Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Aletha Ellen Hightower
Nov 12, 1852 - Feb 13, 1929

FROST, Feb. 21.—(Spl.)--The remains of Miss Ellen Hightower of San Antonio arrived here Friday morning and the funeral services were held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fred Grimes, Sr., conducted by Rev. Conaway of Corsicana. Interment was in the Frost cemetery. Miss Hightower is survived by a number of relatives.


Hettie Annie Elizabeth (Howell) Rampy
Aug 28, 1882 - Mar 20, 1929

Kerens Woman Died In Local Hospital

KERENS, Nov. 22.—Funeral services were held here Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Annie Rampey, who died at the Navarro Clinic, Corsicana, Wednesday afternoon after a short illness. The Rev. J. U. McAfee, pastor of the Methodist church, officiated, and interment was made in the Kerens cemetery.

The deceased is survived by her husband, one son, one daughter, and numerous other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Nov 22, 1929
  • w/o Lonnie Albert Rampy married Dec. 23, 1903 d/o Christopher Columbus Howell and Louisa Isabelle “Belle” (Burkhalter) Howell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Perry Wayne Calvin
Jan 18, 1976 - Apr 17, 2013

Perry Wayne Calvin, age 37, of Frost, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, while providing the ultimate sacrifice to the Community of West.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro, with Steve Burleson officiating.
Burial will follow at Frost cemetery near Frost.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West. Perry will lie in state beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Aderhold Funeral Home.

Perry was born Jan. 18, 1976 in Dallas, the son of Phil and Cindy Calvin. He graduated from Frost High School. Perry was currently attending the Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician at Hill College. On Oct. 19, 2002, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Ann Griffis in Frost. He was a self-employed farmer and loved the outdoors.
He enjoyed horseback riding, rodeos, fishing and especially spending time with his family. Perry was a member of the Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Mertens Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 10 years, Rebecca Ann Calvin of Frost; two sons, Paul Wyatt Calvin and Preston Calvin, both of Frost; his father, Phil Calvin and his wife Cindy; a brother, Wes Calvin and wife Emily of Frost; two sisters, Penny Sprouse of Bryan-College Station and Page Calvin who is currently serving in the Air Force; his grandmother, Edna Calvin of Hutchins; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are J. R. Surovik, Chad Degner, Travis Thurston, Terry Rasco, Chase Blume, and Eric McGill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Mertens Volunteer Fire Department.

You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Perry in our memorial guest book found at

Aderhold Funeral Home in West is in charge of arrangements.



Firefighter laid to rest in Frost

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — At 9 a.m. Thursday, police and fire scanner radios in Navarro County heard a series of tones broadcast.

Then, a final “page out” for firefighter Perry Calvin, the Frost man who lost his life April 17 in the explosion at the West Fertilizer.

It’s a tradition among the brotherhood of firefighters — the final salute to a fallen hero. A similar observance was held at the memorial service in Waco last week.

After the tones sounded, John Gant of the RC/287 Volunteer Fire Department shared a prayer for Calvin via the radio broadcast as one final tribute.

Firefighters from throughout Navarro County, and the state, attended Calvin’s funeral service held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hillsboro. A caravan then drove to the Frost cemetery, Calvin’s final resting place.

He was attending an EMT class in West on April 17 when he joined other firefighters in the call to a fire at the plant. A total of 14 first responders lost their lives in the horrific explosion.

Calvin leaves behind a wife, two young children, and a third on the way.

A benefit fundraising event for the Calvin family is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Corsicana on Third Avenue between Main and Beaton, and south on Beaton Street to Fourth Avenue. All proceeds raised from various activities slated for the evening will go to benefit the Calvin family.



Perry Calvin, 37, a married father of two with a third on the way, was one of the missing volunteer firefighters. He had been attending an emergency medical technician class in West on Wednesday evening when a firefighter in the class got a page about the fire at the fertilizer company, said his father, Phil Calvin.

Perry Calvin and another man drove to the scene together and got there before the explosion. The other man was found dead Wednesday night.

“It doesn’t look good, but we don’t have anything confirmed yet,” Phil Calvin, the fire chief in the town of Navarro Mills, said Thursday afternoon. About an hour after he spoke those words, he got the news, sitting by the phone at his home in nearby Frost: his son was indeed among the dead.

Perry Calvin was not even a firefighter with the West department. He volunteered with another department in a nearby town, but had rushed to the scene to help, because he happened to be close. He is the kind of person who would be right at the head of the line, his father said. “He would do what he could to put the fire out or help find people.”

This gets to me more than I can say, probably because my dad was the first fire chief of the Starhill VFD, and my brother in law Mike discovered his vocation as a firefighter by signing on with the Starhill volunteers when he was only 18, a story I tell in The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming. A few months ago, when I was out in Starhill visiting my folks, two kids accidentally started a grass fire on a windy day. It was impossible to get the trucks back into the field, so the volunteers had to scoop buckets of water out of a pond and speed them to the fire on the backs of their four-wheelers in order to put the thing out. These are guys who don’t get paid to fight fire. They do it because they love their community, and feel a responsibility for it.

I wrote about men like Perry Calvin and West’s Marty Marak, and Starhill’s Mike Leming, and the communities that produce them, in USA Today‘s Friday edition. Excerpt:

In the light of Ruthie’s death, I saw my small town with fresh eyes. I saw the deep goodness of small-town people, who weren’t anonymous to each other and who felt a duty of love to each other. I wanted to be part of that. I needed to be part of that.

I moved my family back home. Now, when I hear the people of West on TV talking about how they’re going to carry each other through this catastrophe, I know exactly what they mean. The people of West will not only endure; they will triumph. There is nothing small about the lives of small towns.

Story Two:

WEST, TEXAS — WEST — A Navarro County firefighter is among the missing at the scene of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, according to emergency responders.

Perry Calvin, 37, who has served on the Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department since 1996 and has been on the Mertens Volunteer Fire Department since 2012, was reported missing Thursday morning. His pickup was found at the scene. His partner in the EMT class — another firefighter not from Navarro County — also responded with Calvin and was killed.

The West Fertilizer Company caught fire Wednesday evening and an explosion shook the city just before 8 p.m., leveling the plant. As many as 160 people are injured, and 15 are either dead or missing, including Calvin.

The rancher was in training to become an emergency medical technician, which is why he was training with the West Ambulance service, and which is why he was called upon when the fire began.

“He was at EMT class at West last night,” explained Perry’s father, Phil Calvin. “He and another boy responded to the fire alarm for West Fire Department and they got at the fire scene before the explosion. They were both right there at the explosion site.”

Phil Calvin is the fire chief in Navarro Mills.

The body of the other firefighter was found early Thursday. His identity has not been released by authorities. Perry Calvin is still missing. Family and friends have rallied around the family, with other firefighters searching hospitals and going to the scene. Perry’s sister, who is in the Air Force stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, drove in early Thursday morning to help with the search. She is also a member of the Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department.

The family is continuing to hold out hope, Phil Calvin said.

“Of course, he’s one of those that just thought he could do anything,” Phil said. “When we found out he was over there we figured he’d want to be right up front in the middle of it.

“We’re hoping he got sent to a hospital,” he said.

Calvin is a resident of Emmett, and is married to Becky Calvin. They have two children and another on the way. Perry Calvin is a 1994 graduate of Frost High School.

Billie George Currey
abt 1925 - Apr 22, 2013

Billie George Currey, 88, of Lafayette, La. passed away Monday, April 22, 2013. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Dawson Cemetery with Rev. Sandralyn Pierce officiating. The family will receive friends before the services from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Dorothy Taylor
Nov 20, 1928 - Apr 27, 2013

Dorothy Taylor, 84 of Kerens, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Kerens. No public services are planned at this time. Funeral arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana.


Valara (Gaile) Shaw
Dec 24, 1923 - Apr 26, 2013

Valara Gaile Shaw, 89, of Corsicana passed from this life and went home to be with God. She passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at her home in Corsicana, TX.

Mrs. Shaw was born December 24, 1923, in Wynnewood, Okla., to Elbert Gaile and Bertha Ensey Gaile. She grew up in a one room home where she and her brothers and sister all helped her parents farm on their small land. She was Valedictorian in her High School. Her husband, Robert Shaw, was both an ordained Methodist and Baptist minister; she married him in 1946. She moved with her husband and two children, Ronald and Delora, to Corsicana in 1967. She earned a Masters degree and teaching certificate, and taught 8th grade English at Collins Middle School for
27 years until her retirement. She spent the rest of her life homeschooling her granddaughter until her passing. She always had a very strong belief in God and helped many children turn their lives around.
She was loved and respected by many. She will be missed, but she is free of suffering and in Heaven singing with Jesus and the angels.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the Rev. Robert Shaw; and brothers, Olier Gaile and Jack Gaile.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Delora and Rick Harding; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Lee and Carolyn Shaw; grandchildren, Richard Harding and Heather Shaw; sister, Geneva Parker and husband Glen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.



Valara Gaile Shaw, 89, of Corsicana, passed away at her residence Friday, April 26, 2013. Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home.


Miss Jerry June Saxon
May 25, 1937 - Apr 30, 2013

Jerry June Saxon, 75, of Richmond passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Oak Bend Regional Medical Center in Richmond. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Chaplain David Hobbs officiating.



Miss Jerry June Saxon, 75, of Richmond passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Oak Bend Regional Medical Center in Richmond. She was born on May 25, 1937 in Houston, Texas to parents, Fred and Mae Ola Saxon.

She had been a longtime resident of the Mexia State School, and had many friends there.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Robert Saxon.

She is survived by her sisters, Anna Shamburger and husband Carl of Waco, and Betty Hobbs and husband David of Magnolia, and a host of friends that loved her.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Chaplain David Hobbs officiating


Cathy Anne Thomas
May 19, 1950 - May 1, 2013

Miss Cathy Anne Thomas, 52, of Plano passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was born May 19, 1960 in Dallas to parents, Gerald and Sue Thomas.

She worked as an executive assistant with the American Heart Association.

She is survived by her sister, Susan Neff of Plano; brother, Jerry Thomas of Charlottesville, Va.; nieces, Lesa Neff and Rebekah Thomas; nephews, Shean Neff, Erik Neff, and Jerry Thomas, Jr.; uncles, Jimmy, Gene, and Glendon Thomas, and a host of other loving relatives.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Eureka Cemetery.


Patricia Hillery
abt 1962 - Apr 18, 2013

Patricia Hillery, 51, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Brentwood Place II Nursing Home in Dallas. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Benny "B.J." Brockman
Oct 21, 1932 - Apr 24, 2013

Benny “B.J.” Brockman, age 80, of Frost, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Waco. He was born Oct, 21, 1932 in Wills Point to Clifford Cornelius and Dovie Etta (Almond) Brockman. Benny loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his sweet devoted dog, Annie.

B. J. was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Cornelius and Dovie Etta Brockman; five brothers, Sonny, Garland, Gene, Jerry and Johnny Brockman; sisters, Madia Scott and Doris Miller and his wife, Leslie Volkmann Brockman.

Survivors include three brothers, Bill Brockman and wife Trudy of Brady, Robert Brockman and wife Maria and Don Brockman all of Abilene; two sisters, Connie Shifflett of Hillsboro and Kathryn Belcher and husband, Chuck of Abilene; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of extended family.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy with Eric Enriquez officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the scholarship fund at the Frost ISD or the George C. Scott Scholarship Fund at Italy ISD.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.


Herbert Spencer Madison
Nov 15, 1932 - Apr 25, 2013

Herbert Spencer Madison, 80, of Dawson passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Mr. Madison, also known as the “Snowcone Man,” or the “Waterman,” was born Nov. 15, 1932, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He had lived in Dawson for the past 27 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Ann Madison; five sisters; and one brother.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharoll Richardson and husband, Roger, of Dawson; sister, Francis Brumley of Conroe; grandsons, Spencer Richardson and wife, Amber, R.D. Richardson and wife, Alysha; great-granddaughter, Jada Richardson; great-grandson, Drake Richardson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Dawson, with Rev. Les Mantonya officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson.

Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Margie Louise (O'Neal) Rogers
Nov 30, 1923 - Apr 25, 2013

Margie Louise Rogers, 89, passed away in Ennis on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Margie was born Nov. 30, 1923 to George W. and Ruby O’Neal. On Dec. 19, 1960 she married Harry L. Rogers and they made their home originally in Corsicana then to Munich, Germany while Harry served in the United States Army, and then returned to Corsicana in 1962.

She worked for Roy’s Café for over 25 years as a waitress. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Corsicana and a member of the Methodist Church. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading. She was a master Peanut Brittle maker and she enjoyed sports, especially the Cowboys and Rangers. She also enjoyed going to her coffee group at the Ennis Truck Stop.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 12 siblings, and her husband, Harry L. Rogers.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Honza of Ennis; two grandsons and their families, Lance and his wife Melissa and their daughter Kathryn of Ennis, and Michael and his wife Lauren and their children Ryan and Georgia Kate of Austin; one brother, Alvie O’Neal and his wife Jerra of Corsicana; two sisters, Tiny Lou Wilson of Groesbeck and Nelda May Oliver and her husband Douglas of Houston, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 at Resthaven Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.


Wardell Black
Jun 20, 1927 - Apr 23, 2013

Wardell Black passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Ennis. He was born to George and Inez (Monk) Anderson Black on June 20, 1927 in Round Prairie Community in Kerens.

Mr. Black is one of the founders of Calvary Baptist Church, serving in many postions. He served as Finance Chairman, a Trustee, Deacon, male chorus and lawn maintenance for the church. He worked for Wolf Brand Chili for 32 years, and Cresline Plastic Pipes for 15 years and retired in February 2001. He served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952. He was a foster parent for 14 children and later adopted one, a son.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, J.D., Theophilus, Vernell, Clifton, William and James Curtis Black; two sisters, Georgia L. Black Jones and Hazel Faye Black Robinson.

He is survived by a devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Jean Polk Black of Corsicana; son Will (Donnetta) Wilborn Sr; adopted son Joshua Patrick Bell Black Sr.; four grandsons Will Wilborn Jr., Nicklas Wilborn of Corsicana, Oshjuar'e Patrick Black of Keller, Joshua Patrick Dell Black, Jr. of Lancaster; two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter; special God-daughters Darlean Brewer of Arlington, and Rhea Sheree Portis of Dallas; devoted daughter-in-law Loyce Wilborn of Corsicana; sisters Betty Jean Black (Thomas) Walter of Fort Worth; aunt Willie Mae Black Bradley of San Angelo; special nieces Renee Black of Montclair, Calif. and Sherrie Black of Ennis; nephews Keith Black and La Prince Black of Ennis, and many other nephews; sisters-in-law Katherine Watts, Bertha Ford, Velma (Rev. Thomas)Walter and Vinie Elias and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 at M.R Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Leon Tates and Bishop William Lewis officiating.

Pallbearers will be Bro. Lance Shaw, Bro. Stanley Jennings, Lynn Walter, Ken Walter, Keith Black, Everett Polk and other nephews.

Interment will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Robert Gene "Bobby" Fluker
May 1, 1937 - Apr 25, 2013

Robert Gene (“Bobby”) Fluker, 75, of Corsicana died early Thursday morning, April 25, 2013 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, after a long illness.

He was born May 1, 1937 in Corsicana to Leland Clay and Josie Mae Fluker, and to older brothers Clay Jr. and Alton.

He married Lorna Territo in 1961 and had three daughters: Myrla, Suzanne, and Gena. After Lorna passed away, Bobby married Billie Giles of Corsicana in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Clay Fluker and Josie Mae Bowden Fluker; brothers Clay Fluker, Jr. and Alton Bowden Fluker, and wife Lorna Fluker.

Bobby is leaving behind his wife, Billie, of Corsicana; children Myrla and Eddie Pate of Barstow, Calif.; Suzanne Fluker of Tyler; and Gena and Brett Caluya of West Sacramento, Calif.; grandchildren: Eddie and Keri Pate of San Diego, Calif.; Benjamin and Diana Pate of Tucson, Ariz.; Samuel and Holly Pate of Monterey, Calif.; Jon Pate of Barstow; Brandon Williams, Justin Williams, and Lindsey and Gabriel Hall, all of Sacramento; and three great-grandchildren ranging from 18 months to 12 days old: Addison Jordan Pate of San Diego; D’Angelo Raymond Hall of Sacramento; and Annabelle Deborah Pate of Tucson.

Bobby was a man of many interests, and his contributions to our community are many and varied. He was responsible for establishing the “Peace Officer’s Museum” in Pioneer Village; he founded the Lefty Frizzell Museum in Jester Park; and he rallied to have an oil derrick erected as a monument over the site of the first oil well in Navarro County. He has been active throughout the years with the Navarro County Historical Society, serving two different terms as president. In 2009, he was inducted into the Pioneer Village Hall of Fame. For three years he co-hosted a special radio program (“Country Classics”) on KAND which focused on the music of those country music artists who had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He founded the “Corsicana Fast Draw Club,” and for 45 years performed in the annual Christmas parade.

He became heavily involved in emcee-ing and performing, and played with different bands at different venues, such as the Corsicana Opry Band, Big “C” Jamboree, the Freestone Jamboree, and the Senior band which performs at the Senior Activity Center. In May 2010 he was honored with a plaque from the Big C Jamboree for dedicating over 40 years of his life to country music and its history. He would put on special programs at places such as the Kinsloe House, schools, and different churches in the area, as well as his own church, Northside Baptist, where he and Billie were active members.

He was a great man in the community, but was especially beloved by his family and friends. He was a loving husband, both to Lorna who he took care of extensively during the years before her death; and to Billie. Both Billie and Bobby felt that God brought them together after each of them had lost long-time spouses. They made the most of every day and enjoyed traveling together, both locally, as well as across many states.
He was a great father and grandfather. His grandchildren have fond memories of visiting “PaPa:” getting to drink “coffee” with him and his buddies in the morning; learning how to handle guns and going shooting; and the musical “jam sessions” they would have together – whether they were picking guitars along with him or singing as he played.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

The funeral service will follow the next day at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2013, also at Corley Funeral Home. Dr. Rick Lamb, pastor of Northside Baptist Church will be officiating, assisted by Dr. Eddie Pate, son-in-law of Mr. Fluker. Music will be provided by Jimmie Young. The burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Franklin Neal, Les Cotton, Preston Bonner, Bob Cooksey, Eddie W. Pate, and Jonathan Pate. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jody Thomas, Fred Hayes, Beauford Dunlap, Robert Keathley, and David Frizzell.

Fluker will be missed as an entertainer, musician and historian. But for those who knew him best, it will be his kindness, his loyalty and integrity, his contagious hearty laugh, and giving spirit that will be missed the most.


Ronnie Earl Ogburn
Aug 31, 1949 - Apr 24, 2013

Ronnie Earl Ogburn, 63, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones. Ronnie was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and was born Aug. 31, 1949 to Earl and Gladys Ogburn in Corsicana. He was happily married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Cathy Jean Ogburn for almost 43 years. He attended Roane School and Corsicana High School, graduating in 1968. He was a member of Roane Baptist Church. Ronnie attended Navarro College and was a paratrooper in the National Guard from 1971 to 1978.
He recently retired after 32 years of working as a heavy equipment operator at Big Brown Mine.

He loved people, but especially children of all ages. He was a wonderful father and encouraged his children to cherish one another and hold each other dear since he had lost his only brother Gary at a young age. He was a very special Papa to his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them on a daily basis, riding horses, checking cows or just riding them around on the “scooter.” He was the best uncle ever to his nieces and nephews, always lifting them up and making them feel special and playfully teasing them whenever he could. Whether he was taking them to the lake, teaching them to ski, playing pool, or just hanging out, he enriched all of their lives. Due to his love for children, the family requests donations be made to James L. Collins Catholic School where his granddaughters attend or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Ronnie had the spiritual gift of ‘helps’ and would always lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He enjoyed working on the ranch with Ronnie Dale and Russell. Ronnie was everyone's dance partner and enjoyed listening to music, especially the live music of family. He loved family gatherings and hanging out with his friends. He had a knack for giving friends and family nicknames that stuck. He never met a stranger and had a way of making all who knew him feel 10 feet tall.

He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling with Cathy, family, and friends. He loved the outdoors and was especially fond of camping, boating, skiing, tubing the river, riding his Harley, hunting, trapping hogs, roping, horseback riding, and going to the horse races.

He had an infectious bright energy that he spread to others and a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him. “Creek People Unite!”

Ronnie is celebrating in heaven with his beloved mother, Gladys Coffey Ogburn, and his younger brother, Gary Eugene Ogburn.

Waiting to reunite with him are his wife Cathy; father Earl; children, Ronnie Dale, Kim, Russell, and Lacey; grandchildren, Colton, Alexys, Lucille (Goose), and Lillian (Bean). Also waiting to see him again are many family and friends too numerous to list.

John Teel and Russell Reed officiated the memorial service at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to services. Honorary Pallbearers were Colton Ogburn, Randy Jenkins, Edwin Scruggs, Wayne McClure, Ricky Lancaster, Paul Baggett, Wayne Tlustos, and William Mulkey.

The Ogburn family would like to express their gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement, and support.

Memorials can be made to James L. Collins Catholic School (3000 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana, TX 75110) or to the Ronnie Ogburn Tribute Account #33450519 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (Tribute Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. 1-800-822-6344.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Billie Gwendolyn (Stiles) Featherston
July 6, 1925 - Apr 26, 2013

Billie S. Featherston, 87, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, April 26,
2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services are scheduled for
10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Garden of Memorials Cemetery in Baton Rouge, La.



Billie Gwendolyn Stiles Featherston, a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, died on April 28, 2013 in Corsicana, Texas. She was born July 6, 1925, in Pursley, Texas, a community of farming, ranching, and oil and gas production, near Corsicana. She was a child of the Great Depression.
Since her family farmed, there was always food on the table, even if their clothes were old and worn. Billie had vivid memories of picking cotton on her parents’ farm and riding a horse to school.

Billie graduated from Pursley high school in 1942. She then attended Draughon’s business school in Dallas and subsequently began her secretarial career at a downtown Dallas hardware store. She held a number of secretarial jobs in Texas and Mississippi banks, at Louisiana State University, and at the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. She retired in the 1990s to care for her husband, Jimmy. After his death in 2000, she returned to Corsicana.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, journalist James S. Featherston; her parents, William and Hallie Stiles of Corsicana, Texas; her brother, Ferrell Stiles of Fairbanks, Alaska; sister Nelda Corley of Corsicana; and niece, Sandra Corley, of Corsicana. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Dan Worrell of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandson Casey Worrell of Los Angeles, California; nephew Mike Corley of Sanger, Texas and his children Adrianna and Daniel; and nephew Jay Corley of Lewisville, Texas, and his wife Sundee and children Kristofer and Shianne.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 11817 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Collections department, University of Arkansas Libraries, 365 N. McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, AR. 72701, telephone:


Steven "Ethi" Dwayne Felder
abt 1968 - Apr 28, 2013

Steven ‘Ethi’ Dwayne Felder, 45, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. Visitation is 12 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral Service is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2217 W. Seventh Ave. with Rev. Harold Evans Sr. and Rev. Cory Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana. M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in charge of arrangements.


Bradley Neal Bates
June 12, 1958 - Apr 28, 2013

Bradley Neal Bates, born June 12, 1958 in Arlington, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home in Dawson surrounded by his loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his father, James T. Bates.

Brad is survived by his wife, JoLenn Bates; daughters, Britney Bates and Taylor Bates; and grandchildren, Darrion Chapman, Briana Chapman, Gabriel Townsend, Elizabeth Townsend and Permi Townsend. He is also survived by his mother, Marie Bates, brother Ricky Bates and wife, Susan and sister, Patricia Eddings.

Brad graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Navarro College.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

He was an avid outdoors’ man; he loved to hunt, fish, and campout and country western dance. He was a hard worker and enjoyed bull riding, raising horses and cattle; he earned his Black Belt in Karate. Most of his life was spent in insurance sales.

Brad was a devout Catholic and member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

He was a God-send to his family, especially his adopted daughter, Britney. He loved his family with all his heart and enjoyed playing pranks and joking around with them. “Bops,” as he was called by his grandchildren, always had time for his family and spent many long hours enjoying them.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home. A Rosary Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday led by Deacon Lewis Palos.

Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Pallbearers will be Kenny Dobbs, Dakota Hancock, Jonathan Cunningham, Whit Tanner, Scott Russell, Jrake Russell, Travis Faucett, and Rodney Faucett. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.


Florene (Purdue) Armstrong
Apr 1, 1926 - Apr 30, 2013

Mrs. Florene Purdue Armstrong, age 87, of Corsicana passed away at Country Meadows Nursing Home Tuesday, April 30, 2013. She was born April 1, 1926 in Lubbock to John and Lois Purdue.

Florene was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was married to her husband, Homer Lee Armstrong for 42 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, one grandson, one great-grandson, and five brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann Ginn of Corsicana, Lois Marie DeRusha and Lexia May Armstrong of Rice, and son, Jackson Lee Armstrong of Corsicana. Mrs. Armstrong is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, 11 brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. One grandson, Michael Reznicek is on a mission in Brazil for the U. S. Air Force and will be unable to attend his grandmother’s services.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Shumate, Sammy Shumate, Sr., Sammy Shumate, Jr., Jacob Jones, Charles Wampler, and Joshua Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Christopher and Michael Reznicek.


Ruth Mae (Wallace-Warren) Sneed
May 18, 1949 - Apr 27, 2013

Ruth Mae Wallace Warren Sneed, 63, of Corsicana received her call from the Lord to board the heavenly train Saturday, April 27, 2013 peacefully at Country Meadows Nursing Home in Corsicana. Ruth was born May 18, 1949 to the parentage of Ed Wallace, Mack Warren and Pearl Hamilton Wallace Warren in Tyler. She graduated from Jackson High School/Chapel Hill High School in May 1968 and attended Tyler Jr. College.

Ruth professed a faith in Christ early in life with Triumph the Church in Kingdom of God in Christ, Tyler and later after moving to Corsicana, she united with Second Mission Baptist Church under pastoral of the late Rev. Paul Curry and now under the pastoral of Rev. Larry L. Polk, Sr., until she couldn't usher in the saints into God's house and her health failed. Ruth loved Second Mission Baptist Church where she served as an usher, deaconess, and secretary of the usher board.

Ruth Mae met and married the love of her life, the late Robert Lee Sneed, Sr. To this union three children were born, and Robert also helped to raise her eldest son, Willis Kennedy Warren.

Ruth worked at the Holiday Inn for 10 years in Laundry and later worked for Tom's LTD and Lance as a packer where she retired after 31 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ed and Alberta Overton, and Elias Warren and Sally Gates; parents; husband, Robert Sneed, Sr.; son, Adam Sneed; sister, Katherine Wallace-Skief; and aunt, Myrtle Milton.

Ruth Mae Sneed leaves to cherish her long lasting memories: Children, Willis Kennedy Warren of Tyler, Theresa Williams and husband Jesse, and Robert Sneed, Jr. and wife Sarah, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; Lavern Kennedy, Janay Williams, Ashley Williams, Jesse Williams, Carlos Evans, Raymon Sneed, Iesha Sneed, Brandon Chilton and Kenetra Chilton; 13 great-grandchildren; Jamal Williams, Makayla Evans, Maliah Evans, Fennix Roberts, Jamar Roberts, Jr., Conner Roberts, Candice Sneed, Aniya Stevenson, Brontray Chilton, Braden Chilton, Azariyah Andrews, Kevin Wynn Jr., and Maria Wynn; one brother, Albert Wallace of Arlington; loving niece, Lela Harold (Robert), Waco; nephews, Bobby Wallace (Kendra), Corsicana, Albert Johnston, Arlington, great nephews and nieces; and great-great niece, cousins, other relatives and the Second Mission Church Family.

Wake services are 7 to 8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 South 5th Street with Minister Catherine Manning officiating, and Pastor Larry L. Polk, Sr. as Eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Bert Rhea
Jun 29, 1892 - Oct 5, 1929


Bert Rhea, 37, Corbet farmer died Saturday night at 10 o’clock and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon with interment in the Campbell cemetery. He was a native of Alabama.

Surviving are his wife, father, W. H. Rhea, Corbet; two brothers, J. H. Rhea, Corbet, and Charles Rhea, Burkburnett; two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Stephens and Mrs. Janie Bell Benefield, both of Corbet.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.


William B. Christie
Jan 12, 1855 - Mar 17, 1929



William B. Christie, 74, native Texan and pioneer resident of Navarro county, died suddenly Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic and the funeral services were held from the family residence, 214 East Third avenue, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with burial in the Campbell cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Conway, pastor of the Hope Baptist church here.

Mr. Christie was in his usual good health and was visiting his son-in-law, Dr. M. L. Hanks of Corbet, who has been in the hospital several days with a broken arm. He was sitting in a chair and fell to the floor, dying almost instantly.

Prior to moving to Corsicana about a year ago, Mr. Christie had resided in the Corbet community for many years.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. M. L. Hanks, Corbet, twelve grandchildren, one brother, W. G. Christie, Coolidge; one sister, Mrs. L. F. Farquhar, San Angelo, and other relatives.

The funeral was under the direction of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Mar 18, 1929
  • h/o Martha Adelle “Della” (DeHart) Christie; s/o B. O. Christie & Nancie (Kirbie) Christie per death cert.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Bobbie Marie Berryhill
Feb 25, 1930 - Dec 9, 1930

Little Child Buried Campbell Cemetery

Funeral services for Bobbie Marie, 10-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Berryhill of the Purdon community, who died at the family home Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Campbell cemetery, where interment was made.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.


Jul 18, 1930 - Jul 19, 1930

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Radford Ivie was buried Saturday afternoon with the interment in the Campbell cemetery.


Remains of Infant Buried Saturday

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Ivey of the Jester community died at 1 o’clock Saturday morning, a few hours after its birth, and the remains were interred in the Campbell cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral.


Joseph Andrew Jones
May 28, 1856 - Oct 19, 1925


Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, Oct. 19, J. A. Jones, age 69 years, died suddenly here 8:15 Monday morning from an attack of acute indigestion. He had just gone to work at the high school building where he was yard man and also in charge of the building. One of the school children saw Mr. Jones when he fell and immediately called for help but he had expired before aid could be given.

The deceased is survived by two daughters, Miss Pearl Jones, Corsicana; Mrs. L. B. Watson, Emhouse; a brother, Alf Jones, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Black and Mrs. C. E. Black, both of Nettleton, Mississippi.

Mr. Jones came to Texas from Mississippi 39 years ago and settled near Barry and had lived in this community continuously until his death. During the past 30 years he had lived in the town of Barry and was well known. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the I.O.O.F and the W.O.W.

Funeral services will be held sometime Tuesday with interment in the White Church cemetery at Blooming Grove. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather pastor of the Baptist church here.


Andrew W. Sears
Dec 4, 1848 - Dec 30, 1927


Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Dec. 31.—Funeral services were held for A. W. Sears, aged 79 years, who died at his home in Waco Friday morning at 4:30 o’clock. Rev. I. Windsor, Baptist pastor of Waco, conducted the services.

The body arrived in Kerens at 11:31 Saturday morning over the Cotton Belt lines from Waco, and the cortege immediately went to the Kerens cemetery, where funeral services and interment took place.

The deceased was at one time reputed to be a wealthy land owner in the Kerens community. He removed from this place to Waco about ten years ago. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Messereau of Waco.


Margaret Estelle Shaw
Nov 28, 1908 - Aug 5, 1928



KERENS, Aug. 6.—(AP)—Funeral services for Miss Estelle Shaw, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Shaw, who was instantly killed Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock in an automobile accident, were held Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the First Baptist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the church.

Jesse Spain, aged 25 years of Jacksonville, Texas, driver of the car in which Miss Shaw was riding, is in the Navarro Clinic in Corsicana in a critical condition suffering from a fractured skill and other injuries. Little hope is held for his recovery.

The accident occurred on the Kerens-Athens road one mile north of Kerens on a blind curve when another car driven by Coy Alexander and the car driven by Spain collided, head-on. Both cars were demolished. Others in the car with Spain were Louise Childers, Lora Bill Shaw, sister of the dead girl and Ernest Irving. The girls were all residents of Kerens and both boys were from Jacksonville. Miss Childers suffered minor cuts and bruises while Irving and Lora Shaw escaped unhurt.

With Alexander in his car were his two children all of whom are reported to have escaped injury.

The dead girl was riding on the back seat and was thrown clear of the car and was picked up from the ground. Her throat was cut and numerous other injuries about the head and body.

She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters; Lynne Shaw, Austin; Loleta Shaw, Houston; Mrs. Ernest Gray, Lora Bell Shaw, Gidney Shaw, Ella Shaw, Eula Shaw, B. Shaw, Jr., and Karen Shaw, all of Kerens.

The family has been residents of Kerens for the past fifteen years and Mr. Shaw is the manager of the B. W. Ray estate gin at ----ny, Texas.

Estelle Shaw was very popular with the younger social set of this community and her sudden death has cast a pall of sorrow over the entire community.




Jesse L. Spain, aged 25 years, brakeman of the T. &. N. O. railroad, Jacksonville, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday night shortly after 7 o’clock from injuries received Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock in an automobile accident on the Kerens-Athens road in a head-on collision on a blind curve between two automobiles, one driven by Spain and the other by Coy Alexander. He was rushed to the local hospital suffering from a fractured skull and other injuries. The body was forwarded to Jacksonville Tuesday morning on the early Southern Pacific train via Dallas. Interment will be made late Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Spain, Jacksonville, and other relatives.

Miss Estelle Shaw, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Shaw of Kerens, was instantly killed in the accident and the funeral services for her were held at Kerens Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with interment in the Kerens cemetery. The funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist church of Kerens by Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the church.

The accident occurred one mile north of Kerens. Both cars were demolished. Those in the car driven by Spain were Miss Shaw, Louise Childers, Lora Bill Shaw, sister of the dead girl and Ernest Irving. The girls were all residents of Kerens. Both boys were residents of Jacksonville.

The Alexander car was occupied by Mr. Alexander and his two small children.

Miss Shaw is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters; Lynne Shaw, Austin; Loleta Shaw, Houston; Mrs. Ernest Gray, Lora Bell Shaw, Eula Shaw, Gidney Shaw, Ella Shaw, B. Shaw, Jr., and Karen Shaw, all of Kerens.


Alton Eugene Earley
Oct 26, 1902 - Jun 19, 1971


KERENS—Alton E. Earley, 69, of Kerens died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church of Kerens, with the Rev. Ralph Stovall officiating. Burial will follow in Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

A native of Kerens, Earley had been a carpenter.

Survivors include his widow, Helen; a daughter, Mrs. Billie Jane Leatherwood of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Marlin Eugene Earley of Waco; three brothers, W. A. Earley of Corsicana, and L. V. Earley and Perry Earley of Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Flora Bell of Kemper, Tex., and Mrs. Velma Tipton of Longview; and five grandchildren.


Willis Benjamin “Bud” Carroll
Jun 9, 1871 - Oct 10, 1927



W. B. (Bud) Carroll, aged 55 years, native of Navarro county, died in the Navarro County Hospital Monday evening at 7:40 o’clock as a result of wounds on the head alleged to have been received in an altercation at the house of Sutherland in Northeast Corsicana Saturday night about 10 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted at the Dresden tabernacle Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The funeral cortege left Corsicana at noon Tuesday.

Ed Sutherland is in the Navarro county jail formally charged with murder in connection with the death of Carroll. He was arrested Sunday morning and lodged in jail on a complaint of assault with intent to murder and bond set at $2,000 which was not made. The complaint was filed in Judge Sam B. Jordan’s court and Tuesday morning the complaint for murder was filed. It was alleged that several window panes in the Sutherland house were broken.

Surviving Carroll are his wife, five sons, B. F. Carroll, Leon Carroll, Tom Carroll, all of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Griffin, Miss Clara Bell Carroll, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Cardelle Freeman, Fort Worth, ten grandchildren; three brothers, Bob Carroll, Corsicana; A. B. Carroll and R. C. Carroll, both of Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Joe M. Brown, Corsicana; Mrs. Dillard Crouch, Corsicana community; Mrs. W. D. Allen, Barkburnett; Miss Annie Carroll, Blooming Grove.

Mr. Carroll was born near Blooming Grove.



Ed Sutherland, white man, charged by complaint with murder in connection with the death of W. B. (Bud) Carroll, white man, 56 years, who died Monday from effects of a wound on the head alleged to have been received in an altercation at the residence of Sutherland in the northeastern portion of the city, was “no-billed” by the Navarro county grand jury, it was learned Friday.

Carroll was struck on the head with a stick of wood Saturday night about 10 o’clock and died in the Navarro County Hospital without regaining consciousness.


Frances Estell “Fannie” (Powell) Taylor
Nov 23, 1895 - Jul 27, 1927


Mrs. Fannie Powell Taylor, aged 31 years, died at 811 North Thirteenth street Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock and the funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock and the funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock with interment in the Dresden cemetery. She was born in Louisiana but resided near Barry during the majority of her life. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are one son, four brothers, A. E. Powell, P. H. Powell, J. H. Powell and H. J. Powell, all of Corsicana.




Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Powell Taylor, aged 31 years, who died at 811 North Thirteenth street Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

The remains were taken to Dresden for interment.

Survivors are one son, four brothers, A. E. Powell, P. H. Powell, J. H. Powell and H. J. Powell, all of Corsicana.


William Thomas Ragan
Oct 16, 1875 - April 23, 1927


William T. Reagan, aged 53 years, resident of the Dresden community, died at the Navarro County Hospital Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Surviving are his wife and the following children:
Otis Reagan, San Angelo; Barney Reagan, Dresden; Braxton Reagan, San Angelo; Troy, Jim, Elijah and Leo Reagan, all of Dresden; Mrs. Winnie Odom, Corsicana and Miss Mabel Reagan, Dresden.

Following were the pallbearers:
D. S. Cobb, W. M. Minifee, J. R. Rogers, L. J. Curry, S. S. Badgitt, W. H. Cunningham.



In Memory.

Mr. Ragan was born in 1875 and died April 23, 1927. When the sad news reached all parts of the community that he had passed away, wherever the news was received. It left a feeling of profound sadness. He was a man who possessed the friendship of all who knew him.

Mr. Ragan is survived by his wife and nine children, two daughters, and seven sons, as follows: Mrs. Ninnie Odom and Mabel Ragan, Odis, Bonnie, Braxton, Troy, Jimmie, Elizah and Roo Ragan; one brother, John Ragan, and two sisters, Mrs. Addie Powell and Della Shaw, and a host of friends to mourn his departure.

It is difficult to commend words to pay a tribute to such a good man as he was. Oh, how we miss him. His friendly greetings and his presence.

He was a kind husband and father, a friend and true brother, his heart was wrapped in his home and there in companionship with his wife and children he found his highest joy. Oh, how we shall miss him but sweet memories of his dear affectionate life will shine on and on.

Hide not thy face, oh, Lord of grace; thou who has tasted woe, lend us thy light to guide us on the way that we should go.

Dear one, how we loved you no one can tell but the gentle Shepherd called you and we must bid you farewell.

Dear Lord, lend a helping hand and may we all be united in that great family in heaven which will never be broken, where there will be no tears and no good-byes.

--One Who Loved Him.


Augusta Elizabeth "Bettie" (Moren) Ragan
Jul 21, 1881 - Jul 6, 1935

Mrs. Ragan was buried in Dresden cemetery Sunday afternoon. The funeral was largely attended.


Clarence E. Freeman
Sep 7, 1903 - Apr 3, 1931


Funeral services for Clarence Freeman, 27, farmer of several miles southeast of Corsicana, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Friday noon after a short illness, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Campbell cemetery, near Drane where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Stitt, Presbyterian minister of Blooming Grove.

Surviving are his wife, one son, two half-brothers, Aubrey and Hervey Ashcraft; and three half-sisters, Misses Sybil Mae Freeman, Vesta Mate Freeman and Pauline Ashcraft, all of the Corsicana community.

The Corley-McMahon Funeral home had charge of the funeral arrangements.


Lela Cameron (Poole) Ashcraft-Freeman
Jul. 22, 1888/Mar. 1, 1887 - Feb. 15, 1927

Funeral Services Mrs. Lela Freeman

Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Freeman, aged 39 years, who died at her home in the Drane Community Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock, were held Wednesday afternoon with interment in the Campbell cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, one brother, Ed Poole at Corsicana and other relatives.


James Morgan Miller
Oct 6, 1877 - Jun 9, 1944


Funeral services for James M. Miller, age 57 years, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Stockard, 712 South Fourteenth street early Thursday morning after a short illness, will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Pursley Baptist church. Burial will be in the Pursley cemetery. Rev T. R. Vaughn will conduct the rites.
He lived in the Purdon community of Navarro county most of his life.
Surviving are his wife, Purdon; five sons, Pvt. Jesse Miller, fort Sill, Okla; Ben Miller, Dawson, Claude Miller, Waco; Granville Miller, Corsicana; J. E. Miller, Purdon; three daughters, Mrs. John Stockard, Corsicana; Mrs. A. Hickson, Corsicana; Miss Gussie Mae Miller, Purdon; five sisters, Mrs. L. Bamberg, Corsicna, and Mrs. L. R. Williams, Milford; Mrs. R. L. McCulloch, Ga???; Mrs. L. D. Bentley, Broken Arrow, Okla; Mrs. Maggie West, Abeline; a brother Charlie Miller, Stockten, Calif.; nine grandchildren, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Arlie Tan??, Frank Johnson, Pierce Smith, Roy Loag?; J. O. Crider, Will ???;
Corley Funeral Homes will direct the arrangements


Maria Remedios (Guerrero) Martinez
Dec 15, 1957 - Apr 16, 2013

Maria Remedios Martinez was born December 15, 1957 in Mexico to J. Ascencion Guerrero and Amelia Hernandez Guerrero. She passed away at her residence on April 16, 2013 in Frost, Texas.

Maria was a loving wife, mother, and aunt to all. She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Salvador Martinez of Frost and children; Eric Martinez of Frost, Marco Martinez of Hillsboro, Hermilo Martinez of Corsicana, Roberto Martinez of Frost, Juan Martinez of Frost, Salvador Martinez, Jr. of Frost and Lucio Martinez of Frost. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; Mackenzie, Mayela, David, Carolina, Marissa, Mariah, Gabriel, Angel, Eduardo, Emily, Jasmine, Salvador, III and Fabian. Maria’s survivors include her brother, Pablo Guerrero of Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 -8:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with Father Jose’ Luis officiating. Burial will follow at the Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eric Martinez, Marco Martinez, Hermilo Martinez, Juan Martinez and Roberto Martinez.


Octa Omega (Cottingame) Kyle
Aug 24, 1917 - Jan 7, 2012

Octa Cottingame Kyle, 94, a long-time resident of Itasca, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2012. She was born to the late William Carl Cottingame and Pearl Deatherage Cottingame on August 24, 1917, near Frost, Texas, in Ellis County. She and her family moved to Itasca while she was a young girl, and she graduated from Itasca High School in 1934. She married Hoyt David Kyle on September 27, 1937, and they remained married until his death in 1985. She was preceded in death by her brother, W.C. Cottingame, of Grandview, Texas; and by her beloved children, Carolyn Frances Goez of Forth Worth, Texas, and Robert Carl Kyle of Dallas, Texas.

Mrs. Kyle was a life-long member of the Itasca Church of Christ. In 1971, she and her husband purchased the Itasca Floral and Gift Shop, which they operated for 11 years. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and sewing throughout her life. She also loved to travel and to spend time with family and friends.

She leaves behind her daughter, Marjorie Kyle Bessire of Carrollton, Texas; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Catherine Kyle, Lisa Kyle, Rebecca Kyle Joseph, Rachael Kyle Salinas, Meg Kyle Tyler, Robert Kyle, Jr., Meredith Goez Flores, and Heath Bessire; and nine great-grandchildren, who brought her much joy.

Visitation: Sunday, January 8th from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

Service: Monday, January 9th at 2PM at the funeral home chapel with burial following at the Itasca cemetery.


Becky A. (Snow) Herring
May 24, 1953 - March 10, 2013

Becky A. Herring

Becky A. Herring, age 59, of Grady, died Sunday March 10, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock. She was born May 24, 1953, in Frost, Texas, the daughter of the late Oliver W. Snow and Dorothy Parum Snow. She was a beautician and a member of the Church of Nazerene in McGehee.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Herring of Grady; a daughter, Nikki Myers and husband, Bryan of Star City; 3 brothers, David, Rodney, and Steve Snow all of McGehee; 4 sisters, Melba Burch of Warren, Patty Curtis, Norma King both of Selma, and Janice Ferguson of Collins; 3 grandchildren, Bryleigh, Katelynn, and Tanner. She was also preceded in death by a brother Michael Snow.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Bishop Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Village with Bro. Jake Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in McArthur Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.


Betty Lee (Senkel) Zander
Aug 6, 1928 - Jan 4, 2013

Mrs. Betty Lee Zander passed away on January 4, 2013. She was born in Burlington, Texas on August 6, 1928 to Will and Lydia Senkel. After marrying, she relocated to the Dallas, Texas area, and then moved to Frost, Texas where she lived for many years. Her surviving family members include her long-time companion and husband, Mr. Gilbert L. Zander; son, Mark E. Zander; grandchildren, Christie Zander-Stampley and Jason Zander; great grandchildren, Dylan and Colton Zander; sister, Lucille Meuck; and brother, Bill Senkel.
Betty graduated from Rosebud High School in Rosebud, Texas, and later worked in a doctor's office for many years in Dallas. She was a warm and loving person, and she was truly exceptional in that she would always put others before herself. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


James Henry Derden
May 24, 1920 - Jan 1, 2009

DERDEN, JAMES H. - age 88, of Sevierville, born May 24, 1920 in Emhouse, Texas, died peacefully January 1, 2009 at Ft. Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. Jim, otherwise known as Henry, was known for his generosity and sense of humor. He was a longtime member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church, and was a World War II veteran, 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, and Eastern Star. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Archibald and Gertrude Derden; brother, Charlie Derden; sister, Irma Smith. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Derden; daughter and son-in-law, Jama and Carl Reischling; granddaughters, Tonya Greene and Stephanie Clevenger; brother-in-law, Dan Smith, and sister-in-law, Pauline Dunlap; 6 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Nadien Brown and Wilma Rolen. Special thanks to the caring staff of Ft. Sanders Sevier Nursing Home. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 pm at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy. Graveside service will be 3:00 pm Sunday at Woodlawn Cemetery with Dr. Glen Patterson officiating. Honorary pallbearers, Carl Reischling, Eric Brown, Ed Griffin, Richard Gillespie, John Chesney, M.L. Ooten. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.


Guy Elwyn Ballew
Mar 2, 1937 - Apr 30, 2012

Guy Ballew, 75, of Levelland, Texas passed away on April 30, 2012 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral Services are under the direction of George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas and will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Levelland, Texas with Archie Echols officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery in Levelland, Texas. There will be a Family Visitation on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas.

Guy was born on March 2, 1937 in Emhouse, Texas, the son of Guy Earl and Frances (Marriott) Ballew. He was a member of the United States Army Reserves and served during the Berlin Crises. Guy enjoyed a good round of golf, a few hands of Gin Rummy, and Casting a line to see what was biting, and starting his day with coffee and friends at the Levelland Country Club. Guy was an Original Member of the group, The Sparkles, from 1958 to1959. But his all-time favorite thing to do was to be with his loving family.

He is survived by; his wife, Genie of the home, one daughter; Vicki Winegeart and her husband, John of Lubbock, Texas, one son; Jesse Ballew of Lubbock, Texas, one granddaughter; Jamie Leigh Winegeart of Lubbock, Texas. two sisters; Brenda Ballew and Sue Hagle, both of Grand Prairie, Texas, one brother; Roger Ballew of Grand Prairie, Texas, two sisters-in-law; Mary Hodges and Sue Wade, both of Levelland, Texas, and a host of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Guy was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Earl and Frances Ballew, and one brother; Jesse Ballew.

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Bertha Sue (Morrison) Chapman
Sep 13, 1905 - Jun 23, 1979

Bertha Chapman

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dawson Cemetery for Mrs. Bertha Chapman, 73, who died Saturday at a Big Spring nursing home.

She was a former Dawson resident.

She is survived by her husband, W. B. (Pete) Chapman of Big Spring; five sons, Don Chapman and Clydel Chapman, both of Odessa; Jan L. Chapman of Lubbock; Tommy Chapman of Sweetwater; Kenneth Ray Chapman of Alvin; one daughter, Mrs. C. E. Ditto of Kermit; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, J. P. Morrison, Jr., of Arlington; two sisters, Miss Blanche Morrison of Dallas and Mrs. Faye Christian of Longview.

Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lula Belle (Reeves) Miller-Dillehay
Feb 11, 1879 - Apr 29, 1968

Mrs. Dillehay

DAWSON—(Spl.)—Funeral services will be held in the Dawson Methodist church Wednesday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Lula Belle Dillehay, 80, who died Monday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

The Rev. Stephen Love, pastor, will conduct, assisted by the Rev. Roy Davis of Corsicana. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Renfro, Dawson; Mrs. Gurvis Bellew, Tehuacana; son, W. E. Miller, Big Spring; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, T. Y. Reeves, Hubbard; and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 30, 1968
  • 1st husband William Henry Miller 2nd husband William Fletcher Dillehay d/o Burgess R. Reeves and Ellenore H. (Ward) Reeves
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Fletcher "Fletch" Dillehay
May 23, 1881 - Mar 18, 1952

W. F. Dillehay Dies At Dawson

DAWSON, March 18—(Sp.)—W. F. Dillehay, 70, died at his home here Tuesday morning following a several years illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. F. O. Garner, pastor; Rev. Roy H. Davis, Methodist minister of Wortham, and Rev. W. O. Estes, pastor of the Dawson Baptist church.

Dillehay formerly resided in Tennessee where he was a mail carrier.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson; a step-son, Hack Miller, West Texas; and two step-daughters, Mrs. Dewey Renfro, Dawson, and Mrs. E. B. Ballew, Tehuacana.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 18, 1952
  • Assumed 1st wife Juanne Thompson “Annie” (Craig) Dillehay married May 25, 1902 in Maury co, Tennessee 2nd wife Lula Belle (Reeves) Miller-Dillehay s/o William Rufus Dillehay and Ella (Cruse) Dillehay
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Stanley Allen DeMoss
Sept 23, 1955 - May 13, 2013

Stanley Allen DeMoss, 57, of Corsicana passed away Monday, May 13, 2013.

He was born to Lawrence and Doris DeMoss on Sept. 23, 1955 in Corsicana.
Stan graduated from Corsicana High School in 1973. He married Vickie DeMoss on March 6, 2004.

Stan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved music. He developed enjoyment in playing the harmonica. Stan was a wonderful friend to all who knew him. He had a way with people that could bring a smile to one's face. Stan's greatest joy was family. He loved spending time with his two children and grandchildren; cooking out and appreciating life with them.

Stan is survived by his wife, Vickie DeMoss; two children, Eric DeMoss and wife Dena and Devin DeMoss; his parents Lawrence and Doris DeMoss; brothers, Phil DeMoss and wife Linda and Steve DeMoss and wife Cayla; grandchildren, Matthew and Kyle and his aunt Vicki Thomas. He had many relatives including cousins, nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews who will miss him.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Bobby Bruce, Rick Jamison, Greg Sullivan, Ronnie Bosher, Richard Cagle and Dewayne Pritchett. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Alice Bernice (Douglas) Venters
July 7, 1927 - May 8, 2013

Alice Bernice Venters was an avid learner, stern teacher, devoted mother and grandmother, and loving friend.

The angel of silence answered the call of Alice Bernice Venters on May 8, 2013, and united her with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ending her life here on earth and giving her a new beginning of a life everlasting with her Father in heaven. She was born in Corsicana on July 7, 1927, to Frank Douglas Sr. and Louise Hill Douglas, who both preceded her in death. She wed in holy matrimony to Rufus Venters in the latter part of the 1940s. Through their short union two children were born, Rufus Carlton and Myrtle Inez.

Alice received her formal education in the Corsicana School District, graduating from G.W. Jackson High School in the early 1940s. [Class of 1944] She went off to college after high school to Huston-Tillotson of Austin. She furthered her studies at Prairie View A&M University were she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After being hired by the Corsicana Independent School District she advanced her education at Prairie View receiving a Master of Education degree.

She was a dedicated and devoted educator, spending countless hours preparing engaging lessons for her students. She was a member of several city, state and national teacher organizations. Alice’s teaching career spanned over 37 years retiring in 1992. During her years of service she gained the respect of educators across the district. She was a source of guidance and inspiration to many. To her students she was ever remembered for her affectionate but stern nature.

Alice came to know the Lord at a young age at the First Independent Baptist Church where she learned many skills receiving training through the Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association and guidance from dedicated members of her church. She was a faithful servant in the church. She and sisters Esther Price and Irene Gardner were sponsors of the youth department in the early 1960s. Later in life she was appointed Zone 3 Chairlady of the Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association.
She diligently served as church treasurer for many years and also in her retirement was a participant in the community bible study offered at the Northside Baptist Church.

Alice served the community in many ways including serving for many years as secretary of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

Alice was called Home at age 85.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Frank Douglas Jr. and George Douglas; and sister, Charlotte Marie Lemmons.

Survivors include a son, Rufus Venters (Nancy), Kailua, Hawaii; daughter, Myrtle Fleming, Corsicana; former daughter-in-law, Dyan Venters Schmidt (Richard), Fullerton, Calif.; former son-in-laws, Dr.
Terrance Johnson (Gayle), Nashville, Tenn., and C.E. Fleming (Nancy) Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren, Efrem Venters, San Diego, Calif. ,Erik Venters, Laguna, Calif., Erin Powell (George), San Marcos, and Elena Baucom (Micah), Grand Prairie; great-grandchildren, Jordan Venters, Kelton and Kaitlin Powell, Brynnan and Benjamin Venters, Makela and Makyla Harvey, Micah Jr. and Mason Baucom; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.

Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the First Independent Baptist Church, 701 G. W. Jackson Avenue. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Hazel Lee Wright
Mar 26, 1942 - May 8, 2013

Hazel Lee Wright, of Irving, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

She was born March 26, 1942, in Corsicana to parents Lee Charles and Geneva Mae (Gurley) Madden. She was a crossing guard in Irving for 13 years. She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Irving. Hazel enjoyed sewing, gardening, and traveling and was an avid photographer.
She was a loving wife, and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Roland Wright of Irving; daughters, Janet Sue Wright Munguia and husband Ernest of Irving, and Tina Lynn Wright Webb and husband Ed of Irving; grandchildren, Dana Riedle Alexander and husband Pete, Francesca Riedle and Kent Sylvester, Jordan Hutchings, and Tristin Hutchings; and great grandson, Damien “Spiderman” Alexander.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Irving with Pastor Kevin Weathers officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving


Amelia Frances "Fannie" (Andrew) Bell
Aug 20, 1868 - Jan 8, 1931

Barry News.

The entire community was saddened by the sudden death of Mrs. Will Bell Thursday afternoon. She is survived by her husband, Will Bell, two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Watson of Barry, Mrs. Margaret Thomas of Los Angeles, Cal.; three sons, G. E. Bell of Barry and Clyde and Elma Bell of California; mother, Mrs. Irene Andrews, and three sisters and one brother. Those attending the funeral from out of town were: Mrs. O. N. Wiggins and Mrs. Irene Andrews of Port Arthur; Oscar Andrews and son-in-law, Larron Gymerine of Orth; Mr. and Mrs. John Malone of Troup; Miss Mary Bell and Mrs. Mitchell and daughter of Corsicana; Clyde Bell of Los Angeles, Cal., and Lawrence Watson of Corsicana. We wish to extend to them our sympathy in their bereavement. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walter Griffith. Interment was in Dresden cemetery.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 16, 1931
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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