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George Washington Speed
Apr 11, 1846 - Apr 26, 1942

GEORGE W. SPEED’S PASSING LEAVES VOID IN HEARTS OF MANY

KERENS, April 29.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the First Baptist church in Kerens for George W. Speed, 96, perhaps Navarro county’s oldest citizen.

Uncle George, as he was lovingly known by hundreds of friends in the county and over the state, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, after having passed his birthday on the 11th of this month, while in a semi-conscious condition. He had always declared he would live to reach the century mark, and he came far closer to realizing his ambition than most.

Born in Williamsburg, Covington county, Miss., in 1846, he came with his wife the former Elizabeth Burkhalter, and four small children in 1876 and settled in the west end of the county, removing several years later to Kerens where he passed the remainder of his life.

At the age of 16 he served as a courier during the Civil War, and brought with him from the Mississippi home a black mammy slave who was a wedding gift from her father to Mrs. Speed, and who served and reared the large family of children.

Survivors include 11 of the 17 children, 36 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The children are: Mrs. Lillie Lindsey, Mrs. Martha Spurger, Mrs. Georgia Bain, Mrs. Maggie Arnett, and Joe, Josh, Charlie and E. B. Speed, all of Kerens; Rev. John Speed of Riverside, Calif.; Mrs. Trudie Mai Hays, Cameron; Mrs. Essie Bain of Kenedy. Two grandchildren reared in the home as daughters are Mrs. Audie Sheppard, Brownwood, and Mrs. Betty Ross, Bryan.

Services were conducted by the Rev. A. E. Harrison, pastor of the First Baptist church, with interment in the Kerens cemetery under the direction of the P. N. Stockton Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons; W. L. Bain, Jr., Van Speed, Weyman Price, Jack Bain of Kerens, George Ross of Bryan, Henry Sheppard of Brownwood, J. B. Poston of Gladewater, Bobby Hayes of Cameron, Robert Gilliam of Marshall, Allen Holcomb of Gladewater.

Mr. Speed some years ago served as mayor of Kerens for several terms, was a director of the First State Bank, and a large land owner, looking after the interests of his farm until only a few months ago, and until that time walking from his home in the extreme south portion of the city to the postoffice and back each day.

His ever smiling-face and cheerful, hearty greeting will be missed by those in all walks of life, and his going marks the passing of a familiar landmark, so closely was he associated in the minds of literally hundreds, with the name of Kerens.

In tribute to his memory the church was filled with floral offerings sent by the vast multitude who gathered to pay last respects to the venerable and loveable character, of whom it might be said by all, “He was a good and just man.”

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Joseph Monroe Speed
Apr 24, 1878 - Jul 3, 1945

JOE M. SPEED OF KERENS DIED MONDAY; BURIAL ON TUESDAY

Joe M. Speed, aged 67 years, farmer of Kerens, died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday afternoon at 5:40 o’clock.

Funeral service will be held from the First Baptist church in Kerens Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock with Rev. J. W. Ousley, pastor of the church, in charge. Burial will be in Kerens cemetery.

A native of Black Hills, he had resided in the Kerens area since 1905.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, two sons, Monroe Speed, Midland, and Joe Walter Speed, Corpus Christi; one grandson, four brothers, Rev. Joe P. Speed, California; E. B., Josh H. and Charles Speed, all of Kerens; six sisters, Mrs. Ernest Bain, Kenedy; Mrs. John Mayes, Cameron; Mrs. Lillie Lindsey, Mrs. Will Arnett, Mrs. Will Bain and Mrs. Jim Berger, all of Kerens, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home is in charge.

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Martha Lena (Stockton) Speed
Sep 26, 1883 - May 26, 1963

Mrs. Speed Of Kerens Expires, Rites Tuesday

KERENS, May 27 (Spl.)—Mrs. Lena Stockton Speed, widow of the late M. L. Speed, died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harry Wilbanks, pastor of the church; Rev. Bert Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Charles A. Reese, Presbyterian minister of Oklahoma, native of Kerens.

Mrs. Speed was a life-long resident of this community and was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. John B. Coates, Kerens, and Miss Cynthia Stockton, Oakland, Calif.; five nephews, L. S. Keen, Dallas; Curtis Keen, Tacoma, Wash.; William Stockton, Omaha, Neb.; Zack Stockton, Abilene, and John Stockton, Beaver, Pa.; three step-daughters, Mrs. B. R. Leonard and Mrs. L. W. Dixon, both of El Paso, and Mrs. Robert Gillian, Marshall; two step-sons, Van Speed, Kerens, and H. M. Speed, Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be elders and deacons of the Presbyterian church.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 27, 1963
  • 1st husband St. Elmo Speed married Dec. 27, 1908 2nd husband Martin Luther Speed married after 1919 d/o Jesse Hiram James Stockton and Rosa Elmira (Cuthbertson) Stockton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Adda “Addie” (Goodnight) Speed
Jan 4, 1881 - Mar 31, 1959

Mrs. Speed Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, March 31—(Spl.)—Mrs. Addie Goodnight Speed, 77 died at her home here Tuesday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member, with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor.

A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Speed came to the Goodnight ranch east of Kerens when three years of age.

Surviving are her husband, J. W. Speed, Kerens; a niece, Mrs. James Taylor, Austin; a grand-niece, Mrs. Walter Wendlandt, Austin; a great-grand-niece Austin, and other relatives.

Inmon will direct.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 31, 1959
  • w/o Joshua Walter Speed d/o John Jackson “Jack” Goodnight and Millie Melvina (Reeder) Goodnight buried in Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Elijah Burkhalter Speed
Mar 12, 1890 - Jul 09, 1960

Kerens News.

Mrs. R. H. Gattis (the former Miss Annazelle Speed) of Fairfax, Va. left by plane Sunday for home, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. E. B. Speed, for an extended visit. Mrs. Gattis was called home last weekend because of the sudden death of her father.

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Retired Farmer Rites Monday

KERENS, July 15 (Spl.)—E. B. Speed, 70, retired farmer, died at his home here Saturday. Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church Sunday at 5 p.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor.

A native of Black Hills, he spent most of his life here.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Grady W. Speed, Victoria; a daughter, Mrs. R. H. Gattis, Burke, Va.; three brothers, Rev. John Speed, Banning Calif.; Josh and Charlie Speed, both of Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. W. L. Bain, Sr. and Mrs. J. C. Spurger, both of Kerens; Mrs. Ernest Bain, Kennedy, and Mrs. John Hayes, Cameron; nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon directed.

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Ethel Margaret (Pitts) Speed
Feb 26, 1891 - Sep 3, 1974

Mrs. Speed

KERENS—Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist church for Mrs. Ethel Speed, 83, resident of Kerens, who died Wednesday in Victoria.

Rev. Olen Boles will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

She was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include a son, Grady Speed of Victoria; a daughter, Mrs. R. H. Gattis of Tesque, N. M.; two sisters, Mrs. E. D. Roberson and Miss Marjorie Pitts both of Dallas; nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Mary Ethel (McClung) Speed
May 28, 1890 - Feb. 23, 1973

Mrs. Speed

KERENS—Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Mary E. Speed, 82, native of Kerens who died Friday at Evergreen Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Rev. Glen Jones officiated, and burial was at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, a grandson, two great-grandchildren, a brother and a foster sister.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 26, 1973
  • w/o Charles Coulson Speed married Dec 20, 1911; d/o Patric Monroe McClung & Florence Janette (Bruner) McClung
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Mrs. Speed

KERENS—Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Mary E. Speed, 82, native of Kerens, who died Friday at Evergreen Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Rev. Glen Jones will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

She was a member of Kerens Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, G. W. Speed of Shreveport, La.; a grandson, Stanley Speed of Baytown; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl McClung of Corsicana; and a foster sister, Mrs. Bertha Bond of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Van Speed, Wayne Kittley, Wynn Kittley, W. L. Bane, Robert Bruner, and W. P. Ingram.

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David H Springer
Jan 4, 1833 - Jun 18, 1893

Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Tex., June 19 – Mayor D. H. Springer died of softening of the brain last night. His remains have been sent to Italy for interment.

Italy, Ellis Co., Tex., June 19, - Hon. D. H. Springer, mayor of Blooming Grove, was buried here today.

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  • Dallas Morning News June 20, 1893
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Bruce Moye
Oct 7, 1901 - Aug 19, 1993

Bruce Moye, 90, of Corsicana, died Aug. 19, 1993.

Services will be 11:30 Monday at the Church of the Living God P.G.T., with Elder John Warren officiating. Burial will be in Walker Cemetery in the Princeton community. Ross & Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Eddie B. Moye of Corsicana; one daughter, Jettie B. Haynes and son-in-law, Leroy Haynes, both of Corsicana; two brothers, Clifton Moye of Los Angeles, and Clinton Moye of Corsicana; four sisters, Evelyn Washington Johnson of Los Angeles, Coreon Lofton of Dallas, Hattie Lewis and Mamie Moye, both of Corsicana.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Robert “Buddy” Saunders
Nov 29, 1908 - Jun 19, 1975

Robert Saunders

KERENS—Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kerens Presbyterian Church for Robert Saunders, 66, resident of Kerens, who died at his home Thursday morning.

Rev. Don Odell will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a farmer, and a veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Glenn Saunders of Kerens; two sons, Robert E. Saunders of Duncanville and Joe G. Saunders of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Rose Ann Kuta of Dallas and Mrs. Nina Kay Baxter of Kerens; five sisters, Mrs. M. J. Crawford and Mrs. George King both of Kerens, Mrs. R. B. Lasater and Mrs. Floydell Case both of Ogden, Utah, and Mrs. James F. Hurt of Madars, Ore.; a brother John Wallace Saunders of Ogden; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are B. H. Allen, Aubrey Early, Ernest Bird, Dick Jennings, Floyd Henderson, and Billy Bob Tekell.

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Hewitt Ashford Scott
Sep 26, 1879 - Mar 19, 1951

Hewitt A. Scott Dies On Monday

KERENS, March 19.—(Spl.)—Hewitt A. Scott, 71, died at his home here early Monday morning.

Funeral services are incomplete pending the arrival of relatives.

Native of Kentucky, he came to Texas at an early age and resided in the Rural Shade community until moving to Kerens a few years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rose Scott, Kerens; five sons, Robert Scott, Kerens; Sgt. Ernest Scott, U.S. Army, Korea; Johnny Scott, Corsicana; Joe Scott, Tyler and Sloan Scott, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. C. F. Henderson, Kerens; Mrs. H. T. Trent, Arcadia, Calif., and Mrs. Clyde Blakney, San Diego, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Louise Beere and Mrs. M. A. Carroll, both of Kerens; Mrs. W. R. Gregg, Douglas, Ariz., and Mrs. M. B. Scott, Dallas; a brother, Leslie Brown, Louisville, Ky.; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Rosa Lee “Rosie” (Conger) Scott
Feb 28, 1888 - May 8, 1965

Mrs. Scott Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, May 10 (Spl.)—Mrs. Rosie Scott, 77, native of Cryer Creek, died at her home in Kerens Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m.; from the Paschal Funeral Chapel with burial in the Kerens City Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hodge, pastor of the Methodist church of which she was a member, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church.


Surviving are four sons, Robert and Sloan Scott, both of Dallas; Johnny Scott, Kerens, and Joe Scott, Arlington; three daughters, Mrs. C. F. Henderson, Kerens; Mrs. H. T. Trent, Arcadia, Calif., and Mrs. Clyde Blakney, San Diego, Calif.; 28 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, a brother, Carroll Conger, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Grace and Mrs. Nell Thornberry, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Brittany Lynn "Bitt-Bitt" Averitt
July 6, 1990 - Feb 4, 2013

Brittany Lynn “Bitt-Bitt” Averitt, 22, of Madisonville, joined our Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

Brittany was born in Corsicana on July 6, 1990, and was a graduate of Corsicana High School. She was a senior at Sam Houston State University and anticipated graduating this May with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Brittany was a vibrant, fun-loving person who knew no stranger. She lived for others and loved her family and friends more than anything.
She dreamed of one day helping others and looked forward to making a positive impact on their lives. She was smart, witty and full of spirit.
Her laugh was infectious, and her smile could brighten a room. Her time on earth truly embodied Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote, “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, who are better people for having had her in their lives.

Brittany was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, girlfriend and friend.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, the late Lee and Nettie Averitt.

She is survived by parents Dave and Yolanda Fite of Madisonville, Alex and Lynn Averitt of Corsicana, and Ronnie Kludy of Kerens; siblings, Alex Averitt Jr. and wife Tammy, Danny Castillo and wife Tiffany, Kristle Cline and husband Travis, Jonathan Allen and wife Julie, Andy Kludy and Leanna Averitt; beloved boyfriend, Oscar Hernandez; grandparents, Gonzalo and Jesusa Sendejo; Jeannie McQuary, Alan and Diane Tinsley, Helen Farmer; and many cherished friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Ruane of the Cowboy Church in Madisonville officiating.

Pallbearers will include Gilbert Medrano, Michael Medrano, Bubba Medrano, Christopher Favors, Josh Slaughter and Kelby Masey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a Sam Houston State University scholarship fund that is being established in her name.

Arangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marshall R. Mahoney
Mar 10, 1939 - Feb 6, 2013

Marshall Mahoney, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village at the age of 73. He was born on Friday, March 10, 1939 in Austin to J. C. Mahoney and Katherine Ganze Mahoney. Early in his life he was raised in Pursley with his mother and great grandparents, Henry and Rebekah Pursley while his father served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war his father returned to Corsicana and built J.C. Mahoney Body Shop where Marshall worked for over 40 years. He joined the Army Reserves in the 1960's and spent most of his life working until the death of his father in 1987. In later years he spent considerable time tending to cattle on the family farm. He was a member of the Westhill Church of Christ where he loved to serve as a greeter. Marshall enjoyed music and spending time with his pets which became his children since he never married.

Marshall was preceded in death by his father J. C. Mahoney in 1987.

Surviving family include his mother Katherine Mahoney of Corsicana; his sister Rita Dominy and her husband Dan, and brother David Mahoney and his wife Sharon, all of Corsicana. There are also a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

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

Graveside services will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Pallbearers will be Wes Dominy, George Ganze, Glenn Hardin, Larry Moore, Dickie Russell, and Louis Ray Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Brown, Dan Gibson, Joe Glass, Paul Green, Charles Henry Harrison, James Milam, Bud Moore, Dean Murray, and Joe Nussbaum.

Marshall’s family would like to thank Dr. William McHenry, the administration, staff, nurses, aides, and drivers at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, and Lighthouse Hospice for their care of Marshall.
They would also like to thank the American Cancer Society Navarro Unit and Ruth Nelson for the help with his treatment process.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Navarro Unit 1000 West 2nd Avenue Corsicana, Texas 75110 or Westhill Church of Christ Benevolent Fund 3400 West Highway 22 Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Rev. Clay Lile Calhoon
Dec 14, 1924 - Feb 15, 2013

The Rev. Clay Lile Calhoon, 88, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

He was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Hope, Ark. to Alvie Madison and Edith McClanahan Calhoon.

He married Opal Smith in 1945, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage prior to her death in 2010.

Lile served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was wounded in the conflict. God called him to preach at an early age, and he served at many churches throughout Texas and Arkansas. He retired from Northside Baptist Church, Baytown, in 1987 after 24 years as their pastor. He never stopped sharing about the love of God and the importance of salvation through Jesus Christ. Even when Alzheimer’s had taken most of his memory he would still stop residents and staff at Twilight Home to ask them if they believed in Jesus and wanted to be baptized.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Evelyn Calhoon Rogers; three brothers, George, Ray and Bruce; wife, Opal; and son, Randal Clay.

Survivors include his daughter, Debra Bigler of Corsicana; granddaughter, Melody Brown and her husband Dan of Corsicana; granddaughter, Misty Faircloth and her husband Patrick of Fort Campbell, Ky.; grandson, Mason Bigler and his wife Sarah of Mechanicsville, Va.; and three great grandchildren, Jasmin Faircloth, Nathan Brown, and Adam Bigler.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home in Hope, Ark.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home with Bro. Rusty Fuller officiating.
Internment with military honors will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank the Twilight Home staff in Corsicana for their wonderful care and kindness during “Pawpaw’s” residency.

Arrangements by Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Ark.

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Raymond Christopher Grucholski
Aug 21, 1928 - Feb 9, 2013

Raymond Christopher Grucholski, 84, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Raymond was born Aug. 21, 1928. He was a retired butcher for Minyards Grocery Store, and also served in the United States Marine Corps.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Nora Czekinski Grucholski; and two brothers, Fred and Kie.

Survivors include sons Mike Grucholski and Kenneth Grucholski; grandchildren Jason and Justin; and great-grandchildren, Azlan and Kasen.

Funeral Mass for Raymond Christopher Grucholski will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bremond. Internment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bremond.

Arrangements by Bremond Funeral Home, 201 S. Commerce, Bremond.

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Mary Anita (Freeze) Matthews-Jeffrey
Oct 1, 1927 - Feb 13, 2013

Anita Jeffrey, 85, of Baytown passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Anita was born Oct. 1, 1927 in Pursley to Alvie and Rhoda Freeze. She was the youngest of five children raised on the Freeze farm; this led her to be quite the tom boy. Throughout the years she has entertained many with her stories of adventure on the family farm, and living through the great depression.

Anita’s favorite hobby was gardening and she was a member of the Dirt Gardeners Garden Club. She was a long time member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church. She also enjoyed travel. She was truly the matriarch of the family, especially after her first husband passed away. Anita loved her family dearly, and they adored her. She will be truly missed.

Anita is preceded in death by her parents; and her husbands, Richard Matthews and Grady Jeffrey; her sister, Nola Jones; her brothers, Levie, Oliver and Leonard Freeze; great granddaughter, Kayli Matthews; and two nieces.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Thomas Cottar; son and daughter-in-law, David and Vickie Matthews; step-son, Jimmy Jeffrey and his wife, Karen; step-daughters, Janice Whitaker and her husband, Joel, and Debbie Nelson and her husband, Bruce; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Slater and her husband, Ronnie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the chapel of Navarre Funeral home, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Dr. E. Richard Steele and Dr. Mark Broussard will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
16, 2013 at the New Pursley Cemetery in Pursley.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Baytown.

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Winona Anita Stewart
Dec 17, 1920 - Feb 12, 2013

Winona Anita Stewart, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013 at her residence at the age of 92. She was born Friday, Dec. 17, 1920 to James Rufus (Jim) and Etna Stewart in Corsicana. She attended schools in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School.

She received her bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian College and her master's degree from North Texas Teacher University.

She taught for 42 years, retiring in 1984.

She was a member of Church of Christ - Westhill. She taught classes and worked with the bus ministry.

In 1989 she was selected as Outstanding Older Citizens from the Texas Department on Aging for her volunteer work.

She was a member of the Navarro County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, an honorary teacher organization. She was a member of the Navarro Regional Hospital Auxillary where she served many hours of service. She began volunteering at Navarro Regional Hospital on July 30, 1984. She served as President of the Auxiliary from 1992-1993 and 2007-2008. She was the first volunteer to reach 20,000 hours of serving others in April 2005. She served on many of the auxiliary committees.
She loved buying for the Gift Shop and going to market, conventions and district meeting. In 1997 she received the First Humanitarian Award in recognition of volunteer service in the community at the hospital. She was an active member of the Kinsloe House, the Woman's Club House Association of Navarro County. She was also a member of the Literary Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, two of whom were Ferma C. Stewart and Maco Stewart.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Leland Stewart, Sandra Stewart, Sharon Stewart, Sally Van Gee and husband Stephen, Paul Stewart and wife Dianne, Mary Randolph and husband Dennis, Jim Stewart, Terry McElroy and husband Pete, Chris Stewart and wife Michelle; 26 great nieces and nephews; 26 great great nieces and nephews and two great great great nieces.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Westhill Church of Christ. Burial will be at Ward Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Stewart, Jim Stewart, Chris Stewart, Stephen Van Gee, Pete McElroy, Scott Bechtel, Don Bechtel. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Randolph, Leland Stewart, and great nieces and nephews.

Memorial may be made to: Westhill Benevolent Fund 3400 W. Hwy. 22 Corsicana, Texas 75110; Auxillary Scholorship Fund; Maco Stewart Stephen F. Austin Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Winona Anita Stewart, 92, of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday morning at her residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013, at Westhill Church of Christ. Burial will be at Ward Cemetery.

Winona was born in Corsicana, Texas, to the late James Rufus (Jim) and Etna Stewart. She attended schools in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School. Winona received her Bachelor's Degree from Abilene Christian College and her Master's Degree from North Texas Teacher University. She taught for 42 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Church of Christ - Westhill. She taught classes and worked with the bus ministry.

In 1989, Winona was selected as Outstanding Older Citizen from the Texas Department on Aging for her volunteer work. She was a member of the Navarro County Retired Teachers Association. Winona was a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, an honorary teacher organization. She was a member of the Navarro Regional Hospital Auxillary where she served many hours of service. Winona began volunteering at Navarro Regional Hospital on July 30, 1984. She served at President of the Auxiliary from 1992-1993 and 2007-2008. She was the first volunteer to reach 20,000 hours of serving others in April 2005. Winona served on many of the auxiliary committees. She loved buying for the Gift Shop and going to market, conventions and district meeting. In 1997 she received the First Humanitarian Award in recognition of volunteer service in the community at the hospital. Winona was an active member of the Kinsloe House, the Woman's Club House Association of Navarro County. She was also a member of the Literary Club.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, two of whom were Ferma C. Stewart and Maco Stewart.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Leland Stewart, Sandra Stewart, Sharon Stewart, Sally Van Gee and husband Stephen, Paul Stewart and wife Dianne, Mary Randolph and husband Dennis, Jim Stewart, Terry McElroy and husband Pete, Chris Stewart and wife Michelle. 26 Great nieces and nephews; 26 great great nieces and nephews and 2 great great great nieces.

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Jeffery Eugene Robinson
May 1, 1967 - Feb 9, 2013

Jeffery Eugene Robinson, 45, of West passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 ,in Corsicana.

He was born May 1, 1967 in Corsicana to parents, David Eugene and Patricia Ann Robinson.

He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1985, and then attended Navarro College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. He later was employed with Navarro College working in the IT Department. He loved to play golf, throw darts, and was an avid fisherman. He also had a great love to work on, and had fun drag racing cars.

He was preceded in death in death by his parents, David Eugene and Patricia Ann Robinson.

Survivors include his wife, Shona Robinson of West; daughter, Ellesha Heathco of Chandler; son, Easton Robinson of West; grandchildren, Hannah Heathco, Cheyenne Heathco, and Tucker Heathco of Chandler; brother, Jim Robinson and wife Tammie of Blooming Grove; sisters, Jane Farmer of Corsicana, Jennifer Robinson of Gatesville, and Jill Murphy of Corsicana; aunt, Bonnie Strzinek of DeSoto; uncle, J.B. Slone of Corsicana; cousins, Doug Swinford of Duncanville, David Slone and wife Ava of Waxahachie, Annette Kirby of Corsicana, and David Robinson of Ennis.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Steve Orbison officiating. Interment will follow in the Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Mershawn, Keith Fulton, Stormy Jones, Brian McNutt, Justin Russell and J.D. Minyard.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Caroline Gayle (Hall) Reamy-Cook
July 1, 1962 - Feb 6, 2013

Caroline Gayle Cook, 50, of Mabank, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6,
2013 in Dallas.

She was born on Sunday, July 1, 1962, to Lee Roy Hall and Edna Copeland Hall.

She is preceded in death by husband, Clay Reamy; parents, LeeRoy and Edna Hall; brothers, Doug Hall and Jerry Hall; sister-in-law, Elisa Hall; and father-in-law, Cloratho Reamy.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Cook of Mabank; sons, Nicholas Reamy of Navarro Mills, and Marcus Reamy and wife Megan of Navarro Mills; daughters, Courtney Henderson and husband Shane of Mabank, and Misty Crowson of Blooming Grove; step-daughter, Amanda Sorrells and husband Tyler; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Clayton, Lyndsay, Madison, KaiLynn, Lane and Halyn; and niece, Rexana Halzerson and husband Josh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Graveside Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Dresden Cemetery with Bro. Rick Wyatt officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ruby May (King) Compton
Mar 14, 1941 - Feb 6, 2013

Mrs. Ruby May Compton, 71, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her residence in Corsicana.

She was born March 14, 1941, in Memphis, Texas, to parents Murry and Vera King.

She was a loving wife to Bobby for 54 years and a compassionate mother to Ronnie. Ruby was also a loved grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a devout Christian who lived her entire life with the single goal of doing God's will. This is illustrated by the fact she born a preacher’s daughter, and died a preacher’s wife. She will be remembered for her loving smile and generous heart. She will be missed by all who knew her, and will forever be loved by those closest to her. While we mourn the passing of Ruby, heaven rejoices at the arrival of a faithful Christian soldier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Marvin and Willard King.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, the Rev. Robert A. Compton Jr.; son, Ronald Glenn Compton and wife Tammy of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Lynsi Dawn Compton Attardi and husband Johnny of St. Roberts, Mo.; great grandchildren, Madison and Nathan Attardi of St.
Roberts, Mo.; brother, James King and wife Linda of Houston; sisters, Mary Louise Robertson of Cedar Hill, Shirley Buckner and husband William of Duncanville, and Joyce Boaz and husband Charles of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Zertie King of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Trinity Assembly of God Church with the Rev. James Williams and the Rev.
Lester Foreman officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Assembly of God Church at
109 FM 2452, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Carlena Kaye "Kaye" (McClendon) Bingham-Hines
Sep 8, 1947 - Feb 12, 2013

Mrs. Carlena Kaye Bingham Hines, age 65, of Corsicana passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. She was born to Callie Marie and Carl McClendon on Sept. 8, 1947 in Grayson County, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl McClendon, and sister, Rhonda Sue Woolsey.

Kaye is survived by her mother, Callie Marie McClendon of Whitesboro; her husband, Harold Hines of Corsicana; sons, Chad Bingham and wife, Amy of Corsicana; Mike Hines and wife, Laurie of Arlington; Barry Hines and wife, Goldie of Arlington; daughters, Cassy and Crissy Bingham of San Angelo. She is also survived by grandchildren; Lyndsey Bingham, Callie Bingham, Ashton Bingham, Katie O’Brien, Andy Hines, Jordan Hines, Beth Hines, Heather Hines, and Haley Hines; and great-granddaughters; Sophia and Olivia O’Brien.

Kaye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved bowling and making quilts. She also enjoyed riding horses. She was active in the Angels Troop Support. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

Memorials may be made in Kaye’s memory to The American Cancer Society,
2433 Ridgepoint Drive, Ste. A, Austin, Texas 78754.

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Imogene "Jean" (Witte) Diehl
Dec 4, 1930 - Feb 5, 2013

Imogene “Jean” Diehl left this earth on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 after a long illness. She left here following Jesus to Heaven, and if she gets tired on the way, Jesus will carry her and you will only see one set of footprints in the sand.

She left behind her husband, Bob, who she met at a country dance in Priddy, Texas. Bob told her they were going to be wed when he returned from Japan. Sure enough, on Feb. 9, 1958, they were married.

Jean was born in Indian Gap, Texas on Dec. 4, 1930, to Bertha Hulda Seider Witte and Heinrich Oskar Gustov Witte. She was the oldest of 11 children.

She left behind many relatives and friends; her daughter, Terri and husband Billy Ferguson of Corsicana; her son, Bobby Diehl Jr. of Corsicana, and Granna’s only grandchild, Colby Lee Ferguson of Corsicana. She is also survived by brothers and sisters James and Joanne Witte of Burleson, Marvin and Sandra Witte of Hamilton, Leonard and Nancy Witte of Cleburne, Larry and Marilea Witte of Speegleville, Shirley Bottlinger of Hamilton, Elton and Joanne Witte of Jacksonville, Fla., Juanita Finch of Sunnyvale, Mary Nell and Donald Finch of Granger, Janice Allen of Azle, Wanda Fowler of Cleburne. There were also 25 nieces and nephews, plus many great-nieces and nephews.

Jean had only been to Texas and Arkansas before she married Bob, but she went with him during his career with the United States Air Force to Abilene; London, England; Grand Forks, N.D.; Montgomery, Ala.; Wichita Falls and Rochester, Minn.

Upon Bob’s retirement from the Air Force they spent a year in Madisonville, Ky. Jean and the children became homesick for Texas in
1974 and they moved to Corsicana. Jean has friends in London and here in the United States scattered from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.

She taught Sunday School everywhere Bob went and will no doubt teach in Heaven.

There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church, Corsicana, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the building fun at Faith Lutheran Church to support God’s work.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Daniel Ovalle, Jr.
Feb 1, 1954 - Feb 6, 2013

Daniel Ovalle, Jr. (Junior), 59, of Corsicana was born Feb. 1, 1954 and passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Junior’s favorite thing was to hunt with his brothers. He worked for Oil City, Chattanooga Glass and was a self employed mechanic until 2010.

He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Stanisda Ovalle and brother Adolfo Ovalle.

He is survived by his children Danny Ovalle, Lisa Ovalle and Carlos Ovalle, wife Mary Ovalle, stepchildren Michael Hill and Jenny Davis, two grandchildren, sisters Rita Flores and husband Amelio, Corina Martinez and Polly Garcia, brothers Inganicia Renteria, Gonzalo Renteria and wife Rachel, Johnny Ovalle and wife Kay, Pete Ovalle and wife Carmela, David Ovalle and wife Vicki, Selso Ovalle and wife Ada Ruth, Wally Ovalle and wife Mary, several nieces, nephews and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Mildred Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Tony Nea

Arrangements by Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City.

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Billy Harold McCash
abt 1939 - Feb 1, 2013

Billy Harold McCash, 73, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, Feb. 1,
2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. No services are planned at this time.

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Carolyn LaVonne (Smith) Carroll
Oct 18, 1930 - Feb 12, 2013

Mrs. Carolyn LaVonne Carroll, 82, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Cedar Hill.

She was a resident of Duncanville.

Carolyn was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Sylacauga, Ala. to Alva J. Smith and Hulen G. Smith. She was a loving mother and devoted Christian. A woman of all seasons, Carolyn was a homemaker, substitute teacher, published poet, speech writer and journalist. In 1988, she was awarded an Honorable Mention and Golden Poet Award for her poem, “Be a Role Model.”

She was a member of First Independent Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Obra J. Moore Jr.

Survivors include her son, Otto S. Carroll Jr.; two daughters, Shari L. Carroll and Laurie A. Carroll; one nephew, Obra J. Moore III; and a grand-nephew and niece, Malcolm and Malika Moore.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at First Independent Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Kenneth Walton officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Minnie Margarett Sutton
abt 1924 - Feb 4, 2013

Minnie Margarett Sutton, 88, of Corsicana; passed away Monday, Feb. 4,
2013 at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Visitation will be 1 to 7 p.m. at Ross and Johnson and funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
9, 2013 at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church located at 125 S. Fifth Street. Pastor Charles Kelly will serve as Messenger and Bishop K. D. Davis Sr., will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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George Hill
abt 1933 - July 9, 1993

George Hill, 60, of Mexia, died July 9, 1993, at his residence.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Ham will officiate.

Survivors include three sons, Edward Hill, Jimmy Hill and Troy Hill; five daughters, Cheryl, Wilma, Brenda, Tracy and Cathy; and one brother, Hershel Hill of Victoria.

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Jack Dee Kent
Dec 5, 1900 - July 18, 1993

Jack Dee Kent, 92, of Corsicana, died July 18, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr.
David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Dec. 5, 1900 in Navarro County. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge. He retired after many years with the city of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gene R. Kent.

Survivors include his wife, Lela Kent of Corsicana; one daughter, Rita Faye Johnston of Corsiana; one son, Jack D. Kent Jr. of Converse; two sisters, Irene Edens of Corsicana and Helen Deacon of Grapevine; and one daughter-in-law, Mary Kent of Winfield.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Ida Lou (Bridges) Price
Oct 4, 1924 - July 25, 1993

Ida Lou Price, 68, of Navarro Mills, died July 25, 1993, in Navarro Mills.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Pell officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was a member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer P. Price.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Erlene and Hooter DeChaume of Corsicana; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Patty Price of Dawson; and Jim and Kathy Price of Navarro Mills; two sisters, Ethel Newsom of Grandbury and Ann Kenyon of Bridge City; three brothers, Ray Bridges of Grandbury, Troy Bridges of Mande, Okla. and Earl Bridges of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers wil be Scott DeChaume, Jimmy Price, Steven Price, Daniel Price, Dale Price, Davis Price, Jason McConnell and Billy Dozier.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 500 W. Third, Suite 2, Corsicana, Texas, 75110.

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James C. Nelson
Dec 7, 1916 - July 27, 1993

James C. Nelson, 76, of Corsicana, died July 27, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Westhill Church of Christ with Randy Daugherty and David Dotson officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A member of Westhill Church of Christ, he served as elder for 22 years.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Nelson of Corsicana; two sons, James W. Nelson of The Colony and Terry C. Nelson of Corsicana; four brothers, John Nelson and Charles Nelson, both of Corsicana, Paul Nelson of Tool and Wade Nelson of Laguna Park; three sisters, Josphine Bebout of Corpus Christi, Pearl Garza of Waco and Ethel Nelson of Ellmott, Texas; five grandchildren, Laurie and Jamie Nelson of The Colony, Ben Boatwright of Austin and Brooke and Brandon Nelson of Corsicana; and one niece, Barbara Boatwright of Austin.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Harold Irvin Stovall
Oct 24, 1919 - Aug 11, 1993

Harold Irvin Stovall, 73, of Corsicana, died Aug. 11, 1993.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Ham officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Stovall of Corsicana; two sons, Dean Stovall of New Mexico and Randall Stovall of Huntsville; two daughters, Carolyn Chaffin of Oklahoma and Patsy Castell of California; one step-daughter, Diane Warren of Corsicana; two brothers, Floyd Stovall of Tennessee and Donald Stovall of San Antonio; two sisters, Mildred Erwin and Doris Meeks, both of Farwell; his mother, Fairy Stovall of Farwell; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Richard Ferrell, Russell Woodall, Pete Coker, Dwain Smith and Malcom Hull.

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Parks Christian
Mar 30, 1919 - Aug 18, 1993

Parks Christian, 74, of Corsicana, died Aug. 18, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Russell Banks officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born March 30, 1919, in Roane. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II with the 36th Division. He retired from Dyer's Department Store after 35 years of service. He was a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Cagle Christian of Corsicana; three nephews, John Kenner of Powell, Jerry Kenner of Palestine and Percy Christian of Deer Park; one niece, Valerie Albrecht of Corpus Christi; and several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Buddy Eaton, Chuck Butler, Hulend Hulsey, Jack Conger, Johnny Thompson and Howard Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. James Currington, Elven Wright and Jack Pillans.

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Col. Bob Roy Frisby, Ret.
May 20, 1927 - Feb 18, 2013

Col. Bob Roy Frisby, USAF Retired, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at age 85.

Born in Sherman, Texas, Bob Roy Frisby was a proud Hubbard High School football player and graduate, and Baylor football player and graduate.
He was a Sgt. In the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Germany during World War II, and played football after the war in Europe with the Army Air Corps. In Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 1951 to 1968, he commanded detachments in Orlando, Spokane, and Rhine/Main AFB in Germany and the OSI District in Greece. He served in counterintelligence staff positions in Chicago, the Philippines, and Barksdale AFB. Changing to Security Police in 1968, he served as Director of Security for 22nd AF, 7/13th AF and Military Airlift Command, including Director of Presidential Security, retiring in 1975.
He received MA degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Washington State University, was a graduate of OSI Basic, Advanced and Specialized Counterintelligence Courses, Polygraph School, SOS, Armed Forces Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, USAF Commendation Medal, two foreign decorations and 14 other U.S.
decorations. Subsequent to retiring as a Colonel in the USAF in 1975, he formed two consulting corporations, using mainly Security Police and OSI retirees until he fully retired in 1997.

After retirement, he was very active in community, charitable, and church activities in Corsicana, serving in leadership of the Texas Youth Commission, including being honored as their state volunteer of the year in 1998, Gideon’s International, Corsicana Police and Firemen’s Civil Service Commission, Navarro County Association of Retarded Citizens, United Fund of Corsicana, and Corsicana Rotary Club, of which he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He chaired Corsicana Civil Service Commission, Navarro County Planning and Zoning Commission, organizations for battered wives and families and a ranch for mentally challenged persons.
He was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church for many years, and First United Methodist Church, and was a member of the choir at both churches.
He was appointed the “Daily Points of Light” Award for Aug. 13, 1998, in recognition for his commitment to connecting Americans through service to others and the outstanding example of citizenship that he demonstrated, signed by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Col. Frisby was married to Martha Montgomery Frisby for 60 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2009.

He is survived by two daughters, Robin Sherman Fuller and her husband Jeff, and Amy Wynkoop and her husband Charles, and grandchildren Rachel Sherman Oliver and her husband Conrad, Joshua Starling, Alyssa Starling, Anna Sherman, Abby Starling, Annie Starling, and step-grandchildren Zachary Fuller, Kelci Fuller, Emma Fuller and Kaylee Wynkoop, and his aunt, Kyrene Sims, of Hubbard. He was also father to two sons, Gregor and Mark, who died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Jones Frisby Revis, grandfather, Thad Jones, and cousin, Mike Sims, all of Hubbard.

Visitation with the family will be held at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with his nephew Rev. Matt Marshall officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Pallbearers will be Joshua Starling, Jeffrey Fuller, Charles Wynkoop, Ronald Matthews, Conrad Oliver, Dr. Bob Kingman and David Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon’s International or Rotary Club International’s scholarship fund.

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Wiley S. Robinson
Sep 15, 1950 - Feb 18, 2013

Wiley S. Robinson, 62, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Wiley was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Corsicana to Mr. Wiley D. “Bub”
Robinson Jr. and Lena Palmeri Robinson. He married Virginia West on March 26, 1983 in Tyler. He attended Navarro Junior College and was an employee of Utility Trailer of Dallas.

Wiley loved God, people, country music and old cars. He was a faithful member of Mid-Cities Baptist Temple. He lived life to the fullest for as long as he could with a devotion to country music.

Wiley was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Todd West.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Robinson; son, Randy West; sister-in-law Donna Ayers and husband H.D. and family; cousin, Benny DeGeorge and family; pets, his “girls” Candy Kiss, Penny Kay and Maggie; and a host of special friends.

Visitation with the family will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst.

Service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in the Chapel of Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst with the Rev. Jesse Wilson officiating. Pallbearers are John Ewell, James “Jerry” Armitage, Charlie Martinez, H.D. Ayers, Cliff Cook, Ed Kuser, Billy Keebler and Packy Watson. Honorary pallbearers are Frankie Miller, Doug miller, Jim Stinson, Jimmy Eaves, Terry Pack, Jerry Allen, Cody Armitage, John Everett and Cecil Shaw. Interment will follow in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA, in memory of Wiley Robinson.

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Alexander Paul Kolosta
Mar 26, 1991 - Feb 12, 2013

Alexander Paul Kolosta was born in Waxahachie on March 26, 1991 to Danny and Judy Kolosta.

Alex was an intelligent young man who graduated in the 2009 Class at Corsicana High School and continued his education at the University of North Texas in Denton for three years. Alex joined the United States Navy and was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, Ill. During his time in Chicago, Alex volunteered to tutor students in the local area and served at the local soup kitchen. He loved to help out others in need, previous volunteer work also included Habitat for Humanity.

Alex passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at the age of 21 to be with his Heavenly Father and was survived by both parents, his sister, a niece and nephew, his paternal grandparents, and various extended family members.

An open memorial will be on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana. A private burial for the family will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers for the family, please send donations to the Navarro County Habitat for Humanity.

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Dirk Neal Messer
Mar 13, 1956 - Feb 17, 2013

Dirk Neal Messer, 56 of Groesbeck, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, after a long battle with lung disease.

He was born March 13, 1956, in Corsicana to Richard and Betty Messer. He worked in oil and gas as a foreman over wells. He loved riding horses and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Messer; step-father, Bill Prince; and uncle, Earl Carver.

Survivors include his mother, LaRue Messer Prince of Mexia; children, Lisa Messer and Brittney Messer Wilson, both of El Dorado, Ark. He is also survived by his long-time companion, Joy Knotts; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Messer, Matthew Messer, Tyler Wilson, and Micah Wilson; his sisters, Nada Messer Barlow of Corsicana, Johnna Messer Donohoe and husband Danny of Calion, Ark., and DeLana Messer of Corsicana; brother, Rick Lynn Messer and wife, Robin of El Dorado, Ark.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with brother-in-law Danny Donahoe officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Messer, Justin Messer, Rodney Carver, Warren Carver, Mike Carver, and Donnie Carver.

Honorary pallbearers will be Blake Messer, Quinton Carver, Richard Kelley, and Jeff Kelley.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Gail (Martin) Price
Aug 16, 1936 - Feb 16, 2013

Mary Gail Martin Price passed away in Tyler at the age of 76 on Saturday, Feb. 16. She was born in Retreat on Aug. 16, 1936.

Mary spent her childhood in Retreat where her family and ancestors have lived since the 1840s. For most of her childhood, she played outside with her brother doing all the things that country kids did at that time. From early on, Mary exhibited exceptional skill in anything athletic. She could kick or throw a football farther, hit a baseball harder, ride a horse faster than any of her mostly male playmates. She also won many marble games that were played with a circle drawn in the dirt. Her mother, as many mothers did in that day, made both she and her brother a little drawstring bags to carry their marbles around in the pockets of their overalls.

Mary attended Pickett School for the first three years of elementary school. In 1946, the Pickett School consolidated with the Corsicana I.S.D. and she completed her education there, graduating from Corsicana High School in 1954.

Because, at that time, the Corsicana schools did not have an athletic program for girls, Mary played the shortstop position on the girls’ softball team for both the Pursley and Richland communities for several summers.

Shortly after high school graduation, she went to work as a legal secretary for two young lawyers who were just getting their practice started in Corsicana. They were Buck Douglas and Robert Jackson.

In the early ’60s, Mary moved with her family to the Bakersfield area of California where her husband was in both the automobile and the trucking business. They returned to Texas in 1977. She went to work as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She worked there until she retired.

Mary had bought a home located on the grounds of the Gladewater Country Club. You could step out of her front door and you were immediately on the golf course. She played golf there for a number of years and after retirement played on a daily basis as weather permitted. If she wasn’t playing golf, she was watching it on TV. She had said once that she would have become a golf pro had she taken up the game earlier in life.
We are all grateful that she had an opportunity to truly enjoy her retirement years doing what she loved to do.

Preceding her in death were her parents, John Thomas Martin Sr. and Gracie Lee Martin Hollingsworth, as well as her brother, John Thomas Martin Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter and son-in-law, Joni Gail and John Wood of Longview; her son, Dave Price of Longview; grandchildren, Audra and Lyle Myers of The Colony and Cody Stillwell of Longview; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Christian Myers of The Colony. Other survivors include the father of her children, David Price of Highland Village; one sister, Polly Martin Thomas of Retreat, one sister-in-law, Carly Martin of Shreveport, La., and a very special friend, Willie Ward of Gladewater. Nieces, nephews, relatives and friends also remain to remember her.

The family will gather at the Retreat City Hall for visitation and lunch at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 20, preceding a graveside service conducted by Bro. Bill Honea at 2 p.m. at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

All friends and family members are invited to join us there for a time of remembering Mary and honoring her life.

We, as a family, express our thanks to all who made Mary's life more complete in any way. We are grateful for your friendship and pray God bless you everyone.

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Jo Ann (Nagy) McNabb
May 15, 1931 - Dec 30, 2012

Jo Ann Nagy McNabb, 81, of Midland, and previously of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at her residence in Midland.

Jo Ann was born May 15, 1931 in Navarro County, and was a resident of Navarro County most of her life. She attended Petty’s Chapel Schools and graduated from Corsicana High School. She then attended Navarro College.

On Oct. 16, 1948, she married Bronnie Frank McNabb in Corsicana. Jo Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. Jo Ann’s generosity, graciousness, and wisdom touched so many lives, and her magnetic personality will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Jo Ann was an active and devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana, serving as Director of Median Adult Sunday School for many years. Jo Ann attended First Baptist Church of Midland since 2007, and was a member of the Stephen’s Department.

Mrs. McNabb was preceded in death by husband, Bronnie Frank McNabb; son Bronnie Frank McNabb, Jr.; son-in-law, Kenneth Graf; parents, Joe Nagy and Helen Toth Nagy; paternal grandparents, Steve and Johanna Nagy; and maternal grandparents, John and Annie Toth. She was also preceded in death by her husband’s parents, Homer E. McNabb and Edna Lewis McNabb.

Jo Ann is survived by a daughter, Nancy Ann McNabb Graf of Vernon; daughter-in-law, Anna Beth Simmons McNabb of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Margaret Anna McNabb of Charlotte, N.C., James Madison McNabb of Raleigh, N.C., John Kenneth Graf and wife Cristen; great granddaughter, Kenleigh Elizabeth of Plano, Christopher McNabb Graf and wife Katie of Houston; brother, Joe R. Nagy and wife Lou Arnett Nagy; sister, Linda Stephens and husband Autry C. Stephens of Midland; nieces and nephews, Paula Thompson, Patti Hill, Lia Buchanan, Joe Stephens, and Lyndal Greth. Also surviving is her brother-in-law, Billy James McNabb of Corsicana and niece Pat Haba.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan, 3, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves and Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Kenneth Graf, Christopher McNabb Graf, James Madison McNabb, Joseph Martin Stephens, Freddy Wayne Thomas, Meredith Scott Thompson, Michael Don Adams, and Richard William Greth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bronnie F. McNabb, Jr.
Theological Library Collection at First United Methodist Church, Clarendon, Texas, or to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, Midland, or the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church, Corsicana, or to a charity of ones choice.

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Ruth Elizabeth (Erwin) Gunter
Apr 24, 1911 - Jan 2, 2013

Ruth Elizabeth (Erwin) Gunter, 101, of Midland, formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Manor Park in Midland.

Ruth was born April 24, 1911, in Irene to E.W. Erwin and Emma Pendleton Erwin, the fifth of seven children. She grew up in the Woodbury Community. She met Raymond Gunter at business college in Hillsboro, and they were married Sept. 30, 1930, in a double wedding ceremony with her brother Ed Erwin and his wife, Francis. Ruth and Raymond lived on a farm in the Brandon community until 1945 when they moved to Corsicana where they remained the rest of their married life. Raymond died in 2000; Ruth remained in Corsicana until she moved to Midland in 2008 to be closer to family.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Ed, Weldon, and Herbert Erwin, and one brother who died in infancy; two sisters, Margie (Erwin) Brand and Sylvada (Erwin) Lewis; grandson Lee McGraw; and son-in-law, Jack McGraw.

She is survived by two children, Don Gunter and wife Lynda of Tyler, and Wanda (Gunter) McGraw of Midland; seven grandsons, Tim McGraw and wife Terri, Scott McGraw and wife Connie, Kyle McGraw and wife DeAnn, Travis McGraw and wife Donna, all of Midland, Steve Gunter and wife Liz of Plano, Greg Gunter and wife Mary Jane of Frisco, and Dr. Jeff Gunter and wife Lori of Denver, Colo.; 15 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

While in Corsicana, Ruth worked at Adams Hat Factory, Ruby Hendon Dress Shop and many years at the Fireside Gift Shop.

Ruth was a faithful member of the Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana and then the Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland. She spent her life serving and caring for others.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana. Viewing will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Tim McGraw, Scott McGraw, Kyle McGraw, Travis McGraw, Steve Gunter, Greg Gunter, Dr. Jeff Gunter and Sammy Mosley.

Memorials may be sent to Westhill Church of Christ Benevolent Fund, 3400 West Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110, or to Fairmont Park Church of Christ Building Fund, 3813 North Midland Drive, Midland, Texas 79707.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty Layton (Thompson) Sheffield
Jan 13, 1933 - Dec 31, 2012

Betty Layton (Thompson) Sheffield, 79, of Hubbard and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at her home. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, before the funeral.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rick Sheffield officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Antioch Cemetery near Mount Calm. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Raymond Lafell Cobb
abt 1946 - Mar 31, 1993

Raymond Lafell Cobb, 46, of Corsicana, died March 31, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Horace Crowder officiating. Burial will be in Modral Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Alifonsa Cobb of Corsicana; wife, Kay Cobb of Corsicana; two sons, Raymond Lafell Cobb Jr. and Carl Cobb, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Monica Cobb and Christi Cobb, both of Corsicana; one step-son, George Welch of Waco; three brothers, Logan Cobb, Fitzhugh Cobb and Hubert Cobb, all of Corsicana; and four sisters, June Garner of Waco, Jan Farmer of Corsicana, Judy Spill of Arlington and Colleen Womack of Pandale.

Pallbearers will be Jack Fox, Roy Franks, Bill Lindsey, Jerry Robinson, Bud Fitzgerald and Kevin Funderburk.

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Jo Ann (Koehler) Stuart
Mar 21, 1941 - May 31, 1993

Jo Ann Stuart, 52, of Corsicana, died May 31, 1993 in Mel Haven Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in the Modral Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Cemetery [sic].

She was preceded in death by one son, Joey Stuart.

Survivors include, two sons, Mark Stuart of Galveston and Charles Stuart of Corsicana; one daughter, Charlene Skinner of San Diego, Calif.; three brothers, Semore Koehler, Dustin Koehler and Rubin Koehler, all of San Antonio; one sister, Maxine Earnest of San Antonio; and one aunt, Ruth Stewart of Corsicana.

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Brenda Lee (Coker) Coker
Sept 25, 1944 - Mar 1, 2013

Mrs. Brenda Lee Coker, 68, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at her home in Barry.

She was a member of the Methodist Women’s Group and very active with the Lord’s Acre. Brenda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved caring for children.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Augustus and Francis Coker; and one daughter, Donna Coker.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Coker of Barry; daughter, Rita Coker of Barry; three sisters, Frances Bridger of Barry; Tommie Jones and her husband James of Corsicana; Letha Gentry and her husband Bobby of Barry; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Gipson and Pastor Amy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Union Justis "Jack" Peacock
Nov 1, 1854 - Feb 21, 1922

BLOOMING GROVE NEWS
(Special to the Sun)

Mr. Peacock, an elderly man at Lone Cedar, passed away Friday night and the remains were interred in the cemetery at that place.

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Ida Belle (Inman) Dozier
Feb 6, 1909 - Oct 7, 1988

Ida Belle Dozier

Ida Belle Dozier, 79, of Blooming Grove, died Oct. 7, 1988, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove, with Revs. Neal Rogers and Barry Fikes officiating. Burial will be in Lone Oak Cemetery.

She is survived by two brothers, Virgil Inman of Burleson and Dave Inman of Italy; a sister, Fannie Scales of Blooming Grove; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Norman Scales, James Inman, Dwayne Gifford, Darrel Smith, Billy Wayne McGraw and Don McGraw.

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Adela Marie Lenz
abt 1941 - Sep 24, 2013

Mrs. Adela Marie Lenz, 72, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Friendship Towers, 2512 West Seventh Avenue, Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kenneth Wayne Green
June 16, 1950 - Sept 26, 2013

Kenneth Wayne Green, 63, of Powell, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the family he loved and who loved him dearly on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

Ken was born on June 16, 1950, to the late James C. and Ruby Green of Dallas. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force in 1968 and was stationed at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, La. There he met his soon-to-be wife, Barbara, on a blind date. Ken proposed on their second date, nine days later; and they were married three months later.  During their 42 years together, they owned and operated Falcon Concrete Products in Kerens for 18 years and Hwy. 31 Self-storage for the last 17 years.

Ken was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors, spending his time chasing after coon and deer. When not hunting, his biggest passion, next to his family, was the cattle on his ranch and frequenting the auction in Angus, visiting with his many friends. Those who knew Ken, were aware that calves on his ranch were never allowed to be named, because once they reached 600 lbs. their name was “GONE.” Ken had a love for ranching and was always excited to talk about cows and pass on words of wisdom gathered from many decades of working cattle. His favorite past time was trading. Ken was known to buy, sell and trade with the best of them and continued to pursue the next potential sale for as long as he was able.
His family joked the only things not for sale, were his wife and two kids. When not hunting or working cattle he could always be found with his wife Barbara, either at home, at Falcon or at Bluebonnet. Ken was most proud of his son, daughter and both of his granddaughters, whom he taught to be fierce domino players. Ken never met a child he did not love, was always quick with a joke, and never met a stranger.

Ken is survived by his wife and soul mate, Barbara Green; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Ross Weiner; son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Brandy Green; his perfect granddaughters, Lynzee and Bailey Scruggs; and his sisters and brothers, Jimmie Hamm, Claudie Langford, Betty Timmons, Ruby Lee Swan, Harry Green, Tommy Green, Debbie Anderson, Paulette Rogers, Charlie Green, Robert Green, James Green; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Richard "Dick" Douglas Parker Jr.
Oct 25, 1927 - Oct 2, 2013

Richard “Dick” Douglas Parker Jr. was born Oct. 25, 1927 in Corsicana, the only child of Hazel and Richard Douglas Parker Sr. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Dick was baptized into the saving grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ in September 1939. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1944. He attended North Texas Aeronautical College, Navarro Junior College and the University of Texas during the years of 1944 to 1951. Dick’s college education was deferred for a year when he entered the United States Marine Corps in June 1945, and for another year when he was recalled from the Marine Corps Reserves in May 1951.

Nonetheless, Dick was graduated from the University of Texas in January 1952, and immediately joined Standard Vacuum Oil Company by whom he was sent to Madras, India as Retail Development Director. Dick worked in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines until 1961 when he joined W. B. Robinson & Co. of Corsicana as a stock broker.

In 1962, Dick formed a buy-out company for Screw Products Dallas Corporation and was president of that company until his retirement in 1980. He was also president of Southwest Fastener Association and vice president of National Fastener Association.

In 1964, Dick married Eleanor Bragg Cocke, his wife of more than 49 years, and together they raised four children while living in Dallas.  Dick was a deacon in Believer’s Chapel. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and has long been an avid Bible student and shared his faith in Christ.

In 1994, Eleanor and Dick moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where they were active members of a lively bicultural community. Dick was involved in charity work, including driving for “Feed the Hungry,” a non-profit organization committed to feeding 4,000 Mexican school children each school day. The couple also enjoyed an active social life, playing croquet, taking travel trips to other parts of Mexico and forming warm and abiding friendships during the next dozen years before returning to Dallas in 2005.

Dick is survived by his wife Eleanor, and her three children and their spouses: Robert R. (Mary) Cocke IV of Austin, DeMaret “Dee” Cocke Childress of Dallas, and James Truman Chaney of Austin, and five
grandchildren: Robinson Cocke V, Kathryn and David Childress and Jarod and Whitney Chaney. He was preceded in death by her son Jackson Chaney of Southlake.

Memorials may be sent to Grace Hospice, 730 Ave. F, Suite 200, Plano Texas 75074.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 11, 2013
  • h/o Tabby Eleanor (Bragg) Cocke-Parker - s/o Richard Douglas Parker Sr.
    and Hazel (Weaver) Parker
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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