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O. S. Bryson Jr.
May 11, 1924 - Jun 17, 2002

O. S. Bryson Jr., 78, of Trinidad passed away Monday, June 17, 2002, at his residence.

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

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Bryson was born May 11, 1924 in Corsicana to Orlan Bryson Sr. and Viola Parrish Bryson. He was a welder.

Survivors include his sons, Barry Bryson of Hockley and Joe Bryson of Tyler; sister, Betty Coggins of DeSoto; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Martha Carrington
Jun 23, 1940 - Jun 17, 2002

Martha Carrington, 61, of Chatfield passed away Monday, June 17, 2002 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. today at Chatfield Cemetery with Jimmy Glenn officiating.

Mrs. Carrington was born June 23, 1940 in Lamesa.

Survivors include her husband, Dwight Carrington of Chatfield; son, Clay Carrington of Corsicana; daughter, Kelly Millsap of Paris, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.


Dossie Mae Blair
Jul 22, 1923 - Jun 17, 2002

Dossie Mae Blair, 78, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 17, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.

Mrs. Blair was born July 22, 1923 in Eureka.

Survivors include her husband, D. J. Blair Sr. of Corsicana; daughters, Bettye Blair of Fort Worth and Gladys Blair of Corsicana; sons, D. J. Blair Jr. of Corsicana, W. H. Blair Sr. of Dallas and Morgan Blair of Cleburne; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Zora Dorothy (Rogers) Butler 
Sep 14, 1873 - Dec 20, 1950

Mrs. J. H. Butler Rites Thursday

Mrs.  J. H. Butler, 77, native of Alabama and a pioneer resident of Ennis, was found dead in bed at her home, 510 West Tyler Street, Wednesday morning.  Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mrs. Butler, formerly, Zora Dorothy Rogers, was born Sept. 14, 1873 in Montgomery, Ala.  She came to Texas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rogers, when she was a child.  The family settled in Chatfield where her parents died years ago.  She was married in Chatfield July 26, 1893 to J. H. Butler.    

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Butler lived in Chatfield and Rice until they moved to Ennis in 1915.  Mr. Butler died here Sept. 2, 1932.  J. A. Lindle of San Angelo; Mrs. William Stubbs of Victoria, and Mrs. T. J. Farrar of Ennis; one son, Claude Butler of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grand-daughters; also a brother, J. O. Rogers of Corsicana, survives.

Mrs. Butler had been a member of the First Methodist Church since early childhood.  She was member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class of the First Methodist Church.    Funeral services are to be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Keever chapel with the Rev. Jackson C. Oglesby, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating.    Interment will be made in the Chatfield Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Newspaper probably Ennis/ 1950
  • Zora's parents were John A. Rogers (I have seen the A. stand for both Allen and Albert) and Mary Ann "Polly" Reeves. Zora's husband J.H. was John Henry Butler and her brother J. O. was Johnie Oliver Rogers.
  • Submitted by Tanna Rogers Haynes - June 2002

Letha Ethel (Rogers) Braddock
Mar 3, 1898 - Aug 30, 1979

BRADDOCK

The funeral service for Mrs. Ethel Braddock, 81, was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leonard Radde, pastor of the church officiating, under the direction of the J. E. Keever Mortuary.  Interment was in the Rice Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers: Mike Perry, of Ennis, Steve McQuarry, of Kerens, Michael Braddock of Palestine, Roy Goldsmith of Cooper, Steve Braddock of Ennis, Russell Braddock of South Lake, and Eric Nunn of Arlington.  Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Braddock of Ennis, Roger Braddock of Rice, Paul Nunn, Shawn Nunn, both of Arlington, Kevin Oates of Howe, David Perry of Hollywood, California, and Gene Goldsmith.

Mrs. Braddock died on Thursday morning in the Ennis Nursing Home after a long illness.  She was born March 3, 1898 in Navarro County, the daughter of Johnie and Epsy Louisa Butler Rogers.  She was reared in Navarro County and September 10, 1916 was married to Stephen F. Braddock of Navarro County.  After their marriage they lived in the Rice community where Mr. Braddock died in 1950.  In 1952 Mrs. Braddock moved to Ennis.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Johnson Class, and the Winnie Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 160.

Surviving her are seven daughters, Mrs. D. J. Bennett, Mrs. Curtis Perry, both of Ennis, Mrs. Harlen McQuarry of Kerens, Mrs Vancel Goldsmith of Cooper, Mrs. Billy W. Turner, Mrs. J. T. Nunn Jr. both of Arlington, and Mrs. Don Bradshaw of Howe; five sons, Johnie S. Braddock of Palestine, Gene Braddock of Rice, Glyn Braddock of South Lake, Rex Braddock, and Grover Braddock, both of Arlington; thirty four grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren; one sister Mrs. Joe E. Adams of Houston, and two brothers, Johnie Rogers of Crane, and Melton Rogers of Odessa.

Notes:

  • Not sure of newspaper, possibly Ennis paper, clipping found in my Grandmother's bible/date written on it in ink was Sept. 1, 1979. 
    (Ethel died Aug. 30, 1979)
  • Submitted by Tanna Rogers Haynes - June 2002

James W. Ailshie
Nov 16, 1928 - Jun 19, 2002

James W. Ailshie, 73, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. John Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Mr. Ailshie was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Dallas. He was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington and worked as a salesman in the paint industry for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Ailshie of Corsicana; son, Gordan Ailshie of Arlington; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Glenn Sodd of Corsicana; brother, Cecil Ailshie of Arlington; sister, Flo Rutter of Dallas; and grandchildren, Jason Sodd and wife Ellen, Jody Sodd McSpadden and husband Chris, Jourdan Sodd and Hayley Ailshie.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.


Charlsie Jordan
May 24, 1922 - Jun 19, 2002

Charlsie Jordan, 80, of Dawson died Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at a Dallas hospital.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

She was born May 24, 1922 in Dawson. She was raised in Dawson but had lived in Austin and Waco for many years before moving back to Dawson in 1981. She worked as an audit clerk for Southwestern Bell for 37 years and was a member of the Pioneer Club of Southwestern Bell and was a board member of the Dawson Housing Authority. She enjoyed playing cards and 42, dancing and gardening. She was a Methodist.

Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Annie Taylor Jordan; and a sister, Nellie E. Jordan.

Survivors include sisters, Callie Roloff of Dawson and Ruby Lawrence of Dawson; nieces, Nancy Houck of Corsicana, Janice Chambers of Duncanville and Beverly Thompson of Waxahachie; nephew, Ronnie Lawrence of Corsicana; numerous great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Imogene Parnell of Dawson and Brenda Boenish of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Brad Houck, Clyde Alan Thompson, Troy Lynn Thompson and Denny Chambers.

Memorials may be made to Dawson First United Methodist Church or Dawson Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.


Roy Porter

Roy (Bubba) Earl Porter passes away Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the V. A. Hospital in Temple.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10 at Christ is the Answer Church.  Burial will be at Pelham Community Cemeteryin Pelham, Texas.


Bascom Lynn Sanders III 
Oct 25, 1947 - Jun 19, 2002

B. Lynn Sanders III

B. Lynn Sanders III, 54, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital after a long, courageous fight against cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating, who was a good friend of many years.

Honorary pallbearers will be John B. Stroud, C. C. Curington III, C. L. Brown III, Dr. C. David Campbell, Vicki Payne, Don Tekell, Patricia J. Stanley, Anthony J. Shimps, Embry S. Ferguson, Bill Middleton of Dallas and Jeff Scribner of Henderson.

Mr. Sanders was born Oct. 25, 1947 in Corsicana to Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Sanders Jr. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. In 1975, he married Marcia Lynn Gilchrist of Loveland, Colo.

He was vice president and trust officer at Citizens National Bank. He was involved in civic leadership roles in the YMCA, Navarro Community Foundation, United Way Budget Committee, Garrity Charity Association, Navarro County Rotary Club, Corsicana Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Palace Theater Restoration Committee, Corsicana Public Library, NCARC, MHMR, PRIDE, and Christmas in April. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church.

He was a talented photographer who spent most of his free time, camera in hand, revisiting his favorite sites in the U.S. National Parks.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Sanders of Corsicana; mother, Mary Love Sanders of Corsicana; brother, Ted Sanders and wife Jane of Austin and their three sons and granddaughter; mother-in-law, Sally S. Gilchrist of Loveland, Colo.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth G. Coco and family of Boston, Mass.; brothers-in-law, Michael H. Gilchrist and family of Belleville, Ill. and Scot S. Gilchrist and family of Redmond, Ore. Mr. Sanders also considered the members of the board, bank officers and employees of Citizens National Bank as his extended family.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Graduate of Corsicana High School, class of 1965

Lorene Alexander
May 11, 1938 - Jun 16, 2002

Lorene Alexander, 64, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 16, 2002 at Mel-Haven Convalescent Center.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St., with the Rev. Jessie R. Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Wafer, Jarrod Wafer, Charles Parrish, W. L. Wafer, Chris Ware and Tyrone Austin.

Mrs. Alexander was born May 11, 1938 in Shreveport, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Booker T. Alexander; and children, Johnny Ray Wafer and Jossie Mae Wafer.

Survivors include her children, Booker T. Wafer Jr., Loretta Wafer Austin, Jackie Wafer, Corene Wafer Ware, W. L. Alexander, Betty Wafer and Verna Mae Wafer Bonner; son-in-law, Chris Ware; grandchildren, Danny Austin, Tyrone Austin, Terry Austin, Chano Wafer, Dameria Wafer, and Martravious Alexander; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary


Clark Randall Berry
Jun 30, 1952 - Jun 21, 2002

Clark Randall Berry, 49, of Purdon passed away Friday, June 21, 2002.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. David McGee and Rev. Tim Schane officiating.

Mr. Berry was born June 30, 1952 in National City, Calif. He worked in maintenance for Guardian Industries.

He is survived by wife Patty Berry of Purdon; daughter Kimberly Berry Gafford of Corsicana; son Joshua Randall Berry and wife Jamie of Corsicana; step-daughter P.J. Laznovsky of Corsicana; brother Alan Roy Berry and wife Denise of Highland Ranch, Colo.; granddaughters Tristani and Mickey Gafford of Corsicana; step-granddaughter Hope Berry of Corsicana; parents Chilton and Valta Berry of Purdon; father and mother-in-law Manuel and Thelma Flores of Corsicana; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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6/22/2002 Purdon man killed in wreck

From Staff Reports

A Purdon man was killed Friday in a collision with another vehicle on Farm-to-Market Road 709.

Clark R. Berry, 49, was killed in the wreck, which happened about 1:24 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Texas Highway Patrol. Another man, Tony L. Betts, 40, of Corsicana was injured in the wreck. Both men were reportedly wearing their seat belts.

The report states that Berry was westbound on FM 709, about 7/10 of a mile east of FM 642 -- the road on which he is reported to have lived -- at the time of the wreck. Betts' vehicle, a 2001 Ford F350, was headed eastbound when it straddled over the center stripe.

Berry began to brake and skidded, striking the front of Betts' vehicle. Betts pulled the deceased Berry from his vehicle, which, along with his own vehicle, completely burned.

Navarro County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wanda Hartley held the inquest around 2:10 p.m. and ordered an autopsy. Berry's body was taken to the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Funeral services for Berry are pending with Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Betts was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital by East Texas EMS in fair condition with a possible ankle fracture. The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

The wreck was investigated at the scene by Cpl. L. B. Allison, who was assisted by Trooper Dane Baker, Sgt. Kenneth Authier, Corsicana Police Department, the Navarro County Sheriff's Office, East Texas EMS, the Corsicana Fire Department and the Corbet-Oak Valley and Pursley volunteer fire departments.


Juan Lopez Garcia
Jan 9, 1975 - Jun 20, 2002

Juan Lopez Garcia, 27, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 20, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Pantaleon P. Rios officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Garcia was born Jan. 9, 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Amparo Lopez Gonzales of Corsicana; and daughter, Joselyne Lopez of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Genell (Farmer) Aven 
Oct 1, 1921 - Jun 21, 2002

Genell F. Aven, 80, of Corsicana passed away Friday, June 21, 2002.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy McNabb, Joe Thompson, Cliff Chandler, Bill Thomas, Earl Alexander and Preston Graham.

Mrs. Aven was born Oct. 1, 1921 in Dawson. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Northside Baptist Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Asberry and Lit Farmer; husband, Kelton K. French; and brothers, A.D. Farmer and Billy Farmer.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Leon Aven of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Kenzie Verse and Karen French of Corsicana; daughter, Rhonda Joy French of Corsicana; stepson, Jackie Aven and wife Jerry of Houston; sisters, Daphene Thompson of Fort Worth, Dorothy Pierce of Burleson, Darlene Pruitt of Dallas, Sue Reeves of McKinney, Peggy Farmer of Tyler and Patsy Smith of Navarro Mills; brothers, Jackie Farmer of Corsicana and Charles Farmer of Burleson; grandsons, Joshua Verse French of San Marcos, Daniel A. Allen and Frank A. Allen, both of Corsicana, and Chance Aven of Houston; granddaughters, Dyce Caroline Carter, Kimberly J. Draper and Cara L. Draper, all of Corsicana, and Tracy Allen, Tammy Rea and Anisa Aven, all of Houston; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cynthia DeAnn (Wilson) Merriman
Nov 27, 1948 - Jun 21, 2002

Cynthia DeAnn Merriman, 53, of Corsicana passed away Friday, June 21, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Mrs. Merriman was born Nov. 27, 1948 in Lubbock to Curtis E. and Clarcylee Newton Wilson. She was a beauty operator for many years.

She is survived by mother Lee Wilson of Corsicana and brother Curtis Lee Wilson of Kemp.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Jim Bob Horn 
Mar 31, 1936 - Jun 21, 2002

Jim Bob Horn, 66, of Corsicana passed away Friday, June 21, 2002 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hopewell Cemetery.

Mr. Horn was born March 31, 1936 in Corsicana. He was a foundry worker at Corsicana Glass.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ethel Horn, and daughter Michele Horn.

Mr. Horn is survived by son Jim Horn and wife Monica of Fond Du Lac, Wis.; daughter Denise Pick and husband Gary of Waco; granddaughters Christy Horn of Waco and Melissa Baggett of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and grandson Danny Horn of Waco.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Barbara Faye (Coker) Whitfield
Oct 1, 1942 - Jun 22, 2002

Barbara Faye Whitfield, 59, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, June 22, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Whitfield was born Oct. 1, 1942.

Notes:

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Barbara Faye Coker Whitfield, 59, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2002.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chet Coker, Eric Burleson, David Van Zandt, John McCaleb, Gary Talley and James Mathis.

Mrs. Whitfield was born Oct. 1, 1942 to Edgar Thomas and Junie Mae Coker in Barry.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Nolan Dean Whitfield of Corsicana; sons Corwin Dale Whitfield and Carey Dean Whitfield and wife Rhonda Ann, all of Corsicana; granddaughters Chelsea Nicole Whitfield and River Canace Whitfield of Corsicana, and Brittany Lauren Whitfield of Italy; grandson Cameron Ryan Whitfield of Houston; step-granddaughters Amy Elizabeth Bruckner of Corsicana and Amber Grace Eggers of Houston; brothers James Earl Coker and wife Pat of Corsicana, Thomas Rudolph Coker and wife Jo of Garland and Charles Edgar Coker and wife Sharon of Vernon; sisters Edith Coker Bryant and husband Doyle of Fort Worth and Martha Coker Burleson and husband Robert of Corsicana; and a host of friends and other relatives.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Clyde Earl Modesty
Jan 8, 1938 - Jun 21, 2002

Clyde Earl Modesty, 64, of Austin passed away Friday, June 21, 2002 in Austin.

Quiet hour will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Elm Flat community with the Rev. Earnest Betts officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell.

Pallbearers will be David Neely, Kenneth Mims, Doug Cool, Edgar Whitfield, Bruce Sanders and Sonny Mabry. Honorary pallbearers will be U.S. Honor Guard.

Mr. Modesty was born Jan. 8, 1938 in Elm Flat and graduated from Park High School in Kerens. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 1/2 years and Signature Flight Support in March 2000.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clemmie and Verna Lawrence Modesty; uncles and aunts.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy W. Modesty of Austin; sons, Ronald Kelvin Modesty and wife Nidia, and Melvin AndrŽ Modesty and wife Summer, all of Austin; grandson, Bryce Andrew Modesty of Austin; granddaughter, Cidney Michelle Modesty of Houston; uncle, Lewis Daniel "L. D." Lawrence Sr. of Dallas; brother-in-law, Andrew Wright and wife Betty of Dallas; sisters-in-law, Theresa Sirls of Dallas and Dorothy Lawrence of Powell; and two half sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Clyde Earl Modesty

Clyde Earl Modesty was born on January 8, 1938, in Navarro County, Texas to the parentage of Clemmie Modesty and Verna Lawrence Modesty. Both preceeded him in death. At an early age, he united with the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Powell, Texas. On June 25, 1960, he married his lifetime sweetheart, Peggy Ann Wright of Powell, Texas. Clyde expired on Friday, June 21, 2002. Clyde received his formal education in the Powell Elementary School, Powell, Texas, and graduated from Park High School in Kerens, Texas. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and retired after a 231/2 year career. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Clyde embarked upon a new career in the field of aviation which he loved so well. He worked for Austin Aero for a number of years and retired from Signature Flight Support in March 2000. His extensive career in aviation afforded him the privilege to meet! m! any people as well as allowed them the opportunity to know ``Clyde.'' For, to know him was to love him, and no truer friend was there than Clyde. Among those whom he came to know and who became a part of his wide circle of friends were then Texas Governor, George W. Bush and former Air Force comrade, current Texas Governor, Rick Perry. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 42 years, Peggy Wright Modesty; sons, Ronald Kelvin Modesty (Nidia) and Melvin Andre' Modesty (Summer); grandson, Bryce Andrew Modesty, all of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Cidney Michelle Modesty of Houston, Texas; uncle, Lewis Daniel Lawrence Sr. (L. D.) of Dallas, Texas; brother- in-law, Andrew Wright (Betty) of Dallas, Texas; sisters-in-law, Theresa Sirls (Dallas, Texas) and Dorothy Lawrence (Powell, Texas); two half sisters, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many, many friends. A wake will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at 7:00 p.m., at Scott Funeral Home 1001 E. ! 7t! h Ave., Corsicana, Texas. Funeral services will be Wednesda! y, June 26, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Powell, Texas.

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Clyde Earl Modesty

Clyde Earl Modesty was born on January 8, 1938, in Navarro County, Texas to the parentage of Clemmie Modesty and Verna Lawrence Modesty. Both preceded him in death.

At an early age, he united with the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Powell, Texas. On June 25, 1960, he married his lifetime sweetheart, Peggy Ann Wright of Powell, Texas.

Clyde expired on Friday, June 21, 2002.

Clyde received his formal education in the Powell Elementary School, Powell, Texas and graduated from Park High School in Kerens, Texas. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and retired after a 23 ½-year career. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Clyde embarked upon a new career in the field of aviation which he loved so well. He worked for Austin Aero for a number of years and retired from Signature Flight Support in March 2000. His extensive career in aviation afforded him the privilege to meet many people as well as allowed them the opportunity to know "Clyde." For, to know him was to love him, and no truer friend was there than Clyde. Among those whom he came to know and who became a part of his wide circle of friends were then Texas Governor, George W. Bush and former Air Force comrade, current Texas Governor, Rick Perry.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 42 years, Peggy Wright Modesty; sons, Ronald Kelvin Modesty (Nidia) and Melvin Andre' Modesty (Summer); grandson, Bryce Andrew Modesty, all of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Cidney Michelle Modesty of Houston, Texas; uncle, Lewis Daniel Lawrence, Sr. (L. D.) of Dallas, Texas; brother-in-law, Andrew Wright (Betty) of Dallas, Texas; sisters-in-law, Theresa Sirls (Dallas, Texas) and Dorothy Lawrence (Powell, Texas); two half sisters, a host of neices, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many, many friends.

Notes:

  • Abilene Reporter - Jun 23, 2002


Jimmy Mesker
Jan 19, 1941 - Jun 24, 2002

Jimmy Mesker of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Don 'Big Jim' Mesker

Jimmy Don "Big Jim" Mesker, 61, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Horace Cobb officiating.

Mr. Mesker was born Jan. 19, 1941 in Corsicana to Ossie E. Mesker and Leta Marie Mesker. He was a truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Iris Mesker of Corsicana; sons, Jimmy Don Mesker Jr. and wife Erma and Phillip Wayne Mesker, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Ricky Mesker and Erica Mesker; brothers, Oliver Mesker, Jessie Mesker, Charlie Mesker, David Mesker, Gary Mesker, and O.E. Mesker; sisters, Wanda Jordan, Urselee Jewitt, Mary Walts, Carolyn Mesker and Brenda Mesker.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

 


Mary Ellen Crowder
Jan 9, 1941 - Jun 24, 2002

Mary Ellen Crowder, 61, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Jan. 9, 1941 in Vigo County, Ind.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Gibbs and wife Meryl of Purdon, Steven Maisenbaucher, Ted Teeter, and Michael Galbreath of Missouri; daughters, Holly Gibbs and Jack Batey of Blooming Grove, Lisa Reed of Corsicana, and Debbie Lions and husband Tim of Colorado; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Byron Gordon Allen
Dec 29, 1922 - Jun 23, 2002

Byron Gordon Allen, 79, of Kirvin passed away Sunday, June 23, 2002 at VA Hospital in Temple.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

Services will 2 p.m. Wednesday at Capps Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Louis Jones officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

Mr. Allen was born Dec. 29, 1922 in Fairfield. He had been a radio man in the U.S. Navy. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Bruce Allen and Louelle Bennett.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Allen of Kirvin; sons, Bill Allen of Irving and Milton Allen of Blooming Grove; daughters, Sharon Huss of St. Peters, Mo. and Dona LaBeau of Wright City, Mo.; brothers, Frank Allen of Lindale and Sam Allen of Beaumont; sister, Wanda Hughes of Kirvin and Pat Burkett of Andrews; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.


Meroba Faye (Jupiter) Barnes
Jun 15, 1924 - Jun 23, 2002

Meroba Faye Barnes, 78, of Reston, Va. and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2002.

A memorial service is pending.

Mrs. Barnes was born June 15, 1924 in Fort Worth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady C. Barnes.

Survivors include her sons, Dan Ruff and wife Linda and Ronnie Barnes, all of Reston, Va., and Alan Barnes and wife Elaine of Lancaster; daughter, Connie Schumann and husband Bill of Jupiter, Fla.; grandsons, Michael Ruff of Sacramento, Calif., David Ruff of Reston, Va., and Andrew Barnes of Lancaster; and brother, B.K. Pressley and wife Jean of Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Adams Green Funeral Home of Herndon, Va.


Kathryne B. Johnston
Mar 25, 1913 - Jun 23, 2002

Kathryne B. Johnston, 89, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 23, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnston was born March 25, 1913 in Muskogee, Okla. She was a teacher and an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She taught school for over 40 years and loved to teach. School was a big part of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence F. Johnston.

Survivors include daughter and husband, Margaret and Donald Nicholson of Corsicana; grandsons and wives, Harry Donald and Darline Nicholson Jr. of Corsicana and Nathan Clay and Vanessa Nicholson of Corsicana; great-grandsons, Nick Nicholson of Corsicana, James Nicholson of Corsicana and Nathan Nicholson of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Taylor Faye Nicholson of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Louise Bowers of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and other nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, Texas, 76708.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Michael Ethan Meador

Michael Ethan Meador, 1, passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 in Arlington.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Arlington Funeral Home, 1221 E. Division St., Arlington.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Jacqueline Meador of Arlington; paternal grandparents, R. B. Meador and wife Mary of Bedford, and Rebecca Cullins of San Antonio; maternal grandparents, Jack and Carol Roeder of Barry; paternal great-grandparent, Shirley Gilbreath of San Antonio; great-great-grandfather, Oliver W. Jones of New Jersey; godparents, Roy and Pat Frink of Corsicana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Meador Supplemental Trust, P.O. Box 1331, Bedford, Texas 76095.

Arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home.


Mary (Shields) Lawrence
Feb 25, 1927 - Jun 25, 2002

Mary Lawrence, 75, of Corsicana and formerly of Quitman passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services are pending.

Mrs. Lawrence was born Feb. 25, 1927 in Pine Mills to W. R. Shields and Ozie Jaco Shields. She was a secretary for Texas &M University for many years.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. and Jenny Lawrence of Corsicana and Reagan and Linda Lawrence of Mineral Wells; children, Tim Lawrence and Alicia Lawrence, both of Corsicana, and Jessica Lawrence of Mineral Wells; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Dorma Shields of Quitman.

Arrangements by Lowes Funeral Home of Quitman and local arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Mary Owen Lawrence

Mary Owen Lawrence, 75, of Quitman passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Corsicana after a lengthy illness.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Lowe Funeral Chapel of the Chimes with the Rev. Fred Morrow officiating with interment to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens of Mineola.

Pallbearers were members of the Quitman Flora Masonic Lodge.

Mrs. Lawrence was born Feb. 25, 1927 in Pine Mills to W.R. Shields and Ozie Jaco Shields. She had lived in Quitman 10 years prior to moving to Corsicana a year and a half ago. She was a secretary for Texas A&M University for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Quitman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lawrence in 1984.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. "Chuck" and Jenny Lawrence of Corsicana and Reagan and Linda Lawrence of Graford; grandchildren, Tim Lawrence and Alicia Lawrence, both of Corsicana, and Jessica Lawrence of Graford; and brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Dorma Shields of Quitman.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Quitman Building Fund or the American Lung Association.

Arrangements by Lowe Funeral Home of Quitman.


Betty Ruth Lewis
Mar 7, 1928 - Jun 24, 2002

Betty Ruth Lewis, 74, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Conner, David Hughes, Christopher Conner, Michael Conner, John David Hughes and Michael Hughes.

Miss Lewis was born March 7, 1928 in Corsicana. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone and was retired from Corsicana Independent School District after 25 years of service. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church and the Teacher Retirement System.

Survivors include her sisters, Emma Lee Conner of Corsicana and Louise Beaird and husband Jim of Tulsa, Okla.; nephews and wives, Lewis and Cathy Conner of San Angelo and David and Leslie Hughes of Tulsa, Okla.

Memorials may be made to Missionary Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Thomas Edward 'Sarge' Avera
Apr 28, 1938 - Jun 25, 2002

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Edward "Sarge" Avera, 64, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Dallas.

A requiem mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating.

Mr. Avera was born April 28, 1938 in Pensacola, Fla. He served the U.S. Army proudly for 22 years. He was also a devoted teacher at Corsicana High School for 15 years. His greatest source of pride was his family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tara Avera; and sons, Michael Avera and Scott Avera.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Belen Avera of Corsicana; daughters, Scarlette Autumn Avera of Fort Worth and Isidra Orejuela de Brooks of Center Point; son, Samuel Edwardo Avera-Orejuela of Corsicana; granddaughters, Cynthia Brooks of Cedar Point, Jessica Avera of Lexington, S.C.; grandsons, James Brooks and Seth Brooks, both of Center Point, and Ian Zembower of Fort Worth; brother, Sam Avera of Seattle, Wash.; and sister, Sylvia Kalberer of Rowlett.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Helen (Grimmett) Sanders
May 31, 1924 - Jun 26, 2002

Helen Grimmett Sanders, 78, of San Antonio and formerly of Barry, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at Silver Creek Manor Retirement Home in San Antonio following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Sunset Northwest Chapel, 6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, with the Rev. T. A. Strader, chaplain of Timberhill Villa Retirement Village, officiating.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Sanders graduated from Barry High School in 1941 and joined the World War II effort assembling the P-51 Mustang at its North American Aviation facility in Arlington. She was among the many "Rosie the Rivetors" who contributed to the war workforce. Following her war effort, she joined Southwest Bell in Dallas from which she retired in 1984 after serving that company for 35 years. In 1993, she moved to San Antonio and for the past several months had resided at Timberhill Villa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Sanders, a Dallas-area home builder, in 1992; and parents, James D. "Jim" and Grace Grimmett.

Survivors include her sister, Letha Tanner of San Antonio; brothers, A.M. "Bill" Grimmett of Pasadena, Richard C. Grimmett of Austin, and James W. "Jimmy" Grimmett and Henry A. Grimmett, both of San Antonio; and other Navarro County residents.

Arrangements by Sunset Northwest Funeral Home of San Antonio.

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  • Born Helen was born 5-31-1924.  Info from Henry Allen Grimmett, Brother of Helen Grimmett Sanders, San Antonio, Tex.  Aug 4, 2002

Billy Joe Moore
Feb 10, 1931 - Jun 26, 2002

Billy Joe Moore, 71, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Keever Chapel with the Rev. Joe Dwinnell and the Rev. Richard Moody officiating. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery.

Mr. Moore was born Feb. 10, 1931 in Ennis to Thomas O. and Alma Toal Moore. He was raised in Ennis and was a 1949 graduate of Ennis High School. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army, and served in an engineering intelligence unit with training in Washington, D.C. prior to serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1954. He then attended Navarro Junior College, earning an associate degree. He attended Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor of laws, later juris doctor.

He married Lynita Meador Sept. 7, 1957. After their marriage they lived in Richardson, moving to Ennis in 1959 when he opened his law business. After retiring from Moore, McCarty, Wilson and Mash, he remained associated with the law firm in an "of counsel" position. He was then active in real estate sales and management with Henry S. Miller Company and SPG International until 1981. He then continued his real estate work and ranching with Moore Properties and was a counselor for Rosewood Corporation in Dallas. He was president of the Ellis County Bar Association in 1962, 1965 and 1966, president of Central Texas Bar Association in 1965 and 1966, director of the State Junior Bar of Texas, Sixth Congressional District from 1961 to 1962, secretary-treasurer of the State Junior Bar of Texas in 1963, nominee vice president of the State Junior Bar of Texas in 1964, member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, Sixth Congressional District for numerous terms, member of the Texas Bar Association since 1959, and former member of the American Bar Association and Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

He served as chairman of the board, president and CEO of Landmark Savings Association of Ennis in 1981, 1982 and 1983, a director and officer of various private corporations, and former director of InterFirst Bank of Ennis. He developed Colonial Estates and Willow Creek Additions for apartment, shopping center sites and small office buildings. In 1988, he was elected Committee Chairperson of the Year, awarded by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Lee Moore in January 1968.

Survivors include his wife, Lynita Moore of Ennis; sons, Cullen Moore and wife Trish and Mark Moore, all of Houston; brother, T.O. Moore of Mission; and sister, Doris Garrett of Ennis.

Memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Association or First Presbyterian Church of Ennis.

Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.


Austin Johnathan Boyington
Jun 5, 2002 - Jun 25, 2002

Austin Johnathan Boyington, 20 days old, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with Brother Bubba Rutherford officiating.

He was born June 5, 2002 in Fairfield.

Survivors include his parents, Johnathan and Michelle Boyington of Streetman; sister, Ella Jane Boyington of Streetman; half-sisters, Alexis and Lydia Boyington, both of Streator, Ill.; maternal grandfather, Mike Sanders of Corsicana; maternal grandparents, Rita Sanders and Guy Blanchard of Streetman; paternal grandfather, Douglas Victor Boyington of Houston; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Harlan of Streator, Ill.; and maternal great-grandparents, Kathryn and Rinert Schultz of Corsicana and Jean Terry of Plano.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Glenda Joy (Berryhill) Houser 
Oct 13, 1937 - Jun 27, 2002

Glenda Houser

Glenda Houser, 64, of Mesquite passed away Thursday, June 27, 2002.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at Wildwood Baptist Church in Mesquite with Brother M.V. Pruett officiating. Interment will follow at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

Mrs. Houser was born Oct. 13, 1937 in Corsicana. She was a teacher in Mesquite for 30 years and was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church in Mesquite. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Lorene Berryhill.

Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Don Houser; daughters, Donna Burton and husband Robbie and Cheryl Houser; grandchildren, Daniel and Alicia Ponton; step granddaughter, Meigen Burton; and brother, Kenneth Berryhill.

Arrangements by Anderson-Clayton Funeral Home of Mesquite.


Howard Wilson McDonald Sr.
Mar 1, 1933 - Jun 26, 2002

Howard Wilson McDonald Sr., 69, of Gatesville passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002 in a Temple hospital.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Scott's Funeral Home, 904 Leon St., Gatesville.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Scott's Funeral Home with the Rev. Willie Clarke and the Rev. Walter McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. McDonald was born March 1, 1933 in Wortham to Fulton T. McDonald and Minnie L. Wilson McDonald. He was united in Christ at an early age. He was raised and educated in Corsicana and attended G. W. Jackson High School.

He then served in the U.S. military from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean conflict. While serving his country, he met Virginia Dixon and they were later married in December 1958. To that union, six children were born and one son from a previous relationship. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald moved to Gatesville in 1961. He was employed by the City of Gatesville until his retirement. He was a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Gatesville. His hobbies included fishing and playing dominos.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fulton T. McDonald Sr. and Minnie L. Wilson McDonald, both of Corsicana; brothers, Johnny H. McDonald of San Angelo and Robert Fulton McDonald Jr. of Corsicana; and sister, Ruby Lee Brown of Gatesville.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia McDonald of Gatesville; brothers, Ronnie E. McDonald and wife Vickie of Denton and Walter R. McDonald and wife Carolyn of Killeen; sons, Howard W. McDonald Jr. and Homer L. McDonald and wife Kathy, all of Gatesville, and Gary Govan of Fairfield; daughters, Lovetta D. Knox and husband Jimmy, Marilyn M. McDonald and Aretha K. McDonald, all of Gatesville, and Laura A. Smart and husband Michael of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Susan McDonald; 21 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Scott's Funeral Home of Gatesville.


Fannie Lee (McAdams) Harris 
Feb 19, 1909 - Jun 29, 2002

Fannie Lee Harris, 93, of Blooming Grove passed away Saturday, June 29, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Blooming Grove Chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Harris was born Feb. 19, 1909 in Lone Cedar. She was born to Hugh Samuel McAdams and Mattie Lee Fletcher. She was a devoted wife and mother and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Burl Harris.

Survivors include son, Jimmy "Sonny" Harris of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Vera Mae McAdams of Blooming Grove and Annie Leone Abell of San Marcus; two brothers, H.J. McAdams of Corsicana and Harvey Houston McAdams and wife Rose of Abilene; sister-in-law, Ethel B. Coley of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nephews and church members will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel, Blooming Grove.


Jack Eugene Garrett
Dec 21, 1928 - Jun 29, 2002

Jack Eugene Garrett, 73, of Streetman passed away Saturday, June 29, 2002 in Streetman.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at his daughter's residence at 458 F.M. 416 and Spur 190 with Bro. Danny Richardson and Bro. Nate Hicks officiating. Cremation will follow at Fairway Crematory in Van.

Mr. Garrett was born Dec. 21, 1928 in Corpus Christi. He was a building contractor and a member of VFW.

He is survived by daughters Janice Reeves of Streetman, Elizabeth Joy Wright of Baytown and Julia Eva Nadaud of Baytown; sons Jay Garrett of Austin and Jarrett Eugene Garrett of Fairfield; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.


Herbert Weston Wallace
Sep 5, 1920 - Apr 24, 2002

Weston Wallace

eston Wallace, 81, of Kerens passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2002 in Kerens.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pachal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Kerens with Brother Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Cottrell, Will Kent, Larry Fields, Chuck Weems, Phil Posey, Royce Hassell and Norton Conner. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church of Kerens.

Mr. Wallace was born Sept. 5, 1920 in Henderson County. He was a bookkeeper for Bruner Chevrolet and Chatfield Water Department. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Kerens. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the 36th Infantry Division in World War II and was a retired major from the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Lavois Wallace of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Cheryl Wallace of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Terry Pringle of Abilene; grandson, Michael Pringle of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister and two brothers.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Kerens, Cedar Creek Hospice of the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Joyce (Matlock) Mitchell
Feb 22, 1920 - Jun 30, 2002

Joyce Matlock Mitchell, 82, of Austin passed away Sunday, June 30, 2002.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Austin. Graveside ceremonies will be 5 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mitchell was born February 22, 1920 in Frost to Dr. John W. Matlock and Dr. Mary Robert Davis Matlock. She attended Texas Women's University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology in 1940, and was licensed in medical technology and clinical pathology. She met Dr. Paul Henderson Mitchell at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, beginning a lifelong love affair. For 20 years, Joyce Mitchell made her home and raised her family in Corsicana, relocating to Austin with her husband in 1966. In Austin, she was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church, a longtime early childhood Sunday School teacher. She took an active role with Reading Roundtable and Friendship. University Ladies (UT), Daughters of the American Revolution, and as a library volunteer and student tutor at Pecan Springs Elementary School. In Austin, she continued her loving dedication to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul H. Mitchell; daughter, Meredith Mitchell Gregory; brother, Dixon Matlock; sisters, Clifford Matlock and Phyllis Matlock.

Survivors include her sisters, Miriam Matlock Saunders of Arlington and Exa Matlock of Conroe; son, Philip Lee Mitchell and wife Diane of Round Rock; daughter, Marcella Houston and husband, Ken of Dallas; grandchildren, Courtney Denby and husband, Doug, of Coral Gables, Fla.; David Gregory of Houston; Matthew Mitchell of Waco; Paul Mitchell and wife, Whitney, of San Antonio; Mark Mitchell of College Station; Jennifer and Brooke Houston, of Dallas; and great-granddaughters Marcella and Meredith Denby.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial to any charitable or volunteer activities would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, Texas 78705. Local arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joyce Matlock Mitchell, age 82, of Austin, died Sunday, June 30, 2002. Born February 22, 1920, in Frost, Texas, to Dr. John W. Matlock and Dr. Mary Robert Davis Matlock. She attended Texas Women's University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology in 1940, and was licensed in medical technology and clinical pathology. She met Dr. Paul Henderson Mitchell at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, beginning a lifelong love affair. For 20 years, Joyce Mitchell made her home and raised her family in Corsicana, Texas, relocating to Austin with her husband in 1966. In Austin, she was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church, a longtime early childhood Sunday School teacher. She took an active role with Reading Roundtable, Friendship (an organization for internationals relocating to Austin), University Ladies (UT), Daughters of the American Revolution, and as a library volunteer and student tutor at Pecan Springs Elementary School. In Austin, she continued her loving dedication to her family, children, grandchildren and great- granddaughters. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul H. Mitchell; daughter, Meredith Mitchell Gregory; brother, Dixon Matlock; sisters, Clifford Matlock and Phyllis Matlock Smith. Survivors include two sisters, Miriam Matlock Saunders of Arlington and Exa Matlock of Conroe; son, Phillip Lee Mitchell and wife, Diane of Round Rock; daughter, Marcella Houston and husband, Ken of Dallas; grandchildren Courtney Denby and husband, Doug, of Coral Gables, Florida; David Gregory of Houston; Matthew Mitchell of Waco; Paul Mitchell and wife, Whitney, of San Antonio; Mark Mitchell of College Station; Jennifer and Brooke Houston of Dallas; and great-granddaughters, Marcella and Meredith Denby. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3 at First Baptist Church of Austin. Burial and graveside ceremonies will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana at 5:00 p.m. We ! who knew Joyce Mitchell rejoice in her dedication to a multitude of charitable and volunteer activities. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to any of these would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements by Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 452-8811.


Dora Phylena 'Ginger' Hicks
Nov 14, 1925 - Jun 26, 2002

Dora Phylena "Ginger" Hicks, 76, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2002 with her family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 6 in Ft. Worth although she would not want friends to drive such a distance to attend this service.

Mrs. Hicks was born Nov. 14, 1925. She loved plants, nature, children and her church. Her grandfather was a doctor and her mother nursed people into her eighties so she donated her body to the Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical School.

Mrs. Hicks is survived by her husband of 56 years, Donal M. Hicks; grown children, Kenneth J. and Sandra Hicks of Tyler, Nancy-Ann Snyder-Butler and Ronald R. Butler of Corsicana; Paul E. Hicks and Donald R. Hicks, both of Forth Worth; three sisters and their husbands, Hazel and Richard Glue of Kansas, Anne and Paul Whitesel of Colorado, and Nancy J. and Clifford "Kip" Myers of Kansas; five grandchidren and spouses; five great-grandchildren; and Ruth, who has consented to marry her youngest son next year.

In lieu of flowers, please give to your place of worship. Those wishing to contact her friends or family may do so at: P.O. Box 1591, Corsicana, Tx 75151.


Nadine Pamelia Ridge
Apr 23, 1922 - Jun 30, 2002

Nadine Pamelia Ridge, 80, of Wortham passed away Sunday, June 30, 2002 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

Services were held Tuesday at Wortham Cemetery with Rev. Edward Ridge officiating.

Pallbearers were the Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Ridge was born April 23, 1922 in Corsicana. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Wortham for 50 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Willard of Wortham; sons Leon Ridge and his wife Sharon of Houston and Jackie Ridge and his wife Terry of Teague; seven grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two grandsons-in-law; and a number nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Church of Wortham or Wortham Cemetery Association.

Arrangements made by Porter Funeral Home in Wortham/Mexia.


Lorene (Shields) Jackson
Feb 16, 1913 - Jul 3, 2002

Lorene Jackson, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2002.

Services will be held 2 p.m.. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger Junior officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Jackson was born Feb. 16, 1913 in Corsicana. She worked as a beautician. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis F. Jackson.

Survivors include her daughter Dyann and her husband Hamo Bouboushian of Corsicana; grandson, Jack Bouboushian of Corsicana; granddaughters Lorene and Rose Bouboushian of Corsicana; Ellis' son, Robert E. Jackson of Berryville, Va.; brother Thomas Roy Shields of Hempstead; sister Tootsie Moore of Marshall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements made by Corley Funeral Home.


Carolyn Marie (Carroll) English
Sep 11, 1942 - Jul 1, 2002

Carolyn Marie Carroll English, 59, of Dallas passed away July 1, 2002 at Doctors Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Grace Temple AME Church with Rev. Gregory Spencer officiating. Interment will follow at Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Richland.

Pallbearers will be Morris Sutton, Byron Dellums, Kenneth Mims, Maurice Spencer, Lloyd Wadley and Vern Dell Mims, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Carroll and Donald Carroll.

Mrs. English was born Sept. 11, 1942 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by brothers L.B. Billings and O.B. Eakles and mother Elizabeth Jacobs.

Mrs. English is survived by daughters Detra Okra of Richland and DeAnna Carroll, Tonya English and Marquase English, all of Dallas; son Darrell English of Dallas; adopted daughter Patricia Wafford of Dallas; father Otto Carroll of Ennis; brothers Vern Mims of Teague, Mickey Jacobs of Austin, William Carroll of Carson, Calif. and Otto Carroll, Jr. of Duncanville; sisters Earnestine Bell of Abilene, Shari Carroll of Duncanville and Laura Carroll of Philadelphia; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Mary Leona (Parks) Janes
Jul 27, 1931 - Jul 4, 2002

Mary Leona Janes, 70, of Waco passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002 at a Waco hospital.

Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. today at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel in Waco with Dr. Richard Spinn officiating.

Mrs. Janes was born July 27, 1931 in Navarro County, near Barry, to James Bedford and Katie Mae Bell Parks. She was reared and educated in Barry. She was a resident of Waco since 1959. She married Robert Gregg Cairns, who preceded her in death, April 7, 1956. She married Don H. Janes Oct. 5, 1991. She retired from the Region XII Educational Service Center in 1989. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by first husband Robert Gregg Cairns.

Mrs. Janes is survived by husband Don H. Janes of Waco; daughters Hazel Cairns Spinn and husband Rick, Suzanne Janes Miller and husband Darwin, Jr. and Jennifer Janes Canady and husband Sonny, all of Waco; sons J. Gregg Cairns of Waco and Don L. Janes and wife Becky of Lorena; sister Julia Kate Holloway of Corsicana; brothers James Harris Parks and wife Bettie of Corsicana, Thomas Joe Parks, Ph.D. and wife Betty of Austin, Donald Parks and wife Carol of Waco and Lyndon Parks and wife Patricia of Longview; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to the Waco Children Theatre, 2000 Lenamon, Waco, TX, 76710, or one's favorite charity.

Arrangements by Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.


James Wallace Gregory
Mar 22, 1925 - Jul 4, 2002

James Wallace Gregory, 77, of Streetman passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002 at his residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Fairfield with Brother Wayne Mahoney and the Rev. Bob Gregory officiating. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Gregory, Jerry Gass, Pat Glasco, James Small, Bill Newsom and Elzie Ware.

Mr. Gregory was born March 22, 1925 in Streetman. He was a member and a deacon of First Baptist Church in Streetman. He was with the Freestone County Sheriff's Office for seven years, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association for 21 years as a special Texas Ranger and field inspector.

He was preceded in death by parents Charles Everett and Julia Garrett Gregory, brothers Carlton Gregory, Joe Troyce Gregory and Willard Gregory.

Mr. Gregory is survived by wife Emily Sue Gregory of Streetman; sons Stanley Gregory and wife Sally and Jimmy Gregory, all of Fairfield; daughter Renee Ranson and husband W. C. of Streetman; grandchildren Kasi and Greg Williamson of Fort Worth, Kelly and Brandon Lewis of Teague and Paige Ranson and Lyndsey Ranson, both of Streetman; great-grandchild Gregory Williamson of Fort Worth; brother Rev. Bob Gregory and wife Chaney of Columbus; sisters-in-law Spring Johnson and husband Tom of Wortham and Bonnie Gregory of Corsicana; brothers-in-law Rudy Miller and wife Cynthia and K.W. Oliver and wife Kathy, all of Wortham; mother-in-law Clara Miller Posey of Wortham; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Mary F. Loftus
Nov 18, 1921 - Jun 5, 2002

Sarasota Herald Tribune, 7 June 2002

Mary F. Loftus, 80, Sarasota, died June 5, 2002. She was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Corsicana, Texas, and came to Sarasota in 1983 from Washington, D.C. She was a teacher. Survivors include stepdaughters Marianne Whitlock of Maryland and Joanne Young of Mississippi; four grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Unitarian Universalist Church. Robarts Funeral Home is in charge. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Selby Public Library, P.O. Box 2255, Sarasota, FL 34230; or to Salvation Army, 1702 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239.

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Allen D. Maddox
Mar 1, 1969 - Jul 5, 2002

Allen D. Maddox, 33, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 5, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Maddox was born March 1, 1969.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton FuneralHome.

Gene Austin Pittman

Gene Austin Pittman, 70, of Fairfield passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002 in Dallas.

Services are pending with Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.

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7/9/2002 Man drowns in Navarro Mills Lake

By JAYSON LARSON/Daily Sun Staff

A man who had just recently moved to Corsicana has become the second man to drown in an area lake this summer.

Allen D. Maddox, 33, died Friday after drowning in Navarro Mills Lake. He was discovered in the water at Wolf Creek Park, according to Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife game warden Deshanna Creager.

Maddox's stepfather pulled him from the water after he was in for about 15 minutes, she said. He was not in the swimming area.

"(Maddox) had told his mother he was going to test the water," Creager said, "and he never came back."

CPR was performed on Maddox and he was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Maddox is the second man to drown at Navarro Mills Lake in a month. Former Navarro County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Murray drown June 8 after jumping off his family's barge. His body was found two days later following a massive search.

Jayson Larson may be contacted via e-mail at jlarson@corsicanadailysun.com


Velma (Duncan) Holiman

Obituary Moved to Andrew & Velma Holiman Biography Page


Ila Bernice (Satterwhite) Carter
Nov 30, 1904 - Jul 6, 2002

Ila Bernice Carter

Ila Bernice Carter, 97, of Cisco passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Cisco with Revs. Harry Grantz and Joe Philpott officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Carter was born Nov. 30, 1904 in Necessity, Texas to Fannie Moore and Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Satterwhite, the oldest of eight children. She was a beloved teacher in Eastland County where she taught for more than 30 years, mostly in Cisco schools. She taught in Necessity, Long Branch, Ivan, Cisco and Levelland. She earned her Masters Degree of Education from Hardin Simmons University. She was a longtime and active member of, and past president of, Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Retired Teachers Association, First Industrial Arts Club, Texas State Teachers Association, WMU and several other choir and many local clubs in Cisco. The last five years of her life were spent living with her son and daughter-in-law in Corsicana, where she joined the Mildred Baptist Church. She loved her family, church and friends.

She was preceded in death by husband Truly Carter, her parents and siblings Chester Satterwhite, Esthloy Dickson, Artie Frances Reynolds, Wayne Satterwhite and Max Satterwhite.

Mrs. Carter is survived by sister opal Cox of Necessity; only child J.F. Hays and wife Margie of Corsicana; only grandchild John Hays and wife Pam of Euless; step-grandchildren Carland Clever and husband Norman of California, Marti Just of California, Dodi and Charles Burnitz of Florida and Nomi Caltagirone of Corsicana; nine step-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.

Arrangements by Kimbrough Funeral Home.


Rosa Lee (Granger) Osborn
Sep 5, 1912 - Jul 6, 2002

Rosa Lee Granger Osborn, 89, of Mount Calm passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002 at a Waco hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Mount Calm with Rev. James Shugart officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Calm Old Town Cemetery.

Mrs. Osborn was born Sept. 5, 1912 in Mount Calm. She was a lifelong resident of Mount Calm and affiliated with Mount Calm First Baptist Church. She worked as a housemother at the Corsicana State Home.

She was preceded in death by son Kermit Osborn.

Mrs. Osborn is survived by sons Herbert W. Osborn of Axtell and D.L. "Sonny" Osborn of Ardmore, Okla.; daughter Lavene Osborn of Mount Calm; brothers A.D. "Skinny" Granger and Kermit W. Granger, both of Hubbard, and Jesse L. Granger of Mount Calm; sister Era Dell Matthews of Amarillo; and 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.


Frances Beetta Bland
Feb 3, 1923 - Jul 7, 2002

Frances Beetta Bland, 79, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, July 7, 2002 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shane Farrar, Jim Watterson, Marty Bland, David Murray, Chuck Barham and Terry Slakey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Bland, Adam Bland, John Toeller and David Chandler.

Mrs. Bland was born Feb. 3, 1923 in McLennan County. She was a member of the Salvation Army Church. She was a baker for Collin Street Bakery.

She was preceded in death by husband Gorden Bland.

Mrs. Bland is survived by sons Winston Bland and wife Betty, Calvin Bland and wife Lupe and Dino Bland and wife Carla, all of Corsicana; daughters June DeChaume of Blooming Grove, Darline Farrar and husband M.T. of Corsicana and Sharon Toeller and husband John of New Braunfels; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Willie Mae (Donaldson) Eden
Jul 19, 1927 - Jul 26, 2002

EDEN, WILLIE MAE (RED) DONALDSON EDEN was born in Corsicana, Texas, July 19, 1927 and passed away on July 26, 2002 in Plano, Texas. She attended Zion Rest #2 Grade School and J. W. Jackson High School in Corsicana, Texas then moved to Dallas with her grandmother and siblings in 1944. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She leaves behind daughter, Sue Lucille Griffin Adkins of Plano, and Son Clifford "Little Brother" Griffin of Ontario, California A loving grandmother to 6 beautiful grandchildren, one great grandson, son-in-law, Henry O. Adkins and daughter-in-law. Judith Griffin. She also leaves her Aunt J.C. Cain of Dallas, Sisters, Chilisha Avery of Pomona, California, Lois Louise Miller of Dallas, Cousin Lucy Cain Wheaton of Newton, MS, best friend, Annie Polk and a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, and other relatives and friends. Wake, Friday, August 2, 7-9pm. Shiloh Baptist Church, Plano. Services will be conducted on Saturday August 3, at 11am, Shiloh Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Pastor Charles Ray Terry of New Birth Baptist Church will officiate.

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  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Aug 2002
  • Dallas Morning News, Aug 1, 2002

Laverne Thomas
Feb 1, 1919 - Jan 23, 1998

THE FAIRFIELD RECORDER January 29, 1998

Funeral services were held Monday in Fairfield for LaVerne Thomas, 78, of Teague who died Friday, January 23 in Corsicana.

Mrs. Thomas was born February 1, 1919 in the Providence Community. She was a retired grocery store owner, a member of the Teague Kitchen Band and the Teague Garden Club. She belonged to First United Methodist Church of Teague.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. at Capps Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Bo Davis officiating.

Burial was at Dew Cemetery. Pallbearers included Leon Schrader, Marc Steen, Larry Joe Pickens, Monte Atchley, Clyde Allen, Ricky Allen and Robert Allen.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Judy Beene and Ann Farnsworth, both of Fairfield; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a brother, Herschel Canady of Fairfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Thomas, and a son, Terry Lynn Thomas.

Arrangements were made by Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield.


Maxine (Anderson) Butler
Sep 27, 1919 - Nov 14, 2008

 
Maxine Anderson Butler of Wortham peacefully went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008. She lived a long on blessed life serving her Lord Jesus Christ and her family. Her birthplace was Pursley on Sept. 27, 1919, and she graduated from Richland High School. She loved playing basketball and fishing as a teen. She married Billy Butler of Angus at the age of 19.She leaves behind a son, Randy Butler of Wortham; three daughters, Billie “Mac” McNeel of Fayetteville, Ark., Charlotte McKinney of Wortham and Kathie Partain and her husband Steve of Fairfield; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; two sisters and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, William I. (Billy) Butler; parents, Tim and Wilma Anderson; sister, Alvis Anderson Williams; brother, Doyle Anderson; daughter-in-law, Ann Barham Butler; and son-in-law, Willie Dean McNeel. Maxine’s passion was taking care of her family and serving the community. Cooking, cleaning and helping others were a joy. To cook a meal or taxi someone in need would bring a song to her heart any time day or night. An outing with her Sunday School class or the WMU was always a treat. The big treat for Maxine was knowing the family was coming. She would quickly go to the grocery store to gather the fixins’ for making everyone’s favorite dish. The “feed,” she would call it, was amazing. Several kinds of salads, beans and potato dishes not mention cakes, pies and sweet breads. We can’t leave out the Christmas candy. It may have been her favorite holiday event to spend the day making candy. Traveling was high on her list as well. About once a year she loved to go on a little trip with her sisters. Whether it was just down to Fort Parker for a night or two or a longer trip to Arkansas or Colorado, she was always ready and would pack up sandwiches and snacks for the journey. Family and friends alike will certainly miss Maxine for years to come. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives for all these wonderful years. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. today at Porter Funeral Home in Wortham. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Wortham. The family suggests a donation to First Baptist Church — Family Life Center in Wortham or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Wortham.

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