May 7, 1947 - Aug. 7, 1950
Food Poisoning Proves Fatal To Little Rice Girl
Jeanene Leach, 3-year-old Rice girl, died Monday night and six other
members of the family are seriously ill at the P. and S. Hospital
here as a result of food poisoning.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Leach of Rice and five of their children were
admitted to the hospital early Monday night with the illness. The
youngest died three hours after admittance.
Dr. W. K. Logsdon said that they were suffering from “some sort of
food poisoning.” He said he had treated one member of the family
Sunday for a mild case of the same affliction, and that several
members of the family became ill Monday, when he advised that all of
them be brought to the hospital here.
Leach, 39, works on the Fortson property near Rice and resides
Hospital attendants said Tuesday morning that apparently the other
members of the family are past the critical stage.
In the hospital here are Leach, his wife, 38; two sons, Roland Ray,
9; and Jerry, 5; and two daughters, Willie Estell, 16, and Zoe Ann,
Funeral arrangements for the 3-year-old girl are incomplete. Corley
Funeral Home will be in charge.
Surviving are four brothers, Gussie Hodge, Marion Jack, Roland Ray
and Jerry all of Rice; two sisters, Willie Estell and Zoe Ann, all
of Rice; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Leach of Rice and Mrs. J. U.
Franks of Bryan, and other relatives.
Jeanene Leach Funeral Rites Held Wednesday
Funeral rites were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock here for
Jeanene Leach, 3-year-old Rice girl, who died of food poisoning
Services were held from the Corley chapel, with Rev. Robert Ray of
Rice and Rev. Hoyt Heifner of Ennis officiating. Burial was in the
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leach of Rice; four
brothers, Gussie Hodge, Marion Jack, Roland Ray and Jerry; two
sisters, Willie Estell and Zoe Ann, all of Rice; grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Bob Leach of Rice, and Mrs. J. C. Franks of Bryan, and
Pallbearers were Milton Emmert, Raymond Boswell, A. L. Wilcox, Ed
Kubens, Rex Spurgeon and Travis Arnett.
Arsenic Found In Analysis Of Rice Well Water
A Rice water well, suspected of being responsible for the poisoning
of 11 persons and of causing the death of a three-year-old girl,
contains “a large quantity of arsenic” according to a report issued
by the state department of health today.
The report was received by the Corsicana-Navarro Health Unit and a
unit official said the well had been sealed.
Navarro county Sheriff David Castles has been notified of the
presence of arsenic in the well. Castles and Constable Joe Allen
plan to make a routine investigation.
Health officials said water tested from the well also contained
evidence of bacteriological contamination.
Seven members of the J. L. Leach family, who used water from this
well were admitted to the P. and S. Hospital in Corsicana Monday,
and the youngest child, Jeanne, later died. Since that time,
investigators found four other persons who were poisoned. All had
used water from a well at a Rice cotton gin, a health official said.
The surviving members of the Leach family were to be released from
the hospital today.
J. B. Fortson, owner and operator of the gin at Rice, said he is at
a complete loss as to how the arsenic found its way into the well.
He said the well has been used for 40 years and always provided
good, pure water until this recent event.
“The well,” he said, “is totally enclosed and water drawn by means
of an electric pump.”
Water was piped from the well into the Leach home Fortson added.
Fortson said no poison to be used on cotton crops had been stored
near the gin or well for three years and that no airplane dusting of
cotton had taken place within at least two miles of the gin this
Sheriff Castles said he hadn’t completed his investigation and was
unable to express an opinion on how the poison got into the well.
No motive for placing poison in the well has been established
Rice Water Well Being Drained For Poison Test
An investigation to determine how arsenic found its way into a Rice
water well was being continued today by officers and a sanitarian
from the Corsicana-Navarro Health Unit. The well was being pumped
dry in an effort to see if there was a supply of arsenic in the
well, or if the poison was being fed into the well from its water
Pumping of the well was started before noon and it was thought it
would require several hours to dry the well. When the well is
drained, samples of the incoming water will be taken and sent to the
state health department at Austin for an analysis.
Samples taken from three other wells in the vicinity were sent to
Austin several days ago but as of yet no results of the findings
have been announced.
Conducting the investigation at Rice are Navarro county Sheriff
David Castles, Texas Ranger R. L. Badgett of Dallas, and Sanitarian
Charles Neighbors, Corsicana.
Neighbors said the well was about 22 feet deep and apparently was
drawing water from a stream thought to be at a level of about 18
feet. The well had 13 feet of water in it when pumping operations
were started. It is 46 inches in diameter.
Regarding the draining of the well, Texas Ranger Badgett said; “We
have a two-fold purpose in draining the well. If there is a
container in the bottom of the shaft in which arsenic could have
been dropped in, that will be a pretty good indication that the
poison was put in maliciously.
“Or after the well is dry, if the new water that fills it contains
arsenic, then we’ll know the poison came in through seepage.”
The well is located at a cotton gin owned by the Fortson Bros.,
Corsicana, J. B. Fortson, Jr., who was at the gin today, said the
well has been providing good, pure water for more than 50 years.
He said that in years past, families from all around Rice used this
well for their water supply.
Attention was directed to the well about a week ago when a family of
seven became ill and had to be taken to the P. and S. Hospital in
Corsicana, Hours later, Jeanene Leach, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. L. Leach, died from arsenic poisoning. The Leach family used
water pumped from the cotton gin well to their home.
Others who became ill after drinking water from the well were four
men who were working at the gin. None were hospitalized.
All members of the Leach family have been released from the hospital
and now are at home in Rice.
More Tests Made Of Rice Water
Samples from a Rice water well, believed to be responsible for the
poisoning of 11 persons and the death of a three-year-old child,
were taken to the state health department in Austin this morning by
Navarro County Sheriff David Castles.
The well at the Fortson Bros., cotton gin was drained Wednesday and
samples of the ground at the bottom of the well and incoming water
were collected by Charles Neighbors, Corsicana – Navarro Health Unit
Neighbors said that if these samples show traces of arsenic as did
previous samples it will be almost positive proof that the poison
entered the well through the feed stream.
If the incoming stream is responsible for the poison, Neighbors
said, then all the wells in the area will be condemned and tests
will be made at several of the wells to see if the same stream also
The sanitarian said the feed stream will be traced as carefully as
possible if signs of arsenic are found.
Sheriff Castles and Ranger R. L. Badgett, Dallas, are continuing
Seven members of the J. L. Leach family, Rice, and four workmen at
the gin became ill last week after drinking water from the well,
Jeanene Leach, 3 later died.
Investigation Of Poisoned Water Being Continued
Investigations in the arsenic-poisoned well at a Rice cotton gin
continued Saturday as the Corsicana-Navarro Health Unit received
reports on samples taken at the gin well and another well 300 yards
from the gin.
A health unit official said two samples taken last week from the
cotton gin well showed large quantities of arsenic while a small
amount was found in a water sample taken from a well 300 yards west
of the well at the gin.
Friday, W. O. George, Austin, of the U. S. geological department,
was called in by Navarro County Sheriff David Castles and Texas
Ranger R. L. Badgett, Dallas.
Charles Neighbors, Corsicana, health unit sanitarian, was in Rice
Saturday continuing his investigation.
Sheriff Castles said the geologist took samples of the well water
and samples of the incoming stream after the well had been drained
to the feed-stream level.
The well is believed to be responsible for the poisoning of 11
persons and the death of a three-year-old girl. Seven members of the
J. L. Leach family became ill about 10 days ago after drinking water
from the well and Jeanene, Leach, three, later died. Four workmen at
the gin also became ill after drinking some of the well water.
Officers Say Tests Prove Arsenic Placed In Gin Well At Rice But
Motive, Poisoners Not Yet Known
The Poisoned water well mystery at Rice, shrouded in secrecy for
many weeks, is far from solved; but officers now are certain of one
Arsenic was dumped into the well by some person or persons unknown.
That’s the report just released by Sheriff David Castles.
Located below the Fortson Brothers’ Gin at Rice, the 23-feet deep
well has poisoned 11 persons—one fatally. Three-year-old Jeanene
Leach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Leach of Rice died; and six
others of that family were hospitalized because of the poisoned
well, from where they got their water. Four other persons later
becam victims of the poison. That was early last month.
Discovered In Time.
Tests made by a Department of Public Safety chemist revealed that
arsenic was put into the well, Sheriff Castles announced.
“There’s no telling how many persons would have been poisoned a
month or so later, said the sheriff. “Farmers bringing their cotton
to the gin always drink the well water, and during dry summer
days—when some of the wells at Rice go dry—the entire community uses
the water. It’s one of the best wells in the county.”
The ginning season hadn’t started when the Leach family became
mysteriously ill. Source of the illness was uncovered by the State
Department of Health, which took samples of from the well.
Officers had said during their investigation that they hoped to
avoid undue alarm or panic at Rice because of the case. Some
citizens were becoming alarmed, in fear of having their own wells
poisoned, it was reported. Texas Ranger R. L. Badgett and Castles
had withheld information on their investigation until it was
virtually completed. They had suspicions that someone had poisoned
the well, but they had remained quiet until the laboratory tests
backed them up.
Thirty-three different tests were made at the gin well. Forty-nine
tests were made on other wells in the community, but no poison was
found in these.
A definite report that the well was poisoned came after an
on-the-spot analysis of the water and well by Darwood Loliner, state
chemist and toxicologist. Scrapings from the well’s brick walls
disclosed the presence of arsenic near the well’s opening. As tests
were made deeper into the well, the arsenic gradually disappeared.
And none was present at the bottom, thus eliminating the seepage
the-thus eliminating the seepage theory which had been advanced.
How the well was poisoned then became the big problem for the
investigators to solve. The well appeared to be tightly sealed. It
was covered with planks, over which rested a large piece of tin that
sealed the well by curving downward along the sides. Atop the large
sheet of tin was another small piece that fit snugly around the two
pipes running into the well. One pipe connected to a hand pump, the
other to an electric pump.
Ranger Badgett and Castles found their answer by lifting the pipe
attached to the electric pump. It was easily lifted. As this was
done, The snugly-fit piece of tin lifted also. This revealed a large
hole in the other tin piece and the planks, through which the pipe
passed. It is the officers’ opinion that this “lifting” method was
used to dump the poison through the hole.
No Motive Found
No motive has been uncovered, and there are no suspects.
The well has been used for years and always provided good water,
reported J. B. Fortson, owner and operator of the gin. There was no
poison stored near the gin well at the time.
Now that the accident-seepage theory has been ruled out, officers
face this problem:
Who did it? And why?
“We’re still investigating,” reported Sheriff Castles.
Roger Pugh Soape
Mar 26, 1890 - Dec 10, 1955
Native Of Angus Dies In Houston
R. P. Soape, 65, native of Angus, died Saturday in Houston.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
Burial was in the
The rites were conducted by Rev. Milton Bailey, pastor of the
Meadowbrook Baptist church in Houston.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Viola Soape, Houston; three sons, Tomas
Ross Soape, Lloyd Soape and Calvin Milburn, all of Houston; 11
grandchildren; two brothers, A. S. Soape, Corsicana, and S. H. Soape,
Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. R. M. Couch, Waxahachie, and Mrs.
J. B. Fessmire, Waskom, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Walter Stewart, Oscar Caffey, Lester Jones, Hallie
Bass, Buddy Wiggins and Lawrence Tilton.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, Dec 12, 1955
- 1st wife Ioma (Ross) Soape 2nd Viola (Ross) Milburn-Soape;
s/o Thomas Henry Soape & Charity Polley (Pugh) Soape
- Submitted by Diane Richards
Harland M. Bovee
Dec. 22, 1896 - Jun. 7, 1963
Harland Bovee Services Held
Final rites for Harland M. Bovee,66, carpenter and electrician, who
died Thursday, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel with burial in
Surviving are his wife of 917 West Ninth avenue, Corsicana; seven
children, two brothers who reside in Michigan, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Price, Weldon Hagler, Turner E. Lewis,
Clovis G. Lewis, W. D. Bennett, Allen Beasley, R. Curtis Keen and
Joe Paul Wright.
Jul 13, 1885 - Apr 24, 1951
R. J. Banks Dies Tuesday Evening
R. J. Banks, 65, former real estate operator, died at his home, 111
South Fifteenth street, Tuesday night.
Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Thursday at
10 a.m. Burial will be in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. G. H.
Vaughn and Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maurine Hanks Banks, to whom he was
married, Sep. 26, 1931; a son, R. J. Banks, Jr., student in high
school; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Beaird and Miss Mae Elizabeth
Banks, all of Corsicana; two brothers, George and E. E. Banks, both
of Pursley, and other relatives.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Wednesday, April 25, 1951
- h/o Jodie Maurine (Hanks) Banks married Sep. 26, 1931 s/o
Thomas Jefferson Banks & Martha Jane (Strickland) Banks
- Submitted by Diane Richards
Jul 22, 1881 - Aug. 8, 1956
E. E. Banks Rites Held Saturday
Funeral rites were held from the Corley Chapel here Saturday at 10
a.m. for E. E. Banks, 72, retired farmer who was found dead in his
bed at his Pursley home early Friday.
Rev. Jimmy Ponder conducted. Burial was in
Banks was a native of Georgia, and had lived in the Pursley
community for 20 years.
Surviving are three sons, Elliott, Verland and Arnman, all of
Louisiana; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Banks, Corsicana, and Mrs.
Gertrude Beaird, Corsicana; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. R. J. Banks,
Corsicana; Mrs. Pearl Banks, Pursley; Mrs. Lillie Banks, Farwell;
and Mrs. Ada Banks Stone, Houston; several grandchildren and other
Nephews were pallbearers.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Saturday, August 11, 1956
- h/o Viola (Woodard) Banks buried at Resthaven Memorial
Park. Corsicana, Tx. s/o Thomas Jefferson Banks and Martha Jane
(Strickland) Banks buried at New Pursley cemetery
- Submitted by Diane Richards
Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Banks
Jul 7, 1876 - Jul 13, 1962
Rites Sunday For Miss Banks
Miss Mary Elizabeth Banks, 85, native of Concord, Georgia, 111 1-2
South Fifteenth street, died Friday night.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bruce
Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.
Surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mrs. Banks had been a member of Missionary Baptist church since
1942. She came to Texas in 1900 and had resided in the Corsicana
area since that time.
Sep 17, 1943 - Feb 13, 2014
Marshall Gordon, 70, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13,
2014, at his home following a brief illness.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1943, in Corsicana.
Raised in Corsicana, Danny graduated high school in
1962 and Texas A&M University class of 1966. Danny
served as an Army Ranger completing tours in both
Germany and Vietnam where he earned the rank of Captain
and a Bronze Star. After his Army career he worked in
the oilfield services business in Houston and New
Orleans. He then moved back to Corsicana where he opened
up his own CPA office and bought a farm pursuing what he
truly enjoyed, accounting and raising cattle.
He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Edward
Gordon; parents, John Samuel and Carrie Jergins Gordon;
sister and brother-in-law, Wanda Gordon Brashear and
Wesley Brashear; and sister, Bonnie Gordon Mathison.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth
(Betsy) Wood Gordon; son, Andrew Wood Gordon and wife
Leslie; brother, John Samuel Gordon and wife Margie;
sister, Kathy Gordon Paschal and husband Joe;
brother-in-law, Lewis Mathison; brother-in-law, Jim Wood
and wife Amelia; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Wood
Rutledge. He is also survived by four grandchildren,
Daphne Ann, Jonathan Edward, Alexandria Jane, and Emma
Lynn Gordon; and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Girling Hospice and especially Chasity
Blue, Lee Franklin, Brenna Eicker, and Shea Stinson for
their loving care.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.
16, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday,
Feb. 17, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev. John Conley officiating.
Interment will follow at
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made
to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 312th North 13th
St., or Navarro County Advocacy Center, 120 East 2nd
Ave., or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
May 31, 1923 - Feb 11, 2014
Harris Wilson Milner, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 11,
2014 in his home with his family by his side. He was born May 31,
1923 to Paul and Ila Harris Milner in Streetman, Texas.
Harris was a veteran of
World War II serving in the United States Navy.
He served in New Zealand, Australia, India, New Guinea, and in the
Harris is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nell Livingston Milner;
children, Sue and John Satagaj and Brian Milner and Stephanie
Elkins; and grandchildren, Julie Satagaj, Brian Satagaj and Craig
Harris was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be
lovingly remembered and greatly missed.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at
Birdston Cemetery with
Hoppy McGilvery officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brian
Satagaj, Craig Milner, Grady Foree, Mackie Robinson, Mike Jennings,
Brent Magness, Thorton Zimmerian, Tommy Bonner and Mark DeFrance.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.May 31, 1923 - Feb 11,
Aug 21, 1893 - Aug 11, 1946
FLOYD GOINS DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT KERENS SUNDAY
KERENS, Aug. 12—(Spl.)—Floyd Goins, long-time employee of the
Lowe-Anderson Gin Company here, died with a sudden heart attack here
Funeral arrangements had not been perfected early Monday afternoon
pending the arrival of relatives.
Surviving are his wife of Kerens, several children, and other
Stockton Funeral Homes will direct.
Alvin Hubert Ellisor, PFC
abt 1923 - Sep 5, 1946
ALVIN H. ELLISOR FUNERAL SERVICES AT KERENS MONDAY
KERENS, Nov. 4.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Pfc. Alvin H. Ellisor,
23, U. S. Army, who died in Essen, Germany, Sept. 5, this year, were
held from the Stockton Funeral Chapel here Monday afternoon at 2
o’clock. Burial was in the
Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. Pippen,
pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was a
Ellison first entered the armed forces in November, 1940, when the
Kerens Texas National Guard battery was mobilized and federalized.
After being discharged, Ellison re-enlisted and was sent to Germany.
The body arrived here Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock, having come
from New York by rail.
Ellisor attended the Rural Shade school.
Surviving are two brothers, Calvin Ellisor, Kerens, and Elbert
Ellisor, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Roberts, Fort Worth;
Mrs. Elmer Cordell, Kerens; Miss Annie Pearl Ellisor, Galveston and
Mrs. Opal DeMoss, Corsicana.
The American Legion conducted the service at the grave and provided
the active and honorary pallbearers.
Eliza Beulah (Mays) Wheeler
Nov 11, 1911 - Aug 19, 1946
RITES HELD TUESDAY FOR MRS. WHEELER, WHO DIED MONDAY
Mrs. J. J. Wheeler, aged 34 years, died in Houston Monday. Funeral
services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the McCammon
Funeral Chapel with burial in the
Surviving are her husband, J. J. Wheeler, Houston; a daughter, Doris
Gene Wheeler; a son James Doyle Wheeler, both of Houston, and a
sister, Mrs. Zelda Humbert, Corsicana.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor
of the Missionary Baptist Church.
Nov 20, 1933 - Aug 1947
GIRL WRECK VICTIM BURIED AT KERENS TUESDAY AFTERNOON
KERENS, Texas, Aug. 6—(Spl)—Funeral services for Laurelle Fite, aged
13 years, who was fatally injured in an automobile accident near
here Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at
the First Methodist church. Rev. M. B. Howell, Groesbeck, former
pastor of the church here, and Rev. J. M. Burton, local pastor,
conducted the rites.
Laurelle was born, November 20, 1933, and became a member of the
First Methodist church in 1942, and frequently was guest soloist.
The young girl also was a pianist, a former majorette of the Kerens
High School band, and would have been a high school freshman when
school opens next month.
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fite, a sister, Mary
Ann Fite, all of Kerens, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Smith, Athens, and Mrs. M. H. Fite, Jacksonville.
Interment was in the Kerens
Stockton Funeral Home directed.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Wednesday, August 6, 1947
- d/o Jack H. Fite and Fannie Mae (Smith) Fite
granddaughter of Charlie E. Smith & Lennie A. (Sheets) Smith
- Submitted by Diane Richards
Sep 21, 1932 - Feb 15, 2014
services for Donald Ray Holditch, 81, of Clifton, were
held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Zion United Church with
the Rev. Buck Malone officiating. Holditch was born
Sept. 21, 1932, in Italy, TX, to Lela Mae MacMitcham and
Charles Holditch. He passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15,
2014, in Clifton. He attended Blooming Grove high
School, graduating in
1951, and the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science,
graduating in 1953. In June 2000, he married Mary Brown.
After leaving Blooming Grove, he was in the Army and
lived in Oklahoma, Georgia, Germany and Tennessee. While
serving in the Army, Don received two Bronze Stars,
certificate of participation in Operation Plumbbob,
commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of
Kentucky; and eight-time Good Conduct Medal. He served
Vietnam and Germany. After retiring from the
Army, Don worked for John Harwick Financial. He was a
50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and a
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed
fishing, boating, golf, gardening, and feeding birds.
Don was a dedicated husband, father, and Shriner. He was
a great example of giving back to the community.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; brother, Charles and
wife, Martha; children, Carl and wife, Shirley of
Colorado Springs; Greg and wife, Katy of Phoenix;
Rebecca and husband, Steve of Raleigh NC; and John and
Robert Holditch of Phoenix AZ; and Clinton Brown of
Austin, Kristen Brown Cogburn of Houston; grandchildren,
Vince, David, Zane, Sarah, Helen, Jessica, Karlie,
Joshua, Eva, Keller.
Charlotte Georgia (Park) Armstrong-Bromley
Jan 24, 1855 - Dec 15, 1944
PIONEER RESIDENT FROST COMMUNITY BE BURIED SUNDAY
FROST, Dec. 16.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Georgia Bromley, 90, died at her home
here Friday morning. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon
at 2:30 o’clock from the Methodist church with Revs. T. D. Ellis and
J. E. Stack conducting the rites. Burial will be in
Mrs. Bromley was a native of South Carolina and had resided in Frost
over 50 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ida Price, Emhouse; Mrs. Sylvia
McGaugh, Petersburg; three step-daughters, Mrs. Daisy McCord,
Richland; Mrs. Olivia Kuykendall, Emhouse; Mrs. Ida Bell, San Juan;
23 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be J. B. Jones, T. O. Scott, Joe Brown, R. R.
Hinkle, C. Young, and J. A. Hodge.
McCormick Funeral Service is directing the arrangements.
Ida Elizabeth (Reese) Neese
Sep 9, 1870 - Dec 8, 1946
Mrs. Elizabeth Neese Rites Held Monday
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Elizabeth Neese, aged 78 years, of
Eustace, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. A. Allen,
at Eustace, Sunday morning, were held Monday afternoon from the
First Methodist church at Barry. Burial was at
Surviving are a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and a
Rebecca (Jackson) Riggs
Apr 5, 1865 - May 4, 1943
MRS. C. E. RIGGS DIED AT PURDON; BURIAL WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. C. E. Riggs, age 78 years, who
died at her home at Purdon Tuesday afternoon, were held
Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church
at Purdon. Rev. T. F. Fisher conducted the rites.
Surviving are two sons, R. R. Riggs, Purdon; J. A. Riggs,
Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Bill Jackson, Longview;
Ed Jackson, Albany, and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Thomas Paton Lonon
Sep 4, 1897 - Apr 3, 1944
Rites on Wednesday For Thomas Lonon, Who Died Orange
Funeral services for Thomas P. Lonon, who died at
Orange, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from
the Corley Chapel with H. B. Smith, Church of Christ
minister, conducting the rites. Burial was in
Surviving are his wife, a son, his mother, a brother and
Pallbearers were Ed Burnett, Alton Burnett, Frank Irwin,
A. Q, Thornton, John Christian and C. E. Kennedy.
Martha J. (Seigler) Moore
Mar 8, 1859 - Jan 10, 1996
FUNERAL RITES HELD PURDON FRIDAY FOR MRS. MARTHA
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha J. Moore, aged 86
years, who died near Purdon Thursday morning, were
held Friday afternoon from the Purdon Baptist
church. Burial was in the
rites were conducted by Rev. Jared I. Cartlidge,
pastor of the First Baptist church here.
A native of Oxford, Miss., Mrs. Moore had resided in
Navarro county 56 years and for the past 15 years
had made her home with a son, Burney Moore, Purdon.
She had been a member of the Baptist church 70
Surviving are five sons, Burney Moore, Purdon; Oscar
Moore, Houston; Willie Moore, Milford; Benny Moore,
Houston, and Lonnie Moore, Fort Worth; a daughter,
Mrs. Fannie Carroll, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Addie
Hough, Dallas and several grandchildren and
Pallbearers were Buren Bennett, Clarence Putman,
Thomas Rogers, Tommy Farmer, Preston Peden, Walter
Forshaw and Clarence Thomas.
Corley Funeral Home directed.
Nancy Ila (Brown) Swanson-Hodges
Jul 20, 1861 - Mar 16, 1947
MRS. NANCY HODGES FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD
Mrs. Nancy Ila Hodges, aged 85 years, died at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carra Hodges in
Purdon Sunday. Funeral services were held Monday
Younger cemetery with interment in the
family plot. Rev. White, pastor of the Purdon
Baptist church, officiated. Grandsons were
Mrs. Hodges had resided in the Purdon community
for more than 40 years.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Hodges,
Purdon; Mrs. Martin Smith, Trinidad; Mrs. Kay
Ellis, Elkhart, Kans., and Mrs. Alva Hicks,
Altus, Okla.; a son Luther Hodges, Arlington;
two step-daughters, Mrs. Minnie McElwrath,
Arlington, and Mrs. Virgie Tadlock, Purdon; a
step-son, Mose Swanson, Anton, Texas; 21
grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
McCormick’s Funeral Service directed.
Maud Leona (Stockard) Taylor
Sep 9, 1891 - Jul 23, 1976
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday at the First Baptist Church Chapel
for Mrs. Alva Taylor, 84, who died Friday at
Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
The Rev. Herald Lansford will officiate.
Mrs. Taylor was a resident of Corsicana for
50 years, a housewife and a member of the
First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband
Alva Taylor. Burial will be in
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs.
Verlene Ellis, Corsicana; two sons, Olin
Taylor, Mass., and Coy Taylor, Corsicana;
seven grandchildren, three great
grandchildren, three great grandchildren;
and one sister Mrs. Rana Hale, Gatesville.
Corley Funeral Home is in charge of the
Martha Ann Carter
Sep 29, 1946 - Sep 30, 1946
Rites Held Monday For Carter Infant
Funeral services for Martha Ann Carter,
infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs. C. C.
Carter, Alma, who died early Monday at
the P. and S. hospital, were held at 4
p.m. Monday with burial at
Survivors are the parents, two sisters,
grandmothers, Mrs. A. C. Carter,
Bartlett, and Mrs. Mattie Riley,
Corley Funeral Home directed.
Henry W. Hudspeath
Mar 15, 1855 - Feb 15, 1946
HENRY W. HUDSPEATH FUNERAL PLANNED
AT ENNIS CHURCH
Henry W. Hudspeath, aged 90 years,
died at Ennis Friday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements have not been
completed pending arrival of
relatives, but will be held from the
Ennis Church of Christ with burial
Rice cemetery. He was a
native of Tennessee.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs.
M. G. Ragsdale, Roaring Springs;
Mrs. Eva Silvers, Ore City, and Mrs.
Duther Bale, Ennis, three sons,
Allen Hudspeath, Rotan; G. C.
Hudspeath, Wharton, and W. F.
Hudspeath, Tennessee; 38
great-grandchildren and five
Corley Funeral Home will direct.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, February 16,
- (some scources spell it
Hedspeth not sure of spelling)
Born in Tennessee h/o Martha
(Lawson) Hudspeath; s/o J. W.
Hudspeath & Louvicy (Warren)
- Submitted by
Robert Carra Travis
Feb 8, 1899 - Oct 13, 1946
ROBERT C. TRAVIS, ALMA, DIES
SUNDAY; RITES HELD MONDAY
Robert C. Travis, aged 47 years,
died at his residence at Alma
Funeral services were held
Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock
from the First Baptist church in
Rice. Burial was in the
Rice cemetery. The rites were
conducted by Rev. W. H. Day,
pastor of the church.
Surviving are his wife of Alma;
two sons, Thomas J. and Robert
Travis; two daughters, Annele
and Barbara Travis, all of Alma;
three brothers, H. Travis,
Corsicana; P. S. Travis, Denton
and G. W. Travis, Beaumont; a
sister, Mrs. Alva Barnett,
Klamath Falls, Ore., and other
pallbearers. Corley Funeral Home
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, October 14, 1946
- h/o Minnie Tabitha
Dorcus (Shue) Travis married
Aug. 19, 1928; s/o John
Quincy Travis & Margaret A.
“Maggie” (Gooch) Travis
- Submitted by
Nancy Elizabeth “Nannie”
Apr 3, 1881 - Aug 7, 1946
MRS. W. J. AKINS OF ALMA
ROUTE 1 DIES WEDNESDAY
Mrs. W. J. Akins, aged 65
years, died at her home,
Alma, Route 1 Wednesday
Funeral services were held
Thursday afternoon, where
interment was made.
Surviving are her husband,
Alma, Route 1; two
daughters, Mrs. Effie
Richardson and Mrs. Doris
Ann Hill, both of Dallas;
two sons, Bob Akins,
Washington, D. C., and James
Akins, Alma; two brothers,
Jim Curry, Tyler, and Carter
Curry, Kilgore, and two
Corley Funeral Home
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, August 8, 1946
- w/o Walter Jackson
Akins married Dec. 28,
1895; d/o John Lumpkin
Curry & Susannah
(Rutledge) Curry buried
at Bell Springs
Cemetery, Hill county,
- Submitted by
Jul 2, 1868 - Jul 11,
FUNERAL RITES FOR BEN
GOLDSMITH ARE SCHEDULED
Funeral services for Ben
Goldsmith, aged 78
years, 702 West First
avenue, who died in a
Dallas hospital Thursday
following a brief
illness, will be held
Friday afternoon at 5
o’clock from the
McCammon Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be in the
Hebrew cemetery. The
rites are to be
conducted by Rabbi M. P. Machenbaum of Dallas.
merchant and active in
all Jewish charities.
Surviving are his wife
of Corsicana, a
daughter, Mrs. Joe
Miller; a grandson,
Marvin Miller, Houston;
three brothers, Henry
and Isaac Goldsmith,
both of Corsicana, and
Clinton, Mo.; a sister,
Goldsmith, Clinton, Mo.,
and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be M.
M. Miller, Sydney Marks,
Sam Brooks, Joe Wolens,
Gabe Goldberg, George
Daniels, Aaron Levine
and Henry Levy.
Oct 1884 - Apr 2, 1946
FUNERAL RITES HELD HERE WEDNESDAY FOR SOL GOTTLIEB
Funeral services for Sol Gottlieb, aged 63 years, 408 West Second avenue, who died at the Navarro clinic Tuesday shortly before noon, were held from the McCammon chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Weisfeld of Dallas.
Gottlieb was born in Corsicana and resided here all of his life. He was in business for many years before ill health necessitated his retirement.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, two sons, Manuel Gottlieb, Beaumont, and Sidney Gottlieb, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a granddaughter.
Pallbearers were Max Wolens, Jake Levine, Gabe Goldberg, Aaron Samuels, Louis Goldberg, Raymond Goldman, Sidney Miller, and Ben Goldsmith.
Lena (Dreeben) Gottlieb
Feb 14, 1890 - Mar 27, 1974
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Spartman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas for Mrs. Lena Gottlieb, 84, resident of Dallas, who died Wednesday in Dallas.
Graveside services were to be at 1:30 p.m. today at Hebrew cemetery in Corsicana, Rabbi Ernest Joseph was to officiate. Local arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.
She was a native of Corsicana and had lived in Corsicana 80 years. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Dreeben of Corsicana. She was also the wife of the late Sol Gottlieb of Corsicana.
Survivors include two sons, Benjamin M. Gottlieb and Sidney H. Gottlieb; a brother, Morris Dreeben of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Ablon of Dallas; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Oct 31, 1899 - Dec 26, 1946
JOE WOLENS DIES THURSDAY EVENING; SERVICES FRIDAY
DEPARTMENT STORE EXECUTIVE SUCCUMBS AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Joe Wolens, 47, 1615 Sycamore, department store executive and civic leader here, died in the Medical Arts Hospital in Dallas Thursday night at 8:30 o’clock, following a week’ illness.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock from Congregation Agudas Achim with interment in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbis I. H. Weisfeld, Dallas; Cantor Kaplan, Dallas; Abramovitz, Dallas; Joseph Shapiro and Ernest Grey, both of Corsicana.
A native of Corsicana, Wolens was active in many civic and charitable organizations in addition to his duties as secretary of the K. Wolens Department Stores in Texas, all of which were closed Friday.
A graduate of Corsicana High School, Wolens attended Baylor University, Waco, and the University of Texas, Austin.
Camp Fire Director.
Wolens was national director of the Camp Fire Girls and is credited with the late Tom McElwee as being largely responsible for the construction of Camp Wanica, several miles southeast of Corsicana, for the local Camp Fire Girls summer camps. He was a director of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, director of the Corsicana Livestock and Agriculture Show, was one of the organizers of the Corsicana Day Nursery, president of the Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery Association and treasurer of the Southwest Zionist Association. He was treasurer of the Corsicana Planning Board.
Wolens was a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. He was a member of 25 years’ standing in the local Knights of Pythis lodge.
One of the best-known business men of the community, his death came as a shock to the entire city.
Persons in all walks of life here Friday morning were genuinely grieved at the passing of Wolens, and messages were received from many points expressing sympathy and condolences.
Hastings Harrison, Dallas, former Corsicana, now vice president and Southwestern director of the International Conference of Christians and Jews, wired his regrets at the passing of his friend and characterlized Wolens as a man of great honor, integrity of character and social vision.
“He was a gentleman and civic leader of the first magnitude.” Harrison added.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marie Wolens; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Block, Seattle, Wash.; Misses Marjorie and Betty Lou Wolens; father, K. Wolens; two brothers, Max and Louis Wolens; a sister, Mrs. J. A. Silverberg, all of Corsicana; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Harry Kaplan, Gabe Goldberg, Morris Evans, Sidney Miller, Albert Daniels, Labe Golden, Sydney Marks, Joseph Shtofman and Dave White.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.
Aug 6, 1899 - Jul 2, 1921
Died Saturday Night.
Mrs. Jennie Territo, age 23 years, wife of Lee Territo died Saturday night and the funeral took place Sunday from the Catholic church with interment in the Catholic cemetery.
Rodney Lee Powers
B&D Feb. 6, 1946
RODNEY LEE POWERS FUNERAL HELD HERE THURSDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Rodney Lee Powers, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Powers of Redlands, Calif., who died Wednesday afternoon at the P. and S. Hospital, were held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at the
Catholic cemetery, where interment was made. Mr. and Mrs. Powers had made their home at 218 West Fourth avenue for the past several months.
Surviving are the parents, and grandparents, Mrs. Belle Schitoskey, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Melee, Redlands, Calif.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.
Apr 27, 1910 - Jun 2, 1947
Rites Held Thursday For Oscar Pinales
Funeral services for Oscar Pinales, aged 37 years, fatally injured in a truck mishap in Fort Worth Monday, were held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Pinales, Rice, and four brothers.
Corley Funeral Home directed.
B&D Aug. 28, 1947
Rites For Infant Thursday Afternoon
Funeral services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Reyes, 305 East Tenth Avenue, who died early Thursday morning were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Catholic cemetery, where interment was made.
Surviving are the parents, two sisters and a brother.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.
Patsy Ann (Braly) Watkins
Apr 29, 1931 - May 8, 2013
Patsy Ann Braly Watkins, age 82, of Barry passed away
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She
was born April 29, 1931 to John and Anna Clay Braly in
Pat married Wayne L. “Scott” Watkins on Nov. 10, 1951.
She started her nursing career for Dr. John Griffin at
Medical Arts Clinic in Corsicana in 1958.
The family moved to Lovington, N. M. in 1962 where she
continued nursing for a local physician and later became
a surgical nurse supervisor of Lea General Hospital
until 1982. They moved back to Corsicana and she worked
for PEDIA at Navarro County Health Department with Pearl
Reynolds and other nursing staff until she retired in
2005 due to health reasons. She worked as a dedicated
nurse for over 30 years. She was also a very talented
seamstress and was noted in her work. She was a lady of
many talents; she also enjoyed oil painting as a hobby.
Pat remained a member of the First United Methodist
Church in Lovington, N. M. and that was always her
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years,
Scott Watkins; her parents, Anna Clay and John Braly and
her sister, Naomi Arnold.
Pat is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan
and Jack McMath of Corsicana, and three grandsons;
Justin Hooper of Ft. Worth, Jason Hooper and wife, Amee
of Corsicana, and Bankston McMath and wife Brittany of
Corsicana. She is also survived by four great-grandsons;
Shane Hooper, Jackson McMath, Clark Hooper and Tucker
McMath all of Corsicana. She was known as “Mee-Mee” by
all her children and loved them dearly as they did her.
Pat is also survived by her sister, Billie Jo Conger of
Corsicana and brother, John Wade Braly and wife, Marcia
Lou of Barry, and several nieces and nephews to whom she
was very close.
All of her family will miss her and we all loved her
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10,
2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with
Mr. Jeff Mize officiating. Pallbearers will be Wade
Green, Wade Braly, Tim Conger, John Arnold, Tom Arnold
and Steve Phillips. Burial will follow at
Arlene Sylvia (Kyser) Neal
Sept 29, 1934 - May 29, 2013
Mrs. Arlene Kyser Neal, 78, of Plano passed away on Wednesday,
May 29, 2013 in Plano. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m.
on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev.
Robert Matthews officiating. An online guest book is available
at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Arlene Kyser Neal
obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Mrs. Arlene Kyser Neal, 78, of Plano passed away peacefully
in her sleep on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Plano. She was
born Arlene Sylvia Kyser on September 29, 1934 in Kerens,
Texas to parents, John Henry Kyser and Ora Lee Burney.
She is survived by her beloved sons, Paul Neal and wife Mara
and Brad Neal and wife Kimberly; cherished granddaughter,
Logan Neal; loving sister, Rita Hill; and sweet niece,
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,
June 1, 2013 at
Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Matthews
Elizabeth (Martin) Willard
May 14, 1919 - Apr 14, 2013
Angie Elizabeth Willard, 93, of Mesquite, passed away
April 14, 2013, in Dallas of age related complications.
Born to Francis Marion Martin Jr. and Bessie Scott
Martin on May 14, 1919, in Corsicana, she was descended
from prominent early pioneer families. The Martins
settled eastern Navarro County and the community of Old
Wadeville, south of today’s town of Kerens. She was the
granddaughter of Lt. Gov. Francis Marion Martin and Mrs.
Angie Harle Martin of Corsicana, and was named for her
grandmother. Her grandmother’s brother, James L. Harle,
had served as both mayor of Corsicana and county judge
of Navarro County.
At a young age, Mrs. Willard moved with her family to El
Paso and was reared there. She heard many stories of her
famous grandfather and the early days in Navarro County
and Texas from her father, as well as her grandmother
who lived with them. Her father was an early
photographer in El Paso and Navarro County. Many of his
photographs were still owned by Mrs. Willard at the time
of her death.
She was educated in the public schools in El Paso and
Corsicana after the family returned to Navarro County in
the 1930’s. Angie was a graduate of Corsicana High
School. In 1944 she married Luther Ray Hayes. They had
one daughter, Marion Elizabeth Hayes. She later married
John Gordon Willard Jr. in1958 and moved to Mesquite
where she lived until her death. Gordon Willard preceded
her in death in 1985.
Angie Willard remained interested in history throughout
her life, being a more than 50 year member of the James
Blair Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She
enjoyed oil painting, gardening, rock collecting,
sewing, and making jewelry with natural stones. She was
an expert in silver ware patterns both new and vintage,
and worked for Sterlings until the day the store closed.
She dearly loved her pets and all animals.
Mrs. Willard is survived by her daughter, Marion
Elizabeth Hayes, and a number of cousins.
A graveside memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday,
June 2, 2013, at
Oakwood Cemetery, conducted by New Century Hospice
Chaplain Jeffrey Leynor.
Memorials may be made to The Dallas Cat Lady, P. O. Box
181671, Dallas, TX 75218, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or an animal rescue of your choice.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, June 1, 2013
- w/o Luther Ray Hayes and John Gordon Willard
Jr; d/o Francis Marion Martin Jr. & Bessie (Scott)
- Submitted by
Josie Marie Estell
July 30, 1939 - Feb 5, 2013
Josie Marie Estell, 73, of Corsicana passed away on
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Corsicana. Graveside
services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7,
2013 at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. William Dollar
officiating. An online guestbook is available at
www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Josie
Marie Estell obituary.
Ms. Josie Marie Estell, age 73, of Corsicana
passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in
Corsicana. She was born on July 30, 1939 in
Corsicana to parents, Isaac & Mary Estell.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Dustin
Trammell; brother-in-law, Ray Scoggins, and a
brother, Lloyd Estell.
She is survived by her son, Shane Trammell and
wife Terri of Gainesville; grandson, Aaron
Trammell and wife Amanda of Hudson Oaks;
sisters, Mary K. Scoggins and Patricia K. Reed
and husband JC of Corsicana; brother, Nathan
Estell and wife Linda of Kerens; nephews Mike
and Tony, and nieces, Melinda and Stephanie.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at
Cemetery with Bro. William Dollar
- d/o Isaac Estell & Mary Estell
- Submitted by
Feb 26, 1964 - Apr 8, 2013
Ruiz Moreno, 49, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday,
April 8, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
He was born Feb. 26, 1964, in Victoria, Mexico, to Pedro
Moreno Mata and Juana Ruiz Garcia.
Survivors include his wife, Maria G. Moreno; daughters,
Karina Lisseth Moreno, and Sandra G. Moreno; and son,
Emmanuel Eduardo Moreno; grandchildren, Ashanti Moreno,
Bianca Marie Muniz, Alan Rodriguez, Axel Muniz, Pedro
Rodriguez, Aylin Rodriguez and Anicandra Carmen;
siblings, Delia Moreno, Julio Moreno, Guadalupe Moreno
and Magdalena Moreno.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013,
in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services wil be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April
13, 2013, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
with interment following at
Pallbearers will be Alejandro dela Rosa, Alejandro
Alcocer, Daniel Alcocer, Armando Alcocer, Jorge Ramblas
and Rogelio Muniz.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
Edward Marcus "Marc" "Eddie" Cohen
July 30, 1937 - May 25, 2013
Marcus (known as Marc) Cohen, age 75, a theater design
director who created productions for the Goodman
theater, managed the renovation of the Illinois
Institute of Technology and worked on production design
for Chicago television stations and the Field Museum,
died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his North Side Chicago
He was born July, 30, 1937 in Corsicana, Texas to Samuel
and Pearl Cohen. He attended school in Corsicana and
graduated high school in Tyler. Growing up, Cohen was
known as “Eddie” to family and friends.
Mr. Cohen was preceded in death by his parents Pearl
Grossman Cohen and Samuel Cohen.
He is survived by two sons, Todd of Chicago, Ill. and
Shawn of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Cohen’s death came after a six-month battle with
T-Cell Lymphoma. In his 40 year career, his work
encompassed all aspects of theater and design from
business manager to technical director and teacher.
At the Goodman Theater he designed productions of Oh
What a Lovely War, A Flea in Her Ear, Heartbreak House,
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Measure for Measure as
well as the world premiere production of Tennessee
William’s The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Mr. Cohen
also taught lighting, design, set design and directing
at the University of Cincinnati.
From 2006 to 2010 he was project manager for the
renovation project at IIT which included installation of
information technology, a total mechanical upgrade and
upgrading of the school’s classrooms and laboratories.
And from 1998 to 2005 he was also project manager at
Evanston based Cath Associates where he made sure
ongoing construction projects were in compliance with
plans and specifications, chiefly for the Field Museum.
Since his retirement, Mr. Cohen became involved in
sprint triathlons and worked with various community
theater groups applying his expertise with as much
attention as he gave to larger well known theater
“Marc was a brilliant set designer for last summer’s
production of Sabrina Fair building this beautiful
background and stage for our actors. He was insightful,
diligent and lots of fun to work with,’’ said Donna
Lubow, artistic director for Theatre(cq) in the Woods, a
not-for-profit community theater project sponsored by
the north suburban village of Riverwoods.
A member of United Scenic Artists of America, Mr. Cohen
held a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University
of Texas and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.
“Marc loved everything about the theater world. He was a
devoted Shakespeare fan and attended every production he
could whether in Chicago, New York or Stratford,” said
Jill Leslie Drell, a close friend of many years who was
with Mr. Cohen when he died.
Mr. Cohen was also an oenephile, with a collection of
fine wines from around the world and served as wine
steward for the Chicago chapter of L’Ordre des
Canardiers, a dining club based in Normandy, France.
“He loved the taste of an excellent vintage and traveled
everywhere from Argentina to France to find great
wines,” said attorney Brett August, founder of the
Chicago chapter of L’Ordre des Canardiers.
Graveside services are planned for Thursday, May 30,
2013 at 11 a.m. at the
in Corsicana with Rabbi Joseph officiating.
Patty Rea (Ellington) Layfield
July 5, 1927 - Feb 21, 2014
Patty Rea (Ellington) Layfield, 86
of Kerens, passed away Friday, Feb.
21, 2014. She was born July 5, 1927
to Clyde and Nena Ellington.
Visitation and services are pending
at Kerens Church of Christ with
Prairie Point Cemetery in
She was preceded in death by her
husband of 53 years, Thomas Earl
Layfield, founder of Layfield
Construction Company in Kerens.
Patty is survived by daughters Sandy
and Matt Simpson, Pamela and Paul
Baggett, and Patricia and Ronnie
Schultz; and son, Kyle Layfield and
Libby; grandchildren, Christi
Coleman and husband Kirk, Jeffrey
Baggett, Amanda Hand, Chelsea Click
and husband Austin, Katherine
Schultz and fiancé Will Krech, Caleb
Schultz, Alex Layfield and Lauren
Layfield; great-grandchildren Tyler
Coleman, Hayden Coleman, Dalton
Coleman, Kylan Baggett, Ethan
Baggett, Lainey Baggett, and
Mackenna Hand; brother-in-law
Lavelle and Mary Layfield of Athens;
sister-in-law Vesper Layfield of
Athens and numerous relatives,
friends and a number of nieces and
She will always be remembered as a
loving wife, mother, grandmother and
great-grandmother. Her Christian
example was evident to all who met
Funeral arrangements under the
direction of Griffin - Roughton
Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Wayne Curtis Estes
Sept 4, 1936 - Feb 18, 2014
Curtis Estes, 77, of Rice passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18,
2014 at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana with his family
at his side. He was born Sept. 4, 1936 in Eureka to
James Dola and Dorothy Grace Estes.
Mr. Estes spent most of his life as a truck driver for
Lake Trucking, after retiring he worked for his son Gary
in Waxahachie. Mr. Estes loved driving trucks and most
of all spending in time with his family. He was a real
family man! He loved to camp and fish with friends and
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Estes is survived by his wife of almost 59 years,
Margie Louise Estes; his daughter, Teresa Lambert and
sons; Michael, Richard and Gary and his wife, Carla.
Wayne was blessed with 11 grandchildren and many
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. at
in Eureka with Bro. Frank Escamilla officiating.
Claude Everett Bone
Aug 23, 1912 - Feb 19, 2014
Claude Everett Bone, 101, of
Barry passed away Wednesday,
Feb. 19, 2014 at his
residence in Barry. He was
born in Purdon on Aug. 23,
1912 to Childre and Alma
He was a carpenter and
contractor. He was a
longtime member of
Missionary Baptist Church in
Corsicana, and was a friend
to everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by
an infant son, his parents,
three brothers and two
He is survived by his wife
of 73 years, Mary Love Bone;
daughter and son-in-law,
Claudia and Robert Jack
Fowler of Barry; grandsons,
Tim Fowler of Houston and
Brad Fowler and wife Shelly
Brianna, Jeremy and Dylan
Fowler, and numerous nieces
Graveside services will be
held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb.
21, 2014 at the
with the Rev. William Dollar
The family asks that in
honor of his life that in
lieu of flowers all memorial
contributions be directed to
Missionary Baptist Church,
409 S. 15th Street,
Corsicana, Texas 75110 and
in his memory a card be sent
to someone to let them know
The Corsicana Daily Sun- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
- h/o Mary Love
(Henry) Bone; s/o Logan
Chilton "Bud" Bone &
Alma Elizabeth (Stroud)
- Submitted by
Logan Chilton "Bud" Bone
July 13, 1879 - Apr 13,
L.C. Bone, 86, Dies
L.C. Bone, 86, Route 1,
Barry, died at his home
Surviving are his wife
of Route 1, Barry; three
sons, David Bone,
Channelview; Fred and
Claude Bone, both of
daughters, Mrs. Liller
Mae Walker, Abilene, and
Mrs. Louis Holder,
grandchildren, a number
a brother, Charlie Bone,
Jacksboro; a sister,
Mrs. Irene Foster,
Bryson; a half-sister,
Mrs. Ollie Lassing,
National City, Calif.;
and other relatives.
Funeral services will be
conducted from the
Griffin Chapel Thursday
at 2:30 p.m. with burial
The rites will be
conducted by Rev. David
Williams, pastor of the
Northside Assembly of
God church, assisted by
Rev. Harvey Adair, Full
Pallbearers will be
Homer Bone, Lloyd Bone,
Robert Bone, Junior
Finley, Claude Poole,
David Massengale and
Apr 28, 1887 - Apr
Anderson Rites On
Funeral services for
78, retired oil
field worker, who
died in Memorial
were held Wednesday
at 2 p.m. from the
The rites were
conducted by Rev.
Gene Tone, pastor of
the Calvary Baptist
church, of which he
was a member, and
Rev. C. Douglas
White, pastor of the
church in Ennis.
Burial was in
Surviving are his
wife of Corsicana;
two sons, Beauford
Mrs. Doyle Farmer
and Mrs. E. D.
Williamson, both of
sisters, Mrs. Daisy
Corsicana; Mrs. Ora
Ariz. and Mrs. Betty
Rippy, Tulsa, Okla.;
and other relatives.
Lloyd Land, Jeff
Ellington and Ezra
Sep 30, 1932 -
Feb 17, 2014
81, of Navarro
Feb. 17, 2014 of
Hospice Place in
Waco. A rosary
will be recited
at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21,
2014 at Wade
in Hubbard by
Services will be
22, 2014 at
Church of the
Nativity of the
Jr., 81, of
at 6:00 pm
at Church of
30, 1932 at
the home of
Sr. In June,
1951, he met
the love of
Kunz. What a
1951 at St.
Valley up to
arm on a rig
the café to
get back to
work in the
That he did
worked as a
he worked as
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Loretta Miller, 86, of Corsicana was born on Dec.
25,1927 in Timothy, Texas to the parentage of the late
Leroy and Geneva Crockett Brown. She confessed a belief
in the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and united with
the Timothy Baptist Church.
She received her formal education at Finch Elementary
School in Timothy and graduated Lincoln High School
Dallas, then attended Paul Quinn College in Waco. She
later received her Associate’s Degree from Navarro
Junior College in Corsicana.
She met and married Rev. Clarence A. Miller, Sr. They
had four children.
Mrs. Miller was employed by the Community Action of
Corsicana for a number of years and by the Texas Youth
Council until she retired.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, a
son, Thurman, a stepson, Billy and 11 siblings.
She transitioned from this life to her heavenly reward
on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at the Trisun Care Center,
She leaves to cherish her memory: One son, Theo Miller
of Corsicana; two daughters and one son-in-law,
Stephanie and David Easley of Arlington and Constance
Elaine Miller of Corsicana; one step-son and
daughter-in-law, Clarence and Catherine Miller, Jr.of
Dumfries, Va.; one sister, Queen Esther Armstead of
Dallas; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews,
nieces, other relatives and friends.
Wake Services are 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at the
Sixth Avenue Baptist Church located at 125 South 5th
Funeral Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at
the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Johnson
and Bishop k.d. Davis sr.
officiating. Interment will follow at the Chatfield
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Bell Swanson Nave, 96, much beloved wife, mother,
grandmother, and friend, passed away in Dallas on Feb.
She was born on May 28, 1918, in Birchwood, Tenn., to
Molly and Harvey Swanson.
Margaret married Earl Nave in 1933 and raised her family
in the Chattanooga area until 1957 when she moved to
Corsicana, and to Dallas in 1987. She was a very special
person who loved and protected her family without
limits. Her beautiful smile and grace brought warmth and
happiness to both family and many friends throughout her
life. Margaret loved the Methodist church and was an
active member and volunteer wherever she lived, most
recently at the University Park Methodist Church of
Dallas. Throughout her life, she was active in various
clubs, PTAs and civic organizations. Margaret was a
beautiful person both on the outside and in her heart.
She was dearly loved by all her family and her memory
will always enrich their lives as well as the lives of
all who have known her.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 55
years; her parents; and all of her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one son, Charles Nave and wife Helen;
two daughters, Glenda Karahal and husband George, and
Charlotte Foster and husband Tom; three grandchildren;
three great grandchildren; and two great, great
The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the South Crest Chapel of Lane
Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic
Missionary Ridge, Rossville, Ga.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 16, 2014, at Forest Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made
to University Park Methodist Church of Dallas or to the
charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Lane Funeral Home, Rossville, Ga.
William Elton Albritton
Jan 3, 1937 - Feb 1, 2014
Elton Albritton, 77, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
He was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Trinidad, Texas, and grew
up in Corsicana.
Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force at the
young age of 17. He served for four years where he
earned the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense
Service Medal. While in the Air Force he was stationed
in Okinawa, Japan. After his Honorable Discharge, he
started his long, successful career in sales. Over the
next 32 years he earned numerous performance and
Bill will be remembered for his compelling character and
unique sense of humor. At family gatherings and social
events he was known for shaking things up, both on and
off the dance floor. Bill will be deeply missed by his
family and friends.
Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife of 47
years, Lillian Louise Albritton; his parents, William
Earnest and Muriel Albritton; and his favorite aunt,
He is survived by his caring daughter Karen Jansing and
husband John; grandson, Marc Jansing and wife Morgan;
granddaughter, Juli Freiburger and husband Nick; his
brother, Glen Albritton and wife Helen; nephew, William
Edward Albritton and wife Dianne; and his niece, Glenda
Sue Mershawn and husband Michael. He also leaves behind
May St. Peter happily welcome him through the pearly
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
March 1, 2014, at Beck Funeral Home in Round Rock, 15709
Ranch Road 620, Austin.
In lieu of flowers, please makedonations to the Wounded
Warriors Project, online at
www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate or mail
contributions to 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300,
Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
May 24, 1936 - Feb 12, 2014
Tatum, resident of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday
12, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital at the age of 77.
He was born Sunday, May 24, 1936 to Henry and Bess Tatum
in Gainsville. He was a member of North Beaton Church of
Christ where he served any way he could with prayer and
a glad heart.
Jack loved people and to see people smile and he always
had a joke for whoever was around him.
Jack grew up playing football from fourth grade through
high school, and then three years of service football
for the United States Army in France. After his playing
days were over he coached little league baseball and
then refereed high school football with the Texas
Referee Association. He enjoyed watching Navarro College
baseball, football and basketball. He and Annett enjoyed
going to the Big 12 baseball tournament in Oklahoma
Jack and Annett came to Corsicana in 1985 and he began
his career with the I.O.O.F. as Grand Secretary for the
state of Texas. During that time he served as a
representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the world
serving on the finance committee for a number of years,
he retired in
2005 as the Grand Secretary Emeritus. He also served on
several committees for Corsicana Chamber of Commerce.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maggie
Akard, Ruth Aldridge and Betty Johnson; brothers, Ed
Tatum and Bob Tatum.
He is survived by his wife Annett Tatum; mother-in-law,
Burney Henry; aunt, Betty Jean Hall; nephews, Webb Tatum
and wife Carol, Donnie Aldridge, Earl Wayne Aldridge and
wife Carol and one niece, Elaine Aldridge.
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison
I.O.O.F graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. at
Fairview Cemetery, Gainsville. Honorary Pallbearers will
be I.O.O.F. of Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to North Beaton
Church of Christ 2725 North Beaton Corsicana, TX 75110
or The I.O.O.F. Visual Assistance Committee Grand Lodge
of Texas 3440 W. 2nd Ave Corsicana, Texas 75110
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Harlan "Wayne" McGuire
Nov 23, 1927 - Feb 7, 2014
Harlan “Wayne” McGuire was born Nov. 23, 1937 in Reelsville, Ind. to Frankie and Jesse R. McGuire. He passed after a long illness on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Wayne lived his last years in Mildred where he was very active in the community. He served 14 years with the Mildred Volunteer Fire Department, with four of those years serving as Chief. Wayne also chose to serve the community as a Mildred City Councilman for seven or eight years with some of those also serving the Navarro County Planning and Zoning Board.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Gerald Ray McGuire and Larry Allen McGuire, great-granddaughter Cecilia Nicole Williams, and great-grandson Tobis James Turner.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Reta Mae McGuire of Mildred, sister Mary Helen Budd of Brazil, Ind., daughters Donna Turner of Cleburne, and Sharon Williams and husband Richard of Eureka, grandsons Christopher Wayne McGuire and wife Bobbi of Eureka, Patrick Glen McGuire of Corsicana, Chadwick James Turner and wife Cassandra of Cleburne, Clayton (Chip) Williams and fiancé Ariel Spears of Phoenix, and Andrew Turner and fiancé Derissa Holland of Cleburne. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Marissa McGuire, Abby McGuire, Haiden Turner, Harlan McGuire and two more on the way. Also are very many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wayne requested to be cremated, with visitation only to be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin –Roughton Funeral Home, 1530 N 45th Street, Corsicana, Texas.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Harriet (Brown) Ray
Nov 26, 1918 - Feb 10, 2014
Harriet Brown Ray went to be with The Lord Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at her residence. She was born Nov. 26, 1918 to Santford and Blanche Brown of Powell, Texas.
She was the baby in the family of seven siblings. A life span of 95 years was spent in Navarro County. Here she married W. F. “Pete” Ray and reared their three children. She became a nurse when her children were grown, continuing her need to care for others. Harriet was known by the family as a person who could "do it all." Her many talents included art, sewing, gardening and cooking. She had a way of making you feel special, loved and secure. Harriet was a good daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed and remembered as a wonderful lady.
Mrs. Ray is survived by her sister, Esther Baker of Corsicana, son Michael of Woodbridge, CT., son Tommy of Powell, and daughter, Patricia of Corsicana, daughters in law Vicky and Francoise. Grandchildren:
Philip and wife Lori of Ann Arbor, MI, Daniel and wife Hwi of Nogal, N.M., Catherine of Woodbridge, CT., Matthew of Corsicana, Kerri and husband James of Mansfield, TX., Kevin and wife Nancy of Jasper, TX..
Gena and late husband, Kalub of Powell, TX.. Step-grandchildren: Dene of Deer Park, TX., Cathy and husband Dan of Sugarland, TX., Tracy and wife Charlotte of Deer Park, TX., Leah and husband Wayne of La Porte, TX .
Great grandchildren: Anahea, Evan, Ethan, Trenton and Pete. Step-great
grandchildren: Zac and wife Meagan, Shane, Courtney, Loren and husband Charlie, Christie, Chris, Trent, Conner, Matthew, Cory and Kailen, Kenneth. Step- great great grandchildren: Mark, Dawson, Declan and Jaxson.
A private service will be held under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
Memorials mat be made to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice, 625 N. Main Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Marvin Ellis Hairgrove Jr.
July 2, 1947 - Feb 7, 2014
Ellis Hairgrove Jr., 66, of Colleyville and Barry, the
latter home to his dream fulfilled, Oak Horn Ranch,
passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. With his loving wife
at his side, constant prayer and steadfast support from
friends and family near and far brought him final and
lasting peace. Grace Hospice provided medical care and
more in Marvin's last days.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at
White's Chapel United Methodist Church. Pastor Jo
Ponder, a longtime friend to Marvin and his family, will
Memorials: To honor Marvin's life, please send someone
you love a card, flowers or something small to show you
care. Additional donations to White's Chapel United
Methodist Church, the Texas Longhorn Foundation or local
public school foundations, libraries or athletic
programs will further honor his memory.
Marvin Jr. was born July 2, 1947, in Jackson, Miss., to
Marvin Ellis Hairgrove Sr. and Jewel Roper Hairgrove. As
the son of a petroleum geologist, Marvin was raised
throughout the Gulf Coast, from Grand Isle, La., to
Tyler, Dallas and Houston. He studied geology at Stephen
Austin State University in Nacogdoches and attained an
education in life that no known institution of higher
education can match.
Marvin's accomplishments and exploits are too numerous
to list here. To those who knew him, he was at once
loving husband, father, rancher, friend, teacher,
storyteller, master of thoughtful gestures and acts of
kindness. He endured much for the sake of others, and
through his example inspired more people than one can
count. He loved the ocean, his ranch and his family,
although not necessarily in that order.
Survivors include his wife, Gerry Means Hairgrove of
Colleyville; sons, Landon Barrett Hairgrove of
Washington, D.C., and Logan Patrick Hairgrove and wife,
Mira, of Hong Kong; daughter, Dawn Hairgrove of Houston;
sister, Sylvia Blackman and husband, Lee, of Canyon
Lake; grandchildren, Caden Cannon of Orange County,
Calif., and Corban and Jewel De Los Santos of Houston;
and so many others whom he welcomed into his heart and
made feel like family, whether or not related.
George Edward Long, Sr.
July 12, 1931 - Aug 18, 1973
G. E. Long
George E. Long, Sr., 42, died Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital. He had been a patient at the hospital several days following an illness, according to a hospital spokesman.
Services are set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of First Pentecostal Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in the Black Hills Cemetery.
He was a native of Hutchison, Kan., and had lived in Corsicana the past 38 years. He w3as employed as a driver for the Yellow Cab Company. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include his widow, Gladys Long of Corsicana; two sons, Gary Long and George E. Long, Jr., both of Corsicana; one daughter, Diane Long of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Geraldine Allen of Navarro Mills; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Long of Roane.
Pallbearers include Lester Tarrer, Edgar Tarrer, Keely Anderson, Ted Jennings, Charlie Watkins and Mark Pratt.
Johnny Eugene Long
Sep 24, 1964 - Nov 8, 1964
Monday Rites For Long Child
Funeral services for Johnny Eugene Long, six-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Long of Corsicana, who died in a Dallas hospital Sunday, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
The services were conducted by Rev. Alvin Steen, Baptist minister. Burial was in the Black Hills Cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, a sister, Diane; two brothers, Gary and George Long, Jr., all of Corsicana; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Long, Frost; and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Thornton, Lancaster.
Mary Catherine Long
Apr 27, 1936 - Dec 12, 1946
Funeral Services For Mary Catherine Long
Funeral services for Mary Catherine Long, aged 10 years who died Friday morning at Abilene, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Black Hills Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist church.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Long, route 1, Corsicana; a sister, Geraldine; a brother, George, and an aunt, Mrs. Jennie Blanche Tarrer, all of Corsicana.
May 11, 1942 - Feb 19, 2014
Thomas Griffin, 71, of Brazoria, formerly of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at his residence. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Prairie View Cemetery near Turnersville under the direction of Foss Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the funeral home.
Thomas was born May 11, 1942, in Atascosa, Texas, to Lester and Florence
(Raschke) Griffin. He married Carolyn Nell (Black) Griffin on Sept. 3,
1966 in Bloomington, Texas. They were married 45 years until her death on Aug. 23, 2012. Thomas was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army. He had formerly worked as a postman in Irving. He owned Tom’s Cleaning Service and worked at Dawson Independent School District for 26 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Terrie Benavides; son-in-law, Robert Benavides; a sister, Jean Cowan; a brother, Jimmy Griffin; four grandchildren:, Ryan and Jamie Russell, Aaron and Halley Benavides; and a great-granddaughter, Angel Marie Ruiz.
Dwyght Eugene Price
May 11, 1944 - Feb 18, 2014
Eugene Price was born May 11, 1944 in McKinney, Texas
and went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
He peacefully passed away at his home in Navarro Mills
surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Langston Bill
Price and Mattie Lee Barnes Price and his brother Billy
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sara Price and
son Jeffery Price, son and daughter-in-law Joel and
Evenia Price, sister Karen North, sister and
brother-in-law Veta and Frank Cook, brother and
sister-in-law Charlie and Linda Price and many other
relatives in the United States and Canada including
cousin and wife Buddy and Cathy Price whom were like
brother and sister-in-law, and wonderful grandson and
namesake Dwight Robert Price.
He faithfully attended church at The First Assembly of
God in Dawson.
Dwyght was a very loving man who will be remembered for
his love of family, God, fishing, traveling and watching
sports. He was always an example of a loving Christian
man and will be missed greatly. God and his family
always came first.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
at First Assembly of God Church in Dawson. Burial will
follow at Richland cemetery in Mertens.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a
memory no one can steal.”
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Billy Loader Quarles
Nov 9, 1924 - Feb 18, 2014
L. Quarles, 89, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb.
He was in the United States Navy during
World War II,
a member of the United Methodist Church in Alpine,
Texas, the Past Master of the Alpine Masonic Lodge and
the Past High Priest of York Rite in Alpine. He retired
from the Dallas Fire Department in 1977 after 26 years
Billy was preceded in death by his wife Vera Quarles and
Peggy Wagner Quarles.
He is survived by his daughter Barbara Q. Stone, his
sons John H. Quarles and his wife Diane, Norvell Ricky
Quarles and his wife Yvonne, and David W. Quarles, his
11 grandchildren, and his step-daughters Debbie McKinney
and Cindy Higgins.
There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday,
Feb. 20, 2014 at the Eastgate Funeral Home Chapel in
Garland and a 10 a.m. graveside service at the Grove
Hill Cemetery in Dallas Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Arrangements by Eastgate Funeral Home, Garland.
James R. "Bob" Joyner
Mar 29, 1926 - Feb 20, 2014
R. “Bob” Joyner, Jr., 87, of Corsicana went to be with
our Lord on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Corsicana
surrounded by his family. He was born March 29, 1926 in
Navarro County to Robert and Alyne Joyner.
He was a lifelong member of Wesley United Methodist
Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. He
served his country in the United States Navy from
1944-1946 being stationed at the Naval Hospital in Guam.
He will forever be remembered for his sense of humor,
his loving spirit, and to many as “Sally.” He never met
a stranger and had a love for life, his family, his Lord
and the love of his life, Frances.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and
Alyne Joyner and a grandson, Mark Joyner, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances Slate
Joyner; sons, Phil Joyner and wife Janis, Mark Joyner
and wife Marji, and John Joyner and wife Carolyn;
daughters, Bobbi Nesmith and Richard Ruiz and Juli
Reeves and husband Scott; 11 grandchildren, Mandi Jones,
Byron Joyner, Scott Joyner, Jeff Joyner, Jason Joyner,
Candi Joyner, Danielle Glenn, Dylan Nesmith, Trey
McDonald, and Tommy Cawthorn; 18 great-grandchildren and
a host of family and friends.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25,
2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Diggs
officiating. Interment with military honors will follow
The Joyner family would like to express their profound
thanks to the entire staff at Twilight Nursing Home for
their compassionate care and attention, also to Cedar
Lake Hospice for making this transition bearable.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, February 20,
- h/o Ruby Frances (Slate) Joyner; s/o James Robert Joyner,
Sr. & Myrtle Alyne (Pinson) Joyner
- Submitted by Karen Rost
Inita Barbara "Dede" (Herod) Jones
July 25, 1920 - Feb 17, 2014
for Inita Herod Jones, “Dede,” will be held Friday, Feb.
21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church
Chapel, Tyler, with visitation to begin at 9 a.m. A
private interment will be at
Oakwood Cemetery in
Corsicana. Arrangements are with Stewart Family Funeral
She was born July 25, 1920, to Charles Walter and Mary
Herod and grew up in Corsicana. She graduated from
Corsicana High School in 1938 and was the first female
member of the varsity tennis team. She married Charles
Reign Jones on May 10, 1940, and after his return from
World War II they moved to Fort Worth with Mobil Oil
Company. Later they were transferred to Beaumont, where
they lived most of their working life.
Inita was active in the First Methodist Church in
Beaumont, where she taught fourth grade Sunday school
for many years. She became a realtor, took classes at
Lamar College, and worked with good friends and
neighbors at Biscamp Real Estate. Upon retirement they
returned to their hometown of Corsicana and spent the
years traveling, gardening, flower arranging, bird
watching and doing genealogical research. Her favorite
pastime was volunteering at the Library and researching
her family tree as well as assisting others. In
Corsicana she belonged to the James Blair Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, was a lifetime
member of the Colonel Roger Q. Mills Chapter of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Navarro County
In 2001 their home moved to Tyler to be close to their
daughter and son-in-law, and she joined Marvin United
Methodist Church, Mary Tyler Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution, TASCA, the Holt House, the
Marvin Guild Circle, and the Century Class, where she
made some very dear friends.
Inita was preceded in death by her parents, Charles
Walter and Mary Herod, Corsicana; husband, Charles Reign
Jones; brothers, Liston Herod, Sr. and Conrad Herod,
Corsicana; sisters Alene Ammons, Wink; Ozalla Wiley,
Corsicana; Montez Weidmann, Corsicana; Ellawee Noland,
San Antonio; and Mary Etta Robinson, San Antonio;
nephews Liston Herod, William Ammons, Charles Ammons,
Son Wylie, and nieces Mary Lynn Morriss, Mary Ann
Robinson French and Faye Evelyn Wright.
She is survived by her daughter, Junella Grace McClusky
and Dr. Edwin McClusky, Tyler; grandsons Edward Todd
McClusky, J’son Burnett, Denver, Colo.; Dr. Derek Reign
McClusky, Sharla McClusky, of Ruston, La.; one
great-grandson, Hayden Reign McClusky, Ruston, La.;
nieces and nephews Trena Weidmann, Tresa Weidmann Darby,
Robert Herod, Corsicana; Mary Ann Birchfield, Houston;
William Robinson, San Antonio; and Patricia Herod
Partney of Fort Worth.
The family owes a special gratitude to Dr. Richard
Anderson, Dr. David Hector, and her son-in-law whom she
considered her son, Dr. Edwin McClusky, for many years
of extraordinary care; and to Regina Jackson Barlow,
special friend and caregiver, and the staff at
Meadowlake and Hospice of East Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Marvin United Methodist
Church, 300 W Erwin; Tyler, 75702, or to the Hospice of
East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler,
75701, or a charity of your choice.
Simon S. Yangmera
Oct 9, 1960 - Feb 16, 2014
S. Yangmera, 53, passed away at his residence in
Corsicana on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 with his family by
his side. He was born Oct. 9,
1960 in Yap FSM to Lafau and Yabe Yangmera.
Simon left Micronesia in 1978 and came to Texas to study
education at East Texas State University in Commerce. He
left Commerce and moved to Corsicana in 1989, where he
met and married the love of his life, Beverly J. Dabney.
He worked at True Value for 16 years before he had to
leave due to his illness. Simon had an amazing smile and
everyone that knew him will remember him by his
signature smile. Simon’s family was always first and
foremost in his life. He loved to eat, walk around and
sing as high as he could, he also loved fishing and
playing Texas Hold’em. His wife, children and family
will forever hold sweet memories of Simon in their
Simon was preceded in death by his parents and his
mother-in-law and father-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, James
Beck, Tracy Beck, Michelle Beck Davis, Jeremy Perez and
wife, Monica. Simon is also survived by his
grandchildren, Alyssa Lawhon, Merissa Davis, Caleb,
Jacob and Kynlea Perez, Ali Beck, John Wyatt and Blake
Ballard. He is survived by his uncle, Simon Maiwelmal
and wife Sonya, his older brother, John Hiyang, his
nephews, Travis Maiwelmal and wife, Joey Maiwelmal and
wife, Marcellino Haleypiy and niece Marissa Maiwelmal.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb.
20, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth
Pallbearers will be Joey Maiwelmal, Travis Maiwelmal,
Joe Brewer, Ali Hasugulig, Spencer Kohama, Rico Ferrer,
Cody Reed and Tyler Halerumal.
Burial will follow at
Hubert Lee DeChaume
Apr 29, 1944 - Aug 20, 2013
Lee DeChaume, 69, of Corsicana passed away on Aug. 20,
2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
He was born in Powell on April 29, 1944, to Frank and OD
Hubert was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church for
many years. Every time the doors were open, he was
there. He was a family person. He loved getting together
and having cookouts. He also loved to go camping and
fishing before health issues made it impossible.
He worked for many years for Haynie’s Drilling as an
oilfield worker, and for Thomas Dyer as a ranch hand.
Hubert DeChaume is preceded in death by his parents; his
son, Herbert Lee DeChaume; six brothers, Junior
Schedule, George, Ernest, Frankie, Eugene, and Billy
Wayne DeChaume; and one sister, Anne Faye DeChaume.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Jean (O’Pry) DeChaume
of Corsicana; three sons, Hubert DeChaume and wife Amye
of Purdon, Halbert DeChaume and wife Brandy of
Corsicana, and Qubert DeChaume and wife Charla of
Corsicana; two daughters, Barbara Nelson and husband
David of Corsicana, and Betty Pulliam and husband Mel of
Palestine. He is also survived by his brother, Robert
Earl DeChaume and wife Liz of Corsicana; three sisters,
Martha Atkinson and husband Jack of Purdon, Lillian
Sanders of Oakwood, and Lilly Lee of Kerens. Hubert was
also blessed with 22 grandchildren, four great
grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home in
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
Aug. 24, 2013, at Unity Baptist Church, 101 S. 30th
Street, Corsicana, with the Rev. Chad Owens officiating.
Pallbearers will be Robert DeChaume, Eugene DeChaume,
David DeChaume, John John DeChaume, Marvin O’Pry, Daniel
Thompson, Scotty Lewis and Ray O’Pry.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert Allen Bailey, Jimmy Lee
O’Pry, John O’Pry, Roy O’Pry and Kenneth O’Pry.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Betty Ann (Barnes) West
Aug 4, 1935 - Feb 15, 2014
Ann West, 78, of Rice passed away at Kindred Hospital in
Sugar Land on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. She was born Aug.
4, 1935 to John L. and Bertha W. Barnes.
She was retired from the insurance industry where she
worked as an agent for many years. After living many
years in the Rice area she moved to Houston to be closer
to her son, Jack and his family. After retirement, she
liked traveling to casinos and enjoyed playing numerous
games and the slot machines. Betty was an active member
of the Ennis Chapter of the American Legion.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her older
sister, Jean Foster.
Mrs. West is survived by her sons; Jacky West and wife,
Tina and Tony West; her sister, Sharon Whitworth and
husband, Dick. She is also survived by her loving
grandchildren; Tommi, Joie, Ashley, Sherise, Taylor,
Cheyenne, Clayton, and Madison and two adorable
great-grandchildren; Avery and Rune.
Memorial services for Mrs. West are scheduled for 10:30
a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home
with Dr. Darren Heil officiating.
A. J. York
Sept 9, 1925 - Sept 27, 2013
J. York, 88, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 27,
2013. He was born Sept. 9, 1925 in Dawson to George and
He is preceded in death by his wife, Alma York.
He is survived by his children, Sandra and Robert Smith
of LaPorte, Sue and Robert Wiggins of Mildred, Shirley
and Clyde Franks of Crockett, Frances and David Eastman
of Mildred, Alvin and Kathy York of Richland, Bettie and
Randy McCain of Mildred and Charlie and Charlcy York of
Mildred; 38 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; nine
great great-grandchildren; siblings, Bobby York of
Mildred, Doris Carpenter of Mildred and Jody York of
Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation is Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with James Williams
officiating. Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark
Lindsey, Shannon Wiggins, Michael Franks, Wesley
Eastman, Dalton Dickerson, Charlie York Jr., Jeromy
Dunham and Justin Underwood.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Bonnie Ann (Gordon)
Jun 12, 1937 - Apr 17, 2013
Ann Gordon Mathison, 75 of Corsicana, passed on to be
with her Lord and Savior on April 17, 2013.
She was born June 12, 1937, in Corsicana to John Samuel
and Carrie Edna Gordon.
Bonnie graduated from Corsicana High School in
1955 and then attended Navarro Junior College being
honored as a member of the Senoritas. She married Lewis
Mathison in 1958 and they moved to Commerce to further
their education at East Texas State University. After
graduation Bonnie dedicated her life to others raising
four children and touching young lives for 28 years as
an elementary school teacher in Chico and Blooming
Grove. Since retirement she has devoted herself to
praising the Lord by serving as a member of the choir at
St. Luke United Methodist Church. She also held various
positions in the Order of the Eastern Star. Bonnie and
Lewis enjoyed travelling the world, experiencing God’s
wonders. Bonnie’s desire was for her family and friends
to celebrate her life and asked us to pass along to
everyone, “I did it my way.”
Bonnie leaves behind her husband, Lewis Mathison of
Corsicana; oldest daughter, Sharon and Gary Watkins of
Crockett, and their children Matthew and Sara Watkins of
Arlington and son Luke and Christopher, and Darci
Watkins of Lewisville and daughter Hayden; daughter,
Debra and Paul Goyne of Stuttgart, Germany, children
Aaron Goyne of Pennsylvania, Kaylyn Cowan and Brad
Frasier of Rockwall; and daughters, Summer and Maci,
Jason Cowan, Carrie Goyne, and Michael Goyne of
Stuttgart; daughter, Nancy and Billy Sykes and child
Blake Sykes of Chatfield; son, Tim and Tiffany Mathison
and children Hunter and Hailey Papendick and Shelby
Williams of Plano. Bonnie also leaves behind brothers,
Sam Gordon Jr. of Livingston, Dan Gordon of Corsicana
and sister Kathy Paschal of Mexia; numerous nieces and
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; and sister,
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013,
and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce
Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at
If desired, donations may be made to charity or church
of your choice.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
James William Sykes
July 14, 1927 - May 8, 2013
James W. Sykes, 85, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, May
8, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born July 14,
1927 to Jack and Annie L. Sykes of Dawson. He married Lorene
Brown on Sept. 26, 1950 and they celebrated 62 years of
marriage. They were faithful members of Calvary Worship
He served in the United States Army from 1948-1953 including
serving during the Korean conflict. After his honorable
discharge he went to work for the Texas Department of
Transportation as a heavy equipment operator and retired
after 34 years of service. He was inducted into the Navarro
County Historical Society Hall of Fame in 2012. The most
notable contribution he made to Navarro County was as the
lone remaining charter member of the Corsicana Emergency
Corps, for which he is perhaps best known. He served in the
CEC from 1961 to present. He also served as a reserve office
for Corsicana Police Department and the Navarro County
He was the chief of the organization for many years. He
enjoyed events such as Derrick Days, assisting with the
traffic at the Corsicana Tiger football games, Jingle Bell
Jog, escorting funerals for both Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home and Corley Funeral Home. The last count the family had,
he had escorted over an estimated 3,000 funeral processions.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Annie L.
Sykes and sister Wanda Shipley of Baytown.
He is survived by his loving wife Lorene Sykes; son J. Keith
Sykes along with Ronda and Airyka Kirkham; daughter and
son-in-law Karen and Charles Fincher; grandson, Drew Sykes
who he called his “TooToo,” all of Corsicana, as well as
brother J. B. Sykes and wife, Jessie of Waco and sister,
Bernice Hecker of Royal City, Wa.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Calvary
Worship Center with Bro. Gary Johnson officiating.
Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Jim Hodge, David (Punchy) Dycus, Kevin Raymond, Daniel
Vasquez, Lewis Palos and Les Cotton.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of Corsicana
Contributions in his honor may be made to Calvary Worship
Center at 1364 North Beaton Street or Corsicana Emergency
Corps, P.O. Box 353, Corsicana, Texas 75151.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Juanita "Ma" (Derrick) Brewer
Aug 7, 1926 - May 5, 2013
Mrs. Juanita “Ma” Brewer, 86, of Corsicana passed away
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital in
She was born Aug. 7, 1926 in Idabelle, Okla., and lived in
California and Texas.
She married J M “Bo” Brewer on Aug. 15, 1942, and they have
celebrated 70 years of marriage. Together they are members
of Emmanuel Baptist Church. They owned and operated Brewer’s
Gulf Station at the corner of Seventh and 24th for over 20
She was preceded in death by her father, Ira Dotson Derrick;
mother, Mamie Myers; step-father, Emmanuel “Foots” Myers;
two brothers and a sister.
She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, J M “Bo”
Brewer; sons, Roger Dale Brewer and wife Catherine of Grand
Prairie and Ronnie Eugene Brewer and wife Alpha of
Corsicana; daughter, Regina Mae Brewer-Garner and husband
Marco Vargas of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Debra Lynn
Jones of Florida, Ronnie Eugene Brewer, II of Fairfield,
Renee’ La Joyce Isom of Waco, Christopher Michael Garner of
Grand Prairie, Rebecca Diane Brewer of Pennsylvania, and
Sgt. Scott Dale Brewer of Wisconsin; 11 great-grandchildren;
brother, Bog “Figel” Myers of California; sister, Geneva
“Toots” Calley of Pasadena, and numerous nieces, nephews,
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May
8, 2013 at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. J.T. Burk
officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Eugene
Brewer, II, Christopher Michael Garner, Sgt. Scott Dale
Brewer, and Ronnie Eugene Brewer, III.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Central
Texas Veterans Health Care System, 1901 Veterans Memorial
Drive, Temple, Texas 76504 or to the American Macular
Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Raymond Hoyte Foster
Feb 25, 1930 - Feb 17, 2014
Hoyte Foster, 83, of Dawson, passed away Monday, Feb.
17, 2014 at his home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at
Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Jan Harrison
officiating. Interment will follow in
Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from
6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the funeral
Raymond was born Feb. 25, 1930 near Hubbard to Dewey
Herman and Eunice (Hughes) Foster. He graduated from
Hubbard High School in 1948 and served in the Air Force
from 1951-1955 in Germany. Raymond worked in industrial
construction for Daniel Construction in Houston and Glen
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Foster
Knight; his father, Dewey H. Foster; brothers, Maurice,
Bob and Billy; sister, Louise Foster Smith and a son,
Keven Joel Foster.
Survivors include sons, Hoyte B. Foster of Dawson,
Nathan Foster and wife, Pam of Dawson, Mark Foster and
wife, Jayme of Grapevine and Jonathan Foster of Waco;
daughters, Shelly Harrison and husband, Jan of Mexia,
Nancy Heller and husband, Carl of Mexia and Joy Davis
and husband, Bob of Waco; 22 grandchildren, eight
great-grandchildren; special friend, Lucille Machan of
Waco and close cousin, Harold Freeland of Keene.
Pallbearers will be Triston Clark, Jonathan Foster,
Dustin Griffith, Bob Davis, Carl Heller and Preston
Honorary pallbearer will be Stephen Foster.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.