Navarro County, Texas
Jo (Sims) Zabcik
Aug 11, 1921 - Nov 5, 2009
Jo Zabcik, 88, of Tyler and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Grace Care Center of Houston. A beloved widow
and mother, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a
friend to many entered into God's kingdom after suffering from
congestive heart failure due to complications from a recent surgery. Mrs.
Zabcik was born in Temple on Aug. 11, 1921. As a young child, she had a
passion for music, particularly the piano. In 1943 she graduated from
Mary Hardin-Baylor University majoring in music education. She married
Edwin J. Zabcik on March 21, 1944, and began her career teaching music
and marching band to high school students in Giddings. Her ambition as a
private piano teacher began in Woodville where she also served as the
full-time organist for First Baptist Church. Following her husband's job
transfers, she served as the accompanist for First Baptist Church in
both Palestine and Paris, Texas. Her career also expanded to teaching
elementary music from 1958 to 1968 in both Texas locations. In 1968,
Mary Jo moved to Corsicana and taught grade level classes for several
years with CISD. After retirement, she taught private piano, served as a
pianist for her Sunday school class, and enjoyed singing with the "Solid
Rockers" of First Baptist Church in Corsicana. In her later years, her
greatest joy was providing piano accompaniment for various nursing homes
throughout Corsicana. While in Corsicana, Mrs. Zabcik was also an active
member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Kinsloe House, The Literary Club, Texas
Retired Teachers Association, National Association of Retired Federal
Employees, and a supporter of the Mary Hardin-Baylor Alumni. Favorite
pastimes included playing the piano, working crossword puzzles, singing
in the church choir, and staying in touch with friends. She was most
proud of two awards: International Hall of Fame of Music Guild of USA
and the Alumni Award from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Mary Jo
was a faithful and longtime member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.
After relocation to Tyler, she joined Green Acres Baptist Church in
Tyler and became an active member of the singing group "Highest
Praise."She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; and parents,
Joe and Mary Ann Sims. Survivors include her daughters, Eleanor Barnett
and her husband Dick of Tyler and Libby Risinger and her husband David
of Houston; four grandchildren, Jonathan Barnett and his wife Kathy from
Sunland, Calif., James Barnett of Pretoria, South Africa, Colin Risinger
of Houston and Melanie Risinger of New York; one sister, Kathryn Rose
Sims of Dallas; one brother-in-law, Clarence John Zabcik and his wife
Elaine, also of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will
be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at First Baptist Church
in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating and assisted by
Brother Bill Honea. A 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, graveside service has been
set at Bellwood Memorial Park, 8575 Airport Road, Temple. Pallbearers
will be Dick Barnett, David Risinger, John Barnett, James Barnett, Colin
Risinger and Melanie Risinger. Flowers are appreciated or contributions
can be made to the music department of First Baptist Church of
Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Albert O. Fitzgerald
Feb 5, 1877 - Sep 27, 1888
With much regret we announce the death of Mr. J.T.S. Fitzgerald's little 11 year
old boy whose death was caused by falling from the crib onto a shed below,
breaking his neck. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire
- [Albert O. Fitzgerald Feb 5, 1877 - Sep 27, 1888 Son of Jesse Thomas
Schuyler Fitzgerald & Mary Elizabeth (Fredrick) Shepherd-Fitzgerald -
White Church Cemetery]
- Items from Oct 1, 1888 The Blooming Grove Enterprise. This was the
first paper to be published here, running but a short time, two years before
the starting of the Blooming Grove Rustler.
- Reprinted in The Blooming Groves Times Vol XLVII No 28, Aug 4, 1939
- Submitted by Virginia
John Mason Childers
1819 - Oct 13, 1890
J. M. Childers. Died at his residence, Cryer Creek, ages 71 years at 6:30
Monday. His death was caused by old age and general debility. Mr. Childers was
one of Navarro's pioneers, having settled here in the '60s. He leaves a host of
friends to console his children and grandchildren. He was buried in the
Cryer Creek Cemetery Tues
- The Blooming Groves Times, Vol XLVII No 28, Aug 4, 1939
- Submitted by Virginia
Although this obituary came out in the August 4,
1939 Blooming Grove Times, it was a reprint from Volume I, No. 19, Page Two
of the Friday, October 17, 1890 Blooming Grove Rustler. The Rustler had
been donated to the Times, so they decided to re-print it one page at a
time. They determined from this donated copy that the Blooming Grove
Rustler's first publication was June 27, 1890. Karen Rost
I do believe that
this is actually John Mason Childress that is listed in Cryer Creek along
with his wife and a son. His dates should be 1819 - Oct 13, 1890 because
the paper came out on a Friday.
Minerva Alice (Ritter) Armstrong
Apr 22, 1859 - Apr 9, 1939
The Blooming Groves Times
Vol XLVIII No 12
April 14, 1939
Funeral Service held for Mrs. J.C. Armstrong Monday. Mrs. J.C. Armstrong was
born in Benton County, Arkansas April 22, 1859, died at the home of her son in
the Emhouse community Sunday morning at nine o'clock.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Baptist
Church of which Mrs. Armstrong had been a faithful member for many years.
Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor of the First Baptist Church assisted by Rev.
Rawlins Cherryhomes, pastor of the Christian church, conducted the rites.
Surviving are five sons, L.W. Armstrong, Emhouse; Mose Armstrong, Corsicana;
Pruitt, Sol and Jack Armstrong, Blooming Grove; 3 daughters, Mrs. G.P. Wilson,
Barry; Mrs. J.A. Harrington, Crosbyton, and Mrs. Earl Stokes, Five points; a
sister, Mrs. C.D. Idlett, Blooming Grove, a brother, W.M. Ritter, Negley; 33
grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Grandsons were pallbearers. Interment
was made in the Grange Hall Cemetery.
Carl Dean Hatley,
Nov 4, 1947 - Nov 6, 2009
Dean Hatley, Jr. of Dawson, Texas, born on November 4th of 1947, went to
be with our Lord on November 6th of 2009 at 62 years of age. He was a
Gate Attendant at Oak Park of Navarro Mills Lake from October 2007 until
October 2009. He retired from the City of Dallas, Texas in August of
2006 as an equipment operator. He honorably served in the United States
Navy from 1965-1970 aboard the USS Persistent (MSO- 491), having made
two deployments in Vietnam. During his service he was awarded three
Bronze Stars for Valor, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service
Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, and Battle Excellence Award.
He was preceded in death by his Father, Carl Dean Hatley, Sr.
Carl is survived by his wife, Sandra Faye Hatley of Dawson, Texas; son,
Wesley Dean Hatley and wife Dana R. Hatley of Norfolk, Virginia;
daughter Angela Marie Skilling Collins and husband Jerod Collins of
Hubbard, Texas; daughter Charlotte Upton and Glen Fuller of Dawson,
Texas; mother Emma Louise Hatley of Red Oak, Texas; sister, Carolyn
Hobbs and husband Randy Hobbs of Red Oak, Texas; grandchildren David
Chaffin, Troy Milner, Jr., Jessica Milner, David York, Kim Milner,
Wesley Hatley, Jr., Cassie Skilling, MiKayla Skilling, Megan Hatley and
three great-grand children.
Memorial services to be held Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:00 am at the
Community Chapel Pentecostal Church at 502 N.E. 4th St. Hubbard, Texas,
with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Memorial Services are being
provided by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers are Jackie (Bill) Owens, Willie Skilling, Jesse
Hunt, Rodney Whaley, and the Numerous Physicians from Baylor Medical
Center of Dallas who attended to his care.
Memorial services: Wednesday November 11, 2009, 11:00 - am at Community
Chapel Pentecostal Church
Aug 5, 1874 - July 6, 1939
Dr. C. F. BRYAN DIED WEDNESDAY; FUNERAL THURSDAY
Dr. C. F. Bryan, aged 64 years, physician here for the past 19 years, died
at his home in Exall Heights Addition late Wednesday night after being in ill
health for some time.
Funeral services were held from the First Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon
at 5 o'clock. Interment was in Oakwood
Surviving are his wife, of Corsicana; a son Lyle Bryan, Huntsville; a daughter,
Mrs. Amos Harwell, Corsicana; and three brothers, Lonnie Bryan, Albert Bryan and
Ollie Bryan, all of Willow Springs, Mo.
Masons were pallbearers.
Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.
James Marion Minatra -
June 21, 1945 - June 21, 1945
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR INFANT SON
Funeral services for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben N. Minatra, of Kerens,
were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday at
Grange Hall Cemetery. The child died Thursday.
Survivors include the parents; Mrs. Lida Minatra of Kerens, grandmother, and Mr.
and Mrs. H. V. Alsup, Navarro, grandparents.
The Corley Funeral Home was in charge.
Mar 20, 1880 - Nov 18, 1939
O. C. MINATRA OF DRANE COMMUNITY WAS BURIED SUNDAY
O. C. Minatra, aged 59 years, will known resident of the Drane community,
died Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after a two day's illness. Funeral rites
were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Methodist church in Blooming
Grove with burial in the Blooming Grove Cemetery. [Dresden].
Mr. Minatra had resided in Navarro County for 40 years or more. He resided
three miles west of Drane.
Surviving are his wife, four children, Mrs. Hoyt Monroe, Corsicana; Herschel
Minatra, Drane; Mrs. Bruce Denbow, Corsicana, and Miss Dean Minatra, Drane; two
grandchildren, two brothers, Odie Minatra, Austin, former superintendent of the
State Home here, and C. C. Minatra, San Angelo, and a sister, Mrs Minnie Dovall,
Grass Valley, California.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, pastor of the church. Robert
Calvert, Hillsboro attorney, made a short talk, Calvert has been employed by Mr.
Minatra while a student on the State Home here years ago.
Prominent Farmer Buried Sunday
Funeral services for O. C. Minatra, aged 59 years, a prominent farmer of this
community, who died suddenly at his home near Blooming Grove at 2 p.m. Saturday,
were held at the local Methodist church Sunday at 4 p.m. with Rev. Van P.
Morrison, pastor, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Rawlins Cherryhomes,
pastor of the Christian church, and the Hon. Robert Calvert, who is a close
friend of the family, spoke briefly, paying tribute to the deceased.
Mr. Minatra had been a prominent farmer of this community for the past twenty
years, during which time, through his friendly nature and by his many good
deeds, he had won the good will and friendship of all who knew him.
Survivors are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Hoyt Moore and Mrs. Bruce Denbow,
Corsicana, and Miss Dean Minatra, of Blooming Grove; a son, Herschel Minatra,
Blooming Grove; two brothers, Odie Minatra, Austin, former Sup't State Orphans'
Home, 1919 to 1925, and C. C. MInatra, San Angelo; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Dovell,
Grass Valley, Calif.
Pallbearers were Jim Sutton, John Elrod, Joe Baker, John McDonald, S. S. Baggett
and J. A. Sims.
Interment was made in the Dresden cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service
Dresden and Vicinity Items
The entire community was deeply grieved Saturday when it was learned that Mr.
Pet Minatra was dead. The community has lost a loyal, useful citizen, who was at
all times ready to help one in need. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 24, 1939
- Submitted by Karen Rost
Aug 13, 1889 - Jan 10, 1929
WOMAN DIES NEAR MILDRED THURSDAY; BURIAL IN OAKWOOD
Mrs. Gertie Mae Price, aged 29, wife of J. S. Price, died at her home in
the Humble production camp, south of Mildred, early Thursday morning from
flu-pneumonia. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the
Church of Christ, Rev. J. L. Hines officiating. Interment was made in
The deceased is survived by her husband; four children, Edith Howard, Frank and
Joseph Jr.; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Turner, Poteau, Oklahoma; and
two sisters residing in Ptaeau.
Pallbearers were J. H. Wilson, J. C. Wright, Joe Watson, A. C. Blackmon, W. F.
Meadow and Geo. Cox.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Corsicana Funeral Parlor.
Earl Jordan Jones
Jan 18, 1915 - Mar 2, 1987
Earl J. Jones, 72, of Corsicana, died Monday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. William E.
Robinson officiating. Burial will be in
Pallbearers will be members of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174
Cora Mae Rogers
abt 1898 - Mar 4, 1987
Cora M. Rogers, 89, or Purdon, died Wednesday at her home.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at
Resthaven Memorial Park under the
direction of Corley Funeral Home.
She was a native and life-long resident of Purdon and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Paul Rogers of Houston; two daughters, Billie Tate of
Corsicana and Doshie Kyser of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; and seven
James R. Counts
James R. Counts of Avalon died Tuesday at Baylor Hospital Dallas.
Arrangements are with Boze and Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Finley Counts of Avalon; a daughter, Cynthia
Counts of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Al Stimson of Dallas; and other relatives
including E. L. Finley Jr. and Joyce Christian, both of Corsicana
Vonia Sheppard, 80, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Corsicana Nursing Home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev.
B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include a nephew, Bruce Evans of Richardson.
d. March 3, 1987
Vesta Miles Harris, 91, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr.
Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 63 years and a Methodist.
Survivors include a nephew S. J. Miles, Jr. of Corsicana; two nieces Anita Weems
and Ersie Woodard all of Corsicana; and several great-nices ad nephews.
Pallbearers will be S. J. Miles Jr., Monta Miles Marshall Weems, Chuck Weems,
Red Posey, Darrell Posey, Randy Cox, and Andy Cox
Jennie W. Miller
abt 1870 - Feb 1954
RITES THURSDAY FOR MRS. MILLER
Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie W. Miller, 84, widow of the late George F.
Miller, who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday, were held Thursday at 3 p.m.
from the First Baptist Church. Burial was in
The Rites were conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor and Dr. J. Howard
Williams, Fort Worth, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary, also a former pastor of this church.
THe body lay in state in the church Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Miller was a well-known Bible student and had been a Sunday School teacher
in the local church for more than a half century. She had been ill several
Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Miller was a companion of the lte Mrs.
W. J. McKie several years prior to Mrs McKie's death in 1936, and since that
time has made her home with Miss Blanche McKie.
No close relatives survive.
Pallbearers were Hood Cheney, Guy Love, W. H. Norwood, Elliott Middleton, S. K.
Briatz, H. M. Montgomery, Robert Cooke, III; Dr. R. D. Bone, Mr. L. E. Gibson,
W. P. McCammon, W. M. Taylor, N. Suttle Roberts, John C. Calhoun and deacons of
the First Baptist Church.
abt 1898 - Aug 1983
Mrs. Bess Scarbrough Pugh
Mrs. Bess Scarbrough Pugh, 85, of Corsicana, died Saturday afternoon in
She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Miller.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Claude Holcomb
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Chester S. Pugh Sr. of Redding, Calif.; a son,
Hawkins Scarbrough of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Clyde E. Johnson Sr.; six
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dr. Will Miller and Paul
Miller, both of Corsicana.
Apr 3, 1898 - Aug 25, 1983
Mrs. Katie Widener
Mrs. Katie Widener of Dubberly, La. died Thursay in Minden, La.
Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with the Rev. John
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be at
She was the widow of Jessie Widener, who died in 1958.
Survivors include one son, A. J. of Barry; a daughter, Edna Vernell Shelton of
Dubberly; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild;
a brother, Rubin Crawford of Grand Prairie; three sisters, Mrs. Lillian Garner
of Tyler, Mrs. Lela Chandler of Houston and Mrs. Kathleen Kessler of New
Pallbearers are Lindon McCulloch, Shirley McCulloch, BIlly Joe McCulloch, Ross
Crawford, Worsham Crawford and Wilson Griffin.
Jesse D. Greer
April 25, 1912 - Ma 13, 1960
J. D. Greer Dies Friday At Noon
J. D. Greer, Northwest Apartments 4-c, died shortly after noon Friday at his
residence following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Thelma Greer, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Willia
Horton, Rice, and Mrs. Betty Jo Phillips, Hawaii; and a son, Jesse Don Greer,
Sunday Rites For J. D. Greer
Funeral services for J. D. Greer will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from
the Rice Baptist church with Claude Gordon, pastor, conducting the
final rites. Interment will be in the Rice Cemetery.
A resident of Rice for a number of years, Mr. Greer, 47, died Friday
noon at his residence in Corsicana after an extended illness.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. J. D. Greer, Corsicana; two daughters,
Mrs. A. L. Horton, Rice, and Mrs. R. A. Phillips, Hawaii; one son,
Jesse Don Greer, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Ollie Greer, Rice; five
sisters, Mrs. A. Murphy, Lancaster, Mrs. Finis Griffith, Eustace,
Mrs. Eva Craw, Victorville, Calif., Miss Edith Greer, Terrell, and
Mrs. Lucille Reynolds, Bardwell; two brothers, W. L. and J. L.
Greer, Jr., both of Rice; four grandchildren, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Bates, Price Pate, Clarence Mahaley, Floyd
Brewer, James Marriott and Charlie Szenasi.
Corley Funeral Home directs.
Aug 16, 1882 - Jan 3, 1967
Mrs. Greer, 84, Rites Thursday
Mrs. Ollie Greer, 84, longtime resident of Henderson and Navarro counties, died
in Twilight Nursing Home Tuesday night.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with
burial in the Rice Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the Pentecostal
Church of God.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Thelma A. Murphy, Lancaster; Mrs. Pearl J.
Griffith, Eustace; Mrs. Eva F. Craw, Victorville, Calif.; Mrs. Edith R. Greer,
Terrelll, and Mrs. Lucille Reynolds Barwell; a son Willie L. Greer, Corsicana;
17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Zackry T. "Ruff"
Feb 19, 1847 - Aug 6, 1921
WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DEAD
Z. T. (Ruff) Edens, aged 72 years, and for many years a citizen of this county,
died at the Exchange Hotel, the home of his sister, Mrs. Rosa Hughes, at 2
o'clock this morning after a long illness. He was never married but is survived
by many relatives, the family being one of the most prominent in the county. The
funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock, and interment will be
in Oakwood. Rev. W. T. Ingram of the
Cumberland Presbyterian church will officiate and the following will act as pall
Active - Pole Edens, Reuben Edens, Allen Edens, Wesley Edens, John Hughes,
Rowland Puryear, Wilmot Curtis, WIll Thompson, Tom Hughes, and Joe Hughes.
Honorary - alter Hayes, Julian Carter, B. J. Shaw, Jack Hayes, E. R. Glover, C.
C. Walton, John Bressie, A. M. Milligan, Dr. Cross, Dr. Shell, Richard Mays,
Cliff Bowen, James Pugh, Will Pugh, Lacy Wills and Clarence Pittman.
Remains Interred Yesterday.
The remains of the late Z. T. (Ruff) Edens, were interred in Oakwood
yesterday afternoon, and the last sad rites were largely attended
and there were many numerous beautiful floral offerings.
Walter Lee Stewart
Nov 5, 1895 - June 29, 1971
Funeral Services for Walter L. Stewart, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital,
were to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Chapel, with the Rev. Eugene
Burial was to be at Hamilton Cemetery.
The Angus native was a retired highway department employee, a member of the
Methodist Church and a
veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his widow of Corsicana, two brothers, four sisters, and a number
of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers include H. E. Crumbley, Bert Jones, Fred Ware, Frank Ware, A. C.
Cox, H. C. Conant, Walter Davis and Andrew Steele.
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Funeral services for Walter L. Stewart, who died Tuesday morning at Navarro
County Memorial Hospital, will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel, with the Rev. Eugene E. Wood officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.
A native of Angus, Stewart had resided in that community until approximately a
year ago when he moved to Corsicana. He was a retired maintenance operator for
the Texas Highway Department, a member of the Methodist Church and a veteran of World War I.
He is survived by his widow of Corsicana; two brothers, Elmer Stewart of Spring
and Ernest Stewart of Angus; four sisters, Mrs. Clara Northern of Corsicana,
Mrs. Sue Turner of Angus, and Miss Martha Stewart and Mrs. Aline Dockery of
Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Alvin Jerome Marks
July 3, 1920 - June 1971
Alvin J. Marks of EL Paso, a native of Corsicana, died Tuesday in Houston
following heart surgery. Funeral arrangements are pending in El Paso.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Marks of Corsicana, he is a graduate of Corsicana
High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been active in the
business life of El Paso, having served as president of American Furniture Co.
and having been involved in investments over the past several years.
He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter, all of El Paso, as well
as by his parents.
abt 1910 - June 1971
Graveside services for Roy Cain, 61, who died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Home,
will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Modrell Cemetery. The Rev. Eugene Wood will
A painting contractor, Cain was a native of Canton, Ohio, and had made his home
in Corsicana for 15 years.
No survivors listed.
Henry Grady Holmes
Dec 30, 1890 - June 29, 1971
Henry Grady Holmes, 80, Dallas resident and native of Corsicana, died Tuesday in
Dallas. He was a retired accountant of Magnolia Petroleum Co., now Mobil Oil.
Funeral rites will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in
Dallas with graveside rites and burial following at 1 p.m. at
here under direction of Corley Funeral Home.
He is survived by two sons, Charles and Henry Holmes, both of Dallas; five
grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. D. A. Nichols and Mrs. Hayes Bonner, both of
Corsicana; and a brother, R. L. Holmes, Dallas.
Kenneth B. Meador
d. Dec 21, 1969
Kenneth Meador Rites Pending
Funeral arrangements are pending at Hassel and Foster Funeral Home in Athens for
Marine Pvt. Kenneth B. Meader who was killed Dec. 21 in
His body was due to arrive in Athens Tuesday.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Meador of Corsicana; a sister,
Virginia Smith of Plano; and a brother, Mark Meador of Corsicana.
Dave Packer Grady
June 28, 1898 - Dec 30, 1969
Rites Pending For D. P. Grady
Funeral services were pending at the McCormick Funeral Home in Blooming Grove
for D. P. Grady of Mineola, who died Tuesday.
Survivors include his daughter Hilda Jo Naquin of Palestine, five grandchildren;
three sisters, Mrs. C. N. Wilkerson of Corsicana, Mrs. B. H. Kirkland and Miss
Elizabeth Grady of Blooming Grove.
Funeral services were to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the
McCormick Chapel in Blooming Grove for D. P. Grady of Mineola, who
died Tuesday, with Rev. Mel Hardin officiating and interment at Rose
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Grady of Mineola; a daughter
Mrs. Jules Naquin of Palestine; five grandchildren; three sisters,
Mrs. B. H. Kirkland of Wichita Falls, Mrs. C. N. Wilkinson of
Corsicana, and Miss Elizabeth Grady of Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers included Bruce McCormick, Wallace Germany of Dallas,
Drew Gillen, Miller Reid, J. D. George and R. W. George Jr.
James Dewey Walker
Feb 16, 1900 - Dec 29, 1969
Funeral services for J. D. Walker were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley
Chapel. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Gerald Williamson, with interment
in the Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, one daughter, two grandchildren, one brother and two
J. D. Walker Dies Monday
J. D. Walker, 69, a native of Blooming Grove, died Monday in Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The rites
will be conducted by the Rev. Gerald Williamson with interment in the Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. J. D. Walker of Corsicana, one daughter, Mrs.
A. A. Armstrong, Jr. of Houston; two grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Walker
of Ennis and two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Smithen, Sr. and Mrs. O. A. Loosier both of
Pallbearers will be Clyde Sharrer, L. C. Cooke, M. E. Lake, A. A. Armstrong,
Sr., Claude Taylor and H. C. Smithen, Jr.
Joseph Calvin Browning
Nov 5, 1881 - Sep 1, 1952
J. C. Browning Rites Tuesday
Funeral services for J. C. Browning, 70, who died of a heart attack Monday
afternoon, will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First
Baptist church of which he was a Deacon. Burial will be in
Browning suffered the heart attack shortly after 12 noon while at work at the R.
and M. Shoe Shop, 215 North Beaton street. He was pronounced dead on arrival at
Memorial Hospital in a McCammon ambulance.
He had been a long-time resident of Corsicana and had been in the shoe repair
business for many years.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Calvin Browning, New Orleans; a
grandson; a sister, Mrs. Sudie Jetton, Kerens, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be E. C. Lee, John B. Davis, Virgil Williamson, A. Scott Lowry,
Roy Bristow and Frank V. Williams.
Daisy Myrtle (Phillips) Burney
Mar 9, 1904 - Sep 28, 1968
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for
Mrs. Daisy Burney, 64, who died Saturday. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiated.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Ketley, Kenneth <??>, Don Tekell, Don Lake, June Clark, and
R. A. Bain.
Surviving are a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, four step-daughters, and
Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mertens Baptist Church for
Mrs. Grace Lightfoot, 68, lifelong Mertens resident who died Saturday here. The
Rev. Joe Waltz officiated. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery at Mertens.
Survivors are a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, one brother and a sister.
- Corsicana Semi Weekly Light
Ronald E. Hughes
Sep 23, 1847 - Feb 15, 1919
PROMINENT CITIZEN DEAD
Had Been Resident Here Thirty-Seven Years
From Saturday's Daily.
R. E. Hughes, who had been a well known and highly esteemed citizen here for
thirty seven years, was taken suddenly sick at his place of business late
Thursday afternoon and was taken to the P. and S. hospital for treatment, died
there last night. The deceased was born in Lexington, Ky., September 23, 1847,
and was seventy one years of age his last birthday.
He came to Navarro County thirty seven years ago. He engaged in farming near here
for several years, but of late years had been in the transfer business here.
During his long residence here he made many warm friends who are pained at his
death, and who will bourn his departure as the going away of one of our best
The deceased is survived by these grown children: Mrs. Anna Johnson, of Fort
Worth; Mrs. Kate Welch of Kansas; Mrs. Richard Anderson of Winkler; J. C. and
Tom Hughes of Corsicana and Joe Hughes of Houston. The funeral will take place
tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, from the home of his son, Tom Hughes, 204 South
Fourteenth Street, with Rev. J. W. Hornbeak officiating.
The pallbearers follow: Active - W. C. Douglas, Leon Guynes, Lacy Wills, A. W.
Hewitt, Jim Pugh, Frank Sikes. Honorary - E. O. Vaughn, A. K. Seagroves, Gus
Weidman, Dr. T. B. Sadler, A. W. Levermann, J. T. Robinson, R. M. Lockhart, A.
S. Vann, A. E. Collum, J. H. Douglas, Ed Glvoer, S. M. Ransom, P. C. Townsend,
Mike Froley, Dr. J. M. V. Wills, S. H. King, Doak King.
Lynda (Jones) Whistler
Aug 5, 1952 - Nov 23, 2004
WHISTLER, LYNDA, 52, passed away, November 23, 2004. She was born on
August 5, 1952 in Corsicana, TX. Lynda attended and graduated from Henderson
High School, where she was crowned Miss HHS. She would go on to attend SFA.
During this time she met and married her husband, Chick and moved to Carrollton.
From this union, two of her greatest accomplishments were born, her sons. Lynda
was a wonderful and perfect wife, mother, sister and friend. She was generous
and loyal, always there for her family. She never missed a game or a practice
and her selfless actions set a high example for all who knew her. Her family was
her proudest and most honored gift. She worked alongside her husband and sons,
at the family business, ACT Precision Sheet Metal. Lynda is preceded in death by
her father Doyle Jones. She leaves to cherish her legacy and memories, her
husband of 31 years, Chick Whistler; her two adored sons, Wade and Colby
Whistler; mother, Jean Jones; sister, Gwen Swinney & husband, David; brother,
Mike Jones; father-in-law, John Whistler; mother-in-law, Othell Hunt;
brother-in-law, James Whistler & wife, Jane; niece, Ashlee Watts; nephew, Brent
Stanfield; special family friend, Rick Zullo and numerous family members,
friends, and loved ones. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on
Friday, November 26, 2004 from 6-8 PM. Funeral service will be held on Saturday,
November 27, 2004, 1 PM, at Rhoton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at
Hilltop Memorial Park. Dignity Memorial Rhoton Funeral Home I35 at Crosby Rd.
Carrollton (972) 242-5261
Feb 25, 1925 - Nov 9, 2009
Raye Brown, 84, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, in
Corsicana. She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in St. Elmo to Thomas G. and
Clara Pearl Patrick. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband,
Johnnie L. Brown; daughter, Elizabeth Simpson; grandson, Jonathan L.
Brown; and seven siblings. She is survived by two sons and
daughters-in-law, James and Teresa Brown and Johnnie Wayne and Linda
Brown, all of Dresden; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and
seven great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7
p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will
be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Clayton
Smith officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be Ray Wayne Rollyson, John Buckhannan, Dustin Allred,
Justin Brown, Jarret Brown and Ken Thomas. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lyda Lynn (Wood) Bussey-Marchman
Sep 6, 1924 - Nov 6, 2009
Lynn Wood Bussey Marchman was born in Corsicana on Sept. 6, 1924, to
James K. Wood, Sr. and Lyda Kate Cheney Wood. She passed away on Friday,
Nov. 6, 2009, in Dallas. She graduated from Corsicana High School in
1941 and entered Baylor University where she graduated with a
Bachelor of Music degree in 1945. Her music major was in piano. She did
solo recitals and chamber music, but also minored in violin. She enjoyed
playing in the Baylor Symphony and Waco Symphony Orchestras. Following
graduation Lyda Lynn taught violin and piano at San Marcos Baptist
Academy in San Marcos. In 1946, she returned to Baylor University to
pursue her master's degree and teach piano there as an instructor. In
July 1947, she and Dr. Charles D. Bussey, Dallas surgeon, were married.
Lyda Lynn was very active in church music and medical circles. She
served as president of the Dallas County Medical Society and of her
Music Study Club. She was a member of the Junior Matheon Club, Dallas
Woman's Club and the Dallas Garden Club, Pi Beta Phi and Mu Phi Epsilon.
She was a member of the Park Cities Baptist Church and First Baptist of
Dallas where she played in the First Baptist Church orchestra. After Dr.
Bussey's death, Lyda Lynn married Dr. Oscar Marchman Jr., Dallas
ophthalmologist, in 1973.Lyda Lynn is survived by her daughter, Lynn
Bussey of Dallas; son, Charles Lelland Bussey and his wife Susan of
Dallas. Also, she is survived by her stepdaughter, Marilyn Patrick of
Plano; stepdaughter, Madalyn and her husband, W.E. "Bill" Jones Jr. of
Spring; seven grandchildren, James Francis "Jim" Guittard, Robert Bussey
Guittard and his wife Candace, Lauren Bussey Stewart and her husband Dr.
Robert Stewart, and Dan C. Bussey, all of Dallas; step-grandchildren,
W.E. "Trey" Jones III and his wife Krystal of Ward, Ark., Stephanie
Dolliger of Plano, and Jacquelyn Hardy and her husband Richard Hardy Jr.
of Cypress; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home,
Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at
Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel with a private interment at
Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the
First Baptist Church Orchestra in Dallas or Park Cities Baptist Church
Orchestra in Dallas. Arrangements by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral
Jimmie W. Rutherford
Aug 18, 1920 - Nov 7, 2009
W. Rutherford, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009,
in Corsicana. He was born on Aug. 18, 1920, in Pursley. He was a veteran
having served in the United States Air Force retiring as a chief master
sergeant after 26 years of service to his country. He later worked at
and retired from TSTI in Waco. Mr. Rutherford was preceded in death by
his parents, Odie Henry and Lula Mae Rutherford; brothers, Odie "Red"
and Willis "Cotton" Rutherford; and a sister, Dorothy Conger. He is
survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Rutherford of Corsicana;
daughter, Linda Rutherford of Corsicana; sons, Tommy Rutherford and wife
Patricia of Waco and Hank Rutherford and companion Mercy Arellano of
Cleburne; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and nine
great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Ira Hugh "Pee-wee" Rutherford and
wife Barbara of Canton and Willard "Doc" Rutherford and wife Jewell of
Kerens; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will
be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tommy Rutherford Jr., Sean Rutherford,
Jonathan Rutherford, Steve Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Gary Jones, Rob Shane,
and Lance Rutherford. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Charles H. Brown
Jan 17, 1918 - Nov 9, 2009
H. Brown, age 91, died at his home on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. He was a
physician who practiced medicine in Corsicana from 1956 until his
retirement in 1988. He was born on Jan. 17, 1918, to Charles H. Brown and
Josie Malin Brown in El Paso, their only son and the youngest of five
children. In 1924, his family moved to Breckenridge where he graduated
from high school. From there, he went to Tarleton State College in
Stephenville, where he met his wife-to-be, Ann Clay. He graduated from
the University of Texas in Austin in 1940 and then started medical
school that same year as part of the first class of Southwestern Medical
College in Dallas. He married Ann Clay in 1943 in Fort Worth. In 1944,
he graduated from medical school and, after completing his internship,
was on active duty for two years with the United States Army Medical
Corps, including 12 months in Japan with the United States Occupation
Forces. Upon completion of his residency in surgery, he practiced
medicine in Fort Worth and Stephenville before moving to Corsicana in
1956 to take a position with the Navarro Clinic. Dr. Brown, as he was
known by many, was active in the Navarro County Medical Society,
including a term or two as president. He was a member of St. John's
Church for 53 years where he served on the vestry and was senior warden
of the vestry. He also participated in the Men's Club at the church. He
was on the board of directors of the House of Refuge. One of his
favorite activities was golf, which he played as long as he could at the
Corsicana Country Club. He stayed interested in the activities of
everyone in his family. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Brown's life
will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. John's Church with the
Rev. Edward Monk and Bishop Sam B. Hulsey officiating. A celebration
luncheon in the parish hall will follow the service in the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be some of Dr. Brown's friends, Dr. Jim
Whitten, Dr. J.D. Carroll, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Scott Middleton, Dr.
James Price, Fred Grimes, and Bill Regester, along with his three
grandsons, James Clay Brown Jr., William Thomas Harrison, and Justin
Joseph Gilbert. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann Clay
Brown; and their four children, Nancy Brown Harrison of Waco, James Clay
Brown of Midland, Mary Brown Gilbert of Euless, and Elizabeth Ann Brown
of Corsicana. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren. Contributions or memorials may be directed to St.
John's Church, the House of Refuge, or The Salvation Army. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Aug 15, 1941 - Nov 9, 2009
Gillen, 68, of Lakeland, Fla., went to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 9,
2009, due to heart failure and a long battle with cancer. Gary was born
Aug. 15, 1941, in Blooming Grove to C.L. and Zola Gillen. He was a
loving husband, father and brother, a good friend and neighbor. He was a
generous man and cared for others. He worked for the Texas Department of
Transportation and retired after 33 years of service. In 2004, Gary and
Pat moved to Lakeland, Fla., from Austin to take care of Pat's mother
until her death in 2008. He was a deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church
in Lakeland. In 2005, he battled cancer and subsequently, the next five
years suffered severe continuing health problems. He accepted his
tribulations and continued to praise the Lord until his death. He was an
encouragement to others. I thank God for the additional five years we
had together. In Austin, Gary and Pat had been members of the First
Baptist Church of Oakhill and they enjoyed working there many hours. He
was preceded in death by beloved son, Stacy Cole Gillen. He leaves to
mourn him his wife of 43 years, Pat; brother, Paul (Paula) Gillen of
Corsicana; sisters, Betty (Delton) Raley of Dawson and Wanda (Jimmy)
Harris of Blooming Grove. I wish to thank family, friends, and neighbors
who supported us with love and prayers during this long, hard journey.
What a wonderful life we shared. We buried our son together but also had
so much happiness and laughter in our life. Some people bring joy when
they come into this world, others when they leave it. He was my joy; a
light has gone out in my life. I will always be his "Babe." Special
thanks to Dr. Luis Franco and staff at Center for Cancer Care for their
kind care these last five years. Thanks also to Good Shepherd Hospice
for their caring assistance. "For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Visitation will be at Cook-Walden
Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin. Family
visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Services
will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church of Oakhill in Austin. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Stacy Cole Gillen Memorial Garden Fund at First Baptist Church of
Oakhill, 6907 Convict Hill Road, Austin, TX 78749.Arrangements by
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland, Fla.
- Published in the
Corsicana Daily Sun
from 11/12/2009 - 11/14/2009
- also in the Austin American-Statesman, November 13, 2009
Jan 9, 1920 - Nov 11, 2009
"Sis" Reid Thomas, 89, of Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana passed away
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. Granny Reid was born Jan. 9, 1920. She retired
from Adams Hat Factory; after retirement she continued to stay busy
working as a caregiver to many people. She also enjoyed working at
Blooming Grove Cafe for several years. She moved to Waco in 1999 and
continued to work for many organizations. She was a member of Concord
Baptist Church in Waco. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Brove
Reid and Harvy Thomas; parents, Andrew and Myrtle Brooks; granddaughter,
Brenda Kay Hoosier; great-granddaughter, Rachael Reid; and brothers,
Buddy Brooks, Ernest Brooks, Merrill Brooks and Willie George Brooks. She
is survived by her son, Fred Reid and wife Linda of Longview; daughters,
George Ann Grantt and husband Al of Waco and Linda Barber and husband
Larry of Waco; grandchildren, LeeAnn Herod, Kim Carrington, Daryl Sharpa,
Brandi Garcia, Randy Reid, Pam Turner, Lynn Humphrey and Laura Edwards;
a very special sister-in-law and friend, Laverne (Mitiz) Brooks;
brothers, Wade Brooks, Charles Brooks, Alvin Brooks; sisters, Adene
Cumbie, Maudine Blackmon and Bonnie Faye Price; and numerous
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be
held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at
Younger Cemetery in Silver City with Grady Cashion officiating. Pallbearers will
be her grandsons. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Nov 5, 1929 - Nov 13, 2009
Christine Montgomery Frisby, 80, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov.
13, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1929, in
Hubbard, the daughter of T.C. and Mary Anne (Freeman) Montgomery. She
graduated from Mexia High School in 1946 and attended North Texas State
Teachers College (now University of North Texas). She and her husband
Bob R. Frisby met at Hubbard High School functions and married Nov. 25,
1949, in Mexia during his senior year at Baylor University. She used to
joke about marrying Bob so she could travel a lot, and she did. A
veteran of World War II, Bob was in ROTC at Baylor, recalled to active
duty during the Korean conflict and remained on active duty until August
1975. They retired in Austin since their oldest daughter, Robin, and
later Amy were University of Texas fans and eventually graduates. They
moved to Corsicana in 1979 to be near Martha's aging parents, and a
sister and brother because they were attracted to Corsicana with its
small town flavor and proximity to the DFW Metroplex. Martha's travel
yen was almost satisfied by their assignments to the Philippines,
Germany, and Greece, with side trips to France, England, Holland, Spain,
The Holy Land, Liechtenstein (spent five days in world's smallest
country because Amy had strep throat), Switzerland, and Italy. Since
moving to Corsicana they traveled to Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary,
all of the Baltic Sea countries, including Russia, Finland, Sweden, and
Norway, and were still thinking of traveling down the river to the Black
Sea, but didn't get around to it. In addition to travel, Martha as an
incredible cook, great housekeeper and decorator, piano player, and sang
alto in many military base officers club and church choirs, including
St. John's Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Chancel Choir in
Corsicana. She was a wonderful mother of Robin (Mrs. Jeff) Fuller of
Show Low Ariz., and Amy Starling of Corsicana, and grandchildren, Rachel
Sherman of Phoenix, Ariz., Anna Sherman of Show Low, Ariz., Joshua
Starling of Dallas, and Alyssa, Abby, and Annie Starling, all of
Corsicana. She is also survived by her sister, and sole survivor of six
siblings, Nell Marshall of Beeville, and sister-in-law, Jean Montgomery
of Victoria, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were dear to
her heart. No man ever had a more loving, caring wife than Bob Frisby,
just short of their 60th anniversary. Visitation will take place from 5
to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will
be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at First United Methodist Church with Steve
Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.
Pallbearers will be family members. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr.
David Campbell, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Bob Kingman, and Dr. Charles Biltz.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
April 1, 1941 - Nov 3, 2009
Rozella "Lucy" Williams Johnson, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday,
Nov. 3, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7
p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Services will be 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park. She was born April 1, 1941, in Roane. Rozella attended
G.W. Jackson High School. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and also
a member of the Mixed Generation Singers. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Troy Williams Sr. and Jewel Lee Jackson Riles; stepfather, Frederick
Riles; grandparents, Andrew and Pearl Jackson; brother, Troy Williams Jr.; two
children and one grandson. Survivors include three children, Sharron Armstrong
(Roderick) of Mesquite, and Paula Stovall and Kerron Hawkins (Anthony), all of
Corsicana; six grandchildren, Gordon Banks (Tiara) of Mexia, and Natasha Banks,
Keah Hawkins, Cornilus Hawkins (Ashley), the Rev. Christopher Hawkins (LaToya),
and Kierra Jordan, all of Corsicana; seven great-grandchildren, Zaryah Banks and
Victoria Banks, both of Mexia, Zania Banks, and Cambria Hawkins, Christian
Hawkins, Caden Hawkins and Baby J, all of Corsicana; godson, Michael Love of
Dallas; sister-in-law, Patsy Spivey Williams of Mexia; family friend, Clifford
Barton of Corsicana; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and
Jan 1, 1943 - Nov 12, 2009
Lumley, 66, of Gun Barrel City passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in
Tyler. Mr. Lumley was born on January 1, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo. to
Charles and Mildred (Grimmet) Lumley. He was a mechanic. Graveside
services will be held at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 15, 2009, with the Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Pallbearers will
be Charles Lumley, David Lumley, Josh Lumley, Jimmy Deueaux, Kelly
Whitt, and Chuck Morgan. Mr. Lumley is survived by his wife, Sharon
Lumley of Gun Barrel City; children, Terry Lumley of Doniphan, Mo.,
Charles Lumley of Pursley, and Jay Lumley of Gun Barrel City. He is also
survived by a sister-in-law, Charleen Deueaux of Corsicana; five
grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley
Aug. 7, 1920 - Aug 6, 1990
Fahrlender: Graveside services for Viola Fahrlender, a 69 year old
Weatherford, Okla., resident, were held Wednesday at the Greenwood Cemetey of
Weatherford. Officiating minister was Gene Hutchinson of Custer City, Okla., of
the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial followed in the
Greenwood Cemetry under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home. Mrs.
Fahrlender was born Aug. 7, 1920, at Frost, Texas. She died at her daughter's
home in Weatherford Monday afternoon. She was raised in the Frost area. She was
married to Harold Fahrlender Sept. 23, 1943, at Brownfield, Texas. They made
their home for a short time at Hope, N.M., before moving to the Silver City
area, where they lived for 12 years, until 1958. Mr. Fahrlender preceded her in
death March 9, 1987. She continued to reside in Weatherford until her death.
Mrs. Fahrlender was a member of the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Memorial may be made to the Hospice oof Western Oklahoma. She is survived by two
sons, Harold Fahrlender of Ventura, Calif., and George Fahrlender of Brownfield;
two daughters, Violet Anderson of Clinton, Okla., and Georgia Woodruff of
Weatherford; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers,
Charles Walter Ward of Lubbovk, Texas, and Searcy Ward of Red Bluff, Calif.; and
a sister, Violet Wilson of Brownfield.
Lawrence Journal World - - Thursday, August 9, 1990
Graveside services for Viola Fahrlender, 69, Weatherford, Okla., a former
Lawrence resident, were Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford with the
Rev. Gene Hutchinson officiating.
Mrs. Fahrlender died Monday at her daughter's home in Weatherford.
She was born Aug. 7, 1920, at Frost, Tex., where she lived most of her life.
She was a member of the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Mrs. Fahrlender and her husband lived in Hope, N.M., for a short time before
moving to the Silver City, N.M., area, where they lived for 12 years. They moved
to west Texas in 1958, but left there to move to Lawrence in 1973. The two left
Lawrence in 1975 and moved to Weatherford.
She married Harold Fahrlender on Sept. 23, 1943, at Brownfield, Tex. He died
March 9, 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Harold, Ventura, Calif., and George, Brownfield,
Tex.; two daughters, Violet Anderson, Clinton, Okla., and Georgia Woodruff,
Weatherford, Okla.; two brothers, Charles Walter Ward, Lubbock, Tex., and Searcy
Ward, Red Bluff, Calif.; a sister, Violet Wilson, Brownfield, Tex.; eight
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
- Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Custer Co., OK; Plot: C
Norris Lee Robinson
Oct 7, 1924 - April 20, 2008
Norris Lee Robinson, of Midland died Sunday, April 20, 2008.
He was born October 7, 1924 to Henry Robinson and Suzie Simpson in Temple,
Texas. His family later moved to Frost, Texas where he attended public school.
Norris moved to Houston, Texas in 1963 where he joined the Houston Police
Department. He later moved to Midland, Texas in 1971 where he united with the
Macedonia Baptist Church and became a member of the Sr. Usher Board. Norris was
employed at Seat Cover Ace in Odessa, Texas for many years. After retirement, he
continued his love for upholstery work on automobiles and home furniture from
the shop at his residence. Norris was united in holy matrimony to Ceola Hudspeth
on May 11, 1985.
He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-one years, Ceola Robinson;
parents, Henry and Suzie Robinson; sisters, Edna Robinson and Jewel Rowe;
brothers, Larry Robinson and James Robinson, and other beloved family members.
Norris leaves to love and cherish his memories, daughter, Cecilia Edwards of
Odessa, Texas; stepdaughters, Irish Loudd of Midland, Texas, Belinda Burton and
husband Thomas of Missouri City, Texas; stepsons, Larry Hudspeth of Midland,
Texas, Glen Hudspeth and wife Sarah of Denver, Colorado, George Hudspeth, Jr.
and wife Barbara of Bellville, Illinois; brother, Clarence Robinson of Waco,
Texas; sisters-in-law , Eula Zachery and husband Ben of Midland, Texas, Annie
Pearl Johnson of Waco, Texas; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and
other cherished relatives.
The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home on Friday, April 25, 2008
between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Funeral services have been
scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Macedonia Baptist Church
with Reverend O.J. Archie officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online
condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Mae Belle Sharp
July 29, 1925 - June 15, 2003
Mae Belle Sharp, 77, died June 15, 2003 at home. She was born July 29,
1925 in Frost, Texas. She was a homemaker and a resident of Las Vegas for 11
years, from Cut & Shoot, Texas. She is survived by husband, Henry H. of Las
Vegas; her son and daughter-in-law, Henry D. & Kathy of Las Vegas; son Dan of
Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will
be private. Davis Paradise Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
J. C. Tanner
June 5, 1920 - Mar 23, 1997
FORT WORTH -- J.C. Tanner, 76, a retired construction contractor, passed away
Sunday, March 23, 1997, at home.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill
Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Pallbearers wil be nephews: Bennie Boyd, Jim Gordon, Kenneth Langley, Kevin
Boyd, grandson-in-law, Shelby Pierce, and son-in-law, Dell Campbell.
J.C. Tanner was born June 5, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas, to Johnson and Mary
Tanner, and was raised in Frost, Texas. He had lived in Fort Worth for 55 years.
He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and
Papaw and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Tanner, and a daughter, Nancy Tanner
Survivors: Wife of 55 years, Eugenia "Bea" Tanner; son and daughter-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Randy Tanner; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Clifford McCullough;
granddaughters and grandson-in-law, Tammy McCullough, Kim Ramos and Gina and
Shelby Pierce; grandson, Jason McCullough; and great-granddaughter, Katelon
Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511
Mildred Elizabeth "Mib" (Goodman) Stevenson
abt 1914 - July 10, 2007
Mildred Elizabeth (Mib) Goodman Stevenson, 93, formerly of Hays, Great Bend, and
Lewiston, Idaho, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at St. Joseph Regional Medical
Center, Lewiston, Idaho.
She was born in Mertens, Texas. She attended Mary Harden Baylor and North Texas
She married Thomas Fletcher Stevenson on Dec. 25, 1942, during World War II in
Frost, Texas. He preceded her in death in 2001. She was a bookkeeper at
financial institutions or government treasurer offices in California, Arizona,
Oregon, Texas and Kansas.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, First United
Methodist Church, Hays, the Bible study group at Royal Plaza and blessed by
members of the Congregational Presbyterian Church, Lewiston, and a 50- year
member of both the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, John Stevenson and wife, Colleen, Melbourne, Fla; a
daughter, Susan Mann, Lewiston, Idaho; a sister Ruth Clark, Dallas; four
grandchildren, Shelleigh Beeson and husband, Kevin, Lewiston, Idaho, Shawn Mann
and wife, Jill, Portland, Ore., Mark Stevenson and wife, Amy, Gainesville, Fla.,
and Michelle Popilek and husband, Scott, Rockledge, Fla.; and five
great-grandchildren, Aidan, Zach, Logan, Josh and Madelyn.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ken Mann.
A memorial service will be at Royal Plaza at a later date; inurnment in
Condolences can be sent to the family at email@example.com.
July 2, 1922 - June 4, 2007
Raynelda Vaughn, of Ashland, died Monday, June 4, 2007. He was 84.
Mr. Vaughn was born July 2, 1922, in Frost, Texas, to John and Lottie Vaughn.
He married Margaret Archibald on Aug. 20, 1979, in New Albany, Ind.
He worked as a pilot for a private airplane company until his retirement.
From 1941 to 1946 he served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps in
World War II.
He was member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Columbia and American Legion in
Mr. Vaughn’s hobby was working on clocks.
“My house is full of them,” his wife said about his hobby. “We must have 100 to
150 clocks up on the walls.”
Mr. Vaughn is survived by his wife; six sons; nine daughters; one sister; 32
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay
Blvd., in Ashland, with burial following at New Salem Cemetery.
Robinson Funeral Home
-- Jennifer Gerling
Apr 7, 1950 - Jan 9, 2009
Martha Diane Cureton, 58, of Springtown, died Jan. 9, 2009.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Family’s
private cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at
White’s Funeral Home 401 N. Main Street.
Diane was born April 7, 1950 in Frost, Texas to Ben and Vera May. She attended
Frost Schools and graduated high school in
1967. She attended
Hill Jr. College. She lived in Springtown and was the world’s best mom, wife and
grandma. She was loved by all and she loved her family with all her heart. They
will always remember her and think of her.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Vera May; brothers, Bud,
Don, Danny Wayne, Benny, and Kenny May; and sister, Laverne May (Couch).
Survivors include her husband Tony Lee Cureton Sr.; son, Tony Lee Cureton Jr.;
daughter, Cara Diane Gilmore; grandchildren, Tristin Gilmore, Geof Gilmore, Jr.;
sisters, Linda Rumble, Barbara Poston, Sue Waller, Evelyn Duncan, and Nancy
In lieu of flowers please contact the family or funeral home for information
regarding memorials to be made in her name.
(Thursday, January 15, 2009)
Elsie A. Gorham
Apr 16, 1909 - July 14, 1998
BURKBURNETT - Elsie Ada Isabel Staggs Gorham, 89, died Tuesday, July 14,
1998, in a Burkburnett nursing home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Dr. Tim
Russell, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Burkburnett, officiating. Burial
will be in Burkburnett Cemetery.
Mrs. Gorham was born April 16, 1909, in Emhouse, Texas. She and Minyard A.
Gorham were married Feb. 7, 1935. He died in 1980. She was a homemaker and a
member of the First Baptist Church in Burkburnett. She had lived in Burkburnett
Survivors include a son, Weldon of Burkburnett; two daughters, Barbara Gore of
Weatherford, Texas, and Sue Hudson of Covington, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 23
Troy Byron Holcomb
Jan 5, 1932 - May 8, 2006
Troy Byron Holcomb Jr., 74, died Monday, May 8, 2006.
Troy Byron Holcomb Jr. was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Bardwell, Texas. His childhood
was spent in Emhouse, Texas, with his parents and two sisters and brother. For
his senior year of high school, he moved to Corsicana, Texas, so that he could
play baseball. He graduated from Corsicana High School in
He served in the United States Air Force form 1951 to 1955 during the
War. He received the Good Conduct, Korean Service, National Defense and U.N.
Service medals for his time.
He met and began dating the former Patricia Ann Martin in 1956 and they married
June 25, 1960. Their first son, Troy, was born March 5, 1964, and their youngest
son, Tracy, was born Oct. 19, 1965. In 1967, they moved to Weatherford, Texas,
and it was here they maintained their residence for the past 39 years.
Troy was a longtime employee of Employers General Insurance. He was a welding
inspector and was based at PECO Company in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was a
longtime faithful member of North Side Baptist Church, Weatherford, and served
as a door-greeter for many years. While his sons were growing up, he was very
active in their youth sports associations. He served as an assistant coach and
he also spent many hours fixing and repairing baseball gloves for many of the
players. He also, along with another dad, served as the “unofficial”
groundskeeper of the new Weatherford High School baseball field when it was
built in 1983.
The last several years, he struggled with Parkinson’s. But during this time, he
thoroughly enjoyed his two grandchildren, Joshua and Hannah. He was an avid
sports fan. His favorites were the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and the PGA.
His other favorite teams were the Weatherford College Coyotes and the
Weatherford Wranglers — he was a season ticket holder for both. He also loved to
read. His favorite authors were Louis Lamour and Tom Clancy.
Without a doubt, he will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Thank you
Heavenly Father for this precious man. As the Psalmist says, “Precious in the
sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Mae Holcomb; and his sister,
Survivors include wife, Pat Holcomb of Weatherford; sons, Troy of Paradise and
Tracy and wife, Debra, of Olton, Texas; grandson, Joshua; granddaughter, Hannah
of Olton, Texas; sister, Wilma McCann and husband, Esco, of Corsicana; brother,
Roy Don and wife, Christine, of Arlington, Texas; and brother-in-law, Billy Jack
Mott of Burleson, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and
Funeral service is scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at North Side Baptist
Church of Weatherford. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery,
Weatherford. The family will receive guests 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at
White’s Funeral Home, Weatherford.
White’s Funeral Home
130 Houston Ave., Weatherford, TX 76086
Dec 5, 1927 - Mar 31, 2007
Services for Zava Woods, 79, of Mabank were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31,
2007, at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Dennis Woods, the
Rev. Eugene Williams and the Rev. Byron Jones officiating. Burial followed in
Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of
Mrs. Woods died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Tyler. She was born Dec. 5, 1927,
Mrs. Woods is survived by her husband, Sam D. Woods of Mabank; sons, Danny E.
Woods and wife Jeannie E. of Mabank, Doyle G. Woods and wife Pam of Tool and
Dennis R. Woods and wife Sharon of Gun Barrel City; daughter, Rosie Mauldin and
husband Wayne of Mabank; brother, Jerry Mitchell of Dallas; sisters, Patsy Davis
of Kemp, Barbara Davis of Kaufman and Cookie Shotwell of Pealtown; eight
grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will include Mike Merimon, Craig Walker, Gary Rogers, Dennis W.
Woods, Danny A. Woods, Shane Woods, Travis Mauldin and Michael Merimon.
Gerald Royce Chaney
Nov 16, 1920 - July 28, 2007
Gerald Royce Chaney, 86, Fayetteville, formerly of Hapeville, died July
28, 2007. He was born Nov. 16, 1920, the last of seven children born to Dee and
Lizzie Chaney, in Emhouse, Texas. While on flight training at Dobbins Naval Air
Station he met a southern belle on a blind date and knew his life would forever
be connected to the Atlanta area. He was a naval aviator in
World War II and upon discharge
worked at Delta Air Lines for 36 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, sports
enthusiast and master gardener.
Services were at the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville Overton Chapel with
the Rev. Glenn Stringham officiating. Interment was at Camp Memorial Park,
Fayetteville. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Peggy Smith Chaney,
Fayetteville; sons, Darryl and Gay Chaney, and Dale and June Chaney, all of
Fayetteville; a daughter, Dee and John Evans, Fayetteville; grandchildren,
Christi Akins, Dee Chaney, Camille and Colin Evans, Brad Chaney, and Kate
McCain; and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the
Fayetteville First Baptist homebound meals program or Southwest Christian Care,
7225 Lester Rd., Union City, GA 30291. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home,
Fayetteville, was in charge.
- Son of John Henry "Dee" Chaney & Lizzie Reed (Maggard) Chaney
Margaret Joyce (Roman)
Nov 23, 1925 - June 11, 2009
Joyce Walker, 83, of Big Spring, died on Thursday, June 11, 2009 in a
local hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with
Rev. Joel Miller officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral
She was born on November 23, 1925, in Emhouse and married Willie B.
Walker on August 11, 1942 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death on
October 9, 1968.
Mrs. Walker was raised in the Knott Community and moved to Big Spring in
1970. She was a homemaker and a farmer's wife. She enjoyed painting and
gardening and loved her grandchildren.
She was a member of East Fourth Street Baptist Church, and was also a
member of the Mighty Oaks Senior Group, the Encourager's Group, and was
a previous member of the Scenic Mountain Senior Group.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Carole
Walker, Dale and T. J. Walker, all of Big Spring, and Jimmy and LaRee
Walker of Midland; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Velma Reid
Roman; and two brothers, Bobby Roman and Jerry Roman.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home &
Crematory of Big Spring.
- Avalanche-Journal - Friday, June 12, 2009
Mar 18, 1914 - Sep 20, 2002
Graveside services for Martha Rackley, 88, of San Antonio, TX will be held
Monday, September 23, 2002 at 1:00 pm at Parklawn Memorial Park in Plainview, TX
with Jeffrey Scott, First Baptist Church of Levelland, TX, officiating.
Services are under the direction of Freeman-Abell Funeral Home of Hale Center,
Mrs. Rackley died Friday, September 20, 2002 in San Antonio, TX.
She was born on March 18, 1914 in Emhouse, TX. She married Louis Rackley in
Durant, OK on May 4, 1932. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1979. She moved
to the Edmonson area in 1948 and she and her husband farmed in the Edmonson and
Plainview areas. They moved to Hale Center in 1973 and she lived there until
moving to San Antonio, TX in 1987. She was a former member of the McCoy Baines
Chapter of the DAR in Plainview and the Beta Sigma Phi National Sorority since
She is survived by;
2 sons, Charles Rackley of San Antonio, TX and Mike Rackley of Clovis, NM.
2 daughters, Patsy Baker of Lebanon, MO and Shirley Hay of San Antonio, TX.
1 sister, Charlotte Walker of Corsicana, TX.
13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be sent to a favorite charity or the American
Etta (Sims) Riddle
Nov 7, 1905 - June 13, 2001
Etta S. Riddle
Etta Sims Riddle, 95, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, in a local
Born Nov. 7, 1905, at Emmett, Texas, she was a member of Pullman Heights United
Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Tobe Riddle.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Dee and Bobby Hecke
and Janice Queen, all of Hot Springs, and Linda and Tom Conly of Port Lavaca,
Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald J. and Lynn Riddle of Dallas; 15
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two
nieces; and one nephew.
The service will be 11 a.m. Friday in Gross Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain
Rose Poag officiating.
Pallbearers will be Robby F. Hecke, George L. Queen, Jay Conly, Chris Conly,
Todd Conly and Randy Hall.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. George P. Queen, Daniel L. and Jan Hecke, Ron and
Kay Lynn Harris, Mike and Valerie Bearden, Paula and Mike Riley, Mike and Robin
Marco, Karen Mourad, Lori Soutee, Donna Roberts, Darla Hall, Becky Conly, Kevan
Queen, St. Joseph's Regional Health Center Advance Care Unit and third floor
nurses and staff, Quality Care Nursing Center, Bill Medcalf and Vickie Loris.
Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Pullman Heights United Methodist Church.
Loyd Earl Tipton
Mar 1, 1904 - Oct 21, 1996
ARLINGTON -- Loyd E. Tipton, 92, a retired lumber company manager, died Monday
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington Funeral Home. Officiating will be
Dr. John H. Cannon Jr. of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ in Arlington.
Memorials: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Box 190567, Dallas, Texas
Loyd E. Tipton was born March 1, 1904, in Purdon, Texas. He had lived in
Arlington since 1967 and was a former resident of Grapevine. He was a
II Navy veteran, a 32nd degree Mason and a charter member of the Scottish Rite
in Fort Worth. He had received his 50-year pin from the Masons and was a member
of the Arlington Scottish Rite and a Shriner. He had been employed 38 years as a
manager in the lumber industry with William Cameron and Co. He was a member of
First Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
Survivors: Wife, Elzie
Tipton of Arlington; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Nancy Tipton of
Arlington; and two grandchildren, Kim and James Tipton of Arlington.
Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791
Jewell M. Nelson
Jan 28, 1917 - Sep 11, 2002
Jewell M. Nelson, 85, of Yuma, died Sept. 11, 2002, in Tucson.
A retired grocery store clerk, she was born January 28, 1917, in Purdon, Texas.
A visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 10
a.m. Thursday at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Entombment will take place at Desert
Lawn Memorial Park.
May 30, 1937 - July 30, 2008
Mary Louise Surface
CLEBURNE — Funeral services for Mary Louise Surface, 71, of Hillsboro, were held
at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Rev.
Derwood Dubose and Rev. Mike Mizell will officiate. Burial will be in Keene
Cemetery. Mary Surface died Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Waco, Texas. She was
born May 30, 1937 in Houston, Texas to Will F. and Vera Mae Rhodes Baker. She
married Derrell Surface on Aug. 17, 1954 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Surface was a
minister, pastor’s wife of First Assembly of God, Hillsboro, Texas and a
lifelong member of First Assembly of God, Humble, Texas. She was young at heart,
loved to read, loved her family and people, loved to laugh and loved God with
all her heart. Mary Surface is survived by her husband, Derrell Surface of
Hillsboro; daughters, Sherolyn King and husband, Charles of Livingston, Texas
and Leah Bass of Alvarado; sons, James C. Surface of Riverside, Texas and R.
Dean Surface and wife, Karen of Roseville,Calif.; sisters, Maxine Davis and
husband C.P. of Porter, Texas and Virginia Merle Cash of Livingston; brothers,
Clarence Baker and wife, Emelie of Yorktown, Texas and Raymond Baker and wife,
Rosie of Humble, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her parents; two sons-in-law, Elray James Williams and J.Ed
Bass; four sisters and two brothers. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
May 3, 1920 - Aug 23, 2006
Mary Ellen Benner Sumner - El Campo Leader-News – August 23, 2006 - El
Campo, TX - Mary Ellen Benner Sumner, 86, of La Veta, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006
after suffering a brief illness. She was born May 3, 1920 in Wharton County to
Arthur A. and Elsie Wilcoxen Benner. Survivors include her son, A. James Sumner;
two brothers, Charles P. Benner and Arvid J. Benner; and three granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Sumner; a sister, and four
brothers. A cremation will be followed by a private graveside ceremony at
Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas.
Memorials may be made in Mary's name to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 129 Kansas
Avenue, Walsenburg, CO 81089.
Oct 15, 1861 - Mar 24, 1956
Last rites for Mrs. H.H. Beck, who died Saturday morning, Mar 24, 1956 in St.
Louis, will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Morning Sun at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The Rev. Floyd Bowerman will officiate, and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Fannie Davis Veale, eldest daughter of a large family of Texas Pioneers, was
born at Dresden, Texas, on Oct. 15, 1861. Her parents were Judge and Mrs.
William Veale. Her father was a prominent attorney. Two of her brothers were
Texas cowboys and her grandmother Hardin, said to have been the first white
woman married in Texas after its annexation to the Union.
She was married to Henry H. Beck, who came to Texas from Morning Sun and built
the first department store in her home town. The couple later moved to Morning
Sun, where Mrs. Beck became a teacher in the Presbyterian Sunday School and a
leader in the town's activities.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Beck spent the winters at the home of her
daughters, the Misses Mary, Annie, Ruth, Mildred and Marion Beck who are
teachers in that city. It was at their home that she died. Her youngest
daughter, Esther Beck, is an associate professor at Alabama Polytechnic
University at Auburn, Ala.
Also surviving are two other daughters; Mrs. R.H. Davenport, Washington D.C.,;
and Mrs. J. Milford Hays, of Morning Sun, a brother, Judge Warren C. Veale,
Breckenridge and a sister, Mrs. R.H. McAlpine, of Amarillo, Texas.
- Morning Sun, March 26, 1956.
Nelna M. (Arp) Byrd
Oct 18, 1917 - Sep 11, 2009
|Major Nelna M. Byrd, (USA Ret.), 91, of Temple, died Friday,
September 11, 2009 in a Temple hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, September 17, 2009
at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. Graveside services will be
held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at
Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Texas.
Maj. Byrd was born to Henry and Kate Powell Arp in Corsicana, Texas on
October 18, 1917. She was a U.S. Army veteran of
World War II and the
Korean War, retiring as a Major in
the Nurse Corps, following 25 years of service. She also worked as a
school nurse at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and nursed at the
Santa Fe Hospital in Temple. She was a resident of Bell County for many
years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Temple and
D.A.V. Chapter #111.
Maj. Byrd is survived by nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist
Church, 102 North 2nd Street, Temple, Texas 76501.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.
Oct 14, 1910 - Apr 12, 1993
Effie E. Ganze, 82, of Pursley died April 12, 1993 in Navarro Regional
Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Gary
Hartley and William Dollar officiating. Burial will be in
She was a member of the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Minatra, on Jan 17, 1993.
Survivors include Max Ganze of
Pursley; one son, Billy Carl Minatra of Pursley; two daughters, Dorothy Ganze of
Pursley and Margaret Butler of Mathis; two sisters, Evelyn Clark of Gladewater
and Lyda Deavers of Dickenson; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Guy Green, Larry Green, Billy Max Minatra, Randy Ganze, Mike
Bates and Randy Clay.
Patricia June (Whitehead) Richardson
June 29, 1935 - Nov 13, 2009
June Whitehead Richardson was born on June 29, 1935, in Cooke County to
parents Nannie Pearl and Wellington "Wed" Ledbetter Whitehead. She
passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.
Pat grew up on a Texas farm and graduated from Midlothian High School in
1953. After graduation, she was joined in marriage to Jackie Lawrence
Richardson on July 2, 1953. They were married 37 years when Jack
preceded her in death. During their marriage, they served the Lord as
pastor and wife in Texas and Mississippi.
Pat is survived by her children, Jay and Becky Richardson of Terre
Haute, Ind., Sandra and Bob Cline of Cypress, Calif., Alix Richardson of
Austin, and Paul and Lori Richardson of Round Rock; 13 grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Nannie
Whitehead Grigsby of Denton; and sister, Sallie Baxter Pfeiffer of
Pat accepted Jesus as her savior in 1946. She was a member of Faith
Missionary Baptist Church in Round Rock (ABA) at the time of her passing
where she served the Lord for the past 14 years.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Beck
Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, Austin, TX 78717, (512) 244-3772,
with Brother Roy N. Fikac, pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in
Round Rock, officiating. Special music will be provided by Garry and
Mary Lankford, Jason Beeler, and Billie Richardson. Graveside service
will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at
Prairie Grove Cemetery
in Emmett with longtime friend Brother Dan Malone, pastor of Landmark
Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, officiating. Special music will be
provided by Garry and Mary Lankford, Jason Beeler, and Laurie Duke.
Pallbearers will include Jay Richardson, Paul Richardson, Cale
Richardson, Andrew Cline, Evan Richardson, Jackie "J.J." Richardson,
Douglas Baker, Kent Baxter, Jason Beeler, Bill Hammer, and Donnie
June 15, 1919 - Nov 20, 2009
Townley Britton, 90, of Corsicana, passed away on Nov. 20, 2009, in
Corsicana. She was born on June 15, 1919, in Opelika, Texas to A.L. and
Annie Lambeth. She loved to go fishing, loved to bake, had a great love
for everybody. She was a devout Christian lady and was a member of
Westside Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Marvin Townley
and wife Francis of Corsicana, Clarcie Valentine of Corsicana, and
Mattie Gallegos and husband Raymond of Brushy Creek; daughter-in-law
Belinda Townley of Palmer; sons, Bo Britton and wife Janet of Forney,
and Kenneth Britton and wife Laura of Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren,
and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband,
Richard Townley; husband, Burnice Britton; son, Richard Townley; son, R.
D. Townley; granddaughter, Melody Winters; two sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Corley
Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at
the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Elvin Sikes and the Rev.
Benny Horn officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be Ronald Sikes, Danny Townley, Elvin Sikes, Larry
Townley, Ronnie Townley, Christopher Sikes, Raymond Gallegos, Lance
Boyett and Stacy Boyett. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Carole (Humphries) McKinney
Jan 12, 1959 - Nov 18, 2009
Carole Humphries McKinney, 50, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18,
2009. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20,
at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Dawson with the
Rev. Michael Redmond officiating. Interment will follow at
Dawson Cemetery. Lisa was
born Jan. 12, 1959, in Corsicana to Edgar Lee and Carolyn Fondren
Humphries. She was raised in the Dawson area where she lived most all of
her life and was a graduate of Dawson High School. Lisa loved reading,
cooking and taking pictures. She was a member of First United Methodist
Church of Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents. Lisa is
survived by three sons, John Charles McKinney of Dawson, Corey Ryan
McKinney of Virginia Beach, Va., and Casey Bates McKinney of Corsicana;
one grandson, John Cadence McKinney of Dawson; one brother, Charles
"Chuck" Humphries and wife Susana of Dawson; three sisters, Kris Thomas
and Glenn French of Silver City, Erin Dyer of Corsicana and Tara
Springer and husband Randy of Corsicana; father of her children, Johnny
McKinney of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be
Marcus Thompson, Eddie Harris, Mike Reader, Ronnie Tanner, Ryan Foreman
and Ralph Spruill.Memorials may be made to Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian
Cancer Registry, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets,
Buffalo, NY 14263. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Elaine (Fultz) Price-Dennis-Whitfield
June 24, 1952 - Nov 19, 2009
Cynthia Elaine Whitfield, 57, of Powell passed away Thursday, Nov. 19,
2009, in Corsicana. She was born June 24, 1952, in Corsicana to Dale and Willie
Fultz. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Audra and Lane Phillips
of Dawson and Amy and Billy Crocker of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Pam
and Kyle Harrison; grandchildren, Lauren Sharp, Emily and Casey Phillips, Paige
and Mason Crocker; and nephews Chris, Jeremy and Jason Harrison. Services will
be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ricky Woodall
officiating. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Crenshaw, Kenneth Brooks, Roy
Mershawn, John-Mark Stroder, Daniel Digman and Bob Kinney Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jessie Lee Price
Apr 8, 1922 - Nov 21, 2009
Mrs. Jessie Lee Price, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, November
21, at her son's residence in Payne Springs.. She was born on April 8, 1922 in
Richland. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother,
and friend. She retired from Haggar Slacks after 27 years of service. She then
worked 18 more years at Super Stop store. She was preceded in death by her
husband; Thomas J. Price, daughter; Peggy Jeanette Price, grandson; James Price,
and a great grandson; Kenny Troy Harrell. She is survived by her Sons; Jerry
Price and wife Faye of Humble, Lionel Price and wife Barbara of Payne Springs,
and Eddie Price and wife Debbie of Corsicana, Eight Grandchildren, Eighteen
Great Grandchildren, and Ten Great-Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held from 5 to7 p.m. on Sunday,
November 22, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on
Monday, November 23, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson
officiating. Burial will follow in
Pallbearers will be her Grandson's and Great Grandson's.
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