Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



D’Warrion Arteese Gray
abt 1979 - Jan 30, 2012

D'Warrion Arteese Gray, 32, resident of Grand Prairie, born in Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 30,2012 at the Medical City of frlington. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church located at 5301 West Hwy 31, Corsicana, with Pastor Ben Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Jerry Darrell Roberts
Sept 27, 1923 – Feb 1, 2012

Jerry Darrell Roberts, 88 years of age, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Jerry resided at Good Samaritan Denton Village for the last two years, and peacefully passed away there, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Jerry is survived by his wife Gloria (of 66 years); his two daughters Carol Roberts (of Cross Roads) and Karen Files (of Frisco); and his sons-in-law Wesley Moore and Roger Files. He had seven grandchildren: Kimberly Gorden, Amber Finn, Jennifer Files, Christopher Files, Jeffrey Files, Kasee Thomas and Jay Moore; four great-grandchildren, and one sister, Jane Perry.

Jerry was born in Poynor, Texas, on Sept. 27, 1923 to Jerry and Louise Roberts. Upon graduation from Jacksonville High School, he entered the service, where he served seven years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. While Jerry never considered himself to be a hero, he flew 33 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross before his B-29 was shot down on a bombing mission over Singapore. He was one of only three survivors from a crew of 11 from that mission, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries. Jerry received many additional medals for his service to his country.

When he returned from the War, Jerry married Gloria Alice Scott of Beaumont. The couple was always devoted to their family and to their Christian faith. Jerry was ordained as a Baptist Deacon in 1957, and served in many leadership capacities in his church.

Moving to Corsicana in 1960, Jerry owned and operated White’s Auto Store, until he retired in 1983. To spend more time with their daughters, the couple moved to Denton in 2002, and became members of the Highland Baptist Church.

Services will be held in the Chapel of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. A graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Files, Jeff Files, Jay Moore, Ryan Finn, Jason Thomas, Josh Hollingsworth, Caleb Hollingsworth, and Tim Owen.

Jerry’s family would like to extend a special thanks to his loving caregivers at Good Samaritan Denton Village. A memorial service will be held there in the Chapel on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution be made to Good Samaritan Denton Village.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Harold C. Woodard
Jan 24, 1925 – Jan 31, 2012

Harold C. Woodard, age 87, of McGregor passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at a local hospital.

Harold was born on Jan. 24, 1925 in Purdon, Texas to Henry and Claudia Woodard. He grew up in the Purdon area. On Jan. 30, 1953, he married Lina Tave Fraley. They just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Harold was in the Air Force for three years. He worked at Connally Air Force Base, Rocketdyne and sold real estate.

He is survived by his wife Lina of McGregor; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Frances and Ben Wolle Jr. of Crawford; Doug and Sharon Fraley of Corsicana and Florene Folk of Belle Chasse, La. He is also survived by special nieces Melinda Bruce and husband Donnie of Crawford; Kim Williams of Eddy and Allison Pearson and husband Kyle of Crawford. Other nieces and nephews include Bob Folk, Tina Folk, Lisa DeWeirdt, John Fraley and their families. He was especially fond of his great nieces and nephews Kayla, Lauren, Blake, Marissa, Dylan, Beau, Gage, Garrett and Graham.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Crawford with Rev. Tom Beers officiating.

For those desiring, memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church-Crawford or St. Paul Memorial Park at P O Box 98 Crawford, Tx 76638


Dorothy (Watson) Honea
Apr 9, 1926 – Feb 1, 2012

Corsicana — Mrs. Dorothy Watson Honea went to be in the presence of her loving Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Our Lord looked down on her pain and said, “Come unto me all ye who labor and hurt and I will give you rest for your soul, and rest for your spirit.” He sent his angels to escort her to the portals of heaven.

Dorothy was a true and faithful servant to her Lord. As a long-time member of First Baptist Church, she was a blessing to many as she went about serving her Lord in various ways. For many years, she taught 5-6 year olds in her Sunday school class and had numerous stories about the precious acts of the children she loved so much.

As she ministered to those in need on various mission trips with her church, she developed a love of travel. In later years, she especially loved traveling and performing with the Solid Rockers Choir. Another of her favorite activities was visiting local nursing homes, ministering to the residents, and painting hundreds of ladies fingernails over the years. She gave of herself to her family, her church family, and many others until her health began to fail.

She was born in Emhouse, Texas on April 9, 1926 to Oliver and Birdie Watson, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her five sisters, Dovie Powell, Louise Jones, Claudia Murphy, Jean McKnight and Tincie Mach; and two brothers, Arthur Watson and Herman Watson.

She was a loving and caring wife to Bill Honea for 66 years; all the while, encouraging and praying for his ministry, and looking for ways to serve God. When times were tough, she was there, praying and seeking God’s presence.

Dorothy loved her family and was a beautiful mother to her children, Larry Honea and Kathy Honea McFerrin. She was a wonderful Mamaw to her grandchildren, Kyle Honea, Jason Thomas, Scott Honea and Andrew Boales; and the beloved great-grandmother to Peyton Thomas, Sierra Thomas, Sadie Thomas, Dylan Honea and Dominic Honea. She is also survived by a brother, Woodrow Watson of Mertens and sister, Gladys Bishop of Bellmead.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Reeves and Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110.


Billy Gene Kendall
May 12, 1936 – Jan 30, 2012

Billy Gene Kendall, age 75, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 in Texas City, Texas. He was born May 12, 1936 in Dawson, Texas to Farris and Corrie Kendall.

He was an iron worker in the Houston area for 31 years. He was a veteran having served in the US Army.

He is survived by his son, Gary Kendall and wife Christina; a brother, Joe Kendall; three grandsons, Charles Gregory, Nathan Gregory and Donnie Canterbury; six great grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Billie Lambert and Frances Kendall; a brother-in-law, Charlie Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Troy Lee Sykes officiating. Burial will follow at New Pursley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Kendall, Charles Gregory, Donnie Canterbury, Cody Lambert, Jerry Lambert and Ricky French.


Johnny E. Horn
Apr 14, 1933 – Feb 1, 2012

Johnny E. Horn, 78, of Hutchins, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 peacefully, at his residence. .

Johnny was born in Kerens on April 14, 1933, a son of the late Gertrude Franks and Joe Ransom Horn.

Johnny graduated in the Class of 1951 from Kerens High School. He married Ruby Nell Gaines in Kerens on June 26, 1954 until her passing on November 19, 2008. He was a member of Church Christ in Wilmer for 52 years. Johnny served in the National Guard for 20 years. Johnny loved his family, his church and his country. He will be missed by all the lives he has touched.

Johnny is survived by son, Johnny Ransom “Randy” Horn and wife Kalyn of Royce City, Texas; son, James Lynn and wife Josie Horn of Streetman; daughter, Janell Ann Wickens of Streetman; son, Robert Joe and wife Debbie Horn of Red Oak.

Johnny is also survived by one sister, Hattie Wyatt, of Plainview, Ga., 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 in the Green Funeral Home Chapel at 207 S. Wood St. Ferris, Texas.

Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 in the Brown Street Church of Christ at 2471 Brown Street in Waxahachie with Lester Reagan officiating and Brother Carl Sherman assisting. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Birdston Cemetery in Streetman with Brother Roy Hignight officiating.


Clellia Mae “Clay” (Hilliard) Callicutt
Apr 7, 1910 – Mar 19, 2011

Clellia Mae “Clay” Callicutt, 100, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her residence in Corsicana.

She was born April 7, 1910, in Hillsboro to Woodard L. and Grace Johnson Hilliard. Clay was reared in Taft where she enjoyed “playing school” and riding horseback through the countryside. Upon graduation from Taft High School at 17-years-of-age Clay enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where she resided in the Scottish Rite Dormitory and pledged Kappa Delta Sorority. In 1931 she graduated from the university earning a Bachelor of Art degree in Secondary Education with a major in Spanish and a minor in French. Returning to Taft and finding teaching positions in short demand, Clay secured employment with the State Welfare and Relief Department. As a case worker, she traveled and monitored four towns in San Patricio County.

In 1935, she met John Spencer Callicutt Jr., and following an extended courtship, they were married in San Diego, Texas, on April 15, 1937. While living in South Texas, John and Clay began their family with the births of two sons, John and Jack. By 1943, she had obtained a teaching position in Freer. Clay taught in the public schools there for three years. To be with family, John, Clay, and the boys, relocated to Corsicana in 1946 and took residence in the “Callicutt Home” on W. Fourth Ave.

That year, she accepted a fifth grade teaching position at Sam Houston Elementary. She taught there for the next 17 years. With this assignment, Clay began a distinguished teaching career which included graduate studies culminating into a master’s degree from The University of Texas in Austin, extended studies through a Math and Science Scholarship at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., and advancement into Collins Middle School as a Math and Spanish specialist. Clay continued to teach at Collins Middle School until her retirement in 1975. She ended her career with 33 years of service in the teaching profession and 30 years of that were in service of students in Navarro County.

Clay was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. Wishing to stay active and involved in the community, she chose to continue as a substitute teacher for an additional 18 years in Corsicana ISD. Among her treasure joys are personal invitations to the “High School Class Reunions” where she had an opportunity to visit with former students and hear of their successes. In addition, she enjoyed scanning her scrapbooks to revisit earlier travels to the Far East, Europe, and North and South America. She delighted in the correspondence of friends, whom she met on her excursions, and the sharing of those adventures with her family.

Her most treasured times, however, were spent visiting with her extended family given to her by her two sons.

Clay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John S. Callicutt Jr.; and her son, John S. Callicutt III.

Survivors include a son, Jack Hilliard Callicutt and his wife Sandra; a daughter-in- law, Margaret Ruth Callicutt; grandson, Johnathan Dean Callicutt and his wife Lisa; three granddaughters, Cylynne Callicutt, Paula Niece and her husband Stan, and Traci Estes and her husband Jay; five great grandsons, Clayton Callicutt, Joseph Niece, Jacob Niece, Jonathan Niece, and Jack Estes; and two great-granddaughters, Hayley Callicutt and Paige Estes.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. following visitation, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Stan Niece, Jay Estes, Johnathan Callicutt, Eldon Hiler, Bankston McMath, and Clayton Callicutt. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald Cofer, Bobby Carpenter, and John Baggett.

The family requests memorials to the First United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


John Spencer Callicutt, II
June 4, 1905 - Apr 2, 1967

Final rites for John S. Callicutt, 61, who died of a heart attack on April 2, 1967 were held Tuesday at 10:30 A. M. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.  the rites were conducted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. A. F. Sanders pastor of the First Baptist Church, Blooming Grove.

Callicutt, an oil gauger and Corsicana native was the son of the late District Judge and Mrs. John S. Callicutt, pioneer Corsicana residents.

Surviving are his wife, Clellia Mae,  a teacher in the Corsicana school system: two sons, John S. Callicutt III and wife Margaret, Houston, Texas, Jack Hilliard Callicutt and wife Sandra, Tyler; three grandchildren Cylynne Grace, Johnathan Dean and Paula Kristine, three sisters, Miss Julia Callicutt, New York City,  Mrs. Ruth Casler, Tampa Florida and Mrs. Elizabeth Hanks, Galveston and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tom Mitchell, Billy Don Atkeisson, Joe Atkeisson, Bobby Carpenter, Doug Melton and Derwood Penny.


  • Submitted by Sandy Callicutt

William Thomas Harris
Apr 20, 1854 - Mar 9, 1934

Pioneer Resident Frost Community Died On Saturday FROST, March 12.—William Thomas Harris, 84, pioneer resident of this community, died at his home Saturday after an extended illness. Prior to moving to Frost 30 years ago, Mr. Harris had resided in the Blooming Grove community for 20 years. Surviving are his wife, two foster children, Myrtle Murphy Gruber and Lizzie English, both of Frost; and three brothers, Love, Ben and Sam Harris.


Charles Hubert Horn
Feb 16, 1869 – Jan 21, 1927


Funeral services for Hubert Horn, aged 57 years, 11 months and five days, who died at his residence, 212 East Third avenue Friday morning at 8:30 o’clock following a protracted illness, were held Saturday afternoon from the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Clarence Horn of Corsicana, who is attending school in Dallas; Carson Horn of Corsicana, and Lang Horn of Oklahoma; one daughter, Mrs. Sherrod Akins of Dallas.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Jan 25, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ida M. (Carroll) Harvin
Sept 4, 1856 - Jan 18, 1927


Mrs. Ida M. Harvin, aged 70 years, wife of H. J. Harvin, died at the family residence, 1014 South Seventeenth and One-half street, at 11:45 o’clock Tuesday night and the funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock from the residence with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everhard, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church of Kerens.

Mrs. Harvin was a pioneer of Navarro county. She was born in this county and resided in the Kerens community until the family moved to Corsicana 19 years ago.

She is survived by her husband, one son, George Harvin, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Vernon Ivy, Kerens; Mrs. H. C. Archer, and Mrs. Roy Martin both of Corsicana. Several grandchildren also survive.

Mrs. Harvin was a quiet and unassuming woman and a lover of home. She devoted her life to her husband and children, and it is in the home and in her immediate neighborhood that she will be missed to the greatest degree. Her life was one of unselfish love and devotion to her ideals in life and her home and loved ones.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Friday, Jan 21, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Elias Carroll and Frances (Abbey) Carroll (from death certificate)

Sarah H. (Starr) Cooper
Oct 4, 1853 – Jan 17, 1927



Mrs. S. H. Cooper, aged 73 years, died Monday morning at 8:50 o’clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. R. L. Dickson, 92? West Thirteenth avenue, following an illness of eight days and the remains will be interred in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. O. D. Spence; pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Five children survive as follows: E. A. Cooper, Ranger, Texas; J. L. Cooper, Walnut Springs; J. H. Cooper, Corsicana; F. E. Cooper, Plainview; Mrs. J. L. Dickson, Corsicana.

Three brothers, John Starr, Alpine; H. E. Starr, Stephenville; and G. W. Starr, Dallas, also survive.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Burnett, Texas, but has resided in Corsicana for the last fifteen years.

Mrs. Cooper has been a member of the Presbyterian church since childhood.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Tuesday, Jan 18, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah H. Cooper, aged 73 years, who died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. R. L. Dickson, 920 West Thirteenth avenue, Monday morning at 8:50 o'clock, following an illness of eight days, were held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church assisted by Rev. O. D. Spence, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Cooper had been a member of the Presbyterian church since childhood.

Surviving are five children, Mrs. R. L. Dickson, Corsicana; E. A. Cooper, Ranger, J. L. Cooper, Walnut Springs; J. H. Cooper, Corsicana; F. E. Cooper, Plainview; three brothers, John Starr, Alpine, H. E. Starr, Stephenville; G. W. Starr, Dallas.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Burnett Texas, but had resided in Corsicana for the last fifteen years.

Out-of-town people present for the funeral were her two brothers, H. E. Starr of Stephenville, G. W. Starr, and wife, of Dallas, Fred Starr, nephew, and wife of Dallas.

The following were pallbearers, W. C. Ralston, John R. Carson, J. E. Pickering, Mr. Whatley and Mr. Reid, W. S. Curtis.


Frank Schmitz
Mar 16, 1842 – Dec 31, 1926


Funeral services for Frank Schmitz, aged 85 years, who died at the Old Folks Home of the I.O.O.F. here late Friday, were held at the Oakwood cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Bratton, pastor of the Hope Baptist church and the Corsicana Lodge No. 63, I.O.O.F.

Mr. Schmitz was born in Germany but has resided in Texas for a number of years. He was a ward of the Galveston Lodge No. 3.

One son survives.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Tuesday, Jan 4, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Eugene Donovan
June 17, 1864 - Jan 2, 1927


E. Donovan, aged 74 years, died at 401 East Tenth avenue Sunday morning at 9:15 o’clock and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Mr. Donovan was born in County Cork, Ireland but came to America when a kid and has resided in Corsicana for many years. He has been a member of the Knight of Pythias and Woodman lodges for a number of years.

Mr. Donovan married Mrs. D.A. Blue nine years ago, who survives him. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. D. A. Chisholm of Hubbard City; former pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church here, and the Knights of Pythias had charge of the services at the grave.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Tuesday, Jan 4, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John W. Teague
July 5, 1873 – Oct 16, 1926

John W. Teague Dead

John W. Teague, a highly-esteemed citizen of Dawson, died at his home here Saturday, October 15, at 3:30 a.m., after a continued illness. Mr. Teague had been sick some five months, and his death was not unexpected by those who knew his condition.

Mr. Teague was born in Cleburne county, Ala., July 5, 1873. On December 12, 1901, he was married to Miss Jessie Copeland, who survives him, and to the union one son was born, Fred Teague, now living in Waco. When he came to Texas he settled at Pursley, from which place several years ago he moved to Dawson. Mr. Teague was a consistent member of the Baptist church and lived as best he could according to the teachings of the Master.

The funeral service was held Saturday afternoon by Rev. W.T. Boulware, burial taking place at the Pursley cemetery at 2:30 o’clock.


  • Dawson Herald – Friday, Oct 22, 2926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Jake Edward Gunn
Apr 12, 1895 - Mar 17, 1971

Gunn Rites

Funeral services were Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel for Jack E. Gunn, 75, who died Wednesday. Cato Sherrer and J. Leathel Roberts, Church of Christ ministers, officiated. Burial was in the Pursley

Pallbearers were B.B. Gunn, Ernest Ross, Gene Robinson, J.O. Carver, M.B. George and B.C. Nesmith.

Surviving are his widow, three sons, two daughters, 15 grandchildren, and two brothers.


Nannie Lynn (Pevehouse) Wood-Adams
Jan 2, 1903 - Mar 16, 1972

Mrs. Adams

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Navarro Mills Baptist Church for Mrs. Clint Adams, 69, who died Thursday at her Navarro Mills home. Officiating will be the Rev. Mickey Loftis and the Rev. Bruce McNair. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.

She was a native of Frost and a member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband; five sons, Bob Wood, Waxahachie; T.J. Wood, Odessa; Bernice Wood, Waco; Weldon Wood, Stanford, and Jack Wood, Purdon; two step-sons, Delmarea Adams, Arlington and Truman Adams, Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Moore, Waxahachie; two step-daughters, Mrs. Valta Ruth Bruce, Arlington, and Mrs. Oneta Holliefield, Brushie Prairie; 23 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Sims, Dallas; and three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Hollingsworth, Frost; Mrs. H.C. Autrey, Dallas, and Mrs. Cynthia Siedel, Torrance, Calif.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Pevehouse, James Holingsworth, Don Autrey, Pete Pevehouse, J.C. Green and Johnny Moore.


Bradley Allen Welkener
Feb 22, 1962 - Mar 19, 1971

Welkener Rites Set Sunday

Funeral services will be Sunday in the First Baptist Church in Tivoli, Texas for Bradley Allen Welkener, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Welkener. Mrs. Welkener is the former Pat Merrell of Corsicana.

The young man died Friday morning in Port LaVaca Memorial Hospital.

Interment will be in Pawnee Cemetery in Pawnee Texas.

Other survivors include his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Merrell of Corsicana and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Welkener of Pawnee.


S/Sgt. J. W. Harmon
Oct 22, 1914 - May 21, 1944
319 AAF Bomber SQ WWII

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Sgt. J.W. Harmon Being Returned; Burial At Ennis

The body of S-Sgt. J.W. Harmon, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.Z. Harmon of Emhouse, is en route home for reburial from the Pacific area, according to a telegram received by the parents last week. Sgt. Harmon enlisted in the cavalry, Dec. 18, 1934, and was killed in a forced landing of a plane in the jungles of New Guinea, May 21, 1944, while in the photographing department of the Air Forces.

Harmon attended the Ennis public schools. He was married to the former Helen Bayes at El Paso, Jan. 31, 1942.

Other survivors are a brother, Willie L. Harmon, and a sister, Mrs. Pearl McCrory, both of Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held in Ennis with burial in Myrtle cemetery, but definite arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of the body. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Sgt. Harmon received the Purple Heart, Pre-Pearl Harbor and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre ribbons and decorations.


Joseph P. "Pete" Shields
Sept 17, 1907 - Mar 21, 1944

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Pfc. J. P. Shields Killed In Action Pacific Theater

Pfc. J. P. Shields, 36, U. S. Army, Cavalry, was killed in action March 21, at Los Negros, Admiralty Islands, according to a telegram received Monday from the war department, by his sister, Mrs. Effie Bonner, 305 South Fifteenth street.

Entering the service February 18. 1941. Pfc. Shields was statloned at Fort Bliss El Paso until June 10, 1943, when he was assigned to the South Pacific theatre of operations.

The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Shields, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Effie Bonner and Mrs. Louis Weaver, Corsicana; Mrs. Luther Greer, Eureka; three brothers, Tom Shields, Corsicana; Will Shields, Navarro; Lloyd Shields, Houston.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 18, 1944
Submitted by Karen Rost

Reburial Rites For J.P. Shields Scheduled Here

The body of Pfc. J.P. Shields, 12th Cavalry killed in action on Los Negros Island in the Admiralities March 21, 1945, is being returned to Corsicana for reburial according to a telegram from the War Department, received by his brother, W.R. Shields.

Shields took part in the New Guinea campaign. As a forward scout for his unit on Los Negros he was ambushed while advancing through jungle.

A native of Navarro county, he attended the Eureka school. surviving include three brothers, W.R. Shields, T.L. Shields, both of Corsicana; Lloyd Shields, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Lewis Weaver, Mrs. Effie Bonner, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. Luther Greer, Galveston.

The American Legion will be in charge of the services. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

The Corsicana Daily Sun, January 17, 1949
Submitted by Karen Rost

Pfc. J. P. Shields Funeral Services Slated Saturday
Funeral services for Pfc. J. P. Shields, 36, 12th Cavalry, killed in action on Los Negroa Island in the Admiralties, South Pacific March 21, 1944, when ambushed are scheduled from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman. Methodist minister of Eureka.
A native of Navarro county, Shields attended the Eureka schools.
The American Legion will have charge of military services at the grave and will provide pallbearers. Friends of the family will be honorary pallbearers.
Surviving are three brothers, W.R. and T. L. Shields, both of Cosicana and Lloyd Shields, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Lewis Weaver and Mrs. Effie Bonner, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Luther Greer, Galveston, and other relatives.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 10, 1949

Pfc. J. P. Shields Funeral Services Held On Saturday
Funeral services for Pfc. J. P. (Pete) Shields, aged 37 years, killed in action March 21, 1944, were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery. The rites were conducted bv Rev. Peyton Goodman, Methodist minister of Eureka. A military service was conducted at the graveside. The Texas National Guard and American Legion participated in the rites and the Legionnaires were pallbearers.
Born and reared at Eureka, Pfc. Shields entered the armed forces February 8 1941. He was trained at Fort Bliss, Texas, and went to Australia in June, 1943. After participating in several engagements, Shields was in the battles on Los Negros Islands, Admiralty group, South Pacific, and was killed while acting as a forwarding scout on the 21st and last day of that cam-
paign when shot from ambush. He was awarded the bronze star and, purple heart decorations. Shields served in the 12th Cavalry, Troop F, 1st Battalion.
After attending the Mildred High school, Shields was a rig builder for the Humble Oil and Refining Company for several years before entering the armed forces. He was a member of the
Eureka Methodist church. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Shields, he is survived by three brothers, W. R. and T. L. Shields, both of Corsicana, and Lloyd Shields, Houston; three sisters Mrs. Effie Bonner and Mrs. Lewis Weaver, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Luther Greer, Galveston; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.


Daisy Mildred (Grinstead) Dyer-Leonard-Grinstead
July 21, 1916 - Oct 25, 2010

D. Mildred Grinstead, 94, of Tool, passed away Oct. 25, 2010. Visitation will be 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday Oct. 28, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at t 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Warren A. Gage officiating. Pallbearers will be Louis Gresham, Ronald W. Dyer, Robert Dyer, Ronald W. Dyer Jr.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Nannie Josephine (Ballew) Craig
July 2, 1907 - Oct 11, 1929


Mrs. Nannie Craig, 22, of the Frost community, died in the Navarro Clinic Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock and the funeral will be held at Emmett, 8 miles south of Frost, sometime Sunday. The body was prepared for burial by the Sutherland Funeral Home and was taken to Frost by Beene Brothers Frost undertakers.
Surviving are her husband, J. E. Craig; infant twin sons, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ballew, Emmett and several brothers and sisters and numerous other relatives.


David Franklin Thompson
Mar 16, 1857 - Dec 26, 1940

Funeral services for D. F. Thompson, aged 82 years, who died in an Austin hospital early Friday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers. Methodist minister of Tehuacana, and Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist church, formerly of Corsicana. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four sons, Andrew Thompson and W. B. Thompson, both of Corsicana; John Thompson, Emhouse, and Bill Thompson, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. James Baker, Goose Creek; Miss Deely Thompson, Dallas; Mrs. C. McSween, Denton, and Mrs. J. D. Eckelman, Dallas; a brother, John Thompson, Tennessee, and other relatives.


Genessie Lavada (Wood) Jones
Apr 5, 1880 - Apr 23, 1961

Mrs. J. R. Jones Dies In Houston Mrs. J. R. Jones, 81, native of LaRue, formerly of Barry, died in Houston Sunday. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church. Mrs. Jones moved to Houston 14 years ago from Barry. Surviving are two sons, Jimmie Jones, Houston, and Grady Jones, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Clampitt, Houston, and Mrs. Bessie Burrough, Bay City; a brother, Millard Wood, Athens; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bob McDonald, Buster McDonald, John David Burrough, Albert Harold Clampitt, J. N. Jones and Lee Jones.


  • The Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 25, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Eudora Catherine (Jarrett) McGee
Sep 16, 1848 - Nov 6, 1926

In Memory of Mrs. Catherine McGee
Mrs. McGee was born September 16, 1848 near Mansville, Tennessee. United in marriage to John T. McGee at the age of twenty-four years, who died March 16, 1924. To this union were born eight children, three boys and five girls: Chester McGee passed away a few years ago, Mrs. Walter Hunter, Chickasha, Okla.; Mrs. Joe Murphy, Chickasha, Okla.; Sam McGee, Cleburne; Mrs. C. W. Milburn, Tehuacana, Texas; Mrs. Josh Howell, Kerens; Mrs. O. L. Sutton, Black Hills; Grover McGee, Emhouse. Sister McGee became a Christian when a child and was a member of the Methodist Protestant church thirty-five years. She lived a true Christian until death claimed her November 6, 1926. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Protestant church at Black Hills, Texas, in the presence of a large crowd of friends and relatives who placed many beautiful flowers on her mound as a token of love for her, and sympathy for her bereaved ones. Her body was laid to rest in the Black Hills cemetery to await the final resurrection. “Why should we mourn for the absent, and why should tears be shed. She is not lost forever. ‘Tis but asleep—she is not dead. She’s gone, but yonder on the golden shore. She’s clasping hands with loved ones gone before.” O. W. Milburn, pastor


Funeral services for Mrs. Eudora E. McGee, aged 78 years, who died at her residence in the Black Hills community Saturday night at 11 o’clock, were held at the Black Hills church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Black Hills cemetery. Mrs. McGee has been a resident of Navarro county for a number of years. She was born in Tennessee.
Surviving are two sons, Samuel P McGee, Cleburne; J. G. McGee, Black Hills; five daughters, Mrs. J. C. Hunter, Chickasha, Ok.; Mrs. Joe Murphy, Chickasha, Ok,; Mrs. C. W. Milburn, Prairie Hill; Mrs. J. B. Howell, Kerens; Mrs. Archella Sutton, Black Hills.



Mary Ann Celenda (Price) Kelly
Jan 29, 1853 - Dec 15, 1922

Mrs. A. S. Kelly Died Friday at Emhouse Mrs. A. S. Kelly, 69 years old; 45 years a resident of this county, died Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Hook, of Emhouse. The funeral service was held at the Black Hills Methodist church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, with burial in the Black Hills cemetery. The Rev. W. A. Sanders, pastor of Protestant Methodist church of Corsicana, and. Rev. E. O. Hearne, pastor of Methodist church of Emhouse conducted the funeral service. Mrs. Kelly is survived by eight children as follows: Mrs. Alice Dorman, Corsicana; Mrs. E. C. Sears, Corsicana, Mrs. J. N. Parrish, Emhouse; Mrs. Sam Hook, Emhouse; Mrs. Ben Todd, Richland; Rev. H. W. Kelly, Idabel, Okla.; H, N. Kelly, Hooker, Okla.; W. R. Kelly, Dallas, and two sisters and. one brother as follows: Mrs. Susan Benton, Black Hills; Mrs. R. F. Miller, Sunset, and D. N. Price, Snyder. Among those attending the funeral from Corsicana were Mr. and Mrs. Felix Irwin, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pressly, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Benton, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Sears and Hartzell Elkins.


Ernest O. Milburn
abt 1888 - Dec 14, 1919

Remains Arrived Last Night. The remains of the late Ernest O. Milburn, who died, in San Angelo Sun- day, reached here last night accompanied by the widow and the decease- ed and their three children and the father, Mr. O. R. Fife of Amarillo. The funeral took place this after noon, from the home of J. L. Mil- burn, 1225 Park avenue, at 10 o'clock followed by interment at Black Hills at 2:30 with services conducted by Rev. Mr. Nunn, pastor of the Methodist Protestant Church at Emhouse There were many beautiful floral offerings, and a large procession followed the body to the grave.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, December 17, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Annie L. (Fife) Milburn s/o Joseph E. Milburn and Sarah A. (Cates) Milburn , brother of Jesse L. Milburn

Charlie Lee Poarch
Mar 12, 1902 - Jul 1, 1965

Charlie Lee Poarch Dies On Visit Here
Charlie Lee (Buss) Poarch, 61, of Thermal, Calif., died suddenly Thursday night while visiting a brother, Grady Poarch, near Emhouse. Poarch had resided at Thermal the past 22 years, and was a farmer on the W. C. Stroube ranch there. Funeral rites will be held at 2:30 p. m. Sunday from the Corley Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Delbert H. Taylor Jr., pastor of the Wesley and Emhouse Methodist churches, conducting. Burial will be in the Black Hills cemetery. He is survived by his wife, of Thermal; four daughters, Mrs. E. L. Stanford, Houston; Mrs. E. R. Campbell, Mesa, Ariz.; Mrs. Merle Sain, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Sim Stricklen, Mesa, Ariz.; one grandchild; six brothers, Grady, and D. N. Poarch, all of Corsicana; Hollis Poarch, Ennis; Jack Poarch, Haydon, Ariz.; and Blake Poarch, Hutchins; three sisters, Mrs. W. F. Holland and Mrs. Katy Thompson, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lawrence Shivers, Tehuacana. Nephews will be pallbearers. They are Bennie, Guy Neal and William Bogie Poarch, Pete Thompson, Audrey Poarch, Larry Joe DeMoss, C. T. Bond and Lee Stanford.


Emilye Emma Williams
Mar 3, 1868 - Dec 22, 1926

Special to the Sun.
Frost, Texas, Dec. 23.—Funeral services for Miss Emily Williams, aged 58 years, who died Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, were held from her home here. Rev. Obie Nelson of Wortham and Rev. Mr. Conway of Italy conducted the services.
Miss Williams is survived by five sisters, one brother and an aged father. She had lived in Frost most of her life.


Edna Carolyn (Dycus) Taylor
Died Feb 13, 1983

Edna Carolyn Taylor Mrs. Edna Carolyn Taylor, 32, of Corsicana, died Sunday at Navarro Memorial Hospital. Service will be Tuesday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Campbell-Elrod cemetery. Mrs. Taylor was a native of Corsicana and was employed by Chattanooga Glass. She is survived by one son, Byron Taylor, Corsicana; her mother, Mrs. Daisy Cook, Corsicana; two sisters, Lola Dycus, Corsicana, and Ann Raney, Mesquite; three brothers, John Luther Dycus, Freeport, Jimmie Jack Dycus and Richard Milton Dycus, both of Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Hugh Owen, Wesley Blue, Forrest Manry, John Carlock, Ruddy Carroll and Bobby Waller.


Howard Lowe Terrell
Nov 7, 1881 - Mar 4, 1917

Died Here Yesterday Morning. Howard L. Terrell, son of A. D. Terrell, of the Pinkston community, died in the P. and S. hospital here yesterday morning at 5:30 from a brain tumor and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery ten miles west of here this morning. The deceased was an excellent young man and leaves a number of relatives and many friends to mourn his loss.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Tuesday, March 16, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Andrew David Terrell Sr. & Hester Ann (Rogers) Terrell

James W. Christie Sr.
Apr 15, 1877 - Oct 13, 1934

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. W. CHRISTIE SUNDAY AFTERNOON Funeral services for James W. Christie, aged 57 years, who died Saturday night, at 6:30 o'clock at 719 West Eighth avenue, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughan. Baptist minister. Prior to moving to Corsicana two months ago, he had resided in the Barry community for some time. Surviving are his wife, eight children, Coy Christie, Pursley Mrs. J. L. Buchanan, Corsicana Mrs. E. A. Brannon, Pickett; D Christie, Pickett; Mrs. Bernice Johnson, Pursley; Grady Christie Retreat; Miss Adera Christie Corsicana, and J. W. Christie Corsicana. and three brothers Ralph Christie, Louisiana; D. Christie, Oklahoma: and Gene Christie, Blooming Grove. The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


George Thomas Watts
Aug 3, 1875 - Sep 20, 1942

GEORGE T WATTS DIED HERE SUNDAY; RITES ON MONDAY Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Corley chapel for George Thomas Watts, 67, who died at his home, 812 South Main street, Sunday morning. Rites were conducted by Rev. J. J. Slone, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church. Interment was in the Campbell cemetery near Drane. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, Pat Watts, Aquilla; Jack Watts, Dallas; Harvey Watts, Corsicana; Marvin Watts, Dallas, and B.C. Watts, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Armstrong, Dallas; Mrs. Myrtle Tomlinson, Fla.; Mrs. Emily Mae Riley, Dallas, and Mrs. Lola Ellison, Corsicana; three brothers, Will Watts, Fred Watts and Thad Watts, all of Corsicana; three sis- ters, Mrs. Mary Martin, Dallas; Mrs. Pearl Ratliff, Sweetwater; Mrs. Villa Stead, Dallas, and 12 grandchildren.


Joe C. Fields
May 5, 1895 - Apr 18, 1937

J. C. Fields, aged 41 years, of Drane, died Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the P. and S. Hospital. The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at Campbell cemetery where interment will be made. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minnie Fields; a son, Calvin Fields; a daughter, Adeline Fields; mother, Mrs. Kate Harrison, Marshall; two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Boaze, Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Henry Wilson, California; and three brothers, Richard Fields, Roy Fields and Holman Fields. Pallbearers will be Dubart Rea, Clarence Denbow, Lester Farmer, W. E. Weeks, Marion McEntire and Marshall McEntire. Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.


Frances Amanda "Fannie" (Poole) Hanson
Apr 4, 1847 - Mar 2, 1917

Death Came at Advanced Age as the Result of Measles.
Mrs. Fannie Hanson, wife of Major H. C. Hanson, died last night at 11 o’clock at the home of her son-in-law S. B. Jordan, 1527 West Fifth avenue after two weeks illness from measles.
The deceased lady was 72 years of age and a lady of rare refinement and polish, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Surviving is the husband and three children, M. E.
[or H. E.] Hanson of San Antonio, Mrs. S. B. Jordan of Corsicana and Mrs. J. W. R. Jordan of Henderson county.
The remains will be interred tomorrow afternoon in the Campbell cemetery, ten miles west of Corsicana.


Lovell Nathan Blackman
Feb 4, 1911 – Jan 28, 1974

L.N. Blackman Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for L. N. Blackman, 62, of Navarro Mills, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate, and burial will be at Campbell Cemetery. He was a retired mechanic. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. L. N. Blackman; a son Gaylon Blackman of Corsicana; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Estelle Blackman of Gatesville; three brothers, Clarence Blackman of Waco, Emmett Blackman and M. J. Blackman, both of Gatesville; and four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy and Mrs. Martha Sue Gilbreath, both of Gatesville, Mrs. Lorraine Lemon of Alaska and Mrs. Hattie Lang of Ethel, Washington.


Fannie (UNKNOWN) Bryan
Sep 1, 1881 - May 22, 1974

Mrs. Bryan Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Campbell Cemetery for Mrs. Fannie Bryan, 92, resident of Dallas, who died Wednesday in Dallas. Arrangements will be with Corley Funeral Home. She was a native of Georgia, a 20-year resident of Dallas, and former resident of Corsicana. Survivors include a niece, Mrs. J. L. McNabb of Edgewood; two nephews, Hugh McDonald of Houston and Joe McDonald of Brownsville.


Dominic Anthony “Nick” Orler
Jan 9, 1914 - May 22, 1974

D. A. Orler Funeral services were to be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for D.A. Orler, 60, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital. Rev. James Densman was to officiate, with burial to follow at Campbell Cemetery. Survivors include his widow, three sons, a granddaughter, two brothers, a sister, a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include Jessie Lee Young, Don Sheppard, Weyland Thompson, Clarence Hall, Bill Folmar, and Eldries Scott.


Milton J. Lindsey
Oct 15, 1852 - Jan 25, 1925

M. J. LINDSEY DIED ON FARM NEAR DRANE SUNDAY AFTERNOON Milton J. Lindsey, 72, years of age, a native of Hill county, Texas and a resident of this county since 1862, living on the farm where he died for nearly all those years, passed away at his home near Drane at 2:35 yesterday afternoon after many months of ill health. The remains will be interred in the Campbell Cemetery tomorrow after services at the Drane Methodist church at 10 o’clock in the morning. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Darwood of Purdon and Revs. Noy and Naughan of Barry. The deceased had never married and his only surviving relatives are cousins. Among these are Mrs. Mamie Noble of Chicago, Mrs. Sallie Lindsey and Mrs. Don Taylor of Drane, F. J., R. S. and I. N. Lindsey of Corsicana. The deceased was universally loved and esteemed as one of this county’s best men and while his death is not a surprise it is a source of genuine sorrow to all who knew him.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light January 27, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Never married s/o Claborn B. Lindsey and Candace (Jones) Lindsey

Eunice Elizabeth (Bryan) Elrod
Apr 17, 1876 - Jan 19, 1946

Mrs. J. M. Elrod, aged 69 years, life-long resident of the Drane community, died at the family home Saturday night. Funeral services were held from the Drane Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Campbell Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. H. Burton and Rev. Finis Crutchfield, Corsicana district superintendant. Mrs. Elrod was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Bryan of Drane, for whom the Bryan (Drane) school was named. She had been a member of the Methodist church practically all of her life. Surviving are her husband, a son, Wayne Elrod, Drane; two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. M. M. Roughton, Mrs. T. P. Jordan and Mrs. A. J. Horton, all of Drane; a brother A. L. Bryan, Drane, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were Allen Weeks, W. E. Weeks, J. H. Sutton, J. H. McDonald, Shelby Hicks and R. E. Marshall. McCammon Funeral Home directed arrangements.


Mary Catherine “Kate” (Henderson) Maggard
Aug 20, 1856 - Mar 16, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Kate Maggard, aged 82 years, life-long resident of Navarro county, were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist church at Emhouse with burial in the Grange Hall cemetery. Mrs. Maggard died at the home of a daughter. Mrs. M. K. Hilliard at Kerens Monday morning at 2:30 o'clock after a several month's illness. Mrs. Maggard was born near Emhouse and resided in that community until six years ago when she moved to Kerens. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. U. McAfee, Rev. C. E. Wilkins and Rev. H. L. Poteet. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dee Chaney, Emhouse; Mrs. Gordon Adcock, Denton, and Mrs. M. K. Hilliard, Kerens; four sons. Dave Maggard, T. S. Maggard and Charles Maggard, all of Emhouse, and E. W. Maggard, Kerens, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives. Grandsons were pallbearers. The funeral arrangements were handled by the Corley Funeral Home.


Erasmus William "Ras" Maggard
Aug 25, 1897 - Nov 9, 1974

Raz Maggard Funeral services were to be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Raz Maggard, 77, of Corsicana, who died Saturday in Evergreen Nursing Home. The Rev. C.A. Mangham was to officiate, and burial was to be at Grange Hall cemetery, near Cryer Creek. A native of Emhouse, he lived in Corsicana most of his life. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by 10 nephews and nine nieces, including Mrs. Faye Tinkle and Mrs. Edith Tyner of Corsicana, Ray Maggard of Ennis, Johnnie Maggard of Teague, and Claude Maggard and Ralph Chaney of Emhouse. Nephews were pallbearers.


Charles N. Langston
Apr 05, 1871 - May 28, 1909

Charles Langston Shoots Himself Near Blooming Grove.
A distressing accident occurred about two miles from Blooming Grove late yesterday afternoon in which Charles Langston, an industrious young farmer, lost his life by the accidental discharge of his shot gun. About 6:30 o'clock the wife and children of the deceased got ready to go to the home of her parents to spend the night, only a mile or so away, and Mr. Langston was to follow soon, telling his wife that he wanted to watch his potato patch a while to kill rabbits that were depredating there between sun-down and dark. The wife and children arrived at their destination and waited until about 9 o'clock for the husband and father to come, and he failing to arrive some one was sent back to see what was the cause of his delay. When the Langston home was reached the unfortunate man was found dead at the steps of the back door, with the back part of his head torn off and the shot gun, with one chamber empty, laying near by. It is supposed that as the deceased passed out through, the door the gun was accidentally discharged, with the result related. The deceased was thirty years old, was a son of J. O. Langston, a well known citizen of Blooming Grove, and leaves a wife and three children. The remains were interred in the Blooming Grove cemetery late this afternoon.


Mollie Carroll
Jun 25, 1851 - Jul 6, 1930

Miss Molly Carroll Buried Monday Morning

Miss Molley Carroll, 79 years old, died Sunday afternoon at the home of her nephew, L. A. Gideon, in the Cryer Creek community. Interment was in the Grange Hall cemetery, Monday morning at 10:30. Rev. Rhodes conducted the ceremony.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 11, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Funeral Held Monday. BLOOMING GROVE, July 12.— Funeral services for Miss Molley Carroll, aged 79 years, who died at the home of her nephew, L. A. Gideon in the Cryer Creek community Sunday, were held Monday with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery.


William Benjamin Rutherford
Sep 21, 1864 - Oct 31, 1958

W. B. Rutherford Expires Friday, Rites Sunday
W. B. Rutherford, 94, retired farmer, 904 North Twenty-Second street, died in the Navarro Clinic Friday night. He had been a patient in the clinic since September 11. Funeral services will be held from the First Christian church in Blooming Grove Sunday at 3 p. m. with burial in the Grange Hall cemetery northwest of Cryer Creek. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church here. A native of Mississippi, Rutherford came to Texas in 1891, and resided near Ennis, moving to Navarro county and near Blooming Grove in 1900. He had made his home in Corsicana since 1951. Surviving are three sons, Tracy Rutherford, president of the Rutherford - Metropolitan College, Dallas; Claude B. Rutherford, Blooming Grove, and Oren Rutherford, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. M. C. Spurlock, Shreveport, La., and Miss Lila Rutherford, school nurse for the Corsicana public schools; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives. A daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tracy Rutherford, is a member of the Dallas board of education. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


Clemuel David Idlett
Nov 30, 1856 - Dec 12, 1936

Aged Blooming Grove Man Died Saturday; Be Buried Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 12.— (Spl.)—C. D. Idlett, aged 80 years, died suddenly at his home here at 7 o'clock Saturday morning. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of relatives but will probably be held sometime Sunday. Mr. Idlett was a native of Tennessee but had lived in Navarro county 30 years. Surviving are his wife, four children, Jim Idlett, Ennis; Mrs. L. K. Garron, Ennis; Walter Idlett, Snyder, Oklahoma; Mrs. C. E. McMurray, Freer, and other relatives




C. D. Idlett, aged 80 years, died Saturday morning at 6 o'clock, and funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the family home, conducted by Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. J. W. Whitefield, pastor of the First Methodist church. Interment was made in Grange Hall cemetery.

Mr. Idlett was a native of Tennessee, and was married to Miss Alice Riter, who was born and reared in Arkansas. They had lived in and near Blooming Grove half a century.

In the death of C. D. Idlett the town and community lost one of its best citizens. He had been a member of the Baptist church for many years and was a man of unquestioned honesty and integrity. The beautiful floral offerings and the large number of people who attended the funeral were silent testimonials of the love and esteem in which "Uncle Dave" was held.

Surviving him are his wife, two sons, J. S. Idlett, of Byrd; G. W.
Idlett, of Snyder, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. L. K. Gerron, of Bardwell; Mrs. Clint McMurray, of Dallas, and four grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jim and Ed Glenn, Loyd Simpson, Drew Gillen, Leo Price and John Dorsey George.

McCormick Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 18, 1936
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Estor/Ector Mills (Hale) Key
Mar 6, 1887 - Nov 30, 1919

Died in Mabank. Mrs. Will Key, aged thirty years died at Mabank yesterday and the remains passed through here today enroute to Cryer Creek for interment. The deceased is survived by her husband and five children and her mother, Mrs. Rachael Hale, of Italy.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light Friday, December 5, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Will Key d/o William Thomas Hale and Rachael Lillian (Conger) Hale
  • Grange Hall cemetery, Navarro Co., TX

Edward Preston Maggard
Oct 4, 1875 - Mar 29, 1922

Prominent Man Died At Emhouse Today
E. P. Maggard, died at his home in Emhouse at 1:30 this afternoon. He was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and several children, He had been sick only a short while and his death came as a shock to his family and friends. The deceased was well known having lived in Emhouse for a number of years where he has been engaged in various business enterprises. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


David L. Body
abt 1955 - Feb 2, 2012

David L. Body, 56, Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Robert Body III officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


George Washington “Bugs” Honea
abt 1931 - Feb 8, 2012

George Washington “Bugs” Honea, 80, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in Mansfield. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


Robert Earl Spence Jr.
Nov 12, 1961 – Feb 10, 2012

Robert Earl Spence Jr., age 50, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. He was born Nov. 12, 1961 in Corsicana to Robert Earl Spence Sr. and Deloris Wheeler.

Robert was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. He worked at Corsicana Motors for over 30 years and was currently employed at Haden Tractor Repair.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Earl Spence Sr.; brother Billy Spence; grandmother, Edna Earl Spence; aunt, Gloria Spence and wife Nancy Gail Spence.

He is survived by his mother, Deloris Wheeler of Frost; wife Flor Spence of Corsicana; daughter, Latosha McKellip and husband David; son, Dusty Spence Sr. and fiancée Emerald Lylas; brothers Larry Parr and wife Mary of Corsicana, Steve Parr and wife Robin of Ft. Worth and Tommy Spence and wife Karon Fair of Payne Springs; sisters, Judy Davis and husband Les of Plano, Jeanette Rudder of Alpine, Patti Lambert and husband Brad of San Antonio and Deloris Joles and husband Rafael Gutierrey of Salem, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Leandra, Ashley, Pam, Dusty Jr., Aaron, Tayelar, Brandon and Haleigh; one great grandson, S.J. and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Amy Haden and Brad Sheltman for the care they provided Robert.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Lewis Palos officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


George Richard “Dickey” Ward, Jr.
Sept 19, 1946 – Feb 3, 2012

George Richard “Dickey” Ward, Jr. died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 in Corsicana at Navarro Regional Hospital after suffering complications following an allergic reaction to medication.

DIckey was preceded in death by his parents George R. “Buddy” and Eva Janet Ward.

Born on Sept. 19, 1946, Dickey was a lifelong resident of Corsicana. He was baptized at the age of 10 at the 11th Ave. Methodist Church. Dickey attended Corsicana public schools. and afterward entered the United States Marine Corps where he was a Purple Heart recipient while serving in Chu Lai, Vietnam. Following military service he worked for several large companies as a truck driver for over 30 years. Dickey was an avid gun collector. He was a member of the NRA, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

Dickey was known as a big-hearted, generous man with a sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He was unassuming and very likeable. He considered many people in Corsicana to be his friend, and almost everyone that knew him could tell a funny story of time spent with Dickey. In youth he was tall and skinny, somewhat mischievous, loved westerns and war movies and could make any sound effect on demand. He grew into a gentle giant willing to help others when called upon. In death he became an organ donor.

He is survived by his wife, Staci of Corsicana; son, Andy of Red Oak; brother, Ronald G. Ward and wife Jan of Bandung, Indonesia; sisters, Janet Farhat and husband David of Mabank, and Kathey Harrison and husband Mark of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and aunts.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Military graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Dallas /Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas with the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Mary Beth (McMillan) Hendon
Aug 4, 1930 – Feb 3, 2012

Mary Beth Hendon

Mary Beth Hendon, 81, of Tyler passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Tyler.

She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Corsicana to Thomas McMillan and Bessie Love George.

Mrs. Hendon was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. Mary is remembered as a humble, caring person and a loving mother.

She is survived by her loving family including son, Mark Hendon of Tyler; daughters, Paula Shaw and husband Mike Martinez of Burleson; and Carol Gillis and husband David of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. Jay Fraze officiating.

Arrangements by Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.


Wallace “Sneed” Bosley
July 4, 1925 – Jan 27, 2012

Wallace (Sneed) Bosley, of Fairfield, was welcomed into heaven by his Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, following a stroke on Jan. 1, 2012.

He leaves a legacy of love and Faith, to all who knew him.

Sneed was born on July 4, 1925, in the community of Mount Nebo on Pisgah Ridge. He lived in the Freestone/Limestone counties for 46 years.

Sneed proudly honored his country during World War II, serving as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. His life-long labors are a testament to the hard working man that he was. He was quite an entrepreneur, and his history speaks for itself. Sneed worked as a machinist for Gulf Oil around the great state of Texas; his journey took him to the Houston area where he owned a painting company, a dry cleaning company, and was active in the real estate market, restoring and selling homes. Upon returning to the Wortham and Kirvin areas, he worked for the Mexia State School. In addition to raising cattle, Sneed purchased and operated a grocery store in Kirvin, and gathered all the knowledge needed to soon form the Northside Plumbing/Grocery and North Construction Service.

Sneed’s love of the land and animals was evident. Raising cattle, goats, and donkeys was a pastime that Sneed treasured. Some of his greatest times were spent with the animals he nurtured and loved. Another one of his pastimes was auctioneering. He loved antiques and received his license, becoming an auctioneer. He held auctions in Limestone and Freestone counties.

Sneed lived, and believed by his favorite sayings, “God has a purpose for all of us”, and “God doesn’t need any help, and he sure doesn’t make mistakes.”

In recent years, Sneed’s passion was God’s calling for him, allowing the Lord to work through him. Living Way Ministries was a vision that Sneed felt strongly about, founding a small church, led by a precious man of God, Pastor Alwyn Gibson. A long time coming, the church will be ready for service in the coming months. Few things can comfort those who mourn Sneed Bosley. But, knowing he is watching over Pastor Gibson and the growth of this ministry, is a comfort to say the least. Nothing would honor the memory of this husband, father, and friend, more than the success of this house of the Lord. The fellowship that follows in years to come, will be a tribute to his legacy.

Sneed Bosley’s family held a private memorial ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends. He will be missed beyond words.

If you would like to make a donation in Mr. Bosley’s name, please send to Living Way Ministries at 915 Bateman, Fairfield, TX 75840

To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.


Evelyn (Baldwin) Anderson
July 21, 1931 – Feb 5, 2012

On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, our Mother and Grandmother, Evelyn Anderson, met her savior Jesus Christ. She was born on July 21, 1931, in Arkansas to parents, Bob and Lena Mae Baldwin.

She was a member of the 11th Avenue Baptist Church, and the two most important things in her life were God and her family. She was also a loyal Texas Rangers fan that never missed an opportunity to cheer on her team.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Anderson Sr.; her parents; brothers, Leo and Alvin Baldwin; sister, Barbara Henderson; granddaughter, Jessica Lee Anderson Ferguson; and a grandson, Eric Gomez.

She is survived by her sons, Edgar Anderson and wife Debbie of Corsicana, Elvis Anderson and wife Brenda of Corsicana, Alvin Anderson and wife JoAnn of Corsicana, and Dennis Anderson and wife Carolyn of Forney; daughter, Barbara Reynolds and husband Rick of Kerens; 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; sister, Lee Hunt of Waco; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Rufus Nutt officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Donald “Donny” Wayne Gorden
Jan 17, 1949 – Feb 2, 2012

Donald "Donny" Wayne Gorden of Mildred, born on January 17, 1949 went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2012 after a lengthy illness. Donny served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and continued his service to his country for a total of nine years. Then he went on to serve with the Corps of Engineers as a security guard. He spent many years working in the oil field with his Dad and brothers. His favorite pastimes were arrow head hunting and researching the civil war.

He was preceded in death by his parents Billy D. Gorden, Sr. and Ruby Inez (Odom) Gorden. He is survived by his wife Joyce Gorden of Mildred; children Patrick "Skeeter" Gorden and wife Kimmy of Mildred and Amber McNett and husband Jon of Teague; step-children Kerri Head, Janette Daily, Eddie Montgomery, J.P. Montgomery, and Brent Montgomery; four grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren; brothers Billy D. Gorden, Jr. and wife Nelda of Mildred and Rodney L. Gorden and wife Mona of Richland; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family members including Donnie Barnabee.

Visitation to be held 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Military burial following at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Gorden, Tim Gorden, Tony Gorden, Chris Gorden, Lance Gorden, and Patrick "Skeeter" Gorden.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lee Richardson, Pete Lucas and Brent Montgomery.

Special thanks to his caregivers from Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.

Arrangements under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


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