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Mary Ellen (Boyd) King-Freeman
June 13, 1889 - July 9, 1961

CORSICANA - Mrs. Mary Ellen Freeman, 72, wife of Will T. Freeman, Blooming Grove, died in a Fort Worth rest home Sunday after a long illness.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove Tuesday with interment in Laurel Land in Dallas.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, one of whom is Floyd M. King of Dallas; three stepsons, a daughter, three stepdaughters, a brother, four sisters, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

July 12, 1961

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  • Parents: Isaac Lafayette "Fate" Boyd and Myrtila "Myrtie" Alameda (Sheppard) Boyd buried in White Church Cem., Blooming Grove T
  • Husband (1) Hugh Samuel King; Husband (2) William Thomas Freeman
  • Burial: Death Cert. shows Mesquite Cemetery, Dallas TX - Obituary shows Laurel Land Cem., Dallas TX
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  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Durward Burns
Feb 14, 1923 - June 18, 1944

Reburial Services Set Saturday for S/Sgt John Burns

Reburial services for S/Sgt. John Durward Burns, who was killed while on a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany, June 18, 1944, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Hill Baptist Church near Garland. The Rev. Eldon Crump will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Burns was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Feb. 14, 1923. He graduated from Garland High School and entered the Army Air Forces in 1942. He was killed while flying his thirteenth mission and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

Burns is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Burns, Rose Hill, and two brothers, Harold Wayne of Rose Hill and Cpl. Louis Gene Burns of Fort Benning, Ga.

 

Photo submitted by Joy Burns Potrykus, niece of John Durward Burns

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  • John Durward Burns
    1923-1944

    Few present day citizens of Dawson TX will remember the Burns family that lived on Main Street in the "Frog Level" in the 1930s. There were three children: Durward, the oldest, Gene, and Harold.

    Durward and I began first grade together, and remained classmates until the family moved away, probably in 1938. We began hunting together when we were nine or ten, and we hunted Battle Creek from the bridge south of the Wheelock farm to Grahams Park for squirrels and rabbits.

    Once, we found a small Screech Owl in a hollow tree near the old City Lakes. I took it home and it found a perch on the top of a window. Ima Jean Sellers, thinking is was a little stuffed owl that boys sometimes had in their cars, reached for it. When the little owl flew away in her face, she fell, almost into a faint.

    We shot a beautiful large owl one day that, finally, tumbled out of a tree at our feet. The owl was not dead and looked at is with huge eyes. I felt so bad, I almost cried. I never shot at another owl.

    Durward and I often sat next to each other at church, and, on "Thursday," sat together during the school chapel program. Little boys, sometime, inserted barnyard language to some of the songs, and Durward would "cut" his eyes at me as the words were sung.

    I remember the Burns home as a welcome warm place after a day of hunting in the cold. The house was warmed by a wood fire, lighting was from "coal oil" lamps, and Mrs. Burns always had something tasty on the stove.

    Durward and I lost touch with each other after the family moved away. I often wondered what happened to Durward. Last week, I learned that the family had moved to Garland. Durward had graduated from Garland High School, then in 1942, enlisted in the Air Force.

    Staff Sgt. John Durward Burns, was tlying his thirteenth mission over Hamburg,
    Germany, when his plane went down. When his body was returned home, his funeral service was at the Rose Hill Baptist Church, and he was buried at Grove Hill Cemetery.

    Thas first grade class contributed many of its boys to all branches of the military. Two made that supreme sacrifice, both in planes shot down over Germany. Joe Freeland, Jr. and Durward Burns. We proudly salute them today.

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    by Carl W Matthews

Isaac Harrison Gobbel
Feb 26, 1857 - Feb 13, 1934

GOBBEL, - Corsicana, Texas, Feb 13. - I.H. Gobbel, 77, died suddenly at his home in the Emhouse community Tuesday. The funeral will be held Wednesday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Gobbel was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., but had resided in Texas thirty-five years. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Fred Haskins, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Webb Mitchell, Emhouse; Mrs. J.W. Cates, Corsicana, and Mrs. Johnnie Pritchett, Pickett; two sons, Cicero Gobbel, Blooming Grove, and Iro Gobbel, Emhouse; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dave Anderson, Pickett, and Mrs. J.C. Vest, Dawson; a stepson, J.L. Lipford, Delhi, Ok., nineteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, a brother, Charles Gobbel, Savannah, Tenn., and other relatives.

Feb 14, 1934

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Henry "Chick" Sheltonv
July 23, 1858 - Feb 12, 1934

SHELTON, Corsicana, Texas, Feb 13. - Funeral services for Henry (Chick) Shelton, 75, former resident of Navarro County, who died at Pampa Monday, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Richland Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by J.L. Hines, minister of the Church of Christ, and the Rev. J.F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church. Prior to moving to Pampa, Mr. Shelton resided in Navarro County for fifty years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Shelton, Pampa; five sons, Henry Shelton, Pampa; Alfred, Drue, Rex and Truxton Shelton, all of the Roane community; six daughters, Mrs. George Morton, Waco; Mrs. Charles Williamson, Big Spring; Mrs. A.M. Poulter, Frost; Mrs. T.F. Estes, Pampa; Mrs. John Denbow, Corsicana; and Miss Mary Lou Shelton, Roane; two brothers, Charlie Shelton, Waco, and George Shelton, Currie; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Weldon, Steward's Mill, and Mrs. A.M. Brown, Richland.

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Wife of Henry Shelton also in Richland Cem.

Mary E. Shelton
Jan 3, 1874 - Aug 12, 1951
Submitted by Karen Rost


Anne E. (Driver) Reppond
Oct 6, 1874 - Nov 18, 1935

REPPOND, Corsicana, Texas. Nov 10 - Mrs. Annie Reppond, 61, died at the family home Monday afternoon. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Suella Williams, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Willie Green, Corsicana; Mrs. Ike Walker, Kerens, and Mrs. Bell Morris, Corsicana, and a brother, James Driver, California. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, the Rev. U.S. Grant officiating.

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Robert L. Stewart
Feb 5, 1927 - Nov 18, 1935

STEWART, Corsicana, Texas. Nov 10. - Funeral services for Robert L. Stewart, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Stewart, who died in a hospital Monday after a short illness, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Post Oak Baptist Church with burial in the Post Oak Cemetery.

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Frances E. (Notes) Talkington-Nelson
July 7, 1918 - Sept 15, 2010

Mrs. Frances E. Talkington Nelson, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born July 7, 1918 in Emhouse, Texas to Lena Mae and Robert Nokes.

Mrs. Nelson was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church and was a loving and precious mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Talkington; husband, Robert Nelson; sons, Van Talkington and Bill Talkington; brothers, Alvis Nokes and Robert Nokes; and sisters, Vada Poarch, Lucille Spurlock, Marie Skinner, Elenor Norwood, and Kathryn Dean.

She is survived by her son, Richard Talkington and wife Margie of Corsicana; daughter, Janice Davis of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Mary K. Chittenden of New Braunfels; brother-in-law, Bobby Talkington of Kansas; grandsons, Doug Talkington of Denver, Colorado, Jim Talkington of Florida, Tony Davis of Blooming Grove, Jeff Davis of Eureka, and Rick Talkington of Irving; granddaughter, Donna Easley of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Tony Wayne Davis, Christopher Davis, Emily Davis, Jacob Davis, James Davis, Hunter Easley, Gabriel Talkington, Carlyn Talkington, and Jayden Talkington; great-great-grandchildren, Madison, Makenna and Mason Davis.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. The great-grandchildren will act as Pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Baptist Church at 2800 North Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Joshua Wayne Widener
May 21, 1983 - Sep 15, 2010

Joshua Wayne Widener was born May 21, 1983 in Corsicana, and joined the Lord's family on September 15, 2010. Family and friends remember Josh as kind, generous, and fun-loving with a heart for his family. He was a young man who enjoyed the outdoors and the simple things of life. Josh was devoted to his wife, Sierra, and children Cali, Gracie, Leiana and Myliee.

Additional survivors are parents, Johnny and Debbie Widener of Corsicana; brother, Shane Widener of Dallas; grandmother, Dorothy Russell of Corsicana; great-aunts, Bobbie Greer and Juanita Conn of Corsicana; great-uncle, Charles Miley and wife Gerry; uncles, James Widener and wife Rita of Corsicana, and Mike Russell and wife Judy of Canyon Lake; aunt, Bonnie Stover and Greg Linnell of Corsicana; and many close family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Virgle and Ruby Widener of Corsicana and Jack Russell of Corsicana.

A trust has been established for the benefit of Josh's children with City National Bank of Corsicana, Texas.

Visitation with the family will be at 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, September 17, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.

Catharine Ann "Cat" (Hoffman) Marett
Aug 6, 1926 - Sept 15, 2010

Catharine Marett, known to her friends as simply “Cat,” was an artist in every sense of the word. Her art wasn’t just in watercolor or oils; it was in her family and her life. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook and interior decorator who could create an original mosaic backsplash for her kitchen and needle point bedspreads for the guest rooms.

She created a beautiful home full of fun and laughter - a place where friends and family gathered throughout the years for her wonderful parties. She was involved in the community and was active with her children’s education and extracurricular activities; she balanced the demands of a busy family life with grace and a delightful sense of humor. She loved to dance and she and her husband Don took every opportunity to “dance for miles and miles.” Family, friends and fun were the center of her life.

Her passion and knowledge of art created a demand for her to teach drawing, water color and creative design at St. Alice Elementary School in Fort Worth and Drane Middle School, Collins Catholic School and Navarro College in Corsicana. In addition she was a patron and mentor to many Texas-based artists.

Catharine Ann Hoffman Marett, long-time Corsicana resident, died at home of congestive heart failure Sept. 15. She was surrounded by her beloved husband Don, her family and her caregivers.

Catharine was born the youngest of three girls Aug. 6, 1926 to Mary Aubrey Turnbach and Raymond Jerome Hoffman in Gadsden, Alabama. Her parents and sisters, Mary Pauline Ogilvie and Jean Lucy Hoffman, predeceased her.

At Gadsden High School, she was a majorette, played trombone and French horn in the band, was named Senior Beauty, Senior Who’s Who (Best Looking and Best Dressed), and was a member of the Athletic Club, Dramatic Club, Biology Club, Girls Hi-Y Club and served on the Student Council.

She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. In 1945, she moved to Manhattan where she attended and graduated from the John Robert Powers School of Modeling on Park Avenue.

She returned to Auburn and graduated in August 1948 with a B.S. in applied art with an emphasis in fashion illustration and a minor in Home Economics. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta social sorority and was on the Dean’s List. After graduation she worked as a model and buyer for Dalton’s Department Store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

While at Auburn, she met Donald Royce Marett on a blind date and they married two years later on Feb. 26, 1949. By that time, Don was living in Fort Worth. Their honeymoon was a drive to Texas where they settled into the Texas Hotel in downtown Fort Worth to search for a home. That hotel is now the Radisson and was the site of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999.

Don was involved with snack food manufacturing, first in Atlanta and then in Fort Worth. In 1961, Tom’s Foods Inc. hired him to build and manage a chip factory in Corsicana (now owned by Lance Inc.). He and Catharine moved the family here in 1963 and built a home on Mimosa Drive in 1964. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in their home with family and friends in 2009.

Catharine was a true lady and a Southern Belle. She had an extraordinary life that in many ways was defined by growing up in rural Alabama. Her father came from a large family whom he helped support through the Depression and World War II. He was the second generation in a family-owned jewelry business that didn’t just cater to the well-to-do, but served as a role model for how a business could be a catalyst for community service.

As a member of one of the first Catholic families in Gadsden, Catharine can remember the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross in their front yard. As a young college student she attended the small all-girls Huntingdon College where she was a classmate of Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.

Catharine had a powerful and sustaining love for her husband of 61 years and he was her best friend. Her charm, wit and humor made her a welcome guest everywhere, and they traveled the world together. Her light-hearted spirit and her love of family centered her throughout her life.

She was an active and involved member of her community, including the Warehouse Living Arts Center, Camp Fire Board and Legion of Mary. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Catharine and Don had five children. Their first-born twin boys tragically died. Randolph Baker died in infancy and Richard Allmon was killed in an accident at age 14. She is survived by her husband Don and three children: Ann Baker Marett, Rodney Stephen Marett (wife Deborah Ann) and Donald Hoffman Marett (fiancée Brandi Collard); four grandchildren: Whitney Nicole Marett, Jordan Taylor Marett, Tyler Dalton Marett and Laurie Marett McCormick (husband Colin); four nieces and nephews and their families: Ray and Cathy Ogilvie; Jean and David Kassouf; Mark and Jacque Ogilvie; and Mary and Hank Goldstein. She is also survived by nieces and nephews on the Marett side including Emory and Karen Waldrip.

The family expresses their appreciation to Dr. Dale Campbell, Angels at Home, the team at Hand in Hand Hospice including Michelle Shaw, Dr. Mark Haeschele and Shana Gordon and devoted caregivers Mary Alice Wilson, Vickie Miles, Glenda Russell and Debbie Banks.

Arrangements pending at Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Immaculate Conception Church (3000 Texas 22, Corsicana, TX 75110-2438), Hand in Hand Hospice (208 South 31st Street, Corsicana, TX 75110) or a favorite charity.

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Coy Geleane (Ellis) Fowler
Jan 5, 1920 - Sep 15, 2010

One of the last true cowgirls, Coy Geleane Ellis Fowler, “Gean Momma”, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 surrounded by family and friends at home. She was born January 5, 1920 to Coy and Minnie Ellis in Jester, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, Thomas Aubrey Fowler whom she was married to until he went to prepare a place for them. They lived and loved their life, raising kids and cattle, and farming in Eureka, Texas at what is now known as Fowler’s Point. Gean Momma hauled hay, milked cows, sewed, gardened, canned, baby sat children and worked for over 20 years at Haggar Slacks where she retired to help care for her grandchildren. She was also very active in her great-grandchildrens’ lives.

She attended Community Baptist Church for years with her family. She baked and helped with church for all the children in the community.

She is survived by two daughters, Clara Hazle Teer and Wanda Richards and husband Buddy; 9 grandchildren, Billy Green, Larry and Kathy Teer, Tammy French and husband David Gallaway, Ronny Bearden, Delena Bearden, Christa Broxton Cobb, Jennifer Broxton Tatum, Joey and Shelia Richards, Chad and Teresa Richards and Shane Richards; 27 great-grandchildren, Eric Hancock, Danny Kyle Rousavall, Christopher Teer, Cameron Dale Harwell “Damit Dale”, Gabbie Maldonado, Lacie and John McLain, Bridgett French, Gage French “Bubba”, Matt Smith, Sam Gibson, Justin Gibson, Daylan Hollingworth, Ashton Hollingworth, Codie Bearden, Billy Bearden “Joe Joe”, Lee O’Pry “Lit Man”, Aubrey Cobb, Dusty Robinson, Destiny Tidwell, Dalton Tidwell, Dillon Tidwell, Chesney Richards, Hannah Basden, Laura Basden, Hagen Richards, Brook Richards and Mattison Richards; extended family Ronny and Ronda Lewis and Melissa Lewis; and great-great-grandson Agustus Dale Harwell.

Gean Momma was loved by every child she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed by all. In the end she was surrounded by the ones who loved her most at home with Garden Dale Hospice to care for her.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronny Bearden, Matt Smith, Sam Gibson, Dale Harwell, Rodney Bonner and Cameron Harwell. Honorary Pallbearers are Dusty Robinson, Justin Gibson, Lee O’Pry, Gage French, Dalton Tidwell, Dillon Tidwell and Mike Donaho.

Susan Marie Fletes
Aug 14, 1959 - Sep 18, 2010

Susan Marie Fletes ‘Susie’ of Corsicana, Texas passed away peacefully of natural causes Saturday, September 18, 2010 at home with her family by her side. Born in Corsicana, August 14, 1959 to Ruth Aldama Fletes and Ernest Fletes III. Susan was a loving and very sweet person. She always had a smile for everyone and loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed listening to music and could identify almost every artist from the very first note. She grew up in Marlin, TX and moved to Corsicana in 2002. Susan loved Jesus and led a very Christlike life. She would often say the blessing at meal times and say the sweetest prayers for her loved ones.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth Aldama Fletes and her father, Ernest Fletes III, both of Corsicana; brother, Ernest Craig Fletes; sister, Linda Fletes Kenworthy and husband Jeff, all of Houston; and nephew, Cory Kenworthy. Other surviving relatives are several uncles, aunts and many cousins from both sides of the family whom she loved very much. The Aldama side includes Ben Aldama of Rogers, AR, George & Ernie Aldama, Richard & Linda Aldama, Fred & Eva Barlow and D.T. Gonzales, all of Corsicana. The Fletes family survivors include Wayne & Ann Miller of Melissa, Fred & Gloria Gonzales of Lewisville, Barry & Neda Hetrick of Kemp and their families, and Ruben, Bill, & James Fletes and their families. Everyone loved Susie! She looked forward to having Big Birthday parties every year and lots of people would come help her celebrate. She will be missed by her many close friends.

Thank you for all the love, prayers, cards, visits, and support you have given the family during these last few months. It has really been appreciated, and a special thank you to Hand in Hand Hospice. May God bless you and your family.

Susie loved it when all her family and friends got together. What a great reunion it will be in heaven!!! Until then, she will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 20, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana with Pastor Calixto Morin of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Marlin, Texas, a longtime friend of the family, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Chris Aldama, David Aldama, Greg Barlow, Glenn Wheat, Jeff Kenworthy and Ernest Martinez.

Jessie Belle (Williams) Goodwin
Oct 17, 1918 - Sept 20, 2010

Mrs. Jessie Belle Goodwin, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, September 20, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She was born on October 17, 1918 in Pt. Enterprise, Texas to Thomas W. Williams and Sarah Elizabeth McGee Williams.

She married Ed Goodwin on December 24, 1945, nine days after he returned from overseas at the end of World War II. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Mexia and Corsicana from 1937 until 1948 when she retired to be a “stay at home mom”.

Mrs. Goodwin was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ed Goodwin, an infant son, four brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her sons, Dan Goodwin and wife Dawn of Hubbard, Texas, and Tommy Goodwin of Corsicana, Texas; step-granddaughter, Christi Driskell of Eureka, Texas; and step-grandson, Daniel DeMoss of Tyler, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Bryson, Lewis Conner, James Smith, Daniel DeMoss, Larry Williams and Mike Ivie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Baptist Church at 405 S. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

William C. "Bill" Bergey
Aug 22, 1933 - Sep 21, 2010

Mr. William “Bill” C. Bergey, 77, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on August 22, 1933 in Valley View, Pennsylvania.

He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bill received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal. He was a hot-end operator at Chatanooga Glass for 32 years. He later worked at the Corsicana YMCA in maintenance for 17 years. He loved being with his family & friends, and helping people in any way he could. He spent many hours reading the Bible.

Mr. Bergey was preceded in death by his parents; John and Hilda Bergey; brother, Robert Eugene (Bobby) Bergey; and his parents-in-law, Horace and Dessie Hayes.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dortha R. Bergey; son, Bobby Bergey and daughter, Barbara Bergey Strmiska; granddaughters, Brandy Bergey, Blair Bergey, Joscelyn Vandeventer, Jaelyn Bergey; grandson, Jonathan Bergey; great-granddaughters, Abilgayle Castaneda, Rhea Vandeventer, Khylei Vandeventer; and great-grandson, Tayeghon Hodges, all of Corsicana. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Townley, Ken Authier, Kenneth McManus, Roger Warner, Michael Chilbert, Bryan Humann, Justin Hodges, and Ron Whitehead.

Jose Martinez
Aug 4, 1937 - Sep 23, 2010

Mr. Jose Martinez, 73, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2010 at his residence. He was born August 4, 1937 in Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at The Word Church with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


William H. “Bill” Matthews, Jr.
d. Sept 27, 2010

Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun The Corsicana Daily Sun Mon Sep 27, 2010, 07:45 PM CDT

Corsicana — William H. “Bill” Matthews, Jr., 73, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, one day after birthday. He was born to William Matthews, Sr., and Helen Cornwell Matthews in Shreveport, La., but lived most of his life in Mississippi. Survivors include two sisters, Virginia M. Fillingim of Ore., and Helen “Mudge” Matthews Kenner of Powell. Billy was a member of the Kerens Church of Christ. Graveside services were held Sept. 23, in Hattiesburg, Miss., with Bill’s brother-in-law, John Kenner, officiating. Corsicana survivors are Pat Kenner Harper and husband Robert, and great niece, Audra Harper.

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Debbie (Maxey) Steele
July 19, 1960 - Sep 24, 2010

Debbie Steele

Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun The Corsicana Daily Sun Sat Sep 25, 2010, 08:15 PM CDT

Corsicana — Debbie Steele

Debbie Steele, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas at the age of 50 years. She was born in Dallas on July 19, 1960 to Author Maxey and Geneva Wilson Maxey. Debbie has been the director at the Little Red School House in Corsicana for a number of years doing what she loved, caring for children. She was preceded in death by her father Author Maxey.

Survivors include her husband Ricky Steele of Corsicana. Daughters: Alicia Steele Lee and her husband Mark of Mildred and Danielle Steele of Corsicana, and one grandson Landon Lee of Mildred. Her mother Geneva Phillips and grandmother Verna Wilson. Sisters and brother: Margie Andrew, Diana Williams and her husband Tommy, and Glen Maxey and his wife Alisha. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Gwen Steele of Pursley and a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home with Chaplin Carey Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton – Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Child Services Department at 312 North 13th Street Corsicana, Texas 75110

Arrangements by Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home – Corsicana.

 

Jerry Novotny
d. Sept 24, 2010

Jerry Novotny, 83, passed away at his home in Corsicana on Friday Sept. 24, 2010.

Jerry was one of eleven children and a Marine veteran. Upon his retirement after 26 years from Hughes Tools, Jerry was active in Immaculate Conception Church, and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, of 63 years, Frances; children, David and spouse Margaret Novotny, Mary Frances and spouse Charlie Jones, Mel and spouse Vicki Novotny, Steve and spouse Lesa Novotny, Linda and spouse Charlie Ellis; grandchildren, Shawn and spouse Cleona Dawson, Ryan and spouse Rachel Dawson, Jennifer and spouse Jeff Whitehill, Rebecca Novotny, Laura Novotny, David Novotny, Robert and spouse Amanda Novotny, Chelsea and spouse Colin Ward, Chelsea Ellis, Elizabeth and spouse Scott Seibel, Jared Novotny; great grandchildren, Courtney Dawson, Leah Dawson, Morgan Dawson, Peyton Dawson, and Logan Hoyt; he is also survived by sisters Molly Jekel and Mary Costlow.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. A graveside service will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Ennis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

 Wessie Bradley
Oct 10, 1911 - Sep 20, 2010

Corsicana — Wessie Bradley, 98, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the Twilight Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cox, Jr., Officiating. Interment will follow at the Rice Cemetery in Rice. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Geneva Katherine (Murphy) Berry
May 28, 1916 - Sep 22, 2010

Geneva Katherine Berry, 94 of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.

She was born May 28, 1916, to Martin Luther Murphy and Clara Simpson Murphy.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Berry in 1989; brothers, Ray Murphy and Billy Murphy; and son, Gene Berry in 2009.

She is survived by her daughter -in-law, Nancy Berry of Kerens; grandsons, Gary Berry and wife Melissa of Kerens, and Kenny Berry and wife Kay of Kerens; great grandchildren, Garrett Berry, Amy Herzog and husband Nick of Fairfield, and Mathew Berry and wife Kimberly of College Station; sister-in-law, Jimmie Farmer of Navarro; she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Leslie Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jody Farmer, Randy Tawater, Gowen Murphy, Craig Doyle, Charles Paul, and Curtis McClure.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Untied Methodist Church in Kerens.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Marvin Lester Vinson
Mar 24, 1911 - Sept 22, 1954

Marvin L. Vinson, 43, World War II veteran, died of a heart attack at his home near Barry Wednesday.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Vinson of Barry; two brothers, J.B. Vinson of Moody, and A.J. Vinson of Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. Della Mathis of Corsicana.

Sept 24, 1954

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Friday Services For M. L. Vinson

Funeral services for Marvin L. Vinson, 43, World War 11 veteran, Barry, who died with a heart attack early Wednesday, were held from the Pleasant Grove Baptist church Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church of Corsicana.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Vinson, Barry; two brothers, J. B. Vinson, Moody, and A. J. Vinson, Dallas; and a sister, Mrs. Deila Mathis, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Joe Minefee, John Minefee, Rodney French, Buster Warren, Lee Lowe and Charlie Ward.

Corley directed.

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John Harris Thomas

John Thomas Dies Sunday
John Thomas, 64, retired farmer, died at his residence 1419 West Sixth avenue, Sunday night.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Younger cemetery near Purdon. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist church of Purdon. He was a native of Navarro county.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Nezzie Mahoney, Corsicana; three grandchildren, a brother, Homer Thomas Marshall; three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Cheek, Mrs. Bessie Ponder and Mrs. Jack Russell, and a brother-in-law E. H. Pool, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Dick Howard, Haddix Boldin, Clarence Thomas, Billy McCraw, Autrey French and A. E. Bittner

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Thomas M. York
May 22, 1879 - Oct 23, 1955

Tom York Dies
Sunday Night
Tom York, 76, retired farmer 1022 West Tenth avenue, died Sunday night. -
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p. m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Younger cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor of the Assembly of God Church.  York resided in the Purdon community for many years and prior to that time was a resident of the Emmett area.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four sons, Preston and R. L. York, both of Corsicana; Joe York Olney, and Sgt. J. T. York, U. S. Army, Winooski, Vt.; six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Thomas and Mrs. Edna Currinston, both of Purdon; Mrs. E. L. Slaughter and Mrs. Curtis Henthorn, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Lola Williams, Fort Worth and Mrs. J. N. Henthorn, Houston; 31 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Mrs. Birdie Mitchell, Woodbury, and Mrs. Della Chessor, Dawson and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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  • Submitted by Tanyua Davis & Diane Richards
  • Corsicana Daily Sun - 10/24/1955

Milliey Elvira (Buckner) York
Apr 18, 1877 - Dec 16, 1966

Funeral services for Mrs. T. M. York, 89, who died Friday at her home 2322 West Sixth avenue, where held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Younger cemetery near Purdon.
The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the First Pentecostal Church of God.
Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Thomas, Mrs. Edna Currington, Mrs. Agnes Slaughter, Mrs. Imogene Henthorn, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Isla Williamson, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Dorothy Henthorn, Houston; four sons, Preston Thomas and R. L. York, all of Corsicana and Joseph York, Wichitia Falls; a brother Burr Buckner, Malakoff, 27 grandchildren 52 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.  Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Jessie Franklin McGraw
13 Sep 1851 - 06 Aug 1930

Memorial for Jesse Franklin McGraw

The death angel visited Blooming Grove and took for its victim Bro. Jesse Franklin McGraw. He was born September 13, 1851, in the state of Mississippi. He departed this life Aug. 6, 1930, making 79 years, 100 months, 25 days. We have evidence to believe that Uncle Jesse has gone to a better world because he professed faith in Jesus Christ and united with the Missionary Baptist church of Ingorman, Miss., at the age of 23 years, but at the time of his death his membership was at Pecan Baptist church. He was a faithful and loyal member of his church until his health failed, and he was almost a shut-in.

He was married to Miss Mandy Pauline Leach in 1872. To this union was born nine children. Three children went on to try unknown world and welcome their father there. Those who survive are Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs. J. D. Turner, Mrs. F. C. Crouch, H. G. and L. J. McGraw of Blooming Grove and Mrs. T. A. Patterson of Rankin, Ellis county. He also leaves to mourn his loss, 30 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren.

His dear companion went on to Heaven seven years ago. He spent many lonesome hours since she left but they have joined hands now over on the other shore and are singing around the Great White Throne, and shout praises through out eternity.

May his loved ones look to God and be submissive and say, “Not my will but thine, you giventh and you taketh away.”

He was with you almost the allotted time, which is three score and ten years, but he has gone to a land where we will never grow old. His body was bent with age and his beard was white, but at the resurrection he will have a body that will never bend with age.

The funeral was conducted by his pastor, J. J. Sykes, and E. L. Jones of Blooming Grove at the First Baptist church. His body was laid to rest by his wife at Grange Hall cemetery to await the morning of resurrection.

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Corsicana Daily Sun
Aged Resident of Blooming Grove Is Buried Thursday
Blooming Grove, Aug. 9
Jesse Franklin McGraw, aged 79 years, died Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock and the funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. L. Jones and Rev. Sikes.
He was a native of Mississippi by had resided in this community since he was a young man.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs. Jim Turner, Mrs. Frank Crouch and Mrs. Tom Patterson, and two sons, Lace McGraw and Horace McGraw, all of this community.

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  •  Submitted by Dana Stubb

  • Obituary from Corsicana Daily Sun

  • Son of William W and Nancy (?Hurley?) McGraw; Husband of Amanda Pauline (Leach) McGraw; Father of Alice (McGraw) Patterson, Lula (McGraw) Conger, Ada (McGraw) Turner, Willie Mac (McGraw) Crouch, Horace Greeley McGraw, Lacey John McGraw, Earnest McGraw, Presley McGraw, Lena (McGraw) Patterson; brother of William W McGraw, James D McGraw, Charles Allen McGraw and Martha J McGraw. Great-Great-Grandfather of Dana Stubbs

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Jesse Franklin McGraw

J. F. McGraw Buried Grange Hall Thursday

Jesse Franklin McGraw, aged 79 years, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, at
11:30 a.m. as a result of heart failure. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Rev. E. L.
Jones and Rev. Sikes.

The deceased came to this community when a young man from Mississippi and had made his home here on the farm since. For the past few years he had been in feeble health, and had been confined to his bed for several months prior to his death.

He is survived by six children- four girls and two boys, as follows; Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs. Jim Turner, Mrs. Frank Crouch, Mrs. Tom Patterson, Lace McGraw and Horace McGraw, all of Blooming Grove and community.

Mr. McGraw was a member of the Baptist church, was an honest, upright man, known for his splendid good character and fine standard of morals.

Burial was in Grange Hall cemetery, and was in charge of the McCormick funeral home.

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George Frederick Baum, Sr.
01 Sep 1889-17 Mar 1990

George F. Baum, 100, of Corsicana, died March 17, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Wood officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 1, 1889, in Corsicana. He was a prominent Corsicana businessman.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Priscilla (Sweet) Hartzell.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. John D. (Priscilla) Stringer of Washington, DC, and Mrs. G. Flint (Isa) Sawtelle of Marble Falls; one son, George F. Baum Jr., of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Blinn, Wilson Griffen, Hoyt Moore, Clyde Stroud, Mac Hook, Joe Hashop, Maco Stewart, James Whitten, Edward Baum and George Baum III.

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Robert Rial Riggs
Mar 12, 1883 - Feb 16, 1953

Riggs Services Held

CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 18. - Funeral services for Robert Rial Riggs, 68, were held Tuesday from the Purdon Baptist Church. Burial was in the Younger Cemetery Surviving are his wife; a son, Raymond Riggs of Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. J.W. Kirby of Corsicana, Mrs. A. W. Strzinek of Dallas, Mrs. J.B. Slone of Palestine Mrs. E. E. Swinford of Dallas, and Miss Patty Riggs of Purdon.

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Robert R. Riggs Rites Tuesday

Robert Rial Riggs, 68, resident of the Purdon area for the past 25 years, died at his home there Monday morning.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Purdon Baptist church, with the pastor, Rev. Charles Wood, conducting. Burial was in the Younger Cemetery near Purdon.

Surviving are his wife, of Purdon; a son, Raymond Riggs, Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. J. W. Kirby, Corsicana; Mrs. A. W. Strzinek, Dallas; Mrs. J. B. Slone, Palestine; Mrs. E. E. Swinford, Dallas, and Patty Riggs, Purdon, and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Home directed.

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John Houston "Huse" Tickle
Mar 10, 1886 - Aug 2, 1954

CORSICANA, Texas. - Funeral services for John H. (Huse) Tickle, 68, Purdon farmer, were held at the First Baptist Church in Purdon Tuesday. Burial was in the Younger Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, John M. Tickle and Billy Tickle of Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Ressie Howard of Dallas; Mrs. Mattie Cook and Mrs. Willie Ellis, both of Groesbeck, and a granddaughter.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Aug 4, 1954
  • Parents: Jim Tickle and Lou (Crowford) Tickle (from Death Cert)

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Tuesday Services For Huse Tickle

Funeral services for John H. (Huse) Tickle, 68, Purdon farmer, who died in Memorial hospital early Monday, will be held from the First Baptist church at Purdon Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Roy Tumbleson of Bryan and Rev. Charles Wood, pastor of the church. Burial will be in the Younger Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Purdon; two sons, John M. and Billy Tickle, and a granddaughter, Deborah Ann Tickle, all of Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Ressie Howard, Dallas; Mrs. Mattie Cook and Mrs. Willie Ellis, both of Groesbeck and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lafayette Adkins, T. S. Farmer, Fred Bone, Clyde Bolen, Vernon Davis and Clarence Putman.

Corley will direct.

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John Perry Travis
Apr 4, 1918 - Dec 16, 1995

John P. Travis, 77, of Rice, died Dec. 16, 1995, at Rembrandt Nursing Center.

Services were held today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Richard Hamm and Curtis Baker officiating. Burial will take place in Rice.

Pallbearers were James Sykes, Horace Collins, Clinton Coker, Bill Upchurch, Haskell Coker and Don Green.

Honorary pallbearers were Norvil Coker and employees of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Mr. Travis was born April 4, 1918, in Rice. He retired from the Texas Highway Department.

He is survived by his son, Perry L. Travis of San Antonio; his son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Travis of Ennis; his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Shelley Denise (Talbert) Sizemore
May 9, 1973 - Dec 17, 1995

Shelly "Talbert" Sizemore, 22, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Corsicana, died Dec. 17, 1995, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.

Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Corsicana, with B.F. Risinger and Gerald Edwards. Burial will be in Idaho.

Mrs. Sizemore was born May 9, 1973 in Texarkana, TX. She was a 1991 graduate of Corsicana High School.

Mrs. Sizemore is survived by her husband, Alan Sizemore of Boise; her son, Cody Ryan Sizemore of Boise; her parents, Larry and Sharon Talbert of Corsicana; her brother, Robert Talbert of Corsicana; her grandmother, Cornelia Talbert of Orange, Tx; her sisters, Laura Ash of Brandon, Fla. and Stacy Holloway of Lancaster.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Buford Dyer
Nov 12, 1923 - Dec 18, 1995

Buford Dyer, 72, of Corsicana died Dec. 18, 1995 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Services are 2 pm. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. David Hale and Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Dyer was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Purdon, TX. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Dyer of Corsicana; his son, Alvin Dyer of Dallas; his daughters, Linda Barber of Corsicana and Barbara Russell of Indiana; his brothers, Bennie Dyer of Purdon, W.A. Dyer of Corsicana, Thomas Dyer of Pursley and Lee Dyer of Farmers Branch; his sisters, Joyce Humbert of Corsicana, Henrietta Ellis of Midlothian, Emma Brewer of Richardson, Erma Mathews of Tyler and Evelena Pate of Garland; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 19, 1995
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • h/o Bertie Ruth (Cook) Dyer and Bernice (Unknown) Dyer - s/o Willie Eugene Dyer and Mary Etta (Ellis) Dyer

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lillian Myrtle (Jones) Collier
March 19, 1913 - Dec 17, 1995

Lillian Myrtle Collier, 82, of Corsicana, died Dec 17, 1995, in Corsicana.

Services were held today at Corley Funeral Home, with Rev. R.E. Cecil and Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Keith Weaver, Jimmy D. Coker, Donnie Capehart, Tommy Horn, Larry Capehart, Tommy Horn, Larry Capehart, Charles McCarter, Sammy Marsh and Keith Farmer.

Mrs. Collier was born March 19, 1913 in Barry, Tx. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She retired from Haggar Slacks after 25 years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Collier of Corsicana; her daughter and son-in-law, Karon and Ralph Widacki of Killeen; her sister, Louise Weems of Arlington; her grandchildren, Paige and Matt Widacki of Killeen, Kathy Heron and Jeremy and Paul Collier; and her great-grandchildren Cory Wilkinson and Tyler Herron.

Mrs. Collier was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Collier; her sisters, Ruth Henderson, Bessie Mimms and M. Irene Powell; and her brother, Frank Jones.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 19, 1995
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • w/o John Howard Collier  - d/o Jacob Buckner Jones and Mary O'Rena (Gay) Jones

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     

Richard O'Dell Copeland
Aug 21, 1926 - Dec 18, 1995

Richard O'Dell Copeland, 69, of Dawson, died Monday, Dec. 18, 1995 in Dawson.

Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Eugene Arnold officiating. Burial will take place Wednesday in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in Dawson.

Pallbearers are Joe Walker, Billy Walker, Steve Gutherie, David Gutherie, Jerry Bush, Bill Mansel and Bo Mansel.

Mr. Copeland was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Groesbeck. He was a U.S. Army veteran, employed with Bell Helicopter and was a former owner and operator of Copeland Janitorial Service.

Mr. Copeland is survived by wife, Bonnie Marie Copeland of Dawson; sons, Richard Leo Copeland of Panama City, Fla., Virgil Copeland and Vernon Copeland of Grand Prairie; daughters, Sheila Simington of Purdon and Diane Covington of Silver City; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Copeland is preceded in death by father, Will Copeland; mother, Lula Mae Copeland; brother, Homer Copeland; and sister, Mrs. Johnnie Dale Walker.

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J. D. Kuykendall
Mar 19, 1925 - Dec 16, 1995

J.D. Kuykendall, 70, of Corsicana, died Dec. 16, 1995 in Corsicana.

Services were held today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. James T. Davis officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeff Kuykendall, Billy Kuykendall, Kevin Fulton, James Damoss, Mike Martin and David Forman.

Honorary pallbearer was Justin Kuykendall.

Mr. Kuykendall was born March 19, 1925 to Simon and Mae Kuykendall. He was united with his savior on Dec. 16. He was an Oil City Iron Works employee for many years. A pipeliner, and at the time of his departure was self employed. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church for many years. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather always putting his family first.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Kuydendall of Corsicana; his daughters, Bonnie Kuykendall of Arlington and Stacy Kuykendall of Corsicana; his sons, Jack, Roger, Tracy and Tony Kuykendall, all of Corsicana, Sammy Sharp of Corsicana and Ronnie Kuykendall of Kerens; his brother, William Kuykendall of Corsicana; his sisters, Loraine Dillard and Helen Porter, both of Portland, Ore., Ruby Vitasik, Ruth Kuykendall, Minnie Eubanks, Linda Kuykendall and Brenda Kuykendall, all of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Peggy (Lucy) Kuykendall and Susan Kuykendall; and one grandchild, one grandson and three great-granddaughters.

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Betty Jean (Tindell) Langford
Oct 4, 1932 - Nov 3, 2010

Mrs. Betty Jean Tindell Langford, 78, of Blooming Grove, Texas passed on November 3, 2010 at Legend Oaks Convalescent Home in Ennis, Texas. Mrs. Langford was born on October 04, 1932 in Wills Point, Texas to Charlie W. Tindell and Lorene Hawkins Tindell.

She was a housewife and homemaker most of her life. She loved her family with all of her heart. She was happiest sitting on the porch and watching her grandchildren playing in the front yard. Her favorite pastimes were reading and traveling. She loved going to new places and seeing new things. Mrs. Langford enjoyed spending time with nature. She loved flowers, plants, trees, birds and animals.

Mrs. Langford was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lorene Tindell, two brothers, two sisters, and her “special” great-granddaughter, Hanna Marie Mack.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Langford of Wills Point, Texas; daughter, Janet Gollehon and husband Tommy Macalik of Ennis, Texas; daughter, Sandy Runion and husband Mike of Blooming Grove, Texas; granddaughter, Angela Yrlas and husband Daniel of Ennis, Texas; granddaughter, Dana Mack of Blooming Grove, Texas; granddaughter, Lori Raxter and husband Bobby of Blooming Grove, Texas; grandson, Dusty Gollehon of Ennis, Texas; granddaughter, Julie Seymore and husband Jeff of Waxahachie, Texas; and granddaughter, Jamie Story and husband Doug of Blooming Grove, Texas. Mrs. Langford is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas.

Graveside service will be on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Texas with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.

John Edward Slate
Apr 20, 1921 - Nov 1, 2010

Mr. John Edward Slate, 89, of Corsicana, died on Monday, November 1, 2010 at the Health Center of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Mr. Slate was born on April 20, 1921 in Corsicana to the late John Henry and Nellie Virginia Slate.

Mr. Slate was a World War II Veteran serving in the Army Air Corp in New Caledonia, New Guinea, and the Philippines.

When twelve years old, he began working for his dad at Slate’s Grocery Feed and Seed Store. After his dad retired, he became the owner of the family business and enjoyed a career spanning 54 years. He loved serving the public and was known by customers for his friendly personality.

A lifelong Christian and faithful member, he attended Wesley United Methodist Church and later joined and served as Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Corsiana.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Slate was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years,
Dorothy Inez Slate; his brother, Dan Franklin Slate; sister, Faye Elizabeth Graves; and son-in-law, James Bryan Trecek.

He is survived by his daughters, Jeanette Trecek of Charlotte, North Carolina, Angela Pierson and husband Frank of LaGrange, Illinois, Joelyn Belew and husband David of Vernon, Texas; five grandsons, Bryan Trecek and wife Kim of Metairie, Louisiana, Jon Trecek and wife Elizabeth of Akron, Ohio, Matt Belew and wife Cheyenne of Cache, Oklahoma, Mark Belew of Vernon, Texas and Ben Belew and wife Allison of Vernon, Texas; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margie Neese, Frances Joyner and husband Bob, and Doris McMillan and husband Lawrence, all of Corsicana; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses, aides, and staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village Health Center and of Vital Signs Hospice of Cedar Lake for the care given to Mr. Slate as well as the support given to the family.

Mr. Slate will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and brother and a devoted family man.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church at 520 W. Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Dorothy Ann (Walton) Ballew-Wilson
Jan 22, 1929 - Oct 31, 2010

Dorothy “Anne” Walton Ballew Wilson, 81-year-old resident of Springdale, Arkansas, died October 31, 2010, in Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Born January 22, 1929, in Navarro County, Texas, she was the daughter of John Walton and Lyda Mae Varnell Walton and was reared in Barry, Texas, where she attended school. Mrs. Wilson had been an area resident the past 13 years and had moved to the area from Ovilla, Texas. She had graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas and was a school teacher in Duncanville, Texas, for 25 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Texas. A member of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, for many years, she had attended Cross Pointe Community Church in Tontitown, Arkansas, in recent years.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Raymond Douglas Ballew. Survivors include her husband Bob Wilson of the home; one son, Robert Ballew and his wife Kathy of Katy, Texas; one daughter, Rosanne Ballew Petton and her husband Larry of Springdale, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Ashley Robert Ballew and wife Lena Cruz of Houston, Texas; Christopher Michael Ballew of Baytown, Texas; Katie Alise Petton of Dallas, Texas; Nicolas Andrew Ballew and his wife Tina Medrano of Lake Jackson, Texas; and Andy Petton of Hoboken, New Jersey; two great-grandchildren, Ashten Cruz Ballew and Juliana Nevaeh Ballew.

Visitation was held Monday, November 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wasson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, Texas with Pastor Larry Petton officiating. Burial will follow in Dresden Cemetery near Blooming Grove, Texas. Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Dallas, c/o New Building Fund, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas, Texas 75201. Local arrangements are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home.

Jean (Griffin) Tidwell
Sep 22, 1935 - Oct 24, 2010

Mrs. Jean Tidwell, 75, of Richland passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010 in Tyler, Texas. She was born on September 22, 1935 in Navarro County to Lindsay & Annie Griffin.
She was a member of Richland Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; D.C. “Doug” Tidwell, son; Wayne Tidwell, parents; Lindsay Asberry & Annie Hayes Griffin, sisters; Mary Louise Barge and Janell Arnold, brothers; Bozo , Leonard and an infant Griffin.
She is survived by a Son; Jay Tidwell and wife Carol of Richland, Grandsons; Eric & Wesley Tidwell of Richland, Granddaughter; Cindy McCaslin and husband Shane of Corsicana, Great Granddaughter; Hailey McCaslin of Corsicana, Sister; Sue Farmer of Kerens, Brother-in-Law; Howard Tidwell and wife Bobbie of Ennis, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Richland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Ratliff, Chris Lassiter, Mark Vitters, Kenneth Martin, Bobby Budia, and Kelly Matthews.

Joyce E. (Payne) Smith
Jan 15, 1932 - Oct 24, 2010

Mrs. Joyce E. Smith “Granny”, age78, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010 at her home. She was born January 15, 1932 in Irving, Texas to Japher and Bonnie Payne. Though her family moved away when she was young, she spent the majority of her childhood in Texas.

On August 19, 1950, she married the love of her life, William Wesley Smith. Together, they had three boys whom they raised in the Dallas area. During this time, she attended beauty school and enjoyed owning her own shop. In the years to follow, Granny and Pop owned several small businesses. She enjoyed gardening and crafting things for all the children in her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; six siblings, Jay C. Payne, George Payne, Pixie May Slayton, Dorothy Dix Sills, Virgil Keel Payne, Edward Payne; and granddaughter, Angela Burch.

She is survived by sons, Gary Burch and wife Bobbie of Corsicana, Rickie Smith and wife Beverly of Roane, and Dennis Smith and wife Becky of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, Christopher Burch, Nathan Burch, Jason Smith, Tysa Blackman, Lori Arnett, Clayton Smith, Colton Smith, and Cirstin Smith; three step-grandchildren, Jeana, Michelle and Eric; seven great-grandchildren, Tianna Smith, Riki Smith, Raven Smith, Alana Blackman, Torin Blackman, Grace Blackman and Madisyn Arnett; sister, Mary Ellen Townsend; and brother Harold Payne.

Granny raised us all with lots of love, fear of God...and the broom.

Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Benjie Cartwright, Aaron Dominic, Lee Blackman, D.J. Roberts, Robert Perritt and Joe Putman.

Janice Lillian (Jamison) McCrory
Jan 18, 1944 - Oct 24, 2010

Mrs. Janice Lillian Jamison McCrory, age 66, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Corsicana surrounded by her family. She was born January 18, 1944 in Corsicana to Allen and Ola Faye Jamison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, William “Sonny” Jamison, and grandson, Austin Platt.

She is survived by her husband, Charles McCrory; son, Paul Flanagan and wife Dusty of Corsicana; daughter, Paula Flanagan Platt and husband Gregory of Corsicana; grandchildren, Cheyan Flanagan, Presley Platt, Alec Platt and Logan Platt.

Visitation will be at 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Clayton Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers are Tommy Holloway, Lynn Shelton, Charlie Knott, Scott McCrory, Gowan Murphy, and Jason Stavina.

Danny Wayne Mayo
Feb 9, 1953 - Oct 23, 2010

Danny W. Mayo, age 57, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010 at his residence in Rice, Texas. He was born February 9, 1953 in Corsicana, Texas to Roy and Mary Mayo.

Mr. Mayo was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He grew up playing little league baseball in Corsicana and participated in rodeo events in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and paternal and maternal grandparents.

He was survived by two brothers, Tim Mayo and wife Betty of Casper, Wyoming, and Larry Mayo of Corsicana; two uncles, Donald Wilson and Ron Beck, both of Dallas, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Pastor Jerry Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
 

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James Franklin Doolen
Nov 29, 1923 - Oct 23, 2010

James Franklin Doolen, 86, passed away peacefully with family by his side Saturday, October 23, 2010, after a lengthy battle with illness in Houston, Texas. James was born November 29, 1923 in Navarro, Texas to Josephine Humphreys-Doolen and John Alford Doolen.

He is survived by his loving daughter Danna Dziedzic and husband, Chris; grandson, Chad Dziedzic and wife, Lena; granddaughter, Holly Dziedzic; sister-in-law, Edna McCain; brother-in-law, Jack Owens and wife, Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of more than 62 years, Rubie Lee Owens-Doolen, his parents, brothers, Clyde, John Thomas, Fred, and Dick, and sisters, Thelma Jo and Lena Mae.

James was a true friend to everyone who knew him, with a huge heart. To his family, James was a role model and inspiration. He had a great love of life and truly enjoyed being with his family and friends. James loved sharing a good laugh and had a dear love of sports, especially those Texas Longhorns!!
Most that knew him would say his greatest joys and pride were his grandchildren, Chad (Hoss) and Holly (My Girl). He truly enjoyed his time with them as they loved their time with their Pop! Rather it was a game of baseball with Chad or a day at the office with Holly, no time was more precious than his time with them.
Mr. Doolen served the community as a volunteer little league coach and umpire for 18 years. He also served Navarro County as County Clerk for 24 years. James was also a member of Navarro County Optimist Club and Wesley United Methodist Church.
This dear and precious man, inside and out, will be missed forever and always, but we all know how happy he is to be reunited with his lovely wife, Rubie.
The family would like to extend much appreciation and many thanks to Mr. Doolen’s caregivers for their care, support, and love.

Visitations will be held from 6 to 8pm Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Love is stronger than death.
So I must be content to know that
love is not affected by death—
it doesn’t end, it doesn’t diminish,
it doesn’t change.
Instead, love is immortalized
and eternalized through death.
And the possibility of that love ever
being damaged or broken
is eliminated forever.
I’ll put my trust in love.

Anita Rowena (Arnold) Sanders-Watkins
Nov 17, 1919 - Oct 23, 2010

Mrs. Anita Rowena Sanders Watkins, 90, of Corsicana, Texas passed on October 23, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Mrs. Watkins was born on November 17, 1919 in Tyler, Texas to Ruebin Elisah Arnold and Bessie Clarssie Thorn (Arnold).

She was an active member of the Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas. She volunteered at the church’s Care Center for many years. She was a housewife and homemaker most of her life.

Mrs. Watkins was predeceased by two wonderful husbands; Battle Malone Sanders passed away in 1968 after 23 years of marriage, and Marvin Watkins passed away in 1985 after 22 years of marriage. Mrs. Watkins was also predeceased by her son, Allen Wayne Sanders and daughter Wanda Sue Sanders.

She is survived by her brother, Rocky Arnold of Corpus Christie, TX.; daughter and son in law: Darlene and Scott Young of Henderson, Nevada: grandchildren, Paige Glicksman Mims and husband Jeff of Dallas, TX ; Brooke Glicksman Norch and husband Chris of Sherman, TX.; Kyle Glicksman and wife, Rockie of Corsicana, TX ; Kellie Spearman and husband Jon of Omaha, NB.; Stacy Layne of Austin, TX.; April Rieger and husband Richard of College Station, TX ; and Nikki Knox of Wichita, KS. Mrs. Watkins is survived by 18 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Navarro Regional Hospital for the compassionate care that Mrs. Watkins received.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Kyle Glicksman, Scott Young, Jeff Mims, Chris Norch, Richard Rieger and Jon Spearman. Honorarary Pallbearer will be Dr. Joseph M. Glicksman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Northside Baptist Church.

Joseph Fred Iervolino
Sep 22, 1939 - Oct 19, 2010

Joseph Fred Iervolino, 71, resident of Corsicana, TX, born on September 22, 1939 in Manhattan, NY, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Joey was preceded in death by his father, Fred Joseph Iervolino, and his mother, Faye Meinero.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Lorraine Iervolino, of NY and Corsicana. He is also survived by his daughter, Kimberly Elicia Cook of NC, his step-daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Kevin Sparks, Corsicana, and his step-son, James Lawler of New Caney, TX. The grandchildren are Patrick and Harrison Sparks and Clayton Lawler. Joey is also survived by his sister and brother-in law, Phyllis and Walter Wilson of Bohemia, NY, and his brother and sister-in-law, Philip and Deborah Meinero of West Babylon, NY. His loving sister-in-laws are Jeanette Jordan of Islip, NY and Carol Van Houten of Bayshore, NY. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews who also reside in New York.
Joey was a great man who lived a full-bodied live. Wanderlust led him to make many friends across this country as he worked as an Envelope Machine adjuster, a job he loved and held since the age of 17. He retired from Williamhouse of Texas in 2006. His biggest loves in his life were his wife, his friends, his family, and his co-workers. He had a special knack for making the people he loved feel how special they were to him: no small event was overlooked and no opportunities to buy chocolate cakes were neglected. All knew that you could not be around Joey without knowing how important you were to him. He will be missed by all.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, October 25th at 12:00 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daniel Nelson officiating with a lunch reception to follow. For those who cannot make it, a dinner reception will be held at 6:00 also in Corsicana. Corley Funeral Home can provide more details. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community National Bank and Trust of Corsicana, TX c/o Fundraising for Lorraine Iervolino.

W. Z. “Bill” Anglin
May 26, 1921 - Oct 16, 2010

Msgt. Ret. W. Z. “Bill” Anglin, age 89, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at his home in Angus. He was born May 26, 1921 in Richland, Texas to John and Minnie Anglin.

He proudly served his country for over 20 years, retiring from the US Air Force in 1964.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Anglin and a son, William Charles Anglin.

He is survived by son, Mark Anglin; daughter, Vicki Bowden; three grandchildren, Devon Patrick, Brett Anglin, and Brianna Anglin; and great-grandson, Kaden Patrick.

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Richland Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Charles Vinson Cantrell
Apr 9, 1942 - Oct 16, 2010

Mr. Charles Vinson Cantrell, 68, of Crowley and formerly of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2010 in Burleson, Texas. He was born on April 9, 1942 in Fabens, Texas to Roy Vinson & Ruth Ilene Cantrell.
He was a great father. He raised his son by himself from the time he was nine years of age until he left home. He has a very big heart. He was always the kind of person that wanted to help a friend or family member if he could. He married Neila Ann Beets in 1964 and together they celebrated eighteen years of marriage. He was a very devoted husband. He loved her more than anything. She passed away in 1982 when their son was only 10 years old; which was very hard thing for him to endure but with God’s grace he and his son made it through it. He was the former owner of Charlie’s Cars & Trucks. He lived most of his life in Corsicana moving to Crowley after retirement. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Army.
In 1992 he met the second true love of his life, Barbara and they married in 1993. He always put her and his family before anything. He has three grandchildren that he was very close to, they loved him very much. His heart and spirit will be missed forever by his family and friends.
Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his wife, Neila Ann Cantrell, son; Michael Cantrell and a sister; Doris Fulfer.
He is survived by his wife; Barbara Canrtrell, Sons; Charlie & Dennis Cantrell, daughter; Michelle Mannke, grandson; C.J. Cantrell, granddaughters; Emma Rose Mannke and Nico Russell, sisters; Teresa Portwood, Helen Stark, and Gelene Necklar.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.

James Carl "Jimmy" Andrews
May 9, 1934 - Oct 13, 2010

Mr. James Carl “Jimmy” Andrews, age 76, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born May 9, 1934 in Houston, Mississippi to Arlene and Henry “Dago”Andrews.

Mr. Andrews played football during his years at Corsicana High School and after graduation, went on to play football for Navarro College. He worked more than fifty years in road construction and owned his own company for over forty years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene and Henry Andrews and his brother, Ervin Andrews.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay McNeel Andrews; sons, Tony Andrews and wife Leann, Steve Andrews and wife Lucy, Scott Andrews and wife Teri; daughters, Carla Bland and husband Dino, and Jill Andrews; grandchildren, Justin Andrews, Joey Andrews, James Andrews, Chrissy Andrews, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Katy Andrews, Alison Andrews, Brendan Andrews, and Jennifer Andrews; great-grandson, Easton Andrews; sister, Dorothy Farmer; and brother, Butch Andrews and wife Dora.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be James Andrews, II, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Joey Andrews, Buddy Caton, and Ray Bobalik.

Virginia Roy (Neal) Blaylock-Wright
July 31, 1935 - Oct 13, 2010

Mrs. Virginia Roy Wright, age 75, passed away October 13, 2010 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Breckenridge, Texas. She was born July 31, 1935 in McMinnville, Tennessee to Willie and Velma Neal.

Mrs. Wright was a shipping clerk and a long time member of the Hopewell Assembly of God Church in Rice. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved being outdoors and was an avid fan of country music, especially songs by her all time favorite singer, Mickey Gilley. She loved to share memories from her annual trips to Branson with the girls, and proudly displayed her get-well card signed by Mickey Gilley.

She was preceded in death by husband, Arvin Blaylock; son, Arvin Lee Blaylock; and daughters, Diane Ward and Linda Gail Blaylock.

She is survived by daughters, Sarah Simmons and husband Bobby of Rice, Patricia Clark and husband Mike of Breckenridge, Ruby Garcia and husband Roy of Graham, Barbara Long and husband Gary of Rice; sons, Bill Young and wife Vicki of Rice, and Kenneth Blaylock of Lindale; 24 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Green of Tennessee; brothers, Johnny Argo of Tennessee and Bobby Neal of Tennessee.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leroy Elmore and Bro. Tim Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Taylor, Tim Taylor, Joshua Long, Tyler Richardson, Billy Young and Heath Oakley.

Minta Mae (Whitener) Crocker
Apr 6, 1919 - Oct 12, 2010

Mrs. Minta Mae Crocker, age 91, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at her home in Corsicana. She was born April 6, 1919 in Spring Hill, Texas to Edwin and Oma Whitener.

Mrs. Crocker was a wonderful cook, avid gardener, and was a strong and independent woman. She loved to share stories from her past with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Crocker; son, Zack Crocker; parents, Edwin and Oma Whitener; and eight brothers and sisters.

She is survived by son, Dwight Crocker and wife Wanda of Texas City, Texas; grandchildren, Casey Crocker and wife Rosemary of Corsicana, Jody Crocker of Corsicana, Jason Crocker of Corsicana, Sara Crocker of Houston, Melissa Dugan of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts; great-grandchildren, Ben Crocker of Corsicana, Addison Crocker of Corsicana, Tanner Crocker of Lufkin, Hailee Crocker of Blooming Grove, Taylor Crocker of Blooming Grove; sisters, Doris and husband Rev. Wayne Mahoney of Corsicana, Dorothy Hall of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, October 14, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, Texas with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

Hazel Zona (Butler) Dawson
Mar 8, 1915 - Oct 12, 2010

Hazel Zona Butler Dawson, “Mungie” went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 12, 2010. She passed away at her residence in Gainesville, Texas.
Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas. She had a real gift and love for teaching children. Throughout her life, she served the Lord by teaching Sunday school and working in the church nursery.
Mrs. Dawson was born on March 8th 1915 in Blevens, Texas. She was one of nine children born to Carrie and William Butler. After she graduated from high school, she worked as a governess for the Adam’s family. Mrs. Dawson moved to San Antonio, Texas and worked at Kelly Field AFB. It was there that she met and married Frank A. Dawson in 1943. They raised three children Nancy, Sam and Maurene. One of the most interesting jobs Mrs. Dawson held was that she had several paper routes. She also worked as the Supervisor of the Dietary Department of Baptist Memorial Hospital and later as a nurse’s aide at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She enrolled in nursing school, graduated and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse when she was 56. During this time, she helped to raise two of her granddaughters, and two teenagers who were estranged from their parents. For several years, she worked as an LVN until she went to take care of her mother. After her mother’s death in 1975, she continued in the nursing field for a while and then became a child care provider for many families.
Mrs. Dawson is preceded in death by her husband Frank A. Dawson, four sisters and two brothers, a step son, and a grandson. She is survived by her brother, Weldon Butler and her sister, Willie Raley. She is also survived by her daughter and son in law, Nancy and Harold Bennett, her son and daughter in law, Sam and Penny Dawson, and her daughter Maurene Middlebrooke. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Carl Dean Fuller
Sept 22, 1949 - Nov 2, 2010
 

Carl Dean Fuller, 61, went to be with the Lord, Nov. 2, 2010.

He was born Sept. 22, 1949, and raised in Blooming Grove, the son of Jim and Alice Fuller. Dean graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1968, attended Navarro Jr. College then served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a hard working faithful employee as a prison guard at Huntsville, however, the majority of his career was working for Texas Department of Public Transporation for 30 years. Dean enjoyed his family and was dedicated to his wife and sons, their wives and his two grandchildren. Granddaddy was special to Sean and Emma. He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with his family. He was very competitive and loved it when his team won. But his true passion was deer hunting. Even though deer season was November through January he was always getting his deer lease ready for he and his brother, Jimmy. Dean was so proud of Debbie who was also dedicated to her career as administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Corsicana ISD. As well as his sons, Chris who served his country in the U.S. Air Force and Kevin a police officer. His zest for life is evidenced by the family he influenced and leaves behind.

He is preceded in death by his mother; and father-in-law Doyle Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Debbie Moore Fuller; sons, Chris and wife Shira, and Kevin and wife Melissa; two grandchildren, Sean and Emma; dad, Jim Fuller; sisters, Myrtle Faye Smith and husband Charles, Nell Dixon and husband Troy, Mary Alice McCann and husband Royce; brother, Jimmy Fuller and wife Carol; mother-in-law, Imogene Moore; sister-in-law, Cheryl Moore Ivie and husband Ray; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives, co-workers and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Mike Dixon, Todd Dixon, Chad Dixon, Steve Fuller, Ken Kinsey, Keith Weaver, Clyde Chambers and Andy Byrd.

Honorary pallbearers will be Employees of Texas Department of Transportation.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
 

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Nora Edith (Whistler) Davis
July 25, 1921 - Nov 10, 2010

Nora Edith Davis, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.

She was born July 25, 1921, in Scurry to James Whistler and Modena Sanders Whistler.

She is preceded in death by husband, O.B. Davis, Jr.; parents, James and Modena Whistler; sisters, Lela Holt, Dorothy Hilliard and Nina Pope; and brother, A.J. Whistler.

Survivors include her daughters, Dena Taylor and husband Ricky, and Kay Bookout and husband Mike; granddaughters, Candace McCain and husband Sloan, Kelli Taylor and Shelby Bookout; she is also survived by her great grandsons, Slade McCain and Zachary Taylor.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mark Guerro officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alice Lucille (Hall) Young
Feb 9, 1918 - Nov 10, 2010

Alice Lucille Hall Young passed away Nov.10, 2010, in Corsicana.

She was a dear and generous friend, loving wife, and aunt. Lucille was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Dresden, to Chester and Belle Hall and attended Oak Valley and Corsicana schools. She worked many years for the phone company and retired from Southwestern Bell in 1976. She married Jessie Lee Young in 1950. They lived in Silver City and were members of Community Baptist Church.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Lee Young; brother, Cleo Hall; and her parents.

She leaves behind two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Frances and Bill Bounds of Garland, and Charlene and Tom Rogers of Temple; cousins, Charlotte Young of Red Oak, and Cherie Russo of Dresden.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Black Hills Cemetery, c/o Janice King, 2033 Glenwood Circle, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale Leggett officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Rusty Andrews, Johnny Lake, James Orler, Phil Phillips, Jason York, Kenneth Young and Dub Dickson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donnie Lee Norrell
June 9, 1941 - Nov 10, 2010

Donnie Lee Norrell

Donnie Lee Norrell, 69, of Frost, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his residence.

He was born June 9, 1941, in Canton to Richmond Riley Norrell and Anna Stout Norrell.

He is preceded in death by son, Jerry Don Norrell; daughter, Tracey Lee Ybarra; and parents, Riley and Anna Norrell.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Norrell of Frost; son, Mickey Don Norrell and wife Kelly of Frost; daughters, Pamela Thompson of Seagoville, Shannon Morris of Frost, and Penny Kay Harris and husband Tony of Frost; grandsons, Eli Thompson and wife Amber of Wills Point, Josh Thompson and wife Carrie of Forney, Casey Don Morris of Corsicana, Cody Don Ybarra of Waldo, Ark., Tyler Norrell of Sweetwater, and Wesley Harris of Frost; granddaughters, Autumn Ybarra of Frost, Summer Paige Ybarra of Magnolia, Ark., Reagan Norrell of Sweetwater, Kristie Willard of Frost and Cheyenne Pack of Frost; great grandson, Bronc Thompson; brother, Dennis Norrell and wife Rea of Canton; sisters, Linda Ann Register and husband Larry of Garland, Betty Jean Davis and husband Dwight of Gun Barrell; he is also survived and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved pets, Max, Sadie and Paige.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Ledbetter and the staff at Lighted Pathways Hospice.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Emmett Baptist Church with Mr. Gordon Lockett officiating. Pallbearers will be Chuck Dortch, Jack Dortch, Bob Berna, Joe Nolen, Dr. Kris Moore, Lucio Calderon, Ray Calderon and Cliff Williams.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Donnie Lee Norrell, 69, passed away Nov. 9, 2010. Visitation will be  6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Emmett Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com by selecting the Donnie Norrell. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Oleta Silvers
d. Nov 8, 2010

Oleta Silvers, 75, passed away Nov. 8, 2010. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Robert Evans
abt 1927 - Nov 5, 2010

Corsicana — Robert Evans, 83, of Nacogdoches, formerly of Kerens, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in Medical Health Center Hospital in Lufkin. Graveside services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday in Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Services under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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