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Grover Steward Melton
Nov 16, 1920 - Nov 28, 2012

Grover Steward Melton, 92 of Blooming Grove, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

He was born Nov. 16, 1920 to James Grover and Amanda Melton in Dresden.

He was a member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church and also a member of Gideons International. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle and also enjoyed gardening.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Melton.

Survivors include his son, Grover N. Melton and wife Judy of Irving; daughter, Valda Dracopoulas and husband Gus of Irving; brother, Dean Melton of Corsicana; sister, Sybil Malone of Corsicana. He is also survived by six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and by special friend ,Robert Richardson.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with J. Paul Mills and Dr. Debbie Chisom officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brett Melton, Benny Melton, Dennis Melton, Robert Richardson, David Malone and Percy Morton.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Randolph Nolen
abt 1953 - Nov 25, 2012

Robert Randolph Nolen, 59, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25,
2012 at his residence. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Greater Wilgo Baptist Church with Pastor Dairy Johnson as Eulogist and Pastor Arthur Faulk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Larry Weaver
May 13, 1955 - Nov 26, 2012

Larry Weaver of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. He was 57.

Larry was born May 13, 1955 in Houston to Hollice and Vicki Weaver.

Following his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977, Larry became a helicopter pilot specializing in search and rescue missions. During his time in the service, he achieved the rank of Major before retiring in 1994. Larry and his family moved to Corsicana in 1995 where he became a dedicated member of Northside Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and chairman of the pastoral search committee. He found a passion for spreading the word of God through his work with the Corsicana camp of Gideons International. A lifelong teacher, Larry began the Junior ROTC program at Corsicana High School and later became the Dean of Arts, Science and Humanities at Navarro College where he recently retired.

He is preceded in death by father, Hollice Weaver.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Weaver of Corsicana; son, Patrick Weaver and wife Terri of Midlothian; daughter, Stephanie Weaver of Houston; granddaughter, Gwenyth Weaver of Midlothian; mother, Vicki Weaver of Tyler; brother, Keith Weaver and wife Denise of Tyler; father-in-law, Sam Slaydon and wife Billie of Lufkin; brother-in-law, Robert Slaydon and wife Cathy of Midlothian; brother-in-law, Michael Slaydon and wife Lisa of Plymouth, Ind.; sister-in-law, Sherri Due and husband Keith of Rockwall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Byron Cook, Mike Cox, Brad Haynie, Richard Tate, Noel Webster and James Wright.

Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Corsicana camp of Gideons International.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideons International or to the Northside Baptist Church building fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ophelia (Church) Twomey-Riggs
Mar 14, 1921 - Nov 26, 2012

Our precious mother slipped away from us early Monday morning Nov. 26, 2012 into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ. She was born March 14, 1921 in Hickman County, Tenn., in the community of Shady Grove.

She enjoyed a wonderful childhood raised by her loving parents Clara and Henry Church. She and her twin sister Olivia grew up best friends and had a special love for one another all the days of their lives. She lived in Texas the last 50 years but her beloved Tennessee was always her home. She returned to Tennessee for visits at every opportunity. Her last visit there was to a family reunion held in the same school house that she attended as a young girl, and also where she met Thomas Twomey when they were children. They later married in 1938 and had three children. She was also a seamstress at Miller Hat Factory, Royal Park and Jerrell. She was a member of the Church of Christ and for the last
28 years a member at Westhill Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry B. Church and Clara E.
Anderson Church; husband of 44 years, Thomas Twomey and also husband, Jim B. Riggs; her dear twin sister Olivia Church Jacobs; her brothers who were all special, Aubrey B. Church, Harold B. Church, Roy A. Church, Richard Max Church, Lewis W. Church and Henry Edwin Church; grandson, Loyal Edwin Poe III and Cody Chambers.

Survivors include her son, Tommy L. Twomey; daughters, Sandra Brunson and Carol Horvath all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kim and Dennis Draper of Corsicana, Chip and Cindy Twomey of San Antonio, Jeff and Sandy Ivie of Oklahoma, Tammy and Dave Sater of Arlington, Brandon and Stefanie Brunson of Allen, Donna Robertson of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Mildred Church of Columbia, Tenn. and Reba Riggs of Buffalo and also many more great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec, 1, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chip Twomey, Jeff Ivie, Brandon Brunson, Justin Ivie, Tucker Baugh, Tyler Brunson, Jared Twomey, Jacob Twomey, Matt Cole and Jason Ivie.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Agnes "Aggie" Mae (Smith) Richardson
Aug 26, 1922 - Nov 27, 2012

Agnes “Aggie” Mae Smith Richardson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
She was 90 years old.

Aggie was a resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
She was born to Beulah and William Arthur Smith on Aug. 26, 1922 in Howe (Grayson County), Texas. She had one sister, Cleo Bernice “Neicie” Smith.

Agnes graduated from Teague High School in 1940. She then attended Texas State College for Women (what is now TWU) in Denton.

Agnes traveled by train to marry Newell Luther Richardson, Jr. while he was stationed in Monterrey, Calif. They wed on Aug. 29, 1944. They were blessed with two children, a son, Ronald Arthur, and a daughter, Beverly Kay.

Luther and Aggie made their home in Texas City, Fairfield, Houston, Dallas, Arlington and Kennedale, Texas. They enjoyed hosting family and friends, playing 42 and spending time on their Eden Road front porch.
You must agree Aggie was a loving and patient wife considering all of the adventures Luther put before her! Aggie enjoyed cross-stitch and crochet and was a perfectionist when it came to her handwork. She was a treasured member of her Tuesday Night Women’s Bible Study.

Not only was Agnes a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; she also worked for Aldine Schools in Houston and later for Packaging Corporation in Grand Prairie.

Aggie was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Newell Luther Richardson, Jr. and her sweet sister, Cleo Bernice “Neicie” Smith Coates of Tyler in 2007.

Survivors include her children, Rena and Ronnie Richardson of Corsicana and Beverly and Jerry Hepler of Arlington; two grandchildren, Tina Lee Hepler Sperry of McKinney and Sean Paul Hepler of Crowley. “GiGi” was adored by her six great-grandchildren, Audrey, Lauren, Ella and Nolan Sperry and Morgan and Gage Hepler.

The family will welcome visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29,
2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 with Brother Ed Ridge of Round Prairie Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. at Antioch Cemetery in Fairfield.

Pallbearers are Bill Coates, Braden Coates, Vic Hall, Jerry Hepler, Sean Hepler and Brian Sperry.

Honorary Pallbearers are Kenneth Coates, Jimmy Lamoureux, Dr. James Richardson, Maben Richardson, Gail Whittington and David Wilcox.

Memorials may be made to Prisoners for Christ at P.O. Box 996, Fairfield, Texas 75840, a ministry in which her son and daughter-in-law are active.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Imogene (Boyd) Gee
Aug 2, 1922 - Nov 23, 2012

Imogene Boyd Gee, 90, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Gee was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Hood County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Herbert Gee; granddaughter, Sidney Michele Gee; and grandson, Leslie Kyle Gee.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Toni Gee of North Richland Hills, Jeffery and Bernice Gee of Arlington and Byron Gee of Corsicana; granddaughters, Rachel Shepard of Houston, Rebecca Gee of Corsicana, Delaney Gee of North Richland Hills, and Lindsey and Kaylee Gee of Arlington; grandsons, Zachary Gee of Corpus Christi and Chandler Gee of North Richland Hills; great-granddaughters, Karleigh Shepard of Houston and Adelyn Gee of Corsicana; great-grandsons, Rayden Gee of Corsicana and Parker Shepard of Houston.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 in Granbury Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.

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Huldah Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Nichols) Walker
Oct 26, 1871 - Oct 18, 1965

Rites Are Held Tuesday For Mrs. Walker

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Kerens for Mrs. J. H. Walker, 94, longtime resident of East Navarro county, who died in the Twilight Home early Monday.

Burial was in the Bazette cemetery. Rites were conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the church, of which Mrs. Walker was a longtime member.

A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Walker came to Roane as a young girl with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Nichols, pioneer Roane residents.

Surviving are three sons, G. L. Walker, Athens; Edward C. Walker, Kerens, and Douglas Walker, Corpus Christi; six daughters, Mrs. Hollis Austin, Orange; Mrs. Gus Adams, Ft. Worth; Mrs. Don Morton and Mrs. Charles Blissett, both of Kerens; Mrs. Era Beasley and Mrs. Helen Miller, both of Corsicana; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Shoulders, Denton, and Mrs. Alma Meyer Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were George Ray Bradley, Wendell Skipper, Ernest Douglas, Bert Miller, J. H. Styles, Durwood Walker and Charles Edwin Blissett and Lester Walker.

Paschal Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, October 20, 1965 [photo not part of original obituary]
  • w/o John Hays Walker Married Aug. 11, 1896 d/o Rufus Alexander Nichols and Barbara Ann (Marshall) Nichols
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Mrs. Walker Of Kerens Dies, Rites Tuesday

Mrs. J. H. Walker, 94, native of Mississippi, long-time resident of East Navarro county, died in Twilight Home early Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Kerens with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the church, Mrs. Walker was a long-time member of the Baptist Church.

Mrs. Walker came to the Roane community as a young girl with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Nichols, pioneer residents of Roane.

Surviving are three sons, G. L. Walker, Athens; Edward C. Walker, Kerens, and Douglas Walker, Corpus Christi; six daughters, Mrs. Hollis Austin, Orange; Mrs. Gus Adams, Fort Worth; Mrs. Don Morton and Mrs. Charles Blissett, both of Kerens; Mrs. Era Beasley and Mrs. Helen Miller, both of Corsicana; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Shoulders, Denton, and Mrs. Alma Meyer, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be George Ray Bradley, Wendell Skipper, Ernest Douglas, Bert Miller, J. H. Styles, Durwood Walker and Charles Edwin Blissett, all grandsons.

Paschal Funeral Home directs.

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James Arlington Bond
Sep 16, 1876 - Aug 20, 1950

James A. Bond Dies On Sunday; Funeral Tuesday

Kerens, Aug. 21—(Spl)—James A. Bond, 73 of Corsicana, died early Sunday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Neal Holloway, at Highlands, while on a visit. He had been in ill health for some time.

Funeral services will be held from the Stockton Funeral Chapel here Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Bazette Baptist cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church of Corsicana, of which Bond was a member.

Native Texan, Bond resided in this section most of his life until he moved to Corsicana seven years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Bond, Corsicana; four sons Earl and Hayden Bond, both of Houston; Arl Bond Baytown, and Newton Bond, Highlands; three daughters, Mrs. N. E. McCarter, Baytown; Mrs. G. A. McElvaney, Channel View, and Mrs. Holloway, Highlands; a sister, Mrs. J. F. Dodds, New Albany, Miss., and 11 children.

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Alfredo Pena
Feb 24, 1906 - Apr 16, 1993

Alfredo Pena, 87, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Escamilla officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 24, 1906, in Mexico. He was a member of the Iglesia Bautista Calvario and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeliada Pena.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosa Pena and Rosalina Pena, both of Corsicana; four sons, Amando Pena of Fort Worth, Arturo Pena of Dallas; Alfredo Pena Jr. of San Antonio, and Arnold Pena of Pursley; four grandsons, six granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Chester Bonner, Arnold Christopher Pena, Amado Roman Pena, Robert Paul Pena, Ben Aldama Sr. and D.T. Gonzalez.

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Lois Stephenson
Feb 23, 1912 - Apr 17, 1993

Lois Stephenson, 82, of Corsicana, died April 17, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 23, 1912 in Bates, Ark. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hoyt Stephenson.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeri Owen of Corsicana, Lue Wheeler of Carrollton and Sue Green of Corona, Calif.; two sisters, Dorothy McSpadden and Velma Little both of Moore, Okla.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Wheeler, Royce Owen, Richard Rawlins, Butch Bower, Melba Bower and John Gunn.

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Charles Tullius Banister
Sep 16, 1903 - Apr 15, 1993

Charles Tullius Banister, a former resident of Corsicana, died April 15, 1993, in Dallas.

Private graveside services will be held in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Banister was born Sept. 16, 1903, in Corsicana to Clarence Tullius and Lillian Butler Banister. He was a 1921 graduate of Corsicana High school. He earned his bachelor's degree and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1925 and 1928. While at U.T. he was a Phi Beta Kappa, academic representative to the Men's Honor Council, president of Athenaeum Literary Society and a Pi Sigma Alpha. Returning to Corsicana, he was elected city attorney in 1931 and served until 1938. He was elected criminal district attorney of Navarro County in 1938, and served until October 1942, when he resigned for active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He attended Navy Indoctrination School as an Aviation Volunteer Special at Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, class of 4-421. He served in San Francisco, San Diego, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and as officer in charge at Sanak Naval Station, Alaska.
He was promoted to lieutenant commander in 1945 and to full commander in 1952. In 1946 he was elected again as Navarro County prosecutor and served two two-year terms. He left office in 1950 and retired with pay from the Navy in 1963. He moved to Dallas in 1976 and was active as an investor. He served four years as a member of the board of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library Systems. He was an active member of Hella Temple Shrine, Dallas Scottish Rite, Dallas Bar Association and Dallas YMCA.

In his will, Banister left the bulk of his estate to the University of Texas at Austin for the establishment of a Patterson-Banister Chair in Government, American History or Economics. This was to honor professor Cabel P. Patterson and Banister's parents. Banister belonged to the Presidents Associated, the Chancellor's Council and the Littlefield Society of the University of Texas at Austin.

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Robert Terrell Hughes
Dec 22, 1915 - Apr 21, 1993

Robert T. Hughes, 77, of Corsicana, died April 21, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Scott Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 22, 1915, and was a retired terminal manager for the Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a veteran of the Army Ground Force Military Police and a member of the board of regents of Texarkana Community College for 13 years.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Brannan Hughes of Corsicana; one daughter, Robin Messenger of Austin; one brother, Morris Hughes of Texarkana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Susan Augusta “Susie/Gussie” (Gilliam) Bates
Jul 19, 1889 - Jul 11, 1975

Mrs. Bates

KERENS—Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Paschal Funeral Home for Mrs. Susie A. Bates, 85, resident of Kerens, who died Friday morning at Maywood Manor Rest Home in Kerens.

Rev. Van Houser will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

She was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Opal Bobbitt of Kerens, Mrs. Ruby Duncan of Frankston, and Mrs. Elowee Harrell of Hughes Springs; a son, Winford Bates of Pasadena and Randle Bates of Kerens; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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William P. Bates
Jan 17, 1890 - Sep 28, 1955

W. P. Bates Dies Wednesday Night

KERENS, Sept. 29 (Spl.)—W. P. Bates, 65, retired farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. L. Duncan, here Wednesday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Gilliam, pastor. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery..

Born, Jan. 17, 1890, at Collinsville, Ala., he came to Ennis, Texas, with his family as a young boy. He was married to Gussie Gilliam, Jan. 20, 1909, and moved to Kerens 36 years ago.

The family resided on a farm south of Kerens until ill health forced his retirement three years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, two sons, J. R. Bates, Kerens, and W. P. Bates, Jr., Houston; three daughters, Mrs. H. L. Duncan and Mrs. H. L. Bobbitt, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Paul Harrell, Hughes Springs; three brothers, Alvin Bates, Collinsville, Ala.; L. D. Bates, Howe, Texas and four sisters, Mrs. Ninnie Mattox, Mrs. Ethel Mattox and Mrs. Esther Watson, all of Collinsville, and Mrs. J. H. Hodges, Ennis; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon will direct.

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Clint Baxter, Sr.
Apr 26, 1901 - May 20, 1975

Clint Baxter

KERENS—Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kerens Church of Christ for Clint Baxter, 74, lifelong resident of Kerens-Bazette area. Alfred Brown, minister of the Church of Christ, and the Rev. Van Howser, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. under direction of Paschal Funeral Home. Nephews will be pallbearers.

He was the retired oil field superintendent of the Bearing Oil Co., and a member of the Kerens Church of Christ.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Iris Baxter, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Billie June Bots, San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Janis Blissett, Kerens; two sons, Clint Baxter Jr., Fullerton, Calif., and Don Baxter, Charlotte, Texas; one grandson and seven granddaughters; one brother, Warner Baxter, Socorro, N. M.; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Auston, Athens; Mrs. Inez Loftis, Midland, and Mrs. Georgianne Watt, Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 21, 1975
  • 1st wife Lila Beatrice (Tyner) Baxter buried at Prairie Point cemetery 2nd wife Iris Euneva Lee (Shelton) Baxter married May 6, 1933 s/o Charles Richard Baxter & Maggie Emma (Kirk) Baxter
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Benjamin Harrison Beamon
Mar 15, 1889 - Nov 21, 1945

B. H. BEAMON OF KERENS DIED THERE FROM HEART ATTACK

B. H. Beamon, aged 56 years, Kerens carpenter, died with a heart attack Wednesday morning at 8:15 o’clock while at work at Kerens, it was learned here. Funeral services will be held from the Kerens Baptist church Friday afternoon with interment in the Kerens Cemetery.. The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. B. Howell, pastor of the First Methodist church of Kerens. Beamon was a native of Tennessee, but had resided in Kerens most of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Claudie Mae Beamon, Kerens; 11 children, Leroy Beamon, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. V. S. Johnson, LaCrosse, Wis.; Mrs. E. D. Miles, Loraine, Texas; Mrs. Louella Parish, Kerens; Miss Virginia Beamon, Santa Fa, N. M.; Miss Corine Beamon, Corsicana; Jack Beamon, U. S. Navy, Pillippines; Raymond Beamon, Houston; Kenneth, Dorothy and Bennie Mae Beamon, all of Kerens; a step-son, John Cunningham, Houston, mother, Mrs. J. Beamon, Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Ada Biggs, Mrs. Harmon Allred and Mrs. Stella Goodman, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. B. E. Conner, Kerens; four brothers, J. M. and O. L. Beamon, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home in charge.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Nov 22, 1945
  • 1st wife Bessie Mae (Stubblefield) Beamon married Aug. 1, 1913 2nd wife Claudia Mae “Claudie” (Ellison) Cunningham-Beamon married May, 21, 1930; s/o Joseph F. “Joe” Beamon & Martellie Ellen “Mart” (Campbell) Beamon
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Frances Eugenia “Fannie” (Stallings) Baltzegar
Mar 9, 1867 - Oct 7, 1955

Pioneer Resident Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Fannie Baltzegar, 88, long-time east Navarro county resident died in the home of a son, E. B. Baltzegar, 4130 Wycliff, Dallas, Friday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church in Kerens Sunday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor of the Kerens Methodist church, Boyd Fanning, Dallas and Rev. Maggart B. Howell of Temple.

The widow of the late P. B. Baltzegar, Mrs. Baltzegar was born, March 9, 1867, in Smith county, Texas, and resided in Navarro county for 63 years. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stallings, Smith county pioneers.

Surviving are three sons, E. B. Baltzegar, Dallas; C. G. Baltzegar, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Raymond Baltzegar, Orange; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Cuthbertson, Dallas; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, John and Vernon Stallings, both of Tyler, and Ross Stallings, Garland; four sisters, Mrs. Jesse Breedlove, Mrs. Henry Shelton and Mrs. Willie Cook, all of Tyler, and Mrs. B. B. Keeling, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Pat Lowe, Lee Goodman, John Browner, Bill Turner, John Price, William Breedlove.

Corley will direct.

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Otho Osborne Barnes
May 24, 1893 - Aug 26, 1916

A Correction.

In the Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light of August 29th, the statement taken from Monday’s Daily Sun in regard to the killing of Osborne Barnes by C. G. Collins on August 26th, in Kerens, was in part incorrect.

Instead of Barnes owing Collins $3., Collins’ brother (Robert) owed Milton Wheeler, Barnes’ brother-in-law, $5.50, borrowed money. When he (Wheeler) instead of Collins, went with troop D to join the National Guard he turned the debt over to Barnes to collect to pay him for board. Robert Collins acknowledged the debt and promised both Barnes and Wheeler that he would pay the money to Barnes. In further acknowledgement of the debt Robert Collins cut wood for Barnes one-half day, paying 50 cents, thus reducing the debt to $5.00.

The foregoing statement relates the origin of the trouble leading to the tragedy of August 26th.

I, Charles Barnes, Osborn’s father, do herby certify that I took no part in said trouble except asked that the difference be settled without further trouble.

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KILLED AT KERENS

Osborne Barnes Was Fatally Cut in Duel Saturday Evening.

From Monday’s Daily.

Osborne Barnes, aged 22 years was killed and his father, Charles Barnes was slightly cut by C. G. Collins, aged 18, late Saturday evening at Kerens. Collins was immediately arrested by City Marshal Walker and Constable Will Carroll and brought to this city.

The fight was caused by trouble of long standing. It was said that the young Barnes owed a brother of Collins $3.00. When the National Guard was called to the Mexican border, Collin’s brother enlisted and went with Troop D leaving word with his brother to collect the debt. When Collins called on Barnes for the money, he was told that Barnes had already arranged to pay the debt at a later date and that he would not get the money then. A few hot words were passed ant the parties separated.

Saturday evening about 6 o’clock Collins was in Jackson’s Blacksmith shop at Kerens with two of his brothers hitching their team to a wagon preparatory to returning home, when Barnes and his father entered the shop and the trouble was renewed. Young Barnes picked up a breast-yoke to a wagon while his father procured a rasp that is used to prepare horses’ feet to fit a shoe. C. G. Collins pulled out his pocket knife and as Osborne Barnes struck at him he made one wide slash with his knife, cutting Barnes’ abdomen open and inflicting a slight wound in the abdomen of the elder Barnes. Osborne died about 30 minutes later in Dr. Curry’s office and Charles Barnes was taken to his home where he is expected to recover.

After being brought here, young Collins waived his examining trial and was released on a bond of $2,000 to await the action of the grand jury which meets in October. He returned to his home near Kerens Saturday night.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Tuesday, August 29, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Amma Lloyd Bain
Feb 18, 1900 - Sep 17, 1972

A. L. Bain

KERENS—A. L. Bain, 72, prominent Navarro County civic leader and retired businessman, died early Sunday at his home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church here with graveside services at Kerens City Cemetery. under direction of Paschal Funeral Home. Officiating ministers will include Dr. J. W. Ousley, the Rev. Charles Pringle, the Rev. M. O. Davis and the Rev. Olin Boles.

A lifelong resident of Kerens, Bain had served 21 years as a Navarro Junior College board trustee and had served 15 years on the Kerens school board. A retired rancher, ginner, farmer and insurance agency operator, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kerens and had many years on the board of deacons.

He is survived by his widow; a son, R. A. Bain, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Whorton, Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Tyrus, Kerens, and Mrs. Vivian Killgore of Rosebud; and five grandchildren, Kip Whorton, Angela Whorton, Bobby Bain, Laurie Bain and Clay Bain.

Pallbearers will be nephews: John Killgore, Jack Killgore, Bill Bain, Billy Bain Tyrus, Charles Reese, Rickie Reese, Lucien Forn, Robert B. Ford and John Murphrey.

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William Lee Bain
Feb 13, 1883 - Jun 22, 1959

Kerens Leader Expires Monday On Tyler Visit

KERENS, June 23—(Spl.)—W. L. Bain, Sr., 76, prominent retired Kerens businessman, died unexpectedly Monday night while visiting in the home of his son, Jack T. Bain of Tyler.

A lifetime resident of Kerens, Mr. Bain was a former banker, farmer and merchant before his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist church and a deacon at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. J. Garland McKee, officiating. Burial will be in Kerens Cemetery.. Inmon Funeral Service will direct.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, W. L. Bain, Jr., of Kerens and Jack T. Bain of Tyler; one daughter, Mrs. R.W. Mousner of Hutchins; one brother, Ernest Bain of Kennedy, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Maud Stovall of Fort Worth and Mrs. Pearl Gufstasson of Kennedy, and six grandchildren.

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John Lino Baker
Jun 12, 1864 - Dec 16, 1946

Funeral At Kerens For John T. Baker

KERENS, Dec. 23.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held Tuesday for John T. Baker, aged 82, years, who died Monday. He was in charge of the maintenance of the Kerens Cemetery.. Surviving are three sons, Stoner, Joe and Charlie Baker; two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Berry and Mrs. Myrtle Absher and eight grandchildren, all of Kerens.

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Sylvia (Green) Baker
Nov 29, 1892 - Apr 18, 1965

Mrs. J. L. Baker Rites Monday

KERENS, April 19, (Spl.)—Mrs. J. L. Baker, 74, long-time Kerens resident, native of Tennessee, died in Memorial hospital in Corsicana Sunday afternoon following a two months illness.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member, with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor, assisted by Rev. Gardy Cook, pastor of the Round Prairie Baptist church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Cecil Absher, Kerens; three sons, Charlie Baker, Waco; Stoner Baker and Joe Baker, both of Kerens; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a brother, Albert Green, Tennessee, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Paschal Funeral Home directed.

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Sarah Margaret "Maggie" (Speed) Arnett
Oct 26, 1875 - Dec 11, 1955

Mrs. W. C. Arnett Services Monday

KERENS, Dec. 12.—(Spl.)—Mrs. W. D. Arnett, 80, died in Pasadena at the home of a daughter, Mrs. R. I. Swan, Sunday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church here, of which she was a member, Monday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank Gillham, pastor of the church.

A native of Mississippi, she had resided in Kerens practically all of her life.

Surviving are two sons, George and Joe Arnett, both of Kerens; eight daughters, Mrs. J. P. Poston, Mrs. S. Lee and Mrs. Allen Holcomb, all of Corsicana; Ms. Paul Priddy, Hot Springs, Ark.; Mrs. Swan, Pasadena; Mrs. Garland Barnett, Houston; Mrs. Leo McKinney, Tyler, and Mrs. W. A. Price, Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. J. C. Spurger and Mrs. Will Bain, both of Kerens; Mrs. John R. Hays, Cameron and Mrs. E. C. Bain, Rockport; four brothers, Rev. John B. Speed, Riverside, Calif.; Josh, Charlie and E. B. Speed, all of Kerens and 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Elbert Beasley, Earl Seale, Ernest Gray, Van Speed, W. L. Bain, Jr., and A. L. Bain.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Eulan Floyd Atkins
Jul 11, 1908 - Feb 3, 1943

EULAN ATKINS DIED WEDNESDAY MORNING BURIAL ON THURSDAY

Eulan Atkins, age 34 years, died at the P. and S. Hospital at 6:30 Wednesday morning following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Donald Atkins, Kerens; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Atkins, Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Lester Walker, Mrs. Clennon Conner, Mrs. Hayden Bond and Miss Janie Atkins, all of Kerens; two brothers, Lester Atkins, Corsicana; O. C. Atkins, Bearden, Okla., and other relatives.

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Thomas Floyd Atkins
Jan 6, 1885 - Feb 14, 1971

Atkins Rites
KERENS—Funeral services for Thomas Floyd Atkins, 86, of Kerens, who died Saturday in Navarro County Memorial Hospital, were held at 3 p.m. Monday from Paschal Funeral Home, the Revs. Ralph Stovall and John Boyd, officiating. Burial was in Kerens Cemetery.

Atkins, an Arkansas native had lived in the Kerens area for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Baptist church and a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Ellen Atkins, of the home; two sons, Lester Roy of Corsicana, and Aubrey C. of Spur; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Walker and Lois Conner both of Kerens; Mrs. Esther Bond, Pasadena, and Mrs. Jannie Justice, Temple; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Sweel of Arkansas, and Mrs. Katherine Holley, Dallas; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Alvin Inmon, T. G. Griffin, Homer Marshall, L. L.
Conner, Harold Rowe Jennings, W. L. Bain and Joe Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Charles Brown, Dr. G. H. Sanders, Virgil Earley, Robert Poe, H. L. Banks and B. E. Conner.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 15, 1971
  • h/o Martha Ellen “Ellie” (Norton) Atkins married Nov. 6, 1904 Navarro county, Tx. s/o William Thomas Atkins and Letha Ann (Cook) Atkins
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Martha Ellen “Ellie” (Norton) Atkins
Jun 13, 1886 - Feb 20, 1977

Mrs. Atkins

KERENS—Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Mrs. Martha Ellen Atkins, 90, resident of Kerens, who died yesterday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Van Houser and the Rev. Maurice McLeroy will officiate with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, A. C. Atkins of Spur, and Lester Atkins of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Jay A. Justice of Killeen, Mrs. Clennon Conners of Kerens, Mrs. Lester Walker of Kerens, and Mrs. Hayden Bond of Pasadena; a half-brother and a half-sister of Oklahoma, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are R. B. Simmons, Calvin Simmons, T. G. Griffin, W. L. Bain, Clifton Cartlidge and Johnny Cartlidge.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 21, 1977
  • w/o Thomas Floyd Atkins married Nov. 6, 1904 Navarro County, Tx; d/o Josiah Samuel Norton & Phoebe Ann Penelope (Alexander) Norton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Alice Celine (Smith) Bills-Austin
Dec 24, 1866 - May 4, 1948

MRS. ALICE AUSTIN FUNERAL SERVICES THURSDAY 3 P.M.
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Austin, 80, formerly of Corsicana, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. S. Lacy, at Temple, will be held from the Missionary Baptist church at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Austin was a native of Tennessee and came to Ellis county in early childhood and was a resident of Corsicana for 38 years. She had recently made her home in Temple.

She is survived by five sons, C. C. Bills, Biloxi, Miss.; John R. Bills, Temple; J. R. Bills, Sudan; T. B. Bills, Mertens, and A. G. Austin, Hopkinsville, Ky.; four daughters, Miss Mossie Bills, 506 South Thirtieth street, Corsicana; Mrs. R. S. Lacy, Temple; Mrs. J. W. London, Orange, and Mrs. Lloyd Hayes, Sanger. There are 28 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Rev. A. J. Kirkland will officiate.

Burial will be at Kerens under direction of Hewett Funeral Home, Temple.

Pallbearers are Frank L. Leathers, Earl McGraw, J. D. Kent, Kennie Wyatt, W. E. Percival and Joe T. Smith.

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William Pierce Absher
Apr 23, 1877 - Nov 7, 1956

Friday Services For W. P. Absher
KERENS, Nov. 9.—(Spl)—W. P. Absher, 79, retired farmer former Kerens resident, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Frank McCormick in Fort Worth Wednesday night following an extended illness.

A native of Tennessee, he resided in this community until moving to Fort Worth 10 years ago.

Funeral services were held from the Inmon Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Ned Cox, Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; four daughters, Mrs. McCormick, Fort Worth; Mrs. J. C. Green, Kerens; Mrs. James Dennis, Corsicana, and Mrs. Dee Bailey, Canton; four sons, Fred Absher, Fort Worth; Cecil Absher, Kerens; Ralph and Bill Absher, both of Dallas; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Vernon Paul, Stoner Baker, Joe Baker, Roy Goines, Bunk Goines and John Goforth.

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Bonham H. Anderson
Oct 21, 1889 Sep 1, 1964

B. H. Anderson Rites Thursday
Bonham H. Anderson, 78, retired real estate man and former Corsicana resident, died Tuesday at 6 a.m. in a hospital in Shreveport after an extended illness.
A native of Mississippi, he had resided in Shreveport about 40 years, moving there from Corsicana.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Leona Anderson of Kerens; one son, Jack W. Anderson, who returned only Monday from military service in Japan; two sisters, Miss Rowena Anderson of Corsicana and Mrs. Percy Sparks of Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from Inmon Chapel in Kerens with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

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John Alexander Anderson II
Dec 31, 1878 - Aug 16, 1944

JOHN A. ANDERSON DIED SUDDENLY AT HIS KERENS HOME

KERENS, Aug. 17—(Spl.)—John A. Anderson, 65, prominent businessman and farmer, died suddenly at his home here about 11:30 Wednesday night. Funeral services will be held at the residence Friday morning at 10 o’clock and will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, Corsicana, and Rev. Maggart B. Howell, Methodist minister, Kerens. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery. Masons will have charge of the service at the grave.

A native of Louisiana, he came to Kerens with his parents when he was six months old. He has resided here since that time. He was a ginner and extensive farmer and took an active interest in the business and civic affairs of Kerens.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Jack A. Anderson; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Reese; a sister, Mrs. Sam Rowe, and five grandchildren, all of Kerens.

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Lucy Ann (Berry) Anderson
May 21, 1884 - Mar 2, 1972

Mrs. Anderson

KERENS—Mrs. Lucy Anderson, 87, longtime Kerens resident, died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. A native of Benton, Ark., she had lived most of her life in Kerens and was a member of the Presbyterian Church here.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church here with the pastor, the Rev. J. K. Story, and the Rev. Eugene Wood of Corsicana officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Jack Anderson, superintendent of the Corsicana State Home; one daughter, Mrs. Lucille A. Reese of Kerens; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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William Harvey Anderson, Jr.
Feb 10, 1907 - Oct 26, 1947

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. H. ANDERSON ARE HELD MONDAY

KERENS, Oct. 27,--(Spl.)—William Harvey Anderson, 40, died with a heart attack here Sunday morning. Funeral services were held from the Stockton Funeral Chapel here Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery. The Rev. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, Corsicana conducted the services with the Masons in charge at the grave.

Anderson was employed by John D. Carsey, architect, Dallas.

Surviving are his wife, two children, Judith and William Kirk Anderson, two sisters, Mrs. R. P. Walker and Mrs. Luther Westbrook, all of Kerens; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Aline Trimble, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Mrs. Anderson is the former Laura Lee Kirk, of Corsicana.

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Eddie Lee Alexander
Oct 25, 1900 - Apr 15, 1922

ED ALEXANDER DIED TODAY AT P. & S. HOSPITAL

Ed Alexander, aged 20 years, son of T. H. Alexander of 1713 South Eighth street, and who was cut by some one whose name he refused to divulge on the night of April 7, on North Tenth Street, died at the P. & S. hospital today as a result of his wounds.

So far as the Sun has been able to learn, no one knows who did the cutting, and so far no arrests have been made.

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Funeral Yesterday Afternoon.

The remains of Ed L. Alexander, aged 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Alexander, who died at the P. and S. hospital Friday night as the result of knife wounds received ten days ago, were laid to rest in the Kerens Cemetery yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the presence of a large number of friends of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander have the sympathy of many friends in the tragic death of their boy.

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Arrest in Connection Alexander Killing

Deputy Sheriff Warnell left this morning for Dustin, Oklahoma, on orders from Sheriff Hays to bring back to Corsicana, E. L. Bridges, arrested in the Oklahoma town in connection with the stabbing her one the night of Friday, April 7, of Ed Alexander, age near 20, who was taken to the hospital immediately after the affray and subsequently died of the wounds.

According to statements at the hospital, Alexander did not reveal the name of his assailant, but investigations on the part of officials led to the arrest of Bridges.

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BRIDGES HELD IN COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGE OF MURDER

ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF ED ALEXANDER RECENTLY

E. L. Bridges, age near 35, whose residence is at Dustin, Oklahoma was brought to Corsicana from that place today by Deputy Sheriff Warnell and lodged in the county jail on a charge of murder in connection with the stabbing on the night of April 7, of Ed, Alexander, hospital from the effects of the wounds, age 18 who later died at the Physician’s and Surgeon’s

From his cell in the county jail this afternoon. Bridges had no statement to make as he had not discussed the case with his attorneys.

Alexander was stabbed about 10:30 o’clock on the night of April 7, in a house located at East Third avenue and North Tenth street. He was taken immediately to the hospital and his wounds treated.

The injuries were not thought to be serious and Alexander made no statement in connection with the affair. A few days later tetanus developed and he was removed to a private ward, saying as he was carried away, “I’ll soon be in my little grey box.” Before many hours passed, death came and the case dropped into obscurity pending an investigation by the grand jury.

Through, investigations of Police Chief Knight and Sheriff Hays, Bridges was suspected of being connected with the case and his subsequent arrest in Oklahoma followed.

Chief Knight first located Bridges in Houston but Bridges left that city before the Houston officials could make the arrest. Having ascertained the information that Bridges’ home was in Dustin, Oklahoma, the officers in that city were informed that he was wanted in Corsicana and the arrest followed.

The preliminary date has not been set, but will probably be called soon.

If insufficient evidence is submitted in the preliminary to warrant a murder charge, it is probable that it will be dropped and a manslaughter charge substituted. Penalty usually inflicted on conviction of manslaughter is from five to ten years of penal servitude.

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James Lewis Alexander
Sep 4, 1885 - Sep 17, 1926

J. L. ALEXANDER DIES RESULT AUTO WRECK SAN ANTONIO

REMAINS WILL ARRIVE IN CORSICANA EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

The remains of J. L. Alexander aged 39 years, single, of San Antonio, who died Friday morning in San Antonio at 11 o’clock as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident, will arrive in Corsicana on the early train of the H. & T. C. R. R. Co., according to information received Saturday here. Mr. Alexander is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Alexander of this city. Details of the accident were unavailable Saturday afternoon.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Alexander, Corsicana; two brothers, T. C. Alexander, and W. J. Alexander, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. R. D. Johnson, Dallas; Mrs. W. M. Dean, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Ethel McMullen, Corsicana.

Funeral arrangements will not be made until Sunday.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. L. ALEXANDER MONDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for J. L. Alexander, 39, who died in San Antonio Friday as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident, were held at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Alexander, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Kerens Cemetery at 4 o’clock.

The remains reached Corsicana Sunday afternoon.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

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Rev. James Harvey Alexander
Aug 2, 1832 - Feb 11, 1916

Horns Chapel News.

The death angel visited the home of Mr. John Cartlidge Friday morning at six o’clock and took from them their aged grandfather, Mr. Alexander. He was 83 years of age. He had been sick about three weeks. All was done that loving hands could do. He leaves one son and a host of grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Weep not dear ones, for he has gone to rest in peace. He was a faithful Christian. He belonged to the Baptist church at Oak Grove. He had been a Baptist minister for many years. He was laid to rest in the Kerens Cemetery at ten o’clock Saturday morning.

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Minnie (Brown) Allen
Jun 2, 1862 - Nov 30, 1937

Dallas Woman Was Buried In Kerens Wednesday Morning

KERENS, Dec. 3.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Minnie Allen of Dallas, aged seventy-five, died at the family home early Tuesday morning after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held from the home of Mrs. B. S. Brown of Kerens Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock with Rev. C. E. Wilkins, assisted by Rev. Joe N. Everheart, officiating. The funeral was under the direction of Dallas undertakers assisted by P. N. Stockton of Kerens, with interment in the Kerens Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen is survived by a daughter, Mrs. W. W. Wilson of Dallas; two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Allen, a former resident of Kerens, was a sister of the late Dr. B. S. Brown and will be remembered by a host of sorrowing friends in Navarro county.

Pallbearers were Will Talley, Andrew Talley, Leon Brown, J. D. Yeager, Cliff Coates and P. N. Stockton.

Among those from out of town here for the services were a sister, Mrs. S. P Crow, Houston; Leon Brown, Fort Worth; J. D. Yeager, Houston, nephew; Mrs. Grady Kinsolving and daughter, Carey, Corsicana.

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Nettie Margaret (Jones) Alexander
Oct 13, 1884 - Apr 7, 1963

Mrs. Alexander Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. T. Alexander, 78, formerly of Kerens, who died Sunday, will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Windom Baptist church of which she was a member with burial in the Kerens Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Surviving are her husband of Windom, five daughters, Mrs. W. E. Hill, Windom; Mrs. Valice Revill, Corsicana; Mrs. Robert Jennings, Kerens; Mrs. Jesse B. Mayo, Ballinger, and Mrs. Robert Wilcox, Iowa Park; a son, J. C. Alexander, Plainview; a sister, Mrs. R. T. Griffin, Malakoff; a brother, W. L. Jones, Dallas; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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William Joseph “Uncle Billy” Carroll
Jul 1, 1866 - Feb 18, 1952

Judge Carroll Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Feb. 19.—(Spl.)—W. J. (Uncle Billy) Carroll, 85 died here at 10 p.m. Monday following an extended illness.

He was justice of the peace here for a number of years and was a life-long resident of this community.

A member of the Baptist church. Carroll was the oldest member of Kerens Relief Lodge No. 236, Masons, having joined that fraternity in 1898.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Davis, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the Kerens Methodist church.

Surviving are a brother, L. H. Carroll; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Holland, both of Kerens, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ruel Carroll, Russell Carroll, Joe Kelton Wells, Joe M. Holland, Homer Carroll, Jr. and Joe Baker.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Samuel Benton “Sam” Beasley
Oct 14, 1881 - Jun 19, 1951

Rites Thursday For S. B. Beasley

Funeral rites for Samuel Benton Beasley, 69-year-old Roane farmer-rancher, who died at his home Tuesday night, were held at 10 a. m. Wednesday from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. H. Wells, Jr., Ennis Presbyterian minister.

He was stricken with apoplexy eight days prior to his death.

Beasley was engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business in Ennis for 16 years before returning to his farm at Roane 10 years ago.

He was married to Miss Elsie Beatrice McCluney of Kerens, September 27, 1902.

Surviving are his wife of Roane; two sons, Ulpen Allen Beasley, Dallas, and Lonnie Samuel Beasley, Corsicana; four daughter, Mrs. Herbert Timm, San Dimas, Calif.; Mrs. Ray Telfair and Mrs. Garner G. Dunkerley, Jr., both of Ennis, and Mrs. John H. Burma, Grinnell, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank Denny, Corsicana; Mrs. Street Mitchell, Tupelo, and Mrs. H. A. Tucker, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jim Frazier, Chestine Frazier and Jim Bragg, all of Roane; Finis McCluney, Kerens; Eugene McCluney, Ft. Worth, and Billy Beasley, Ennis.

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Lucille (Baker) Berry
Aug 31, 1914 - Mar 5, 1964

Mrs. Berry Of Kerens Dies

KERENS, March 6 (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Berry, 49, who died in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana Thursday night following a short illness, will be held from the First Baptist church Saturday at 10 a.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Fore. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery. Mrs. Berry was a member of the Baptist church. Native of Oklahoma, she had spent most of her life in Kerens; a son Kelly Berry, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Franklyn and Misses Patsy and Judy Berry, all of Kerens; mother, Mrs. Sylvia Baker, Kerens; three brothers, Charlie Baker, Waco; Stoner and Joe Baker, both of Kerens; a sister Mrs. Cecil Absher, Kerens, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Karin (Billing) Brown
Sep 14, 1879 - Oct 25, 1938

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR KERENS WOMAN THURSDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. Ban S. Brown were held at the family home in Kerens Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. Mrs. Brown, widow of the late Dr. Ban S. Brown and a resident of Navarro county for more than thirty years, died Tuesday, October 25. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Villy Bristol of Kerens.

The services in Kerens were conducted by the Rev. E. C. Wilkins, pastor of the Methodist church, the Rev. M. O. Cheek, pastor of the Baptist church, and the Rev. Joe Everheart, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Pallbearers were: Leon Brown of Fort Worth, Dr. Olen E. Brown of Dallas, William Lawrence McGill of Austin, and Dr. Henry Hoffer, Ray Noble, and William Bain of Kerens.

Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

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Emma Sophia (Scott) Burkhalter
Mar 19, 1857 - Sep 24, 1936

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. BURKHALTER

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Burkhalter, aged 79 years, who died at the family home 1212 W. Twelfth avenue, Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are her husband, E. B. Burkhalter, Corsicana; six children, W. F. Burkhalter, Chatfield; Mrs. E. E. Williamson, Kerens; H. W. Burkhalter, Gibbsland, La.; Mrs. T. J. Bradshaw, Reno, Nev.; Mrs. Elmer H. Miller, Corsicana, and Virgil Burkhalter, Hawaii, and other relatives.

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September 25, 1936
BURKHALTER - Corsicana, Texas, Sept. 25 - Mrs. Emma Burkhalter, 79, died Thursday at her home. Funeral services will be held Friday. Surviving are husband, E. B. Burkhalter of Corsicana; six children, W. F. Burkhalter of Chatfield, Mrs. E. E.Williamson of Kerens, M. W. Burkhalter of Gibsland, La.; Mrs. T. J.
Bradshaw of Reno, Nev.; Mrs. Elmer H. Miller of Corsicana, and Virgil Burkhalter of Hawaii.

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Augusta (Kastberg) Billing
Oct 2, 1840 - Oct 6, 1921

Mrs. Augusta Billing Dead.

Mrs. Augusta Billing died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. S. Brown in West Kerens last night after an illness extending over a period of about six months.

Mrs. Billing was a few days past 81 years of age, her birthday occurring last Sunday when she attained the ripe old age of 81 years. She came to this country from Sweden 19 years ago and settled in Galveston, where she resided for a number of years. She has been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Brown and Mrs. J. W. Bristol, the latter two being her only children, who survive her. Her husband preceded her to the other world.

Before the great world war broke out Mrs. Billings expressed a desire to see her old homestead, and this wish was gratified, she making the trip without uneventful happening. After her visit she returned to America and has since been making her home in Kerens with her two daughters.

The infirmities of old age are given as the cause of her death.

The funeral services will be held this morning (Friday) at the home of Dr. and Mrs. B. S. Brown, interment following in Kerens Cemetery.

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Ivory (Talley) McCluney-Blair
Apr 16, 1878 - Mar 31, 1965

Mrs. Blair Of Fort Worth Dies Tuesday

KERENS, April 1—(Spl.) –Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. (Ivory) Blair, who died Tuesday night in Fort Worth, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Presbyterian church here.

Surviving are a son, Alan McCluney, Fort Worth; four grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. E. L. McCluney, Kerens, and Mrs. Edith Sherrill, Georgetwon; a brother Andrew Talley, Kerens.

Paschal directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 1, 1965
  • 1st husband Clifford Allen McCluney married May 10, 1906 2nd husband Dr. John Calvin Blair buried in Oakland cemetery, Dallas, Tx; d/o William Dudley Talley & Mary Eliabeth (Applewhite) Talley
  • Kerens Cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Maggie Clair (Jones) Brister
Aug 5, 1878 - Jul 20, 1960

Mrs. Brister Dies Wednesday

Mrs. Maggie Brister, 81 wife of the late P. H. Brister, Kerens, died in the Twilight Home here at 4 p.m. Wednesday after an extended illness.

She was a native of Kerens and a member of the First Baptist church, Kerens.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church, Kerens, at 10 a. m. Thursday with Rev. Bill Foster, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

Survivors are two sons, Howell and Noel Brister, both of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. R. I. Sandlin, Kerens, and Mrs. Barney Newsome, Chandler; three brothers, Shellis Jones, Fort Worth, Iza Jones, Chandler, and R. L. (Bud) Jones, Powell; and two grandsons.

Pallbearer will be Pete Paschal, A. L. Bain, Earl Seale, Newt Stovall, Audrain Stovall and A. L. Gray.

Inmon’s Funeral Home, Kerens, will direct.

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Villy (Billing) Bristol
1881 - May 17, 1941

MRS. VILLEY BRISTOL WELL KNOWN KERENS NURSE, DIED TODAY

KERENS, May 17.—(Spl.) Mrs. Villey B. Bristol, aged 60 years, died in Kerens Saturday morning at 6:15 o’clock after a several days illness. She had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be held at the Kerens Cemetery where interment will be made Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Sessions, pastor of the local Methodist church.

No near relatives survive.

Mrs. Bristol was a staff nurse at the P. and S. Hospital a number of years ago, and was well-known in Kerens and Corsicana.

Stockton Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 17, 1941
  • Born in Sweden w/o John Wilson Stump Bristol married Aug. 4, 1900 in Galveston; d/o Karl Gustaf Billing & Augusta (Kastberg) Billing
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Erma Prather
July 2, 1903 - Apr 11, 1993

Erma Prather, 89, of Emhouse, died April 11, 1993 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rondo Cemetery in Texarkana.

She was born July 2, 1903 in Hope, Arkansas. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Texarkana and had lived in Emhouse the past three years.

She was preceded in deaty by her husband, Matt Prather and two sons, Glen and Charles Prather.

Survivors include one nephew, Thomas Curtis of Kaufman; and four nieces, Fern Dent of Kaufman, Helen Mitchell of Allen, Evia Lewis of Emhouse and Ruby Phillips of Blooming Grove.

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Marjorie Frances (Caddell) Bay
Oct 6, 1928 - Apr 14, 1993

Marjorie Frances Bay, 64, of Ft. Worth, died April 14, 1993 in Ft. Worth.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Polytechnic United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Thompson's Harverson and Cole Funeral Home.

She was born in Shawnee, Okla. She received her bachelor's degree from Mary Hardin Baylor, her master's from Baylor University and her doctorate from Texas Womans University. She was an English teacher at Texas Wesleyan University and had lived in Ft. Worth since 1967. She had taught in Corsicana public schools.

Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Bay of Ft. Worth; one son, Terry L. Bay of Ft. Worth; two brothers, Max N. Caddell of Tulsa, Okla.
and Jerry Caddell of Lawton, Okla.; and one grandchild.

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Winnie Mae (White) Taylor
June 25, 1929 - Apr 24, 1993

Winnie Mae Taylor, 63, died April 24, 1993, at Leisure Lodge.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home Chapel in Kaufman. Brother Mickey Loftis officiated. Burial was in the Kaufman Cemetery.

She was born June 25, 1929, in Corsicana to Ted and Ona White. She lived most of her life in the Kaufman area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Taylor.

Survivors include four sons, Robert Taylor of Arkansas, Earl Taylor of Bells, Harold Taylor of Kaufman and Bruce Taylor of Dallas; three daughters, Carolyn Pierce and Glenda Hadlock, both of Kaufman, and Martha Bell of Seagoville; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Wanda White and Irene Wiley, both of Dequeen, Ark.; four brothers, Loyal White of Beaumont, Eugene White of Combine, Bobby Ferguson of Irving and Joey Ferguson of The Colony; two aunts, and a host of cousins and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ronnie White, David White, Emmette Hudson, Michael Taylor, Jeff Goldsmith and Jeff Taylor.

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Lillian Pansy (Chewning) Rhodes
Aug 19, 1911 - Apr 30, 1993

Lillian Pansy Chewning Rhodes, 80, died April 30, 1993.

A graveside memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Grove Hill Memorial Park, 4118 Samuell Blvd., Dallas. The Rev. Philip Sitton, of Shearer Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio, will officiate.

Born in Corsicana, she was one of 12 children born to Robert W. and Sarah Eugenia Fuller Chewning. She lived in Dallas most of her life.
She married Arthur F. Rhodes on Dec. 3, 1940. The mother-in-law of an Army officer, she traveled to Hawaii, Germany and Indiana before settling in San Antonio in 1980.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1949.

Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Rhodes Oakley; two grandchildren, Amy Oakley and Lon D. Oakley, the children's father, retired Major Lon.
D. Oakley; two sisters, Hazel Crosby of Irving, Janie Arwine of DeSoto; and three brothers, Kelton Chewning of Dallas, Dallas Chewning of Sulpher Springs and Bill Chewning of Kemp.

Memorials mayb e made to the American Cancer Society.

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Arthur E. Grimes
Jan 11, 1927 - Apr 27, 1993

Arthur E. (Pee Wee) Grimes, 66, of Normangee, died recently at his residence.

Funeral services were held April 29, 1993 at Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Dugger officiating. Arrangements were with Cozart Funeral HOme.

He was born Jan. 11, 1927, in Leon County. He was a Sears service man in the Corsicana area for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Grimes of Normangee; one son, Gene Grimes of Normangee; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Gary Cooper of Normangee; two brothers and sisters-in-law, E.R. and Bea Grimes of Flynn, Edwin and Gladys Grimes of Normangee; one sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Olan Risinger of Normangee; and five grandchildren, Stephanie cook, James Cook, Danny Cook all of Corsicana, and Jeremy and Truman Grimes, both of Normangee.

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Evelyn Marie Perri
Mar 9, 1915 - May 5, 1993

Evelyn Marie Perri, 78, of Corsicana, died May 5, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be Monday at the Annunciation Catholic Church in Philadelphia, Penn. Burial will be Holy Cross Cemetery in Philadelphia. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Anthony and Dottie Perri of corsicana; one brother, William A. Molinari of Philadelphia; and two grandsons, Anthony J. Perri III and Christopher Michael Perri, both of Corsicana.

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Lorraine Doolen Pettijohn
Oct 9, 1919 - May 7, 1993

Lorraine Doolen Pettijohn, 73, of Dublin, Texas died May 7, 1993 in Stephenville, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Laurel Land Chapel in Dallas. The Rev. Jerden Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Land Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 9, 1919 in Navarro. She was a housewife.

Survivors include her husband, David H. Pettijohn of Dublin; two daughters, Jodie Pettijohn of Dallas and Barbara Holman of Lancaster; two sons, Bo Pettijohn of Stephenville; and Ted Pettijohn of Bartesville, Okla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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