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Etta May Tapley
Apr 20, 1938 – Apr 18, 2007

Etta May Tapley, 68, of Mabank died Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in Tyler.

She was born April 20, 1938, in Blooming Grove to Lenard Carl and Lovie D. Murdock. Etta moved to Mabank from Houston in 1978. She worked as a supervisor in the hotel industry. She loved being around her family and friends, and sports. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Malakoff.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam and Cliff Hinds of Kemp and Kim and Gene Smith of Eureka; two sons, James and Sherry Tapley of Ben Wheeler and Carl and Paula Tapley of Frankston; grandchildren, Haylea Hinds of Kemp, J.D., Heather and Faith Tapley of Ben Wheeler, Wes, Wade and Jesse Smith of Eureka, and Russ Tapley of Frankston; her dear friends of Pecan Grove Apartments in Mabank; and her beloved companion, Toots of Mabank.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenard and Lovie Murdock; and husband, James Ellis Tapley Sr.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God in Malakoff with Brother Ken Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Malakoff Cemetery.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home, Seven Points.

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Kathalene Walden
May 13, 2008

Kathalene Walden, 85, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Itasca Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jasper Wade
Sept 13, 1943 – June 1, 2008

Jasper Wade, 64, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Grace Temple AME Church, 402 E. 14th Ave., with Pastor Michael Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Montray Bush, Michael Donaldson Jr., Randolf Jones, Bruce Deason, Keldrin Wade and Antonio Houston.

Mr. Wade was born Sept. 13, 1943, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Tressie Mae Sims Wade; and sisters and brothers, Teresa Bush, Dewey Wade, Lonnie Wade, Dorothy Lee White, Fred Butler and L.P. Phillips.

Survivors include four sons, Michael Wade, Christopher Wade, Jeffery Wade and Eugene White Jr.; one sister, Lula Williams; two brothers, Ira Wade and Willie Wade; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including a special friend, Atheree Wadley.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ola Mae Burke McCann
July 8, 1915 – Apr 13, 2008

Ola Mae Burke McCann, 92, of Conroe passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Willis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 8, 1915, in Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Birdie Burke; sisters, Jimmie Dee Powell and Dorothy Petty; and her husband, the Rev. Gene Jack McCann.

She is survived by her foster son, Dr. Sixto Herrera Ramirez of Monterrey, Mexico; her sister, Cosia S. Rau of Corpus Christi; nephew, Riley Gene Petty of Corpus Christi; and nieces, Glenda Harris and Linda (Paul) Rothgeb, both of Corpus Christi.

Mrs. McCann was a devoted wife and Christian and spent her married life in the mission fields with her husband helping others. She will always be remembered and forever in our hearts.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cashner Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Wes Pratt officiating. Burial will follow at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements by Cashner Funeral Home, Conroe.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun – Monday, Apr 14, 2008
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Alton Jerod Jones
Sept 11, 1961 - Nov 19, 2008

Alton Jerod Jones, 47, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson with Pastor Monroe Allen officiating. Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Alice Marie Grant Chambers
Dec 2, 1952 - May 23, 2008

Alice Marie Grant Chambers, 55, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 23, 2008, at Twilight Nursing Home. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Second Mission Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Rocky Branch Cemetery in Wortham. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ottie Oliver Young
May 11, 1912 - Apr 22, 1965

Ottie O.Young Dies Thursday
KERENS, April 23 (Spl) Ottle O. Young, 62, native of Pittsburg, Texas, died at his home here Thursday. He was a retired watchmaker and World War II veteran. Young had resided here 14 years.
Funeral services will be held from the Paschal Funeral Chapel Saturday at 3 p.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a member.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. C. E. Roney, Emhouse, and Mrs. C. H. Hamer, Quitaque; a brother, T. H. Young, Austin, and other relatives.

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Cecil Levi McManus
May 30, 1897 - Oct 13, 1968

Funeral services for Cecil McManus, 71, were held Monday at 4 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

McManus died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Black Hills, a retired poultryman, a member of Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church and a veteran of World War I.

The Rev. V. E. Tanner, pastor of Petty’s Chapel church, officiated. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Lt. Cmdr. Cecil Lee McManus of Corpus Christi; four grandchildren; five brothers, J. D. of Corsicana, R. A. of Dallas, R. J. of Ennis, Oren of Waco and Jack of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Mamie Collins of Emhouse and Mrs. C. W. Williams of Amarillo.

Masonic graveside rites were conducted by Corsicana Lodge No. 174 AF&AM.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Oct 15, 1968
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Beverly Ann (Johnston) Gullatt
May 18, 1948 – Oct 9, 2010
 

Beverly Ann Gullatt died Saturday, October 9, 2010 at her residence at the age of 62. She was born to John and Rita Johnston on May 18, 1948 in Corsicana. Beverly attended Corsicana ISD and was employed with many businesses including Falcon Business Forms for 20 years. She was a licensed cosmetologist and beautician. She resided in Texas cities such as Bellmead, Clifton, Eureka and Corsicana and settled in Mildred. She was a member of the Mildred Baptist Church for 23 years.

She is survived by her husband Herman Gullatt; daughter Leecia Arnett and husband Brad of Corsicana; daughter Tina Fountain of Tyler; son Jim Bell and wife Tracie of Kingwood and son Stephen Bell of Corsicana; mother Rita Johnson of Corsicana; brothers - Jack Johnston and Sandra of Alma, Bobby Johnston and Patti of Kerens, David Johnston and Kim of Corsicana; 5 grandchildren - Nicole Bell, Jordan Fountain, DJ Combs-Hanner, Joshua Fountain and Kylie Combs-Hanner; grandson and caregiver Blake Gullatt; step-daughters - Carolyn Arthur of Katy and Patricia Horton of DeSoto; 8 step-grandchildren and 6 step great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service is Monday, October 11 at the Mildred Baptist Church at 2 p.m., with Rev, Tony Neal officiating. Burial will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Bunk Bottoms, Jerry Watkins, J.C. Reed, Randall Arnett, Robert Miles and Ronnie Deagan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Wayne Rose and the Adult Sunday School Class of Mildred Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Birdie V. “Mama” Howze
Mar 20, 1933 – Mar 6, 2010

On Friday, March 6, 2010, Birdie V. “Mama” Howze passed away peacefully from this world to dwell forever in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God Almighty. Birdie was born in Waco on March 20, 1933, to the parentage of Robert and Hazel Mason. She was the youngest of three children and was such a blessing to her sister, Julia, and her brother, Robert. She professed her faith in Christ and united with Antioch Baptist Church under R.L. Bailey. She completed her formal education in the Waco ISD, graduating the top of her class from J.J. Moore High School. She received her B.S. degree from Paul Quinn College in Waco and her M.S. degree from Sam Houston State. Later she worked on her doctorate from Tuskegee Institute.

In 1962, she married Clarence Howze and relocated to Corsicana. She began working at Jackson Elementary School and later became assistant principal at Sam Houston Elementary, ending her career as an educator at Corsicana High School as a guidance counselor. Along her way she bonded with other teachers, who became friends for a lifetime. She united with Sixth Avenue Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. E.C. Reynolds. There she served faithfully, until joining her son, the Rev. D.R. Watson, in his first pastorate at New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Mama Howze served as an advisor to the Women’s Missionary Society, mother of the church, and a strong prayer warrior until God called her from earth to glory on Friday. She accomplished so many great things in her lifetime; she was an accomplished writer and an outstanding speaker and teacher. She served this community tirelessly, including a brief term as a member of the city council and having May 16 named as Birdie Howze Day. She wore many hats and wore them all well. She will greatly be missed by her family, both her church families, her many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her soul mate, Clarence; her parents and brother; and also her special friends, Pearl Carroll and Juanita Tankersley.

Funeral services for Mama Howze will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St. Officiating minister will be the Rev. M.L. Green, assistant pastor New Cornerstone, and eulogist will be Bishop K.D. Davis Sr., pastor of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Joe Ballard, Danzell Lee, Don Jones Sr., Richard Washington, Melvin Williams and Larry Wilson.

She leaves to cherish and remember her always, her son, the Rev. D.R. Watson (Paula), pastor of New Cornerstone Baptist Church, Corsicana; granddaughter, Christi Jones of Corsicana; grandsons, Brian Bates of Corsicana and Nathaniel Bates of Tyler; sister, Julia Pratt of Waco; and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including the New Cornerstone Church family and the Sixth Avenue Church family; her devoted friend and confident, Shirley Ware; and special friends Cleo Lee, Molly Sparks, the Carrolls (Ezra, Calvin and Beverly), Bishop Davis and Ronitka Jones.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Hansel Derryberry
May 5, 1921 – July 24, 2010

James Hansel Derryberry, 89, of Corsicana, passed away July 24, 2010, in Corsicana.

He was born May 5, 1921, in Barry to James Horace and Luttie Pearl Derryberry.

James was a generous loving husband and father. He graduated from Barry High School and attended Navarro College. On Nov. 20, 1948, he married Barbara Ann and they were married for 56 years. He served in World War II as a Private First Class for four years as Military Police and rifle sharpshooter. He received American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and a letter of recognition from President Harry S. Truman. He did many things by trade including blacksmith, teacher and fixture builder for K. Wolens.

Mr. Derryberry is survived by son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie Derryberry of Corsicana; daughter, Beverly Hatley of McKinney; five grandchildren, Stacey Hatley Vail and husband Jason of Plano, Marc Derryberry of Austin, Darrel Derryberry and Michael Derryberry, both of Corsicana, and Chris Hatley and wife Brandi of Plano; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by wife, Barbara Ann Derryberry, onJuly 17, 2004; and by sisters, Elna Lane and Beatrice Lane.

Graveside services were held Tuesday July 27, 2010, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

The family would like to thank the second floor and ICU nursing staff at Navarro Regional Hospital, Dr. Updegrove, and Dr. Ballesteros for their father's care and efforts to keep him as comfortable as possible.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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John Adam Hays
Sept 7, 1923 – Aug 2, 2010

John Adam Hays, 86, passed away Monday, August 2, 2010 at his residence in Mabank, Texas.

He was born September 7, 1923, in Cayuga, Texas, to Charlie and Ada Susie Hays. He had worked for the Stroube Ranch in Corsicana, and then worked several years for McKee Lumber in Corsicana before retiring.

Survivors include his two sons, John Wayne Hays and Billy Ray Hays; two daughters, Ruby Insell and Elizabeth Ann Fagan; brother, Charlie Eugene Hays; and she is also survived by eight grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral service, following visitation, will begin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Fagan, Joseph Fagan, Joshua Hays, Corey Tanner, Walter King, and Michael King.

The family would like to thank the caregivers, including Haneva Simmons, and the staff of Hospice of Cedar Lake.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Alicia (Ybarra) Mahoney
Sept 20, 1977 – July 22, 2010

Alicia Ybarra Mahoney 32, passed away in Corsicana, and went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2010. She was born Sept. 20,1977, in Anniston, Alabama and grew up in Corsicana. Alicia is survived by her children Acie & Jaxsen Mahoney, her husband Justin Mahoney, Her parents John & Connie Lang and Tony & Mitzi Ybarra, her sisters Chanda Willis, and Chasidy Ybarra, brother in law Jonathon Willis, brothers Jonathan Lang, David Lang, and Timothy Lang, niece Canaan Willis, and nephew River Watson. She has numerous aunts and uncles from Alabama and Texas.

Alicia graduated Corsicana High School in 1996 and also attended Navarro College and Texas Community Junior College in Arlington. She received her Medical assistance certification in Dallas, with emphasis in office management and received her acceptance into nursing school. She then went to work for Casita Enterprises Inc. where she worked her way up to becoming President of marketing and distribution of Casita products. She was employed there for 11 yrs.

Alicia became family with nearly everyone who works at Casita and will be dearly missed by the company, family, and friends. She will be remembered by her beautiful smile and her passionate love she held for her loved ones.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday July 25 at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Corsicana, 3 p.m., Monday, July 26 with Dr. Carey Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Pallbearers will be Jonathan Willis, Jonathon Lang, Timothy Lang, David Lang, Tommy Smart, and Wayne or Edward Smart.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Charles “Buddy” Poston
Mar 31, 1928 - Mar 13, 2012

Charles “Buddy” Poston of Palestine and formerly of Corsicana and Arlington, passed away Tuesday at Greenbrier Nursing Home.

He was born March 31, 1928 in Athens to Clarence and Edna (Young) Poston. Mr. Poston was a retired machinist and moved to Palestine in 1993 after retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers James Poston, W.C. Poston, and Don Poston and a sister Faye Tyer.

Mr. Poston is survived by his wife Bonnie Poston, sons David Poston, Gary Poston, and Larry Poston, five grandchildren, Vicky, Kyle, Tasha, Kristen, and Jennifer and numerous great grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, Mary, Diane and Lana, sisters, Margaret Stone, Billie Dyess, Peggy Hammond and Joy Murphy.

Mr. Poston loved life and his family. He was a hard worker as a machinist for many years while living in Arlington. He will be missed very much by his loving family, friends and good pal Bill Brown.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Bailey & Foster Chapel with Chaplain Kenn Somerville officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.


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Shelton Page
Oct 20, 1938 - Mar 13, 2012

Shelton Page, 73 of Tyler, passed away March 13, 2012 at the Hospice Home Place in Tyler surrounded by his family.

He was a Veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army and was a Baptist.

He is preceded in death by his wife Christine Page, daughter Joanie Lanell Page Hicks and parents Bertie and Ivy Page.

He is survived by his children, Danny Page and wife Linda of Tyler, Ron Page and wife Cindy of Tyler, George Page and wife Joy of Corsicana, son-in-law Tommy Hicks of Hawkins. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and his brother James Page of Kilgore, and sisters Virginia Mercer and Louise Crooms, both of Metter, Ga.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery with Steve Elkin officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Danny Page Jr., David Sikes, Daniel Sikes, Philip Page, Allen Bell, Danny Page III. Honorary pallbearers Hodge Hanlin, Joe Hanlin, Jason Page and Clay Hicks.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Cedar St. Baptist Church, Cedar St., Metter, Georgia 30439 and Hospice Home Place of Tyler, Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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William Carroll Petty
Dec 18, 1824 - Aug 8, 1910

In Memoriam

When we see the day close for one who has been friend to his neighbor, a magnet for his family and an example of strong, courageous manhood to all who knew him. the wish comes to our hearts that some other light should rise as his goes down, catching the brightest ray, passing on the accumulated knowledge of a long life of manly goodness. Such a man was William Carroll Petty. He was a native of Dickson county, Tennessee, born in the year 1824. and while yet a young man came to Texas, in 1848. There are only three persons living in this county who were here when he came, namely, Mrs. S. J. Britton, near Pryor, Mrs. Mary Miller and Mrs. Jane Beaton of Corsicana. He was a staunch democrat and never failed to vote at every general election since he became of age. He is survived by six children: Joe Petty of Chatfield, Mrs. K. M. McElroy of Corsicana, Mrs. McCull, John T. Petty and Robert Petty of Angus and Mrs. M. Blackmon, of Los Angeles, Cal. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Riley Boren of Ray, Ellis county, and Mrs. Bettie Barress of Malone, Hill county. He lived for forty years at his home near Angus in the enjoyment of his broad acres. Rising with the sun and ceasing his loved labors only with its going down, and now, like one who wraps his mantel 'round him, he has laid him down to pleasant slumbers.

A FRIEND.
 

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Thelma Cummins
About 1935 - Jan 24, 2012


Thelma Cummins, 76 of Kerens, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at ETMC Hospital in Athens. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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John K. Beck Sr.
Dec 28, 1920 – Jan 9, 2011

John K. Beck Sr. lived a full life that was devoted to the Lord, to his family, and to community service. He was born Dec. 28, 1920, in Kerens, the son of John Caleb and Clyde Daniel Beck.

Beck died on Jan. 9, 2011, at his beloved ranch outside of Kerens due to heart failure.

He was a rancher and a petroleum landman, but earlier in his life he worked for Elmin Howell’s Car Dealership as a bookkeeper. In the 1950s he raised English shepherd cattle dogs for a national market. Much of his life was spent in Democratic Party politics. In the late 1950s, Beck worked with Burton Sneed and Beatrice Jones to help African Americans vote, almost a decade before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. He was the Democratic Party County Chairman in Navarro County for 16 years and served on the Kerens City Council for about a decade in the 1960s. He played a leadership role in the efforts that brought a hospital to Kerens in the late 1960s. He was a member of the Kerens Presbyterian Church from an early age, he served that congregation as a member of the session, treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and occasionally as a replacement pastor for well over fifty years.

Beck married Cornelia “Kenna” Watson on April 25, 1959. After living in Philadelphia for six weeks, the couple made their home in Kerens. They have two children, Dr. Nancy Clyde Beck Young and Dr. John Keitt Beck Jr. Nancy is

married to Dr. Mark E. Young, and they live in Houston with their son, Thomas Eldon Young. John Keitt is married to Shari Beck, and they live in Corsicana with their children, John Keitt Beck III, Rudy Andrew Beck, and Sarah Ann Beck.

Visitation is at Paschal Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be at the Kerens Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, the Reverends Charles A. Reese, Lynette Soloman, and Johnny Vannibuls will officiate. Pallbearers are Brian Arnold, A.L. Atkeisson, Bobby Henderson, Brett Latta, Henry Lindsey, Gerald Thomas, and Randy Tolliver. Honorary pallbearers are Collie Bluitt, Chad Clemente, Eddie Lee Hall, Joseph Edward Hall, Willie Hall, Richard Jennings, and Michael Zwernemann.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Zelma Fay (Brown) Austin
Aug 2, 1933 - Nov 23, 2010

Zelma Fay Brown Austin, of Blooming Grove, passed away at her son’s home in Fort Worth on November 23, 2010. She was the loving daughter of Jim and Eula Mae Brown. Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and a husband.

Survived by her sons, Jimmy Kirby, of Alvarado, and Steven and wife Belanda, of Fort Worth as well as two brothers, Tom and wife Delores Brown of Palmer, Gene Brown of Fort Worth; one sister Diane and husband David Lambert of Blooming Grove; four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fay lived with her sister Diane in Booming Grove and recently moved with her son Steven just this year.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Services are pending.

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Zelma Fay Austin
August 2, 1933 - November 23, 2010

Zelma Fay Brown Austin, of Blooming Grove, passed away at her son's home in Forth Worth on November 23, 2010. She was the loving daugher of Jim and Eula Mae Brown.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and a husband.

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Willena (Boyte) Russell
Sept 20, 1918 – Jan 26, 2011

Willena Russell, 92, of Corsicana, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 26, 2011. She was born on Sept. 20, 1918 to Ruby and Zelma Boyte in Emhouse.

Willena was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Edwin, JLynn and Katherine Boyte; her husband of 49 years, Clifton Russell; and her son, Bill Russell.

Survivors include her sister, Faye Hair of Madill, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Billy Nelson of Corsicana; grandchildren, Raymie Russell of Taunton, Mass., Ronda, Jack and Jacqueline Crowley of Dennis Port, Mass., Steve, Becky, Ethan and Jacob Russell of Keene, N.H., Billy Wayne Nelson of Fort Worth, and Melanie, John, Gracen, Ross and Easton Avent of Waxahachie.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Memorial Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frances Novak Williams
Sept 29, 1922 - Jan 25, 2011

Frances Novak Williams, 88, of Corsicana passed away on Jan. 25, 2011, in Corsicana.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1922 in Corsicana to Ethel Mae Novak and Bert Henry Novak. She had one brother, Clarence Curtis Novak.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and her husband.

She is survived by her son, Dennis Williams and his wife, Maureen Williams, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She worked for Safeway Stores for 33 years. She married Earnest Eugene Williams on March 25, 1939. Their blessed union lasted until his death in 1992.

In honor of her request, there will be no public visitation or services. She had many friends and will truly be missed by all.

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Ricardo Wayne "Rick" Putnam
Jun 6, 1926 – Dec 31, 2010


Rick Putnam, 74, of Corsicana, husband of 16 years to Pat Putnam, passed away on Dec 31, 2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital, after a long battle with cancer.

Rick was born June 6, 1936, to late parents Otillia and Claude Putnam. After growing up in Southern California he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. Rick served his country during the Korean War and upon successful completion of his tour with the Marines, Rick eventually began his career as a barber. He was a resident of Corsicana for 31 years and owned several local barber shops during that time.

Survivors include son Brian Putnam of Houston; daughter Tracy Scheurer and husband John of Riverside, Calif.; son Aaron Putnam and wife Teri of Folsom, Calif.; and son Ryan Putnam and wife Jacquelyn of Houston; step-daughter Michelle Daniels and husband Jamie of Whitesboro; nine grandchildren and numerous cousins.

Rick was preceded in death by his wife Cindy Putnam, mother to Aaron and Ryan.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 602 N. Beaton in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the spouse will be accepted by the American Legion.

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Patsy “Pat” (Platt) Putnam
About 1947 - Jan 17, 2012

Patsy “Pat” Putnam, formerly of Corsicana, passed away at her home in Collinsville, Texas on Jan. 17, 2012 at the age of 64.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at the American Legion in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents B.F. “Jack” and Vivian Platt; husband, Rick; brother, Bobby Platt; and sister, Dorothy Fitzmaurice.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Daniels and husband Jamie of Collinsville; son, Casey Underwood and wife Krysty; brother Billy Platt and wife Meredith of Corsicana; grandchildren Harley Anglin, Dakota Daniels, Nicholas Daniels and LeLe Underwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Merdis Marie (Sims) Woods
Jan 12, 1930 – Feb 24, 2012

On Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, Merdis Sims Woods left this life for a better place. Merdis was born Jan. 12, 1930 in Navarro County, Texas. She was the youngest child of Elizah and Amie Sims. She was a beautiful child who received all of the attention from her parents and older siblings.

Merdis Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Elizah and Amie; husband, Nathaniel Woods, brothers, Wilmer Sims and Chester Sims, and her sisters, Ora V. Sims and Rosie Lee Sims James.

Merdis accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Browns Valley Baptist Church. In moving to Corsicana, she united with the Second Mission Baptist Church under the late Reverend Paul Curry. She met and married Nathaniel Woods. They did not have children, but loved and adored their many nieces and nephews.

Merdis enjoyed many hobbies, especially cooking and fishing. Her cooking was outstanding with a specialty in making salads of many kinds. In her early years, Merdis enjoyed living in Dallas, Corpus Christi and visits to California. However, in her later years, she traveled throughout Texas with her sisters. She and her sisters loved fine dining and could be found “eating out” all over Navarro County.

Merdis leaves to cherish her memories her sister, Marilyn “Tammy” Sims Brown of Corsicana, and a host of nieces and nephews: John Brown Jr., Finis Nelson (Patricia) of Dallas, Martha Brown of Corsicana, Lucille Sims Williams (Rostell) of Tyler, Chester Sims Jr., of Dallas, Elaine Sims Bluitt (Everett Joe), Sheila Sims, all of Houston, Marva Sims Overton of Corsicana, David C. Sims (Roberta) of Michigan, Bobby K. Sims Sr.(Ella) of Corsicana, Ray A. Sims (Barbara) of Coppell, Sutton Sims, Archie L. Sims and David Sims (Susie) of Corsicana, and numerous great-nieces, nephews, loyal friends and neighbors.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at Second Mission Baptist Church with Pastor Larry L. Polk Sr., officiating. Interment will follow at the Chatfield Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lee Roy Hall
Mar 9, 1940 – Feb 29, 2012


Lee Roy Hall, 71, of Frost passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. He was born March 9, 1940 in Kaufman County to Elbert Hall and Lucille McKinney.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Edna Hall; two sons, Jerry Hall and Douglas Hall and mother, Lucille McKinney.

He is survived by his children, Caroline Cook and Rexana Hall; brothers and sisters, Jesse Hall, James Weatherall, Claudine Weatherall and Pat; grandchildren, Nicholas Reamy, Marcus Reamy, Courtney Henderson, Kailyn Reamy, Lane Henderson and Halyn Reamy.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Betty (Hayes) Arnett
Aug 23, 1947 – Feb 28, 2012

Betty Hayes Arnett went to be with our Lord and Savior Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at age 64, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 23, 1947 to Ruel and Mattie Hayes in Corsicana. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and wife. She was a longtime member of Missionary Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Betty worked at Southwestern Bell for many years before graduating from Navarro College with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked at Heritage Oaks Retirement Center in Corsicana and Trinity Nursing Home in Italy. She was a lady of deep Christian faith and was devoted to her family. She was so proud of all of her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Billie and Theresa.

She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Arnett of Corsicana; her daughter, Stacey Goodwin of Corsicana; son, Darren Arnett and wife Melissa of Richardson; grandchildren, Jacob, Macy and Sam Cole of Corsicana and Lela Arnett of Richardson; brother, Johnny Hayes and wife Anda of Corsicana; sister, Peggy Whitney of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are John Gilfillan, Jack Fowler, Steve Spradling, Al Fisher, J. C. Reed, and Robert Miles.

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Emerson Douglas Ward, Jr.
abt 1961 - Feb 25, 2012

Emmison Ward, 50, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Ernest Betts officiating. Interment at Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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February 25, 2012
Update: One dead in early morning fire
By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun
At least one fatality has been confirmed in an early Saturday morning house fire on West Third Avenue near 26th Street in Corsicana.
Firefighters were called to the scene at about 525 am Saturday and found the home fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent structures while battling the two-story house fire.
There is one confirmed fatality — firefighters found a body in an upstairs bedroom at the home, but the identity of the victim has not been released.
The home is just west of 26th Street on Third Avenue, although there is some confusion as to the correct house number. In that block along Third Avenue, houses on the south side of the street indicate the 1500 block, while houses on the north side of Third Avenue say it is the 1700 block.
More details as they become available.
Saturday morning fire claims life
JP orders autopsy for victim’s ID, cause of death
By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun
February 25, 2012
CORSICANA - An early morning fire in Corsicana Saturday has left one dead and a two-story house on West Third Avenue completely destroyed.

The identity of the victim has not been released, pending an autopsy ordered by Justice of the Peace Jackie Freeland.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 525 a.m. Saturday and found the home fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent structures while battling the fire. Cold pre-sunrise temperatures of around 35 degrees challenged fire crews fighting the blaze.

Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan said the victim was found in an upstairs bedroom toward the rear of the home. McMullan said the fire likely started in the lower floor of the home and spread to the upper floor, where it erupted into a giant ball of fire visible for several blocks.

The home at 1561 West Third is just west of 26th Street on Third Avenue, although there is some confusion as to the correct house number. In that block along Third Avenue, houses on the south side of the street indicate the 1500 block, while houses on the north side of Third Avenue say it is the 1700 block.

No firefighters were hurt in the incident, McMullan said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Freeland said he believes he knows the identity of the victim, but ordered the forensic examination to be certain.


Family Identifies Fire Victim

Corsicana — The local man killed in an early morning fire in Corsicana Saturday has been identified by the family as Emmison Ward, who was 50.

Ward worked as a carpenter, and did a lot of remodeling work, according to his sister, Lizzie Lawrence of Kerens.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastor Ernest Betts officiating.

State officials haven’t officially identified Ward yet, waiting on confirmation from the forensics examiners in Dallas.

“We know,” Lawrence said. “When they described him, we knew.”

The fire took place at 1561 W. Third Avenue in Corsicana. Investigators told Lawrence the source of the fire seems to have been a gas heater that was left on downstairs. The victim was found upstairs in the bedroom.

Ward was part of a large family, growing up as one of 10 children in the Ward family. Ward is also survived by his son, Jason Ward, of Kerens. He had a daughter who preceded him in death.


Sharon Denise (Barlow) Nabors
July 20, 1960 – Mar 1, 2012


God saw that she was getting tired,

A cure was not to be.

So he put His arms around her

And whispered, “Sharon, Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes, we watched her suffer.

And saw her slowly fade away.

Although we loved her dearly,

We could not make her stay.

A precious heart stopped beating.

Gentle hands came to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes “the best.”

(adapted, author unknown)

 

Sharon Denise Barlow Nabors of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 in her home with her family by her side and a smile on her face.  She was born July 20, 1960 in Corsicana to Lester Eugene Barlow and Othera May Carpenter Barlow.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Barlow, and her grandparents, William “Bill” Barlow and Bessie Barlow, and Ernest “Pat” Carpenter and Dora Carpenter.

She is survived by her children, Jeremy and Jason Gullatt and Krista Nabors, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; mother, Othera May Carpenter Barlow; brother, Sandy Eugene Barlow and wife Pat; and a whole county of friends and supporters.

Sharon was a source of inspiration to so many people, the picture of a true fighter who was sent here to do God’s work. She fought a long and difficult battle with cancer like a true champion. For those who were blessed to get to know Sharon, you know that she never once let her illness get her down.  She continued to help others instead of worrying about herself.  She persisted in going out to give hugs to others even while she was in pain, never once letting anyone know anything was wrong.  Her smile was contagious and would light up the room. The Lord truly blessed us all by bringing Sharon into our lives.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. 

Services will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. Charky Marquis officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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March 1, 2012

Nabors passes after courageous cancer fight

By Deanna Brown
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — With a radiant smile, brilliant blue eyes, and a generous, caring heart, Sharon Barlow Nabors drew others to her like a magnet.

Through her valiant fight with breast cancer, she never gave up, and continued to reach out to help others with cancer, encourage ones with relationship troubles, support friends on the campaign trail, and minister in many ways to so many people.

Sharon Nabors passed away Thursday morning at the age of 51, in her home with her family surrounding her.

“It has been said or asked so many times — how can one person such as Sharon Nabors have touched so many hearts, minds and lives?” said close friend Becky Chandler. “She cheered us up when we were down, she encouraged us when we needed it the most. Sharon told me so many times she couldn’t express enough ‘Thank you for your supports’ to all.

“I believe this is a new beginning for our community to show we do stand by each other, and we must develop some new ways and continue our togetherness.”

The most recent benefit held for Sharon Nabors and her family was just this past Sunday, when friends, neighbors and even total strangers turned out to help “the courageous warrior.”

Through her illness, when people rallied to give blood, or bake pies, or wear “Sharon shirts” in support of her, a common bond united this community in a unique way. Because of her giving, encouraging spirit, she has made an indelible mark on our community.

Cordy Sanches has been best friends with Sharon for 30 years, and took her to Texas Oncology and Baylor Hospital for treatments. Sanches said it didn’t matter which doctor’s office they went to, there were pictures of Nabors with other patients, because she made friends wherever she went, spreading cheer and encouragement to others.

“When she got cancer, it changed her whole way of thinking and doing,” Sanches said. “She wanted to reach out to other people and make a difference, and show them you could make a difference. She wanted people to know you could fight and survive, you didn’t have to give up. She truly believed that.”

Sanches said Sharon was the first one to attend any benefit for someone else, and even though she lived on a very fixed income, she would either purchase what she could, or try to help with the event by procuring donations.

“She just has the biggest heart of any person I’ve known in my life,” Sanches said. “I hope when I grow up I’m going to be just like her. So many people have met each other through Sharon it’s amazing. She has brought so many people together.

“They just don’t come any better than her.”

She is survived by her children, Jeremy and Jason Gullatt and Krista Nabors; nine grandchildren; her mother, Othera May Carpenter Barlow; brother, Sandy Eugene Barlow and wife Pat, special cousin Kari Baker, and countless friends and loved ones.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home, with funeral service being 10 a.m. Monday, March 5 at First Baptist Church.

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Lavalta “Val” (Moody) Warner
May 9, 1922 – Mar 1, 2012

Lavalta “Val” Moody Warner, 89, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born May 9, 1922 to Loransey Lee Moody and Sarah Taylor Moody in Emhouse, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marion Wesley Warner; son, Terry Warner; and siblings, Guvia Richards, Ruben Moody, A.W. Moody, Avanola Jones, Gola Sumner, Doyle Moody and Ruby Jewel Moody.

She is survived by her son, Wesley Warner of California; daughters, Sherry Tomlinson and husband Ron of Corsicana, and Pamela Pierce and husband Ricky of Fairfield; grandchildren, Rosamond Tomlinson and fiancé Warren Sonnen of Dallas, Larkin Coston III of Corsicana, Misty Pierce and fiancé Jason Levinson of Houston, Amber Pierce of Fairfield, and Desiree Marciel and husband Joey of Buda; great-grandchildren, Michael Coston of Purdon, Jillian Coston of Harker Heights and Shawn Coston of Fairfield.

Val loved her family deeply and everything she did was for them. She orchestrated family reunions in order to keep all of the relatives close. She was a woman of deep faith. She was a Charter member of Emmanuel Baptist church and taught the young adults in Sunday school for many years. She loved flowers and everything about gardening. She was very artistic, and she could make most anything she touched into something beautiful.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

The graveside service will be on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Rev. Jeff White officiating.

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Vicky (Thompson) Douglas-Croom
Nov 24, 1952 - Mar 3, 2012

Vicky (Douglas) Croom died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at her residence at the age of 59. A resident of Corsicana, she was born Nov. 24, 1952 in Longview, Texas to Gene and Sammie Woody Thompson. She graduated from the Pine Tree High School in Longview, Texas and was an accountant.

She is survived by her husband David Croom of Corsicana; children — Ryan Douglas and Jonathan Croom of Corsicana, Alison Mahoney and Troy of Burleson and Brenna Croom of Houston; number of nieces and nephews and one grandchild Kyle Mahoney of Burleson.

Visitation will be Monday, March 5, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sidney L. Mitchell
Mar 10, 1883 - Dec 21, 1940

BARRY MAN VICTIM IN HIGHWAY CRASH ACCIDENT SATURDAY

SIDNEY L. MITCHELL WAS EIGHTH AUTO ACCIDENT VICTIM OF YEAR
Sidney L. Mitchell, aged 57 years, of near Barry, was fatally injured while walking along Highway 22 west of Barry Saturday night when apparently he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, Sheriff Cap Curington reported Sunday. Investigations were inaugurated in an effort to determine the driver of the cur involved.
Mitchell, according to officers, had gotten out of an automobile a short distance west of Barry about 6 o'clock Saturday evening with the intention of walking back to Barry.
Found by Passerby.
Sheriff Curington was advised that Mitchell's body was discovered by Ernie Williams of Cryer Creek alongside the payment. After passing the site, Williams is reported to have turned his car around and about the time he stopped and found the body, other motorists stopped.
Officers reported that the left leg, left arm and back of the head were crushed.
Mitchell's death is the eighth auto traffic fatality in Navarro County during 1940.
He was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Navarro County for the past thirty-two, years.
Funeral Rites Held.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist Church at Barry.
Rev. Mr. Morton conducted the rites.
Surviving are his wife of Barry; two daughters, Miss Ida Mae Mitchell and Mrs. H. V. Ragsdale;
son, Jesse B. Mitchell, all of Barry; three sisters, Mrs. Katie Cole, Mrs. Mattie Rucker and Mrs. P. S. Dunnavant, and two brothers, Holl Mitchell and Tom Mitchell, all of Alabama.
Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Harvey Conway "Henry" Ballew
Sep 25, 1905 - Aug 26, 1963

Harvey Ballew Services Held
Final rites for Harvey C. Ballew, 57. native of Emmett, superintendent of Lampasas schools, who died Monday night of a heart attack, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Lampasas of which he was a deacon.
Masonic services were held at the Emmett cemetery at 3:30 p.m. The services at Lampasas were conducted by Rev. Rufus Sprayberry, pastor.
Graduate of Hubbard High School, he later was coach and principal there. He graduated
from Southwestern University Georgetown in 1928 where he attended on an athletic scholarship, and after attending the University of Texas, he received his master's degree at North Texas State University, Denton in 1938. He was superintendent and coach at Irene after beginning his teaching career at Bastrop.
He had been superintendent at Lampasas 15 years.
Ballew was an all-round athlete and after completing his college career played professional baseball, second base, with San Antonio, Galveston and Waco of the Texas league, and received a trial with the New York Giants of the National League. He later managed the Waco Dons, semi-professional baseball club, and was Waco recreational director. His girls' Basketball teams were outstanding performers.
During World War II, he was chief specialist in the U.S. Navy and taught Navy personnel two years at the University of South Carolina. He was a 32-degree Mason.
Surviving are a daughter, Miss Suzanne Ballew, Lampasas, junior in Baylor University, Waco; mother, Mrs. Pearl Ballew, Emmett; five sisters, Mrs. F. H. Lawrence and Mrs. J. C. Kornegay, both of Waco; Mrs. Leslie Price, Montalba; Mrs. J. D. Catfy, Emmett, and Mrs. Ruth Reed, Corsicana, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed local arrangements.

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Harvey Ballew Is Found Dead Lampasas
Home
Harvey Ballew 58, superintendent of the Lampasas schools for 15 years was found dead at his home Monday night by a physician he had called that he was ill, according to information from relatives. A heart attack was blamed for his death. He was alone at home.

Native of Emmett of Emmett, Navarro county, Ballew graduated from Hubbard High School and then from Southwestern University, Georgetown where he was an outstanding athlete. He later attended the University of Texas and North Texas State.

Ballew played professional baseball several years with Galveston and Waco in the old Class A Texas league about the 1930 and had been a coach and administrator in schools including being coach and principal at Hubbard High School.

Surviving are a daughter, Suzanne Ballew, Lampasas, junior Baylor University student; mother, Mrs. Pearl Ballew, Emmett; five sisters, Mrs. Lucille Caffy, Emmett; Mrs. Lena Ruth Reed, Corsicana; Mrs. Ola Korsegay and Mrs. Essie Rae Lawrence, both of Waco, and Mrs. Maudie Price, Montalba, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church of Lampasas with graveside rites Wednesday 3:30 p.m. at the Emmett cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Rufus Sprayberry, pastor of the Lampasas church.

Masonic graveside services will be conducted.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Jesse Thomas “Tom” Spires
Oct 18, 1876 - Jun 5, 1963

J.T. Spires Of Hillsboro Dies
Funeral services for J. T. Spires. 86, who died at his residence in Hillsboro Wednesday, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Marshall and Marshall chapel in Hillsboro. Burial was in Blooming Grove.
A retired furniture and hardware dealer, Spires was a native of Russelville, Ala. He came to Texas about 1900 and lived in the Frost area. He moved to Hillsboro in 1927.
Surviving are his wife of Hillsboro, two daughters, Mrs. Jim Winters, Hillsboro, and Mrs. C. A. Holmes, Springfield, Mo., and other relatives.

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Garrett C. Conant
Dec 14, 1888 - Jan 7, 1971

Conant Rites
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for G. C. Conant, 82, retired drilling company employe who died Thursday. The Rev. Robert Potts will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.
Surving are his wife; one daughter, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one sister, four brothers and a number of nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Monroe Hurley and members of the Businessmen's Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

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Conant Rites
Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for G.C. Conant, 82, retired, who died Thursday.
The Rev. Robert Potts officiated.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Nephews were pallbearers.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, four grandchildren, one sister, four brothers and several nieces and nephews.

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Stephen Curtiss Campbell
About 1953 - Feb 27, 2012

Stephen Curtiss Campbell, 58, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Calvary Tabernacle with Rev. Gary Johnson and Ronald Hartis officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Anna Mack (Milford) Smith
Sept 25, 1931 – Feb 28, 2012

Annie Golightly

Annie Golightly (Anna Mack Milford Smith) died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 in Corsicana, Texas. Born Sept. 25, 1931 on a cotton farm in Dial, Texas, to Homer Dale and Mary Milford, Ms. Golightly was mother to five, grandmother to 16, great-grandmother to 13 and great-great-grandmother to one.

A champion rodeo rider and 36-year veteran of the entertainment, and food and beverage business, Ms. Golightly performed with such greats as Tom T. Hall, Rex Allen, Rosemary Clooney, Ace Reid and Arthur Duncan. As a recording artist and performer, she entertained such notables as John and Nellie Connally, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Chuck Connors, Nelson Rockefeller and four presidents including the presidents of Argentina and Panama.

She followed her 1994 graduation from Texas Wesleyan University, where she earned a bachelor-of-arts degree in English, with the adventure of a lifetime. At age 64, she was the only woman on the team of cowboys who drove a large herd of Longhorn cattle from Fort Worth, Texas to Miles City, Mont. on the Great American Cattle Drive in 1995.

Ms. Golightly was a well-known song writer, portrait artist and writer having published works in several magazines and newspapers including The Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. She also authored two books, Down a Cotton Row, and Dreams and a White Horse, which is a memoir of her adventure on the cattle drive. She is a nominee to The Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

In addition to her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild, Ms. Golightly is survived by daughter and son-in-law Lea and Tommy Bennett of Ripley, Miss.; daughter Lynda Wendy Golightly of Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Grady Manning of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law Keely and Dale Robertson of Falkner, Miss., and son and daughter-in-law Kenny and Margie Smith of Tyler.

At her insistence, there will be no funeral or formal memorial service. It was her request that her friends and family simply remember the great times and happiness they shared with her.

In hopes that she might be of service even after her death, she donated her body to science.

Condolences to the family may be mailed to PO Box 745, Corsicana, Texas, 75151.



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William L. “Bill” Smith
Apr 19, 1922 – Feb 13, 2012

William L. “Bill” Smith of Corsicana passed away Feb. 13, 2012. A memorial service will be held at Saint John’s Episcopal Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Bill was born April 19, 1922, in Danbury, Conn. to William and Helena Smith. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1938 and went to Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., where he was a student athlete playing lacrosse and basketball. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945.

Bill spent the next 25 years working in the hat manufacturing industry in Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, eventually landing in Corsicana in 1967 as president of Adam Hats. From 1970 until 1973, Bill went back to college to pursue his passion to become a lawyer. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1973, and has been practicing law in Corsicana for the last 38 years.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline; children Tom and Suzan Smith of Austin; Mattie Lynch of Corsicana; Will and Shelly Smith of Willow Park, Texas; and Helena and Steve Hoegger of Scotland, Texas; step-children Kerry Lawson and Paulette Johnson of Corsicana; grandchildren Stephen Smith, Cassie Smith, Matthew Lynch, Lindsey Bishop, Dillon Bishop, Alexandra Powell, Amanda Powell and Aubrey Chancellor; and great-grandchildren, Norah Lynch, Zane Lynch, Zackary Lynch and Neo Biby.

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Bonnie L. Frost
May 11, 1930 – Oct 21, 2009

Bonnie L. Frost, 79, of Purdon passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Okla., with Tony Neal officiating. Arrangements by Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Okla.

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Charles Ray Watkins
Nov 16, 1929 – Feb 23, 2012

Charles Ray Watkins, 82, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 at his home in Humble. He was born November 16, 1929 in Dallas. He was hat maker in Corsicana for many years. Burial was held Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the VA Houston National Cemetery in Houston.

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Harold “Hal” Lee Cook, Jr.
Dec 5, 1942 – Feb 29, 2012

Harold "Hal" Lee Cook Jr., 69, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 in Tyler. He was born Dec. 5, 1942 in Baytown, Texas. He was a past member of the Blooming Grove Lion's Club. He enjoyed helping his wife with school activities and also took care of the Calico Ranch in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his children, Lisa Lynn Sem of Longmont, Colo. and Andy Lee Cook of Mineola; one brother, Joe Cook of Magnolia and three grandchildren, Annalee Faith Cook, Ruby Sem and Lyra Sem.

He is preceded in death by his wife Lettie Jane Ivy Cook in 2010.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Betty (Conant) Beall
Jan. 28, 1914 - Feb 22, 1942

FT. WORTH WOMAN DIED IN DALLAS; IS BURIED HERE
Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Conant Beall, of Fort Worth, who died in a Dallas hospital Sunday, were held Tuesday, with burial in Oakwood cemetery here.
One service was held in Dallas Tuesday morning and another short service was held at the cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Dr. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the rites here.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald Beall, Fort Worth; a son, Ronald Ayres, Fort Worth; parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Conant, Kilgore; a sister, Mrs. Chet Everts, Dallas; a brother, R. E. Conant, Grand Prairie; grandmother, Mrs. Lucy O'Connell, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Mac Beall James Beall, George McGee, W. C. Griffin, Paul Botts and Jim McGloughlin.
Corley Funeral Home directed local arrangements.

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Hurshel Reeves

Frost Soldier Is Reported Missing Bataan Fighting

Mr. and Mrs. John Reeves of Frost have been informed by the War Department that their son, Private Hurshel Reeves, had been listed as "missing in action in the Philippines." He was with the American forces on Bataan.
Private Reeves, who is 20 years of age, enlisted in the U. S. Army May 11, 1941. He is a graduate of the Blooming Grove high school, receiving his diploma there in 1940.
His parents have resided in the Frost community for the past 21 years.
Other relatives include one sister, Doris Faye Reeves; grandparents, Mrs. N. J. Reeves, Purdon; and Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Derden, Blooming Grove.

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William Andrew Grubbs
Dec 5, 1943 - Oct 22, 2008

William Andrew Grubbs, 64, of Streetman passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. today at Birdston Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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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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Roland M. Harrison
Nov 4, 1883 - Oct 10, 1959

R. M. Harrison Dies At Frost

FROST, Oct. 10 – (Spl) – Roland M. Harrison, 77, retired farmer, died of a heart attack here Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the post office. He had resided in the Frost, Raleigh and Emmett communities for the past 30 years.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the First Methodist church with burial in the Frost cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lettie Mae Harrison, frost; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Evans, Dallas; two sons, Irvin and Monroe Harrison, both of Ennis; two step-children, Mrs. J. C. Young, Frost, and Arthur McKee, Corsicana; five grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Weldon Lee Eaton
July 10, 1935 – July 21, 2010

Weldon Lee Eaton was born July 10, 1935, in Roane to Mable Leona and Orville Pannill Eaton. Weldon died July 21, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident near Green River, Utah. Weldon received a bachelor’s degree from Austin College and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M. Weldon worked as an athletic trainer, teacher, and administrator in the North Forest I.S.D. He then worked at Region IV ESC until retirement in 1992.

Weldon is survived by his wife of 49 years, Edna Eaton; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Eaton; his grandson, Joseph Eaton; brothers, Glen and his wife Jane, and Nathan and his wife Doris Jean; sisters, Ama Jo and husband Bob Cain, and Barbara Arnett; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was a Trustee of the Waller United Methodist Church, a member of the Waller Volunteer Fire Department, the Lions Club, the Austin College Athletic Hall of Honor, the Texas Marble Collectors’ Club and the West Virginia Marble Collectors’ Club.

Visitation will be at the Waller United Methodist Church, Waller, Texas, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.

A memorial celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Canon Funeral Home in Waller.

Internment will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Kerens.

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James Crockett “Jim” Orchard
Oct 23, 1914 – Sept 15, 2010

James Crockett "Jim" Orchard, 95, died Sept. 15, 2010, in Longview, Texas.

Jim was born on Oct. 23, 1914, in Gonzales, to John and Ida Hedges Orchard. He married Claudine Auerbach on Nov. 10, 1938, in Houston. They had two sons and were married for 71 years. Jim served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II, in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war Jim, Claudine, and their sons lived in Alamo, Texas; Wasco, Calif.; and Longview, Texas. Jim and Claudine moved to Corsicana in 1973, where they spent most of their retirement before moving back to Longview in recent years. Jim was a loving, loyal, and supportive son, brother, husband, in-law, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Claudine; brother, Malcolm; three sisters, Neloise Cooper, Nina Carpenter, and Ellsworth Head; and a grandson, Adam Orchard.

Survivors include his sister, Ruth Key of McAllen; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Eunice Orchard of Houston, and Don and Annette Orchard of Longview; seven grandchildren, Alison Orchard, Amy Corron, Charles Orchard, Deanna Simmons, Mike Orchard, Cynthia Orchard, and David Orchard; he is also survived by four great grandchildren, Camryn Corron, Rachael Simmons, Kristen Orchard, and Kyle Orchard.

Services will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Kerens at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of their choice.

Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

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Wanda Horn Alberts
About 1929 - Nov 18, 2009

Wanda Horn Alberts, 80, of Longview passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Longview. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Paschal Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Murray officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Paul Williams
Oct 18, 1931 - Apr 9, 2009

Paul Williams, 77, of Rice passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009, at DeSoto Rehab Center. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Baptist Church with Pastor Lewis Taylor Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Frances Onita McCart
Oct 2, 1927 – Mar 24, 1997

Frances Onita McCart, 69, of Chatfield died March 24, 1997.

A Rosary Service were held Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The Committal Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Calvary Hill Cemetery of Dallas. Services were earlier today at the Immaculate conception Catholic Church with father Robert Williams officiating.

Mrs. McCart is survived by her husband, Mr. John E. McCart of Chatfield; daughter, Debra Ann Rogers of Dallas; granddaughter, Dawn Anderson of Dallas; grandson, Jason Anderson of Chatfield; grandson, Adam Rogers of Dallas; brother, Alfred Barnes of Athens; brother, Dan Barnes of Houston; sister, Virginia Richardson of Austin; sister, Gracie Stevenson of Garland.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3000 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana in c/o Father Robert Williams.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Johnnie Ray Parsons
Dec 15, 1943 - June 28, 1997

Johnnie Ray Parson, 53, of Corsicana, died June 28, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were earlier today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Mr. Parsons was born Dec. 15, 1943, in Corsicana.

Mr. Parsons was the meat market manager for H-E-B for five years. He was a reserve deputy for the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Parson is survived by his wife, Joy Linn Parsons of Corsicana; sons, Jeffery Scott Parsons of Corsicana and Johnathan Samuel Parsons of Shreveport, La.; daughters, Cassandra Lynn Parsons of Coon Rapids, Minn and Misty Dawn Parsons of Corsicana; grandchildren, Eric Scott and Nicholle Ann Parsons of Tampa, Fla., and Storme Renee of Shreveport, La; brothers, Lee Parson of Rowlett, James Earl Weatherford of Dallas and Bobby Neal Parsons of Rosebure, Ore.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Roy Donald "Don" Loper
Sep 20, 1934 - Jan 3, 2011

Don Loper, 76, of Rice, passed away Jan. 3, 2011, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Emhouse to Ottie Roy Loper Sr. and Anna Baggett Loper.

He enjoyed working in his shop with metal and wood, and liked to break things down and put back together.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ott and Anna Loper Sr.; son, Jerry Wayne Loper; sister, Joy McCall; and granddaughter, Rachel Reynolds.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Loper; son, Larry Loper and wife Ava; daughters, Chery Hall and husband Richard, and Vicky Marshall and husband John; three sisters, Jean Foust, Shirley Dyess and Sue Workman; brother, Ott Loper Jr. and wife Mona; seven grandchildren, Russell Budai and wife Stephanie, Todd Loper and wife Charolette, Brandon Loper and wife Annie, Dustin Loper, Shawn Ovalle and wife Andrea, Rhonda Reynolds and Jennifer Evans and husband Blake; he is also survived by seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Russell Budai, Todd Loper, Brandon Loper, Dustin Loper, Shawn O'Valle and Blake Evans.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Theresa A. Williams Wilkins
About 1965 - Mar 6, 2012

Theresa A. Williams Wilkins, 46, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Garland. Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012, at Lifeline Fellowship Church, with Pastor Rickey Walter officiating. Interment will be in Frost Cemetery [notes]. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Arilie Mandria Saldana
2011 - Mar 6, 2012

Arilie Mandria Saldana, 4 months old, passed away March 6, 2012 in Dallas. Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at Frost Cemetery with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ethel B. (Shaw) Miller
Feb 3, 1914 - May 21, 1974

Mrs. Miller

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Griggs Chapel Baptist Church in Dallas for Mrs. Ethel B. Miller, 60, resident of Dallas, who died Tuesday at St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas.

She was a former resident of Corsicana.

Rev. H.D. Webb, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Woodland Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie B. Miller; three sons, Rev. James Miller, Louisville, Kentucky; Edward Miller and Rev. Johnny Miller both of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Eddie Joyce Nelson of Dallas; 10 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Griggs Chapel Baptist Church.

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Margarett Young
April 3, 1911 - Oct 18, 2009

Margarett Young, 98, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Twilight Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Adrianne Nicole Sneed
abt 1972 - Mar 4, 2012


Adrianne Nicole Sneed, 39, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2501 E. Jones St. with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Rebecca (Bowden) McCabe
Aug 28, 1947 – Feb 14, 2010

Rebecca Bowden McCabe, age 62, of Dallas passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Dallas to Bill and Martha Bowden of Corsicana. On Dec. 27, 1967, she married James McCabe in Dallas. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from SMU and taught for 10 years in the Dallas and Garland school districts.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James; daughter, Allison; son, Mark; granddaughter, Elizabeth; son-in-law, Maurizio; and cousins, George Leonard, James Breithaupt of Corsicana and Claudia Childress.

Charming wife, loving mother, proud grandmother, cheerful mother-in-law, inspiring friend, and dedicated teacher, above all Rebecca was the rock of her family, in loving dedication to her husband, daughter, son and, earlier in life, her parents. She readily responded to life’s challenges and gave extra effort to her children’s education as well as club officer obligations.

Rebecca enjoyed life even in difficult times and always set an example in her household. Searching for a cure to her cancer, she traveled the states and Europe, and while not finding one, she had the joy to see one of these trips generating the encounter of her daughter and future son-in-law. The last person Rebecca embraced was her sole, 2-month-old granddaughter.

Rebecca was a member of Northway Christian Church, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Historical Society, International Society, Knife and Fork Club, Les Femmes, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. She was a constant and enthusiastic supporter of the Smile Train and SPCA. In her lifetime, she saved the lives of many orphaned cats.

A memorial service will be held graveside at Sparkman Hillcrest at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. As per her desire, she will be cremated and some of the ashes will be laid to rest at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery with her parents, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with her grandparents, and in the home where she grew up in Dallas.

Arrangements by Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Jean Gary
May 12, 1921 - Feb 7, 2010

Jean Gary passed away to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, in Rockwall, after a long period of declining health due to Alzheimer’s. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, C.L. “Doc” Gary Jr., MD; and son, Charlie Gary.

Born on May 12, 1921, in Kenedy, Texas, Jean moved to Livingston, Mont., at the age of 9 and lived there for five years. She then returned to Kenedy and was always proud of the fact that she graduated valedictorian of her senior class. After a whirlwind courtship of six years, in September 1942 she married Doc, who had been salutatorian of that same class. Upon completion of Doc’s time in the service, they moved back to Texas, settling in Corsicana in 1949.

While raising her children, Jean was an active volunteer with many local organizations. She was charter member and the first president of the Navarro County Medical Society Auxiliary, served on the Twilight Home Board of Directors, worked with the local blood bank and was involved with other local charities.

As a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, Jean taught Sunday school to children, youth and senior adults. While she always loved children, she had a special bond with mothers who had multiple boys and was always willing to offer empathy and advice. She touched the hearts of many people and was always there to help when needed.

She is survived by children, Sylvia McMahon and husband Jerry, Joe Gary, and Bob Gary and wife Jeannie; grandchildren, John McMahon, Amy Key and husband Bryan, and Parker Marie Gary; great-grandchildren, Payton, Preston and Piper McMahon and Ethan and Bryce Key.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 12, at Corley Funeral Home followed by a 2 p.m. graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Marvin Earl Townley
Mar 15, 1938 - Jun 29, 2010

Marvin Earl Townley, born March 15, 1938, to Juanita and Richard Townley went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, after a long illness. Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Chad Owens officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnathan Fowler, Jeremy Rash, Danny Townley Jr., Jagger Glenn, Carl White and James Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were men of Unity Baptist Church.

Marvin was retired but kept up a very active lifestyle of other work that he liked to do, and his beloved church. He loved to sing and traveled to other churches, nursing homes and other locations with the Unity Heirs singing group, singing gospel music.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Frances Carpenter Townley of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Carl White of Corsicana; sons, Danny Townley of Corsicana and Larry Townley and wife Shannon of Pasadena; daughter, Tanya Stewart and husband James of Corsicana; grandchildren, Amanda Townley and husband Patrick, Christina Gutierrez and husband Robert, Danny Townley Jr. and wife Velma, Terrica Rash and husband Jeremy, Chelsea Townley, Jade Glenn, Jagger Glenn, Hunter Townley, Krystal Gaitan and Stephanie Stewart; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clarcie Valentine and Mattie Gallegos and husband Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Townley; father, Richard Townley; brothers, R.D. Townley and Richard Townley Jr.; niece, Melody Winters; and granddaughter, Crystal Fowler.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lake (Kelso) Fuller
Apr 27, 1914 – Mar 9, 2010

Lake Fuller, resident of Rowlett and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Rowlett at the age of 95. She was born in Crisp on April 27, 1914, to John Kelso and Mattie Huddleston Kelso.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Fuller in 1987; two daughters, Pat Read and Verta Wagner; one son, Troy Allen Fuller; and two grandsons, Steve Wagner and Mike Adkins.

Survivors include her son, Don Fuller and wife Darlene of Rowlett; daughters, Nettie Adkins of Dallas and Shirley Barnes and husband Elwood of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren and lots of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Don Fuller officiating and interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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