Feb 17, 1929 - Dec 14, 1989
Kenneth Mathers, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 14, 1989.
Services are pending.
He was born Feb. 17, 1929. He resided in Italy. He was a retired
Fort Worth police officer.
Wife, Clovis Mathers of Blooming Grove, two sons, Charles Thomas and
Kenneth Eugene; daughter Valli Woods; sister Brenda Wainscott of
Italy; J. C. Mathers of Blooming Grove, five grandchildren; one
Jan 8, 1921 - Jul 10, 1985
Carlos McPherson, 64, of Corsicana, died Wednesday at the Veterans
Administration hospital in Temple.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Robert Mikulastik officiating.
Burial will be in Rosehill
Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Ella McPherson, a daughter,
Carlice Prater of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Jeffery Dean
McPherson of Corsicana, Tonja Prater of Houston and Ricky Prater and
Teresa Prater, both of Corsicana; seven brothers and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be James Thompson, Odell Hammock, Walter Newson,
Joseph Sabo, Award Dunbar and Kenneth Bruner.
Pallbearers are disabled American veterans.
Ann (Woodward) McSpadden
Aug 14, 1911 - Mar 14, 1988
Mary Ann McSpadden
Mary Ann McSpadden, 76, of Blooming Grove, died March 14, 1988, in
Northside Nursing Home.
Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Blooming Grove Methodist Church,
with Rev. Don Elroy officiating. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was a retired Blooming Grove Independent School District math
Survivors include her husband, Justin Oliver McSpadden, Sr. of
Blooming Grove; two sons and daughters-in-law, Justin and Martha
McSpadden of Corsicana and James and Jackie McSpadden of Houston;
two daughters and son-in-law, Shirley and Joe Frederick of Garland
and Carol McSpadden of Houston; and seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers are James O. McSpadden, James D. McSpadden, William D.
McSpadden, William Glen Frederick, Jeffrey K. Dees, D. Y. Woodard,
Gerald McSpadden and Ralph McSpadden.
Tyler "Target" Murray
Apr 28, 1994 - May 9, 1994
Austin Tyler Murray
Austin Tyler Murray, 11 days, died May 9, 1994, at Navarro Regional
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Billy and Amy Murray of Corsicana;
grandparents, Lynn Murray of Blooming Grove and Bill and Debbie Bray
of Corsicana; and great-grandparents, Bill and Patsy Smith of
Navarro Mills and Lizza Smith of Blooming Grove.
David Bowling and John Matous will serve as pallbearers.
Minnie Belle (Stanley) Meeker
Aug 1, 1920 - May 25, 2011
Minnie B Meeker, 90
Died: May 25, 2011, in Athens, Texas
Services for Minnie Bell Meeker, 90, Athens are scheduled for 2:00 P
M Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel with
Elder C. C. Morris officiating.
Burial will follow in
Campbell-Elrod Cemetery in Navarro County.
She was born August 1 1920 in Hill County to the late Carl and
Gertie Walls Stanley. Minnie married Herbert F. Meeker, Sr. January,
1942. They lived in Dallas for 49 years before moving to Athens in
1991. She was a member of Primitive Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert F. Meeker, Sr. July
26, 1993 and son Herbert F. Meeker, Jr. November 9, 2000.
Survivors include granddaughter Kimberly Ann LaFontain, Casper,
Wyoming; great grandchildren Shanelle Kaylee Anderson and Adain
LaFontain both of Casper, Wyoming; sisters Mary Capps and Evelyn
Coker, both of Richland; brother Ed Stanley, Sallisaw, Oklahoma and
numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Barfield, Ron Spradlin, Russell Laird,
Jerry Lindamood, Billy Dyess, A. G. Row, Ricky Day, Harlan Womack,
Terry Day, Rustin Laird.
Jettie B. Ellison
abt 1931 - Feb 24, 2013
Jettie B. Ellison, 82, Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013,
at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation is noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, March
1, 2013, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Graveside Rites are 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Woodland Memorial Park with Scott Miller
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.
Marco Fabian Herrera
Feb 24, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013
Infant Marco Fabian Herrera, was born and died on Sunday, Feb. 24,
2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Graveside services
will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at
Cemetery with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Arrangements by Corley
Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Tennessee (Clement) Gillean
Nov 3, 1860 - Aug 16, 1917
Prominent Navarro County Woman Passes Away.
Mrs. Gillean, wife of County Commissioner, W. P. Gillean, died in a
Dallas sanitarium this morning where she had been taken last Tuesday
for treatment, and the remains passed through her this afternoon en
route to Frost where interment will take place tomorrow. The
deceased is survived by her husband and two children, Bruce Gillean,
bookkeeper at the State Orphan Home, and Mrs. Tom Slay of Frost.
Ida S. (Roberts) McCurdy
May 24, 1858 - Apr 21, 1918
ITEMS OF INTEREST TAKEN FROM COUNTY EXCHANGES.
(From the Herald)
Mrs. Ida S. McCurdy, the late widow of Dr. R. C. McCurdy of Dresden,
died on the morning of the 2nd of this month, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. B. T. Howard, in San Antonio. Her body was brought to
Dawson Wednesday morning and taken to the residence of J. E. Cathey,
where it remained until afternoon when burial took place in
Mrs. McCurdy was 59 years old and died of Pneumonia. She is survived
by five children—J. L. McCurdy, of Washington, D. C., Mrs. M. T.
Howard of San Antonio, R. H. McCurdy of Hugo, Okla., R. R. McCurdy
of Dawson and Mrs. Earl Justiss of Mt. Pleasant. J. E. Cathey of
this city, is a nephew of the late Dr. and Mrs. McCurdy.
When Dr. McCurdy first came to Texas from Tennessee in 1895, he
located at Spring Hill. After having lived there for several years
moved to Dresden, at which place he died 6 years ago.
Ann (Heren) McGovern
1832 - May 25, 1918
DIED IN BROWN COUNTY
Remains Interred At Dresden This Afternoon
Mrs. M. E McGovern, the venerable mother of James McGovern, of the
Drane community died in Brown County, Saturday and the remains
arrived here at 12:30 today and were taken at once to Dresden, where
interment took place this afternoon.
Martha Jane (Crossland) Claiborne-Campbell
1850 - Apr 13, 1918
OLD RESIDENT PASSES AWAY.
Highly Esteemed Lady Is Buried at Dresden.
Mrs. Campbell, wife of J. M. Campbell, of Dresden, aged 68 years,
and for nearly sixty years a resident of this county, died at the
family home Monday and the remains were interred at Dresden
yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, the funeral being largely
attended. The deceased lady was a native of Texas, having been born
near Nacogdoches, but had lived in this county since childhood. She
is survived by her husband and four children, J. W. Campbell of
Ralls, Texas, Mrs. Ida Richardson of Duke, Okla., Mrs. Lillie
McCracken, Olusta, Okla., and Mrs. Lula Richardson of Dresden.
James Henry Derryberry
Jun 23, 1848 - Jun 3, 1916
Died Near Barry.
J. H. Derryberry, aged 70 years and for many years a resident of the
Barry community, died at his home yesterday morning at 11 o’clock,
and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. The
deceased, who was a good citizen, is survived by a widow and five
grown children. The funeral was largely attended.
Nannie (Henderson) Derden
Jan 31, 1907 - Oct 31, 1987
Nannie “Little Mama” Derden, 80, of Athens died Saturday.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The
Rev. Les Hine and Sister Bernice Adams will officiate. Burial will
be in the Dresden Cemetery.
Mrs. Derden was a native of McKinney and had lived in Athens for 22
years. She was a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church of
Her husband, P. E. Derden, preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1984.
Survivors include two sons, James Derden and Tommy Derden both of
Athens; two daughters, Margie Derden of Athens, Betty Sue Miller of
Palestine; one brother Jim Henderson of Salina; six grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jerry Gentry, Wayne Belle, Randy Smith, Ricky Don
Sykes, Doyle Derden and Ricky Rutledge.
Winnie Mae (Ragan) Odom
July 11, 1902 - Mar 9, 1988
Mrs. Winnie Odom
Mrs. Winnie Odom, 85, of Corsicana, died March 9, 1988, at Corsicana
Service is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev.
John Dirk officiating. Burial will be the
She was born in Barry and was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist
She is survived by a daughter, Helen Atkinson of Richardson; a
grandson, Cody Atkinson of Richardson; a sister, Mable Slaughter of
DeSoto; three brothers, Jimmy Ragan of Greenville, Lige Ragan of
Houston and Reo Ragan of Midland; and nieces and nephews.
Marie Adeline (Pinkousky) Henk
Jan 17, 1916 - Jun 29, 1991
Marie Adeline Henk
Marie Adeline Henk, 75, of Navarro Mills, died June 29, 1991, at
Navarro Regional Hospital.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at
Dresden cemetery. Corley
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Chicago, and had lived in Navarro
Mills for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of the
Survivors include one son, Len Henke of Navarro Mills; and one
grandson, Charles Henke of Navarro Mills.
Everett E. Lassiter
Sep 27, 1903 - Jan 17, 1919
Died Last Night at Retreat
Everett, the 15-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lasiter, of
Retreat, died last night of influenza and pneumonia, and the remains
were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 5 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs.
Lasiter have many friends in Corsicana as well as in their own
community who will sympathize with them in their great bereavement.
James Thomas Clines
Sep 17, 1866 - Feb 7, 1920
Died Near Purdon.
James Clines, aged 50 years, died at his home near Purdon Saturday
and the remains were interred at Dresden yesterday. His wife and two
Nancy Ann (Coe) Cheek
Jan 2, 1858 - Jun 19, 1922
Died Here Last Night
Mrs. Nancy Cheek, wife of J. M. Cheek, died last night at the family
home on North Tenth street, and the remains were interred at Dresden
this afternoon. Surviving the deceased is her husband and six grown
children, James, William, Herbert, and Grafton Cheek of Corsicana,
Douglas Cheek and Mrs. Bessie Chapman of New Mexico.
Jun 16, 1921 - Apr 12, 1923
Lost Their Last Twin
Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Brown of Powell, near two years ago had pretty
twin daughters born to them. A year ago one of the little fellows
passed away and was buried on the family lot at Dresden, and last
night, Oleta, the last of the little ones passed away at the home
near Powell after an illness of two weeks and this morning the
sorrowing parents took the little body to Dresden and laid it to
rest by the side of its twin sister. They were beautiful and bright
children, and the double sorrow has come as a great blow to their
bereaved parents, and they have the sympathy of all in their sore
Little Aleta Brown.
Little Aleta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Brown, was born June16,
1921, and died April 12, 1923. Little Aleta was a great sufferer for
one so young, through many days she felt the pains of her
afflictions. Her place, in the affections of her father, mother and
sister was exceedingly precious and her early departure from their
embrace has left an aching void that only God can heal but his
precious little one has passed out of this suffering world to Him
who said suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the
kingdom of heaven will be more precious now because this dear child
has gone to be with Jesus, who gathers the lambs to His bosom and
leads his sheep to the fold of eternal blessedness. Her little body
was laid in the Dresden cemetery; her soul has gone to mingle with
the saints and angels beyond the stars.
The funeral was conducted by their pastor Rev. E. L. Hill.
abt 1914 - Jan. 6, 1919
Died Near Barry
Clifford Boswell, the 5-year-old son of T. C. Boswell, died at the
family home near Barry Monday afternoon and the remains were
interred in the neighborhood cemetery yesterday.
Chester David "Dave" Williams
Aug 22, 1877 - Jan 10, 1922
Died at Hospital.
C. D. Williams, aged 44 years, of Barry, died at the Physicians and
Surgeons hospital here this morning and the funeral will take place
Wednesday afternoon with burial in the
He is survived by a widow and six children.
Richard David Waters
Sep 8, 1872 - Sep 18, 1926
EUREKA MAN DIED SATURDAY, BURIED AT KERENS SUNDAY
R. B. Waters of the Eureka community died Saturday night and the
remains were interred in the Kerens cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Reuben Berry Deal
Sep. 15, 1914 - Oct. 27, 1924
Kerens Boy Dies As Result Recent Burns
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Oct. 27.—Reuben Deal, age 12 years, died this morning
from burns received when the Deal home was destroyed by fire several
days ago. Funeral services were held this afternoon with interment
in the Kerens cemetery.
Marvin Gano Lewis
Dec 22, 1931 - Apr 17, 1954
Kerens Soldier Dies In Japan
KERENS, April 23—(Spl)—Mrs. and Mrs. Clyde Smith were advised this
week by the War Department of the death of their son, Pfc. Marvin
Lewis, in Japan.
Details of the soldier’s death are lacking. The body will be
returned her for burial.
Pfc. Lewis attended Kerens schools and entered the army, December 8,
1952. He was married April 16, 1953, to the former Barbara Gunnels
of Trinidad, and was sent overseas a few days later.
Surviving are his wife, parents, sister, Carolyn, and two brothers,
Kenneth and Lonnie Earl; two grandmothers, Mrs. Lorie Lewis, Kerens,
and Mrs. C. F. Penney, Corsicana.
Marvin Lewis Services Sunday
Funeral services for Pvt. Marvin Lewis, 22, U. S. Army, killed in a
military vehicle mishap in Japan, April 18 will be held from the
Inmon Funeral Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Cato A. Sheerer and Lavelle Layfield,
Church of Christ ministers.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Gunnells Lewis, Trinidad; mother,
Mrs. Clyde Smith, Kerens; two brothers, Lonnie Earl Lewis,
Kingsville, and Kenneth Lewis, Kerens; a sister, Carolyn Lewis,
Kerens; grandmothers, Mrs. Lorie Lewis, Kerens, and Mrs. C. F.
Penney, Corsicana; five uncles, Curtis, Thurman and Johnny Penney,
all of Corsicana; Rufus Penney, Kerens, and Floyd Penney, Houston;
two aunts, Mrs. Mary Lee Colburn, Monahans, and Mrs. Ed Reed,
Kingsville, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be N. S. White, J. B. Beggs, Melvin O. Penney,
Thomas Earl Layfield, Robert Baxter and Nelson Shelton.
R. M. Jordan
Jan 13, 1875 - Feb 24, 1926
CORSICANA MAN IS BURIED THURSDAY IN KERENS CEMETERY
R. M. Jordan, aged 51 years, died Wednesday afternoon at 4:10
o’clock at 315 East Fifteenth avenue and the remains were interred
Thursday afternoon in the Kerens cemetery at 4 o’clock. The deceased
had been ill for about three weeks.
Mr. Jordan worked at the Berry restaurant. He had no immediate
Edna A. (Langston) Peters
abt 1901 - May 15, 1926
FUNERAL SERVICES TUESDAY AT POWELL MRS. EDNA PETERS
The body of Mrs. Edna Peters, aged 35 years, who died in St. John’s
Hospital, San Angelo, Texas, was shipped to Corsicana Monday morning
and was taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. U.
The funeral will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Langston
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in the
Mrs. Peters is survived by her husband, Ed Peters, her parents and
The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. E. Carraway,
Five sisters, Mrs. H. F. Brooks, Mildred; Mrs. S. F. Wright, Elk
City, Okla.; Mrs. N. S. Anderson, Trinidad; Misses Frances and
Lillie Langston, Powell; three brothers, William, Eddie and Doyle
Langston, all of Powell, also survive.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, May 17, 1926
- death certificate says she was 25 years old w/o Ed Peters d/o David
Uriah Langston, Jr. and Mattie Sonora (Langston) Langston
- Submitted by
Mattie Sonora (Langston) Langston
Aug. 16, 1869 - Apr. 30, 1946
FUNERAL RITES HELD FRIDAY FOR MRS. MATTIE LANGSTON
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Langston, aged 77 years, who died
at the family residence here Tuesday morning, were held from the
Missionary Baptist church Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial
was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J.
Kirkland, pastor of the church.
Surviving are her husband, D. U. Langston, Corsicana; five
daughters, Mrs. Ethel Rooks, Overton, Mrs. Rosie Wright, Corsicana;
Mrs. N. S. Anderson, Gooding Idaho; Mrs. Gordon Crawford, Corsicana,
and Mrs. H. F. Stoffregen, Waco; three sons, Eddie Langston, Edmond,
Okla.; Doyle Langston, Oakland, Calif., and William Langston,
Kerens; two sisters, Sallie Barham, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Lola
Pillow, Corsicana; a brother, W. E. Langston, Corsicana; 17
grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Wright, Floyd Wright, Graham Gray, W. D.
Gray, E. D. Peters, W. B. Mayo, Lee Brashear and Nelson Phipps.
Corley Funeral Home directed.
Pum Roy Hemphill
abt 1884 - Jun 5, 1927
KANSAS MAN IS BURIED AT KERENS THURS. AFTERNOON
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, June 9—Funeral services were held here Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hemphill for P. R.
Hemphill, who passed away at his home in Blott, Kansas Sunday at six
o’clock. Rev. Joe N. Everheart, pastor of the Presbyterian church of
this city, conducted the services. Burial followed in the
The deceased had suffered from stomach trouble about four or five
years but was apparently in good health up until a few days prior to
his death. The message received by relatives here was a complete
shock to them as well as friends of the family. The body arrived in
Kerens Thursday morning over the Union Pacific Railway Lines from
Blott, Kan. to Texarkana and from there over the Cotton Belt Lines.
P. R. Hemphill was born in Georgia and came to Texas with the family
in 1892, settling in Panola county. Years later he accepted a
position with a telephone company and worked with them in Waco. His
work carried him to different parts of Texas, later returning him to
Waco as District Manager of their concern. From there the deceased
went to Abilene, Kansas and thence to Belott where he had resided
about five years. He was 43 years of age at the time of his death.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two young daughters, Helen
and Alma Lee of Blott, Kansas; his mother, Mrs. Fannie Hemphill,
Kerens; four brothers, Wiley, George, Blant, of Kerens; L. S.
Hemphill, Frederick, Okla., and a sister, Mrs. W. S. Price, Kerens.
Aug 24, 1926 - Aug 24, 1926
Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, Aug. 26.—The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. U. Grosswick
was buried at Dresden Wednesday, August 25. Funeral services were
conducted in the home at ten o’clock by Rev. Covington of M. E.
Church. The mother is doing reasonably well at this writing.
Carro Allan (Melton) McMillan
Jul 31, 1876 - Nov 8, 1927
RALEIGH WOMAN DIED TUESDAY BURIED AT DRESDEN
Blooming Grove, Texas, Nov. 12, --Mrs. Carl McMillan, aged 50 years;
died at her home in the Raleigh community Tuesday evening following
a lingering illness and the remains were interred in the
Dresden Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
Surviving are here husband, three sons and one daughter.
In Memory of Mrs. L. McMillan
On November 8, 1927, the death angel came silently into the home of
L. McMillan and took from them their dear wife and mother.
It just seemed like it was more than we could bear, but God’s will
must be done. She was sick a long while and it was so hard to see
her suffering and could not do anything to relieve her. She was so
good and kind and how we miss her, but she was prepared to go. She
professed at the age of 16 and had been a member of the Methodist
church. She loved her family and they were very devoted to her. The
large number of relatives and friends who so sorrowfully wept on
looking at her the last time shows just how tenderly she loved and
was loved by them.
Weary with years and worn with pain,
Farewell till in some happy place,
We shall behold thy face.
Their happy home is broken,
It does not seem like home,
But an angel came down for her
And removed her from that home.
Weep not her tolls are over,
We know her race is run.
God grant they may rest as calmly,
When our work like his is done.
One precious to our heart is gone,
The voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Rea
Jun 22, 1858 - Sep 30, 1927
FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR THOS. J. REA
WELL KNOWN RESIDENT OF COUNTY BURIED IN DRESDEN
Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson Rea, aged 69 years, who died
at his home in the northwestern portion of the city Friday night at
11:20 o’clock following an illness of several days, were held at
Dresden Sunday afternoon with interment there. The services were
conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister. The scheduled
holding of the funeral at the Drane Baptist church was changed and
the services were held at the tabernacle at Dresden. A large crowd
were present for the services.
Surviving are his wife, Alice Jane Rea, three daughters, Mrs. C. B.
Jordan, Mrs. L. W. Keathley and Mrs. G. C. Kent; three sons, T. S.
Rea, A. M. Rea and Jack Rea, all of the Corsicana community.
The pallbearers were the three sons-in-laws, G. C. Kent, C. B.
Jordan and L. W. Keathley, all of Corsicana, and three
brothers-in-law, Wilmer DeWitt, Fort Worth; and Ernest and Frank
DeWitt both of Dallas.
THOMAS J. REA, PIONEER RESIDENT OF COUNTY IS DEAD
BURIAL WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN DRESDEN CEMETERY
Thomas Jefferson Rea, aged 69 years, resident of Navarro county for
35 years, died at his home in the northwestern portion of the city
Friday night at 11:20 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Sunday
afternoon from the Drane Baptist church at 2:30 o’clock and the
remains will be interred in the Dresden
cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn,
Baptist minister of Corsicana.
Surviving are his wife , Mrs. Alice Jane Rea; three daughters, Mrs.
C. B. Jordan, Mrs. L. W. Keathley and Mrs. G. C. Kent; three sons,
T. S. Rea, A. M. Rea, and Jack Rea, all of whom reside in the
Albert McGee Varnell
Nov 5, 1871 - Oct 28, 1918
GOOD CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Was Native of Navarro and One of Her Best Citizens.
Albert M. (Ab) Varnell, aged forty-six years, died at his home near
Barry at 10 o’clock last night after several days illness with
pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The deceased was born
and reared near where he died and he was recognized by all as one of
the County’s best men and most substantial citizens, and his death
is regarded as a public calamity, for he was foremost in all that
was undertaken for the benefit of his community, his county and
State and for the nation. In the recent Liberty Loan drive he was
among the most active and zealous workers. The deceased was a member
of the Baptist church, the Masons Knights Templar, and Shriners.
The funeral took place from the family home near Barry at 2 o’clock
this afternoon with interment in the
Dresden Cemetery. The services
at the home were conducted by Rev. Mr. Aldridge of Barry, after
which the Barry Masonic Lodge took charge and concluded the services
at the grave. The Knights Templar lodge of Corsicana furnished an
escort and an immense procession followed the remains to the grave.
The deceased lost his wife eleven years ago and had never
re-married. He is survived by five children, the youngest being
twelve years of age. Besides these he has four brothers, R. W., H.
A., L. W., and J. W. Varnell and numerous other relatives.
His death is surely regretted by all who knew him and while he will
be missed from the walks of men, his work will live long after him.
James Earl Goff
Jun 6, 1921 - Jul 13, 2000
James Earl Goff
James Earl Goff, 79, of Frost passed away Thursday, July 13, 2000 at
Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Graveside services will be 9 a.m. today at
Dresden Cemetery with
Brother Bob Reed officiating.
Mr. Goff was born June 16, 1921 in Paris, Texas to James Alvin and
Pearl Goff, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Goff is survived by his wife, Irene Goff of Mineola; son, James
M. Goff of Frost; daughter, Janet Erwin of Dawson; nine
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Claudine Pitman
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 15, 2000
- 1st wife Joy Lovell (Shawhart) Goff 2n wife Irene (unk) Goff s/o
James Alvin Goff and Pearl (Harris) Goff buried in Parkdale
Cemetery, Arlington, Texas
- Submitted by
Ina Rebecca Mae (Griffin) Tatum
Jul 20, 1910 - July 16, 2000
Ina Mae Tatum
Ina Mae Tatum, 89, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, July 16,
2000 at her residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Blooming Grove Church of Christ
with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at
Mrs. Tatum was born July 20, 1910 in Raleigh to Oscar and Rhoda
Griffin. She was a home-maker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Tatum; and her
Mrs. Tatum is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and
Earl Brown of Brownsburg, Ind.; grandchildren, Jill Hall of Fort
Collins, Colo. and Larry Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.;
great-grandchildren, Samantha Hall and Matthew Hall, both of Fort
Collins, Colo. and Collin Brown and Grant Brown, both of
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.
Billy Harold Thomas
Jan 11, 1931 - Jul 17, 2000
Billy Harold Thomas
Billy Harold Thomas, 69, of Corsicana died Monday, July 17, 2000 at
Services were 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
B. F. Risinger officiating. Interment followed at
Pallbearers were Bobby Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, Kipp Thomas, Lee
Thomas, Ricky Thomas, and Herman Tipton. Honorary pallbearers were
Robert Boyd, Kirby Dears, Dan Griffin, Hulen Hulsey, Harold Nash,
and Johnny Rhodes.
Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Purdon. He retired after 38
years with Southwestern Bell as a repairman. He was a veteran and a
life member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bytha Thomas;
Grandson, Will Carroll; and sister, Lura Mae Wilson.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Genetha Thomas of Corsicana;
daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Jim Carroll of Corsicana; son,
Freddy Thomas of Dallas; brothers, C. E. Thomas and Jackie Thomas of
Silver City and Ronnie Thomas of Hurst; and grandchildren Clay
Carroll and Cullen Carroll of Corsicana.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St.,
Corsicana, Texas 75110; or American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13rh St.,
Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Wednesday, July 19, 2000
- Veteran h/o Genetha Ann (Grinstead) Thomas s/o Clarence Elbert
Thomas and Bytha (Tipton) Thomas buried in Younger Cemetery
- Submitted by
Dorthy Fay (Anderson) Daniel
Dec 5, 1912 - Mar 22, 1996
Dorothy (Anderson) Daniel
Dorothy (Anderson) Daniel, 83, of Dallas, died Friday, March 22 at
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating.
Burial will be in the
Pallbearers will be John Clark, Chris Bacic, Richard Heeth, Danny
Heeth, Ronnie Wylie. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Heeth, A. J.
Widener, Howard Wilson, Sidney Moore, Ordway Ferrell, Jimmy Price,
Steve Halsey and Rovane Bruce.
Mrs. Daniel was born Dec. 5, 1912 in Bonanza, Texas. She was a
member of the United Methodist Church of Blooming Grove. She served
as Sunday School teacher and mentor for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Daniel; and infant
son; a brother, Buford Anderson of Houston and her grandson, Lance
Sublett of Garland.
She is survived by; her daughters and sons-in-law, Reba & Tillman
Ferrell of Houston, Belva & Jack Clark of Mesquite and Johnnie
Daniel of Dallas; grandchildren, Chris & Lisa Ferrell Bacic of
Houston, Steve and Sheryl Clark Halsey of Rowlett and John & Kim
Clark of Spring.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
James H. Lassiter
Mar 28, 1866 - Jul 13, 1922
WELL KNOWN FARMER DEAD
Had Been Resident of This County Fifty Years.
J. H. Lassiter, aged 56 years, a most excellent and highly esteemed
citizen, and a resident of Navarro county for forty years died at
his home in Pickett community late yesterday afternoon, and the
remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 2 o’clock.
The deceased came to Texas in 1882 with his parents from
Mississippi. His wife, who was formerly Miss Mary Walker, and eight
children survive. The children are Mrs. Rennie Garrett, Blooming
Grove, Willie Lassiter, Corsicana, Mrs. Mabel Pickett, Oldham,
Texas, Walker, Hopson, Roy and Herbert, and Miss Leoine Lassiter all
of whom are still under the parental roof. A sister, Mrs. Della
Burnham lives at Purdon, another sister, Mrs. Sallie Griffin, lives
in Ranger, and two brothers, G. G. and R. R. Lassiter are residents
of Fort Worth.
Henry Jack Powell
May 17, 1849 - Oct 27, 1925
Uncle Jack Powell of Corsicana, brother of W. D. Powell of this
place, and former resident of this community, was buried at Dresden
Tuesday evening. Several from here attended the funeral.
H. J. POWELL DIES AT HIS HOME HERE; TO BE BURIED DRESDEN
H. J. Powell, aged 76 years, died at his residence, 813 North
Thirteenth street, Monday night at 7 o’clock and the remains were
interred this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the Dresden
cemetery. The funeral procession left Corsicana at 1 o’clock
this afternoon and the services were held at the Dresden church.
The deceased is survived by seven children, four sons, John Powell,
Drane; Pat Powell, Corsicana, Pomp Powell, Drane, Jack Powell,
Corsicana; three daughters.
George Franklin Potter
Sep 26, 1912 - Mar 13, 1988
George F. Potter
Mr. George F. Potter, 75, of Arlington, died March 12, 1988 in an
Arlington hospital after a lengthy illness.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday in the
with the Rev. Bruce Cotton officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
He was a bricklayer and had lived in Arlington since 1955. He was a
army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. George F. Potter of Arlington; one
son, Charles F. Potter of Burleson; one daughter, Mrs. Bobby G.
Thomas of Frost; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one
brother, Francis L. Ross of San Diego, Ca.; and one sister, Mrs. Leo
Pridgeon of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Sep 19, 1928 - Sep 17, 1993
Charles Haden Hooser, 64, of Corsicana, died Sept. 17, 1993 in
Navarro Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church
in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be
in the Frost Cemetery
under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 19, 1928 in Frost. He graduated from Frost High
School, Baylor University and the Southern Methodist University
School of Banking. He was honorably discharged from the
U.S. Air Force in 1953. He was a
longtime banker in Waco, Snyder, Mart, Italy, Athens and Corsicana.
Although retiring from States National Bank, he remained associated
with the First State Bank of Athens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Martha Hooser of
Frost and an infant son, Dane Charles Hooser.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Nedra Moore Hooser of
Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Dee Hooser of
Tyler; one daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Pat Hall of Springer,
N.M.; and one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas S. and Joyce Hooser
Jr. of Palestine, five grandchildren, Charles, Ashley, Nathan, Brent
Jr. and Meagan; and many cousins and friends.
Clarice (Proctor) Williams
May 11, 1935 - Nov 27, 2012
Mrs. Clarice Proctor Williams, 77, of Frost, passed away Nov. 27,
2012 in Corsicana.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Coming of
Christ Full Gospel Church, 2437 Derrs Chapel Rd. in Italy, Texas
with Pastor Joe Jackson and Rev. October Thomas, Eulogist. She will
be buried in Frost Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at M.R.
Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Callie Florence (Bryan)
Oct. 16, 1874 - Jan. 19, 1966
Mrs. Roughton Services Held
Final rites for Mrs. M. M. Roughton, 91, life-long resident of
Navarro county, who died in Memorial hospital Wednesday night, were
held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the
The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh
Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the
First Methodist church. She was a Methodist.
Mrs. Roughton was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Bryan, pioneer
residents of the Bryan community and had resided on Farm Road 744,
Route 1, Corsicana, west of the city limits for many years.
Surviving are two sons, Curtis C. Roughton, Houston, and Nelson
Roughton, Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. Shelby Hicks, Corsicana,
and Miss Gussie Roughton, Marshall teacher; 10 grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. A. J. Horton and Mrs. T. P.
Jordan both of Route 1, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, Jack Megarity, Harold Borg,
Hoyt Moore, Claude Denbow, Bruce Denbow, J. C. Johnson, Jr. and Leo
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Friday, Jan 21, 1966
- w/o Mcalister Mervin Roughton married Dec. 9, 1894 d/o
Dr. George Washington Bryan and Mary Louisa (Stone) Bryan
- Submitted by
McAlister Mervin Roughton
Apr 9, 1869 - Apr 2, 1944
M. M. ROUGHTON PROMINENT FARMER, WAS BURIED MONDAY
M. M. Roughton, 74, prominent farmer of the Drane community, died at
his home early Sunday morning following a brief illness. Funeral
services were held from the Drane Methodist church Monay afternoon
at 3 o’clock with Rev. Vernon White, pastor, conducting the rites.
Burial was in
A resident of the Drane community for many years he was prominently
connected with church, school and other affairs of the community. He
had served as superintendent of the Sunday school of the Methodist
church there 25 years.
He was a native of Tyrrell county, N. C., and came to Navarro county
over 50 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Curtis Roughton, Houston; Nelson
Roughton, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Shelby Hicks, Corsicana;
Miss Gussie Roughton, Marshall; a brother, A. E. Roughton, Norfolk,
Va.; five grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. H. McDonald, T. A. Reed, J. H. Sutton, Jim
Taylor, Guy Love, and D. P. Smith.
Sutherland-McCammon directed arrangements.
Out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral of the late M. M.
Roughton of Drane on Monday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Curtis
Roughton and family of Houston, Miss Gussie Roughton of Marshall,
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Horton of Wichita Falls, Mrs. Earl Griffin of
Crockett, Mrs. Mavis Carson and Mrs. Dudley Gray of Dallas.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, April 4, 1944
- h/o Callie Florence (Bryan) Roughton married Dec. 0, 1894
s/o M. M. Roughton and Christine (Cooper) Roughton
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Oct 28, 1877 - Apr 25, 1948
T.P. JORDAN DIES SUNDAY; FUNERAL MONDAY AFTERNOON
T. P. Jordan, 70, life-long resident of the Drane community, died in
the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday morning at 7 o’clock
following a several weeks’ illness. He was a prominent farmer and
Funeral services were held from the Drane Methodist church Monday
afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Vernon White, Methodist minister of
Coleman. Jordan was a member of the Baptist church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Blanche Jordan, Route 1, Corsicana; a
brother, Sam Jordan, Texas City; a half-brother, C. B. Jordan,
Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Harris, Corsicana, and Mrs. Etta
Hopkins, Cayuga; four half-sisters, Mrs. Virgil Williamson,
Corsicana; Mrs. Gordon Sutton, McKinney; Mrs. Allie Werner, Roswell,
N. M.; and Mrs. Zella Hanson, San Antonio, and a number of nieces
and nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. M. Elrod, Wayne Elrod, M. A. Tekell, Shelby
Hicks, Nelson Roughton, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr.; W. W. Harris and P. A.
Griffin Funeral Home directed.
Opal Lou Scott
Dec 3, 1908 - Dec 13, 1989
Opal Scott, 81, of Dallas, died Dec. 13, 1989.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lamar & Smith Chapel in
Dallas with the Rev. David Kuykendall officiating. Burial will be at
2 p.m. Saturday in
Campbell-Elrod cemetery in Corsicana.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Marie Scott;
two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Noah Jefferson "Jeff" Reeves
Mar 18, 1853 - July 11, 1928
PIONEER RESIDENT RALEIGH IS BURIED DRESDEN THURSDAY
BLOOMING GROVE, July 13.—Noah Jefferson Reeves, aged 75 years, died
at his home in the Raleigh community Wednesday evening at 6:30
o’clock after an illness of several weeks, and the funeral services
were held at the Dresden
cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, where interment was
Mr. Reeves had resided in the Raleigh community practically all of
Surviving are his wife and 11 children.
Apr 18, 1852 - Apr 26, 1928
PIONEER RESIDENT BARRY COMMUNITY DIED THURSDAY
BARRY. April 26—(Spl.)—John Varnell age 76 years, died at his home
one and one half miles east of here at 8 o’clock Thursday morning
and funeral services will be held at the home Friday morning at 9
o’clock and will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather, pastor of the
Baptist church here. Burial will be in
“Uncle John” as he was familiarly known, was one of the pioneer
settlers in this community, having resided at his present home for
He is survived by his wife, six daughters, Mrs. Ralph Christie,
Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Pearl Ferguson, Denton; Mrs. James Garrett,
Waco: Mrs. Claud Williams, Trumbull; Mrs. John Walton, Barry; Mrs.
May Walton, California; three sons, Ed Varnell, Avalon; Fred Varnell,
Seattle, Washington; and Eugene Varnell, Detroit, Michigan.
All of the children except Mrs. May Walton, Fred and Eugene were
with him when he died.
Mr. Varnell was a member of the Baptist church and was one of the
leaders in community life in this section of the county.
Jul 29, 1880 - Jun 20, 1959
Mrs. S. R. Vinson Rites Monday
Mrs. S. R. Vinson of Dallas, aged 78 years, former resident of
Corsicana, died at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Saturday afternoon.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel
with burial in the Dresden
cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor
of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.
Surviving are two sons, Johnny B. Vinson, Waco, and A. J. Vinson,
Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. E. L. Mathis, Ennis; 15 grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other
Pallbearers were G. B. Freeman, George McCombs, Rev. Pritchard,
Wesley E. Vaughn, Joe Burleson and Rufus Trussell.
Samuel Ross “Sam” Vinson, Jr.
Apr 04, 1876 - Oct 19, 1956
Sam Ross Vinson Services Sunday
Funeral services for Sam Ross Vinson, 80, retired farmer, who died
in Dallas Friday afternoon were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday
at 2 p.m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel
Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Florence Vinson, Dallas; two sons,
Johnny B. Vinson, Moody, and Auborn J. Vinson, Dallas; a daughter,
Mrs. Della Mathis, Corsicana; two brothers, G. H. Vinson, Howley,
and Albert Vinson, Plainview; a sister, Mrs. Eadie Weatherly,
Frisco; 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other
Pallbearers were Wesley E. Vaughan, W. W. Vaughan, Jr.; Buddie Ray,
Doodle Boyd, Dwain Garrison and Luther Trussell.
Jan 15, 1936 - Mar 8, 2013
Mr. James C. Gilliam, 77, of Arlington passed away on Friday, March
8, 2013, in Arlington.
He was born on Jan. 15, 1936 in Eureka, to parents Connie D and
Jessie Laverne Gilliam.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gilliam; daughters, Nickie
Haynes and husband Larry of Ennis and Stacey Hoots and husband
Michael of Arlington; son, Jeffrey L. Gilliam and wife Susan of
Roanoke; grandson, Joshua Stout of Beaumont; granddaughters, Sydney
Stout of Beaumont, Tiffany Calder, and Amilyn Martin of Lewisville,
sisters, Aleene Pollock of Corsicana, Verna McDonald of McKinney,
Audra Ground and husband Randall of Paris, and Margie Riley and
husband Al of Mesquite, an aunt, Imogene Moore of Corsicana, and
numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013,
at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13,
2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Mark
Interment will follow in
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Nov 21, 1965 - Mar 8, 2013
Mr. Tim Chapman, 47, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, March 8,
2013 , in Corsicana.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1965, in Ennis, to parents Alvin Earl and
Lillie Jean Chapman Sr.
He was an avid fisherman, and had a great love for his family and
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Earl Chapman Sr.;
brothers, Alvin Earl Chapman Jr. and Michael Wayne Chapman.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Chapman of Kilgore; daughter,
Samantha Chapman of Kilgore; son, James T. Chapman Jr. of Ellis
County; mother, Lille Jean Chapman of Corsicana; brother, Bobby
Chapman of Waxahachie; sisters, Delores Martin of Corsicana and
Diane Rosa of Malakoff; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday,
March 10, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be
2 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastor Freeman Pierce officiating. Interment will follow in the
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Justin Brown, Chris Chapman, John
Paul Chapman, Cory Rosa, David Martin, and Mike Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
abt 1953 - Feb 28, 2013
June Ann Steptoe, 59, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
at the Twilight Home. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9,
2013 at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens. Interment will
follow at Samaria Cemetery.
Arragements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Jun 6, 1894 - Jan 7, 1975
PVT US ARMY
Graveside rites were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Oakwood cemetery for Roy
Dacus, 80, retired Corsicana cotton mill employee, who died Tuesday
in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Charles Pringle officiated. Services
were conducted by Corley Funeral Home.
A native of Arkansas, he had resided here for 50 years. He was a
veteran of World War I and a member of the Baptist church.
He is survived by one brother, C. A. Dacus of Hermleigh, Texas; and
several nieces and nephews.
Aug 6, 1866 - May 14, 1888
P. H. Archer Buried At White Church Cemetery
Funeral service were held last Thursday morning at 10 o'clock for P.
H. Archer, aged 74 yers, a pioneer resident of the Barry community.
The services were held from the home with Rev. W. B. Morton, pastor
of the Barry Methodist church, conducting the rites. Burial was in
the White Church
Mr. Archer died Wednesday afternoon following a long illness
following his wife who died a few weeks ago from burns she received
when she got up during night to administer to him.
He had been a resident of that community for about 50 years. He is
survived by several brothers and sisters.
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, May 23, 1941
- This was an obit that was run again in 1941
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Patricia Anne "Pat" (Poe) Coker
Mar 29, 1946 - Mar 4, 2013
Anne “Pat” Coker, of Brazoria, was born March 29, 1946 in
Corsicana to Wanda (Miller) and Marvin L. Poe and died
Monday, March 4,
2013 in Clute at the age of 66.
She married the love of her life, Jeff Coker and he passed
away in 2002.
They were a wonderful Mimi and Pop. The grandchildren will
have a heritage of being loved and wonderful memories. She
loved her family, loved the Lord and enjoyed playing the
piano and singing and was part of the “Heavenly Harmonizers”
after the passing of her dearly beloved husband
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jeff Coker
and brother, Bobby Poe.
She is survived by her son, Chris Coker of Lake Jackson,
Texas; daughter, Angela Coker of St. Louis, Mo., Chyna Fogle
of Brazoria; brother, Gary Poe of Corsicana; sister, Pam
Ferguson of Corsicana; nine grandchildren and six great
Friends were cordially invited to a visitation with the
family from 5 to
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013
in the Restwood Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Hester
officiating. Burial followed in the Restwood Memorial Park.
Services in Clute are with Restwood Funeral Home && Memorial
Park, (979) 297-2121.
Erie Agnes (Smith) Grant
May 8, 1924 - Mar 7, 2013
services for Erie Agnes Smith Grant, 88, of Corsicana will
be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at Parker Cemetery,
with Rev. Gene Gipson officiating. Arrangements are under
the direction of Bailey & Foster.
Erie Agnes Smith Grant was born May 8, 1924 in Grapeland to
Clem and Pearl Masters Smith. She went to be with her Lord
and her beloved husband on Thursday, March 7, 2013. She
married Willie Earl Grant in 1940, and was married almost 72
years before his passing last June. She was a devoted wife,
mother, sister, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was a
homemaker and loved to sew, quilt, garden and grow flowers.
She even went hunting with her husband and family.
Mrs. Grant was a member of Barry Baptist Church where she
served with her husband.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother
Horald Smith, sisters Lee Different, Maurine Riddle, Sybil
Moran, and Ruth Stepherson; a daughter, Lynda Jo Grant; and
a granddaughter, Amanda Jo Grant.
Mrs. Grant is survived by sons Bobby and wife Ronda Grant of
Chatfield, Tommy and wife Martha Grant of Barry, and Jimmy
Grant of Tennessee; grandchildren, Jason and wife April
Grant, Chad and wife Heather Grant of Chatfield, Kim and
husband James Ippolito of McKinney, Charles Grant of Barry
and Sam Grant. Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren and
one great-great-grandson, along with several nieces and
nephews and their families.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, great-grandsons and
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the
staffs of Heritage Oaks West and Lighthouse Hospice.
Condolence calls will be received from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 11, 2013 at Bailey & Foster Chapel Grapeland.
William M. Plies
Oct 8, 1950 - May 17, 1993
William Michael Plies, 42, of Corsicana, died May 17, 1993, in
Memorial services were held at his residence at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Rev. Delton Weiser officiated. Corley Funeral Home was in charge
He was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Geneva, Ohio. He was a truck driver for
Acme Truck Co. and a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Frederick Plies.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Plies of Corsicana; two sons,
Michael Jarrett Plies and Jesse Walker Plies, both of Corsicana; one
daughter, Megan Maurine McElroy of Corsicana; his mother, Kathryn
Keekley of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Barbara Anderson of Fort
Worth, and Sally Syverson of Stafford, Va.; and two brothers,
William John Plies of Kingwood, Texas, and Tom Keekley of
Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, c/o Kay Andrews, 1817
Sycamore, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Jo Ann Dailey
Apr 10, 1924 - June 17, 1993
Jo Ann Dailey, of Grapeland, died June 17, 1993 at the East Texas
Medical Center in Tyler.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church
She had lived in Grapeland after her retirement from teaching in
Corsicana. Her body was willed to science.
She was survived by a sister Gene Schoultz.
David Lee Pierce
May 26, 1941 - Aug 19, 1993
David Lee Pierce, 52, of Dallas, died August 19, 1993 in Dallas.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at Corley
Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Leonard Conner officiating.
He was born May 26, 1941 in Corsicana. He was a veteran and a member
of the Baptist church. He was a former resident of Corsicana and a
truck driver for Hanie Trucking Company of Lufkin.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Pierce of Dallas; one son, David
Pierce Jr. of Orange; one daughter, Dana Lynn Pierce of Houston; his
father, Ruben Pierce of Houston; step-father, Don Allen of Dallas;
three step-sons, Dale Grubbs of Kerens, Ken Proffer and Leland
Melrose, both of Dallas; one step-daughter, Naomi Melrose of Dallas;
nine grandchildren; one brother, Gary Pierce of Corsicana; one
half-brother, Charles Johnson of Mesquite; one sister, Joan Hayes of
League City; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lewis Donald Richardson Sr.
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 29, 2012
Lewis Donald Richardson Sr., resident of Dawson, passed away on
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Aiken, S.C.
on Nov. 22, 1955 to Howard Paul Richardson and Sara Ann Cate
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his two sons Lewis Donald Richardson Jr. of Conroe
and Timothy Grant Richardson of Navarro Mills; the mother of his
children and friend Violet Gayle Richardson of Navarro Mills; and
his brothers Ronald Richardson and Paul Richardson of Fort Worth. He
is also survived by his companion "Romo" who was always by his side.
No public services are planned at this time.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home - Corsicana.
abt 1926 -
Oct 13, 1993
Hubert Frazier, 67, of Frost, died Oct. 13, 1993, at his residence.
Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming
William Milton Shaw
June 20, 1903 - Oct 18, 1993
William Milton (Bill) Shaw, 90, of Corsicana, died Oct. 18, 1993 at
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Don Pike will officiate.
He was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ.
Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Morris
Pike of Corsicana; one nephew and wife, Don and Joyce Pike of
Corsicana; two great-nephews, John Pike and Keith Pike; one
great-niece, Brenda Stephens; and one great-great-nephew, Benjamin
Robert L. Wheelock Jr.
June 23, 1917 - Oct 17, 1993
Robert L. Wheelock, Jr., 76, of Corsicana, died Oct. 21, 1993 at
Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal
Church. The family will receive guests following the service at the
parrish parlor next to the church.
He was born June 23, 1917 in Corsicana. He was a member of the St.
John's Episcopal Church in Corsicana and served in the U. S. Navy
Seabees stationed at Barrow, Alaska during
World War II. He was an
active member of the Independent Petroleum Producers Association and
the American Petroleum Institute. He served as a member of the Board
of Directors to the former First National Bank of Corsicana. He also
was the past president and long time member of the Corsicana Chamber
of Commerce. He was a board member and supporter of the Circle Ten
Council Boy Scouts of America. He served nine terms on the Corsicana
Independent School district Board of Trustees. He also was a
vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church for a number of years and
was a senior warden of the vestry.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Clara Sansom Wheelock, a
native of Fort Worth; two sons, Robert L. Wheelock III of Dallas and
Wheelock of Corsicana; one daughter, Diana Wheelock of Corsicana;
five grandchildren, Clint Wheelock, Frank S. Wheelock Jr. Michael
Wheelock, Sean Dodson and Hope Dodson; and two sisters and
brothers-in-law, Betty and the Rev. Robert Kennaugh and Susie
Wheelock and Frank Dunn, all of Corsicana.
The family requests memorials be made to St. John's Episcopal Church
in Corsicana or to the charity of choice.
Betty Lou (Spires) Holmes
May 29, 1922 - Mar. 9, 2013
Betty Lou Holmes, 90, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away
Saturday, March 9, 2013, at James River Care Center in Springfield.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Betty was born May 29, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado to Jesse and Leila
(George) Spires. Betty was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in
Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Texas
Oct 23, 1863 - Apr 22, 1925
Emhouse Resident Died Last Night
Miles McMillen, aged 61 years, died Wednesday night at 10:45 o’clock
at his home in the Emhouse community and the remains were interred
this afternoon in the
Patterson cemetery at 3:30 o’clock.
The deceased is survived by his wife and six sons, Everett Miles,
Venturn, Calif., and Leroy, Miles, Paul, George and Jerry McMillen.
A brother, Selby McMillen of Hartley county, Texas, and a sister,
Mrs. Maggie Monin of Kentucky, also survives.
The deceased was born in Kentucky and came to Texas in 1882.
Mary Catherine (Smith)
Apr 10, 1844 - Jan 14, 1926
Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas. Jan. 21.
Funeral services were held here last Friday at noon for Mrs. Buck
Williams, known to her many friends as “Grandma” Williams. She died
Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will Davis at Fort
Worth. She is survived by four sons and two daughters, C. O.
Williams and W. H. Williams of this community, R. F. Williams of
Amarillo, and Theodore Williams of Oklahoma, Mrs. Will Davis of Fort
Worth and Mrs. John Allen of this city. Funeral services were
followed with burial in the
Harriet Rebecca Hopkins
Oct 6, 1857 - Jun 21, 1926
Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas –Jun. 24.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the M.
P. Church for Miss Harriet Hopkins, aged 72 years, who died Sunday
afternoon at 6 o’clock. She was the sister of Uncle Sam Hopkins, who
has lived here for a number of years, and was making her home with
her brother at the time of her death. Burial took place in the
Nellie Mae (Knight) Pattison
May 11, 1877 - May 1, 1927
Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas, May 6.
Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock for
Mrs. Jim Pattison, who died Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. The
services were conducted by Rev. Jenkins, pastor of the Baptist
church, assisted by Rev. Morrison and Rev. Milburn. She is survived
by her husband, one son and one daughter and several brothers and
sisters. Burial took place in the
On May 1st, 1927, God sent His snow white angels down to earth and
claimed dear Nell, wife of J. W. Patterson.
All was done that loving hands could do. And her soul went ot Jesus
to live forever more. I would day unto her heart broken husband and
children, weep not as those who have no hope, for you know Nellie is
an angel in the arms of Jesus.
She leaves to mourn her a husband, one son and one daughter, seven
brothers and four sisters and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. Jenkins. The remains were laid to
rest in the Pattison cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the
presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends.
Nellie has gone to rest,
To reign with God forever blest,
Her tongue will always praise,
A savior love, redeeming grace.
Far from a world of sin and strife,
It now enjoys a heavenly life,
And joins to praise, and shout, and sing,
And makes the heavenly arches ring.
If we could only hear her tongue
So sweetly sing the heavenly song
Could we but see her smiling face
Delighted with the happy place.
We could not wish her back again
But say, dear Nell with God remain
We’ll try again that peaceful shore
Where those who meet shall part no more.
Now let us strive the prize to gain,
Let’s come to Christ with him remain.
Then we shall share in Jesus’ love
And meet dear Nell above.
Written by a friend who loved her.
Oct 2, 1868 - Aug 20, 1925
Remains Interred Yesterday
The remains of Mrs. Beulah Mabry, wife of R. A. Mabry of Kerens, who
died in a Dallas Sanitarium Wednesday were interred in Kerens
yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. The deceased is survived by her
husband and three children. Foyd and Dare Mabry and Miss Mabel
George and Henry Mabry of Blooming Grove, brothers-in-law of the
deceased were here yesterday afternoon en route to Kerens to attend
Sep 21, 1867 - Mar 1937
R. A. MABRY, NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY, BURIED AT KERENS
KERENS, March 16.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for R. A. Mabry, aged 70
years, who died Sunday morning in Corsicana at the Navarro Clinic,
were held Monday afternoon at the home of his son, R. D. Mabry, at
2:30 o’clock, with Rev. Joe Everheart, assisted by Rev. C. E.
Wilkins, conducting the services. Interment was in the
Mr. Mabry was born in Blooming Grove, Texas, Sept. 21, 1867, was
married to Miss Beula Smith in 1890 and moved to Kerens in 1910,
where he was engaged in the cotton business until his death.
Surviving are two sons, L. C. Mabry of Shreveport, La., and R. D.
Mabry of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Freeman of Waco, and three
Out of town friends who attended the funeral were: W. D. Sheppard,
O. C. Gueydon, Mrs. D. Simms, Mrs. Charlie Clark and Charles Clark,
Jr., of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. King, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gillean
of Waco; Mrs. A. H. Thornton, Terrell; Mrs. Jim Richards and Mr.
Meadowbrook, Richland; Mr. and Mrs. C. Coker, Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. L.
C. Poston, Trinidad; Mr. and Mrs. Kestler Bradley, Rice; Mr. and
Mrs. R. E. Shepp, R. P. Mayfield, Cullen Dunn, D. Poindexter, Mr.
and Mrs. Brooks Porter and J. E. Carson, Mrs. Joe Noble and Mrs.
George Baum, Corsicana.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, March 16, 1937
- h/o Beulah (Smith) Mabry s/o Robert Caldwell Mabry &
Nancy Abigail (Morrell) Mabry buried in Dresden cemetery
- Submitted by
abt 1950 - Feb 26, 2013
Pass Rhynes, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Feb.
2013 in DeSoto.
He served in the United States Army, and later Willie began
work at the Corsicana Daily Sun and furthered his career
wroking 37 years for the Dallas Morning News. Willie leaves
behind his loving family and friends.
The wake will be 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013
at the Golden Gate Funeral Home, 4155 S.R.L. Thornton
Freeway, Dallas Texas 75224.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 at
Golden Gate Funeral Home. Promptly after that at 1:15 p.m.
there will be a Military Honorary burial at the DFW National
Cemetery in Grand Prairie.
Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home.
Barbara Effie (Philbrick)
Feb 20, 1920 - Mar 4, 2013
Mertz, age 93, died at Santa Fe Memory Care in Cleburne on
Monday, March 4, 2013. She went to be with her Lord Jesus
Christ. She was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Augusta, Maine, to
Clarence L. Philbrick and Effie Mackinnon Philbrick. After
attending Colby College in Waterville, Maine, she moved to
Denver, Colo., to work as a medical laboratory technician.
While there she met Robert David Mertz. They were married in
Trinidad, Colorado, on Sept. 14, 1947. In 1952 she and her
late husband, Dr. Robert Mertz, moved to Corsicana, where
she resided for 60 years.
Barbara made a decision to accept Jesus Christ into her life
in Dallas, during Explo 1972. She was a woman of strong
faith who gave her whole life to the enrichment of others,
her family, and her community in Corsicana. As an active,
longstanding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she
served in many capacities: Sunday school teacher, caregiver,
and Elder. In 1981, the Church sponsored a Vietnamese
family’s relocation into Corsicana. Barbara was one of
several people who gave daily assistance and support to The
and Le Dinh and their four children for years following
their arrival. The Dinhs became part of her heart and
family. At one time she organized and led her own Bible
study with a women’s group in her home. She also served in
countless community volunteer capacities over the course of
50 plus years: The March of Dimes, Kinsloe House, Food for
Fitness, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Women’s
Medical Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, to name a few. She was a
friend and confidante of the elderly, making tireless visits
to nursing homes and caring for “the least of these.” She
was active in several book clubs, Ladies Golf Association,
and Community Bible study.
Though her community service was outstanding, even more
remarkable was her devotion to her family: her husband of 59
years, Robert Mertz; and her three very grateful and devoted
children, Carolyn, John, and Bruce.
Her children remember her as an avid letter writer whenever
they were away from home; and a tireless
supporter/cheerleader, always putting their needs first. She
was a superb mentor and role model of a loving parent. As an
avid homemade bread maker, Barbara gave away thousands of
loaves to friends, family, and community members over the
course of her life in Corsicana. These gifts were just a
sampling of all the love and kindness shown to family and
friends. Barbara demonstrated friendship to all, regardless
of their race, religion, or beliefs.
She is survived by her brother, Leighton Philbrick and his
wife, Barbara, from Portland, Maine; David Flood, her
brother-in-law, of Friendship, Maine; and one sister, Jayne
Davis of Massachusetts; a daughter, Carolyn Perna and
husband, John, from Denver, Colo.; a son, Dr. John Mertz and
wife, Andrea, from Rogers, Ark.; a son, Dr. Bruce Mertz and
wife, Mary, from Cleburne; nine grandchildren, and two
great-grandchildren. She is also survived by The and Le Dinh,
their four children and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian
Church, Corsicana, at 2 p.m. on April 6, 2013. In lieu of
flowers the family request that donations be made out to
either Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, 117
Mall Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110; or to Denton Bible Church,
2300 E. University Dr., Denton, TX 76209 (with a note for
Account No. 9774-01, Gaynelle Newport, who serves through
Denton Bible mentoring African women in French speaking