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Elmer Ray Dixon
Dec 14, 1919 - July 15, 2010
 
Elmer 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) officiating.

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 28, 1942.

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 McAlester.

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

Mr. 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 outdoorsman.

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 Humphries, III.

Cliffie Mae (Allen) Crabtree
Sept 7, 1920 - July 7, 2010

Cliffie 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 Rogers Allen.
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 Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.
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

Galen 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.


James Rheuben Ivie
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 Funeral Home.

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 Putt

Virginia Pauline “Polly” Putt, 84, of Corsicana passed away, July 28, 2010.

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 2002.

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.

Leslie F. Meadows
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, Corsicana.


Mary Helen (Saunders) Green
Aug 15, 1914 - Aug 2, 2010

Mary Green
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 1931 graduate 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 Martin.

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 Gregory officiating.

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

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Thomas 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
 

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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 Emmet cemetery.

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.

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Martha 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 choice.

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.

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Beulah Viola (Badgett) Yarber
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 Monday night.

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

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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 Grove.
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.

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Mrs. Yarber Dies In Dallas Monday

Mrs. Beulah Yarber, 71, life-long resident of Navarro county, widow of the late John F. Yarber, died in the Medical Arts Hospital in Dallas Monday night. She was a native of Dresden and had resided here many years where she was engaged in the monument business.

The body will lie in state at the First Methodist church from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 3 p.m., the funeral hour.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church. Burial will be 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.; three grandsons, Jimmy W. Yarber, Corsicana; Harry J. Rawlinson, Denver, Colo., and John Robert Yarber, Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Marianne Yarber, Fort Worth; a brother, D. R. Badgett, Savannah, Ga.; five sisters, Mrs. Rex Megrail, Mrs. Jeff Gentry and Mrs. Warren Hancock, all of Grand Prairie; Mrs. Mattie Reid, Littlefield, and Mrs. Bess Ager, Seattle, Wash.

Pallbearers will be Rufus Pevehouse, C. B. McKinney, L. F. Flynn, R. Bruce McCormick, Justin McSpadden, Lloyd Carraway.

Corley will direct.

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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 County.

Surviving are his wife and three children.

Dec 8, 1940

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A. WOOTEN, INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT DIED LATE SATURDAY

A. Wooten, aged 42 years, farmer residing near Emhouse, died in an Ennis hospital late Saturday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Rice Friday night. Officers said that a car driven by Wooten struck another car driven by Chas. F. W. Young of Teague as he started to pass, causing Wooten’s car to turn over into a ditch, inflicting head injuries. Other occupants of the cars escaped with minor hurts. Young reported the accident to officers Friday night.

Wooten’s death is the seventh auto fatality in Navarro county during 1940 and the second within a week.

Funeral services were held from the Corley chapel Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist minister. Burial was in the Pattison cemetery at Emhouse.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Irene Henderson, Houston, and Misses Hazel Ann and Mary Joyce Wooten, both of Corsicana; a son, Willie Wooten, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Sarah Wooten, Emhouse; five brothers, Noah Wooten, Greenville; Burns Wooten, Richland; Ray Wooten, Powell; Abe Wooten, Woodlake; Lee Wooten, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Lena Burks, Powell; Mrs. Lorene Gordon, Little Rock,
Ark.; Mrs. Roxie Meadow and Miss Della Wooten, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ada Sickle, Mansfield, and other relatives.

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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 Oakwood Cemetery.
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.

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Darthula (Reid) Fitzgerald

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) Reid.

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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 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Rutherford, and a daughter, Alice Neidringhause.

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Robert Ernest “Bob” Albertson
Aug 20, 1936 - Aug 4, 2010

Robert 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 granddaughter.

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 Truman Raley.

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)

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Will Oscar Taylor
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 Cemetery.

The Blooming Grove Times - July 14, 1976

Parents: Bill Taylor and Mary (Johnson) Taylor - Information from Death

Certificate (Family Search)

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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.

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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

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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 Dresden cemetery,
The rites were conducted by Rev. J. C. Redwine, pastor of the Purdon Baptist church.

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 McElree, Levelland.

McCormick's Funeral Service in charge.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 2, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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

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Mrs. Rutherford Expired Friday

Mrs. 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
Grove.

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.

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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 grandchildren. 

June 9, 1946

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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 years.

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.

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Mary 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.

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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 great-grandchildren.

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

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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 Dresden Cemetery.

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

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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.

TROY SUGGS FUNERAL HOME 7623 Military Parkway EV1-1109

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Julia Ada (Brence) Steel
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 Cemetery.

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 six great-grandchildren.

Nov 8, 1952

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Mrs. T. A. Steel Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. T. A. Steel, 82, formerly of Navarro county, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Fifth avenue Church of Christ.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, Church of Christ minister. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Steel died in Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are a son, T. E. Steel, Midland; five daughters, Mrs. S. L. 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.; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a niece, Mrs. Myrtle Graves, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. D. Dowd, Johnny Thompson, J. R. Gunter, Houston Kent, Ed Sims and Norman Chambers.

Corley directed.

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Paschal Paoli Spivey, Jr.
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 Holland, Houston.

Apr 14, 1947

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Rites Saturday For Paschal Paoli Spivey

Paschal Paoli 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.

Funeral services 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 district.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Florence Blair, Denison, and Mrs. Travis Holland, Houston; three nieces and three nephews.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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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 Willis
ED.C. SMITH AND BRO. INC. Swiss and Haskell VI-4523

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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

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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

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Nellie Clyde (Garrett) McCandless
Dec 28, 1884 - Feb 1, 1960

McCANDLESS
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 WH8-7348 Private Parking

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Charlton Lee Tillman, Sr
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 Cemetery.

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

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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
 

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Gertie Jewel (Hale) Middleton
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.

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Mrs. Middleton Services Monday

Mrs. R. H. Middleton, 57, West Fourth avenue, died in the P. and S. Hospital Saturday night several hours after suffering a heart attack at the family home.

Funeral services were slated at 4 p.m. Monday from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites were to be conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church.

The family formerly resided between Barry and Blooming Grove.

Surviving are her husband; four sons, Max, Glenn, Bill and Pet Middleton; three daughters, Mrs. Winnie Hayes, Mrs. Janie Kirk and Miss Jewell Middleton, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren, four brothers, Merry Hale, Houston; D. D. and Dick Hale, both of Barry and Hubbard Hale, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Frankie Hatley, Barry, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were to be Thomas Waller, Ernest Earl Waller, R. L. Odam, Floyd Hayes, Leroy Barton and J. W. Dunlap.

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Blanche Maddux
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

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James Thomas "Jim" Chilcoat
Mar 10, 1879 - Mar 15, 1964

CHILCOAT, James T., 833 Pleasant Dr., Dallas. Remains forwarded to Blooming Grove Texas for services and interment.
ROGERS FUNERAL CHAPEL Duncanville

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J. T. Chilcoat
Rites Monday
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.

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Dorsey David Richards
Mar 27, 1922 - Apr 14, 2000

Dorsey 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 Harp.

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 always.

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 building fund.

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Edna (Martin) “Nanny” Skinner
Apr 17, 1917 - Aug 16, 2010

Mrs. 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 30 years.

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 Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas, with Rev. William Dollar officiating. The family request memorials to your favorite charity.

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Florence Estelle "Florine" (McAfee) Gray
Apr 3, 1913 - Aug 19, 2010

Mrs. 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 McAfee.

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.

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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, 2007.

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 Funeral Home.

Services will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Vernon Gregg
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.

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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.

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Victor Bernard Wilkerson
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.

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Wayne Norris
Jan 20, 1918 - Aug 18, 2010

Wayne Norris, born in Corsicana on Jan. 20, 1918, passed away on Aug. 18, 2010.

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 nieces.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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.

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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.

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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 Honea officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary 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 great-granddaughter.

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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.

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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. Jones:
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.
Sincerely yours.
LON CALL
Chaplain 3rd Bn., 39th Inf.
Corsicana Daily Sun - March 5, 1919

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Joseph Turner Dawson
Mar 20, 1914 - Nov 28, 1998

DAWSON
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

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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

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Alice (Holloway) Holloman

Mrs. Holloman Rites Monday
Mrs. Alice Holloman, 84, retired teacher , 1532 West Fifth avenue, died Sunday morning.
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 Schultz.

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Effie Mae (Hall) Burkhalter
d. 1964

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.

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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 will officiate.
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.

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  • 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 Hamilton cemetery.
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 other relatives.
Pallbearers were G. W. Ward, Clyde Boldin, W. C. Miller, C. E. Wright, Frank Leathers, Otis Atkeisson, J. M. Cobb and Beauford Armstrong.

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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.

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Carroll 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, in 1992.

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 officiating.

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 Corsicana.

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary.
 

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Quinten Loyd Dixon
Oct. 7, 1919 - Sept 7, 2010

Quinten Loyd Dixon

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 Corsicana.

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 in Emhouse.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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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.

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Iva Dycus
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 Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Lala (Miles) Lakin
May 28, 1940 - Sept 5, 2010

Corsicana — 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.

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Ted Rich
May 15, 2910 - Sept 3, 2010

CMSGT Ted 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 country.

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.

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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, Evelyn Douglas.

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 Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Eddie Berryhill, Gary Prox, Shane Reynolds, Buddy Schulz, Steven Schulz, Gene Carboni and Justin Carboni.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • Daughter of John Henry Douglas & Auline Audrey (Chewning) Douglas

Eunice “Hester” Walker
Apr 15, 1932 - Sept 2010

Corsicana — 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 were born.

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 Mortuary.

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.

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Helen Louise Bell
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.

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Danny Ray Nichols
Oct 4, 1961 - Sep 10, 2010

Danny Ray Nichols

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 Minatra Nichols.

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 nephews.

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 Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Dixon, Robbie Dixon, Joey Andrews, Hal Goodman, Dusty Scoggins, and Clifton Scoggins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Hermann F. Forstmann
Mar 10, 1946 - Dec 20, 1989

Hermann Forstmann
Herman F. Forstmann, 43, of Corsicana, died Dec 20, 1989 in Crowley, La.
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.

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William Webster Brown
Aug 18, 1853 - Oct 17, 1900

THE LAMPASAS LEADER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1900

Obituary

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.

(Poem omitted)

AUNT EMMA

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Annie Oleta (Watkins) Jeffers
Apr 3, 1910 - Aug 28, 2010

Mrs. 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) Watkins.

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 officiating.

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.

Steve Hudson
Sep 14, 1919 - Aug 29, 2010

Steve 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 Burns.

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 Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Colton Slakey, Chad Williams, Jim Richards, Sonny Bosher, Michael Dale Buchanan and Dino Bland. Honorary pallbearers are Winston Bland and Calvin Bland.

James Everett Owen
Apr 20, 1938 - Aug 24, 2010

James 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 to you.

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 kingdom advanced.

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.

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Mary Patricia "Patt" (Smith) McCauslin-Strain
Feb 20, 1944 - Aug 17, 2010

Mary 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 Nokomis, Florida.

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 Oakwood Cemetery.

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