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Blanche McKie, Miss
May 29, 1881 - Jun 10, 1964

Miss B. McKie Dies Wednesday, Rites Thursday
Miss Blanche McKie, 102 South Fifteenth street, life-long Corsicana resident, sponsor of music, arts and civic organizations and work, died in Memorial Hospital early Wednesday morning following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Thursday at 11 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Miss McKie was a charter member of the Nevin club, and held memberships in the James Blair Chapter DAR, Nineteenth Century club, the Piano Ensemble Players, Better Gardens club, charter member of the Public Library board, and was a former officer of the Corsicana Civic Music Association.
And, Miss McKie established a scholarship in the Law School of the University of Texas honoring her father, the late Judge W. J. McKie of Corsicana, and was a contributor to the Texiana Rare Book Collection at the University of Texas.
An active participant in the Texas Federation of Music clubs, Miss McKie was a life member of the organization along with being a life member of Kinsloe House Association, assisted in placing a grand piano in the Public Library Auditorium, and a grand piano and organ in Kinsloe House. She was also a donor toward the piano and organ fund at Navarro Junior College.
She sponsored 21 yearly series of W. J. McKie Memorial Concerts which brought outstanding attractions to Corsicana through the assistance of the Nevin club and assisted in bringing the Minneapolis and Dallas Symphony Orchestras to Corsicana.
Miss McKie was a pianist and organist of note and at one time was organist at the First Baptist church. She was a member of the Corsicana High School Alumni Association.
Surviving are two nephews, Wm. J. McKie and Ben McKie; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. F. B. McKie and Mrs. Ben McKie, Sr.; three great-nieces, Mary, Myra Blanche and Beverly McKie and a great-nephew, Wm. J. McKie, Jr., all of Corsicana.
Pallbearers will be W. H. Norwood, Edward F. Hearn, Paul H. Kirk, R. R. Pease, J. N. Garitty, Wilbur Wright, James W. McCammon, Dr. Lester McGary, Sam S. Parker, James Ruth, George Weinschel, Ed M. Polk, David Wilson, Oliver Albritton, Roland Stietler.

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Hold Services For Miss McKie
Funeral services for Miss Blanche McKie life-long Corsicanan who died in Memorial Hospital early Wednesday, were held Thursday at 11 a.m. from McCammon Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
Miss McKie was a charter member of the Nevin Club and the Public Library Board. She was a member of the James Blair Chapter DAR, Nineteenth Century club, Piano Ensemble Players, Better Garden club Corsicana Civic Music association, Texas Federation of Woman’s clubs, Kinsloe House and others.
Miss McKie sponsored the McKie Memorial Concerts for Corsicana for 21 seasons and established a scholarship in the Law School of the University of Texas honoring her late father, W. J. McKie. She was also a contributor to the Texiana Rare Books Collection at the University of Texas and was one of those responsible for bringing the Minneapolis and Dallas Symphony orchestras to Corsicana.
Surviving are two nephews, Wm. J. McKie and Ben McKie, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. F. B. McKie and Mrs. Ben McKie, Sr.; three great-nieces, Mary, Myra Blanche and Beverly McKie and a great-nephew, Wm. J. McKie, Jr., all of Corsicana.
Pallbearers were W. H. Norwood, Edward F. Hearn, Paul H. Kirk, R. R. Pease, J. N. Garitty, Wilbur Wright, James W. McCammon, Dr. Lester McGary, Sam S. Parker, James Ruth, George Weinschel, Ed M. Polk, David Wilson, Oliver Albritton, Roland Stietler.

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Alice May (Smith) Levermann
abt 1889 - Oct 24, 1964

Mrs. Levermann Rites Sunday
Mrs. May Smith Levermann, 75, of 1409 West Fourteenth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.
Graveside services were held Sunday
At 3 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, of which she was a member.
Native of Navasota, she had resided in Corsicana sine 16 years of age. She was the widow of the late A. C. Levermann.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Heddy Garrison, Fort Worth; a nephew, W. Clyde Osborne, Dawson; two nieces, Mrs. M. H. Bonds, Kermit and Mrs. Wayne Jamison, Port O’Conner; and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Dr. L. E. Kelton, Jr.; C. H. Williams, J. I. Ellett, Chester Sprinkle, Neil Harris, Allen Edens, Jr.; Joe Guthrie and Martin Thurston,
McCammon directed.

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Macca Orange (McCandless) Lawrence
Dec 1, 1831 - Feb 1925

Mrs. M. O. Lawrence Dead
Mrs. M. O. (Aunt Mack) Lawrence, the oldest resident of this entire section, died at her home north of town Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock. Her death was not a surprise, as her trouble, which was caused from complications setting up from a broken leg, which she received a few years ago, was a serious one, and together with her extreme old age, it was known several days ago that she could not survive.
Mrs. Lawrence came to Texas in 1835,and settled in Robertson colony, now known as Robertson county, later moving to her present home, and has lived there 68 years. She had reached the age of 93 years, 2 months and 18 days. She lived under six flags, the Stars and Stripes, the Mexican flag, Republic flag, back under the Stars and Stripes, then the Confederate flag, then the Stars and Stripes, of today.
Aunt Mack was a good woman, everybody knew her, and everybody loved her. She has many friends, not only in the vicinity, but throughout the State, who are sincerely grieved by her passing away.
The funeral service will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at the family burying ground near her home, conducted by Revs. Johnson of Hubbard, McKeown and Tyree of this place.
A more extended article concerning the life of this good woman will appear in our next issue.

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  • Dawson Herald, Feb 20, 1925

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
     

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Mrs. M. O. Lawrence

Mrs. M. O. Lawrence, who died at her home north of Dawson, Feb. 18, was one of the oldest, if not the oldest pioneer of Navarro county, she being 93 years, 2 months and 17 days old. Mrs. Lawrence was truly an everyday Christian woman, and as long as it was possible for her to go she attended church at every opportunity. Within the past few years many times she attended church, even though she had to be carried by her sons and other love ones. She was converted at a Camp meeting under a brush arbor near Dresden in 1864, where she joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church, moving her membership shortly after to Liberty Hill, later to Spring Hill, were she kept it until moving to Dawson, she being a member of Dawson church at the time of her death. Mrs. Lawrence has 39 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
The following, written by the late E. O. Call, some 9 years ago, has been given us, and is said to be a correct history of the life of this great old lady:
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Tennessee in 1831, came to Texas with her father, Dave McCanless, and settled at the old Nashville settlement on the Brazos river in what was termed Milam’s Colony. It was in this colony that Dave McCanless was chosen Associate Commissioner of the Board of Land Commissioners, and Mrs. Lawrence has a commission made out to her father, dated Dec. 19, 1837, Houston, Texas, and signed by Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, in “this, the second year of the Independence of said Republic.” This unique document is yellowed with time, and the seal of the Republic is not plain, but the name of Sam Houston appears in bold outline with the customary flourish below.
Rather incongruously, the commission states that “I, Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, do appoint Dave McCanless to the office of Associate Land Commissioner, to which he has been duly elected by the joint vote of both houses.” These latter wards are n the fine script of some clerk of the Republic and suggests the unusualness of appointing a man to a position to which he had been elected.
In 1849 Miss McCanless married J. T. Lawrence, who was born in Tennessee, in 1825. Their children now living are John, Billie, Jim, George, Miss Carrie, Mrs. A. E. Savage of Hubbard and Mrs. Fannie Sowell. Miss Carrie lives with her mother on Richland creek, four miles north of Dawson, on the old Dave McCanless League of 2,000 acres, which Mrs. Lawrence inherited from her father and which she now owns.
“I knew Sam Houston well, in 1848,” said Mrs. Lawrence in referring to early days in Texas. “We were living at old Wheelock, where I heard him speak on temperance. It was a great speech. Mr. Houston was a powerful man, very handsome and easy to approach; he readily made friends with everybody. Deaf Smith, George B. Erath, Big-Foot Wallace, General Walter P. Lane and Ben and Henry McCulloch often visited our house.
“I also knew John McLennan, for whom McLennan county was named. At that time Waco was a small Indian village. I remember seeing the men pass our home on their way to near Dawson in 1836 to bury the surveyors killed in a big battle with the Indians. As to Indian troubles, we had plenty of them. Everybody, women as well as men, had to fight them, and they were as brave as the men.
“Up on Little River at one time the men were all out scouting when some Indians came; they shot arrows with fire tips onto the roof, which soon began to burn. The boys at the house climbed up through the loft and the women handed up buckets of milk, which was used to put out the fire. One old buck was looking through a crack when one of the women punched him in the face with a burning stick. He just yelled and cursed in English and Spanish and said something in Indian, I guess it was about the same he was saying in other languages.”
Mrs. Lawrence particularly prizes a faded slip of paper which is at once an account and a receipt for good bought in Houston Jan. 21, 1838, by John McCanless. Mr. McCanless bought 300 pounds of sugar at 40c a pound, making $120; 400 pounds of coffee at 70c a pound, $280; 100 yards of domestic at 30c a yard, $30; 150 yards of calico at $1 a yard, $150; making a total of $580, which is receipted in full by Edinburg &Co.

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Mrs. J. T. Lawrence
Corsicana, Feb 18, (1924?)
Mrs. M. O. Lawrence of Dawson Dies.
Navarro County Woman Friend of Early Prominent Texans.
CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 18.
Mrs. Mecca Orange Lawrence, 93 years old, died at her home four miles north of Dawson, Navarro County, Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the family cemetery on the homestead.
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Tennessee in 1831 and came to Texas with her father, David McCandless, when a child, and settled at the old Nashville settlement on Brazos River, in what is known as Milam County. Mrs. Lawrence's father was appointed Associate Commissioner of the Board of Land Commissioners on December 19, 1837, and his appointment was signed by Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas. Among the prominent men in the early history of Texas who were personal friends of Mrs. Lawrence were Sam Houston, Deaf Smith, George B. Erath, Big-Foot Wallace, Gen. Walter P. Lane, Ben and Henry McCulloch, John McLennan and others.
In 1849 Miss McCandless was married to J. T. Lawrence, who died many years ago. The following children survive: John, Billie, Jim and George Lawrence, Mrs. Fannie Sowell and Miss Carrie Lawrence of Dawson and Mrs. A. E. Savage of Hubbard. Many grandchildren and great-grand-children survive. Mrs. W. B. Waddell of Corsicana is a granddaughter.
Mrs. Lawrence was in Navarro County when the Indians were troublesome. She often said she remembered Waco as a small Indian Village. That she remembered the men passing her home on their way to a point west of the present town of Dawson to bury the victims who fell in a fierce encounter with the Indians. That was in 1836.
Mrs. Lawrence was one of the oldest, if not the oldest, pioneers of Navarro County. She inherited her large farm on Richland Creek from her father, who secured the land from the Government in the early days of Texas history. For sixty-five years or more she had been a reader of The Dallas News and The Galveston News.

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  • Clipping from the Harlee Collection, copied from "Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas vol XIII


Moses L. Stone
1848 - Jan 1926

Brought Here For Burial
M. L. (Uncle Mose) Stone, a former citizen of this place, but for the past eight years making his home at the Odd Fellow Home in Corsicana, died there Sunday at 7:15 o'clock p.m., after an illness which began early in January. Mr. Stone had been in a very critical condition several days before death claimed him, and his passing away was expected by those who knew him condition.
Mr. Stone had reached the age of 79 years, 4 months and 7 days, having been born in Anderson county, Texas. In early life he moved to near Dawson, and has made his home here since, up to the time he moved to Corsicana. He was married to Miss Dora George January 10, 1869, just southwest of Dawson, Mrs. Stone having passed away Feb. 16, 1917. Four children survive as follows: Mrs. Pete Smyrl of Breckenridge, Mrs. Ottie Pluckett of Jonesboro, Mrs. Ida Bodine of Aquilla, and Tom Stone of Rodney. Mr. Stone was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church and lived as near as he could to the teachings of his Master. Before going to Corsicana Mr. Stone lived such a life in Dawson that commanded the highest esteem of all who came in contact with him. He has many friends here who sincerely regret his passing away.
The body was brought to Dawson Monday morning and carried to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McCulloch, from which place the funeral service was held at the Methodist church that afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Illion T. Jones, of Corsicana, after which the body was laid to rest in the Dawson cemetery by the side of his wife.

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Robert J. Wright
1837 - Feb 1926

R. J. Wright Dead
R. J. (Uncle Bob) Wright, one of this community’s oldest and best citizens, died at his home here Sunday morning at 9:15 o'clock, at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 6 days. Uncle Bob has been in bad health for some time, but not until he suffered a dizzy attack at the post office just before Christmas, was he considered in a serious condition. From then he grew steadily worse, and some two weeks ago relatives and friends began to realize that the end might be near.
Uncle Bob was one on the oldest pioneers, who suffered the hardships that we might enjoy the many blessings that this county now affords. In his younger days he was very active in the affairs of the community and the county, and one could always count on him as being strong and outspoken against the wicked things and for the better issues of his community. He always took an active part in religious affairs and had been a deacon in the Baptist church here a long time; he was not merely a “Sunday Christian,” but an every day Christian, and lived such a life that when the end came he saw a hand wave the signal and heard a voice announce that the gates were open and the God’s angels awaited to escort him in. His life was truly a blessing to all with whom he came in contact, and his death will not only be felt by relatives and close friends, but by our entire citizenship. But, after all, in the death of such a man it can truly be said “Oh, grave, where is thy victory?”
The following sketch of Uncle Bob’s life was written by himself a year ago:
“I was born in Maury county, Tennessee, in 1837; and at the age of 12 years my parents emigrated to Texas. In 1849 we landed at Porter’s Bluff Christmas eve night.
After these holidays were over we started for Spring Hill. We arrived there in the early part of January. My pa made a contract to make a crop for Dr. G. W. Hill, as he had negroes and needed some one to help him. After two years of our help, my pa and Dr. Hill thought best for us to buy seven hundred (700) acres of the Finney tract of land. I don’t remember the price paid, but it was in the care of mutton sheep. Through the fall season Dr. Hill furnished us with about three hundred (300). At a time each fall he received half of the selling price paid, and in this way the land was paid for. The Liberty Hill church and cemetery is now located on this land.
At about this time, I being the oldest child, was turned loose to look after the outside interest, and slowly became a cowboy. With our neighbors that had emigrated to Texas and settled about us and a few others that were here before us, our hard times began to set in on us and this was the case for several years. This extreme trouble was caused from dry weather and the scarcity of money, but if we had had plenty of money there was nothing to buy as there were no farmers. So nothing was raised. It was frequently the case that we had nothing to eat but dried turkey for bread and fresh turkey for our meat.
Lots of other incidences I could tell that would be of interest to my friends; something of the dangers from wild beasts, such as bears, panthers, wolves, catamounts, snakes, rattlers at that. For several years the country was full of alligators. My mother was continually in apprehension of danger that her boy was subject to. I never thought of these dangers then, but in older days I thought of them and wondered how I made it. But I feel now that I was protected by the All-wise, and this, the 31st day of July causes me to county the 87th mile post down life’s journey. And I thank the Lord the end is not yet, but I am ready when He calls me to go to Heaven.
At 1859 I attended a protracted meeting conducted by Rev. Little Page. At this meeting I took God by the hand and have been trying to hold on. The rumbling of the war between the states, and in ’61 the war was declared. I joined in on the Confederate side of this struggle. Served four years and made as good a soldier as was required of me. I did not unite with any church, and without the protection of the strong arm of a church my religious stravail was a rough one. Sometimes almost overcome by the evils of a cruel war. By the help of my Master I was discharged and land at my home without getting a wound.”
Uncle Bob is survived by his wife and several grown children.
The funeral service was held a the Baptist church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. T. Smith of Hillsboro, Rev. D. E. Moore of Venus, and Rev. J. T. McKeown of this place, and was one of the largest funerals ever held in Dawson, many from a distance being in attendance.
Interment was made in Dawson cemetery by the Masonic Lodge, of which he was an honored member.

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William C. Owen
Dec 10, 1902 - Jun 5, 1985

William Owen

William C. "Will" Owen, 82, of Athens and former resident of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday in Lakeland Medical Center in Athens.

Service is 10 a.m. Friday at Carroll-Lehn Funeral Home in Athens with the Rev. Chuck Schorlemmer officiating. Burial will be at Malakoff City Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 10, 1902 in Blooming Grove and lived in Henderson County 59 years.

He was married to Nannie Vaughn June 9, 1924 in Blooming Grove.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Owen, and a daughter, Mildred Frances Owen.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lucille Craig of Athens; a brother, Charlie Owen of Murchison; a sister, Mrs. Nannie Hubbard of Athens; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Gary Craig, Danny Craig, Lanny Godwin, Billy Paris, Randy Paris and Don Wilbanks.

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Ernestine Jones Floyd
abt 1911 - Nov 2, 2002
 

Ernestine Jones Floyd

Ernestine Jones Floyd, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr., officiating.

Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Lydia Cemetery in Red River County with Rev. James Brown officiating.

Pallbearers will be Steve Stroube, Stan Lawhon, Nelson Galaway, Frank Murchison, Monte Cain and H.M. Davenport.

Honorary pallbearers include Kevin Painter, Gary Roman, Donald Estes, Randy Cummins, Hugh Stroube, Ronnie Wylie, John Collier, Randy Blue, Gene Thomas, Crawford Tatum, James Smith and Steve Keathley.

Mrs. Floyd was a member of First Baptist Church, the Solid Rockers Choir, Retired Teachers Association and the "Pink Ladies" auxiliary of Navarro Regional Hospital.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Joe and Angela Floyd of Dallas, daughter and son-in-law Sue Floys and William Reid of Mesquite, nephew and wife T.J. and Carolyn Eilers of Commerce and great nephews Anthony and Robert Eilers of Commerce.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Michael Lee Watt
Mar 13, 1962 - Sep 4, 2002

Michael Lee Watt, 40, of Italy passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002 in Hillsboro.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Mr. Watt was born March 13, 1962 in Mabank to James and Jane (Phillips) Watt. He graduated from Italy High School in 1980. He was employed at Lindsey Contractors in Ennis and had been a truck driver for the last 22 years. He married Sarena Pipkin Sept. 20, 1997.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Watt in 1988.

Survivors include his wife of four years, Sarena Watt of Italy; mother, Jane Watt of Italy; stepchildren, Danelle, Samantha and Shawn Holland, all of Mississippi; sisters, Debbie Watt of Italy and Donna Alvarez of Ennis; brothers, Jimmy Watt of Waxahachie and Bobby and Don Watt, both of Italy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home of Italy.

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George Wilmon Ross, Jr.
August 6, 1908 - Jun 26, 2004

Mr. George Wilmon Ross, Jr. passed away at the age of 95, on Saturday, June 26, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Gene Bills of El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Ross was born in Kerens, Texas to George W. Ross, Sr. and Neita Clyde Yarborough on August 6, 1908. He attended Bryan High School and Texas A&M University. He was preceded in death by the "love and light of his life", Angela Schomer Ross in January, 1995, a sister, Mittie Louise Erisman, of Ennis, Texas, and a brother, James E. Ross, both of Houston, Texas.

In addition to his family in El Paso, he is survived by a son, Wilmon Ross of Jackson, Mississippi, a sister, Betty Jo Fleming and a brother, Billy Frank Ross, both of Houston, Texas.

Grandchildren are Suzanne Ross Shultz of Concord, North Carolina, Harold Ross of Shelby, North Carolina, Angela Bills of Denton, Texas, David Bills of Singopare, and Bradley Bills of Austin, Texas.

Mr. Ross served for 31 years as general manager of Panola-Harrison Electric Co-op in Marshall, Texas. Upon his retirement, he was honored with a tribute ceremony in Dallas, Texas as an "extraordinary leader in furnishing electric lights and power to Texas." Ross' work with rural electrification during his years of service was not confined to Texas and Louisiana. In 1968, he served with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association under the agency for international Development in South Vietnam to help organize rural electric systems.During his career, he also served on state and national committees dealing with various aspects of rural electrification and on the board of directors of the statewide Rural Electric Association.

Mr. Ross is a former member of the Kiwanis Club and 32nd degree Mason. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas where he has been a member since 1948. In 1976, he served with others from the Texas Baptists Convention to provide electricity in the rebuilding of a church destroyed by an earthquake which killed 23,00 people in and around the village of Tatonicatan, Guatemala.

A gentle man with strong principles, Mr. Ross, his daughter and son-in-law were blessed with special close family friends who have lovingly showed continuous support during the difficult months of Mr.Ross' failing health. The family wishes to especially thank Ginger and Rick Wiltse of Marshall, Texas, Don and Patsy Veazey of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Herb and Darlene Brown of Austin, Texas, Hospice of El Paso, and members of the Fisherman's Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 2 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home. Funeral services, officiated by Dr. Don Laughlin will be held in the First Baptist Church Chapel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 3. Following the service, burial at Colonial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Joseph W. Bills, Jr. of Fresno, California, David, Angela, and Bradley Bills, Scott Simms of Denton, Texas, Ron Oberender of Lampasas, Texas, Robert Erisman of Ennis, Texas, and Bill Satterwhite of Rockwall, Texas.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to either the First Baptist Church of Marshall/Phase 1 Building Program or Hospice of El Paso.


Nannie Jones
Sep 12, 1911 - Jan 7, 2006

Nannie Jones, 94, resident of Kerens, TX, passed away on January 7, 2006 at the Kerens Care Center. Funeral services were held on January 11, 2006 at the Kerens First United Methodist Church with Rev. Claude Davison officiating and Rev. Cathy Mordecai assisting. Burial services were held at the Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Henderson, Charlie Hopmann, Jerry Garrison, Bobby Kent, Kenneth Johnston and James Kelley. Honorary Pallbearers were Sonny Bancroft, Kenneth Lewis, Eddie McNeese, George Reagan, Kenneth Scarbrough and The First United Methodist Mens Group.

Nannie Jones was born on September 12, 1911 in Blooming Grove, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Jones and son, Richard Fields.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Brenda Fields of Kerens, TX; daughter-in-law, Martha Fields of Kerens, TX; grandson, Gene Fields of Kerens, TX; great granddaughter, Maryssa Fields of Minnesota; half brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Margaret McClure of Corsicana, TX; half sister, Georgia Ann Eggler of Balch Springs, TX and a number of nieces and nephews.


Rosa Lee (Smith) Wiser
Sep 4, 1918 - Aug 2007

Rosa Lee Wiser, age 8, TX on September 4, 1918 to Robert L. and Edna Mae Howell Smith. 

She lived in Sulphur Springs for awhile and was also a member of the First Baptist Church. 

Preceded in death by her husband Marion Q. Wiser in 1983; sister, Evelyn Smith; and two grandchildren Anthony Simmons and Hope Donihoo; Rosa Lee is survived by her daughters, Francis Cooper of Kerens, TX, Judi Roberts of Austin, TX and Shirley Donihoo of Waco, TX; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 4 great, great-grandchildren. 

Graveside Services will be conducted on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway Cemetery in Euless, TX with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. 

West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Nancy Ray (Pitcock) Hughes
Jul 25, 1934 - Jul 29, 1989

Nancy Pitcock Hughes

Nancy Pitcock Hughes, 55, of Colorado Springs, died July 29, 1989, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Services were held at First Methodist Church with the Rev. Claire Childress, Robert Strobel and Gilbert Zyzniewski officiating. Burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Home.

She was born July 25, 1934, in Gainesville. She spent her childhood in Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from Corsicana High School and earned a bachelor of science degree at North Texas State University in Denton.

She taught school in Corsicana, El Paso, and Midland, where she was good will ambassador to India.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Hughes of Colorado Springs, one son, Michael Hughes of Denver; one daughter, Leslyn Hughes of Colorado Springs; one brother, Larry Pitcock of Houston; and one aunt, Mabel Rains of Corsicana.

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Vergie Lee Bray
May 24, 1908 - Aug 8, 1989

Mrs. Vergie Bray

Virgie Bray, 81, of Corsicana, died Aug 8, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Stowe of Corsicana, Joan Renfrow of Denison, and Margaret Taylor of Odessa; a stepson and his wife, Sonny and Almeda Bray of Corsicana' two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Fullen of Big Springs, and Bernice Evan of Carlsbad, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Vergie Lee Bray
May 24, 1908 - Aug 8, 1989

Vergie Bray, 81, of Corsicana, died Aug. 8, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Wesley Black officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Stow of Corsicana, Joan Renfrow of Denison, Margaret Taylor of Odessa; a stepson and his wife, Sonny and Almeda Bray of Corsicana two sisters, Mattie Fullen of Big Springs and Bernice Evan of Carlsbad, Calif.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jack Stow, Andy Stow, Larry Renfrow, and Ronnie Siebert.

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Stella Mae (Hill) Hilliard
Apr 16, 1905 - Apr 6, 1989

Stella Hill Hilliard

Stella Hill Hilliard, 83, of Corsicana died Thursday, April 6, 1989, at her residence.  Services were held at Gause-Ware, Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Fort Worth with local arrangements under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.  Interment was in Emerald Hills Cemetery, Kennedale.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo Valentine and Wanda Herrin of Corsicana; one son, James Hill of Burleson; one brother, Hugh Sparks of Rice; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Werdna Hilliard; two children, J. D. Aston and Bonnie King.

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Nesree (Thomas) Carter
Jan 16, 1908 - May 30, 1989

Nesree Thomas Carter, 81, of Corsicana died Tuesday, May 30, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilgo Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifford Young officiating. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery.  Ross and Jonson  Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two brothers, R. D. Thomas and Theodus Thomas, both of Corsicana; and one sister, Willie B. Portis of Corsicana.

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Homer Lee Reames
Sep 7, 1913 - Jun 1, 1989

Homer Lee Reams

Homer Lee Reams, 75, of Blooming Grove, died June 1, 1989 at DeSoto.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with H. C. Sheppard officiating. Interment will follow in Frost Cemetery.  Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove will handle arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lena Reams of Blooming Grove; three sons, Harlan Reams of Greenville, Dennis Lee Reams of Lancaster, and Larry Reams of Desoto; one daughter, Carol Ann Steele of DeSoto; four brothers, Franklin Reams of Midlothian, Hoyle Reams of Farmersville, D. P. Reams and Bobby Gene Reams, both of Lewisville; three sisters, Ruth Hodges of Winnsboro, Katie Calhoun of Kaufman, and Wanda Roberts of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren' a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jack Reams in 1980.

Pallbearers will be Clay Edmiston, Preston Elmore, Rockie Stricland, Eddie Tindall, Calvin Drain and Bill Yoakum.

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Louis Lake Bush
Aug 19, 1917 - Aug 11, 2007

Mrs. Louis Lake Bush, 89, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Corsicana.

She and her husband were farmers and ranchers together for many years. She was a very avid gardener. She was a member of Powell Baptist Church where she served as the church secretary for 25 years, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Bush was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Bush; parents, Jasper D. and Allie Lake; sisters, Lela Fay Lake and Georgie Macks; brother, Paul Lake; and infant brother, Arnett Lake.

Mrs. Bush is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Don and Sharon Bush of Corsicana; son and companion, Jim Bush and Sandra Minatra of Waxahachie; step-granddaughter and husband, Jennifer and Jeremy Peterson of Forney; step-grandson, Jonathan Wilcox of Garland; sister, Doris Bonner of Corsicana; brother-in-law and wife, Robert and Norma Bush of Athens; nephew, Robert Macks of St. Augustine, FL; nieces, Pamela Macks of St. Augustine, FL, Lela Lake and Suzanne Helsibeck; and numerous cousins.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 621 N. Main Street, Corsicana, TX 75110 or to the Gideon International, P.O. Box 276, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Clinton C. Horn
Oct 26, 1907 - Aug 10, 2007

Clinton C. Horn

Clinton C. Horn, 99, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 in San Antonio.

A visitation was held at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home in San Antonio. A visitation will also be held at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Viewing will continue from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday, with funeral services at 1 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Murray officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 26, 1907 in Kerens to Joe Ransom and Perniece (Jones) Horn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Clinton

Mr. Horn is survived by his son, Joey Horn; daughter, Beverly Triplett and husband Jon; grandchildren, Chris O. Horn, Michael M. Horn and wife Delia, Jon Triplett Jr. and wife Barbara, and David Triplett and wife Angelia; great-grandchildren, Lauren Horn, Wesley Clinton Horn, Colten Triplett, Kelsey Triplett, Colby Triplett, and Courtney Triplett; brother, Johnny Earl Horn; sisters, Wanda Alberts and Hattie Wyatt; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, San Antonio.

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William Frank Boldin
Nov 16, 1942 - Aug 14, 2007

William Frank Boldin 64 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 in Corsicana. Mr. Boldin was born Nov. 16, 1942 in Bridgeport, TX to Louis Irvin Boldin and Nellie Mae Gilley Boldin. Mr. Boldin has been a resident here for 30 years.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Stephen Doyle Putman officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jackie McDaniel, Dale Jordan, Danny Leopard, Eric Covington , Tony Wright and Justin Lewis.

He is survived by wife Betty Jo of Corsicana; son, Jerry Don Barham of Corsicana; daughters, Lori Boldin of Trinidad and Shirley Hudson and husband Steve of Red Oak; brother, Otis Wade Boldin of Winnsboro; grandchildren, Rocky Barham and Riggin Barham, both of Blooming Grove, Brittne Reed of Corsicana, Justin Wayne Lewis of Corsicana, and Stephanie Hudson and Christal Hudson, both of Red Oak; numerous nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Vanessa Garcia.

Arrangement by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Hazel Estelle (Hale) Goines
Dec 7, 1919 - Aug 12, 2007

Hazel Goines, 87, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Drain officiating. Burial will follow at
Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Drain, Tim Drain, Paul Drain, Kraig Hawkins, Robbie Hale, Ronnie Hale, Harold Hale and Steve Karo.

Mrs. Goines was born Dec. 7, 1919 in Kemp.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bunk Goines.

Mrs. Goines is survived by her son, Sonny Goines of Kerens; three daughters, Carol Warner of Arlington, Patsy Hawkins of Kerens, and Rita Drain of Kerens; sister, Helen Henderson of Kerens; seven grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Mary Mabel (Burtnett) Mossholder
Sep 16, 1918 - Aug 9, 2007

Mary Mabel Mossholder

Mary M. Mossholder, 88, of Rice went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007.

Mary M. Mossholder

She was born on Sept. 16, 1918, to Minard L. Burtnett and Lilly Ethel Starrett in Somerset, Ohio. She was a longtime member of The Salvation Army in Ohio, as well as Ladies of the Elks Lodge and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, both in Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Theodore Vernon; her second husband of 13 years, Park Mossholder; five sons, Richard Lee Cochran, Dwight Allen Cochran, Walter Joseph Cochran, David Clifford Cochran and Howard Edwin Cochran; one sister; four brothers; one grandson, Paul Eugene Harding; and one great-great-granddaughter, Melinda Whittey.

She is survived by three daughters, Marie Cazares and husband John of Copemish, Mich., Barbara DeBoard of Plano, and Ellen McDuffie and husband James of Rice; one son, James Cochran of Rice; 28 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Denton Funeral Home and cremation services with the Rev. Tom Ogden officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Arrangements by Denton Funeral Home and Cremation, Denton.

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William Shirley ‘W.S.’ McCulloch Jr.
Oct 2, 1920 - Aug 9, 2007

William Shirley ‘W.S.’ McCulloch Jr.

William Shirley “W.S.” McCulloch Jr., 86, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Darrell Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jerry McCulloch Jr., Stefan Parker, Nicholas Parker, Lawrence DeMoss, Tommy Oliphant and J.D. Heath. Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Putman and Doyle Parker.

Mr. McCulloch was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Silver City to William S. McCulloch Sr. and Sarah Emma Almon. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Onetia Ruth and Dorothy; sons, James Donald and Tony; granddaughters, Carla McCulloch Tuck and Jennifer LeAnn McCulloch; and great-grandson, Tye Pierce.

Mr. McCulloch is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Pam McCulloch of Midland and Chris and Tammy McCulloch of Mexia; daughter and son-in-law, Janet Shirleen and Scott Williams of Ennis; stepdaughter, Donna Parsons of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a number of great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Billy Joe and Peggy McCulloch of Silver City; sister and brother-in-law, Helen Ruth and A.J. Widener of Dresden; and a very special and caring granddaughter, Shannon Wilkins of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lorraine (George) Carroll
Mar 27, 1918 - Aug 8, 2007

Lorraine George Carroll

Lorraine George Carroll, 89, of Blooming Grove passed into eternity Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. She passed away at her residence in Blooming Grove.

Visitation will be held through 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Darren Heil officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wade Carroll, Will Carroll, Josh Waldrip, Justin Waldrip, John Bondies and Monty Hill.

Mrs. Carroll was born March 27, 1918, in Blooming Grove to Richard W. “Dick” George Sr. and Alva Hill George. She was a longtime resident of Blooming Grove. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

After graduating from Blooming Grove in 1935, Lorraine attended college at Hockaday and Southern Methodist University. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Library Science degree from University of Illinois. Lorraine briefly taught at a private school in Terrell and worked at the Baptist Book Store in Dallas.

On July 1, 1944, Lorraine and her high school sweetheart, William E. “Sam” Carroll, married. The first few years of marriage, Lorraine and Sam lived in Duncan, Okla., and Corsicana. In 1951, they moved back to Blooming Grove, where Lorraine remained until her death. She was an active member of Central Baptist Church, and she participated in community and school activities while her three children grew up in Blooming Grove. In 1964, Lorraine became librarian at Blooming Grove ISD, working diligently until her retirement in the late 1970s. Lorraine served on the board of directors of First State Bank of Blooming Grove until the mid-1990s. Known for her generosity, Lorraine gave acreage to Rose Hill Cemetery for its expansion addition. During her retirement years, Lorraine’s joy was watching her grandchildren grow into adulthood with children of their own, in checking on her herd of cattle, and in visiting with friends in town.

Lorraine’s well being and comfort were the focus of many caregivers for the past several years, and to them the family’s sincere gratitude is extended.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; brothers, Dudley W. George of Tyler and R.W. “Bootsie” George of Corsicana; and sister, Edith George Albrecht of Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jerri Carroll of Carrollton; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Tommy Vinson of Blooming Grove and Mary Frances and Ronnie Waldrip of Corsicana; grandchildren, Heather and Monty Hill of Corsicana, Josh and Cassidy Waldrip of Blooming Grove, Justin and Suzanne Waldrip of Dallas, Wade and Venecia Carroll of Keller, Will and Christina Carroll of Houston, and Katy and John Bondies of The Colony; and great-grandchildren, Delany and Bayley Carroll, Victoria Carroll, Preston, Corbin and Sadie Hill, and Pierson and Allie Lorraine Waldrip.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 286, Blooming Grove, TX 76626; Rose Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 413, Blooming Grove, TX 76626; or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Brownie (English) Territo-Moore
Mar 24, 1917 - Oct 13, 2002

Brownie English Moore

Brownie English Moore, 85, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at Twilight Nursing Home.

She was born March 24, 1917 in Murphysborough, Tenn.

Visitation will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with Ferman Carpenter officiating.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert English, two sisters Mazel Moore and Robbie Lambert and two sons Bobby and Danny Territo.

Survivors include daughter-in-law Patricia Territo Adams, granddaughters Tina and Billy Roughton, Tami and Clint Andrews, great grandchildren Austin Danny Roughton, Emily Haven Roughton and Chasyn Russell Andrews all of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Virginia (Jackson) Tindel
Jan 7, 1916 - Aug 12, 2007

Virginia Jackson Tindel

Virginia Jackson Tindel, age 91, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Dallas. She was born Jan. 7, 1916, in Powell, to Lillian Miles Cole Jackson and James Albert Jackson. She was valedictorian of Powell High School in 1932 and a graduate of North Texas Teachers’ College. She taught 32 years, most as a teacher in Dallas ISD. Virginia was active in many organizations: the Association of Childhood Education (former president of the Dallas ISD chapter), Alpha Delta Kappa, Retired Teachers of Dallas, and the Dallas Symphony League.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Coy T. Tindel; a son, Jeff Tindel and his wife Patsi; a daughter, Karen Wiggins and her husband Phillip; grandsons, Zeb Tindel and wife Morgan and Caleb Tindel; sisters, Jerry Gilmore and Lillian Cole Evans; and brother, Howard H. Jackson; as well as other beloved relatives and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Lois Williford and James Albert Jackson Jr.

Visitation with family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Walnut Hill Church of Christ. Virginia and her husband were members of that congregation for 48 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Christ’s Haven for Children, the Dallas County Community College District’s student scholarship fund, the American Cancer Society, Walnut Hill Church of Christ, or the Dial Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Thurlow Mooney
Jan 27, 1929 - Aug 13, 2007

Thurlow Mooney - 08/15/07

Thurlow Mooney, 78, of Kerens passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, in Kerens.

Graveside services will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Richland Cemetery with Pastor Stanley Roberts officiating.

Mr. Mooney was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Ferris, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Shawn Phillips; three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie Mooney of Kerens; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and A.J. Luzadder of Richland; grandchildren, Bandey Phillips, Allan Luzadder and Jesse Luzadder; daughter, Joyce Rutledge of Quitman; grandchildren, Tonya Raglin, Kristen Rutledge, Dustin Rutledge, Stephanie Rutledge and Stephen Rutledge; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Elton Mitchell of Normandy, Tenn.; grandchildren, Carrie Mitchell, Eric Mitchell and Matthew Mitchell; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Mooney and Archie Beldin of Corsicana; grandchild, Sharlainia Sumrall; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dennis ‘Dino’ Patrick Haney 
Feb 5, 1984 - Aug 12, 2007

Dennis “Dino” Patrick Haney, 23, of Log Cabin City passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Log Cabin City. He was born Feb. 5, 1984, in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Katherine Haney; and uncle, Jesse Haney.

Survivors include his wife, Megan Haney of Duncanville; son, Matthew Grant Haney of Duncanville; daughter, Shelby Alexandra Haney of Duncanville; parents, David and Evelyn Green of Log Cabin City; grandfather, Gene C. Haney Sr. of Garland; granny, Connie O’Quinn of Log Cabin City; brother, David C. Hughes of Mansfield; sisters, Crystal D. Cochran and husband Nycholas of Anchorage, Alaska, and Amanda B. Green of Log Cabin City; aunts and uncles, Donna McAnalley of Alabama, Carol Haney and Louise Murphy, both of Garland, Gayle Daniels of Celeste, Helen Herring Wood of Garland, Gene C. Haney Jr. of Mesquite, Robert Haney and Laslie Haney, both of Dallas, Leon Haney of Frost, William Green of Log Cabin City, and Susan Hunter of Waxahachie; and several cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Adrian L. Hernandez
May 18, 1996 - Aug 12, 2007

Adrian L. Hernandez

Adrian L. Hernandez, 11, of Lovington, N.M., passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Lovington.

Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at New Beginnings Church in Lovington. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Adrian was born May 18, 1996, in Corsicana.

Survivors include his mother, Tina Hernandez of Lovington, N.M.; father, Pete Hernandez of Lovington, N.M.; brother, Brison Manuere of Corsicana; sisters, Tara Manuere and Telsa Manuere, both of Corsicana, and Amber Hernandez of Lovington, N.M.; grandfather, Roy Samsel of Corsicana; and numerous relatives.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Lovington, N.M.

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Frances (Brent) Keele-Banks
Sep 14, 1922 - Aug 14, 2007

FRANCES KEELE BANKS

Mrs. Frances Keele Banks, 84, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at her home with her family at her bedside. She was born on September 14, 1922 in Corsicana, Texas.

She was a life long resident of Corsicana. A long time employee at the Corsicana Cotton Mill, and was a private sitter for many years. She was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2007 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Grandsons and Great Grandsons, Tracy Keele, Lee Keele, Shane Keele, David Dreyer, Chris Herod, Shawn Herod, Bryan Elliott and Cory Lee. Honorary Pallbearers will be Grandsons-in-Law, John Donegan, Dan Simeone, Michael Morales, Bill Lindsey, and Billy Longnecker.

Mrs. Banks was preceded in death by her Husbands, Robert L. Keele, S.D. (Bud) Banks, Parents, Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Brent, Brothers, David Brent, Odell Brent, Charles Ray Brent, Paul Brent, Jimmie Brent, Alger Brent, and a Niece, Janice Nowell Masicott.

She is survived by her Sons & Daughter-in-Law, Charles & Pat Keele of Corsicana, TX., Robert Keele of Corsicana, TX., Daughters & Sons-in-Law, Joyce & Roy Bullock of Old River, TX., Brenda & Richard Morris of Guthrie, OK., Sister & Brother-in-Law, Imogene & Ben Nowell of Corsicana, TX., Grandsons & Wives, Tracy & Charlotte Keele of Deer Park, TX., Lee & Amy Keele of Midlothian, TX., Shane & Kristin Keele of Venus, TX., David Dreyer of Chesapeake, VA., Chris & Robin Herod of Medford, OK., Shawn & Kelly Herod of Guthrie, OK., Bryan Elliott of Corsicana, TX., and Cory Lee of Deer Park, TX., Granddaughters & Husbands, Terri & Bill Lindsey of Corsicana, TX., Dene Collins of Deer Park, TX., Cathy & Dan Simeone of Sugarland, TX., Leah Lee of Deer Park, TX., Lanette & John Donegan of Chesapeake, VA., Cindy Elliott of Corsicana, TX., Tonya & Michael Morales of Red Oak, TX., and Sherri & Billy Longnecker of Guthrie, OK., Twenty-Six Great Grandchildren, Many Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews and many friends.

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Billy Ray Perry
Sep 10, 1936 - Aug 11, 2007

Billy Ray Perry, 70, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2007, in Waco. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Eureka Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Waco; one son, Billy Perry and his wife, Danie of Waco; daughter-in-law, Mary; one brother, Edward Perry of Rockwall; 7 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Published in the Waco Tribune-Herald on 8/13/2007.

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Billy Ray Perry
Billy Ray Perry, 70, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 in Waco. He was born on Sept. 10, 1936 in Eureka to Leeander and Minnie Perry. He was a truck driver. Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Perry, Mike Stroud, Harley Box, Michael Perry, Carry Popley and Todd Brooke. He is survived by his wife Mary Perry of Waco; one son Bill Perry and wife Danie of Waco; daughter-in-law Mary Perry and brother Edward Perry of Rockwall; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Malcolm Harvey Simmington
Sep 23, 1937 - Aug 14, 2007

Malcolm Harvey Simmington, 69 of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday August 14, 2007 in Tyler. He was born September 23, 1937 in Corsicana to James Edward Simmington and Millie Christine Lovett Simmington.

Visitation will be 6-8pm Thursday August 16, 2007 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2pm Friday August 17, 2007 at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Harold Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Simmington is survived by his wife Joyce Simmington of Corsicana, son Mark and Shelly Simmington, daughter Donna and Kevin Painter all of Corsicana. Mother Millie Christine Simmington of Corsicana, Brother Michael Simmington of Ennis. Five Grandsons; Jason and Tiffany Simmington of Wylie, Justin and Kayla Simmington of Corsicana, Ryan Painter, Zachary Painter, and Mark Painter all of Corsicana. One great granddaughter Jaycee Simmington of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana Texas.

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Malcolm Harvey Simmington

Malcolm Harvey Simmington, 69, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, in Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jason Simmington, Justin Simmington, Ryan Painter, Zachary Painter, Mark Painter and Eli Gamez.

Mr. Simmington was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Corsicana to James Edward Simmington and Millie Christine Lovett. He retired as a lineman with TXU.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Simmington of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Shelly Simmington of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Kevin Painter of Corsicana; grandchildren, Mark Painter, Zachary Painter and Ryan Painter, all of Corsicana, Jason Simmington and wife Tiffany of Wylie, and Justin Simmington and wife Kayla of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Jaycee Simmington of Corsicana; mother, Millie Christine Simmington of Corsicana; and brother, Michael Simmington of Ennis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John R. Griffin
Jan 1, 1891 - Aug 31, 1940

John R. Griffin

John R. Griffin, aged 49 years, died at his home , 402 South Thirteenth street, Saturday morning with a heart attack. He was a master mechanic at the Corsicana Cotton Mills and had been with the mill for many years.

An enthusiastic sportsman, Griffin was formerly one of the best known amateur pitchers in this section and was the manager and pitcher for many of the strong Mill clubs of years past.

Funeral services will be held from the Northside Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. S. R. Goff, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Clyde Griffin, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Thomas; two sons, Jack and Edwin Griffin, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. John Love, Corsicana, and Miss Loudra Griffin, Sherman; and two brothers, J. J. Griffin and Joe Griffin, both of Sherman.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is directing arrangement.

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Sue (Kagler) Childress
abt 1936 - Aug 11, 2007

CHILDRESS

Sue K. Childress, 71, a native of Blooming Grove, Texas, and a longtime resident of Gulf Shores, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh Childress; four children, Christy Erb of Titus, Greg Childress of Las Vegas, Edward Childress of Florence, Ky., and Tom Childress of Gulf Shores; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Anderson and Charlene Kagler, both of Carthage, Texas; and other relatives.

Visitation will be held beginning at 3 p.m. with funeral services at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 from the chapel of Pine Rest Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pine Rest Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Pine Rest Funeral Home Inc., Foley.

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  • Daughter of Charlie Fred "Straw" Kagler & Mary Willie (Collier) Kagler (bur at Rose Hill Cemetery)


Howard Hays Wilson
Nov 17, 1923 - Aug 18, 2007

Howard Hays Wilson, 83, of Barry passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ron Sears, Joe Sims, Esco McCann, Wayne Rose, Norman Gilcrease and Gregg Bond.

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 17, 1923 in Mineola. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Hudnal Myrl Wilson of Barry; daughter and son-in-law Kay and Curtis Halbert of Wortham; stepdaughter Jo Ann Morton of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband Amy and Darin Epley of Lubbock; grandson and wife Don and Bobbie Morton of Mexia; great-grandson Stuart Morton of Mexia; great-granddaughter Whitney Morton of Mexia; sister Mary Lou Paul of Kerens; brothers James Clinton Wilson of Corsicana and John David Wilson of Kerens; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 621 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, TX 75207.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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HOWARD HAYS WILSON 

Mr. Howard Hays Wilson, 83, of Barry, Texas passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on November 17, 1923 in Mineola, Texas.

Mr. Wilson was a member of First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2007 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Dresden Cemetery.

He is survived by his Wife, Hudnal Myrl Wilson of Barry, TX., Daughter & Son-in-Law, Kay & Curtis Halbert of Wortham, TX., Step-Daughter, Jo Ann Morton of Corsicana, TX., Granddaughter & Husband, Amy & Darin Epley of Lubbock, TX., Grandson & Wife, Don & Bobbie Morton of Mexia, TX., Great Grandson, Stuart Morton of Mexia, TX., Great Granddaughter, Whitney Morton of Mexia, TX., Sister, Mary Lou Paul of Kerens, TX., Brothers, James Clinton Wilson of Corsicana, TX. & John David Wilson of Kerens, TX., and numerous nieces & nephews.


Catherine Michelle (Bailey) Gregory
Dec 27, 1973 - Aug 16, 2007
 

Catherine Michelle Gregory

Catherine Michelle Gregory, born Dec. 27, 1973 in Dallas to her parents David Fitch Bailey Sr. and Margie Chalkley Bailey, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007.

Michelle grew up in Dallas and graduated high school in 1991 and enjoyed activities such as drill team and the debate team. Michelle worked several odd jobs straight out of high school before joining the apartment industry, where she excelled and climbed to district sales manager with For Rent Magazine, and most recently district sales manager at WEB Intelligent Laundry Systems. Michelle was actively involved with several charitable organizations and Atascocita United Methodist Church. Michelle was known for her big heart, her passion and overall drive in life.

Michelle is survived by her husband James Patrick Gregory; son, Aidan Scott Gregory; daughter Addison Catherine Gregory; parents, Margie Bailey Schmitt and Kenneth Wayne Schmitt; and brothers, David Fitch Bailey Jr. and Daniel Allen Craig.

Family and friends may come to pay their respects to Michelle at Rosewood Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2602 South Houston Ave. Humble, Texas beginning at 2 p.m. today, where the family will be present for visitation from 2 to 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at Atascocita United Methodist Church, 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr. with Rev. Dr. Carolyn McCall officiating and assisted by Pastor Tom Stephenson.

Arrangements by Rosewood Funeral Home, Humble.

 

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Gene Allen Womack
Aug 15, 1939 - Aug 16, 2007

Gene Allen Womack

Gene Allen Womack, 68, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Womack was born Aug. 15, 1939, in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Womack of Corsicana; sons, Gene Allen Womack Jr. of Dallas and Michael Dale Womack of New York, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Tim Way and wife Jerri of Fort Worth; and sister-in-law, Doris Way of Las Vegas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gene A. Womack
Gene Allen Womack, 68 passed away Thursday, August 16, 2007 at his home in Corsicana, Texas. Mr. Womack was born on August 15, 1939 to Jimmy and Alma Ewing Womack. He was an insurance agent. Visitation for Mr. Womack will be Saturday, August 18, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service is scheduled for Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 p.m., with Harold Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Leland Cook, George Walker, Bobby Carlisle. Pallbearers will be Jerry Grimmett, Mickey Don McCain, Chuck Rash, Ed Janek, Gary Sanders, Vick Howell, Danny Kincade, Johnny Manning and Condred Roberts. He is survived by his wife: Mary Ann Womack of Corsicana; 2 Sons: Gene Allen Womack, Jr. of Dallas and Michael Dale Womack of New York, New York.; Brother-in-law: Tim and and his wife Jerri Way of Ft. Worth; Sister-in-law: Doris Way of Las Vegas.


Virgie (Henry) Koteras
Nov 28, 1928 - Aug 10, 2007

VIRGIE HENRY KOTERAS
Virgie Henry Koteras, 78, of Lake Timpson died August 10, 2007. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson. Born November 28, 1928, in Corsicana, she was the daughter of Autry and Era Holland Henry. Ms. Koteras is survived by Husband, A. J. Koteras of Lake Timpson; Daughter, Beverly Drobina of Cleveland; Son, Tony Trumps of Georgetown; Stepchildren, Charlotte McMillian of North Carolina, Terri Carson of Kingwood and Keith Koteras of Spring. Taylor Funeral Home.


James L. Phinny
Jan 17, 1917 - Apr 20, 2007

James L. Phinny, 90, of Lubbock, was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Corsicana, to the late Robert and Alice Phinny. He married Alvia Beatrice Langridge Nov. 14, 1945, in Corsicana. She passed away April 20, 2007. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from Plains Co-op Oil Mill.

He passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.

He is survived by two daughters, Alice and husband Charles Evans of Lubbock and Betty Bull of Ft. Worth; four grandchildren, Christie and husband Joe Westbrook, Bobby Evans and wife Rose, all of Anson, Kenny Evans and wife Lori of Lubbock, and Samantha Bull of Ft. Worth; and five great-grandchildren, Amberly Westbrook, Kierstyn and Kamryn Evans, all of Anson, and Jacob and Braeden Evans, both of Lubbock.

Graveside services will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Resthaven Cemetery. Services are under the care of Wilsons' Funeral Directors of Wolfforth.

The family suggests donations to Hospice of Lubbock. The family would like to thank the staff at Lubbock Health Care for all their love and care.

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  • Lubbock Online, Aug 8, 2007


Ethel Delores ‘Gran’ (Thurman) Key
Mar 22, 1930 - Aug 21, 2007
 

Ethel Delores ‘Gran’ Key

Ethel Delores “Gran” Key, 77, resident of Blooming Grove and formerly of Austin, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Aug. 21, 2007, in Corsicana. She was born on March 22, 1930, to Frank Thurman and Ethel Ligon Thurman in Luling.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Blooming Grove. Burial will be at noon Saturday at Luling City Cemetery with the Rev. Bryan Connally officiating.

Dodie was born and raised in Luling. After high school she moved to Austin and married Hastings Sullivan Key Jr. on May 5, 1950. When H.S. was called back into the Air Force, she served with the family in Turkey, Germany, Japan, and back to Austin in 1971. She worked for the Austin Independent School District and retired after 20 years. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 35 years where she was very dedicated and loved. She volunteered at the Lady Bird Johnson Foundation and worked at the Nursing Practitioners Association. She moved to Blooming Grove after over 30 years in Austin. She attended many Lions football and baseball games watching her grandsons play and became a Lion fan. Gran was a member of New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Blooming Grove. Gran served her Lord, husband, family, and community with much love and kindness. She loved to work in her flower gardens and having all the teenagers hang out at the house and pool.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.S. Key; mother and father, Ethel and Frank Thurman; brothers, Clifton Thurman and Sonny Thurman; and sisters, Vivian Goodman, Evelyne Franks and Matlyn Roye.

Survivors include her son, Jim Key and wife Sharon of Austin; daughter, Jane Connally and husband Bryan of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Parker and Garrett Connally, Christy and Van Hilderbrand of Austin, Misty and Scott Green of Houston and Brandy Key of Houston; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her loving and kind ways and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Nancy Kay (Flanagan) Howard
Jun 1, 1948 - Aug 22, 2007
 

Nancy Kay Howard

Nancy Kay Howard, born June 1, 1948, devoted and beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, after a courageous fight with cancer.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Jackie Howard; her daughter, Christy Sawyer and husband Jeff; son, David Howard and wife Susan; brother, Joe Flanagan; Nancy’s precious and adored grandbabies, Branna and Mattie; and extended family and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Vernon and Louise Flanagan; and cherished brother, Jerry Flanagan.

Nancy loved her family, her bulldogs Buddy and Champ, antiqueing at Round Top and Canton, and cutting up with friends and family. She was a tireless volunteer for her children’s scouting, PTA and cheerleading activities. Nancy owned a private dog grooming business for more than 30 years and was loved by her clients as well.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society of Navarro County in Nancy’s name in honor of many years of loving homeless and unwanted animals.

An informal visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Nancy Kay Howard

Nancy Kay Howard, born June 1, 1948, devoted and beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died on Wednesday August 22, 2007 after a courageous fight with cancer. Mrs. Howard is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Jackie Howard; her daughter Christy Sawyer and husband Jeff; son David Howard and wife Susan; brother Joe Flanagan and Nancy’s precious and adored grandbabies Branna and Mattie; and extended family and friends. Nancy is preceded in death by her father and mother, Vernon and Louise Flanagan and cherished brother Jerry Flanagan.
Nancy loved her family, her bulldogs Buddy and Champ, antiquing at Round Top and Canton and cutting up with friends and family. She was a tireless volunteer for her children’s scouting, PTA and cheerleading activities. Nancy owned a private dog grooming business for more than 30 years and was loved by her clients as well.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the SPCA in Nancy’s name in honor of many years of loving homeless and unwanted animals. An informal visitation will take place at Corley Funeral Home from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday August 23, 2007. A graveside service will be held at 9:00 am Friday August 24, 2007 at Oakwood Cemetery.
 


L. P. Phillips
Feb 12, 1931 - Aug 20, 2007

L. P. Phillips, 76, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at his residence.

Wake service will be 8 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Temple AME Church, 402 E. 14th Ave., with Pastor Michael Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Montray Bush, Michael Donaldson, Luther Brown, Carl Ellis, Antonio Houston and Derrick Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Wade, Jasper Wade and Ira Wade.

Mr. Phillips was born Feb. 12, 1931, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers, Teresa Bush, Dewey Wade, Lonnie Wade, Dorothy White and Fred Butler; and brother-in-law, Johnny Williams Jr.

Survivors include his three brothers, Willie Wade of Los Angeles, Calif., Ira Wade of Dallas and Jasper Wade of Corsicana; one sister, Lula Williams of Corsicana; nieces and nephews, James Wade, J.W. Wade, Jimmy Wade, Leonard Wade, JoAnn Donaldson, Gloria Warren, Mary Bryant, Dorothy Mae White, Shirley White, Annie White, Edward Lee White, Samuel White, Ruthie White, Michael Houston, Derrick Houston, Vickie Bush, Andre Frazier, Eugene White, Michael Wade, Jeffery Wade, Christopher Wade, Earnestine Wade, Kevin Wade, Clarence Wade, Denice Wade, Angie Wade and Myron Taylor; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Alvin Baptist
abt 1946 - Aug 17, 2007

Alvin Baptist, 61, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lola Maurice (Holt) Morris
May 16, 1927 - Aug 2007

Lola Maurice Holt Morris

Lola Maurice Holt Morris (Mrs. Jimmy Morris), died at the age of 80 on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Lola was born in Ennis on May 16, 1927.

Her husband was the honorable late Jimmy Ralph Morris. She was also preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Morris Jr.

She is survived by her daughter Robbie and Tommy Williams, grandson Jacob Williams and granddaughter Amy Roby Smith, all of Corsicana; grandsons Joshua W. Morris, Morgan W. Morris, and Scotty Morris, all of Cartersville, Ga., and James Christopher Morris of Fort Worth; and her only great-grandson Korbin Roby Smith of Corsicana.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Oaks West for their excellent care.

She was such a strong woman and she was loved very much by her family.

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