Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Sharon Jeanene Leach
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 there.

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, 7.

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 Monday night.

Services were held from the Corley chapel, with Rev. Robert Ray of Rice and Rev. Hoyt Heifner of Ennis officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

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 other relatives.

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 year.

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 Castles said.


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 stream.

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 sanitarian.

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 feeds them.

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 their investigations.

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 thing:

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.

Seepage Eliminated
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 Hamilton cemetery.

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.


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 Oakwood cemetery.

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.


Rufus Jefferson Banks
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 church.

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

Erastus Eugene Banks
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 Oakwood cemetery.

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 relatives.

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.


Danny Marshall Gordon
Sep 17, 1943 - Feb 13, 2014

Danny 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 Oakwood cemetery.

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.


Harris Wilson Milner
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 South Pacific.

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 Milner.

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, Fairfield.

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, 2014


Floyd Goines
Aug 21, 1893 - Aug 11, 1946


KERENS, Aug. 12—(Spl.)—Floyd Goins, long-time employee of the Lowe-Anderson Gin Company here, died with a sudden heart attack here Sunday night.

Funeral arrangements had not been perfected early Monday afternoon pending the arrival of relatives.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, several children, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Homes will direct.


Alvin Hubert Ellisor, PFC
abt 1923 - Sep 5, 1946


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 member.

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


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 Kerens Cemetery.

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.


Laurelle Fite
Nov 20, 1933 - Aug 1947

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 Cemetery.

Stockton Funeral Home directed.


Donald Ray Holditch
Sep 21, 1932 - Feb 15, 2014

Funeral 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 in Korea, 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


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 Frost cemetery.

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 Frost.

Surviving are a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and a brother.


Rebecca (Jackson) Riggs
Apr 5, 1865 - May 4, 1943


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 Younger Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, a son, his mother, a brother and other relatives.
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 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 Younger cemetery. 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 years.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 Ila Hodges, aged 85 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carra Hodges in Purdon Sunday. Funeral services were held Monday at the Younger cemetery with interment in the family plot. Rev. White, pastor of the Purdon Baptist church, officiated. Grandsons were pallbearers.

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

Mrs. Taylor

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 Dawson Cemetery.

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 arrangements.


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 Rice.

Survivors are the parents, two sisters, grandmothers, Mrs. A. C. Carter, Bartlett, and Mrs. Mattie Riley, Kountze.

Corley Funeral Home directed.


Henry W. Hudspeath
Mar 15, 1855 - Feb 15, 1946


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 in the 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 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, February 16, 1946
  • (some scources spell it Hedspeth not sure of spelling)
    Born in Tennessee h/o Martha (Lawson) Hudspeath; s/o J. W. Hudspeath & Louvicy (Warren) Hudspeath
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Carra Travis
Feb 8, 1899 - Oct 13, 1946


Robert C. Travis, aged 47 years, died at his residence at Alma Sunday night.

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 relatives.

Brothers-in-law were pallbearers. Corley Funeral Home directed.


  • 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 Diane Richards

Nancy Elizabeth “Nannie” (Curry) Akins
Apr 3, 1881 - Aug 7, 1946


Mrs. W. J. Akins, aged 65 years, died at her home, Alma, Route 1 Wednesday evening.

Funeral services were held at the Rice cemetery 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 grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, August 8, 1946
  • w/o Walter Jackson Akins married Dec. 28, 1895; d/o John Lumpkin Curry & Susannah Elizabeth “Betty” (Rutledge) Curry buried at Bell Springs Cemetery, Hill county, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ben Goldsmith
Jul 2, 1868 - Jul 11, 1946


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.

Goldsmith was a-long-time Corsicana 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 Louie Goldsmith, Clinton, Mo.; a sister, Miss Ernestine 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.


Dan Budai
May 23, 1886 - Feb. 16, 1949

Dan Budai Dies Early Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

Dan Budai, aged 62 years, native of Hungary, died at his home in Richland early Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception here Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

Surviving are two sons, Emory and Dan Budai, Jr., both of Richland; six daughters, Mrs. Delbert Cox, Camp Hood; Mrs. Oren B. Brown, Dallas; Mrs. Billy Murphy, Corsicana; Mrs. Edward Lane, Dawson; Mrs. Allen Boone, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Audie Lee Hays, Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, a brother, Steve Budai, Conroe; a sister, Mrs. Frank Szenasi, Holliday, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be O. S. Bryson, A. Y. Kilcrease, J. W. Richards, Earl McDaniel, U. C. Roney, Henry Slate and James Istook.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.


Sol Gottlieb
Oct 1884 - Apr 2, 1946


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

Mrs. Gottlieb

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.


Joe Wolens
Oct 31, 1899 - Dec 26, 1946



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.

Corsicana Native.
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.

Well-Known Leader.
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.


Jennie Territo
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


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.


Oscar Pinales
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.


Mary Reyes
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

Mrs. 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 Barry.

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 church home.

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 very much.

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 Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.


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 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, Linsey Phillips.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Matthews officiating.


Angie Elizabeth (Martin) Willard
May 14, 1919 - Apr 14, 2013
Mrs. 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,, 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) Martin
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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 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 Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. William Dollar officiating.


  • d/o Isaac Estell & Mary Estell
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Eduardo Ruiz Moreno
Feb 26, 1964 - Apr 8, 2013
Eduardo 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 Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Alejandro dela Rosa, Alejandro Alcocer, Daniel Alcocer, Armando Alcocer, Jorge Ramblas and Rogelio Muniz.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Edward Marcus "Marc" "Eddie" Cohen
July 30, 1937 - May 25, 2013

Edward 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 home.

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 organizations.

“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 Hebrew Cemetery 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 burial at Prairie Point Cemetery in Kerens.

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 nephews.

She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her Christian example was evident to all who met her.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.


Wayne Curtis Estes
Sept 4, 1936 - Feb 18, 2014
Wayne 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 family.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 Eureka Cemetery 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 Bone.

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 sisters.

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 of Retreat; great-grandchildren, Adam, Brianna, Jeremy and Dylan Fowler, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. William Dollar officiating.

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 you care.


Logan Chilton "Bud" Bone
July 13, 1879 - Apr 13, 1966

L.C. Bone, 86, Dies Wednesday

L.C. Bone, 86, Route 1, Barry, died at his home Wednesday morning.

Surviving are his wife of Route 1, Barry; three sons, David Bone, Channelview; Fred and Claude Bone, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Liller Mae Walker, Abilene, and Mrs. Louis Holder, Mesquite; 12 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, 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 in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. David Williams, pastor of the Northside Assembly of God church, assisted by Rev. Harvey Adair, Full Gospel minister.

Pallbearers will be Homer Bone, Lloyd Bone, Robert Bone, Junior Finley, Claude Poole, David Massengale and Ronald Cavender.


Beauford Prather Anderson
Apr 28, 1887 - Apr 11, 1966

Anderson Rites On Wednesday

Funeral services for Prather Anderson, 78, retired oil field worker, who died in Memorial hospital Monday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

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 Tabernacle Baptist church in Ennis. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Beauford Anderson, Houston, and Raymond Anderson, Conover, N.C.; three daughters, Mrs. Janie Coker, Mascoutah, Ill.; Mrs. Doyle Farmer and Mrs. E. D. Williamson, both of Ennis; three sisters, Mrs. Daisy Ellington, Corsicana; Mrs. Ora Lucas, Phoenix, Ariz. and Mrs. Betty Rippy, Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Land, Jeff Coker, Dennis Anderson, Larry Anderson, Charlie Ellington and Ezra Burns.


Willie Luther Fitzgerald Jr.
Sep 30, 1932 - Feb 17, 2014

Willie Luther Fitzgerald Jr., 81, of Navarro Mills, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 of natural causes at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard by Deacon Denver Crawley. Services will be 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Penelope. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Willie Luther Fitzgerald Jr., 81, of Navarro Mills, passed away February 17, 2014 of natural causes at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. A rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm Friday, February 21 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard by Deacon Denver Crawley. Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 22 at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Penelope.

Willie was born in Wharton County on September 30, 1932 at the home of his parents, Gladys Marie (Smith) and Luther Fitzgerald Sr. In June, 1951, he met the love of his life, Lorine Marie Kunz. What a life they would share. They were married December 30, 1951 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg, Texas.

Willie worked for Holmes Drilling Company and they chased the rigs around Texas from the Valley up to and around Victoria. On September 19, 1954, Willie lost his right arm on a rig in Refugio. After his arm healed and after working in cotton fields and doing what jobs he could, Willie and Lorine bought a café on Fayette County line. Several years later, they sold the café to Hedwig and Fred Kunz.

Willie wanted to get back to work in the oilfields. That he did for Bill Dirks in Tuleta, Texas. He worked as a pumper until 1974. While in Tuleta, Willie was President of the Pettus Booster Club and also coached Little League for 17 years which he dearly loved.

After raising a family and making many friends, they moved to Newcastle, Wyoming in 1974 where he worked as a pumper in the oilfields. In 1975, the family moved to Moorcroft, Wyoming to be closer to his job.

During this time, Willie and Lorine bought Wild Horse Charlie’s Grocery Store and ran it for many years before selling it to their daughter, Brenda and Loyde Harper.

In 1985 and again in 1991, Willie had to have back surgeries and was then forced into early retirement.

Willie enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and especially B-B-Que. He made his very special and delicious sauce. He loved doing this for all his family and the many friends he had made over the years. He loved to dance and he surely did with his wife, Lorine for 62 years. Not only on the dance floor but in everyday life, they always came out on top and looked great.

Willie was preceded in death by his son, Bill Fitzgerald III, his grandparents, his parents, four brothers and five sisters.

He is survived in life by Lorine Fitzgerald, his wife of 62 years; three sons and two daughters, Donald and Debbie Fitzgerald of Purdon, Texas, Franklin and Michelle Fitzgerald of Casper, Wyoming, Calvin and Sandy Fitzgerald of Blooming Grove, Texas, Kathy and Mike Bartsch of Cody, Wyoming and Brenda and Loyde Harper of Parachute, Colorado; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a sister, Glendan (Smokey) Schmidt of Victoria, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Eric Bartsch, Tim Bartsch, Brent Jones, Brock Jones, Darian Rainey and Justin Herod.

Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Harper, Terik Harper, Brody Jones and Wyatt Herod.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity in Willie’s name.


Earline Loretta (Brown) Miller
Dec 25, 1927 - Feb 7, 2014

Earline 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, Corsicana.

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 Street.

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 Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Margaret Bell (Swanson) Nave
May 28, 1918 - Feb 12, 2014
Margaret Bell Swanson Nave, 96, much beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away in Dallas on Feb. 12, 2014.

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 grandchildren.

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
William 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 recognition awards.

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, Lois Tyner.

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 numerous cousins.

May St. Peter happily welcome him through the pearly gates.

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 or mail contributions to 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.


Jack Tatum
May 24, 1936 - Feb 12, 2014
Jack Tatum, resident of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb.
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 City.

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 officiating.

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
Marvin 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 officiate.

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 F.
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.


Thomas Griffin
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
Dwyght 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 Wayne Price.

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
Billy L. Quarles, 89, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

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 of service.

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
James 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 service.

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, 2014
  • 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
Services 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 Home.

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 Geneaological Society.

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
Simon 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 hearts.

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 Hutchison officiating.
Pallbearers will be Joey Maiwelmal, Travis Maiwelmal, Joe Brewer, Ali Hasugulig, Spencer Kohama, Rico Ferrer, Cody Reed and Tyler Halerumal.
Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.


Hubert Lee DeChaume
Apr 29, 1944 - Aug 20, 2013
Hubert 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 (Capps) DeChaume.

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 Corsicana.

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
Betty 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

A. J. York, 88, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. He was born Sept. 9, 1925 in Dawson to George and Glendollen York.

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) Mathison
Jun 12, 1937 - Apr 17, 2013

Bonnie 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 nephews.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Wanda Brashear.

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 Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

If desired, donations may be made to charity or church of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


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 Center.

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 Sheriff Department.

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 Emergency Corps.

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 Corsicana.

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 years.

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, and cousins.

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

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Raymond Hoyte Foster
Feb 25, 1930 - Feb 17, 2014

Raymond 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 home.

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 Rose.

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 Locke.

Honorary pallbearer will be Stephen Foster.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


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