a reputable status after many years of hard work, being the kind of person that went above and beyond when it came to taking care of her patients. Doris was full of life and loved to spend time gardening, laughing and drinking coffee with family and friends, kissing her grandchildren, and just enjoying every moment of every day that God gave her. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church and attended regularly until she was physically unable to. Our mom was the strongest, most courageous woman we have ever known or will ever know in this lifetime. She fought the fiercest battle we have ever had to witness a person fight and we are humbled by her strength and courage. As hard as it may be to let go of our loved ones, especially the matriarch of the family, we are all at peace and are comforted with knowing the pain and suffering of this monstrosity is finally over for her. The angels finally came to take her home to be with her loved ones and her Lord. May our precious mother finally rest in peace and may God bless her sweet soul. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ruth Cantrell; and her nephew, Mark Blackmon. She is survived by her son, Wilbert "Will" Blackerby, wife Christine and granddaughter Bailee Kathryn Blackerby of Corsicana; daughter, Shelly Blackerby-Walker of Corsicana; daughter, April Inmon and companion Todd Nichols and granddaughter Gracelyn Nicole Inmon of Corsicana; sisters, Gelene Neckar of Waco and Helen Blackmon of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Charles Cantrell and wife Barbara of Crowley; baby sister, Teresa Portwood and husband John of Ottumwa, Iowa; nieces and nephews which include Charlie Cantrell of Corsicana, Candy Tananitaporn of Thailand, John Portwood Jr. of Ottumwa, Iowa, Lindsey Portwood of Denver, Colo., Ricky Blackmon of San Diego, Calif., and John, Jerry, and Becky Neckar of Waco; and great-nephew C.J. Cantrell of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb, the Rev. Otis Connor, and the Rev. Chad Owens officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David McCollum, Tim Campbell, Todd Nichols, David Aldama, Mike Steele and Curtis McConnell. The family extends special thanks to Cristi Schmidt, loving friend and caregiver; Hand in Hand Hospice; Leah Lozano, RN; Bobbie Beldin, Hospice CNA; and longtime friends, Sandra Woods and Vicki Barber. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Norman Lee Stewart
Apr 4, 1963 - Nov 21, 2009

Funeral services for Norman Lee Stewart, age 46, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Mike O'Neal, Robert Burns and David Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Maydelle. Dr. Stewart passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Jacksonville. He was born April 4, 1963, in Kilgore to Ray Sanders Stewart and Nancy Louise Seymore Stewart. Lee Stewart loved God, family and friends. He was devoted to his family, his church family, and his SFA family. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree at SFA, his Master of Educational Leadership degree at SFA, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree from Baylor University. Dr. Stewart had been a minister in Arizona and New Mexico before moving home to Jacksonville in 1991, where he was the minister of Southside Church of Christ. He was presently a member of Jacksonville Church of Christ and preached for the congregation. He was a full-time assistant professor at SFA for the past six years. He will be loved and missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J. W. and Nonnie Stewart; grandmother, Ruthie Strickland; father-in-law, G.W. O'Neal; niece, Ellen O'Neal; and uncle, Alonzo Seymore. Survivors include wife of 27 years, Sandra Stewart of Jacksonville; parents, Ray and Nancy Stewart of Jacksonville; daughters, Amanda Kay Stewart and Amy Lee Stewart of Jacksonville; brothers, James Stewart and Tanya Fowler of Corsicana and Paul Stewart and wife Maggie of Rusk; mother-in-law, Glennis O'Neal of Zavala; brothers-in-law, Stan O'Neal and wife Joellen of Houston, Mike O'Neal and wife Nancy of Wichita Falls and Kenneth O'Neal and wife Lisa of Houston; nephews and nieces, Wesley Stewart and Dakota Stewart, Stephanie Stewart, Christina Gutierrez and husband Roberto, Sarah Andrews, Aaron O'Neal, Megan O'Neal, Kendra O'Neal and Chase O'Neal; great-nephews and great-nieces, Braeden and Taylor Gutierrez and Julia and Victoria Andrews; and several cousins. Pallbearers will be Roger Warren, Stan O'Neal, Kenneth O'Neal, Ed Bruce, David Stewart, Mike Beard, Lyndon Holmes, Tommy Griffin, Trey Rousseau and Russell Stafford. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

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Arnold Ray Bamburg
Sept 25, 1925 - Nov 26, 2009

Arnold Ray Bamburg, 84, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in Dawson. He went home to his Father after a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Corsicana. A private family service was held. Survivors include his son, Arnold Bamburg and wife Debbie of Corsicana; grandson, Brandon Djordjevic and wife Kelly of Van Buren, Ark.; granddaughter, Nichole Deyo and husband Greg of Tyler; grandson, Matthew Calame of Waxahachie; four great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Sonda (Nutt) Davis
May 28, 1938 - Nov 27, 2009

Sonda Nutt Davis, 71, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born to James and Jewel Nutt in Raleigh on May 28, 1938. She worked at the Hat Factory as a seamstress. She was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church. Sonda loved to crochet, loved to read novels and watch westerns, loved family reunions, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great granddaughter Brianna Danielle Swadley. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Thomas "Son" Davis of Rice; three children, Danny Nolan Davis and wife Brenda Joyce, and Glenn Allen Davis and wife Barbara Ann, all of Corsicana, and Phillip Davis of Rice; two sisters, Edna Kelly and Glenda Vandergriff, both of Farmers Branch; brother, Freddy Nutt of Dallas; four grandchildren, Amanda Swadley and husband Nathan, Steven Davis and wife Julie, Thomas A. Davis, and Kristi Davis; five great grandchildren, Lynnsey Davis, Bradley Davis, Bryan Davis, Trystan Swadley, and Abby Swadley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Bullard officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kelly, Larry Kelly, Phillip Davis, Steven Davis, Thomas Davis and Nathan Swadley. Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley Davis and Bryan Davis. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Earl Garvin
Oct 21, 1924 - Nov 25, 2009

Earl Garvin of Lancaster, born Oct. 21, 1924, in Blooming Grove, passed from this life Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. He was preceded in death by parents Leslie and Pearl Garvin; siblings Sister, Ceil, Faye and twin Ray, John, Sue, and twin sister Mearl. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Janice Faye (Don) Trull; sister Billie Jean Christie; grandchildren Tammi (Kirk) Burris and Terri (James) Scott; great-grandchildren Amanda, Owen, and Levi; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Byrum Funeral Home, 425 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Byrum Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Frost Cemetery Arrangements by Byrum Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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Marshall Ray Hensley
Apr 1, 1953 - Nov 30, 2009

Marshall Ray Hensley, 56, of Barry passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. He was born April 1, 1953, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Jack and Alberta Hensley. He is survived by his mother, Alberta Denny of Wisconsin; father, Jack Hensley of Barry; children, Cyndi Hensley of Arizona, Nicole Lee of Oregon and Stephanie Hensley of Barry; son, Jonathan Hensley of Barry; brothers, Jack Hensley Jr. of Ohio and Dana Hensley of New York; sisters, Jen Bush of Oklahoma, Christina Wilson of Tennessee, Cheryl Mehrihoff of Wisconsin and Shelley Duff of Missouri; and grandchildren, Kyle, Bryan, Katelyn, Cody, Taylor, Madison, Blane, Dakota, Levi and Cameron. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Lee Hensley. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Hensley, George Gividen, Johnny Matthews, Sterling Johnson, Russell Warren and Tony Haley. Honorary pallbearer will be Jack Hensley. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jack L. Manning
July 28, 1922 - Dec 1, 2009

Jack L. Manning of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the age of 87. He was born July 28, 1922, in Russell in Leon County to Bert and Robbie Manning. He was a veteran of World War II and was a very proud Marine Raider. The Raiders were the very first special ops forces in the U.S. military and his unit made six initial landings on the Pacific Islands. First to go in and last to leave was the Marine code, and he never ceased being a Raider. He was an artist and created beautiful pieces with wood. Hundreds of homes in this area are graced with his woodworking pieces. He was a precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed greatly. He leaves a legacy of love and devotion not just to his family but to the many who called him friend. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nan Manning; and wife, Mary Manning. He is survived by his daughters, Robbie Cranford of Conroe and Amy Kent and husband Bill of Kerens; sister-in-law and husband, Jean and James Boykin of Russell; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Marcy and Javier Martinez of Austin and Chad and Stacy Kent of Russell. He is also survived by the joy of his life, great-grandchildren Tiffany and Briar Kent of Russell. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at North Creek Cemetery in Russell in Leon County. Pallbearers will be Johnny Boykin, Benny Boykin, Phillip Street, Chad Kent, Scott Pelczar and Virgil Thurston. Honorary pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Larry Cottrell, Rick Neumayer, Javier Martinez, Hal Ray Collins, Thomas Hill, Nathan Cradduck, James Boykin and Eddie McNeese. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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James Payne
April 18, 1935 - Nov 30, 2009

Services for James Payne, 74, of Cleburne are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleburne, where he was a member since 2000. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Crosier-Pearson-Cleburne Funeral Home, 512 N. Ridgeway Drive, Cleburne. James Payne passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in Cleburne. He was born to the late Shelton and Villa Elizabeth Honea Payne on April 18, 1935, in Kopperl. James married Edna Juanita Wiggs on July 18, 1953, in Cleburne. He worked as a machinist for Martin Sprocket and Gear for numerous years, and then owned and operated Payne's Grocery and Market in Frost. James was known as a quiet, easy-going man with a giving heart. He was a hard worker, enjoying working with his hands and restoring antiques. He was a wonderful husband and loving father who will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Jim Butler; brother, Roy Payne; and sister, Beth King. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Edna Juanita Payne; son, Mike Payne and his wife, Janet; daughter, Patti Butler; four grandchildren and their spouses, Justin, Kassi and Kevin, Jeff and Mandy, and Jordan; sister, Ann Cooper Bullard; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Crosier-Pearson-Cleburne Funeral Home, Cleburne.

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Janis Marie (Price) Batts
April 7, 1945 - Dec 1, 2009

Janis Marie Batts, 64, of Wortham, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church of Wortham with the Rev. Steven Schulte officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Porter Chapel in Wortham. Janis was born on April 7, 1945, to Robert James Price Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Mathison Price. She was married to Mike Batts and was the longtime bookkeeper for the family business, Batts Brothers Air Conditioning. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Batts; and her parents. She is survived by her son, Scott Batts and wife Mary of Wortham; daughter, Teresa Pena and husband Joe of Hopewell, Va.; brothers-in-law, David Batts and wife Judy of Tehuacana and Don Batts and wife Marilyn of Saline, La.; sister-in-law, Tammy Ruth Batts of Mexia; honorary daughter, Brandi Lawless of Wortham; grandchildren, R.J. and Maura Batts of Wortham and Joe Michael and Kristina Pena of Hopewell, Va.; brother, Gene Price and wife Alice of Wortham; and nieces and nephews, Jack Price, Rodney Price, Eric Batts, Pep Batts, Hillary Chandler, Rhonda Garrison and Patti Batts. Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Price, Jack Price, Pep Batts, Eric Batts, Owen Morgan and Jeremy Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron Price, Corey Price, R. J. Batts, Maura Batts and Miranda Price. Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.

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Joyce (Deming) Coley
d. Dec 1, 2009

Joyce Deming Coley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Joyce was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school for over 40 years. Joyce devoted her life to serving her Lord and family. Joyce leaves behind Howard, her husband of 58 years; one daughter, Luann Coley Argersinger, and son-in-law, Ray; daughter-in-law, Dawn Coley; three grandchildren, Sadie and Jonah Coley of Corsicana and Adam Argersinger of College Station; sister-in-law, Doris Deming of Trinidad; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons, Charles Howard Coley and David Edmond Coley; parents, the Rev J. E. and Myrtle Deming; brothers, Edmond, Leland, Jim Harry, Max, and Jasper; one infant sister; and a granddaughter, Amy Argersinger. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Andrus, Mike Dowd, Ray Argersinger, Terry Williams, Kim Wyatt, Rex Peddy, Craig Tekell and Gary Otterson.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Michael Blake Allen
Oct 9, 1977 - Dec 4, 2009

Michael Blake Allen, 32 of Longview passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2009, in Longview. He was born Oct. 9, 1977, in Longview to Dickie and Judy Allen, and was a lifetime resident of Longview. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Welch Funeral Home in Longview. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Welch Funeral Home in Longview. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in the Kerens Cemetery. Survivors include his parents; brothers, Derek Allen and Jonathan Allen; grandmother, Lou Davies; aunts and uncles, Donna and Joe Kilcrease, Bobby and Gail Barnes, Linda Davies and Art Davies; numerous cousins; and second mom and dad, Karon and Jerry Golden. Memorials may be made to the Arc of Gregg County, P.O. Box 522, Longview, TX 75606. Arrangements by Welch Funeral Home, Longview. ∞

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Macel Comal (Hiler) Nicholson
Feb 24, 1928 - Dec 4, 2009

Macel Hiler Nicholson, 81, of Barry passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 24, 1928, to George and Georgie (Holcomb) Hiler. She married Clyde Nicholson on June 11, 1945.She was a homemaker and faithful member of Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, and served as a volunteer for 17 years at Navarro Regional Hospital as a pink lady.She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Nicholson; son, John Nicholson; sisters, Inez King Hemingway, Fern Woodland, Mattie Ruth Niver, Sadie Hill, and Maxine Armstrong; and brothers, Hubert Hiler and Ronnie Hiler. Macel is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh and Elaine Nicholson of Barry, Steve and Deniese Nicholson of Barry, and Lana Nicholson of Corsicana; sisters, Dot Russell of Blooming Grove and Barbara Garrison of Kerens; brother, Doug Hiler of Blooming Grove; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Cashion and the Rev. Sandralyn Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Scott Armstrong, Tommy Estes, Jerry Wayne Garrison, Michael Hiler, Jimmy Hiler, and Brent Hiler. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lewis Williams Jr.
Aug 4, 1929 - Dec 3, 2009

Lewis Williams Jr., 80 of Blooming Grove, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Hamilton to Levi and Docie Lee Williams. He was a member of Masonic Lodge in DeSoto 32nd Shriner. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Dresden Cemetery with Bro. Matt Stroder officiating. He is preceded in death by parents, Levi and Docie Lee French Williams; two brothers, Ardell Williams and James Tally Williams; and sister, Mamie Jo Barner. Survirors include his wife, Annie Williams of Blooming Grove; seven nephews; four nieces; two dogs, "Bo Bo" and "Penny"; and by numerous friends. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Walter Ferguson
Aug 10, 1953 - Dec 5, 2009

James Walter Ferguson, 56, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Dallas. Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with Derek Rogers officiating. Interment will be held at Post Oak Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Newland, Donnie Ashton, Jeff Spivey, Owen Robertson, Bobby Graham and Phillip Surls. He was born Aug. 10, 1953, in Athens. He was employed at Tarrant County Water District. He was a welder. He loved gardening, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Bob Ferguson. Survivors include his wife, Pam Ferguson; mother, Audrey Rogers Ferguson; two daughters, Jessica Ferguson of Conroe and Kymberli and husband Paul Barrett of DeKalb; stepson, Bryan Perry; two brothers, Bobbie and wife Sylvia Ferguson of Azle and Billy and wife Mary Ferguson of Cayuga; two sisters, Brenda and husband Gary Luskie of Fort Worth and LouAnn Ferguson of Dallas; aunt, Jean Bost of Beaumont; uncle Reagan Rogers of Malakoff; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

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Vera (Crocker) Arnold-Griffin
Nov 1, 1924 - Dec 7, 2009

Vera Griffin, 85, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Bazette to Jesse and Alta Crocker. She loved her children, grandchildren and enjoyed cooking. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edgar Lamar Arnold and Ezaradell "Bozo" Griffin; son, Roger Dell Arnold; sister, Dovie Ovalle; and brother, Ernest Crocker. She is survived by her children, Otis Lamar Arnold and wife Charlotte and Nell Sparks and husband Bobby; sister, Dimples Holmes; grandchildren, Brian Arnold and wife Karla, Christie Wolver and husband Mike, Lisa Zimmerman and Emily Richards; great-grandchildren, Savana Wolver, Hailey Gilliam, Dani Lee Yakesch, Desiree Boulware, Scott Boulware, Victoria Arnold, Avarie Baker and Anthony Richards. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Richland Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Norene (Ross) Paul
Aug 25, 1912 - Dec 5, 2009

Norene Ross Paul, 97, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. She was born Aug. 25, 1912, in Frost to Harvey and Mary Ross. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Paul; parents, Harvey and Mary Ross; brothers, W. A. Ross and Harvey C. Ross; and sisters, Erin Ross Herrington, Edith Ross Mitchell and Ila Ross Butler. She was born and raised in Frost where she grew up on there family farm and graduated from Frost High School. She later then moved to Lake Charles, La., then onto Boston and New York where she spent most of her adult life. She then moved to Dallas where she made her home. She was a devoted member of Skillman Avenue Church of Christ. She also enjoyed cooking and home making and her church family. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jack Alter Ormsby
Feb 19, 1926 - Dec 6, 2009

Jack Alter Ormsby, 83, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Little Elm after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Mexia on Feb. 19, 1926, to Eugene Ormsby and Mary Virginia Dorsey. He graduated from college at Baylor Baptist University in Waco and served as a Baptist minister at several churches in the Dallas area. He was in the U.S. Navy and fought honorably in World War II in the Philippines, and was awarded a Victory Medal. He was a loving father, husband and friend; and he will be missed by everyone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Treva Lee Eubanks Ormsby; parents, Eugene Ormsby and Mary Virginia Dorsey; and stepmother, Alma Ormsby. Also, he was preceded in death by Theresa Gail Sanders, who was like a daughter to him. She cared for him for many years and he loved her dearly. He is survived by his children, Paul Ormsby and his wife Cathy, Mary Ormsby and Ron Rager, and Ruth Ormsby; and grandchildren, Daniel, John Paul, Gary and Michael. In addition, he is survived by his extended family, Billy Don Sanders, Amanda Marie Sanders, Billy Sanders II, and Wesley Eugene Sanders. Visitation with the family will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 11, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Cryer Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Margaret Louise (McDowell) Frazier-Strange
Oct 2, 1926 - Dec 8, 2009

Mrs. Margaret Louise Frazier, 83, of Malakoff passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 in Tyler. She was born on October 2, 1926 in Boyd, Texas to George E. and Fannie McDowell. She was a worked as a nurse for many years. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Oakwood Cemetery with Chaplain Keith Hague officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Frazier was preceded in death by husband, Albert Chestine Frazier; second husband, Leo Strange; parents, George and Fannie McDowell; and a brother, Donald Joe McDowell. Survivors include a son, Randy C. Frazier and wife Ginger of Henderson; granddaughter, Karen R. Holt and husband Adam of Diana, Texas; grandson, James A. Frazier and wife Mollie of Tyler; great granddaughter, Haleigh Holt of Diana, Texas; great grandsons, Addison Holt of Diana, Texas and Spencer Frazier of Tyler. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joseph Lewis Gonzales
July 27, 2009 - Dec 7, 2009

Joseph Lewis Gonzales, son of Eugene Joseph Gonzales Jr. and Vanessa Louise Tucker, passed away in Corsicana on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. He was born July 27, 2009, in Ennis.He is survived by his parents; brother, Damon Tucker of Ennis; sister, Mikaylah Guerrero of Ennis; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Debbie Gonzales of Corsicana; maternal grandparents, Brenda and Tim Taylor of Ennis; great-grandmothers, Martha Bankston of Ennis and Nona Cullefer of Corsicana; and numerous aunts and uncles.Joseph was preceded in death by his grandfather, Michael McCaffety; great-great-grandmother, Mary Bankston; great-aunt, Stella Eastman; and great-grandparents, Roy and Geneva Ortega. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Ennis, with the Rev. Tim Grant officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana.The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 11, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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Marshel Lee Guinn
Aug 15, 1920 - Dec 6, 2009

Marshel Lee Guinn of Barry passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the age of 89.Born in Byars, Okla., Aug. 15, 1920, to James and Elsie Guinn, Marshel was a United States Marine veteran of World War II serving seven years from 1940 to 1947 in the South Pacific. He was an avid outdoor adventurer and enjoyed fishing and bird hunting. He spent his working career with Warren Petroleum and City Service Oil Company as a plant manager. Marshel was preceded in death by his wife Loretta Keuhner Guinn. He is survived by his son Gary Guinn and daughter-in-law Kara Guinn of Barry; grandsons Jay Guinn and wife Michelle Guinn of Conroe, Toby Scott Guinn of Knoxville, Tenn., and their mother Sue Petrie of Knoxville, Tenn., and granddaughter Katelyn Guinn of Barry; great-grandchildren Morgan and Mason Guinn of Conroe; cousins Geneva Townsend and Orville Guinn of Red Bay, Ala.; nieces and nephews Gena Guinn Sawyer of Sulphur Springs, Charles and Judy Guinn Meyers of Hereford, Mitch Guinn of Denver, Colo., and Larry Guinn of Harrah, Okla. He was a loving husband, father, and friend; and he will be greatly missed by everyone. A private memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Dresden Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kirk Curry of First Family Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Corsicana Chapter 1009, P.O. Box 1086, Corsicana, TX 75151. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Martie (Pittman) Rice
Dec 1, 1954 - Dec 5, 2009

Martie Pittman Rice, 55, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born Dec. 1, 1954, in Bell County to Raymond Pittman and Bessie Butler Phillips. Martie graduated in 1974 from Corsicana High School and received her associate's degree from Navarro College. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Tony Pittman, Bruce Butler, and Michael Butler. She is survived by her husband, David Drechsel; stepdaughter, Tara Drechsel; sister, Linda Butler Cochran; brother, Raymond Alan Pittman; nieces, Holly Cochran Waters, Clare Eberle Butler, Chrystal Mylea Pittman, and Sarah Butler Torres; and nephews, Jeffrey Pittman and Randal Pittman. A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Corley Funeral Home with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dona Leigh (Nutt) Willits
June 26, 1963 - Dec 5, 2009

Dona Leigh Nutt Willits of Wylie, born June 26, 1963, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. The daughter of Duane and Davis Nutt of Corsicana, Dona was a graduate of Plano Senior High class of 1981. She attended TWU and Texas Tech receiving her BSN in nursing from Baylor University in 1986. She practiced nursing at Plano Medical Center, UTMB in Galveston, and Zale Lipsey Hospital in Dallas. Her lifelong desire was to take care of people in need. She fulfilled this desire until a brain tumor took her life. Dona is survived by her daughter Avery and son Garrett of Wylie. Her surviving family members include her parents Davis and Duane Nutt, sister D'anne Scott of Allen, sister Denise and her husband Kyle Milford of Denison, brother Kelly Nutt and his wife Darcie Nutt of Sachse, and her special friend Janet Johnson of Wylie. She also left behind nieces and nephews Amanda Scott, Rendi and Jeff Nutt, Hannah and Hudson Milford.Dona was known for her beautiful smile and compassionate spirit to all who came in contact with her. Her life was a legacy of love that we all hope to keep in memory of Dona. She will be greatly missed. Please send your love and contributions to your church or favorite charity in Dona's name. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Methodist Church of Rowlett. Arrangements by Charles W. Smith and Sons, Sachse.

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Michael Bailey
May 24, 1950 - Dec 9, 2009

Michael Bailey, 59, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at his residence in Powell. He was born on May 24, 1950, in Corsicana to Oran D. and Lena Jane Bailey. Mike was saved at Memorial Baptist Church. He was always gifted vocally and sang in church and with several gospel groups. The first group was the Decisions, and then sang with the Laymen, Third Day and Eternal River Band. He also loved to work with the sound booth in church. He worked closely with his former pastor and brothers at Community Chapel Independent Pentecostal Church in the building and renovation process. He was employed for 15 years at Kmart Distribution Center. He loved to bowl and was on a league at Corsicana Park Lanes. He played church league softball for 20 years. He was music director for First Baptist Church in Rice. He has now transitioned to the heavenly choir. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Oran D. Bailey; and his father-in-law, Carlos V. Garza. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bailey of Powell; daughters, Julie Cne' Bailey and life partner Brandi Edwards of Garland, and Tiffany Bailey of Powell; sons, John Bailey of Rowlett, Douglas Bailey and Jeremy Powell of Powell, and Jody Powell of Corsicana; mother, Lena Jane Russell Bailey of Rice; brothers, Larry Bailey and wife Barbara and Russell Bailey, all of Rice; mother-in-law, Mary Garza of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Malissa Bailey of Red Oak, Malinda Bailey of Rice, Bonita Shelton of Waco, Veronica Morales and husband Billy Ruth of Corsicana, and Anabel, Jennifer, and Denise Garza of Corsicana; brothers-in-law, Carlos Garza of Corsicana, and Paul Garza and wife Eliza of Corpus Christi; numerous nieces and nephews, and a his lifelong friend, Mike Wendt of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at House of Praise Church of God with funeral services following at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Schane and Rev. Aaron Dominique officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Bailey, Grant Noe, Carlos Garza, Tim Dickerson, Henry Raney, Tim Avrit, and Koy Cofer.The family extends special thanks to Kadal Home Health Agency specifically Allen Coker, Alma Zarete and Yassinia Zarate. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Dexter "Jim" Browning
Mar 7, 1936 - Nov 29, 2009

James Dexter "Jim" Browning, 73, of Gun Barrel City and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, after a courageous and long-fought battle with emphysema. He was born in Tyler on March 7, 1936, and was a graduate of the Class of 1954 from Tyler High School. Jim began his meat-packing career at Tyler Packing Company and continued at Dallas City Packing and at Kaufman Packing. He changed his career to his lifelong dream of being a cowboy, moving his family to Prairieville in 1967. He raised cattle and horses, farmed hay fields, participated in rodeos with his wife and son, and rode proudly with the Tri-County Riding Club for a number of years. In 1976, he moved to Seven Points and worked for Corsicana Meat Packing Company. In 1983, he moved to Corsicana and began his business, JB Enterprises, buying and selling eccentric beef products and other commodities. Jim retired from the Corsicana Daily Sun in 2000 and returned to Cedar Creek Lake and enjoyed his retirement relating old cowboy stories, jokes, growing-up stories, and a little "bs" to his attentive family members and friends. He enjoyed the view from his back porch and we all remember his great sense of humor, wonderful smile and good cooking, especially his barbecued baby back ribs! May our cowboy forever ride in peace. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Glenda Carrol Crabbe Browning, and his parents, Edna and Clayton Browning of Tyler. He is survived by his daughter, Kari Nelson and husband Cody of Purdon; son, Karl Browning and wife Panda of Mabank; grandsons, Kory and Kolton Browning; sister, Judy Braswell and husband Jim of Gun Barrel City; and a multitude of loving, caring, extended family members and friends. Jim was cared for with loving attention by Dr. Kent Rogers and the entire staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and, for that, the family is most grateful. Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Resthaven Memorial Park, 5700 W. State Highway 31, Corsicana, with Kerry Clark officiating. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at his home in Gun Barrel City.In lieu of flowers, the family would like for contributions to be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (www.tsrhc.org) or to American Lung Association. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Halston Tyler Robertson Smith
Dec 31, 1986 - Dec 10, 2009

Halston Tyler Robertson Smith, 22, of Corsicana went to join his Heavenly Father Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. Halston was born Dec. 31, 1986, in Waco to Karen Robertson Smith who later married Jerry Wayne Smith Sr. and he became his adopted father. He was a 2005 graduate of Corsicana High and was a full-time student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He is survived by his beloved friend and fiancé Janice Hollaway of Corsicana; parents, Jerry Smith Sr. and Karen Robertson Smith of Corsicana; brothers, Zachary Chase Smith of Corsicana, Jeremy Robertson and wife Donna of Corsicana; stepbrother, Jerry Smith Jr. and wife Kathy of Emhouse; sister, Evan Channing "Cissy" Smith of Corsicana; and many friends and family. Special thanks goes to teachers, Mrs. Curington, Mrs. Luedecke and Ms. Tidwell.Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pete Jorgenson officiating, a special mentor in Halston's youth. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Pallbearers will be Dustin Watkins, Jeremy Robertson, Dave Hertzog, Neal Robertson, Michael Robertson and Billy Hollaway.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Richard R Varnell

Aug. 3, 1911-Dec. 18, 1966

 

RR Varnell Dies Sunday In VA Hospital

RR Varnell, former local furniture merchant, died in the VA Hospital at Lisbon (Dallas) late Sunday night following an extended illness. He was a native of Barry, son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Walter Varnell.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. M. From the Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which he was a member.

Varnell was a Mason, Shriner, and Methodist. He attended Trinity University and Baylor School of Medicine and graduated at Texas Tech.

He was a veteran of the USAF in World War II.

Surviving are his wife of Corsican, two brothers, WT Varnell, Odessa and EW Varnell, Sioux City, Iowa; two nieces, Nancy and Lisa Varnell, both of Sioux City, and other relatives.

Members of the Barry Masonic Lodge will be pallbearers while members of the Navarro County Shrine Association will be honorary pallbearers.

 

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Alpha M. Forgerson
Mar 20, 1921 - Dec 12, 2009

 

Alpha M. Forgerson, 88, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at an Athens hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services are noon Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Arlington Funeral Home Chapel, 1221 E. Division St., Arlington, with interment at Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Arlington Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages those who desire to make a donation to First Baptist Church, 200 S.W. Second St., Kerens, TX 75144, in memory of Alpha M. Forgerson. Mrs. Forgerson was born on March 20, 1921, in Gay Hill to the late Emma and Herbert Boeker. She was an Arlington resident from 1945 to 2002 when she and her husband, Jim, moved to their farm in Kerens. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Arlington, for 57 years. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. At her death, Mrs. Forgerson was a member of First Baptist Church in Kerens. She was a consummate homemaker with husband, daughter, family, and many friends the center of her life.Mrs. Forgerson was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, James W. Forgerson; daughter, Carol A. Byrd and her husband Cary; sisters, Hildegard Lange, Willie Mae Wagner and Gene Hopmann; a special granddaughter, Holly White Clark; and an extended family, including many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home, Arlington.

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Charles Eugene "Gene" Gilmore
Feb 10, 1933 - Dec 4, 2009

Charles Eugene "Gene" Gilmore, 76, of Temple passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at a Temple hospital. Mr. Gilmore was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Bullard to Chester Monroe and Flora Blanche (Ivy) Gilmore. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from the United States Postal Service and worked as a security guard in Corsicana before moving to Temple 21 years ago. Mr. Gilmore was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sons, Kevin Gilmore and wife Debbie of Temple and Martin Gilmore and wife Tina of High Point, N.C.; and grandchildren, Rob Gilmore, Steven Gilmore, Cameron Gilmore, Hayley Gilmore and Hannah Gilmore. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with the Rev. Sam Callaway officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Arrangements by Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, Temple.

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Violet Arlene (Winters) Nance
June 10, 1918 - Dec 11, 2009

Violet Arlene Nance, 91 of Corsicana, passed away December 11. She was born June 10, 1918 in Hobart Oklahoma to Christopher and Bertha Winters. She is survived by daughters Judy Brooks of Corsicana, Vickie Lucot of Pittsburg Pennsylvania; grandchildren Michael Brooks of Missouri, Stephen Brooks of Bullard, Eric Brooks of Bullard, Larry Lewis of California, Mark Lewis of Pittsburg Pennsylvania; eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband Henry M. Nance. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday December 13, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday December 14, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Timothy Schane officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
 

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Charles Hayden Young
Apr 19, 1928 - Dec 12, 2009

Charles Hayden Young, 81, of Mildred passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Country Meadows Health and Rehabilitation of Corsicana. He was born on April 19, 1928, in Mildred. He was a charter member of Northside Assembly of God Church. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a paratrooper. He was a firemen for the City of Corsicana. He later worked as a prison guard in Sugar Land. He was an active member of the Texas State Guard as a first sergeant up until his health failed him. He was also a member of the American Legion and Red Cross. He was an avid musician and was a songwriter. He loved to be outdoors working in the yard, and he was a very successful gardener. He loved to give the harvest of his garden away to others. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W.W. Bryant and the Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Travis Young, Austin Young, Dusty Young, William Lynn Young, Jimmy Young, Adam Montgomery and Kevin Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Sanches and Bill Ratliff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Hazel Young; brothers, Darwin Lee Young and Marvin Young; infant daughter, Linda Sue Young; infant son, Charles Travis Young; grandson, Eric Burns; and a great-grandson, Junior Porier. He is survived by his daughter, Charlene Sanches and husband Claude of Corsicana; son, David Charles Young and wife Jeanne of Mildred; son, Timmy Massey Young of Corsicana; grandsons, Randy Ratliff and wife Michelle of Corsicana, Toby L. Ratliff and wife Linda of Mildred, and Travis, Austin and Dusty Young of Linden, Tenn.; granddaughters, Wendy Young of Memphis, Tenn., Ashley Cather and husband Daniel of Garland, Misty Young of Richardson, Mindy Young of Stephenville, and Robin Burns of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Brett and Brittany Southard of Corsicana, Madison Ratliff of Mildred, and Hailey Cather of Garland; brothers, William Young and wife Florence of Mildred, J D Young and wife Evelyn of Bazette, and O.C. Young of Eureka; sister-in-law, Viola Young of Eureka; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Totsy (Tinkle) Elliott
Apr 14, 1926 - Dec 12, 2009

Totsy Elliott, 83, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in Houston. She was born April 14, 1926, in Emhouse to Newell and Bird Tinkle. She was a longtime active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, a member of the Kinsloe House, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution James Blair Chapter. After high school she was employed by Chance Vought Aircraft in Grand Prairie, and she concluded her career at Bethlehem Steel Plant in Corsicana. She is survived by her husband, Spencer Elliott; a son, Phillip Elliott; two granddaughters, Claire Elliott and Maggie Elliott; and a sister, Gerry Canant. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Merle (Bedford) Estes
Jan 10, 1919 - Dec 14, 2009

Dorothy Merle Estes, 90, of Trinidad passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born Jan. 10, 1919, in Sherman to George Oscar Bedford and Carrie Pollard Bedford. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Trinidad. She is survived by her sons, Larry and Fran Estes of Trinidad, and Jimmy and Thelma Estes of McKinney; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, George W. "Pete" Estes; four brothers and three sisters. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Floyd Loven officiating. Interment will follow at Trinidad Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harold Colvin, Jeff Dunacusky, Eric Estes, Allen Lundy, Dana Sharp, Ray Stanfield and Wayne Warren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Betty Jean (Odle) Redmon-Graves
Apr 22, 1942 - Dec 12, 2009

Betty Jean Graves, 67, of Frost passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. She was born April 22, 1942, in Dallas to J. B. Odle and Ola Mae Sharp Odle. She is survived by mother, Ola Mae Odle of Frost; children, Bobby and Lowetta Redmon of Purdon and Jerry and Rita Redmon of Frost; sister, Frances Rasco of Frost; best friend, Peggy Kindrick; eight grandchildren, Tina, Kassey, Kristin, Felisha, Mathew, Ethan, Kurt Nichols and Tiffany; six great-grandchildren and her dog Trish. She was preceded in death by her father, J. B. Odle; and sister, Ann Gordon. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will be at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donny Kindrick, Craig Kindrick, Rick Southard, Anthony Redmon, Jeff Couch and Terry Shaun Rasco. Honorary pallbearers will be Mathew Redmon, Ethan Redmon and Kurt Nichols Redmon. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 12/14/2009 - 12/16/2009
  • 1st husband James Alvin Redmon 2nd husband Richard “Dick” Graves  daughter of Jack Bill “JB” Odle

Telzy "Buddy" Joles
Aug 9, 1921 - Dec 13, 2009

Telzy "Buddy" Joles, 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Longview to Harry and Minnie Joles. He was a lifelong resident of Corsicana and had retired after nearly 50 years of service with Watkins Construction Company. Mr. Joles was a lifelong Christian man and truly loved the Lord. Buddy was a loving father and grandfather, but above all, he was a loving husband. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ida Joles; and two daughters, Beatrice and Virginia Joles. Buddy is survived by nine daughters, Gloria Otto, Jeanie Jordan and husband Terry, Linda Joles, Carolyn Garcia and husband Andy, Delores McClain, Eva Kelly and husband Wilson, Rose Putman and husband Jerry, Becky Sircy and Lisa Joles; sisters, Thelma Flores, Roxie Brewer, and Brenda Blakeslee; brother, James Joles; grandchildren, Kristie Butler, Theresa Andrews, Patrick Joles, Vincent Garcia, Scott Otto, Kevin Putman, Ryan Watson, Dustin McClain, Chris Watson, Caleb McClain; and numerous great-grandchildren. Many beautiful memories have been created by this man; these memories of love have paved the way for a future of care and kindness for the many lives he touched. Buddy was a blessing; he will forever be respected and missed. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and the Rev. Ronnie Hartis officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Putman, Andy Garcia, Wilson Kelly, Terry Jordan, Jerry Watkins and Ronnie Watkins. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons and Carmack Watkins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Miquela "Mickey" Ovalle
Feb 9, 1928 - Dec 13, 2009

Miquela "Mickey" Ovalle, 81, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Eureka to Joaquin and Lena DelaCruz Ramirez.She was preceded in death her parents, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Albert Ovalle of Corsicana; daughters, Olga Ferrell and husband Doug of Bellaire, Gloria Cillesson and husband Steve of Houston, and Sara Ovalle of Westminster, Colo.; son, Albert Ovalle Jr. of Houston; grandsons, Douglas Ferrell Jr. of Bellaire, Bryan Cillesson of Houston, William Michael Ovalle of Houston, Aaron Kyle Ovalle of Houston, and Stephen Andrew Ovalle of Houston; granddaughter, Nicole Cillesson of Houston; great-granddaughter, Miquela Ovalle of Houston; sisters, Rachel Delarosa of Corsicana and Nancy Castillo of Corsicana; brothers, Jose Ramirez of San Antonio, Moses Ramirez of Arlington and James Ramirez of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Miquela was a caring, wonderful Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who always put her loved ones first. Her house was full of love, just like her special homemade cookies and tamales. She always had a big smile on her face and laughter in her heart. We will miss her infectious laugh and special love, but will always be thankful for all the memories that she has left in our hearts. Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Michael Ovalle, Aaron Kyle Ovalle, Stephen Andrew Ovalle, Doug Ferrell, Steve Cillesson, and Johnny Castillo. Following the interment, a reception will be held at the KC Hall, 3801 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John Walter Nelson Sr.
Mar 17, 1918 - Dec 16, 2009

John Walter Nelson Sr., 91, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at his home in Corsicana. He was born March 17, 1918, in Ferris to Mamie and Dan Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, five brothers and his grandson, Michael Nelson. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joy Nelson; three sons, Wayne and Judy Nelson of Corsicana, Billy and Pat Nelson of Corsicana and John and Rosemary Nelson of Katy; four daughters, Lynette and Gary Bailey of Mesquite, Denise and Eddie Hambrick of Corsicana, Patresa Bolton of Princeton, and Vicki Farmer of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine Bebout and Pearl Garza; brother, Charles Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. John was a wonderful Christian father and grandfather. He was very active in the lives of his children, serving as a coach, announcer for football games and No. 1 fan of any sport or activity his children participated in. He served as a deacon at Northside Baptist Church and lived a Christ-like example for his children. He served in the United States Army during World War II.The family would like to thank Lula Williams for her kind and gentle care of our father during his extended illness. Special Thanks to Dr. Grady Shaw for the excellent care he provided for our father. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Nelson, Brett Bailey and Michael Hambrick. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Margaret (Young) Dunbar Brown
Feb. 24, 1927 - Dec 13, 2009

Margaret Dunbar Brown, 82, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Twilight Home. Wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Second Mission Baptist Church with Apostle David Ransom Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Orlando Dunbar, Cedric Sims, Marvin Franklin, Victor Franklin, Eric Franklin and Chris Dunbar. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Franklin, Percy Heggins, Marshall Dunbar, Melvin "Mack" Dunbar, David Betts, Demond Dunbar, Traswell Lloyd and Steve Warren. She was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Rose Lee Gordon Young; stepfather, Oscar W. Turner; and one brother. Survivors include her eight children, Lura Mae Betts, Lora Faye Franklin (Phillip), all of Corsicana, Curtis Dunbar Jr. of Dallas, Hubert Earl Dunbar of Corsicana, Janice Dianne Sims of Cedar Hill, Melvin Dunbar (Linda) of Corsicana, Margaret Ann Purdie of Teague, and Lesa Mack of Centerville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Robert Young (Janie), Bertha Williams (Harold), Fannie Mae Ingram (James), Hattie Louise Shafner, Henderson Young (Mary); aunt, Tommie Brown of Malakoff; other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Charlys (Allen) Hughes, R.N.
Aug 22, 1926 - Dec 17, 2009

Charlys Allen Hughes, R.N., 83, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Emhouse to Dave and Gertrude Allen. Charlys graduated from Emhouse High School and went on to nursing school at Scott and White Hospital, in Temple. After graduating she spent most of her medical career at Medical Arts Clinic and also working in the surgical department of the Navarro Hospital. Charlys was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana. She sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the Corsicana Chapter No. 118, Order of the Eastern Star for over 53 years. Charlys had a passion for playing the piano. It was a joy for anyone who was fortunate enough to hear her play. She and Dee loved their farm and had many happy years sharing it.She was preceded in death by her son, Darrell Harris Hughes Jr., on Aug. 23, 1969; and her husband, Darrell H. "Dee" Hughes Sr. on Dec. 13, 1999. Dee and Charlys had been married 51 years at the time of his passing. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Kathryn Pope and Bess Harvey, and her parents, Dave and Gertrude Allen. She is survived by her daughter, Yolanda Norwood and husband Thomas Dewey Norwood of Red Oak; granddaughter, Amanda Rae Norwood of Chicago, Ill.; one younger sister, Rosalie Gillen of Emhouse; many nieces and nephews, and also her beloved Gabby. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Williams, Don Tekell, James Price, J. Waterman, Jay Justice and Scott Middleton. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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William "Big Red" Jones Jr.
June 11, 1945 - Dec 11, 2009

William "Big Red" Jones Jr. was born June 11, 1945, in Corsicana to William M. Jones and Annie Lou Stout. He was the oldest of his mother's eight children. He received his formal education in the Corsicana Independent School District, attending G.W. Jackson High School. He was a loving, caring person who would give you the shirt off his back and ask, "What else can I do for you?" He loved his family and his friends, and felt it to be his responsibility to protect everyone in his presence. Mr. "Big Red," as he was often called, earned the reputation of fighter at an early age, which served him well as he fought the greatest battle of his life with cancer. After being given only three months to live in March 2009, he returned home to his family June 16, 2009, called the devil a lie and fought the great fight. On July 18, at the home of his sister Grace, William professed his faith in Christ and united with New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in the presence of the Rev. D.R. Watson, Sister Paula Watson, and his four sisters, Stella, Mary, Diana and Grace. On Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at 12:40 a.m., Big Red lost his fight with cancer, with his family and friends present, as he began his journey home to be with his heavenly father. William boldly served his country in the Vietnam War. After returning home, he later met and married Elisa Smith and to this union one child was born. He worked as a painter and traveled the country with a contractor for many years. A wake service for Mr. Jones will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. His homegoing celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. A. E. Smith is pastor. The Rev. D. R. Watson will be the eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Bryant, Curtis Burke, Don Eldridge, Ronnie Ellison, Charles Nelson and George Rooks. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, William and Annie Lou Jones; two brothers, Lonnie Charles and Lennis Charles Jones; and a granddaughter, Ashley Renee Gray. Blessed to cherish his memory are three daughters, Annette Bryant and Tawana Jones of Corsicana and Ylonda Ellison of Houston; five grandsons, Dameion Gray of Commerce, Randy Gray of Houston, Marcus Bryant, Keith Bryant and Amaru Jones of Corsicana; granddaughter, Kezia Gray of Dallas; 10 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Alene Diana McGhee (Robert), Grace Gunnels (Robert), Mary Parks (Odell), Stella Henry (DeMarr) of Corsicana and Wanda Gunnels (LeRoy) of Fort Worth; four brothers, Bobby G. Jones, Donald W. Jones Sr., George Rooks (Vivian) of Corsicana and Kelvin Gunnels (Anita) of Fort Worth; three aunts, Zelma Curry, Ola Field (Johnny) of Dallas and Minnie Lee Richardson of Gainesville; many nieces, nephews and cousins including Alene Marshall; many, many friends including his caregiver, James Bright; and a very special friend Ritchie Faye Figgett. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the caregivers, especially Hand in Hand Hospice and all represented by them for everything done during his long illness. To the VA Administration for all the services rendered on his behalf, thank you and God bless each of you. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Olin Alva Taylor
Sept 8, 1917 - Dec 14, 2009

Olin A. Taylor, age 92, of Quincy, Mass., died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.He was born in Dawson, raised and educated there and was a graduate Corsicana High School, Class of 1935. He was a World War II, U.S. Army veteran. He served as a second lieutenant with the 36th Texas Infantry Division. After his discharge, he has lived in Quincy for 65 years. Mr. Taylor was employed as a machinist and senior technical specialist for the Polaroid Corporation for over 40 years and retired in 1985. After retirement, he worked part time for 20 years for the Hub Pen Company of Quincy, now of Braintree, as a troubleshooter and machinist as he maintained a complete machine shop in his home. Olin was active in his community and was a longtime veteran's volunteer and activist. He was a life member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post in Quincy, a life member of the DAV and past commander of the Cavanaugh Post No. 79. Since 1985, he helped repair over 3,000 veterans' burial markers in cemeteries throughout the city of Quincy. He was always available to assist veterans and their families via driving to hospitals and medical visits and was a volunteer at various VA Hospitals, especially the VA Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass. He was a former member of the Quincy Library Board of Trustees for 15 years, a 20-year board member of the Quincy Conservation Commission and past grand knight of former Quincy Council No. 96 Knights of Columbus. In 1996, he was honored as a recipient of The Quincy Sun's Citizen of the Year award. This summer, Mr. Taylor was honored by the City of Quincy as June 1, 2009, was declared Olin A. Taylor Day in the city of Quincy in recognition of his many contributions to the city and for his work with veterans. Beloved husband for 64 years of Frances L. (Hunt) Taylor. Devoted father of Cynthia Booth and her husband Louis of Middleboro, Mass., Virginia Taylor and her husband Robert Salmon of Duxbury, Mass., Frances Wiedemann and her husband Edward of Pembroke, Mass., and Gregory Taylor and his wife Julie of Hingham, Mass. Also survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Brother of Verlene Ellis of Corsicana, and the late Coy Taylor. Funeral at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Interment with military honors at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Taylor's memory may be made to the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post Scholarship Fund, in care of 81 Liberty Street, Quincy, MA 02169. Arrangements by Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, Quincy, Mass.

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Sarah (Pearson) Adams
June 7, 1924 - Dec 8, 2009

Sarah Pearson Adams of Rockville, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in San Antonio. She was born June 7, 1924, in Corsicana. Calesta Pearson was her mother and Pearl Burson her grandmother, and they owned the Burson and Pearson Florist in Corsicana for many years. Beloved wife of the late Clarence Joseph Adams, Sarah was the loving mother of Jerry Adams, Paul Adams (partner Robert Rourke), Lee Adams (Mary), and John Adams (Sue). Mrs. Adams is survived by six grandchildren, Julie, Jenny, Christopher, Mark, Drew and Wesley. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Miller of Corsicana; and brother, Joe Pearson of Lufkin. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, with family reflections at 4 p.m. at Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home in Rockville, Md. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Arlington National Cemetery. All who plan to attend should meet at administration building at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Pumphrey Funeral Home, Rockville, Md.

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Michael Lloyd Butler Sr.
July 18, 1942 - Dec 17, 2009

Long time (36 years) Conroe resident, Michael Lloyd Butler Sr. passed away Dec. 17, 2009, of cancer. Ever the optimist, it was Mike's wish to live through the donation of his body organs to help individuals with health problems. He said this would be his biggest contribution he could make in this world. Because his body was ravaged with cancer, the only part to be donated to reach his goal was his corneas. Nevertheless, Mike donated his body to the University of Texas Medical School of Houston hoping that medical students would be able to learn from his illness. He became an electrical engineer for over 30 years. Mike traveled the world, (Korea, England, Singapore, Nigeria, Venezuela, Portugal, Kazakhstan) with major oil companies. Most recently he was affiliated with KBR in Houston. He was born July 18, 1942, in Freer, Texas, later moved to Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1960. After graduation he attended Texas A and M University, and is an Air Force veteran. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Robert (Potsy) Butler and his wife, Betty; and mother, Eloise Butler. Mike is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice Lane Butler of Conroe; son, Michael Butler Jr. and wife Stacia of McKinney; daughters, Janna and Julie Butler of the Woodlands; granddaughter, Taylor Butler Moore of the Woodlands; grandsons, Lane and Kyle Butler of McKinney; brother, Chuck Butler and wife Linda of Corsicana; sister, Joy Dill and husband Randy of Corsicana; niece, Leah Dill Blackard of Corsicana; nephew, Whoa Dill of Corsicana; and niece, Lauren Hammett of Midlothian. Living life to the fullest Mike was never one to possess a bad temperament. Having had a wonderful sense of humor and wit, Mike will be deeply missed by all those whose lives were touched by his lightheartedness. A memorial service celebrating Mike's life will be held at the Conroe church of Christ at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.

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Juanita (Stanley) Wylie
July 5, 1926 - July 9, 2008

Juanita Wylie, age 82 of Rockwall, TX, passed away July 9, 2008. She was born July 5, 1926, in Comanche, TX to Roy & Mary (Lindsey) Stanley. Mrs. Wylie was a very social person, hardworking and an excellent seamstress. She loved her family very much and enjoyed crafts and dancing.

Mrs. Wylie is survived by her son: Wayne Lewellen of Los Angeles, CA; daughter: Betty Hill of Rockwall, TX; sister: Mickey Leis of Kennedale, TX; brothers: Roy Stanley of Mansfield, TX, and Jackey Stanley of Desoto, TX; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held 11:00am Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery, Silver City, TX. The family will receive friends Friday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

 

Jesse Ruben Raines
Oct 16, 1933 - July 16, 1992

HILLSBORO - Jesse Ruben Raines, of Hillsboro and formerly of Palestine, died Thursday at a local nursing home. He was 58.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Edens funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Paul Dickson officiating. burial will be at Dresden Cemetery in Navarro County.
Mr. Raines was born Oct 16, 1933 in Meridian. He grew up in Frost where he married Darlene O'Neal on Feb 15, 1955. Mr. Raines was a maintenance manager for American Plant Food for 13 years and a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emmett.
Survivors include his wife; his father, James Anderson Raines, of Palestine; two sons, Joel Raines and Jeff Raines, both of Palestine; two daughters, Julie Pritchett and Ginger Lee, both of Palestine; two brothers, C. W. Raines of Athens and Nat Raines of Corsicana; three sisters, Juanita Creel and Mary Price, both of Palestine, and Rachel Belshaw of Haward, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

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Mr. Jessie Ruben Raines, 58, of Hillsboro died July 16, 1992 in Hillsboro.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Edens Funeral Home Chapel in Hillsboro with the Rev. Paul Dickson officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Meridian, Tex., the son of James Anderson and Julie M. Lindsey Raines. He grew up in Frost and graduated from high school there. He ranched most of his life and worked as a maintenance manager for American Plant Food for 13 years. He was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emmett.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Raines of Hillsboro; his father, James Anderson Raines of Palestine; two sons, Joel Raines and Jeff Raines, both of Palestine, two daughters, Julie Pritchett and Ginger Lee, both of Palestine; two brothers, C.W. Raines of Athens and Nat Raines of Corsicana; three sisters, Juanita Creel and Mary Price, both of Palestine, and Rachel Belshaw of Hayward, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Oliver Lee Albritton
Jan 1, 1881 - Jul 20, 1960

Hold Services O L Albritton Here Thursday
Funeral services for O L Albritton, 79, native of Navarro County, who died Wednesday morning, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church, of which he was a member.
The rites were conducted by Dr. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the Austin Avenue Methodist church, Waco, and Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
A native of Bazette, Albritton had been an educator, rancher, oil man and civic leader here for most of his life. He formerly was superintendent of the Frost school system and served as Navarro county school superintendent.
Albritton was perhaps the one person in Navarro County most responsible for the establishment and growth of Navarro Junior College. He served as its first chairman of the board of trustees and continued his interest in the institution after he left the board.
He was a director of the First National bank, charter member of the Rotary club and served on the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and other boards, and was a member of the draft board and a Mason.
HE was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville.
Albritton was the owner of the Circle A Ranch in the Rural Shade community on Trinity river in southeast Navarro county.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Oliver, both of Corsicana; a brother, C. C. Albritton, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Burson, Corsicana; and other relatives.
The First National Bank was closed during the funeral hour.
Pallbearers were Ralph Brown, Ralph Stell, Frank Brock, J. N. Garitty, M. S. Cook, David Brown, Glenn Hawkins, Joseph Pearson, Dee Scott and Ed M. Polk.
Corley directed.

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Dan Hamill, Dr.
Mar 20, 1889 - Jan 3, 1982

Dr. Dan B. Hamill, who practiced medicine in Corsicana for 49 years, died early Sunday.
Graveside services were held Monday at 11 a. m. at Oakwood cemetery. The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation or St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. Hamill was a member emeritus of the staff of Navarro County Memorial Hospital where he performed the first surgery, an appendectomy, on Aug. 12, 1952, when the then new hospital opened.
On Aug. 3, 1923, Dr. Hamill came by Interurban from Dallas to begin his practice here.
A native of Grapevine born March 20, 1898, he graduated in 1916 from Weatherford High School, and graduated in 1921 from Baylor Medical College in Dallas after attending the University of Texas in Austin. He interned at Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
He and the former Gladys Eugenia Mason, of Rome, New York, were married on Valentine’s Day 1924.
Dr. Hamill is survived by his wife, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Home B. Jester; a grandson, Dam Hamill Jester, Dallas; a granddaughter, Mrs. F. B. Inks III, Austin, and a great-grandson, Robert Riley Inks, Austin; and three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Wilfong, Mrs. J. S. Seneker and Mrs. S. W. Preston.
During World War II, Dr. Hamill served three years in the US Navy, including 19 months in the South Pacific in Australia and New Guinea.
Dr. Hamill was a life member of the American Medical Association and also the Interstate Post Graduate Medical Assembly.
An interview by the Daily Sun in August, 1973, a year following his retirement, quoted him as saying he was inspired as a young boy to serve humanity when he grew up by a family doctor who made his rounds in a buggy with a high stepping black horse. His associates in the profession, the hospital staff and his countless patients over the year attested that he had fulfilled the goal in good measure. A longtime nurse was quoted in the story as saying that frequently Dr. Hamill would tell the staff if any patient needed attention and their own physician was unreachable for any reason, just call him.

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Gladys Eugenia (Mason) Hamill
Dec 5, 1897 - Jan 14, 1993

Gladys Eugenia Mason Hamill, 95, of Corsicana, died Jan. 14, 1993, in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood cemetery, with the Rev. John Scarfs officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. John Scarfs officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec 5, 1897, in Rome, N.Y. She was a past president of the Kinsloe House, having served in 1944 and 1945. She was a member of the 19 Century Club and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dan Hamill.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Homer B. Jester of Dallas; one granddaughter, Mrs. Lloyd Inks III of Austin; one grandson Dan Hamill Jester of New York City; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 104 N. 14th St. Corsicana, Texas 75110, or to Twilight Nursing Home, 3001 W. Fourth Ave., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Robert Threet
July 30, 1907 - July 18, 1936

Funeral services for Robert Threet, aged 28 years, native of Corsicana and former employee of the Corsicana Daily Sun, who was killed in an oil field accident near Wink shortly before noon Saturday, are to be held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Castles, 1006 North Beaton street, Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.
Threet was an employee of the Shell Oil Company as a guager and is reported to have fallen into an oil tank containing a quantity of oil and gas. The accident occurred Saturday morning at 11 o'clock and he died shortly before noon.
Surviving are his wife, formerly Tillie Castles of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Threat, Phillips Chapel; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Bryant, Longview, and Mrs. Garnet Farmer, Eureka, and other relatives.
Singers are to be Charlton E. Gunter, Mrs. Boyce Martin, Mrs. A. L. Absher, and E. E. Burkhart.
Pallbearers are to be Lester Atkins, J. T. Cavender, Dave Levy, Fred DuBose, Guy Bunch, Jake Cook, Ralph Burrow, and Raymond Bonner.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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William Thomas Shell, Sr.
Feb 3, 1898 - Jul 3, 1952

Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr. Expires; Funeral Friday At 10 A.M.
Dr. William Thomas Shell, Sr., 78, long-time prominent physician and surgeon, died at his home, 756 West Third Avenue at an early hour Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church at 10 a. m. Friday with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor.
Masons will have charge of graveside rites.
Native of Alabama
Dr. Shall was born at Pigeon Creek, Ala., February 3, 1874, the son of R. D. and Delilah Shell. After preparatory work in Howard College, East Lake, Ala., he attended the Emory University School of Medicine and was awarded his MD degree in 1895.
Coming to Corsicana in 1896, Dr. Shell has headed the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic since its organization in 1927. He attended post graduate clinics in New York, Harvard Medical School, keeping abreast with the medical developments in his field.
Dr. Shell held a Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Given Many Honors
Serving as president of the board of managers of the Navarro County Hospital (P and S Hospital) when that institution was established, he held that post until 1920. He was secretary-treasurer of the Navarro County Medical Society 1900-1907 and 1909-1912. He was president of the county group in 1907, and served as secretary-treasurer of the Central Texas Medical Society in 1906 and president in 1925.
He also held membership in the North Texas Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.
Railroad Surgeon
Dr. Shell was local surgeon for the Sr. Louis-Southwestern Railway Company of Texas (Cotton Belt), and the Burlington-Rock Island Lines.
He was a 32 degree Mason and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, and had been a member of Corsican Lodge No. 63, IOO, since 1898, receiving a 50-year jewel two years ago. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and formerly was a member of the Lions Club.
Dr. Shell served as city health officer 1909-1913.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Dr. Wm. T. Shell, Jr., and Rufus D. Shell, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Ellett, Dallas, six grandchildren, one great-grandchildren, and four sisters, Mrs. Viola Pollard, Mrs. Pearl Jernigan and Mrs. Ella Jones, all of Greenville, Ala., and Mrs. Gertrude Foster, La Verne, Ala., and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be R. D. Fleming, Ed Rittersbacher, J. N. Edens, Jr., Judge A. P. Mays, Eliot Johnston, Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, J. D. Poindexter, J. N. Edens, Sr., and Fred M. Allison, Jr.
Griffin will direct.

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W. T. Shell, Sr.

Funeral Services Held Friday For Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr.
Funeral services for Dr. William Thomas Shell, Sr. 78, prominent physician and surgeon, who died at his home early Thursday, were held at 10 a.m. Friday from the First Baptist church.
The rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor. The Scottish Rite Rose Croix service was conducted at the grave.
Native of Alabama, Dr. Shell came to Corsicana in 1896, the year following his receiving a MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine at Atlanta, Ga.
Long prominent in local, district and state medical societies, Dr. Shell had headed the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic since its organization in 1927, and was president of the Navarro County board of hospital managers when the P and S Hospital was established. He was one of the organizers of the Navarro County Medical Society and served as its secretary 1900-1907 and 1909-1912. He was president of the society in 1907 and served as president of the Central Texas Medical Society in 1925. He was city health officer 1909-1913.
Dr. Shell was a member of the local, Central Texas, Texas and American Medical societies and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was local surgeon for the St. Louis-Southwestern Railway Co. of Texas and the Burlington-Rock Island Lines.
A 32 degree Mason and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Dr. Shell also had been a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, more than 50 years.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Dr. William T. Shell, Jr. and Rufus D. Shell, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Ellett, Dallas; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and four sisters, Mrs. Viola Pollard, Mrs. Pearl Jernigan, and Mrs. Ella Jones all of Greenville, Ala., and Mrs. Gertrude Foster, La Verne, Ala., and other relatives.
Pallbearers were R. D. Fleming, Ed Rittersbacher, J. N. Edens, Jr., Judge A. P. Mays, Eliot Johnson, Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, J. D. Poindexter, J. N. Edens, Sr., and Fred M. Allison.
Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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William Thomas Shell, Jr.
Sep 24, 1901 - Mar 5, 1963

Dr. W. T. Shell Is Found Dead Late Tuesday
Dr. Wm. T. Shell, Jr., 61, Corsicana native, was found dead at his home, 2411 Park Row, Tuesday about 7 p. m. by his negro house-boy, Jerald Carter, Howe French, justice of the peace, who conducted an inquest, stated Wednesday morning. Judge French returned his coroner’s verdict that death was from “natural causes.”
The house-boy said Dr. Shell had gone to bed during the afternoon and he (the house-boy) returned about 5 p.m. and thought his employer was asleep and when he returned two hours later, he discovered Dr. Shell was dead and summoned a physician.
Dr. Shell headed the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic for years.
He was educated at the University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelor of arts from Texas and his MD from Pennsylvania. He also was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and attended numerous post graduate clinics. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, First Methodist church and was a past master of the local Masonic Lodge and a 32 degree Mason. He was a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF. Dr. Shell was a former president of the Navarro County Medical Society and served several years as Corsicana city health officer.
Graveside services will be held at Oakwood cemetery Thursday at 10 a.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. John W. Ford, Corsicana Methodist district superintendent, assisted by Rev. Floyd A. Boulware, pastor of the First Methodist church.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Billy Jack Curtis, Austin, and Mrs. Harold (Toppy) Watson, Jr., Maracaibo, Venezuela; two grandsons, Tres and Bill Watson, both of Maracaibo, Venezuela; a brother, Rufus D. Shell, Corsicana.
Pallbearers will be J. N. Edens, Jr., Ed Rittersbacher, J. Floyd Smith, Fred M. Allison, Jr., Wade Blackford, Kelly Cawthon, A. P. Mays and Dr. Paul Mitchell.
Griffin Funeral Home will direct.

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Elieum Akron Byrd
Sep 24, 1880 - June 19, 1959

E A Byrd Dies Early Friday

E A Byrd, 78, retired Lone Star Gas Company employee, 1210 West Eleventh avenue, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital at 2:40 a.m. Friday.

Funeral services will Sunday at 3 p. m. from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, of which he was a member, with burial in the Eureka cemetery. He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Thad Son, Line Street Methodist church, Hillsboro, formerly of the local church, assisted by Rev. Paul Wiseman, new pastor here.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, James Byrd, Angleton, and DV Byrd, Las Vegas, Nev., US Air Force; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Daniel, Corsicana; three grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Masons will have charge of gravesides services and will provide pallbearers.

Griffin will direct.

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Joseph Claude Davidson
June 18, 1882 - June 16, 1959

Joe Davidson Dies Tuesday

J C (Joe) Davidson, 73, Richland, retired Missouri Pacific Railroad bridge carpenter, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p. m. from the First Baptist church in Richland with burial in the Richland Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marion Ford and Rev. C. Eidson Donnell.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; two sons, J C Davidson, Jr., Pendleton, Ore.; and Alden Davidson, Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs. Melvin Johnson, Kinder, La.; Mrs. Paul Haynes, Nashville, Tenn.; and Mrs. Garland Montfort, Mildred; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Chapel directed.

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J C Davidson Rites Friday

Funeral services for JC (Joe) Davidson, 76, of Richland, were held at 3 p. m. Friday from the First Baptist church in Richland. Davidson died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

Rites were conducted by Rev. Marion Ford and Rev. C. Eidson Donnell, Burial was to be in Richland Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; two sons, JC Davidson, Jr., Pendleton, Ore.; and Alden Davidson, Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs. Melvin Johnson, Kinder, La.; Mrs. Paul Haynes, Nashville, Tenn.; and Mrs. Garland Montfort, Mildred; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Neal Brown, Guy Campbell, Arthur Patrick, Jr., Walter L. Hendon, Bill D. Howard and Jack White.

Corley Funeral Chapel directed.

Davidson was a retired bridge carpenter for the Missouri Pacific Railroad company.

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Belle (Bird) Sutherland
Feb 8, 1859 - June 17, 1936

Rites Planned For Mrs. Sutherland at 5 p. m. Thursday

Native Navarro County and Resident Corsicana Many Years Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. CG Sutherland, aged 77 years, 502 North Beaton street, who died in the Navarro Clinic at an early hour Wednesday morning are scheduled to be held from the First Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. WR Hall, pastor of the church. Mrs. Sutherland had been a long-time member of the First Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Sutherland was a native of Navarro county and had resided in Corsicana practically all of her life. She was the widow of the late Bank Sutherland, pioneer merchant and funeral director of Corsicana, and long an active leader and official of the IOOF in Texas. She was vice-president of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be the following nephews and great-nephews; Harry Bird, Oscar Bird, Wilbur Harris, Ben Harris, Landis McDaniel, Arthur Wareing, Leslie Wareing, Edgar Wareing, Jr,

Honorary pallbearers will be Judge CL Jester, Dr. EA Johnson, Judge JM Blanding, officers of the First Presbyterian church and friends of the family.

Sutherland McCammon Funeral Home, assisted by AW Wareing, will direct the services.

 

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Charles Bank Sutherland
Jan 11, 1858 - Nov 2, 1928

Funeral Services Bank Sutherland Be Held Sunday

Pioneer Resident and Business Man Be Buried in Oakwood

Funeral services for CB Sutherland, aged 70 years, resident of Corsicana, 64 years, pioneer undertaker, furniture dealer, banker and land owner, who died at his home 502 North Beaton street, Friday morning shortly after 8 o'clock, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Presbyterian church with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services at the church will be conducted by Rev. Shepperson, pastor, while the Odd Fellow will have charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Sutherland had been ill for some time, his condition taking a turn for the worse several days ago.

Surviving are his wife; two brothers, G W Sutherland, Montgomery county; Arthur Sutherland, Corsicana; and other relatives.

A number of prominent funeral directors and high officials of the IOOF are expected to attend the services.

Mr. Sutherland was the last surviving active charter member of the Texas State Embalmers and Funeral Directors association was active in the Lions club and other enterprises.

The deacons of the First Presbyterian church will be active pallbearers while the Odd Fellows and friends will be honorary pallbearers.

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ATTENTION LIONS

All Lions are requested to meet in a body at the First Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 to attend the funeral of our friend and brother, Lion Sutherland

OM Boynton, President

WJ Rochelle, Secretary

 

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Charles Bank Sutherland

 

Great Throng in Attendance Upon Funeral Services

Beloved Corsicana Pioneer, C. B. Sutherland, Laid At Rest

The largest crowd ever to attend a funeral service in Corsicana, several thousand in number, gathered Sunday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church and at Oakwood cemetery, to pay their last respects to the remains of C. B. Southerland, aged 70 years, pioneer funeral director, merchant, and banker, who had resided in Corsicana for more than sixty years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. David Shepperson, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church; Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church; Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. C. E. McStravick, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. At the grave, the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which Mr. Sutherland was a member for a half century, and holder of many of the highest offices and honors in the order, had charge of the services. H. J. Emmons of Dallas, representative of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, spoke of the life of the departed brother.

Long before the time for the services, the church was packed to capacity with sorrowing friends and acquaintances, with hundreds outside and other hundreds preparing to the cemetery to await the funeral cortege. Many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence, and remembrances and tributes from people from all over Texas and some from other states were numerous.

Interested in Home

Mr. Sutherland was always deeply interested in the IOOF Home here, being trustee for many years. He held the highest offices in the local IOOF Lodge No. 63, and also was a member of the Texas Grand Lodge, and held a number of offices in that organization. He attended the annual meetings of the Grand Lodge for many years. Many of the inmates of the IOOF Home here, who have gone from the Home, were present for the funeral and a number of floral offerings from ex-students of the Home were noted.

Mr. Sutherland was a member of the Corsicana Lions club for a number of years and was always interested in the work of the club. A large number of the Lions were present for the services.

Surviving are his wife, two brothers, G. W. Sutherland of Montgomery county and Arthur Sutherland of Corsicana. G. W. Sutherland had been here several days. He returned to his home Monday.

Mr. Sutherland was a charter member of the Texas State Embalmers and Funeral Directors Association, organized at Fort Worth more than forty years ago.

Of the vast throng gathered for the services, it is safe to say that very few there who had not at some time had a dear one buried with Mr. Sutherland in charge.

Funeral Directors Here

Among the funeral directors present were Ed Keever, Ennis, president of the state organization; T. A. Shellberg, Fort Worth, secretary; D. T. Lauder, Abilene; F. M. Compton, L. C. Puckett and Tom Tidwell, Waco; George Nyland, Frank C. Smith, Grant Smith, Bentley Young, George Jennings, Charles Jennings, George Brewer, Harry Haskings, Harold (Dutch) Graybur, R. F. Woods and Ernest, C. Davis, all of Dallas; S. P. Spaulding, Waxahachie; W. T. Orr, Ennis; Tom Wright, Temple; Claude Keever, Ennis; C. B. Cook, Austin; J. M. Beene, Frost; Tom Bailey, Palestine; C. B. McCormick, Blooming Grove; M. M. Rains, Marshall and C. M. Nimon, Austin.

Among the visiting Odd Fellows present were J. K. Sasche, Sasche, Texas; member of the board of trustees of the Home; G. W. Hawkins, Houston, past grand master of Grand Lodge, and formerly superintendent of the Home; W. T. Savage, Dallas, past grand master; G. W. Bacus, Wichita Falls; E. Q. Vestal, Dallas, grand secretary, Mit House, Fort Worth; George Reid, Dallas, grand lodge trustee; George Knauff, San Antonio, grand lodge trustee; S. P. Spaulding, Waxahachie, former trustee of the Home, John A. Key, Fort Worth, grand treasurer; Harry Emmons, Dallas; E. B. Greech, Ennis; Harry Fushbrook, Temple; S. M. Williams, Dallas, formerly inmate of the Home; Mrs. Johnnie House, Fort Worth, past president Rebekah Assembly; Mrs. Mae Hatcher James, Dallas, grand treasurer, Rebekahs; Mrs. Hamilton, Dallas, grand sentinel; Mrs. H. E. Spaulding, Waxahachie; Mrs. S. P. Spaulding, Waxahachie, and others.

Among the other out of town people were Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Brown, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Fry, Woodson; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan B. Fry, Ladonia; P. B. Fry, Ladonia; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Gee and daughter, Mary Jim Gee, all of  Paris; Mrs. E. O. Bird, Paris; W. M. Harris, McCamy; Mrs. Lela Lee and Uleta Williams, Dallas; Miss Anna Bell, Dallas; Mrs. G. C. Daughtery, Sweetwarter, Miss Ela Hockaday, Dallas; Miss Edna Washington, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs., C. M. Crawford, Dallas; Mrs. Eula Swafford, Hillsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace McFall, Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. Ozie Lewis, Mexia; Mrs. John Davis, Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. Smith Comfort, Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Bridges, Teague; Mrs. Janie McGilvary, Streetman; Mrs. John Wareing, Dallas; Miss N. Ethel Eagleton, Arlington; Mrs. Louis Stephens, Mexia and others.

More than 100 children of the IOOF Home were also present.

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IN SERVICE A LONG TIME.

Has Held Position of Sexton for Thirty-Five Years

When the city council re-elected C. B. Sutherland sexton last Tuesday night it was the thirty-fifth time the council had made this selection. The late A. Sutherland, Mr. Sutherland's father, was sexton from the early seventies till 1882, when he was made an alderman, and the son, C. B. Sutherland succeeded him as sexton in that year and has held the office continuously since Oakwood cemetery when the Senior Sutherland was first sexton only embraced that part of the sacred ground south of the branch which was deeded to the city by Col. Elliott citizen here, who was the grandfather of Captain W. J. McKie and it was used for both white and colored people.

There are quite a number of negro graves near where the fountain now stands in the northeast corner of the old cemetery plot.

This was in the days before the civil war. That part of the cemetery north of the branch was bought after the civil war, and was added to Oakwood as the McPhall field. It was opened as a burial ground in 1876 by Mr. A. Sutherland who was sexton at that time.

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Effie Ann Blackmon
d. Sep 27, 1922

Died Here Last Night
Mrs. Effie Ann Blackmon, widow of the late Dillon Blackmon, died at 503 East Eleventh avenue last night, aged 77 years.
 

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