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Jeffie Lenora (Williams) Buckner
Jan 8, 1885 - Sep 17, 1962

Mrs. Buckner Dies Monday

Mrs. Jeffie Buckner, 77, native of Arkansas, long-time Navarro county resident, died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning.

Mrs. Buckner is the wife of B. Buckner, Route 1, Barry.

Other survivors are three sons, Thomas Buckner, Barry; Hillary Buckner, Fort Worth; and Enos Buckner, Blooming Grove; four daughters, Mrs. Mae Spicer, Dallas; Mrs. Ruby Payne, Barry; Mrs. Edna Hightower, Corsicana; and Mrs. Elsie Spivey, Houston; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Claudie Eddings, Ponca City, Okla., and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Corley Funeral Chapel early Monday afternoon.

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Tuesday Rites Mrs. Buckner

Funeral services for Mrs. Jeffie Buckner, 77, wife of B. Buckner, Route 1, Barry, were held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Resthaven cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jim Gayle, pastor of Calvary Baptist church.

Mrs. Buckner, native of Arkansas, died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning.

Surviving are her husband, three sons, Thomas Buckner, Barry; Hillary Buckner, Fort Worth, and Enos Buckner, Blooming Grove; four daughters, Mrs. Mae Spicer, Dallas; Mrs. Ruby Payne, Barry; Mrs. Edna Hightower, Corsicana, and Mrs. Elsie Spivey, Houston; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Claudie Eddings, Ponca City, Okla., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. L. Slaughter, H. E. Slaughter, P. G. York, H. B. Currington, Curtis Henthorn and Servy Yawn.

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Louise (Palmer) Bennett
Aug 19, 1898 - Apr 14, 1991

Louise Bennett

Louise Palmer Bennett, 93, of Corsicana, died April 14, 1991, at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bennett was born Aug. 19, 1898 in Seguin.

She was a 50-year life member of the Eastern Star and was a Past Matron of the Eastern Star.

She was active in the Home Demonstration Club and was a charter member of the Oak Valley Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband D. B. (Bert) Bennett.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Doris Bennett of Corsicana; two granddaughters, Roxanne Parsons of San Antonio and Vicki Phillippi of Berlin, Wis.; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leo Palmer of Corsicana and Bill Palmer of Little Rock; and one sister, Nell Castles of Corsicana.

Pallbearers are B. B. Bennett, George Froecke, Corwin Whitfield, Val Fowler, Trey Carmichael and Bill Phillippi. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. G. T. Denson, Dr. Charles Brown, Marshall Weems, Verdell Dockery, Morgan Lowe, Willie Lewis, Owen Beamon and Joe Castles.

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Kate Clarice (Powell) Arp
Sep 28, 1895 - Jun 8, 1970

Mrs. C. P. Arp Dies in Temple

Mrs. Clarice P. Arp, 74, died Monday in Temple. A native of Monroe, La., she had lived in Temple since 1967.

The retired saleslady had worked for J. M. Dyer Co. and J. C. Penney Co. in Corsicana, and for J. C. Penney Cox in Mexia and Dallas.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. with graveside services following at Dresden Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, William G. (Bill) Arp of Cypress, Cal., two daughters, Mrs. Hazelle Mays and Mrs. Nelna Byrd, both of Temple, two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Reed of Dallas and Mrs. J. W. Varnell of Kemah, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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George Thomas Wheat
abt 1888 - Oct 28. 1923

Died Near Purdon Sunday.

George Wheat, aged 35 years, died at his home near Purdon Sunday night of typhoid fever and the remains were interred in the Younger cemetery yesterday afternoon.

The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Wheat of Purdon, and by his wife and three children.

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Laura Lee (Harrison) Wheat
Dec 8, 1866 - Sep 18, 1943

MRS. LAURA WHEAT DIED AT PURDON; BURIAL ON SUNDAY

Mrs. Laura L. Wheat, aged 76 years, native Texan, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Boyett, at Purdon Saturday. Funeral rites were held at the Purdon Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. F. T. Fisher. Burial was in the Younger cemetery. Mrs. Wheat had resided in the Purdon community for the past 40 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Compton and Mrs. Boyett, both of Purdon, and Mrs. Delia Owens, Athens; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edgar Butler, Autrey French, Jim Stockard, Drue Davis, Clarence Putman and Marshall Farmer.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Glenwood Lee "Red" Henderson
July 17, 1914 - Sep 9, 1970

G. L. Henderson Dies In Tyler

TYLER (Spl.)—Funeral services for Glenwood Lee (Red) Henderson, 56, who died Wednesday Tyler after a brief illness, will be held at graveside Friday at 3 p.m. in the Younger Cemetery. The Rev. Burl Johnson of Corsicana will officiate.

Henderson, a retired field maintenance man with the Humble Oil Co. with 25 years’ service, was born at Silver City and attended school there. He has lived most of his life in the Winnie area.

Survivors include three stepsons, Roger McCary and Billy Messner of Arlington and Eugene Watson of Winnie; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Donna Drauford of Koutze, and Mrs. Mary Simon of Stonewall; three brothers, J. C. of Waco, Victor of Houston and Aubrey Henderson; and one sister, Miss Frances Henderson of Tyler.

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Henry Parker Herring
Nov 9, 1905 - Jan 17, 1959

H. P. Herring Dies In Waco

Henry Parker Herring, 1130 Dunton, Waco, died in Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Waco Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Younger cemetery near Purdon.

Herring, a native of the Dawson vicinity, had been a Waco city employe for the past 18 years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Bill and Bruce Herring, all of Waco; four grandchildren, mother, Mrs. Dora Herring, Dawson; two brothers, Jim Herring, Waco, and Ollie Herring, Dawson.

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Sam Houston French
Jan 15, 1867 - Apr 30, 1941

Purdon Man Dies

PURDON, May 2.—(AP)—S. H. French, long-time resident of this community, former postmaster, died Wednesday. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Younger cemetery.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 2, 1941
  • h/o Minnie Mae (Campbell) French married Aug. 9, 1891 s/o Lafford Berry French and Matilda Elvira (Walker) French
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Willie Mae (York) Gilliam
Sep 19, 1903 - Jul 24, 1977

Mrs. Gilliam

Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. Monday in Younger Cemetery for Mrs. Willie May Gilliam, 73, former resident of Purdon who died Sunday in Gatesville. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville. Rev. Herell will officiate.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include one son Lynn Gilliam of Houston, five daughters, Mrs. I. Milton, Mrs. Lloyd (Lois) Roedler, Mrs. T. J. (Joyce) Peveto, Mrs. Kenneth (Carrie) Key all of Oglesby, Tex. and Mrs. Denver (Dorothy) Barker of Gatesville; one sister Ruby Green of Deer Park; 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces.

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Cecil Clyde Griffin
Nov 10, 1921 - Apr 9, 1975

Cecil Griffin

Services were to be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Cecil Griffin, 53, resident of Silver City who died yesterday at his residence.

Rev. James Densman was to officiate, with burial following at Younger Cemetery in Silver City.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Juanita Griffin of Silver City; two sons, Bobby Griffin and Larry Griffin both of Mesquite; two grandchildren, Kenneth Griffin of Silver City and Rita Griffin of Terrell; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Putman of Corsicana; two brothers, James Griffin of Corsicana and Vernon Griffin of Fort Worth; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Billy Joe McCulloch, Elgin Ivie, Travis Anderson, Kenneth Allen, Henry Brown, and Jerry Travis.

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Dan Calvin Fraley
Feb 9, 1933 - Feb 9, 1965

Hold Services For Dan Fraley

Services for Dan Fraley, Texas State highway department employe, who died in Memorial hospital Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Funeral Chapel. He died on his 32nd birthday.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson with burial in the Younger cemetery at Purdon.

Surviving are his wife, 930 West Fifteenth avenue; a daughter, Lisa Fraley; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fraley; two brothers, Louis and Douglas Fraley, all of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Folk, Corsicana; Mrs. Lina Woodard and Miss Frances Fraley, both of Waco; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Forshaw, Dawson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Roy Brown, Ernest Tackett, Millard Patterson, L. D. Patterson, Hollis Ivy, J. P. Travis, Clark Putman and Tommy Martin.

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Linda Louise Brownfield
B&D Jun. 27, 1938

Purdon Infant Was Buried Monday In Younger Cemetery

Linda Brownfield, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Brownfield of Purdon, died Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Younger cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Brownfield, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Ford, all of Purdon.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Lafford Floy French
Oct 4, 1901 - Feb 7, 1971

French Rites Set Tuesday

Services for Lafford Floy French, 69, Dallas, who died Sunday in a Dallas hospital, will be from Corley Funeral Home Chapel, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. L. G. Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.

French, a Navarro Mills native, had lived in Dallas 5 years. He was a member of the Full Gospel Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lafford F. French, of the home; one son, Clarence Zale French, Dallas, three daughters, Mrs. Albert Wendland, Austin; and Sue and Betty M. French, both of Dallas; one brother, Joe P. French, Purdon; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Ellis, San Antonio; Mrs. Mable Smith, Malakoff; and Mrs. M. H. Howell, Corsicana; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Hal Benson, David Grandchamp, W. L. French, Bonner French, Raymond Smith and William Honea.

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Minnie Mae (Campbell) French
Sep 8, 1873 - Jul 23, 1962

Hold Services For Mrs. French

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie M. French, 88, were held at First Baptist church in Purdon Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Younger Cemetery. The Rev. Clifton Nauert, pastor, conducted. She was a native of Drane.

Mrs. French died Monday at Paulyne’s Convalescent Home.

The widow of the late Sam H. French of Purdon, she was the oldest member of the church in which the service was held.

Surviving are two sons, A. H. French, Purdon, and Howe French, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ima Tadlock, Conway, Ark., and Mrs. Eura Powell, Beaumont; a brother, E. P. Campbell, Huntsville; a sister, Mrs. E. B. McDowell, Meridian; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Louis Owens, W. L. Norton, Leon Phillips, Albert Mosley, Dick Howard and Homer McNabb.

Corley’s directed.

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Edmond Nicholas Durbin, Jr.
B & D Apr 30, 1941

Rice Infant Buried Thursday Afternoon

Funeral services for an infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Durbin of Rice, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday, were held Thursday afternoon at Rice where interment was made.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed arrangements.

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J. T. Andrews
Feb 28, 1921 - Apr 11, 1991

J. T. Andrews

J. T. Andrews, 70, of Kerens, died April 11, 1991.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Kerens, and the Rev. Glenn Benefield, the Rev. Larry Burden and the Rev. L. L. Conner officiated. Burial was in Long Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Eureka and had lived most of his life in Kerens. He was a retired rancher.

He is survived by his wife, Ineta Andrews of Kerens; three sons, Quindell Andrews of Indiana, E. L. Andrews of Kerens and Nickey Andrews of Corsicana; three daughters, Patsy Allred of Corsicana, and Stella Jock and Ginger Spivey, both of Kerens; one brother, Doyle Andrews of Corsicana; five sisters, Ioma Perry of Kerens, Opal Coker of Navarro, and Lillie Bedford, Mamie Frame Smith and Edna McCaslin, all of Corsicana; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Heinz Williams, Mark Williams, A. C. Williams, Chuck Williams, James Williams, Danny Andrews, Charles Andrews, Ronald Andrews, James Perry and John Frame.

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Robert L. Sherrill
Feb 20, 1928 - Sep 1, 1988

Robert L. Sherrill

Robert L. Sherrill, 60, a native of Trinidad, died Sept. 1, 1988, at his residence in Corsicana.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. James T. Davis and Jarl Jacobson officiating. Interment will be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Leona Sherrill, of Corsicana; four sisters, Joyce Thedford and Mamie Holloway, both of Corsicana, Velma Waters, of Mesquite, and Lillie Jacobson, of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Jimmie Sherrill, of Corsicana, and Emerson Sherrill of Bardwell; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jarl Jacobson, Dean Thedford, Jimmie Sherrill, Emerson Sherrill, Steve Holloway, Ricky Thedford, Randy Waters and Carey Jacobson.

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Walter Wortham Seago
Apr 20, 1907 - Apr 28, 1990

Walter Seago

Walter Seago, 83, of Corsicana died April 28, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Seago and the Rev. Howard Seago officiating. Burial will be in the Grange Hall Cemetery.

He was born April 20, 1907, in Enos, La., and had lived most of his life in Corsicana. He was a retired plumber, a veteran of World War 11 and a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Pearl Seago of Corsicana; three sons, Walter W. Seago of Dawson, Howard Seago of Houston, and Robert Seago of Elkhart; three daughters, Ann McClure of Mesquite, Laverne Dockery of Waco, and Shirley Tinson of Grand Prairie; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Claude McClure, Kenneth McClure, Mike McClure, Brian Seago, Ernest Douglas and Wayne Douglas.

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Susan Manerva (Thomas) Spence
Jan 1, 1857 - Aug 14, 1931

Aged Resident of Montfort Community Died Friday Night

Mrs. Susan M. Spence, aged 75 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ada Russell, in the Montfort community Friday night and the funeral services were held at Petty’s Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Corbet cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ada Russell ; Mrs. Mary Ware and Mrs. Sarah Tucker, both of Corsicana; and two sons, Fred R. Spence, Corsicana, and Roland Spence, Montfort.

The Funeral was directed by Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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John Anderson Cry, Jr.
Jan 21, 1923 - Nov 1, 1988

John A. Cry, Jr.

John A. Cry, Jr, 65, of Bellmead died Nov. 1, 1988 at his residence.

Graveside service was 1 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard, with Rev. Elmer Glazner officiating. Wade Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a former resident of Mount Calm and Hubbard, and lived in Bellmead for 40 years. He was a retired driver for the Jarvis-Paris-Murphy Grain Co. of Waco and Hubbard. He is a former member of the First Baptist Church in Hubbard and served in the U. S. Air Force in World War 11.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Gertie Cry of Waco; a sister, Onie Prevatt of Waco.

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Jess Willard Henry
abt 1915 - Dec 11, 1989

Willard Henry

Willard Henry, 74, of Corsicana died Dec. 11, 1989, at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Broadway Church of Christ in Gainesville. The Rev. Russell Bankes will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Burnie Henry of Corsicana; and one daughter, Annette Tatum of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Alfred Dickey, O. L. Marshall, E. L. Rodgers, Ray McCann. Mansel Norris, Sam Tharr and Bill McThail.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 tonight.

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Alfred Duane “Bill” Parks, Sr.
Jul 19, 1909 - Apr 13, 1991

A. D. “Bill” Parks, Sr.

A. D. “Bill” Parks Sr., 81, of Corsicana, died April 13, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

He was born July 19, 1909, in Houston, and had lived in Corsicana since 1978. He was a retired oil field driller and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Billie Marie Farris of Duncan, Okla.; two sons, J. E. Parks of Russell, Kan., and A. D. Parks Jr.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be C. S. McClanahan, Ross Maxfield, Norman Gilcrease, June Clark, Charles E. Murphey and Zeb Zabcik.

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Eudora Maude (Foster) Risenhoover
Mar 3, 1906 - Apr 3, 1990

Maude Risenhoover

Maude Risenhoover, 84, of Blooming Grove, died April 3, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with James French officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Park Cemetery.

Survivors include one brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and a number of cousins.

Pallbearers will be Tonie Sanders, Richard Saunders, Rodney Jenkins, Dusty Ledbetter, Chuck Buie and Doug Magee.

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Cytha Ellander Catherine (Teague) Cooper-Trull
Nov 8, 1894 - Sep 1. 1988

Cytha E. Trull

Cytha E. Trull, 83, of Corsicana died Sept. 1, 1988, in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be Monday, Sept. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Swalm Funeral Chapel, Ennis, with burial following at Myrtle Cemetery there. Swalm Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Trull was born Nov. 8, 1894, in Alabama, the daughter of Thomas L. and Martha Gann Teague who later moved to Corsicana. She was an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone for many years in Corsicana where she was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include one granddaughter, four grandsons, seven nephews and one niece.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Sep 4, 1988
  • Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Texas
  • 1st husband Charles Cooper 2nd husband Milton Trull; d/o Thomas Littleton Teague & Martha Jane (Gann) Teague
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Birdie Mae Wright
Aug 26, 1898 - Apr 8, 1989

Birdie Mae Wright, 90, of Corsicana died April 8, 1989, at the Twilight Nursing Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Calvin Frances officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie M. Wright, and one son, Calvin R. Wright.

Survivors include one daughter, Willie Mae Owen of Corsicana; two sons, Clyde Cagle and Roy P. Wright, both of Waxahachie; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Winnie Hayden of California.

Pallbearers will be J.D. Wright, Cecil Wright, Clarence Wright, Steve Cagle, Darrell Nevils and Edwin Nevils.

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Homer Franklin Logan
Apr 9, 1913 - Apr 30, 1990

Homer Logan

Homer Logan, 77, of Corsicana died April 30, 1990, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a retired lineman for Texas Power & Light and a member of First Christian Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Peggy Sue Baechtle of Emhouse, Wanda Lou Darling of Euless, and Betty Jo Hausermann of Chicago; nine grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

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Naomi Ruth (Gipson) Denbow-Baggett
Mar 17, 1910 - Dec 20, 1989

Naomi Baggett

Mrs. Naomi Baggett, 79, of Corsicana died Dec. 20, 1989, at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born March 17, 1910, in Navarro County.

She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, LaVelle Denbow of Dallas and David Denbow of Fort Worth; three sisters, Ann Maggard of Corsicana, Mrs. Jimmie Brashear of Garland and Dorothy Smith of Dallas; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Dec 22, 1989
  • 1st husband David Earl Denbow 2nd unk Baggett d/o James Jefferson “Jim” Gipson and Mary Louise “Lou” (White) Gipson
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Clyde Herman Calvert
Nov 11, 1902 - Apr 16, 1994

Clyde H. Calvert

Clyde H. Calvert, 91, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1994, in Corsicana.

Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home. The Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 11, 1902.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bessie Ruth Calvert of Corsicana; three daughters, Betty Hammock of Corsicana, Ella Kay Walters of Sunray, Texas, and Pamela Sue Calvert of Beaver Falls, Penn.; three sons, Jimmy Calvert of Ludowici, Ga., Bill Calvert of Allen, Texas, and Wendell Dale Calvert of San Antonio; one sister Roberta Calvert of Henderson, Nev.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Leonard Hayden Crawford
Nov 1, 1897 - Dec 11, 1989

L. Hayden Crawford

L. Hayden Crawford, 92, of Corsicana, died Dec. 11, 1989, in Corsicana.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born November 1897, in Waco, and graduated from Waco High School. He was a 1824 graduate of Texas A&M University. He was a civil engineer who worked for various companies, including Gulf Oil and the bridge/highway design engineer for the Texas State Highway Department in Corsicana.

Survivors include a son, John Crawford of Corsicana; one daughter-in-law, Gayle Neeley Crawford of Corsicana; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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Velma Alma (Coburn) Crawford
Aug 21, 1904 - Jun 20, 1965

Hold Services Mrs. Crawford

Funeral services for Mrs. L. Hayden Crawford, who died in Memorial hospital Sunday following an extended illness, were held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Hayden Crawford; two granddaughters, Amy and Eve Crawford, all of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Lucille Johnson, Teague; Mrs. Rufus Bond and Miss Dolly Coburn, both of Donie, and Mrs. Gerald Wiggins, Thidobeaux, Pa., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. E. Burkhart, Ernest Moore, A. A. Armstrong, Lano Barron, Bradley Speed and Henry Moore.

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Daisy (Gunning) Palmer
Jan 28, 1866 - Jun 30, 1958

Mrs. Palmer Is Injured In Fall

Mrs. Daisy Palmer, 92, route 2, Corsicana, suffered the breaking of her right hip in a fall at the family home Tuesday night. She was admitted to Memorial Hospital Tuesday at 10:15 p.m.

Mrs. Palmer was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday.

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Maggie Fern (Wiley) McQuiston
Apr 22, 1904 - Jul 3, 1987

Fern McQuiston

Mrs. Fern McQuiston, of Corsicana, died Friday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Speak of Dallas; a granddaughter, Suzanne Speak of Houston; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Larrison of Corsicana.

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Charles Clifton “Charlie” McQuiston
Feb 20, 1894 - Oct 4, 1970

C. C. McQuiston Dies Sunday

Charles C. McQuiston, 110 S. 31st St., a retired salesman, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Navarro county, a veteran of World War 1 and a member of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert Potts officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Fern Wiley McQuiston; a daughter, Mrs. Robert J. Speak, Dallas; a granddaughter, Suzanne Speak, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Evans; and several nieces and nephews.

Businessmen’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.

Pallbearers will be T. A. Little, W. A. Little, J. J. Wiley Jr., A. D. Thomas, J. A. Reilly, A. L. Howeth and T. A. Turnispeed.

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Andrew Washington McQuiston
Mar 6, 1863 - Jul 14, 1941

A. W. M’QUISTON DIED LATE MONDAY BURIAL WEDNESDAY

A. W. McQuiston, aged 78 years, resident of Corsicana and Navarro county for the past 45 years died at his home, 613 West Fourth avenue, Monday evening.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the church.

Mr. McQuiston was engaged in the retail grocery business for a number of years and was connected with the Central Texas Grocery Company.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four children, Chars. C. McQuiston, Corsicana; Mrs. Ellen Minatra, San Angelo; Mrs. Gertrude Little and Mrs. Ethel Evans, both of Corsicana; a brother W. H. McQuiston, Monticello, Ark., eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers will be H. R. Stewart, John Sullivan, F. C. Paul, Dr. S. H. Burnett, R. S. Galloway, C. G. Davidson, Murphy Williams, Robert Davidson, Murphy Williams, Robert Davidson and Will Thompson.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

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Emma Lee (Owens) McQuiston
Sep 4, 1864 - Apr 25, 1946

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD ON FRIDAY FOR MRS. M’QUISTON

Funeral services for Mrs. A. W. McQuiston, 81, were held at 4:30 o’clock Friday afternoon at McCammon Chapel with interment following in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiated.

Mrs. McQuiston died late Thursday afternoon at her residence, 613 West Fourth Avenue, where she had lived for the past 53 years. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian church.

Survivors are one son, Charles C. McQuiston; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Evans, both of Corsicana, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. H. Sullivan, Robert Davidson, Dr. S. H. Burnett, Frank Larrison, F. C. Paul, and James Mathison.

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Walter West
Jun 14, 1898 - Oct 30, 1988

Walter West

Walter West, 84, of Corsicana, died Oct. 30, 1988, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Cemetery. Ross and Johnson Morturary is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include five nephews, Robert Lee Osburn and Gregory Dilworth, both of Dallas, A. L. Williams and Jeffery Williams, both of Midland, and Robert Thornton of Mexia; and one niece, Thelma Coleman of Midland.

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Joe Charles Wheeler
May 16, 1920 - Nov 3, 1988

Joe Charles Wheeler

Joe Charles Wheeler, 68, of Corsicana, died Nov. 3, 1988, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Temple.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Wake services will be at 8 p.m. tonight at the chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Ceola Wheeler of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Michelle Houston, Vickie Bush and Derrick Houston all of Dallas, and Andrae Houston of Shreveport, La.

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Joe Abraham Tate
Feb 10, 1903 - Feb 24, 1989

Joe A. Tate, 86, of Corsicana, died at his home Friday, Feb. 24, 1989.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Dr. Charles Rice will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Tate, of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Tate Norvell, of Austin; two granddaughters, Lynne Ohmstede, of Beaumont, and Lysle Norvell, of Austin; and one sister, Mrs. Fern Lewis, of Denver, Colo.

Tate, a longtime insurance broker in Corsicana, has been active in the Methodist church and business circles for many years. He is past president of the Corsicana Lions Club and also Camp Fire Girls from which he received the Gulick Award. His interest has always been with the young people.

Pallbearers will be Rufus Shell, Eliot Johnston, Clifford Brown, Lee Fagg, Bob Lavender, Tom Eady, Raymond Cooper, Rusty Gaston, Mitchell Boyd and James B. Tate.

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H. C. "Pete" Allen
Apr 12, 1907 - Feb 25, 1989

H.C. (Pete) Allen, 81, of Corsicana, died Feb. 25, 1989, in Denton.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Eugene E. Wood, the Rev. Carl Utley and John P. Shero officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 12, 1907, in Whitesboro. In January 1934, he came to Corsicana as assistant football coach and teacher. He later served as head football coach at Corsicana High School before becoming Drane Junior High School principal, where he served for 25 years. After retiring from the school business, he opened a law office in 1972, where he worked until November 1988. He was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and Sunday School teacher for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie Allen, of Corsicana; two sons, H.C.
Allen Jr., of Sunnyvale, and Joe Allen, U.S. Air Force stationed in Germany; three daughters, Ginger Allen, of Huntsville, Ann Williams, of Denton, and Sandra Reese, of Summerville, S.C.; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Johnson, of Whitesboro; 11 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice Care, 2500 Hinkle Dr., Denton, Texas, 76201.

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J. B. Strain
Aug 20, 1900 - Feb 24, 1989

J.B. Strain, 88, a Frost native, died Friday at his home.

Service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel. The Revs.
J.O. Lawler and Robert Easterling will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

He is a retired farmer and banker.

Survivors include one son, Harvey Strain, of Corsicana; one grandson, Johnathan Alex Strain of Corsicana; four sisters, Carrie Strain Anderson Smith, of Whitesboro, Allie Strain Smith, of San Angelo, Mary Strain Stevenson Thurman, of Seymour, Sammie Strain Arnold Armstrong, of Corsicana; two sisters-in-law, Mattie Strain and Orelle Strain, both of Frost; and two brothers-in-law, B.L. Moore, of Irene, and Aldine Moore of Frost.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Hazel Marie (Bower) Clark
Apr 1, 1914 - Feb 26, 1989

Hazel Marie Bower Clark, 74, of Corsicana, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 1989, at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Officiating will be Dr. David Hale. Burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. C. Clark in 1969 and her daughters Shirley Clark in 1934 and Margaret Clark Lusk in 1988.

Survivors include two sons, Kennith Clark of Lancaster, Dewey Clark of Tyler; two daughters, Patricia Owen of Corsicana, Sherrian Bowling of Grand Prairie; two brothers, Lloyd Bower and Tince Bower both of Fort Worth; three sisters, Lorene Grammar, Floy Hand and Christine Dyson, all of Fort Worth; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mike Clark, Mark Clark, Ricky Day, Tim Campbell, Wayne Owen, Rodney Haynes, Russell Haynes and Phillip Baggett.

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Ethel Ruth (Evans) Yelvington
Apr 16, 1916 - Mar 4, 1989

Ethel Ruth Yelvington, 72, of Corsicana, died March 4, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Carl Utley officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery, under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She was a longtime home economics teacher at Mildred High School. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Yelvington Boswell, of Ambler, Pa.; one brother, William Thurman Evans, of Richardson; one sister, Margaret Evans Williamson, of Houston; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Stewart, Bruce Sullivan, Paige Watkins, Robert Boyd, Bill Bradford and D.T. Gonzales.

Honorary pallbeaers will be Hugh Stewart, Albert Galloway and Andrew Williamson.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Gracie (Giles) Moir
Sep 4, 1918 - Mar 4, 1989

Mrs. Gracie Giles Moir, 70, of Corsicana, died March 4, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. J. Roland Spears officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Henderson County, and was a resident of Corsicana since 1932. She was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone. She was a 1938 graduate of Corsicana High School and served in the Cadet Nursing Corps during World War II.

She is survived by her husband, George Moir, of Bells, Texas; seven brothers, Adrian Giles, of Athens, Bill Giles, of Chandler, Russell Giles, of Andrews, Archie Giles, of Longview, Frank Giles, of Houston, Richard Giles, of Corsicana, and Levi Giles, of Denton; and a host of other relatives.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Melvin "Bud" Campbell
Mar 4, 1924 - Mar 5, 1989

Melvin (Bud) Campbell, 65, of Retreat died March 5, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born March 4, 1924 in Fairhope, Ala.

Survivors include two sons, Lee Campbell and Frank Campbell both of Corsicana; four daughters, Marlin Grace Owen of Richland and Cindy Jackson, Marlene Campbell and Margaret Huffman, all of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Loren Campbell of Arlington, and Pete Campbell of Dallas; and one sister, Winona Campbell of Houston.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Lewis, Johnny Huffman, Nathan Young, Terry Smith, Gene Smith, and Billy Wayne DeChaume.

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David Earl Denbow
Aug 31, 1904 - Mar 6, 1989

D.E. Denbow, 84, of Corsicana died March 6, 1989 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 31, 1904 in Chatfield, and was a retired supervisor for the oil mill, and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Lavelle Denbow of Grand Prairie; David Denbow Jr. of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, C.A. Denbow of Ennis, and C.G. Denbow, and Bruce Denbow, both of Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. John Travis, Mrs. Lacy Paschall, and Mrs. Lola Gilbert, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Oreine Adams of Cedar Creek, and Mrs. Florine Johnson of Hallettsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Jimmie Edwin Franklin
Dec 28, 1916 - Mar 6, 1989

Jimmie Franklin, 72, of Grand Prairie, died March 6, 1989.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr.
Charles Rice officiating. Southland Funeral Home in Grand Prairie is in charge of arrangements.

Franklin was born Dec. 12, 1916, in Corsicana. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pitt Franklin, of Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Maie Fountain Franklin, of Grand Prairie; and one daughter, Cris Abbott, of Amarillo.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 8, 1989
  • s/o Pitt Hamilton Franklin and Ethel Irene (Murphy) Franklin
  • Notes: All birth records online show his birth as Dec 28, 1916
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hattie M. Bowden
Aug 2, 1905 - Mar 8, 1989

Hattie M. Bowden, 83, of Dallas and formerly of Corsicana, died March 8,
1989 at Kaufman Hospital.

Graveside service is Friday at 12 noon at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Jimmie Moberly will officiate.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Bowden Sr.

Survivors include one son, Charles M. Bowden Jr. of Mabank; one brother, Allen Denbow of Corsicana; one sister, Ruth Keele of Tyler.

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Faye (Donahey) Farrar
Aug 9, 1895 - Apr 7, 1989

Faye D. Farrar, 93, of Dallas died April 7, 1989, in Dallas.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas. Dr. Robert Farrar, Bishop Max Harper and John Banister will officiate. Burial will be at 5 p.m. Sunday in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Local arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral home.

She was a resident of Corsicana from 1922 to 1942 and was the widow of Bascom T. Farrar. She was a former member of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ and was a former secretary of the Skillman Church of Christ.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Robert Farrar of Houston and Ray Farrar of Royse City; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Margaret (Shanklin) Cunningham
Aug 19, 1917 - Apr 10, 1989

Margaret S. Cunningham of Augusta, Kan., died April 10, 1989, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

Memorial services will be held Thursday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Wichita. The Rev. R. Craig Bell will officiate. Local services are pending in Corsicana.

She was born in Covington, Ken., and was married to George H. Cunningham, a native of Corsicana, June 27, 1945, in St. Matthews, Kan. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, George H. Cunningham of Augusta, Kan.; one son, Col. John D. Cunningham of Harbor City, Cal.; one daughter, Rebecca Funk of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Carol Huff of Scottsdale, Ariz; and four grandchildren.

A memorial has been specified as the American Lung Association. Cochran Mortuary of Wichita, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

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Genila Sykes
Feb 27, 1904 - Apr 11, 1989

Mrs. Genila Sykes, 85, of Carrollton died April 11, 1989 in Carrollton.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Horner officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 27, 1904 in Dawson, and was a Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Jayne Leath of Carrollton, and Frances Melton of Gladewater; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Spence B. Taylor
June 13, 1906 - Apr 13, 1989

Spence B. Taylor, 82, of Corsicana died April 13, 1989 in Dallas.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Corley Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born June 13, 1906 in Dodd City. He was a retired heavy duty operator for the Texas Highway Department.

Survivors include his wife, Cora C. Taylor of Corsicana; three daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta and James Brown of Emhouse, Dorothy and Charles Wood of Dallas; Jo Ann and Johnny Rhodes of Corsicana; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Fay Taylor, Vera Calvin, Doris Wood, and Eula Waters, all of Fort Worth; four brothers, Jack Taylor of Duncanville, Charles Taylor of Houston, Clay Taylor and Ray Taylor, both of Bonham; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Annie Lee (Applin) Ledwell-Rodgers
Jan 30, 1911 - Apr 13, 1989

Mrs. Annie L. Ledwell Rodgers, 78, of Corsicana, died April 13, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 30, 1911 in Cameron, and had lived in Corsicana since 1937. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Louise Watson and Joyce Coker, both of Corsicana, and Frances Harris of Austin and Lucille Ledwell of Pasadena; one son, Lee Ledwell of Houston; 20 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchidren; one brother, Earl Stiles of George West; two nieces and one nephew.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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William C. "Cliff" Russell
Oct 7, 1913 - Apr 13, 1989

W. C. (Cliff) Russell, 75, of Corsicana died Thursday, April 13, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Officiating will be Dr. Roland Spears and Rev. George Hair. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Willena Russell of Corsicana; one son, Bill Russell of New Hampshire; one daughter Patricia Ann Nelson of Corsicana; one brother Bruford Russell of Corsicana; one sister Lena Jane Bailey of Rice and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers are: Robert Robinson, N.D. Coker, Durwood Richards, Johnny Harper, Lewis Harrison, Wayne Nelson.

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Irma Louise (Galloway) Sullivan
1890 - Apr 5, 1989

Mrs. John H. (Irma Louise Galloway) Sullivan died April 5, 1989 in Dallas at Presbyterian Village North, where she had resided for a number of years.

Memorial services will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Carl Utley officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in White Oak, S.C., in 1890 and came to Texas with her parents when young. She lived most of her life in Corsicana. She was educated in the public schools of Corsicana and received her teaching certificate from what is now the University of North Texas. She taught school in Corsicana until her marriage in 1915 to John H. Sullivan, who preceded her in death in 1972. A son, John H. Sullivan Jr. died in 1978. She was an active member of Westminister Presbyterian Church, and served as president of the Sam Houston Elementary School PTA while her children attended school.

Survivors include children; Mrs. Wm. A. (Maraget) Wilborn of Houston; Bruce M. Sullivan of Corsicana; Dr. George H. Sullivan of Fort Worth; and Mrs. James D. (Louise) Yancey of Dallas; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

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Autra B. Green
Aug 8, 1929 - Apr 9, 1989

Autra B. Green, 59, of Union City, Calif., died April 9, 1989 at his residence.

Services were Thursday in Union City.

He was born Aug. 8, 1929 in Corsicana. He was raised in Corsicana. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Green of Union City; one daughter, Sandra Gayle Green of Union City; one son, Autra B. Green Jr. of Union City; two sisters, Bertha Mae Rogers of Corsicana, and Besta Lee Sullivan of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, William Thomas Green of Clarksville, Ark.; and two granddaughters.

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Beulah Mae Cooper
abt 1915 - Mar 22, 1989

Beulah Cooper, 74, of Corsicana, died March 22, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be friday at 1 p.m. at Wilgo Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth White of Corsicana; five sons, Jim L. Harris of Riverside, Calif., Billy Harris Jr. of Mart, Johnny Harris, Lonnie Harris, and Ray Cooper, all of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sammie Jones, Samuel Jones, and O.B. Jones, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mozell Brown of Corsicana, and Billie Rogers of Massachusetts.

Pallbearers will be Mack Thomas, Charles Bryant, Freddie Lewis, Willie Porch, Bubba Cook and Jerry Bonds.

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L. T. Johnson
abt 1932 - Mar 28, 1989

Mr. L. T. Johnson, 56, of Corsicana died March 28, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Curtis R. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at the Woodland cemetery under the direction of ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include three brothers, Jalmer McGraw of Texarkana, Robert Bell of Corsicana, and Jack Johnson of Omaho; four sisters, Lizzie May Renfro of Fort Worth, Leanna Johnson of Selena, Juanita Johnson, and Mary Jo Hamilton, both of Corsicana.

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Earl Lee
abt 1911 - Mar 30, 1989

Earl Lee, 77, of Corsicana died March 30, 1989, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, with the Rev. J. L. Bailey officiating. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Woodland cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha Lee of Corsicana; one daughter; one son, Frank Houston of Dallas; six step-children; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be James L. Gooden Sr., Darrell Brandon, Don Jones, Charles Nelson and Otis Hodge.

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Clarence G. Nelson
Feb 22, 1902 - Apr 7, 1989

Clarence Nelson, 87, of Corsicana, died April 7, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ross and Johnson Chapel.
Funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Baptist Church with the Rev. E. H. Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Sanders Nelson of Corsicana; two sisters-in-law, Katie Robinson of Dallas, and Eleanor Evans Washington of Corsicana; and other relatives.

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L. C. Wafer
Dec 5, 1916 - Apr 8, 1989

L. C. Wafer, 72, of Corsicana, died April 8, 1989, at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. T. W. Medlock officiating. Burial will be in Woodland cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Ruby Bryant of Corsicana, Vera Taylor, Lola Kay, Eula Dickerson, Ivery Bradley, and Vassie Wafer, all of Dallas; six sons, Robert Wafer and Leonard Wafer, both of Corsicana, L.
C. Wafer Jr., Grady Wafer, and Jimmy Wafer, all of Dallas, and Arthur Wafer of Plano; 31 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Everlene Harper of Levelland.

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Jimmie J. Floyd
abt 1939 - Apr 3, 1989

Jimmie Jake Floyd, 50, of Dallas, died Monday, April 3, 1989.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

He was born in Kerens and had lived in Dallas since 1962.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton P. Floyd Sr. and his brother, Clinton P. Floyd Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Floyd; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kathy Floyd; one grandson, Timothy Floyd.

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Arthur Lee Bloomer
Dec 2, 1921 - Apr 3, 1989

Arthur Lee Bloomer, 67, of Dallas, died April 3, 1989 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Friday at the Pleasant Grove Academy Church of God in Christ in Dallas, with Elder John McGilvery officiating.
Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas is in charge of arrangements.

Bloomer was a native of Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Lacy Bloomer of Dallas; four children, Billy Don Bloomer, Vernon Lee Bloomer and Ruby Jewel Bloomer, all of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Cedric K. Hunt of Dallas; two step-sons, Dexter Lewis of DeSoto and Earnest Lewis of Norfork, Va.; six sisters, Katie Simmons of Wichita Falls, Ruby Dixon of Albuquerque, N.M., Maggie Hunter and Ethel Baptist, both of Corsicana, and Ina McGilvery and Ida Stevens, both of Dallas; two brothers, John Bloomer of Mansfield and Clarence Bloomer of Killeen; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Jesse Lewis Cleveland
Oct 8, 1897 - Apr 7, 1989

Jesse Lewis Cleveland, 91, formerly of Dawson, died April 7, 1989, in a Hubbard nursing home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. The Rev. Paul Thompson will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

He was a lifelong resident of the Dawson and Hubbard area. He was a retired farmer and carpenter and a memer of the First Baptist Church in Dawson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linnie Pearl Cleveland in 1976.

He is survived by three daughters, Daphine Huckman of Victoria, Nancy Tankersley of Dallas and Wanda Harrison, both of Red Oak; three sisters, Nora Williams of Brownwood, and Jewell Little and Faye Townsend, both of Waco; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Men's Bible class at the First Baptist Church of Dawson.

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William Elliott Lindsey
abt 1852 Tenn. - Nov 11, 1910

Died Here Yesterday.

W. E. Lindsey, aged 58 years, a farmer of the Pursley community, died in the Houston hospital here yesterday, and the remains were taken to Pursley last night by private conveyance and were interred in the neighborhood cemetery there this morning.

Deceased was a good citizen and is survived by a wife and five children.

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Beulah (Thrash) Mahaley
Sep 16, 1887 - Sep 10, 1970

Mrs. Mahaley Rites Today

Funeral services were held today at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. G. R. Mahaley who died early Thursday in an Ennis hospital. The Rev. Randall McCollum, pastor of the Rice Baptist Church, will officiate.

Mrs. Mahaley was born in Cleburne County, Ala. and was married to G. R. Mahaley of Rice in 1936. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Alabama.

Survivors include three nieces, Mrs. Wilma Thrash Hughes and Mrs. E. L. Thrash Hutto of Anniston, Ala., and Mrs. Inez Thrash McAltin of Tallapoosa, Ga.; and four nephews, Tom Allen Thrash of Ponca City, Okla., E. E. Payne of New Boston, Texas. and Joe and Howard Payne, both of Houston.

Pallbearers included Barry Holsey, Lee Holsey, B. B. Huggins, J. E. Payne, Alex Lockhart and Joe Deskin.

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Emma (Holbrook) Fuller-Norton
Feb 16, 1878 - Nov 15, 1956

Mrs. W. S. Norton Dies Thursday

Mrs. W. S. Norton, aged 77 years, former Corsicana resident, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Britton, at Ferris, Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Ferris Church of Christ with burial in Oakwood cemetery here.

The rites will be conducted by J. P. Johnston, minister of the North Beaton Street Church of Christ, and Mr. Radcliff, Ferris Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Britton, Ferris; Mrs. W. R. Lasley, Beaumont; Mrs. Ruth Emskamp, Fort Worth, and Mrs. C. B. Ryburn, Port Isabel; three sons, W. E. Norton, Constable A. L. Norton and W. L. Norton, all of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben Halbrook, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Etta Fournoy, Rock Island, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. L. Norton, A. L. Norton, W. E. Norton, Harold Britton, Howard Britton and Billy Britton.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 15, 1956
  • 1st husband James Wesley Fuller 2nd husband William Samuel Norton buried at Younger cemetery d/o Pleasant M. Holbrook and Mary Ann (Mitchell) York-Holbrook
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Adren Westbrook
Dec 24, 1896 - Mar 4, 1972

Adren Westbrook

BLOOMING GROVE—Adren Westbrook, 75, retired civil service employe of Big Spring and former Blooming Grove resident, died early Saturday in Big Spring. He was a veteran of World War I. He had resided in Big Spring since 1952.

Graveside rites and burial will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Davis of Corsicana officiating.

He is survived by his widow, Lula Westbrook of Big Spring; three daughters, Mrs., Darel Highley, Big Spring; Mrs. Richard Sanders, Kaufman, and Mrs. George Crider, Marlin; two brothers, Luther and Clyde Westbrook, both of Kerens; and a sister, Mrs. M. T. Albritton, also of Kerens.

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Lena Simpson (Hawkins) Neal
Jun. 02, 1919 - Aug. 04, 1973

Mrs. Neal
BLOOMING GROVE --Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Olive Grove Baptist Church in Blooming Grove for Mrs. Lena Margaret Neal, 54, of Blooming Graove, who died Saturday.
Rev. Aubrey Hart, pastor, will officiate, with burial to be at Younger Cemetery in Purdon.
Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home.
Survivors include two sons, her mother, a nephew, two aunts, and other relatives.

Notes:

Mrs. Neal

BLOOMING GROVE—Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Margaret Neal, 54, of Blooming Grove have been set at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Olive Grove Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Mrs. Neal died Saturday.
Rev. Aubrey Hart, pastor will officiate, with burial to be at Younger Cemetery in Purdon, under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.
Mrs. Neal, a school teacher, was a member of the Olive Grove Baptist Church where she all so served as a Sunday School teacher and class leader. She was a graduate of G. W. Jackson High School in Corsicana and attended Tillotson College in Austin where she received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mrs. Neal also attended Navarro Junior College, Wayland Baptist College in Plainviel and Texas Southern University in Houston. She taught at Quitaque Elementary School in Quitaque, Tex., where she also served as principal, at Kearns Elementary School and Blooming Grove High School. She taught a total of 28 years.
Survivors include two sons, Horace and Jesse Neal of Blooming Grove; her mother, Mrs. Daisy Hawkins of Blooming Grove; a nephew, Gilbert Gregg of Denver, Col.; two aunts, Mrs. Lily Blanford and Mrs. Pearlie Bartee, and other relatives. Pallbearers will be cousins to the deceased.
The body will lie in state at Calhoun Funeral Home and Olive Grove Baptist Church from noon until the funeral Tuesday.

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Edith Mae Bartee
Feb 06, 1943 - Nov 28, 1973

Miss Bartee

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Olive Grove Baptist Church in Blooming Grove for Miss Edith Merel Bartee, 30 who died Wednesday after a short illness at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston.

Rev. Aubrey Hart, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Younger Cemetery near Dawson. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana. She was a 1961 graduate of Pelham High School and attended Houston-Tilliston College in Austin. She was a resident of Houston and native of Navarro County. She will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Olive Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Pearlie Bartee of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Jones of Dallas, Miss Lena Bartee of Amarillo, and Miss Ruth Bartee of Houston; four brothers, Billy Bartee of Tyler, Richard Bartee and Thiomas Bartee of Corsicana, and Robert Bartee of Dallas; and other relatives.

Cousins will be pallbearers.

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Verne T. Gaines
Oct 31, 1912 - Dec 11, 1975

V. T. Gaines

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Verne T. Gaines, 63, resident of Rt. 2 Corsicana, who died Thursday night at Memorial Hospital. L. C. Bankhead, Church of Christ minister, will officiate, with burial to follow at Black Hills Cemetery. He was a member of the College Hill Church of Christ.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Earline Gaines of Corsicana; two sons, Robert Gaines and Barney Gaines of Denison; two daughters, Mrs. Wanda Horner and Mrs. Valerie Murphey both of Corsicana; three brothers, James L. Gaines of Corsicana, Watt Gaines of Houston, and Alon Gaines of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Bonner and Mrs. Gladys Moorman both of Corsicana and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Darrell Olsen, James Olsen, Paul Beamon, Johnny Robinson, Billy Acock, Larry Acock, Slater Land, and A. C. Horton.

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Samuel “Sam” McGee
abt 1846 - Jan 23, 1920

Remains Interred at Black Hills

Sam McGee, father of Mrs. D. P. Prince and Mrs. J. M. Parrish, who died near Terrell last Friday night, reached here Saturday night and interment took place in the Black Hills cemetery yesterday. The deceased had lived in this county for many years and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 26, 1920
  • h/o Victoria (Jarrett) McGee (father of Sarah “Sallie” (McGee) Parrish w/o Joseph Monroe Parrish buried at Oakwood and Josephine (McGee) Prince; w/o Darl Paul Prince buried at Oakwood—I assume he is a brother to John Thomas McGee
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Martin Smith
1873 - 1932

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD THURSDAY FOR ROBERT M. SMITH

PROMINENT COTTON MAN DIED SUDDENLY WEDNESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for R. M. Smith, aged 59 years, native of Corsicana prominent cotton buyer here for many years, who died with a heart attack Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock, while sitting in an automobile near his office on East Collin street, where held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family residence, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Thomas Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

He had been a member of the Presbyterian church since he was 15 years old and had been a member of the Masonic lodge for a number of years. He was of a quie4t, retiring disposition, yet took an active part in the affairs of the city, always working for its advancement.

Mr. Smith had been a cotton buyer here for many years and was a member of the firm of Wood and Smith.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Taylor Smith, Fort Stockton; January and Robert Smith, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Fleming and Mrs. Mary Byford, both of Corsicana; and four sisters, Mrs. Ben F. Guynes, Chatfield; Mrs. M. J. McMullen, Corsicana; Mrs. Allister Wills, Monroe, La., and Mrs. herbert Ferguson, Wichita Falls.
Active pallbearers were Jack Megarity, C. S. Wood, George Roxborough, Jim Nichols, Graham Dickson and Walter Castles.

Honorary pallbearers were cotton buyers and dealers.
The local Masonic lodge had charge of the ser5vices at the grave.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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George Wilson Kent
Oct 18, 1899 - Feb 9, 1989

G. W. Wilson Kent, 89, of Kerens, died Feb. 9, 1989.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kerens First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Terry Hodge and the Rev. Gary Carruth officiating. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 18, 1899, in Eureka to Mataw Kent and Mollie Wilson.  He was farmer and a member of the Methodist Church. He had lived in Kerens for 40 years.

Survivors include two sons, Loyd Kent and Bobby Kent; one daughter, Kathleen Tramel of Henderson; three brothers, Alex Kent and Charles Kent, both of Powell, and Barney Kent of Kerens; two sisters, Lucille Leeds of Grapeland, and Hollie Reagan of Texas City; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Artie Gray (Ford) Smith
July 31, 1892 - Feb 13, 1989

Mrs. Artie Gray Smith, 96, of Tyler, died Feb. 13, 1989 at Medical Center hospital in Tyler.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Home chapel with Dr. R. S. Crawford, Rev. Paul Saylors, and Rev. Charles Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery.  Graveside services will be held at the cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

She was a housewife and a member of Southern Oaks Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Margaret Smith of Houston; a daughter and son-in-law, Dixie and Lee B. Smith of Tyler; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Arthur Baggett, Royce Davis, Jim Perkins, Bob Smith, Edgar Roye, J. B. Curry.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday night.

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Clarence Clifford Bichell
Mar 6, 1915 - Apr 18, 1989

Clarence C. Bichell, 74, of Kerens died April 18, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. today at the Kerens City Cemetery with Steve Keen officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Ona Lucile Bichell of Kerens; two sons, Clifford Bichell and Donald H. Bichell, both of Kerens; one sister, Helen Louise Smith of Dallas; and four grandchildren.

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Sharon Beatrice Williams-Hoch
Aug 23, 1954 - Sept 10, 2013

Sharon Beatrice Williams-Hoch, 59, of Richardson, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. surrounded by family and loved ones.

Sharon was born Aug. 23, 1954 in Corsicana, the daughter of the late Donald Odell Williams and surviving mother, Mary Toogood Williams.

She was the second of five siblings, and lived with her family in Richland and Wortham as a young child, before the family moved to Corsicana.

Sharon was a student at James L. Collins Catholic School, and active in church activities at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She participated in Campfire Girls, Catholic Youth Organization, and attended Collins Junior High School for a time.

She chaired and coordinated city-wide March of Dimes fundraising campaigns, and volunteer numerous hours as a candy striper at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. Graduating in 1972 from Corsicana High School, she was active in student council and science and physics programs, and received the honor of representing Corsicana High School at a nuclear energy symposium at UT Austin. She also earned a varsity letter in tennis.

Sharon received a Jim Collins Scholarship to attend college, and first attended Navarro College, where she studied art and theatre, and performed in various theatre productions. She then went on to East Texas State University and studied philosophy and Russian language.

For a time, she worked at the Corsicana Daily Sun as a proofreader.

She transferred to UT Austin and graduated with honors in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosphy and the humanities. While at UT, she worked as editor of the UT Press and as a proofreader for Texas Senate.

Sharon began her nursing career by attending UT Austin nursing school and graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, followed by obtaining her license as a registered nurse. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at various private and public hospitals in Austin, including working as a nursing supervisor at Austin State Hospital.

She graduated from UT-Dallas in 1989 with Master’s in Public Policy degree with an emphasis in health policy and continued her postgraduate work at UT-Dallas in economics related to health policy; she also served as a part-time instructor of health courses in the Dallas County Community College System.

Moving to Washington, D.C. Sharon worked as a nurse at George Washington University (GWU) Hospital while attending graduate school at GWU in health policy and Georgetown University in medical ethics.

On April 8, 1993 Sharon married Irving Joseph Hoch in Corsicana and moved to Richardson. They never had children, but had four dogs that they considered their children and loved very much, Bonnie (deceased) and Bart (deceased), and Mattie and Fred still living. After moving back to Texas, Sharon worked in the Dallas area for the remainder of her life, where, over the course of her nursing career, she had worked at most of the private and public hospitals.

Sharon was diagnosed with lung cancer on Aug. 1, 2013. By her request, her remains were donated to the University of Minnesota and her eyes were donated to the University of Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Joseph Hoch, and father, Donald O. Williams and younger brother, Joey Williams and brother-in-law, Denis Schirmers.

She is survived by her oldest brother, Donald Williams, Jr. and wife Dr.
Ruth Condray-Williams of Carson City, Nev.; her younger sister, Patricia Schirmers of Eden Prairie, Minn.; her youngest brother, Victor T. Williams and wife Sandra Williams of The Colony; her nephews and nieces, Dr. Angie Glasgow of Davis, Calif., Dr. Joseph Schirmers of Minneapolis, Minn., Grace Williams of North Richland Hills, Weston Williams of Lubbock, and Catie Schirmers of Wellesley, Mass.

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J. D. Sheppard
Jan 19, 1922 - Sept 14, 2013

J.D. Sheppard, born Jan. 19, 1922 in Athens to William Newton Sheppard and Beulah Fitzgerald Sheppard, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

J.D. was a graduate of Kilgore High School. He played basketball while attending Tyler Junior College. Then on Oct. 27, 1942, he entered the Army and was discharged March 14, 1946. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Upon his return, he attended Stephen F. Austin University. J.D. earned his degree in Education while playing basketball and later earned his Master's Degree.

Shep coached in the Dallas Independent School District for 10 years. He was extremely proud of the close contact he kept with the men he had coached at Pleasant Grove and Forest Avenue High School.

Shep officiated in both football and basketball for the Southwestern and Oklahoma Athletic Associations, and was a life member of the Dallas Coaches Association.

Shep was a zone manager for the Dr. Pepper Company and advanced to Midwest Division Manager, receiving the Presidents Award. He was president of Texas Bottlers Supply Association and served on the boards of Midwestern State Bottlers. He became the Regional Sales Manager for Chattanooga Glass in Corsicana and later an Independent Representative for Southwest business' in the bottling industry.

J.D. has been a member of the First United Methodist Church for 45 years. He served as a Sunday school teacher as well as on the church board.

An incredibly special man, he touched many lives with his warmth, wit, wisdom and love. He always took a personal interest in everyone he met.
One of his former students wrote, “His kindness, willingness and affection has always resulted into things that have affected the lives of others.”

He is survived by his wife Billie of 67 years; children, Kathy Huskey and husband Rod, Barbara Sheppard and John Sheppard and wife Karen; grandchildren, Lukas Hubbard and wife Julie, Joel Hubbard and wife Lynsey, Paul Sheppard and wife Amanda, Jane Sheppard and Anna Rogers and husband Caleb; great-grandchildren, Cole Hubbard and Bryce Hubbard and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. Family visitation will follow after the service in the parlor.

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Melvin Royis Ward
Jan 29, 1934 - Sept 19, 2013

Melvin Royis Ward, age 79, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in Crystal City, Texas. He was born Jan. 29, 1934 in Navarro County and lived the majority of his early years in Corsicana. The son of Watson and Ruth Ward, he attended Mildred High School and went on to college in Tyler and obtained a degree in Accounting. He began working at Coffelt and Gutherie before going into business for himself as a successful independent oil and gas operator in Texas for over 65 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Audra Leyton Ward.

He is survived by his devoted companion of over 55 years, Catherine Boychuk and his current wife, Shirley Ward; son, Michael Ward and wife Chris of San Antonio; stepdaughter, Gina Voss of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Matthew Ward and wife Amanda of Corpus Christi, Patrick Dosser and wife Gina of San Antonio, John Dosser and wife Elizabeth of San Antonio, Justin Ward and wife Nicole of Castle Rock, Colo., and Tasha Clark of Corpus Christi; great-grandchildren, Mason, Tiffany, Christopher, Aiden, Myles and Blake; brother, Morris Ward and wife Jennie of Athens; nephews, Dwayne Ward and wife Sharron, Terry Ward and Kenny Ward.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Connally officiating.

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Karey A. Ford Jr.
Nov 11, 1926 - Apr 16, 1989

Karey Alford Ford Jr., 62, of Corsicana died April 16, 1989 in Lancaster.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Lancaster with the Rev. B.F. Risinger and the Rev. Lindsey Cofield officiating.
Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery in Lancaster. Byrum Funeral Home in Lancaster is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 11, 1926 in Mildred. He married Della Louise Turner June 1, 1947 in Mexia. He retired as vice president-division manager of Safeway Food Stores after 38 years of service. He started his career in Corsicana in 1947, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Christi Adams.

Survivors include his wife, Della Louise Ford; children and in-laws, Al and Tommie Ford of Wharton, Karey III and Nancy Ford of Dallas, Phil Ford of Austin, Kathy and Mark Tapscott of Lancaster, Linda and George Adams of Houston, Tricia Ford of Corsicana; his mother, Mary Evelyn Slaughter of Corsicana; sisters, Valero Garner of Blooming Grove, Parry Ruth McCarter of Silver City, Bobbie Putman of Navarro Mills; grandchildren, Al Ford, Jr., Shellie Adams, Jason Tapscott, Geoffrey Ford, Angie Tapscott, Nathan Ford; and several nieces and nephews.

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Floy Catherine (Haggard) Coffey
Oct 10, 1895 - Apr 17, 1989

Mrs. Floy Catherine Coffey, 93, of Corsicana died April 17, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Waco Memorial Park in Waco.

She was born Oct. 10, 1895, in Morris County, and had lived in Corsicana most of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Her husband, E.O. Coffey, preceded her in death in 1948.

She is survived by one brother, H. Milton Haggard of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and two sisters, Alice White and Mrs. O.F. Treadwell, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be C.A. Pickering, Robert Herod, Dr. Ralston Gober, Joe G. Sims, Bill Honea and C.G. Winn.

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Lillian Olive (Hunt) Spross
Apr 2, 1910 - Apr 17, 1989

Mrs. Benny (Olive) Spross, 79, of Riesel Texas, died Monday, April 17, 1989, in a Waco hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wilkerson Hatch Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. William Horick and the Rev. Kent Berry will officiate. Burial will be in Waco Memorial Park.

She was born April 2, 1910, in Brenham, Texas. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1927. She graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Waco in 1934. She married Benny Spross on Oct. 8,
1943 in Waco. She had worked 18 years at Corsicana Memorial Hospital and returned to Waco in 1968. She retired in 1977.

Mr. Spross died in 1971.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Riesel.

She is survived by two sons, Richard W. Jablonowski and Bud Jablonowski, both of Riesel; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Patterson and Mrs. Jane Goodwin, both of Waco and Mrs. Jo Brown of Austin; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Riesel or the American Heart Association.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 19, 1989
  • w/o Rudolph Wood Jablonowski Jr. and Benny Spross; d/o Willie Andrew "Will" Hunt & Fannie Mae (Peadon) Hunt
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Annie Ruth (Whittenburg) Farmer
Sep 3, 1894 - Apr 17, 1989

Mrs. Ruth Farmer, 94, of Purdon, died April 17, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
O.E. Permenter officiating. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 3, 1894 in Navarro County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist Church.

Her husband, T.I. Farmer, preceded her in death in 1968.

Survivors include one daughter, Letha Davis of Purdon; one granddaughter, Carolyn Williams of Corsicana; one grandson, Jackie Davis of Houston; six great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myrtle Tally of Corsicana, and Edith Farmer of Harlingen; one brother, Everett Whittenburg of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be great-grandsons and nephews Randy Farmer, Jeff Farmer, Donald Davis, Shannon Kuykendall, Glenn Tally and Billy Joe Tally.

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Royce Garvin Hassell Jr.
Mar 27, 1927 - Sept 25, 2013

Royce Garvin Hassell, 86 of Kerens, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Hassell is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Garvin and Colleen Hassell of Coppell; daughter, Vicki Hassell of Kerens; two grandchildren, Anna and Emily Hassell, both of Coppell; sister, Mary Francis Ordeneaux of Mesquite; nephew, Fred Milligan, Jr. of Mesquite; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Leslie Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery in Athens, Texas.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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John Victor Dunagan
July 15, 1951 - Sept 7, 2013

John Victor Dunagan, 62, left this world to join his parents on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

He was born July 15, 1951 to Lucius Victor (L.V.) and Fanell Smith Dunagan. John graduated from Frost High School in 1969 where he was involved in all sports, excelling in football as a quarterback, basketball, as well as baseball.

He went on to Stephen F. Austin State University where he became a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and gained many life-long friends. He relocated to Dallas which became his permanent home.

He was a bartender for many years at several Dallas establishments, including Jack Brown's Beer Garden, Pittman House, Lucy's, Caulfield's, Stan's Blue Note, Wall Street Pub, as well as others. In his more recent years he worked as a Union Contractor with Freeman Decorators.

He contracted West Nile Virus/Spinal Meningitis several years ago and struggled to overcome its effects ever since.

He had a true joy for life, had many friends who loved him, as well as family and “adopted family” who knew him affectionately as “Uncle John, U.J., Dunny, J.D. or Roach.”

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Mark Pratt of Cryer Creek; nephews Joseph Mark Pratt of Midlothian, Matthew Abel Pratt of Mansfield and John Gabriel Pratt of Lubbock; as well as cousins, James (Jim) Moore and Mandy of Little Rock, Ark., Jerry Moore and Janet of Williamsburg, Va., Russell Williams and Judi of Waxahachie, as well as a host of friends and adopted family.

The family is hosting a celebration of his life at Frost Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and the Memorial Service at 3 p.m. All are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to The Salvation Army or your favorite charity in his memory.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jesse Lee Moore Jr.
Feb 29, 1928 - Sept 14, 2013

Jesse Lee Moore Jr., 85, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Jesse Lee Moore, Jr. was born February 29, 1928 in Woodlawn, Texas to Jesse Lee and Catherine (Peden) Moore. He passed away on September 14, 2013 in Englewood, Colorado. Jesse is preceded in death by his wife Reba H. (Hawthorne) Moore in 1984. He is survived by his son Daniel Lee Moore of Vancouver, Washington, his siblings Barbara (Leon) Rowlett and Watson (Shirley) Moore as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He graduated from Toyah High School in 1945 in far west Texas. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Navy where he served for two years in San Diego, California. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy he attended Texas Technological College where he graduated in 1952 with a business administration degree with a major in accounting.

Mr. Moore worked for Llano Drilling Company in Midland, Texas and then moved to Forest Oil Corporation (the parent company) where he worked in both Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado. He retired from Forest Oil Corporation in 1986.

He married Reba Hawthorne on June 20th, 1958 in Midland, Texas.

He was a lifelong Texas Tech Red Raiders fan and was an active member of the Denver area Texas Tech alumni association. He always watched them when they played on television and attended many games in person.

Mr. Moore loved the Rocky Mountains and in particular loved Rocky Mountain National Park. He visited the park many times per year, sometimes more than once a week. He loved to watch, and listen, to the elk while in the park. He spent many hours with his spotting scope in the park watching the elk and other wild life. He was always glad to let strangers look through the scope and help them enjoy the wonders that he saw in the mountains.

Given the terrible flooding in the mountains that he loved it is requested that donations to flood relief be made in lieu of flowers. (https://www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief, http://www.imsalvationarmy.org/ and designate “Colorado Floods”, http://www.coloradoredcross.org/, or http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/)

Services will be held at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial, CO (Friday, September 20th at 2:30PM). Following the services in Centennial, Jesse will be brought back to Texas where services will be held at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow services where he will be laid next to his wife Reba at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.

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Dewitt Howard Fox
Mar 30, 1929 - Sept 23, 2013

Dewitt Howard Fox, age 84, passed away on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Corsicana. He was born in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, on March 30, 1929 to Newell Grady and Lillian Beatrice Johnson Fox.

He served in the United States Army for two years and achieved the rank of corporal. He co-owned and operated a plumbing company for many years. He married Gloria J. Quinn on Aug. 13, 1955. He was a member of Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Mr. Fox is survived by his sister, Merle Marie Taylor of Oklahoma City, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Darren Heil officiating.

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Mr. Matilde Guerrero Ovalle
Mar 14, 1925 - Sept 23, 2013

Mr. Matilde Guerrero Ovalle, 88, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 with his family by his side. He was born March 14, 1925 in Waco to Inez and Selso Ovalle.

M.G. served honorably in the United States Army. He served in World War II from March 8, 1945 until Nov. 27, 1946 and was stationed in Japan. He married Dorothy Virginia Ovalle on Feb. 8, 1948.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant daughter, Johnnie Ovalle. He was also preceded in death by his brothers; Daniel and Domingo Ovalle and his sister; Henrietta Aguado, and son-in-law Jerry Long.

Mr. Ovalle is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ovalle and his four daughters; Lela Gilmore and husband, Buddy, Virginia Reese and husband, Curtis, Julia Nelson and Tim Malone, and Mary Long. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. M.G. is also survived by his sister; Santana Ovalle and brothers; Bert Christian, Albert and Tom Ovalle.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral mass is schedule for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with Rev. Henry Drozd officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Durr, Daniel Gilmore, Donnie Trull, Scott Long, Timothy Nelson and Jeff Kelly.

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