Charlie Sue (McNeel) McKanna
Nov 6, 1936 - Oct 2, 2012
Sue McKanna, 75, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2,
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
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
Arrangements by Pecan Grove Funeral Home, Waco.
Wayne Clark Collins, Sr.
Feb 2, 1931 - Sep 26, 2012
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
(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
(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,
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
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
Memorial services will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 3
p.m. at the Downtown Church of Christ with visitation
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
Bennie Thomas Jr.
Dec 9, 1929 - Sep 25, 2012
Thomas Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1929 in Corsicana. He passed on
25, 2012. He was the fifth child of Bennie Thomas Sr. and
He graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in
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
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
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
— 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
She attended Corsicana High School and graduated in
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.
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
Johnny Wayne Rhodes
Aug 30, 1934 - Sep 26, 2012
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Pallbearers will be Gene Stewart, Hugh Stewart, James Craig, Albert
Galloway, David Ralston, Jim Stephenson, H.C. Thome and Bell White,
Honorary pallbearers will include all members of the Navarro County
Medical Society and the local Pharmaceutical Association.
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
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
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)
- Submitted by
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.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Thursday, July 29, 1954
- h/o Lemmie Louise (Goodwin) Stewart-Sharp married Sep. 19,
1909 s/o Harris Stewart and Rebecca (Odom) Stewart
- Submitted by
Frankie Gay (Swift) Maxwell
Apr 7, 1894 - Jun 10, 1918
EUREKA LADY PASSES AWAY
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,”
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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
near Corsicana. To the Family we say "Go to the Lord, he knows all
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 18, 2012
- Submitted by
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
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
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
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.
Mar 26, 1947 - Sep 18, 2011
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
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
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
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
- Submitted by
Fitzgerald “Fritz” Kenner
Aug 18, 1900 - Sep 10, 1976
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
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
- Submitted by
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.
Sep 17, 1878 - Oct 13, 1927
FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR MISS KENNER
POPULAR CORSICANA WOMAN LAID TO REST IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY
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 DIED HERE SATURDAY AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
POPULAR CORSICANA WOMAN DIED TODAY; FUNERAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON
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.
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
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.
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
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
- Submitted By
Ruth Elizabeth (Riggs) Teas
Mar 10, 1850 - Oct 22, 1932
MRS. RUTH TEAS, CORSICANA NATIVE, DIED IN ALVARADO
WILL BE BURIED IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
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
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
The Funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral
William Merrill Elliott
May 13, 1869 - Apr. 3, 1945
RITES WEDNESDAY FOR W. M. ELLIOTT; BURIAL IN OAKWOOD
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Carter of Dallas and
Mrs. Jane A. Caldwell of McKinney; five grandchildren and six
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
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
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, March 3, 1975
- w/o Fred Vertia Lafayette Married Dec. 1928 d/o William
Alexander Cavender and Edna Ophelia (McElroy) Cavender
- Submitted by
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
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.
Melinda Malvina (Glasgow)
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
Mar 12, 1902 - Jul 26, 1968
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
Surviving are his wife, three sons, three daughters and nine
Lucinda Jane “Lou”
Feb. 12, 1845 - Jul. 3, 1925
PROMINENT LADY DIED HERE AT EARLY HOUR THIS MORNING
FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. W. N. KENNER WILL BE HELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON
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
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.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PIONEER LADY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
GREAT CORTEGE FOLLOWS REMAINS MRS. W. N. KENNER TO OAKWOOD
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
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
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
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
Katherine Kelsey Kenner
Aug 19, 1898 - Feb 21, 1974
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
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.
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.
Martha Jane “Mattie”
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”
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
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
Jul 12, 1877 - Jul 8, 1972
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
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
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
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Sep 6, 1940
- Submitted by
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
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
William Curtis "Mut"
Apr 3, 1896 - Mar 17, 1938
W.C. SCARBROUGH DIED THURSDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL
MEMBER OF CORSICANA POLICE FORCE HAD BEEN ILL MANY WEEKS
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
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.
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
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.
D. "Bill" Turner
Jul 20, 1927 - Jan 17, 2012
“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
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
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
- The Press - Friday, Jan 8, 1993
- Submitted by
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.
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.
(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.