Beulah Faye (Copley) Slater
Jan 2, 1918 - Nov 5, 2015
Faye (Copley) Slater, 97, of Navarro Mills, passed away
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 in Corsicana. Funeral services will
be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
8, 2015 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky
Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at a later date
in Dawson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 7, 2015 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Wade
Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Beulah Faye (Copley) Slater, 97, of Navarro Mills, passed
away Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Corsicana. Funeral services
will be 2:00 pm Sunday, November 8 at Wade Funeral Chapel in
Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will
follow at a later date in Dawson Cemetery. The family will
receive friends from 5-7 pm Saturday, November 7 at the funeral
Mrs. Slater was born January 2, 1918 to George Wesley and
Minnie Pearl (Sullivan) Copley in the Munger community between
Hubbard and Coolidge. She lived all of her life in the
Munger, Hubbard, Spring Hill and Navarro Mills area and worked
briefly at Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana. On December 28, 1935
she married Elvin Love Slater. Mrs. Slater enjoyed working
outside and cooking and baking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and by
Survivors include two sons, Don Slater and wife, Mary Ann of
Navarro Mills and Ronnie Slater and wife, Mary Evelyn of Navarro
Mills; three grandchildren, Steven Slater and wife, Prissy of
Navarro Mills, Michael Slater of Navarro Mills and Kim Renfro
and husband, Bud of Navarro Mills; four great-grandchildren,
Jordan Renfro, Nick Renfro, Josh Slater and Mandy Slater and
numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family member and
The family requests that memorials be made to Navarro Mills
Baptist Church, 1095 FM 667, Purdon, Texas 76679.
- Submitted by
- w/o Elvin Love Slater; d/o George Wesley Copley & Minnie
Aug 17, 1945 - Nov 5, 2015
Jodelle Marrs, 70, of Red Oak passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
in Waxahachie. She was born Aug. 17, 1945 in the community of
Union High, Navarro County to James Cuie Marrs and Nola Irene
Freeze Marrs. She attended Landmark Baptist Church in Red Oak.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Alva
She is survived by her siblings, Lavaene Ogden of Red Oak,
Geraldine Watson of Corsicana, DeWaylen “Dutch” Marrs of
Corsicana and Theda Marrs of Red Oak. She is also survived by
numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be held following visitation at 2 p.m. in the
chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Chad E.
Spence officiating. Interment will be at
Board Tree Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Ogden, James Marrs, Joel Marrs, Brady
Kylan Watson, Christopher Moorehead, Jeffrey Brown and Brady H.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Navarro
1000 W. 2nd Ave. Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Albert Edward "Eddie"
June 9, 1972 - Feb 25, 2016
Edward Langston, "Eddie" regretfully and unexpectedly
departed from this earth on Feb. 25, 2016. Eddie, an Army
veteran, was born on June 9, 1972 in Dallas to Albert Ellis
and Dorothy Langston.
Eddie enjoyed listening to music, fishing and thoroughly
enjoyed shooting guns. However, his greatest joy was
spending time with his wife, family and friends. Eddie was
the protector of those that he loved and also their biggest
Eddie was known by all for his hard work, eccentric wit, and
warped sense of humor. Eddie will be missed by all that knew
and loved him.
Eddie was preceded in death by his father Albert Ellis
Langston who passed away in 2013.
Eddie is survived by his wife of six years, Aaron York
Langston of Corsicana; his son, Allan Langston of Mount
Vernon, Georgia; his mother, Dorothy Langston of Mansfield;
his sister, Cheryl Arnett and spouse Darrell of Norman,
Oklahoma; his brother, Kenneth Langston and spouse Jessie of
Mansfield; nieces Heather Arnett and Lilith Langston;
nephews Dustin Arnett and Jeremy Langston, and many more
loving relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday March 8,
2016 at Jeter and Son Funeral Home in Cedar Hill,332 Cedar
St., Cedar Hill, TX 75104, 972-291-4500.
Interment to follow at 2:30 p.m. at the D/FW National
Cemetery. There will be a come and go receiving of family
and friends after the service at the home of Aaron Langston.
Memorials may be made to the ASPCA (American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or the Salvation Army.
Helen M. (Lafayette) Fowler
Apr 26, 1925 - Mar 3, 2016
Helen M. Fowler, 90, of Hillsboro was born on April 26, 1925 and
passed away Thursday, March 03, 2016 at Town Hall Estates of
She is preceded in death by her husband Ray Fowler and son Jack
She is survived by daughters; Becky Jones and husband Bill, Vickie
Henry and husband Jim, daughter in law Polly Fowler and a host of
grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at
Resthaven Memorial Park,
5400 Hwy 31, Corsicana with Bro. Darrel Beggs officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Mission Hillsboro
Medical Clinic, P.O. 971, Hillsboro, Tx. 76645.
Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana
Richard Clayton Williams
Oct 7, 1959 - Feb 18, 2016
Clayton Williams, beloved husband, father and grandfather,
passed away at the age of 56.
He passed peacefully in his sleep after a very short but
sudden illness on Feb. 18, 2016 while at Methodist Hospital
Richard was a volunteer firefighter since 1987 and was
currently serving as chief of the Mildred Volunteer Fire
Department. He was also a member of the Corsicana Emergency
Corp since 2009. Richard has worked at Trinity ESC in
Streetman for eight years, and in his spare time he loved
riding with his brothers, sisters and friends of East Texas
Bikers and We Ride to raise money for various worthy causes.
Richard is preceded in death by a daughter, Cecilla Nicole
Williams, his mother Barbara Ann Williams of Duncanville,
and father Richard Oliver Williams of Palm Coast Florida.
Richard is survived by his wife and soul mate of 28 years
Sharon Williams, sons Chirstoper Wayne McGuire and wife
Bobbi, Patrick Glenn McGuire and partner Corie McKinley, and
Clayton Earl (Chip) Williams and partner Ariel Spears all of
the Corsicana area. Grand kids Abby McGuire, Harlan McGuire,
Emma McGuire, Marrissa McGuire, Skyler McKinley and Jayden
McGuire. Brothers Thomas (Buddy) Williams and wife Toni of
Georgetown and Andy Williams and wife Naomi of Caddo Mills
and may numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday Feb. 22, 2016
and will be held again on Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016 from 6 to 8
Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home officiated by Richard's
Uncle, Toby Williams of Nashville, Tennessee.
Burial will follow at
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Teele Ray "Gramma Jack" (Paddy) Jackson
Oct 22, 1915 - Feb 5, 2016
Mrs. Teele Ray Jackson went to meet her maker on Feb. 5,
2016. She was 100 years old on Oct. 22, 2016. She said she
wanted to live to be 100 and was ready to meet her maker,
and that she did.
On Oct. 22, 1915 she was born to Edward Sam Paddy and Rosie
Lee Goins Paddy. Teele Ray was the last surviving member of
her 11 siblings.
She moved from Athens to Corsicana in 1970. She operated a
day care from her home and she baby sat for many doctor and
lawyer families. The kids called her Gramma Jack.
She traveled all over the U.S. and made her yearly visits to
South Carolina to visit her daughters, family and
She made quilts by hand, crafts and clothes for all her
children. She lived in her own apartment taking care of
everything until age 97. She then moved to Heritage Oaks
West until her death.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Underwood) Perham
and husband Ray and Merlene (Underwood) Wallace and husband
Billy; grandchildren, Beverly Graham, Karen Perham, Cheryl
Wallace, Keith Perham (Susan); great grandchildren, Kaitlyn
and Ashley Perham, Anna Perham (James Oates), Luke Edward
Perham (namesake of Edward Jackson), Jackson Keith Perham
(namesake of Gramma Jack).
She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; son,
PFC Edward M. Jackson age 18 in Vietnam; Glen Graham a
son-in-law; daughter, Raynell Graham and grandson Kevin A.
Condolences to Deacon Ray and Nancy Perham at OLR Catholic
Church 3710 Augusta Rd. Greenville, South Carolina 29605.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 1
p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.
Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Diane (Coats) Lang
abt 1932 - Feb 8, 2016
Diane Coats Lang, 83 of Kerens, passed away Monday, Feb. 8,
2016 at her residence.
Memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11,
2016 at the Kerens Presbyterian Church with Rev. Darla
Blatnik officiating. Her ashes will be interned in the
Kerens Cemetery at a later date.
She is preceded in death by her husband Walter Lang and two
daughters, Donna and Pam Lang.
Mrs. Lang taught school in the Kerens ISD for many years.
She is survived by her grandson and wife, Walter Sr. and
Deann Lang of Kerens.
Ruby Jo (Lewis) Bennett
June 30, 1918 - Feb 7, 2016
Mrs. Ruby Jo Lewis Bennett, 97, of Dallas passed away on
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Golden Acres Nursing Home in
Dallas, Texas. She was born on June 30, 1918 in Corsicana to
Turner Eldridge and Virginia Lewis.
Following her retirement, she enriched the lives of her
family and helped raise her grandchildren as well as all of
her great grandchildren. She enjoyed making quilts and
working in her yard up until she was 95 years old. This
precious lady often did without to make sure her family was
cared for. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and beloved
grandmother. Although she is no longer with us in body, she
leaves an indelible mark upon each of our hearts and for
that we are most thankful.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. Bennett; son,
Larry Bennett; parents; sisters, Eloise Hagler and Robbie
Price; and a brother, T.E. Lewis,
She is survived by her son, Bill D. Bennett and wife Pat of
Mesquite; granddaughter, Connie Hale and husband Scott of
Mesquite; grandsons, Kyle Bennett and wife Melissa of
Sunnyvale and Brett Bennett of Commerce; great
granddaughters, Darrianne Hale and Hallehannah Hale of
Mesquite and Kaydee Bennett of Sunnyvale; great grandsons,
Bennett Hale of Mesquite, Beau Bennett of Greenville, and
Andrew and Daniel Bennett of Sunnyvale; brother, Clovis
Lewis and wife Jo of Pasadena; sisters, Elizabeth Ann
Johnson of Houston, Patty Jean Newton of Arizona, Nellie Sue
Keen of Houston, Peggy Joyce Brown of Pasadena, Ginia Wray
and husband Joe Paul of Houston and Johnnye Kay Tarabocchia
and husband Bruno of Maryland; numerous nieces, nephews, and
Visitation with the family will be held from 11 a.m. to Noon
at the Resthaven Mausoleum Chapel. Graveside services will
follow with Dr. Charles Wilson officiating.
Dec 9, 1946 - Feb 14, 2014
Larry Bunyan Bennett, 67, of Commerce, Texas, died Friday,
February 14, 2014 in Hunt Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday at Coker-Mathews Funeral
Home Chapel, Greenville with Rev. Dyrle Phillips officiating.
Graveside services will be 3:00 PM, Tuesday at
Resthaven Memorial Park
in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday
at the funeral home.
Born in Corsicana, Texas on December 9, 1946, Larry was the son of
W. D. Bennett and Ruby Jo Lewis Bennett. He was a carpenter and a
He is survived by his son, Brett Bennett of Commerce.
Pallbearers will be Brian Rains, Alvin Starr, jimmy King, Herbert
Matlock, Rocky Valley and Jim Dedman.
Bernice Marie Turner
abt 1933 - Feb 3, 2016
Bernice Marie Turner, 82, of Corsicana passed Wednesday, Feb. 3,
2016 at her residence. Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 13, 2016 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church located at 2105
East Jones Avenue with Pastor Alfred Cox, Jr., officiating.
Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Hiram Dale Perkins
May 26, 1938 - Jan 31, 2016
Hiram Dale Perkins went to be with the Lord January 31,
2016. He was born May 26, 1938 in Athens to Hiram Perkins
and Frances Lewis Perkins.
He was known to most as Dale, Dad or Papaw.
He began elementary school in Corsicana until his family
moved to Arp in Smith County only to return to Corsicana in
1979 as manager of Purvis Bearing Service. He retired as a
salesman from Purvis in 2005.
He attended Kilgore College and North Texas State College.
He joined the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Fort Ord,
California for active duty and returned to Texas as a member
of the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a member of Northside Baptist Church where he had
been a deacon.
His favorite pastime was bird hunting and working his dogs.
He is survived by wife, Edna; daughter Melissa and husband
Greg Brown of Ennis; son Clint Perkins of Corsicana; son
Jeremy Perkins of Scurry; daughter Kari and husband Derek
Robinson of Rice; grandchildren, Caroline, Audrey, and Ben
Brown of Ennis; Mekelanie Martin of Beaumont; Alyssa Martin
and BrynLeigh Perkins of Corsicana; Mahkayla Jacques and
Isabella Perkins of Scurry; and Katelyn and Seth Robinson of
Rice; sister Dana and husband Mike Gregory of Lindale and
several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 1 pm Saturday, February 13, 2016
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brian Upchurch
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National
Stroke Association 9707 E. Easter Lane Suite B, Centennial,
Colorado 80112; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1-800-787-6537.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Maria De La Luz Davila
May 25, 1935 - Feb 3, 2016
De La Luz Davila, 80, of Kerens passed away on Feb. 3, 2016
in Dallas. She was born on May 25, 1935 in General Trevino,
Mexico to Reyes Benavidez and Maria Magdalena Saenz.
Maria our "Ama" loved watching her Novelas or watching
television in general, as long as it was in Spanish. She
enjoyed her "pan dulce" with "cafecito" in the mornings, and
she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and
devoted to her husband our "Apa".
She lived for peace and harmony within the family and was
always eager to hear the word of God. Infants and toddlers
made her the happiest, above all she was a very happy soul.
She was known for her sayings such as "peor es nada dijo el
calvo", "Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres", "Santo
Cristo rendentor, and no te buigas porque es peor."
Maria is survived by her husband Amado Davila; her children,
Maria De la Luz, Amado Jr Guadalupe, Javier, Eduardo,
Margarita, Roberto, Alberto, Gilberto and Arnulfo; forty
four grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Jesus
Davila, granddaughter Maribel Villagomez and several
Visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at
2 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating the
service will be Armandina Davila. Burial will follow at
Javier Davila, Roberto Davila, Golberto Davila, Eduardo
Davila, Alberto Davila and Gerado Benavidez will serve as
Charles Linden Rose
Nov 30, 1933 - Jan 15, 2015
Charles Lyndon Rose, Sr. age 81 of Mesquite went to be with
his Lord Thursday, January 15, 2015. He was born November
30, 1933 in Corsicana, Texas to Herbert & Artie Rose.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley
Carey, brother James Rose and great grandson Spencer Darden.
He is survived by his loving wife Marie Rose; four children
Steven Newman & wife Suzanne, Brenda Newsome & husband
Elbert, Patricia Howard & husband John and Charles Rose, Jr.
& wife Kasey; eight grandchildren Malynda Darden, Erin
Roberts, Jennifer Newsome, Ashley Moore, Steven Newman, John
Howard, Jr., Morgan Rose and Whitney Howard; five great
grandchildren; brother Ralph Rose; two sisters Vera Clarkson
and Retha; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Submitted by
Edward Lynn Williams
- s/o Herbert Lee Rose & Artie Ethel (Cox) Rose; grandson
of Walter Lee Rose & Ida Bell (McAfee) Rose
Apr 8, 1947 - Oct 26, 2015
Judy Starkey Newland, 68, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. She was
born April 8, 1947 in Anderson County to Jeffie and Ruby Starkey.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Newland in 1992;
parents, J.R. and Ruby Starkey; grandson, Drew Reynolds;
great-grandson, Hagen Thetford; great-granddaughter, Saylor Newland
and brothers, Albert Starkey and Donald Starkey.
She is survived by three children, Tina Reynolds and husband Wade of
Frost, Joe Newland and wife Stacy of Corsicana and Jeffery Newland
of Corsicana; step-children, Sidney Newland and wife Mary Lou of
Corsicana, Jerry Newland and wife Lisa of Corsicana, Robert Newland
and wife Kathy of Corsicana, Martha Trees and husband Richard of Red
Oak and Dwayne Newland of Corsicana; one sister, Sandra Kohler of
Palestine and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 from 6 to
8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
May 14, 1931 - Oct 30, 2015
Gloria Davitt Shaw, wife of Norman E. Shaw. was born in Nashville,
May 14, 1931, to Evelina Kenner and Charles Davitt Jr.
A graduate of Ward Belmont Preparatory School and College. A past
member of the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, the Nashville
Girls Cotillion Club, the Junior League of Nashville, the Ladies
Heritage Association, the James K. Polk Memorial Association,
Hillmeade Garden Club, the Book Club and the Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee.
She moved to Corsicana in 1968 with her husband Norman Shaw, where
he became Executive Vice President of the Collin Street Bakery. She
was a member and past president of Quintilian Literary Club and a
member of First United Methodist Church. She served in the Pink
Ladies Auxiliary, Food for Fitness and Meals on Wheels Program. She
was on the board of Family Services, the House of Refuge and was
active in Community Bible Study.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelina and Charles Davitt;
her brother, Charles Kenner Davitt; and her daughter, Evelina Kenner
She is survived by her husband, Norman E. Shaw of Corsicana; and one
daughter, Elizabeth Shaw Melton; two grandchildren, Craig Sterling
Hodges of San Marcos and Alexander Melton of Corsicana;
sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles Kenner Davitt; and niece, Margaret Ann
Davitt of Nashville.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at First
Presbyterian Church, Stanford Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Endowment Fund of
First Methodist Church, Corsicana, First Presbyterian Church,
Nashville or the Charity of your Choice.
Arrangements by Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, 201 25th Ave.
N, Nashville, TN 37203.
Clarence Amos Willhite
Apr 27, 1920 - Nov 2, 2015
Clarence Amos Willhite, 95, born April 27, 1920 in Pontiac,
Michigan, went home Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. He was born in Michigan,
and made his way to Alaska as quickly as possible through service in
the Army/Air Force in the 1940's. Clarence stayed and worked Civil
Service at missile sites and water treatment plant for 27 years. He
retired, and earned a real estate license working at Dynamic Realty,
then brokered for Busy Bee Realty; then drove a school bus for the
Anchorage School District. He loved kids. When he aged out, he drove
a bus for the tourist industry. A hard-working man, he married
Patricia L. Steward and together, raised three children, Vicki,
Bonnie and Scott. He attended every school concert, recital, tea
party, style show and ROTC function. He served as chaperone on West
High band trips to Fairbanks and band boosters for West and Dimond
He was an avid hunter, providing Caribou and Moose meat for his
As he aged, he spent summers in Alaska, parking his RV at the Senior
Center and worked part-time as a grounds keeper. Winters, he
traveled cross country visiting family and friends. As health and
memory escaped him, an assisted living center near his daughter in
Texas was his residence, but his sourdough heart never left the
northern territory he helped build into the 49th state. Staff and
residents are familiar with his many stories and affectionately
called him “Mr. Alaska.”
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys; second wife,
Patricia Lee Steward Willhite Goodnight; third wife, Doris June
Willhite; brothers, Chester, James and Kenneth Willhite;
great-granddaughter, Morgan Davis and numerous friends and in-laws.
He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Kaye Willhite Sims and husband
Joe; daughter, Bonnie Lee Willhite Shugart and husband Merle; son,
Scott L. Willhite and wife Allison; grandchildren, Aaron M. Sims,
Kristi Sims Chandler and husband Joe, Amanda Shugart, Andrew Shugart
and wife Heather, Scott Shugart and wife Cindy, and Kyle McAfee (Willhite);
great-grandchildren Cassidy, Elizabeth and Emma Shugart, Reagan
Shugart and Alexandra Chandler.
In lieu of a memorial or flowers, he would desire donations to the
Youth and Children's programs at Northside Baptist Church at 2800 N.
Beaton Corsicana, Texas sending kids to camp that cannot otherwise
afford to go.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
May 24, 1954 - Nov 3, 2015
Curtis Lee Keeton, 61, of Corsicana passed away at his residence
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Memorial services are 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
2015 at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church located at 125 South 5th
Street with Pastor Allen Edwards officiating. Arrangements by Ross
and Johnson Mortuary.
Edwena "Eddie" (Griggs) Barnes
Nov 5, 1929 - Dec 25, 2015
Edwena "Eddie" Griggs Barnes, former resident of Corsicana and
former member of Central Methodist Church, passed away December 25,
2015 in Huntsville, Texas.
Graveside Memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March
2016 in the Long
Prairie Cemetery with Rev. David Montoya officiating.
Local arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home.
d. August 1909
Buried Here Today.
The remains of the late Bert Lunn, who died in Wichita Falls,
Saturday, were buried here today., the funeral taking place from the
The friends of the relatives living here deeply sympathize with them
in their bereavement.
1901 - Apr. 26, 1917
Alfred Brown, 16-year-old son of W. D. Brown, died at the family
home near Winkler yesterday of pneumonia, and the remains were
interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.
1916 - Mar. 1, 1917
Infant Died at Streetman.
The fourteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Dyer of Streetman
died there last night and the remains were interred this afternoon.
Died Oct 20, 1918
Infant Died at Barry.
An infant child of Lee Watkins died near Barry last night.
1876 - Oct. 11, 1918
Died at Blooming Grove
Lem Mostella, aged about forty years, died near Blooming Grove today
of pneumonia after a short illness.
Died Jan. 29, 1918
Died Near Corbet.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blair of the Corbet community,
died Monday night and the remains were buried in the neighborhood
1863 - Dec 13. 1919
Remains Were Interred This Morning.
The remains of the late James McElroy reached here from Rusk
yesterday at 7 p.m. and the funeral took place this morning from the
Sutherland undertaking parlors at 10:30. The deceased was a member
of the barber’s union and of the volunteer fire department and three
members of the volunteer fire department and three members of the
barbers union, Barnett Brewster, Ernest White and L. S. Lee, and
three firemen, George Campbell, Horace Carson and Julian Carter
acted as pall bearers. The last sad rites were conducted by Rev. L.
C. Howell and there were a number of beautiful floral offerings.
Jun 15, 1843 - Oct 6, 1915
BURIED IN CASGROVE.
Body Brought Here From Beaumont Yesterday.
The remains of the late Polk Weaver, who died at Beaumont Tuesday as
the result of a pistol shot received there the day before, were
brought here yesterday morning on the 5:30 Houston & Texas Central
and were transferred to the Cotton Belt and taken to Corbet for
interment, and burial took place at the
Casgrove cemetery near there
yesterday evening at 5 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the
home of J. H. Ross, son-in-law of the deceased.
There was a large attendance at the funeral, a number from Corsicana
Catherine (Bryant) Weaver
Oct 13, 1848 - Sep 20, 1936
PIONEER NAVARRO COUNTY WOMAN WAS BURIED ON MONDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Weaver, aged 87 years, widow of
the late Polk Weaver, Confederate veteran, were held at the
Cosgrove cemetery west of Pickett
Monday morning. Mrs. Weaver died in Gatesville Saturday night where
she had made her home the past several years. Mrs. Weaver was born,
Oct. 13, 1846, and came to Navarro county when one year of age. She
was the daughter of Billie and Nancy Bryant, pioneers of Navarro
county. She had been a member of the Baptist church for many years.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tom Allmon, Baptist
minister of Dawson.
Mrs. Weaver and her late husband were married Dec. 25, 1869.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Maggie Ross, Corbet; Mrs. Julia
Kelly and Mrs. Hattie Winfield, both of Gatesville; a son, Eugene
Weaver, South America; 24 grandchildren and a number of
great-grandchildren, and other relatives. Mrs. Weaver was an aunt of
Constable W. B. Grantham of Corsicana, and Mrs. E. C. Huckabee of
Corley Funeral Home directed the funeral arrangements.
Dec 1858 - Apr 7, 1918
Dead Man Was Well Known in Navarro County.
Rufus P. Highnote, who was reared in this county, and for years was
a well known character here, was killed at Healdton, Okla., Saturday
night by Deputy Sheriff Bud Ballew of that place.
The deceased would have been sixty years old in December next. At
one time, near twenty years ago, he was on the police force here,
and in a noted pistol duel on Beaton street killed Bob Cubley, who
was a deputy sheriff of this county.
The remains will reach Corsicana tonight and interment will take
place at the Cosgrove cemetery,
near Corbet, tomorrow, the funeral party to leave the Sutherland
undertaking parlors at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. The deceased had
numerous relatives in this county and many friends.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, April 8, 1918
- Submitted by
- 1st wife Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Austin) Highnote
married before 1894 2nd wife Emma Lee (Bass) Highnote married
May 5, 1896 3rd wife Ona Belle “Onie” (McCleary)
Highnote-Sanders-Bolling married May 9, 1901 (Ona is buried in
Prairie Point Cemetery s/o Napoleon Bonaparte “Bony” Highnote
and Martheny “Martha” (Woodall) Highnote
- Buried in unmarked grave beside parents.
Remains Interred Today
The remains of the late Rufus P. Highnote were interred in the
Cosgrove cemetery, seven miles
south of Corsicana, this morning, the funeral procession leaving the
Sutherland undertaking parlor at 10 o’clock. Rev. E. T. Jones of
Cook’s School House conducted the services, and there was a large
attendance, many from the country joining the procession that
followed the remains from town at the grave, and there were many
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Barrow of Hico, son-in-law and daughter of the
deceased, arrived last night to attend the funeral.
Jan 27, 1848 - Sep 29, 1919
Died Near Angus.
J. T. Nichols, aged sixty-nine years and eight months, died at his
home near Angus, Saturday night.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Sep 29, 1919
- Submitted by
- Civil War 1st wife Mary (Watson) Nichols married May 7,
1865 2nd Sarah (Cobb) Hampton-Nichols married Aug. 25, 1867 3rd
Leattia Ann Minerva (Dover) Nichols married Feb. 4, 1872 4th
wife Cap (Johnson) Nichols married Feb. 7, 1892 5th wife Ida
(Rivers) Nichols married Mary 4, 1907 6th wife Fanny Elizabeth
(Simmons) Nichols married Apr. 14, 1904 (wives per Roots Web)
- Cosgrove cemetery
Jun. 22, 1860 - Nov. 8, 1919
DIED SUDDENLY IN OKLAHOMA
Former Citizen Here Passes Away at Home of Son.
News reached here today that Calvin N. White, who lived in this
county till recently had died suddenly at the home of his son in
Texahoma, Oklahoma. The deceased was a brother of L. Q. White of
Retreat, and the father of N. S. White and L. L. White of Powell,
and has many other relatives in the county. The remains will be
brought here for interment, but it is not known now when the funeral
will take place.
Cornelius Cecil “Con” Lucid
Feb 24, 1874 - Jun 25, 1931
CON LUCID, WELL KNOWN SPORTSMAN DIED IN HOUSTON
HOUSTON, June 26.—(AP)—Cornelius C. Lucid, 50, former National
league baseball player, first coach of a Texas League club, and one
time assistant coach at Rice Institute here, died yesterday after a
“Con” as he was known by hundreds, spent 16 years in baseball, seven
of these he was in the majors. He received his education at Norte
In 1802 Lucid performed a feat that led to a berth in a major league
club. Spokane’s pitchers were all disabled as the club started a
road trip. He took up the pitching duties, hurled 30 consecutive
games on 30 consecutive days and won all of them.
Con Lucid was well known in Corsicana where he resided at one time
and played baseball with one of the Corsicana league teams. He
married Miss Ina Brooks, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. G.
Brooks, pioneer Corsicana residents, and they have several children.
Con was well liked and had many friends here who will regret to
learn of his passing.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Friday, June 26, 1931
- Submitted by
- NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER WHO PLAYED IN CORSICANA
Born in Dublin, Ireland h/o Ina (Brooks) Lucid-d/o Travis Green
Brooks and Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Brooks buried in Oakwood
cemetery s/o Mary Dean per death certificate
- Holy Cross Cemetery
Apr 28, 1851 - Mar 23, 1917
PROMINENT CITIZEN DIES.
Mr. B. H. Oates Was President of Purdon State Bank.
Mr. B. H. Oates, president of the First State bank of Purdon, Texas,
died at his home in Waco on March 23, 1917.
Mr. Oates was born in Cass, county, Texas, April 28, 1850. When
quite a young man he moved to Mt. Calm, Texas, and resided there
until several years ago when he moved his family to Waco to secure
the benefit of the schools for his children.
Many of the old cattle men will remember Mr. Oates. He was a very
successful cattleman and at the time of his death had accumulated an
estate valued at $250,000. He was president of three banks, the
First State Bank of Purdon, First State Bank of Mt. Calm, and First
National Bank, Mt. Calm.
Mr. Oates never failed to give a helping hand to those in need and
will be missed by many who were the recipients of his kindness.
The wife and friends have the sympathy of friends in this section.
Mrs. W. C. Francis of Purdon, is a daughter of Mr. Oates.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, April 3, 1917
- Submitted by
- 1st wife Mary E. (Miller) Oates married May 17, 1881 2nd
wife Emma Julia (Hensley) Oats married Mar. 9, 1886 s/o William
Oates and Sarah (Smith) Oates
- Buried Mount Antioch Cemetery, Mt. Calm, Texas
abt 1899 - Dec 5, 1917
The body of Velvin Abel who was killed in the U. S. Army was shipped
in for burial Wednesday from Brooklyn, N. Y. He was on his way to
Italy and was killed and a ship that was passing brought him back to
land. He had made two trips across to Europe and back and in a
letter he wrote home he said that he stayed in London one night when
there were bombs dropped within a square of his room which shattered
the windows where he was.
Mar. 1, 1886 - Jan. 18, 1919
Died in Waco Saturday Night.
Virgil Ferguson, who was reared near Corsicana, died at his home in
Waco Saturday night of pneumonia, and the remains were interred
there yesterday. The deceased is survived by his wife and two
children. Mrs. Ferguson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
Varnell of Barry and the deceased was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. J. M.
Sparkman of Corsicana, and they were all there to attend the
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, January 20, 1919
- Submitted by
- Oakwood cemetery, Waco, Tx.
- h/o Lilias Pearl (Varnell) Ferguson married Dec. 8, 1907,
Barry, Tx. s/o Robert L. Ferguson and Margaret (Chance) Ferguson
Lilias Pearl (Varnell)
Jun. 5, 1887 - Apr. 4, 1965
Mrs. Ferguson Rites Monday
WACO, April 5 (Spl)—Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for
Mrs. Pearl Ferguson, 77, who died Sunday, from the Wilkerson Hatch
chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery, Dr. Joe Weldon Bailey,
Columbus Avenue Baptist church pastor, of which she was a member,
conducted the services.
Born near Blooming Grove, she moved to Barry with her family where
she graduated from high school and attended Mary Hardin-Baylor
College in Belton.
She was married to the late Virgil Ferguson in Barry in 1908 and he
was with the post office department in Memphis, Texas, before moving
to Waco in 1915, where he was a rural mail carrier. He died in 1919.
Mrs. Ferguson resided in Denton from 1927 until she returned to Waco
in 1945. She was a retired practical nurse.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Warl S. Woodall, counselor at Lake
Air Junior High School; a son, Carl Ferguson, Victoria; four
sisters, Mrs. John Walton and Mrs. Claude Williams, both of Barry;
Mrs. Ralph Christie, Lufkin, and Mrs. Glynn Garrett, Lake Air
Apartments; two brothers, W. F. Varnell, Seattle, Wash., and Ed
Varnell, Italy; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, April 5, 1965
- Submitted by
- Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Tx.
- Barry HS graduate w/o Ura Virgil Ferguson married Dec. 8,
1907 Barry, Tx. d/o John James Varnell and Theodocia “Docia”
(Williams) Varnell buried in Dresden Cemetery, Navarro county,
Nov 20, 1917 - Jul 26, 1918
Death of Baby Boy.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McDonald died last night and
the remains were interred in
Oakwood cemetery this afternoon, Rev. C. H. Booth officiating.
Virginia (Earnest) Callens
Nov 12, 1853 - Jun 30, 1919
GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN DEAD
Had Been Resident Here for Nearly Thirty Years.
Mrs. Virginia E. Callens, widow of the late W. T. Callens, aged
sixty-five years and seven months, died at the family home, 223 West
Sixth Avenue at noon today after a weeks illness, and the remains
will be interred in Oakwood
tomorrow afternoon at 5 o’clock after services a the home.
The deceased had lived in Corsicana nearly thirty years. She was a
member of the Methodist Protestant church and was recognized by all
who knew her as a most exemplary Christian woman.
She is survived by seven children and six grandchildren. Her
children are R. L. Callens, Miss Myrtle Callens, Mrs. E. L. Barnes,
Mrs. Zelma Headrick, James Callens, Lell Callens and Guy Callens,
all of Corsicana.
Two of her sons, James and Lell, only returned from overseas last
week where they had been in active services in the American Army.
Guy Callens reached Camp Merit, New Jersey, yesterday from overseas,
and his mother received a telegram from him this morning notifying
her of his safe arrival and only three or four hours after a
telegram was sent him notifying him that his mother had passed away.
Remains Interred This Afternoon.
The remains of Mrs. Virginia E. Callens, who
died near noon yesterday were interred in
cemetery this afternoon at 5 o’clock, after
services conducted at the home by Rev. W. A.
Sanders of Wortham. The pallbearers were Chas.
Byrd, T. J. York, Clark Walton, B. H. Woods, J.
E. Skinner and Monte Headrick. Many friends
attended and there were many beautiful floral
abt. 1867 - Nov. 17, 1919
Died At Abilene.
Miss Leone McCuiston, aged 52 years, died in Abilene Sunday night
and the remains were interred in
Oakwood this morning at 10 o’clock.
The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Vanna Howell of Corsicana, and of
Mrs. A. F. Huskinson of Munday, Texas.
Mack Osborn Turner
Sep. 12, 1898 - May 9, 1923
NOTE: Single—Oil driller for Hughes – McKie Oil Company s/o N. B.
Turner and M. E. (Adams) Turner (body was taken to Forest,
Mississippi per article and death certificate.
Body was shipped to Forrest, Mississippi but he is listed on the
monument in Oakwood
Single s/o Nathan Bryant Turner and Nannie E. (Idom) Turner
HUGHES-M’KIE GUSHER IS MASS OF FLAMES THIS AFTERNOON
AMBULANCE AND DOCTORS RUSHED TO SCENE; INJURED PLACED IN LOCAL
A spark from a hammer or a rock as the control valve was being
changed this afternoon at the Hughes-McKie gusher ignited the oil
and gas from the monster producer and caused ten or twelve lives to
be snuffed out with the twinkling of an eye.
Twelve are known dead in the big blaze at the Hughes-McKie well, and
the number may reach 25 when the final check of the dead are made.
The bodies of five men had been recovered at 5:00 o’clock this
afternoon. Two other charred bodies had been located near the well,
but could not be reached so intense is the heat from the blaze.
Five other men belonging to the same crew are positively unaccounted
vor. A roustabout crew of 20 men which came from Mexia this morning
has not been accounted for. The crew was working in the near
vicinity of the well when it caught fire.
At present the death list is as follows:
L. C. Cook, M. O. Turner, S. P. Allen, ___________Hicks, Jack
Cooper, Fred Craig, L. P. Sheek, Dan Phillips, Jim Phillips, E. C.
Cooper. Two other men the names of which have not yet been learned
are said by the survivors of the crew to be still in the fire.
Those recovered are so badly charred that identification is
Mr. Simmonds, who was on the derrick floor with the crew, escaped by
running. His clothing not being oil soaked did not ignite. A fifteen
year old boy escaped with him.
Emmet Bird of Corsicana, and Travis Owen of Kerens, are the injured
men brought to the hospital here. Bird stated to a Sun reporter that
there were between eight and ten on the derrick floor at the time of
the fire and that he thought he and Owen were the only two who
escaped. Others say that at least twelve were killed. At the present
there is no way of getting a complete list of the dead as the
officials of the Hughes Company will have to make a check of the men
working. This is being done now. One man stated that the remains of
the dead men were where they fell when the blast occurred and as the
well was still burning it would be impossible for some time to
The fire started about three o’clock while hundreds were in the
vicinity of the well and it is almost a miracle that more were not
killed. A number of automobiles near the well are said to have been
destroyed by the fire.
Word of the tragedy was phoned to Corsicana with urgent calls that
all available doctors, medical supplies and ambulances be rushed to
the scene. The dead and injured were brought to Corsicana. The
injured were placed in the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital.
According to an eye witness the crew was on the derrick floor
changing the control head when suddenly there was a flash of fire
followed by two other flashes, the fire shooting over 100 feet in
the air. In a second everything within several hundred feet of the
well was on fire. All the trees and shrubbery around the well were
saturated with oil and the ground was quickly burned clear. A great
pool of oil near the well also burned quickly. The well continued to
burn and is now flowing wide open with the flames darting high into
Officials of the Hughes Development Company are already on the
ground and steps to extinguish the flames are now under way.
Great thick clouds of ink black smoke, belched forth as the high
gravity oil was consumed by the flames. For miles around the
location the heavy smoke clouds enveloped the countryside leaving
the appearance that a menacing storm-cloud had suddenly descended
which was so thick that the rays of the sun could hardly penetrate
The cloud of smoke approached Corsicana from the southeast and as it
slowly advanced upon the city excited phone calls started to reach
the Sun office inquiring the cause. Thousands of Corsicana people
climbed high points in the city watching the great cloud as it
spread fan-like over the heavens while hundreds of others left for
the scene of the conflagration.
The advance of this great big monster of smoke seemed to those who
watched at a distance if they were charmed by some unknown power.
RECOVER FOUR ADDITIONAL BODIES
RESCUER CLOTHED IN SUIT OF ASBESTOS DEFIES FLAMES BURNING WELL TO
Four additional bodies had been recovered from the big fire at the
Hughes-McKie well at 3:30 o’clock Saturday. The bodies were brought
from the fire zone by K. T. Kinley of Tulsa.
Mr. Kinley experienced oil field fire fighter, arrived in Corsicana,
Friday. Clad in a suit of asbestos cloth lined with heavy duck, Mr.
Kinley went within 20 feet of the burning crater, picked up the
smoldering remains of one body and brought it out. It was wrapped in
canvas cloth and brought to the Southerland Undertaking Parlors
about 10 o’clock last night, in the roadster car of the Texas
Railroad Commission by C. O. Rison, petroleum mechanical engineer.
All that remains of this body is a portion of the trunk and head.
The legs and arms are gone. There is no means of identification
other than a possible chance by the teeth in the half burned away
skull. A dentist is making an examination of the teeth with the
slight hope of being able to identify the man.
Shortly after noon Saturday Mr. Kinley donned his fireproof clothing
and waded in to the fury and succeeded in bringing out three more of
the smoldering forms.
One of them is believed to be that of S. P. Allen, field
superintendent. The watch taken from the crispy remains of the
charred form which had been lying roasting in the inferno for 72
hours, is almost identified as Allen’s. The timepiece had stopped at
2:55 o’clock, the hour of the big explosion. The other three bodies
have not been identified.
This brings the total of dead bodies so far recovered up to eleven.
E. F. Edward of Mexia, employe of the Hughes Company and J. C.
Richardson of Corsicana, assisted in recovering and bringing the
body to town that was found Friday night.
Mr. Kinley is now attempting to bring out other bodies which he had
located in getting out the three recovered today.
N. B. Turner, W. J. Idom and J. Knox Huff, all of Noris, Miss., are
in Corsicana making an effort to find the body of M. O. Turner which
was recovered the day of the blaze. N. B. Turner is the father of
the missing man.
According to information from Powell today Max Meisner, who has been
reported on the list of dead is alive. It is reported from Powell
that his father talked with the reported missing son over the
telephone Saturday. Max Meisner is said to be working on a water
well near Dallas. This would leave the total of known dead at 13.
Various and sundry rumors have been afloat that women and children
by-standers perished in the fire, and that bodies of men had been
found in a partly burned condition in and about the area of the
Mr. Rison of the Railroad Commission stated to newspaper men today
that those reports are without foundation and untrue. He and
officials of the J. K. Hughes Development company stated that the
lives of no persons had been lost, except those previously reported,
which were all employees of the company.
W. H. McClintock, experienced fire-fighter, who extinguished the
Burton gusher which caught fire in the Smackover field, visited the
well this morning in an advisory capacity with Hughes company
officials. He expressed the opinion that the blaze could be
extinguished with comparatively little trouble. He stressed the
matter of preliminary preparation by destroying all stray fire in
the area of the well to be able to keep it out once the big torch is
Mr. Hughes stated this morning that he thought connections would be
completed so that the water can be turned on tonight. He said the
flow of water would be continuous for at least twelve hours. This
will cool the ground about the heated crater and extinguish lurking
sparks and smoldering blazes.
The twelve steam boilers are arranged like heavy artillery
preparatory to putting over a big barrage into No Man’s Land. Three
big high-pressure pumps are growing running water from the creek
into the several pipes.
With the ground clear of all waste fire and submerged with water to
keep it cool, steam from three four-inch pipes will be trained on
the crater simultaneously from three sides. The action of the steam
is calculated to eliminate the oxygen.
Sheriff Walter Hayes took the situation in charge for police
purposes today. The snakey trail road leading into the jungle has
been closed to all cars and sightseers. Mr. Hayes has an officer
station at several different places along the road to keep back the
The wind whipped to the north today, forcing the big volume of black
smoke towards the south.
New derricks are under construction where several offsets will be
drilled to the McKie Well. Teams are on the road bearing lumber and
machinery to the various drilling sites.
Work of drilling out the cement plug in the Mitchell-Jones-Atlantic
well started today. Drilling goes ahead at the Walsh test at a depth
of 1,000 feet. Work also continues at the Trapshooter and the
Petroleum Producers’ Association well. A number of additional new
locations are said to have been made within the last 24 hours, but
no definite information can be learned concerning them as yet.
ANOTHER BODY RECOVERED NEAR BURNING OIL WELL
POSSIBILITY OF TWO OTHER BODIES BEING NEAR FIRE
EXPECT TO TURN STEAM ON FIRE LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY
Another body has been rescued from the burning area of the Hughes-McKie
oil well, 10 miles southeast of here, bringing the total number of
the dead accounted for in the big blaze which started last
Wednesday, up to 12. It is said at least one, and possibly two more
bodies are yet to be brought out.
At 11 o’clock Monday morning K. T. Kinley, for the fifth time defied
the heated flames of the gigantic blow torch and walked within a few
feet of it and picked up what is left of one of the dead men. Only
the skull, the shoulder blades, parts of the ribs and arm bones
remains. The body was picked up almost at the edge of the derrick
floor between the engine and the water pump. The only means of
identification of the body is by personal trinkets, and overall
buttons. Dick, Claunch, member of the night drilling crew, declared
he believed the body to be that of M. O. Turner.
Kinley in going near the flames dons a full suit of asbestos cloth
consisting of heavy lined overalls, coat, gloves, hood with mica
windows for seeing, and perforated air inlets and boots.
The body recovered this morning was brought to the Sutherland
Undertaking Parlors, where it is held pending possible
Several crews of men grimy with smoke, heat and perspiration
continue to work like Trojans in digging out drain ditches and
laying steam pipes into the near vicinity of the blaze. Twelve big
high pressure boilers are under steam, and men are testing out the
fittings and machinery. Three high pressure pumps are going at full
blast pumping water from Chambers creek only a few yards away.
Fire hose loaned by the Corsicana Fire Department, was brought into
use Sunday and the ground about the flaming well was flooded. Steam
constantly arises from the water as it comes in contact with the
It was stated at the well today that it would not be possible to get
the steam turned on before Tuesday morning, although some hope was
expressed that might be done tonight.
In digging trenches into the burning zone men are protected by a
dozen others bearing shields of corrugated iron, dampened by the
water flow of the fire hose from the rear. Men Handling the hose are
also protected with an iron shield held by trusty fellow-workmen.
Thousands of automobiles from various sections of the state flocked
to the scene of the conflagration during Sunday. A danger zone was
established and deputies of the sheriff’s department succeeded in
keeping back the curious crowds. No one except employes of the
Hughes company interested oil men and accredited newspaper men were
allowed to approach nearer than 500 yards of the well.
The spirit of the oil industry is typified by the hurrying workmen
erecting new derricks almost within the shadow of the burning flame.
A new derrick of C. L. Witherspoon, an off-set to the McKie was
completed Sunday. The Sun Oil company’s derrick, west of the creek
is also complete. One has been completed by the U. S. Tex Company,
and another is going up. The Gulf Production Company’s new derrick
is under construction today, and the Humphreys interests are
erecting three new ones. One is on the Fair tract, one on the McKie
and one on the Kent. The McMann Oil Company is also putting up two
new derricks. Heavy traffic on the roads has continued every day
since the McKie well came in. Lumber, machinery, boilers and every
kind of equipment known to the oil field development has been
transported to the various locations by the several big companies
getting ready to drill.
HUGHES-MCKIE WELL STILL BURNING—FOURTEEN KNOWN DEAD
THOUSANDS VISITED LOCATION OF GURNING WELL—CROWDS THRONGED THROUGH
MORGUE VIEWING BODIES
Like an active volcano in eruption, belching forth terrific flames
of burning fire constantly fed by the constant flow of oil and gas,
the Hughes-McKie well in holocaust which has cost at least 14 men
their lives, continues to gush forth its awful blaze at 3 o’clock
For twenty-four solid hours flames ranging from 30 feet to 150 feet
have leaped high in the air in its spectacular capers. Red streaks
of flame ascend as from a mighty nozzle, and disappear in the form
of huge black clouds of smoke, which drift with the wind in a
The wind switched from the southward during the night and the mighty
smokestack releases its flow in the direction of Powell, leaving
darkened elements in its wake.
Thousands hurried frantically to the fields during last night to
witness the spectacular fire-works.
The well being situated on the east bank of the creek is surrounded
by tall timber. A rough one-way traffic road forming a winding snake
trail for two miles is the only means of vehicle access to the
scene. The roads were choked with vehicle traffic within a short
time after the fire started. This kept up all night.
The well has been fenced off and traffic barred on the narrow road
to give the men full right of way in getting boilers to the
Every company owning equipment in the Powell fields has tendered the
use of all available boilers and other equipment to extinguish the
Men are working like Trojans to get the equipment in place. It will
be necessary to use fire foam and steam from a dozen boilers.
The burned bodies of at least six men remain in the fire zone
according to DeWitt Watkins, who is working at the well today. He
stated to a reporter of the Sun this morning that five bodies could
be seen near the well, and there was another one missing. He also
stated he believed that one or two spectators perished.
Jim Ball foreman in charge of the work believes the final death toll
will reach 18.
Mr. Hughes accompanied by J. S. Banks, his attorney, are at the well
this afternoon checking up on the number of dead and missing.
Hundreds of spectators thronged in and out and lingered about the
Sutherland Undertaking establishment all day Thursday eager to catch
a glimpse of the charred bodies of a number of the working crew
which perished in the big blaze Wednesday afternoon when the Hughes-McKie
No. 1 well ignited.
Five of the bodies, charred and disfigured by the flames almost
beyond recognition, were brought to the morgue early last night.
They have been identified as follows:
W.A. PHILLIPS, Kerens.
W. A. HICKS, Wortham.
JACK COOPER, Corsicana.
FRED CRAIG, Roane.
L. P. SHEEK, Dallas.
The bodies of Travis Owen and Emmett Bird, both of Kerens, were
brought from the Physicians and Surgeons hospital later in the
night, Owen died at 7 o’clock and Bird died at 11:05 o’clock. These
two men were dragged from the fire zone and hurried to Corsicana.
Each lived only a few hours.
C. B. Keever, J. E. Keever, J. R. Ferris and Jesse Blair from the
Keever Undertaking company at Ennis arrived early last night to
assist in preparing the bodies for burial.
The bodies of S. P. Allen, field foreman; E. C. Cooper, driller;
James Phillips, L. C. Coop, M. O. Turner, have not been recovered.
Max Meisner and Charlie Walker are believed to have perished. The
charred remains of four can be seen near the well. They cannot be
recovered on account of the intensity of the heat.
Funerals This Afternoon.
Funerals for four of the victims of yesterday’s terrible oil field
holocaust took place this afternoon. The bodies of W. A. (Ban)
Phillips and Travis Owen were taken to Rural Shade were both were
raised; Emmett Byrd was interred in Eureka, his former home, and
Fred Craig was laid to rest at Chatfield, which was his childhood
The ladies of Corsicana and the Chamber of Commerce covered each of
the caskets with magnificent flowers.
The remains of L. C. Sheek were sent to Dallas this afternoon and
the body of W. A. Hicks will be sent to Wortham tomorrow.
The roustabout crew of 20 men working in the vicinity of the well
escaped. Several teamsters and tank men were passing in and about
the premises and rushed to the aid of the burning men, but the blaze
had swept the bottom before they could be reached.
A negro teamster succeeded in loosening his team from the material
wagon and escaped with them. The wagon and its contents were
The scene about the well presented a sad and tragic spectacle when
the monstrous explosion came. Both the day and the night crew
consisting of twelve men had just started work a short while before.
Several bystanders near the well escaped with their lives by
running. It is believed that more dead bodies are in the burned area
in addition to the known dead.
Men ran in every direction in a frenzy and fell when overcome.
Jimmy Meeks, oil field scout for the Humble Oil & Refining Company;
E. W. Quinlin, scout for the Simms Oil Company; Ellis Hammel,
drilling contractor; and DeWitt Watkins, members of the roustabout
crew, did heroic work in attempting to save the men from their awful
Heroic Rescue Work.
Bravely defying all danger at the risk of their own lives rushed
headlong to the burning prostrate forms of the groaning men in death
agonies in answer to their piteous cries for help and succeeded in
bringing them out. The men breathed their last as they were being
carried out of the gas, smoke and fire.
Jim Ball escaped with B. B. Simmonds, N. M. Dunman and Dick Pyle. As
they made their exit from the timber, Ball turned back to assist
Owen. He succeeded in getting him into the open but too late to save
his life. Charlie Lewis of Corsicana ran to the assistance of Bird.
Piteous cries for water went up from the two dying men as the
ambulance brought them to the hospital.
Meeks, Quinlan, Hammel and Watkins returned towards the well for the
other perishing men, but were unable to reach them. Their bodies had
been practically reduced to ashes in the blaze which had gained
headway. Waste oil in the bottom covering almost an acre upon which
large trees saturated with oil had become enveloped in the frenzied
Quinlan is a world war hero. A native of New York State, he served
in the French Army during the early days of the war. Later he served
with the Canadian forces.
Quinlan is the possessor of several war medals. He was awarded the
Medalto Militaire; the Croix Guerre, and while in the British he
service he was the first American to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
He received several hard jolts in the war, in the rescue work
Wednesday the fumes and smoke temporarily almost overcame him.
Phone Girls Busy.
Shortly after three o’clock a man called the Johnson Drug Store from
the Commercial Hotel and communicated the first news that reached
Corsicana of the terrible disaster. The caller at the same time told
Miss Valsey Hubbard, the operator, that he wanted every doctor
available to go to the scene of the McKie well. The call was
immediately referred to the chief operator. She rang the Corsicana
Surgical and Medical clinic and asked that the doctors be sent. The
hospital and every drug store in town were called to assist in every
possible way. The undertaking parlors soon dispatched ambulances
toward the fire. Emergency telephone calls from Powell, Kerens and
Corsicana came pouring into the central office running as high as
2,400 calls per hour.
Frantic calls from various individuals were made in effort to locate
the families of the dead and injured men.
Public memorial services will be held at the gospel tent at 7:45
o’clock Friday evening under the auspices of the Chamber of
Commerce. Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., will withhold his regular revival
services until after the memorial ceremonies.
The Chamber of Commerce today sent floral offerings to the families
of the deceased. A suitable medal will be provided for the family of
each man by the commercial organization in commemoration of their
brave efforts towards the development of the oil resources of the
Among the members of the roustabout crew escaping are L. W. Wilkitz,
E. W. Arnett, Whyne Short, J. W. Crosby, Jas. A. McDaniels, J. A.
Story, Jim Ball, Ned Dumas, and Johnnie Kennon. The names of the
other men have not been learned.
These men had been gathered up from various leases in the Mexia
district and brought to assist in taking care of the well. The
working record and the names of the men were in Mr. Allen’s pocket,
and none of the surviving members are able to give the names of all
Superintendent Walker of the city schools of Henrietta, and wife,
father and mother of Mrs. S. P. Allen, and father of Charlie Walker,
arrived in Corsicana early today.
Station Agent Wyatt and daughters of Plano, friends of the Walker
family are also here.
Mr. Allen’s mother, and Miss Walker of Denton are also here. Miss
Walker is a teacher in the Denton College of Industrial Arts. She is
a sister of Mrs. Allen.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN OIL FIRE
Memorial services in honor of the oil field workers who lost their
lived in the big blaze at the Hughes-McKie well Wednesday will be
held at the gospel tent, Eleventh street and Seventh avenue at 7:45
o’clock Friday evening.
The ceremonies will be conducted under the auspices of the Chamber
of Commerce. Mayor J. S. Eubank and members of the city
administration, presidents of the Rotary, Lions, Civic, Advertising
clubs, the Retail Merchants’ Association will occupy a place on the
Every minister in town will take part in the program.
The ministers will conduct a prayer service. Hugh L. Hiett will
Hon. Luther A. Johnson will make the address of condolence. Other
speakers will take part.
FUNERAL SUNDAY FOR REMAINING OIL FIRE VICTIMS
MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN BIG OIL FIELD FIRE WILL BE BURIED HERE
Funeral services for S. P. Allen, Charles Walker, Jim Phillips, C.
M. Cooper, E. C. Cooper and L. C. Cook, fire victims of the burning
Hughes-McKie oil well, will be held at the First Methodist Church at
2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, according to announcement made today
by W. S. Banks, attorney for the J. K. Hughes Development Company.
Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the church assisted by Rev. C. G.
Vineer, pastor of the Church of Christ, will conduct the services.
The remains of the six bodies will be interred in one casket in a
specially provided lot in Oakwood cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Hon. Luther A. Johnson, Mayor J. S.
Eubank, R. J. Jackson, Sam J. Jackson, John C. Calhoun, R. J.
Graves, J. L. Halbert and W. H. Hastings.
The smouldering remains of the six men were recovered from the fire
area of the ill-fated Hughes-McKie well several days after it caught
fire May 9. They have been held at the Sutherland Undertaking
Parlors pending the possible recovery of another body believed to
have been undiscovered in the debris.
Seven of the perish crew were recovered from the fire shortly after
the blaze started. Each were positively identified, and have been
Mr. Banks stated today that the six remaining bodies had been
sufficiently identified as to justify giving out the name of each.
He stated the official casualty list of the J. K. Hughes Development
company places the number of known dead and accounted for at 13. The
list is as follows:
S. P. Allen, L. C. Cook, M. O. Turner, Charles Walker, Travis Owens,
W. M. (Ban) Phillips, Jim Phillips, L. P. Sheek, W. A. Hicks, C. M.
(Jack) Cooper, E. C. Cooper, Emmett G. Byrd, and Fred E. Craig.
One report carried the name of Max Meisner as among the dead and
missing. Mr. Banks stated today that communication had been
established with Mr. Meisner, and the Hughes company is certain he
escaped injury. The company had the fire area thoroughly scorched by
men clad in asbestos clothing, and no other body was found. Mr.
Banks stated the company feels certain that the bodies of all men
who perished in the fire has been found.
The J. K. Hughes Development Company has planned to erect a suitable
monument over the grave of the six men to be buried in Oakwood
cemetery in remembrance of the total number of its employees losing
their lives in the big fire.
A change of plans for extinguishing the fire at the burning well
late yesterday appears to have been extended the time before the
blaze is stopped. W. H. McClintock has assembled a rig of his own
making and patent, which he is confident will put out the fire when
brought into play, but so far the apparatus has not been applied.
Work was suspended at the well at 5 o’clock Friday, and nothing was
done during the night. A different apparatus containing a T-joint
and valve gear model has been completed, and efforts are being
directed towards apply it before the McClintock machine is used.
Rain last night rendered the creek bottoms and the roads leading to
the field in a very muddy condition. Transportation out from town
was slow early today, which operated to cause some delay in getting
work under way Saturday morning.
Although the roads were very slippery, teams and heavy trucks were
on the road with tons of materials for the various new locations for
A meeting of the stockholders of the Cor-Tex Deep Well Company was
held at the well just south of town at 3 o’clock this afternoon.
Plans for resuming operations at the test were thoroughly gone over.
Several interested individuals attended the meeting and reports are
that much enthusiasm is evidenced over the proposed new operations
The test south of Blooming Grove to be put down by Dr. Stubbs and
Dunbar spudded in at 4 o’clock. Several went out from Corsicana to
see the bit take its first plunge into the surface. A local
photographer was present to take a view of the rig and the crowds
assembled to see the new test stared.
Wanda Dean (Fetter) Stouffe
July 28, 1930 - Mar 5, 2016
Wanda Dean Stouffe, 85, of Corsicana passed away on
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Charlton Methodist Hospital in
She was born on July 28, 1930 in Palmyra, Illinois to Adam
and Victoria Fetter. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Stouffe,
Sr.; daughter, Brenda Stewart; parents, Adam and Victoria
Fetter; sisters, Dorothy Pratt, Norma Williams, Mildred
Smith, Patricia Fetter and Norene Fetter; brothers, Zane
Fetter, Albert Fetter, and Clarence Fetter.
She is survived by her son, Harold E. Stouffe, Jr. and Gary
Taylor of Lancaster; daughter, Tonda Stouffe of
Jacksonville, Illinois; grandsons, Benjamin Franklin Stewart
of Carrollton and Brandon Walker Stewart and wife Karr of
Irving; great granddaughters, Jasmine and Jessie Stewart of
Corsicana; great grandson, Jaylen Harris of Irving;
sister-in-law, Mary Rita Joiner of Palmyra, Il; numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends, Becky Steglich
of Corsicana and Davon Trimble of Jacksonville, Illinois.
There will be no local services held.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time with Buchanan
and Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Corley Funeral Home.
William Andrew "Buddy" Ross, Jr.
Aug 16, 1934 - Mar 14, 2016
William (Buddy) Andrew Ross Jr. of Frost, Texas passed away
at Heritage Oaks West Retirement on Monday morning, March
14, 2016 at the age of 81.
He was born in Frost on August 16, 1934 to William Andrew
Ross Sr. and Anetha Spikes Ross. Buddy married Jane Knight
on June 10, 1956 in Frost.
He worked for Chattanooga Glass in Corsicana retiring in
1981 and was a rancher and cowboy in western Navarro County.
He was a member of the Frost United Methodist Church and
recently attended the Cowboy Church of Corsicana in the past
several years when able.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy
Buddy is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Jane Ross
of Frost, children; John Paul Ross and wife Sherri of Frost
and Amy Lester and husband Tom of Corsicana, Six
grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He is also survived by a sister, Billie Edwards of
Georgetown and several nieces and nephews and extended
family members and friends.
Visitation will be held at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home
from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17,
2016 at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana with Bro. Derek
Rogers and Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating. Burial will
follow at Dresden Cemetery with Clayton Harris, Chris McSpadden, Jim Bynum, James Hooser, David Hodge, Cliff
Williams, Roy Downey and Chuck Dortch serving as
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Hooser, Tom Lambert,
Jimmy Wade Thomas, Glen Gullett and Clifford Williams.
Buddy was a loving husband, father and grandfather who lived
the "Cowboy" image and was larger than life to those who
loved him. He will be missed by all who knew him. Memorials
may be made to the Frost United Methodist Church at 121 East
North Front Street, Frost, Texas 76641.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Feb 21, 1947 - Mar 4, 2016
Dianne Atkeisson, 69, passed away in Dallas on Friday, March
Dianne was born in Roswell, New Mexico to Bernis and Lois
(Burleson) Horn on Feb. 21, 1947. She grew up in Roswell,
New Mexico and graduated from Hagerman High School in 1965.
She went on to Navarro College to receive her Associates
On July 22, 1983 she married Joe Atkeisson and they made
their home in Corsicana before moving to Ennis in 2002.
She worked for the Ennis Independent School District for
over fifteen years as a PIEMS clerk. She was a member of the
Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Atkeisson; son, Coy
Mitchell and wife, Rose; daughters: Cindy Burden and
husband, Don, Tracy Goff and husband, Jimmie and Becky
Sherrin; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one
brother, Jim Horn.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held at 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 6,
2016 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of her life will take place at 3:30 p.m. on
Monday, March 7, 2016 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of
Ennis where Danny Atkeisson will officiate.
Dr. Joseph Francis
Nov 14, 1926 - Mar 4, 2016
Major USAF Medical Corps
Joseph Francis McNally, Sr was born Nov. 14, 1926 in
Scituate, Rhode Island.
In the early morning hours of March 4, in his own bed and
with his family about him, the Patriarch of the McNally
family was welcomed home.
Dr. McNally was the only child born to his parents, Joseph
Patrick McNally and Margaret Dempsey McNally, both first
generation Irish- Americans with little formal education.
Through their hard work and sacrifice, the American dream
was realized in their son who graduated from LaSalle High
School going on to Providence College and finally Georgetown
Medical School achieving the degree of Doctor of Medicine in
In 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Grace
Wolfenden, an only child herself.
In 1954, Dr. McNally joined the United States Air Force
Medical Corps where he received training in Diagnostic
Radiology and Radiation Therapy. At the same time, he
discovered a lifelong love of flying, also training to be a
He with his wife, Barbara, and with a steadily increasing
number of children, were stationed first at Bryan Air Force
Base in Texas, then at Fort Sam Houston/ Brooke Army
Hospital, San Antonio, then overseas to Tachikawa Air Force
Base, Japan from 1959-1962. They made many lifelong friends
where ever they were stationed but always thought that
Tachikawa had been the most rewarding. On returning to the
U.S. Dr. McNally was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in
San Antonio where he was the Chief of Service. The next year
he was discharged with honor from the Air Force having
achieved the rank of Major.
In August of that year, he moved his family, now with eight
children, to Corsicana to go into private practice with Dr.
Bernard Rosen. He and his wife bought a small ranch which
they named Sweetbriar and there, the McNally family
flourished. It was there that Dr. McNally also discovered an
interest in ranching, raising his prized Simmental cattle.
McNally sometimes jokingly said that he raised two crops at
Sweetbriar--good cattle and good kids.
Dr. McNally was a fervent believer in Faith, Family and
Education--in that order. He was a devoted Roman Catholic
and instilled in his family the importance of Faith as the
Bedrock of life. He supported many worthwhile causes
generously and quietly through out his life.
He practiced Radiology for many years in Corsicana, finally
retiring at the age of 72. He always considered the care of
the sick to be a sacred duty and felt honored to have been
called to serve as a physician.
The light of his life, his beloved redheaded wife Barbara,
preceded him in death Sept. 15, 2011. His living legacy
includes his eight children; Dr. Joseph F. McNally, Jr and
wife Sandy of Corsicana, Maureen Barto and husband Bernie of
Corsicana, Dr. Rosemary McCoy and husband Dr. Medford McCoy
of Dallas, Jayne McNally of Watauga, Elizabeth Scirto and
husband Mark of Tyler, Mark McNally and wife Nancy of
Palmyra, Pennsylvania, John McNally and wife Marlene of
Houston and Robin Colvin and husband Joseph of Bartlesville,
Oklahoma. He also had 23 grandchildren of whom he was so
proud and 31 great grandchildren, the newest addition born
only four days before his death- a little redheaded baby
"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His
purpose." Romans 8:28
Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday March 10 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Corsicana, with the Holy Rosary to follow at 7
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March
11, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Corsicana,
with Father Jason Cargo officiating.
Burial will follow at
Pallbearers will be sons and sons-in-laws, Joseph McNally Jr,
Mark McNally, John McNally, Medford McCoy, Bernard Barto,
Joseph Colvin and Mark Scirto.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: James Collins Catholic
School, Hope Center and or Mary Petersen Daycare Center.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, March 8, 2016
- Submitted by
- h/o Barbara Grace (Wolfenden) McNally; s/o Joseph Patrick
McNally & Margaret (Dempsey) McNally
Albert Guerrero Ovalle
Feb 4, 1929 - Feb 19, 2016
Ovalle, 87, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in
Houston, after a brief stay in Methodist Hospital. He was
born on Feb. 4, 1929, in Falls City, to Selso and Inez
Albert was a caring, wonderful Christian husband, father,
grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle with a
big smile, a great sense of humor, and a quick wit. He was a
quick learner and played the game of life well. He worked at
Adam's Hat Factory, Compton's Grocery Store and retired from
Safeway Grocery Store.
For the past several years, he spent much of his time with
his kids and grandkids teaching them Spanish, playing
dominos, checkers and watching football. He loved going to
church, helping out, and playing with his bilingual dog Mac.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Miquela
Ramirez Ovalle, whom he dearly missed; parents, Selso and
Inez Ovalle; brothers, Daniel, Matilde, Domingo, Bartolo,
and a sister, Henrietta Aguado.
He is survived by daughters Olga Ferrell and husband Doug
Ferrell of Bellaire, Gloria Cillessen and husband Steve of
Houston, and Sara Ovalle of Westminster, Colorado; son,
Albert Ovalle, Jr. of Houston; grandsons, Douglas Ferrell
Jr. of Bellaire, Bryan Cillessen, Michael Ovalle and wife
Becky, Aaron Ovalle, and Stephen Ovalle, all of Houston;
granddaughter, Nicole Cillessen of Houston;
great-granddaughter, Miquela Ovalle of Houston; sister,
Santana Ovalle of Corsicana; brothers, Christian Ovalle of
Tyler, and Tom Ovalle of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and
nephews and cousins.
We will be always grateful to his wonderful caregivers
Christine DeLaRosa and Malline Ragan; additionally, we are
thankful for the kindness and care received from Methodist
Hospital and Bayou Manor Rehabilitation Center in Houston,
Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 25, 2016 at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Mr. Lewis Palos officiating.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26,
2016 at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Jason Cargo
officiating. Interment will be at
Pallbearers will be Albert Ovalle, Jr., Steve Cillessen,
Bryan Cillessen, Doug Ferrell, Douglas Ferrell, Jr., and
Aaron Ovalle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Ovalle
and Stephen Ovalle.
Following the interment, a reception will be held at
Immaculate Conception Church.
Della Louise (Turner) Ford
Apr 23, 1930 - Feb 25, 2016
Thursday morning, Feb. 25, 2016 our mother, Della Louise
Ford, who lived her life in the presence of Jesus, entered
fully into His presence. Louise was born April 23, 1930 in
the old Navarro Clinic on Collin St., in Corsicana.
Mother loved Christ and she served Him faithfully in
churches throughout Texas, Maryland, and England. She served
as President of WMU groups in the Baptist churches and she
attended and served as Director of WMU for Colorado and
She loved Christ's people, especially those who were lost
and the most vulnerable. She went on mission trips to the
Philippines, Europe and Mexico. She served the Laotian
congregation at Lake Highlands Baptist Church in Dallas, the
families of the prisoners at the Hospitality Houses at
Huntsville and Tennessee Colony, and single moms and their
children in Corsicana.
She taught adult and children Bible studies in Sunday
School, led in GA's and worked numerous years in Vacation
Bible School. When she was a young mother, she had her
children in worship every time the church met.
Normally she was the last to leave church on Sunday and
Wednesday nights. Mother loved her family.
She was met Thursday morning in heaven by her husband Carey
Ford, Jr., daughter Patricia, granddaughter Christi Adams,
mother Ora Turner, dad Dellie Allen Turner, sister Mary
Katherine Lewis, brother-in-law Truman Lewis, numerous aunts
She is grieved by her children; Al and Tommie Ford, Kathy
and Mark Tapscott, Linda and George Adams, Carey and Nancy
Ford, and Phil Ford;
15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and scores of
family members and friends.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 with
services following at 3 p.m. at Byrum Funeral Home in
Interment will follow at Edgewood Cemetery. Services
officiated by Rev.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that monetary gifts be
donated to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering via First
Baptist Church Corsicana or through another local Southern
Matthew Corbin Odom
Apr 14, 1990 - Feb 25, 2016
Matthew Odom of Corsicana, TX passed away on February 25, 2016
at the age of 25.
Matthew was born April 14, 1990 in Fort Worth, TX to David and
Matthew was raised in Kerens, TX and had a love of AG in school.
He is survived by his parents David and Suzanne, sister Michelle
Smith and beautiful niece Elizabeth Janelle Smith. He is also
survived by his aunt and uncle Chuck and Patsy Weems and
numerous cousins and friends.
Matthew is preceded in death by his grandparents, Homer Carroll
JR.,and Bertie May Carroll, and L.J. Odom and Courtnea Odom.
A memorial graveside service is scheduled for Matthew at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the
Nov. 24, 1942 - Nov. 3, 2015
Lloyd (Pops/Skeeter), as a beloved and obedient child of
God, tried his best to live a righteous life and spread
God’s word found in his Bibles’ worn pages. He read the
Bible daily and shared what he had learned with those he
loved. He was always asked to say grace which he could
compose and recite like a poem; honoring the Lord in a way
that will be dearly missed at family gatherings until we are
all reunited in Heaven. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the
will of My Father who is in heaven will enter“ - Matthew
Son/Brother/Father/Grandfather/Great-Grandfather: Pops would
always make sure his children and grandchildren were taken
care of, even when it meant going without. Family was of
paramount importance to Lloyd, and he was very important to
his family. He will surely be missed by his brother and
sister, Richard and Mary Ann, as well as his children,
Shelley, Michael, and Charla, and their families. He is now
reunited with his mother and father, Polly and Gene, as well
as his brothers, Tommy (who, because of his inability (as a
toddler) to pronounce the word sweetheart, nicknamed Lloyd
as Skeeter), and Phillip (a Silver Star recipient who made
the ultimate sacrifice as an American). Many other family
members and friends have preceded him in returning to the
Lord’s kingdom; last but not least his grandmother, Mary,
who is surely filled with joy to be with him again. Pops had
countless stories that he loved to tell about his family:
one that comes to mind is from when Charla was very young.
He was planting a small mulberry tree at his home in
Mesquite and Charla asked him, “Daddy, why are you planting
a tree?”, to which he replied, “For shade”. She pondered for
a moment as she gazed at the pitifully small tree before
asking, “You really think you will live that long?”. “As a
father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows
compassion to those who fear him” – Psalm 103:13. Patriot:
Skeeter was a member of the American Legion and a true
conservative who was proud to have had the privilege of
serving honorably in the US ARMY. He passionately enjoyed
defending our constitution, flag, and freedom. As well, he
was fiercely proud to have had a son and grandson that
served in the armed forces following in his footsteps. He
found a great sense of relief earlier this year when his
grandson Phillip, returned home safely from active duty with
the USMC. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the
people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” - Psalm
33:12-22. Cattleman: Lloyd had a soft spot for all animals.
He was a loyal SPCA supporter and is already missed by his
companions, Taz and Patch, as well as his cattle, who have
already noticed something is amiss. He never failed to tend
to his cattle, even when his health or the weather were not
in his favor. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our
image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish
in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and
all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move
along the ground’” - Genesis 1:26. Renaissance
man/Philanthropist: Lloyd enjoyed learning about a wide
variety of topics: cooking, science, history, and music,
including different instruments like the hammer dulcimer,
harmonica, and guitar. Along with his love of music, he
delighted in round dancing, square dancing, and clogging. He
liked to drive, ride or fly anything he could get his hands
on. We can’t remember a time when he did not own and ride a
motorcycle going all the way back to the 1960’s. Things are
different now but, Shelley and Michael remember motorcycle
rides with our father zipping down the highway with Michael
in front on the gas tank and Shelley behind him holding on
tight. Also, he was working on becoming fluent in Spanish so
he could communicate better with immigrants around Frost. He
was a friend to those who had very little, regardless of
where they came from. He was extremely generous, tithed
faithfully to several churches, and helped those in need
anytime the opportunity presented itself. He was devoted to
fellowship and helping those in need, not because it was the
Christian thing to do, but because he followed his heart;
and he had a very good heart. “Do not neglect to do good and
to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to
God” -Hebrews 13:16.
Lloyd is survived by children Shelley D’Ann Rasmussen and
her husband Eric, Michael Phillip Gargus, Jr. and his wife
Jessica, Charla Harriett Leal and her husband Marcus,
grandchildren Kristopher Lloyd and Hope Ann Rusmussen,
Kimberly Kay Hernandez and her husband Fernando, Sr.,
Michael Phillip Gargus, Jr., Dallas Ann and Audrey Jane
Gargus Madison Louise Brenneman, Jace Matthew and Jesslynn
Grace Gargus, Rebekah Nichole and Nathanael Maston Moises
Leal, great grandchildren Fernando, Jr., Allison Marie and
Madelyne Grace Hernandez, siblings MaryAnn Rainey and her
husband Ken, Richard Ivan Gargus, aunts Mariemma Nelson,
Betty Tronjo and Alice Fowler, uncle J. Lloyd Edward Loftis
(whom Lloyd was named after) nephew James Eugene Gargus and
his two loving dogs Taz and Patch.
He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Eugene and
Hattie Pauline Gargus, Sr., brothers Thomas Eugene Gargus,
Jr., Roy Phillip Gargus, nephew Howard Edward (Eddie)
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, December
4, 2015 at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000
Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, Texas 75211.
Submitted by Diane Richards
Lloyd Gargus, age 72, of Frost, Tx. died on November 3,
2015. For a a complete obituary and to leave condolence for
family please visit www.affoplano.com.
- Submitted by Alva Lynn Smith
- 1st wife Lois Ann (Butler) Gargus married Apr. 9,
1962 2nd wife Janet. J. (Burt) Gargus married Feb. 19,
1971 3rd wife Joann (Sprague) Gargus 4th wife Paula J.
(Stanley) Gargus married Jun. 2, 1986 s/o Thomas Eugene
Gargus, Sr. and Hattie Pauline (Loftis) Gargus
June 19, 1949 - Feb 27, 2016
Elaine "Nana" Waller, 66, passed away into the loving arms
of God on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at her home in Dawson
surrounded by her family.
Nikki was born on June 19, 1949 in Marion, Indiana to James
and Deloris Mallott. Nikki grew up in California where she
met the love of her life.
Nikki married Orval Waller, Jr., on Aug. 26, 1974 and they
were happily married for 41 years.
in 1978 they moved their family to Dawson where they lived
until her passing.
Nikki was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of
Dawson. She was active with the children's program, youth
programs, and the choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Deloris
Mallott; her brother, Daryl; her sister, Cynthia; and her
son-in-law, Bobby Pruitt.
Nikki is survived by her husband, Henry Orval Waller Jr., of
Dawson; her daughter, Aaron Allen and husband Charlie of
Barry; her son, Hank Waller III and wife, Laura of Dawson;
her son, Jason Waller and wife, Cynthia of Waxahachie; her
daughter, Tanya Pruitt of China Springs; her son, Zachary
Waller and wife, Tabitha of Dawson; her grandchildren,
Nichole Hurford, Hollie Freeman, Jessica Waller, Chelsea
Waller, Lucas Waller, Brent Waller, Daven Pruitt, Ryan
Waller, Henry Waller IV, Tori Waller, Keaghan Pruitt,
Marshall McNally-Waller, Madison Waller, and Mikayla Waller;
her brothers, Steve Mallott and Brett Malott.
Nikki was blessed with ten great grandchildren which she
adored. She also leaves behind several brothers-in-law,
sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and a host of friends who
played very important roles in her life.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,
March 1, 2016 at Wade Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March
2, 2016 at First Baptist Church, 407 N. Main St., Dawson.
Rev. Steve Burleson will be officiating.
Burial will follow at
Arrangements made by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Jack Banks Butler
May 5, 1940 - Feb 11, 2016
Banks Butler went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February
11, 2016, at the age of 75. A celebration of his life will
be held on Saturday, February 20, at 2:00 pm in the
Sanctuary of First Methodist Houston, Downtown Campus.
A Christian since the age of nine, and Baptist for most of
his life, he was an active member of Houston's First
Methodist Church at his death. Jack was a Baptist deacon for
44 years, serving in this capacity and other areas of
leadership in various churches. He was also a Scottish Rite
Mason and Shriner for over 40 years. His cremains will be
placed in the cremation garden at Forest Park Lawndale in
A lifelong Texan and longtime resident of Houston, he was
born in Corsicana, TX, on May 5, 1940, the only child of the
late Clark and Floy Butler. He is survived by Sandra, his
wife of 49 years, and by three sons, Brian and his wife,
Laurie, of Farmington, NM; Kevin and his wife, Cynthia, of
Jewett, TX; and Daren of Bay City, TX. Also surviving him
are two granddaughters, Kayla and Maranatha, and grandson,
Brandon, along with other relatives and friends. Jack was a
1958 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 1962 graduate
of Baylor University in Waco. His first career of banking,
beginning in Corsicana, saw him obtain a graduate degree in
banking from Southern Methodist University and led him to
the presidency of two banking institutions. During those
years he was an active church and civic leader, including
serving as president of the Huntsville and Bay City Chambers
of Commerce. Jack chose a second career at age 58 and went
back to school for required preparation to become a
chaplain. He then served full-time and part-time as both a
Baptist and ecumenical chaplain at MD Anderson Cancer Center
in Houston for a number of years.
Jack's life was filled with so much meaning. A brilliant
musician, God granted him a gifted ear and strong hands that
played the piano - and especially the organ - with amazing
beauty, excellence, and power. He was a committed steward of
his marvelous gifts, using them as a regular church organist
from age 15 through 72 (and part-time through the rest of
his life), serving every major denomination during those
years. In later years and on into retirement, Jack also
brought joy and comfort through his beautiful piano playing,
offering his gifts weekly in the MD Anderson lobbies and
monthly for retirement home chapel services.
Though music was such a meaningful and integral part of his
life, he treasured most of all his family, his friendships,
and his Lord. He dearly loved his wife, his sons, their
families, and a host of treasured friendships through the
years, and he delighted in those relationships, giving so
much of himself, his time, his smile, his laughter, and his
wisdom. Above all, though, he loved his Lord, always
yielding to the sovereignty of God, trusting in His ways
completely without questioning, and blessing all who
encountered him with his faithful witness and genuine love.
He held the Scriptures close to his heart, seeking the Lord
daily, and Psalm 1:1-2 was particularly meaningful to him,
which is appropriate, as he sought each day to heed its
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Jack was a truly special gift from above, and he will be
If you would like to celebrate Jack's life and legacy with a
remembrance, the family suggests First Methodist Houston,
1320 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, Houston Hospice, the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Salvation Army,
or Houston's Star of Hope Mission.
Aleene (Estes) Painter
Dec 22, 1941 - Feb 14, 2016
Aleene Painter, known as "The Bird Lady" quietly passed away
in her sleep early Sunday morning, Feb. 14, 2016 at the age
of 74. Now with her own wings, she is in the loving arms of
our Lord and Savior after her long battle with Alzheimer's
Aleene was born Dec. 22, 1941 in Corsicana, to Basil and
Tina "Tiny" Estes of Eureka.
Aleene attended Mildred school where after only two weeks in
the 1st grade was moved up to the 2nd grade by her first
grade teacher. From there she graduated Mildred High School
in 1959 as Salutatorian of her senior class.
In December of 1964, Aleene met David Warren Painter on a
blind date and were married four months later. They were
happily married for over 50 years.
Aleene was a soft spoken and loving person. She saw
everything beautiful in the world and was very caring for
it. Some of her hobbies were gardening, nature walks,
birding and rehabilitating wildlife. She, "The Bird Lady" of
Navarro County worked with the county game warden and local
animal shelter and would not only take in birds, but all
wildlife. She would nurse all she could back to health and
release the strongest back to the wild.
Some of her patients included a coyote pup, opossums and a
While working as an accountant for Corsicana Cleaners she
set up transportation of injured hawks and owls to a
veterinarian in Palestine. When Corsicana Cleaner trucks had
deliveries to Palestine she would box up the injured bird
and get the drivers to drop it off. Eastern Bluebirds and
humming birds were her favorites.
For several years she participated in a bird banding project
with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department specifically
for Eastern Bluebirds of Texas. Many bluebird nesting boxes
were built and put up in Navarro County where she could
watch them lay their eggs and raise their young.
Aleene is survived by her husband, David Warren Painter and
their two children; Leslie McFadden and her husband Darrell,
Kevin Painter and his wife Donna, all of Corsicana.
Aleene is affectionately known as "Memaw" to numerous
nieces, nephews and her five grandchildren, Chase and Lacy
McFadden and Ryan, Zak and Alan Painter.
She is also survived by her mother Tina Estes, three
brothers; Donald Estes and wife Lou of Corsicana, Doug Estes
and wife Sherena of Benton, Los Angeles. and Danny Estes and
wife Connie of Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her father Basil Estes and
sister Janice Gotcher.
Visitation with her family will be at Corley's Funeral Home
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at Noon, immediately followed by
the funeral service at 2 p.m. officiated by Rev. Randall
In lieu of flowers, gifts or cards please give a hug to the
ones you love and donate to the fight against Alzheimer's
disease at the Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas, 4144
N Central Expy #750, Dallas, TX 75204.
Martha Lenora (Dawson) Kasprzyk
Mar 2, 1925 - Feb 14, 2016
Lenora Dawson Kasprzyk left her earthly home to receive her
eternal reward with her Heavenly Father on Sunday evening,
Feb. 14, 2016. Born on March 2, 1925, Martha was a long-time
resident of Corsicana, Texas, member of Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church, and lived a rich and active life
right up to the age of 90. She passed away peacefully at
Navarro Regional Hospital on Sunday evening, a fitting day
for a woman who liked vibrant colors like red and purple and
loved people thoroughly as well.
Martha was born on March 2, 1925 in Port Gibson,
Mississippi, the only child of John Weston Dawson and Carrie
Sims MacGruder Dawson, where she learned to work and study,
eventually becoming the Valedictorian of her graduating
class in her beloved Sutherland Springs, Texas. She began a
voracious interest in reading at an early age that stayed
with her throughout her life. From her close relationship
with her mother, and the necessity that The Great Depression
created, Martha became adept at cooking, sewing, gardening,
and working with her hands, all life-long loves of hers. In
addition, she learned the importance of love and generosity,
which are two things that Martha has been known for her
On Aug. 12, 1944, Martha married the love of her life,
Ernest Anthony Kasprzyk, beginning a 56-year life with him,
living in Mississippi, and many towns in Texas as he taught
and administrated in multiple school districts and two
junior colleges. Martha enjoyed telling the story of love at
first sight when she first saw her tall, handsome future
husband come striding in through the door. Often, she would
say, "I saw that tall drink of water, and I knew I'd be
marrying him." Not surprisingly, Martha usually got exactly
what she wanted, and 56 years, five children, and five
grandchildren later, she certainly achieved her goal. It was
Ernest's employment as a dean at Navarro College that
brought the Kasprzyk family to Corsicana, where she lived
for over 40 years.
Martha always spoke of one of her most proud
accomplishments, as being honored to be one of the original
Rosie the Riveters in San Antonio during World War II.
Working at Kelly Field became one of the most truly
life-changing achievements for Martha. As one of the tiniest
of the girls working there, she was able to crawl far up
into the inside of and repair the planes in the airfields of
San Antonio during the war. She was especially thrilled to
be included as one of the inaugural members of the official
Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, California, where a
number of her photos of the time spent at Kelly Field and
her biography can be found. Amusingly, though, Martha never
flew on an airplane, herself, as she had a healthy fear of
flying. A proud member of The Greatest Generation, Martha
enjoyed reminiscing about those times in San Antonio during
the war and truly loved to speak to groups of adults and
students about her experiences.
Later in life, she drew strength from being able to give
generously to some of her favorite charities, most notably
the exotic animal sanctuary, Tiger Creek, which takes in
abandoned exotic animals and cares kindly for them. In
addition, she loved her church and remained faithful to
attend services as long as her body would allow her to. She
enjoyed all the people with whom she came into contact,
talked their ears off, never wanted to see anyone go
wanting, and she made sure to keep her weekly hair
appointment, where she met and maintained many lasting
friendships. Martha never met a stranger, and she never
minced words. Plainspoken and direct, her love for people
came through, even when she was teaching a hard lesson or
explaining a controversial point of view. Because of her
humble upbringing, she wanted to help people all the time,
so she became a sort of mother hen for her neighborhood,
cooking, checking in, and even watching as many younger
neighbors than her passed away, all the while, celebrating
victories and special occasions and mourning losses of those
close to her. Words like spit-fire, big-hearted, loving,
generous, tenacious, and tough come to mind when describing
her special life.
Martha is survived by her five children: Carol Jean Carter
and husband, Nick, of Waco; Cheryl Ann Kasprzyk of Dallas;
Mark Allan Kasprzyk and wife, Bobbie, of Dallas; Paul
Anthony Kasprzyk, and wife, Jaton, of Mesquite; and David
Michael Kasprzyk, and wife, Aimee, of Corsicana; as well as
three granddaughters, Jenna Kasprzyk of Abilene, Sarah
Kasprzyk of Denton, and Anna Kasprzyk of Corsicana; two step
grandsons, Eric Liebel, and wife Ashley of Dallas; and Casey
Liebel of Denton; and a brand new great-grandchild, Knox
Paul Liebel, son of Eric and Ashley. She loved her pets
throughout life, most notably of late, her constant
companion, Shadow the cat. Finally, Martha loved her friend
and caregiver, Pat Avery, like a daughter as well. Martha
was preceded in death by her parents, Carrie and John, as
well as her husband, Ernest.
Services for Martha Kasprzyk will be provided by Corley
Funeral Home in Corsicana. The rosary and viewing in her
honor will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at
Corley's at 418 North 13th Street in Corsicana, with Rev.
Lewis Palos officiating.
The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19,
2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 3000 West
Highway 22 in Corsicana with Father Jason Cargo officiating.
Pallbearers include sons Mark, Paul, and David, step
grandsons Eric and Casey, and neighbor, Mike Gamez. Honorary
pallbearers include her son-in-law Nick, neighbor, Bill
Burleson, and friend Jon Ed Ingham. Interment will
immediately follow at
Cemetery in Corsicana.
The family asks that donations be made to Tiger Creek Animal
Sanctuary at 17552 FM Rd 14 Tyler, Texas 75706 in Martha
- w/o Ernest Anthony Kasprzyk - d/o John Weston Dawson and
Carrie Sims (MacGruder) Dawson
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Thursday, February 18, 2016
- Submitted by
Joy Louise "Babbaw"
Aug 2, 1922 - Feb 21, 2016
Joy Louise "Babbaw" Young, 93, of Corsicana passed away on
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1922 in Magnolia, Arkansas to
Charlie and Ada Holt.
Jesus said "Let the little children come to me, and do not
hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as
Joy Young's or Babbaw's true calling in life was taking care
of the children. From her grandchildren to great
grandchildren to her great great grandchildren, Babbaw could
tell you multiple and detailed stories about every one of
them with a gleam in her eye. God blessed her with a gift of
patience, love and understanding with all the children she
encountered. Words can't describe the tremendous role she
played in providing guidance to many, and she was always
there in a time of need.
Until her last breath, her mind was sharp and her thoughts
clear. One of her many words of wisdom was to "go and do
while you can, because there will come a day when all you
have to hold on to are the sweet memories that you create."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Charles
"Dick" Young; infant grandsons, Danny Glenn and Michael
Charles Williams; granddaughter, Melody Joy Skinner Gentry;
and a great grandson, Heath Skinner.
She is survived by her daughters, Jackie Rogers and husband
Dan of Corsicana and Janis Ware and husband Jim of Crowley;
granddaughter, Cheryl Lively and husband Lance of Austin;
grandsons, Chuck Williams and wife Gayle of Corsicana, Andy
Sanches of Crowley and Mitchell Sanches of Azle; nephew
Billy Jean Holt and wife Debbie of Mathis; seven great
grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; brother,
Charles Holt of Magnolia, Arkansas; sister, Charlene Holt of
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at
Richland Cemetery with Rev.
Randall Whitt officiating.
Interment of her cremated remains will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Baptist
Church, 2800 N. Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Glenda Ann (Whittenburg)
Apr 22, 1953 - Feb 12, 2016
Ann Bowling of Blooming Grove, 62, lost her six year battle
with leukemia and multiple myeloma on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. She was born April 22, 1953 in
Corsicana and was a daughter of William Rufus and Barbra
Effe (Smith) Whittenburg. She was raised in Purdon and
attended school in Dawson, graduating from
Dawson High School in the Class of 1971.
Afterwards Glenda worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance and
later was employed for many years by Guardian Industries. In
later years she also was employed by Lakes Regional MHMR
Center in Corsicana. Even after her cancer diagnosis she
continued to fulfill her employment duties, often undergoing
chemotherapy treatments on her lunch hour and then returning
Glenda was married to Terry Bowling on Nov. 30, 1996 and
they celebrated 19 years of loyal and dedicated
companionship during the times of good health and through
the years of trials that cancer brought. She was a loving
and devoted wife and mother and few things in life brought
her as much joy as being with her grandson, Brandon. She was
also a devoted dog lover and adored her "fur babies."
Known for her intense and unwavering loyalty to her family
members and friends, she could always be counted on in any
trial that life might bring to those she loved. Her favorite
hobby was genealogy and she was also beloved by many of her
distant cousins that she met while working on her family
tree. And she enjoyed the friends that she and Terry met as
they traveled to compete in cooking competitions around the
Most importantly, Glenda loved her Lord and Savior and was a
devout Christian woman. As an adult she became a member of
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. Her
faith did not waiver during the years she fought cancer and
she understood that "to be absent from the body is to be
face to face with the Lord." Her multitude of friends will
remember her for her sweet spirit and her radiant smile
which was freely offered to all she met.
Glenda is survived by her husband, Terry Bowling of Blooming
Grove; her son Robert Ray "Bobby" Whittenburg and his wife
Tammy of Corsicana; grandson Brandon Whittenburg of
Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law Gaylon and Donna
Whittenburg of Corsicana, her niece Brandi and nephew Jeff.
She is also survived by her step-son, Brent Bowling and a
host of other relatives. Her best friend, Cheryle Chaffin of
Corsicana also survives as well as several of her fur
Visitation with the family will be Monday, Feb. 15 from 6 to
8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be held in the Corley Chapel on Tuesday, Feb.
16 at 10 a.m. with burial following in the
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be
made to the Navarro County Humane Society.
Joe Berry Lafayette Sims
Oct 22, 1856 - Mar 11, 1922
FORMER CITIZEN HERE DEAD.
Was Blacksmith at Eureka for Number of Years.
J. D. Sims, aged 65 years, and for many years a citizen of the
Eureka community, died near Paint Rock, Tom Green county, last
night of paralysis. The remains will reach here tomorrow morning
and interment will take place in the
tomorrow afternoon a 3 o’clock. The deceased is survived by his
wife and ten grown children. The children are: Mrs. Cliff
Ellington, Corsicana; Joe Sims, Osborne Sims, Virgil Sims, Emory
Sims and Mrs. Ben Singleton for Eureka, Mrs. Will Davis of
Kerens, Mrs. Melvin Coker of Mexia and Misses Ruth and Lenore
Sims, who still live with their parents.
The deceased was a good citizen and had many friends who are
pained to learn of his death.
INFANT DAUGHTER Tekell
Died Jan. 21, 1922
Died at Tehuacana.
The infant daughter of L. O. Tekell and wife of Tehaucana,
died there Saturday, and the remains were interred at
The child was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
Sullivan of Corsicana.
Emmett George Byrd
Sep 19, 1897 - May 5, 1923
HUGHES-MCKIE WELL STILL BURNING—FOURTEEN KNOWN DEAD
THOUSANDS VISITED LOCATION OF GURNING WELL—CROWDS
THRONGED THROUGH MORGUE VIEWING BODIES
Like an active volcano in eruption, belching forth
terrific flames of burning fire constantly fed by the
constant flow of oil and gas, the Hughes-McKie well in
holocaust which has cost at least 14 men their lives,
continues to gush forth its awful blaze at 3 o’clock
For twenty-four solid hours flames ranging from 30 feet
to 150 feet have leaped high in the air in its
spectacular capers. Red streaks of flame ascend as from
a mighty nozzle, and disappear in the form of huge black
clouds of smoke, which drift with the wind in a surging
The wind switched from the southward during the night
and the mighty smokestack releases its flow in the
direction of Powell, leaving darkened elements in its
Thousands hurried frantically to the fields during last
night to witness the spectacular fire-works.
The well being situated on the east bank of the creek is
surrounded by tall timber. A rough one-way traffic road
forming a winding snake trail for two miles is the only
means of vehicle access to the scene. The roads were
choked with vehicle traffic within a short time after
the fire started. This kept up all night.
The well has been fenced off and traffic barred on the
narrow road to give the men full right of way in getting
boilers to the location.
Every company owning equipment in the Powell fields has
tendered the use of all available boilers and other
equipment to extinguish the flame.
Men are working like Trojans to get the equipment in
place. It will be necessary to use fire foam and steam
from a dozen boilers.
The burned bodies of at least six men remain in the fire
zone according to DeWitt Watkins, who is working at the
well today. He stated to a reporter of the Sun this
morning that five bodies could be seen near the well,
and there was another one missing. He also stated he
believed that one or two spectators perished.
Jim Ball foreman in charge of the work believes the
final death toll will reach 18.
Mr. Hughes accompanied by J. S. Banks, his attorney, are
at the well this afternoon checking up on the number of
dead and missing.
Hundreds of spectators thronged in and out and lingered
about the Sutherland Undertaking establishment all day
Thursday eager to catch a glimpse of the charred bodies
of a number of the working crew which perished in the
big blaze Wednesday afternoon when the Hughes-McKie No.
1 well ignited.
Five of the bodies, charred and disfigured by the flames
almost beyond recognition, were brought to the morgue
early last night. They have been identified as follows:
W.A. PHILLIPS, Kerens.
W. A. HICKS, Wortham.
JACK COOPER, Corsicana.
FRED CRAIG, Roane.
L. P. SHEEK, Dallas.
The bodies of Travis Owen and Emmett Bird, both of
Kerens, were brought from the Physicians and Surgeons
hospital later in the night, Owen died at 7 o’clock and
Bird died at 11:05 o’clock. These two men were dragged
from the fire zone and hurried to Corsicana. Each lived
only a few hours.
C. B. Keever, J. E. Keever, J. R. Ferris and Jesse Blair
from the Keever Undertaking company at Ennis arrived
early last night to assist in preparing the bodies for
The bodies of S. P. Allen, field foreman; E. C. Cooper,
driller; James Phillips, L. C. Coop, M. O. Turner, have
not been recovered. Max Meisner and Charlie Walker are
believed to have perished. The charred remains of four
can be seen near the well. They cannot be recovered on
account of the intensity of the heat.
Funerals This Afternoon.
Funerals for four of the victims of yesterday’s terrible
oil field holocaust took place this afternoon. The
bodies of W. A. (Ban) Phillips and Travis Owen were
taken to Rural Shade were both were raised; Emmett Byrd
was interred in Eureka, his former home, and Fred Craig
was laid to rest at Chatfield, which was his childhood
The ladies of Corsicana and the Chamber of Commerce
covered each of the caskets with magnificent flowers.
The remains of L. C. Sheek were sent to Dallas this
afternoon and the body of W. A. Hicks will be sent to
The roustabout crew of 20 men working in the vicinity of
the well escaped. Several teamsters and tank men were
passing in and about the premises and rushed to the aid
of the burning men, but the blaze had swept the bottom
before they could be reached.
A negro teamster succeeded in loosening his team from
the material wagon and escaped with them. The wagon and
its contents were consumed.
The scene about the well presented a sad and tragic
spectacle when the monstrous explosion came. Both the
day and the night crew consisting of twelve men had just
started work a short while before. Several bystanders
near the well escaped with their lives by running. It is
believed that more dead bodies are in the burned area in
addition to the known dead.
Men ran in every direction in a frenzy and fell when
Jimmy Meeks, oil field scout for the Humble Oil &
Refining Company; E. W. Quinlin, scout for the Simms Oil
Company; Ellis Hammel, drilling contractor; and DeWitt
Watkins, members of the roustabout crew, did heroic work
in attempting to save the men from their awful death.
Heroic Rescue Work.
Bravely defying all danger at the risk of their own
lives rushed headlong to the burning prostrate forms of
the groaning men in death agonies in answer to their
piteous cries for help and succeeded in bringing them
out. The men breathed their last as they were being
carried out of the gas, smoke and fire.
Jim Ball escaped with B. B. Simmonds, N. M. Dunman and
Dick Pyle. As they made their exit from the timber, Ball
turned back to assist Owen. He succeeded in getting him
into the open but too late to save his life. Charlie
Lewis of Corsicana ran to the assistance of Bird.
Piteous cries for water went up from the two dying men
as the ambulance brought them to the hospital.
Meeks, Quinlan, Hammel and Watkins returned towards the
well for the other perishing men, but were unable to
reach them. Their bodies had been practically reduced to
ashes in the blaze which had gained headway. Waste oil
in the bottom covering almost an acre upon which large
trees saturated with oil had become enveloped in the
Quinlan is a world war hero. A native of New York State,
he served in the French Army during the early days of
the war. Later he served with the Canadian forces.
Quinlan is the possessor of several war medals. He was
awarded the Medalto Militaire; the Croix Guerre, and
while in the British he service he was the first
American to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He received
several hard jolts in the war, in the rescue work
Wednesday the fumes and smoke temporarily almost
Phone Girls Busy.
Shortly after three o’clock a man called the Johnson
Drug Store from the Commercial Hotel and communicated
the first news that reached Corsicana of the terrible
disaster. The caller at the same time told Miss Valsey
Hubbard, the operator, that he wanted every doctor
available to go to the scene of the McKie well. The call
was immediately referred to the chief operator. She rang
the Corsicana Surgical and Medical clinic and asked that
the doctors be sent. The hospital and every drug store
in town were called to assist in every possible way. The
undertaking parlors soon dispatched ambulances toward
the fire. Emergency telephone calls from Powell, Kerens
and Corsicana came pouring into the central office
running as high as 2,400 calls per hour.
Frantic calls from various individuals were made in
effort to locate the families of the dead and injured
Public memorial services will be held at the gospel tent
at 7:45 o’clock Friday evening under the auspices of the
Chamber of Commerce. Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., will
withhold his regular revival services until after the
The Chamber of Commerce today sent floral offerings to
the families of the deceased. A suitable medal will be
provided for the family of each man by the commercial
organization in commemoration of their brave efforts
towards the development of the oil resources of the
Among the members of the roustabout crew escaping are L.
W. Wilkitz, E. W. Arnett, Whyne Short, J. W. Crosby,
Jas. A. McDaniels, J. A. Story, Jim Ball, Ned Dumas, and
Johnnie Kennon. The names of the other men have not been
These men had been gathered up from various leases in
the Mexia district and brought to assist in taking care
of the well. The working record and the names of the men
were in Mr. Allen’s pocket, and none of the surviving
members are able to give the names of all the men.
Superintendent Walker of the city schools of Henrietta,
and wife, father and mother of Mrs. S. P. Allen, and
father of Charlie Walker, arrived in Corsicana early
Station Agent Wyatt and daughters of Plano, friends of
the Walker family are also here.
Mr. Allen’s mother, and Miss Walker of Denton are also
here. Miss Walker is a teacher in the Denton College of
Industrial Arts. She is a sister of Mrs. Allen.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN OIL FIRE
Memorial services in honor of the oil field workers
who lost their lived in the big blaze at the Hughes-McKie
well Wednesday will be held at the gospel tent,
Eleventh street and Seventh avenue at 7:45 o’clock
The ceremonies will be conducted under the auspices
of the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor J. S. Eubank and
members of the city administration, presidents of
the Rotary, Lions, Civic, Advertising clubs, the
Retail Merchants’ Association will occupy a place on
Every minister in town will take part in the
The ministers will conduct a prayer service. Hugh L.
Hiett will sing.
Hon. Luther A. Johnson will make the address of
condolence. Other speakers will take part.
FUNERAL SUNDAY FOR REMAINING OIL FIRE VICTIMS
MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN BIG OIL FIELD FIRE WILL BE
Funeral services for S. P. Allen, Charles
Walker, Jim Phillips, C. M. Cooper, E. C. Cooper
and L. C. Cook, fire victims of the burning
Hughes-McKie oil well, will be held at the First
Methodist Church at 2:30 o’clock Sunday
afternoon, according to announcement made today
by W. S. Banks, attorney for the J. K. Hughes
Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the church
assisted by Rev. C. G. Vineer, pastor of the
Church of Christ, will conduct the services.
The remains of the six bodies will be interred
in one casket in a specially provided lot in
Active pallbearers will be Hon. Luther A.
Johnson, Mayor J. S. Eubank, R. J. Jackson, Sam
J. Jackson, John C. Calhoun, R. J. Graves, J. L.
Halbert and W. H. Hastings.
The smouldering remains of the six men were
recovered from the fire area of the ill-fated
Hughes-McKie well several days after it caught
fire May 9. They have been held at the
Sutherland Undertaking Parlors pending the
possible recovery of another body believed to
have been undiscovered in the debris.
Seven of the perish crew were recovered from the
fire shortly after the blaze started. Each were
positively identified, and have been buried.
Mr. Banks stated today that the six remaining
bodies had been sufficiently identified as to
justify giving out the name of each. He stated
the official casualty list of the J. K. Hughes
Development company places the number of known
dead and accounted for at 13. The list is as
S. P. Allen, L. C. Cook, M. O. Turner, Charles
Walker, Travis Owens, W. M. (Ban) Phillips, Jim
Phillips, L. P. Sheek, W. A. Hicks, C. M. (Jack)
Cooper, E. C. Cooper, Emmett G. Byrd, and Fred
One report carried the name of Max Meisner as
among the dead and missing. Mr. Banks stated
today that communication had been established
with Mr. Meisner, and the Hughes company is
certain he escaped injury. The company had the
fire area thoroughly scorched by men clad in
asbestos clothing, and no other body was found.
Mr. Banks stated the company feels certain that
the bodies of all men who perished in the fire
has been found.
The J. K. Hughes Development Company has planned
to erect a suitable monument over the grave of
the six men to be buried in Oakwood cemetery in
remembrance of the total number of its employees
losing their lives in the big fire.
A change of plans for extinguishing the fire at
the burning well late yesterday appears to have
been extended the time before the blaze is
stopped. W. H. McClintock has assembled a rig of
his own making and patent, which he is confident
will put out the fire when brought into play,
but so far the apparatus has not been applied.
Work was suspended at the well at 5 o’clock
Friday, and nothing was done during the night. A
different apparatus containing a T-joint and
valve gear model has been completed, and efforts
are being directed towards apply it before the
McClintock machine is used.
Rain last night rendered the creek bottoms and
the roads leading to the field in a very muddy
condition. Transportation out from town was slow
early today, which operated to cause some delay
in getting work under way Saturday morning.
Although the roads were very slippery, teams and
heavy trucks were on the road with tons of
materials for the various new locations for
A meeting of the stockholders of the Cor-Tex
Deep Well Company was held at the well just
south of town at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Plans
for resuming operations at the test were
thoroughly gone over. Several interested
individuals attended the meeting and reports are
that much enthusiasm is evidenced over the
proposed new operations there.
The test south of Blooming Grove to be put down
by Dr. Stubbs and Dunbar spudded in at 4
o’clock. Several went out from Corsicana to see
the bit take its first plunge into the surface.
A local photographer was present to take a view
of the rig and the crowds assembled to see the
new test stared.
Mary (McCalpin) Shields
Oct 28, 1896 - Jul 26, 1919
Died in Oklahoma Yesterday.
Mrs. Mary Shields, wife of Will Shields,
aged twenty-years, and who was reared near
here, died in Oklahoma yesterday and the
remains will reach here tonight, and
interment will take place in
tomorrow morning, after funeral services at
the First Baptist church, at 10 o’clock,
conducted by Rev. B. F. Ellis of Kerens.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 28,
1919 - Submitted by Diane Richards
Funeral This Morning.
The remains of the late Mrs. Mary Shields,
wife of Will Shields, who died in Oklahoma
Saturday reached here last night and the
funeral took place from the First Baptist
church at 10 o’clock this morning with
interment in Oakwood. Rev. B. F. Ellis of
Kerens officiated, and Thomas Ware, Herbert
Soape, Walter Stewart, H. C. Nash, Louis
Tidd and Thos. Pritchard acted as pall
In Loving Memory of Mary Shields.
On the morn of July 26, 1919 at 6 o’clock the spirit of Mrs. W. R. Shields departed to be with God who gave it. She was at the time of her death with her sister, Mrs. B. H. Fesmire, at Clinton, Okla. Am sure all was done that loving hearts and learned physicians could suggest, but God needed her with Him. She leaves to mourn her early departure, a broken hearted husband, a dear little girl two years old, a sister and a brother, besides a host of friends; for her friends were limited only by the extent of her acquaintances. To know her was to love her. The writer was denied the privilege of being with Mary during her last few months fo suffering, but my thoughts and prayers were continually with her, and while it was God’s will to take her we must be resigned, knowing “He doeth all things well.” Mary was a devout Christian, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church; a devoted wife and mother, and a most estimable woman, and we will all remember her long and fondly. Her greetings were always cordial, and while modest and beautiful, there was that in her calm face to draw all to her, for she was the embodiment of true womanhood. Her neighbors were her best friends and those who worked with her in the church were devoted to her.
We all knew that Mary was very sick, but when the message came, “Mary is Dead,” it was a shock. It seemed as if her husband’s cup of sorrow was filled to overflowing when he reached Corsicana in the night of the 28th, when little Katherine begged “Daddy” so pitiful for “Mother,” and he could only show her the pale face of her dear mother as she lay in the casket.
Mary and W. R. Shields were married on the 28th of October, 1913, thus leaving them less than six years to enjoy together the pleasures that seemed to lie out before them. I am sure that Mary was prepared to “render her account,” when the call came, and was willing to go, but in a letter to the writer a short while before her death she expressed a desire “if it was God’s will that she could be spared to raise Katherine—as she needed a mother so bad.
Mary was laid to rest on the morning of the 29th of July in
cemetery in Corsicana, by the side of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. McCalpin; to await the resurrection morn. The sorrowing friends have the loving sympathy of a friend who loved Mary.
MRS. E. W. O’DANIEL
In loving remembrance of Sister Mary Shields (Nee McCalphin).
Sister Mary Shields, the wife of W. R. Shields was born October 28, 1896, and departed this life July 26, 1919 at the home of her sister, Mrs. B. H. Fesmire, at Clinton, Okla.
She leaves a heartbroken husband a sweet baby girl two and one half years old, to mourn her loss. Her remains were laid to rest in
Oakwood cemetery by the side of her mother and father July 29th, surrounded by many sorrowing relatives and weeping friends to await the resurrection morning. The funeral services were conducted by Elder B. F. Ellis of Kerens. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and a faithful Christian. The departure of this sister leaves a sorrow over the home, the church and the community, which nothing but time and faith in Christ can remove. As a church, our heartfelt sympathy is given to Brother Willie, and pray that God will bless and strengthen him that he may grow stronger in the Lord each day. No words of ours are sufficient to comfort the bereaved in that lonely home. The church at Providence needed her, but we will try to think of her gain and not our loss. When Christ shall come to bid the dead rise the redeemed will be caught in the air, her grave will open and Mary will rise and answer the roll call up there.
Resolved, that a copy of this be spread in the Church records and a copy be sent to the Baptist Progress, and also a copy be sent to the Semi-Weekly Light.
MRS. B. B. FULLWOOD,
MRS. ETTA JOHNSON,
MRS. H. G. BURLESON,
John Thomas Crook
Jan 15, 1868 - Mar 24, 1919
Died Near Here Yesterday.
John T. Crook of Ratliff, Houston county, aged 51 years, died
yesterday afternoon at 3:15 at the home of his sister, Mrs. J.
F. Watson, near the Orphans Home, and the funeral took place
from the Watson home this afternoon with interment in
Oakwood cemetery and Rev. B. W. Vining officiated. The deceased had
never been married and had been in ill health for many years. He
is survived by the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. J. F.
Watson, Corsicana; Mrs. Tucker Baker, Neame, La.; District Judge
J. M. Crook, Durant, Okla.; R. E. Crook, Meridian, Miss.; A. B.
Crook, Houston, and Geo. W. Crook, Crockett.
Mary Violet (Smith) Crook
Oct 8, 1841 - Oct 8, 1937
AGED WOMAN DIED AT HOME DAUGHTER HERE LAST NIGHT
Funeral services for Mrs. Violet B. Crook, aged 96 years,
who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lillie B.
Underwood, Friday night about 11 o’clock, were held Saturday
afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral
Chapel, 420 West Sixth Avenue, with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller,
pastor of the First Baptist church..
Mrs. Crook had resided here for more than 30 years. She had
been ill for some time.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Underwood and Mrs. Tucker
Baker, both of Corsicana; three sons, Robert Crook,
Mississippi; George Crook, Crockett and Barry Crook,
Houston, and a number of grandchildren and
Latha Jane (Liles) Shipwash
Sep 18, 1860 - Oct 8, 1919
DIED IN AUSTIN WEDNESDAY.
Remains Were Interred in Oakwood This Morning.
Mrs. Latha J. Shipwash, aged fifty-nine years, died in
Austin Wednesday, and the remains were brought here
yesterday afternoon by G. L. Russell and wife, her
son-in-law and daughter, whose home is in Austin and the
funeral took place at 10 o’clock this morning from the
home of W. W. Lansford, 1116 West Twelfth Avenue Rev. R.
A. Crosby officiating. Interment was in
Mary Jane (unk) Robinson
Mar 16, 1840 - Jan 23, 1919
Died Here Last Night.
Mrs. Mary J. Robinson, aged seventy-nine years,
died at 9 o’clock last night at the home of her
son-in-law, W. R. Presley, on South Sixteenth
street, after a long illness, and the funeral
took place at 2:340 this afternoon from the
home, with interment in
Rev. Ilion T. Jones officiated at the funeral
and Luther A. Johnson, Robt. Stell, Neill
Johnson, J. M. Pugh, Cal E. Kerr and B. L. Finch
acted as pallbearers. The deceased is survived
by three children, Mrs. R. W. Presley of this
city, and two sons, D. P. Robinson, Kansas City;
and Isaac Robinson of Oklahoma.
John Henry Schomerus
Jul 4, 1871 - Aug 29, 1919
JOHN SCHOMERUS DEAD.
Former Citizen of Corsicana Died in Houston.
John Schomerus, formerly a citizen of
Corsicana, died in Houston today, according
to word received here this morning.
The deceased was 47 years of age at the time
of his death. He is survived by his wife,
two sisters, Mrs. Roy Canady and Mrs. W. T.
McElwee of Corsicana; and one brother,
Douglass Schomerus of Iola, Kansas.
Mr. Schomerus lived in this city for many
years, being in the restaurant business for
some time, and has hosts of friends among
The funeral will take place from the H. & T.
C., station here tomorrow afternoon at 4:55
p.m. The following will act as pallbearers:
A. Weidman, John Redden, Dee Molloy, Jack
Hays, Fred Allison, Ed McCarver, and John
Funeral Largely Attended.
The remains of the late John Schomerus
reached here from Houston Sunday afternoon
at 4:30 and the funeral took place from the
Union Station immediately after the arrival
of the remains, and interment in
Oakwood cemetery followed. There was a large
attendance and many beautiful floral
offerings. Rev. J. M. Mulen, pastor of the
First Christian Church officiated.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
Sep 2, 1919
- Submitted by
- s/o George E. Schomerus and (sister
Minnie Canady’s death certificate says
Hattie (Rather) and sister Martha
McElwee’s death certificate says
Wilhelmina—1880 census says Ricka)
William A. McLean
1844 - Aug 31, 1919
Confederate Veteran Dead.
W. A. McLean, a Confederate veteran, 75
years old, and who came to Navarro
county more than forty years ago, died
at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday and the
veterans Camp Winkler buried his remains
Oakwood yesterday afternoon. He had
no family, and no known relatives. The
deceased made his home about Barry and
in other neighborhoods of the county and
had many friends among those who knew
Maggie (Williams) Marion
May 12, 1885 - Jan 29, 1919
Since my last writing death has
claimed one of our best women, the
wife of J. D. Marion. She is missed
by her neighbors and many friends
for who she was always ready to lend
a helping hand especially in the
sick room where she was so tender
and kind. She being a member of the
Methodist church here, was a true
Christian and a great worker in all
lines of church work. She was a
Sunday School teacher till her
health failed. Everything that
loving hands and medical skill could
do was done for Maggie, as so many
of us called her, for it seemed that
she was needed so much to mother her
two little daughters, but such is
happening all through our lives and
we don’t understand but we will some
day. The young husband and relatives
have the sympathy of a host of
Died Near Tupelo Tuesday night after a long illness with tuberculosis, and the remains were interred at the Edens Cemetery near Hester at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The deceased was the daughter of Tom Williams, of Eustace, Henderson County, and was reared in that county. She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Tl. H. Bowden of Tupelo, Mrs. Will Sheets of Chatfield and Mrs. L. K. C. Fluker of Hester. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Bell of Chatfield and the remains were laid to rest in the presence of a large concourse of friends.
Died Near Tupelo.
Mrs. J. D. Marion died at Tupelo last night
after a long illness with tuberculosis, and the
remains were interred at the Edens cemetery near
Hester at 2 p.m. today.
Feb 21, 1836 - Mar
DIED IN GALVESTON.
Medicine in This
County Many Years.
Mrs. Meredith, widow
of Dr. T. J.
Meredith, who was
for many years, a
physician here, at
Dawson and at Rice,
and who was buried
here thirty years
ago, died at the
home of her
daughter, Mrs. A. D.
Brown, in Galveston,
Sunday night at the
ripe old age of 83
years, and the
funeral taking place
from the Sutherland
with Rev. B. W. Vining officiating.
The deceased is
survived by these
children: Mrs. A. D.
Mrs. L. L. Boyd,
Mayfield, Ky., and
T. S. Meredith of
McLeod, Okla., and
by one sister, Mrs.
P. J. Harrison of
Julia Ann (Trotti) Isbell-Seelig
Jan 4, 1833 - Jul 19, 1919
Venerable Lady Passes Away.
Mrs. Julia Seelig, aged nearly eighty-seven years, died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Harper, on North Beaton street, and the remains were interred in Oakwood yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Rev. C. H. Booth officiated. Edgar Metcalf, Mrs. Henry Robbins, Mrs. J. L. Dockum and Jack Haslam sang, and Messrs. Harry Sedgeley, Claude Allen, Grover Jennings, F. P. Harger, E. T. Wilson and C. F. Foster acted as pall-bearers. There were many beautiful floral offerings. Besides her daughter, the deceased is survived by two sons, W. J. Seelig, of Corsicana, and S. W. Isbell of Louisiana. The deceased was a native of Tallahassee, Florida, but had lived in Texas since 1846, and her last husband the father of W. J. Seelig, was a veteran of the Mexican War. The deceased had lived in Corsicana since 1876. She had led a quiet, sweet spirited Christian life through all of these years, and was loved by all who knew her and her memory will last as a sweet savor in the minds of all who knew and loved her.
Sevalia/Savalia (Penny) Till
Jun 19, 1896 - Feb 2, 1919
Died Near Here
Mrs. Sevalia Till, aged twenty-three years, wife of A. E. Till, died at the family home near the brick yards yesterday afternoon of blood poison, and the remains were interred in
Oakwood at two o’clock this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband.
Mary Leitha Walton
May 1, 1894 - Jun. 3, 1919
Funeral Took Place This Afternoon
The funeral services of the late Miss Leitha Walton took place from the family home two miles north of town at 3 o’clock this afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. C. H. Booth, and eight young ladies, members of the Sunday School class of Mrs. Geo. E. Jester, to which the deceased belonged acted as the honorary pallbearers, they were Misses Ethelmae Tatum, Hazel Davis, Florence Holman, Florence Blackburn, Annie Franklin, Ethel Roughton, Mary Trimble and Frances Harwell, and the active pall bearers were Clarence Pittman, Suttle Roberts, Percy Blackburn, Percy Williams, Lender Walton and Neal Walton.
There were many beautiful floral offerings.
Mary Louisa (Petty) Walton
Nov 19, 1840 - Oct 6, 1919
DEATH OF OLD RESIDENT.
Highly Esteemed lady passed Away Last Night.
Mrs. Jas. A. Walton, formally Miss Mary Petty passed away at 2 a.m. this morning.
Mrs. Walton, though not confined to her bed but a few days, has been a painful though patient sufferer for more than twelve years as the result of a fall that fractured her hip and rendered her unable to walk without the use of a crutch.
She was a most consistent member of the Methodist church and lived and died in the faith of her blessed Redeemer.
She was universally loved by all who came in contact with her pure unselfish Christian life. Mrs. Walton was one of the oldest living residents of the county, having come here with her parents from Tennessee in 1849. Then but a few log and board houses marked this place as a settlement.
Her brother J. S. Petty was the second child born in Corsicana and is the only member of the family now living, of a family of eleven children. She was just ten years old at that time.
Mrs. Walton has read, either daily or weekly, some Navarro county publication regularly for forty years and regardless of being a shut in was perhaps one of the best posted persons in the county on recent as well as earlier events.
She was the mother of the following children: Mrs. Low Pittman, Mrs. Emma Walton, George W. Walton, T. J. Walton, W. W. Walton of Corsicana and M. M. Walton of Yoakum, Texas.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, from her late residence, 629 North Tenth Street with interment at the family cemetery, three miles northeast of Corsicana, and Rev. C. H. Booth will officiate.
Apr 19, 1916 - Dec 21, 1919
Remains Interred Here Yesterday.
Elizabeth, the 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Estes of Roane died at family home there Saturday night after a long illness and the remains were brought here yesterday and interment took place in
Oakwood at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. B. W. Vining, assisted by Rev. Carlson of Roane.
In Memory of Elizabeth Estes
On Saturday, Dec. 20, 1919, the stainless soul of Elizabeth Estes wafted its way to the spirit world beyond, and was laid to rest in
Oakwood cemetery Dec. 21.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones but weep not as those who have no hope, for we have a hope of meeting her in a sweet bye and bye, where parting comes no more and where God will wipe all tears from our eyes.
Could she speak to us from the glory world we are sure she would say, “not unto me but unto Jesus’ name be glory given, because he has prepared for me this sweet delightful home.: From a natural standpoint we view her death as untimely; from a spiritual standpoint, we view it as being perfect. Harmonious with the will of Him who doeth all things well. How true it is that we never know the real value of our loved ones, until they are weighed on the balances of death.
Her life to us was an open book, and the record she left is “better than pearly marble slabs, or shafts of flinty stones.” Her name was as fair and radiant as the stars in heaven, her character as pure and as spotless as the driven snow.
Oh, how she will be missed, how dark and sad seems the way for the bereaved ones; their hearts are torn and bleeding, their burdens seem almost more than they can bear. It is all for a little while and then great everlasting happiness comes to reign for ever and ever.
Little Elizabeth only bloomed for a short while in this great wide world. She being only 9 years old when her heavenly Father called her up there to dwell with Him and other loved ones. But weep not dear ones, but look to God for aid, for it takes much sorrow and many sufferings to prepare for a better world.
Oh, it is so sad to know she is gone and it is so lonely without her. A place is vacant in their home which never can be filled. May God guide their footsteps in the way of righteousness, and keep their minds free from the thoughts of sin; as again they can meet little Elizabeth and other loved ones in that beautiful home where there is no sad parting to come, for we don’t know what minute this life will be ended and we should be prepared to meet death at any time, whether it be soon or late.
She was attended by a good physician s ever fought death, or watched with anxiety at the bedside of a patient. She was tenderly nursed by those whom one writer has been pleased to call “earth’s Angels.” The day of the burial is a sadly remembered day to us all. There was a large concourse of surviving relatives and friends, and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Our dearest schoolmate is dead
And her dark head
Is ever now before our eyes.
In fancy we can see her still
Lying by the window sill
Any yet in the grave she lies.
We listen for her lips
The sweetest words to lisp
But we listen all in vain.
The kind words so sweet
She never will repeat
No, she will never speak again.
Our beloved one is now in her grave
Angels watch over her
God will take care of what He gave
We will not despair
For we will see her
When we meet her over there.
Oh when we meet her
Oh when we greet her
In the land that knows no pain
When we see her holy face
Lift to us in sweetest grace,
Never more we’ll part again.
May (Shanks) Hollan-Ayers
Jun 23, 1885 - Nov 2, 1919
Died Yesterday Morning
Mrs. May Ayers, wife of W. L. Ayers, died at the family home, 502 East Tenth avenue, at 5 o’clock yesterday morning, and the remains were interred in
Oakwood at 10 o’clock this morning, Rev., B. W. Vining officiating, and G. W. Little, Robt. Mayo, B. H. Hale, P. H. Magie, J. F. Taylor and G. W. Blue officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and three children.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 3, 1919
- Submitted by
- 1st husband Frazier Hollan married Jul. 30, 1901 (son Clifford Burns Hollan’s death certificate says Benjamin F. Hollan) 2nd husband Wilson L. Ayers married Jul. 6, 1918 d/o John Thomas Shanks and Ardelia Elizabeth (Burns) Shanks bured in Hillside Cemetery, DeWitt, Tx.
Neal Smith Hamilton
Jun. 28, 1850 - Nov. 6, 1919
Funeral Was Well Attended
The remains of the late N. S. Hamilton who died at his home here on Thursday night were interred in
Oakwood this morning at 10 o’clock. Funeral services at the house were conducted by Rev. B. W. Vining, and were conducted at the grave by the Odd Fellows. A large number of friends were present and there were many floral offerings.
Mar 28, 1861 - Oct 27, 1919
REMAINS INTERRED TODAY.
Funeral of Miss Lucy McElwee Was Largely Attended.
The funeral services over the remains of the late Miss Lucy McElwee were held at the family home, 1035 West Fourth Avenue at 4 o’clock this afternoon Rev. J. C. Mullins of the First Christian Church officiating, and Messrs, J. R. Webb, Cal E. Kerr, G. E. Mitchell, O. E. Hyndman, A. Weldermann, Ike Levy, R. R. Molloy and T. P. Kerr acting as pallbearers. A large concourse of friends followed the remains in their last resting place and there were many beautiful flowers placed about her bier.
Frances Adele Kanter
Sep 8, 1912 - Aug 13, 1919
Death of Little Girl.
Frances Kanter, the little afflicted niece of Mrs. Scott Bagby, and granddaughter of the late Mrs. N. B. Bruner, died at the P. and S. Hospital yesterday afternoon after several days illness with scarlet fever. The remains were interred in
Oakwood at 11 o’clock this morning. The mother of the little girl died here some years ago, and its father, who is a citizen of Germany, and who served through the late war with the German army, but who is still alive, is still in Germany.
Lelia Bell (Hollan) Lake
Jul 13, 1894 - Jan 15, 1919
Died Here Last Night.
Mrs. Lelia Lake, wife of Hub Lake died at the family home on West Eleventh Avenue, last night of pneumonia following influenza. The deceased was twenty-six years old and is survived by her husband and two children. The remains were interred in
Oakwood this afternoon at 2:30, Rev. R. A. Crosby officiating.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 16, 1919
- Submitted by
- w/o Leslie Claud “Hub” Lake married Dec. 23, 1911 d/o James H. “Jim” Hollan and Lula Bell (Jones) Hollan-Berryhill (Lula is buried in Athens City Cemetery)
- (some sources say Holland)
Alma A. Holland
Aug 27, 1892 - Jan 10, 1929
MAN DIED SUDDENLY AT LULING; BURIAL CORSICANA SUNDAY
The body of Alma A. Holland, aged 38 years, who died suddenly in Luling Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, arrived in Corsicana at an early hour Saturday morning and the funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Holland formerly resided in Corsicana.
Mr. Holland had been sick with the flu but had gotten up when he was stricken with a heart attack and died almost instantly.
Surviving are two children, mother, Mrs. Ben Berryhill, Athens, several half-brothers and other relatives.
Sutherland Undertaking company will have charge of the funeral.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jan 12, 1929
- Submitted by
- (Some sources say Hollan & others say Holland)
h/o Ella (Brown) Hollan married May 31, 1910 s/o James H. “Jim” Hollan and Lela Bell (Jones) Hollan-Berryhill (Lela is buried in Athens City Cemetery)
ALMA A. HOLLAND BURIED HERE; DIED AT
Funeral services for Alma A. Holland, aged 36 years, who died in
Luling, Texas suddenly Thursday afternoon at 3:50 o’clock, were held
Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in
cemetery. The body arrived
in Corsicana Saturday morning. He formerly resided in Corsicana.
Mr. Holland had been ill with influenza but had gotten up when he
was stricken with a heart attack and died almost instantly.
Sutherland’s Undertaking company had charge of the funeral.
Surviving are two children, mother, Mrs. Ben Berryhill, Athens, and
James David McNeel
Apr 3, 1876 - Dec 2, 1919
Died At Petty Chapel.
J. D. McNeel, aged forty-three years, died in the Petty Chapel community Tuesday night and the remains were interred in
Oakwood yesterday afternoon. The wife and several relatives survive.