Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Nannie Estella (Bruton) Ballew
Apr 14, 1883 - Apr 8, 1972

Mrs. Ballew
FROST-Mrs. Nannie Estella Ballew, 88, a lifelong resident of Mertens, died at about 6 a.m. Saturday after a long illness in the Itasca Nursing Home.

Born April 14,1883, in Emmett, she had been a member of the Mertens Baptist Church. Her husband, A.J. Ballew, and a son precede her in death.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in the Mertens Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Highfill officiating. Burial will be in the Emmett Cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Home of Frost.

Survivors include six sons, J.C. Ballew and Ervin Ballew, both of Fort Worth, Cecil Ballew, Arthur Ballew and Wayne Ballew, all of Mertens, and Leonard Ballew of Waxahachie; five daughters, Mrs. Enice Omberg of Mertens, Mrs. Eula Scott and Mrs. Ivaleta Lege, both of Port Arthur, Mrs. Ina Lois Rubenkoenig and Mrs. Wilma Johnson, both of Fort
Worth; 32 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; seven brothers and three sisters.



Mrs. Ballew
MERTENS—Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie E. Ballew, 88, lifelong Mertens resident, were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mertens Baptist Church of which she was a member. The Rev. Jerry Highfill officiated.

Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery under direction of McCormick Funeral Home of Frost.

A native of Emmett, she died Saturday in an Itasca nursing home after an extended illness.

Surviving are six sons, five daughters, 32 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, seven brothers and three sisters.


Jesse Carlisle Ballew
Sep 11, 1905 - Mar 5, 1974

J. Ballew
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Emmett
Baptist Church in Emmett for Jessie Ballew, a resident of Fort Worth and former resident of Navarro County, who died Tuesday in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Sue Ballew of Fort Worth; a son, Bob Ballew of Fort Worth; a daughter, Joyce Ballew of Fort Worth; five brothers, Irvin Ballew, Cecil Ballew, Arthur Ballew and Wayne Ballew, all of Mertens, and Leonard Ballew of Waxahachie; five sisters, Mrs. Eunice Omberg of Mertens, Mrs. Eula Scott and Mrs. Iva Leta Lege, both of Port Authur, and Mrs. Ima Lois Rubenkaing and Mrs. Wilma Johnson, both of Fort Worth; and a number of grandchildren.


Herman Lee Wyatt
Aug 31, 1892 - Jan 15, 1975

H. L. Wyatt
Services were to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Herman Lee Wyatt, 82, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Arlington.
Rev. Elvis Egge was to officiate with burial following at Emmett Cemetery.
He was a native of Navarro County, member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana an resident of Arlington four years.
Survivors include his widow of Arlington; a daughter Mrs. Bill (Peggy) Wynn of Phenix City, Ala.; two step-sons, J. H. Neese of Mexia and C. O. Neese of Oklahoma City, Okla; two step-daughters, Mrs. T. J. Cherry of Ponca City, Okla. and Mrs. Bernard Wade of Fort Worth; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Mable Barnes of Frisco, Tex. and Mrs. Ruth Martin of Mesa, Ariz.
Pallbearers will be members of Masonic Lodge No. 174.


Samuel Francis Holloway, Jr.
Jan 5, 1903 - Oct 26, 1977

S. F. Holloway
Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Samuel F. Holloway, 74, a former Navarro County resident, who died Wednesday in Fort Worth.
The Rev. Mickey Loftis was to officiate with burial in the Emmett Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be friends of the family.


Paul R. Grant
Apr 20, 1910 - Nov 12, 1977

Paul Grant
Funeral will be 3:30 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home for Paul R. Grant, 67, of Corsicana, who died Saturday in the VA hospital in Marlin. The Rev. James T. Davis will officiate, with burial in the Emmett Cemetery.
He was a native of Ellis county and a retired farmer.
Survivors include one brother, Robert Grant of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Essie Garrett of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Nephews will be pallbearers.


Myra Lee (Melton) Moore
Mar 4, 1882 - Feb 27, 1918

West End News.
There is some sickness to report, there being lots of mumps and roseola and Mrs. Lee Moore of near Emmet is struggling between life and death. She has a young baby two weeks old and has been very low since the birth of her baby and the doctors took her to Waco yesterday morning and she underwent an operation just as soon as she landed there and the news came in yesterday evening that there was little hope for her life. She is a good Christian woman and all that know her love her. Her loved ones have our heartfelt sympathy.

Feb. 24.


West End News.
Sun-Light Pub. Co.

Mrs. Lee Moore of the Emmet community died at the sanitarium in Waco Tuesday last and was buried at the Salem cemetery Wednesday afternoon, the funeral being attended by a large crowd of friends and loved ones. She leaves a husband and three little children to mourn her loss and lots of other loved ones and friends. She was a good Christian woman and was and had been a member of the Methodist church since childhood. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Melton, who preceded her to the Glory Land several years ago. We can only say, weep not, loved ones, for our loss is heaven’s gain. But the husband and three little ones have our most heartfelt sympathy.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 6, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Lee Moore married Dec. 4, 1904, Navarro County, Texas d/o Lavata Texas Melton and Lucy Estes (Lee) Melton

Ford Raley

Soldier Buried at Emmet.
Ford Raley, son of Mrs. Walter Raley, who took his own life at a camp in Illinois a week ago because of domestic trouble, was buried at Emmet near Frost, Wednesday of this week. The remains were accompanied to Frost by a lieutenant of the dead soldier’s command, who made a touching talk at the grave. When the body was lowered into the grave the casket was wrapped in the Stars and Stripes.

Besides his mother at Emmet the soldier left a wife at the camp where his tragic death occurred. He had been in the army four years.


Inf. boy Green
Oct. 7. 1916

West End News.
Kind Editor and Sun-Light Chats:

The little infant baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Judge Green of Emmet was buried in Emmet cemetery Friday, the 7th instant.


John Arthur Lance
1890 - May 1, 1962

Hold Services For J. A. Lance
Funeral services for John Arthur (Art) Lance, 72, who died Friday night in a Mexia hospital, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Riddle Funeral Chapel in Mexia. Burial was in the Emmet cemetery.

Rev. Homer Tarkington, pastor of the Assembly of God church, officiated.

Native of Nashville, Tenn., he was reared at Emmett and had resided at Mexia for the past 34 years.

Surviving are three brothers, F. H. Lance, Mexia; E. K. Lance, Dallas, and M. B. Lance, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. J. M. Fields, Frost, and two daughters.


George Kantorik
Apr 29, 1887 - July 23, 1964

George Kantorik Rites Saturday

Funeral for George Kantorik, 78, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Emmett Baptist church with Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiating.

Burial was in the Emmet cemetery.

Kantorik, a long-time Emmett blacksmith, died in the Navarro Clinic, Thursday afternoon.

He is survived by John L. Kantorik, son, of Tacoma, Wash.; Roy Saurenmann of Kilgore, step-son.

Pallbearers were B. L. Moore, P. R. Stroder, Calvin Dunagan, L. R. Minze, L. D. Moore and J. C. Green.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.






Julia Harrel (Pierce) Carrell
June 19, 1873 - Oct 24, 1965

Monday Rites Mrs. Carrell

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Carrell, 92, of Emmett, who died in an Itasca nursing home, Sunday, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Eubanks funeral Chapel at Hubbard with burial in the Emmet cemetery.

Mrs. Carrell was a member of the Emmett Baptist church and resided in Hill county all of her life.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. J. Anderson, Waco, and Mrs. Gladys C. Hauk, Tyler; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


James Douglas "J.D." Sykes
Dec 26, 1921 - July 7, 2012

Mr. J.D. Sykes, age 90, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 7,
2012 at his home in Corsicana. He was born on December 26, 1921 in Dawson to parents Albert Anderson and Birdie Mae Sykes.

He was a member of Calvary Worship Center. He was employed with Oil City Iron Works, and retired after 36 years of service. He was a very selfless person, and always put his family first before anything else.
He was always ready to hear a good joke, and loved to laugh. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Ola Mae Sykes on May 5, 2012; parents, A.A. and Birdie Mae Sykes; brother, Leo Sykes; sisters, Cleo McGary and Louise Webb; son-in-law, John W. Armstrong, Jr.; and a grandson, Kenny Dyer.

He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Armstrong of West Columbia, Sondra Dyer and husband Kenneth of Corsicana, Alisia Greer and husband Dan of Corsicana; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; sisters, Gracie Hallmark of Mexia and Nelda Pendergraph of Mexia; brothers, Ralph Sykes and wife Bobbie of Hillsboro, Hudine Sykes and wife Margaret of Corsicana, and Bobby Sykes and wife Miki of Fairfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a big host of friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.
on Monday, July 9, 2012 at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W.
Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Armstrong, III, Shannon Dyer, Alvin Mullican, Jarrett Greer, Dustin Robinson, and Dillon Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Taylor James, Jeremiah Armstrong, Mason Dyer, and Clayton Dyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N.
Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hand in Hand Hospice for their outstanding loving care of their dad during his final days.


Mary Elizabeth (Ruth) Holliefield
Oct 17, 1893 - Feb 1, 1981

The funeral service for Mrs. Mary E. Holliefield, 87, of Bardwell, was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Keever Chapel, Ennis, with the Rev. Irvan Anthony of Toole and the Rev. J. C. Hixon officiating. Interment was in Mankin cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Loyd Hunt of Grahm; George Grammer of Bardwell; Charles Guthrie of Seagoneville; Bruce Holliefield of Malakoff; Maurice Bucholz of Bardwell and Charles Cox of Houston.

Mrs. Holliefield died Sunday afternoon in Ennis Community Hospital, after a long illness. She was born October 17, 1893, in Blooming Grove, the daughter of George and Lottie Elliott Ruth. In 1907 she moved to Trinidad with her parents and in 1909 was married to James Mack Holliefield of the Trinidad community. After their marriage they lived in Trinidad and April 7, 1927, Mr. Holliefield died. In 1938, Mrs.
Holliefield moved to Bardwell and was a member of the Bardwell Baptist Church.

Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Allen Shofner of Bardwell and Mrs.
R. C. Young of Dobbin; nine grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three brothers, Joseph Ruth of Malakoff, W. L.
Ruth of Trinidad and Frank Ruth of Taylor, Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. J D. Pate of Lockney and Mrs. Jim McManus of Canton; and several nieces and nephews.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Feb 11, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Estelle (Wilkes) McPherson
Sept 7, 1897 - June 7, 1981

Mrs. Estelle McPherson, 84, of Kerville died Monday morning, June 8, in Kerrville. She was a native of Frost and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include; one daughter, Mrs. Jean Howard of Florida; two grandchildren; three brothers, Lowell Wilkes and Damon Wilkes, both of Hubbard and Wendell Wilkes of LaPorte; and one sister, Mrs. Edith Clayton of Hubbard.

Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard with Rev. J. C. Skinner officiating.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 17, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Texas Death Index and headstone show her death on June 7, 1981
  • Parents: Duncan Brown Wilkes and Ula Willie (Huff) Wilkes

Anna A. (Freeman) Henry
Feb 18, 1860 - Mar 25, 1937


Arlington, Texas, March 17 - Funeral services for Mrs. A. S. Henry, aged 77, mother of Rev. Patrick Henry, of Ft. Worth, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arlington Christian church. Mrs. Henry had lived in Arlington twenty years and formerly lived in Corsicana.

In addition to Mr. Henry survivors are her husband, another son, A. E.
Henry, of Arlington; two daughters, Mrs. Ray Breg, of Washington, and Miss Josephine Henry, of Arlington; a sister Miss Inez Freeman, of Arlington, and four grandchildren; including Rev. Patrick Henry, Jr., pastor of the Christian church at Arlington.

A. S. Henry was a prominent merchant in Blooming Grove for a number of years and Mrs. Henry took an active part in social and church circles here.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Apr 2, 1937
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Tarrant Co. Texas - w/o Adolphus S. Henry - d/o Edward R. Freeman and Ophelia Jones (Tillman) Freeman

Andrew Jackson Loyd
Oct 20, 1839 - Jan 3, 1926

A. J. Loyd Passed Away

Hon. A. J. Loyd passed away Sunday morning about 10 o'clock at his home in Italy. The deceased was well known here, and our citizens remember him as a man of lofty ideals, sterling character and noble purposes. He had served his country in war, had been road overseer, school trustee and a member of the legislature. In all these positions he had but one purpose-do his very best. He was a useful citizen, and his life was a busy, active one and his example a pattern worthy to be followed.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, January 8, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Alfred Loyd and Nancy (Taylor) Loyd (from death certificate)
  • Burial: Italy Cemetery, Italy, Ellis Co., Texas

Rose Blanche (Fagala) Phillips
July 14, 1894 - May 9, 1926

Died Following Operation

Mrs. Dee Bagett received news on Mother's Day that her sister, Mrs. C. L. Phillips, formerly Blanche Fagala, had died that morning at 9:30 following an operation in Tallehasse, Ala. Mrs. Phillips was well known here and her many friends will remember her as a fine young lady.
Interment was in Varnell, Ga., the home town. She leaves two boys ages 10 and 6, husband, mother, two sisters, one brother and may other relatives and friends who mourn her untimely death.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, May 28, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Colbert Leonadus "Hun" Phillips
  • d/o Owen Holmes Kenyon Fagala & Mary Abigail "Mollie" (Farmer) Fagala

Chester Crittenden Thomas
July 26, 1870 - Nov 13, 1926


On Friday night, Nov. 12 at 8:05 o'clock Barry lost one of its most valued and loved citizens C. C. Thomas prominent druggist, school trustee and member of the Christian church. Death resulted from a stroke of paralysis which affected him Thursday. The burial was held in Cleburne Sunday, his old home town.

The deceased is survived by his wife and five daughters, and a number of relatives. He was esteemed highly by every Barry citizen.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 19, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Arra Belle (McPherson) Thomas; s/o E. O. Thomas & Elizah (Sneed) Thomas (info from death certificate) - Burial: Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson Co. Texas

Joseph Benjamin Wilkinson
March 17, 1872 - Feb 8, 1930

Ben Wilkinson Died Suddenly in Midland

News was received in Blooming Grove Saturday of the sudden death of Ben Wilkinson at Midland. Mr. Wilkinson fell dead on the streets in Midland.

The deceased was the son of the late I. N. Wilkinson. He was reared at Emmet, married a Miss Moore of Emmet, was a merchant in Blooming Grove, the firm being Young & Wilkinson. With his family he moved to Midland where he grew in wealth and in popularity.

He has a brother in Fort Worth; and a half brother, C. N. Wilkinson of Longview; and a stepmother, Mrs. I. N. Wilkinson of this city.

He was a good business man, a fine citizen and at his death was between
60 and 65 years old.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 14, 1920
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Lula (Moore) Wilkinson - s/o Isaac Newton Wilkinson and Sue (Hust) Wilkinson

Dec 31, 1929 - Dec 31, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Morgan of the Barry community lost an infant child, born December 31 and lived only a short time. The body was interred in Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove. The mother is getting along nicely.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Johnnie Dathan "JD" Melton
May 30, 1924 - Aug 4, 1980


After almost a year of serious illness, J. D. Melton of Dresden passed away last Monday morning, at the age of 57 years. Mr. Melton is survived by his wife Joy Melton, daughter Patsy Whiteley, father J. G.  Melton and an number of brothers and sisters. Lylan Morton of Dresden, Ruben Melton of Ft. Worth, Louetta Ewing of Dresden, Lorraine McCullough of Corsicana, Eddie Pearl Johnson of Dresden, Grover Melton of Irving, Cecil Melton of Corsicana, Dean Melton of Dresden, Dorothy Eaton of New York, Sybil Malone of Frost and Darlene Beckler of Dallas.

Also surviving Mr. J. D. Melton are two grandsons, Johnny and Bobby Watts.

Pallbearers were Ordway Ferrell, Buster Haden, Dan Nicholson, Reagan Grounds, Jessie Lee Young and Marden Leonard.

Mr. Melton was buried at the Dresden Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, this week. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Mr. Melton passed away while in the Hubbard Hospital.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wed, Aug. 6, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Herbert Melton
Mar 5, 1900 - Apr 12, 1980

William Herbert Melton 80, of Blooming Grove, died Saturday morning at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services were at 2:30 p.m. in Sunday in Blooming Grove.

The Rev. Leroy Reaves officiated with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

A former Texaco Oil employee he was a life-long Blooming Grove area resident. His wife, Olga Mueller of Victoria, preceded him in death June 8, 1975.

Survivors include two brothers Bill Roy Melton, Trinity, and Edward Melton Blooming Grove; one sister, Sue Nell Weatherby, Stephenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, April 23, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Willie Lee (Edwards) Carroll-Eldred
May 12, 1901 - Apr 18, 1980

Mrs. Willie Carroll Eldred, 78, former resident of Blooming Grove died Friday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. at Corley's Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Rev. David Hale officiated with burial following in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, James, Gerald, Frank all of Corsicana and Joe of Garland; one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Woods, Burkburnett; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two brothers; one sister and a number of nieces and nephews.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, April 23, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ephraim Hugh "Henry" Gray
Sep 10, 1856 - Apr 27, 1926

Passed Away Sunday

E. H. Gray passed away Sunday at his home in Malakoff. Interment was at the Dresden Cemetery Monday afternoon. Rev. Caraway of the First Baptist church, Blooming Grove conducted the funeral services.

E. H. Gray was at one time a resident of Blooming Grove.

Mr. Gray was 69 years old at the time of his death. Three sons and four daughters survive him.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 30, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Thomas Lowrey Brown
Dec 21, 1868 - Nov 13, 1926


Tom Brown of Drane, manager of the Drane gin, a man slightly past middle age, died Saturday and the body was interred in the Drane cemetery
[Dresden Cemetery] Sunday. Brown was injured six months ago when a truck ran over him on the streets of Corsicana, and it was this injury from which he never recovered. Tom Brown was closely related to the Magee family here, and Mrs. Lynch.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 19, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Funeral services for Tom Brown aged 57 years, who died at his home in the Drane community Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock with interment at the Dresden Cemetery. Mr. Brown was a farmer and is well known in the county. He has resided in Navarro county for many years.

Several grown children survive.


Newton Joseph Brim
Mar 31, 1854 - Feb 9, 1930

N. J. Brim Passed Away in Corsicana

N. J. (Uncle Joe) Brim, aged 76 years, died at his residence at 925 South Beaton in Corsicana at 4 a.m. Sunday. The McCormick funeral coach went for the body Monday and carried it to Dresden cemetery for burial at 3 p.m., Monday.

Rev. Kinslow, pastor of the Methodist church officiated.

Uncle Joe Brim had lived near Dresden for a number of years and had many friends there.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, February 14, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Thomas Smith
Sep 16, 1857 - Feb 8, 1930

John. T. Smith, 72 buried at Dresden

John T. Smith, aged 72, passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday at his home near Purdon. Burial was held at Dresden Cemetery at 3 p.m. Sunday under the direction of the I. O. O. F. of Corsicana.

The McCormick funeral parlor was in charge.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 14, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Joel "Jody" Evans Rogers
Mar 6, 1930 - July 11, 2012

Joel “Jody” Rogers, age 82, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rufus Nutt officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.



Mr. Joel “Jody” Rogers, age 82, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. He was born on March 6, 1930 in Athens, Texas to parents, Steve and Pauline Rogers.
Jody Rogers was greatly loved by his three living children Vicky, Brenda and Mike. They recognized the home he provided in their youth as a very safe place to be, under his watchful eye. Jody worked for 42 years at Oil City Iron Works. He passed his work ethics along to his kids and they became successful in their own lives under his guidance. Jody coached little league baseball at BB Field for many years. Some of you may remember him as the coach for the Minor Oranges, National Reds, or Cubs in the Pony League. He was the man with a big chew of tobacco in his cheek at every game. He looked like someone had stuffed a baseball in his jaw, but he had a purpose for that wad of tobacco in his mouth.
If one of his kids got an ant bite, wasp sting or was pinged on the head by a baseball, he just reached in his mouth and applied the tobacco to the wound. For reasons, only known by him, the tobacco compresses cured the injury within minutes and the game continued. Jody also loved to fish and hunt. It was a great way to keep meat on the table for three growing kids, when there was no money to buy meat at the market.
Jody never forgot the golden rule, "Honor thy Mother and Father" and he took excellent care of his Mom and Dad while raising his own family.
Long after his own children had left the safety of his home he continued to care for his Mom and Dad until their deaths, while keeping a very close eye on his three grown children and lending his love, advice and support to them when ask for and needed.
Every kid in the USA today would be very lucky to have a Dad like Jody Rogers in their lives. He was not perfect and knew that. He made mistakes and admitted them with deep regrets. He always had food on the table if you were hungry. He would give you his last dollar if you needed it and a place to sleep. Jody Rogers was very special to those of us who loved him and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Pauline Rogers; daughter, Linda Sue Rogers; brothers, Arthur, Lee, and Alvie Rogers; grandson, Shae Rogers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara Rogers; daughters, Vicky Prater and husband Harold, and Brenda Kay Lewis; son, Mike Rogers and wife Stacy; grandsons, Trey Hedrick, Matt Lewis, and Justin Rogers; granddaughter, Wendy Ragan; great grandson, Tristin Lewis; great granddaughters, Meghan Knotts and Paige Ragan; sister, Joyce Patterson and husband Monroe; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 13, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rufus Nutt officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ray Jacobs, Charles Walpole, Jessie Perez, Billy Hatley, Matt Lewis, and Justin Rogers. Honorary Pallbearers are Frank Greer, David Trent, Ed Erwin, and Eric Meyers, Sr.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Navarro County Child Advocacy Center, 120 E. 2nd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
The family would like to Thank the Twilight Nursing Home, Hand-in-Hand Hospice, and Dr. Ronald L. Rodriguez for their compassionate care of their very much loved family member.

Joe Kenneth "Kenny" Hodge
Jan 20, 1949 - July 10, 2012

Joe Kenneth (Kenny) Hodge passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at his home in Arlington.

Kenny graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1967 and attended UTA.
He was an excellent athlete achieving All District status as a lineman for Sam Houston. His love of sports followed him throughout his life with a particular love for SMU, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. He was an extremely intelligent person who would work calculus problems for the fun of it. He valued his friends above all else and his sense of humor and quick wit endeared him to all who knew him. He had a particular fondness for the music of the Beach Boys and was an avid reader with science fiction being his favorite genre. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Kenny was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann Hodge.

He is survived by his father, Billy Joe Hodge; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Mary Hodge of Midlothian; brother, Richy Hodge of Dallas; two nephews, Robert and Dallas Hodge and their families and a host of good friends that are his his chosen family.

Family visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dallas Hodge, Robert Hodge, Kevin Hinshaw, Coy Hodge, Mike McMillan, Bobby Petty, Bill Fleming, Terry Twomey, Carolyn French and Joe Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Ruby Lee (Lester) White
Jan 20, 1916 - July 14, 2012

Mrs. Ruby Lee White, 96, of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1916 in Elmo, to Betty Frances Cauthen and Calvin better known as “Cal” Lester.

Ruby Lee and Ralph started school together at Elmo. Ruby Lee’s family moved to Terrell, where she went to school. Ralph moved away and came back to Terrell when he was 18 and they married. They moved to Abilene where Allen was born. They moved back to Corsicana when Allen was eight years old. Ruby Lee was a member of First Methodist Church of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Myrna Liston.

Survivors include her son, Allen White of Combine; grandson, Chris White and wife Briana of Seagoville; granddaughter, Nicole Williams and husband Troy of Avalon; great grandson, Kaden Williams of Avalon; sister, Bennie Blackstone of Corsicana; nieces, Sylvia Parrish and husband Bennie of Dallas, Rachael Throgmorton and husband Art of Fort Worth, and Kathy Roney of Corsicana, who she loved dearly and were like daughters to her; and five great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Elmo Cemetery in Elmo with the Rev. Patrick McCurrin of Corsicana officiating. Interment will follow in Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Reese, Gary Callaway, Bennie Parrish, Roney Pollard, Chen Tsu, Tim Parrish and Jason Gray.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 14, 2012 Submitted by Karen Rost

Honorary Pallbearers are Butch Sheppard, Tommy Whitesdale and Art Throgmorton.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 14, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Ralph Allen White both buried at Elmo Cemetery, Elmo, Kaufman Co.

Richard Leo MacGeorge
Oct 9, 1931 - July 12, 2012

Richard Leo MacGeorge, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012.

He was born Oct. 9, 1931, in River Rouge, Mich. to Ansel and Rose MacGeorge. He honorably served as a corporal in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Beth MacGeorge of Corsicana; children, Ricky MacGeorge of Kentucky, Greg MacGeorge of Kentucky, Denise Norton of South Carolina, Angie Warren of Tyler and Yvonne Blalock of Tyler; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Griffin -Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Charles McBryde officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Warren, Jeb Blalock, Wayne Lutz, Ben Hernandez and Andy Norton. Intement will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Gulnair Nell (Cruse) Watson
Aug 19, 1888 - June 29, 1956

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Charlie Watson

Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Watson, 67, who died Friday night in Corsicana following an extended illness, were held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Griffin Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by the Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church, assisted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger.

A former Blooming Grove resident, Mrs. Watson was the widow of the late Charlie Watson.

Surviving are a son, Billy Watson; a daughter, Minnie Lee Watson, and a grandson Billy Harper Watson, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Russell, Emhouse, and Mrs. Mose Armstrong, Corsicana; three brothers, Roger Cruse, Blooming Grove; Frank Cruse, New Albany, Miss., and Bill Cruse, Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Frank Leathers, Otis Atkeisson, Howard Denbow, Billy Draper, E. H. Richards and C. N. Tramel.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 6, 1956
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ola Parale (Ware) Grosdidier
Sept 2, 1907 - Apr 25, 1965

Hold Services Mrs. Grosdidier

Final rites for Mrs. J. W. Grosdidier, 57, of Silverton, who died Monday, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel. The services were conducted by Rev. Clyde Cain. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband and two sons Leon and Glenn Grosdidier, all of Silverton; three daughters, Mrs. Bobby Brooks, El Paso; Mrs. Selma MacNew, Palestine, and Miss Sarah Grosdidier, Lubbock; three brothers, Leroy Ware, Houston; Fred and Frank Ware, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. D. W. Honeycutt, Corsicana, and Mrs. Herman White, McKinney; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ware, Angus; and 15 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Elliott White, D. W. Honeycutt, Jr.; Jimmy Ware, Floyd Knotts, Al Thomas and Burt Jones.


John Elver Whitten
Mar 27, 1890 - Apr 9, 1971

Whitten Rites Set Saturday

Funeral services for Mr. John Elver Whitten of Mildred will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Whitten died today at Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include one son, John Whitten of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Alibeth Hodge of Mildred; four grandsons; his mother, Mrs. W. H. Whitten of Corsicana; two sisters, Miss Iva Whitten and Miss Ivan Whitten, both of Corsicana.


Irel Hubert Whitten
Feb 10, 1900 - May 4, 1951

Hubert Whitten Services Sunday

Funeral services for Irel Hubert Whitten, 51, who died of a heart attack Friday evening at his home 1800 West Park, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. F. Lovelady, pastor of the church, and Silas Tripplett, Church of Christ minister.

Native of Purdon, he was employed by R. D. Fleming at the time of his death and was connected with the First National Bank for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Miss Glenda Sue Whitten; mother, Mrs. W. H. Whitten, two sisters, Misses Iva and Ivan Whitten, all of Corsicana; two brothers, J. E. Whitten, Corsicana, and Warren Whitten, Purdon; a nephew, Glen Moore, San Antonio, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ezra Hubbard, Edd Wyrick, Joe Smith, M. L. Dreeben, Hoyt Moore and J. N. Garitty.

Corley directed.


Chester Leroy Easley
Sep 25, 1903 - Feb 27, 1981

Chester L. Easley, 79, of Corsicana, died Friday night at Memorial Hospital.

Services was Monday, 2 p.m., Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial followed at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in the form of donations to the Navarro County Crippled Children's Society

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mae Easley of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. C. A. (Earline) Watson, of Corsicana, and Mrs. Jim Roy (Dorothy) Brown of Corsicana; three sons, James M. Easley, of Fort Worth, Junior Easley, of Emhouse, Kenneth Lee Easley, of Dallas; 23 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Estelle Clayton of Tixco, Missouri, and Mrs. Kathy Heathcote, of Corsicana; a brother, Johnny F. Easley, of Mildred; and a brother-in-law, Joe T. Smith, of Corsicana; nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A son, Glen D. Easley preceded him in death in 1973.

Pallbearers were Aubrey Smith, Bobby Beasley, Tubby Henson, Gary Wayne Brown, Ronnie Easley, and Timothy Easley.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, March 4, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lee Roy Watts
July 11, 1923 - Oct 20, 1943

Rites for Abilene Man Be Held Here friday Morning

Funeral services for Leroy Watts, age 20 years, who died in Abilene, will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the Corley chapel. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

His father, Fred D. Watts, Corsicana; brother, Curtis Roy Watts, U. S. Navy, and other relatives survive.


Fred Dee Watts
Feb 15, 1889 - Mar 26, 1959

Rites Saturday For F. D. Watts

Funeral services for Fred Dee Watts, 70, Route 3, retired farmer, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday night, were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe Evans, pastor of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist church.

Watts was a native of Ellis county.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Curtis Wayne Watts, Fort Carson, Colo., and Charles Wayne Johnson, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Donald Todd, Dallas; Mrs. Kelly Cook, Haylor, and Mrs. Jewell Copeland, Houston; seven grandchildren; a brother, T. T. Watts, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. John Martin and Mrs. Charlie Stead, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Pearl Ratliff, Abilene, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Arvel Jacobs, Rube Boyte, Clem Boyte, G. C. Cowden, John Bryant, Luther Murphy, Henry Murphy, J. H. Sandifer and Percy Nowell.


Nettie J. Watts
Feb 26, 1902 - Sept 24, 1976

Mrs. Watts

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery for Mrs. Nettie Watts, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

She was a native of Texas and lived most of her life in Corsicana.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Judy Copeland of Houston, Mrs. Amalene McRobie of Arlington, and Mrs. Adele Cook of Temple; two sons, Charlie Wayne Johnson of Dallas, and Curtis R. Watts of Lawton, Okla.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Hardin of Pursley and Mrs. V. T. St. Cricq of Houston, and five nieces and nephews.


John B. "Johnnie" Blanford
Jul. 30, 1899 - Apr. 27, 1965

Heart Attack Blamed In Death J. B. Blanford

An inquest into the death of Jimmy [sic] B. Blanford, 71, was made at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by Justice of the Peace W. H. Tupton at Memorial hospital where Blanford was dead on arrival.

After mowing grass, Blanford had come into his house at Blooming Grove, his wife reported. She found him gasping. He died at approximately 5:30 p.m.. The man had been ill previously.

Tipton returned a verdict of death by heart attack.


Verna Catherine Lucas
Dec 31, 1919 - July 1, 2012

Verna Catherine Lucas, 92, passed away July 1, 2012 in Valrico, Florida.
She was a long time resident of Corsicana and Trinidad.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earnest Lucas.

She is survived by her daughter Soo Soo Lucas Rhoads, two sons Peter and Mark Lucas, grandchildren Todd Rhoads, Laurel Hughes and Michael Lucas, and four great grandchildren. Through years of a life with Alzheimer's, she continually blessed us with her kind nature and beautiful smile.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad. Words of comfort may be expressed at
5643 Key Ranch Rd, Trinidad, TX 75163 or by phone (903) 778-2647 or cell
(813) 758-3630.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Jessica Oten
abt 1990 - July 7, 2012

Jessica Oten, 22, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 7,2012 at her residence. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Vivian Ione (Robinson) Dyer
Nov 6, 1930 - July 7, 2012

Vivian Ione Dyer, 82 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Corsicana.

She was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Eureka to Andrew Alan and Mattie Gertrude Coker Robinson.

She enjoyed being a seamstress for many years. She also enjoyed spending time in her yard gardening. As she got into her elder years and wasn’t able to enjoy the time in her yard she began taking great enjoyment in reading.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, W.A. Dyer.

Surviors include children, Ricky Griffin and wife Glenda of College Station, Donna and Tom Goodin of Navarro, and Cathy and Loyd Selman of Corsicana; grandchildren, Dustin Griffin of Dallas, Bryan Selman and wife Monica of Mildred, Ashley and Matt Hilgemeier of College Station, and Aaron and Jamie Goodin of Navarro; great grandchildren, Savannah and Cheyenne Goodin, and one on the way, Griffin Grace Hilgemeier.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 11:30 am Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Eureka Cemetery with Kory Koch officiating.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Oran O. Pickering
Feb 17, 1892 - Apr 27, 1965

O. O. Pickering Rites Thursday

Oren O. Pickering, 73, retired peace officer, native of Tupelo, 617 North Twenty-Seventh street, was dead on arrival at the Navarro clinic Tuesday afternoon from an apparent heart attack, Howe French, justice of the peace, ruled in his coroner's verdict following an investigation.

Pickering is reported to have been working in his yard, cutting a small tree when he was stricken.

He served for years as jailer and deputy sheriff, and also was with the Corsicana police department many years, retiring as assistant chief of police.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church and Dr. A. J. Kirkland, Henderson college president and former pastor here.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Dickson, Dallas; five sons, Frederick Lee Pickering, Austin; Craig Pickering, Frisco; David Crowley, Austin; E. C. Crowley, San Antonio, and Duane Crowley, Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Daisey Smith, and a brother, Norris W. Pickering, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.


Emmett W. Prewitt
Dec 31, 1900 - Nov 16, 1965

Wednesday Rites E. W. Prewitt

Funeral services for Emmett W. Prewitt, 64, molder, 709 West Eleventh avenue, who died Tuesday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Gene Tone, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church of which he was a member.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Felto Prewitt, Houston; four grandchildren, mother, Mrs. D. W. Prewitt, Palestine; two brothers, John D. Prewitt, Columbia, Miss., and E. B. Prewitt, Fort Worth; six sisters, Mrs. E. C. Raby and Mrs. S. D. Goins, both of Corsicana; Mrs. L. A. Horn and Mrs. Francis Baldauf, both of Fort; Mrs. C. H. Stewart, Tyler, and Mrs. H. D. Hill, Palestine, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Eddy Raby, Francis Baldauf, Clifford Stewart, Shirley Goins, Alton Horn, Buddy Starks and Claude Stubbs.


H. W. "Wirt" Singletary
Dec 23, 1870 - Mar 14, 1932



Funeral services for H. W. (Wirt) Singletary, aged 61 years, pioneer resident of Corsicana, who died at his home, 218 West First avenue, at an early hour Monday, will be held from the First Presbyterian church Tuesday mornig at 10:30 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the church.

A negro washwoman came to the Singletary residence Monday morning and became suspicious when no answer was made to her calls, and a neighbor, C. M. Bowden, was called and the body was found in a bedroom. An attending physician stated that he apparently had been dead six or eight hours when discovered Monday morning about 8 o'clock. The cause of death was reported to have been an overdose of sedative tablets used by Mr. Singletary over a protracted period. He had been in ill health for some time.

Mr. Singletary was born in Huntsville, Texas, Dec. 23, 1870. After Mr. Singletary's father died he became a telegraph operator while a young lad in order to support his mother. The family resided in San Antonio where he was connected with the H. and B. Beer cotton company and later he was in the insurance business in Denver, Colo. He had resided in Corsicana practically all of his life , but had handled press wires in several cities. He operated the concession stand in the Navarro county courthouse for several years, later returning to the insurance business in which he was engaged at the time of his death. He was well-known in Corsicana and Navarro county.

The body was taken to the residence of a cousin, H. O. Blanding, 619 West Second Avenue, Monday afternoon.

His mother, Mrs. A. A. Singletary, preceded him in death four years ago.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. William Freebury, and a son, Howard Singletary, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, William Singletary, Marion, Va. and other relatives including Mr. Blanding Mrs. Lena Rice and Mrs. Frank P. Wood, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be A. P. (Gus) Mays, E. E. Sheehey, Harrison Fendley, I. N. Cerf, N. Suttle Roberts, and J. S. Simkins.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Thursday, Mar 15, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Allie Brown Singletary - s/o D. O. Singletary and Antona (Palmer) Singletary

The Sick and Convalescent

Wirt Singletary had his right foot amputated at the P. and S. Hospital today and is reported to have rallied nicely fromt he operation and is now resting well.


Fairy (Clayton) Inabnit
Oct 7, 1868 - Mar 28, 1939


Funeral rites for Mrs. O. Inabnit, formerly of Corsicana, who died in Houston Tuesday morning, were held from the Corley chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. P. E. Riley, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mrs. Inabnit resided in Corsicana many years before moving to Houston several years ago. Her late husband was in the drug business here.

Surviving are a son, Neyland Inabnit, Waco; two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Peoples, HOuston, and Mrs. Richard Scott, Sherman; a brother, E. M. Clayton, Waco; three sisters, Mrs. W. R. Harris and Mrs. G. A. Walters, both of sAn saba, and Mrs. R. A. Stacy, Houston; seven grandchildren and other relatives.


Viola Palmer
Oct 9, 1871 - Mar 18, 1932


Funeral services for Mrs. E. M. Palmer, who died at the family residence, 1112 North Beaton street, friday afternoon at 215 o'clock, following an extended illness, will be held from the family home saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of which Mrs. Palmer was a member.

Surviving are her husband, who is city commissioner; a sister, Mrs. J. C. Blankenship; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Pannie Gaillard, and two nieces, Misses Oneta and Lorethe Gaillard all of Corsicana.

Active pallbearers will be Andrew Eckleman, J. L. Williams, E. T. Tarbutton, E. C. Ray, T. G. Keeling and Amos Harwell.

Honorary pallbearers will be the friends of the family.

The services will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral home.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Tuesday, March 22, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Edward Monroe Palmer

Charles Richard McAfee, Sr.
Mar. 8, 1882 - Apr. 23, 1958

Friday Services For C. R. McAfee
Relatives from Corsicana have returned from Amarillo where they attended funeral services last Friday (April 25) for C. R. McAfee, 76, retired rancher and furniture store owner, and former Corsicana resident, who died Wednesday, April 23, in Amarillo.

The former Corsicanan had been in ill health for several years with a heart condition. He had been a resident of Amarillo about 45 years.

Attending the funeral were a sister, Mrs. Ross Sutton, of Corsicana, a sister-in-law, Mrs. L. R. McAfee, and another sister, Mrs. Bryan Williams of Galveston.

Other survivors include his three children, a son, Lane McAfee, Amarillo; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Taylor of Amarillo and Mrs. Ben Mead of Dallas; three brothers, L. R. McAfee, Corsicana, Rev. J. U. McAfee, Dallas, and Dr. A. M. McAfee of Woodville; two sisters, Mrs. L. G. Daniel of Waco and Mrs. A. A. Bennett of Provicence, R. I.; several grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.


Frank Harvey Hagle Sr.
June 20, 1914 - July 18, 2012

Frank Harvey Hagle, Sr., 98, was born on June 20, 1914 in Elgin, Oklahoma and passed away on July 18, 2012 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home Chapel on Dalworth. Burial will be private at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Frank graduated from Cameron College and served in the Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Military Honor of the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Frances Sagnibene Hagle; sons: Frank Hagle, Jr. and wife Barbara of Grand Prairie, Texas, Steven Hagle and wife Marilyn of Blooming Grove, Texas; grandchildren Jennifer Mosser and husband Randall Mosser, Bryan Hagle, Steven Hagle and wife Melisa, Hannah Hagle, and Sammy Hagle. The family expresses their appreciation to Texas Hospice for excellent care.

Arthur Wilson Stokes
Nov 30, 1850 - June 12, 1925

A. W. Stokes Passes Away

A. W. Stokes passed away about 10 Friday night, after an illness of several months duration.

The deceased was an old time citizen of Navarro county. In his earlier days Cryer Creek was his home, later he lived in Blooming Grove, tried it a little further west, lived in Corsicana. Wherever he cast his lot he made a good citizen and the community was helped by his clear ideas and standards of morals.

When the family became alarmed over his physical condition a few months ago he was brought from Eastland to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sallie Grady, in this city. He kept losing his strength until at last the soul went out to go to the home not made with hands.

Mr. Stokes was a man highly esteemed by his fellow citizens. He was always light-hearted, perfectly agreeable, loyal to any conviction to his promise. He loved politics, helped many a worthy man into office and helped his country be a better country.

The remains were interred at the Cryer Creek cemetery, with the following active pallbearers: Jeff Stokes, F. H. Simpson, R. L. Harris, Dr. Ellis, L. W. Thrash, W. L. Ford.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 19, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Olivia (Maggard) Stokes m. May 16, 1874 in Navarro County.

Fannie (Lyons) Brown
1884 - Mar 25, 1937

Mrs. Brown Buried At Cryer Creek Saturday

Mrs. J. F. Brown, aged 53, died in San Antonio Wednesday. Funeral services were held at the Cryer Creek Baptist church Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. C. R. Rhodes. She is survived by a husband and five children. The McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.


Guy Edward Schuyler
Apr 08, 1891 - May 12, 1926

Man Kills Self

G. E. Schuyler near 35 years old shot and instantly killed himself with a pistol at 9:00 A.M., Wednesday on the front porch of his home in Pinkston.

The deceased is survived by a wife and three children. Mrs. Schuyler is the daughter of Miles Truelove of Blooming Grove.

Interment was in the Cryer Creek cemetery Thursday afternoon.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday
  • Submitted by Karen Rost




Guy Schuyler, aged about 36 years, well known farmer of the Pinkston community several miles northwest of Corsicana, died Wednesday morning at his home from the effects of alleged drinking carbolic acid and a wound in the temple from a gun in his own hands, according to information received in Corsicana. He had been despondent over the crop prospects for some time and went over his fields during the first of the morning and returned to the house and is said to have told his wife that he was ruined.

He is survived by his wife and four small children, three daughters and one son. He is also survived by one brother, W. R. Schuyler of the Cottonwood community and other relatives.

He is said to have walked out to the front of his house and drank some poison and then shot himself in the temple with a .25 automatic pistol.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon with interment in the Cryer Creek cemetery.


Sarah Louisa Antoinette "Sissy/Sally" (Westbrook) Schuyler
Apr 1, 1860 - Jan 3, 1930

Mrs. Schuyler Buried Cryer Creek Sunday

Mrs. S. L. A. Schuyler, age 68 died January 3, in Terrell. The remains were brought to Barry where the funeral was held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist church with the pastor Rev. Prather, conducting the services.

Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

Deceased is survived by her son, Will Schuyler.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Marker has 1929, she died in 1930 according to the obituary w/o Stephen Baxter Schuylerk, married Sep 7, 1880

BARRY, Jan. 9—(Spl,)—W. H. Schuyler received a message Saturday morning that his mother died Friday evening in a sanitarium at Terrell. Mr. Schuyler left immediately and brought her remains back to Barry Sunday. The funeral was held at the Baptist church at 2 o’clock. Rev. Prather conducted the services. Interment was in Cryer Creek cemetery.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Death certificate says Jan. 3, 1930—News paper is also 1930 ---Monument has wrong date
    Death certificate is for Mrs. S. L. A. Schuyler
  • w/o Stephen Baxter Schuyler married Sep. 7, 1880 d/o John Henry Westbrook and Susan Eliza (Cooper) Westbrook


Lucy Peralee (Gay) Friday-Barnes
Nov 14, 1838 - Jun 4, 1930

Aged Woman Passed Away Wednesday

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Cryer Creek cemetery for Mrs. Elizabeth Par Lee Barnes, 93 years of age, with Brother Prather, pastor of the Barry Methodist church conducting services.

Mrs. Barnes died at the home of her son, R. L. Barnes, near Barry Wednesday night.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 2, 1930 (this date is wrong, June 2, was on a Monday. The date of the paper was June 6)
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mrs. Lucy Barnes died Thursday night, June 5th. The funeral was conducted by H. C. DeRusha, interment in the Cryer Creek cemetery.


Harvey Hayden Nelson
Sep 3. 1875 - Dec 13, 1922


H. H. Nelson, age 47 years, of Rice died at the P. and S. hospital at 6:15 Wednesday evening, where he was treated for burns received Sunday from falling backward into scalding water.

He is survived by his wife and three children and a number of other relatives.

The body was shipped to Rice this afternoon on the 2:45 interurban and the funeral services will be held there.


Robert Walter Baker
d. Nov 1, 1917

Died at the Hospital.
Robert Walter Baker, a young man who had been working with the good roads gang in the Blooming Grove community, and who was excused from military service by the board at Blooming Grove because of physical disabilities, died at the P. & S. Hospital last night. The remains are being held at the undertaking parlors of C. B. Sutherland pending an effort to locate some relatives. In case the undertaker falls in this the body will be interred at the County farm.

probably the Modrall Cemetery


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Nov 2, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Diane sent this obit to you and asked me if I could find out anything on him.  His death cert. showed him as Baxter.  His TXDI showed him as Barker.  I don't find him listed in Modrall Cem. (that is what Diane said was the county farm cem.)  There is a WWI Registration for Robert Walter Barker, born Apr 23, 1889 on in Navarro Co.  Since he was excused by the board, it showed on his registration that he had a weak kidney.  This may be him, but I can't be sure.   ....Karen Ros

Jacob “Jake” Herring
May 1895 - Jun. 18, 1915

Jake Herring Shot Today in Blooming Grove

In a difficulty at Blooming Grove this morning Jake Herring was shot but not dangerously wounded. Lee Davis was arrested charged with the shooting. The trouble is said to have followed a dispute over an account of 90 cents owed by Davis to Herring. The wounded man is a son of A. J. Herring.


Sad Tragedy That Ended in Death of Young Man.

In the Sun of yesterday mention was of the shooting of Jake Herring by Lee Davis, near Blooming Grove. The shooting took place on the old Frost and Blooming Grove road about one and a half miles west of Blooming Grove and a short gun was used. The wounds were made in the side and arm, and preparations were being made to bring the young man to the hospital here, but he died about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

Lee Davis, who did the shooting, is a farmer about 35 years old, and he is now in the county jail here, having been brought in yesterday afternoon by the sheriff. As soon as Sheriff Pevehouse heard of Herring’s death he went before Justice Christian and swore out a complaint against Davis charging him with murder.

The dead young man is said to be not over 20 years old and is the son of A. J. Herring, who lives in the Blooming Grove community.

The trouble is alleged to have grown out of financial transaction involving less than one dollar.


Rile Williams
died Apr. 8, 1930

FROST, April 9.—(Spl.) — Funeral services for Rile Williams, who was killed Tuesday afternoon about. 5 o'clock when an automobile he was driving turned over three times when it struck loose gravel about nine miles north of Waco, were held at the First Baptist church here Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with interment in the Frost cemetery. He was traveling alone at the time of the accident.

He was a former resident of this city and was well known in this section of the county, A number of relatives survive.


George Meacham
died Apr. 10, 1955

Retired Farmer Expires Sunday
George Meacham, retired Frost farmer, died in the Twilight Home here Sunday morning.
Funeral services will be held sometime Tuesday with burial in the Frost cemetery.
He was a member of the Fairview Baptist church at Raleigh.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Van George, pastor of the Fairview church.
Several nieces, nephews and other relatives survive.
McCormick Funeral Home will direct.


Ida Ruth Tipton
Jan 8, 1916 - Aug 7, 1926

Ida Bell Tipton, 11-year-old daughter of Mrs. W. E. Tipton of Purdon, died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. L. S. Lee, 428 South Twelfth street, at 4:10 o'clock Saturday morning and the remains will be interred in the Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

She is survived by her mother, one brother, Hartwell Tipton, Purdon; two sisters, Mrs. L. S. Lee and Mrs. C. H. McDonald, both of Corsicana.




Special to the Sun.

Purdon, Texas, Aug. 12.—Little Ida Ruth Tipton who has been sick practically all this year, passed away Saturday morning in Corsicana. She was buried Sunday afternoon in the Dresden cemetery.


Charles Victor Goodgion
Feb 5, 1901 - July 31, 1926


Charles Victor Goodgoin [sic], 25, years old, died in the sanitarium here Saturday morning at 3:45 as the result of injuries received when his car ran off a bridge seven miles east of Hillsboro on the Brandon road, at 11:30 Friday night. His head was crushed when the machine turned over.

The Marshall & Marshall ambulance of Hillsboro was called and brought Goodgoin to Hillsboro to the sanitarium. Death came a little more than four hours later. He was going to his home in Mertens when the accident occurred. The car was badly damaged.

Goodgoin was a patrolman for the Texas Power & Light company at Mertens. He had lived there about eight months coming there from Frost. He was well known in Hillsboro.

Surviving are his wife and four months old baby, C. V. Jr., his father, Charles Goodgoin of Powell and one sister, Mrs. T. R. Colvin of Ruston, La.

Funeral services were held at the Frost Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. - Hillsboro Mirror


Eliza Bell Fleming
Feb 2, 1868 - Jan 9, 1930

Bell Flemming, middle aged negress, died Thursday, Jan. 9, suddenly as the result of a heart attack, at her home in Blooming Grove. Burial was held Monday. The services were in charge of the local lodge order to which she belonged.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 17, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Death certificate shows burial in Dresden. I am assuming that she is in the Black section of the cemetery and I don't find her listed in the book.

Sarah Ann Olive (Edmonds) Mitchell
Mar 21, 1891 - May 1, 1959

Mrs. Mitchell Rites Saturday

Funeral services were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 11 a.m. Saturday for Mrs. Jess Mitchell, a native of Caldwell and longtime resident of Corsicana, who died in Memorial Hospital early Friday following a long illness. She was 68.

Rosary was recited at the family home, 1910 West Seventh avenue, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Services were conducted by Rev. Robert C. Rehkemper as celebrant, and Rev. John E. Mitchell, S. T. L., pastor.

Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the local Catholic church and a life-long member of the Altar Society.

Suvivors are a son, Paul Edmonds Mitchell of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. G. R. Robertson of Houston; three grandchildren, Bob Robertson of Houston, Paula and Gay Mitchell of Corsicana; two brothers, George H. Edmonds of Corsicana and W. V. Edmonds of Eldorado, Ark.; four sisters, Mrs. Ruby Waggoner, both of Dallas; Mrs. T. A. Stutts of Chatfield and Mrs. Carl Hicks of New Boston; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. William K. Mayfield, Allan Bryant, Lawrence Tilton, Edwin Harrison, Elward Harrison, John Finch and Claude Crowley.

Griffin directed.


Georgia (Thompson) Hubbard
d/o Sandy Thompson and Maggie Thompson
Oct 18, 1906 - Oct 17, 1971

Myrtle (Thompson) Taylor
d/o Sandy Thompson and Maggie Thompson
Apr 10, 1907 - Oct 17, 1971

Mrs. Hubbard
Mrs. Taylor

Services for two sisters, Mrs. Georgie B. Hubbard and Mrs. Myrtle Taylor are set for Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the P.M. Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost.

Rev. C. L. Deckard, pastor, is to officiate. Burial is to be in the Brushie Prairie Community Cemetery.

Mrs. Hubbard died in Navarro County Memorial Hospital Sunday and Mrs. Taylor died in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, also on Sunday.

The two are survived by three sisters, Mrs. Eva Taylor and Mrs. Mary Adams, both of Frost and Mrs. Berdie Carson, of Jewett.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband Will Oscar Taylor, of Cedar Hill, a daughter, Mrs. Genevie Hutson, Dallas; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Calhoun Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clay Melton
abt 1885 - Jan 5, 1930

The body of Clayton Melton who died in South Texas Monday was brought here for burial Wednesday. Burial was made in White Church cemetery. The deceased was a brother of Emory Melton of Frost.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, January 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • one obit states White Church, one says Blooming Grove cemetery and his death certificate shows Frost. He is the son of Henry Clay Melton and Rosa M. (Smith) Melton. Since his mother and father are buried in White Church, I suppose they buried him there. I will check the area and see if I can find him.


FROST, Jan. 8. - (Spl). - Funeral services for Clay Melton, age 45, who died at Groveton Sunday night were held from the home of his brother, E. F. Melton, here at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. W. W. Richeson, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was in the Blooming Grove cemetery. The body arrived here at 8:10 Wednesday morning.

Surviving are one daughter who lives in Houston, two brothers, E. F. Melton and Will Melton, Frost, and a sister, Mrs. Glen Reed.


Maurine (Batton) Ballew
Oct 20, 1910 - Sep 7, 1947

Funeral Held For Mrs. Harvey Ballew
Funeral services for Mrs. Harvey Ballew, 36, who died in Gladewater Sunday, were held at the Irene Methodist church Monday afternoon with interment in the Emmet cemetery. She was a native of Irene, Hill county.

Surviving are her husband, and a daughter, Suzanne, Gladewater; parents, Mrs. and Mrs. W. B. Batton, Irene; two brother, Eston Batton, Kerens, and Leon Baton, Irene, and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Merrell of Waco.


Earnest Paul Burns
Oct 20, 1896 - Apr 24, 1927

Special to the Sun.
Frost, Texas, April 28—Ernest Burns, son of Mrs. R. A. Burns, died Sunday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lewis Parme. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Emmett.


DeWitt Clinton Craig
Oct 1850 – Aug 26, 1918

West End News
On Monday evening just at sunset a little cloud gathered over a small territory of our community and we had a right good rain and lots of wind and thunder and lightning was terrific and just at deep dusk lightning struck an out house on a Mr. Jordan’s place that was filled with hay and other feed stuff and it was burned to ashes in a short time, all being a complete loss with no insurance. Most of the feed stuff belonged to J. M. Fields, a near-by neighbor.

Just about the same time an aged man by the name of Craig was struck with a case of heart failure and was dead in a few minutes. Mr. Craig lived near Emmett. He and his family all belonged to the Methodist church at that place. Mr. Craig leaves a companion and several children, one boy being in the training camp at Camp Travis. Mr. Craig was 68 years of age at the time of his death. He attended preaching on Sunday night and was jovial and seemed in good health. His family and relatives have our heartfelt sympathy.


Lee Roy Holcomb
Jul 15, 1910 - Oct 31, 1957

Lee Roy Holcomb Expires Thursday

Lee Roy Holcomb, 47, employe of the Koon Kreek Club, near Athens, died of a heart attack Thursday morning.

Holcomb was reared near Frost and had resided in the Henderson County since 1914.

The heart attack came as Holcomb was assisting others float a live fish box at the club lake.

Surviving are his wife, parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Holcomb, Blooming Grove; two sons, Roy Bert Holcomb, Dallas, and Luther Holcomb, Athens; a daughter, Mrs. Buddy Anding, Athens; two brothers, Otis Holcomb, Corsicana, and Ray Holcomb, Midland; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Harris, Athens; Mrs. Ethel Cranfill and Mrs. Jessie Alford, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Ella Mae Bryant, Corsicana, and a grandchild.


Myrtle Lorena (Stone) Keathley
Sep 4, 1892 - Feb 8, 1916

West End News.
Dear Editor and Sun-Lights Chats: This time I make my appearance with sad news. The Death Angel has reaped one of our friends and neighbors, Mrs. Myrtle Keathley, who died Tuesday. She leaves and infant girl one day old. She had only been married about two years at the time of her death. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Stone of Emmett, she being the baby of the family. She was just about 23 years of age at her death. She was laid to rest Thursday, the 10th instant, in the Emmett cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walter Griffith, assisted by our pastor, Rev. Latham. The crowd attending the last sad rites was estimated at between five hundred and six hundred people, who paid their last respects to one they loved. Mrs. Keathley leaves a young husband, and infant girl, father, mother, several brothers and sisters, and a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her loss. All have our heartfelt sympathy. Mrs. Keathley belonged to the Methodist church from childhood and lived a consistent Christian all her life and left evidence that she was saved at the end. What a grand consolation for her old aged mother who will soon be there.


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