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Marlin Stephen Taylor
Apr 4, 1896 - Apr 23, 1919

Young Man Passes Away After Several Months Illness

Marlin Taylor, who was reared in the Drane community died at the P. and S. hospital this afternoon after an illness of several months, and the remains will be interred in the Campbell cemetery ten miles west of here at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and one child, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Taylor, two sisters, his grandfather, W. M. Taylor, and an uncle, J. F. Taylor all of the Drane community.

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Remains Interred Yesterday

The remains of the late Marlin Taylor, who died in the P. and S. hospital here Tuesday, were interred in the Campbell cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral took place from the home of his uncle, J. F. Taylor, who lives in the Drane Community, with services held by Rev. Norwood of Barry, after which the Woodmen took charge and concluded the services at the grave. A large crowd attended and there were many beautiful flowers.

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Robert M Taylor
Aug 29, 1869 - Jan 25, 1920

DIED AT WICHITA FALLS SUNDAY

Navarro County Citizen Died There of Burns.
A few days ago R. M. Taylor, of the Drane community but who was at work at Burkburnett, was badly burned as the result of pouring Kerosene oil in the stove in his tent, and was taken to the hospital at Wichita Falls for treatment. His wife left here yesterday to be with him, and today his family were notified that he had died as a result of his burns. The deceased was fifty one years old and leaves his wife, two daughters, Mrs. L. Lewis of Angus, and Miss Susie Taylor of Drane, his father, W. M. Taylor and a brother, J. F. Taylor, also of Drane. The deceased was a good citizen and his death will be greatly regretted by a large circle of friends.

Another man, whose name the reporter did not learn was burned to death at the time as the result of the accident.

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Ada Belle Franks
Mar 20, 1911 - May 01, 1921

Little Girl Died Yesterday.
Ida Belle Franks, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Franks, 1217 West Twelfth avenue, died at the P. and S. hospital yesterday morning and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery this morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. L. C. Howell, officiating. The little girl was hurt some time ago while at play and death was the result of her injuries.

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Ada Belle Franks
Mar 20, 1911 - May 01, 1921

Funeral Monday.

The funeral of Ada Bell Franks, 10 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Franks of the Pickett community, who died at the P. and S. hospital Sunday morning, took place from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Franks, 1217 West Twelfth avenue with burial in the Campbell cemetery Monday morning. Rev. L. C. Howell and Rev. M. W. Clark conducted the services. A quartette composed of Messrs. Banks, Sheppard, Williams and Collins sang. There were many beautiful floral offerings and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased is a niece of Mrs. Ada Stone of Corsicana.

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Newt Matthews
Jan 6, 1945 - Sep 3, 2012

Newt Matthews, resident of the Spring Hill Community in Navarro County, passed away at his residence at the age of 66 on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
He was born in Dawson on Jan. 6, 1945 to O.S. Matthews and Flora Bankston Matthews. He was currently a supervisor for Glass Design in Waxahachie in the metal fabrication business. In the past he worked for Chattanooga Glass, Anchor Glass, Liberty Glass, and Dart Container. He was interested in politics and watch news reports on current events.
However, he was most comfortable in his pasture taking care of his cows (his babies).

He was preceded in death by his parents O.S. and Flora Matthews and a brother, James Matthews.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Lynn Matthews of Spring Hill; his children, Tana Wade and husband Jeremy of Spring Hill and Kris Matthews and wife Kami of Silver City; and his grandchildren Tyler Green, Rylan Wade, Stormi Matthews, Jace Matthews, and Aspen Matthews. He is also survived by brother, Bobby Matthews and his wife Edna, a sister, Billie Sanders and husband Cecil and a sister-in-law Linda Matthews, all of Spring Hill and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning, Sept. 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Butch Boatright officiating. Pallbearers will be Tyler Kimbriel, Rylan Wade, T.J. Boatright, Lance Dubose, Heath Chasteen, James Smith, Wade Matthews and Matt Miller. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Warren, Collins Bumpers, Jerry Blissettt, Neely Glen Parrish, Elton Taylor, Sterling Mundie, David Clark and Wayne Snowden. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery east of Dawson on NWCR 3150.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or at www.diabetes.org.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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William Cloyed Creasy
Sep 9, 1942 - Aug 27, 2012
 
 
William Cloyed Creasy, 69, of Corsicana passed away August 27, 2012. He was born September 9, 1942 in Hayti, Missouri to John H. Creasy and Velma Cobb. He was a member of Mildred Baptist Church.
 
He is survived by his children, Lisa Jones and Richard of Corsicana and James Creasy and Monica of San Antonio; grandchildren, Miranda Janssen, Rachel Jones, Hollie Jones, Hanna Jones, Syrina Creasy, Dillon Creasy, Alec Ramirez, Aaron Ramirez, Elijah Ramirez and Ethan Ramirez and great grandchildren, Lucas Janssen and Ariana Janssen.
 
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 29th from 5-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
 
Graveside Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 30th at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Tony Neal officiating.
 
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
 
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Tillman Wesley "Wes" Mitchell Jr.
Feb 6, 1946 - Aug 25, 2012

“Wes” Mitchell Jr., 66, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his residence following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born February 6, 1946 to Tillman Wesley and Mary Mitchell in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all his aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Pamela; his older son, Daniel and wife Amber Mitchell of Corsicana; his daughter, Lara and husband Jim Costello of Adelanto, Calif.; and his younger son, Brian and wife Becky Mitchell of Dothan, Ala. Mr. Mitchell is also survived by 11 grandchildren whom he loved and adored always.

He is also survived by his sister, Mary Myers from Simi Valley, Calif.; nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers in law and numerous cousins from Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon.

Mr. Mitchell moved to Upland, Calif. when he was very young. He graduated from Upland High School in 1964. He served in the Navy Seabees and was in active duty in Vietnam for two tours of duty. He worked as a plumber and pipe fitter with Local 398 and then with the city of Santa Ana, as a Mechanical and Building Inspector for 25 years. He retired three years ago. He and his wife Pamela moved to his beloved home sate of Texas for retirement.

Wes loved being part of the Boy Scouts of America with Old Baldy Council and Pack 605 and Troop 601 in Upland, Calif. and Troop 253 in Corsicana.  He was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1009 in Corsicana.  He was a member of Upland United Methodist Church for 20 years and attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Corsicana for the past 3 years.

Visitation with the family will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Leslie Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell’s pallbearers will be his fellow brothers of the Chapter 1009 of Vietnam Veterans of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to The Boy Scouts of America or any Veteran Association.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bobby Joe Wilson Jr.
abt 1954 - Aug 26, 2012

Bobby Joe Wilson Jr., 58, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services are 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1,
2012 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church located at 125 S. Fifth Street with Bishop K.D. Davis officiating and Pastor David E. Wilson as messenger.
Interment will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Vernon Jessie
Apr 4, 1928 - Aug 24, 2012
 

Elder Vernon Jessie, 84, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

He was born April 4, 1928 to the parentage of Lucion Jessie, Sr. and Essie Jessie in Corsicana. Vernon was educated at G. W. Jackson High School and a veteran of the United States Army.

On June 16, 1956 he married Annie Mae Smith and they remained married 54 years until her death on March 9, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters, Essie Brenham and Florine Davis.

Vernon was employed at Oil City Iron Works, Chattanooga Glass, Wolf Brand Chili and was retired from Collin Street Bakery.

He was a long time member at Renfro Chapel Church Of God In Christ and also served as the Assistant Pastor. He was a member of the St. Timothy Lodge 68 and also served as the Financier. He served 31 years as Pastor of the St. Paul Church Of God In Christ in Teague, and also served as the Financier for the Mexia East District Churches Of God In Christ.

Vernon was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law; Erma and husband Richard Bartee of Corsicana; two granddaughters, Regina Henderson (Darryl), Aimee Ballard (Larry), one grandson, Richard C. Bartee (Leslie); eight great-grandchildren; Catherine, Chris and Richard Ivan Bartee; Kennedy, Haylee and Cassidy Ballard; Taylor and Jarrett Henderson; one brother, Lucion Jr. and wife Gussie Jessie; one sister, Louise Alexander; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and the St. Paul Church Of God In Christ Family.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at the Mt.
Olive Baptist Church located at 2105 East Jones Avenue in Corsicana, with the Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating, and Supt. L. J. Manning, Eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Virginia Lee (Richards) Harper
Feb 9, 1943 - Aug 28, 2012

Virginia Lee Richards Harper, 69, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. She was born on Feb. 9, 1943 in Corsicana to E.H. (Ruck) and Mary Elenor Richards. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School (1961) and married her high school sweetheart, Johnny L.
Harper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E. H. and Elenor Richards; sisters, Kathryn Wilson and Faye Harrison.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Johnny Harper; son and daughter-in-law, John and Debbie Harper of Plano; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Wayne Powell of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kaley, Claire and Zachary Harper of Plano, Alexandra Powell of Dallas and Amanda Powell of Corsicana. She is also survived by brothers, L.D.
Richards and wife Andrea, Danny Richards and wife Cecilee, all of Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia held various retail positions, but her most treasured occupation was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Virginia never met a stranger and loved spending time with others. She was a woman who was joyful beyond all understanding with an infectious laugh and great sense of humor. She had an unwavering love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and expressed that love through her many years as a Sunday school teacher and group leader at Community Bible Study. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church for many years.

The family would like to express our thanks to the staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for the love and care they gave Virginia over the last two years.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bryan Ball, Mike Ball, Kyle Harrison, Richard Harrison, Buddy Richards and Matt Richards.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Donna Clower Robinson
Oct 6, 1951 - Sept 1, 2012


Mrs. Donna Clower Robinson, age 60, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at her residence. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5,
2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Frances Thelma (Hodge) Jones
Nov 3, 1922 - Sept 2, 2012

Mrs. Robert N. Jones, Sr., 89, of Chatfield, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Ennis Regional Medical Center. Born Frances Thelma Hodge on November 3, 1922 at Chatfield, Texas, she was the daughter of Joseph M. Hodge and Frances Meredith Hodge, both of whom were descended from Navarro County pioneer families.

Mrs. Jones attended public school at Chatfield and was a 1940 graduate of Corsicana High School. She entered North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas) and graduated with a BS in music and elementary education in 1945. Her college years coincided with World War II which had a profound impact on her life. The student body predominantly was female, but nearby military bases were populated with young men from throughout the country. As a way of assisting with the war effort, she often joined family and friends at the USO in welcoming “GI’s” who were passing through Denton on their way to their active duty assignments.

While serving as a hostess at the USO in Denton in 1944, she met Robert N. Jones, a young private stationed at nearby Camp Howze near Gainesville. A native of a small mountain town in Pennsylvania called Schuylkill Haven, he “courted” her for several years, and they were married on August 14, 1948. Before Mr. Jones’ death in 2006, they celebrated 58 years of marriage.

As a young bride who had never lived outside Texas, Mrs. Jones spent her first year of married life with her husband and his family in Schuylkill Haven. She often would fondly recall the wonderful adventures of living in this eastern Pennsylvania town of 6,000 people in the late 1940’s.
Following their return to Texas in 1949, Mrs. Jones taught kindergarten and early elementary classes in Dallas, Riley, and Palestine, before the couple settled in Corsicana in 1954. She also taught second grade in Corsicana at the old Stephen F. Austin Elementary School on First Avenue, presently the CISD Administration Building.

As what would now be called a “stay-at-home-Mom,” Mrs. Jones was active in PTA in the 1960’s at Robert E. Lee Elementary School working with the legendary school principal, Miss Sarah Holman, on many musical programs.
She also enjoyed genealogy and was instrumental in assisting her mother and other family members in organizing the Thomas Meredith Chapter, Colonial Dames XVIIth Century. This chapter, named for her ancestor, is still active in Corsicana. As a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, Mrs. Jones led many family trips to Virginia researching these and other ancestors. She also was a longtime member of the James Blair Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

In her later years, she taught herself to design greeting cards with her home computer, and many family members and elderly friends were treated to her original designs. Reading, crossword puzzles, writing letters, family outings at Chatfield, services at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, and particularly her piano were a comfort to her. As long as he lived, Mr. Jones always said he loved to hear her play.

Most recently, she enjoyed introducing her tiny granddaughter, Mary Page, to the piano, and the square grand piano, once Mrs. Jones’
grandmother’s will one day belong to this grandchild.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Joe M. Hodge, Jr. She is survived by her son, Robert N. Jones, Jr. and wife, Jennifer Payne Jones, and granddaughter, Mary Page Pannill Jones, of Austin; along with nephews, Roger M. Hodge of San Francisco, California, Joe A. Hodge of Haltom City, Gregory Hodge of Crowley, Keith Hodge of Flower Mound, and Jeff Jones of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; nieces Laura Beth Hodge of Royce City, and Jackie J. Sweitzer of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. She also is survived by step-granddaughter, Tracie Craddock of Westfield, Indiana.

Pallbearers are Joe A. Hodge, Gregory Hodge, Keith Hodge, James H. Gill, Michael D. Benton, Robert Witherspoon Miles, Charles Haynes, and Jim Hodge. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 4th, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 PM. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services will be Wednesday, September 5th, at 11:00 A.M., at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Hodge Family Lot in the Old Chatfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chatfield Cemetery Association.

Arrangements under the direction of Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Josephine (Richards) Lee
Nov 7, 1920 - Sept 3, 2012
 

Josephine Richards Lee, age 91, of Los Alamos, N.M. passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at the Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Center in Los Alamos. She was born Nov. 7, 1920 in Emhouse, Texas to David O. and Ona Mae Richards.

Jo Lee was a one-of-a-kind Texas Belle, who loved her family, friends and football — especially the Dallas Cowboys. She was a devoted “soccer Mom” when it was a “football and baseball Mom” rather than soccer. She never complained as she literally made hundreds of trips to take her two sons, Mike and Jim, to football and baseball practices and games in Junior High through High School, track meets at the old Cobb Stadium, and uncounted fund raisers. She fed untold meals to her sons' fellow team members. Oh, she could cook! She literally was “All In” supporting the youth of Casa Linda and Casa View in Dallas. She was also athletic in her own right, playing softball and basketball at Corsicana High School decades (1938) before Title 9 came to be. Later she was the avid football fan watching and worrying over the Cowboys every chance she could. In her later years, she even refused to watch football with her fellow senior ladies in case a “bad play” might provoke her to say a “bad word” in front of her friends!

After her football mom duties were over, she served the Dallas community as a registrar at the Dallas Market Center working directly for the founder Trammel Crow. She loved helping the Center guests including the A-lists of Hollywood and Sports.

Jo was also an avid Bridge player playing from her 20's until well past 90 years old. She loved to play the retired PhD scientists at Los Alamos Senior Center and beat them almost all the time!

She is survived by two sons: Mike Lee of St. George, Utah (wife: Barbara) and Jim Lee of Edgewood, N.M. (wife: Terryl); Four grandchildren: Stacey Eaton of Los Alamos, N.M. (husband: Lance); Megan Wood of Frisco, Texas (husband: Sam); Josh Dixon of St. Louis, MO.
(wife: Faye); and, Zach Dixon of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by four great grandchildren: Hunter and Walker Eaton of Los Alamos; Maddie Grace Wood of Frisco; and, Tess Dixon of St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her husband: James H. Lee and her two sisters: Edith Brooks and Floriene Summerall.

All in all, Jo Lee was an unforgettable character who will be in our thoughts and hearts always. She specialized in making the world a better place.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

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Mary Elizabeth (Watson) Roberson
Jan 31, 1938 - Sept 2, 2012
 

Mary Elizabeth Roberson went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept.
2, 2012. Mary was born in Kilgore, Texas, to Jeff and Gladys Watson on Jan. 31, 1938. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1957.

Mary retired from Intercontinental Mfg. Co. in 2003. Mary took pride in being a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Claude Roberson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and brothers and sisters, Annabelle Bounds, Peggy Joyce Watson, Marjorie Johnson, Jean Jones, Dale and Randy Watson and her son-in-law, Mark Lee.

She is survived by her loving children, Renee Lee, Steve Roberson and wife Linda, Greg Roberson and her six loving grandchildren, Kristin and Brad Roberson, Amanda and Chad Lee, and Courtney and Taylor Roberson.
Mary was one of 10 children, and is survived by sisters, Loys Bounds and Beverly Bounds, and brother, Lynn Watson. She is also survived by sister and brother-in-law, Neal and Peggy Crawford, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the service will be Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at 12 p.m., both at Charles W.
Smith and Sons Funeral Home, 2925 Fifth Street, Sachse, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org, or donate to Courtney Roberson at www.the3day.org for Komen 3-Day for the Cure, or the charity of your choice.

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Agnes Lorene (Ellis) Holliefield
Oct 5, 1920 - Sept 1, 2012

 

Lorene Ellis Holliefield, 91, of Hubbard, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1,
2012 ,at a Hubbard nursing facility. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

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Lorene (Ellis) Holliefield, 91, of Hubbard passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012 at a Hubbard nursing facility. Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 4 at Wade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Monday, September 3 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Holliefield was born October 5, 1920 in Navarro County near Blooming Grove, one of 11 children born to William Burleson “Burly”
Ellis and Mahalie Jo “Josie” (Williams) Ellis. She was raised in the Blooming Grove area where she attended public schools. Mrs. Holliefield was a member of the Garden Club for 28 years and worked at the Senior Center for many years. She was also a volunteer worker for church outreach programs for shut-ins. Mrs. Holliefield was a member of First Baptist Church of Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis Holliefield and two sisters, Ruth Gainer and Louise Hatley.

Survivors include son, Doug Holliefield and wife, Terry of Waxahachie; two grandchildren, Paul Holliefield and wife, Jennifer of Lewisville and Tamika Travascio and husband, Nick of Oak Point; five great-grandchildren, Seth and Joshua Holliefield and Hannah, Luke and Cole Travascio; three sisters, Bertha Carroll of Palestine, Pauline Sirjord of Hubbard and Beth Kitchen of Arlington; five brothers, William Ellis and wife, Margaret of Panama City, Florida, James Ellis and wife, Caroline of Grand Prairie, Joe Ellis and wife, Shirlee of Austin, Bob Ellis and wife, Sharon of Arlington and Ray Ellis and wife, Darlene of Arlington and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be Arnold Smith, Dan Trent, Ben Carroll, Mike Carroll, Robert Selman and David Griffith.

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Billie Jean (Burrow) Smith
May 9, 1931 - Sep 1, 2012

Billie Jean Smith passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at her residence in Corsicana at the age of 81, a resident of Roane and Corsicana for many years. She was born on May 9, 1931 in Kemp to W. J. "Jack" and Odie Burrow and graduated from Kerens High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband H.C. Smith, and daughter Debbie Crocker.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Bobby and Kay Reagan; grandchildren, Brett and Phyllis Reagan, Jody and Bobby Nors, Billy Jack and Amy Crocker, and Robby Crocker; great grandchildren, Tyler and Bryan Reagan, Dylan and Ethan Nors, Paige and Mason Crocker, all of Corsicana.

Billie Jean, or as MIss Billie as she was known by many, sold land for many years for Raymond Hayes and Cross Country Land. She never knew a stranger and would graciously help anyone. She attended Emhouse Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with the family at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Prairie Point Cemetery north of Kerens with Pastor Eric Lawson and Pastor Otis Conner Officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Sheralon (Ludecke) Dobbs-Lindsey
Aug 23, 1941 - Sep 3, 2012

Mrs. Sheralon Lindsey, age 71, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born on Aug. 23, 1941 in Stamford, Texas to parents, Doris Elaine Lusk and William George Ludecke.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a registered nurse since she was 18 years of age, and was an accomplished artist.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Don Dobbs and Gainer H. Lindsey; son, Tommy Dale Dobbs; and parents, William George and Doris Elaine Ludecke.

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Yvette Capps and husband Michael of Corsicana; sons, George Andrew Dobbs of Corsicana, Carl Daniel Dobbs and wife Tina of Richland, and Kenny Don Dobbs of Richland; adopted son, Tommy Glen Jenkins and wife Carol of Dawson; grandsons, Daniel Nathan Dobbs of Barry, Brandon Joseph Freeman of Corsicana, and Joshua Lee Fountain of Corsicana; granddaughters, Jazmine Sky Spencer of Tyler, Delayna Dobbs of Trinidad, Kandis Lavell Autrey of Dallas, Misty Leigh Dodge of Dallas, and Alexis Jordan Fountain of Corsicana; eight great grandchildren; brother, Harold Ludecke and wife Kathy of Stamford; nieces, Amanda Wright and husband Phillip of San Angelo and Sarah Ludecke of Abilene.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at the Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Trinity Baptist Church with her brother Mr. Harold Ludecke officiating.
Interment will follow in the Spring Creek Cemetery in Avoca.

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John Cureton "Johnnie" Tillman
Oct 3, 1884 - Jan 21, 1940

Funeral Services Monday Afternoon For Cureton Tillman

Cureton Tillman, aged 35 years, prominent farmer of this community, died suddenly at his home Sunday evening. Mr. Tillman was born in South Carolina and moved to this County with his parents, and settled near Barry in 1887. He has lived in and near this community most of his life. He was a quiet, unassuming man, a good and useful citizen, a kind and thoughtful husband and father, and a Christian gentleman.

Funeral Services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church of which he was member, with the pastor, Rev. Van P. Morrison officiating.

Survivors are his wife, and five daughters; Mrs. Bertha Mae Ferrell, Lottie Cureton Tillman, Geneva Odessa, Annie Catharine, and Jessie Theo. Tillman; one grandson, Ralph Timmon Ferrell; two brothers, Ike and C. L. Tillman; three sisters; Mrs. J. F. Reed, Mrs. F. J. Massey and Mrs. Jeff Jones. Pallbearers were: C. L. Tillman Jr., Tillman Reed, Jack Reed, Alvin Inman, William Marshal, and Herbert Fergurson.

Interment was in the Dresden Cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 26, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     

Elsie Marguerite (Holcomb) Hamilton
Sep 21, 1912 - Mar 17, 1992

Marguerite Hamilton

Marguerite Hamilton, 79, of Eureka, died March 17, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Connally Dugger and the Rev. Ted Spencer officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 21, 1912, in Rice. She had resided in Eureka for 57 years and was a member of the Eureka Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, J. F. “Pete” Hamilton of Eureka; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Jean and Liston Herod; two granddaughters, Jane Herod of Plano, and Tina Cain of Ennis; one great-grandchild, Blake Cain of Ennis; four sister-in-law, Vada Cuthbertson of Corrigan, Polly Hamilton and Jewell Holcomb both of Corsicana, and Anita Holcomb of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Vic Howell, W. M. Montgomery, Bill Chandler, Rufus Carroll, Carroll Boswell, Jim Bonner, Bill Olsen and Jess Childers.

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Paulina (Smith) Bockus
Jan 23, 1894 - Jul 17, 1957

Mrs. Bockus Dies Here Wednesday
Mrs. Paulina Smith Bockus, aged 62 years, 2304 West Fourth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Bockus was reared in the Jones Ranch community near Frost.

Surviving are a son, Frank Bockus, Chicago; a brother, E. K. Smith, and a sister, Mrs. Vesta Friday, both of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be C. E. Keathley, Louis Parum, Marvin Renfro, Ernest McBride, Roy Holcomb and W. D. Hall.

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Efelbert K. Smith
Jun 22, 1890 - Dec 31, 1976

E. K. Smith
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Efelbert K. Smith, 86, resident of Corsicana, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Uriah Stegman will officiate, with burial following at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was a native of Mississippi, lived in Corsicana since 1925 a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and a veteran of World War 1.

Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Annie Friday of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews including, Frank M. Bockus of Wisconsin, Fritz Friday of Waxahachie, Gary Friday of Michigan and Harold Smith of Corsicana.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Robert Frank Jordan
Jun 14, 1969 - Apr 14, 1990

Robert Frank Jordan, 20, of Irving, died April 14, 1990, in Irving.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carl Utley officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born June 14, 1969, in Corsicana. He was a mechanic for Firestone.

Survivors include his father, Bryan Jordan III of Corsicana; his mother, Karen Guest of Novato, Calif.; two sisters, Candace Lee Jordan and Carrie Noel Jordan, both of Novato, Calif.; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Patrick of Corsicana, Arthur Hewitt of Denver, and Ruby Hewitt of Salt Lake City; two uncles, Chris Jordan of Irving, and Paul Jordan of Rye; and his fiancée, Charlene Stewart of Irving.

Pallbearers will be Matt Skinner, Mike Gallagher, David Richardson, Sam Turner, Shannon Sherrard and Tim Rozelle.

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Frederick Oscar Flovin
Dec 19, 1881 - May 20, 1925

Oscar Flovin Dead

Rev. W. F. Allmon was called to Barry Thursday of last week to conduct the funeral of Oscar Flovin, who died suddenly there Wednesday night. Mr. Flovin was a highly esteemed citizen and will be greatly missed in his community. He is survived by his mother, four brothers and three sisters, all of whom were present at the funeral except two brothers.

Burial took place at Hamilton graveyard Thursday at 4 p.m. by the Masons, Rev. W. T. Allmon, assisted by Rev. Jerry Archie, conducting the funeral service.

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Died Suddenly Near Barry.

Oscar F. Flovin, 35, who lived with and cared for his venerable mother, near Barry, was taken suddenly sick near 12 o’clock last night, and died at 7:30 this morning. The deceased was among the finest specimens of physical manhood in the county, standing over six feet and to all appearance was without a physical blemish, hence his sudden death was a shock to a large circle of friends. Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers, James Flovin of Corsicana and John Flovin of Corbet. Interment will take place in the Hamilton Cemetery at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

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Theries D' Metries (Rogers) Spoonmore-Carnell-Bell
Jan 6, 1910 - Jun 18, 1996

Theries ‘Carnell’ Bell
Theries “Carnell” Bell, 86, of Corsicana, died June 18, 1996 in Corsicana.

Services are pending and will be announced. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bell was born January 6, 1910, in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bradley Joe Branam
Oct 2, 1959 - Apr 7, 1998

Bradley Joe Branam

Bradley Joe Branam, 38, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 1998, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Sam Norton officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1959 in Italy. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Mr. Branam is survived by parents, Fred and Laverne Branam of Corsicana; son, Jarrod Branam of Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Vicki Lynn and Tom Richardson of Corsicana; one niece, Holly and one nephew, Kyle.

Mr. Branam was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Branam.

Pallbearers will be Sanday Barlow, Joey Kormos, Jay Milam, Dewayne Callahan, Anthony Borselinno and Edward Alfred.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Oscar Dean Burleson
Oct 15, 1941 - Dec 6, 1992

Oscar Dean Burleson

Oscar Dean Burleson, 51, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 6, 1992, at his residence.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Solon Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Northera and Boy Toten of Blooming Grove; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Joann Burleson of Blooming Grove, Dale and Geneva Burleson of Seward, Neb., Nickey Burleson of Blooming Grove, Robert Toten of Abilene, and Buddy Lynn Burleson of Navarro Mills; one sister, Sharon Wilson of Fort Worth; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Madist Miles, Ronnie Holland, Wendell Varner, Brian Burleson, Larry Smith and John Balleo.

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Jake West
1865 - May 20, 1925

BLOOMING GROVE NEWS
(Blooming Grove Times)

The Passing of Jake West, a colored man, removes from the active walks of life a familiar figure. Jake was an old inhabitant and mixed the mortar for nearly all of the old brick buildings of this town.

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Irvin J. Murphey
Dec 11, 1908 - May 26, 1925

FROST NEWS
(Frost Enterprise)

Died Near Frost.
A young son of Charley Murphy of near town died of paralysis Monday and was buried here Tuesday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. Osby Nelson of Fort Worth.

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Jessie Lawerence Wilbanks
Apr 13, 1868 - May 8, 1946

J. L. Wilbanks Funeral
Held At Brushy Creek
Funeral services for J. L. Wilbanks, aged 78 years, who died Wednesday in a Palestine hospital, were held Friday afternoon at Brushy Creek.
Surviving are his wife of Palestine, Route 6; seven sons, a daughter, four brothers, a sister,
32 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
One brother, D. B. Wilbanks, resides at Frost.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 13, 1946
  • buried in Olive Branch Cemetery AKA Brushy Creek Cemetery, Anderson County, Palestine, Texas (per death certificate)
  • 1st wife Rhoda Ellen “Rhodie” (Bailey) Wilbanks 2nd wife Susan “Susie” (Driggers) Wilbanks s/o A. M. Wilbanks and Lavenda (Galloway) Wilbanks
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Samuel Clay
Sep 25, 1894 - Jan 16, 1941

Samuel Clay, colored, a World War Veteran, who died Friday at his home on the Blake Thompson farm, was buried Saturday at the Pruitt cemetery.
Rev. Charles Jackson, pastor of the colored Baptist church of Frost, conducted the rites.

Clay was 46 years old, and had served overseas during the war.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 24, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sam Moore
Jan 1898 - Jun 17, 1915

In Memoriam.
On the morning of June the 17th the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Moore and took from them their son Sam. He was 17 years, 6 months and l7 days old. He was born and lived in Navarro county until three years ago. Last November he moved to Smith county, near Arp, Texas, with his father's family, where they now live. He was sick a week and five days, died of blood poison, caused from picking a bump on his face with a pin. His suffering was great, though he bore it patiently.
He was converted last summer and joined the Baptist church at Omen, Texas. Since that time he has lived a different life.
He leaves father, mother, four brothers. three sisters and a host of friends to mourn his death.
Our loss is heaven's gain. Oh, what a sweet consolation It is to know he is resting in Jesus, where there is no trouble or sorrow. Let us all be prepared to meet him on the bright eternal shore where there will be no parting.
Funeral services wore conducted at the family home, after which the remains were laid to rest in Ebenezer cemetery.
HIS SISTER

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Lillie Viola (Cummins) Murphey
Nov 19, 1896 - Aug 08, 1994

Lillie Viola Murphey

Lillie Viola Murphey, 97, of Corsicana died Aug. 8, 1994, in Corsicana.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Randall McCollum and the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

She was the oldest member of the First Baptist Church of Rice. She married Charlie K. Murphey on May 31, 1921. She attended business college in Corsicana when it was located on the second floor of the Collin Street Bakery. She retired from the Texas Miller Hat Factory as an inspector after 22 years, at the age of 72. She was an honorary member of the Rice Independent School P.T.A.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin E. Cummins; her mother, Sallie Bowden Cummins; three brothers, Hugh Cummins, Ernest Cummins and Bennie Cummins; one sister, Irene Cummins; one grandson, Larry Fowler; and her husband, Charlie K. Murphey.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Fitzgerald of Carlsbad, N. M., and Louise Fowler of Weatherford, Texas; two sons, Charles E. Murphey and Joe E. Murphey, both of Corsicana; one sister, Myrtle Bates of Ennis; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Jimmie Cummins of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Richard Fowler, Mike Murphey, Will Fowler, Gene Cummins, James Cummins, Don Cummins and Richard Cummins.

Memorials may be made to either the First Baptist Church, Box 117, Rice, Texas 75155; the Rice Cemetery Association, 1700 Glenbrook, Corsicana, Texas 75110; or the Chatfield Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 45, Chatfield, Texas 75105.

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Melvin Jackson
Mar 25, 1912 - May 25, 2000

Melvin Jackson

Melvin Jackson, 80, Kerens, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2000 in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Samaria Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernest Betts officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.

Mr. Jackson was born March 25, 1912 in Kerens.

He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Hartwell Worth Ivie
Nov 12, 1850 - Nov 8, 1934


HARTWELL W. IVIE DIED THURSDAY AT NOON AT CORBET

Hartwell W. Ivie, aged 83 years, native of Georgia but resident of Texas since 1888, died at his home in the Corbet community Thursday at noon and the funeral will be held at the Curry cemetery Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock where interment will be made.

Surviving are his wife, seven sons, Ben, Sim, Curtis, Bunyon, Otis, Dale, and Radford Ivie; three daughters, Mrs. Sallie Lankerston, Mrs. Ramer Bew and Mrs. Alice Loosier, and other relatives.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by the Sutherland –McCammon Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 8, 1934
  • 1st wife Amanda Elizabeth “Mandy” (Smith) Ivie 2nd wife Leona Spear (Belcher) Ivie 3rd wife Martha Virginia “Jennie” (Mason) Ivie buried in Hope Arkansas s/o Simeon Ivie and Lucinda Jane (Jenkins) Ivie
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Corbet Man Buried Friday Afternoon In Currie Cemetery

Funeral services for Hartwell W. Ivie, aged 83 years, who died at his home in corbet community Thursday noon, were held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Currie cemetery where burial was made. He was a native of Georgia, but had resided in Texas since 1888.
Surviving are his wife, seven sons, Ben, Sim, Curtis, Bunyon, Otis, Dale and Radford Ivie, three daughters, Mrs. Sallie Lankerston, Mrs. Ramer Bew and Mrs. Alice Loosier, and other relatives.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Anna Lee (Polka) Kopecky
Feb. 27, 1909 - May 10, 1992

Anna Lee Kopecky

Mrs. Anna Lee Kopecky, 83, of Hubbard, died May 7, 1992 in Providence Hospital in Waco.

Rosary will be 6 p.m. Saturday at Wade Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Nativity B. V. M. Penelope, Texas with the Rev. John Molnar, O.S.A. Burial will be in National Cemetery in Penelope.

She was born Feb. 27, 1909 in Bremond, Texas. She lived most of her life in the Hubbard area as a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity B.V.N. Penelope.

Preceded in death by her husband, Anton T. Kopecky in 1980.

Survivors include one son, Frank Kopecky of Denton; one daughter, Connie M. Blacksher of Hubbard; one brother, Gen Polka of Natalia, Texas; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Martha Ann (Swilley) Johnston
Jun 13, 1832 – Feb 6, 1925

LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIED HERE FRIDAY NIGHT

Mrs. Martha Johnston, who would have been 93 years of age on the 13th of June, next, died Friday night at her home 1419 West Fourth avenue, and the funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in the Eureka cemetery. The funeral cortege will leave from the residence here at 1 o’clock. Funeral services will be held at the Eureka church. All of her grandsons and grand-sons-in-law will be active pall bearers and the honorary pall bearers will be the entire membership of Camp Winkler, U. C. V.

Deceased was born June 13, 1832 in Sumpter county, Alabama. She was married to Capt. Robt. B. Johnston August 25, 1853 and immediately after the marriage the young couple came to Centerville, Leon, Texas and settled. In 1865 they moved to Navarro county.

She was the mother of eight children only three of which survive as follows: R. B. Johnston, Corsicana; W. B. Johnston, Birmingham, Alabama, and H. C. Johnston of Louisiana. The other children now dead were S. S. Johnston, Mary Irene Johnston, G. E. Johnston, Walter H. Johnston and Emma B. deceased wife of C. C. Walton.

Deceased joined the Old School Presbyterian in her youth of which church she was an active member throughout the remainder of her life. She was loved by a large circle of friends all of whom will join in expressing genuine sorrow and sympathy to the bereaved family.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Tuesday, Feb 10, 1925
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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LONG-TIME RSIDENT OF CORSICANA DIED HERE FRIDAY NIGHT

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. MARTHA JOHNSTON BE CONDUCTED SUNDAY

Mrs. Martha Johnston, who would have been 93 years of age on the 13th of June, next, died Friday night at her home 1413 West Fourth avenue and the funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in the Eureka cemetery. The funeral cortege will leave from the residence here at 1 o’clock. Funeral services will be held at the Eureka church. All her grandsons and grand-sons-in-law will be active pallbearers and the honorary pall bearers will be the entire membership of Camp Winkler, U. C. V.

Deceased was born June 13, 1832 in Sumpter county, Alabama. She was married to Capt. Robert B. Johnston August 25, 1853 and immediately after the marriage the young couple came to Centerville, Leon county, Texas and settled. In 1865 they moved to Navarro county.

She was the mother of eight children, only three of which survive as follows: R. B. Johnston, Corsicana; W. B. Johnston, Birmingham, Alabama, and H. C. Johnston of Louisiana. The other children now dead were S. S. Johnston, Mary Irene Johnston, G. E. Johnston, Walter H. Johnston and Emma B. deceased wife of C. C. Walton.

Deceased joined the Old School Presbyterian in her youth of which church she was an active member throughout the remainder of her life. She was loved by a large circle of friends all of whom will join in expressing genuine sorrow and sympathy to the bereaved family.

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Large Attendance Upon Funeral Mrs. Johnston

The remains of Mrs. Martha Johnston, who died here Friday night at the age of 93 after a residence of more than sixty years in Navarro county, were interred in the Eureka cemetery yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of those who had known and esteemed her in life. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

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John Nelson Matthews
Oct 30, 1841 - Feb 10, 1925

AGED CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIED HOME DAUGHTER IN MEXIA

J. N. Matthews, aged 83 years, and for forty years a resident of Eureka and Corsicana, died at the home of a daughter in Mexia last night and the remains were interred at Eureka this afternoon. The deceased was a Confederate veteran and a Methodist, was a good citizen and as such was esteemed by all who knew him.

Surviving the deceased are these children: W.T., A. M. and T. L. Matthews, of Corsicana: Mrs. G. W. Riley of Mineola, Mrs. Dave Boggett and Mrs. Maddox of Mexia: Mrs. Jake Floyd of Kerens and Miss Ida Matthews of Corsicana.

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John Duard Easterling
Jan 16, 1886 - Aug 17, 1968

John D. Easterling, age 82, died Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital. Easterling resided at 1823 W. 11th Ave. Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Griffin Home Chapel. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt will officiate assisted by William F. Nolan. Interment will be at Eureka Cemetery.

Easterling is survived by his wife, Mary Easterling of Corsicana; four sons, Vernon Easterling of Corsicana, Dicky Easterling of Houston, Norman Easterling of Arlington and Johnny Ballard of Covina, Calif., three daughters, Mrs. F. D. Nutt of Eureka, Mrs. Kelly Anderson of Emhouse, Mrs Max Middleton of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Rena Brice of Mexia; one brother, Lillard Easterling Holbart, Okla.; 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Johnnie Nutt, Floyd Dell Nutt, Ivie Ray Nutt, Donald Easterling, Dwaine Easterling, Martin DeRusha, Mike Middleton, and Gary Easterling.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Sunday, Aug 18, 1968
  • h/o Mary E. (Kelly) Easterling - s/o Henry Easterling and Victoria (Overstreet) Easterling (from death certificate)
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Arthur Nichols
Aug 20, 1894 - Aug 22, 1975


Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Arthur Nichols, 80, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Peter Kach and Rev. Maurice McLeroy will officiate, and burial will be at Eureka Cemetery.

He was a native of Alabama, resident of Corsicana, and member of the Evangel Temple.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Rosie Nichols of Corsicana; four sons, Loyd Nichols of Corsicana, L. T. Nichols, and Cludy Nichols both of Fairland, and Luther Nichols of Farmington, N. M.; four daughters, Mrs. Lois Coker, Mrs. Luta Andrews, and Mrs. Ruth Holloway all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Eula Perry of Dallas; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a step-mother, Mrs. Eunice Nichols of Garland; six brothers, Ed Nichols and Henry Nichols both of Corsicana, Lawrence Nichols of Malakoff, Paul Nichols of Duncanville, Leo Nichols of Killeen, and Therman Nichols of Mesquite; five sisters, Mrs. Leola Jones of Mildred, Mrs. Clara Gilmore of Garland, Mrs. Cleo Boone of Corsicana, Mrs. Cara Burge and Mrs. Dorothy Travis both of Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Janet Eileen Kobza
May 3, 1949 - Apr 10, 2012

Ms. Janet E. Kobza, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at her residence in Corsicana. She was cremated and no services are planned at this time.

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Ms. Janet E. Kobza, age 62, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on May 3, 1949 in Bowling Green, Ohio to parents Mervin & Hilda Moyer.

She worked as a Peripheral Vascular Technician for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mervin and Hilda Moyer; sister, Evelyn Moyer; and a brother, Keith Moyer.

She is survived by her Sons, Brent Burns of Corsicana and Kevin Burns and wife JennyLynn of Barry; Daughters, Mickale Burns of Tempe, AZ and Sherry Frayer of Albuquerque , NM; Grandsons, Heath Cotton of Corsicana and Zack Burns of Barry; Granddaughters, Stacia Frayer of Albuquerque, NM, Sarah Burns of Ft. Sill, OK, and Maria Burns of Barry; Sister, Linda McLargin of Prescott, AZ; Brothers, Larry Moyer of Phoenix, AZ, Wade Moyer of Cottonwood, AZ and Mervin Moyer, Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK.

She was cremated and no services are planned at this time.

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Ella (Holmes) Lansford
Sep 18, 1884 - Apr 9, 1974

Mrs. Lansford

Funeral services were to be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. J. C. Lansford, 89, resident of Richland, who died Tuesday in Irving.

Rev. Walter Goodnight was to officiate, with burial to follow at Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandaughter.

Pallbearers included Paul Lansford, Charles Ray, Joel Sikes, Charles Cofer, D. C. Owens, B. J. Coker and Ted Weaver.

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Isaac Oran Runnels
Jul 28, 1911 - Apr 28, 1973

Oran Runnels

Funeral services for Oran (Red) Runnels, 61, Mexia, retired salesman and former appliance store owner who died Saturday in a Mexia nursing home, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel here. The Rev. Robert J. Potts will officiate. Burial will be in the Richland Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.

A native of Richland, he formerly had lived in Hurst where he was a member of First Baptist Church and in Dallas where he had owned an appliance store and worked as a salesman for Titches and J. G. Boyd Co. He was a 32nd degree Mason for 29 years; a member of the A. C. Garrett Masonic Lodge of Dallas and a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Body.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ivy Runnels of Mexia; one daughter, Mrs. Faye Minick of Hurst; one son, Duane Runnels of Port Huron, Mich.; five grandchildren; two brothers, Lester Runnels of Orange and Jimmy Runnels of Maybank; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Mae Weeks of Mexia and Mrs. Odie Lee Henry of Dallas.

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Ruth (Bosley) Jackson
May 19, 1916 - Dec 4, 1976

Mrs. Jackson

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ruth Jackson, 60, of Richland who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. Burial was in Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Janice Michalk of San Antonio and Mrs. Shirley Gregory of Corsicana; three grandchildren; three brothers, Ben Bosley of Kirvin, Jim Bosley and Bailey Bosley, both of Richland; a sister, Mrs. Ruby Davis of Richland; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Dec 9, 1976
  • d/o W. S. Bosley and Slealie (Jackson) Bosley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Opie Harold Fullen
May 11, 1904 - Jan 08. 1976

Opie H. Fullen

Funeral services will be held at Corley’s Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. today for Opie H. Fullen, who died Thursday in Texas City, He was 71. Burial will be at Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fullen; two sons, Bobby and Bill Fullen of Galveston; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Kiff of Texas City; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers Allen Fullen of Big Spring, Tommy Fullen and Hoyte Fullen, both of Beaumont; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Atteberry of Houston and Mrs. Beulah Runnels of Broddus.

Pallbearers will be Billy Fullen, Gary Fullen, Ronald Fullen, Delwin Fullen, Andrew Paoli, and David Kiff.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Jan 11, 1976
  • h/o Lucy Augusta (Mayo) Fullen married Feb. 17, 1923 Navarro Co. Tx. s/o James Jackson "Jack" Fullen and Willie Jenettis "Nettie" Ruth (Cooper) Fullen
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Leonard Elmer Ellis
Jan. 24, 1905 - May 17, 1992

Leonard Elmer Ellis

Leonard Elmer Ellis, 87, Corsicana, died May 17, 1992, at Vencore Hospital in Mansfield.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday in Richland Cemetery with E. Ellis officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, Ed Ellis of Grand Prairie, Gene Ellis of Haltom City, Wayne Ellis of Arlington and Benny Stone of Fort Worth; one sister, Jewell Anderson of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

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John T. Henderson
Aug 5, 1869 - Sep 5, 1934

Heart Attack Fatal.
FROST, Sept 8—John T. Henderson, 65, died with a heart-attack while picking cotton on the Hooser farm west of town Wednesday.
He complained of not feeling well and went to the cotton wagon where his lifeless body was found a short time later.
The remains were taken to Richland for burial. [Richland Cemetery]

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Kenneth Don Boulware
Jan 26, 1944 - Jun 30, 1998

Kenneth Don Boulware

Kenneth Don Boulware, 54, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at his residence.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Thurman Raley, Ronnie Martin, T. J. Burkholder, Charles Knott, Danny Hanna, Barry Robinson, Stacy Williams and Bobby Fluker.

Mr. Boulware was born Jan. 26, 1944 in Purdon. He was employed at Corsicana Technologies for 24 years.

Mr. Boulware is survived by his wife of 30 years, Doris Boulware of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Karla Boulware of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Bobby Merrell of Ennis; son, Kyle Boulware of Corsicana; two granddaughters, Desiree Boulware and Natalie Boulware; and in-laws, Henry and Alyne Higgins of Corsicana. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - July 1, 1998
  • h/o Doris Marie (Higgins) Boulware s/o James Denver Boulware and Ruby Vestal (Turner) Boulware buried at Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Augie Donald “Don” Jurney
Apr 21, 1930 - May 26, 2000

Don Jurney

Don Jurney, 70, Corsicana passed away Friday, May 26, 2000 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Harold Scott and Brother Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Smithen, Bill Tesmel, Odis Conner, Toby Ratliff, Randy Ratliff and Randy Tesmer, Honorary pallbearer will be Claude Sanches.

Mr. Jurney was born April 21, 1930 in Estancia, N.M. He was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M. He was a member of Roane Baptist Church, Disabled Veterens and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harman and Lucy Jurney; son, Larry Dale Jurney; daughter, Nancy Faye Armstrong; brother, Thomas L. Jurney; and sister Lee Ella Wetterman.

Mr. Jurney is survived by his wife, Brenda Jurney of Corsicana; sons Jimmy Don Jurney of Waxahachie, Jerry Wortham of Beaumont, Todd Wortham and Tim Wortham, both of Palestine; daughter, Paula Pellant of Missoula, Mont.; brothers, Charles Jurney of Altesia, N.m. and R. L. Jurney of Roswell, N.M.; sister, Melba Kincaid of Chico, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Routhton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, May 28, 2000
  • h/o unk Celment, Mary Lois (Stiefer) Jurney, unk Bassham, Brenda Joyce (Cooper) Wortham-Jurney s/o Harman Lafayette Jurney and Lucy Gay (Dobbs) Jurney
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rita Edith (unk) Johnsen
Feb 16, 1900 - Nov 23, 1994

Rita E. Johnsen

Rita E. Johnsen, 94, of Corsicana, died Nov. 23, 1994, in the Corsicana Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum, with Br. Bill Honea officiating. Services are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 15, 1900, in Justin, Oklahoma.

Survivors include three daughters, Yvonne Fink of Corsicana, Mildred Thompson of Ennis and Doris Johnsen of Grass Valley, Calif.; one sister, Ethel Jarrell of Siloam Springs, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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Kennard Lee Pritchett
Jun 13, 1912 - Apr 25, 1993

Kennard Pritchett

Kennard Pritchett, 80, of Corsicana, died April 25, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dan Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday.

He was born June 13, 1912 in Eureka and was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer and also had worked for Bethlehem Steel for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Pritchett of Corsicana; four daughters, Rosa Lee Coley of Lindale, Joan Warren of Carrollton, Nancy Berry of Kerens and Janet Parker of McDonough, Ga; two sons, Kenneth “Buddy” Pritchett of Cayuga and Harold Pritchett of Eureka; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Buster Pritchett of Eureka; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Jessie Willard “J.W.” Minatra
May 17, 1917 - Mar 24, 1994

Jessie Willard Minatra

Jessie Willard (J.W.) Minatra, 76, of Kerens died Thursday, March 24, in Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, following a lengthy illness and complications from a stroke in January.

He was born May 1, 1917, in the Eureka community in Navarro County, one of four sons and three daughters of Celia Delila (Lida) Howard and Charles R. Minatra of Eureka. He attended public schools in Eureka and Navarro communities.

He married the former Jewell Sinclair of Chandler in Kerens on July 3, 1937.

Mr. Minatra was retired from the pipeline construction industry after more than 30 years as a heavy equipment operator. He was as welder in the Texas coastal shipyards during World war 11, and after his pipeline career, had also worked in dock dredging operations around Cedar Creek Lake, and in antique auto restorations.

Survivors include; his wife of 56 years, Jewell Minatra of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse F. and Kathy Minatra of Kerens; daughters and son-in-law, Annita and Ken Harris of Crawford, and Verna and Danny Hudson of Retreat, and daughter Sandra Minatra of Waxahachie; granddaughter, Sheila Minatra of Miami, Florida; grandsons, Johnny Wigley of Waco, Ronny Wigley of Tyler, Kelly Wigley of San Marcos, Jeffrey Minatra of Waynesboro, Tenn., and Blake Hudson of Retreat; great-grandsons, Jarrett Wigley of Waco and Keith Minatra of Waynesboro, Tenn., brothers Robert Minatra of Corsicana and Ruben Marion (Jodie) Minatra of Navarro; sisters Nova Duncan of Brenham and Ona Lee Bragg of Mt. Pleasant.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Odie James Minatra of Rural Shade and a sister, Mertie Mae (Pearl) Mahoney of Angus.

Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with burial to follow in Eureka Cemetery. The Rev. Floyd Loven of Lakeside Baptist Church in Trinidad will officiate. Special music will be provided by Ken Harris, son-in-law of Mr. Minatra.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Johnny Wigley, Ronny Wigley, Kelly Wigley and Jeffrey Minatra; and nephews Kenneth Mahoney of Cedar Creek Lake and Billy Carl Minatra of Pursley. Honorary Pallbearers will be sons-in-law Ken Harris of Crawford and Danny Hudson of Retreat; Jim Bush of Waxahachie; and Gene Christie of Kerens.

Family visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the funeral home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - March 25, 1994
  • h/o Emma Jewell (Sinclair) Minatra married July, 3, 1937 in Kerens, Texas s/o Charles Robert “Charley” Minatra and Celia DeLida “Lida” (Howard) Patterson-Minatra
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Venita Kay (Perry) Beaird
Apr 17, 1959 - Jun 15, 1998

Kay Beaird

Kay Beaird, 39, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, June 15, 1998, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Rev. Alfred Smirl officiating. Interment follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Bill Trotman, Terry Smith, Richard Craig, Melvin Bailey, Glen Leake and Junior Perry.

Mrs. Beaird was born in Corsicana on April 17, 1959

Mrs. Beaird is survived by parents, Billy R. and Mary F. Perry of Corsicana; daughter, Mary Perry of Corsicana; brothers, Billy Wayne Perry of Waco, Randy Lee Perry of Waco, Michael Ray Perry of Rye; sister, Brenda Diane Pena of Waco and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robert “Bob” Kirvin
Age 86 - died November 1925

Aged Slavery Negro
Died Suddenly Corbet
Bob Kirvin, age 86, one of the few remaining negro slaves died suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home at Corbet from an attack of acute indigestion. He was buried Sunday afternoon at the Cheneyboro cemetery for colored. Bob was well known in the county.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekley Light - Nov 30, 1925
  • Born in Alabama
  • h/o Patsy (unk) Kirvin s/o Isabella (unk) Kirvin
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Irene (Thomas) Wright
Nov 12, 1917 - Nov 29, 1976

Mrs. Wright

Wake services were at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Mrs. Irene Wright, 59, resident of Oakland, Calif. and native of Navarro County, who died Monday in Oakland.

Services were at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

The Rev. A. Z. Johnson officiated and burial followed at Silent Grove Cemetery in Chenneysboro.

Survivors include her husband, son Wright of Clovis, N. M. a brother, Arthur White of Dallas; two uncles, George Mason of Corsicana and Emmett Mason of Denton and other relatives.

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Buster Crawford
d. Feb 27, 1919

COLORED SOLDIER’S BODY HERE.
Died in France Near Two Years Ago, Will Be Buried at Cheneyboro.
The remains of Buster Crawford, 22 years-old son of Henry Crawford, colored, who died while in the American Army in France on February 27, 1919, reached Hoboken, New Jersey on the 28th of last month and arrived here today under escort of a white soldier who saw that the body was delivered to his father. The funeral will take place from the undertaking parlors of Stewart & Carlton on East Fifth avenue next Thursday at noon, and the body will be buried at Cheneyboro.

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Betty O. (unk) Nash
Oct 10, 1919 - Jan 9, 1997

Betty O. Nash

Betty O. Nash, 77, of Lake Kiowa, died Jan. 9, 1997, in Dallas.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chatfield United Methodist Church, with Rev. Virginia O. Bassford officiating. Burial will follow in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Nash is survived by her husband, John T. Nash of Lake Kiowa; and sons, Bill Hatch of Okenoga Valley, Canada and Jim Hatch of Salt Springs Island, Canada.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Griffin Kelly Chambers, Jr.
Jan 6, 1920 - May 31, 1993

Griffin K. Chambers

Griffin Kelly Chambers, 73, of Streetman, died May 31, 1993, at his residence.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Tuesday in Chatfield Cemetery. The Rev. Harold Scott officiated. Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Martin, Tenn., He was a welder.

Survivors include his wife Mary Sue Chambers of Streetman; one daughter, Cynthia Sue Reeves of Lancaster; four sons, Richard Kelly Chambers of Red, Oak; Don Christopher Chambers of Roane, Robert Matthew Chambers of Cedar Hill and Randall Ray Chambers of Lancaster; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Floris Janet Craig of Lexington, Ky., and Jacqueline C. West of Nicholasville, Ky.

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Jessie W. (Tillman) Jones
Aug 22, 1886 - Feb 11, 1978

Mrs. Jessie Jones

KERENS—Funeral for Mrs. Jessie W. Jones, 90, a Malakoff resident, were 2 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church in Kerens. The Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate, with burial in Bazette Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones lived most of her life in Kerens until moving to Malakoff three years ago. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Kerens.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Al Inmon of Malakoff and Mrs. B. C. Bailey of Athens; and by one grandchild.

Pallbearers were Leroy Reed, Duane Crawford, Tillman Reed, Randall Coleman, Billy Shelton and James Ausley.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - February 16, 1978
  • w/o Pinkerson Jeff Jones married Dec. 18, 1907 d/o Isaac William Tillman and Mary Jane (Cureton) Tillman buried at Dresden Cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

INFANT TWIN BOYS Lee
May 1938 - May 25, 1938

INFANT TWIN BOYS DIED ON TUESDAY; BURIAL WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for the infant twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Lee, Corsicana Route 4, who died Tuesday afternoon, were held
Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at Cosgrove cemetery where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. T.
Fannin.
Surviving are the parents and a brother, Charles Edward Lee.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Daniel Coloma “Dannie” (Coley) Knight
Jul 30, 1882 - Jun 10, 1959

Mrs. Knight Dies Wednesday

Mrs. G. G. Knight, 76, Route 2, Corsicana, died at the family home Wednesday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 4 p.m with burial in the Marshall cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor of the Unity Baptist church; Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church, and Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

Mrs. Knight was a native of Georgia. She had resided on Route 2 for the past 14 years.

Surviving are a son, W. V. Knight, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. C. J. Sitton, Mrs. E. H. Richards and Miss Margaret Knight, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. S. R. Luther, Dawson; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ora Rea, Kerens, and Mrs. W. A. Bowlen, Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Derward Rea, George W. Bowlen, W. M. Bowlen, Charlie Coley, Doyle Coley, Howard Coley, Newton Coley, Kenneth Coley and Gerald Ball, all nephews.

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George Gwin Knight
Aug 19, 1878 - Feb 22, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR GEORGE G. KNIGHT HELD ON SATURDAY

George Gwin Knight, aged 67 years, farmer, died at his home north of Corsicana Friday afternoon. Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial was in the Marshall cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. T. Allmon, Baptist minister.

Knight had resided in this section about 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, a son, Walter Knight, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Clara Sitton, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Eleanor Richards, Miss Gladys Knight and Miss Margaret Knight, all of Corsicana; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jim Taylor, Henry Beale, Beeden Owens, Alvin Burns, Arthur Rea and Frank Coley.

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Clara Olive (Knight) Sitton
Jul 29, 1907 - Dec 27, 1972

Mrs. Sitton
Funeral services were to be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Clara Knight Sitton, 65, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Maurice McLeroy and Mickey Loftis were to officiate, with burial to follow at the Marshall Cemetery in Navarro County.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 28, 1972
  • Monument says 1973 but the death certificate and the obit are 1972
  • d/o George Gwin Knight and Daniel Coloma “Dannie” (Coley) Knight
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Catherine Aldorado (Amos) Coley
Feb 16, 1855 - Oct 14, 1946

RITES HELD TUESDAY FOR MRS. CATHERINE A. COLEY OF DRANE

Mrs. Catheryn A. Coley, aged 91 years, resident of Drane 54 years, died Monday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. G. G. Knight at Zion’s Rest. She was a native of Georgia.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel.
Burial was in the Marshall cemetery near Drane. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Elkhart Baptist minister. Mrs. Coley was the widow of the late L. W. Coley of Drane.

Surviving are a son, T. F. Coley, Corsicana, three daughters, Mrs. Knight, Zion’s Rest; Mrs. A. M. Rea, Drane and Mrs. W. A. Bolen, Purdon; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Elbert Richards, W. M. Bolen, W. M. Bolen, George W. Bolen, W. A. Murray, Walter Knight and Robert Flynn, all grandsons.

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Lemuel Wesley Coley
Dec 6, 1855 - Jul 27, 1941

PIONEER RESIDENT DRANE COMMUNITY BURIED ON MONDAY

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for L. W. Coley, aged 85 years, who died at his home in the Drane community Sunday afternoon about 3 o’clock.

A native of Georgia, he had resided in the Drane community for the past forty-seven years. Interment was in the Marshall cemetery. The Rev. G. H. Vaughn conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife of Drane, one son, T. S. Coley, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. G. G. Knight, Corsicana; Mrs. A. M. Rea, Corsicana; Mrs. W. A. Bolen, Pursley; twenty-three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Mildred Kate “Katie” (Coates) Lake
Mar 4, 1921

Died Near Here Last Night.

Mrs. Mildred Kate Lake died in the Cook’s Schoolhouse community last night at 9:15, and the remains were interred in the Marshall cemetery this afternoon at 3:30. The deceased was a half sister of L. M. Coates, and she is survived by four grown children, Mrs. Albert Beale, Tom Lake, Hub Lake and Jap Lake, the two later living in Corsicana.

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Katherine Jane (Brown) Lake
Jan 26, 1893 - Jun 15, 1962

Hold Services For Mrs. Lake

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Lake, 69, of Corbet, were held Saturday at 2:30 p. m. from the Corley chapel. Burial was in the Marshall cemetery near Drane.

Mrs. Lake was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital early Friday following a heart attack.

The services were conducted by Rev. Cecil Nash and Rev. John Dillingham, pastor of Emanuel Baptist church.

Surviving are four sons, Rudolph, Grant ad Wyatt Lake, all of Corsicana, and James Lake of Kilgore; a daughter, Mrs. Edith Thompson, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. May Brown, Corbet, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Robert Bittner, Danny Anderson, Leon Phillips, Graham Roman, Bryant Stone and Carl Nokes.

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Evelyn Coffee
Sep 22, 1925 - Dec 1, 1929

Little Girl Died Near Navarro; Was Buried on Monday
Evelyn Coffee. 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Coffee of Rochester, Texas, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. N. McCoy, one mile north of Navarro, Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and the funeral was held Monday morning at 11 o'clock with burial in the Hopewell cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Coffee had been visiting here about nine days and the little child took sick after arriving here.

Surviving are her parents and one sister.

Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

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Ruby Marshall Rash
Mar 5, 1909 - Feb 9, 1962

Retired Farmer Expires Friday

Ruby Rash, native of Eureka and life-long Navarro county resident, died in Memorial Hospital Friday. He was 52.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Corley chapel with Rev. Elbert Sipes, pastor, Unity Baptist church and Rev. A. L. Harris officiating. Interment will be in Hopewell cemetery.

Born, March 5, 1909, in Eureka, Rash had resided most of his life in Corsicana. He was a retired farmer and a member of Unity Baptist Church.

Surviving are his widow of Corsicana; two sons, Donald Gene Rash and Beauford Glenn Rash, both of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Della Rash, Corsicana; four brothers, Haley Rash, Winkler; Luel Rash, Mildred; Roy Rash, Corsicana, and Alton Rash, Richland; five sisters, Mrs. Alice Petty, Eureka; Mrs. Evie Switzer, Corsicana; Mrs. Ora Roberts, Fairfield; Mrs. Mabel Gillian, Corsicana, and Mrs. Maggie Lee Howard, Navarro, and a number of other relatives.

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Henry Vinard Allsup
Nov 13, 1886 - Jun 2, 1969

H. V. Allsup

H. V. Allsup, 82, a native of Simpson County, Ky., and a resident of Navarro for the past 23 years, died Monday in a Wortham hospital.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating, assisted by the Rev. Clinton Bates. Interment will be in Hopewell cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Navarro; two sons, J. C. of Mexia and A. D. of Lawton, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. H. L. Hanna of Buffalo and Mrs. Jodie Minatra of Navarro; 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Orville Capehart, Hugh B. Fouty, Vincent Bottoms, J. C. Howard, Jim D. Coker and G. C. Goodin.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, June 6, 1969
  • s/o Matt Allsup and Alice Malissa (Henson) Allsup
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Alvin Morgan McCarter
Jun 9, 1907 - Dec 12, 1976

Alvin McCarter

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Alvin McCarter, 69, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Burial followed at Hopewell cemetery.

William Nolan and Jim caraway officiated at the services.

He was a native of Navarro, lived in Corsicana 16 years, was a member of Westside Baptist Church and was a contractor.

He was also a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge, past patron of the Eastern star, and a member of Karem Temple in Waco.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Alice McCarter of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Tawlowski of Pompano Beach, Fla.. and Mrs. Wanda Cox of Seabrook; three grandchildren, three brothers, Charlie McCarter of Navarro, Victor McCarter of Corsicana, and Harold McCarter of Normangee; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Poteet of Navarro and Mrs. Geneva Sullivan of Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles O’Neal, Alton Justiss, C. H. Aleen, A. J. Taylor, Alton Schleimmer, and Jim Breighaupt.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Dec 16, 1976
  • h/o Alice Mae (Harrison) McCarter s/o Edgar Lafayette McCarter and Crayton Idora “Dora” (Corbin) McCarter
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Marvell Govan
May 25, 1955 - Mar. 17, 1995

Marvell Govan

Marvell Govan, 39, of Fairfield, died March 17, 1995, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Clara Gilbert. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Fairfield, under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Govan was born May 25, 1955, in Fairfield. He was a stocker for Toys “R” Us. He was a member of Jones Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was survived by his mother, Martha Govan of Fairfield; his father, Edward Peters of Fairfield; two brothers, Michael Govan and Gary Govan, both of Arlington; three half-brothers; one sister, Ellen Govan of Mesquite; six half-sisters; five aunts, two uncles; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 20, 1995
  • s/o Edward Peters and Martha Govan
  • Capps Funeral Home looked up the info and found that the Hopewell is Hopewell cemetery, Teague, Freestone Co., Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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