Elmer Ray Dixon
Dec 14, 1919 - July 15, 2010
Ray Dixon passed away Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Corsicana. Mr. Dixon
was born in Emhouse, Texas on December 14, 1919 to Vergie Alice Staggs
Dixon and Joel Mitchell Dixon. Ray married the love of his life, Annie
Francess Dixon on May 16, 1945 at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove
with W.J. Griffith (the bride’s father and the church’s pastor)
Mr. Dixon served in the Army during
World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific
Theater as an infantry commander in the Aleutian Islands. After the war,
he and his wife worked at the Corsicana State Home until his retirement.
Mr. Dixon served others in many capacities in the church, including
service as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Dixon was a
charter member of Second Avenue Baptist Church.
After his retirement, Ray enjoyed the company of many friends, including
his “coffee group” and the friends of his daughter, who loved to tease
Ray and listen to his wonderful stories. Ray also loved spending time
with his two grandchildren.
Mr. Dixon was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and by his twin
sister, Fay Middlebrook Weaver.
He is survived by his much-loved daughter, Rhonda Dixon Taylor,
son-in-law, Thomas Charles Taylor, granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Roman,
grandson, Thomas Dixon Taylor, and his companion, Judy Harrington.
The family of Elmer Ray Dixon is thankful for the love and care of so
many during his last few weeks, but particularly for the
above-and-beyond efforts of Dr. Kent Rogers, Angels at Home, and Trena
Wideman of P&S Pharmacy. These special people enabled Ray to spend his
last days at home surrounded by those who loved him.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, July 16, 2010 from 6:00 until
7:30 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 3:00 PM on
Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb
and Mr. Ronald Lynch of Northside Baptist Church officiating. Burial
will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jimmy D.
Coker, Marty Weaver, Paschal Nichols, Ronnie Griffith, Ronald Elmore,
Keith Weaver, William “Bick” Sherman, and Dr. John Smith. Honorary
Pallbearers are J. K. Melton, Billy D. Staggs, and Bobby Staggs.
Kathryn R. (Hester) Brown
Nov 26, 1923 - July 13, 2010
Kathryn R. Hester Brown passed away on July 13, 2010 in Corinth,
Texas. Mrs. Brown was born November 26, 1923 in Frost, Texas to
Homer and Ada Hester. She was married to H. Gene Brown on November
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her beloved husband on August
20, 1970; her parents; her brother, Byron Hester; two sisters, Mae
McAlester and Mary Frances Santos; and nephew, Doyle Wayne
She is survived by her son, H. Gene Brown, II and wife Patricia of
Corinth, Texas; three granddaughters, Katana Gurkin, Amy Burcham and
Terri McNabb; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews in
California and Louisiana, and other relatives.
Services were held on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Corley
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Miller officiating. Burial was
in Oakwood Cemetery.
Homer Dee Humphries, Jr
Mar 17, 1948 - July 11, 2010
Homer Dee Humphries, Jr., 62, of Irving, Texas passed away on Sunday,
July 11, 2010. He was born March 17, 1948 to Emma and Homer Humphries,
Sr. in Corsicana. He was a
1966 graduate of Corsicana High School, a
Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force, and then worked for Nabisco as a truck
driver until his retirement. He was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather and enjoyed camping, sports, road trips and was an avid
Homer was preceded in death by his father, Homer Dee Humphries, Sr., and
brother, Bill Humphries.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Humphries; daughters, Stacey Foster of
Ft. Worth, Dee Dee Goff of Krum, and Chelsea Alex of Irving; son, Homer
Dee Humphries, III of Krum; grandchildren, Riley Goff of Colleyville,
Anthony Foster and Austin Foster of Corsicana, Lauren Ashley Humphries
and John Humphries of Caddo Mills, and Laura Rampp of Irving; mother,
Emma Gene Humphries of Corsicana; sister, Judi Olsen of Keller; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July
14, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr.
officiating. Burial will follow at
Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
George Leonard, Paul Dickerson, Bryan Jordan, Jeff Smith, Henry Valley,
and Gary Barton. Honorary Pallbearers are Riley Goff and Homer Dee
Cliffie Mae (Allen) Crabtree
Sept 7, 1920 - July 7, 2010
Mae (Suggie) Allen Crabtree passed away on the 7th of July, 2010, at the
age of 89. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She
was born the 7th of September, 1920, in Athens, Texas and was the
youngest of six children born to William Henry Allen and Henry Etta
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Tony Lee Crabtree, her
parents, her brothers: Arthur Edgar (Buck) Allen, Joe Welden (Bud) Allen
and William Huey Allen, and her sisters: Myrtle Estell Allen Owen and
Effie Gladys Allen Owen.
She is survived by her two daughters: Margaret C. Ryder of Houston and
Dorothy C. Dodson and her husband Preston of Tomball, Texas; her
grandchildren: D’Lys Ryder Traylor and her husband Adam, and Bradley
Ryder, and by great grand-children: Alys and Andrew.
A celebration of Cliffie Mae’s life will be held at 10 AM on Saturday,
July 10 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr.
officiating. Burial will follow at the
In lieu of customary remembrances, kindly consider a contribution to The
American Cancer Society or charity of your choice.
Carl Galen George
Dec 23, 1972 - July 2, 2010
was 37 years old and living in Yakima, WA at the time of his death on
July 2, 2010. He was born December 23, 1972 in Irving, Texas to Jerry
and Carol George.
Galen served in the U.S. Navy from 1998 to 2008. He served aboard the
USS Fife and USS Momsen and other duty stations. He graduated from
Grapevine High School in 1991. He participated in FFA and was a member
of the Rodeo Club. He went to the high school finals in 1991 in steer
wrestling. Galen was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 700,
Grapevine, TX where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Galen is survived by his wife Kristie George of Yakima, WA; children
Kiley and Justin George of Watauga, TX, Savannah George of Virginia
Beach, VA, and step-daughter Symantha Stevens of Yakima, WA; parents,
Jerry and Carol George of Grapevine, TX; sisters, Amber Arias of Oakley,
CA and Tiffany Traweek of Greenville, TX and numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held in Yakima, WA at 11:00 AM on Friday,
July 9, 2010 at Keith and Keith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be
held at 3:00 PM Saturday, July 10, 2010 at
Oakwood Cemetery in
Corsicana, TX with Rev. Steve Moss officiating. Arrangements will be
handled by Corley Funeral Home.
A Memorial account has been established for Kiley, Justin and Savannah
through Bank of America. The family requests donations to the Memorial
account for the children in lieu of flowers. Please contact Tiffany
Traweek or Carol George for donation information.
Jan. 11, 1938 - July 27, 2010
James Rheuben Ivie, 72, formerly of Corsicana, passed away July 27,
2010, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, surrounded by his family.
James was born Jan. 11, 1938, in Purdon to Edna Lois Tadlock Ivie
and Rheuben Levi Ivie. He attended Purdon schools and worked for
almost 50 years as a truck driver. He retired from Groendyke
Transport, Inc., in August 2000 after 21 years of service. He then
worked for Rylie Transport in Corsicana until having to permanently
retire due to health reasons.
Mr. Ivie is preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ivie after 46
years of marriage in 2006; grandchild, Morgan James Ivie in 2008;
parents, Rheuben L. Ivie and Edna Ivie French; stepfather, Joe
French; brothers, Raymond Ivie, Curt Ivie, Elgin Ivie and Bonner
French; sister, Lourene Moyers.
Survivors include his daughters, Jamie Kay Ivie of Waco, and Juli
Elaine Ivie of Waco; son, James Rheuben Ivie II of El Mirage, Ariz.;
sisters, Letha Nell Baxter of Fort Worth, Patricia Folmar and
husband Thomas of Corsicana; brother, W.L. French and wife Betty of
Dawson; a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Griffin-Roughton
Graveside services will be 11a.m. Saturday, July 31, at
Younger Cemetery with
Bro. Bill Honea officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Heart
Association or Heart of Texas Chapter American Red Cross, 4224 Cobbs
Dr., Waco, TX 76710.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Virginia Pauline (Davis) Putt
Dec 20, 1925 - July 28, 2010
Virginia Pauline “Polly” Putt, 84, of Corsicana passed away, July 28,
She was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Kernerville, N.C., to Cletus Davis Sr.
and Bertha Smith Davis. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in
Corsicana. She enjoyed nature, the beauty of God's creations, reading,
and praying for her family and friends. During her stay at Heritage Oaks
she enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Putt Sr., in December
Survivors include her five children; Brenda McCollum and husband Johnny
of Longview; Russell Putt Jr. and wife Melissa of College Station; Janet
Cox and husband Dan Thompson of Blooming Grove; Nancy Ford and husband
Carey of Corsicana; and Christine Borders and husband Tres of Kaufman;
two sisters; two brothers; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and
a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and family.
Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Hope Center, or KCBI
90.9 Christian Radio Station.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
d. July 25, 2010
Corsicana — Leslie F. Meadows, 63, of Corsicana, passed away
Sunday, July 25, 2010, at her residence. Visitation will be from11
a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home. The funeral service is
11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Eastside Church of Christ with
Brother W. W. Wilmore and Brother Alton Albert officiating.
Interment will be at
Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home,
Helen (Saunders) Green
Aug 15, 1914 - Aug 2, 2010
Mary Helen Green passed away Monday August 2, 2010 at Hillcrest Hospital
in Waco. Mary was born August 15, 1914 in Frost to Walter Sanders and
Bessie Jones Sanders. She was reared on a farm near Frost and was a
of Frost High School. She graduated from Hill Junior College in
Hillsboro and attended Sul Ross in Alphine. She taught school at Slay,
McCord and Frost. On May 19, 1940 she married her high school classmate,
Irvin Green at the Methodist parsonage in Mertens. Mary Helen was active
in the Frost Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. She was a devoted
wife and mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Green; brother, Joe
Sanders; sisters, Fern McCoy and Joy Dickenson and son-in-law, Ronald
Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Martin; grandsons, Caleb Martin
and wife Amanda and Josh Martin and wife Bethany and their children,
Courtney, Camden, Brady and Allison all of Frost.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 4th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be10:00am Thursday, August 5th at
Frost Cemetery with Leah Hidde
Walter Benton "Dick" Taylor, Jr.
July 22, 1917 - July 10, 1967
TAYLOR, Walter Benton (Dick) Jr., aged 49, 8181 Airline Highway,
Baton Rouge, La., died suddenly Monday in Dallas, Texas. Services 2
p.m. Wednesday, Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove, Texas.
Interment Rose Hill
Cemetery, Blooming Grove. Survived by mother, Mrs. Ruth Crocker
Deming, Baton Rouge, La.; daughters, Mrs. Donald Matejowsky, Dallas,
Mrs. Charlie Caldwell, Bryan, Texas, one grandson; aunts, Mrs.
Jessie Crocker, Mrs. Katie Crocker, both of Blooming Grove.
McCORMICK'S FUNERAL HOME - Blooming Grove, Texas
Andrew "Tom" Prater
Sept 13, 1900 - Dec 23, 1963
PRATER, Thomas Andrew, 2519 Mike. Survived by wife Pearl Prater,
Dallas; sons Edward Prater, Ruben Prater, Tommy Ray Prater all of
Dallas; daughter, Mrs. Geda Brady, Dallas; sisters, Mrs. Calvin
Peteet, Hurst, Mrs. Mary Lou Northern Bonham, Mrs. Lilly Northern,
California, Mrs. Kate Lusk, Hurst; brother L.D. Prater, Dallas; 11
grandchildren. Services Emmett Baptist Church, Emmett Texas. 2 p.m.
Thursday. WEILAND MERRITT - 2909 Live Oak TA3-5141
Tom Prater Of Dallas Dies
FROST, Dec. 26 (Spl.)—Funeral rites were held from the Emmett
Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m. for Thomas Andrew (Tom) Prater,
63, retired machinist and former Navarro county resident who died
suddenly in his Dallas home Tuesday morning.
Burial was in the
Prater lived a number of years in the Frost and Emmett area before
moving to Dallas some time ago.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl Prater, Dallas; three sons, Edward,
Ruben and Tommy Ray Prater, all of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Geda
Brady, Dallas; a brother, L. D. Prater, Dallas; four sisters, Mrs.
Calvin Poteet, Hurst, Texas; Mrs. Katie Lusk, Blooming Grove; Mrs.
Mary Lou Northern, Bonham, and Mrs. Lilly Northern, California;
eleven grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral service directed.
Estelle (Grady) Wilkinson
July 31, 1895 - Oct 22, 1996
Martha Estelle Wilkinson, 101, of Midland, died Oct. 22, 1996, in Midland.
Services were held earlier today in the
Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming
Grove, with Rev. Bryan Connally officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the favorite charity of your
Mrs. Wilkinson was born July 31, 1895, in Blooming Grove.
She is survived by her son, Clark Wilkinson Jr. of Midland; sister, B.H.
Kirkland of Wichita Falls; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and
one great- great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
May 12, 1881 - June 16, 1952
Mrs. Beulah Yarber's Final Rites Conducted
CORSICANA, Texas. June 18. - Mrs. Beulah Yarber, 71, lifelong resident of
Navarro County and owner of a monument works here, died in a Dallas hospital
Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church here Wednesday.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery
in Blooming Grove.
Surviving are a son, Robert Yarber, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Mort
Squires, Corsicana, and Mrs. Harry J. Rawlinson, Denver, Colo.; four
grandchildren, a brother, D.R. Badgett, Savannah, Ga.; five sisters, Mrs. Rex
Megrall, Mrs. Jeff Gentry, Mrs. Warren Hancock, all of Grand Prairie; Mrs Mattie
Reid, Littlefield, and Mrs. Bess Ager, Seattle, Wash.
June 19, 1952
Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Yarber
Mrs. Beulah Yarber, 71, life-long resident of Navarro county, died
in the Medical Arts Hospital in Dallas Monday night. She was the
widow of the late John F. Yarber.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday from the First
Methodist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming
The rites were conducted by Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First
Methodist church, and Dr. Matthew
H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church.
A native of Dresden, Mrs. Yarber had resided in Corsicana for many
years. She was the owner of the
Central Monument Works.
Surviving are a son, Robert Yarber, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs.
Mort Squires, Corsicana, and Mrs. Harry J. Rawlinson, Denver, Colo.;
three grandsons, Jimmy W. Yarber, Corsicana; Harry J. Rawlinson,
Jr., Denver, and John Robert Yarber, Fort Worth; a granddaughter,
Marianne Yarber, Fort Worth; a brother, D. R. Badgett Savannah, Ga.;
five sisters, Mrs. Rex Megrall, Mrs. Jeff Gentry and Mrs. Warren
Hancock, all of Grand Prairie; Mrs. Mattie Reid, Littlefield, and
Mrs. Bess Ager, Seattle, Wash. Pallbearers were Rufus Pevehouse, C.
B. McKinney, L. F. Flynn R. Bruce McCormick, Justin McSpadden, Lloyd
Carraway. Corley directed.
Ather C. "Acie" Wooten
Nov 22, 1898 - Dec 7, 1940
Farmer Fatally Hurt In Highway Accident
CORSICANA, Texas. Dec. 8.- A.C. Wooten, 41, Emhouse farmer, died in an Ennis
hospital Saturday afternoon of head injuries sustained in an automobile accident
near Rice late Friday. Wooten's automobile turned over after it struck a car
occupied by Charles F.W. Young of Teague, officers reported.
Wooten's death was the seventh of the year from auto accidents in Navarro
Surviving are his wife and three children.
Dec 8, 1940
Warwick Jesse Spurlock
Nov 30, 1903 - Jul 22, 1975
July 23, 1975—Services will be at 2 p. m. Friday in the Corley Funeral Chapel
for W Jessie Spurlock, 71, of Houston, who died Tuesday in Houston.
The Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate and burial will be
A native of Waco and a member of the Baptist Church, he was a retired mechanic.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Spurlock of Houston; one son, Jim
Spurlock of Dallas; one step-son, Albert Harold Spurlock of Houston; five
grandchildren and one great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two
brothers, S. B. Spurlock of Corsicana and John B Spurlock of Waco, four sisters,
Mrs. Tarah Thompson of Athens, Mrs. Effie Rutherford of Corsicana, Mrs. Georgia
Gay of San Antonio, and Mrs. Carrie Dawson of Denver City.
December 22, 1994—Darthula Reid Fitzgerald, widow of the late Tom Fitzgerald,
died Dec. 17, 1994, in Burleson following a long illness.
Funeral services were Monday. Burial was in Fort Worth.
She is survived by two daughters, Mildred and Ida Mae.
She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Mamie Drain, Eula (Sis) Threat,
and Gertrude Combs, and three brothers, Brove Reid, Bailey Reid and James (Dump)
Viola Effie (Spurlock) Howell-Baker-Rutherford
Aug 8, 1901 - Dec 20, 1994
December 21, 1994—Effie “Granny” Rutherford, 93, of Corsicana, died Dec. 20,
1994, in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with
Revs. Gary Johnson and Horace Cobb officiating. Burial will be in the
Post Oak Cemetery in Roane.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
She was born Aug. 8, 1901 in Waco. She worked in the old cotton mill and at
Dairy Queen and was a sitting nurse.
Survivors include five sons, Otto Baker, Herschell Baker, David Rutherford and
John Rutherford, all of Corsicana, and James Rutherford of El Paso; two
daughters, Joyce Disotell of Athens and Juanita Glasgow of Corsicana; a step
son, John H. Rutherford of Houston; a step daughter, Carroll Allen of Henderson;
a brother, John Bird Spurlock, of Waco; 26 grandchildren, 38
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Rutherford, and a daughter,
Aug 20, 1936 - Aug 4, 2010
Ernest “Bob” Albertson, age 73, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at
his residence in Richland, Texas. He was born on August 20, 1936 in
Coalton, Oklahoma to Jess and Norma Albertson.
He married Harriett Ann Prine on June 18, 1960 in Richland, Texas.
Mr. Albertson was retired from Guardian Industries in Corsicana, Texas
and had formerly served in the US Air Force. He was an avid hunter,
fisherman and gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Harriett Prine Albertson; daughters,
Kimberly Cunningham and husband Patrick, Jennifer Cofer and husband
Christopher, and Andrea Catanzaro and husband John; a brother, Raymond
Albertson of Midwest City, Oklahoma; sisters, Pat Machetta of Henryetta,
Oklahoma, Ginger Nichols of Bixby, Oklahoma, Norma Lorenz of Loyal,
Oklahoma and Barbara Hammitt of Fritch, Texas; seven grandsons and one
He was preceded in death by his father, Jess Albertson; mother, Norma
Albertson Spurlock; and a brother, Benny Albertson.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 11:00AM at
the Richland United Methodist Church in Richland, Texas.
Bob spent much of his life fishing for trout and redfish on the Texas
Coast. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made
to the Coastal Conservation Association, 6919 Portwest, Suite 100,
Houston, Texas 77024.
Irvin Troy Thompson
Oct. 31, 1909 - Nov. 21, 1971
FUNERAL FOR I.T. THOMPSON HELD MONDAY
Irvin Troy Thompson of Frost died Sunday afternoon and
funeral was held Monday at 3 p.m. in Hubbard Primitive Baptist Church.
Interment was in Dawson Cemetery. A
coroner's verdict gave cause of death as gunshot wounds, self inflicted.
Rev. James Henthorne was the minister. Casket Bearers
were J.O. Williams, Clifford Williams, Ira Hassell, Bud York, J.D. Boulware and
Mr. Thompson was born in the Brushie Prairie community
and had lived all his life in west Navarro County. He was 62 years old.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys of Frost; a son,
Kenneth Thompson of Waxahachie; two grandsons; mother, Mrs. R.J. Thompson of
Dawson; four sisters, all of Dawson, Mrs. Lester Jordan, Mrs. Mary McNutt, Mrs.
Earline Whalen and Mrs. Eva Pierce.
The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 24, 1971
Dates from Death Cert. (Family Search)
Nov 25, 1900 - Jul 7, 1976
FORMER RESIDENT OF FROST DIES
Funeral services for a former resident of Frost, Will
Oscar Taylor, 75, were held last week in Corsicana last week in Corsicana.
Burial was in Brushie Prairie
The Blooming Grove Times - July 14, 1976
Parents: Bill Taylor and Mary (Johnson) Taylor -
Information from Death
Certificate (Family Search)
W. O. Taylor
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel for
Will Oscar Taylor, 75, former resident of Frost who was pronounced dead on
arrival to Parkland Hospital in Dallas Wednesday.
The Rev. Paul Curry, Second Mission Baptist Church pastor, officiated, and
burial was in Brushie Prairie
Cemetery in Navarro County.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Geneva Hutson of Dallas, Mrs. Bertha
Harper of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Annie Marie Wair of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren,
27 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wallace Taylor of Plano; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Johnny Ray Atkins, Lorenzo Christian, Charles Christian, Vernon
Wair, Ellis Hutson, and Louis Maberly.
Emily Pearalee (Keen) Smith
Jan 22, 1860 - Nov 29, 1939
SMITH - Corsicana, Texas. - Dec 2 - Funeral services for
Mrs. Emily Smith, 79, widow of the late John T. Smith of Purdon, who died in a
Longview hospital, were held at Dresden with burial in the
Dresden Cemetery. Surviving are
three daughters, Mrs. J.A. Miller, Purdon; Mrs. Charles R. Smith, Longview, and
Mrs. E.A. Stamps, Odessa; four sons, C.G. Smith, Tipton, Okla.; J. Charles
Smith, Sarye, Okla.; Robert O. Smith, Mount Vernon, Ill., and Vernon Smith,
Pettit; twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dec 3, 1939
MRS. EMILY SMITH BURIED AT DRESDEN THURSDAY MORNING
BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 2.-(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Emily
Smith, aged 79 years, wife of the late John T. Smith of Purdon, who
died in a Longview hospital Wednesday, were held Thursday morning at
10:30 o'clock at Dresden with interment in the
The rites were conducted by Rev. J. C. Redwine, pastor of the Purdon
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J. A. Miller, Purdon; Mrs.
Charles R. Smith, Longvlew, and Mrs. E. A. Stamps, Odessa; four
sons. G. H. Smith, Tipton, Okla. J. Charles Smith, Sarye, Okla.;
Robert O. Smith, Mount Vernon, Ill., and Vernon Smith, Pettat,
Texas; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Hubert Whitten, Fred Bunch, Corsicana; Haddox
Boldin and Selma Dickson, Purdon; Ray Alderman, Drane, and Charley
McCormick's Funeral Service in charge.
- Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 2, 1939
- Submitted by
Mary Ardenia (Butler) Rutherford
Apr 3, 1873 - Oct 5, 1951
Mrs. W.B. Rutherford Funeral Sevices Held
CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 8. - Funeral services for Mrs. W.B.
Rutherford, 78, were held at the
Grange Hall Cemetery northeast of Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted
by the Rev. Jack Garrett, pastor of the First Christian Church in Blooming
Grove, of which Mrs. Rutherford was a member.
Mrs. Rutherford and her husband had observed their sixtieth
wedding anniversary Sept. 23. They had resided in Navarro County since 1900.
Surviving are her husband; three sons, T.H. Rutherford of
Dallas, Claud B. Rutherford of Blooming Grove and Oren Rutherford at Fort Worth;
two daughters, Mrs. M.C. Spurlock of Shreveport, La., and Miss Lila Rutherford
of Corsicana; six grandchildren; a brother, W.A. Butler of Austin, and a sister,
Mrs. John Simpson of Jackson, Miss.
Oct 9, 1951
Mrs. Rutherford Expired Friday
W. B. Rutherford, 78, died at the family residence, 741 West Park
avenue, Friday at 4 p. m. Mrs. Rutherford had been an invalid for
eight years. Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford observed their 60th wedding
anniversary September 23. They were married Sept. 23, 1891, in
Hickory Flat, Miss., and came to Texas and Ellis county shortly
after their marriage, and moved to near Blooming Grove In 1900. She
was a member of the First Christian church in Blooming
Graveside rites will be conducted at 4 p. m. Saturday at
Grange Hall cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Jac. Garrett,
minister of the
first Christian church in Blooming Grove.
Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; three sons, T. H. Rutherford,
Dallas; Claud B. Rutherford, Blooming Grove, and Oren Rutherford,
Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. M. C. Spurlock, Shreveport, and Miss
Lila Rutherford, Corsicana school nurse; six grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren, a brother, W. A. Butler, Austin; a sister, Mrs.
John Simpson, Jackson, Miss., and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Andrew Jackson Oden
July 20, 1869 - June 6, 1946
Andrew Oden Buried
CORSICANA, Texas, June 8. - Funeral services for Andrew
Oden, 76, who died at his home here were held at the Navarro Mills Baptist
Church. Burial was in the
Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, three sons, three
daughters, five stepchildren, a brother, a sister and a number of
June 9, 1946
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ANDREW ODEN FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Andrew Oden, 76, West Fourth Avenue, were to be
held at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon at Navarro Mills Baptist Church,
with interment following in Brushy Prairie cemetery.
James Johnson, minister of the West Side Church of Christ, and the
Rev. Madden of the Navarro Mills church were to officiate.
Oden died at his home shortly after noon Thursday following a
lingering illness. He had resided in Navarro county for a number of
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Johnnie Oden, Corsicana, three sons, W.
E. Oden, Corsicana, J. R. Oden, Navarro Mills, and Jim Beacher Oden,
stationed in Washington D. C., and three daughters, Mrs. Artie
Putman, Frost, and Mrs. Fred Lunn and Mrs. Lendon McClough, both of
Corsicana. Other survivors are five step-children, a brother, a
sister and a number of grandchildren.
Elmira (Roberts) Chambers-Smith
Feb 16, 1858 - Dec 29, 1938
SMITH, - Corsicana, Texas. Dec. 30 - Funeral services for Mary E. Smith, 80,
native of Navarro county, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Sprowl,
will be held at a funeral chapel Saturday at 10 a.m. with burial in the
Ward Cemetery. Mrs. Smith lived in the
Pursley community all her life until coming to Corsicana several months ago.
Surviving are two sons, A.E. Chambers, Fort Worth, and G.B. Chambers, Pursley;
two daughters, Mrs. Matthew Roberts, Grapevine, and Mrs. Sprowl, Corsicana; five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Dec 31, 1938
Parents: Aaron Stanley Roberts and Rachael Angeline (Smiley) Roberts (from Death
Cert.) both buried in Ward Cem.
Husband: Alfred L. Smith Nov 11, 1857 - Dec 29, 1938 buried at Ward Cem.
William Robert Neeley
Nov 11, 1869 - Mar 17, 1959
William Robert Neeley, 89, of 1314 North Fitzhugh, a retired merchant who had
lived in Dallas three years, died Tuesday in his home after a long illness.
A native of Rusk County, he lived in Corsicana and several East Texas towns
before opening a general store in Tyler. He operated it until his retirement
about 25 years ago.
Survivors are a son, Alfred Neeley of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Leslie W.
Thompson of Ruston, La.; a brother, J.V. Neeley of Crane, Crane County; a
sister, Mrs. John McCord of Quinlan, Hunt County, two grandchildren and three
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Dresden Cemetery near Corsicana. The
Rev. Robert Ferguson of Highland Park Methodist Church will officiate.
Mar 18, 1959
Susan A. (York) Taylor
Sept 3, 1864 - Sept 6, 1949
Mrs. S.A. Taylor Buried at Dresden
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 7. - Mrs. S.A. Taylor, 83, formerly of Barry, died in
Houston. Funeral rites were held here Wednesday. Burial was in
Surviving are two sons, Roy Taylor, California, and Gippy Taylor, Kansas; four
daughters, Mrs. Ben Freeman, Dallas; Mrs. Lum Price and Mrs. Arthur Williams,
both of Houston, and Mrs. Vera Christopher, Kaufman and a number of
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sept 8, 1949
Portie Jeneva (Ratliff) Dockery-Chapman
Dec 9, 1887 - Mar 15, 1964
CHAPMAN, Portie Jeneva, 9729 Home Place Dr. Survived by son, Dexter Chapman,
daughters, Mrs. Opal Dean, Mrs. Imarie Pierce, Mrs. Gladys Jeffery, Mrs. W.E.
Ellis, Mrs. B.H. LaFon, both of Cleburne; thirteen grandchildren; eighteen
great-grandchildren. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oak Crest Baptist Church, 829 N.
St. Augustine, Rev. Walter Enans officiating. Interment
Dresden Cemetery, near Blooming
Grove. Pallbearers; Nephews.
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Julia Ada (Brence)
Dec 29, 1867 - Nov 5, 1952
Corsicana Rites Held For Mrs. T.A. Steel
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 7. - Funeral for Mrs. T.A. Steel, 82, formerly of Navarro
County, who died in Dallas, was held Friday from the Fifth Avenue Church of
Christ here, with burial in the Dresden
Surviving are a son, T.E. Steel, Midland; five daughters, Mrs. S.B. Brown and
Mrs. W.T. Ball, both of El Paso; Mrs. Essie Herring, Baytown; Mrs. W.B. Leonard,
Dallas, and Mrs. Lena B. Frizzelle, Denver, Colo.; thirteen grandchildren and
Nov 8, 1952
May 18, 1886 - Apr 11, 1947
Paoli Spivey Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, April 13. - Services were held at Blooming Grove with burial
in the Dresden Cemetery for Paschal
Paoli Spivey, 60, who died in Blooming Grove Friday.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Florence Blair, Denison, and Mrs. Travis
Apr 14, 1947
Rites Saturday For Paschal Paoli Spivey
Spivey, aged 60 years, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Spivey of
the Dresden community died at the home of a nephew, Robert S. High,
in Blooming Grove Friday night at 8:50 o'clock.
were held from the High home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Interment was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by
Rev. Finis A. Crutchfield. superintendent of the Corsicana Methodist
Surviving are two
sisters, Mrs. Florence Blair, Denison, and Mrs. Travis Holland,
Houston; three nieces and three nephews.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Horace Augustus Brown
Feb 10, 1871 - Dec 20, 1955
BROWN, Horace A., Route 8, Dallas, passed away local sanitarium Tuesday.
Survived by son, Sammie L. Brown; daughters, Mrs. Roy A. Brown, Mrs. L.F.
Arnold, Mrs. Roy Griffin, brothers, Joe and John Brown; 12 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren. Services Friday 10 a.m. Ed C. Smith and Bro. Chapel, Virgil
Poe assisted by B.C. Ballard officiating. Interment
Dresden, Texas. Pallbearers R.B.
Brown, Orville Arnold, Norwood Arnold, Eugene Hague, Tommie Tardiff, Delbert
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J. Loyd Lewis
Nov 5, 1906 - Jan 12, 1980
LEWIS, Loyd, Dallas. Survived by wife, Katherine Lewis, Dallas; son, Leslie
Lewis, Dallas; daughter, Cleta Richmond, Arlington; granddaughter, Kenna
Richmond, Arlington; sisters, Edna McNabb, Corsicana, Italy Parrish, Dawson,
Steen Parrish, Dawson, Kathleen Garner, Mildred, Texas. Services 2 p.m. Monday,
First Missionary Baptist Church, O.L. Howard officiating. Interment
Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas.
LAUREL LAND-RESTLAND S. Thornton at Laurel Land Rd. 371-1336
Joe F. Patterson
Sept 27, 1912 - Aug 29, 1949
Dallasite's Funeral Held in Blooming Grove
CORSICANA, Texas. Sept. 1. - Joe Patterson, 37, of Dallas died in an Amarillo
hospital Monday after a stroke.
Funeral services were held in the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove
Wednesday and burial was in the
Grange Hall Cemetery. He was reared in Blooming Grove.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters and a brother, J.D. Patterson, all of
Dallas, and a number of relatives at Blooming Grove.
Sept 2, 1949
Clyde (Garrett) McCandless
Dec 28, 1884 - Feb 1, 1960
Mrs. Nellie C., 2515 Catherine. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Rex Smith, Mrs.
Alline Stubblefield, Mrs. Tommie Hall, Miss Addie McCandless; sister, Mrs. Mamie
Hollingsworth; niece, Mrs. Naomi Bratcher, Little Rock, Ark; two grandchildren,
five great-grandchildren. Services 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church,
Blooming Grove, Texas, Rev. Wendell Vaughn, pastor Memorial Christian Church,
Dallas, officiating. Pallbearers; Kay Yarbrough, Gene Paul Terry, Bobby Vandiver,
Raymond Lancaster, Elhreen Eberhart, David Cochran. POOLE'S 315 S. Hampton
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Charlton Lee Tillman,
Oct 26, 1881 - Nov 3, 1948
Charlton L. Tillman, Blooming Grove, Dies
BLOOMING GROVE, Texas, Nov. 4. - Charlton L. Tillman Sr., 67, retired merchant,
died at his home in Blooming Grove Wednesday.
Funeral services wre held at the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove Thursday
afternoon, with burial in the Dresden
Native of South Carolina, Tillman came to Dresden when eight years old and had
resided in Blooming Grove thirty-five years. He was vice-president of the First
State Bank in Blooming Grove and had extensive cattle and farming interests.
Surviving are his wife; a son, C. L. Tillman Jr., Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs.
John Stone, Dallas, and Mrs. Taylor McClelland, Fort Worth; two grandchildren;
three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Reed, Mrs. Jeff Jones and Mrs. Frank Massey, all of
Kerens, and a brother, Ike Tillman, Kerens.
Nov 5, 1948
Thomas Adam Steel
Apr 28, 1867 - Apr 25, 1948
Funeral Service Held For Thomas A. Steele
CORSICANA, Texas, Apr 28 - Funeral services for Thomas A. Steel, 81, who died in
Midland Sunday, were held at the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ here Tuesday.
Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.
Prior to moving to Midland a short time ago, Mr. and Mrs. Steele had resided in
Navarro County and Corsicana about fifty years.
Surviving are his wife of Midland, a son, Thomas Earl Steele, Midland; five
daughters, Mrs. S. L. Brown, El Paso; Mrs. Bill Ball, Bogalusa, La.; Mrs. Sam E.
Herring, Baytown; Mrs. W.B. Leonard, Dallas and Mrs. T.M. Frizzell, Midland; two
half-sisters, Mrs. Lee Moody, Grand Saline and Mrs. Mattie Avery, Little Rock,
Ark.; two half-brothers, George Steele, Little Rock, and Stonewall Steele, Fort
Smith, Ark.; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Apr 29, 1948
Jan 23, 1895 - Jan 28, 1952
Middleton Rites Held
CORSICANA, Texas, July 1, - Funeral services for Mrs. R.H. Middleton, 57, were
held here Monday. Burial was in Dresden
Cemetery. Surviving are her husband; four sons, Max Middleton, Glenn
Middleton, Bill Middleton and Pet Middleton, and three daughters, Mrs. Winnie
Hayes, Mrs. Janie Kirk and Miss Jewell Middleton, all of Corsicana; four
brothers, Barry Hales of Houston, D.D. Hales and Dick Hales, both of Barry, and
Hubbard Hales of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Frankie Hatley of Barry.
Sept 14, 1869 - Feb 1, 1896
MADUX, Miss Blanche Maddux, Feb. 1, at the residence of her sister Mrs. F.C. Van
Horn, 598 Live Oak St. The remains were carried to Corsicana yesterday for
interment at Dresden, Texas.
Feb 2, 1896
James Thomas "Jim"
Mar 10, 1879 - Mar 15, 1964
CHILCOAT, James T., 833 Pleasant Dr., Dallas. Remains forwarded to Blooming
Grove Texas for services and interment.
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J. T. Chilcoat
BLOOMING GROVE, March 16 (Spl.)—Funeral rites were held here Monday
at 2 p.m. for James T. Chilcoat, 85 who died Sunday morning in a
Duncanville nursing home.
Chilcoat, a native Alabaman and resident of Blooming Grove area
until 8 years ago was a retired farmer.
Rites were held from the First Christian Church here, with Rev.
Walter Lynn Zimmerman, pastor of the Byers Methodist Church,
officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. C. J. Hogue, Dallas; a brother
Rev. Luther Chilcoat, Ada, Okla.; three sisters, Mrs. Mittie Adams,
Marshall; Miss Bessie Chilcoat, Ada, Okla.; Mrs. Cora York,
Holdenville, Okla.; 16 grandchildren, 23 great grand children; two
great-great grand children, and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.
McCormick Funeral Services directed.
Dorsey David Richards
Mar 27, 1922 - Apr 14, 2000
David Richards went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2010. He
is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary; his twin sister,
Dorothy Fuller: daughter and son-in-law, Lou and Norman Archibald; son
and daughter-in-law David and Molly Richards; granddaughter and
grandson-in-law, Amy and Scott Harp; granddaughter, Nina Walker, and
precious great grandchildren, Lark and Austin Walker and Hank and Ty
Mr. Richards was born on March 27, 1922 in Emhouse, Texas to Frank
William and Minnie Mary Richards. He graduated from Barry High School in
Barry, Texas, where he was a star basketball player. Soon after
graduation he was drafted and proudly answered the call to serve his
country, joining the United States Army. Mr. Richards trained at Camp
Barkley in Abilene and then was shipped overseas with his unit, the
358th Infantry. He landed just seven days after the Battle of the Bulge
and ended his tour of duty with a Bronze Star for bravery, Distinguished
Unit Badge, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Badge.
Upon his return from the war, Mr. Richards made his career in the
grocery business working until retirement after 28 years of service for
Brookshire Grocery Company. He enjoyed 26 years of retirement in
Corsicana surrounded by adoring friends and family, playing dominos,
planting and tending his ever-expanding garden, attending Sunday school
and worshipping at Northside Baptist Church and spending quality time
with Mary. He enjoyed all his activities and pursuits benefited by
wonderful health and a sprightly, loving attitude. Dorsey will always be
remembered for his generosity, kind spirit and sense of humor, but his
absolute devotion to his family and his Lord were his most enduring
qualities and those that will be most cherished among those who loved
him in return.
Well done good and faithful servant. We will remember you and miss you
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 15, at Corley
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 16, at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment
will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.
Pallbearers will be Larry Fuller, Bob Luther, Billy Richards, James
Richards, Buddy Richards, Danny Richards and Derwood Richards.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Northside Baptist Church
Apr 17, 1917 - Aug 16, 2010
Edna Martin “Nanny” Skinner, age 93, passed away Monday at her residence
in Retreat, Texas. She was born April 17, 1917 in Retreat, Texas to
Travis Wesley and Lela Vandergriff Martin.
Mrs. Skinner was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church
for over 65 years. She was a self-employed child care provider for over
She is survived by 2 sons, Allen Skinner and Larry Skinner; 9
grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at
in Retreat, Texas, with Rev. William Dollar officiating. The family
request memorials to your favorite charity.
Florence Estelle "Florine" (McAfee) Gray
Apr 3, 1913 - Aug 19, 2010
Florine McAfee Gray, age 97, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 in
Groesbeck, Texas. She was born April 3, 1913 in Corsicana, Texas to
Leroy and Johnnie
Mrs. Gray was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Corsicana
and a past president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskel Gray.
She is survived by four daughters, Doris Scott of Stevens Point,
Wisconsin, Marcia Beaver and husband Morris of Groesbeck, Texas, Glenda
Novak and husband Paul of Corsicana, Texas, and Sarah Dunn of Grapeland,
Texas; a sister, Marcialete Hettig of Houston, Texas; nine
grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; nine
great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Corley
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 7:30 PM Saturday at
Pattison Cemetery in
Emhouse, Texas with Paul Grayson Novak officiating.
Hudnal Myrl (Lynch) Absher-Wilson
Feb 4, 1923 - Aug 17, 2010
Myrl Wilson, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug.17, 2010, in Slaton, Texas.
She was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Rusk, Texas to Lula and George Lynch.
She resided in Navarro County most of her life prior to moving to Slaton one
year ago, and was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wilson, on Aug. 17,
Survivors include her daughters, Kay Halbert and Joann Morton; she is also
survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Corley
Services will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
d. Aug 17, 2010
Corsicana — Vernon Gregg, 75, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 17,
2010, at his residence. Vistation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 at Ross
and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at St.
John Baptist Church located at 104 T. A. Carroll Avenue. Interment will follow
at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Michael David Seregi
Nov 11, 1948 - Aug 19, 2010
Corsicana Daily Sun
Michael David Seregi, 61, of Corsicana, passed away Aug. 19, 2010. He was born
Nov. 11, 1948 in Atlanta, Ga.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Survivors include his wife Verla Bernice Seregi of Corsicana; daughter, Tanya
Seregi Littlesun and husband Joshua of Plano; brother, Brian Seregi of Shawnee
Mission, Kan.; sisters, Theresa Young of Prairie Village, Kan. and Deborah Baud
of Egg Harbor, NJ.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home, and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug.. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, Corsicana, with Zachary Herrin officiating. Interment will be
at Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tom Herrin, Zachary Herrin, Ricky Murry, Gary Sears, Ron
Ludlow and Gerry Newsom.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
d. Aug 10, 2010
Corsicana — Victor Bernard Wilkerson, 44, of Kerens, passed away Tuesday,
Aug. 10, 2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 1
p.m. Saturday, Aug.21, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, located at 5301
West Hwy 31, Corsicana. Interment will follow at Petersburg Cemetery in Round
Prarie. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Jan 20, 1918 - Aug 18, 2010
Wayne Norris, born in Corsicana on Jan. 20, 1918, passed away on Aug. 18,
He was the son of Will N. and Ocie Jackson Norris. He lived in Corsicana all of
his life except for the years 1978 to 2003. He and his wife of 65 years resided
in Star Harbor on Cedar Creek Lake in Henderson County during those years. In
Nov. of 2003 he and Winnette returned to Corsicana to be nearer to medical
facilities and care givers. He was a resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement
Village at the time of his death. He was a member of the Westhill Church of
Christ. He was a graduate of the Corsicana public school system. He married Lois
Winnette Laudan on Dec. 11,1938, and from that union were born three sons,
Ronald W. of Arlington, G. Michael of Houston and William A. “Tony” Norris.
Wayne's work history included 35 years with the U.S. Postal Department. He began
his career in 1941 and retired as Postmaster in 1976. He was involved in many
civic activities and responsibilities for the city of Corsicana. He served three
terms as City Commissioner, with one term as Mayor Pro-Tem. Wayne was the last
survivor of the members of the City Commissioners who dedicated the new
government center on May 16, 1975. He was chairman of the organized Corsicana
Civil Service Commission in 1975. He was president of the local Kiwanis Club in
1968 and served as a director for the Chamber of Commerce. While in Star Harbor
he served two terms as City Commissioner and Auditor. Wayne's military career
involved service in the U.S. Navy in
World War II. After he was discharged, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve,
retiring in 1960 as Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Winnette on Nov. 12, 2004 and his son
Tony on Aug. 25 of 2004.
Survivors include his two sons, Ron and Mike; daughter-in-law, Wanda Harris of
Arlington; sister, Elaine Jenkins of Plano; grandchildren, John of Dallas, Becky
of Arlington, and Courtney Wurz of Spring; he is also survived by two great
grandchildren, Garrett and Alyssa Hayslip of Arlington, and many nephews and
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at
Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Robert Bower, Billy Ray Quinn, Bud Gorman, Elbert Prince, and Charles Hosack.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lyndon Gerald Norwood
June 25, 1941 - Aug 14, 2010
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — Lyndon Gerald Norwood, 69, of Dallas passed away Aug. 14, 2010 at
his residence in Dallas. He was born June 25, 1941, in Corsicana to Marion and
Emmett Norwood. Survivors include his brothers, Clay Norwood and wife Eula Faye,
and Noel Norwood. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Harvey Lawrence Farmer
June 30, 1923 - Aug 15, 2010
Harvey Lawrence Farmer, 87, of Corsicana, passed away Aug. 15, 2010. He was born
June 30, 1923 in Purdon to Marshall and Essie Belt Farmer.
Survivors include his niece, Peggy McCulloch and husband Billy of Purdon;
nephew, Kenneth Foster and wife Mable of Purdon; he is also survived by many
more nieces, nephews, family and his extended family at the Sterling House.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at
Younger Cemetery with Bro. Bill
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lucille (Fullerton) Prince-Ragain
Jan 9, 1943 - May 18, 2008
Mary Ragain: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Gloucester County Times, The (NJ) - May 22, 2008
Deceased Name: Mary Ragain
Mary Ragain, 65, died Sunday, May, 2008.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday May, 21 at GLEN PARK
FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Services will follow the visitation.
Mary was preceded in death by her father and mother, Harry and Leona Fullerton.
She is survived by her daughter, Margie and Kenny Putz; daughter, Kathy and
Alvin Arrington; and son, Mike and Kim Ragain; 10 grandchildren; and one
Jesse B. Jones
d. 1919 in WWI
NAVARRO COUNTY BOY KILLED
Son of R. N. Jones of the Montfort community, was reported in Tuesday's casualty
list as having been killed in action, but previously reported missing in action.
The deceased left here for Camp Travis in June and soon qualified there as a
sharpshooter and was transferred to Virginia and was there transferred to the
regular army as a sharp-shooter.
Jesse was well known and highly esteemed young man in his community and had many
friends who are pained to learn of his death and who will sympathize with his
parents and other relatives in their bereavement.
WAS KILLED IN ARGONNE
Jesse B. Jones of Roane Met Death as He Went Over the Top
R. N. Jones of Roane has received the following letter from Lon Call,
chaplain of the 39th Infantry, telling of the death of Mr. Jones' son, Jesse B.
3rd Bn., 39th Infantry, Feb. 5, 1919.
Mr. Dear Mr. Jones:
The Colonel has requested me to write to the nearest relatives of the soldiers
of his command who were killed in action or to their emergency address.
Your name was given to me as the emergency address of Jesse B. Jones.
As near as I am able to determine from the facts at hand your son met his death
in the following manner:
During the drive on the Argonne front your son was hit by a piece of shrapnel
and killed instantly while going over the top with his comrades.
I know that it is hard for you to learn of the passing of one who was so dear to
you and all of us who knew him regret that it was he who had to make the supreme
sacrifice, yet he died a hero on the field of battle, fighting for his country.
it is to him and those like him that we owe the victory that we have gained and
while we mourn his passing we cannot but rejoice that America gave to this war
such a man as he.
He gave all he had and all we can do is to pledge ourselves to make the victory
he secured for us permanent and worth while.
I hope that this may give you some of the information that you desire.
Chaplain 3rd Bn., 39th Inf.
Corsicana Daily Sun - March 5, 1919
Joseph Turner Dawson
Mar 20, 1914 - Nov 28, 1998
JOSEPH TURNER, a resident of Corpus Christi, passed away on Saturday November
28, 1998 at home. He was born in Temple, Texas on March 20, 1914 to Joseph
Martin Dawson and Willie Turner Dawson. Joe Dawson was acknowledged as an
example of how one man's courage and conviction can help change the course of
history. In 1944, Captain Joe Dawson was the commanding officer of G. Company in
the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment of the First Division - the Big Red
One. He had enlised in May of 1941, graduated in the top 10 of his class at
Officers Candidate School in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned 2nd
Lieutenant in March 1942. He had served in North Africa ad in Sicily before
assuming command of & Company in August 1943. On the morning of June 6, 1944,
D-Day, Dawson and & Company landed on Omaha Beach at 0700. Dawson led his men
across the enemy minefield to the base of the bluff atop which today the
memorial to D-Day and the American cemetery stand. He found a path up the bluff,
silenced a German machine gun nest, and opened the first path off the beach. For
his actions on D-Day, Dawson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,
presented by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Fifty years later, on June 6, 1994,
Dawson was asked to return to Omaha Beach, to be recognized for his role in
history and to represent the troops who fought on the Normandy beachheads by
introducing the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, at the ceremonies
commemorating D-Day. Following D-Day, Dawson and G. Company stayed at the front.
Just outside Paris, Dawson rescued a platoon of men separated from his company
and ambushed by the enemy. For this action, he was awarded the Silver Star. In
September, Dawson was given the task of defending a vital ridge
overlooking the city of Aachen Germany. Dawson's leadership so inspired the men
that for thirty-nine brutal days pitted against large forces of the enemy, G
Company and I Company held the ridge against all assaults. To this day, it is
called "Dawson's Ridge." For their defense of the ridge, G. Company and I
Company received the Presidential Citation. Dawson was also awarded the Bronze
Star; Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; the Combat Infantry Badge; beachhead
arrows for the North Africa, Sicily, and France landings, Unit honors earned by
the First Division and the and the 16th Regiment; campaign medals for the
European theater; and the American Defense medal. Dawson retired from the U.S.
Army in 1946 with the rank of Major. In 1984, the Army authorized individuals to
be cited as Distinguished Members of the 16th Infantry Regiment of the First
Division; Dawson was among five to be first selected for this honor. Dawson also
was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning,
Georgia. A geologist, Dawson worked for Humble Oil Corporation before the war.
He was the assistant to the CEO of Renwar Oil Corporation in Corpus Christi from
1945 to 1951, when he resigned to become an independent oil operator. Dawson
operated in Denver Colorado for 10 years, before returning with his family to
Corpus Christi in 1963. Dawson was actively involved in civic and community
affairs in Corpus Christi. He was one of the founders and served as Vice
Chairman of the Board of the University of Corpus Christi; he was elected to the
Corpus Christi City Council under the Wesley Seal administration; and he served
on numerous civic boards and commissions. He took special pride in being honored
by his community with the 1997 dedication of the Joseph T. Dawson Elementary
School. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Melba Bruno Dawson (d.
4/23/98). He is survived by two daughters, Diane Dawson Delk (Tom) of Houston
and Roslyn Randolph Dawson of Dallas; two sisters, Alice Cheavens and Donna Van
Hoove (Roy); two brothers, Leighton Dawson (Elsie_ and R. Matthew; five
grandchildren: Lance Corporal Colin Dawson Davis, USMC (Mandy), Brian Sanders
Davis, Justin Randolph Davis, Diane Elizabeth Hartenstein and Stephen Dawson
Hartenstein; nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m.,
Saturday - December 12, 1998 at the First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, with
Dr. Hulitt Gloer officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donations be made in memroy of Joseph T. Dawson to the U.S. Army Fist Division
Museum. The Cantigny First Division Foundation, 1 South 151 Winfield Road.,
Wheaton Illinois 60187, or to the Red Cross Coastal Bend, Texas Chapter, 1721 S.
Brownlee Corpus Christi, Texas 78404.
SEASIDE FUNERAL HOME
Corpus Christi, TX
Elijah Melton Cornell
May 6, 1844 - Feb 24, 1924
E. M. Cornell Died Sunday Afternoon
E. M. Cornell passed away at his residence at 1802 West First avenue and North
Twenty-first street at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon after an illness of several
months. Deceased was born in Crawford county Pennsylvania, May 6, 1841
[marker has 1844], and came to Texas
fifty years ago and has resided in Corsicana a number of years. He became a
member of the Christian church thirty-four years ago.
He is survived by his wife, four daughters, and one son: Miss Minnie Cornell,
Mrs. Cora McCloud and Mrs.. Casrrie Whaley of Dallas; Mrs. Olive Young of
Fresno, California, and Geo. E. Cloud of San Diego, California. and a niece,
Mrs. Mamie Whitten whom he reared. Also two step children, Jas. Smith, Ft. Worth
and Mrs. Carrie Wilson of Corsicana. The Funeral was held from the Fist
Christian church t 3 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. C. A. Chasteen officiating.
Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
Corsicana Semi Weekly Light
Mrs. Holloman Rites Monday
Mrs. Alice Holloman, 84, retired teacher , 1532 West Fifth avenue, died Sunday
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial
in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were
conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which
she was a long-time member.
Native of Brown County, Mrs. Holloway taught in the Corsicana school system for
many years before her retirement.
Surviving are a brother, Porter Holloway, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Edna Gibson,
Corsicana, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Harrell Gray, Rufus Nutt, E. W. (Pete) O'Daniel, Curry Butler,
Paul Miller and Paul Dresser.
Cora (Goad) Hardy
Apr 1871 - Apr 1964
Mrs. Cora Hardy Expires Friday
Mrs. Cora Hardy, 93, of 301 East Twelfth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital
Friday night following an extended illness.
Born in Palestine, April 5 (?), 1871, Mrs. Hardy had resided in Corsicana most
of her life..
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday from the McCammon Chapel with
burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The
rites will be conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, Baptist minister.
Mrs. Hardy was the widow of the late C. E. Hardy of Corsicana.
Surviving are a son, Floyd Hardy, Corsicana; a grandson, Ben Hardy, Lafayette,
La.; a granddaughter, Mrs. C. R. Smith, Austin; a great-grandson, Michael Hardy,
Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Shepard, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Johnny Fitch
and Mrs. Mattie Barnhart, both of El Reno, Okla; a brother Walter Goad,
Oklahoma, City and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Rufus Pevehouse, W. G. Morris, Wayne Buchanan, G. P.
Buchanan, Don Buchanan, Cecil Bondurant, Rufus Nutt, Hary Bruton and Jack
Effie Mae (Hall)
Hold Services Mrs. Burkhalter
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday for Mrs. Effie Mae Burkhalter, 72,
at the Chatfield Methodist church.
Burial was in the Chatfield cemetery.
Rev. Don Johnson, pastor of the church, conducted the final rites.
Mrs. Burkhalter died Thursday morning in Paulyne's Convalescent Home. A
long-time resident of Chatfield, she was the widow of the late W. F. Burkhalter,
retired rural route carrier.
Survivors are three sons, Wayne Burkhalter, Chatfield; Erwin Burkhalter,
Shreveport, La. and Freddy Burkhalter, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. A. J. Salos
<?>, Whitesboro, and Mrs. T. H. Keeling, Pittsburg, Texas; three sisters, Mrs.
Donna Richards, Areadia, Mo., Mrs. Ethel Buchanan, Corpus Christi, and Mrs.
Lottie Parker, Brownsboro; 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
McCammon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were grandsons.
Nody Levy Neeley
July 9, 1899 - Apr 10, 1964
Set Services for N. L. Neeley
Funeral for N. L. Neeley, retired farmer of 1736 West Seventh avenue, will be at
2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Griffin chapel with burial in the
Younger cemetery in Purdon.
Rev. A. T. Ilseng, Jr., Navarro, assisted by Rev. Ezra Burns, Baptist ministers
Neeley, age 64, died Friday morning in Memorial hospital.
He is survived by his wife of Corsicana; two sins, Bill Neeley, Teague, and
Bobby Neeley, Richards; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Tanner, Corsicana, and Mrs.
Mrs. Helen Reed, Mesquite; four grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Willie Howard,
Purdon, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Charles Copeland, Louis Owens, Howe French, Buddy Bennett,
Preston Frost and J. H. Wigley.
Corsicana Daily Sun - April 11, 1964
- h/o Celia May (Farmer) Neeley s/o J. W. Neeley and Alice (Wheat) Neeley
Harvie Lee Boone
Aug 28, 1902 - Apr 10, 1964
Sunday Rites For H. L. Boone
Funeral services for Harvie L. Boone, 61, grocer, who was dead on arrival at
Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon following a heart attack at his grocery store
1019 North Twentieth, were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
Rev. Cass French, Jr., pastor of the West Second Avenue Baptist church conducted
the services. Burial was in the
Boone had operated grocery stores in Navarro county for 40 years. He was a
native of Dexter, Mo.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Doe Boone, Corsicana; two sons, Vernon Dan and
Wilburn Lee Boone, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Billye Fern Bivins,
Linton, Ind.; five grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Sadie Cooper, Marshall, and
Pallbearers were G. W. Ward, Clyde Boldin, W. C. Miller, C. E. Wright, Frank
Leathers, Otis Atkeisson, J. M. Cobb and Beauford Armstrong.
Elizabeth Jane (Selman) Nichols-Parks
May 31, 1924 - Apr 29, 1993
Elizabeth Jane Parks, 68, of Little Elm died April 29, 1993 at Trinity
Medical Center in Carrollton.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church in Little Elm with
the Rev. Banks Dishman and the Rev. Bobby Blaylock officiating. Burial will be
at 4 p.m. in Hamilton-Beeman
Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Cantrell Funeral Home of
Frisco. The family will receive visitors in the Cantrell Funeral Home between
7-9 p.m. Friday.
She was born May 31, 1924, the daughter of Charlie and Maggie Selman. She
married Floyd Nichols in Freestone County.
She was a retired cook with Little Elm ISD and was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Little Elm.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd.
Survivors include three sons, Floyd Nichols and Tommy Nichols, both of Little
Elm and Paul Nichols of Garland; three daughters, Joanne Duncan of Mesquite and
Peggy Crow and Kathy Henson, both of Little Elm, two brothers, Pete Selman of
Longview and George Selman of Nacogdoches; three sisters, Jewell Harris of
Garland and Francis Cantrell and Alberta Binns, both of Dallas; 16
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Ballard ‘C.B.’ Huddleston
July 12, 1928 - Sept 6, 2010
Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun Corsicana Daily Sun Wed Sep 08, 2010, 08:57 PM CDT
Carroll Ballard “C.B.” Huddleston, 82, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at
Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
C.B. was born in Mabank to William Carroll and Ola O. (Ballard) Huddleston on
July 12, 1928. He grew up in Mabank and graduated from Mabank High School in
1946. After graduation, he attended Henderson County College for two years. On
June 20, 1947, he married Bettie Jo Teet and they made their home in Mabank,
then Denver, Colo., and finally Rice in 2004. C.B. worked in sales for many
years with Van Waters and Rogers Company and then became the owner of his own
business, B and M Chemical. He was a member of the Roddy Masonic Lodge of Mabank
for over 50 years, Hella Temple, Scottish Rite, Shriners, First Baptist Church
of Mabank, First Baptist Church of Corsicana, Westminster Baptist Church in
Colo. and First Southern Baptist Church in Colorado.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and one great-grandson, Zachary Diller,
Survivors include his wife, Bettie “Jo” Huddleston of Rice; one daughter, Elaine
and husband Ed DeWitt of Rice; he is also survived by four grandchildren and
twelve great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at the First Baptist
Church of Mabank, with the Rev. Brent C. Tucker and the Rev. Dick Bramblitt
The family requests no flowers be sent to the service, but that memorials be
made to either First Baptist Church of Mabank or First Baptist Church of
Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary.
Quinten Loyd Dixon
Oct. 7, 1919 - Sept 7, 2010
Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun Corsicana Daily Sun Wed Sep 08, 2010,
08:52 AM CDT
Quinten Loyd Dixon, 90, passed way Sept. 7, 2010, at Heritage Oaks
Retirement Village. He was born on Oct. 7, 1919, in Emhouse to Claude
and Arvilla Dixon.
Quinten was a World War II
Veteran and achieved the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and other
foreign campaign metals. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 8, 1945. He
was a finish carpenter and cabinet maker until he retired. He married
Juanita Bates Dixon in 1952 and they shared over 50 years of marriage.
They lived in Houston until 1980 when they retired and moved back to
He was preceded in death by his loving and constant companion, Juanita,
on Jan. 19, 2004; and by two sisters and five brothers.
Survivors include his caretaker and nephew, James Duvall and other
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 8, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander , pastor of First
Methodist Church where Mr. Dixon was a member, officiating. Interment
will be at Pattison Cemetery
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Robert Allen McGhee
d. Sept 5, 2010
Corsicana — Robert Allen McGhee, 57, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 5, 2010, at
Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. at New Cornerstone
Baptist Church, W. 10th Ave., Corsicana, with Pastor Donee’ R. Watson
officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
d. Sept 6, 2010
Corsicana — Iva Dycus, 72, of Corsicana, passed away Sept. 6, 2010. No services
are scheduled. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8, 2010 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Mary Lala (Miles)
May 28, 1940 - Sept 5, 2010
— Mary Lala Miles Lakin passed away Sept. 5, 2010 in Dallas.
She was born May 28, 1940, in Houston, to Sherman Allen Miles and Judith
Witherspoon Miles. Mary grew up in Corsicana, graduated from Corsicana
High School in
1958, and then received her Bachelors Degree from Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth in 1962 where she was a member of the Delta
Gamma Sorority. She worked at LTV in Garland where she met her future
husband Bob Lakin. Bob and Mary lived in the Dallas area until moving to
Chatfield in 1999 returning to live in her grandparents’ home, where
Mary followed her mother’s footsteps in being a cattlewoman. After
retiring from Navarro College in 2006, Mary and her husband, Bob,
traveled extensively for pleasure and seeking antiques.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, Sherman Allen Miles and
mother, Judith Witherspoon Miles.
Survivors include her husband Bob Lakin of Chatfield; brother, Robert
Witherspoon Miles and wife Toni of Chatfield; mother-in-law, Gertrud
Lakin; nephew, B. J. Arnold and wife Allyson and daughter, Keltyn Grace
of Chandler; she is also survived by numerous cousins and friends.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 8, at
Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 9, at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Moss officiating. Pallbearers will be
Larry McVay, Benny Phillips, Ronnie Norris, Jimmy Crouch, Billy Joe
Coker, Dwight Duncan, Roland Christian and Terry Montfort. Honorary
Pallbearers are Darrell Raines and Don Parrish.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Navarro
County Shelter Fund at P.O. Box 1734, Corsicana, Texas, 75151.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
May 15, 2910 - Sept 3, 2010
Rich, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Corsicana, Friday,
September 3, 2010. Mr. Rich was born to John H. and Dora Rich on May 15,
1920 in Princeton, Kentucky.
He graduated from Butler High School in 1939. Out of his love for his
country he entered the service as a Marine in September 1941 and fought
in WW II. After the war was over he went to Chicago to resume his
civilian career at General Motors. In 1950 he was recalled to active
duty to engage in the Korean Conflict. He later cancelled his reserve
status and enlisted in the US Air Force as a career. After fighting in
the Vietnam War he retired in 1975 with 34 years of service to his
His military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious
Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster,
American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Service Medal with 3
Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean
Service Medal with 7 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead, Vietnam
Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Marine Presidential Unit
Citation, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the Air
Force Outstanding Unit Award with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
After his retirement he enjoyed wood working, gardening, working on his
genealogy, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Mr. Rich was preceded in death by his mother and father, granddaughter
Christina Rich, his wife Pauline Rich, 2 brothers John (Bud) and
William, and 7 sisters, Mary Belle, Lorene, Galena, Ora Mae, Jewel,
Gurtrude and Odie.
He is survived by his son Edd Rich and wife Debbie of Watauga, Texas;
granddaughter Tracey Balonos and husband Randy of Ft. Worth; grandson
Josh Prather and fiancé Danielle Landry of Bedford; great granddaughter
Natalie Edwards and great grandson Jayden Balonos, both of Ft. Worth;
and his wonderful friend Jerry Caton of Corsicana.
The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Cedar Lake
Hospice Home helpers and Angels at Home and all of their staff.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 7 at Corley Funeral
Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel. Burial with full military honors will follow at Oaklawn
Memorial Park in Athens.
Elsie Louise (Douglas) Powell
Jan 10, 1931 - Sept 1, 2010
Mrs. Elsie L. Douglas Powell, age 79, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1,
2010 at her residence in Kaufman.
She was born January 10, 1931 to Henry and Auline Douglas in Corsicana.
Mrs. Powell lived in Corsicana until moving to Dallas in 1955. She
worked for the Corsicana ISD prior to moving to Dallas. She worked for
over 30 years at Dallas Cap & Emblem.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Morgan
Powell; two brothers, Bobby Douglas and Ernest Douglas; and a sister,
Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Lyn Dawson; two brothers, Elmer
Douglas and Eldon Douglas; two sisters, Edna Schulz and Ellen Nutt;
sister-in-law, Elizabeth Holt; seven grandchildren, Christi, Melissa,
James, Cynthia, Sissy, Bubba, and Jessica; 20 great grandchildren;
numerous nieces and nephews; and her lifelong friend, Joyce Daniels.
Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with hte Rev. Joe Prox officiating. Interment was at at
Oakwood Cemetery in
Pallbearers were Eddie Berryhill, Gary Prox, Shane Reynolds, Buddy
Schulz, Steven Schulz, Gene Carboni and Justin Carboni.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
- Daughter of John Henry Douglas & Auline Audrey (Chewning)
Apr 15, 1932 - Sept 2010
— Eunice “Hester” Walker was born April 15,1932 in Smith County, Tyler,
Texas to the parentage of Mr. Vasley and Ernestine (Westbrook) Hester.
She was reared in Tyler, but at the age of sixteen moved to the
Odessa/Midland area of Texas. She later met and married Carroll James
Walker, Sr., and moved to the Houston area. To this union eight children
She professed Christ at an early age and became a member of Second
Mission Baptist Church when she moved to Corsicana in 1999. She was
actively involved in the kingdom building down here on planet earth
until her health began to fail. She ministered through playing the piano
at Second Mission Baptist Church, as well as Heritage Oaks Nursing Home
and offered words of encouragement and inspiration through letters that
she would write and mail to various individuals. She had a servant’s
heart, and cared about others, which befitted her chosen profession as a
nurse for over twenty years.
Her loved ones who preceded her in death are her parents; step-father,
Henry “Pop” Fuller; brother, Earnest Loyd Hester; she is also preceded
in death by son Carroll James Walker, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memories; four sons, Minister Michael and wife
Elaine Walker of Pearland, David and wife Barbara Walker of Houston,
Otto and wife Angie Walker of Odessa, and Morris Walker; three
daughters, Deryl Ann Roundtree of Atlanta, Ga., Carla and husband Danny
Harris, and Lydia Walker of Corsicana; grandchildren Michael, Christian,
Matthew, Alexis, Courtney, Kim, Kelly, Devon, and Deshaun; she is also
survived by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Ross and Johnson
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Second
Mission Baptist Church with the Eulogist Pastor Larry L. Polk, Sr.,
officiating. Interment will follow in
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
d. Sept 7, 2010
Corsicana — Helen Louise Bell, 79, of Corsicana passed away Sept.
7, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 7
p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral Services are 1
p.m. at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. Hwy. 31.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Oct 4, 1961 - Sep 10, 2010
Danny Ray Nichols, 48, of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, Sept. 10,
2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1961, in Corsicana to Paschal Nichols and Bessie
Survivors include his children, Austin Nichols and Jessica Nichols, both
of Ennis; his father, Paschal Nichols and his wife Betty of Corsicana;
his mother, Bessie Nichols of Corsicana; and the mother of his children,
Monica Nichols of Ennis. He is also survived by his sisters and
brothers, Dana Andrews, Darlene Marquez, Nick Nichols, and Todd Nichols,
all of Corsicana, and a number of aunts, uncles cousins, nieces, and
Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Griffin -
Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Johnson of Calvary Worship
Center officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in
Pallbearers will be Jeff Dixon, Robbie Dixon, Joey Andrews, Hal Goodman,
Dusty Scoggins, and Clifton Scoggins.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Mar 10, 1946 - Dec 20, 1989
Herman F. Forstmann, 43, of Corsicana, died Dec 20, 1989 in Crowley,
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The
Rev. Clyde Franks will officiate.
Burial will be at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
He was born March 10, 1946 in Hassloch, Germany. He was a
truck driver and had served in the U.S. Army. He was a member
of the Ham Radio Club.
He is survived by his wife; Sue Forstmann of Corsicana, one
daughter, Mary Helen Forstmann of Corsicana; two sons Herman
Forstmann Jr. and Johnny Forstmann, both of Corsicana; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie E. Grant of Corsicana; one sister, Anita Miller
of Houston; one brother Johnny Grant of Houston.
Pallbearers will be Don Williams, Maurice Beale, J. O. Garner, John
Putman, Dial Stone, and J. D. Young.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim McCarter, Dr. Frank Autry, Lucky
Snider, Johnny Grace, Carl Scott and Dale Richards.
Aug 18, 1853 - Oct 17, 1900
THE LAMPASAS LEADER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1900
Died on the 17th of Oct. 1900, at the home of his brother, Wallace
Brown, Navarro county, Texas, W. W. Brown, of Lampasas, Texas.
W. W. Brown was born in Lauderdale county, Miss., Aug. 18, 1853;
came to Texas in 1869 with his father, G. W. Brown and other
relatives, and settled at Cryer Creek, Navarro county, where he grew
to manhood. Was married to Miss Bettie Lee Fountain, Dec. 24, 1873,
with whom he lived for 27 years very happily. Eleven children were
born to them of whom only seven survive him. Three lie near him in
his last resting place in the family burying ground,
Cryer Creek cemetery.
He professed a hope in Christ when young but did not join the church
until two years before he died, after which he lived a consistent
member to the last, but was seldom able to attend services as he was
a great sufferer. He had gone to Navarro county to transact business
but was taken down with fever and Hemorrhage of the lungs soon
followed which soon ended in death. A few days before he died he was
talking to a friend and expressed himself as being ready and willing
to go, his only regret was leaving his family. A telegram was sent
on the 15th of Oct. to his family, and on the 16th his sorrowing
wife and baby girl reached him about two hours before he died, he
was still conscious and spoke to his wife calling her name and then
passed into a deep slumber from which he was never to awaken. He
leaves three brothers, one sister and a host of relatives and
friends to mourn with his deeply stricken wife and children in his
early death. But we do not grieve as those who have no hope for we
expect to meet him again. In the sweet by and by he will wake from
that deep slumber, when all of us shall have put on immortality and
we shall know each other there.
Annie Oleta (Watkins) Jeffers
Apr 3, 1910 - Aug 28, 2010
Annie Oleta Watkins Jeffers, 100, of Dallas passed away on Saturday,
August 28, 2010 in Dallas. She was born on April 3, 1910 in Corsicana to
Benjamin Aubrey Watkins and Mary Margaret Thomas Watkins.
Oleta and Bruce married November 28, 1935 and moved to Dallas in 1943
when he came to teach and coach at Highland Park High School. They
joined Highland Baptist Church where their membership remained until
they joined Park Cities Baptist Church in 1963. Over the years Oleta had
many good friends from both her churches, her garden club and her bridge
clubs. She also enjoyed the love and friendship of many dear neighbors
from Normandy and Hanover streets.
For the last several years Oleta had resided at Walnut Place in Dallas.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Walnut Place
for their care, patience, kindness, and friendship over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Bruce Jeffers,
and two brothers; Wilbur Aubrey (Bud) Watkins and Thomas Orville (Sonny)
She is survived by three daughters and their husbands; Mary & Bill
Barber, Vivian & Kelly Black, and Linda & Ron Reed. Six grandsons; Bruce
Campbell, Mike Campbell, Trey McCann and wife Tracey, Rolf McCann and
wife Carolyn, Richard Reed and wife Ann, Jeff Reed and wife Jamie, eight
great grandchildren, and her sister; Geneva Penney.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until Noon on Tuesday, August
31, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00
p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the
Providence Cemetery in
Mildred, Texas (south of Corsicana on Hwy 287) with family and friends
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prime Time Ministry of Park
Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest parkway, Dallas, Texas 75225 or
the charity of your choice.
Sep 14, 1919 - Aug 29, 2010
Hudson, 90, of Corsicana, passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at
Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born September 14, 1919 in Baker,
Florida to Fannie and Willie Hudson. He married Beatrice Hudson.
Steve was a tile setter in Corsicana for 40 years and was an avid hunter
and fisherman. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and
grandfather, and was an honest, loving man.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Hudson and son, Walter
Survivors include his daughter, Judy Hudson; son, Gary Burns;
grandchildren, David Richards, Tracy Richards, Mary Richards, Eddie
Burns, Troy Burns, Terrie Burns Williams, Glenda Burns Good, DeWayne
Burns and Cheryl Burns Thomas; great-grandchildren, Dalton Richards,
Jessica Tanner, Katie Williams, Amanda Gifford, Tabitha Burns, Joshua
Baker, Jason Grindele, Tonya Burns, Alicia Burns, Michael Burns; and
numerous other family and friends.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday,
August 31, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1:00 PM
on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Lonnie Keele officiating. Burial will follow at
Pallbearers are Colton Slakey, Chad Williams, Jim Richards, Sonny Bosher,
Michael Dale Buchanan and Dino Bland. Honorary pallbearers are Winston
Bland and Calvin Bland.
Apr 20, 1938 - Aug 24, 2010
Everett Owen was born April 20, 1938 in Corsicana, Texas to William
Everett Owen and Violet Moore Owen. He passed away peacefully on August
24, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center of Dallas with his family surrounding
him. James was a lifelong resident of Corsicana, received salvation at
the age of 9, and was raised in Northside Baptist Church where his
father was a deacon. He joined and became an ordained deacon at
Missionary Baptist Church after he met Patricia Clark, later marrying
her in 1961. He has served in the same capacity at Northside since 1975.
James graduated from Corsicana High School in
1956 and served in the National Guard for 9 years. In 1957 he became
employed with Paul Mitchell Hardware, where he worked for 15 years until
purchasing the business in 1971. Having worked in retail sales for more
than 40 years, he loved people and enjoyed helping meet their needs.
Everyone who entered his doors was greeted with a hearty "Hello
Neighbor! What can we do for you this fine day?" Upon leaving they were
given a similar sendoff "You have made the day brighter, and the road
easier to travel!" His passion was serving others in any capacity, with
humility, and considered it a joy to help with any event involving
family, friends, or the church. He was a man of high integrity and work
ethic, loved the outdoors with fishing and hunting, and loved the game
of 42. He instilled strong principles of honor to his family, and walked
with God. James was one who always went the extra mile, out-worked
anyone in the field, and could catch twice more fish standing right next
In his retirement years, James became an active member and "cook" for
the Gideon camp in Corsicana. He and his best sidekicks, Harold Lilly
and Jim Roy Brown, raised one of the largest, healthiest gardens every
year. They found their joy in distributing blessings of produce to many
in the area. His faith was strong, and he was committed to seeing God's
He leaves behind a legacy to his wife of 49 years, Patricia; his
daughter, Diana and husband Tim Campbell of Barry, his son Wayne and
wife Rebekah Owen of Corsicana, grandchildren - Amy Callaway and husband
Stan, Lauren Owen, Alyssa Campbell, Austin Campbell, Isaac Owen,
Isabella Owen, Faith Owen, great-grand children - Thomas Callaway and
Ainsley Callaway; brother, Billy and wife Sherry Owen, brother-in-law
Franklin Carroll, uncle Royce and wife Willie Mae Owen, brother-in-law
Kennith and wife Betty Clark, and a host of honored family and friends.
He will be joining in glory his parents, sister, Mildred Carroll, and
grandson, Jacob Owen. James will be sorely missed, and forever held in
our hearts as an honorable, caring, hardworking, and determined servant.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August
25, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:30 AM on
Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb
and Bro. Lonnie Johnson officiating. Pallbearers are Jeff Nelson, Wayne
Nelson, Ed Formby, Harold Lilly, Jim Roy Brown, Charlie Johnson, Jerold
Kirk and Don Spence. Honorary Pallbearers are Wayne Allred, Howard
Weempe, Leon Allard, Jim Henry, Byron Cook, Charlie Thomas, and the
Deacons of Northside Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund at
2800 N. Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Mary Patricia "Patt"
Feb 20, 1944 - Aug 17, 2010
Patricia “Patt” Smith Strain, age 66, of Corsicana, went to be with Our
Lord on August 17, 2010, in Dallas, after a valiant struggle with
pancreatic cancer. She was born February 20, 1944 at Sarasota Memorial
Hospital to the now deceased Sanford “Ford” and Mae Kelly Smith of
Patt graduated from the Venice-Nokomis High School in Nokomis and
attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. She faithfully
attended Sunday school and later was an active member of the Methodist
Youth Fellowship at the Venice-Nokomis Methodist Church. After moving to
Corsicana, Patt attended Child Evangelism Fellowship Institute to
enhance her ability to teach children and qualify her to teach the CEF
Teacher Training Classes.
Patt and her husband were called to serve the Lord with their Puppet
Ministry combined with CEF teaching principles, gospel songs, and the
help of The Lord to give the gospel of Jesus Christ to the adult and
child. Many children throughout the area and as far as the Ukraine have
been touched with her gentle humor in presenting stories found in the
Bible. She had a talent for simplifying the stories so that younger
audiences could better comprehend the teachings of Christ.
Patt’s last 20 summers have been filled with Vacation Bible Schools each
week. Christmas was a time to present the meaning of Christmas using
action filled puppet programs for the public schools with groups of 300
to 600 kids during the weeks before Christmas break. She also had weekly
after-school Bible Clubs during the school year and has conducted Junior
Church on Sundays at her home Church, Harvest Baptist Church in
Waxahachie, Texas. Several area Churches have had Patt minister to the
kids with puppets and Bible lessons when the adults were having
revivals, mission conferences, and fellowship meetings.
A new star is now shining in the heavenly night sky.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Strain of Corsicana; her sons,
Lee McCauslin and wife Judi of Orlando, FL., Keith McCauslin of
Charlotte, NC., and Scott McCauslin of Mesquite, TX.; stepson, Jonathan
Alec Strain of Knoxville, TN.; and grandchildren, Kaylee of Orlando,
FL., Brandi, Kyle and Sabrina of Charlotte, NC., and Macy of Mesquite,
TX.; a sister, June Gurley and husband Allen of Nokomis, FL. Patt also
considered Jeremy and Steven Glover as her grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, August 24,
2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, August
26, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Shearin
officiating. Burial will follow at