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Helen Nadine (Monds) Gazaway
Aug 15, 1924 - Feb 10, 1991

Helen Gazaway

Mrs. Helen Nadine Gazaway, 66, of Richland, died Feb. 10, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial was in Richland Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 15, 1924 in Cryer Creek, was raised in Blooming Grove and had resided in Richland for the past 25 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Eddie Gazaway of Richland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and DeLyn Gazaway of Richland, Edward L. and Brenda Gazaway of Lambert, Miss. and James E. and Betty Gazaway of Crowder, Miss; one daughter, Deana Spear of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, W. D. David (Bud) Monds of Houston and Tommy Monds of Shreveport, La.; three sisters, Patsy McNeel of Porter, Dorothy Montgomery of Irving, and Delores Wheeler of Ferris; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Wayne Gazaway, Bill Gazaway, James Cotton, Gary Rasmussen, Tommy Coker, Benny Horn and Ronny Monds. Honorary pallbearers were Benny Gazaway and Jamie Cotton.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 12, 1991
  • w/o Edward Lee “Eddie” Gazaway, Sr. d/o Marvin William Monds and Willie Lou (Pate) Monds buried at Lone Oak Cemetery, Blooming Grove
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Clyde Y. McNeel
Jan 28, 1897 - Jul 3, 1951

Clyde Y. McNeel Fatally Stricken
Clyde Y. McNeel, 54, Houston carpenter contractor and a former resident of Navarro county, died of a heart attack at his Houston home early Tuesday.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday from the First Baptist church in Richland, with Rev. Frank Tulloch, pastor of the Mason Drive Baptist church in Houston, officiating. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery.

McNeel is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora McNeel of Houston; three sons, Benjamin F. McNeel and James I. McNeel, both of Richland, and Artice B. McNeel of Galena Park; mother, Mrs. Sarah G. McNeel of Kerens; a brother, John McNeel; three sisters, Mrs. J. F. Scarbrough of Kerens, Mrs. M. E. Lake of Corsicana and Mrs. Ray Melvin of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Edna L. Fromme of Greggton, and Mrs. Fay Worrell of Selma City; 11 grandchildren, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge.

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William Franklin Sewell
Nov 29, 1872 - Mar 27, 1947

W. F. SEWELL RITES HELD AT RICHLAND SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for W. F. Sewell, aged 74, years, who died at his home in Richland early Thursday, were held from the Richland Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment was in the Richland Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Fisher.

A native of Tennessee, Sewell had resided in the Streetman and Richland communities for the past 50 years.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; six daughters, Mrs. Nora McNeal, Richland; Mrs. Flora Bell Holloway, Corsicana; Mrs. Kate Thompson, Gladewater; Mrs. Gladys Lewis and Mrs. Emma Henderson, both of Kilgore and Mrs. Willie Burkhalter, Levelland; A son Ocie Sewell, Dallas; a brother, Jim Sewell, Granite, Oklahoma; 28 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home, directed.

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Erma Jane (Epps) Sewell
May 22, 1881 - Apr. 25, 1971

Sewell

Funeral services for Mrs. Erma Jane Sewell, 89, of Kilgore will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Radar Funeral Chapel in Kilgore. Rev. John Nations will officiate at a graveside service at 3 p.m. in the Richland Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sewell died Sunday in Kilgore.

Survivors include one son, Acie B. Sewell of Kilgore; seven daughters, Mrs. Nora Lee McNeel of New London; Mrs. Flora Bell Holloway of Corsicana, Mrs. Katie Mae Thompson, Mrs. Susie Ellen Thom, Mrs. John C. Lewis, Mrs. Willie Erma Burkhalter, Mrs. W. C. Henderson; all of Kilgore; 24 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

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Lon Thomas “Lonnie” Scarbrough
Apr 10, 1883 - Jan 11, 1934

LON SCARBOROUGH DIED AS RESULT OF ACCIDENT INJURIES

Lon Scarborough, 50, of Kerens, died at the Navarro Clinic Thursday morning at 9 o’clock as a result of injuries sustained Wednesday morning one mile east of Kerens on Highway 31 when the wagon in which he was riding was struck by a truck. His ches was crushed and other internal injuries were received.

The funeral will be held at the Oak Grove church several miles northeast of Kerens, sometime Friday afternoon with burial in the Oak Grove cemetery.

The collision was reported to have happened when a truck, to avoid hitting another car going in the opposite direction, struck the wagon after the driver apparently had misjudged the distance, throwing Scarborough to the concrete pavement. He was rushed to Corsicana in a Stockton ambulance.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Byron, Charles and Ray Scarborough, Kerens; four daughters, Mrs. Ruby Doris Griffin, Powell; Roberta, Nadine and Margaret Lois Scarbrough, all of Kerens; mother, Mrs. Mattie Scarborough, Kerens; six brothers, J. E. Scarborough, Corsicana; Oren Scarborough, Ibex, Texas; Bige Scarborough, Kerens; Whit Scarborough, Kerens; Curtis (Mutt) Scarborough, Corsicana; and Roy Scarborough, Kerens and a sister, Mrs. J. E. Norris, Corsicana.

The funeral will be directed by the Stockton Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Margaret Ollie (Eaton) Scarbrough
Feb 20, 1884 - Oct 2, 1965

Mrs. Scarbrough Rites Sunday
KERENS, Oct. 4 (Spl)—Mrs. Margaret Ollie Scarbrough, 81, resident of Kerens for 75 years, died Saturday in Memorial hospital.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the First Baptist church with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor.

Surviving are three sons, Byron and Charley Scarbrough, both of Kerens, and Ray Scarbrough, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Ruby Doris Griffin, Kerens; Mrs. Roberta Kyser, Waco; Mrs. Nadine Johnston, Trinidad, and Mrs. Margaret Lois Beasley, Encino; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Johnny Ragland, Leviree Tramel, Harry Terry, Charlie Blissett, R. S. Shelton, and R. H. Hilliard.

Paschal directed.

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Charlie B. “Bud” Scarbrough
Jun 6, 1909 - Jul 1977

Bud Scarbrough

KERENS—Funeral Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Kerens for Charlie (Bud) Scarbrough, 68, resident of Kerens who died Sunday in the Maywood Nursing Home. Burial will be in Oakgrove cemetery with Van Houser officiating.

Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a retired farmer and had worked for Texas Clay.

Survivors include his widow, Dorothy Scarbrough, two sons; Charles Scarbrough of Kerens and Ken Scarbrough of Lake Jackson, Texas; one granddaughter, Charline Scarbrough of Kerens; one grandson, Bennie Scarbrough of Kerens; one brother Byron Scarbrough of Kerens, three sisters, Doris Griffin of Kerens, Nadine Johnston of Trinidad, and Lois Beasley of Primont and four step-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 25, 1977
  • w/o Dorothy Dean (Morton) Scarbrough s/o Lon Thomas “Lonnie” Scarbrough and Margaret Ollie (Eaton) Scarbrough
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John W. Spivey
Sep 7, 1895 - May 19, 1954

Funeral Services For John Spivey

KERENS, May 21—(Spl.)—John Spivey, 58, of Orange died Thursday in a Houston hospital after a lengthy illness. A native of Kerens he had lived in Orange the past 13 years.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Baptist Church near Kerens with Rev. Tom Arney pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Kerens officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery under direction of Inmon Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Freda Spivey, of Orange; his mother, Mrs. Nora Spivey of Kerens; two step-daughters, Mrs. Joe Davidson and Mrs. W. T. Johnson, both of Orange; three step-sons, Onnie Collins, A. G. Collins, and Floyd Collins, all of Orange; four brothers, Fred Spivey of Houston, Roy Spivey of Dallas, Ernest Spivey of Kerens, and Dan Spivey of Edom; four sisters, Mrs. Wilbur Black and Mrs. Brack Land, both of Kerens, Mrs. Conway Salter of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Emma Bell of Eustace.

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Lanora “Nora” (Waldrop) Spivey
Jun 27, 1874 - Nov 25, 1957

Mrs. Nora Spivey Expires Monday

KERENS, Nov. 25 (Spl.)—Mrs. Nora Spivey, 82, died in Memorial Hospital, Corsicana, early Monday.

Mrs. Spivey was a life-long resident of Kerens, and was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from First Baptist church. Burial will be in Oak Grove.

Mrs. Spivey is survived by two sons, Fred Spivey of Houston and Roy Spivey of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Land, Kerens; Mrs. Wilber Black, Kerens; and Mrs. J. C. Salter, Fort Worth; a step-daughter Mrs. Emma Bell, Eustace, and step-son, Dan Spivey, Tyler; 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Laura Johnson and Mrs. Julia Gill, both of Kerens.

Inmon Funeral home will direct.

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William Freeland Harp
Apr 12, 1897 - Jan 8, 1934

SECOND VICTIM OF HIGHWAY ACCIDENT DIED HERE MONDAY

Freeland Hart, age 33, of the Rural Shade community, died at 6 o’clock Monday morning at the P. and S. Hospital, following the breaking of both his legs and other injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 31 east of Corsicana last Wednesday night. John Radney, age 51, also of Rural Shade, was instantly killed in the accident.

The two men were repairing a tire on the side of the pavement and were struck by a passing car.

The funeral will be conducted in the Long Prairie community with interment in the cemetery there Tuesday afternoon, but at press hour Monday the time had not been set. The deceased is survived by his wife, one daughter, and other relatives.

P. N. Stockton, funeral director, Kerens, will have charge of the arrangements.

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Infant son Stephens
died Jan. 8, 1934

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stephens of the Jester community died Sunday morning and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Jester cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. Archer.

Surviving are the parents.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Billie Gene Tekell
Aug 5, 1946 - Oct 6, 1954

Drane Younster Dies In Dallas

Billie Gene Tekell, aged eight years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Q. Tekell of Drane, formerly of Corsicana, died in Baylor Hospital Dallas, Thursday afternoon following an operation.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Streetman with Rev. H. M. Bailey, pastor in charge. Burial will be in the Birdston cemetery.

Surviving are the parents and a sister, Wanda Sue Tekell, all of Drane; a grandfather, Z. C. Tekell, Corsicana; a grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Steele, Streetman, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Alberta (Frazier) Blissett
Jan 13, 1882 - Jan 25, 1971

Blissett Rites Set Wednesday

Mrs. Alberta Blissett, 89, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. A native of Corsicana, she had lived in Whitedeer for 20 years before returning to Corsicana. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services have been set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Streetman Baptist Church. Burial will be in Cade Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, N. L. Blissett of Corsicana; two sons, J. H. Blissett of Houston and Edgar Blissett of Dawson; three daughters, Mrs. Ed Warren of Brenham, Mrs. Maurice Kiefert of Reno, Nevada and Mrs. William Tucker of Denison; a brother, Edgar Frazier of Streetman; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

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Nick Lonsford Blissett
Nov 8, 1880 - Apr 24, 1973

N. Blissette

Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Nick Blissette, 92, formerly of White Deer and resident of Corsicana who died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Home.

Survivors include two sons, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Rev. Leroy Reaves was to officiate, with burial to follow at Cade Cemetery in Freestone County.

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N. Blissette

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Nick Blissette, 92, formerly of White Deer and a resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Home. Burial will be at Cade Cemetery in Freestone County.

He was a native of Georgia, formerly of Streetman and Kerens, and a retired farmer.

Survivors include two sons, Edgar Blissette of Dawson and John Henry Blissette of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Ed Warren of Brenham, Mrs. Maurice Kiefert of Reno, Nevada, and Mrs. Bill Tucker of Sherman; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roland Blissette of Gladewater, and Charles Blissette of Kerens; and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Hodge of Eureka and Mrs. Ethel Pickerrel of Tuolumme, Calif.

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Ona Mae (Black) Bell
Oct 1, 1880 - Nov 30, 1954

Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Bell
Funeral services for Mrs. Ona Mae Bell, 73, wife of H. C. Bell of Wortham, who died at the family home early Tuesday, were held from the Union High Baptist church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the Board Tree cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. E. P. Coe, pastor of the First Baptist church of Wortham.
Mrs. Bell was a native of the Union High community.
Surviving are her husband of Wortham; three sons, Otis Bell, Dallas; Doyle Bell, Baton Rouge, La., and Paul Bell, Midland; two daughters, Mrs. D. D. Stephens, Houston, and Mrs. Reuben Byers, Wortham; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, N. J. and W. A. Black, both of Union High, and L. E. Black, Waco; three sisters, Mrs. D. T. Sawyer, Dawson; Mrs. John Scott, Dallas, and Mrs. Frank Kovar, Marlow, Okla., and other relatives.
Nephews were pallbearers.
Corley directed.

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Marvin Laborn Beckham
Sep 17, 1912 - Jan 6, 1934

FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR M. L. BECKHAM

Funeral services for Marvin L. Beckham, 22, who died in the Navarro clinic early Saturday morning following a several days’ illness with pneumonia, were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Black Hills cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beckham, two brothers, Charlie and Hayward Beckham; and four sisters, Melissa, Geneva, Evelyn, and Margie Lou Beckham, all of the Black Hills community.

Active pallbearers were Willie Poarch, Leslie McCuiston, Marshall Massengale, D. C. O’Neal, Artie Drain and Jack Gray.

Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Thompson, Neal Stover, LeRoy Holland, Owen Beaman, Rex Melton, and Raymond McClintock.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral.

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Willie Helen Burleson
Mar 29, 1909 - Jan 11, 1993

Willie Helen Burleson, 83, of Mesquite and formerly of Corsicana, died Jan. 11, 1993, at the Doctors Hospital in Dallas.

Services were 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, with the Rev. David Hale officiating. Burial was in the Cade Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Robert F. Burleson of Mesquite; two daughters, Barbara Ann Rich of Mesquite and Patricia Jean Roberts of Carrolton; two sisters, Zada Rankin of Fairfield and Mary Zipps of Pasadena; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Danny Rich, Roy Jenkins, Eric Burleson, Nolan Whitfield, Fred Rasmussen and Marvin White.

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John Scarborough
abt. 1882 - Dec. 26, 1920

DIED IN JAPAN.
John Scarborough Was Reared in Navarro County.
Last night Judge Hawkins Scarborough received a cablegram from Unsankinko, Japan, saying that his brother, John Scarborough, had died on the 26th of December as the result of gas poisoning and was buried there. The cablegram bore the signature “Dettie”, which is the given name of the wife of the deceased. Judge Scarborough says the last letter that he had from his brother he said in it that the mine which he was superintending had taken fire but that it meant no danger to him. Judge Scarborough now thinks that his brother, possibly entered the mine and was overcome with gas.

John Scarborough was reared in this county. He graduated out of the Corsicana high school in 1901 and later attended and graduated from A.& M. college for five or six years he held a responsible lposition in the Corsicana post office. He was married here to Miss Hammett who survives him. He also leaves a three year-old son. He was thirty-eight years of age and has been in Japan for about eight years, during which time he has been with a mining company. His death will be deeply regretted here. He was a sturdy young man and had many friends.

Judge Scarborough has no further information than that contained in the cable, which he answered at once.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 28, 1920
  • Buried in Unsankinko, Chosen, Japan
  • 1901 CHS graduate h/o Delphia Stanley “Dettie” (Hammett) Scarborough s/o John Matthew Scarborough and Mary Catherine (Hawkins) Scarborough
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



ARRIVES IN SAN FRANCISCO
Mrs. John Scarborough Is Returning From Korea
Mrs. John Scarborough has telegraphed her sister, Miss Sadie Hammett, that she arrived in San Francisco yesterday. After a few days rest Mrs. Scarborough will leave for Corsicana. It will be remembered that Mrs. Scarborough’s husband died a few weeks ago in Korea from gas poisoning received while aiding in directing efforts to control a fire in a mine owned by the company with which he was a valued employee and had been for some time.

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DEATH RESULT OF MINE GAS POISONING
Details Given as to How John Scarborough Lost His Life

It will be remembered that about a month ago mention was made in these columns of a cablegram that Judge Hawkins Scarborough had received, stating that his brother, John Scarborough, had died in Uoson Kinko, Chosen, Japan on gas poisoning. John Scarborough was a Corsicana boy and his wife, who was formerly Miss Dettie Hammett, was a Corsicana girl and both have a host of friends here who were shocked at the terrible news and who have been anxiously awaiting the letter that would give some particulars of the sad accident. This week-en brought letters from Mrs. Scarborough and several families of each the details of John’s death.
Worked in Korea.
Mrs. Scarborough (John as he was familiarly called) was in the employ of a gold mining company in Korea. His work did not take him into the mine, but for two months a fire had been burning in the mine and in the desperate effort to get it under control every available man in the employ of the company was put to work in the mine to fight it. They failed in their efforts to extinguish it but had just about completed some concrete bulk-heads or fire walls to trap it or confine it and prevent its spreading to other parts of the mine; all that remained to be done was to fill up some crack in the stone of some tunnels. It was in one of these tunnels that the accident occurred. The air was very bad in these tunnels and the men wore gas masks when working in them. They could not speak with these masks on but had arranged signals to be used if one of them should get in trouble. John and another man went into one of these narrow tunnels about six o’clock on the evening of December 26th, and had been working there for some twenty or thirty minutes when his companion heard a queer noise and turning, saw John fall. He caught him and in doing so dislodged his own gas mask and was so nearly over-come with gas himself that he had to rush out for air and help. His comrades quickly came in and in a very few minutes had John out and worked with him for several hours using the pulmotor, oxygen, and every other means to revive him but no sign of life ever came. He had encountered carbon monoxide, about three breaths of which will kill a person, and had died almost instantly. The masks were the best procurable but it supposed that his must have been in someway defective.
Was Very Popular.
His friends write that John was one of the most popular and best loved men over there and the little mining community is stunned over the blow that has come to them in the loss of him. All that loving hearts and hands could do was done but it was useless—he was gone and on the morning of December 28th, at eleven thirty o’clock, they laid him to rest in a little cemetery over there that is used for the burial of foreigners. The funeral services were conducted by a Methodist minister, a missionary, who lived about forty miles away.
Wife En Route Home.
A cablegram has been received from Mrs. Scarborough saying that she is en route home and will reach San Francisco February 25th. Her brother, W. A. Hammett, will meet her there and accompany her and her little three-year-old son home. The hearts of the whole community go out in sympathy to her in her sad bereavement, and not only to her but the aged parents and to the brother and sisters whose loved one sleeps in far-away Japan.

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Ruby Lee Cranford
May 27, 1912 - Feb 24, 1953

R. L. Cranford Expires Tuesday

R. L. Cranford, 40, died of a heart attack Tuesday night at his residence, 505 West Tenth avenue.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife, six sons, Billy, Arvil, David, James, Howard, and Thomas Cranford; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Lee Spurrier, Sybil, Ruby, and Bettie Cranford, all of Corsicana; four brothers, Henry Cranford, Odessa; Charlie, Willie and Edgar Cranford, all of Corsicana; a sister, Miss Maude Cranford, Lawton, Okla.

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Jequetta Cranford
B&D Jan 4, 1963

Cranford Child Services Here
Graveside services for Jaquetta Cranford, one-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Cranford, Sr., Dallas, are to be held at Modrell Cemetery Saturday at 3 p.m.

The services are to be conducted by Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of Memorial Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Ricky Lynn and Billy Cranford, Jr., all of Dallas, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Upton and Mrs. Lorene Cranford, all of Corsicana.

Corley directs.

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Willie William Cranford
Feb 1, 1907 - Dec 25, 1962

Willie Cranford Dies Tuesday

Willie Cranford, 55, formerly of Corsicana, died in Ennis Tuesday.

Funeral services will bee held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with the burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lena Olene Tanksley, Ennis, and Mrs. Christine McGehee, Freeport; two sons, Charles W. Cranford, Sugar Land, and Henry Paul Cranford, Freeport; three grandchildren, three brothers, Charlie Cranford, Corsicana; Edgar Cranford, Mesquite, and Henry Cranford, Odessa, and a sister, Mrs. Maudie Williams, Lawton, Texas, and other relatives.

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Orvil Leonard “Sonny” Cranford Sr.
Jul 16, 1939 - Nov 24, 1961

Cranford Rites Held Saturday
Funeral services for Orvil (Sonny) Cranford, Sr. 22, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Rev. Chester Odom, pastor, Calvary Baptist church, officiating. Interment was in the Modrell Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana but resident of Dallas, Cranford, died early Friday as the aftermath of a one-car accident Thursday near the south city limits of Ennis that killed Larry LeRoy King, also of Dallas.

According to reports the car in which the two were riding overturned on the Old Alma Road in Ennis. It was indicated the pair was en route to Corsicana when the accident occurred.

Funeral arrangements for King are pending at Dudley Hughes Funeral Home in Dallas.

Survivors of Cranford include two daughters, Glorie and Debrah Kay, and a son, Orvil L. Cranford, Jr., all of Ennis; mother, Mrs. Violet Cranford, Dallas; five brothers, Billy Cranford, David Cranford, Howard Cranford, Thomas Cranford, and James Cranford all of Dallas; five sisters, Miss Betty Cranford, Miss Glenda Cranford, Mrs. Mary L. Spurrier, Mrs. Sybil McGowan and Mrs. Ruby Cummings, all of Dallas; grandmother, Mrs. M. M. Whitaker, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Surviving King are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy C. King, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Larry Hart and Miss Vickie King, both of Callas, and grandfather, C. C. King, also of Dallas.

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Charlie Richard Cranford
Feb 7, 1904 - Apr 13, 1971

Cranford Rites

Graveside services for Mr. C. R. Cranford, 67, of Corsicana will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Modrell Cemetery. Rev. B. J. Grimes will officiate under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Cranford died Tuesday morning at his residence.

Born on February 7, 1904, in Nacogdoches, he was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. C. R. Cranford of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Kuykendall and Mrs. Geraldine Gilmore, both of Corsicana; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Maudie Williams of Lawson.

The family asks that friends honor the request of the deceased for no flowers.

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James Ed Scarbrough
Aug 1, 1881 - Feb 4, 1958

J. E. Scarbrough Expires Tuesday
James Ed Scarbrough, 76, retired Southern Pacific fireman for the railroad, 111 North Twenty-Fourth street, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Griffin Funeral Chapel with burial in Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a long-time member and Rev. Chastaine of Grand Prairie.

Surviving are a son, N. E. Scarbrough, Grand Prairie; a daughter, Mrs. J. T. Finch, Waco; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; three brothers, Bige Scarbrough, Corsicana; Whit and Roy Scarbrough both of Kerens; a sister Mrs. Zella Norris, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Merle Lynd, J. E. Hanson, Jimmy Morris, Duren Norris, Ed Holsomback, James Wilkinson, A. D. Locklar and Hugh Lynd.

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Ferdinand Car “Fred” Mollenhauer
Jul. 2, 1905 - Sep. 1956

Two Die Instantly In Highway Crash
Two men were instantly killed, one body being burned almost beyond recognition, on Highway 14 Wednesday night 11:30 p.m. when their vehicles collided head-on 2.2 miles north of Wortham 300 yards inside the Navarro county line, Marshall Couch, highway patrolman, investigated.

These two deaths are the twelfth and thirteenth traffic fatalities in Navarro county this year and four within the past four days. Both bodies were taken to the Burleson Chapel in Wortham.

Victims Identified.
Dead are Robert Norvell, 33 of Ennis, a native of Pursley, Navarro county, and U. S. Air Force Pilot, and Fred Mollenhauer, 53, Dallas.

A Ford automobile driven by Norvell was traveling north while the Dallas resident was driving southbound Safety Convoy Transport hauling four new 1957 Ford model cars en route to a South Texas destination.

The highway patrolman said that Mollenhauer’s body was burned almost beyond recognition, the flames bursting out soon after the collision, it was indicated, destroying the transport and the four new automobiles. The Norvell car was badly damaged, but was not burned and stopped a short distance from the other vehicle.

Only Occupants.
Only the drivers were in the vehicles involved, it was stated.

Surviving Norvell are his wife, three sons, Robert Norvell, Jr., Ralph Talmadge Norvell and Bruce Dudley Norvell, all of Ennis; parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Novell, Pursley; a brother, Ralph Norvell, Jr., Baylor University official, Waco, and a sister, Miss Margaret Jane Norvell, Pursley.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The body of Mollenhauer was transferred from the Burleson Funeral Home in Wortham to the Sparkman-Brand Chapel in Dallas early Thursday morning. Norvell’s body was brought to Corley’s from Burleson’s Thursday morning.

Surviving Mollenhauer are his wife, Dallas; a son, a daughter and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements for Mollenhauer were unknown here Thursday at noon.

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Friday Services For Two Victims Of Highway Crash

Funeral services for the two men killed in a car collision on Highway14, near Wortham Wednesday night are being held Friday.

Fred C. Mollenhauer, 51, Dallas and Robert Norvell, 33, of Ennis, native of Pursley, were the 12th and 13th traffic fatalities in Navarro County for 1956.

Services for Norvell will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Lamoin Champ, Educational Director, First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife and three sons, Robert, Jr., Ralph Talmadge and Bruce Dudley Norvell, all of Ennis; parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Norvell, Pursley; a brother R. N. Norvell, Jr., law professor, Baylor University, Waco, and a sister, Margaret Jane Norvell, Pursley.

Pallbearers will be Wm. R. Radford, Billy Coker, C. S. McClanahan, Phil Sisney, Joe Johnston and Bill Coke.

Norvell was a U.S. Air Force pilot.

The transport driver’s body was burned when the vehicle burst into flames following the crash. Four 1957 Ford automobiles being transported to a South Texas destination were badly damaged. Norvell’s car did not burn.

Funeral rites for Mollenhauer, deacon of the Ferguson Road Baptist Church, were held from the Sparkman-Brand chapel Friday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

A native of Guadalupe, Victoria County, he had resided in Dallas about 25 years.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Fred E. Mollenhauer; a daughter, Miss Pamela Ann Mollenhauer, all of Dallas; mother, Mrs. Anna Mollenhauer, Seguin; and three brothers, Louis, Charles and Henry Mollenhauer, all of Houston.

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Minnie Carolyn (Ross) Green-Webster
Aug 1, 1873 - Jan 16, 1959

Mrs. Webster Died In Tyler
KERENS, Jan. 17—(Spl)—Mrs. Minnie Webster, 85, of Tyler, and formerly of Kerens, died Friday at 11 p.m. in a Tyler hospital after an extended illness.

She was the widow of the late A. P. Webster of Kerens, Mrs. Webster was a member of the First Methodist church here.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church with the pastor, Rev. D. R. McCauley officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. Inmon Funeral Service will direct.

Mrs. Ross is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Clara Ross of Fort Worth; a cousin, E. L. Ross of Kerens; one niece and five nephews including E. L. Ross of Tyler with whom she had made her home for several years.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, January 17, 1959
  • 2nd wife of Abraham Perry “Abe” Webster married Dec. 4, 1927 buried in Bazette cemetery d/o George F. Ross and Carolyn (Kyle) Ross
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lou Ellie (Washburn) Scarbrough
Sep 25, 1887 - Nov 11, 1957

Mrs. Scarbrough Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Nov. 11—(Spl.)—Mrs. Ellie Scarbrough, 70, life-long resident of this community, died of a heart attack at her home early Sunday morning. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of Christ church Tuesday 10 a.m. with burial in Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by J. B. Tomlinson, minister of the church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Leroy King, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Grady McQuary, Borger; three sisters, Mrs. Totsie Crawford, and Mrs. Louise Griffis, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Annie Wright, Mt. Pleasant; two brothers, Joe R. Washburn and George Washburn, both of Houston; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Clifton Curington, Byron Scarbrough, Buddy Scarbrough, M. J. Crawford, Dick Holimon and Jim Stevenson.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Oren Augusta Scarbrough
Aug 9, 1885 - Jan 14, 1953

Oren Scarbrough Services Friday

KERENS, Jan. 15,--(Spl)—Oren A. Scarbrough, 67, formerly of Kerens, died in a Borger Hospital Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Davis pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Borger; two daughters, Mrs. Grady McQuary, Borger, and Mrs. Leroy King, Wichita Falls; four brothers, Ed and A. B. Scarbrough, both of Corsicana, and Whit and Roy Scarbrough, both of Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Elmer Norris, Fort Worth; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Ethel Estell (Griffis) Scarbrough
Dec 14, 1886 - Mar 2, 1956

Sunday Rites For Mrs. Scarbrough

Funeral rites for Mrs. Ethel Estelle Scarbrough, 69, wife of Ed Scarbrough, who died in Memorial Hospital Friday, will be held from the First Baptist Church Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The services were conducted by W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the church, and Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a son, N. E. Scarbrough, Grand Prairie; a daughter, Mrs. J. T. Finch, a brother, Jess Griffis, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Joe Jefferson, Lubbock; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Billy Patterson, Jimmy Morris, Ed Holsomback, A. D. Locklar, Merle Lynd, H. C. Smither, Jr., Charlie Scarbrough, Byron Scarbrough and J. E. Hanson.

Griffin directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 5, 1956
  • w/o James Ed Scarbrough d/o Thomas Jessie Griffis and Alice (Mann) Griffis buried in Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Louise (Washburn) Griffis
Dec 27, 1888 - Oct 9, 1963

Mrs. Griffis Dies Wednesday

KERENS, Oct. 9 (Spl.)—Mrs. Louise Griffis, 74, life-long Kerens resident, wife of J. A. Griffis, died in Paulyne’s Home in Corsicana Wednesday morning following and extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor.

Surviving are her husband, to whom she was married 57 years ago, Kerens; two sons, Hal E. Griffis, Hempstead, and Joe Tom Griffis, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. C. R. Hancock and Mrs. Richard Hollman, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Osie Hopkins, Dallas; two brothers, Joe R. Washburn, Athens, and George Washburn, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Totsie Crawford, Kerens; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Inmon Funeral Home directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, October 9, 1963
  • w/o Jessie Andrew Griffis d/o Thomas Joseph “Joe” Washburn and Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” (Moore) Washburn
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Erin E. (Moore) Washburn
Dec 25, 1895 - Dec 12, 1958

Mrs. Washburn Rites Sunday

KERENS, Dec. 13—(Spl.)—MRs. Erin Washburn, 63 of Houston, died Friday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel Sunday at 1 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church.

A native of Kerens, Mrs. Washburn was born, December 25, 1895, and spent most of her life here. The family moved to Houston 14 months ago.

Surviving are her husband Joe Dick, Washburn, Houston; a sister, Miss Docia Moore, Houston; a brother, Tom Moore, Maypearl; and a niece, Mrs. T. R. Tucker, Seagoville.

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John Riley Havner
Jun 11, 1888 - Jan 9, 1934

JOHN R. HAVNER DIED IN AUSTIN; BURIAL WEDNESDAY

John Riley Havner, aged 44 years, 1007 North Beaton street, died in Austin Tuesday afternoon and the funeral was held at the Hamilton cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock where burial was made. He had resided in Corsicana for the past 35 years.

Surviving are his wife and parents Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Havner, all of Corsicana.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Otho Campbell Beamon, Sr.
Jul 24, 1907 - Feb 20, 1962

Hold Services Otho Beamon

Funeral services for Otho Beamon were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel with Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor, North Side Baptist church, officiating. Interment was in the Eureka cemetery.

An earlier service was held Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Houston.

A long-time Navarro county resident, Beamon, 54, died Tuesday after his car accidently ran over him in Houston, Police investigated and said Beamon’s two-year old granddaughter somehow put the car in reverse as Beamon walked behind the vehicle.

He moved to Navarro county in 1910 from Oklahoma, where he was born, and resided here until he moved to Harris county about 17 years ago.

Survivors include his widow of Houston; one son, Donald Beamon, USAF, Austin; one daughter, Mrs. Ella Mae Kimberly, Houston; two granddaughters; three brothers, John Beamon, Kerens, and Blair and Odie Beamon, both of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Ada Biggs, Corsicana; Mrs. Vina Conner, Kerens; Mrs. Liddie Allred, Palestine, and Mrs. Stella Goodman, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Zemery Cornelius Tekell
Jan 30, 1881 - Jan 10, 1962

Z. C. Tekell, 80, Dies Wednesday

Zemery C. Tekell, 80, native of Alabama, died Wednesday in Seagoville rest home where he had lived the past 10 years.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with interment in the Eureka cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. H. M. Bailey, Presbyterian minister and A. J. Wormwood, pastor, Eureka Methodist church. Masons will be in charge of graveside rites.

Surviving are two sons, Wilson Tekell, Dallas, and Bill Tekell, Drane; one granddaughter, Sue Tekell, Crane; one sister, Mrs. Henda Taylor, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Tekell, David McGehee, J. S. Tekell, Roy Jones, Lloyd Land and Brice Bonner.

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Z. C. Tekell Buried Friday

Final rites for Zemery C. Tekell were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel with burial in the Eureka cemetery.

Officiating were Rev. H. M. Bailey, Presbyterian minister, and Rev. A. J. Wormwood, pastor, Eureka Methodist church. Masons were in charge of graveside rites.

A native of Alabama, Tekell, 80, died Wednesday in Seagoville where he had resided the past 10 years.

Survivors include two sons, Wilson Tekell, Dallas, and Bill Tekell, Crane; one granddaughter, Sue Tekell, Crane; one sister, Mrs. Henda Taylor, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Marvin Tekell, David McGehee, J. S. Tekell, Roy Jones, Lloyd Land and Brice Bonner.

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Mary Love (Taylor) Tekell
Apr 14, 1882 - Feb 21, 1961

L. B. Tekells Double Rites Set Thursday

Double funeral services for L. B. Tekell, 82, and his wife, aged 78, of Wichita Falls, will be held at the Eureka cemetery Thursday at 2 p.m.

Tekell, a retired garage operator, died of a heart attack Saturday and his rites were originally scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Tekell who had been critically ill for some time, died in Wichita Falls Tuesday night and her husband’s rites were postponed until Thursday.

Both are natives of the Eureka area but had resided in Wichita Falls since 1909.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Wormwood, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church.

Surviving the couple are a son, Luther Tekell, Wichita Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Carter, Houston; several grandchildren.

Mr. Tekell is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henda Taylor, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jim Stewart, Eureka; and a brother, Zemery C. Tekell, Dallas, and other relatives.

Mrs. Tekell is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Laura Crayton, Houston; Mrs. W. M. Robertson, Amarillo; Mrs. D. Layton, Searcy, Ark., and Mrs. Florine Eubanks, Houston.

Pallbearers for Mr. Tekell will be M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, Don Chandler, Paul Chandler, Lloyd Land and Buck Montgomery.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Tekell will be Olan Castles, Roy Jones, Douglas Hodge, Brice Bonner, Rufus Tekell and Gilbert Grantham.

McCammon directs.

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Luther Bibb Tekell
Feb 28, 1876 - Feb 18, 1961

L. B. Tekell Of Wichita Falls Dies Saturday

L. B. Tekell, 82, retired garage man, native of Eureka, died of a heart attack at Wichita Falls, Saturday.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Eureka cemetery with Rev. A. J. Wormwood, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church, in charge.

Pallbearers will be M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, Don Chandler, Paul Chandler, Lloyd Land and Buck Montgomery.

Surviving are his wife of Wichita Falls, who is critically ill; a son, Luther Tekell, Wichita Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Carter, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Henda Taylor, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jim Stewart, Eureka; a brother, Zemery C. Tekell, Dallas, and other relatives, including two nephews, M. A. Tekell and J. S. Tekell, both of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 20, 1961
  • h/o Mary Love (Taylor) Tekell married Dec. 23, 1900 in Corsicana, Tx. s/o Joshua Silar Starr “Josh” Tekell and Mary Caroline (Nolan) Tekell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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L. B. Tekells Double Rites Set Thursday

Double funeral services for L. B. Tekell, 82, and his wife, aged 78, of Wichita Falls, will be held at the Eureka cemetery Thursday at 2 p.m.

Tekell, a retired garage operator, died of a heart attack Saturday and his rites were originally scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Tekell who had been critically ill for some time, died in Wichita Falls Tuesday night and her husband’s rites were postponed until Thursday.

Both are natives of the Eureka area but had resided in Wichita Falls since 1909.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Wormwood, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church.

Surviving the couple are a son, Luther Tekell, Wichita Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Carter, Houston; several grandchildren.

Mr. Tekell is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henda Taylor, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jim Stewart, Eureka; and a brother, Zemery C. Tekell, Dallas, and other relatives.

Mrs. Tekell is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Laura Crayton, Houston; Mrs. W. M. Robertson, Amarillo; Mrs. D. Layton, Searcy, Ark., and Mrs. Florine Eubanks, Houston.

Pallbearers for Mr. Tekell will be M. A. Tekell, J. S. Tekell, Don Chandler, Paul Chandler, Lloyd Land and Buck Montgomery.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Tekell will be Olan Castles, Roy Jones, Douglas Hodge, Brice Bonner, Rufus Tekell and Gilbert Grantham.

McCammon directs.

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Vergie (Young) Merrell
Jan 31, 1904 - Feb 26, 1965

Monday Rites Mrs. Merrell

Services for Mrs. Virgie Merrell, 320 Wesley, Fort Worth, who died Friday in Fort Worth were held from the Lucas Chapel in Fort Worth Monday at 10 a.m.

Graveside rites were held at the Dawson cemetery Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Emma Sorenson, Fort Worth; two brothers, Roy Young, Bloomington, and Melvin Sorenson, Fort Worth.

Griffin directed local arrangements.

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Addie Lou Boldin
Jun 9, 1870 - Feb 28, 1948

Purdon Pioneer Found Dead At Home Saturday

Miss Addie Boldin, 77 pioneer resident of the Purdon community, died Saturday afternoon at her home from “natural causes,” according to coroner’s verdict returned by Judge A. E. Foster, who conducted an inquest Saturday night.

The body of Miss Boldin was discovered about dark by Peggy Goodwin, 15, and Lexie Goodwin, 10 neighbors, who had planned to spend the night with her. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Boldin, nephew and niece of the deceased, who resided in the home with her, were absent. It is believed Miss Boldin died while taking a nap early in the afternoon.

Native of Alabama Miss Boldin had resided at the family homestead, three-fourths of a mile east of Purdon, for the past 37 years. She came to Texas in 1882.

Surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the First Baptist church in Purdon. Burial was in Dawson. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were C. E. Thomas, Tommy Farmer, Autrey French, Younger Cannon, Charles Lowrimore and Joe Dempsey.

Miss Bolden had not been attended by a physician since coming to Texas 65 years ago and as far as relatives knew, never took medicine of any type.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Mary P. Boldin
Aug 25, 1850 - Jul 9, 1915

DIED NEAR PURDON YESTERDAY.

Remains of Miss Mary Boldin interred at Dawson Today.

Miss Mary Boldin, aged 60 years, died at her home near Purdon yesterday, and the remains were interred at Dawson this afternoon, a large concourse of friends following the remains to the grave.

The deceased is survived by two brothers, Chas. Boldin and Jonathan Boldin, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

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John Christopher Seaton, Jr.
Nov 12, 1924 - Apr 26, 1960

J. C. Seaton, Jr. Rites Thursday

Funeral services for J. C. Seaton, Jr., 36, were held from the First Methodist church in Dawson 2 p.m. Thursday.

Rev. C. M. Buttrell, retired minister, officiated. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

Seaton was involved in an auto-school bus collision near Hamlin, Tex., last Monday. He died in a Hamlin hospital Tuesday morning. The crash also took the lives of his father and mother. According to reports the school bus was occupied only by the driver when the accident occurred.

The wife of Seaton is the former Sue Bills of Dawson. She reportedly is a school teacher and was not with her husband when the crash occurred.

Eubanks Funeral Home directed.

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James Hosea Ross
Aug 6, 1869 - Oct 19, 1926

Funeral Services Conducted Tuesday
Funeral services for J. H. (Hode) Ross, aged 56, who died Monday morning at his home in the Corbet community, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Cosgrove cemetery. Rev. Tom Allman and Rev. Moran, both of Dawson conducted the services. Deceased, who had been ill for some time, was survived by his wife and eight children.

The following were pallbearers: J. W. Nokes, Walter Beeman, John Flovan, Ben Cummings, George Tucker, Dr. M. L. Hanks.

The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

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Andrew Jackson Gaines
Nov 25, 1839 - Apr 6, 1924

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. J. GAINES WERE HELD TODAY

A. J. Gaines, age 84, died at his home at Chatfield Sunday morning at 8:25 and funeral services were held Monday at 11 o’clock with interment in Chatfield cemetery. Rev. C. G. Vincent, pastor of the Church of Christ conducted the services.

The deceased was a Confederate veteran and was well known in this county and the many beautiful floral offerings attested the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him.

He is survived by three daughters, Miss Modine Gaines and Mrs. J. M. Tarrer of the Chatfield community and Mrs. Jewell Hughes of Munday, Texas.

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Modine Gaines
May 5, 1882 - Jan 7, 1972

Miss Gaines

CHATFIELD—Funeral services for Miss Modine Gaines, 89, native and lifelong resident of Chatfield, were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bob Holloway officiating. Burial was in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

Miss Gaines died Friday in Evergreen Nursing Home.

She is survived by six nephews, J. A. Gaines, Chatfield; H. Q. Gaines, Corsicana; Elbert Hughes, Handley, Texas; Jack Hughes of California; Chandler Hughes of Munday, Texas, and Alvin Hughes of Fort Worth; and two nieces, Mrs. Glady Sheets of Grandview and Mrs. Dennie Lyles of Texarkana.

Pallbearers were Morris Kirby, Bryan Kirby, George Hodge, Wayne Burkholder, George Kelt and John Benton.

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William Leonard Sheets
Oct 31, 1907 - May 14, 1944

WILLIAM L. SHEETS DIED EARLY SUNDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL
Funeral services for William Leonard Sheets, age 36 years, who died in the Navarro Clinic early Sunday morning, were held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from the Chatfield Methodist church. The rites were conducted by Revs. J. A. Williamson and S. R. Sandifer. Interment was in the Chatfield Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, David Lynn Sheets, two daughters, Billy Jean and Nelda Ann Sheets, all of Corsicana; his father, W. W. Sheets, Chatfield; three sisters, Mrs. Leo Sands, Chatfirld; Mrs. John Rivers, Dodge City, Kan; Mrs. J. A.. Gaines, Dallas; two brothers, Afton Sheets, Chatfield; H. L. Chenault, Ennis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Will Sands, Will Finch, William Thorp, B. F. Marchbanks, Jules Kelt and Fred Burkhalter.

Corley’s Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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William Wesley Sheets
Dec 4, 1874 - Aug 12, 1952

W. W. Sheets Dies Tuesday Night
William Wesley Sheets, 77, farmer, Chatfield, died in the Navarro Clinic late Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church in Chatfield at 10 a. m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Cleon Flanagan.

Surviving are his wife of Chatfield; two sons, Alton Sheets, Chatfield, and Leon Chenault, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Reo Sands, Chatfield; Mrs. Johnny Rivers, Larned, Kan., and Mrs. John Gaines, Dallas; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Smith and Mrs. Marie Graham, both of Athens, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, August 13, 1952
  • 1st wife Jettie (Marion) Sheets 2nd wife Nellie (Wakeland) Chenault-Sheets s/o James Henry Sheets and Matilda (English) Sheets
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     


Rites Thursday For W. W. Sheets

Funeral services for William Wesley Sheets, 77, Chatfield farmer, were held from the Chatfield Methodist church at 10 a. m. Thursday. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Cleon Flanagan.

Sheets died Tuesday night in the Navarro Clinic.

Surviving are his wife of Chatfield; two sons, Alton Sheets, Chatfield; and Leon Chenault, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Leo Sands, Chatfield; Mrs. Johnny Rivers, Larned, Kan., and Mrs. John Gaines, Dallas; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Smith and Mrs. Marie Graham, both of Athens and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dave Denbow, Earl Ellington, Jules Kelt, Tom Weaver, Alvin Jones, R. M. Bowden, George Hodge and Fred Burkhalter.

Corley directed.

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Mary Lee (Gaines) Tarrer
Jul 4, 1870 - Jan 8, 1929

Funeral Chatfield Woman Held at Rice Wednesday Afternoon

RICE.—Jan. 11—Mrs. Mary Tarrer, wife of Jim Tarrer, died Tuesday evening at the family home in the Chatfield community following an illness of several weeks. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church at Rice with interment in the Chatfield Cemetery. Rev. A. C. Carraway conducted the services.

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Thomas J. “Tom” Gaines
Oct 26, 1877 - Oct 22, 1919

In Memory of Mr. Tom Gaines.

On Wednesday October 22, 1919, death visited the home of Mr. A. J. Gaines and took from that home a dear son and brother.

Mr. Gaines was 42 years old and was loved by all who knew him. He was living happily with his loved ones when that dreaded disease blood poison entered his system and he took pneumonia. He was sick only a week and all was done for him that loving hands could do, but God saw best to take him from this sinful earth to that might city above.

Mr. Tom has made Chatfield his home for a number of years and has many friends to mourn his death.

He leaves a father, brother, and three sisters, all residing here, but one of his sisters, Mrs. Beulah Hughes of Munday, Texas.

May this dispensation of the Heavenly Father be sanctified to the good of the bereaved and the entire community.

Mourn not for them who calmly lie,
By God’s own hand composed to rest.
For Hark! a voice from yonder sky
Proclaims them blest—supremely blest.
With them the toil and strife are o’er
Their labors end, their sorrows cease:
For they have gained the blissful shore
Where dwells serene, eternal peace.

Mourn not for them though like the flower
Just opening to the morning ray
Nipped by disease’s cruel power,
They fell rom love’s embrace away
Where breathes no chilled or tainted air.
Where falls no darkness of the tomb
They prove the loving Savior’s fate
And blossom in immortal bloom.

Mourn not for those whose lives declare
That they have nobly borne their part.
For victory’s golden crown they wear
Reserved for every faithful heart
They rest with glory wrapped around
immortals on the scrolls of fame
Their works their praises shall resound.
Their name –on everlasting name.

Drop the warm tear—for Jesus wept.
Sorrow shall find relief in tears,
But let no secret grief be kept
To waste the soul through nameless years.
They rest in hope their hallowed dust
Is notched and from the grave shall rise.
Earth shall restore his sacred trust
Made all immortal for the skies.

His body was laid to rest in the Chatfield cemetery on Thursday Oct. 23, 1919. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Patterson.

To those who are sad and mourn the departure of their loves ones, we would say, remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

May the comforting influence of the Holy Spirit be with you in your affliction.

A FRIEND

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John Dudley Peacock
Oct 8, 1906 - Dec 31, 1992

John Dudley Peacock, 86, of Corsicana, died Dec. 31, 1992, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be noon Saturday in the Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

He was a retired barber and a member of the University Christian Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Peacock of Corsicana; one son, Thomas Peacock of Corsicana; one brother, Samuel Curry Peacock of Houston; two sisters, Virginia Ann Roberts of Fort Worth and Marie Meals of Cleburne; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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John Dudley Peacock, 86, of Corsicana, died Dec. 31, 1992, in Corsicana.

Graveside services were at noon Saturday in the Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Services were under the direction of Corley Funeral HOme.

He was a retired barber and a member of the University Christian Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Peacock of Corsicana; one son, Thomas Peacock of Corsicana; one brother, Samuel Curry Peacock of Houston; two sisters, Virginia Ann Roberts of Fort Worth and Marie Meals of Cleburne; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Press, Friday, January 8, 1993
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bessie Fay (Watson) Fields
Aug 31, 1906 - Jan 9, 1993

Bessie W. Fields, 86, of Corsicana, died Jan. 9, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Dahlman officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. in Arlington Memorial Park.

She was born August 31, 1906 in Barry, Tex. She was a school teacher and taught in Odessa, Cisco, Corsicana and Arlington, where she retired. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Watson, founders of the Barry Community. All four of her sisters, who preceded her in death, were school teachers in the Corsicana area. She was a member of the Cisco First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Henry Fields, one daughter, Olivia Diane Fields; her parents, A.T. and Ada Womack Watson; and four sisters, Ida Watson Morgan, Eda Buie, Birdie Pool Stark and Ouida Kelly.

Survivors include her nephew and his wife, Richard and Pat Kelly of Corsicana; four great-nieces, Michelle Easley, Renee Raborn, Kimber McGehee and Heather Kelly, all of Corsicana; four great-nephews, Jeff Kelly, Jeff McGehee and Richard Kelly, all of Corsicana and James McGehee of St Louis, Mo.; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Richard Kelly, Jeff Kelly, Earl Carver, Jerry Carver, Rodney Carver and Warren Carver.

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Bessie W. Fields, 86, of Corsicana, died Jan. 9, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Dahlman officiating. Graveside services were held atv 2 p.m. in Arlington Memorial Park.

She was born August 31, 1906 in Barry, Tex. She was a school teacher and taught in Odessa, Cisco, Corsicana and Arlington, where she retired. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Watson, founders of the Barry Community. All four of her sisters, who preceded her in death, were school teachers in the Corsicana area. She was a member of the Cisco First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Henry Fields.

Survivors incluce her nephew and his wife, Richard and Pat Kelly of Corsicana; four great-nieces, Michelle Easley, Renee Raborn, Kimber McGehee and Heather Kelly, all of Corsicana; four great-nephews, Jeff Kelly, Jeff McGehee and Richard Kelly, all of Corsicana and James McGehee of St. Louis, Mo.; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Press - Friday, January 15, 1993
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

 


James Thomas "Tommy" Carl
Oct 4, 1905 - Jan 10, 1993

James Thomas (Tommy) Carl, 87, died Jan. 10, 1993, in Houston.

Following creation, private memorial services will be held at one of Mr.
Carl's favorite American Indian campsites, where he had devoted countless hours while a member of the Texas Archaeological Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Aldine Funeral Chapel in Houston.

He married Bethel Cooke in Corsicana in 1925. He retired from the City of Dallas Police Department in 1967. His family expresses appreciation for caregivers who assisted in his home health care during an extended illness.

Survivors include his wife, Bethel Cooke Carl; two daughters, Wanda Beth Pyburn of Arlington and Luanne Mills of Houston; one granddaughter, Dr.
Karen Anne Pyburn-Wilk of Bloomington, Ind.; and one great-grandchild, Elvia Gail Wilk, of Bloomington, Ind.

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Edna Evelyn Lyna
Nov 15, 1917 - Jan 11, 1993

Edna Evelyn Lyna, 75, of Mart, died Jan. 11, 1993, in Waco.

Services were 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Littlepage Funeral Home in Mart with the Rev. Silas Short officiating. Burial was in Mart Cemetery.

She formerly lived in Corsicana.

Her husband, Merle Lyna, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, L.M. Lyna Jr. of Arlington and Gary Lyna of Woodway; three daughters, Barbara Jean Sorsby of Garland, Sue Evalin Megarity of Dallas and Margaret Ann Smith of Woodway; one sister, Margie Storman of Rolla, N.D.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Lida Mae Foster
Aug 20, 1911 - Jan 2, 1993

Mrs. Lida Mae Foster, 81, of Tomball and former resident of Corsicana, died Jan. 2, 1993, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Elaine and Charles Vittner of Spring; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Donnece Foster of Beaumont; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Dee Haigood of Waco, Coty Talbott of Buffalo, Janie DuBois of Waco and Patsy Shepherd of San Antonio; one brother-in-law, Jimmie Foster of Lawton, Okla; and two sisters-in-law, Maudie Moore of Schulenberg and Alouise Periera of San Antonio.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pallbearers will be Joe Sims, Dr. Joe Glicksman, Dwayne Magee, Billy Butler, Robert Bittner and Walter Earl Parker.

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Cleda Wright
Mar 28, 1904 - Jan 4, 1993

Mrs. Cleda Wright, 88, of Corsicana, died Jan. 4, 1993, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a retired employee of Navarro College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cathey Wright, in 1956 and a son, Glenn Wright, in 1989.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dot and Bob Taylor of Corsicana; one daughter-in-law, Charlene Wright of Sunnyvale, Texas; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Wright, Greg Wright, Ron Davidson, Roddy Cummings, Delbert Duncan, Bob Wright, Kenneth Hull, Don Lee and Joe Senior.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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John W. "Jay" Russell
Jan 2, 1924 - Jan 11, 1993

John "Jay" W. Russell, 69, of Waco, died Jan. 11, 1993, in Waco.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr.
David Hale officiating. Burial was in the Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Corsicana, and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Northside Assembly of God Church in Corsicana and had worked as a meter reader for the city of Corsicana water department.

Survivors include his wife, Iris "Sid" Russell of Waco; two sons, Johnny Russell and Wesley Russell, both of Corsicana; one step-son, James Jackson of Waco; one step-daughter, Charlotte McDonald of Waco; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Elzie Brown and Edna Earle Gray, both of Corsicana, and Louise Drain of Tyler; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Jackson, Jerry McDonald, Lee Longino, Lester Brown, Slim Bolen and Fred Richards.

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William McHamlett Jr.
Dec 16, 1919 - Jan 6, 1993

William "Babe" McHamlett Jr., 73, of Corsicana, died Jan. 6, 1993, at the V.A. Hospital in Temple.

Wake services will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army and had retired from the K Mart Warehouse.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie B. McHamlett of Dallas; one step-daughter, Shirley Jones of Dallas; one nephew, Harold Ellison of Dallas; and one niece, Florence Porter of Kileen; and many other friends and relatives.

Deacons of the Second Mission Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

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Delta V. Williams
April 26, 1915 - Jan 9, 1993

Delta Williams, 77, of Corsicana, died Jan. 9, 1993, in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Second Mission Baptist Church with Elder Tommy J. Bowens officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She was a member of the Roane Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Charlene Barton of Dallas, Linda Walker of Garland and Jenett Reed and Regina Edwards, both of Corsicana; five sons, Lorenzo Williams and Richard Williams, both of Dallas and Bobby Williams, Roy Lee Williams and Edward Williams, all of Corsicana;
43 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren; and three brothers, L. K, Bowens, J. C. Bowens, E. B. Blackmond, all of Dallas.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Stella Marie Brown
Mar 13, 1945 - Jan 8, 1993

Stella Marie Brown, 47, of Corsicana, died Jan. 8, 1993, at Park Row Health Care Center.

Wake service will be 6 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday and the Johnson Memorial Church of God and Christ with the Elder Lewis I. Buard officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include one adopted son, Michael Wiltz, of Encino, Calif.; her father, Allen Hervey Sr. of Dallas; one brother, Allen Hervey Jr. of Dallas; and one sister, Evelyn Buard of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Terry Crawford, Bennie Grant, Joe D. Carter, Joe Cassell, Gene Chaney and Joe Bell Jr.

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Tommy Crawford
abt 1957 - Jan 13, 1993

Tommy Crawford, 35, of Corsicana, died Jan. 13, 1993, in Galveston, Texas.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastside Church of Christ, with Brother W. W. Wilmore officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Quiet hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was a former employee of Holiday Inn.

Survivors include one daughter, Dekentia Crawford; one son, Thomas Crawford; his mother, Annie Pearl Crawford; five sisters, Henretta Gowans, Joan Jackson, Betty Wafer, Gwendolyn Joan Davis and Marie Haynes; six brothers, Eugene Cunningham, Bobby D. Crawford, Henry Crawford Jr., Stephen Crawford, Jerrell Crawford and Gary Eldridge; his maternal grandmother, Pansy Ward; two step-children, Kedrick Beasley and Crystal Lynch; six aunts, Pansy Lewis, Bettye Criddle, Margie Williams, Virginia Wilson, Tiny Ward and Cherry Jones; four uncles, Lee Criddle, Freddie Lee Lewis, Leroy Wilson and Charles Williams; and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.

Brothers and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Janie Lou (Grantham) Farmer
Nov 5, 1918 - Oct 14, 2012

Janie Lou Farmer, age 93, passed away Oct. 14, 2012. She was born in Eureka, TX November 5, 1918 to Robert & Louvenia Grantham. She was the last surviving child and only daughter of seven children. She received her bachelor's degree from North Texas State University and a master's degree from East Texas State University. She taught home economics at Terrell High School from 1954-1985 She met her husband Guss at their first teaching job in Emhouse, TX and married in 1941. They celebrated over 70 years of marriage prior to his death June 2011. She was well known to friends and family for her hospitality and excellent food. She worked beside her husband in ministry all of their life at various churches in Texas and Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX. In 2008 she received the Woman of Valor award for the time she taught at the college and years of support to her husband and the students at SWCC. She is survived by a son, Glynn Farmer and his wife Jeannie and grand-daughter, Samantha, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a daughter, Annabel Glass and her husband Roger of Coppell, TX; a grandson, Corey of Little Elm, TX and grand-daughter Lindsay Campbell and her husband Bob of Raleigh, NC. She was preceded in death by a son, Guss Dunn Jr. and her husband, Guss Dunn Farmer, Sr. Also, she is survived and remembered by many nieces and nephews, many friends and several devoted care givers. Memorials can be made to www.armsofhope.org. Visitation is Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6:30-8:30p.m. The funeral is Sat. Oct. 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Both are at the Grove Hill Funeral Home. Please visit www.grove-hill.com

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