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Dewey Harold Beal
Oct 28, 1929 - Jul 24, 2002

Dewey Harold Beal, 72, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Steve Orbison and Russell Bankes officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dick Aldama, Jonathan Beal, Michael Burleson, Rex DeFord, Glen Gannon and John Brown.

Mr. Beal was born Oct. 28, 1929 in Avinger to Joseph and Ruby Beal. He graduated from Avinger High School then attended Radio School of Broadcasting in Dallas. He has worked for KAND Radio for 50 years, and was in the radio business for 53 years. Mr. Beal reported Corsicana rainfall for the Fort Worth weather bureau for over 25 years. He was a member of Westhill Church of Christ for many years and was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Lilah Beal of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Donny and Karen Beal and David and Connie Beal, all of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Chuck Nance of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Jonathan Beal of Denton, Lindsay Beal of Corsicana, Michael Burleson of Mesquite, Hogan Nance of Birmingham, Ala.; and sisters, Pauline Stewart of Glendon and Mildred Aldeison of Lewisville.

Memorials may be made to North Beaton Church of Christ Building Fund, 2725 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Melba (Crenshaw) Putman
Feb 14, 1929 - July 24, 2002

Melba Putman

Melba Putman, 73, of Navarro Mills passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at her residence.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Marvin Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bonner French, Doug Fraley, Gerald Griffith, Elwin Rhoads, Melvin Davis and Jimmy Stewart.

Mrs. Putman was born Feb. 14, 1929 in Purdon to Sherman Richard Crenshaw and Mary Ava Milton Crenshaw. She was a member of Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Putman; and parents.

Survivors include her sons, John M. Putman and wife Rose of Corsicana, and Sherman L. Putman and Mary Sharp of Navarro Mills; very special aunt, Ruby Lynch of Corsicana; grandchildren, Stephanie and Chad Adams of Lewisville, Joshua Putman of College Station, Tiffany Putman of Ennis, and B. C. Putman, Lisa Randolph and Leslie Randolph, all of Corsicana; and great-grandchildren, Blake Adams and Emilie Adams, both of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Floyd Reynold 'Reyn' Bell
Jul 22, 1914 - Jul 25, 2002

Floyd Reynold "Reyn" Bell, 88, of Eureka passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Pentecostal Church of God with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Fountain, Jimmy Dale Bell, Melvin Breedlove, David Lee Bell, Brad Arnett and Jeffery Stieg. Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Bell, Pete Coker, Carroll Sigman, R. C. Ashley, James Hutchins and V. F. "Tutor" Bell.

Mr. Bell was born July 22, 1914 in Eureka to Walter Sydney "Doc" Bell and Mary Ella Humphries Bell. He worked for Ennis Furniture for many years. He served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Bell of Eureka, whom he married Aug. 29, 1936; son, James Floyd Bell and wife Joyce of Corsicana; daughter, Mary Lou Stieg and husband Harold of Waco; niece, Ozell Hutchins of Eureka; nephew, V. F. "Tutor" Bell of Eureka; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and eight step great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Geneva Mae Madden
Aug 10, 1919 - Jul 25, 2002

Geneva Mae Madden, 82, of Irving passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002 in Irving.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with her son-in-law the Rev. Roland Wright officiating and her granddaughter Francesca playing the violin. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of her loving family.

Mrs. Madden was born Aug. 10, 1919 in Corsicana and had lived in Irving since 1953.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Lee Charles Madden.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Hazel and Roland Wright of Irving; granddaughters, Janet Butman of Irving and Tina Hutchings of Cleburne; great-granddaughters, Dana and Francesca Riedle of Irving and Jordan and Tristin Hutchings of Cleburne; sisters, Opal Warren of Wortham and Evelyn Harrison of Fort Worth; brother-in-law, Otis Ellis of Purdon; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Eula Leona (Norwood) Pryor
Jan 12, 1882 - Mar 12, 1970

OBITUARY: Corsicana Daily Sun, Friday, March 13, 1970 
Mrs. Pryor Dies Thursday.

Mrs. G. E. Pryor, 88, native of Alabama, died Thursday at the Twilight Home. She had been a resident of Corsicana since 1941 and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Hibbitt in charge. Interment will be in Hamilton Cemetery. Survivors include three sons, Wallace Pryor of Corsicana, J. T. Pryor of Monahans, and Worsham Pryor of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three daughters, Mrs. Nathan Crouch of Denison, Mrs. Thelma Brown of Corsicana and Mrs. Peeples of Tulsa, Oklahoma, ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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William Wallace Pryor
Oct 11, 1900 - Jul 15, 1979

OBITUARY: Corsicana Daily Sun, July 16, 1979
Wallace Pryor

Funeral Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Wallace Pryor, 78, of Rt. 3, Corsicana. He died last night at Memorial Hospital. Danny Blevins will officiate the services with the burial to be at Hamilton Cemetery.
Mr. Pryor was a retired rancher and was in the real estate business in Corsicana. A member of the Masonic Lodge, he obtained his 32nd Degree, and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Pursley Missionary Church.

Mr. Pryor is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wallace Pryor of Corsicana; two brothers, J. T. Pryor of Monahans and Worsham Pryor of Odessa; three sisters, Mrs. N. C. Crouch of Dennison, Mrs. Gladys Peoples of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mrs. Thelma Brown of Corsicana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Thelma Pryor; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Fellow Masons will be pallbearers and in charge of graveside services.

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WW Pryor, aged 78 years, long time resident of Navarro county, died suddenly Monday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Funeral chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are five sons, Elmer Pryor, Corsicana; J W Pryor, Electra, Raymond Pryor, Katy; Earl Pryor, US Army; three daughters, Mrs. J D Brown, Conroe; Miss Mattie Lou Pryor, Corsicana; and Mrs. Ruby Spears, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Lee Skelton, Osage, Okla.; Mrs. Cynthia Dunston, Port Arthur, and Mrs. M. F. Wilson, Corsicana; six grandchildren and other relatives.

 

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Nov 25, 1947
  • Son of Jacob David and Martha M (Ligon) Pryor; Husband of Laura (Simmons) Pryor; Father of Pauline, Mattie, Elmer, Ruby, Johnnie, Raymond, Earl Carl and Wesley.
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

 


Faye (DeChaume) - Payne / Midgett 
May 11, 1924 - Jan 26, 2002
Born in Corsicana, Texas. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana next to her mother, Mary Bain DeChaume and father, George T. DeChaume. Survivors include: Children - Verna Lynn Williams of Houston, TX; Lela Anne Cargill of Leander, TX; George Andrew Payne of Ft. Worth, TX. Grandchildren - Johnny Carol Williams, David Elton Williams, Richard Lawler, Krista Payne, Kara Payne, Kory Payne. Great-Grandchildren - John Christopher Williams, Matthew David Williams, Austin Michael Williams, Nathan Robert Williams. Whereabouts unknown - James E. Midgett (spouse).  
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George W. Little Jr.
Oct2, 1915 - Dec 11, 2001

George W. Little Jr., passed from this life Tuesday, December 11, 2001, at the age of 86. He was born October 2, 1915, to George Sr. and Willie Mae Powell Little in Corsicana, Texas. He and Ruby Inez Salkill were married on July 10, 1936, in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Mr. Little was a chief delivery gaugeman and worked for Mobil Oil Company for forty years. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Inez Little; three daughters - Georgia Anna Reger of Waurika, OK, Carolyn Jeanette Montgomery of Westfield, IN, and Paula Ruth Dillard of Lafayette, IN; three sisters - Annie Welch of Duncan, OK, Bessie Hart of Duncan, OK, and Martha Tharpe of Dallas, TX; six grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Little is preceded in death by his parents.

Services for Mr. Little were at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 14, 2001, at the Church of Christ in Waurika with Noel Curington and Bob Harrison officiating. Burial was in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of the Dudley Funeral Home of Waurika.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shamala Mission or Westview Boys Home.


Cora Griselda (Hervey) Bowden
abt 1899 - Jan 22, 1992

"Mrs. T. U. 'Cora' Bowden, 93, of Corsicana, died Jan. 22, 1992, at Mel-Haven Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 6, 1898, in Hester, Texas, the daughter of Ernest Kirby Hervy and Willie Elliot Hervy. She was a resident of Corsicana for many years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Ulric Bowden.

Survivors include two grandsons, Charles A. Freet Jr. of Dallas, and Thomas G. Freet of Kingwood; and one sister, Mrs. Thelma Farmer of Corsicana."

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Thomas Ulric Bowden 
Nov 22, 1897 - Jul 15, 1985

IN MEMORIAM
THOMAS ULRIC BOWDEN

Thomas Ulric Bowden died July 15, 1985 in Corsicana, Texas and was buried July 16 at Oakwood Cemetery there. He was born November 22, 1897 at Rice, Texas, the son of Mattie and Thomas H. Bowden.

Thomas Ulric Bowden married Cora Griselda Hervey on October 5, 1919 at Corsicana, Texas. She was the daughter of Willie E. Elliott and Ernest Kirby Hervey. Thomas and Cora had one daughter, Thelma Dolores Bowden.

Thomas worked as a carpenter, a builder until he was 80 years old and suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered.

Thomas is survived by his wife Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden of Corsicana, Texas and two grandsons Charles A. Freet of Dallas, Texas and Thomas G. Freet with his wife Janice Deanne McKay of Longview.


Charles Arthur Freet 
May 14, 1922 - Jun 26, 1985

Charles Arthur Freet died on June 26, 1985 in Dallas, Texas of heart arrest and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas on June 28, 1985. He was born on May 14, 1922 in Fort Stockton, Texas the only child of Vera Rollins and Arthur T. Freet.

Charles Arthur Freet served in the Army in the European Theatre during World War II, attaining the rank of Staff Seargent. He attended Tyler Junior College for two years. Charles married Thelma Dolores Bowden (daughter of Cora Griselda Hervey Bowden and Thomas Ulric Bowden) on November 5, 1948 in Corsicana, Texas. The couple had two children, Charles Arthur Freet, Jr. and Thomas Gregory Freet.

Charles worked for Southwestern Bell for 30 years in locations including Corsicana, Tyler, Dallas, Terrell, and Longview before he had to take a disability retirement 13 years ago which was brought about by kidney failure. Despite being on dialysis three days each week, Charles worked part time for the last eight years as director of development of the First Baptist Academy in Dallas where he raised funds and helped find support for scholarships.

Charles is survived by his sons: Charles A. Freet, Jr. of Dallas and Thomas G. Freet and wife Janice Deanne McKay Freet of Longview, Texas; and by his mother Vera Rollins Freet of Lubbock, Texas. Charles was predeceased by his wife Thelma who died September 5, 1983.


Willma 'Billie' (Barth) Stebens
Jan 2, 1918 - Aug 4, 2001

Willma B. "Billie" Stebens, 83, a resident of Lake San Marcos, passed away in her home on Aug. 4, 2001, after a lengthy illness.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1918, in Corsicana, Texas. After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor of science degree she married Walter F. Stebens Jr. a flying cadet at the Primary Flying School in Corsicana. They were married on Jan. 10, 1942. After being stationed throughout the U.S. and Europe with her husband during his military and civil career they settled in Lake San Marcos in 1979. Billie enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends. Her parents, Fred W. Barth and Emy Bodeman Barth, her sister Louise B. Reilly and her son Roger L. Stebens preceded her in death. Her husband, Walter and her daughter, Dianne L. Stebens, both of Lake San Marcos survive her.
Billie is being cremated and will be interred at a later date.
A celebration of her life is also being planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice of San Diego, 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108, or the American Lung Association, 2750 Fourth Ave., San Diego, Ca 92103.


Mary Jean (Tidwell) Essary
Jul 1, 1931 - Jan 21, 2001

Mary Jean Essary, 70, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at her home.

She was a native of Corsicana, Texas, daughter of the late Noah Lee and Mary Agnes Henson Tidwell, former University of Arkansas employee, and a member of the Bible Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Essary; one son, Bobby Essary of Huntsville; one daughter, Debra J. Allen of Clarksville; one sister, Judy Haley of Siloam Springs; three grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 904 Highway 12 West in Bentonville. Arrangements are under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.

Memorials may be made to Gideon Bibles, % Gideons International, P. O. Box 1243, Springdale, AR 72765-1243.

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  • SSDI: Mary J. Essary; b. 01 Jul 1931; d. 21 Jan 2001; 72830 Clarkssville, Johnson, AR; 467-40-4831


Allie Mae (Autry) Kelley

ALLIE MAE AUTRY “Sally” KELLEY passed away at her home in Houston on 21 Jun 1998 two weeks before her 95th birthday. She was the only surviving child of Judge James L. Autry Jr., grandson of Alamo Defender Micajah Autry. Judge Autry settled in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas near the property given to heirs of Micajah Autry for service to Texas and his death in the Alamo. The property remains in the family today and played no small part as capital for descendants ability to contribute to the welfare of Texans.

Judge Autry was instrumental in establishing the Texas Bar Association in 1882 and the oil industry in Navarro County. After resignation as judge of Navarro County, he established the Texas Fuel Company in 1901 which became the Texaco Company. With William S. Hogg, he established the Fidelity Bank and Trust Company in 1914. James and wife Allie Bell Kinsloe Autry were great benefactors to charitable activities in Houston and Texas including early causes against mental retardation and tuberculosis. The family were large supporters of Rice University. Judge Autry’s daughter Allie Mae Autry Kelley, the great granddaughter of Defender Micajah Autry continued the family tradition of philanthropy and community support. She built landmarks at Rice University of The Autry House honoring her father, Autry Court honoring her mother and Allie Kelley Dittmar Lounge in the Student Union in memory of a daughter. She was the force behind the Friends of Fondren Library at Rice and the Woodson Research Center where Micajah Autry’s letters and documents are housed.

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  • Submitted to the Alamo Forum by William McKeehan
    Ms. Allie Mae Autry “Sally”  Kelley's obituary in the [Houston] Chronicle was brought to my attention by colleagues.  Below is an extract with a biography of Micajah Autry from New Handbook [of Texas]. One might say that Alamo Defender Micajah Autry was responsible in part for the place where we fill our gas tanks everyday, Texaco.

Willie Spence
Dec 7, 1929 - Dec 1, 2001

Funeral services for Willie Spence, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Johnson Funeral Home.

The Rev. Dan Landry will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery.

Visitation is 3-10 p.m. today, with a scripture service at 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m. Monday.

Mr. Spence died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 2001, in a local hospital.

He was a native of Corsicana, Texas, and had lived in Lake Charles for the past 47 years. He worked for Schlumberger for 30 years where he retired as an operator. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Sepulvado Spence of Lake Charles; three sons, Donnie Spence of Houston, Robert S. Spence of Sulphur and Richard S. Spence of Moss Bluff; two daughters, Debbie Royer and Patricia Fontenot, both of Lake Charles; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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  • SSDI: Willie Spence; b. 07 Dec 1929; d. 01 Dec 2001; Lake Charles LA; 437-30-9938

Anne Cecil (Sowell) Palmer-Wilson
May 3, 1925 - May 11, 2002

Anne Cecil Sowell Palmer Wilson, age 77, of Hondo passed away May 11, 2002, in San Antonio. She was born in Corsicana on May 3, 1925.      Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul LutheraChurch with Pastor David J. Mayer officiating. Interment  followed in the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section.

( The Hondo Anvil )

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Anne Cecil Sowell Palmer Wilson

Anne Cecil Sowell Palmer Wilson, of Hondo, TX, passed away May 11, 2002 at the age of 77. She was born May 3, 1925 in Corsicana, TX, to Joseph Goodloe and Julia Berthelsen Sowell. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morris Palmer; daughter, Nona Palmer Costello and husband, Lawrence Hale Wilson. She is survived and loved by children, Charles and Christine, Julia, Henry and Debra, Bill and Kathy; stepchildren, Jerry and Louise Wilson, Jeanette and Herbert Ray Mann; grandchildren, Karrisa Costello, Rebecca, Julie, Brewer, Rachel, Harrison, Hannah, Jacob, Zachary and Madison Palmer, David Wilson, Melissa and Jessica Mann; great-granddaughter, Kylee; brothers, Joe Sowell and wife Jan, Henry Sowell and wife Eileen; sister, Judy King and husband Bob. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Guinn-Horger Chapel. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 16, 2002, 10 A.M., at First United Methodist Church, Hondo. Interment will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX. The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements by Guinn-Horger Funeral Home.

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  • San Antonio Express News - May 15, 2002

Darwood Morris Crain
Jan. 22, 1928 - abt 2001

Masonic service for Darwood Morris Crain, 73, of Dallas will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Holcombe officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. Mr. Crain died Monday at Doctor’s Hospital in Dallas. He was born Jan. 22, 1928 in Corsicana to Henry Lee and Emma Lee Higgenbotham Crain. Mr. Crain was a store manager for Good Neighbor in Arlington. He was a member of the Casa View Baptist Church and was a Mason, Shriner and Scottish Rites. He is survived by his wife, Delores Crain of Dallas; daughters, Sandra Irene Perdue of Hutchins and Nena Jenkins of Mesquite; sons, Dwaine Morris Crain of Terrell and Ricky Allan Crain of Dallas, sister, Ruby of Washington; brothers, Coy Crain of South Houston, Thurman Crain of Tyler and James Crain of Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Gardner and Newt Campbell. Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. * Herald-Press Palestine Texas


Charles Reese Gibson

Charles Reese (Uncle Charlie) Gibson, newspaperman and political figure, the son of Judge Charles and Clarissa (McDowell) Gibson, was born on June 21, 1842, in Oakville, Lawrence County, Alabama. The elder Gibson was a well-known jurist in pioneer Alabama. Charles, after receiving a basic education at Speake School near Oakville, traveled to Moulton and Somerville for additional instruction offered by the Immortal Freemen. When the Civil War began, he was attending law school at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private and was assigned to Company F of the Sixteenth Alabama Infantry. Under the command of Col. W. B. Wood, Gibson advanced to the rank of sergeant major. The Sixteenth surrendered at Decatur, Alabama, in the spring of 1865. After the war Gibson obtained a license to practice law in Moulton.

He moved to Waxahachie, Texas, at the beginning of 1867. He served as district and county clerk of Ellis County from 1869 to 1873 and was elected to the lower house of the state legislature in 1878 as a Democrat. He served in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth legislatures and was elected speaker of the House for his last term.

In 1874 he published the first newspaper in Waxahachie, the Ellis County News, which opened with the motto, "Uphold the Right...Denounce the Wrong." After selling the News, Gibson founded the Waxahachie Enterprise and published the first issue of that paper in January 1876. Upon election to the state legislature he sold the paper. He edited the Waxahachie Mirror in 1881 and returned to the city newspaper staff in 1900 to write his morning "squibs" for the Waxahachie Daily Light and the Weekly Enterprise. This work gave the veteran newspaperman much enjoyment and recognition, because, until his death, he was considered to be one of the most interesting "paragraphers" in the area.

Uncle Charlie, as he was called in his later years, was a distinguished member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and helped establish lodges in fifteen Texas towns. He was a member of the Canton, the highest degree of Odd Fellowship, and lent his experience and expertise to the organization by editing and publishing the Texas Odd Fellow, the official organ of the lodge. He was also one of the founders of the IOOF Widows' and Orphans' Home at Corsicana. With fifty-four years of continuous membership, Gibson was the last surviving charter member of Waxahachie Lodge No. 80.

In 1867 he married Sallie N. Ellis of Waxahachie. After bearing four children, she died on April 20, 1877. He later married Emma Jane Driscoll of Austin, and they had two children. Gibson died at his home on October 22, 1925. Funeral services were held at Central Presbyterian Church. He was buried in the Waxahachie City Cemetery.

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James A. Knighten

James A. Knighten, age 69, passed away on April 23, 2002 after an extended struggle with Parkinson's Disease.  He was born in Corsicana, TX.  Mr. Knighten served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He spent the early part of his life as a musician playing the trombone.  He later earned a degree in education from Texas Technical College, served as a teacher and later as superintendent of a rural Texas High School.  He spent the latter part of his life as a broker of petroleum land leases, from which he retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  A champion of hard work and common sense with a humor to keep it all palatable.  Mr. Knighten was a great example that anything is possible with drive and determination.  He is survived by:  daughter, Kathy Jean Johnson and her children; and son, James, A. Knighten, Jr., who will miss him greatly.  A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., on May 2, 2002 at the First Congregational Church in Onondaga.
Ezekiel Benjamin "Ben" Lancaster
Dec 11, 1899 - Sep 17, 1993

Ben Lancaster, 93, of Kerens, died Sept. 17, 1993.  Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.  The Rev. L. L. Conner and the Rev. Doug Axtell will officiate.  Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ester Lee Holleman Lancaster; one son, Denver Lancaster; one daughter, Faye Abbie; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.  Survivors include two sons, Bob Lancaster of Kerens, Dan Lancaster of Athens; four daughters, Aileen Robertson, Geraldine McGlaun, Nell Lancaster, all of Kerens, and Benny Boone of San Antonio; 27 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers will be Jackie Lancaster, Jimmie Loyd Abbie, Keith Colvin, Kenny McGlaun, Randy Boone, Ricky Lancaster, Kent Combs, and Mike Lancaster   Corsicana Daily Sun, Sept. 19, 1993

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James Michael "Mike" Danford
Oct 19, 1943 - Jul 25, 2002

Mike Danford

Mike Danford, 58, of Blooming Grove and formerly of Dawson, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. A special family gathering and viewing will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Wade Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Charles Wallace officiating.

Mr. Danford was born Oct. 19, 1943 in Dallas. He had lived in Blooming Grove for the past three years after living in Dawson for the previous 15 years. He was an avid horseshoe player and helped establish the Horseshoe Association and the horseshoe pits, both in Waco. He was an Army veteran having served as a sergeant. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Danford of Blooming Grove; daughters, Kathleen McMahon of Galway, Ireland, Christine Chism of Johnson City, Jessica Danford of Colorado and Stephanie Danford of California; brother, Johnny Danford of Dawson; stepchildren, Lisa McLain, Crystal Spivey and Christopher Mayfield, all of Boonesville, Miss., Katina Kight and Tamara Mayfield, both of Corsicana, Heather Hayes of Navarro Mills and Larry Mayfield of Robinson; seven grandchildren and five step grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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MIKE DANFORD
Mr. Mike Danford, 58, of Blooming Grove died Thursday, July 25, at a Corsicana hospital. He was born October 19, 1943 in Dallas. He had lived in Dawson for 15 years before moving to Blooming Grove three years ago. An Army veteran, he helped establish the Waco Horseshoe Association and its horseshoe pits. He was a Baptist. Survivors include: his wife, Teresa; four daughters, Kathleen McMahon of Galway, Ireland, Christine Chism of Johnson City, Jessica Danford of Colorado and Stephanie Danford of California; one brother, Johnny Danford of Dawson; seven stepchildren, Lisa McLain, Crystal Spivey and Christopher Mayfield, all of Boonesville, Mississippi, Katina Kight and Tamara Mayfield, both of Corsicana, Heather Hayes of Navarro Mills and Larry Mayfield of Robinson; seven grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Rev. Charles Wallace officiating.

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Vernon Ray Gullatt
Dec 22, 1932 - Jul 21, 2002

Vernon Ray Gullatt, 69, of Canyon passed away Sunday, July 21, 2002 in an Amarillo hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Chapel in Whitney with friend and pastor Mike Stevens officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro. He was laid to rest at the side of his beloved wife of 32 years, Hazel Dean Gullatt.

Mr. Gullatt was born Dec. 22, 1932 at Black Hills community in Navarro County to Herman E. Gullatt and Frances Beatrice (Johnson) Gullatt. Mr. Gullatt, fondly known as "Punk," was raised in the Mildred/Eureka area. He was a construction supervisor by trade and an avid gardener by choice. He had resided in Whitney for 30 years and was an active member of House of Prayer Church. He lived in Canyon for four months. His friendly outgoing personality and love of people made him popular with both family and friends. He will be missed.

Survivors include his wife of four months, Kay Weldon Gullatt of Canyon; stepchildren, Vi Mays of Terrell, Franklie Weldon of Wills Point, Lynn Brown and Gradena Phipps, both of Canyon, and Lee Weldon of Amarillo; children, Raygena Gullatt of Blooming Grove and Loren Gullatt of Gatesville; brothers, Herman Gullatt of Corsicana, Tommy Gullatt and wife Elizabeth of Mesquite and Glenn Gullatt and wife Sherry of Tioga; sisters, Frances Pillans of Streetman, Peggy Colburn of Lewisville and Betty Taylor and husband Arnold of Mabank; and a host of niece, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home of Whitney.

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Pearlie E. Hall
Jul 24, 1922 - Jul 25, 2002

Pearlie E. Hall, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 25, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at Woodland Cemetery with the Rev. L. L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow.

Viewing will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, August 4, 2002 at Second Mission Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hall was born July 24, 1922 in Corsicana. She was a member of Second Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She was founding member of the Abyssinian Auxiliary, a church clerk, deaconess and of the Jackson Ex-Students Association. Her service to the community included the United Way, the Navarro County Action Committee and the Navarro County Committee on Aging.

Survivors are a son, Kenneth W. Hall of Corsicana; devoted friend, Tennie C. Chimney of Corsicana; goddaughter, Bedissa Lovell of Corsicana; and others.

In lieu of flowers, make your contribution to the Jackson Ex-Students Association, P.O. Box 1175, Corsicana, Texas, 75151.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Claude Bruce 'C.B.' Wright
Dec 20, 1938 - Jul 26, 2002

Claude Bruce "C.B" Wright, 63, a retired truck driver for TXI, died Friday, July 26, 2002, in Corsicana.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Claude Bruce "C.B." Wright was born Dec. 20, 1938, in Gray's Prairie, the youngest of eight children. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. He was a loving father and avid horseman. He was preceded in death by his parents, John James and Bertie Wright; sisters, Dorothy Shehee and Patsy Brennan; and brother, James "Bud" Wright.

Survivors: Daughters, Wendy and husband, Mark Fulkerson, of Benbrook and Robin Wright of Dallas; brothers, Forrest Wright of Euless; and sister, Mildred Riggs of Corsicana.

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Claude Bruce 'C. B.' Wright, 63, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 26 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery in Scurry.

Mr. Wright was born Dec. 20, 1938 in Gray's Prairie. He was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. The youngest of eight children, he was a loving father and avid horseman. He was a retired truck driver for TXI. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by sisters Dorothy Shehee and Patsy Brennan, brother James 'Bud' Wright and parents John James and Bertie Wright.

Mr. Wright is survived by daughters Wendy Fulkerson and husband Mark of Benbrook and Robin Wright of Dallas; brothers Forrest Wright and John Wright, both of Euless; and sister Mildred Riggs of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Thomas Brooks Wheeler 
Sep 19, 1916 - Jul 26, 2002

Tom Brooks Wheeler

Tom Brooks Wheeler, 85, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 26, 2002 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gene Cravens officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be friends and family members.

Mr. Wheeler was born Sept. 19, 1916 in Tupelo. He was a letter carrier and member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, IOOF, VFW, DAV, NARFE and NRLCA. He was an former prisoner of war and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by wife Ethel Wheeler and daughter Elaine Weyrick.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by daughter Jan Fedrico and husband Jerry of Waco; granddaughters Megan Michael of Salem, Mass. and Melissa Michael of Waco; grandson Lee Weyrick of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frances (McCord) Pendleton
Aug 11, 1914 - Jan 12, 2002

Frances McCord Pendleton, age 87, of Henrietta died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, in Wichita Falls.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Crestview Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. John Dillard, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in Crestview Mausoleum under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pendleton was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Frost, Texas. She and H. L. Pendleton Jr. were married Sept. 8, 1933, in Munday, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1959. She worked at McClurkans for many years.

Survivors include a son, Hap Pendleton and his wife, Shelli of Henrietta; and two grandchildren, Sean Pendleton and Michele Manfre.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Johnson Rd.

Visitation was from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Mary Ellen (Easley) Kee
May 26, 1914 - Dec 23, 2001

Mary Ellen Kee, 87 of Olney, Texas, died Sunday, December 23, 2001, in an Olney nursing center.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at the Lunn Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Andy Graham, pastor of the Southside Baptist Church and the Rev. Claude Hendricks, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kee was born May 26, 1914, in Frost, Texas to the late William A. and Cora Lee (Duncan) Easley. She and Joe B. Kee were married August 10, 1931 in Walters, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1983. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She moved to Young County in 1941. She was preceded in death by two sons: Willie Kee, March 11, 2000, and Richard Kee, June 28, 2001, and one grandson: Jeffrey Davis Kee, June 1, 1984.

Survivors include five sons: Freddie Kee, Tommy Kee, Ben Kee and Gerald Kee all of Olney, Texas and Teddy Kee of Newcastle, Texas; and one daughter: Sandra Forbus of Olney, Texas; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hamilton Hospital, P.O. Box 158, Olney, Texas, 76374 and Olney Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 217, Olney, Texas 76374.


Alexander Boyd 'Alex' Kent
Oct 28, 1907 - Feb 1, 2000

Alexander Boyd "Alex" Kent

Alexander Boyd "Alex" Kent, 92, of Waco and formerly of Powell, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco. 

Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Dr. John Collier officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park

Pallbearers will be Dan Kent, Bobby Kent, Danny Hale, Mike Thomas, Josh Gober and Aubrey Kindle. Honorary pallbearer will be Royce Bancroft. 

Mr. Kent was born Oct. 28, 1907 in Roane. He was a rancher and received a Purple Heart in World War II, in the European Theater. 

Mr. Kent is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Kent of Waco; grandson and wife, Boyd and Teresa Kent of China Spring; granddaughter and husband, Kim and Danny Hale of China Spring; great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Taylor Kent and Haley Hale, all of China Spring; brothers, Barney Kent of Corsicana and Charles Kent of Powell; sister, Hallie Regan of Texas City; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. 


Elizabeth “Bettie" (Tippitt) Rogers
Sept 26, 1912 - July 8, 2002

Services for Elizabeth “Bettie” Tippitt Rogers, of Sherman, and formerly of Palestine, were held July 11 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sherman with the Rev. James Sproat officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rogers died July 8 (2002) in Sherman.

She was born in Emhouse in Navarro County to James and Mai Tippitt.

Mrs. Rogers graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and was a Bluebonnet Belle and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and was active in numerous civic organizations in Sherman and Dallas.

She lived in Palestine for more than 25 years before moving to Sherman. During this time she was a member of First United Methodist Church of Palestine. She was a charter member of the Harvey Woman’s Club and served on the permanent board of that organization for many years. She also was a member of Dogwood Garden Club and the William Findley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Rogers is survived by her husband, Neilson Rogers of Sherman; son, Hunter Kay of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter, Elizabeth Kay Stites of Longview; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

If desired, memorials may be made to Harvey’s Woman’s Club in Palestine.


E. L. “Bud” Massey
June 20, 1904 - abt 2002

Services for E.L. “Bud” Massey, 98, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Union Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Stroud officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Foster & Brown Funeral Home of Athens.

Mr. Massey died Sunday in Palestine.

He was born June 20, 1904, in Navarro County to Joe Massey and Eller Rose.
Mr. Massey was a retired switcher with the Gragg Oil Company. He joined the Freeman Baptist Church of Cayuga in 1930.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Allie Coleson; son, Alfred Massey; daughter, Shirley Massey; and grandchildren, Kenneth Meador and Alfreda Massey.
Mr. Massey is survived by daughters, Wanda Miller of Chandler, Alweldy Meador of Cayuga and Glenda Schitoskey of Montalba; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mark Meador, Craig Schitoskey, Dude Massey, Stevie Quick, Neal Brown and Justin Huddleston.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Gary Wolf
May 3, 1939 - Jul 27, 2002

Gary Wolf, 63, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 27, 2002 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery.

Mr. Wolf was born May 3, 1939. He was a manager at Anchor Glass and a member of VFW Post 3366 in Corsicana. He was also a Mason.

He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Edna Wolf and brother Gordon Wolf.

Mr. Wolf is survived by wife Ik H. Wolf of Corsicana; son Shaun Wolf of Plano; daughter Andrea Wolf of Olathe, Kan.; brothers Elmer Wolf of Grayville, Harold Wolf of Samonauk, Ill., John Wolf of Bonnie, Ill., David Wolf of Smithton, Ill., Lloyd D. Wolf of Carmi, Ill. and Joseph Wolf of Centerville, Ill.; and sister Phyllis Blackford of Salem, Ill.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Frank J. Pannell
Aug 1, 1928 - Jul 28, 2002

Frank J. Pannell, 73, of Roane passed away Sunday, July 28, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery.

Mr. Pannell was born Aug. 1, 1928 in Dallas to Birdie Pannell and Evella McDonald Pannell. He served in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Fran Pannell of Roane; sons, Frank Pannell Jr. of Houston, Johnny Pannell of Nevada, Texas, Joey Pannell of Conroe, and David Ferguson of Corsicana; daughters, Barbara Kay Bailey of Anna, Sandra Andrews of Austin, Susie Boultinghouse of Lampasas; sisters, Niva Murphy of Alvarado and Ruby Brakefield of Potosi, Mo.; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


J. C. Mahoney 
Sep 17, 1917 - Jan 26, 1987

J. C. Mahoney, 69, of Corsicana, died Monday in Dallas. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with John P. Shero Jr. officiating. Corley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

He was a native of Pursley, member of the Church of Christ at Westhill and served in the Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Mahoney of Corsicana; two sons, Marshall R. Mahoney and David L. Mahoney, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Rita Dominy of Corsicana; four brothers Donald C. Mahoney of Barry, William J. Mahoney and Francis L. Mahoney, both of San Antonio and Bobby R. Mahoney of Tuscon, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joe Glass, Don Bowen, Calvin Ganze, Carl Garner, Mack Crawford and Paul Slaughter. Honorary pallbearers will be Ferma C. Stewart and Maco Stewart.

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Mary Jo (McGraw) Hamilton
Oct 13, 1928 - Jul 27, 2002

Mary Jo Hamilton, 73, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 27, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ with Elder Joseph Johnson Sr. officiating.

Pallbearers will be friends and family. Honorary pallbearers will be Roosevelt Hamilton Sr., Lorenzo Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Raymond Williams, La Gunden Hamilton and Victor Franklin.

Mrs. Hamilton was born Oct. 13, 1928 in Navarro County. She was a member of Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ and the singing group, The Friendly Sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Mary McGraw; son, Roosevelt Hamilton; and grandsons, Rodney B. Williams and Roosevelt Hamilton.

Survivors include her sons, Lorenzo Hamilton and Robert Hamilton, both of Corsicana; daughters, Rosie M. Williams and husband Raymond and Shirley Barron, all of Corsicana; foster son, Billy Winston of Corsicana; sisters, Juanita Johnson and husband Fisher of Corsicana and Lizzie Renfro and husband J.C. "Sonny" of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Jacqueline Williams, Genetta Franklin and husband Victor of Corsicana, Spc. 4 Rhonda Williams of El Paso, Annisha Hamilton of Irving, La Gunden Hamilton and wife Regetta of Fort Worth; Shanequie Hamilton and Sherry Hamilton of Wichita Falls; 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Sarah (McHale) Hook
Feb 10, 1881 - Jun 15, 1944

November 1964
Mrs. J. H. Hook Dies Friday, Rites Sunday
Mrs. Sarah Hook, 83, widow of the late J. H. Hook*, 517 North Twenty-Third street, died in Memorial hospital Friday night following a stroke suffered Thursday.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Hook was an active member.

Born, February 10, 1881 in England, she came to the United States at the age of three years.  She was reared in Galveston but had been a long-time Corsicana resident.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. King Elliott, Corsicana, with whom she resided, and Mrs. Roger Q. Small, Austin; four grandchildren, Mrs. W. J. Staton, Houston, Mrs. John Cluck, Montgomery, Ala.; Roger Q. Small, Jr. and James B. Teas, both of Houston, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Oldroyd, Ralph Stell, T. R. Red, Robert Davidson, Ed M. Polk, Jack Cunningham, R. P. Walker and S. L. Dublin.

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Travis Anderson
Sep 7, 1925 - Aug 2, 2002

Travis Anderson, 76, of the Liberty Hill community in Navarro County passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2002 at his residence.

Friends may call on the family Sunday at the family residence or at Wade Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Liberty Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Wallace officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Haggard, Travis Goforth, Mark Anderson, Brenard Nunnelley, James Berry and Bill Wragge.

Mr. Anderson was born Sept. 7, 1925 in Dawson. He had lived in the Hubbard/Dawson area for the past 13 years after having lived in Irving. He was an elder and member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hubbard. He had worked as a warehouse foreman for Rex Nord. He was an Army veteran and received the Purple Heart for service in the infantry during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona Anderson; daughters, Charlotte and Vernene; sons, Glynn, Danny, Jerry, Stephen, Donald and Ernest; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Elizabeth (Brown) Simpson
May 11, 1943 - Aug 1, 2002

Elizabeth Brown Simpson, 59, of Barry passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002 at Baylor Hospital in Richardson.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Younger Cemetery with Rufus Nutt officiating.

Mrs. Simpson was born May 11, 1943 in Purdon to Johnnie Brown and Nellie Patrick Brown. She was a health care administrator.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmie George Simpson of Barry; mother, Nellie Brown of Corsicana; son, Sammy Cline of Duncanville; daughter, Tammie Allred of Ennis; grandchildren, Ashley and Cesar Calderilla, Dustin Allred, Lauren Cline and Justin Cline; great-grandchildren, Analisa Calderilla and Joshua Calderilla; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Linda Brown of Corsicana and James and Teresa Brown of Denver, Colo.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Barnie B. Laube
Aug 13, 1913 - Aug 1, 2002

Barnie B. Laube, 88, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Eureka Cemetery with Pastor Tony Neal officiating.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Laube was born Aug. 13, 1913 in Marlin to John Laube and Suzanne White Laube. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Laube of Corsicana; sons, Leonard Laube and wife Trena

Memorials may be made to Mildred Baptist Church Building Fund, 5520 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, Texas 75109.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bonnie Lee Clifton
Apr 23, 1929 - Jul 31, 2002

Bonnie Lee Clifton, 73, of Barry passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Barry.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at White Deer Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Nord officiating. Interment will follow at White Deer Cemetery.

Ms. Clifton was born April 23, 1929 in Miami, Texas. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in White Deer and loved crocheting and sewing.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Billy Shaw of Lubbock and Roma and Michael Walden of Amarillo; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Annette Clifton of White Deer, Stanley and Becky Clifton of Barry and Sammy and Julie Clifton of Garden City, Kan.; brothers, Tommie Thornburg of Skellytown, Guy Thornburg Jr. of Sanford-Fritch and Jerry Thornburg of Sanford-Fritch; seven grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jack Meager
Dec 6, 1930 - Jul 23, 2002

MEAER
JACK, age 71 of Garland, TX, passed away July 23, 2002.  He was born December 6, 1930, in Navarro County to Albert James and Amanda Browne (Baker) Meager.  Mr. Meager was a resident of Garland for forty five years.   He was employed at Safeway for thirty-four years as a maintenance engineer.  Mr. Meager served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.  Me. Meager is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary Meager of Garland, three sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, July 26, 2002 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2701 N. Garland Ave., Garland, TX.  Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rockwall Chapel and Friday, 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church.
REST HAVEN, ROCKWALL CHAPEL


LaVerne Smithson
Sep 28, 1926 - Jul 6, 2002

SMITHSON
LaVerne, 75, a resident of Grand Prairie, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at a Dallas retirement facility.  LaVerne was born September 28, 1926, in Dawson, Texas, where she grew up and completed school.  In 1943, she married Charles W. Smithson, then moved to Grand Prairie in 1946.  She worked at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, for 22 years.  LaVerne was an active member of Trailwood United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie.   Memorials may be made to Trailwood United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.  Survivors: Husband of 57 years, Charles W. Smithson, of Grand Prairie; Sons & Daughters-in-law: Charles W. & Cindy Smithson, of New York, NY & John D. and Jennifer Smithson, of Tyler; Grandchildren: Nathan Smithson, Samantha Cilio, Matthew Smithson, Amanda Smithson, Austin Smithson & Stewart Smithson.  Visitation 6:00 - 8:00 pm., today at the funeral home.  Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at Trailwood United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. in Dawson Cemetery.


William Bradley Frame
May 29, 1961 - Jun 22, 2002

FRAME
WILLIAM BRADLEY "Brad" age 41 of Garland, born May 29, 1961 in Corsicana, TX, passed away June 22, 2002 in Garland.  Brad fought a long courageous battle with Diabetes.  He was a loving father to his daughter, Haylee Ann Frame.  Brad is also survived by his parents, Tom & Mona Frame, brothers Ronny Shane & (Diane) Frame and John Thomas frame, nieces Kristen Frame, and Tiffany Frame.  The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Sunday June 23, at the funeral home.  The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm Monday, June 24, 2002 at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Glasscock officiating.  Internment will follow at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 12850 Spurling Dr, Suite 100, Dallas, TX  75230.


Richard Douglas Lynch
Jan 21, 1948 - Jun 20, 2002

LYNCH
RICHARD DOUGLAS.  Born January 21, 1948, in Frost, Texas and passed away June 20, 2002, in Mesquite, Texas at the age of 54.  Mr. Lynch was preceded in death by his parents, Doug and Margaret Lynch and sister Andy Vick.  He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Linda Lynch, daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Jason Woodruff, grand-daughters, Courtnie and Katie Woodruff, brother and sister-in-law, David Thomas and Ce Ce Lynch, brother-in-law, Bob Vick, many cherished nieces and nephews and a dear family friend Maggie Glenn.  Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2002, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Family receive friends from 5-7 at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m.  Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Laurel Oaks Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite, Texas.


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