Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Charlie Sue (McNeel) McKanna
Nov 6, 1936 - Oct 2, 2012

Charlie Sue McKanna, 75, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
She was born Nov. 6, 1936 in Emhouse to Charles McNeel and Nora Ann Vyers.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Doyle W. McKanna and son, David W. McKanna.

She is survived by her three children, Floyd McKanna of Mesquite, John H. McKanna of Mesquite and Susie Rollins and husband Steve of Eustace; siblings, Tommie Fields and Walton McNeel; two grandchildren Steven and Crystal Rollins and two great grandchildren, Jailyn and Joleigh.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Grape Creek Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Ruby L. (Willhite) Feller
Sep 27, 1934 - Sep 28, 2012

Ruby L. Willhite Feller, 78, of Waco passed away at a local nursing home Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Ruby was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Aquilla, to Jim and Mary Willhite. She married Orvil Feller June 30, 1976, they had 36 wonderful years together. Ruby spent several years as a Respiratory Specialist, serving the Waco and Corsicana area. She loved traveling, camping, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Her hobbies were, writing poems, playing piano, and caring for her animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Mary Maxwell Willhite ; son, Jerry Brooks; daughter, Debbie Webb; and brother, Elvin Willhite.

Survivors include her loving husband, Orvil Feller; children, Kenneth Brooks and wife Jennifer, Donald Brooks and wife Glenda, and Jeff Feller and wife Theresa; grandchildren, Michael, Tori, Garrett, Matthew and Dustin Brooks, Stacy Ford, and James and Sammie Webb; great-grandchildren, Amber, Brittney, Kailey, Kaden, Isaiha, and Gabriel; and a brother, Raymond Willhite.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home at 3124 Robinson Drive in Waco.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home in Waco with Scott Spence officiating. Interment will follow at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements by Pecan Grove Funeral Home, Waco.


Wayne Clark Collins, Sr.
Feb 2, 1931 - Sep 26, 2012

Wayne Clark Collins, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Krum, Texas.

Wayne was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Hill County, Texas near Itasca. He attended Corpus Christi Senior High School. He earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962. He received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and was a graduate of the Anglican School of Theology at the University of Dallas.
He was ordained as Deacon in the Episcopal Church and served congregations in Corsicana and Houston.

Lt. Col. Wayne Collins retired from The United States Air Force in 1973 after 21 years of service as an OSI and Security Police Officer. He was a Vietnam Veteran serving his country in combat during 1968 and1969.

Wayne worked as Independent Security Analyst and Fraud Auditor with Arabian American Oil Company for 10 years and as Independent Investigator for the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, The U.S Customs Dept. and FEMA.

He was a member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion, MOAA, The Vietnam Veterans of America, and Lions International. He served on the Governing Board of Directors of the public libraries of Corsicana and Krum, Texas.

Among numerous citations for service to the community, he was named Outstanding Older Texan by Gov. Ann Richards in 1993. He also received the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and many other service medals over the course of his career.

Wayne married the love of his life, Lee Hawkins on March 25, 1951 in the Grace United Methodist Church of Annaville, Texas. Together they raised six children.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynda, and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lee Collins; brother, James Collins; daughters, Laury Scharber, Wendy Withers; sons, Wayne Clark Collins, Jr., Michael Collins, Daniel Collins; Son-in-law Mark Withers, John Lavoie; daughters-in-law, Amelia Collins, Rebecca Collins; grandchildren, Rene Crow, Christine Taylor, Nick Lavoie, Jake Lavoie, Catherine Scharber, Caitlin Collins, Carson Collins, Jaqui Smith, Jessie Soule; numerous great-grandchildren and many, many friends, family, and relations whose lives he touched. He will be very much missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Krum First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas officiating. Memorials may be made to the Corsicana Epiphany Scholarship Fund, 813 Grandview Dr., Corsicana, TX 75109 or the Music Ministry of Krum First United Methodist Church, 1001 E. McCart St., Krum, TX 76249.


Richard "Dick" James Sr.
May 13, 1921 - Sep 26, 2012

Richard (Dick) James Sr. was born on May 13, 1921 in Carbondale, Kansas and departed this life on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at Searcy Healthcare.

He was preceded in death by his son Richard, Jr., his parents Preston and Iola James, sister Margie Robb, and brother David James.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances; daughter Lisa Ritchie
(Bob) of Searcy; daughter-in-law Linda James of Springhill, Tenn.; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one special surrogate granddaughter, Eva Balai of Budapest, Hungary.

Richard retired from the United States Air Force in 1972 after 30 years of services as a pilot. He graduated from Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock in 1975 and then served as the Education Minister for the Sunset Church of Christ until 1977. He served as minister for the Valley Road Church of Christ in Warrington, Penn. for 10 years, and then “retired”
for a second time to Corsicana, where he served as elder and Minister of Encouragement for the Westhill Church of Christ. He was a faithful member of the church for 67 years, and served as an elder for three congregations.

Richard and his family were so blessed by the loving care that he received from the special nurses and aides at Searcy Healthcare.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Church of Christ with visitation following.

A second memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana with visitation following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the building fund at College Church of Christ, or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Bennie Thomas Jr.
Dec 9, 1929 - Sep 25, 2012

Bennie Thomas Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1929 in Corsicana. He passed on Sept. 25, 2012. He was the fifth child of Bennie Thomas Sr. and Beatrice Thomas.

He graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in 1947. He served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in October 1948.
He completed his Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Science from Huston-Tillotson College in Austin in 1953. While a student at Hutson-Tillotson, he participated in various clubs and was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. He received a Master’s in Education from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1968. He taught in the Corsicana school system and was affectionately known as Mr. Bennie. He retired in 1994 after 31 years of service. He was also a professional barber for 50-plus years.

He married Peggy O’Neal Anderson on Dec. 24, 1957. Together, they had four sons and were married for 37 years. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 1994. His third son, Ronald Thomas, preceded him in death on July 16, 2005. Later, he was briefly married to Myra Winkley.

Survivors include his children: Linda Buffin (Eddie) of Rosharon, Texas; Bennie Harold Thomas (Regina-deceased) of Corsicana; Donald Thomas
(Sandra) of Corsicana; Ramon Thomas of Corsicana; and James Waters (Foster Son) of Lancaster. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Shirley Ware of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Cora Lee Thomas of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Berline Thomas of Indio, Calif.; sister-in-law, Birdie Haggerty of Shreveport, La.; and brother-in-law, Donald Ware of Corsicana.

He had 21 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

Visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana. A Wake Service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Shirley Ann (Poteet) Lord
Oct 16, 1951 - Sep 26, 2012

Corsicana — Mrs. Shirley Ann Lord, age 60, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born Oct. 16, 1951 in Corsicana to Betty June and Elmer Ray Poteet.

She attended Corsicana High School and graduated in 1970. She worked many years as a cook in the Corsicana Public Schools and attended Community Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Ray Poteet.

She is survived by her husband, James F. Lord; her mother, Betty Poteet; step-daughters, Jennie Lord and Heather Jackson; step-son, Chris Lord; sisters, Brenda Burke and Joyce Bell; and nieces, Lori Hinderliter, Tammy Hoover, Michelle Goben, and Adriene Herring.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
27, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


Johnny Wayne Rhodes
Aug 30, 1934 - Sep 26, 2012

Johnny Wayne Rhodes, 78, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Aug. 30, 1934 to Charlie Ross Rhodes, Jr. and Edith Mahone Rhodes in Cryer Creek, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Ross Rhodes, Jr. and Edith Mahone Rhodes; brother, Charlie Jr. Rhodes; sisters, Carol Reed and Dora Stough.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jo Ann Taylor Rhodes; children, Garry Wayne Rhodes and wife, Pam of Corsicana and Leesa Rhodes Ward and husband, Kyle of Benton, La. Johnny is also survived by grandchildren, Johanna Rhodes of Corsicana, and Taylor, Annalee, and Luke Ward of Benton, La.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a deacon at First Baptist Church in Corsicana and a dedicated Christian. He was often found drinking coffee and enjoying fellowship with his friends at various coffee spots in town. Johnny enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent most of his life as a general contractor. He and Garry shared the love of farming together.

Johnny was a beloved family man. His family was the joy of his life and he loved taking care of them. When asked what Johnny did, Johanna replied he did “everything.” He loved his family with all his heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Johnny was a sweet, quiet spirit.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Marx, Chuck Burns, Bill Crawford, Elmer Tanner, Larry Holloway and Wayne Bonner. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Johnson, Bill Carmack, and Roy Ragsdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund at 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110.


Donald Andrew Bonner
Dec 6, 1931 - Sept 25, 2012

Following a brief illness, Donald Andrew Bonner, 80 of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. A long time resident of Corsicana, he was born Dec. 6, 1931 to James Lee and Alice McDonald Bonner. He retired from Chattanooga Glass after 27 years of service. He had also served in the Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also a member of Calvary Worship.

Mr. Bonner is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Alice Bonner, a brother William Earl Bonner, a wife of 43 years Glenda Sue, a wife of 15 years Margaret, a grandson Cheyenne Bonner and a great grandson Jacoby Bonner Hatley.

Survivors include four children, son Jeff and wife DeeAnn Bonner of Corsicana, daughter Jennifer Wooten of Portland, Ore., son Rodney and wife Kathy Bonner of Corsicana, son Tracy and wife Georgia Bonner of Pocatello, Idaho, 17 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, brother Leroy Bonner, three sisters-in-law, Jimmye Bonner, Valda Bonner and Bobbie Nell Bonner.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Campbell Elrod Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Toby Williamson, Josh Bonner, Dale Harwell, Lucas Bonner, Matthew Hughes and Dakota Bonner.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Charles Allen Hopmann
Oct 28, 1931 - Sep 23, 2012

Charles Allen Hopmann was born on Oct. 28, 1931 in Burton, Washington County, Texas. Born to Eddie Henry Hopmann and Selma Rust Hopmann both from Washington County. Charlie passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at the age of 80 surrounded by family.

Charlie graduated from Burton High School in 1948. After graduation, he worked for Robert Lange Construction before joining the United States Army in 1953. He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska until 1955.

Charlie married Emma Gene Boeker of Washington County on Aug. 20, 1955.
He began his college career at the University of Houston in 1955 pursuing a degree in Business Administration while working at Sears and Roebuck. Upon graduation, he went to work for Texaco in Houston where he retired in 1994 after a 34-year career. Charlie’s career at Texaco took him and his family to Richmond, Virginia from 1972 to 1978.

With a strong desire for return to country life after retirement, Charlie and Gene purchased acreage outside of Kerens in 1992. They built a home and moved there permanently in 1998. Enjoying cattle and his tractor, Charlie lived his dream of country living until his death.
Charlie and Gene are active members of Kerens United Methodist Church for many years.

Preceeded in death by his mother and father, sisters Mildred and Nora Lee and brother-in-law Dick Guelker, brother Fred Henry and sister-in-law Margie Hopmann.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, son Randy and Jackie Hopmann of Bullard, son Troy and Diane Hopmann of Cypress, granddaughter Chelsea and grandson Tyler, brother Edward and Daulene Hopmann of Burton and many cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Memorial services are planned for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at Kerens United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. and St. Johns United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. The family asks for memorials to Kerens United Methodist Church or Family First Hospice of Ennis, Texas in lieu of flowers.


Samuel Hampton Burnett, Dr. Sr.
Nov 27, 1878 - Sep 27, 1974

Dr. S.H. Burnett, 96, dean of Navarro County's medical practitioners, died early Friday at Twilight Home after a lengthy illness. At the time of his retirement in 1969 he was the oldest practicing physician in the county in both age and number of years of service to this community. He had resided here 64 years and practiced here since 1909 60 years.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the pastor, the Rev. Eugene Wood, officiating. Burial and graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Marlow Cemetery in Cameron. Funeral arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.
The family has requested memorial tributes be in the form of donations to a favorite charity.
A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, he was one of 11 children, moving to Texas with his family as a youth of 15 to Cameron. He attended public school there. Later he went to a private school and on the recommendation of his state representative went to Sam Houston Normal in Huntsville. Upon graduation, he taught school in Milam county before enrolling in the Medical School of the University of Nashville, Tenn., graduating with honors in 1905.
Dr. Burnett established his medical practice in Kountze, Hardin County, and practiced there four years before coming to Corsicana in 1909. In 1964, he was honored by the Navarro County Medical Society Auxiliary on the occasion of nationally established "Doctor's Day" March 30 in recognition of his lifetime of devoted medical service.
Dr. Burnett has been a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and an elder in the church for a number of years. In 1961 he was accorded recognition as a 50-year Mason in a special ceremony by Corsicana Lodge No. 174, AF & AM.
He has held various offices in the Navarro County Medical Society and was twice honored by being elected president. He is an honorary member of the Texas Medical Society and the Southwestern Medical Association. Dr. Burnett was chairman of the hospital board when the old P. and S. Hospital was organized, and he served for a number of years as both county health officer, and the physician and surgeon for the former Corsicana Cotton Mills from 1911 until up in the 1960s.
Among other accomplishments were chairmanship of the Medical Society's Procurement and Assignment Board during World War II and his service on the Navarro County Selective Service (local draft) Board. He was a charter member of Civitan Club and had received an award of recognition of 25 years membership before that service club disbanded.
During his early practice, when roads were mere trails or bogs of mire, Dr. Burnett rode horseback making house calls when conditions prevented his travel by horse and buggy.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Burnett of the family home, 1422 West Fourth Ave.; two, sons, Newton Burnett and Joe Burnett, both of Corsicana; three brothers, Theo, Willie and Grier Burnett, all of Cameron; one sister, Mrs. Mary Moody, also of Cameron; and several grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Gene Stewart, Hugh Stewart, James Craig, Albert Galloway, David Ralston, Jim Stephenson, H.C. Thome and Bell White, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will include all members of the Navarro County Medical Society and the local Pharmaceutical Association.


Algie Lee Adams
Feb 12, 1900 - Apr 9, 1969

Obit Rew 14-Adams Services

Funeral services were held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for A. L. Adams, 69, who died Wednesday. The Rev. Harold Nichols and the Rev. W. O. Estes officiated. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

Surviving are six brothers and three sisters.


Joseph W. McKey
Apr 18, 1866 - Nov 4, 1949

J. W. McKey Dies Friday Evening; Funeral Sunday

J. W. McKey, aged 83 years, died at his home 1901 West Thirteenth avenue, Friday night.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Cosgrove cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. B. Ousley, Pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

McKey had resided in Corsicana and Navarro county most of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; two sons, J. B. McKey, Malakoff, and J. M. McKey, Austin; a daughter Rosa Gill, Corsicana; two step daughters, Mrs. H. Elder, Corsicana, and Mrs. Sina Keach, Austin; a step-son, J. H. Voss, Roane; a foster-son, Rube Collins, Gladewater; 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.


Lemmie Louise (Goodwin) Stewart-Sharp
Dec 23, 1888 - Apr 8, 1969

Mrs. Sharp Rites

Funeral servies were held in Kilgore Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Lemmie Sharp, 80, former Corsicana resident who died there Wednesday.

Graveside rites and burial were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Grape Creek cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, four daughters, 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 10, 1969
  • 1st husband Milton Franklin Stewart Married Sep. 19, 1909 2nd unk Sharp d/o James Harvey Goodwin and Delia (Vinson) Goodwin
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Milton Franklin Stewart
Nov 11, 1875 - Jul 27, 1954

Former Resident Rites Thursday
Funeral services for Milton Franklin Stewart, 78, who died in a Kilgore hospital Wednesday, were held in Kilgore Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Rader Funeral Chapel. Graveside rites were held at the Grape Creek cemetery near Angus Thursday at 3 p.m.

The rites at Kilgore were conducted by Rev. Deckard Anderson, Baptist minister, while those at the cemetery were held by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church.

A native of Jackson, Tenn., Stewart, a retired farmer, resided in the Angus community prior to moving to Kilgore 11 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lemmie Stewart, Kilgore; four daughters, Mrs. Nora Harris, Fort Worth; Mrs. J. B. Henderson, Kilgore; Mrs. H. J. Ferguson, Corsicana, and Mrs. D. E. Gillen, Angleton; three sons, Charles M. Stewart and Harvey H. Stewart, both of Corsicana, and M-Sgt. Louis B. Stewart, U. S. Air Forces, Japan; a brother, J. L. Stewart, Overton; two sisters, Mrs. N. G. Dillard, Wilmer, and Mrs. J. A. Skinner, Overton, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley handled local arrangements.


Frankie Gay (Swift) Maxwell
Apr 7, 1894 - Jun 10, 1918

Death Came at P. and S. Hospital as Result of Peliagra:

Mrs. Frankie Gay Maxwell, wife of J. R. Maxwell of Eureka died at the P. and S. hospital last night of peliagra, where she had been a patient for four weeks. The deceased was twenty-six years old and is survived by her husband and three small children, and her father, C. L. Swift of Waco. The remains were interred at Eureka this afternoon.


Edward Earl Brown
abt 1952 - Oct 1, 2012

Edward Earl Brown, 60, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Memorial Services are 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Love Chapel Baptist Church located at 400 North Benton Street with Pastor David E. Wilson officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Luther Brown Jr.
abt 1932 - Oct 2, 2012

Luther Brown Jr., 80, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Shirley V. Allen
abt 1952 - Sept 27, 2012

Shirley V. Allen, 62, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Memorial services are at noon Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Pastor David E. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Steven Keith Jenson
Dec 9, 1958 - Jul 6, 2012

Frost disturbance has lasting repercussions
Loose dog begins fatal chain of events
By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
A dispute over a loose dog on July 5 indirectly resulted in the death of a Frost man on July 6 on Interstate 35 in Hill County.

Steven Jenson, 53, will have a graveside service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dresden Cemetery.

The incident began around 10 p.m. July 5 at the small apartment complex on Minor Street in Frost.

Jesse, a three-year-old blue heeler mix, was loose outside the small patio of the apartment Jenson shared with his platonic roommate Peggy Sherbert.

Jesse already has a reputation in Frost as a sweet but “unruly” dog who’s been the subject of “umpteen” complaints to the small Frost Police Department, according to Police Chief Jim Roberts Jr.

“It’s jumped on people, and jumped on my patrol car twice,” he said. Jenson and Sherbert had been warned about Frost’s leash law, but never ticketed.

On this particular evening, Sherbert admitted they just let Jesse out without his chain to go to the bathroom before going to bed. She claims she has a “prescription” for the dog, although that doesn’t exempt him from Frost’s leash law.

Here’s where accounts start to diverge. Sherbert said Jesse got into it with the neighbor’s dog and the neighbor got in her truck and drove off before returning and trying to hit Jenson and the dog. After penning the dog, Jenson and Sherbert went out and confronted the neighbor, Traicia Norrell. The neighbor told police Jenson and Sherbert frightened her, and slapped her with a fly-swatter. Sherbert said the woman attacked her and Jenson, and shoving her over. The neighbor claims Sherbert tripped and fell. However, whether she was pushed or tripped, Sherbert ended up on the ground, bumping her head on the sidewalk.

Police Chief Roberts was off-duty that evening, but was called because he lives nearby.

“The dispatcher told me a lady got hurt and the ambulance was already dispatched and the sheriff’s office was also on the way,” Roberts said.

With the assistance of the sheriff’s deputies, Roberts took statements from Jenson, Sherbert and Norrell. With no objective witnesses, it became a case of he-said, she-said.

In the end, and just to be fair, everyone got a ticket for disorderly conduct.

“We took voluntary statements from the parties and wrote disorderly conduct tickets,” Roberts said. “They can take it to the judge and let him work it out.”

Jenson got one for disorderly conduct and for not having his dog on a leash. Norrell got one for disorderly conduct and another because she had an open container in the truck she’d just exited. Sherbert also got one for disorderly conduct, but that came later.

Sherbert asked to be taken to Hillsboro Hospital, but was rerouted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. After various tests and some medication, Sherbert wanted to go home and called Jenson for a ride. It was around 3 a.m. She told him to take her car because it got better gas mileage. He was tired, but he agreed to come.

“He was a good-hearted man,” Sherbert said. “I wish now I hadn’t called him.”

At one point, Jenson pulled over to throw up. It’s unclear why he was sick, but he was talking to Sherbert on his cell phone at the time. After he got back on I-35, they continued talking.

“He said ‘uh oh, I ran over something,’” Sherbert related. “Then, ‘Peggy, your car,” and nothing. He didn’t act excited. He was real calm.”

When they lost the connection, she tried calling Jenson back repeatedly, but he didn’t answer.

Jenson had struck a torn up rubber tire, the refuse from an 18-wheeler, but it caused him to leave the road, then the car began to flip, cartwheeling down the side of the road. Because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, Jenson was ejected from the car.

An ambulance took him to the same hospital where Sherbert was. She was sitting outside the emergency room in a wheelchair because the air conditioning was too cold inside, she said. A chaplain took her back inside, and had the unenviable task of telling her that Jenson died.

Jesse, the dog, was in the car with Jenson. He survived but was taken temporarily to the dog pound in Hillsboro. On Monday, Sherbert was wandering around the apartment she shared with Jenson, trying to determine how she was going to keep the rent up, and what to do with his collection of hats. He’d worked as a carpenter and a farm hand before being kicked in the knee by a cow. After that, he went on disability support, which was enough for him to make half the rent and electricity bills. He and Sherbert had been “best friends” for seven years, she said.

Jesse was leaping around, still good-natured and unruly.

After discussing the situation with the sheriff and the district attorney, Police Chief Roberts went back and gave Sherbert her ticket.

“When you run across something like this there’s no playbook on how to handle it. You just try to handle it as best as possible,” he said.

Jenson is survived by two sons and his parents.


Ira Lee Baker
Mar 7, 1886 - Jan 5, 1942

I. L. Baker Died At Drane Monday

I. L. Baker, aged 54 years, died suddenly at his home in the Drane community Monday morning of a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Ray Baker of Houston; Lacy Baker, Drane; four daughters, Mrs. Ruby Radford, of Hubbard; Mrs. Covis Haden and Mrs. C. C. Moody both of Houston, and Miss June Baker, Drane; seven grandchildren, a brother, Joe Baker, Drane; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Farmer, Drane; Mrs. Olive Tadlock, Waco, and Mrs. May Eley Snyder and other relatives.


John Franklin Pinson Sr.
Dec 25, 1879 - Feb 10, 1944

Mr. J. F. Pinson died at the hospital in Orange Thursday night at 9 p.m., with pneumonia. He was 64 years old on last December 25. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Pinson, ten children, 15 grandchildren. All were with him except one son, Junior Pinson, who is overseas in the army.

Mr. Pinson lived at Lone Cedar before moving to Orange about a year ago, and had many friends here. He was buried at Campbell Cemetery near Corsicana. To the Family we say "Go to the Lord, he knows all our troubles.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 18, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Albert Crews
Feb 18, 1884 - Jul 18, 1954

Tuesday Services For Bert Crews
Funeral services for W. A. (Bert) Crews, 70, native of Navarro county, who died of a heart attack Sunday night at his home in San Antonio, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery near Navarro.

Crews served several years as a deputy assessor and collector of taxes at the courthouse and was well known here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Frankie Hill crews; three daughters, Mrs. John Mitchell and Miss Berta Jo Crews, all of San Antonio, and Mrs. Charles Brown, Tulia; a brother, Sid Crews, San Antonio; a half-sister, Miss Laura Lovett, Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Gordon Collins, Robert Daniel, Pete Goodin, Scott Harvard, Hugh Blair Fouty, Ed McIver and Joe Rehders.


Frances Rowena (Davis) Crews
Apr 24, 1889 - Oct 16, 1960

Tuesday Rites For Mrs. Crews

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances R. Crews, 70, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from McCammon’s chapel. Dr. Floyd Johnson, First Methodist church pastor, officiated. Interment was in Hopewell cemetery.

A former Corsicana resident Mrs. Crews died Sunday in a San Antonio hospital. She was a resident of Natalia.

Mrs. Crews’ late husband was an employee in the Navarro county tax-assessor’s office for a number of years.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John Mitchell, San Antonio; Mrs. C. F. Brown, Natalia, and Mrs. John Brooks, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Mary Wood, San Antonio and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Pete Marsh, Fred Wood, Joe Rehders, Scott Harvard, Pete Goodin and Hugh Blair Fouty.


Dennis Cleveland Cobb
Mar 26, 1947 - Sep 18, 2011

Dennis Cleveland Cobb, 64 years old, passed away on September 18, 2011. He was born March 26th, 1947 in Miller, South Dakota.

Dennis was a loving husband, proud father and felt blessed to be called Papa. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Dennis was a deacon at Texas Avenue Baptist, belonged to BAGMA and sang for a nursing home ministry for many years. Dennis was also a member of a Southern Gospel trio, the Christian Heirs. His love of life was for his Lord, family, singing and fishing. Dennis witnessed Christ’ love through how he lived his life each day.

He is survived by his wife Donna of forty four years, daughter, Tammy Bruno and her husband Chad, son Chris, and daughter Becky; grandchildren, Hannah, Shane and Abby Bruno, Emily Ann, Amanda, Ian and Sarah Cobb, sister, Mary Jo Waltman.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a. m., September 22nd, 2011 at Texas Ave. Baptist Church with Pastor Rudy Guerrero officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m., September 23, 2011 at the New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield, Texas.

Carnes Funeral Home


  • h/o Donna Kay (Gaines) Cobb s/o Cary Pierce Cobb buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx. and Thelma Delphine ( Almond) Cobb buried in Miller, Hand County, South Dakota
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Fitzgerald “Fritz” Kenner
Aug 18, 1900 - Sep 10, 1976

Fritz Kenner

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana for Fiitz Kenner, 76, lifelong resident of Powell, who died Friday night at Memorial Hospital.

Claude B. Holcomb, Northside Church of Christ minister, will officiate.

Kenner was a farmer.

Survivors include two sons, John Kenner of Powell and Gerry Kenner of Palestine; six grandchildren, a great-grandson, two brothers, Tom Kenner of Tyler and Paul Kenner of Wichita Falls; and a sister, Mrs. H. R. Emerson of Powell.

Pallbearers will be J. R. Bush, Charles Kent, Howard Jackson, Kenneth Ray, R. A. Chrisman, and H. G. Wasson.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, September 12, 1976
  • h/o Virginia Lorena (Christian) Kenner s/o Wynder Newton “Wine” Kenner & Mamie (Moncrief) Kenner buried at Bazette Cemetery
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Wilma (Walton) Kenner – Hollon-Johnston
Jan 29, 1892 - Dec 09, 1974

Mrs. Wilma Johnston
Graveside services and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood cemetery for Mrs. Wilma Walton (Kenner) Johnston, 82, of Odessa who died Monday in Odessa. The Rev. Eugene E. Wood will officiate. The Corley Funeral Home will conduct services.

She is survived by two sons, Jack W. Kenner of Odessa and C. Walton Kenner of Port Charlotte, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Emily Hutchinson of Mason City, Fla.; ;and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Bodenhoff of Monohans and Mrs. Alma Leonhard of Rydal, Penn.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 10, 1974
  • w/o William Rector “Bee” Kenner, Louis Hollon, unk Johnston d/o Charles C. Walton and Emma (Johnston) Walton
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Hattie Kenner
Sep 17, 1878 - Oct 13, 1927



Funeral services for Miss Hattie Kenner, aged 48 years, native of Navarro county, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. M. Elliott, 749 West Second avenue Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock after a short illness, were held from the Elliott residence Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Miss Kenner was recently elected president of the Navarro County Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. W. N. Kenner and a granddaughter of Col. James N. Riggs, one of the original town commissioners of Corsicana and Navarro County. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Will Elliott, Corsicana, and Mrs. James T. Green, Amarillo.

Chris Knox, Mrs. W. H. Fendley, Mrs. Henry Robbins and Edgar Medcalf sang favorite hymns of the deceased.

Pallbearers were: A. G. Elliott, Ernest John of Dallas, Frank King, W. P. McCammon, Max D. Almond and Richard Mays.

A host of friends of deceased gathered at the Elliott home for the funeral services and followed the remains to their last resting place in Oakwood cemetery, the burial place which had received so much care and attention at the hands of the deceased while she was head of the Cemetery Association for so long. A profusion of beautiful flowers covered the mound of her last resting place, attesting her popularity and the love and esteem in which she was held by those who knew and loved her best.


Tribute Paid Miss Kenner

A beautiful tribute was paid the late Miss Hattie Kenner at the joint memorial service at the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church on Monday afternoon, when Mrs. J. Frank King, a life-long friend and neighbor, spoke of Miss Kenner’s participation in Nevin Club activities through the years.

Miss Kenner was one of the Nevin Club’s most enthusiastic and efficient presidents during its twenty-nine years of activity in Corsicana, having filled this office during 1907-1909. The outstanding accomplishments of Miss Kenner’s administration were the presentation of Emilio De Gorgoza and Corinne Rider Kelsey, nationally known artists, and the organization of a Nevin Chorus of 100 voices with Clarence Ashenden as director.

Mrs. King stated that she had heard Miss Kenner speak on the beautiful voice of Maggie Lou Miller, who was a member of the Nevin Chorus during her administration, and “who is now our Mrs. E. P. Zinlke of whom we are proud.”

Miss Kenner began her musical education in Corsicana as a student of piano with Mrs. Sue Castles, one of Corsicana’s leading piano teachers at that time. In later years, developing a lovely voice, which she used unselfishly for the pleasure of her many friends and loved ones. Several years ago, Miss Kenner had the pleasure of taking an extensive course in voice at the New York School of Music and Arts, under the tutelage of Ralph Sterner, noted teacher.

Miss Kenner’s love for the art of music is beautifully expressed in the words of the poet who said:
“Of all the arts beneath the Heaven,
That man has found or God has given,
None draws the soul so sweet away,
As music’s melting, mystic lay.”





Miss Hattie Kenner, aged 48 years, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. M. Elliott, 749 West Second avenue, about 1:30 Saturday afternoon after a short illness. She was a resident of Corsicana and was recently elected president of the Navarro County Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The deceased was the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. W. N. Kenner, and a granddaughter of Col. James N. Riggs, one of the original town commissioners of Corsicana and Navarro county. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. William M. Elliott, Corsicana and Mrs. James T. Green, Amarillo.

Funeral services will be held from the W. M. Elliott home, 749 West Second avenue, Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock with Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church officiating interment will be in Oakwood cemetery

With the passing of Miss Hattie Kenner Corsicana loses one of her best loved women. She was always ready and willing to aid in any good cause and was foremost in all lines of work that offered an opportunity to aid in the betterment of the community and its citizens. She has been especially active in the work of the Cemetery Association, the Daughters of the Confederacy and the church organizations, as well as all other organizations having for their object the progress and development of the city and citizens.

Few women were privileged to enjoy the love and esteem in which Miss Kenner was held by those who had known her all the years of her life, for she was a native of Navarro county. She was a member of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church and had been active in church work throughout her long connection with the church. She was a friend to the old and young alike and gathered her friends and admirers from every walk of life. It can be truly said that a good woman has gone to her reward with the passing of Miss Kenner.


Jennie (Kenner) Guynes
Jan 1, 1883 - Sep 10, 1961

Mrs. Guynes Of Dallas Dies
Mrs. Jennie Guynes, 79, former Corsicana resident, widow of the late Leon Guynes, died at 100 South Fulton Street, Dallas, Sunday noon.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a. m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Hay, assisted by Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Surviving are a granddaughter, Mrs. Thomas Nash, Dallas; a great-grandson and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Campbell Gillespie, Sr.; Albert Fullerton, H. M. Montgomery, Emmett Dosser, Travis Knight and Chester Sprinkle.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, September 11, 1961
  • d/o William Fitzgerald Kenner and Jane Elizabeth “Jennie” (Miller) Kenner buried at Chatfield cemetery, Chatfield, Texas
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Ruth Elizabeth (Riggs) Teas
Mar 10, 1850 - Oct 22, 1932



Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Teas, aged 82, years, native of Corsicana, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Hallman, at Alvarado, at an early hour Saturday morning following a brief illness. The remains will be brought to Corsicana late Saturday afternoon and the funeral will be held here Sunday afternoon at Oakwood cemetery at 2 o’clock where interment will be made. The services will be conducted by Rev. P. Marlin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Teas was born in Corsicana, March 10, 1850. She was the third daughter of the late Col James M. Riggs, who moved to this section in the early “40s.” She was the sister of the late Mrs. Dr. Robinson, an early resident of Old Dresden, and of the late Mrs. Wynder Kenner. The Riggs home was a part of a grant on which the first town of Corsicana was established and where Mrs. Teas resided practically all her life. She was the wife of the late T. A. Teas, pioneer Corsicana merchant, who died 35 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, S. A. Teas, Fort Worth, and Robert N. Teas, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Hiram Anderson, Dallas; Mrs. John Haliman, Alvarado, and Mrs. Coitt Wilson, Denver, Colo.; and several grandchildren.

The Funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


William Merrill Elliott
May 13, 1869 - Apr. 3, 1945

Funeral services for W. M. Elliott, 75, long-time Navarro county surveyor and civil engineer who died Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

A native of New Orleans, La., the son of the late Col. John F. and Alice Pettibone Elliott, he came to Corsicana in 1890 and became associated with the Navarro County Abstract Company. He had been vice president of the abstract concern for many years at the time of his death and his connection was not broken for more than a half century. The abstract company was closed Wednesday afternoon in his respect.

Recognized as one of the foremost authorities on surveys and land and city records, Elliott compiled and prepared the maps of Corsicana, Navarro county and other county towns now general in use. He had been Navarro county surveyor for many years, running for re-election each two years without opposition.

He was married to Miss Frankie Kenner, July 12, 1893.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Guy Tate and Mrs. C. F. Norton; two granddaughters, Mrs. James A. Caldwell and Mrs. W. Scott Clark and a great-granddaughters, Patricia Tate Clark, all of Dallas; a half-sister, Mrs. Jack Schmitz, Denton, and a half-brother, John Stewart, Bernice, Nebraska, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. G. Elliott, W. E. Elliott, A. J. Elliott, Robert Elliott, Hugh Drane, P. H. Loggins and Richard Mays.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 4, 1945
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Out-Of-Town Friends Attend Rites For Late William M. Elliott
Out-of-twon friends in attendance at the funeral of the late Wm. M. Elliott on Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schmitz and Mrs. Mabel Hoffman of Denton, Mr. and Mrs. Burke Cartwright of Terrell, Dr. and Mrs. George M. Underwood, Miss Kate Frierson, Mesdames L. H. True, J. H. Latinmore, O. H. Bettes, Mr. and Mrs. Doak Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Elliott and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Elliott of Dallas, Mesdames P. I. King and Ozre Cheatum of Waxahachie.


Alice (Elliott) Tate
Nov 10, 1896 - Mar 29, 1965

Services For Mrs. Tate Set For Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Guy L. Tate, 68, Navarro county’s fourth traffic fatality for 1965, will be held Wednesday at 11 a. m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Tate died in Memorial hospital early Monday afternoon of injuries suffered at 8 a.m. Monday in an automobile collision eight miles west of Corsicana on State Highway 31. Her husband 72, and Herbert L. Evans, Sr. 57, of Waco were hospitalized with injuries.

A native of Corsicana, Mrs. Tate was the daughter of the late Wm. M. Elliott, long-time Corsicana surveyor and engineer, and Mrs. Elliott.

Mrs. Tate and her husband, a retired executive of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, resided in Dallas 30 years before moving to a ranch at Emhouse in 1959, and later moving to Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. James A. Caldwell, McKinney and Mrs. E. A. Carter, Dallas; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. M. B. Norton, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Truman Bragg, Joe E. Butler, W. C. Stroube, H. R. Stroube, George Weinschel, Jack Cunningham, Dave Kelton, J. M. Dyer, Roy Love, Jake Hudson, John R. Corley, A. Wade Blackford, Ralph R. Brown, Ed M. Polk, Wm. B. Mayfield.


Guy Leverette Tate
Jun. 10, 1892 - Feb. 13, 1971

Guy L. Tate Dies Saturday

Guy L. Tate, 78, retired vice president of the then Magnolia Petroleum Co., now Mobil Oil Co., died Saturday nigh in Houston where he was visiting. A resident of Corsicana for 10 years, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

His late wife died of injuries received in a fatal auto accident in March, 1965.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Eugene Wood, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Carter of Dallas and Mrs. Jane A. Caldwell of McKinney; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be W. D. Wyatt, Jerry Roe, George Weinschel, Truman Bragg, Ed M. Polk, W. C. Stroube, H. R. Stroube, Sr., J. M. Dyer, Dr. William B. Mayfield and John R. Corley.


Lorena (Cavender) Lafayette
Jan 01, 1907 - Mar 01, 1975

Mrs. Lafayette

Graveside services were to be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana for Mrs. Lorena Cavender Lafayette, 67, resident of Conroe who died Saturday in Conroe.

Services were held at 10 a. m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Conroe with Rev. Cliff Herrington. Local arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.

She was a native of Ovilla, had lived in Conroe since 1950 and was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include two sons, Billy F. Lafayette of Houston and Carlos Ralph Lafayette of Tom Ball; four grandchildren, a brother, J. T. Cavender of Corsicana; and a sister, Miss Anna Belle Cavender of Corsicana.


Jimmie Vera (Franks) Layton
Dec 23, 1899 - Jan 22, 1955

Mrs. Roy Layton Services Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Roy W. Layton, 55, who died in Midland, Saturday following an extended illness, were held from the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ Monday at 2 :30 p. m.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the church, and A. V. Isbell of Midland. Burial was in Oakwood.

Mrs. Layton formerly resided in Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband of Midland; a daughter, Mrs. A. C. Aechternacht, Dallas; two sons, Roy W. Layton, Jr., San Antonio, and Billy Jim Layton, music student in Rome, Italy; several grandchildren; two brothers, Chris Franks, Dallas, and H. L. Franks, California; four sisters, Mrs. J. S. Dickey, Hamlin; Mrs. Paul Hitt and Mrs. Maxie Burkhalter, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. M. C. Wilson, Midland, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Roy Harrison, R. L. Nix, E. E. Smith, Ed Sims, Paul Miller and B. M. George.

McCammon directed.


Melinda Malvina (Glasgow) Lowrey
Nov 25, 1847 - May 16, 1921

Funeral Was Largely Attended.
The funeral of the late Mrs. W. P. Lowrey took place at 3:30 this afternoon from the home of her son. Wiley Lowrey, 208 West First avenue, and was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.


John Henry Douglas 
Mar 12, 1902 - Jul 26, 1968

Douglas Rites
Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel for J. Henry Douglas, 66, who died Friday. The Rev. Robert Potts officiated. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, three daughters and nine grandchildren.


Lucinda Jane “Lou” (Riggs) Kenner
Feb. 12, 1845 - Jul. 3, 1925



Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda Riggs Kenner, 80 years old, widow of the late W. N. Kenner, who died at her home, 750 West Third avenue, at an early hour Friday morning, will be held at the residence at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Illion T. Jones pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, of which deceased was a life-long member, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Harris Ransom, Rufus N. Elliott, Geo. E. Jester, S. M. Kerr of Corsicana; Robert Witherspoon of Chatfield and Ernest J. Johnson of Dallas, John D. Cunningham, R. M. McMullen, J. T. Thorp, Dr. W. T. Shell, Richard Mays and A. G. Elliott have been named honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Kenner was one of the oldest residents of Corsicana, her parents, Colonel and Mrs. J. M. Riggs, taking up residence here in 1845, coming from Tennessee.

In 1850, Colonel Riggs purchased and improved the property on West Third avenue which has ever since been the family home. Colonel Riggs was one of the original town commissioners for the laying out of the city of Corsicana. He was a charter member of the original Corsicana ‘Masonic Lodge, and later a member and Master of the Corsicana Lodge No. 174. A. F. & A. M. He died in 1890.

Mrs. Kenner was an infant when her parents came to Corsicana. In 1868 she was married to Wynder N. Kenner, and resided at Old Chatfield till 1884, and then returned to Corsicana. To this union five daughters were born, one dying in infancy and another, Miss Katherine Kenner, died eleven years ago.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J. T. Green of Amarillo, Mrs. Wm. M. Elliott and Miss Hattie Kenner of Corsicana. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ruth Teas of Corsicana.

Mrs. Kenner became a devout member of the Presbyterian church in her early girlhood and retained her membership of the three Riggs daughters. Mrs. Dr. Robinson of Dresden, another sister, died some years ago. Mrs. Teas resides on the old Riggs homestead here.





With the gentle south wind tempering the heat of a summer day and singing a requiem in the trees overhead the mortal remains of Mrs. Lucinda Riggs Kenner, widow of the late W. N. Kenner, were laid at rest late Sunday afternoon in Oakwood cemetery, the beautiful City of the Dead, which she had seen grow from a few struggling graves to the great burying ground of the people of Corsicana during her lifetime in this city and county of eighty well spent years. A great concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends were present and paid their last respects to a truly good woman and afterward heaped beautiful and fragrant flowers on the mound as a last token of love and esteem.

Funeral services were held at the home, 750 West Third avenue, at which time the Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, read an appropriate scripture passage and then delivered a most eloquent and touching tribute to the memory of the deceased, who had been a member of the Presbyterian church since her girlhood days, and had held steadfast to the tenets which she embraced at that time, and during all the long years of an active and useful life her church and Christian duties were ever first in her heart.

At the home and at the grave quartette composed of Mesdames P. C. Townsend and J. S. Murchison and Messrs. Chris L. Knox and Edgar Metcalf sang a number of old songs, some of them favorites of the noble woman who had at last gone to her everlasting reward after having labored so long in the vineyard of the Lord upon earth. The services were concluded at the grave with a short but very touching prayer by the Rev. Mr. Jones, and the large crowd, many of them pioneer citizens of this section of the state, dispersed and went their respective ways, carrying tender memories of the deceased with them and saddened by the thought that they would no longer greet her in the walks of men on earth, yet consoled by the realization that she had gone to that home where there is never any pain nor sorrow, nor any of the worries and troubles that beset the dwellers upon this earth.

Mrs. Kenner was the daughter of Col. And Mrs. J. M. Riggs, and came to Navarro county with her parents when she was not yet one year old, in 1845, and had lived in Corsicana and Navarro during all the intervening years. In 1868 she was married to Capt. W. N. Kenner and the couple resided at “Old Chatfield” until 1884, when they returned to Corsicana. Five daughters were born to this union, one dying in early infancy and another, Miss Katherine passing away in 1914. The three surviving daughters are Mr. J. T. Green of Amarillo and Mrs. Wm. M. Elliott and Miss Hattie Kenner of Corsicana. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive, as well as Mrs. Ruth Teas, a sister, who lives on a part of the old Riggs homestead, next door to the Kenner home on West Third avenue, this property having been purchased and improved by Col. Riggs in 1850, seventy-five years ago, and five years after having come to this place from Tennessee.

Mrs. Kenner became a member of the Presbyterian church here while yet a young woman and held steadfast to her faith for all the years that came and went in seemingly endless profusion. She was a devoted Christian woman and ever kept her life unspotted from the world, and was an inspiration to all who knew her for the pure and self-sacrificing nature of her religion. She was a charter member of the Navarro Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, and has held numerous offices in that organization, and was ever a faithful and efficient member, holding very dear the alms and objects of this organization of noble women. She was indeed a good woman and will be sorely missed by a large circle of friends and the citizenship in general.


Katherine Kelsey Kenner
Aug 19, 1898 - Feb 21, 1974

Miss Kenner

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Miss Katherine Kenner, 75, of Powell, who died Thursday at Evergreen Nursing Home. Claude Holcomb, North Beaton Church of Christ minister, will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery. She was a native of Powell, a post mistress at Powell for 20 years, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Thyra Emerson of Powell; three brothers, F. Kenner of Powell, Tom Kenner of Tyler and Paul Kenner of Wichita Falls; and five nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include John Kenner, Jerry Kenner, Tom Kenner, Hugh Kenner, Paul Kenner, and Don Piatt.


Kenny Gerald Kenner
Dec 26, 1955 - Dec 29, 1955

Kenner Infant Rites Thursday

Kenny Gerald Kenner, two-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kenner of Powell, died in Memorial Hospital early Thursday morning.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist Church.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, Candis Kay Kenner, all of Powell, and grandparents, Fritz Kenner; L. T. Harris, Corsicana, and Mrs. E. Y. Hawkins, Corsicana.

Corley directed.


Martha Jane “Mattie” (Loop) Kenner
Jan 19, 1870 - Aug 13, 1909

Was Buried Today.

The remains of the late Mrs. Bee Kenner were laid to rest at Chatfield this morning at 11:30 o’clock, the funeral procession leaving here at 9 o’clock. The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: J. A. Thompson, H. S. Melear, R. B. Caldwell, W. C. Proctor, Joe Clayton and W. R. Holsey.


Rodham Fitzgerald “Rod” Kenner
Oct 14, 1874 - Jun 27, 1960

Tuesday Rites For Rod Kenner

Rod Kenner, 85, native of Chatfield, died early Monday at his home in that East Navarro county community.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Chatfield Methodist church, with the pastor, Rev. C. H. Dickinson, conducting the rites. Interment will be in the Chatfield cemetery.

A retired farmer, Kenner had lived all his life in Chatfield. He was born Oct. 14, 1874 at Chatfield.

Survivors, other than the widow, are a daughter, Mrs. Robert Winters; one granddaughter, Betsy Winters; two sisters, Mrs. P. M. Parks and Mrs. Leon Guynes, all of Dallas, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 27, 1960
  • h/o Caroline “Carrie” (Williams) Kenner s/o William Fitzgerald Kenner and Jane Elizabeth “Jennie” (Miller) Kenner
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Caroline “Carrie” (Williams) Kenner
Jul 12, 1877 - Jul 8, 1972

Mrs. Kenner
CHATFIELD—Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Methodist Church her for Mrs. Rod Kenner, 94, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Kenner was born in Red Oak and came to Corsicana in 1904. She taught Sunday school in the First Methodist’s primary department for 30 years before moving to Chatfield, where she held a similar position for 20 years.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Marc Childress, and interment will follow at the new Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Morris Kirby, Quincy Gaines, George Hodge, W. M. Harper, Ed Ellington, Loyd Sands and John Andrew Gaines.

Mrs. Kenner is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert Winters of Tulsa; one granddaughter, Mrs. Harold Kelly of Oklahoma City; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Mrs. Frances Lilly of Chatfield and Mrs. Hood Call of Lancaster.


Julia Ann (Woodland) Houston
Oct 2, 1852 - Feb 13, 1944

Mrs. Julia Ann Houston Buried At Dresden

Burial services were held at Dresden Monday, February 14, for Mrs. Julia Ann Houston, who died Sunday in Collinsville. Her age was nearing 92 years.

Mrs. Houston was a long time resident of this county, having lived at Dresden for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. P. Stewart and Mrs. C. L. Tillman, and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were, H. P. Ivey, Arthur Garrison, Arthur Mobley, R. L. Cunningham, E. A. Sumner and Francis McGovern.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 18, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Albert Alexander Williams
Feb 22, 1867 - Aug 29, 1940

A. A. Williams Passed Away Thursday

A. A. Williams, age 78 years, died Thursday, August 29, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Brooks where he had made his home for many years.

Mr Williams was born in North Carolina, but has been a resident of Texas for more than forty years and a resident of this community for about twenty seven years.

Funeral services were held friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Christian Church with Revs. Van P. Morrison, W. O. Patterson and Robert Williams conducting the rites Interment was in the Frost cemetery.

Pallbearers were J. N. George, C. L. Tillman Jr., Miller Reid, Drew Gillen, Will Fulton and Gordon Page.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 6, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Frederick Watson
Mar 26, 1853 - Apr 6, 1942

Funeral Services Held Tuesday For John F. Watson

Pioneer Resident of Barry For 50 years

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Black Hills church for John F. Watson, aged 89 years, who died suddenly while walking in the yard of his son, Will H. Watson, Monday afternoon. The rites were conducted by Rev. O'Brien, pastor of the Barry Baptist church. Burial was in the Black Hills cemetery.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Watson was reared in Indiana, but had lived in Navarro county more than 50 years. He was prominent in the Barry community, a large land-owner and was an outstanding farmer.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. John R. Noland and Mrs. Frank Gay, Corsicana; Mrs. P. H. Powell, Roane; Mrs. Fred Reed, Barry; four sons, Will H. Watson, Corsicana; Charles Watson, Blooming Grove; Joe Watson, Dallas and George Watson, Barry; 19 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Greder and Mrs. Mary Blake, and a brother, Geo. Watson, all of Indiana.

Pallbearers were John F. Reed, Weldon, Reed, Neil Gary, Calvin Watson, Lawrence Noland, Ernest Watson, Lee and Tommy Lawhon.

McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 10, 1942
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Curtis "Mut" Scarbrough
Apr 3, 1896 - Mar 17, 1938



W. C. (Mut) Scarbrough, age 42 years, died at the P. and S. Hospital Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock following an extended illness.  Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.  The American Legion will have charge of the service at the cemetery.

Mr. Scarbrough was a native of Navarro county, being born at Kerens, and spent most of his life in Corsicana.  At the time of his death he was a member of the Corsicana police force, having held that position four years.  After the world war he worked a number of years for Young Bros. and was connected with the Neece Lumber company for 12 years.

He was a World war veteran and served over a year overseas.

Surviving are his wife, five brothers, Ed Scarbrough, Corsicana; Whit Scarbrough, Kerens; Roy Scarbrough, Kerens; Bige Scarbrough, Kerens; Oran Scarbrough, Gladewater; a sister Mrs. J. E. Norris, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be Bruce Nutt, Marion Griffin, John Blair, D. J. Bell, Jack Howeth, and A. D. Locklar.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.


Roy Hudson Soape
Oct 28, 1893 - May 04, 1954

Thursday Rites For Roy Soape

Funeral services for Roy H. Soape, 60, farmer, who died in an Athens hospital Wednesday following a several weeks' illness, were held Thursday at 8 p. m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. George Holmes, pastor of the Bazette Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Riley B. Dale,
pastor of the Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Fesmire Soape, Bazette; three sons, W. H. Soape, Lumberton, Miss.; R. V. Soape, Tyler, and A-1C D. L. Soape, Washington, D.C.; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Tramel, Jacksonville; Mrs. Katherine White, Athens, and. Mrs. Dorothy Faye Whiteside, Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Leora Couch, Waxahachie, and Mrs. Lula Fesmire, Waskom; three brothers, A. F. Soape, Corsicana; R. P. Soape, Houston, and Herbert Soape, Corpus Christi and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Walter Stewart, Lester Walker, Homer Marshall, Tommy Upchurch, Oscar Caffey and Lawrence Tilton.


Elizabeth Fesmire
Dec 9, 1883 - Mar 6, 1949

Funeral Services Held On Monday For Miss Fesmire

Miss Elizabeth Fesmire, aged 65 years, life-long resident of Navarro county, died here early Sunday afternoon. Prior to moving to Corsicana, Miss Fesmire resided at Angus.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Home. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Bryan H. Keathley, Dallas Presbyterian minister. Miss Fesmire was a member of the First Presbyterian church. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Fesmire of Corsicana.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Roy Soape and Mrs. Abb Soape, both of Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Hudson Soape, Roy Soape, Abb Soape, Roy Tramel, Roy Whiteside and Maurice White, all nephews.
Friends of the family were honorary pallbarers.


William D. "Bill" Turner
Jul 20, 1927 - Jan 17, 2012

William “Bill” D. Turner of Irving passed away January 17, 2012. He was born on July 20, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to Frances Dunn & Paul Tye Turner. He graduated from Corsicana High School, and later earned a degree in Accounting from Baylor University. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He worked at Magnolia Petroleum/Mobil for 13 years and then worked at Employers Casualty and Southwestern Life Insurance. He then started The William D. Turner Insurance Agency. He also held a real estate brokers license. He was a long time member and Elder of St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in Irving. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Paul Tye Turner, Jr., and is survived by his wife Mary; son David Dunn Turner; and daughters Sally McGilberry and husband Steven, and Mary Anne Turner; grandchildren Laura McGilberry; Sara McGilberry Bagby; Jason McGilberry; sister Paula Earl; cousin Ned Humphrey and great-grandchildren Emma and Abby Bagby. Memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday January 20, 2012 with Dr. Ron Salfen officiating. Committal services will be held at 11 AM Monday, January 23, 2012 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to Irving Cares, P.O. Box 177425, Irving, TX 75017-7425, or St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 1621 W. Grauwyler Rd., TX 75061.


Willie Ann (Gray) Simmons
July 23, 1933 - Dec 24, 1992

Willie Ann Gray Simmons, 59, of Corsicana, died Dec. 24, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilgo Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. William Kurney officiating. Burial was in the Carroll Chapel Cemetery in Richland under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She was a member of the Wilgo Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, I. D. Simmons, Jr. of Corsicana; one daughter, Lorraine Wadley of Dallas; one son, Lorenzo Wadley Jr. of Dallas; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Archie Fred Gray of Corsicana; and one sister, Odessa Barree of Richland.


  • The Press - Friday, Jan 8, 1993
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John B. “Billy” Grace
Mar 7, 1929 - Jul 26, 1945

Youth Drowned While Swimming Near Richland

Billy Grace, sixteen-year-old-son of Mrs M. M. Grace, was drowned late Thursday on the Lawrence Prine farm near Richland where he worked. Grace and a companion were in swimming in a small tank when the accident occurred.

A resuscitator was rushed to Richland from Corsicana by a Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home ambulance but failed to revive the youth.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one sister, Mrs. Jake Arnold, Richland; two brothers, Raymond Grace, serving with the Army overseas; and Hubert Grace, Richland.

Funeral services and burial were to be at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Ward Cemetery. Burleson Funeral Home was in charge.


Robert Lee “Bob” Tekell
Sep 27, 1897 - Mar 3, 1918

Bob Tekell of the Spring Hill community, was carried to Waco Tuesday night and underwent an operation shortly after his arrival there. Mr. Tekell has been confined to his bed 17 days with pneumonia, and the operation proved necessary for his recovery. He was reported to be doing nicely Wednesday morning.


County News.
(From the Herald)

R. L. (Bob) Tekell of Spring Hill, who was reported having undergone an operation in Waco last week died in a sanitarium in that city Saturday night. The body was brought to Dawson Sunday night and taken to his home the burial taking place in the Dawson cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Revs. Dan Prater and J. T. McKeown.


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