Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



James Hill Jones
Mar 5, 1869 - Mar 12, 1934

Former Resident Of Wortham Buried At Rice Wednesday

WORTHAM, March 16.—(Spl.)—J. H. Jones, age 66, who died of pneumonia at his home in Rice, was formerly a resident of Wortham. Deceased is a brother of W. T. Jones of Wortham. The following relatives and friends from Wortham attended the funeral Wednesday; W. T. Jones, L. M. Jones, A. B. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. George Fort, M. A. Riley, Mrs. Roger Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lee.


George Lane Kizziar
Aug 20, 1932 - Mar 3, 1934

Little Child Died Saturday and Was Buried on Sunday

George Lane Kizziar, 18-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Kizziar, died Saturday night and the funeral was held from the residence, 315 West Sixth avenue, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Rice Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, Wanda Mae, and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Sullivan K. Campbell
Jul 12, 1889 - Nov 24, 1934


S. K. Campbell, aged 45 years of Rice, died in the P. and S. Hospital Saturday morning at 7 o’clock after a short illness and the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Rice Cemetery where interment was made. Rev. Henry of Rice conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife, six children, Gordon, Edna, Lester, Cecil, Maedell, and Alvis Loyd Campbell, all of Rice; six brothers, Solon Campbell, Tennessee; Paul Campbell, San Franklin; Dock Campbell, Levelland; Gurley Campbell, Gilmer; Lonnie Campbell, Fort Worth, and Allison Campbell, Kansas, and five sisters, Mrs. Lyda Harris, Pecan Gap; Mrs. Hailey Rogers, Gilmer; Mrs. Bessie Loyd, California; Mrs. Lucy Knight, Gilmer; and Mrs. Mollie Jones, Gilmer.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Johnny Lee "Babe" Greer
May 1, 1913 - Dec 29, 1965

Hold Services For Babe Greer

Funeral services for J. L. (Babe) Greer, 52, Rice farmer, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God and Rev. Bill Davis of Arlington.

Greer died in Memorial hospital Wednesday morning following an extended illness.

Surviving are his wife of Rice, a daughter, Mrs. Tiny Beth Smith, Rice; a son, J. F. Greer, Corsicana; five grandchildren, mother, Mrs. Ollie Greer; Corsicana; a brother, Willie Greer, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Thelma Murphy, Lancaster; Mrs. Finis Eustace; Mrs. Wesley Reynolds, Bardwell; Miss Edith Greer, Terrell, and Mrs. Joe Craw, Victorville, Calif.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Aubrey Horton, Paul Chandler, Clyde Boldin, Walter Poe, Price Date and Dick Lee.


Grover Cleveland Braddock
Jan 23, 1885 - May 05, 1935

Rice Man Died Suddenly Sunday; Buried on Monday

RICE, May 6.—(Spl.)—Grover C. Braddock, aged about 50 years, died suddenly at his home, one mile east of town Sunday evening at 6:10 o’clock. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon.

Mr. Braddock is survived by his wife, one daughter, Miss Bonnie Braddock, and three sons, O. C., William and Clyde Braddock, all of Rice.


Frances Parthena (Haynes) Lennon
Feb 3, 1857 - Jan 30, 1935


Funeral services for Mrs. Frances P. Lennon aged 77 years who died at the home of her son, C. L. Lennon, 2000 West Fourteenth avenue, Wednesday morning at 5:30 o’clock, following a fall two weeks ago when she sustained a broken hip, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Thursday morning at 9 o’clock with interment in the Rice Cemetery. Monsignor V. Graffeo of the local parish conducted the rites.

Mrs. Lennon had resided in Navarro county 23 years and in Corsicana two years.

Surviving are five sons, C. L. Lennon, Corsicana; R. E. Lennon, Corsicana; J. A. Lennon, Corsicana; J. E. Lennon, Corsicana, J. E. Lennon, Alma; and T. E. Lennon, Alma; a daughter, Mrs. Maggie Fowler, Ballinger and a number of grandchildren.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Evan McClain
Sep 9, 1889 - Jul 20, 1935


RICE, July 20.—(Spl.)—E. M. McClain, aged 45 years, died at his home here Saturday morning at 3 o’clock and the funeral will be held at the Rice Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 6 o’clock where interment will be made. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Spruill.

Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Dera Mae Grimes, Rice; Miss Pauline McClain, Rice; Ella McClain, Rice; and Mrs. Beatrice Fatha, Rice; three sons, Ed McClain, A. G. McClain and J. C. McClain, all of Rice; a brother, Joe McClain, Rice; and two sisters, Mrs. B. Griffith, Avoca, and Mrs. Lonnie West, Blakney, Ga.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 20, 1935
  • h/o Gertrude Ellen”Gertie” (Kelso) McClain d/o Nathan Beauregard McClain and Mary Jane (Griffith) McClain
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William “Will” Goldman
Aug 15, 1873 - Aug 5, 1946


Funeral services for Will Goldman, aged 73 years, 518 North Thirteenth street, who died Monday night, were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph Shapiro of Agudas Achim congregation. Goldman was a long-time merchant here.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Raymond Goldman, Corsicana, and Sol Goldman, Milwaukee; two daughters, Mrs. Max Brustein, Corsicana, and Mrs. Milton Kay, Liberty; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Aaron Samuels, D. E. Stander, Louis Wolens, Gabe Goldberg, Harry Miller, Henry Levy, Jay Silverberg and Jake Amsel.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, August 7, 1946
  • born in Russia 1st wife Jennie (Lockwood) Goldman married May 12, 1895 2nd wife Lizzie Lee (Golden) Goldman married Oct. 4, 1903 s/o N. Goldman and Rachell Goldman per death certificate
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lizzie Lee (Golden) Goldman
Dec 21, 1883 - Dec 10, 1971

Mrs. Goldman

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Will Goldman, 88, Houston, who died there Friday. Rabbi Ernest Joseph will officiate. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, Mrs. Goldman moved to Houston 10 years ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Milton H. Kay.

She is survived by the daughter; two sons, Raymond Goldman of Corsicana and Ben Goldman of Whittier, Calif.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, M. B. and L. H. Golden, both of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be M. Evans, Gage Goldberg, Julius Jacobs, Sidney Marks, Aaron Samuels, Jay Silverberg, Louis Wolens and Dr. Bernard Rosen.

The family has asked flowers be withheld.


Solomon Sampson Freedman
Apr 21, 1847 - Jul 26, 1911

Died Yesterday Afternoon

Col. S. S. Freedman died at his home here yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock after a long illness.

Col Freedman was 64 years and 3 months of age and had been a resident of Corsicana since 1875, and has many friends here who will regret his passing away very keenly. He was born in Europe on April 21st, 1847, coming to this country I 1865, he spent about 10 years in Michigan, after which time he came to Corsicana and has resided here since that time. For a number of years Mr. Freedman was engaged in the dry goods business here with his brother, Rube Freedman, but the firm retired from business several years ago. Col. Freedman having been in bad health for several years. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Mrs. M. H. Cohen of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. H. Oransky of Esterville, Iowa, and Misses Frankie and Ida Freedman of this city. He also leaves two brothers, Alex Freedman and Chief R. Freedman of the fire department.

Funeral services will be conducted from the late residence, corner Sixth avenue and Fourteenth street, tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock,Rev. Faber of Tyler, officiating. Interment will take place in the Jewish cemetery.

Col. Freedman has been a Mason for forty-five years, having been initiated in Flint, Mich., in 1866, where he has continuously held his membership since that time.


Ida Freedman
Dec 7, 1878 - Dec 6, 1935


Miss Ida Freedman, native of Corsicana and well-known business-woman here for many years, died Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the family home, 105 South Twelfth street, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. S. S. Freedman, Corsicana; three sisters, Miss Frankie Freedman, Corsicana; Mrs. M. H. Cohen, Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. H. Oransky, Esterville, Iowa, and a number of other relatives.

The funeral will be directed by Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.




Funeral services for Miss Ida Freedman life-long resident of Corsicana and well-known business-woman here for a number of years, who died Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, were held from the family home, 105 South Twelfth street, Monday afternoon with interment in the Hebrew cemetery with Rabbi Charles Lesser of Temple Beth-El in charge.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. S. S. Freedman, Corsicana; three sisters, Miss Frankie Freedman, Corsicana; Mrs. M. H. Cohen, Des Moines, Iowa, and Mrs. H. Oranky, Estherville, Iowa, and a number of other relatvies.

Pallbearers were Ivan Rosenberg, Louis Shwarts, Raphael Levine, Wayne Albritton, F. C. Paul and M. M. Miller.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

A quartet composed of Mesdames Boyce Martin and A. L. Absher, and L. G. Kerr and Robert Layton, sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.”

Funeral arrangements were directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Carrie (Franks) Freedman
Aug 21, 1852 - Aug 5, 1941



Mrs. S. S. Freedman, aged 88 years, resident of Corsicana for 67 years, died at the family residence Tuesday morning. She was the widow of the late, S. S. Freedman, pioneer dry goods merchant of Corsicana.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed early Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery. Friends are requested not to send flowers.

Surviving are two daughters, Miss Frankie Freedman, Corsicana and Mrs. Lillian Oransky, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Funeral services for Mrs. S. S. Freedman, 88, long-time resident of Corsicana will be held Wednesday afternoon from the family residence. Interment will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Miss Frankie Freedman, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lillian Oransky, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Luther Still, W. P. McCammon, Raphael Levine, George Daniels, Tom Blissett and Harry Rothkopf.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Frankie Freedman
Jun. 5, 1888 - May 11, 1956

Miss Freedman Expires Friday

Miss Frankie Freedman, life-long resident of Corsicana, died at her home, 105 South Twelfth street Friday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Hebrew cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi I. J. Sarasohn of Temple Beth-El, and Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Ahudas Achim Congregation.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lillian Oransky, Corsicana; two nieces, Mrs. Robert Fogel, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Erick Frank, Oklahoma City; a nephew, Merrill Oransky, Chicago, and a number of other relatives.


Miss Freedman Services Monday

Funeral services for Miss Frankie Freedman, life-long Corsicana resident, were held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery.

Miss Freedman died of a heart attack Friday morning at her home, 105 South Twelfth street.

The rites were conducted by Rabbi I. J. Sarasohn, Temple Beth-El, and Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Aguda Achim Congregation.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lillian Oransky, Corsicana; two nieces, Mrs. Robert Fogel, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Erick Frank, Oklahoma City; a nephew, Merrill Oransky, Chicago, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sydney Marks, Morris Dreeben, Charles Croft, Jerry Roe, Dr. Wm. T. Shell, J. W. McCammon, Scott Lowry, Carl Mirus, J. N. Garitty and Ed M. Polk.


Perry Richter
Jan 16, 1959 - Oct 13, 2013

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, beloved husband, father, and grandfather Perry Richter lost his battle with cancer. He passed away at his Navarro home of 41 years with his loving wife Becky, sons Ben, Jason, and Caleb along with his close brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Patrick and Veronica Dickerson at his side.

After graduating Mildred High School in 1977, he worked cleaning up railroad accidents and also drove a truck in the Navarro County oil fields. On May 15, 1981, he married Becky Martinez of Corsicana. After surviving a burn accident while working in the oil fields, he attended Navarro College and obtained an Associate Degree in nursing. In 1990, he started his own construction business, Richter’s Backhoe Service, specializing in installing septic systems, house pads, and landscaping.
He loved working outdoors, which he did for 16 years. He returned to nursing in 2006, working at the Texas Youth Commission in Corsicana until his illness. He loved being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He lived in Navarro County for most of his life and considered it his one true home after moving around many times as a young kid. He made many, many friends during his lifetime. Everyone loved to hear his stories and jokes. He was always laughing and bringing joy to anyone near him. He always helped his friends and family in their time of need. He was an avid golfer and loved to fish. He especially loved fishing the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with his family and friends, especially Paul and Bryan Mitchell. Before his death, he and his close friends and family took one last trip to Venice, La., to catch those big Reds.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Benjamin Richter and mother, Ollie Mae Schultz Richter.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Richter of Corsicana; daughter, Nichole Grisar and husband Todd of Garland; sons, Ben Richter and wife Andrea, Jason Richter and Caleb Richter of Corsicana; granddaughters, Aryn Richter and Audrey Richter of Corsicana, and Lilly Ella Grisar of Garland; grandson, Charlie Grisar of Garland; sisters, Sue Lewis and husband Larry of Woodward, OK, Lisa Cobb and husband Ray of Corsicana, Marsha Qualls and husband Jimmy of Winkler, and Patricia Moulder of Seagoville; brother, David Richter and wife Terrie of Mildred; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Navarro County Chapter at 1000 W. 2nd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Elmer Alonzo "Boy" Toten
Jan 13, 1918 - Oct 11, 2013

E. A. “Boy” Toten, resident of Blooming Grove, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at the age of 95. He was born Jan. 13, 1918 to Elmer Archie Toten and Cora Raley Toten.

Mr. Toten ran Johnny Johnson Tire Company in Fort Worth for 35 years and then later drove the school bus for Blooming Grove ISD for several years. He helped care for his step-son, Nickey Burleson, after his accident in 1973. He enjoyed collecting knives and gardening and was a member of Blooming Grove Church of Christ. He was a super roller-skater and loved to skate with his wife, Northea.

Mr. Toten is preceded in death by wife Northea Miles Toten; step-sons Kenneth Donald Burleson and Oscar Dean Burleson; grandchild Kenneth Donald Burleson Jr.; great-grandchild Buddy Lynn Burleson; sisters Virgie Priddy, Imogene Porter, and Carmel Ballew; and ex-wife Bonnie Mott.

Mr. Toten is survived by his daughter Sharon Larue Wilson of Fort Worth; son Robert Wesley Toten of Blooming Grove; step-sons Harold Dale Burleson and wife Geneva of Clear Lake, IA and Nickey Dwight Burleson of Clear Lake, IA; 11 grandchildren, Toni Johnson, Theresa Hoffma and husband Chris, Cassondra Jenkins, Brian Keith Burleson and wife Nickie, Kristi Brant and husband Dana, Calley Welch and husband Jesse, Samuel Burleson and wife Laura, Nikki Bahler and husband Logan, Randy Allen Toten, Ashley Nicole Toten, and Robert Wesley Toten Jr.; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Blooming Grove Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Calvin Rasco, Jim Owens, Dana Brant, Logan Bahler, Samuel Burleson and Brian Burleson.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Wiley Clifford "Cliff" Rogers
Feb 24, 1928 - Oct 21, 2013

Funeral services for Wiley Clifford “Cliff” Rogers, 85, of Corsicana will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel in Seagoville with Rev. Danny Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Roselawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

Known affectionately as Cliff, he was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Dallas, a son of the late J.R. and Jewell Modenia Slone Rogers and passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Corsicana. Cliff was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a very successful businessman through out his life.
Those that knew and loved Cliff will miss him dearly and always remember the great man he was.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.R. and Jewell Rogers and four brothers, Cecil Calvin Rogers, Ernest Gifford Rogers, Wallace Odell Rogers and Billy Joe Rogers.

Those left to cherish his loving memories are his longtime spouse Marie Blythe of Corsicana, son, Ryan Bennet Rogers of Lively, grandson, Tyler Richardson of Corsicana, brother Donald Ray Rogers of Dallas, sisters, Wanda Raines of Grand Prairie, Ruth Heffington and her husband Glenn of Bradley, Okla. and Omega Correa and her husband Mickey of Corinth, 20 nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews and a large host of other friends.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Richardson, Ricky Rogers, Javier Correa, Dwayne Heffington, Jay Heffington and Mark Brooks.


Silvanus F. Herod Jr.
Feb 10, 1933 - Oct 17, 2013

S. F. Herod passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the age of 80. He had resided at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana the last seven years.

S. F. was born Feb. 10, 1933 in Richland. His parents were Zora Compton and Silvanus F. Herod, Sr. He graduated from Richland High School, Navarro College, and University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Meteorology.

He was a veteran and worked as a meteorologist while in the Navy for two years. He observed the detonation of first hydrogen bomb from 250 miles away while on the island of Kwajalein. After serving in the Navy, he worked for Texas Instruments and then taught school and coached at Richland High School. In 1959, he was employed by Braniff Airlines as a meteorologist. On Sept. 3, 1966, S. F. married Gloria Faye Magness of Wortham. From 1975-1978, he taught math and science at Mildred High School. He returned to Braniff until 1982 when the airline filed bankruptcy. He returned to teaching and taught at Collins Middle School and Drane Middle School until his retirement in 1998. He owned a ranch in Eureka and raised cattle for many years.

He had also been a member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star for 59 years. He was a Past Master of the Eureka Lodge No. 1060 and Past Worthy Patron of Richland OES Chapter 392. He always enjoyed traveling across the United States and other countries; teaching/coaching; attending all sporting events of area high schools; hunting; water skiing; playing dominoes, cards, and chess; and being a rancher.

S. F. was preceded in death by his parents and Holly’s mother, Gloria Faye Magness Herod. He was a member of the Richland and Corsicana United Methodist Churches.

S. F. is survived by his daughter Holly, her husband Steve and grandson Cooper Clay of Plano, his sister Euneva H. Taylor of Longview; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fenley and Louise Magness; niece Lesa Hancock and great nieces Taylor and Sydney Groveton of Mexia. He is also survived by niece and husband, Donna and Dale Story of Huntsville, and numerous cousins and friends.

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

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Benny Horn officiating. Burial will be at Richland Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Blue, Monte Huggins, Kenneth Murray, Bill Batton, Bill Greeson, Homer Jones.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the perpetual care fund of the Richland Cemetery Association P.O. Box 64 Richland, Texas 76681 or a charity of your choice.


Madgeline Virginia "Madge" (Nichols) Gibson
Apr 24, 1924 - Oct 15, 2013

Madgeline Virginia “Madge” Gibson, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Westhills Village Health Care in Rapid City, S.D.

Madge was born April 24, 1924 in Navarro County, Texas, to Thomas W. and Lena (Reavis) Nichols. She grew up and attended grade school in Blooming Grove, junior high in Latch and high school in Gilmer, Texas. After high school she went to work as a car hop at Thompson’s Café in Corsicana, where she met her future husband, Verne Leroy Gibson, who was being trained to work on B-52’s.

Verne had to return to EAFB, and shortly thereafter he sent Madge a train ticket to come to South Dakota to get married. Verne asked his best man, Frank Rubin, to escort her safely to Rapid City, since he could not do so himself. They were married on Feb. 6, 1943 in Rapid City.

Madge always wanted to travel, so when Verne was offered the opportunity to become a quality control inspector for the federal missile program, she encouraged him to join. They took their family on temporary assignments to Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and Washington State all the while maintaining their permanent home in Cleghorn Canyon.
During their retirement years, they spent half of the year in Rapid City and the other half in Ennis.

Madge was a member of the senior citizens centers in Ennis and Rapid City. She enjoyed quilting, crafting, tole painting, trout fishing, and rock hunting. She attended Calvary Lutheran Church with her daughters.

Madge is survived by her children: Marlena J. (Thomas D.) Parr, Geneva, Ill; Mark Gibson, Rapid City and Patricia “Patty” (Steve) Griffin, Rapid City; three brothers: Geral (Bobbie) Nichols, Paskell (Betty) Nichols and Terry Nichols, all of Corsicana; her granddaughter, Paula Jean
(Matt) Mitchell, of Cedar Rapids, IA and their daughter and Madge’s only great-grandchild, Autumn Elizabeth Mitchell and many nieces and nephews in Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verne L. Gibson on May 30, 1990; son, Gary D. Gibson on April 15, 2010; daughter, Alverna Joyce Gibson Bailey, on June 14, 2012; and twin brothers Billy and Bobby Nichols.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Road, Rapid City.

Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

A memorial has been established to Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City.


Rev. Eugene Edward Wood
Dec 22, 1918 - Oct 18, 2013

The Rev. Eugene Edward Wood, 94, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Heritage Oaks West following a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Abbeville, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. B. Oliver Wood, a brother Timothy Wood, and his wife of 44 years, Jane Dickey Wood.

He is survived by his wife, Frances B. Wood, brother, B. Oliver Wood, Jr., and three children, Elizabeth W. Gordon and husband Danny, Jim Wood and wife Amelia, and Dorothy W. Rutledge. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Lora Wood Plemons, Bill Wood, and Andrew Gordon.  Great-grandchildren are Claire Plemons, Peyton Duncan, Janie Caroline Plemons, Ashlyn Elizabeth Wood, Alyssa Jane Wood, Daphne Ann Gordon, Jonathan Edward Gordon, Alexandra Jane Gordon, and Emma Lynn Gordon. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He grew up in San Angelo, where his father was minister of The First Presbyterian Church for 35 years. He felt a call to the ministry as a student at San Angelo Junior College and went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He served as a Presbyterian minister in Texas for 42 years.  His pastorates included churches in San Antonio, Conroe, Hillsboro, McAllen and Corsicana, where he was the beloved pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 27 years. Following his retirement in 1983, he was named Pastor Emeritus of Westminster, an honor he cherished.

He was an active member of Rotary International throughout his adult life and served that organization in many capacities including several terms as president. He was instrumental in the formation of the Corsicana Ministerial Alliance in the 1950's. He served on many local boards including those of The Salvation Army and Family Service Association. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Corsicana athletics, particularly the high school football team in the early 1960's when he served as president of the Dad's Club and followed the team wherever they played.

He loved traveling and made several trips to various destinations in Europe including the Holy Land and the British Isles where he studied at St. Andrews University with the renowned Biblical scholar, William Barclay. After his retirement he spent much of his time in the mountains of Ruidoso, N.M., or on the Texas Gulf Coast in Rockport where he enjoyed boating and fishing.

He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle in a family who adored him. A wonderful man who put the Lord first in his life, his greatest earthly joy was his family. A “people-person” with a charismatic personality, he had a superb sense of humor and loved to laugh and joke with his countless friends. He was the epitome of integrity and a fountain of kindness and generosity. He was the ultimate pastor, never failing to lend a listening ear and give sage counsel to anyone who sought his advice. He influenced the lives of hundreds of people throughout his life, not just through his work but as a living example of what a Christian should be.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Heritage Oaks West, Girling Hospice, and his personal caregivers Bertha Woodard, Lois McGaugh, Nancy Walker, Shamika Harris, Gloria Ballard, and Othera Barlow. They gave unselfishly of their time and talent to make our dad more comfortable in his last years.

Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home on Monday evening, Oct. 21, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.

A worship service celebrating his life will be led by The Rev. John Conley and The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Young on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 312 N. 13th St., Corsicana, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Don Denbow, Andrew Gordon, Bill Maupin, Marc Maxwell, Dave Ralston, and Bill Wood. Honorary pallbearers are Elders of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana, or to the charity of one's choice.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, October 21, 2013
  • h/o Ida Jane (Dickey) Wood and Frances Brown Wood - s/o Rev. Dr. Bertram Oliver Wood and Elizabeth N. Wood
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dr. Robert Lowell Campbell
Nov 9, 1925 - Oct 19, 2013

Dr. Robert Lowell Campbell, 87, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Oct.
19, 2013, at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. He will be laid to rest in a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery. A memorial service will follow on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana, officiated by Pastor Steve Elkins of Believers’ Bible Church.

He was born in the family farmhouse near Crowell, Texas on Nov. 9, 1925, to Dwight Lowell and Hattie Rader Campbell. He graduated from Crowell High School in 1943 and enrolled as a pre-med student at The University of Texas at Austin. Within a few months he volunteered for the Army Air Corps and proudly served our nation on B-17 and B-25 aircraft as radio operator and gunner, rising to the rank of Sergeant by the time of his separation from active duty in 1946.

He returned to Crowell where he was married to Juanita Traweek on June 16, 1946, at the home of his parents in Crowell. Shortly thereafter they returned to Austin where he resumed his pre-med studies.

He achieved his Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, and conducted his residency at City County Hospital (now John Peter Smith Hospital) in Ft. Worth, serving as chief resident from 1953 to 1954. In 1954, he entered a general medicine practice in Corsicana and was a founding member of the Physicians & Surgeons Clinic.

In 1983 he volunteered again for military service as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force. He rose to the rank of Colonel, assuming command of the 11th Contingency Hospital Unit at Carswell AFB. This unit was activated and deployed to the Little Risington, U.K., during Operation Desert Storm where they received numerous citations for excellence. He retired from the reserve Sept. 30, 1991.

He was well-known in Corsicana for his medical practice from 1954 to 2002, as well as his dedication and service both within and beyond the immediate community. He conducted a medical missionary trip to Brazil in the summer of 1966. He served as the representative from the Navarro County Medical Society to the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates for 41 years. He was widely known and deeply respected within this organization for his unwavering principles and was often referred to as “the conscience of the House.” He served as both President and Treasurer of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, a conservative national medical organization. He served as county chairman within the Republican Party. Following his retirement he enjoyed being a part of the Hospital Auxiliary and looked forward to the association with fellow volunteers and the patients.

He was a passionate aviator, hunter, water skier, jogger, and walker.

He is preceded in death by his parents, D.L. and Hattie Campbell of Crowell, and his son, Bruce Neal Campbell of Austin.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Juanita; and by sons, Dwane and wife Glenda Campbell of Houston and Dr. Dale and wife Kathy of Corsicana; daughter-in-law Gayle Campbell of Pflugerville; grandsons, Brian Campbell of Dallas and Gary Campbell of Austin; granddaughters Lori Campbell of Houston, Ellen Campbell of Dallas, Lesley Campbell of Houston, and Debbie Campbell of Houston. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. David and wife Peggy Campbell of Corsicana, and sister, Doris Campbell Binnion of Kerrville, and by numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to Believers’ Bible Church of Corsicana, or the Christian, military, or charitable organization of choice.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, October 21, 2013 Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Juanita (Traweek) Campbell - s/o Dwight Lowell Campbell and Hattie
    (Rader) Campbell
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Rubin Clifton "Bubba"/"Cliff" Fitzgerald
Apr 13, 1966 - Oct 12, 2013

Rubin Clifton Fitzgerald was born in Dallas on April 13, 1966 and departed for Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

Rubin is preceded in death by his wife Retha Ward Fitzgerald: paternal grandfather, Rubin Fitzgerald, Sr. and his wife Lillie; paternal grandmother Clara Wright and her husband Raymond; maternal grandparents, Rowe and Mildred Sharpe; uncles, Robert (Bobby) Fitzgerald and Rubin Fitzgerald, Jr.; aunt, Clara Coleman.

Rubin is survived by his father, Billy Fitzgerald, Sr. and mother, Carmen Factor; brothers, Terry Fitzgerald and wife Carol and Billy Fitzgerald and wife Beverly; sisters, Shelly Pope and husband Mark and Bessie Factor.

Rubin will lie in state at his residence, 211 S. Reagan St. in Kerens until Thursday morning.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Kirk Curry officiating.

Paschal Funeral Home, 120 SW Third St., Kerens, Texas in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Lee Easley
Feb 25, 1933 - Oct 19, 2013

Kenneth Lee Easley, 80 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Visitation was held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service was 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with nephew Clyde Franks officiating. Burial followed at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Submitted by Karen Rost

Kenneth Lee Easley, resident of Corsicana, passed away at his home on Saturday morning, October 19, 2013 at the age of 80. He was born on Saturday, February 25, 1933 in Navarro to Chester Lee and Mae Owen Easley. He enjoyed gardening and going to garage sales and flea markets and collected antiques.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Glenn and Junior Easley, sister Earlene Watson, daughter Deborah Spitler.
He is survived by wife Margaret Easley of Corsicana, children, James Lee Easley and wife Brenda of Garland, Debbie Rogers and husband Ricky of Corsicana, Danny Easley and wife Michelle of Pennsylvania, Tim Easley of Mesquite, Steven Easley of Arlington, Randy Easley of Mesquite, Ken Guffey and Bea of Mesquite, Deborah Purcell and John of Mesquite, Darlene Guffey of Mesquite, Donna Harmon of Royce City. Brother Son Easley of Watagua. Sister Dorothy Brown of Corsicana. 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3-6 pm Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 11 am Monday, October 21, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with nephew Clyde Franks officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Brown, Adam Brown, Jason Graham, David Whitely, Shannon Wiggins, David Rogers.


  • h/o Juanita Tabor Easley, Mary Onetha Morrison Easley and Margaret Miles Easley; s/o Chester Lee Easley and Mae (Owen) Easley
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Arnetta (Evans) Robinson
Jan 12, 1921 - Oct 15, 2013

Arnetta Robinson, 92, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.

She was born Jan. 12, 1921 in Eureka to Matilda and Jake Evans. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Jim Billy and Etta Evans. She was educated in the Eureka School System and enjoyed playing basketball. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Eureka.

On Jan. 4, 1935, Arnetta was married to Jessie James Robinson. To this union seven children were born. During the early years of their marriage, the Robinsons worked as sharecroppers. In 1946, the couple resided in Alma and became members of Colman Neil Baptist Church, where Arnetta served in the Mission Ministry. She and Jessie moved to Teleco, but after a brief stay, returned to Alma.

In 1968, Arnetta and Jessie relocated to Corsicana, where they united with Bethany Baptist Church. There she served as a Sunday school teacher, usher and a member of the missions’ board. She later was honored as the Mother of Bethany Baptist Church.

Their move to Corsicana presented her an opportunity to pursue additional training as a Community Center Leader. Her tenure in this position benefited the residents of her community through the many arts and crafts and sewing classes she conducted. She later worked as a dietician with a Head Start Government and Community Program until she retired. While living in Alma, she was a member of the Alma Home Demonstration Club and was very active as a 4-H Club supporter.

Arnetta and Jessie were a loving couple and resided in Corsicana until his death on Jan. 18, 1990. After the death of her loving spouse and the onset of health challenges of her own, she relocated to Dallas—DeSoto to be near her children. She joined Eastgate Baptist Church where three of her daughters are members, and served faithfully until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie James Robinson; four sisters, Piccolla, Margaret, Mineola, Stella; six brothers, Willie, Fred, Perry, Willie B., Arnstead, Willie Lee, and Ostell; and one granddaughter, Lisa Robinson.

Arnetta leaves to cherish her memory seven children: Judy (Melvin) Washington, Robert (Martha) Robinson, Jessie (Charles) Brown, Charles
(Doris) Robinson, Mary Gordon, N. Pearl Robinson, Shannon (Luann) Robinson; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-granchildren; one sister, Venora (Molly) Radford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted children.

A wake service will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church, 1900 Mulberry St., Corsicana.

Another wake service will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, also at Eastgate Baptist Church, Eastgate Baptist Church, 6960 S.
Polk St., Dallas.

Funeral service for Arnetta Robinson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Eastgate Baptist Church.

Interment will follow the funeral at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana, with a dinner to follow interment held at IOOF Event Center, 601 N. 45th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Dr. Patrick E. "Pat" Gibson
Jan 5, 1982 - Sept 12, 2013

Patrick E. “Pat” Gibson, MD, passed into eternal life on Thursday, Sept.
12, 2013. His was a life marked by boundless joy, contagious laughter, genuine compassion, abiding faith, and a deep-rooted love for his patients, his friends and his family. The mere mention of his wife, Alicia, or his twins, Jourdan and Clay would spark a smile that lit up the room and prompt him to whip out his phone to share their most recent photos and stories.

Pat, who was born on Jan. 5, 1952 in Houston, was raised in Corsicana.
He was the youngest of Dr. Louis E. and Betty Lou Gibson’s four children. Medicine was in his blood. Pat got his first taste of the profession racing along East Texas highways in a low-slung sedan with his father, a respected general surgeon, at the wheel en route to medical emergencies. As a high school science fair project, Pat built a rudimentary pacemaker that kept a rabbit alive for an extended period of time, earning him top statewide honors in the International Engineering and Science Fair. Early on, Pat recognized that science and faith were not mutually exclusive, assisting his father with surgeries in the jungles of Ecuador as part of medical missions.

Honoring the intersection of science and faith, Pat chose to attend Baylor University upon graduation from Corsicana High in 1970. At Baylor, he became a lifelong Bear fan and later, met Alicia, the love of his life, on her first day on campus in 1974.

In 1980, Pat earned his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Upon completing his surgical residency and a vascular fellowship in 1986, he moved to San Angelo and joined the staff of San Angelo Community Medical Center (SACMC) where he served as both director of Trauma and Chairman of the SACMC Board of Directors from 1995-2003. He continued to serve as a SACMC director until his passing. He was also the medical director for the local mammography program administered by the San Angelo campus of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Described by colleagues as a physician with “hands for surgery and an exceptional heart for people,” Pat was known by medical professionals and patients alike for his compassion, his empathy and his ability to connect with people from every walk of life. His quick wit and ready grin instantaneously turned strangers into friends. One of his signature moves was gifting people with nicknames that they proudly wore as badges of friendship.

While medicine was definitely a priority, it was not his sole focus in the community. He was dedicated to making life better for those around him through art, education and increased business opportunities. Pat and Alicia strongly supported local art institutions, including the San Angelo Symphony, Angelo Civic Theatre and standalone cultural projects such as the Feast of Santa Angela.

From first-hand experience, Pat knew that creativity has the power to change individual lives and communities. This passion for the arts can be traced, in part, to his paternal grandmother, Jewel Gibson, a noted Texas playwright. As a youngster, Gibson, along with his siblings and cousins, would perform original plays written for their family’s entertainment. Later in life, the austerity of his white coat belied his status as the lead guitarist and singer for The Others, a classic rock n’ roll band that he and his friends formed in high school. The group, which won the State Fair of Texas Battle of the Bands in the early 1970s, continued to perform together periodically.

The Gibsons also joined forces for the community’s greater good through the United Way and the San Angelo Schools Foundation. Pat also served as a director at Texas State Bank since 1993, director of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of then-U.S. Senator Phil Gramm’s Rural Health Care Task Force.

While Pat embraced life at full speed, he recharged his batteries in the great outdoors, pursuing his twin passions of hunting and fishing. In the wilds, he soaked up the majesty of nature and forged deep relationships with his fellow-outdoorsmen that spanned decades.

Pat is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia; his daughter, Jourdan; his son, Clay, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and granddaughter Mary Carlisle; as well brother Dr. Mike Gibson and spouse Debbie of Dallas; sisters Nancy Hodges and spouse Larry of Bolivar, Mo., and Gail Clowe and spouse Don of San Antonio. Pat has six nieces and nephews, Cameron and Shannon Hodges, Duncan and Beth Clowe, and Lauren Bilboa and Ross Gibson.

A public celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at the front entrance of the West Texas Medical Associates building located on Executive Drive.

The Gibson family wishes to thank their extended family at West Texas Medical Associates and San Angelo Community Medical Center, and the entire community of San Angelo for their heartfelt support and outpouring of prayers.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health or the San Angelo arts or education organization of your choice.


Betty Jean (Murray) Bland
Dec 2, 1945 - Sept 14, 2013

Mrs. Betty Jean Bland, age 67, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born Dec. 2, 1945 in Corsicana to Major Alton and Bernice Murray.

Betty worked many years in the vending machine business as a driver for route sales.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Marcellus Murray.

She is survived by her husband, Winston Bland, her children; David Murray and wife, Cindy, Debbie Barham and husband, Chuck, and Marty Bland and wife, Lisa. Betty is also survived by her grandchildren; Adrienne Asby, Nathan Murray, Justin Barham, Joshua Barham, Gayla Blenden, Aaron Bland, Alexandra “Alex” Bland, and Hannah Bland. She has five great-grandchildren; Bentlee Barham, Isabelle Bland, Lake Blenden, Tate Blenden and Diem Bland. Betty is survived by her brother, James “Red” Murray and her sister, Laverne Brooks. She also has numerous nieces and nephews.

No formal visitation is planned.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating.  Pallbearers will be Justin Barham, Joshua Barham, Aaron Bland, Nathan Murray, Cody Bland and Dino Bland. Burial will follow at New Pursley Cemetery in Pursley.


Virginia Florence Livingston
May 29, 1920 - July 16, 2013

Virginia Florence Livingston, 93, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 16, 2013 at her residence. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Odis Conner officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Virginia Livingston, resident of Corsicana, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the age of 93. She was born on Saturday, May 29, 1920 in Lindale, Texas to James Parker and Annie Edmondson Parker. In her younger years she was a singer / songwriter and at the age of sixteen had her own radio show on KAND called the "Yodeling Cowgirl". She could play the guitar, violin and piano and would play to entertain her grandchildren. Virginia loved to sew and garden both activities producing things of beauty she grew or made with her hands.

She is preceded in death by her husband Elliott Livingston in 2003. Survivors include her children Linda McKinney and Charles Livingston and wife Jerienne both of Corsicana. Grandchildren: Tim Welch and wife Kim of Rice, Lelanie Petty and husband Steve of Corsicana, Kenny Martin of Corsicana, Chuck Livingston and wife Connie of Corsicana, Chris Smith of Norman, Oklahoma and Paul Smith and wife Heather of Tyler. Twelve great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon, July 18, 2013 at 2pm at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Odis Conner officiating. Pallbearers will be Tim Welch, Chuck Livingston, Kenny Martin, Steve Petty, Paul Smith and Chris Smith. Honorary Pallbearers are Wayne Welch, Justin Livingston and Kenneth Martin.


Boyd Chester McNeill
Nov 28, 1911 - Apr 16, 1989

Boyd McNeill, 77, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grifin-Roughton Funeral Home with Calvin Francis officiating Burial was in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine McNeill of Corsicana; three sons, Harvey McNeill of Texas City, Coy McNeill of Carrollton, and Johnny McNeill of Corsicana; one daughter, Ethel Brader of Austin; one sister, Judy Anglin of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be R.E. Cecil, J.D. Wright, Gene Williams, Ray Dixon, T.G. Haynes and Joe McGaugh.


Imogene (Smith) Jones
Nov 22, 1926 - Oct 12, 2013

Imogene Smith Jones, 86, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at home with her family by her side. She was born Nov. 22, 1926 in Corsicana to Ed and Lula Scoggins Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Jones of Dallas; daughter Gwendolyn Stewart; grandsons Arty Boykin and Kevin Boykin all of Dallas. She is also survived by her granddaughter Billie Jean Zelaya and great-grandson Joshua Seqovia and great-granddaughter Tori Jennings, all of Wilmer.  Mrs. Jones is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary McCaleb and Rev. Jason Hilliard officiating. Pallbearers will be Eric Johnson, Eric A. Johnson, Rueben Lehmberg, Joshua Bamburg, Robert Crowder and Charles West. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.


John H. Moschel
Feb. 22, 1868 - Jan. 23, 1942


J. H. Moschel, aged 73 years, died suddenly at his home in Rice Thursday afternoon. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Rice cemetery where interment was made. Rites were conducted by Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor of the Rice Methodist church.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. T. B. Blount, Rice; two brothers, C. A. Moschel, Abilene, and Will Moschel, Alabama.

Sutherland-McCammon had charge of arrangements.


Lillah Augusta (Vale) Thompson
Nov 4, 1869 - Nov 1, 1942


Mrs. Lillah Thompson, aged 72 years, resident of Kemp for the past 15 years, died at her home Sunday.

Surviving are three sons, Paul Thompson, Dallas; Kirby and Fred Thompson, both of Rice; two daughters, Mrs. Ryman, Bay City, and Mrs. A. B. Sain, Kemp and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Rice Baptist church Monday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery, with Rev. G. C. Henry, pastor, in charge.

Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home will direct arrangements.


Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” (Tipton) Mahaley
Nov 6, 1875 - Aug 1, 1942


Funeral services for Mrs. J. T. Mahaley, 66, who died in a local hospital Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Rice Baptist Church. The rites were conducted by the Rev. W. H. Day, assisted by the Rev. G. C. Henry. Interment was in the Rice cemetery.

Mrs. Mahaley was well-known in the Rice community, having resided there a number of years.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Dewey and Dow Mahaley, Rice; two daughters, Mrs. Nora Daniels, Pricilla; Mrs. Ernest Cummins, Rice; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland – McCammon directed the arrangements.


Verna Arrington Gregory
Dec 10, 1904 - Jun 29, 1980

Verna Gregory

RICE—Verna Gregory, 75, died here Sunday at her home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Bob Hurd will officiate with burial following at Rice.

A life-long resident of Rice, she was a retired postmistress. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Rena Mahaley of Rice and Mrs. Nora Bell, of Terrell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Al Shelton, J. T. Allen, Henry Swafford, J. C. Barton, Floyd Brewer and Rex Newsom.


Mary Violet “Vi” (Smith) Parker
Aug 21, 1918 - May 29, 1991

Mary Violet Parker

Mary Violet Parker, 72, of Corsicana died May 29, 1991, at the Twilight Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Russell Bankes officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

She was born August 21, 1918, in Kaufman County. She was a homemaker and member of North Beaton Church of Christ.

She is survived by four sisters, Katie Wilson of Fort Worth, Grace Shaw of Lancaster, Era Leatherwood of Terrell and Burnice Tanner of Waxahachie; one brother, Raymond Smith of Odessa; on sister-in-law, Beulah Parker of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ed Clark, Benny Odom, C. O. Nesmith, Paul Ross, J. C. Thompson and Hugh Wilson.


Angeline Hester “Annie” (Clopton) McKnight
Nov 9, 1871 - Dec 29, 1935

Wife of Retired Railway Conuctor Dies in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, Dec.31.—Mrs. Angelina Hester McKnight, aged 64 years, died at her home here Sunday morning after an extended illness. The funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon with burial in Rice, Navarro county.

Surviving are her husband, A. J. McKnight, retired Cotton Belt conductor, Hillsboro; a sister, Mrs. B. Michael, Cleburne, and a brother, Tom S. Clopton, Topeka, Kan.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 31, 1935
  • w/o Alexander Jonathan “Alex” McKnight married Feb. 3, 1893; d/o John Anthony Clopton & Lucy Wade (Martin) McKnight
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Katie Lee Jordan
Nov 27, 1922 - Jul 15, 1942


RICE, July 18.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Thursday afternoon at four o’clock for Miss Katie Lee Jordon, aged 19, who passed away Wednesday morning at the Municipal hospital in Ennis following a ten-day illness.

Miss Jordon was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Jordon and was born and reared in the Rice community. She is survived by her parents and five brothers, Edd, Jr., Johnnie Morris, Herbert, Clarence, and Billy and four sisters, Willie, Edna and Betty Jordan all of Rice and Mrs. Raymond Taylor of Ennis.

Interment was made in the Rice Cemetery with Keever Funeral Home in charge.


Elvie Lee (Dennies) Jordan
Jan 18, 1902 - Apr 10, 1955

Former Resident Of Rice Expires

ENNIS, April 11—(Spl.)—Mrs. T. E. Jordon, 53, formerly of Rice, died at her home on Route 5, south of Ennis, Sunday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Bunch Funeral Chapel here Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Rice Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. P. P. Campbell, assisted by Rev. Joe Hixon, both Baptist ministers of Ennis.

Mrs. Jordon was a member of the First Baptist church here.

Born January 18, 1902 near Kaufman, Mrs. Jordon was reared at Mt. Pleasant and was married there May 22, 1919.

The family moved to Rice in 1921 and came to Ennis in 1942.

Surviving are her husband, Ennis; six sons, Johnny M. Jordon, Terrell; T. E. Jr., Herbert E., Billy Joe and Leon Jordon, all of Ennis, and Pvt. Clarence M. Jordon, U. S. Army, El Paso; four daughters, Mrs. R. R. Taylor, Misses Edna and Bettie Jean Jordon, all of Ennis, and Mrs. Odie Cargill, Decatur; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Willie Dennies, Farmersville, and other relatives.


Johnnie Mae (Watson) Ballard
Jan 19, 1931 - Oct 18, 2013

Johnnie Mae Ballard, 82, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Johnnie Mae Ballard, affectionately known as Mommae, was born Jan. 19,
1931 to the parents of Leon Watson and Mildred Williams in Nacogdoches.
She later moved to Corsicana where she met and married William Ballard, Jr. To this union were born four wonderful children.

For several years Johnnie worked in healthcare as a provider. She also worked for Collin Street Bakery and Mobile Pipeline. At the age of 78, she retired from the Navarro County Courthouse after 26 years of employment.

Johnnie was an active member of the Eastside Church of Christ, where she was a member of the Ladies Bible Class, Sunday School Class and the clothing ministry.

She is preceded in death by her former husband, William Ballard, Jr.; mother, Mildred Williams; father, Leon Watson; brother, Nathaniel Dewberry; and two sisters, Margaret Harvey and Lilly Mae McDonald.

Left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Sharon Ballard of Corsicana; three sons, William Ballard, III and wife Chana, of Corsicana, Larry Joe Ballard, Sr. of Corsicana, and Willie Gary Ballard and wife Cynthia of Ennis; grandchildren, Shawnda Witherspoon and husband Robert of Corsicana; Tracy Barton of Corsicana; Rodney Ballard and wife Sherrie of Lewisville; Larry Ballard, Jr. and wife Amy of Lewisville; Raychaun Ballard and wife Samara of Mildred; William Ballard IV of Corsicana; Sonyetta Harrison of Corsicana; Candice Ballard of Corsicana; Kimberly Mason of Corsicana; Chris Ballard of Ennis; Eric Griffin and wife Temique of Ennis; Deonte Thomas and Andrew Thomas of Corsicana; step-mother, Mama Lois Watson of Tyler; four sisters, Gussie Jessie and husband Lucion of Corsicana; Myrtle Lee Brown, Doretha Davis, Gwendolyn Price and husband Ernest, all of Tyler; four brothers, Leon Watson, Jr., Frank Wayne Watson and wife Emma, Jerry Don Watson and wife Evelyn, Randall Ray Watson and wife Vicki, all of Tyler; sister-in-law, Ada Faye Hawkins of Dallas; church grandmother, Mrs.
Annie Bell Jones of Corsicana; 22 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Eastside Church Of Christ located at 906 East 13th Avenue. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Bonnie Sue (Horn) Hagle
May 9, 1921 - Oct 9, 2013

Bonnie Sue (Horn) Hagle, 92, of Hubbard passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9,
2013 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct.
13 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Elders Daryl Inman and Travis Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at the funeral home. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 Submitted by Karen Rost

Bonnie Sue (Horn) Hagle, 92, of Hubbard, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 13 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Elders Daryl Inman and Travis Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Saturday, October 12 at the funeral home.

Bonnie was born May 9, 1921 in Murfreesboro in Pike County, Arkansas to Jessie Beaver Horn and Lou Zincher (Woodall) Horn. She moved to Texas with her family at a young age and lived the rest of her life in Navarro and Hill Counties around Dawson and Hubbard. Bonnie loved her family and being involved with their lives and especially her granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. She was a longtime member of Primitive Baptist Church in Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Newell Martell Hagle; one brother and six sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Martha Wahrmund and husband, Roland of Hubbard; granddaughter, Angela Ingram and husband, Justin of Frisco; two great-granddaughters, Jadyn and Gracelyn Ingram; brother-in-law, Herbert Taylor of Hubbard and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be Joe Daniel, Robert Daniel, Joe Rademsky, Herb Horn, James Horn and Wayne Taylor.


  • w/o Newell Martell Hagle; d/o Jessie Beaver Horn & Lou Zincher
    (Woodall) Horn
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Audrey Laverne Hardaway
Mar 11, 1961 - Oct 9, 2013

Funeral services for Audrey L. Hardaway (Nan) will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at First Independent Baptist Church, 703 G. W. Jackson Avenue in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia. Another visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Open Door Church of God in Christ, 1201 East Eighth Avenue in Corsicana.

On Wednesday Oct. 9, 2013, The Pearly Gates Host came for Ms. Audrey L. Hardaway (Nan) at her residence in Corsicana, with loving friends and family by her side.

Audrey L. Hardaway (Nan) was born March 11, 1961, in Sidney, Texas, to the late Billy and Elvene Mays Hardaway. She received her formal education in the Mexia School district. She confessed a faith in Christ in her early life, and united with Pilgrim Rest PBC, and later in life with Open Door Church of God In Christ, as an active member, of the Usher board and choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Billy and Elvene Hadaway; a daguhter, Terry Lynn Hardaway; and siblings, Jerry and Marie Hardaway.

She leaves to cherish her memories three sons Billie Jr. (Rena) Hardaway, Harry B. Hardaway and Malcom R. Hardaway; two daughters, Lejuana V. Hardaway, and Marie B. Hardaway; seven brothers, Johnny Lee Wright, Billy Hardaway, Otis O. (Vernell) Hardaway, Willie B. (Debra Kay, Hardaway, Robert E. (Debra) Adkinson, Mark (Pat) Hardaway, and Ozar C. Hardaway; four sisters, Martha Nell Carter, Beulah M. Hardaway, Lucille Hardaway, and Yvonne Hardaway; nine grandchildren; two special friends; and a host of nieces.

Arrangements by Pearly Gates Funeral Home, Mexia.


Heleodora "Lola" Castaneda
July 3, 1939 - Oct 23, 2013

Heleodora "Lola" Castaneda, 74 of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Oct.
23, 2013. She was born July 3, 1939 in Valparaiso, Mexico.

She is survived by husband, Patrocianio Castaneda of Corsicana; children, Manuel Castaneda, Raul Castaneda, Rogelio Castaneda, Mario Castaneda, Gloria Zamora, Sylvia Perez, Altagracia Castaneda all of Corsicana; siblings, Jesus Ruiz Bonilla, Maria Cruz Miranda, Maledonio Ruiz Bonilla, Manuel Ruiz Bonilla, Maria Isabel Ruiz Bonilla, Magdulena Ruiz Bonilla; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as numerous other family members.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Don Wayne Carter
Jan 4, 1944 - Oct 10, 2013

Don W. Carter, 69, a former resident of Corsicana and graduate of Corsicana High School, Navarro College, and University of Texas School of Architecture, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in Houston.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Nicholson Carter; daughter Heather Carter Gitterle; son Dustin Nicholson; grandchildren Aidan and Gabel Gitterle, and Ella and Thomas Nicholson; daughter-in-law Brandi, son-in-law Marc; three sisters, Vivian Elle Green and her husband Darwin, Frankie June Bressie, and Margie Hill, and her husband Bill, as well as Don’s 1974 Triumph TR-6.

Born Jan. 4, 1944 in Corsicana, Don was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian and Frank Carter and his brother, Ed.

Don was an award-winning healthcare architect known for his uncompromising approach to excellence, consummate respect for the people with whom he worked, as well as his devotion to mentoring design professionals to the highest standards.

He pursued all his interests with energy, passion and meticulous attention to detail, in a way that inspired others to greater excellence. He was a dedicated member of the Harris County Senior Softball League. Don’s lifelong passion for classic automobiles and autocross racing led to his most cherished friendships, memories and experiences. The Texas Triumph Register car club members were like his extended family. Don was deeply loved by all. We are far better for having had him in our lives. His legacy will continue, as we endeavor to honor him in years to come.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at St.
Luke United Methodist Church, 2308 Bowie Dr., Corsicana. A Houston memorial service took place on Oct. 18, 2013 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, and he is interred in Wimberley, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Don Carter Memorial Fund for charitable/educational scholarships, c/o Skyline Art Services, 6955 Portwest Drive, Houston TX 77024.


Freddie Lee Watson
abt 1938 - Oct 21, 2013

Freddie Lee Watson, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at his residence. Viewing will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at Scott Funeral Home, 1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with Rev. Alfred Cox, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Clark Newton Wilkinson, Sr.
May 26, 1894 - Sep 29, 1968

Wilkinson Rites

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church for Clark Newton Wilkerson, 74, who died Sunday. The Rev. Robert Potts and Dr. W. Morris Ford, pastor of the First Baptist church in Longview, officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove.

A Corsicana resident the past four years he had been a faculty member at Longview 42 years.

Surviving are his wife, one son, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.


James Earl Wilkinson
Aug 30, 1918 - Sep 12, 1989

James E. Wilkinson

James E. Wilkinson, 70, of Corsicana, died July 12, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. With George Procter-Smith officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery. The family will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

He was a member of the Central Methodist Church and had retired from A&P Grocery store after 40 years service. He also was a teller at the NCNB-Texas National Bank for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Wilkinson of Corsicana; two daughters, June Smith of Huntsville, and Jane Luther of Elizabeth Town, Pa.; one brother, Taylor Wilkinson of Corsicana; and two grandchildren, Paul Smith and John Smith, both of Huntsville.

Pallbearers will be Paul L. Smith, John Smith, Seth Montgomery, John B. Stroud, Carl Hall, Jack Flynn, Bill Woods, Marvin Speer and John H. Montfort.


Glenalma (Rodgers) Bryant-Niedzielski
Sept 8, 1924 - Oct 22, 2013
Glenalma Rodgers Bryant Niedzielski was born on Sept. 8, 1924, to James Glenn Rodgers, an oil drilling contractor, and J. Lorena Burke Rodgers. She died Oct. 22, 2013 in Dallas. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. She will be buried in the Post Oak Cemetery in Roane, Texas.

As the oil industry opened in East Texas, Lorena and Glenn moved east with the oil discoveries to the oil fields there and were actively involved in the development of the fields in Anderson, Cherokee, Eastland, Nacogdoches, Gregg, Marion, Montague, Navarro, Limestone, Freestone, Henderson, Van Zandt, Yoakum, and Rusk counties. Glenalma was left with her grandmother Bessie Lorena Evans Burke and her aunt Martha Alma Burke in Corsicana during the time they were in Longview and further East Texas. The living conditions in those times were very rough and the fear of losing their daughter to disease was great.

As the oil industry moved further east into Louisiana, Glenalma went with her parents and graduated from high school in Lafayette, La. at the age of 16. From there she went to Miss Hockaday’s School for Girls in Dallas. Glenalma was a gifted singer and studied opera with Ivan Denaproff, who was the voice master for Czar Nicholas’s opera in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was brought to the USA by Miss Hockaday to be the instructor for her students. She sang her first opera at the tender age of 17 at Hockaday.

She met John Neal Bryant in Corsicana, Texas when she was 16 on a double date and they fell in love. He was an engineering student Texas A&M in College Station, a member of the corps, and yell leader. John Neal Bryant was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy in 1941 and was an ensign at the time of their marriage on February 2,1942. They were sent to Alameda, Calif., and spent time there before he was sent to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was a flight instructor at the Naval Air Station there for the duration of World War II. In 1944, their daughter, Pamela, was born in Corpus Christi.

After WWII Neal left the Navy and went into the furniture-making business in Corsicana. From 1945 to 1951 he and Glenalma lived and worked in Corsicana. She employed her needle work skills making beautiful Christmas stockings and embellished garments for Neiman Marcus in Dallas as well as being a fashion model for Neiman’s. By this time Pam was 4 and was taught by Glenalma to be a fashion model.

Neal was recalled to the Navy during the Korean conflict in 1951. Neal, Glenalma and Pam went to Great Lakes, Mich. where Neal was trained as an intelligence officer. From there, they were sent to San Diego, Calif., where Neal was attached to the Kenneth Whiting, a sea plane tender. He went to sea the first time for nine months in the Pacific.

Glenalma and daughter Pam returned to Corsicana and lived with Glenalma’s mother and father during his deployment. She worked as an insurance agent during this time for an insurance company in Corsicana, and as a fashion model for Neiman Marcus.

When Neal returned from his tour on the Kenneth Whiting, Glenalma and Pam returned to San Diego to be with him until he was reassigned. His next tour of duty was as a pilot with an AD squadron in Coronado, Calif. He was deployed for nine months on the USS Essex, a Naval Carrier. Glenalma continued to model at the Del Coronado Hotel and other lovely venues during these years. As a 5’8” tall, slender beauty with dark hair and lovely brown eyes she could carry off most all fashion styles with flair and class.

When Neal returned home he was in Coronado for another nine months before he was deployed again on the Essex for the second tour of nine months as a squadron commander on the same ship. As the CO’s wife, Glenalma was the liaison between the families and the Navy, making sure their medical, financial and emotional needs were met.

He returned in 1955 and was reassigned as the CO of the Naval and Marine training Center in Salem, Ore. Again, Glenalma took on the job of caring for the needs of all the families of the enlisted men as well as the officers and modeling for Myer and Frank, a department store with stores in Salem and Portland, Ore.

Neal was in Salem from 1955 to 1958, from there he was transferred to Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview Illinois and placed on the CNESTERA staff. In June 1961 he went to Norfolk Naval Air Station and he was on the COM NAV AIR LANT staff during the Cuban crisis. In 1964, Neal was transferred to his last assignment for the US Navy as the Commanding Officer of the Naval and Marine training Center in Ft. Worth, Texas where he retired from the Navy as a Commander.

Glenalma was always at his side serving as his executive officer, keeping his home and social life lively and loving. She was a “great partner in both marriage and career.” They had always maintained a woodworking shop and transported Neal’s woodworking machinery over the course of their Naval career.

When he retired from the Navy in 1968, the couple bought property in Newark, Texas, and built a 3,500 sq. ft. woodworking shop they lived in while they built their home on the property. They built the home together with their own hands and worked together as a team in Neal’s furniture building and restoration business.

Glenalma learned the art of restoration of fine lacquer furniture, chinoiserie, Chin Ling, Marquetry, and Cormandle. She was an accomplished needle woman doing fine needlepoint, crewel embroidery, garment making, and knitting. She enjoyed entertaining and was a charming hostess. She was also an accomplished hunter, angler and horsewoman, as well as a great camper and general all around “good sport.”

Neal died in 1986 from heart disease.

In 1988 Glenalma married Cdr. Clifford Thomas Niedzielski, USN Retired. “Skee” and his wife, who had died shortly after Neal’s death, had been great friends with Neal and Glenalma for over 40 years in the Navy and then after retirement. At the time they married his home was in Estepona, Spain. Glenalma and Skee enjoy traveling the world and building orphanages, schools, and hospitals for children in third world countries including India and Africa.

In the mid ‘90s, they returned to the US and lived in Glenalma’s home in Newark until he died in 2003.

Glenalma lived in her home in Newark until 2010 when she moved to her daughter Pamela Burke’s ranch in Eustace, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Burke; grandchildren John Wood, Melissa Haldeman and husband, Britton, Bonnie Karstedt, and husband John; great-grandchildren, Lauren Haldeman and Madelyn Karstedt; niece Cathy Mandell and husband John Mandell; and many cousins, great-nieces, -nephews and friends.

She was a delight to all who knew her, with a great sense of humor, sweet demeanor, wonderful sense of humor, always had the right stories, loved to laugh. Warm, funny, witty, loved her family dearly and her “bling.” She was a true lady, occasionally a ribald lady, but a lady always. Her passion for life that was contagious and she loved a good time with friends, family, and great food. She imparted a need to her child and grandchildren for a good education, great food, and an open mind. She was a real “MAME” but known by all who knew her as “Lovie.”

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Jessie Francis (Speegle) Powell
Oct 1, 1884 - Dec 12, 1934


Mrs. Jessie Frances Powell, aged 50 years, died at the home of her son, Talmadge Powell, at Chatfield at 6:30 o’clock Wednesday morning after an illness of several days and the funeral will be held at the Dresden cemetery Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Willie Shivers, Corsicana, and Miss Pauline Powell, Chatfield; a son, Talmadge Powell, Chatfield; four sisters, Mrs. Cloie Reese, Barry; Miss Ora Speegle, Barry; Mrs. Bertha Elliott, Dallas; and Mrs. Dorothy Farmer, Barry; and eight brothers, Dave Speegle, Corsicana; Ernest Speegle, Mexico; Arthur Speegle, Arkansas; Marvin Speegle, Oklahoma; E. J. Speegle, Mexico; Seth Speegle, Oak Valley; Linnie Speegle, Barry and Lonnie Speegle, Barry; and step-mother, Mrs. J. W. Speegle, Barry.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral home.


John Walton Woodland
Oct 21, 1865 - Apr 25, 1935

Dresden Man Buried Thursday Afternoon

DAWSON, April 26.—John H. Woodland, 69, died at his home in the Dresden community Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

Survivors are his wife and several grown children.


Wiley Lawrence Merrell
Jul 5, 1866 - Mar 2, 1942


Wiley L. Merrell, aged 75 years, long-time resident of Navarro county, died at the P. and S. Hospital Monday after several days’ illness with pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church here. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor of the church, and Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

A native of Angelina county, Texas, born July 5, 1866, Mr. Merrell moved to Hill county when a child. He was married to Ada Virginia Fields Feb. 5, 1890, and after residing in Hill county for a few years, moved to Navarro county. He was well-known in this county and served as county tax assessor, 1906-1910.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; six children, Mrs. T. J. Keathley, Corsicana; Mrs. Rose Donahoe, Corsicana; Mrs. Jack Bressie, Navarro; Curtis Merrell, Corsicana; Carroll Merrell, Corsicana, Frank A. Merrell, Dallas; 19 grandchildren and two brothers, Ben Merrell, Dallas, and Arthur Merrell, Hillsboro, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home is directing arrangements.


Lewis P. Ewing
Nov 1, 1904 - Dec 30, 1991

Lewis Ewing Sr.

Lewis Ewing Sr., 87, of Dresden, died Dec. 30, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Robin Parson officiating. Burial will be at Dresden cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Verlan Ewing of Dresden and Melton Eljaun Ewing of Mexia; one brother, Edgar Ewing of Barry; four sisters, Janie Martin and Edith Campbell, both of Blooming Grove, Ruth Cantrell of Waco and Annie Sisson of Corsicana; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Melton, Mark Melton, John Phillips, Ronald Lynch, Ralph Putman and Earl Fullerton.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 31, 1991
  • s/o Edward “Ed” Ewing and Ina Ivie (Shettlesworth/Shettles) Ewing buried at White Church Cemetery
  • Delete the Sr.—the obit is wrong – he is Lewis P. Ewing –his son is Verlan Lewis Ewing
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Maude Mae (Brown) Shelton-Glasgow-Mosher
Aug 21, 1901 - Aug 14, 1991

Maudie M. Mosher

Mrs. Maudie M. Mosher, 89, of Wylie, died Aug. 14, 1991, in Wylie.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with The Rev. James T. Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

She was born Aug. 26, 1901, and was a member of the Concord Baptist Church in Bellmead.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Mosher, in 1972 and a daughter, Johnnie Mae Butler of Tyler, in 1978.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Sanford Shelton of Kemp and William Earl Shelton of Corsicana; two daughters, Pauline Alexander of Brownsboro and Grace Chandler of Wylie; three sisters, Sybil Lewis and Harriet Ray, both of Corsicana and Ester Baker of Purdon; sister-in-law, Etta Brown of Powell; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.


Milton Martin Lord
Apr 8, 1875 - Jun 21, 1935

Prominent Navarro County Farmer Dead

M. M. Lord, prominent Navarro county farmer, age about 60 years, died at his home in the Hester community Friday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in Campbell cemetery sometime Saturday but the exact hour has not been announced.

Surviving are his wife and several children.


Pauline (Williams) Roman-Brown
Mar 9, 1873 - Jul 14, 1936


Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Brown aged 63 years who died at Big Spring, Texas Tuesday night at 7:35 o’clock, were held from the First Christian church here Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. O. W. Reece, pastor of the church. Mrs. Brown formerly resided in Navarro county.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Minnie Unger, Quamada, N. M.; Mrs. May York, Corsicana; Mrs. EttaWarren, Levelland; Mrs. Gertrude Hill, Ely, Navada, and Mrs. Frances Glenn, Big Spring; three sons, Elbert Leo Roman, Tahoka; Fred Roman, Knott, and Robert Brown, Knott; five step-children, Mrs. Claude Varine, Sudan; Mrs. Pearl Morris, Jester; Mrs. Bessie Woodard, Jester; Frank Brown and Press Brown, both of Pursley; a sister, Mrs. Burtie Yarbrough, Voca, Texas, and two brothers, W. E. Williams, Corsicana, and Allen Williams, Goldthwaite.

Pallbearers were Luther Ward, W. L. Holman, Albert Bittner, Joe Ward, Beauford H. Jester, O. E. Stone, Arthur Warren, Sam Ward.

Corley Funeral Home directed the funeral services.


Perry Odell Howell, Sr.
Feb 17, 1930 - Nov 23, 1978

P. O. Howell Sr.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home for Perry O. Howell Sr., 48, of Corsicana who died Thursday in the Temple Veteran’s Hospital.

The Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Perry O. Howell, Jr. of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Mrs. Judy Lewis of Tulsa; his mother, Mrs. Bonnie Howell of California; and one brother, Ronnie Howell of Athens.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Nov 26, 1978
  • 1st wife Ruby Pearl (Singleton) Howell-Watson 2nd Lujuana Joyce (Hargrove) Howell married Apr. 19, 1968 s/o William Richard Howell and Bonnie May (Lewis) Howell
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Carrie Bell (Taylor) Zadek
Sep 4, 1870 - Sep 30, 1968

Mrs. Carrie Zadek

Mrs. Carrie Taylor Zadek, 98, a native of Caddo Parish, La., died at her residence here Monday. She resided at 1210 W. 5th Ave. She had lived in Corsicana since 1893.

Services will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mr. Dwight Brown officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. E. W. Ellis of Corsicana and several nieces and nephews.


Bismark Casper Zadek
Oct 27, 1870 - Feb 1, 1946


Private funeral services for Bismark Zadek will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday morning. Rev. Robert Ralbe, Unitarian minister of Dallas will conduct the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Zadek died Friday morning.

Zadek was born in Bryan, Tex., Oct. 27, 1870, and came to Corsicana at an early age with his mother, Mrs. Bertha Casper and uncle, Adolph Zadek, where he has resided since that time. He was in the cotton business here for many years.

Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Earl Ellis, both of Corsicana.


Evelyn Lucille (Sterling) Tippit
Oct 26, 1919 - Aug 14, 1991

Evelyn L. Tippit

Evelyn Lucille Tippit, 71, of Gun Barrel City, died Aug. 14, 1991, at her residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Gun Barrel with Ken Maddix and Don Teague officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors are one son, John Tippit of Houston; two sisters, Daisy Sawyer of Navarro and Jane Brown of Friendswood; and one grandson.

Pallbearers will be James Malone, Car Christopher, Jimmy Byars, Wilson Stark, Clyde May, Neil Graham and Eddie Guinn. Honorary pallbearers will be John Murrhead and John Belz.


Henry Jackson Glover, Sr.
Jul 5, 1897 - Apr 12, 1972

H. J. Glover

H. J. Glover, 74, retired city street department employe, died Wednesday at his home. A resident of Corsicana for 20 years, he was a native of Jackson Parish, La.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow; two sons, H. J. Glover, Jr., Chicago, and Monroe Johnson, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Marie Day, Winterhaven, Fla.; two brothers, W. L. Glover of Hemphill and Cecil Quick of Jasper; a sister, Mrs. J. J. Hunter, Tyler; and several nieces and nephews.



H. J. Glover

Funeral services for H. J. Glover, 74, longtime Corsicana resident and retired city street department employe, were at 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Roy Tumlinson officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

He died Wednesday at his residence.

Surviving are his widow, two sons, one daughter, a sister, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.


Trinidad Martinez
abt 1885 - Aug 29, 1935

Corbet Woman Died Thursday Morning; Burial at Purdon

Mrs. Trinidad Martinez, aged 50 years, died in the Corbet community Thursday morning at 11 o’clock and the funeral was held at the Purdon cemetery Friday morning at 11 o’clock where interment was made.

Surviving are her husband, Louis Martinez, and three sons.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Ora Eddie (Darden) Ellis-Patrick-Scruggs
Aug 31, 1885 - Aug 11, 1967

Mrs. Scruggs Dies at Denton

Mrs. Ora Scruggs, 81, a long-time resident of the Purdon community died Friday in Denton.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Purdon. The Pastor, The Rev. Don Crum, assisted by the Rev. B. J. Ferguson of Corsicana, will officiate. Burial will be in the Younger cemetery.

Mrs. Scruggs is survived by two sons, Buddy Ellis, Grand Prairie, and Rufus Ellis, Odessa; three daughters, Mrs. Roy Dycus, Corsicana, Mrs. Robert Scoggins, Dallas; and Mrs. Clifford Mulkey, Denton; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Darden, Dallas, and Earl Darden, Waco; a sister, Mrs. Cora Ellis, Purdon, eight stepchildren and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, August 12, 1967
  • Ora (Darden) Scruggs is Ora Eddie (Darden) Ellis-Patrick-Scruggs 1st husband Charles Mack “Charlie” Ellis married Nov. 30, 1905 2nd husband Jessie James Patrick 3rd unknown Scruggs
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Billy Smith Garrett
Dec 30, 1927 - Apr 8, 1936


KERENS, April 11.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held in Stockton’s funeral parlor at 11 o’clock Thursday for Billy Smith Garrett, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Garrett, who passed away in a Corsicana hospital Wednesday morning. Rites were conducted by Rev. Joe Everheart. Interment was in Kerens cemetery.

Young Garrett was stricken with meningitis and rushed to the hospital Monday night, where efforts of several skilled physicians to save his life were unavailing. The lad had just recovered from an attack of measles and was in a weakened physical condition.

He is survived by his father and a brother. Sammy Eugene Garrett, of his immediate family and numerous other relatives. His mother died several years ago.


John Waller Shipley
Jun 28, 1921 - Nov 24, 1978

John Shipley

KERENS—Services at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel were in Kerens for John Waller Shipley, resident of Richland, who died Friday in Dallas.

The Rev. Riley Pippen, First Baptist Church, Richland and the Rev. Henry Horton officiated, with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. J. W. Shipley, a daughter, Mrs. Merle Holston of Mesquite; two grandchildren, Susan and David Holston; his mother, Mrs. Lu Shipley of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Roades of Dallas and Mrs. Thelma Trent of Dallas. Pallbearers are Doyle Trent, Bobby Sparks, Robert Timmons, Buddy Trent, Tommy Peek, and Tebo Peek.

Honorary pallbearers are Clyde Williams, Johnny Chapman, Bobby Chapman, Joe Baker, Charlie D. Knight, Herbert C. Farmer, and D. C. Tidwell.


Dovie (Brown) Manning-Smith
May 5, 1933 - Dec 22, 1991

Dovie Smith

Dovie Smith, 57, of Dallas, died Dec. 22, 1991, in Dallas.

Services were 11 a.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens, with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Smith of Dallas; two sons, Marvin Manning of Dallas, and Jackie Manning of Mesquite; three sisters, Dealey Barber of Corsicana, Dorothy Duncan, and Della Von Brunow, both of Houston; two brothers, Denton Brown of Corsicana and Dempsey Brown of California; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Barber, Alan Barber, Billy Barber, Dennis May, Jim Phillips, and Doug Hollifield.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 28, 1991
  • 1st husband Marvin Elton Manning, Sr. 2nd husband Richard Smith; d/o Miller Brown and Lillie (Green) Brown
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Ellie Jelene (Kimes) Holder
Aug 25, 1925 - Jul 10, 2013

Ellie Jelene (Kimes) Holder, 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was born August 25, 1925 at home in Navarro County, Texas, just outside of Kerens, Texas. She was the last of 9 children to Thomas and Annie Collins Kimes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Holder; grandson, James Marcus Holder and all of her siblings. She is survived by 3 children, Guy Melvin Holder, Cynthia Jelene Mofley, and Kandy Blome and husband Richard; 6 grandchildren, Guy Mofley and wife Andrea, Bryan Mofley and wife Tamara, Nancy Minter and husband Wesley, Monica Green and husband Max, Kelsey Blome and Lindsey Blome; 13 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren; and Robert Mofley and Madiko Holder. She is also survived by a very special caregiver, prayer partner and buddy, Mattie Crouch. Visitation will be Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 3PM to 6PM at Grand View Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Monday, July 15, 2013 at 2PM at Faith Assembly of God 3940 Vista Rd. in Pasadena, Texas 77504. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

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