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Phoebe Garrie (Alexander) Simmons
Nov 20, 1897 - Feb 2, 1977

Mrs. Simmons

KERENS—Mrs. J. H. Simmons, 79, died in Garland Community Hospital Wednesday. She had been a resident of Dallas since 1943.

Services were to be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Home here. Burial was to follow in the Kerens City Cemetery.

The Rev. Van Houser, pastor of the First Baptist Church was to officiate.

Survivors include her husband, J. H. Simmons of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Miller of Lancaster and Mrs. Joe Johnston of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Allie Peters of Malakoff; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nephews were to be pallbearers.

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James Calvin Sherrill, Sr.
Oct 6, 1886 - Jul 7, 1977

Calvin Sherrill


Services are to be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Chapel in Dallas for Calvin Sherrill, 90, resident of Dallas and former resident of Kerens who died Thursday in Dallas.

Graveside services are to be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Woodrow Sherrill of Lubbock and Sam Sherrill of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Dallas Kay of Amarillo and Mrs. Dorothy Lloyd of Dallas; a brother, Fate Sherrill of Athens; a niece, Mrs. Julia Jones of Kerens, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, July 8, 1977
  • h/o Helena Blanch “Nell/Nellie” (Apel) Sherrill married Aug. 20, 1905 buried in Laurel Land Cemetery, Dallas, Texas; s/o Claude Sherrill & Mary Frances “Fannie” (Chitwood) Sherrill
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Sherri Lynn Bruner
Jan 7, 1960 - Jan 27, 1977

Sherri Bruner

KERENS-Funeral services will be here at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church for former Kerens, resident Sherri Lynn Bruner, 17, of Ferris, who died Thursday in a Dallas hospital from injuries received Tuesday in a car-train accident in Wilmer. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Pringle, Rev. Van Houser and Rev. Royce Campbell. Burial is to be in Kerens Cemetery under the direction of Green Funeral Home, Ferris.

Born Jan. 7, 1960 in Hawaii, she had been a resident of Ferris since 1974. She was a student at Ferris High School where she was active in the Future Homemakers of America, the National Honor Society and the band. She served as editor of the school newspaper. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ferris and served as president of the girls’ choir.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Bruner of Ferris; a sister, Miss Sindy Lea Bruner of Ferris; a brother, Charles Robert Bruner of Ferris; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Smotherman of Purdon and Mrs. V. D. Bruner of Kerens; and a great-grandmother, Mrs. C. E. Bruner of Kerens.

Pallbearers will be Charles Fulton, Carl Watson, Joe Wilson, L. D. McElhaney, Weston Wallace and Joe Chapman.

The body will lie in state at Green Funeral Home in Ferris until 10 p.m. tonight, and then Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens until time of the funeral.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers. Memorials may be made to the Youth Center at the First Baptist Church in Ferris or the building fund of the First Baptist Church in Kerens.

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Odie Clark Alexander, Sr.
Aug. 5, 1902 - Sep. 6, 1976

O. C. Alexander

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Corley Funeral Chapel for O. C. Alexander, 74, of Purdon who died Monday in Dallas. The Rev. Robert Seago will officiate and burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

Alexander is a native of Bastrop County and had lived in Purdon since 1934. He was a blacksmith and a welder.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. O. C. Alexander, Purdon; one son, O. C. Alexander, Jr., Garland; five daughters, Mrs. Dewitt Wallace, Houston, Mrs. Katherine Sanders, Pinehurst, Mrs. Neva Thomas, Borger, Mrs. Ester Green and Mrs. Cleo Pannell, both of Purdon; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-children; one sister, Mrs. C. E. David, Lufkin.

Pallbearers will be C. D. Putman, C. E. Thomas, Albert Mosley, B. B. Huggins, Sam Peden, and Robert Bittner.

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Mary Emma (Farmer) Page
Nov 15, 1896 - Jun 30, 1977

Mrs. Page

Funeral services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Emma Farmer Page, resident of Corsicana, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. James E. Shuler will officiate with burial to be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. George McDonald and Mrs. Fred Roberts of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Mrs. Spencer Beal of Midland; two grandsons, Allan Roberts of Alpine and John Roberts of Corsicana; and one great-grandson, Spencer Beal Jr. of Midland.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

Memorials may be sent to the First Methodist Church organ fund.

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Mattie Pearl (Stough) Carroll-Davis
Mar 7, 1894 - Sep 27, 1977

Mrs. Davis

Services for Mrs. Mattie Stough Davis, 83, who died Saturday in Corsicana, will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Corley Funeral Home. The Rev. James Shuler and the Rev. Roy Davis will officiate. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, W. H. Davis of Corsicana; one son, Ben Frank Carroll of Vidala, La.; four daughters, Mrs. Helen Sweeney of Dallas, Mrs. Mildred Megarity of California, Mrs. Sue Ferguson of McAllen, and Mrs. Billie Dean Vang of California; 16 grandchildren; one brother, Rufus Stough of Waco; one sister, Mrs. Poly May Henderson of Silver City.

Pallbearers will be Jack Stough, Leon Stough, Rutherford Stough, Allen Stough, J. C. Henderson, and G. H. Weatherby.

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Mattie Pearl (Hopkins) Watkins
Jul 17, 1890 - Mar 20, 1974

Mrs. Watkins

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. R. I. (Pearl) Watkins, 83, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery. She was a native of Alabama and had lived in Corsicana for 13 years.

She was a former resident of Emhouse and a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include four sons, Jimmie Watkins, Billy Bob Watkins, Robert William Watkins, and Earl I. Watkins, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Glenn Bennett of Tampa; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Hopkins of Corsicana and Homer Hopkins of Blooming Grove; and four sisters, Mrs. Lillie King of Fort Worth, Mrs. Addie Morton, Mrs. Alice Derryberry and Mrs. Pink Richards, all of Blooming Grove.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Patrick Elmer Collard
Feb 13, 1913 - Dec 11, 1977

P. E. Collard

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for Patrick E. Collard, 64, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday in the Veteran Administration Hospital in Dallas.

Burial will be at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Ted R. Schafer of Corsicana, three grandchildren, three brothers, Vernon Collard and Willie Collard, both of Ennis, and Loyd Collard of Corsicana and two sisters, Mrs. Sid Childress and Mrs. George Berry, both of Ennis.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Dec 12, 1977
  • h/o Ola Mae (Templeton) King-Collard married Mar. 27, 1970; s/o Louis Collard & Sarah Agnes (Lennon) Collard buried in Rice cemetery, Rice, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



Patrick Collard

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for Patrick E. Collard, 64, of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Dallas. The Rev. John Fowler will officiate, with burial in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel.

Collard was a native of Alma and had lived in Corsicana for nine years. He was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter; three grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Clayton Herman Chase
Mar 8, 1919 - Apr 22, 1974

C. Chase

Funeral services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for Clayton Chase, 55, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Eureka, N.C., and had lived in Corsicana 25 years, and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Polly Chase of Corsicana; a brother, Rhemus Chase of Eureka; two sisters, Mrs. Carole Beard of Raleigh, N. C. and Mrs. Jene Crist of Wilson, N.C.

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C. Chase

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Clayton Chase, 55, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

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Randall Dwaine Davidson
Jan 3, 1963 - Aug 30, 1976

Randall Davidson

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Randall Dwaine Davidson, 13, of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital from injuries received Sunday in a traffic accident.

The Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate with burial following at the Rice Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, he lived here all his life.

Survivors, all of Corsicana, include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ray Davidson; two sisters, Teresa Lynn Davidson and Kelly Diane Davidson; one brother, Kevin Hall Davidson, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Murphy and Mrs. Olga Davidson.

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Willie Emma (Brown) Ruffin
Aug 28, 1890 - Feb 11, 1976

Mrs. Ruffin

ENNIS—Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bunch Funeral Home Chapel in Ennis for Mrs. Willie Emma Ruffin, 85, resident of Deer Park, who died Wednesday in Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena after a lengthy illness.

The Rev. W. C. Taylor Jr. will officiate, and burial will be at Rice Cemetery in Rice.

She married Willis Cleveland Ruffin Feb. 4, 1906 of Alma Community. He preceded her in death in 1959. She moved to Ennis after his death and made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Day of Ennis. Forth past two years, she lived with her daughters in Deer Park.

She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ennis.

Survivors include five sons, Cecil Ruffin and Thurman Ruffin both of Alma, T. R. Ruffin of Ennis, W. C. Ruffin Jr. of Sweetwater, and Jack Ruffin of Torrance, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. C. E. Bell of Houston, Mrs. A. E. Kachel of Deer Park, and Mrs. D. D. Day of Ennis; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. Leonard Snodgrass of Wilmington, Calif., Mrs. Ora Freadaway of Alma, Mrs. Sue Crowell of Dallas, Mrs. Jim Holson of Dallas, and Mrs. Stella Brown of Midland.

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William Wood Langham, Sr.
Jan. 1, 1888 - Apr. 3, 1977

W. W. Langham

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for William Wood Langham, Sr., 89, resident of Rice, who died Saturday in the Corsicana Nursing Home.

The Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate, with burial following at Rice Cemetery.

He was a native of Shepard and lived in Rice 22 years. He was also a retired auditor, rancher, and a veteran of World War 1.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. W. W. Langham of Rice, a son William Wood Langham, Jr., of Marlow Heights, Md.; a daughter, Miss Mary Jane Langham of Inglewood, Calif.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Miss Emily Langham of Cleveland.

Pallbearers are Carroll Barton, Virgil Atchley, Ernest McIntosh, Ronald Cavender, J. T. Allen, James Fortson, A. B. Jarrett, and Charles Atchley.

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Margaret Pearl (Perkins) Fackler
Mar 20, 1887 - Feb 8, 1936

Rice

RICE, Feb. 13.—(Spl.) –The funeral of Mrs. Ray Fackler of Ferris, were held from the Methodist church here Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with burial in the Rice Cemetery. Mrs. Fackler formerly lived here, and was an active member of the Methodist church.

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James Turgeson “Jimmie” Merrell
Jul 27, 1932 - Jan 5, 1935

RICE

RICE, Jan. 10.—(Spl.)—A number of Rice friends attended the funeral of little Jimmy Merrell, aged 2 1-2 years, who died Saturday morning at his home in Alma, after a short illness with pneumonia. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Audrey Merrell of Alma. Interment was in the Rice cemetery under the direction of J. E. Keever of Ennis.

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Billie Jean (Huff) Mullins-Lowe
Jan 27, 1935 - Jul 11, 1975

Mrs. Lowe

KERENS—Funeral for Mrs. Billie Jean Lowe will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Chapel, with burial in Kerens City Cemetery.

Mrs. Lowe was an Arlington resident and died there Friday. A member of South Central Baptist Church in Arlington. Mrs. Lowe is survived by her husband, Bob; two daughters, Mrs. Pam Boman and Mrs. Glenda Ross, both of Grand Prairie; her mother, Mrs. Lillie Bell Huff of Kemp; four sisters, Mrs. Willie Mae Smith and Mrs. Etta Jo Haught, both of Kemp; Mrs. Thelma Mae Mullins of Weatherford; and Mrs. Gladys Hatchett of California; and by two grandchildren.

Services will be conducted by Paschal Funeral Home. The Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, July 13, 1975
  • 1st husband A. J. Mullins 2nd husband Bobby Clayton “Bob” Lowe married Jan. 6, 1974; d/o Jake Huff & Lillie Bell (Kiser/Kizer) Huff
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Florine (Quinn) Ward
Oct 21, 1907 - Apr 2, 1975

Mrs. Ward

KERENS -- Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Florine Ward, 67, who died Wednesday at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. The Rev. Glen Jones will officiate, and burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Mrs. Ward was a resident of Powell since 1936, and was a member of First Methodist Church in Kerens.

She is survived by her husband, Harvel Ward of Powell; one son, Dwain Ward of Powell; three brothers, M. D. Quinn of Corsicana, M. C. Quinn of California, and E. F. Quinn of Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Winnie Floyd of Kansas; and three grandchildren.

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Eugene LeGrande Ross
Aug 4, 1915 - Nov 22, 1975

L. Ross

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Odessa for LeGrande Ross, 60, resident of Odessa who died Saturday. He was an employe of the Gulf Oil Company for 41 years.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kerens City Cemetery in Kerens with the Rev. Van Houser officiating.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nancy Ross of Odessa; a son, Robert Gene Ross of Houston; two brothers, Sam Ross of Tyler and Dr. E. S. Ross of Dallas; and four sisters, Miss Lillian Ross of Tyler, Mrs. L. H. Buckner of Henderson, Mrs. Margaret Holt of Kilgore, and Mrs. Cecil Redford of Kerens.

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Emmitt Willard Sullivan
Jun 23, 1915 - Oct 22, 1976

Willard Sullivan

KERENS—Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Willard Sullivan, 61, resident of Kerens, who died Friday morning in Kerens.

The Rev. Van Houser, First Baptist Church of Kerens, will officiate, and burial will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

He was a member of the Baptist church and operated the Sullivan Shoe Shop in Kerens.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances Sullivan of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. G. H. Rode of Quiney, Ill. and Mrs. Richard Baxter of Dallas; a son, Don Sullivan of Kerens; his mother, Mrs. Annie Sullivan of Kerens; a brother, C. A. Sullivan of Lake Jackson; two sisters, Mrs. V. E. Wright of Houston and Mrs. Don Phife of Dallas and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be R. H. Hilliard, W. L. Bain, Ed Scoggins, Velda Johnson, Don Phife, and Virgil Wright.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 22, 1976
  • h/o Frances Maxine (Barnes) Sullivan; s/o William Lewis “Will” Sullivan & Annie Myrtle (Casebolt) Sullivan
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Verdie Elinore Black
Oct 25, 1896 - Sep 30, 1976

Mrs. Black

KERENS—Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Mrs. Verdie Black, 79, resident of Kerens, who died Thursday at 11 a.m.

She was a member of the Kerens United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Blyn Jones will officiate, and burial will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ollin Johnston and Mrs. Sally Dobbs both of Kerens; two brothers Wilbert Black of Kerens and Wade Black of Pine Bluff, Ark.; four nieces, and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Sybil Evangeline Addie (McConnico) Newsome
Feb 3, 1903 - Oct 28, 1976

Mrs. Newsom

KERENS—Services were to be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist church in Kerens for Mrs. Horace J. Newsom, 73, native of Kerens, who died Thursday at her home.

The Rev. J. W. Osley and the Rev. Van Houser were to officiate with burial to follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught kindergarten in Kerens for many years.

Survivors include her husband of Kerens, a son Charles Newsom of Kountze; a daughter, Mrs. Pat Lipscomb of Ennis; a sister, Mrs. Erma Woodson of Jackson, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, two foster sisters, Mrs. Mary Nell Westbrook of Itasca and Mrs. Bessie Arnett of Kerens, and a niece Mrs. Julia Jones of Kerens.

Pallbearers include Jack Bain, W. L. Bain, John Slate, R. H. Hilliard, Walter Lang, and J. L. Whorton.

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Lula Mae (Gatlin) Finly
Mar 5, 1902 - May 23, 1976

Mrs. Finly

KERENS—Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Lula Finly, 74, who died in Houston Sunday.

Rev. Van Houser will officiate with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

A former Kerens resident, she had lived in Houston for the past eight years.

She is survived by one sister, Mamie Earls of Houston.

Friends of the family will be pallbearers.

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Barney Coy Hall
Dec 7, 1906 - Mar 29, 1976

Barney Hall

Funeral for Barney C. Hall, 69, a native of Bristol was to be at 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Kerens.

The Rev. Bob Cheeks of Jasper and the Rev. Van Houser of Kerens were to officiate. Burial was to be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Hall, a Corsicana rancher for 25 years, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital. A member of the Baptist Church, he was also in the construction business.

Hall is survived by his wife, Lovie Hall of Corsicana; one son, Dr. Bobby Hall of Corsicana; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. C. C. January of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Ara Morris of Van Alstein, Texas.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 30, 1976
  • h/o Mollie Lovinia “Lovie” (Breeding) Hall married Feb. 2, 1929; s/o Allen L. Hall & Maude Nariss (Eady) Hall
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Shelly Ann Mitchell
abt 1964 - July 30, 2014

Shelly Ann Mitchell, 50, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Jacqueline Sue Albritton
Jan 7, 1973 - Jan 9, 1973

Infant Albritton

KERENS—Funeral arrangements are pending at Paschal Funeral Home here for Jacqueline Sue Albritton, two-day old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Albritton of Walnut Springs, who died Tuesday in Cleburne at the Johnson County Memorial Hospital.

Surviving in addition to the parents are a sister, Kathrine Lynn Albritton, and a grandmother, Mrs. Lucille Albritton, also of Walnut Springs, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melton Wyatt at Brownsboro.

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Oubre Lee “Jack” Albritton
Jun 9, 1905 - Dec 16, 1960

Jack Albritton Dies In Athens

KERENS, Dec. 17 (Spl.) Jack Albritton, 55, native of Bazette, retired Athens merchant, died in Athens Friday night.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Bazette Baptist cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Carilli, pastor and Rev. Lee Ramsour, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Athens.

Albritton was in the grocery and market business in Athens for 15 years prior to retiring because of ill health three years ago.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Douglas Jack and Joe Nathan Albritton; a daughter, Helen Jane Albritton, all of Athens; a brother, Allen Albritton, and a sister, Mrs. Tommy Upchurch, both of Kerens and other relatives.

Inmon directs.

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Rozetta (Cuthbertson) Morris
Jun 28, 1879 - Nov 17, 1915

Bazette News.

Mrs. L. M. Morris a former resident of this community but later of Kerens, passed away at the sanitarium in Waco last Tuesday night, and the remains were brought here and laid to rest in the Bazette cemetery Wednesday afternoon at four o’clock. Bro Vinsant conducted the funeral services. The deceased husband, 3 daughters, 3 sons and 2 sisters and a brother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her absence. The community extends their-heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Nov 24, 1916
  • d/o William Thomas Cuthbertson and Margaret Elizabeth Lee “Maggie” (Cates) Cuthbertson (Rozetta died of complications of miscarriage of twins per death certificate)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

L. M. Morris
Oct 1, 1879 - Nov 30, 1920

TRAGEDY AT RURAL SHADE

Farmer Said to Have Shot Wife and Himself Today

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Nov. 30—A tragedy took place near Rural Shade today which has shocked the entire community. According to reports received here M. L. Morris, an apparently well-to-do farmer, shot his wife and then turned the same weapon on himself.

Mrs. Morris, at last accounts, was still alive but Morris, it is said, died immediately following the firing of the fatal shot into his body.

Rural Shade is south of Kerens several miles and a negro man reaching here this morning from the Morris home with a number of turkeys in a wagon, heard the report of the tragedy on reaching Kerens. The negro said that Mr. Morris had aided in loading the turkeys in the wagon and sent them in to be sold. The negro said that he had not at any time seen any indication of any kind of difference between Mr. and Mrs. Morris.

The weapon used is said to have been an automatic 45-calibre pistol.

Mrs. Morris condition is reported to be serious. Her sister, who is teaching in Corsicana and rooming at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hughes received a message this afternoon notifying her of the tragedy and left at once to be with her sister.

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Wounded Woman Has Chance For Recovery

Mrs. M. L. Morris, who was shot by her husband in the Rural Shade community yesterday, is doing well and it is learned from Kerens today that her chances for recovery are good. Mrs. Morris was shot twice, one shot passed through her body on the right side, and the other made a slight wound on her cheek. Morris, after shooting his wife, put the pistol to his head and fired, the ball entering the right ear and coming out on the opposite side. He lived only a short while. Parties from Kerens who were here today say that no cause is known for the act, but that Morris had had several light attacks of paralysis, and is supposed to have been temporarily insane as the result of ill health. The deceased had no children by his present wife, but has some by a former marriage. Mrs. Morris is the daughter of J. B. Farris, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Rural Shade, and a sister, Miss Ruby Farris, is a teacher in the Corsicana public schools.

Later—It was learned this afternoon that Mrs. Morris was in a precarious condition. After being shot by her husband yesterday she was able to help him to his bed after he had shot himself, and then telephoned her mother, who lives about a mile away, that she had been shot. The remains of Mr. Morris were interred at Bazette this afternoon. The deceased had one of the finest farms in that section of the country and is survived by five children by a former marriage.

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ON ROAD TO RECOVERY.
Woman Shot By Her Husband Will Recover.

Parties here from Kerens today report that Mrs. Morris, who was shot by her husband L. M. Morris at Rural Shade last Monday just before killing himself with the same revolver, is doing nicely, and the attending physician says she will be able to get up in a week or ten days.

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(No. 3010)
Notice of Application for Letters—Guardianship.
THE STATE OF TEXAS.
To the Sheriff or any Constable of Navarro County—GREETING;
YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to cause the folling notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation which has been continuously and regularly published for a period of not less than one year preceding the date of the notice in the County of Navarro, State of Texas, and you shall cause said notice to be printed at least once each week for the period of ten days exclusive of the first day of publication before the return day hereof:

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LETTERS—GUARDIANSHIP
THE STATE OF TEXAS
To all persons interested in the welfare of Margaret Emily Morris, Marshall Barnett Morris, Dela Mae Morris, Phillip Wayne Morris and William Glen Morris, W. T. Stockton has filed in the County Court of Navarro county, an application for Letters of Guardianship of the said Margaret Emily Morris, Marshall Barnett Morris, Dela Mae Morris, Philip Wayne Morris, and William Glen Morris, minors, which will be heard at the next Term of said Court, commencing the First Monday in January A. D. 1920, at the Court House thereof; in the city of Corsicana, Texas at which time all persons interested in the welfare of such minors may appear and contest such application should they desire to do so.

HEREIN FAIL NOT, But have you then and there before said Court this Writ, with your return thereon endorsed, showing how you have executed the same.

Given under my hand and the seal of said Court, at office in Corsicana, Texas, this Dec. 16th, A. D. 1920.
C. M. Thornell,
Clerk County Court Navarro, County, Texas
By L. E. HERVY, Deputy. (Seal)

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Wounded Woman Has Chance For Recovery

Mrs. M. L. Morris, who was shot by her husband in the Rural Shade community yesterday, is doing well and it is learned from Kerens today that her chances for recovery are good, Mrs. Morris was shot twice, one shot passed through her body on the right side, and the other made a slight wound on her cheek. Morris after shooting his wife, put the pistol to his head and fired, the ball entering the right ear and coming out on the opposite side. He lived only a short while. Parties from Kerens who were here today say that no cause is known for the act, but that Morris had had several light attacks of paralysis, and is supposed to have been temporarily insane as the result of ill health. The deceased had no children by his present wife, but has some by a former marriage. Mrs. Morris is the daughter of J. B. Farris, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Rural Shade, and a sister, Miss Ruby Farris, is a teacher in the Corsicana Public schools.

Later—it was learned this afternoon that Mrs. Morris was in a precarious condition. After being shot by her husband yesterday she was able to help him to his bed after he had shot himself, and then telephoned her mother, who lives about a mile away, that she had been shot. The remains of Mr. Morris were interred at Bazette this afternoon. The deceased had one of the finest farms in that section of the county and is survived by five children by a former marriage.

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Myrtle Estelle "Dood" (Mason) Bennett
Nov 21, 1919 - Aug 8, 2014
 

Myrtle Estelle Bennett, known to all as “Dood,” went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at the age of 94.

She was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Hayworth, Oklahoma, to William Aron Mason and Emma Buck Mason. In 1939, she married Buren Benard Bennett. They lived on a farm between Powell and Kerens with their two children, Martha Louise and Gary Benard. Homemaking was a joy to her, and she loved to cook, can fruit and vegetables, and sew. She helped with the farming, hauling cotton to the gin and taking care of everyone in the fields. In the early 1970's, she also trained as a beautician and ran her own beauty shop in Kerens for several years. She was an active member of Powell Baptist Church, where she loved doing the flower arrangements, helping with Vacation Bible School, and providing food for any occasion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma Mason; brothers Alvin “Nub” Mason and James A. Mason, and her husband, Buren.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martha and George Frocke; granddaughter, Celeste Frocke; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sondra Bennett; grandsons, Matt and Jake Bennett; niece, Fredia Ann Mason Steen and her husband Harold Steen, and nephew, Rick Mason.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dorothy (Sherrill) Sinclair
Sep 18, 1911 - Jan 26, 1976

Mrs. Sinclair

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Dorothy Sherill Sinclair, 65, who died Monday morning in Dallas. The Rev. Van Houser will officiate with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery.

A member of the Park Cities Baptist Church, Mrs. Sinclair is survived by her husband, Elmer C. Sinclair of Dallas; three brothers, Charles W. Sherrill of Dallas, Owen W. Sherill of Georgetown and David W. Sherill of Lubbock and two sisters, Mrs. Louis T. Tighe of Houston and Mrs. H. G. Askew of Dallas.

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Irma Opal (Howell) Gray
Feb 22, 1903 - Aug 21, 1976

Mrs. Gray

KERENS—Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kerens for Mrs. A. L. (Irma) Gray, 73, resident of Kerens, who died Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

She was a member of the Kerens First Baptist Church.

The Rev. Van Houser will officiate, with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, A. L. Gray of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Bill Wood of Ennis; three grandchildren, and a brother, E. K. Howell of Kerens.

Pallbearers will be the men of First Baptist Church.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Aug 22, 1976
  • w/o Aalon Leonard Gray married Jun. 8, 1928; d/o Joshua Burkhalter “Josh” Howell & Mary Frances (McGee) Howell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Joshua Burkhalter “Josh” Howell
Mar 15, 1875 - Aug 25, 1959

Josh Howell Dies Tuesday

KERENS, Aug. 25 (Spl.)—J. B. (Josh) Howell, 84, retired farmer and rancher, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor.

Surviving are a son, E. K. Howell, and a daughter, Mrs. A. L. Gray, both of Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. Jack Moore, Nacogdoches; Mrs. Bruce Coates, Kerens, and Mrs. Folsom Crockett, Chatfield; three brothers, Boyd Howell, Fort Worth; George Howell, Kemp, and J. C. Howell, St. Jo., Texas; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Inmon directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Aug 25, 1959
  • h/o Mary Frances (McGee) Howell; s/o Christopher Columbus Howell & Louisa Isabelle “Belle” (Burkhalter) Howell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Lee Griggs
Dec 29, 1911 - Oct 29, 1976

R. L. Griggs

KERENS—Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens for Robert Lee Griggs, 64, resident of Kerens and member of the First Baptist Church, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

He was a farmer and a rancher.

The Rev. Van Houser will officiate, and burial will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Lou Griggs of Kerens; two sons, Roy Lee Blissett of Houston and William Griggs of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Jo McMullan and Mrs. Mary Lee Collins both of Kerens; four grandchildren, three brothers, Clifton Griggs of Corsicana, Jack Griggs and Bill Griggs both of Kerens; five sisters, Mrs. Georgie Ross, Mrs. Robert Anderson, and Mrs. Glenn May all of Kerens, Mrs. Oscar Christman of Kerens, and Mrs. Bernard Phillips of Houston.

Pallbearers will be Home Carroll, O. C. Conner, L. B. Howell, Joe Baker, Joey White, and Ricky Holloway.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Oct 31, 1976
  • 1st wife Evangeline (Morgan) Griggs-Blissett 2nd Mary Lou (Blasingame) Griggs; s/o Joseph Elkins Griggs & Myrtle Josephine (Wright) Griggs
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Florence Aver (Willis) Ivie
Apr 14, 1897 - Nov 15, 1974

Mrs. Florence Ivie

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Florence Ivie, 77, 1212 West 11th Ave., who died Friday at Paulyne’s Convalescent Home. The Rev. Peter Kach will officiate. Burial will be in the Campbell Cemetery near Dresden.

She had been a resident of Corsicana 14 years and was a native of Oklahoma.

Surviving are three sons, E. A. Ivie of Corsicana, W. D. and R. A. Ivie, both of Purdon; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Willis of Lake Jackson, Texas.

Pallbearers will be W. C. Bates, G. H. Sutherlin, A. D. Burleson, Eddie Ward, Warren Davis, and Glenn Prater.

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Joseph Duckett “Duck” Bewley
Mar 14, 1897 - Feb 1, 1975

Duck Bewley

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. today at the Campbell Cemetery for Duck Bewley, 87, resident of Itasca, who died Saturday at Evergreen Nursing Home. Arrangements were with Griffin Funeral Home. Rev. Billy Grimes officiated.

Survivors include a son, Jim Bewley of Itasca; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Lawrence of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Cecil Mesker and Miss Evia Bewley both of Scottsville, Ky.; four brothers Isaac R. Bewley of Dawson, Roland Bewley of Scottsville, Ky., J. H. Bewley of Alvoton, Ky., and Simon Bewley of Louisville, Ky.

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Mattie Jeanette (Adams) Taylor
May 12, 1885 - Nov 2, 1976

Mrs. Taylor

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home for Mrs. J. F. Taylor, 91, of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in the Evergreen Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Community Baptist church.

Rev. David Hale will officiate. Burial will be in the Campbell Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Iness Dosser, Malakoff; Mrs. Mattie Godley, Dallas; Mrs. Pearl White and Mrs. Dollie Taylor of Corsicana; three sons, Johnnie Taylor, Texarkana; Bob Taylor, Corsicana; Bill Taylor, Glendive, Montana; two brothers, Bob Adams of New Orleans, and George Adams, Bishop; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include; Melvin Bowman, Gerry Taylor, Jack Taylor, Jim Taylor, Herbert Wyatt, Don Wyatt, Bobby Zoda, Gene Bowman, Ron Davidson, Bert Pence, Gary Covengton, Jim Emerson.

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Bobby Gene Donald "Don" Bates
June 18, 1943 - Aug 12, 2014

Don Bates, 71, of Corsicana, Texas passed away at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born June 18, 1943 in Corsicana to Warney Clifton Bates and Willie Bennett Robinson Bates.

Don was a loving, caring dad, grandfather, and friend. He was a major Dodger baseball fan and kept everyone in stitches with his jokes on Facebook. He was a generous giver to not only family and friends but strangers alike.

He worked at Chatanooga Glass for many years and after retirement he couldn’t not work, so he became a well-known paint contractor in Navarro County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers; Alton Bates and Nathan W.C. Bates.

Don is survived by his wife, Estalee Bates and children; Sanford Scott Bates and wife, Shannon of Rowlett and Melissa Dawn Sanches and husband Clayton of Plano. Don is also survived by his grandchildren; Preston Scott Bates, Ezekial Scott Bates, Adyn Machiah Bates, Samantha Claire Sanches, Levi Joshua Sanches and Zac Clayton Sanches. He is survived by his siblings; Bill Bates and wife Beverly, O.C. Bates and wife Jackie, and Wanda Fannin and husband, Jimmy.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
14, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at Calvary Worship Center in Corsicana with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and Pastor John Bates officiating. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers are Chris Curry, Brandon Bates, Mark Bates, Bruce Bates, Ronnie Odom and Ed Erwin. Corley Funeral Home.

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Chastity Dawn (Walker) Thornton
abt 1974 - Aug 11, 2014

 
Chastity Dawn Thornton, 40, of Powell passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. No funeral service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, August 14, 2014 Submitted by Karen Rost

Chastity Thornton, 40, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
She was born July 1, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee to Ray McKenzie Walker and Bonita Greer.
Chastity was a cheer coach in Charlotte, Tennessee for 15 years. She also was a head start teacher assistant in Tennessee. She was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed swimming and loved being around children. She was an avid Alabama fan.

She is survived by husband Michael Todd Thornton of Tennessee; mother and step father, Bonita and George Ivie of Powell, brothers, Dean and PK Gonzales of Corsicana, Roger and Lisa Walker of Tennessee; daughter, Ivie and Taz Johnston of Tennessee; son Justin Thornton of Tennessee; grandmother Lida Greer of Tennesee; numerous nieces and nephews.

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Ronald "Ron" Edwin Freels
May 21, 1939 - Aug 9, 2014

Ronald (Ron) Edwin Freels, 75, of Fairfield passed away Saturday Aug. 9, 2014, in Buffalo. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfield. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Ron was born May 21, 1939 in Freer, Texas. He graduated from Lutheran High School, Houston, Texas in 1957. He spent 2 years in the Army stationed in Firth, Germany. Ron was in the first apprentice class out of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 66 for journeyman lineman in 1967. He spent the next 45 years of his life working construction, building power lines, making lots of friends and brothers in trade. Ron loved his work and even after retirement kept saying "I need to get a job...I know they can put me to work if I just go to the hall." Ron married his wife, Bettye Freels on December 21, 1985. They spent the early years of their marriage in California and Oregon, working out of the IBEW Locals in that area. In 1994 they returned to Texas to assist in the care of both their parents. Ron once again went to work out of Local 66. In 1996 they purchased property in the Lanely, Texas area which they cleared and later built their home. Ron loved being at his home in the country, loved riding that John Deere tractor. He was a very loving and caring person and so enjoyed getting together with friends and family. Ron and Bettye are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairfield.

He went home to be with our Savior on Saturday, August 9, 2014 in his home in Lanely with his wife and family by his side. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ruth Freels and also by his nephew, Christopher Williams. He is survived by his wife, Bettye Freels of Lanely; son, Craig Freels and wife Kim of Houston and Jeffrey Freels of Houston; step-daughter, Tammy Ledford and husband Johnny of Lanely; step-son Capt. Darrell Cobb and wife Kim of Corsicana; sister, Valeria Williams and husband John of Houston; brother, Dennis Freels and wife Darlene of Louisiana; grandsons, Willum Freels of Houston and Cody Cobb of Dallas; granddaughter, Courtney Morehead and husband Taylor, granddaughter, Taylor Cobb and grandsons, Justin and Tanner Ledford all of Lanely; his first great grandson Logan Ray McNew is due in December. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many IBEW brothers.

Visitation will be Monday, August 11, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield. Service will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield with Pastor Paul Neumann officiating. Internment will be at Lone Oak Cemetery out of Blooming Grove, Texas. Pallbearers will be James Grotts, Ron Clemmons, Mike Mosteit, Vant Williams, Gregory Williams, Phillip Williams

Wendell Oliver Lee
Sep 22, 1964 - Aug 2, 2014
 
Wendell Oliver Lee, 49, of Frost passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Frost Baptist Church. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at Frost Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:
Wendell Lee, 49 of Frost, passed away August 2, 2014 in Frost. He was born September 22, 1964 in Elm Mott.  He is preceded in death by sister Maida Bryson; sister in law Cathey Cummings.

He survived by wife Ruth Lee of Frost; children, Rene Giabbai of Frost, Kacey Hawkins of Dallas; brothers, Paul Holloway of Kerens, Rickie Holloway of Kerens; parents, Mooney and Sug Holloway of Kerens; sister-in-law, Christie Weckar of Grandbury; father-in-law, Milburn Ralph Rogers and wife Colleen of Russellville, Arkansas; nieces Shannon and Nicole; grandchildren, Sean, Layce, Skilarr, Kamree, Joshua, Ashley, and Courtney; mother-in-law, Irene Chronister of Frost. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 11 am - 2 pm Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Frost Baptist Church. Funeral service will be 2 pm Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Frost Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Shirley and Rev. Jason Wilder officiating. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sean Rogers Giabbia, Darran Hanson, Scott Montgomery, Wallace Wilbanks, Ronald Brown, Matt Stroder, Clay Reynolds, Wilson Tatum, Leon Crawford, Skilarr Rogers Giabbia.

Notes:

  • h/o Ruth (Rogers) Lee; s/o Mooney & Sug Holloway
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Edward Lee “Ed” Barnes
Aug 20, 1876 - Apr 25, 1957

Friday Services For E. L. Barnes

Funeral services for Edward Lee Barnes, 80, retired matchmaker and gunsmith, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. M. Howard Knox, pastor of Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Frank Chapman, Jr., pastor of the Bazette Baptist church. Burial was in the Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Barnes had resided in Corsicana 60 years. He died at the family home, 715 South Fifteenth street, Thursday morning following an extended illness.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Stevenson and Mrs. Willard Sullivan, both of Kerens; three sons, E. B., R. L., and E. Lyman Barnes, all of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Rufus Pevehouse, N. O. Gries, Frank Chapman, Sr.; Burney Bobkoff, Walter Hayes, T. D. Clark, Allen Callaway, Jr. and Jess McGarity.

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James Aubrey Phillips
Sep 25, 1940 - Sep 23, 1975

James Phillips

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James Phillips, 34, resident of Houston, who died Wednesday in Houston.

Rev. Mickey Loftis will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a native of Corsicana and resident of Houston 12 years. Survivors include his widow of Houston, his mother, Mrs. Thelma Holloway of Corsicana; a brother, J. D. Chaney of Cumby; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Hoffman of Dallas, Mrs. Juanita Haynes of Brazoria, Texas., and Mrs. Billie Fay Dowd of Dallas.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Sep 25, 1975
  • Obit says Dresden Cemetery but he is on the list at Dawson Cemetery and Death Certificate says Dawson Cemetery
  • Military 9/57 - 8/58; s/o James C. “Jim” Phillips & Thelma (Widener) Chaney-Phillips-Holloway
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Marion Johnson Widener
Oct 11, 1858 - May 9, 1940

M. J. WIDENER DIED AT HOME HERE; TO BE BURIED AT DAWSON

M. J. Widener, aged 81 years died Thursday morning on East Second avenue. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Dawson Cemetery where interment will be made. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Tom Allmon, Baptist minister.

Mr. Widener had resided in Navarro county for many years.

Surviving are four sons, Ben, John and Johnson Widener all of Corsicana, and Jeff Widener, of Blooming Grove; four daughters, Mrs. Willie Farris, Mrs. Laura Crawford and Mrs. Jim Phillips, all of Corsicana and Mrs. Mert Whitener Malakoff, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Hershel Crawford, Ross Crawford, Homer Widener, L. J. Reeves, John Olson and Roy Dycus, all grandsons.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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William Bryant Gordon Bankston
Oct 18, 1900 - Feb 9, 1970

Bankston Rites Slated Tuesday

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel for W. B. Gordon Bankston, 69, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

A resident of Dawson, he was a retired barber and was a member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

The Rev. Bill Klinglesmith will officiate for the service, and interment will be in the Dawson Cemetery. Nephews will be pallbearers.

Survivors include the wife, Mrs. W. B. Bankston of Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. C. O. Flynn of Corsicana; three sons, Edward W. French of Lubbock, Herchel F. French of Grand Prairie and John W. French of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Edward Bankston of Waco, Buford Bankston of Austin and Jessie Bankston of Fort Worth; and three sisters, Mrs. For a Matthews, Mrs. Ora Matthews and Mrs. Henry Everett, all of Dawson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 9, 1970
  • h/o Alice Arlene (Selby) French-Bankston buried in Brushie Prairie cemetery; s/o Henry Bankston & Nita (Young) Bankston
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Bankston Rites

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday for W. B. Gordon Bankston, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Bill Klinglesmith officiated, and interment was in the Dawson Cemetery. Nephews were pallbearers.

A retired barber, he was a resident of Dawson and a member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. W. B. Bankston of Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. C. L. (Margie) Flynn of Corsicana; three sons, John W. French of Fort Worth, Edward W. French of Lubbock and Herschel F. French of Grand Prairie; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Edward Bankston of Waco, Buford Bankston of Austin, and Jessie Bankston of Fort Worth; and three sisters, Mrs. Flora Matthews and Mrs. Ora Matthews of Dawson and Mrs. Henry Everett of Andrews.

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Clara Beatrice (Lucas) Oden
Feb 6, 1898 - Jan 29, 1980

Beatrice Oden (81) was born February 6, 1898 in Navarro County. She was the daughter of the late William James Lucas and Ada Meador Lucas.

Married James Hillard Allmon on May 28, 1912 and had two daughters, Thelma Mae Allmon and Lillian Marie Allmon.

Married William Elsberry Oden May 23, 1921 and became mother to Gladys Ruth Oden.

She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, William Elsberry Oden of Corsicana, three daughters, Gladys Ruth Oden Robinson, Thelma Mae Allmon Hipps of Corsicana, Tx and Lillian Marie Allmon Hickey of Houston, Tx, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren: one sister, Stella Crocker of Downey, Calif, two nieces and two nephews.

Services will be at 2 PM Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. She died Tuesday January 29, 1980 a her home in Corsicana, Texas. The Rev. Calvin Francis will officiate, with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be D.K. Robinson,Sr., D.K. Robinson, Jr., Donald Lynn Hickey, David Blair, Jim Craig, Bill Booker, John Prejean, and Joel Hipps.

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William Elsberry "Els" Oden
Nov 7, 1893 - Jul 30, 1992

W.E. Oden, 98, of Missouri City, Texas died July 30, 1992 in Houston, Texas.

He was born in Chicken Bristle, Navarro County, Texas on November 7, 1893. He married Pearl V. McCulloch and they had two daughters, Gladys Ruth Oden and Iva Lucille Oden.

He married Clara Beatrice Lucas Allmon on May 23, 1921 who passed away on January 29, 1980. Mr. Oden was a former resident of Corsicana and moved to Missouri City in 1990.

He was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice Oden and one daughter, Gladys Robinson.

Survivors include two daughters, Thelma "Honey" Hipps of Missouri City, Texas and Lillian Marie Hickey of Houston, Texas; one sister, Bertha Lunn of Corsicana; two brothers, Doyle Oden and Jim Oden, both of Neches, Texas; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren,

Graveside services will be at 2 PM, Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas. Dr. David Hale officiated. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas

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Jack Larry Leslie, Jr.
May 19, 1934 - Jul 6, 2014

Jack Leslie, 80, of Red Oak, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born May 19, 1934 in Rosoboro, Ark. to Beulah (Gill) and Jack Larry Leslie, Sr. Jack retired from APAC Texas Bituthlic in Dallas after 34 years.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sandra Leslie of Red Oak; two daughters, Terri Low of Sherman and Sue Norton and husband Bobby Brown of Greenville; five grandchildren, Michelle Mynatt-Thompson, Kristie Mynatt, Tiffany Low-Moser, Daniel Low and Geno Norton; and seven great-grandchildren; three step-children, Theresa Jones, Charlie Taylor and wife Teri and Jerome Green; five step-grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Beulah Leslie and one sister, Daphine.

A visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Blooming Grove with Mr. Bill Rasco officiating. Interment will follow at the Lone Oak Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home 511 West Main St. in Waxahachie, 972-937-2211.


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  • Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home
  • 1st wife Jacqueline (unk) Leslie married Sep. 29, 1961 2nd wife Ruby (unk) Leslie married Oct. 10, 1971 3rd wife Sandra Lynn (Rasco) Taylor-Green-Rasco married Nov. 4, 1982 s/o Jack Larry Leslie, Sr. and Beulah (Gill) Leslie
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Albert Leroy Anderson Sr.
Dec 15, 1899 - Jan 25, 1974

A. L. Anderson

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Monday at the Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost for Albert Leroy Anderson, Sr., 74, lifelong Frost resident. He died Friday in the Grant-Buir Hospital in Hillsboro. The Rev. C. D. Deckard will officiate. Burial will be in the Younger Cemetery near Dawson under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Willie Lee Anderson, Frost; four sons, Albert Leroy Anderson, Jr., of Fort Worth, and Louis, Aubry and William Anderson, all of Dallas; seven daughters, Mrs. Willie Mae Jones, Houston; Mrs. Mary Ella Davis, Corsicana; Mrs. Rosetta Larremore, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Pinkie Johnson, Odessa; Mrs. Mamye Johnson, Mrs. Ruby Williams and Mrs. Juanita Carter, all of Dallas; 39 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Roberta Washington, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mrs. Catherine Bee, San Francisco, Calif.; and nine brothers, Elbert Anderson, Corsicana; David Anderson, Detroit, Mich.; Curtis Anderson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Joe, James and Thomas Anderson, all of Houston; Charlie, Millard and Sammy Anderson, all of Oklahoma City.

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Zelma (Melton) Smith
Nov 16, 1909 - Dec 15, 1974

Mrs. Smith

DAWSON—Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the St. James A.M.E. Church in Dawson for Mrs. Zelma Smith, 66, resident of Purdon, who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Charles Richardson will officiate, and burial will be at Younger Cemetery in Purdon. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Smith, Sr. of Purdon; a son, Sam Smith Jr. of Sacramento, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Lela Poole of Alto, Mrs. Georgia Cox of Tuscon, Ariz., and Mrs. Ruthie Clay of Riverside, Calif.; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Roberta Coit of Dawson; and a brother, Jack Tilly of Tyler.

Pallbearers will be grandsons including Willie Gene Poole, Leroy Poole, Don Poole, Clarence Poole, Roger Smith, and Billy Jo Jessie.

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Sam Sneed
Oct 10, 1894 - Sep 23, 1975

Sam Sneed

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Calhoun Funeral Home Chapel for Sam Sneed, 81, resident of Mertens, who was pronounced dead on arrival to Memorial Hospital Tuesday.

Rev. O. S. Spears, Grace Temple A.M.E. Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Younger Cemetery near Purdon, Tex.

Survivors include a son, Butch Sneed of Mertens; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Upchurch of Detroit Michigan; and Mrs. Zelma Ray of Chicago, Ill.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Elsie Coit of Corsicana, a step-son, Richard Lee Daniels of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Ella Cooper of Hubbard; and other relatives.

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Nathan Richard Williams
Dec 17, 1883 - Jul 30, 1976

N.R. Williams

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Nathan R. Williams, 92, resident of Corsicana, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

Burial will be at Campbell Cemetery with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating.

He was a native of Mississippi and had lived in Corsicana 56 years.

Survivors include a brother, Mack Williams of Corsicana; three nieces all of Corsicana, Mrs. May Bryant, Mrs. Elaine Denson, and Mrs. Clara Lucas; and a nephew, Lawrence Baker of Henderson.

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Leo Brown
Apr 13, 1925 - May 13, 1976

Corsicanan fatality in one-car accident

A 51-year-old Corsicana man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle accident about 1 a.m. today, after his pickup truck hit a bridge abutment on west Hwy. 31.

Highway Patrolman Bill Bradley said Leo Brown of Rt. 1, Corsicana, was travelling alone eastbound on W. Hwy 31 about a mile outside the city limits when his truck apparently veered to the left side of the road before slamming into the abutment. Bradley estimated that the accident occurred about 12:45 a.m.

He and Patrolman Bob Turner received a call to the scene at 1:05 a.m. Peace Justice W. H. Tipton pronounced Brown dead at the scene.

Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home with burial in the Campbell Cemetery.

A native of Jester, Texas, Brown had lived in Corsicana 28 years. He was a rancher and a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bobbie Brown of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ronnie Owens of Roane and Mrs. Kimberly Cooper of Corsicana; three brothers, Wayne Brown of Tyler, Percy Brown of Fort Worth, and Cecil Brown of Navarro Mills; by two sisters, Mrs. Gaston Kendrick of Oklahoma and Mrs. Neal Nichols of Lovington, New Mexico; and by a number of nieces and nephews.

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Kimberly Diane Whistler
May 15, 1970 - May 20, 1970

Whistler Child Dies Wednesday

Graveside rites and burial will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park for Kimberly Diane Whistler, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Whistler, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. Mr. J. Leathal Roberts, Church of Christ, minister, will officiate.

She is survived, in addition to her parents, by one brother, Jeffery; one sister, Shelly; her paternal grandfather, A. J. Whistler, all of Corsicana; and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Russell of Lovington, N. M.

Pallbearers will be Alvie Whistler, Bobby Whistler, Jimmy Whistler, Percy Brown and Troy Sikes.

Corley Funeral Home will conduct.

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Elizabeth Jean Richards
B & D 1971

Richards Infant Rites Conducted

Graveside services were conducted for Elizabeth Jean Richards, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Gene Richards, 505 W. 8th Ave., Thursday afternoon at Resthaven Memorial Park. The Rev. J. Roland Spears officiated. Corley Funeral Home conducted.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Kathryn Jo; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Richards and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Collins, all of Corsicana, Mrs. Minnie Richards, Barry; Mrs. Oma Collins, Corsicana, and Mrs. Elizabeth Burkett, Commanche; and a great-grandfather, Ben Collins, Dallas.

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Lawton David McCain
Jan 12, 1919 - Jan 5, 1976

Lawton McCain

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel for Lawton McCain, 56, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Leroy Reaves and Rev. Peyton Goodman will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

A resident of Corsicana and an employe of Whiteselle Brick and Lumber Co. for 30 years, he was also a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Ronnie Haynie and Mrs. Jerry Taylor, Corsicana; three grandsons, Steve and Scott Haynie and Jimmy Taylor, Corsicana; and four brothers, Earl and Pete McCain, Corsicana; Wayne McCain, Eureka; and Roy McCain, Angus.

Pallbearers will be Bill Brietz, Billy Butler, Church Campbell, Dicky Miller, Bill McElwrath and John Slate.

Honorary pallbearers will be employes of Whiteselle’s.

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Lloyd Hudson Kennemore
Sep 29, 1915 - Oct 7, 1977

Lloyd Kennemore

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home chapel for Lloyd H. Kennemore, 62, resident of Purdon, who died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Ronald Nelms will officiate, with burial following at Younger Cemetery.

He was a native of Purdon, a member of the First Baptist Church of Purdon and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include three brothers, D. S. Kennemore of Purdon, N. C. Kennemore of Navarro Mills and A. M. Kennemore of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Lillian L. French of Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are David Kennemore, Allen Kennemore, Albert Wendland Jr., Johnnie Wiggins, Ronnie Wiggins, and Jerry Kennemore.

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Robert Lee “Pat” Williams
Jul 28, 1905 - Jun 10, 1977

Pat Williams

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin Funeral Home chapel for Pat Williams, 71, resident of Corsicana, who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Avis Williams of Corsicana; four sons, Bob Williams of Lufkin, Billy Williams of Marlin, Kenneth Williams of Midland and Don Williams of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Laverne Stewart of San Antonio, Mrs. Christina Watkins, Mrs. Carolyn Nash and Mrs. Delores Ewing, all of Corsicana; 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Idabelle Ivie of Grand Prairie.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Era Lois (Pool) Pryor-Sherrard
Nov 2, 1916 - Mar 27, 2014

Era Lois Pool-Sherrard (Granny) went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 27, 2014.

Granny was a very devout and very long time member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She became a member in 1952 in San Antonio, TX and never once did her faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit falter. Nor did her undying faith in her Church ever falter. Granny was an inspiration to all that came in contact with her and she will be missed, so much, by all that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her dear mother, Eva Pool; son, Thurman D.
Pryor; and grandson, Tony Maurice Pryor.

Granny leaves behind a son, Ed Sherrard and wife Myra; grandson, Chris Sherrard and wife Amanda, and great grandchildren Hunter, Preston, Braedan, and Danielle.

Granny also leaves behind a grandson, Tommy Pryor and wife Cindy; great granddaughters, Toni Donoho, Shellby Donoho and husband Tracey Donoho; great grandsons, T.J. Pryor and wife Traci, and Aaron Pryor and wife Chrystal; great great grandchildren Mayson Pryor, Shandee (Boo) Clay and husband Brody Clay, Payton Wilson, Corbin Donoho, Cody Woodall, Austin Pryor, and Ms. Jesse Pryor; great great great grandchildren Jaxon Pryor, Mallory Pryor, and little Maddox Pryor.

The family of Granny wishes to thank first, God for bringing this wonderful lady into this world and blessing us with her presence. Without her, some of us would never have known our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Something we can never repay her for. The family wishes to thank all the members of The Mormon Church for all the wonderful support and love that they gave our dear beloved. You are all a gift from God. We wish to thank the Tom Herrin family. As always, we have never had to ask you for anything. You have just always been there and offered your support. We wish to thank granny's best friend, Sister Christine Steele. There are no words that can possibly express how much our Granny cherished your friendship. Christine, you are a true friend with unconditional love. We wish to thank everyone at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for taking care of our loved one for the last several years. You all showed compassion and a unique love for the people that were in your care. We will never forget any of you. Finally, we wish to thank the great people of Gentiva Hospice. It takes a special kind of spirit to work with the elderly. The people of Heritage Oaks and Gentiva are those kind of special people. May God lay His loving hands on each and every one of the aforementioned and bless you each day.

Service will be 3 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Zach Herrin and Elder Tom Herrin officiating. Burial will follow at New Pursley Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lillie Jean (Fowler) Chapman
May 7, 1932 - Mar 28, 2014

Mrs. Lillian Jean Chapman, 81, of Corsicana passed away at her residence on Friday, March 28, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Howard Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mrs. Lillie Jean Chapman, age 81, of Corsicana passed away at her residence on March 28, 2014. She was born on May 7, 1932 in Corsicana to Robert Winfred and Frances Lillie Fowler.
She lived her life in Corsicana and spent over fifty years as a loving wife and mother of six children. She loved going to the beaches and camping with her family and friends. She was always there for her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, A.E. "Red" Chapman; and three of her sons, Earl Chapman, Mike Chapman and Tim Chapman.

Mrs. Chapman is survived by her children; Bobby Chapman of Waxahachie, Texas, Delores Anderson of Corsicana, Texas and Diane Rosa of Malakoff, Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Pat Fowler of Corsicana, Texas. She leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (too numerous to count)

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Monday, March 31, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Howard G. Chapman officiating. Pallbearers are Jason Chapman, David Martin, Chris Chapman, John Paul Chapman, Cory Rosa and Joey Miller. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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  • Leaving her name as Lillie instead of Lillian. It states Lillie on her birth records and the records of the birth of her children. The obit from the funeral home has Lillie also. Thanks, Karen
  • w/o Alvin Earl "Red" Chapman; d/o Robert Winfred Fowler & Frances Lillie (Lowe) Fowler

Oscar Lee "Big O" Thompson
Jan 9, 1938 - Dec 5, 2013


Oscar Lee "Big O" Thompson passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
21, 2013, at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastor Ernest Betts as eulogist. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Grover Smith
abt 1935 - Dec 17, 2013

Grover Smith, 78, of Corsicana, passed away tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services are 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Second Mission Baptist Church, Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. will serve as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Erma Jean (Murdock) Price
Sept 13, 1933 - Aug 29, 2014

Erma Jean Murdock Price, 80, of Corsicana and formerly of Palestine, Texas passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. at Country Meadows Nursing Home where she has lived for the past few years.

A memorial Service for Erma will be held at Legacy Bible Church in Corsicana at 212 Oakland Drive with Pastor Michael Massey officiating on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 4 p.m., in order to celebrate her life on the day she would have turned 81.

Erma was born in Slocum, Texas on Sept. 13, 1933 to Odie and Dortha Murdock. Erma earned a degree in nursing and spent 30-plus years caring for the sick. She worked in the trauma center at Memorial Hospital in Palestine for many years, and was a traveling nurse where she would work at different hospitals from time to time. She was a warm and caring lady who loved people and she loved talking to everyone and never met a stranger that she didn’t try and strike up a conversation. Erma loved books, and reading was one of her passions. She loved reading her Bible due to her deep Christian beliefs, and believed there was so much more to life even beyond this one she knew here. She loved her family and loved spending time with each and every one of them every chance she had.

Erma is preceded in death by her parents Odie Murdock and Dortha Murdock, her late husband Willie Reed (Bill) Wright, (the father of her children), her daughter Pattie Jo Wright Anderson, her grandson Ronnie Joe Colborn, her granddaughter Christie Lee Honea Thorne, her step-grandson Christopher Cummings, and so many more who have passed on.

Erma is survived by two daughters, Jeanie Kay Wright Cummings and husband Ronnie Cummings of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Janet Lynn Wright Hudson of Corsicana; grandchildren Danny Wayne Honea and wife Donna Honea of Arkansas, Angel J. Massey and husband Michael Massey of Corsicana, Amber Lee Andrews Baggett of Palestine, Aaron Lynn Andrews and wife Michelle Andrews of Corsicana, Ashley Nicole Trowbridge and husband Zack Trowbridge of Corsicana; as well as 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Erma was a wonderful and very funny lady and will be greatly missed by so many who knew and loved her. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff at Country Meadows for taking care of her and loving her like she was one of their own, and Mercy Hospice for the care and concern for Erma, and the family as well.
 

A POEM FOR MAMA
God looked around his garden
and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth
and saw your tired face, He put his arms
around you and lifted you to rest,
God’s garden must be beautiful because He always
takes the best. He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain, He knew that on earth
you would never get well again; He saw that the road was getting rough,
and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyes
and whispered come my child, for you are mine.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but know you didn’t go alone,
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

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Carl D. Hall
Dec 27, 1931 - Aug 28, 2014

Carl D. Hall, 82, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Elkins, West Virginia.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Long Run, West Virginia, a son of the late Bud Dee and Beulah Gay Shaffer Hall. Carl tried to lead his life based on the example set by Jesus and was a member of the Boothsville United Methodist Church. Carl was a 1950 graduate of East Fairmont High School. Following high school, he worked for over 29 years with the Owens Illinois Glass Company where he was a supervisor in the decorating department. In 1979, he relocated to Corsicana, and worked with the Chattanooga Glass Company. He later retired in 2001 from Chevron in Waxahachie, where he was the shipping supervisor. Carl was a member of Masonic Lodge and became involved with the Navarro County Peace Officers where he was a past president. He returned to Fairmont in 2001 following his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, discussing politics and sports, and enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the West Virginia Mountaineers. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Lou McDonald Hall, who passed away in 2010.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Hall in 1985; his three brothers, Edwin Hall, Dale Hall, and Carter Hall; and two sisters, Dora Voights and Mary Jo Trader.

Survivors include a son, John M. Hall and his wife Gwen of Wichita, Kansas; his daughter, Vicki Stout of Fairmont; two grandchildren, Heather Broadnax and her fiancé Randall Ball of Washington, Pennsylvania, and K.C. Hall and his fiancé Sable Weese of Fairmont; two step-grandchildren, Robert LaGreca and his wife Ang of Toledo, Ohio, and Nicholas LaGreca of Hutchinson, Kansas; three great grandchildren, Maceo Green, Jason Green and Kira Hartley; five step great-grandchildren, Wyatt LaGreca, Cody LaGreca, Eliana LaGreca, Logan LaGreca and Josh LaGreca; and a step great-great grandchild, Linken LaGreca.

He is also survived by his brother Carter’s wife, Carol Hall Dalrymple; his wife’s three sisters, Sue Atha and her husband Don of White Hall, Margie Spatafore and her husband Mike of Avon Lake, Ohio, and Nancy Byard of Fairmont; and his former exchange student from Brazil, Rafael Garcia. The family requests memorial donations be made in Carl’s memory to the Boothsville United Methodist Church, 379 Dean Drive, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, West Virginia.

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George Wright
Oct 25, 1887 - Jul 23, 1988

George Wright, 90, of 1010 N. Taylor died last Saturday.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Fort Ward Baptist Church in Ennis with the Rev. James McNeil officiating. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery at Rice by Jones Funeral Home of Ennis. Local arrangements are by Warford-Walker Mortuary.

Mr. Wright moved to Amarillo seven months ago from Ennis. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include a foster daughter, James Ella Luke; two step-daughters, Wessie Bradley of Corsicana and Lee Ann McBride of Fort Worth; a stepson, Zera Bradley of Fort Worth; and 10 grandchildren.

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  • Published in Amarillo Daily News, July 30, 1988
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lellene Parthenia (Griffin) Tatum
Jan 27, 1901 - Jan 23, 1991

Lellene Tatum, 89, of Corsicana, died Jan. 23, 1991, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include one son, A.J. Tatum of Lorton, Va.; one grandson; one great-nephew, Bill Roughton of Corsicana; and one great-niece, Margaret Evans of Garland.

Pallbearers are Marshall Weems, Chuck Weems, Rusty Pevehouse, Randy Porter, Billy Roughton and Brad Roughton.

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William Bryant "Bill" Austin, Jr.
Feb 3, 1943 - Jan 23, 1991

William B. Austin Jr., 47, of Houston, died Jan. 23, 1991, in Houston.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 3, 1943, in Jacksonville. He was in the insurance business, a member of Oak Cliff First Baptist Church, and had served in the army.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie Austin of Houston; one son, William B. Austin III, of Houston; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Austin of DeSoto; four brothers, Clinton Austin of Arlington, Dudley Austin of Duncanville, Wayne Austin of Cedar Hill and Gerald Austin of Garland; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Reuben Ray Bunch
Nov 3, 1912 - Jan 29, 1991

Reuben R. Bunch, 78, of Ennis, died Jan 29, 1991, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Funeral Home in Ennis, with the Rev. Richard T. Moody officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1932. He owned and operated Bunch Funeral Home in Ennis from 1945 to 1979. He retired Jan. 1, 1979

He married Lota Ferguson Aug. 3, 1937. He was in the U.S. Navy in World War II and a member of the American Legion No. 36 in Ennis.

He is survived by his wife, Lota Bunch of Ennis; one sister and brother-in-aw, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Winstead of Dallas; one nephew, Bob Winstead of Washington, D.C.; and two great-nephews, Patrick and Matthew Winstead, both of Washington, D.C.

Pallbearers will be Jack Sparkman, Randall Willis, Henry Valek, Alvin Kubin, Jodie Nekuza and Jerry McCarty.

Honorary pallbearers will be W.H. Tipton, Jerry Kadlubar, John J. Slovak and Stanley Liska.

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Louise (Edens) Cunningham
Dec 24, 1906 - Feb 1, 1991

Louise Edens Cunningham, 84, of Corsicana, died Feb. 1, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 24, 1906, in Corsicana. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Billy and Amy Cunningham of Corsicana; two great-granddaughters, Kristen Marie Cunningham and Amanda Burke Cunningham, both of Corsicana; one great-grandson, William E. Cunningham III, of Corsicana; and one daughter-in-law, Pattie Cunningham Conger of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be George F. Baum Jr., Dr. C. David Campbell, David Brown, Hoyt Moore, Abe Stroud and B. Lynn Sanders Jr.

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Helen Ruth Hamilton
July 17, 1938 - Dec 15, 1990

Helen Ruth Hamilton, 52, of Corsicana, died Dec. 15, 1990, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev.
C.M. Young officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She was born July 17, 1938, in Dallas. She was a nurse's aid [sic] and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors included her husband, Roosevelt Hamilton Sr., of Corsicana; one daughter, Talana Ingram of Dallas; two sons, Steven Mason of Stockton, Calif., and Johnny Ray Mason of Waxahachie; six grandchildren; her mother, Emma Baker of Corsicana; one brother, Louis Radford Jr., of Corsicana; one sister, Annie Curry of Killeen; and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Examiner - Jan 7-31, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ella Mae Bradford
June 21, 1909 - Dec 28, 1990

Ella Mae Bradford, 81, of Corsicana, died Dec. 28, 1990, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Wake service will be 7 to 8 pm. Thursday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

She was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Cera Toliver, Pearlethia Toliver and Toy Turner, all of Corsicana; three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Vera Watson of Corsicana; and one daughter-in-law, Pearl Toliver of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers will be Darren Dugan, Kevin Jordan, Anglo Smith and Ernest Smith.

Notes:

  • The Examiner - Jan 7-31, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Verdean (Baston) Henry
abt 1944 - Jan 16, 1991

Mrs. Verdean Baston Henry, 47, of Fort Worth, died Jan. 16, 1991, in Arlington.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Scott Funeral Home with the Rev. B. F. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

She was a member of New Solomon Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Survivors include two daughters, Eva Michelle Cox and Tammy D. Cox; three sons, Patrick O. Henry, Ossie Henry Jr., and Eric Henry; her stepfather, Eleson Owens Sr.; six grandchildren; seven sisters, Opal Collins, Bobbie Jean Lusk, Verna Thompson, Ollie B. Edmerson, Pearline Coffeld, Clara Jackson and Savara Washington; six brothers, Abraham Baston, Tommy Baston, Sammie Baston, Eleson Owens Jr., Maceo Baston and Augustine Baston; two uncles and one aunt.

Brothers will serve as pallbearers.

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Lula Bell (Thomas) Haney
May 23, 1923 - Jan 15, 1991

Lula Bell Haney, 67, of Rice, died Jan. 15, 1991, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.

Wake service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, H.D. Haney of Rice; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and W.C. King of Corsicana; two grandchildren; her mother, Fannie Thomas of Rice; three brothers, Dewey Thomas Jr., of Corsicana, John Henry Thomas of Italy, and Robert L. Thomas of Rice; and five sisters, Freda Pickard of Omaha, Neb., Bonnie Faye Thomas of Los Angeles, Ethel Faye Hawkins of Rice, Beatrice Felder of Corsicana, and Leola Hawkins of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Lynn Thomas, John Thomas Jr., David Earl Thomas, James Earl Hawkins, Alton Felder and Larry Thomas.

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Helen D. Gowans
abt 1919 - Jan 19, 1991

Helen D. Gowans, 71, of Corsicana, died Jan. 19, 1991 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Wake service is 6 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services are
1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Kennedy Young officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Bonnie O'Henry of Corsicana; one daughter, Tracy Jackson of Corsicana; one sister, Dica Gowans of Corsicana; one grandson; and other relatives.

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