Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Robert John Ritzel
Feb 3, 1942 - Dec 28, 2011

Robert John Ritzel, 69, of Frost passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

He was born Feb. 3, 1942 in Utica, N.Y. to Charles and Mary Ritzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Maureen Ritzel.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Ritzel; sons, Robert Ritzel and wife Elizabeth, Ross Ritzel and wife Sabrina and Randy Ritzel and wife Megan; daughter, Rae Ritzel; brothers, Charles Ritzel, Ronald Ritzel, Michael Ritzel, James Ritzel and Edward Ritzel; sisters, Marcia Beaton, Judy Sceri, Jackie Myers, Pattie Ameduri, Pamela Calabrese and Phyllis Evans. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Shelby Ritzel, John Littlepage, Colt Ritzel, Emmanuel Blalok, Carr Ritzel, Elijah Wilson, Mary Wilson, Jonah Wilson and Ava Ritzel and two great grandchildren, Kloe Littlepage and Rylie Littlepage.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Dresden Cemetery with Pastor Jack Blese officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Ritzel, Ross Ritzel, Randy Ritzel, Charles Ritzel, Ronald Ritzel, Michael Ritzel and James Ritzel.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


John Kendrick
Apr 16, 1888 - Oct 29, 1982

John Kendrick, 94, of Eureka, died Friday at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Friendship Baptist Church in Eureka with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial in Friendship Cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is handling the arrangements.

He is survived by one daughter, Willie Paige Jennings, of Eureka; one son-in-law, Will Jennings, of Eureka; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Billy Smith, Lonnie Meyers, A.L. Boston, Jim Traves, Labron Walker and Aubrey Woods.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 1, 1982
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His death cert. shows Kendrick and his listing in the cemetery book shows the same. If Ruthie is his wife, her death cert. shows Kendricks and is signed by John Kendricks and her listing in the cemetery book shows Kendrick.

Lena (Lake) Beale
July 24, 1889 - Feb 12, 1934


Mrs. A. J. Beale, aged 45 years, of Corbet, died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Marshall cemetery where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hooker, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church of Corsicana. Surviving are her husband, A. J. Beale, Corbet; two sons, Curtis and Aubrey Beale, both of Corbet; and three brothers, Jasper Lake, Corsicana; Leslie Lake, Dallas, and
Thomas Lake, Corbet.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Curtis Beale, Aubrey Beale. Wyate Lake, Allen Beale, Curtis Williams and Dave McNeal.


William G. Cole
Apr 3, 1878 - Feb 20, 1952

Blacksmith Dies Early Wednesday

W. C. Cole, 74, blacksmith, died at the family home in the Zion's Rest community early Wednesday morning. He was a native of Navarro county.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p. m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Marshall cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Zion's Rest; three sons, Edward Cole, Tulsa, Okla; James A. Williams, Corpus Christi, and George S. Williams, Lubbock; two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Blakeley, Denton, and Mrs. Claude Harrison, Alma; two sisters, Mrs. Cordie Stovall, Dallas, and Mrs. Tiny Grace, Rice; 15 grandchildren and other relatives.


Joy Kathryn Lake
Mar 8, 1930 - Aug 22, 1938

CORBET, Aug. 25.—(Spl)— Joy Lake, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lake of this community passed away at 9:16 o'clock Monday morning in the P. and S. Hospital in Corsicana.


William Henry Berry
Aug 18, 1883 - Mar 31, 1966

Retired Ginner Dies Thursday

Bill Berry, 82, retired ginner, died in the Twilight Home early Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Cade cemetery.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. J.A. Thompson, Hatch, N.M. and several nieces and nephews including Fred Berry of Sstreetman.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, April 1, 1966
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Edgar Jessie
July 14, 1900 - Mar 25, 1966

Edgar Jessie Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Edgar Jessie, who died in Memorial hospital Friday, will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Second Mission Baptist church with burial in Carroll's Chapel, Richland. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Paul Curry.

Jessie was one of the head men at the Fred M. Allison ranch for the past 35 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Jessie, Corsicana; two brothers, Aurey and Wade Jessie, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Serphena Russell, Lubbock, and Mrs. Montee, Calvert; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Willie Davis, Lawrence Hall, Alfred Butler, Bonner English, Richard Wright and Willis Deen.

Calhoun directs.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Tuesday, Mar 29, 1966
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Wade Jessie Sr. and Rebecca (Carroll) Jessie

Harold Plice Allen
Dec 6, 1953 - Dec 19, 2011

Corsicana — Harold Plice Allen, 58, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in Ennis. He was born Dec. 6, 1953 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 23, 2011 at Roane Chapel Church with Minister Harold Evans officiating.


Elton W. McGriff
Aug 21, 1942 - Dec 16, 2011

Elton W. McGriff was called home on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.

Elton W. McGriff was born in Corsicana from the union of Maurice T. McGriff, III and Celeste Holmes on Aug. 21, 1942. After graduating from Jackson High School in 1960, Mr. McGriff honed his academic and basketball skills while attending Creighton University. His substantial talent led to a successful professional basketball career in the ABA.

Elton W. McGriff is survived by his wife of 30 years, Georgette McGriff; daughter, Bridgette Lampkin; three sons, Shelton Jackson, Elton McGriff and Detrick McGriff; three wonderful grandchildren; his brother, Maurice T. McGriff, IV; cousin Leamond C. McGriff; Aunt Elizabeth Johnson, and a host of relatives and friends that adored him.

The Memorial Service will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Cedar Crest Golf Course, located at 1800 Southerland Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75203.

Service under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Waxahachie.


Mildred Lucille (Calhoun) Pickering
Mar 30, 1916 - Dec 22, 2011

Mildred Lucille Calhoun Pickering, 95, passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Corsicana.

She was born on March 30, 1916, in Dawson, to William E. and Annie Faye Calhoun. She was a faithful lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana and The Ruth Sunday School Class. She married Clifton A. Pickering on May 24, 1936, which began a 61 year love affair full of faith, devotion and love for each other, until his death in 1997.

She was formerly a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for several years, before joining Collin Street Bakery as the switchboard operator during their busy fruitcake seasons. Her favorite time of year was the Christmas season, when she enjoyed getting to talk to people from all walks of life, all over the world who called in their yearly fruitcake orders. She especially enjoyed telling her many stories of the various Hollywood stars and important political figures, who regularly called her each year to do their fruitcake gift ordering.

But her greatest pride and accomplishment came from being the devoted wife to Cliff, while he served in the United States Army during WW II, and after his discharge, when he was employed by the United States Post Office, serving as the traditional door-to-door postman to the many Corsicana families living on his mail route.

After their retirement, they enjoyed many years of travel all over North America with their Airstream travel trailer as members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, serving in official capacities for the club membership.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, infant Billy Calhoun, William Calvin Calhoun and James Edgar Calhoun.

Survivors include a loving family which includes nieces, Kathy Wood and husband Mike of Greenville, Lynne Stultz and husband John of Montgomery, and Carolyn Stewart and husband Chuck of Richardson; nephews, Mike Mulcahy and wife Susan of Albany, N.Y. and Tom Mulcahy of San Antonio; sisters-in-law, Shirley Calhoun of Athens, and Janie Pickering of Shiner; great-niece, Meredith Anderson and husband Michael; great-nephews, Jeff Wood and wife Amy, Brad Pace and wife Sandy, and Dr. Lance Turner and wife Julie; and three great-great nieces and three great-great nephews, along with numerous cousins and many special and loving friends.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home prior to the service.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger and the Rev. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Honoring her by serving as pallbearers will be Mike Wood, John Stultz, Jeff Wood, Brad Pace, Mike Mulcahy, Tom Mulcahy, Bob Wright and Mike O’Neal.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Scott Middleton, Robert Bower, Jim Bronstad, Bill Gilliam and Bill Roberts.

Special thanks to Ms. Gloria Ballard and to the staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Angels at Home Healthcare for their loving and attentive care.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund 510 West Collin Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Elmerene "Rene" (Garrison) Hinkle
Apr 24, 1922 - Dec 18, 2011

Mrs. Elmerene "Rene" Hinkle, 89, a 47-year resident of Wichita Falls, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

Mrs. Hinkle was a long-time member of a local AARP Chapter as well as the Zone and the Red Door. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Hinkle was well-traveled, having supported her husband's military career. She spent time in several European countries including three years in Germany. She traveled to Hawaii twice, spent two years in Alaska, and enjoyed traveling all over the United States.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ruby Lee Garrison; two sisters, Arlea Spicer, and Loneita Morehead; a brother, Carl Dean Garrison; and a grandson, Reagan Winn Hoffman.

Mrs. Hinkle is survived by her husband of 73 years, Coy Hinkle; two children, Sylvia Goddin of Coinjock, North Carolina, and Gene Hinkle and wife Sherry of Springtown; a brother, Robert Lane Garrison of Ennis; and two sisters, Ernistine Duke of Ennis, and Joyce Carter of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She will be lovingly missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at First Methodist Church of Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion and Pastor Nancy Summers officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Arrangements by Owens & Brumley Funeral Home, Wichita Falls.


Barbara (Robinson) Lovett-Besse
May 29, 1926 - Dec 21, 2011

Barbara Lovett Besse of Lubbock, 85, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at the age of 85 years.

She was born May 29, 1926, in Corsicana to Hugh T. Robinson and Clara Cooper Robinson. Mrs. Lovett married Paul A Lovett in 1948. Mr. Lovett preceded her in death in 1962. In 1985 she married Arthur Besse. He passed away in 1991.

Mrs. Lovett graduated from Corsicana High School in 1943. Then she attended Texas Tech University where she graduated in 1947 with a degree in Music Education. Quite successful in her chosen field, Mrs. Besse served as past president of the Women Band Directors International, was inducted into the Women Band Directors Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu Texas Band Directors Hall of Fame. As a band director in Ralls, Ropes, Petersburg, Lubbock, and Brownfield, she was a positive influence in the lives of many students.

She is survived by sons Rob Lovett and wife Debra of Shallowater and Todd Lovett of Davie, Fla., and a grandson Brent Lovett of Austin.

The family gives heartfelt thanks to caregivers Lupe Ybarra and Olga Barela, and the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of Covenant Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Celebration of life services will follow at 11 a.m. at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel.

Arrangements by Resthaven Funeral Home, Lubbock.


Faye (Talley) Bailey
Mar 10, 1927 - Dec 23, 2011

Faye Bailey, 74, of Amarillo passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.

Faye was born on March 10, 1927, in Roane, to Earnest and Bertha Talley. She graduated high school in Roane. Faye worked in the Pentagon briefly following graduation. She was also employed with St. Anthony’s Hospital for over 20 years in the medical records department. Her two greatest loves were bowling and baseball. Faye even played semi-pro ball with her sister. She enjoyed playing cards, horse racing and dancing. She was a past member of Roane Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; numerous brothers and sisters; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Bailey and wife Michele of Amarillo, and Rodney Bailey of College Station; daughter, Paula Tarrant of Dallas; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Coulter Chapel in Amarillo with the Rev. Ken Haney officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Arrangements by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors, Amarillo.


Irvin W. "Bill" Rushing, Jr.
Oct 26, 1930 - Dec 21, 2011

Irvin W. “Bill” Rushing, Jr., age 81 of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at his residence. He was born Oct. 26, 1930 to Lucille and Irvin Rushing in Greenville, Texas. He was a fifth-generation Texan and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Bill was an accomplished biologist who worked in the field as a teacher, researcher, author, and editor for more than 50 years. He earned both his bachelors and his master-of- science degrees in biology at East Texas University. Mr. Rushing won an international award for his work regarding the effect of oxygen on the developing fetus. In fact, shortly after his research was published, doctors stopped using oxygen on expectant mothers. Mr. Rushing did post graduate work at several universities, including Penn State and Colorado State. He authored a biology text book, served as the head of the science department at Navarro College, and ultimately served as Navarro College’s academic dean. After retirement, Mr. Rushing helped to found the Corsicana Christian Academy, teaching and serving on its board.

In the 1990’s, Mr. Rushing had a second career with The American Heart Association where he worked as a scientific editor for five medical journals---including the prestigious journal, “Circulation,” which is directed at issues involving the human circulatory system.

Bill was a talented amateur artist. He enjoyed painting, drawing, and writing children’s fiction. He leaves the world having educated the minds of thousands of young people and having produced scores of beautiful paintings.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maude Rushing; son, John Rushing and wife Lisa; daughter, Abigail Ryan and husband Chris; and grandchildren, Jackson Rushing and Kate Ryan.

Visitation with the family will be held at 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wes Haefs officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Rushing, Chris Ryan, Vincent Hufford, Pat Kindle, Michael Jansson and Frank Tenkel.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Joe Wilson Parum, Jr.
Apr 25, 1943 - Mar 27, 1965

FROST, March 29 (Spl.) - Funeral rites were held from the Frost Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Monday for Joe W. Parum Jr., 21, who died of injuries received in an auto mishap near Conroe last Saturday night.
Services were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church. Assisting was Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of the Frost Methodist. Burial was in the the Frost Cemetery.
Parum died of injuries received when a car occupied by three young couples hit a tree five miles north of Willis, Texas. The injured were taken to a Conroe hospital. Parum was a senior student at Sam Houston State College at Huntsville, Texas.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs Joe W. Parum Sr., Frost; a sister, Mrs. James Griffin, Garland; a brother, John David Parum, Frost; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Parum, Frost; and Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Mitchell, Frost.
Pallbearers were Ronald Elmore, Glen Ferguson, Ronald Brown, Blake English, John Rizo, Stell Waldrop Jr., Robert Martin and Joe Rochelle.
McCormick Funeral Services directed.


Frank Owen Sessions
Jul 25, 1918 - Mar 27, 1965

KERENS, March 29 (Spl) — Funeral services for Frank Owen Sessions, 46, killed in an auto crash near Mabank Saturday night, were held from the First Methodist church here Monday at 10 a.m. with burial In the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Gray Cook, pastor of Round Prairie Baptist church, assisted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church. Sessions was a truck-driver and veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Virginia Bruce Sessions, Kerens; a daughter, Debbie Ruth Sessions; a son, Robert Frank Sessions; mother, Mrs. Mattie Mae Sessions, all of Kerens; ;three brothers, W. C. Sessions, Fort Worth; O. B. Sessions, raham, and C. R. Sessions, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. 1. T, Robinson, Olney, and other relatives. Paschal Funeral Home directed.


Dennis J. Chaney

Dennis J. Chaney, 65, of 308 East Nineteenth avenue, died at his home Thursday. He was a long-time Corsicana resident and was an employee of Joe Butler for a number of years.
Arrangements are pending at Calhouns on notification of his children.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lena Chaney, Corsicana; seven daughters; five sons, six sisters, a brother, 27 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.


Mary Elizabeth "Molly" (Blasingame) Spencer
May 14, 1868 - Dec 14, 1954

Frost Pioneer Rites
Thursday Mrs. Mollie Elizabeth Spencer, 86, pioneer Frost resident, died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday night following- a several weeks Illness. Graveside rites will he hold at the Frost Cemetery Thursday at 2 p.m.
Rev. J. W. McKinney, minister of the First Christian church, will conduct the rites. Mrs. Spencer was a native of Ellis county.
Surviving arc three sons, George and Eugene Spencer, both of Waco, and Roy Spencer. Blooming Grove; six daughters. Mrs. Bessie Hewitt, Frost: Mrs. Ollie Carroll, Mullin: Mrs. Clem Mitchell, Frost; Mrs. Ruby Mills, North Little Rock, Ark.; Mrs. Merle Murray, Chicago; and Mrs. Johnnie Hobbs, Texas City; a brother, Arthur Blasingame, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Mrs. Julia Looney, Fresno, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be J. B. Jones, Tom Hooser, Curtis Patterson, Joe Brown, Carroll Young and Tom Stevenson.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Thomas M. Jones
Jan 18, 1862 - Apr 3, 1954

T. M. Jones Rites Are Held Monday
Funeral services for T. M. Jones, 02, retired section foreman for the old T. and B. V. R. R. .(now FW and DC and Rock Island Lines) were held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 10 a. m. He retired in 1926. The rites were conducted by Rev. Ray Brooks and Rev. Kenneth Bazar, assistant pastor o£ the Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery near Navarro. Jones died Friday night following an extended illness. He had resided at Navarro from 1907 until 1953. He was a. native Texan.  Surviving are his wife ot Corsicana; five sons, Ernest Jones, Denison; Leonard Jones, Houston, Robert M. Jones, El Centro, Calif.; L. A. Jones, Monahans. and Herman A. Jones. Itasca; three daughters, Mrs. S. B. Parks, Navarro; Mrs. E. R. Stephens, McCamey, and Mrs. C. F. Seagraves, Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were R. M. Smith, Arthur Smith, Pete Goodin, Scott Harvard, V. C. Bailey, Charlie McCarter, E. D. Smith, and Philip Greenup.


J. P. Robinson
d. Apr 4, 1954

J. P. Robinson Rites Monday
J. P. Robinson, 69, retired textile worker, died in Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning following a brief illness.
Funeral services are slated from Fifth Avenue Church of Christ Monday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
The rites are to be conducted by T. B. Crews, Church of Christ minister, assisted by C. B. Halcomb and J. P. Johnston.
He was a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ and the WOW Lodge.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, J. J. Robinson, Corsicana, and C. A. Robinson, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Gordon, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Gordon Sutton, Mexia; two grandchildren and two nephews.
Pallbearers are to be Reuben Tucker, Roy Starnes, R. D. Crider, Hubert Herod, Albert Gorman and Jack Pillans.
Griffin Funeral Home directed.


James Isiah "Jim" Jayroe
Mar 26, 1878 - May 21, 1945


Funeral services for J. I. Jayroe, 67-year-old Purdon farmer were held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the family home. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.
Jayroe, a native of Navarro County, died Monday evening at Navarro Clinic in Corsicana.
Survivors include his wife and the following children: Harvey Lee Jayroe of Hearne, Mrs. Jim Foster of Purdon, Mrs. Jack Seelye of Hearne, Mrs. Arthur Mitchell of Conroe, Mrs. Jewel McClintock of Houston, Mrs. Odis Williams, of Richland, Harvey Jayroe of Corsicana, Rolon Jayroe of Purdon and Mrs. Edd Berryhill of Purdon. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Elizabeth Ann (Newlin) Skinner
Apr 24, 1919 - Dec 27, 2011

Elizabeth Ann Skinner, age 92, died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was born April 24, 1919, in Amarillo, Texas, to parents Ivanho L. and Mary L. (Cook) Newlin.

Elizabeth grew up in Ennis, Texas where she graduated from Ennis High School.
She then attended Jefferson Law School before meeting and marrying Elton M. Skinner in 1937.

Elizabeth was a longtime resident of Navarro County, more than 70 years. Early in her marriage, she managed the offices for several Skinner gins including the Corbet Gin, the Purdon Gin and the Service Gin in Corsicana. She raised 6 children on her treasured ranch in Corbet and later worked as an accountant for Hable Construction Company.

After all of her children were finished with college and she had retired, she went back to school to pursue a Bachelors Degree at UT Tyler. She was only a few hours short of her degree when her granddaughter Kathryn was born. At that point, she stopped pursuing her formal education ostensibly to help with her granddaughter but it may have been the Calculus. Elizabeth also traveled extensively in her retirement, visiting many states and several continents. She taught Sunday school for 40-plus years at First Baptist Purdon, Corbet Missionary Baptist Church, and Community Baptist Church.

Elizabeth outlived her husband
Elton M Skinner and two of her children, Susan and Elton Jr.; 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

She is survived by 4 children, Neila Petrick and husband Tom, Stephen Skinner and wife Mavis, Felisa Grace and husband Coy, and Jan Hublein and husband Rick; 9 grandchildren, Janet Richardson, Sarah McGrath, Mark Skinner, Josh Skinner, Ellen Sullivan, Kathryn Allison, Daniel Hublein, Evan Hublein and Susan Hublein; great-grandchildren, Jordan Richardson, Ty and Peyton Skinner, Dawn Sullivan, Connor and Reid Allison.

Memorials may be made to the Elton and Susan Skinner Scholarship Fund at Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110, or to the church or charity of your choice.

Visitation is Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Dawson Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating Elizabeth's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Leggett officiating. 


Etta Marie Brunson
abt 1925 - Dec 26, 2011

Corsicana — Etta Marie Brunson, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at her residence at Heritage Oaks West. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at Pelham Community Cemetery with Rev. Rickie Williams officiating.


Norma Jean (Loper) Foust
Dec 25, 1929 - Dec 27, 2011

Corsicana — Norma Jean Foust, 82, of Corsicana passed away Dec. 27, 2011. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at Rice Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Margaret Ellen (Tracy) "Tracy" Foster
1945 - Dec 26, 2011

Margaret Ellen Tracy Foster, age 66, passed away in her home in Corsicana on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Tracy was born in 1945 in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Leonard Ray Tracy and Lola Fay McCann Tracy. She was the third of four children. She was best known as Tracy since high school. As a young girl, she helped her mom raise her siblings and cousins.

In 1966, she met Fred F. Foster, Jr. and a week later they were married. Fred was in the Marine Corps at the time and together they traveled all over the United States. In 1967, their son John Earl was born in Washington, DC. Their daughter, Tracy Dawn, was born in Oklahoma City in 1970.

Tracy was a stay-at-home mom until her children were school age, then began work in a warehouse in Alameda, Calif. In 1982, Fred retired from the Marines and moved the family to Corsicana because he fell in love with the town as the first Marine recruiter here in the early 1970s. Tracy started working at City Office Supply when the family first moved here and later worked for Kmart warehouse for 20 years until it closed. Her fellow employees were more like family than friends to her. She had many good times during her employment at Kmart and was saddened when it closed because she knew she would miss the people with whom she worked.

In 1992, she was blessed with her first grandchild and namesake, Maggie Elizabeth-faye Foster. She gained another daughter in 1992 when Christine Riddle married her son John, and her family grew again in 1995 when Chadron Errick Hildebrand married Tracy Dawn. She was blessed with her second grandchild in 1996, Laine Errick, and again in 2000 with the birth of her last grandchild, Wyatt Cawl. She is also survived by a stepson, Fred Frank Foster III “Tobey” and his three children, Brandon, Lauren and Brianna, and cousin, Linda Cline and husband Tommy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard Eugene Tracy; sister, Mary Elizabeth Risenhoover; and stepfather, Don Spayde.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Margaret McCarter and Debbie McCoy. As her best friends, they always made her days special when she would visit with them.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Sam Dilbeck officiating. Cremation will follow the service.


John W. Kelly
April 12, 1835 - Mar 13, 1934



J.W. Kelly, age 99, a Confederate veteran and pioneer resident of Navarro county, died at the Navarro Clinic Tuesday morning as a result of a fall Saturday in which he suffered a broken hip. Funeral services will be held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.I. Kent, 638 West Sixth avenue Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock The services will be conducted by Rev. W.R. Hail, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Providence cemetery.

Mr. Kelley was born in Marshall county Tenenssee April 12, 1835 and came to Texas 1880, settling at Streetman. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in November 1861 at Cornersville, Tennessee under Captain John C. Osborn, in Furguson's regiment, Forty-first Tennessee, Gregg's Brigade, commanded by Lieut-Col. Jim Tillman. He was captured at Missionary Ridge in December 1863 and was sent to Rock Island prison, being released on March 7, 1865.

During the past several years he had made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R.I. Kent on West Sixth Avenue, however he had visited among his children during that time.

Surviving are two sons, D.C. Kelley, Corsicana; R.L. Kelley, Streetman; two daughters, Mrs. R.I. Kent, Corsicana; Mrs. Della Clark, Wichita Falls; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons, Herbert Ealy, Wichita Falls; Max Ealy, Wichita Falls; Clyde Kelley, Beeville; Joe Kelley, Humble; John Kelley, Dallas; and John McGilvary, Beeville.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral home will have charge of the funeral.


Ella (Andrews) Millican
April 1, 1849 - Dec 25, 1937


Funeral services for Miss Ella Milican aged 88 years, resident of Corsicana 60 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday night at 7:20 o'clock after a lingering illness, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The rites were conducted from the First Presbyterian church by Rev. W.R. Hall with burial in the Providence cemetery.

Surviving are the following nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dez Green, Mrs. J.E. Coggins, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Belle Martin, Longview; Mrs. Grace Williams, Los Angeles, Calif., M.N. Milican, Bloomington, Texas, and I.H. Millican, Freer and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe M. Coggins, A.L. Edwards, Harry A. Clowe, Dez Green, Allen Lumpkin, and willie Crouch.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Maude Amy (Younger) Orr
Nov 20, 1887 - May 20, 1994

Maude Amy Orr, 106, of Brushie Prairie, died May 20, 1994, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Saint Delight United Methodist Church in Brushie Prairie Community, with the Rev. Joan Washington officiating. Burial will be in the Brushie Prairie Community under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho. She was a member of the County Extension Homemakers program. She was a member of the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church where she served as missionary president, choir president and served on the Stewardess Board and the Pastor's Aid Committee.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Judge Leo E. and Maude Lucas Orr of Malakoff; four daughters, Vester Mae Brown of Austin, Maudene Hallmon of Houston, Glover Doris Jones of San Antonio and Lorene Orr and John West of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the stewards and trustees of Saint Delight Church.


Elisha Price Gaines
Oct 12, 1864 - Nov 7, 1933


E.P. Gaines, aged 69 years, former school teacher, died at his home in Richland Tuesday night at 11:30 o'clock afgter a short illness, and the funeral was held at the family home Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment was made at Jacksonville. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Horace Poteet.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Miss Helen Sue Gaines, Richland; a brother, William Gaines, Oklahoma City; and a sister, Mrs. Sid Arnold, Dallas.

Mr. Gaiens had been an active member of the Corsicana K. of P. lodge several years.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Nov 10, 1933
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Jacksonville City Cemetery, Jacksonville, Cherokee Co. TX

Ben Vise
Sept 19, 1911 - Nov 6, 1933

Emhouse Man Died Funeral Tuesday

Ben Vise, aged 22, of Emhouse, died at the P. and S. hospital late Monday afternoon after an extended illness and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Bardwell with interment in the Bardwell cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Vise of Emhouse and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Nov 10, 1933
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Louis Joseph Elser
Dec 26, 1853 - Nov 19, 1933



The following item, taken from the Junction City (Kansas) Union of Monday, November 20, will be read with sad interest by many in Corsicana, who will remember Lou Elser as a courtly and polished gentleman of the old school. He conducted a book store and stationery business here for many years, and resided here some time after retiring from business. His brother, Maximillian, mentioned in the following article, died only a few weeks ago in Fort Worth.

Death Of Louis Joseph Elser

Louis Joseph Elser died at the Post Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas, November 19, 1933, after a short illness.

Mr. Elser was born in Corning, N.Y., December 26, 1853. When only a boy in his teens, he and his older brother, Maximillian, started out together. Their first employment being with railroad and telegraph business. Both were telegraph operators. Their business ventures took them to Louisiana and Texas where, for several years, they had charge of the construction of the first railroad and telegraph lines in those states. Later they were in the book and stationery business in Fort Worth, Abilene, Gainesville and Corsicana, Texas.

In 1879, while in Fort Worth, Mr. Elser became acquainted with Jennie Garner, whose family had moved to Texas from New York. They were married at Cahoes, N.Y., October 4, 1882, her family having returned there permanently.

From this union their only child was born, a son, Max A. Elser.

Later, Mr. Elser and his family made their permanent home in Corsicana, Texas, where they resided until Mr. Elser retired from business. After a short period in the East, Mr. and Mrs Elser purchased a home at Mountain View, California, residing there until recently when they joined their son, Lt. Col. Max Al Elser at Fort Riley, Kans. Mr. Elser is survived by the wife, Mrs. Jennie G. Elser, the son, Max A. Elser, Lt. Col. Q.M.C., four graqndsons, Louis G., Edson A., Robert M., and Max A. Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Emma Duerlin.

Funeral services will be from the Durland Sawtell Funeral Home, Junction City, Kansas, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, Chaplain Perry O. Wilcox, U.S. Army, will conduct the services. Interment in the Albany Rural cemetery, Albany, New York.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Nov 28, 1933
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King Huff
Feb 29, 1874 - July 11, 1936


Funeral services for King Huff, aged 62 years, who died suddenly Saturday night at 8:30 o'clock at his home several miles north of Corsicana, were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Bazette church with interment in the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted y Rev. Chas. E. Wilkins, Methodist minister of Kerens. Prior to moving to this section last year, Mr. Huff had resided in the Kerens and Bazette communities for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, seven sons, King Huff, Jr., Kerens; K.C. Huff, Kerens; Leslie Huff, Kerens; Cecil Huff, Corsicana; Howard Huff, Corsicana; Raymond Huff, Corsicana, and Levi Huff, Corsicana; five daughters, Mrs. Jack Harrington, Mt. Sharp; Mrs. Annie Batey, Grand Saline; Mrs. Ruby Kelsey, Lott; Mrs. Lula Andrews, Cannon; and Mrs. Ledia Massey, Kerens, and several grandchildren.

The funeral arrangements were handled by the Corley Funeral Home.


Mattie May (Finley) Sessions
June 19, 1888 - Oct 9, 1975

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Mattie May Sessions, 87, and lifelong resident of Kerens. The Rev. Van Houser officiated and burial was at Bazette cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Opal Robinson of Olney; a son, W.Z. Sessions of Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.


  • Kerens Tribune - Thursday, Oct 16, 1975
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Alfred Henry Guinn
May 6, 1858 - Sep 16, 1945


A.H. Guinn, 89, longtime resident of Navarro County, died Sunday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.P. Smith, in Irving.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning in the Irving First Baptist Church, followed by interment Tuesday afternoon in the Bazette cemetery.

Survivors are three sons, A.B. of Lamesa, W.P. of Harlingen and J.W. of Irving; six daughters, Mrs. J.W. Reese of Dallas, Mrs. E.F. Smith of Irving, Mrs. J.L. Reese of Tyler, Mrs. C.V. Bowman of Houston, Mrs. E.H. Irwin of Phillips, Mrs. W.a. Crocker of Corsicana; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.


Vester Harvey Scarbrough
Jan 28, 1895 - June 28, 1960

Kerens Native Rites Friday

KERENS, June 30 - (Spl.) - Funeral services for Vester Harvey Scarbrough, 65, who died in a Dallas clinic Tuesday night, will be held from the First Baptist church here Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Bazette cemetery.

Scarbrough was a native of Kerens and moved to Dallas in 1922. He was connected with the Internal Revenue service for years and was a member of the First Baptist church in Dallas. He became ill here about a month ago at a family reunion.

Surviving are two sons, V. Harvey Scarbrough, Jr. and Truett L. Scarbrough both of Dallas; mother, Mrs. I.W. Scarbrough, Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Iva Sheppard, Kerens, Mrs. Faye Weaver, Winter Park Fla., Mrs. Una Buena Eckerman, Athens and Mrs. Ester Cowen Price and three grandchildren.

Inmon Funeral Home directs local arrangements.

The body lies in State at Sparkman's Chapel in Dallas until 8 p.m. Thursday.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, July 1, 1960
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  • Tex-Cpl Co L 143 Infantry WW I - WWI Veteran
  • s/o J.W. Scarbrough and California (Walker) Scarbrough (from death certificate)

John Hays Walker
Jan 5, 1870 - July 30, 1944


KERENS, Aug. 1. - (Spl) - Funeral services for John H. Walker, age 74 years, who died Sunday afternoon at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, were held Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the First Baptist Church with Rev. J.W. Ousley conducting the rites. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery.

Mr. Walker was born in Webster county Mississippi, and was the son of G.W. Walker. He was married in 1896 to Miss Lizzie Nichols and came to Texas in 1904 and has lived in and around Kerens since that time, having been engaged in farming and the cotton business.

Surviving are his wife, nine children; three sons, Grady, Edward and Douglas, all of Kerens; six daughters, Mrs. Don Morton, Mrs. J.B. Beasley, Mrs. Charles Blissett of Kerens; Mrs. Gus Adams of Dallas; Mrs. Hollis Austin of Orange; and Mrs. Helen Miller of Corsicana. Two brothers, S.G. Walker of Woodland, Miss. and H.L. Walker of Bonham, Texas. Three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Holland of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. Lynn Herring of Vardeman, Miss. and Mrs. Jennie Welch of San Mateo, California.

Mr. Walker was known and liked by a host of friends who will regret to learn of his death.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Aug 4, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


John H. Walker, aged 74 years, pioneer resident of East Navarro county, died in Baylor hospital, Dallas, Sunday afternoon following an operation Friday. He was a cotton buyer at Kerens and formerly was a farmer in Northeast Navarro county.

Funeral services are slated Monday at 5 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Kerens with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. J. W. Ousley, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, nine children, a number of grandchildren and other relatives. One daughter, Mrs. Helen Miller, is a teacher in the Corsicana schools.

Stockton Funeral Home of Kerens in charge.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 31, 1944
  • h/o Hulda Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Nichols) Walker s/o George Washington Walker and Sarah Elinore (Tanner) Walker
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Joyce B. Mergner
Mar 6, 1935 - Dec 26, 2011

Joyce B. Mergner, 76, passed away at her home in Kerens on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.

Joyce was born in Coleman, Texas on March 6, 1935. She grew up in Fort Worth, and graduated high school there. On April 1, 1990, she married Bob Andrews and they made their home in Arlington, then Burnett and finally to Kerens in 2000.

She was the owner and operator of Command Energy for several years. She enjoyed playing golf and fishing.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Andrews; son, Luther Mergner; daughters, Sunne Armetta and Elisa Kay; two grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and step-daughters, Carla Andrews, Carmen Plunk and Chandra Ballentine.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Keever Mortuary, Ennis.


Edna (Whorton) Spence
Jan 13, 1898 - Nov 7, 1979

Mrs. Spence

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Edna Spence, 81, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Dave Alexander will officiate, with burial following at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 13, 1898 in Navarro County. She was a lifelong resident of Corsicana and a retired Avon representative. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Whorton.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Earl Spence of Corsicana, Ralph D. Spence of Clinton, Miss., and Fred R. Spence Jr. of Houston; one daughter, Miss Gloria Spence of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Crouch, Miss Velma Whorton, and Mrs. Lurleen Stokes, all of Corsicana and Mrs. Clara Breithaupt of Arlington; and one brother, Joe Whorton, of Houston.

Pallbearers are Clarence Mann, Randy Chanters, Willie Matous, Brian Dunagan, Bill Murphy, and Jimmie Rogers.


Jim Collins
May 23, 1921 - May 23, 1994

Jim Collins, 73, of Corsicana, died May 23, 1994, in Temple.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Tom Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born May 23, 1921, in Kaufman County, Texas. He was an independent trucker, based in Corsicana for 17 years. He was a World War II veteran in the 77th Field Artillery Battalion with the Allied Forces, which marched across Africa in to Italy for battle.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Cheryl Collins Richards.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Verna Bess Burkett Collins of Corsicana; four daughters and five sons-in-law, Linda L. and Fred Watson of Grand Prairie, Sherry and Mike Cheek of Cypress, Debra and Gary Pope of Spring, Karen L. and Johnny Coker of Meridian and Danny G. Richards of Corsicana; three brothers, Irving Collins of Rowlett, Sam Collins of Redondo Beath, Calif, and George Collins of Rockwall; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Powell, Harvey Hurlbert, Ricky Hightower, Daniel Parson, Fred Rash and Buddy Rash.


Mary Pearl (Faubion) Hazelwood
Jun 5, 1931 - May 24, 1994

Mary Pearl Hazelwood, 62, of Terrell, died May 24, 1994.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born June 5, 1931, in Ireland, Texas. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Linzy and Mary Jo Hazelwood Jr. of Corsicana, and Michael Wayne Hazelwood of Waco; three daughters, Mary Linda DeGarmo of Lebanon, Ore., Gail Edwina Hazelwood of Auborn, Wash., and Nancy Carol Moore of Corsicana; numerous brothers and sisters; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Navarro Unit, P.O. Box 1236, Corsicana, Texas, 75151.


Fred R. Spence
Nov 22, 1896 - Aug 3, 1954

Fred R. Spence Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Fred R. Spence, 57, retired pipeliner, who died at his home, 1116 West Eleventh avenue Tuesday night, were held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H.G. Starkey, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church. Burial was in the Hamilton Cemetery.

He was a native of Corbet.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Robert E. Spence, Corsicana; Ralph D. Spence, St. Louis, and Fred R. Spence, Jr., Dallas; a daughter, Gloria Spence, Corsicana; a grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Doc Russell, Emhouse, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C.N. Tramel, H.W. Temple, H.E. Simmons, Joe Coggins, Jr.; J.T. Glasgow and Bill Hutson.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Aug 6, 1954
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Edna (Whorton) Spence

Clarence Newton Bridger
Nov 24, 1927 - Aug 4, 1929

Attended Funeral Of Bridger Baby

A number of out-of-town relatives were called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Bridger last Saturday by the serious illness of Clarence Newton Bridger, little twenty-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bridger, who had been sick for two weeks. He passed away Sunday, August 4, at 4:30 p.m. and was laid to rest Monday morning. Among the out-of-town relatives here were the grandmother, Mrs. M.V. Boswell, uncles and aunts Jim Boswell and Minnie Boswell of Teague, R.M. Boswell and Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Bellah of Brownwood, and Mr. Geo. Bridger, the grandfather and his two sons, Loyd and Aurthur Bridger of Roswell, Texas.



Baby Dies
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Bridger on Sunday, August 4, and claimed their precious baby, Clarence Newton Bridger, who had been sick for two weeks. All that loving hands and medical aid could possibly do, was done for him, but all in vain, it seems. Little Clarence Newton was born November 24, 1927, and departed this life August 4 at 4:30 p. m. making him twenty months and twelve days old. He left to mourn his sweet little life, his father and mother, one sister and three brothers, a grandmother and grandfather, seven uncles and three aunts.
Clarence Newton was the light of the home only a short while, and now it seems so lonely and dark without him ; but God knew best and called him home.
The funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, the Rev. G. F. Karnegay, pastor of the church officiating. Palbearers were the following brothers of Mr. and Mrs. Brldger: Henry O. and Robert Boswell, Loyd and Arthur Bridger.
The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home and burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bridger mourn with them in the loss of their sweet baby. May they submit to God's will and realize that there is one more angel in heaven.

"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled."
God above has called him and
his soul is safe in heaven.
Written by one who loved him best.



Funeral Services For Little Child Monday Morning

Funeral services for Clarence Bridger, the twenty months old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Bridger, 1523 West Tenth avenue, who died Sunday, were held at the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church Monday afternoon at 9:30 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers were Henry and Robert Boswell and Arthur and Lloyd Bridger.


Ernest Ladon Bridger
July 15, 1877 - Dec 18, 1940

Ernest L. Bridger, aged 63 years, local contractor, died at his home, 1417 West Ninth avenue, Wednesday night following an extended illness.
Funeral services are planned for Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor of the-Church, assisted by Rev. R. O. Sory, district Methodist superintendent.
Mr. Bridger was a member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church and formerly was president of the Corsicana Carpenter's local union.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; eight children, Emil Bridger, Dallas; Carl Bridger, Dallas; George Bridger, Los Angeles; Mrs. Ben Rich, Sanitorium, Texas: Mrs. Jerome Green, Ernest Bridger, Jr., Emma Jean Bridger and Lillian Bridger, all of Corsicana; a step-son, Milton Campbell, Corsicana; father, G. W. Bridger, Whitney, Hill county, two brothers, Loyd and Arthur Bridger, both of Whitney; a sister, Mrs.Ed Whitener, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be F.W. Smith, Max D. Almond. L. K. Carraway, J. I. Ellett, E. C. Holloway, George Yates, Walter Sprowl and Claude Turner.
Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 19, 1940
Submitted by Karen Rost

Out-of-Town Friends, Relatives Attended E. L. Bridger Rites
The following out-of-town friends and relatives were present Friday afternoon to attend the last rites for Ernest L. Bridger, who passed away last Wednesday: Walter Sprawl of Wortham; Mrs. W. A. McKinney of Powell, G. W. Bridger, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bridger and daughter, Lou, all of Whitney; Emil Bridger and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bridger of Dallas, Mrs. Lillie Belle Rich of Sanatorium, Jim Boswell of Lubbock; R. M. Boswell of Paul's Valley, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Boswell, Sonny Boswell, Johnnie Boswell and George Boswell, all of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Boswell and Mrs. Susie Boswell of Teague.
The many friends of these loved ones extend their heartfelt sympathy in their hour of sadness.


Sarah Jane (Price) Carmack
Nov 29, 1856 - Jan 30, 1916

Sunday morning at 7 o'clock Mrs. W. A. Carmack of Brushy Prairie died after a short illness. She was taken Saturday evening with something like brain fever and fell in a faint and never regained consciousness. Mrs. Carmack was a Christian and proved it by visiting the sick and bearing her trials of life with Christian fortitude. All we can say is that we think and hope that she is now enjoying that peace and happiness in glory. She was laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie cemetery Monday. We all weep and sympathize with her loved ones that are left to mourn her
loss. So good-bye, dear ones.
Jan. 31.


Pfc. Oather Edwin Johnson
Dec 13, 1925 - Jan 22, 1946

CO I 398 Inf.

Plan Reburial Rites Tuesday For Pfc. Johnson

Funeral services for Pfc. Oather E. Johnson, 20, killed in action in Germany, Jan. 22, 1946, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the St. Elmo church. Burial will be in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. G.H. Vaughan, Elkhart, Baptist minister. Pfc. Johnson was serving with the 29th Infantry Division.

Prc. Johnson attended the Winkler schools and entered the armed forces in April, 1944, going overseas in October, 1944.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Johnson, Corsicana; a brother, Leroy Johnson, Corsicana, and four sisters, Mrs. Ruby Minze, Winkler; Mrs. Doyle Coley, Mrs. Howard Cooper and Miss Jettie Belle Johnson, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jack Holloway, Jack Minze, Vivian Rash, W.T. Simpson, Wayne Pillans and Frank Allen.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Tuesday, Jan 25, 1949
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E. E. Epps
May 8, 1859 - Nov 6, 1933

Former Corsicana Resident Died In Streetman Monday

E.E. Epps, native of Navarro county, aged 74, died at Streetman late Monday and funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at St. Elmo Cemetery with the Rev. H.L. McKissick conducting the last rites.

The deceased was born near Birdston and resided in this county all his life. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. R.B. Anderson of Streetman.

The funeral was conducted by L.B. Bonner, Eureka, assisted by Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Nov 10, 1933
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sam Lee
Jan 8, 1889 - Feb 27, 1976

Services were held at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Streetman for Sam Lee, 87, who died Friday night at the Twilight Nursing Home.

The Revs. Cecil Thompson and Clayton Smith officiated and burial was at St. Elmo Cemetery. Griffin Funeral Home is directing.

He is survived by one son, Carl Lee of Concord, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Dave Blanchard of Richardson, Mrs. Lloyd Lewis of Robstown, Mrs. Bill Shelton of Kerens, and Mrs. David Wilson of Corsicana; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Leonard Lee of Streetman; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Willie D. Pillans, Ralph Howell, Halley Rash, Fred Lee, S.D. Standard, and J.A. Young.


  • Kerens Tribune - May 4, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Edward Harris
June 4, 1921 - Nov 12, 1985

W.E. (Bill) Harris, 64, of Corsicana died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. today at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Revs. James A. Beverley and Eugene E. Wood officiating. Burial is to follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dr. John L. Harper, W.D. Ralston Sr., W.W. Dosser, R.L. Thigpin, John F. Taylor, Robert L. Boyd, Eugene R. Stewart and Stuart Beebe.


Susie Dear (Phelps) Red
Jul 11, 1905 - Mar 1, 2005

Susie Phelps Red, 99, of Houston and formerly of Corsicana, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, March 1, 2005.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Red was born July 11, 1905, in Hamilton. She graduated from Baylor University in 1926. She met her husband, Theodore R. Red, while teaching high school history in Wortham, and they married in 1928. They resided in Corsicana for many years where they were active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. After the death of her husband in 1978, she moved to Houston to be near her daughter and grandchildren. In Houston, she was an active member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, T. R. Red.

Survivors include her son, Ted P. Red; daughter, Sue McDermott and husband Pat; granddaughter, Cindy McDermott Schreiber and husband Pete; grandson, Chris McDermott; and great-grandchildren, Blake McDermott, Samantha Schreiber and Drew Schreiber, all of Houston; granddaughter, Betty Glasby and husband Jerry; great-grandson, James Robinson and wife Jennifer; and great-great-grandson, Aaron Robinson, all of Ennis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Reta H. Thompson
Sep 29, 1898 - Feb 15, 1992

Reta H. Thompson, 93, of Corsicana, died Feb. 15, 1992, in Houston.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Reed officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 29, 1898, in Kirbyville, and had lived in Corsicana for 49 years. She was bookkeeper at Coca Cola Company. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and a member of the Eastern Star, #118.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glen Thompson.

Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Edwin Thigpen of Tulsa, Okla.; one niece, Barbara Wilson of Houston; and one granddaughter, Sherry Darby of New York City.

Pallbearers will be Jack Bradley, Gerald Nichols, Chester Bonner, Hugh Parrish, John Remonte, A.A. Copeland and Jack Norwood.


Nettie Lee Elder
Sep 18, 1901 - Feb 17, 1992

Nettie Elder, 90, of Corsicana, died Feb. 17, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Oakwood Cemetery, with Dick James officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Elder, in 1975.

She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

Survivors include one daughter, Janice Elder; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made ot Westhill Church of Christ Library, Navarro County Heart and Lung Association and Boles Home in Quinlin, Texas.


Hubert Elder
Aug 6, 1895 - Apr 10, 1975

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Hubert Elder, 79, resident of Corsicana, who died at Memorial Hospital Thursday night.
Howard White, College Hill Church of Christ pastor, will officiate and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. He was a member of College Hill Church of Christ.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nettie Elder of Corsicana; a daughter, Miss Janice Elder of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. J.E. England of Greenville, Mrs. Margaret Greenwood of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Bertha Anderson of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Flora Dee Benton
Jan 3, 1890 - Nov 7, 1979

Mrs. Benton

Memorial services will be at 11 am. Friday, at Winne Chapel, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, for Mrs. T. H. (Flora) Benton, resident of Dallas and formerly of Corsicana, who died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Dallas.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Edith Benton of Dallas and Mrs. W. T. Pharr of Dallas; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. J. H. Pitts and Mrs. June M. Clark, both of Corsicana, and a brother, Dexter Prince of Victoria.

Arrangements are with Sparkman Funeral Home in Dallas.


Jay Thomas "Tom" Roe
Mar 28, 1941 - Nov 28, 1980

Tom Roe, 39, of Corsicana, died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service will be today at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Graves officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery conducted by Corley Funeral Home.

Roe was employed by the Corsicana State Home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Roe, Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Jerry Roe Williams, Corsicana; and his grandmother Mrs. J. A. Roe, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Abe Stroud, Bill Murchison, B. Lynn Sanders Jr., Kay Tatum, Joe B. Fortson, III, J. C. Hagins, W. D. Ralston Sr., Joe Bell, Ferma C. Stewart and J. V. Harwell.


  • Corsicana Weekly Light - Thursday, Dec 4, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Eva Mae (Slate) Bristow
Aug 14, 1889 - Jun 15, 1969

Bristow Rites

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Eva Bristow, 79, longtime Corsicana resident who died Sunday. J. Lethal Roberts, Church of Christ minister, officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, with grandsons as pallbearers.

Surviving are two sons, M. F. Bristow of Oklahoma and Hubert Bristow of Austin; two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Batla of Austin and Mrs. Max Cooper of Midland; two brothers, Henry Slate, Corsicana, and Jessie Slate, McKinney; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren


Lela Fay Lake
Jun 28, 1913 - Nov 12, 1985

Mrs. Lela Fay Lake, 72, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Kyle Glenn officiating Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Carl Lake of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. E.P. (Georgie) Macks of Saint Augustine, Fla., Mrs. J.R. (Lois) Bush of Powell and Doris Bonner of Corsicana; a niece; and three nephews.


Joe Worsham
Feb 5, 1909 - Nov 28, 1980

Joe Worsham, 71, of Emhouse, died Friday evening at Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service will be today at 2:30 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Osada officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Joe Worsham, Emhouse; one son Joe D. Worsham, Ozark, Ala.; one daughter, Mrs. Madge Walters, Greenville; one brother, Jerry Worsham, Fort Worth; one sister, Mrs. Beulah Mitchell, Barry; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Norwood, Mickey Matthews, Lyman Barnes, Wilmer Emery, R.W. Smith, David Kennemore, Richard Hooker and S.B. Nowell.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Crusader Sunday school class at St. Luke's Methodist Church.


  • Corsicana Weekly Light - Thursday, Dec 4, 1980
    Submitted by Karen Rost

Mayme E. Johnson
Aug 17, 1908 - May 21, 1994

Mayme E. Johnson, 85, of Corsicana, died May 21, 1994, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Horace Crowder officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born Aug. 17, 1908, in Lincoln, Ark. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the University City Order of the Eastern Star in Fayettville, Ark. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 128.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Ruth Johnson of Caldwell; one granddaughter, Janet Hronek of Sweeney, Texas; two grandsons, David Johnson of Caldwell and James Johnson of Bellaire; one great-grandchild; three sisters-in-law, Anna Krouse and Lela Krouse, both of Tahlequah, Okla. and Merle Krouse of Midwest City, Okla.; and a number of nieces and nephews and friends.

Oddfellows will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Rebekah Lodge No. 128, c/o Mrs. Billie Sims, treasurer, 124 E. Drane, Corsicana, Texas 75110


Alvis Dean McDonald
Sep 28, 1914 - Oct 5, 1967

A.D. McDonald Funeral Service Slated Sunday

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday for Alvis Dean McDonald, 53, of Houston, who died Thursday. Johnny Ramsey, minister of Westside Church of Christ, will officiate. Interment will be at Resthaven.

McDonald is survived by his wife, Agnes McDonald, two sons, William and Dean McDonald, all of Houston, mother, Mrs. W. O. McDonald of Dawson; a brother, Lloyd McDonald of Frisco; and a sister, Mrs. William Schlather of San Antonio.

Pallbearers are Henson Timmons, Ross Thomason, Herschel Russell, Clyde Turner Sims; Neil Clark and Conrad Newton, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Chester Prater and Harold Pitts.


Lamar Robert Lieser
Apr 15, 1934 - Jun 26, 1957

Lamar R. Leiser Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Lamar R. Leiser [sic], 23, drowning victim at Galveston Wednesday afternoon, will be held from the Griffin Funeral Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Leiser, an employe of the Texas-Miller Products Company, was drowned Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Galveston beach after he was seized by the undertow. The body was recovered Thursday night. High winds and seas incident to Hurricane Andrey interfered with the search for the body.

The victim and a friend, Frank Cook of Corsicana, went to Galveston Wednesday morning.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Leiser, Route 1, Chatfield; three brothers, Ray L. Leiser, Oak Harbor, Ohio; Kay and Bruce Leiser, both of Dallas; a sister Barbara Leiser, Route 1, Chatfield; grandmother, Mrs. Alma Robinson, Oak Harbor, Ohio, and other relatives.


Bernard Alford Byers
Jun 24, 1919 - Mar 3, 2005

Bernard Byers, 85, of Waxahachie passed away Thursday, March 3, 2005 at Renfrow Nursing Home in Waxahachie. Services will be 11 a.m. Today at Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Frank Joseph officiating. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Bernard Byers) to sign book and to submit memorial message. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Burney Bobkoff
Oct 25, 1914 - Jul 7, 1971

Burney Bobkoff, 56, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He had lived in Corsicana since 1936. He was owner and operator of Burney's Food Store.

Funeral services are to be today at 5 p.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel. Rabbi Ernest Joseph will officiate at the services and burial is to be in the Hebrew Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Burney Bobkoff of Corsicana; two daughters, Lauri Bobkoff and Karen Bobkoff, both of Corsicana; one brother, Kenneth Bobkoff of Dallas; and two sisters, Miss Grace Bobkoff and Mrs. Raymond Goldman, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers are to be Max Rosenblum, James Cerf, Dean Milkes, Dr. Bernard Rosen, Dr. John Griffin, A. Wade Blackford, Cullen Dunn, J.C. Turner and Arlie Pillow.


Harry Berger
Dec 25, 1888 - Nov 27, 1968

Burger Services

Funeral services were to be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Harry Burger [sic], St. Louis, Mo., who died there early Wednesday. Rabbi Ernest Joseph was to officiate with burial in the Hebrew Cemetery.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Louis Wolens, Corsicana, and Mrs. Hyers Franks, Tyler; and three brothers, Ralph Burger, Tyler and Joe and Chester Burger, both of Miami Beach, Fla.


Ralph L. Berger
Apr 29, 1902 - Feb 16, 1992

Ralph L. Berger

Ralph L. Berger, 89, of Tyler, died Feb. 16, 1992, in a Tyler nursing home.

Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana, with Rabbi Ernest Joseph officiating. Loyd James Funeral Home in Tyler is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 29, 1902, in St. Louis and lived in Tyler most of his life. He was a retired manager for Killans Lady Store and a buyer for K. Wolens in Tyler. He was a member of the Temple Beth-el.

Survivors include his wife, Madeline Berger of Tyler; one daughter, Padi Hubbard of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister, Evelyn Franks of San Antonio; one grandson, Richard Hubbard of Kansas City; and a nephew, James Franks of Tyler.


Jeannette (Friedman) Aron
Dec 17, 1887 - Aug 28, 1924

Mrs. Alex Aaron [sic] Died Kerrville Wednesday

Mrs. Aaron, wife of Alex Aaron, a merchant at Emhouse, died at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Kerrville, Texas, where she had been for some time for the benefit of her health and the remains reached here at 4:30 this morning and were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Goldsmith on North Beaton street, friends of the Aaron family. The deceased is survived by her husband and four children.



Funeral Services For Mrs. Aaron Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Aaron were held this morning at the residence of Benjamin Goldsmith, 503 North Beaton street, Rabbi Wolf Macht of Waco, officiating. Burial was in the Jewish Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Benjamin Goldsmith, Harry Kaufman, Sydney Marks, I. N. Cerf and J. Goldman of Corsicana and C. L. Day of Emhouse. The honorary pallbearers were: B. Marks, Will Goldman, I. Jaffe, Harry Rothkopf, I. Goldsmith, Ralph Costa, Robert Werner, Corsicana; G. G. Owen, S. M. Garrett, N. Tinkle, C. B. Turner, Dr. Bristow, John Maggard, R. F. Cook, B. C. Patterson and A. C. Richards, all of Emhouse.


Isaac K. Levy
Apr 19, 1903 - Jul 8, 1957

Isaac K. Levy Expires Monday, Rites Wednesday
Isaac K. Levy, 54, native of Corsicana and owner of Levy's store, 107 North Beaton street, died in Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon of a heart attack.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a. m. at Temple Beth-El with burial in the Hebrew Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rabbi J. D. Spear.
He had been an active member of Corsicana Lodge No. 6, Knights of Pythias for 30 years.
Levy was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. August Levy, pioneer residents of Corsicana.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Donald Levy; two brothers, Dave and Louie Levy; a sister, Mrs. Morris Dreeben, all of Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.
Levy had been a partner in Levy's for a number of years with his cousin, the late Henry Levy, who died last December. Following the death of his partner, he acquired full ownership of the business.
Pallbearers will be Willie Ed Teetz, Roy L. Power, Leon C. Levy, Henry Brenner, Max Rosenblum, Isaac (Sonny) Levy.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.
McCammon directs.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - July 30, 1957
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Roger Thomas
Feb 28, 1893 - Oct 3, 1967

Roger Thomas Rites Saturday

Roger Thomas, 74, longtime Corsicana resident, died at his home here Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chatfield with the Rev. W.M. Davis officiating. Burial will be Chatfield Community Cemetery.

He was a member of the Thomas Chapel AME church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lucy Thomas, a son, Lutha Thomas of Dallas; three brothers, Percy Thomas of Dallas, Aubrey Thomas and Opal Lewis of Corsicana; six sisters, Mrs. Frankey Ewey, Mrs. Rosevelt Fair and Mrs. Easter Ellis of Corsicana; Mrs. Annie Tankersley of Chatfield; Mrs. Fannie Norwood of Kaufman and Mrs. Mary Johnson of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Opal Lewis, Roger Lewis, Wilber Lewis, William Lewis, Perc Lewis and Monroe Lewis.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 6, 1967
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His obit states Chatfield Community Cem but he is in the Cemetery books under Memorial 2 Cemetery. And also, on the Cemetery Map, it shows to be No. 9 which puts it close to Emmett but it is supposed to be near Chatfield.

Delaney Aday
May 7, 1938 - Nov 25, 2011

Delaney Aday, 73, of Dawson, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at a Corsicana hospital. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov 27, 2011, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Monday, NHov. 28, 2011, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. Grveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Guthrie Cemetery in Henderson County between Ennis and Seven Points. An online guest book is available at by selecting the Delaney Aday obituary. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Clayton Edwin Dunham
Feb 5, 1895 - Jun 22, 1944


Clayton E. Dunham, aged 49 years, died at his home here early Thursday morning. Funeral arrangements are not complete but the body will be sent to San Antonio for burial probably Friday or Saturday.

Dunham was a teacher in the State Home here several years before retiring. He is a veteran of World War I and held the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the war.

He took an active part in Masonic work and was a life member of the Shrine. He was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; his mother, Mrs. Lamona Dunham, San Antonio, and other relatives.

Corley's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.


Charlie Jock
Apr 9, 1904 - Feb 20, 1976

The funeral service for Charlie Jock, a 46-year resident of Kerens, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens with the Rev. Gerry Neal and the Rev. Van Houser officiating.

Burial was in Post Oak Cemetery in Malakoff with Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jock, 71, died Friday night in a Corsicana hospital.

He was a native of Groesbeck and a retired farmer. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nanie B. Jock of Kerens; five daughters, Mrs. Everlyn Combs of Kerens, Mrs. Pauline Bass of Cayuga, Mrs. Louise Tackett of Corsicana, Mrs. Grace Shuck of Arlington, and Mrs. Darlene Stacy of Carbon; six brothers, Will Jock and Clyde Jock, both of Corsicana, Vester Jock and Willie Earl Jock, both of Malakoff, Herbert Jock of Sulphur Springs and Bobby Jock of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Bea Whitely of Malakoff, Mrs. Myrtle Worthington of Fort Worth and Irene Humaker of Dallas; and 15 grandchildren.

Nephews served as pallbears.


  • Kerens Tribune - Feb 26, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Post Oak Memorial Cemetery - Cross Roads, Henderson County Texas

Robert Benjamin Massey
Jul 13, 1905 - Feb 29, 1976

Robert Benjamin Massey, 70, of the Crescent Heights Community, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in a local hospital following a long illness.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Foster and Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Lane officiating. Burial will be in the Red Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Massey was a native of Navarro County, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Massey, and a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had been a resident of the Crescent Heights Community for the past two years. Previously he had lived in the Stockard and Murchison Communities.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louise Massey of Crescent Heights; four sons, Bill Sherrard of Corsicana, Bobby Massey of Kerens, Ronald Massey of Athens, and Terry Lynn Massey of Cresdent Heights; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Adams of Athens; four brothers, Walter Massey of West Texas, Bill Massey of Scurry, Buddy Massey of Emhouse, and Alton Massey of Corsicana; one sisster, Mrs. Ethel Derden of Dallas; and 10 grandchildren.


  • Kerens Tribune - May 4, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Red Hill Cemetery - Henderson County, Texas

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