Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Billie Jean (Davis) Brennan
Feb 12, 1933 - Apr 8, 1966

Mrs. Brennan Rites Sunday
Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Billie Brennan. 33, of Dallas, Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Dudley M. Hughes Chapel in Dallas. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.
Mrs. Brennan, native of Rice died Friday. She was a ward clerk at Parkland hospital. She had resided in Dallas since child.
Surviving are two sons, Charles Ronald Compton and William Randall Compton, both of Italy, two daughters, Carroll Sue Compton of Italy and Glenda Grace Brennan, Dallas; parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Davis, Dallas, a sister, Miss Dora Davis, Dallas, and a brother, Marvin L. Davis, Lexington, Ky.


Jerome Curb Thompson Jr.
1922 - May 3, 1933

Funeral services for J. C. Thompson Jr., of the Roane community, who died at the family home Wednesday night at 8:45 o’clock, were held from the First Baptist Church at Rice Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Rice cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, a brother Charlie F. Thompson, and four sisters, Catherine, Gladys Mae, Audrey Fay and Bessie Marie Thompson, all of Roane.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home.


Minnie Eudora (Queen) Bartlett
Jan 18, 1878 - May 9, 1973

Mrs. Bartlett
Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church in Rice for Mrs. Minnie Bartlett, 95, of Rice, who died Wednesday night at Memorial Hospital.
Burial will be at Rice cemetery.
Corley Funeral Home will direct.
She was a native of Tennessee and had lived in Rice for 70 years. She was a member of the Rice Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Benjamin C. Bartlett, Jr. of Mt. Pleasant; four daughters, Mrs. S.C. Bell of Corsicana, Mrs. Carl Boucher, Mrs. Dan Morgan, Mrs. Joe Aylward, all of Dallas; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Jim Mabry and Mrs. Hunter Warfield of Conroe, and Mrs. Albert Bishop of Dallas.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Mary Alice (Gregory) Bell
Aug 2, 1890 - Jan 9, 1972

Mrs. Bell
Mrs. Mary Alice Bell, 932 Tarryall, Dallas, a native of Rice, died Sunday in a Dallas hospital.
She is survived by a son, N. D. Bell of Tucson, Ariz., a granddaughter, Mrs. Dana Parr of Dallas; four grandchildren; sisters, Miss Varna Gregory, Mrs. Nora Bell and Mrs. Rena Mahaley, all of Rice, Mrs.
Charles McLaurin of Bokchito, Okla., and Mrs. Rhoda Lee of Denison.
Chapel services were to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Nick Harris, officiating and graveside rites at 4:30 p.m. in the Rice cemetery.


Margaret Pamelia (Kelly) Hall
Jul. 15, 1870 - Feb. 25, 1935


Mrs. J. S. Hall, age 64, native of Alabama and a resident of the Rice community for more than
thirty years died Monday morning February 25th at one o'clock in a sanitarium in Dallas where she was taken last Tuesday.

Mrs. Hall (nee Margaret Kelly) was born in Marion county, Alabama, July 15th, 1870 and was married there February 3rd, 1887 to J. S. Hall. They moved to Rice more than thirty years ago where they have resided since.

Mrs. Hall has been a member of the Christian Church since early childhood.

She is survived by her husband, J. S. Hall, and six children, four sons, W. R. and Lonnie Hall of Houston, L. R. and C. R Hall of Rice, and two daughters, Miss Ruby Hall and Mrs. M. V. Fitzgerald, also of Rice and eight grandchildren, all of whom were present, and three brothers and two sisters. They are G. W.; J. Z. and W. C. Kelly, Mrs. W. H. Parsons and Mrs. Henry Sanders.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Haynie Memorial Church,
Rice, with the Rev. Thomas Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church, Corsicana, officiating. Burial was in Rice cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. R. Smith; A. R. Jackson; H. C. Noel; L. M. Pollan, E. B. Walker and T. B.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were:
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Parson and son; Mr. and Mrs. George Stephenson and son; Mr. and Mrs.
Burris Parson, Mrs. W. H. Parson; J. Z. Kelly, Mrs. A. Forrester, all of Houston; G W. Kelly,
Rosenberg; Mrs. Guy Sitton, Mrs. Hallie Steely, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hall, C. C. Morris; L. Love,
and Rod Kenner of Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. J, O. Sessions, Bazette; Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Fitzgerald, Powell; Mr. and Mrs. C. C.
Brodnax and daughter, Groesbeck; Mr. and Mrs. Angus Sims, Jr., Bristol; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ellis, Alma; Mrs. A. Merrell, Alma; Miss Willie Mae Rowe. Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. Otho Cooley, Pittsburgh; Mrs. W. L. Burnett, Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. W. R Cooley, Mrs.
Alice Cooley, Garland and Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Campbell, Alma.


Maggie Mae Perry
Feb 4, 1919 - Oct 28, 1919

In Memory of Little Maggie Mae.

On October the twenty-eighth, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clemons Perry, and took from them their only darling child, Little Maggie Mae. The little girl suffered two weeks with the influenza. All was done that loving hands could do, but to no avail. God needed one more angel and he saw fit to take Little Maggie Mae from this world of trials and tribulations to a better home above, we cannot understand why one so much lived should be taken away so soon from its mission on earth, she was only 8 months, 25 days. But Gods will, not ours, be done. Oh, so soon would it be called back if those dear parents and grandparents had only the power. It being the first and only grandchild. How it is missed, only those who have experienced such sorrow knows. There is nothing sadder than death. Only time can heal these awful wounds. But go to God for help “He Is Just.” He helps us to bear our burden. The little remains were laid to rest in the Rice cemetery. Rev. Walker conducting the funeral services.

Babys left the cradle for the golden shore,
O’re the silvery water she has flown
Gone to join the angels peaceful ever more,
Empty is the cradle, baby’s gone.

When the dimpled cheeks and laughing little eyes,
From the rumpled pillow shone
When he gazed in gladness,
While we looked with sighs,
Empty is the cradle, Baby is gone.

(Not legible)
(Not legible)
Now the sound is absent and the form so sweet,
We can have to cheer us never more.

Lonely is the household, everyone is sad,
Look in every corner if you will,
Feet that e’er once pattered, voice always once so glad,
All in death now so cold and still.

Baby’s left her cradle, God has called her home;
Seems as if he always plucks the sweetest flowers,
Sweetest little darling, who with us loved to roam,
Has gone and now adorns immortal bowers.

Written by her Aunt,


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Dec 5, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards


Baby Died.

Maggie Mae, the little 8-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clemmons Perry of south of town, died last Tuesday after a short illness. Interment took place at Rice cemetery Thursday.


Roy Lee Franks
Nov 27, 1949 - Jan 16, 1950

Rites For Infant Slated Tuesday

Roy Lee Franks, six-weeks-old son of Mrs. Willie Franks of Rice, died at the P. and S. Hospital Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Willie Franks; grandparents and other relatives.


John Lewis Greer, Sr.
Oct 5, 1873 - Nov 19, 1947


John L. Greer, aged 74 years, of Rice died at the Navarro Clinic Wednesday night at 9:15 o’clock.

Funeral services here were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church here, and Rev. Harry Walz of Rice. Greer was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ollie Greer, Rice; three sons, Willie, J. D., and J. L. Greer, all of Rice; five daughters, Mrs. Aaron Murphy, Rice; Mrs. Rinas Griffith, Eustace; Mrs. Joe Craw, California; Mrs. Wesley Reynolds, Bardwell, and Miss Edith Greer, Rice, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wesley Reynolds, Raymond Murphy, Finas Griffith, Winston Griffith, Cecil Newman and Fred Lackey.


William Jess Atchley
Jun 01, 1899 - May 30, 1969

Atchley Services

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the First Methodist church at Rice for Jeff Atchley, 69, Rice, who died. Friday. The Rev. William Horick and the Rev. Marvin Bledsoe officiated. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, four brothers, four sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Friday, June 6, 1969
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (I assume this is the same person paper says Jeff Obit says Jess)

Calvin Atchley
Feb 2, 1912 - May 5, 1986

Calvin Atchley

Calvin Atchley, 74, Dawson, died of a gunshot wound in Dawson Monday.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Joe Brumbelow and John Kinnaird officiating. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be W. V. Slater, Mark Brumbelow, Aldon Nesmith, James Etter, Tim Pullen, Ronald Fulton, and E. H. Slater.


Jo Rene Clark
Oct 18, 1929 - Jul 11, 1932


Funeral services for Jorene Clark, 3 ½ year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Clark, of North Twelfth Street, who died in the Navarro Clinic Monday morning at 10 o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents and three brothers, Edward, Wayne, and Billie Don Clark, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Henry Bowden, Hubert Bowden, R. M. Bowden, and Joe Meadows.



Funeral services for Jorene Clark, 3 ½ year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Clark, of North Twelfth Street, who died in the Navarro Clinic Monday morning at 10 o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents and three brothers, Edward, Wayne, and Billie Don Clark, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Henry Bowden, Hubert Bowden, R. M. Bowden, and Joe Meadows.


Joseph W. “Joe” Holland
Feb 4, 1860 - Oct 23, 1935

Funeral services for J. W. Holland, aged 75 years, pioneer resident of the Rice community and former postmaster there, who died Wednesday night were held Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church with burial in the Rice cemetery.

Mr. Holland also served as precinct chairman for the republican party for many years. He was a native of Mississippi and came to Texas in 1894. He was affiliated with the Methodist church and Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Claudie Starnes and Miss Clyde Holland, both of Rice; Mrs. Willie Watson, Kilgore; Mrs. Virginia Cook and Mrs. Ila Vowell, both of Waco.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Oct 29, 1935
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Maggie Mae (Dukeminier) Barrington
Mar 03, 1885 - Nov 25, 1935

Mrs. Maggie M. Barrington, aged 50 years, wife of L. M. Barrington of Rice, died at the family home Monday morning at 3:30 o'clock. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be
conducted by Rev. J. L. Oliver, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Rawlins, Dallas; two brothers, Henry Dukeminier and Clark Dukeminier, both of Rice; and two sisters, Mrs. Violet Gallemore, Rice, and Mrs. Callie Shelton, Oklahoma City. Okla.

Corley Funeral Home will have charge of arrangements.


Leon Walker Brewer
Apr 11, 1887 - Feb 7, 1963

Leon W. Brewer
Rites Saturday
Funeral services for Leon W. Brewer, 75, retired rancher-farmer, 813 West Fifteenth avenue, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday, were held from the McCammon Chapel Saturday at 2 p. m. with burial in the Rice cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Denzil G. Wright, pastor of the Central Methodist church.
Native of Georgia, he came to Texas at the age of 11 years and prior to moving to Corsicana in 1952, resided many years in the Rice area.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, two sons, Ansel Brewer, Corsicana, and Leon W. Brewer, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Harrison, Holland AFB, N. M.; a brother, S. L. Brewer, Houston; a sister, Mrs. W. C. Croxdale, Weatherford; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Jack Kenney, Gilbert Grantham, George Simpson, Terry Fluker, Clint Washburn, F. H. Washburn, Horace Collins and Ted Gowan.


Marvin Ernest Cummins
May 10, 1902 - Aug 26, 1970

Cummins Rites
Funeral services for Ernest Cummins, Rice farmer and rancher who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, were held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Randall McCollum officiating.
Burial was in Rice cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of Rice, two sons, six grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.



Cummins Rites Set Thursday

Funeral services were to be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Chapel for Ernest Cummins of Rice, farmer and rancher, who died Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. The Rev. Randall McCollum was to officiate and interment was to be in Rice cemetery.

Cummins is survived by his wife of Rice, two sons, six grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.

Pallbearers include Gene Braddock, J. T. Allen, A. B. Jarrett, Virgil Atchley, Al Shelton, Carroll Barton, Joe Glaspy and Johnny Spencer. Honorary pallbearers are directors of the First National Bank of Rice.


Amanda Lee (Bartlett) Langham
Jul 6, 1866 - Apr 6, 1958

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Langham
Mrs. Lee Bartlett Langham, 91, native of Chatfield, died in Kaufman Sunday afternoon. She had resided in the Rice and Chatfield communities all of her life. She was a member of the Methodist church.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice with the pastor, Rev. Jack Daniels in charge. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.
Mrs. Langham was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Langham, and a son, Clarence Langham.
Surviving are several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be J. K. Bradley, Virgil Atchley, J. C. Barton, A. D. Ellis, Alfred Shelton and A. M. Horton.
McCammon will direct.


Martha Ann (McCurdy) Hughes
Mar 10, 1870 - Dec 30, 1943

Mrs. Martha Hughes Buried at Rice on Friday Afternoon
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha M. Hughes, age 70 years, who died at her home in Rice Thursday morning, were held at Rice Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, five children and other relatives.
Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.



Mrs. Martha M. Hughes, age 70 years, died at her home at Rice Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held at Rice Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, C. H. Hughes, Rice; five children, Lola, Ethel, Alvis, Charles and Jess Hughes, all of Rice.

Sutherland – McCammon will direct the arrangements.


William Edward Marriott
Jan 12, 1918 - Mar 9, 1941

Funeral services for William E. Marriott, aged 23 years, who died at Emhouse early Sunday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o' clock from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist Church. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Marriott, Emhouse; five sisters. Mrs. Ella Parrish, Mrs. Stella McDaniel and Mrs. Olgie Davidson, all of Emhouse; Mrs. Earl Ballew, Levelland, and Mrs. Howard Huddleston, Midlothian; three brothers, T. D. Russell and James Marriott, all of Emhouse, and a grandfather, T. M. Marriott, Rice.
Pallbearers were Albert Tinkle, H. Gray, J. Q. Jackson, W. E. Hill, M. L. Whitworth and Ed Kizziar.


Jimmy Davis Burdine
Mar 09, 1882 - Jun 09, 1973

J. D. Burdine

Funeral service were to be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for J. D. Burdine, 92, of Tupelo, who was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Saturday.
Rev. Robert J. Potts and Rev. Marcus Childress were to officiate, and burial was to be at Rice cemetery.
He was a native of Mississippi and had lived in Tupelo for 82 years, was a retired farmer, he was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his widow, a daughter, four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be Rutherford Stough, Ralph Wheeler, Charlie Szenasy, J. T. Allen, L. J. Burdine, M. V. Stafford, John Nelson, and George Hodge.


Robert Cherry Holland
Apr 4, 1894 - Jun 12, 1976

R. Cherry Holland
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home for R. Cherry Holland, 82, who died early Saturday in a Houston hospital following a short illness. Burial will be in Rice cemetery.
Bora in Hardin County, Texas, Holland was a resident of Corsicana since 1955. He was an oil field producer and operator, a WWI vet, and a 50-year Mason at the Richland Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Moore Holland of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Hulon David Baker of Grapeland; and three grandchildren.
In leiu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


Fannie Elizabeth (Carroll) Bennett
May 30, 1893 - Apr 6, 1976

Mrs. Bennett
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Rube Bennett, 82, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday In Evergreen Nursing Home.
The Rev. Peyton Goodman will officiate, and burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
She was a native of Navarro County, lived in Corsicana most of her life, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Rube Bennett preceded her In death In 1950.
Survivors Include two sisters, Mrs. Roark Montgomery Sr. and Miss Retta Carroll both of Corsicana; four nephews, H.L. Corwln of Waco, Carroll Montgomery of Lafayette, La., Harold B. Pulton of Midlothian, and Roark Montgomery Jr. of Corsicana, a number of great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers Include Ed Formby, Doyle Collins, J.E. Craig, Bill Honea, J.C. Turner, and Hugh Fullerton Jr.


Gladys (Barnes) McAfee
Dec 28, 1907 - Oct 20, 1936

Service for Mrs. Gladys McAfee, aged 27 years, wife of of H. D. McAfee, 705 West Fourth avenue, city sanitary engineer and chemist, who died in the Navarro clinic early Tuesday afternoon, were held from the First Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with Interment In Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. Edgar Neal, pastor of the church.
Mrs. McAfee was a native of Roane, Navarro county, and had been a nurse here for a number of years.
Surviving are her husband, Corsicana, and three brothers, Hill Barnes, Mabank; Lynn Barnes, Dawson, and Clyde Barnes, of Weatherford.
Active pallbearers were F. R. Gee, Cecil Honea, Ed Howell, R. A. Mergenthaler, B. B. Glllean and Al Keenan.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. E. H. Newton, Dr. J. Wilson David, J. Li. Jackson, Earl Bragg, J. Y. Stewart, A. G. Elliott and Wm. V. Mowlam.
Mrs. McAfee had been ill for two weeks.
Mrs. McAfee was a graduate nurse and was a member of the staff of the Navarro Clinic at the time of her death.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Eugene Joseph Hettig
May 8, 1919 - Oct 24, 2000

Wednesday 10/25/2000 Houston Chronicle

EUGENE JOSEPH HETTIG, 81, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2000.
He was born on May 8, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Hettig served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II and retired from Century Paper Company after 30 years of service. He is preceded in death by his daughter Deborah Ann. Gene is survived
by his wife of 57 years, Marcialete McAfee Hettig; son, Johnny Eugene Hettig and his wife, Marianne Hettig; grandson, Ryan Eugene Hettig and his wife, Amy Hettig; granddaughter, Marcialete Hettig Voller and her husband, Julian Voller; two great-grandchildren, Tanner Hettig and Jordyn Voller. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway. Graveside Services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2000 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas


William M. Chilcoat
Jul 7, 1899 - Jul 31, 1918

The Remains of the Late William Chilcoat Laid To Rest Yesterday
Yesterday was indeed a sad day for many people of Corsicana when a farewell tribute was paid to the late William Chilcoat, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Chilcoat. A large number of friends gathered at the family residence 504 South 31st street to pay their last respects to a pure and noble life. Many of William's former schoolmates were there, mourning the loss of their dear friend.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cullom H. Booth, assisted by Rev, B. W. Vining. Rev. Mr. Booth, after reading .the beautiful funeral service, told in a few words of the Christian life of the deceased He said that William Chilcoat was a clean, pure, and noble young man who was a devout Christian and took a great interest In .the Church, Sunday School, and Epworth League.
That it seemed sad that the life of one so young and promising should be cut off when a glorious future lay before him. But William Chilcoat's life is not ended; his noble works, high Ideals and clean Christian life will live on and on in the lives and minds of those who associated with him. In his last few hours William said time and again, "I have tried," and he did try and his pure and noble life shows that he succeeded. The influences of hiss life will continue to live with us.
Rev. Mr. Booth said that only a year ago William had graduated from the High School, and by hard work on his part had gone to A. and M. College last year. When he was stricken down a few weeks ago, he was then working in order to be able to go to college another year, His death is sad, but he will be waiting in Heaven for our coming.
A beautiful service was carried out beside the grave at the cemetery. The pallbearers were Wm. Lawrence McGill, David Draper, Robert Stell, William Lee Holman, Garret Drummond, and Harry Jack, friends and schoolmates of the deceased. There were many floral offering in evidence which indicated the esteem in which the deceased is held.


Emma Rebecca (Sears) Cook
Jul 12, 1863 - Oct 28, 1923

Died in Temple
Special to the Sun.
Hubbard, Texas, Oct. 31.—Mrs. J. A. Cook, of the Emmett community of the west end of Navarro county, died at Temple in a sanitarium and was buried in the Emmett cemetery Tuesday, it was learned today.

The deceased is survived by the following children, in addition to her husband: Sear, Otho and Tim Cook, Mrs. J. R. Bills of Loving, Young county; Mrs. Dester Barnhart of Powell, and Miss Otheta Cook.

Deceased has been a resident of the Emmett community for many years.


Efra (Harrison) Baggett
Oct 16, 1905 - Jan 26, 1993

Efra Baggett
Efra Baggett, 87, of Corsicana, died Jan. 26, 1993, in the Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

She was born Oct. 16, 1904, in Newton County, Miss. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jack Baggett of Corsicana and L. D. Baggett of Beaumont; two sisters, Sallie Wood of Rosenberg and Yvonne Ingram of Mesquite; four grand-children; and nine great-grandchildren.


Lois Ann (Hallstead) Barham
Dec 2, 1928 - Sep 27, 1994

Lois Barham
Lois Barham of Blooming Grove, died Sept. 27, 1994, at Park Row Nursing Home.

Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.


Letha Mae (Armstrong) Saunders
Aug 30, 1913 - Jan 3, 1984

Mrs. Letha Mae Saunders
Mrs. Letha Mae Saunders, 70, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. A. T. Ilseng officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove.

She was a native of Blooming Grove and had lived in Corsicana since 1958. She was a switchboard operator for Navarro County Memorial Hospital and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sewell Saunders, and a son Charles Edward Saunders.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Terri Lynn Putman of Corsicana; a great-grandson, Glendon Charles Putman of Corsicana; three brothers, Buford Armstrong of Blooming Grove, Bill Armstrong of Palacios and J. C. “Dobber” Armstrong of Angus; and eight nieces.


Roy Henry Reed
Aug 12, 1899 - Jan 24, 1981

Roy Reed, life long resident of Blooming Grove died Saturday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. He was 82.

Services were held at the Funeral Home in Blooming Grove at 2 p.m.
Monday with Rev. Mike Knight officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews and a very special friend Elizabeth Barham.


Amanda Elizabeth (Bryant) Dunagan
Oct 1, 1849 - Nov 29, 1919

Mrs. Elizabeth Amanda Dunagan (nee Bryant) was born in Tennessee and moved to Texas in her youth. Having married to Mr. W. H. Dunagan at Irene, Hill County, Texas, they moved near Emmett, Navarro county in 1870, where both lived until their death.

At the age of thirteen Sister Dunagan professed faith in Christ. She moved her membership from a Baptist church in Hill county to Emmett where the Prairie Grove Baptist church was organized on Saturday before the second Lord’s day in Oct. A. D. 1875.

It will be observed that this exemplary character was a charter member of the Prairie Grove Baptist church and that her family name, “Bryant,” constituted nearly half the charter members of this church.

Into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dunagan were born sixteen children, nine of whom are living. Also Sister Dunagan leaves forth-nine grand children. The children surviving are: W. S. Dunagan, G. E. Dunagan, A. L. Dunagan, Mrs. J. W. Bailey, C. B. Dunagan, Mrs. J. B. Ballew, T. P. Dunagan, T. B. Dunagan, Mrs. J. L. Wright.

During an attack of influenza, Sister Dunagan passed into an unconscious state which was followed by that stillness called death, at the hour of 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 1919.

The pallbearers selected were officers or ex-officers of the church, viz: Bros. W. T. Osborne, E. B. Osborn, G. D. Ballew, J. F. Ballew, J. A. Cook and J. T. Stroder.

The last tribute of respect which we could offer, amid a vast assemblage of mourning friends and neighbors, was to listen to Elder W. Z. Corbin preach the farewell sermon; to the Prairie Grove Cemetery and laid to rest by the side of her life companion (who had preceded her about five years) to remain to await the reunion of spirit with the raised and glorified body at the angel’s call, on the glorious resurrection morning.

These were her years: “The days of our years are three score years and ten. Ps. 90:10.”

These were her will and almost daily words: “If the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this or that. James 4:15.”

These were her daily Christian life: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Matt: 5:16.”

Whereas, it has pleased God in His infinite wisdom to remove from our midst our beloved Sister Elizabeth Amanda Dunagan, and has transferred her immortal spirit into a more beautiful realm where sorrow and sadness and pain and affliction are never known, and: “Whereas, the Prairie Grove Baptist Church feels the loss of an obliging neighbor, a faithful Christian and that her vacant seat in the church perhaps never will be filled, therefore: Be it Resolved: First, That we the Prairie Grove Baptist Church express our deepest condolence to the bereaved family and relatives and sorrowing friends.

Second, That we commend this Christian life to every boy and girl, the young and old, as a model, as we safely and truthfully believe that with such lives in a community or church there can scarcely be any skepticism, agnosticism, infidelity or atheism in their midst.

3rd. That in the death of our beloved sister the Church has lost a worthy member, her children a devoted and affectionate mother, and the Baptist cause, one sound in the Faith.

4th. That a copy of this be transcribed on our Church record, one sent to a county paper, and one to the Baptist Progress.




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Dear Readers:
Grandma Donagan of near Emmet died Saturday evening and will be buried at the Emmet cemetery today. I have been knowing Grandma Donagan for close to 50 years and never have been able to hear any one of her neighbors say aught against her. She was an every day Christian. She professed religion while in her young days and lived by it day by day. She belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church at Emmet and attended all services when able and was always ready to do her part, and the meeting was dull when she failed to shout. She leaves a large bunch of children who are all married and have families, and a host of relatives and other friends to mourn her death. I can’t give a full report of the funeral, for Mrs. John had just left to go to Frost to take the evening motor to hasten to the Oil City to help Fred and Eunice to christen their fine boy that is just a few days old, and left me with the kids and they all have colds and I am half sick and the road is muddy and so I am forced to fail to attend the funeral of Grandma Donagan, but hope to see in the Light a full write-up from her pastor, Rev. R. B. Key.

Dec. 1.


Sophronia A. (Hammond) Coxsey
Mar 21, 1852 - Nov 27, 1928

Obituary moved to biography page

Charles Allen Skelton
Jan 31, 1888 - Feb 14, 1939

Former Resident Frost Community Dies at Herford

Allen Skelton, about 50, died at his home in Herford, Texas, Tuesday afternoon at 2 :25 o’clock, according to information received by relatives here.
Mr. Skelton was reared in the Frost community and was in business at Hubbard for a number of years before moving to West Texas.
Surviving are his wife and three children.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, February 15, 1939
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Gladys (Johnson) Skelton-Bullard s/o James Robert Skelton and Sallie Ophelia (Lattimore) Skelton buried at Frost cemetery

Charlotte “Lottie” (Plummer) Woolley
Feb 15, 1898 - Dec 9, 1976

Mrs. Woolley

DALLAS—Services were at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Buck Wynne Woolley, former Corsicana resident and resident of Dallas, who died early Thursday.

Mrs. Woolley received a B. A. degree from Sam Houston State University, and a M. A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a former teacher at the University of Texas of Austin, North Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University, and in Dallas high schools.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of Douglas McArthur Academy of Freedom at Howard Payne University at Brownwood.

The family requests that memorials be made to the scholarship fund at Douglas McArthur Academy of Freedom at Howard Payne University at Brownwood.

She was also former vice-president general of the National Society, Daughter of the American Revolution, State Regent of the Texas Society, James Blair Chapter DAR, Corsicana and a member of the First Baptist Church, Dallas Woman’s Club, and Daughter of the American Colonists.

Survivors include two sons and three grandchildren.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - December 16, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Buck Wynne Woolley married Feb. 18, 1928 d/o Isaak S. Plummer and Mary Elizabeth (Jones) Plummer
  • Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery, Dallas, Texas

Courtney Nicole Frazee
Sep 25, 1990 - Apr 28, 1995

Courtney Nicole Frazee
Courtney Nicole Frazee, 4, of Hubbard, died April 28, 1995, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.


Ruth Tabitha (Hogue) Miers
Nov 4, 1914 - Dec 13, 1991

Ruth Hogue Miers

Ruth Hogue Miers, 77, of Dawson, died Dec. 13, 1991, in Mexia.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. Elmer Glazener officiating. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas.

She was born Nov. 4, 1914 in Big Spring, and had lived in Dawson for 18 years. She also lived in Dallas for many years. She was a clerk for Herman Marcus in Dallas for many years. She was a member of the Dawson Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a member of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Grady Earl Miers, in February 1972.

Survivors include one son, Walter Earl Miers of Winder, Ga.; one daughter, Helen Adler of Dawson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


William Asa “Willie/Doc” Bates Jr.
Dec 10, 1922 - Jan 2, 1984

Willie A. “Doc” Bates

Willie A. “Doc” Bates, 61, of McAllen, died from an auto injury Monday while on a missionary trip into the interior of Mexico.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen. Burial will be in McAllen Cemetery.

He was the son of the late Dr. Willie Bates and Cora Bates. He was a graduate of Purdon High School.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, who was injured in the accident; a sister, Alva Spearman of San Antonio; and other relatives.

Memorials can be made to the Shrine Cripple-Burn Hospital in Galveston.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, January 5, 1984
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Betty (unk) Bates s/o Dr. William Asa Bates, Sr. (Willie Acie) and Cora V. (Compton) Bates
  • McAllen Cemetery, McAllen, Texas

Jimmie Lester Shelton, Sr.
Aug 21, 1921 - Apr 14, 1979

Jimmie Shelton, Sr.

METAIRIE, La. – Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Metairie Funeral Home of Lamana-Panno-Fallo, Inc., 1717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie, La., for Jimmie L. Shelton, Sr., 57, native resident of Kerens, and resident of River Ridge, La., who died Saturday.

Burial will be at the Garden of Memories.

Survivors include his wife Mrs. Geraldine Jung Shelton of River Ridge; three sons, Jimmie Shelton., Steve Shelton, and Barry Shelton; a daughter, Ann Shelton; a brother Billie R. Shelton and his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Reed Shelton.


William Robert Boyd
Jan 01, 1871 - Aug 16, 1932

Former Resident Of Bazette Passes Away

In memory of William Robert Boyd.

On August 16, after several months illness Mr. Boyd passed on to the land where all is peace and suffering is no more. Mr. Boyd was 61 years old, and for fifteen years he lived with his family at Bazette, Texas. He has many friends there as same as a host of friends around Sudan, Texas to mourn his death. He was a man of character. His good deeds are so outstanding that his family and many friends will carry his memory forever.

Mr. Boyd moved to Sudan, Texas six years ago, where he has since resided. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, Mrs. Rosana Boyd, one son, William A. Boyd; three daughters, Mrs. J. R. Bills, Mrs. J. S. Lancaster and Mrs. R. E. Mabry and several grandchildren and hosts of friends.



Ben Joe Daviss
May 19, 1898 - Feb 11, 1912


Ben Joe Daviss, the 13 year old son Judge and Mrs. H. B. Daviss died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock at the Houston hospital of peretonetis brought about by appendicitis. Funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday morning and the remains taken south at 11:55 over the T. & B. V. to Fairfield where the remains were interred. This little fellow was bright and of much promise and his death brings great sorrow not only to the immediate family but their host of friends.


  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - Feb 15, 1912
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Hugh Busby Daviss, Judge & Sarah Ellen “Sally” (Burleson) Daviss
  • Obituary has Fairfield but the website has him buried at Oakwood.  We are placing him there for now unless we get better information.

Juanita (Wilson) Garner
Jan 27, 1922 - Apr 3, 1998

Juanita Wilson Garner

Juanita Wilson Garner, 76, of Bastrop and formerly of Hubbard, passed away Friday, April 3, 1998, in Bastrop.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Mount Calm Old Town Cemetery, with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.

Mrs. Garner was born on Jan. 27, 1922. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was raised in Hubbard, Mount Calm area and lived in Houston for many years before moving to Bastrop.

Mrs. Garner is survived by two sons, Joe Wright of Parsons, Kan., Don W. Wright of Ohio; daughter, Cynthia Cunningham of Bastrop; brother Wesley Wilson of Gilmer, sister, Loraine Miller of Hubbard; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Minnie (Handschy) Larson
Feb 27, 1892 - Apr 12, 1974

Mrs. Larson

WORTHAM—Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Walker Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Minnie Larson, 82, resident of Wortham, who died in Dallas Friday.

Rev. Paul Johnson will officiate, and burial will be at Wortham City Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Robert McLeod of Dallas; two grandsons, two sisters, and a brother.


Rose (Zervener) Bolender
Sep 11, 1878 - Apr 11, 1974

Mrs. Bolender

Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Rose Bolender, 95, resident of Poundridge, N. Y. who died Thursday night in Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Joseph Quillion, Southern Methodist University dean of theology, will officiate. Burial will be at Fern Cliff Cemetery, New York.

Survivors include a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.


Amadee (Coker) Toten
Oct 2, 1892 - Jul 27, 1931


Funeral services for Mrs. J. D. Toten, 38, former resident of Corsicana, who died at her home in Pampa, Texas late Monday after a lingering illness were held at the chapel of the Corley-McMahon funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock and interment in Oakwood cemetery was made Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. A short service was held at the grave Thursday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Carraway, assistant pastor of the First Methodist church.

The body arrived in Corsicana shortly before noon Wednesday on the Southern Pacific train.

Surviving are her husband, of Pampa; two sons, Thurman Gordon and Aubrey Gordon, both of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Lizzie Coker, Eureka; four sisters, Mrs. Nora Crawford, Corsicana; Mrs. Beulah Farmer, Rural Shade; Mrs. J. R. Hagel, Dawson and Mrs. Emma Brady, Dallas county; two brothers, Willie Coker, Dallas, and Tommie Coker, Eureka; a step-son, J. D. Toten, Jr., Brushy Prairie, and a step-daughter, Miss Lu (rest of name blacked out) Toten, Houston.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 30, 1931
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tekell, Mrs. Johnnie Hagle, Mrs. Virgil Matthews and Miss Lottie Tekell attended the funeral of Mrs. J. D. Toten Wednesday in Corsicana.
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, August 8, 1931
  • w/o James Deward Toten, Sr.; d/o William M. Coker and Frances Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Bundy) Coker

Kenneth Newell Tinkle
Oct 27, 1920 - Dec 28, 1934

— Kenneth Newell Tinkle 13- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Newell Tinkle of the Emhouse community, died Friday morning at 6:25 o'clock after a week's illness.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Methodist church at Emhouse.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Randall Tinkle, and three sisters, Ida Bess, Geraldine and Totsy Tinkle.
The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Sallie (Blant\Blunt) Caldwell
Dec 16, 1857 - Aug 27, 1928


Mrs. Sallie Caldwell, aged 69 years, wife of W. C. Caldwell, 856 West Second avenue, resident of Corsicana 40 years, died at the family residence Monday night at 9 o’clock and the funeral services were conducted from the home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which Mrs. Caldwell was a member. She was born in Jackson, Miss.

Surviving are her husband, one son, Beverly Caldwell, Corsicana, two brothers, Howard Blunt, Bisbee, Arizona; and Beverly Blunt, Milwaukee, Wis.; one sister, Ms. Mattie B. Hale, Terry, Mississippi.

Pallbearers were E. W. Ellis, C. J. Knox, E. L. McCrary, Clark Splawn, Joe Jefferson and Ben Blackmon.



Beloved Corsicana Woman Laid to Rest Tuesday Afternoon

Mrs. Sallie Caldwell, wife of Mr. W. C. Caldwell, 856 West Second avenue, one of Corsicana’s much loved and greatly admired women, who passed to her reward Monday night at 9 o’clock at her home, was laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery Tuesday afternoon, following an impressive funeral services at the family residence at 4 o’clock. Services were led by her pastor, Rev. Frank P. Culver of the First Methodist church, assisted by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Parrish, a very close friend of the family. In a beautifully worded prayer and talk, the pastor brought out the many beautiful and noble traits of character of the deceased and comforted the sorrowing loved ones. Messrs. Edgar Metcalf and C. L. Knox, and Mmes. Henry Robinson and Percy Townsend sang as only this quartette of sweet voices can sing. “It Is Well With My Soul,” and “Just As I Am” and, by request “God Be With You ‘Till We Meet Again.” The numerous, and beautiful floral pieces that all but hid the coffin at the home and that completely covered her last resting place, espoke in their silent, yet eloquent and sincere manner, the sentiments of the friends, and loved ones who sent them as a last tribute of love.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Mellville Caldwell and daughter, Miss Margaret Caldwell of Fort Worth, Miss Florence Caldwell of Hillsboro, Mrs. E. B. Robinson and Misses Adelaide and Beatrice Robinson of Blooming Grove, Mrs. G. C. Washburn of Fort Worth and Mrs. Ella Blair of Dresden.


Harry Monroe Thames
May 3, 1889 - Jan. 15, 1965

Saturday Rites Harry Thames

Funeral services for Harry Thames, 75, formerly of Corsicana, who died in Waco Friday morning, were held from the Connally Funeral Home in Waco, Saturday at 1 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Dickson, assistant pastor of the Highland Park Methodist church in Dallas, assisted by Rev. Guy Perdue, pastor of the Herring Avenue Methodist church of Waco, of which Thames was a member.

Graveside services are scheduled at Oakwood cemetery here Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Native of Alabama, Thames came to Corsicana in 1910 and was employed by the Texas Electric Railway Company for a number of years. He was employed at the Waco VA hospital until his retirement, Thames was a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. and A. M.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Molloy Thames; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Dickson, three grandchildren, Diane, Patricia and Peggy Dickson all of Waco, and a brother, Jesse Thames, Magazine, Ark., and other relatives.

McCammon directed local arrangements.


John William Rose
Feb 19, 1901 - Feb 12, 1989

John W. Rose

John W. rose, 87, of Corsicana, died Sunday, feb. 12, 1989 at the Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a. m. Tuesday in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jim Baggett will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Born Feb. 19, 1901 in Arkabutal, Miss., Rose was a retired welder and carpenter.

Survivors include three sons, Wayne S. Rose of Dallas, John W. Rose, Jr. of Ennis, and Roy L. Rose of Barry; three daughters, Eloise Page of Pasadena, Joyce St. Ama of Arlington, and Shirley Ray of Ennis; also three brothers, Sam B. Rose of Corsicana, George Rose and Charley Rose both of Florida; one sister, Susie Jones of Florida; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


Robert Broughton “Bobby” Thames
Jul 3, 1923 - Nov 8, 1924

Robert, the 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thames died Saturday evening ad the remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Ingram at the home, in the presence of a large concourse of friends of the family, and there was a profusion of beautiful flowers.

A quartette composed of Mesdames Harry Williams and Harry Elliott and Messrs. Loyd Kerr and Douglas Johnson of Houston, rendered the music for the funeral.

The death of this little boy has cast a pall of gloom not only over the home of his parents and grandmother, Mrs. Hattie Molloy, but over the entire neighborhood in which he lived. He was an unusually bright, pretty and friendly little fellow and had won his way into the hearts of all who knew him. This was especially the case of the children of his home district who are heartbroken that “Bobby” has been taken from them and their tears mingled with those of the heart-broken parents and other relatives and friends as the little mound was banked high pretty flowers and they realized with a pang that “Bobby” would no longer greet them in their daily play and on their way to school.


Margery Daw (Cumpston) Vick
Nov 11, 1911 - Feb 27, 1980

Funeral services for Margey Vick were held Thursday February 28 at Belair Church of Christ in Houston. Interment in New Waverly, Texas.

She was the former Margey Cumpston was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School. She was a nurse in Houston for many years.

Survivors are her husband Edgar Vick; son Mike and granddaughter Eden all of Houston; a sister, Nellie Mae Williams of Grapeland; two brothers, Mike Cumpston of Waco and Curtis Cumpston of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Cumpston of Blooming Grove and other relatives in Blooming Grove.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Mar. 5, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Joe Thomas "Jake" Mason
Nov 18, 1909 - July 27, 1980

Jake Mason, 71, of Frost died Sunday afternoon, July 27, 1980, in a Corsicana hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Chapel in Hillsboro with Maxie Boren and Laeonard Bankhead officiating. Burial was in Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro.

He was born November 18, 1909, in Irene. He was raised in Mertens for
17 years before moving to Frost in 1953. He married Willie Mae Raysdale December 22, 1934. He was a retired farmer cattleman and a member of West Hill Church of Christ in Corsicana.

Survivors include the widow; a sister, Mrs. Maurine Harvey of Hillsboro; two brothers Perry Mason of Arkansas and Paul Mason of College Station; three nephews and a niece.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Willie Mae (Raysdale) Mason - s/o Joseph Thomas Mason and Flossie
    (Shipley) Mason

James Alexander Greene
Mar 14, 1900 - Apr 30, 1980

Rites Held For James A. Greene, Longtime Medical Educator

Private funeral services for Dr. James A. Green of Dallas, former dean of the medical faculty at Baylor Medical School in Houston will be held Friday.

Greene, 80, died Wednesday in Presbyterian Hospital.

A native of Blooming Grove, Greene attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1925. He held teaching positions at medical schools at the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa before being appointed professor of medicine and dean of the medical faculty at Baylor Medical School in 1942.

In 1969 he was honored at the Blooming Grove Ex-Student Homecoming as Outstanding Graduate.

While on the faculty at Baylor, Greene served as chief medical consultant for Brooke Army Medical Center and Lackland Air Force Base in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

In 1959, he retired from Baylor Medical School, was named a private practice. He retired from private practice in 1964.

During his career, Greene served as president of the Texas Heart Association and a director of the American Heart Association. He moved to Dallas in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Greene; two sons, James A. Green III, and George N. Green; a sister, Mrs. Asa Newsom, and seven grandchildren.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, May 7, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Roderick Eldridge "Dick" Frederick, Sr.
Jan 7, 1892 - Nov 13, 1980

The funeral services for Roderick Eldridge "Dick" Frederick, 88, of Dallas was held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13, in the Laurel Land Memorial Park Chapel at Dallas with Rev. Dan Griffin, pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Laurel Land Memorial Park, where his wife, the former Mattie I. Crabtree, a native of Blooming Grove, is buried.

Mr. Frederick died Thursday in Charleton Memorial Hospital in Dallas after a heart attack. He was born January 7, 1892, at Blooming Grove, the son of Thomas E. and Rhoda C. Frederick, a pioneer Blooming Grove couple. He attended Blooming Grove School and operated a cafe across the street from the Old Corner Drug Store and the T. E. Frederick and Sons Mens Store across the street from the Reid Drug Store. The mens store burned in 1925 and he went to work for Texas Power and Light, moving to Dallas in 1926. He also worked for Lone Star Gas Company and retired in 1950; then became an independent lease agent and rancher.

Survivors are three sons, Roy D. Frederick of Arlington, R. E. Frederick Jr. and Weldon Frederick of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. George W. "Edith" Tatum of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Frank S. "Sue" White of San Antonio; a brother, Wayne B. Frederick of Dallas; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Local area surviving nieces and nephews include Mrs. Pauline North, Mrs. Mary McGraw, Joe and Fred McGraw, all of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Lillian McGraw and Mrs. Dell Phillips of Barry; Erwin and Earl McGraw of Corsicana and Mrs. Marie Littlejohn of Milford.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Jackson Henry Dobbs
Oct 8, 1906 - Dec 15, 1979

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ashes of a former Navarro County resident, Jackson Dobbs, 73, World War II Navy veteran, are to be scattered over the Pacific Ocean. The retired navy man died Dec. 17 in a local hospital, with cremation following.

Dobbs was the brother-in-law of Mrs. Mabelle Dobbs of Corsicana.

His widow is the former Lucille Weaver of Corsicana. Surviving also are two sons, Jack and David; a sister, Mary Frances Dobbs, and a brother, J. E. Dobbs, both of Tyler.

A native of Oklahoma Indian territory, he had resided in California the past 36 years and was a retired Safeway butcher.


E. L. Mayhugh
Dec 6, 1912 - Sept 9, 1982

Funeral services for Blooming Grove barber E. L. Mayhugh, 69, were held Saturday morning at Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Neal Rodgers officiating.

Graveside service followed Saturday afternoon at Hunt Cemetery in Hunt, with Blooming Grove Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Mayhugh died Thursday while en route to a hospital. He had not complained of not feeling well for some time.

He was a Mason and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Mayhugh of Blooming Grove; two sons, Howard Mayhugh of Houston and Cohron Mayhugh of El Paso, one daughter, Gayle Owens of Jacksonville, Ark.; a brother Delbert Mayhugh and a sister, Lorene Patton, both of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Waldrip, Jerry Wisebroad, Jean Armstrong, C. B.
Lusk, Jay Sewell and Ralph Page.

Honorary pallbearers included Bobby Ralston, Clyde Lusk, Jimmy Garrison, Pat Kagler, Ernest McGraw, Jimmy Haggard and Edward Melton.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1982
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Edna Mae Atwood Sims
1920 - Apr 15, 1981

Edna Mae Atwood Sims, 60, died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. She was a Corsicana resident.

Service was 2 p.m. Thursday in Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel in McKinney.

She was a member of the Church of God in Corsicana.

She is survived by her husband, A. V. Sims, of Corsicana; four daughters, Martha Evelyn Lanningham, of Emhouse, Sharon Elaine Hartless, of Nobel, Oklahoma, Edith Carolyn Novack, of Corsicana and Nina Ruth Youngblood, of Corsicana; two sons, James Allen Sims of Vidor, and Frank Virgle Sims of Dallas; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Nina Palermo, of Beaumont and Ruth Lee of Corsicana; and one brother, Marvin J. Atwood of Beaumont.

Pallbearers were brothers-in-law; Ed Fisher, Earl Ray Gibson, Melvin Sims, Ralph Lee Sims, Persey Spawn Jr. and Aubrey Edwards.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, April 22, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Pearl Lee (Evans) Day
Apr 13, 1907 - Dec 7, 1976

Mrs. Day

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ for Mrs. Pearl Lee Day, a lifetime resident of Navarro County who died last Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Elder F. G. Taylor officiated, with burial following at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Streetman.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Willie Bess Thomas and Mrs. Clemmie Edwards both of Corsicana, Mrs. Beatrice Davis of Wortham, Mrs. Eliza Mims of California and Mrs. Velma Person of Teague; five brothers, Chester Evans of Dallas, Arthur Evans of Fairfield, Roger Evans of California, Eric Evans of Arizona, and Manzell Evans of Kansas and other relatives.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - December 16, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Cedar Creek Cemetery, Streetman, Texas
  • d/o Henry Evans and Eliza (Richsher) Evans

Louisa (Hawkins) McLendon
Nov 22, 1855 - Dec 13, 1928

WACO, Dec. 14, --Mrs. Louise McLendon, aged 73 years, died Thursday night at her home here. She was born in Limestone county, near Mexia, but had been a resident of McLennan county for 50 years, being a resident of Waco for the past four or five years.

Mrs. McLendon, five daughters, Mrs. B. C. McDaniel, Waco; Mrs. Vernon W. Carter and Miss Annie Laurie McLendon, both of Dallas; Mrs. Clayton Pritchard and Mrs. S. Finley Ewing, both of Harlingen; one son, Dr. T. P. McLendon, Corsicana; two brothers, Pinkney Hawkins, Mexia, and Tom Hawkins, Dallas.


Sidnee Ann Keen
B & D Dec. 2, 1976

Sidnee Anne Keen

WACO—Graveside rites and burial were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hillsboro for Sidnee Anne Keen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Keen of Waco, formerly of Corsicana, who died Thursday in a Waco hospital. Bill Morris, minister of Westside Church of Christ in Hillsboro, officiated.

Survivors include her parents, one sister, Samantha, of Waco; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Rodgers of Hillsboro and Mrs. Eunice E. Keen, also of Hillsboro.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - December 9, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Hickey Cemetery, Hillsboro, Texas
  • d/o Jerry Keen and Peggy Marie (Rogers) Keen

Yvon (Phipps) Holder
Mar. 21, 1914 - Feb. 1978

Mrs. Holder
KILGORE—Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Rader Funeral Home here for Mrs. J. D. Holder, a former Corsicana resident who died following a lengthy illness. Burial will be in Kilgore Cemetery.

Mrs. Holder, 63, has been a Kilgore resident since moving from Navarro county in 1932.

She is survived by her husband, J. D. Holder of Kilgore; three sisters, Mrs. G. B. Price of Dallas; Mrs. J. C. Harris of La; and Mrs. J. A. Watson of Kilgore; by one brother, A. J. Phipps of Kilgore; and by several nieces and nephews.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Feb. 16, 1978
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Kilgore cemetery
  • w/o Joseph Doyle Holder d/o Benjamin Thurman Phipps and Maggie (Stubbs) Phipps

Ruff Adams Titsworth, Jr.
Aug 26, 1909 - Feb 8, 1978

Ruff Titsworth

Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Ruff Titsworth, Jr., 68, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Athens, lived in Corsicana 27 years, a veteran of World War II and owner of the Corsicana Music Company.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m. at the Athens City Cemetery in Athens.

Survivor include his wife of Corsicana, his mother Mrs. Tony Titsworth of Athens, three sisters, Mrs. Tony Hicks of Denison, Mrs. Tom Knott of Kemp, Mrs. H. L. Morrison of Corsicana; and a brother William A. Titsworth of Athens.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Feburary 16, 1978
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Texas
  • WWII
  • s/o Ruff Adams Titsworth, Sr. and Tony Ellen (Sewell) Titsworth

Billie Lois (Adams) Laughlin
Feb 16, 1921 - Feb 9, 1978

Mrs. Laughlin

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas for Mrs. Billie Lois Laughlin, 56, resident of Corsicana who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital, the Rev. Harold Lansford will officiate.

She was a former teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. The services are for the immediate family only.

Local arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home. She was a native of Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, Lornezo Dow Laughlin, Jr. of Corsicana; a son, James Bryan Laughlin of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Cynithia J. Wilson of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Carolyn A. Evans and Mrs. Nancy K. Milne, both of Boulder, Colo., two grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Margaret Adams of Dallas; and a brother, Roger King Adams, Jr. of Dallas.

Memorial may be made to the cardiac care unit at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Feb. 16, 1978
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas
  • w/o Lorenzo Dow Laughlin, Jr. d/o Roger King Adams, Sr. and Margaret Fay (Pope) Adams

Sammie B. (Bumpus) Garrett
Aug 23, 1898 - Feb 9, 1978

Mrs. Sammie Garrett

HUBBARD—Services for Mrs. Sammie Garrett, 79, of Hubbard, who died Thursday, were 2 p.m. Sunday in the Eubanks Funeral Home here. The Rev. Payton Goodman and the Rev. J. C. Skinner were to officiate with burial in Fairview Cemetery here.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Odis Anderson of Hubbard and Fay Dysart of Austin; two sons, Robert Lee Garrett, Jr. and Aubrey Garrett, both of Hubbard; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Harvey Ross of Frost, Mrs. Ruby Harris of Italy, Mrs. George Herring of Houston, and Mrs. Emma Creech of Ennis; and two brothers, Ed Bumpus of Ennis and James Bumpus of LaPort.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - February 16, 1978
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas
  • w/o Robert Lee Garrett, Sr. married May 6, 1922 Hill co., Tx. d/o Hicks Murphy Bumpus and Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Taylor) Bumpus

Ronald Davison Eskind
Dec. 14, 1947 - Feb. 9, 1978

HUBBARD—Services for Ronald Davison Eskind, 30, of Corsicana, who died Thursday in a Dallas hospital, were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church here. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Thompson and the Rev. David Hale officiated.

Eskind was an office manager for Brown & Root in Fairfield.

He is survived by his wife Gloria of Corsicana; one son, John Andrew Eskind of Corsicana; by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Eskind of Jefferson City, Mo.; by four brothers, Herman Eskind of Garland; Tommy Eskind of Corsicana; Jerry and Terry Eskind, both of Jefferson City, Mo.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - February 16, 1978
  • Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas
  • h/o Gloria (Woodall) Eskind-Hollingsworth s/o Herman Paul Eskind and Myrtle Bell (Phillips) Eskind
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Dora Nettie (Collier) Kagler
Sep 4, 1907 - Mar 27, 1981

Mrs. Dora Nettie Kagler, 73, of Blooming Grove, died Saturday morning at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Service was Monday, 2 p.m., Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove.
Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Neal Rodgers officiated.

Survivors include her widower, Vallee T. (Tat) Kagler, of Blooming Grove; one son, Jimmie Kagler, of Victoria; seven sisters, Edna Smithen, Emma Sherman, Clara McGraw and Mary Kagler, all four of Blooming Grove, Georgia Duncan of Waco, Gladys Mahone, of Waxahachie, and Geneva Bonner, of Houston; one brother, Tom Ray Collier, of Emhouse; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Apr. 1, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Agnes Burnley (Goodman) Stockard
Feb 13, 1889 - Nov 28, 1980

Agnes B. Stockard, 91, died Friday evening, November 28, at Navarro County Memorial Hospital, from complications which developed after surgery for hip fracture. She had been a resident of Leisure Lodge Nursing Center, Corsicana since June 6.

Mrs. Stockard was the widow of James Carl Stockard (1886 - 1971). She was the daughter of Ethelbert Miller and Mary Alice Goodman, Mertens.  She is survived by one son, James G. Stockard of Fairfax, Virginia; one daughter, Wilma Ruth Cruikshank of Springfield, Virginia; one brother, Miller E. Goodman of Albany, numerous nieces and nephews including Edwin Sheppard of Frost; six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Stockard and her husband were married December 3, 1911. They operated a farm about three miles west of Frost from 1911 until they retired and moved to a home in Frost on January 3, 1955. Mrs.
Stockard's ancestors began arriving in the United States in 1770. They were active in the American Revolution and the Civil War. Her parents migrated from Virginia to Texas in 1984 (note: must be a mistake).

Funeral services for Mrs. Stockard were conducted at the Frost Baptist Church, where she has long been a member, on Sunday afternoon, November 30, with Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Her body was interred at Frost Cemetery under the supervision of Ballard's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ray Adams, Raymond Bryant, Truitt Green, Kenneth Logan, Joe Parum, and A. C. Smith.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bertha Mitchell
Dec. 8, 1900 - Dec. 29, 1980

Bertha Mitchell, 80, of Frost, died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

Funeral service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Frost First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

She is survived by two sisters, Lucyle Scott of Denison and Mary Omberg of Waco; one brother, Doyle Bryant (note: Mitchell) of Frost; and other relatives.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Frank David Herod, Jr.
May 7, 1939 - Dec 29, 1980

Frank David Herod Jr., 41, of Frost, died Monday in Petersburg.

Funeral service was Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the Frost First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Herod is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Herod Sr., of Frost; two daughters, Mrs Beth Helton and Tina Herod, both of Belton; four sons, Dwaine Herod of Moody, Mark Herod, Jack Herod and Michael Herod, all of Frost; and one brother, Ricky Herod of McGregor.

Pallbearers were R. B. Wallace, L. C. McRae, Clifford Williams, Larry Vandiver, Rodney Collins and Jimmy Collins.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Glen Gray Butler
Aug 6, 1911 - Dec 29, 1980

Glen G. Butler died Monday at his Dallas home.

Graveside service was held in the Frost Cemetery Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Butler is survived by his wife, Ila Ross Butler of Dallas.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Wiley Fletcher Moore
Mar 28, 1895 - Sept 27, 1980

Wiley Fletcher Moore, 85, of Corsicana passed away in a local nursing home Saturday, September 27.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. September 29 in Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with Rev. Wesley Howard officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Moore was born March 28, 1895, in Sheridan, Arkansas. His parents and family, William Price and Lucy Ellen Moore, moved to Frost in 1901.
He lived in the Frost area until 1929, at which time he and his wife, Tessie Marine (Lewis) Moore moved to Corsicana where he lived until his death. Mrs. Moore died in 1968.
[Dec 5, 1969]

He was a World War I veteran, serving in the Navy. He was a Methodist and a retired farmer.

Survivors include a brother, Irvin Moore and three sisters, Lena Sanders of Hillsboro, Gertie Adams of Norwalk, California, and Zella Shanks of Waco. Several nieces and nephews and a host of loved ones and friends also survive.

Pallbearers were his nephews.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Leroy Houston Downey
May 29, 1909 - Sep 7, 1982

Funeral services for Leroy Downey, 73, were held last Thursday afternoon at the Frost Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gary Carroll officiating.  Burial followed in Frost cemetery with Frost Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The Frost native died Tuesday night in the Corsicana Nursing Home. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include one son, Roy Downey of Frost; one daughter, Myra Lee Watson of near Corsicana; two sisters, Robbie Carter of Waco and Opal Reed of Fort Worth; one brother, Ralph Downey of Shallow Water; and two grandchildren, Mark Watson of Longview and Kevin Downey of Pecos.

Pallbearers included P. P. Perkins, J. O. Williams, Ted Green, Charles Dortch, Lin Warthan and Benny Hinkle.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sept 15, 1982
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Karen Ann (Shivers) Brown-Mayhew
May 17, 1947 - June 23, 2012

Karen Mayhew of McKinney passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2012, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Feb. 7, 2012.

She was born May 17, 1947 to Ed and Inez Shivers in Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her mother.

Karen is survived by two daughters, Debra and her husband Scott Wylie of Denver, Colo., and Frances Brown of Kilgore; two grandchildren, Haley and her husband Michael Maglieri of Denver, Colo., and Ray Rollyson of McKinney; and one great-grandson, Austin Rollyson of McKinney and his mother, Camey Phillips of McKinney; as well as her father and his wife, Ed and Earline Shivers of Weatherford; and her natural brother and his wife, Steve and Libby Shivers of Plano. Karen is also survived by a number of extended family members as well as the father of her two daughters and his wife, Wayne and Linda Brown of Barry.

Karen was a lifetime resident of Texas and spent the last 12 years employed by Kenneth H. Mitchell, owner and developer of the Country Lane Seniors Community in McKinney. Karen was assistant manager of The Grand Texan Seniors Community in McKinney. Her greatest joy in life was nurturing and maintaining the close friendships she developed at the Grand Texan. Karen enjoyed shopping and spending quality time with her family and dear friends as well as her two cats, Tasha and Johnny Cash.

A celebration of Karen's life will be shared at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at The Grand Texan Ballroom in McKinney. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Amity Hospice, 17311 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 125, Dallas, TX 75248 or to ovarian cancer research.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 25, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Willie Earl Grant
Apr 4, 1920 - June 22, 2012

Graveside services for Willie Earl Grant 92 of Corsicana, will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Cemetery, with Bro. Gene Gipson officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.

Mr. Grant passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. He was born April 4, 1920 in Slocum to Will and Modenia Tucker Grant. He was a deacon at Barry Baptist Church and served in the Navy in WWII and also was a Mason of Lodge 474 in Grapeland for over 61 years. He was a retired carpenter and brick mason and enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandchildren. He loved the Lord and his family and will be missed greatly.

Mr. Grant was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert Lee, Clint and Reuben Grant; sisters Alma Herod and Mattie Shipper; and a daughter Lynda Jo Grant. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Erie, sons Bobby and wife Ronda of Chatfield, Tommy and wife Martha of Barry and Jimmy of Tennessee, grandchildren Jason and wife April Grant, Chad and wife Heather Grant of Chatfield, Kim and husband James Ippolito of McKinney, Charles Grant and Sam Grant, also survived by a sister-in-law Ruth Stepherson of Athens and a brother-in-law Garth Moran of Elkhart,12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

Condolence calls will be received from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Grapeland.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the guys and gals at Heritage Oaks West.


Mollie Lucille (Barr) Nicholson
Oct 8, 1900 - May 9, 1981

Mrs. Lucille Nicholson, 80, of Rte. 1 Barry, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.

Services were 3:30 p.m. today in the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ken Shultz and the Rev. Woody McClendon officiating.

She was a native of Navarro County and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Francine Johnston, of Bonham; one son, Clyde Nicholson, of Barry; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandhcildren; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl McGraw, of Corsicana, and Mrs. Nannie Lee Massengale, of Barry; and one brother, Clarence Barr, of Blooming Grove.


Zack Laton Palik
Nov 13, 1993 - June 23, 2012

Mr. Zack Laton Palik, age 18, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born November 13, 1993 in Corsicana to Tulensa Palik and Renee Alvarado.

Zack was a very caring and loving father.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole Pearson: his mother and step-father, Renee and Israel Alvarado; his father, Tulensa Palik; a son, Xavier Palik; 3 brothers, Jake Palik, Sage Threet Palik and Sakry Palik; a sister, Mahana Palik; grandparents Marie and Tony Diaz; and grandmother, Linne Palik; a niece Nayeli Renee Palik; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and an extended loving family.

Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Fred Reyes, Josh Pearson, Anthony Reyes, Dillion Yleizah, Emanuel Diaz, Jacob Castillo, Jessie Espino and Meto Santillan.


James Lee "Jim" McNabb
Dec 1, 1915 - June 19, 2012

James Lee “Jim” McNabb, 96, passed peacefully into the presence of God Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after an amazing life. Family, friends, and coworkers are all blessed because of his long life.

He was born Dec. 1, 1915 in the Dresden Community of Navarro County to Martha May Call McNabb and James Nathaniel McNabb.

Pre-deceasing him were his first wife of 62 years, Louise McDonald McNabb, whom he met in the fifth grade, and his second wife, Edith Joyner McNabb, whom he married at age 86. They enjoyed nearly nine years together. Also pre-deceasing him were his sister, May Frances McNabb Ackerman and brother Clayton Edward McNabb.

He is survived by brother, Rex Porter McNabb of Dallas, daughter, Carolyn Alice McNabb Smith and her husband, Conley of Denver, Colo., and son, James Houston McNabb and his wife, Nancy Quesada of Austin. Also blessed by his long life are grandchildren, Shannon Smith Marshall of Boise, Idaho, Matt Smith and Andrew Smith of Denver, Colo., Tyler Smith of Boise and James Wade McNabb of Austin. Great grandchildren, Nathan and Jacob Marshall of Boise hold wonderful memories and treasures.

After high school graduation in Blooming Grove in 1934, he raised and harvested a cotton crop to finance an education in accounting at Draughn’s Business College and the American Institute of Banking in Dallas during the Depression. His first job was at the First National Bank in Dallas where he worked for seven years, followed by one year at DuPont in Dallas. These first steps prepared him for a 40-year career with the Stewart Company, where he rapidly rose through the ranks to the position of Vice President and General Manager and a seat on the board of directors.

Jim McNabb and his wife Louise moved to Edgewood in Van Zandt County in 1973. He had purchased the John McDonald farm north of town some 20 years earlier. McNabb was one of the first proponents and breeders of Red Angus Cattle in the country.

He didn’t read music, but he could sing, and play the guitar, fiddle, ukulele, and piano by ear. During his Dallas years he would often make music Sunday afternoons and special occasions with his friends. Also among his many talents were story-telling and public speaking. Jim McNabb said that he had one vice: He loved buying new cars and trucks.
He also loved his Dallas Cowboys. Jim was a voracious reader. He would consume the Dallas Morning News and the Wall Street Journal daily. Then, he turned to his Bible and his books.

Jim McNabb was ordained a deacon in his church in Dallas in 1943. He also served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas while a member at the former East Grand Baptist Church. He continued his service to his Lord as a deacon and treasurer at the First Baptist Church in Edgewood.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2012, at First Baptist Church Edgewood, with Rev. Jim Ballard officiating.
Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Edgewood. The family will receive friends on Friday evening, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

The family thanks Joy Caldwell for her loving service to both Jim and Edith McNabb during the past few years. The family also thanks the staff of Azalea Trails Care Home in Grand Saline for their vigilant, efficient, and quality care of Mr. McNabb. Finally, the family is grateful for the constant love and support of the First Baptist Church of Edgewood, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Edgewood, TX.


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