Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Haywood Lusk
Oct 16, 1912 - Jan 5, 1997

Haywood Lusk

Haywood Lusk, 84, of Corsicana, died Jan. 5, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be held at 8 tonight at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Memorial Church of God In Christ, with Rev. James Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mr. Lusk was born Oct. 16, 1912, in Centerville.

Mr. Lusk is survived by his daughter, Ethel Boleware of Dawson; three sons, Jonathan Lusk and James Allen Lusk both of Fort Worth and Elvern Lusk of Lancaster; 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Lusk of Hubbard and Jonathan Lusk of Centerville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Charlie Mae (Tillery) Jones
Oct 4, 1901 - Nov 21, 1994

Charlie Mae T. Jones

Charlie Mae Tillery Jones, 94, formerly of Jacksonville and a resident of Corsicana for many years, died Nov. 21, 1994, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Greater Wilgo Baptist Church, with Rev. L. C. Goff officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Eastern Star Magnolia Chapter 42.

She was born Oct. 4, 1901, in Jacksonville. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She graduated from Cherokee Public Schools in Jacksonville and Navarro College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Survivors include her son. Dale Willis of Tennessee Colony, two granddaughters, Tanya Jones of Corsicana and Kim Jones of Marlin, Texas; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dillard Jones, and her daughter, Arline Jones.


Frank W. Moody
Nov 9, 1898 - Dec 9, 1954

Frank W. Moody Dies Thursday
Frank W. Moody, former Emhouse resident, died Thursday afternoon in the Alexandria Hospital at Terrell.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Emhouse Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Dawson cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Virgil A. Fielden, Terrell minister, former pastor of the Emhouse church.

A native of Groesbeck, Moody resided in the Emhouse community 14 years before moving to Rockwall county last January.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hattie Moody, Terrell; a daughter, Pat Moody, student in North Texas State College, Denton; father, C. L. Moody, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. T. A. Harveston, Coolidge; Mrs. Odis Horn, Corsicana, and Mrs. Andy Fondren, Waco; a brother, John Moody, Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be R. Ross, E. J. Brown, Troy Holcomb, A. C. Gray, Claude Maggard, Luther Bell. Swint Huling, Joel Allen and Marvin Farmer.

Corley will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Dec 10, 1954
  • h/o Hattie Amelia (Priebe) Moody married Jan. 7, 1928 Hill county, Texas s/o C. L. Moody and Lucy (Campbell) Moody
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Hattie Amelia (Priebe) Moody
Jan 26, 1906 - Apr 2, 1998

Hattie Moody
Hattie Moody, 92, Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Corsicana.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. today at Dawson cemetery, with Rev. Tony Neal of Mildred Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Moody is survived by her daughter, Patricia Byrd of Garland; granddaughter and husband, Robyn and Tom Eller of Rockwall; great grandchildren, Kelley Eller and Jamie Eller of Rockwall; sister, Bertha Schneider of Hillsboro; nephew, Robert Schneider; and niece Joyce Green of Malone.

Mrs. Moody was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Moody.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Humane Society.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - April 4, 1998
  • w/o Frank W. Moody married Jan. 7, 1928 Hill County, Texas d/o Julius Herman Priebe and Theophelia (Bernhardt) Priebe both born in Germany
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Kitty Vera (Matthews) Edwards
Jan 29, 1899 - Feb 8, 1978

Mrs. Edwards

DAWSON—Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Dawson United Methodist Church for Mrs. Kitty V. Edwards, 79, resident of Dawson, who died Wednesday I Memorial Hospital. Rev. Haldor Duncan and Rev. Joe Brumbelow will officiate, and burial will be in Dawson cemetery.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. Harvey L. Matthews, a physician in the Dawson-Spring Hill area from 1888-1924, and Mattie (Dempsey) Matthews.

In 1926, she was married to Mike T. Edwards of Corsicana who died in 1972. They had lived in Houston for many years, moving to Dawson in 1971. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dawson.

Survivors include a step-son, Mickey Edwards of Fort Worth; a step-daughter, Mrs. Betty James of Lubbock; four grandchildren; two brothers, Virgil Matthews of Dawson and Leo Matthews of San Angelo; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Eubanks Funeral Home of Hubbard had charge of arrangements.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Feb 16, 1978
  • w/o Mike T. Smith d/o Dr. Harvey L. Matthews and Mattie Bell (Dempsey) Matthews
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Anne Zora Davis
Jan 26, 1904 - Jan 17, 1993

Anne Z. Davis
Miss Anne Z. Davis, 88, Hubbard died Jan. 17, 1993 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Dawson. The Rev. Kent Seuser will officiate. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery. Wade Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 26, 1904 in Dawson where she was reared. She was a graduate of the University of Texas. She had been a resident of Hubbard for the past 2 ½ years. Prior to Hubbard she lived in Dallas for the past 20 years where she was a member of the Fine Arts Association, was active Brookland United Methodist Church of Oak Cliff and was a member of the Oak Cliff Chapter, Order of the Eastern Starr, No. 303. Before moving to Dallas she had lived in Longview for 30 years, where she taught Senior English at Spring High School and was a Senior Class sponsor.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Leola Mars of Keller, Texas and many nieces and nephews.


Charles Oscar Weaver
Dec 4, 1873 - Jul 3, 1954

Dawson Banker
Services Sunday
Funeral services for C. O. Weaver, long-time Navarro county banker and civic leader, were held from the Dawson Church of Christ Sunday at 4 p. m. Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery. Weaver died of a heart attack at his home in Dawson Saturday morning while walking in his backyard.

Born near Corsicana, he served as a deputy sheriff and deputy county clerk at the courthouse and 47 years ago went to Dawson where he was connected with banks during the remainder of his life. He had been vice president of the First National Bank at Dawson for many years.

He served as president of the Navarro County Hospital Board 12 years from 1937 to 1949 and then asked not to be re-appointed because of his health. He was active in business, church and civic affairs of his community.

The rites were conducted by Tom W. Pickard, pastor, and Morris Moore, Church of Christ minister of Hubbard.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson; two brothers, Louis and Hugh Weaver, and a sister, Mrs. J. R. Petty all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Edgar Davis, Hugh Clemons, Wince Lancaster, Conrad Newton, Jr., Paul Moore and Carlos Berry.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.


James Harvey Woodall
Oct 29, 1905 - Sep 18, 1973

J.H. Woodall
MEXIA—Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Chapel in Mexia for James H. Woodall, 67, of Mexia, who died in Wortham Hospital Tuesday night.

Rev. Jerry Reese, McKinney Street Church of Christ pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.

He was a native of Navarro County and former resident of Hubbard.

Survivors include his widow; a son, Ronnie Woodall of Dawson; two daughters, Mrs. Arlene Hawkins and Mrs. Dianne Stanford of Mexia; and two sisters, Mrs. Delia Moran of Houston and Mrs. Georgia Fenter of LaJunta, Colo.

Nephews will be Pallbearers.


Thomas H. “Uncle Tom” Buckingham
Apr 16, 1819 - Dec 31, 1909


Uncle Tom Buckingham of Dawson is dead. He died Friday morning aqnd was buried Saturday morning. He was 91 years old. He was one of the first settlers at Dawson.


  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - Jan 6, 1910
  • Dawson Cemetery
  • 1st wife Jane M. (unk) Buckingham 2nd wife Mary A. (Spencer) Buckingham s/o Thomas Buckingham and Mary (unk) Buckingham
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Sue Nell (Barnes) Royall
Feb 1, 1890 - Apr 12, 1974

Mrs. Royall

DAWSON—Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dawson United Methodist Church for Mrs. Sue N. Royall, 83, resident of Dawson, who died at Waco hospital Friday.

Rev. Lary O. Clayton will officiate, and burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Jane) Potts of Dawson; a granddaughter Mrs. James (Sue) Bumpers of Waco; two great-grandchildren, Nancy Bumpers and Jim Bumpers both of Waco.

She was a retired dean of girls at the Corsicana State Home and a member of the Dawson United Methodist Church.


Mary Katherine “Kate” (Powers) Berry
Feb 18, 1877 - Sep 5, 1932

Burns Prove Fatal
To Dawson Woman
DAWSON, Sept. 9—Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Kate Berry, aged 55 years, who died Monday night from burns received when gasoline she was using to clean clothes, became ignited Friday afternoon.
She was a native of Tennessee and came to Emmett when a small girl. She had resided in this community for 27 years.
Surviving are six children, Horace, Jerry, Carlos, Chilton, Miss Carrie and Ward Berry; six grandchildren: two sisters, Mrs. S. J. Wells, Waco, and Miss Lawrence Powers, Frost; four brothers, Geo. Powers, Phoenix, Ariz., Jim Powers, Post, and John and Anthony Powers, Frost.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Sep 9, 1932
  • Born in Grundy Co. Tenn. w/o William Taylor Berry d/o Martin Alexander Powers and Mary Ann (Bradshaw) Powers
  • I believe 3 of the children are hers and 3 are step children ...elw
  • Dawson Cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Effie Leona Stanley
Apr 11, 1896 - Dec 11, 1976

Mrs. Stanley

DAWSON—Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Dawson for Mrs. Effie Stanley, 80, a resident of Dawson for 50 years.

Mrs. Stanley died Saturday morning.

Officiating was the Rev. Joe Brumbelow, pastor of the church. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Eubanks Funeral Home of Hubbard.

Mrs. Stanley was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Blanch Stanley of Dawson.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Dec 16, 1976
  • d/o G. A. Stanley and Sarah (Drake) Stanley

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Clydie M. (Dempsey) Lawrence
Nov 9, 1892 - Jun 2, 1922

Brought Here For Burial
Mrs. Frank Lawrence died at her home in Purdon, Friday, June 2 at 7 o’clock a. m. after a short illness of pneumonia. the body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lawrence, just east of town, Friday afternoon, from which the funeral took place at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. A. A. Collins.

Mrs. Lawrence had reached the age of 29 years, 6 months and 5 days, she being born Nov. 29, 1892. On Nov. 10, 1907, she was married to Frank Lawrence and to the union five children were born, all of whom together with her husband survive. She was a consistant Christian and had united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church some fifteen years ago. This family are former residents of Dawson, having moved away a couple of years ago, and have many friends here who sincerely sympathize with them in this earth’s greatest loss—the passing away of wife and mother.

Interment was made in Dawson Cemetery.


Mary Lucille (Ferguson) Pillians-McCary
Jan 28, 1890 - Jun 9, 1980

Lucille McCary
Mrs. Lucille Ferguson Pillans McCary, 90, of Houston and formerly of Streetman, died Monday at her Houston residence.

Services are Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. O. E. Permenter officiating. Burial was to follow at Birdston cemetery at Streetman.

She was an active member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Pillans, of Houston; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one brother Emmette Ferguson, of Winkler, five sisters, Mrs. J. R. Deberry of Norman, Okla., Mrs. Rex DuBose, of Tyler, Mrs. J. W. McCary, of Winkler, and Mrs. Clark DuBose and Mrs. G. C. Baker, both of Streetman.

Pallbearers are J. R. DuBose, Roddy Ferguson, Ferguson DuBose, Rob Pillans, Willie D. Pillans, Jack Pillans, Fred Trogel, Curtis Roberts, Lynn McCary and Byrt Scammel.


Vernon Webb Turner
Oct 5, 1919 - Jan 9, 1988

Vernon Webb Turner

Vernon Webb Turner, 68, of Streetman, died Saturday at Fairfield Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Streetman, with the Rev. Michael Connell and Dr. Grayson Glass officiating. Burial was in the Birdston cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine Turner, of Streetman; two sons, Marcus V. Turner, of Streetman, and Terry R. Turner, of Grand Prairie; one brother, E. J. Turner, of Freeport; one sister, Doris Brown, of Streetman; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Turner, Rick Brown, Billy J. Ward, Bobby Ward, Don McClanahan and Tom Williams.


John Radford Ivie
Dec 12, 1912 - Apr 1, 1998

John Radford Ivie

John Radford Ivie, born Dec. 12, 1912 in Corbet, passed away April 1, 1998 in Dallas. He was buried on April 4, in Dallas at Laurel Land.

Mr. Ivie is survived by his son, Henry Ivie of Frankston; daughters, Glenda Fields of Dallas, Martha Arnold of Duncanville and Lois Jones of Kemp; grandchildren, Greg Ivie, Cheryl Sheppard, Gina Witherspoon, Misty Blaylock, Amber Jones and David Hood, six great grandchildren and many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces who still live in Corsicana.

Mr. Ivie was preceded in death by his parents, Hartwell Worth and Martha Virginia Ivie; one brother, nine half-brothers and three half-sisters who have all gone to be with the Lord ahead of him.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 7, 1998
  • Laurel Land , Dallas
  • 1st wife Sybil (Woodard) Ivie 2nd wife Daisy Lee (Allen) Ivie s/o Hartwell Worth Ivie and Martha Virginia “Jennie” (Mason) Ivie
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Ann (Warrington) Moffitt
Aug 31, 1928 - Mar 26, 1998

Mary Moffitt

Mary Moffitt, a resident of Pasadena, born Aug. 31, 1928 in Corsicana, died Thursday, March 26, 1998 in Pasadena at the age of 69 years.

A member of Memorial Baptist Church in Pasadena, Triple L. Club and Metallic Club, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Her surviving family includes her husband, Joe D. Moffitt; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie Lynn and James Mitchell of Deer Park, Renee Denise and Tommy Ewell of Cypress; brothers, Bill Warrington of Corsicana, Wayne Warrington of Minnesota, Bob Warrington of Corsicana, Sam Warrington of Austin; sister, Wanda Ard of Lardue; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life was held March 30, 1998 at the Pasadena Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jim Daniel and Rev. Jim Jackson officiating. Graveside services and interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett.

Arrangements by Pasadena Funeral Chapel.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 7, 1998
  • w/o Joe Dowl Moffitt d/o Sam Jones Warrington and Bertha Jane (Holloway) Warrington buried at Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas
  • Evergreen Cemetery, Crockett, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Leonard Best
Jan 25, 1923 - Jan 29, 1998

Leonard Best

Leonard Best, 75, of Fairfield, passed away Monday, June 29, 1998, in Fairfield.

Services are 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield, with Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joel Lane, David Lott, Sam Bournias, Lyle Red, Roy Casey 111, and Duane McBride.

Mr. Best was born in Maxwell on Jan. 25, 1923. He spent 20 years as a civilian employee for the Air Force, then 25 years as a telephone employee, retiring from Contel. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

Mr. Best is survived by his wife, Virginia Best of Fairfield; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Raymond Sypert of Temple; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kathy Best of Fairfield; and four grandchildren.

Mr. Best was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Grace Best and his parents.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.


Bertha Leona (Hollifield) Abbott
Jun 22, 1913 - May 26, 2000

Bertha Leona Abbott

Bertha Leona Abbott, 86, of Malakoff passed away Friday, May 26, 2000 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Parkview Baptist Church in Malakoff with the Rev. Ron Huckabee and the Rev. Buddy Hazel officiating. Interment will follow in Mankin Cemetery.

Mr. Abbott was born June 22, 1913 in the Mankin community near Trinidad. She was a member of Baptist Church of Malakoff, a lifelong homemaker and enjoyed gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dock Abbott in 1976 and an infant daughter, Bonnie DeLois Abbott.

Mrs. Abbott is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Vera Abbott of Mildred; daughters and son-in-law, Bobbie and Leamon Rogers and Joyce and Nolan Baker, all of Malakoff; son Danny Abbott of Corsicana; sister Rosie Conger of Corsicana; grandsons, Benny Ray Rogers and Grady Baker; granddaughters, Donna Simmons, Lori Douglas, Thesa Alsobrook and Mandy Rogers; great-grandson, Chris Simmons, Bret Alsobrook, Cooper Alsobrook, Josephy Douglas and Vance Baker; and great-granddaughters, Heather Simmons, Jessica Douglas and Taylor Baker.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.


Robert Douglas Ross Montgomery
abt. 1982 - Oct. 9, 2000

Robert Douglas Ross Montgomery

Robert Douglas Ross Montgomery, 18, of Weatherford passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 in an automobile accident in Armstrong county.

Services are pending.

He was born in Ausberg, Germany. He was a student at James Madison High School and a member of the Weatherford Ward of LDS. He was a ranch hand at the auction in Weatherford.

Survivors include his parents, Robbie and Douglas Montgomery of Weatherford; grandmother, Mary Bowman of San Antonio; and grandparents, Robert and Mary Dycus of Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Bobby Frank Grice
Jul. 19, 1927 - Oct. 9, 2000

Bobby Frank Grice

Bobby Frank Grice, 73, of Hubbard passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 at his residence.

Services are pending.

He was born July 19, 1927. He was a U. S. Navy retiree.

Survivors include his wife, Okie Grice of Hubbard; and one daughter of Liberty.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.


Edwin Russell Watts, Sr.
Aug. 14, 1927 - Oct. 7, 2000

Edwin R. Watts, Sr.
Edwin R. Watts SR., 73, of Blooming Grove passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at the VA hospital in Marlin.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at 1st Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

Mr. Watts was born Aug. 14, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois.

He is survived by two sons, Edward R. Watts Jr. of Marble Falls and Earnest Paul Watts of Blooming Grove; a daughter, Carollin Tackett of Plano; a brother, Noel Watts of Dallas; a sister, Barbara Cannon of Dallas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 9, 2000
  • Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
  • h/o Earnestine (Williams) Watts d/o Rase Earnest “Earn” Williams buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas and Clara (Massengale) Williams s/o Peter Watts and Ida (unk) Watts
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Albertine (Weir) Turner
Aug. 16, 1913 - Oct. 7, 2000

Albertine Turner

Albertine Turner, 87, of Fairfield passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mexia Cemetery in Mexia with the Rev. Glenn Montgomery officiating.

Mrs. Turner was a waitress and a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Tobert Turner in 1986, and by her parents, Albert and Johnnie Weir.

Mrs. Turner is survived by her daughter, Beverly Franklin of Tyler; and two grandsons, Brad Franklin of Fairfield and Chad Franklin of Tyler.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.


Mary Leona (Haney) Frank
Apr. 15, 1912 - Sep. 29, 1994

Mary Leona Frank
Mary Leona Frank, 82, died Wednesday, Sep. 29, 1994, at a Hillsboro Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro, Texas. Burial will follow in the Brandon/Bynum Cemetery near Brandon, Texas.

She was born April 15, 1912, in Merkel, Texas, the daughter of W. R. and Winnie Hill Haney. She was reared in Hill County and married Ollie E. Frank on Oct. 10, 1931. She had been a resident of Bynum, Texas, since 1932. She had been an active member of the First Methodist Church of Bynum and was currently a member of the Line Street United Methodist Church of Hillsboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie E. Frank, on Aug. 27, 1994; and three brothers, Marvin Haney and Bill Haney of Fort Worth, Texas and Hunter Haney of Houston, Texas.

Survivors include one son, Euin Frank of Corsicana; two daughters, Virginia Teer of Hewitt, Texas, and Margaret Messer of New Braunfels, Texas; three brothers, Randolph Haney of Everman, Texas, Joe Haney of Richland Hills, Texas, and Alvin Haney of Joplin, Mo.; and five grandchildren.


Henry Hugh Tomlin
May 24, 1909 - Sep. 22, 1994

Henry Hugh Tomlin

Henry Hugh Tomlin, 85, of Sweeny, died Sept. 22, 1994, at Sweeny Community Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny; with the Rev. Jerl Watkins officiating. Burial was in Sweeny Cemetery, under the direction of Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sweeny.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Tomlin of Sweeny; three sisters, Daisy Horn and Bernice Horn, both of Sweeny, and Minnie Sauders of McAllen; and numerous nieces and nephews in Navarro County.

Pallbearers were Don Stroder, Gary Coker, Mark Drake, B. J. Horn, Roy Smith and John Arrington. Honorary Pallbearers were Joe Gillespie, V. S. Walker, Melvin Neichoy, Dick Doolen and Mayo Hemingway.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the First Baptist Church.


Vera Alvilda (unk) Walker
Oct. 15, 1914 - Aug. 31, 1981

Vera Walker

MEREDIAN—Mrs. Vera Walker, 66, of Corsicana, died Monday night at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Graveside service is Thursday, 1 p.m. at Meredian Cemetery in Meredian. The Rev. Richard Creech will officiate.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Carol Darden of Corsicana; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Brister-Lawson Funeral Home, Meredian.

She was a native of Bosque County. She was a resident of Waco most of her life and lived in Corsicana since 1976. She was a retired sales clerk and a member of the Baptist Church.


Charlie Cecil Crawford
Jan. 11, 1908 - Jan. 18, 1995

Charlie C. Crawford

Charlie C. Crawford, 87, of Elkhart, died Jan. 18, 1995, at Elkhart Manor Nursing Home.

Services were 11 a.m. Friday in Guiceland Cemetery with Rev. Barney Walker officiating. Services are under the direction of Bailey and Foster Funeral Home.

His grandsons served as pallbearers.

Mr. Crawford was born Jan. 11, 1908, in Anderson County, Texas. He was a Baptist and a carpenter.

He is survived by his wife, Nora B. Crawford of Elkhart; five daughters, Charlsey Bragg of Palestine, Joyce Wilson of Waco, Abbie Hamby of Corsicana, Linda Hill of Magnolia and Betty Beaird of Kaufman; three sons, Charles Crawford, George Crawford and Donald Crawford, all of Elkhart; two sisters, Gladys Brimberry of Denton and Pauline Brimberry of Elkhart; 28 grandchildren; and 24 great grantchildren.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 20, 1995
  • Guiceland Cemetery in Anderson county, Elkhart, Texas
  • h/o Nora Beatrice (Ginsel) Crawford s/o George Alford Crawford and Agnes (Jackson) Crawford
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Doyle D. Harrison, Jr.
Dec. 8, 1926 - Apr. 19, 1927


Special to the Sun.
Fairfield, Texas, April 19.—The fifteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Harrison was drowned today at 12 o’clock in a small hole of water near their home, four miles south of Fairfield.

A pulmotor was rushed from Teague but was too late. The car covered the fourteen miles in eighteen minutes.


Donald Ray “Fat” Duncan
abt. 1943 - Jan 3, 1984

Donald “Fat” Duncan
Donald “Fat” Duncan, 41, a native of Navarro county, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are under direction of Scott Funeral Home.


Younger Mackey
Jan 01, 1889 - Dec 21, 1976

Younger Mackey
Services are pending at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Younger Mackey, 80, resident of Dawson, who died yesterday evening at his residence.

Survivors include his widow Mrs. Johnnie Mackey of Dawson.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - December 28, 1976
  • h/o Johnnie (unk) Mackey s/o Handy Mackey
  • Death Cert has "Dawson cemetery"
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Amos Dunn "AD" Ellis
Feb 6, 1900 - Feb 8, 1981

A. D. Ellis, 81, died Sunday in his Rice residence after a long illness.

Services were held Wednesday with the Rev. Austin Harris and the Rev. J. C. Waters officiating. Burial was in Rice Cemetery.

He was a retired farmer and rancher.  He was a native of Meridian, Mississippi, and moved to Texas after serving in the Navy during World War I He was a member of the Breckenridge Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mattie Mae Ellis, of Rice; one son, Charles B. Ellis, of Fort Worth; grandchildren and one great grandchild.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Feb 11, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Jane Tabitha (Hays) Edmundson
Mar 5, 1851 - May 14, 1927


Mrs. Jane Edmonson, aged seventy, of Rice, Texas, was fatally injured Saturday afternoon when she became frightened by the discovery of a snake in the car and jumped from the automobile.  She died at 8:30 Saturday night and funeral services were held in Rice Sunday afternoon.

The car was driven by her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Bartlett. The accident occurred on the Rice-Ennis road about one mile from Rice.  Mrs. Edmondson saw the snake as it crawled out from under the front seat toward her, and she jumped with fatal results. - Corsicana Sun.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, May 20, 1927
  • w/o Burwell Edmundson (1842-1942)
  • Rice Cemetery
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Special to the Sun.
Rice, Texas, May 19.
Mrs. Jane Edmondson, age 76 years, wife of Burl Edmondson died Saturday night at 8:30 o’clock from injuries from jumping from an automobile Saturday afternoon in which she became frightened by discovering a snake in the car. Mrs. Edmondson and her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Bartlett, were driving to Ennis and the accident happened one mile north of town. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Britton of the First Baptist church of Ennis Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. C. Bartlett and interment was in the Rice cemetery.


John N. Hitt
Dec 31, 1872 - Aug 15, 1938


J. M. Hitt, aged 65 years, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. George Pollan, at Rice Monday morning at 1:30 o'clock. He had been ill only a short time.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Rice Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.

He is survived by four brothers - E. H. Hitt, Columbus, Ohio; C. K. Hitt, San Angelo; R. W. Hitt, New Albany, Miss., and Dr. Jim Hitt, Tunica, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Sibble Wilkins, Tunica, Miss and Mrs. Sam Verlo, New Albany, Miss.

Mr. Hitt had formerly lived in Blooming Grove and his many friends here were deeply grieved to hear of his death.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 19, 1938
  • Rice Cemetery
  • s/o P. C. Hitt and Parciphene (Scroggins) Hitt
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



Funeral services for J. M. Hitt, aged 65 years, druggist at Rice for a number of years, who died at Rice Monday morning, were held Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice. Interment was made in the Rice Cemetery.

Surviving are four brothers, E. H. Hitt, Columbus, Ohio; C. K. Hitt, San Angelo; R. W. Hitt, New Albany, Miss.; and Dr. Jim Hitt, Tunica, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Sibble Wilkins, Tunica, Miss., and Mrs. Sam Berlo, New Albany, Miss., and other relatives inclucing a niece, Mrs. George Pollan, Rice.

Hodge Funeral Home of Rice and Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home of Corsicana handled the arrangements.

The rites were conducted by Rev. R. E. Briggs, Methodist minister.

Pallbearers were Clarence Mahaley, Baron South, Lit Pollan, Scott Swafford, R. F. Bartlett and Rural Bounds.


Myrtle (Davis) Carter-Lowrey
Oct 25, 1884 - Jun 10, 1974

Mrs. Lowrey

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Myrtle Carter Lowrey, age 89, who died at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home Monday night.

Dr. Dean Harrison will officiate with burial in the Rice Cemetery.

She was a native of Lynnville, Tenn., and lived in Corsicana for 10 years. A retired school teacher who had taught at Alma and Rice, she served as Post-Mistress at Rice from 1933 until 1938. She was a member of the Blooming Grove Methodist Church.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Jean Sterns of Fort Sumner, N.M., three nieces, Mrs. Mildred Carter Burnett of Lompoc, Cal., Mrs. Dorothea Carter Price of Kerens, and Mrs. Sybil Carter Holman of Corsicana.


Dr. James T. Carter
Nov 25, 1872 - Oct 23, 1936


Dr. J. T. Carter, aged 63 years, practicing physician at Rice for the past 35 years, died at his home in Rice Friday morning at 6:30 o'clock after an extended illness. The funeral services will be held from the Methodist church in Rice Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with interment in the Rice Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. L. Oliver, pastor of the church.

Dr. Carter is survived by his wife, a daughter, Miss Roberta Carter, Rice; two brothers, Dr. W. W. Carter, Corsicana, Navarro county health officer, and H. C. Carter, Chickasha, Okla., and a sister, Mrs. S. S. Terrell, Dallas, and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be J. A. Pollan, Clarence Mahaley, Balford Clark, Hiram C. Bartlett, J. H. Henderson and Dr. W. O. McDanie.

Honorary pallbearers will be member of the Navarro County Medical Society, the Ellis County Medical Society, Masons and friends of the family.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.


Lucy J. (Cagle) French
Jul 13, 1869 - Jul 8, 1940

Mrs. Lucy French Buried At Dresden

Mrs. Lucy French passed away at her home near Mart July 9, and was buried at Dresden.

She was born near Decato, Alabama, and came to Texas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Cagle, at the age of 15. A few years later she married L. R. French. She was the mother of eight children, five girls and three boys, they are: Mrs. John Ferrell, Mrs. Marshall Tatum, Mrs. Griff Middleton, Mrs. M. Cunningham, Lewis and Grady French, and two children who died very young, Douglas and Irene.

The brothers and sisters that survive are Wesley, E. B., David and Clinton Cagle, Mrs. Dezzie French, Mrs. Fannie Parker, Mrs. Ada Brister, and Mrs. Susie Wright, several grandchildren, and other relatives, and a host of friends.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 19, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Belle McCarty
Sep 29, 1871 - Dec 29, 1940

Miss Belle M'Carty Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Barry Methodist church for Miss Belle M'Carty, aged 69, who died Sunday. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. U. McAfee, Methodist minister, and Rev. W. B. Morton, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Miss McCarty had been a resident of Barry for 30 years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. R. W. Varnell; two brothers, R. E. McCarty and Scott McCarty, all of Barry, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tracy Varnell, Robert Varnell, Ralph Varnell, Chester McCarty and Elmore Adams, all nephews.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jan 3, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sue Estella Moore
Nov 23, 1895 - May 14, 1963

Librarian's Services Set
Central Texas Bureau of The News
WACO, Texas - Funeral services will be held Thursday morning in Hubbard for Miss Sue Moore, 67, for many years the librarian for Baylor University's world-famed Armstrong-Browning Library.
Miss Moore, who died in a Waco hospital, was a native of Emmett, Navarro County, and attended school in Hubbard. She earned degrees at Baylor, the University of Texas, and Texas State College for Women.
She was responsible for organizing the materials on British poet Robert Browning which the late Dr. A. J. Armstrong accumulated over a period of 40 years. Before retiring several months ago, Miss Moore was on the staff of the Baylor Historical Research Library.  She lived near the campus and was well known for her aid to faculty and students.
She is survived by a sister and a brother, Aubrey L. Moore of Hillsboro.

May 16, 1963



Sue Moore Dies Waco Hospital, Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Miss Sue Estella Moore, 67, who died in Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Waco Tuesday afternoon, will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from the Eubanks Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Cluck, pastor of the First Baptist church at Hubbard.

Miss Moore was a librarian at the Armstrong Browning library at Baylor University for many years prior to her retirement a few years ago. She was born at Emmett, and was reared at Hubbard.

Graduating from Hubbard High School, she received a bachelor of arts degree from Baylor University, a masters degree from the University of Texas, and a bachelor of science degree in library science from Texas State College for women now Texas Women’s University, Denton.

She was a former teacher in Waxahachie and Corsicana High Schools and was a librarian at Blinn College in Brenham prior to going to Baylor.

Miss Moore organized material collected for the Browning Library by the late Dr. A. J. Armstrong. Prior to her retirement, she was on the staff of the Baylor Historical Research Library. She lived near the Baylor campus.

She was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, Sigma Tau Delta, and the First Baptist church in Waco.

Surviving are a brother, General Aubry L. Moore, Hillsboro; a sister, Mrs. J. W. Faulkner, Port Arthur, a niece, a nephew and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Ray Jarvis, A. B. Keitt, Rupert Jones, Ben H. Moore, Paul Moore and J. C. Horn.


Lou Alma (Toal) Moore
Jul 12, 1896 - Aug 4, 1960

Mrs. Lou Moore
ENNIS, Texas (Sp.) - Funeral services for Mrs. Lou Alma Moore, 64, a resident of Ennis for 41 years, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bunch Funeral Chapel here. Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis.
Mrs. Moore was dead on arrival at Ennis Municipal Hospital after becoming suddenly ill in her home late Thursday.
Mrs. Moore was born in Emmett, Navarro County. Her husband, T. O. Moore, former employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Ennis, died in 1958.
Survivors include a son, T. O. Moore Jr., of Dallas


James Conrad “Doc” Jackson
Apr 2, 1914 - Apr 9, 1951

Doc Jackson Dies Of Auto Injuries

James Conrad (Doc) Jackson, 37, Dallas, former resident of Richland and Hubbard, died in the Brown’s Hospital, Mexia, Monday morning of injuries sustained early Sunday in an automobile collision in Mexia.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church in Richland Tuesday at 3 p.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. M. Cloud, pastor of the church. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery.

A native of Limestone county, Jackson farmed in the Hubbard community for 10 years prior to moving to Dallas two months ago.

Surviving are his wife and a daughter, Betty Jo Jackson, Dallas; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Jackson; a brother, Horace J. Jackson; three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Crutchfield, Mrs. Odress Wilon and Mrs. Cleo Gunn, all of Richland; and other relatives.

Corley will direct.


Carl Wilburn Sisson
Jan 14, 1939 - Feb 24, 1941

Child Buried Here Wednesday

Earl Milburn Sisson, aged 2 years, who died Tuesday night, was buried Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Earl was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sisson of Blooming Grove.

Funeral services were held at the home with Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor First Baptist church, conducting the rites.


  • Name on death certificate is Carl Wilburn Sisson.
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday Feb 28, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Eugene Sisson & Annie Mae (Ewing) Sisson

Ina Ivie (Shettles) Ewing
Feb 22, 1878 - Jul 24, 1940

Funeral Services For Mrs. Ed Weing Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ina Ewing, aged 60, who died suddenly at her home July 24, were held Thursday, July 25, at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. G. R. Rhodes conducting the services, assisted by Rev. W. O. Patterson.

She is survived by her husband and two sons, Lewis and Edgar, six daughters, Mrs. Woody Barton, Mrs. Gennie Sisson and Mrs. Hubert Harris, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Sydney Featherstone, Brownsboro; Mrs. Roy Cantrell of Fabens, and Mrs. Thomas Campbell, Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were Jack Gillen, George Ward, Lil Melton, Jake Hunt and W. B. Ellis.

Mrs. Ewing was a long time resident of this community, came here in 1900 from Mississippi. She was married to Ed Ewing in 1901, and has lived a long and useful life, and left a host of friends who mourn her loss.


Mary Elizabeth (Frederick) Shepherd-Fitzgerald
Mar 27, 1854 - Mar 22, 1940

Funeral Services Held Sunday For Mrs. M. E. Fitzgerald

Funeral services for Mrs. M. E. Fitzgerald, aged 87 years, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Methodist church with Rev. Maggart B. Howell, the pastor, conducting the rites.

Mrs. Fitzgerald was a resident of the Blooming Grove community for 75 years, and is survived by 112 descendants, of which there are 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls: Mrs. Bettie Woodward, Ft. Worth; Mrs. R. E. Tipping, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Beulah Sheppard, Kilgore; Mrs. Rose Cook, Dallas; J. H. Sheppard, Lee Fitzgerald and J. D. Fitzgerald, Blooming Grove; three stepchildren; W. W. Fitzgerald, Blooming Grove; Mrs. T. D. Neal, Frost, and Mrs. Henry Blackmon, Dallas; 42 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, J. H. Frederich, Blooming Grove; two sisters; Mrs. A. E. Hufhines, Chico, and Mrs. Susie Sears, Snyder.

Mrs. Fitzgerald was born near Lisbon, Arkansas, March 27, 1854, and came to Texas when but a child. She was a member of the Methodist church for fifty years.
Interment was in the White Church Cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

Card Of Thanks

We wish to express our sincere thanks to our many friends from the different churches for their acts of kindness and words of sympathy in the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. M. E. Fitzgerald. Especially do we wish to thank Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Kuykendall.

Her children.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, March 28, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Mrs. R. E. Tipping, Blooming Grove, Dies Here Monday
Mrs. R. E. Tipping 66, lifelong resident of Blooming Grove, died early Monday in the P. and S. Hospital in Corsicana.
She was the former Mary Fitzgerald.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. from the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, with interment in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Surviving are four daughters, a son, 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and 5 sisters.
McCormick Funeral Home is in charge.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun, 11 Apr 1950
  • Submitted by Dana Lee (Bell) Stubbs
  • born Blooming Grove and died Corsicana
    Daughter of JTS and Mary Elizabeth (Frederick) Fitzgerald; sister to Thomas, Albert, Nancy, Margaret, Tinie, Lee, Jesse Dee, Bulah and L C.; half-sister to Sarah Frances, William, Alice Fitzgerald and Jim Shephard; wife of Robert Edward Tipping; mother of Myrtle Evelyn, Margaret Elizabeth, Ernest Doyle, Wynona and Buna Fay.

Betty Ruth Saint-Gean
Dec 6, 1939 - Sep 8, 2012

Mrs. Betty Ruth Saint-Gean, 72, of Purdon passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her residence in Purdon. Cremation services are pending at this time with Corley Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at by selecting the Betty Ruth Saint-Gean obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Walker Lawrence Wood
Oct 5, 1869 - Feb 8, 1949

W. Lawrence Wood Dies On Tuesday; Rites Wednesday
Funeral services for W. Lawrence Wood, 79, who died Tuesday at his home, 5219 Morningside, Dallas, were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel here Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

A native of Navarro county, Wood was in the cotton business here from 1903 to 1926 when he went to Dallas to work for the Magnolia Petroleum Company in the land department. He represented the Magnolia company in Shreveport, La.; Jackson, Miss.; and El Dorado, Ark., and retired in 1940.

Surviving is one brother, S. L. Wood, of Lubbock.

Pallbearers were N. C. Goodman, Cullen Dunn, J. D. Redden, Wade Smith, Wilmot Townsend, Ernest Newman, all of Corsicana, and Lee S. Secrest, T. E. Haralson, W. B. Jackson and Joseph E. Moore, all of Dallas.


Aubrey McDonald
Mar 24, 1920 - Jan 12, 1971

McDonald Rites
Funeral Services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Aubrey McDonald, who died Tuesday in Temple. Interment will be in the Dawson Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Corsicana; one son, Artie of Corsicana, one daughter Mrs. Henry Wright of Irving; three grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Myrtle McDonald of Burkburnett, and one sister, Mrs. Don Baley of Hurst.


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  • (no middle name)
  • h/o Blanche Lucille (Swiney) McDonald s/o Edward L. McDonald & Nellie (Atkinson) McDonald buried in Black Hills cemetery

Ethel B. (Baron) Shaw
Jan 20, 1881 - Apr 3, 1965

Mrs. Shaw, 84, Dies Saturday, Rites Sunday
KERENS, April 8 (SPL)—Mrs. Ethel B. Shaw, 84, Kerens resident for 20 years, died in the Twilight Home in Corsicana Saturday morning. She was a native of West, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member, with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor, assisted by Rev. Marvin Crowe, Houston.

Surviving are two sons, Lynn B. Shaw and B. F. Shaw, Jr., both of Austin; six daughters, Mrs. Lolita Kemp and Mrs. Ophelia Gray, both of Kerens; Mrs. Lora Bill Hoover, Athens; Mrs. Ella Frank Smotherman, Wilmer; Mrs. Eula Gray Bowman and Mrs. Ethel Paschal, both of Corsicana; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Les Shaw, Arlington; a sister, Mrs. Willie Mitchell, Grand Prairie; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be M. H. Smotherman, C. E. Hoover, T. A. Paschal, W. F. Kemp, J. C. Bowman, L. E. Gray, Phillip Paschal, Buddy Charles Hoover, Billy Barron Melton and L. E. Gray, Jr.

Paschal Funeral Home directs.


Benjamin Franklin Shaw
Oct 01, 1874 - Feb 11, 1955

B. F. Shaw Dies Friday Morning

KERENS, Feb. 11—(Spl.)—B. F. Shaw, 81, retired farmer, died at his home east of Kerens Friday morning following a two weeks’ illness.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday afternoon pending advices from relatives.

A native of Adairsville, Ga., he had resided in Corsicana and Kerens since 1912.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; two sons, Lynn Shaw, Austin, and B. F. Shaw, Jr., Kerens; six daughters, Mrs. L. E. Gray and Mrs. W. F. Kemp, both of Kerens; Mrs. C. E. Hoover and Mrs. M. H. Smotherman, both of Ennis; Mrs. Gay Melton, Mexia, and Mrs. Tom Paschal, Corsicana; three sisters, one brother; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.



Saturday Rites For B. F. Shaw
KERENS, Feb. 12—(Spl.)—Funeral services for B. F. Shaw, 81, retired farmer, who died Friday, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank Gilliam, pastor. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

A native of Adairsville, Ga., he had resided in Corsicana and Kerens since 1912.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; two sons, Lynn Shaw, Austin, and B. F. Shaw, Jr., Kerens; six daughters, Mrs. L. E. Gray and Mrs. W. F. Kemp, both of Kerens; Mrs. C. E. Hoover and Mrs. M. H. Smotherman both of Ennis; Mrs. Gay Melton, Mexia, and Mrs. Tom Paschal, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Lou Britton, Fort Worth; Mrs. Lennie Schubert, Houston, and Mrs. Jennie Bethea, LaPorte; a brother, P. H. Shaw, Hillsboro; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Sons-in-laws were pallbearers.
Inmon Funeral Home directed.


Catherine Puckett
6mths - Jun. 11, 1915

Remains Laid to Rest at Zion’s Rest This Afternoon

The 6-months-old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. James Puckett, who made their home in North Corsicana, died last night and the remains were interred at Zion’s Rest at 5 o’clock this afternoon.


Wilhelmine “Minnie” (Froelich) Witte
abt. 1857 - Mar 13, 1915

Remains Interred Yesterday

The remains of the late Mrs. Charles Witte were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the family home. A large number of friends attended and there were many beautiful flowers.


Ida (Eastwood) Gillian
Aug 1876 - Mar 3, 1915

Remains Interred Today
Mrs. Ida Gillian, wife of S. W. Gillian, aged 39 years, died at the family home on West First avenue at 6 o’clock this morning of pellagra and the remains were interred at Zion’s Rest this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The husband and two daughters survive.


Charles Cortez Sikes
Apr 16, 1915 - Dec 10, 1915

Died Near Here Today

The seven-months-old son of Mrs. Mary Sikes, widow of the late Cortez Sikes, died at the family home near Zion’s Rest this morning and the remains will be interred at Zion’s Rest tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock.

The father of the dead infant died just three weeks ago.


Cortez Sikes
Apr 13, 1877 - Nov 23, 1915

Died Near Here Last Night

Cortez Sikes, aged 38 years, a well known farmer of the Zion’s Rest community, died at 10 o’clock last night after a long illness from tuberculosis. The widow and four children survive.

The remains were interred at the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. H. B. Landrum officiating.



On November 23rd, 1915, the Death Angel visited the home of Cortez Sikes and claimed him as its own. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was done in an effort to save the live that was so dear to the sorrowing family, but God had called and the obedient spirit was ready to go. For over a year the health of this good man had been steadily failing, and from the first there had been a premonition, a fear, in the hearts of those to whom he was nearest, that his life was not to last long. He took his bed only about two weeks before his death, but all through his long illness he was quiet and uncomplaining, and when the end came, said he was going home. He was buried at Zion’s Rest cemetery, November 24.

On December 11, not quite three weeks after the death of Mr. Sikes his little son, Charles Cortez, aged 9 months, was laid to rest also. The suffering of this tender little babe were very great, and death brought a sweet relief. The grief-stricken wife and mother especially, has our sympathy. It is she who feels most alone since the departure of her loved ones, and it is to her most particularly that this is addressed. May she understand clearly that God’s will is always best, and may her greatest comfort rest in that realization.

“How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea;
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With them may ever be.”

Dec. 28, 1915.


Howard Bristow
1901 - Oct 3, 1915

Died North of Corsicana

Howard, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bristow, died north of here Saturday, and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery yesterday, Rev. A. E. Walker of Corsicana, officiating.


Mildred Lee Farmer
1917 - Feb 12, 1922


An extremely distressing accident occurred in the Farmer community and near the Farmer school house about 2:30 yesterday afternoon in which Mildred Lee, the 5-year-old daughter, of J. H. Farmer and wife lost her life instantly.

Mrs. Farmer and her own children and several neighbor children were riding in a wagon seated in chairs, when suddenly the wheels on one side of the wagon ran into a deep rut.

The jar threw Mildred Lee and her 7-year-old sister, Alline, out of the wagon, and the rear wheel of the wagon passed over the head of Mildred Lee, crushing her skull so badly that she died almost instantly.

Her sister, Alline, was unhurt.

The remains of Mildred Lee were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 2:30, with the Rev. M. L. Hunt of Emhouse officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Farmer have the sympathy of many friends in their great sorrow.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 13, 1922
  • d/o Isaac Hartford Farmer and Mittie Lee (Wooten) Farmer granddaughter of John B. H. Farmer and Martha Ann (Youngblood) Farmer
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Billy Coy Solomon
Mar. 31,1945 - May 29, 2007

Billy Coy Solomon, 62, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at Baylor
University Medical Center in Dallas.

Wake service will be from 8 to 9 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church with
Pastor Harold Evans Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.

Mr. Solomon was born March 31, 1945, in Streetman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie James Solomon and Annie Jewell
Solomon; brothers, W.J. Solomon and Lezell Solomon; and sisters, Tiny Mims and
Annie Bell Solomon.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Franklin Solomon of Corsicana; children, Ruby
Jewel Johnson, Calvin Bernard Rosebud, Phyllis Smith, Tony Solomon, Anita
Solomon, Michael Hudson and Edwar Jacobs; a host of grandchildren; brothers,
Cornell Solomon, Clarence Solomon (Hattie), Roy Solomon and Mack Solomon;
sisters, Ollie Mae Baker, Frankie Edom and Prezell Solomon; aunt, Edna Marie
Keeton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Annie Doris Solomon, Ruthie Bartee,
Pearl Green (Robert), Phillip Franklin (Lora), Melvin Franklin (Bettie), Betty
Hailey (Tommy), and William Franklin (Shonna); and a host of nieces, nephews,
uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Elbert Newton Brim
Aug 12, 1922 - Feb 9, 2011

Elbert Newton Brim, 88, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at a local nursing home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Chris Johnson officiating. Mr. Brim was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Drane, Texas, to Earl and Lilly Ruth (Hardeman) Brim. He retired from the Air Force in 1965. Survivors include his sisters, Edna Anderson of Axtell, and Dene Andrews of Mesquite; his nephew, Harold Anderson and wife, Sandy, of Chalk Bluff; and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


Robert Taylor Pond
July 14, 1951 - Sept 12, 2012

Robert Taylor Pond, 61, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Adella Jeanne (Poovey) Mackens
Mar 16, 1951 - Sept 10, 2012

Adella Jeanne (Poovey) Mackens, 61, of Frost, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in a Denton hospital.

Adella was born March 16, 1951 in Dallas to William B. and Juanita (Arney) Poovey. She was raised in the Dallas area, was a graduate of D.W. Carter High School and lived in the Dallas area until moving to the Lake Navarro Mills area 22 years ago. Adella was a collector of many things including antiques and was very artistic and loved music.

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

Survivors include two sons, Chris Stewart and wife, Angie of Sanger and Mike Mackens of Sanger; three sisters, Anita Ewing of Dresden, Nona Gill and husband David of Arlington and Alicia Poovey of Bloomington, Ill.; five grandchildren, Andrew Barnes, Elijha Stewart, Rhiannon Stewart, Maggie Stewart and Holly Mackens; and numerous nieces and one nephew and other extended family members.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with her sons, Chris Stewart and Mike Mackens presenting the eulogy. Graveside services will follow at Frost Cemetery with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating.

Pallbearers will be James Green, Ches Lemmert, Ben Ewing, Ronny Roan, Mike Mackens and Chris Stewart.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Verna E. (Holder) Riffenburg
Jan 9, 1933 - Sept 11, 2012

Mrs. Verna E. Holder Riffenburg, 79, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Country Meadows Healthcare and Rehab in Corsicana.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1933, in Corsicana to parents, Charles L. and Mattie Holder.

She worked as a food packer, and lived many years in California. She returned home to Corsicana about two years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles L. and Mattie Holder; and brothers, Haskell, Hays, and William Holder.

She is survived by her nephew, Dr. Clinton Holder and wife Carole of Slatington, Pa.; and a niece, Marsha Bristol and husband Larry of Bellville; and a close friend, Debbra Anderson of Corsicana.

Visitation with the family will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held at a later time.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Guy Keith Jr.
Oct 19, 1941 - Sep 8, 2012

Guy Keith Jr., 70, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Corsicana.

Guy was born in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 19, 1941, to Guy Ross and Tressie Mae (Summa) Keith Sr. He grew up in Corsicana, and graduated from Dawson High School. On Oct. 17, 1978, he married Dolores Adams and they made their home in Corsicana. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores Keith; two sons; five daughters; 13
grandchildren: three great-grandchildren, and one on the way, along with one sister; Ida Mae Barnhart and her husband Don.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brothe,r Joel Allen Keith.

There will be a private memorial service held at a later date.

The family requests donations be made to the Navarro County SPCA in his memory.

Arrangements by Keever Mortuary, Ennis.


Clarence Ernest Hiler
Oct 21, 1883 - Dec 25 1938


Funeral services for Clarence E. Hiler, aged 55, were held from the Methodist Church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. Van P. Morrison, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Mr. Hiler had been in ill health for more than three years, but death came very unexpectedly, as he was feeling well and enjoying the activities of Christmas day with his family when death came at 4:45 pm.

Mr. Hiler was numbered among our best citizens, was a kind father, a thoughtful husband, a good neighbor and an earnest Christian.

Surviving are his wife; five daughters, Mrs. J W. Gilliam, Mrs. Seth McSpadden, Mrs. Joe McGraw and Misses Fayrene and Frances, Blooming Grove; one son, Ernest, of Refugio; three sisters, Mrs. John Walker, Mrs. George Nash and Mrs. Maggie Ward; one brother, George Hiler, all of Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were Ab Jordan, Drew Gillen, Roy Reed, L. J. McGraw, D. E.
MaGee and J. P. Avery.

Interment was made in the Lone Oak cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 30, 1938
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Wilma Eva (Massengale) Nash
Aug 11, 1901 - Oct 14, 1940

Mrs. Nash Passed Away Monday

Mrs. Wilma Eva Nash, 5251 Ridgedale, Dallas, passed away Monday, October 14.

Mrs. Nash was born August 11, 1901, at Barry and was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. R. R. Massingale.

Funeral services were held from Weiland's Funeral church at 11 a.m.
Tuesday with dr. E. B. Hawk conducting the rites.

Surviving are her husband, W. Grover Nash, Dallas; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. R. Massingale [sic], Blooming Grove; one sister, Mrs. Leta Smith, Dallas, three brothers, L. D. Massingale, Frost; Joe and Dick Massengale, Blooming Grove.

Note: Burial Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, TX - d/o Richard Randolph "Dick" Massengale and Carrie "Lou" (Simpson) Massengale buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 18, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hettie Virginia (West) Travis
Apr 30, 1894 - Mar 13, 1941

Funeral Services Held Sunday For Mrs. Hattie Travis

Funeral services were held Sunday for Mrs. Hettie Virginia Travis, aged 46, who died at her home near Emmett early Tuesday morning, was held from the Christian church of Irene Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The rites were ocnducted by the pastor of the Christian church of Hillsboro.

Surviving are her husband and fourteen children. Two of her daughters, Mrs. Estele Dunagan and Mrs. Ruby Cagle, living here.

Pallbbearers were two brothers, John and Cling West, Tennessee, two sons, Stockley Travis, San Antonio and Hubert Travis, Michigan; two son in-laws, Ernest Dunagan, Blooming Grove, and Jim Cagle, Dresden.

The McCormick Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, March 21, 1941
  • w/o Chalmus Leper Travis; d/o W. C. West & Frances (Wilson) West (from death certificate)
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Salem Cemetery, Irene, Hill Co., TX

Rev. Floyd Hollingsworth
Aug 8, 1882 - Mar 29, 1941

Funeral Services Held Saturday For Floyd Hollingsworth

Funeral services were held Saturday for Rev. Floyd Hollingsworth, aged 58 years, who died at his home in Mexia. Services were held from the Munger Methodist church with Rev. Bollwar, Methodist minister of Mexia, conducting the rites.

He is survived by his wife, four children, Louise, Jimmie, Beatrice and Billie Mack; two sisters, Mrs. Isom Hitt of Dresden and Mrs. Jess Hasting of Eustace; three brothers, John, Charlie and William Hollingsworth, all of Blooming Grove, and other relatives.

Rev. Hollingsworth was born in Alabama, coming to Texas at the age of ten and has lived in this community for 48 years. He was a minister in the Methodist church for many years, and was highly respected and deeply beloved by all who knew him. All who knew him deeply regret his passing.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 4, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Hill County TX - h/o Ethel (Moore) Hollingsworth

Dennis Oliver Pierson
July 16, 1868 - April 4, 1941

Dennis O. Pierson Buried At Dallas Saturday

Funeral services for Dennis Oliver Pierson, aged 73 years, who died at his home in Dallas Friday morning, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Dallas, with burial in the Laurel Lane [sic] cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Miss Lillian Pierson, Mrs.
W. W. Hensley and Miss Flay Dennis Pierson Dallas; three sons, Nuel Pierson, Dallas; Luther Pierson, Pampa; Nolan Pierson, Lacon; two brothers, Dalton Pierson, Purdon and Bunn Pierson; one sister, Mrs. Charlie Trott, Corpus Christi.

Mr. Pierson was born in Alabama, coming to Texas at an early age. He lived at Purdon a number of years, and then came to Blooming Grove where he resided 24 years, several of which he was mayor of this city. He had many friends throughout the ocmmunity.

Those attending the funeral from Blooming Grove were Mr. and Mrs. J. S.
Tipton, Loyd Tipton of Talco; Mrs. M. G. Deason and Mrs. Zama Griffin.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 11, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park - Dallas, Dallas Co. TX - h/o Flay Velie (Griffin) Pierson

Bessie Jo Nelson
11 months May 24, 1925

Dawson News
(Dawson Herald)

Bessie Jo Nelson Dead

Bessie Jo, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Nelson, aged one year and 11 months, died Sunday May 24, 1925, at 9:15 p.m., after an illness of some three weeks, death being caused by complications developing from measles. For a week or more her death was not unexpected by physicians and those familiar with her condition. Bessie Jo made a wonderful struggle against death, as days before the end came it was thought that she could not possible survive a few hours. All within the power of skilled physicians and the watchful, untiring hands of loved ones and friends to alleviate her suffering and prolong her life was done, but to no avail. God needed Bessie Jo and He took her home.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, assisted by Rev. D. E. Moore, and J. T. McKeown, after which the little body was laid to rest in the Dawson cemetery. The large floral offering was indeed beautiful.


Arnetta (Selman) Wilson-Miller
Nov 27, 1920 - Mar 29, 1998

Arnetta Miller

Arnetta Miller, 77, of Goodlow, passed away Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. today at Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow, with Rev. Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Shaun Garnerway, Eric Littleton, Robert Selman, Vernon Littleton, Jr., Steven Armstrong and Clifford Selman.

Mrs. Miller was born in Kerens on Nov. 27, 1920.

Mrs. Miller is survived by two sisters, Gracie Pearl Armstrong of Corsicana and Tommie King of Tyler; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Emma Selman; husband, Rev. Wilson and two children; and husband, Lessie Miller.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Alonzo Perteat
Apr 15, 1924 - Jul 20, 1972

A. Perteat
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Kerens for Alonzo Perteat, 49, of Dallas who died July 20 at Dallas Parkland Hospital.

Burial will be in Goodlow Park Cemetery in Kerens. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.

Survivors include a nephew and two nieces.


Mrs. A. E. Martin
1847 - Feb. 8, 1912


Mrs. A. E. Martin resident of the Navarro community died at her home last week at the age of 67 years. The remains being interred in the Providence cemetery Thursday afternoon. She is survived by several children.


  • Corsicana Democrat & Truth - Feb. 15, 1912
  • Death certificate also says Mrs. A. E. Martin --1910 Census has Aaron Martin wife Sarah C. could be her???
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Wanda (Myers) Copeland
April 2, 1939 - Jun 7, 2011

Wanda Myers Copeland, beloved Wife and Mother entered Heaven on June 7, 2011. Wanda was born on April 2, 1939 in Corsicana, TX and passed away in Dallas, TX. Wanda was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth James Copeland. She is survived by her husband, of over 51 years, Richard B. Copeland; children, Vicki Street, Rich Copeland, Sherri Williams and Terry Copeland; grandchildren, Tony Williams, Charlotte Williams, Ricky D. Williams and Bobby Street; brother, Kenneth Myers; other loving family. Family and friends are invited to remember her 72 years of joyous life during the visitation from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Grove Hill Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2011 at Grove Hill Memorial Park. Our beloved Wanda is soaring with the angels now.


  • Published in Dallas Morning News on June 9, 2011

Infant son Thomason
died 1917

Card of Thanks.
We take this method of thanking our friends and neighbors who were so kind and good in helping us to wait on our dear baby in his illness;  the kind ones who accompanied us to the cemetery: our doctor, who was faithful in performing his duty to our friends at Blooming Grove for the beautiful little grave they prepared, so beautifully decorated with flowers.
This is to our many friends and neighbors with the sincerest thanks.


Infant son Frederick (twin)
abt Aug. 1916 - Apr 29, 1917

Died in Blooming Grove.

The nine-months-old twin boy of Mr. and Mrs. Watt Frederick died in Blooming Grove Sunday night and the remains were interred there yesterday afternoon.


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