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Adele (Johnson) Cook
Feb 24, 1927 - Oct 25, 2006

Adele Cook

Adele Cook, age 79, of Temple passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, in a Temple hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, 3110 Airport Road, Temple.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Wallace, Bill Cook and Dr. Charles Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Bellwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Cook was born Feb. 24, 1927, in Pursley in Navarro County to Charley Robert and Nettie Reamy Johnson. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1944. She worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., during World War II. She married Kelly Cook on Dec. 15, 1946. They lived in College Station, Victoria, Bay City, Gainesville, Taylor, Waco and Temple. They had lived in Temple since 1967.

Adele was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Temple. She loved bowling and traveling. She bowled for over 40 years using the same ball and shoes. She and her husband had also visited all 48 continental states together.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jewel Copeland.

Survivors include her husband; her son, John Cook, and daughter-in-law, Earlene, of Salado; her two grandchildren, Kelli Cook of Houston and Clayton Cook of College Station; sister, Amy McRobie of Mansfield; and brother, Charlie Wayne Johnson of Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, Temple.

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D. J. Blair Sr.
May 1, 1917 - Oct 25, 2006

D.J. Blair Sr., 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodland Cemetery with Brother Arthur Williams officiating.

Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.

Mr. Blair was born May 1, 1917, in Cheneyboro. He retired from Wolf Brand Chili after 42 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Liddie Blair; wife of 62 years, Dossie Mae; sons, Henry, Walter and Brady Blair; daughter, Bettye Blair; granddaughter, Kimberly Blair Hardeman; and sister, Lula Mae.

Survivors include his sons, D.J. Blair Jr. (Doris) of Corsicana, W.H. Blair (Ima) of Dallas and Morgan Blair Sr. (Natalie) of Cleburne; daughter, Gladys Blair of Corsicana; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Franklin Daniel Shrader
Mar 14, 1933 - Oct 26, 2006

God took Franklin Daniel Shrader softly. Surrounded by family, Dan passed away peacefully at home in Lampasas Oct. 26, 2006. Dan was born March 14, 1933, in Rockwall to Ryder and Lucille Shrader.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, to whom he was a devoted husband for 53 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Scott Garanflo of Georgetown; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ronny Davis of Lampasas; and his precious grandchildren, Lillie and Shrader Davis.

Other close family includes his sister, Ann Elizabeth Smith of Corpus Christi; sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Marcus Jordan of Malakoff; and sister-in-law, Norma Field of San Antonio. He is also loved and remembered by many nephews and nieces, Julie, Mark and Jeremy Freehill, Emily Freehill and Fernando Abreu, Bonnie, Ken and Benjamin Hirsch, Mikell Smith, Patrick, Kathleen, Andrew and Matthew Smith, Susie, Richard and Amanda Mattison, Kristina, Adam and Carter Bieleki, Billy and Blanca Field, Elizabeth and Leon Cargill, Whitney Everett and Presley Ann Smith.

Dan greeted everyone with a smile and never met a stranger. He was a simple man who cherished family and friends and was happiest when his home was full of laughter and good food. Dan was larger than life and enriched many lives with his generosity, optimism, decency and unconditional love.

His life was an example of loyalty, commitment and service. Dan served as president of the Lampasas Lions Club, on the Boy Scout Comanche Trail Council for 10 years, as a board member of the U.S. Army Board of Governors, on Seton Highland Lakes Hospital Board in Burnet. Dan was proud of his accomplishment as an Eagle Scout and continued supporting Boy Scout troops in the Central Texas area. He lived and practiced his faith serving as director of the board of trustees for First United Methodist Church in Euless and Lampasas.

Dan graduated from Corsicana High School in 1950 and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in 1954. After college, he followed in his father’s footsteps and worked for Texas Power & Light in Mineral Wells, Waco and Irving, where he became the Central Division sales manager.

Longtime friend Jim Hoffpauir invited Dan to become a sales manager in his new car dealership in Lampasas and later he became a GM dealer as they expanded to Burnet. Dan will always be remembered for his creative commercials and the tag line, “What a Place!”

Dan enthusiastically organized and recruited many friends and family for his camping trips across the country. But it was Colorado he loved the best and he returned to year after year with good friends Bill and Robie Miller and many others.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Sneed Funeral Home in Lampasas.

A memorial service celebrating Dan’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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E. J. Bowden

E.J. Bowden, 58, of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in Blooming Grove. No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Wayne Tapley Sr.
Nov 23, 1966 - Oct 24, 2006

Jimmy Wayne Tapley Sr., 39, of Streetman passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, in Fairfield.

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

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

Pallbearers will be Chris Prince, Bill Cook Jr., Frankie Cook Sr., Kel Collins, John Bergeman and Denny Utley. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris St. Clair, Simmy Douglas and Jerry Williamson.

Mr. Tapley was born Nov. 23, 1966, in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Lennie Tapley of Streetman; sons, Roy H.E. “Rhet” Tapley and Jimmy Wayne “Tooter” Tapley, both of Streetman; daughter, Rori W. Williamson of Streetman; parents, Roy and Joyce Tapley of Cayuga; brothers, David Lynn Tapley and wife Dawn of Angus, Ronald Tapley and wife Lori of Dayton and Ricky Tapley of Mexia; sisters, Brenda Pruitt and husband Jeff of Granbury and Cheryl “Worm” Collins and husband Kel of Cayuga; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marian (Gallagher) Hill
Oct 15, 1922 - Oct 25, 2006

Marian Hill

Marian Hill, 84, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, in Corsicana.

Services will be 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Hill was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Beaumont to Frank and Susan Gallagher. She married Herbert “Hub” Hill on Sept. 18, 1943. They were married 46 years before he died. Marian worked at First National Bank for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Katherine Bruner; and brother, Steve Gallagher.

Survivors include several nieces, Arlene Brewer, Sandra Parson, Barbara Jugenheimer and Debra Hill; neighbors, Mark and Kathey Harrison and family and Pat Christie; dear friends, Virginia and Earl Bush and Bill Olsen family; and very special sitter, Christie Tepe.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mattie (Jones) Romine

Mattie Romine

Mattie Romine, resident of Corsicana, Texas passed away Friday, October 27, 2006 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village West at the age of 90 years. She was born on December 14, 1915 in Streetman, Texas to Robert Andrew Jones and Roberta Ann McBryde Jones. She is survived by her son Glenn Emdy of Purdon, Texas. Graveside services will be held on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.


Ezequiel Torres

Gravesdie services for infant Ezequiel Torres were held on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana with Father Danilo Ramos officiating.


Rickey W. Flynn
Dec 9, 1950 - Oct 27, 2006

Mr. Rickey W. Flynn, 55, of Lancaster passed away on Friday, October 27, 2006 in Lancaster. He was born on December 9, 1950 in Kerens, Texas to Steven L. & Lillie (Keele) Flynn.
He worked as a Body & Fender man in the autobody repair industry.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2006 at the Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating.

Mr. Flynn was preceded in death by his Father, Steven L. Flynn, and a Brother, William Robert Flynn.

He is survived by by Mother, Lillie Terry of Lancaster, TX., Sister, Pat Parrott of Lancaster, TX., Daughters, Angela Turner of Mesquite, TX. & Jacqueline Flynn of Corsicana, TX., Five Grandchildren, Niece, Paula Clark of Lancaster, TX., and a Nephew, Steven Parrott of Sanger, TX.


Johnny Michael Chirafis
Nov 23, 1924 - Oct 30, 2006

Mr. Johnny Michael Chirafis 81, of Corsicana, Texas died on October 30, 2006 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Stefano Chirafis and his sisters Josephine Chirafis, Antoinette Varner and Rosa Lee Bowyer. He was born in Dallas, Texas on May 23, 1924 and moved to Corsicana, Texas as a baby. He attended public schools and played football for the Corsicana Tigers at Corsicana High School and then at the University of Texas before entering the service during World War II. He proudly served in the 34th Infantry Division of the Army and participated in the offensive in Northern Italy. He was honorably discharged after being injured in combat and awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for exemplary and brave service above and beyond the call of duty. After arriving back in Texas, he entered Baylor University earning a Law Degree. He returned to Corsicana and became an integral part of the law community and the Democratic Party. He proudly served as chairman of the Democratic Party in Navarro County. He was a member of the Navarro County Bar Association and the State Bar Association. He also served his community as a lawyer and city attorney. His practice served many in Navarro and surrounding counties. He was active in his church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, throughout his life serving as an alter boy as a child and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Although he had been retired from his law practice for many years prior to his death, he remained active in providing his knowledge of the law with all those who needed his help. He was surrounded throughout his entire life by lifelong friends and a family that loved and appreciated him. He is survived by his nieces; Frances and Frank Breazeale of Corsicana, TX and Rose Ann Renouf and John Sykes, nephew Stephen and Dawn Bowyer, Bryant and Brendon Bowyer. His great nieces and nephews, Kathleen Legrand of Austin and her husband Mark and their children Jennifer and Jake; Mark Frances Rash of Corsicana and her husband Chuck Rash and their children, Erin and Zack: Michele Mercy of Dallas, Denise Bonneson of Wisconsin and her husband Marty, Robert Breazeale of Corsicana, John Breazeale of Corsicana and his wife Ginger and children, Luke, Braden and Grant. There will be a Rosary service held at Corley Funeral Home on November 1, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. And a funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Thursday November 2, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. with interment following at Calvary Cemetery with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. If you would like to make a memorial in lieu of flowers, please send them in Johnny Chirafis’ name to Collins Catholic School or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3300 West Highway 22 Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Ruth Green Martin
Nov 27, 1907 - Oct 30, 2006

Ruth Green Martin, 98, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, at Wortham Nursing Center in Wortham.

Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Polk officiating and the Rev. Troy Eastland of First Missionary Baptist Church in Coolidge as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin was born Nov. 27, 1907, in Streetman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jep Martin Sr.; and son, Jep “Jeff” Martin Jr.

Survivors include one grandson, Jerry Wayne Martin of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Crystal Martin and Mary Martin of Los Angeles, Calif.; nieces, Vernell Hatten of Corsicana, Ruth Thomas of Dallas and Willena Hudson of Mexia; special great-niece and caretaker, Vernell Cornish Evans of Coolidge; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Gary Mike Watts
Jan 17, 1947 - Oct 31, 2006

Gary Mike Watts, 59, of Frost passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, 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. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Mellette officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Watts, Bob Lymon, John Lymon, Brian Dowdle, Keith Dowdle, James Orr, J.J. Bratcher and Jason Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronny Martin, Jimmy Mitchell and Sam Thompson.

Mr. Watts was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Corsicana to J. L. Watts and Frances Faye Meador Watts. He was an officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Survivors include his parents, J. L. Watts and Frances Faye Meador Watts of Frost; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Kate Watts of Mansfield; and grandchild, Lance Watts of Palestine.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jerry B. Holmes

Jerry B. Holmes, 67, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006 at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Douglas officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Thomas Madden Darby
Jun 10, 1929 - Nov 3, 2006

Thomas Darby

Thomas Darby, 77, passed away at home in Corsicana at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, with his family at his side. Mr. Darby was born June 10, 1929, in Roane to Thomas Irvin and Queena Bess Darby, the youngest of eight children. The Darby family moved to the Kerens area from Troup in 1911.

Mr. Darby enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jack Darby, who was a decorated veteran of World War II. A big fan of sports his entire life, particularly baseball and football, Mr. Darby was discharged from the Air Force in 1949 after breaking his leg playing football for his Armed Forces team.

A high school football player who was the smallest on the team, he served as manager to begin with and finally grew big enough to wear the pads for his Kerens Bobcats during his senior year for the class of 1946. His teammates, Lynn and Glynn Holloway, Dick Jennings, Royce Hassel, and Big John Seale always said they looked after him on the football field because he had more enthusiasm than size. Later he served as baseball coach for all of his boys while they were growing up and ran the sidelines when they were on the Bobcat high school football field. He faithfully attended his class of 1946 Kerens High School reunion each year until his health failed in 2006.

Mr. Darby was a proud graduate of East Texas State College with a Master’s of Science degree at the age of 55. He retired from TXU and later served as a city councilman for Corsicana during his retirement years.

Thomas Darby was married to Angelene Madden in March 1951 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001. They had four children, Tommy Madden Darby, Andrew Barron Darby, Joe David Darby and Janene Darby Mueller. All were born in Corsicana and graduated from Kerens High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Irvin and Queena Bess Darby; brothers, Jack and Johnny Darby; and sisters, Billie Ruth Cartlidge and Melba Rea.

He is survived by his wife, Angelene; sisters, Katherine Patterson, Bobbie Jo Darby and Queena Allen; four children; grandchildren, Tommy Earl Darby, Jacob Darby, Lauren Darby, Christopher Franklin, Michael Mueller, Kenneth Joe Darby, Danika Darby and Brooke Darby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kerens Ex-Students Association.

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

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Chapel in Kerens with the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be class of 1946 teammates, Lynn Holloway, Glynn Holloway, Richard Jennings, Royce Hassel and Frank Westbrook.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Edgar Wright Blackburn, Jr.
Jan 7, 1924 - Nov 2, 2006

Funeral services for Edgar Wright Blackburn, 82, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Edwards officiating. Ed died Nov. 2, 2006, at his home in Corsicana after an extended illness.

Born in Corsicana on Jan. 7, 1924, Ed graduated from Corsicana High School in 1941. He served as manager of the Corsicana Housing Authority for 34 years, retiring in 1989.

During World War II, Ed served in the Merchant Marines. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. He also served on the Twilight Home board of directors and as past grand master of the Odd Fellows Lodge, as well as the Navarro County Commission on Aging and as a member of the CISD board for six years. He was a Little League baseball coach for 20 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and playing dominoes and bridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Blackburn Sr. and Addie Carroll Rogers; and one sister, Elizabeth Ann Lundy.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Dublin Blackburn; one daughter, Carol Hayes and husband Greg of Dallas; one son, Jim Blackburn and wife Janet of Corsicana; two grandchildren, Kyle and Holly Hayes, both of Dallas; two nephews, Jack Lundy of Huntsville, Ala., and David Lundy of Tyler; and one niece, Ann Bullock of Del City, Okla. He leaves a host of friends including Hank, his black Labrador retriever.

The family would like to show appreciation to his loving caregivers through his final days. They include Lois Ballard (special friend), Debra Gooden, Doris Anderson, Ruthie Wilson, Bobbie Ward and Shirley Bryant.

Pallbearers will be Randy Bullock, Gaylord Edling, Walter Johnston, Tom McLeod, Theo Montfort and Zane Stites. Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Farmer and Campbell Gillespie.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Corsicana Youth Baseball, in care of Anderson & Associates PC, Attn: Frank Marx, 119 N. Main St., Corsicana TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Crocker
Apr 25, 1927 - Nov 3, 2006

Mary Crocker, 79, of Kerens passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at Kerens Care Center.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Bazette Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Mrs. Crocker was born April 25, 1927, in the DeArmon community near Kerens.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James and Cheryl Crocker of Watuga; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Van Phillips of Milano; three grandsons, James Crocker Jr. of Watuga, Noel Keen of Oakland, Calif., and Walt Keen of Milano; granddaughter, Brandi Keen of Milano; two great-grandchildren, Lexi Keen-Fatheree and Rayelee Keen; nephew, Tommy Wayne Poe; and niece, Barbara Poe.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Rose Ann Wafer Oliver
abt 1933 - Oct 26, 2006

Rose Ann Wafer Oliver, 73, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Freedom Fellowship Church with Pastor Jessie.

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Imogene Dockery Ray
Sep 15, 1921 - Nov 1, 2006

Imogene Ray

Imogene Dockery Ray of Waco went to her heavenly home Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey in Waco.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey with Pastor John Wachsmann of Church on the Rock officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons: Michael Parrish, Curt Donaldson, Robert Parrish, Christopher Donaldson, Benjamin Donaldson and Bubba Galvan.

Imogene was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Corbet to Isaac Luther Dockery and Edith Dockery. Imogene was educated at Emhouse High School. She worked as a beautician and was a master seamstress. She created many lovely banners for Church on the Rock as well as countless outfits for her beloved children and grandchildren.

Imogene was a long-time member of Church on the Rock in Waco. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, creating various beautiful crafts, painting porcelain dolls and dishes, and spending time cooking and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac Luther Dockery; mother, Edith Chapman Dockery; husband of 63 years, Alvie Royce Ray; son, Bobby Ray; and six brothers and sisters.

She is survived by daughters, Suzanne Parrish and husband Michael and Robin Donaldson and husband Curt, all of China Spring; grandchildren, Robert and Beth Parrish of Spring, Kimberly and Bubba Galvan of Waco, Christopher Donaldson and Megan Richardson of Waco and Benjamin Donaldson of China Spring; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Bobby Parrish, Isabella and Grace Galvan, Caine and Cy Donaldson; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Church on the Rock on North 19th Street in Waco or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements by Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey, Waco.

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Imogene was the daughter of Isaac Luther Dockery and Edith (Chapman) Dockery. Imogene was educated at Emhouse High School. She worked as a beautician and was a master seamstress. She created many lovely banners for Church on the Rock as well as countless outfits for her beloved children and grandchildren.

Imogene was a long-time member of Church on the Rock in Waco. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, creating various beautiful crafts, painting porcelain dolls and dishes, and spending time cooking and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac Luther Dockery; mother, Edith Chapman Dockery; husband of 63 years, Alvie Royce Ray; son, Bobby Ray; and six brothers and sisters.

She is survived by daughters, Suzanne Parrish and husband, Michael, and Robin Donaldson and husband, Curt, all of China Spring; grandchildren, Robert and Beth Parrish, of Spring, Texas, Kimberly and Bubba Galvan, of Waco, Christopher Donaldson and Megan Richardson, of Waco, and Benjamin Donaldson, of China Spring; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Bobby Parrish, Isabella and Grace Galvan, and Caine and Cy Donaldson; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, Waco, Texas.

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Evyn Kalyse Williams
Oct 30, 1998 - Oct 31, 2006

CORSICANA -- An 8-year-old girl heading home from trick-or-treating died and her mother was hurt when their car hit a wild hog and struck a tree.

Tuesday night's crash north of Corsicana killed Evyn Williams, the Department of Public Safety said.

The accident left Kim Rena Watkins-Williams, 38, with face and head injuries.

Watkins-Williams was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where she was listed in good condition Thursday.

The mother and child were wearing seat belts, the DPS said.

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EVYN KALYSE WILLIAMS

Miss Evyn Kalyse Williams, age 8, of Barry, Texas, died Tuesday, October 31, 2006. She is survived by her parents-Tommy & Kim Williams, Sister-Myra Hammonds of Barry, Texas, Sister-Tari Williams of Houston, Texas, Brother-Tommy Williams of Dallas, Texas, Grandparents-Billy & Della Watkins of Corsicana, Texas Grandparents-Rachel & Thomas Williams of Dallas, Texas and Great Grandmother Mary James of Corsicana, Texas. Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas. A Wake Service will be at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 7, 2006 , Dr. Gary W. Johnson & Rev. Harold Evans officiating. Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.

Trinidad V. Hernandez
abt 1912 - Nov 1, 2006

Trinidad Vallejo Hernandez, 94, died Nov. 1 at home in Pasco.

She was born in Corsicana, Texas, and lived in Pasco for more than 20 years. She was a homemaker.

Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements.


Leslie G. Grayson
Mar 12, 1918 - Nov 4, 2006

Leslie G. Grayson of Corsicana, Texas entered into eternal life on November 4, 2006. Leslie was born on March 12, 1918 in Winkler, Texas, to his parents Leslie and Alice Grayson. He was employed by the Coca Cola Bottling Company for 43 years, both in Galveston and Corsicana, retiring as a Plant Manager. He was a long time member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving the European Theater of Operations in the United States Army as a Military Policeman.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Lain Teel and Rev. B.F. Risinger Officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday November 6, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

He is survived by his Son and Daughter-in-Law Leslie J. and Becky Grayson of Corsicana, son Bobby H. Grayson of New York City, New York, and His step-daughter Becky Fahlsing of Corsicana. His Grandsons, Lane Grayson of Ennis and Rusty Grayson of Dallas. His great grandchildren, Blake, Sam, Drew, Olivia, Kate and Mia Grayson. His sister Dorothy Magner of Richardson. Numerous Nieces and Nephews. And a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his sons, Opal “Boadie” Burney Grayson in 1994. And his second wife Evelyn Lewis Grayson in 2005.

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Robert Edwin Moore
Feb 8, 1955 - Oct 31, 2006

Mr. Robert Edwin Moore, 51, of Rice passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at his home in Rice. He was born on February 8, 1955 in Tucson, Arizona.
He was a postal worker for the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Moore is survived by his Mother, Donna Moore of Hayward, California.

Mr. Moore was cremated and no services are planned at this time.


W. S. Parker
Died 1937

February 1, 1937
PARKER - Corsicana, Texas. Feb. 1. - W. S. Parker, 68, farmer of the Rice community, died at his home Saturday. Funeral services were held at Rice Sunday afternoon with interment in the Rice Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Parker, Rice; three sons, Matt Parker, Rice; John Parker, Austin, and Jesse Parker, Rice; a daughter, Miss Beulah Parker, Kansas City, MO.; three sisters, Mrs. Lou Chessure, Fort Worth, and two sisters who live near Murphysboro, Tenn.


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J. B. Patrick
Died Mar 1949

March 12, 1949
Former Beaumont Man Passes at Corsicana
CORSICANA, Texas, March 12. - J. B. Patrick, 89, formerly of Beaumont, died here Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon with burial in the Chatfield Cemetery.

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Frances Modella Payne
Feb 28, 1868 - July 22, 1951

July 25, 1951
Mrs. Frances Payne, Blooming Grove, Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, July 25. - Funeral was conducted at Blooming Grove for Mrs. Frances Modelia Payne, 83, who died at her home near Blooming Grove. Burial was at Kirvin, Freestone County.
Surviving are her husband, Joe Payne of Blooming Grove; four daughter, Mrs. Will Boyd of Dallas, Mrs. Will Davis of Fairfield, Mrs. Victor Parker of Artesia, N.M., and Mrs. Connie Saunders of Blooming Grove; two sons, J. P. Pullin of Blooming Grove, J. T. Pullin of Fairfield; thirty grandchildren and fifty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Mrs. Joe Payne Services Monday

BLOOMING GROVE, July 24— (Spl)—Mrs. Frances Modella Payne 83, died at the family home near here Sunday.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church at 2 p.m. Monday with burial in Kirvin, Freestone county. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. C. Towns, pastor of the church, and assisted by Rev. C. T. Brockette, retired Methodist minister.
Surviving are her husband, Joe Payne, Blooming Grove; six children, Mrs. Will Boyd, Dallas; Mrs. Will Davis, Fairfield; J. T. Pullin, Blooming Grove; J. P. Pullin, Fairfield; Mrs. Victor Parker, Artesia, N. M:, and Mrs. Connie Saunders, Blooming Grove; 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - July 24, 1951
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Kirven, Freestone County, Texas
  • d/o Robert Cleere and Melissa (McClelland) Cleere (from death certificate)

Wanda Gayle Payne
Died Mar 1953

March 22, 1953
Wanda Gayle Payne Rites Held in Corsicana \
CORSICANA, Texas, March 22. - Wanda Gayle Payne, 6-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Payne of Houston, formerly of Rice, died in Houston. Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Danny Earl Payne, Houston; grandmother, Mrs. W. H. Payne, Rice.

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Hal M. Peck
Died Jul 1930

July 25, 1930
Hal M. Peck Sr. Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, July 25. - Hal M. Peck Sr., 70, pioneer resident of Corsicana and Navarro County, died in a San Antonio hospital at an early hour Friday, and the body will arrive in Corsicana Saturday. Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of his son, Hal M. Peck Jr. of Tampa. Mrs.
Peck is in a McKinney hospital.

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Mamie (Doward) Peck
Died Oct 1930

October 29, 1930
Mamie Downard Peck, Poet and Writer, Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 28. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Downard Peck, pioneer resident of Corsicana, writer, poet and newspaper woman, who died in a McKinney hospital Tuesday morning following an illness of several months, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. John's Episcopal Church of which she was a member, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in the family lot beside her husband, the late Hal M. Peck, who died recently. The Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, will conduct the services.
Surviving is one son, Hal M. Peck of Dallas.
Mrs. Peck was one of the best known poets and writers in Texas and her works have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers over the country. For many years she was the society editor of the Daily Sun, starting when the paper was young and continuing in that capacity for many years.

October 29, 1930
Mrs. Mamie Downard Peck, passed away at a local hospital, McKinney, Texas, Tuesday morning. Survived by one son, Hal M. Peck, Pampa; one sister, Mrs. P. C. Archer, Dallas; one brother, Walter Downard, Bryan, Texas. Body will be forwarded to Corsicana Wednesday morning, where services will be held at the Episcopal Church 2 p.m. Arrangements in charge of Archer-Cox.

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PIONEER RESIDENT CORSICANA DIED IN M’KINNEY TUESDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. MAMIE DOWNARD PECK

Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Downard Peck, pioneer resident of Corsicana, writer, poet and newspaperwoman, who died in a McKinney hospital Tuesday morning following an illness of several months, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from St. John’s Episcopal church, of which she was long a devout member with burial in Oakwood cemetery in the family plot beside her husband, the late Hal M. Peck who died recently.

The body will arrive on the Southern Pacific train Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, and will be taken to the Sutherland Funeral Home where it will remain until time for the funeral services. Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church, will conduct the services.

Special music will be given by the St. John’s choir, and will include favorite songs of Mrs. Peck:

“Lead, Kindly Light,” “Abide With Me,” and “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.”

Surviving is one son, Hal M. Peck of Dallas, who was with his mother when the end came.

Active pallbearers will be Lowry Martin, Lynne Wortham, Maj. C. H. Mills, Arthur Caldwell, Ed M. Polk, Sr., Pat McKie, Charles G. Jester and Roy Love.

Honorary pallbearers will be W. P. McCammon, P. M. Lea, Preston Lea, Clint Woods, O. P. Jones, P. C. Archer, T. W. Archer, R. W. Downard, Walter Coulter, A. E. Haslam, J. E. Butler, W. A. Mowlam, Sidney P. Story, Frank Williams, R. L. Hamilton, Wilmer Townsend, Dr. E. H. Newton, Dr. J. Wilson David.

Dr. H. B. Jester, Dr. Opie Wills, Dr. J. D. Hatorn, Dr. T. W. Watson, R. L. Wheelock, Jake Hudson, Joe Hughes, A. H. Willie, George E. Jester, Beauford H. Jester, Hugh Jester, Ben Blackmon, Randolph Jackson, Clyde S. Stroud, J. S. Eubank, Judge Rufus Hardy, Col. G. W. Hardy, W. M. Peck.

Billy Peck, N. Morrison, A. A. Allison, Sam Slay, Ralph Stell, Congressman Luther A. Johnson, A. H. Berry, Marion Church, Ernest L. Wilson, H. T. Tate, Ernest A. Tate, T. W. Walton, Walter Downard, Hiram Downard, Sam Downard, George Baum, J. M. Dyer, Sr., Estell Cunningham, Jack Cunningham.

Boyce Martin and the Daily Sun Force, Murphy Williams, Sydney Marks, O. Inabnit, A. G. Elliott, Clarence Terry, Johnny Brown, Robert Cooksey, L. C. Coulson, W. G. Baker, A. N. Justiss, Col. C. A. Davis, Vivian Mowlam, Dr. R. N. Holloway, Liston Tatum and Ralph Tatum.

E. M. Polk, Jr., Allyn Lang, Robert Watt, Lloyd Kerr, H. D. Johnson, Confederate Veterans, and Sons of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Peck was one of the best known poets and writers in Texas, and her works have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers over the country. There was a smoothness about her poetry as well as prose efforts that stamped her as the true artist in her chosen line of endeavor. For many years she was the society editor of the Daily Sun, starting when the paper was young and continuing in that capacity for many years, in fact, up until other work interfered with a daily society page. But she never entirely ceased connection with the Sun until her illness a short time before her death cut short her writings. She still felt, as did the Sun publishers, that she was a part of the Sun staff and there was a feeling existing between Mrs. Peck and the entire Daily Sun force that can only come with years of close association and work together.

She was, aside from her literary work, one of the loveliest and most womanly characters that ever graced the Old Southland, of which she was an integral part and of which she was so proud. Coming from an old and prominent Southern family, she inherited all the pride of her race as well as the inherent courtesy and kindness that goes with the true Southern gentlewoman. There was genuine sorrow in many hearts when word of her passing reached her home here and the sympathy of a large circle of friends go out to the only son, who was also recently bereft of his father.

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Samuel James Peden
Feb 10, 1853 - Jul 16, 1920

July 18, 1920
Peden - Corsicana, Texas, July 18. - Sam Peden, aged 68 years, a well-known farmer of the Purdon community, this county, died last night after a long illness. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

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Nancy Ann (Orrell) Epps-McRae-Perkins
Jun 14, 1843 - Jan 9, 1921

January 11, 1921
PERKINS - Corsicana, Texas, Jan. 11. - Mrs. Perkins, 78 years old, died Sunday night at Jester, this county, and the funeral took place Monday with burial in the Curry Cemetery.
She was the mother of C. P. McRee of Jester and Mrs. M. Tomlin of Corsicana.

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A. J. Perry
abt 1887 - Jan 1954

January 27, 1954
A. J. Perry
CORSICANA, Texas. - A. J. Perry, 67, of Route 1, Kerens, died at his home following a long illness. Funeral services were held from the Powell Baptist Church Monday with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery. The Kerens IOOF Lodge had charge of graveside rites.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Julius Perry, Kerens; three daughters, Mrs. Denver Lancaster, Kerens; Mrs. Clyde Goodwin and Mrs. M. O. Davis, both of Dallas; five brothers, B. Perry, Tyler; Trace Perry, Athens; Joe Perry, Van; Dewey Perry, Malakoff, and Barney Perry, McKinney; two sisters, Mrs. Upton Rogers, Athens and Mrs. Pat Webb, Houston, and six grandchildren.

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Elmer T. Perry
abt 1912 - Oct 1937

October 17, 1937
PERRY - Corsicana, Texas, Oct 17. - Elmer T. Perry, 25, died at a local hospital Saturday. Funeral services were held at Alligator in the afternoon. Surviving are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perry; nine brothers, I. A. Perry of California; Homer, Henry, Claud, Dock, Richard, Joe, Leslie and Dee Perry, all of Corsicana and vicinity; five sisters, Mrs. Pearl Collum, Mrs. Ruby Townley, Mrs. Marthelo Andrews, Mrs. Edith Honey and Miss Sarah Perry, all of whom live in Corsicana and vicinity.

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Joseph A. Perry
abt 1915 - Feb 16, 1945

Killed in Luzon
March 27 1945
CORSICANA, Texas, March 27. - Pfc. Joseph A. Perry, 30, was killed on Luzon Feb. 16. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perry. He was with the 50th Cavalry Division.


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Mandy Person
abt 1870 - Dec 1915

December 31, 1915, Dallas, Texas
Person - Mrs. Mandy Person, 45 years old, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alto Lybrand, at the section-house of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad, near the Katy crossing in Dallas. The family came to Dallas from Corsicana six weeks ago. The body will be taken to Corsicana this morning for burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. Mrs. Person is survived by her husband, Kid Person, and two daughters, Mrs. Lybrand, and a single daughter, who is a little girl. Mr. Person will accompany the body to Corsicana.

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Minnie Peters
Died Jun. 1902

June 19, 1902
PETERS - Corsicana, Tex., June 19. - Mrs. Minnie Peters died at her home on South Eleventh street last night after a week's illness.

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Jasper Sevier Petty
Nov 19, 1850 - May 28, 1938

May 30, 1938
Second White Child In Corsicana Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, May 29. - J. S. Petty, 88, second white child born in Corsicana and a lifelong resident of Navarro County, died Saturday night. Funeral services were held at Eureka Sunday.
Surviving are his wife, ten children, sixty-six grandchildren, forty-eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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SECOND WHITE CHILD BORN IN CORSICANA WAS BURIED SUNDAY J.S. PETTY, AGED 88 YEARS, LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF COUNTY

J. S. Petty, aged 88 years, second white child born in Corsicana and life-long resident of Navarro county, died Saturday at midnight.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roy A. Langston, pastor of the First Methodist church here, from the Eureka Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Interment was made in the Eureka Cemetery. Mr. Petty had been in failing health for several months.

Surviving are his wife, ten children, Mrs. J. K. West, Beaumont; Willie Petty, Arp; Mrs. Viola McCarter, Kerens; Mrs. Lula Jones, Nome, Texas; Thomas Petty, Eureka; Mrs. Cloie Parker, Corsicana; Mrs. Mae Nutt, Eureka; Mrs. Gladys Grace, Houston; Mrs. Stella Pritchett, Eureka, and Clarence Petty, Longview; 66 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bud Renfrew, Elmer Petty, Charles Petty, Bill Petty, Dick Claunch and Jess Upchurch.

Sutherland McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Nancy (Carr) Petty
1877 - 1949

March 13, 1940, Dallas, Texas
Funeral Today For Mrs. Petty
Funeral services for Mrs. Nan Petty, 70, a native of Navarro County who had lived in Dallas ten years, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery near Corsicana.
Mrs. Petty, who lived at 4403 Cabell Drive, died Friday in a Dallas hospital.
Her husband, the late Joseph Wiley Petty, was also a native of the county and his sister was the first white child born in Navarro County.
He was in the construction business many years in Corsicana.
Mrs. Petty is survived by four sons, W. C. Petty, Vernon Petty and Charles Petty, all of Dallas, and Lyons Petty of Lake Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. M. E. Cornwell and Mrs. Myrtle Meadows, both of Dallas, Mrs. G. C. Norwood of Alto, Cherokee County; Mrs. Mittie Holloway of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. T. House of New Iberia, La.; a brother, Charles Carr of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. A. Workman of Kemp, Kaufman County; Mrs. Jesse Hawkins of Ennis, Ellis County, and Mrs. Ida Campbell of Winters, Runnels County, twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Louis Pevehouse
Jun 8, 1852 - Jan 9, 1941

January 9, 1941
Louis Pevehouse Dies
Louis Pevehouse, 88, native of Navarro County, died at his home near Blooming Grove Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held Friday at
2 p.m. at Blooming Grove. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Tom J. Pevehouse and Ab Pevehouse; three daughters, Mrs. Nilar Powers and Mrs. M. L. Chapman, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Green Scott of Putman, and fifteen grandchildren.

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Funeral Services For Louis Pevehouse Held Friday

Funeral services for Louis Pevehouse, aged 88 years, who died THursday were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home near Blooming Grove. Burial was in the Crossroads Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Tom J. Pevehouse and Ab Pevehouse, three daughters, Mrs. Nilar Powers and Mrs. M. L. Chapman, all of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Green Scott, Putman, Texas; three brothers, W. L. Pevehouse and W. J. Peveouse, Blooming Grove, and J. F. Pevehouse, Madinsonville, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Mr. Pevehouse was a native of the Blooming Grove community, being born at the old Pevehouse home place south of the Carroll school house, He took a leading part in the development of this part of the country, was well known and had many friends throughtou the county.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral service.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, January 17, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Wilson Phelps, Constable
Oct 17, 1874 - Apr 26, 1951

April 27, 1951
J. W. Phelps Dies At Cryer Creek Home
CORSICANA, Texas, April 27 - J. W. Phelps, 76, long-time Cryer Creek resident, died at his home early Thursday. Funeral was held Friday at the Cryer Creek Baptist Church.
Burial was in Cryer Creek Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of Cryer Creek; a son, W. T. Phelps, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Frances McLean, Highlands; a brother, Tot Phelps, Corsicana; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Friday Services For J. W. Phelps

BLOOMING GROVE, April 26—(Spl)—J. W. Phelps, 76 Cryer Creek, died at his home early Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Cryer Creek Baptist church. Burial will be in the Cryer Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Phelps is survived by his wife, the former, Minnie Cheney; a son W. T. Phelps, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Francis McLean, Highlands; a brother, Tot Phelps, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Home, Blooming Grove, will direct.

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Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral of J. W. Phelps at Cryer Creek last Friday were: Mr. and Mrs. F. M. McLean and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McLean, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy McLean, Mr. and Mrs. Paul McLean and sons, Mrs. Leroy Wilson of Highlands, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. McLean of Waco; Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Phelps, Mrs. Bobby Ash, Mrs. H. L. Lumkin and daughter of Dallas, Mrs. Jewel Glass of Irving, Mr. and Mrs. Lyndall Collins of Borger, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lee and son of Bardwell, Wayne Ray Lee, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Watkins of Ennis, Mr. and Mrs. Fate Brown and sons, Mrs. Robert Colquitt and daughter, Mrs. Bettie Gillen, Mrs. John Gillen of Emhouse, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Daniel, Mrs. Pat Cook, Mrs. Bonnie Saunders and Mrs. Sam Anderson of Frost, Rev. and Mrs. Jack Bell of Rice, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Chaney and A. A. Chaney of Canton, Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Phelps and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. James Phelps, Mrs. Laura Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hyden and son, Mrs. Vernon Farish, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hitchcock, Mrs. D. T. Collins, Mrs. Tom Derden, Mrs. George Johnson, Robert Sheppard, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Arnett, Mrs. Earl McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Ingram and Douglas Minor, all of Corsicana.

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J. W. Phelps Rites Are Held Friday

Funeral services for John Wilson Phelps, 76, who died at his home in Cryer Creek, Thursday, were held from the Cryer Creek Baptist church Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. C. R. Rhodes, Rev. W. W. Minefee and Rev. Jack Bell.

A native Texan, he had resided in West Navarro county many years and was a retired peace officer.

Surviving are his wife of Cryer Creek, a daughter, Mrs. Francis McLean, Highlands; a son, Wiley T. Phelps, Dallas; a brother, G. T. Phelps, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. E. Boyd, C. L. Rhodes, W. L. Johnson, Clyde Hollingsworth, Robert Bryant and Clovis Haden.

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Funeral Services Pending for John W. Phelps

John W. Phelps, 76, died at his home at Cryer Creek at 1:30 a. m. Thursday.

Mr. Phelps was a long time resident of the Cryer Creek community and was known throughout the county.

Funeral services are pending at press time but an account of the rites will be carried in next week’s paper.

The McCormick Funeral Service is directing.

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Card of Thanks

We wish to express our appreciation to those who were so kind to us during the illness and death of our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother, May God bless each of you.

Mrs. J. W. Phelps, children and grand children G. T. Phelps

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J. W. Phelps Rites Are Held Friday

Funeral services for John Wilson Phelps, 76, who died at his home in Cryer Creek Thursday were held from the Cryer Creek Baptist church Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Cryer Creek Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. C. R. Rhodes, Rev. W. W. Minefee and Rev. Jack Bell.

A native Texan, he had resided in West Navarro county many years and was a retired peace officer.

Surviving are his wife of Cryer Creek, a daughter, Mrs. Frances McLean, Highlands; a son, Wiley T. Phelps, Dallas; a brother G. T. Phelps, Dallas; a brother, G. T. Phelps, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

McCormick directed.

Pallbearers were W. E. Boyd, C. L. Rhodes, W. L. Johnson, Clyde Hollingsworth, Robert Bryant, and Clovis Haden.

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Laura Etta (Rogers) Phelps
Dec 28, 1887 - Apr 22, 1956

April 25, 1956
Mrs. Laura Phelps
CORSICANA, Texas. - Mrs. Laura Etta Phelps, 68, died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the First Assembly of God Church with burial in the Cryer Creek community. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor.
A native of Van Zandt County, Mrs. Phelps resided at Blooming Grove for a number of years before moving to Corsicana. She operated a store here.
Surviving are a son, V. L. Phelps, Lubbock; four daughters, Mrs. Louis Reid and Mrs. H. L. Lumpkins, both of Dallas; Mrs. Thelma Farish and Mrs. A. G. Hyden, both of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, H. L. Rogers, Malakoff, and J. E. Rogers, Athens; a sister, Mrs. S. L. Fletcher, Greeley, Colo., and other relatives.

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Tuesday Services For Mrs. Phelps
Funeral Services for Mrs. Laura Etta Phelps, 68, owner of a store here for a number of years, were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Assembly of God Church here. Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor.

Mrs. Phelps died Sunday night at the Navarro Clinic following an extended illness.

A native of Van Zandt county, she resided at Blooming Grove and Cryer creek before coming to Corsicana a number of years ago.

She was a member of Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128.

Surviving are son V. L. Phelps, Lubbock; four daughters, Mrs. Louis Reid and Mrs. H. L. Lumpkin, both of Callas; Mrs. Thelma Farish and Mrs. A. G. Hyden, both of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two brothers, H. L. Rogers, Malakoff, and J. E. Rogers, Athens; a sister, Mrs. S. L. Fletcher, Greeley, Colo., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were James Johnson, Mack Bell, J. C. Roe, R. J. Harris, Jr.; C. E. Mann and B. B. Collier.

Corley directed.

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Mary Philibert
abt 1839 - Oct 1934

October 15, 1934
PHILIBERT - Corsicana, Texas. Oct 15. - Mrs. Mary W. Philibert, 95, resident of Corsicana more than fifty years, died at her home Monday morning. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

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Jack Phillips
Mar 10, 1914 - Mar 20, 1928

March 21, 1928
Navarro Youth Shot to Death
Body of Jack Phillips Discovered in Richland Creek
Jack Phillips, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Phillips, living on the B. L. Davis farm one and one-half miles south of Corbet, Navarro County, was found dead in Richland Creek early Wednesday morning. There was a bullet wound in the top of his head, apparently made by a .22-caliber rifle ball.
The lad left the home of his parents about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with the intention of baiting some fishhooks which he had set in the creek. When he failed to return late Tuesday evening, a search was instituted which lasted all night and until the body was found face down in the creek Wednesday morning.
Indications pointed to his being shot as he was baiting a hook on the bank of the creek, the body toppling into the water after being shot. It is thought the unknown assailant fired from behind, probably standing on top of the bank of the creek, as the bullet ranged down toward the face.
Funeral arrangements had not been announced late Wednesday.
The sheriff's office was notified Wednesday morning and Deputy Sheriff E. W. Warnell and Justice of the Peace Sam B. Jordan left immediately for the scene. Sheriff W. T. Wilson went later.
The family recently moved to this county from West Texas. The boy is survived by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Justice of the Peace Jordan rendered a coroner's verdict Wednesday afternoon of "death as the result of gunshot wounds inflicted by unknown persons."

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CORBET BOY IS FOUND MURDERED

BOY SHOT THROUGH HEAD WHILE BAITING HOOK AT CREEK EDGE

JACK PHILLIPS FOUND DEAD IN WATER AFTER ALL NIGHT SEARCH TUESDAY

Jack Phillips, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Phillips, tenant on the B. E. Davis farm about one and one-half miles south of Corbet, was found dead in Richland creek early Wednesday morning with a 22-calibre bullet wound in the top of the head.

He left the home of his parents to bait some fish hooks in the creek about two o’clock Tuesday afternoon and when he failed to return late Tuesday; a search was instituted for him that lasted all night, the body being found face-downward Wednesday morning. Indications pointed to his being shot as he was preparing to bait a hook and he toppled into the water. It is thought that his unknown assailant shot him from behind, probably standing on the top of the bank, as the bullet said to have ranged toward the face.

No funeral arrangements have been made but the body will likely be interred at Corbet some time Thursday.

No motive for the dead has been advanced by the relatives and neighbors.

Sheriff Notified.
The sheriff’s office was notified Wednesday morning and Deputy Sheriff E. W. Warnell and Sam B. Jordan, justice of the peace left early Wednesday morning for the scene of the tragedy and Sheriff W. T. Wilson later went to the scene.

A number of hooks had been baited and the lad recently was evidently was bending over preparing to bait his last hook when he was shot by his assailant from behind. The cap of the boy was still on his head when he was found.

The family recently moved to this county from West Texas and relatives could not advance a theory as to the cause of the shooting.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Judge Jordan held an inquest over the body of the lad Wednesday morning and his coroner’s verdict was “death due to gunshot wounds inflicted by an unknown person.”

Deputy Sheriff E. W. Warnell, returned to the vicinity of the tragedy Wednesday afternoon to continue the investigation started earlier in the day.

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MEXICAN BOY HELD FOR INVESTIGATION IN SLAYING OF LAD

BOY HELD DENIES HE EVEN KNEW YOUNG PHILLIPS, FOUND MURDERED

A Mexican boy about 13 or 14 years old is being held I the Navarro county jail, although no formal charges have been filed against him, for investigation in connection with the death of Jack Phillips, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Phillips, who reside on the B. L. Davis farm about one and one-half miles south of Corbet.

The Mexican boy being detained here lives on the Carpenter farm in the same community. He denies any knowledge of the shooting of young Phillips and said Thursday that he did not know Phillips.

The body of young Phillips was found in about three feet of water in Richland creek Wednesday morning by searchers who had scoured the creek and creek bottom after the lad had failed to return home Tuesday afternoon. He had been shot in the top of the head with a .22 calibre rifle, apparently having been shot from behind, the bullet ranging downward toward the eyes or nose. The lifeless body apparently toppled over into the creek, face forward. He was killed instantly as there was no water in the lungs.

Body Found in Water.

The lad left the family home about 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon to bait some fish hooks he had set out in the creek. Investigation revealed that he had baited several hooks and from the condition of the ground about the last fishing place, was preparing to bait the hook when he was shot by his assailant.

When he failed to return home late Tuesday afternoon, search was instituted for him. When he was first found in the creek, it was thought that he had fallen into the water and drowned but when the body had been brought out to the bank of the creek, it was found that he had been shot in the head. The boy’s cap was still on his head when he was found and he had a nigger-shooter in one pocket and a can of worms for bait in the other. A portion of a dead rabbit was nearby.

When the rescuers ascertained that foul play had caused the lad’s death, they laid the body down and telephoned to Corsicana for officers. Deputy Sheriff E. W. Warnell and S. B. Jordan, justice of the peace, immediately went to the scene of the tragedy. Judge Jordan conducted an inquest and returned a coroner’s verdict that death was due to gunshot wounds inflicted by an unknown person. Sheriff W. T. Wilson also went to the scene of the tragedy Wednesday morning and officers of the sheriff’s department continued their investigations Thursday.

Funeral services for the youth were held Thursday with interment in Corbet.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

The family had resided in the Corbet community only a few months, having moved there from West Texas. Members of the family and neighbors could assign no motive or cause for the deed.

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YOUNG MEXICAN HELD IN CONNECTION SLAYING RELEASED

OFFICERS CONTINUE INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH CORBET BOY TUESDAY NIGHT

FRANK Granado, 15-year old Mexican boy, who had been held in the Navarro county jail for investigation in connection with the death of Jack Phillips, 14-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Phillips, one and one-half miles south of Corbet, whose body was found with a .22-calibre rifle wound in the top of the head in three feet of water in Richland creek Wednesday morning after an all-night search had been carried on after his failure to return home late Tuesday, was released from custody by officers Friday morning about 10 o’clock. No charges were filed against the youth. Officers are continuing their investigations on the matter, but nothing definite has been reported.

The Phillips boy left his home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock to go to the creek to bait some fish hooks. When he failed to return late Tuesday afternoon, search was started.

The persons who found his body thought that he had fallen into the creek and drowned when they found his body in the water but after they had brought the life-less body to the bank of the creek, the wound in the top of the head was discovered. The body was placed upon the ground and officers in Corsicana notified.

Deputy Sheriff E. W. Warnell and Justice of the Peace Sam B. Jordon went immediately to the scene of the tragedy and began their investigations. Sheriff W. T. Wilson went to the place later in the morning.

Judge Jordan returned a corner’s verdict that death was the result of gunshot wound inflicted by an unknown person.

Apparently the youth was shot from behind as he was preparing to bait a fish hook. There was no water in the lungs, denoting that life was extinct when the body reached the water. It is supposed that when he was shot, he lurched forward, falling face downward into the creek.

Funeral services were held Thursday with interment at Corbet.

The family recently moved to the Corbet community from West Texas.

It is unlikely that the case will be presented to the present grand jury but will be placed before the April term investigators.

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William Davis Phillips
Died May 1952

May 8, 1952
Funeral Services Held For William D. Phillips
CORSICANA, Texas, May 8. - Funeral services for William Davis Phillips, 82, who died at his home on Route 1, Frost, were held Wednesday at the Lake Chapel Cemetery in Northeast Freestone County.
Surviving are two sons, William J. Phillips, Grapevine, and Taylor T. Barnes, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle O'Neill, Dallas, and Mrs. Emma Lee Menefee, Frost; a brother, B. F. Phillips, Fairfield; a sister, Mrs. Anna Hornsby; a sister, Mrs. Anna Hornsby, Camden, S. C.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Nancy Sue (Spornitz) Davies
Aug 15, 1932 - Oct 13, 2006

Nancy Sue Davies

Nancy Sue Davies of Longmont, Colo., died Oct. 13, 2006, at Applewood Living Center. She was 74.

She was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Tyler to Carl Julius and Jewell Celine (Rone) Spornitz. She grew up in Corsicana.

She moved to Colorado in 1970 and was had been a resident of Longmont for the last 20 years.

She worked at Carmel Ltd. in Boulder, Colo., for 20 years before retiring.

She will be remembered as a very spiritual person who was a religious seeker and a true Christian.

She is survived by her daughter, Seline Peters and her husband Don of Peyton, Colo.; three sisters, Mary Ann Walls of Abilene, Peggy Ursery of Mullin, and Martha Hammack of Longmont, Colo.; three grandchildren, Kae Roth, Kathe Snyder and Justin Hejlik; and three great-grandchildren, Christian Gunderson, Tyler Gunderson and Moriah Allen.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation took place at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to Elder Share and sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80501.

Arrangements by Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, Longmont, Colo.

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Kenneth Ray Counts
Aug 12, 1937 - Nov 7, 2006

Kenneth Ray Counts, 69, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in Dallas.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Mr. Counts was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Jacksboro.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Counts of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Virginia Counts of Brenham and Randy and Janet Counts of Glen Heights; grandsons, Case Counts of Glen Heights, and Justin Counts and Jacob Counts, both of Brenham; granddaughters, Alison Counts and Brooke Counts, both of Glen Heights; and dachshund, Katie.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Beulah A. (Brookins) Stewart
Jan 22, 1936 - Nov 3, 2006

Mrs. Beulah A. Brookins Stewart, 70, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Floyd Taylor, Elder Willie Brown and Elder Henry Edom officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Stewart was born Jan. 22, 1936 in Malakoff.

Survivors include her husband, Sammy of Corsicana; son, Gary Mitchell of Florida; daughters, Sandra Stewart of Dallas, Thelma Stewart of Corsicana, Tammy Mitchell of San Antonio; brothers Thurmon Brookins of Ft. Worth and John L. Harris of Brownwood; sisters Omie Zale Smith and Amy C. Washington, both of Ft. Worth, Ophelia Jackson of Corsicana, Louise Mable Walker of California, and Barbra Dean Sweat of Irving; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Samuel "Sam" Ramirez
Aug 17, 1933 - Nov 8, 2006

Samuel Ramirez passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was employed doing general labor for various individuals and companies throughout the Corsicana area.

He was born Aug. 17, 1933, in Corsicana. He served in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict. He also enjoyed performing with various bands at night clubs in Dallas, Houston and the local area.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Wayne and Byron Ramirez; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Greg Alford; grandsons, Sammy and Cody Ramirez; granddaughter, Laci Marie Lansdale, all of Athens; brothers, Joe Ramirez of San Antonio, James Ramirez of Austin and Moses Ramirez of Arlington; sisters, Miquela Ovalle, Anita Castillo and Rachel De La Rosa, all of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Flores; and brothers, Jesse, Steven and Ben Ramirez.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Castillo, Johnny Gonzales III, Victor De La Rosa, Raul De La Rosa, Kris Ramirez, Albert Ovalle and Rene Castillo.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Samuel Ramirez passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was employed doing general labor for various individuals and companies throughout the Corsicana area.

He was born Aug. 17, 1933, in Corsicana. He served in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict. He also enjoyed performing with various bands at night clubs in Dallas, Houston and the local area.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Wayne and Byron Ramirez; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Greg Alford; grandsons, Sammy and Cody Ramirez; granddaughter, Laci Marie Lansdale, all of Athens; brothers, Joe Ramirez of San Antonio, James Ramirez of Austin and Moses Ramirez of Arlington; sisters, Miquela Ovalle, Anita Castillo and Rachel De La Rosa, all of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Flores; and brothers, Jesse, Steven and Ben Ramirez.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Castillo, Johnny Gonzales III, Victor De La Rosa, Raul De La Rosa, Kris Ramirez, Albert Ovalle and Rene Castillo.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Lansdale, Roberto Delgado, Samuel Wayne Ramirez, Cody Ramirez and Greg Alford.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Irene (Arnold) McNeese
Mar 19, 1917 - Nov 7, 2006

Irene McNeese

Irene McNeese, 89, of Knippa passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, in Uvalde.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Richland Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. McNeese was born March 19, 1917, in Richland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow McNeese; daughter, Betty Jean McNeese; twin brother, Ira Arnold; brothers, Lamar Arnold, J.C. Arnold, Willie Earl Arnold and Carl Arnold; and sister, Opal Davidson.

Survivors include her sons, Bobby McNeese and Gary McNeese, both of Knippa, and Ronald McNeese of Canyon; granddaughters, Jessica McNeese and Robin McNeese, both of Canyon; and grandson, Steven McNeese of Canyon.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Selma (Garcia) Najera
Jan 8, 1972 - Nov 7, 2006

Selma Najera, 34, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Selma G. Najera, 34, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas.
Visitation with rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Services are pending at Leonard Funeral Home in Carrizo Springs with interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Najera was born Jan. 8, 1972, in Carrizo Springs.
Survivors include her husband Ernesto Najera of Corsicana; son, Zachery Rene Najera of Corsicana; daughter, Marissa Ann Najera of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Esmeralda and Edgar Nandin of San Antonio and Dalia and Ramon Garcia of Red Oak; parents, Eloy and Refugia Garcia of Carrizo Springs; nieces, Yvette Nancin of San Antonio, Sabrina Garcia of Red Oak, and Sabrina Vera and Samantha Vera, both of La Pryor; nephew, Alexander Garcia of Red Oak; sister-in-law, Dora Najera of La Pryor; and mother-in-law, Concepcion Najera of La Pryor.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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