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Arthur Leverne Newsome
Dec 8, 1952 - Apr 25, 2012

Arthur Leverne Newsome, 59, resident of Waco, formerly Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at his residence.

Arthur was born Dec. 8, 1952 in Corsicana. He received his formal education in the Corsicana School District and accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Later in life he united with the Lifeline Fellowship Family Church. Upon graduating from Corsicana High School he enlisted in the United States Navy and was the first African American to board the USS Enterprise. After serving six years he received an honorable discharge.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ollie Faye Ellis; step-father, Robert Ellis; son, Roderick; maternal grandmother, I.D. Love; and aunt, Pinkie Jean Burke.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Newsome of Corsicana, children; Stephen Bowie Newsome (Wanda) of Houston, Cashoundra Newsome of Tyler, Arthur Newsome (Laura), Jeffrey Hiller, Martes Martin (Larasha), Emoria Winston and Jazmine Newsome all of Corsicana, Candace Bradford of Kentucky, and Billie Jean Newsome; a host of grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Brown (Willie), Barbara Fortune (Demetric), Greta Gray (Gerald) and Pamela Spry, all of Corsicana; mother-in-law, Ernestine Allen; nephews and nieces, Anthony Newsome (Kathy), Brenda Newsome (Fred), Patricia Daniels (Stanford), Shontel Newsome, Tiffany Holmes and Derrick Holmes; other relatives and friends.

Wake service is 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church with Pastor Ricky Walter as eulogist, and Pastor William Lewis, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

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Marceline (Crawford) Ross-Ballard
June 29, 1930 - Apr 25, 2012

Marceline Ballard, 81 of Fort Worth, passed away April 25, 2012 in Fort Worth. She was born June 29, 1930 in Corsicana to Jake and Irene Crawford. She was owner of Roy's for many years up into the 1970's.

Marceline was a hard-working, genuine and sincere person. Her life was lived with kindness, integrity and honesty. Her smile could always brighten someone’s day.

She is survived by her son, Joe Ross and wife Linda of Kemp; daughter Kay Ballard and husband Nick Harrison of Ft. Worth; special people, Margaret Smith, Tom Paschal family, Sue Drain and the Thursday Bingo Group.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Bill Honea officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your charity of choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marcel (Brown) Mullins
Nov 16, 1921 - Apr 20, 2012
 

Marcel Mullins, 90, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, in Arlington.

Marcel was born Nov. 16, 1921 in Blooming Grove, the daughter of Emmitt Lewis Brown and Bertha (Hill) Brown. She joined Northside Baptist Church in 1934 at the age of 12 at a revival service preached by her step-grandfather J. F. Prince. The revival was held at a brush arbor on Commerce St. after which her father Emmitt Brown and a group of other men formed Northside Baptist Church. They purchased a building from the Assembly of God Church and moved it to three acres of land on North Beaton Street donated by the First Baptist Church, the site of the present day church. Both her father and Mother were charter members and he served the church as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher until his death in 1957. His was the first funeral held in what was the new sanctuary that had just been completed.

Marcel married Robert Frazier Mullins of Corsicana Sept. 23, 1939, and they moved to Dallas. After serving in World War II, he was employed by Braniff Airlines until they purchased Lakeview Camp at Lake Whitney in 1953, which they operated until 1963. They moved to Arlington where Mr. Mullins was employed by Dynalectron Corporation until his retirement in 1984, at which time they returned “home” to Corsicana. After his death in 1986, Marcel was a very active member at Northside, serving as Chairman of the Bereavement Committee and Food for Fitness, and volunteered at the Care Center for many years. She was twice nominated as Senior Citizen of the Year for Navarro County.

Survivors include her son, Michael and his wife Jerri of Grand Prairie; daughter, Janet Ward and her husband Jerry of Arlington; three grandsons, Chad Ward of Carrollton, Bret Mullins and his wife Marlo of San Antonio, and Corey Mullins and his wife Melissa of Burnet; one granddaughter, Allison Metcalf and her husband Jeffrey of Frisco. She was blessed with six great-grandchildren, Austin and Holden Mullins of Burnet, Katherine Mullins of Rockdale, Kennedy Kate, Addyson, and Collin Metcalf of Frisco; and one sister, Doris McGaugh of Corsicana; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held prior to the services from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Truitt D. (Bud) Brown II, Todd Tarkington, David McDaniel, David Johnston, Ed Formby, and Bruce A. (Chip) Brown II.

Honorary Pallbearers Joe McGaugh and Joe Hambrick.

Jeff Mize of Allen and Marvin Ray of Corsicana will provide special music for the service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Brenda Myers and the caregivers at Angelic Place Eldercare home in Arlington and to Freedom Hospice for their loving care and devotion to our Mother.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dudley Gene Roberson
Sep 7, 1932 - Mar 28, 1948

Gene Robertson Is Fatally Hurt In Auto Accident

Gene Roberson, aged 15 years, of Frost, died in the P. and S. Hospital Sunday morning at 12:25 o'clock from a skull fracture and internal injuries sustained at 10:30 o'clock Saturday night when a car turned over in the eastern part of Frost.

This is the first automobile accident death in Navarro county for 1948.

Charles Adams and Otis Hinkle, both of Frost, escaped with bruises when the car in which the three youths were riding turned over at a curve.

Roberson was rushed to the hospital shortly after 11 o'clock Saturday night.

Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Roberson; two brothers, Jackie and Gerald Roberson; a sister, Mary Nell Roberson and grandparents, J. T. Threet and Mrs. Mollie Roberson, all of the Frost community.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Joseph Wilson Lusk
Dec 19, 1922 - May 12, 1944

J.W. LUSK RITES HELD WEDNESDAY BLOOMING GROVE
BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 1.— (Spl.)—Funeral services for Pvt. Joseph Wilson Lusk, killed in action May 12, 1944, in Italy, were held from the Central Baptist church here Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. C. Bolch, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.

Members of the Taylor-Griffin Post of the American Legion served as guard of honor and pallbearers.

The body arrived here Tuesday. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Katie Lusk, Dallas; eight brothers and two sisters. The sisters, Mrs. L. I. Warren and Mrs. C. L. Gillen, Jr., reside in Corsicana.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Delsa "Delsie" (McElroy) Dortch
Jul 2, 1897 - Nov 24, 1939

Mrs. Grover Dortch Is Buried at Frost
FROST, Dec. 2.—Funeral services for Mrs. Grover Dortch, who died Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon from the Baptist church. Interment was in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are her husband and four children, James, J. L., Juanita and G. E. Dortch, Jr.

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George Campbell Smith
Sep 27, 1856 - May 11, 1945

GEORGE C. SMITH DIED NEAR FROST; RITES ON SUNDAY
George C. Smith, aged 88 years, died at his home east of Frost Friday morning following a short illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. E. Stack, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. T. D. Ellis, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A native of Arkansas, Smith had resided in the Frost community for 80 years. He formerly was a member of the school board and was a well-known farmer-stockman. His wife, the former Mary Ridens, to whom he was married in 1881, died in 1934.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. W. G. Jenkins, Frost; Mrs. J. B. Fulton, Waxahachie and Mrs. R. G. Durand, Dexter, N. M.; one son, Jerry M. Smith, Frost; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. B. A. Keathley and Mrs. C. G. Hightower, both of Garden City, and other relatives.

McCormick's Funeral Service is directing.

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Lee Andrew Watts
July 27, 1865 - Feb 28, 1945

L. A. WATTS DIED AT MILFORD; BURIAL AT FROST ON FRIDAY

L. A. Watts, 79, of Italy, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. V. French, at Milford.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 from the Baptist church at Frost with Rev. A. O. Hinkle conducting the rites. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Italy; five sons, G. W. Watts, Frost; F. M. Watts, Frost, E. W. Watts, Penelope; Allmon Watts, Frost; T. D. Watts, Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Osborne, New London; Mrs. S. V. French, Milford; a brother, Oscar Watts, Fort Worth; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Corley’s Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

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Esther Amelia (Bruner) Payne
Mar 29, 1897 - Jan 1, 1930

MRS. ESTHER PAYNE BURIED WEDNESDAY FROST CEMETERY
FROST, Jan. 1.—(SP)— Mrs. Esther Bruner Payne, age 35, died at her home here Wednesday morning at 4:15 following an illness of three years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. N. L. Range, assisted by Rev. Swindell of Hillsboro.

Mrs. Payne was born and reared here and was one of the leaders in church and social life.

Surviving are two small daughters, Imogene and Johnnie L., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bruner, Frost; four brothers. Earl, Eldred and Eugene Bruner, Frost, and Ernest Bruner of Dallas.

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Jack William Fletcher Jr.
May 7, 1930 - Oct 25, 1930

Frost News.

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fletcher died Saturday morning in a hospital at Corsicana. and funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at home, with burial in Frost cemetery.

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Minnie Lee (Weir) Searcy
May 18, 1870 - Apr 6, 1945

MRS. MINNIE SEARCY BURIED AT FROST ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON
FROST, Apr. 10.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie L. Weir Searcy, aged 74 years, who died at her home here Friday night, were held at the Methodist church here Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. D. Ellis, pastor, assisted by Rev. Finis A. Crutchfield, district Methodist superintendent, Corsicana, and, Rev. J.. E. Stack, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Iva Grimes and Mrs. Maude Scott, both of Frost; two sons, James O. Searcy, Houston, and Roy B. Searcy, Frost; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, Jim Weir, Italy, and a sister, Miss Betty Weir, frost. Mrs. Searcy was the widow of the late Charlie O. Searcy, a prominent farmer and landowner. She had resided in the community for more than 50 years.

Pallbearers were Tom and John Slay, Frost; Frank and Jack Slay, Hillsboro; Carl Slay, Waxahachie, and Charlie Slay, Dallas, all nephews.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Nila Virginia (Hightower) Downey
Mar 22, 1874 - Jan 10, 1962

Mrs. Downey Dies Wednesday
FROST, Jan. 10-(Spl.)—Mrs. Nila Downey, native of Frost who had lived away from her native town for the past 20 year, died in a Sherman hospital early Wednesday. She was 85.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McCormick's here, but rites will be held from the Frost Methodist church with the pastor. Rev. Frank Williams, officiating. Interment will be in the Frost cemetery.

Mrs. Downey, widow of Mark Downey, was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hightower, prominent residents of Frost.

Surviving are three sons, Kendall Downey, Alabama; Otis Downey, Pottsboro, and Tommy Downey, Amarillo; four grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Mattie (Knox) Doyle
Sep 7, 1849 - Aug 18, 1928

MOTHER CORSICANA WOMAN DIED FROST AT NOON SATURDAY
Mrs. M. K. Doyle, aged 79, died at the home of her brother, Dr. Rice Doyle of Frost, at noon Saturday, and funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. C. B. Diltz, pastor of the Methodist church, conducting the rites.

The deceased would have been 80 years old in September, and was a member of the Presbyterian church. She had been a resident of Frost for about 37 years.

She is survived by two children, Mrs. J. M. Tullos of Corsicana and Knox Doyle of Dallas.

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William Capus Doyle
Jul 15, 1880 - Dec 3, 1954

W. C. Doyle Rites Are Held Sunday

Funeral services for William Caper Doyle, 74, Italy who died Friday, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Italy church of Christ. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.

Doyle was a retired farmer-merchant and formerly resided in the Slay community north of Frost.

Surviving are six sons, Carl Doyle, Cleburne; James C. Doyle, Italy; William E. and Buster Doyle, both of Frost; Malcom Doyle, Dallas, and Raymond Doyle, Farmington, N. M.; two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Bason, Frost, and Mrs. Mary Bobo, now in England; a brother, Kelly B. Doyle, Tennessee; a sister, Mrs. Tom Gilliam, Columbia, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Ollie Josephine (Downey) Clifton
Jan 5, 1886 - Mar 17, 1972

Mrs. Clifton
FROST-Mrs. Ollie J. Clifton, 86, longtime resident of Frost, died in a Hillsboro hospital Friday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in McCormick Funeral Chapel at Frost with the Rev. Earl Miller officiating. Burial will be in Frost cemetery.

Mrs. Clifton was born Jan. 5, 1886 in Tennessee. She was a member of the church of Christ. Her husband, T.E. Clifton, preceded her in death Feb. 9, 1971.

Survivors include two sons, Arthur Clifton of Hillsboro and Douglas Clifton of Frost; four daughters, Mrs. Louise Skinner of Denton, Mrs. Faye Helms of Denton, Mrs. Jaunita Graham of Anaheim, Calif., and Mrs. Ruby Rawlings of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Mar 19, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Ollie Josephine (Downey/Downing) Clifton; d/o William Pierce Downing/Downey & Mattie (Parker) Downey/Downing
    (On Texas Births the last names are spelled Downing also says birth is Jan. 18))

Otis E. Dickson
Apr 23, 1900 - Jul 14, 1965

Otis Dickson Services Held Frost Thursday
FROST, July 15 (Sp.)—Funeral rites were held here Thursday at 4 p.m. for Otis Dickson, 65, native of Navarro county and longtime resident of Frost
who died in Memorial Hospital, Corsicana, Wednesday morning. Burial was in the Frost cemetery, following services from the Methodist Church here.

Conducting were Rev. Frank Williams, Ennis, former pastor at Frost, assisted by Rev. Thad Son, pastor of the Frost Methodist Church and Rev. C. C. Ellis pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Dickson, a retired security guard in a Fort Worth aircraft plant, was worshipful master of Halbert Lodge No, 641, AF and A.M. at the time of his death.

His survivors are his wife of Frost; two sons, Bobby Frank Minns, Big Spring, and Jack Minns, Beaumont; three brothers, Hubert Dickson, Canton; Freeman Dickson, Los Angeles: Calif., and Opal Dickson, LasCruces, N.M.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Johnson, and Mrs. Margaret Martin, both of Dallas; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clyde Tullos, E. E. Omberg, Oran Williams, Arnold Armstrong, Jim Bonner, Carroll Young, W. B. Denn and Marvin Speer.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Bessie Pearl (Wade) Ditto
May 1, 1891 - Nov 15, 1962

Mrs. Ditto Of Frost Expires
FROST, Nov. 16 (Spl.)—Mrs. Bessie Pearl Ditto, 72, died in Nederland Thursday following an illness of about two years.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Methodist church Saturday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Williams, pastor.

A native of Milam county, Mrs. Ditto had resided in Frost for 45 years.

Surviving are two sons, Otis Ditto, Houston, and Richard H. Ditto, Irving; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Yarbrough, Bossier City, La.; Mrs. W. P. Petzgold, Nederland, and Mrs. Marie Helton, Garland; a brother, Houston F. Wade, Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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James Walter Dortch
Nov 25, 1883 - Jul 26, 1955

J. W. Dortch Rites Held At Frost
Funeral rites for J. W. Dortch, 71, rooming house manager, who died at 320 West Sixth avenue early Tuesday, were held from the First Methodist church at Frost Wednesday at 3 p. m. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. Rev. Earl Harper and Ray Brooks, conducted the services.

A native of Grant county, Arkansas, Dortch resided in Frost prior to moving to Corsicana 11 years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Luther and Buel Dortch, both of Frost, and L. D. Dortch, Huntsville; five daughters, Mrs. Iva Horn, Odessa; Mrs. Lloyd: Horn and Mrs. R. E. Smith, both of Waco; Mrs. Nathan Rawlings, Frost, and Mrs. W. W. Key, Mt. Calm; 37 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Dortch, Sheridan, Ark.; a sister, Mrs. Annie Johnston, Santa Ana, Calif., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Corley directed.

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Beecher Kurkendal Downey
Feb 15, 1881 - May 11, 1954

Beecher Downey Rites Wednesday
FROST, May 12— (Spl.)—Beecher K. Downey, 73, retired farmer, died at his home here Tuesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p. m. from the Frost Methodist church with burial in the Frost cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor, assisted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, Methodist minister of Hillsboro.

A native of Tennessee, he had resided in this vicinity since three years of age.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; two sons, Leroy Downey, Frost, and Ralph Downey, Shallowwater; two daughters, Mrs. Opal Reed, Corsicana, and Mrs. Robbie Carter, Leroy; a brother, W. B. Downey, Plainview; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nephews were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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James Crocket “Jim” Downey
Feb 23, 1878 - Oct 3, 1930

Funeral Services For Former Frost Resident Sunday
FROST, Oct. 4.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Jim Downey, former resident of this city who died at Stamford, will be held from the home of his sister, Mrs. Sam Smith Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The body was brought overland, and is at the home of his sister.

Surviving are his wife, one son, a daughter, two brothers, Will Downey and Beecher Downey, Frost, and one sister, Mrs. Sam Smith.

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Anna R. (Johnson) Stroud
Oct 23, 1873 - Sep 25, 1911

Died This Morning.
Mrs. Annie Stroud, aged 38 years, wife of Baxter Stroud, died at their home, corner First avenue and Twelfth street, this morning after a, lingering illness. The deceased is survived by her husband and a sister, Mrs, H. S. Keathley, of Frost.

The remains will be taken to Frost tomorrow morning and interment, will take place there tomorrow afternoon.

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Ida Mae (Goins) Ivy
Aug 22, 1886 - Sep 11, 1911

Died at Frost.
Mrs. Ivey, wife of J. R. Ivey, died at the family home near Frost Saturday night.

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John Hampton “Hamp” Keathley
Feb 15, 1862 - Nov 8, 1933

PROMINENT CITIZEN FROST COMMUNITY BURIED THURSDAY
FROST, Nov. 10.—(Spl.)— Funeral services for Hamp Keathley, age 71 years, who died Wednesday night, were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Mr. Keathley had lived and reared his family on the Jones Ranch and was well known in this section. He was superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school of that place for years and was a steward in the Methodist church. He always took an active part in civic as well as church affairs.

Surviving are his wife, eight sons, Herschel Keathley, Frost; Matt Keathley, Dallas; Hulbert Keathley, Corsicana; Charles Keathley, Denton; Forrest Keathley, California; Morris Keathley, Frost; Rev. Bryan Keathley, Graham; Hampton Keathley, Eagle Pass; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Mason, Irene; 15 grandchildren, three brothers, H. S. Keathley, Frost; B. A. Keathley, Garden City and W. L. Keathley, Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. Nettie Green Mereford. He had resided in the Jonas Ranch community for 42 years. The Masonic Lodge had charge of the services at the grave. The services were conducted by Rev. Haynes of Frost and Rev. Weldon of Brenham.

Mr. Keathley had been ill a month.

Pallbearers were the following nephews: T. J. Keathley, Coleman Keathley, Maurice Keathley, Hunter Keathley, Flem Keathley, and Raymond Jones.

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Samuel Felix Jones
Mar 17, 1860 - Nov 30, 1933

PROMINENT FROST CITIZEN DIED ON SATURDAY MORNING
Sam F. Jones, pioneer resident of Frost, about 70, and prominent leader of Navarro county affairs, died at his home in Frost Thursday morning at 10 o'clock after a lingering illness. The funeral was held at Frost Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Masons had charge of the rites at the grave.

Mr. Jones was a director of the Frost National Bank of Frost and had taken an active interest in various civic and other enterprises in the Frost community for many years.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, Dock Jones, Bill Jones, Raymond Jones and Causey Jones, all of the Frost community; and four daughters, Mrs. Walter Sanders, Frost; Mrs. Herschel Keathley, Frost; Mrs. Faye Chamberlain, Dallas: and Miss Beatrice Jones, Frost.

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James Albert Short
Jan 9, 1855 - Jun 03, 1931

Long Time Resident Frost Community Was Buried on Thursday
FROST, June 4.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for James Short, age 76 years, who died at his home in the Hackberry community at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, were held at the Frost cemetery Thursday morning at 9:30. He had been a resident of this section of the county many years and was well known.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, W. L. and N. L. Short of Frost and Wiley Short of Gladwater.

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Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” (Selvidge) Wright-Reed
Mar 15, 1857 - Aug 10, 1931

AGED FROST WOMAN DIED MONDAY NIGHT FUNERAL TUESDAY
FROST, Aug. 11.—(Spl.)— Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie Reed, age 73 years, who died Monday night at 10:40 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Floren Malone, about three miles south of here, were held at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church with Rev. D. P. Cagle, pastor, conducting the services. Interment was in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Mel Wright, Frost; Jack Wright. McCamey, and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Reed had been ill over a year but had been confined to her bed about a week.

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Frances Louise "Fannie" (Barnes) Hunter
Mar 3, 1866 - Feb 24, 1931

Pioneer Resident Frost Community Died There Tuesday
FROST. Feb. 24.—(Spl.)—Mrs. W. W. Hunter, 65, died at her home here at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning following a short Illness. Funeral arrangements had not been completed at noon Tuesday.

Surviving are three daughters. Mrs. Sudie Smith, Mrs. Annie Warrington, Mrs. Verna Doyle, two sisters and one brother. Mrs. Hunter had been a resident of this city practically all her life and was an active member of the Methodist church.

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Frost News
Funeral services for Mrs. Hunter were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church.

Services being conducted by Rev. W. W. Richeson, pastor. Interment was made in Frost cemetery with McCormick Brothers in charge.

Out of town relatives to attend the funeral of Mrs. Hunter were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thummel, Mrs. Dexter Hamilton and Mrs. Sudie Gray of Corsicana; Mrs. Pete Walling and Mrs. Preston Boyd of Malone; Mrs. J. W. Harkins and son of Olney; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Barnes of Red Oak and Mrs. Willie Barnes of Dallas.

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Burial of Frost Woman Wednesday; Died There Tuesday

FROST, Feb. 28.—Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Louise Hunter, 65, who died at her home here Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon with interment in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Annie Warrington, Mrs. Clyde Smith and Mrs. Eris Doyle, all of Frost; two sisters, Mrs. M. M. Barrett and Mrs. W. A. Bynum, both of Sterlin; and one brother, W. B. Barnes, Hubbard.

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Thomas Jefferson “Tom” Hightower
Mar 14, 1844 - Apr 10, 1931

FORMER RESIDENT FROST COMMUNITY BURIED SATURDAY
FROST, April 13.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held here Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock for Tom Hightower, aged 87 years, formerly resident of this community, but resident of Meridian for a number of years, who died Friday. Interment was made in the Frost cemetery.

Mr. Hightower was a Confederate veteran, and was well known in this section of the county.

Surviving are one son, Lem Hightower, West Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Chamberlain, Port Arthur; Mrs. Nila Downey, Frost, and Mrs. Clara Emhoff, San Antonio, and a number of other relatives.

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Charlie Carlile Stephenson
Oct 21, 1873 - Jun 22, 1931

PROMINENT FROST MAN DIED MONDAY; BURIAL TUESDAY
FROST, June 22.—(Spl.)—C. C. Stephenson, age 58 years, died at his home here at 11 o'clock Monday morning following a stroke of paralysis several days ago. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Methodist church and will be conducted by Rev. W. W. Richerson and Rev. D. T. Cagle. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, three brothers, Dr. H. H. Stephenson, Frost; John W. Stephenson, Houston; E. H. Stephenson, Breckenridge and one sister, Mrs. J. I. Bush, Itasca.

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INFANT DAUGHTER Keathley
July 17, 1931 - July 17, 1931

Infant Died in Hospital Friday
An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Keathley, 403 South Twentieth street, died at the P. and S. hospital shortly after noon Friday and the funeral will be held at Frost sometime Saturday. The little child was only a few hours old.

Surviving are the parents.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jul 17, 1931

Infant Was Buried In Frost Saturday
Funeral services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Keathley, 403 South Twentieth Street, who died shortly after noon at the P. and S. Hospital Friday, were held in Frost Saturday where interment was made.

Corley-McMahon Funeral home had charge of the funeral.

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Zacharia Joshua “Zack” Keathley Sr.
Dec. 1880 - Sep 5, 1925

ZACK KEATHLEY OF FROST DEAD RESULT STABBING TRINIDAD

THOMAS BROMELOW REPORTED IN TRINIDAD JAIL AS RESULT TROUBLE
Zach Keathley, aged 45 years, is dead as a result of knife wounds and Thomas Brownlow is in jail at Trinidad as a result of an altercation that is alleged to have occurred in a drug store late Friday night. The deceased has been a resident of the Frost community for many years. He is survived by his wife and six children. John A. Keathley of Blooming Grove and a married daughter living at Hillsboro, son and daughter of a former marriage, and his wife and four small children survive. He is also survived by a brother, Fred Keathley of Corsicana and several brothers who live in Tennessee.

The altercation took place late Friday night and Keathley died this morning at 5 o’clock.

The remains will be taken to Frost late today and the funeral will be held at Frost Sunday afternoon at three o’clock at the Methodist church. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. H. D. Landrum.

The deceased was well known in the Frost community.

Notes: The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Sep 5, 1925

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ZACH KEATHLEY HELD ON TUESDAY
Funeral services for Zach Keathley, who was killed Friday night at Trinidad, were held at his home in Frost Tuesday morning with burial in the cemetery at that place.

Keathley met his death from stab wounds. Two men of Trinidad are said to be under arrest in connection with the affair. Keathley's body was brought to his home Saturday and at u post mortem held Sunday by Dr. Dubart Miller, of Corsicana. Navarro county Health officer, and Dr. H. H. Stephenson, of Frost, it was revealed that one of the knife wounds were in the man's heart, which caused his death. The sheriff of Henderson county with two doctors from Trinidad also made an examination of the wounds found on the body. Both wounds were in the breast.

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Mamie Ruth (Keathley) Williams
Dec 9, 1895 - Sep 17, 1925

FORMER RESIDENT FROST DIES DALLAS REMAINS INTERRED

Special to the Sun.
Frost, Sept. 18.—The body of Mrs. Gene Williams, aged 30, who died in a sanitarium in Dallas, was shipped here Friday for burial. The funeral service was held at the First Baptist church and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Boulwear of Dawson.

The deceased was a former resident of Frost and is survived by her husband and three children in addition to her father and mother, eight brothers and one sister.

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William Monroe Patterson
July 7, 1870 - June 6, 1950

Former Resident Buried Here Sunday Afternoon

William Monroe Patterson for many years a resident of Dawson, but who has lived in Dallas and Hillsboro some 23 years died at his home at 217
1/2 West Gould in Hillsboro Saturday morning at 5 o'clock. The funeral service was held at Hillsboro at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. E. Weller of Whitney. Burial was made in the Dawson cemetery.

Mr. Patterson was born in Alabama July 7, 1870 and came to Texas when nine years of age. He had been in ill health a long number of years. Mr. Patterson was a member of the Dawson Methodist church and in earlier life was a prominent cotton buyer and business man here. He visited Dawson quite frequestly and had a large number of friends here who regret his death. Included among his survivors are one brother, Floyd Patterson of Hillsboro, and one sister, Mrs. R. P. Morter of this place.

Among those who attended the funeral in Hillsboro were Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Morter, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Dickson of Waco, Mrs. Clara Patterson, Bill Patterson, D. E. and Miss Emma Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Allard, Mrs. Joseph Hagle and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Clemons.

Notes:

  • Dawson Herald - Friday, Feb 16, 1951
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Jerome S. Shaw
Feb 8, 1892 - Dec 14, 1948

J. S. Shaw Buried Here Wednesday Afternoon

J. S. Shaw, a well known former resident of Dawson but for some 25 years of Italy, died in a Temple hospital Tuesday morning at 12:30 o'clock, where he had returned Monday for treatment for a blood trouble. The body was returned to Italy and the funeral service held there Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Revs. E. C. Cargill, Dick Griffin and Melvin Purvis, all of Italy, after which burial took place in the Dawson cemetery.

Mr. Shaw was near 57 years of age and was a prominent ginner and land owner. He was born in Mississippi and came to Texas in early life, his family settling in the Italy vicinity and later moving to south of Dawson. He with his wife moved to Italy in 1924, where they have since resided. He is survived by his wife, also four brothers and two sisters; Hester Shaw of Normangee; Burns Shaw, Dawson; Carlisle Shaw, Fort Worth; Ivan Shaw, Franklin; Mrs Dora Hooser, Dawson; Mrs. R. B. Skinner, Italy.

Mr. Shaw had land interests near Dawson and was a frequent visitor here. He had many friends here who sincerely regret his death.

Notes:

  • The Dawson Herald - Friday, Dec 17, 1948
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lora Equilla (Wood) Berry
Aug 25, 1885 - Nov 23, 1948

Long Time Resident Died In Austin Tuesday, Nov. 23

Mrs. Marvin Berry, a native of this vicinity, died at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Austin, after several years of illness, the past three months of which being very serious.

Mrs. Berry was born in Dawson on August 25, 1885. On Dec, 4, 1904, she was united in marriage with Marvin Berry. She lived in the Spring Hill community for a number of years, then moved to Dawson a number of years ago. To the union four children were born, two who survive her, Altus Berry of Harrisburg, Pa., and Douglas Rhea Berry of the U. S. Navy, and five grandchildren, two of whom she reared, M. B. McCulloch and Mrs. Vernon Roloff of Dawson. Also survived, are two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Hoyt Bown, Odessa, and Mrs. Horace Parkinson, Austin, and Alvin Wood, San Angelo. Mrs. Berry was a long time member of the Dawson Methodist Church. She had many friends who regret her death.

The funeral service was held at the Dawson Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, Nov. 25, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Tom Allman of Hubbard. Burial was made in the Dawson cemetery.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Loran, Lopez, Horace, Jerry, Carlos and Livy Berry.

Notes:

  • The Dawson Herald - Friday, Dec 3, 1948
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Nettie Lorine (Berry) Hardy-Prater
Aug 8, 1904 - Apr 26, 1951

Mrs. Lorine Prater Died Thursday Night Last Week

Mrs. Lorine Prater, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage early Wednesday morning of last week, died Thursday night, April 26, at eleven o'clock at the residence of Mrs. J. D. Calhoun where she was making her home.
Mrs. Prater was in a critical condition from the time of her attack until her death.

Mrs. Nettie Lorine Prater was born August 8, 1904, having reached the age of 46 years, 8 months and 18 days. She was married to Burty Elmer Hardy October 26, 1919, who preceded her in death October 22, 1944.
From this union four children survive. They are Mrs. Frances Marie Vanderhoeven of Palo Alta, California, R. B. Hardy of Lott, Olin R.
Hardy of Hereford and Billy Clyde Hardy of this place. Also surviving are a sister and two brothers, Miss Lema Berry of Hereford, Marshall Berry of Carbon and Livey Berry of Dawson. She was married to Sam Prater October 12, 1946, he having preceded her in death October 28, 1950. Mrs. Prater united with the Methodist church in early life and lived a consecrated christian life.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Milton Slayden, Wolfe Funeral Home being in charge of burial in the Dawson cemetery. Pallberers were Roy Raley, Jim Nesmith, Wallace Davis, Doyle Ivy, T. B. Teer and Chester Moore.

Notes:

  • The Dawson Herald - Friday, May 4, 1951
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Milton Widford Long
May 17, 1874 - Apr 9, 1951

M. W. Long Buried in Dawson Tuesday Afternoon

M. W. Long, for many years a resident of this vicinity up to some twelve years ago, who died at his home in Corbet Monday, was buried in the Dawson cemetery Tuesday afternoon, the funeral service being held at the Corbet Baptist church.

Mr. Long was 77 years of age and a native of Alabama. He had engaged in farming several miles north of town for a long number of years before moving to Corbet; Surviving are his wife of Corbett; two sons, Hayden Long, Fort Stockton, and Ray Long, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Mattie Mae Langridge, Corsicana; Mrs. Katie Bell Crawford, Fairfield; Mrs. Lorene Hayes, Tyler; and Mrs. Annie Lou Griggs, Frost; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. J. A. Roper, Decatur, Ala., and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Dawson Herald - Apr 13, 1951
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



M. W. Long Rites Are Held Tuesday
Funeral service for M. W. Long, 77 retired farmer, who died Monday at his home in Corbet, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corbet Baptist church. Burial was in Dawson.

Native of Alabama, Long had resided at Emmett and Dawson many years before moving to Corbet 12 years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corbet; two sons, Hayden Long, Fort Stockton, and Roy Long, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Mattie Mae Langridge, Corsicana; Mrs. Katie Bell Crawford, Fairfield; Mrs. Lorene Hayes, Tyler, and Mrs. Annie Lou Griggs, Frost; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. J. A. Rogers, Decatur, Ala., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bud Horn, Tom Lake, Sam Tucker, Blue Womack, M. E. Roman and Eddie Gathright.

Notes:

---

M. W. Long Dies
At Corbet Home

M. W. Long, 77, long-time Navarro county resident, died at his home in Corbet Monday at 11 a.m. following an illness of six months.

Funeral services will be held from the Corbet Baptist Church Tuesday at 2 p. m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

Native of Alabama, Long came to Texas and Navarro county more than 40 years ago and resided in the Emmett community for years before moving to Dawson, where he resided until he came to Corbet 12 years ago.

He was a retired farmer. Surviving are his wife of Corbet; two sons, Hayden Long, Fort Stockton, and Roy Long, Dallas. four daughters, Mrs. Mattie Mae Langridge, Corsicana; Mrs. Katie Bell Crawford, Fairfield; Mrs. Lorene Hayes, Tyler: and Mrs. Annie Lou Griggs, Frost; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a sister. Mrs. J. A. Rogers, Decatur, Ala. and other relatives.

Wolf Funeral Home directs.

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Gracie Mae (Breedlove) Crawford
May 19, 1901 - May 18, 1992

Gracie Mae Crawford, 90, of Waxahachie, died May 18, 1992.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Rany Pell and the Rev. Merrell Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Dawson cemetery.

She was born May 19, 1901, in Hartselle, Ala., and was a member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Crawford.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Charles Boyd of Dallas and Ruth Whitfield of Irving; two sons, Arvil Crawford of Cedar Creek Lake and Bill Crawford of Irving; two sisters, Gertie Quinn of Houston and Zolema French of Corsicana; one brother, Gurnie Breedlove of Corsicana, 11 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Eugene Everett Murray
Feb 17, 1931 – Oct 31, 2010
 

Eugene Everett Murray, 79, of Purdon passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010.

He was born Feb. 17, 1931, in Pursley, to Arthur Harvey Murray and Stella Ora Scogin. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He also enjoyed working cattle with his brother and checking cattle.

He is preceded in death by his parents, A.H. and Stella Murray.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Morgan; two children, Jeff Murray of Forney, and Becky Walters and husband Richard of Dawson; grandchildren, Jeffery Murray of Pursley, Ryan Walters of Houston, and Thresa Cates of Corsicana; 2 brothers, A.C. Murray and wife Lea of Corsicana, and Kenneth Murray and wife Anita of Purdon; longtime friend, Margie Dyer of Hubbard; he is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at New Pursley Cemetery with Bro. Mickey Loftus officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Pursley Cemetery Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wade Wilson
Aug 12, 1964 – Sept 1, 2010

Wade Wilson, 46, of Chatfield, passed away Sept. 1, 2010, in Corsicana.

He was born Aug. 12, 1964 in Corsicana to James O. and Janet Burkhalter Wilson.

He is survived by parents, James and Janet Wilson of Chatfield; daughter, Kathryn Rose Wilson of Corsicana; sister, Kelly Reynolds; husband, Jim Ed of Caldwell; brother, Logan Wilson and wife Kristie of Poolville; nieces, Avery Reynolds, Riley Reynolds and Laynie Wilson.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Michael Howard officiating. Interment will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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J. A. Young
May 8, 1926 - June 28, 1997

CS2 US NAVY WORLD WAR II, KOREA

J. A. Young, 71, of Richland passed away June 28, 1997, in Killeen.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home.

Mr. Young was born May 8, 1926 in Corsicana. Mr. Young was preceded in death by his wife Nell in 1968.

Mr. Young is survived by his sons: Michael Young of Killeen, Bruce M. Young of Corsicana, James Young of Bland, Virginia, and Joseph Young of Roane; two daughters, Linda Cramer of Dallas and Candis Collier of Richland; two brothers, Delmer Young of Pueblo, CO., and Royce Young of Sulpher Springs; two sisters, Hessie Marie Jones of Austin and Jean Taylor of Garland; 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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George Felix Davis Sr.
Jan 22, 1885 - Oct 25, 1957

Dawson Services For Felix Davis

DAWSON, Oct 28 – (Spl.)-Funeral services for Felix Davis, 72, long-time resident of this area, who died Friday afternoon, were held from the First Baptist church Sunday at 3 p.m. with burial in the local cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Baggett, pastor; Rev. W. O. Estes, local Baptist minister, and Rev. Monroe Gardner, Naples Baptist ministry.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson; two daughters, Mrs. A. G. Lucas, Fort Worth; and Mrs. Milford Tibbetts, Yuma Colo.; a son, Felix Earl davis, Odessa; a grandson, Armon Guinn Lucas, fort Worth; three brothers, Bruce Davis, Houston; Charlie and Vernon Davis both of Brownwood; five sisters, Mrs. J. D. Goodman, Waco; Mrs. Floyd Sawyer, Bullard; Mrs. J. E. Scott, Weatherford; Mrs. J. M. Gardner, Naples; Mrs. Bill Godbold, Port Arthur, and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Don Lamar Moody
Mar 31, 1931 - Sep 23, 1980

Don Lamar Moody, 49, died Tuesday, September 23, at Mexia State School.

Services were Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Eubanks Chapel in Hubbard, with Chaplain Mel Lin officiating. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery.

Moody was born in Dawson. He is survived by his mother, Olen McAllister of Dawson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Oct 1, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Laura Cecil (Dawson) Anderson
Aug 24, 1889 - Sep 19, 1980

Mrs. Laura Cecil Anderson, 91, of Purdon, died Friday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Services were Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson was a native of Dawson. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dawson and the granddaughter of Britton Dawson, the first settler in the Dawson area. The town was named after Britton Dawson.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus J. Anderson and her son Rufus E. Anderson.

Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Janelle Omberg, Corsicana, Mrs. Sue Phillips, Purdon, Mrs. Loraine Edens, Hillsboro, Mrs. Grace Clardy, and Mrs. Charlene Cain both of Dallas; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Curtis McGehee, Tommy Wheeler, Albert Mosley, Homer McNabb, Dicky Phillips and Gary Roman.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sep 24, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Homer Edward Cagle
Jan 30, 1899 - Sept 17, 1980

Homer Edward Cagle, 81, of Dawson, died Wednesday morning, September 17, in the Hubbard Hospital. Services were held on Thursday at Eubanks Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Danny Curry officiating. Burial was at Dawson Cemetery.

Mr. Cagle was born in Frost, lived in Dawson most of his life, and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Geraldine Ramsey and Mrs. Pauline Frederick, both of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Olga Jones, of Dawson, Mrs. Ava Smith of Waco and Mrs. Carrie Robinson of Houston.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Luther, Ouida Franks and David Frederick all of Corsicana; Bess Green, Bud Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Coggins, of Hillsboro, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Wallis of Shreveport, Louisiana; Mrs. Bill Bonner of Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Carey Cagle and son, Douglas, of Grapevine, Bill Cagle of Gainesville, Carolyn Ivie of Purdon, John Wesley Towney of Waxahachie and Mrs. Betty Honea of Frost.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sep 24, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Royce Ray Vanibuls, Jr.
About 1989 – Mar 17, 2012

Royce Ray Vanibuls, Jr., 22, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Trinidad. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Eastside Church of Christ with Bro. Alton Albert officiating, and Bro. Willie Wilmore as master of ceremony. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sally Doddridge “Dottie” (Jones ) McFarlen
Sep. 18, 1870 - Aug. 6, 1925

FROST WOMAN DIES THURSDAY; HAD BEEN ILL MANY MONTHS
Special to the Sun.
Frost, Aug. 7.---Mrs. R. D. McFarlen age 52 years, died at 11:30 Thursday night at her home here following an illness of over a year.

The deceased way a long time resident of this city and was well known. Her husband is one of the leading business men of the city.

She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. John Slay.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Baptist church with the pastor, Rev. R. D. Wade officiating.

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Marion Louise Ramage
Sep 10, 1923 - May 27, 1925

Lost Their Infant Daughter.

Marion L. Ramage, aged twenty months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Ramage, died at Mildred this morning at 5 o’clock and the remains will be interred at Frost tomorrow.

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Myrtle Mae (Hunt) Hamilton
Jul 15, 1893 - Oct 13, 1925

In Memory.
Written in memory of Mrs. Myrtle (Hunt) Hamilton.

She was born in 1893 and died October 13, 1925, at the home of Mr. Ernest Melton. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hunt. She was married to Mr. W. B. Hamilton December 20, 1909. She professed faith in Christ at the age of 10 years and united with the Missionary Baptist church at Bethany and several years later she moved her membership to the Baptist church at Port Arthur and there she lived a consistent Christian life until her death.

She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, W. B. Hamilton; two brothers, W. O. Hunt of Blooming Grove and Johnnie Hunt of Fort Worth, and two sisters, Mrs. Dona Milton of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Tennie Covington of Jester, and many other relatives and a host of sorrowing friends. And dear relatives, we can not understand why our loved ones are taken so suddenly from us, for our ways are not God’s ways, and His will must be done and the Bible says: All things work together for good to those who love the Lord. And remember known things belong to men and unknown things to God and someday we’ll understand; so let each of us as friends and relatives say God’s will be done. We know that it is hard but just submit to His will is all we can do and is the right thing for us to do; and if each of you will do that and lean on the strong arm of your Heavenly Father He will hold you up, for he says, My grace is sufficient and he will give you sustaining grace in this sad and trying time. We hope if any of your are still living in sin that this will be the time in your life that you will stop and ask yourself, Where am I going to spend Eternity? And if your loved ones are waiting on the other shore for you, are you going there to be an unbroken family around the throne of God. Our bodies go back to dust but our spirit’s go back to the God who gave them. Then look far beyond the silent tomb to a happy reunion in the sweet bye and bye for—

There’s one who can comfort
when all else fails;
Who’s able to save when the foe assail;
Once she traveled the way we go,
Felt the pangs of deceit and woe,
Who more perfectly than can know,
I have Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Weep not, dear loved ones, for
from earth she has fled,
For we know that we shall meet her
If the Bible we have read.

O, slumber sweetly, darling one, in Jesus be thy rest,
For there in heaven you will be,
and Jesus knoweth best,
There may we meet our loving sister,
There where suffering is no more.
Where all is love and peace and joy
Beyond the crystal shore.

When we leave this world of sorrow
When we leave this world of care,
We shall find our missing loved one.
In our Father’s mansion fair.
All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today,
For the one loved so dearly
Has Forever passed away.

The golden gates were open wide,
A gentle voice said, come,
The angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home.
A precious one from them is gone,
Her sweet voice they love so well is still,
A place is vacant in that home
Which never can be filled.

Weep not, dear loved ones
For we know she’s gone to rest.
To be at home with Jesus,
With one who loved her best.

Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Carroway of Blooming Grove and her body was laid to rest in the Frost Cemetery to await the resurrection. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

(Written by her friends Jessie Clark and Clara Staggs)

Notes:


Samuel F. Smith
Dec 11, 1869 - Feb 12, 1925

Well Known Farmer Died Near Frost
Sam Smith, 55, and one of the good citizens of the Frost community died at his home there Thursday night and the funeral took place there yesterday. The deceased had been afflicted for a number of years, and his death was not a surprise, but nevertheless a source of genuine sorrow to hundreds of friends.

He was among best known farmers of the county and had friends wherever he was known. Deceased is survived by his widow and five children, Wade Smith, mayor of Frost, is a brother of the deceased.

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Taylor Benjamin Dugan
Aug 13, 1874 - Feb 13, 1925

FROST MAN DROPPED DEAD WHILE WATCHING BASKETBALL GAME
Special in the Sun.

Frost, Feb. 14—Taylor Dugan, age 51, dropped dead Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock, while watching a basketball game near here. He is survived by a wife and six children.

The remains will be shipped to El Dorado, Arkansas for burial.

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Veronica Lee Chavez
abt 1948 - Apr 27, 2012

Veronica Lee Chavez, 64, of Dawson passed away Friday, April 27, 2012 at her residence. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012 at the Kerens Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Beatrice Beaty
abt 1917 - Apr 17, 2012

Beatrice Beaty, 95, of Pelham passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Michael Gee officiating.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Apr 29, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Donna Green Burton
abt 1956 - Apr 27, 2012

Donna Green Burton, 56, of Corsicana, passed away April 27, 2012, at Twilight Nursing Home. Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be at noon Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at New Cornerstone Baptist Church with the Rev.
D.R. Watson and the Rev. M.L. Green officiating. Arrangements by M.R.
Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Apr 29, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

May Dale (German) Sims
May 1, 1934 - Apr 25, 2012

Dale German Sims passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield, after 5 weeks in ICU.

She was born in Aquilla to Bessie and Arra German. Ms. Dale enjoyed the land and her cattle very much.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Browning; a brother, Nelson “Sage” German; two sisters, Linda Dearen and Dovie Bratcher; three grandsons, Christian Browning, Cody Ellis and Casey Siegmund.

We love and miss you, Ms. Dale. We hope there are cows in heaven.

“Mom, me and Callie, Bonnie and Christian will take care of the cows til you come home, I love you.” - Cindy

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Corley Blooming Grove Chapel in Blooming Grove. A private family service will be held later.

Pallbearers will be Cody Ellis, Dale Crownover, Ryan Crownover, Clay Sparks, Brett Cantwell and Casey Siegmund.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Charles David Campbell
July 16, 1956 - Apr 26, 2012

Charles lived his life with dignity, always concerned with the welfare of others. He departed this life peacefully on April 26, 2012 with his family at his side.

Born July 17, 1956 at Laredo Air Force Base, he arrived in Corsicana as a happy 1-year-old in 1957 where he spent his formative years, attending James L. Collins Catholic School and graduating from Corsicana High School in 1974. It was during his maturing years that he developed a keen interest in cooking and foods under the influence of a close family friend, Dr. A.L. Grizzaffi.

He attended Texas Tech University where he was active in campus affairs, becoming the president of the student body his senior year and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Following graduation with his business degree he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship and subsequently received his MBA in finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, a school considered by the Pacific rim nations to be on a par with Harvard.

Upon his return he spent his professional career in finance and banking, primarily in California, where he had a long career with Wells Fargo in San Francisco and San Diego.

He was wed to Hollye Hammond of Graham, Texas, on April 20, 1991, continuing his career with Wells Fargo while Hollye pursued her career as a flight attendant with American Airlines. The love of food and dining always tugged at them, and they opted to make a change in their plans which led them to own and operate what was voted the best seafood restaurant in north San Diego County. He continued to hone and expand his knowledge of food, wines, and coffees, becoming skilled in each.

But it was his love of banking and people that led him back to his beginnings and back to Corsicana where he took a position with Community National Bank and Trust. In that setting he would soon be once again deeply involved in the worthwhile affairs of his hometown. He has been active in Rotary International, The Legacy Outfitters, Family Service, and was a trustee of the Navarro County Health Services Foundation.

He was preceded in death by his father in law, John C. Hammond; and his brother in law, J. T. Pass.

He is survived by his wife, Hollye; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. David Campbell; his sister, Chari Hust and husband Bob of Houston, and sister Carolyn Pass of Aledo; by his uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Lowell Campbell of Corsicana; by his aunt, Mrs. Doris Binnion of Kerrville, and numerous loving cousins. Also surviving are Hollye's family, including her mother, Frances Hammond; sister, Libby Burkett and husband Zack, and sister Mary Sanders, all of Graham; and her brother, Chad Hammond and wife Heather, who reside in Japan. Chad is associated with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Charles and Hollye were not blessed with children, but counted among their blessings numerous nieces and nephews whom they loved as their own.

Services are under the direction of the Morrison Funeral Home of Graham, Texas. Graveside services and interment will be in the Hammond family plot at the Pioneer Cemetery in Graham at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012.

On the following Thursday, May 3, 2012, there will be a Memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana, Texas at 4 p.m.

If it is your wish memorial donations may be directed to the James L.
Collins Catholic School of Corsicana, the Corsicana YMCA, or a charity of your choice.

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Lester W. Heard
Nov 24, 1945 - Apr 25, 2012

Lester W. Heard, 66, of Frost passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his residence.

Lester was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Pittsburg, Texas to Lester W. and Jean
(Roberts) Heard. He grew up and attended school in Corsicana. On Feb.
22, 1969 he married Illene Sparks and she preceded him in death on Dec.
2, 1995. They settled in Bynum following their marriage. For many years he was a truck driver for Central Freight and Brown Express. He later married Sue Wallace on May 17, 2004 in Hillsboro and they moved to Frost. Lester enjoyed a good game of poker, fishing, and collecting knives. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Woodman of The World Lodge.

Also preceding him in death were his parents and a son, Rusty Heard.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Heard of Frost; sons, Robert Heard and wife, Lori, of Bynum and Jason Dozier of Frost; brother, Bobby Heard and wife, Judy, of Purdon; two sisters, Sharon Heard and Michelle Beckham both of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Austin Heard, Illene Heard, Luke Heard, and Tommy Dozier; and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev.
Edward Sumrall officiating. Burial will follow at Bell Springs Cemetery near Bynum.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.

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Elbert O. Prince
Jan 4, 1923 - Apr 26, 2012

Elbert O. Prince was born in Frost on Jan. 4, 1923 and passed away at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village on April 26, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Louise Washburn Prince, his parents and his brother, Alvin Prince.

He is survived by daughter Sharon Prince of Pasadena, son Rickey and wife Pat of Trinidad; granddaughter Christie Johnson and husband Jed of Del Rio, and grandson Kevin Prince and wife Tia of Powell; great-grandchildren Lauren and Parker Johnson and Holden Prince; brothers--in-law Charles Washburn and wife Martha of Corsicana, Felix Washburn and wife Sue of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters-in-law Rosemary Washburn of Ennis and Charlene Signor of Robstown, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elbert worked for Buie Implement Company from 1941 until he entered the military in February 1943. He served at Ft. Hood, in Europe and at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. In 1947 he joined the National Guard and retired from the reserves in 1973 at the rank of full colonel.

Upon his return from overseas Elbert was hired as the parts manager for Buie Implement Company, and in 1970 bought Buck's Appliance Store where he remained until his retirement in 1985.

Elbert was an active member of Central Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Trustees, as church treasurer, local and District Lay Leader, the Conference Board of Pensions and numerous other committees. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Road to Recovery. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis International and was proud of his 16 years of perfect attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 320 North 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110 or another charity of choice.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jondell AJ Ham-Mualia
Apr 23, 2012 - Apr 23, 2012


Jondell AJ Ham-Mualia was born and died on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Ennis Regional Medical Center in Ennis, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Calvary Cemetery with Father Jason Cargo officiating.

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Nora (Donaho) O'Neill
Oct 3, 1899 - Dec 8, 1943

MRS. ED C. O'NEILL DIES FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS FEW DAYS

Mrs. Ed. C. O'Neill, Grayvllle, IL., died at the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday night about 10 o'clock following an illness of only a few days. Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending word from her two sons.

Mrs. O'Neill was visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. W. K. Steele when she was stricken. She was born and reared in Corsicana, having moved to Illinois a few years ago. She was Miss Nora Donaho before her marriage.

Surviving are her husband, Ed O'Neill, Grayville. IL.; two sons, Sgt. Neill O'Neil, U. S. Army; Storekeeper Third Class Jack O'Neill, U. S. Navy, Norfolk, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Ed Willimason, Corsicana; Mrs. P. E. Kiser, Cayuga; Mrs. O. M. Rector Jr., Cayuga; a brother, Bill Donaho, Austin, and other relatives.
Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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Louetta Jean Fort
Feb 17, 1928 - Sept 18, 2008

Louetta Jean Fort, 80, of Kerens passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Elizabeth Ellen “Betty” Melear
Mar 13, 1836 – May 10, 1918

VENERABLE LADY PASSES AWAY

Had Lived In Navarro County Fifty Years

From Saturday’s Daily – Mrs. Elizabeth Ellen Melear, widow of the late B. E. Melear, died at the home of R. H. Daniels last night and the remains will be interred at Kerens tomorrow morning at 10:30.

The deceased came with her husband from Lincoln county, Tenn., in 1868, and settled near Kerens, and she had spent most of these fifty years in this community. She is survived by eight grown children, Judge H. S. Melear, of Corsicana; C. K. Melear of Waco; R. H. Melear of Lufkin; R. S. Melear of Trinidad; B. O. Melear of Houston; Mrs. Eleanor Anthony of Galveston; Mrs. Sallie Berry of Plymouth; and Mrs. Kate Wellington of Wellington.

The deceased was eighty two years of age on Mar 3, last, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her as a woman of fine intelligence and high character.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Joiner, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Kerens.

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VENERABLE LADY PASSES AWAY

Had Lived in Navarro County Fifty Years

Mrs. Elizabeth Ellen Melear, widow of the late B. E. MeLear, died at the home of R. H. Daniels last night and the remains will be interred at Kerens tomorrow morning at 10:30.

The deceased came with her husband from Lincoln county, Tenn., in 1868, and settled near Kerens, and she had spent most of these fifty years in this community. She is survived by eight grown children, Judge H. S. Melear, of Corsicana; C. K. Melear of Waco; R. H. Melear of Lufkin; R. S. Melear of Trinidad; B. O. Melear of Houston; Mrs. Eleanor Anthony of Galveston; Mrs. Sallie Berry of Plymouth; and Mrs. Kate Wellington of Wellington.

The deceased was eight two years of age on March 3, last, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her as a woman of fine intelligence and high character.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Joiner, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Kerens.

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Cora (Berry) Coates
Feb 11, 1867 – Oct 27, 1957

Kerens Pioneer Expires Sunday, Services Tuesday

KERENS, Oct. 28 – (Spl.) – Mrs. W. B. Coates, 90, died at her home here Sunday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harvell Norris, pastor of the church.

Born at Old Wadeville, south of Kerens, February 11, 1867, Mrs. Coates was married to W. B. Coates in 1890. She was an elder in the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. P. N. Stockton and Mrs. Fred Jennings all of Kerens; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A son, John B. Coates, died in 1932.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Thursday, Oct 31, 1957
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Gentlemen:
When Mrs. Cora Berry Coates, the wife of Wm. B. Coates, of Kerens, quietly slept away in the wake of an early frost this October, she passed as she had lived-quietly, gently, and with infinite trust in her God. Her long life of ninety years and some months had been a benediction to all who knew her; and her passing, like her life, was without confusion.

Born in old Wadeville back in 1867, she lived all her days in Navarro County-helping her husband manage his farming interests, raising her family, and being a good neighbor; a source of never-failing help to the large colored community who looked to her for assistance; and an influence for good generally in the Kerens area.

I knew Mrs. Coates personally for more than fifty years and vividly recall her first kindness to me when, as a boy of seven or eight years, I first visited Kerens with my father. With deep appreciation I recall her subsequent kindnesses to myself and to my three sons when, 20 years ago, I first brought them to Kerens. I remember how she took care of old Sam Sebron, a former slave, who lived to be nearly 105 years old and who, when she was a little girl, had waited on her. In his old age Sam became addled from time to time and from his cabin back of her home, sometimes he would call out “Cora! Cora. Come help me” – And always she did help him, quieting his childlike fears and looking after him. And I remember the amusement that lighted her eyes when she often recalled an incident in which my father was the central figure. He was spending the night and had jocosely requested her to “Wake me early-I want to hear your roosters crow.” Of course, in those days, nearly everybody had chickens in the backyard; and roosters do have a way of crowing throughout the early, early morning hours. When Col. Bob finally came to breakfast he exclaimed, “My God, Mrs. Coates, you must have a thousand roosters-and all of ‘em crowed all night long.”

Mrs. Coates will be missed in and around Kerens, but I suspect she will be welcomed by a heavenly host now that she has gone to her peaceful and well-deserved earthly rest. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren should receive some comfort in the knowledge that she was a grand lady; neither worldly minded, nor envious, nor resentful-a long-lived example of the truth of the old saying “He also serves who only stands and waits.”

MARION A. KNIGHT

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Linn Foushe Kerley
May 10, 1890 - Oct 26, 1957

Rites Sunday For Linn F. Kerley

KERENS, Oct. 28 – (Spl.) – Funeral services for Linn F. Kerley 67, retired farmer who died Saturday morning after an extended illness, were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Church of Christ. The rites were conducted by J. B. Tomlinson, minister of the church and Cato Sheerer, minister from Cameron, formerly of Kerens. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Kerens; a son, L. C. Kerley, Pasadena; two daughters, Mrs. M. H. Smith, Houston, and Mrs. Buck Buchanan, Blue Eye, Mo.; two brothers, W. H. Kerley, Kerens, and E. C. Kerley, Claud; a sister, Mrs. B. A. Inmon, Kerens, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Thursday, Oct 31, 1957
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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