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Mary Helen (Smith) McLeroy-Spicer-Burk
June 21, 1926 - Jan 13, 2012

Mary Helen Burk, 85, Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 from natural causes at the age of 85.

Mary grew up in Robertson County and lived in Tyler from 1955 through 1987. At that time, she married John O. Burk, Jr. and moved to Corsicana. In 2010, widowed and in ill health, she moved back to Tyler to be near family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lora Smith; her husbands, O. D. McLeroy, Bob Spier, and John Burk; stillborn son; sisters, Frankie Roberts, Vena Starkey, Bonnie Boney, and Buryl Bolton and their husbands; and several nephews and a niece.

She is survived by her children, Norma Corbitt and Pete and Nita McLeroy; grandchildren, Courtney Trahan, Helen Kalinowski, Brian Corbitt, Dewane Towns, and Diane and John Hill, and their families, Edward, Talon, Darius, Jenna, Julie, Anthony, and Karina.

She is also survived by her stepchildren, Norma Ann Spier, Michael and Mary Ruth Burk, and Linda and Robert Moore; step-Grandchildren, Paul and Diana Burk, Patti and Bola Olusola, John and Kathy Burk, Kenneth Burk, Robby and Selina Moore, and Terri and Chad Stultz, and their families, Jordan, Ryan, Seyi, B.J., Dax, Dane, Taylor, Garrison, Scott Allen, Justin, and Chase.

Other survivors grieving her passing are a sister, Billie Jo Nieman, nieces and nephews, friends, and caretakers.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, 1530 North 45th St., Corsicana.

Visitation was from 12:30 p.m. to service time in the Chapel. Dr. Rick Lamb, senior pastor at Northside Baptist Church, where John and Mary were members, officiated. Interment followed at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Retreat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.

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Robert Paul Banks
Jan 14, 1939 - Jan 15, 2012

Robert Paul Banks died peacefully at his home, in Corsicana on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Breathitt County, Ky. on Jan. 14, 1939 to Jesse and Helen (Nichols) Banks.

The family moved to Decatur, Indiana in 1940. He attended Decatur High School and was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. After graduating in 1956, he entered the Army. Upon discharge, he attended and graduated from Tennessee Tech. He returned to Decatur and coached and taught at Monmouth High School, Decatur Junior High and Southeast Elementary until 1981 when he and his family moved to Corsicana. He taught eight grade history until his retirement in 2002. He married Marsha Basham in 1998.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marsha; two children, Jennifer Threet and husband Ron of Rice and Michael Banks and wife Grace of Corsicana; step-children, William (Billy) Frick of Seattle, Wash., Missy Hawkins and husband Rick of Pine Mountain, Ga., Beth Parker and husband David of Burleson, Wes Basham and wife Becki of Lufkin and Jon Basham and wife Rachel of Fort Hood, Killeen; eight grandchildren, Chelsea Townley, Tyler Spicer, Austin Peppers, Laura Basham, Carson Basham, Ethan Basham, Tristen Basham and Hayden Basham. He is also survived by his beloved Shih Tzu, Pepper.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Oakwood Cemetery with Wes Basham officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Chilton Hill Berry Jr.
Aug 29, 1928 - Jan 7, 2012

Mr. Chilton Hill Berry Jr., 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at his home in Pursley.

He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Dawson to Ruth Sawyer and Chilton Hill Berry Sr.

Mr. Berry was a longtime member of Pursley Baptist Church. He graduated from Dawson High School in 1945 and married his high school sweetheart, Valta Walker in 1947. He was completely devoted to her for the rest of his life. He served 21 years in the Navy as Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he attended Navarro College and East Texas State University in Commerce. He then taught at Mexia High School as Metal Trades Teacher for 20 years. During the summers and school holidays, they loved to travel in their RV around the country and eventually bought a summer home high in the Colorado mountains. After his retirement, they traveled extensively. He enjoyed rock-hounding, reading Louis L’Amour and mysteries, bow hunting, his pets, and was a longtime member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Clark Berry.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Valta Walker Berry; son, Alan Berry and wife Denise of Highland Ranch, Colo.; grandchildren, Kimberly Gafford, Joshua Berry, Tracy Laird, and Shayne Aytes and wife Susan; great-grandchildren, Tristani and McKayla Gafford, Christian, Jacob, and Noah Berry, Bradley, Aaron, Amanda and Brittney Williams, and Adriene Aytes; sister, Beth Upton of Bakersfield, Calif.; and special grand-niece, Emmalee Jorgenson.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Pursley Missionary Baptist Church in Pursley with the Rev. Chet Brake officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Ray) Bond
Dec 13, 1921 - Jan 12, 2012
 

Mary Elizabeth Ray Bond of Greenville went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.

Beth was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Athens, to John Jefferson Ray and Ona Mable Hodge Ray. She married Tandy Newton Bond on Feb. 7, 1941, in Corsicana. Beth and her loving husband, Newt, were married for 67 years.

Shortly after Newt returned from serving in the Pacific during World War II, he and Beth left Corsicana and moved to Highlands, where she worked for many years as a professional seamstress and in retail at Rogers Department Store. In 1973, she and Newt returned to Corsicana, where she worked in sales at Hand's Furniture Store until her retirement. For over 50 years, Beth was involved in the various ministries of her church homes and faithfully taught Sunday School classes for ladies at Second Baptist Church in Highlands and at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. One of her greatest joys and privileges, as she considered it, was time spent reading to and teaching her grandchildren about God's love for them.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years; four brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her three children, Paula Ivey and her husband Ron of Kerrville, Ange Moreland and her husband Bill of Kerrville, and son, Kent Bond and his wife Charlene of Greenville. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Stuart Engelhardt and his wife Kim, Wyndi Geren and her husband Jack, Brad Moreland and his wife Robin, Mike Moreland and his wife Donna, Lisa Burt and her husband Jeff, and Greg Bond and his wife Meaghan; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A graveside service will be conducted by the family at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

Beth's family would like to extend its deepest thanks to the staff of Legend Healthcare of Greenville for the wonderful, professional and loving care she received during her almost three years of residency. The family would also like to express its appreciation to the staff of Vitas Hospice for the loving care and support they provided Beth and family members in the weeks prior to her home-going.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Cleo Louise Gordon
Apr 1, 1947 - Jan 13, 2012

Cleo Louise Gordon, 64, passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at her home in Corsicana.

Cleo was born in Ennis on April 1, 1947, to Patrick Emmit and Vera Elizabeth (Marshall) Gordon. She grew up in Ennis and attended Ennis High School.

She worked for Holiday Inn for more than 20 years in the housekeeping department and for Navarro Regional Medical Center. She attended Abundant Life Church in Corsicana. She loved finding treasures at yard sales and enjoyed collecting ceramic dolls. Her family was the most important thing in her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Vera E. Gordon; and one sister , Rosie Gordon.

Survivors include one son, Kevin Sparks; three daughters, Nancy and her husband Arzo Carter, Samantha Keith and Kathryn Davis; seven grandchildren, Desmond, Devonte, Robert, Venson, Sierra, Kamryn and Destiny; one great grandson, Alexander; one brother, E.P. Garth and his wife Sue; one sister, Frances Gordon Newland and her husband Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in the St. Joseph Cemetery of Ennis

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc., Ennis.

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Geneva (Van Sant) Brinson
May 5, 1879 - Feb 23, 1966

Mrs. Brinson Of Frost Expires, Rites Friday
Mrs. Phillip E. Brinson, 86, Frost resident for 60 years, died in Memorial hospital Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. She was a Baptist. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Guy Tullos and Mrs. C. A. Strain, both of Frost, and Mrs. E. C. Dippel, Maryville, Mo.; five sons, K. C. Brinson, Fairview, Mass.; Edwin Brinson, Carrollton; Vernon Brinson, Caldwell; Ray Brinson, Borger, and Truett Brinson, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Lynn Adams, Jonesboro, La.; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. The body will lie in state at the McCormick Funeral Service chapel in Frost until the funeral hour.

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Mrs. Brinson Funeral Rites
Mrs. P.E. Brinson became ill at her home in Frost on Wednesday of last week and was taken to Nav. Co. Memorial Hospital where she died just monnents past midnight. Rev. C.C. Ellis, pastor of Frost Baptist Church, conducted funeral rites for her in the Church at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. Edgar of Dallas assisted in the service. Ched Patterson, organist, and the Church choir provided music.
Casket Bearers were Ernwood Tullos, Max Tullos, Jerry Tullos, Gene Brinson, Bill Steiner and Burt Brinson, all grandsons. Burial was in Frost Cemetery beside Mr. Brinson. McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Mrs. Brinson was born May 5, 1879 and had lived in the Frost community more than sixty years. She is survived by five sons; K.C. Brinson, Fairview, Mass.; Edwin Brinson, Carrollton; Vernon Brinson, Caldwell; Roy Brinson, Borger; Truitt Brinson, Dallas; three daughters, - Mrs. Guy Tullos, Frost; Mrs. E.C. Dippel, Maryville, Mo., and Mrs. Chester Strain, Frost; - sister, Mrs. Lynn Adkins, Jonesboro, La.; - 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and many other relatives.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, March 2, 1966
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society

Phillip Enoch Brinson
May 10, 1875 - July 13, 1955

Friday Services For P. E. Brinson P. E. Brinson, 80, retired farmer and a resident of Frost for the past half-century, died at Memorial Hospital here Wednesday afternoon. He was a native of Ringgold, Louisiana. Services are planned Friday at 10:30 a. m., from the First Baptist Church in Frost, with Rev. C. C. Ellis of Frost conducting. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery. Brinson is survived by his wife of Frost; five sons, K. C., of Dover, Delaware; Phillip E. Brinson Jr., of Carrollton; R. D. Borger; V. V. Houston; and R. T., Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Guy Tullos and Mrs. Chester Strain, both Frost, and Mrs. Ernest Dipple, Shenandoah, Iowa; 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren a brother, A. W. Brinson, Hodge La.; a sister, Mrs. Beulah Wilson, Ringgold. Corley will direct.

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William Thomas Bromley
Sep 21, 1848 - Oct 9, 1920

Died in Frost Saturday. W. T. Bromley, for many years a good citizen of the Frost community, died at his home there Saturday after a brief illness, and the funeral took place there yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and three grown children, Mrs. J. W. Kuykendall and Mrs. Homer Pierce of Emhouse and Mrs. J. W. McGaugh of Black Hills, and Will Bromley of Frost. The deceased was an uncle of Mrs. Hugh Loper of Corsicana, Mrs. T. H. Bowden of Tupelo and Mrs. L. K. C. Kluker of Hester.

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Wiley Quincy Burns, Sr.
Feb 20, 1885 - Jan 8, 1965

Wiley Burns Dies In Dallas, Rites Sunday Wiley Burns, 79, retired Frost farmer, died in Dallas Friday night. He had resided in Frost most of his life. Surviving are his wife of Frost; seven children, Misses Maurine and Eleanor Ray Burns, both of Dallas; Mrs. C. M. Reed, Freeport; Mrs. E. L. Partridge, Dallas; Billy and Jack Burns, both of Dallas, and Benny Burns, Fort Worth; two brothers, A. F. Burns, Orange, and Oscar Burns, Mineral Wells; two sisters, Mrs. Louis Parum, Frost and Mrs. J. M. Connell, Tyler; nine grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Rites Sunday Wiley Q. Burns
FROST, Jan. 11 (Spl)—Funeral services for Wiley Q. Burns, 79, retired farmer, who died in Dallas Friday night, were held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.

Native of Hanceville, Ala., he lived in Frost for many years before going to Dallas two months ago.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; four daughters, Miss Maurine Burns, Miss Eleanor Ray Burns and Mrs. E. L. Partridge, all of Dallas, and Mrs. C. M. Reed, Freeport; three sons, W. Q. and Jack Burns both of Dallas, and Ben F. Burns, Fort Worth; two brothers, A. F. Burns, Orange, and Oscar Burns, Mineral Wells; two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Connell, Tyler, and Mrs. Louis Parum, Frost; 10 grandchildren and two great - grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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David Earl Cagle
Sep 11, 1914 - Aug 8, 1934

EARL CAGLE DIES RESULT INJURIES IN AUTOACCIDENT THREE OCCUPANTS OF ANOTHER CAR WERE ALSO CRITICALLY INJURED

Earl Cagle, 19-year old son of Rev. and Mrs. D. P. Cagle, Frost died early this morning in the Navarro Clinic, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident earlier in the night between Frost and Blooming Grove. Three occupants of the other car figuring in the collision were reported to have been seriously injured. Cagle is survived by his parents and four sisters, Misses Thelma, Opal, Kathleen and Ruby Cagle, and other relatives. Funeral services will be at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the First Baptist church at Frost and interment will be in the Frost cemetery. Occupants of the other car were reported to have been Jimmie Short, Charlie Short and a boy named Collier, all of Frost. Details of the accident were not available, but it was reported the car in which Cagle was driving alone collided with the one driven by the other boys. Cagle was rushed to Corsicana in a Frost ambulance, and died about 3 o'clock this morning. The injured boys were taken to Frost. Funeral arrangements will be handled by McCormack Funeral Home, Frost.

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Harold Lynn Cagle
Jan 20, 1935 - Jan 6, 1963

Ursula Helga Theis Cagle
Oct 20, 1954 - Jan 6, 1963

Double Rites At Frost For Auto Victims
Double funeral services for Harold A. Cagle, 27, and his seven-year-old daughter, Ursula, of Corpus Christi will be held from the Frost Baptist church Wednesday at 10 a. m. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of the First Methodist church at Frost. The father and daughter were dead on arrival at a Corpus Christi hospital after the automobile in which they were riding figured in an accident three miles of Corpus Christi Sunday. An earlier service was held Tuesday in Corpus Christi. Cagle was a native of Frost and the family later lived in Corpus Christi, returned to Corpus Christi in 1959. The father was the parts manager of an appliance concern. The daughter was born in Germany. The surviving wife and mother, Mrs. Irma Cagle, is a native of Germany. Surviving the father is the wife, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Arthur Cagle, Corpus Christi; five brothers, James and Jerry Cagle, both of Dallas; Darrel Cagle, U. S. Army in Maryland; Charles Cagle, U. S. Army, Frankfurt, Germany, and Joe Cagle, U. S. Army, California; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Jackson, Arlington; Mrs. Erlene McGraw, Dallas; Mrs. Ruth Melton, Corsicana, and Mrs. Ann Green, Shreveport, La., and other relatives. Ursula is survived by her mother, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cagle, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Katrina Follmer, Germany, and a number of uncles, aunts and other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Henry Alexander Cagle
Jun 14, 1864 - Aug 27, 1952

Frost Resident Expires Friday FROST, Aug. 30— (Spl.)—Henry Alexander Cagle, 88, resident of the Frost community for over half a century, died Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Shumate, in Three Rivers, Tex. Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 4 p. m., conducted by the pastor, the Rev. C. C. Ellis. Interment will be in the Frost cemetery. Survivors include: three other daughters: Mrs. Ida Wilson of Waxahachie, Mrs. Mary Ada Evans of Cisco, and Mrs. Minnie Campbell of Arizona two sons, Virgil A. Cagle of Hillsboro and James A. Cagle of Alice; and a number of other relatives. Mr. Cagle was a native of Alabama but came to Texas in childhood and made his home in the Frost community where he was engaged in farming for many years. McCormick Funeral service will direct.

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Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” (Landers) Cagle
Feb 23, 1889 - Jul 16, 1970

Mrs. Cagle Dies Thursday Mrs. Mary E. Cagle, 81, died Thursday morning in a Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Hunts- ville. The Rev. W. Y. Pond will officiate with the Rev. Royce Blackmon and the Rev. W. L. Hughs assisting. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the cemetery in Frost. Huntsville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. D. P. Cagle of Huntsville; four daughters, Mrs. Opal Hudson of Corsicana, Mrs. Thelma Cook of Taft, Mrs. Kathleen Julson of Manilla, Philippines and Mrs. Ruby Osteiloh of Houma, La.; three sisters, Mrs. Claudia Barker of Texarkana, Mrs. Cora Porter and Mrs. Lottie Hudson of Portland, Ore., eight grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

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Andrew Edward "Andy" Calhoun
Oct 21, 1891 - Aug 25, 1953

Thursday Rites For A. E. Calhoun FROST, Aug. 27.—(Spl.)—Andrew E. Calhoun, 61, died Tuesday night at his home in Fort Worth. Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Thursday at 3 p. m., with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev Obie Nelson, Baptist minister of Hubbard. A native of Frost, Calhoun was a farmer and operator of a grist mill prior to moving to Fort Worth about 10 years ago. Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Richard Higbee, Longview; six sisters, Misses Pearl, Ollie and Ila Calhoun, all of Frost; Mrs. Reuben Davis, Dawson; Mrs. John Davis, Mt. Calm and Mrs. Dee Williams, Pittsburg Texas; two grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were Squire Cook Fort Worth; Coleman Ponder, J. B. Jones, Ordway Mitchell, Clay Reed and Billy Reed. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Charlton Lee Tillman, Jr
June 1, 1913 - Jan 31, 1966

C. L. Tillman Dies Monday BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 31 (Spl.) - C. L. Tillman, 52, former Blooming Grove and Corsicana rancher, stockman and feed grain salesman, died in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana Monday morning. Funeral rites will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist Church here, with the pastor, Rev. Lloyd Coker, conducting. Masonic graveside services will be conducted at the Dresden Cemetery. Tillman was a native of the Dresden community. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ada Tillman, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. John Stone, Dallas, and Mrs. Taylor McClelland, Fort Worth. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Tony Martin Hall
Feb. 7, 1963 - Jan. 4, 1966

Tony M. Hall Dies Tuesday, Rites Thursday
Tony Martin Hall, aged two years and 11 months son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Wilbern Hall of Corsicana, died in Memorial hospital Tuesday night following a short illness. Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden Cemetery, the rites will be conducted by Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church, and Rev. O. E. Permenter, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church. Surviving are the parents, a sister, Kimberly Ann Hall, Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hall, Blooming Grove, and Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Green, Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Green, Frost; Mrs. Gracie Hall, Raleigh; and Claude Melton, Blooming Grove, and other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Sallie Emma (Segrist) Powell
Aug 29, 1858 - Dec 16, 1933

PIONEER RESIDENT OF BARRY IS BURIED AT DRESDEN MONDAY
BARRY, Dec. 21.—(Spl.)—Mrs. W. D. (Aunt Sally) Powell, 75, resident of Barry many years died at the family residence Saturday night at 12 o’clock. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, with interment in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood, of Eureka, assisted by Rev. Bruce Cox local pastor of the Methodist church; Rev. Paul Utlcy, Methodist pastor of Blooming Grove and Rev. H. B. Prather of Dallas, Baptist minister. Surviving are her husband, two sons, L. L. of Blooming Grove, and Will of Sherman; five daughters, Mrs. John Varnell and Mrs. Bud Bolin of Corsicana; Mrs. Kate Arp of Mexia, Mrs. Arthur Reed of Frisco, and Miss Pearl Powell of Barry; several grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One son, H. S., of Dawson preceded her in death a year ago. The funeral was directed by the McCormick Funeral Home.

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Laura C. (McCord) Ramsey
Jun 17, 1859 - Jan 10, 1933

Blooming Grove Woman Passes Away BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 14.— Mrs. L. W. Ramsey, aged 73 years, died at her home here Tuesday after a long illness, and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon with burial in Dresden. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Tom Sheppard, Frost, and two sons, Kirk Ramsey, Corsicana, and Bruce Ramsey, Blooming Grove.

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Lucinda Jane "Minnie" (Byrd) Sisson
Nov 20, 1848 - Mar 19, 1926

Old Blooming Grove Resident is Dead. Mrs. Lucindy Sisson, aged 79 years, 3 months and 29 days, died Friday morning early with pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Carraway, pastor of Pleasant Grove church. Her body was laid to rest in Dresden cemetery Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.

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Edwin Leon Call
Apr 29, 1895 - Oct 14, 1950

Edwin Call Rites Held On Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 20,— (Spl.)—Edwin Leon Call, 56, son of the late E. O. Call and Mrs. Leila Key Call, died in Dallas, Oct. 14. Funeral services were held at the McCormick Funeral home here Sunday at 2 p. m. Burial was in Dresden cemetery. Surviving are a brother, Norwood F. Call; his mother, Mrs. Leila Key Call of Dallas. Out of town friends and relatives who were here to attend the funeral services wore George Albert Young, Jr., and family of Tyler. Jeorge Albert Young, Sr., Frank J. Love and wife, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Douglas, Mrs. J. W. Douglas, Mrs. J. B. Kinsey, James Lee McNabb, Mr. and Mrs. Norwood F. Call and mother, Mrs. Leila Key Call of Dallas; Henry Call, wife and two daughters; Jim Nick Garitty of Corsicana; Dr. and Mrs. S. F. Call of Waco; Tom Key of Dawson: Louis Smith and sister, Mrs. Maddlyne Smith Winn Rivers of Hillsboro.

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Walter Earl Elkins
Jun 18, 1900 - Jul 10, 1950

Former Resident Rites Due Here Thursday A. M. Funeral services for Walter Earl Elkins, 50, of Hempstead, who died Monday in a Galveston hospital, will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Thursday at 11 a. m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. He was a native of Navarro county. Surviving are his wife of Hemp- stead; a daughter. Mrs. Marvel Skeide, Navasota; mother, Mrs. E. N. Elkins, Blooming Grove; six brothers, Dave Elkins, Blooming Grove, R. L. Elkins, Lubbock; H. B. and Harry Elkins, both of Littlefield; J. K. Elkins, Hempstead, and Lloyd Elkins, Santa Clara, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Vertha Swepston, Blooming Grove, and other relatives. Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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George Franklin Minhinnette
Dec 02, 1885 - Feb 22, 1950

Geo. Minhinnette Funeral Services Held On Thursday
Funeral services for George Minhinnette, 64, veterinarian, who died at his home, 717 West Eighteenth avenue Wednesday morning, were held Thursday afternoon from the Pentecostal Church of God. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. H. Collins, pastor. Minhinnette had resided at Blooming Grove about 40 years prior to moving to Corsicana last year. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. M. O. Greer, Corsicana; Mrs. Mary Baker and Mrs. Helen Hall, both of Ft. Worth; two sons, Edward H. and Theodore Minhinnette. both of Whitney; three stepsons, Bennie Earl, Billy Joe and Jimmy Don Hale, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lewis George, Bowie, and Mrs. Ollie Alexander, California; a brother, Jack Minhinnette, Chico, nine grand-children and other relatives Pallbearers were Lawrence Douglas, Norman Chambers, Claude Atkinson, Louis Blackman. and Sam Mims. McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Lottie Lee Blake
May 31, 1906 - May 21, 1933

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MISS BLAKE ARE HELD HERE TUESDAY s LONG-TIME DEPUTY IN TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE DIED AT SAN ANGELO
Funeral services for Miss Lottie Blake, 26, former deputy tax collector and tax assessor of Navarro county, who died in San Angelo, Sunday morning at 3 o’clock, were held from the First Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church, assisted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Miss Blake had served as deputy tax assessor during the term of L. H. Elkins and had served as deputy collector during the terms of George W. Boyd, Mrs. Katie Woods and R. L. Harris since January 1, until her resignation due to ill health May 1. Practically all departments of the courthouse closed for the funeral services. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. I. H. Blake, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Bell Woodard, Blooming Grove, and Miss Hallie Blake, Corsicana; a brother, Buster Blake, Blooming Grove; and other relatives. Active pallbearers were Robert Daniel, T. A. Farmer, Dock Martin, Andrew G. Steele, R. L. Harris and L. C. Mongan. Honorary pallbearers were the friends of the family. The funeral was directed by the Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.

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Minnie Myrtle (Gay) Simpson
Oct 26, 1885 - Mar 18, 1971

Mrs. Simpson Rites Friday BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.)- Mrs. Minnie Simpson, 86, longtime resident of Blooming Grove and Barry died early Thursday in Twilight Home after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the Blooming Grove Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the McCormick Funeral Chapel here with her pastor, Bob Quinn, officiating. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lorene Hopkins, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Jean Graham, Dallas; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Simpson, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Robinson and Mrs. Nola Elkins, both of Corsicana; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Harvie Conway Smithen, Sr.
Mar 26, 1893 - Nov 13, 1971

H.C.Smithen,Sr. H.C. Smithen Sr., 78, retired tin shop operator here for many years, died early Saturday in Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Blooming Grove. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. (today) at Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Dresden cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Myrtle; two sons, H.C. Smithen Jr. and Johnny Smithen, both of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. C.D. Taylor, Marshall; three sisters, Mrs. Birdie Burke, Blooming Grove; Miss Fannie Smithen, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Rawell of California; two brothers, Pete Smithen of Blooming Grove and Walter Smithen of California; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A third brother, Robert Smithen, 66, was buried Saturday morning in Redlands, Calif. He had died in Redlands on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Tommy Burkholder, Carroll Lee Saunders, Avery Jackson, R.T. Gowan, Raymond Gowan, Billie B. Collier and Chester Sprinkle. Honorary pallbearers will include Lloyd Wooten, James C. Sewell, Les Garvin, Rufus Pevehouse, C.O. Curington, Drew Gillen, Roy Stewart and Dick Hatley.

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William Edward “Ed” Melton
Dec 2, 1879 - Mar 7, 1965

W. E. (Ed) Melton Dies Sunday, Rites Tuesday William Eddie (Ed) Melton, 85, retired rancher of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial hospital Sunday. Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove Tuesday at 10 a. m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor. Melton was born in the Dresden community. His grandparents settled in that section before Navarro county was organized. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sudie Melton, Blooming Grove; three sons, Herbert Melton, Blooming Grove; Lilroy Melton, Texas City, and Edward Melton, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Nell Weatherby, Stephenville; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Robinson, Blooming Grove; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives. Grandsons will be pallbearers. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Samuel David Allen
Nov 16, 1888 - July 4, 1970

Sam Allen Service Held
KERENS (Sp)-Sam Allen, 82, died Saturday at his home at Rt. 1, Kerens where he had lived for 42 years. He was a rancher.
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Paschal Funeral Home with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. D. B. Wallace of Athens officiated.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Allen; two sons, Russell and Richard Allen of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. W. T. Holleman and Mrs. James Roberts of Dallas; seven grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

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Martha Elizabeth (Horn) Strange
Feb 3, 1888 - Aug 11, 1950

Mrs. Strange Is Found Fatally Wounded Friday
Funeral services are planned Sunday for Mrs. L.B. Strange, 62, Oak Grove, Northeast Navarro county, who died Friday afternoon after being shot in the left side with a .22 long rifle at her home.
Melvin Penney, Kerens justice of the peace, who with Sheriff David Castles and his deputies and Constable Chester Kyser are conducting investigations, said Saturday that apparently Mrs. Strange was struck by a stray bullet. He said the woman had left her house en route to a nearby garden and was discovered by her husband in a dying condition a few minutes later. Judge Penney said physicians removed a .22 long rifle bullet after a wound was discovered in the left side.
Officers Saturday morning were seeking information in that community of anyone who was hunting in that vicinity Friday afternoon from whose rifle the fatal bullet might have been fired.
Survivors are her husband of Oak Grove; two sons, Alton Strange, Dallas and Lonnie Strange, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Dickson, Dallas and Mrs. Iona Bilton, Denison; several brothers and sisters, and other relatives.
Stockton Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

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14 Rifles Taken to Austin For Ballistic Tests
Sheriff David Castles carried 14 .22 caliber rifles to Austin Thursday for ballistic examinations. This is another step in the investigation of incidents surrounding the mysterious fatal shooting of Mrs. L. B. Strange, 62, in the Oak Grove community, northeast Navarro county, last Friday.
The rifles were gathered in the Oak Grove community Wednesday by deputy sheriffs and Constable Chester Kyser of Kerens as the law enforcement agencies sought to unravel the shooting.
The fatal bullet was removed from the body of Mrs. Strange and officers are seeking to determine if it came from any of the rifles in the possession of the sheriff. The ballistic examinations are to be made by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin.
Mrs. strange was discovered in a dying condition by her husband a few minutes after she is reported to have left the family residence en route to a nearby garden shortly after 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
The sheriff said the bullet entered the left side, penetrated a rib and then proceeded through both lungs, lodging under a shoulder blade. Castles believes the bullet was fired fairly close to the victim since a stray bullet from a considerable distance would probably not have penetrated as far as the fatal shot.

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Officers Locate Mystery Gun In Oak Grove Death
The weapon that mysteriously killed Mrs. J. B. Strange, a 62-year-old Oak Grove woman, has been located and identified through ballistics tests, Sheriff David Castles revealed Tuesday night.
No charges have been placed against the .33 calibre rifle's owner, but an investigation is under way and the case may be turned over to the grand jury, Castles reported.
The sheriff indicated the shooting, which occurred August 11, under mysterious circumstances, probably was an accident.
The fatal gun was among 14 .22 rifles taken by county officers to the Department of Public Safety laboratory in Austin last Thursday. The rifles were gathered in the Oak Grove community by deputy sheriffs and Constable Chester Kyser of Kerens.
Mrs. Strange was found in a dying condition by her husband about 4 p. m, Aug. 11. She had left the family residence en route to a nearby garden when the bullet struck her, it was reported.
A .22 "long" rifle bullet had entered the left side, penetrated a rib and then proceeded through the heart and both lungs, lodging under a shoulder blade.
Officers had felt that the shooting was accidental—probably a stray bullet, but an intensive investigation was launched to solve the mystery.
Ballistics tests in Austin showed that the rifle in question was the one which fired the fatal bullet, Castles reported.
Its owner, a 33-year-old war veteran, who spent 40 months in a Japanese prison camp, lives near the Strange residence. He admitted shooting blackbirds on the afternoon of the victim's death, Sheriff Castles said.
The man told officers he his rifle twice while on his porch—a distance of .4 mile from the Strange home Castles said. He was shooting at about a 45-degree angle at blackbirds in a tree, Castles quoted him as saying.
After questioning before Assistant County Attorney Seton Holsey, the man was relaesed.
Castles first learned of the rifle's identity about noon Tuesday, when a teletype message from the DPS in Austin was brought from Dallas to Corsicana by Ranger Bob Badgett.

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Little Bearrie Strange
Apr 9, 1884 - July 12, 1961

L.B. Strange Dies In Dallas
Funeral services for L.B. Strange, 77, who died in Dallas Wednesday after an extended illness, will be held at the First Baptist church, Kerens, Friday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
For most of his life, Strange lived in the Kerens and Oak Grove communities but for the past several years had lived in Dallas with a daughter, Mrs. Charles Dixon. He was a retired farmer.
Survivors are two sons, Alton Strange, Kerens and Lonnie Strange, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Dixon who now lives in Irving and Mrs. V.L. Vilton, Port Lavaca; one brother, Harvey Strange, Dallas; one sister, Mrs. D.V. Barnett, Kerens; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Thomas L. Scruggs
Nov 29, 1868 - May 2, 1925

T.L. SCRUGGS FOUND DEAD IN HIS ROOM IN SAN ANTONIO HOTEL

DEATH ENDS EARTHLY CAREER PROMINENT CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN


T.L. Scruggs, aged about 55 years, for many years manager of the big dry goods firm of Jarrell-Elliott, of this city, was found dead at 10:45 o'clock Saturday night in his room in the Lenior Hotel in San Antonio, with a bullet would in his heart. A revolver was found near the body. Mrs. Scruggs was with her husband in San Antonio and had left the room only a few minutes before the body was found. Mr. Scruggs had been in bad health for a number of years and had left Corsicana about a month ago in a search after health. Specialists had given him little encouragement, it was stated, and Mr. Scruggs had been very despondent over his condition for the past few weeks.

The remains will leave San Antonio tonight at 10 o'clock, accompanied by the bereaved widow and other relatives, and J.A. Jerrell of Corsicana, who went to San Antonio Sunday morning upon receipt of word of Mr. Scrugg's death. They will arrive in Corsicana Tuesday morning at 5:45 o'clock and will be taken to the home on West Fourth avenue, No. 608, where they will remain until 3 p.m. at which hour the funeral will be held with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The Jarrell-Elliott store will remain closed during the entire day Tuesday out of respect to deceased.

Mr. Scruggs leaves his wife and a brother and two sisters, but in the absence of Mrs. Scruggs from the city it could not be learned where these relatives resided. Mrs. Scruggs was joined in San Antonio today by her brother, Jeff Rigsby, who will accompany her home tonight with the remains. Upon learning of the sad affair, Corsicana friends wired their friends in San Antonio who went to the bereaved wife and offered all assistance possible.

Active pall bearers will be, J.A. Jerrell, H.E. Metcalf, W.J. Seelig,, C.A. Powell, J.P. Flanikin, W.M. Hill.

Honorary pallbearers will be: J.B. Fortson, A.G. Elliott, F.A. Elliott, M.T. Jackson, Lowry Martin, M.T. Horne, W.M. Wilson, Dr. E.H. Newton, R.W. McQuistin, R.A. Caldwell, W.F. Dunn, Fred Taylor, J.E. Metcalf, Gus Young, J.J. Norton, Ben Rosenberg, Miss Brown, Mrs. Wooton, Mrs. Jenkins, Miss Callway, Mrs. Leighton, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Brand, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Lowry, Mrs. Elkins, Mrs. Cannon, J.S. Millerman, Clem Weaver, R.P. Bates, Al Sewell, Mit Sowell, Sydney Marks, W.P. McCammon, C.A. Middleton, Byron Cheney, Jno. Hughes, Ivan Rosenberg, J.F. Taylor, Geo. Miller, H.R. Harrison, Hardy Pinker, Max Almond. R C. Richardson, Mack Temple, Waco; Mr. Lavender, Dallas; Mr. Forrest, Dallas; Mr. Smith, Dallas; Mr. Everett, McKinney, Texas; Mont Hurst, Dallas; T. G. Beckett, Dallas; J. C. Ballard, El Paso; W. F. Jerrell, Denton, A. J. Jarrell, Temple.
Mr. Scruggs came to Corsicana from Temple about 25 years ago and has been connected with the Jerrell-Elliott Dry Goods Company since arriving in this city. For the past several years he has been manager of this big dry goods and clothing business and had many friends during his long nnd honorable business career, although he was a man of a most retiring and unassuming disposition. He came here from Temple, where he had for several years previous been connected with the Madden-Jarrell Dry Goods Company as bookkeeper. Mr. Scruggs was at one time, a printer and later conducted a newspaper at Seymour, but retired from the newspaper and printing business to enter the dry goods business in the clerical end of the line.
T. L. Scruggs was a man who each day so lived as to leave no regrets at the going down of the sun. He was honest, straightforward and of a most kindly disposition. He was, as above stated, most unassuming and retiring, yet of a very friendly disposition when approached. For many years he had been in bad health, yet he was always of a most genial and happy disposition, only recently having shown a disposition to give way to the troubles of ill health and brood over the fact that, life was a burden to one whose physical body was racked with pain from day to day. Sincere words of regret were heard on every side especially in business circles, today when the news became general that Mr. Scruggs would not again mingle with his friends and the business men of Corsicana.
Corsicana Daily Sun - May 4, 1925



FUNERAL SERVICES FOR T.L. SCRUGGS IS HELD FROM HIS HOME

PROFOUND SORROW AT PASSING OF CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN

Funeral services for the late T.L. Scruggs, who was found dead in his room in a San Antonio hotel about 11:15 o'clock Saturday night, were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the late home of the deceased, 609 West Fourth avenue, Dr. E.P. Kennedy, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. I.T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, officiating, and with a large concourse of sorrowing friends attending and following the remains to their last resting place in Oakwood cemetery, where the mound over the grave that held the body of this good and highly esteemed man was completely hidden from view by the great profusion of beautiful flowers that were brought and sent by friends as a slight token of the love and respect in which he was held.

The big Jarrell-Elliott Dry Goods company store was closed all day today out of respect to the memory of the late manager of the business. Mr. Scruggs had been at the head of the concern here for several years and under his management the business had grown and prospered but above all those who labored with Mr. Scruggs day after day, from his first assistant on down the line to the janitor who swept the floors, there was a feeling of respect and comradeship and admiration that few men in high business places can command from their employes. This is accounted for by the fact that Mr. Scruggs was possessed of a big heart and a love for his fellowman that made him the friend of all mankind, and especially of those who labored toward the same ends. There was genuine sorrow in the heart of all these men and women who are employes of the firm of which Mr. Scruggs was manager, as well as in the hearts of all who knew him.

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Horace L. Hervey
May 8, 1881 - Jun 21, 1949

Horace L. Hervey Dies On Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

Horace L. Hervey, aged 68 years Zion's Rest, died at the Navarro Clinic late Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the North Corsicana Method
1st church. Burial was In the Chatfield cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the church.

A native of Tupelo, Hervey resided his entire life in Tupelo and Corsicana. Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, Hubert C. Hervey Shreveport, La., a daughter, Mra Chester Cathnm. Dallas; four grandchildren, four brothers, Herbert Hervey (a twin), Tupelo; Ed Hervey and Wilbur Hervey, both of Colorado, and Fred Hervey, St. Joseph, Mo., and a number of other relatives Pallbearers were J. C. Harwell. L. H. Mathison, Gene Stokes P. M. Gladney, Earl Easterllng, and F. H. Roberson.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 22, 1949
  • Submitted by Tim Childress & Diane Richards
  • Twin to Herbert E. Hervey h/o Fannie Lee (McCouts) Hervey married Dec. 3, 1902 in Navarro County s/o Albert Gallatin Hervey and Grizelda Elizabeth (Kirby) Hervey

Mary Louise Gatlin
Aug 1897 - Oct 14, 1918

BRILLIANT YOUNG LADY DEAD

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Had A Remarkable Career In Public School


Miss Mary Louise Gatlin, aged tweny-one years, died at Ennis last night after a brief illness with pneumonia, the deceased was the only child of Mrs. Minnie Gatlin and was reared at Chatfield and Rice. She graduated at the Southern Methodist University in 1916 with the highest honors in her
class, and was Science teacher in the Ennis public schools when taken sick,

The mother, who is teaching school in Fort Worth will have the sympathy of many friends in this great sorrow.

The deceased young lady was the second cousin of Mesdames Dora and H.F. Witherspoon and T. W. Lovett 01Corsicana. Interment took place at Chatfield this afternoon

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BRILLIANT YOUNG LADY DEAD.

Had A Remarkable Career in Public School

Miss Mary Louise Gatlin, aged twenty-one years, died in Ennis last night after a brief illness with pneumonia. The deceased was the only child of Mrs. Minnie Gatlin and was reared at Chatfield and Rice. She graduated at the Southern Methodist University in 1916 with the highest honors in her Class, and was Science teacher in the Ennis public schools when taken sick. The mother, who is teaching school in Fort Worth will have the sympathy of many friends in this great sorrow. The deceased young lady was the second cousin of Mesdames Dora and H. F. Witherspoon and T. W. Lovett of Corsicana. Interment took place at Chatfield this afternoon.

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Royce Neil Crosswhite
Jun 14, 1955 - Nov 12, 2010

Neil Crosswhite, resident of Barry, Texas, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 55. He was born on June 14, 1955 in McKinney, Texas, to Nick Crosswhite and Margaret McKinney Crosswhite.

Neil was employeed with the City of Cedar Hill as a construction inspector. Neil was associated with the Barry Volunteer Fire Department in the past, the Navarro County Special Olympics, raising Long Horn cattle , cooking Bar B-Q, and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Baptist church attending Northside Baptist Church while in school.

Neil was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Crosswhite. Survivors include his daughter Lindsey Dawn Crosswhite of Dallas, Father Nick Crosswhite of Abilene. Brother Brad Crosswhite of Taylor and sister Gail Arnett of Corsicana. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and his pet's, who he called his baby's.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral in Corsicana. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Dallas at 2:30 p.m.

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Neil Crosswhite, 55, of Barry, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

He was born on June 14, 1955, in McKinney to Nick Crosswhite and Margaret McKinney Crosswhite. He was employed with the City of Cedar Hill as a construction inspector. Neil was associated with the Barry Volunteer Fire Department in the past, the Navarro County Special Olympics, raising Long Horn cattle, cooking Bar B-Q, and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Baptist church attending Northside Baptist Church while in school.

Neil was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Crosswhite.

Survivors include his daughter, Lindsey Dawn Crosswhite of Dallas; father, Nick Crosswhite of Abilene; brother, Brad Crosswhite of Taylor; and sister, Gail Arnett of Corsicana. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and his pets, who he called his babies.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donald Farmer
June 13, 1929 - Jan 18, 2012
 

ALEDO — Donald Farmer, 82, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

Donald was born June 13, 1929, in Corsicana to Mary and Clifton Farmer. He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War and afterwards settled in Fort Worth to raise his family and complete a degree in heating and refrigeration. His career with General Dynamics began in 1960 and he retired in 1993. The last 22 years he and his wife lived in their home in the country where he raised Beefmaster and enjoyed life away from the city. The most important thing in his life was spending time with family. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of White Settlement and enjoyed playing games with friends.

Survivors include, wife of 58 years, Oneta Fay Farmer; daughters, Suzann Thomas, Donna Loter and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Chris Easdon and wife, Lisa, Bryan Easdon and wife, Cathleen, Colton Loter, Sheridan Loter, Christina White and husband, Jason, Michael Thomas; great-grandchildren, Claire, Caden, Ayden, Caillin, Connor, Adyson; sister, Orlena Hatley; numerous nieces and nephews, friends and extended family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of White Settlement. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 817-831-0511.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Dallas, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, Texas 75219, in honor of his granddaughter, Sheridan.

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Eresa Mae Robinson
About 1935 - Jan 11, 2012

Eresa Mae Robinson, 76, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at Methodist Charlton Medical Center Dallas. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Johnson Memorial Church Of God In Christ, located at 1700 S. Bus. Hwy 45 at T.A. Carroll Avenue with Pastor Joseph Johnson, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rebecca "Becky" Winston Robinson
About 1963 - Jan 14, 2012

Rebecca "Becky" Winston Robinson, 48, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church located at 5301 West Hwy 31, with Minister Cory Crawford officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Arthur Herrin
Dec 31, 1895 - Jul 19, 1952

J. A. Herrin Dies In VA Hospital
James Arthur Herrin, 56, filling station operator, 1218 West Twelfth avenue, died Saturday afternoon in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marlin. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a native of Corbet.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five brothers, Rubin Herrin, San Diego, Calif.; Everett Herrin, Salinas, Calif.; Haley Herrin, Oklahoma City; Sgt. 1-c Jack Herrin, U. S. Army in Germany; C. L. Herrin, Ada, Okla.; eight sisters, Mrs. Eda Golden, Ada, Okla.; Mrs. Daisey Barnett, California; Mrs. Alma Williams, Fairfield, Calif.; Mrs. Ava Bottoms, Chickasha, Okla.; Mrs. Iva Cantrell, Mrs. Asa Lee Pollock, Mrs. Mary Lloyd and Mrs. Christine Lackey, all of Ada,
Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p. m. Wednesday with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Major Williamson Stevenson, Salvation Army, Waco.
A military service is planned at the grave by the American Legion.

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Etta Radney
May 25, 1897 - Jan. 27, 1917

Barry News. On January 27 at 8:30 a.m. the spirit of Miss Etta Rodney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Rodney, took its flight to the God who gave it. Etta was 19 years old, a member of the Baptist Church. She had suffered so much, but in that world beyond she shall never suffer more. She died of an infection of the head, caused by measles. She was laid to rest in Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon. The services were conducted by Revs. J. A. Watts and W. Z. Corbin.

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Pink Marie "Pinkie" (Hopkins) Richards
Dec 17, 1909 - Jun 4, 1992

Pink Marie Richards
Pink Marie Richards, 82, of Blooming Grove, died June 4, 1992, at the Corsicana Nursing Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Terry Skinner officiating. Burial will be at the Dresden cemetery. Survivors include her husband, William J. “Skeeter” Richards of Blooming Grove; two sons, W. L. “Peb” Richards of Blooming Grove and Wayne Richards of Retreat; one brother Homer Hopkins of Corsicana; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are David Richards, Randy Richards, James Luther, Donnie Grounds, John William Hopkins, Don Manley and Jason Richards.

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Alfred Albert Huse
Mar 10, 1910 - Jan 6, 1965

Albert Huse Rites Sunday
Final rites for Albert Huse, 55, Route 5, stockman-farmer, who was fatally stricken with a heart attack on Collin street near Main Wednesday, will be held at the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m.. The services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Ficken- scher, pastor of the Faith Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. A native of Malone, Huse had resided on Route 5 for the past four years. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Sgt. Herman Huse, U.S. Army in Germany; seven brothers, Herman and Eric Huse, both of Dallas; Adolph Huse, Waco; Rudolph Huse. Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.; Martin Huse, Lake Charles, La.; Herbert and Arthur Huse, both of Houston; eight sisters, Mrs. Annie Childress, Mrs. Milton Young and Miss Littie Huse, all of Houston; Mrs. Alice Rollins, Dallas; Mrs. Edna Gumlett. Waxahachie; Mrs. Dale Smilley, Duncanville, Ill.; Mrs. Helen Benick, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Mrs. Sophya Wenzel, Hamilton, and other relatives. Nephews will be pallbearers.

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George W. Stokes
Feb 17, 1849 - Feb 16, 1917

DIED IN KENTUCKY FRIDAY. Navarro County Citizen Passes Away While on Visit. G. W. Stokes, aged 68 years, and for thirty years a resident of the Dresden community, died in Benton, Kentucky, last Friday morning at 10 o'clock where he had been on a visit to a brother since last Christmas. The two sons of the deceased, who are his only family survivors, were notified of his illness, and left Dresden at once for his bedside but arrived a few hours after his death. The remains arrived here this morning accompanied by the two sons, and were taken to Dresden, where interment took place this afternoon. The deceased was a good citizen and leaves many friends who sympathize with his sons in the loss of their father.

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Hattie C. (Griffin) Melton
Nov 2, 1862 - Mar 2, 1917

DIED AT PINKSTON YESTERDAY.
Wife of County Official Passes Away at Family Home
Mrs. HattIe Melton, wife of County Tax Assessor J. H. Melton died at the family home near Pinkston yesterday afternoon about five o'clock after several days' illness, and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery this afternoon. The deceased, who was 55 years old is survived by her husband and four sons, Oscar Melton of New Orleans, Mit. Knox and Claude Melton of Pinkston. Mrs. Jane Griffin, the venerable mother of the deceased, still lives and lived, at the Melton home. One brother, A. H. Griffin, lives near Blooming Grove. The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church and wan highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

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INFANT Ragan
Feb 13, 1917 - Feb 27, 1917

In Memoriam.
On the morning of February 27th the Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Ragan and took from them their infant baby. The baby was only fourteen days old. Everything that a loving mother and father could do was done to save the baby, but all in vain. God saw fit to remove the little one from this world of shadows to the land of sunshine. It budded on earth to bloom in Heaven. One by one the Blessed Savior gathers lambs from every fold, folds them to His Blessed Bosom with the tenderness untold. One by one the Savior gathers earthly flowers rich and rare and transplants them in the garden they will bloom forever there. Weep not dear parents, as those that have no hopes the little remains were laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery. Dear parents, in your grief stricken and heart-broken hour look up to God and promise the little one that some sweet day you will join him in that beautiful home above. Written by a friend. BERTHA GROY.

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William Pinkney Gillean
Jan 10, 1855 - Feb 28, 1921

DIED AT FROST YESTERDAY. Another Good and Useful Citizen Passes Away. William P. Gillean, a native of Navarro county, and for many years one of her leading citizens, died at his homo in Frost yesterday afternoon after, a long illness with cancer of the stomach, and the remains were interred at Dresden near noon today in the presence of an immense throng of people who had gathered to pay their last tribute, of respect to one whom all respected and honored. The deceased had served the county efficiently for several years as a member of the commissioners court and had filled other positions of honor and trust, always doing his duty with credit and honor to himself and to the satisfaction of those who had trusted him. Surviving the deceased are three children, Mrs. Tom Slay, Bruce Gillean and Harry Gillean, and by three brothers, Dr. John Gillean of Dallas, E. T. Gillean of Waxahachie, and H. C. Gillean of Frost.

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Paul Harry Rollins
May 16, 1954 - Jan 17, 2012

Paul Harry Rollins, 57, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 17, 2012. He was born May 16, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jeanette Rollins; brother, Rodger Rollins; and nephew, Brian Rollins.

He is survived by two daughters, Becky Turner of Manteca, Calif., and Bagent Rollins of Shreveport, La.; two brothers, Randy Rollins and wife Linda of Kerens, and Mickey Rollins of Corsicana. He is also survived by three sisters, Barbara and husband Duane Gallup of Mansfield, Sharron Rollins and Juanita and husband Ralph Ward of Corsicana, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at House of Praise Church of God, 1345 W. 13th Ave.

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Inah Geraldine (Thomason) Green-Ballew
Nov 25, 1921 - Jan 21, 2012

Geraldine Ballew, 90, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Waco.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco.

Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emmett.

Geraldine was born to Clyde Thomason and Ora Gill Thomason on Nov. 25, 1921 in Emmett. She was married to Leonard Green and they had two daughters. As an active member of the Baptist church, Gerry taught children’s Sunday school classes for many years in Emmett and Frost. After Leonard Green passed away, Gerry married Leonard Ballew and they had 32 wonderful years. After living on various Central Texas ranches, they had eventually lived in Waxahachie where she worked for J.C. Penney for over 15 years. Gerry continued faithfully attending First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. After the death of her husband, she continued to live in Waxahachie until she moved to Waco in 2008 to be close to her daughter. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waco.

Her parents preceded her in death; as did her brother, Benny C. Thomason; her first husband, Leonard Green; her second husband and love of her life, Leonard Ballew; and her daughter, Carolyn Green Johnson.

Gerry leaves behind her daughter, Jan Serface and husband Eddie of Waco; son-in-law, Harry Johnson and wife Barbara of Arlington; five grandchildren, Amy Craven and husband Marshall of Magnolia, Joel Serface of Boulder, Colo., Jennifer Johnson of Dallas, Ben Johnson and wife Lauren of Arlington, and Ali Johnson of College Station. She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren who adored “GG,” and her special friends, Martha and Raymond Howell of Waxahachie.

The family wants to express its heartfelt thanks to Providence Hospice and Visiting Angel Ola Ellis.

Arrangements by Connally-Compton Funeral Directors, Waco.

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James "Jim" Robert Irwin
Mar 17, 1947 - Jan 19, 2012

James “Jim” Robert Irwin of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at age 64 in a truck accident in Rico, Colo.

He was born March 17, 1947.

He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Bill and Louise Irwin; and father-in-law, Ray Girard.

Survivors include his wife and soul-mate, Susan R. Irwin; and mother-in-law, Myrna Girard, whom James looked up to and considers her as his mother; brothers, Joe Bill Irwin and wife Edena, Jerry Don Scruggs and wife Donna; sister, Diane Owens; brother-in-law, Raymond Girard and Rex Girard. He is also survived by his best family and friends from Corsicana, Weldon and Mary J. Plemons, John Paul and Laura Plemons, Anita Solman, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with John Paul Plemons officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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John Nelson
Nov 2, 1955 - Jan 19, 2012

Corsicana — John Nelson, age 56, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born November 2, 1955. No services are scheduled.

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Joel Steele
Sept 8, 1926 - Jan 20, 2012

Corsicana — Joel Steele, age 85, passed away Friday, Jan.20, 2012 in Irving. He was born September 8, 1926 in Streetman. No services are scheduled.

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Anna Lee (Riggs) Slone
Nov 9, 1924 - Jan 21, 2012

Anna Lee Slone, age 87, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born November 9, 1924 in Purdon to Robert and Ola Riggs.

She was member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church in Corsicana. At age 18 she was working in the ship yards of Oregon during World War II.

She is survived by her husband J.B. Slone; a son, David Slone and wife, Ava; a grandson, Douglas Slone and wife Kelly; a sister, Bonnie Strzinek; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Charles McBride officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Betty Joy (Bassham) Holloway
Jan 1, 1933 - Jan 20, 2012

Betty Joy Holloway, age 79, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Baylor Health Center in Dallas after a courageous battle with both heart and lung failure. She was born on Jan. 1, 1933 in Ennis, to Holton and Iva Bassham.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church for more than sixty years and worked in the Care Center there until her health failed. She enjoyed ladies game day at church and weekly card games with her friends.

Mrs. Holloway was preceded in death by her parents; children, Gary Dan Holloway and Mary Ann Holloway; sister, Jenell Glass and brother, David Bassham.

She is survived by her sons, Tommy Holloway and Mark Holloway and wife Rhonda; sister, Joanne Formby and husband Ed; brother-in-law, Billy Jack Glass; 3 sister-in-laws, Carla Bassham, Mary Reeves and Hazel Holloway; grandchildren Shawn Holloway, David Holloway, Heather Holloway and Briana Holloway; five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, other relatives, friends and caregiver and friend, Mary.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Townley, Paul Flannigan, Ed Formby, Jim Formby, David Holloway and Sherman Putman.

The family requests donations to Northside Baptist Church Care Center or a charity of your choice.

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Marjorie Chambers
Jan 24, 1920 - Feb 18, 1921

Child Died at Hospital.
Marjorie, the one-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Chambers of Blooming Grove, who was brought to the P. &. S. hospital here some days ago sick with pneumonia, died there last night, and the remains were taken to Dresden this morning for interment.

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Mary E. (Unknown) Key
May 3, 1855 - Aug 15, 1921

Died at Purdon Monday. Mrs. Mary E. Key, widow of the late Tandy Key, aged 67 years, died at her home in Purdon last Monday night and the remains were interred in the Dresden Cemetery Tuesday. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. Rines at Purdon, and of Tandy Key of Corsicana.

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Charles Anthony Haden
Sep 18, 1859 - June 14, 1921

Laid to Rest.
Mr. Chas. Haden, excellent citizen, good neighbor, true friend and Christian, after many months of patient suffering, was laid to rest in the beautiful Dresden Cemetery near the Old Haden home where he was born and reared. This community was filled with a splendid class of citizens, many of whom now reside in our city, some who had moved away but always return with their dead to this beautiful God’s acre where lie their fathers and forefathers. A large number of friends here and at Blooming Grove attended the burial of Mr. Haden.

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WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DEAD.

Passed Away After Long and Painful illness.

Chas. A. Haden died at his home last night after a long and painful illness.  The funeral took place from the First Christian church here at 1:30 this afternoon, with interment at Dresden, Rev. F. N. Calvin officiating.

The deceased, who was sixty years old, and who had long been recognized as one of our best citizens lived in Blooming Grove for many years before moving to Corsicana three years ago.  He had been grievously afflicted for many months and bore his affliction and suffering with the courage of a true hero and with the patience of a true Christian.  He is survived by his widow and seven children, Misses Clemmie, Mary, Martha, Katherine and Frances, and John and Joel Haden;  one brother, Joel Haden of Corsicana, and by two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Taylor of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. E. Waller of Hubbard.  The following acted as pallbearers:

Active—Paul E. Allen, A. A. Allison, P. D. Williams, J. N. Royall, W. C. Francis, W. F. Love, J. W. Edens, Everett Walker, Blooming Grove.

Honorary—S. A. Roberts, R. S. Loyd, Dr. J. S. Stubbs, L. S. Bacon, Bob Bacon, R. L. Harris, F. H. Simpson, J. E. Walker, Jim Wharton, R. D. George, Jr., Blooming Grove; M. G. Young, J. B. German, Dallas;  B. L. Finch, H. P. Barton, J. N. Cox, Hal M. Peck, Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. L. E. Kelton, B. F. Hartzell, J. R. Webb, W. D. Ambrose, F. A. Elliot, B. H. Barnett, L. E. McCormick, P. A. Minter, Z. J. Pogue, H. Iversen.

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Henry Clay Gorden
Feb 3, 1848 - Jul 17, 1921

Died Suddenly Saturday Night. H. C. Gordon, aged 75 years, died, suddenly at his home near Blooming Grove Saturday night, and the re- mains were interred at Dresden yesterday. The deceased is survived by his wife and one son, Ed Gordon.

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Troy Eldredge Sisson
Mar 29, 1937 - Jan 18, 2012


Troy Eldredge Sisson, 74, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Canyon Lake after a long illness.

Mr. Sisson was born in Fort Worth March 29, 1937, to Thomas and Lottie Belle Gotcher Sisson. The family moved to Corsicana when Troy was an infant and he spent the remainder of his growing up years here, until he joined the Air Force in 1955. Troy was a “Mill Block Kid,” baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in his youth and was a life member of the VFW.

He is preceded in death by both his parents; his sister, Billie Jean Baker; and his nephew, Johnny Baker.

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he returned to Corsicana for a few years until his marriage to Linda Thornton Sisson in 1984, who survives him. He is also survived by two daughters, Cheryl Barefield of Onalaska, and Tina Sisson of Vivian, La.; two step-daughters, Cindy Lundberg of Buda and Debbie Sanderson of Ocoee, Fla.; two step-sons, Richard Sanderson of Arlington, and David Sanderson of San Antonio. His nephew, Jack Baker of Corsicana, also survives him as well as several cousins. He was blessed with 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He is remembered by all who knew him as a fun-loving person who wanted to keep everyone around him laughing and happy. His family is comforted by the knowledge that he is with his Savior and their separation from him is temporary.

Family visitation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the Funeral Caring Funeral Home, 6500 N. Interstate Highway 35, San Antonio.

Graveside services will be at the National Military Cemetary (Fort Sam Cemetery) in San Antonio at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

The family requests no flowers, but remembrances to the military organization of the donor’s choice such as Wounded Warrior Project, VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Vets., would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Funeral Caring Funeral Home, San Antonio.

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Alice Genelle (Hopwood) McWethy-Tate-Griffin
Dec 28, 1927 - Jan 27, 2012

Genelle Griffin of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village at the age of 84.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1927, in Corsicana, to E.M. Hopwood Sr. and Alice I. Hodge Hopwood. Genelle was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana and work as a waitress for a number of restaurants including Roy's Cafe downtown. She was an avid artist enjoying oil portraits and pencil art of people, landscapes and pictures. She was also involved in gardening and sewing as well as writing poetry.

Genelle was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and sisters; and her husband, James "Hootie" Griffin in 2001.

Survivors include her children, Ricky Griffin and wife Glenda of Corsicana, Pam Hunter and husband Jerry Redding of Willis, Robert Tate of Corsicana, Donna Goodin and husband Tommy of Corsicana, Jan Perkins and husband Mark of Weatherford, and Cathy Selman and husband Loyd of Corsicana; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Nancy Garrett of Corsicana; and two special people adopted by heart, Donnie and Shane Mann of Corsicana; and a number of other family members.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery in the Silver City community.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


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Earl Sanders
abt 1912 - Jan 30, 2012

Earl Sanders, 99, resident of Kerens, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,2012, at Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church, Kerens with Pastor Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Roy Alexander Hall
Jul 13, 1915 - Jun 15, 1996

HALL, ROY A., 80, of Florence died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Dresden Cemetery , Navarro County. Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Davis, Georgetown.

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