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Luther H. “Snake” Carroll
Oct 26, 1927 - Aug 24, 2010

Luther H. “Snake” Carroll, Jr., 82, of Fort Worth, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, and has gone on to be with his wife, Lillian, his parents and two brothers.

He will forever be loved and missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Dorie Lee Rivers; granddaughters, Amber Bulriss and Rheannon Rivers; grandsons, Justin Rivers and Timothy Rivers, Jr.; eight great grandchildren, all of New York; sister-in-law, Dorothy Carroll of Fort Worth; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rheannon Rivers, Chad Handley, Johnny Carroll, Jr., Amber Bulriss and Laura Harney. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Rivers and Timothy Rivers, Jr.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Yevonne Barnaby Bunch
Jan 22, 1922 – Nov 4, 2010

Yevonne Barnaby Bunch, passed away Nov. 4, 2010.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Corsicana, to Charlie and Marie Barnaby.

Yevonne was an active member of the community. She served on the CISD board of education and was very involved in local politics. She helped found the Navarro County Republican Women's Club and helped change Navarro County to a two party county. Her interest in education and politics never waned. She was an avid Bridge Player, and according to her partners and opponents she was quite good. For the last few years of her life she was sustained by Fox News and all her Dallas sports teams. We were so thrilled she was able to see the Rangers make it to the World Series. Her beloved dog, Sophie has been her constant companion and has brought her such joy for the last five years. Yevonne was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas A. Bunch; brother, Charlie Barnaby; and sister, Maxine Caskey.

Survivors include her son, Bob Bunch and wife Lilia of Houston; daughter, Kendra Bunch of Corsicana; grandsons, Bill Bunch and Thomas Bunch both of Houston; and Bill’s mother, Pat of Houston.

Yevonne and her family have been blessed by her wonderful caretakers, Gussie Jessie, Dorothy Anderson, and all of her loyal friends.

Visitation was Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of Navarro County, P.O. Box 1734, Corsicana, Texas 75151.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Floy Smith
Sep 26, 1916 - Nov 14, 2010

Floy Smith, 94, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

She was born Sept. 26, 1916, in Corsicana and lived there all her life until February 2000, when she moved to Vintage Retirement and Community in Denton. She spent the last four years of her life at Parkwood Retirement Village in Bedford. She worked at First National Bank of Corsicana for 31 years and retired in 1981. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ and also a member of Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Buck Smith; two sisters, Lanie Wilson and Jessie Cook; brother, Lavert Nelms; and brother-in-law Jake.

Survivors include her daughter, Janis O'Dell and husband Steve of Hunt; two granddaughters, Stacy Fanning and husband Keith of Trophy Club, and Karen Gandy and husband Greg of Houston; four great grandsons, Austin and Aaron Fanning, and Grant and Garrison Gandy; niece, Carolyn Frazier and husband Jim; nephews, Bill, Tom and Alan Wilson; she is also survived by many, many friends.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Caroline Matthews
Feb 6, 1933 - Feb 6, 1933

Infant Died Dallas; Funeral In Oakwood Cemetery on Monday
Funeral services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Matthews of Dallas, who died Monday morning, were held at Oakwood Cemetery here Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock where interment was made. The body was accompanied to Corsicana by Mr. Matthews and Dr. and Mrs. George Underwood of Dallas.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home had charge of the services

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Leland M. Deming
Apr 11, 1920 - Feb 15, 1945

A.S.N. 18079383 Co. L, 304 Infantry
Pvt L. M. Deming Killed In Action Luxembourg Area
Pvt. Leland M. Deming, 24, U. S. Third Army, under Gen. George S. Patton, was killed in action February 15, in Luxembourg, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Deming, 1417 West Fifth avenue, Saturday afternoon, message from the War department early in March stated Private Deming was missing in action.
A veteran of three years in the service, Pvt. Deming had served 27 months in the Aleutians before being sent to the European theatre in November, 1944. Prior to entering the service, Deming was employed at the Fuller Grocery He was home on furlough last July.
Surviving are his parents of Corsicana; four brothers, Cpt. Edmond Deming, veteran of the Italian campaign, now in South-Carolina, wounded at Cassino; Pvt. Jim Harry Deming, two years overseas, stationed in England; Max Deming, seaman first class, Coast Guard, and Jasper Deming, Corsicana, employed by the Southern Pacific Lines, and a sister Joyce, aged 11 years.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 16, 1945
Submitted by Karen Rost
LEONARD M. DEMING FUNERAL SERVICES PLANNED SATURDAY

Funeral services for Pvt. Leonard M. Deming, 24, killed in action in Germany Feb. 15, 1945, while serving with the 76th Division, Third Army, will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A.J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.
Born April 11, 1920, at Wortham, Deming entered the armed forces here and had been in the army three years and one month when he was killed, having served 27 months in the Aleutians before being sent to the European sector in 1944.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Deming, 1417 West Fifth avenue, Corsicana; four brothers, Edmond Deming, Odessa; Jim H. Deming, U.S. army; Max and Jasper Deming, both of Corsicana and a sister, Joyce Deming, Corsicana.

The body is scheduled to arrive in Corsicana Friday.

Pall bearers will be Johnnie Sirman, Roy Steward, Doyle Renfro, Charlie Jordan, G.W. O'Neal and Eldon Murphy.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Aug 6, 1948
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Note: First name is wrong in this article. It should be Leland.
Friends, Relatives From Out Of Town At Deming Funeral
The following out-of-town relatives and friends were in Corsicana over the week end in attendance at the reburial services for Pvt. Leland M. Deming. Mrs. W. E. Lake and son, Billy Joe, of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. G. W O'Neal of Galveston; Mrs. Florence Harvllle, Fort Worth; Doyle Renfro, Odessa; Rev. and Mrs J. L. Langston, Wortham; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Forsythe and son, James Larry, of Odessa; Charlie Jordan, Dallas; S-Sgt. and Mrs. Charles Lake, Dallas; James L. Murphy, Wortham; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Wise, Houston: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Deming, Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Deming, Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Burleson, Coolidge; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Lewis, Coolidge; Mrs. Nellie Welch, Fort Worth; Mrs. E.A. Strunk, Wortham; Eldon Murphy, Galveston and Mr. and Mrs. B.S. Deming, Waco.

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Leslie Tahamia (Nelson) McCluney
Dec 10, 1974 – July 11, 2009
 

Leslie Tahamia Nelson McCluney of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at the age of 34. She was born in Fort Worth on Dec. 10, 1974, to Terry Paul Nelson and Patricia Moss Nelson. Leslie graduated from Corsicana High School in 1993 in the top five percent of her class earning a Collins Scholarship. In 1997 she graduated from Texas A&M; University with a bachelor’s degree and was currently working on her master’s degree from Lamar University that she would have finished Dec. 1 of this year. Leslie was an award-winning instructor for CHS and was very proud to be a teacher, always wanting to challenge her intelligence. CISD Superintendent Don Denbow stated, “Leslie was a very good science teacher. She was one of those special people who could connect with her students and get the most out of them. She had a very unique ability to relate to and inspire her students and that is why she was our Golden Apple Award winner and a teacher of the year at Corsicana High School.”

Leslie was a loving wife and devoted mother who loved spending summers with her son and camping putting her family above herself, and was a cheerful and cherished friend. She also volunteered with the S.P.C.A. and was an advocate for animal rights.

Leslie is survived by her husband of 11 years, Mike McCluney of Corsicana; son, Dalton Ray McCluney of Corsicana; mother, Pat Nelson of Corsicana; brother, Aaron Nelson of Corsicana; and grandmother, Vivian Nelson of Fort Worth.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Elkins and the Rev. LeAnn Griffin officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chad Capet, Jason Perkins, Bryan Smith, Chuck Williams, Don Denbow, and Chris Hutto. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Griffin, Gayle Moss, and Larry Nelson.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Dalton Ray McCluney Scholarship Fund at Bank of America.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Margaret Callahan
Feb 28, 1918 – Feb 11, 2009

Margaret Callahan, 90, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at her home with family. She had lived a long happy and healthy life. She was born Feb. 28, 1918, in Bridgeport, Conn., where she lived all of her childhood. She met and married the love of her life Roy Callahan, and they eventually moved to Southern California; later they settled into Corsicana in 1967. She worked for Collin Street Bakery for several years, and over 20 years at Navarro Regional Hospital of Corsicana.

Some of her interests included working in her flower garden when she was young, antique shopping and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She personified how each one of us wanted to live our lives with compassion and positive attitude. She was such a small person that made a big impact on so many lives. We will miss our Mom and Nana dearly.

She is survived by her son, Roy Callahan and wife Linda; three daughters, Janis Sparks, June and husband William Westbrook, and Wendy Walker; 13 grandchildren and their spouses, 40 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robert W. Gladney
July 13, 1921 – Jan 9, 2009

Robert W. Gladney left this world on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital to be in his heavenly home. He was born on July 13, 1921, in Boz.

Robert, known as “Bob” was very much involved with life in Corsicana where he practiced law for over 50 years. He was known as a man of honesty and integrity as he served his clients and helped many people whether or not they could pay. He practiced 10 years with his son, John; their firm being named Gladney & Gladney.

Bob was active in many community affairs serving on the school board from 1959 to 1972 and president from 1965 to 1968. He was a member of the Corsicana Lions Club over 50 years serving as president in 1964-1965. Just recently he received the “Jack Fellowship Award” for his generous contributions to the Lions Club.

He and four other directors were the original directors of Navarro Savings and Loan of which he served as president for many years. He was for 30 years a director of the Methodist Wesleyan Homes in Georgetown.

He cherished his membership in First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, serving many years as Sunday school teacher, usher, and on the board of the church. He loved his church dearly and the love and fellowship that he found there.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 33 months in the Pacific zone. Upon getting out of the Navy he joined the naval reserves and retired in 1966 as a commander of a naval unit in Tyler. He loved his friends and family dearly and will be desperately missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander and the Rev. Steve Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bob Parrish, Gerald York, Sid Shutte, Gene McLain, Zane Stites, Elbert Prince and Jake Allen.

Mr. Gladney was preceded in death by his parents, Hughstraight and Florence Gladney; sisters, Sue Smith and Montel Duncan; and a wonderful grandson, Danny Gladney.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Gladney; son, John Robert Gladney; granddaughter, Laura Jo and husband Alex Lemon; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church at 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Arthur H. Laverty
Mar 4, 1858 - Jan 21, 1927

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY DIED HERE FRIDAY
Arthur H. Laverty age about 65 years, died Friday afternoon about 2 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Emma Vance, 1320 Elm avenue.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Hamilton cemetery The services will be conducted by Rev. O.D. Spence.
Mr. Laverty is one of the old settlers in this county and is well known.
He is survived by one son Vance Laverty of Corsicana, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Vance and Mrs. M. J. Williams and two brothers, J. E. Laverty of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Mack Laverty of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. H. LAVERTY HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Arthur H. Laverty, aged 65 years, who died Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Emma Vance, 1320 Elm avenue were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. O. D. Spence, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Mr. Laverty was one of the old settlers of this county and was well known.

He is survived by one son, Vance Laverty of Corsicana, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Vance and Mrs. M. J. Williams, Corsicana; two brothers, J. E. Laverty of Carlsbad, N. M. and Mack Laverty, Sulphur Springs.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Jan 25, 1947
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • One obituary states burial in Hamilton and one states Oakwood. His death certificate shows Hamilton but he is not listed in either Cemetery book. His mother is buried in Oakwood. Find-A-Grave has him listed at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery

Emma Hallie (Hollingsworth) Hunt
Oct 13, 1891 - Jul 31, 1971

Hunt
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. in Fairview Baptist Church in the Raleigh Community for Mrs. Johnnie Hunt, a Frost resident for the past fifty years. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.
Mrs. Hunt died Saturday at about 4 p.m. in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana, after a long illness.
Her late husband died March 9, 1968.
A member of Fairview Baptist church, she is survived by one brother, Glen Hollingsworth of Stephenville and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Newell of Waco and Mrs. Susie Fields of Kerens.

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Mary Wynelle (Turner) Johnson-Niswanger
Jan 5, 1926 – Oct 28, 2011

Mary Wynelle Turner Niswanger, 85, passed away Friday, October 28, 2011, in Burleson. Service: 10AM Monday, October 31, 2011, at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation: 2PM-4PM Sunday, at the funeral home. Interment: 2PM Monday, October 31, 2011, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas. Mary Wynelle Niswanger was born January 5, 1926, in Raleigh, Texas, to the late Charles W. and Omie Mae Fitzgerald Turner. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leslie Niswanger in 2010; sisters, Jeanette Harmer, and Johnnie Bell; and nephew, Bob Bell. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Bush, and husband, Marion, of Burleson; grandsons, Kirby Bush, and wife, Scarlett, of Fort Worth, Kenneth Bush, and Wife, Melissa, of Joshua, Jody Bush, and Wife Tamara, of Joshua, Tracy Bush, and wife, Mary, of Damascus, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Maeghan, James, Tareah, B.J., Jordan, Andriah, Carson, Gloria Wynelle, Madison, and Isaac; two sisters, Wanda McCleary, of Hillsboro, and Linda Newelle, and husband Bill, of Everman; three nieces; four nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.
Mountain Valley Funeral Home obituary

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Leslie William “Bill” Niswanger
Sept 21, 1928 – July 27, 2010
Bill Niswanger, formally of Waco, passed away July 27, 2010, at his home in Ft. Worth, after a lengthy illness. Services are pending.

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Jo Frances (Fitzgerald) Rhodes-Bays
September 15, 1919 - October 16, 2010

Jo F. Bays, 97, passed away on October 16, 2010. She was born on September 15, 1919 in Blooming Grove, Texas to J.D. and Sally (Meador) Fitzgerald. She had been employed as an office manager.

Funeral services are planned for a later date in Blooming Grove, Texas.

Cage-Mills Funeral Home
 

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Henry R. “Buck” Hodge
Mar 25, 1920 – Feb 22, 2012

Buck Hodge, 91, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born March 25, 1920 in Eureka and was one of 11 children born to Arthur and Nellie Hodge.

He was preceded in death by Madelyn Hodge, his wife of 60 years; his parents, Arthur and Nellie Hodge; sisters, Audra Chandler and husband Paul, Mabel Estes and husband Lloyd; brothers, Douglas Hodge and wife Edna, Lee Hodge and wife Lynn and Jay Hodge; sister-in-law Betty Ann Hodge.

Buck is survived by his son, Coy Hodge and wife Brenda; daughter, Jo Hinshaw; grandson, Kevin Hinshaw; two sisters, Helen Lewis and husband Charles and Mary Nell Boyd; three brothers, Billy Joe Hodge, Charles Hodge and wife Mattie, Arthur Hodge and wife Catalina. He is also survived by 13 nieces; 7 nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He served in the Army during World War II. Buck was an active member of Eureka United Methodist Church and spent the majority of his life in Eureka. As a carpenter, he built many beautiful homes in Navarro County. He also farmed all his life and enjoyed gardening. He not only fed his family out of this garden but enjoyed sharing this food with family and friends.

Visitation with family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Tom Connolly and Ted Willis officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Kenneth Hodge, Richard Hodge, Roger Hodge, Darrell Hodge, Dallas Hodge, Robert Hodge, Larry Christi and Bobby Howard.

If desired memorials may be made to Eureka Cemetery, 400 S.E. County Road 3020 Corsicana, Texas 75109; Eureka United Methodist Church Lord's Acre, 1305 FM 2859 Corsicana, Texas 75109 or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Juanita (McNeel) Watson
Dec 15, 1917 – Feb 22, 2012

Juanita McNeel Watson passed from this life on Feb. 22, 2012 at the age of 94 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born to Charlie and Myrtle McNeel of Petty’s Chapel, Texas on Dec. 15, 1917. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was known for her strength, hard work and love of friends and family. She was known as MaMa Watson to many that loved her. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mertens.

Juanita was always involved in crafts and hobbies. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, ceramics, cooking, traveling with her girlfriends, raising parakeets, and spending time with her family. She has left a great legacy of unconditional love for her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a step mother, Nora Vyers McNeel; an infant daughter, Dena; sister, Ettie Mae Crawford; brothers Arthur McNeel, David McNeel and Paul E. McNeel, and step-sisters, Annette Carl and Bethel Boruk.

Juanita is survived by her loving husband of 76 years, Woodrow Watson. They were married May 4, 1935 in Corsicana. They lived most of their lives in the Mertens area. She is survived by her sons Dwayne and his wife, Pat of Mertens, Bronny and his wife, Ruth Ann of Corsicana, and Danny and his wife, Sue of Lorena; grandchildren, Joey Watson of Mertens, Becky Watson Melton and her husband Benny of Frost, Belinda Watson Branstetter and her husband, Brad of Coppell, Stacy Watson Haws and her husband, Josh of Mertens, Janet Watson of Frost, Mark Watson of Corsicana, Matt Watson of College Station, Clint Watson and his wife Cheryl of Wimberley, and Lora Watson Sykora , her husband, Matt of Bruceville; and Deann Miller Manchester and her husband Tom of Coppell, 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Walton McNeel and his wife, Betty of Dallas, and sisters, Sue McNeel McKanna of Navarro and Tommie Fields of North Carolina, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grady Cashion and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery in Mertens. Pallbearers are grandsons, Joey Watson, Mark Watson, Matt Watson, and Clint Watson; and grandsons-in-law, Benny Melton, Brad Branstetter, Josh Haws and Matt Sykora.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Heritage Oaks West Elisha Bradley and Detra Carroll.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Douglas Garner
Nov 17, 1926 – Feb 22, 2012

James Douglas Garner, 85 of Tyler, passed away Feb. 22, 2012 in Tyler. He was born Nov. 17, 1926 in Fort Worth to Samuel James and Ruby M. Garner. He was a Mason, enjoyed fishing and whittling. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening tomatoes.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Jimmy Garner and David Garner, four sisters and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife Frances Garner, sons Gary Garner and Doug Garner; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bruce Rudd officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ervie Erie Gill
Sep 25, 1901 - Aug 13, 1956

Wednesday Rites For Ervie Gill
Funeral services for Ervie Gill, 54, former resident of Navarro county, who died in Fort Worth Monday, were held at the Emmett cemetery Wednesday.
A native of Navarro county, Gill formerly resided at Emmett, Frost and Blooming Grove.
Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; a son, Charles Edward Gill; Fort Worth; father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gill, Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde Thomason, Fort Worth; Mrs. Jack Lester, Longview; Mrs. D. S. Matthews, Beaumont, and Mrs. Glover Fanette, Mobile, Ala.; a stepsister, Mrs. Katherine Gunter, Fort Worth; a step-brother, Sgt. Harry D. Gill, San Antonio, and other relatives.

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Emmett Rites Held Wednesday Morning For Ervie Gill, 54

Ervie Gill, 54, was interred at Emmett Cemetery following services at the Emmett Baptist Church Wednesday morning.

A native of Navarro, Mr. Gill resided at Emmett, Frost, and Blooming Grove most of his life. His family moved to Ft. Worth eight years ago.
Mr. Gill died in a Ft. Worth hospital Monday.

Rev. R. T. Perret of the Liberty Baptist Church in Ft. Worth conducted the last rites.

Survivors include his widow; a son, Charles Edward Gill, Ft. Worth; father, Benjamin Gill, stepmother, Mrs. Benjamin Gill, Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde Thomason, Ft. Worth; Mrs. Jack Lester, Longview; Mrs. D. S. Matthews, Beaumont; Mrs. Glover Fanette, Mobile, Ala.; a stepsister, Mrs. Katherine Gunter, Fort Worth; stepbrother, Sgt.
Harry D. Gill, San Antonio, and other relatives.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 17, 1956
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ernie Rea (Bewley) Montgomery-Fincher
Sep 29, 1915 - Dec 30, 2010

Ernie Fincher
 

Ernie Fincher went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the age of 95.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1915, to John Edgar and Reba Bewley in Dexter, Texas. Ernie married Eddie L. Montgomery in 1931 and had two children, Evelyn and Edgar. After his passing in 1954, she married Aubrey Fincher in 1967. Ernie had worked at the Emhouse school, the IOOF Home for Children and Navarro Regional Hospital. She has been active in numerous clubs and service organizations. After retiring, she worked tirelessly as a pink lady at the hospital and at the Navarro County Food Pantry. She was a member of the Emhouse Methodist Church where she served her Lord for many years. Ernie was active in the UMW’s and the Oddfellows Lodge and also loved to travel with her friends and family. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by all who knew her.

Ernie is survived by her son, Edgar L. Montgomery of Corsicana; six grandchildren, Danny Drain, Kim Drain, Lynn Drain, Lee and Jenette Montgomery, Mark and Lynette Dickens and Scott and Tamera Montgomery; a number of great grandchildren and a number of great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Humann officiating. Interment will be in the Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Montgomery, Jason Drain, David Saucedo, Jeff Montgomery, Jeremy Owen and Kyle Montgomery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.




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William McHenry “Will” Massengale
Sep 21, 1875 - Nov 29, 1963

Retired Farmer Dies Friday; Rites Sunday
William M. Massengale, 88, retired Barry Farmer, died in the Navarro Clinic Friday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held from the Barry Methodist church Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Grange Hall cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert V. Lindsey, pastor of the Wesley Methodist church, Corsicana, and Rev. George Purvis, pastor of the Barry church.
Native of Crockett, Texas, Massengale had spent practically all of his life at Cryer Creek and Barry.
Surviving are two sons, Roy and Marshall Massengale, both of Barry; four daughters, Mrs. A. M. Russell, Barry; Mrs. John Gillen, Emhouse; Mrs. Robert McGraw, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. R. R. Cagle, Big Springs; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Leslie Shivers, Canadian; a sister, Mrs. Annie Laura Collins, Corsicana; 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Jackie (Jennings) Armstrong
Sep 8, 1913 - Jun 17, 1996

Jackie J. Armstrong
Jackie J. Armstrong, 82, Barry, died June 17, 1996, in Corsicana.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. B. Suzy Welch of Emhouse United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. Visitation will take place at 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home.
Mrs. Armstrong was born September 8, 1913, in Waco. She was a member of the Emhouse Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie Jo & Bobby Thomas of Terrell, Katherine & Bob Cameron of Quitman; one son and daughter-in-law, W. J. “Sonny” & Linda Armstrong; one sister, Holly Mae Powers of Wolf City; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie Jo Armstrong.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lloyd Daniel Gillen, Sr.
June 28, 1926 - Nov 26, 1990

Loyd D. Gillen
Loyd D. Gillen, 64, of Emhouse, dieed Nov. 26, 1990, at his residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Jones and the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery.
He was a lifetime farmer and a rancher at Emhouse and Cryer Creek. He was a member of Emhouse United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Gillen of Emhouse; one son and daughter-in-law, Loyd D. Gillen Jr. and Johnita Gillen, both of Barry; one daughter and son-in-law, Lyndal and Larry Goetze of Dumas; three grandchildren; one brother, Herman Gillen of Emhouse; and two sisters, Sue Drain and Jaynie Johnston, both of Emhouse; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jim Nicholson, Steve Nicholson, Bobby Armstrong, Charlie Irvine, Danny Gillen, John David Johnston, Johnny Drain and Gary Nelson.
Randy Gillen will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

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Lois Gertrude (Massengale) Gillen
July 15, 1909 - Mar 29, 1987

Lois Gillen
Lois Gillen, 77, of Corsicana, died Sunday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are at 3:30 Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Gary Carroll and burial will be in Pattison Cemetery.
Gillen, a former resident of Barry, was a member of the Emhouse Methodist Church. Her husband, John Gillen died in 1981.
Survivors include two sons, Loyd and Herman Gillen, of Emhouse; two daughters, Sue Drain and Jaynie Johnston, both of Emhouse; two brothers, Marshall and Roy Massengale, both of Barry; two sisters, Mabel Russell, of Barry, and Nannie Cagle, of Corsicana; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Roy Posey, Stokes Armstrong, Willie Slack, John Wade Braly, Jim Bob McGraw, Aubry Drain, J. D. Gillen and W. J. Armstrong.

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John Anderson Gillen, Jr
Mar 5, 1907 - Jan 10, 1981

John Gillen
John Gillen, 73, Barry and native of Blooming Grove, died Saturday at Presbyterian Hospital at Dallas.

Service is Monday, 3:30 p.m. Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Hazelwood officiating and burial following in Pattison Cemetery.

He was a native of Navarro County, a Mason and a farmer and rancher.

Survivors include his wife, of Barry; two sons, Loyd Gillen, of Barry and Herman Gillen, of Emhouse; two daughters, Mrs. Sue Drain, of Dallas, and Mrs. Jaynie Johnston, of Barry; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dick Gillen, of Blooming Grove, J. D. Gillen, of Fort Worth; and one sister, Mrs. Odessa Campbell of Houston.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Drain, Loyd Gillen Jr., James Smith, John Wade Braly, Gary Armstrong, Mike Nelson, Willie Slack, Danny Gillen, Randy Gillen, John David Johnston and Dwayne Crawford.

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Young Lester Cramblet Jr.
Oct 31, 1946 – Dec 25, 2011

Mr. Young Lester Cramblet Jr., 65, of Corsicana and formerly of Seguin and Terrell, passed away Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 31, 1946 in Memphis, Tenn. to Annabelle and Young Lester Cramblet Sr.

Mr. Cramblet is survived by daughters, Leslie Cramblet Alvarez and Kelly Dahlem of Colorado, Elizabeth Jones of Seguin, and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Two Doors Down, 106 West 6th Avenue, Corsicana.

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Cathy Jean (Harrell) Matherne
July 2, 1954 - Dec 30, 2010

Cathy Jean Harrell Matherne, 56, of Burleson, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 30, 2010. She was born July 2, 1954 to Travis Harrell and Valli Jean Farmer in Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Jesse Matherne of Grand Bois, La.

Survivors include her father, Travis Harrell and step-mother Betty of Corsicana; mother, Valli Jean Farmer of Fort Worth; her loving sisters, Deborah and husband Jake, Billie and husband Raney, Penny and husband Monty; brother Buddy and wife Lisa; three daughters and two son-in-laws, Timothy and Angela Neal of Waco, Jennifer Verdin of Corsicana, Tommy and Catherine "Molly" Dardar of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La.; she was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren, Kandice, age 25, Jenalee, age 22, Jesse, age 22, Mica, age 19, Tiffani, age 18, Dakota, age 16, Jason, age 15, Joshua, age 8, and Reuben, age 3; she was also blessed to be the great grandmother of Kierstyn, Kate, and Carsten. Her love extended to Robert Verdin and Michelle Matherne, and her sweet dogs Bezzie and Sammy.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2011, at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bobby Neil "Bob" Banks
Feb 8, 1950 – Nov 2, 2010

Bob Banks, 60, of Corsicana, passed away Nov. 2, 2010.

He was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Brownfield to Kenyon and Gertrude Banks. He enjoyed riding back roads, playing ping-pong, darts and shuffle board. He really enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.

He is preceded in death by wife Denise Banks in 2003; and by his parents.

He is survived by his children Crystol Banks and T.J., Kenyon Banks and Suzy, Jeremiah Banks and Sunny, Holly Banks and Brandon and Jason Gardner and Rita.; step-children, Chris Oldenburg and Sarah Oldenburg; sister, Cheryl Borden; brothers, James "Buddy" Banks, Larry "Bruce" Banks; grandchildren, Brayden, Dillon, Shelbie, Thadius, Lauren, Zoe, Meadow, Lexi, Kendal, Michala, Christian, Bryanna, Cash, Curtis; he is also survived by numerous other family members.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Banks, Kenyon Banks, Michael Banks, Jason Gardner, Brandon Rogers, Brad Skrdla, Chris Oldenburg and David Hollingsworth. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Banks and Ray Fivecoat.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Nancy Lou (Thiele) Glass
Aug 21, 1927 – June 30, 2010

Nancy Lou Thiele Glass, 82, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, after a long and brave 10-year battle with three different cancers. After a family graveside service at Dresden Cemetery, Nancy will be remembered in a memorial service, led by Dr. Gary Johnson and assisted by the Rev. Ed Monk, at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at Calvary Worship Center. Her family suggests that Nancy would be honored if any of her many friends and family members wish to remember her with a gift to The Hope Center, 508 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110 — a ministry to assist unwed mothers — in lieu of flowers.

Nancy was born Aug. 21, 1927, the second of four children born to her parents, Robert E. and Mildred Z. Thiele, in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and enjoyed a career spanning more than 25 years as a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Married to Michael Glass in 1951, who was also a member of the Dallas Symphony, Nancy played a dual role, as she was also a loving mother to her four children: Timothy Michael, Jonathan Robert, Jennifer Lynn and Megan Elizabeth.

After she retired from the symphony, Nancy embarked on an even longer second career as both a violin teacher and music director for children’s worship at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Dallas, Church of the Epiphany in Richardson, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana, among others. She also composed many children’s worship songs and directed countless children’s pageants and productions over the years, which brought joy to generations of North Texas children. In her later years, she gained notoriety as one of The Four Nancys — a favorite Corsicana classical performing arts group.

But Nancy is perhaps best remembered for her devotion to the Lord and her Savior, Jesus Christ, which shone through in her favorite role — that of beloved grandma to her 13 grandchildren, for it is in this role that her loving care and biblical wisdom will stand as a lasting testimony.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. and Mildred Z. Thiele; her brothers, Robert Thiele and Richard Thiele; and her former husband, Michael Glass.

She is survived by her sister, Gretchen Lane of Elgin, Ill.; her children, Timothy M. Glass and his wife Rimma of Corsicana, Jonathan R. Glass and his wife Toula of Corsicana, Dr. Jennifer L. Glass of Iowa City, Iowa, and Megan E. Hoyt and her husband Steven of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Glass of Corsicana; her grandchildren, Sarah Jackson and her husband Garrett, Tommy Glass, Michael Glass and Robby Glass, Erin Martin and her husband Todd, Sean Glass and his wife Mairead and Casey Glass, Caitlin Juetten and Annika Glass, Hannah, Hilary, Drew and Jesse Hoyt; and her great-grandchildren, Spencer, Lukas and Corbett Jackson, Anthony Gabriel Hoyt, and one more on the way at the time of her passing, as well as numerous beloved nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Lakeshore Funeral Home, Waco.

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Marie M. (Liles) Ginn-Holdren
Feb 20, 1913 – July 7, 2010

Corsicana — Marie Holdren, 97, of Corsicana, passed away July 7, 2010.

She was born Feb. 20, 1913, in Marietta, Okla. to L.A. and Ida Liles. Mrs. Holdren was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Her joys in life were her children and her grandchildren. She was married to Fred Ginn, who passed away 1941. She raised five children alone.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Winn officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ginn; daughter, Alice B. Allen; three brothers, and three sisters.

Survivors include her children, Charles Ginn and wife Lee; Kenneth E. Ginn; Marie Welborn; Dean Ginn and wife Beth; sister-in-law, Elsie Wisman; 21 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elbert Dwayne Daniel
Apr 21, 1923 – July 25, 2009

Elbert Dwayne Daniel was born April 21, 1923, in Dew. Dwayne returned to Freestone County in 1991 after retirement from 37 years service with General Dynamics in Fort Worth. He was ordained as a deacon at Ridglea West Baptist Church in 1970. He served as deacon at Northside Baptist in Corsicana, Cornerstone Baptist in Fairfield, and First Baptist in Buffalo where he became inactive due to his age and health in 2004. He passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009, at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Elbert and Thelma Bradshaw Daniel; and brother, Doyle Daniel.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Rash Daniel; children, Barbara Soule of Itasca, Linda Denton of Dew, and Joe and Pam Daniel of Lexington; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws and many wonderful friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Fairfield with Brother Ed Ridge officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Fryer, Roy Casey III, Brian Huges, J.W. Reeder, James Stanton and Charlie Waters.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Jill Dieterle
Sept 27, 1948 - May 26, 2009

Jill Dieterle, 60, of Baytown passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Eureka Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Aden Ozell Colburn
Aug 11, 1936 - Jan 9, 2009

Mr. Aden O. Colburn, 72, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Eureka Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Librado Argeto
Died Nov 20, 1931

Mexican Shot Three Times and Another Mexican Is Sought

City Officers Seaton and Sparks answered a call about 11 o'clock Wednesday night to the corner of East Ninth avenue and South Ninth street following an altercation between two Mexicans. Librado Argeto was taken to the P.& S. Hospital, suffering with three bullet wounds. Argeto was reported in serious condition.
Officer Seaton made a trip to Carl Switch Wednesday night in search of the second man, but failed to locate him.
City and county officers were seeking another Mexican Thursday in connection with the shooting of Argeto, but no arrests had been reported Thursday afternoon.

No charges have been filed.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 19, 1931
Submitted by Karen Rost




FATHER AND SON SOUGHT FOLLOWING DEATH OF MEXICAN

County and city officers Saturday morning redoubled their efforts to apprehend two Mexicans, father and son, in connection with the shooting of Librado Argeto, Mexican, Wednesday evening when it was learned Argeto died in the P. and S. hospital late Friday. Complaints for alleged assault with intent to murder were filed Thursday Against the two Mexicans in Judge J.L. Cox's court and Judge Cox announced Saturday morning the charges would be changed to murder complaints. Neither of the two Mexicans sought have been apprehended.

Funeral services for Argeto were held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at the Catholic cemetery where interment was made.

The funeral services were conducted by Monseignor V. Graffeo of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Nov 21, 1931
Submitted by Karen Rost

Notes:

  • Not listed in the Nav. Co. Cem. Records Vol XI and no death certificate found.

Virginia May Seton
May 18, 1904 – Jan 4, 1927

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR VIRGINIA MAY SEATON

Funeral services for Virginia May Seaton, aged 24 years, who died Thursday in Terrell, were held Saturday afternoon at the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors at 3 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. V. Graffeo of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.

The body arrived in Corsicana Friday night on the southbound H.&T.C.R.R. train at 11:15 o’clock.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Jan 11, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Billy Joe Snowden
Aug 27, 1971 – Nov 12, 2008

Billy Joe Snowden, 37, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at his residence in Corsicana. He was born on Aug. 27, 1971, to Gary and Linda Snowden in Corsicana. He was an assistant manager at Pizza Hut.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Linda Snowden of Corsicana; grandmothers, Veda Ayala of Corsicana and Myrtle Snowden of Corsicana; brother, Michael Snowden of Corsicana; sister, Veronica Bland of Corsicana; and nephews, Joshua and Jacob Bland.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary (Jurik) Kennemore
Nov 21, 1918 – Dec 24, 2010

Mrs. Mary Kennemore, 92, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Desoto after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Ennis on Nov. 21, 1918 to Frank Jurik and Anna Slovak Jurik. Mary was a wonderful wife and mother. While her husband Jerry Kennemore was alive, she helped to manage her husband’s business, Jerry’s Body Shop, which he opened in 1970. She was a great cook and was well known to Jerry’s deer hunting friends for her wonderful home-made pickles.

She was an active member of Our Ladies Altar Society and was also an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Kennemore; her sister, Agnes Dolezal; and three brothers, Emil Jurik, Walter Jurik and Joe Jurik.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Valek and husband Donald of Ennis, and Denise Gordon and husband Danny of Coriscana; a son, Pat Kennemore and wife Laura of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, Jerry and Jason Valek, Jarod and Eric Gordon, Ragan Kennemore Nichols and Jackson and Caroline Kennemore; and one great grandson, Bralen Nichols.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Catholic cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Valek, Jason Valek, Jarod Gordon, Eric Gordon, John Marek and William Jurik.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elbert Sample Jr.
Mar 29, 1918 - Sept 13, 2009

Elbert Sample Jr., 91, of Dallas passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Renaissance Hospital in Dallas. Funeral service will be noon Saturday, Sept. 19, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Pelham Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Sadie Mae (Key) Moore
Feb 9, 1909 – Oct 23, 2010


Corsicana — Sadie Mae Key Moore, 101, of Whitehouse went to be with her Lord on Oct. 23, 2010.

She was born Feb. 9, 1909, in Hill County. She lived most of her life in Corsicana until she moved to Whitehouse in October 2006. Mrs. Moore had been a member of the 11th Avenue Baptist in Corsicana since July 8, 1962. She had a great love for crocheting, quilting, baking, specially fried pies and studying her Bible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Moore; parents, William and Josie Key; and sister, Jewel Nutt.

Survivors include her son, Billy Moore and wife Sondra of Whitehouse; granddaughter, Melanie Smith of Whitehouse; she is also survived by three great granddaughters, Sheridan, Shelby and Macy Smith of Whitehouse.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rufus Nutt officiating. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews, David Kelly, Larry Kelly, Danny Davis, A.B. Moore, Don Moore and Johnny Moore.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lois (Russell) Moore-Williams
Mar 7, 1927 – Jan 5, 2011

Lois Moore Williams, age 83, went to take her place among the other angels with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 5, 2011, at Oakview Healthcare Residence in Hubbard. She was born March 7, 1927, to Nona Cook Crawford and Hubbard B. Crawford, in Brandon.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Russell, Earle and H.B. “Sarge” Crawford; one sister, Faye; first husband, Billy Ray Moore; and second husband, Sam Williams.

She was the proud, devoted mother of Randy, Jeff and Jana Moore. Her children will remember her always as the “Best Mama in the World.” Her legacy includes five grandchildren: Kristol Watson and husband, David; Kacie King and husband, Ryan; Coleman Campbell, Chandler Moore and Grayson Moore. She also had three great grandchildren: Waylon and Lexi Watson, and Reid King.

Lois was a beautiful woman in every way. She had such a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. She was a treasure to behold.

Lois moved from Brandon to Frost during high school. She and her first husband Billy made Frost their home. Although Billy’s work took him out of town often, Lois stayed home and cared for their children.

Later on, when Lois was married to Sam, they lived in Bellmead. After Sam passed way Lois moved back to Frost to be near her children. She worked as a secretary for M. Lipsitz and Company.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Frost United Methodist in Frost, with Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Campbell, Jimmy Moore, Tony Sanders, David Watson, Ryan King and Sam Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Freddie Lane, Billy Gene Moore, Eric Meyers, and the office staff of M. Lipsitz and Company.

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Billie Lorene (Arvin) Cook
Dec 16, 1927 – Jan 22, 2011

Billie Lorene Cook died Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas at the age of 83 She was born in Rhinehart, Texas on December 16, 1927 to John and Lola Mae White Arvin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billie E. Cook and a daughter Betty Sue Cook.

She is survived by her children Bobbie Joe Cook of Richland and Benny Jon and Tammy Cook of Mildred; sister, Maxine Dyer of Williamburg, New Mexico; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, January 24th from 9-5 pm and Tuesday, January 25th from 9-1 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with Jerry Parson officiating.

Notes:

  • Navarro County Times – Jan 27, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

fenry “Hank” Wayne Mayers
Jan 3, 1952 – Jan 23, 2011

Henry "Hank" Wayne Mayers, 59, of Corsicana, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his home.

He was born in Detroit, Mich. on Jan. 3, 1952, to Harold and Jean Nelson Mayers. Hank worked as a supervisor with the Dr. Pepper company.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jean Nelson Mayers; and a son, Terry Mayers.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy Mayers of Corsicana; father, Harold Mayers of Sulphur Springs; children, Kevin Mayers and wife Rebecca of Florida, Kenneth Soverns and Kathy of Huntington, and Bridgette Sonneborn and Tameria Stanart both of Corsicana; sister, Denise LaFlame of Grapevine; brother, Gary Mayers and Ruth of Sulphur Springs; he is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with Dan Edling officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Emil Zabojnik, Frank Marguez, Bruce Burkett, Chris Morris, Gary Lohner, and Mike Tanner. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

The family requests casual clothing be worn by those attending the Hank’s services.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charles B. Nelson Sr.
Dec 9, 1931 - Jan 9, 2011
 

Charles Nelson Sr.
Charles B. Nelson, Sr., 79, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services will be 11am Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8pm Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Charles was born December 9, 1931 to Dan and Mamie Nelson. He attended school in West. He worked for REA, Navarro County Electric for 25 years. One of his favorite pass times since his retirement was drinking coffee at Braums in Corsicana and "shooting the bull" with the guys. He enjoyed dancing with his loving companion Billie Herod; hunting with his son, Charles, Jr.; and being with the two granddaughters he so adored, Britny and Taylor Nelson. He married Annie Laurie Deskins of February 22, 1957. In 1966 they became the proud parents of a son, Charles B. Nelson, Jr. Mr. Nelson was a veteran proudly serving in the army.

He is preceded in death by his wife, mother, father, six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his son, Charles B. Nelson Jr. of Austin; loving companion, Billie Herod of Corsicana; extra special granddaughters, Britny Nelson and Taylor Nelson of Austin; sisters, Josephine Bebout of Corpus Christi, Pearl Garza and husband Paul of Waco; special friend and sister in law, Thelma Nelson of Waco; several nieces and nephews and many many friends.

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Charles B. Nelson Sr., 79, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at his residence.

Charles was born Dec. 9, 1931, to Dan and Mamie Nelson. He attended school in West. He worked for REA, Navarro County Electric for 25 years. Since his retirement, his favorite pastimes were drinking coffee at Braums in Corsicana, and "shooting the bull" with the guys. He enjoyed dancing with his loving companion Billie Herod, hunting with his son Charles Jr., and being with the two granddaughters he so adored, Britny and Taylor Nelson. He married Annie Laurie Deskins on Feb. 22, 1957. In 1966 they became the proud parents of a son, Charles B. Nelson Jr. Mr. Nelson was a veteran proudly served in the army.

He is preceded in death by his wife; his mother and father; and six brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his son, Charles B. Nelson Jr. of Austin; loving companion, Billie Herod of Corsicana; extra special granddaughters, Britny Nelson and Taylor Nelson of Austin; sisters, Josephine Bebout of Corpus Christi, Pearl Garza and husband Paul of Waco; special friend and sister in law, Thelma Nelson of Waco; he is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many many friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 11a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kenneth Lee Watts
Oct 1, 1974 – Jan 23, 2011

Mr. Kenny Watts, age 36, passed away on January 23, 2011 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born to Judy and Kenneth Watts on October 1, 1974 in Mesquite, Texas.

He is survived by his special companion, Celia Crump of Corsicana, Texas; his father, Kenneth Watts of Cedar Creek, Texas; his mother, Judy Watts of Corsicana, Texas; his sisters, Tammy Watts-Daniel of Irving, Texas, Laura Watts-Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas and Amanda Watts of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation for Mr. Watts will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Services will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, Texas with Steve Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Teas. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Harel, Eric Daniel, Mark Austin, Jonathan Owen, Tommy Songer, C. J. Harrel and Jeramie Moore.

Notes:

  • Navarro County Times – Jan 27, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Leonard Harold Green
Oct 16, 1915 - Sep 16, 1956

Emmett Farmer Expires Sunday

FROST, Sept. 17— (Spl.)— Leonard Harold Green, 40, Emmett farmer, native of this community, died of a heart attack shortly before noon Sunday.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p. m. from the Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett with burial in the Emmett cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. William Bradbury, pastor, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Green and a brother-in-law, Bobby Raines, had driven in a car to a site where a crew was wrapping a pipeline and as they prepared to return home. Green was stricken.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at a physician's office in Frost.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Geraldine Green; two daughters, Linda Janice and Carolyn Kay Green, all of Emmett; mother, Mrs. B. W. Green. Sr., Frost; seven brothers, Irvin, J. C., C. R., Truitt and M. R. Green, all of Frost; Jerry Green. Crawford, and B. W. Green, Jr., Freeport; a sister, Mrs. Marie Raines, Emmett, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Glynn Thompson, Curtis Dunagan. Clifford Henthorne, Oran Williams, James Caffey, and Leonard Minze.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Rase Earnest "Earn" Williams
Aug 1, 1897 - Feb 22, 1981

Rase Earnest Williams
Rase Earnest Williams, 83, of Blooming Grove, died Sunday in Corsicana Nursing Home.
Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Methodist Church, Blooming Grove. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Ballard Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
He was a retired carpenter.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Williams, of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Earnestine Watts, of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Phyllis Brown, of Kerens; two sons, Kenneth Earnest Williams of Fort Worth, Maj. Jerald Marcos Williams USAF, of Hawaii; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mae Smith, of Waco; and one brother, Lee Williams, of Corsicana.
Pallbearers are A. M. Shows, Stokes Armstrong, Charlie Joe Armstrong, Clovis Haden, Hoss Farish and Elmer Ledbetter.

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Martha Virginia (Deel) Lambert
Oct 4, 1842 - Feb 18 1936

Aged Frost Woman
Buried at McCord
FROST, Feb. 22, --Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Lambert 94 years, who died at the home of a foster-daughter, Mrs. F. D. Wyatt, Tuesday night, were held from the Wyatt home with interment in the McCord cemetery.
Surviving are her foster daughter, a brother and a number of other relatives.

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Charnell Berrian Hightower
Nov 3, 1841 - Mar 24, 1919

Old Citizen of Frost Dead
C. B. Hightower, aged 80 years, and for many years a resident at Frost, died there Monday and the remains were interred there yesterday.

Notes:



C. B. Hightower Dies
The people of Frost and community were bowed in grief Monday morning when the news came from Waco that C. B. Hightower had passed away early that morning in a sanitarium. Mr. Hightower was born in 1841, moving to Texas at an early age. He was an ex-Confederate soldier, having enlisted in the service from this county. “Uncle Charnel” as he was called was one of the Frost community’s most substantial and highly respected citizens, and from what acquaintance the writer had with him he was a man of strong character and admirable disposition. He was vice-president of the First National Bank and out of due respect to the deceased the First National Bank and the Citizen’s State Bank were closed Monday and Tuesday.
The remains were shipped to Italy Monday afternoon where they were met by Beene Bros., undertakers and a few friends and brought to Frost, where they lay in state at the home of Mrs. J. A. Ledford, daughter of the deceased until Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by the Revs. Conway of Hubbard and W. O. Barnett of this place. The Masons of Frost had charge of the funeral which took place in the McCord cemetery.
The out-of-town friends and relatives present were: C. T. Hightower, Garden City; N. M. Hightower, Lubbock; C. R. Hightower, Winters; Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Griffin and children of Waco, and Nate Hightower of Burkburnett.

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Aubrey Cleveland "Clevey" Littlejohn
Feb 9, 1891 - Mar 21, 1944

A. C. LITTLEJOHN
DIED SUDDENLY NEAR FROST ON TUESDAY
A. C. Littlejohn, age 52 years, died suddenly at his home near Frost Tuesday morning. Funeral arrangements are not complete but the services will probably be held Wednesday afternoon.
Surviving are his wife, Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Gola Gregory, Corsicana; Miss Audry Littlejohn, Frost; three brothers, three sisters, a grandchild and other relatives.

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RITES ON THURSDAY FOR A. C. LITTLEJOHN; BURIAL AT FROST
Funeral services for A. C. Littlejohn, age 52 years, who died suddenly at his home near Frost Tuesday morning, will be held from the Frost Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Frost cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters, three brothers, three sisters, a grandson and other relatives.

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Mary Margaret “Maggie” (Cole) Grimmett
Sep 29, 1870 - Dec 6, 1944

MRS. J. W. J. W. GRIMMETT
DIED AT NOON TODAY; FUNERAL THURSDAY
Mrs. J. W. Grimmett, 74, died about noon Wednesday at the Navarro Clinic. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Methodist church at Barry with Rev. Vernon White conducting the rites. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery.
Mrs. Grimmett had been a resident of the Barry community about 35 years and was well known in that section.
Surviving are her husband, J. W. Grimmett, Barry; a son, P. E. Grimmett, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. G. W. Watson, Barry; Mrs. W. L. Bingham, Dallas; Mrs. A. L. Mason, Beaumont; four brothers, Hugh Cole, Italy; Walter Cole, Italy; E. C. Cole, Beloit, Wis.; John Cole, Waxahachie; 7 grandchildren, two of the grandsons being with the U. S. Army overseas, and other relatives.
Corley's Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.


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Ollie Frances (Rudd) McElroy
Nov 28, 1899 - Sep 17, 1944

FARMER AND WIFE KILLED AT ITALY CROSSING SUNDAY
ITALY, Sept. 18.—(AP)—What Judge R. E. Sparkman of Italy described as Italy's first fatal traffic accident ever recorded in this Ellis county town today had resulted in death to a farm couple and injuries to their two daughters Wilburn L. McElroy, 50, and his wife, 44, were killed, and their daughters, Leta. 17, and Barbara Jean, 7, were injured in the collision yesterday of an automobile
and a Dallas-Waco interurban.
The McElroys, who lived between Frost and Mertens, were in the automobile driving to Forreston
for a family reunion. The girls were taken to a Waxahachie sanitarium.
None of the interurban passengers nor its motorman, Lenial Smithwich of Italy, was reported injured.

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DOUBLE FUNERAL IN FROST WEDNESDAY FOR THE M'ELROYS
FROST, Sept. 22—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Wilburn L. McElroy, 51, and his wife, Ollie Frances McElroy, 45, who lost their lives in an interurban-automobile collision Sunday at Italy, were held from the Methodist church here Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Burial was in the Frost cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. T. D. Ellis, Methodist pastor, and Rev. J. E. Stack, Baptist pastor.
Surviving are a son, Sgt. F. D. McSween, Camp Rucker, Ala.; four daughters, Mrs. Ollie Mae Stanton. and Mrs. Frances Edmonds, both of Dallas; Leta Joyce and Barbara Jean McElroy, both of Frost, both injured in the accident in which their parents were killed.
Mr. McElroy is also survived by a brother, Fred McElroy, Frost, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. McElroy is also survived by her mother, Mrs. J. M. Rudd, Forreston; three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Lewis, Dallas; Mrs. Corey Brown, Italy, and Mrs. Thomas Robinson, Forreston; eight brothers, J. M. Rudd, Houston; Jesse Rudd, Italy; Lawrence Rudd, Frost; Lonnie Rudd, Kerens; Esker Rudd, Dallas; Arnold Rudd, Waxahachie; Jewel Rudd and R. D. Rudd, both of Forreston, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Coleman Ponder, Grover Smith, Joe Brown, Eris Doyle, Jewel Smith, J. B. Jones, Earl Dawson, Tom Hooser, Ordway Mitchell, R. R. Hinkle, Hubert Wyatt, Ernest Hooser, Cecil Johnson and Wesley Holmes.
McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Wilburn Leon McElroy
Dec 26, 1893 - Sep 17, 1944

FARMER AND WIFE KILLED AT ITALY CROSSING SUNDAY
ITALY, Sept. 18.—(AP)—What Judge R. E. Sparkman of Italy described as Italy's first fatal traffic accident ever recorded in this Ellis county town today had resulted in death to a farm couple and injuries to their two daughters.
Wilburn L. McElroy, 50, and his wife, 44, were killed, and their daughters, Leta. 17, and Barbara Jean, 7, were injured in the collision yesterday of an automobile and a Dallas-Waco interurban.
The McElroys, who lived between Frost and Mertens, were in the automobile driving to Forreston for a family reunion. The girls were taken to a Waxahachie sanitarium.
None of the interurban passengers nor its motorman, Lenial Smithwich of Italy, was reported injured.

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Millard F. West
Jul 14, 1852 - Jan 22, 1929

AGED RESIDENT
FROST WAS BURIED
THERE TUESDAY
FROST, Jan. 22.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for M. F. West, aged 75 years, who died at his home here Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Methodist church. Rev T. O. Story, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.
Surviving are nine children, three daughters and six sons.
The deceased had been a resident of the Frost community for 30
years.

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Coleman Watts
May 2, 1899 - Jul 23, 1929

Coleman Watts Died At Frost Tuesday
FROST, July 27.—(SP)—Coleman Watts, 30, died at his home near here Tuesday following a short illness and the funeral was held here Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with burial in the Frost cemetery.
He was born in Alabama but had resided in this vicinity since a small child.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Watts, one sister, four brothers and a number of other relatives.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. A. Conway, Baptist minister of Corsicana.

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Emma Mabel "Belle" (Mitchell) Patterson
Feb 2, 1882 - Jul 19, 1929

FROST WOMAN DIES THERE LATE FRIDAY FUNERAL SATURDAY

FROST, July 20.—(SP)—Mrs. Bell Patterson, 45, wife of E. A. Patterson, died at her home here
Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock and funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4:30. Surviving are her husband, four children, Mrs. Raymond Jones, Curtis Patterson, Rex Patterson, and Iris Patterson, her mother, Mrs. Jane Mitchell; three sisters, Mrs. W. J. Holcomb, Mrs. Ada Sheppard of Oklahoma, Miss Katherine Mitchell; five brothers, Frank, Luther and Henry Mitchell of Frost and Lee and Will Mitchell of Dallas.
She was a member of the Baptist church.

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Dodridge M. Jordan
Mar 14, 1849 - Apr 01, 1929

PIONEER RESIDENT FROST DIED MONDAY BURIAL TUESDAY
FROST, April 2.—(SPL.)—D. M. Jordan, aged 80, pioneer resident of Frost, died here Monday afternoon about 5:30, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Frost Baptist church. Rev. H. A. Conway, pastor of the Hope Baptist church of Corsicana officiating. Interment was in the Frost cemetery.
The deceased had lived in Frost many years and is survived by his wife and five children. Mrs. Ross Brown of Frost, Mrs. Ernest Eddlemon of Italy, Mrs. R. W. Byrd of Waco, W. E. Jordan of Frost. and A. D. Jordan of New Jersey.

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Jennie Mayme Moore
Jan 7, 1903 - Aug 14, 1965

Mayme Moore Dies Saturday,
Rites Monday
Mayme Moore, 62, long-time Corsicana high school math teacher, 1507 West Fifth avenue, died in Memorial hospital Saturday night following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p. m. from the chapel of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Emmett cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert J. Potts, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev.
C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.
Native of Emmett, Miss Moore graduated from Hubbard High School, had a B. A. and M. A. degrees from Baylor University and had attended Texas A and M. University, Rusk College and North Texas State University.
She began her teaching career at Malone and was in the Hubbard school faculty three
years before coming to Corsicana 38 years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist church and held membership in various teaching organizations.
Surviving are three brothers Paul Moore, Corsicana; Ben H Moore, Houston, and R. B. (Buster) Moore, Pasadena; a sister Mrs. W. R. Carmichael, Huntsville; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were R. A. Armistead, Herb Silverberg, Joe Seale, Jack Maris, Leighton B
Dawson, Cullen Dunn, C. A. Davant and W. A. McPherson.
Griffin directed.

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