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James J. McGaw

FORMER RESIDENT OF CURRIE DIES
James J. McGaw, 92, former Currie and Teague resident, recently died at Amarillo, according to information received by relatives here. He moved to Lubbock in 1926 and last year moved to Amarillo. Surviving are his wife of Amarillo, a daughter, Mrs. Helen Jackson, Amarillo; three grandchildren; five nephews, H. Milton Campbell, Coriscana; Ernest S. Bridger, Corsicana; Estel McGaw, Lubbock; O. E. McGaw, Texas City, and Worth McGaw, Teague; two nieces, Mrs. Bee Chancellor, Fairfield, and Mrs. C. J. Green, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Edwin Joshua "Buck" Sheppard
Jan 6, 1887 - Jul 29, 1947

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR E. J. SHEPPARD SATURDAY AT FROST
E. J. Sheppard. prominent Hereford cattle breeder of Frost, died in a Corsicana hospital at 4:30 a. m. Friday. He was 60.

Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in Frost at 4 p. m. Saturday, with the Rev. Mr. Gordon officiating. A Masonic service will be conducted at the Frost cemetery.

Mr. Sheppard was a dealer in International Harvester equipment for several years in Frost and devoted most of his life to the breeding of outstanding
Hereford cattle.

Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Carrie Goodman Sheppard; one son, Edwin J. Sheppard, Jr.; a grandson, Danny Sheppard, all of Frost; his mother, Mrs. W. A. Simms, two sisters, Mrs. Robert Sanders and Kate Simms, all of Frost.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of the McCormick Funeral Home in Frost.

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Thomas Jefferson Way
May 12, 1893 - Jul 5, 1947

MONDAY RITES FOR THOMAS J. WAY WITH BURIAL AT FROST
Funeral services for Thomas J. Way, aged 54 years, Fort Worth carpenter, who died Saturday in the All-Saints Hospital, were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Missinus Funeral Home, Burial was in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Todd. Way was reared in the Frost community.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Richard Howard; a grandson, Thomas Ross, and mother, Mrs. Martha Way, all of Fort Worth; a brother, Earl Way, Frost; four sisters, Mrs. Lillie Hardin, Corsicana; Mrs. R. W. Bell, Wink; Mrs. Annie Shipman, Longview ,and Mrs. Roy Knott, Oil Center, N. M., and other relatives.

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William Henry Cook
Jan 19, 1882 - Jul 24, 1947

WEDNESDAY RITES FOR WILL H. COOK; BURIAL AT FROST
Will H. Cook, aged 65 years, farmer of the Frost community the past 40 years, died of a heart attack Tuesday while seining for minnows preparatory to going fishing.

Funeral services were held at Frost Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Surviving are his wife and two daughters, all of Frost.

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John Edward Lattimore
Sept 23, 1877 - Feb 4, 1947

Jas. Edward Lattimore Rites Held At Frost
Funeral services for James Edward Lattimore, 69, who died Tuesday in Dallas, were held Thursday from the Frost Methodist church. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Fullwood, Dallas, and Mrs. Motie Grace Calavin, Kilgore; five sons, Earl Lattimore. Dallas; Lawrence Ray Lattimore, Henderson; Roy Lattimore, Sherman; John Lattimore Jr., Fort Worth, and Durwood Lattimore, Grapevine.

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Motie Eudora (Poole) Lattimore
Sep 16, 1877 - Sep 21, 1947

Mrs. J. E. Lattimore Funeral Held Tuesday
FROST, Sept. 23.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. Lattimore, 76, who died in a Dallas hospital Sunday, were held from the Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in the Frost cemetery.

Native Texan and widow of the late John E. Lattimore, Mrs. Lattimore resided in Frost many years moving to Henderson 12 years ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nell Fullwood, Dallas, and Mrs. Mottie Grace Calavin, Kilgore; five sons, Derwood Lattimore, Hubbard; Earl Lattimore, Dallas; John Lattimore, Fort Worth; Roy Lattimore, Sherman, and Laney Lattimore, Denver, Colo., and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Ila Lee (Williams) Sheppard
Jul 21, 1914 - Aug 5, 1947

MRS. ILA SHEPPARD FUNERAL SERVICE IS HELD AT FROST
Funeral services for Mrs. Sheppard, aged 33 years, who died at the family home, Route 1, Malakoff, Sunday afternoon, were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Frost Baptist church. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. A. Haley, pastor of the First Baptist church of Malakoff, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis of Frost.

Mrs. Sheppard was born and reared in the Frost community. The family moved to Malakoff from San Angelo two years ago.

Surviving are her husband, Farris Sheppard, Malakoff; two daughters, Jean and Barbara Sheppard, Malakoff; three sisters, Mrs. L. D. Cannon and Mrs. Brack Van Hoffer, both of Dallas, and Mrs. J. M. Corley, Waxahachie, and a brother, E. J. Williams, San Angelo.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Elisha L. "Lish" Crouch
Feb 14, 1878 - Mar 18, 1958

E. L. Crouch Dies Sunday Morning
E. L. Crouch, 80, retired farmer, Hillsboro, died at his home Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost cemetery. The Rites were conducted by Rev. E. E. Ellis, pastor.

Surviving are a son Jack Crouch, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Jerome Finch and Mrs. G. G. Barham, both of Hillsboro; five grandchildren; a brother, Jay Crouch, Frost; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Littlejohn, Frost, and Mrs. E. H. Nelson, Hillsboro, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

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Frost Funeral For E. L. Crouch
CORSICANA - SPL - Funeral services for E. L. Crouch, 80, retired Hillsboro farmer, who died Sunday, were held at Frost Baptist Church Monday with burial in frost Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Jack Crouch of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Jerome Finch and Mrs.G. G. Barham, of Hillsboro; five grandchildren; one brother, Jay Crouch of Frost; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Littlejohn of Frost and Mrs. E. H. Nelson of Hillsboro.

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Mary Frances (Moore) Crutchfield
Dec 31, 1869 - May 1, 1928

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR MRS. CRUTCHFIELD
FROST, May 2.—(Spl)—Funeral services for Mrs. F. N. Crutchfield who died Tuesday morning, were held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning and were conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware of Hico, assisted by Revs. W. E. Hawkins, Dallas; Obe Nelson, Wortham; N. L. Range and C. B. Diltz of Frost.

She is survived by her husband and several children.

Mrs. Crutchfield is a native of Arkansas but had been a resident of this city a number of years. She had been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood.

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James Furlow "Jim" Denn
Jun 4, 1895 - Aug 24, 1971

Denn
FROST (Spl.)—Funeral services for J. F. (Jim) Denn, 76, a long time resident of Frost who died Tuesday at the Grant-Buie Hospital in Hillsboro, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Frost Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilson officiating and burial in the Frost Cemetery.

A retired farmer, he was a member of the Frost Baptist Church and the Frost Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, August 26, 1971

Denn
FROST (Spl.)—J. F. (Jim) Denn, 76, a long time resident of the Frost area, died Tuesday at 6 a.m. at the Grant Buie Hospital in Hillsboro after a long illness.

A retired farmer, he was a member of the Frost Baptist church and the Frost Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife on July 30, 1970.

He is survived by two sons, J. B. Denn and Shirley Denn of San Antonio; one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Hohenberger of Frost; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, W. B. (Cy) Denn of Frost; and one sister, Mrs. Leslie Seabolt of Alice.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Frost Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilson officiating and burial in the Frost cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Service of Frost.

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Myra Lorene (Fields) Downey
Aug 5, 1909 - Jul 12, 1971

Downey
FROST (Spl)-Mrs. Myra L. Downey, 62, native and lifelong Frost resident, died unexpectedly Monday at 7 a.m. at her home. She was a member of the Frost Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Frost Methodist Church with burial in the Frost cemetery under direction of McCormick Funeral Home. A minister had not been named at presstime.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy Downey; one son, Roy Downey, Mertens; one daughter, Mrs. Myra Lee Watson, Corsicana; two grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. J. M. Fields, DeSoto; two brothers, F. A. Fields, Frost, and Ramsey Fields, Irving; and three sisters, Mrs. Tommie Hancock, Dallas;
Mrs. Christine Melton, Irving, and Mrs. Maurine Redding, Grand Prairie.

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Lessie (Byrne) Stevenson
Sept 18, 1885 - June 6, 1961

Mrs. Stevenson Dies Tuesday

FROST, June 7 (Spl.) - One of Frost's most well-known citizens, Mrs. T. W. Stevenson, 75, died in Memorial hospital Tuesday.
Mrs. Stevenson was recognized as an accomplished painter and a person of various other talents. Her paintings reportedly are on the walls of many homes and other buildings in many Texas locations.

Recently when Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson observed their wedding anniversary- they were married back at the turn of the century-practically the whole town turned out to honor them.

Funeral services wil be held at the Frost Methodist church Thursday at 3 p.m. with Rev. Noah McCai, pastor, officiating.

A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Stevenson had lived at Frost for the past 50 or 60 years. She and her husband had 12 children, but five sons and one daughter preceded their mother in death. Two sons, John C. Stevenson and Robert Lynn Stevenson, were killed in combat in World War II.

Survivors include the husband, T. W. Stevenson, Frost; four sons, Brown Lea Stevenson, Hobart, Okla., Thomas Stevenson, Great Bend, Kan., Roswell Stevenson, Monroe, La.; and W. E. Stevenson, Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Hill Warren, Frost; and Mrs. Louise Bain, Mexia; one sister, Mrs. S. E. Smith, Pine Bluff; 16 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Zandra Poulter
Mar 10, 1947 - June 6, 1961

Zandra Poulter Dies Tuesday

FROST, J u ne 6 (Spl . )— Zandra Poulter, 13 -year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Poulter of Frost, died early Tuesday morning in the M. D Anderson Hospital at Houston. Funeral arrangements are pending at the McCormick Funeral Service

The young girl, a member of the Frost Baptist church, recently completed elementary school here.

Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Poulter and Mrs. Leona Hyer, all of Frost, and other relatives.

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Zandra Poulter Rites Thursday

FROST, June 7 (Spl.)—Funeral services fro Zandra Poulter, 14, will be held at the Frost Baptist church Thursday at 10 a.m.

Miss Poulter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Poulter of Frost, died in the M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston Tuesday from leukemia.

Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in the Frost cemetery.

The youngster had fought valiantly against the disease, a rare form of cancer affecting the blood, and has had the moral support of the entire citizenry of Frost and the area. Recently she was graduated from the eighth grade in junior high school, although her condition was critical then.

Survivors other than the parents are one brother, Michael Gene Poulter, Arlington; and grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jack Poulter, and Mrs. Leona Hyer, all of Frost.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Sharon Kay (Kilpatrick) Edwards
Oct 18, 1957 - Apr 1, 1998

Sharon Kay Edwards, 40, of Ennis, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 1998, in Dallas.

Services are 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Frost cemetery.

Pallbearers are Marty Brashear, Rickye Wood, Randy Wood, Rusty Wood, Floyd Kilpatrick and Ron Crawford.

Ms. Edwards was born in Melbourne, Fla. on Oct. 18, 1957.

Ms. Edwards is survived by her son, Marty Brashear of Ennis; daughter, Misty Anglin of Illinois; brother, Floyd Kilpatrick, Jr. of Hot Springs, Ark., sisters, Deborah Wood of Ennis, Lorene Buckner of Little Elm, Helen Clements of California, JoAnn O'Brien of Illinois; grandchildren, Cody Anglin and Brittany Nichol Brashear.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Eunice Golden Holley
Mar 23, 1904 - Sep 30, 1997

Eunice Golden Holley, 93, of Corsicana died Sept. 30, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel.

Services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Peoria.

Pallbearers are Joe Glass, Maco Stewart, Dan Dominy, Jack Bradley, O. L. Slaughter, and Billy Thomas.

Mrs. Holley was born March 23, 1904 in Delamar. She lived in Whitney and Hillsboro and moved to Corsicana in 1942. She married Joe Holley on Jan. 22, 1921. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Holley is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Ellen Holley of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Hulen Hulsey of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband, Penny and Chuck Moya of Frisco; brothers-in-law and families, Clyde Holley of Dallas, Morris Holley of Waco and Horace Holley of Waco; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Holley on July 27, 1987.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ophelia "Wood Rat" Overton
Jan 25, 1915 - Aug 11, 1997

Ophelia Overton, 82, of San Mateo, California, former resident of Corsicana, died August 11 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending in California.

Mr. Overton was born January 25, 1915 in Kerens. He came to Texas for a Homecoming Service in Elm Flat after 15 years of absence. He was reared in Corsicana and moved to California in 1942.

Mr. Overton is survived by four children including Rev. Stephen Overton all of California, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of over relatives in Texas.

Mr. Overton was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Modester, father, Deel Overton, and wife, Shirlene Overton.

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Henry H. Anderson
Apr 28, 1915 - Nov 19, 1997

Henry H. Anderson died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997. He was born April 28, 1915, in Liberty Hill to Wash and Cora Anderson.

After twenty-three years of service, which included overseas duty in World War II, he retired from the US Air Force and moved his family to Austin in 1957.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Weaver Anderson; and his granddaughter, Mittie Marie Milek.

Survivors include his wife, Marie F. Anderson; daughter, Dorothy Milek; son-in-law, Bob Milek; son, Hudson Anderson and wife, Bonnie; daughter, Sue Phillips and husband Tom; son, James Anderson; grandchildren, April Milek, Clint and Robert Anderson, Sheri McCain, Greg Phillips, Jonathan Kirkland and Brad Phillips; great grandchildren, Tyler McCain and Blake Kirkland; sister, Pauline Anderson Kaeo and husband Aloha; sister-in-law, Lora Mae Anderson; brother-in-law, Paul Fisher; nephews, Danny and David; and niece, Debbie.

The family expresses heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Marjorie McCabe, Mr. Anderson's caregiver.

Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Austin Memorial Park with Minister Dennis Crawford officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons and nephews

Arrangements by Amey Funeral Home, Austin.

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Catherine (Horne) Jockusch
May 8, 1921 - Aug 23, 1997

Catherine Jockusch, 76, of New Braunfels, died Aug. 23, 1997, in New Braunfels.

Mrs. Jockusch was born May 8, 1921, in Corsicana to Major Thomas and Katherine Hope (Robinson) Horne. She married Adolph M. Jockusch on Sec. 14, 1946 in Galveston.

Mrs. Jockusch was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph M. Jockusch and by one son, Jonathan David Jockusch

Mrs. Jockusch is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary Hope and James Murray, and grandchildren, David, Andy and Joshua, all of Merritt Island, Fla.

There will be no services held in New Braunfels. Memorials can be made to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home.

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Elijah Foster
Dec 31, 1866 - Nov 3, 1957

Elijah Foster, 90, Is County's 18th Traffic Victim

Elijah Foster, 90-year-old negro, became the county's eighteenth traffic fatality Sunday at 11 p.m. when he died of injuries suffered two hours earlier when hit by a car as he walked across South seventh street at the East Eleventh avenue intersection.

A Griffin ambulance carried the victim to Memorial Hospital where he was placed under treatment for fractures of both legs, the left pelvis bone, right arm, collarbone and four ribs.

Investigating Officer Hinkle and Dunlap said Foster, who lived at 301 East Tenth avenue, was struck as he walked across the street into the path of a 1952 Mercury driven north on seventh by Chester Lee Lewis, Rt. 2, Frost. Foster was crossing from west to east.

Officer Dunlap quoted Lewis as saying he was driving about 25 miles an hour and did not see Foster until he stepped in front of his car as he was traveling in the inside lane next to the center stripe. There were no other witnesses to the mishap as reported by police.

The body was removed to the Ross Funeral Home.

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Clara May (Taylor) Perteet
Sep 13, 1888 - May 19, 1942

FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. E. D. PERTEET HELD ON WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. E. D. Perteet, aged 53 years, who died at the Navarro Clinic Tuesday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Burial was in Union High cemetery. Rev. Bob Evans conducted the rites.

Mrs. Perteet had resided in the Purdon community for 35 years.

Surviving are her husband of Purdon, three daughters, Mrs. W. A. Nokes, Corsicana; Mrs. F. O. Davis, Paris, and Miss Effie Perteet, Purdon; three brothers, Henry Taylor, Fairfield; Clarence Taylor, Waco, and Hugh Taylor, Kirven; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Roberts, Tyler and Mrs. George Wyott, Kirven; three grandchildren and other relatives.

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RESIDENT PURDON DIED TUESDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Mrs. E. D. Perteet, age 53 years, died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 and interment will be in Union High Cemetery. Rev. Bob Evans, Baptist minister, will conduct the rites.

Mrs. Perteet had been a resident of the Purdon community about 35 years.

Surviving are her husband, E. D. Perteet, Purdon; three daughters, W. A. Nokes, Corsicana; Mrs. F.O. Davis, Paris; Miss Effie Perteet, Purdon; three brothers, Henry Taylor, Fairfield; Clarence Taylor, Waco; Hugh Taylor, Kirven; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Roberts, Tyler; Mrs. George Wyatt, Kirven; three grandchildren and other relatives.

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Bennie May (Belk) Ward
About 1927 - Dec 8, 2009

Bennie May (Belk) Ward, 82, of Odessa passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Odessa. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Delbert Goins officiating and interment to follow at Boardtree Cemetery near Dawson. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mary Belle (Burleson) Schrimpf
Oct 6, 1914 - Jan 7, 2011

Mary Belle Burleson Schrimpf, 96, passed away Jan. 7, 2011. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the family's section at Hopewell Cemetery, located in Navarro. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Lee "Jimmy" Raines
Dec 30, 1988 - Dec 31, 2010

James "Jimmy" Lee Raines, 22, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 31, 2010, just after celebrating his birthday.

He was born Dec. 30, 1988, to Dennis Raines and Denese Threet Raines in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Billy Earl Threet, Sharon Threet, and Martha Raines.

Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Debbie Raines of Cheneyboro; and J.R. and Denese Likiaksa of Mildred; grandfather, Nathaniel Raines; brothers, Billy Raines and wife Sarah of Palestine, and Kevin DeMoss of Mildred; step-brothers, Jeremy Joles and Danny Joles of Corsicana; and step-sister, Amanda Chapman and husband John Paul of Corsicana. He is also survived by his nephews, Levi Raines, Caleb and Ethan DeMoss.

Jimmy worked as an electrician and was self employed. He graduated from Mildred High School. He was a real outdoors man; and, he was an avid golfer and fisherman. He had just celebrated Christmas with his family, and enjoyed spending time with his newest nephew Levi who was born only recently. Jimmy had lots of love for his family and friends. His smile and laughter will be remembered for eternity.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Mildred Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Neal will be officiating. Interment will be immediately following at Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro.

Pallbearers are Johnny Wright, John Paul Chapman, Kevin DeMoss, Logan Stevens, Jeremy Joles, Jake Palik, Joshua Pearson, and Elvin Sykes.

Honorary pallbearer is Chris Chapman.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Mildred Baptist Church Youth Fund at 5502 S Hwy 287, Corsicana, Texas 75109.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Christene (Arnold) Scarborough
Jan 6, 1942 - Aug 31, 2010

Services for Christene Scarborough of Bradford will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Southside Baptist Church with Lee Evans and Wes Massey officiating. Internment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

Mrs. Scarborough died Tuesday at her residence. She was born January 6, 1942, in Anderson County to Voddie and Lucy Lambright Arnold. Mrs. Scarborough was a member of Southside Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a teacher of the Lydia Class. She taught school at Palestine Independent School district and retired from Cayuga Independent School as an elementary teacher.

Mrs. Scarborough was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Wanda Evans. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, E.G. Scarborough, Jr. of Bradford, a son and daughter-in-law Mark and Ginger Scarborough of Corsicana, three grandchildren, Madisen Scarborough, Morgan Scarborough, and Grant Scarborough and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Earl Scarborough, Paul Outlaw, Edwin Bowman, Stephen Evans, Peter Massey, Ray Arnold, Gary Holcomb, Dr. Rick Webb, Bill Shead, and Murray Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Winkle, Frank Henry, Mack Hilton and Leland Musick.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine. Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Arrangements by Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

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Earl Fortson Owen
Nov 5, 1892 - Feb 26, 1955

Monday Services For Earl F. Owen

KERENS, Feb. 28 - (Spl.) - Earl F. Owen, 62, of Dallas, died of a heart attack in Houston Saturday night.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel here with burial in the Jamerson [sic] cemetery south of Kerens. The rites were conducted by Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Born, Nov. 5, 1892, in Kerens, the son of the late Preston and Anna Owen, he graduated from Kerens High School and attended Allen Academy. He made his home here where he operated extensive farming interests until about 20 years ago when he moved to Corsicana, later going to Dallas.

Surviving are his wife, Polly Keathley Owen, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Pearl French, Norman Okla., and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. W. Keathley, Zack Keathley, Richard Keathley, H. H. Hodges and Richard L. Thompson, all of Dallas; and King and Clifton Seale, both of Kerens.

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Hattie Mae (Chrisman) Walker
Nov 24, 1901 - Aug 30, 1943

MRS. GRADY WALKER OF KERENS DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

KERENS, Aug. 31- (Spl.) - Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Chrisman Walker, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Monday morning at 5 o'clock, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Oak Grove church, with Rev. Samuel Hopkins of Jacksonville officiating.

Mrs. Walker had been in ill health for several years, but became critically ill Sunday afternoon and was taken to the hospital where she died Monday.

She is survived by her husband, Grady Walker; a son, Durwood; her father, E. P. Chrisman; and three brothers, Joe and Stout Chrisman of Kerens, and Charlie Chrisman of Alexandria, La. A small daughter, Peggy Ann, preceded her in death seven years ago.

Mrs. Walker was a devout Christian and had been a member of the Oak Grove church for many years.

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Lucendia Elizabeth Barnett
Sept 15, 1875 - Oct 26, 1957

Mrs. Barnett Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, Oct. 28 - (Spl.)- Mrs. Lizzie Barnett, 82, life-time resident of this community, died at her home here Saturday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the Oak Grove Baptist church Sunday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Oak Grove cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. R. Duncan, Baptist minister of San Antonio. She was a member of the Oak Grove church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Lillie Hancock, Arp; Mrs. Byron Scarbrough and Mrs. Leviree Trammell, both of Kerens; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Thursday, Oct. 31, 1957
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dr. Kenneth Gene Biles
Mar 28, 1948 - Jan 30, 2011

Dr. Kenneth Gene Biles, loving husband, son, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

Kenneth Gene was born to Eugene and Mozell Biles on March 28, 1948, in Littlefield. He married the love of his life, Norma Carol Cohorn on Sept. 11, 1971, in Wolfforth.

Kenneth graduated from Monterey High School in 1965 and attended Texas Tech University. He earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston in 1977, and later obtained his Therapeutic and Glaucoma Specialist licenses. He privately practiced Optometry from 1977 until 2009 in Corsicana. Kenneth and Norma then moved to Lubbock in 2009, where he was employed with Dr. Peter Ho as an optometrist. He was a member of the Texas Optometric Association.

Dr. Biles was also loved and well respected by his colleagues, friends, and patients throughout his life. Among Kenneth's passions in life were his family, vegetable gardening, and helping others through his commitment to his profession. His kind and gentle spirit will never be forgotten.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Norma; children, Dr. Christopher Biles and wife Dr. Laura Lynn of Waxahachie, Nicholas Biles and wife Leandra of Eureka, and Laura Brown and husband Josh of League City; parents, Eugene and Mozell Biles of Lubbock; siblings, Kathy Vernon and husband Jerry of Whitehouse, Donna Tidwell and husband Mark of Lubbock, Lloyd Biles and wife Tracy of Lubbock, Evelyn Gibbs and husband Mark of Lubbock; grandchildren, who knew him as “Pa”, Jodie Tipton, Olivia Biles, Layne Biles, Cate Biles, and Clara Biles; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate the life of Kenneth Gene Biles at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Lake Ridge Chapel in Lubbock. It will be followed by a committal service at Anton Cemetery. Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers will host a visitation providing family and friends an opportunity to reflect on his 62 years of life.

Arrangements by Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.

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Bernard "Bernie" Rosen
May 9, 1923 - Jan 12, 2011

Bernard "Bernie" Rosen, 87, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Sugar Land.

Bernie was born in Ashville, N.C. on May 9, 1923, to Dora and Samuel Daniel Rosen. The family moved to Houston when he was three. Bernie graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1940, attended The University of Houston for undergraduate studies, and received his medical degree in 1947 from The University of Texas Medical Branch, located in Galveston. Bernie served his internship and radiology residency from 1947 to 1949 at City Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C. He was Chief of Radiology from 1949 to 1951 at Randolph Air Force Base, located in San Antonio. He completed his residency at UT Medical Branch in 1952. He also became a Diplomat of the Board of Radiology in 1952, and a Fellow American College of Radiology in 1971. He served in the US Navy Reserve from 1941 to 1954, and served in active duty at Randolph Air Force Base from 1949 to 1951.

Bernie and his family lived in Corsicana for 45 years, where he practiced radiology in the city, as well as surrounding communities. He was an active member of Agudas Achim Synagogue and served in a variety of leadership positions in numerous civic organizations. One of his passions included acting at the Warehouse Living Arts Center in Corsicana. Bernie and Roberta moved to Sugar Land in 1998. He was an active member of Chabad of Sugar Land and Congregation Beth El in Missouri City.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; son, Steven Lee Rosen; and sisters Sylvia Axelrad, Eleanor Rohm, and Edith Koretzky.

Survivors include Roberta Rosen, his loving wife of 65 years; sons, S. Dale Rosen, David M. Rosen and wife Rachel, and their three children, Eva, Benjamin and Samuel Rosen; adopted daughter, Barbara Mees and husband Dwain, and their children and grandchildren; he is also survived by many loving nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held at Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

The family requests that any donations be made to Chabad of Sugar Land and Congregation Beth El.

Arrangements by Houston Jewish Funerals, of Houston.

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Chris Beckham
July 16, 1986 - Feb 10, 2011

Chris Beckham, 24 of Milford, passed away on Feb. 10, 2011.

Chris was born on July 16, 1986, in Corsicana to Bruce and Annette (Williams) Beckham. He grew up in Frost and graduated from Frost High School. Chris worked in home construction and remodeling.

Survivors include his parents, Bruce and Annette of Milford; brother, Marc of Milford; special friend, Adam Dowdle of Frost; he is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Graveside services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Richland Cemetery near Mertens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Chris Beckham Memorial Fund at Blooming Grove Prosperity Bank, 428 Fordyce, Blooming Grove, TX 76626.

Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.

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Gladys Marie (Murchison) Nekuza
Mar 11, 1927 - Aug 15, 1968

Mrs. M. Nekuza

Services for Mrs. Melvin Nekuza, who died Thursday in Ennis Municipal Hospital, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Bunch Funeral Home in Ennis. L. W. Mayo will officiate.

Mrs. Nekuza had lived in Ennis for the past two years and had formerly been a resident of Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Nekuza of Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Wilker, son of Murfreesboro, Ark. and Mrs. Patricia Osborn of Ennis; one granddaughter, Valarie Lynn Wilkerson of Murfreesboro Ark.; her father, Cecil Murchison of Ennis; and two sisters, Mrs. Billy Tallant of Purdon and Mrs. Wayne Gray of Dayton.

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Rev. Sidney Raymond Goff
Dec 31, 1913 - Apr 18, 1975

Services were held Saturday at the Forest Park Lawn Gale [sic] Funeral Chapel in Houston for Rev. S. R. Goff, 61, resident of 1514 E. Park Lane, Pasadena, who died Friday at Veterans Hospital in Houston. Rev. V. A. Geeo officiated, and burial was at Forest Park Lawn Gale [sic] Cemetery.

He was a native of Cleburne, former resident of Corsicana, member of the Baptist church, Southern Baptist Convention, and evangelist minister for 30 years.

He organized the Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana and was a radio evangelist in Corsicana for many years.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Katherine Goff of Pasadena; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Jean Nash of LaPorte and Mrs.f Carolyn Joyce Riddle of Pasadena; two sons, Chief Petty Officer Jimmy Lee Goff of U.W. Navy and Ray Goff Jr. of Pasadena; a sister, Mrs. F. R. Frederick of Houston; a brother, Jack Goff of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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Mary Etta (French) Moore
Nov 10, 1878 - Jan 30, 1964

Mrs. Moore, 85, Dies Thursday

DAWSON. Jan. 31 (Spl). - Mrs. Mary Etta Moore, 85, native of Navarro county, died in a Cisco rest home Thursday following an extended illness.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elmer Berry, Cisco' Mrs. Jimmy Allen, Lubbock, and Mrs. U. S. Smith, Dawson; four sons, T. W. Mitchell, Upland, Calif.; Inmon Mitchell, Cisco; Carlos Moore, Weatherford, and Chester Moore, Dawson; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two brothers, George French, Bristol, and Troy French, Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Eva Haynes and Mrs. Eunice Smith, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Allie Goebell, Port Arthur, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Worley, pastor, and Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Pallbearers will be Earl Ridder, James Mitcham, Almer Renfro, Clide Pierce, Orlie Crecelius and W. J. Moore.

Eubanks Funeral Home directs.

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Lillian Fitzgerald
Mar 1, 1903 - July 11, 1997

Lillian Fitzgerald 94, of Corsicana died July 11 at the Mel Haven Convalescent Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Love Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Kalvin Townsel officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers are friends of the family.

Honorary pallbearers are Clifford Nickson, Cecil Armstrong, and W. Rivers.

Ms. Fitzgerald was born March 1, 1903 in Athens.

Ms. Fitzgerald is survived by a daughter, Maggie Tatum of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Nellie Fitzgerald of Corsicana; a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Ms. Fitzgerald is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Anna Fitzgerald, two sisters, Martha Phillips and Annie Mae Fitzgerald and a brother, George Fitzgerald.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Nicholas Caldwell
Mar 11, 1970 - July 25, 1997

Nicholas Caldwell, 27, of Corsicana died July 25 in Dallas.

Quiet hour will be Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Scott Funeral Chapel.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Ernest Betts officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers are Mr. Caldwell’s brothers.

Mr. Caldwell was born March 11, 1970 in Corsicana. He was a 1988 graduate of Blooming Grove High School where he played basketball and ran track. He was employed at Transit Mix.

Mr. Caldwell is survived by his wife, Charlotte Caldwell of Corsicana; four children, Zavier Betts, Adam Betts, Shequitta Betts, and Nick Caldwell; mother Shirley Sullivan of Corsicana; father, John L. James of Corsicana; a sister, Barbara Ann Faulk of Corsicana; 4 brothers, Timothy Sullivan, David Ray Caldwell, Chris Jackson, and Tony James all of Corsicana; paternal grandmother, Mary James; mother-in-law, Frances Bailey; 2 uncles, 2 aunts, and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Louis D. Cunningham, Sr.
May 9, 1927 - July 14, 1997

Louis D. Cunningham, 70, of Corsicana died July 14 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark D. Cunningham, Wiley D. Mitchell, Craig D. Cunningham, Marcus Smith, Terry C. deeds, Tracy Cunningham, Louis D. Cunningham, III.

Mr. Cunningham was born May 9, 1927 in Purdon. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Mr. Cunningham is survived by two sons: Fred Cunningham and wife, Laura of Corsicana and Louis d. Cunningham and wife, Ruby of Fairfield; three daughters: Barbara Wright and husband, Ronald of Austin, Peggy Deeds and husband, B. J. Jr., of Corsicana and Pamela Hayes and husband, Charles of Fairfield; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Beaulah Johnson of Corsicana one aunt, Drucilla Cunningham of San Antonio; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents, Fred D. and RoAnna Cunningham, his wife, Christine Cunningham and one sister, Annie L. Gowens.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Three C. Sanders
Sept 16, 1936 – July 1, 1997

Three C. Sanders, 60, of Corsicana died July 1 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Greater Wilgo Baptist Church with Rev. William H. Kurney officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers are Marcus Norris, Beodrick Sanders, Troy E. Chambers, Darion Sims, James Sanders, and Hubert Rush.

Mr. Sanders was born September 16, 1936 in Corsicana. He was a member of Greater Wilgo Baptist Church.

He is survived by Jeraldine Sanders of Corsicana; sons: James Sanders of Corsicana, Bernard Sanders of Rusk, Gilbert Sanders of Bohman, and Kenneth Sanders of Beaumont; daughters: Pamela Sanders, Gloria Sanders, Sarah Sanders, Zwendolyn Sanders, Brenda Sanders and Kendra Sanders all of Corsicana; sister, Sarah Ann Frierson of Columbus, South Carolina; eighteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Sanders is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Sanders and mother, Emma Sanders.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Floyd Ballard Sr.
Feb 10, 1924 - June 18, 1997

Floyd Ballard Sr., 73, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, June 18, at his home.

Wake services will be held today 7 to 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Eastside Church of Christ with Willie Wilmore officiating.

Interment will follow at Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Joe Ballard, Ray Shawn Ballard, B. J. Deeds Jr., Willie Gary Ballard, Rodney Ballard and Larry Deeds.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Ballard II, William Collins, Joe Robertson, Floyd Ballard Jr., Lewis F. Ballard, Willie M. Ballard, Kenneth J. Ballard, Donald E. Ballard, Paul A. Ballard and Glenn P. Deeds.

He was born Feb. 10, 1924, at Powell. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge as a Corporal. He was a marksman rifle with decorations and citations: American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mrs. Naomi J. Ballard; six sons, Floyd Ballard Jr. of Corsicana, Lewis Ballard of Hinesville, Ga., Willie M. Ballard, Kenneth J. Ballard, Donald E. Ballard and Paul A. Ballard, all of Corsicana; six daughters, Gloria Deeds of Corsicana, Rosetta Ballard Strain of Oceanside, Ca., Hettie Sanders of Corsicana, Jennie V. Ballard of Dallas, Naomi J. Jenkins of san Antonio, Paula D. Ballard of Dallas; 27 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Ethel Mae Pinson, Ada Hawkins and Ruby Ballard, all of Dallas; one brother, Lonnie Ballard of Dallas; two son-in-laws, six daughter-in-laws and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ballard Sr. and Ethel Ballard; two sons, Lloyd Ballard and Boyd Ballard of Corsicana; and two brothers, Leroy Ballard and William Ballard Jr., both of Corsicana.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Pansy Ward
Sep 12, 1906 - Jun 25, 1997

Mrs. Pansy Ward, 90, of Corsicana died June 25 at the Mel Haven Convalescent Home.

Quiet hour is today from 7-8 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home.

Funeral Services are Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Eastside Church of Christ, with Bro. Lee W. Criddle officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland cemetery.

Mrs. Ward was born Sept. 12, 1906 in Chatfield. She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ and served as the first bus ministry chaperone.

Mrs. Ward is survived by daughters, Annie Pearl Crawford, Pansy Lewis (Freddie); Margie Williams (Charles), Bettye Criddle (Lee W.) , Virginia Wilson (Leroy) and Tiny Ward, all of Corsicana, and Cherry Jones of Dekalb; daughter-in-law, Delores Ward of Dallas; sisters, Maxine Milton and Frankie Miller of Corsicana; brothers-in-law, Percell Milton and Ocell Miller, Sr., of Corsicana; 29 grandchildren, 77 great grandchildren; 44 great-great-grandchildren, and nieces, nephews and relatives.

Mrs. Ward is preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sons, two brothers, four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Julia Lee (Johnson) Williams
Sept 4, 1928 - Jan 21, 2011

Julia Lee Johnson Williams, 82, resident of Corsicana, passed away Jan. 21, 2011, at Heritage Oaks West.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1928, to the late Elias and Ella Johnson of Corsicana. Julia received her education at Booker T. Washington and Jackson High School. She later attended Navarro College Vocational Nursing School and successfully passed the Texas State Board Examination to receive her license to practice nursing. Julia accepted Christ and was baptized by the late Rev. E.C. Davis, former pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She remained a faithful member there until the family moved to California. Julia was married in Corsicana, and is the mother of seven children. She was employed at Mel Haven Convalescent Home and Navarro Memorial Hospital. Julia and her family moved to California in 1970, and she united with House of Prayer Baptist Church, where she served faithfully. She was employed at the V.A. Hospital in Palo Alto, Calf., until a severe back injury prevented her continued employment.

Julia married the Rev. Huey Williams in 1980. She was a loving and devoted wife, dedicated Christian mother, caring grandmother, compassionate great grandmother, and a loyal friend who always gave compliments and praise to others, but never sought recognition. She loved people and met everyone with a smile, a hug, and a kind word, always ending with "I Love you,” or "Dear Heart." She was known as "Mama Julia," "Grandma,” and "Honey Bunch." Her favorite expression was "I'm Blessed."

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda; sons, Leroy Jr., and David; and brother Gene Terry.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Huey Williams of Corsicana; four daughters, Jackie Jones, Patricia Fields, and Dearlyn Holmes all of Corsicana, and Emily Rivers and husband Pastor Bruce Rivers of Los Banos, Calf.; six step children; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one sister, Jettie Ellison of Corsicana; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; she is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Huey Williams as Eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Sally M. Winston
Sept 16, 1951 - Jan 11, 2011

Sally M. Winston, 59, of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Moore officiating. Interment will be at Woodland cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Danny Dean Strain
abt 1954 - Mar 13, 2012

Danny Dean Strain, 57, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 West Highway 31, in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rubie Nell (Harrell) Criddle
May 24, 1911 - June 12, 1997

Mrs. Rubie Nell Criddle, 86, of Corsicana died Thursday at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

Quiet hour will be tonight from 7 to 8 at Scott Chapel. Services will be held Tuesday at Bethel AME Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Billy Freeman, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers are Byron Criddle, Jitu Criddle, Eric Chimney, Timothy Criddle, Obidike Kamau, Adisa Kamau, Lee W. Criddle, Jr., and Harvey Criddle.

Mrs. Criddle was born May 24, 1911 in Mart. She was a member of the Bethel AME Church.

Mrs. Criddle is survived by three sons, Lee W. Criddle, Sr. and wife Bettye of Corsicana, Willie Criddle, Jr. and wife Eula of Houston, and Tyrone Criddle of garland; daughter, Tennie criddle-Chimney of Corsicana; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Josephine Harrell, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Criddle was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Harrell and Tennie Kilgore-Webster; daughter, Eula Juanice Criddle-Frances; husband, Willie Criddle, Sr.; three brothers, Alfred, Randolph and Fred Harrell.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Wilyum LaVaniel Henderson Jr.
Oct 13, 1977 - July 24, 1997

Wilyum LaVaniel Henderson, Jr., 19, of Richardson died July 24, at his residence.

Services were today at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Memorial COGIC. Burial will follow at the Woodland cemetery.

Pallbearers are friends of the family and uncles.

Mr. Henderson was born October 13, 1977 in Corsicana. He was a student in the Dallas Independent School District.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his mother, Gloria Williams Henderson; father, Wilyum L. Henderson Sr., both of Dallas; sister, Shelisha Henderson of Corsicana; two grandmothers, Glodene Williams of Corsicana and Doris Henderson of Dallas; six uncles, Edwin, Sam and Trent Henderson all of Dallas, Melvin Hughes of Austin, J. T. Hughes and Hop Hughes both of Corsicana; father figure, Nat Wilson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Charlie Cornish, Jr.
Feb 8, 1932 - Mar 28, 1997

Charlie Cornish, Jr., 65, of Corsicana, died Friday, March 28, 1997, at his residence.

Services are Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Roane Chapel Baptist Church, with Rev. M. R. Parson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Price, Ronnie Ellison, Tommy Tatum, Joe Frank Cooper, L. C. Crawford, Davis Milton and Willie McElroy.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wilbur Kennedy, Richard Butler, James Whitfield, Howard Brown, Arthur Lee Carroll, R. C. Govan, Johnnie B. Grayson, Moses Govan and Leonard Winston.

Mr. Cornish was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Fairfield. He was a mechanic for 35 years.

Mr. Cornish is survived by four daughters, Stephanie Kay Whitfield, Billie Ann Kennedy, Charlene Winston and Rosalyn Renee Gipson; sons, Charlie Ray Cornish, Jimmie Charles Cornish, Carl Edward Gowan and Anthony Lee Govan; sisters, Ella Jean Stratford and Ida Pearl Darrisaw; 16 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Mr. Cornish was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Cornish, Sr. and Viola Riley Cornish and son, Michael Wayne Gibson.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Pinkie Jean Burke
Nov 1, 1935 – Mar 26, 1997

Ms. Pinkie Jean Burke, age 61, of Corsicana died March 26, 1997.

Wake services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Dairy G. Johnson, Sr. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Ms. Burke was born November 1, 1935 in Navarro County.

Ms. Burke is survived by her father, Ollie Burke of Seattle, Washington; two sons; David R. Burke and Curtis E. Burke and wife, Audrey; daughter, Tenasha R. Burke; thirteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother, Mrs. I. D. Love; nieces and nephews, Arthur and Gwen Newsome, Willie and Linda Brown all of Corsicana; and other relatives.

Ms. Burke is preceded in death by her sister, Mrs. Ollie Faye Ellis.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mammie Lee “Sug” Grayson
Dec 18, 1922 - Mar 11, 1997

Mammie Lee (Sug) Grayson, 74, of Corsicana died March 11, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church, with Rev. Joe Hubbard officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin McDade, Robert Hill, Corey Wilson, Gary Mason, Harold Mason and Billy Hubbard.

Mrs. Grayson was born Dec. 18, 1922 in Teague.

Mrs. Grayson is survived by her husband, Leon Mason of Corsicana; brother, Rufus Grayson of Fort Worth; son, Jimmy Grayson; daughter, Lillie Grayson; daughter-in-law Carolyn Watson; son-in-law, William Smith; former daughter-in-law, Carmen Saiz and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Grayson was preceded in death by her mother, two sisters one brother and an adopted daughter.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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John Dennis Alexander
Apr 1, 1938 - Mar 12, 1997

Services for John Dennis Alexander were earlier today at First Independent Baptist Church, with Elder Robert Newsome officiating.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at M. R. Smith’s Parlor for Funerals. Family will receive visitors 6-8 p.m. today.

Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Ron Turbutton, Marcus Turbutton, Daryl White, Carl Turbutton, Nathaniel Johnson and Tommy West. Honorary pallbearers are Mack Pierce, Johnny “Bubba” Calhoun and Bo Riles.

Mr. Alexander passed away March 12, 1997.

Mr. Alexander was born April 1, 1938, to the parentage of Mr. Louise Alexander. He graduated from G.W Jackson High school in 1958. He married Bobbie Jean Mathis.

Mr. Alexander is preceded in death by his mother, Durceil Clark and daughter, Cynthia Alexander.

Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife, Bobbie Alexander; son, John D. Alexander, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Robbie Alexander; three daughters, Debra Gooden and son-in-law Arron Donnell Gooden; Sherry Alexander Solomon Smith; and Gwen Alexander Woods and son-in-law Randy Lee Woods, Jr., all of Corsicana; father, Louis Alexander of Dallas; four stepbrothers and one stepsister; eight grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith’s Parlor For Funerals.

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Doris Littleton
Oct 10, 1925 - Nov 18, 1997

Doris Littleton, 72, of Dallas, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, in Dallas.

Services are 11 a.m. today at First Independent Baptist Church in Corsicana, with Rev. Keith Henry officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are family members and friends.

Ms. Littleton was born in Chatfield on Oct. 10, 1925. She was a graduate of G.W. Jackson High School and Draughton’s Business School of Dallas.

Ms. Littleton is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Sam Spralls, III of Red Oak; son, Michael Littleton of Dallas; grandsons, Rory James Spralls and Sterling Michael Spralls; sisters, Louise Smith and Cornelia E. Carroll, both of Corsicana; nieces, Charlene Littleton of Corsicana, Jeraldene Williams and her husband, Roy, of Lancaster, Mary Lloyd and Andrea Range, both of Dallas; nephews, Alford Littleton and wife, Tonia, of Glenn Heights, Fitzgerald Littleton and Daymon Littleton, both of Dallas; aunt, Carrie E. Hines of Chicago, Ill; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Vanessa (Brown) Crawford
Aug 9, 1963 - Nov 20, 1997

Vanessa Brown Crawford, 34, of Corsicana, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 1997, in Corsicana.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greater Wilgo Baptist Church, with Rev. W. Kurney officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dwight Garrett, Edgar Garrett, Jackie Garrett, Curtis Brown, Patrick Brown, Sidney Davis, Larry Davis, and Chester Davis.

Mrs. Crawford was born in Corsicana on Aug. 9, 1963. She was a member of Soul Savers Temple under the pastorage of Rev. H. D. Haney.

Mrs. Crawford is survived by her mother, Mattie Lee Brown; father, Dewey Thomas, Jr.; daughter, Raynette Lewis; son, Mark Lewis; sisters and brother-in-laws, Betty and Jackie Garrett, Doris and Ralph White, Ethel and Willie Mitchell, Diane and Michael Rush; brothers, L. C. Brown and David Ray Brown; grandmothers, Ethel Haney and Fannie Thomas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her husband, Jerrel Crawford.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Chester Johnson
Sep 7, 1920 - Sep 7, 1997

Chester Johnson, 77, of Corsicana died Sept. 7.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. S. H. Jemerson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Gayland Thomas, Terry Thomas, Gregory Austin, William Horn, Michael Thomas, Alton Albert, and Lester Nevels.

Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Mr. Jones was born Sept. 7, 1920 in Chatfield. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He was a retired employee of Oil City Iron Works. He was a former baseball coach for the “Reds” at Burnett Park.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Addie Johnson of Corsicana; daughter, Marilyn Johnson of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law, William B. and Margaret Johnson of Corsicana; step-son, Freddie Watson of Corsicana; 3 sisters, Edna F. McNeil, and Verdia Jean Johnson both of Long Beach, California, and Georgia V. Carroll of San Francisco, California; brother, John S. Johnson of Seattle Washington; 2 grandchildren; Janice Johnson and William Johnson, Jr., both of Corsicana; 1 great-granddaughter, Tasia Manning; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Chylette Renee McIntyre
May 16, 1996 - July 22, 1997

Chylette Renee McIntyre, 14 months of Corsicana died July 22 at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Billy McIntyre, Derrick Johnson, Edward Williams and Mitchell Rodgers.

Honorary pallbearers are Mark Moore, Charles Moore, John McIntyre and L. E. Gray.

Chrylette McIntyre is survived by her parents Carolyn McIntyre and Anthony Newsome of Corsicana; grandparents Victor and Cynthia Morrison and Clara Collins all of Corsicana; great-great-grandmothers: Naomi Patrick and Rosetta Moore of Corsicana; great-great-great-grandmother, Rogers Blanford of Corsicana; aunts: Leticia McIntyre and Vanessa Newsome; great aunts and uncles: Dwight and Jean Bryant, Billy and Wendy McIntyre, Hazel Moore, Lavonia Moore, Charles Moore, and Mark Moore; and a host of cousins and friends.

Family members request all monetary donations to be made to Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Chylette blessed the lives of so many around her and all donations in her honor will be truly appreciated.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Willie Mae (Sales) Lewis
Apr 18, 1911 - Apr 5, 1997

Eighty-five years ago April 18, 1911 in Wortham, Texas, a beautiful plant was seeded and begun to grow. But early in the morning of April 5, 1997, that plant was plucked by the hand of God.

Willie Mae Sales Lewis was the daughter of the late Lee and Mime Sales. She grew up in Wortham, Texas. She received her formal education in the Wortham Public Schools.

She was baptized into Christ in 1945 with the Eastside Church of Christ, serving as a teacher of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Ladies Bible Class. She also was a member of the Benevolence Ministry and Adult Chorus.

She was a Domestic Engineer 31 years with Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Stewart.

She married the late Ocie Lewis.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory: two sons: Freddie Lewis of Dallas, and Willie J. Lewis of Fort Worth; six daughters: Maggie Young of Fort Worth, Osie Andrews (Walter) and Hattie Albert (Alton) of Corsicana, Geraldine Donaldson Glenda Bluitt (Maurice), Dallas, Zanell Cain (Valley) of Tyler; one sister, Ethelene Dickson, one brother, Odie Sales of Paducah; 25 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 11 great great grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces, two brothers-in-law: Freddie Lewis (Pansy) and Wilson Lewis (Luevenia), three sisters-in-law: Christine Filmore (Cleveland) Louella Curtis and Dovie Truitt and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister.

Wake services will be held Thursday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in the Eastside Church of Christ with Willie Wilmore, officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery.

Active and Honorary Pallbearers: Dwayne Brown, Arthur Donaldson, Robert Billington, Gerald Lewis, Gaylord Brown, Maurice Bluitt II, Kelvin Jones, Freddie Lewis, Jr., Anthony Brown, Ocell Donaldson, Lawrence Brown, Tony Bluitt, Derrick Young, Ray Jones and Gregg Lewis.

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Mary Ann Woods
Jun 15, 1945 - Jun 14, 1997

Mary Ann Woods, 51, of Dallas died June 14 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Bethel AME Church with Rev. Billy Freeman, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are James Hines, Jr., Marcus Hines, Bobbie Hines, George Seton, Tinnis Hines, John Woods, Jr., and Tommy Smith.

Mrs. Woods was born June 15, 1945 in Barry.

Mrs. Woods is survived by her mother, Erma Hines Bunton of Corsicana; two daughters, Deirdoe Lynch and Dawn Flores both of Dallas; five sons: Tommie Smith, John Woods, Jr., Antonio Woods, Craig Campbell and Louis Flores all of Dallas; five sisters: Margaret Crawford, Donna Cox, Nelda Kellogg, Charlean Stafford, and Alice Williams all of Dallas; six brothers: Paul Williams, Ray Williams, Bubba Williams, and George Crawford all of Dallas, Lewis Crawford of Mississippi and Roy Crawford of Wolf City; two daughters-in-law, Kelly Champion Woods and Oletha Brown Woods both of Dallas; foster mother, Jewel Arnett of Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Raymond Tallie
Jan 11, 1920 - Sep 22, 1997

Raymond Tallie, 77, of Corsicana died Sept. 22 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the First Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Kelley and Rev. J. C. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Delvin Tallie, Johnny Ray Cook, Jr., James Waleford, John Waleford, Roger Proctor, Jr., and Ronnie Washington.

Mr. Tallie was born Jan. 11, 1920 in Lancaster. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a deacon. He was a veteran of WWII.

Mr. Tallie is survived by his wife, Mable Tallie; seven children, Catherine Banks, Patricia Blair, Victoria Cook, and Bobby Tallie all of Dallas, Paulette Spain of Corsicana, Ray Tallie of Palmdale, Calif., and Roy Tallie of Mesquite; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Roger Lee Bluitt
Dec 14, 1907 - Sept 4, 1997

Roger Lee Bluitt, 89, of Corsicana died Thursday, Sept. 4 at Vencor Hospital in Fort Worth.

Services are Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Scott Funeral Chapel with Elder Roger Bluitt. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Mr. Bluitt was associated with Calhoun Home for many years, and a former employee of Cotton Mill.

Mr. Bluitt is survived by several cousins and many friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Nathaniel Stevenson
Feb 21, 1902 - Aug 9, 1997

Nathaniel Stevenson, 95, of Corsicana, died August 9 at Park Row Health Care Center.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Independent Baptist Church with Rev. J. C. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

Mr. Stevenson was born February 21, 1902 in Teague. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church.

Mr. Stevenson is survived by his wife, Annie Stevenson of Corsicana; three sons; Onnis Clyde Stevenson of Corsicana, Wilmer Stevenson of Dallas and Charlie Everette Stevenson of San Francisco, California; a daughter, Lula Kenney of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Stevenson is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Betty Stevenson; two sons, Cecil Howard Stevenson and Vernal Stevenson; two brothers and a sister.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Myrtle Hatcher Barnes
Apr 26, 1907 - Aug 23, 1997

Myrtle Hatcher Barnes, 90, of Corsicana died Aug. 23 at MelHaven Convalescent Home.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Greater Wilgo Baptist Church with Rev. William Kurney officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Harold Andrews, Sr., Harold Andrews, Jr., Walter Andrews, and Wm. Lewis Elliott.

Mrs. Barnes was born April 26, 1907 in Fairfield. She was a member of Wilgo Baptist Church where she served with the Mission Society, Ushers and Deaconess.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Viola Thomas Rhynes
Aug 1, 1919 - Jul 31, 1997

Viola Thomas Rhynes, 77, died Thursday, July 31, at her home in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the First Independent Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. Larry Polk officiating. Mrs. Rhynes will be buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and friends.

“Quiet Hour” will be Monday, Aug. 4, from 7-8 p.m. at Scott Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rhynes was born Aug. 1 1919 in Chatfield, Texas. She was a member of Petersburg Baptist Church in Kerens.

Mrs. Rhynes is survived by three sons, Donald Ray Rhynes and Fred Rhynes, both of Corsicana, and Willie P. Rhynes of Dallas; six daughters, Ruby Faye Evans, Ruby Nell Rhynes, Luree Hall, Queen Esther Rhynes and Bessie Rayo, all of Corsicana, and Annie Pearl Benton of Fort Worth; three brothers, O. D. Thomas of Palestine, W. C. Thomas and Aubery Thomas, Jr., both of Fort Worth; four sisters, Hazel Thomas of Dallas, Ethel Mae Berry, Earlene Betts and Annie Ruth Franklin, all of Corsicana; Godchild Ruby Sharper of Fort Worth, special brother-in-law, Joseph Betts of Corsicana; three grandsons-in-law, Sammie L. Campbell, Paul L. Ballard and Ray Anthony Meadows; 24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff Rhynes and three children.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Leon Williams
Feb 7, 1925 - Jul 28, 1997

Mr. Leon Williams of Corsicana passed away on Monday, July 28. Mr. Williams was born February 7, 1925 in Chatfield. He was the youngest of five children born to the parentage of Jim and Evie Williams. A life-long resident of Corsicana, Mr. Williams was one of the first minority business persons in Corsicana, having owned and operated Leon’s Garage for more than forty-five years. A charismatic, kind, generous family man with God given talents his effervescent presence and lighthearted spirit will be sorely missed. He is a treasure! Our loss is heaven’s gain. To God be the glory.

A wake will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church in Corsicana. Reverend Larry L. Polk, Sr., will be officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

The Deacons of Second Mission Baptist Church and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

He leaves to cherish his memory; his beloved wife, M. T. (Monte) Williams; four sons: James L. Williams, Wife, Mollie of Dallas, Jesse Williams, wife, Theresa of Corsicana, Paul Williams of Corsicana, and Leon Hughes, wife, Wannetta of Mansfield; two grandsons: Dr. James Omar Khayan Williams of Dallas and Laron Hughes of Mansfield; three granddaughters, Janay C. Williams of Corsicana, Kellie C. Williams of Corsicana and Nikkina Hughes of Mansfield; one devoted sister, Willie V. Herron of Corsicana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, one brother, Jesse Williams, two sisters, Lenora Cephus and Bessie Herron, one nephew, Jimmy D. Herron and one niece, Zelmarie Herron Egland.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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