Tommy Carl Gullatt, 81, of Mesquite passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in
Dallas. Visitation is held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Corley
Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Corley Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Steve White officiating. Interment will be at
Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Smith, 91, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Tyler. She was born
Feb. 10, 1918, in Kerens to Elmer and Nancy Simpson. She was a member of
First Baptist Church in Trinidad and enjoyed baking, cooking and
watching Astros baseball. She was known by her family as a wonderful
lady. She was married for over 70 years to Everett Smith, who preceded
her in death. She is survived by a brother-in-law, Eugene Berry; niece,
Shirley Bevel; nephew, Everett Berry; and numerous other nieces and
nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Loven of Trinidad officiating. Interment
will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Tommy Griffin, Everett
Berry, Ryan Jemison, Jamie Jemison, Christopher Ebey and Darrell Quinn.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
services for Ty'anthony Deshawn Bluitt Chatman were held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Ford Chapel Baptist Church in Mexia, with the
pastor, the Rev. Wilmer Davis, officiating. Interment was at Woodland
Cemetery in Mexia. Five-month-old Ty passed away Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009,
at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. He was born July 15, 2009.He is
survived by his mother, Ashley Bluitt of Mexia; his father, Anthony
Chatman of Corsicana; his brother, Zamarion Shed of Mexia; his
grandparents, Robert and Chiquita Bluitt of Mexia and Lewis Haney and
Charlotte Chatman of Corsicana; his great-grandparents, James Cooper and
Evelyn Cooper Chatman of Corsicana; his uncles, Cody Bluitt of Mexia,
DeMetrius Cherish and Kevin Haney, both of Corsicana; his aunts, Latasha
Bluitt of Mexia and Tamara Chatman, Larisha Osborn and Kimberly Haney,
all of Corsicana; two very special aunts, Tena Sandles Eaves and Renita
Sandles, both of Mexia; and very special cousins, Martay'veon Simms and
Jatay Venus Bluitt of Mexia and Anthony Jackson Bluitt of Palestine.
Arrangements by Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, Teague.
services for Lela Bell Hudson Cooper will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 26, at Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church in Fairfield with the
pastor, Moderator A. L. Thibodeaux, officiating. Interment will be at
Fairfield Baptist Cemetery. Lela, a native of Corsicana passed away
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana among
loving family and devoted friends. She was born June 29, 1945. She met
Joe Frank Cooper 28 years ago and he, her parents, three sisters, a
brother and a grandson all preceded her in death. Those who will cherish
her memory most are her daughter, Carla Hudson, and her son, Michael
Hudson and wife Yolanda, all of Fairfield; brothers, Joe Willie Thomas
of Mesquite, Bobby Ray Hudson and wife Elaine of Hutchins, Robert Hudson
of Sacramento, Calif., and Jonas Eldridge and wife Sara of Tucson,
Ariz.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary
Hatcher and husband, Jimmy of Fairfield; brother-in-law, Bobby Cooper
and wife Kay of Fairfield; and a special friend, Doris Hunter of
Fairfield. Arrangements by Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, Teague.
Newburn Watson, 101, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009,
at his residence. He was born Nov. 17, 1908, to Lucy Smith and William
Ernest Watson. He was a 1930 graduate of Baylor University with a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree and was a member of the
Baylor Letterman's Club, where he lettered for three years in track. He
was captain of the cross country team. He was employed as an accountant
for 50 years with the K. Wolens Department Store. He was a veteran
having served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an active
member of First Baptist Church for over 80 years. Mr. Watson was
preceded in death by his wife, Fama Ray Watson; and nine brothers and
sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Diane Allison and husband
Freddy of Midland; grandson, Phillip Allison and wife Allison and their
children Elaine and Michael of Dallas; and granddaughter, Karey A.
Hopkins and husband Arthur and their children Allison and Mark of
Dallas. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009,
at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr.
officiating. A reception with the family followed the service. A private
family burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery later that day. Pallbearers
were be Jim Howard, Arthur Hopkins, Ted Denbow, Phillip Allison, Robert
Thurston and Bill Allison. Memorials may be made to either the American
Cancer Society, Navarro Unit, 1000 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110;
or to First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110.The
family wishes to express their gratitude to Leah Lozano with Hand and
Hand Hospice and to his caregivers Mary Guerra and Linda Escondido.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Richard Seiber, 69, of Frost, passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in
DeSoto. He was born in Irving on Sept. 2, 1940, to Delbert Alton Seiber
and Jewel Irene Cox Seiber. James was a retired truck driver and has
been the Commander for the past three years of the Sons of the American
Legion in Corsicana. Survivors include his wife, Shirelene Seiber of
Frost; daughter, Zonia Rogers and husband Justin of Blooming Grove,
grandchildren, Wes Holloway, Haley Holloway, and Harley Plant; sister,
Edith Dodgen of Irving; brothers, Melvin Seiber and wife Shirley of
Bartonville, and Jerry Seiber and wife Guy of Lone Oak; a number of
nieces and nephews and friends. Memorial service will be at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at the American Legion Hall, 632 North Beaton, in
Corsicana with Robert Wilkins P.D.C. officiating. Honorary pallbearers
will be Wes Holloway, Justin Rogers, Wayne Carnley, Lorenzo Villalobos,
Bob Wilkins, Donnie Moses, John Tilley, John Fitzmaurice, and Sonny
Bartosh. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Lynn "Dobber" Pierce, 66, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in
Fairfield. He was born Oct. 12, 1943, to Francis and Reuben Pierce in
Corsicana. He was a longtime resident of Corsicana and was an avid
hunting and fishing enthusiast. He was preceded in death by his mother
and step-father, Francis and Don Allen; father, Reuben Pierce; and
brother, David Pierce. Survivors include his wife, Nona Gail Pierce;
sons, Bryan Pierce and wife DJuana, and Jay Pierce and wife Dana;
grandchildren Coy, Jenna, Peyton, Jace Tanner and Eli; and brother,
Charles Johnson. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tues., Dec.
29, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m
.on Wed., Dec. 30, 2009, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.
Alfred Smirl officiating. Interment will follow in
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Goodwin, Matt Spivey, Brad Gannon,
Ralph Lane, Joe Page and Brad Hendrick.
"Burr" Rasco, 73, of Blooming Grove, passed away Dec. 26, 2009, in
Corsicana. He was born April 5, 1936, in Barry to Odie Gay and Olivia
Ruth Rasco. He grew up in Blooming Grove, and enjoyed riding his tractor
to check on his cows with his dogs following. He also enjoyed spending
time at the lake with family and friends swimming, boating and fishing.
He liked to hunt and race cars. Rasco rebuilt old cars doing all the
mechanical and body work himself. He always loved the kids and gave all
of them a nickname. He is preceded in death by parents Odie Gay and
Olivia Ruth Rasco. Survivors include his wife, Frances Rasco of Frost;
daughter Maretha Garrett Bink of Alaska; son Eddie Gay Rasco of
Arkansas; sisters Sharon Davis and husband Joe of Georgetown, Shirelen
Seiber of Frost; grandchildren Terry Rasco and wife Sabra of Frost,
Jonathan Monthey and wife Julie of Frost, Chasity Perry and husband
Rusty of Mertens, Rachael Williams and husband Dana of Frost. He is also
survived by great-grandchildren Sabrina Moses, Tristan Perry, Chances
Moses, Lacey Garrett, Samuel Perry, Preston Rasco, Jaden Jenkins, and
Hunter Perry. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at
Griffin Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Dresden Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Woodall
officiating. Pallbearers will be Rick Southard, Donnie Moses, Bobby
Redman, Ethan Redman, Matthew Redman and Jerry Redman.
Mrs. Lawdine Haynie, 66, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009,
in DeSoto. She was born July 15, 1943 to Edna Owens and Lawton David McCain in
Corsicana. She was a very loving wife, mother, Nana, daughter, sister,
mother-in-law and friend to all who knew her. She was a very supportive Nana for
both of her grandchildren. She loved to listen to live country music and enjoyed
working in her yard and garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie
Haynie; her father, Lawton McCain; and sister, Diane Taylor. Survivors include
her sons, Steve Haynie and wife Vicky of Corsicana, and Scott Haynie of Austin,
Texas; granddaughters Lauren Haynie and Spencer Haynie of Corsicana; mother,
Edna McCain of Corsicana; sister-in-law Sharon Thomas and husband Jody of
Corsicana; brother-in-law Larry Haynie and wife Barbara of Delores, Colo.;
brother-in-law Jerry Taylor of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and
a big host of friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30,
2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec.
31, 2009, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.
Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bronny Watson,
Jimmy Taylor, Jimmy D. Coker, Derwood Penney, Jody Thomas, Rodney Hiler, and Tim
Doug Vaughan, 53 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, in
Corsicana. He was born July 5, 1956 in Corsicana to W.D. and Sible Vaughan.
Survivors include Toni Vaughan of Corsicana; daughters, Holly G. Vaughan of
Dallas, and Hayley Vaughan of Scraton, Penn.; father, W. D. Vaughan of Lone
Grove, Okla.; sisters, Cindy Worakas and husband Mark of Corsicana, Alisha
Duncan and husband Allan of Wylie; brother, Jim Vaughan and wife Shandi of
Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
mother and one brother. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31,
2009, at King Cemetery with Eric Larsen officiating. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Davis Runnels, 98, of Orange witnessed nearly a century of this life and
was surrounded by loving family as she peacefully passed from this life
into the next on Dec. 29, 2009. Velma was born Feb. 23, 1911 in Mabank
to W. J. and Sarah Davis. For over 30 years she worked at The Fair store
in Orange. She was known to be an excellent seamstress and enjoyed
bowling and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50
years, A. L. Runnels; her son, Brooklyn Runnels; her granddaughter,
Barbara Ann Runnels Berardi; her sons-in-law, Frank Giarratano and E.P.
Sosa; along with her six brothers and five sisters.Mrs. Runnels is
survived by son, David Runnels and wife Frances; daughter, Evelyn
Giarratano; daughter-in-law, Glenda Fay Runnels and son Lester Kelton
Runnels with wife Cathie; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and
10 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be
held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel. Interment will follow at
Post Oak Cemetery. Arrangements by
Corley Funeral Home.
Orel Earnest Smith, 85, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.
He was born Feb. 20, 1924 in Ada, Okla. to William Lee Smith and Lillian
Lowe Smith. He was a member of Wesley Methodist Church for many years.
He was a retired office manager of US Gypsum and from Tatum Air
Conditioning. Smith is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Hans
Weger of Corsicana; granddaughter, Dawn Weger of Corsicana; grandson,
Mark Bower and wife Kristy of Mesquite; grandson, Sean Bower of
Corsicana; great-granddaughters, Alison Huskey of Corsicana and Venetia
Bower of North Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandsons, Greggory Bower of
Corsicana, Zachary Bower of Mesquite, Sean Scott Bower of Pennsylvania
and Dana Bower of New York. He is also survived by great-great-grandsons
Jonathon and Ryan Huskey of Corsicana, and great-great-granddaughter
Cheyenne Huskey of Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his first
wife, Betty Collins Smith; and his son, Monte Smith; his second wife,
Katherine Inez Smith; parents, William and Lillian Smith; sister, Freida
Kimbrough of California; brothers, William Smith Jr. of Ada, Okla. and
Voyd Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 11
a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, with Bro. Bill Honea officiating and
assisted by brother-in-law Rev. Howard Chapman. Pallbearers will be Kyle
Wilcox, Miller Bower, John Barlow, Danny Owens, Sean Bower, Greggory
Bower, Jonathon Huskey and Ryan Huskey. Arrangements by Corley Funeral
Faye Young McCormick, 90, of Dawson passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009,
in Corsicana. Rosary will be 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Wade
Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with
Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul
Catholic Cemetery in Wylie. Mrs. McCormick was born Dec. 1, 1929, in
Okema, Okla. to Daniel and Nannie (Woods) Young. She was raised in
Oklahoma but moved to Dallas when she was 16. Mrs. McCormick lived in
the Dallas area until moving to Dawson in 1968 when her husband, who
worked for the Corps of Engineers, became manager over Lake Navarro
Mills. She was an LVN and worked at Hubbard Hospital from 1973 until it
closed in the 1980's and also worked for Providence Home Health and the
Hubbard nursing home. She also worked as a teacher's aide for Dawson
Independent School District, was a member of Legion of Mary and helped
with Meals on Wheels. Mrs. McCormick was a longtime member of Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana and was a caregiver for many,
many people in the Dawson community. She was preceded in death by her
parents; her husband, Fred McCormick; brother, Earl Young and two
sisters, Bernice Moore and Gladys Bolling. Survivors include four sons,
Phillip McCormick and wife, Dottie of Grand Prairie, Tom McCormick and
wife Lisa of Ardmore, Okla., John McCormick of Waco, and Steven
McCormick and wife, Patty of Dawson; two daughters, Patricia Mitchell
and husband, Troy of Dawson, and Betsy Freeland and husband, Rickey of
Dallas; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob
Young and wife Mary Jo of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Floyd Young and
wife, Pat of Wylie; three sisters, Nola Custer of Okema, Okla., Jean
Dodson and husband, Bill of Seminole, Okla. and Pearl Oaks of Wylie and
many beloved nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons
Scott Heaton, Shannon Heaton, Jeremy Heaton, John McCormick, Brian
McCormick, Mitchell McCormick, Joe Freeland and Steve Mitchell.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church, 3000 West State Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or
to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Lake Success, Waco, Texas 76710.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Mr. Carl W. Clark, Jr., 82, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, January 1, in
Corsicana. He was born on June 12, 1927 in Richland to Helen Willis and Carl W.
Clark, Sr. He was a master mason, and had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for
over fifty years. He was employed with Sunoco Oil Company as an accountant, and
retired after twenty-five plus years of service. He was a longtime member of
Petty's Chapel Baptist Church, and had a great love for his Lord and enjoyed
reading his Bible everyday. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather,
great grandfather, brother, and friend. Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his
son, Carl Richard "Ricky" Clark and his parents, Helen Willis and Carl W. Clark,
Sr. He is survived his wife, Betty L. Clark; daughter, Kay Handlin and husband
James of Hallsville; grandson, Travis Handlin of Nashville, Tennessee;
granddaughter, Krystal Kennedy of Hallsville; great grandsons, Seth and Cole
Kennedy of Hallsville; sisters, Katie Hibler of Midland, and Felecia Opel and
husband Bob of Conroe; close friends, Chuck Vick and wife Shauna of Corsicana;
numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, at the Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Sonny Buie officiating. Interment will follow in the
Richland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge. Honorary
Pallbearers will be Chuck Vick and Wes Skinner. Memorials may be made to The
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, North Texas Chapter, 8111 LBJ Freeway; suite 425,
Dallas, Texas 75251.
Carter Braselton, Sr., 72, died January 1, with his family by his side
in Corsicana. He was born March 7, 1937 and his parents were Hubert and
Virginia Braselton of Corsicana. Carter graduated from Corsicana High
School and attended Navarro Junior College. He then enlisted in the U.S.
Army and served the first three years at Fort Bliss in El Paso. He met
his wife, Anneliese R. Braselton, on his first overseas tour in
Mannheim, Germany. He served 25 years in the Army with two tours to
Vietnam and he received several awards of recognition during his career.
He retired in Corsicana in 1981. He spent time during his retirement
helping at Family Service Association as well as other community
charitable organizations in Corsicana. Mr. Braselton is survived by his
wife of 41 years, Anne; three daughters and their spouses, Gena Bell,
Terri Braselton and Tammy Braselton; two sons and their spouses, Peter
Embach and Thomas Braselton Jr.; sister, Claire Shahzad and her husband
Reza Shahzad; nephew, spouse and family, Mike and Becky Wilson; and
seven grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers are Gordon George, E. Scott
Middleton, Keith Sykes and Mike Wilson. Services are Tuesday, January 5
at 2 p.m. with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with burial at Dallas-Fort
Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a
charity of your choice.
Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, Nelida T. Aguilar, 61, of Corsicana passed away
peacefully from this world to be forever with our Father, after a
courageous but short battle against a sudden illness. Nelida was born to
Lee and Joan (Ascension) Aguilar on Sept. 22, 1948, in Pendleton.She was
preceded in death by her beloved mother, Joan Aguilar; maternal
grandparents, Nicolas M. Guzman and Maria Refugio Guardiola de Guzman;
and paternal grandparents, Miguel Macario Aguilar and Sofia Thompson
Aguilar.Nelida leaves to cherish her memory: her father, Lee Aguilar of
Belton; her three beautiful children, Christina (Fernandez) Shapter and
husband Andrew of Austin, David Fernandez III and wife Kaysie of Austin,
and Mariana (Fernandez) Elliott, husband Chris and their baby son
Jackson, all of Houston; and her many siblings, Robert Aguilar, Richard
Aguilar, Dr. Teresita Aguilar, Rita Aguilar-Torres, Michael Aguilar,
Gabriel Aguilar, Claudia Morales, Melissa DeLaRosa and Catherine
Sherwood; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who will also miss
their "Aunt Nelda" and, not to be forgotten, her little furry companion
of many years, her dog Rascal.Nelida grew up in Belton and graduated
from Belton High School in 1967 with honors. She received a bachelor's
degree in political science and business from Mary Hardin-Baylor College
(now University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) in 1980 and later obtained her
master's degree in adult and continuing education/human resource
development from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1995, earning
a national award for her final thesis. For several years prior to
returning to graduate school, Nelida was active in the religious
education program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple,
serving as a religious educator and director of the Religious Education
(CCD) Program.At the time of her death, Nelida was employed as director
of human resources at Navarro College in Corsicana since August 2001.
Prior to that, she was director of human resources for the Benedictine
Ministries Corporation in Boerne from 1998 to 2001.In life, Nelida loved
to work on her crochet and needlepoint projects, listen to her many
music CDs, go to casinos or to play bingo with her father and siblings.
She loved to dance, laugh and spend as much time as possible with her
children and precious grandbaby. But, to be remembered most about Nelida
was that she was devoted to her faith, her family and her many, many
friends. She was an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, mother, and
grandmother! Words on a page can never fully describe what an incredibly
loving and giving person Nelida was in life. She was a counselor, a
mentor and simply a true friend to so many people, always ready with a
welcoming smile, a warm embrace, and a kind and reassuring word when
needed. She so sweetly touched the lives of so many people during her
short time on earth. Her physical presence will be greatly missed by
all, but her spirit will live on for eternity in our memories.
Visitation and rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Dossman
Funeral Home, 2525 N. Main St., Belton. A funeral Mass will be held at
10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Belton.
Graveside services will immediately follow at Bellwood Cemetery in
Temple. The Nelida T. Aguilar Memorial Fund has been established at
Compass Bank in Belton. Contributions should be made to David Fernandez
III for the memorial fund. Arrangements by Dossman Funeral Home, Belton.
Jean Carroll, 69, of Emhouse passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in
Dallas. She was born Oct. 31, 1940, to Willie and Sarah Vyers in
Peeltown. She was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church. She is survived by
husband of 44 years, Charles Carroll of Emhouse; daughters, Pati J.
Carroll of Emhouse and Emily Carroll Smith of Emhouse; sisters, Faye
Nail of Birmingham Ala., and Gloria Dover of Corsicana; numerous nephews
and nieces; and close friend, Kay Lewis. Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services
will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with
Brother Eric Larsen and Brother Rick Roberson officiating. Pallbearers
will be Kevin McCabe, Ethan Bell, Joe Dover, Chuck Owens, Keith Johnson,
Cade Southard and Aaron Bell. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Harris
Jr., Scotty Vyers, Mike Bell, Jay Lewis. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Dr. J. Bradley Griffin, 59, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Born in Houston, he
was the son of the late Dr. John Wilder and Tommie Jo Smith Griffin of
Corsicana. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he also graduated
from the Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in
general surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and his Vascular
Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was a retired
physician who wrote numerous articles published in various medical journals. A
member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, he was also a past member of the
Columbia Medical Society, South Carolina Medical Association, AMA, American
Board of Vascular Surgery and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
An avid sportsman, he loved the outdoors and fishing, hunting and sporting
clays. He loved the land and enjoyed farming and gardening. He is survived by
his wife, Linda Murtiashaw Griffin; children, Sarah Elizabeth Griffin and
Charles Wilder Griffin; sisters, Connie Griffin of Fort Worth and Jennifer
Griffin of Dallas; brother, Hall Griffin of Longview; cousin, Charles Leslie
Smith of Palestine. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by paternal
grandparents, Levi Hall and Alice Wilder Griffin of Hooks; maternal
grandparents, Thomas Jefferson and Josephine Reeder Smith, also of Hooks. A
memorial service for Dr. Griffin will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010,
at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C. The family will receive
friends following the service in the church parlor. A private family burial will
be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel,
is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204; or a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dunbar Funeral Home, Columbia, S.C.
Memorial services for Donnie Leo Hustead, 57, of Cross Roads are scheduled
for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens with Tommy Hayes
and Danny Davis officiating. Donnie passed away at his home on Sunday, Jan. 3,
2010. Donnie was born Oct. 23, 1952, to Willie Leo and Mable Ruth Hollingsworth
Hustead. Donnie owned an agriculture business and spent a great deal of time at
his farm enjoying life, his cattle, fishing, hunting, and the annual Easter egg
hunt cooking on his barbecue pit. His greatest joy was spending time with his
children and grandchildren. Donnie was a quiet, kind and gentle man with an
enormous sense of humor and could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. He
will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. Donnie was
preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jackie Hustead Omberg.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Hodge Hustead of Athens; son and
daughter-in-law, Will and Carmen Hustead of Malakoff; daughter and son-in-law,
Kacey and Jody Watson of Malakoff; sister, Barbara Cowell of Lufkin; six
grandsons, Wes and Jack Hustead, and Brye, Jace, Trent, and Tucker Watson; and a
host of relatives, friends, and loved ones. The family will receive condolences
from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. Pallbearers
will be his grandsons, Brye Watson, Jace Watson, Trent Watson, Tucker Watson,
Wes Hustead and Jack Hustead. Honorary pallbearers will be Marc Awalt, Art Pool,
Ken Hayes, Gene Ellis, Jerry Stone, Kenneth McGee, Dean Kjeldgaard, Frank
Lunceford, Owen Robertson and Johnny Mattingly. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, P.O. Box 2025, Malakoff, TX 75148; or
American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701; or to a charity of
your choice. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home, Athens.
David Wayne Jones of Frost went to be with the our heavenly Father Thursday,
Dec. 31, 2009. Wayne was born on Dec. 31, 1954, to the late David L. Jones and
Jean Jones. He is survived by his mother, Jean Jones; daughter, Elizabeth Watson
and husband Dave of Dallas; son, Cole Jones of Glenn Heights; sister, Neva
Rountree and husband Michael of Smiths Station, Ala.; brother, Paul Jones and
wife Genia of Red Oak; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be
at a later date. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Louise Bonner, 77, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at
Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born June 3, 1932, in Navarro
to Clarence McGary and Chloe Capehart McGary. She is survived by
husband, Donald Andrew Bonner of Corsicana; stepchildren, Jeff Bonner,
Jennifer Wooten, Rodney Bonner and Tracy Bonner; grandchildren, Sue Ann,
Stephenie, Cody, Ashley, Dakota, Toby, Betsy, Josh, Becky, Lacy, Dale,
Matthew, Jamie, Zack, Luke, Nikki and Dorcus; 14 great-grandchildren;
aunts, Hazel Capehart and Cleo Hendon; and a number of cousins. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Clarence McGary and Chloe Capehart
McGary; and great-grandson, Jacoby Bonner.Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services
will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Calvary Worship Center. Interment
will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Josh Bonner,
Toby Williamson, Dakota Bonner, Mickeal Lawson, Sammuel Zamora and Jason
Starkey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Harwell, Matthew Hughes,
Donnie Capehart, Larry Capehart, John Anthony Capehart, Vernon Boyd,
Ralph Wisiwell and Herman Gullatt. Family luncheon will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Calvary Worship Center. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Solomon "Pops" Daniels died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Navarro Regional
Hospital in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Oakwood to Alonzo
and Ruby Daniels. He received his education in the Oakwood School
District. He served in the United States Army, and fought in two Korean
wars, and received an honorable discharge. He met and married Catherine
Rainbolt and to this union one child was born, Linda Boles. He later met
and married Connie Potts and to this union five daughters and five sons
were born. Early in life, he accepted Christ at Rocky Mount Baptist
Church, and he was a member of a quarter group called The Daniels
Quartet. Later in life he moved to Corsicana where he united as a member
of Greater Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ (Greater Love
Outreach Fellowship Church).He was preceded in death by his father,
Alonzo Daniels; mother, Ruby Daniels; brother, Lewis Daniels; brother,
Leonard Daniels; and sister, Mabel Williams. He is survived by two
sisters, Fannie O'Neal Ratliff (Lee) of San Antonio and Ruby Wilson of
Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Alonzo Daniels of Lubbock. Those left
to cherish his loving memories are children: Linda Boles (Melvin) of
Dallas, Gwendolyn Bailey (Rodney) of Missouri City, Marilyn Lewis
(Pastor William Lewis Jr.) of Corsicana, James Daniels (Peggy) of
Corsicana, Jerry Daniels (Tamiko) of Arlington, Kenneth Daniels of
Corsicana, Jacqueline Grant (Elder Eric Grant Sr.) of Corsicana,
Stanford Daniels (Patricia) of Corsicana, Kathy Newsome (Anthony) of
Corsicana, Michael Daniels of Corsicana, Shan Daniels of Dallas and
April Jackson (Michael) of Corsicana. He leaves to carry on his memories
25 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends, including a special friend, Tommy
Lee at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Center. Wake services will be held at
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services
will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Lifeline Fellowship Church, 5301 W.
State Highway 31, Corsicana, with Pastor William Lewis Jr. officiating.
Interment will be at Shiloh Cemetery in Oakwood. Arrangements by Ross
and Johnson Mortuary.
Bennight "Bunna" Hull
Memorial services for Bernice "Bunna" Bennight Hull, 81, are scheduled
for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. The family
will receive condolences from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Bernice passed away Thursday, Jan. 7,
2010. Bernice was born Sept. 10, 1928, to Sam Calvin and Ada Johnson
Bennight. Bernice spent her life in Texas, living in Purdon, Hubbard and
Corsicana. However, she was also an avid traveler who enjoyed hopping in
the car to travel the country with her husband, Robert. Bernice and
Robert celebrated 56 years of marriage, sharing a long and happy life
that started March 16, 1953. They worked and played together for 23
years at Central Freight Lines in Corsicana. Bernice was a gifted
hostess and cook, well known for her mile-high meringue pies. She loved
decorating her home and gardening. Bernice was a fashionable, meticulous
dresser who also enjoyed quilting and cheering for the Texas
Rangers.Bernice was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and
great-grandmother. Her loyalty to her family was unparalleled and her
refrigerator was always covered with family photographs and artwork.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Elsie
Bennight Ward and Pauline Bennight Turner. Survivors include her
husband, Robert Thomas Hull of Corsicana; son, Garland "Bill" Hull and
his fiancée Mikel Shilen of Scurry; grandson, Robert Wade Hull and his
wife Jennifer of Ennis; granddaughter, Natalie Turner Hull of Kansas
City, Mo.; two great-granddaughters, Joey and Jordan Hull; and many more
relatives, friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to her favorite charity: Texas Lions Camp, P.O. Box 290247,
Kerrville, TX 78029. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lillian Jackson, age 87, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Corsicana.
She was born June 9, 1922, in Emhouse to W.W. and Alma Ray. Mrs. Jackson is
survived by a daughter, Linda Blatchley; grandson, Chris Blatchley;
granddaughter, Jessica Alonzo and husband Michael; and two great-granddaughters,
Vanessa Blatchley and Makayla Alonzo. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Kenny Farnham officiating.
Interment will be at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse. Arrangements by Corley
Edwin Roman Jr., 89, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in Carrollton. He
was born on Jan. 3, 1921, in Corbet. He was the son of Malcolm Roman Sr.
and Alice Ruth Roman. Malcolm was blessed with a loving wife, Eileen
Pare Roman, whom he met while stationed in Rhode Island during
II as a Navy Seabee. She was the love of his life. He was devoted to her
and their two children, Monica Miller and Tommy Roman. Monica is married
to Darrell Miller Jr. Tommy is married to Judy York Roman. He also was
blessed with two grandsons, Jeremy Miller and Nicholas Miller. "Paw
Paw," as they called him, would have done anything for his grandsons.
Malcolm loved his three sisters and kept a picture of them on his
dresser. Mary Beeman and Bobbie Anderson preceded him in death. His
younger sister, Kathleen Robinson, currently lives in Hillsboro. She
kept in touch with Malcolm regularly and called to say "I love you."
Kathleen shared a sweet memory about her brother. When Malcolm was going
to school at Stephen F. Austin and working part-time in Nacogdoches,
Kathleen sent him a letter. It was summertime and she wanted a pair of
shoes that cost $1.98. She didn't have the money and didn't want to ask
her mama or daddy, so she asked her brother. Malcolm mailed her a letter
and inside the letter was $2 for her shoes. Malcolm loved ping-pong!
After retiring, he could be found almost daily at the recreation center
with a ping-pong paddle in his hand. He was hard to beat and was the
"champion paddler" for many years. He also loved to work in his yard and
took pride in creating many gardens with walkways, wind chimes,
shrubbery, flowers and painted rocks. In fact, whenever anyone stopped
by their house, he loved to take them outside to admire his work and
say, "Do you see anything new?" Malcolm was a kind, gentle, humble man
who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and always put his family
first. The fact that he stayed on this earth until after his birthday
was another gift he gave his family. He is now peaceful and smiling in
heaven and, once again, with his beloved wife. Funeral services will be
held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev. Paul Clark officiating. Interment will be at
Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Don Barham was born on June 3, 1963, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He
graduated from Blooming Grove High School in
1982 and worked at The Home
Depot in Corsicana. He was blessed with two wonderful sons, Riggin and Rocky Barham of Blooming Grove. Jerry Don had a great personality and
loved to laugh and make others laugh around him.
He is also survived by his mother, Betty Boldin of Corsicana; father and stepmother, Leslie Barham and Melba Barham of Avalon; sisters, Shirley
Hudson and husband Steve of Red Oak and Lori Boldin and close friend Vanessa Garcia of Trinidad; his special nieces and nephews that he loved
to entertain, Justin Lewis, Christal and Stephanie Hudson, Brittne Reed, and Rance and Austin Melton; a dear friend, Glenda Bissonnet and her
three daughters Sayannah, Schylaur, and Cherish; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepdad, Frank
Boldin; and grandparents, Ezell and Maudine Wright and Herman and Loretta Barham.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home with Brother Grady Cashion officiating, and interment to
follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Charlie Barham, Jack Herod, Larry Gillen, Dale Jordan,
Carroll Moran and Randy Richards.
The sketch of Jerry Don was made by his son Rocky.
Ms. Debra Ann Freeman, 51, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010 at Country Meadows Health & Rehab. She was born June 5, 1958 in Corsicana.
She was a free spirit, loved to sing karaoke, and was very proud of her Native American Heritage.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Hoppe and grandparents, N.L. and Pearl Banks.
She is survived by her daughters, Melony Jordan and husband Irvin, and Pattie Freeman; son, Jason Freeman and Brandy Thompson; grandsons, Chase Jordan,
Tristan Jordan, Jacob Freeman and Dustin Thompson; granddaughters, Alexis Freeman and Caitlyn Thompson; brothers, Ardie McCaslin and wife Cathy and Larry
Hoppe and wife Lisa; sisters, Becky Newton and husband Wayne, and Carla Mink and husband Gerald; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from
6:00 - 8:00 P.M. A Memorial Service will he held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Richland Baptist Church.
Mr. Alfred B. Dickey, age 87, passed away Friday, February 5, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born April 22, 1922 in Pottsboro, Texas to Jim
Bailey and Katie Harshbarger Dickey.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Dickey; 3 sons, Greg E. Dickey, Guy D. Dickey and wife Chrissy, and Guindel M. Dickey and wife Dana; a daughter, Gail
J. Quinn and husband Bob; a brother, Charles E. Dickey and wife Dorothy; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Mr. Dickey was a member of the Church of Christ and a former member of the Lions Club. He was a World War II veteran
serving in the Army Air Force. He was retired from TP&L after 37 years of service.
Visitation with the family will be held Sunday, February 7, 2010 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, February
8, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Russell Bankes and Sam Dilbeck officiating. Interment will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Eric Dickey, Cody Dickey, Matthew Dickey, Mike Anderson, Peter West and Thomas Quinn.
Mr. Eben E. Stover, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, February 5, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born November 17, 1918 in
Corsicana, Texas to Maggie Hendon and Malcolm C. Stover.
Mr. Stover was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, and a former member of Kiwanis Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vestal Richards Stover and his parents, Maggie and Malcolm Stover.
He is survived by his son, Eben Dale Stover; granddaughter, Tashya Bounds and husband Jasin; grandson, Colby Stover; and great-grandson, Austin Bounds.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Heritage Oaks.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 8, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at
Mr. Jerry Kennemore, 82, passed away at Ennis Regional Hospital on Monday, February 1, 2010 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Corsicana on October
15, 1927 to Zema May and D. E. Kennemore.
After attending school, he was inducted into the US Army in 1946. He was an airplane and engine mechanic and was assigned to the 375th Rcn Sq. in Alaska. As
a member of an airplane maintenance crew, he assisted in performing prescribed inspections and maintenance of B-29 type aircraft. After being honorably
discharged, he married Mary Jurik. After a short stay in Ennis, they moved back to Corsicana to raise their family. He was employed by Stewart Motor Company for
several years before opening his own business, Jerry’s Body Shop, in 1970. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.
He was preceded in death by his parents, D.E. and Zema May Kennemore; his brother, Thomas Kennemore; sisters, Doris Gay, Annie May Merrell, and Pauline
He is survived by his wife Mary Kennemore; one sister, Claudine Farmer of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Susan Valek and husband Donald of Ennis, Denise
Gordon and husband Danny of Corsicana; son, Pat Kennemore and wife Laura of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, Jerry and Jason Valek, Jarod and Eric Gordon,
Ragan Kennemore Nichols, and Jackson and Caroline Kennemore; and one great-gransdon, Bralen Nichols.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 followed by a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home
Chapel. Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers are Knights of Columbus 4th Degree members. Honorary
pallbearers are his grandchildren.
Mrs. Edna Hodge, 93, of Corsicana passed away Monday, February 1, 2010 at Heritage Oaks West. She was born September 9, 1916 in Winkler, Texas to Arra
Richmond and Guy Hampton Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Hodge; daughter, Leyton Ward; great-great-grandson Matthew Allen Ward; 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her daughters, Nelda Story and husband James of Eureka, Texas and Marsha Hayes and husband Sonny of Corsicana, Texas; sons, Daryl Hodge and
wife Linda of Streetman, Texas, and Jerry Hodge and wife Sandra of Leakey, Texas; grandsons, Eddie Hodge of Angus, Texas, Brad Story and fiancé Kathy
Chandler of Nacogdoches, Texas, David Hodge and wife Heather of Chicago, Illinois, Paul Hodge and wife Rebecca of Houston, Texas, Danny Hayes and wife
Lisa of Kerens, Texas, Michael Ward and wife Chris of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter, Cindy Hyatt and husband Bobby of La Vernia, Texas; 12
great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Anderson and wife Judy of Malakoff, Texas, and Max Anderson and wife Pheaby of Costa Mesa,
California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friend and caregiver, Tina Smith.
She was the most loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her God with all her heart and was truly devoted to her church and family. She had a heart of
gold and will be dearly missed and remembered forever.
Her family is most grateful for Tina Smith, her special friend and caregiver for the past three years.
Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday,
February 4, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Johnson officiating and assisted by Rev. David Ricker and Rev. Max Rash. Interment will follow at
Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Ward, Eddie Hodge, Brad Story, Paul Hodge, Danny Hayes and Bobby Hyatt.
Memorials may be made to Eureka United Methodist Church at 8644 S. Hwy 287,
Corsicana, TX 75109.
Andres (Andrew) Charles Davila, Sr., 82, of Richland, Texas, passed away
on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. He was born
November 30, 1927 in San Marcos, Texas to Ines Cabazos and Florentino Davila and
was raised in Paducah, Texas.
He met the love of his life, Anita Garcia, of Kerens but was soon separated from
her to serve his country during the Korean War
and was decorated with the Bronze Star Metal with “V” in 1951. Upon his
discharge, he moved to Dallas, Texas to raise a family of seven. He worked as a
diesel mechanic for C & H Transportation of Dallas, Pollard Ford of Lubbock and
Koch Oil of Corsicana. Shortly before retirement, he worked for the City of
Corsicana as a mechanic at the City Barn. He lived his last months at Heritage
Oaks Retirement Village where he received the best of love and care. He will be
missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Florentino and Ines Davila; a brother,
Sylvester Davila of Littlefield; and three sons, Randy Davila, Floyd Davila and
He is survived by his ex-wife and best friend, Anita Davila; one sister, Ruth
Segura of Lubbock, Texas; sons, Andrew Charles Davila, Jr. (Bonnie) and Gilbert
Ray Davila; daughters, Mercy Theresa Alonzo and husband Sunday, and Belinda Ann
Moreno and husband Lewis; grandchildren, Andrea and Andrew Davila, Michael
Alonzo and Rachel Lovett, Joshua and Christian Davila, Devin and Delaney Moreno;
several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Friday, January 29, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home
Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 30, 2010
at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Juan Hernandez, Mario Torres, Sunday Alonzo, Lewis Moreno,
Michael Alonzo and Jessie Davila
Mr. William R. “Bob” Smith, 78, of Kilgore passed away on Sunday, January
17, 2010 in Longview, Texas. He was born on March 6, 1931 in Corsicana, Texas to
January Haden & Ida Johnson Smith.
He was a 50 plus year member of the Beckville Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; January Haden & Ida Johnson Smith and
two sisters; Letha Bell & Stephania Rogers.
He is survived by his Daughters; Karen Pierce and husband James of Kilgore and
Kathy Moses and husband Mark of Carthage, Son; William Robert Smith, Jr. and
wife Linda of San Antonio, Grandsons; Brian Pierce and wife Mary Beth of Denton,
Jared Pierce and wife Kristen of Lindale, Ashley Brightwell, Lance Brightwell
and wife Hannah of Austin, and Robert Westin Smith of San Antonio,
Granddaughters; Melanie Courtney and husband Cody of Carthage, Kathryn House and
husband Scott of Houston, Kristi Wagner and husband Jeremy of Houston and Nicole
Smith of San Antonio, Nine Great Grandchildren, Twin Sister; Mary Hardgrave of
Houston, Brother; January Haden Smith and wife Sue of Austin, numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Gribble and Rev. Bradley Reed
officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood
Memorials may be made to either the Texas Home Health Hospice at 500 East Loop
281, Longview, Texas 75605 or to the American Cancer Society at 1301 S.
Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701.
Herbert H. Johnson was born to Rev. Weston T. Johnson and Sarah MacLeod
Johnson on November 19, 1911 in Sapparo, Hokaido Japan where his parents were
missionaries of the Presbyterian Church U.S. The family returned to the United
States in 1918 due to Mrs. Johnson’s health.
Herbert Johnson attended public schools in San Francisco, graduating from Lowell
High School in 1929. He attended The University of Southern California where he
received a BS in Business Administration in 1934. While at USC he became a
member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
After graduation he was employed by Frazar & Company, one of the first trading
companies established by Commodore Perry in the 1850’s in Japan.
In 1937, he went to work for The Quaker Oats Company and was employed there for
nearly forty years.
On October 4, 1939, he married Ann Elizabeth Pickett in Albuquerque New Mexico.
The young couple established residence in El Paso, Texas where Mr. Johnson
represented The Quaker Oats Company in west Texas.
In 1943, Mr. Johnson volunteered for duty in the United States Navy where he
rose in rank from apprentice ‘Seaman’ to Lieutenant. During the war Mr. Johnson
served on the staff of the Commanding General Vth Amphibious Corps - Civil
Affairs Division. He received a graduate degree in Naval Intelligence at
Stanford University in 1946.
After retirement from the Navy, Mr. Johnson returned to The Quaker Oats Company
in Los Angeles, California. In 1948 he was made manager of the Flour Department
at Quaker’s Floor and Feed Mill. In 1953 he was made manager of the Flour and
Grain Department. During his period at the Los Angeles mill he served as the
43rd President of the Los Angeles Grain Exchange. In 1957 he was elected Vice
President of the California Hay Grain and Feed Dealers Association.
The Quaker Oats Company purchased Wolf Brand Products of Corsicana in 1957. In
1958, Mr. Johnson was transferred to Corsicana to become president of Wolf Brand
Products, a wholly owned subsidiary. He retired from Quaker Oats in 1973.
During his years in Corsicana, Mr. Johnson served as the President of the
Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, President of the Community Chest (forerunner of
the United Way), President of The Corsicana YMCA, and President of the Corsicana
County Club. During the early 1960’s, he served two terms as City Commissioner,
including one term serving as Mayor Pro Tem, but actually filled the office
because the Mayor elect was incapacitated by illness.
He was ordained as Elder of the Presbyterian Church and was a faithful member of
Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Carolyn (Candy) Hill, son in-law William T.
Hill Jr.; son, James Weston Johnson and wife Karen Kennedy Johnson of Ruston,
five grandchildren, Kelley Hill Feste of San Antonio, William T. Hill III
“Trey”of Dallas, Emily Hill Alexander of Arlington, Katherine Ann Johnson of
Austin, Jenny Frances Johnson of Dallas, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 18, 2010 at
Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Mercy Street Ministries, 3801
Holystone, Dallas, Texas 75212
Services for Charles Wayne Brown, 83, of the Pursley Community will be
3:00 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, with the Rev. Bruce
Burial will follow in the
Mr. Brown was born August 13, 1926, in Navarro County to Thelma and Charles
Mallie Brown. He attended Dawson schools, where he excelled in athletics and
later joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 immediately following graduation
and fought in World War II as a
gunner on the liberty ship USS Sutherland and 1137 Joker patrol craft in the
Aleutians Islands and throughout the Pacific Theater.
Following the war, Mr. Brown returned home and married Mary Juanita Wylie and
together they worked hard to double the size of the family ranch in Navarro
County. He also worked in the oilfield for many years – from roughneck to
production clerk, as his family began to grow with two sons and a daughter. He
served as an elder in the First Christian Church of Corsicana for 36 years where
he raised his family, before moving to St. Luke United Methodist Church where he
embraced the fellowship there for many years.
Mr. Brown’s life revolved around his family, ranch and church. He cherished his
wife for 63 years and was a proud father and even prouder grandfather.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents and his eldest son Donald Wayne
Brown and a twin brother Carl Windell Brown.
Survivors include: His wife, Mary Juanita Brown of the Pursley Community; his
daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Jim Bardwell of East Mountain; his son and
daughter-in-law, Charles Philip and Julia Brown of Lubbock; his grandchildren,
Joshua Bardwell of Rockport and Charles Wesley and Katy Brown, both of Lubbock;
his beloved sister, Gwen Steele of the Pursley Community; and nephews Billy
Steele and Ricky Steele and their children and grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Billy Steele, Ricky Steele, Brad Steele, Brent Steele,
Dannie Bruce, and Billy Ed Bruce. Honorary Pallbearers will be Raymond Anderson,
Les Cooper, Dan Linch and Gary Pryor.
Mrs. Anna Mae Eliot, 96, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Denton,
Texas. She was born February 1, 1913 to Frank and Anna Cox Young in Durant,
She graduated from Corsicana High School and then attended CIA, which is now
Texas Woman’s University. She married George W. Eliot on October 14, 1934 and
moved to Midland where they resided until 1972. She was a lifelong Methodist and
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Young, her husband,
George W. Eliot in 2002, and son George Eliot, Jr. in 1958.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann Kelsey and husband Richard of Denton,
Texas; her son James Eliot of Denton, Texas; 5 grandchildren and 5
Visitation with the family will be Friday, January 15, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Saturday, January 16, 2010 at
11:00 AM at Grape Creek Cemetery with Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Honorary
pallbearers are Leon Alard, Norman Buddy Shaw, John Kelsey, Bruce Oliver, David
Drapela, Rudy Carroll, Bill Young, and Kyle Kelsey.
Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Building
Maintenance Fund or the charity of your choice.
Clessa Opal Clark Lawson, age 99, passed away January 11, 2010 in
Corsicana, TX, surrounded by family. She was born December 6, 1910, in
Springdale, AR to Zeulia Cordelia Clark and Joseph Henry Clark. She was a long
time resident of Wichita Falls, TX, and in later years divided her time between
Champaign-Urbana, IL and Corsicana, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Zeulia and Joseph Clark; husband,
Charles Raymond Lawson; brother, Marvin Randolph Clark of Prairie Grove, AR;
sisters, Sylvia Exer Morrow of Fayetteville, AR, Una Rosalie Latham Jones of
Breckenridge, TX, Golvia Ersel Lewis of Fayetteville, AR, Lillian Augusta Morton
of Ralls, TX, Ruby Lurline Clark of Fayetteville, AR; and grandson, Jon Clark
Hinely of Champaign-Urbana, IL.
She is survived by two daughters, Jan Clark Hinely and husband Richard Bruce of
Champaign-Urbana, IL and Lana Beth Orsak and husband Charles of Corsicana, TX;
four grandchildren, Kate Hinely and husband Andy Kopstein of Seattle, WA, Clessa
Ann Fumo and husband Giuseppe of Paceco, Sicily, Erik Lawson Orsak and wife
Kristy of Las Vegas, NV, and Charles Aaron Orsak of Los Angeles, CA; nine
great-grandchildren, Sarah Beth Fumo, Amy Rose Fumo, Joshua Simone Fumo, Lawson
Kristopher Orsak, Mason Troy Orsak, Benjamin Alexander Kopstein, Elena Clark
Kopstein, Sophia Rose Kopstein, and Anna Claire Kopstein; sisters, Lavonia Hobbs
of Taos, NM and Anita Dominguez of Taos, NM; and one brother, Joe H. Clark of
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on January 14, 2010 at
Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on January 15,
2010 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Lyndon Latham and Mr. Sam
Dilbeck officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband of 57 years at
Riverside Cemetery in Wichita Falls, TX at 5:00 PM on January 15, 2010.
Pallbearers will be Richard Bruce Hinely, Charles George Orsak, Charles Aaron
Orsak, Erik Lawson Orsak, Larry Dale Orsak, Jr. and George Schmidt.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, more recently with the
Westhill Church of Christ. In her prime she was an excellent cook, renowned
widely for her fried chicken and pies (especially lemon cheese, cherry and
pecan), and an excellent seamstress (from lined suits and formal gowns to
Halloween cat costumes). She loved music, (particularly tenors like Mario Lanza
and Palacido Domingo) and crooners (like Bing Crosby and Dean Martin). She
followed world affairs and politics closely and was an ardent Democrat. Above
all else she loved making her family and friends happy. She left her family a
legacy of faith and love. Age might have taken away part of her hearing, macular
degeneration taken part of her sight, and arthritis hampered her movements, but
age could not diminish her joy in life. The world is darker without her. She was
deeply loved and will be deeply missed.
Memorials may be made to Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence Fund, Corsicana,
TX, or a charity of your choice.
Mr. Mark M. Culwell, Sr., 81, passed away January 11, 2010 in Corsicana.
He was born December 28, 1928 to Marion Monroe and Kitty Jones Culwell in
Mark has been an outstanding member of the Corsicana community since 1958 when
he became employed by the Corsicana ISD, first as a coach and athletic director,
high school principal, and then 13 years as Superintendent. He spent many years
serving as Administrator of Collins Scholarship Program and Region XII Education
Service Center Board of Directors, serving as President for several years. Mark
was an active member of Westhill Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. M. M. Culwell; his sister,
Doris Rhea Stroud; brother-in-law, Audie L. Stroud; brother-in-law, John W.
Voss; brother, Douglas L. Culwell; and niece, Linda Stroud.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwen Bankhead Culwell; sons, Mark M.
Culwell, Jr. and wife Mindy of Dallas, Texas and Curtis Culwell and wife Gayle
of Garland, Texas; daughters, Libby Harris and husband Ron of Fairfield, Texas
and Caroline Southard and husband Jon of Barry, Texas; grandchildren, Jeff
Nelson, Joni Jennings, Courtney Nelson, Ashley Olin, Kady Culwell, Madelyn
Powell, Lauren Cypert, Kevin Culwell, Steely Southard, Keller Southard, and
Paxton Southard; great-grandchildren, Frankie Nelson, Cade Nelson, Paige
Jennings, Payton Jennings, Hadley Powell, Kennedy Cypert; sister, Lila Voss, and
thirteen nieces and nephews.
A visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday,
January 14, 2010 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. A private graveside service
will be held at a later date.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of your choice.
Memorial services for Dr. Jack
Irion Womack, 55, of 4019 Druid Lane,
known as one of the leading pediatricians in the Southwest, will be held at
Sunday in Cox Chapel, Highland Park
MethodistChurch. Graveside services will be held
at 5 p. m. Saturday in
He died Thursday in a
AUS Army medical corps veteran of
World War II, he was a former
president of the Dallas County Pediatrics Society.
He was on the teaching staff at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and served on the medical
staffs of Baylor, Presbyterian and St. Paul
He is survived by his wife, Weta,
three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services for Robert Emmett
Prince, 64 years old, prominent Corsicana
attorney, who died suddenly at a local hospital Monday night of heart failure
following a short illness, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at from the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church, with burial
in OakwoodCemetery. The Rev. M. C. Johnson of
Hillsboro, former pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian
Church here, will conduct the services at the church and the Masons will have
charge at the grave.
Active pallbearers will be Harry D.
Johnson, R. L. Hamilton, Clyde Stroude, J. N. Garitty, William Clarkson, Sr., W.
P. McCammon, A. G. Elliott and W. C. Proctor. Honorary pallbearers will be
composed of the elders and deacons of the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church, of
which Mr. Prince long had been a member, and the Navarro County Bar Association.
Mr. Prince was educated in
and came to Corsicana forty-three years
ago. He was speaker of the House of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature. He is
survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Ilion T. Jones of
Corsicana, and a son, Robert J. Prince of
Dallas. He was a Knight Templar and a member of the
Corsicana Lions’ Club. N the late ‘90s he served as president of the old City
National Bank here, later returning to his law practice.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PROMINENT ATTORNEY WEDNESDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Robert E. Prince, aged 64 years, prominent attorney who
died suddenly at the County Hospital Monday night of heart failure following
a short illness, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from
the Third Avenue Presbyterian church with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The Rev. M. C.
Johnson of Hillsboro, former pastor from the Third Avenue Presbyterian
church here will conduct the services. The Masons will have charge of the
services at the grave.
The active pall bearers will be Harry D. Johnson, R. L. Hamilton, Clyde
Stroud, J. N. Garitty, Wm. Clarkson, Sr., W. P. McCammon, A. G. Elliott and
W. C. Proctor.
The honorary pall bearers will be composed of the Elders and Deacons of the
Third Avenue Presbyterian Church and the members of the Navarro County Bar
The sudden death of Mr. Prince has proven a shock to the entire community.
Although he was taken suddenly ill last Wednesday while in a local courtroom
and underwent an operation Saturday his condition was at no time considered
critical and his untimely passing is keenly felt by his host of friends. Mr.
Prince was probably one of the most able lawyers in the State and he was
well known throughout Texas. He came to Corsicana forty-three years ago and
formed a law partnership with the late J. J. McClellan, which continued for
many years. Later formed a partnership with C. W. Taylor, former assistant
attorney general and who had been connected with Mr. Prince for many years.
Mr. Prince was speaker of the House of the Twenty-seventh legislature.
Mr. Prince was born in Mississippi and was raised to young manhood at
Memphis, Tenn. He was a Knights Templar and an elder in the Third Avenue
Presbyterian Church of which his son-in-law, the Rev. Ilion T. Jones is
pastor. He is survived by his wife, a son, Robert J. Prince, of Dallas, and
a daughter, Mrs. Ilion T. Jones, of Corsicana.
Mr. Prince was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and of the law
school, of Cumberland University of that state. He was local attorney for
the T. and B. V., and for the Texas Electric Railway. At one time Mr. Prince
was president of the City National Bank here. He was a member of the
Corsicana Lions Club.
Mr. Prince although having a keen legal mind was retiring of nature and
highly loved and esteemed by all who knew him. The good of the people,
morally and socially, was always foremost in his thoughts and he always had
something good to say about everyone. He always aligned himself with all
progressive moves and took an active part in the religious and civic life of
the community. He had been prominently identified with the growth of the
city and his wise counsel had been sought and followed on many occasions
when weightly matters appeared to be disposed of. He will be greatly missed
and the bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of the entire citizenship.
The close personal friendship that existed so long between Mr. Prince and
his former law partner the late John J. McClellan, was often pointed to by
many Corsicanans, both men having a kindly lovable disposition and making
friends of all with whom they came in contact. In the passing of Robert
Emmett Prince, a good man has gone and there is sorrow in the hearts of all
Corsicana Masons, Take Notice.
You are hereby called to meet at the Masonic Temple Wednesday, March 25 at
9:30 a. m. for the purpose of attending the funeral of Mr. R. E. Prince.
FRED WHITE, W.M.
E. R. GLOVER. Sec’y.
Notice to Bar Association.
The members of the Navarro County Bar Association are requested to attend
the funeral of Hon. R. E. Prince which will be held at the Third Avenue
Presbyterian Church Wednesday morning at 10:30 in a body.
PROMINENT AND HIGHLY RESPECTED ATTORNEY BURIED AT NOON
The body of R. E. Prince, who died Monday night, was lowered in the
grave amid a profusion of flowers in befitting ceremonies conducted by
the Knights Templar in Oakwood
cemetery at high noon Wednesday.
The services at the cemetery as well as at the church were attended by
large crowds. The final rites were said, with a parting song and a
closing prayer after services had been conducted at 10:30 o’clock at the
Third Avenue Presbyterian church, where the deceased was an elder and
The church auditorium was crowded with members of the church
congregation and friends at large to pay final tribute. Rev. M. C.
Johnson of Hillsboro, former pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. R.
Girard Lowe, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiated. Active
pall-bearers were Harry D. Johnson, C. S. Stroud, J. N. Garitty, Wm.
Clarkson, Sr., W. P. McCammon, A. G. Elliott and W. C. Proctor.
Honorary pallbearers were composed of the church Elders and Deacons and
members of the Navarro County Bar Association.
The church chancel was the scene of a profusion of floral gifts and
offerings piled high that almost hid the choir members, which furnished
the funeral music, from view.
Rev. Mr. Johnson spoke on Citizenship as it was inspired by the life of
Jesus Christ, and upheld the doctrines of St. Paul as found in the New
Testament, and dwelt on the long years of service deceased had rendered
to his country under the guidance of the divine.
Rev. Lowe read from the Twenty-Third Psalm and other applicable passages
The minister said that Jesus Christ was sent into the world not to lead
any radical class but to lay true foundations for the correct living of
all men, and the bringing about of a citizenship built along those
principles which brought love to mankind. Those principles he said, had
been exemplified by the deceased and he wished nothing better for any
man than the blessings brought by one who had done his Master’s work so
During the funeral hour the public library was closed. Mr. Prince was a
member of the Library Board. The county clerk’s office was closed also.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday for William B Kenner, 41, found dead early Wednesday on the
and Rock Island track near Cheneyboro.
Justice of the Peace C. Healer of Richland
returned a coroner’s verdict of accidentally killed by a train.
an employee of a defense plant here, is reported to have started walking toward
Navarro along the tracks after a flat tire was discovered on his car, and is
believed to have been struck by a freight train about .
Surviving are his wife, two
daughters and a son, all of Corsicana. A
half-brother, Jack Kenner, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Java.
formerly operated a cleaning establishment here, and also at one time was a
WILLIAM B. KENNER ACCIDENTALLY KILLED EARLY WEDNESDAY
BODY FOUND ON BURLINGTON-ROCK ISLAND TRACKS NEAR CHENEYBORO
William B. Kenner, aged 41 years, 1436 West Fourth avenue, was found dead on the
Burlington and Rock Island Lines tracks about two miles north of Cheneyboro at
an early hour Wednesday morning, C. Healer, Richland justice of the peace,
returned a coroner’s verdict of “accidentally killed by a train” after
conducting an investigation along with B. V Hatley, deputy sheriff, and others.
W. M. Davidson said several friends had eaten supper at the Cheneyboro lodge and
after starting back to Corsicana about 11 o’clock, a flat tire was discovered on
the car in which Kenner was riding.
Kenner, an employee of the American Well and Prospecting Company, fearing the
tire could not be repaired, it was stated, started walking toward Navarro to
join a fellow employee to ride the remainder of the way. When he did not arrive
at Navarro, a search was instituted. David said the body was found near a creek
trestle about two miles north of Cheneyboro and that a freight train was seen
proceeding south shortly before midnight.
Mr. Inscore, weed-burner operator for the railroad lines, is reported to have
discovered the body about 8 a.m. and discovered the body about 8 a.m. and
notified Teague offices.
Kenner formerly operated a tailor shop here and at one time was employed by the
road and bridge department of Navarro county. He was well-known in Corsicana and
Funeral services are planned from the Corley Chapel Thursday afternoon at 5
o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue
Surviving are his wife, Corsicana: a son, Billy Babb, two daughters, Jane and
Ann Kenner, all of Corsicana; two half-brothers, Walton Kenner, Washington, D.
C. and Jack Kenner, U. S. Army, prisoner of war of the Japanese in Java,
half-sister, Mrs. J. W. Wisenhunt, El Paso, and step-mother, Mrs. L. R. Hollan,
White's Funeral Home in Springtown
is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Davis was born in
Okla. She was a member of
Survivors: Three daughters, Mary
LaCava of Springtown, Billie Bacon of Frankston and Dorothy Brown of Arlington;
son, James Horn of Arlington; two sisters, Rosabelle Gerry of Bushkill, Penn.,
and Dorothy Larmon of Andrews; brother, Tim Speed of Greely, Colo.; 14
grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Gorman, Alex. 4707 Swiss Ave.
Survived by sisters, Miss Effie Gorman, Dallas, Mrs. Ruby Tankersley, Albany,
Tex.; brother, Herbert Gorman, Dallas; nieces and nephews. Services
p. M. Tuesday, Sparkman-Hillcrest Ross Avenue
Chapel. Rev. Harlan Nelson officiating. IntermentOakwoodCemetery,
CORSICANA, Texas (Sp.) - Mrs. Lillian Johnson McCammon died Monday at her home
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster
Presbyterian Church, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was the widow of W. P. McCammon, who was president of the Corsicana School
Board for 25 years.
Survivors are a son, J. W. McCammon of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. A. R.
McElwrath of Houston; two grandchildren; three brothers, Luther A. Johnson Sr.,
former congressman for this district, of Corsicana; R. Douglas Johnson of
Houston, and Ernest N. Johnson of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. N. D. McKee of
Dallas and Miss Minnie Johnson of Corsicana.
Mrs. McCammon was a musician and a leader in church and music circles here for
Graveside services for Mrs. George
Miller of 3500 Fairmont, a longtime
Dallas resident and daughter of a founder of Southern
Methodist University, were held Wednesday in OakwoodCemetery in
Mrs. Miller died here Tuesday.
She belonged to a prominent
business family and her father, the late James Douglas Jackson, was director of
the old Gaston Bank here and one of SMU’s founders.
She was born in Mexia,
LimestoneCounty, and had lived in
58 years. She was one of the founding members of
and belonged to its Missionary Society. She belonged to the Dallas County Club.
She attended the old St. Mary’s
College here and was a graduate of Southwestern
WilliamsonCounty. She was a charter member of Zeta
Tau Alpha sorority at Southwestern.
During World War II, she served as
vice-chairman of purchasing here for the Red Cross and, in 1946, received
recognition for her “meritorious personal service” to that agency.
John Cecil Cook
Funeral Services Planned Tuesday
John Cecil Cook, aged 54 years, farmer, former employee of the Pure Oil Company
at Mexia, died at the P and S Hospital Monday morning following a several months
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel on Tuesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in OakwoodCemetery. The rites will
be conducted by Rev. J. Morris Bailey, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist
church. The Mexia Masonic Lodge will have charge of the graveside rites.
Cook resided in Mexia for a number of years.
Surviving are his wife, a son, A. D. Cook, mother, Mrs. S. A. Cook; five
brothers, A. R., B. I. And L. C. Cook, all of Corsicana; H. A. Cook, Los
Angeles, and S. C. Cook, LaPorte; a sister, Mrs. J. D. Ferre, Gladewater, and
Pallbearers will be Don Qullan, Herman Hitt and Tom Danner, all of Mexia; A. D.
Tucker, R. L. Copley, and J. I. Ellett, all of Corsicana; J. C. Buck, Texarkana,
and Dewey Renfro, Dawson.
S. A. Cook died
at his home in Corsicana Tuesday afternoon and was buried there Wednesday
Mr. Cook formerly lived near Pursley, and has many friends in that vicinity who
are grieved to know of his death. Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Renfro and Mr. and Mrs. J.
O. D. Crider attended the funeral of Mr. Cook.
Stroud Finch, age 95, passed away Sunday February 21, 2010 at her
residence. Mrs. Finch was born July 20, 1914 to Dr. H. A. and Lina
Tucker Stroud. She graduated from Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro,
Arkansas. She attended Texas Christian University and graduated from the
University of Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband
John S. Finch, daughter
Harriett Curington, her parents, and brothers Ernest Stroud, Paul Stroud
and H. A. Stroud.
She is survived by nephew Andy Stroud, son of H.A. Stroud,
sisters-in-law, Alma Stroud, Lucile Stroud and Elsie Braunig, several
nieces and nephews and special friend Louise Brinkley.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at
New Chatfield Cemetery
with Rev. Mike Alexander, pastor of First United Methodist Church of
Frances Rogers passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Corsicana. She
was born February 16, 1916 near Emhouse, Texas to Elijah Melton, Sr. and
Maggie Josephine Stewart Melton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Loyd “Jimbo” Rogers; two
sisters, Essie Johnston and Maggie Marcene Melton; and two brothers,
Charles Howard Melton and Elijah “Sonny” Melton, Jr.
She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Scott of Grand Prairie, and
Leona Fluker and husband Tom of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Danny
Young and wife Gail of Arlington, Tom Fluker and wife Beth of Kingswood,
Tim Scott and wife Angie of Mansfield, and Lori Bruce and husband Brad
of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Carreon, Robby Young, Erin
Scott, Sara Scott, Brent Fluker, David Fluker, Mark Fluker, Connor
Bruce, Will Bruce and Katie Bruce; two brothers, Tom Melton and wife
Patsy of Midlothian, and Larry Melton and wife Jeanette of Emhouse; and
many nieces, nephews and cousins.
After her retirement from Texas Miller Hats, Sarah and her husband
traveled all over the United States with their trailer club friends. She
especially enjoyed singing in the Heaven Bound Seniors Choir at
Northside Baptist Church. She lived her 94 years to the fullest and has
earned the rest that is awaiting her.
Her family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Pastor Rick Lamb and
the members of Northside for their many visits, calls, cards and
prayers. Also, special thanks to Dr. Kent Rogers who always went the
Donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund or a
charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 24, 2010
at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday,
February 24, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb
officiating. Interment will be at
Pattison Cemetery in
Emhouse. Pallbearers will be her grandsons
Roberts passed from this life February 17, 2010 and has again united
with her first love and husband, Wallace B. “Robbie” Roberts. They were
married in 1942 during the height of World War II. While home on leave,
Robbie met Janie and it was love at first sight. After a few more “home
on leaves”, they eloped and entered into a marriage that would last more
than thirty years. They partnered together to run a successful business,
Roberts Motor Company. Janie ran the office while Robbie ran the shop.
Their union also produced a daughter, Jacquie Allyn, in 1950. After
Robbie’s death in 1974, Janie worked as Assistant Clerk in the City of
Corsicana’s Government Center. She fully enjoyed her role for the next
Janie possessed a charmed enthusiasm for life which she generously
shared with others. She loved deeply and loyally with a presence that
was felt by all who met her throughout her life. Her tender, fun-loving
nature will live on in those with whom she so graciously shared her gift
for a life well lived.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robbie Roberts, and her
parents, Martha Viola and John Marshall Allen.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacquie Roberts; sister, Sug Holloway
and husband Lynn “Mooney” Holloway; niece, Maida Bryson; and nephews,
Rickie Holloway and Paul Holloway.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 19, 2010
at Resthaven Memorial Park
with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.
Atwood Allen of Corsicana passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010 at his
home at the age of 90. He was born January 7, 1920 in Malakoff, Texas to
Gracie Irene and Byron Frank Allen.
Atwood was a foreman for 40 years at Oil City Iron works in Corsicana.
He loved to hunt and fish. One of his greatest joys was to go to his
lake house and fish with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He was a man
full of life and love. He has left his family with many great memories
and special moments and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.F. and Gracie Allen, and
brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Margaret Allen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Tommie Jane Allen;
daughter Barbara Johnson and husband Chris of Spring, Texas; son, Gary
Allen of Stafford, Texas; grandsons, Freddie Sexton and wife Suzanna of
Oakwood, Texas, and Gary Sexton of Spring, Texas; granddaughter,
Elizabeth Young and husband James of Splendora, Texas; great-grandson,
Aiden Young of Splendora, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, February 14,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday,
February 15, 2010 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with
Mr. Tom Herrin officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers are Freddie Sexton, Gary Sexton, Bobby Bruce, Carl Wayne
Bruce, Eric Myers, Brett Edwards, Dewayne Gragg and David Matthews.
Helen Lowe, 89, passed away on February 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas. She
was born March 23, 1920 in Big Sandy, Texas to Timothy C. Sullivan and
Kate Willoughby Sullivan. Dorothy was retired from Texas Instruments,
member of Sagemont Church Houston, Texas, and attended Grace Sunday
She was preceded in death by her husband C. L. Parks, and her second
husband Jack Lowe.
Dorothy is survived by her son Jimmy C. Parks and wife Glenda of
one grandson, Kenneth Ferrell and wife Christy; four
great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces
Visitation with the family will be at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Wednesday,
February 17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at
2:00 PM on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at
Rice Cemetery in Rice, Texas. A
memorial Service will be held at Sagemont Church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Sagemont Church Living Proof
Project 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston Texas 77089.
Mr. Jack Abbie, age 94, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in Corsicana.
He was born October 12, 1915 in Bazette, Texas to Osa Emery Abbie and Nora
Elizabeth Crocker Abbie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Lee (Tucky) Abbie, sister Flora, and 3
brothers Ferris, Will and Ted.
He is survived by his daughter, Arlene Neal of Plano, Tx.; and 2 grandsons, Brad
Neal and Paul Neal.
Jack was a World War II veteran of
the US Navy serving in the Pacific Theater. He loved and honored family above
all else. He was an avid hunter, accomplished fisherman and a master welder. His
kindness and generosity of spirit will be deeply missed, not only by his family,
but his many friends as well.
Visitation will be 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Thursday, February 11, 2010, at Corley
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, February 11, 2010 at
Oakwood Cemetery with Robert
services for Mr. William Howard Brown, age 97, will be held at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Steve
Orbison and Bro. Larry Dickens will officiate. Interment will follow the
services at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 with
the family present at the funeral home.
Mr. Brown passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 in Corsicana.
Mr. William Howard Brown was born April 21, 1912 in Cherokee County,
Texas. He spent most of his life in Freestone County, where he farmed
and had a wood business. On. Nov. 19, 1935, he married Aline Cundiff.
They were married 48 years, until her death in May, 1983. On April 27,
1991 he married Dorothy “Dot” Jordan and they were married until her
death in October 2008. He loved singing, playing his fiddle and
accordion, as well as participating in the area musicals. He was a
member of the North Beaton Church of Christ in Corsicana, Texas.
He is survived by his son, John W. Brown and wife, JoAnn of Corsicana;
two grandchildren, Kenneth Brown and wife Lillian, and Jennifer Wolver
and husband Jimmy of Corsicana; five great-grandchildren, Whitney Brown
of Blooming Grove, Afton Jones, Erica Wolver, Haley Brown and Layton
Wolver, all of Corsicana; one brother, Marvin Brown and wife Ruth of
Teague; two sisters, Bessie McCaig of Teague and Mona Lee Cole of
Cleveland; two sisters-in-law, Callie Brown and Peggy Brown, both of
Teague. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Judd Brown, Joel
Brown, and Manley Brown; also by one sister, Alice Lively; and his
parents, Frank T. and Bertha Brown.
J. Garner, Jr., 76, died in Piedmont, Oklahoma on Friday, February 5,
2010. He was born in Corsicana, Texas on November 3, 1933 to John J.
Garner and Ola E. Garner.
He retired in 1977 as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Regular Army with
21 years of service. He earned the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and
Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters during his service
career in addition to campaign ribbons, battle stars, and assorted
awards and decorations. During his career, he served in Germany,
Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and Okinawa. Colonel Garner carried out a
variety of assignments, including Battalion, Company, and Depot
Commander, Corps Support Command Inspector General, PACEX Director of
Procurement, and Requirements Logistician. After leaving the service, he
was employed as a Personnel, Safety, and Training Manager by Regal
International and Hughes Tool Company.
Garner taught business and management classes for Navarro College for
twelve years, retiring in May 1998. A graduate of Navarro College and
Texas A&M, he held Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Master of
Business Administration degrees. He was a Certified Manager and Advanced
Safety Graduate from the National Safety Council. While at Navarro
College, he was recognized for Excellence in Teaching by Who’s Who in
American Teachers and received the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Peggy Williams Garner
of Corsicana, Texas.
He is survived by sons, John Garner III and wife Becky of Piedmont,
Oklahoma, Robert Garner of Spring, Texas, Dennis Dillard of Corsicana,
Texas, Scott Dillard of Los Angeles, California; grandsons, Jordan
Garner of Yukon, Oklahoma, Sam Hixson of Piedmont, Oklahoma, Adam Garner
of Piedmont Oklahoma, Austin Garner of Piedmont, Oklahoma, and Ben
Dillard of Los Angeles, California; granddaughters, Courtney Garner of
Spring, Texas and Ava Dillard of Los Angeles, California.
Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, February, 12, 2010
from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00
P.M. Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial
will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Sam Hixson, Adam
Garner, Courtney Garner, John Garner, III, Robert Garner and Scott
Esmal Gonzales Sr., 58, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. He
was born March 26, 1951, in Gunnison, Miss., to Joe and Jeneva Gonzales.
He is survived by two children, Esmal Gonzales Jr. and wife Melissa of Prairie
Hill and Christine Brinkmann and husband Derek of Temple; grandchildren, Hunter
Gonzales, Christopher Gonzales, Tyler Gonzales, Claudia Moses and Matthew
Brinkmann; stepfather, Roy Ortega; siblings, Joe Gonzales and wife Helen of
Corsicana, Pete Gonzales of Corsicana, Nick Gonzales and wife Sylvia of
Corsicana, Eugene Gonzales of Corsicana, Marty Gonzales and wife Lilly of
Boynton Beach, Fla., Frances Lopez of Barry and Teresa Conaway and husband Danny
of Murchison; numerous nieces and nephews; and mother of his children, Diane
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Gonzales and Jeneva Ortega; and
brother, Paul Gonzales.
Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel.
Herman E. McQuary, 96, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23,
2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Paschal
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Paschal Funeral Home
Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be Lloyd Smith, Jason Engel, Buster Atkeisson, Norton
Conner, Don Paschal and Phil Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons
of First Baptist Church of Kerens.
Herman was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Webster County, Miss. He was a deacon
at First Baptist Church in Kerens. He was retired from Brown and Root
Construction and Maintenance Company. He enjoyed cattle ranching,
traveling, fishing, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Riley and Carrie Jennings
McQuary; first wife, Opal Hillhouse McQuary; daughter, Nancy Granger;
four brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Mills Westbrook McQuary of Kerens; son
and daughter-in-law, Bob and Nancy McQuary of Kerens; grandchildren,
Chuck McQuary and wife Patti, Scott McQuary, Shannon Harper, Syndi
Nobles, Brent Durant, Neely Minchew and Sarah Haynie; son-in-law, Darron
Granger; stepdaughters, Carlene Woolf and husband Don, Nelda Westbrook
and Becky Haynie; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and
Corsicana — Mable Robinson, 71, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 18,
2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 26, at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 27, at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St., with Pastor Jessie
Williams officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Ora Mae Dowell, 88, of Fort Worth passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at
Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26, at Petersburg Baptist Church in Kerens. Funeral service will be
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church, 208 W. Mitcham, Malakoff.
Interment will follow at Steen Cemetery in Malakoff. Arrangements by Ross and
Barbara Henthorn McCraw Aston died Saturday, February 27 in Mansfield. Burial
will be in the Younger Cemetery.
Services are pending.
Barbara Henthorn McCraw Aston
Barbara Henthorn McCraw Aston, resident of the Silver City community, passed
away on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, in Mansfield at the age of 67. She was born in
Frost to Curtis Henthorn and Imojene York Henthorn on Dec. 16, 1942.
Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Henthorn; son, Curtis Dwayne
McCraw; and ex-husband, E.H. McCraw.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Aston of Silver City; mother, Imojene
Henthorn of Purdon; son, Michael Dwayne Aston of Silver City; stepchildren,
Leisa Hengst of Houston, Melissa Passmore of West Tehuacana, Mike Aston of
Corsicana, Marsha Flemming of Dallas and Brian Aston of Irving; one grandson, 18
step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren; brother, Don Henthorn and
wife Wanda of Purdon; and nephews, Jimmy Don Henthorn of Purdon and Mike
Henthorn of Dawson.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Younger Cemetery
with Pastor Richard Hamm officiating.
Lorena Tate, 81, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in
Corsicana. She was born March 31, 1928, in Corsicana to Melvin Riley Ray and
Pearl Glascow Ray.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pearl Bell; father, Melvin Riley Ray;
brother, Melvin Russell Ray; sister, Juanita Davis; brother-in-law, James T.
Davis; and nephews, Thomas Davis and Larry Davis.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Mahlon Tate; children, Jacky Ray
McClan, James Robert “Bobby” McClan, Richard “Rick” McClan, and Jon Anthony
“Tony” McClan; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Griffin-Roughton
Chapel with Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will be at
Lora Ann Crawford, 77, of Frost passed away peacefully at her home on
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Frost Baptist Church with the Rev.
Chris Shirley officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Dan Serman, Billy Hargrove,
Jimmy Mitchell, Harold Elmore, Walter Bloyd and Don Ballew.
Lora was born July 24, 1932, in Frost. She married Clarence Erselle Crawford on
Dec. 24, 1952. To this union was one girl and four boys.
Lora loved the outdoors and was a meticulous gardener. She cherished her
husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and lifelong personal
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Erselle; parents, Maude
and Jimmy Scott; sisters, Iva Lee and Werdna Mae; brother, Charles;
daughter-in-law, Melissa Hargrove; and her great-grandson, Nathan Crawford.
Lora is survived by her son, Tom Hargrove and his daughter Natalie of Frost;
daughter, Shelia Redden and husband Gary of McKinney, their sons Ryan of
McKinney and his daughter Roslyn, Jason and wife Alissa of Keller and their sons
Cole and Garrett; son, David Crawford and his wife Debbie of Red Oak and their
daughters, Angie Daigrepont and husband Eric of Georgia and their sons Bradley
and Tyler, and Charlie Ann Crawford of Red Oak and her daughters Kylie Grace and
McKenna; son, Danny Crawford and wife Diane of The Woodlands, Danny’s sons Scott
and Sean and stepchildren Julie and Scott Lenhart; and son, Mark Crawford and
wife Janice of Midlothian and their sons Tommy and Travis.
We will forever miss you mom. This is not good-bye but farewell for now. Until
we meet at that playground in the sky. Thanks for being our mom. What a gift.
Edward Wigley, resident of Cleburne, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27,
2010, at the age of 71 in Cleburne. He was born on Aug. 4, 1938, in
Corsicana to Rufus B. Wigley and Edna Zo Nell Jones Wigley. He was
retired from Southern Pacific Railroad where he worked as a dispatcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Steven Edward Wigley
Survivors include his wife of almost 53 years, Patsy Tucker Wigley of
Cleburne; children, Kathie Short and husband Kenneth of Cleburne and
Ronnie Michael Wigley and wife Kimberly of Wolfe City; grandchildren,
Jeremy Short, Brandy Derryberry, Shane Wigley, Dalton Wigley, Cheyenne
Wigley and Brandi Freeman; great-grandchildren, Adam, Madeline, Austin,
Sean and Kailyn; sisters, Shirley Ann Powell of Mesquite and Linda Nell
Pickle of Mesquite; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Griffin-Roughton
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Pastor Valeri Tchounkovskii officiating.
Pallbearers will be Keith Powell, Kyle Powell, Bill Mathes, Richard
Cutrer, Dustin Mathes, Weldon “Digger” Curry, Desmond Freeman and David
Giles Sidney A. Wafer went home to be with our Lord on February
17, 2010. He was born August 25, 1951 in Palmer to Giles Calvin Wafer
and Willie Tola Collins Wafer.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Huffman Wafer; five children, Tola
Howard and husband Michael, Kathy Boyles and husband Kenny, Christal
Stepp and husband Josh, Sidney Wafer and wife Tina, Amanda Self and
husband Doug; 15 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren and numerous
nieces, nephews, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.
He is preceded in death by his parents Giles Calvin Wafer and Willie
Tola Collins Wafer; two neices, Pamela McCarter and Georgia Joles;
nephew, George "Bubba" Claxton; two sisters, Carolyn Sue Claxton and
Tola Estelle Brown.
Visitations are Friday from 8-5pm, Saturday from 8-5 and Sunday from
Graveside services will be Monday 1:00pm at
Sulleta Elizabeth (Lambright) French, 94, of Dawson, passed away
Wednesday,February 17, 2010. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday,
February 20 at Brushie Prairie
Cemetery. Visitation will be 10:00-11:30, Saturday, February 20, at Griffin-Roughton
Sulleta was born December 28, 1915, in Salmon, Texas, to Joseph and Addie Mae
Price. She had 6 siblings: Anna "Sis", Mae, Albert, Leo, Rosa and Robert "Son".
Sulleta's father passed away young and her mother remarried. From that marriage
Sulleta has two half sisters (Gin and Lou) and a step brother (also named
Robert). On June 1, 1935, she married
Leonard Joseph "Buster" French
in Palestine, Texas. However, they soon moved to Spring Hill where they raised
their three children: Ruth, Howard and Ted. Her children lovingly gave her the
nickname of "Bubba" that all the family now knows her as. After 47 years of
marriage, Buster preceded her in death October 16, 1982. Sulleta lived in the
community of Spring Hill for more than 60 years. She worked at the Adams Hat
Factory in Corsicana until she retired. She was a member of the Navarro Mills
Baptist Church. She enjoyed raising flowers, reading and writing letters to all
of her family. She would never forget a birthday and would ensure everyone
received a card from her. She was a remarkable seamstress and she often made
everyone in her family presents. She made numerous quilts, dolls, decorative
pillows and clothes. It thrilled her for a special request. She also had a love
for dolls and collected them for numerous years. She would sew their clothes and
on occasion she even made her own dolls. Sulleta was extremely close to her
sisters and they all made it a priority to spend as much time together as
possible. She was very devoted to all of her family and friends. She loved
receiving unexpected visitors and relished in being able to offer them a home
cooked meal. Her last words to everyone would always be "I love you" and "come
back to see me".
Sulleta was preceded in death by her husband, Buster, sons Howard and Ted,
grandson Joe, great-grandson Seth and seven of her siblings. She is survived by
her daughter, Ruth, grand-daughter's Sandy and husband, Gary; Codie and husband,
Terry; Tambre and Lisa, grandson's Paul David and wife, Paula; and Howard Jr; 10
great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson and her sister's Gin and Lou.
Frank Roedlph Murphey,64, of Retreat passed away February 22, 2010. He was born
February 26, 1945 in Corsicana to Riley Lee Murphey and Minnie Lillian Cantrell
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marsha Basham Murphey of Retreat; son
and daughter in law, Bo and Sharee Murphey of Blooming Grove; daughter and son
in law, Kim and Tim Cofer of Emhouse; grandchildren, Nathan Murphey, Shalin,
Amanda and Haven Cofer; great grandchildren, Braidee Cofer and A. J. Miramontes;
sister, Joyce Miles; sister in law, Jean Murphey and numerous nieces and
He is preceded in death by parents, Riley and Minnie Murphey; brother, Roy Lee
Murphey; sister, Margie "Ann" Barber.
Visitation will be Tuesday Feb. 23rd from 5-7pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home. Pallbearers are David Marshall, Tim Miles, Ronald Hartis, Gary Murphy,
Lonnie Keele and James Basham. Honorary pallbear is Jerry Miles.
Services will be 2:00pm Wednesday Feb. 24th at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Rev
Steve Gatlin and Dr Gary Johnson officiating.
Helen Elaine (Johnston) Curington passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2010 in
She was born September 22, 1926 to Walter G. and Jewel Hamilton Johnston in her
grandparents' (Dr. & Mrs. J.J. Hamilton) home at Eureka. Texas. She was a
graduate of Corsicana High School. Following her graduation she worked at the
State National Bank. When her high school sweetheart, Bud Curington, returned
from World War II, they married in 1946. During their marriage they lived in
Greenville, Texas, Wellington, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona before returning home
to Corsicana. They bought a house and made it a loving home where they raised
two sons and lived a long and happy life. Helen was a homemaker and kept the
books for Curington Cleaners. She later worked as bookkeeper for many years with
Wolf Brand Chili and concluded her working career with Joe Sims Partners
Accountants. She never stopped being a homemaker.
Helen was truly the matriarch of the family, giving tirelessly of her time and
love. She devoted herself to her husband and other family members during lengthy
illnesses. She never thought of herself but always put others first. She was
deeply loved and respected by her family and all who knew her. She was a lady in
every sense of the word.
She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and served as both deacon
and elder, again serving her God and church with unfailing devotion. She was
recognized with an Honorary Life Membership by Presbyterian Women U.S.A. in
She was preceded in death by her husband, C. O. (Bud) Curington, Jr.; her
parents, Walter Johnston and Jewel Hamilton Johnston, her sister Dorothy (Toni)
Williamson and her brother John Allen (Johnny) Johnston.
She is survived by her two sons, Chip Curington and wife Becky, and David
Curington and wife Mona, all of Corsicana; three grandchildren and their
spouses: Lauren and David Phinney of College Station, Andy and Crystal Curington
of Waco, and John and Casi Curington of Denton; five great-grandchildren:
Kathryn Anne, Calvin and Becka Phinney, Andrew Curington, and Caden Curington;
brother-in-law Paul Curington, sister-in-law Mary Ann Slimp; numerous cousins,
nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many dear friends in
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church
with the Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating. A private family interment will follow
at a later date as Resthaven Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andy Curington, John Curington, David Phinney, Bobby
Williamson, Bobby Cuthbertson, Jack Cuthbertson, Chuck Burns, and Joe Allen
Sims. Honorary pallbearers include the Singles-Doubles Sunday School class and
the Presbyterian Women.
Memorials may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or the charity of
Brenda (Minatra) Hamlin, of Burleson, passed away on February 11, 2010
at her residence at the age of 64. She was born on April 25, 1945 in
Hemstead, Tx to T.C. Hardcastle and Lois Scroggins Hardcastle.
Survivors include her sons; Brandon Minatra of Mansfield and Allen
Bryant of Dallas. One grandson Robert Drake Minatra. Her mother Lois
Bell of Corsicana. Sisters; Wanda Hudson and her husband Troy of
Corsicana and Debbie Holloway and he husband Gary of Corsicana. Brother
Tommy Hardcastle and wife Jennifer of Conroe. And a number of nieces and
Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel
at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 3:00
p.m. in the Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.