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B. J. Deeds
Feb 18, 1928 - Oct 29, 1993

Mr. B. J. Deeds, 65, of Corsicana, died Oct. 29, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Quiet hour will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Temple AME Church. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 510 West Collin, Dr. Ransom Howard officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He moved to Corsicana from Washington County in 1948 and united with grace Temple AME Church where he served as a Steward Trustee and Senior Choir member. Before going into business for himself he was employed by Bethlehem Steel and as delivery man for P & S Pharmacy. In 1968 he opened a teenage center, B & B Soda Fountain. The business was moved and renamed Queen B. Drive Inn. In 1975 he and his wife opened Queen B. Bar B Q. He was known to some as "Catfish" and "Goose."

He is survived by his wife, Ella B. Deeds; four sons, Marshall Deeds, Willie C. Deeds, B.J. Deeds Jr., and Larry Deeds; two daughters, Linda Dunbar and Kay Deeds; two daughters-in-law, Gloria Deeds and Peggy Deeds; two sisters, Annie Mae Rancher of Washington County and L. E. Black of Houston; one son-in-law, Melvin Dunbar; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one aunt, Addie Breedlove of Washington County; one uncle, Jeff Deeds of Brenham; and numerous nieces and relatives.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Washington, Arnold Hider, Calvin Carroll, Hubert Dunbar, Ron Wright and Robert Humphrey. Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur Lee Carroll, Wiliam Cephus, L.D. Cunningham, Vernett Hicks, L.P. Phillips, Otto Carroll, Roy English and brothers of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity.

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Clarence Fields Jr.
Mar 23, 1932 - Nov 1, 1993

Clarence Fields Jr., 61, of Dallas, died Nov. 1, 1993, at his residence.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of the Living God P.G.T. in Dallas, 1112 S. Ewing, Dallas. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Church of the Living God P.G.T. in Dallas, with Bishop C. C. Berry Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

He was employed by Alford Refrigeration for more than 35 years. He served as a deacon at the Church of the Living God P.G.T. in Dallas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Fields of Dallas; one stepson, Clarence Wright of Dallas; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his step-mother, Minnie Mae Fields of Corsicana; three brothers, Wilbert Fields and Thomas Fields, both of Dallas, and William Fields of Corsicana; one sister, Patricia Sanders of Corsicana; and two aunts, Nellie Fitzgerald and Lillian Fitzgerald, both of Corsicana.

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James Edward "Pig" Graves
Mar 3, 1922 - Nov 12, 1993

James (Pig) Edward Graves, 71, of Corsicana, died Nov. 12, 1993, at his residence.

Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and Joseph Davis and Nicole Edwards, all of Corsicana; one son, Marcus Lee of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Tommie and Tiesha McJunkin and Janessa Davis, all of Corsicana; two nephews, Donald Ware of Corsicana and Ulysses Ware of N.C.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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Dorothy (Cheney) Walker
Feb 17, 1929 - Nov 7, 1993

Dorothy Walker, 64, of Corsicana, died Nov. 7, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilgo Baptist Church, with the Rev. McDade officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Ellis Walker of Corsicana; three daughters, Margaret Gilmore of Fort Worth, Johnnie Ruth Smith of Mexia, and Carla Walker of Corsicana; three step-daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Fred Lindsey, Belinda and Robert Francis, and Moralyn and Vincent Taylor, all of Kansas City, Mo.; one step-son, John Walker of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers Eugene Cheney of Corsicana and Homer Cheney of Houston; four sisters, Mable Robinson of Mexia, Jennetta Cheney of Corsicana, Mozelle Caruth of Dallas, and Bernice King of LaPorte, Texas; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Robinson, Jimmy Smith, L.C. Smith, Jr., Dale Bradway, Brit Mallott and Charles Owens.

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Lorenzo Quarles Sr.
Oct 21, 1904 - Nov 29, 1993

Lorenzo Quarles Sr., 89, of Dallas, died Nov. 29, 1993, in Dallas.

Services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the 13th Avenue Christian Church, with the Rev. W.D. Hines officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include five daughters, Earnestine Quarles, Sadie Watson, Bobbie Thomas and Jearline Quarles, all of Dallas, and Doris Young of Irving; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ozell Quarles of Fort Worth; and two sisters, Maggie Ransom of Corsicana, and Pearline Fountain of Fort Worth.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Velma Lowe Purdy
Oct 9, 1905 - Nov 25, 1993

Velma Lowe Purdy of Corsicana, died Nov. 25, 1993, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, with the Rev. Billy Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with Scott Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

She was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include one sister, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Ruth Imogene Townsel
Dec 4, 1940 - Nov 30, 1993

Miss Ruth Imogene Townsel, 52, of Corsicana, died Nov. 30, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Love Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. William Boulden officiating.
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.
Survivors include three brothers, Dave Townsel and Edward Townsel, both of Stockton, Calif., and Forester Townsel of Waco; four sisters, Robbie Bailey and Benetta Brown, both of Corsicana, Ethel Cleveland of Frost, Texas and Bobbie Jo Townsel of Dallas; and one aunt, Alice Washington of Waco.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Beulah Mae (Allen) Walker
Apr 2, 1923 - Dec 12, 1993

Beulah Mae Allen Walker, 70, of Corsicana, died Dec. 12, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Chapel Church of God in Christ with Supt. Elijah Baptist officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Bobbie Ward and Vera Stewart, both of Corsicana, Minnie Strain, Julia Shaw and Geneva Bell, all of Fort Worth; four sons, the Rev. Joe W. Walker and Eddie Walker, both of Fort Worth, the Rev. Mack A. Walker of Houston, Earnest Walker of Athens; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leroy Allen of Dallas and Thurman Allen of Fort Worth; four sisters, Nattie Chambers of Mexia, Easter Green of Corsicana, Matilda Tippen of Fairfield and Julia Hillis of Dallas; three aunts, Clara Smith Polk, Laura Allen Woodard and Libby Allen English; and one uncle, Barry Allen.

Pallbearers will be Lee Chester Strain, Charles Bryant, Robert Wafer, Henzie Shaw, Sam Joe and Torris Dockery.

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Donald Anthony "Donny" Williams
Dec 8, 1968 - Dec 18, 1993

Donald Anthony "Donny" Williams, 25, of Corsicana, died Sept. 18, 1993, in Corsicana. (Note: Date should be Dec. 18, 1993)

Quiet Hour will be 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott Funeral Chapel. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Eastside Church of Christ, with Bro. Lee W. Criddle officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a 1987 graduate of Corsicana High School and a recipient of the Jim Collins scholarship. He was an honor student and a graduate of the University of North Texas, earning his bachelor of arts degree in radio/television/film with a minor in marketing and management. He was a member of the Black Communicators, the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Epsilon Rho fraternity and the Eastside Church of Christ.

Survivors include his parents, Charles and Margie Williams of Corsicana; one sister and brother-in-law, Carole W. and James Thomas; one nephew, Rashoud Williams; four nieces, Jamoya and Jade Thomas of Wahaiwe, Hawaii, and Ashley and Brittney Beck of Corsicana; his maternal grandmother, Pansy Ward of Corsicana; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Williams Sr. of Corsicana; 10 aunts, Pansy Lewis, Bettye Criddle, Annie Pearl Crawford, Helen Littleton and Silver Kelly, all of Corsicana, Cherry Jones of DeKalb, Texas, Virginia Wilson of Waterloo, Iowa, Velma Hayden of Dallas, Willie Mae Potts of Houston, and Tiny Ward of Tacoma, Wash.; four uncles, Marshall Williams Jr. of Corsicana, David Ward of Dallas, and Gene Williams and Leonard Williams, both of Houston; a devoted friend, Bettie Wafer of Corsicana; and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Beckum, Mark Bernal, Vincent Green, Derrick Lusk, Ricky Carter, Charles Bryant, Orlando Williams and Chris.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Miles, Cornell Henson, Robb Brown, Leslie Watson, Ray Jessie, Donald Parker and Ronald Parker.

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Virginia Inez Ivie
Aug. 1, 1930 - Aug. 2, 1930

Infant Daughter Died On Saturday

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Ives of the Jester community died Saturday morning and the funeral was held Saturday afternoon with burial in the Campbell cemetery.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

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Robert E. Gentry
Sep 10, 1941 - Oct 6, 1993

Robert Edward Gentry, 52, of Corsicana, died Oct. 6, 1993, at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. George Merriman officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Sept. 10, 1941, in Ellis County. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ann Gentry of Corsicana; one step-son, Stacy Lynn Shear of Palestine; one step-daughter, Ruby Denise Shear of Corsicana; his parents, C.L. and Nellie Gentry of Corsicana; two brothers, Bobby Gentry of Barry and Carl Gentry of DeSoto; one sister, Marilyn Scott of Corbet; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Chris Gentry, Danny Montgomery, Greg Dyess, Tommy Coker, Kenneth McManus and Stacy Lynn Shear.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Gentry, Roy Jenkins, R.D. Jones and Robert Wilkens.

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Altha Mae (Redman) Frey
Mar 9, 1902 - Oct 12, 1993

Altha Mae Frey, 91, a longtime resident of Corsicana, died Oct. 12, 1993, in the Brookhaven Nursing Center in Carrollton, where she had been a resident for the past three years.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Father Dennis Smart of St. John Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born March 9, 1902 in Alvord, Texas, the middle child of 10 children born to the Rev. John Franklin Redman Jr. and Nancy Jane Ferguson Redman. The Redmans and Fergusons came to Texas in the 1860s. Mrs. Frey was a graduate of Alvord High School and was working as a telephone operator when she met Albert William Frey of Corsicana. He was a machinist working on the oil pipe line at the Alvord Pump Station of Magnolia (later Mobil) Oil Co. The couple was married Nov. 6, 1921, in Alvord and then moved to Corsicana where they built their home and lived in it for 60 years. To this union were born four children, three of which lived; Mae Imogene Bailey Gieling of San Francisco, Herbert Albert Frey and Charles Emil Frey of The Colony. Mrs. Frey was a member of St. John Episcopal Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert W. Frey, on July 12, 1981.

Survivors include one son, Charles E. Frey of The Colony; one daughter, Mrs. Imogene Gieling of San Francisco; one sister, Ms. Jessie Kate Jacobes of Long Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Adam G. Frey, Carl A. Frey, Charles E. Frey, Daniel Vernon Frey, Edward Kuesel and a Combs family representative.

Memorials may be made to the American Arthritis Foundation.

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Philip Alton Tate
Oct 18, 1993 - Oct 18, 1993

Philip Alton Tate, infant son of Harold and Linda Tate of Corsicana, died Oct. 18, 1993, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Thursday in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Andi Tate and Katy Tate, both of Corsicana; maternal grandparents, Harmon and Gladys Boyd of Mildred; paternal grandmother, Mary Tate of Ferris; and multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

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Verlie Lee Hatley
Oct 26, 1903 - Oct 26, 1993

Verlie Lee Hatley, 90, of Bedford, died Oct. 26, 1993, in Harris Hospital.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Resthaven Memorial Park, with the Rev. Jare McDonald and the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Valda Winters,

Survivors include one son, James D. Bullington of Bedford; one brother, Haven Howard of Kerrville; two sisters, Lucille Stevenson of Plano and Zella Butts of Oklahoma; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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Hazel (Aven) Lockhart-Ragland
Oct 17, 1918 - Nov 13, 1993

Hazel Lockhart Ragland, 75, of Kerens, died Nov. 13, 1993.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens with the Rev. L. L. Conner officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Ragland of Kerens; two sons, Obie Lockhart of Kerens and Joe Lockhart of Burleson; one daughter, Gena Chandler of Corsicana; two brothers, Leon Aven of Corsicana and Bill Aven of Axtell; two sisters, Ruby Holloway of Mexia and Helen Featherston of Corsicana; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Holloway, Rickie Holloway, Mike Lockhart, Gary Gober, Ronnie Chandler, and Wendell Lockhart.

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Ira Hugh Allen
Sept 14, 1908 - Nov 13, 1993

Hugh Allen, 85, of Corsicana, died Nov. 13, 1993 in Farmers Branch.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jan White and the Rev. Dan Sharpley officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Sept. 14, 1908 in Emhouse. He was a member of the Emhouse Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Navarro County.

Survivors include one daughter of Missouri City; one son, Bobby Allen of Farmers Branch; one brother, Loye Lee Allen of Cedar Lake; one sister, Nadine Taylor of Tomball; four grandchilden; and two great-grandchildren.

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Marty Paul Yates
Nov 21, 1971 - Nov 19, 1993

Marty Paul Yates, 21, of Stephenville, Texas, died Nov. 19, 1993.

Funeral services were 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. A. J. Quinn officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Nov. 21, 1971, in Corsicana and was a 1990 graduate of Corsicana High School. He attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville. He was involved in various rodeo organizations and had lived in Stephenville for the past two years, moving there from Corsicana where he had lived most of his life. He was an employee of Hampton Brothers Cattle Company.

Survivors include his wife, Angie Yates of Stephenville; his parents, Sonny and Brenda Yates of Corsicana; one brother, Jeff Yates of Corsicana; grandmothers, Ezelle Yates of Corsicana and Doris Wahlenmeier of San Antonio; and two great-grandmothers, Ina Petty of Slaton and Nannie Yates of Alexander City, Ala.

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Aleen Stanley
Nov 15, 1900 - Nov 28, 1993

Aleen Stanley, 93, of Corsicana, died Nov. 28, 1993 in Corsicana.

Graveside services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 15, 1900 in Cryer Creek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank P. Stanley.

Survivors include one daughter, Cora Nell Brietz of Corsicana; one son-in-law, Bill Brietz of Corsicana; two nieces, Mary McCarley of Corsicana and Sean Long of Humble; three grandchildren, Kyle Brietz of Corsicana, Kimberly Palmer of Allen and Dillon Palmer.

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George P. Williams
July 3, 1903 - Dec 9, 1993

George P. Williams, 90, of Corsicana, died Dec. 9, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Memorial Park.
The Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. will officiate. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 3, 1903, in Farmersville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana and a former district manager for the Lone Star Gas Co.

Survivors include his wife, Elta Foster Williams of Corsicana; one son, George P. Williams Jr. of Belleville, Ill.; one daughter, Jo Eloise Harris of Canada; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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George Durwood Robinson
Nov 30, 1933 - Dec 16, 1993

George Durwood Robinson, 60, of Corsicana, died Dec. 16, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John McCord officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Nov. 30, 1993 in Corsicana. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Robinson.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. George Robinson; two sons, David Lee Robinson of Corsicana and Thomas Bryan Robinson of Mexia; one brother, Gene Robinson of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Avis (Nichols) Henderson
Mar 11, 1906 - Jan 24, 1976

Mrs. Henderson

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin Chapel for Mrs. Avis Nichols Henderson, 69, native of Corsicana, who died in California Saturday. The Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Dale Henderson of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Hill of San Antonio; a brother, Franklin Nichols of Amarillo; a sister, Mrs. Frances Nokes of Houston; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Vera Grantham of Corsicana.

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Annie Lee (Kennedy) Greenlee
June 30, 1908 - Aug 9, 1977

Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pace Funeral Home in Livingston for Mrs. Annie Lee Greenlee, 69, resident of Livingston and formerly of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in Houston.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. Harold Lansford officiating.

Arrangement were with Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack P. Jackson of La Porte; three grandchildren, and four brothers, Kenneth Kennedy and Eddie Kennedy both of Livingston, Wylie Kennedy of Houston and Harry Kennedy of Temple.

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Harry Hugh Greenlee
Oct 29, 1895 - June 2, 1976

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pace Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston for Harry Hough Greenlee, 89, of Livingston, who died Wednesday.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Oakwood Cemetery with Corley Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Annie Lee Greenlee, Livingston; a step daughter, Mrs. Frances Ann Jackson, LaPorte; four brothers, Paul Greenlee, New York, James Greenlee, Kansas, Joe Greenlee, Lubbock, Ted Greenlee, Jacksonville; three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Grundee, McGregor, Mrs. J.T. Bowman, Austin, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley, Kerrville.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 4, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • h/o Annie Lee (Kennedy) Greenlee - s/o John William Greenlee and Katherine Bethune (Mahoney) Greenlee
  • His obituary has his middle name as Hough but his birth records and military records on Family Search have it as Hugh as well as the Greenlee family plot marker.

Joseph H. Greenlee
July 11, 1861 - Jan 26, 1918

Funeral Largely Attended

The remains of the late Joe H. Greenlee, who died at the P. & S. Hospital Saturday morning, were interred in Oakwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral took place from the home of Mrs. E. C. Greenlee, aunt of the deceased, at 4 o'clock, and was largely attended, and there were many beautiful flowers.

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Died Here This Morning

Joe H. Greenlee, aged fifty-six, and a resident of Navarro County since 1882, died at the P. and S. hospital this morning of pneumonia after an illness of three weeks. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the home of his aunt, Mrs. E. C. Greenlee, 106 West First Avenue, with interment in Oakwood and the pall bearers will be: Active, Puddy Wiggins, John Hughes, Walter Montgomery and John Davidson of Eureka, Scott Bagby and Robert Sanders; honorary, Robert Feagan, F. P. Wood, Dr. Sanner, C. C. Walton, Barny Wilson and Cheatham Dunham, the latter of Eureka.

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John Thomas "Tom" Greenlee Sr.
May 18, 1899 - Jan 12, 1976

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery for John Thomas (Tom) Greenlee Sr., 76, resident of Overland Park, Kans., who died Monday in Kansas City. The Rev. Harold Lansford will officiate. Local arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

Services were at 10 a.m. today at the D.W. Newcomer's Sons Funeral Home in Overland Park, Kans.

He was a native of Eureka.

Survivors include his widow of Overland Park; three sons, John T. Greenlee Jr. of Overland Park, Richard H. Greenlee, of Shawnee, Kans., and David S. Greenlee of Pinellas Park, Fla.; 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, five brothers, Harry Greenlee of Lufkin, Ted Greenlee of Jacksonville, Paul Greenlee of New Hampshire, James Greenlee of Overland Park, and Joe Greenlee of Lubbock; and three sisters, Mrs. Jack Bowman of Austin, Miss Katherine Greenlee of McGregor, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly of Kerville.

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Virginia Angeline (Shallenburger) Greenlee
Aug 11, 1901 - Aug 16, 1985

Mrs. Virginia Shallenburger Greenlee, 84 Overland Park, died Friday at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born in Butler County Mo. and lived in Kansas City area since 1904. She was the widow of John Thomas Greenlee Sr., who owned the Smith and Greenlee Furniture Co. In Midtown Kansas City for more than 40 years before he died in 1976. Mrs. Greenlee was a member and assistant secretary of the Woman's City Club from 1920 to 1925. She was a bookkeeper in the loan department of of the business Men's Assurance Co. for five years and worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City for five years. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Overland Park She leaves three sons John Thomas Greenlee Jr, and Richard Harvian Greenlee II, of Overland Park, David Stanford Greenlee, Pinellas Park, Fla 30 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Newcomer Overland Park Chapel burial in Oak Wood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas friends may call from 2-to 4 p.m. today at the chapel.

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  • This is from the KC. Star & Times Obits vol 149.
  • w/o John Thomas Greenlee; d/o Louis Clement Shallenburger and Mary Myrtle (Harris) Shallenburger

 

Virginia Greenlee

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Mrs. Virginia Greenlee, 75, of Overland Park, Kan., died Friday.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, with arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A former Corsicana resident, Mrs. Greenlee was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Greenlee, Sr., in 1976.

Survivors include three sons, John Thomas Greenlee and Richard Harvin Greenlee 11 of Overland Park; David Stanford Greenlee of Pinellas Parks, Fla.; 30 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.

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Barbara Jean (Simmons) Fant
Aug 10, 1942 - Mar 26, 2013

Barbara Fant, 70, resident of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at her residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Friday, March 29, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Darren Heil officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Barbara Fant, resident of Blooming Grove, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at her residence with her family at her side at the age of 70. She was born on Monday, August 10, 1942.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillie Simmons, four brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her children Robert Fant and wife Christi of Manhattan, Kansas, Louis Fant of Brushie Prairie, Johnny Fant and wife Alma of Waxahachie, and Janet Armstrong and husband Neal of Waxahachie; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Friday, March 29, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 4 pm Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Darren Heil officiating.

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  • Obituary from the funeral home


Mary Alice (Coffey) Garza
Apr 30, 1937 - Mar 29, 2013

Mary Alice Garza, 75, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 in Desoto. Visitation with the family is scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Carrie Bell (Baggett) Phillips
Jun 29, 1893 - Apr 21, 1989

Carrie B. Phillips

Carrie B. Phillips, 95, of Blooming Grove, died April 21, 1989 at Baylor Hospital in Ennis.

Services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Barry Fikes officiating. Interment will follow in Rosehill Cemetery.

She was born June 29, 1893 in Oakwood.

Survivors include three sons, Earl Phillips of Needville, Doyle Phillips of Temple, and Will Roy Phillips of Grand Prairie; two daughters, Lillian Williams and Clara Wilson both of Blooming Grove; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Efra Baggett and Maggie Phillips, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Roger Phillips, John Phillips, Doug Kieler, Rick Brown, Hershel Boyd and Don McGraw.

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Charlotte Evelyn (Campbell) Phillips
Jul 22, 1924 - Apr 29, 1986

Evelyn Phillips

Evelyn Phillips of Blooming Grove, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Verlan Ewing and Neal Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Phillips of Blooming Grove; a son, John Phillips of Corsicana; four daughters, Sue Mershawn, Jackie Owens, Donna Phillips and Le Ann Herod, all of Blooming Grove; two brothers, Ray Campbell of Tulsa, Okla. and Raymond Campbell of Bonham; a sister, Betty Frederick of Navarro Mills; six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Sherman Putman, Sam Briggs, Danny Ray Jones, Ronald Lynch, Don McGraw and Jimmy Johnston.

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Edgar Earl Phillips
Aug 24, 1914 - Jun 28, 1996

Edgar Earl Phillips

Edgar Earl Phillips, 81, of Guy, died June 28, 1996, in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Mr. Phillips was born Aug. 24, 1914 in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by one son, Roger Phillips of Galveston; four daughters, Mary Ann Boyd of Corsicana, Judy Wieghat of Jacksonville, Patsy Morgan of Damon and Betty Walker of Houston, two brothers, Doyle Phillips of Temple, Will Roy Phillips of Dallas; two sisters, Lillian Williams of Blooming Grove and Clara Jane Wilson of Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton.

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Carl Sewell "Sug" Pritchard
Jun 3, 1906 - Mar 30, 1994

Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard, 87, of Hillsboro, died March 30, 1994, at Town Hall Estates Nursing Home in Hillsboro.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Services are under the direction of Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

He was born June 3, 1906, in Blooming Grove. He was a farmer and a rancher. He attended schools in Blooming Grove and in Dallas. He managed a cotton mill for 10 years in West Texas. He returned to Blooming Grove in 1964. He married Verne Brown in 1934. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his wife, Verne Pritchard of Hillsboro; two grandsons, Carl Greg Pritchard of Abilene and David J. Pritchard of Austin; one granddaughter, Sandy Lee Pritchard of Lubbock; and several nieces and nephews.

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Lera Jewell (George) Pursley
Dec 13, 1898 - Jan 19, 1982

Mrs. Jewell George Pursley

Mrs. Jewell George Pursley, 83, of Corsicana, died Tuesday.

Funeral service will be Thursday, 2 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. She was a former resident of Blooming Grove. She was married to K. David Pursley and was the daughter of Dr. I. N. and Carrie George of Blooming Grove.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ballard George, of Corsicana; one brother, Derward George, of Corsicana and six nieces and one nephew.

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Hallye (Dane) McCary
Jan 8, 1904 - Aug 18, 1985

Mrs. Hallye McCary

Mrs. Hallye Dane McCary, 81, of Frost, died Sunday at Whitney Hospital in Whitney.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Frost Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Moon officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, D. C. McCary, in 1982.

Survivors include two sisters, Hazel Lewis of Fort Worth and Lottie Rambo of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Fay McCary of Frost; and two nieces, Yvonne Walker of Fort Worth and Mary Stultz of Phoenix.

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Byrdie (Daniel) Urban
Jul 31, 1880 - Apr 27, 1917

MUCH LOVED LADY DEAD
Passes Away After an Operation for Appendicitis

Mrs. Clarence Urban, wife of a well-known Corsicana business man, passed away at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the P. & S. hospital following an operation four or five days ago for appendicitis. The deceased was in the prime of young womanhood and was much loved by a large circle of friends who are deeply grieved at her departure and who feel keenly for the husband and two little sons who are bereft of the love of a faithful wife and loving mother.

The funeral services took place this afternoon from the family home, 211 west Fourth avenue, with interment in Oakwood. Rev. J. W. Fort officiated and the following were pallbearers:

Honorary - Dr. Jester, R. B. Johnson, C. G. Jester, Reuben Sheets, B. F. Hartzell, and J. A. Thompson.

Active - J. M. Kerr, G. J. Heflin, T. G. Beckett, E. M. Polk, G. A. Duren and W. M. Huggins.

There were many beautiful floral offerings and a large number of friends followed the remains to their final resting place.

Mrs. Ida Osborne of Mabank and Mrs. Frank Roark of Plano, sisters of the deceased, and a brother, H. F. Daniel of Plano, were here to attend the last sad rites. Others here to be present on the sad occasion were Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Clayton of Waco, Mrs. T. O. Staples of Dallas and Miss Ella Belle Hudson of Plano.

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Bessie Beldin
Jul 15, 1911 - Oct 23, 1993

Bessie Beldin, 82, of Corsicana died Oct. 23, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Monday in the Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Mike Wood officiating. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born July 15, 1911, in Louisiana.

She is survived by close friends, Bill and Beth Bolen of Corsicana.

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Rebecca Lynn Conner
June 11, 1962 - Oct 29, 1993

Rebecca Lynn Conner, 31, of Denton died Oct. 29, 1993 in Denton.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the State School Chapel in Denton with the Rev. Jim Ferguson officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana.

She was a resident of the Denton State School.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Ann Lewis of Jewett; her father, Alvin "Johnny" Conner of Mesquite; one brother, Ronild Conner of Teague; four sisters, Rhonda Pickens of Buffalo, Robin Nichols of Teague, Rashelle Benson of Chokio, Minn. and Regina Bell of Dallas; and her grandmother, Mildred Lewis of Corsicana.

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Elbert Walker
Dec 19, 1917 - Nov 7, 1993

Elbert Walker of Hemphill died Nov. 7, 1993, in Hemphill.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Connally Dugger officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 19, 1917, on Elwell. He attended Texas A&M University and moved to Corsicana in 1939 where he taught school for many years. He married Jewell Albritton in 1940. After serving in World War II, he returned to Corsicana and was employed by Bethlehem Steel until 1960. He was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. He later moved to Pampa and was employed by Cabot Engineering. He retired in 1985 and moved to Hemphill where he was active in the Lions Club and the United Methodist Church of Hemphill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Walker.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David and Jeanne Walker; and two grandsons, Bert and Brian Walker.

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James Edward Simington
Dec 14, 1907 - Nov 10, 1993

James E. Simington, 85, of Corsicana, died Nov. 10, 1993 in Corsicana.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 14, 1907 in Itasca.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Simington of Corsicana; three sons, Don Simington of Corsicana, Mike Simington or Rice and Malcolm Simington; four sisters, Nellie Patterson and Josie Dunlap, both of Corsicana, Madeline Mason of Dallas and Dovie Patterson of Irving; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Edward Mitchell "Eddie" Tubbs Jr.
Dec 29, 1943 - Nov 11, 1993

Eddie M. Tubbs Jr., 49, of Quitman, died Nov. 11, 1993, in Quitman.

Graveside services were 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Bryanmawr, Penn., and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Quitman. He formerly resided and worked in Mexia. He has lived in Quitman for about a year.

Survivors include two sons, Nelson Tubbs of Annona and Michael Edward Tubbs of Groesbeck; two daughters, Tracy Froelich of English and Tammy Moore of Cartwright; one brother, Tommy Tubbs of Quitman; and two granddaughters, Devin and Trestin Froelich of English.

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Italy Olean Steele
Aug 14, 1913 - Nov 17, 1993

Mrs. Italy O. Steele, 80, of Corsicana, died Nov. 17 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 14, 1913, in Cleburne.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Steel of Corsicana; one sister, Juanita Wafer of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Ted Spurgeon Greenlee
May 10, 1905 - Dec 1, 1993

Ted Greenlee, 87, of Dallas, died Dec. 1, 1993 at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Rankin Koch officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a former resident of Corsicana.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Varner of Waxahachie; one brother, Joe M. Greenlee of Lubbock; one sister, Elizabeth Kelley of Weatherford; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Suzanne Varner of Waxahachie; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Robert West, Dewey Adams, Joe Greenlee Jr., Scott Otto, James Michael Cooper and James Kiser.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Dec 3, 1993
  • h/o Lucille Bernice (McLeod) Greenlee; s/o John William Greenlee and Katherine Bethune (Mahoney) Greenlee
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John William Greenlee
Feb 22, 1861 - July 7, 1932

FUNERAL FRIDAY FOR J. W. GREENLEE, PIONEER RESIDENT

Private funeral services were held for J. W. Greenlee, aged 72 years, who died Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at the family residence, 1525 West Collin street, for relatives only Friday afternoon and public funeral services will be held at Oakwood cemetery Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock where interment will be made.

The service will be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

Mr. Greenlee was a pioneer resident of Corsicana and was well-known here.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. J. T. Bowman of Austin, Mrs. Cole Kelly of San Antonio and Miss Catherine Greenlee of Corsicana; and six sons, J. H. Greenlee of Kansas City, Harry Greenlee of Kilgore, Paul, James and Joe Greenlee, all of Corsicana; and Ted Greenlee of Kilgore.

The six sons will be pallbearers.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon funeral home.

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Katherine Bethune (Mahoney) Greenlee
Aug 14, 1870 - July 13, 1961

Mrs. Greenlee Rites Saturday

Graveside services for Mrs. J. W. Greenlee, 90, long-time Corsicana resident, who died in Kerrville Thursday, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery.

Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, will conduct the rites. Sons will be pallbearers.

A native of South Carolina, she spent most of her life in Corsicana and had been at Kerrville only a few months.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, Kerrville; Mrs. Gladys Bowman and Miss Catherine Greenlee, both of Austin; six sons, Ted Greenlee, Waelder; Joe Greenlee, Lubbock; Paul Greenlee, New York City; Harry Greenlee, Austin, and Tom and James Greenlee, both of Kansas City; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Stockton, Kerens, and Mrs. B. F. Stroder, Fort Worth; a brother, J. Mahoney, Crockett, and other relatives.

McCammon directs.

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Emma Bradis (Sharp) Greenlee
June 11, 1890 - Jan 25, 1976

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery for Mrs. Emma B. Greenlee, 85, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday at Paulyne's Convalescent Home. The Rev. James Sigler will officiate. Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

She was a native of Bellville and had lived in Corsicana for one-and-a-half years.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Olive Collins of Decatur, Mrs. Allamae Grundy of Fort Worth, Mrs. Etta Lee McClure, Mrs. Muriel Mallon, and Mrs. Ruth M. Gorman, all of Dallas; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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Ben Lancaster
Dec 11, 1899 - Sept 17, 1993

Ben Lancaster, 93, of Kerens, died Sept. 17, 1993.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. The Rev. L.L. Conner and the Rev. Doug Axtell will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ester Lee Holleman Lancaster; one son, Denver Lancaster; one daughter, Faye Abbie; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Bob Lancaster of Kerens, Dan Lancaster of Athens; four daughters, Aileen Robertson, Geraldine McGlaun, Nell Lancaster, all of Kerens, and Benny Boone of San Antonio; 27 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Lancaster, Jimmie Loyd Abbie, Keith Colvin, Kenny McGlaun, Randy Boone, Ricky Lancaster, Kent Combs, and Mike Lancaster.

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Ila Mae (Brown) Goodwin
May 11, 1915 - Sep 20, 1993

Ila Mae Goodwin, 78, of Kemp, died Sept. 20, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bazette Baptist Church, with the Rev. Leonard Conner officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp.

She was born May 11, 1915, in Bazette, the daughter of D.T.C. and Annie Brown. She lived in Dallas for many years before moving to Kemp in 1982. She married John Thomas Goodwin, June 3, 1933, in Bazette.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas Goodwin, and one son, Roy Goodwin.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Goodwin of Seven Points and Troy Goodwin of San Leon; one daughter, Annie Taylor of Kemp; two brothers, Foy Brown of Kerens and Arvin Brown of Grand Prairie; one sister, Juanita Bailey of Dallas; one foster sister, Lucille Albritton of Kerens; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bryan Goodwin, Troy Goodwin, Tommy Taylor, Randy Curtis, Kenneth Leath and Terry Brown.

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Jennifer Beth "Jennye" Sharrer
Apr 9, 1950 - Oct 27, 1993

Jennye Sharrer, 43, of Overton, Texas, died Oct. 27, 1993, in Overton.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. The Rev. Atwell Hankins will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

She is survived by her mother, Jimmye Sharrer of Overton; and her grandmother, Jewell Nelson of Longview.

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Tommie Leta Tramel
Dec 27, 1909 - Nov 1, 1993

Tommie Leta Tramel, 83, of Tyler, died Nov. 1, 1993, in a Tyler nursing home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Prairie Point Cemetery near Kerens, with Dr. David Compton officiating. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 27, 1909, in Rural Shade and had lived in Tyler for the past eight years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tyland Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Linda Tramel of Corsicana; one daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Marlon Johnson of Tyler; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Opal Faye (Tyner) Warren
Apr 28, 1907 - Nov 7, 1993

Opal Warren, 86, of Athens, died Nov. 7, 1993, in Athens.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens, with Lavelle Layfield officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Jessie Warren, Bobby Warren and Ted Warren; and one daughter, Blondell Thorn.

Survivors include one son, Waylon Warren of Athens; one daughter, Wanelle Starks of Athens; two sisters, Mrs. D. T. Goforth of Fruitvale and Mrs. Jimmy Curington of Corsicana; one brother, Hayden Tyner of Morgan City, La.; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Ruby Marie (Goodwin) Burrow
Oct 14, 1909 - Nov 12, 1993

Ruby M. Burrow, 84, of Roane, died Nov. 12, 1993 in Corsicana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 14, 1909 in Dallas. She was a member of the Roane Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, E. C. "Lummie" Burrow of Roane; one sister, Lucille Goodwin of Corsicana; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Clyde and Thadis Goodwin and Delta Goodwin, all of Kerens; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Goodwin, Ray Lynn McCain, William Andrews, Carter Pierce, Bobby Joe Reagan and Jim Parker.

Memorials may be made to Roane Baptist Church.

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Sidney Denny Pack
Feb 27, 1914 - Nov 15, 1993

Sidney D. Pack, 79, of Kerens, died Nov. 15, 1993, in Kerens.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Wednesday in Prairie Point Cemetery, with the Rev. Doug Axtell officiating. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one son, Dalton Pack of Waco; two sisters, Ola Davis of Houston, and Myrtle Strange of Athens; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Oleta Hayden
Mar 1, 1925 - Apr 16, 2013

Oleta Hayden, 88, of Mertens passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy.

Oleta was born March 1, 1925 in Ellis County to Paul and Stella (Long) Hayden. A graduate of Mertens High School, she went on to study at North Texas State before transferring to Baylor University and earning her Masters degree. She began her teaching career at Brandon and retired as the Home Economics teacher at Milford High School.

A very talented seamstress, she enjoyed sewing and operated a fabric shop out of her home in Mertens. Oleta dedicated her life to the Mertens Community. She was of the Methodist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include several cousins, former students, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery in Mertens. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday prior to service time at the funeral home.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to Trinity Mission in Italy and Family First Hospice in Ennis for their care; and for everyone’s prayers, calls, and cards.

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Rogelia "Rosie" (Gonzalez) Monroe
Apr 2, 1930 - Apr 16, 2013

Rogelia "Rosie" Monroe, 83, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation with the family is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Tony Stephens officiating.
 

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Mrs. Rosie Monroe, age 83, of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She was born on April 2, 1930 in Corsicana, Texas to Raymond and Santos Gonzalez.

Rosie was a loving wife and mother. She spent her life caring for her family. She was generous to a fault. She was a simple hard working lady.
Family meant everything to Rosie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and grandson; Louis E. Stallings. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Stallings; grandchildren; Connie Livingston and husband, Chuck, Kenneth Stallings and Michelle Easley and husband, Jimmy ; and great grandchildren; Justin Livinston, Cheyanne Livingtston, Nicky Milligan, Kensley Blue, Brittany Stallings, and Kenny Stallings.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for 1:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Pallbearers will be Chuck Livingston, Justin Livingston, Kenny Stallings, Kenneth Stallings, Cole Stallings, and Arthur Hodge.

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  • d/o Raymond and Santos Gonzalez

John Roberts "Bob" Corley III
July 23, 1929 - Apr 14, 2013

John Roberts “Bob” Corley III, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bayard Pratt and Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be current and former staff members of Corley Funeral Home.

Bob was born July 23, 1929 in Amarillo and lived the majority of his life in Corsicana.

The son of John Roberts Corley Jr. and J.B. Ellyn “Jeddy” Dickson Corley, Bob graduated from Corsicana High School in 1946, then attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He also attended Navarro College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Bob served in the United States Army in the transportation corps in France.

He returned to Corsicana to join his father and grandfather in the family business, Corley Funeral Home. He faithfully worked alongside his father in serving families with dignity and compassion during their times of grief. These families came from Corsicana, all over Navarro County, and beyond.

Bob was a many of many interests and multiple talents. When things were quiet at the funeral home, he could always be found in the back working on some kind of project. He was actually quite an artist, having an exceptional gift for wood carving. He created walking sticks, French-style boxes, carved coats of arms, and his most beautiful art of all, flowers in relief. He shared all these gifts with friends and family.

He was an avid fisherman, fishing for many years at Cedar Creek Lake.

Every endeavor was taken completely to heart. He researched, studied and gathered information, and then the adventure was begun.

He was generous to a fault, and always willing to do more than his part.

His greatest accomplishment was in loving his wife.

Bob was preceded in death by both his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn Corley of Corsicana; and by children, Chris Corley Ward and husband Michael of San Antonio, DeAnne Corley DeGrande and husband Jack of Houston, Elizabeth Corley of Corsicana, and William Kirksey Parker of Houston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Patrick Corley Dosser and wife Gina of San Antonio, John Wilson Dosser of San Antonio, Melissa DeGrande of Houston, and Sarah Grace Parker of Houston; and two great-grandsons, Aiden Dosser and Blake Dosser. Bob is survived as well by his brother, David Dickson Corley and wife Mary of Fort Worth, and seven nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by Katrina Parker.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

What greater thing is there

for two human souls

than to feel that they are joined for life ...

to strengthen each other

in all sorrow,

to minister to each other

in all pain

and to be with each other

in silent

unspeakable memories

George Eliot

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Bob Corley passed away early Sunday morning April 14, 2013 with his beloved wife Kathryn at his side. Bob died peacefully after a long and bravely fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Corsicana on July 29, 1929 to Ellyn “Jeddy” Dickson Corley and John Roberts Corley Jr. In addition to his wife Kathryn, Bob is survived by three daughters and their families; Chris Corley Ward and Michael R. Ward of San Antonio, DeAnne Corley DeGrand and Jack DeGrand from Sugarland, and Elizabeth Corley of Corsicana; and stepson Kirksey Parker of Houston. He is also survived by grandchildren Patrick Corley Dosser, John Wilson Dosser, Melissa DeGrand and Grace Parker; his brother David Dickson Corley and wife Mary of Fort Worth; nieces Margret Ellyn Corley, Charissa Corley Christopher, Valerie Corley Petrie, Beth Runyon Gideon, and nephews, Dr. David Dickson Corley Jr., Dr. William Runyon Jr., John Andrew Runyon and countless cousins, friends, business associates and others whose lives he touched in simple and profound ways.

Bob was educated in public schools in Corsicana, played football for Corsicana High where he graduated in 1946. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in 1946-47. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin where he became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the ROTC. Upon completion of his education and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps in June 1952, he served in Nantes, France until 1954.

After serving his country, Bob returned to Corsicana where he entered the third generation family business with his father, Corley Funeral Home. Together they served the community until John’s death in 1999. Bob continued the tradition until he retired due to his illness and the business was sold.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Jeddy and John Corley, his step-daughter Katrina Parker and step-mother, Francis Corley.

Bob was a quiet, kind and compassionate man with a quick wit. He loved animals, always had a dog, even a canary that he named “Willie Sing.”
Bob enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life. He loved to fish, and was an accomplished wood carver, and photographer. Bob and Kathryn took some wonderful trips together. In addition to Europe, they went to China, Japan and India where they studied the culture, crafts and folk art of the areas they visited. Bob took the photos, Kathryn asked all the questions, and they came home from each trip with a profound understanding and knowledge of the countries they had visited.

Bob will be remembered as a source of comfort and strength by the families he served during his professional career, and deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Interment will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Oakwood Cemetery, followed by funeral service at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

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Mary Nell (Hodge) Boyd
Dec 1, 1917 - Apr 9, 2013

Mary Nell Boyd, 95, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the home of her niece in Tucson, Ariz. after suffering a heart attack. She was born Dec. 1, 1917 in Corsicana and was one of 11 children born to Arthur and Nellie Hodge.

She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Pierce Breedlove; parents, Arthur and Nellie Hodge; sisters, Audra Chandler and Mable Estes; and brothers, Douglas Hodge, Jay Hodge, Lee Hodge and Buck Hodge.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Lewis of Enterprise, Ala.; brothers, Billy Joe Hodge of Arlington, Charles Hodge of Premont, and Arthur Lynn Hodge of Corsicana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

All those who knew her called her “Nell” and enjoyed her desire to live life to the fullest.

She requested no service be held and her ashes be spread in San Francisco, Calif.

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Beatrice Bell (Boulware) Freeman
Mar 18, 1934 - Apr 15, 2013

Beatrice Bell Boulware Freeman of Powell went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the age of 79 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Beatrice was born March 18, 1934 in Purdon. She attended Emhouse schools. She married Howard J. Freeman Oct. 14, 1950. They were joyfully married for 62 years. Memaw loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Nora Boulware of Powell; infant son, Howard Joe Freeman Jr. and brother, Willie Lee Boulware.

She is survived by her husband, Howard J. Freeman of Powell; daughters, Valorie Bearden and husband Dale of Powell and Betty McCoy and husband Donald of Ennis; grandchildren, Carol Gillman of Powell, Jerome Bearden of Powell, James McCoy of College Station and Jonathan McCoy of Arlington; great-grandchildren Ginger Gillman of Corsicana, Ronnie Gillman, Dale H. Bearden and Tiffany Bearden, all of Powell.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Morris Holcomb and Clayton Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Patsy Ruth (Kuykendall) Kelley
Apr 10, 1941 - Apr 13, 2013

Patsy Ruth Kelley went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully at home and surrounded by family on Saturday, April 13, 2013, after a 12 year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Patsy was born April 10, 1941, at home on the family farm in Hill County as the only daughter of Wilson and Oleta Kuykendall. She had two older brothers and one younger brother. She started to school in Midway, in a one room school house where she went for one year. She started second grade in Milford, and graduated from Milford High School in 1959. After graduation, Patsy worked in Dallas at Dun & Bradstreet. She married James A. Kelley of Italy, Texas, in the Milford Methodist Church on July 14, 1962. They lived in Bynum and Hillsboro for four years until moving to Kerens in 1966. Both of her children were born in Hillsboro — Scott on April 7, 1963, and Jana on Dec. 31, 1970. Patsy worked at Kerens Elementary School for 18 years and at the Kerens Bank for 24 years before retiring in May of 2009.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilson Kuykendall; mother, Oleta Kuykendall; mother-in-law, Vestal Kelley; father-in-law, W. Odell Kelley; and younger brother, Bruce Kuykendall.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years and 9 months, James A. Kelley of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Dana Kelley of The Woodlands; daughter and son-in-law, Jana and Jeff Thompson of Southlake; two older brothers, Sidney Kuykendall of Denton, and Wayne Kuykendall of Waxahachie; and her precious grandchildren, Ryan Kelley, Catherine Kelley, Jetta Thompson and Jolie Thompson; two sisters-in-laws, one brother in-law, an aunt, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Kerens First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leslie Byrd officiating. Interment will follow in Brandon Cemetery at Brandon, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Kelley, Randall Kuykendall, Randy Ward, Glenn Kuykendall, Herbert Charles Kuykendall Gary Frank, Tim Boyd and Kelly Woods.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Kerens.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Billy Gene Gilliam
Nov 4, 1922 - Apr 8, 2013

Billy Gene Gilliam, a former resident of Corsicana, went to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the age of 90 at the Medical Center of Arlington.

Bill was born Nov. 4, 1922 in Corsicana to William Tarrant and Myrtle Mae (King) Gilliam. He attended schools in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School. Bill married Barbara Cook in 1942. Bill served in the United States Army during World War II, landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day. After his military service, he returned to Corsicana where he worked for many years as a Master Plumber.

Bill was a true Christian gentleman who touched many lives, and was a faithful member and Deacon of First Baptist Church serving in various positions in excess of 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Myrtle Gilliam; and his wife, Barbara.

He is survived by his daughter, Tish (Gary) Schutte; son, Paul (Cindy) Gilliam; grandchildren; Christy(Shawn) Powers, Kevin (Mendi) Schutte, Tim (Dina) Gilliam, Anna (Jake) Howard; Amanda (Ryan) Saenz; step-grandchildren, Randy (Dawn) Flach, Karin (Brandon) Richardson, and many great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Etta (Gene) Fluker.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Monday, April 15, 2013.

Graveside services with military honors will follow at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

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Raymond Lee Willhite
Dec 25, 1925 - Apr 7, 2013

Raymond was born Dec. 25, 1925. He passed away at home on Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Dallas, doing the things he loved to do.

He grew up in Hill County and called Liberty Hill Community his home town.

In his youth, he pulled cotton for farms across the state, worked in the coastal shipyards and built barracks for Fort Hood. In the early 1970’s he moved to Dallas to join his brother working for the Texas State Highway Department, where he retired in 1987.

He enjoyed ‘making the rounds’ and visiting with his friends at the Hickory House and Dairy Queen every day.

He regularly spent time in the outdoors, gardening and taking long walks in his neighborhood.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Mary Ethel (Maxwell) Willhite, his brother Elvin Lein Willhite and his sister Ruby
(Willhite) Feller.

He is survived by his loving nephew and caretaker Randy Rhodes and wife Debon, of Rockett; nephew Donald Brooks and wife Glenda, of Streetman; and nephew Kenneth Brooks and wife Jennifer of Purdon.

We will miss him.

His final resting place will be Liberty Hill Cemetery. He did not wish to have a public memorial service.

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Donald Everett Sheppard
Jan 3, 1922 - Apr 8, 2013

Donald E. Sheppard, 91, of Blooming Grove, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Temple.

He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1922, in Blooming Grove, to Charlie Sheppard and Emma Lowe Sheppard.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. He loved church and working with his family.

He is preceded in death by his wives, Wilene Farmer Sheppard in 1969, and Frances Starek Sheppard; parents, Charlie Abner and Emma Lowe Sheppard; sisters, Meredith McCune and Barbara Rickerson.

Survivors include his children, Kyra Cariker and husband Kenneth of Henderson, Gary Don Sheppard of Crosby, and step-daughter, Terri Watson and husband Chris of Greenville; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Cariker, Roger Sowell, Andrew Beagle, Bob Hailey, Caron Hastings and Philip Story.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sam Ringo
Apr 15, 1913 - Jan 20, 1930

STATE HOME YOUTH DIED MONDAY NIGHT IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Sam Ringo, age 16 years, student of the State Home here, died Monday night at 6:10 at the county hospital of meningitis and funeral services were held in the chapel of the State Home Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 and were conducted by Rev. T. S. Bohannan, chaplain of the institution. Interment was in the State Home cemetery.

The deceased had been reared in the home, coming to the institution when a small child. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Chambers, Dallas; Mrs. Richard Dixon, Dallas; Miss Nell Ringo, Fort Worth, and Miss Cora Alice Ringo, State Home; three brothers, Ernest Ringo, Electra; Jeff Ringo, Addison and Jesse Ringo, State Home.

Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the service.

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Paul Wesley Mitchell
Aug 9, 1924 - May 2, 1937

STATE HOME BOY IS DROWNED SUNDAY IN TANK, BURIAL TODAY

Funeral services for Paul Wesley Mitchell, 11-year-old student of the State Home here who was drowned shortly after 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, were held Monday morning at 11 o’clock at the State Home cemetery and were conducted by Rev. M. W. Bergeson, chaplain of the Home.

Authorities of the Home stated that ten boys went swimming without permission. A Sutherland McCammon pulmotor was employed without success in an effort to revive the youth.

Surviving are his father, M. C. Mitchell, employee of the Valley Farms, north of Corsicana; two brothers, Leroy and Eugene Mitchell, and two sisters, Geraldina and Eva Mitchell, all inmates of the Home. The five children were admitted to the Home from Pampa four years ago. The youth was a member of the fifth grade.

The boys were swimming in a pasture tank on the Home property.

Pallbearers were six of the boys who helped recover the body, Grover Simpson, Charles Nichols, Charlcie Nichols, Warren Phipps, Crafton Kniffin and William Wilkins.

The funeral was directed by Sutherland-McCammon Funeral home.

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Fred Berry
Dec 12, 1910 - Feb 18, 1930

FUNERAL SERVICES STATE HOME YOUTH HELD WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Fred Berry, 19, State Home boy, who died late Tuesday night from injuries received in a collision between the bicycle he was riding and an automobile driven by Harry Burke of Corsicana near the I. O. O. F. Home were held from the State Home chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in the State Home cemetery.

The services were conducted by T. A. Bohannan, chaplain of the State Home, assisted by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

The accident occurred about 9:10 o’clock and the boy died in the State Home Hospital at 9:45 o’clock. The accident was said to have been unavoidable, the lights of an approaching motorist blinding Burke and Burke’s lights apparently blinding Berry. Berry’s left knee, right leg and neck were broken. Burke picked up the young man and rushed him to the State Home hospital.

No known relatives survive.

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Cordelia Savanna “Delia” (Duke) Flovin
Dec 16, 1858 - Dec 6, 1926

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON MRS. C. S. FLOVIN

Funeral services for Mrs. Cordelia S. Flovin, aged 67 years, who died at 11:30 o’clock Sunday morning were held Monday afternoon with interment in Hamilton cemetery.

Mrs. Flovin is survived by four sons, Walter Flovin, Vernon; John Flovin, Corbett; Jim Flovin, Corsicana; Donald Flovin, New York City; three daughters, Mrs. B. M. Love, Greenville; Mrs. Jim Thompson, Corsicana ; Mrs. D. R. Hawpe, Plemons, Texas; one nephew, J. M. Beckham, Black Hills.

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Oscar Cicero Rich
Sep 6, 1891 - Jun 6, 1949

O. S. (Sisro) Rich Dies On Monday; Funeral Tuesday

O. S. (Sisro) Rich, aged 57 years, native of Tennessee, died at his home in the Black Hills community Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Black Hills church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Lawrence W. Shivers and Rev. T. R. Vaughn.

Surviving are his wife of Black Hills; three sons, Melvin F. and Alvin Gene Rich both of Black Hills and Calvin C. Rich of Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Ernest Cook and Mrs. Clovis Stover, both of Corsicana, and Misses Lena Ruth and LaVerne Rich both of Black Hills; five grandchildren, four brothers, H. A. Rich, Bonham; W. C. Rich, Ennis, C. C. Rich, Clarendon and Olin Rich, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. G. A. Lockhart and Mrs. C. J. Meador, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be G. G. Poarch, C. V. Breithaupt, R. A. Perkins, W. V. Cook, Harry Rogers and Henry Slate.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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Weston Van Moses
Jan 18, 2013 - Mar 8, 2013

Infant Weston Van Moses, 6 weeks old, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
 

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