Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Edwin Clair Robinson
Jun 21, 1884 - Nov 13, 1918

Died in Dallas Last Night
Corsicana Reared Man Follows Brother to the Grave
Two weeks ago Earl Robinson, son of John T. Robinson, died here of pneumonia and his only brother, E. Clair Robinson was here to attend the funeral from Dallas . At the time he was the picture of robust manhood. He returned home that day after the funeral and in a few days was taken ill with influenza, pneumonia followed and last night he breathed his last at this home in Dallas . The remains were brought here this afternoon at 4:20 and the funeral took place from the Interurban station here immediately after the arrival of the train bearing his remains and the last sad rites were largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
Surviving the deceased are his wife and a daughter, ten years of age, his father and one sister, Mrs. Lyman Reeves and numerous other relatives here, to all of whom the people in their double bereavement.
Re. C.H. Booth officiated at the funeral and Dick Molloy, Henry Molloy, Dude Ransom, C.B. Haley, Grover Jennings and W.P. McCammon acted as pall bearers.


Earl Sutherland
Aug 7, 1879 – Nov 11, 1918

Died in East Texas
Earl Sutherland, son of Mrs. Gid Thompson, died in East Texas Tuesday night and the remains were interred in Oakwood this morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. C. H. Obersmidt officiating. The deceased was thirty-four years old and was reared in Corsicana . A number of friends attended the funeral and there were numerous floral offerings.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly, Nov 19, 1918
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Infant of D. Sherlock
- Nov 1918

Baby Girl Died Last Night
The 11-months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. D. Sherlock, who live in String Town died last night and the remains were interred in the Zion ’s Rest cemetery this afternoon.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly, Nov 19, 1918
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Zoa Iolla (Chapman) Bradshaw
Sep 26, 1883 - Jun 23, 1937


Mrs. J. E. Bradshaw, 55, of Navarro, died at 11 o'clock Wednesday night, and funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Grape Creek church with interment in the Grape Creek cemetery. Rev. Bonner conducted the rites.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian May Roe, Wichita Falls and Mrs. Bernice Lee Scruggs, Navarro; one son, Joe Eugene Bradshaw, Navarro; six brothers, Percy Chapman; John Chapman, Roy Chapman and Harry Chapman, all of Dallas; Leslie Chapman, Walnut Springs and Homer Chapman, Abilene and two sisters; Mrs. Dave McKissick, Dallas and Mrs. Rheta Boberts, Lancaster; and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon had charge of funeral arrangements.


  • Corsicana Seim-Weekly Light - Friday, Jun 25, 1937
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o M. E. Chapman & Dora (Kitchen) Chapman

John Henry Dillard
Jul 18, 1933 - May 25, 2011

John Henry Dillard, 77, cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and lifelong Texan, died May 25, 2011, surrounded by loving family and friends while visiting in Austin.

John was born in a two-room shack on the W.C. Stroube farm east of Corsicana on July 18, 1933. He attended Pettys Chapel, Phillips Chapel, Winona, and Powell elementary and middle schools and graduated Kerens High School in 1950. He enjoyed three years working at P&S Pharmacy and Adams Hat Company, and then worked for Mr. W.C. Stroube on the farm and ranch under the supervision of his beloved Uncle Charles William (Buddy) Cotten until he entered Texas A&M University in 1956. At A&M he was housemaster of two of the largest dormitories on campus, Walton and Hart Halls, and served as president of the Navarro County A&M Club, organizing some of the best parties in the club’s history and earning many on-campus awards. After graduation he worked for Southwest Sprayer & Chemical of Waco, Chevron Chemical Company of Dallas, Monsanto Chemical of St. Louis, Mo., Kaiser Chemical Company of Memphis, Tenn., and W.R.Grace, Nitrogen Products, Western Operations of Amarillo. At W. R. Grace he was advertising and promotion manager, which he said was his most pleasant job because he met so many life-long friends. In 1970 he began working for the Texas Employment Commission in Bryan. In 1978 he transferred to Austin, where he retired in 1992.

He was married to three wonderful, beautiful, and talented women: Peggy Williams, the mother of his sons Gary Dennis and Scott Alan; Pamela Harle, the mother of his son Marc Taylor; and Eva Sue (Black) Cavin.

He met and married Sue in 1978 and they were happily married until Sue’s death in 2010. Sue was a great mother to the boys and an inspiration to all who knew her. John said, “She gave me love, wonderful companionship, and understanding. She truly was ‘The Wind beneath my Wings’ and the love of my life. Every day I was privileged to be in her presence, which lifted my spirits and gave me a reason to live. Some of the darkest moments can remind you of some of the happiest days of your life.”

John and Sue’s 32 great years of marriage came with lovely surprises and many joyous occasions. “With the friends Sue and I had together, the list would be longer than any book. As for me, I've lived my life with reckless abandon at times. After Sue came into my life, I became a loyal friend, a straight, honest, faithful, and loyal husband, and have tried diligently to be good father to my children and a friend to all I've met.”

John is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Franklin Dillard; mother, Pauline Oleta (Cotten) Dillard; and wife, Eva Sue (Black) Dillard.

Survivors include his brother, Charles David Dillard of Roane,; sons, Gary Dennis Dillard of Corsicana, Scott Alan Dillard of Pasadena, Calif., and Marc Taylor Dillard and his wife Paige of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Chase Raymond Dillard of Oklahoma City, and Benjamin Macy Dillard and Ava Nicole Dillard of Pasadena, Calif.; sister-in law, Peggy Sue Dillard of Roane; niece, Amanda (Dillard) Polk and grandniece Teela Polk of Roane; aunts, Hazel Cotten and Vera Dillard; many cousins; and many wonderful friends and associates.

Events celebrating John’s life are planned for Austin on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the home of Penny and Stacy Reynolds; and in Corsicana at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2011, at The Kinsloe House.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in John’s name to the Navarro County (Texas) A&M Club. A scholarship fund is now being established.


Charles Henry Southard
Nov 29, 1947 - May 25, 2011

Charles Henry Southard passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the age of 63.

He was born in Benton Harbor, Mich. on Nov. 29, 1947, to Vernon Southard and Dolly Marie Pierce Southard and later was raised in the Texas Baptist Home for Children in Waxahachie. Charles remained an active member of the ex-children alumni of the Texas Baptist Home, and served many years as president of the alumni association and continued to serve in other capacities until his death. He had a passion for helping others, especially those in need. He had been a resident of Corsicana from 1981 to 2010. Charles was a beloved father, prideful “Papa Charlie,” and he never met a stranger. He touched many lives and words cannot express the love we have for him. He will live in our hearts forever. We love you daddy and Papa Charlie and look forward to seeing you again someday.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Dolly Marie Southard; and a brother, James Larson Southard.

Survivors include his children, Cheryl Huitt and her husband Brad, Michelle Price and her husband Greg, and James Southard and his wife Mary; the loving mother of his children, and wife of 44 years, Janice Lewis Southard; and a special friend, Thelma Huff and her family; grandchildren, Brett, Brittany, and Cheney Southard; Claire, Wesley, and Abby Grace Huitt; and Emalee and Maycee Price; brothers and sisters, Mary Southard White and her husband Richard, Doug Pierce, and Richard Southard and his wife Tina. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, J.V. and Peggy Lewis; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Barbara Lewis, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Wesley Parish; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne McKay officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Hambrick, Rick Taylor, Clark Pickard, Chris Lynd, Clint Pickard and Karl Pace.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 28, 2011
  • h/o Janice (Lewis) Southard; s/o Vernon Southard & Dolly Marie (Pierce) Southard
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Kendra Gooden
abt 1981 - May 16, 2011

Corsicana — Kendra Gooden, 30, of Ft. Worth, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Samaria Baptist Church in Samaria. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Rachael (Green) McGary
Mar 13, 1877 - Oct 4, 1933

Mrs. Rachael McGary Died at Home South Corsicana Thursday

Mrs. Rachael A. McGary, aged 56 years, died at her home south of Corsicana Wednesday night at 11 o'clock. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Lena Hoffer, Stamford; Mrs. Ossie Ellis, Waco; Mrs. Vera Whitehead, Athens; Mrs. Era Lee, Navarro; and Mrs. Lillie Hammel, Corsicana; and a son, A.F. McGary, Pursley.

Burial will be in Hamilton cemetery.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the funeral.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Oct 6, 1933
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Not listed in cemetery book

George William Havner
Oct 10, 1869 - Oct 23, 1950

G.W. Havner Rites Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for G.W. Havner, 81, grocer, who died at his home, 1801 North Beaton street early Monday, were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J.F. Prince, Baptist minister, and Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of North Side Baptist church.

Native of Tennessee, Havner had resided here many years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a brother, R.O. Havner, Jackson, Tenn; a sister, Mrs. Lou Wheeler, Lexington, Tenn., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were W.T. Allen, C.L. Miley, W.V. Cook, Arthur McNeel, Bob Phinney, Jimmie Johnston, James Berry and David Castles.


John C. Middleton
May 20, 1917 - Oct 9, 1968
Texas - Cpl 50 Fighter SQ RAF World War II

Funeral services were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for John C. Middleton, 51, who died Wednesday. The Rev. Jim Steenbergen officiated. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Pallbearers were C.E. Flanagan, Glenn Hutchinson, E.P. French, Neilan French, Houston Griffin and Owen Gobber.

Surviving are four brothers and one sister.


Henry Barnett Hollingsworth
Mar 5, 1874 - Nov 30, 1942


Funeral services for Henry B. Hollingsworth, age 68 years who died Monday afternoon were held from the Missionary Baptist church Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. E.O. Stewart, pastor. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; four sons, Rev. Elbert Hollingsworth, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Elmo Hollingsworth, Corsicana; Bill Hollingsworth, Corsicana; Cecil Hollingsworth, Callas; four daughters, Mrs. Virgie Whitten, Corsicana; Mrs. Eddie Montgomery, Houston; Mrs. Jack Smith, El Campl; Mrs. L.A. Jones, Monahans; his mother, Mrs. R.G. Hollingsworth, Frost; ten grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light, Friday, Dec 4, 1942
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Nancy Alma (Fields) Hollingsworth - s/o Roland Glenn Hollingsworth and Mary Augusta (Sears) Hollingsworth - buried in Dresden Cem.

Laura Caledoma (Wilson) Hammett
Oct 3, 1847 - Oct 4, 1932



Mrs. L.C. Hammett, aged 85 years, pioneer resident of Corsicana, died at the family home, 510 South Fifteenth street, Tuesday night at 6:45 o'clock following a short illness, and the funeral will be held from the Cumberland Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The service will be conducted by Rev. H.R. Allen, pastor of the church. Elders of the Cumberland Presbyterian church will be active pallbearers and friends of the family will be honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Hammett was a native of Adamsville, Tenn., but had resided in Corsicana for the past 55 years.

Her six children were present at the time of her death. Mrs. Hammett was 85 years of age Monday and her children who reside in other cities were en route here for the week-end to attend her 85th birthday Monday when she was taken suddenly ill Saturday afternoon. This was the first time in twenty-five years all of her children were together.

Surviving are two sons, W.A. Hammett, Corsicana, and Joe D. Hammett, Fort Worth; and four daughters, Mrs. J.D. Johnson and Mrs. C.B. Miller, both of Dallas; and Miss Sadie Hammett and Mrs. John Scarborough, both of Corsicana; six grandchildren, W.W. Hammett, Houston; Misses Delphine and Nancy Miller and Misses Tappy and Dorothy Johnson, all of Dallas; and Jack Scarborough, Corsicana; and two brothers, J.R. Wilson, Corsicana; and M.Y. Wilson, Hamlin, and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

Old time Corsicana residents, as well as those who have come to know Mrs. Hammett in more recent years, will mourn the passing of this good woman, who for more than half a century has made life brighter for those with whom she has come in contact in Corsicana. She was a good woman in every sense of the word and will be missed not only by her family and her church but by a wide circle of friends she has made and retained through her long residence here.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Oct 7, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James E. Gill
May 1, 1921 - Feb 18, 1945
Killed in Germany


Funeral services for Pvt. James E. Gill, 23, U.S. Army, killed in Luxembourg, Feb. 18, 1945, are scheduled Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Memorial Baptist church. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

The services will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Ousley pastor of the church, and Dr. Elmer Page, pastor of the First Baptist church in Kerens. The American Legion will provide pallbearers and will conduct the graveside services.

Born May 1, 1921, Gill entered the armed forces August 14, 1944 and went overseas in January, 1945 one month before being killed. He was in the infantry.

Surviving are two daughters, Ruby Fances and Josephine Gill, both of Itasca; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Gill, Corsicana; five brothers, Leroy, Alvie and Loyd Gill, all of Corsicana; Chester Gill, Navarro, and Vernon Gill, Rural Shade; three sisters, Miss Marie Gill, Corsicana; Miss Nora Gill and Mrs. Bessie Townley, both of Dallas; a grandfather, J.W. McKie, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


Billy Herbert Smith
April 16, 1927 - May 22, 2011

Corsicana —Billy Herbert Smith, 84, of Lubbock, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

He was born on April 16, 1927, in Tupelo, to the late Alvy B. and Lily (Mitchell) Smith. Billy married Minalee Wilson on Feb. 3, 1952, in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School and Midwestern State University, and played football at each of the schools. Billy was a disabled veteran who served in the Navy during World War II. He resided in Odessa for 40 years and retired after 25 years as a drilling superintendent for Forest Oil Corporation. He was an avid golfer, outdoorsman, and enjoyed his RV — taking many trips to the mountains in Colorado. Billy was a family man; he loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much, and was a loving son and brother as well.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Tufares of Wichita Falls.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Minalee Smith of Lubbock; daughter, Melanie Sanderson and husband Brian of Lubbock; son, David R. Smith and wife Karen of Burleson; three grandsons, Joseph Smith, Daniel Smith, and Matthew Sanderson; two granddaughters, Emily Sanderson and Heather Sanderson; two great-granddaughters, Brooke Smith and Valerie Sanderson; sister, Diantha Dickens-Reznicek of Corsicana; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Resthaven Funeral Home’s Abbey Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Resthaven Funeral Home, Lubbock.


Vesper Mae (Orr) Brown
abt 1912 - May 20, 2011

Corsicana — Vesper Mae Orr Brown, 99, resident of Frost, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Pelham. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Alma Edna (Morgan) Ballew-Campbell
Mar 19, 1914 - Nov 26, 1945

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Edna Campbell, aged 31 years, fatally injured Monday night when the automobile in which she was riding turned over several times after leaving the pavement near the Corsicana Country, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Baptist church in Emhouse. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dan Sharpley, pastor of the church. Burial was in Emmett cemetery.
Mrs. Campbell, accompanied by her four-year old daughter, Carolyn Ballew, by a former marriage, was en route home to Emhouse from Corsicana when her car plunged over an embankmbent, went through a fence and telephone post, turned over and hurled her body some 35 feet from where the car came to a stop, according to statements by Richard Perkins, 418 South Thirteenth street, Corsicana, who with Miss Margaret Petty of Corsicana, discovered the wrecked automobile, the lifeless body of the victim and the little child, unhurt and nestling in the arms of the mother. Perkins said the child was not excited or perturbed when he arrived. The body of Mrs. Campbell and the child were brought to the P. and S. Hospital. It was estimated that Mrs. Campbell was killed about 9 p.m. and the body was discovered at 10:45 p.m. Sheriff Cap Curington and State Highway Patrolman Byron Currin investigated the accident.
Fifteenth Auto Fatality.
Mrs. Campbell’s death was the fifteenth auto fatality in Navarro county during 1945.
Officers and others investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident were at a loss to explain how the mother was hurled such a distance and that the child escaped injury, unless the woman had clutched her child at the time of the accident and miraculously broke the impact of the fall with her own body, saving the child.
Surviving are her husband, J. E. Campbell, U. S. Armed Forces home on furlough; four children, James Ballew, Keith Ballew, Joy Ballew and Carolyn, all of Emhouse; father T. M. Morgan, Emhouse; three brothers, Mark Morgan, Corbet; Mason Morgan, Corsicana, and Billy Morgan, U. S. Navy; three sisters, Mrs. Willard Wilne and Dorothy Morgan both of Alma, and Helen Morgan, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home directed.


Jimmie Lee (Mahaley) Cummins
Nov 8, 1905 - Feb 20, 2011

Jimmie Lee Cummins, 105, moved her residence to her heavenly home to be united with her beloved husband on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

She was one of four children born to J.T. Mahaley and Mollie Mahaley of Rice, on Nov. 8, 1905. After graduating from high school, she attended Texas Women’s University before marrying the love of her life, Ernest Cummins, in May, 1923, who predeceased her in August of 1970. She was a loving and devoted wife, housewife, and wonderful mother to her sons for her entire life.

Two children were born of their marriage, both of whom survived her, John Richard Cummins and James Ernest Cummins, both of Corsicana; survivors also include five grandchildren, Cheryl Nan Kitchens of Cedar Crest, N.M., Carin Zito of Austin, Catherine Hall of Dallas, Rod Cummins of Sunnyvale, Randy Cummins of Corsicana, and Rick Cummins of Corsicana; great grandchildren, Jill Ephlin, Shelly Golden, Meghan Mazzola, Joni Heye, Taylor Cummins, Jonathon Mosely, Alex Cummins, Michelle Cummins, Lianna Zito, Katerina Zito, Omi Zito, and Laura Hall; two great granddaughters, Kendal Ephlin and Marin Mazzola; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband and parents; and all of her brothers and sisters, Dewey Mahaley, Dow Mahaley, and Nora Daniels.

Mrs. Cummins was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rice for more than 90 years, and served as a Sunday school teacher for young ladies for several decades. She was also very active in the Rice Cemetery Association, numerous school and civic activities, and served as an election judge for many years.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held for Mrs. Cummins at Rice Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Elkins and Rick Cummins officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rice Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 146, Rice, TX 75155, or to The First Baptist Church of Rice at P.O. Box 188, Rice, TX 75155.

The family would like to express special thanks to Sandra Coffey, Mrs. Cummins’ niece, who has been her loving and faithful caregiver for the past several years, and also to the employees of Heritage Oaks West Nursing Center for their kind and devoted care.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Rachel A. Stewart
Jan 6, 1844 - Oct 5, 1933


Mrs. R.A. Stewart, aged 90 years, died at the home of her grandson, Troy Holcomb, near Bardwell at 10 o'clock Thursday morning and funeral services will be conducted from the home of J.W. Travis, 1511 West Collin Street Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. E.T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be at
Oak Grove, near Kerens. She had been a resident of Navarro county practically all her life.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. J.W. Travis, Corsicana; Mrs. Lou Jobe, Little Rock, Ark.; Mrs. Eddie Moore, Beaumont, a number of grandchildren and other relatives.
The funeral will be directed by Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Susie Annah (Tassy) Anderson
Nov 30, 1879 - Jun 2, 1933


Mrs. Annah Anderson, aged 53 years, of Roane, died at the home of her son, Ed L. Anderson, 110 South Nineteenth street, Friday morning at 1:40 o'clock and the funeral is scheduled to be held from the Church of Christ Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock with burial in Black Hills cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by J.L. Hines, minister of the Church of Christ, assisted by Rev. J.W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mrs. Anderson was born Nov. 30, 1879, at Gassaway, Tennessee. She came to Texas in 1900.

Surviving ae her husband, W.M. Anderson, Roane, four sons, Kelly Anderson, Emhouse; Shelly Anderson, Percellia; Ed Anderson, Corsicana, and Robert Anderson, Roane; two sisters, Mrs. Lamaster, Old Hickory, Tenn., and Mrs. Laura Hearn, Nashville, Tenn.

Pallbearers are to be H.D. Drain, W.M. Gray, Jack Johnson, Thad Beard, Burt Farmer and B. Ray.

Mrs. Anderson had been a member of the Church of Christ for 35 years.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Gladys Oree (Ivie) Brown
Jan 4, 1904 - Nov 2, 1997

Gladys Oree Brown, 93, of Corsicana, died Nov. 2.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea and Rev. Harper Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown's grandsons will be the pallbearers.

Mrs. Brown was born January 4, 1904 in Texas. She was the first-born of the late Sims and Roxie Ivie.

Mrs. Brown is survived by a son, Charles Brown of Dawson; five daughters, Hazel Watson, Maggie Brown, and Peggy Mauldine all of Dallas, Laverne Smith of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. James (Lorene) Sykes of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Pearl Bates, Sula Ward, Katherine Hodges, Edith Stephens; and Joan Freeman; and two brothers, James Ivie and Arnold Ivie.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Dock Brown, and two sons, Albert Brown and Russell Brown.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Marvin Chester Owen
Feb 14, 1911 - Aug 14, 1994

Marvin Chester Owen of Corsicana died Aug. 14, 1994, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include one son, Marvin Ray Owen of Houston; one daughter, Emily Owen of Corsicana; two brothers, Royce Owen of Corsicana and Billy Joe Owen of Calif.; three sisters, Bertha Bowlin and Lois Mason, both of Big Springs, Minnie Mae Mitchell of Dallas; two grandchildren, Randy Ray Owen of Corsicana and Debbie Haynes of Mansfield; one great-grandchild, Chris Haynes of Mansfield; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Annie Liza (Brooks) Brown
July 3, 1875 - Jan 5, 1959

Mrs. A.L. Brown Rites Planned

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie L. Brown, 83, who died at Twilight Home here early Monday morning after eight months illness will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Bunch Funeral Chapel in Ennis with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery southwest of Corsicana. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Weldon Brooks of Kemp, a nephew.

A native of Alabama, she moved to Texas in 1896 and resided in Rice and Alma communities for 60 years prior to moving to Corsicana 18 months ago.

Surviving are four sons, Gus W. Brown, Lancaster; Elmer L. Brown, Roscoe; George Brown, Waco, and Eural Brown, Purdon; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Gibson, Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Martha J. Ferguson, Corsicana; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, five brothers, Matthew Brooks, Files Valley, Jim Brooks, Kemp; Gus Brooks, Fort Worth; John Brooks, San Antonio; Will Brooks, Duncan Okla.; four sisters, Mrs. M.D. Hooper, Itasca; Mrs. Macie Glover, Perry, Okla.; Mrs. Maggie Hodge, Springville and Mrs. Ethel McCall, Aspermont, and other relatives.

Mrs. Brown was a Methodist and had resided at Twilight Home about one year.


Christopher Cas Bonner
Dec 10, 1880 - April 13, 1951

Services Sunday For C.C. Bonner

Funeral services for C.C. Bonner, 70, long-time Angus resident, who died in Houston Friday, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, Church of Christ minister, and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Bonner was a member of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are a son, Chester Bonner, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. L. T. Trull, Houston; five sisters, Mrs. Lena Pruitt, Mississippi; Mrs. Mandy Garrison, Mrs. Bettie McGee and Mrs. Addie Moseley, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ellen Burton, Kilgore; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Lawrence D. Bonner, Freddie I. Bonner, Clarence D. Bonner, R. L. Cox, Olen C. Bonner, Lowell L. Bonner, O. D. Bailey and Lloyd Burton.


William P. Allred
Apr 24, 1876 - Mar 15, 1941


William P. Allred, aged 64 years, Corsicana Cotton Mill employee, died at his home, 808 South Commerce Street, Saturday night at 9 o'clock.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Calvary Baptist Church with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Clyde Griffin.

Allred had resided in Corsicana for the past fourteen years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; six sons, Wm. F., Herman M., Willie P., A.J., R.V., and Perry Allred, all of Corsicana; sixteen grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Elliott, Beaumont; Mrs. Billie Stevens, Lufkin, and Ellen Allred, Corsicana.

Pallbearers wre Emmett Prewitt, Milford Shook, Haze Cov, Paula Thompson, Clyde Horn and Floyd Yarbrough.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Mar 18, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Infant Son Redden
Jan 9, 1931 - Jan 12, 1931

Infant Died Here Monday Morning

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Redden, 112 West Avenue G, died Monday morning at 7.30 and the funeral was held at Rice, Monday afternoon at four o'clock, where interment was made.
The services were conducted by Rev. C.. E. McStravik, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.



The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Redden, died Monday morning at 7:30 in Corsicana and the funeral was held at 3 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Goodwin in Rice. The services were conducted by Rev. C. E. McStravick, pastor of the United Presbyterian church of Corsicana, assisted by Rev. Geo. Henry, pastor of the First Baptist church of Rice. Interment was in the Rice Cemetery under the direction of Sutherland Funeral Home.


William Worth Stringer
July 21, 1867 - July 28, 1921

(The Rice Rustler)

W.W. Stringer Dies

Mr. W.W. Stringer died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wright Edmundson, at Anthony, New Mexico, Thursday, July 28 after being confined to his bed a few weeks with tubercular-meningitis. His remains arrived here Sunday night, accompanied by Mr. Willis Stringer and E.W. Stringer drove through in a car from Anthony, N.M., arriving here Sunday night.

W.W. Stringer was born July 21, 1867, in Anderson county, and moved with his parents when a small boy to Collinsville, Grayson county, where he was reared. He was married to Miss Lizzie Allen in the year 1891, to this union eleven children were born, one of which, together with his wife, preceded him to the beyond.


Ira Pugh Cardwell
Apr 28, 1891 - Jun 27, 1962

Hold Services Ira Cardwell

Funeral services for Ira Cardwell, 71, of Rice, were conducted in the Haynie Memorial Methodist church Friday (today) at 2 p.m. with burial in the Rice Cemetery.
Cardwell, former employe of the State Highway Department, died in Navarro Clinic Wednesday afternoon following a heart attack at his home.

The Rev. Ralph Cooper, pastor of the church, conducted.
Cardwell was a member of the church. He was also a member of the Rice Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Beulah Houston Cardwell, Rice; five brothers, H. M. Cardwell, Fort Worth; W. A. Cardwell, Ennis; J. H. Cardwell, Forsan; Frank Cardwell, Inglewood, Calif. ; and C. C. Cardwell, Duncan, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Harrison, Waxahachie; and Mrs. W. S. Cannon, Nacogdoches; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Sloan Gallimore, J. K. Bradley, Clarence Mahaley, Milton Emmert, Carroll Barton, Cecil Newman, Al Shelton and M. V. Fitzgerald.
McCammon's directed.


Oleta Lucille (Spurgeon) Franks
Jan 5, 1926 - July 20, 1963

Monday Rites For Mrs. Franks

Funeral services for Mrs. Roland Franks, 38, formerly of Rice, 1009 Fifty-Second street, Lubbock, who died in the Methodist Hospital in Lubbock Saturday morning following an extended illness, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Rice.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W.E. Nunn of Ennis, assisted by Rev. Pat Smith, pastor. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, a son, James Calvin Franks, and a daughter, Rolene Franks, all of Lubbock; a brother, Rex Spurgeon, Rice; five sisters, Mrs. Larue Talkington, Corsicana; Mrs. Catherine Bowles and Mrs. Virginia Cherry, both of Ennis; Mrs. Hope St. Mars, Rice, and Miss Billie Spurgeon, Tatum, N.M.; parents, Mrs. and Mrs. J.R. Sprugeon, Rice, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were G.T. Bowles, Bill Bruton, Bill Talkington, Vernon Franks, Pete Allen, Billy Hobbs and Jack Oliver.

McCammon directed.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jul 22, 1963
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Roland Ray Franks - d/o James Robert Spurgeon and Myrtle (Goodman) Spurgeon

Nerie Agnes (Langham) Edmundson
June 19, 1884 - Jan 25, 1958

Mrs. Edmundson Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. W.E. Edmundson, 74, route 1, Rice, who died in the Navarro clinic Saturday morning from injuries received in a train-car mishap in Rice Friday night, were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Reiser, pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Jack Daniel, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Mrs. Edmundson's death was the first traffic fatality of 1958 in Navarro county.

Highway Patrolman Chester Reeves, who investigated, said that the 1949 Chevrolet coach driven by Mrs. Edmundson apparently missed the main street crossing and the railroad tracks and came to a standstill several feet south of the regular crossing.

Freight Train No. 342 traveling south struck the stalled car. Mrs. Edmundson was the only occupant of the vehicle.

This is the second tragedy to strike this family in the past several years. Her late husband was fatally injured in Rice, December 15, 1950, when he was struck by a wood power saw he was operating.

Surviving are two sons, Rufus Edmundson, Abilene, and Noel Edmundson, Chillicothe; stepmother, Mrs. Amada Lee Langham, Chatfield, and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carroll Barton, Herman Wear, Hugh Bell, Al Shelton, Henry Swafford and Virgil Atchley

McCammon directed.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Jan 28, 1958
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Parents: Rufus M. Langham and Claira (Richman) Langham (Information from death certificate)

Sgt. James R. Spurgeon
Oct 1, 1919 - Nov 12, 1944


Funeral services for Sgt. James R. Spurgeon, killed at Leyte, Nov. 12, 1944, were held from the Rice Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Walz and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, Methodist ministers.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Spurgeon, Rice; a brother, Rex Spurgeon, U.S. Army; six sisters, Mrs. N.E. Reid, Levelland; Mrs. A.F. Cherry, Fairfield, Mrs. Roland Franks, Bryan; Misses Catharine, Hope and Billie Ann Spurgeon, all of Rice, and other relatives.

American Legion members were pallbearers.


Funeral services for Sgt. James R. Spurgeon of Rice, killed in action at Leyte, Nov. 12, 1944, will be held from the Rice Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Walz and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, Methodist ministers.
The body arrived in Corsicana Monday.
Sgt. Spurgeon entered the armed forces, October 17, 1941.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Spurgeon, Rice; a brother, Rex Spurgeon. U. S. army, and six sisters, Mrs. N. E. Reid, Levelland; Mrs. A. F. Cherry, Fairfield; Mrs. Roland Franks, Bryan, and Misses Catherine, Hope and Billle Ann Spurgeon, all of Rice, and other relatives.
McCammon Funeral Home will direct.


Reburial Rites Wednesday For Jas. R. Spurgeon

The body of Sgt. James R. Spurgeon of Rice is scheduled to arrive here Monday morning and funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church in Rice. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery. Rev. Walz of Rice and Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe of Corsicana, both Methodist pastors, will officiate. The American Legion will have charge of the graveside rites.

Sgt. Spurgeon entered the armed forces, October 17, 1941, and was killed in action on Leyte, Nov. 12, 1944, while serving with the Seventh Calvary division.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Spurgeon, Rice, one brother, Rex Spurgeon, U. S. Army; six sisters, Mrs. E. E. Reid, Levelland;; Mrs A. F. Cherry, Fairfield; Mrs. Roland Franks, Bryan; Misses Catherine, Hope and Billie Ann Spurgeon, all of Rice, and other relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.


Gertie Marie (Johnson) Lockhart 
March 17, 1923 - May 25, 2011

Corsicana —Gertie Marie Lockhart passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at her home in Corsicana, after a lengthy illness.

Marie Lockhart was born March 17, 1923, to George Washington Johnson and Bessie (Brown) Johnson in Emhouse. She was the middle of three daughters. Gertie is preceded in death by her older sister, Mildred (Johnson) Drain. Marie and Wendell farmed near the community of Emhouse after their marriage in 1942, until their move to Elm Flat in Kerens around 1959. They continued to farm in Kerens until 1998. After retirement they moved to Corsicana. Marie was a hard worker who helped Wendell on the farm and she liked to say she could drive a tractor as well as anyone.

The family remembers Marie as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. One of her sons, Kevin, felt especially blessed that his mom understood his love for cars and motorcycles. Wendell and Marie bought his dream car as their family car, a bright orange 1970 Road Runner, during his latter high school days. He is also grateful to his mother for taking him to worship at Powell Baptist Church as a child. Kevin and his wife Kris, have fond memories of playing spirited games of Wahoo with Marie and Wendell before the grandchildren came along.

Marie was the best mother Ted Lockhart could have ask for and she always pushed to have the best care for him. She wanted to be involved in all the details of his life, all the way down to his haircuts.

Her grandchildren, Lane and Todd, always knew they were in for a great meal when they came to Mamaw and Papaw’s house and they also knew exactly what it would be — chicken fried steak that had been pounded so tender it would melt in your mouth, along with mashed potatoes, and pinto beans.

In Marie and Wendell’s later years their great joy was their weekly bingo trips with Marie’s sister, Jimmie Sheppard, to Ennis or Trinidad. Marie and her sisters were the best of friends and have supported each other unfailingly throughout their lives.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Wendell Gerald Lockhart; sons, Kevin Lockhart and wife Kris of Deer Park, and Ted Lockhart of Corsicana; grandchildren, Lane Lockhart, and Kyle Borrello of Ft. Worth, and Todd and Bryanna Lockhart of Hesperia, Calif.; great-grandson Pierce Lockhart of Hesperia, Calif.; sister, Jimmie Sheppard of Corsicana; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to nieces, GeorgeAnn Meyer and husband Darell of Kemp, and Gena Chandler of Corsicana, Hand in Hand Hospice of Corsicana, and caretakers, Gina Rosa and J.J. Johnson.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Otis Conner officiating. Pallbearers will be Kyle Borrello, Darrell Meyer, Stephen McNutt, Obie Lee Lockhart, Joey Lockhart and Cole Taylor. The family requests memorials to the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  • w/o Wendell Gerald Lockhart - d/o George Washington Johnson and Bessie (Brown) Johnson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Glenn Karik Mott
Sept 22, 1919 - Oct 6, 1925

Funeral services for Glenn Mott, aged six years, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Mott , who died as a result of injuries when struck by an automobile
early Tuesday, were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Christian Church. Interment was made at Oakwood cemetery. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian church, conducted the services.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 7, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o R.K. Mott and Lillie (Kegler) Mott
  • Death Certificate shows him as Glenn Kirk Mott - Born Sept 2, 1919 - Informant is father, R.K. Mott - The other information with middle name Karik is from the cemetery book which was taken from the headstone, I assume.

Carl C. Waits
Aug 29, 1882 - Oct 24, 1925

Carl Waits, 2218 West Second avenue, was taken suddenly ill with a ruptured appendix at his home at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning and was taken immediately, to the County Hospital where the appendix was removed in a surgical operation. He is resting well today having reacted favorably to the operation.



Cart Waits, age 43, died Saturday morning at 4 o'clock at his home following an operation several days ago for appendicitis. Funeral services will be held at United Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 and will be conducted by Rev. D.A. Chisholm, assisted by Rev. E.W. Potter, Rev. John T. Sanders, Rev. A.E. Caraway and Rev. G. W. Kincheloe.

The active pallbearers will be the stewards of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church and the honorary pallbearers, employees of the postoffice and Drs. J. S. Daniel, W.R. Sneed, E. H. Newton and T.A. Miller.

The deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Misses Ina Mabel and Ona, his mother, Bazette, one sister, Mrs. Charles Waits, Bazette; and one brother, Elmo Waits of Breckenridge.
Mr. Waits had been an employee of the postoffice about 10 years and at the time of his death was carrier on rural route A.




Funeral services for Carl Waits, aged 43 years who died early Saturday morning following an operation, were held at the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services at the church were conducted by Rev. D. A. Chisholm, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church: Rev. Eugene W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church; Rev. A. E. Carraway, Methodist minister of Blooming Grove; Rev. John T. Sanders and Rev. G. W. Kincheloe, Methodist minister of Corsicana.

At the grave the Knights of the Ku Klux and Rev. D. A. Chisholm had charge of the services.

The large auditorium of the First Methodist church was packed to capacity with relatives and friends of the deceased and many beautiful floral offerings were given.

The stewards of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church were active pallbearers and the honorary pallbearers were the employes of the Corsicana post office and Drs. J. S. Daniel, W. R. Sneed, E. H. Newton, and T. A. Miller.

Mr. Waits had been an employe of the post office for ten years and at the time of his death, was carrier on rural route A.

The deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Misses Ina Mabel and Ona; his mother of Bazette, one sister, Mrs. Charles Waits of Bazette, and one brother, Elmo Waits of Breckenridge.


John B. Green
Jan 19, 1851 - Dec 7, 1922

Laid to Rest
On Thursday, December 7th, a great gloom was cast over the many friends of J. B. Green, when news was received that he had died In Houston.

His remains arrived here Friday afternoon accompanied by his wife and Mrs. Harry Ransdall and were taken to the home of his niece, Mrs. J. A. Jenkins, where funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.
A large concourse of friends followed the body to Oakwood where it was laid to rest by an impressive service conducted by Rev. A. E. Carraway and the Praetorians. The active pall bearers were Messers. C. B. Middleton, J.K. Skinner, C.R. Terry, C. F. Borg, D. T. Neal and Dr. F. A. Miller. Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. E. R. Green of ldabelle, Okla., brother of deceased, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ransdall of Houston.

Mr. Green's life was one of sunshine, of unselfishness and service for others and his going has caused great sorrow in Corsicana and wherever he was known, and he will be sadly missed.

Many beautiful floral offerings were sent as a tribute to his respect. CONTRIBUTED.



Died in Houston.

Word was received late this afternoon that J. B. Green, formerly of this city, had died in his home in Houston this afternoon. Mr. Green was formerly employed with the firm of C. R. Terry and Son for a number of years before moving to Houston and was well known here. The remains will be sent here for burial and will arrive sometime Friday. Complete funeral arrangements had not been completed at press hour.



Funeral Held Today.

The remains of John B. Green, a well known Corsicana citizen, who died in Houston Thursday afternoon, arrived in Corsicana Friday afternoon and the funeral took place this morning at 10 o’clock from the home of Mrs. J. A. Jenkins, on West Ninth avenue, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Members of the Christian Science Church and Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church, conducted the services. Many friends of the deceased attended the funeral and there were many beautiful floral offerings.


Kenneth Wallace
Feb 11, 1931 - Sept 24, 1944


Kenneth Wallace, aged 13 years, died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday afterneon , at 8:40 o'clock from a pistol wound in the head sustained shortly after 2 p. m. at the family residence, 1423 West Sixth avenue. Officers said the pistol was discharged while being handled by the youth, the .38 calibre bullet striking him in the head. No coroner's verdict was returned.
Funeral arrangements have not been made, pending word from his brothers in the armed forces, but will probably be held Thursday from the First Baptist church. Rev. J. I. Cartlidge will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ester Wallace, Corsicana; seven brothers, H. T. Wallace, Jr., U.S. Marines, San Diego, Calif.; R.L. Wallace,U.S. Navy, Pacific area; H. L Wallace, defense plant worker, Orange, Texas, Zearl B. Wallace, U. S. Coast Guard. North Carolina; W. C. Wallace, U. S. Navy, New York., Theodore Wallace, U. S. Coast Guard, New York; Harold Wallace, U. S. Navy, San Diego, Cal.; four sisters. Mrs. S. Y. Robinson, Dallas, whose husband is a U.S. Army sergeant at Camp Barkeley, and Miss Lawanda Wallace, Dallas; Shirley and Fannie Mae Wallace, both of Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. James E. Hurt Abilene, and several uncles, aunts, and other relatives. His father, the late H. T. Wallace, Sr., died here last March.
Corley Funeral Home will direct arrangements.


Achasa R. Croft
Apr 29, 1892 - Oct 28, 1913

Remains Interred This Afternoon

The remains of the late Miss Achsa Croft arrived here last night from Carlsbad, New Mexico, and were taken to the family home on North Twelfth street and the funeral took place from there this afternoon at 3:30. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. L. Hailey, pastor of the First Baptist church, and J.R. Robinson. O. L. Albritton, J. C. West , Forest Reed, H. W. Pace and J. S. Millerman acted as pallbearers.

A large procession of friends followed the remains to their last resting place and there were many beautiful floral offerings.


Infant Daughter Harrison
June 14, 1947 - June 14, 1947

Rites For Infant Saturday Morning

Funeral services for the Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Harrison, 412 West Fifth avenue, who died Friday afternoon at the Navarro Clinic, were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at Oakwood cemetery where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the First Christian church.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mrs. E. E. Harrison, Waco, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Auld, Corsicana.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.


Mary Florence (Bass) Pinkston
Apr 7, 1892 - Nov 11, 1947

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Pinkston

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Florence Pinkston of Dallas, who died Friday in Dallas, were held at Oakwood cemetery here at 1:45 o'clock Saturday afternoon where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Earlier services were held in Dallas at 11 o'clock Saturday morning in charge of Rev. Earl Mead.

Surviving are her husband, Will Pinkston; a son, Nat A. Pinkston and a grandson, Allen Scott Pinkston, all of Dallas.

Pallbearers were N. C. Goodman, Marion Martin, T. J. Tickey, Tom Pinkston, Lucian Pinkston and W. P. McCammon.

McCammon Funeral Home directed local arrangements.


Leonard McGee "Mack" Warren
Apr 4, 1882 - Apr 28, 1973

L.M. Warren

Services are set for 2 p.m. Monday in the Griffin Chapel for L.M. (Mack) Warren, 91, who died Saturday afternoon in Twilight Nursing Home.

Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery, with Cato Sherrer, passtor of the Kerens Church of Christ officiating. Griffins is in charge of arrangements.

He lived a short time in Alma, and also near Powell, and operated a grocery store on West Seventh Ave. in Corsicana for many years. He married Rhoda Denton in Roxton in 1910. Mrs. Warren preceded her husband in death in June, 1971.

Warren was a member of the College Hill Church of Christ, where he was a former elder, and was an active member of the Church of Christ for 80 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Maxine Lynch of Arlington, Elizabeth Dresser of Corsicana, and Jean Daniel of Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family requests that no floral donations be made. Those who desire may send memorials to the building fund of the Church of Christ on College Hill or their favorite charity.


Rhoda Moreland (Denton) Warren
Jan 23, 1887 - June 24, 1971


Services were to be Saturday at 6 p.m. in Griffin Chapel for Mrs. Rhoda Moreland Denton Warren, 84, a long-time resident of the Corsicana area.

A member of the College Hills Church of Christ here, she was born in Roxton on Jan. 23, 1887. She died in Memorial Hospital Thursday.

Burial was to be in Oakwood cemetery. The Rev. Claude B. Holcomb of Gainesville, assisted by the Rev. Cato Sherrer of Kerens, officiated.

Active pallbearers included F.C. Stewart, Tom Murphey, James Nelson, Jessie Beamon, J. R. Gunter, Harrison Sloan, Elven Wright and Wiley Croom.

Honorary pallbearers included Dr. C.L. Brown, Duren Norris, Leslie white, S.S. Skinner, M.B. George, Ben E. Acock, C.F. Dominy, and Paul Miller.

Survivors include her husband, L.M. Warren, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Dresser, Corsicana, Mrs. Maxine Lynch, Arlington, and Mrs. Jean Daniel, Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. W.A. Cawthon, Paris, Mrs. Arthur Swearingen, Pasadena; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family members request that memorials be made to the Church of Christ on College Hill Library Fund or Twilight Home instead of sending flowers.


Warren Harrison Whitten
Jan 3, 1868 - Dec 21, 1933


Funeral services for Warren H. Whitten, aged 65, who died Thursday morning at 10:45 o'clock, were held from the family residence, 618 North Twenty-seventh street, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Tom Smith of Hillsboro. The Masonic Lodge had charge of the services at the grave and were pallbearers.

Prior to moving to Corsicana ten years ago, Mr. Whitten and family resided in the Purdon community. 

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Warren H. Whltten. Jr., Purdon; J. E. Whitten, Mildred; and Hubert Whitten, Corsicana; two daughters, Misses Iva and Ivan Whitten, both of Corsicana; a grandson, two granddaughters and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Ivan Francene Whitten
Apr 26, 1905 - Aug 29, 1974

Miss Whitten

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Miss Ivan Whitten, 69, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. Rev. Harold Lansford and Rev. C. Dan Layne will officiate, with burial to be at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Purdon and had lived in Corsicana for the past 51 years and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Miss Iva Whitten of Corsicana; four nephews, Glen Moore of San Antonio, Raz W. Moore of Corsicana, Don Whitten of Dallas, and John Whitten of Purdon; three nieces, Mrs. Willie Hodge of Corsicana, Erma Frances Ward of Levelland and Glenda Sue Bowers of Dallas.


John R. Burns
Jul. 4, 1838 in Miss. - Jan 23, 1926 Navarro Co TX

Pioneer Resident of
Blooming Grove Dead
Special to the Sun.
Blooming Grove, Jan. 23.—Funeral services for J. R. Burns, aged 88 years, pioneer resident of this Place, who died Saturday morning, were conducted Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
The services were conducted by the Rev. H. B. Carraway and the Rev. W. Z. Corbin. Deceased is survived by the following children:
Four sons, W. R., J. T., V. D. and Marvin; one daughter, Miss Annie Burns; two stepchildren, Miss Ellie Cook and Mrs. J. J. Gillen, all of Blooming Grove.
Mr. Burns was born at New Albany, Union county, Miss., July 4, 1838. At the age of eighteen he joined the Confederate army and was at the battle of Gettysburg under Gen. Robert E. Lee. He was active in Masonic circles having been made a Mason fifty years ago. He had also been
an active member of the Baptist denomination for sixty years.



J. R. Burns Passed Away

J. R. Burns, aged 88 years and five months, passed away in this city Saturday morning. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church, a Mason and ex-Confederate soldier. In the church he was an exemplary member, in the lodge a true member, in war brave. As husband, father, citizen he had no faults. His life was a big life- big in deep, full of activity and full of labors performed and harvests gathered. No greater love hath any man than he for country, liberty of thought, unbridled speech and the varied avenues doing valiant service for mankind the world over. His life was full grown as measured by years, for in deed had he traveled far beyond the allotted three score and ten. But life never grew burdensome to him. He carried well his age and in his feeble state during the past year he grew, as ripe fruit, mellower and sweeter in sentiment and altogether beautiful in his home life.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 29, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mary Elizabeth (Fullerton) Watson-Vandiver
Dec 29, 1834 - Jul 29, 1926



Special to the Sun.
Blooming Grove, July 29.—Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Vandiver, aged 91 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. B. McCormick of this city at 8:30 Thursday morning following an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services will be held at the Central Baptist Church at 10 o'clock Friday morning and will be conducted by Rev. J. B. Rowan of Terrell. Burial will be in
Rose Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Vandiver was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, and came to Texas before the Civil war. She had been a resident of Navarro county 52 years and most of this time was spent in the Blooming Grove community.
She is survived by four children, John Watson of Corsicana; Ransom Vandiver, Corsicana; Mrs. R. B. McCormick and Mrs. Sallie Hill, both of Blooming Grove and a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.



Mary Elizabeth (Fullerton) Watson-Vandiver

Mrs. M. E. Vandiver 91 Passed Away July 29th

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Vandiver passed away Thursday morning, July 29, 1926, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mollie McCormick.

Deceased had been ill for several weeks, but during it all she complained but little maintaining her brightness of mind almost to the very last. Having gone far past the age marking an octogenarian she climed in age to the dizzy heights, storing along with years knowledge and piety. But one of the important senses was lost in the journey toward the home across the great divide, that of sight. That sterling character and unwavering fidelity for truth which characterized her life forty, fifty and sixty years ago remained fixed in her heart throughout her long career, guiding her thoughts, mellowering her soul with ripening of years.

Mrs. Vandiver during the days of her eyesight was a wide reader, studious, and this gave her a broad vision as well as depth of thought. She was very entertaining touching world events and a Bible scholar far above the average.

She was a loyal Missionary Baptist, a member of the Central Baptist church; strong of Baptist conviction and to her no pleasure was greater than to have part in helping and strengthening every branch of the church from the local organization through the varied national interests, on (illegible) foreign fields. She was a dependable member, a loyal supporter and a cheerful giver, and you know "the Lord loves a cheerful giver."

Mrs. Vandiver was born in Lebanon, Tenn., Dec 1834, making her 91 years and seven months old. Her mother as a girl was Elizabeth McDaniel and Elizabeth married Miner Fullerton, the latter dying when Mary Elizabeth, the subject of this sketch, was only seven months old. In 1839 the mother and Mary Elizabeth moved to Hot Springs, Ark., later to Texas. Mary Elizabeth was married to George Watson in 1852 and to this union four children were born-Virgieia [sic], Sarah, John and Elizabeth George. The husband received fatal woulds in the Civil War and died in 1863. In 1866 she married A. T. Vandiver and to this union three children were born-James, Ransom, Mollie. Moved to Navarro county in 1872, settling near Blooming Grove and 1890 moved to Blooming Grove, her home ever since.

The funeral services were held at the Central Baptist church and in the absence of the pastor, Rev. J. B. Rowan, former pastor held the service making a beautiful talk. The floral offerings were large, interment taking place at Rose Hill.

Out of town folks: John Vandiver, Breckenridge; Mrs. Deavers and daughter, Victoria; Mrs. Hearne, Waxahachie; Mrs. Stsubbs of Sanger; Mrs. Seth Grant of Grand Prairie and many relatives and friends from Corsicana and Frost.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 6, 1926

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Verna Lois (Morrison) Lambert
Jan 2, 1908 - May 4, 1972

Mrs. Lambert
Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Verna Lambert, 64, of Angleton who died there early Thursday. Burial will be in
Rosehill cemetery at Blooming Grove.
She was a former Navarro County resident and was reared near Emmett.
She is survived by her husband, George B. Lambert, Sr., Angleton; three sons, Bobby F., Jerry W. and George B. Lambert, Jr., all of Angleton; five grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. H. M. Hester of Italy, Miss Blanche Morrison of Dallas, Mrs. W. B. Chapman of Big Spring and Mrs. Faye Christian of Tyler; two brothers, R. E. Morrison of Temple and James T. Morrison, Jr., of Arlington; and several nieces and nephews.


Billie David Lee
Jul 3, 1952 - Jul 9, 1952

Infant Expires Wednesday Night
Billie David Lee, six-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lee, Rockdale, died Wednesday night at the P. and S. Hospital.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Thursday afternoon.
Surviving are the parents, a sister, Joyce Elaine Weathers, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Ernest and Howard M. Lee, Jr., both of Bogalusa, La,; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. DeRusha of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. T, D. Lee, Bogalusa, La. Corley will direct.


Sarah Jane Ward
Apr 6, 1857 - Mar 3, 1935


Miss Sarah Jane Ward, aged 77 years, formerly school teacher, native of Illinois, but resident of Navarro county 39 years, died Sunday afternoon five miles south of Kerens and the funeral was held from the residence of a brother, W. R. Ward, 1106 West Seventh avenue, Monday morning, at 11 o’clock, with burial in the Union High cemetery in the southwestern part of the county near Dawson. The rites were conducted by Rev. Leslie G. Thomas, minister of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are four brothers, W. R. Ward, J. G. Ward and D. Ward, all of Corsicana, and J. H. Ward, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Loyd Lewis, Kerens, and Mrs. D. D. Sawyer, Dawson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Frank Ward, Harvey Ward, Robert Ward, Edd Reed, Gano Lewis and Chester Sawyer.

The funeral was directed by Corley Funeral Home.


Margaret (Lasley) Nutt
Apr 23, 1880 - Apr 22, 1969

Mrs. O. T. Nutt

Mrs. O. T. (Margaret) Nutt, 89, lifelong resident of the Pursley communit, died Tuesday in Twilight Home. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with J. Leathel Roberts, minister of College Hill Church of Christ officiating. Burial was in the Ward cemetery near Pursley.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Vernice Taliaferro of Denton; and several nieces and nephews including Ferma C. Stewart and Maco Stewart of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Ferma C. Stewart, Maco Stewart, Leland Stewart, Paul Stewart, Lee Hardin, A. H. Ganze and J. C. Read.


Hallie Lou (Weeks) Moore
Jul 18, 1882 - Nov 11, 1974

Mrs. Hallie Moore
Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Hallie Moore, 92, Corsicana, who died Monday in the Evergreen Nursing Home.
Claud B. Holcomb pastor of North Beaton Church of Christ, was to officiate with burial to be in the Younger Cemetery.
A native of Corbet, she had been a resident of Purdon for 53 years before moving to Corsicana 13 years ago. She was a member of the College Hill Church of Christ.
She is survived by one son, Hoyt Moore of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Everett Sims of Houston and Mrs. Howard Jackson of Powell; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Weeks of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Hettye Bayless of Corsicana.


Mrs. Hallie Moore

Mrs. Hallie Moore celebrated her 92nd birthday July 18 in Evergreen Nursing Home.

Those attending the party were her son and his wife, Hoyt and Lera Moore; her daughters, Mrs. Howard Jackson of Powell and Mrs. Everett Sims of Houston; her grandchildren, Clay Jackson of Powell and Mrs. Billy Hoyt Moore of Corsicana;

Great-grandchildren, Todd Cansler of Corsicana, Jamie and Keith Goode of Houston; a sister, Hettye Bayless of Corsicana; her brother and his wife, Arthur and Thelma Weeks of Corsicana; and friends Lura Bell Cunningham and Francie Buck.


Franklin Massey Beamon
Jan 14, 1935 - Apr 29, 1995

Franklin Beamon

Franklin Beamon, 60, of Wilmer, died April 29, 1995, at his residence.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Leonard Conner officiating. Burial followed in Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ray Allred, Wayne Allred, Barney Gaines, Chris Gallegos, Jimmy Thomas and Bryan Beamon.

Mr. Beamon was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Jean Beamon of Wilmer; three sons, Franklin Beamon and David Glenn, both of Fort Worth, and Hubert Blair Beamon of Florida; his daughter, Rochelle Brewer of San Antonio; two brothers, Blair Beamon Jr. and Albert Beamon, both of Corsicana; his sister, Ann Thomas of Lancaster; five step-children, Roxy Denton and Virginia Caldwell, both of Wichita Falls, Sandra Cox and Richard Thatcher, both of Oklahoma City, and Temberon Beamon of California; five grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 1, 1995

  • 1st wife Vivian Lois (Muncy) Beamon 2nd wife Ellen Jean (Smith) Beamon; s/o Jessie Blair Beamon & Rosa Lee (Massey) Beamon

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Ray Wheeler
Mar 22, 1925 - Oct 8, 2000

John Ray Wheeler

John Ray Wheeler, 75, of Tyler passed away Sunday Oct. 8, 2000 at a Tyler hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dale Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roy Collins, Tom Collins, Mike Wheeler, Ennis Wheeler, Mark Collins and James Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers will be the Paul Sunday School Class of Friendly Baptist Church.

Mr. Wheeler was born March 22, 1925 in McCauley. He lived in Tyler for 16 years and had previously lived in Pasadena and Lubbock. He was a member of Friendly Baptist Church and the Paul Sunday School Class at the church. He was a retired steel worker for Armco Inc. in 1984 and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Wheeler; and sister, Ruth Franklin.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Dean Wheeler of Tyler; son, Eddie Ray Wheeler of Alvin; daughter Patti A. Wheeler Wreyford of Tyler; brother, Save Wheeler of Tyler and Wade Wheeler of Lubbock; sister, Peggy wheeler Raub of Lubbock; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Burks Walker Tippitt Funeral Home of Tyler.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 8, 2000

  • Memorial Park Cemetery, Tyler, Texas

  • U. S. Army

  • h/o Tommie Dean (Farish) Wheeler d/o Roy Henry Farish and Tommie Adell (Nicholson) Farish buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas

  • s/o Edmund Wheeler and Mable (Johnson) Wheeler

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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