Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Charlie Hollingsworth
Oct 11, 1876 - Nov 14, 1957

C. Hollingsworth Dies Thursday At Blooming Grove

BLOOMING GROVE. Nov. 15—(Spl)—Charlie Hollingsworth, 81, retired farmer and merchant, died at his home here Thursday.
Funeral services were to be held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Central Baptist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites are to be conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor of the church, and Rev. Denzil Wright, pastor of the First Methodist church.
A native, of Alabama, Hollingsworth had spent most of his life in this vicinity.
Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a son, J. Lewis Hollingsworth, funeral director, Itasca; three daughters, Mrs. Doyce Prater, Midland; Mrs. Bill Smith and Mrs. Clyde Lusk, both of Dallas; two sisters. Mrs. Mary Hastings and Mrs. Jenny Hitt, both of Eustace; six grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were to be H. S. Whorton. Ben Shell, Dwayne Garrison, Sam Carroll, Joe McGraw, Joe Comer.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.


James Uriah Page
Aug 1, 1891 - Oct 15, 1957

Blooming Grove Veteran Dies
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 15—(Spl.)—J. U. Page, 65, landowner of the Lone Cedar community and paint contractor, died in the Veterans Administration hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas, Tuesday morning following an extended illness.
Funeral services are tentatively set for the Central Baptist church here Wednesday at 3 p. m. with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites will he conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor.
Page was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife, a teacher in the local schools; a son, Jimmy Page, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. F. M. White, Fort Worth, and Mrs. C. W. Evans, Garland; four grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Sarah A. “Sallie” (Tarpley) Roebuck
May 20, 1855 - Dec 18, 1917

(From the Rustler.)
Mrs. A. W. Roebuck passed away Friday evening last about 7 o'clock and the funeral services were held at the Christian church Saturday and the remains interred at Rose Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Roebuck had been in ill health for a number of months.


Lou Eddie Grinstead
Aug. 28, 1908 - May 19, 1917

Operated on at Hospital.
The 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Grinstead of the Purdon community, was operated on at the P. and S. hospital today for appendicitis.
The operation was successful, and the little girl is resting, but is very sick.



Loula Edna, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Grinstead of the Purdon community, died at the P. and S. hospital here this morning following an operation for appendicitis. The remains will be interred at Blooming Grove tomorrow afternoon
at 3 o'clock.


Thomas Hannah “Tom” Yarbrough
Aug. 11, 1900 Sep. 8, 1951

Thos. Yarbrough Dies In Dallas
Thomas H. Yorbrough, 51, Blooming Grove cafe operator, died in a Dallas hospital Saturday morning following a several weeks' illness.
Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove at 2:30 p. m. Sunday. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R, Harrison, pastor of the church.
The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 p. m. until the funeral hour. Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. L. E. Wiser, Dallas; a son, Raymond Tuel, Jr., Dallas; three brothers, J. J. Yarbrough and J. D. Yarbrough, both of Dallas, and R. E. Yarbrough, Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Delia Newland, Dallas, Mrs. Pearl Maxville, Hulbert, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Ada Pollard, Tachlequah, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Hollis Pitts, Joe George, J. V. Holditch, H. S. Whorton, Lloyd Simpson and Douglas Magee.
Griffin will direct.


John Hollingsworth
Sep 19, 1879 - Feb 15, 1951

John Holllngsworth age 71 years who made his home with his brother, Charlie Holllngsworth, passed away last Thursday at 8 p. m.
Holllngsworth was a native of Alabama coming to this community at the age of nine years. Services were held at the Central Baptist church. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. Survivors are two sisters, Mmes. Jennie Hitt and Mary Hastings of Eustace, two brothers, William and Charlie Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove. Pallbearers were all nephews, Howard and Herman Hitt, Jim and Lewis Hollingsworth, Clyde Lusk and Erwin Statham.


John McKinney Thompson
July 12, 1872 - Feb 9, 1951

J. M. Thompson
Rites Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE. Feb. 10.— Spl.)—John M. Thompson, 78, died at his home here Friday at 5:15 p. m. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m. from the First Christian church here with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
Native of Columbia. Tenn., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Thompson, he came to Texas at the age of nine years with his family.
Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Eula Harper of Blooming Grove; two sons, Paschall Thompson, Powell, and Stanley Dale Thompson, Ontario, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Elena Wright, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Louise Guerra, Rio Grande City, and a number of other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Patrick Morris McGraw
B&D Oct 4, 1951

Infant Services Friday Horning
Patrick Morris McGraw, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McGraw of Blooming Grove, died at the P. and S. Hospital Thursday afternoon.
Graveside services were held at 10 a. m. Friday at Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor of the Central Baptist church at Blooming Grove.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Gary Raymond McGraw, all of Blooming Grove; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morris, Brownwood, and Mrs. H. G. McGraw, Blooming Grove.
Griffin directed.


Arie Ellen (Cook) Gillen
May 4, 1868 - Aug 17, 1951

Mrs. J. J. Gillen
Succumbs Friday

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 17.—(AP}—Mrs. J. J. Gillen, 83 died at her home here at 10:30 a. m. Friday after being ill for some time She had resided in Blooming Grove since 1900.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church here at 4 p. m. Saturday with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. C. Towns, pastor.
Surviving are eight children, C. L. and W. C. Gillen, both of Lampasas; Mrs. Jeff Hunter and Mrs. A. C. Potts, both of Now London; Mrs. Jack Hammond. Abilene; Mrs. Lela Jordan, Jack and Drew Gillen, all of Blooming Grove; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will be pallbearers. McCormick will direct.


Elvin Eugene Christie
Aug 21, 1874 - July 10, 1951

Rites Thursday
For E. E. Christie
BLOOMING GROVE, July 13- Spl—Funeral services for E. E. Christie, 7S, who died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Loyd Robinson in North Corsicana early Tuesday, were held at 10 a. m. Thursday from the First Baptist church.
The rites were conducted by Rev. A. C. Towns, pastor of the church, and Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church, Corsicana. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
A native of Arkansas. Christie had resided here 60 years.
Sons-in-law were pallbearers. Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; 10 children, Mrs. Wray Truelove, Hubbard; A. C. Christie, Houston; Mrs. Ernest Gordon, Stamford; Mrs. Daniel Beets, Kilgore; Omer Christie, Houston; Mrs. Robinson, Corsicana; Mrs. Herschel Seabolt, Ennis; Mrs. W. T. Graves, Corsicana; Mrs. Luther Patterson, Ennis, and Gene Christie, Blooming Grove; 34 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a brother, Ralph Christie, Lufkin, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Charles Samuel Prater
Aug 15, 1917 - Mar 2, 2002

FORT WORTH - Charles Samuel Prater, 84, a retired painter, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at his residence.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel.
Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel.
Memorials: May be made to the River Oaks United Methodist Church, 4800 Ohio Garden Road.

Charles Samuel Prater was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Cleburne, Texas.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping build Cleburne State Park. In 1936, he joined the Texas National Guard.

In 1940 the unit mobilized in Brownwood, Texas. He went overseas to participate in World War II with the famous 36th Division, serving in Battery B, 132nd Field Artillery.

He spent 12 years in the service of his country, attaining the rank of Master First Sergeant. He was committed to the 36th Division reunions, serving eight years as vice president of artillery. His love for his division and fellow servicemen came first in his life.

Survivors: Wife, Billie Prater of Fort Worth; daughters, Mrs Charlene Brazell and Mrs. Lynda Schlitz, both of Fort Worth; stepdaughters, Ranelle Livingston of Granbury and Rita Phillips of Florida; stepson, Fred Tolleson of Fort Worth; sister, Pearl Dellis of Azle, Texas; five grandsons; four granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. Shannon North Funeral Chapel 111 W. Northside Drive, (817) 624-2191

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Submitted by Nancy McKune

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Mar 4, 2002

Billie Ruth (Davidson) Prater
Dec 1, 1926 - Dec 26, 2010

FORT WORTH - Billie Ruth Prater, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 2010, early in her 84th year.

Service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at River Oaks United Methodist Church, 4800 Ohio Garden Drive. Interment will follow in Laurel Land Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Visitation: Family and friends will gather at the church on Wednesday to share laughter and tears from noon to 1 p.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions designated for the PDO Fund at River Oaks United Methodist Church, is suggested

Born in Cleburne on Dec. 1, 1926, Billie was raised in Joshua, where she graduated from high school. She was the daughter of H. K. and Josie Lawson Davidson.

Billie was a longtime member of River Oaks United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and was instrumental in starting the Parent's Day Out program. She was also active in the 36th Division Women's Auxiliary for World War II veterans.

Survivors: In addition to her son, Fred Tolleson, Billie is survived by her daughters, Ranelle Davidson and Gary, and Rita Phillips and Gary; grandchildren, Ashley Davidson Keyes and Chris, Allison Davidson and Lori O'Donley Rohloff and Brad; great-grandchildren, Logan, Jared and Hayden; and nieces and nephews and their families.

Robertson Mueller Harper

Submitted by Nancy McKune

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Dec 28, 2010

Julia Maria Ragsdale
Jan 23, 1876 - Mar 1, 1962

Miss Ragsdale Rites Saturday

Final rites for Miss Julia Marie Ragsdale were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel with Rev. Donald Holt, pastor, Barry Methodist church officiating. Interment was in Dresden cemetery.
A resident of Terrell, Miss Ragsdale died Friday. She was a long-time Navarro county resident.
A brother, Henry Ragsdale of Barry, died last week.
Surviving are two brothers, M. E. and W. D. Ragsdale, both of Barry; one sister, Mrs. W. E. Bingham, Fort Worth, and other relatives.
Nephews were pallbearers.


Henry Vinson Ragsdale
Oct 26, 1878 - Feb 22, 1962

Ragsdale Rites Here Saturday
Funeral services for Henry Ragsdale, long-time Barry resident, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel with Rev. Donald Holt, pastor, Barry Methodist church, officiating, assisted by Rev. C. Douglas White, Fort Worth Baptist minister. Interment will be in the Dresden cemetery.
A native of Neches, Anderson county, Mr. Ragsdale, 83, died in Memorial hospital Thursday following a heart attack.
A retired carpenter, he moved to Barry at an early age Ragsdale was born Oct. 26, 1878.
Survivors include his widow, Barry; one daughter, Mrs. B. R. Wilson, and two grandchildren, Joy Lynn and James David Wilson, all of Ennis; two brothers, W. D. and M. B. Ragsdale both of Barry; two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Bingham, Fort Worth and Miss Julia Ragsdale, Terrell, and a number of other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Bell, Roy Massengale, George Watson, Leone Reed, Marshall Massengale and Lowell Reed.


Card Of Thanks
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all our friends for the food and flowers and all the nice things you did for us during the illness and death of our husband and father, Mr. Henry Ragsdale of Barry. Special thanks to Dr. E. J. Skrivanek and Dr. Dan Skrivanek, Dr. Gibson, all the nurses at Memorial, Bro. C. Douglas White and Bro. Don Holt. May God bless each of you.—Mrs. Henry V. Ragsdale, Barry; Mrs. Bobby R. Wilson, Ennis.


Hettie Jane Reed
Aug 15, 1877 - Feb 23, 1962

Miss Reed Dies Friday Morning, Rites Sunday

Miss Hettie Reed, resident of Barry about 70 years, died at her home in Barry at 8:30 a.m. following an illness that extended several years. She was 84.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Barry Baptist church with Rev. Bob Lamer, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Dresden cemetery.
She was a native of Georgia, but came to Navarro county when a young girl. She lived most of her life in Barry. She was born Aug. 15. 1877.
Surviving are one sister, Miss Ella Reed, Barry, with whom she lived; three brothers, H. L. Reed, Barry; J. A. Reed, Dallas, and Fred Reed, Barry; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Corley directs.


Earl Rodgers Brim
Aug 9, 1890 - May 26, 1970

Earl Brim, 79, Dies Tuesday
Earl Brim, 79, a resident of Corsicana for the past 65 years, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. He was a retired blacksmith and a member of the Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Mickey Loftis, with interment in Dresden cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Allen Brim of Sweetwater, Elbert Brim of Corsicana and Dewey Brim of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. D. H. Andrews of Dallas and Mrs. W.H. Anderson of Waco; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters Miss Blanche Brim of Dallas and Mrs. C. C. Allen of Dallas.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.


James Otis "Skinner" Varnell, Sr.
Mar 7, 1900 - May 27, 1970

J.O. Varnell Dies Tuesday

BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.)-James Otis Varnell, 70, retired farmer, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife Myrtle of Blooming Grove; one son, Quilla Van Varnell of Tyler; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Page of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Bobbie Beam of Broussard, La., two sisters, Mrs. Faye Huckeba of Dallas and Mrs. Jewel Nash of Pampa; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the McCormick Chapel in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Paul Rone, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Dresden cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roy Massengale, Marshall Massengale, Miller Reid, Cecil Hall, Leone Reed and H. S. Whorton.



On Submarine Chaser.

Mr. A. M. Varnell of Barry has received word that his son, J. O. Varnell, now in the navy is located on a submarine chaser, the number of his boat being S. P. No. 672, with head quarters at Mobile, Ala. Mr. Varnell has only been in the service four months and the fact that he has already been put on a submarine chaser is evidence that he has made good and his ability has been recognized by his superior officers.


Mary Alice (Payne) McNabb
May 1, 1869 - Feb 27, 1955

Services Tuesday For Mrs. McNabb

Funeral services for Mrs. J. M. McNabb, 85, who died at her home in Purdon Sunday, were held from the First Baptist church at Purdon Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. C. L. Wood, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.
A native of Mississippi, Mrs. McNabb had resided in Texas many years.

Surviving are two sons, H. E. McNabb, Corsicana, and M. C. McNabb, Cleburne; four daughters, Mrs. C. B. Grinstead and Mrs. N. L. Adkins, both of Purdon; Mrs. H. T. Coffey, Abilene, and Mrs. B. D. Vaughan, Lefors; 28 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, six brothers, John Payne, Sulphur, Okla.; Mike Payne, Duncan, Okla.; Tom Payne, Mangel, Okla.; Sidney Payne, Bryan; Leslie Payne, Trent, and Homer Payne, Stith; four sisters, Mrs. J. M. Reid, Adair. Okla., Mrs. Bessie Jackson, Lubbock; Mrs. Vic Ward, Anson, and Mrs. Odie Ramsey, Seagraves, and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley directed.


Newton Joseph Brim
Mar 31, 1854 - Feb 9, 1930

We are sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Joe Brim. He had lived at Dresden nearly all of his life until a few years ago, when he and his two daughters, Misses Ruth and Blanche, moved to Corsicana, and was living there at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his death, Ruth and Blanche Brim of Corsicana, one son, Earl; several grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. He was laid to rest in Dresden cemetery Monday afternoon.



N. J. Brim Passed Away in Corsicana

N. J. (Uncle Joe) Brim, aged 76 years, died at his residence at 925 South Beaton in Corsicana at 4 a.m. Sunday. The McCormick funeral coach went for the body Monday and carried it to Dresden cemetery for burial at 3 p.m., Monday.

Rev. Kinslow, pastor of the Methodist church officiated.

Uncle Joe Brim had lived near Dresden for a number of years and had many friends there.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 14, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Lee Watts
Oct 12, 1871 - July 16, 1933


Robert Lee Watts, aged 61years, native of Navarro county, died at his home, 512 South Nineteenth street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the funeral was held from the family residence Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.
Surviving are his widow, seven children, Charles S. Watts, Corsicana; Mrs. Kathryn Heart, Telico; James E. Watts, Margerete Watts, Raymon Watts, Jerry Watts and Joice Fay Watts, all of Peel Town; father B. F. Watts, Corsicana; four brothers, Paul Watts and T. T. Watts, both of Corsicana; Will Watts, Coolidge; and Tom Watts, McLennon county; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Martin, Dallas; Mrs. Villa Stead, Dallas; and Mrs. Pearl Ratliff, Sweetwater.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jul 17, 1933

  • Parents: B.F. Watts and Elizabeth Angeline Watts

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • He is not listed in the book but his death cert shows Campbell and a family member has him listed in Find A Grave...says his marker is missing.

Alta Dola (Cook) Moore
Jun 13, 1900 - Sep 14, 1974

Mrs. W. E. Moore

FROST—Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Frost United Methodist Church for Mrs. W.E. (Alta) Moore, lifelong resident who died Saturday in Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Corsicana after a brief illness. The Rev. U.L. Stegman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery under direction of Bradley Funeral Home here.
Surviving are two sons, Johnny L. Moore of Maxwell and Billy J. Moore of Alvin; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Bailey of Arlington and Mrs. Noan Crawford of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Bobby Joe Yates
Jun 26, 1930 - Feb 26, 1947


FROST, Texas, Feb. 26—(Spl)— Bobbie Joe Yates, aged 16 years, died at the family home here late Tuesday night following an extended illness incident to a bone infection. His right leg was amputated last summer.

Funeral services are to be held from the Frost Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with interment in the Frost Cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. Fisher of Mertens, and Rev. Lawhon of Frost. Surviving are his parents, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


Mary Ann Dyer
Sept 1, 1945 - Jan 27, 1951

Frost Child Dies Here On Saturday

Mary Ann Dyer, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Dyer, Frost, died at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday at 2 p. m.

Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 2 p. m. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, and Rev. A. W. Gordon, pastor of the Frost Methodist church.
Surviving are the parents, three brothers J. C. Jr., Billy Gene and Carlyle Dyer; a sister, Joyce Elaine, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Dortch and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Dyer, all of Frost.

Pallbearers were Rex and Curtis Patterson and Varney and Vernon Wilbanks.
McCormlck Funeral Service directed.


Daniel Green Talbott
Jul 15, 1952 - Aug 1, 1952

Infant's Rites Held Saturday

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 5— (SpU—Funeral services were held at Lone Cedar Saturday for Daniel G. Talbott, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Talbott, who died in a Henderson hospital late Friday. Graveside services were held from the Lone Cedar cemetery with Rev. T. R. Harrison officiating.

Only survivors are the parents. The mother is the former Marilyn Green of Lone Cedar.
McCormick Funeral Home directed.


Claude Burns
Nov 23, 1892 - Jan 26, 1951

Constable Burns Services Sunday

Claude Burns, 58, constable, Precinct 5, died in the Veterans' Hospital in Dallas Friday. 

Funeral services were held Sunday at Dresden where interment was made. The Frost Masonic
Lodge had charge of the graveside rites.

Burns formerly lived at Frost and near Purdon, but for years had made his home in the Carroll community between Blooming Grove and Dresden.

Surviving are several brothers and sisters and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.


Fred C. Burns
Mar 6, 1889 - Nov 20, 1969

Fred C. Burns Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Fred C. Burns, 80, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Corley Chapel.

Interment will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister Mrs. Doyle Smith of Houston and one brother Clyde Burns of Snyder.


Lee Roy Sims
May 9, 1890 - Aug 3, 1952

Services Monday For Lee Roy Sims

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 4— (Spl)—Lee Roy Sims, 62, former resident of Blooming Grove, died Sunday night at the T. O. Watts residence, South 34th street, in Corsicana.  Funeral services were held Monday at 4 p. m. at the Dresden Methodist church, with Rev. Will Minefee officiating. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery

Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Lou Sims of Blooming Grove; two sons, Clifford and James Sims, both of Odessa; a daughter, Mrs. Fay Peoples of San Antonio; two brothers, Arthur Sims, Corsicana, and Wesley Sims, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. Douglas Richards, Arizona, Mrs. Ella Hollifield, Frost, and Mrs. R. F. Clough, Blooming Grove; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Charlie Sheppard, Roger Carroll, Ben Melton, Joe Dean Cobb, Burley Ellis and Jack Glllen.

McCormick Funeral Home conducted.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Aug 4, 1952

  • Son of James B. Sims and Louella (Herring) Sims

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • Not listed in cem but his death cert. shows Dresden - His parents are buried in Dresden

Lucy Ellen (Rambo) Thomas
June 9, 1862 - Feb 12, 1934


Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Rambo Thomas, aged 71 years, who died at her home in the Drane community Monday morning, were held Tuesday morning at 1o'clock from the Dresden church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.  The rites were conducted by Rev. F. O. Waddill, pastor of the Dawson Methodist church.  Mrs. Thomas had resided in the Drane community for 40 years.

Surviving are six children, Mrs. J. C. Cheek, Corsicana; Mrs. E.H. Poole, Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Ponder, Dawson; Mrs. Jack Russell, Corsicana; Homer Thomas, Drane, John Thomas, Drane; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives. The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Sam Thomas Curry
Jun 15, 1889 - Aug 18, 1963

Tuesday Rites For Sam Curry 

Final rites for Sam T. Curry, 74, long-time Navarro county and Corsicana resident, who died shortly after arriving at the VA hospital in Marlin Sunday were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.  Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.
The services were conducted by Rev. E. A. Jordan and Rev. Roy H. Davis.

Curry was formerly a constable for Precinct 5, Blooming Grove, Frost, Barry, Purdon, and during World War II, was deputy sheriff here under Sheriff  C. O. (Cap) Curington.  He was a veteran of World War I.
Surviving are two sons, R. T. Curry, Corsicana, and Pete Curry, Abilene; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Warren, Corsicana; five grandchildren, Skipper, Candy, JoAnn, Linda and Dean Curry, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Burton, Red Arnold, Roy Graham, Bill Currin, C. O. Curington and E. W. (Pete) O'Daniel.


James Edward Gay
Nov 25, 1883 - June 19, 1963

Hold Services For J. E. Gay

Funeral services for J. E. Gay, 79, who died of a heart attack Wednesday, were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. 

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bob Roberts, pastor of Westside Baptist church, and Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of Memorial Baptist church.  Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. Fulton Allen, Tempe, Ariz.; Mrs. Edward Butler and Mrs. Banks Lyons, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Loyd Lewis and Mrs. Teener Moore, both of Dallas, and Mrs.  Billy Hoffman, Richmond; four sons, Kenneth Gay, Tempe, Ariz.; James D. Gay, U. S. Navy Honolulu Hawaii; Tommy and Allen Gay, both of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchilden and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Hambrick, James E. Watson, Homer McNabb, Marshall Massengale, Lowell Reed and Leone Reed.


Edna Myrtle (Reed) Curry
Mar 1, 1898 - Jul 10, 1943


Mrs. Edna Curry, aged 48 years, wife of Sam T. Curry, deputy sheriff, 1032 North Beaton street, died at the family residence Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Dresden where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Revs. George and T. A. Vaughn, Baptist ministers.

A native of Irene, Hill county, Mrs. Curry had resided in Navarro county for about 30 years. 

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, I. N. Curry, U. S. Army, last heard from Dec. 5, 1941, in the Philippines; Marion C. and R. T. Curry, both U. S. Navy, stationed at Norfolk, Va., now en route home; mother, Mrs. Joe Reed, Lubbock; three brothers, Jim, Will and Jack Reed, all of Lubbock; and two sisters, Mrs. Sam Pevehouse, Frost, and Mrs. Loberta McNabb, Cleburne.


Louisiana Oda "Odie" (Whitlock) Brown
Nov 5, 1878 - Apr 25, 1945


Mrs. T. L. Brown, aged 66 years, formerly of Drane, died in a Fort Arthur hospital Wednesday.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held from the Methodist church at Dresden Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. S. Hellums.

Surviving are three sons, L. A. Brown, Sweeney; F. W. Brown, Drane, and T. L. Brown, Waco: three daughters, Mrs. H. F. Huddle, Tyler; Mrs. C. H. Lockey, Port Arthur, and Mrs. G. M. Wooley, Dallas, and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Marshall Tatum, N. Chambers, Dick Hale, Henry Allison, Joe Baker and S.S. Baggett.
Corley Funeral Home is in charge.


Maurice Ricardo Rosen
Jan 4, 1921 - Jan 8, 1976

Maurice Rosen

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Maurice R. Rosen, 55, resident of Corsicana, who died last night at Memorial Hospital. Rabbi Ernest Joseph will officiate, and burial will be at Hebrew Cemetery.

He was manager and part owner of Daiches Jewelers, and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, of Corsicana; two sons, Stan Rosen with the Air Force in Germany and Bob Rosen of Dallas, and two sisters, Mrs. Ervin Utay of Dallas and Mrs. Ester Horowitz of Columbus, Ohio.


George Dwayne Magee
May 18, 1917 - Feb 4, 2011

George Dwayne Magee, 93, passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at his residence in Blooming Grove.

He was born May 18, 1917, in Blooming Grove to George and Effie Magee. Mr. Magee was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge #497 in Blooming Grove and also a 60 year member of the Blooming Grove Lions Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Cruse Magee.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry “Tunie” Tucker and husband Jack; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the George Dwayne Magee obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Billy Gene Warren
abt 1937 - Feb 5, 2011

Billy Gene Warren, 74, passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at his residence in Athens.

He was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Lilac Warren; brother, Garland Warren; and grandson, Richard Plafcan.

Survivors include two sons, Tony Warren of Granbury, and Todd Warren of Caddo, Okla.; two daughters, Sherryl Colvin and Sharmon Warren, both of Caddo, Okla.; step daughters and husbands Dana and Jay Colvin, and Shauna and Josh Duke, all of Kerens; stepdaughter and husband, Jerrie and Ricky French of Dawson; stepson, Harold Hollifield of Dawson; eight grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Joe Graves of Kerens.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Paschal Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Prairie Point Cemetery with Chaplain Mike Ferguson officiating.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Leola Marie (Harper) Tinsley
Dec 9, 1921 - Jan 30, 2011

Corsicana — Leola Marie Tinsley passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Corsicana, after suffering a serious stroke on Monday, Jan. 25, 2011. She was 89 and lived at home until the time of her death. Services planned for Friday, Feb. 4 have been postponed until 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

She was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Mayfield, to William James Waters Harper and Fleta Jane Harper. Leola was a graduate of Hillsboro High School. She married Leroy Tinsley, also of Hillsboro, on Aug. 3, 1940, and moved to Corsicana in 1945. They raised three sons, Richard Tinsley, Billy Tinsley, and Tommy Tinsley. She was active in PTA and the Band Parents Association. Leola loved her family, her friends, and First Baptist Church of Corsicana, where she taught preschool children for over thirty years. She worked with special needs children in Corsicana ISD and served for 19 years as a volunteer in the Corsicana Hospital.

Her husband, Leroy, passed away in 1976.

Survivors include her brother, Ralph Harper of Greenville; sister, Mozelle Wooten of Hillsboro; sons, Richard Tinsley of Houston, Bill Tinsley of Rockwall, and Tom Tinsley of Hallsville; she is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. The Rev. Larry Tolbert and the Rev. Danny Reeves will assist. Interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pall Bearers include grandsons, Jonathan Tinsley, Chris Tinsley, Collin Tinsley, Patrick Tinsley; grandson-in-law, Noah Hutchison; and nephew, Milton Seldomridge Jr. Honorary pallbearers are the Honorable Joe Michael Russell, Dr. Scott Middleton, Joe Bob Tekell, Kenneth Clark, Jerry Caton, and Billy Lassiter.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Wiley Stroud
abt 1928 - Feb 5, 2011

Corsicana — Wiley Stroud, 83, of Fairfield, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Fairfield.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Margaret Estine (Rodgers) Thompson
abt 1924 - Jan 27, 2011

Corsicana — Margaret Estine (Rodgers) Thompson, 87, of Hubbard, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at a Hillsboro hospital. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard before the funeral services. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Maggie Lee Ingram
d. Feb 2, 2011

Corsicana — Maggie Lee Ingram, formerly of Blooming Grove passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in Garland. Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Olive Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Audry Hart officiating. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.


Larry Donell “Brite Lite” Watson
abt 1953 - Feb 4, 2011

Corsicana — Larry Donell “Brite Lite” Watson, 58, passed away. There will be a Wake from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Ross and Johnson Funeral Home, 1100 G.W. Jackson Ave., in Corsicana. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church, 700 E. Park Ave., Corsicana.  Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home.


Travis Miles Coe
April 28, 1937 - Feb 2, 2011

Travis Miles Coe, 73, loving husband, father, grandfather with a great sense of humor, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Corsicana.

He was born on April 28, 1937, in Corsicana to Basil Coe and Dell Fullwood Coe. Travis served in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950s and was the owner of Miles Furniture in Corsicana from 1979 to 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Coe of Corsicana; children, Travis Miles Coe Jr. and wife Terry of Round Rock, and Sandra Crum of Corsicana; grand children Carissa Crum of Corsicana, Amanda Martin of Round Rock, and Paul Martin and wife Catherine of North Richland Hills; three great grandchildren, Megan, Makaila, and Paulie; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Georgann Moore and Karl Moore of Redding, Calif.; he is also survived by special cousin, Ken Harris and wife Jean of Fort Worth, and the employees of Miles Furniture.

Travis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, with Les Ledger and Bill Price officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Navarro County Food Pantry, 122 W. First Ave., Corsicana, or to the Humane Society of Navarro County, P.O. Box 1734, Corsicana, Texas 75151, or to the American Cancer Society - Navarro Unit, 200 N 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Ralph Waltman Stell Jr.
Sep 23, 1922 - Jan 29, 2011

Corsicana — Ret. US Navy Cmdr. Ralph W. Stell Jr., 88, of Kensington, Md. formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Services and interment are pending with Pumphrey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be in his honor to Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD  20895, or U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD  21401.



Ret. US Navy Cmdr. Ralph W. Stell Jr., 88, of Kensington, Md., formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.

He was born in Corsicana, on Sept. 23, 1922. After graduation from high school in 1940, he attended Texas A&M University for one year before receiving an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1945. After graduation in 1944 he was assigned to the U.S.S. Boise (CL-47) and served as Turret Officer. While aboard, the ship participated in the battle of Lingayen Gulf. Later the ship embarked General MacArthur and staff for a tour of the Philippine Islands. Ralph's next assignment was primary flight training at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Dallas. He received his wings at Pensacola in February of 1947, and was assigned to carrier squadron “Bombing Three” based in Rhode Island and was later aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge for a Mediterranean cruise. Duty on basic training staff and instrument instructor at Pensacola followed. At the outbreak of the Korean War he and Bob Wood flew a Beechcraft loaded with communications personnel from Pensacola to San Francisco to augment the Pacific Theater staffs. Ralph's next assignment was as Flag Lieutenant to COMFAIR Japan at NAS Atsugi. Upon completion of this duty, he joined Squadron 193 at NAS Moffitt Field, Calif. to train for deployment to West PAC on U.S.S. Oriskany. Al Shepard and Bill Lawrence were squadron mates. Upon return Ralph married Katharine Parker and reported for duty at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Calif. Naval War College, Naval Staff London, and Comm Naval Air Staff Atlantic followed.

After retiring in March of 1965, he worked for Vitro Corp. and Special Warfare Laboratory (organized by USNA classmate Bob Eidson). During his final retirement he was a volunteer for 23 years in the Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Ralph was a member of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church of Kensington, Md., for 44 years, where he sang in the choir and served terms as deacon and elder

Survivors include his beloved wife, Kathy; son, Ralph Benjamin Stell and fiancée Julie Stanek; daughters, Elizabeth Stell and husband Bill Matthiesen, and granddaughters Marianna and Rebecca Stell, and Laura Stell and her partner Russell Greco.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on March 13, 2011, in Kinsington, Md. at Pumphrey Funeral Home. Interment will be at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery, in Annapolis, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be in his honor to Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD 20895, or U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Arrangements by Pumphrey Funeral Home.


Rufus “BobbyFae” “Bob” “Dubee” Martin
March 28, 1944 - Jan 28, 2011

Rufus “BobbyFae” “Bob” “Dubee” Martin, 66, resident of Cedar Creek, passed away Jan. 28, 2011, at his residence.

Rufus was born March 28, 1944 in Kerens. He later moved to Ft. Worth, attended school, and graduated in 1963 from IM Terrell High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1963, and served honorably for more than 20 years, receiving a number of medals and awards. Upon retiring, Rufus was employed by the IRS in Austin, where he retired in 2007 after 24 years. Rufus loved his family, fishing, and his dogs.

Survivors include his wife of more than 15 years, Rebecca Martin of Cedar Creek; children, Roger Williams of Corsicana, Anthony “Tony” Martin, and Danielle and Rosalind Martin all of California; step children, Bernard Blake Sr., of Bastrop, Sharon R. Kinlaw of Houston, and Henry Bowers of Austin; twenty grandchildren; father, Harold Andrews and wife Mary; five brothers, Harold Andrews Jr., of Corsicana, and Roy Van, Jerry, C.L. and Morris Martin all of Fort Worth; five sisters, Rosalind Carter of Alexandria, La., and Pansy Marsh, Ora Fae Musgrove, Doris Butler, and Margarie Carter all of Fort Worth; two sisters-in-law, Cornelia Blackshear of Columbus, Ga., and Elizabeth Toomer of Bluffton, S.C. ; one brother-in-law, Isaac Blake of Atlanta, Ga.; aunts, Grace Jordan and husband Richard, Martha Johnson and husband Lynnis, Zorine Martin of Kerens, and Eula Wilson of Corsicana; he is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens, with Pastor A.C. Faulk officiating. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Lucile Katherine (Woodall) Nugent
April 29, 1916 - Jan 31, 2011

Mrs. Lucile Katherine Nugent, 94, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She was born April 29, 1916, in Dew, to Thomas Clarence and Annie Woodall. Mrs. Nugent was a 35 year resident of Port Aransas prior to moving to Corsicana about eight years ago and was raised in Chatfield. After moving to Corsicana she attended Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include her brother, Haral T. Woodall and wife Nell of Forney; she is also survived by several nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Internment will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana


Ray Lynn Goodman
Jan 21, 1947 - Jan 28, 2011

Mr. Ray Lynn Goodman, 64, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born on January 21, 1947 to Jackie & Bob Goodman of Waco.

Ray, an avid fisherman and hunter, began his career in education in 1970 at Corsicana High School as a science teacher and PE coach. In 1980, he then became a nature study teacher at Drane and an assistant principal at CHS before accepting a position in the Mildred I.S.D. in 1984. During his tenure in Mildred he saw numerous district and state athletic championships, superior academic excellence and was instrumental in planning and improving the MISD facilities. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, as well as school and civic organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Jerry Goodman.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years; Sharon Stubbs Goodman, sister-in-law; Betty Stubbs of Mexia, nieces; Cindy Neal and husband Trip of Fairfield, Jami Jones of Mexia, nephew; Greg Stubbs and wife Jennifer of Mexia, great nieces; Erin, Caitlin and Bailey, and a great nephew; Regan.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. and the Rev. Danny Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Trip Neal, Greg Stubbs, Regan Stubbs, Steve Phillips, B. J. Coker, and Darrell Myers.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Corsicana Food Pantry, or a charity of your choice.


Mable (Fox) Blake
May 2, 1891 - Sept 13, 1909


Edith Allen "Allie" (Houston) Tillman
June 9, 1886 - Nov 1, 1909

Rush Creek News.

Dear Editor and Chats: After so long a time I will try to give you a few dots from this part of the county. Health is better at this time than it has been for quite a while. Mr. Henry farmer has typhoid fever, but is improving slowly. We have had several cases of fever in and around Dresden, but only two deaths, Mrs. Mabel Blake (nee Fox) and Mrs. Allie Tillman (nee Houston). They were both young women, just in the prime of life, but God in his wisdom called them home. Mrs. Blake left a young husband and other relatives, and Mrs. Tillman left a husband and a wee little daughter, just three months old and a mother and two sisters. Buttercup extends her sympathy to the bereaved ones. I was not acquainted with Mrs. Blake, but knew her father and her by reputation as a nice good woman, and Mrs. Tillman was one of my dearest friends, for to know her was to love her and I will never forget the sweet expression of her face as I stood by her bedside with other friends on the night before she died, when she smilingly looked up to me and said, "Did you hear that call, that sweet, sweet call?" and I said, no, and she said, "And you did not hear it?" and I again answered no ,and then she said, "May I answer that sweet call?" and I said, yes, and she smiled again and soon fell asleep. She then lingered until about 2 o'clock the next day, when she quietly passed away, surrounded by her sorrowing relatives and friends. She was just recovering from typhoid fever when that dread disease, pneumonia, claimed her as its victim. The bodies of both ladies were laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Dresden.


Tommie Lacy
Mar 21, 1863 - May 27, 1947

Miss Tommie Lacy, aged 84 years, retired teacher and principal died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday night at 9 o'clock where she had been a patient since last September 26.

Funeral services are slated Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which Miss Lacy was a long-time member.

Miss Lacy, a native of Mississippi, taught about 50 years. She began her career in Mississippi and the following year came to Texas, teaching one year in McKinney and two years in Frost before becoming connected with the Corsicana public schools in 1896, where she taught until her retirement at the end of the 1941 term.

The veteran educator was librarian at the Junior high school several years prior to her retirement and had been principal at The David Crockett and Wm. B. Travis schools for years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs Cora Neblett, Waco; a brother Glenn Lacy, Clarksville; Miss; Mrs C. S.(Emma) Stroud, Corsicana; Mrs Dubart (Cora)Miller, Corsicana; Mrs Fannie Hilliard, Hobbs, N. M., Mrs George

(Bessie) Lord, New York, nieces; Dr T. O Wills, Corsicana and Roger Neblett, Waco, nephews.

Pall breares will be Dr. Wills, C. S. Stroud, Dr Clyde Stroud, Dr Dubart Miller, Roger Neblett, Halsey Settle, W. P. Mc Cammon and W. H. Norwood.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

May 28 1947


  • Submitted by Eliza Hanebury

Velma Mae (Harris) Leggett
June 17, 1934 - Jan 29, 2011

Mrs. Velma Mae Leggett, age 76, went home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at her residence in Blooming Grove. Her family was by her side.  

She was born to Vivian Harris and Edith Bledsoe Harris on June 17, 1934 in Roda, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Vivian and Edith Harris, her brother and sister-in-law; Robert and Erma Harris and her sister; Gertrude Summers of Lynch, Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband, Bro. William Dale Leggett of Blooming Grove; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Patrick Carre of Beaumont; grandchildren, Sean and Alissa Carre also of Beaumont; sisters Mary and husband, Paul Carey of Houston, Sylvia DePriest of Duncanville, and  Violet and husband, Bill LeGrand of Hewett; step-son and wife, Fred  and Suzanne Leggett of Okalahoma City, Oklahoma; step-daughter and husband, Debbie and Skeeter Graves of Port Neches; step-daughter and son-in-law Cherrie and Larry Kilby of Frisco; step-grandchildren, Jace Leggett, Chelsea Graves, Rachel Lyons, and Jessica Gaspard. Mrs. Leggett is also survived by three step-great-grandchildren, Reagan, Xephyn and Darren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Leggett was a member of Kerens Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Tea Ladies. She loved the Lord and is now in His midst. She was a very loving and caring woman. Everyone who knew her felt her sweet, sweet spirit when she was present. Her family and friends were everything to her.

Services for Mrs. Leggett will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Longcreek Cemetery in Sunnyvale. Pallbearers will be Patrick Carre, Sean Carre, Carl Summers, Tony Carey, Bill LeGrand, and Rocky Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Carey, Troy Staggs, Zachary Staggs, Erin Staggs, and Noah LeGrand.

Visitaion will be Monday, January 31, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

The familiy wishes to give special thanks to the wonderful caregivers from Cedar Lake Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kerens Missionary Baptist Church, American Cancer Fund and the American Humane Society.

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