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Eve Hope (Greisen) Clark
Apr 9, 1933 - July 17, 2001

Eve Hope "Granny" Clark, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2001 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James T. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Whearley, Elvis Anderson, Dennis Rand, Sammy Wheat, Calvin Carver, Danny Pownall, Eddie Robinson and Alvin "Redo" Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and family.

She was born April 9, 1933 in Ontario, Wis. She was a resident of Corsicana for over 30 years. She was a former nurse's aide, as well as an at-home caretaker for the elderly. She was also employed seasonally at Collin Street Bakery for over 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Collins Greisen of Ontario, Wis.; and sisters, Margaret Greisen, Cecilia Breese, Mary Parr and Geneva Graham, all of Wisconsin.

Survivors include her daughter, Jolene Reamy of Corsicana; sons, James Schneider of Corsicana and George W. Schneider of Lovelady; grandson, Joe D. Reamy Jr. and wife Lisa of Burleson; granddaughter, Eva Reamy and fiance Johnny Whearley of Corsicana; and great-grandson, Joshua Lee Dunaway (Reamy) of Corsicana; sisters, Ruth Thompson of Camp Douglas, Wis., Myrta Finley of Huntington, W.V., Christina Hiner of Harvard, Ill. and Bonnie Greisen of Montello, Wis.; brothers, Art Greisen of Mauston, Wis., William Greisen of Columbus, Wis. and Paul Greisen of Camp Douglas, Wis.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Gladys Clark
Mar 7, 1911 - Apr 14, 1998

LEVELLAND (Special) - Services for Gladys Clark, 87, of Levelland will be at 1 p.m. today in Geo. C. Price Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Kerry Hurst, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, in Levelland Methodist Hospital.

She was born March 7, 1911, in Navarro County. She moved to Levelland from Brownfield in 1972. She married D. T. Clark on Sept. 2, 1937, in Carlsbad, N.M. He died June 19, 1975. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a sister, Mertis Covey of Alamogordo, N.M.


Eugenia Ethelene (Martin) Clarke
Sep 13, 1914 - Dec 11, 2000

Eugenia Ethelene Martin Clarke, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 11, 2000.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Clarke was born Sept. 13, 1914 in Kerens to George and Willie Mae (Stewart) Martin. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church for more than 60 years, where she served as church hostess for 10 years, WMU president, Sunday School teacher and other offices through the years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 1983; and brothers, Elbie and Jack Martin.

"Granny," as her family called her, will be greatly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Samuel M. and Beverly Clarke of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Glenn Glazner of Fairfield; sisters, Doral Bolan, Martha Uchytil, Teddy Miller and Sara DeRemer; grandchildren and their spouses, Angelia and David Ives of Odessa, Randall and Whitney Clarke of Japan, and Robert and Jennifer Clarke of Sulpher Springs; great-grandchildren, Colin and Brian Ives and Catherine Clarke.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Lovella (Richards) Clarkson

Lovella Clarkson of San Angelo passed away Monday, Nov. 13, 2000 in San Angelo.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Clarkson was born in Water Valley, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. G. Clarkson; son, Billy Glynn Clarkson; and granddaughter, Ginger Lea Grosshans.

Mrs. Clarkson is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Bob Blackstock of Aransas Pass, Vicki and Bruce Grosshans of San Angelo and Les and John Hensley of Duncanville; brother and sister-in-law, Les and Beatrice Richards of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Annie Mae Richards of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • SSDI: LOVELLA CLARKSON 04 May 1911 13 Nov 2000 76905 (San Angelo, Tom Green, TX) (none specified) 457-18-8481 Tex

Minnie Lou Clay

Minnie Lou Clay, 93, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2001 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Clay was born Feb. 2, 1908 in Bosque County. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy T. Clay Sr.

Mrs. Clay is survived by her sons, Chester Clay and wife Joyce R. of Mabank and Coy Clay Jr. and wife Rosemary of St. Petersburg, Fla.; granddaughters, Barbara Clay Cole and husband Billy Jr. of Roane and Donna Picone and husband Lewis of Corsicana; grandson, Kenneth Paisley of Pensacola, Fla.; four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer Research at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75235.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Lothar Ernst Hugo Clemens

Lothar Ernst Hugo Clemens, 72, of Barry, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2001 in Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Clemens was born October 14, 1928 in Solingen, Germany.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Clemens.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Harold and Judy Clemens of Emhouse; son, Michael Clemens of Allen; daughter and son-in-law, Gabriele and Robert LeMire of Long Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren Caleb, Cameron and Christopher.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


George L. Colvin

ARLINGTON -- George L. Colvin, 98, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001, in Arlington.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Restland Memorial Park.
George L. Colvin was born Nov. 25, 1902, in Corsicana. He worked as a supervisor for Railway Express Agency for 37 years. He was loved and will be missed by all of his relatives. He was preceded in death by wife of 71 years, Doris Gertrude Colvin.
Survivors: Daughter, Linda Leithner; grandchildren, Randy and George Leithner; and great-grandchild, Christian.
Restland Funeral Home, Dallas, TX


James Everett Cogburn
1927 - Oct 28, 2000

James Cogburn
HAWLEY - James Cogburn, 72, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000 in an Abilene hospital. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Hawley Church of Christ with Mark Upton and Ed Womack officiating. Burial will be in the Hawley Cemetery, directed by Lawrence Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Cogburn was born in Corsicana. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and attended Midwestern University. He married Thelma Roulain, in Levelland and moved to Hawley in 1981 from Abilene. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a member of the Hawley Church of Christ. James was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Sandbill Ramblers RV Club. One son preceded him in death, James Alan Cogburn.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Cogburn of Hawley; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Lesa Cogburn of Hawley; and a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Travis Williams of Abilene.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home Monday night.

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James Cogburn

HAWLEY Services for James Cogburn, 72, of Hawley will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hawley Church of Christ with Mark Upton and Ed Womack officiating.

Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Lawrence-Adams Funeral Home.

He died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, in an Abilene hospital.

He was born Dec. 26, 1927, in Corsicana. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and attended Midwestern University. He married Thelma Roulain on Aug. 22, 1949, in Levelland and moved to Hawley in 1981 from Abilene.

He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the Hawley Church of Christ. He also was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Sandhill Ramblers RV Club.

A son, James Alan, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Steve of Hawley; and a daughter, Stephanie Williams of Abilene

Notes:

  • COGBURN JAMES EVERETT 12-26-1927 male NAVARRO Co. parents: OJA OPCT TENRELL JAMES BETHEL COGBURN

Opal Ofa Cogburn
Oct 3, 1909 - Jan 31, 1997

Opal Ofa Cogburn

Graveside services for Opal Ofa Cogburn, 87, of Hawley will be at 2 p.m. today in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock with Mark Upton, minister of Hawley Church of Christ, officiating.

Arrangements are under direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.

She died Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, at her home.

She was born Oct. 3, 1909, in Hillsboro. She married James Bethel Cogburn in 1927 in Corsicana, and he died in 1981. She lived in Whiteface for 21 years before moving to Hawley in 1967. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was a homemaker. A grandson preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, James E. of Hawley; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter

Notes:

  • Lubbock OnLine

Wanda LaVerne Cohagan

FORT WORTH -- Wanda LaVerne Cohagan, 72, a Bell Helicopter retired employee, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, Fort Worth. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 3819 Sixth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76110.

Wanda Cohagan was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Roane. She was a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth for 47 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse J. Cohagan, in 1985.
Survivors: Son, Jesse H. Cohagan and wife, Melanie of Arlington; daughter, Melinda L. Cohagan of Fort Worth; sisters, Midge King of Fort Worth and Elsie Lynn Miller and husband, the Rev. Don Miller of China Spring; granddaughter, Kate Johnson and husband, Chris of Fort Worth; grandson, Bill Cohagan of Arlington; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of loving and caring family and friends.

Laurel Land Funeral Home-Fort Worth, 7100 Crowley Road


Lloyd Thomas Coker

Lloyd Thomas Coker, 89, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Cravens and the Rev. Bill Reed officiating.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Indian Creek Cemetery in Comanche County.

Pallbearers will be David Smith, Mike Smith, Jeff Smith, Joe McLaughlin, Jason McLaughlin, Jeremy Herrin, Zack Herrin, Eathan Herrin and Brody Perry.
Mr. Coker was born March 31, 1911 in Hasse, Comanche County.
He was a minister for the United Methodist Church, and had been a Methodist minister for 48 years.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Venetia and Net Scott of Corsicana, Melba and John Manley of Blooming Grove and Reva and Charles Horton Sr. of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Frances Emily (Thorn) Coker

Frances Emily Coker,87, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, October, 26, 2000 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Friday, October 27, at Corley Funeral Home .

Services will be Saturday, October 28, 2000, at 3PM at the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Paul Porter officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbears will be Richard Bowling, Terry Bowling, Tim Bowling, Kevin Gentry, Randy Jones, Billy Thorn, Larry Thorn and Gaylon Whittenburg.

Mrs. Coker was born February 7, 1913 in Kerens Texas. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Bernice Coker; one sister and two brothers.

Mrs. Coker is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Brenda and Joe Coker of Barry, Frances and Jack Bridger and Letha and Bobby Gentry all of Barry, and Tommie and James Jones of Corsicana: sister Modeanie Holley of Corsicana, brothers, Vallon Thorn of Corsicana, and Wilburn Thorn and wife, Dana of Baulch Springs, nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Jessie Mae (Reed) Coker

Jessie Mae Coker, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott and the Rev. Dave Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Gregg, Ken Jones, Chuck McClanahan, Justin McKnight, Larry Reed, Chris Smithart and Rory Tramel. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Bonner, Lawrence Bonner, Brian Reed, Jack Tramel.

Mrs. Coker was born Oct. 18, 1920 in Angus. She was in sales and was employed as a Wal-Mart greeter for 14 years. She was formerly employed by Woolworth, Hagar Slacks and Cotton Mill.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Coker; parents, E. D. and Jessie Reed; sister, Myrtle Reed; and brother, Roy Reed.

Mrs. Coker is survived by a nephew and niece-in-law, Larry and Jan Reed of Dalton, Ga.; niece and nephew-in-law, Patsy and Ken Jones of Stephenville; sister-in-law, Hilda Reed of Corsicana; numerous great nieces and nephews; and special friend, Sammie Gray of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Tx 75110 or to Cedar Creek Hospice.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Mary Delia (Clark) Cole

Cole, Mary Delia, born on August 11, 1939 in Corsicana, Texas. She went to be with her heavenly Father on February 12, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. She married Jimmie her loving husband on May 6, 1966. They spent 35 years of happiness together.

She was an avid square dancer and was a member of the K-Bar-C square dance club. Mary was beautiful in face and spirit. She was deeply loved as a wife, mother, aunt and nana. She was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Rowena Clark, sister Ruth and nephew Chris. Survivors include her husband Jimmie; children Jimmie Cole, Susan LaPointe, Rhonda Topliff, Lyn McKay, David Cole; nine grandchildren; mother and father in law Jake and Doll Cole; niece, Pamela Williamson and dear friends Robert and Joan Turner. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 Friday February 16, 2001 in Williams Chapel with Jeff Bankhead officiating, Interment to follow at Tye Cemetery in Oak Grove Texas. Family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Williams Funeral Directors.

Williams Funeral Directors. 716 Main St. Garland TX


Edna Orvilla (Bryant) Cole

Edna Orvilla Bryant Cole, 88, of Dallas passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2001.

Visitation will be 3 to 4 p.m. today at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy in Dallas.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

The eldest of four children, Mrs. Cole was born Dec. 6, 1912 in Streetman to Nora Lee Evarts and Ernest Cam Bryant. She attended North Texas State College before marrying her lifelong sweetheart, Robert E. Cole, also of Streetman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Cole; her parents; and one brother, Alvis Edward Bryant.

Mrs. Cole is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Jean Cole and Dennis Wayne Rainoshek of Houston; two grandsons and granddaughter-in-law, David Wayne and Pamela Rainoshek and Justin David Sheffield Rainoshek, all of Houston; two brothers, Ernest Cam Bryant Jr of Dallas and Thomas J. Bryant; brother-in-law, Jerry Cole and wife Barbara of Palestine; and four nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas.


Monte Clayton "Clay" Cole

Monte Clayton "Clay" Cole, 32, of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 in Fairfield.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Fairfield with the Rev. Mack Roller, the Rev. Mark Woodard and David Phillis officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Barlow, Matt Chamberlin, John Gallegos, Fred Hill, Reed Jackson, Dewayne Letney, Chris Lynch, Marc Raymond, Eddie Shultz and Johnny Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be the Fairfield High School Class of 1986.

Mr. Cole was born June 12, 1968 in San Antonio. He was the owner of Big Cedar Country Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Fairfield.

He is survived by his wife, Karla Lacey Cole; daughter, Lauren Lacey Cole; son, Cooper Clayton Cole; parents, Monte and Janice Simms Cole, all of Fairfield; brothers, Josh Cole of Fairfield and Mark Cole of Greensboro, N.C.; and sister, Caren Graves of McKinney.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.


Milton Robert Autry

Autry, Coleman civic leader, publisher, dies
By ROY A. JONES II

Regional Editor

COLEMAN - Milton Robert Autry, a tireless civic leader who preferred to publish good news but also reluctantly published the bad throughout a Coleman County newspaper career spanning 60 years, died Tuesday at the Coleman County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 83.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Hammonds officiating, assisted by Collier Watson.

Burial will be in Coleman City Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Autry, a third-generation editor, sought balance in his reporting, and his honesty and integrity earned the respect of even those he sometimes had to lean on in his editorial columns.

"If Milton says it, you can go out and etch it on the front of the courthouse," Sheriff Wade Turner said when Autry retired as local publisher in 1992.

Autry did not retire from his civic involvement, however, even when poor health caused him to limit his public appearances. In March of this year, the city changed the name of Memory Lake to Milton Autry Memory Lake in honor of his decades of public service.

In a retirement interview, Autry offered a glimpse into his philosophy that a small town newspaperman must be a drum-beater for the community.

"I think we have a real obligation for the betterment of the community," he said. "(The newspaper) is a service organization."

Autry died in the hospital he had fought unsuccessfully to keep open, but successfully to revive. Without a hospital, he argued, the town, too, would die. At one time the Overall-Morris Memorial Hospital did close, and a tax district to support it was voted down.

But with Autry organizing the support, a second attempt to create a district was successful, and the hospital now is not only financially sound, but has four physicians on staff and is making plans to expand.

Hospital board President Roy McCorkle called his longtime friend "a great man," and added, "I have never met a man that had the promotion of Coleman in the center and the citizens of Coleman in his heart, more than Milton did."

McCorkle said, "At one time when the hospital was having a very difficult time, and had not been able to meet payroll for six weeks, Milton, in his love for the people of Coleman... went before another board in Coleman, presented the problem and, by the end of the day, had secured $50,000 to help the hospital."

"Milton was a very intelligent man, and he knew $50,000 was not going to keep the hospital open, but like Davy Crockett, he knew it would buy some time. That is what it did and it worked," McCorkle added.

Born Aug. 4, 1915, in Kerens, Tex., Autry began working in the local newspaper office while he was in high school when his father, Roy A. Autry Sr., established the Coleman County Chronicle.

He graduated from Coleman High School in 1933 and, after attending the University of Texas and Texas Tech briefly, he returned as editor when his father suddenly became ill.

He was a long-time partner with his late father and brother, Roy Autry Jr., who survives him.

From 1935 until his retirement, Milton Autry's only time away from the Chronicle, - later the Coleman Chronicle and Democrat-Voice,- was during World War II, when he served 34 months overseas in the Army Air Corps, 1942-45.

He served with the 14th Air Force in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, India and China, earning six battle stars and a Bronze Star before his discharge with the rank of major. He married Clementine Smith in 1946.

Autry's editorials and volunteer service on committees were credited with helping bring many improvements to Coleman County over the years - new and resurfaced highways and farm-to-market roads, a Texas National Guard armory, and Lakes Coleman, Hords Creek Lake and Ivie Reservoir.

Autry was named Citizen of the Year by the Coleman Chamber of Commerce in 1988 and also received a "Golden 50 Award" from the Texas Press Association as a 50-year newspaper editor.

He was president of the Coleman County Centennial Committee in 1958, and was president of the Coleman Country Club and Coleman Museum board of directors, the latter from 1960-74. He was United Fund chairman in 1962-63.

Autry was a charter member of the Coleman Rotary Club and was president of the club in 1963. In 1985 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow for his unselfish community service as a Rotarian.

He was a member of First Baptist Church for 70 years and was chairman of its building committee in 1979-82. He also served with the Coleman Rodeo Association and the Coleman County Historical Committee. He was a director of the Industrial Foundation and the Coleman Development Company for many years, serving as its president for three years.

Autry is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters, Ann Taylor and Leslie Midgley, both of Austin; one son, Stephen Autry, who serves as Coleman's city attorney; one sister, Othrene Steffens of Brady; one brother, Roy Autry Jr. of Coleman; and three grandchildren.

Family visitation will be at Walker Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library, 402 Commercial Ave., Coleman, 76834.

(Correspondent Billie Mercer contributed to this report.)


Anjele (Nelson) Collette

Anjele Collette, 70, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Twilight Home.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Williams officiating.

Mrs. Collette was born July 28, 1930 in Daphne, Ala. to Milton and Myrtle Nelson. She was a secretary for many years for a doctor's office. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Collette; brother, Lindy Nelson; and parents.

Mrs. Collette is survived by her sons, Vincent Collette of Wilmington, N.C., John Collette of Wichita, Kan., and Pete Collette of Mesquite; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ronnie Ragsdale of Corsicana; grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Bo Ragsdale, Jeremy Collette, Jason Collette, Amy Collette, Andrew Collette, Kimberly Collette, Ryan Collette and Amber Collette; two great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Selby Nelson of Little Rock, Ark.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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June 23 2001 - Corsicana Daily Sun

Anjele Collette

Anjele Collette, 70, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Twilight Home.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Williams officiating.

Mrs. Collette was born July 28, 1930 in Daphne, Ala. to Milton and Myrtle Nelson. She was a secretary for many years for a doctor's office. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Collette; brother, Lindy Nelson; and parents.

Mrs. Collette is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Vincent and Sandra Collette of Wilmington, N.C., John and Becca Collette of Wichita, Kan., and Pete Collette of Mesquite; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ronnie Ragsdale of Corsicana; grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Bo Ragsdale, Jeremy Collette, Jason Collette, Amy Collette, Andrew Collette, Kimberly Collette, Ryan Collette and Amber Collette; two great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Selby Nelson of Little Rock, Ark. and Roy Hal and Evelyn Jones of Tulsa, Okla. Anjele Collette

Anjele Collette, 70, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Twilight Home.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Williams officiating.

Mrs. Collette was born July 28, 1930 in Daphne, Ala. to Milton and Myrtle Nelson. She was a secretary for many years for a doctor's office. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Collette; brother, Lindy Nelson; and parents.

Mrs. Collette is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Vincent and Sandra Collette of Wilmington, N.C., John and Becca Collette of Wichita, Kan., and Pete Collette of Mesquite; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ronnie Ragsdale of Corsicana; grandchildren, Shannon Smith, Bo Ragsdale, Jeremy Collette, Jason Collette, Amy Collette, Andrew Collette, Kimberly Collette, Ryan Collette and Amber Collette; two great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Selby Nelson of Little Rock, Ark. and Roy Hal and Evelyn Jones of Tulsa, Okla.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Lana Joy Collins

Lana Joy Collins, 52, of Kerens went to be with Jesus Tuesday, July 19, 2001 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kalvin Townsel officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

She was born May 30, 1949 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her son, Russell Mattix; and granddaughter, Shantel Betts.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Weldon Betts of Kerens; grandchildren, Christian and Welton Betts Jr. of Kerens and Russell Mattix Jr. of San Antonio; mother and stepfather, Janelle and Richard McLain of Waldron, Ark.; father and stepmother, Lewis and Virginia Collins of Livingston; siblings, Donna, Karen, Charles, Jay, Mike and Larry; grandmothers, Dora Collins of Kerens and Loisa Graves of Kemp; and a host of other family members and friends.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.


Dora Mae (Combs) Collins
Jul 22, 1904 - Aug 17, 2001

Dora M. Collins, 97, of Kerens passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2001 at Kerens Care Center.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Mott officiating. Interment will be at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

She was born July 22, 1904, in Jester.

She is survived by son, Lewis ad Virginia Collins; grandchildren, Jeri White, Donna Blount, Karen Collins, Charles Collins, Mike Collins and Larry Collins; 15 great grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services are pending with Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens


Doris Mae Comer

SNYDER Services for Doris Mae Comer, 84, of Snyder were held Sunday at Bell-Cypert-Seale chapel with the Rev. Miller Robinson officiating.

Burial was in Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

She died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001.

She was born Dec. 2, 1916, in Navarro County. She married R. B. "Bud" Comer on April 6, 1935, in Purdon. He died April 5, 1993.

She moved to Snyder in 1951. She was a licensed vocational nurse and a charter member of the 37th Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Milton Comer, in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Byron of San Antonio; a daughter, Sandra Graves of Snyder; and three grandchildren.

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Doris Comer

SNYDER Services for Doris Mae Comer, 84, of Snyder were held Sunday at Bell-Cypert-Seale chapel with the Rev. Miller Robinson officiating.

Burial was in Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

She died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001.

She was born Dec. 2, 1916, in Navarro County. She married R. B. "Bud" Comer on April 6, 1935, in Purdon. He died April 5, 1993.

She moved to Snyder in 1951. She was a licensed vocational nurse and a charter member of the 37th Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Milton Comer, in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Byron of San Antonio; a daughter, Sandra Graves of Snyder; and three grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Scurry County Child Welfare Board or Cogdell Memorial Hospital Foundation.


E. M. Combs

E.M. Combs, 82, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001 in Corsicana. He was born July 17, 1919 in Kerens.

Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

++ Oct 6, 2001 Corsicana Daily Sun

E. M. "Popa' Combs

E. M. "Popa" Combs, 82, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Waldo Munn, Joey Smith, Joey Euell, Sidney Garland, Billy Graves and Michael Thomas.

Mr. Combs was born July 17, 1919 in Kerens.

He is survived by his daughters, Ann Owens and husband Phillip of Corsicana and Betty Brown of Waco; brother, Japen Owens of Bellmead; a host of grandchildren including Jimmy Easley and wife Michelle, Ronnie Easley and wife Patricia, all of Corsicana, and Cindy Almond and husband Billy of Navarro Mills; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Milton Comer

SNYDER (Special) - Memorial services for Milton Lee Comer, 52, of Snyder will be at 3 p.m. today in Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Hubbard, chaplain of Big Spring Hospice, officiating.

Cremation will be under direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Comer died Friday, March 13, 1998, in Snyder Health Care Center.

He was born July 8, 1945, in Corsicana. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He worked for Texas Utility Fuel Co. for 20 years.

Survivors include his mother, Doris Mae Comer of Snyder; a son, Adam of Odessa; a sister, Sandra Graves of Snyder; and a brother, Byron of Spring Branch.


Evelyn (Hodges) Conger
Jan 27, 1915 - Oct 14, 2001

Evelyn Conger

Evelyn Conger, 86, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. today at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating.

Mrs. Conger was born Jan. 27, 1915 in Navarro Mills where she lived until she moved to Corsicana in the 1930s. She remained a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. The last two years of her life she resided at the Twilight Home where she received excellent care from the nurses, aides and staff.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dean Baggett; husband, Paul Conger; mother, Effie Alice Hodges; father, Richard Lon Hodges; and three sisters.

Mrs. Conger is survived by her three grandchildren, Sandra Hoffpauir and husband Gary of Houston, Kim Carroll and husband Jack of Fairfield, and Ken Baggett and wife Carrie of Bedfort; and five great-grandchildren, Matt Hood of Houston, Jacob and Emily Carroll of Fairfield, and Mackenzie and Sydney Baggett of Bedford.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Lois Nadine (Colvin) Conger
Apr 11, 1928 - Nov 11, 2000

Lois Conger, 72, of Kerens, passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack West officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Zach Jones, Larry Don Howell, Jerald Colvin, Alan Paschal, Mitchell Sims, Melvin Colvin, Nolen Howard and Billy Ray Brown.

Mrs. Conger was born April 11, 1928 in Navarro County.

She is survived by son, Jerry Conger of Kerens, daughters, Pam Howard and Cindy Jones, both of Kerens; sisters, Faye Howell of Kerens and Ann Paschal of Corsicana; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Edna (Barton) Conley
Aug 7, 1918 - Sep 29, 2000

Edna Barton Conley, 82, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 29, 2000 at Life Care Hospital in Dallas.

Quiet hour will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Mrs. Conley was born Aug. 7, 1918 in Navarro County. She was a member of First Independent Baptist Church.

Mrs. Conley is survived by her sons, Harold Conley and Clyde S. Yeldell; daughter, Sadie Conley Scales; sisters, Laverne Sneed, Thelma Borbin, Linda Dricks and Eulanda Yarbough; brothers, Andrew, Floy, Homer and Charles Barton; five granddaughters, three grandsons, eight great-grandchildren, other relatives and many dear friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Leona (Kupper) Conner
Oct 4, 1929 - May 20, 2001

ITASCA -- Leona Kupper Conner, 71, a retired school teacher, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in Hillsboro.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Church in Itasca. Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Clayton Kay Funeral Home in Itasca.

Mrs. Conner retired from teaching in May, 1998. She taught special education for the Itasca ISD for 31 years and spent a total of 37 years teaching.

Survivors: Son, Charles Conner and wife, Donna, of Peoria; daughters, Karon Johnson of Itasca and Kathryn Cockerham and her husband, Dennis, of Cleburne; and six grandchildren.

Clayton Kay Funeral Home, Itasca

Notes:

  • SSDI: LEONA K CONNER 04 Oct 1929 20 May 2001 (P) 76055 (Itasca, Hill, TX) (none specified) 462-46-9699 Texas
  • BGHS 1948

James N. Cook
Jan 6, 1919 - Feb 22, 2001

MERIDIAN -- James N. Cook, 82, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at a Temple hospital.

Graveside service: 2 p.m. Saturday in Whitney Memorial Park, Whitney.

Mr. Cook was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Blooming Grove.

Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, TX

Notes:

  • JAMES N COOK 06 Jan 1919 22 Feb 2001 (V) 76634 (Clifton, Bosque, TX) (none specified) 455-16-0385 Texas

Harlee L. Cook
Jan. 29, 1926 - Sep 24, 2001

Harlee L. Cook, 75, of Oakland, Calif. passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2001 in Oakland, Calif.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif. with the Rev. Peoples officiating. Interment will follow at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond, Calif.

Pallbearers will be Lance Green, Lester Green, Dwight Waller, Devin Waller, Joel Waller and James Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Liberty Hill and the members of brotherhood.

Mr. Cook was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Powell to Howard and Vernita Cook. He was a graduate of G.W. Jackson High School and life member of JESA. He was a veteran of World War II.

He was a former member of Woods Chapel AME Church of Powell and Bethel AME Church of Corsicana. He later united with Liberty Hill Baptist Church where he served as president of the senior choir, Sunday school teacher and president of the local brotherhood. He was also affiliated with the state and national brotherhood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Prudence Waller of Oakland, Calif.; sisters, Lola Mae Waller of Berkeley, Calif. and Mable Scott of Corsicana; six sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by McNary-Morgan Funeral Home of Oakland, Calif.


Zelma O. Cook
d. March 13, 1998

Services for Zelma O. Cook, 84, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wilburn P. Coffman, a retired Baptist minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Ralls Cemetery.

She died Friday, March 13, 1998, in Orlando, Fla.

She was born in Navarro County. She married Harvey A. Cook on March 24, 1945, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death. She was a member of Southcrest Baptist Church, and she was a former member of Lubbock's First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Naomi Sunday School Class, Quilting Ladies and Jolly Elders at Southcrest.

She retired from Mervyn's Department Store in Lewisville as a customer service representative. She served as Stonewall County clerk, and she had worked for the Lubbock Office of Price Administration during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Patti Dorsett of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tana Broksas of Winter Park, Fla.; two sisters, Neta Elms of Lubbock and Ruby Roye of Las Cruces, N.M.; two brothers, Felix L. Collins of Kilgore and Dwain E. Collins of Clovis, N.M.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Southcrest Baptist Church, 3801 S. Loop 289, Lubbock 79423.


Jessie Ophelia (Nelms) Cook
Jan 9, 1910 - Apr 8, 2001

DENTON -- Jessie Ophelia Cook, 91, a retired clerical worker for the Navarro County Abstract, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at a Denton hospital.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.
Jessie Cook was born Jan. 9, 1910, in Corsicana. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. "Jake" Cook, and her parents, Chester and Sallie Nelms.
Survivors: Daughter, Carolyn Frazier of Sanger; sisters, Mrs. Floy Smith of Denton; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Coker Funeral Home, Sanger, TX

*****

Jessie Ophelia Cook

Jessie Ophelia Cook, 91, of Denton passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001 at Denton Community Hospital.

Visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. today at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Cook was born Jan. 9, 1910 in Corsicana. She was a clerical worker at Navarro County Abstract and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Frazier of Sanger; her sister, Mrs. Floy Smith of Denton; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • TXBI: COOK CAROLYN LOUISE 5-23-1937 f NAVARRO JESSIE OPHELIA NELMS LESLIE CARLISLE COOK

  • Cook Family Biography


Jack Walter Coots
Oct 3, 1921 - Apr 3, 2001

FORT WORTH -- Jack Walter Coots left this world to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside Christian Church, 1000 Bonnie Brae, in Fort Worth. The Rev. Mark Loewen will officiate. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. General visitation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with visitation for family from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be shipmate buddies of the Tin Can Sailors of Texas.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pension Fund of the Christian Church, c/o Riverside Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas 76111.

Jack Walter Coots was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Fort Worth. On the same day, the inaugural issue of the Fort Worth Press hit the stands. As an honorary "Press Baby," the newspaper followed Jack's life for decades.

During his childhood, he became an active member of First Christian Church of Fort Worth and was baptized by Dr. L.D. Anderson in 1934. He was a Boy Scout and, later, president of the senior class, student council and student body at Fort Worth's Technical High School. He also carried the honor of salutatorian and football letterman. After graduating in 1939, he served in the U.S. Navy for six years. During World War II, he served in the North African invasion, where his ship, the U.S.S. Rutledge, AP52, and three other ships were torpedoed. He received the military order of the Purple Heart and Legion of Merit Award with a "V" for valor, over and beyond the call of duty for his role in helping his surviving shipmates. He also served on the YMS 251, USS Cowie, DD632 and the USS Talbot.

Jack received two degrees from Texas Christian University: the first, a B.A. in petroleum geology in 1950, and a master of divinity in 1965.

Jack and Mary and their four children moved to their new home in North Richland Hills in September 1954. They were active members of Richland Hills Christian Church. Jack was a leader and a teacher, and chaired many departments of the church. He worked at Convair and General Dynamics in management development and was on the speakers bureau. He was Fort Worth's general agent for the Pilot Life Insurance Co. and was employed at Bell Helicopter. He was hired to set up the management development program training young supervisors. He became a charter and lifetime member of the Richland Hills Masonic Lodge #1348, and was elected worshipful master of that chapter. He was the oldest living worshipful master of that lodge until his death.

After serving as a lay minister for many years, Jack entered the ministry at Brite Divinity School, of the Disciples of Christ Church, in September 1963. With his devoted wife, Mary, at his side, he spent 25 years ministering Disciple congregations in Blooming Grove, Grand Saline and Sherman, Riverside Christian Church of Fort Worth, and was a volunteer fireman with Sachse Fire Department. He retired from active ministry on Oct. 4, 1987, after 10 years as senior pastor of Riverside Christian Church in Fort Worth. He also served a year interim at Riverside as well as River Oaks Christian Church. Jack was honored the award of minister emeritus at Riverside Christian Church.

In later years, Jack served as chaplain for the National and Texas Chief Petty Officers' Associations, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Tin Can Sailors of Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

Jack fought a courageous battle with heart and lung disease, all the time making many friends, and enjoying sharing his sense of humor with doctors and nurses of North Hills Hospital.

Survivors: Wife of 59 years, Mary Evelyn Moore Coots; children and their families, Judy Seume and her husband, Jim, of Lake Whitney, Jack Coots Jr. of McKinleyville, Calif., Mary Martha Penney and her husband, James, of Burleson, and Gary Coots and his wife, Barbara, of Arlington; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and lifetime friend, Art Hall of Pearland and his family. In addition, Jack and Mary count hundreds of friends among those dearest to them.

Lucas Funeral Home
517 N. Sylvania Ave., (817) 838-2336

 


Louisa (Lydia) Copeland
Aug 6, 1905 - Sep 22, 2001

Louisa Lydia Copeland, 96, of Goodlow passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Center in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held until 7 p.m. today at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with the Rev. Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery in Kerens.

Mrs. Copeland was born Aug. 6, 1905 in Whitehouse.

She was preceded in death by her father, Pinkey Lydia; mother, Annie Lydia; husband, Amps Copeland Sr.; and sons, Charlie Copeland and James Copeland.

Mrs. Copeland is survived by her son, Amps Copeland Jr. of Goodlow; daughters, Annie Miller of Goodlow and Audrey Miles of Kerens; brother, Jeramiah Lydia of Dallas; sister, Frankie Crumbley of Dallas; sister-in-law, Jeffie Gray of Fort Worth; 23 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Jane (Wilson) Copley
Aug 17, 1908 - Sep 21, 2000

Jane Wilson Copley, 92, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Copley was born Aug. 17, 1908 in Navarro County. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

She is survived by her sister, Ethel McKie of Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Doug Corley

Doug Corley, 58, of Fairfield passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001 at his residence.

Memorials services will be held at his residence today with the Rev. George Merriman officiating.

Mr. Corley is survived by his wife Olga of Fairfield; stepson, Ivan Chedah of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Tsenala and Jim Paul and granddaughter Adeyla of Germany; brothers, John Corley of Virginia and Bob Corley of Georgia; and sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Merlin Orr of Fairfield.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

 


Mary Frances (Kelly) Johnson-Corley
Feb 26, 1928 - Jun 10, 2001

Mary Frances Corley, 73, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2001, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jimmy Finley officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Burkburnett to James Franklin and Mary Rigney Kelley. She graduated from Texas tech university and pursued a teaching career in Littlefield and Houston. She later became a retail buyer for Joskes and Dillards She moved to Corsicana as the wife of Luther A. Johnson Jr. and worked for many years at Hamilton House Interiors. After being widowed, she was married to John R. Corley for 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Mary Rigney Kelley and husband, John R. Corley.

She is survived by step sons, Bob and Kathryn Corley of Corsicana and David and Mary Corley of Fort Worth; sister Betty Kelley Haralson of Longview; brother, J. Frank and Sandy Kelley of Crosby; nephew, J. Ben and Rhonda Haralson of Denton and W. Kelley and Sheila Haralson of Kilgore and great nieces, Hayley and Beau Haralson of Denton and Johnathan, Heather and Natalie Haralson of Kilgore.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Emilio Bautista Corong
May 28, 1925 - Oct 30, 2000

Emilio Bautista Corong, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 in Corsicana.

Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Corong was born May 28, 1925 in Bulacan, Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, Josefa Corong of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Mike Kimbler of Corsicana; brothers, Barani Corong, Ettot Corong and Sely Corong, all of the Philippines; sisters, Clara Lim and Silvestra Rames, both of the Philippines and Tess Policarpio of Wisconsin; and nephews, Timothy Policarpio of Hawaii, Tristan Policarpio of College Station and Bobby Corong of California.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

 


Wilmer Jessie "Cotton' Cottongame, Jr. 
Jul 19, 1928 - Sep 26, 2001

Wilmer Junior "Cotton" Cottongame, 73, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Charles Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brad Mims, Arron Cottongame, Kyle Bennett, Bill Bennett, Scott Hale and Jim Little. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Greer, Ray Ivie, Shawn "Bubba" Cottongame, Hugh Hoffman, Donnie Mann, and the Dawson Domino Players.

Mr. Cottongame was born July 19, 1928 in Eldorado to Wilmer Jesse and Ina Myrtle Lee Cottongame. He was a Corsicana firefighter and a carpenter. He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mattie Jo Dell Cottongame; son, Randall Glenn Cottongame; brother, W. L. Cottongame; and his parents.

Mr. Cottongame is survived by his two loving daughters and their husbands, Shelia and Buddy Greer of Dawson and Pat and Bill Bennett of Mesquite; grandchildren, Brad Mims of Anahuac, Stacey Little of Hubbard, Connie Bennett-Hale of Mesquite, Arron Cottongame of Corsicana, Kyle Bennett of Mesquite, and Courtney Greer of Dawson; great-grandchildren, Logan Mims of Katy, Darrianne Hale of Mesquite, Kade Little of Hubbard, Dakota Greer of Dawson; sister, Doris Hoffman of Corsicana; and a host of many other dear family members and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Anne Elizabeth Cox
Jan 18, 1923 - Mar 8, 2001

Anne Elizabeth Cox, 78, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 8, 2001 in Corsicana.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. today at Skillman Church of Christ, 3014 Skillman, Dallas, with Dr. James Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Stites, Ray Stewart, Harvey Robinson, Harold McBride, Bill Cox, Mark McCalister and William Stanford.

Mrs. Cox was born Jan. 18, 1923 in Comanche. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. The family is most grateful for her loving devotion and courageous spirit.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Gale Cox of Corsicana; daughters, Sallie Lyons and Kathy Hughes and husband James, all of Dallas; stepson, Gale William Cox Jr. of Denver, Colo.; stepdaughter, Linda Smith of Dallas; granddaughters, Amy Stites of Nashville, Tenn., Beth Pender of Dallas, Christy Poling of Michigan and Michelle Harvey of New York; great-grandchildren, Kenneth and Sarah Lynch of Michigan; step grandchildren, Mark McCalister of Germany and William Stanford and wife Amanda of Grand Prairie; step great-grandchild, Mattie Grace Stanford; and sisters, Nora Gorman of Dallas and Lucille Robison of Blanket.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice and Palliative Care, 301 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie, Texas 75165, or Med Care at Home in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

 


Elbert Lee Cox
Jun 20, 1913 - Jun 27, 2001

Elbert Lee Cox, 88, of Waco passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2001, in Waco.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pecan Grove Funeral Home in Waco.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Waco with Revs. Eric Holleyman and Shane Noble officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. Oakwood Cemetery. (Corsicana)

Mr. Cox was born in West Station June 20, 1913. He retired at the age of 62 after 20 years of service with the General Tire Company. He was a veteran.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Inez Thompson Cox.

Mr. Cox is survived by wife, Elise Cox of Waco; daughter Paula Ballenger of Garland; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and LaWanda Cox of Tyler; sisters Dovie Edwards and Viola Smith, both of Waco; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Gene Wilson of Commanche; grandsons Ritchie Ballenger of McKinney and Ben Williamson of Waco; grandsons and wives Roger and Cheryl Ballenger of Garland and Russell and Christie Ballenger of Tulsa, Okla.; granddaughters Susan Johnson of Fairfield, Stacey Noble of Tyler and Crystal Russo of Tulsa, Okla.; great-grandsons Adam Bellenger, Cody Holt and Travis Blanton, all of Garland and Matthew Ballenger of Nashville, Tenn.; and great-granddaughters Lauren and Leslie Ballenger of Tulsa, Okla., Lacey Johnson of Fairfield and Kaitlyn and Madison Noble of Tyler.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Will "Mack" Crawford
Jun 22, 1927 - Mar 20, 2001

Will "Mack" Crawford, 73, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 30, 2001 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Westhill Church of Christ with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Justin Mahoney, Hank Rosenthal, Neal Crawford, Lynn Berry, Crawford Tatum and Kenneth Logan. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick James, Tom Knox, Gerry Harris, Ron Miller and Terry Miller.

Mr. Crawford was born June 22, 1927 in Blooming Grove and was raised there. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to graduating from Navarro College and Sam Houston State University. He married Ann Louise McCulloch in 1954, after each were designated as "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."

He worked as news editor of the LaMarque Times until returning to Navarro County in 1956, where he became editor of the Frost Enterprise. He was given the North and East Texas Press Association Community Service Award.

Mr. Crawford purchased a general insurance agency in Blooming Grove in 1960, but continued to live in Frost. He served as president of the Frost Civitan Club, was on the Frost City Council, and was instrumental in the construction of Joe Parum Jr. Memorial field for youth and high school baseball. He was an honorary member of the Frost chapter of FFA.

He joined the Navarro County Tax Office in 1970 as its first field deputy. In 1982, he was employed by the Navarro Appraisal District where duties included oversight of all appraisal review board hearings until his 1988 retirement.

After his family moved to Corsicana in 1978, Mr. Crawford served as a deacon of Westhill Church of Christ. He was secretary and bulletin editor of the Corsicana Lions Club. He was named outstanding Lion of 1991, received the 1990-1991 secretary award, and given a life membership to the Texas Lions Camp.

He was a periodic community columnist for the Corsicana Daily Sun beginning in 1988. He also served on the Corsicana State Home Community Advisory council, and as a volunteer writer for the CSH treatment program, the CSH staff, school and student activities.

His more than 50 feature articles brought him the Texas Department of Aging Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Texas Youth Commission Special Volunteer Award, a State of Texas Senate Commendation and the Texas Corrections Association Star Award.

In 1990, both he and Mrs. Crawford received the Navarro College Bulldog Backer co-award. One year later, he received the Navarro County Senior Citizen Award. In 1999, he was named Blooming Grove High School Ex-Student Association Outstanding Ex-Student.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Crawford; parents, Bill and Thelma Crawford; and brother, Jimmy Crawford.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Mahoney of Corsicana; sons, Willie Crawford and Neal Crawford, both of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kammi and Kevin Calvery, Justin Mahoney, Amber Crawford and Ricki Crawford; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ralph Tatum of Corsicana; sister-in-law and husband, Martha and Melvin Carpenter of Huntsville; brother-in-law, Bill McCullogh of Texas City; nephew, Crawford Tatum; goddaughter, Lynn Rosenthal Hallford of Anchorage, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Ann Crawford Scholarship Fund, in care of Joe Brooks, 18176 County Road NW3360, Frost, Texas 76641; Westhill Church of Christ Building Fund, 3400 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110; or to the Navarro County War Memorial, in care of the Navarro County Auditor's Office, 300 W. Third Ave., Suite 10, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Calvin Morgan Creager

Calvin Morgan Creager, 75, of Dawson, died Sept. 15, 2000 in near Dawson.  Services were 10 a.m. today at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Dallas.
Creager was a veteran of WWII serving honorably in the U.S. Navy, and retired from Rath Packing Company.

He was preceded in death by son, Ricky Creager and grandson Jason Creager.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years Pearl Creager; son, Curtis adn Pat Creager of Dawson; daughter, Becky and husband Tom of DeSoto, brother Don Creager of Yanis, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Laural Land Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • SSDI: CALVIN CREAGER 28 Aug 1925 15 Sep 2000 76639 (Dawson, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 461-32-1507 Texas


Merrandy (Williams) Crear
Feb 9, 1917 - April 15th

CREAR
MERRANDY was born February 9, 1917 in Corsicana, TX to the late Tony Williams and Stella Stinson. She departed this life on April 15th at her home.

She is survived by three sons, Jeff Crear, Jr. (Mildred) and Tony Crear of Oakland, CA and Johnny Crear of Midlothian, TX; one daughter, Stella Russell (Jack) of Dallas, TX; one sister, Katie Blocker of San Francisco, CA; one brother, Ellis Williams (Pearl) of Palo Alto, CA; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Williams of Dallas; and Marie Williams of Richmond, CA; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 25, 1998, 1:00 p.m. Ideal Pentecostal Church, 1000 E. Redbird Ln. Bishop Ray Campbell, pastor.

Visitation on Friday afternoon at the
Golden Gate St. Mary’s Chapel; 2349 Cedar Crest Blvd. Dallas TX 214-941-7332; John E. Beckwith, Owner


Alma Alice Favor Culwell - ( 1898 - 1997)

Abilene Reporter - Aug 26, 1997
Alma Alice Favor Culwell

KNOX CITY - Alma Alice Favor Culwell, 99, died Sunday at a Haskell hospital after a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Knox City Cemetery with the Rev. Dusty Garrison officiating, directed by Smith Funeral Home.

Mrs. Culwell was born in Navarro County and was a bookkeeper for Knox City Gin and Stamford Bank for many years. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors include one son, Dr. Jerry Culwell of Palm Desert, Calif.; three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Note:

  • CADI: ALMA CULWELL 06 May 1898 - Aug 1997 92260 (Palm Desert, Riverside, CA)


Cleo Fern (Brittian) Cummings
Feb 13, 1909 - Nov 26, 2000

Abeline Reporter - November 28, 2000
CLEO FERN BRITTIAN CUMMINGS

ELECTRA - Cleo Fern Brittian Cummings, formerly of Electra, TX, a resident of Spring Season Nursing Home, Abilene, TX, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000. Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Electra Memorial Park.
Mr. Dennis Hoff, minister, Southside Church of Christ of Electra, will officiate.

Cleo Fern was born Feb. 13, 1909, to Wylie Andrew and Mary E. (Mollie) Brittian, near Corsicana, TX. She attended Electra High School. Cleo married Clyde Otis Cummings, Jan. 17, 1926, in Smith County, TX. One son, Jackie Dale, was born to Clyde and Cleo. He was their pride and joy. They lived on the Witcher lease north of Electra on Sunshine Hill, where Clyde was a pumper. Cleo worked in the deli at Joe's Market for several years. Clyde passed away shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary in January, 1976. Cleo moved to Abilene to be near Jackie, Joyce and family in 1990.

Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, Wylie Andrew and Mary E. Brittian; her husband, Clyde Otis Cummings; her son, Jackie Dale Cummings; and three sisters, Corine (Snocks) Sokora of Iowa Park, TX, Edna (Tink) Barnes of Vernon; and Clara (Sis) Hamm of Ft. Worth.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Joyce Cummings of Abilene; three grandchildren, Chris Jay and Kimberly Cummings, Sheila and Randy Lloyd, all of Abilene; Karen and Steve Rhymes of Eula; and four great-grandchildren, Cameron Quay Cummings, Hunter Ray Lloyd, Taylor Randal Lloyd, all of Abilene; and Kyla Janay Russell of San Angelo; and many nieces and nephews.

DUTTON FUNERAL HOME 300 E. CASH STREET IOWA PARK, TX L76367


Velma Cummings

CLEBURNE -- Velma Cummings, 63, a retired homemaker, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, in Keene.

Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Friday in Price's Chapel Cemetery, Johnson County.
Mrs. Cummings was born in Corsicana on Nov. 21, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Montgomery and Katherine Merritt Gillaspie.

Survivors: Brother, F. W. Gillaspie; nephews, Travis Gillaspie and Chester David Gillaspie, all of Cleburne; and three great-nephews.

Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home, Cleburne, TX


Harriett Ann (Finch) Curington
Nov 2, 1938 - Oct 11, 2001

Harriett Ann Finch Curington, 62, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jimmy Finley and the Rev. Frank Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Andrew McMullon, Forrest Green, Bob Parrish, Harry Hudson, David Ricker, Bill Johnson, Rudy Carroll, Liston Herod, Mike Kaster and Chip Curington.

Mrs. Curington was born Nov. 2, 1938 in Jonesboro, Ark. to John S. and Sarah Finch. She graduated from Corsicana High School and Texas Christian University, and held a master's degree from Southwest Texas State University. She married Paul W. Curington Dec. 7, 1991 in Corsicana. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana and active in the Emmaus movement. Mrs. Curington taught elementary school for 30 years, retiring from Alamo Heights Independent School District of San Antonio in 1990 after 25 years there. She was deeply loved by her family and friends, and was always thinking of others. Her generosity of spirit and sweet smile will stay in her family's memory forever.

Mrs. Curington is survived by her parents, John and Sarah Finch of Corsicana; husband, Paul W. Curington of Corsicana; stepdaughters, Sally Ann Curington Martinez and husband Pete of Helotes and Amy Caroline Curington Bone and husband Mike of Highland Village; grandchildren, Jennifer McGinnis and Wesley McGinnis, both of Corsicana, and Peter Martinez of Helotes; son-in-law, Matt McGinnis of Corsicana; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund (for repairs to the church), 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110; American Cancer Society, Navarro County Unit, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110; or House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana High School Class of 1957


Izyal Currington

LEVELLAND (Special) - Services for Izyal Noma Currington, 87, of Levelland will be at BYLINE1:2 p.m. Thursday in First Assembly of God with the Rev. Tim Turner, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the City of Levelland Cemetery under direction of Geo. C. Price Funeral Directors.

She died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, in Levelland Methodist Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1910, in Roston. She moved to Levelland from Corsicana in 1951. She married C.T. Currington on April 7, 1928, in Corsicana. He died Feb. 6, 1986. A son, Coy, died July 6, 1991. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three sons, C.A., Donny Ray and Kenneth, all of Levelland; a daughter, Burdene Stewart of Levelland; a sister, Bessie Mae Miles of Corsicana; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.


Gladys Thelma (Hutner) Currington

Gladys Thelma Currington, 88, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jake Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Currington was born Oct. 11, 1913 in Richland to William Massillian and Bertha Hunter. She was a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clyde Hunter; and a sister, Evelina Jones.

Mrs. Currington is survived by her husband, M.C. Currington of Corsicana; stepchildren, Dessie Nichols and Mary Wade, both of Corsicana, Doris Spence and husband Bill of Palestine, Marie Ross of Corsicana, Larry Currington and wife Bonnie of Kentucky, Kenneth Currington and wife Evelyn of Tennessee, and James Currington and wife Tookie of LaMarque; 133 stepgrandchildren, great-granchildren, great-great-granchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Hershel and Louise Hunter of Coriscana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Essie and Barney Richards of Corsicana, Dollie and Wayne Brown of Tyler, and Odessa and Bill Wissell of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Billy Jack Curtis

CURTIS
Billy JACK, 63, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday October 25, 2001 at Baylor Hospital of Dallas.  Visitation were held from 6 to 9 p Friday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas.  Services were held 2p Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Jimmy Finley officiating.  Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Mr. Curtis was born n Corsicana, on November 23, 1937 to Thomas and Billie Curtis.  After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1956, he attended Navarro Junior College.  He served in the U.S. Army in Korea where he obtained the rank of Captain.  In 1961 he married Sandra Shell of Corsicana.  He completed his college education at the The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Petroleum Land Management in 1964.  He sent many years as a Petroleum Landman in California, Louisiana and Texas.  Upon retirement, Bill and Sandra moved to Navarro County and enjoyed community service, church activities, outdoor adventures, travel, Texas football games and spending time with family.  He is survived by his wife Sandra Curtis; his three daughters and their families, Kelly and Scott Walker of Dallas, Page and Justin Malloy of Pasadena, California and Leigh and Blake Burdine of San Diego, California; grandchildren Tyler, Kevin, Dylan and Macey Walker, Cole and Jake Malloy; his two brothers Charles Curtis of Sun City, Arizona, Robert Curtis of Montgomery, Texas; and many other family members and dear friends.  Pallbearers will be Bill Lagomarsino, Jerry Murrell, Tom Pate, Dub Rainbolt, Harry Stafford, Toppy Watson, Dale Wood and Joe Zammit.  Honorary Pallbearers; his devoted "golfing buddies."  In lieu of flowers,donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana or the American Cancer Society.

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Billy Jack Curtis, 63, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jimmy Finley officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Lagomarsino, Jerry Murrell, Tom Pate, Dub Rainbolt, Harry Stafford, Toppy Watson, Dale Wood and Joe Zammit. Honorary pallbearers will be his devoted golfing buddies.

Mr. Curtis was born Nov. 23, 1937 in Corsicana to Thomas and Billie Curtis. After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1956, he attended Navarro Junior College. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea where he obtained the rank of captain. In 1961 he married Sandra Shell of Corsicana. He completed his college education at the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in petroleum land management in 1964. He spent many years as a petroleum landman in California, Louisiana and Texas. Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis moved to Navarro County where he enjoyed community service, church activities, outdoor adventures, travel, Texas football games, golfing and spending time with family.

Mr. Curtis is survived by his wife, Sandra Curtis of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Scott Walker of Dallas, Page and Justin Malloy of Pasadena, Calif., and Leigh and Blake Burdine of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren, Tyler, Kevin, Dylan and Macey Walker, and Cole and Jake Malloy; brothers, Charles Curtis of Sun City, Ariz. and Robert Curtis of Montgomery; and many other family members and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110; or the American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

(Dallas Morning Version has photo)


Billie Vernon (May) Curtis
Aug 18, 1910 - Nov 19, 2000

Dallas Morning News - November 20, 2000
CURTIS
BILLIE V., 90, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000 at Alterra Sterling House, Corsicana. Services will be Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at Corley's Funeral Home, Corsicana, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana. Mrs. Curtis was born in Bazette, Aug 18, 1910, the daughter of William Henry and Mary Alice May. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and was a member of First United Methodist Church. For many years she worked at the Collin Street Bakery as manager of the Rating Department and she also accompainied her husband, Tom, on numerous promotional trips for the Bakery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom C. Curtis. Mrs. Curtis survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and June Curtis of Sun City, AZ, Bill and Sandra Curtis of Corsicana, Robert and Linda Curtis of Corsicana, Kelly and Scott Walker of Dallas, Page and Justin Malloy of Pasadena, CA. Leigh and Blake Burdine of San Diego, CA., Staci and Steve Berry of Austin and Heather and Kevin McMichael of Montgomery, eleven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Family visitation at Corley's will be from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20.
CORLEY FUNERAL HOME: CORSICANA, TX 903-874-3755

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Corsicana Daily Sun
Billie V. Curtis, 90, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000 at Alterra Sterling House in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Finley of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Berry, Blake Burdine, J. Thomas Curtis, Jack Curtis, Jason Curtis, Justin Malloy, Scott Walker and Delma Ware.

Mrs. Curtis was born in Bazette on Aug. 18, 1910, the daughter of William Henry and Mary Alice May. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and was a member of First United Methodist Church. For many years she worked at Collin Street Bakery as manager of the rating department and she also accompanied her husband, Tom, on numerous promotional trips for the bakery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Tom C. Curtis.

Mrs. Curtis is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and June Curtis of Sun City, Ariz., Bill and Sandra Curtis of Corsicana, and Robert and Linda Curtis of Montgomery; grandchildren, Tom and Sherlyn Curtis of Corsicana, Kelly and Scott Walker of Dallas, Page and Justin Malloy of Pasadena, Calif., Leigh and Blake Burdine of San Diego, Calif., Staci and Steve Berry of Austin, and Heather and Kevin McMichael of Montgomery; 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Marguerite (Wilson) Dabney

Marguerite Wilson Dabney, 94, of Aledo passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001 in Fort Worth.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating.

Mrs. Dabney was born Sept. 16, 1906 in Wichita Falls. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, where she was also a member of the Solid Rockers Choir. She volunteered with the American Red Cross Blood Drive, worked as a pink lady at Navarro Regional Hospital, and was very active with the Republican Party office.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Dabney.

Mrs. Dabney is survived by her nephews, David Wilson and wife Jeannie of Santa Cruz, Calif. and William N. Wilson and Angela of Aledo; nieces, Rose Marie Champion of Tyler, Verna McElroy and husband Tom of Abilene, Margaret Walker and husband Carl of San Antonio, Dianne Wilson-Moor of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Jo Wilson of Arlington; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Wiley E. Daffron

Wiley E. Daffron, 82, passed away Saturday, July 28 at Navarro Mills.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Boze-Mitchell Chapel in Italy with Chaplain Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Italy Cemetery.

Mr. Daffron was born Feb. 11, 1919 in Pond Springs, Ga. to Harry Daffron and Minnie Lee. He was a resident of Navarro Mills for 25 years and was a retired businessman. He was married to Frances Mae Shirley who preceded him in death.

Survivors include his stepdaughters, Shirley Sweet and Becky Cox of Irving and Ann Hines of Azle; stepsons, Jerry Bearden of Kingtown, Pa. and Greg Daffron of Canton, Ohio; sons, Wiley R. Daffron of Jonesboro, Tenn. and Bill Daffron of Trenton, Ga.; daughter, Kathy Flitton of Canada; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell Chapel of Italy.


Hollis Daniel
Jan 30, 191 - Jan 5, 1971

OBITUARY: Corsicana Daily Sun, Sunday, Jan 17, 1971
Daniel Rites
FAIRFIELD (spl) - Funeral services were held Jan 7, at First Assembly of God Church in Fairfield for Hollis Daniel, 56, Route 1, Oakwood. The Rev. Roy Welch, the Rev. James Pruitt and the Rev. Howard Cockrell officiated. Interment was at Lake Chapel Cemetery.

Constable of Precinct 3, Daniel also drove a school bus. He is survived by his wife, Mary Daniel of Oakwood; two sons, Hollis Wayne Daniel and John Franklin Daniel of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Payton of Fairfield and Mrs. Evelyn McClure of Thurned, Calif.; and eight brothers, Herman Daniel of Emmett, Wesley and Finas [Finis] Daniel of Fairfield, Lewis and Frank Daniel of Lanely, Wordlow and Lonnie Daniel of Leon, and Elbert Daniel of Drew.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Sunday, Jan 17, 1971
  • Submitted by Edward  Lynn Williams
  • Wife of Mary Amanda (Smart) Daniel & Son of Elbert Daniel

Ollie LaVina (McAfee) Daniel 
Nov 11, 1893 - Sep 22, 1970


Mrs. Daniel Dies Tuesday
Mrs. Ollie Daniel, 76, Emmett and native of Rice, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Emmett Baptist Church with Dr. H. Lively Brown of First Methodist Church here officiating. Burial will be in the Emmett Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband; one son, McAfee Daniel of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Sue Allison of Dallas; two grandchildren; one brother, Rufus McAfee of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Fagala of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Georgia Johnson of Graham; and several nieces and nephews.

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Ollie LaVina (McAfee) Daniel
Nov 11, 1893 - Sep 22, 1970

MRS. DANIEL DIES SEPT 22, EMMETT BURIAL

Mrs. Herman Daniel, native of Navarro County and long time resident of the Emmett community, died unexpectedly in Corsicana early Tuesday night, September 22. She had recently made her home with her son, McAfee Daniel, in Corsicana.

Before her marriage, Mrs. Daniel was Miss Ollie McAfee, member of a large and prominent family in west Navarro County. She was born in Rice in 1894. She was a retired school teacher and an active member of the Methodist Church.

Funeral was held Thursday afternoon, September 24, at 4 o'clock in Emmett Baptist Church with Dr. H. Lively Brown, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, as the minister. Interment was in Emmett Cemetery.

Survivors, other than her son, include her husband of Emmett; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Allison of Dallas; two grandchildren; a brother, Rufus McAfee of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Fagala of Blg Grove and Mrs. Georgia Johnson of Graham.

The Blooming Grove Times
Sept. 30, 1970

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Mrs. Ollie Daniel
CORSICANA, Texas - Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie Daniel, 76, of Corsicana were held Thursday in Emmett, Navarro County. Burial was in Emmett Cemetery.
She died here  Tuesday.
Among her survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Vernon Allison of Dallas.

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Daniel Rites

Funeral services were held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Emmett Baptist Church for Mrs. Ollie Daniel, 76, Emmett who died Tuesday. Dr. Lively Brown officiated. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home conducted.
Surviving are her husband, one sons, one daughter, two grandchildren, one brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Aldine Moore, Princice Stroder, Mack Stroder, Marvin BUrns, Truman Raley and Martin Thompson.

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Herman Daniel
Herman Daniel, 72, was to be buried at Emmett Saturday afternoon at 2:30 following funeral rites at Corsicana. He died Friday. The Rev. Wesley Howard Jr. officiated.
Daniel was a long-time resident of Frost and a retired farmer, native to Fairfield.
Survivors include a son, McAfee Daniel of Corsicana, a daughter, Mrs. Sue Allison of Dallas; two grandchildren; seven brothers, all of Fairfield, Elbert Daniel, Leon Daniel, Frank Daniel, Finis Daniel, Wesley Daniel, Wordlow Daniel and Lewis Daniel; and two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Peyton of Fairfield and Mrs. Evelyn McClure of California.
Pallbearers to be Chester Lewis, Clark Putman, Martin Thompson, Robert Sam Thompson, Joe Sheppard, and Marvin Burns.

Corsicana Daily Sun, Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

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MR. DANIEL BURIED AT EMMETT
Funeral rites for Herman Daniel of Emmett were conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Wesley Howard, Jr. with burial at Emmett.
A retired farmer and longtime Emmett resident, Mr. Daniel was a native of Fairfield.
Survivors are son, McAfee Daniel, head of the English department at NJC, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Allison of Dallas; two grandchildren; seven brothers, all of Fairfield; two sisters, one of Fairfield and one of California. Mrs. A. A. Fagala of Blooming Grove is a sister-in-law of Mr. Daniel.

The Blooming Grove Times - Feb. 2, 1972
Submitted by Karen Rost

View Obituary Clipping

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Dr. John Wilson David, MD (1893-1973)

Obituary Moved to John Wilson David Biography Page


Johnny Luther Davis

Johnny Luther Davis, 59, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 in Corsicana.

Services are pending.

Mr. Davis was born Sept. 19, 1941 in Chicota.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Davis of Dawson; sons, Donald Wayne Davis and Johnny R. Davis and wife Elanna, all of Dawson; brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Pat Davis of Waxahachie; and granddaughter, Amber Neily Davis of Dawson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Mildred Mary Davis

Mildred Mary Davis, 86, of Dawson, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at a Waxahachie nursing center.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Flurry officiating.

She was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Dawson. She lived in Dawson most of her life and was a member of a pioneer Dawson family. She graduated from Dawson High School and then attended Mary-Hardin Baylor and Baylor University. She worked in Washington D.C. during WWII and also worked as a legal secretary in the law offices of Roe & Ralston Law Firm in Corsicana for many years. She was very active in the First Baptist Church of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Ruth Smith Davis and brother, Edwin Davis.

She is survived by nephews, Eddie Davis and wife Pat of Waxahachie and Sam Davis and wife Margie of Italy; great nephews, Kirk Davis, Derek Davis and Trevor Davis; great neice, Meredith Weatherby and Jake Davis.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.


Marjorie Carol Davis

FORT WORTH -- Marjorie Carol Davis, 54, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at her residence.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Ranger. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger.

Marjorie was raised in the Corsicana State Orphanage from the time she was four years old until she turned 18. She married Robert Joe Martinez the summer of 1991, at Lake Leon in Ranger.

Survivors: Husband, Robert Joe Martinez of Haltom City; Mother, Marjorie Harris of Corsicana; brothers, Richard McAdory and Kenny McAdory of Mansfield; sister, Sandra Flores of Yorktown; half-sister, Vicki Johnson of Kennedale; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Edwards Funeral Home, Ranger

Notes:

  • Social Security Death Index: MARJORIE M DAVIS 27 Aug 1946 23 Aug 2001 (V) 76137 (Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX) (none specified) 464-88-6105 Texas


Virgie "Jackie" (White) Davis

Virgie "Jackie" Davis, 87, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Baggett and the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be John Barber, G. H. Basham, Jerry Bruton, David Cameron, Brad Crum, J.D. Heath and Tommy Oliphant.

Mrs. Davis was born Dec. 6, 1913 in Anson. She was a faithful member of Westside Baptist Church and served in the Sunday School and nursery departments for over 40 years. She also served in the banner ministry of the church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a dear friend to many. Her life was filled with love for her family and her church family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Davis; sons, Gene Collins and Jerry Davis Sr.; sister, Odessa White Clark; and brother, Johnny White.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her sons, Bob Davis and wife Betty of Bryan and Tommy Davis Sr. and wife Carol of McAllen; daughters-in-law, Alice Burnett of Corsicana, Jeanie Collins of Carthage and Joyce Johnson of Grand Prairie; brother, Burr White of Lubbock; sisters-in-law, Beth Arnett, Edna Arnett, Sis Arnett and Virgie Farmer, all of Corsicana, and Ruby White of Frisco; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Road to Recovery group of the American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110; or Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Hugh Davis

FORT WORTH -- Hue Davis, 51, former custodian for the city of Fort Worth and TCJC South Campus, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at a local hospice.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, 5225 Ramey Ave. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Family hour: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morris-Bates Mortuary.

Hue Davis was born in Streetman on April 1, 1949.

Survivors: Sarah Nell Davis; sons, Nicholas Davis and Hue L. Davis; daughter, Sarita Davis; goddaughter, Jackie Cash; mother and stepfather, Lily and Tommy Haynes of Dallas; brothers, Boston Davis Jr. of Corsicana and Guy Davis and Donald Ray Davis, both of dallas; sisters, Ira Della Boyd of Carson, Calif., Edna Douglas, Birda Jordan, Thelma Warren, Ollie Samuels (Bobby) of Dallas, Glinder Dixon (Leonard) and Lily Mae Davis of Corsicana and Doris Allen (Richard) of Purdon; and a host of many relatives and friends.

Morris-Bates Mortuary, 1700 Evans Ave.


Johnnie Allen Davis

Johnnie Allen Davis, 50, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2001 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Dupree, Jerry Brandon, David Bradham, Joey Kormos, Mark Duncan and Jeff Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Mitchell, Danny Albritton, Cary Smith, Bruce Turner, Mike McVey, Dave Canaan, Pat Kindle and Brian Collier.

Mr. Davis was born March 21, 1951 in Fort Worth to John C. and Vera B. Davis. He was a quality control tech with Pactiv Corporation.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Venetia Davis of Corsicana; sons, Chad Davis and wife Michelle and Chris Davis, all of Corsicana; daughters, Amber McVey and husband Mike of Irving and Amy Canaan and husband Dave of California; granddaughters, Merissa Davis and Alyssa Davis; brothers, Ronnie Davis and wife Donna of Midlothian and Don Davis and wife Ann of Cayuga; sister, Dorothy Barnett of Hurst; nieces and nephews, Lisa Smith, Jeff Davis, Julie Tucker, Jill Smith, Dave and Tiffany Bradham; and numerous others.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Marlin Dawson Sr.

Marlin Dawson Sr., 77, of Malakoff passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services are pending.

Mr. Dawson was born Feb. 28, 1923.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Charlene D. and Joseph Johnson Sr. of Corsicana; sons, Marlin Dawson Jr., Clyde Bailey and Chris, all of Malakoff; grandchildren, Joseph Johnson Jr. and wife Jami of West Des Moines, Iowa, Petrina Johnson Pipkins and husband Derrick of Houston, Amanda Johnson Curry and husband Mark of Cedar Hill, Jennifer J. Johnson of Austin and Marciarie A. Johnson of Corsicana; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Eva T. Trimble, Baby R. Toliver and Lessie B. Hicks, all of Malakoff; brothers, Horace C. Dawson of Fort Worth, Richard Dawson and Malion Dawson, both of Malakoff; a host of nieces and nephews including Homer Ray Trimble of Malakoff; and other relatives and friends including Joyce Lindsey and family.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Helen Skinner (Kent) Deacon

Ft. Worth Star Telegram
GRAPEVINE -- Helen Kent Deacon, 92, a retired teacher, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at home.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Mid-Cities Bible Church in Bedford. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Memorials: Mid Cities Bible Church, 3224 Cheek Sparger Road, Bedford,

Helen Deacon was born Nov. 18, 1907, in Corsicana, one of six children of Embrey Lee and Henryetta Mahoney Kent.

She received her home economics degree from North Texas State Teachers' College and taught for two years in Cotulla.

Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Marcia Deacon of Colleyville; daughter, Judy Jacobs of Grapevine; sister, Irene Edens of Corsicana; grandchildren, Paul Jacobs of Grapevine, Jane Jacobs of Euless, Dianne Normand of Arlington, Mitch Deacon of Austin; and great-grandchild, Joseph Normand of Arlington.

Lucas Funeral Home, Grapevine, TX


Alvin Odel Deatherage

FORT WORTH -- Alvin Odel Deatherage, 82, a retired food service and snowcone shop owner, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at local care center.

Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, 705 Airport Freeway in Hurst. Visitation: The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Alvin Odel Deatherage was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Navarro County, Texas. Mr Deatherage served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one son.

Survivors: Wife, Louise Deatherage of Ft. Worth, three sons; one daughter; as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst, TX


Thomas Lee "Jody" DeChaume

Thomas Lee "Jody" DeChaume, 56, of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Jake Davis and Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jake Jacobs, Alvin Richardson, Louis Stallings, Buddy Richards, Sanford Broun and Billy Beaird.

Mr. DeChaume was born April 17, 1944 in Aquilla to Luke and Lillie Mae DeChaume. He worked in the maintenance department for the city of Corsicana.

Mr. DeChaume is survived by his wife of 37 years, June DeChaume of Blooming Grove; daughters, Rachel DeChaume, Latricia Chandler, Sandra Lenorad and Paula Heddins and husband Thomas, all of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Amanda Heddins, Gordan Heddins and Jessie Heddins, all of Blooming Grove, and Jody Dean Clay of Chandler; mother and stepfather, Lillie and Clyde Baker of Burleson; brother, Travis DeChaume of Corsicana; sisters, Donna Ackers of Missouri and Amanda Coker of Burleson; two special double cousins, Hooter DeChaume and Betty Rousie; two lifelong friends, Wayne Brown and Louis Stallings; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Winston and Betty Bland, Calvin and Lupy Bland, Dino and Carla Bland, Darlene and M.T. Farrar and Sharon and John Toeller; mother-in-law, Beetta Bland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins who he loved very much.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Billy W. "Shorty' Dechaume

Billy W. "Shorty' Dechaume, 59, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Horace Cobb officiating. Interment will follow at New Pursley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Donald Byrd, Jackie Ray Grace, Brad Haynie, Tom Laubscher, Jerald Schedule and Travis Schedule. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Beamon, Andy Beamon, Matt Beamon, Allen McCain, Chris Montgomery, Jason Montgomery, Jerald Montgomery, Richard Wiese and Joey York.

Mr. Dechaume was born Aug. 19, 1941 in Roane. He was a driller and pumper. Mr. Dechaume had currently been attending Unity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lillian Anne Bonner; three brothers, Ernest, Frankie and George Dechaume; and his parents, Frank and Leona Odie Dechaume.

Mr. Dechaume is survived by his wife, Lillian Jeanette Dechaume of Corsicana; daughters and son-in-law, Jackie McClendon and Gladys and Albert Beamon, all of Corsicana; son, Jerry Dechaume of Corsicana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hubert and Barbara Dechaume and Robert Earl and Liz Dechaume, all of Corsicana, and Junior and Camella Schedule of Athens; sisters and brother-in-law, Lillie Lee and Martha and James O'Pry, all of Corsicana, and Lynn Sanders of Oakwood; son-in-law, Ronnie Bonner of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangments by Corley Funeral Home.


Rosa E. (Brandt) Deffner

Rosa E. Deffner, 87, of Ponca City, Okla. passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Services were 10 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Ponca City with Pastor Tom Ramsey officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Ponca City.

Pallbearers were Chris Gibbons, Brian Gibbons, Jason Gibbons, Gary Heintz, Steve Vaughan and Elmer Kelle.

Mrs. Deffner was born Feb. 23, 1914 in Covington, Okla. to John Brandt and Amelia (Metscher) Brandt. She graduated from Perry High School in 1933 and then from Ponca City Beauty School in 1937. She married Hal C. Deffner on April 25, 1940 at Blackwell, with the couple making their first home in California. The couple moved to Ponca City in 1945. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Women's Guild and Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Her enjoyments included her family knitting, crocheting and ceramics.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents who raised her, John and Meta Katherine Metscher; parents; and brothers-in-law, Lee Edwards and Dr. Herb Meier.

Mrs. Deffner is survived by her husband, Hal Deffner of Ponca City; son and daughter-in-law, David and Keiko Deffner of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Michael Gibbons of Dallas; sister, Matilda Edwards of Ponca City; grandsons, Chris Gibbons and wife Karen, Brian Gibbons and Jason Gibbons, all of Dallas; great-granddaughter, Taylor Gibbons; sister-in-law, Ruth Meier of Tacoma, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church Radio Fund, 1101 N. Fourth St., Ponca City, Okla. 74601.

Arrangements by Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City, Okla.


Philip William DeFranco

Philip W. DeFranco, 81, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 24, 2001 in Terrell.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bobbie Carlisle, Leland Cook, Jerry Grimmett, Vic Howell, Ed Janek and Chuck Rash. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Chirafis, Charles Irvine, Jim Rushing, Sandy Watson and Gene Womack.

Mr. DeFranco was born April 30, 1920 in Newark, N.J.

Mr. DeFranco is survived by his wife of 30 years, Delores DeFranco of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Dorie DeFranco of Terrell; daughter, Mary Margaret DeFranco of Terrell; his wife's children, Suzanne Scally of Houston, Michael Calumet of Honolulu, Hawaii and Robin Shannon of Dallas; brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Josie DeFranco of Clark, N.J.; grandchildren, Quinn Morgan of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Blake, Brett and Brittany Scally, all of Houston; and sisters-in-law, Jean DeFranco of Clark, N.J. and Millie DeFranco of New Jersey.

Memorials may be made to Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110 or a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Charlie Ruth Dellinger

Charlie Ruth Dellinger, 78, of Mesquite passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2001 in Mesquite.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Jean Bailey officiating.

Mrs. Dellinger was born May 10, 1923 in Cross Plains. She was a sales clerk.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tony Followwell.

Mrs. Dellinger is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Robin Followwell of Terrell and Harold and Madecion Followwell of Mesquite; daughters and son-in-law, Melvin and Leslie Taylor of Kemp and Betty Whisenhunt of DeSoto; three sisters; 18 granchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Hallie E. Dennis
Abt 1923 - Aug 8, 2000

RICHLAND HILLS -- Hallie E. Dennis, 77, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at a Richland Hills nursing home.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was a member of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church and had a lifetime membership in the Fort Worth PTA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Garth Dennis.

Survivors: Daughter, Shirley Lewallen and husband, Leon, of Corsicana; son, Ronald Dennis and wife, Becky, of Colleyville; sister, Lucille Thomas of Fort Worth; grandsons, James Dennis and Eric Dennis; and granddaughters, Angela Dennis and Erin Dennis.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave.


Ronnie Alvin Denson

Ronnie Alvin Denson, 44, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Richards, Mike Richards, Darrell Fulton, Dennis Fulton, Larry Bryant and Jeremy Bryant.

Mr. Denson was born Oct. 12, 1956 in Corsicana to Alvin and Barbara Denson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Denson.

Mr. Denson was survived by his daughter, Victoria Denson of Corsicana; his mother, Barbara McAdams of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, David and Reba Cantrell of Barry; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Clarence Denzy Jr.

TAHOKA (Special) - Services for Clarence Denzy Jr., 73, of Tahoka will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry L. Brawley, minister, officiating.

Burial will be in Nevels Memorial Park under direction of White Funeral Home.

Denzy died Saturday, June 28, 1997, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Corsicana. He married Julia Bailey on March 18, 1944, in Tahoka.

He was a mechanic, a farmer and a truck driver.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Perry of Tahoka; a daughter, Doris Denzy Knox of Odessa; his stepmother, Jessie Lee Denzy of Tahoka; a brother, Terry Lee Denzy of Midland; two sisters, Ruby Nell Pennelton of Tahoka and Murry Lee Peppers of Lubbock; and a granddaughter.

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Odessa American Website - July 2, 1997

TAHOKA _ Clarence Denzy Jr., 73, a mechanic, farmer and truck driver, died Saturday, June 28, 1997, at his residence.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry L. Brawley officiating. Burial will be at Nevels Memorial Park. Arrangements by White Funeral Home.

He was born in Corsicana and was a resident of Tahoka.

SURVIVORS: Wife, Julia Denzy of Tahoka; son, Perry Denzy of Tahoka; daughter, Doris Denzy Knox of Odessa; stepmother, Jessie Lee Denzy of Tahoka; brother, Terry Lee Denzy of Midland; sisters, Ruby Nell Pennelton of Tahoka and Murry Lee Peppers of Lubbock; and one grandchild.


Darrell Hart DeRusha

Darrell Hart DeRusha, 61, of Rice passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000 at his residence.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating.

Pallbearers will be Sid Johnston, David Anderson, Jeff Harwell, Jerry Aston, James Cummings, Jim Andrews, Roger Wear and Robin Honeycutt.
Mr. DeRusha was born Feb. 19, 1939 in Emhouse to Charlie R. and Alice DeRusha. He was a real estate broker.

He is survived by his wife, Marie DeRusha; son, Darrell A. DeRusha of Rice; stepson, Michael Reznicek Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter, Stephanie D. Burleson of Sherman; stepdaughters, Rachel Wampler of Rice and Tina Jones of Corsicana; four grandchildren; and sister, Donna Martin of San Antonio.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


George Washington "Joe" DeRusha

KERRVILLE -- George Washington "Joe" DeRusha, 78, of Kerrville, died Saturday, June 27, 1998, in Kerrville.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

He was born in Emhouse. He was a former Odessa resident.
Survivors: Sons, Joe L. DeRusha of Leander and Martin DeRusha of Arlington; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Jessie Ora (Smith) Dial

FORT WORTH -- Jessie Ora Smith Dial, 90, a homemaker, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at a Fort Worth nursing home.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Chapel. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials: May be directed to James L. West Presbyterian Special Care Center.
Jessie was born January 10, 1910 and passed away November 16, 2000. A 1928 graduate of Kerens, Texas High School, she had been a resident of Fort Worth since 1952. She was a member of Northwest Bible Church and the Fort Worth Woman's Club. She is remembered as a loving mother and wife, the ultimate hostess and cook who possessed a sharp wit enjoyed by all in her company. She was a dedicated Christian who never lost her sense of being a child of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, R. W. Dial, who died in 1996.

Her family wants to express their appreciation to the administration and staff of the James L. West Presbyterian Special Care Center for the kind and loving care given to her these past five years.

Survivors: Daughters, Gloriana Parchman of Dallas, Pat Berry of Hudson, Ohio; son, J. Keith Simmons of Huntsville; grandchildren, Dr. Michael Parchman of San Antonio, Sheri Starnes of Lindale, Russell Simmons of Huntsville, Ty Simmons of Hurst, Wendy Vance of University Heights, Ohio, Chris Berry of Silverthorne, Colo; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Womack of Los Lunas, N.M., Frances Sessions of Kerens, Myrtle Sessions of Kerens and Joanne Lawrence of Mobile, Ala.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave.


David "Ty" Vincent Dickenson

ALEDO -- David "Ty" Vincent Dickenson, 56, a real estate investor, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000 at Park Hill Church of Christ, 2900 w. Lancaster Ave. (across from Farrington Field).

Mr. Dickenson was born March 1, 1944, in Frost. He graduated from TCU in 1967 and was a past president of the Frog Club. He was also a former member of Colonial Country Club and was an avid golf and tennis player.

Survivors: Daughters, Traci Dickenson of Nashville, Tenn., and Tammy Dickenson of Arlington.


Nowell O. Didear

ROYSE CITY -- Nowell O. Didear died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at his daughter's home in Royse City.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield. Honor guard graveside service: Birdston Cemetery near Streetman.

Nowell O. Didear was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Bebe, Gonzales County. After graduating from high school in 1938, he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. He served as a weather observer at the old Fort Clark in West Texas, where the landing strip did double duty as a parade ground for the cavalry. In 1943, World War II gave him the chance to earn his lieutenant's bar and fighter pilot's wings at Brooks Field in San Antonio. He was married about the same time to Mary Lynn Burns of Natalia, who died in 1949.

Stationed in Naples in 1944, Mr. Didear flew various aircraft on ground support missions to the front about 40 miles north of the city; the pilots' nightly beacon was the glare of Mount Vesuvius, active for the first time in 1,900 years. One of those missions earned him a Silver Star for destroying three Stuka Dive Bombers and damaging three others in the air. As a highly decorated fighter pilot and officer, Mr. Didear was later instrumental in organizing the Texas Air National Guard, in which he served with distinction during the Korean War and later back in Texas.

In 1950 while training in Virginia, he met and later married Mary Lou Jordahl, who loved him through thick and thin for 48 years until her death in 1998. Mr. Didear retired in 1975 as a brigadier general, command pilot and wing commander of the 136th Air Refueling Wing headquartered in Dallas.

For the next 20 years, he and Mary raised cattle and worked on their dream home, a converted railroad depot, at their ranch in Streetman.

Survivors: His daughter, Diane; sons, Nowell L., Pat, David and Jimmy; 11 grandchildren; and a pair of great-grandchildren.

Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield

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Nowell O. Didear, 79, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 at his daughter's home in Royse City.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Capps Memorial Chapel. A military graveside service will follow at Birdston Cemetery near Streetman.

Mr. Didear was born Jan. 11, 1921 in Bebe, Gonzales County. After graduating from high school in 1938, he enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps. He served as a weather observer at old Fort Clark in West Texas, where the landing strip did double duty as a parade ground for the cavalry. In 1943, World War II gave him the chance to earn his lieutenant's bar and fighter pilot's wings at Brooks Field in San Antonio. He was married about the same time to Mary Lynn Burns of Natalia, who died in 1949.

Stationed in Naples in 1944, Mr. Didear flew various aircraft on ground support missions to the front about 40 miles north of the city; the pilots' nightly beacon was the glare of Mt. Vesuvius, active for the first time in 1,900 years. One of those missions earned him a Silver Star for destroying three Stuka Dive Bombers and damaging three others in the air. As a highly decorated fighter pilot and officer, Mr. Didear was later instrumental in organizing the Texas Air National Guard, in which he served with distinction during the Korean conflict and later back in Texas. In 1950 while training in Virginia, he met and later married Mary Lou Jordahl, who loved him through thick and thin for 48 years until her death in 1998.

Mr. Didear retired in 1975 as a brigadier general, command pilot and wing commander of the 136th Air Refueling Wing headquartered in Dallas. For the next 20-odd years, he and his wife raised cattle and worked on their dream home, a converted railroad depot at their ranch in Streetman.

Mr. Didear is survived by his daughter, Diane; four sons, Nowell L., Pat, David and Jimmy; 11 grandchildren and a pair of great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.

Corsicana Daily Sun  11/1/2000

 


Maggie Lena (Conner) Dill

Maggie Lena Conner Dill, 88, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Rufus Nutt officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bone, Paul Thomason, Tom Curtis, Jim Dill, Jack Dill, Whoa Dill, C.T. Thomason, David Bone, Jack Curtis, Jason Curtis, Stephen Blackard and Billy Manning.

Mrs. Dill was born Aug. 12, 1913 in Roane to Sherrod and Graham Conner. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. She married J. W. "Jack" Dill Dec. 16, 1928 and were married for 54 years and had five children. She was a past noble grand member of the Rebekah Lodge. She served her church in many capacities over the years at Westside Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church, and at the time of her death was a member of Northside Baptist Church. She leaves behind many friends from the 18 years she lived at Friendship Towers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. W. "Jack" Dill; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Donna Dill; daughter, Sue Dill Thomason; two sisters and four brothers.

Mrs. Dill is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Cliff Thomason of Palestine; sons and daughters-in-law, S.C. and Ilene Dill of Bedford and Randy and Joy Dill of Corsicana; sisters, Helen Campbell of Corsicana, Genell Neill and Johnnie Davenport, both of Houston; brother, Leonard Conner of Granbury; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Northside Baptist Church Senior Citizens Ministry.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Robert L. Dillard, Jr.

DILLARD ROBERT L. JR., of Dallas passed away November 30, 2000. Longtime civic leader who distinguished himself through dedicated service to numerous charitable and Masonic causes. Dillard will long be remembered as a man of commitment who was devoted to his community, church and family. Born in Corsicana, Texas, on September 30, 1913, Dillard was reared in Wichita Falls and attended Wichita Falls High School and Junior College. He earned a bachelor's degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University and received his L.L.M. from Harvard University in 1936. Returning to Texas, Dillard practiced law with the firm of Saner, Saner and Jack until 1941, when he became Assistant City Attorney of Dallas. He associated with Southland Life Insurance Company in 1945 and was named director in 1949. In 1951, Dillard was elected Vice President and General Counsel. He was then elected Secretary in 1967 and became Executive Vice President in 1970. Dillard retired from Southland Life Insurance Company in 1978 after 33 years of service. During his distinguished legal career and beyond, Dillard has served in a number of leadership capacities including President of the Dallas Bar Association; Director of the Texas Bar Association; and a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. Dillard was named a Distiugnished Alumnus by both SMU Law School and Southern Methodist University. He also received the Justinian Award for Commmiity Service from the Dallas Lawyers' Wives Club in 1986. Dillard served the insurance industry for many years as a member of the Texas Life Conventions Senior Section and Chairman of its Legislative Committee; President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel; Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Life Insurance Conference; and Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the American Life Insurance Association. A champion of charities serving the educational and medical needs of children, Dillard served elected terms on the Board of Education of the Dallas Independent School District in 1952, 1955, 1959, serving as President from 1961-1962. He also served as Chairman of Education Service Center, Region 10. Dillard held leadership posts as President of the Dallas Council of Camp Fire Girls, Inc.; Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Camp Fire Girls, Inc.; President of the Community Council of Greater Dallas; Member at Large of Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America; and Past Board of Trustees Member of the Children's Medical Center Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Methodist Medical Center from 1986-1992. Dillard received the Distinguished Health Service Award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council in 1990. Dillard's service to Freemasonry and Masonic charities is legendary. He was initiated in Dallas Lodge #760 in 1938 and was elected Grand Master of Masons in Texas by the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1961. He received his 50 year Masonic Service Award in 1998. A 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, in 1995 Dillard was only the eighth Texan to received the Grand Cross-the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. Dillard served as President of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The Dillards have been longstanding active members of Highland Park United Methodist Church for many years. Dillard has taught adult Sunday School class at their church over 40 years. Dillard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dundee Sheeks Dillard; son Robert L. Dillard, III, and his wife, Susan; daughter Diane More and her husband Pat; daughter Deborah Cullen and her husband John B. Cullen, III; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2000, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas. Rev. Larry Ravert officiating. Graveside services will be at Sparkman-Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital; Masonic Home and School; and A.Y.A. Foundation. Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Cemetery Mausoleum 7405 W. Northwest Highway Dallas (214) 363-5401


Kelton E. Dillard

Kelton E. Dillard, 74, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. James T. Davis officiating.

Mr. Dillard was born Dec. 10, 1925 in Corsicana. He owned and operated Dillard's Used Cars for many years, and was a lifelong resident of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Lorene Dillard.

He is survived by wife, Dolores Dillard of Corsicana; and son, Kelton E. Dillard Jr. of Austin.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Barbara L. (Chapman) Ditto
June 26, 1934 - Aug 29, 2001


Barbara Ditto, 67, of Kermit passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Kermit with Pastor Jess Little and Gordon Oglesby officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Mrs. Ditto was born June 26, 1934 in Dawson. She married Edwin Ditto July 3, 1959 in Big Spring. She was Baptist and a resident of Kermit for 36 years.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Smith; her parents, W. B. and Bertha Chapman; sister, Sondra Gay Chapman; and one grandson, Cameron Ray Smith.

Mrs. Ditto is survived by her husband, Edwin Ditto of Kermit; sons, Stephen Ditto of Kermit and Tommy Whiteside of Lindale; daughters, Candace Reed of Kermit and Andrea Hilburn of Lindale; brothers, Don Chapman and Clydel Chapman, both of Odessa, Jan Chapman and Tommy Chapman, both of Lubbock, and Kenneth Chapman of Alvin; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel of Kermit.

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