Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Florence Gertrude (Haslam) Spurlock
abt 1887 - Mar. 17, 1916


Former Resident of Navarro County Will be Buried Here.

Mrs. Gertrude Spurlock, wife of Luther Spurlock, who formerly lived in the Black Hills community, died at Carlsbad, New Mexico yesterday and the remains will arrive here at noon tomorrow over the Houston & Texas Central railroad, and the funeral will take place from the train, with interment in the Cunningham cemetery West of town. The deceased was 78 years of age and is survived by her husband and three small children, and by three uncles living here, A. B. Haslam, F. A. Haslam and Jack Haslam. The family lived until five years ago in the Black Hills community, and the husband still owns a farm in that neighborhood.


B & D May 7, 1939

Infant Died Early Monday; Burial On Monday Afternoon

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Spurlock died at the Navarro Clinic early Monday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Cunningham cemetery.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Will Jones
Mar 8, 1881 - May 23, 1918


Remains Interred in the Cunningham Cemetery Today

Will Jones, aged thirty-eight years, whose home was near Pinkston, died at the P. and S. Hospital late yesterday afternoon after two weeks illness, and the remains were interred in the Cunningham cemetery 2 miles west of town at 11 o’clock this morning. The deceased was a widower and had no children. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. O. E. Brown of Richland and Mrs. E. R. Foster of Winkler, and by two brothers, Jack Jones of Winkler and James Jones of Pinkston.


Matthew Gilbreath Cunningham
Oct 16, 1836 - Nov 14, 1919

M. G. Cunningham, aged 83 years and twenty days, who was at one time a resident here, died at the Masonic Home near Arlington Friday night, and the remains were interred in the old Cunningham cemetery just west of the State Orphan Home at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, the Masons officiating.


Willie M. (Castellow) Bristow
Jun 7, 1866 - Jan 17, 1919

Died Near Here Last Night.

Mrs. Willie Bristow, wife of J. R. Bristow, aged fifty-three years, died in the Mulkey farm west of here last night of influenza and pneumonia and the remains were interred in the Cunningham cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. H. B. Landrum of Wortham officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and eight children all grown but one, and by two sisters, Mrs. E. M. Cornell of Corsicana, Mrs. J. A. Arnold of Britton and five brothers, Kirby Castellaw, Sim Castellaw, Tom Castellow, Robert Castellaw and Hale Castellaw. The funeral was largely attended.


Edward R. “Ed” Keeton
1896 - Oct 30, 1918

Died at Dawson

Ed Keeton, aged 21 years, son of W. W. Keeton, died at Dawson yesterday and the remains were interred there today. Death resulted from influenza and pneumonia.


Etta Jane “Ettie” (Reeves) Smith-Dean
abt 1874 - Sep 1919

Mrs. R. L. Dean Dead.

Our city was saddened Tuesday morning when the news gained circulation that Mrs. R. L. Dean had passed away at her home Monday night at 9:30 o’clock, of heart trouble, Mrs. Dean had been slightly ill two or three days before her death, but her condition was not serious and her passing away was indeed a great shock to her loved ones and friends.

The funeral services was held at the tabernacle Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. A. E. Carraway, after which her body was laid to rest in the Dawson cemetery.


  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Monday, Sep 15, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband J. W. Smith married Nov. 3, 1895 2nd Robert Lee Dean married July 24, 1902 d/o Burgess Ransom “Bert” Reeves and Ellenora H. (Ward) Reeves
  • Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Navarro Co., TX

Thomas Elijah Cannon
Sep 28, 1866 - May 21, 1919

Dawson Merchant Died Yesterday.

T. E. Cannon, aged fifty-two years, and for many years a merchant at Dawson, died yesterday at a sanitarium in Arlington, and the remains were here this morning en route to Dawson, where interment took place this afternoon.

The deceased had influenza last fall and had been in bad health since. Recently he was taken to Arlington for treatment. His wife and a daughter both died of influenza last fall and the deceased is survived by two children. He was a popular citizen and Dawson will feel his loss.


Malinda A. (Stacy) Clapp
Sep 1859 - Aug 19, 1919

Mrs. Clap Dead.

Mrs. Clap, mother of Joe Clap of this city and Baxter Clap, of near town, died at the home of Baxter Clap Tuesday night, and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. We were unable to learn further particulars.


John L. “Jack” Franks
Nov 16, 1861 - Mar 23, 1919


Was For Many Years Postmaster at Dawson

James L. Franks, aged about fifty-five, and for many years postmaster at Dawson, died at his home there last night after a lingering illness with Bright’s disease, and the remains were interred there this afternoon.

The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Tom Blair of Corsicana, Mrs. Travis Holland of Houston, and Mrs. Will High of Blooming Grove, and a cousin by marriage of Mrs. Will S. Knight of Corsicana. Mrs. Knight and R. A. Caldwell of Corsicana and Travis Holland of Houston, went to Dawson this morning to attend the funeral and Rev. H. J. Ellis of St. John’s Episcopal church went out to conduct the last sad rites.

The deceased was a most excellent citizen and was esteemed by all who knew him, and the funeral today was largely attended.




J. L. Franks Was Well Known Over County.

J. L. Franks, one of Dawson’s best and most highly esteemed citizens died at his home Sunday at 1 o’clock p.m., after having suffered a stroke of apoplexy several months ago, since which time he had been in a very feeble condition. His death was no surprise to relatives and his large number of friends, for during the past few weeks he had been hovering between life and death and little hope was held for his recovery.

No man in Dawson had more friends than did J. L. Franks, and he never met a friend without a friendly greeting. He was a man of strong convictions, did his own thinking, and when he came to what he thought was the right conclusion he was firm; however, he always held himself open for conviction and highly respected the belief of anyone who differed from him. Truly, it may be said that Dawson has lost a valuable citizen and a good man who will be greatly missed.

The funeral service was held at the residence Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. J. Ellis of Corsicana, and a large number gathered to pay a last tribute to this good man. The beautiful floral offerings were profuse, one of the largest ever witnessed in Dawson. Immediately after the funeral services the body was interred in the Dawson Cemetery to await the resurrection.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Williams, Mrs. Will Knight, R. A. Caldwell and J. H. McClain and family of Corsicana, Mrs. Will High and son, Robert, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Huffstutler and J. W. Spivey of Blooming Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Holland of Houston, were among those from out of town who attended the funeral.


Edward J. Holcomb
Mar 19, 1915 - Jan 12, 1919

Died at Roane Yesterday.

E. J., the four-year old son of Mrs. Ella Holcomb, of Roane, died at the family home yesterday and the remains were taken to Dawson this morning for interment.




Once they had a little treasure, he was their joy and pride; they loved him too much, perhaps, for soon he slept and died. For of such are the thought of Mrs. Ella Holcomb. On January 12th, just at 11 o’clock God sent an angel and took from them their little darling E. J. Oh, it seems hard, so very hard to part with such a dear one as him. This little darling suffered for some time with pneumonia, but never did he utter one word of despair. They never did until it was too late realize the danger of his condition. After awakening and realizing his condition they would give, oh, so much to have their little darling to open his pretty brown eyes, but it was everlastingly too late. He was gone, gone! God set forth that day to call him home as his little work was ended. They worshipped him as they will never worship another, for there will never, no never, be another little E. J. All was done for him that medical skill and loving hands could do, but it seemed that God had called him to go and nothing could restore him to health. When we think of him it is an inspiration for better things, lifting us to a higher, purer atmosphere. His memory stands as a living monument of truth and love and years well spent. Oh, how he will be missed, how dark and sad seems the way for the bereaved one; their hearts are torn and bleeding, their burden seems almost more than they can bear. It is all for a little while and then great everlasting happiness comes to reign forever and forever. Little E. J. only bloomed a short time here in this sinful world. He was 4 years of age when his heavenly father called him up there to dwell with him, and other loved ones. This has been five that have been called out of her home to that sweet beyond where all is peace and happiness. But weep not, dear mother, but look to God for aid, for it takes much sorrow and many suffering to prepare us for a better world.

Oh, it is so sad to know he is gone, and it is so lonely here without him. A place is vacant in their home which can never be filled. May God guide their footsteps in the way of righteousness and keep their minds free from the thoughts of sin, so again they can meet little E. J. and other loved ones in that beautiful home where there is no sad partings to com, 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. The remains of their little darling were laid to rest at Dawson (beside his father.) After arriving there it seemed more than we could bear to have its little body cast out of our sight never to look upon any more in this world. But when they think of where and what he is, a beautiful little angel in heaven, it is a great relief in their sadness, for they know he is there. In the good book God said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” They ask themselves time after time why they grieve after this little darling, having such a great consolation as this, but it is impossible to not grieve. He was the light of their home and they loved him as no earthly human will ever know. May the Lord bless each and every one who has lost a loved one, and may God sweetly reconcile each broken heart and enable it to say, “Thy will be done.”

Written by one who loved little E. J., his cousin.



Carrie Elizabeth (Baldwin) Oden
Nov 16, 1898 - Nov 21, 1919


(The Richland Times.)

Mrs. Oden Dead.

Mrs. Austin Oden died at her home in the Nash community Friday night, after a short illness. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Baldwin and had a large acquaintance and many friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved. The body was buried in the Richland cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. C. McCullough conducting the services.


Marion Wilson
abt 1903 - Nov 1919

Youth Died.

Marion Wilson, brother of Bill and Tom Brown died at the home of Tom Brown west of town Monday night, after a weeks illness. Marion was 16 years of age and was never in a healthy condition. The remains were buried in the Richland cemetery Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a gathering of sympathizing friends.


Virginia Lee Patrick
Nov 12, 1918 - Sep5, 1919


(The Richland Times.)

Baby Died.

Last Friday morning at 2 o’clock the nine month’s old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Patrick died at their home in Waco. The body was brought here and buried in the City Cemetery Monday afternoon. The Times joins the many friends in extending sympathy.


  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Monday, September 5, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Arthur Nan Susan Patrick Sr. & Effie Lee (Middleton) Patrick

Marion Albert Griffin
1893 - Jan 9, 1919

Died at Richland Thursday.

Marion Griffin died at his home in Richland Thursday and the remains were interred there yesterday by the side of his wife who was buried there just three days before. Both died of pneumonia following influenza One child, eighteen months old survives them.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, January 11, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (not sure buried here, death certificate says Wortham, Texas obit says Richland) h/o Lovie Mae (Reese) Griffin married Aug. 19-1912 s/o J. A. Griffin and unk (Jones) Griffin per death certificate

Lovie Mae (Reese) Griffin
1893 - Jan 6, 1919

Died at Richland

Mrs. Lovie Griffin, aged twenty five years, wife of Marion Griffin, died at Richland Monday night and the remains were interred at Wortham yesterday afternoon. Death came as the result of pneumonia following inflkuenza. The husband and one child survived.


Fred “Freddie” Beere
abt 1904 - abt Jun. 28, 1919


State Orphan Children Say Good-Bye to One of Their Chums

Every person in Corsicana knows that there is a State Orphans Home located just west of the city. Almost everyone has driven by and seen the buildings set back among the trees. Some few have had interest enough to drive in, even to go through the establishment.

We have all seen the physical plant of the home. But how many know, how many have stopped to think that this institution is something beside a bunch of brick buildings in which hundreds of children are housed, how many have stopped to think that there is a human side to this place? How many have stopped to think that in this big house there are hundreds of little beings who have their joys, and their sorrows, their pleasures and their tragedies?

Yes, inside these stern looking brick walls there lives a family, a great big family, a family of boys and girls just like your boys and your girls, a family that has as much affection for one another as you have for your loved ones, a bunch of boys and girls who rejoice with their associates when they are glad, who do all they can to comfort them when they are sad. These little folks, over four hundred of them, are not just friends—they are brothers and sisters.

And today they are all sad. Everyone from little “Brick-top,” two years old, to the biggest brother of them all—tears moistened each eye this morning, each heart was troubled. For Freddie died last night. You and I did not know Freddie. We may have seen him, we do not now recall. But they knew him, they knew him well, and—they loved him. And now since the Father who gave him has seen fit to take him back again, they are grieved, grieved more than any words can tell.

Fred’s last name was Beere, but they all knew him as Freddie. He was fifteen years of age—a manly chap, a lad who according to the officials at the Home had in him the making of a man, and a big man at that.

Eight days ago Freddie fell off of the ice house at the Home and was seriously injured. Mrs. Ollie Pearson, the nurse at the home, worked untiringly day and night, trying to save him. She saw that he was seriously ill. Night before last he was rushed to the P. and S. hospital. It was decided to try and save him by transfusion of blood. Some one must give of his blood. A call for volunteers was made. Fifteen of Fred’s friends sprung up in an instant, each one begging to be allowed to make the sacrifice for his friend. The physicians selected Joe Knight. Joe went on the operating table and had a pint of blood taken from his body to be put into the body of his comrade.

But it was all in vain. After suffering the tortures of a living death, the orphan boy died last night at 5 o’clock, Superintendent Odie Minatra, Chaplain Fred Newlands, Mrs. Pearson, and a number of his friends were with him when the end came. As he looked up into Mr. Newland’s face, he said, “I wish I wasn’t goin’ to die. But Mr. Newlands, I’m ready. I was baptized by the Baptist preacher several years ago and I’ve tried to do the best I could. I tried and I believe I’ll be saved. How long does it take one to get to Heaven, Mr. Newlands?”—and he started on his way to that great goal.

The funeral services were held this morning in front of the administration building at the Home. The choir, under the direction of George Ihlefeldt sang, Mr. Minatra made a few remarks and Chaplain Newlands read from the Bible and spoke a few words. Six of Fred’s friends acted as pallbearers. At the close of the service, the children filed by and took a last look at their comrade, one little boy clad in overalls, paused a minute and said, “Good-bye Freddie.”

The sun hid its face behind the clouds and a few tears fell from Heaven, as a solemn procession filed down the steps and across the campus to the little cemetery where the children put their chum to rest. And the choir sang, “Nearer, My God to Thee.”


George B. Clark
Feb 22, 1870 - Apr 17, 1919


Was Killed at Wichita Falls By Passenger Train

George Clark, a former resident here, and who worked for the refinery while here was killed by a passenger train at Wichita Falls, his present home, yesterday and the remains will reach here tonight and the funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the First Baptist church. The deceased was the brother of the late Martin Clark and of John Clark of Streetman, and a brother-in-law of W. B. Thomas of Corsicana. He is survived by his wife and five children.



Remains Were Interred here.
From Saturday’s Daily.

The remains of the late Geo. Clark, who was a former citizen here, and who was killed by a train in Wichita Falls, Thursday, reached here this afternoon and funeral took place from the First Baptist Church at 4 o’clock this afternoon. At the church, the pastor conducted the services, after which the Masons took charge and concluded the services at the grave. The funeral was well attended and there were many pretty floral offerings.


Cecil Holder
Feb 7, 1904 - Apr 5, 1919

Died at I. O. O. F. Home.

Cecil Holder, aged 15 years, an inmate of the I. O. O. F. Home from Hood county, died at the Home Saturday night and the remains were interred on the Odd Fellows lot in Oakwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock.


Dovey S. (Jones) Morris-Burns
1834 - Feb 3, 1919

Venerable Lady Dead.

Mrs. Dovey Burns, aged eighty-five years, died at her home in the old Shingle Arbor community last night after a long illness and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 2 o’clock. The deceased is survived by two sons, C. L. Burns of Corsicana and R. L. Burns of Frost, and a step daughter, Mrs. A. L. Gamble of Emhouse. The deceased had lived in Navarro County for 25 years and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Feb 4, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Zephaniah P. Morris married Jan. 13, 1862 2nd husband Alfred Eli “Blacksmith” Burns married Nov. 16, 1871; d/o William Jones & Cynthia “Cintha” (Hill) Jones

Earl Eskin Parker
Feb 4, 1900 - Jul 13, 1919

Died at Roane.

Earle Eskin Parker, aged nineteen years, four months and nineteen days, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Parker, of Roane, died there Saturday afternoon after two weeks illness with typhoid fever, and the remains were interred in Oakwood here yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock, Rev. Mr. Bell the Methodist pastor at Roane, officiating.

The deceased was a splendid young man and was taken sick while attending commercial college in Waco. His parents and other relatives have the sympathy of many friends in the great bereavement that has overtaken them.



In Memory of Earl E. Parker.

Written in loving memory of our dear classmate, who passed away Sunday, July 13, 1919. Although he had been away from our Sunday school nearly a year, we thought of him and missed him each Sunday when his class met.

Everyone who knew him, and those who have heard of him, know that there is a great reward awaiting for him, in that mansion above. Not only was he a worker in the Sunday School but he was a member of our church last year and attended it regularly. His membership having been transferred to Roane a short while ago.

He was taken away just as he had reached manhood, at the age of nineteen. It is hard for us to understand why one so young and bright was taken, but we realize that it was God who called him, and it is a consolation to his friends and loved ones to know that he was ready and willing to go, and we know that there will be a happy meeting above where sickness and sorrow are not known.

Weep not dear friends and relatives for you shall see him again in that “Home not made with hands.” Our classmate is not dead but gone to enjoy the sweet peace and rest that Jesus, his Savior, has prepared for those who serve Him.

His place in the church is vacant, but no one can fill his place in our heart. He was laid to rest in the Oakwood cemetery. A large crowd gathered around his last resting place for a last look at his familiar face. His grave was covered with beautiful flowers, that were placed there by those who loved him. Trusting we will all be found like him, ready and waiting when our summons shall come.

His Class-mates of the Drane Sunday School.


Emma Lula Chewning
Aug 10, 1908 - Mar 28, 1919

Died Near Here Last Night.

Emma Lula Chewning, daughter of W. B. Chewning, aged 10 years and seven months, died at the family home north of Corsicana last night and the remains were interred in Oakwood at 3 o’clock this afternoon.



In Memoriam.

On March 28, 1919, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chewning and took from them their sweet little girl Emma.

Emma Lula Chewning was born August 10, 1908 and departed this life March 28, 1919, being 10 years, seven months and 18 days old. Death has come and cast its shadow of gloom over the family and bore the innocent spirit of Emma to a better world than this.

Emma was loved by all who knew her. She had such a quiet disposition. She was stricken with that dreadful disease influenza, January 12, and was sick a long time, but bore her suffering as none other, but God’s Children could, never murmuring. All was done for her that loving hands and skilled physicians could do, but to no avail. There is a broken chair around the fireside and a broken link in the family circle, but loved ones, let us remember God sees best at all times and as he had her a place prepared she has been called home. We heartily sympathize with her heart-broken parents. May God bless them in their hour of loneliness. The remains were laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery on March 29, with many beautiful floral offerings.

We miss thee from our home, dear Emma,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o’er our life is cast,
We miss thy shining face.

We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care.
Our home is dark without thee!
We miss thee everywhere.

Her life was like a flower,
That budded in the garden of love
Transplanted to a place in heaven,
To greet her loved ones above.

God help the heart-broken parents,
As they travel a world of care;
Lighten the heavy burden,
Which seems too hard to bear.

Help them to realize, dear Father,
In their grief-stricken hearts today,
That Thou wast good in giving,
And just in taking away.

How joyful is the hope that lingers,
When loved ones cross death’s sea,
That we, when all earth’s toils are ended,
With them may ever be.



Martha (Anderson) Farmer
Oct 10, 1888 - Nov 15, 1918


Wife of Well Known Farmer Passes Away After Brief Illness.

Mrs. Martha Farmer, wife of Isaac. L. Farmer of the Farmer’s community eight miles north of Corsicana, died at the family home yesterday at noon after a brief illness with influenza and pneumonia. The deceased had not been in good health for several years, and her death was a surprise to a large circle of friends. The deceased was thirty-one years of age and is survived by her husband and her mother, Mrs. W. C. Anderson, of Brandon, Hill County, and a brother, Marshall Anderson of Emhouse. The remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, October 21, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Isaac Lee Farmer married Sep. 3, 1905 buried in Robinson Cemetery, Robinson, Tx; d/o William Clinton “Clint” Anderson & Bettie Elizabeth (Hipp) Anderson buried in Black Hills cemetery

Shirley Haywood
abt 1881 - May 22, 1918

Remains Were Interred Today

The remains of Shirley Haywood, the unfortunate man who took his own life at the Hogan Bridge crossing on Chambers Creek Wednesday by drinking chloroform, were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon. The venerable mother of the deceased, who is 78 years of age, and his sister, Mrs. Smith, telephoned from Quinlan that they were quarantined on account of smallpox and could not be here.


Martha (Swain) Flanagan
1838 - Apr. 20, 1918

Died Near Zion’s Rest.

Mrs. Martha Flanagan a venerable resident of the Zion’s Rest community died at the home of her grandson, D. E. Flanagan, Saturday night, and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock.


Susan “Susie/Sue” (Montgomery) McCarter-Gossett
Aug. 31, 1886 - Aug. 24, 1919

Died Here Last Night.

Mrs. Sue Gossett, wife of John Gossett of Eureka, died at the P. and S. hospital at 2 o’clock this morning, following an operation for appendicitis.

The deceased is survived by her husband and eight children, interment took place at Zion’s Rest this afternoon.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 13, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Carl McCarter married Aug. 5, 1899 2nd husband John William Gossett married Oct. 7, 1906 d/o Sam Montgomery and unk (Bottoms) Montgomery

John W. ”Sacks” Burney
May 22, 1832 - Nov. 11, 1919


Man Who Lived Here as a Recluse Many Years is Dead.

John W. Burney, aged 87 years, died at the home of G. W. Davis on North Thirteenth street, north of Post Oak creek, last night and the remains were interred this afternoon in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. The deceased was a veteran of three wars. He fought the Indians in Texas many years ago, was a soldier of the War with Mexico in 1845, and of the war between the States. The deceased was never married and little is known of his ancestors. He lived here for many years as a recluse, but of late years had made his home much of the time with the family where he died. He was very quiet and unobtrusive, and seldom talked to anyone. The deceased was very small in stature, and for the habit he had years ago of picking up all the old sacks about town, he was familiarly known as “Sacks.”


Charles C. “Charlie” Price
Feb 15, 1881 - May 6, 1919

Died at Pursley Last Night.

C. C. Price, aged thirty-eight years, died at Pursley last night from meningitis, following a severe case of influenza several weeks ago. The deceased is survived by his wife and six children, interment took place in the community cemetery this afternoon.


James Fletcher McClintock
Jun. 10, 1844 - Dec. 10, 1919

Good Citizen Passes Away.

J. F. McClintock, aged seventy-four years and six months died at his home in the Pursley community Wednesday night at 5 p.m. after illness of four days, and the remains were interred in the Pursley Cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. The deceased is survived by his wife and four children, J. w., S. A. and W. F. McClintock, and Mrs. F. A. Cunningham of this county. The deceased was a good citizen and being possessed of a joval disposition and many friends, who were pained at his death.


Micajah Cager Busby
Feb 7, 1853 - May 02, 1919

Died at Pursley Last Night

M. C. Busby, aged 67 years, died at his home in the Pursley community last night of cancer and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon, Rev. E. F. Hewitt of Dawson officiating. The deceased is survived by his widow and three sons and three daughters.


Emma Roberta “Berta” (Copeland) Robison
Mary 14, 1879 - May 28, 1919

Died at Pursley Last Night.

Mrs. Berta Robinson, aged forty years, wife of G. A. Robinson, died at her home in the Pursley community after only a short illness, and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband and five children, her mother, Mrs. J. P. Copeland, two brothers, F. M. Copeland of Pursley and J. A. Copeland of Benjamin, and two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Butler of Knox City, and Mrs. J. W. Teague of Heflin, Ala.


Gustavus Archer Robison
May 11, 1878 - Oct 28, 1933


Funeral services for G. A. Robison, aged 55 years well known resident of Pursley community, who died Saturday morning at 6 o’clock after an illness of several weeks, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Pursley Cemetery where burial was made.

The services were conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughan.

Mr. Robison had resided in the Pursley community for more than 20 years. He was engaged in the blacksmith business.

Surviving are three sons, Earl and Buck Robison, both of Corsicana; Fred Robison, Pursley; two daughters, Mrs. Sam Armstrong and Mrs. M. W. Owen both of Pursley; three sisters, Mrs. Allee Davis, Hebron, Texas; Mrs. Lillie Wessinger, Chesatah, Okla., and Mrs. M. R. Carter, Anistan, Ark., and four brothers, J. R. Robison, Atlanta, Ga.; Jeff Robison, Bowden, Ga.; Joe Robison, Bowden, Ga., and M. D. Robison, Heflin, Ala.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.


Archie D. McCalister
Jul 21, 1849 - Aug 24, 1919

Died Here Yesterday.

A. D. McAlister, for a number of years a resident here and who at one time was engaged in the hotel business, died at the Charles Hotel on East Third avenue yesterday about noon. The deceased was up and on the streets early in the morning, but he had had heart trouble for some time. The deceased is survived by several grown children.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 25, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Huldah (Simpson) McCalister married Jul. 14, 1878 2nd wife Martha A. (Cook) McCalister married Sep. 13, 1885 s/o A. McCalister and Amanda (unk) McCalister


Remains Interred This Morning.

The remains of the late A. D. McAlister, who died here suddenly about noon Sunday were taken to Kerens this morning and the body was laid to rest beside that of his wife in the Prairie Point Cemetery near Bazette. The deceased formerly lived in that community, and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased is survived by these grown children; Ellsia McAlister, Corsicana; Mrs. Claude O’Bryan, Sweetwater; Mrs. H. R. Walker, Tyler; Mrs. J. M Johns, Commerce; John McAlister, Ennis; and Mrs. H. P. Herring, Corsicana.


Rosa (Brown) Cuthbertson
May 4, 1861 - Jul 27, 1919

Died In Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Rosa Cuthbertson, who at one time lived near Powell, but whose home has been near Ennis for some years, died yesterday at Corpus Christi and the remains will be brought here this afternoon at 4:45 and taken to the Prairie Point Cemetery near Bazette, where interment will take place. The deceased was an aunt of H. W. Warren of Corsicana and she is survived by several grown children.


Sarah Ann “Sallie” (Stockton) Roots
Oct 9, 1849 - Feb 14, 1920

Died in Southwest Texas.

Mrs. Sallie Roots, for many years a resident of Kerens, died in San Benito Tuesday. The remains will be brought to Kerens and interred in the Prairie Point Cemetery near Bazette upon their arrival there.



Remains Were Interred Today.

The remains of the late Mrs. Sarah A. Roots, who died in San Benito Tuesday passed through here today en route to Kerens where interment took place in the Prairie Point Cemetery this afternoon. The deceased was seventy years of age, and had lived for many years in the Bazette community. She is survived by two sons, Preston Roots of San Benito, and Oscar Roots of Austin.


Homer Jehu Brown
Aug 19, 1824 - Jun 16, 1890

Hon. Jehu Brown, son of Joseph and Mary Brown of Welch desent, was born August 19, 1824, in Green county, IL, and was educated at the common schools.
He read law and moved to Texas in March, 1874, and settled in Navarro County, engaged in farming and stock raising.
He represented Navarro County in the Twenty-first session of the Texas Legislature, and was elected by a majority of four hundred and eighty votes.
He served as justice of the peace and county commissioner of Macoupin county, IL, from 1862 to 1866, and again as county commissioner in 1873.
He was a member of the following committees: State Affairs, County and County Government, County Boundaries, and Agriculture.
He was the author of the bill abrogating the imprisonment part of the pistol law, and also the bill creating a lien in behalf of farm laborers on the crops raised.
He was married April 26, 1849 in Macoupin county, Illinois.


  • published in Sketches of Distinguished Texans
    The executive and staff, heads of the departments, United States Senators and Representatives, Members of the Twenty-First Legislature
    reproduced from the holdings of the Texas State Archives
    L.E. Daniell

Charles Bernard Johnson, Jr.
Apr 23, 1893 - Oct 4, 1918


Two Corsicana Soldier Boys Bodies En Route Home.

Mrs. Tom Lovett was notified by telegraph yesterday that the body of her nephew Chas. B. Johnson, was shipped that day from Hoboken, N. J., to Corsicana, and Prof. L. A. Lynch also received a telegram notifying him that the body of his son Lewis A. Lynch, was also shipped from Hoboken yesterday for Corsicana. It is expected that both bodies will arrive here Wednesday or Thursday, and funeral arrangements will be announced later.



Armistice Day Will Be Observed as Holiday in Corsicana

Tomorrow is Armistice Day. Corsicana will observe it as a holiday.

Merchants will close their doors and business will be suspended.

The banks and postoffice will also be closed.

The schools will observe the day as a holiday.

There has been no program of any kind for the day, each one being left to enjoy it as may suit them best.

One of the sad features of the day is that the bodies of two Corsicana boys who gave their lives for their country will be buried on this memorable day.

One is Charles Bernard Johnson who will be buried from the residence of Mrs. T. W. Lovett at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. His body reached here this morning.

The other is Lewis A. Lynch who will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 from the home of his parents, Prof. and L. A. Lynch. His body also reached here this morning.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Nov 10, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  •  listed with Those who made the Supreme Sacrifice) WW1 died in Base hospital in France reinterred in Oakwood on Armistice Day Nov. 11, 1920 s/o Charles Bernard Johnson, Sr. and Nena (Witherspoon) Johnson
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX


Notice, Ex-Service Men and Legionnaires

All members of the American Legion as well as all other ex-service men are urges to attend the funerals of Lewis Lynch and Charlie Johnson tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

The funeral of Lewis Lynch will be conducted from the home of his parents, Prof. and Mrs. L. A. Lynch, 801 North Thirteenth street, at 1:30 o’clock.

The funeral of Charlie Johnson will be conducted from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lovett, 1443 West 5th Avenue, at 3:30 o’clock.

Military honors will be accorded the bodies and it is urged that all ex-service men attend the funerals.




Remains of Lynch and Johnson to be Buried Armistice Day

The remains of the late Lewis A. Lynch and Chas. B. Johnson, the two Corsicana boys who died over seas while serving their country, in the World War, reached here this morning from Hoboken, New Jersey, at which point they were landed with near 9000 others ten days ago. The bodies were accompanied from Little Rock, Ark., to Corsicana, by H. L. Weldice, of the army, who is with a detachment of artillery at Camp Pike, but whose home is in Alexandra, La. Soon after their arrival the bodies were taken to the Sutherland undertaking parlors where the pretty oak caskets were removed from the big boxes in which they had been encased. Across each casket on a strip of nickel plated metal that extended across the lid of the casket on which in raised letters was the name, number and company of the deceased. The caskets had been splendidly secure in extra good boxes, and the caskets were bright and free from any kind of blemish.

The remains of Chas. B. Johnson were taken to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Tom Lovett, from where the funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:30, and that of Lewis Lynch was taken to the home of his parents, Prof. and Mrs. L. A. Lynch, 801 North Thirteenth Street, and the funeral will be held from there at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.

Members of the American Legion will act as pall bearers and will sound taps at the grave.


Nena (Witherspoon) Johnson
May 11, 1868 - Jul 7, 1917


Mrs. Nina Johnson Lost Life in Auto Wreck at New Braunfels

Saturday morning last at 7:30 Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Witherspoon started from here on their return to their home in San Antonio in their Ford car, accompanied by their 10-year-old son, Claude; Mr. Witherspoon’s sister, Mrs. Neta Johnson and Mrs. Harvey Lockridge. The latter lady lived in San Antonio, but Mrs. Johnson started home with her brother and his wife for a visit. About 12 o’clock Saturday night a telegram reached here saying that the party had met with an accident, that Mrs. Johnson was dead and that Mr. and Mrs. Witherspoon were desperately hurt. The accident occurred near New Braunfels, thirty miles this side of San Antonio. In the Houston Post today the following appeared under the date of New Braunfels, July 8. The dispatch to the Post says:

“One dead and three injured is the result of an automobile accident which occurred on the Post road, three miles from here, at 12 o’clock Saturday night.

“The dead: Mrs. Nena Witherspoon Johnson, Corsicana, Texas.

“Seriously hurt: C. L. Witherspoon, 107 Arcadia Place, San Antonio, inured in spine and chest; Mrs. C. L. Witherspoon, two deep gashes in left side: Mrs. Harvey Lockridge, San Antonio, bruised.

“The party was going to San Antonio when the car struck the railing on a bridge and rolled off in a deep creek, turning turtle and pinning the occupants underneath the car. Parties passing by just as the accident occurred, immediately rendered their assistance, Mrs. Johnson was instantly killed, while Mr. Witherspoon was found unconscious, being pinned to the ground by the steering wheel. The injured were rushed to the city hospital.”

Mrs. Johnson, whose death was no doubt instantaneous, had the rear of her skull crushed and her neck broken. Mr. Robert Witherspoon of Chatfield, a cousin of C. L. Witherspoon and of Mrs. Johnson, talked with the mother of Mr. Witherspoon, who had gone to New Braunfels from San Antonio soon after the accident, at 9 o’clock this morning. He was informed that Mr. Witherspoon rested badly last night, that he had regained consciousness, but it was not yet know just how serious his injuries were, but that he was resting better today than did last night. Mrs. Witherspoon who was thrown against or through the windshield, has two deep gashes, one on her left arm and the other in her left side. Just how seriously these are the mother of Mr. Witherspoon did not know this morning, but she stated that her daughter-in-law was suffering greatly from her wounds. Claude Witherspoon, Jr., and Mrs. Lockridge were reported bruised but not dangerously hurt.

The news of the dreadful accident spread rapidly over Corsicana yesterday morning, and the death of Mrs. Johnson cast a pall over the entire community as no woman in it was more highly or more universally esteemed. The remains reached here last night at 10:50 and were taken to her home at the corner of West Fifth Avenue and North Twelfth street where for several years she had kept the largest and one of the most popular boarding houses in town.

The deceased lady was born in this county near Chatfield May 11, 1868, and was 49 years of age in May last. Her husband, who was a teacher in this county for many years, was the first superintendent of the !. O. O. F. Home and the deceased lady was its first matron. For some years after her husband’s death the deceased was in Rice, but several years ago came to Corsicana and took charge of the Benton Flats, and later bought and improved the house she was controlling at the time of her death. The deceased lady was a woman of extraordinary character, having a charming personality, a high sense of honor and a strong and active mind. She succeeded in whatever she undertook, although she did it in a way that was always quiet and dignified. She was a devout member of the First Christian church and was active in all its efforts for good. The funeral took place from that church this morning at 10 o’clock after services conducted by Rev. H. R. Ford, a former pastor, but now of Beaumont, and Rev. C. H. Wright of Ennis. The services were largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings. The pall bearers were: Active, J. D. Ambrose, P. E. Allen, F. A. Elliott, Henry Iverson, W. M. Harper, N. F. Garrett, P. F. Halbert, and L. E. McCormick; honorary, Dr. Newton, A. S. Vann, R. M. McMullan, J. R. Collins,
R. A. Crofford, W. J. Cheney, S. M. Ransom, E. A. Johnson, M. S. Clayton, R. B. Johnson, E. E. Babers, T. G. Brooks, R. S. Vandiver, Dr. Cross, Will S. Knight, Ralph Beaton, R. B. Molloy and Geo. E. Jester, C. C. Sands.

Surviving the deceased is one son, Charles B. Johnson, who made his home with his mother. Other relatives, C. L. and Hamilton Witherspoon, brothers, Mrs. T. W. Lovett, Mrs. Ralph Beaton, Jr., of Dallas and Mrs. J. R. Stephens of Gatesville. To these, and numerous nieces and nephews, the community extends its sincerest sympathy.

Here to attend the funeral from a distance were Will Pannill of Stephensville; Paine Pannill of Louisiana and Ralph Beaton and wife of Dallas.

LATER: at 3 o’clock this afternoon the Sun talked with Miss Dora Witherspoon at New Braunfels. From her it was learned that her father had a restless night last night but had grown more quiet and had improved during the day. He has no broken bones but has severe bruises on his body and face. He regained consciousness at 5 o’clock Sunday morning but is able to talk but little. The accident occurred at 11:30 Saturday night. His condition is serious but his recovery is confidently expected.

The cut in Mrs. Witherspoon’s back is an ugly one and she is unable to be up but her recovery is not doubted. Her wound is supposed to have been made by the windshield.

Claude Witherspoon, Jr. is doing nicely.

Miss Dora says the report that the car struck a piece of timber on a bridge and went into the creek is correct.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 9, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st matron at the I. O. O. F. Home Corsicana w/o Charles Bernard Johnson, Sr. married Dec. 26, 1888 d/o Dr. Abel Norris Witherspoon and Dora (Newman) Witherspoon
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

Carrie M. (Witherspoon) Pannill
Nov 7, 1852 - Dec 29, 1916


Passed Away at Dallas Sanitarium After Operation.

Mrs. Carrie Pannill, widow of the late Dr. William Pannill, died at the Baptist Sanitarium in Dallas last night following an operation of several days ago, and the news was received here as a genuine shock by the entire community.

The deceased lady was a daughter of the late Dr. A. N. Witherspoon, and comes of old Southern stock of the first order. She was a woman of lofty character and fine intelligence and was from the day of her young womanhood conspicuous in all public affairs in which women of her character usually take part. That her womanly character should have attracted a large circle of friends is not surprising, and it is not vain flattery to say that no woman who ever lived in Navarro county was more highly esteemed or more sincerely loved. Her father and husband were both well known physicians of this county for years, and her husband, who was a classmate at Virginia Military school of Hon. Chas. A. Culberson, was for several years the physician of the State Home here, and she, herself was at one time a member of the board of directors of that institution, and was also prominent in all affairs of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

The remains arrived here at noon today and were at once taken to the family home on West Second avenue.

Surviving the deceased are seven children, Hon. William Pannill of Stephenville; Mrs. W. H. Hastings of Corsicana; Paine and Norris Pannill of South Texas; Carter Pannill of Tampico, Mexico; Mrs. A. E. Parnum of Fort Worth, and Chas Culberson Pannill of Corsicana. She was a sister of C. L. Witherspoon of San Antonio, Hamilton Witherspoon of Sunset, Mrs. Nena Johnson of Corsicana; Mrs. Tom Lovett of Corsicana; Mrs. J. R. Stephens of Gatesville and Mrs. Ralph Beaton, Jr. of Dallas, and a cousin of Robt. Witherspoon of Chatfield, and of Ford Witherspoon and W. R. Holsey of Corsicana; and Mrs. M. S. Clayton of Corsicana and Mrs. R. L. Hodge of Chatfield are her sisters-in-law.

The funeral will take place at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from St. John’s Episcopal church, Rev. J. C. Black of Dallas officiating.

The pall bearers will be Judge J. J. McClellan, Judge R. S. Neblett, E. K. Mores, Dr. W. T. Shell, Dr. L. E. Kelton and H. E. Kinsloe.




Remains of Mrs. Carrie Pannill Laid at Rest Yesterday Afternoon

The funeral of the late Mrs. Carrie Pannill took place from St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The last sad rites were impressively conducted by Rev. J. C. Black of Dallas, a former rector of St. John’s . in the presence of a large concourse of friends of the deceased, and there were many beautiful floral offerings to one who had led a life that had been useful and full of womanly graces and beauty, and all who were present seemed to fully realize that death had claimed one who at all times was worthy of their esteem and love, and one whose memory will live long among those who knew her.

There were numerous out-of-town relatives and friends in attendance upon the funeral.


Tenie M. (Ong) Witherspoon
Dec 8, 1873 - Jun 11, 1937



Mrs. C. L. Witherspoon of San Antonio died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic at an early hour Friday morning after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock from St. John’s Episcopal church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. R. Haden, rector of the church.

The family resided in Corsicana for many years prior to moving to San Antonio.

Surviving are her husband, C. L. Witherspoon, well-known oil operator, San Antonio; a son, C. L. Witherspoon, Jr., San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Thomas E. Lewis, Mrs. Harris Davenport and Miss Hettie Marshall Witherspoon, all of San Antonio; two granddaughters, Joan and Ann Lewis, San Antonio, and a number of other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be Suttle Roberts, Norris Lovett, Dude Ransom, Seaton Holsey, John C. Calhound, Dr. William Shell, Will Babb and R. H. Witherspoon.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is directing arrangements.



Many Relatives And Friends at Funeral Mrs. Witherspoon

The episcopal church was filled Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock with sorrowing friends and relatives of the Claude Witherspoon family for the funeral services held for Mrs. Witherspoon who passed away at an early hour Friday morning at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic where she had been ill for several months.

Among the out of town relatives and friends present other than her husband and daughters, Mrs. Harry Davenport and Miss Hettie Marshall Witherspoon of San Antonio, and Mrs. Thomas E. Lewis of Fort Leavenworth, Kans., who have been with her constantly for some time, were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Beaton, Dallas; Mrs. Agnes W. Stevens, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Carroll of Gainesville; Mr. and Mrs. Yerby Chambers, and son, Pat of Roswell, N. Mex.; Judge William Pannill and Payne Pannill , Houston; Mrs. Arch Parnum, Fort Worth; Capt. Thomas E. Lewis, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans.; Mrs. Clifford Witherspoon and Mr. and Mrs. Wattermore of Luling; Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Witherspoon, Chatfield; Miss Mary Witherspoon, Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Holsey, Rockwall; Mrs. Roland Hundall, corpus Christi; Mr. and Mrs. M. LeMay Somerset; and Mrs. Bruce Lewright, Mrs. Richard French Spencer, Judge Martin Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Witherspoon, Mr. John Milton Colman, and Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey J. Frye of San Antonio.

Although Mr. Witherspoon and his family have been making their home in San Antonio for many years, Corsicana is still “home” to them, and their host of warm friends were so happy to have Mrs. Witherspoon here during her long illness and her last days.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereft loved ones by their many friends and loved ones.


Thomas Matthew “Tom” Nowlin
Dec 28, 1885 - Dec 2, 1957

Tom N. Nowlin Expires Monday

Tom N. Nowlin, 72, Benton, La., retired rig builder, former of Bazette, died in the P. and S. hospital in Shreveport, La. Monday morning. He resided at Bazette from 1899 to 1920.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens Tuesday at 1 p.m. with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church in Kerens.

Nowlin was a member of the Bazette Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Benton, La.; two sons, Denver A. Nowlin, Baton Rouge, La., and Byron A. Nowlin, Longview; a daughter, Mrs. Fred Santa, Shreveport, La.; seven grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. H. J. Stanley, Bazette; two brothers, E. O. Nowlin, Oil City, La., and C. A. Nowlin, San Angelo, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.



Kerens Services For T. N. Nowlin

Funeral rites for Thomas N. Nowlin, 72, retired rig builder, Benton, La., who died in the P. and S. Hospital in Shreveport, La., Monday morning were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens.

The services were conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church in Kerens. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery.

Nowlin resided at Bazette from 1899 until 1920.

Surviving are his wife of Benton, La.; two sons, Denver A. Nowlin, Baton Rouge, La., and Byron A. Nowlin, Longview, a daughter, Mrs. Fred Santa, Shreveport; seven grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. H. J. Stanley, Bazette; two brothers, E. O. Nowlin, Oil City, La., and C. A. Nowlin, San Angelo, and other relatives.

Corley directed.


Annie May (Hunt) Nowlin
May 12, 1890 - Aug 23, 1963

Mrs. T. A. Nowlin Expires Friday

Mrs. T. A. Nowlin died in Shreveport, La. Friday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens with burial in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fred Fanta, Shreveport, La.; two sons, Denver A. Nowlin, Baton Rouge, La., and Byron A. Nowlin, Longview; a brother, Ed Hunt, New Jersey, seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley directs..



Hold Services For Mrs. Nowlin

Funeral services for Mrs. T. M. Nowlin, 73, who died in Shreveport, La. Friday afternoon, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Chapel in Kerens with burial in the Bazette cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of Memorial Baptist church here.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fred Fanta, Shreveport; two sons, Denver A. Nowlin, Baton Rouge, La., and Byron A. Nowlin, Longview; a brother, Ed Hunt, New Jersey; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley directed.


James Brady Nowlin
Mar 23, 1893 - Nov 30, 1955

James B. Nowlin Dies Wednesday

KERENS, Dec. 1—(Spl.)—James B. Nowlin, 61, Bazette farmer, died at Oil City, La., Wednesday night of a heart attack while visiting relatives.

A native of Mississippi, he had resided in Bazette for many years.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Chapel here Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J. O. Hoard, Houston; three brothers, E. O. Nowlin, Oil City, La.; Tom Nowlin, Bossier City, La., and Austin Nowlin, San Angelo; a sister Mrs. H. J. Stanley, Kerens, and other relatives.


Martha Beatrice Nowlin
Feb 16, 1874 - Apr 15, 1955

Kerens Rites For Miss Nowlin

KERENS, April 18—(Spl.)—Miss Martha Beatrice Nowlin, 81, resident of the Bazette community since 1899, died at her home there Saturday at 6 p.m. after a lengthy illness.

Funeral rites were held from the Inmon funeral chapel in Kerens Sunday at 4 p.m., with Rev. George Holmes, pastor of the Bazette Baptist church conducting. Interment was in the Bazette cemetery.

She was a native of Mississippi.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Henry Stanley of Kerens; four brothers, E. O. Nowlin of Oil City, La.; T. M. Nowlin of Shreveport; C. A. Nowlin of San Angelo; J. B. Nowlin of Kerens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.


Ethel M. (Ray) Nowlin
Jul 2, 1890 - Oct 3, 1940


Mrs. Ethel M. Nowlin, aged 50 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. B. Justice, in Shreveport Friday.

Funeral services will be held from the Bazette Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. B. Walker, Baptist minister of Harlingen.

Surviving re four children, Mrs. Justice, Shreveport; Charles Nowlin, Jessie Mae Nowlin and Dorothy Nowlin, all of Harlingen; two nieces, Mrs. A. C. Slate, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. T. Kimes, Kerens, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Oct 5, 1940
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Jesse L. “Jess” Nowlin married Jul. 26, 1911 buried in Restlawn Memorial Park, Harlingen, Texas (he is son of Charles Wilson Nowlin and Sarah (Hillhouse) d/o Enoch L. Ray and Lula E. (Skinner) Ray



Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel M. Nowlin, aged 50 years, who died in Shreveport Friday, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Bazette Baptist church. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. B. Walker, Baptist minister of Harlingen.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. L. B. Justice, Shreveport; Charles Nowlin, Jessie Mae Nowlin and Dorothy Nowlin, all of Harlingen; two nieces, Mrs. A. C. Slate, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. T. Kimes, Kerens and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Sarah (Hillhouse) Nowlin
Sep. 12, 1854 - Jun 28, 1937

Long-Time Resident Bazette Community Buried Recently

Funeral services were held at the Bazette Baptist church June, 29, for Mrs. Sarah Hillhouse Nowlin. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Fletcher of Corsicana.

Mrs. Nowlin was born in Eupora, Miss., in 1854; married to C. W. Nowlin in 1873; came to Texas, and settled at Bazette in 1899.

Her husband and three sons preceded her in death. She is survived by six sons and two daughters. They are E. O. Nowlin, Oil City, La.; T. M. Nowlin, Longview; C. A. Nowlin, Beeville; J. L. Nowlin, Harlingen, and W. L. Nowlin and J. B. Nowlin; and Miss Beatrice Nowlin, and Mrs. H. J. Stanley, of Bazette; and twenty-two grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.



Cora Estelle (Cooper) Brown
Nov 23, 1880 - Jan 12, 1919

Died Near Bazette

Mrs. Cora Brown, wife of W. F. Brown of the Bazette community, died at the family home yesterday and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery today.


May 28, 1919 - Jul 28, 1919

Infant Died at Bazette.

The two-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Upchurch of Bazette died at the family home Monday night and the remains were interred in the Bazette cemetery in that community yesterday.


Samuel Bert Miller, Sr.
Jul 22, 1896 - Apr 30, 1920


Young Man Died Just After Reaching Hospital.

Bert Miller, who lived at Powell, was shot accidentally at Hervey Lake in the Trinity bottom near Chatfield, at an early hour this morning and died just after he was brought to the P. and S. hospital about 11 o’clock. The unfortunate young man, Lee Faucett and others had spent the night on the lake, and early this morning started out squirrel hunting. While going through some heavy undergrowth Lee Fauscett stumbled and fell and as he did so his shot gun was accidentally discharged, the load hitting young Miller in the hip and lower part of the bowels. As soon as his companions could get him in a conveyance they started with him to the hospital, but he was practically dead from the loss of blood when he reached there, and soon breathed his last. The deceased was in the employ of the Deep Sand Oil and Gas Co., and had charge of their pump station at Powell. He was the son of Stonewall Miller, a farmer who lives near Mildred, and besides his parents and several brothers and sisters, he leaves a wife and two children. His wife was formerly Miss Helen Walker, daughter of John Walker of Kerens. The deceased was twenty-four years of age and was an industrious young man, and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.



Remains Were Interred.

The remains of the late Bert Miller, who died at the P. and S. hospital here yesterday near noon as the result of an accidental gun shot wound he received in the Trinity bottom early yesterday morning were taken to his late home at Powell last night and the funeral took place from there at 2:30 this afternoon with interment in the Bazette cemetery. There was a large crowd at the cemetery to witness the last sad rites and many beautiful flowers were placed on the bier.


Charles Wilson “Charlie” Nowlin
Nov 3, 1850 - Apr 3, 1920

Died Near Bazette

Chas. Nowlin, aged 65 years, died near Bazette last Friday and the remains were interred in the Bazette cemetery Sunday. The deceased is survived by his wife and nine grown children, eight sons and one daughter.



Bazette News.

Mr. Charlie Nowling, a highly esteemed citizen of this community passed away at his home at an early hour Saturday morning April 3rd. His death came as a great shock to his family and many friends. Although he had been in failing health for some time. He was feeling well the day before and when he retired Friday night he seemed as well as he had been for some time. He was feeling well the day before and when he retired Friday night he seemed as well as he had been for some time, but at an early hour, some one of his family awoke and went to his bed and found that he had passed away. The deceased was a good man and was liked by all who knew him. He had lived at the home where he passed away for fifteen years and had made many friends during that time. He had been a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church at this place for a long time, he was a deacon in the church and had been for a number of years. When he was able to attend church he never missed a service. He attended Sunday School every Sunday until his health began failing. He will be missed so much in the church and Sunday School work, there is a vacant seat which no one else can fill. The community has lost a good citizen, and the church has lost one of its most faithful members. He has passed away but his influence still lives. He will be missed so much in the home, there is a vacant chair which never can be filled. We know it was so hard for the loved ones to give him up, but the Lord’s will be done and not ours. Loved ones, in your grief look to the Higher Power, who has said “I will not leave thee comfortless.”

“Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart;
Tis hard to speak the words,
We must forever part.”

The deceased is survived by his wife and the following grown children: Miss Beatrice Nowling, Ms. Ida Stanley, Walter, Tom and Jess Nowling of Bazette; Webb, Dell, Edgar, Austin and Jim Nowling, all of Louisiana. All of the children were present at the funeral. He is also survived by a large number of grandchildren and two sisters. The remains were interred in the Bazette cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Rev. Cockren of Kerens conducted the funeral services, after which the Masons took charge and concluded the services at the grave. A large procession of friends followed the remains to the last resting place.

Mr. Charlie Lamb and sister Miss Allie, of Dallas, were here Sunday to attend the funeral of their uncle, Mr. Charlie Nowling.


Ruby Lea Nowlin
Dec 5, 1912 - Feb 21, 1920

Bazette News.

The remains of little Ruby Nowling the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Nowling who died at their home in Louisiana Saturday morning as the result of burns received a few days ago, arrived in Kerens Sunday morning. The remains were accompanied by the grief stricken parents and two cousins of the deceased. The remains were laid to rest in the Bazette cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Bro. Carroway conducted the funeral services. Many sorrowing friends followed the remains to the last resting place. She is survived by her parents, three sisters and two brothers and many relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Nowling formerly lived here and have many friends here who sympathize with them in their great loss.


Mary Ann “Mollie” (Harkness) Burke
Apr 28, 1865 - Oct 20, 1918

Died at Powell Yesterday.

Mrs. Mollie Burke, wife of A. R. Burke of the Powell community, died at the family home at five o’clock Sunday morning and the remains were interred in the Post Oak cemetery near Roane yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Deceased is survived by her husband and five children, all grown. She was fifty-eight years of age and had lived near Powell for many years and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.


Cora Pauline Pegram
May 25, 1918 - Jul 21, 1918

Died At Navarro.

Pauline, the 2 year old daughter of James Pegren, died at Navarro yesterday and the remains were interred at Post Oak near Roane today.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 22, 1918 - Submitted by Diane Richards

In Memory of Pauline Pegram.

The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pegram of Navarro, July 21st, and took from them their darling baby, little Cora Pauline Pegram. She was two years, one month and twenty-six days old. Oh, it was so hard to give her up and say “Thou art gone, our precious darling.” She was so sweet and so much pleasure to us all, but the Lord giveth and he also taketh, blessed be the name of the Lord. She had been sick for quite a while, but not seriously ill, but was very sick for one week. We do not know what the sweet little one suffered, but we do know dear Pauline is at rest. Weep not, dear father and mother. While it seems almost unbearable we know some sweet day we shall meet dear little Pauline. The remains were interred in Post Oak Cemetery, near Roane, Rev. Willie Phillips of Navarro officiating. I wish to thank the people for their kindness shown during the illness and death of this precious one.

One precious to our hearts is gone,
The voice we loved is stilled;
A place is made vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Written by her Aunt.


Rosy Lillie Shelton
Jan 1, 1901 - Jan 7, 1919

Died Near Roane.

Miss Lizzie Shelton, aged eighteen years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Shelton and a niece of Mrs. W. P. Lowry, of Roane, died at the family home there Tuesday night and the remains were buried in the Post Oak cemetery yesterday.


Clifford Barnes
Oct 3, 1914 - Aug 3, 1919


Remains of Clifford Barns to Be Interred This Afternoon.

Clifford Barns, the little son, of L. T. Barns, died at midnight last night at the home of W. A. Henderson at Petty’s Chapel. The little boy was born October 8, 1914.

Interment will be at five o’clock this afternoon at Post Oak cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Langston will officiate.


James Adolphus Rutherford
Apr 2, 1882 - Apr 12, 1920

Died in P. and S. This Afternoon.

James D. Rutherford, aged thirty-eight years, died in the P. and S. hospital this afternoon after an illness of some weeks. The deceased lived in the Brown Valley community, and is survived by his wife and one child. Mrs. Rutherford, who underwent an operation for appendicitis at the P. and S. two weeks ago, and who had recovered sufficiently to help wait on her husband, has taken a relapse due to trouble over her husband’s illness and death and is again quite sick.

The remains of Mr. Rutherford will be interred in Post Oak cemetery near here tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.



Funeral Took Place This Afternoon.

The remains of the late J. D. Rutherford, whose home was near Roane, and who died at the P. and S. hospital here yesterday, were interred in Post Oak cemetery north of Corsicana this afternoon after services at the Sutherland Undertaking parlors, conducted by Rev. L. C. Howell. The services at the parlors were well attended and many more met the funeral party at the cemetery. Besides his wife and little son, the deceased is survived by his father H. D. Rutherford, and these brothers and sisters: O. H. and Tom Rutherford of Roane; Mrs. Fannie Husch of Athens; Mrs. Bell Neal and Mrs. Ella Davidson of Oklahoma and Mrs. Olivia Jackson of Stamford.



James Adolphus Rutherford.

By request of his aged and heartbroken father, we will try to write a few lines in memory of the son, whose name appears above. He was born April 2nd, 1882, near Sessions, in Navarro County, was married to Miss Alice Hawkins, November 16, 1910. To this union was born one child, Luther Weldon. He joined the Missionary Baptist Church in August, 1908, and died at the hospital in Corsicana, April 12, 1920. He is survived by his father, two brothers, and five sisters, his lonely companion and little boy. He was laid to rest at Post Oak Church, six miles northwest of Corsicana by the side of the loving mother, who preceded him to the better country. Funeral services were conducted by Eld. L. C. Howell, who said that he did not need to have any testify as to the life and character of the deceased—that he had been in his home and had seen for himself.

We cannot understand God’s providences for “His way is in the sea, and His path in the great waters, and his footsteps are not known.” Yet, we dare not question his wisdom or criticize the One, who doeth all things well. His devoted companion was also in the hospital at the same time recovering from an operation. In her chair she would wheel herself to his bedside during his affliction, and was by him when he breathed his last. When he realized that he was approaching the Jordan of Death, he very much desired the presence of his aged father. Persistent efforts were made to reach him by wire but to no avail, until too late to see him alive. In his last hours on earth he spoke of “going home,” and seemed very anxious to go. With trembling voice and tearful eyes, his aged father told me of his devotion to him, and the sainted mother. May God sweetly reconcile the aching hearts to His just and righteous will, and may the little family, so sadly broken on earth, be unbroken in heaven. Could he speak to us from his lofty habitation, he could doubles say.

“When you come where I have slept, You will wonder why you wept.”



Sarah E. (unk) Driver
abt 1844 - Jun 27, 1920

Died Here Last Night.

Mrs. Sarah E. Driver, aged 75, and a long time resident here died at her home on North Seventh Street last night, and the remains were laid to rest in Oakwood at 3:30 this afternoon. The deceased is survived by a number of grown children.


James William Flynn
Sep 4, 1857 - Aug 2, 1920

Died Here Last Night.

J. W. Flynn, aged 63 years, died last night at 10:30 after a long illness at the home of his brother, J. C. Flynn, at the corner of West Ninth Avenue and South Thirty-First street and the remains were interred in Oakwood at 4 o’clock after funeral services conducted by Rev. W. M. Clark. The deceased is survived by his wife and several children, among these being L. F. Flynn, teacher of manual training in the Corsicana High school. The pall bearers were C. C. Albritton, C. T. Banister, W. F. McKee, M. L. Hays, J. V. Bounds and C. A, Middleton. The funeral was largely attended and there were many floral offerings.


Solomon Dotson
Aug 24, 1857 - Jan 5, 1920

Remains Interred Today.

The remains of Solomon Dotson, who died here yesterday morning, were interred in Oakwood today.


George Henry Feagin
Jun 22, 1916 - Nov 15, 1920


Little Boy Burned at Home Yesterday Morning.

One of those inexpressibly sad incidents that some times fall in the lot of men occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Fagon, 803 East Tenth Avenue, at 8 o’clock yesterday morning, which resulted in the death of George, their four-year-old son at 3:30 this morning. At about the hour named yesterday morning soon after the little fellow had gotten out of bed he was standing in front of an open gas stove when his outing night gown caught on fire. The flames spread instantly over the child’s body, and notwithstanding that the mother had her hands dreadfully burned in trying to get the burning garments off of her child, it was almost consumed while still on him. The result was the little fellow’s body was almost one solid blister. Medical aid was summoned, and all was done that could be for the child’s relief, but the burns were too deep to be reached by human aid, and the remains of the little fellow were laid at rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 3:30. Mr. and Mrs. Fagen have many friends in Corsicana, and they have the sympathy of the entire community in the great sorrow that has come to them.


Margaret Vienna (Hendon) Stover
Jan 11, 1880 - Jun 25, 1953

Mrs. M. V. Stover Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie V. Stover, 73, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Thursday morning, will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. Cecil Taylor, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Stover had resided in Corsicana since 1900.

Surviving are five sons, L. D. Stover, Overton; Clovis Stover, Fort Worth; Neal Stover, Sanger; Lloyd Stover, Dallas, and E. E. Stover, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. C. E. McWilliams, Corsicana; and Mrs. C. C. Turner, Hawkins; 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild, three brothers, E. D. and Walter Hendon, both of Corsicana; and G. B. Hendon, Teague; five sisters, Miss Frances Hendon, Corsicana; Mrs. R. H. Carroll and Mrs. M. Garnett, both of Teague; Mrs. L. L. McLelland, Los Angeles, and Mrs. A. A. Cosby, Birmingham, Ala. and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Malvin Keathley, Ernest Cook, Olen Rich, Wayland McAlester, Allen Breithaupt, Vernon Flanagan, Melvin Rich and B. E. Hampton.


Easter Lee Green
abt 1924 - Apr 13, 2016

Easter Lee Green, 91, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Second Mission Baptist Church in Corsicana.
Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements made by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Alma Jean Burton
abt 1930 - Apr 12, 2016

Mrs. Alma Jean Burton, 85, of Pelham passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at her residence.
Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Pelham.
Interment to follow at Pelham Cemetery, in Pelham.


Shelly (Green) Kane
July 31, 1940 - May 6, 2016
Shelly Green Kane passed away Friday, May 6, 2016. She was born July 31, 1940, in San Angelo, Texas to Robert L. Green and Nelle Bolen Green.
Shelly was a 1958 honor graduate of Central High School and attended Texas Tech University. She graduated from North Texas State University with a B.S. degree in business education and from East Texas State University with a Master's in Business Administration.

Shelly taught vocational office education at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD for 20 years. She retired to Kerrville in 1996 and taught vocational courses for Hill Country High School in Kerrville ISD.

Shelly was a charter member of Phi Mu sorority at Texas Tech and was named outstanding pledge of her chapter, Beta Sigma Phi in San Angelo, TX.

While living in Kerrville, Shelly volunteered as a docent at the Western Art Museum. She enjoyed her retirement in Corsicana and participated in playing bridge with friends at Heritage Oaks and was a member of the Kinsloe House.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother and is survived by her daughter, Robin Kane Williams and husband Dr. Terry Williams of Corsicana, Texas. Her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren:
Shelby Stanley of Corsicana, Celina Smithers of San Marcos, Dylan Smithers of Corsicana, and Donald Williams of Corsicana. Shelly is also survived by one brother, Bob Green and wife Diane, and niece, Kim Clarkson and husband Austin, and nephew, Brandon Green.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelle and Bob Green.

Shelly was a devout Christian and was a former member of the Kerrville Church of Christ. Shelly's warm smile and encouragement will be missed by her many teacher friends, especially Carolyn Austin and Willie Eoff.

Graveside services will be held at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kerrville at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016.


Betty June (Bruce) Almond
Feb 1, 1939 - Apr 28, 2016
Sherman- Funeral services for Betty Almond were held at 10:00 AM Monday, May 2, at the First Baptist Church of Sherman. Dr. Mike Lawson of the church officiated. Entombment followed at Friendship Cemetery.

Betty June (Bruce) Almond, a wonderful woman of faith, was welcomed into the arms of her Savior April 28, 2016, at Dallas Presbyterian hospital, after battling complications of a sudden illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born February 21, 1939, to Mildred Forsythe Bruce and Aubrey Bruce. Her father's job necessitated several moves, with the family finally settling in Dawson, Texas, where Betty attended school. Betty was a popular student and cherished her days in Dawson. She was a gifted athlete, FFA sweetheart, cheerleader, and Homecoming Queen. In Dawson she met her husband to be, Clyde Almond, and they were married on June 9, 1957. This was a loving union that was to endure for 51 years. One of her fondest memories was later going back to Dawson with Clyde to ride in the 100th Anniversary Dawson parade, an honor afforded her as a former Homecoming Queen 50 years prior.

Betty and Clyde lived in Farmer's Branch where Clyde worked for TI. They eventually moved to Whitewright with their three daughters Janet, Kim, and Cindy. Betty was an Administrative Assistant at Johnson and Johnson to the plant manager and in charge of the Wellness Program. Betty was able to make use of her amazing people and public relations skills. She retired from her productive years at J & J on Jan. 28 , 1994.

Betty supported Clyde in his career, his love of the outdoors and ranching, and created a special room to house his trophies. In return, Clyde supported Betty in her love of traveling the world. One of her most inspiring trips was a visit to Israel, which added greatly to her strong Christian faith. Together they doted on their growing family and later, their grandchildren. She was always encouraging, generous, and wise in her relationship with her precious children and grandchildren.
She was a great influence in their lives with her sense of humor, boundless energy, sense of adventure, and positive attitude in her Christian faith.

Betty's vivacious personality, infectious smile, and caring heart radiated in her everyday life. She soon became a tireless volunteer and community leader in Whitewright and the First Baptist Church, where she also shared her beautiful voice in the choir and by singing solos for special occasions upon request. She joyfully volunteered to teach Sunday School and G.A., always supportive of her daughters' activities.

One of her many outstanding traits was her amazing speaking voice. She was able to motivate and inspire audiences and groups with her sparkling wit and well-constructed messages, whenever she was asked to speak. And she loved doing this!

She served as President of the Whitewright School Board for three of her six terms.
She was instrumental in establishing the band program and many facility upgrades in this role. Along with this full schedule, she found enrichment and friendships by joining the
(then) Friday Literary Club, a group she dearly loved in Whitewright.
And of course, she served as its president and in many leadership roles.

Her influence in community organizations was evidenced by the many plaques and awards that hung modestly on a wall in her home: one for dedicated service from the United Way Campaign of 1986; for outstanding leadership, service and dedication as President and Board of Directors of Grayson County Juvenile Alternatives 1989-1991; President of Johnson and Johnson Retiree Club of Texas in 2005-2006; recognition as a charter member of Grayson County Elected Women of America in 1988-89; Epsilon Sigma Alpha Woman of the Year 1986; and one recognizing her outstanding contributions to the Quality Improvement process at Johnson and Johnson, 1992; another for her service on the Home Hospice Board and Auxiliary; and one for her work on on the Board for Crippled Children of Grayson County. She gave her total attention to each endeavor and lead with her heart and generous monetary support.

Betty loved to read. She found time to join Monodrama Club, the Book Chatters Club of Denison. She took pleasure in sharing books she had read with her friends. She gave specially selected books frequently, always with a personal note hand-written to her grandchildren and to her many friends for special occasions.

Betty took time along the way to pursue more education for herself and earned a BS degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1987.
At the same time she continued to wear many hats—family, church, career, civic volunteer, and wore them all well. She took great joy in her home and loved to decorate and entertain family and friends.

Betty and Clyde moved to Sherman for their retirement years. This was their official "headquarters' but they were constantly on the move, either to the ranch, with Clyde off hunting, or Betty on one of her shopping trips or her trips all over the globe. They joined the First Baptist Church right away and were faithful members. Betty again would contribute by singing in the choir and by serving, after elected to do so, on the Pastor Church Committee.

Betty's fondness for and loyalty for her friends were legendary, as was her love for shopping. If you were her friend, you were her friend for life. Many of you can recall a shopping trip with Betty to look at antiques, visit an new shopping area, or explore the square in McKinney.
When she travelled, she always took extra bags for all her goodies she bought to bring home for her grands and her beautiful home. She was always game for a Bridge Party where she could entertain her friends.
She loved having "club" at her home with her friends.

Her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought the greatest of joys to Betty's life. She welcomed each one as a special gift from God into their loving and blessed family circle. Betty always, always beamed when relating a recent story or a travel experience she shared with these honored members of her life.
They will always
have many treasured memories of their times with their "Mamaw" or their "GiGi."

Betty Almond has given of herself to all of her friends and family through her 77 years in many special ways that we will recall in the days ahead. Her sunshine was taken from us much too soon, but we will always harbor her love and spirit in our hearts. Her presence will be with us in happy times, special events, our accomplishments, but especially in the quiet moments when she will fill our memories in her special ways. Her life made a difference.

She was that woman so beautifully described in her legacy to us, Proverbs 31, "A worthy woman who can find? She is worth far more than Rubies."

Betty is survived by her daughters: Janet Smith and husband Rev. Phillip Smith of Denison, Kim Almond of Waco, and Cindy Nair and husband Martin Nair of McKinney; grandchildren: Rev. Chad Smith and wife Tara Smith of Norman, Oklahoma, Amber Smith Sharp and husband Ryan Sharp, Ashley Smith Owens and husband Nick Owens, Amy Ellis Hayes and husband Casey Hayes, Brittany Jones, Sarah Jones, Hannah Nair, Olivia Nair, Vivian Nair, and Adam Nair. She also leaves great- granddaughters Addison and Ainsley Smith; and great-grandsons Lane Owens, Ryan Hayes, and Luke Hayes; her treasured sister Carolyn Goode and husband Robert, brother Jim Bruce; and two nieces and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Raymond Bruce, and her husband Clyde Almond.

The family gives a special thanks to Mary Moore, her devoted caregiver.
The family would also like to thank Sher-Den Home Health nurses, aides, and therapists that were so helpful to Betty.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Sherman First Baptist Church building fund.


Valarie Shantel "Shay" Bailey
abt 1975 - Apr 28, 2016

Valarie Shantel "Shay" Bailey, 40 of Kerens, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Heritage Oaks West.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6,2016 at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastor Earnest Betts, Jr. Eulogist.
Interment will follow at the Friendship Cemetery in Cross Roads.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Crosby Lindsey
abt 1930 - Apr 26, 2016

Crosby Lindsey, 85, of Kerens, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Wake services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7,2016 at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Kerens, with Rev. Darryl Lindsey, Eulogist.

Interment will follow at the Samaria Cemetery in Samaria.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


David Robert Lynch
Sept 25, 1937 - May 6, 2016
David Robert Lynch, 78 of Corsicana, entered into eternal peace on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

David was born Sept. 25, 1937, son of the late David and Maggie Lynch.
He grew up in Dallas, Texas. He married the late Phyllis Patricia McAlister on May 15, 1954. David worked as an electrician for the Putnam Electric, Rouse Electric. He owned various small businesses such as Allstate Music (vending machines), cleaners, and a fruit stand in Dallas. He then owned and operated City Electric in Corsicana, Texas. He and Phyllis worked side by side for more than 35 years.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Phyllis Lynch; his son, Johnny Lynch, and sister, Nancy Harrod.

David is survived by his son; David Lynch and wife Theresa Lynch of Corsicana, grandchildren; Ashley Lynch and Courtney Lynch, brother; JB Airhart and sister Doddie Northcutt.

Visitation will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, with services following at 11 a.m. at the Griffin Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana, Texas, at 1530 N. 45th Street. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Larry McAlister, Roger McAlister, Kenny Martin and Alex Cantu.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Irwin Stephen "Big I" Cerf
Oct 4, 1941 - May 9, 2016

Irwin Cerf passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the age of 74.

He was a native of Corsicana and a life-long resident of Dallas.

Many that knew him well referred to him as "Big I" as he was "larger than life."

He loved being with friends and was always there to help anyone he could.

"Big I" was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marjorie Cerf and Elfrieda (Sugar) Schepps.

He is survived by his loving sister, Linda and husband Dave Garner; nephew Anson Switzer; niece Brooklyn Garner; daughter Rebekha Thompson; son David Cerf and four grandchildren.

Many heartfelt thanks go to all the wonderful staff, nurses and caregivers at The Legacy Senior Communities, their loving care and friendship touched his life in so many ways.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana.


Michael Eugene Belew
Aug 8, 1951 - Apr 20, 2016

Michael Eugene Belew, 64, of Sherman was born in McKinney on Aug. 8, 1951 to Donald Eugene and Dolly Sue Collingsworth Belew.

He operated a construction company at the time of his death, and was a veteran of the U. S. Army, earning the National Defense Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, and the Sharpshooter Badge in the Viet Nam War.

He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Sherman, The American Legion, and the Viet Nam Association Chapter 973.

He passed away peacefully on May [sic] 20, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister: Pam Wright. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Massey Belew; son, Jason, Jerrod and his wife, Cara as well as grandchildren and nephews.

Graveside Services with U. S. Army Honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Midway Cemetery on State Highway 2370, Midway, Texas off of FM 416, east of Streetman, Texas south of Corsicana, with Bro. James Crawford, and Bro. Hoppy McGilvary officiating.

Arrangements made by West-Hurt Funeral home.


Nathaniel Jackson, Jr.
abt 1946 - Mar 3, 2016

Nathaniel Jackson, Jr., 69, of Corsicana passed Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Wilgo Baptist Church located, 621 East 1st Avenue with Pastor David E. Wilson, officiating.

Interment will follow at Steen Cemetery in Malakoff.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Clifton Gipson "Buddy" Benton
Dec 25, 1905 - Aug 27, 1981

Clifton (Buddy) Benton, 75, of Emhouse, died Thursday in the Veteran's
Administration Hospital in Dallas.

Services were Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery and the Revs. Bill Gresham and Roger Morris officiated.

Benton, a retired farmer and World War II veteran, is survived by one son, J.W. Benton of Alma, two sisters, Mrs. Labess Srarvill of Emhouse, and Mrs. Sam Collins, of Arlington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Benny Collins, Jack Benton, Jim Benton, Robert Bradley, Frank Seeley and Roy Posey.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Thursday, September 3, 1981
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Men and Women in WWII

Elizabeth (Kelt) Phillips-Malone
July 5, 1915 - Mar 11, 2016

Elizabeth (Kelt) Phillips Malone, of Corsicana and formerly of Chandler, passed away at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village on Friday morning, March 11, 2016 at the age of 100. She was born in Chatfield on July 5, 1915 to Julius Kelt and Lela Garner Kelt.

Her great grandfather W.W. Loop and his family were some of the earliest settlers in northern Navarro County.

She attended school in Chatfield up to the 10th grade and went to Wortham where she graduated in the 11th grade.

After graduation she attended a business school before marrying Joe Phillips on Jan. 16, 1937.

Elizabeth was a Baptist by faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chandler for 50 years and Northside Baptist in Corsicana for the last several years. She was very mission minded and was involved with the W.M.U as a Director in Henderson County. She helped start many project with the W.M.U. in Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt Counties over the years.

While living in Chandler she was a member of a local crafts club and was Mayor of Chandler in the 1990's.
She loved fishing and playing games like "42, 84 and Bridge". Later in her life she watched baseball and basketball and other sports on television.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband Joe Phillips and second husband J.M. Malone; brothers George Kelt and J.J. Kelt Jr.; sister Genie Whitfill.

She is survived by her sons; Benny Phillips and wife Marilyn of Chatfield and Jimmy Malone. Granddaughters; Angela Dear of Virginia Beach, VA, Regina Bonnette of Miramar, FL and Holly Anderson. Great grandchildren; Katelyn Dear, Abigail Dear and Rachel Bonnette. She is also survived by various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the Tupelo / Chatfield Community Center, 4808 FM 1603 in Chatfield followed by services being held at the New Chatfield Cemetery with Dr. Rick Lamb of Northside Baptist Church officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Malone, Danny Richards, Robert Miles, Terry Montfort, Gerald Rumbo and Bill McHamm.

Memorials may be made to the Chatfield Cemetery Association or to the Gideon's.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Dennis Norman Whitten
Feb 8, 1967 - Apr 11, 2016

Dennis Norman Whitten, 49 of Purdon, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born February 8, 1967 in San Antonio to Don and Jean Whitten.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Whitten, parents Don and Jean Whitten, brother Doug Whitten. He is also survived by his nephews, Ethan Whitten, Nicolas Gaskill and Kyle Gaskill; nieces Kelsey and Rebekah Whitten. Aunts, Peggy Russell, Faye Leach; Godparents, Bill and Gail Horton of Oak Valley and god brother, Butch Horton and numerous cousins, friends and co workers.
Dennis was a 1985 graduate of Corsicana High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He most recently worked for Neiman Marcus in Irving. Dennis was a member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church and served as music leader.
The world lost one of its very best. Dennis was a short man but had a gigantic heart. He put out his best effort in everything he did; from work to family, to friends, to church and even to strangers. Even though he suffered immensely the last several years of his life with tremendous health issues, he never stopped working and never stopped helping people. He was a true angel on earth. His laughter was contagious and his crazy life produced one funny story after another. Funny things just happened to Dennis. Things that would discourage others but he always turned them into a funny story for all of us to enjoy.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 am Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with Bro. Ben Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rusty Putman, Kelly Russell, Jonathon Shofner, Nick Gaskill, Kyle Gaskill, Hubert Dechaume. Junior pallbearers will be Jordan Dechaume, Brindon Dechaume, Ethan Whitten.


  • Submitted by Polly Winn & Karen Rost
  • h/o Anita Louise (Shelton) Whitten - s/o Don Howard Whitten & Norma Jean (Brister) Whitten

Mary Sue (Trewin) Bosher
Aug 5, 1926 - Apr 10, 2016
Mary's Story
Mary Sue Trewin Bosher, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
Mary was born on Aug. 5, 1926.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Luz Eterna Funeral Home located in Corsicana.
Interment to follow at 2 p.m. in Dresden Cemetery.


Delbert Glen Ross
Mar 4, 1963 - May 8, 2016

Mr. Delbert Glen Ross, 53, of Ellis County passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Baylor of Carrollton Hospic Unit.

He was born on March 4, 1963 in Frost to Lavern and Leola Ross.

Delbert graduated from Frost ISD and went on to attend Navarro College and participated in the Upward Brown Program in Corsicana.

He went on to work at Leggett & Platt Inc.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Addie Della Moseley.

He is survived by his three step-daughters, Amieteen Watkins, Lestine Watkins and Tasha Watkins; step-son, Willis Glen Jr., Watkins; two adoptive sons, Domonique Johnson and Matthew Moseley;
four brothers, Jimmie Ross, Robert Ross, Lavern Ross, Jr., and Raylen Ross and two sisters, Dorothy Mayberry and Rose Pippins.

Visitaion will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at Frost Baptist Church on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Frost Baptist Church.

Interment to follow at Frost Cemetery.

Arrangements made by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


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