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Avenar Jay Crouch
July 13, 1883 - July 26, 1965

Jay Crouch of Frost Expires

Jay Crouch, 82, retired farmer, of Frost, died early Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove.  The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Crouch was a member of the First Christian church in Blooming Grove.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Littlejohn of Frost and Mrs. Anna Nelson of Hillsboro and a number of nieces and nephews including Mrs. Vance Laverty of Corsicana.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Viola Mae (Massengale) McGraw
Dec 17, 1907 -  Sep 25, 1986

Viola McGraw

Viola Massengale McGraw, 78, of Blooming Grove died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Don Elrod officiating.  Burial will be in Rosehill cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Bob McGraw of Frost and Raymond Edward McGraw of Blooming Grove; six daughters, Dorothy Hanna of Lindale, Peggy Sue Cannon of Garland, Ethel Diann Cornish of Enterprise, Ala., Doris Ann Stibbins of Frankston, Lena Mae Winstead and Glenda Jo Bain, both of Irving; two brothers, Roy Massengale and Marshall Massengale, both of Barry;  three sisters, Mable Russell, Lois Gillen, both of Barry, and Nannie Placker;  29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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Elizabeth Ann (Simpson) Hartley
July 23, 1860 - Oct 24, 1935

BLOOMING GROVE WOMAN WAS BURIED FRIDAY MORNING

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Mrs. Rufus Hartley, pioneer resident of Blooming Grove, died Thursday at Blooming Grove and the funeral services were scheduled for Friday morning, it was learned here Friday.

Mrs. Hartley is survived by three sons, K. Hartley, Blooming Grove;  M. J. Hartley, Corsicana; Corsicana, and Rufus Hartley, Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. Mart Warren, Blooming Grove;  several grandchildren and other relatives.

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MRS. ELIZABETH ANN HARTLEY BURIED THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Hartley, aged 75 years, died Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs Mart Warren. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, with Rev. P. W. Utley, pastor of the First Methodist Church in charge of the rites. Burial followed in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Hartley (nee Simpson) came to Texas from Arkansas in early childhood and was married in 1880 to R. M. Hartley who preceded her in death in 1929. The deceased was the last woman resident of Blooming Grove who lived within the corporate limits when the town site was laid out. She had been a member of the Methodist church for many years and in the 67 years spent here she had endeared herself to friends and relatives alike. It is not the plan of the Creator for man to remain on earth indefinitely, so we bow to the inevitable, with the assurance that she rests in peace. We can only follow the example of kindness, patience and christianity she has left behind.

Surviving are five children: K. Hartley and Mrs. H. M. Warren, Blooming Grove; Mrs. M. Montgomery, Emhouse, M. J. and Rufus of Corsicana.

Active pallbearers were: Jim Carroll, Jim Glenn, G. E. Ramsey, Sr., A. P. Jones, H. S. Whorton and Loyd Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers were: J. W. Phillips, J. D. Stokes, Chas. Smith, J. J. Hargrove, Sol Hodkins, T. H. Butcher, Louis Pevehouse, and Frank Pevehouse.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our appreciation to our loyal friends and neighbors; and faithful Dr. Kelsey, for their many deeds of kindness during the illness and death of our dear mother and grandmother, Mrs. R. M. Hartley.

H. M. Warren and family
K. Hartley and family
Mr. and Mrs. M. Montgomery
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Hartley

The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, November 1, 1935
Submitted by Karen Rost
 


Allen Lute McGlathery, Sr.
Sep 29, 1846 - Oct 30, 1915

On October 31st, A. L. McGlathery, Sr., died. He was sick two days. His death was a shock to his family and many friends.

"He has gone to be an Angel, He can now with the Angels stand,   
With a crown upon his forehead, And a harp within his hand."

He was laid to rest in Black Hills cemetery on October 31st, 1915, Rev. Ashcraft conducting the services.

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Black Hills News.

The Death Angel spread its snowy wings over the home of A. L. McGlathery Saturday night, October 30, and took from them their beloved father, Mr. A. L. McGlathery. He was loved by every one who knew him. The funeral service was held by Bro. Ashcraft at Black Hills Sunday evening at 3:30 o’clock. The remains were laid to rest at Black Hills cemetery.

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Ida Delmia (Reece) Rogers
May 1881 - April 8, 1911

A large crowd of friends and relatives gathered at the Black Hills cemetery Sunday evening,  April 9th, to pay their last respects to the remains of Mrs. Ida Rogers, whose spirit took its flight into the Great Beyond the day previous.  She was confined to her bed about a month with yellow jaundice and other complications.  All that physicians and loving hands could do was done, but all was in vain.  She leaves a husband and two children, a son, aged nine years, and a daughter, aged one year and four months; and three brothers and one sister to mourn her departure.  We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives and would point them to the All Wise Savior who doeth all things well and who can comfort the broken-hearted when no one else can.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 9, 1911

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • w/o Thomas Wesley Rogers d/o Edward Zachari Reece and Laura Beth (Philps) Reece mother of Theries D’Metries (Rogers) Spoonamore-Carnell-Bell buried at Rose Hill Cemetery


Margrette Pearl Crumbley
Aug 11, 1918 - Oct 25, 1918

The 6-months old child of A. M. Crumbley died in the Black Hills community last night and the remains were interred there today.

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Two Children Dead.

The 6-months old child of A. M. Crumbley died in the Black Hills community last night and the remains were interred there today.

The 3 –year-old son of Fate McCarter died in the Mildred community Thursday night and the remains were interred in the Hopewell cemetery yesterday.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Oct 26, 1918
  • assumed buried here per obit
  • d/o Arthur Monroe Crumbley and Almedia Florence “Allie” Crumbley buried in San Angelo, TX
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Henry Franklin "Frank" Williams
Apr 02, 1886 - Dec 27, 1947

HENRY WILLIAMS' BODY ARRIVES FROM HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 23.— The body of Henry F. Williams, former blacksmith at Silver City, who died in Hawaii, Dec. 27, while at work in a civil service position, is slated to arrive in Corsicana Friday.  Funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of relatives. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. W. B. Ellis of Blooming Grove. McCormick Funeral Service will have charge of arrangements. Interment will be in the Younger cemetery.

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Troy Lee Jayroe
Aug 02, 1952 - Dec 30, 1955

Saturday Rites For Small Child

Troy Lee Jayroe, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Jayroe of Dallas, died in Memorial Hospital Friday night. Funeral services were held from the Griffin Chapel Saturday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Younger cemetery near Purdon. The rites were conducted by Rev. O. H. Dockray, Assembly of God minister of Silver City.

Surviving are the parents and a brother, Charles Jayroe, all of Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Currington and Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Jayroe, all of Purdon; a great-grandmother , Mrs. T. M. York, Corsicana, and other relatives. Pallbearers were W. D. Ivie, Johnny R. Jayroe, Jimmy L. Jayroe and Clifton Jayroe.

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Jack Leslie Follis
July 03, 1899 - Aug 09, 1948

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CRASH VICTIM WEDNESDAY 3 P. M.

Funeral services for Jack Leslie Follis, 49, fatally injured in a Jeep-Southern Pacific Lines freight train collision at a grade crossing in south Corsicana, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel.

Burial was in the Younger cemetery near Purdon. The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy Tumblelson.

Follis was injured Sunday night and died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday evening. The jeep was demolished.

This was the seventh traffic fatality in Navarro county this year.

A native of Purdon, he resided at 612 East Tenth avenue. Follis was a carpenter.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ola Follis, Corsicana; four children, Johnny L., Bill and Albert Follis and Mrs. Odessa Meador, all of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Maggie Follis, Jester; six brothers, Emmett Follis. Dallas; Bud Follis, Corsicana; Oren and Virgil Follis, both of Levelland; Basil and Robert Follis, both of Jester; four sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Lang, Dallas; Mrs. Retha Ward Los Angeles; Mrs. Bertha Mae Phinny, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Spurrier, Grand Prairie, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A, A. Daniel, L. J. Territo, Oscar Patterson, A. J. Whistler, Harry Bruton and P. G. York.

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Injuries Fatal For Jack Follis, Struck By Train

Jack Leslie Follis, aged 49 years, carpenter, died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday night about 7 o’clock from injuries sustained on Sunday night in a jeep-Southern Pacific Lines freight train collision in South Corsicana.

His death is the seventh traffic fatality in Navarro county this year.

The accident occurred at the intersection of South Twelfth street, West Twelfth avenue and the Southern Pacific Lines grade crossing north of the Oil City Iron Works and west of the Corsicana Cotton Mills.

He was rushed to the hospital suffering with a broken left leg, fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis and internal injuries. The jeep was demolished.

Funeral Wednesday
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Younger cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. Roy Tembielson.

A native of Purdon, Follis resided at 612 East Tenth avenue.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ola Follis, Corsicana; four children, Johnny L., Bill and Albert Follis, and Mrs. Odessa Meador, all of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Maggie Follis, Jester; six brothers, Emmett Follis, Dallas; Bud Follis, Corsicana; Oren and Virgil Follis, both of Levelland; Basil and Robert Follis, both of Jester; four sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Lang, Dallas; Mrs. Retha Ward, Los Angeles; Mrs. Bertha Mae Phinny, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Spurrier, Grand Prairie, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be A. A. Daniel, L. J. Territo, Oscar Patterson, A. J. Whistler, Harry Bruton and P. G. York.

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Travis Doyle “Jabo” Kennemore
Sep 11, 1902 - Mar 13, 1955

T. D. Kennemore Services Monday

T. D. (Jabo) Kennemore. 52. carpenter. World War II veteran, of Purdon. died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 2 p. m. Burial was in the Younger cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Charles Woods, pastor of the First Baptist church at Purdon, and Rev. O. H. Dockery. pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.

Kennemore was born at Purdon, September 11, 1902.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Kennemore, Purdon; four brothers. N. C. Kennemore.

San Antonio; D. S. and L. H. Kennemore, both of Purdon, and A. M. Kennemore, Waco; a sister. Mrs. Lorene French, Purdon, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Autry Slaughter, Jim Gordon. Autry French.

Lewis Owens, Laffett Atkins and A. V. Davis.

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John W. Stewart
Nov 2, 1841 - Nov 2, 1913

Died at Purdon.

John Stewart, aged 65 years, and for many years a resident of Purdon, died there Sunday morning and the remains were interred in the Younger cemetery Monday at 11 a. m. The deceased was a farmer and ginner, but had been president of the Purdon State bank since its organization. The deceased was never married, but had a host of friends who were pained at his death.

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Carl Lee (Waites) Thomas
Apr 4, 1917 -  Oct 8, 1975 

Mrs. Thomas

ITALY - Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Italy for Mrs. M. O. (Bill) Thomas, 58, resident of Italy the past 19 years, who died yesterday at Dallas Baylor Hospital.

Rev. Jerry Sheffield and Rev. Charles Burnett will officiate, with burial following at the Younger cemetery in Navarro County.

Arrangements are with the Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Italy. She was employed by the Green Brothers Manufacturing of Italy and member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of Italy, two daughters, Mrs. Jo Ann Dickey of Seattle, Wash, and Mrs. Glenda Underwood of Austin; a son, Jimmy Wade Thomas of Gilmer; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Barnes of Purdon; five sisters, Mrs. Lerlene Brooks of Longview, Mrs. Zerlene Healey of Dallas, Mrs. Frances Manley of Selma, Ala., Mrs. Margie Ruth of El Paso and Mrs. Cecile Parsons of Plano; and a brother, Benny Barnes of Albuquerque, N.M.

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Milton Oliver “Bill” Thomas
May 21, 1913 – Oct 21, 2000

M. O. “Bill” Thomas

M. O. “Bill” Thomas, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating.  Burial will be at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Thomas, Bobby Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, J. D. Wright, Michael “Buddy” Aquado and Bryant Sloan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Leon Owen, Dale Thomas, Clifton Barrow and James “Hootie” Griffin.

Thomas was born May 21, 1913 in Purdon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Carl Lee Waits Thomas.

He is survived by wife, Gelene Thomas of Corsicana; daughters, Joanne Reeve Thomas of Rio Vista, Calif. And Glynda Underwood of Austin;  son Jimmy Thomas of Mexia; step-son Ron Sloan of Ennis, sister, Moreta Slaughter of Corsicana; grandchildren, Bobby Jo, Elaine, Deborah Kaye and Brad;  great grandchildren, Troy, Misty, and Elizabeth and two great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Missionary Baptist Church, 405 South 15th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thomas J. Nored
Dec 02, 1849 - Aug 12, 1915

Died Here This Afternoon

T. J. Norred, aged 66 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. H. Young, 1115 West Fourth avenue, this afternoon, and the remains will be buried in the White Church cemetery near Blooming Grove tomorrow.

Surviving the deceased are three children; Mrs. T. H. Young and Mrs. H. W. Sitton of Corsicana and William Norred of Wellington, Texas.

The deceased had been a resident of Navarro County for many years, and was a good citizen. 

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Allie Presley Grimmett
Mar 27, 1894 - Oct 22, 1918

Died Near Drane.

Allie Grimmett, a well known young farmer who lived near Drane, died at his home yesterday afternoon at 5:20 and the remains were interred at the White Church cemetery near Blooming Grove, this afternoon. The deceased was twenty-five years old and is survived by his wife, his mother and several brothers and sisters.

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Cynthia (Brown) Truelove
Jan 1, 1856 - Feb 25, 1918

Died Near Barry.

Mrs. C. D. Truelove, widow of the late J. R. Truelove, died at the home of her son-in-law,  J. I. Crouch, near Barry last Thursday night and the remains were interred at the White cemetery near Blooming Grove Friday. The deceased had long been a resident of Navarro county and her funeral was largely attended.

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Mary E. (Pillow) Erwin
Aug 8, 1833 - Apr 4, 1911

Died in Blooming Grove.

Grandma Irvin, aged 76 years, died at the home of her son, John Irvin, in Blooming Grove, yesterday, and the remains were interred there this afternoon.

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Jemima Catherine “Carrie” (Shivers) Young
Mar 25, 1848 - Dec 23, 1928

AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA BURIED IN BLOOMING GROVE

Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. Young, aged 81 years, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will Gillian, 1315 West Thirteenth avenue, Sunday afternoon at l:15 o'clock were held from the residence Monday afternoon at one o'clock, and the remains were interred in the. Blooming Grove cemetery.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. F. Kornegay, pastor of the. Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Mrs. Young was born at Jackson, Mississippi. The family came to Navarro county 47 years ago and later moved to Brazos county where theyresided several years, returning to Navarro county 28 years ago.

Surviving the one daughter, Mrs. Will Gillian, Corsicana; five sons. C. L. Young, Bremond; S. O. Young, F. Y. Young,  J. O. Young and T. H. Young, all of Corsicana: seven grandchildren and two great-grand-children.

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Passing of Aged Mother Mourned by Sons and Daughter

The sudden passing of Mrs. Jemima C. Young, Sunday, December 23, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Gillin, brought great sorrow into the hearts of her six surviving children and her many relatives and friends.

To part with a mother is, indeed, a sorrowful experience, but it is a consolation to know that as "His thoughts are higher than our thoughts" and "His ways higher than our ways," we can rest securely in the faith of His wisdom, knowing that He not only care's for and protects His children, but also heals the sorrows which seem to have inflicted such deep wounds.

Mrs. Young, widow of the late Franklin J. Young, who passed to his reward on October 25, 1893, was born in Jackson, Miss., March 25, 1848, her parents being Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Shivers. She and Mr. Young were married September 29, 1869, and came to Texas November 24, 1879. They had ten children, six of whom are living—five sons and one daughter as follows: Oscar, Tom, Frankie, Sammie, and Mrs. Will Gillin of Corsicana and Clarence of Bremond. She is also survived by three sisters, Mmes. Alice McGee and Julie Lench of Blooming Grove and Sallle Yelverten of Clovis, New Mexico.

Funeral services were held on Christmas Eve at the Hope Baptist church, by the pastor, Rev. H. A. Conway, and songs she loved were sung by a quartette from the church choir. All the pall bearers with the exception of Jim Carroll, were her nephews, who were Earl McGee, George McGee, Blon Bell, Frank Young, Sam Spikes and Jim Carroll. The remains were taken to Blooming Grove and laid to rest in the White church cemetery by the side of her husband and children who had preceded her in death.

 A large concourse of sorrowing relatives, and friends accompanied the remains to Blooming Grove, and her grave was covered with beautiful floral offerings which bespeak more eloquently than words of the love and esteem in which this good woman was held. Heart-felt sympathy is extended the bereft loved ones by their many friends and acquaintances at this time of their great sorrow.

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Mary Jane (Flynt) Sheppard
Nov 3, 1857 - July 1, 1928

PIONEER RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE IS BURIED ON MONDAY

Mrs. M. J. Sheppard, aged 72 pioneer resident of Blooming Grove died at the home of her son, J. J. Sheppard about 4 o’clock Sunday morning after a long illness Funeral services were held at the Blooming Grove Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.    The deceased was born and reared in Mississippi.  After coming to Texas she lived for a time at Corsicana and Powell, before making her home in Blooming Grove.  She has been a resident of that community since about 1874.

She is survived by three sons and one daughter;  J. W. Sheppard of Kermit;  Albert Sheppard of Corsicana; J. J. Sheppard of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. J. J. Mixon of Corsicana.

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ATTEND FUNERAL IN BLOOMING GROVE.

The following members of the Woodman Circle. Violet Grove.

went to Blooming Grove Monday to attend the funeral services of Mrs. Mary Sheppard, venerable member of the Blooming Grove lodge, under the auspices of which the funeral was held:

Mmes. Ella Nutt. Ida Terry. Mollie Weaver, Maggie Rawson, Eva Allen, Ada Cason. Nora Elkins Lottie Young. Mrs. B. Tuft. Mrs. Pollard and Mrs. Burroughs.

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Lydia Arvalene (Hightower) Grimes
May 13, 1860 - Aug. 30, 1943

AGED NATIVE OF FROST COMMUNITY DIED EARLY MONDAY

FROST, Texas, Aug. 30.— (Spl.)— Mrs. Lydia A.  Grimes, aged 83 yeas, native of this vicinity, died Monday morning at 3:30 o'clock following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial will be in the White Church cemetery near Blooming Grove. The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. D. Ellis, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. D. P. Cagle, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Mrs. Grimes was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Hightower, pioneer Navarro county residents. She was born near old Cross Roads, four miles south of Frost, before Frost was established.  She resided in Blooming Grove for a number of years before moving to her home here.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Carol, Dallas, and Mrs. Imogene Ruffin, Ennis; three sons, Earl F. Grimes, Fort Worth; Fred M. Grimes, Conroe, and S. E. Grimes, Dallas; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a brother, W. A. Hightower, Frost.

Pallbearers will be Everett Hightower, Ed Sheppard, I. A. Sanders, G. H. Haley, Olin Fuller and Johnnie Strain.

McCormick's Funeral Home is in charge.

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Mary Belle (Griffis) Calvert
Jan 18, 1859 - Nov 3, 1930

IN MEMORY OF MRS. BELLE CALVERT

"Grandmother" was 83 years, 4 months and 16 days old when she passed to the great beyond, Nov 3, 1930. She was laid to rest be side her husband in the White Church Cemetery at Blooming Grove, Nov. 4. "Grandmother Calvert and family came to Texas from Tennessee in 1887 and lived near Blooming Grove until 10 years ago when she moved near Kerens.

She is survived by one sister Mrs. Laura Ragan, Kerens; on brother, T. O. Griffis, Fort Worth five children, Vinnie and Wiley Calvert, Kerens; Mrs. J. E. Thomason, Powell; Mrs. W. F. Wodkins, Scurry; Mrs. R. T. Lonon Powell and eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

 

Weep not dear children,

As ones who have no hope.

Just think she is an angel

And waiting for your coming in

a better land.

 

Some day we will meet our mother

The time may not be long

“Till we shall meet together

In the land of song and joy.

Written by her granddaughter

BESSYE THOMASON

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George Washington Young
Aug 8, 1872 - Mar 2, 1935

GEORGE W. YOUNG BURIED SUNDAY NEAR BLOOMING GROVE

Funeral services for George Washington Young, aged 62 years who died at 306 West Tenth avenue, Saturday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock after a lingering illness, were held from the family residence Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the White Church Cemetery, near Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

The I. O. O. F. Lodge had charge of the rites at the grave.

Mr. Young had been night-Watchman at the Corsicana Cotton Mills for several years and formerly resided in the Blooming Grove community.

Surviving are three sons, A. F. Young, Corsicana; T. A. Young, Palestine; A. A. Young, Palestine; three daughters, Mrs. T. C. Willingham, Palestine; Mrs. C. B. Fritz, Barry; and Mrs. J. R. Gowin, Troy; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Stewart, Nacogdoches, and Mrs. Cora Conally, Corsicana; and two brothers, John Young, Corsicana, and Jim Young, Eustace.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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William Jackson “Will” Radney
Aug 8, 1862 - Mar 25, 1919

Was Buried at Dresden.

Will Radney, aged fifty-six died at his home near Dresden Tuesday night and the funeral took place at Dresden yesterday afternoon under the direction of the Blooming Grove Masons.

The deceased is survived by his wife and eight children.

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Laura Jack (Foster) Gay
June 19, 1886 - July 12, 1940

MRS. J. E. GAY BE BURIED TUESDAY DRESDEN CEMETERY

SUNSTROKE SUSTAINED LAST FRIDAY WHILE ON VACATION TRIP

 

Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. Gay of Mildred, aged 54 years, who suffered a sunstroke and died while vacationing in Arizona last Friday, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Dresden.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister, and Rev. S. R. Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.

Internment will be in the Dresden cemetery.

Mrs. Gay was stricken while enroutes to Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband and son, Jimmie Dell, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Banks Lyons, to visit her daughter, Miss Elise Gay, who is a nurse in a hospital there, She was rushed to a hospital in Tucson but died shortly after arrival. Her body was returned to Corsicana Monday morning.

Born in Athens in 1886, Mrs. Gay had lived in Navarro county for the past 48 years. She was Laura J. Foster before her marriage.

Surviving are her husband of Mildred, eight children, Mrs. Fulton Allen, Tempe, Ariz.; Kenneth Gay, Mildred; Mrs. Edward Butler, Corsicana; Mrs. Banks Lyons, Corsicana; Mrs. Lloyd Lewis, Purdon; Mrs. Erskine Moore, Mertens; Miss Elise Gay, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jimmie Dell Gay, Mildred, and seven grandchildren; two brothers, John Foster, Shawnee, Okla., and J. B. Foster, Wills Point; two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Harwell, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Mattie Truelove, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements are being directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Wiley W. Smith
Mar 5, 1882 - Jun 18, 1940

W.W. SMITH FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY AT BLOOMING GROVE

BLOOMING GROVE, June 19. — (Spl)— Funeral services for W. W. Smith, age 58 years, who died suddenly at his home here early Tuesday morning, were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, pastor, assisted by Rev. Robert Williams, pastor of the Central Baptist church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Mr. Smith had been a resident of Blooming Grove for 15 years and was a prominent farmer and dairyman. He was a steward in the Methodist church and took an active part in civic affairs.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Harold and Bill Smith, Blooming Grove;  two daughters, Mrs. Earl Hollingsworth, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Ralph Balentine, Purdon; six grandchildren; four brothers, E. E. Smith, Corsicana;  A. T. Smith, Alabama;  W. C. Smith, Asherton;  a sister, Mrs. D. H. Simpson, Fairfield, and other relatives.

Members of the board of stewards of the Methodist church here were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed the arrangements.

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Funeral Services For W. W. Smith Held Wednesday

Funeral services for W. W. Smith, aged 58 years, were held at the Methodist church Wednesday at 3 p.m., with interment at Dresden cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, assisted by Rev. W. O. Patterson and of the local Baptist churches. Pallbears [sic] were members of the board of stewards of the Methodist church: J. R. Griffin, Earl Brown, R. S. High, R. D. Garrison, W. P. Orme and J. P. Johnson. Honorary Pallbears were members of the W.O. W. Lodge of Purdon.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, E. E. and A. T. Smith, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Earl Hollingsworth, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Ralph Balentine, Purdon; six grandchildren and four brothers, E. E. and A. T. Smith, Corsicana; L. J. Smith, Orrinville, Alabama, and W. C. Smith, Asherton, Texas; one sister, Mrs. D. D. Simpson, Fairfield.

Mr. Smith has been a resident of Blooming Grove several years and was a prominent farmer and dairyman here. He moved to Blooming Grove from the Purdon community where he was well known and had a host of friends both in Blooming Grove and Purdon.

The McCormick Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 21, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Eddie Cleveland “Clevey” Purvis
Sep 25, 1898 - July 25, 1965

E. C. Purvis Of Raleigh Dies

Eddie Cleavy Purvis, 66, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Sunday and W. P. Tipton, justice of the peace, returned a coroner's verdict of death from natural causes after an investigation. A heart attack was ascribed as the cause of death.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. from the Navarro Mills Baptist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery The rites will be conducted by Rev. Larry Ramsour, pastor of the church.

A native of Brazos county Purvis resided in the Navarro Mills community before moving to the Raleigh area.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eva Purvis, Raleigh; a son William C. Purvis, Navarro Mills; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Kimbrell, Waxahachie; six sisters, Mrs. Harvey Woods, Paris Mrs. Cleavy Tubbs, Bossier City, La.; Mrs. Lonnie Rudd, Kerens Mrs. L. J. Ridwell, Dallas; Mrs H. S. Freeman, Waxahachie Mrs. J. A. Rudd, Forreston; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Seth Alonzo McSpadden
June 9, 1904 – Nov 6, 1993

Seth A. McSpadden

Seth Alonzo McSpadden, 89, of Barry, died Nov. 6, 1993, at his residence.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Barry Fikes officiating.  Burial was in Dresden cemetery

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rubene Hiler McSpadden, in 1983.

 Survivors include two sons, Gerald McSpadden of Blooming Grove and Ralph McSpadden of Barry; one daughter, Johnnie Barham of Blooming Grove;  one brother, Justin McSpadden of Blooming Grove; and four grandchildren.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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Emma Rubene (Hiler) McSpadden
May 9, 1917 – Aug. 30, 1983

Mrs. Rubene Hiler McSpadden

BLOOMING GROVE – Mrs. Rubene Hiler McSpadden, 66, of Barry, died Tuesday in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Ken Schultz officiating.

Burial will be in Dresden cemetery.  Arrangements are with Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Seth;  two sons, Gerald of Blooming Grove and Ralph of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Johnnie Barham of Blooming Grove; a brother, Ernest Hiler of Blooming Grove;  three sisters, Mrs. Velma McGraw and Mrs. Fayrene Saunders, both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Frances Kitchens of Mansfield; and four grandchildren.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Mabel Byrd (Roebuck) Fahrner
Oct 30, 1883 – Mar 9, 1963

Mrs. Fahrner
Dies At Frost
FROST, May 10 (Spl.) –Mrs. Byrd Fahrner, retired teacher and TCU girls dormitory housemother, died at her home here late Thursday night.
Funeral services will be held from the Frost Methodist Church Saturday at 11 a.m. with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church.
Mrs. Fahrner was a member of the First Christian church in Blooming Grove. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Roebuck, pioneer west Navarro countians. Native of Mississippi, she came to this section about 75 years ago.
Mrs. Fahrner was a first grade teacher in the Blooming Grove, Amarillo and other schools for many years, and later was a housemother for a girls’ dormitory at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, before her retirement. She had resided here for the past three years.
Surviving are a brother, G. L. Roebuck, Sapulpa, Okla.; six sisters, Mrs. Maude Smith and Mrs. Lena Tinsley, both of Fort Worth; Mrs. Ernest Tinsley, Italy; Mrs. E. L. Carroll, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Elizabeth Pigg and Mrs. Mae Bowman, both of Frost, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Edward Ferrer
Apr 29, 1926 – Nov 27, 1973

Edward Ferrer
BLOOMING GROVE—Funeral services were set for 10 a.m. today for Edward Ferrer, 47, who died Sunday in Corsicana.
Services were to be at Central Baptist Church, with burial at Rose Hill cemetery.
The Rev. Jimmy Garcia was to officiate; arrangements were to be handled by McCormick Funeral Home.
He is survived by a son, Edward Ferrer Jr. of Pharr; his father, Paschall Ferrer of Blooming Grove; five brothers, Baldomaro Ferrer of Blooming
Grove, Pedro Ferrer of Dallas, Fidel Ferrer of Dallas, Henry Ferrer of Dallas, and Richard Ferrer of Barry; and two sisters, Miss Stephanie Ferrer
and Miss Marcella Ferrer, both of Barry.

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Elocadia (Infante) Ferrer
Dec. 2, 1892 – Jan. 12, 1971

Ferrer Rites
BLOOMING GROVE (Spl) - Funeral services for Mrs. Elocadia Ferrer, 78, a resident of Barry for the past 50 years, were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana.
Mrs. Ferrer died early Tuesday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. She was born in Mexico Dec. 2, 1892, and was married to Pascual Ferrer in 1929
at Cryer Creek. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Prayer services were held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at McCormick Funeral Service Chapel here.
Burial was today in Rose Hill cemetery. The Rev. Eliseo Aldape of Austin officiated.
Surviving are her husband of Barry; six sons, Pedro of Dallas, Echordo of Rhome, Fidel of Dallas, Baldomoro of Blooming Grove, Ricardo of Barry and Entrique of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Estefana Ferrer of Barry; And 26 grandchildren.

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Alan Francis Fisher
Apr 17, 1943 - June 10, 1943

RITES FOR INFANT SON REV. AND MRS. FISHER ON FRIDAY BLOOMING GROVE, June 14.— (Spl)—Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock from the Methodist church for Alan Francis Fishcr, infant son of Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Fisher. The little child died in the P. and S. Hospital in Corsicana Thursday afternoon. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites wore conducted by Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First. Methodist church, Corsicana, and Rev. R. O. Sory, Methodist district superintendent, Corsicana.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Standley, and a sister, Bliss Fisher, all of Blooming Grove. The father is pastor of the Methodist church here.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Newton Frederick Flovin
Feb 21, 1910 - Jul 14, 1970

Flovin Rites Set Friday
Newt Frederick Flovin, 3405 Navarro Dr., died Tuesday afternoon in Memorial Hospital. The retired carpenter was born in Navarro County on February 21, 1910.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Westside Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Pringle and the Rev. Robert Potts will conduct services and graveside rites at Rosehill cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Earl Campbell, Billy Sims, Clayton Smith, Eddie York, Mike Gillem, Don Taylor, Earl Prestidge and Willie Winters.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wilma Flovin, one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Gillen of Corsicana, two brothers, Leon Flovin and Jack Flovin, both of Corsicana and one grandchild.

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John William Ford
Aug 15, 1901 - Jul 26, 1938

JOHN WILL FORD BURIED BLOOMING GROVE ON SUNDAY
Funeral services were held at Blooming Grove Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church for John Will Ford, age 36 years, who died in South Montrose, Pa., Tuesday, July 26. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove.
He was a native of Navarro county and had lived in the Blooming Grove community until a few years ago.
Surviving are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ford.
Lubbock; two brothers, J. E. and R. F. Ford, Honey Brook, Pa.; a sister, Mrs. J. M. Keen, Lubbock, and other relatives.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR JOHN WILL FORD

Funeral services for John Will Ford, aged 36, native of Navarro county, who died Tuesday evening July 26th, at South Montrose Pennsylvania, were held Sunday afternoon at four o'clock from the First Methodist church with interment at Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Revs. H. R. McDaniel, local Methodist pastor, and W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, of South Montrose, Pennsylvania; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ford, of Lubbock; two brothers, J. E. and R. F. Ford, of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania; a sister, Mrs. J. M. Keene, of Lubbock, and a host of other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. H. Ford, Navarro Mills; G. B. Ford, Stephenville: C. A. Ford, Mildred; F. C. Ford, Purdon: Upton Belt, Lubbock, and Hal Eley, Elmer, Okla.

The large gathering of relatives and friends and the many beautiful flowers bore testimony of the love and esteem in which he was held.

The McCormick Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Card of Thanks

Through this means we wish to thank everyone for the many favors extended us while in your midst. The occasion which brought us together again was indeed a sad one and your many kind deeds and words of sympathy were so much appreciated. We know not how to express our gratitude, but we will ever love you as genuine friends. The Fords.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 5, 1938
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Hineyard Sheppard
Dec 31, 1871 - Apr 3, 1962

MARRIED HERE THIS MORNING.
Blooming Grove Couple Wedded In the Church of Christ.
J. H. Sheppard and Mrs. Quinnie Martin, both of Blooming Grove, were married at the Church of Christ here today at 11 o'clock, Rev. A. E. Walker, the pastor, officiating.

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Joanne Agnes Laubscher
May 15, 1931 - March 1, 2011

Joanne Agnes Laubscher, 79, passed away March 1, 2011 in Corsicana. She was born May 15, 1931 in Rochester, New York.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service was held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Resthaven Memorial Park.


Sarah (Eastman) Stephens Smith
Oct 5, 1935 - Feb 28, 2011

Mrs. Sarah E. Smith, 75, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, February 28, 2011 at her residence. She was born on October 5, 1935 in Paris, Texas to parents Clarence and Mable Eastman.

She was a member of Roane Baptist Church. She worked as a private sitter for several years.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Norman Stephens; grandson, Christian Norman Stephens; parents, Clarence and Mable Eastman; brothers, Son, Gerald and Randy Eastman; sisters, Merlene Taylor and Jan Rhodes.
She is survived by her husband, William Raymond Smith; daughters, Norma Jean Peace of Garland, Peggy June Sanner and husband Tony of Houston, Kathy Ramsey of Corsicana, and Tina Benton and husband Roger of Pursley; sons, Rickey Stephens and wife Regina of Kaufman, Willie Joe Stephens and wife Julie of Corsicana, and Calvin Stephens of Dallas; step-children, Beverly Herrin and husband Tom of Corsicana, Lynn Perry and husband Tracy of Mt. Enterprise, David Smith and wife Dana of Navarro Mills, Mike Smith and wife Kim of Chattanooga, TN, and Jeff Smith of Corsicana; twenty-seven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Stephens of German, Jean Majkszak and Patsy Tucker of Rice; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services were held on Thursday, March 3, 2001 at New Chatfield Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in New Chatfield Cemetery.


Eva Wilson-Cathriner
February 4, 1914- February 28, 2011

Eva S. Wilson Cathriner, 97, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Monday February 28 , 2011 at the home of her son, Gordon Wilson in Corsicana.

She was born on February 4, 1914 in Tyler County near Woodville. She was number 10 of 13 children. While residing in Baytown during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Mrs. Cathriner was active in the Grace Methodist Church, the Garden Club of Baytown, the Kiwanitas of Baytown, the Dirt Gardeners’ Horticulture Club of Baytown, the East Harris County Federation of Garden Clubs, and the East Harris County A & M Mothers’ Club.

She persevered when the going got tough and because of her majestic strength she outlived her parents, Albert N. and Daisy A. Shepherd; first husband, William G. “Bill” Wilson; second husband, Ross Cathriner; eight brothers; four sisters; and her precious only daughter, Mary Virginia Pierce.

Survivors include sons, Jerry Wilson, Charles Wilson and wife Anita, and Gordon Wilson and wife Debbie; 12 grandchildren, Jerry Jr., Brook, Dean, Shauna, Jole, Chris, Katy, Cole, and Wade Wilson, Stephen, & Randy Pierce, and step-grandson, Mark Hickey; she is also survived by 25 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Eva’s caregivers, Jutta Garza and Gina Rosas, and the members of Hand in Hand Hospice for the loving care that they gave to her during her illness.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston.

Graveside services was held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery with the Rev. Carol Turner officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to be made to Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church, 2714 Ferry Road, Baytown, Texas 77520.

Ruby Mae (Johnson) Burleson
Nov 6, 1914 - Feb 27, 2011

Mrs. Ruby Mae Johnson Burleson, 96, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She was born on November 6, 1914 in Winkler, Texas to Ralph Legit Johnson and Bonnie C. Vinson Johnson. She graduated from St. Elmo High School and the Southwestern Business University.

She was a 42 year member of the Eastern Star in Houston and Corsicana, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband; James Dillard Burleson, parents; Ralph and Bonnie Johnson, sisters; Mabel Johnson Rash and Catherleen Johnson Burleson. She is survived by her Great Nephews; Ricky Rash and wife Debbie of Dripping Springs, TX. and Steven Dean Rash and wife Connie of Longview, TX., Step-nephew; V.E. (Buddy) Rash and wife Jacque of Corsicana, TX., and numerous Great Great Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. and the Rev. Danny Reeves officiating. Interment followed at St. Elmo Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Benny Pillans, Earl (Bud) Minze, V.E. (Buddy) Rash, Ricky Rash and Steven Rash. Honorary Pallbearer was Glen Roney.

James Howard Duffield
Jan 28, 1945 - Feb 28, 2011

February 28, 2011

Mr. James Howard Duffield, age 66, of Frost, passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at Ennis Regional Hospital. He was born January 28, 1945 in McAlister, Oklahoma to Vaughn and Vernell Duffield.

Mr. Duffield was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1968 to 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Duffield; daughters, Becci and Kyla Duffield; grandchildren, Maisie Duffield, Addisyn Duffield, Christian Stuart and Jonathon Cotton; brothers, Danny and Norman Duffield; sister, Brenda Latham; Mother-in-law, Jettie Bell; brother-in-law, Steve Marr; sister-in-law, Diane Crumpton; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Services were held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Danny Duffield, Steve Marr, Dale Farmer, Dennis Crumpton, Preston Stuart and Gale Ramm. Honorary Pallbearer was Chris Warren.

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